2009-10 Department Accomplishments

(Listed in the order as received)


The psychology department will graduate their first Youth Leadership Development major this year (Phillip Crawshaw). Lee Griffith is the director of the complementary major.

Lee Griffith, Bill Farmen and Linda Swindell worked together to plan and initiate the refurbishing of our rat lab into a computer-based lab for our biopsychology and cognitive
courses. It is nearing completion.

Wayne Priest attended an ethics conference in February in Muncie. He has been asked to speak on sexuality to the residents of a women’s dorm at Huntington University.

Wayne Priest and Lee Griffith spoke at a premarital seminar held on the AU campus in March.

Linda Swindell spoke to a women’s group at her church regarding balancing a family and professional life.

Religious Studies

We have educated hundreds of students through courses in the liberal arts curriculum as well as through departmental majors.

We are graduating some 30-40 majors.

Professors Berky, Kirkpatrick, Shively, and Spaulding have made various presentations for groups at Park Place Church of God.

Dr. Marian Berky directed the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) program.

Dr. Fred Shively facilitated multiple student internships and continued to see the Anderson University Center for Ministry Education (AUCME), which sent out multiple ministry teams and hosted the annual Missions Fair. In addition, a Youth Ministry Symposium is being envisioned for next spring.

Dr. Merle Strege published the revised and enlarged edition of John W. V. Smith’s The Quest for Holiness and Unity.

Drs. Overstreet, Shively, and Strege have worked with the School of Adult Learning to design courses and majors.

Along with Campus Pastor, Todd Faulkner, Drs. Overstreet and Shively have discussed further the incorporation of the Sustaining Health and Pastoral Excellence (SHAPE) initiative into the Christian Ministries and Youth Ministries majors.

Chemistry & Physics

Scott Kennedy: This is research he’s done with students and had them present at various conferences.

“Enzyme Kinetics in a Genetically Engineered Protein Hydrogel”, was presented at two meetings:

The 10th Annual Indiana Local Section of the American Chemical Society Poster Session (presented by Nick Zehner)

The 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting (presented by Nick Zehner)

“Flow Cytometry as a Technique for Analyzing the Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Molecules” was (or will be) presented at two meetings:
The 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting (presented by Lauren Becker)
The 22nd Anunual Butler Undergraduate Research Conference (presented by Henry Schwartz)

John Millis:

John’s Gamma-Ray telescope group has published many articles this year. Notice the publications in “Science” and “Nature.” These are the two most prestigious scientific journals. John is one of the co-authors on each of these articles.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Observations of the Shell-type SNR Cassiopeia A at TeV energies with VERITAS, Published in The astrophysical Journal, February 2010.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Discovery of Very High Energy Gamma Rays from PKS 1424+240 and
Multiwavelength Constraints on Its Redshift, Published in The Astrophysics Journal, January 2010.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., A connection between star formation activity and cosmic rays in the
starburst galaxy M82, Published in Nature, December 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Multiwavelength Observations of a TeV-Flare from W Comae, Published in The Astrophysical Journal, December 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., VERITAS Upper Limit on the Very High Energy Emission from the Radio Galaxy NGC 1275,
Published in The Astrophysical Journal, December 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Detection of Extended VHE Gamma Ray Emission from G106.3+2.7 with
VERITAS, Published in The Astrophysical Journal, September 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Simultaneous Multiwavelength Observations of Markarian 421 During
Outburst, Published in The Astrophysical Journal, September 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Multiwavelength Observations of LS I +61 303 with VERITAS, Swift, and
RXTE, Published in The Astrophysical Journal, August 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Radio Imaging of the Very-High-Energy Gamma-Ray Emission Region in
the Central Engine of a Radio Galaxy, Published in Science, July 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Observation of Extended Very High Energy Emission from the Supernova
Remnant IC 443 with VERITAS, Published in The Astrophysical Journal, June 2009.

Acciari, V. A., et. al., Evidence of Long-Term Gamma-Ray and X-ray Variability from the
Unidentified TeV Source HESS J0632+057, Published in The Astrophysical Journal, June 2009.

In addition, John has become the author for the space/astronomy web site at About.com. John’s
site gets thousands of hits daily and this brings much recognition to AU.


Kevin Radaker, Chair, Department of English

Ten Dramatic Performances as Henry David Thoreau

In the fall of 2009, it was my great honor to be engaged to offer my dramatic portrayal of Thoreau for an event entitled “John Brown and New England,” an event held in Massachusetts to recognize John Brown’s connection to the New England abolitionist movement and to recognize the 150th anniversary of his actions at Harpers Ferry. My performances in Concord and Worcester took place on the 150th anniversary dates of when Thoreau first delivered his “A Plea for Captain John Brown” and the event in Worcester on November 3 took place in the same location using the same podium that Thoreau used.

October 30, 2009: First Parish Church in Concord, MA
November 2, 2009: Old South Meeting House in Boston, MA
November 3, 2009: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
November 4, 2009: Worcester State College, Worcester, MA

Six additional performances as Thoreau in Pennsylvania during my sabbatical leave:
April 22, 2009: Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
April 21, 2009: Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania
April 20, 2009: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
April 17-19, 2009: Gamut Theatre, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (3 performances)

Sixteen Dramatic Performances as C. S. Lewis

August 26, 6:30 p.m., Castleton United Methodist Church, 7101 North Shadeland, Indianapolis
September 2, 6:45 p.m., Church at the Crossing, 9111 Haverstick Road, Indianapolis
September 10, 6:00 p.m., Town and Gown Event, Reardon Auditorium Lobby, Anderson University*
September 13, 6:00 p.m., East Side Church of God, 2600 East Fifth Street, Anderson
September 22, 10:00 a.m., All-campus chapel-convocation for Anderson University (shortened version)
October 11, 11:00 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anderson
October 25, 6:00 p.m., Dayspring Church of God, 1060 Smiley Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
November 12, 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 9900 East 191st Street, Noblesville, IN
November 15, 6:00 p.m., Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive, Anderson
November 17, 12:45 – 1:30 p.m., Rotary Club of Anderson (shortened version)*
December 3, 7:00 p.m., Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania

March 14, 6:00 p.m.: Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio
March 16, 6:30 p.m.: Wesley Manor (retirement community), Frankfort, IN*
March 17, 7:00 p.m.: North Central High School, Indianapolis, IN
April 6, 7:00 p.m.: Bartholomew Country Public Library, Columbus, IN
April 23, 7:00 p.m.: Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, 10500 East 126th Street, Fishers, IN*
* means “by invitation only”

Scott Borders
Board member, Indiana College English Association
Elected second vice-president, College English Association

Melody Howard
Founded ERIBS (Educational Resources Improving Basic Skills), a program designed to assist
youth who are struggling in school and for which there are limited resources both at home and
school to provide them with extra attention.

Elizabeth Imafuji
Presented “The Role of Interest in First-Year Composition: Student and Instructor Perspectives” at the national Qualitative Research Network, Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 17, 2010.

Bonnie Landis
Publication: A poem titled “The Neurotic and Newton” will be published this spring in AU’s Literary Magazine.
Member of Pendleton Friends of the Library
Assistant Leader of Girl Scout troop in Pendleton

Deborah Miller Fox
Scheduled to attend a three-day conference at The Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin College
in Grand Rapids, MI.

Took a group of students to Butler University last semester to participate in a play-writing

Zola Noble
In November 2009, presented twenty pages of writing at Spalding University’s Writing for
Children workshop.

As a member of AAUW, is co-chairperson of the Diversity Book Club, an AAUW interest

At Park Place Church of God, serves as administrator for Truthfinders Sunday School class’

Cindy Poikonen
Serves on the board of the Madison County Literacy Coalition. Has been on the board for five
years, and this year is the vice-president. In addition, she helped tutor a lady this summer and
has worked at the Book Nook–the MCLC’s “money maker” located at Mounds Mall where used
books are sold.

Jennifer Randonis
“Re-Designing English 1120: Academic Discourse and Community-Based Research.”
Participant. Connecting Campuses with Communities: Service Learning Institute. Indianapolis,
IN, May 17-19, 2010.

“ ‘The readiness is all’: The Spiritual Nature of Hamlet.” Midwest Modern Language
Association. Chicago, IL, November 2010. Under consideration.

Service Activities
Relay for Life Committee Member: Anderson University’s chapter of the American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, April 23-24, 2010, Anderson University
Faculty Advisor: Anderson University’s chapter of the American Cancer Society Colleges
Against Cancer, Fall 2009-current
Judge: Poetry and Prose Contest, Anderson University, 2010
Family Group Faculty Leader: Liberal Arts Program, August 2009-May 2010


Dr. Diana Jones presented a session on “Fitness Through Sports Activities” at an Indiana AHPERD Regional Workshop in October 2009 at Purdue University with some students.

At the regional workshop, the students were:
Grant Fulton
Andrew Lawrence
Josh Bellamy
Brandon Coffer
Jason Adams
Adam Alt

Dr. Diana Jones presented a session on “Dance for Elementary Age Children” in Indianapolis, Indiana in March 2010 at the AAHPERD National Convention at the Convention Center

At the national convention, the students were:
Kelly Shuck
Karli Elsrod
Julia Seitz
Grant Fulton

Dr. Becky Hull began serving as President of the Midwest District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) in March 2010. She also serves on the AAHPERD Structure and Functions Committee. She was Co-Chair of the one of the Local Arrangements Committees (Room Monitors) overseeing 80 volunteers who helped host
the national AAHPERD Convention in Indianapolis March 2010.

Connie Hippensteel attended the ACSM meeting in Atlanta. She attended a Round Singing Retreat at The Lama Retreat in New Mexico and one in San Francisco, California. She and Denise Kriebel initiated A Healthy U, an incentive program for regular exercise. AU partnered with the Mental Health Center of Anderson to establish a community garden.

The AU Sports Med Program has sponsored two successful blood drives with the American Red Cross. Mandy Bush was the AU lead person.

Fred Miller and Doug Seelbach have won a Faculty Development grant to improve classroom instruction in Exercise Science using video clips illustrating assessment and protocol techniques in exercise testing.

Jennifer Popp, Steve Risinger, and Connie Hippensteel won an FDC grant to host a training day for ensuring Safety in the Weight Training Exercises and Techniques. Specialists from St. Vincent’s Sports Medicine Program lead a day long seminar for coaches and DOK faculty in January 2010.

Paul Gray hosted the Very Special Arts Festival in March 2010 at the KWC. Over 300 children/adults from the Anderson community participated in sessions in art, music and movement. This is an annual event partnering with Special Olympics.

Dr. Fred Miller ran the Disney Marathon and finished in the top 10% for his age group. He will be running the Cincinnati Marathon in May.

Dr. Jim Scott has been offering a CPR class for AU faculty/staff in the evenings.



Dormer, J. E. (in press). Teaching English in missions: Effectiveness and integrity. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library Publishers.

Dormer, J. E. (2010). Strength through difference: Optimizing NEST/NNEST relationships on a school staff. In A. Mahboob (Ed.), The NNEST lens: Non native English speakers in TESOL (pp. 285-304). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dormer, J. E. (2010, January). [Review of the book Christian and critical:English language educators in dialogue, by M. S. Wong and S. Canagarajah (Eds.)]. Evangelical Missions Quarterly, 46(1), 114-116.

Dormer, J. E. (2009). Where can I get my shoe fixed?: Authentic tasks for students in EFL settings. In M. Dantas-Whitney & S. Rilling (Eds.), Authenticity in the language classroom and beyond: Adult learners (pp. 11-18). Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc.


Dormer, J. E. (2010, March). Task-based self-evaluation in adult EFL classrooms. Presentation at the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) annual convention, Boston, MA.

Dormer, J. E. (2010, March). Native English speakers teaching children in EFL contexts. Presentation at the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) annual convention, Boston, MA.

Dormer, J. E. (2010, March). Teacher development in Indonesia: (Part of a panel on International teacher development in multilingual contexts) at the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) annual convention, Boston, MA.


Albrecht, D. (March, 2010). Features and Application of Successful Professional Development and Postcertification Programs. TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) annual convention, Boston, MA.

Albrecht, D. (March, 2009). The collaborative relationship between universities and schools for professional development. TESOL Convention, Denver, Colorado.

Albrecht, D. (March, 2009). Teaching through essential questions in the ENL classroom. Indiana Department of Education 2009 K-12 ESL Conference.

Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Family Science

Sharon K. Collins, ACSW

Presented at the North American Association of Christians in SW Conference (Indianapolis, IN) last October (2009) with Professors Pay and Bargerstock-Oyler on UTILIZING COGNITIVE THEORY AND SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES TO INFORM PERSONAL GROWTH AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.

Was co-chair of program committee and hosted the Indiana Association of Social Work Educators annual conference.

Miriam Project Board- an adoption service through North Anderson Church of God.
Member, Organizing & Editing Committee for the North American Christian Social Workers Curriculum Modules developing an Educator’s Resource Book on Integrating Faith and Practice.
Member, Advisory Council for Ivy Tech Human Services program.
Member, AU Faculty Development Committee.
Member, Park Place Church of God, Staff Parish Relations Committee.
Member, Church of God Peace Fellowship Steering Committee.
Member, Anderson University Peace and Conflict Transformation Program.

Professor Lisa Pay

Presented at the North American Association of Christians in SW Conference (Indianapolis, IN) last October (2009) with Professors Collins and Bargerstock-Oyler on UTILIZING COGNITIVE THEORY AND SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES TO INFORM PERSONAL GROWTH AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.

Created and received approval for a new course, Thought Life and Spiritual Growth, which will be offered regularly beginning next academic year. The objectives of this new course are:

  1. Students will be able to recognize basic constructs of cognitive theory and cognitive theory techniques.
  2. Students will operate within a framework of the self based on Judeo-Christian spiritual principles for class role plays and assignments.
  3. Students will display knowledge of the convergence of cognitive theory with Christian precepts of self.
  4. Students will actualize a cognitive/spiritual process that can be applied personally and professionally to discern and respond to thoughts and emotions.

Continues to serve as a member of the university Admissions Committee

Professor Lolly Bargerstock-Oyler

Presented at the North American Association of Christians in SW Conference (Indianapolis, IN) last October (2009) with Professors Collins and Pay on UTILIZING COGNITIVE THEORY AND SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES TO INFORM PERSONAL GROWTH AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.

Continues to serve as a member of the university Majors Assessment Committee

Was appointed by Dean Morris to serve as representative Chicago Center Council of Advisors, which will meet for the first time this coming April in Chicago.

Serves as liaison and coordinates the field trips to the Chicago Center for students from our Social Problems’ classes and the visits by representatives each semester. Lolly also coordinates visits made by Chicago Center representatives to our campus.

Currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Social Work Club.

Serving as a Faculty Advisor for two students in the Center for Public Service program

Has completed a graduate statistics course and will begin a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at Western Michigan University in late July.

Social Work students:
Planned and presented a conference for local social service practitioners entitled, “The Latest High: Addictions in a Modern Society”.

Provided four (3.5) Continuing Education Units approved by the Indiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers for the above conference.

Social work seniors will be traveling to New Orleans, LA for a service project in April, 2010.

The program granted three social work student scholarships for next year, thanks to the Carrie Becker Brown Endowment.

Dr. Nancy Fischer

Has authored and distributed weekly campus “Enviro-note” to faculty and staff via e-mail for the past four years.
Has led the preparation for the annual “Earth Day” activities on campus annually for the past nine years.

Continues to serve as a member of two university Sustainability Subcommittees

Continues to serve as a member of the university Human Participants Committees

Dr. Bruce K. Mac Murray

Has continued to be active in community service in several different capacities this past year.

Has continued to serve on the Madison County Commission Against Domestic Violence (MCCADV).

Continued to serve as a member of the Justice Committee of the Madison County Commission Against Domestic Violence (MCCADV).

Served as a member of the Grants Review Committee of Chemical People Task Force of Madison County (CPTF). This local coordinating committee has served valuable functions for our county and local community in the efforts to address issues and problems related to Alcohol, Tobacco and Substance Abuse and is a model of such committees statewide.

Has continued to serve and Chair and a member of the university Curriculum Committee. This year was particularly busy for the committee, given the changes made for the new 2010-12 Academic Catalog.

Served once again this year as a member and Chair of the Nominations Committee, charged with developing the slate for Faculty elections to Standing Committees.

Volunteered and serving as a member of an Advisory Working Group regarding increasing diversity at AU under the leadership of Dean Morris

Has been hired as a consultant to carry out the Evaluation component to the local Anderson “Weed and Seed” project which is funded by a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Mac Murray will be involved with this ongoing evaluation effort for the next three years, through the completion of the grant funding cycle ending in September 2012 and the submission of the final report on this grant project.

Dr. D. Maria Scott

As a result of her research on Latino businesses in central Indiana, Dr. Scott has produced two academic journal papers:

“Socio/Economic Ethnic Entrepreneurship Development Theories: An Analysis of Hispanic Business Enterprises in Central Indiana.” Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, XIV, 2010.

“Theoretical Explanations of the Success of Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) in Indianapolis: Ethnic Resources, Market Orientation, Market Exchange Embeddedness,” (Under Review, International Business Review).

Dr. Scott’s interest in the integration of immigrant populations into the United States has also led her to study and conduct research on the integration of her own ethnic group, Portuguese Americans. Based on data provided by the United States Census, the American Community Surveys and the Yearbook of Immigrant Statistics, Dr. Scott has written and published papers in Portuguese journals related to this topic:. The first of these papers (in English) is already in print in a journal that is read throughout Europe.

Portuguese Americans’ Acculturation, Socioeconomic Integration, and Amalgamation: How far have they advanced? Sociologia Problemas e Práticas, 61, 2009

The second paper (in Portuguese) will appear in print by the end of September 2010.
“A Integração dos Luso-Americanos Nos Estados Unidos: Uma Análise Comparativa,” Boletim do Núcleo Cultural da Horta, September 2010.

As a result of producing these papers, Dr. Scott was invited to conduct a presentation at the University of the Azores, Portugal in March 2009. During her stay in the Azores, Maria conducted a public lecture on Portuguese American integration, taught a Master’s level seminar on immigration theory and policy, and was the guest on a one-hour television program dedicated to the topic of the integration of Portuguese immigrants and their descendents in American society.

Dr. Scott’s interest in studying the integration of the descendents of Portuguese immigrants in the United States and Canada has led her to create and administer an online survey, which, to date, has been filled out by over 1100 participants. She has been asked by several Portuguese and Canadian American newspapers to write news articles presenting the results of this survey. She has applied for a summer faculty development grant in order to extend the survey to individuals who are not connected to online sites and to conduct in-depth interviews with selected persons in communities with a high concentration of Portuguese American. She intends to write academic
papers and a book on this topic during her sabbatical leave. As a result of this research effort, Dr Scott has been asked to establish a research partnership with the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at RI College and she has also been asked to become officially affiliated as a researcher with the National Organization of Portuguese Americans (NOPA) based in Washington, D.C. Both organizations have offered with to help identify funding sources for her research.

Dr. Scott was a founding member and has continued to be affiliated with the Indiana Diversity Women’s Network (IDWN), serving as this group’s secretary. In conjunction with activities from this group, Maria has conducted in-depth interviews with immigrant women from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, who have settled in Indiana. She received a faculty development grant and a small Indiana Humanities Council grant for this purpose. She is still
working on a text that will include the stories of the women she interviewed.

Professor Leroy Quashie

Serves as a member of the United Way Board of Directors, and is also a Member of the Community Impact Committee, and a Member of the Early Childhood Vision Council Organized a Grant Writing Workshop at Anderson University