Student, Faculty & Program News

Graduate students Dustin Oranchuk and Zachary Switaj, who recently completed the M.S. in exercise science, along with Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of sport psychology, had a publication in the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. The research project, “The addition of a ‘response’ neuromuscular activation to a standard dynamic warm-up improves isometric force and rate of force development,” found that the addition of a novel ‘rapid response’ neuromuscular warm-up involving short, rapid foot movements, to a generic dynamic warm-up, significantly improves force and rate of force development compared to a dynamic only warm-up.  Read the full study.

Emily Johnson, a junior majoring in music business and flute performance with a percussion minor, completed a paid summer internship with the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, CO. From May to August, she worked in festival operations, ticket sales, promotions, fundraising, office management, merchandise sales, house management, and special events coordination.

Dr. Laura Bruneau, professor of counselor education, presented “Theoretical frameworks for Animal Assisted Interventions.” at the Annual Animal Interventions Conference at Oakland University in August. She also published various manuscripts, including: “Read two books and call me next week: Maximizing the book selection process in therapeutic reading,” which appeared in the Journal of Poetry Therapy, and “Healing bonds: Animal assisted interventions with adjudicated male youth,” which appeared in Men and their dogs: A new psychological understanding of ‘man’s best friend.‘ Bruneau and third-year doctoral student Megan Numbers published an article in VISTAS 2017, titled “Creating connections and fostering self-growth: Gestalt group counseling for military spouses.”

Dr. Joel Givens, asst. professor of counselor education, presented the keynote address, “Living in the Moment: Time and Humanistic Counseling,” at the Association of Humanistic Counseling National Conference, held in Syracuse, New York, in June. He also co-facilitated another presentation, “The Janus faces of empathy: A spirited debate on Heidegger’s mood, Gendlin’s felt sense, and our basic humanistic counseling ideals.” He also presented at the conference with several doctoral students. “Art as a reflective process: Using altered books in humanistic counseling, supervision, and counselor education, was presented with third-year doctoral students Madeleine Stevens and Megan Numbers. “The healing power of empathy” was presented with third-year doctoral student Jill Nardin. “Time out of joint: Locating the question of time in humanistic counseling practice” was presented with third-year doctoral student Johnsa Phares.

Dr. Janessa Henninger, asst. professor of Counselor Education, and third-year doctoral student Megan Numbers presented at the Association for Counseling Children and Adolescents Conference held in Arlington, VA, in July. The session was titled “Advocating for children and families involved with child welfare.” Numbers was also selected as an Emerging Leader with the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The Emerging Leader workshop is designed to help students and new faculty members discover how leadership can enhance their own professional development, to enhance the diversity of ACES, and to help engage talented and dedicated future leaders in the endeavor, Forge the Future of Professional Counseling.

Aaron Abeyta, professor of English, had an essay published in the Center for Humans and Nature’s anthology Wildness: Relations of People and Place. Published by University of Chicago Press, it features stories that explore the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes, and in urban communities. The book merges culturally diverse voices to delve into the evolution of “wildness,” including authors such as Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Robin Kimmerer, Robert Michael Pyle, and Winona LaDuke. In his essay, “Wilderness in Four Parts, or Why We Cannot Mention My Great-Grandfather’s Name,” Abeyta writes about the sheep-and the men who are responsible for their lives and deaths-of the Toltec wilderness, where family and prayer, memory and landscape intertwine.

Dr. Richard Baker, professor of English, delivered a paper at the Teaching Academic Survival Skills Conference (TASS) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, during spring break. He presented three unique assignments for English 102 that are designed to reach and help the under-prepared college student: “The Critical Ethnic Paper,” “The Birthday Assignment,” and “The Step-by-Step Research Paper.” These are designed to take the student from a simple 2-3 page paper based on their ethnic background, to a 4-5 page paper based on some historical figure who occurs in The New York Times on their birthday, to a 6-8 page paper based on the first two papers through a simple process of selecting a strong thesis, developing a solid Works Cited (primary and secondary source materials), writing different types of notes-précis, paraphrase, summary, and quotation-and developing a working rough draft.

Dr. James Doyle, assoc. professor of music, had two articles published recently in Percussive Notes, the peer-reviewed journal of the Percussive Arts Society. “Goal Setting in the Applied Percussion Lesson” was published in Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017; “Adapting Reich’s ‘Electric Counterpoint’ for Marimba and Vibraphone” was published in Vol. 55, No. 3, July 2017.

Dr. Melissa Freeman, project director of the PPOHA Grant, was a co-author with N.C. Barnhart on “Higher education as a field of study at minority serving institutions,” which appeared The Western Journal of Black Studies, 40(3).

Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, associate professor of biology, presented a pedagogical research poster and microbrew session entitled “Assessment of a Model-based Riboswitch Activity for Instruction on Microbial Gene Regulation” at the 2017 American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators in Denver, CO. He also published a peer-reviewed pedagogical case study entitled “Botched Botox Party in the Hamptons!” via the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor sport psychology, attended a Think Tank for leading applied sport psychology professionals at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, in June. As part of the three-day event, professionals from around the United States working a variety of applied sport psychology settings (youth, high school, college, and pro sports) shared best practices and collaborated on ways to build networks and increase communication among professionals to further the field. Applied sport psychology professionals work directly with athletes and coaches to teach mental skills such as focus and resiliency. There were also professionals doing applied work in other settings such as the military, which is the largest employer of applied sport psychology professionals in the world teaching the same mental skills to military personnel. Topics discussed included mental skills training, biofeedback, mindfulness, using technology, working across diverse populations in a variety of settings, and identifying evidence-based practices that are most effective.

New employees
  • Kari Allen – Assistant to President/Value Added Agriculture Coordinator
  • Shirley Atencio – Civic Engagement & Career Services Coordinator
  • Whitney Beiriger – Asst. Volleyball Coach
  • Alexis Black – Visiting Asst. Professor of Theatre
  • Jessica Brown – Visiting Asst. Professor of English
  • Jeffery Bullington – Nielsen Library Director
  • Jasmine Camponeschi – CAMP Recruitment/Retention Specialist
  • Fallon Crowther – Clinical Faculty in Nursing
  • Kyle Glenn – Visiting Asst. Professor of Economics
  • Simona Guillen – Accounting Tech. III – Travel
  • Dustin Imdieke – Asst. Coach, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field
  • Christopher Johnson – Program Coordinator, Administration & Finance
  • Rena Kirkland – Asst. Professor of Psychology
  • Kathrine Kottemann – Visiting Asst. Professor of English
  • Barbara Kruse – Visiting Asst. Professor of Teacher Education
  • Andrew MacPherson – Chief of Police. Read more.
  • Kendra Marquez – Admin. Asst. I, Enrollment Mgt.
  • Miranda McWilliams – Associate Head Athletic Trainer
  • Mae Mercadante – Admissions Counselor
  • Jayson Mitchell – STEM Coordinator
  • Wade Mortensen – Asst. Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Theresa O’Halloran – Clinical Faculty in Counselor Education
  • Isaiah Pierce – Student Support Services Advisor
  • Allen Rendon – Police Officer I
  • Rebecca Rodriguez – Temporary Professor, Sociology
  • Michaela Romero – Extended Studies Advisor/Recruiter
  • Phillip Romero – Admissions Counselor
  • Kirsten Salazar – Interim Veteran/Military Affairs Coordinator
  • Joseph Schlabach – Advisor/Recruiter Prison College Correspondence Program
  • Andrew Schoenherr – Visiting Asst. Professor of Biology
  • Quint Seckler – Head Swimming Coach
  • Russell Shawcroft – One Stop Student Services Counselor/Recruiter
  • Ronald Singer – Laboratory Support I
  • Christina Sisneros – Title V Project Specialist
  • Katelyn Smith – Extended Studies Advisor/Recruiter
  • Michael Stewart – Visiting Asst. Professor of Sociology
  • Michael Stocz – Visiting Asst. Professor of Sport Management
  • Ashley Tafoya – Housing Residence Director
  • Emily Thong – Admin./Office Asst,. Alumni Relations
  • Michele Trujillo – Visiting Asst. Professor of Teacher Education
  • Marco Polo Tello Velasco – Visiting Asst. Professor of Business Management
  • Carissa Watts – Graduate Studies Coordinator
  • Anthony Webb – Visiting Asst. Professor of Health Care Administration

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