May 2010 Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, assistant professor of marketing and finance, and James Webb, WTAMU chief information officer, were presenters in the April 28 Cisco viral conference “The Connected Learning Society: Inspire, Engage, Empower.” Their presentation, titled “Connected Campus Enables Next-Generation Teaching and Learning,” looked at the technology on WTAMU’s campus and how information technology and academics have worked together to teach a new generation of students.
Dr. Elizabeth Clark, associate professor of history, presented two original research papers during the month of April. She presented “Keeping Solidarity Hip: Popular Culture Venues and Memory in Poland’s City of Freedom” at the 2010 National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association April 2 in St. Louis. She also served as chair of a panel on East European studies at the conference. Her second paper was presented at the World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities April 15-17 at Columbia University. The paper was titled “The Power of Nine: Commemoration and Historical Meaning in Gdansk.” She also chaired a panel on “Performing Ethnicity and Nationhood” and served on a roundtable interpreting the political and social effects of the Polish plane crash and death of Polish President Lech Kacynski and other prominent Poles en route to a Katyn memorial service.
Michael Grauer, associate director for curatorial affairs/curator of art at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, was a presenter at the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art April 17 in Houston. His presentation was titled “Texpatriates: Texas Artists Across the Big Pond.” In March, Grauer spoke at William Reaves Fine Art in Houston on “Harold Bugbee: A Brand of His Own.” He also spoke on March 9 at the Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas on “Why Are There No Cowboys in Early Texas Art?” In February, Grauer was a presenter at the El Paso Museum of Art. His talk was titled “Purple Mountain Painters and Other Horror Stories: Musings on ‘Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Painters, 1850-1960.’”
Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, has been elected as the vice chair of the Division II Presidents Council and will replace Beverly Pitts, president of the University of Indianapolis, on Sept. 1. As vice chair, O’Brien’s duties will include filling in for the Presidents Council chair as needed, reporting to the Division II membership at the annual conventions on the financial affairs of the division and serving as a member of the NCAA executive committee. He also will serve as chair of the Division II budget and finance committee and as a member of the NCAA executive committee budget subcommittee. He also was asked to chair the newly formed Division II Long-Range Budget Projections Task Force.
Rolla Shaller, adjunct curator of archeology at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, was a presenter at the 46th annual symposium of the Southwest Federation of Archeological Societies April 9-11 in Hobbs, N.M.
Ann Stanford, administrative services coordinator at the WTAMU Enterprise Center, was named the 2010 Chapter Member of the Year for the Amarillo chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) at the group’s Administrative Professional Day celebration April 8. The award is given each year to a chapter member who excels in participation, education study courses, teaching courses and fund raising/community involvement.
Dr. Heidi Taylor, associate vice president for learning assessment, was awarded honorary membership in April in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Membership is usually open to acting deans of member universities, but Taylor was nominated by two current members for honorary membership as an individual member. Honorary membership is given to former active AACN institutional representatives who have retired from or exited the deanship but continue to further nursing education or health care. Taylor has been an active member of AACN and its accreditation affiliate, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, for several years and served as chair or a member of numerous committees for both entities.
Dr. Dwight Vick, assistant professor of public administration, served as the national co-chair for the 2010 annual conference for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) April 9-13 in San Jose, Calif. He was the co-host for 950 public servants, practitioners and academia and received the Presidential Certificate of Merit from ASPA president Paul Posner. Vick also was recently inducted into Pi Gamma Nu, an international social science honor society, in recognition of his work in public administration and substance abuse.
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