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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
MIDWESTERN LITERARY PROJECT, showcasing contemporary Midwestern writing, editing, and publishing
Caroline Ledeboer, writing center director and adjunct instructor in English and the Liberal Arts Division will host the Midwestern Literary Project, showcasing contemporary Midwestern writing, editing, and publishing, on Thursday, March 22. An author/editor panel discussion will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 110, on the Fayette campus. The reading/presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Auditorium. Both sessions are open to the public and questions are encouraged.
Participants in the author/editor panel discussion include: Timothy Fay, editor, publisher, and printer of the Iowa-based literary journal, The Wapsipinicon Almanac, with Dr. Doug McReynolds, UIU Bissell professor of English, who authored a suite of personal essays on the seasons that was published in the Wapsipinicon Almanac (Vol. 17); Jim O’Loughlin, editor and publisher of Final Thursday Press (FTP); and Kimberly Groninga, author of a volume of poetry, Other Things that Grow, published by FTP. The panel discussion is for anyone interested in the author/editor relationship and the process of creative work publication.
The second session will include readings by McReynolds, Groninga, Fay, and O’Loughlin. Fay and O’Loughlin will also discuss the triumphs and trials of running a small press in the large world of publishing and their varying publishing styles. The Wapsipinicon Almanac is produced by labor-intensive linotype setting, and honors the craftsmanship of letter press equipment mostly considered obsolete in today’s publishing realm, while FTP relies on thoroughly modern printing methods with the capability of bringing to press a variety of local Iowa authors.
Sergeant James L. Butler, adjunct professor at UIU-West Des Moines center, was one of 30 Iowans selected by Gov. Terry E. Branstad to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. The appointments were announced and became effective Feb. 1, 2012.
Judicial Nominating Commission District 5A
James Butler, St. Charles, appointment through Jan. 31, 2018
For more information, please visit www.governor.iowa.gov.
Greg Beatty, UIU adjunct professor, had his poem "The Physics of Age and Baseball" appear in Star*Line (issue 34:4). Star*Line is the official newsletter and network instrument of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA), established in 1978.
Go to www.sfpoetry.com/sl/edchoice/34.4-1.html to read Beatty's poem.
Dr. Ulas Basar Gezgin has been appointed assistant professor of psychology for UIU-Malaysia.
Gezgin is an award-winning instructor with experience teaching courses in psychology, anthropology, linguistics, cognitive sciences, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.
Gezgin holds a B.A. in educational sciences in psychological counseling and a master's in social and economic psychology from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, and a Ph.D. in cognitive sciences from Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Gezgin recently earned an M.S. in urban planning from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. He also holds a graduate certificate in tertiary teaching and learning from RMIT University, Australia, which is the required qualification to further a career of teaching at Australian universities.
Gezgin has also written a number of books, with his most recent:
(1) Gezgin, U. B. (in press). An Economic Psychological Experiment: Individualism-collectivism, perspective taking, and real and hypothetical endowment effects. Germany: Lambert Publishing.
(2) Gezgin, U. B. (2011). Economics, environment & society: Planning cities at the center of mass/mess of the sustainability triangle. Germany: Lambert Publishing.
Bill Koch, UIU adjunct instructor of English, had an article accepted for the Northrop Frye centennial edition of English Studies in Canada, scheduled for publication in Summer 2012. The title of his tribute is "Fearful Summary: What Northrop Frye's Scholarship Has Taught Me So Far."
Professor Mohammad Manzoor Murshed, associate professor of management information systems, presented and published a paper at the 2nd Annual International Conference on Software Engineering & Applications (SEA 2011). The conference was held at the Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore, Dec. 12-13, 2011.
The title of Murshed's paper was "GAmization: An improved anonymization technique using genetic algorithm," which was also published at the conference proceedings. Co-author of this paper was Professor Dr. Suely Oliveira from the University of Iowa. The paper is based on Murshed's current research on computer security at the University of Iowa with Professor Dr. Suely Oliveira and Professor Jeffrey Ohlmann.
Murshed was also selected as a chair for one of the conference sessions and became associate member of the Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF), which resulted in Upper Iowa University being invitated to become a partner University for the next GSTF & SEA conference.
Part of Murshed's work was funded by the UIU summer faculty stipend. For more information, go to www.softwareng.org.
Dr. Melle Starsen, assistant professor, communication, presented a paper at the conference, "What Is Television: A conference exploring the past, present and future of television." It was held at the University of Oregon in Portland on March 2, 2012. Starsen's paper was "Cool to be cruel: mean-spiritedness in 21st century children's TV sitcoms."
Dr. Aaron Haines, certified wildlife biologist ®, assistant professor-vertebrate biology, and associate editor of conservation for The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, accompanied several UIU undergraduate researchers to the 2012 Iowa Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Haines presented on satellite tracking of pheasants; student Jacob Hawes gave an oral presentation titled "Survey of Canada geese in relation to closed area boundaries for hunting;" student Tyler Kelley reported on "Hunter attitudes toward poaching & wildlife laws in the Mid-western United States;" and students Chelsea Escher, Jesse Sprank, and Zack Sedlmayer presented a poster titled "Identifying areas baited for white-tailed deer using soil testing."
An article "Spatial Analysis of Ring-necked Pheasant GPS Tracking Data: A Pilot Project," authored by undergraduate researchers Derek Steele, Kiel Middleswart & Mark Brown and undergraduate advisor Haines, was published in the IOU News (Winter 2011 issue, Vol. 27, No. 4). IOU News is a quarterly publication of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union.
INTEGRATED ENROLLMENT CENTER (IEC)
All employees assigned to the Integrated Enrollment Center (IEC) moved into their new quarters on Monday, February 20, 2012. According to Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, senior vice president for strategic positioning: chief strategic enrollment and marketing officer, all reports who are affected by the move (both within the IEC space and at the center locations) have received the necessary communications and the change in leadership has now been finalized.
The complete staffing list for the IEC is as follows:
Mary Schultz, Director of IEC Operations
Deb Poock, Assistant Director of IEC Operations–Document Processing Supervisor
Nancy Grinna, Document Processing Specialist
Kristen Dolan, Document Processing Specialist
Renee Lape, Assistant Director of IEC Operations – Document Imaging Supervisor
Sally Muller, Document Imaging Specialist – Scanning and Indexing
Teresa Odell, Document Imaging Specialist – Quality Assurance/Workflow
Jodi Jeanes, Student Enrollment Support Coordinator
Linda Medberry, Student Enrollment Support Specialist
Kristy Krivachek, Student Enrollment Support Specialist
Colene Sassmann, Student Enrollment Support Specialist
Amy Halstead, Student Enrollment Support Specialist
Holly Streeter, University Registrar
Shon Bruns, Associate Registrar (no change in title)
Betty Koch, Transcript Clerk
Jennifer Yearous, Records Processing Specialist
Janelle Phillips, Records Processing Specialist
Jill Boese, Degree Audit Specialist
Carol Weidemann, Transfer and External Credit Specialist – Domestic Focus
Christine Wescott, Transfer and External Credit Specialist – Domestic Focus
Vivian Rourke, Transfer and External Credit Specialist – Domestic Focus
Cathy Langel, Transfer and External Credit Specialist – International Focus
Jenna Rinehart, Transfer and External Credit Specialist – International Focus
Samantha Hansel, Transfer and External Credit Specialist – International Focus
Carol Katsumes, Online Academic Advising Coordinator
Ashley Welch, Online Academic Advisor
Lisa Mestad, Online Academic Advisor
RyAnn Winings, Online Academic Advisor
Stephanie Reffuge, Online Academic Advisor
Tony Tjaden, Online Academic Advisor
Michelle Zander, Student Enrollment Outreach Coordinator
Barb Lauer, Student Enrollment Outreach Specialist
Michelle Smith, Student Enrollment Outreach Specialist
Sarah Schulte, Student Enrollment Outreach Specialist
Jean Barness, Director of Financial Aid
Marie Pleggenkuhle, Senior Financial Aid Counselor – Loans and Borrower Education
Nadine Torsrud, Senior Financial Aid Counselor – Wisconsin and Military Centers
Seth Gage, Senior Financial Aid Counselor – CDE
Gina Meyer, Senior Financial Aid Counselor – Iowa Centers
Laura VanSickle, Senior Financial Aid Counselor – Fayette Campus
Rachel Schultz, Financial Aid Processing Specialist
Jean Erickson, Financial Aid Processing Specialist
Brandi Shrubb, Financial Aid Processing Specialist
Deb Terhune, Center-based Financial Aid Advisor/Student Account Specialist – Waterloo Center
Doreen Boudreau, Center-based Financial Aid Advisor/Student Account Specialist – Madison Center
Dustin Reis, Center-based Financial Aid Advisor/Student Account Specialist – Des Moines Center
Bridget Rottinghaus, Center-based Financial Aid Advisor/Student Account Specialist – Des Moines Center
Gloria Lezala, Center-based Financial Aid Advisor/Student Account Specialist – Milwaukee Center
Wendy Sandmire, Center-based Financial Aid Advisor/Student Account Specialist – Milwaukee Center
Employee Changes (Period Jan. 2012-Mar. 2012)
Stacey Batterson, Financial Aid Processing Specialist
Michele Breitsprecher, Mail Service Coordinator
Becky Conner, Custodian
Karen Fieg, Student Support Specialist
Des Moines Center
Cody Jones, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Civic Engagement
Erik Rasmussen, Academic Advisor
Timothy Wolff, Print Services Coordinator
Ulas Basar Gezgin, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ryan Griffith, Interim VP for International Programs
Carol Langerman-Aten, Custodian
Diane Michael, Custodian
Sean Sailsbury, Enterprise Systems Specialist
Rebecca Wissmiller, Interim Manager of the Peacock Connection
NEW FAYETTE ADJUNCT FACULTY:
Amy Rau—Masters of Ed