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Catawba Professors Are Active Outside Classroom

March 03, 2005

Category: Faculty


Several Catawba College professors are active in their areas of expertise outside the classroom.   Following are details of some of their recent accomplishments and upcoming plans.

Dr. Janice Fuller

Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba’s writer-in-residence, will participate in the upcoming 13th annual Spring Literary Festival at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, slated March 21-24.   AllEvents associated with the Festival are free and open to the public.    

She will present a workshop entitled, “Embodiment and Creativity” at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in Pease Auditorium on the main CPCC campus.   In the workshop, she will discuss ways that movement, awareness of the body, and the wearing of costumes can be used to generate the creativity needed to write poems and plays.   No reservations are required for this workshop.

Dr. Laurel Eason

Dr. Laurel Eason, a professor of English on sabbatical this semester, presented a paper at the Southern Literature Conference held at Methodist College during the last weekend of February.   The paper, entitled “Huck Finn Dons Another Skirts,” deals with Huck’s influence on the protagonists of “Ellen Foster” by Kaye Gibbons and Lily Owens of “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.

Dr. Sheila Brownlow and student Mary Attea

Dr. Sheila Brownlow, a professor of psychology, recently authored a paper with Catawba College student Mary Attea, who completed her coursework in December 2004.

Attea was first author on the paper entitled “Implicit Egotism as a Function of need for Uniqueness and Self-Acceptance,” which was accepted for publication by Psi Chi Journal.   Attea and Brownlow’s study examines how two aspects of the human personality (need for uniqueness and self-acceptance) influence our subtle, implicit beliefs about ourselves.

Mary Ettle

Mary Ettle, a bibliographic instruction and reference librarian, will participate in a five-day institute this summer which she dubs “Information Literacy Boot Camp.”

She was accepted to the Association of College and Research Libraries Institute for Information Literacy Program called Immersion ’05, slated July 29-August 3.   The program encompasses a wide range of activities including active-learning exercises and is designed to give Information Literacy Librarians a chance to learn more about teaching information literacy to students, faculty and staff.   It also encourages participants to learn about their own teaching styles.

Dr. Paul Baker

Dr. Paul Baker, a professor of mathematics, is planning two mission trips this summer which will involve students and educators from the local community.

He plans to visit Cambodia between June 1 and 15, continuing an outreach he began last year with an orphanage in Phnom Penh.   He will be accompanied by Barry Rymer of China Grove, a second-grade teacher at Isenburg Elementary School and Andrea Redmond, a special education teacher in the Mooresville School System.

Between July 6 and August 2, Baker will visit an orphanage in Borovichi, Russia, accompanied by his adopted Russian son Kolya and Jonathan Summers, both students at Salisbury High School.   All three have been preparing for this trip by taking an extension course in Russian this year.