August 24, 2019

Buster-Williams Published in Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly (SEMQ)

Vice President of Enrollment Management Kimberley Buster-Williams

Vice President of Enrollment Management Kimberley Buster-Williams

Kimberley Buster-Williams, vice president for enrollment management, had an article featured in Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly’s summer edition (Vol. 7, Issue 2). The article was titled “Reflections on SEM Leadership: Evolving and Emerging Roles.” SEM Quarterly, published by AACRAO, provides knowledge and insight into the ongoing evolution of strategic enrollment management (SEM). SEMQ bridges the gap between theory and practice with articles by thought leaders and practitioners who address the emerging dynamics of SEM, including: executive-level leadership, leading strategies, internationalization, research, academic orientation, and current trends.

Al-Tikriti Monitors Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

Prof. Al-Tikriti (2nd from right) at a Ukrainian polling station.

Prof. Al-Tikriti (2nd from right) at a Ukrainian polling station.

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti served as an election monitor for the Ukraine parliamentary elections on 16-24 July. Joining 90 Americans in the U.S. delegation of some 750+ observers total, Al-Tikriti worked as an OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) STO (Short Term Observer) in 11-12 rural villages in the agricultural region around Berdyansk, in Eastern Ukraine. His observation partner was a French government official, based in Paris. For more information on these Ukrainian elections, and OSCE’s support of these elections, please see:
https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/kazakhstan/418187.

In the course of his visit, Al-Tikriti spent four days in Berdyansk, an industrial port on the Sea of Azov, and five days in the capital Kiev, where observers carried out preliminary briefings. While there, he found time to visit the Chernobyl Museum, the National History Museum, and several World War II monuments in the rural villages around Berdyansk.

Originally scheduled to be held at the end of October 2019, the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary elections were brought forward after newly inaugurated President Volodymyr Zelensky dissolved parliament early on 21 May 2019 (a day after his inauguration). In the event, the “Servant of the People” party won the most seats, enabling the formation of a new government. For more information on the politics behind this elections, see this article.

This is the 15th OSCE-monitored election Al-Tikriti has observed since 1997, and the 3rd within the past year.

Farnsworth Delivers Fulbright Lecture in Malaysia

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a Fulbright Lecture, “Seeking Truth in an Era of Fake News,” at Methodist College. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A news report on the talk was published in The Star, the nation’s leading English language newspaper, and is found here:

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/07/avoid-junk-food-news/

 

 

Farnsworth has also recently offered comments on several national news stories:

In Baiting Candidates and Stoking Conflict, Did CNN’s Presidential Debates Go Too Far? (Time.com)

Poking and prodding: did CNN debate go too far? (The Washington Post; MRT.com)

Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso (CTV News Channel)

Congress and WH on Gun Laws (WRVA)

Romero Contributes Essay to Volume on Ancient Greek Epigram

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joe Romero Contributes Essay to Volume on Ancient Greek Epigram

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joe Romero Contributes Essay to Volume on Ancient Greek Epigram

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joe Romero (CPRD) has contributed an essay, “‘From atop a lofty wall’ Philosophers and Philosophy in Greek Literary Epigram,” edited by Maria Kanellou, Ivana Petrovic, and Chris Carey and published by Oxford University Press in a volume entitled Greek Epigram from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era (2019) pp. 288-304.

Devlin’s National Parks Project Highlighted in The Free Lance-Star

Assistant Professor of History Erin Devlin

Assistant Professor of History Erin Devlin

Assistant Professor of History and American Studies Erin Devlin’s collaboration with the National Park Service was the focus of an article in The Free Lance-Star. Devlin is working with NPS to develop a historic resource study that will explore the practice of racial segregation in national parks throughout Virginia during the first half of the 20th century. According to the article, “NPS has installed a wayside exhibit outside the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center on the history of segregation at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.”

Read more. 

Dervin Publishes Several Essays

Dan Dervin

Dan Dervin, professor emeritus of English

Dan Dervin, professor emeritus of English, recently published essays in the following books or journals:

  • “The Sign of the Cross: from Golgotha to Genocide,” by Daniel Rancouur-Laferriere, two reviews for Clio’s Psyche (2013);
  •  “Imagining Mary: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Devotion to the Mother of God, ” by Daniel Rancouur-Laferriere (25:3:347-9, Spring, 2019) 
  • “Children’s Lives as History’s Pawns,” Journal of Psychohistory (46:4:310-22, Spring, 2019)
  • “Nature, and State of the Art in Childcare,” a forthcoming essay-review in The Journal of Psychohistory of Jennifer Traig’s “Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting” (HarperCollins, 2019). 

Wilson Comments About Psychological Effects of Mass Shootings in National Media

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science Laura Wilson’s expertise about the psychological effects of mass shootings continues to be sought-after by the national media. Here are her recent comments:

When the Child Parents Love Becomes a Shooter (The Atlantic)

False Reports Of Gunmen In N.Y.C. And Virginia Cause Jitters Following Mass Shootings (NPR)

For some in Chicago, gun violence is a daily reality, leaving the same trauma as mass shootings (NBC News)

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

Read the latest column in The Free Lance-Star written by Lynne Richardson, Dean of the College of Business, titled Lose the Bureaucratese, Please!

 

I RECEIVED an email recently from a government agency. I didn’t think the email was mine, as this office doesn’t normally send me emails, but I began reading it to make sure.

The first paragraph was written in such bureaucratic jargon that I could not figure out what it meant. After re-reading it a second time, I still didn’t really understand what it was saying, but figured out to whom it should have been sent, and promptly forwarded it to the correct person.

This experience got me thinking about how many times we create documents that are difficult for the average person to read. Whether the document is an instruction manual or legal purchase agreement, writing so an eighth grader can understand the message is important.

Read more. 

Spencer Gives Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Rising Sun Tavern

Michael Spencer, associate professor and director for the Center for Historic Preservation

Michael Spencer, associate professor and director for the Center for Historic Preservation

The Free Lance-Star ran an article this week about a behind-the-scenes tour Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation Michael Spencer gave at the Rising Sun Tavern, along with the help of UMW students. Sponsored by the Washington Heritage Museums, the tour gave visitors access to areas that are normally roped off or barricaded, and even gave them the opportunity to climb or crawl into spaces that aren’t seen by the general public. “A lot of concealed spaces tell us so much about a building,” Spencer said. “We always want to go into the basements because people don’t change basements. They change kitchens.”

Read more. 

Farnsworth Talks about U.S. Independence Day in Malaysia

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, “Parades, Picnics, Bands and Fireworks: Experiencing Fourth of July in America,” at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Professor Farnsworth was at MCKL as a Fulbright specialist this summer.

Professor Farnsworth has also been quoted in several current national and international news stories, including the following:

American expert to deliver public lecture on ‘tackling’ fake news (The Sun Daily)

Avoid “Junk Food” News (The Star Online)

Voter registration is up in Virginia — and that could be bad news for the GOP (Salon)

Live from Detroit: Presidential debates as game show (Christian Science Monitor)

Voter Registration Is Up In Virginia, And That Could Help Democrats (WAMU)

When it Comes to Small-Dollar Donations, Democrats Are Out-Raising Republicans (WVTF)