The fall issue of Nūr: the Newsletter of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies is now available on the Center’s website, www.sbu.edu/CAIS. This issue features articles by Sr. Margaret Carney and Drs. Zahid and Durriya Khairulah, as well as book and exhibit reviews, news items, etc.
Fr. David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap., dean of the School of Franciscan Studies, has published a new article, “The Socio-Analytic Study of Catholic Organizations,” in John B. Morgan, ed., Foundation Theology 2016: Essays for Ministry Professionals (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Publications, 2016), 43-54.
An essay by Mark Phillips, HEOP tutor, appears in the spring issue of J Journal: New Writing on Justice. In “Calvin’s Wager,” Phillips trails the soul of John Calvin through the purgatory of southwestern New York.
Dr. René Hauser, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Master’s in Differentiated Instruction programs, received a $3,089 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds will be used to purchase materials for enrichment kits for graduate students in the Differentiated Instruction program to use with students in Olean and Buffalo area schools. Included are materials designed to facilitate higher order thinking and creativity, such as Lego and other building materials, engaging literature for book discussions and math, science and art games. The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of McDonald’s restaurants in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families by supporting programs that benefit the lives of children in our community.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
Students and faculty presented papers at the Business Research Consortium of Western New York Conference, held in Niagara Falls on April 16. Drew Chaddock, MBA student and graduate assistant, presented “Employing Project Management Software as a Learning Tool in the Business Classroom” conference. He co-authored the paper with fellow student Sarah Colarusso and faculty members Dr. Todd Palmer and Dr. Carol Wittmeyer.
Zachary Rodriguez, graduate student, presented “The Impact of Microfinance on Pro-Social Behaviors: Experimental Evidence of Public Goods Contributions in Uganda.”
Dr. Mike Fischer and Dr. Carol Fischer co-authored two papers that were presented at the conference: “What Do We Know About Corporate Social Responsibility Reports? A Review of the Recent Accounting Literature” and “How Western New York CPA Licensure Qualifying Programs Are Meeting the Accounting Research Requirement.” The latter was co-authored with Kristin Woodhead, MBA student and graduate assistant, who participated in the presentation of the paper.
Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, was interviewed by Emily Miller, editor of the popular online magazine Live Happy. His research on social forms of flow will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. His publication in the Journal of Positive Psychology, "Experiencing Flow: Is Doing it Together Better than Doing it Alone?" has drawn a lot of attention recently in the online and print media. Miller's article will review the causes of social flow and, through poignant examples, offer an explanation for Walker's finding that social flow is usually more joyful and fulfilling than solitary flow.
The Buffalo News published "Election coverage needs more stories on policy issues," an op-ed by Dr. Rich Lee, associate professor in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The article appeared on April 17, two days before the New York state primary. Lee also was quoted in "Scandals Involving Governors Continue to Ebb," an article posted on Governing magazine's website on April 18.
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