Dr. Willy K. Rotich, associate professor of physical education, published an article in the journal Strategies on Nov. 4, 2016, titled "Leveraging the Habit-forming Aspects of Technology to Increase Levels of Physical Activity." The article highlighted potential uses of habit-forming technology (like video games) in ways that could promote physical activity and in the process make these technologies an ally rather than obstacle in combating inactivity. Dr. Rotich also presented at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 9-13. His presentation was titled "The Expanding English Premier League Soccer Fan base: Reverse drain of sports benefits in the wake of globalization," discussing the globalization that has led to an increased fan base for the English Premier League Soccer, especially in the developing world.
Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, associate professor of political science, gave a talk titled "The Fate of Minorities in the Middle East in the Wake of the Arab Spring" at St. John Fisher College in Rochester on Nov. 16. The talk was sponsored by the political science and religious studies departments.
Dr. Kimberly Young, professor of communication in the Jandoli School of Communication, had the paper "Integrating psychological and neurobiological considerations regarding the development and maintenance of specific Internet-use disorders: An Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution (I-PACE) model" published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Matthias Brand, director of the Center for Behavioral Addiction Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany; Dr. Klaus Wölfling, professor of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy at the Johannes Gutenberg Medical School in Germany, and Dr. Marc Potenza, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., has published a new book, "The Four Conversions: A Spirituality of Transformation." The book utilizes insights from theology, family systems theory, organizational development and Franciscan studies to understand the dynamics of Christian conversion. The work was published by Franciscan Institute Publications (www.franciscanpublications.com).
Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy, facilitated “Dialogue on Cultural Competency: Advancing the Strategic Plan” for the leadership of Alfred State College on Nov. 1, 2016. The dialogue is a first step in advancing Alfred State College’s “Roadmap 2020” strategic plan. Dr. Amico conducted a similar workshop in August 2016 for all librarians and library staff at Alfred University.
Dr. Megan Walsh, associate professor of English, delivered this semester's keynote lecture for the "Reimagining the Humanities" speaker series at Penn State-Erie, The Behrend College, on Nov. 8. The title of Walsh's talk was "Corpses and Character Portraits: Book Illustration and the Novel of Seduction in Revolutionary America."
Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, associate professor of management, co-facilitated the session "This Generation Roundtable -Many Voices and Many Choices" at the Cornell University Annual Families in Business Conference held at Cornell Oct. 21 & 22. Several SBU students attended, including MBA students Ben Marcus and Stephanie Dolliver, and undergraduate students Ryland Wiseman and Michael Poisson. The workshop attended by students, "Building Emotional Maturing in the Family and in the Business," was led by John Engel, '75, founder of Leadership Coaching. The trip was funded by Betty Ramming, who donated to the business school in honor of her late husband, Allan Ramming, ’63, owner of Electro Abrasive Corporation.
Dr. Paul G. Barretta, associate professor of marketing, had an article accepted by Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics titled "Consumer Perceptions of the Inaugural College Football Championship Tournament: A Longitudinal Study." The article reports on a study he conducted using a panel of sports fans; it will be available online in the near future.
Dr. David Matz, professor of classical languages, presented at the New York College English Association conference at Suffolk County Community College on October 15. His paper was on the Greek poet Pindar and the ancient Olympic games. Dr. Lauren Matz, professor of English, also presented at the conference, speaking on the topic of building student empathy through developing cultural metanarratives for literary characters. Her article, "Reading Tea and Coffee in Arnold Bennett's 'The Old Wives' Tale' (1908)," was published by the Semiotic Society of America in Semiotics 2015: Virtual Identities.
Sharon Myers, director of admissions communications, was a guest speaker at the 16th Annual Nonprofit Day in Erie, Pa., on October 25. Sponsored by The Nonprofit Partnership & The Erie Community Foundation, Nonprofit Day is a full-day learning event for nonprofit staff and volunteer leadership to come together and learn how to advance their organizations and the nonprofit sector. Keynotes and workshops throughout the day follow four thematic tracks: management, governance, fundraising and marketing, and communication. With more than 300 people in attendance, Myers presented two sessions: Marketing for Good - Applying Integrated Marketing Communications to Nonprofits & Building Your Brand.
Myers also spoke at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Nonprofit Networking Day, held on November 4 on the campus of St. Bonaventure University. Staff, board members and volunteers from the Southern Tier attended this half-day conference to collaborate, share resources and network. Myers was the session leader on "Marketing for Good - Applying Integrated Marketing Communications to Nonprofits," along with panelists Matt Wojick, associate vice president for marketing and communications at Canisius College, and Kelly Powell, president at Flight9 Creative.
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