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Lockport Hight School added William Hayes, Class of 1956, to the corps of distinguished Lockport alumni.  He was superintendent of Byron-Bergen Central School for 21 years and currently serves at Roberts as chairman of the teacher education deparment. He has written 15 books.

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Todd_William Professor Bill Todd’s paper, Experiential Learning as a Vital Strategic Tool: Value Creation, Recruitment, Academic Learning, Skill and Values Development of Today’s Business Students, was recently accepted for presentation at the 2012 International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. This research focuses on the value that experiential learning creates for students and the recruitment implications. RWC’s undergraduate business program emphasizes experiential learning through classroom-based projects, service learning projects, Enactus projects, and internships.

RECOGNITION - Rod Bassett, Keri Barnett, Julie Grimm

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Congratulations to Rod Bassett for his recent presentations at CAPS International (Christian Association for Psycho-logical Studies) in Washington, DC. Rod ‘s poster presentations included:

Terror Management Theory and Faith, with student co-authors Elizabeth Dingus, Keunha Lee, Shane Melvin & Donna Reed.

Grace and the Law: Attempting to Assess Grace and Legalism Orientations, four studies with RWC student authors. Can Different Types of Remorse have Differential Effects upon Seeking Forgiveness and Reconciliation? with student co-authors Shana Allen, Casey Cummings, Erin Dibble, & Kimberly Nauratill. Psychological Control as a Possible Antecedent and Consequence of Unmitigated Communion, with student co-authors Jason Frantz, KayLeigh Lee, Kerrie Lovejoy, & Matt Newsome.

Rod also was a co-author on a poster presentation with Nicholas DiFonzo and Deborah Runke of RIT, Predictors of Forgiveness Seeking. In addition, Rod participated in a panel discussion—Engaging Students in your Research Program Re-gardless of your Academic Setting.

Keri Barnett and Julie Grimm also attended the CAPS International Conference in Washington. Keri, Rod, and Julie participated in a Board Meeting for the CAPS Eastern Division where Keri is serving as Program Chair for their upcoming fall 2012 conference. Julie participated in the CAPS International Strategic Planning and Board meetings, where she serves as Board Secretary.


The Division of Social Sciences is delighted to announce that Tami Sullivan successfully defended her dissertation on Monday, April 16th and will graduate on Saturday, May 19th with her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Supervision from the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School.

Dr. Sullivan’s Dissertation was entitled The Role and Functions of School Counselors in an Accountability-Driven Environment. The purpose of Dr. Sullivan’s research was to determine how a national sample of school counselors working in K-12 public schools conceptualized their roles and functions in addressing children’s mental health concerns. Using a web-based survey, this study explored what specific duties a school counselor performs that address the mental health needs of children, their perceptions of their competencies in working with the multitude of children’s mental health problems, and the array of delivery arrangements of mental health services and supports in the school. Please join with us in congratulating Dr. Sullivan!

RECOGNITION - Elvera Berry

Berry_ElveraWe would like to recognize Elvera Berry and four students participated in the Eastern Communication Convention in Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 26 – 28. Elvera was chair and presenter on a panel with four other university professors proposing a Rhetoric of Transitions to address the demands of organizational, cultural, and socio-political change.

In a panel chaired by Celeste Grayson Seymour, RWC alumna completing her Ph.D. in August, three RWC senior

Communication majors presented in-depth studies examining examples of rhetorical transitions and transformative change in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries:

Bryan Picciotto analyzed Wesley’s 18th century journals of troubled personal times in America and England (A Heart “Strangely Warmed”: John Wesley in Transition).

Marlise Boedeker studied Kate Chopin’s 19th century transitional literary moment for women (“A Bird with a Broken Wing”: Burke’s Abyss in “The Awakening”).

Robin Kanak investigated rhetorical relationships between musical and socio-cultural shifts (The Rhetoric of Musical Transformation: Burke and Early 20th Century Music).


Congratulations to Elvera Berry for making the cover of the June 2012 Issue of Rochester Woman Magazine. The article, co-written by 2012 Communication graduate Ashley Cooper, details Elvera’s successful career at Roberts and includes quotes from many RWC Alums. You can read the article at www.rochesterwomanmag.com.

RECOGNITION - Dr. Steve Bovee and Dr. Elaine Gregory

Steve_Bovee Dr. Steve Bovee was recently accepted to attend the Free Market Forum, a gathering of policymakers and scholars in economics, history, political science, and related disciplines for the purpose of considering the topic "Markets, Government, and the Common Good." Co-sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, Hillsdale College, and the Acton Institute, the 2012 Free Market Forum will take place October 4-6, 2012 in Houston, TX. Steve was selected to receive one of a limited number of all-expense-paid conference registrations for CCCU faculty.
The Forum provides a significant opportunity for professional development and networking. Steve notes that its focus on the roles of free enterprise/markets, institutions, and the state in addressing contemporary world economic challenges such as the international debt crisis, immigration, and monetary instability is timely and in line with his scholarly interests and the emphasis of both SIFE and the Hoselton Chair of Ethics and Free Enterprise.


Dr. Elaine Gregory was an invited speaker at the annual Future Professoriate Program conference, hosted by The Graduate School at Syracuse University. She gave two sessions: Extra Credit: “To give or not to give?” – That is the question! and Almost everything you wanted to know about grading college work. This is her second consecutive year of being an invited presenter. Gregory_Elaine

Volleyball Picks Up Several ECC All-Conference Awards

Head coaches Jon and Kirsten Meyers were named Coaches of the Year after guiding the Redhawks to an impressive 17-10 regular season record. Under the Meyers, the team finished their first season in the conference with an 11-4 record in ECC play, finishing third in the standings. 

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Pincus Honored with NICHE Award for Excellence in Fine Craft Design

peter_pincus_NICHEPeter Pincus, Adjunct Professor of Art at Roberts Wesleyan College, was recently honored with a NICHE Award for ceramics.   Peter was one of 40 artists receiving top honors for fine craft design.  Read full story here





Fazar works with the U of R on asteroid detection mission proposal NEOCam

Candice Fazar, one of our physics faculty, has been involved in the development of long-wave infrared detectors for space-based astronomical missions since her graduate work at the University of Rochester.  Current mission proposal NEOCam is continuing that work towards the ultimate goal of being able to detect asteroids of sufficient size to cause devastation upon earth impact.  In this press release by the University of Rochester, Candice’s continuing work has been cited as she is included as an author on the most recent paper to come out of the research efforts.  This article is to be published in Optical Engineering September 2013 issue (Vol. 52, No. 09).


Dr. Daniel Barta's setting of Psalm 46 was premiered at the 10th Annual International Schools of China Choral Festival in Tianjin, China on March 23, 2013. In addition to speaking at the concert, Dr. Barta presented workshops for students and faculty.  Of course, he couldn't return home without exploring many fascinating cultural and historical sights and sampling the extensive Chinese cuisine.

On another note, Barta's setting of the new hymn "Make Your Prayer and Music One" will be premiered by the women of the RWC Women's Choir and Chorale at their spring concert (Sunday, April 14 at 2:00, Hale Auditorium). As part of the presentation, he will briefly talk about the writing of the piece.