Laurels Spring 2016
Donna J. Chapman, PhD, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, co-authored “Prepregnancy obesity class is a risk factor for failure to exclusively breastfeed at hospital discharge among Latinas” in Journal of Human Lactation an e-publication ahead of print in January 2016.
Donna J. Chapman, PhD, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, and Elizabeth Mullin, PhD, assistant professor of physical education, co-authored “Reliability of lactation assessment tools applied to overweight and obese women” in Journal of Human Lactation in an e-publication ahead of print in August 2015.
Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, associate professor of exercise and sport studies, co-authored “Are the measurements of attention allocation and perceived exertion trustworthy?” in Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science in October 2015. She also co-authored “The effects of acute aerobic exercise versus resistance exercise on mood state” in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in summer 2015.
Richard Davila, PhD, professor of human services, co-authored “Recovery coaching signals paradigm shift” in Addiction Professional Magazine in March 2016.
David Hall, EdD, director of campus recreation and interim assistant vice president for student affairs, co-authored “The co-curricular connection: The impact of experiences beyond the classroom on soft skills” in NACE Journal in February 2016.
Alice Knox Eaton, PhD, professor of English, published an essay entitled, "Twenty-Seven Dollars Worth of Ice Cream" in the online magazine Mothers Always Write in September 2015.
Robert N. Lussier, ScD, professor of business management, co-published “Success factors in greenhouses of Guanajuato, Mexico” in Global Journal of Management and Business Research in 2015. He also co-authored “Success factors for small businesses in Guanajuato, Mexico” in International Journal of Business and Social Science in November 2015. The sixth edition of his textbook, Leadership: Theory, Application & Skill Development, was translated into Spanish, Liderazgo: Teoria, aplicacion, y desarrollo de habilidades, in 2016. He also co-authored “American versus Arab/Islamic family business: The use of non-family-member higher-level managers” in the Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies in March 2016.
Tracey Matthews, DPE, dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, co-authored “Authentic and alternative assessment” in the ninth edition of Measurement for Evaluation in Physical Education and Exercise Science in 2016.
Elizabeth Morgan, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, and
, PhD, professor of sociology, co-authored “Heterosexual marking and binary cultural conceptions of sexual orientation” for publication in Journal of Bisexuality in December 2015.
Paul Thifault, PhD, assistant professor of English, published the article "Catholic-Indian Crossings in Hobomok and Hope Leslie" in Literature in the Early American Republic in 2016.
Conferences and Presentations
Simone Alter-Muri, EdD, professor of art, presented “The body as canvas: Tattoos as a means of teaching design” at the Massachusetts Art Education Association Fall Conference in November 2015. Her manuscript, “Canvas Tattoos and Art as Healing,” was presented by Kelly Buhler, graduate student in the art therapy/counseling program, at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City in November 2015.
Kyle Belanger, instructor of communications, presented "#LikeAGirl: Twitterature as semiconductor" at 32nd Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., in June 2015.
Thomas J. Carty, PhD, chair of the Department of Social Sciences and professor of American studies, presented “Religious and secular missions in Kennedy’s Peace Corps” at two conferences: the Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations in Chicago in November 2015 and the American Historical Association’s Annual Convention in Atlanta in January 2016.
Donna J. Chapman, PhD, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, presented “Provider perceptions of lactation assessment tools: Limitations and suggested improvements” at the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in March 2016. She also presented “Promising evidence-based strategies to reduce breastfeeding disparities” at the La Leche League of Connecticut Conference in Rocky Hill, Conn., in April 2016.
Julia Chevan, PhD, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and professor of physical therapy, co-presented “Recruitment and participation of minorities and women in physical therapy clinical research” at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in February 2016. At that meeting, she also was part of a panel of health services researchers who presented their findings in a session sponsored by Physical Therapy Journal. On the panel, she presented information from a paper she co-authored, “Out-of-pocket spending for ambulatory physical therapy services from 2008 to 2012: A national panel survey,” which was published in Physical Therapy Journal in December 2015.
Amedeo DeCara, reference and instruction librarian, and Kim Colangelo, associate director for technology services for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, co-presented "Grab an OER and row: Successful culture shifting with open educational resources" at the Computers in Libraries national conference in Washington, D.C., in March 2016.
Shannon M. Finning, PhD, vice president for student affairs, co-presented “University administrators walking with our students to spark a culture of change” at the annual NASPA international conference in Indianapolis in March 2016. The conference featured staff and administrators supporting student activism and activists on campus.
Robert A. Fiore, DBA, professor of business management, presented “Fallacies produced by post hoc analysis in management, eleven examples of ex-ante insight” at the 42nd Annual Northeast Business & Economics Association Conference, in Jamaica, N.Y., in November 2015. He also co-presented "Measuring levels of fundamental attribution error ascribed to leadership of entrepreneurial organizations across international cultures" at the International Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., in January 2016.
Sue Guyer, DPE, chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies and professor of athletic training, presented “Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) assessment to evaluate concussions” at the Springfield College/Baystate Rehabilitation Care Current Trends in Concussion Management Seminar in Springfield, Mass., in November 2015.
Lethuy Hoang, PhD, associate professor of French, presented "Resources for a talk about ecology" at the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages at San Diego, Calif., in November 2015.
Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, served as the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Sport Professionals’ Experiences and Research Conference in Tallahassee, Fla., in February 2016. Her presentations included “Effort perception and attentional processes: A psychophysiological approach” and “Never gonna give you up: Effects of music and music-video during exercise.”
Robert N. Lussier, ScD, professor of business management, presented “Success factors for small business in Guanajuato, Mexico” and “An examination of the transition from informal to formal entrepreneur in a developing country context,” which he co-authored, at the Small Business Institute Conference in New Orleans in February 2016. There, he also conducted two workshops: “Publish don’t perish: Tips to improve your ability to get published” and “Human resource management updates for small business.”
Jessica Maxwell, DPT, PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy, presented "Fear of the unknown: Factors contributing to participation after knee replacement" at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in February 2016. She also co-presented a three-part symposium at the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts Annual Conference in Norwood, Mass., in November 2015. The symposium highlighted Maxwell's work on home and community participation outcomes for people after knee replacement, which was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Arthritis, located at Boston University.
Kevin McGinnis, PhD, instructor of religion, presented "Reading reception: Dennis MacDonald and the 'end' of historical criticism" at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta in November 2015.
Elizabeth O’Neill, DPE, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, presented "Case study: The effects of an 8-week functional training program on an adolescent athlete" at the National Strength and Conditioning Conference in Orlando, Fla., in July 2015. She also presented "Diabetes and bone health" at the New England American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Providence, R.I., in October 2015.
Kathleen Pappas, PhD, associate professor of human anatomy, co-presented "Experience in the acute hospital setting: A model service learning program for students in early assurance dual degree programs" at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in February 2016.
Janine Spinola Taylor, assistant professor of human services, presented "Putting your Heart on the line" at the CHD Through Her Eyes 11th Annual Conference in Springfield, Mass., in October 2015.
Janine Spinola Taylor, assistant professor of human services, and Andrea Taupier, director of Babson Library, co-presented the workshop “Where do I start?: Finding quality digital resources to replace costly textbooks" at the Creative Alternatives to the Textbook, organized by the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield, in Springfield, Mass., in April 2016.
Elsie W. Smalls, PhD, assistant dean/campus director of Springfield College Charleston, presented "This is my story, this is my song: A conversation on diversity, inclusion and acceptance" at the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Springfield College in March 2016.
Elsie W. Smalls, PhD, assistant dean/campus director of Springfield College Charleston, and Ruthie G. Williams, PhD, lecturer, co-presented "Sustaining the soul that serves: The journey from self to the community" at the Darlington County Community Action Agency Head Start fall training conference in Lamar, S.C., in August 2015. They also co-presented "It takes a village to raise a child: Intervention before delinquency" at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Training Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in November 2015.
Judith A. Stang, DPA, assistant dean/campus director for Springfield College Wilmington, presented “The speed of trust: The art of balancing in the workplace” at the NCBAA Northeast Spring Conference in Newark, N.J., in March 2016. She also presented “What do we need to re-enter my community” at the Transitional Unit at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Unit in Chester, Pa.
Judith A. Stang, DPA, assistant dean/campus director for Springfield College Wilmington, and John Roland, PhD, associate professor and coordinator of the mental health program at Springfield College Wilmington, presented, “The speed of trust: The art of balancing in the workplace” at DAWN Leadership Summit in New Castle, Del., in March 2016.
Grants and Sponsored Research
The Springfield College AmeriCorps program was awarded $80,008 from the MassMutual Mutual Impact grant program to support the Massachusetts Reading Corps early childhood PreK literacy initiative. The AmeriCorps program also was awarded $10,000 from WellsFargo to support the Massachusetts Reading Corps in 2015-16.
The Student Society for Bridging Diversity, a student group advised by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, has been awarded $500 from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, designated by Harvard Pilgrim employee Marcus Brown ’14.
Julia Chevan, PhD, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and professor of physical therapy, received the Dr. Ronnie Leavitt Award for Leadership in the Promotion of Social Responsibility in Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association Global Health SIG in February 2016.
Sue Guyer, DPE, chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies and professor of athletic training, received two awards from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) in February 2016. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer, and who have been involved in service and leadership activities at the national and district level. The Gail Weldon Award of Excellence recognizes one athletic trainer each year who has displayed an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development, and a balanced life for female athletic trainers or offered significant contributions to improve the health care of women.
Erika Van Dyke, graduate student in the athletic counseling program, received the 2016 American Psychological Association Division 47 Thesis Award for her thesis titled “Exploring relationships among self-talk and balance beam performance in gymnastics” in February 2016. This award recognizes outstanding student research that has the greatest potential for making a significant contribution to the theoretical and applied knowledge base in exercise and sport psychology.
Appointments and Committees
Kyle Belanger, instructor of communications, serves as the president for the Sport Literature Association for the 2015-16 academic year. He also served as the program chair for the 32nd Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association, which was held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., in June 2015.
Dennis T. Martino, interim assistant dean/campus director for Springfield College Manchester, currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers. He also currently serves on the board of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium, the accrediting body for the 39 education and training programs across the country.
Elizabeth O’Neill, DPE, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, currently serves as the co-chair to the Sponsorship and Marketing Committee for New England American College of Sports Medicine.
Elsie W. Smalls, PhD, assistant dean/campus director of Springfield College Charleston, was appointed the vice chair of the board at Tricounty Family Ministries. Tricounty Family Ministries is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization providing food, clothing, medical care, counseling, job placement, shelter, financial assistance, and other services to impoverished individuals.
Paul Thifault, PhD, assistant professor of English, was appointed managing editor of Studies in American Fiction, a scholarly journal devoted to the study of American fiction, in September 2015.
Francine Vecchiolla, PhD, dean of the School of Social Work, was appointed to a three-year term on the Commission on Educational Policy of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in October 2015. CSWE is the national accrediting body for social work higher education.
A sculpture by Simone Alter-Muri, EdD, professor of art, was included in the art exhibition Curious Encounters, curated by Mass MOCA and the Clark Art Museum, at Gallery 51 in North Adams, Mass., in November 2015.
Kyle Belanger, instructor of communications, returned to Super Bowl Radio Row to cover the Super Bowl in February 2016. This was Belanger’s second-consecutive appearance at the event. There, he worked alongside sports radio producing legend Chris Visser, taught classes via Facetime from Radio Row, and broadcasted his daily show. In his spare time, he assisted in the setup and preparation for the annual charity Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team game against the San Francisco NFL Alumni.
Ian Delahanty, PhD, assistant professor of history, curated an exhibit for the Massachusetts State House Museum in November 2015. The exhibit was about the history of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans' organization in Massachusetts. It featured objects and archival documents from the State House's collection and used them to examine what it meant to be a Civil War veteran in the late-1800s. In addition, a manuscript by Delahanty titled "Relics of the Grand Army of the Republic at the Massachusetts State House was published by the Office of the Secretary of Massachusetts. The manuscript was made available at the State House in December 2015.
The O. Henry Prize-winning short story Cherubs by Justine Dymond, PhD, associate professor of English, was selected for Listen Here!, a short story reading series sponsored by the New Haven Review, in December 2015. Cherubs was read in public by a member of the New Haven Theater Company at The Institute Library of New Haven. A “talkback” with the performers and editors followed. In addition, Dymond's nonfiction story, Metro, was nominated for The Best American Travel Writing series, a yearly anthology published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her work was nominated by Lowestoft Chronicle, which is where the story originally appeared.
Rebecca Lartigue, PhD, professor of English; Alanna Grady ‘15; and Rick Paar, PhD, professor of psychology, participated in Springfield Stories, a night of storytelling to celebrate the city of Springfield held at the Bing Arts Center in October 2015. Lartigue organized the event with funding from a 2015 Springfield Cultural Council Grant, a local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Margaret Lloyd, PhD, professor of English, has published five poems in the journal Envoi in February 2016. These poems are part of her recently completed new collections of poems, Traveling on Her Own Errands: Voices of Women from The Mabinogi.
Linda Marston, PhD, director of grants and sponsored research, hosted a meet-and-greet luncheon with Dr. Peter Friedman, the new chief research officer for Baystate Health, at Springfield College in January 2016. More than 40 academic leaders and research faculty from American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Western New England University, and Westfield State University were in attendance.
Cynthia Nazzaro, professor of dance, and Kathy Smith, director of conferences and special events, coordinated the New England Regional American Dance Association Conference, hosted by Springfield College in February 2016. More than 350 dance faculty and students from 25 New England colleges, including University of Massachusetts, Connecticut College, Boston Conservatory, Trinity College, University of Vermont, Keene College, Mount Holyoke College, and Dean College, were in attendance. The weekend consisted of 60 dance classes, six dance concerts, and several research presentations, panel discussions, and social events.
Martin Shell, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and professor of theater arts, acted in a staged reading of Elementary, My Dear Fellow at the Mark Twain House in February 2016. The one-act play told the story of William Gillette, the original Sherlock Holmes.
An art exhibition by Ruth West, associate professor of computer graphics, was featured in the Greenfield Recorder. The article previewed her exhibit, 17 Mysteries and Signs: Tintypes in the Digital Age, which was on display at Nina’s Nook in Turners Falls, Mass., in February and March 2016.
Richard J. Wood, PhD, director of the Center for Wellness Education and Research and associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, wrote a Ted-Ed Original in January 2016. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks. Wood’s lesson, How do carbohydrates impact your health?, has been viewed more than 500,000 times since its creation.
Janine Spinola Taylor, assistant professor of human services, currently volunteers with Community Engagement: Involved with Link to Libraries. As part of her service, she reads to a third grade class at the Thomas M. Balliet School located in Springfield, Mass., each month.