Dr. Matthias Schubnell, professor of English, presented a paper on the significance of Devils Tower in the work of N. Scott Momaday at the Western Literature Association Conference in Spearfish, S.D., in October.
Dr. Robert Ball, associate professor of theatre arts, co-authored the 10th edition of two major theatre books, “The Essential Theatre” and “Plays for the Theatre.”
Several faculty members had presentations at the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in December. Dr. Bill Carleton, Dr. Tim Henrich and Dr. Greg Soukup, of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, presented “Enhancing Physical Activity for Secondary and Post Secondary Physical Education Students.” They also presented a research project titled “Cross Cultural Coaching: Possible Impacts on Developing Swimmers in Denmark.” Henrich, Brent Powell, instructor of kinesiology, and Scott LeBlanc, assistant director of athletics training facilities, presented “Management and Leadership Issues in Adapted and Para Olympic Sport.” Also at the meeting, Henrich co-presented “Acute Affects of Whole Body Vibration on Lower Back Static Strength.”
Michael P. Forrest, associate professor and business law coordinator, co-authored “Serve America Act: The Legislative History of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to Reauthorize and Reform the National Service Laws,” published by Bridge Publishing Group LLC.
Miguel Cortinas, associate professor of art, had his work featured in the San Antonio Art League Museum Invitational Exhibition in November and December.
Dr. Sally Said, professor of modern language, presented her paper “Latino Student Writing in Spanish:
Autobiographical Narrative as Social Justice ” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference on Social Justice at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in October.
Jim Waller, instructor of music, received an award in October from the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers in the Jazz and Popular Division for his jazz compositions and arrangements for large jazz ensemble called “Waltz for Laura,” “Blue Funk” and “This Is It.”
Dr. Elda E. Martinez and Dr. Renea Fike, of the Dreeben School of Education, and Dr. David Fike, senior research statistician, presented “Building Program Support for Teacher Candidates by Evaluating Predictors of Success for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Examination” at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education 2009 Fall Teacher Education Conference in San Antonio in October.
Margaret Mitchell, professor of theatre arts, co-authored “Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States.”
Kathy Vargas, associate professor of art, curated the 23rd annual Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand event in San Antonio in December.
Dr. Cynthia Villarreal, of the Feik School of Pharmacy, implemented the GRACE Program, which allows third-year pharmacy students to interact and discuss medication-related issues with nursing home residents at both The Village at Incarnate Word and Morningside Ministries. The GRACE Program (Growing Respect and Care for the Elderly) is a six-week program intended to prepare students for their role in the community as pharmacists by providing an avenue in which they are able to apply their didactic knowledge in a true patient situation. The program began in January.
Dr. Alicia Rodriguez, assistant professor of banking and finance, and Dr. Alberto Rubio, assistant professor of marketing, presented the paper “An Overview of Small Businesses Owned by Hispanics” at the Decision Sciences Institute National conference in New Orleans, La., in November.
Dr. John M. Tovar, assistant professor in the Feik School of Pharmacy, made several recent presentations as an invited speaker. In October, he presented “Bacterial Infections” and “Viral Infections” at Clinical Pharmacy Week in Vienna, Austria. In December, he presented “Pharmacoeconomics and COPD” at the 55th International Respiratory Congress for the American Association for Respiratory Care in San Antonio. In January, he presented “Diabetes: Life after ACCORD and the Role of Incretin Mimetics” and “Antibiotics: A Primer on PK/PD and Update on New Agents” at the 18th annual Winter Continuing Education Seminar for the Colorado Pharmacists Society in Avon, Colo. He also co-presented a poster called “Use of Antibiotics Without a Prescription in a Flea Market Population” at the North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting in Quebec, Canada.
Dr. Tanja Stampfl, assistant professor of English, wrote an article titled “The Impossibility of Telling: Of Algeria and Memory in the Flesh,” which was published in the winter issue of “College Literature.”
Ferd Vollmar, UIW Marching Band instructor, was invited by the Texas Music Educators Association Region 19 band directors to be guest conductor for the 2010 All Region Band in January. The band is comprised of 110 students, grades 9-12, from the greater Houston area and based on competitive audition.
Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history, wrote an article titled “A Little of Nepal: The Nepali Diaspora in the U.S. in an Age of Globalization,” which was published in “Bodhi-an Interdisciplinary Journal”, from Kathmandu University in Nepal.
Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor of political science, co-presented a paper on “Globalizing the Curriculum” at the Mexican Association for International Education in Zacatecas, Mexico, in November.
Dr. Bonnie McCormick and Ben McPherson, of the biology department, presented the paper “Preserving the Headwaters of the San Antonio River” to the 14th annual conference of the Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration in November.