receives Fulbright award
Dr. Ian Munro, professor and chair of the Department
of English at William Jewell, is among approximately
800 U.S. faculty and professionals selected to travel
abroad as Fulbright Scholars during the 2005-2006 academic
year. Dr. Munro has received a Fulbright appointment
to spend a year teaching in Morocco. Established in
1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator
J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Scholar Program
aims to build mutual understanding between the people
of the United States and some 140 other countries.
In addition to teaching Moroccan students, Dr. Munro
will conduct research into the effects of recent educational
reforms on the teaching of English language and literature
in Morocco. “French has long been the dominant
foreign language in the country, the language of literature
and the elite,” he says. “But English is
playing an increasingly important role.”
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international
education exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S.
Department of State. Fulbright Scholar award recipients
are selected on the basis of academic or professional
achievement and because they have demonstrated leadership
potential in their fields.
Harriman Arts Program’s Clark Morris
attends international arts conference
Photo Clark Morris, Executive Director of the Harriman
Arts Program of William Jewell College and a member
of the William Jewell class of 1991, was selected to
attend the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders
in the Arts, a joint project of National Arts Strategies
and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford
University Graduate School of Business. The two-week
session met this summer on the campus of Stanford University
in Stanford, Calif. Morris was nominated by Michael
Fields, Executive Director of the Richard J. Stern
Foundation. Nominations for the prestigious fellowship
were screened by a national advisory committee, and
program directors made the final selections.
Each year, 50 outstanding mid-career arts leaders
receive fellowships to attend the two-week session
on the Stanford campus. The program offers an opportunity
for arts leaders to further their professional development
and to share collegial insights with their peers in
all arts disciplines. This year’s participants
included representatives from throughout the United
States and internationally, including Australia and
Hong Kong. Morris is a member of the William Jewell
College class of 1991, and received his master’s
degree in business administration from MidAmerica Nazerene
University. He joined the staff of the Harriman Arts
Program while a student at Jewell and has held a variety
of administrative positions on the staff. He was named
the program’s Executive Director in 2003.
Donette Alonzo named to multicultural position
Photo Donette Alonzo has been named to the newly
created position of Director of Multicultural Admission
and Student Development at William Jewell College.
Alonzo received her master’s degree in Integrated
Humanities and Education from Rockhurst University
in Kansas City and her B.A. in theology from Kansas
Newman College in Wichita. Since 1997 she has served
as Director of Multicultural and International Student
Affairs at Rockhurst University.
“The position was established to better meet
the needs of multicultural students and families,” says
Dean of Students Rick Winslow. “Working through
both the Student Affairs and Admission offices, the
Director will focus on implementing the connective
orientation and support programs that lead to student
success and satisfaction.”
Areas of primary responsibility will include serving
as the key contact for minority prospective students
and their parents; the selection, supervision, and
training of staff for the College’s Minority
Student First-Year Mentor program; and the design and
coordination of the College’s Orientation Program
and retention services for minority students.
At Rockhurst, Alonzo co-chaired a campus-wide diversity
committee and managed and communicated campus diversity
issues with faculty, staff and students. She was an
advocate for all students of various ethnic backgrounds
and sponsored the Black Student Union, Student Organization
of Latinos and International Student Club. She serves
on a number of community diversity boards in the Kansas
City region and has facilitated partnerships at Rockhurst
with the National Conference for Community and Justice,
Harmony, Inroads, the League of United Latin American
Citizens and the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations.
Previously, she served as Coordinator of Retreats and
Evangelization for the Office of Youth and Young Adult
Ministry at the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kan.,
and served as a pastoral associate and youth minister
at the Church of the Resurrection Parish in Wichita.
She also served as a parish minister for Queen of the
Holy Rosary Parish in Overland Park, Kan.
Stufflebean Begins Term as Chair of NACA Board
Ernie Stufflebean, Director of Student Activities
at William Jewell College, has been elected chair of
the Board of Directors for the National Association
for Campus Activities (NACA). His term began May 1.
Stufflebean has served as NACA Board of Directors Finance
Committee Chair and Treasurer. He also served as chair
of the former NACA Heart of America Region. Stufflebean
has been involved in the field of campus activities
since 1993. He has previously worked at Missouri Western
State College and the University of Missouri-Kansas
City. Stufflebean received a bachelor’s degree
in criminal justice/law from Missouri Western State
College and a master’s degree in higher education
and administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas
City. He is a resident of Liberty.
NACA, a national, not-for-profit membership association,
has been connecting students and campus activities
professionals with entertainment, lecture and promotional
firms since 1960. NACA links the higher education and
entertainment communities in a business and learning
partnership, creating educational and business opportunities
for student and professional members. Headquartered
in Columbia, S.C., NACA’s membership includes
more than 1,050 colleges and universities across the
country and more than 600 talent, lecture and promotional
agencies nationwide. For more information about NACA,
please visit www.naca.org.
Deborah Maltby, adjunct instructor
in the English and General Education Departments, recently
won a School of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation
Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The fellowships, only four or five of which are awarded
in a given year for all the graduate students at UMKC,
provide financial support for completion of the dissertation.
Nancy Crigger, associate professor
of nursing, published the article, “Pharmaceutical
Promotions and Conflict of Interest in Nurse Practitioners’ Decision
Making: The Undiscovered Country,” in the June
edition of Journal of the American Academy of Nurse
Nelda Godfrey, associate professor
of nursing and chair, is the author of a chapter in
the new book Educating Nurses for Leadership, edited
by Harriet R. Feldman and Martha J. Greenberg (Springer
Publishing, 2005). The chapter is entitled “Leadership
Education for the Common Good: A Pilot Program,” and
it describes the evolution of the Pryor Leadership
Studies Program at William Jewell. Godfrey also spoke
at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Hot Issues Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, in May.
She was part of a panel that addressed “The Teaching
Role Across Institutional Settings,” with the
Dean of Nursing from the University of California-San
Francisco and the Dean of the College of Nursing and
Health Sciences from Texas A & M University.
WJC students K.C. Maynes and Maria
Compton are co-authors with Blane
Baker, associate professor of physics, of
an article entitled “Proton NMR Relaxation
Study of the CsHSO4 Solid Acid System.” This
article has been accepted for publication in a fall
issue of Solid State Communications.
Jewell professor receives international award
Dr. Elizabeth Sperry, associate professor
of philosophy at William Jewell College, recently received
a $1,500 award in recognition of a paper she presented
this summer in Helsinki, Finland at the International
Society for Universal Dialogue. The international philosophical
society was founded by scholars in Warsaw, Poland,
in 1989 as the Berlin Wall was coming down. Dr. Sperry’s
paper was entitled “Foucauldian Power, Relational
Autonomy, and Resistance Through Friendship.”
“The paper attempts to find a way to make sense
of people as both socially constructed and as having
the potential for personal autonomy, two concepts which
are usually seen as antithetical,” Dr. Sperry
said. “Teachers often talk about how their scholarship
enables them to be better teachers; this is one case
where my teaching informed my scholarship, as it was
during a discussion with upper-level students in my
Postmodernism seminar that I got the idea that led
to this paper.” Dr. Sperry, a resident of Kansas
City North, joined the William Jewell faculty in 1996.
She received her B.A. from Houghton College and her
M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Michael Cook has received the
2005 Professor of the Year Award from the evening division
William Jewell College welcomes
the following new full-time faculty members for the fall
Computer Science–Angela Klein, Assistant
Professor of Information Systems. B.S., 1989, Southwest
Missouri State University; M.B.A., 1995, Rockhurst
Chemistry–Jeremy R. Rush, Visiting
Assistant Professor of Chemistry. B.A., 1999, William
Jewell College; Ph.D., 2005, Kansas State University.
Education–Steven E. Harris, Assistant
Professor of Education. B.S., 1987, William Jewell
College; J.D., 1992, University of California-Berkeley
School of Law (Boalt Hall); M.A., 1999, New York University.
English–Sara L. Morrison, Assistant
Professor of English. B.A., 1989, Swarthmore College
(PA); M.A., 1993, Ph.D., 2002, University of Colorado-Boulder.
Rychetta N. Watkins, 2005, Assistant
Professor of English. A.B., 1995, Washington University-St.
Louis; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2005, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
Nursing–Kimberly N. Johnston,
Instructor in Nursing. B.S.N., 1998, William Jewell
College; M.S.N., 2003, University of Kansas Medical
Barbara A. Burns, Assistant Professor
of Nursing. B.S.N., 1977, University of Missouri; M.N.,
1984, University of Kansas-Lawrence.
Pamela Y. Arnold, Instructor in Nursing.
Diploma, 1991, St. Luke’s College; B.S.N., 2004,
Physical Education–Fran H. Schwenk, Instructor
in Physical Education, Head Football Coach, and Assistant
Athletic Director. B.S., 1969, M.S., 1972, Northwest
Missouri State University.
Philosophy–Girard Brenneman, Visiting
Assistant Professor of Philosophy. B.A., 1996, DePauw
University; M.A., 2002, Ph.D., 2004, Johns Hopkins