Faculty Showcase Feathers in Their Caps

05-02-2014

Accomplishments were in abundance in Hofheimer Library April 25 as the work of 40 faculty members was displayed as part of the second annual showcase event "A Feather in Your Cap: Virginia Wesleyan College Celebration of Faculty Work," sponsored by the College’s new Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning through the Office of Academic Affairs. On display through May 2, the exhibition includes faculty accomplishments from the 2013-2014 academic year. Featured are grants received, recognition of faculty who received tenure and/or promotion, and publications, including a selection of books, peer-reviewed journal articles, encyclopedia articles, translations, music compositions and performances, and more. Assistant Professor of Political Science Leslie Caughell played a key role in organizing the event: “These feathers indicate the wide array of topics studied by faculty members, and taking a moment to show appreciation for these accomplishments represents a great way to close out the spring semester." Among the accomplishments are a $30,000 education grant awarded to VWC—and primary investigators Professor of Biology Maynard Schaus and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Maury Howard—through Dominion Virginia Power and the Dominion Foundation's Higher Education Partnership. The grant will support the summer 2014 work of the professors and three VWC students as they investigate characteristics of urban stormwater ponds, including four located on the College’s campus; An article titled "Celebrity Treatment: The Intersection of Star Culture and Medical Tourism in American Society," written by communication professors Lisa Lyon Payne and Kathy Merlock-Jackson, and sociology professor Kathy Stolley, which was published in The Journal of American Culture in June 2013; and compositions published by Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Michael John Trotta, including “Behold, How Good,” “Love Song,” “Song of Myself,” among others.