Research Updates and Announcements – December 2017

Research Updates and Announcements – December 2017

Poetry publication: Eric Bliman, instructor in English composition, had a selection of poems featured on His poems and reviews have appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, HEArt Journal Online, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, Subtropics, The Times Literary Supplement, and other journals. To read Bliman’s work, visit

Short story publication: Rod Zink, assistant professor of English, had a short story titled “The March of the Leaf-Cutters” published in Glassworks, Rowan University’s literary journal. Another short story titled, “Shoemaker,” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Crack the Spine. His poems “Mary's First Breakdown,” “Alice and the Stink Bug,” and “lullaby,” will be published in the winter 2017/18 edition of Ginosko Literary Journal.

Award recognition: The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) presented the 2017 AAACE Imogen Okes Award for Adult Education Faculty and Programs in North America to Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell, professor of lifelong learning and adult education; Dr. Robin Redmon Wright, associate professor of lifelong learning and adult education; and Dr. Edward Taylor, professor emeritus of lifelong learning and adult education. The award recognizes persons whose research contributes significantly to the advancement of adult and continuing education and honors the memory of Imogene Okes, whose reports on adult education participation have been widely used and quoted in the field.

Musical arrangements performed: Dr. Adam Gustafson, instructor in music, had three choral arrangements performed by the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (CGMC) as part of their "Naughty or Nice" program in December. With 150 singing members, the CGMC is one of the nation's oldest and largest gay choruses. The arrangements are “Whip It” by Devo, “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, and “Backdoor Santa” by Clarence Carter.

Art exhibit: Paul Manlove, instructor in visual arts, is exhibiting his body of work titled "Three Mile Island" at the Exeter Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland in December. Over 20 paintings and drawings by Manlove articulate his engagement with the iconic landscape. Sources include Three Mile Island, art historical references and direct observation. To view Manlove’s work, visit

Research presentation: Kaitlyn Rhubright, an undergraduate student in the Criminal Justice program, presented her work titled “Pennsylvanians' Perspectives on Capital Punishment,” at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in November.

Poster exhibit: Craig Welsh, associate professor of communications and humanities, had five posters accepted for the new Poster House museum scheduled to open in NYC in 2019. Welsh has art directed and/or designed the posters for their permanent collection. For more information about the Poster House, read CNN’s inside peek article about the museum.

Edited publication: Anthony Buccitelli, assistant professor of American studies and communications, edited a collection of essays titled "Race and Ethnicity in Digital Culture: Our Changing Traditions, Impressions, and Expressions in a Mediated World" with Praeger Books in November. This volume consists of essays on key cultural topics and features work by 20 scholars.