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Jeanette McNeill, DrPH, RN, professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions was appointed to a task force of the American Pain Society, and in November to a special task force of the American Pain Society to revise a clinical outcomes of pain management questionnaire. She had several publications and was co-author of Unequal Quality of Cancer Pain Management: Disparity in Perceived Control and Proposed Solutions. She also co-authored Honors Programs as a Way to Grow the Discipline, which has been accepted for publication.

Dr. Bill Carleton, professor of human performance and kinesiology, made several professional presentations. With Dr. Tim Henrich, professor of sports management and Dr. Bill Carletonkinesiology, and others, he presented “Overcoming Burnout Through Wellness Concepts” and “Differential Responses to High Level Training in First Year High School Swimmers Participating in Two Sessions Per Day of Training” at the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference in Galveston last year. Also with Henrich and others, he presented “Improvement in Competitive Swimming Performance Following a Season of High Volume Training” at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention in Baltimore last year. He also presented “The Spiritual Impact of Teaching a Required College Wellness Course” at the Inaugural International Conference on Sport and Spirituality, York St. John University in York, England, last year.

Among many accomplishments, Dr. Tim Henrich had several manuscripts accepted for publication. They include “Results of a Longitudinal Study of the swimming performances and power output in middle school swimmers”; “The Elimination of Over Corrected Stroke Dr. Tim HenrichTechniques and the Subsequent Development Unnatural Skill Patterns in Competitive Swimming” with Dr. Carleton and “The Impact of Coaches' Leadership Behaviors on Taiwanese Collegiate Tae Kwon Do Competitors' Performance” with Dr. Steve Liu, assistant professor of communication arts, and Brandon Wang, a graduate of the UIW Ph.D. program in organizational leadership. The publications are in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization where he is director of the Aquatics Commission of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance. Henrich was also appointed a new reviewer for the Journal of Sports, Science and Medicine.

Dr. Sally Baynton, instructor of English, served on a panel at the St. Mary's President's Peace Commission where she presented her paper, "Invisible and Forgotten: Lessons for Darfur from Northern Uganda."

Dr. James F. Creagan, Amy Freeman Lee chair and ambassador in residence, gave the opening address for the Model Organization of American States held at St. Mary's University on Nov. 1. Students from UIW and other Texas and Mexican universities participated in the simulated OAS General Assembly as delegates from member countries. Creagan was a judge of the competition and Dr. Scott Dittloff, associate professor of political science, coached the UIW delegation, acting as Canada. UIW student Andrea Hinojosa coordinated the General Assembly. At the January meeting of the Center for Strategic Studies of the Americas, a San Antonio-based think tank focused on the Americas, Creagan was elected board chairman of the group. The board is composed of retired U.S. military General Officers and American Ambassa-dors with experience in Latin America.

Donald Fox, assistant professor of theatre arts, gave a public lecture and workshop entitled “Performing Shakespeare: Interpreting the Bard for the Stage” at the McNay Art Museum on Oct. 4. In January, Fox delivered a presentation at the USITT Southwest Regional Conference on “Unions and Their Current State and Role in the Entertainment Industry.” In March, he will attend the USITT National Conference and deliver a paper on Gordon Craig and chair a presentation on Lighting Worship Spaces. This summer he has been contracted to design All's Well That Ends Well and Julius Caesar for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. This is an AEA Producing organization and the official Shakespeare festival of the state of Michigan.

Dr. Gary A. Keith, assistant professor of political science, lectured on the U.S. legal systemDr. Gary Keith at the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, from Oct. 22-26. In November, Keith's new biography, Congressman Bob Eckhardt, Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman from Texas, was published by the University of Texas Press, and he made presentations on the book in Austin and Gonzales in November and December.


On Oct. 12, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk presented a paper on “Going Global: Interfaith Journeys on the Road to Liberation in the 21st Century,” at an International Conference at the Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University, Waco. The November issue of St. Anthony Messenger magazine (one of the most widely distributed Catholic publications in the U.S.) includes an article that she wrote called “'Get the Children Home:' Iraqi Refugees in Jordan” from the experiences that she and Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor of education, had with Catholic church groups trying to assist some of the 4 million people, half of them children, who have fled the violence. On Nov. 3, she presented “'Second Rabia's' Women's Compassion, Gratitude and Altruism” at the Third Annual International Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World: The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice, at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sr. Martha Ann’s proposal for the Luminaria, San Antonio's citywide Arts Festival on March 15, was accepted. Her idea is called Creating Art, Creating Friendship: Iraqi Refugee Children and U.S. Children.

On Nov. 15-18, original compositions of Dr. Ken Metz, associate professor of music, were performed in New York City at Queens College; in Salt Lake City at the College Music Society National Convention; and in San Antonio for the Composer's Alliance of San Antonio's Fall Concert at the First Universalist Unitarian Church. He judged the music for the College Music Society super-conference (combining region VI and IV) to be held in Baton Rouge in the spring and also judged the selections for the SCI CD and score release.

Bill Gokelman, professor of music, accompanied New York operatic mezzo Lynnen Yakes for the television broadcast of the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration and Mass on Dec. 11. The event was broadcast live from San Fernando Cathedral on Univision. The program aired throughout the U.S. and 13 other countries. They performed a medley of the "Ave Maria" settings of Schubert and Bach/Gounod. UIW adjunct violin professor Angela Caporale performed with them.

Kathy Vargas, associate professor of art, was one of three photographers to represent SanDr. Kathy Vargas Antonio at Foto Noviembre, a photography biennial held in Tenerife in the Canary Islands on Nov. 5-9. She exhibited 10 photographs at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Tenerife and was present for the opening ceremonies of the festival. The trip to Tenerife was funded by the City of San Antonio's Office of Cultural Affairs as a part of San Antonio's sister city exchange program.

Dr. Michael Tallon, assistant professor of foreign language, attended the 2007 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in San Antonio from Nov. 16-18. He presented two papers at the conference: "Foreign Language Anxiety in Heritage Students of Spanish: A Quantitative Study" and the second one was "Putting Theory into Practice: An Innovative Approach to Teaching Culture in an Intermediate Spanish Class" with Lisa Volle, a doctoral student at UT-Austin.

On Jan. 26, Dr. Roger Barnes, professor of anthropology and sociology, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at the TCADP state conference in Houston. Barnes was a founding member of the TCADP Board in 1996 and served continuously for 10 years until he stepped down in 2006. He has returned to the 12-member board to serve a three-year term. Barnes was invited to give an address at the Brite Divinity School on the campus of Texas Christian University on Feb. 23 in Fort Worth. The topic of his address is the sociology of the death penalty in the context of faith traditions. Barnes also was interviewed for National Public Radio's “Story Corps: Recording America” on his long involvement in the anti-death penalty movement.

Dr. Scott Dittloff, associate professor of political science, participated in a roundtable discussion on teaching human rights at the Southern Political Science Association in January. In February, he took a team of six students to Harvard to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations. The team was combined with students from Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) for a joint UIW/UDEM team.

On Jan. 17, Dr. María Félix-Ortiz, visiting assistant professor of psychology, participated in a research forum on Latino men organized by New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and the Ford Foundation. Only 20 leading national scholars were invited. Her paper, "Being the Chameleon: Construct Validity in Machismo Measurement" was accepted for publication in a Ford Foundation monograph. She serves as a volunteer instructor for the San Antonio Police Department Crisis Intervention Team and will be presenting to the cadets at the Police Academy on March 17. She will be making a presentation, "The Cost of Untreated Mental Health and Stories of Hope" for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin on March 29.

Dr. Julie Miller, associate professor of religious and cultural studies, had her article “To Dr. Julie MillerRemember Self, To Remember God: Augustine on Relationality, Sexuality and the Trinity,” published in a new text “Feminists Re-Reading the Canon.” It was published by Penn State Press last year.