Faculty News & Accomplishments

Biology

The Biology Department, with a grant from the Raskob Foundations and gifts from generous donors, has purchased a number of components for an updated microscopy and projection system. The Biology Department hosted on campus in the fall semester representatives from the medical school at Campbell University in October and from the medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill in November.

Dr. Stephen Bauer

  • Dr. Bauer has accepted the College’s invitation to become a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology in August, succeeding Dr. Reilly. He earned his Ph.D at the University of Rochester (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) along with an M.S. in Pathology; he completed his undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College. He also has considerable experience in private-sector biotechnology research.

Dr. Sheila Reilly

  • Dr. Reilly, after more than twenty-five years of service, including time as department chair, division chair, and interim academic dean, will be retiring from the Biology Department at the end of the spring semester.

Business, Economics, and Accounting

The Business Department of Belmont Abbey College welcomed Mr. Luis G. Lobo, a 1983 Abbey graduate of business and economics and now Executive Vice President of BB&T Bank, to campus on October 1 to give a guest lecture. Many faculties and students then accompanied him to the new student dining hall for lunch and further conversation. Mr. Lobo continues a tradition of distinguished guest speakers of recent years, most recently including Daniel Gallagher, commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Jennifer Walsh, Abbey alum, entrepreneur, and now Fox News Business Analyst.

All Traditional Day business majors continue to gain from their required business internship. In the fall students interned at numerous locations including: The Finance department at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Fort Wayne Trails (IN), KForce professional staffing of Charlotte, Risse Brothers School Uniforms (NJ), JM Family Enterprises a Florida financial analysis firm, Walt Disney World Resort, The Abbey’s IT and Career Services departments, the Charlotte Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office, Charlotte City Tennis, and Broadridge Financial Solutions.

Nicholas W. Conger

  • Dr. Nicholas W. Conger  joined this year as Assistant Professor of Business. Dr. Conger completed his Doctor of Business Administration in 2013 at the Swiss Management Center in Zug, Switzerland. His expertise consists of international business, management, bank auditing, and finance. He earned his bachelor’s at West Virginia University and an MBA from American University in Washington D.C. During the recent financial crisis, he was called upon to monitor and report all trading floor activities of Freddie Mac for the Federal Housing Finance Agency and was, “Responsible for evaluating and improving risk management activities at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae … following their being placed into conservatorship [in September, 2008].” Dr. Conger previously served in military intelligence and earned combat commendations in Vietnam. He was most recently a visiting assistant professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Professor Stanley Dudko

  • Professor Dudko, after fifty-five years of affiliation with the College, and at the age of eighty-one, has decided to close out his teaching career and retire fully at the end of the spring semester.

Professor Gireesh Gupta

  • Professor Gupta published an article entitled “Prayer Has Proven Healing Powers” in the Catholic News Herald’s Viewpoints section on January 2, 2015.
  • Professor Gupta published an article entitled “Giving Thanks to the Monks of Belmont Abbey” in The Gaston Gazette’s Life section on November 9, 2014.
  • Professor Gupta published an article entitled “ Three Belmont Abbey Monks Take Wows” in The Gaston Gazette’s Faith section on August 2, 2014.
  • Professor Gupta attended the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education 2014 computing conference in Atlanta, Georgia on March 6–8, 2014.
  • Professor Gupta published an article entitled [Mobile Phones] “Revolutionizing the Global Culture” in The Gaston Gazette’s Business Section on March 2, 2014.

Dr. Hugh Sales

  • Dr.  Sales published an article, “Affecting Philanthropic Propensity,” in Center for Scholastic Inquiry: Business, (October 2014). Dr. Sales was also selected to serve as Judge for the Business Plan competition of the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference at the University of Tampa on February 27, 2015.

Dr. Gary Scott

  • Dr. Scott appeared live on Good Day Carolinas and was interviewed by Eric Weber on Fox 46 Carolinas (January 23, 2015) concerning the economic impact of the Family Dollar merger, Chiquita’s departure from Charlotte, and the re-location of Movement Mortgage to South Carolina.

Dr. Bill Van Lear

  • Dr. Van Lear gave a talk on current economic conditions at a senior citizens’ residence in Belmont, December 2014.
  • Dr. Van Lear published a third book through Palgrave Pivot entitled “The Social Effects of Economic Thinking” in November 2014.
  • Dr. Van Lear has been asked to contribute a chapter to an edited series on economic research for Nova Publishing. The chapter provides a literature review of the theory on and evidence for economic stagnation.
  • Dr. Van Lear‘s former student John Frisby earned an MA from Purdue in finance and is working for the FDIC out of its Charlotte office.

Criminal Justice & Sociology

Professor Julia Beeman

  • Professor Beeman completed her doctoral coursework in June 2014, and received approval of her dissertation proposal in December 2014. Plans are underway to receive IRB research approval and begin data collection by the end of February 2015.
  • Professor Beeman, a newly appointed member of the NCAA Division II Management Council, attended several meetings as the Conference Carolinas representative on the Council. In July, the Council had a joint meeting with the national SAAC representatives (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). In October, the Council met for two days; and in January, the Council had several meetings during the NCAA national convention, including a joint meeting with the President’s Council. Professor Beeman was also appointed to the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, a committee comprised of representatives from all three divisions. She attended her first CWA meeting in November in Indianapolis.

 Professor Stephen Ward

  • Professor Ward worked throughout the summer and fall to finalize the travel and course arrangements for the new criminal justice elective, English Foundations of American Law. The course, offered for the first time Spring 2015, includes a trip to London during spring break to explore multiple sites important to our country’s legal history. Nine students and four adults (2 faculty) will be making the trip.

Education

Dr. Tara Galloway

  • Dr. Galloway facilitated a partnership between Amplify and Belmont Abbey College. With this partnership, Amplify is providing training for student teachers in specific reading measures now being adopted across the country. The students will participate in data collection in multiple states across the nation for a research study, with all travel expenses paid by Amplify. In addition, Amplify provided BAC with 20 devices and $4,000 for the Education Department.
  • In January Dr. Tara Galloway attended the Orientation and Development Seminar for Group Leaders with Education First College Tours in Paris, France, to prepare for taking students abroad on service learning trip to the Dominican Republic in May. Expenses were paid by EF College Tours.
  • Tara Galloway attended the Teacher Education Assessment training on September 19, 2014, at UNC Charlotte to learn how to score tasks required in teacher preparation at many state colleges.
  • Dr. Tara Galloway was a feature speaker at the Belmont Abbey Educational Pep Rally on December 17, 2014
  • Tara Galloway is serving as Faculty Mentor for the Girls Softball Team.

Dr. Amanda Kloo

  • In November 2014, Dr. Kloo and colleague Ken Crowder submitted an article, Be Not Afraid- Transcending Disability through Faith & Fitness for review for publication to Faith & Fitness magazine published by Lifestyle Media Group.
  • Dr. Kloo designed and launched a new elective course ED372 A Mastery Journey: Faith, Learning and Health to help students develop strategies for success in life, education, and health using the Benedictine Hallmarks, theories of values determination, and models for higher order thinking.
  • Kloo continues her long-standing collaborative relationship as a research scientist and consultant with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Instructional Learning.
  • In July 2014, Dr. Kloo and Ms. Linda Tennant co-facilitated a workshop on disability law compliance titled Understanding & Upholding Disability Law at Institutions of Higher Education for Belmont Abbey College administrators and staff.
  • In September 2014, Dr. Kloo facilitated an information session at a community health event in Rock Hill, SC, about disability health and fitness.
  • In October 2014, Dr. Amanda Kloo participated in the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health & Fitness for Individuals with Disabilities held in Washington, DCIn fall 2014, Dr. Kloo extended her educational research with the University of Pittsburgh to fund health and wellness programming for at risk youth in our area. This work brings together family, school, and community partners in Mooresville, Belmont, and Charlotte to develop and deliver educational programs about healthy eating, physical activity, life-long learning, and responsible choices.

Judith McDonald

  • Judith McDonald participated in the Clinton Foundation Webinar Education: A No Ceiling Conversation May 30, 2014.
  • McDonald participates in Charlotte’s Feeding the Hungry initiative every Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30.
  • McDonald served as a Curriculum Writer for Discovery Education, June-July, 2104.
  • McDonald facilitated a week-long Professional Development Institute for 40 science facilitators from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools July 21-25, 2014.
  • McDonald attended the Advisory Scholars Board at UNCC Uptown Campus August 20, 2014.
  • McDonald and 10 methods students led lessons on the importance of clean water to over 100 students at the Fourth Annual Catawba River Festival September 26, 2014.
  • McDonald attended the North American Environmental Educators Conference in Ottawa, Canada October 7-10, 2014, receiving a $1,000 scholarship to attend.
  • McDonald presented two sessions at the North Carolina Science Teachers Association meeting in Winston-Salem November 6-7, 2014.
  • McDonald and Dr. Warren DiBiase (UNCC) authored an article titled Science Teacher Attitudes Toward Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning published through The Clearing House (Taylor and Francis).
  • McDonald and a current student teacher facilitated a hands-on engineering design lesson to over 200 second and third grade students during Science Night at Lake Wiley Elementary School December 5, 2014.
  • McDonald presented at the international conference of the Association of Science Teacher Educators January 8-11, 2014, in Portland, OR. Topic: Science Teacher Attitudes Toward Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning
  • McDonald and ED409 methods students participated in an informal science experience by leading an engineering design/build activity for approximately 150 people at Sedgefield Science Night January 22, 2015

Dr. Sara Powell

  • Dr. Powell’s two college textbooks, published in 3rd editions as E-texts by Pearson, were released June 2014: Your Introduction to Education: Explorations in Teaching and Introduction to Middle Level Education.
  • Powell attended and presented at the annual Association for Middle Level Education conference in Nashville, TN, Nov. 6-8, 2014. Her topic was Response Cards Unplugged.

 

Melinda Ratchford

  • Melinda Ratchford presented Titanic: Ship of Dreams September 8, 2014, at the Alleghany County Public Library as part of the North Carolina Council for the Humanities Road Scholars Program.
  • Ratchford presented Titanic: North Carolina Connections October 12, 2014, at the Broad River Genealogical Society as part of the North Carolina Council for the Humanities Road Scholars Program. • Dr. Sara Powell’s two college textbooks, published in 3rd editions

 

English

Two of the English Department graduates from last year are currently pursuing graduate degrees in English: Anthony Wyatt and Megan Barnes.

Dr. Svetlana Corwin

  • Dr. Corwin presented a lecture at Belmont Abbey college on November 4 entitled “The Christian View of the Human Person through the Lens of Dostoyevsky.” This one hour presentation gave an overview of Dostoyevsky’s Christian anthropology, highlighting key and enduring insights he has contributed to our understanding of man and of his flourishing.

Dr. Rebecca Munro

  • Dr. Munro published an article entitled “The Art of The Lord of the Rings: A Defense of the Aesthetic”  in Religion and the Arts Volume 18, pages 636–652, 2014. Religion and the Arts is a journal sponsored by Boston College.
  • Dr. Munro published a Review Essay entitled “Exploring the Critical Turn to Religion in Early Modern Drama Studies” in Religion and the Arts Volume 19, pages 107–120, 2014.

Dr. Farrell O’ Gorman

  • Dr. O’Gorman served on the organizing committee of an international conference on Flannery O’Connor held in Dublin, Ireland in July, 2014, the fiftieth anniversary of her death. Dr. O’Gorman’s travel to the conference was made possible by a grant from the Benedictine Fund, and Belmont Abbey College was listed as a sponsor of the event due to his participation. He is currently co-editing a selection of conference papers by Irish scholars for publication in the Flannery O’Connor Review.
  • Dr. O’Gorman delivered an invited lecture on Catholicism and American literature at the national conference “Twenty Years of Catholic Studies” at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota in August 2014.
  • Dr. O’Gorman is presenting a paper on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s relationship to Flannery O’Connor at the American Literature Association’s Symposium “God and the American Writer” in San Antonio, Texas in February 2015.

Dr. Ellen Weir

  • Dr. Weir of the English Department was invited to serve as a judge for South Point High School’s annual poetry reading on January 27.

Fine Arts

Professor Karen Hite Jacob

  • Professor Jacob, abbey and college organist as well faculty member, continued her 20 year research project into 18th century cantatas by Johnann A. Hasse when she visited the monastery of Montecassino, Italy  (Benedict’s founding abbey) in July. Her husband John was allowed to photograph the manuscripts held in the archives. In March 2015, her ensemble Carolina Pro Musica will premier a work for which they have waited yo see since the 1990’s.
  • Professor Jacob continues to direct Arts at the Abbey. Many performances feature Carolina Pro Musica, the abbey’s ensemble in residence. Other series performances included guest artists from Venezuela, UNC Charlotte’s chamber choir, a duo organ recital and the annual student and faculty holiday concert.

Government and Political Philosophy

Professor Andrew Achter

  • Professor Achter, after teaching as an adjunct faculty member in Government & Political Philosophy for several years, is now a full-time Lecturer in the department. An alumnus of the Abbey who majored in English, he earned his M.A.L.A. at St. John’s College (Annapolis).

Dr. Justin Litke

  • Dr. Litke is regularly providing political commentary on the Fox 46 Carolinas morning show, most recently appearing after President Obama’s State of the Union address.

History

Dr. Ian Crowe

  • Dr. Crowe is a Visiting Associate Professor of History, who joins us this spring after teaching for several years at Brewton-Parker College in Georgia. He earned his Ph.D at UNC-Chapel Hill (Early Modern Europe), his M. Litt. in Theology at the University of Bristol, and his undergraduate degree at Oxford. Dr. Crowe holds the place left by Dr. Patrick Wadden; Dr. Wadden holds a visiting appointment at Harvard this semester.

Math and Physics

Stephen Brosnan

  • Brosnan wrote an article, “Courage in the face of evil”, published in the Aug 1 edition of the Catholic News Herald
  • He organized a team and participated in a fund-raising walk: “Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma”, at Furman University, Sept. 14. His team raised $210.
  • He was an AP Calculus Reader, and graded AP Calculus exams, June 10 – 16, 2014.

 

Margarita Eganova Eganova became a member of Mathematical Association of America in September 22, 2014

  • Eganova participated as a judge on Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair on January 10, 2015.

 

Michael McLeod

  • McLeod was a grader for the AP Biology exams in June
  • He was a judge for the Gaston County Science Fair last week. He also recruited two biology majors, Samantha Light and Cameron Mitro who also judged there.
  • McLeod was a member of a SACS special committee to Hampton-Sydney College in September.
  • McLeod has been named to a SACS off-site reaffirmation committee to work this semester reviewing 3 institutions.

Dr. Rajive Tiwari

  • Dr. Tiwari wrote a paper entitled “Science, Modernity and Religion in Colonial India,” which was accepted for presentation at the conference Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early 20th Century. The conference will be held April 22–24 and is organized and hosted by Institute of Historical Studies, London, UK.

 

Psychology

Dr. Nathalie Coté

  • Dr. Coté participated in the College Board Advanced Placement Reading of AP exams in Kansas City, MO in June. Dr. Coté co-authored a chapter on chairing psychology departments with colleagues from two public universities, and it was published by Oxford Press in July. She chaired a session on faculty tenure and promotion at the annual meeting of the Association for Heads of Departments of Psychology in Atlanta in October.

Dr. Ann Calhoun-Sauls

  • Dr. Calhoun-Sauls received a grant from the Center for Open Science for a research project on the replicability of empirical studies. The grant supports the purchase of data collection software and conference travel for dissemination of the research. Two senior psychology majors are gaining valuable research experience collaborating with Dr. Calhoun-Sauls on the project and will travel with her to present it at a professional conference in March. The students’ travel is supported by a gift from alumnus Tom Calabro.

Dr. Kristina Reihl

  • Dr. Reihl was accepted into a competitive post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology at the VA Medical Center.

Theology

Dr. Grattan Brown

  • Dr. Brown wrote catechetical meditations, selected prayers, and edited catechetical texts for a prayer book to be used in prison ministries. The book will be published by St. Benedict Press for the Knights of Malta.
  • Dr. Brown taught a parish lecture series on bioethics with Fr. Matthew Buettner at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
  • Dr. Brown continued to participate in the Ethics Committee and the Ethics Education Subcommittee at Carolinas HealthCare Systems.
  • Dr. Brown delivered a Faculty Lecture Series lecture on the liberal arts.
  • Dr. Brown will be delivering a “Holy Happy Hour” lecture for St. Michael’s Church.