VOLUME 6
Issue 3

JUNE 2014
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News
Rhonda M. Gonzales (History) was named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2014-2015.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.
Joshua Thurow (Philosophy and Classics) was granted a research fellowship for 2014-15 at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion. 

Dr. Thurow will be spending his year doing research on the following questions: how can collective wrongs be atoned for, how does atonement for collective wrongs relate to atonement for individual wrongs, and can the answers to the two previous questions be used to provide a new way of understanding the Christian doctrine of the atonement? He will be working on producing a book manuscript on these questions.
Robert Hard (Anthropology) was awarded $20,000 for his research project, "Reconstructing Holocene Paleoclimate in Southwestern New Mexico." 

The award was one of six granted by the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research as part of the Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT) program.

Kolleen Guy (History) delivered the inaugural keynote address at the Umbra Institute's Food Studies Conference in Perugia, Italy on June 6.

 

The conference theme was "Of Places and Tastes: Terroir, Locality, and the Negotiation of Gastro-cultural Boundaries." Dr. Guy's address centered around the French notion of terroir, a concept she explores in her book When Champagne Became French.

Gregg Michel (History) was presented with a commemorative plaque by the National Football Foundation, along with a $5,000 award given to UTSA, in recognition for his efforts fostering excellence among student-athletes as exemplified by 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eric Soza.

NFF President Steve Hatchell said of Dr. Michel: "Gregg Michel has been a critical liaison between academics and athletics at UTSA. We are proud to... [highlight] his role in ensuring that the student-athletes at UTSA have an educational experience that prepares them for success long after their playing days in San Antonio."
Sherice Gearhart (Communication alumna) was featured in two articles in CommUNO, the magazine of the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where she is currently employed as Assistant Professor.

Nazgol Bagheri (Political Science and Geography) hosted Geography Career Night at her home on May 2. 

 

The event included recognition of student and faculty achievements in the past year; an introduction of the new M.A. program in Geography; faculty presentations of their research and teaching interests in the program; and advice from faculty and visiting speakers on career opportunities for geography majors.

Kristin Wilborn (Psychology doctoral student) was one of four winners of the student poster competition held by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science. Kristin's poster, titled "Appraised discrimination predicts inflammation via increased depression and blunted cortisol in Mexican-Americans" (co-authored with Associate Professor Deborah Mangold and student Maureen Pirog), investigates the relationship between feeling discriminated against and inflammatory responses leading to heart disease and hypertension.

Sundas Mohi, Carlos Gonzales, and Evana Toll (undergraduate Music Education students) presented at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Louisville, Kentucky in March. Their presentation, "Games, Poems and Stories for Enhancing Beginning Strings Classes" was chosen to be part of the National String Project Consortium "Best Practices" session. The UTSA String Project provided them with a $250 travel award for this achievement.

 
Events
2014 African American Literatures and Cultures Institute

The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute took place June 1 - 25. Founded and directed by Joycelyn Moody (English), the instutitue cultivates students to join the U.S. professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training.

This year's AALCI fellows were, pictured from left, Alesia Alexander (Grand Valley State), Josalynn Smith (Washington University), Amber Walker (UTSA), Mariah Hill (University of Arizona), Candace Chambers (Jackson State University), and Deontez Wimbley (Claflin University). Dr. Moody appears at the center of the photo.

 
Publications
Norma Cantú (English Emeritus) published "Living la Vida Santa: My Chicana Spirituality and Activist Scholarship" in Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women's Lives (University of Arizona Press).

In May, Dr. Cantú presented at the Congreso Internacional sobre Literatura Chicana (international congress on chicano culture) at the University of Oviedo in Asturias, Spain. She also walked the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northern Spain for the second time (the first time having walked the entire 800 kilometers of the Camino Francés trail).
Joel Christensen (Philosophy and Classics) received an enthusiastic review for his book Homer: A Beginner's Guide (co-authored with Elton Barker) by Yukiko Saito, University of Liverpool; Kyoto Seika University.

The review concludes: "This handsome guidebook is every bit as inspiring, witty, informative and cunning as the Homeric Odysseus himself."

Joycelyn Moody (English) published "The Truth of Slave Narratives: Slavery's Traces in Postmemory Narratives of Postemancipation Life" in The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative (Oxford University Press).
 
Corrections
The following errors were made in the April issue of Illuminations:
  • In an item highlighting Dr. Pellegrino's receipt of an award from the American Educational Research Association, the name of the award was incorrectly stated. The award name is the Outstanding Early Career Paper Award in Music Education, not the Outstanding Early Career Award in Music Education.
  • Dr. Kellman's name was incorrectly spelled in an item highlighting his reelection as vice president for membership of the National Book Critics Circle. The correct spelling is Steven Kellman, not Stephen Kellman.
  • Dr. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba's name was incorrectly stated in an item highlighting the participation of Department of Modern Languages and Literatures faculty and students in the Biennial Conference of the Association for Study of Women. Her complete name is Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, not Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz.
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