Faculty Accomplishments

Professor of Music John Benoit led the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra in its second appearance at the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival in Cedar Falls this summer.  The Ballyhoo combo also performed for Corydon’s Summer on the Square concert series.  Benoit’s Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra performed a Jazz in July program at the State Capitol.  Simpson music instructors Jamie Poulsen (piano) and Mike Short (tuba) as well as Simpson student Kyle Einck (drums) participated in some of these performances.

Assistant Professor of Religion Maeve Callan’s article, “Of Vanishing Fetuses and Maidens Made-Again: Abortion, Restored Virginity, and Similar Scenarios in Medieval Irish Hagiography and Penitentials” was published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Professor Callan’s article explores medieval Irish religious texts’ representations of problematic pregnancies, abortion, virginity, and the female body as a site of saintly action. Her research in this area was the subject of an article in the Irish edition of The Sunday Times on June 4, 2012.

Professor Callan also attended the Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe Conference at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, delivering a paper entitled, “Líadain’s Lament, Darerca’s Life, and Íte’s Ísucán: Evidence for Nuns’ Literacy in Early Ireland.” This paper focuses on three works that were likely written by nuns: Líadain’s lament for her ill-fated love with her fellow professional poet Curithir, a devotional poem attributed to St Íte celebrating her intimate relationship with the Christ-child that she invites her sisters to share, and the vita of St. Darerca that emphasizes her extensive education.

Dave Camwell, associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies, hosted the 8th annual Simpson College Jazz Camp in June, which brought over 70 middle school and high school students to campus. Each night the faculty performed, and the students successfully presented their concert at the end of the week. For information on the 2013 camp, go to www.simpsoncollegejazzcamp.com. Camwell also performed at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland over the summer. This prestigious event happens somewhere in the world every three years.

Shane Cox, assistant professor of accounting renewed his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. He also conducted research on the “Financial Crisis of 2008” which he will utilize for a course during May Term, 2013. Finally, Cox wrote an editorial relating to the expiration of the Bush / Obama tax cuts which was published in the Des Moines Register.

Tracy Dinesen, associate professor of Spanish was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Foreign Language Professors on Twitter by WorldWideLearn.com. Her posts on current events and politics from around the world as well as her posts on second language education garnered her this honor. You can follow her on twitter at @tracy_dinesen.

Adjunct Art Instructor Bob Kling was the judge for the Little Hawkeye Conference Art Exhibit and Festival held at Norwalk High School. The students competed in 20 categories and Kling judged the student artwork from Grinnell, Newton, Knoxville, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, Pella and Pella Christian. Kling also critiqued the exhibit and gave a talk on the winning pieces.

Connie Kostelac, assistant professor in sociology and criminal justice, chaired a panel and presented her work on civilization at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in New York, NY in March. The presentation was entitled “Situating Civilians in Police Organizations.”

Assistant Professor of English Lauren LaFauci recently received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (APS). The grant will enable her to travel to archives in Louisiana, Texas, and South Carolina to complete manuscript research for her ongoing book project, “Peculiar Natures: Race, Environment, and Nationalism in the Southern States, 1789-1865.” Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, the APS is the nation’s oldest “learned society” and counts among its members many founders of the nation, including Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, Paine, Rush, and Marshall. 

Todd Little, director of the Hawley Academic Resource Center, was selected to present his dissertation proposal, “Knowledge Creation in the Context of Knowledge-Intensive Business Processes,” at the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) annual conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The proposed dissertation research will examine how knowledge creation activities are associated with knowledge-intensive business processes and develop a theoretical framework defining the mechanisms and conditions associated with this phenomenon.

Eduardo Magalhaes III, professor of political science was elected to a two-year term as Faculty Advisor Representative to the Midwest Model United Nations Board.

Over the summer Bernard McDonald, Simpson’s director of opera, conducted “The Magic Flute” for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and “Don Giovanni” at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan. He also returned to Glasgow to coach graduate students in opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Dubuque Symphony will perform Instructor of Music Jamie Poulsen’s orchestral work entitled “Heartland Poem” this fall. The performances will take place in the Five Flags Theater in Dubuque, Iowa. “Heartland Poem” was premiered by the Des Moines Symphony in 2008 and was performed again in 2009 at the concert on the State Capitol grounds. Poulsen also had 10 of his art songs performed in various student recitals last spring.

Michael Prindle, assistant professor of accounting attended a session hosted by the Iowa Society of CPA’s titled “Corporate Finance Check-Up.” Using a case study approach, the course covered Financial Statement Analysis, the CFO and Integrated Planning, Operating Metrics for Success, Forecasting as a Valuation Tool and Banker Selection.

Nick Proctor, professor of history presented his game design “Kentucky 1861” at the Reacting to the Past Summer Institute at Barnard College in NYC. At the same conference, he also presented as part of a panel on game design. Also this summer, Proctor presented a game design he co-authored with John Moser of Ashland University at the Game Designer’s Conference at Central Michigan University.

Barb Ramos, associate professor of education, completed training to be an authorized facilitator of “Stewards of Children,” a child sexual abuse prevention training, through Darkness to Light.

Steve Rose, professor of education reviewed a manuscript for The Teacher Educator. The article’s working title was “Teacher Learning Groups as Collective Creation: Thinking with the Theatre Arts.” He also took part in a reading of The Midwest Quarterly’s “Three Generations of Nebraska Poets” at nuVibe Juice and Java in Lincoln, Neb. This event was part of the Nebraska Book Festival on March 31st. Rose read “Steer-Riding in Stewarts’ Corral.” Finally, Rose had a prose piece published in the August 2012, edition of The Sun literary magazine and a poem published in the 2012 edition of Lyrical Iowa.

Sharon Wilkinson, professor of French, did planning onsite in Paris for the May Term travel course she will be offering in 2013, entitled “Paris:  Castles, Colorful Characters, and Crucial Moments in French History.”

Allison Wolf, associate professor of philosophy co-authored an article that was recently published in the newly released collection in the prestigious Routledge Series in Contemporary Philosophy.  Information on the book can be found at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415891875/