Congratulations to Holly Wendt, whose poem ” That the True Owner May Have It Again” was nominated by The Coil for the Best of the Net Award. We wish Holly the best of luck during the awards process.
Jen Kanupka and Katie Oriel were featured on Good Day PA (October 10, 2016). They discussed the benefits of the adapted rock climbing program they designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. LVC physical therapy students assisted with the development and implementation of the program, and education students recorded data throughout the program in order to measure outcomes. The adapted climbing program is just one of Katie and Jen’s interdisciplinary research projects which focus on exploring the benefits of participation in community-based activities for children with disabilities.
Holly Wendt is currently collaborating with LVC student Travis Hall on a series of posts Hall is writing and contributing to The Classical where Wendt is a member of the editorial team. Hall, a hockey player and aspiring sports writer, is writing about the NHL season. His work may be found at http://theclassical.org.
Robert Machado has been working with Malcolm Lazin, LVC Trustee Emeritus, and Tom Hanrahan, Director of Editorial Standards to create Lazin’s Wikipedia page. Lazin, an LVC graduate, is a social activist, prosecutor, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the recipient of many awards, including the U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (the Department of Justice’s highest honor) and the Creative Leadership in Human Rights Award from the National Education Association. Lazin is the founder and executive director of Equality Forum, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and annually presents an international LGBT civil rights summit.
Jeff Robbins has been named to the Board of Directors for the Westar Institute (https://www.westarinstitute.org). The Westar Institute is dedicated to fostering and communicating the results of cutting-edge scholarship on religion. It is a non-profit, public-benefit research and educational organization that bridges the gap between scholarship about religion and the perception of religion in popular culture. Since its founding in 1986, Westar has conducted a series of innovative seminars on the historical Jesus, the Acts of the Apostles, the apostle Paul, and other topics. Currently, Westar scholars are conducting seminars on the origins of the Christian tradition and God and the human future.
Matthew Erpelding was selected by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to represent the Unite States as a Conducting Fellow for the 2017 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). The ICEP is committed to leading the world in the creation of opportunities for intercultural and artistic dialogue with choral communities from around the world. This dialogue is the key to creating connections and forging stronger relationships between ACDA and the rest of the world. It is an ongoing exchange program for emerging leaders from the U.S. and their international counterparts to interact with choruses and choral musicians from one another’s respective countries. In 2017, ICEP will oversee professional residencies for a total of 32 conductors from the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Rebecca Urban published a paper entitled “Asexual reproduction and its potential influence on the distribution of an invasive macrophyte” in the journal Northeastern Naturalist. Rebecca and co-author Matt Dwyer (’14) showed that the invasive aquatic plant, swollen bladderwort, has greater asexual reproduction and dispersal ability compared to native bladderwort species, thus helping to explain the sudden spread and great accumulation of a species that can dramatically change lake ecosystems.