Scholarship, Collaboration, and Awards

R. Troy Boyer’s chapter “Agriculture and Industries” is included in the 2017 publication  Pennsylvania Germans:  An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Johns Hopkins University Press).  This chapter examines the contribution of Pennsylvania Germans to farming and their history in certain manufactures in both the ethnic cultural hearth area in southeastern Pennsylvania and in what has been termed the Pennsylvania Dutch “diaspora” communities in other parts of North America.

Shannon Brandt, Todd Snovel, and Beth Julian presented on “College Rocks,” the interactive online summer course they developed in 2016 to equip incoming students with the knowledge and self-awareness to become successful first-year students.  The team presented first at the 43rd Annual Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference (DVSAC) in Philadelphia, a regional conference for educators in the greater Delaware Valley. They then flew to Atlanta, Georgia and presented at the national First Year Experience (FYE) Conference.

Congratulations to Becky Urban, who recently received the Exemplary Teacher Award given by the the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Becky received this award not only for her outstanding teaching, but also for her work to promote environmental concerns.

Further kudos to Laura Eldred who was named a semi-finalist for the Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars award sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.