Here are the faculty and staff activities for September 6, 2012.

Welcome New Faculty

Front row (left to right): Dr. Steven Kennedy, chemistry; Rachel Gammons, library;  Jennifer Frank, social work; Dr. John Zarco, music; Dr. Xin Li, physics; Becky McDonah, art & design; Dr. Robyn McMillin, history; Dr. Michael Elioff, chemistry; Dr. Mark Atwater, applied engineering, safety & technology

Back row (left to right): Dr. Jason Petula, elementary & early childhood education; Dr. H. Tyrone Washington, mathematics; Dr. Aaron Haines, biology; Dr. Ethan Frost, geography; Dr. John Kaiser Ortiz, philosophy; Dr. Duane Hagelgans, emergency management/earth sciences; and Dr. Jose Garcia, music.

 Cuthbert Appointed as Interim Associate Dean

Dr. Angela Cuthbert

Millersville University has announced the appointment of Dr. Angela Cuthbert as interim associate dean for the school of humanities and social sciences.  Cuthbert, geography, began teaching at the University in 2001 and has been the chair of the geography department since 2006.  Dr. Derek Shanahan, geography, has taken over the position of chair since Cuthbert’s appointment.

Her previous experience includes positions on the University’s President’s Advisory Leadership Council, Academic Standards Committee, University Promotion and Tenure Committee, University Honors College Committee and the General Education Task Force.  Additionally, Cuthbert served as working group chair for the Middle States Accreditation Self-Study, program coordinator for the Engaged Scholars Program of the Civic Community and Engagement and Research Project and as assistant coordinator for commencement.  She is also the faculty advisor of three student organizations.

Cuthbert is also involved in the Lancaster County Conservancy, Lancaster Bureau of Police and Lancaster County Planning Commission.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees of environmental studies in geography from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in geography from McMaster University.

 Davis Appointed Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis ‘95, of Millersville, Pa., has recently been appointed assistant director of alumni engagement at Millersville University. She was previously the assistant to the director and alumni office manager since 2007.

Davis’ new duties will include alumni event planning and hosting; technology and social media; working with alumni association committees and Board of Directors; the Millersville University for Life Engagement initiative and the Alumni Regional Coordinators; alumni association sponsorships; donor cultivation; special giving programs; advisor to the Student Ambassadors (Student Alumni Association); oversight of the alumni office graduate assistants; in addition to several other duties.

Davis graduated from Millersville University with her bachelor’s degree in business administration/management. Davis has been previously employed by Lancaster General and Ephrata Community Hospitals, the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board and Philhaven.


Faculty and Staff Activities

Dr. Sherlynn Bessick, Office of Learning Services, completed post-graduate certification in School Neuropsychology and was granted a Diplomate from the American Board of School Neuropsychology in July 2012. Sherlynn also attended the School Neuropsychology Summer Institute in July 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

Drs. Ximena Catepillán, mathematics, and Waclaw Szymanski, mathematics department at West Chester University, had their article “Counting and Arithmetic of the Inca” published in the peer-reviewed journal Red Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática, RLE. The article is available at

Dr. Richard D. Clark, earth sciences, serves as the liaison between the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the High Altitude Observatory (HAO), which is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In this role, he attended the August 8-9 meeting of the HAO External Advisory Committee in Boulder, Colo. The HAO has been conducting research in solar physics for six decades, and operates the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory and develops instrumentation and numerical models for the solar physics community.

Erin Dorney, library, and Dr. Lisa Schreiber, communication and theatre, attended the Leadership Institute for Faculty Women sponsored by the PASSHE Women’s Consortium in State College, August 12–17. The institute was an intensive, week-long program designed to address issues facing women in leadership through an academy-style series of presentations and interactive, experiential and strategy-based workshops.

Vera Volchansky, music, performed in a concert with the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra in Kazakhstan on June 23. She performed “Academic Festival Overture” by Brahms, “Capriccio Italien” by Tchaikovsky and “Symphony No. 3” by Beethoven. From July 30 – August 4 she attended the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif. She has also accepted the music director position with the Lancaster County Youth Orchestra.


Dr. Dennis Denenberg, professor emeritus, elementary and early childhood education, continues to present keynote addresses to conferences and conventions for corporate, teacher and parent groups. During August, Denenberg gave Hooray for Heroes presentations; August 2 in Albuquerque, N.M., for a Teaching American History grant; August 14 in Salt Lake City for a charter school and August 21 and 22 in Killeen, Texas, for middle and high school teachers.

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