Here are the faculty and staff activities for February 7, 2013.

Faculty and Staff Activities

Drs. Ximena Catepillán, mathematics, and Waclaw Szymanski, mathematics at West Chester University, recently had their paper “Fundamental Equation for Quadratic Polynomials” presented at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. In the paper the authors describe a Hindu-Vedic approach to quadratic polynomials different from the traditional method taught in schools.

Dr. Christine Filippone, art and design, will have her article “Ecological Systems Thinking in the Work of Linda Stein” published in the peer-reviewed Woman’s Art Journal this spring. Last fall she presented the paper “The Human Use of Human Beings? Feminism and Systems Theory in Public Sculpture and Ecological Art” at the annual conference for the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Milwaukee, Wis. Last spring she co-chaired the session “Gendering the Posthuman” at the annual conference of the College Art Association in Los Angeles. This session was developed from a graduate-level seminar taught at Millersville in spring 2011 entitled Posthumanism in 20th Century Art: Gender, Technology and Computer Culture. And, this summer Filippone will accompany a study-abroad trip for students from Immaculata University to Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Dr. Lisa Schreiber, communication & theatre, recently announced the completion of a free online textbook, Public Speaking: The Virtual Text. The textbook has 271 pages and 18 chapters.  The book can be found at The textbook is part of a larger open source project (see focused on providing free online public speaking resources to students and faculty. Schreiber is asking faculty to consider contributing an original classroom exercise, activity, syllabus or assessment tool to the site. She is also looking for videos of exemplary students’ speeches, outlines and speech transcripts. These can be sent to Schreiber at


Dr. Dennis Denenberg, professor emeritus, gave Hooray for Heroes talks on January 16 in Chattanooga, Tenn., as part of a teacher in-service and two parent workshops at St. Peter’s Episcopal School. In addition, he will be giving a Hooray for Heroes talk on February 11 in Clarksburg, W.Va. That will be an all-day in-service through a Teaching American History grant. 

Congratulations to:

Andrew Brooks, grounds, and wife Melissa, on the birth of their girl, Reese Elizabeth Brooks, on January 4.


John Apple, 71, of Millersville died January 22. He was an associate professor in the wellness and sport sciences at Millersville University for 38 years, retiring in 2002 and being named professor emeritus. He served as head swimming and diving coach at MU for 20 years.

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