Here are the faculty and staff activities for April 4, 2013.



New Dean Announced

Dr. Diane Umble has been named the new dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She joined Millersville

Dr. Diane Umble

University faculty in 1990 and is currently professor of communication and theatre.  She has extensive experience in administration based upon her prior appointments as interim dean, since July 1, 2010; as interim associate dean, 2003 to 2007, as well as acting dean summer 1995 and January 1996 and acting assistant dean, 1994 to 1996.

Umble served as chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre from 1996 to 2003.  She has participated and held leadership roles in numerous committees, searches and University task forces.  Recent appointments include service as acting director of the Center for Academic Excellence, 2007 to 2009, and as chairperson of the Middle States Working Group, Standards 4 and 5, Leadership and Administration, 2007 to 2009.

Umble received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication.  She holds two master’s degrees, one from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School and one from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Umble is the former holder of the Kreider Fellowship at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.  She received the Young Center Award for recognition of pioneering studies of communication patterns and gender studies in Anabaptist communities from Elizabethtown College in 2001.  Her most recent publication, “The Amish and the Media,” co-edited with David Weaver-Zercher, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2008.


Faculty and Staff Activities

Dr. Mandi Dupain, wellness and sport sciences, co-authored “Agreement Between Activity Monitoring Devices During Home Rehabilitation: A Sub-study of the AAA STOP Trial” in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, February 14.

Drs. Lynn Marquez, earth science, Linda McDowell, educational foundations and Daniel O’Neill, counseling & human development, presented a pre-conference workshop at the 32nd Annual Conference on the First Year Experience (FYE) in Orlando, Fla., February 22. Titled “These Things We Know for Sure:  Key Components and Strategies for a Successful FYE Experience,” the workshop provided guidelines for developing and sustaining FYE Programs in diverse campus settings.

Dr. M. P. A. Sheaffer, English, gave an invited Lenten lecture for St. Olave’s Church in the City of London on March 19. The slide-illustrated presentation, “Inscape: a New Way of Seeing,” focused upon the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S. J.

Drs. Philip Tacka and Micheál Houlahan, music, had their chapter “From Sound to Symbol: A New Pitch for Developing Aural Awareness” published in Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. The volume “provides a cutting-edge dissection on the nature and application of musicianship within contemporary musical practice. The line-up of expert authors from many varied backgrounds is simply amazing, as is the rainbow of topics addressed,” said Gary McPhearson, Ormond Professor and director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.


Dr. Francis J. Bremer, professor of history emeritus, will be delivering one of the talks at the New Haven Museum’s celebration of the 375th Anniversary of the Founding of New Haven on April 13. He will also be delivering one of the addresses at a conference celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism in Heidelberg, Germany on May 10.

Dr. Dennis Denenberg, professor elementary education emeritus, will be giving a variety of presentations this month. On April 9 he will be speaking to the Manheim Women’s Club- honoring “Girls of the Month.”  On April 12 he will be in Ashland, Oregon for a Teaching American History (TAH) grant – Hooray for Heroes presentation, and on April 24 and 25 he will be in Rio Grande, Ohio, also giving a TAH presentation. Then, on April 16, he will be back in Pennsylvania, hosting “Edna’s Angels” from the Schreiber Pediatric Center.

Diane Fleishman, student affairs, will receive the Dean Herman Schneider Award at the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) national conference in Orlando on April 16.  She will also be co-presenting a preconference workshop on “What is Old is New Again.” CEIA is the national organization for educators and employers involved in work-based learning. Each year they present the Dean Herman Schneider Award for a significant and comprehensive record of contributions for the advancement of the philosophy and practice of cooperative education or internships over a sustained period of time. The award is named for Herman Schneider, who was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (1906-28) and president of the university (l929-32).  Schneider made a unique contribution to higher education when in 1906, he founded the first program of cooperative education in the United States.

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