- John D. Thiesen, Co-Director of Libraries, passed the Academy of Certified Archivists certification exam in Denver Aug. 8, once again receiving the highest score in the nation.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director,attended a gathering of the Kansas State University’s Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy board, of which he is a member, for a discussion of how architecture and community planning intersect with public discourse and deliberation. The meeting was in Manhattan Sept. 14.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, attended the quarterly meeting of the Kansas Supreme Court Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution in Topeka Sept. 21.
- Merle Schlabaugh, attended the Kansas Association of Teachers of German Immersion Weekend, “Deutsches Wochenende,” in Manhattan, Sept. 21-22.
- Allen Jantz, Professor of Education, was elected president of the Kansas Association of Private Colleges of Teacher Education (KAPCoTE) for the 2012-13 school year.
- David Long, professor or art,exhibited a piece at the 2012 Kansas Artist-Craftsmen Association exhibit in Topeka, Oct. 5-Nov. 3.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director,facilitated the “Time of Discovery” for the Hutchinson Ulster Project, which brings Catholic and Protestant teens from Northern Ireland to Hutchinson for a month.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, facilitated a discussion among stakeholders in Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases for the 25th Judicial District in Garden City, Aug. 21, and followed up with a second facilitated discussion with the same group, Sept. 19.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Professor of Music, performed a series of concerts with clarinetist Suzanne Tirk, beginning with Suzanne's faculty recital Sept. 28 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and followed by concerts at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Pittsburg State University and the University of Kansas. The concerts included works by Lutoslawski, Ross, Gabaye and Prokofieff.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, presented “Restorative practices that align with the multi-tier system of support,” a model that focuses on climate and discipline in school settings, to 120 faculty and staff at Wichita West High School Aug. 17.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, Flory presented a short workshop on “Conflict resolution: A framework for senior center staff in dealing with cliques, bullying and inappropriate behaviors,” sponsored by the Mid-Kansas Senior Center Association of Harvey County, Sept. 24. The workshop was attended by administrators and staff from Harvey, Butler and Sedgwick County senior centers.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, presented a workshop, “An introduction to restorative practices,” at the 2012 Kansas Safe and Prepared Schools Conference, put on by the Kansas Department of Education in Topeka Sept. 25.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, and Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, presented a webinar titled "Community Coaching & Conflict," for the K-State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, September 13, 2012.
- Christine Crouse-Dick, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, published “Reframing the Domestic Angel: Real Simple’s Repackaging of the Victorian-Era ‘Angel in the House’” in Communication Studies 63(4), pp. 441-456.
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, edited Reconciling Art and Mothering (Ashgate, 2012), a collection of essays by various artists and art historians (including one by her).
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, published “Seeking out the Crevices in a Rigid Society” in Mennonite Life 66 (Summer 2012).
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, published “Squeezed between Nationalism and Opportunity” in Mennonite Life 66 (Summer 2012)
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History,published “Nationalismus (Nationalism)” in Mennonitisches Lexikon (Mennonite Encyclopedia), Vol. 5, Part 2, “Geschichte, Kultur, Theologie” (History, Culture, Theology), http://www.mennlex.de/doku.php, 2012.
- Francisca Méndez-Harcerode, Assistant Professor of Biology, co-authored “Ecology of Catarina virus (family Arenaviridae) in southern Texas, 2001-2004,” which was accepted for publication in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.
- Ami Regier, Professor of Literary Studies,was invited to contribute a chapter to a new volume in the “Companions to Native Literatures” series from the University of Nebraska Press and volume editor Catherine Rainwater. The series explores and illuminates individual literary texts written by Native authors around the globe. Each book in the series focuses on one frequently taught literary text, in Ami’s case Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller, addressing key issues raised by the work and demonstrating effective theoretical approaches to its interpretation. The purpose of the series is to provide short, accessible and affordable companions to major Native literary texts, primarily for classroom use.
- Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, published an article, "Wanted: Skilled Intervention: Leading Others in Significant Conversations," which was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Leader magazine.
- Allen Jantz, Professor of Education, participated in the KSDE/NCATE on-site visit to Pittsburg State University, Sept. 16-18.
- Merle Schlabaugh, Adjunct Professor of German, began in August as a docent for the Warkentin House in Newton.
- Merle Schlabaugh, Adjunct Professor of German, served on the leadership team and as a reader of the Advanced Placement exam in German for Educational Testing Service, Cincinnati, June 6-19.
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Kansas Association of Historians.
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, was appointed to a second three-year term on the Kauffman Museum board of directors.
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, attended Kansas Association of Historians meetings at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, March 30-31, 2012.
- Rachel Pannabecker, Director of Kauffman Museum, and Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits, together with Flint Hills Design and Osage Woodworks, collaborated with Kansas NSF EPSCoR to design to fabricate and install an exhibition called "Climate and Energy Central." This exhibition, which featured stories of current research by Kansas scientists, premiered at the new Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas.
- Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits, exhibition was one of four case studies researched by Rebecca J. Fell for her Masters in Fine Arts Museum Exhibition Planning and Design program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results of her 2011 thesis were published in the Spring 2012 issue of "exhibitionist," the journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition. Fell's article featured photos of Regier's innovative design of packing crates used as exhibit modules in "The Bison: American Icon," and the truck that Chuck custom fit to transport "Mirror of the Martyrs."
- Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, facilitated an Interest-based bargaining process between the Goddard Unified School District and the Goddard Education Association for the 2012-2013 school year, completed May 21, 2012.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, and Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, helped organize and facilitate the Annual Child Welfare Conference sponsored by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, August 29 (Wichita) and August 31, 2012 (Kansas City).
- Gary Histand, Professor of Chemistry, presented "From Fleeting Thought to Useful Material - The Development of a Lab Experiment" at the Kansas College Chemistry Teachers Conference at the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy, April 13, 2012.
- Doug Siemens, Assistant Professor of Education, successfully defended his dissertation titled: "Boys' Achievement Gap and the Ethic of Care: A Participatory Action Research Study" on April 27, 2012. Siemens graduated from Wichita State University Educational Leadership Doctoral Program with an Ed.D. Spring 2012.
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, was featured on the cover of Sojourners Magazine.
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, published Academic Mothering in a Post-Second Wave Context, ed. Hallstein and O'Reilly, Demeter 2012.
- Allison McFarland, Professor of Business and Economics, presented the paper, "Marketing to the Under 30 Crowd: Global Similarities and Disparities", at the International Hospitality and Tourism Conference, sponsored by the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, and Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, designed and led a two-day training in "Implementing Restorative Practices in Kansas Schools," for the Kansas State Department of Education, June 7-8, 2012, Lawrence, Kan.
- Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, designed and led a training in "Collaborative Decision-Making," for the Goddard Public Schools Administrative Council, June 5, 2012, Goddard, Kan.
Gary Flory, KIPCOR Director, Barbara Schmidt, KIPCOR Community Mediation Center Manager, and Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR Director of Education and Training, designed and led a training in "Restorative Justice Dialogue/Mediation," for the Salina Initiative for Restorative Justice (SIRJ), August 15, 2012, Salina, Kan.
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, attended Mennonite Writing VI at Eastern Mennonite University, March 2012
- Rachel Pannabecker, Director of Kauffman Museum, and Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits, attended the preview opening of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 13, to mark the premier of the special exhibition "Kansas: Climate and Energy Central" for Kansas NSF EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) which was developed, designed and fabricated by Kauffman Museum in collaboration with Flint Hills Design, North Newton.
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, presented a paper and chaired a session on art in the Weimar Republic at the Midwest Art History Society conference, March 29-31, 2012.
- Lisa Janzen Scott, Assistant Professor of Education and Mathematics, chaired a mathematics program review team for the Kansas State Department of Education in Oct. 2011 and participated again in March 2012.
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, curated "Art Lives!", an artistic collaboration of The Feminist Art Project at City Arts, Wichita Kan., March 30 - April 21, 2012. The show was featured in the April 1 segment of "Hatteberg's People" on KAKE-TV.
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, opened her solo exhibition, Those Were the Days, at Newman University's Steckline Gallery, which ran from January 27 through February 17.
- David Long, Professor of Art, juried the Student Art Exhibit at Butler Community College in April. There were aver 500 works of art entered into this year's exhibit.
- Karen Schlabaugh, Professor of Music, performed concerts in January and early February with University of Oklahoma faculty member and clarinetist Suzanne Tirk at Oklahoma State University, University of Michigan, in Windsor, Ontario, Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan) and Bowling Green University (Ohio).
- Gary Histand, Professor of Chemistry, presented, along with seven students, Chemistry Demonstrations for Service Day, April 14, at Chisholm Middle School in Newton
- Gary Histand, Professor of Chemistry, presented "From Fleeting Thought to Useful Material - The Development of a Lab Experiment" at the Kansas College Chemistry Teachers Conference at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, April 13, 2012
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, published a review of Doing Theology When God is Forgotten: The Theological Achievement of Wolf Krötke, by Philip G. Ziegler, Religion in Eastern Europe, 32, no. 1 (February 2012): 44-46.
- Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits, presented "The Story behind Stories on the Trail: The North Newton Trail Signage Project" to Life Enrichment on May 2. Trail signage, which was commissioned by the City of North Newton and supported by a KDOT grant, was inaugurated on April 22 as part of the museum's Earth Day Adventure.
- Doug Siemens, Assistant Professor of Education, along with his Wichita State University Ed.D field study team presented "Project Based Learning and Shared Leadership to Provide a Successful K-4 Learning Experience" at the United School Administrators of Kansas Convention in Wichita on January 26.
- Weldon Martens, Interim Vice President for Student Life, presented "St. Paul's Journey and Message Through Greece" over the course of six Wednesday evening sessions on Feb. 8 - Mar. 21. at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson, Kan.
- Weldon Martens, Interim Vice President for Student Life, presented "Mourning to Dancing: Men Being Remade" at the Men's Retreat at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, March 2-4, Divide, Colo.
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, published "Surviving and Thriving through Collaboration," in an exhibition catalog essay for Womanhouse v4.0: The House that Feminism Built (University of Nebraska, 2012).
- Rachel Epp Buller, Assistant Professor of Art, published "Postcards from the Edge," an exhibition catalog essay for Outpost (El Dorado, KS: White Gallery, 2012).
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, published "Anger and Compassion on the Picket Line: Ethnography and Emotion in the Study of Westboro Baptist Church," The Journal of Hate Studies 9, no. 1 (2010/11).
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, served as the 2011-2012 co-chair of the Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association, where her main duty was writing and distributing Calls for Papers, organizing responses, establishing panels for submission, and serving as a writing consultant.
- Andi Schmidt Andres, Curator of Education at Kauffman Museum, and Rachel Pannabecker, Director of Kauffman Museum, together served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2012 KMA annual meeting held in Newton, Kan.