- Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits, attended the Mountain Plains Museums Association annual meeting in Helena, Montana, October 17-21 where he served on a panel on "The Ins and Outs of Interactive in Exhibits." Moreover, Regier attended the annual meeting of the Kansas Museums Association in Olathe, Kan., Oct. 26-28, and provided input on selecting tools for a session on "Building an Exhibits Program" chaired by Dee Harris of the National Archives and Records Administration--KC Branch.
- Rachel Pannabecker, Director of Kauffman Museum, attended the Kansas Museums Association meeting in Olathe, Kan., October 26-28, and served as co-presenter on "Position for Growth" with Carla Patterson, field director for the HELP Advanced program administered by Mid-America Arts Alliance.
- Mark Jantzen, Associate Professor of History, attended the "Mirror on the Globalization of Mennonite Witness" conference October 27-29 at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.
- John McCabe-Juhnke, Professor of Communication Arts, performed a scriptural story based on Luke 24. 13-35 for "We Sing of God's Love" - a Hymn Festival. Worship and the Arts Symposium, Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. on November 19.
- John McCabe-Juhnke, Professor of Communication Arts, performed the role of the narrator in Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale at a Faculty Chamber Performance on December 3.
- Allison McFarland, Professor of Business and Economics, Six Part Marketing Series, Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. Newton, KS [Invited]; Six Part Management Series, Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. Newton, KS [Invited].
- Karen Schlabaugh, Professor of Music, presented a program on Contemporary Repertoire for Piano Students to the Newton Music Teachers Association in September.
- Christine Crouse-Dick, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, presented "(In)fertile Discourses: Navigating a Rocky Path Toward Mennonite Motherhood" at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) Conference, Evanston, Ill., in October.
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, presented "The Straight American Hero: Opposition to Military Funeral Pickets as Honoring the Heteronormative" at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Baltimore, Md. October on 11.
- John McCabe-Juhnke, Professor of Communication Arts, presented a lecture reflecting on his work in Prison Theater, "Faith, Hope and Sweet Love Re-Membered." Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan. on November 1.
- John McCabe-Juhnke, Professor of Communication Arts, presented a meditation, "Human Darkness, Divine Light" at Hesston College Chapel, Hesston, Kan. on November 9.
- Christine Crouse-Dick, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, presented "'Missed Targets,' 'Well-Oiled Machines,' and 'Toxic Ecosystems': Unpacking Health Care Metaphors Used in Unexplained Infertility Discourses." at the Doing Autoethnography: Here and Now Conference, Detroit, Mich., in November.
- Allison McFarland, Professor of Business and Economics, (November) "Millennials in the Workplace: Statistics and Strategies", Mennonite Economic Development National Conference, Lancaster, PA. [Peer Review]; (July) "Millennials in the Church: Attracting, Connecting, and Mentoring Young Adult Parishners", Mennonite Church USA National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. [Invited]; (February) "Beyond PowerPoint: Technology for the Millennial Generation", 28th Annual Academic Chairperson's Conference, Orlando. [Peer Review].
- 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, in The Journal of Hate Studies 9, no. 1 (2010/11)
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, published a book review of Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell's American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, was accepted for publication in The Journal of Communication and Religion.
- Patricia Shelly, Professor of Bible and Religion, preached the ordination sermon for Alan Stucky ('03) at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Harper, Kan., on December 4.
- Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Assistant Professor of History, served as the book review editor for The Journal of Hate Studies. Fall 2011.
- Barbara Schmidt, manager of KIPCOR’s Community Mediation Center, attended the Heartland Mediators’ Association (HMA) conference on April 7. She served on HMA’s board of directors for five year including four years as treasurer.
- David Kreider, museum technician at Kauffman Museum, traveled to Evanston, Ill. April 18-20 to pack and transport more than 30 works of art by American Impressionist Albert Krehbiel for an upcoming exhibit at the Carriage Factory Gallery, Newton. The exhibit, “Krehbiel Showcase,” will be on display May 1 through July 31. Krehbiel was son of Bethel founder J.J. Krehbiel who operated a carriage factory at the current gallery location.
- Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR director of education and training, and Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, designed and facilitated a day-long visioning retreat for the Salina Mennonite Church on April 16.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, was the pianist for Scott Oakes, bassoonist, at his faculty artist recital at Wichita State University on April 26.
- Gary Histand, professor of chemistry, along with his students Trent Baalman, Trey Ronnenbaum and Carrie Schulz, presented chemical demonstrations to all 8th grade science classes at Chisholm Middle School on April 13. Histand and Schulz hosted and worked with the Newton High School Chemistry II class on April 26. The students analyzed using NMR spectroscopy materials they made at the high school. In addition, they looked at ion concentration in popular sodas, finding that of the sodas tested, Pepsi had the highest phosphate ion concentration.
- Ami Regier, professor of literary studies, presented “Functions of Multiperspective Narrative in Writing Haitian American Diasporic Community in Edwidge Danticat’s 2004 The Dew Breaker” at a research conference of MELUS (Multiethnic Literature of the United States) in Boca Raton, Fla., on April 8.
- John Thiesen, co-director of libraries, had a book review of Lexikon der Mennoniten in Paraguay published in the April 2011 Mennonite Quarterly Review.
- William Eash, professor of music, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, served as guest conductor and pianist for the Mennonite Schools Council Music Festival held in Salem Oregon on April 7-10. They rehearsed with the mass choir of 180 high school students each day leading up to the final performance on April 10.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, was appointed co-book editor of the journal Religion in Eastern Europe. The other co-book editor is Professor Ines Murzaku of Seton Hall University.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, will be attending the Kansas Association of Historians annual meeting on April 1-2. It is being held at Johnson County Community College this year. Jantzen will moderate a panel on “Colonialism and Its Discontents.”
- John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, attended a promotional event on March 17 in New York City, PERFORMING NEW LIVES: A Conversation with Artists Behind Bars on the Power and Potential of Prison Theatre, along with other authors who have contributed to a book on Prison Theater. The book, Performing New Lives, edited by Jonathan Shailor, is a collection of 17 essays representing 14 programs across the country. Editor / author Jonathan Shailor, McCabe-Juhnke and seven other contributors to this volume—all of them facilitators of prison theatre programs—shared stories of their work, engaged the audience in dialogue and signed copies of the book.
- Sondra Koontz, vice president for advancement, hosted the Wichita Public Library’s 25th anniversary celebration and showing of Academy Award nominated short films (animation, live action, and documentary) on February 26 at the Orpheum Theater in Wichita. Koontz opened the day’s celebration as she described the beginnings of the program which she created for the library during her tenure as State Film Librarian and head of the Art, Music and Film Departments.
- Marla Krell, director of career development and placement, collaborated with the ACCK career services directors to organize and participate in the annual Teacher Interview Day held this year at Tabor College on March 8 when approximately 80 teacher candidates interviewed with 46 school district administrators from across the state of Kansas.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, was the collaborating pianist with Richard and Suzanne Tirk in concerts at the University of Alabama-Birmingham on February 6 and at the University of Alabama on February 8.
- Nicholas Krehbiel, assistant professor of history, gave a presentation February 24 for the Friends of Mennonite Library and Archives Lecture Series titled “The Mennonite General’s Alternative Service: Lewis B. Hershey and Conscientious Objection during World War II.” This was a presentation that was a brief overview of his dissertation that he completed at Kansas State University in 2009.
- Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, gave an illustrated talk on “Fibers to Fabrics: Clothing Kansans 1854-1904” to the Moundridge Study Club on February 10. The presentation included audience sharing antique clothing from their own collections.
- Tracy Tuttle, assistant professor of physics, gave a workshop to the physics department and students at Fort Hays State University in practical astronomy and astronomical imaging/data acquisition on February 18. He taught how to acquire and understand digital data using a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera and Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, and then they went out at night and learned how to take and process astronomical images. Largely, this workshop was in preparation for the Messier Marathon.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, and Ken Grotewiel, senior associate with KIPCOR’s Great Plains Consensus Council, presented two workshops for the 44th Annual Conference of the Kansas Rural Water Association at Century II in Wichita. The first workshop, on March 29, was on “Resolving Disputes in a Neighborly Way,” and the second workshop was on “Dealing with Difficult Customers” on March 30.
- Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, spoke to the Harvey County Retired School Personnel on the educational mission and history of Kauffman Museum on March 11.
- Nicholas Krehbiel, assistant professor of history, had an article published, “Relief Efforts Denied: The Civilian Public Service Training Corps and the Starnes Amendment, 1942-1943,” in War and Society, an Australian history journal, vol. 30, no. 1: 48-60.
- Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, assistant professor of biology, with Ceballos, G. P. Manzano, M. L. Haynie, D. H. Walker and R. D. Bradley, recently had an article published by Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University, entitled “Geographic Distribution, Genetic Diversity, and Conservation Status of the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in Mexico,” 299: 1-15.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, published “Tenuous Bridges over the Iron Curtain: Mennonite Central Committee Work in Eastern Europe from 1966 to 1991” in the 2010 issue of Mission Focus. The same article was reprinted in the February 2011 issue of Religion in Eastern Europe.
- Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, served on a review panel for the National Science Foundation on February 11-13 in National Harbor, Maryland.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, served as an adjudicator at the KSHSAA State Piano Festival held on February 19 at Tabor College in Hillsboro.