News Archive

President's Letter - Spring 2005

News and notes on the activities of R-MWC faculty, staff, students, and alumnae

4/18/2005 2:08:04 PM


Faculty and Staff News

  • Keonya Booker delivered a presentation on R-MWC’s Electronic Portfolio at the National Academic Advising Association’s mid-Atlantic conference in Virginia Beach recently.

  • Sonja Brodt ’90 has been teaching as an adjunct professor in dance and environmental studies this spring. She recently took her environmental studies class to Polyface, an alternative, environmentally sustainable farm in the Shenandoah Valley just south of Staunton.

  • Emily Yap Chua performed in a chamber music concert with clarinetist Antoine Clark in the Gellman Room Concert Series at the Richmond Public Library recently. In addition, she performed in a similar concert at the University of Virginia with Scott Perry on the oboe and Dwight Purvis playing horn.

  • Camille Dungy’s book of poetry, What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison: Poems, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2005. She is currently working on a new collection of poems, Suck on the Marrow, Chew on the Bone.

  • Maureen Robb’s debut mystery novel, Patterns in Silicon, is due out this month. It is the first of three books in the Lea Sherwood restaurant mystery series to be published by Drake Valley Press. The book’s cover carries strong reviews by five top mystery authors, and Maureen’s Web site has just debuted at

  • Jaymes Rohrer presented "Le Mythe de Stallone dans I’imaginaire d’Emmanuéle Bernheim" at the annual South Central Modern Languages Association conference in New Orleans in October.

  • Kathy Schafer, Peggy Schimmoeller, and Peter Sheldon spent spring break at Forman Christian College in Pakistan, where they were invited to be curriculum consultants. They helped the college expand its bachelor’s degree program from a 2-year to a 4-year program.

  • Peggy Schimmoeller and Peter Sheldon received a $35,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to run workshops for middle-school teachers to help them teach inquiry-based science. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson and Karin Warren are also participating in the grant as workshop facilitators.

  • Beth Schwartz attended the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society held in March in La Jolla, California. As co-chair of the women in psychology and law committee, she organized and chaired a session to discuss career issues in academia, private practice, and consulting in the field of psychology and law.

  • Peter Sheldon’s op-ed "Women in Physics" was published in the Lynchburg News and Advance. It addressed Harvard University President Lawrence Summers’ remarks.

  • Peter Sheldon was invited to run a workshop, "Using Physlets Effectively," at the American Physical Society’s annual March meeting in Los Angeles. In addition, he was invited to give a talk, "Are They Engaged? Technology Can Enhance Methods of Interactive Learning," at the American Association of Physics Teachers annual winter meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January.

  • Heather Somers’ article "How FISH! Fed the ’Cats" was published in the November/December 2004 issue of Coaching Volleyball. The article discusses ways to blend techniques often used in a corporate setting into an athletics setting.

  • Debi Woodall-Stevens ’03 won the International Speech Contest for the Roanoke Toastmasters Club with her speech "The Ten Commandments." Debi serves as vice president of education for the club.

  • Consuella Woods gave a presentation entitled "Principally Speaking" at two sessio

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