1.1 Collaborative Projects: Campus and the Community
Public events cosponsored by the Black Studies Program included
a community viewing of the film Amistad; a demonstration by Nigerian
textile designer Uemisi Adegoke; a workshop entitled "Juvenile Delinquency
in the African American Community: Early Identification and Solutions;"
the unveiling of a plaque honoring 17 Black Civil War veterans buried in
Oak Hill cemetery; and the African Marketplace.
The Center for Biomedical and Environmental Research provides
analytical support for faculty and graduate students, expands undergraduate
students' abilities to use highly technical instrumentation, and develops
and participates in basic and applied cooperative research projects with
area hospitals, government agencies and local industries. The laboratory
serves as a valued resource to provide analytical data for faculty and
students at area colleges of the consortium. This year 3 of the 33 projects
have led to extramural funding.
The Center for Environmental Studies sponsored the production
of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People in collaboration with the
Department of Communications and Theater. The project, funded by
the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (Ohio EPA), used theater as an educational
medium to raise environmental awareness. Theater presentations, combined
with environmental forums that included panelists from academia, industry,
government, and community groups, were held at YSU, Mount Union College,
Washington State Community College, Jefferson Community College, and Cuyahoga
The Center for Working Class Studies sponsored a lecture series
that included journalist Dale Maharidge, sociologist Rick Fantasia, philosopher
Iris Young, American Studies scholar Michael Denning, and geographer Don
Mitchell. The CWCS also initiated its biannual newsletter that has over
450 readers, and developed its own website that includes an on-line bibliography.
Also associated with the website is a discussion group that includes over
The Dale Ethics Center, codirected
by Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez and Cynthia Brincat,
Philosophy & Religious
Studies, supervised 3 students in the Internship in Ethics course;
published the newsletter Issues in Ethics; coordinated the 9th Annual
Bioethics Conference and the Spring Meeting of the Society for Health and
Human Values; and organized the Ethics Lecture Series at YSU featuring
lectures by Bill Binning, Political Science; Barbara Brothers,
Dale Harrison, English; Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Philosophy
and Religious Studies.
The English Festival Committee sponsored its first National
Young Adult Literature Conference as part of the 20th anniversary festivities.
Major presentations by the 5 Festival authors, an appearance by the publisher
of the Books for Young Readers division of BantamDoubledayDell, and about
30 concurrent sessions were a part of the conference, attended by over
200 teachers and scholars in young adult literature from all over the country.
The Islamic Studies Program sponsored
the publication of a new quarterly bulletin entitled
Exegesis), weekly lectures on Qur'an exegesis at the Islamic Center on
Harmon Road, weekly Arabic class teaching the language of the Qur'an at
the Islamic Center on Woodland Road, and the Islamic Day in Ohio Celebration:
Breaking down Barriers with the Aid of History: Muslims Reaching out to
Non-Muslims. Dr. Mustansir Mir, Director, represented Islam in the Valley
Health 2000 seminar on unwanted pregnancies and was the keynote speaker
at the Youngstown Islamic Center's 3rd Annual Community Leadership Appreciation
The Poetry Center, directed by Steven Reese, English, hosted
9 readings in the 97-98 year, involving (as readers) students, faculty,
and writers of significant national reputation. Readings sponsored included
presentations by prize-winning novelist Lewis Nordan, a poetic drama by
local writer Jeanne Brynner, a lecture on the history of tattooing by Margot
Mifflin, readings by
Ivania del Pozo, Ndinzi
Masagara, Melissa Smith, Allen Viehmeyer, Department of ForeignLanguages
& Literatures, of poetry in four different languages and a reading
of poetry and fiction by acclaimed writer Tess Gallagher.
The Ward Beecher Planetarium provides
free, quality science information and education by offering shows to the
general public and programs for school field trips, hosting programs for
special groups, and working cooperatively across campus with other departments.
With the McDonough Museum and New Student Relations, it presented programs
that served as an introduction to YSU for several hundred 8th graders.
With the Department of Geology, the Planetarium acquired the program
Destination: Mars! and cosponsored visits by three scientists working
on the front lines of the Mars program. With the Dana School of Music
and the New Music Society, it provided the setting and multi-media backdrop
for a live concert as part of the New Music Festival. A new fund-raising
arm of the Planetarium, the Friends of the Planetarium, will be opened
to public membership in the fall. The first 2 memberships have already
been accepted by comet codiscoverer Tom Bopp and his father.
YSU's first Washington Center Intern was Suzanne French, a dual
Spanish/Political Science major who interned in the Spring Quarter
with the United States Information Agency. YSU students are able to earn
credit at YSU while interning in Washington, D.C. with a variety of government
agencies, media outlets and interest groups. The Ohio Legislature permits
YSU to name at least 1 scholar per term, who receives a $2,000 scholarship.
Currently, Bill Binning,
Political Science, serves as YSU's liaison
with the assistance of David Porter.
Women's Studies cosponsored with the Department of English
and Planned Parenthood of Mahoning Valley a screening and discussion of
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale,
and also cosponsored the Women in Science Workshop.
1.1.1 Public Lectures Sponsored
The American Studies Program cosponsored
lectures by Mark Hulsether, University of Tennessee, and Michael Denning,
The Black Studies Program cosponsored
lectures by Frederick Branch, the first Black Marine officer; Ulysses Boykin,
great-grandson of Chesnut Whittaker, one of the first African Americans
appointed to West Point; Adriane Bradshaw on "The Evolution of Gospel;"
and Naomi Tutu, Director, African Gender Institute, South Africa, and daughter
of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Department of Economics sponsored
"What can you do with a major in Economics?" featuring Margy M. Poorman,
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; Julie Michael, Ohio Department of Development;
and Dale Standley, Mutual of New York Insurance Company.
The English Department continued
its collaborative program with the Butler Institute of American Art, "American
Visions." Readers were Steven Brown, Clyde Moneyhun, James Schramer, Sandra
W. Stephan, and Stephanie Tingley, English, and Anne York, History.
The Center for Environmental Studies
sponsored a seminar series that included presentations by Michael Crowe,
MRB Environmental Services; Peter Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Group Ltd.;
Mohammad Chowdhury, Solid Waste Management District, E. Ohio; Emliss Ricks,
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources; Cynthia Petretich, YSU; Frank Markert,
ICF Kaiser; Patrick O'Hara, Cumings-Riter Consultants; Joe Gonda, American
Waste Systems; and Michael Kangas, McLaren-Hart.
The Arts & Sciences Faculty Forum
series included 4 panel discussions entitled "Have We Learned to Solve
Environmental Problems in the Last 150 Years?" Panelists from YSU included
Lauren Schroeder, Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences, William
Geography, and Clyde Morris, Economics. They were
joined by Michele Morrone, Patricia Natali and Scott Williams from the
Ohio EPA; Laura Lyden, JLT Research; George Peya, Sierra Club; State Senator
Robert Hagan; Joseph Gonda, American Waste Systems; Rick Flak, Environmental
Awareness Council; Lee Benson, Mahoning County Health Department; Ed Goist,
Animal Charity; and Mohammed Chowdhury, Joint Solid Waste Management District.
The Faculty Forum also cosponsored "East and West Communication: Prospects
for the Future" presented by Guan Shijie, Peking University,
The Albert J. Shipka Speakers Series of
Philosophy and Religious Studies included Dr. Richard Tarnas, California
Institute of Integral Studies, "The Western Mind at the Threshold" and
Dr. Harvey Cox, Harvard University, "Religion and Politics in the 21st
Ward Beecher Planetarium/Department of Geology, sponsored public
lectures by Marilyn Lindstrom, curator of the U.S. Antarctic Meteorite
Processing Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston; Ralph Harvey,
Case Western Reserve University, Geology Department, field team leader
of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites project; and Douglas Ming of NASA's
Johnson Space Center, scientist in the Earth Sciences and Solar System
1.2 Collaborative Projects:
1.2.1 Student Enrichment Events and
Computer Science and Information Systems hosted the ACM Programming
Contest for high school students on April 25, 1998.
The 20th YSU English Festival was attended by over 3,000 students,
teachers, librarians, and parents from over 165 area schools. As part of
the Festival's special 20th anniversary celebration, 5 award-winning authors
for young adults (all previous Festival guest authors) were in attendance:
Bruce Brooks, Sue Ellen Bridgers, Chris Crutcher, Robert Cormier, and M.
The 23rd annual History Day, the
topic of which was Migration in History, was attended by over 550 students
from area schools. The Department of Geography, the Mahoning Valley
Historical Society, and the Buckeye Review offered special prizes.
Winners at the state level included "Tomatoes for Apples," Niles Edison
Junior High (1st place), "Suburbanization," Woodrow Wilson HS (2nd place),
and "A New Beginning," Holy Family School (3rd place).
Over 400 students in grades 5-12 entered
the Lake-to-River Science Fair, directed by Jeff Dick,
Public, private, and parochial schools from Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull
and Ashtabula counties were represented. Serving as judges were YSU faculty
from the sciences.
Mathematics & Statistics sponsored
regional 24 Challenge competitions for students in grades
4-8 from Mahoning, Trumbull, Mercer and Lawrence Counties. The 40 best
students from each of the county competitions competed in the YSU Regional
24 Challenge Tournament. Over 6,000 students participated
in the program directed by Nathan Ritchey with 600 students competing in
J. Douglas Faires, Mathematics and Statistics, and Tom Reardon,
Austintown Fitch High School, organized a sequence of Saturday workshops
from October through February to help regional high school students prepare
for the American High School Mathematics Exam. These workshops were
staffed by YSU mathematics faculty including Tom Smotzer, John Holcomb
and Dave Pollack, local area school teachers and Mathematics students
The Tenth Annual YSU Regional High School Model UN was attended
by 300 high school students who gathered to debate the leading international
issues of the day.
The Ohio Governor's Institute for Gifted and Talented Students,
codirected by Nathan Ritchey, Mathematics, is in its 13th year at
YSU. John White, Sociology and Anthropology, directed over
100 10th and 11th graders from northeastern Ohio in 3 weeks of archaeological
excavations at the Brownlee Home site in Coitsville, Ohio. Other A&S
faculty teachers were Virginia Phillips, Computer Science & Information
Systems, Daryl Mincey and Jim Mike,
Chemistry, David Porter,
Political Science, Sharon Shanks and Gregg Sturrus, Physics &
Astronomy, and Sarah Brown-Clark, Black Studies.
Over 300 students from 28 schools participated in the Physics Olympics at YSU, coordinated by
Stephen Hanzely and Richard Zitto, Physics & Astronomy.
The 60th annual Press Day, directed by W. Dale Harrison, English,
in cooperation with The Jambar and the Tri-County Journalism Association,
brought 750 students from 35 high schools from Northeast Ohio and Western
Pennsylvania to YSU for a day-long program of 41 sessions on journalism,
which included topics from ethics and new technologies to producing newspapers,
yearbooks and literary magazines. More than 200 awards were presented for
excellence in high school journalism. This year's theme was "Journalists
and Justice" and featured Tony Mauro, who covers the United States Supreme
Court for USA Today. Nearly 30 YSU faculty acted as judges, coordinators
and speakers for the event, cosponsored by the
Colleges of Arts and
Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts and Departments of English
Communication and Theater.
Attendance at curriculum-based Ward Beecher Planetarium programs
by public school children totaled approximately 6,500, an increase in the
number of 6th, 8th, and senior high students due
to the popularity of Destination: Mars! and the addition of content-based
segments. In collaboration with the Department of Geology, the Planetarium
provided simulated Martian regolith and Destination: Mars! teachers'
guides to 15 area schools that requested the material for hands-on classroom
activities. Included in this number was a class of gifted middle school
students whose program was given in collaboration with the Department of
1.2.2 Faculty in the Schools
Judge, West Elementary Science Fair
Carl F. Chuey
Mentor, Austintown Middle Schools
Science Fair Advisor, Canfield School
Judge, St. Joseph School Science Fair
Mentor, Canfield Middle School
Paul C. Peterson
Judge, Science Fair, South Range High School
Science Fair Advisor, Hudson High School
Judge, Ohio Academy of Science State Science Fair, Wesleyan College
Mentor, Minority Works Experience Program, YSU
Science Fair Advisor, Austintown Fitch High School
Larry S. Curtin
Science fair judge, HFS Middle School
Renee L. Falconer
Presented "Chemistry is Magic", K & 2nd grades, Mohawk Elementary; 3rd grade, Laurel Elementary; 4th grade, New Wilmington Elementary.
Presented "Making Glue from Milk", Kindergarten, Mohawk Elementary.
Science Fair Judge, Holy Family Elementary
H.C. Mines School Career Day, chemistry careers, grades 4-6
Right to Read "Speaker Day" Feature Speaker, North Road Intermediate, Howland
Demonstration at John White Elementary School.
Michael A. Serra Demonstrations at Bennet Elementary, Taft Elementary, and Serendipity Preschool
Presented Making Medieval Manuscripts, Austintown Fitch High School.
Presented Manuscripts and the Middle Ages, Girard High School.
Bege Bowers, Chuck Nelson, and Caroline Ben-Ari
Judged 1998 Manitoba, Canada, and Northeast Ohio Student Technical Writing Competition open to 10th-12th graders in two regions.
Judge, Golden Key National Honor Society Annual Literary Contest, May 1998.
Poetry workshop, 'Poems and Paintings,' for Mineral Ridge, Butler Institute, May 1998.
Judge, Tri-County Journalism Association Press Day Poetry Contest, 1998.
Judge, William Carlos Williams National Poetry Competition for NEOUCOM, 1998.
Judge, Poet Laureate Award, North Carolina Poetry Society, 1998.
"The Secrets of Silverstein: Poetry for Children" workshops presented at the Creative
Writing Conference, Columbiana High School, April 1997.
Spelling Bee Announcer, Reed Middle School, January 1998.
Alan M. Jacobs
Lectures on Environmental Problems With
Household Waste and the Use of Solid-Waste Landfills, Boardman HS health
classes (3 sections).
Taught 3 classes on geographic themes for 9th grade Canfield World Civilization classes.
Taught class on topographic maps for Salem City Schools gifted and talented
Field trip leader - Geology of Mill Creek Park; Montessori School.
Presentation on Geology, Longcoy Elementary School, Kent, Ohio.
Science Day Promotion, Youngstown City Schools
Through her grant from the Ohio Program
in the Humanities, she and history graduate students took historical documents
from the Niles Firebrick Project to local schools: Austintown High School,
Boardman High School, Niles Edison Jr. High, Lowellville Elementary and
High Schools, Poland Middle School, and Washington Elementary School to
demonstrate how to work with primary documents.
Mathematics & Statistics
Presented "Problem Solving and Test Taking Techniques," Pincham Initiative, Wilson High School, East High School, and Choffin Career Center.
2 workshops on probability and counting problems to Northside Junior High students preparing for the 8th grade MATHCOUNTS contest; the team finished 1st in the state.
Directed Summer Mathematics Camp with Sharon School District.
Physics & Astronomy
James Andrews; Edwin Bishop
Junior Mentorship Day, Poland Middle School
Judge, Holy Family School Science Fair
William "Gregg" Sturrus
Presentation on simple machines and holograms, Robinwood Elementary
Presentation on Russian Novelists and Politics for AP/Honors, Austintown Fitch.
Judged essay contest on land mines
Steven R. Flora
Presentation on Animal Learning to 1st and 2nd grades of South Pymatuning
1.2.3 Teacher Enrichment Activities & Events
Carl F. Chuey
10th Brauninger Teaching Designs for Life, Boardman Township Park
Teresa M. Riley
“Hands-On in Economics for Elementary School Teachers,” a 3-session series of workshops presented separately to teachers from Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
“Topics in Economics for the Social Studies Curriculum,” a 2-session series for Mahoning County Board of Education Social Studies liaison teachers.
“A Review of Economic Education Activities in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties,” with Marie Pavlicko, annual meeting of Consumer and Economic Education Coordinators.
Developed small group activities that were used at the annual high school
economics seminar sponsored by the Industrial Information Institute.
English department faculty Rebecca Barnhouse, Megan Isaac,
Clyde Moneyhun, Tom McCracken, Virginia Monseau, Gail Okawa, Gary Salvner,
Richard Shale, Stephanie Tingley teamed up with Youngstown City School
teachers to work on incorporating literature, film, and technology in the
school classroom over the past academic year as a part of the Youngstown
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Workshop for Advanced Placement Latin teachers, Livonia, Mich.
Led 2 12-week NSF-funded, American Meteorological Society-sponsored
DataStreme Project courses for area K-12 teachers to become weather education
resource teachers and to promote science, computers and the Internet in
"The Ku Klux Klan in the Mahoning Valley," Tri-County Social Studies Association.
Martha I. Pallante
NEOTA Day Mahoning County Teachers, Using
Primary Sources in the Classroom.
Physics & Astronomy
Force, Motion and Light by Inquiry, Ohio Board of Regents Discovery Sustain program workshop for area science teachers.
Sharon Shanks and Richard Zitto
Physics Day Workshop at Geauga Lake for high school teachers and students.
William "Gregg" Sturrus
Optics in Physical Science Classes, Eisenhower Grant workshop.
Stephen A. Graf
"How to Develop, Produce and Use SAFMEDS in Education and Training,"
Orlando, FL (Association for Behavior Analysis Pre-convention Workshops)
Sociology and Anthropology
Presented a workshop "Hands-On Archaeology" for NEOTA Day, Chaney High.
1.3 Publications on Teaching and Textbooks
Bee, R. and Usip, E. (1998) “Differing Attitudes of Economics Students About Web-Based Instruction,” The College Student Journal, 32 (2): 258-269.
Porter, T. and Riley, T. (1998) Tutorial, Analytical, and Graphical Software. (Computer exercises for Principles of Economics, by N. Gregory Mankiw) The Dryden Press.
Brady, Philip S. "What the River Says: Narrative in the Composition Class." Writing on the Edge (Fall 1998): 51-59.
Brown, Steven. "Getting Students Ready to Read: The Effectiveness of Two Kinds of Prereading Exercises." (With Marc Helgesen) Miyagi Gakuin Women's College Department of English Literature Journal 26 (1998): 92-102.
Linkon, Sherry L. "Teaching the Atlantic Monthly." Sharp Newsletter, Fall 1997.
Moneyhun, Clyde. "Issues for American ESL Students." The Holt Handbook, 5th edition. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Ft. Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1998.
Monseau, Virginia. "Beyond the Obvious: Connoisseurs and Critics in the Classroom." Teaching College English and English Education: Reflective Stories. Eds. H. Thomas McCracken and Richard L. Larson with Judith Entes. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1998.
Reiff, Mary Jo. Review: "In the Long Run: A Study of Faculty in Three Writing-Across-the- Curriculum Programs," Ed. Barbara Walvoord, et.al. The CEA Forum, 28.1(1998): 8-9.
Strom, Linda. "Critical Literacy
and the Organizing Model of Unionism: Reading and Writing History at a
Steelworkers' Union Hall." Radical Teacher 51 (Summer 1997): 16-21.
With Kelly Belanger and John Russo.
Sarkissian, John (ed.). Perspectives in Foreign Language Teaching, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Literatures 11, 1997.
Becerra, Servio and Luis González. "Teaching the Spanish Subjunctive: Why not from the Concrete to the Abstract." Perspectives in Foreign Language Teaching, Proceedings of the Twenty-first Annual Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1997, pp. 143-163.
Smith, Melissa. "Teaching Interculturality: a Variety of Approaches," Perspectives in Foreign Language Teaching, Proceedings of the Twenty-first Annual Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1997, pp. 275-286.
Harris, A. G. Tuttle & Tuttle, 1997, Geology of National Parks, 5th ed., Kendall/Hunt, Fall 1997. (Invited to submit the 5th edition for 1998 Outstanding Publication Award by Association of Earth Science Editors.)
Faires, J. Douglas with Richard Burden. Numerical Methods (2nd edition), 1998. Brooks-Cole Publishing, Pacific Grove, CA. Student Study Guide and Instructor's Manual with approximately 85,000 lines code in various programming languages. (Approximately 120 college and university adoptions worldwide in the previous edition.)
Pirko, Richard. 7 photographs, Geology
of National Parks, 5th Edition by Ann Harris.