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Faculty/staff news update, through February 2010

Friday, March 05, 2010

Faculty/staff news update, through February 2010

Academe welcomes news from WSU faculty and staff about research, teaching and service activities. This column will recognize grants, honors, awards, presentations and publications, new appointments, new faculty, sabbaticals, retirements and the deaths of our current and former colleagues.


Deborah Ballard-Reisch, professor and Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Chair in Strategic Communication, Elliott School of Communication, was the lead organizer for a WSU Feed Haiti million-meal event Feb. 5-8 at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex. The effort was in partnership with international hunger relief organization Numana Inc.

Nikki Currie, assistant professor, counseling, educational and school psychology, has been elected president of the Kansas Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. She was also recently appointed scholarship reviewer for the Barbara Gazda scholarship for the Association of Specialists in Group Work, a division of the American Counseling Association. 

Lynne Davis
Lynne Davis
Lynne Davis, Ann and Dennis Ross Endowed Faculty of Distinction in Organ, performed a recital on Feb. 28 for the St. Louis French Festival. She performed at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. 

Nick Taylor, a WSU graduate who assists with WSU’s tennis program, won the Quad Wheelchair Doubles Title at the Australian Open, sponsored by the U.S. Tennis Association in January. 


Nikki Currie, assistant professor, counseling, educational and school psychology, attended the December 2009 International Conference on Social Science Research where she presented a paper based on her dissertation, “A case study of incarcerated males participating in a canine training program.” 

Jay M. Price, associate professor and director, public history, presented his recently published book “Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage,” co-authored with Matthew Namee and Victoria Foth Sherry, at the Fifth Annual Kansas Author Dinner on Feb. 26 in Wichita. The event is organized by the Wichita alumnae association of Kappa Kappa Gamma as a fundraiser for children’s literacy programs.

Michael Rogers, professor and chair, human performance studies, co-authored a paper with colleagues from Nagoya City University in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (volume 6, issue 4, pages 467-474) titled “Efficacy of an accelerometer-guided physical activity intervention in community-dwelling older women,” focusing on women in Japan.

Niall Shanks, Curtis D. Gridley Distinguished Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science, participated in a panel discussion in February at the University of California at Los Angeles about the conflict over animal research.


Ina Marie (Bally) Grimes, 93, retired secretary to the WSU dean of admissions, died March 1 in Valley Center. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Tibbets (Pete) of Newton; sons, Alan Grimes (Rose) of Overland Park; Anthony Grimes (Tina) of North Carolina; Peter Grimes of Park City; sister, Iris Malcom (Max) of Augusta; brother, Sam Bally (Helen) of Tampa, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Blanche and Frank Bally; husband Charles H. Grimes Jr.; sons, Daniel W. Grimes and Mark E. Grimes. Funeral service has been held. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 


Lynne Davis, Ann and Dennis Ross Endowed Faculty of Distinction in Organ, was interviewed for the Feb. 21 St. Louis Post Dispatch story, “French spoken here for festival.” http://www.wichita.edu/j/?455

Lynne Davis, Ann and Dennis Ross Endowed Faculty of Distinction in Organ, had her concert reviewed in a Feb. 28 St. Louis Examiner critique, “Organist Lynne Davis delivers gorgeous music at recital at Cathedral Basilica.” http://www.wichita.edu/j/?470

Ed Flentje
H. Edward Flentje
H. Edward Flentje, professor, public administration, had his commentary, “A loophole closing commission,” published in the Feb. 21 Hutchinson News. http://www.wichita.edu/j/?454

H. Edward Flentje, professor, public administration, was featured in a Feb. 7 Topeka Capital Journal story, “Kansas politics chronicled in book.” http://www.wichita.edu/j/?456

Gary L. Miller, provost and vice president, academic affairs and research, had his commentary “Higher education benefits students, society” published in the Jan. 28 Wichita Eagle. http://www.wichita.edu/j/?475.

Jay Price, associate professor and director, public history, was interviewed for the Feb. 22 Wichita Eagle story “Syrian immigration influenced Wichita culture.” http://www.wichita.edu/j/?453

David Soles, professor and chair, philosophy, director of masters of liberal studies program, had his commentary “College benefits not just economic” published in the Feb. 25 Wichita Eagle. http://www.wichita.edu/j/?476.

John Tomblin, executive director, NIAR, was featured in the Feb. 21 Wichita Eagle story “John Tomblin drives NIAR forward by bringing people together.” http://www.wichita.edu/j/?452

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