KATHRYN STELMACH ARTUSO (English) wrote an article for the Eudora Welty Review, “Transatlantic Rites of Passage in the Friendship and Fiction of Eudora Welty and Elizabeth Bowen,” which received the Ruth Vande Kieft award for the best annual essay on Welty by a junior scholar.
JOHN BLONDELL (theater arts) directed Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Part 3” for the Bitola (Macedonia) National Theatre, commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe for its Globe to Globe Festival. Created as part of London’s Cultural Olympiad, this unprecedented festival featured all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays performed in 37 different languages. The National Theatre of Albania has invited Blondell to direct “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in midsummer 2013. The Santa Barbara Independent honored Blondell, MITCHELL THOMAS (theater arts) and student Chris Wagstaffe ’14 with Independent Theater Awards in May. Blondell earned two directing awards for “Peer Gynt” and “Henry VI, Part 3,” which he directed in Santa Barbara prior to the London shows. Thomas received two Indys for his acting roles in “Peer Gynt” and “Creditors.” Wagstaffe won for his performance in “Peer Gynt” as the youngest Gynt.
GREY BROTHERS (music) has published an edition of Mexican Baroque music, “Antonio Rodríguez Mata: Passions” (AR Editions), that features scholarly editions of musical settings of the Passion according to Matthew, Luke and John. The composer, Antonio Rodríguez Mata, was maestro of music at the Mexico City Cathedral from 1614 to 1643. An introductory essay places the works in their historical context. Brothers described these and other settings of the Passion in an article,“ The More Hispano in Polyphonic Passions of Mexico City,” in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Latin American Music Review. Brothers will direct Westmont in Mexico with his wife, Carrie, in fall 2012.
In fall 2012, LISA DE BOER (art) begins a three-year term with the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program (www.lillyfellows.org/ GraduateFellowsProgram.aspx) as a mentor. She will co-mentor a cohort of 16 new graduate students, including Kristin George ’09 (see story on page 25).
At Commencement, three professors received Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher awards: CHARLES FARHADIAN (center, religious studies; humanities), TOM KNECHT (political science; social sciences) and EILEEN MCMAHON (biology; natural and behavioral sciences).
JAMIE FRIEDMAN (English) gave a paper, “Transgender in ‘Yde et Olive’: Bodies, Selves, Futures,” at the International Biennial New Chaucer Society in July. The journal postmedieval invited her to submit an article that examines racial and religious identities in early 14th-century Middle English romance and connections with medieval Christian-Mongul relations.
Three Spanish professors made presentations at the annual conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association at Westmont in March: MARY DOCTER, “Cultivating Global Christians Through Study Abroad,” and LEONOR ELÍAS and DINORA CARDOSO, “The Garden Labyrinth of the Libro de Buen Amor.” The college sponsored the event, which drew 70 professors from the United States and Canada and one from Africa to discuss world languages and global Christianity.
ROBERT GUNDRY (scholar in residence) contributed “Tom’s Targum,” a review essay on N.T. Wright’s “The Kingdom New Testament,” to the March/April 2012 issue of Books and Culture. Zondervan has issued the fifth edition of his textbook, “A Survey of the New Testament.”
MAURY HAYASHIDA (kinesiology instructor) worked with the kinesiology department to start a non-profit organization, the Research Institute of Human Movement, based at Westmont. Three other kinesiology alumni join him in working with students and faculty to produce original research, facilitate education and enhance the local community’s access to care.
CHERI LARSEN HOECKLEY (English) has written four review essays, two for Christianity and Literature and one each for Review 19 and The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland as part of her ongoing work on Catholicism and Victorian women’s literary imaginations.
TREMPER LONGMAN III, Robert Gundry professor of biblical studies, has written “How Universal is Wisdom Literature?” for “Reading the Old Testament for Public Life Today”; “Micah” for The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary; “History and Old Testament Interpretation” in “Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address”; and “Introducing the Old Testament: A Short Guide to Its History and Message” (Zondervan, 2012). His presentations include: “What Genesis 1 and 2 Teaches (and What It Doesn’t),” a Northwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society keynote lecture at Western Theological Seminary in March; “Preaching Christ from the Old Testament,” a Far West Regional Evangelical Theological Society keynote lecture at The Master’s Seminary in April; and “The Theology of Prayer in the Book of Psalms” at the Christian Scholars Conference at David Lipscomb University in June. He received the Faculty Research Award at Commencement in May.
CHRIS MILNER (kinesiology) presented a paper, “L’Arche and the Christian College Graduate in the Allied Health Fields: A Potential Collaboration,” at the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana in June.
MARK NELSON (Monroe professor of philosophy) has written an essay, “Practical Wisdom and Theory,” for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (vol. 21, no. 3, 2012). He provides a commentary on the clinical treatment of a case involving severe anorexia.
DAVE NEWTON (economics and business) has released a new book, “Crisis of Confidence: How Federal Taxes, Deficits, Debt, and Entitlements Threaten the American Private Sector.” Seven economics and business majors in the class of 2012 researched and wrote six of the 10 chapters: Josh Koh, Nathan Panchal, Brogan Quist, Bryce Randolph, Bill Sharp, Audrey Uhland and DaveWolford. Newton appeared on CNN’s “Your Money” show with Ali Velshi in June and on Santa Barbara radio and television shows to discuss the book. The A.E. Casey Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation have selected Newton as one of 13 experts contributing to the website, “13 Big Ideas for Jobs,” sponsored by UC Berkeley.
ALLAN NISHIMURA (chemistry) presented a paper, “Spectroscopy and Chemistry of Peroxy Radicals,” at the Western Spectroscopy Conference in January, reporting on research conducted in Mitchio Okumura’s laboratory at Cal Tech in Pasadena, Calif.
GREGORY ORFALEA (English) led an intensive writing workshop on memoir for the Writing Away Retreat in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July.
PROVOST MARK SARGENT has co-edited a collection of essays by provosts from Gordon College, Messiah College, Calvin College, Pepperdine University, Seattle Pacific University, Eastern University and other institutions, “Soul Care: Christian Faith and Academic Administration” (Abilene Christian University Press).
President Gayle D. Beebe commissioned a painting by SUSAN SAVAGE (art), “Abiding” (oil on canvas, 2012), which hangs downstairs in Kerrwood Hall.
JIM TAYLOR (philosophy) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Courses in Milwaukee in March, “Can Theology Still be the Queen?” The paper is based on a section of Newman’s “The Idea of a University.”
DAVID VANDER LAAN (philosophy) read a paper at the Logos Workshop at the University of Notre Dame in May, “Emergence, Resurrection, and Souls: Comments on O’Connor’s ‘Do Souls Matter for Christian Theology?’”
PAUL WILLIS (English) presented a keynote address, workshop and reading at an ecumenical gathering, Poetry in the Cathedral, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in San Diego.