FACULTY & STAFF
David Blakely, assistant professor of communications and theatre coordinator, directed the musical play “Woody Guthrie's American Song” at the Will Rogers Auditorium. He also represented RSU at transfer recruitment fairs at NEO A&M College and Connors State College.
Cathy Coomer, communications instructor and general manager of RSU Radio, participated in the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Convention in Oklahoma City where students Josh Buehler, Candice Niveson, James Hughes, Travis Peck, and Kellen Watson were honored for achievement in broadcast production. She also represented RSU at a transfer recruitment fair at NEO A&M College and attended a workshop on “New Media Made Easy” at OSU-Tulsa.
Nancy Diede, assistant professor and acting nurse administrator, earned the designation of certified nurse educator after successfully completing a certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. She is one of only 773 certified nurse educators in the nation. She also met the requirements for certification renewal as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health, sponsored by American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Stephen Doyle, RSU Radio station manager, participated in the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Engineering Conference in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Juliet Evusa, assistant professor of communications, represented RSU at a transfer recruitment fair at Connors State College.
Helen Farrar, nursing instructor, presented “Incorporating Joint Commission Standards into Nursing Education” at the 2007 meeting of the Oklahoma Organization of Nurse Executives in Tulsa. She also submitted a manuscript of the same title to Oklahoma Nurse, a quarterly publication of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. She has worked with the National League for Nursing to organize and proctor an experimental diagnostic readiness exam for students preparing to graduate from the Associate of Applied Science program and take the NCLEX-RN exam.
Pamela Fowler, assistant professor, presented “Evidence of Critical Thinking through Case Studies” at the Third Annual Education Resources Conference on Teaching and Learning Strategies in the Nursing Classroom and in Clinical Settings. She also served as a reviewer for the book “Dosage Calculations: A Ratio and Proportion Approach” by Giangrasso and Shrimpton.
Dr. Jeff Gentry, department head and associate professor of communications, co-produced and directed “Faculty Showcase 2008” at the Will Rogers Auditorium. He also served as a guest judge at the Tulsa Community College Forensics Invitational.
Dr. Frank Grabowski, assistant professor, has had a book published titled “Plato, Metaphysics and the Forms.” Among philosophical doctrines, few have been as influential and widely discussed as Plato’s theory of Forms; yet few have been as misunderstood. In his new book, Dr. Grabowski aims to dissociate the theory of Forms from its Aristotelian reception, still dominant today, by interpreting it within the larger framework of Plato’s philosophy. The book follows the conclusion that an interpretation of the Forms as concrete rather than abstract entities provides a more plausible and coherent view of Plato’s overall philosophical project.
Dr. MaryRose Hart, assistant professor, earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). The certification, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute, signifies that Dr. Hart possesses theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management.
Dr. William Hart, assistant professor, presented research titled “Prediction of Mortality from Functional Limitations, Body Mass Index, Gender and Age: Secondary Analysis of the Second Longitudinal Study of Aging,” at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence in St. Petersburg, Fla. His research was designed to determine the effects of different losses in functional ability on mortality while controlling for other factors.
Dr. Yasoma Hulathduwa, assistant professor, gave a presentation titled “Effect of salinity on survival and bioenergetics of two mud crab species Panopeus simpsoni and Eurypanopeus depressus” at the 36th annual Benthic Ecology Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. She also was the first author of two original papers, “Relative importance of hydrocarbon pollutants, salinity and tidal height in colonization of oyster reefs,” published in Marine Environmental Research, and “Effect of salinity on survival and bioenergetics of two mud crab species Panopeus simpsoni and Eurypanopeus depressus,” published in Marine Biology.
Dr. Sue Katz, associate professor, was awarded the Faculty Service Award in the RSU School of Mathematics, Science and Health Sciences and the Pixley Faculty Excellence Award in 2007. She attended the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Toronto, and gave a presentation titled “Using Case It, Investigator, And Launch Pad In A Cellular Biology Laboratory Course” at the American Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education in Buffalo, N.Y. She also gave a presentation titled “Creating a Visual and Curriculum Resource for the Microbe Library, a Digital Library” at the Gordon Research Conference at Bryant College in Rhode Island. She also wrote “Plaque Assay Protocol and Atlas and Modifying the Kirby-Bauer Antibiotic Susceptibility Exercise to Promote Active Learning,” published in the Microbe Library (peer-reviewed digital library).
Dr. Jae-Ho Kim, associate professor, attended a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division, in Houston and presented a paper titled “The Comparison of Pesticide Pyrithroid Resistance in Horn Fly Among Two Distance Locations in the Midwestern U.S.” He also attended the Fifth Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium in Kansas City, Mo., and the 26th Annual Oklahoma Society of Physiologist Meeting at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. He is working with Dr. Cliff Shweinfest at the Medical University of South Carolina on a human colon cancer project and recently launched a cell culture project titled ''Verification of SOCS-3 (Suppressor of Cytokine signaling 3) gene expression from HT29 and DLD-1 cells and its expression regulation with DRA (Down Regulated in Adenoma) protein.”
Thomas Luscomb, assistant professor, presented “Effectively Teaching Programming Logic and Design Using Alice” at the Oklahoma Higher Education and Learning Conference at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla He also attended a conference of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges in Midwest City, Okla.
Dr. Monica Varner, assistant professor, was named president of the Oklahoma Sociological Association at its annual meeting at Cameron University. Dr. Varner will host the annual OSA meeting at RSU in November. She also will become managing editor of the journal Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology. She also presented research at the 33rd annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association at Mobile, Ala., with Dr. J.D. Knottnerus from Oklahoma State University. Their presentation was titled “Transformation, Ritualization, and the Emergence of the American Spirit.”
Lee Williams, communications instructor, gave two guest lectures in mass communication at Tulsa Community College.
Dr. Kevin M. P. Woller, acting head of the RSU Department of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice, co-presented a paper titled "An Instructor Model for Non-Teacher Education of Doctoral Students" at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference in Las Vegas. He also served as a judge for all divisions, including the social and behavioral sciences, of the 2008 Chouteau High School Science Fair.