Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes recently presented a paper at an international conference on astronomy, myth and culture held at the University of Bristol, England, on Oct. 14-16. Her paper, “Under a Star-Spangled Banner: Politics and Astral Religion in the Roman Empire,” examines the ways in which astral symbolism was used in Roman political and religious discourse as a means of “naturalizing” imperial goals of order and universality.
Assistant Professor of the Biological Sciences Erin Lindquist gave a lecture titled, “Environmental Sustainability: What’s it mean, how does it relate to me, and where will it take me?” at Duke University on October 17, 2011, to freshman students and faculty in the FOCUS program.
She also was lead author on a correspondence letter published in the October 27, 2011, issue of Nature (Volume 478, Page 458), titled “Small colleges aided by research networks”. Her coauthors on the letter are Laurel J. Anderson (Ohio Wesleyan University) and Jeffery. A Simmons (Mount St. Mary’s University).
Assistant Director of Admissions Cricket McCoy attended the Performa Higher Education Enrollment Institute, which focused on Strategic Enrollment Health Tapping the Transfer Market at Private Colleges and Universities, on October 27-28 in Burlington, N.C.
Assistant Professor of Marketing Karen Mishra was quoted in the November 9 edition of Forbes magazine, offering advice to firms considering a socially-responsible component to their business. In the article, "Mixing Business Strategy, Social Responsibility," Mishra noted, "Consumers more and more are looking to buy from socially responsible companies, and they're actually willing to pay more for products in certain cases." Click here to read the article.
Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten adjudicated a regional North Carolina High School Play festival October 28-29. Fellow adjudicator Lori Maul, a Broadway actress and Roten saw 16 plays over a period of two days. Two plays and several actors will move forward to the Statewide competition for the honor of being chosen to move forward to the national play festival and to compete for scholarship opportunities.
Associate Professor of Education Marge Terhaar-Yonkers served as host at the 7th Annual Inter-cultural and Inter-faith Dialogue Dinner November 9 at the Hilton Hotel in RTP. Rep. David Price was the keynote speaker for the event, which was organized by the Divan Cultural Center in Cary. According to the Divan Center website, the center organizes annual “interfaith and intercultural dialogue dinners by gathering people from different backgrounds including local politicians, college professors and religious leaders to ... talk about most important issues that the humanity faces today and search for a basis for understanding each other to create a more peaceful and harmonious society.” Terhaar-Yonkers and two faculty members from NC State University participated in an inter-faith dialogue trip to Turkey in the summer of 2010, sponsored by the center. For more, visit www.divancenter.org.
Photo shows: Marge Terhaar-Yonkers with Allen Page at the Divan Center Event
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