Penn College People in the News

Published 12.16.1998

Faculty & Staff

A number of Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty and staff recently have been in the news for a variety of accomplishments:

Susan Clark-Teisher, project manager with the Technology Transfer Center, has been reappointed to the Mid-State Private Industry Council. She will represent the area of education. The appointment is for a two-year term.

Brett Reasner, associate professor of aviation technology, has been appointed to the Curriculum Committee of the Aviation Technical Education Council.

Dr. Kirk Cantor, assistant professor, plastics technology, co-authored an article, "Computer-Based Interactive Training in Extrusion," published in a recent issue of Plastics Engineering, and presented "Interactive Training in Extrusion, at the recent Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Technical Conference in Atlanta.

David S. Richards, assistant professor of physics, is one of six faculty nationwide to be awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship at the Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer at the University of Rochester. The center is a collaboration among the university, Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox Corp. to explore new approaches to research and education. This is Richards' second NSF fellowship in three years.

Robert Cummings, shipping/receiving and supplies worker, had his first novel, "Opposites Detract," a murder-mystery, published by Adventure Books. Cummings also writes classical CD reviews for the Classical Net home page and for "Computer Music Journal" magazine.

Dr. William Urosevich, associate professor of biology, has been assigned as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, National Board Clinical Skills examination.

Dr. Dennis Ringling, professor of forestry, was honored by Performance Learning Systems Inc., for his outstanding work in teacher training. In addition to his full-time teaching responsibilities in the forestry major, Dr. Ringling has taught more than 3,000 teachers in graduate education courses for Wilkes University and Performance Learning Systems in the past 17 years.

Dr. Daniel Wilson, assistant professor, printing and publishing, had his article entitled "Automation Enhances Lithographic Technology" reprinted in recent issues of "Artes Graphicas" (translated into Spanish for distribution in South America) and "Instant & Small Commercial Printer." Wilson also served on the selection committee for the National Scholarship Trust Fund of the Graphic Arts, a committee distributing $300,000 in scholarships to graphic communications students.

Dr. Robert Johnston, associate professor/reader services/automation librarian, returned recently from a nine-month research fellowshipwith The American Research Center to conduct archival research in Egypt. While there, he presented papers on "Western Historiographical Perspectives of the Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization" at the AAPSO 40th Anniversary Seminar and "The Afro-Asian Publications Series: Forty Years Reflecting Popular Afro-Asian Aspirations" as part of a public lecture series sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt.

Janet McMahon, assistant professor of nursing, was one of six nurses from across the nation selected by the National Council of State Board Inc. as an NCLEX examination item reviewer for a session held recently in Princeton, N.J. The Council is responsible for developing and administering the NCLEX exam for all nurses in the United States and five U.S. territories; passing the exam is one of the requirements necessary to attain a nursing license.

Dorothy Mathers, associate professor of nursing, was a contributor to Saunders' Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN, edited by Linda Anne Silvestri and published in October by W.B. Saunders Co. Her section is entitled "Endocrine System."

Marc Bridgens, interim assistant dean of the School of Construction and Design Technologies and assistant professor of plumbing, published an article, "A Magician at Hiring a Technician," in "Pennsylvania Contractor Magazine."

Nick Vonada, associate professor of computer science, was one of 26 educators across the nation invited to Summit '98, an IBM international conference held recently in Rochester, Minn. He made a presentation on Penn College and what the College is doing in the area of networking and AS/400 training.

Billie Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education, presented a workshop, "Helping Young Children Develop Self-Control," at the 25th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Child Care Agencies, held recently in Harrisburg.

Lawrence Emery, counselor, co-presented a program on "The Next Millenium: Views from Two Different Perspectives" at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association, held recently in Lake Harmony.

Dr. Asesh Das, associate professor of computer science, presented a paper "Interoperability: A Cultural Approach" at the recent International Association of Management Conference in Chicago. He also chaired a conference session.

Regis Kohler, associate professor of radiography, has been included in "Who's Who in the East 1999-2000."

Dr. William Sprinsky, associate professor of civil engineering technology, presented a paper, "Geographic Information Systems Students Learn to Use the Tool," to the First Annual Conference on GIS Education held recently in Ypsilanti, Mich. The paper focuses on how Penn College students use GIS tools to complete assignments that acquaint them with GIS concepts.