Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Carlos Elias, Professor of Music and Orchestra Conductor, and his wife, pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, will perform in the Little Noon Music Series on October 11 and at the Grand Junction Symphony Chamber Music Series on October 12 in Colorado.

Dr. Roger O’Neel, Associate Professor of Worship and Director of the Worship Program, presented two seminars at the Experience Conference in Orlando, FL, September 5-7. This conference has become one of the premier worship conferences in the country. Dr. O’Neel’s topics were “The Flow of a Worship Service” and “Natural Singing.”

Dr. Austin Jaquith, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition, recently co-produced a short film called Fatherhood Rewind that won second place in the Fatherhood CoMission’s Honor Your Father short film contest. In addition, his work as a producer, he also composed the score. The piece can be viewed here.

Kim Ahlgrim, Director of Academic Enrichment, developed and presented two national certification webinars in September for the National Tutoring Association. The webinars presented were for Basic Level Mentor Training and Advanced Level Mentor Training.


International Student Services, under the direction of Brenda Reid, Coordinator of International Student Services, once again confirmed 100 percent retention of first-time, full-time international students. This is the second time in three years that the University and International Student Services achieved a 100 percent retention rate. Student satisfaction and retention is attributed to proactive advising, intentional effective academic support, and strong sense of community among students.

Dr. Glen Duerr, Assistant Professor of International Studies, published an article in World Financial Review Magazine: “Oscillating Nationalism in an Era of Trump and Putin” World Financial Review, September/October 2017 edition.

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, published a peer-reviewed journal article with co-authors Baylor University psychology professor Alex Beaujean, Baylor doctoral students Jason Parkin and Xiao Qui, and Yale University School of Medicine doctoral intern Ruthie Firmin. The citation follows: Beaujean, A., Firmin, M., Parkin, J.,Qui, X., & Firmin, R. L. (2017). Validity and reliability evidence for the Comprehensive Test of Nonverbal Intelligence-Second Edition: Scores from an independent sample. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 35, 1-13.

Dr. Marc Clauson, Professor of History and Law, recently completed a book manuscript titled The Integration of Christian Worldview: A Guide to Substance and Method. The manuscript has been submitted to Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.

Dr. Otis Wright, Professor of Mathematics, presented an invited lecture on September 16, titledTwo-phase solutions of the cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation” at the Special Session on Nonlinear Wave Equations, Inverse Scattering and Applications, Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY. Dr. Wright also spends every second and fourth Saturday morning teaching the Beginning Math Circle for fifth and sixth graders as part of the Greater Miami Valley Math Circle that meets at Wright State University. The Math Circle is a math enrichment program for school-age children focused on developing advanced problem-solving skills and mathematical ingenuity.

Dr. Scott Calhoun, Professor of English, was twice published online in September for the website @U2: A literary analysis essay on a popular culture music album: “The Shadow Man Cometh: Flannery O’Connor’s Influence on U2’s The Joshua Tree” and an interview with Christian author Terry Glaspey: “U2’s The Joshua Tree A Masterpiece Every Christian Should Know.”

Robert Vaughn, J.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, was appointed by Governor John Kasich to a vacancy on the Clark County Juvenile Court. He will assume the bench on October 2, and will run next year for a full six-year term.

Bruce Traeger, Director of Church Relations, represented the University at three conferences in August and September. “The First Five Years” ministry conference was held in Columbus August 1-2. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference was held in Nashville August 24-26, and the conference theme was “Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World.” The Crossroads Fellowship of churches in Indiana held their annual conference September 17-18 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomington, IN. The purpose of each conference was to connect and build relationships with pastors, parents, and alumni and gather information on prospective students for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. About 2,000 attendees were present at the three conferences.


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