Faculty-Staff February news update
February 15, 2012

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Dr. Gary Fitsimmons traveled to Dallas, Texas, in January to serve at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting as the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of the Library Organization and Management Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of ALA.. He also recently had a quarterly column he writes published in The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Dr. Scott Jones and eleven Christian Ministry majors attended the simulcast of The Elephant Room 2 conference at Calvary Chapel in Chattanooga on January 25. The live event was hosted by Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, Illinois, and was moderated by James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll. The focus of this conference is to foster honest, truthful, and hard conversations within broad evangelicalism with the goal of bridging unity among Christian leaders of this broad spectrum. 

Drs. David and Sigrid Luther presented a musical program for the senior group "It's A Wonderful Life" of First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga on February 2.  In addition, Sigrid Luther presented a session entitled "Ethics and the Music Teacher" on February 10 for the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association.

Mr. David Montgomery, Director of the Adult and Graduate Studies Knoxville Region, has been named to the Community Advisory Board for East Tennessee PBS.

Dr. Michele Pascucci (on sabbatical) helped process and review applications for the 2012 Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, sponsored by the Japanese government, at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., during the months of December and January. (Dr. Pascucci was a JET Program participant in Nagasaki from 1998-2001.)  In March, Dr. Pascucci will be presenting a paper entitled “Las huellas del haiku en la poesía ideográfica de José Juan Tablada” at the XI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, in Cusco, Peru.

Dr. Roger Sanders conducted research visits to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth (December 30), and the University of Texas at Austin (January 5).  Taking advantage of their large collections of dry-preserved plant specimens, he examined those of Lantana to complete a publication on the classification of the group.

Dr. Todd C. Wood will present talks on the subject of “Biology and the Flood” at the Master’s College annual Creation Science Symposium February 18 in Santa Clarita, California.  Accompanied by archivist and CORE assistant Mrs. Stephanie Wood, he will also explore the Channel Islands for potential research topics relevant to his interest in island biology and rapid biologic diversification.

Mr. Sam Youngs, adjunct instructor, has had the following article and reviews published:
  • "Wounds of the Emptied God: The Role of Kenosis at the Cross in the Christologies of Jurgen Moltmann and Sergius Bulgakov," American Theological Inquiry. Vol. 4.2. October 2011. pp. 45-58.
  • Review of "Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective" by John Renard. American Theological Inquiry. Vol. 5.1. January 2012.
  • Review of "Interreligious Hermeneutics" eds. Catherine Cornille and Chris Conway. Journal of Comparative Theology. Published online: February 2012.