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Faculty Authors honored

November 04, 2009 12:00AM

The 26th annual Faculty Author Reception will showcase 11 authors whose works range from pieces on poetry, Turkish music, South American theatre, literary folklore, native wildflowers, and much more.

The reception is held each year to highlight faculty authors who have published books, chapters, journal articles, and other publications during the previous year. This year's reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in Axe Library. Books will be on display and the authors will be present to discuss their work.

This year, a special display will also be set up to honor the work of Dr. William Thomas Bawden (1875-1960), who was head of Department of Industrial Education from 1935-1941. He wrote multiple books, including titles on industrial education, the history of Kansas State Teachers College (PSU's former name), and the contribution of KSTC during the war effort in the 1940s.

This year, the featured authors include:

Dr. Donald Baack, a specialist in international marketing and business ethics. He published "Integrated Advertising, Promotion and Marketing Communication" in 2008.

Dr. Judy Berry-Bravo, chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and specialist in South American literature. She has collaborated with her husband, Dr. Pedro Bravo-Elizondo, a professor at Wichita State, to produce "Saga de los Pampinos: Antología Crítica del Teatro Salitrero," a collection of Chilean plays about the nitrate mining era in that country.

Dr. Selim Giray, professor of music, master of the violin and expert in Turkish music, is coming out with a new CD, "Turkish Violin and Piano Music," with June Chen on the piano.

Dr. Casie Hermansson, professor of English and expert in the study of literary folklore. She has written a new book on her favorite villain, "Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition."

Dr. David Hurford, university professor and chairperson of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has written "A Primer of Statistics" this year, as well as 10 curriculum modules for the Pittsburg-based educational products company DEPCO, LLC.

Dr. Stephen E. Meats, professor of English and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has edited a special issue of the Midwest Quarterly titled "100 Poems from 50 Years of the Midwest Quarterly," which was released this past summer.

Randy Roberts, curator of special collections, and Janette Mauk, library assistant for special collections, have collaborated to produce a postcard book titled "Pittsburg," which contains vintage photographs of the city throughout its history. Roberts has also worked with PSU student Shannon Phillips to produce "Pittsburg State University: A Photographic History of the First 100 Years."

Dr. Stephen L. Timme, professor of botany, director of the T. M. Sperry Herbarium at PSU and author of several books on wildflowers, has turned his attention to local specimens of plant life with "Wildflowers of Southeast Kansas and Bordering Counties of Surrounding States."

Dr. Bobby N. Winters, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has written a collection called "The Book of Renovations and Other Stories," which can be described, in his own words, as: "the story of a man and his wife who do battle against the Valley of the Shadow of Death and the Beasts of the Book of Revelation, with only a set of floor plans and a spotless credit rating."

Dr. Kelly Woestman, professor of history, along with coauthor Rachel C. Ragland, has published "The Teaching American History Project: Lessons for History Educators," which describes the renowned Teaching American History Project and how its grants support professional development in history for elementary school teachers.

Dr. Paul Zagorski, university professor in social sciences and expert in the field of international politics, has published "Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary World."

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