Academic Events


(All Staff and Faculty are invited to attend)


January 19th, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Beverly Gordon "Work, Stress, and Health"

It is no secret that our society is pervaded with impressive and pervasive sources of stress that challenge the resilience of the toughest among us. Among those stressors, job stress ranks high as a threat to mental health. It is the elephant in the room that thrives on silence and avoidance; quietly destroying the lives of many men and women. A holistic approach to preserving the health and well-being of society's workforce is essential for creating and maintaining a more humane society.

February 18th, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Professor Jonathan Agresta "Dissertation Proposal - A Qualitative Study of the Marketing and Public Relations Strategies of For-Profit Higher Education Institutions Following the U.S. Senate HELP Investigation"

One of the largest changes to the American higher education landscape in recent years is the expansion of for-profit colleges and universities. Hundreds of small campuses and centers, supported by a corporate headquarters, have sprouted up in almost all major cities, and many of their suburbs, throughout the nation. Where there is no location, or viable option for one, an online degree is available through many of the more popular for-profit schools in operation. The University of Phoenix, DeVry University, the Art Institutes, and many others have pushed to gain market share by spending billions on advertising and public relations (Harkin, 2012). Roughly one third of all spending is on advertising, while little is allocated to instruction (de Vise, 2010). These publicly traded, for-profit schools were largely unknown by many Americans, until the United States Senate investigated a handful of their schools and uncovered practices that not only damaged their reputations, but potentially killed their ever-growing enrollment. Since the investigation's report was made public the for-profit schools needed to both comply to new regulations and to repair their broken reputations. This study focuses on the latter, and will shed light on the internal perceptions of the for-profit's reputation and marketing efforts.

March 8th, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Professor Jim Schneider "Recognizing stereotype threat in marginalized students"

April 12th, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Olivia Martinez TBA

May 10th, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Matthew Williams "Video editing"

TBD  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Edward Carvalho "Conversation with a 'Native Son': Demythologizing 'Immaculate Genocide' in Dinesh D'Souza's America : An Interview with Ward Churchill"


Presentation focuses on interview conducted for Works and Days journal (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) on the subject of 'Scholactivism.' Interview is divided across three core areas of discussion: 1) Definition of the term; scholactivist commitments and responsibilities; and intersections between academic work and activism; 2) Academic freedom after 9/11 and updates on case; and 3) Analysis of and response to D'Souza's claims on colonization and Indigenous genocide in the film.

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