Briar Cliff Professors Noted for Scholarly Accomplishments

Baldus, JeffJeff Baldus

Burton, SeanDr. Sean Burton

Condon, BarbaraDr. Barbara Condon

Richard PooleRichard Poole

Crowley, MichaelMichael Crowley

Shannon BellerShannon Beller

Kristen PerezKristen Perez

Art Instructor Selected for National Art History Seminar

Jeff Baldus, instructor of art at Briar Cliff University,  is one of a select group of faculty nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a special seminar on Teaching European Art in Context in Atlanta, Ga., in June. Baldus is one of only 21 art faculty chosen for the seminar, which will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of rare traveling masterpieces. The exhibition of Dutch art works, titled “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis,” will feature works by Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt. The exhibit will be on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, beginning in June.

Music Professor Chosen for International Symposium

Dr. Sean Burton, division chair of arts and humanities, The Gilchrist Foundation director of choral activities and associate professor of music at Briar Cliff University, participated in a panel discussion for the American/Canadian Composers Forum at the Choral Music of the Americas Symposium in Fargo, N.D., in May.  Dr. Burton, who was selected through a competitive peer-reviewed process, discussed the Psalm settings of American composers Lukas Foss and Ned Rorem.  Speakers and ensembles from North, Central and South America were represented at the symposium.

Nursing Professor Publishes Research

Dr. Barbara Condon, Briar Cliff University professor of nursing, had two articles published in the latest edition of Nursing Science Quarterly. Dr. Condon’s article “Trying Something New” presents findings from her research on the lived experience of persons living with mental health concerns. Her second article, “The Present State of Presence in Technology,” discusses current beliefs on perceived personal presence when persons participate in online education or simulation activities. Nursing Science Quarterly is an international journal of nursing research and scholarship.

Theatre Professor Presents Research, Named to Fulbright Association

Richard L. Poole, professor of theatre and speech communication at Briar Cliff University, presented “Religion, Reservations and Euro/American Entertainments: Myths, Rites and Conflated Cultural Practices” at the 34th Annual MidAmerican Theatre Conference, St. Louis, Mo. Poole’s research discusses the use of European/American themes and theatrical strategies performed by Native Americans.  At the 30th Annual Meeting of the National Society for the Preservation of Tent, Rep and Folk Theatre in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, he gave a paper on theatrical and para theatrical performances titled “Western Theatrical Traditions on Native American reservation stages.” Additionally, Poole performed two roles in a Toby Show “Toby Saves the Day” and has been invited to be the Western Iowa representative to the Iowa Fulbright Association.

Faculty Present at Broadcast Education Convention

Members of the Department of Mass Media at Briar Cliff University presented at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Annual Convention, held recently in Las Vegas, Nev. At the event, Kristen Perez, department chair and assistant professor; Michael Crowley, associate professor; and Shannon Beller, instructor, presented "Operation Online: Moving to a Digital Format and Getting People to View It, “ a panel led by Perez that examined transitioning from a print to an online format for campus newspapers. Perez also presented "Recruiting and retaining students in tough economic times and a constantly changing broadcast industry,” a panel which explored creative recruitment and retention strategies for media programs. BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

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