2010-2011 Distinguished Alumni Visitors

Stephen Grummon Stephen Grummon '69
International Affairs Consultant

Stephen Grummon currently serves as an international affairs consultant after retiring from a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State. He is a 1969 graduate of Cornell College, served in the Peace Corps in Iran from 1970 to 1972, and earned his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Grummon's experience at the State Department includes service as the director of the Office of Near East and South Asian Affairs in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, a member of the Policy Planning Staff, and work in the Office of Counter Terrorism. He has also served as a director for Persian Gulf/South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

Dr. Grummon has been a scholar-in-residence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow at the Asia Society. Throughout his career, Dr. Grummon has received numerous awards recognizing his outstanding professional achievements including three Senior Executive Service Performance awards and several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. In 2009, Dr.Grummon received Cornell College's Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest joint honor awarded by the college and Alumni Association.

During his visit to Cornell, Dr. Grummon presented a workshop on "Perception and Misperception in US-Iranian Relations," delivered a public lecture on "The Iranian Nuclear Dilemma: Options and Consequences," shared his insights as Peace Corps volunteer over lunch with students, and offered advice to students interested in "Careers in Foreign Policy." Dr. Grummon was also a featured lecturer throughout the week in Professor Robert Givens's "The U.S. and the Modern Middle East" course in the history department.

Visit date: October 10-16, 2010

Lois Hetland

Lois Hetland '75
Professor of Art Education
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Dr. Lois Hetland is an Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is a Research Associate at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research in cognitive and developmental psychology focuses on issues of learning, teaching, and disciplinary understanding, with an emphasis in the arts. She teaches undergraduates and graduate students, and she facilitates professional development for educators in both face to face and online contexts.

Currently, Dr. Hetland teaches undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking certification in art teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and she consults in the US and abroad on teaching and learning in the arts with an emphasis on understanding. Two long-term consulting relationships have been with a consortium of International Schools in Northern Europe and with an association of independent schools in the San Francisco Bay area. From 1996-2005, Lois was the Educational Chair of Project Zero's annual summer institute, and, between 2000 and 20006 she has authored and taught online courses on Teaching for Understanding and the Dimensions of Understanding on Harvard's WIDE platform (Worldwide Interactive Development for Educators).

Dr. Hetland is a 1975 graduate of Cornell College with a degree in Art and in Music. She taught elementary and middle school for 17 years and earned her Ed.M and Ed.D in cognitive and developmental psychology from Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where she focused on quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research synthesis, and arts learning and education.

Professor Hetland's visit to Cornell included a workshop on "What is Understanding?", a public lecture on "Who Needs Art Education Now?", and dined with students for a Careers in the Art Education dinner.

Visit date: October 13-16, 2010

Zackaree Kelin

Zackaree Kelin '01
Attorney
Kelin Law Firm

Before founding the Kelin Law Firm, Zackeree S. Kelin was a managing attorney for DNA-Peoples Legal Services, Inc. ("DNA"), the oldest and largest poverty law program in Indian Country. His work at DNA focused on representing indigent clients, tribes and non-profits before tribal, state, and federal courts and various administrative and legislative bodies in the areas of poverty law, Indian law, sacred sites protection, and environmental law. While in law school, Zackeree clerked for the Native American Rights Fund and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. He is also a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, a member of the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Bar Association's Indian Law Section, and served as an advisor on the Native American Domestic Policy Committee for the Obama Campaign.

He was recently awarded the National Center for American Indian Economic Development's "Native American 40 under 40," an award given to emerging and existing Native American leaders for their contributions to Indian Country. He is also "Of Counsel" for the Stetson Law Offices, P.C.. Zackeree is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kelin's visit to Cornell included a public lecture,"The San Francisco Peaks Case: Protecting Sacred Lands Through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," a workshop on"The Use of Psychodrama in Trial Work, i.e. Discovering the Story," and a "Careers in Law" dinner with the Cornell's Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

Visit date: November 10-12, 2010

Jeffrey Wallman

Jeffrey Wallman '76
Assistant Professor of Marketing
University of Oklahoma

Jeffrey Wallman is an assistant professor of marketing at the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Wallman's teaching interests are in the areas of new product development, marketing management and marketing strategy. His research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, marketing management and marketing strategy.

Prior to working in academia, he worked as a management consultant for the MAC group and Management Horizons, Division of Price Waterhouse LLP and later owned his own consulting practice. He also worked as a vice-president/general manager for a division of Louis Dreyfus Corporation, a subsidiary of the Louis Dreyfus Group. Professor Wallman earned his Bachelor of Special Studies degree in history and politics from Cornell College in 1976, his master’s in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in marketing at the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Wallman's visit included a public lecture, "How To Become A Master Of Change In A Turbulent Environment”, a workshop on "The Rules Of Marketing Yourself, Your Company Or Your Cause", and dinner with students about "Careers in Marketing."

Visit date: May 15-17, 2011