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Karen Brown, former assistant professor of philosophy (2000–05), teaches in the philosophy department at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Karla Carney has been appointed Cornell’s dean of students after serving as associate dean of students since 2000. She completed a PhD in student affairs administration and research from the University of Iowa in December 2004. Her dissertation title was “Parent Expectations of and Involvement with Their College Student and a Liberal Arts College.”

French professor Diane Crowder joined experts from Harvard, Yale, and the Paris Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales who were invited to speak at a memorial conference in honor of French writer Monique Wittig. Crowder’s talk, “From the Straight Mind to Queer Theory: Monique Wittig’s Lesbian Materialism,” was an updated English version of a talk she gave in Paris in 2001.

Rhawn Denniston, assistant professor of geology, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Iowa Science Foundation to support his proposal titled “Reconstructing Late Pleistocene Vegetation Change in the Ozarks using Stalagmites from Cosmic Caverns, Arkansas.”

Jean Donham, college librarian, authored Enhancing Teaching and Learning, Second Edition, which is used as a textbook in library and information science graduate programs.

Art instructor Sandra Dyas is working on a book of black and white photographs of musicians living in and around Iowa City, including Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, David Zollo, and Dave Moore. Music and Iowa will include portraits, live shots from concerts, and “sense of place photos” taken over the past 15 years, all centered on Iowa musicians and the style of music Dyas labels “the Iowa sound.” The book is partly funded by a $7,800 grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

David Evans, former professor of English (1990–2000), is dean for the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University. Previously he was a professor of English and chair of the department of English, speech, and journalism at Georgia College and State University.

Santhi Hejeebu, assistant professor of economics and business, will contribute a paper, “The Timing and Quality of Information: The Case of English Trading Companies, 1650–1750,” a joint project with Ann M. Carlos of the University of Colorado-Boulder, to the XIV International Economic History Congress in Helsinki, Finland, in 2006. The paper will be presented this summer at a pre-conference at Jyväskylä University (Finland).

RJ Holmes ’99 is director of Cornell’s new Engagement Program, which encompasses several career development-related academic programs including the Cornell Fellows Program and the Distinguished Visitors Program, plus the Living/Learning Communities Program. He had been assistant director of residence life at Cornell since September 2004. He holds an MA in college student personnel from the University of Maryland and served as a young trustee on Cornell’s Board of Trustees from 1999–2002.

Laura Krouse, instructor in biology, was featured in an independent film, Voices of Iowa Farm Women, examining Iowa’s heritage and legacy told through interviews with contemporary farm women who practice small-farm, value-added, and direct-marketing agriculture. She grows vegetables for about 130 area families, maintains an heirloom variety of field corn, and raises corn, soybeans, and oats organically.

Lori Moss, head softball and assistant volleyball coach, resigned to spend more time with her family. She and her husband, Shawn, have two children, Samantha, 4, and Ben, 2. She started at Cornell in 1996.

Lori Reihle, former faculty secretary for athletics (1983–2005), is a senior administrative assistant at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

Glenn Sumrall, former assistant professor of biology (1969–73), is vice president for academic affairs at Louisiana College. He had been provost and vice president for academic affairs at LeTourneau University in Texas for 15 years, and before that he was an administrator at Liberty University in Virginia.

Charles Tatum, former psychology professor (1973–85), in 1999 became chair of the department of psychology at National University (California), where he has expanded his research intoadult learning and accelerated learning. He teaches graduate courses in statistics, research, business communication, and industrial/organizational psychology under National University’s one-month course format (similar to One-Course-At-A-Time). Prior to National, he spent 14 years as a personnel research psychologist and statistician for the U.S. Navy in San Diego, where he studied work performance, fleet readiness, and stress. He and Linda L. Weber, former Cornell admissions representative, have a daughter who is a freshman at UCLA.

Andrew Vorder Bruegge, former professor of theatre and speech (1984–86), has been named chair of the department of theatre and dance at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Previously he was an associate professor of theatre, film studies, and dance at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Earlier he had taught at Bellarmine College in Kentucky, where he was named faculty advisor of the year in 1993.

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