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Richard Badenhausen’s essay, “T. S. Eliot Speaks the Body: The Privileging of Female Discourse in Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party,” appeared in the collection Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot, while his article, “Mourning through Memoir: Trauma, Testimony and Community in Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth” was the lead essay in the fall issue of Twentieth Century Literature. His review of Louise Blakeney Williams’s Modernism and the Ideology of History also appeared this fall in English Literature in Transition. In November, he delivered a paper entitled “Tradition and the Individual’s Trauma: Influence as Recovery in T. S. Eliot,” at the Midwest Modern Language Association in St. Louis. Also that month, he attended the 2004 annual convention of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) with four Westminster students in New Orleans. He sat on a panel on “AP/CLEP Equivalencies,” delivered the talk “Holding an Honors Faculty Retreat,” and moderated a panel on “Global Visions.” In December, Badenhausen was elected by the NCHC membership to a threeyear term on the Executive Committee, the board that oversees administration of the NCHC. The NCHC represents the interests of the approximately 800 Honors programs at colleges and universities around the country.

In January 2005, Badenhausen’s book, T. S. Eliot and the Art of Collaboration, was published by Cambridge University Press. Badenhausen gave a talk in February entitled “Totalizing the City: Eliot, de Certeau, and the Evolution of The Waste Land” at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville. In April, he traveled to Toronto as one of fifteen invited participants in a Liberty Fund colloquium on “Liberty, Evolutionary Theory, and the Novel” (Emile Zola’s La Bête Humaine and Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh) chaired by Professor David Womersley, the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.

Justin Bain has a chapter in a new book, Authorship in Composition Studies, edited by Tracy Hamler Carrick and Rebecca Moore Howard, that was released in January 2005. In addition, he presented “Constructing Writing Centers: Physical/Rhetorical Space," at the 2005 Conference on College Composition and Communication in March of this year. Justin is also responsible for developing the Westminster College Writing Center that opened to rave reviews, providing writing assistance to more than 250 students for the fall 2004 semester.

Joel Bauman contributed a chapter entitled, "Tourism, the Ideology of Design and the Nationalized Past in Zippori/ Sepphoris, an Israeli National Park," to the publication Marketing Heritage: Archaeology and the Consumption of the Past, edited by Yorke Rowan and Uzi Baram, Alta Mira Press, 2004.

Collin Bunker, MBA Student, and Gaylen Bunker, Graduate Program Director, presented "The Case of Thales" at the North American Case Research Association’s annual meetings in Sedona, Arizona in October 2004.

In December 2004, Yeou-Lan Chen conducted numerous seminars as a Visiting Professor at Yu-Inn College in KaoShung, Taiwan. Among the topics Chen addressed were “Conformity with Nature: Theory and Practice in Stress Management” and “Trends of Nursing Practice in the US.” At the Tai-Chung Nurses Association and Hun-Kung University in Tai- Chung, Taiwan, Chen presented “Conformity with Nature: Theory and Practice at the End of Life” and “Nursing Research in the USA.” The recently published seventh edition of Operating Systems Concepts was co-authored by Greg Gagne with Avi Silberschatz and Pete Galvin.

On April 5, Ty Harrison was honored by the 2005 Campus Compact Annual Recognition Awards at the Annual State Recognition Event. The awards are given to those showing evidence of exemplary leadership in service, civic learning, and community partnerships.

Chuck Malenfant’s research article, “Collaboration for Point-of- Need Library Instruction,” that he wrote with Nora Egan Demers, was published in Reference Services Review, an internationally-distributed, peer-reviewed journal, in fall 2004. The article covered his work (at his former institution) with a biology professor to refine library training pedagogy to upper-division liberal arts students based on research, student feedback, and grades. In February, he presented at a national conference for library digitization project management. He showcased the exemplary work that the Giovale Library is doing in making our archival, historical documents related to Westminster College, early Salt Lake City, and the history of the Protestant mission in our region available online.

Professor Fatima Mujcinovic published a book under the title Postmodern Cross-Culturalism and Politicization in U.S. Latina Literature. In November 2004, Fatima presented at an international conference on Caribbean literature in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, held at the University of the Virgin Islands. Her paper theorized the concept of crossnational feminism found in literary works of two Puerto Rican authors, Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales. She is also expecting another publication to be released this winter: her translation of a short story written by a well-known Bosnian author, Irfan Horozovic.

Natasha Saje has written "Teaching for Tips," which will appear in the spring issue of Liberal Education, and "Frontloading Syntax" which will appear in late spring or summer in the Writer's Chronicle, published by the Associated Writing Programs. While at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia during spring 2005 on a Fulbright scholarship, Saje will also give talks at the University of Winterthur in Zurich and the Sorbonne in Paris. In addition, her essay, "Dynamic Design: Structuring Books of Poems," will appear in the August 2005 issue of The Iowa Review.

David Stanley edited Folklore in Utah: A History and Guide to Resources, which was published by Utah State University Press in September 2004. More than 30 folklorists contributed to the collection, along with five past or current Westminster students. The preface to the book includes a "small world" story about Bertha Booth, who taught classics at Westminster in the 1920s. Stanley is also chairing the Environmental Studies Program, which is expanding its programs in accordance with the college's new strategic plan. In March, he will present a paper on cowboy life at an international conference on the island of Malta; in June he will be the honorary lecturer at the annual Fife Folklore Conference at Utah State University; and in July he will host, for the eighth year, a group of English teachers from around the world on a study tour sponsored by the State Department and Fulbright Commission.

Janine Wittwer has had a research paper, “Bellman Functions and MRA Wavelets,” accepted in the Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics. This paper was sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant.

Kim Zarkin delivered two presentations at the Broadcast Education Association conference in April 2005. Her first presentation,“Current First Amendment Issues,” was part of the "Annual Telecommunication Act Update" panel. In the second presentation she also acted as a "Respondent on the Policy Implications" of the research presented on the panel, "New Research on Media, Fear, Trust, & Mistrust Has Policy Implications."


Tyler Evans
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Viki Johnson
Assistant Professor, Education
Janine Wittwer
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Al Patenaude
Associate Professor, Justice Studies
Rob Patterson
Assistant Professor, Finance
Melissa Koerner
Assistant Professor, Management
Sheri Tesseyman
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Lauren LoRe
Assistant Professor, Finance


Richard Erwin
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Patricia Gay
Professor, Psychology
Jeanette Jones
Instructor, Education
Susan Smith
Assistant Professor, Education


Heidi Van Ert
Education, from assistant
to associate professor

Peter Goldman
English, from assistant
to associate professor

Aric Krause
Economics, from assistant
to associate professor

Mark Rubinfeld
Sociology, from assistant
to associate professor

Gretchen Siegler
from associate
to full professor

Larry Anderson
Biology, from associate
to full professor

Chris Tong
Economics, from associate
to full professor


Martha Monroe Tiller, PhD
Professor, Education
1922 –2004