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  • PSU faculty members and staff honored for authorship

  • Pittsburg State University faculty members and staff who have published works over the past year were honored Thursday during the annual faculty authors reception in the browsing area at Leonard H. Axe Library.

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  • Pittsburg State University faculty members and staff who have published works over the past year were honored Thursday during the annual faculty authors reception in the browsing area at Leonard H. Axe Library.
    “I think it’s important that we stop and appreciate these accomplishments, and I’m glad Axe Library hosts this event,” said Dr. Steve Scott, PSU president. “I always look forward to coming over here.”
    “This is a very important event for us to recognize faculty for their time, expertise and accomplishments,” added Dr. Lynette Olson, PSU provost and vice president for academic affairs.
    Those honored came from academic disciplines and offices across campus. Published works included papers and articles in journals and magazines as well as books, written and/or edited by those from academic disciplines and offices across campus.
    “The scope of the work you see here, from one end of the curriculum to the other, is very impressive,” Scott said.
    For instance, Michael Fienen of University Marketing and Communication has is author of “dotCMS From the Ground Up,” a book released early in 2011.
    “This is a niche market technical manual,” Fienen said. “A lot of companies all over the world use that software, but there’s not a lot of technical documentation on it.”
    He said that his manual had been well received by the community for which it was intended and he was pleased with sales.
    “You don’t read this for fun, but I sneaked a few jokes in there,” Fienen said. “It wouldn’t be mine if it didn’t have a bit of flavor in it.”
    Tatiana Sildus was editor for “All Aboard the 21st Century Express!: Selected Papers from the 2011 Central States Conference.”
    “This is a refereed volume on topics for language teachers,” Sildus explained.
    Originally from Russia, she taught Russian and German language classes when she first came to the United States, then received a doctorate in second language acquisition.
    “Now I teach teachers,” Sildus said.
    She said the book includes pieces written by authors from Japan, Germany, France, Russia and America.
    “The volume is  based on the most current research and the best teaching practices to teach language,” Sildus said.
    She said the new generation of students, sometimes called “millennials” or “digital natives,” are more socially active, more team-oriented and more driven to achieve than previous generations, and therefore teachers should know how to best meet their needs.
    “Interaction is the key word to learning languages generally, and interactive methods of teaching are a good match for this new generation of learners,” Sildus said.
    Other PSU authors recognized during the reception included Donald Baack, Judy Berry-Bravo, Donald Wayne Viney, Christopher Ibeh, Jo McDougall, S. Portico Bowman, Sunghee Choi, Timothy Dell, Robert Frisbee, Phillip A. Harries, Andrew Cruz, Khamis Siam, William S. Shirley, Alicia Mason, Anil K. Lal, Lori Martin, Stephen Meats, Kathleen Nichols, Andrey Beyle, Rebeca Book, Erik A. Mayer, Carol Werhan, Browyn K. Conrad, Jian Hong, Qiang Luo, Mihail Ionescu, Zoran S. Petrovic, Ivan Javni, Susan Johns-Smith, Earl Lee, Morgan O.H. McCune, Barbara Pope, Kristen M. Maceli, Christine E. Fogliasso, Jay Van Wyk, Myriam Krepps, Karen Tompkins-Dobbs, Jan Schiefelbein, Alexander Konopelko, Donald E. Ward, Brian Sandford, Julie Dainty and Greg Belcher.
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