Faculty and staff activity and achievements


Each year, Newman faculty and staff members publish and present a variety of literary, scholarly and professional works. Here is a sample of recent activity and other achievements.

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs:
Received the 2014 Association for Mormon Letters (AML) Award for Religious Non-Fiction for Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem, Greg Kofford Books: Draper, July 2014.

Suzanne V. L. Berg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication:
“Koch Brothers Rebranding Through Philanthropy,” web publication, In Media Res, Dec. 8, 2014. Retrieved on March 18, 2014 from: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2014/12/08/koch-brothers-rebranding-through-philanthropy

“Fair Use and the Public Domain as Part of the Ideographic Grammar of Copyright Law,” presentation at the National Communication Association, Chicago, Ill., November 2014.

“Remix as Borderlands: The Exploration of Mimesis, Copyright, and Rhetoric through Girl Talk,” presentation at the Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, Texas, May 2014.

Invited Collaboration for Rhetoric Society of America Research Network Participant directed by Robert Asen, San Antonio, Texas, May 2014.

“The Failure of Fair Use: Goldieblox v. the Beastie Boys,” web publication, In Media Res, Jan. 24, 2014. Retrieved on March 18, 2014 from: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2014/01/24/failure-fair-use-goldieblox-v-beastie-boys

Vicki Bergkamp, ASC, Ed.D., Professor of Business and Chair of the Business Division:
“Broken Systems We Enjoy,” presentation at Social Justice Workshop, Ruma, Ill., April 25, 2014.

Don Hufford, Ph.D., Professor of Education:
“Presence in the Classroom,” New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 140, Winter 2014.

“Worldview Understandings and Teacher Authenticity,” Journal of Philosophy and History of Education, Vol. 64, No. 1 (Fall 2014).

New Directions in Education, chapter in “Presence in the Classroom,” 2014.

Received the dedication of the 2014 issue of the Journal of Philosophy and History of Education.

Mark Mannette, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre:
Wrote, directed and acted in “Who Killed Scrooge?” The Grand Chapel, Wichita, Kan., December 2014.

Directed “The Acting Class” independent film, July/August 2014.

Contributor to Zen and the Art of Local History, Bob Beatty and Carol Kammen, eds. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, 2014.

Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English:
“Feminism, Vegetarianism, and Colonial Resistance in Eighteenth-Century British Novels,” Studies in the Novel, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Fall 2014).

Amy Siple, M.S.N., Associate Professor of Nursing:
“Managing Behaviors in Clients Afflicted with Dementia,” videotape recorded by Rodney Bryant, M.D., Wichita Medical Associates, November 2014, Wichita, Kan.

“Managing Behaviors in Residents Suffering from Dementia,” presentation at Medical Lodge of Independence, Independence, Kan., July 21, 2015.

Carmen Stephens, M.S., Instructor of Nursing:
“Home Safety Assessment,” poster presentation selected for the Kansas Public Health Conference, Topeka, Kan., September 2014.

Clint Stucky, M.S., Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy:
Show and Tell on beekeeping wearing beekeeper regalia for 3rd grade students, McLean Science Magnet Elementary, Wichita, Kan., Oct. 23, 2014.


Three faculty members were approved by the Newman Board of Trustees for promotions to take effect in Fall 2015.

Mark Mannette, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Theatre, promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

Carmen Stephens, M.S., Instructor of Nursing, promoted to Assistant Professor.