Clarke Announces Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

 posted on March 31, 2006

Clarke College is pleased to have faculty and staff who are experts in their fields and involved in their community. The following list includes recent accomplishments of Clarke faculty and staff members.

Scott Schneider, of director of adult studies and TimeSaver Programs, recently attained master certification as a prior-learning assessor through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and DePaul College. Prior Learning Assessment allows adult students to inventory past work and life experiences to determine whether College-level learning has occurred that may be translated into credit toward degree completion.

Katherine Fischer, associate professor of English, had an essay text and fiber art composition, “Piece,” included in a special one-day installation, “Imagine A World At Peace,” on March 19, from 1-5 p.m. in Dubuque.

Norm Freund, professor of philosophy, presented a workshop for the BVM Congregation in Pasadena, Calif., entitled “Who are we?,” structured around the four BVM core values. Freund was also selected to participate in the Japan Studies Association’s Freeman 2006 Summer Institute on Japan and the Freeman Institute for Infusing Japan Studies Into the Undergraduate Curriculum.

Diana Russo, associate professor of communication, has an article entitled “Religious Housing in Rome” in the March/April issue of “Transitions Abroad" magazine.

Keith Tackett, instructor of nursing, and Lisa Rettenmeier, instructor of nursing, were both selected as item writers for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Tackett was one of 17 nurses from across the nation asked to participate in the NCLEX session from Feb. 13-16. Rettenmeier was one of 14 nurses from across the nation to participate in a session from Oct. 4-8.

Susan DeCrane, adjunct instructor of nursing, was named one of the top 100 nurses in the state of Iowa.

Francis Vogt, assistant professor of music, has been named the new music director of the Dubuque Chorale. He will replace retiring director Dennis Williams, who founded the community choir 35 years ago. In that time the Chorale has distinguished itself as an important part of the musical life of Dubuque and is frequently featured in performances with the Dubuque Symphony. Vogt's tenure will begin at the start of the 2006-2007 season.

Andrea Bixler, assistant professor of biology, had an article, entitled “Reproductive performance as a function of inbreeding in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster),” accepted for publication in the “Journal of Mammalogy.” The article is based on Bixler’s postdoctoral research with co-author Zuleyma Tang-Martinez.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.


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