FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 19, 2004
Contact: Brian Hood
MUW faculty recognized for
COLUMBUS, Miss. - Mississippi University for Women faculty have received
noteworthy achievements in their respective areas.
Dr. Barbara Hunt, professor of education, has been selected for
inclusion in the eighth edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Hunt was selected by a committee based on her biography and two letters
from her former students.
Dr. James Keller, professor of English, has been given an advance
contract by the University of Wisconsin Press for his composition of a
book titled “Eminem, The Bubble Gum Anti-Christ: Essay in Cultural
Criticism.” The book will focus on the social and literary implications
of the rapper’s lyrics interviews, videos and films. Keller also has an
article titled “Does he think we’re not watching?” accepted for
publication in the journal Studies in Popular Culture.
Thomas Nawrocki, professor of art, won an achievement award at the
Meridian Museum of Art’s 31st Annual Bi- State Art Competition for his
fiber space hanging piece, “Ziggurat 11.”
Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer, associate professor of mathematics, gave a
presentation, called “Geometric Concepts for 5th and 6th Grade” at the
ninth annual conference of the Mississippi Association for Middle Level
Education in February. Teachers were able to work with geo boards and
made angle demonstrators to take back to their classroom.
Dr. Kenneth Polizzi, associate professor of psychology, was selected for
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was selected based on a letter
from a former student and on his biography reviewed by a committee.
Polizzi designed an instrument that measures attitudes toward the
elderly. His instrument is being used across the U.S. and in others
countries as well.
Dr. Robert Seney, professor of education, gave a presentation titled
“What’s New in Young Adult Literature: 2003 Edition.” Seney was able to
help middle school teachers build a rationale for using young adult
literature in the middle school classroom.