Civic Engagement

Associate Professor of History Michael Schroeder has become a member of the Steering Committee of a newly-formed non-profit, as-yet unincorporated citizens association called Protect Our Pennsylvania (POP), dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of all Pennsylvanians, focusing on the abuse of eminent domain laws by private corporations.

On the morning of Tuesday, October 18, during Fall Break, Schroeder and POP Steering Committee organized a rally in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, in collaboration with Senator Mike Folmer, who is poised to co-sponsor legislation next year to limit the use of eminent domain in Pennsylvania exclusively to cases of genuine “public use”.


Schroeder, who spoke at the rally, was quoted in a story by LVC graduate Marie Cusick of National Public Radio’s “State Impact” series ( ), and in the Lebanon Daily News


Civic Mindfulness: Mike Schroeder

It was a very busy summer of community engagement for Associate Professor of History, Michael Schroeder, who’s in a leadership position in five distinct but related non-profit local community organizations:

As Co-President of the Friends of Old Annville (FOOA, at, he coordinated the 28th Annual Historic Old Annville Day on Saturday, June 11, working with Annville Township officials, the Public Works Department, local businesses, and others, as reported in the July-August issue of FOOA’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Landmark (for which he serves as chief editor).

As a member of the Quittie Creek Nature Park Committee (a subcommittee of the Friends of Old Annville, but in practice functionally autonomous), he helped to clear the parkland, trails, and recently reconstructed streambanks of invasive species, and remove fallen trees and limbs from the trails; and worked with Annville Township, the Quittapahilla Watershed Association, and the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited in developing plans for a handicapped-accessible fishing area in the Nature Park just east of the Spruce Street bridge.

As Vice President of the grassroots, non-profit citizens organization Lebanon Pipeline Awareness (LPA), he participated in a wide range of activities, including staffing informational tables at National Night Out in Campbelltown and at the Lebanon County Fair; having letters, op-ed pieces, and press releases published in the Lebanon Daily News; marching with members of LPA’s sister organization, Lancaster Against Pipelines, along the route of the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project in Lancaster County; organizing public meetings for landowners and others; and meeting with public officials and bodies, including the Lebanon County Commissioners, Sen. Mike Folmer, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission – all in the effort to raise public awareness about the ongoing pipeline revolution in Lebanon County.

As Executive Director of the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum in Annville, he hosted the Garbage Museum’s Fifth Annual Grand Opening on Saturday, June 11, and was especially heartened to welcome a record number of visitors to the museum, including several from overseas, as well as a group of children and parents from Lebanon Scoutreach in Palmyra.

As Co-President of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association (QWA), he helped to initiate a community outreach effort in Cleona for a stream restoration project similar to the one along Quittie Creek in Annville; participated in the Snitz Creek Waterfest in the Creekside neighborhood in South Lebanon; staffed a QWA table at Historic Old Annville Day; and kept the QWA’s website up-to-date, including photo-documenting the stream restoration project (at > Photos & Documents > Restoration 2014-2016).

Mike, who invites faculty members and others interested in participating in any of these organizations, at whatever level, to be in touch.


Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment (Kabat-Zinn, 1990, p.4).

What is mindfulness?

The practice of being mindful involves paying attention to the present moment and being in a non-reactive state—meaning that there is no judgment about the right or wrong ways to feel about the events we are experiencing. When we are mindful, we stay in the present moment without rehashing the past or living in the future. When we pay attention on purpose, we have a “conscious direction of our awareness” in the present (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, p.4).

Why does LVC need mindful education?

The current generation of emerging adults (18-29) report high levels of stress, significant levels of anxiety and depression, and a host of physical and mental health problems that range from sleep disturbances to suicidal and self-harm behavior. Additionally, American workers in all fields report a high prevalence of stress-related physical and mental health problems, especially those who face emotionally demanding and challenging circumstances—circumstances that exist in all institutions of higher education (IHE’s).

In the past 20 years, there has been an exponential increase in the appearance of the words “meditation,” “mindfulness” and “yoga” in peer-reviewed journals, many of which demonstrate that mindfulness produces a host of positive outcomes including, but not limited to, reduced stress and negative emotions, reduced depression, improved focus and attention, increased empathy, reduced obesity, and overall enhanced well-being. Benefits of learned mindfulness skills are experienced in as little as 8-weeks of practice; some report overnight relief from a few practices (Ragoonaden, 2015)

Because of the evidence of the far ranging benefits of mindfulness, a growing number of institutions of higher education (IHE’s)  have incorporated a contemplative, secular mindfulness dimension within their curriculum including the University of Virginia, Redlands, Emory, Brown, Rice, Amherst, Smith, Michigan, Naropa, etc.. These IHE’s   incorporate mindful practices throughout the organizational culture.  They recognize that professional success within the high performing culture of the IHE, and the world of work that awaits graduates, demands that we provide the tools for faculty, staff and students to focus on self-care that enhances workplace productivity and well-being.

Presidents Innovation Fund to Introduce Mindfulness to LVC

            During the 2016-2017 academic year, programming will be undertaken to introduce mindfulness into the campus culture. The first phase will primarily target faculty and staff. The goal is to prepare participants to bring mindful education into the classroom and cocurricular environment—phase 2. A second goal of phase one is to enhance faculty and staff work satisfaction and productivity—another byproduct of mindfulness.

To achieve phase 1 goals, friend of the college Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work (2005) and The Mindful Leader (2008) the will kick-off the effort in mid-September with a keynote event. This event will be followed with both fall and spring CETL workshops as well as a one-day mindfulness retreat.

Although the benefits of mindful practice are well established, successful integration of these practices into the college culture and pedagogy requires a commitment to practice.

Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it (Salzberg, 2010).

All mindfulness programming sponsored by the Presidents Innovation Fund will embody a commitment to practice.  Please join us in the effort to make LVC a more mindful learning community.


Carroll, M. (2005).Awake at Work: Facing the Challenges of Life on the Job. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications.

Carroll, M. (2007). The Mindful Leader: Awakening Your Natural Management Skills Through Mindfulness Meditation. Boston, MA: Trumpeter Books.

Ragoonaden, K. (2015). Mindful Teaching and Learning: Developing a Pedagogy of Well-Being. New York: Lexington Books.

Salzberg, S (2010). Real Happiness: the Power of Meditation. New York: Workman.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994).Wherever you go, there you are. New York: Hyperion.


LVC Welcomes New Faculty

LVC welcomes 14 new faculty and teaching fellows for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. What follows is an introduction to each in his/her own voice.

Rachel Albert, Assistant Professor of Psychology:   I received my PhD in Perception, Cognition, and Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in 2013. I am thrilled to join the faculty here at LVC after 3 years of teaching psychology in Wisconsin.  My teaching interests include child and adolescent development, the psychology of language, general psychology, and research methods.  My research focuses on communication between infants and their caregivers. Specifically, I examine how infants transition from babbling to producing their first words. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy swimming, skiing, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and keeping up with my two young sons.

Terrence Alladin, Teaching Fellow, Criminal Justice:  I earned my B.S. at St. Francis College, my M.A. from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and my Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.  I teach courses in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Research Methods, Statistics, Social Problems, Policy Analysis and Legal Procedures.  My research, focused on issues of incarceration and criminal justice system policy, has appeared in peer-reviewed outlets such as Professional Issues in Criminal Justice and Prison Journal.

Daniel Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology:  I am excited to join the biology faculty at LVC. I taught previously at LVC as an adjunct professor, at Penn State, and at Brigham Young University in Utah. For the last three years, I have studied hepatitis B virus as a post-doctoral fellow at the Penn State Hershey Medical center. Prior to that, I studied the genetic basis of lupus at BYU, where I earned my Ph.D. I enjoy reading, cooking, religion, and encountering new people and ideas. I am a Capricorn and my favorite color is blue. I reside in Hummelstown with my wife and three young boys.

Jaime Fetterow-Alderfer, Teaching Fellow of English:  I am joining the English department at Lebanon Valley College after teaching at Penn State Brandywine for the past 4 years.  I’m a native Floridian and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism.  I spent close to 10 years as television journalism, including 4 and a half in Harrisburg as the weekend sports anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate.  I moved to the Philadelphia suburbs after my husband was relocated.  I have a 5-year-old daughter, Alexis, who will start kindergarten this year and who has already declared she wants to be a teacher.  I dabbled in PR and freelance writing before landing in academia.  I hold an M.S. in Mass Media Arts and Journalism from Clarion University.  I have taught newswriting classes and a variety of mass media classes.  I look forward to advising students who write for the La Vie Collegienne.

Eva Goedhart, Visiting Assistant professor of Mathematical Sciences:  I am originally from the Netherlands but spent the majority of my life living in Virginia and Pennsylvania. I am joining LVC after teaching a year at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I earned my Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. My research focuses mainly on algebraic number theory, but I am always exploring new fun ways to play with Diophantine equations. Outside of mathematics, I love to spend time camping and hiking with my family, crocheting, and cooking amazing locally-grown food.

Valbona Hoxha, Visiting Professor of Biology:  I am a native of Albania. I teach developmental biology, cell and tissue biology, and general biology lab. I am interested in the molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate the mating behavior of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.

Michael Hadary, Artist-Teacher of Studio Voice and Musical Theatre: I am thrilled to be joining the music faculty at LVC. Currently, I am working on my MFA in musical theatre vocal pedagogy at Penn State under the tutelage of Mary Saunders-Barton and Dr. Norman Spivey. I have completed degrees from NYU (MM) and James Madison University (BM), both in vocal performance. Previously, I had the privilege of teaching full time on the faculty of Valdosta State University in Georgia. I have a wife, Lyndsey and we have a little dog named Knuckles. I grew up in Arlington, Virginia and look forward to meeting the rest of the LVC faculty and staff. Go Flying Dutchmen!

Patrick Jasinski, Visiting Professor of Physics:  Hello, I am the visiting assistant professor of physics for the coming academic year. I have a master’s degree in physics from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Drexel University, where my work was in computational neuroscience. Before my current appointment, I was an adjunct professor in the Mathematical Sciences department, and before, that I was a full-time stay at home father for my son Darius, who is now in kindergarten.

Cona Marshall, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies:  I hold a Master’s of Theological Studies and a certificate in Black Church Studies from Vanderbilt University. This theological background complements my doctoral studies at Michigan State University in Black Studies and Cultural Rhetorics, informing my research project “Is God Sexist?: Black Women’s Preaching Rhetoric.” I have taught first-year writing for nine semesters and served on the First-Year Writing Committee. I was on the committee for MSU’s first conference on the responsibility of teachers in the wake of racial violence and was also named this year’s Scholars for the Dream Awardee by the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Andrew Milosz, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy:  I earned an M. Biomech. Engineering degree from the Technical University of Warsaw, Poland; an M.Ph.Ed. from the Physical and Health Education College, Warsaw, Poland; a B.S.PT from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; and a DPT from Arcadia University, Glenside, USA. I am certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Institute International) and Massage Therapy (Canadian Massage Therapists Alliance).

I teach the fundamentals of human anatomy, physiology, and human movement and also assist with differential diagnosis and clinical interventions labs. My research interests include headache prevalence and post lumbar fusion rehabilitation interventions. Clinical practice areas include manual therapy, pain management rehabilitation, and in-patient physical therapy.

Veronica Rodriquez, Teaching Fellow of Spanish: I earned my B.A. in Enseñanza de Lenguas Modernas (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla), M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Delaware), M.A. in Spanish Literature (University of Maryland-College Park), and Ph.D. in Spanish (University of Wisconsin-Madison). My doctoral dissertation explores cultural artifacts prepared by a group of privilege indigenous intellectuals in their native language: Nahuatl. Following this line of research, I participated in the recently published anthology Narradores indígenas y mestizos de la época colonial (siglos XVI-XVII), zonas andina y mesoamericana, co-authoring the article “Domingo Francisco de San Antón Muñón Chimalpáhin Cuatlehuanitzin (1579-1660).” In the classroom, I am a dynamic educator who encourages my students to embrace the process and opportunities that come with learning a new language and expanding their cultural understanding.

Theresa Rosenberg (“Terri”), Visiting Assistant Professor of English:  I pursued my love of languages as an undergraduate, culminating in a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Literature at University of California, Irvine (’94). Peace Corps seemed like the obvious next step in my life plan, and I spent two years in Poland (1995-1997) teaching English in a local high school and travelling Eastern Europe.  At that point, I knew I needed more education, and I chose to mesh my love of languages and teaching by completing a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University (‘99). Through the years, I have taught English, ESL, and Linguistics at Ohio University, Michigan State University, Northern State University, and Brevard College. I also spent two years teaching home buyer education for Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing in Ethete, WY. Life finally settled me and my family of five in Central PA.  My husband is a Regional Conservationist for USDA/NRCS in Lebanon, and I have three very active girls (ages 7, 9 and 11).  This year, I will be teaching first year writing courses at LVC including English 111, English 112, and FYE 111.

Elizabeth Sterner, Assistant Professor of Chemistry:  I received my Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry from Creighton University and my Master’s and PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, followed by time as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  My research specializes in designing and synthesizing new high-performance polymers and understanding how molecular structures give rise to macroscale properties.  I also have extensive experience in community outreach.

Erin Ulrich, Clinical Assistant Professor & Education Coordinator, Athletic Training: I began my career in athletic training at Eastern University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science followed by a Master of Science in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania.  Since becoming an athletic trainer, I have accumulated over 16 years of clinical athletic training experience in various settings including division 2 and 3 colleges, junior college, high school, outpatient clinics and camps.  I provided coverage for the 2000 Men’s Olympic Gymnastics team during their summer training prior to their departure for Sydney.  I have taught in the fields of both athletic training and exercise science at Montgomery County Community College, Waynesburg University and most recently as adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapy program at Lebanon Valley College.  My past and current research includes aquatic therapy, functional movement dysfunction in relationship to injury prevention and the “hot topic” area of concussions.  As Head Athletic Trainer, I collaborated with various departments, committees and students on campus to develop relevant research studies and create new policies and procedures based on current best practice recommendations in order to optimize the student experience at Lebanon Valley College.  I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with colleagues and students in my role of Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training program.

Bringing Back the Blog

Welcome to the start of the 2016 – 2017 academic year!

Many of you may recall that a few years ago, the Academic Affairs Division published a weekly blog called “Academic Affairs Weekly.”  Last fall, a small advisory group of faculty recommended we return to this practice, giving LVC educators an opportunity to share their insights, expertise, or reflections on matters related to pedagogy, assessment, College initiatives, and contemporary issues affecting our campus and communities. (Of course, we don’t want to limit ourselves to those topics, but they represent some of what we hope to address.)

In addition to this blog, “Faculty Voices,” we have a blog dedicated to faculty scholarship and another for news about faculty engaged in the community.  These blogs will be updated weekly and serve as a vehicle for informing colleagues about what faculty are  doing in their disciplines and communities.

Submissions to “Faculty Voices,” “Faculty Scholarship,” and “Faculty Engaged in the Community” should be made to Ann Damiano, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Submissions are due every Wednesday for the following week.