Student and Faculty Accomplishments
Dr. Jeffery Long, professor of Religion and Asian Studies, received the Hindu American Foundation's Dharma Seva ("Service to Truth") Award for his advocacy work for a more accurate representation of Hinduism in middle school and high school textbooks.
Gillian Engelbrecht of the Class of 2018 was awarded the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to India.
Jaime Ramos of the Class of 2018 was recently accepted into the Peace Corps to do work in Peru.
Dr. Kevin Shorner-Johnson and Professor Jon Rudy received a Mellon Grant to teach a course in the spring 2019 semester on the intersection between art and peacebuilding. Read more here.
Dr. Michael Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies, has been quoted by numerous outlets on the 50th anniversary of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," given the publication of his book "Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers." Read more here.
Matthew Smith of the Class of 2021 presented his essay "Militarism as a Theme in Nazi Education and Youth Organizations" at the Phi Alpha Theta Pennsylvania Eastern Regional Conference on February 24, 2018 at King's College. His essay can be read here, along with the conference program.
Rachel Craft visited coffee farmers in the Philippines over winter break 2018. The four-and-a-half-day trip included daily meetings with Coffee For Peace representatives, conversations with indigenous farmers and watching the production of coffee “up close and personal,” as Craft put it. An international business student and an Etown Global Scholar, Craft hopes to use connections and implement a business proposal bringing Philippine-produced coffee to Elizabethtown. Read E-town Now for more details.
Josie Stommel traveled to Cleveland to attend a three day conference focusing on international peace building and violent extremism. Her attendance at the conference was supported by the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking.
"This invaluable opportunity strengthened my commitment to strive for peace and learn from a diverse international community."
Luke Mackey, Masters in Public Policy student in the Class of 2018, received the Eugene P. Clemens Award in the fall of 2016 from the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship. He earned the award through his work as Newsletter Editor Intern with the Brethren organization On Earth Peace. He has combined his undergraduate major, Interfaith Leadership Studies, with Public Policy to research aspects of sexuality in the Bible and the teaching of religion in public schools.
Ambassador-in-Residence John C. Craig recently assisted Christina Hartman in her bid to represent the counties of Lancaster, Chester, and Berks in the United States House of Representatives. In addition to sponsoring fundraisers, Ambassador Craig also met with Hartman and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the current Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House.
Dr. Gene Ann Behrens, professor of music and director of the music therapy program, traveled to Hargeisa, Somaliland to provide training on the neurobiology of trauma and introduced her Framework for Trauma Treatment to staff at a local center. She was supported by a grant from the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking.
"As training began, I immediately felt the friendships that were developing with each of the staff. We were together in spirit and focus as they reflected the energy and passion I have for teaching."
Gates Failing, member of the class of 2016, received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct a year of research at the University of Malawi. He is studying both indigenous and modern medicine to identify potential treatments for HIV.
Shannon Haley-Mize, assistant professor of education, was awarded a curriculum enhancement grant to develop and implement a PeaceJam Program in Elizabethtown.
"This program will develop the leadership skills across middle and post-secondary levels necessary to address complex issues in local and global communities and build capacity for peace by prioritizing inclusion of students with special needs."
Emma Neuhauser, associate professor of finance, was awarded a curriculum enhancement grant to create an interdisciplinary course intended to advance global understanding, international engagement, and non-violent conflict transformation.
"The course seeks to create opportunities for students further develop a sense of responsibility as citizens of the world to become more knowledgeable about global issues and empathetic toward people of other cultures and nationalities, so that they are committed to the values of peace, human dignity and social justice in today’s business world."
Jean Pretz, associate professor of psychology, gave the keynote address at the "Trust, Transparency, and the News" panel event, sponsored by WITF and LNP, held on campus in March 2017.
Dan Chen, associate professor of politics and Asian studies, organized a Chinese New Year celebration on campus that was covered by a Yangzhou, China news station.
David Kenley, professor of history and director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, was interviewed by WHTM in March 2016 to discuss his personal experiences in Cuba in light of former president Barack Obama's visit there.
Jon Rudy, Peacemaker-in-Residence at the College, gave an interview on the difference between "national security" and "human security" with Global Partners for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in The Hague in October 2017.
He also traveled to Mindanao in the Philippines with three students to explore a possible partnership with Coffee for Peace. Read more here.
Elizabethtown College recently hosted Bhante Sujatha, a Theravada Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, for a talk on "Mindfulness and Meditation." You can watch the full talk here.