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Faculty Accomplishments 2023 - 2024

Fall 2023

  • Sahar Aghasafari published: Aghasafari, S. (2023). Virtual Visual Arts Integration and Biology: More Favor or Challenges for Emergent Bi/Multilingual High Schoolers. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 12(1), 44-61.
  • In the Spring and Summer of 2023, Sahar successfully designed an impressive collection of twelve book covers, including five captivating covers for children's books, six engaging covers for educational books, and a visually appealing cover for a notebook. Examples of these cover designs:


Sahar partnered with Bridgett Plexico, Internship Coordinator, to meticulously organize an exclusive event. Target enthusiastic students interested in the Graphic Design internship at Lancaster Historic Courthouse; the event aims to inform and inspire.

Presentation Details:  

Date: Thursday, September 7th  

Time: 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm  

Location: Bradley 120  

  • Sahar Aghasafari was accepted as a Signature Membership (Juried) at the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA), 2023.
  • Sahar participated in an Online Group Exhibition," Persian Tigress Serenade: The Velvet Bond" National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), 2023.
  • Sahar serves as a reviewer, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE24), 2023. 
  • Sahar was invited to review proposals for the ISTE 24 conference, backed by the largest and most competitive educational technology journal. Her role involves evaluating proposals on educational technology.
  • Sahar is a reviewer for the Science Education Journal, 2023- present. She is invited to review papers in the STEAM field for the Science Education Journal and she recently completed a review for a paper in this area. 

Marybeth Berry was invited to not only teach The Expressive Actor Method at the 19th Annual Theatre for Change Festival in Athens, Greece but also, along with Mr. Tyrie Rowell, students, and alumni present the international premiere of the devised performance piece, “The Blurr” as part of the longstanding festival.

Walt Collins, Todd Lekan, and Asheley Schryer presented “Our Game Plan for Enhancing the Experience of Student Athletes on a Regional Branch Campus” on June 12 at the Annual Meeting of Regional Branch Campus Administrators Conference in Longboat Key, Florida.

Rebecca Freeman authored a book review that will be appearing in an upcoming edition of the South Carolina Libraries Journal. Rebecca has a poster accepted for the 2023 North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference entitled "Cooking in the Library.” 

  • Amy Gerald developed and implemented a 5-part writing workshop series for the Arras Foundation’s summer internship program. She worked with staff to discern their needs, brainstorm a structure, and determine appropriate scheduling. Workshops focused on awareness of the rhetorical situation of any writing scenario and how that applies to interns' task of writing an end-of-internship report to the foundation's board of directors. Interns leveraged the writing process with pre-writing, journaling, drafting, peer workshops, and instructor consultation. 
  • Amy Gerald presented a paper titled “Southern (Dis)comfort: A White Woman’s Critique of a Black Woman’s Work,” as part of the panel “White Privilege and Coalition Building: Embrace Discomfort and Do the Work” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at Spellman College in Atlanta, Sept 30-Oct 3. At the same conference, she also presented a poster based on her Business Writing class's partnership with the Lancaster Promise Neighborhood:  “Navigating the Town and Gown Trope: Community Partnerships through Project-Based Learning.”

Lisa Hammond's will present “Beneath Our Feet: Ghost Tours, Southern History, and Hauntings in Seven Poems” at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South in New Orleans in September 2023.

Chris Judge presented lectures offered by the Historic Port Royal Foundation on October 26. Chris’ talks were for the first Annual Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland Lecture Series. The titles of the lectures were: “Precontact Native American Societies on the Lower SC Coast” and “South Carolina Native American Societies after Contact.” 

 Tamika Lewis presented at the 11th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference in Atlanta, GA on October 21, 2023.  The presentation topic was, “Analyzing Systemic Factors When Counseling Black Women of Christian Faith in the United States.”

  • Erin Moon-Kelly participated in August Beginnings (August 20, 2023) Concert at Osceola United Methodist Church in Lancaster. EMK Music and Lancaster County Council for the Arts collaboration. Performers: Erin Moon-Kelly, Dr. Connor Austell, Lisa Knox, Troy Dunbar, and Eric Grace. Erin will also participate in Movie Time at the AMP at Ballantyne with the Charlotte Concert Band. 
  • Erin Moon-Kelly participated in a concert offered by the Charlotte Concert Band which sold over 600 tickets for its concert at the brand-new AMP at Ballantyne on October 21. This is the non-profit organization's largest audience in its 60-year history.
McKenzie Lemhouse recently completed the Certificate in Open Education Librarianship program offered by the Open Education Network. I am also transitioning into the head editor role for South Carolina Libraries as of this month. 
  • Evan Nooe presented a research paper in Philadelphia at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic annual meeting in July.
  • Evan’s research article, "It's in the Blood: Family Memories of Native Violence in the Settler South" was accepted (with revisions) for the journal History and Memory.
  • Evan’s book Aggression & Sufferings: Settler Violence, Native Resistance, and the Coalescence of the Old South is done. It will be available from University of Alabama Press this December.
  • Evan Nooe presented a research paper titled Crafting "Classic Florida Fare" at Disney Springs: Foodways as Theme at Art Smith's Homecomin' Restaurant at the 2023 Northeast Popular Culture Association annual conference on October 14
Nahid Swails gave a talk related to her research, titled "Advances in Joining Materials Using Innovative Welding Techniques," at the Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SACS AAPT) conference on October 19th. 
Andy Yingst published two peer-reviewed puzzles in The Browser (Cryptic #129) and in Out of Left Field (#166).