News & Events


Fall 2018

Division of Business

James Larriviere said that the MBA program continues to enroll students.

Division of Communication, Visual and Performing Arts

Sharee Broussard presented in Professional Development, in the context of Jesuit Education session, at the AJCU Communication Conference at St. Louis University in July, on Internships and Ignatian Pedagogy.

Sharee also presented at the South Alabama Nonprofit Coalition’s Annual Nonprofit Summit in June on Building a Usable Communication Plan.

Rachael Hatley is in the planning process for the NOW show (Eichold Gallery), SHC faculty art show (Bedsole Gallery) and one day conference featuring six visiting designers for Friday, October 5, 2018.

Wanda Sullivan has five paintings that are included in an invitational group show, Process, at Berry College’s Moon Gallery in Rome, GA.  The exhibition will be on display September 12 – October 11.

Wanda also has ten paintings in Raise 251 at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center downtown.  The exhibit will be up through December 14.

Division of Education

April Sanders had an article published the summer.  Using Microblogging as a Social Media Tool for Discussions in Higher Education Classrooms in the Journal of Social Media in Society.

Division of Languages and Literature

Fabian Balmori completed Safe Zone:  LGBTQ+ Ally Training at the University of South Alabama campus.  Safe Zone training encourages diversity across the institutional spectrum and provides an opportunity for members of the community who may face equity issues.  The goal of the training is to help participants begin to develop the knowledge and skills to be an ally for LGBTQ+ students.

Fabian Balmori presented "Caracas in Contemporary Venezuelan Fiction at the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association Conference in Birmingham, AL, and he organized a panel n History and Politics of Literary and Cultural Expressions of Latin America.  Fabian also attended a conference on Understanding Learning Disabilities:  Autism, ADHD, and Executive Functioning at Faulkner University in Montgomery , Alabama. 

Josh Doty presented "Thoreau's Reformist Plasticities: Human, Institution, Planet" at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference.

Stephanie Girard is working on creating a single voice for the Mission Priority Examen. She also created a new template and instructions for the electronic submission of rank and tenure applications.

Meg Smith will present “Cross-disciplinary Collaboration to Improve Writing Support for Upper-Division Students” at the upcoming Southeastern Writing Center Association Symposium.

Jeff Stoyanoff’s article, “Covetousness in Book 5 of Confessio Amantis: A Medieval Precursor to Neoliberalism,” has been published in Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 4, no. 2., 2018. He also has submitted a revised article, “Dramatic Networks: Marginalized Economics and Labor in The Norwich Grocers’ Play,” for a revise and resubmit request to Early Theatre.  This article was accepted for publication and will appear in Early Theatre, vol. 21, no. 2 (December 2018).

Jeff Stoyanoff presented "Writing Listening: Sound and Performativity in the Prologus to Confessio Amanatis" at the Chaucer: Sound and Vision conference hosted by the Department of English at the University of South Alabama in October.

Cathy Swender is serving as a reviewer for Oxford University Press’s Inside Research, a concise research guide for composition courses.

Andrew Tumminia has enrolled in a seminar called "Seminar:  Shakespeare, Race, and the Practical Humanities," led by Ian Smith of Lafayette College.  The seminar, which includes submitting a conference paper and providing feed back to the submissions of other participants, will occur during the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America this spring.

Fr. Mike Williams, S.J., at the 2018 Triennial Convention of Alpha Sigma Nu, was elected to a 3-year renewable term on the Board of Directors.  He will serve as Faculty Adviser to the Board and as the liaison between the Board and the faculty advisers of the various chapters in the US, Korea, Canada, and Spain.

Division of Philosophy and Theology

George Gilmore functioned as convener for the section on Systematic Theology at the College Theology Society's annual meeting in St. Paul, MN, and has written and submitted the call-for-papers for the 2019 annual meeting.

Division of Social Sciences

Tom Ward will be speaking at the Mobile Civil War Roundtable on Monday, September 17 at 5.30 at the USA Cafe Conference Room.  Tom's talk will be on "Enemy Combatants: Black Soldiers in Confederate Prisons."

The History Department and the Alabama Coastal Foundation will host a talk by Dr. Jack Davis, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning The Gulf, on Thursday, Oct. 18 during the common hour in Byrne Auditorium.


Spring 2019


Division of Communication, Visual and Performing Arts

 Sharee Broussard completed a review for the Journal of Public Interest Communication.

The Graphic Design department is offering an inaugural summer intensive open to high schoolers, June 3-7. ASPIRE (art + design + performance) will spread awareness locally of our programs and hopefully increase enrollment. Wanda Sullivan and Rachael Hatley will visit high school art classes to promote this initiative. Alumni Mrinal Josh joined Wanda recently visiting Davidson High School.

Johnny Stevens is now enrolled to earn a PhD in Communication.

Johnny Stevens and the IMC work study students are currently working on multiple projects for the college:

     -produced two new video vignettes for the main website carousel

     -reviewed SHC commercial for broadcast formatting and delivered visual imagery of campus, college and Outlaw        Rec Center to ESPN producer for use in basketball game coverage

     -recorded video news story of basketball game/ESPN coverage for badger television in the Marketing Department

     -created 100 days senior toast video for the senior dinner

     -recorded and edited senior dinner for marketing, created DVD copies of guest speakers speech for Alumni office        and edited video for BTV and Marketing Department

     -record and edit annual Boyle Lecture for English Department and college YouTube

     -working with Visual Arts to create research video highlighting academic study of famous designers for                        Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019.

     -working with Instructional Design and Business Department to record instructor introductions for Online MBA              coursework

     -creating online promotional/advertising video for Online MBA program

     -developing and editing high impact intro video with new logo/branding for Online MBA program

     -working with Kristina Kotchemidova on video prep and planning for Phi Theta Kappa film viewing (February 7)

 Division of Languages and Literature

Stephanie Balmori has had a poem, “Adopted II,” submitted under her pen name, accepted for the 2019 publication of the University of South Alabama’s peer-reviewed fine arts journal, Oracle Fine Arts Review. She also presented a paper, “A Balancing Act: Balancing the Sexes in ‘A Double Standard’ by Frances E.W. Harper,” at the 2019 University of Alabama Language Conference.

Stephanie Callan’s article, “The Making of a Terrorist: Imagining Combatants’ Points of View in Troubles Literature,” was accepted for publication in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Humanities.  The special issue is on “War and Literature: Commiserating with the Enemy.”

Cathy Swender presented a paper at the Southern Humanities Conference, “‘Hear Me, Cease to Speak, that I May Speak’: Poetic Conversations with Silence in Lucille Clifton’s Poetry.”  She also was one of two invited lunchtime plenary speakers at the Southern Humanities Conference, where she read selections of original poetry.

Meg Smith will present “Supporting Non-Literate Adult Learners of English on Paths to Literacy” at the Emerald Coast TESOL conference in Pensacola on February 9th.

Jeff Stoyanoff was invited to contribute a chapter to the forthcoming edited collection, Gender and Violence on the Premodern Stage, which will be published by University of Florida Press in 2020. His chapter is tentatively titled “Noah's Wife 'Cowld': Gender and Erasure in the Newcastle Play of Noah.”

Fabian Balmori has become President Elect of the Executive Committee at Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society. Fabian will represent PSI at the annual meeting of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Philosophy and Theology

John Switzer presented an exegesis of 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a for the 192nd Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi in Hattiesburg (1/26/2019).

Division of Social Science

Jamie Franco-Zamudio, in her role as Council Member of Division 9 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; SPSSI), traveled to DC in January with fellow members of SPSSI and the American Association for the Advancement of Science to participate in an advocacy day highlighting an upcoming briefing on the Human Rights of Scientists.   As recipient of the SPSSI Innovative Teaching Award, Jamie Franco-Zamudio was invited to give a Professional Development presentation on the topic of teaching for social justice-related outcomes at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in Portland during February.

Nic Wood served as one of three members of the "Fellowship Jury" at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, at Mount Vernon, Va.  He read 50+ applications and gave out about 20 awards, totaling around $200,000 in fellowships.  Nic  will be presenting the paper “Doughface: The Origins and Political Legacy of an Antebellum Political Insult” at the University of Missouri's Conference on the Missouri Statehood Crisis of 1819-1821, in February.

Tom Ward presented a talk on "Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South," at the Alabama School of Math and Science in February.  Tom will present a talk, "To Treat and to Train: Tuskegee's John A. Andrew Clinic," for the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholar program at the Alexander City Library on Wednesday, February 13.  Tom will also present this talk for the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholar program at the Alexander City Senior Center in February.

Alex Ruble will be attending two meetings as a board member of the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Right Education to begin planning an exhibition from the Memorial de la Shoah to be hosted in November 2019 on SHC's campus.  Alex is presenting at the 2019 Southeast German Studies Workshop, hosted at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in February. The paper is titled: " “The Husband is the Undisputed Authority in the Family”: Finding the History of Everyday Life of the Family in Sociological Studies, 1945-1990"  Alex is co-leading a teachers' workshop on the history of the Holocaust at Auburn University in February.

Demetrius Semien was Co-Presenter, Mobile Area Interfaith Conference Workshop in February.  Demetrius is the Moderator for Alabama Arise Legislator Meet and Greet Forum on February 12.  Demetrius is a Panelist for the Panel Discussion, "Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline", USA (February 20th).  He was a Table Facilitator for the Mental Health Roundtables at SHC on the topic "A Medium for Social Health" (Jan. 24th).  Demetrius is writing an article called "Criminal Justice Activities in Mobile" for Jesuit Social Research Institute.