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August 17, 2011

MSU honors faculty with awards

Aug. 17, 2011 —     Morehead State University honored five individuals during the University’s Fall Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

    The 2011 award recipients were: Dr. Philip Krummrich, chair of the Department of International and Interdisciplinary Studies, Distinguished Creative Productions Award; Dr. Scott A. Davison, professor of philosophy, Distinguished Researcher, and Dr. John Hennen, professor of history, Distinguished Teacher; Lisa Shemwell, projects manager in the Office of the Provost, Distinguished Staff Service Award; and Nathania Ann Bush, associate professor of nursing, received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award.

    Dr. Krummrich came to MSU as chair of the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy in 2002, and became chair of the new Department of International and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2009. He serves as director of the Academic Honors Program, coordinates study abroad for MSU, and teaches classes in the Honors Program and in Spanish.

    His creative productions fall into two general categories. Dr. Krummrich has published poetry, fiction, and travel writing in a number of journals; and was the author of Alma Orphans, a play for voices that has been performed several times in Morehead and Ashland. His story, “Through and Through,” will appear in the November issue of Connotation Press, and he will be honored as Writer of the Month.

    Dr. Krummrich’s most significant work has been in literary translation. He has published three volumes of translations, including fiction, drama and poetry from several languages, most often Spanish and Portuguese. His translations have appeared in a number of journals, in this country and abroad, and he is currently seeking a publisher for his English version of Horas de Língua, a book by the contemporary Portuguese poet Paula Gândara. He also is working with a multinational team of translators, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, on a translation of several volumes of medieval Portuguese chronicles.

    He earned his B.A. degree in Spanish and English from Tarkio College in Missouri (now closed), and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois.

    Dr. Davison received B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from The Ohio State University in 1987 and 1989, respectively, before earning the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and 1993. Thanks to the support provided by several MSU summer fellowships and a sabbatical leave in 2005, he has been able to pursue research focused on metaphysical issues in the philosophy of religion and the foundations of ethics.

    He has presented lectures around the country and in Canada and China, and in the spring of 2010, he was invited to teach as a visiting professor of philosophy at Minzu University in Beijing. Some of Dr. Davison's essays have been translated into 11 different languages, including Chinese, and he has also published invited book chapters and book reviews in England, Australia and India.

    He has been invited to write reference articles for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, and he referees articles and reviews books for philosophy journals in several countries. His first book, “On the Intrinsic Value of Everything,” is forthcoming from Continuum Press in January 2012, in both hardback and paperback.

    Dr. Davison also writes philosophical essays for popular audiences, having contributed to books about fatherhood, basketball, football, and J.R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is the recipient of a $25,000 Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2010-12, a grant that has led to the creation of a new interdisciplinary humanities course at Morehead State organized around the nature of good and evil. He also serves as a board member of the Community Recycling Center and coaches city league youth basketball. He has lived in Morehead for 16 years, and has three children with his wife, Rebecca.

    Dr. Hennen earned his masters degree from Marshall and Ph.D. degree in modern U. S. history, with a specialization in Appalachian history, at West Virginia University in 1993. Before arriving at MSU in 1996, he was a visiting assistant professor at WVU’s Institute for Labor Studies, director of faculty development for the Appalachian College Association in Berea, and a visiting instructor at the University of Kentucky.

    Dr. Hennen’s book, “The Americanization of West Virginia: Creating a Modern Industrial State, 1916-1925”, was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1996. He is the coeditor of two volumes on West Virginia history and was coeditor of the labor section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia (2006). He has published articles and essays on Appalachian working-class history in Labor Studies Journal, West Virginia History, the Journal of Appalachian Studies, and Appalachian Journal, as well as chapters in Culture, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia (WVU Press, 2009); Coal Country: Rising up Against Mountain Top Removal Mining (Sierra Club, 2009); and the reissue of 1932’s Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields (University Press of Kentucky, 2008). He is currently writing a book on the history of Local 1199, the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, in the Appalachian region.

    He teaches the United States in the Industrial Era 1877-1941; Practicing History; Appalachian History; Introduction to Appalachian Studies; Latin American History; Generation Y?; First Year Seminar; and Senior Seminar. He has also taught special seminars on the Civil Rights Movement and American Labor History. In 2009-10, he directed students in the production of a documentary on legendary MSU athlete, coach and athletic director Steve Hamilton, who played a key role in the formation of the Major League Baseball Players Association when he pitched for the New York Yankees and other teams. Dr. Hennen also directed the student-produced 2005 documentary on the dislocation of traditional settlements by the Cave Run Lake project in the early 1970s.

    Dr. Hennen serves on Faculty Senate and the Employee Benefits Committee at MSU. He is cochair of the Rowan County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, an environmental and social justice organization founded in 1981. He was director of the MSU’s Appalachian Studies Program from 2005-08. He is on the board of the Haldeman-Hayes Crossing Community Center and the Kentucky Labor Institute, and is a member of the Appalachian Studies Association and the United Association for Labor Education. He is an associate member of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 170 (UE), Charleston, W.Va.

    Shemwell, a two-time graduate of MSU, joined the Office of the Provost in 2011.

    She joined the faculty in 1993 as instructor of speech communication and speech coach. She also has served as interim coordinator of general education and principal investigator of SB 1 professional development/Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education grant.

    Shemwell has been a presenter at numerous conferences and conventions and attended several professional developments events.

    She was selected as MSU’s representative to the 2009-10 Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy and was part of MSU’s President’s Leadership Academy. From 2003-06, Shemwell participated in the Professor in the School Program, serving schools in Fleming and Clark counties.

    Bush has been heavily involved in service projects at the regional, national and international levels since her appointment at MSU in 2004.

    She received her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Post-Masters’ Certificate from Rutgers University. Bush is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Chatham University.

    She collaborated with internal and external partners to codevelop a bereavement camp to enhance access to child bereavement services in the region. This bereavement camp was subsequently developed into a service learning course (NUR 385 CAMP Smile) which involves students in research and evidence-based practice in caring for children who have suffered a loss. Bush has been recognized at the national and state level for her work in this area.

    After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Bush was drawn to serve those in need and sought an organization in which the Department of Nursing could partner. Serving as an MSU representative, she partnered with Children’s Lifeline International and challenged MSU’s students to serve others through this outreach. For the five medical mission trips involving MSU faculty and students, Bush organized fundraisers as well as obtained internal grants to help defray the cost for the students and purchase medical supplies. The experience the students received and the care they gave during these medical missions served thousands of Haitians and has turned into a lasting partnership between MSU Department of Nursing and Children’s Lifeline International.

    She continually serves MSU by taking part in recruitment activities, serving on committees, and writing grants to help garner support for nursing students. She also champions the cause for cancer research by serving as chairperson for the Relay for Life in Powell County. She has served on numerous nursing boards in a leadership capacity.

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