FSC faculty pursue
LAKELAND, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2003) - Florida
Southern College faculty continued their extracurricular academic
pursuits by giving presentations, conducting workshops, publishing
articles, and attending conferences. Following is a summary of their
Dr. Alexander Bruce, English professor, spoke at the Santa Fe
Catholic High School Medieval Festival Nov. 6, reading to the audience
from Old and Middle English literature, including lines from "Beowulf"
and "The Canterbury Tales." Bruce also served on the executive committee
of the English I (Medieval) session of the South Atlantic Modern
Language Association Conference in Atlanta Nov. 14-16. At the conference,
he presented "Fire on the water as the aurora borealis: A new perspective
on 'Beowulf' 1365-1366a," suggesting that the lines in question
contained a reference to the Northern Lights.
Dr. James M. Denham, history professor, presented a workshop
on "Creating a Collaborative Historical Violence Database" at the
Social Science History Association Conference in Baltimore Nov.
14. In addition, Denham presented a workshop for the Orange County
public school teachers on "Pioneers on Florida's Nineteenth Century
Frontiers" Nov. 22.
Dr. Keith Huneycutt, professor and chair of the English department,
presented "The Brown Sisters Contemplate Marriage in Frontier Florida"
at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference in
Atlanta Nov. 15. His paper focused on letters written by two young
women from New Hampshire who lived in Florida from 1835 to 1850.
Dr. Susan Opt, communication professor, has written a book chapter
titled, "Public Relations and the Rhetoric of Social Intervention,"
accepted for inclusion in a public relations theory textbook to
be published in early 2005 by Allyn & Bacon.
Dr. Alan Smith, religion professor, presented a paper at a conference
of the Religious Education Association and Association of Professors
and Researchers in Religious Education Nov. 7-9 in Chicago. He discussed
"The Lexington 'Heresy' Trial: William Clayton Bower and the Progressive
School," an event in which Bower, a leading figure in the Progressive
era of religious education, was charged with heresy in 1917 for
teaching the historical-critical method of interpreting Scripture
and for teaching the theory of evolution.
Gwendolyn H. Walton, computer science professor, co-authored
a paper with Robert Patton of Oak Ridge National Laboratory on "An
Automated Testing Perspective of Graphical User Interfaces." Walton
presented the paper at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation
and Education Conference Dec. 1-4 in Orlando, Fla.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.