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December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


Behold I bring you tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11


The Department of Human Development and Family Science was well represented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference in Orlando, Nov. 15-18. Seventeen undergraduate HDFS students joined three HDFS faculty in attending and contributing to the conference program. Dr. Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of human development and family science, and Lindsay Bower ’17 (HDFS) presented “Experiential Learning: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Preschool Observation Assignment in Students’ Retention of Child Development Course Concepts and Theories.” Dr. Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, and Josiah Harmes ‘19 (HDFS) presented “Experiential Learning and its Impact on the Affective Domain of Learning.” He also co-presented “The Effect of Local Immigration Policy and Enforcement on Midwestern Immigrant Families” with Jorge Chvez, Marlana del Hierro and Omhagain Dayeen. Dr. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Verity Hwang ‘19 (HDFS) presented “Creating an FLE Program in an Undergraduate Family Life Education Methodology Capstone Course.” Hamon and Susan Piland ’18 (HDFS) joined other colleagues in presenting a roundtable at the Affiliate Councils Workshop entitled “Mid-Atlantic Council—Over 25 Years of Insight—Engaging Students and Professionals Through the MACFR Annual Conference.” Hamon and Amanda Strong ‘18 (HDFS) also co-presented a paper entitled “Promoting Intergenerational Diversity Outside the College Classroom: The Elder Service Partner Program.”

Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Suzanne Smith (Washington State University, Vancouver) had their article “Family Science as Translational Science: A History of the Discipline” published in Family Relations, doi:10.1111/fare.12273. Hamon was asked to write the lead article for this special collection which examined the translational nature of family science.


Associate Professor of Music Dr. Damian Savarino recently made his singing debut with the Helena Symphony Orchestra (MT) under the direction of acclaimed conductor and Philadelphia native Maestro Allan Scott. Savarino performed the bass solos in Handel’s MESSIAH to a sold-out audience in the Cathedral of St. Helena. All of the contracted soloists, including Savarino, were members of Wade Artist Management in New York City.


Spring 2018 professional learning communities (PLCs) from the Teaching and Learning Initiative

The Teaching and Learning Initiative will be offering three traditional PLC groups beginning in late February/early March, in addition to the ever-popular classroom sharing opportunity. PLCs will cover a range of relevant topics, from fostering international student success and self-assessment in preparation for term-tenure and promotion, to the new book, Diversity Matters. In collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Initiative, Learning Technology Services will also be offering a PLC on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). More details, including dates and descriptions, will be shared in early January.

Titles of Spring 2018 PLCs:

  • Teaching Squares
  • Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education
    Diversity Matters – A Look at Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education  Preparing for Term-Tenure and Promotion in a Time of Transition
  • Reach Your Diverse Students More Effectively with Universal Design for Learning

More information about these PLCs and the Teaching Tuesday programs will be coming in January. Any questions regarding these Teaching and Learning opportunities may be directed to Deana Baddorf at

The fall edition of The Bridge is available

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge is here! Check out our financials, the year in review and a full report of the return of the Wittenberg doors to campus. Read the entire fall issue at:


For sale:

Treadmill and weight lifting set. Norditrack Elite 2900 treadmill with less than 500 miles. Motor was replaced at around 425 miles. Runs great. Does not elevate. $150.
Weight set with bench for sale with 196 pounds in weights. $75.
Pictures available of each. Contact



The INTERCOM will resume Thursday, Jan. 4.  Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Blessings from The INTERCOM.