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ACADEMICSPOTLIGHT Criminal Justice Professor Assists with Autism Education and Awareness Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Allen Copenhaver uses his education and experience to provide a valuable service to members of the Louisville (Ky.) Metro Police. Earlier this year, Copenhaver assisted the Autism Training Center at the University of Louisville. The center worked with practitioners and community parents to help Louisville police officers to better identify and understand the signs of autism. “I worked to provide them with research and statistics to further their initiative and contributed as an adviser,” said Copenhaver. “It felt great to be able to help out, considering I myself have a son who has been diagnosed with autism.” Copenhaver said that a better understanding of autism is important for everyone. “There is an increasing number of autistic individuals diagnosed across the country every year,” he said. “This initiative is a step in the right direction to help autistic individuals, those in the autism community and law enforcement better understand each other to promote public safety.” Two LWC Faculty Recognized for Outstanding Teaching Two LWC faculty members were honored for being excellent teachers at the college’s annual Honors Convocation Ceremony on April 25. Associate Professor of Journalism David Goguen, top, was named 2016- 17 Teacher of the Year Award, which is given by the LWC Student Government Association based on a popular vote of the undergraduate student body on the A.P. White Campus. Associate Professor of Human Services and Counseling Myra Ford, above, was named the UMC Exemplary Teacher of the Year. Established by The United Methodist Church, the award recognizes outstanding scholars for their dedication and contributions to learning and to the school. The award is given after a nomination by peers at the school and approved by the college’s faculty. 20 | LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE | CORNERSTONE

ACADEMICSPOTLIGHT ACADEMICSPOTLIGHT Notable and Noteworthy • Communication instructor Benson Sexton successfully defended his dissertation, “Exploring the Influence of Students’ Perceptions of Instructional Message Content Relevance and Experienced Cognitive Load on Students’ Cognitive Learning March.” His doctorate is in communication the University of Kentucky. • Jamie Thorn, adjunct instructor in Sustainability and Recreation, Tourism & Sports Management, successfully defended her dissertation, “Sustainability Education: Parks, Recreation, Tourism & Natural Resource Management.” Her doctorate is from Prescott College in Arizona. • Criminal Justice Instructor Angie Schwendau successfully defended her dissertation, “The Dangers and Self-Protective Behaviors of Rideshare Drivers,” at the American Society of Criminology in New Orleans and the Southern Criminal Justice Association in Savannah, Ga. Her doctorate is from the University of Louisville. • Assistant Professor of English Karolyn Steffens was invited to contribute a chapter of original research to a new volume in the Cambridge Critical Companions series. Her chapter, "Modernity as the Cultural Crucible of Trauma," will appear in Cambridge Critical Concepts: Trauma in Literary Studies, edited by J. Roger Kurtz. • Recent publications by Professor of Religion and Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan include the books A Faith Called Christianity and Change Your Thoughts Change Your World. He and Instructor of Religion Dennis Crump have co-written Your Neighbor’s Religion: A Christian Perspective on Major World Religions, which was published in August. • Associate Professor of Mathematics John La- Grange published two articles: “Annihilators in Zerodivisor Graphs of Meet Semilattices” and “Reduced Commutative Semigroups” in the Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra. He published an article with D.F. Anderson, also in the Journal of Algebra. He has several other papers in the works, including a joint project with LWC senior Candace Kimball. • Four home-study courses written by Associate Professor of Human Services & Counseling Lawrence Anthony were published by Heisel and Associates and are available online. He also contributed to the book The Girl in the Shadows: A Journey from Darkness to Light. • Professor of Counseling Patrick Hardesty co-authored an article in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology on the “Psychometric Study of Human Life History Strategies: State of the science and Evidence of Two Independent Dimensions.” • Associate Professor of Human Services & Counseling Daniel Schnopp-Wyatt and Regional Academic Director Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt were involved in the MIT/Soar (Shaping our Appalachian Region) Health-Hack-a-Thon. Each participated on teams that won awards for their innovations in addressing substance abuse concerns in Appalachia. Daniel’s team won the top award for the substance abuse category; Nicole’s group, which included alumni from the LWC School of Professional Counseling, won second place in that category. 21 | LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE | CORNERSTONE

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