Celebration of Teaching & Learning will be held Thursday, April 16

April 16 will mark the 2015 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, the Mount’s annual public celebration of student achievement and faculty scholarships. The event showcases fascinating topics presented in posters, lectures and presentations that are open to the campus community and the public.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gene Kritsky, Professor of Biology, Entomologist and Author

Dr. Gene Kritsky, Professor of Biology since 1987, world-renowned entomologist, will deliver the keynote presentation “The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in the Past and its Promise for the Future” for the Twelfth Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning.

Beekeeping originated in ancient Egypt, where, according to myth, when the sun god Re wept and his tears touched the ground, they turned into bees. To the Egyptians, bees and the honey and wax they produced were the gifts of the sun god. To increase honey production, the Egyptians organized beekeepers as a state-controlled industry. In the millennia since the Egyptians began beekeeping, it has become even more important. Three fourths of the food that we eat is bee-pollinated, making these insects responsible for $18 billion of our economy. However, honey bees are being threatened by disease, parasites, and the overuse of insecticides. This threat has increased interest in promoting beekeeping around the world. Slovenia provides beekeeping attractions to increase tourism, Greece is exploring honey-based culinary tourism, and Bees for Development is providing starter beehives to create jobs, improving lives and local economies in East Africa.


Dr. Kritsky’s presentation will touch on his experiences in Egypt, Slovenia, Greece and East Africa, allowing the Mount Community to connect the importance of insects to the foods we eat and the common good.

Dr. Kritsky's research has been featured on the ABC Evening News, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Cable News Network Science News, as well as Scientific American, the New York Times, and Nature, among others. His book, The Tears of Re, will be published by Oxford University Press in the fall.

Schedule of Events

Coffee Bar
Theatre Lobby

9:25– 10:40a.m.
Keynote Address: "The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in the Past and its Promise for the Future”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gene Kritsky

10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Break Out Sessions

  • Online Teaching: Lessons Learned & Lessons to be Learned
    10:50 – 11:35a.m.
    Corona Room
    Susan A. Johnson, Ph.D., RN, Professor of Nursing
  • Russell Kirk on Higher Education: A Prophetic Voice
    10:50 – 11:35a.m.
    Wolverton Room
    James Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education
  • Trust between Registered Nurse and Client in the Home Health Care Setting: A Concept Analysis
    10:50 – 11:10a.m.
    Clifford Room
    Jamie Leslie, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Nursing
    William Lonneman DNP, RN, Assistant Professor School of Health Sciences
  • The Origins of UNICEF, 1946-1953
    10:50 – 11:35a.m.
    CL 201
    Jennifer Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
  • There is Non Short Bus to College: A Call for Faculty Development on Special Education in Higher Education
    11:40 – 12:00p.m.
    Corona Room
    Elizabeth Taryn Mason, Ph. D, Assistant Professor of English and Modern Languages
  • Health Coach Credentialing- Enhancing the Wellness Curriculum
    11:40 – 12:00p.m.
    Wolverton Room
    Robert “BC” Charles-Liscombe, EdD, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Athletic Training Education
  • Political Behavior and Biology: Evolutionary Leadership and Followership.
    11:40 – 12:00p.m.
    Clifford Room
    Ronald F. White, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy
  • Poetry Session
    10:50 – 12:00p.m.
    Recital Hall Featuring poets from Mount St. Joseph University, Roger Bacon High School, Mother of Mercy High School, Purcell-Marian High School, Seton High School (tentative participants)

Fifth Third Dining Hall

Honors Convocation
College Theatre

Student and Faculty Poster Sessions

  • First Session
    3:00-3:55 p.m.
    Harrington Center Gym
    Featuring posters created Faculty and Students from:

    Graphic Design
    Mathematics & Informatics
    Religious and Pastoral Studies
    Social Work/Sociology
    Interior Architecture & Design
  • Second Session
    4:00-4:55p.m. Harrington Center Gym
    Featuring posters created Faculty and Students from:

    Athletic Training
    Physical Therapy
    Health & Wellness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Projects
    Harrington Gym Lobby
    Tracy McDonough, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology; Georgana Taggart, J.D., Professor of Legal Studies; Students of IDS 212
  • Freshman Art Exhibit
    Second floor level of Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery of the Art and Design building

    The Art Department has created a mounted, themed exhibition of freshman art and design majors' art and writing. This exhibition will be hung on the second floor level of Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery of the Art and Design building. Please be sure to visit to view our students’ work throughout the day during the Celebration!



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