PAGE 4D Laredo Morning Times Wednesday, September 11, 2002
25 new faculty join university
Twenty-five new faculty University in Mankato, Minn. Prior to join- public accountant, and certified govern-
ing TAMIU, Koch taught freshmen com- ment financial manager. In addition to
members join this fall. Texas position, developmental English and cre- being co-founder of a public accounting
A&M International ative writing at Laredo Community firm, he has also been an adjunct facul-
University. Coming from all College. He has also held teaching posi- ty member at Laredo Community
tions at Rochester Community and College.
over the nation and world, Technical College in Rochester, Minn. and Pornsit Jiraporn, assistant professor of
they will help to lead the uni- at Mankato State University. He is the finance. Jiraporn holds a Ph.D. in
author of numerous book reviews which finance from Southern Illinois University
versity’s 54 undergraduate have appeared in publications such as (SIU)-Carbondale, an MBA from the
and graduate degree pro- The Corresponder, Muse, La Frontera, University of Texas-Arlington and a B.S.
grams. Poetry Motel, Mesquite Review and in Industrial Engineering from
Mankato Poetry Review. Chulanlongkorn University in Bangkok,
Ray Keck, president, said Kevin D. Lindberg, assistant professor Thailand. Prior to joining the University,
the university is pleased to of English. Lindberg holds his Ph.D. in he was an instructor and graduate
welcome the new faculty 16th and 17th century British literature teaching assistant at SIU-Carbondale.
from The Ohio State University. Rahul Kale, visiting assistant profes-
members. Lindberg’s master’s and bachelor’s sor of management. Kale is completing
The new faculty are as follows: degrees in English were also earned at a Ph.D. in logistic/supply chain manage-
College of Arts and Humanities The Ohio State University. Prior to joining ment from the University of Maryland-
Susan Berdahl, assistant professor of the TAMIU faculty, he was visiting assis- College Park’s Robert H. Smith School
music. Berdahl holds a Ph.D. in musi- tant professor at Miami University and of Business. He also holds a master of
cology from the University of Minnesota, has also held teaching positions at The technology in industrial Management
in Minneapolis, Minn. and an M.M. in Ohio State University; Wittenberg from the Indian Institute of Technology in
flute performance from the University of University in Springfield, Ohio; and Madras, India and a bachelor of engi-
Miami, Coral Gables. Columbus State Community College in neering in industrial engineering from
She earned her B.M. in music educa- Columbus, Ohio. India’s Nagpur University. Prior to join-
tion at the University of Iowa. Prior to Mehnaaz Momen, assistant professor ing the university, he lectured and taught
joining TAMIU, Berdahl served as U.S. of public administration. Momem holds a at UM’s Robert H. Smith School of
Fulbright Professor in Music at the Ph.D. in public administration from Business.
National Music School in Tegucigalpa, Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Pattanaporn (Aye) Kitsabunnarat,
Honduras. Other positions she has held Ohio and a master’s degree in public assistant professor of finance.
include those as principal flutist for the administration from Dalhousie Kitsabunnarat holds a Ph.D. in finance
Orquesta Sinfonica de las Amaricas in University in Canada. Her original mas- from the University of Wisconsin-
Mexico, assistant professor of music at ter’s degree in social sciences and Milwaukee (UW-M). Her M.S. in finance
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, flutist bachelor’s degree in social sciences was also earned at UW-M. Her BBA in
and piccoloist for the Arkansas were earned at the University of Dhaka management was received at Thailand’s
Symphony Orchestra Society in Little in Bangladesh. Prior to joining TAMIU, Mahidol University. Prior to joining the
Rock, Ark., teaching associate at the she taught classes at Cleveland State university, she was a research assistant
University of Minnesota, professional University in conjunction with her doc- at the UW-M’s School of Business
flutist in various musical settings in toral work. Administration and a visiting scholar at
Minneapolis, studio flute teacher in Randall R. Parish Jr., assistant profes- the Asian University of Science and
Minneapolis, and music supervisor and sor of political science. Parish holds his Technology, Faculty of Business,
teacher in Maine and Iowa. In addition, Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico Thailand.
she has served as exchange professor and his master’s degree from the Shinhua Lua, assistant professor of
at the Moscow State Conservatory in Monterey Institute of International finance. Lua holds a Ph.D. in finance from
Russia. Studies. His bachelor’s degree was the University of Missouri. His M.S. in agri-
Phoebe C. Godfrey, assistant profes- earned at the United States Military cultural economics was earned at Texas
sor of sociology. Godfrey holds a Ph.D. Academy. Prior to joining TAMIU, Parish A&M University. A second MA in econom-
and an M.A. in sociology from was policy analyst at the Cooperative ics was earned at China’s Wuhan
Binghamton University-State University Monitoring Center at the Sandia National University as was a B.S. in information sci-
of New York (SUNY), Binghamton, NY. Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. He ence.
Her original M.A. in international educa- has also held positions as instructor of Prior to joining the university, he was a
tional development was earned at Texas comparative politics, international rela- visiting assistant professor at Southern
College/Columbia University. Her bach- tions and American politics at the Illinois University in Carbondale and the
elor’s degree in English was earned at University of New Mexico. His areas of University of Missouri-Columbia.
Rutgers University. Prior to joining interest include Latin American politics, David B. Stephens, visiting professor
TAMIU, she was adjunct lecturer at St. civil-military relations, democratization, of management. Stephens holds a Ph.D.
John’s University in New York. She has U.S. foreign policy, comparative political in labor relations and labor economics
also held teaching positions at Queens economy and regional integration. from the University of Texas at Austin.
College-City University of New York College of Business His MBA was earned at the University of
(CUNY); Lehman College-CUNY; Administration Pittsburgh and his BA in History at
Purchase College-SUNY; Binghamton Pedro H. Albuquerque, assistant pro- Brigham Young University. Prior to join-
University-SUNY; Northern Manhattan fessor of finance. Albuquerque holds a ing the university, he was dean of Utah
Community Improvement Corp., in New Ph.D. in economics from the University State University’s College of Business.
York; and Pace University, in New York. of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M). He also College of Education
She has also served as a Peace Corps holds an MS in economics from UW and Todd Farmer, instructor of physical edu-
volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. a MS in economics from the University cation. Farmer holds an M.S. in physical
Karen Hale, instructor of sociology. of Brasilia, Brazil. His EE in electrical education from Linfield University in
Hale received her master’s and bache- engineering was also earned at the McMinnville, Oregon and a B.S. in physi-
lor’s degrees in sociology from TAMIU. University of Brasilia. Prior to joining the cal education and health and coaching
Prior to joining TAMIU, Hale was an university, he was a faculty member in from George Fox University in Newberg,
adjunct professor of sociology at Laredo the masters program in business eco- OR. Prior to joining the university he was
Community College. She has held posi- nomic administration, University of a K-12 physical education teacher at
tions as adult protective services worker Brasilia and a teaching assistant at UW- Vienna Christian School in Vienna,
at the Texas Department of Protective Madison. Austria.
and Regulatory Services and as com- Zeeshan Ali, instructor of economics. He has also been a K-8 physical edu-
munity care worker at the Texas Ali is currently completing his Ph.D. in cation assistant and K-6 physical educa-
Department of Human Services. She economics from the University of Texas tion instructor.
has also volunteered at the Texas State at Austin. He also holds an M.S. in eco- Diana Linn, visiting instructor of special
Pardon and Parole Office and at the nomics from UT, an M.A. in economics education. Linn is currently a Ph.D. can-
Webb County Probation Office and is a from the University of New Orleans, an didate in curriculum and instruction at
member of the Alpha Kappa Delta M.S.S. in economics from the University Texas A&M University. She holds an M.S.
International Sociology Honor Society. of Dhaka in Bangladesh and a B.S.S. in in education from Texas A&M
Nancy Darlene Herschap, instructor of economics, also from the University of International University and a B.S. in edu-
English. Herschap holds a master’s and Dhaka. Prior to joining the university, he cation from Kent State University. In addi-
bachelor’s degree in English from Texas was an assistant instructor in economics tion to serving as an adjunct faculty mem-
A&M International University and Texas at UT-Austin. His research interests ber at TAMIU, she has been a
A&I University in Kingsville, respectively. include industrial organization, game the- junior/senior coordinator of Academic
Prior to joining TAMIU, she served as ory and econometrics. Programs at the Irish Institute of Nuevo
adjunct English professor at Laredo Christine Bernadas, visiting assistant Laredo, an elementary and junior high
Community College. She has also held professor of information systems. teacher in Mexico City and a teacher in a
teaching positions in English as a mid- Bernadas is completing her Ph.D. in bilingual education master’s program in
dle school and high school teacher at St. business administration-management Nuevo Laredo.
Augustine High School. information systems from Laval Sylvia Lopez, visiting instructor of read-
Karen Kline, visiting instructor of music University in Quebec, Canada. She ing. Lopez is pursuing an M.S. in reading
and applied strings. Kline holds a master’s holds an MBA-MIS from Laval University from Texas A&M International University
of music education degree from the and a master of data processing meth- and holds a B.S. in elementary education
University of Texas at Austin. Her bache- ods applied to enterprise management from the former Laredo State University.
lor’s degree in music education and perfor- from the University of Aix-Marseille III in She has earned certificates in master
mance was earned at the University of Marseille, France. Her B.Sc. in mathe- reading and gifted and talented education.
Southern Mississippi (USM). She has stud- matics and physics was also earned at She is currently assigned to Juarez-
ied violin under Vincent Frittelli, concert- the University of Aix-Marseille III. Prior to Lincoln Elementary School as a mentor
master of Austin Symphony; Stephen joining the university, she was a visiting teacher in the fourth grade pathfinder pro-
Redfield, assistant concertmaster of Austin lecturer for Michigan Technological gram.
Symphony; Greg Mulligan, concert master University’s School of Business and College of Science and Technology
of San Antonio Symphony; and Nina Economics in Houghton, MI. Vivian Garcia, assistant professor of
Maverinac, principal second of Corpus Pablo Camacho-Gutiurrez, visiting nursing, Dr. F.M. Canseco School of
Christi Symphony. She has also taken pri- assistant professor of economics. Nursing. Garcia received her bachelors
vate viola lessons from Bruce Williams, Camacho-Gutiurrez is currently com- of science in nursing from Texas A&M
principal violist of Austin Symphony; Igor pleting a Ph.D. in economics at the University at Corpus Christi. She has
Feditov, professor at USM; and Stephen University of Texas at Austin and holds also earned a RN from Regents College
Redfield. Her orchestra and performance an M.Sc. in economics from UT-Austin of New York (now Excelsior College of
experience include those at the American and a B.A. in economics from the New York) and her LVN from the former
Institute of Musical Studies, Abilene Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Laredo Junior College. She has worked
Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, Laredo Mexico. at Mercy Health Center in Laredo since
Philharmonic, Orchestra, Corpus Christi Prior to joining the university, he was 1990 and since 1998 she has been the
Symphony and the senior violin recital at an assistant professor in economics at Charge RN on the Mother-Baby Unit.
USM. Austin’s St. Edward’s University. Belva J. Gonzalez, assistant professor
Randy Koch, visiting assistant professor Raul Garza, instructor of economics. in the Dr. F.M. Canseco School of
of English and director of the Writing Garza holds his masters of professional Nursing. González received her master
Center. Koch holds an M.A. in creative accountancy (MPA) from TAMIU and of nursing science, as well as her bach-
writing and a bachelor of science teaching BBA in accounting from the former elor of science in nursing from Texas
degree in English from Mankato State Laredo State University. He is a certified A&M University at Corpus Christi.
TAMIU announces Sanchez lecture series
If you are interested in cre- For those who want to some 16 books, including
ating a safer world for chil- explore the Spanish origins “The First American: The
dren or in exploring the of Latin American art, Life and Times of Benjamin
Second Amendment and Marion Oettinger Jr., senior Franklin,” a finalist for the
gun control, the 2002-2003 curator of Latin American Pulitzer Prize and a New
installment of the A.R. Art at the San Antonio York Times bestseller.
Sánchez Sr. Distinguished Museum of Art, will present, The series will conclude
Lecture Series beginning “Virgins, Saints and with a lecture on the U.S.
Monday, Sept. 23, at Texas Sinners: Spanish Roots of Constitution and gun control
A&M International Latin American Folk Art” on as Harold M. Hyman,
University is for you. Monday, Oct. 21. Oettinger William P. Hobby, professor
One of the invited lectur- is a cultural anthropologist emeritus at Rice University,
ers, Nobel Peace Prize lau- specializing in Latin presents “Back to the Firing
reate Betty Williams, will American art and culture. Line: the Constitution’s
share ideas for peace and He has more than 25 years Second Amendment and
justice that focus on chil- of experience living, work- Gun Control” on
dren’s safety and well-being ing and conducting Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
in a lecture titled, “Creating research in Spain and vari- Hyman is the author of
a Safe World for Our ous parts of Latin America. numerous books, reprints,
Children,” on Sept. 23. The life of Benjamin conference proceedings,
All lectures in the series Franklin will also become articles and essays. His
will be at 7 p.m. in the the main topic of discussion major books include “Era of
Student Center Ballroom. as H.W. Brands, Texas A&M Oath: Northern Loyalty
Williams, a Northern Irish University’s Distinguished Tests During the Civil War”;
peace activist, experienced Professor of History and “Reconstruction”; “Stanton:
the tragic death of three Melbern G. Glasscock, chair The Life and Times of
children in 1976 when an in American history pre- Lincoln’s Secretary of War”;
Irish Republican Army ter- sents, “Virtues of Fun and and “A More Perfect Union:
rorist car went out of control Profit: Benjamin Franklin’s the impact of the Civil War
after being fired on by Secrets of Success” on and Reconstruction on the
British troops. She is the co- Thursday, March 6, 2003. Constitution.”
creator of Peace People Brand is coordinator of the The series is named after
Organization, a movement History of the Americas A.R. Sánchez Sr. (1916-
of Catholics and Protestants Research Program and 1992), a Laredoan known
dedicated to ending sectari- specializes in U.S. history, for his philanthropic efforts,
an fighting in Northern diplomatic and international work ethic and generosity.
Ireland. history. He is the author of