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					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