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Faculty of the University of La Verne got a chance to share their academic research in the annual Faculty Research Day. The event was held in the Wilson Library on Oct. 29. More than 100 students and faculty attended the event which featured the scholarship and research of 70 faculty members. / photo by Erin Maxwell

Faculty of the University of La Verne got a chance to share their academic research in the annual Faculty Research Day. The event was held in the Wilson Library on Oct. 29. More than 100 students and faculty attended the event which featured the scholarship and research of 70 faculty members. / photo by Erin Maxwell

Julissa Cardenas
Web Editor

The University of La Verne library buzzed with energy and creativity during faculty research day, Oct. 29, where faculty members displayed their research work to colleagues and students.

More-or-less organized by department, posters both static and electronic, videos, books and articles were featured.

Professor of English Kenneth Scambray had a collage on the Italian Migration from Italy to the United States titled “Italian Immigration: The Great Migration.”

“I’ve had many lectures on the topic, and both sides of my family come from South Italy. I myself am an Italian citizen.” Scambray said.

“There were many stereotypes the Italians had to deal with coming here and many people don’t know they were targeted by the KKK,” he said.

“It was a great migration that ultimately led to many little communities that catered to the Italian immigrants,” he added.

Scambray takes students to Italy every January as an educational and inspiring tour.
“The trip started in 1999, and has been going on since,” Scambray said.

“The trip introduces students with a whole new experience that potentially changes their lives, and that is my whole purpose,” Scambray said.

Emily Shoemaker, professor of education, was there to represent the La Verne Elementary Preparatory Academy whose mission is to prepare new teachers for the future.

The academy is located in Hesperia and its goal is to educate teachers in grades kindergarten through sixth.

In total, the academy has seven programs: four research programs, two teacher education programs and one special education program.

“The academy is one year old, but it is on its way. We all worked closely with the principal, Debra Tarver, to achieve our mission and develop a thriving staff. ,” Shoemaker said.

Kathy Duncan, assistant professor of management, showcased her dissertation on “Gay and Lesbian Pastoral Leadership.”

“I conducted a phone survey, and I learned that many gay and lesbian pastors have similar leadership behaviors, and when they are closeted their ability to lead is affected,” Duncan said.

“They were all very similar, and coming out allows them to achieve the leader role without any inhibitions, and surprisingly, some churches accept gay followers, but not gay pastors while others accept gay pastors, but not gay followers,” Duncan said.

Other displays included, “Something Blue,” by Sean Dillon, a “mockumentary” film about an interracial marriage between a caucasian woman and a man from a fictional race; “The Myth That Major Matters in Johnny’s Future,” by Janis Dietz, a research involving the theory that a specific major or choice of college does have an impact on a student’s success; Omid Furutan’s “Network of Economics” dealt with behavioral economics, a theory that people’s behavior can affect the economy; and many more.

Along with the ULV faculty, numerous students were also on hand to take in the presentations, such as Firas Arodaki, a junior biology major.

Several faculty members will give lectures on their research throughout the year as part of the weekly Faculty Lecture Series.

Julissa Cardenas can be reached at julissa.cardenas@laverne.edu.

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