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Doug Campbell (Professor Emeritus of Art) published a book of 100 poems, Turning Radius, earlier this month. The poems featured were written throughout the years before his stroke in 2012, which subsequently left him with a language disorder called aphasia. The book reflects the process of reengaging with his former poetry and also encouraging him to share his work with the world.

Rodger Bufford’s (PsyD) article, “Dimensions of Grace: Factor Analysis of Three Grace Scales,” was published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 9, 56-69. Collaborating with Rodger on the piece were Timothy Sisemore and Amanda Blackburn of Richmont Graduate University.

Kevin T. Jones (Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts) and Claire Procopio (Southeastern Louisiana University) published their article, “Mentoring At-Risk Middle School Students to Reduce Communication Apprehension,” in The Journal of Mentoring and Tutoring, due out this spring. The article is part of a multi-year study using George Fox communication studies majors in their senior communication capstone course to mentor at-risk students in communication skills at a local alternative school.

Ed Higgins (English) published his flash/slipstream story, “chicken little considers the sky again (a parable for our time),” in the March 11 issue of Gravel, a literary journal hosted by the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

On March 7-9, Brian Doak (Biblical Studies/William Penn Honors Program Faculty Fellow) delivered two invited lectures as visiting fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (Augustana). The first, based on one of his recent books, was entitled “Ask the Animals: Nature and Theodicy in the Book of Job;” the second was “The Role of the Bible in Postsecondary Education: An Essay an Justification from Christian and Secular Perspectives.”

Chris Morrissey (Sociology) has signed a contract with Routledge to publish a book, Priestly or Prophetic: Christianity Supporting and Challenging American State Violence in Iraq. Priestly or Prophetic argues the religious sphere of meaning was a crucial terrain on which the United States debated the Iraq War and that religious legitimation of the actions of the state was as strong a predictor of support for the war as any other factor. For the present and coming challenges of the 21st century, understanding and choosing between religion as priestly or prophetic vis-à-vis state violence remains an issue of utmost importance for believers and nonbelievers – both here and abroad. Publication is anticipated in the spring of 2018.

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