Annual Faculty Forum Features Discussions of Ethics, Geology, Woodstock and Geometry

April 01, 2010

On Wednesday November 17, 2004 in Bracey Hall, professors and students attended the annual Faculty Form, coordinated by Dr. Santosh C. Saha, associate professor of history at Mount Union. Richard W. Dutson, associate dean of the College, gave the opening remarks, welcoming everyone and commenting on the large number of students in attendance. Mark Allman, Dr. Lee Gray, Dr. James Perone, and Dr. Ann Richey were the featured speakers, and the topics included ethics, geology, Woodstock, and geometry.


Allman, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, spoke about the 'Ethical Dialogue in a Global Context,' which touched on definitions of globalization, identified two problems of globalization, and purposed possible solutions to these problems. He explained John Courtney Murray's thesis on human nature and applied it to a global perspective.

'We tend to address political, social, and religious issues from the prejudice of our own system but that doesn't work in a globalization structure,' he explained.

Allman proposed that we do away with obligations simply to our families, community, nation, and world, but because we interact on a global level everyday that comes with more responsibility to the world. The Christian parable of the 'Good Samaritan' was used as an example of his proposition, 'an ethic of encounter,' which defines the increase in responsibility that each person has since globalization.

Gray, professor of geology, explained geological phenomenon in New York within his speech, 'The Rise and Fall of a Devonian Sea.' He supplemented his speaking by using a power point presentation of diagrams, pictures, and maps. Although he did his research in many areas around New York, he focused on three sections: south of Rochester, middle of the Finger Lakes, and East Central New York. In each of these areas he observed different divisions in the rocks, which included shale, limestone, and siltstone all from 415-360 million years ago. These cycles of sedimentation 'represents a falling sea level followed by a rising sea level,' according to Gray. He concluded that there are three different Paleo-environment sediments exposed in New York, and the environment shifted towards the center as the sea level fell from the basin center, and then as the sea level fell and rose again.

Perone, associate professor of music, presented 'Three Woodstocks, No Waiting: A Comparison of the 1969, 1994, and 1999 Popular Music Festivals.' He gave a background of the festivals, explained the differing music styles and music industries, and explored the technological and sociological changes that took place. He explained how the three festivals varied drastically, as from 1969 to 1999 the festivals changed from truly Woodstock to a more pop culture Woodstock that had little original meaning remaining. He took this information from his next book, entitled 'The Counter Culture Era, Woodstock: An Encyclopedia of the Music and Arts Fair,' which deals with the Woodstock festivals. He wanted this presentation increase interest in Woodstock, so they would find more information about the festivals.

'More information on music and other things about Woodstock, is contained in my book which will be published this January,' concluded Perone.

Richey, assistant professor of mathematics, presented 'Making Geometry Come Alive Through Technology.'

Richey said, 'In grade school, having to draw things, I was terrible. It would have been nice when I was in school to have had computers. I think I would have latched on to that and done some really cool things.'

She explained how using Sketch Pad, a geometric drawing computer program, has helped both she and her students. She gave a triangle question, pizza problem, and pinwheel problem to illustrate how the computer program worked. The pizza problem, in particular, stemmed from a practical issue: the pizza shop was out of the party size pizza, so they offered the customer two pizzas a size smaller. The question was if the two smaller pizzas would equal the large pizza. Through using the computer program, Richey concluded that not two, but four pizzas should be exchanged for the larger one.

Dr. Richard G. Marriott, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, gave the concluding remarks.

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