Spotlight on Faculty and Student Research



Three for Three

A trio of Albright College juniors and student-athletes applied and got accepted early into the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.


From Classroom Lessons to Community Service

Students in one Albright College psychology course spent the semester researching topics such as self-esteem, media use and adolescent substance abuse, and then presented information to community groups.


Playing to a Younger Crowd

The Children’s Theatre of Albright College is introducing area youth to the magic of the theatre and providing Albright students with invaluable hands-on experience producing shows.


Sewn from the Heart

A love of fashion and a passion for helping others have Albright College's Sarah Swank '16 making her mark at home and abroad.


From the Battlefield to the Classroom

Travis Mertz never thought he would earn his bachelor's degree. Thanks to Albright's Accelerated Degree Programs, the 28-year-old Army veteran will be the first in his family to graduate college.


From the Archives

With a passion for history and an appreciation for bygone relics, Albright College senior Sara Baum draws connections among the past, present and future.


Mission to Africa

Shawn McCarthy '15 spent part of his summer helping to provide medical care to impoverished villagers in the tiny African nation of Swaziland.


Sinking Her Teeth into Her Research

With the help of Albright College's 3D printer, aspiring dentist Milca Mendez-Ceballos '15 is spending the summer exploring how 3D printing can be used in dentistry.


Searching for Sarah

Albright College archivist Sidney Dreese and Professor Karen Jogan traveled to Argentina in the spring to investigate the life of Pennsylvania native Sarah Eccleston, a little-known but influential early education reformer.


On Fertile Ground

In Albright's community garden, four student interns are cultivating fruits and vegetables, promoting sustainability, and nurturing a sense of community.


Best Foot Forward

Albright College junior Kevin Ostromecki's company, Altix Clothing, is kicking off a new shoe line that aims to help impoverished children, spread hope and connect customers on a global scale.


Senior Spotlight

Meet 10 graduates of the Class of 2014 who embody the Albright College spirit and represent their fellow students and their alma mater with pride and distinction.


Climbing the Charts

With one of the top music business programs in North America, Albright College is helping to jumpstart careers on the stage and behind it.


Stepping Back in Time in their Finest Dress

Albright College students displayed their design skills at the 11th annual Civil War Preservation Ball in Harrisburg. 


Under the Dome

An internship in the Pennsylvania Capitol has given Albright junior Dan McGurl a behind-the-scenes look at the political process and a chance to help reform the juvenile justice system.


Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Albright senior Kelsey Zenna analyzed the gender bias in the media's coverage of the 2008 presidential election, questioning if and when a woman will break the glass ceiling to reach the White House. Zenna presented her findings at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.


6 Degrees? Try 1

While watching movies one snowy afternoon, three Albright College students created "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Twenty years later, the parlor game has morphed into a social phenomenon. To help mark the anniversary, co-creator Brian Turtle '95 recently appeared at South by Southwest with the man himself.


The Fruits of Her Labor

Ronya Nassar '15 is encouraging children to adopt lifelong healthy habits, including eating more fruits and veggies. And she's spreading that message via educational programs, an Albright ACRE, a blog, and behind the wheel of a pick-up truck.


Digging Deeper

When he's not teaching writing courses at Albright College, Craig Czury is hitchhiking in Northeastern Pennsylvania, gaining insight and material for his poetry about natural gas drilling.


For All the World to Read

In lieu of a traditional term paper, assistant psychology professor Gwendolyn Seidman, Ph.D., asked her senior seminar students to research, write and collaborate on Wikipedia articles.


Beauty in the Bacteria

Move over Picasso. Albright College biology students tapped into their artistic sides, using a rather unusual type of paint, to create their masterpieces.


Philosophy in the Wider World

John C. Morgan, who teaches philosophy and ethics in Albright's Accelerated Degree Programs, has released a new version of his book A Teacher, His Students, and the Great Questions of Life to include a guide for taking philosophical dialog out of the classroom and into the public sphere.

Monkey Business

Assistant professor Justin Couchman, Ph.D., the newest addition to Albright College’s psychology department, studies metacognition, or thinking about thinking. Through his research, he’s discrediting common test-taking advice, revolutionizing what we know about monkeys (and by extension ourselves), and proving that everything is better with a puppy by our side.


Just Like Jesse James

Albright College religious studies faculty members Robert Seesengood, Ph.D., and Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D., have co-authored a new book, Jesse's Lineage: The Legenday Lives of David, Jesus, and Jesse James, which explores the interconnectedness of these three social bandits.


On the Trail of Ancient Art

Albright College religious studies professor Bill King, Ph.D., spent fall 2012 traversing the difficult terrain of the Colorado Plateau to find and document the rock art of ancient American Indians.


Of Mice and Men

With the addition of assistant professor of biology Adam Hersperger, Ph.D., Albright College will offer a course dedicated to virology and students will get hands-on experience working with mammalian viruses, including mousepox.


Restoring Updike's Place in Berks County

Albright instructor and John Updike expert, Maria Mogford, Ph.D., is serving as curator of the John Updike Childhood Home in Shillington, Berks County. The circa-1880 home is being renovated and converted into a museum for people to discover and rediscover the author's works.


Singing Jersey's Praises

Laura Warren '14, and her musical family, had their song, "The Jersey Shore," selected as a top three finalist in the Stronger than the Storm campaign music contest. The contest, which seeks to raise awareness about the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, asked local musicians to compose what could be New Jersey's next summer anthem.


The Dream Endures

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Albright College faculty and staff, alumni and other members of the community gathered to commemorate the occasion and to reflect on the racism and strife still present today.

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Reflecting on the Past, Looking Toward the Future

The Holocaust Library and Resource Center at Albright College is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Through a partnership between Albright and the Jewish Federation of Reading, the center works to increase awareness and educate the community about the Holocaust and other genocides in an effort to prevent future atrocities. The center is marking its anniversary with an art exhibit featuring the work of survivor Samuel Bak and a guest lecture by noted Holocaust historian Geoffrey Megargee.


Former Pennsylvania Secretary of State Discusses Diversity

Diversity allows for better communication in business because it shows caring and sensitivity toward others, said Pedro A. Cortés, the first confirmed Latino Cabinet member and the longest serving Secretary of State in Pennsylvania history, as he addressed an audience at Albright in April.


The Evolution of a Brand's Slogan

With guidance from Professor Jayanthi Rajan, M.B.A., Chak Hei (Bill) Chan ’15 conducted an Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) project during January Interim titled “The Evolution of a Brand’s Advertising Slogan.”

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Author of Because I Can Shares Inspiring Story

In Maria McDonnell’s “Literature and Disability” class, she and her students often discuss how we see and read about stereotypes and ideals relating to disabilities, when the truth, for everyone, lies somewhere outside of these preconceived images.

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Autism Awareness

About 150 students and faculty attended an engaging presentation on the challenges and accomplishments of college students on the Autism Spectrum in early November. The presenter, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed. D., is a leading authority on Autism and director of student services at the University of Connecticut. She presents at national conferences and universities and has co-authored three books on autism for parents, students, professors and professionals.

Comparative Cultures: Ecuador

Cultural Immersion

Thousands of miles away in Cuenca, Ecuador, people struggle to maintain a desperately needed school for disabled children. Bringing hope, donated school supplies, a willingness to learn, an eagerness to serve, and open minds and hearts, students in an interdisciplinary “Comparative Cultures” course traveled to the South American country during Interim to immerse themselves in its culture and religion.

Justin Kollinger

Spring Break Travel

Check out blogs from Albright students and staff as they travel for spring break. Justin Kollinger reports from New Orleans where a dozen Albright students are completing community service projects on an alternative spring break trip.  Kiersten Gilfoy '13 is traveling across Florida with Albright Softball.  Jesse Grieb ’13 blogs as he tours the east coast, performing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Florida with the Albright choirs and Doug Mace ’12 is in Phoenix, Ariz., competing with Albright baseball.
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Making Music

Ilyssa DePonte '13 spent her summer arranging music for a cappella choirs as part of an Albright Creative Research Experience.  Working with director of choral studies and co-chair of the music department Adlai Binger, she arranged songs, researched repetoire, chose program content and wrote program notes.

Dr. Tom Brogan

The Science of Teaching Politics
"Wheeling and Dealing: The Art and Science of Negotiation" is interactive and challenging, demands critical thinking and has real world applications– whether buying a car or understanding the consequences of the U.S. taking a public stand in the Libyan crisis.

In other words, just the kind of course Professor Tom Brogan, Ph.D., is known for.

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Albright College English Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant
Teresa Gilliams, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for research on her scholarly project, “Retrievable Wrongs: Reading, Preserving and Globalizing African-American Women’s Writing.”

Dr. Lisa Wilder

Albright Profs and Students Travel to India to Explore Social Roles and Family Ties in a Rapidly Changing Society
A group of intrepid Albrightans spent their 2011 spring break halfway around the globe as part of an interdisciplinary course exploring how Hindu beliefs about social roles and family ties impact India's rapidly changing society and economy.

Rhile RIchards Breaking Bonds
Student - Professor research teams working on multi-year research project to make molecules more reactive.

Albright Instructor Bonnie Rohde and Students Win Grant to Help Launch Local Entrepreneur
Albright College business instructor Bonnie Rohde and four students have received an $8,000 grant to help a local business develop an innovative consumer text messaging system.

Dr. Lindsey Phillips

Prison to Society
Albright Assistant Professor of Psychology Lindsay A. Phillips, Psy.D., shows that most inmates don't have the proper coping mechanisms that will allow them to deal with life outside of prison.