Schweizer, students conducting survey of interns
Steven Schweizer, Francis Marion University professor of political science, has students enrolled in his political science 317 course, “The U.S. Congress,” conducting a survey of congressional interns. The class was divided into four teams and each team is exploring some facet of the political use of interns. The survey will also gather data on the congressional intern experience, including intern perceptions on how the internships have affected the interns’ critical thinking and communications skills and attitudes of political efficacy. This is the first national survey of the Washington intern experience and builds on the research of the intern experience that has been conducted at the state level. Students in the course will analyze the data this fall and report their findings at the end of this semester.
Lockyer essay to be published
Allan Lockyer, Francis Marion University professor of geography, conducted fieldwork for the article, “Thirty years Later - A Geographer Returns to Steuben” during June and July, 1999. The two-part essay is to be published in the DownEast Coastal Press, a weekly newspaper serving the coastal communities of eastern Maine. The essay addresses the changing landscape in the town of Steuben, Maine, during the past 30 years.
Howell presents paper
Sam Howell, Francis Marion University assistant professor of art, recently returned from presenting his paper, “He Said, She Said: Dissecting Obsession (and Self-Serving Autobiographies) in the Kokoschka paintings of Alma Mahler.” The paper was presented at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Norfolk, Va., sponsored by Old Dominion University.
Camper presents work
Jeff Camper, Francis Marion University associate professor of biology, presented “Forestry management and herpetofaunal diversity: studies from the South Carolina sandhills” at the fall 1999 Texas Herpetological Society meeting. The paper was a tribute to the career of Dr. James R. Dixon, Camper’s Ph.D. adviser at Texas A&M University.
Gray’s work selected for exhibit
Doug Gray, Francis Marion University assistant professor or art - ceramics, had ceramic art work included in the New Works Exhibition of Hay Creek Artists held at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, Minn., Sept. 16-Oct. 5. The exhibition featured works by professional artists and art educators, selected from across the country to participate in the Adult Shared Learning workshop held this past summer in Wisconsin. This was Gray’s second year to be invited and his second exhibition with the group.
McMurtrey speaks to Rotarians
Mark E. McMurtrey, Francis Marion University assistant professor of computer information systems management and vice-chair of the general faculty, was keynote speaker at the November meeting of the Dillon Rotary Club. Approximately 45 Rotarians attended the luncheon meeting held at the Charcoal Grill in Dillon. McMurtrey presented an overview of the Year 2000 (Y2K) Bug, the internet, the world wide web, and electronic commerce, as well as general information about FMU.