Alicia Crumpton (Ph.D. Program Director, Professor of Leadership Studies) recently achieved FirstAid Arts certification in (a) Level I: Responder Training in responding to Traumatic Stress; Role of Creativity and the Arts for Psychosocial Care; Expressive Arts for Self-Care and Peer to Peer Support and (b) Level II: Group Facilitator Training in Trauma Informed Principles; Group Facilitation Skills; and Group Facilitation Program Design.
Joseph Gordon (Associate Professor of Theology) presented “On Christian Interpretation of Scripture” at the Lonergan Post-Doctoral Seminar at Boston College on February 13. On February 22, he presented “Divine Scripture in Human Understanding: A Summary” at the 2nd Annual International Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology, and Ministry at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY. His book Divine Scripture in Human Understanding: A Systematic Theology of the Christian Bible was released by University of Notre Dame Press on March 15. A book launch celebration will be held at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry at noon on April 26. On March 28-29, he conducted the proceedings of “Critical-Realist Hermeneutics: A Colloquium Co-sponsored by the Marquette Lonergan Project, The International Institute for Method in Theology and the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities at Marquette University” at Marquette University.
Heather Gorman (Associate Professor of New Testament) attended the High School Youth Theology Institute gathering in Indianapolis, IN, from January 30 to February 1 as a representative for Johnson University’s Future of Hope program. On February 28, she preached a sermon titled “The Sacred Ordinary” at Johnson University’s 2019 Homecoming.
Landon Huffman (Associate Professor of Sport and Fitness Leadership) co-presented “A Preliminary Analysis of the Sources of Stress among Collegiate Student-Athletes” at the 2019 Applied Sport Management Association Conference held at Belmont University in Nashville. He has also been invited to serve as an editorial review board member for the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience. He was also approved to serve as a mentor with tnAchieves, whose mission is to “increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance.”
Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) attended the Southern Summit for Google by the EdTech Team in Fayetteville, GA, on February 23-24.
Gregory Linton (Vice Provost for Academic Services, Professor of New Testament) completed his third year serving as editor-in-chief of the Biblical Higher Education Journal. Volume 14 of the journal includes his article on “Characteristics of the Bible and Theology Curriculum at ABHE Institutions: Variety, Depth, and Breadth.” On January 22, he attended an Archaeological Institute of America lecture on “Colonial Encounters on the Chesapeake Frontier” by Barbara Heath at University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum. On February 5, he attended an AIA lecture on “The Specialized Roman City: The Rise and Fall of Urban Innovation” by Steven Ellis at the McClung Museum. He also served as the President of the American Schools of Oriental Research Southeast and presented the presidential lecture on “Nabataean-Roman Water Systems in the Southeast Karak Plateau, Jordan” at the annual meeting held at East Carolina University on March 8-9.
Gerald Mattingly (Director of Honors Program & Professor of Intercultural Studies) attended an Archaeological Institute of America lecture on “Colonial Encounters on the Chesapeake Frontier” by Barbara Heath at University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum on January 22. He also organized Johnson University’s 9th Annual Burns Night Supper on January 28, which had a record attendance of 70. On February 5, he attended an AIA lecture on “The Specialized Roman City: The Rise and Fall of Urban Innovation” by Steven Ellis at the McClung Museum. He also attended a seminar on “The Teachings of Thomas Merton” by Brian L. Cole at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Knoxville. On February 28, he attended a conference on “Inner Peace: How to Find and Communicate Peace,” led by Jacques Philippe at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Knoxville. On March 1-2, he attended a retreat on “Personal Prayer Life & Deep Relationship with God,” led by Jacques Philippe at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville. On March 12, he attended a lecture on “Haversacks, Hardtack, and Unserviceable Mules: Major Webster Colburn, Union Quartermaster” by Nancy McEntee at the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. On March 25, he attended a lecture by Josiah Ober on “The Origins of Social Thought in Ancient Greek Thought” at the University of Tennessee Department of Classics Rutledge Memorial Lecture. Since the fall, he has been teaching a series of lessons on the Sermon on the Mount on Wednesday evenings at Gap Creek Christian Church.
Camden Morgante (Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences) attended the Smoky Mountains Counselors Association Annual Conference held at Carson-Newman University on February 16. Her Ethics & Professional Practice class, consisting of more than 20 seniors, attended the conference with her.
Rafael Rodríguez (Professor of New Testament) published an essay titled “Reading the Gospels, Hearing the Scriptures” on Syndicate. On March 31, he taught at Crossings church in Knoxville on “Turning Toward Life (A God Who Runs), an Easter series teaching on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Gary Stratton (Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, University Professor of Spiritual Formation and Cultural Leadership) presented the 2019 Dr. Garry Owen M.D. Memorial Academic Lectures at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary & College in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, from January 30 to February 1. He presented five lectures on “Educated to the Knowledge of Christ: Jonathan Edwards and the Once and Future Great Age of Christian Higher Education.”