Faculty Notes: Rave Reviews for Schuster’s Novel; Rockwell Honored; Hanssen on Brecht

| February 14, 2012

Recent accomplishments and notoriety for Webster University faculty include:

Schuster’s Novel Earns Rave Reviews

Joseph M. Schuster‘s forthcoming novel, “The Might Have Been, is earning rave reviews ahead of its March 20 release date. The Webster University professor and chair, department of communications and journalism, earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, whose slogan is “the world’s toughest book critics.” In the review in the Feb. 1 issue, the publication said, in part, “A terrific story that goes beyond the sport and deals with promise and aspirations, dreams and disappointments  . . .  a damn fine read.”

Schuster’s book also earned praise from Publisher’s Weekly, which said, in part, “Lifelong obsession is hauntingly portrayed in this winning . . . novel tracing the life of a baseball player who only wants to play the game. . . . This moving tale . . . examines, without succumbing to sentiment or an easy resolution, the cost of chasing a dream.”

Reader’s Digest has also cited the book as one of their “Reader’s Digest Recommends” books and has a small feature on it in the March 2012 issue.

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Hanssen Article on Brecht’s Disciple Elisabeth Hauptmann

Chair, assistant professor and coordinator of German Studies Paula Hanssen published her article, “Brecht’s Dependable Disciple: Elisabeth Hauptmann,” in the peer-reviewed journal, Edinburgh German Yearbook 5: Brecht and the GDR: Politics, Culture, Posterity (Ed. Laura  Bradley, Karen Leeder, Cambridge House, 2011).

The volume explores the multiple, contradictory impulses behind Brecht’s activities in the GDR. It investigates the tensions engendered by his co-option as a socialist classic, and the range of creative responses his works have inspired, both in the GDR itself and then in reaction to its demise.

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Rockwell Honored for ‘Making IT Happen’

School of Education adjunct professor Rena Rockwell, director of Professional Development for the Ritenour School District, was honored with the coveted Making IT Happen jacket for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education in K−12 schools. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which CSDVLC is an affiliate.

Rockwell was described as a talented facilitator and a skilled designer of effective learning experiences for both teaching and non-teaching staff. She has been a champion of “best practice” with technology to ensure that results are increased learning and achievement for all students.

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