Anthropology Department News 2007

Anthropology Department News 2007

Seven Anthropology Students Presented Research at the Annual Frederick Douglass Student Research Conference at BU on April 19 and 20, 2007

Kari Reynolds - "The History of American Hip Hop"
Crystal Diaz - "Hispanic Folkloric Dance Traditions"
Ashli Bosasco - "Black Face Minstrelsy"
Amy Letterhouse - "The Culture of the 20's and Flapper Dancing"
Tina Berardinucci - "Flamenco Dance"
Angela Jackson - "Bharatha Natyam, Classical Indian Dance"
Adrienne Mael - "University Students Perceptions on Marriage, Family and Divorce."

Anthropology Department Awards given at ceremony on April 29:

Four students were recognized at the University-wide Awards Ceremony. Outstanding Seniors (Kitawna Hoover and Julie Pfromm) and Outstanding Juniors (Angela Jackson and Adrienne Mael) received plaques from department representative Dr. Conrad Quintyn.

The following news items come from recent editions of BU Today:

Anthropology students give presentations

Sixteen Bloomsburg University students and two faculty members attend the PASSHE 2007 Anthropology Undergraduate Student Conference at Westchester University April 21-22. The following research paper presentations were given at the conference:

  • Laura Stebbins - "The 2002 Briggs Farm Archaeological Project: Preliminary Assessment of the Prehistoric Lithic Assemblage." Mentor, DeeAnne Wymer
  • Ella Daniels, Angela Pollits, and Rachel Prosseda "Communication Technology and Online Social Networks: Cyber-Ethnography in a Facebook Community." Mentor, Faith Warner
  • Jessica Fiedor - "Past the Pocket Protectors: Today's Geeks and the Culture of Passion." Mentor, Faith Warner
  • Michael K. Brown - "Are We All Furry on the Inside? Taking a Step into the Online Wilderness of Furcadia." Mentor, Faith Warner
  • Judith Steinhilper -"Paleoethnobotanical Macro-Remains from Brown's Bottom #1, a Hopewell Habitation Site." Mentor, DeeAnne Wymer
  • Beth Gockley - "Native American Language Preservation and Revitalization." Mentor, Faith Warner
  • Kitawna Hoover - "Engendering an Ohio Hopewell Habitation Site: Methodological and Theoretical Approaches" Mentor, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer and Dr. Faith Warner
  • Katie Catizone, Adrienne Kolb, Kitawna Hoover and Julie Pfromm - "Chronicles of a Rural Community: The McHenry Cemetery Project" Mentors, Dr. Faith Warner, Dr. Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer
  • Adrienne Mael - "The Future of Marriage in the United States: Projecting the Impact of Divorce on the Next Generation" Mentor, Dr.Faith Warner
  • Judith Steinhilper - "The Devil Doesn't Get All the Good Music: Investigating Christian Rock Concerts." Mentor, Faith Warner
  • Lauren Hagan and Stacie Graham - "Is America Really 'Lovin' It'? Perceptions of Health in the Fast Food Industry." Mentor, Faith Warner

BU students travel to Guatemala

A BU student and two of her childhood friends will spend part of the summer working on a project designed to change the lives of women in Guatemala. Julie Pfromm of Nescopeck (left), a BU senior majoring in anthropology, will travel to Guatemala to work with her friend, Danielle Winter, Berwick, a junior majoring in Spanish at Bucknell University. Another friend, Rachael Prosseda (right), from Berwick, a Bloomsburg senior majoring in anthropology, will document the experience on film for an anthropology internship. Details.

Judith Steinhilper nation's top junior in anthropology

Judith Steinhilper is the recipient of the Lambda Alpha: National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology 2007 National Dean's List Scholarship. This award is given to the nation's top junior by the executive board of the honors society. Kitwana Hoover is the Recipient of the Charles R. Jenkins Award for Academic Excellence of Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology. BU students recently inducted into Lambda Alpha include: Mary Sue M. Buss, Jessica Ann Fiedor, Amandeep Kaur, William Arthur Ashton, Tarah Renee Henrie, Brian C. Adams, Linsey Rae Dressler, Desiree Marie Maus, Gloriana Kay Brussese, Ella L. Daniels, Adrienne Jean Bateson, Heather Elizabeth Cooke, Laura Kathleen Stebbins, Kaylee Marie Fischer, Sarah Jennifer Janoff, Carolyn Ann Barber, Megan Elizabeth Turan, Loraine Michelle Heller, Angela Marie Jackson, Alicia Nichole Reish and Adrienne Sage Mael.

“Conrad Quintyn, assistant professor of anthropology, presented a paper/workshop titled: ‘Modern Human Origins and the Existence or Non-Existence of 'Races?' A Biological Anthropological Perspective’ at Kings College, Wilkes-Barre. He was invited by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium to conduct this lecture/workshop in order to discuss the social reality and biological fallacy of 'race' and its connection to modern human origins.”

To learn more about the Diversity Education Consortium and their schedule of events, you may visit

Quest bikes through Ethiopia

Quest, BU's outdoor adventure program, held a mountain bike trip through Ethiopia, including a crossing of the Omo River Gorge. The trip, lead by Quest director Roy Smith, ran from Dec. 26 to Jan. 14. Shown from left are participants: BU alumni Thom Fantaskey, William Healey, David Briery, BU students Conor Lyons, Quest director Roy Smith, Ethiopian host, Quest associate director Brett Simpson and BU students Matt Long and Steve Maze.

The Outstanding Senior in Anthropology 2009 Award was presented to Daniel C. Brown at the Liberal Arts awards ceremony in April. The corresponding Outstanding Junior award was given to Angela M. Sterling.

Dr. Wymer has emailed from Egypt:

"Hey Janet - you asked for some photos of me in Egypt - so here are some shots of me at the famous site of Tanis - ancient capital of Egypt in the Delta during the late Dynastic period - made famous by the first Indiana Jones movie! We visited there last Friday - it is great! More to come."

Anthropology Students Inducted into Honors Society

On April 22, 2009 in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library, 17 students were inducted into the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology. Guest speakers were new inductees Sean Martorelli and Katrina Arduino who presented their archaeological field and laboratory research on the Ohio Hopewell under the direction of Dr. DeeAnne Wymer in the summers of 2007 and 2008. Dr. Faith R. Warner is Advisor for the Zeta Chapter of Pennsylvania and Representative of the East on the Lambda Alpha National Executive Board.
Inductees include the following students.

  • Ren Frattone
  • Angela Sterling
  • Michael Kennedy
  • Matthew Nickels
  • Aileen Elliott
  • Gregory Harrison
  • Christopher Guise
  • Mary Mensch
  • Lauren Demberg
  • Katrina Arduino
  • Jennifer Baney
  • Shaina Rae
  • Nicole Lemieux
  • Sean Martorelli
  • Jessica Force
  • Elizabeth Graboski
  • Gregory Bradley

Anthropology students present research

Anthropology students and faculty attended the 22nd Annual 2009 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, held April 18 and 19 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shown from left Photo (below) from left are, back row: Nicole Matthews, Tyler Powell, Dr. Faith Warner, Dan Brown, Matthew Roth and Donna Rosh. Front row: Katrina Arduino, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer, Shaina Rae and Sean Martorelli. Not pictured are Jessica Dowsett and Dr. David Minderhout.

Student presentations included:

  • Sean Martorelli — The Lady's Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio: Hearth and Home in the Hopewell Heartland
  • Katrina Arduino and Rebecca Brisson — The Lady's Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio: Hopewell Moundbuilder Disposal Practices on the Edge of the Sacred
  • Dan Brown, Shaina Rae, and Matt Roth — Anthropology of the New Millennium: An Assessment of Ends, Trends, and Beginnings Since 2000
  • Nicole Matthews, Tyler Powell, and Greg Bradley — Who's Who in Anthropology: A Decade by Decade Look at the Major Influences in Anthropology
  • Jessica Dowsett — State Lines and Tribal Ties: A Comparative Look at Four Native American Tribes and Their Current Socio-Economic Positions

Dr. Susan R. Dauria presented at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Providence Rhode Island on March 14, 2009. Her presentation, entitled “A Museum Exhibit Honoring Factory Workers,” explored the representation of industrial history in a museum exhibit that memorialized the loss of a community’s industrial identity.

Dr. David Minderhout and alumna Andrea Frantz have had two articles accepted for publication. The first is “Native American Horticulture in the Northeast,” which will be published in General Anthropology in the spring 2009 issue (Vol. 16, No. 1). The second article, “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Pennsylvania’s Native Americans,” will be published in the April issue of the regional magazine, State College.

Their book, Invisible Indians: Native Americans in Pennsylvania, was reviewed in the spring issue of Pennsylvania Magazine.

They also presented a paper at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 21, 2009. The paper was entitled “Our Future, Our Selves: The Eastern Delaware Nations’ Oral History Project,” a project currently on-going. Dr. Minderhout also chaired a session at the meetings, “Native American Identity in Projects and Initiatives.”

Dr. Minderhout is a partner on a research project with four Bucknell faculty members for the summer of 2009. The project, called the John Smith Trail Initiative, has recently received major funding from the Conservation Fund and the Mellon Foundation. The project is designed to, among other things, document the Native American presence in the Susquehanna River Valley both today and in the past. BU anthropology major Jessica Dowsett will be a student intern on the project; she is also a field worker on the EDN Oral History Project.

Dr. David Minderhout and former student Andrea Frantz have had two articles published in scholarly journals in the last month. “Stepping Out of the Shadows” appeared in Cultural Survival Quarterly in the Fall 2008 issue of the journal (Volume 32, No. 3: 28-31). The article is paired with another about the new Lenape exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia; Minderhout and Frantz’s book and articles were used in preparing the exhibit.

The second article is “Native Americans in the Pennsylvania School Curriculum,” which appears in the Winter 2009 (Vol. 31, No. 1: 16-20) issue of Practicing Anthropology, a journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology. A draft version of this paper was read at the annual convention of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Memphis in March 2008.

In addition, Minderhout and Frantz have been awarded the Best Essay of 2008 prize for their article in Museum Management & Curatorship, which appeared in June 2008. The article was titled “The Museum of Indian Culture and Lenape Identity.” The prize includes an award of $500.

Dr. Minderhout was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the Institute for Culture & Society at BU at its reception held at the Alumni House on January 27, 2009. (See photo, below)

Dr. Minderhout’s interview on the PCN program, PA Books, airs February 1, 2009 at 9 PM and again on February 2 at 8 AM.

Rising Stars

In a variety of academic programs and in a variety of ways, Bloomsburg University students distinguish themselves and launch futures that have the potential for success. These are a few who have been recognized in the 07-08 school year on the BU website as rising stars.

Aleksandra Fedunchak
Aleksandra Fedunchak, a junior Anthropology and Communications Study dual major from Orangeville and a graduate of Central Columbia High School, was recently awarded the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties scholarship. She bested the field in all fourteen state universities for the single scholarship award and plans to enroll in graduate studies for applied or medical anthropology. Criteria included grade point average, an essay, and recipients must be a child of a current APSCUF member. She chose BU because of its proximity to home and for its reputation in anthropology.

Jessica Fiedor
Jessica Fiedor, a senior Anthropology major from Bloomsburg and graduate of Central Columbia High School, received invited status from the National Association of Student Anthropologists for a research poster on "Geek Culture" to be presented at the 106th American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in late November. Additionally, she was invited to serve as chair of the session. Originally a film major at Rochester Institute of Technology, she changed to Anthropology and transferred to Bloomsburg on the strength of BU's reputation.

Judy Steinhilper
Judy Steinhilper, a senior Anthropology major from Williamsport and graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, received invited status from the National Association of Student Anthropologists for a research poster on the "Phenomenon of Christian Rock" to be presented at the 106th American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in late November. The reseach was conducted in Dr. Faith Warner's ethnographic methods class. She also recently returned from a summer as excavation site supervisor at the 7,000-year-old Tel Mendes site in Egypt in conjunction with The Pennsylvania State University. Named as the top junior anthropology major in the United States, she chose BU because of its proximity to home and its academic reputation, and plans on graduate study in palethoethnobotany or middle eastern studies.

Adrienne S. Mael
a senior anthropology major from Bloomsburg and graduate of Bloomsburg Area High School, will present "The Globalization of Divorce" at the 106th Anthropological Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. A recipient of the Kozloff Award for Undergraduate Research, she transferred from Delaware Valley College to BU because of the strength of the anthropology program. Her research examines student attitudes toward marriage and family and was under the direction of Dr. Faith Warner. Co-president of the Anthropology Club, she plans a career in international development in Africa with a non-government organization or the Peace Corps.

Julianne Funk
a junior anthropology major and art history minor from Southampton and graduate of William Tenent High School, recently presented "Jacques Louis David and the Art of Propaganda" to the 11th annual Student Symposium in the History of Art. Her research investigated paintings from just before and during the French Revolution and their impact on the political events of the period. She chose Bloomsburg because it was "close enough to home but far enough away for me to be on my own," and says that while she plans to attend graduate school for a career in museum work, she enjoyed the opportunity to supplement her studies with her interest in art history.