Part One in a Series
Just reading the titles of works by faculty and staff authors at Truckee Meadows Community College draws a person in to want to read their novels, short stories, poetry collections, articles and texts.
Jeff Griffin’s "Lost and" found papers in abandoned desert structures
Jeff Griffin, TMCC English instructor, began exploring the back roads of the Mojave Desert in 2007 and found abandoned trailers and improvised shelters. The drawings, long letters, legal documents and journal entries that were left in the forgotten structures gave a detailed record of surprising expressiveness—of the occupants’ religious, economic or sexual feelings. His book, "Lost and" was published in 2013 and is available on Amazon.
"Lost and" is made up of unaltered reproductions from the found materials. At the core of the work is a collection of poems, mostly handwritten verses that recognize the dignity of the book’s collective group of anonymous authors.
Kathy Berry observes an eerie investigation at the old Goldfield Hotel
Kathleen Berry, Marketing Manager, Workforce Development and Community Education, has written a true story entitled "A Reluctant Spirit: A True Tale of God, Ghosts and a Skeptical Christian", published in 2013, available on Amazon and at the TMCC Bookstore.
Berry is chosen as an impartial observer in an investigation by a TV news crew and paranormal experts of Nevada’s long-closed Goldfield Hotel.
She is at first skeptical, but discovers eerie activity on every floor of the shuttered old four-story hotel. The group’s psychic informs her that her "third eye" has been opened to hear and see spirits, and they do not resemble the ghosts in Hollywood movies. Berry shares insights into why there are no coincidences and ways intuition can be a trustworthy and useful tool.
"Berry’s intriguing debut memoir suggests that belief in the paranormal, including ghosts and psychic experiences, can be reconciled with orthodox Christianity...present-tense narration and convincing dialogue make for a gripping account," writes Kirkus Reviews.
John Reid uncovers aspects of Nevada’s past
John B. Reid, History, Political Science and Law Professor at TMCC, has written a textbook "Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State". It is offered at University of Nevada Press and is co-edited by Ronald M. James, Adjunct Assistant Anthropology Professor at UNR.
Reid and James cover the state’s early explorers, Native American culture, booms and busts in the mining industry, divorce laws, legalized gambling, Cold War atomic tests, the Sagebrush Rebellion, tourism, Nevadans’ independent spirit, and other topics unique to the Silver State. They analyze major documents and photographs illustrating Nevada’s multi-colored history. The authors examine documents including Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of Nevada statehood, and chronicle the construction of Hoover Dam. The book presents many photographs reflecting the state’s history.
Reid is also currently editor-in-chief of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, the only peer-reviewed journal focusing on Nevada history.
Henry Sosnowski pens poetry collection "Love, Lust & Lunacy"
Henry Sosnowski, English Professor, has been a part of the Reno poetry scene for more than 20 years and is a founding member of the group Inversely Poetic. He has written a poetry book called "Love, Lust & Lunacy".
"Sosnowski’s rhythms of speech gallop, leap and ride the reader bareback," writes Oliver X, reviewer for LeRue Review. "In his standout piece ‘Pyrodancing', Sosnowski’s sparkling alliteration and sentence sound sweeps the reader into the ravenous moment. Pick up a copy when you get a chance. You won’t regret it."
Ray Scow is an accomplished technical reviewer of automotive texts
Raymond Scow Sr., Automotive Technology instructor, has technically reviewed five textbooks:
- Technical and content review of Automotive Technology, Fourth Edition (Second Printing) by James Halderman
- Technical reviewer of Automotive Engines by Tim Gilles, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Editions
- Reviewer and contribution to instructor compact disc of Automotive Chassis Brakes, Steering & Suspension, by Tim Gilles
- Technical reviewer of Manual Transmissions & Transaxles, Fourth Edition by Jack Erjavec
Scow became involved in textbook review in order to improve published materials for students.
"I have found so many errors in all the textbooks we have adopted that I have personally gotten involved and became a technical reviewer in most all of the textbooks we have utilized," Scow said.
Patti Sanford and Julie Stage-Rosenberg contribute to dental hygiene centennial work
Patti Sanford and Julie Stage-Rosenberg, Dental Hygiene Professors, co-authored an article in the Nevada Dental Association (NDA) Journal entitled, "Dental Hygiene Celebrates 100 years, TMCC Dental Hygiene Program Celebrates 13 years". Their work was published during the fall of 2013.
"This edition of the NDA Journal was in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the dental hygiene profession," Sanford said. "The article discusses the history of the profession and also discusses the history of the dental hygiene program at TMCC."
Stage-Rosenberg also worked with Judy Henderson, Training Coordinator for Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) to create a webinar for U.S. dental professionals entitled, "Enhancing the Dental Professional’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)." It was produced by CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education, and aired on Oct. 1, 2015 during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Thomas Cardoza writes premier work about female auxiliaries in the French Army
Thomas Cardoza, Humanities Department Chair, has written "Intrepid Women: Cantinières and Vivandières of the French Army", published by Indiana University Press and available on Amazon.com.
It is the first book-length study of female military auxiliaries in the French Army, with emphasis on marriage, family life, business practices, origins, pensions and retirement, and combat activity, Cardoza said.
Cardoza also has completed literary book reviews on H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, tandfonline.com, and other publications, has been a contributing editor, and has written journal articles, including:
- "Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Long Nineteenth Century", on h-net.org
- Contributing editor (multiple entries), "Chronology of Women Worldwide: People, Places and Events that Shaped Women’s History". Detroit: Gale Research, 1997
He has also completed a book, "A Boy Soldier in Napoleon's Army" to be out in 2016, and is working on a project about women soldiers for Oxford University Press to be published in 2017.
Theodore Lambert III and Damien Ennis help students visualize math, data
Ted Lambert, Mathematics Professor, has written textbooks and journal articles about Algebra, Precalculus and college mathematics.
- College Mathematics is a text for Math 120 students, and includes lecture videos as well as homework software
- Beginning Algebra was co-written with Rebecca Burke, and comes with online resources and a student workbook
- Precalculus has a student workbook and lecture videos for students
Lambert and Damien Ennis, Mathematics Professor, co-authored a journal article published in Performance Measurement and Metrics Vol. 14(2) in 2013. The work is "A Comparison of Academic Libraries: An Analysis Using a Self-Organizing Map". A self-organizing map is a type of algorithm—a set of steps the computer program uses to complete a task—to cluster complex data and represent it as a visual image. Similar data will end up at similar locations on the map, and relationships between data are then easier to visualize.
"This paper analyzes the relationship among measures of resource and service usage and other features of academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada through the use of a self‐organizing map," Ennis said. "This paper demonstrates how a self‐organizing map can be used in the analysis of large data sets to facilitate library comparisons."
Another article by Ennis about clustering data on self-organizing maps was posted in November by tandfonline.com.
Susan Henneberg’s books for teens are widely published
Susan Henneberg, English instructor, has written books for teens including:
- Drones. Saddleback Publishing, Costa Mesa, CA, 2016.
- Internship Smarts. New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 2013.
- Money Making Opportunities for Teens Who Like Working with Kids. New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 2014.
- Top Ten Tips for Enjoying Success in School. New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 2013.
- Twitter Safety and Privacy: A Guide to Microblogging (21st Century Safety and Privacy). New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 2014.
- What is a Song? (The Britannica Common Core Library). New York, NY: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2015.
"I write books that give teens opportunities for thoughtful reflection, asks them to consider a variety of points of view, and challenges them to make informed decisions," Henneberg said.
Tamara Anderson’s children’s book "Fuzzy Bunny" is positively reviewed
The central character of Anderson’s book learns how his extra-long ears are something unique, despite being teased by his peers. The book is positively reviewed by parents and teachers as a story that helps kids better understand differences and self-esteem. Reviewers also praise its illustrations by Gabrielle Bachand.
"As we all know, social media can be both a positive and negative experience," Anderson said. "Because we now have a great deal of cyber-bulling, and pressure to achieve physical perfection, I wrote Fuzzy Bunny as a gentle and positive way to introduce children to the concept of accepting our physical differences and viewing those differences in a constructive way. This book celebrates diversity and helps children understand that they are special and appreciated for their unique characteristics."
Virginia Castleman’s "Sara Lost and Found" is offered on Simon & Schuster
Virginia Castleman, English Instructor, has written a novel for middle-grade K-12 students titled "Sara Lost and Found", a story inspired by true events.
"’Sara Lost and Found’ is about two sisters, Anna and Sara, who find themselves caught up in the foster care system, and is told in first person from Sara's point of view," Castleman said. "It's a story of survival, sibling love, courage, and hope as the girls struggle to stay together in a world that tears them apart."
The book is listed on Simon and Schuster. Her other books include "Erosion (Perfection Learning)" and "Mommi Watta: Spirit of the River". Castleman will be a featured speaker at the TMCC Writers' Conference in April.
For more information about the TMCC Writing Conference, please contact Workforce Development and Community Education.
In Parts Two and Three
- Lindsay Wilson’s "No Elegies" wins Quercus Award
- Jen Huntley and her non-fiction book reveals Yosemite’s forgotten characters
- Brad Summerhill has written "Gambler’s Quartet"
- Olga Katkova presents her work "Reflective Journals in Chemistry Classes"
- Eric Neuenfeldt's "Wild Horse" winds 2015 Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction
- Gregory Ellis has written "Crossbone Children and the Orphans of Avalon"
- Fred Lokken drafts the ITC Annual National Distance Education Survey
- Ben Scheible's book "Nevada Real Estate License Exam Prep" is published
- Works by Melissa Deadmond, Julia Hammett and more TMCC authors
Additional contributions are welcome. To submit faculty literary projects and publications for future recognition, please contact the Marketing and Communications Office.