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Jim Van Reeth, Program Director, violin and viola, holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College-CUNY and a Masters in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he completed long-term Suzuki training with Patricia D’Ercole. Jim has taught in the Suzuki Programs at Encore Music Studios (Columbus, OH), American Talent Education Center (Stevens Point, WI) and Capital University (Columbus, OH), and currently teaches violin at Suzuki Music Columbus. He has served as a faculty member at the Summer Suzuki Institutes at Capital University, the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, The Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp in Orkney Springs, VA. Jim performs with the Sterling String Quartet and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. He is the coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) for the 2012 SAA Biennial Conference.
Kevin Varnish has been Denison’s Supervisor of Athletic Facilities since 1995. Varnish came to Denison from Columbus State Community College to oversee facility and equipment operations and supervision of the facilities student employment and equipment staff. As supervisor of facilities, a large part of Varnish's responsibilities are focused on intercollegiate event management, university events and conferences, facilities operations, and the coordination of facilities projects. Varnish also oversees the daily operation of Denison's Physical Education Center and is responsible for hiring and scheduling a student staff of nearly 100 employees.
On the equipment side, Varnish coordinates the daily function of the facilities laundry operation, as well as coordinating the issue of equipment to the 23 men's and women's varsity sports programs and to recreational users of Denison's facilities. Varnish also coordinates all outdoor field lining for varsity practices, games, intramurals, club sports and summer camps.
Prior to coming to Denison, Varnish served as an assistant to the director of athletics at Columbus State from 1988 to 1995. Varnish was the department's athletic recruiting coordinator, assistant sports information director and was responsible for the daily operation of Columbus State's recreation facilities. Varnish also served as an instructor within the sports and fitness management program. While working at Columbus State, Varnish spent seven years as an assistant varsity track coach and three years as an assistant football coach for Reynoldsburg City Schools.
Varnish holds a bachelor of science in education (1989) and a master of arts in sports administration from The Ohio State University (1994).
When a student meets with Academic Support & Enrichment staff, our conversation does not focus only on academic classes or “study tips.” Instead, we talk about how all aspects of a student's life are helping to shape his or her academic experience. Put differently, “when life gets in the way” of being a student, it's a safe place to talk out options and implications of managing the issue while balancing multiple commitments, an essential life skill. We support students as they develop their ability to set goals, manage competing priorities and self-advocate, so our conversations with students as well as faculty, colleagues and parents reflect the students' responsibility in developing and navigating their own educational goals.”
Matthew Vetter joined Dension as the Assistant Director for Campus Leadership & Involvement. In this role, Vetter's responsibilities include oversight of campus organizations and promoting student programming, carried out through advising the University Programming Council, DCGA Finance Committee, and DCGA Rules Committee. Vetter moved to Ohio from Louisville where he worked previously at Bellarmine University and received a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. He also holds a M.A. in Psychology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. At home Vetter enjoy reading, gardening, playing rugby, and spending time with his partner and scottish terrier.
Professor Vivero joined the Art Department faculty in the Fall of 2004. She received her Baccalaureus Artium in Fine Arts from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Alfred University. Micaela Vivero's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, and Ecuador.
Steve Vogel, who holds an A.B. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Boston University, has been a member of the Philosophy Department at Denison since 1984. He teaches courses in continental philosophy, nineteenth-century philosophy, environmental ethics, social and political philosophy, and logic. He has special research interests in environmental philosophy, in the work of Jürgen Habermas and of the Frankfurt School, and in Marxism, Hegel, and Heidegger. He is the author of Against Nature: The Concept of Nature in Critical Theory, published in 1996 by SUNY Press, and has published articles in Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, Philosophy Today, Rethinking Marxism, Social Theory and Practice, Tikkun, Dissent, and elsewhere. In 2003 he was awarded the Charles A. Brickman Award for Teaching Excellence at Denison.
- On Nature and Alienation (in Andrew Biro, ed., Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises, 2011)
- Why 'Nature' Has No Place in Environmental Philosophy (in Gregory E. Kaebnick, ed., The Ideal of Nature: Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment, 2011)
- Review of Thomas Heyd (ed), Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature: Theory and Practice (Human Ecology, 2007)
- The Silence of Nature (Environmental Values, 2006)
- The Nature of Artifacts (Environmental Ethics, 2003)
- Nature as Origin and Difference (Philosophy Today, 1999)
- Environmental Philosophy After the End of Nature (Environmental Ethics, 2002)
- Grades and Money (Dissent, 1997)