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Vail Series

Vail Series

P.O. Box 701, Granville, OH 43023 (USPS Only)
Burton D. Morgan 412

Endowed by a generous gift from the late Mary and Foster McGaw in honor of Jeanne Vail, class of 1946, the Vail Series brings to campus the world’s premier performers, as well as new musical talents, enriching the artistic experience of the entire Denison community.

Harold Van Broekhoven dr. Van Broekhoven, Harold Van Broekhoven

Harold Van Broekhoven
Professor Emeritus
Emeriti Faculty  |  Religion
B.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D., Boston University

As Peter Gomes remarked (The Good Book, 25), “To read is to interpret.” Van Broekhoven’s special interest is in the interpretation of the Bible with a mind to the particular historical and cultural worlds in which the text came to being and has been interpreted.

Research Details: 

Van Broekhoven’s research interest has centered on the use of interpretive models for recovering the social worlds within which the Bible was written, as well as the use of classical rhetoric by the biblical writer. He also participated in archaeological digs in the Galilee, Israel at Yodefat and Cana. He is currently working on a manuscript interpreting Colossians for a pluralistic age. See also the following:

  • “The Social Profiles in the Colossians Debate,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Sheffield, England 1997).
  • “Praise and Paraenesis in Wisdom Literature in Colossians,” Proceedings, East Great Lakes and Midwest Biblical Society XV (1996).
  • “Persuasion or Praise in Colossians” Proceedings, East Great Lakes and Midwest Biblical Society XIV (1995).
  • Review of Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon, by Ralph P. Martin, IBC Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991) in Critical Review of Books in Religion: 1994 (Atlanta: Scholars Press 1996).
  • Review of Saint Paul: Epitre aux Colossiens, by Jean-Noel Aletti, Etudes Biblique N.S. 20 (Paris: Gabalda, 1993) in Journal of Biblical Literature 114/3 (1995).
  • “A New Social Model for Discerning Wisdom,” in New Perspectives on Ancient Judaism, Vol. V: Society and Literature in Analysis, ed. by Paul Flesher (Lanham: University Press, 1990).
  • Editor, Robert Hanna’s A Grammatical Aid to the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1983).
  • Contributor to the Revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979-88).

Senior Research directed or co-directed, include:

  • “Ezekiel the Shaman”
  • “Christian People, Raise Your Voice: A Hymnology of Liberation”
  • “Towards a Framework for Doing Neopagan Theology”
  • ”Diagnosis: Suffering from Metaphors; RX: the Sacred Answer”
  • “Puritan Sexual Ethics: A Reevaluation of Historical and Literary Context”
  • “El Testimonio de Rigobertu Menchu: Sincretismo, Delegitimacion, y Liberacion en Guatemala”
  • “Goddess of Ten Thousand Names: Transformation of Isis”
  • “Centering Tactics ofIdentity and Inclusion: City as Center of Reconciliatory Church Mission”
  • “How Good and Pleasant it is when Brothers dwell in Unity: Biological and Spiritual Brotherhood in the Bible”
  • “The Catholic Dilemma: Can the Church Reclaim Sex from the Threat of Desacralization
  • “’Breakthrough’ and Be “Touched by an Angel”: The Secularization of Message and Meaning in Contemporary Christian Television”
  • “Sojourners, Alone in these Worlds: The Plight of the Psychologically Estranged in First Peter”
  • “Catholic Church Dynamics in the World Church: An Exploration of Catholic Identity”
  • “With What Shall We Contend? Eph. 6:12 and the Reality of Spiritual Warfare”
  • “Modernity, The New Axial Age: Implications from the Hebrew Prophets, Hebrew Sages and Early Church”
  • “Evil in History: Babylon and the Beast in Revelation”
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Elizabeth Van Horn Van Horn, Elizabeth Van Horn

Professor Emeritus
Emeriti Faculty  |  Physical Education
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James Van Reeth Van Reeth, James Van Reeth

James Van Reeth
Suzuki Program Director
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall
B.M., Queens College, City University of New York

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.

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Cathy Van Sickle Van Sickle, Cathy Van Sickle

Cathy Van Sickle
Assistant to Associate Provost
Staff  |  Provost's Office
Doane Administration
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Kevin Varnish Varnish, Kevin Varnish

Kevin Varnish
Supervisor, Facilities & Equipment
Staff  |  Big Red Athletics, Recreational Sports & Fitness
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
B.S., M.A., Ohio State University

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).

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Jennifer Grube Vestal Vestal, Jennifer Grube Vestal

Jennifer Grube Vestal
Associate Dean of Students/Director of Academic Support & Enrichment
Staff  |  Academic Support & Enrichment
Doane Administration
B.A. Miami University M.A. The Ohio State University

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.”

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Matthew K. Vetter Vetter, Matthew K. Vetter

Matthew K. Vetter
Assistant Director of Campus Leadership & Involvement
Staff  |  Campus Leadership & Involvement Center
Slayter Hall Student Union
B.A., Transylvania University; M.Ed. University of Louisville

Matthew Vetter joined Denison 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.

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Korinne Villa Villa, Korinne Villa

Registered Nurse
Staff  |  Whisler Center for Student Wellness
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Luis Villanueva Villanueva, Luis Villanueva

Luis Villanueva
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Economics
Higley Hall
B.Sc. Autonomous University of Chapingo, Mexico; M.A. National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City; Ph.D. The New School for Social Research, New York, New York

Currently teaching: Introductory Macroeconomics and Economic Development in the third world

Research Keywords: 
Development Economics (focus on Latin American countries), Economic History of Latin America, Classical Political Economy, Input Output analysis, Agent Based Modeling
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Denison’s campus is beautiful and exceptionally well suited for its academic mission.  With historic and contemporary buildings and state-of-the-art facilities—all within walking distance of each other—the campus spans 900 acres, including a 560 acre biological reserve. And making a visit to Denison has never been easier! You can schedule interviews and tours online.

Micaela Vivero Vivero, Micaela Vivero

Micaela Vivero
Associate Professor & Chair (Studio Art)
Faculty  |  Studio Art, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Bryant Arts Center
B.A., Universidad San Francisco de Quito; M.F.A., Alfred University

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.

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Steve Vogel Vogel, Steven Vogel

Steve Vogel
Brickman - Shannon Professor & Chair (Philosophy)
Faculty  |  Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

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.

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