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Need a place to unwind? Meet up with friends? Or an informal place to study? The student-run Bandersnatch Coffeehouse, located in Huffman Hall, functions as an alternative social outlet for all of Denison's student body.
The English Department and McPhail Center for Environmental Studies are housed in the historic structure.
Dr. Eliza Young Barstow is a scholar of American religious history, with particular interests in gender construction and evangelical culture. In the past, she has taught introductory courses such as Introduction to Religion and World Religions, as well as upper-level courses focused on topics such as American evangelical history, gender norms within theologically conservative religious traditions, and the relationship between American religion and social movements.
Her book project, titled “These Teen-Agers Are Not Delinquent”: The Rhetoric of Maturity for Evangelical Young Adults, 1945-1965, investigates the advice theologically conservative Protestants offered to young adults during years following WWII. This time period was characterized by profound apprehension about juvenile delinquency, and evangelicals shared this concern. Drawing upon evangelical novels, advice manuals, and magazines, the project explores the ways in which evangelicals conceived of maturity and urged young adults to conduct themselves in the rapidly changing social culture of postwar America.
Dr. Barstow received her B.A. at Penn State, where she was part of the Schreyer Honors College, a program that allowed her to take small courses and live in a focused residential community for four years – in short, a program that functioned much like a liberal arts college such as Denison. Following her time at Penn State, Dr. Barstow received an MPhil at the University of Cambridge and then returned to the United States to study in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she ultimately received a PhD in American Studies from Harvard University. Prior to teaching at Denison, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Courses normally taught: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Women in Labor Force, Forensic Economics, Introduction to Queer Studies
Research Interests: Executive Compensation, Earnings Differentials, Pedagogy, Clubs
Beaver and its twin, Sawyer, were built at a time of unprecedented growth in Denison’s history, under the leadership of President Clark Chamberlin.
Rick Beck has been member of Denison’s athletic facilities staff since 2000. Beck's current responsibilities include field lining for varsity athletics and field set up, as well as facilities supervision, assisting with event set-up and event management, supervision of student employees and the facilities laundry operation.
Beck currently works full-time as a paramedic/firefighter for the West Licking Joint Fire District in Pataskala. He has been with the department for over 20 years. Prior to working for the West Licking District, Beck served as a volunteer for the Granville Fire Department for 13 years and spent six of those as chief. In addition, Beck worked at the Granville Owens Corning Tech Center for 18 years as a senior technician in the roofing lab. During his time at Owens, he also served on the tech center's Fire Brigade.
Kellen Beckwith is Denison’s men’s and women’s swimming coach. He has served in this role since 2012. Beckwith came to Granville after one year as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Hope College in Holland, Mich. A 2011 graduate of Olivet College, Beckwith graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in mathematics. A four-year member of the Olivet swimming and diving team, Beckwith was a four-time All-American backstroker and three time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion.
He was twice named to the NCAA's Elite 88 and in 2011 he was named the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year. That prestigious honor came after earning first-team Academic All-America® honors and four College Swimming Coaches Association Scholar All-America awards.
While serving as an assistant at Hope, Beckwith headed the recruitment efforts for the Flying Dutch program. He coached five athletes to All-American status and one who was named to the NCAA's Elite 89.
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, History of Economic Thought, International Finance
Research Interests: International finance and trade, history of economic thought, Middle Eastern economies
International finance and trade, history of economic thought, Middle Eastern economies
Kristy earned a B.A. in communications from Muskingum University. She officially joined the Denison community in 2010 as communications assistant after volunteering at the college since 2008. Her professional background includes a variety of endeavors within the banking industry, involving collection, indirect lending and system operations. She currently works in the University Communications office and also works with the Vail Series.
STAFFORD C. BERRY, JR. is the Associate Artistic Director of the African American Dance Ensemble where he toured for 12 years, Managing Director of the Berry & Nance Dance Project, and is on the faculty of the American Dance Festival. He has taught, choreographed, and performed African rooted dance and theatre throughout the United States and the Caribbean. An advocate for the advancement of the arts, he has served on Dance Panels for the North Carolina Arts Council & the Durham Arts Council, and he's served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Dance Alliance. Mr. Berry has been a Master Teacher for the National Foundation for the Arts Competition in Miami, Florida. He has performed in works by (Dance) Melvin Purnell, Dennis Wayne, David Dorfman, Assane Konte, Dr. Kariamu Welsh Asante, Dr. Bill Banfield, Penny Bridgers, and Dr. Chuck Davis; (Theatre) Ed Shockley, Zadia Ife and August Wilson.
Originally from Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berry received his formal education in theatre, dance, and music from Temple University & North Carolina Central University, and received his MFA from Hollins University/ADF. He is eternally grateful for the knowledge imparted to him from several masters in the US and in Africa, including Les Ballet Africaines, the National Dance Company of Guinea, West Africa. In 1996, Mr. Berry was certified as a teacher of the Umfundalai Technique and in 1997 was Assistant to the Choreographer for Kariamu & Company, with whom he'd also been a principal dancer for 5 years. In 1992 he co-founded the Seventh Principle Performance Company and in 1997 he co-founded the Berry and Nance Dance Project.
Mr. Berry's choreographer's awards and grants have been numerous. He was awarded the Neumann Cultural Enrichment Grant to create a new work (1994). He received a North Carolina Arts Council Choreographers Fellowship (2000), a Cooper Foundation Grant (2002), two Five County Arts Grants from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in PA (2003, 2004), a Ford Foundation Grant to create a new ballet in collaboration with Dr. Chuck Davis (2004) and most recently, an Emerging Artist grant from the Durham Arts Council which will allow him to create new music for a ballet (2008). His work, a combination of dance, theatre and music, can be seen in the archives of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Russ Bertram enters his first year as the head men's and women's diving coach at Denison in 2013-14.
Bertram comes to Denison with over 20-years of experience as a diving coach, judge and administrator. As a competitive diver, Bertram won five United States diving national championship in the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform.
Most recently, Bertram spent seven years as the Aquatics Director at the University of Arizona where he was responsible for all elements of an aquatics facility that consists of a 50-meter competitive swimming pool, a 210,000 gallon training deep well, and a 1.2 million gallon competitive diving and water polo well. In 2010, he received the prestigious Phil Boggs Award from USA Diving for lifetime commitment to the sport. That year, Bertram was instrumental in the success of three major championships hosted on the Arizona campus; the FINA World Junior Diving Championship, the USA Diving Junior National Championship and the USA Diving Age Group National Championship.
A deep-rooted member of the diving community, Bertram spent one year as the head men’s and women’s diving coach at Florida State University (1998-99), and was the head diving coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores dive club from 1999-2002. While coaching in Mission Viejo, Bertram led the club to consecutive national team titles, and 13 individual titles. They also hosted the Junior and Senior USA National Championships in 2000.
From 2002-05 he was the national events director for United States Diving, Inc. based out of Indianapolis, Ind. Prior to that he served five months as the United States Olympic team administrator, where he handled logistical preparation and planning of U.S. Olympic athletes from the Olympic Trials through the conclusion of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
In addition to his coaching and administrative roles, Bertram is also an accomplished diving judge. In 2009 and again in 2010, he served as the head referee for the NCAA Division I National Championship. He was also a judge at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Bertram got his start in coaching in 1989 at Ohio State when he served as a graduate assistant diving coach for a Buckeye team that included six Olympians and 10 U.S. National Champions.
For all student-athletes at DU, participation in intercollegiate sports is an integral part of their overall educational experience. Athletic teams at Denison are consistently competitive on the conference and national levels. The tradition of excellence associated with Denison athletic programs is due, in part, to the winning heritage which has been established over more than a century of intercollegiate competition.
Dr. Bikmen graduated from Bogazici University, Turkey and earned her Ph.D. at City University of New York. She is a social/personality psychologist interested in studying issues of diversity and intergroup relations. Her research aims at identifying conditions that facilitate endorsement of diversity and multicultural groups and that prevent interpersonal and intergroup conflict. Specifically, she is interested in group identities and their consequences in terms of academic outcomes, representations of group history, intergroup attitudes, and collective action.
At Denison, Dr. Bikmen conducts research on attitudes toward immigration and multiculturalism, and on the process of social identity negotiation among minority students. Dr. Bikmen teaches courses in introductory psychology, social psychology, and the psychology of diversity.
Students taking Introduction to the Science of Biology, and Animal Behavior frequently meet their labs at the Bio Reserve to conduct field experiments.
Denison's Department of Biology gives students a broad exposure to and understanding of the natural world, and provides a solid preparation for graduate and professional schools. Our graduates pursue successful careers in education, research, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical and nutritional fields, forest and park services, and conservation.
The interdisciplinary Black Studies Program is designed to investigate the black experience in Africa, North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and in other parts of the African diaspora. The program draws on the expertise of faculty members in all four academic divisions of the college: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the fine arts. It is consistent with the liberal arts philosophy of exploring issues fundamental to the development of a broadly educated person and the creation of a humane spirit.
Blair Knapp Hall is home to eight academic departments - Black Studies, Education, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, and Women's Studies.