The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 2, 2013

Seven professors join St. Vincent


Submitted to The Tribune-Democrat

— Seven professors joined the St. Vincent College faculty full time for the academic year.

The new faculty include Brother Albert Gahr OSB, assistant professor of biology; Jessica Harvey, assistant professor of communication; Jessica Hauser, assistant professor of psychology; Mary Anne Hazer, assistant professor of education; Kathleen Ramos, visiting instructor in education; Juan Carlos Rivas, assistant professor of modern and classical languages; and Michael Urick, instructor of business.

Gahr of St. Vincent Archabbey received a bachelor’s degree in biology with honor from St. Vincent College and a master’s degree in monastic studies from St. Vincent Seminary. He earned a doctorate in genetics and development biology from West Virginia University.

He also has done post-doctoral training in genomic research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service’s National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture, where he served for three years as staff molecular biologist.

A member of the American Physiological Society and the World Aquaculture Society, he has been recognized with induction into the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society and Young Investigator Award by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Section of the American Physiological Society.

He is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and abstracts, Gahr’s dissertation was titled “Interaction between Positive and Negative Effectors of Embryonic and Postnatal Muscle Growth in the Chicken and the Mouse.”

Harvey received a bachelor’s degree in public relations at Purdue University, a master’s degree in communication at Arizona State University, and a doctorate in communication from the University of Washington.

The author of numerous manuscripts and conference papers, she is the co-author of two publications, Bumps and Tears on the Road to the Presidency and Forgiving Tactics and Relational Outcomes.

She is a member of the National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, Action for Media Education, National Association for Media Literacy Education and Action Coalition for Media Education.

Hauser received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with highest honor from Albion College, a master’s degree in clinical and developmental psychology and a doctorate in clinical and developmental psychology from Bowling Green State University.

She also has done post-doctoral research at The Ohio State University Medical Center. The co-author of numerous publications, manuscripts and conference presentations, she has clinical experience at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Psychological Services Center, Psychological Resources Ltd. and the Children’s Resource Center.

She is a member of the American Psychology Association and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Hazer received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master of education in learning disabilities from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a doctor of education degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Active in community and athletic activities, she is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals. She has worked in various educational positions, most recently as assistant superintendent of elementary education in the Norwin School District.

 Ramos received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in foreign language education and a doctorate in language, literature and culture from the University of Pittsburgh.

She is a member of the International Reading Association, American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Delta Kappa Gamma International Women’s Educators’ Society.

Rivas received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, and completed a doctorate in Hispanic literature from the University of Arizona in Medieval, Renaissance and Golden Age Spanish literature.

He is a member of the Cervantes Society of America and the Modern Language Association.

Urick received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Vincent College and a master of business administration degree in human resource management and a master’s degree in leadership and business ethics from Duquesne University.

He is completing a doctorate in management and organizational behavior at the University of Cincinnati.

Urick has authored several book chapters, conference proceedings and articles on intergenerational interactions in the workforce, workplace conflict and leadership. Prior to joining the St. Vincent faculty, Urick worked as an auditor and corporate training program manager. He is also a member of the Academy of Management and Institute of Supply Management.

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