Mercyhurst professors "in the news"

Dr. Richard Hamwi, assistant professor of art at Mercyhurst College, is among the artists featured in the HUB Gallery at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. Hamwi has eight watercolors in that exhibit, which will run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 21, 2001.

Hamwi has been a member of the Mercyhurst faculty since 1999. He brought more than 25 years of teaching experience to the art department, where he is currently the department director for the art education program. 

Hamwi is a graduate of Queens College, City University of New York, and holds master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned his doctorate in art education from Penn State University. 

Darrin Stern, an instructor in the Hotel/Restaurant Institutional Management program at Mercyhurst College, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the POWERchapter of the Professional Convention Management Association. The POWER chapter serves professionals in the Pittsburgh, Erie, Ohio and West Virginia region. Stern will also serve as the communications director for that chapter. 

Stern joined the HRIM faculty in September 2000 after several years in the restaurant and hospitality field. Stern earned his bachelor’s degree in food service management and his master’s degree in hospitality and systems management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Terry Pettijohn II, associate professor of psychology at Mercyhurst College, appeared on an NBC “Dateline” program that aired Aug. 28. His interview was part of a segment titled “The Green-Eyed Monster,” which focused on a research project about envy between close friends. Pettijohn was the experimenter for the project.

In addition, over the summer, Pettijohn presented research titled “Threat, Social Choice and the Functional Role of Attributions” at the 13th annual Conference of the American Psychological Society held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pettijohn joined the Mercyhurst faculty in September 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

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