Personal goals explored during faculty sabbaticals

by Amber Neri
Staff Writer

Sabbatical leave has been granted to nine ULV professors for the 1995-96 academic year. The faculty members will take this time to further their research and professional growth.

The recipients for fall semester are Ruth Trotter, associate professor of art; Dr. Ann Wichman, associate professor of sociology; Dr. Rhoda Kachuck, professor of English; and Dr. Valerie Jordan, professor of psychology. Those leaving on sabbatical in spring will be Jesse L. Keith, senior lecturer at the Eielson Residence Center; Dr. Carmel Marti Day, professor of health services management; Dr. Ken Scambray, associate professor of English; Dr. David Flaten, professor of theatre arts; Yvonne Davis-Keith, professor of education; Dr. Bob Burns, professor of education; and Dr. Allan Lachman, professor of public administration..

The sights and sounds of Paris are awaiting Trotter. Her sabbatical leave will begin this June and her main objective is to return to her Santa Monica studio to work on subjects, but before that she will spend a month in Paris, France, to do research and meet with contemporary artists.

“Just having the opportunity to look at them [the artwork] in person is research enough for me,” said Trotter.

There are many artists working in Paris and the 10-day trip will begin June 19. Fifteen ULV students have signed up to travel with Trotter. She will not be taking them alone—Dr. Gerard Lavatori, associate professor of French, will be accompanying the group. They will be going to see all of the famous sights, but one in particular that stands out is Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny.

Trotter describes this, her first trip to Giverny, with a glimmer in her eyes.

“He [Monet] owned a house and planned the gardens which were his subjects. It is going to be very beautiful,” she said.

Dr. Labinger, professor of Spanish and Honors Program director, is already planning her sabbatical for the spring of 1996. Her trip to Mexico will be a time to further her research on Judeo-Mexican materials.

Mexico is where she plans to go this summer for a three week study on the conquest of the native civilizations by the Spanish. The National Endowment of the Humanities Institute is sponsoring this summer’s trip.

“Hopefully this [summer trip] will lay some of the groundwork for my sabbatical,” said Dr. Labinger.

Dr. Labinger started translating a book titled “The Grandmother” that is Judeo-Mexican. It is about a Jewish woman growing up in Mexico who constructs her own identity by looking at her grandmother.

Dr. Labinger has learned of an indigenous tribe in Toluca, Mexico, that is Jewish.

She recently found out about this, and thought that it would be an interesting exploration for her sabbatical. She will also visit two people in New Mexico who are classified as Crypto-Jews, descendants of people who came over from Spain in the 1500s and were forced to convert to Catholicism. These people however, still practice their Jewish faith.

All of this research will keep Dr. Labinger busy, with her enthusiasm paving the way.

“I would like to meet with the people who did some of the research on the Crypto-Jews. There has to be literature about this. I want to investigate,” she said.

Sabbaticals are granted to full-time faculty with six or more consecutive years of service to the University.

During the leave of absence, a project for professional advancement must be pursued. For a one-semester leave, the individual is eligible to receive 100 percent base salary. While a two semester sabbatical offers half of the base salary.

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