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Nine new faculty members arrive

August 21, 2017

New Chadron State College faculty, back row, from left, Markus Egeler Jones (English and Humanities), Dr. Mary Clai Jones (English and Humanities), Dr. Gregory Moses (Math) and Cassandra Ritzen (Business). Front row, from left, Dr. Johnica J. Morrow (Physical and Life Sciences), Lonnie Hosman (Business), Detsinh Sayaloune (Math)and Dr. Rick Puzzo (Music). Not pictured: Michael Knight (Music). (Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College) New Chadron State College faculty, back row, from left, Markus Egeler Jones (English and Humanities), Dr. Mary Clai Jones (English and Humanities), Dr. Gregory Moses (Math) and Cassandra Ritzen (Business). Front row, from left, Dr. Johnica J. Morrow (Physical and Life Sciences), Lonnie Hosman (Business), Detsinh Sayaloune (Math)and Dr. Rick Puzzo (Music). Not pictured: Michael Knight (Music). (Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
Michael Knight (Courtesy photo) Michael Knight (Courtesy photo)

CHADRON – Nine new Chadron State College faculty members are new to campus this fall. They are Lonnie Hosman, Dr. Mary Clai Jones, Markus Egeler Jones, Dr. Michael Knight, Dr. Johnica Morrow, Dr. Gregory Moses, Dr. Rick Puzzo, Cassandra Ritzen and Detsinh Sayaloune.

School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Applied, and Mathematical Sciences and Sciences

Hosman, assistant professor in the Business Academy, has worked in the field of accounting for over 25 years, the last 19 years as a Certified Public Accountant.

He earned his bachelor’s from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from the University of Washington.

Hosman said he was drawn to CSC because the faculty emphasis is on teaching.

Morrow, an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences department, recently returned to the U.S. after being involved with teaching a mummy studies field school in Sicily, Italy, through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned her doctorate in Natural Resource Science with a specialization in Applied Ecology.

Morrow said she was attracted to CSC by the collaborative and cohesive faculty, supportive administration and professional development organizations. She looks forward to fostering undergraduate research and professional development and sees potential to impact and enrich rural communities through teaching pre-professional students.

Moses, Mathematics assistant professor, has conducted research in mathematical biology and dynamical systems while earning his master’s and doctorate from Ohio University.

He will be teaching calculus, linear algebra and college algebra.

Moses said CSC’s small class sizes impressed him as well as the friendliness of residents, the peacefulness of Chadron, and the beauty of the surrounding area.

Ritzen, business instructor, earned her MBA and bachelor’s degrees from CSC and is currently pursuing her doctorate in business administration with a concentration in marketing through George Fox University.

She served as the assistant director of Admissions since December of 2014. Before that she was a coordinator of Admissions.

“I am very excited to be able to contribute to the experience students will have here at CSC,” Ritzen said.

Another CSC graduate, Sayaloune, will be a new Mathematics instructor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Chadron State and his master’s in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“I know firsthand the quality of education Chadron State College provides. Having the opportunity to be a part of that is really exciting,” Sayaloune said.

School of Liberal Arts

Jones, assistant professor of English, describes herself as a hybrid scholar who bridges teaching writing and literature. Her primary research interest is women’s literature and although her doctoral research focused on Victorian literature, her current research branches out to how women access public space in subversive and creative ways.

She said the Essential Studies Program was among the many features that attracted her to CSC as well as with the variety of composition and literature classes and the faculty and administration’s approach to teaching and higher education.

She earned her doctorate in English with a Gender and Women's Studies Certificate from the University of Kentucky.

Markus Jones, assistant professor of English, will primarily teach transitional writing classes. He said his area of interest changed from poetry to fiction during his master’s, but he still appreciates the lyrical qualities of language. He has taught fiction, poetry and basic composition courses.

He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to teach at an open admissions institution.

“Chadron’s friendly and community-driven atmosphere on campus solidifies my excitement to be part of this community,” Markus Jones said.

He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from Eastern Kentucky University.

Knight, assistant professor of Music, will be the director of bands, lead instrumental ensembles and teach brass studies and music education. He earned his doctorate in band conducting from the University of Iowa.

He said the size of Chadron State College is appealing.

“I have taught at similar-sized institutions in the past and I love the sense of community that exists here. I am also very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the students and faculty,” Knight said.

Also new to the Music department,Dr. Rick Puzzo, assistant professor, earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona and hasthree years of experience as an assistant middle school band director and percussion coordinator.

The attractive features of CSC, according to Puzzo, include the faculty-to-student ratio which aligns with his teaching philosophy.

“As a teacher I will be involved in the students’ progress throughout their college career while at CSC,” Puzzo said.

Puzzo has been a graduate teaching assistant for rock, pop and jazz history and “Understanding Music through Listening” courses. He has also taught marching percussion and freelance private lessons for more than 30 years.

—CSC College Relations

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