May media mentions

At Gettysburg College, our passionate community leans into important conversations. From our faculty and staff to our students and alumni, we witness experts, leaders, and innovators at work. They’re newsworthy in their endeavors and are recognized as such—consistently featured by both local and national media outlets.

From mid-April to mid-May, the College received more than 40 media hits, with seven of them being national mentions. Each mention is a testament to the great work that happens here and in ripple effects across the world.

Explore some of the top media mentions from the last month:

Times of Israel: ‘He Would Have Hidden Jews in Nazi Germany: Charles ‘Buz’ Myers’

Jewish Studies Prof. Stephen Stern holding a book and talking to a woman
Jewish Studies Prof. Stephen Stern

Jewish Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Prof. Stephen Stern writes a column for the Times of Israel, reflecting on the person who inspired him to teach at Gettysburg College—retiring Religious Studies Prof. Charles ‘Buz’ Myers. Furthermore, Stern shares how Myers has dedicated his four decades at Gettysburg to helping ensure living Jewish voices aren’t absent from academic discussions or curriculums, and more broadly, caring about all people—having a particularly big heart for his students.

“He spends countless hours with students—five days a week—helping them pick classes, talk about their classes or life’s challenges. He embodies what parents want when sending their children to a liberal arts college, perhaps most the unique type of higher education for students.”
– Prof. Stephen Stern, Times of Israel

The Gettysburg Times: ‘Issue of glass recycling heating up’

Gettysburg College recycling truck with the logo on the side
Gettysburg College’s recycling truck

Environmental studies majors Tessa McDonald ’23 and Adriana Quinonez ’24 contributed to a Gettysburg Times column, shining a light on the reality of glass recycling in Adams County. In addition to noting that there are currently no drop-off sites for glass recycling in the county, they shared: “If you live in Adams County and your waste hauler collects glass for recycling, it’s ending up at the landfill, possibly as road base.”

WHYY: ‘Pennsylvania needs rental assistance and eviction diversion programs’

Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Redden
Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Redden

Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Redden, who specializes in housing, social policy, and urban governance failures, was quoted in a WHYY article about the housing crisis, particularly as it relates to rental properties. The article referenced a new study by the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center that looks at housing affordability before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and as it currently exists.

“This is not a Pennsylvania problem. This is a United States problem, and the pandemic is just squeezing people who are already being squeezed too tight by our existing economic disparities.”
– Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Redden, WHYY

The Academic Minute: ‘Adolescence, Sleep, and School’

Distinguished alumna Mary Carskadon ’69 was featured in a podcast episode by The Academic Minute. Carskadon is a renowned researcher on sleep who serves as director of the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Laboratory at Bradley Hospital and is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School. In the episode, Carskadon speaks about changing sleep patterns during early adolescence, particularly analyzing how COVID-19 affected sleep during the height of the pandemic.

History Channel: ‘How President Buchanan Deepened Divisions Over Slavery Before the Civil War’

Headshot of Professor Michael Birkner
History Prof. Michael Birkner

History Prof. Michael Birkner was quoted in a History Channel piece on James Buchanan’s presidential shortcomings, which has led many historians to consistently rank him as one of the worst U.S. presidents. In the article, Birkner shared that in addition to being sympathetic to southern slaveholders, Buchanan wasn’t very in tune with popular opinion in the north. “He is not the right man at the right time to be president of the United States,” Birkner said.

Media mentions by the numbers:

40+ media mentions featuring Gettysburg College faculty, staff, students, and alumni

7 media mentions in national news outlets

11 mentions on the topic of politics

Five more stories worth reading:

  1. Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano was included in City and State Pennsylvania’s 2022 Higher Education Power 100 list.
  2. Tracy Brundage ’92, who is currently president of Keystone College in La Plume, Pennsylvania, will lead Georgia’s Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College beginning in August.
  3. Interdisciplinary Studies Prof. Stephanie Sellers offered welcoming remarks at the American Daffodil Society National Convention, which took place in Gettysburg at the end of April.
  4. Stern was quoted in an article about Albert Einstein’s relationship to Judaism and Zionism.
  5. Environmental Studies Prof. Andy Wilson commented on a new study that looks at where to protect at-risk species.

Come back next month for a new recap of monthly media mentions.

By Molly Foster
Photos by Shawna Sherrell and Miranda Harple
Posted: 06/10/22