Project Highlights

Duquesne African Studies Awards

November 6, 2014

Duquesne University’s Center for African Studies has named four winning projects for its 2014-2015 Rev. Alphons Loogman, Faculty Research Grant competition.

This year’s winning projects are:

Managing the Mental Health Impact of Migration: Emphasis on Ethiopian Migrants in the Middle East: Waganesh Zeleke, assistant professor, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, School of Education;

The Roots of Song in Jazz: Folk Songs of the Ga and Ewe Explored through Composition and Transcription: Joseph Sheehan, assistant professor, Mary Pappert School of Music;

General and Special Education Teachers’ Professional Development Needs in Selected Southern African Countries; Morgan Chitiyo, associate professor and program director and Elizabeth Hughes, assistant professor, both in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education in the School of Education; and

Assessment of Library Collections and Services at the Spiritan University College, Ghana; Terra Merkey, music librarian, Gumberg Library.

The grant was named for the Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., a professor of Swahili at Duquesne in the early 1960s who helped to establish Duquesne as a noted center of African studies during his tenure. The grants of $4,500 support scholarly research that reflects the University’s strategic commitment to a closer relationship with the nations and people of Africa, said Dr. Gerald Boodoo, director of the Center for African Studies.