October 6, 2000

Five academicians endowed with professorships

Five scholars will be invested with endowed professorships in recognition of their academic leadership and dedication to instruction and research. The investiture ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Audubon Room. The honorees are: English Professor Katherine H. Adams, Music Professor Philip Frohnmayer, Business Professor Joseph Ganitsky, Music Professor David P. Swanzy, and English Professor Julian N. Wasserman.

Katherine Adams, director of Freshman English, received her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. In addition to serving as director of Freshman English she has also directed the Internship Program in the Department of English and the Writing Across the Curriculum Centers, and in 1993 she was assistant vice president for academic affairs. Her co-authored book publications include The Easy Access Handbook, Using the Internet, Online History of Professional Writing Instruction in American Colleges, Teaching Advanced Composition: Why and How, and The Accomplished Writer.

Philip Frohnmayer, professor of voice and coordinator of vocal activities, received his A.B. from Harvard University and his masters of music from the University of Oregon, and did post graduate work at the Hochschule für Musik at Stuttgart. Frohnmayer regularly appears as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Opera. He won top prize in the 1976 Munich International Competition and began his European career singing leading roles in Mozart and Verdi operas in Germany, Luxembourg, and Holland. Together with his wife, Ellen Frohnmayer, he has recorded for Centaur and Albany Records. His students have consistently been top prize winners in major contests, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) young artists auditions, the Houston Grand Opera Auditions, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. They have also participated in leading summer festivals and apprentice programs including the Brevard, Chautauqua, and Aspen Festivals, The Ohio Light Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program. In 1996, Frohnmayer received the Dux Academicus award for distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service to Loyola University New Orleans. In the summer of 1998, he joined the voice and opera faculty of the Aspen Festival School.

Joseph Ganitsky received a bachelor of science degree from Universidad de Los Andes, a master of science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a doctor of business administration from Harvard University. His academic experience has taken place, among others, at the Central American Institute of Management, Managua; Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá; Jerusalem Institute of Management, Tel Aviv; Instituto de Empresa, Madrid; Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Caracas; China-Europe International Business School, Shanghai; Tulane and Loyola universities, New Orleans; and University of Miami. He has taught undergraduate, MBA and Executive courses in marketing, multinational and global strategy, research methods, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, global startups, management in developing nations, and Latin American business. He has coordinated Loyola's International Business area, directed four applied research grants including the most recently completed "Strengthening the Louisiana-Latin America Business Connection." His research interests focus on the competitive strategies of multinational and local firms in Latin America; the strategic roles and challenges of Spanish investors in Latin America; global startups; international marketing; economic development; strategic alliances; and e-startups.

David P. Swanzy has a master's of music degree and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University; his undergraduate degree is from Centenary College. He has been at Loyola University for 22 years, the first 20 as dean of the College of Music. Prior to his work at Loyola, he taught at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Southern Methodist University. He also served as visiting professor at Arizona State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and Brigham Young University. Present memberships include the boards of the New Orleans Music Industry Foundation, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Foundation, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He has served on the Louisiana Music Commission under two governors, as special consultant to an architectural firm, as interim executive director of the New Orleans Symphony, and as assistant to the director of the National Endowment for the Arts' music program. Swanzy has published numerous research reports and articles, and he is the co-author of a book on music education. His research and writing interests include computer applications in music, instructional design, music facilities, principles of administration, and music of the French Revolution. He is presently active in developing programmed instructional and music promotional materials for CD-ROM, enhanced audio CD, and Internet delivery systems.

Julian N. Wasserman earned his bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University, his master's of arts degree from Southern Methodist University, and his Ph.D. from Rice University. He has taught at Loyola University since 1985, and before that at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, the University of St. Thomas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Rice University. He is widely published and has either written or collaborated on seven books and numerous articles and reviews. Presently, he serves as National Endowment for the Humanities Humanist Scholar in Residence at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. In 2000, he was awarded a Curriculum Development Grant for the introduction of medieval literature into the curriculum of NOCCA from the NEH. In addition to teaching at Loyola, his work with students in New Orleans extends to elementary school students at Lusher lower school. He has brought to life the history and art of the Middle Ages for these children, and is proudest of having taught several of them to read. In 1995, he received the Dux Academicus award for distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service to Loyola.