In the Media / Latest media coverage for Gettysburg College Prof. Brian Meier featured on Fox News Professor Brian Meier's research on mindful eating practices can have a positive impact on your mood is featured on Fox News. 

From Fox News:

People who mindfully consume their chocolate treats this Halloween may experience more of a mood boost than those who do so without thinking, or who mindfully consume other foods, a new study suggests.

"Mindful eating practices encourage people to slow down and think about their eating experience," said lead author Brian P. Meier of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. "My guess is that most people do not do that routinely."

Meier and colleagues studied a group of mostly white college students who ate either five pieces of Blommers Appalachian Gold Milk Chocolate Discs or five Carr's Plain Table Water crackers, each about a 75 calorie portion.

The students were randomly divided into four groups. One group was given some chocolate and instructed to eat it mindfully, another group was assigned to do the same, but with the crackers instead of the chocolate, a third group was told just to eat chocolate (without instructions about mindfulness), and the fourth group was assigned to nonmindful cracker consumption.

They ate while listening to 4.5 minute audio recordings, either including instructions on eating mindfully, or without specific instructions.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:52:40 EST
Gettysburg College mentioned on PennLive Gettysburg College is mentioned on PennLive's article about the 126th anniversary of the birth of Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

From PennLive:

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Society will hold a wreath laying and luncheon to commemorate his birthday, on Oct. 15. 

A wreath laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Eisenhower statue on Carlisle Street of the Gettysburg College campus (College Admissions Building).  This event is free and open to the public.

At 12:15 pm, a luncheon will be held at the Dobbin House, 89 Steinwehr Ave. The speaker will be Mitch Yockelson who will speak about Ike, World War I and Gettysburg. Dr. Yockelson holds a Ph.D. in history from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, in the United Kingdom, and is one of the foremost experts on World War I.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:44:08 EST
Gettysburg College mentioned in York Daily Record Gettysburg College's Painted Turtle Farm is featured in York Daily Record on its "food justice" system to provide people with clean, nourishing food, produced and distributed through non-exploitative channels. 

From York Daily Record:

Not far from the Gettysburg College quarry, past the West Fields, Roxana Perez ties up her tomato plants on a sunny, early fall day with help from her three young boys. Her oldest, Yohann Lopez, 7, follows behind her with giant pruning shears almost bigger than he is, but his enthusiasm is palpable.


Zetune’s husband, Jorge Pérez-Rico, who died in July 2015, was an early adopter to Painted Turtle Farm. He was instrumental in spreading the word to other families in the area, many of whom work in the fields or orchards during the day, commuting to York Springs or Biglerville, and do not have a garden space of their own.

Managed by Gettysburg College and the Center for Public Service, Painted Turtle is certified naturally grown — “the lowercase 'o,'" Davidson said — which is a grassroots certification rather than the official, USDA-certified organic designation that would cost the farm more money to obtain. The garden uses only natural pesticides such as neem oil and PyGanic. It also offers a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture program, giving students and other members a share of the produce for a reasonable cost.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:40:22 EST
Kent Barnds '92 published on the Huffington Post Kent Barnd's '92 authored an op-ed on tips for writing college recommendations for the Huffington Post.

From the Huffington Post:

You’ve been asked to write a letter of recommendation to your alma mater on behalf of an applicant: Now what?

A college friend recently asked me for tips on how to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant who is applying to our alma mater. While I have read many letters through the years from alumni supporting students, I’ve never thought much about the qualities of a really good letter from an alum.

So what makes for a great letter from an alum? And what kind of letters from alumni make me mad? What kind of advice can I share with my friend?

First off, it’s important to make sure the prospective student is receiving information from the college. Over the years, I’ve heard from many alumni who want to know why we’re not recruiting a neighbor, relative or a student they know from church, music or athletics? Alumni should know that a college can’t recruit someone about whom we know nothing. Opting-in (asking for information) is essential. Most admissions offices welcome suggestions from alumni about adding students to their mailing list and information system. Always make that your first step in advocating for a student.

In regard to letters of recommendation, I conferred with a couple of colleagues in college admissions and came up with the following advice, which might be useful if you’ve been asked to write a letter to your alma mater. 

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:35:40 EST
Prof. Gabor Boritt is published in The Wall Street Journal Gabor Boritt, Professor Emeritus, is published in The Wall Street Journal about his experiences in Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution and as a refugee. 

From The Wall Street Journal:

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Hungarian Revolution on Oct. 23, 1956. I was 16 years old.

On that day I helped pull down a massive bronze statue of the Russian tyrant Joseph Stalin in my home city of Budapest. The gigantic hollow bronze had been placed in one of the prominent parts of the city, where a chapel used to stand. Tyranny crumbled that day. I grabbed a small scrap of bronze from the fallen statue.

Two weeks later, in the early morning of Nov. 4, under orders from another Russian tyrant, 3,000 tanks crushed our fight for freedom. Hungarian freedom fighters’ radio broadcast Lincoln’s Gettysburg address pleading for help for their cause.

Soviet tank fire crumbled buildings. My family’s home collapsed above as we took shelter in the cellar. I climbed out of that rubble, wiping dust from my temple. Two days later and thousands of miles away, the U.S. voted to elect Dwight D. Eisenhower as president. Eisenhower voted that morning in his hometown of Gettysburg.

I fled Budapest, leaving my home carrying only what fit in my pockets—including that scrap of metal. I crossed the Hungarian frontier, running past a wall of barbed wire and watchtowers into Austria. I was now a refugee—one of 200,000. In the months that followed, Eisenhower’s administration welcomed 40,000 of us to the U.S. Eisenhower stated that: “All free nations share to the extent of their capabilities in the responsibility of granting asylum to victims of Communist persecution.”

Once in America I learned English by reading the words of the greatest president— Abraham Lincoln. I made my life’s work as a scholar of the Civil War and Lincoln, celebrating his belief in every American’s right to rise.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:32:13 EST
Cody Kiefer '17 is mentioned in the Seychelles News Agency Cody Kiefer '17 made the Seychelles News Agency for his internship regarding brown land crabs and their changing mating habits. 

From the Seychelles News Agency:

Are the brown land crabs on Curieuse Island shunning their mating duties? A new study has found that the crabs are aging and predominantly male.

Global Vision International (GVI) - an environment non-governmental organisation, - gathered data over the month of August to better understand the population structure of the species. GVI runs a research programme on the island in collaboration with Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA).

GVI’s science coordinator on Curieuse, Peter Kowalski, told SNA “the study suggests that this could represent an ageing population of the brown land crabs.”

Found on most the Seychelles islands, the brown land crabs [Cardisoma carnifex] are common to the coastal regions from east Africa to the Red Sea.

Attracting little culinary interest -- although edible -- the crustaceans can have shells as wide as 12cm. Mainly herbivorous, the brown land crab, with its reddish to chestnut brown colour and bright yellow pincers, are often seen hurrying around mangrove forests and coastal areas.

The mangrove forest at Baie Laraie -- one of the main beach on Curieuse - was therefore the perfect place for the GVI team to get hold of the crabs.

With the help of an American intern, Cody Kiefer, 242 of the brown land crabs known as ‘Tyangoman’ in the Creole language were caught, measured, marked, and released.

Kowalski said that “64 percent were male and 36 percent were female” adding that very few juveniles were captured.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:26:58 EST
Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw is quoted in VOA Political Science and EI expert, Shirley Anne Warshaw, is quoted in a VOA article about the "rigged" election and how Democrats and Republicans are reacting. 

From VOA:

Shirley Warshaw, a professor of political science at Gettysburg College, said Clinton has been annoyed by the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and those from her own campaign, and that if Republicans had instead been the victims "they would be beside themselves."

“The United States government has said very clearly that this was done by a foreign power, particularly the Russians, and Mr. Trump denied it," she told VOA.

¿Warshaw also said there was nothing new in terms of policy in this debate, which meant it did not change anyone's mind.

"This is campaign rhetoric that they’ve both been out on the campaign trail saying it over and over again, and essentially what both of them had was the same stump speech that they’ve been giving day in and day out," she said. "If you took each of them off the debate they could easily have been giving a speech somewhere."

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:22:56 EST