News & Updates

Student, Professor Write Three-Piece Series for Tribune

Ian Lim Bonner ’14 and Associate Professor of Political Science Shannan Mattiace contributed three pieces to an Ernst Field Series in the Meadville Tribune. Ian wrote the first two articles, “Manual labor in the seed fields brings unexpected rewards” and “Labor Relations: Migrants work hard and face stereotypes,” which were published on January 9 and 10. Mattiace’s article, published on January 11, was titled “Moving for Work: Seasonal workers vital to Ernst Conservation Seeds.”

Ian, a student in Mattiace’s Latin American Politics class, learned about the sacrifices migrant workers make to provide for their families. He says he chose to write the series to change the disconnect he felt between the Hispanic workers and the Meadville community.

Journalism and Trauma: A Professor’s Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Communication Arts Cheryl Hatch was a featured speaker at the 18th Annual Communication Week April 8-12 at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. An international photojournalist, Professor Hatch presented images from her decades covering conflict in the Middle East and Africa for a lecture, “Journalism and Trauma: A War Photographer’s Guide to Covering Stories of Pain and Suffering.”

This year’s Communication Week focused on the awareness of First Amendment rights for journalists. It also narrowed in on the connection between journalism and trauma: how to approach trauma victims, report on times of suffering, and keep emotions under control while maintaining a sense of objectivity.

“I want people to understand that everyone who confronts war and its aftermath pays a high price, including the journalists who serve as the witnesses and storytellers — who listen to the voices and document the faces of those who might otherwise be forgotten,” said Hatch, in an interview with the Xenia Daily Gazette.

She was also a guest on the Miami Valley Journal radio program on WCSU 88.9. Listen to part of the interview here: CherylHatch_CommWk

Professor Hatch’s work can be viewed at www.isisphotos.com.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Five Questions: Professor Cheryl Hatch

Cheryl Hatch, visiting assistant professor of English and Communication Arts, answers five questions for us. Professor Hatch is a longtime photojournalist who, among her accomplishments, spent time embedded with United States troops in Afghanistan. She also spent time in Somalia and has worked at daily newspapers in Florida and Oregon. She was a Snedden Endowed Chair in journalism at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. At Allegheny, besides teaching journalism courses, she serves as the advisor to The Campus newspaper and has hosted several Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists at the College.

1.      What is your favorite spot on campus?

It’s got to be the Allegheny College Bookstore. The staff — Shirley, Pete, Kim, Denise — have been kind and helpful since my first day on campus. I pass through the Campus Center often and I usually drift into the bookstore. They play good music and I like browsing for books. I have great conversations with Pete, and he will often recommend a book I haven’t read.

2.      What in your opinion makes Allegheny a unique place?

Definitely, the students.  They are the reason I came to Allegheny.

3.      What is the coolest thing that Allegheny has made possible for you?

I am discovering a new culture and language.  I share a classroom, a newsroom and a campus with the young people who will shape our world, and I get to share with them the wisdom, experience and lessons I learned in my life and my journalism career.  I have daily opportunities to raise awareness about the value and importance of journalism — in our world and in a liberal arts education.

4.      What goal(s) have you set for the next three years?

I will return to Kuwait (where she recovered from a life-threatening illness last spring) to celebrate with friends. I will join friends in the Save the Bay Swim for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, get my private pilot’s license, scuba dive in new waters (South Africa, Indonesia), and trek on new paths. I will write … people have always asked if I’ve written a book … it’s time to get to it.

5.      You are seated next to President Mullen at dinner. What do you strike up a conversation about?

Childhood dreams. I’d ask him if there was any one thing he’d wanted to do as a boy that he hasn’t pursued yet.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Women in Combat: Photojournalism from Afghanistan

When Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat, Visiting Assistant Professor Cheryl Hatch’s recent photographs of women soldiers in Afghanistan were distributed worldwide. Hatch embedded with the 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team in southern Kandahar Province. Throughout her career, she has focused on women in war zones: civilians and soldiers. In Afghanistan, she documented the work of the soldiers of the Female Engagement Team, who join the infantrymen on patrol in order to make contact with Afghan women. Hatch’s photographs have been published in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Images published in the Christian Science Monitor last year can be seen here.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Women in Combat: Photojournalism from Afghanistan

When Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat, Visiting Assistant Professor Cheryl Hatch’s recent photographs of women soldiers in Afghanistan were distributed worldwide. Hatch embedded with the 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team in southern Kandahar Province. Throughout her career, she has focused on women in war zones: civilians and soldiers. In Afghanistan, she documented the work of the soldiers of the Female Engagement Team, who join the infantrymen on patrol in order to make contact with Afghan women. Hatch’s photographs have been published in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Images published in the Christian Science Monitor last year can be seen here.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research