Members of Omicron Delta Kappa, Centre College’s leadership honor society, hosted the annual Life Stories event on April 26, featuring an all-star line-up of College faculty who shared personal accounts of the academic and career journeys that led them to Centre. Speakers for this year’s program were Associate Professor of Philosophy Eva Cadavid (Division I), Professor of Economics Michael Fabritius (Division II) and Assistant Professor of Biology Matthew Klooster (Division III), who also serves as the director of Community Service and the Bonner Program.
Eva Cadavid, associate professor of philosophy, joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. Before coming to Centre, she taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and additionally served as an adjunct instructor at the Eastman School of Music. Cadavid graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in chemistry. She received her master’s in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester. She is fluent in Spanish and English and can read fluently in French and Ancient Greek.
Michael Fabritius is a professor of economics. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, he was McBryde Professor of Finance and Economics at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Fabritius’ scholarly interests include the savings and loan industry, economic history, money and banking, and economic education. He has published articles and book chapters on such subjects as “An Evaluation of the Life Cycles of Education Supporting Lotteries,” in Public Finance Review and “The Changing Quality of Business Education,” in Economics of Education Review. Fabritius received a B.A. in economics from S.U.N.Y—Fredonia, a master’s in economics from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.
Matthew Klooster joined Centre’s faculty in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Biology and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. For the past three years, he has served as director of the College’s Bonner Scholars Program, a role that has allowed him to mentor student leaders engaged in community service as well as advise all student-run community service initiatives on campus. This fall, Klooster will return to serving as a full-time faculty member in the biology program.
Before arriving at Centre, Klooster was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. His research interests are plant population and community ecology, evolutionary-ecology, symbioses, phylogeography, population genetics, genomics, and conservation of rare and endangered species. Klooster earned a B.S. in biological sciences at Xavier University and a Ph.D. in biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati.
by Amy Clark Wise
April 29, 2016