CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
Use the directory below to find information on faculty, staff, and offices on campus.
The main telephone number for Centre College is 859.238.5200. Calls to this number will be routed to the appropriate extension. In an after-hours emergency, call 859.236.4357.
Núria Sabaté joined Centre’s faculty in 2007. She is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies.
She earned a B.A. and M.A. in philology and Romance languages at the Universitat de Lleida in Catalonia and studied abroad in Italy and France. She received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky.
Sabaté’s interests include 20th-century Latin American literature with a focus on Argentina. She was awarded a NEH grant to participate in a summer seminar in Brazil in 2013.
File last updated: 9/11/15
Susie Saffari joined the Office of Admission in 2018 as an admission fellow. Susie graduated from Centre in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and anthropology/sociology. During her time on campus as a student, Susie was involved with the After School Program as a tutor, New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader, and the Greek Life Community. Susie was also active with the Office of Admission all four years of college as a tour guide, lunch host, and senior interviewer. Susie is originally from Lexington, Kentucky.
Her territories include Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. She is also admission counselor for Eastern Kentucky.
Milton Scarborough is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Centre College.
Scarborough is author of Myth and Modernity: Postcritical Reflections (State University of New York Press, 1994). The book evaluates modern hostility to myth and shows its presence in the most sophisticated products of philosophy and science. His book, Comparative Theories of Nonduality: The Search for a Middle Way (Continuum, 2009) uses both phenomenology and Hebrew pre-philosophical ideas to modify Buddhism’s middle way in epistemology and ontology for Western consumption.
In addition to his teaching and scholarly interests in myth and the human imagination, Scarborough has taught world religions, Buddhist thought, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and phenomenology. He has received study grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also writes articles on myth and Buddhist-Christian dialogue.
Scarborough has been active in a wide range of community ventures, volunteering his time for Scouting, Habitat for Humanity, social services agencies, and electoral politics.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A. in English), Scarborough holds a bachelor of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christianity and culture from Duke University.
To read Scarborough’s 2010 “Report from Jurassic Park,” click here.
File last updated: 10/13/15
Robert Schalkoff selected as inaugural director of the Lincoln Scholars Program
Posted by Centre News March 7, 2016
Centre College literally searched the world for a director of its new Lincoln Scholars Program and hired an accomplished academic and administrator from Yamaguchi Prefectural University (YPU) in Japan.
Robert Schalkoff, who currently oversees YPU’s Program for the Development of Global Talent and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Intercultural Studies, will begin his new duties at Centre on July 5, 2016.
The hire matches perfectly with the nature of Centre’s newest premier scholarship program, according to President John A. Roush.
“The donors specified that this prestigious scholarship be offered to students who possess the capacity and deep desire to change the world,” Roush said, “and we are fortunate to have found in Robert someone with a truly global perspective.”
Schalkoff couldn’t be happier about his selection.
“I am grateful for the opportunity not only to become a member of the Centre community but also to engage in the rewarding activity of building a program of lasting significance at an institution I know and respect,” Schalkoff said.
“The challenge and promise of this endeavor are very exciting,” he added, “and I am prepared to devote all my energy to working with this extraordinary group of students and building the program into national prominence.”
Schalkoff brings nearly 20 years experience in higher education to this appointment, the last six of which he served as director of two university-wide programs, and more than 25 years of international experience. More…
Daniel Scott joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of chemistry in 2017.
Prior to joining Centre, Scott was an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at DePauw University for 4 years, a visiting assistant professor of chemistry here at Centre for a year, and postdoctoral scholar in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky as part of the NIH funded Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. His research interests include the development of new anti-cancer drugs as well as improved nanoparticle delivery systems capable of simultaneously delivering the drug as well as diagnosing and monitoring response the therapy.
There are several different projects students can be involved in with the major theme of generating new ways to treat and monitor cancer or other diseases.
Bacteria are used to produce new anti-cancer molecules, which will be further modified to enhance not only the potency, but also the specificity of the drugs toward cancer. These new molecules will be investigated with regard to their ability to selectively kill cancerous tissue (cytotoxicity). We are currently exploring the drugs ability to kill lung cancer cells grown in the lab. Once generated, the new anticancer agents will also have the opportunity to be incorporated into a nanoparticle drug delivery system. The delivery systems will be used to further optimize the delivery to drug to the tumor and reduce non-specific side effects.
Nanotechnology is being utilized to create a tunable drug delivery platform. Unwanted side effects are a major hurdle with current chemotherapy options. A system capable of selectively delivering a drug payload, only when the nanoparticle has accumulated in a tumor, will greatly improve the perspective for new and old anticancer drugs alike. To that end, biomolecules will be combined with inorganic and polymeric materials to create a tunable “theranostic” nanoparticle that will not only deliver multiple drugs at specified intervals but also be used to monitor disease state and therapeutic response. Theranostic is a hybrid word, describing a particle that can combine therapy and diagnostic capabilities in a single entity.
Sensors are also being developed using gold and iron oxide nanoparticles. The sensors will be capable of monitoring different targets, such as DNA, proteins, or small molecules. Of particular interest is the development of a device that would capable of real-time feedback, with applications in analysis situations such as third world countries, operating rooms, and athletic sidelines.
Students will have the option to gain experience with a range of chemical and biochemical techniques including cell and tissue culture, natural product production and isolation, in vitro cytotoxicity assays, molecular biology, sensor development, and nanoparticle synthesis, optimization, and characterization. Students will be prepared for life after Centre whether that includes professional school (medical, pharmacy, etc.), graduate school, or the workforce.
Scott earned a B.S. in chemistry from Georgetown College, and a Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 03/27/19
EXPERT: Developing improved diagnostic and therapeutic systems with implications across medicine and pharmaceutical sciences using the interface between chemistry, biology/biochemistry nanotechnology.
Combining biomolecules with inorganic and polymeric materials to create a tunable “theranostic” nanoparticle
Sarah re-joined Centre College in 2001, serving as Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life. She is a Centre graduate from 1993 and worked as co-director of Greek Life and Student Activities after graduating. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 1997 from the University of Kentucky and served as Director of Counseling and Health Services at Georgetown College from 1997-2001. After working in the Student Life Office for 15 years, she is now working in Admission as Director of the Grissom Scholars Program for first-generation college students, and coordinates other scholarship programs on campus. Sarah has served the SACCOC accreditation organization as a reviewer for over ten years. She is a Strengths Coach, trained by the Gallup organization, and provides leadership consulting based on the strengths approach. Sarah started the Leadership Certificate Program at Centre College and she is currently working on her doctorate in Leadership and Higher Education from Bellarmine University.
First generation student success.
Jacky graduated from Centre in 2002 with a B.A. in English and history, and she completed her master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Kentucky in 2008. Prior to accepting the position of Director of Annual Giving in September 2009, Jacky served as the Director of Alumni Affairs for six years. She also helped to direct the College’s strategic planning efforts as Planning Associate. Jacky and her husband, Rob, live in Danville with their son, Ben.
Robert Seebacher joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of music and director of instrumental programs in 2017 and also teaches applied horn.
Seebacher is music director and conductor of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee and assistant conductor for the National Chorale in New York. He has appeared with the Lexington Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Warren Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony orchestras. Seebacher’s previously held positions include director of orchestras and conductor of opera at the University of South Alabama, music director and conductor of the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, assistant conductor with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, and the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Seebacher served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts until its elimination by the Department of Education. While in residence there, he conducted opera and taught conducting, music theory and history, as well as French horn. He has conducted numerous all-state and honors orchestras in Kentucky, West Virginia and Alabama. His guest artist collaborations have included those with Chee-Yun, Béla Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Midori, the Canadian Brass, Bella Hristova, Pablo Sainz Villegas, The Harlem Quartet, Arlo Guthrie, and Lynn Harrell.
Seebacher has participated in training workshops at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. He conducted the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as part of their inaugural conducting symposium. His teachers include William B. Slocum, Stephen L. Gage, John Nardolillo, Emily Freeman Brown and Gustav Meier.
Seebacher earned a B.A. in music education from Youngstown State University; an M.M. in orchestral conducting from Bowling Green State University; and a D.M.A. in orchestral conducting from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 06/01/18
Christine Shannon retired in 2016 as emerita professor of mathematics and computer science at Centre College, where she had been honored with her designation as the Haggin Professor of Science since 1997.
A member of the Centre faculty since 1989, Shannon had 17 years of prior college teaching experience and became the first person ever hired at Centre at the rank of full professor. She has served as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics.
Shannon received a rigorous and classical training in mathematics in her undergraduate and doctoral work, then chose to return for advanced study in computer science. She is interested in applying core mathematics concepts to problem solving using computer science. She has teaching and research interests in applied mathematics, design of algorithms, and programming languages. She regularly collaborates with students in research, including a recent project in programming Lego robots.
Shannon has published articles in academic journals including the Pacific Journal of Mathematics, the Houston Journal of Mathematics, and The Journal of Computers and Graphics.
She is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, who honored her with a 1998 Distinguished Service Award. She is also a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Shannon is a summa cum laude graduate of Marygrove College (B.S.) and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Purdue University, as well as an M.S. in computer science from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 6/1/16
EXPERT: Systems analysis — Programming language — Women and computing — Applied mathematics — Design of algorithms
A classically trained mathematician who returned to graduate school for advanced study in computer science. Teaching and research interests in systems analysis and operations research, as well as functional analysis, applied mathematics, and the design of algorithms. Regularly collaborates with students in research, including recent project investigating data trees. Articles in academic journals including the Pacific Journal of Mathematics and the Houston Journal of Mathematics.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production, minor in Folk Studies, from Western Kentucky University, 1992.
Todd provides planning, setup, and maintenance for campus events requiring technology. He also is in charge of video production required for special events on campus and providing support to the student media lab. He also directs student workers in the media lab and during the support of campus events.
Todd enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking, and exploring. Down time includes reading, films, and being nostalgic. He is an independent filmmaker with two of his close friends and loves hitting the festival circuit and entertaining audiences. His films are available for viewing at http://www.walksoftlyfilms.com.
Anaris joins us after a successful stint in operations with the Kroger Company in the Central Kentucky and Louisville area. She and her daughter, Cardin, are from Harrodsburg, Ky.
As a student-athlete, Anaris played for and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN, in 2010. She majored in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing her MBA at NKU. In her free time, she enjoys working out, attending sporting events, coaching AAU basketball and watching her daughter play soccer! Anaris was recognized as a 2018 Black Achiever and loves to be involved with the program. She also gives back to the community by volunteering for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and currently mentors a little sister named Sarah.
Shana Sippy joined the Centre College faculty in 2017. She is visiting assistant professor of religion.
Sippy earned a masters of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Columbia University.