Jeff’s primary area of teaching is the Youth Ministry concentration. He has spent 11 years doing youth ministry in the local church and on mission trips, retreats, and at camps. He has served as a youth pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, where he is ordained. He continues to serve as the Youth Pastor at the Sterling First United Methodist Church. Jeff is a member of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. His passion is to see a new generation of students rise up to be passionate, thoughtful, and Christ-like followers of Jesus who impact our world
Mrs. Gidget Dinkel teaches Instruction & Assessment along with Reading and Writing in the Content Area at Sterling College. She is a Salina, KS native who has taught many years in the public school setting grades K-6, ,along with instructing Upward Bound Courses at Kansas State University.
Gidget and her husband Adrian have a little boy, McCabe. In her free time she enjoys playing with her little boy, spending time with her family, reading, and watching her husband coach baseball.
Megan Fraley joined the Mathematics Department in the fall of 2011. She earned her B.S. from Doane College with a major in mathematics and a minor in business administration. From there, Megan went on to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she completed her M.S. in mathematics. Prior to coming to Sterling, Megan taught in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska
STEP Director and Licensure Officer; Associate Professor of Education; Chair of the Education Department
Serving as the Associate Professor of Education, Terri is passionate about preparing future teachers to serve and change the world through education. One aspect that brought Terri to Sterling College is that she strongly believes in its mission and vision. Terri enjoys stamping, scrapbooking, skydiving, biking, and camping in her spare time. She is married to her husband, Tim, and has 2 sons.
Dr. Gbade-Oyelakin earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Salem College with minors in computer science and fine art. While in her undergraduate experience, she was captain of both the volleyball and tennis teams. She earned her M.A. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Howard University in 2011. Following graduation, Gbade-Oyelakin completed one year as a lecturer in mathematics at Howard University.
Dr. Adebukola Gbade-Oyelakin has been named to the Talmon Bell Chair of Mathematics at Sterling College.
I aim to teach in a way that enables the students to understand the concepts thoroughly, be able to analyze the issues critically and gain an ability to apply knowledge in practical ways. In addition, it is important that students understand that a significant part of gaining knowledge occurs through experience, by a series of practical (experimental) works.
I find it very rewarding working with students, promoting their growth both professionally and personally. I believe that bringing out the best from the students is a way to love God and my neighbors. It is also essential to ensure the students feel encouraged and cared for during their learning process.My professional research interests include plant molecular biology and microbiology. Recent research projects at Sterling College are related to the impact of changing local weather patterns on different wheat varieties. This genetic study is enabling a better choice of wheat varieties for the local farmers.
Palumbo, R., Hong, W. F., Hu, J., Craig, R., Locke, J., Krause, C., Tay, D. and Wang, G. L. 2007. Target Region Amplification Polymorphis (TRAP) as a tool for detecting genetic variation in genetic variation in the genus Pelagonium. HortScience 42(5):1118-1123
Hong, W. F., He, C. Z., Wang, L .J., Wang, D. J., Joseph, L. M., and Wang, G. L., 2007 BWMK1 Responds to Multiple Environmental Stresses and Plant Hormones. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology49 (6): 843-851
Kakani, A., Chitteti, B., Hong, W. F. and Peng, Z. P. 2007 Developing a method for quantitative comparison of molecular reporters among individual cells and determining the auxin level required for cell dedifferentiation in Arabidopsis. Botany and Plant biology Joint congress July 7-11, conference abstract.
Kakani, A., Hong, W. F., and Peng Z. P. 2006. Role of Auxin in Cell Dedifferentiation. The Annual meeting of The American Society of Plant Biologists. Boston, August 5-9, Conference abstract.
Oberhofer, A., Hong, W. F., and Peng, Z. P. 2006. Characterization of a cell dedifferentiation mutant in Arabidopsis. ASBMB Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration. San Francisco, April 1-5, Conference Abstract.
Hong, W. F., Kakani, A., and Peng, Z. P. 2005. Genetic and Pharmacological Dissection of the Pathways Regulating Cell Dedifferentiation in Arabidopsis. The Annual meeting of The American Society of Plant Biologists. Seattle, July 16-20, - Conference abstract, page 677
Hong, W. F., He, C. Z., Wang, L .J., Wang, D. J., Joseph, L. M., and Wang, G. L., 2003 BWMK1, A Map Kinase Regulating Responses To Multiple Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Rice, Plant and Animal Genome XI, San Diego, CA, USA, - Conference Abstract, page 276
Hong, W. F., He, C. Z., Joseph, L. M., Wang, D. J., and Wang, G. L. 2000. Identification of a blast defense-related gene in rice (Oryza Sativa L.), NIAR-COE/BRAIN/CREST Joint International Symposium, Tsukuba, Japan, - Conference Abstract, page 17
Hong, W. F., and Krishnapillai, V. 1999 Genome organization of Ralstonia (Pseudomonas)solanacearum. Pseudomonas 99: Biotechnology and Pathogenesis Conference. Maui, Hawaii, 1-5 Sept, - Conference Abstract.
Hong, W. F., Krishnapillai, V. and Holloway, B. W. Whole genome analysis of Ralstonia (Pseudomonas)solanacearum AW1 Ph.D Thesis, Biological Sciences (Genetics and Developmental Biology), Monash University, Australia, June 1999
Hong, W. F., and Krishnapillai, V. 1997. DNA sequence analysis of a conserved chromosomal segment of a bacterial plant pathogen. Genetics Society of Australia Annual Conference. Perth, Australia, - Conference Abstract, page 36
Opina, N., Tavner, F., Hollway, G., Wang, J-F., Li, T-H., Maghirang, R., Fegan, M., Hayward, A. C., Krishnapillai, V., Hong, W.F., Holloway, B. W. and Timmis, J. N. 1997. A novel method for development of species and strain-specific DNA probes and PCR primers for identifying Burkholderiasolanacearum (Formerly Pseudomonassolanacearum). Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 5(1):19-30.
Hsu, S. T., Hong, W. F., Tzeng, K. C. and Chen, C. C. 1993. Bacterial wilt of Perilla. Plant Disease 77(7):674-677
Hartman, G. L., Hong, W. F., Hanudin, and Hayward, A. C. 1992. Potential of biological and chemical control of bacterial wilt. In: International Bacterial Wilt Symposium. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Bacterial Wilt. ACIAR Proceedings No. 45, 322-326.
Hartman, G. L., Huang, Y. H. and Hong, W. F. 1992. Interaction of Pseudomonas solanacearum and Phytophthora capsici on peppers. In: International Bacterial Wilt Symposium. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Bacterial Wilt. ACIAR Proceedings No. 45, 348-351.
Hong, W. F., Hsu, S. T. and Tzeng, K. C. 1992. Bacterial wilt of Perilla crispa : A new host and new transmission method. In: International Bacterial Wilt Symposium. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Bacterial Wilt. ACIAR Proceedings No. 45, 373-376.
Hartman, G. L., Hong, W. F. and Wang, T. C. 1991. Survey of bacterial wilt on fresh market hybrid tomatoes in Taiwan. Plant Protection Bulletin 33:197-203.
Hong, W. F. 1990. Studies on bacterial wilt of Perilla caused by Pseudomonas solanacearum. Master Thesis. Research Institute of Plant Pathology in National Chung-Hsing University.
Ph.D., Biological Sciences (Genetics and Developmental Biology), Monash University, Australia
M. Sc., National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, R. O. C.
B. Sc., National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Dorothy started teaching at Sterling College in the Exercise Science department in 2010. Dorothy taught Exercise Science classes and was the head men's and women's swimming coach at Asbury University for five years prior to coming to Sterling. At Asbury she was four time Appalachian Conference Swimming Coach of the year and the NAIA National Swimming Coach of the year in 2008. Prior to living in Kentucky she taught 20 years of elementary and secondary Physical Education and coached mainly in the Lawrence, Kansas public schools.