This week's professional notes include faculty George Baboila, Michael Blaakman, Tony Borgerding, William Calvert, Mark DelCogliano, Danaya Franke, Anne Klejment, Nanette Missaghi, Shelley Neilsen-Gatti, Mark Neuzil, Sister Katarina Schuth, Gerald W. Schlabach, Pat Stankovitch, Amy Steele, Chelley Vician, Christian D. Washburn and Father Kevin Zilverberg; staff Birdie Cunningham, Hans Gustafson, Doug Hennes, Ea Porter, Buffy Smith and Artika Tyner; students Roy Pierson, Elizabeth Thao, Tyekeela Xiong and Yang Yang; and alumna Diana Salinas.
Katherine Hill has begun to weave voting registration and engagement as a potential tool for social workers into her classes because she believes it is one way to empower social work clients to have a voice.
In the ranks of seniors graduating this weekend, we have students who earned the Chief’s Award from the City of St. Paul for helping a woman in distress in 2014, a student who served as an ambassador on a Minnesota trade mission to Mexico, and students who have done research on everything from political cynicism to drying breadfruit. Read a roundup of the stories the Newsroom has written about Class of 2017 students since they arrived on campus.
Through the Excel! Research Scholars Program, junior Divine Zheng examined whether states that are rated as having robust and comprehensive content standards in regard to the civil rights movement actually wind up with more comprehensive textbooks.
Assistant professor of English Christopher Santiago won the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. His book, Tula,, which focuses on his experience as the son of immigrants, will be published by Milkweed Editions in December.