Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Personal Counseling Department and director of the Pre-Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology, recently was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies. She has served in various capacities for the organization over the past six years, including working with new members, maintaining list-serve surveys, co-hosting the 2001 conference and serving as a member of the ACCTA Research Committee. Armstrong attended the 2002 annual conference in Santa Fe, where she presented a paper, "Internship Interviewing Strategies: What Works and What Doesn’t."
Dr. William Banfield, Endowed Chair in Humanities and Fine Arts, and his BMagic Orchestra were awarded a Jerome Foundation grant to implement and further support an ongoing collaboration with Patrick’s Cabaret, a Minneapolis theater. The grant supports the establishment of a residency and a funded concert series with the orchestra. In addition to employing musicians, a music director, administrative assistant, documentation and publicity support, the award will allow the orchestra to commission three Minnesota composers to create compositions for the Twin Cities chamber jazz ensemble.
Submitted scores will be judged in consultation with the American Composers Forum. The collaboration between the BMagic Orchestra and Patrick’s provides permanent housing for the orchestra and establishes it as the only foundation-supported jazz concert series in Minnesota.
Banfield also will be a panelist at a four-day symposium Oct. 23-26 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the St. Louis (Mo.) Black Repertory Company. The forum on African American theater will gather 1986 Nobel Prize-winning African playwright Wole Soyinka and well-known playwrights, directors, composers and actors. Banfield’s panel will discuss "The Collaborative Process." The final event of the symposium will be a staged reading of a new opera/dramatic work, "Losing Absolom" by Banfield and Minnesota author Alexs Pate.
Danielle Fagan, a sociology-criminal justice major, has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper Award from the American Society of Criminology, Critical Criminology Divison. Dr. Shahid Alvi, Sociology Department, was Fagan’s faculty mentor for her UST Young Scholar project, on which this paper was based, and her sponsor for the student paper competition.
Dr. Joe Fitzharris, History Department, represented the Society for Military History at the 37th annual Northern Great Plains History Conference Oct. 9-12 in Minneapolis. He organized eight sessions and served on the local arrangements committee for the society. He also represents SMH as a member of the Conference Council, and he organized a luncheon, reception, Saturday afternoon tour and and evening dining out for SMH members. He also participated in a panel organized by Professor Thomas Buckley of the University of Minnesota on "Sources for Minnesota Military History" and served as a commentator for a session on "Pacific Basic Policy, 1944-1947."
Dr. Mel Gray, Economics Department, has been notified by the National Endowment for the Arts that he and Dr. Joni Cherbo of Ohio State University have been awarded a second research contract for analysis of the 2002 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. This second project will yield a report and research monograph addressing participation in theater, including musicals.
Dr. Cornelia Horn, Theology Department, attended the Third Symposium of German-Speaking Scholars of Syriac July 26-28 in Vierzehnheiligen, Germany. The site of Vierzehnheiligen is an important pilgrimage place in Northern Bavaria, combining eastern and western Christian traditions. The symposium was organized by the Department of Theology at the Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg. Horn’s paper, "Ephraem der Syrer ueber den heiligen Geist im Vorfeld des ersten Konzils von Konstantinopel," discussed how the pneumatological thought of Ephraem the Syrian (fourth century AD) contributed significantly to the doctrinal formulation of the divinity of the Holy Spirit, a teaching connected with the decisions of the First Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 381 AD.
Dr. Ellen Kennedy and Dr. Leigh Lawton, Marketing Department, recently presented a paper, "Blissful Ignorance: The Problem of Unrecognized Incompetence and Academic Performance," at the annual conference of the Academy of Business Education. In a large multi-institutional sample across various disciplines, they found that students at the bottom of a grade distribution consistently overestimated their performance, while those at the top underestimated. For facutly, the troublesome question is how to help students "know what they don’t know." The paper will be published in the December issue of the Journal of Marketing Education.
John Kinsella, Information Resources and Technologies, is the author of an article, "Apple Remote Desktop: Management Tool Plus Teaching Assistant," in the October edition of Syllabus magazine.
Dr. Anne Klejment, History Department, participated in the Nothern Great Plains History Conference Oct. 9-12. Klejment commented on papers relating to social change in U.S. minority communities during the 20th century.
Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, was the keynote speaker at the VHA Upper Midwest Conference on Oct. 15. He presented the outmoded practices every leader must discard, followed by state-of-the-art replacement practices for the 21st century.
Jon Micheels Leiseth, Theater Department, is artistic associate and director of company development for 15 HEAD, a Minneapolis theater lab that is beginning its seventh season with Jean Giradoux’s "The Enchanted." The play runs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Oct. 31-Nov. 23, at the Red Eye, 15 W. 14th St., Minneapolis. Tickets are $17 and $12 and can be obtained at Ticket Works, (612) 343-3390.
Dr. Denny McClelland, Graduate Programs in Software, presented a paper, "The concept of Force in 18th-Century German Literature: An Ethical Continuum Fro
m Leibniz to Kleist," at the 2002 annual conference of the Midwest American Society for 18th-Century Studies" Oct. 10-12 at Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield.