Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk, School of Social Work, recently presented three papers: "Historical Connection Between Social Group Work and Social Justice," presented at a September meeting of the Minnesota chapter of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups; "Preserving Social Group Work’s Past: Oral History Training," presented at a workshop during the 25th annual meeting of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups in October in Boston; and "Celebrating the History of Group Work: An International Perspective," an opening plenary paper presented in October.

Dr. William Banfield, Music Department, will be a composer in residence for the Arts Council of Central Louisiana, the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and a coalition of community groups in the Pineville and Alexandria, La., area, including the Arna Bontemps African American Museum. Banfield’s residency will culminate in an original work to be performed by the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum. The new music will premiere in October 2004 to celebrate the opening of a new performing arts center.

Dr. Cornelia Horn, Theology Department, presented a paper, "Transgressing Claims to Sacred Space: The Advantage of Portable Relics in the Christological Conflict in Fifth-Century A.D. Syria-Palestine," at the Relics and Sacred Territory (Space) Consultation of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature last month in Atlanta, Ga. A paper she contributed to the Oxford Conference on Palestinian Christianity 500-1000 AD just appeared in print as "Peter the Iberian and Palestinian Anti-Chalcedonian Monasticism in Fifth- and Early Sixth-Century Gaza," in ARAM, the periodical of the Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies. The article appears in Vol. 15 (2003), pages 109-128.

Wendell Nekoranec, a doctoral student in organizational development at St. Thomas, and Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, School of Education, are authors of an article, "OD (Simply Speaking!)," in the most recent issue of Organization Development Journal. The authors analyze jargon used by organization development professionals and suggest "alternative terms and templates for more successful engagement of the practice of organization development."

James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, has an essay in the most recent issue of South Dakota Review (fall 2003, Vol. 41, No. 3). "The Old Order" concerns an unmarked Amish burial ground near Wimont, Minn.

Giovanni Veliz, a graduate student in UST’s M.A. in Police Leadership, Administration and Education program, received Centro Legal’s 2003 Excellence in Service Award Dec. 11 in St. Paul. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the success and well-being of Minnesota’s Latino community. Veliz is sergeant in the Minneapolis Police Department. He was instrumental in developing "Proyecto Seguro" (Safe Project), a Latino crime prevention project, and working with Latino Citizens Academy, where members of the Latino community can learn about what is involved in becoming a police officer.

Please note: The next “Professional Notes” column will run on Jan. 20, 2004.