Professional notes

Please note: This is the last "notes" column for the semester. It will resume with classes in the fall.

Debra Broderick, Bryan Dik and Mike Steger, pre-doctoral psychology interns in Personal Counseling and Testing, gave poster presentations at the 2005 Minnesota Psychological Association convention. Broderick presented her dissertation research in a session titled "Lesbians Grieving the Death of a Partner: Recommendations for Practice." Dik presented a proposal for research that he and fellow intern Steger are conducting at St. Thomas; the research concerns exploring work as "calling." Dr. Sarah Armstrong, director of the pre-doctoral internship program, coordinates the convention poster session as part of her work with the MPA’s Education and Training Committee.

Diane Crist and Chad Kluck, Career Development Center, were presenters at the Minnesota Careers Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Career Development Association May 6 at the University of Minnesota. They presented "Got a Web Site, Now What?" a session focusing on how to consider, develop and implement the use of technology within a university career development office.

Suzanne Donsky, Academic Counseling and English Department, presented a demonstration, "Cultural Awakenings for New Teachers," with Julia Reimer of Hamline University at the spring convention of the international Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Camille George, School of Engineering, was one of 25 participants invited to a workshop at the National Academy of Engineering April 18-19 in Washington, D.C. The National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop, "Improving the Technological Literacy of Undergraduates, assembled academics to offer relevant perspectives and insights addressing the need for undergraduates to broadly understand technology. The workshop results will be summarized in a paper to be presented to the White House and to Congress.

Mark Jensen, University Relations, is editor and publisher of Photo Notes, a quarterly that began publication in the early 1980s. One of the early issues is included in a current exhibition, "Fabulous Photographic Ephemera," at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibit runs through Aug. 21 in the institute’s Harris Photography Gallery.

Dr. David Kelley, Geography Department, is lead author of an article, "Sources of Sediment in Lake Pepin on the Upper Mississippi River in Response to Holocene Climatic Changes," accepted for publication in the net issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology. He also is lead author of a case study, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," recently published by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the State University of New York-Buffalo. Development of this case study was supported by a Bush Foundation program grant at St. Thomas.

Dr. Bruce Kramer and Dr. Don LaMagdeleine, of the School of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy and Administration, presented a paper, "Applying a Critical Pragmatic Framework to Technology Leadership Training: Getting Past the ‘Standard’ in Standard Operating Procedure," to the Technology Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association annual meeting last month in Montreal. The session was organized by St. Thomas doctoral graduate Sarah Dexter, Ed.D. ’97.

At the meeting LaMagdeleine also organized and chaired a session, "Can We Better Prepare for the Highly Political Nature of K-12 Leadership?" – about the contemporary challenges facing K-12 school leaders and the programs that prepare them. The session featured papers by five School of Education faculty members and a recent doctoral recipient: "The Erstwhile ‘Midwest’ Diversity Rule" by Cindy Lavorato, "Curriculum Wars in Two Keys" by LaMagdeleine, Kramer and graduate Cheryle Freund, and "The ‘War of the Worlds’ Redux?" by Susan Huber and David Rigoni.

Susan Marsnik, Legal Studies in Business, is co-author of a paper, "External Environment, Trust and East-West Trade," about her continuing research on business and legal issues in Central and Eastern Europe. The paper has been accepted for presentation at the 2005 conference of the Consortium for International Marketing Research in Barcelona, Spain; the conference topic is international marketing challenges in the 21st century. The paper’s co-authors are Sharon Thatch and Vaidas Lukosius of Tennessee State University. Marsnik recently also served as a "second marker" for final examinations in an executive MBA course in ethics and business law at the University of Manchester (England) Business School Worldwide. She has signed contracts to write two intellectual property articles."Trade Secrets and Corporate Espionage" and "Trademarks" will be published in the Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, edited by Richard Kolb (forthcoming, Sage, 2007).

Dr. Eileen Michels, professor emerita of art history, is the author of a recently published monograph, "Reconfiguring Harvey Ellis," completed with financial assistance from the Vincent Scully Jr. Research Award of the Architectural History Foundation. Ellis (1852-1904) was a prominent architectural designer, perspectivist and painter. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he worked in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and in St. Joseph and St. Louis, Mo., between 1886 and 1893. Because of his association with Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine he also was a significant figure in the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Dr. Thomas Redshaw, English Department and Center for Irish Studies, is the author of an article, "By James Liddy: A Descriptive Checklist, 1962-2004," published in the inaugural issue of An Sionnach, the Irish studies journal from Creighton University Press. The issue celebrates the life and writings of Irish poet James Liddy, who now teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Stacy Vollmers, Marketing Department; Susan Marsnik, Legal Studies in Business Department; and A. Clyde Vollmers, director of the MBA program at Russian-American Christian University in Moscow, had their business case, "Caveat Emptor? The Consideration of Economic, Ethical and Biblical Perspectives in Determining Legal Alternatives," accepted for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Biblical Integration: Business Cases With a Christian Worldview.

John Wendt, College of Business, has had “Year of the Steroid” accepted for publication by the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law. He also presented “The Continuing Impact of and Challenges to the New World Anti-Doping Agency and World Anti-Doping Code” at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management in Atlanta, Ga.