Professional notes

Dr. Mary Rose O’Reilley, professor emerita of English, had a paper, “Splitting the Cartesian Hair,” read as the featured presentation at the 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication (the "4 C’s") April 4 in New Orleans. Her paper mediated discourses of belief in the modern academy and will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives in Education. She also gave a lecture and workshop, “Belief: Bothered and Bewildered,” at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. Three of her poems, selected by Philip Levine – "Sellers Motivated," “Improving the Neighborhood” and “Cleaning the Basement" – will appear in the winter 2008 issue of Ploughshares. Her poem, “A Week Without God,” published in the Literary Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Dr. Teresa Rothausen-Vange, Opus College of Business, presented “Causes of Turnover Related to Diversity and Work-Family,” in a panel titled “Exploring Linkages Between Diversity and Work-Family Research” at the 23rd annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology April 10 in San Francisco. This work presented findings from her research project on people who voluntarily left four Minneapolis-St. Paul area Fortune 500 companies.

Jessica Webb, program manager for judicial affairs and student orientation, Dean of Students Office, presented a session on the role of racial identity development in college student adjustment and success at the regional National Orientation Directors Association conference April 11-13 in Chicago. Keely Nyquist, graduate student in the Leadership in Student Affairs program and graduate assistant in orientation, presented a session on the importance of communication skills for orientation staff. Seniors John Engstrom and Yolonda Rogers co-presented a session with Tori Svoboda, associate dean of students, on the importance of renewing one’s multicultural competencies in a climate of increased bias-motivated incidents across many college campuses.