Karen Harthorn, Purchasing Services, has been named to a one-year term as president for the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region of the National Association of Educational Procurement. The National Association of Educational Procurement is a professional association for purchasing professionals devoted to developing effective purchasing management among educational institutions, fostering professional growth and developing cooperative relationships among members.

Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal-Dale and Dr. Thadavillil Jithendrnathan, Opus College of Business (Finance Department), are co-authors of the paper, “Transmission of Shocks from Cross-listed Market to the Return and Volatility of Domestic Stocks,” which has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Multinational Financial Management.

Dr. Ray MacKenzie, College of Arts and Sciences (English Department), is the author of a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s 1857 novel, Madame Bovary (Hackett). The book includes an extensive introduction and notes, along with a chronology and bibliography.

Dr. Roxanne Meshar, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), is the author of The Political Nature of Doctrine: Which Interpretation? Who Benefits? Who Decides? (Inner Pacific Publications, 2008) and God is Not Zeus! Reclaim Your Christianity for a More Humane World (Inner Pacific Publications, 2009).

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, College of Arts and Sciences (Justice and Peace Studies Department), and his wife, Sara, have been selected to receive the 2009 Honorary Award of the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice. Given annually to individuals demonstrating long-term dedication to furthering peace and social justice, the award will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Dr. Lon Otto, College of Arts and Sciences (English Department), had his story, “Submarine Warfare on the Upper Mississippi,” reprinted in Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover, a new anthology from Indiana University Press. In June he presented an hourlong craft talk at the University of Iowa. Titled “Writer’s Voodoo,” it explored rituals and fetishes writers use to keep themselves going.

Dr. Kevin Sauter, College of Arts and Sciences (Communication and Journalism Department), has been appointed to a two-year term as the faculty director of Service-Learning at St. Thomas. Sauter will work closely with the Service-Learning board and with Barb Baker, the program manager for Service-Learning, to maintain the high quality of programs currently offered, encourage an expansion of Service-Learning through more assignments and courses utilizing this pedagogy and bring attention to the service-learning opportunities available for students both in the Twin Cities and internationally through study-abroad courses.

Dr. Paul Schons, College of Arts and Sciences (Modern and Classical Languages Department), is the author of “Representing Lutherans in Germany: Bishop Wolfgang Huber,” published in the October 2009 newsletter of the Germanic-American Institute. The essay, his 117th published article on German culture, deals with the Evangelical Church in Germany and Bishop Wolfgang Huber, chairman of the Council of German Lutherans, and outlines the relationship of churches and government in Germany and provides biographical information on Huber.

Dr. Barbara Shank, School of Social Work, was elected president of the International Consortium for Social Development for a four-year term. ICSD is an international association of institutions, scholars, practitioners and students from multiple disciplines dedicated to building the social, economic and political capacities of individuals, families, communities, nation-states and international organizations. In addition to holding its Biennial Symposium, ICSD publishes the referred journal, Social Development Issues.

Dr. Dawn Swink, Opus College of Business (Ethics and Business Law Department), and a co-author had their article, “You Can’t Put the Genie Back into the Bottle: Potential Rights and Obligations of Egg Donors in the Cyberprocreation Era,” accepted for publication as the lead article in the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, a specialty journal for the Albany Law School (forthcoming 2010).

Dr. Tatha Wiley, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), is author of Creationism and the Conflict Over Evolution (Cascade Books, 2009).

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department), presented a paper, “Presenting Yourself as a Teaching Sociologist on the Job Market,” with Dr. Susan Ferguson (Grinnell College) and Dr. Charlotte Kunkel (Luther College) at the annual meetings of Sociologists of Minnesota on Oct. 3 at Inver Hills Community College.