Dr. Elise Amel, Psychology Department, presented research results at the second International Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life last month in Toronto, Ontario. Her paper, “Cyberschmoozing: Influence of Virtual Ingratiation on Performance Appraisals,” is a result of work done with M. Lee Shannon of the State University of New York-Oswego. A Research Assistance Grant from the St. Thomas Faculty Development Center supported this research.

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, School of Education, is the author of a chapter, “Self-Directed Learning as a Political Idea,” in a new book, Conceptions of Self-Directed Learning: Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations, edited by Gerald Straka (New York and Berlin: Waxmann Publishers, 2000).

Kirsten Dierking, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, has had her poetry manuscript accepted for publication by Holy Cow! Press. The book, which will be published next April, will be titled Red Eye.

Joan Griffith, Music Department, has received an ASCAPLU$ Standard Award. These cash awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, assist and encourage composers. They are granted by an independent panel and are based on “the unique prestige value” of each writer’s compositions as well as recent performances of those works. Panelists were David Bowden, conductor and music director of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute and Carmel, Ind., symphony orchestras; Carolyn Jennings, professor of music and associate dean for fine arts at St. Olaf College; Tim Page, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post; H. Robert Reynolds, director of bands and instrumental studies at the University of Michigan; and Fred Sherry, renowned cellist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Martha Johnson, University Relations, traveled to Atlanta as a consultant to the American InterContinental University’s study-abroad program in London. She conducted a staff training-and-development seminar on techniques for market research, travel and communications.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy and Dr. Leigh Lawton, Marketing Department, and Dr. E. Leory Plumlee of Western Washington University are the co-authors of a paper, “National Culture and Business Ethics: A Comparison of the United States, Australia, Singapore and Ukraine,” published in the journal, Global Focus. Kennedy, Lawton and Plumlee also chaired a caucus session on religion and business ethics at the Academy of Management Conference in Toronto. Kennedy also gave a paper, “Canada and Australia: Dismantling the ‘White Only’ Immigration Policies” at the International Australian Studies Conference in July in Ipswich, Australia.

Dr. David Link, School of Law, will be the luncheon speaker Oct. 24 at the Minneapolis Club. He will give a talk, “A Different Kind of Professional,” about St. Thomas’ new law school.

Dr. Nick Nissley, Organization Learning and Development Department, gave several presentations at the Academy of Management meeting in Toronto: “The Art of Downsizing: Learning From Popular Culture Representations of the Downsizing Experience,” with M. Reynolds; “Cinema and Fiction: Rich Resources for Teaching Management, Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management,” with J. Champoux; “Corporate Art and the Framing of Time in Organizations: The Symbolic Construction of Time Through Aesthetic Discourse.” His stained-glass artwork, “Images of a New Time,” also was presented at the meeting as an “aesthetic submission” for a session, “Using Art to Facilitate the Materialization of Ideas.” He is the co-author of an article, “Training and Development in the United States,” with M. Marquardt, R. Ozag and T. Taylor, published in the International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 4, No. 2.

Dr. Richard Raschio, Modern and Classical Languages Department, has had a busy summer. In July he participated in a two-week RECIPE workshop. As a result, he developed Web-based activities for his Spanish 211 and 300 courses that employ new techniques he learned during the mentored-project component of the workshop. In August, Raschio participated in the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was a panelist for the association’s first job fair workshop, in which he presented a paper, “Career Opportunities: Resources on the Web.” He also chaired a session on computers in research and teaching and co-chaired a special session, “La Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes,” and participated in the Hispania Journal editorial board meeting.

The Rev. Martin Warren, English Department, recently completed a yearlong Certificate in Online Teaching and Education through California State University, Hayward, Calif. The program gives college-level instructors information on creating Web-based classes for online and distance education.

Dr. Fred Zimmerman, Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Department, was interviewed in a Sept. 1 newscast by KSTP-TV, Channel 5. The story had to do with new molding technologies used in boat construction. Zimmerman also delivered an address, “The Strategic Role of Manufacturing in a Global Economy,” to public officials from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean at a seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. As ever, Zimmerman adds an editorial comment: “They were very nice people but none of them could weld.”