Dan Gjelten, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, was part of Library Journal’s 2011 Design Institute, held May 10, in Minneapolis. Gjelten was part of a panel discussion called “Defining the Future: Library Visions for the 21st Century.” The Design Institute brings together “leading architects, librarians and vendors to address the challenges and opportunities we face in building, renovating or upgrading existing buildings.”

Dr. Paul Schons, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, gave a presentation on Pomeranian history to the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota on May 7, South St. Paul, Minn. Schons discussed a variety of accomplishments by Pomeranians throughout the region’s history. (Pomerania was a German state that was divided between East Germany and Poland after World War II.)

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Family Business Center Fellow, Opus College of Business, reviewed Karen Olson Johnson’s “Common Sense for Common Good: Change Ourselves − Change the World” (Amber Sky, 2010) in the spring issue of Seasons at Sarah’s, Vol. 8. Karraker is a member of the Advisory Council for Sarah’s. An “oasis for women,” Sarah’s is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet (St. Paul Province), which provides “hospitality for women in transition who are seeking housing, community and safety.” She also presented “The Survey Course: What to Teach and How to Teach It” at “Preparing Future Faculty,” a workshop for University of Chicago graduate students, on April 29.