Dr. Bernard Armada, Communication Department, will present three papers at this year’s National Communication Association Conference this month in Chicago. His papers are titled “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Homelessness, Counter-Memory, and Rhetorical Resistance on the Streets of Memphis,” “A Confrontation With the Past: Interactive Exhibits and the Rhetorical Use of Space at the National Civil Rights Museum,” and “Toward Clarification: Reggie White and the Perception of Ethnic Stereotyping.”

Dr. Bonnie Holte Bennett, Graduate Programs in Software, will serve on the Program Committee for the fifth International Workshop on Embedded/Distributed HPC Systems and Applications in May 2000. Additional information on this conference is available at http://www.htc.honeywell.com/projects/ehpc/. Bennett’s homepage is http://webcampus3.stthomas.edu/bhbennett/public_html/Welcome.html.

Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate Department of Professional Psychology, presented her paper, “Managed Mental Health Care: Origins and Implications for Private Practice,” at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association Aug. 24 in Boston.

Dr. Dave Brennan, Marketing Department and Small Business Institute, presented a case on “Determining the Market Potential for an Expanded Farmer’s Market” at the American Case Research Association meeting Oct. 30 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Dr. Carol Bruess, Communication Department, will be a member of two panels, a presenter, a respondent and a short-course instructor at the National Communication Association convention this month. She also has published three book chapters: “Gendered Patterns in Family Communication” in The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology; “Belly Button Fuzz and a Wicky-Wacky Cake: Rituals in Our Personal Relationships” in Making Connections: Readings in Relational Communication; and “A Single Rose on Your Birthday: Relational Rituals in Enduring Relationships,” in Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication: Processes and Problems.

Dr. Thomas Endres, Communication Department, attended two conferences hosted by the National Communication Association in Washington, D.C., over the summer. At the NCA conference on communication and technology, Endres chaired the session, “What Support Do Faculty Need in the New Communication Technology Environment?” At the NCA 1999 Communication Ethics Credo Conference, Endres and 18 others drafted the NCA Credo for Ethical Communication. Read it at http://www.natcom.org/conferences/ethicsconfcredo99.htm. He also presented a workshop, “Spirituality in the Workplace,” at the Communication and Theater Association convention in September in Moorhead.

Julie Friedline, Communication Department, will conduct a panel presentation at the Broadcast Education Association conference in April 2000 in Las Vegas. Her presentation is titled “Analogue to Digital: Making the Move in Audio Production.”

Dr. Adrienne Hacker Daniels, Communication Department, is the author of an article, “Caveat Emptor: Pedagogy on a Collision Course With Political Correctness,” published in the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal.

Several International Education Center staff participated in the Region IV conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators Oct. 28-30 in Fargo. Dr. Sarah Stevenson gave presentations on two panels, “Careers in International Education” and “How to Become More Involved in NAFSA.” Ann Hubbard facilitated a full-day workshop, “Study Abroad Basics,” and participated in a session, “Pre-Approved Study-Abroad Programs.” Sarah Spencer also facilitated a “Study Abroad Basics” session, participated in a session titled “Secrets of Good Web Design” and presented a session, “Data Collection on Education Abroad.” Dr. Catherine Spaeth participated in a session on “Pre-Approved Study-Abroad Programs.”

Dr. Benjamin Kortsvedt, Music Department, presented his paper, “Bruckner and the Sublime (An Essay on Musical Style and Cultural Politics,” at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society Nov. 6 in Kansas City, Mo.

Norman Larson, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, is the author of a short essay on the origins of the “30″ notation that newspaper reporters use to indicate the end of their stories. The article, “Where Did ’30′ Come From?” appears in the Oct. 16 issue of Editor & Publisher.

Dr. Jeff McLeod, Dr. Robin McLeod and Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate Department of Professional Psychology, have been working with the Woodbury Department of Public Safety and the Woodbury junior high schools on a study of school violence, funded by a COPS (a community oriented policing program) grant. Last spring they surveyed 1,018 junior high students, 291 parents and 64 school staff members. Survey results recently were presented to the administrations of the Woodbury Police Department and the junior high schools; the results will become part of a report to be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department in spring 2000. The project is now in its second phase, and the three are assisting with focus groups and interviews of past victims and perpetrators of school violence.

Dr. Debra Petersen, Communication Department, conducted a panel presentation at the Second Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference Oct. 8 at the University of Minnesota. The panel was titled “Hooyah!! And Other Masculine Adventures: Feminist Readings of Gov. Jesse Ventura’s Rhetoric.” She also will participate with Dr. Kevin Sauter (see below) in a panel about Ventura at the National Communication Association conference this month in Chicago. Petersen’s presentation is titled “The Role of First Lady in a Masculinized Governorship: First Lady Terry Ventura.”

Dr. Kevin Sauter, Communication Department, presented a workshop, “Using Television to Teach Critical Thinking,” at the Communication and Theater Association convention. He also was a panelist for a session titled “How Did Jesse Ventura Do It? Perspectives on an Upset.” Sauter’s National Communication Association panel presentation later this month in Chicago is titled “Political Harmonic Convergence: The Unthi
nkable Election of Jesse Ventura.”

Dr. Fred Zimmerman, Manufacturing Engineering Department, again addressed the annual U.S. Department of Labor Symposium on Labor Market Information. The title of his talk was “The Strategic Importance of the Manufacturing Sector in the Global Economy.” Government officials from some 20 countries attended the symposium.