Dr. Mel Gray, College of Business, recently participated in a site visit to a large Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization. He was a member of a consulting team selected from the Research Council of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise. These teams review the operations of nonprofit organizations, often at the request of funding agencies, offer recommendations regarding strategy, social enterprise/entrepreneurship, pricing of services, and related issues, and create case studies based on the experience.

Ann Hubbard and Sarah Spencer, International Education, each co-chaired and presented Professional Practice Workshops at the May conference of NAFSA: Association for International Education conference in Philadelphia. Hubbard co-chaired a two-day workshop on “Foundations of International Education: Education Abroad Advising” and Spencer co-chaired a one-day workshop on “Developing and Administering Quality Short-term Education Abroad Programs.”

Pam McClanahan, managing editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, has been awarded a two-week writing residency this August at Norcroft, a writing retreat for women, in Lutsen, Minn. She will be working on a collection of short stories. Each year, Norcroft’s committee of writers selects 52 resident writers from a pool of applicants across the nation and abroad. Norcroft houses four writers at a time from May to October and each writer is assigned her own private writing studio along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Dr. Nick Nissley, Organization Learning and Development, and his colleague, Dr. Steve Taylor, Ph.D., University of Bath, recently presented a paper titled, “Tuning-In to the Power of Songs in Organizations: Organizational Song as the Discursive Constitution of Ideology” at the Critical Management Studies Conference, at the Manchester School of Management in Manchester, England. While in the UK, Nick also was an invited participant in a seminar on organizational storytelling at Imperial College, London.

Dr. Teresa Rothausen, College of Business, was a keynote speaker at the May meeting of Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work. Her talk, “Retention and Quality of Work Life: Does Work-Family/Work-Life Matter?” presented preliminary results of a qualitative research project she is doing with five Minneapolis and St. Paul area companies and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.