Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Marketing Department and service-learning coordinator, and Faculty Advisory Board for Service-Learning members Dr. Richard Raschio, Modern and Classical Languages, and Dr. Tim Scully, Communication Department, spoke about service-learning at the annual meeting of the Minnesota College Personnel Association. Kennedy described UST institutional goals and structures for service-learning and talked about several initiatives: entire sevice-learning courses, interdisciplinary service-learning projects and projects with multiple academic disciplines and multiple community partners. Raschio described the Spanish course, Hispanic Themes, in which students work with students and staff at the Adams Spanish Immersion School in St. Paul. Scully spoke about his Videography class, which produces publicservice announcements for UST clients each semester. He also described an upcoming project, in which he will pair an Advanced Videography class with a Justice and Peace Studies course on civil rights next spring; both classes will travel to Selma, Ala., over spring break to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath, with the Videography class recording the experience.
Kennedy also led a workshop at the recent meeting of the National Society for Experiential Education. The workshop, "Assessing Service-Learning: Evaluating Students, Faculty, Community Partners and Institutions," described the multilevel assessment currently being undertaken at St. Thomas. Students in the Marketing 340 course, Marketing Research, are interviewing key administrators, surveying students and community partners, and talking to faculty to determine the extent to which "best practices" in service-learning are part of institutional efforts.
Joe Landsberger, Instructional Support Services, is included in the 56th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America. He also wrote column on "E-Learning by Design"and edited a special section on the development of educational technology conferences and the Classrooms of the Future symposia in Tech Trends, the magazine of the Association for Educational Technology and Communications. Landsberger will present a paper as a sequel to the special section at AECT’s annual conference Nov. 10. Classrooms of the Future, now sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, began at UST in 1995. Its next symposium will be held May 22, 2002, at Hamline University.
Dr. Craig Marcott, Economics Department, presented a paper, "Visualizing Insurance Demand and Moral Hazard," at the International Business and Economics Conference Oct. 12 in Reno, Nev. The paper was published in the conference proceedings.
James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, attended the Midwest regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies Oct. 26-28 at Creighton University. He presented a paper, "’I Danced Like Merry Hell': Barbara Mullen’s Life is My Adventure (1937)." The paper examines a little-known Irish-American memoir about a young woman who attempted to make a living as a professional Irish dancer in the last days of vaudeville. Rogers also was elected to a two-year term as secretary of the ACIS Midwest organization.