Professional Notes St. Thomas Newsroom February 12, 2002 Dr. Heino Beckmann, Finance Department and Master of International Management program, was the keynote speaker at the naturalization ceremony Feb. 6 in St. Paul. At the event, 735 people became new U.S. citizens.Tom Carey, International Student Services, is the author of an article about St. Thomas’ response to the events of Sept. 11 and the Globally Minded Student Association’s peace flags project for the current issue of NAFSA: Association of International Educators Newsletter.Dr. Bonnie Holte Bennett, Graduate Programs in Software, and alumnus and lab researcher Emmett Davis continue to provide strategic consulting services to Web development and user-centered design to intranet development teams focusing on asthma and other medical forums for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators Feb. 6. The title of his address was "Fast Forward Leadership: Seven Practices Every Leader Must Stop and Start Doing Now!"Dr. Melissa (Lisa) Lamb, Geology Department, is the author of an article about her research in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. The article, "Paleozoic Sedimentary Basins and Volcanic Arc Systems of Southern Mongolia: New Geochemical and Petrographic Constraints," appears in the peer-reviewed book, Paleozoic and Mesozoic Tectonic Evolution of Central and Eastern Asia: From Continental Assembly to Intracontinental Deformation, edited by Marc Hendrix and Gregory Davis and published by the Geological Society of America. Lamb is working with Mongolian geologists to understand the geologic history of Asia, Earth’s youngest continent.Dr. Lorman Lundsten, Marketing Department, and Dr. Dave Brennan, Marketing Department and Small Business Institute, presented a paper, "Using Measures of Process, Presentation and Organization to Predict SBI Client Outcomes," Feb. 8 at the National Entrepreneurship and Small Business Educators Conference Feb. 8 in San Diego. The paper also was included in the conference proceedings.The School of Continuing Studies hosted more than 150 faculty and staff members from 18 Twin Cities private and public colleges for a conference, "Breaking Barriers: Meeting the Classroom and Campus Needs of College ESL Students" Jan. 24 in Brady Educational Center. The conference also was supported by a grant from the American Psychological Association. On the planning committee were Tom Carey, International Education; Suzanne Donsky, English Department; Elizabeth Dussol, Academic Counseling; Kendra Garrett, School of Social Work; Dr. Jean Giebenhain, Psychology Department; Sister Sharon Howell, Diversity Initiatives; Elaine Matyi, ELS Language Centers; David Moore, Reading and Study Skills Center; Dr. Kathryn Oakley, School of Continuing Studies; Bonnie Olson, ELS Language Centers; and Maria Swinson-Fitzpatrick, Multicultural Student Services. For a complete description of the conference program, click here.Dr. John Wendt, College of Business, appeared before the University of Minnesota board of regents’ Ad Hoc Committee on Athletics, presenting views on strategies to address the financial challenges facing intercollegiate athletics on the Twin Cities campus.