Dr. Michael Andregg, Justice and Peace Studies Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented on intelligence ethics at two regional spy conferences Oct. 15-17 in Denmark and Oct. 18-22 in Romania. In addition, the Danes initiated a “Baltic Intelligence Studies Association,” which included all the major countries of that area with significant sponsorship from a Polish “Institute of National Remembrance” dedicated to protecting against relapse into police-state forms of internal security. In Romania, the spirit was the same but the memory of the brutal “Securitate” of Nicolae Ceaușescu is even more raw. That conference was hosted by its National Intelligence Academy and attracted representatives of 23 southeast European countries trying in various ways to improve the performance of their internal or foreign intelligence services. Andregg stayed to address the academy’s student body and to work with professors on selected issues for operators and collectors as well as analysts. Coincidentally, an interview on “Advice on Intelligence Ethics for Analysts” was published in the October issue of Foreknowledge, a South African intelligence journal.
Dr. Mark Neuzil, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Office for Mission, moderated a panel, “The Craft: Academics and College Newspapers,” Oct. 20, at the annual Society of Professional Journalists conference in Lubbock, Texas. Also participating were newspaper advisers from New York University and the University of Montana.
Dr. Shirley Polejewski, Accounting Department, Opus College of Business, attended the 24th Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues held in Maui, Hawaii. Prior to the conference Polejewski reviewed four papers for the conference. There were 215 papers submitted, and 166 were accepted. Participants for this conference represented 38 countries. The advisory board, of which Polejewski is a member, met to discuss issues for the coming conference, which will be held November 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bali, Indonesia. Polejewski acted as the luncheon chairperson on the first day of the conference and also was the moderator for four papers on “Financial Accounting Issues.” On the second day, she gave her paper on “Incorporating Ethics in the Accounting Curriculum” in a session devoted to “Accounting Ethics Issues.”
James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, attended the Midwest regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, held Oct. 19-20, at Marquette University. Rogers presented a paper titled “Varieties of Silence: Reflections on Irish-American Memoir.” He also organized and participated in a pedagogy roundtable, “Sleeper Hits of the Irish Studies Classroom,” in which participants discussed texts and assignment that worked unexpectedly well.
Dr. Tori Svoboda, Dean of Students Office, recently received the Lee Knefelkamp Research Award from the Minnesota College Personnel Association. This award encourages and supports student development and student affairs research done by professionals, practitioners, graduate students and faculty. Svoboda was nominated for her dissertation research on the experiences of student affairs educators from working class backgrounds, which explores the ways in which class is constructed through social institutions such as families, schools, universities and professional associations. She also co-presented a session at the conference with Krista Soria, from the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Minnesota. Their presentation was titled, “Class(ism) in the Co-curricular: Investigating Low-Income and Working Class Students’ Participation in Co-Curricular Engagement.”
Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of an article, “Seeking the Well-Being of the City: Future Directions for Visual Ethics,” that was published as part of a symposium of issues in theology and the arts in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 23.3 (2012).