Professional Notes St. Thomas Newsroom November 27, 2007 Professional Notes Dr. Dave Brennan, Opus College of Business (Marketing Department), gave a presentation,"Trends and Innovations in Retailing with Implications for Latin America," at a retail marketing program Nov. 14 in Bogotá, Colombia. Dr. Vanessa Cornett- Murtada, College of Arts and Sciences (Music Department), presented a paper, "From Beta to Theta: Human Consciousness Hypnosis and Music Performance," at the 50th National Conference of the College Music Society Nov. 18 in Salt Lake City. The presentation explored various states of consciousness achieved during an optimal musical performance and focused on methods of managing altered states of consciousness to alleviate performance anxiety. Dr. Mel Gray, Opus College of Business (Finance Department) presented the paper, "Scale, Scope, and ‘Crowding Out’ in the Nonprofit Lively Arts: Economic Analysis of Organizations in a Geographic Market" at the annual meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in Atlanta. Dr. Don LaMagdeleine, College of Applied Professional Studies (School of Education), gave two presentations at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration this month. The first, "The Context of University-Based Educational Leadership," outlined a co-authored chapter for the upcoming Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders. The second, "The Heirs of Thorndike Cash In: A Critical Analysis of ‘Reading First,’ Its Key Architects, and Their Effects on Bush II Educational Research," was co-written with Nick Ferdinandt, a student in St. Thomas’ doctoral program in leadership. Dr. David Penchansky, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department) presented a paper, "The Meaning of the Book of Job," at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature this month in San Diego. Dr. Susan Smith-Cunnien, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department), gave a presentation, "Mass Prison Releases: Comparing Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the United States," at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology this month in Atlanta. She also was elected recently as the Minnesota state representative to the board of directors of the Midwest Sociological Society.