Professional Notes

Dr. Douglas Bass, Graduate Programs in Software, presented a paper, "Symmetric k-Factorizations of Hypercubes With Factors of Small Diameter," at the sixth International Symposium on Parallel Architectures, Algorithms and Networks in Manila, Philippines, last spring.

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, School of Education, is the author of "Reassessing Subjectivity, Criticality and Inclusivity: Marcuse's Challenge to Adult Education," in Adult Education Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 4.

Frank Coglitore and Kristine Sharockman, Accounting Department, presented a paper, "Introductory Accounting: The Development of a One-Semester Course Including Both Financial and Managaerial Topics," at the 2002 American Accounting Association's Midwest regional conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Earl Hagg, Jean Hartman and Janice Raffield were co-authors of the paper.

Dr. John Conbere, Organization Learning and Development Department, was recently elected vice president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a 7,000-member organization that combines the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the Academy of Family Mediators and the Conflict Education Network in Education. Conbere has chaired ACR's organizational conflict management section for six years.

Dr. Tom Connery, College of Arts and Sciences, reviewed Jack Lule's Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism, for the spring 2002 volume of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Mark Dienhart, Institutional Advancement, has been nominated for a one-year term on the board of directors of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. His term begins Jan. 1, 2003.

Dr. Mel Gray, Economics Department, attended the biannual meeting of the Association of Cultural Economics International, held in June in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he presented a paper, "Strategic Pricing in the Nonprofit Arts: The Case of Orchestra Behavior," and chaired a session on game theoretic approaches. In addition, he was nominated to be the next president-elect of the association.

Dr. David Kelley, Geography Department, a hobby beekeeper, won a third-place ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair in the honey and bee culture division. For his efforts he also won "a whopping $8 to spend as he sees fit."

Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, was the keynote speaker at a recent conference of the Medical Technologies and Health Policy Forum, a national organization of healthcare executives, last month in Key Biscayne, Florida. The title of Kusy's address was "Leadership Strategies for Today's Health Industry Executives."

Janice Raffield and Frank Coglitore, Accounting Department, presented their research paper, "Workplace Flexibility and Professional Development Initiatives in Big Five Firms: Opinions About Their Influence," last month at the 2002 annual conference of the International American Accounting Association in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Richard Raschio, Modern and Classical Languages Department, had two articles published in the spring issue of Minnesota Language Review: "Two Sessions of Note" and "Tutor/Mentoring at the University of St. Thomas." Raschio also participated in the "Minnesota New Visions 2002 -- Languages for Life" workshop sponsored by the Minnesota Department of children, Families and Learning. The group developed the "World language Promotional Tool Kit" for which Raschio wrote a section about resources for service-learning projects.

James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, is the author of an article, "Flowering Absences Recent Irish Writers and Genealogical Dead Ends," published in Working Papers in Irish Studies, No. 2/3-1. The issue's theme was "New Approaches to Family History." The Working Papers series is published by Nova Southeastern of Florida.

Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, was a presenter at a research symposium, "A Changing Priestly Identity: New Research on Catholic Clergy," at the Catholic University of America. The symposium was co-sponsored by the university and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Dr. Diane Stoy, Organization Learning and Development Department, served as a delegate to the United Nations summit, "Rebuilding Societies Emerging From Conflict: A Shared Responsibility." As a delegate from the Society for International Education Training and Research, Stoy joined 2,700 other representatives of 650 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from 85 countries. NGOs are the organizations which are said to work “close to the ground” on international issues of great concern such as human rights, peace, women and children’s issues, health, education, ageing, conflict prevention, sustainable development and disarmament.

Stoy added, "The experience of working at the UN and being in New York City for the first 9/11 anniversary was numbing and exhilarating at the same time. Prior to the summit’s opening in the UN’s General Assembly Hall, I walked to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan to see with my own eyes the now familiar scene of devastation where the Twin Towers had stood. As I came closer to the site, I was filled with ambivalence -- on one hand I wanted to see the site, but on the other, I felt unprepared to see it firsthand. I will always remember the rhythmic sound of machinery as I came closer to the site, and the near paralysis in my legs when I finally stood looking out over the cavernous site. Nothing can prepare you for a moment such as this when you are filled with thoughts of the evil behind this act; all the sadness, loss and destruction it has caused; and all the heroes who played a part in the rescue and clean-up effort."

The Rev. Greg Tolaas, former campus minister, will be honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at its Breath of Life Gala on Nov. 15. Tolaas, 47, is now pastor of the Church of St. Philip in north Minneapolis. If you'd like to attend the gala, reserve tickets or a table of 10, or make a donation in Tolaas' honor, contact Molly Boyum, (651) 631-3290.

. Lisa Waldner,
Sociology Department, was an invited participant in the Kids Count Workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her participation was fully funded by the Social Sciences Data Analysis Network of the Population Studies Center.

Dr. Fred Zimmerman, Graduate Programs in Engineering, served as mediator at a meeting between members of the Precision Metal Fabricators Association and the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade. The Aug. 31 meeting was arranged to discuss difficulties manufacturers have with the 201 steel tariffs and the general economic conditions within the steel industry. Zimmerman also was interviewed by the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer regarding his book, Manufacturing Works, co-authored by Dave Beal; he also was interviewed by the Business Journal regarding problems facing today's economy.