Professional Notes

Dr. Phil Anderson, Management Department, presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Leigh Lawton, Marketing Department, at the Western Decision Sciences Institute annual meeting April 18 in Lihue, Hawaii. The paper was titled "Using a Simulation Exercise as a 'Problem' in Problem-Based Learning."

Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Personal Counseling and Testing, hosted a poster session for the 67th annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association recently in Bloomington. Armstrong is director of internship training for the APA pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology. To encourage collaboration between emerging and seasoned psychologists and to affirm the importance of research to psychological practice, interns from APA-accredited internship programs in Minnesota are invited each year to present posters about their doctoral research to the MPA membership. This year's St. Thomas interns included Ashley Sovereign, who presented her doctoral project, "Therapists' Personal Values: Training Strategies for Self-Awareness"; Angie Scott, who presented "Predoctoral Counseling Interns: A Qualitative Pilot Study of Expectations and Outcomes"; and Paul Bagdade, who presented his dissertation, "Malingering on the MMPI-A: An Investigation of the Standard Validity Scales and the Infrequency-Psychopathology Scale Adolescent Version (Fp-A)."

Dr. Tom Hickson, Geology Department, was invited to present a talk, "Exploring Continental Margin Deposition Using Jarassic Tank (the Experimental Earthscape Facility), St. Anthony Falls Lab, U of M," to the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He summarized the results of his research on the linkages between river and coastal processes and their signatures on sedimentary rocks.

Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti, Chemistry Department, was invited to present a lecture, "The Synthesis of New Photochromic Compounds," April 23 at Macalester College.

Law students Chris Iverson, Jed Iverson, Elizabeth Lopez, John McCullough, Keshini Ratnayake, Joel Schroeder, Brianna Skrypek and Lerah Soliza are in rural Michoacan, Mexico, through May 19. The eight, members of UST's Latino Law Student Association, are working on two elementary schools that the group has adopted. The students delivered school supplies and books, are doing some painting and maintenance work at the schools, and, of course, are taking time to play with the children.

Joe Landsberger, Information Resources and Technologies, compiled, edited and co-authored a booklet, "Gateway to a New World: Building Czech and Slovak Communities in the West End." The booklet documents and celebrates Czech and Slovak history in St. Paul since the 1860s. UST contributors included Sharen Darling, School of Divinity, and Dr. Winston Chrislock, History Department. Marta Kotonová, UST undergraduate, proofed the Czech text. The booklet is for sale in the St. Thomas Bookstore.

Landsberger also produced a fundraiser for the installation of the old baptismal gate of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in the North High Bridge Sculpture Garden and Park, on St. Paul's West End. More than 250 people attended the March 29 event recreating the old-fashioned Czech Beer Hall at Sokol Hall in St. Paul, and more than $4,000 was raised to install the gate as a tribute to Czech and Slovak families who build the West End neighborhood.

Landsberger also has added Kiswahili and Romanian translations to the Study Guides Web site, which now is accessible in 21 languages. Jared Siriba, UST undergraduate, volunteered the Kiswahili translations. The site has grown to 101 guide in English and more than 375 pages of translations through an international network of contributors. In December 2002, Alta Visita listed more than 43,000 Web sites linked to the guides, with the majority by .com and .org domains.

Cheryl Reed, Journalism and Mass Communication Department,received a national award for excellence from the American Society of Journalists and Authors May 2 at ASJA's 32nd annual Writers Conference. Reed won first place in the service and self-help category of ASJA's annual competition for her article, "Monastic Experience: Finding a Hermitage of One's Own," a travel piece about visiting monasteries, published in the May 2002 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. ASJA is a national organization of independent nonfiction writers.

Gregory Roberts, vice president for student affairs, recently was honored at the 79th annual convention of the American College Personnel Association. Roberts received the Voices of Inclusion Medallion Award for his work on behalf of students and staff from all backgrounds in higher education and student affairs. This was the first time that this award was given to an individual in the 8,000-member association.

Elizabeth Schiltz, School of Law, is the author of an article, "The Amazing, Elastic, Ever-Expanding Exportation Doctrine and Its Effects on Predatory Lending Regulation," to be published in Minnesota Law Review. In addition to the University of Minnesota, Schiltz had offers to publish her work from law reviews at Washington University, the University of Connecticut and the University of San Diego.

Eileen Weber, a second-year student at St. Thomas' School of Law, recently was awarded the Outstanding Service Award of the Fourth District Minnesota Nurses Association. She was honored at the association's annual dinner May 6 in St. Paul. Last fall she won MNA's Political Action Award.

Dr. Lisa Waldner, Sociology Department, Tim Buzzell of Baker University, and Betty Dobratz of Iowa State University are editors of Political Sociology for the 21st Century, a new book in the series, "Research in Political Sociology," by Elsevier, a publisher of scientific, technical and health information.

Dr. Susan Webster, Art History Department, was awarded a grant from the American Philosophical Society to conduct research in Ecuador this summer. She was invited to give a lecture, "Architects, Assassins, Inca 'Idols,' and Colonial Churches," at the Center for Iberian and Latin American
Studies, University of California, San Diego.