Professional Notes

Professional notes

Dr. Michael Andregg, College of Arts and Sciences (Justice and Peace Studies Department), will give a presentation about 20 recurring causes of war through human history at the 38th annual meeting of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations June 15 in Monterey, Calif. Prior to that he will visit the Naval Postgraduate School to be part of a panel, "Reconstructing Civil Society in Failed or Failing States."

Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Personal Counseling and Testing, hosted a poster session at the 71st annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association April 28 in Plymouth. Pre-doctoral interns Henry Ogden, Lindsey Hammond and Vanessa Rempel presented posters on their dissertation research. Ogden, a student in UST's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, presented "Unconscious Death Anxiety and Defense Mechanisms"; Hammond, who is finishing her doctorate at the University of Kansas, examined "Women and Self-Help Books"; Rempel's research studied "Predicting Career Success in Classically Trained Musicians." Rempel successfully defended this dissertation May 4 at the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks.

Lisa Brabbit, School of Law, will receive this year’s Hennepin County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award at the association's annual meeting May 24. The annual award is presented to a member of the Hennepin County Bar who “best exemplifies the pursuit of the practice of law as a profession, including the spirit of public service and promotion of the highest level of competence, integrity and ethical conduct.” Brabbit, assistant dean for external relations at the law school, oversees the award-winning Mentor Externship Program, alumni outreach, a study-abroad program in Rome, and other external relations at the school. She joined the School of Law staff in 2002.

Dr. John Holst, School of Education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction), is the author of an article, "The Politics and Economics of Globalization and Social Change in Radical Adult Education: A Critical Review of Recent Literature," in the peer-reviewed, online Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. The article is available here.

Ben Nebo, a St. Thomas student member of the advisory board of the Genocide Intervention Network-Minnesota, testified at recent Minnesota legislative hearings regarding the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Both houses of the Minnesota Legislature heard bills to divest Minnesota's pension fund of $39 billion from companies that the network says are "complicit in the Sudanese government's brutality against innocent Darfuri civilians." Nebo, a refugee from the Liberian civil war, urged passage of the legislation. Similar legislation has been past in 11 other states.

Dr. Lorina Quartarone, College of Arts and Sciences (Modern and Classical Languages Department), attended the annual conference of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South April 11-14 in Cincinnati. She presented a paper, "Making the Most of Atwood's Penelopiad," which focuses on teaching this postmodern, polyphonic work as a companion to the ancient epic, Homer's Odyssey.

Tim Scully, College of Arts and Sciences Department, won the Faculty Global Citizenship Award at this year's International Dinner hosted by the Globally Minded Students Association April 28. The award, created by International Education, the Office of International Student Services and the ELS Language Center, recognizes the positive efforts made by individuals to promote international and intercultural awareness at St. Thomas.