Professional Notes

Professional notes

Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman, Dr. Thomas Rochon, Jane Canney and Dr. Marisa Kelly gave a presentation, "Leveraging Student Engagement Surveys for Maximum Campus Impact," at the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission: North Central Association April 22-24 in Chicago. The presentation discussed their strategies for achieving a 53 percent response rate (national average: 53 percent) on the National Survey of Student Engagement and for disseminating results throughout the offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Focus of the analysis was on international experiences, active learning and diversity issues. The challenges of analysis at divisional and departmental levels and plans for the 2008 administration were noted.

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, School of Education, is the author of a chapter, "Authenticity and Power," in Authenticity in Teaching, edited by Patricia Cranton (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006).

Dr. María Chavarría, Modern and Classical Languages Department, attended the fifth International Conference of Missionary Linguistics in March 14-17, at the Universidad Nacionale Autónoma de Mexico in Merida, Yucatán. She presented a paper, "Missionary Contributions to the Amazonian Lexicography in Peru and Bolivia.” The event was organized by the University of Amsterdam, Department of Romance Linguistics.

Dr. Kathryn Combs and Dr. John Spry, Opus College of Business (Finance Department), and Jaeboem Kim are authors of a paper, "The Relative Regressivity of Seven Lottery Games," to be published in a forthcoming special issue of the journal Applied Economics. The issue will be devoted to the topic "Theoretical and Empirical Evidence on Gambling Markets."

Dr. Ray MacKenzie, College of Arts and Sciences (English Department), is the author of an essay, "A Lock of Christina Rossetti's Hair," published in the spring issue of Connecticut Review. An audio version of the essay, a combination of scholarly and personal memoir, also is available from

Dr. David Penchansky, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department) presented a paper, "The Meaning of the Book of Job," at the Upper Midwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is part of a larger project, an introductory book on wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible. He will read a revised version of the paper this summer at the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Dr. Thomas Redshaw, College of Arts and Sciences (English Department and Center for Irish Studies), delivered the plenary lecture at the George Reavey Symposium April 27-28 in Dublin. The lecture, "The Europa Poets and Atelier 17: George Reavey and the Milieu of Gravure, 1929-1939," focused on the poetry of Coffey, Devlin, Beckett and Reavey in the context of international surrealism. Organized by the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin, this international symposium featured readings and talks by Russian and Irish poets, and by Irish, English and American scholars.

Dr. Tim Scully, College of Arts and Sciences ( Communication Studies Department), was a panelist at the Broadcast Education Association convention April 19 in Las Vegas. Scully presented "Kenya, Perth and the Twin Cities: Touching the World Through Documentary," on the panel "Connecting Colleges and Communities Through Documentary."

UST Libraries staff members Jane Shriver, Cathy Lutz, Patricia Satzer, Betsy Polakowski and Linda Hulbert received the Group Effectiveness Award from Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) for their work on the Material Type/Scoping Task Force. Shriver and Lutz were recognized for their extra contributions to this group. Polakowski, who works at Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, also received the 2006-2007 CLIC User Service Award, which is given annually to the individual who has done the most to improve service to users during the past year. She was acknowledged for her work to resolve the location-display problem resulting from the recent CLICnet library catalog upgrade.