Professional Notes

Professional Notes

Dr. Michael Andregg, College of Arts and Sciences (Justice and Peace Studies Department), has arranged a crisis-management exercise on the question, “What to do about Iran?” for the 2009 annual meeting of the International Studies Association. It includes 11 representatives from three countries, five U.S. universities and several intelligence agencies. They will play roles such as U.S. president, vice president, secretaries of state and defense, director of national intelligence, and UN and Swiss ambassadors. Half of the participants are from a peace studies section and half are from intelligence studies. 

Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, has been named the Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators Campus/Training Representative by Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) of the Education Directorate and Education Government Relations Office of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. David Kelley and Catherine Hansen, College of Arts and Sciences (Geography Department), took six junior and senior geography students to the 2008 GIS/LIS Consortium annual conference Oct. 1-3 in Rochester. Senior Allison Seiwert received a consortium undergraduate scholarship award Oct. 2 during the awards luncheon. She also participated in a second scholarship competition for undergraduates and presented a talk on her original research, “Senior Citizens and Three Rivers Park Trails.” Kelley presented a talk, “A Risk Evaluation of Nitrate Loading to Groundwater Supplies in Freeborn County,” and served as judge for the graduate-student competition.

Dr. Ray MacKenzie, College of Arts and Sciences (English Department), is the author of a new book, Paris Spleen and La Fanfarlo, a translation of the prose poems of Charles Baudelaire. The book includes an introduction and notes. More information is available at

Kris Roach, Undergraduate Financial Aid, was elected to serve on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s board of directors at its 64th national conference in Seattle. The NACAC board of directors is responsible for the governance of more than 11,000 members committed to the student transition from high school to college.

John Wendt, Opus College of Business, recently presented "Performance Enhancing Substance Use in Sports - Update" at the 11th annual Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference. The conference, one of the largest in the Midwest, is designed to provide health care professionals with an update on the evolving field of sports medicine and is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Medical School, Continuing Medical Education–Division of Sports Medicine, Minnesota Sports Medicine, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Kara Williamson, an Opus College of Business student, received a scholarship from the National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation. This year, 44 students received scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000. Recipients were selected from more than 750 applicants on the basis of an overall outstanding academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, stated goals and aspirations, and financial need.