Professional Notes

Isaac Alderman and Don Beyers, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), are the authors of “Documentary Visions, Theological Insights,” published in the July issue of Teaching Theology and Religion.

Dr. Sanjeev Bordoloi, Opus College of Business, presented a paper, "Use of Sensitivity Analysis for Measuring Value of Flexibility," at the National Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society May 1-4 in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Kathleen Boyle, College of Applied Professional Studies, is the author of chapter one in the new book, Enhancing Student Learning Through College Employment.

Kathy Bredesen, School of Law, was honored as an “Unsung Legal Hero” by Minnesota Lawyer magazine in July. The honorees were nominated by colleagues, supervisors and the staff of Minnesota Lawyer.

Dr. William Cavanaugh, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), is the author of The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Gloria Hurtado and Leann Martens, St. Paul Service Center, and Jon Magley, Minneapolis Service Center, participated in a training program to gain expertise in mail-piece design specifications, mail processing and rate qualification processing guidelines. They also passed the special qualifying examination and now are recognized and certified by the U.S. Postal Service as mail-piece quality control specialists.

Dr. Douglas Jondle, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, is a co-author of “Dimensions of Ethical Business Cultures: Comparing Data from 13 countries of Europe, Asia, and the America.” The paper was presented at the 10th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice Across Europe, June 10-12. This Center for Ethical Business Cultures research paper was one of 22 selected to be short-listed for the 2009 Alan Moon Memorial Prize among about 250 considered for the prize. Jondle also is the co-author of “Ethical Business Cultures: A Literature Review and Implications for HRD,” published in the Human Resource Development Review, Vol. 8, No. 2. The literature review identifies characteristics of ethical business cultures, describes factors considered to be important in developing them, describes current practices of developing ethical culture programs and discusses the role of HRD in developing ethical business cultures.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy, a former St. Thomas faculty member who is now  interim director of the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is the recipient of the Anne Frank Center’s 2009 Anne Frank Outstanding Citizen Award for her genocide prevention work.

Dr. Anne Klejment, College of Arts and Sciences (History Department), is the author of “The Spirituality of Dorothy Day’s Pacifism,” published in the spring U.S. Catholic Historian, 27 (2).  Klejment and Sister M. Christine Athans, B.V.M, professor emeriti at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, gave a lecture on “The Life of John Ireland” at the Irish Fair Aug. 7 in St. Paul. 

Dr. Brenda Kroschel, Dr. Melissa Loe and Dr. Cheri Shakiban, College of Arts and Sciences (Mathematics Department), were among five Minnesota teachers who served on the American Institute of Mathematics’ Minnesota Math Teachers' Circles planning team. The Minnesota group attended a weeklong workshop in June in Palo Alto, Calif., to prepare their team to launch its local Math Teachers’ Circle. The circles are part of an initiative that empowers middle-school math teachers to bring new excitement and interest in mathematics to their students.

Curt Le May was elected as 2009-2010 Chair of the World Christianity Interest Group of the American Theological Library Association. This interest group deals with Christianity both outside the United States and Canada, and with congregations in the in both countries that worship in non-English languages.

T. Dean Maines, director of the SAIP Institute; Arnold Weimerskirch, executive fellow at the SAIP Institute; and Bill Brinkmann, vice president of Leadership Formation at Ascension Health, presented "The Catholic Identity Matrix: Data-Driven Mission Integration," at the 2009 Catholic Health Assembly  June 7-9 in New Orleans.  The Catholic Health Association of the United States hosts the assembly, which attracts Catholic health care leaders nationwide. 

The presentation focused on the application of the Catholic Identity Matrix within Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit health care system. 

CIM is an organizational assessment process that helps Catholic health care institutions evaluate the degree to which their current policies and processes are consistent with principles of the Catholic moral tradition. By identifying gaps between the detailed requirements of these principles and current practices, the CIM enables an organization to modify its operations in a way that better aligns behavior with critical moral values. Over time, systematic application of the CIM allows a Catholic health care institution to strengthen its identity as a Catholic ministry. 

The CIM is the product of a collaboration between Ascension Health and the SAIP Institute, with support from the University of St. Thomas’ John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Gonzaga Ethics Institute at Gonzaga University. Dr. Michael Naughton, director of the Ryan Institute, served with Maines, Weimerskirch, and Brinkmann on the team that developed the CIM and facilitated its application within Ascension Health.

Dr.  John Martens, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), is the author of Let the Little Children Come to Me (Catholic University Press, 2009) with former UST professor Dr. Cornelia Horn of St. Louis University.

James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, took office as president of the American Conference for Irish Studies at the group’s annual meeting in June in Galway, Ireland. ACIS, founded in 1962, has about 800 members in the United States, Ireland, Canada and other countries around the world. It holds a national conference each spring, five regional meetings in the fall and winter and joint sessions with the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association at their annual conventions. ACIS also sponsors annual cash book prizes for scholarly publications in Irish studies.

Dr. Mary Ann Ryan, Campus and Residence Life, received the 2009 Association of College and University Housing Office International’s “Herstory Award” based on her continued contributions to the collegiate housing profession. To be considered, honorees are nominated by peers, must meet certain criteria for each award and are nominated based on their talents and continued contributions to better the collegiate housing profession.

Eduardo Salgado-Diaz and Ben Czeck in Torres del Paine, Chile

Eduardo Salgado-Diaz (left) and Ben Czeck in Torres del Paine, Chile

Dr. Kevin Theissen, College of Arts and Sciences (Geology Department) spent two weeks on a research expedition in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park in March with two UST undergrads, Benjamin Czeck and Eduardo Salgado-Diaz. They collected sediment core samples from the bottom of four small lakes in the park as part of an ongoing investigation of past climate and environmental change in the remote region.  Both of the students were closely involved in all phases of this exciting field work.

Over the summer, Czeck worked on a separate project exploring the historical accumulation of phosphorus in Spring Lake in Prior Lake.  The sampling methods used were similar to those used in Chile, but the laboratory methods and project goals were different. Czeck helped collect three long sediment cores and did all of the laboratory preparation and analysis for the project.  He will present the preliminary results at the “Inquiry at UST” poster session in September.  This project is a collaboration with the Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District.  The District Manager of the PLSLWD is UST alum Mike Kinney.