Professional Notes

Dr. Michael Andregg, College of Arts and Sciences (Justice and Peace Studies Department), presented a paper on “20 years of Intelligence Community Reform” at the annual meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association Oct. 9 at Marquette University in Milwaukee. His paper considered the long effort to highlight the importance of open sources, the major bureaucratic reorganization of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and the consideration of ethics in the intelligence profession.

Father James Burns, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, recently presented several papers at the Clergy Convocation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif. They included: “Leadership Styles and Functions: Achieving Your Ministerial Best With Fidelity and Courage,” a keynote address; Clerical Ministry and Pastoral Leadership: Getting to Wellness, Growth and Resiliency"; “What Are the Effects of Priestly Mental Status and Morale on Leadership?”; “Understanding Who We Are: A Survey of the Roman Catholic Priests of San Bernardino”; “Priest Leadership Development: Pastoring Self and Others in Congregation”; and “Clerical Leadership in Anxious Systems.”  He also is co-author, with Dr. Patrick McNamara, of an article, "How Does Religiousness Protect Against Risky Health Behaviors?" published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, a journal of the American Psychological Association, and a chapter titled "Religiosity as Protective Against Addictions in Adolescence," published in The Praeger International Collection on Addictions.

Dr. Michael Cogan, Institutional Research and Analysis, has been elected by his peers to serve a three-year term on the Catholic Higher Education Research Consortium board of directors. The consortium is an outgrowth of the meetings of institutional researchers and other interested parties from Catholic colleges and universities from across the country. The purpose of CHERC is to bring research to bear on the issues of institutional mission effectiveness, improved student learning and the value of Catholic heritage and religious affiliation at institutions of Catholic higher education.  In addition to his board-related duties, Cogan serves as a co-chair of the Research in Higher Education subcommittee.

Dr. Bonnie Holub (formerly Bonnie Holte Bennett), who founded and directed the Artificial Intelligence/High Performance and Parallel Computing Lab in the Graduate Programs in Software at St. Thomas, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota Computer Science and Engineering Department. Holub is a founder and CEO of Adventium Labs, a nonprofit research and development lab that focuses on the development of advanced software applications for complex systems, with a particular emphasis on automated reasoning, human-system interaction and supporting architectures.

James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, gave a lecture, “The Green in the Gray Flannel Suit: Irish America at Midcentury,” Oct. 8 at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. The lecture dealt chiefly with material covered in After the Flood: Irish America 1945-1960 (Irish Academic Press, 2009), which Rogers co-edited with Matthew O’Brien of Franciscan University of Steubenville. While in New York, Rogers was interviewed by the NYU Archives of Irish America Oral History Project on the Irish-American community in the Twin Cities and the early years of Irish studies at St .Thomas.

Dr. Lalith Samarakoon, Opus College of Business (Finance Department), is the author of an article, “The Relation Between Trades of Domestic and Foreign Investors and Stock Returns in Sri Lanka,” which has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money.

Dr. Paul Schons, College of Arts and Sciences (Modern and Classical Languages Department), presented a paper, “Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and the Last Pope,” at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Oct. 8-10 in Salt Lake City, Nev. Schons' paper analyzed one of Nietzsche’s “higher men,” the retired pope, as presented in the fourth book of Also Sprach Zarathustra. Schons presented an analysis of the meaning of the death of God as discussed by the pope and Zarathustra, the role of pity, the reasons for the pope’s loss of faith and an interpretation of the images used in the narration. He also discussed the parallel to the madman’s rant in Die fröhliche Wissenschaft and contrasted the significance of the death of God in the two works.  

Dr. Barbara Wolfe, School of Education, will be honored with the Merle B. Karnes Award for Service to the Division at the National Division of Early Childhood conference. The award is given to a DEC member who has made a significant contribution to the division in areas of leadership, service, research, advocacy or publications.