Professional Notes

Dr. Elise Amel, Psychology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the 2011 Undergraduate Research Award. This annual award is given to faculty who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting undergraduate research and sustained collaborations between student researchers and faculty mentors. Selected by her peers, Amel has a long history of working intensely with undergraduates conducting research, has encouraged many to present their research at national conferences and has supported several as they have published their work in internationally recognized, scholarly journals.

Sister M. Christine Athans, BVM, professor emerita, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, gave a lecture on "The Jewishness of Mary,” which was sponsored by the Garaventa Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage on March 24 at the University of Portland (Oregon). She is completing her three-year term as chair of the Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation, and continues to teach at Catholic Theological Union and Loyola University-Chicago.

Dr. Philip Rolnick, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Persons at Home in the Universe: Openness, Purpose, and Transcendence,” which was published in In Search of Self:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Personhood, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Erik P. Wiebe, eds. (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011).

Tom Ryan, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, was awarded Certified Fund Raising Executive certification on March 1. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They also have passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold “Accountability Standards” and the “Donor Bill of Rights.” 

Dr. Gerald Schlabach, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “‘Just Policing’ − Die Frage nach (De-Legitimierung des Krieges muss nicht kirchentrennend bleiben. Lernerfahrungen aus dem mennonitisch-katholischen Dialog,” translated by Helga Voigt and published in Ökumenische Rundschau, vol. 60. 1 (2011).