Professional Notes

Dr. Heino Beckmann, Master of International Management Program, is the author of a chapter, "Value Creation and a Single Market for Financial Services in Europe," in Europe -- Toward the Next Enlargement, edited by Peter Coffrey (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000).

The Rev. Peter Feldmeier, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of a recently published dialogue on theological styles and models of ministry in the National Federation of Priests' Councils. Feldmeier discussed the visions that theologians Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar bring to the priesthood. The article was distributed to the American bishops at their fall meeting.

Dr. Thomas Hickson, Geology Department, was invited to speak at the University of Minnesota-Duluth last month. He presented the results of his ongoing research in a talk, "Turbidites? Sandy debris flows? Slurry beds? What the heck are those muddy sandstones in the Jackfork Group (Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas), anyway?" He focused on the physical processes responsible for depositing the enigmatic sandstones in central Arkansas. On Oct. 3, Hickson attended a research consortium meeting at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory of the University of Minnesota. The consortium, which supports of portion of Hickson's research, consists of academic geologists from institutions (Duke University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado and University of Minnesota) and petroleum company geoscientists from ExxonMobil, Texaco, Conoco, Anadarko and the Japanese National Oil Company. He presented the results of new research he is conducting at the laboratory and at St. Thomas; it focuses on how submarine sediment flows (similar to snow avalanches on land) fill small, sedimentary basins on the continental slope.

Dr. Jeanne McLean, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of a paper, "Academic Leadership: The Challenges Ahead," published in Seminary Journal. The paper was adapted from a presentation at the National Catholic Education Association convention last April in Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Nick Nissley, Organization Learning and Development Department, developed the idea of "electronic mentoring" for the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa. The school's alumni association sought ways to help alumni with "transition issues" that arose after graduation. The majority of the residential school's alumni move from the Hershey area and away from the support network they enjoyed there. Electronically, young alumni can develop relationships with older alumni mentors, who can help them with issues such as buying a car, managing money, seeking college financial aid, and more. Nissley is an alumnus of the school, whose mission is to nurture and educate needy boys and girls. Take a look at Milton Hershey School's electronic mentoring Web site.

James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, has contributed a chapter, "Joseph Mitchell's Irish Imagination," to a new book, New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora, edited by Charles Fanning (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000). The editor's introduction to the book calls Rogers' essay "a seminal reckoning of the subtle impact of an ethnic subculture beyond the pale of the Irish themselves."

Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, was invited to speak to a meeting of the Jesuit Provincials of the United States and other officials of the Society of Jesus Sept. 17-20 in Barcelona, Spain. In her presentations she discussed the place of Jesuit theological schools in the United States, their distinctiveness and contributions to the church worldwide, and other topics related to various stages of formation for Jesuits as they prepare for ministry.