Professional Notes

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, School of Education, is the author of a chapter in a new book edited by Jack Mezirow, Learning as Transformation: Critical Perspectives on a Theory in Progress (Jossey-Bass, 2000). Brookfield's chapter is titled "Transformative Learning as Ideology Critique."

Katherine Faricy, Graduate Program in Piano Pedagogy, gave a workshop, "Movement and Interpretation," at the October meeting of the St. Paul Piano Teachers Association. In July, Faricy was a guest presenter at the symposium, "Lili Kraus and the Classical Era," at Butler University in Indianapolis. She gave a lecture-demonstration on "The Topics and Styles in the Piano Music of Mozart and Haydn."

Dr. Janet Grochowski, Health and Human Performance Department, presented two papers at the September meetings of the American Academy of Health Behaviors in Santa Fe, N.M. Her first paper was titled "Creating Compelling Health Futures: Impacts of a Promising Story-Based Strategy on Adolescents' Personal Health Projections." The second, co-authored with Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology Department, was titled "Using Storytelling to Construct Preferred Futures and Enhance Resiliency in Families: Insights from a Participatory, Dual-Vision Methodology."

Grochowski also conducted a workshop session for an Oct. 28 conference at St. Thomas, "From Boys to Men: Helping Boys Achieve Their Full Potential." The workshop was titled "Building the Sexual Health of Boys."

Dr. Joan Vitek Hiller, Sociology Department, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists in San Diego, Calif. Hiller outlined demographic and cultural trends and their impact on the assisted-listening device industry.

Dr. Nick Nissley, Organization Learning and Development Department, gave presentations at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, regarding his applied research in organizational aesthetics and organizational storytelling. Nissley gave his presentation, "The Art of Corporate Storytelling: Reframing Museum Education," to museum staff, docents and members of the museum's business council.

Dr. Shirley Polejewski, Accounting Department, has returned from Beijing, China, where she gave a paper at the 12th annual Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues. The conference's theme was "Globalization of Business and Trade: Implications for Accounting Development." Sponsored by the Guanghau School of Management at Peking University, Beijing, and the Sid Craign School of Business at California State University-Fresno, the conference provided a forum for the interaction of ideas and information between academicians and practitioners. Polejewski's paper was titled "China's Developing Capital Market: Changing the Role of Financial Information." She also chaired a session on international taxation.

Dr. Richard Raschio, Modern and Classical Languages Department, attended the annual conference of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures, for which he is the historian. Raschio gave a multimedia presentation, "Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?," a retrospective of the organization's four-decade history.

Dr. Paul Schons, Modern and Classical Languages Department, received a service award at the Oct. 27 meeting of the Minnesota Association of Teachers of German. He was recognized for "long years of service to the association and to the promotion of language study in Minnesota." Schons has been president and vice president of the association, its newsletter editor and director of the national German language testing program. He currently edits the association's electronic newsletter and maintains its Web site .

St. Thomas senior Craig Woodward won the state level of the collegiate piano performance competition of the National Music Teachers Association Oct. 28. A music major, Woodward is a piano student of Katherine Faricy. He will compete at the district-level competition in January; the winner of that competition will go on to the national contest in Washington, D.C., in March 2001. The prize? A new Steinway grand piano. Play well, Craig!