Professional Notes

Dr. Steven Brookfield, School of Education, recently gave a keynote speech to a national parent-education conference, "Growing With Families: Education for parents of Children Ages 5-18," held at the University of Minnesota. His address was titled "Discussion as a Democratic Process."

Dr. Thomas Endres, Communication Department, received the$2,000 Jeanne Robertson Outstanding Professor Award of the National Speakers Association. NSA is a leading organization for experts who speak professionally; it has some 4,000 members. The award was announced at NSA's 2001 convention this summer in Dallas. NSA cited Endres' many contributions to communication study through articles and publications.

Joan Griffith, Music Department, has been chosen as an ASCAPLU$ Standard Award recipient this year. These cash awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, assist and encourage composers. They are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works. Panelists included David Bowden, conductor and music director of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute and Carmel, Ind., symphony orchestras; Carolyn Jennings, professor of music and associate dean for fine arts at St. Olaf College; H. Robert Reynolds, director of bands and instrumental studies at the University of Michigan; Greg Sandow, music educator, composer and classical music critic for the Wall Street Journal; and Fred Sherry, renowned cellist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy and Dr. Leigh Lawton , Marketing Department, and Erika Walker, Entrepreneurship Department, are the authors of an article, "the Case for Live Cases: Shifting the Paradigm in Marketing Education," published in the August issue of the Journal of Marketing education. The authors call for shifting teaching from a teacher-centered and product-based activity to a student-centered, process-based one. They used as an example their pairing of marketing and entrepreneurship courses in which student teams developed marketing plans for area small-business owners.

Dr. Anne King-Lenzmeier, Theology Department, is the author of a new book, Hildegard of Bingen: An Integrated Vision. The book, published by Liturgical Press, presents the 12th-century mystic, author, prophet and composer as a whole person in all her complexity and assesses her impact during her life and for the contemporary world. King-Lenzmeier also received a grant this summer from the International Education Center to participate in the first International Faculty Seminar to Tunisia, sponsored by the Council for International Educational Exchange. King-Lenzmeier called the seminar, Tunisia: The Legacy of Ancient Carthage, “an enriching and wonderful learning experience, especially as we were the first official American academic group to visit Tunisia.” Scholars in all fields of study from throughout the United States attended the seminar, which will be sponsored again next year. Places in these seminars are awarded competitively to faculty members who apply, and the seminars are held in wide-ranging locations and on a wide variety of topics.

Joe Komar, Quantitative Methods and Computer Science Department and Center for Multimedia Development, recently won the senior men’s club championship at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury. His score for the 36-hold tournament was 147 (74-73) over the par 72 course, giving him a winning margin of four strokes. If you can’t find Joe in QMCS, now you know where he’s likely to be.

Joe Landsberger, Instructional Support Services, developed a Web site for the St. Thomas Learning Center, Study Guides and Strategies, that won the 2001-2002 Golden Web Award of the International Association of Web Masters and Designers. USA Today featured the site Aug. 7-13 as a best site for educators, and it currently is featured in’s Useful Site Portal. This summer the site added Portuguese translations by Vera Mello of the Associacao Alumni in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Study Guides and Strategies currently is translated in part into 15 languages.

Dr. Pamela Nice, Center for Faculty Development, will present an experiment with a hybrid art form -- flamenco monologues -- Sept. 14-15 at Patrick's Cabaret. She directed and wrote the presentation, which involves three flamenco dancers and a guitarist. Combining spoken text, flamenco dance and music, the piece is based on The Golden Chariot, a work by Egyptian author Salwa Bakr, which critiques the lives of women in prison. Tickets can be reserved at (612) 721-3595. Reservations are necessary.

Dr. William Ojala, Chemistry Department, was invited to give a lecture, “Semicarbazide Derivatives of Monosaccharides as Models for Oligosaccharide/Amine Interactions,” at the 2001 annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association in July in Los Angeles.

Dr. Richard Raschio, Modern and Classical Languages Department, is the author of an article, “Integrative activities for the Study-Abroad Setting,” published in the September issue of Hispania Journal. Raschio also was named assistant program chair for the 2003 Central States conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In July, he chaired the visual arts session at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The conference was held in San Francisco. A member of the conference’s job fair panel, Raschio presented a paper, “Internet resources for Foreign-Language Job Seekers,” and participated in a round-table discussion, “The Private Sector and Academic Language Programs.”

Dr. Mary Reichardt, English Department and Catholic Studies Program, is the author of a new book, Catholic Women Writer
s: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
published this summer by Greenwood Press. Three years in the making, the book is the first volume to bring together critical, biographical and bibliographical information on women writing in the Catholic tradition. The 64 writers included span all eras from early medieval to contemporary times, and represent a wide variety of countries: from Julian of Norwich to Julia Alvarez, from Teresa of Avila to Denise Levertov, from Antonia Pulci to Simone Weil, from Hildegard of Bingen to Edna O’Brien. Reichardt’s introduction places the writers in historical, cultural and religious contexts. The book has been acclaimed a “milestone” in publishing on women and Catholicism. Besides Reichardt, contributors to the book include two current St. Thomas professors and one former adjunct professor: Dr. Kristina Chew, Modern and Classical Languages Department, contributed an essay on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha; Dr. Raymond MacKenzie, English Department, on Alice Meynell; and Dr. Nancylee Jonza, formerly of the English Department, on Caroline Gordon. Catholic Women Writers is available in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center and the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, and it is featured in the St. Paul campus Bookstore. Reichardt currently is working on two more books on Catholic literature: an undergraduate text, to be published in 2003, and a critical companion guide, to be published in 2004.

Mary Riebe, formerly of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship departments, has successfully defended her dissertation and will receive a Ph.D. in business Sept. 18 from the National University in Cork, Ireland. Granted a fall sabbatical in 1999, she wrote her theseis on "The Growth-Oriented Woman Entrepreneur: A Comparative, Qualitative Study." Twenty-seven women owners were interviewed at their companies in Ireland, Finland and the United States. Her U.S. committee member was Dr. Bob Hisrich of Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Dr. Susan Webster, Art History Department, is the author of an article, "A Major Confraternity Commission in Quito, Ecuador: The Church of El Sagrario," in the journal Confraternitas, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2001), pages 3-16.