Professional Notes for Nov. 1, 2016

Candace Chou

Candace Chou

Dr. Candace Chou, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, was invited to serve on the Fulbright Senior Scholar Regional Review Committee, which met Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. Chou also has successfully completed her own research as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan during her sabbatical leave. Chou is scheduled to present the preliminary findings of her research, "Achieving Education Equity Through a Digital Equity Initiative in Taiwan," at the Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), held Oct. 17-21 in Las Vegas. She is happy to talk with any University of St. Thomas faculty members who are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, a highly competitive award for researchers to collaborate with international scholars at a host institute around the world.

Nicole Daly and Jackie Milbrandt, doctoral students in Organization Development and Change, cohort 8, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, gave a presentation, "Cultural Intelligence: A 21st-century Competitive Advantage," at the 2016 OD Network Conference held Oct. 9 in Atlanta.

Studio portrait of new chemistry faculty Justin Donato. Taken August 23, 2010

Justin Donato

Dr. Justin Donato, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented his research Sept. 26 at the Functional Metagenomics 2016 conference in Inderøy, Norway. His oral presentation, "Efficiency of Metagenomic Gene Expression in Multiple Strains of E. coli" included St. Thomas undergraduate Michael Simeon and St. Thomas graduate Daphne Welter as co-authors. Donato also co-wrote two posters that were presented at the meeting. The first poster, "Antibiotic Resistance in Wastewater Treatment Bacterial Communities Exposed to Triclosan" included St. Thomas undergraduate Bridget McGivern as a co-author. The second poster, "Functional Metagenomics to Explore TLR5 Antagonism by the Gut Microbiome," was co-written by Zach Henseler, a graduate of St. Thomas.

Dr. Bruce Gleason

Bruce Gleason

Dr. Bruce Gleason, CELC Partnerships and Community Engagement; Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums: Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 1820-1940, (University of Oklahoma Press). A book discussion and signing was held at Barnes and Noble in Roseville, Minnesota, on Oct. 17.

Tamara Gray, doctoral student in educational leadership, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, was a featured speaker with the Muslim Life Program Islam In Conversation Series held Sept. 23 at Princeton University. Gray is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through individual empowerment, spiritual upbringing of women by women and the revival of the female voice in scholarship.

J. Thomas Ippoliti

J. Thomas Ippoliti

Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was the keynote speaker after dinner at the 64th annual meeting of the Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC) held Oct. 7-8 on the campus of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The title of the presentation was “Examples of Academic-Industry Collaborations at an Undergraduate Institution." The talk presented examples of undergraduate research projects that were funded by collaborations with numerous companies over the last 25 years.

Shersten Johnson

Shersten Johnson

Dr. Shersten Johnson, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is author of “Coalescing Learning Around a Coltrane Classic," published in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, Volume 4, Engaging Students Through Jazz.

Father Jan Michael Joncas, artist in residence and research fellow in Catholic studies, received the McManus Award from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions at their annual gathering held Oct. 6 in Albany, New York. The McManus Award is given to someone whose life-work has supported liturgical renewal in the United States.

Ea Porter, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, represented CELC programs at the Insisting on Equity Conference hosted by the Minnesota chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Along with other local academic institutions, the University of St. Thomas was a co-sponsor of the event. Ea also represented CELC's programs at Roosevelt High School's Career Day as part of CELC's partnership with AchieveMpls.


Ea Porter

Drew Puroway, Academic Counseling and Support, attended the national National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) national conference held Oct. 5-8 in Atlanta. Puroway’s NACADA leadership includes graduating from the association’s Emerging Leaders Program, serving on the national Research Committee, serving on the task force charged to revise the core values of advising, and chairing the Advising Theory, Philosophy and History Commission. At the conference, Puroway co-presented "Humanities Research in Academic Advising: If You Aren't Doing Science What Are You Doing?" with Sarah Champlin-Scharff from Harvard University and "Learning About Ourselves From Ourselves: Preliminary Findings of a Collaborative Autoethnography on Advisor Identity" with Craig McGill from Florida International University and Mark Duslak from Lake Sumter State College.

Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw, professor emeritus, English Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of "Cuimhneachán 1966: Song, Setting and Satire in John Montague's Patriotic Suite," which was published in The South Carolina Review, 49, 1 (fall, 2016), pp. 20-38, from Clemson University. From the standpoint of the centenary of Ireland's Easter Rising, the article reflects back upon the 50th anniversary of the rising as revealed in Montague's poems on the tension between the ideals and realities of life in the Republic of Ireland just a few years short of the outbreak of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. This essay will become part of Redshaw's history of Liam Miller's Dolmen Press, as will other of his essays in past issues of The South Carolina Review.

Teresa Rothausen

Teresa Rothausen

Dr. Teresa Rothausen, Management Department, Opus College of Business, is author of a forthcoming commentary titled “Understanding Deep, Community-embedded Human Motivations and Aspirations for Work,” published in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. With two co-creators, she delivered a workshop series, “Race, Culture, and the Implications of Whiteness for Women’s Leadership,” to working professionals through the Center for Emerging Leadership in September and October.

Deborah Savage

Deborah Savage

Dr. Deborah Savage, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, presented a paper in September at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith conference on “Women in the Church” in Rome. Savage’s paper focused on her theory of complementarity and the genius of man and woman, in response to Spanish theologian and professor Bianca Castilla de Cortazar, during a session on “Human Nature and Sexual Difference.” The paper will be published along with the other conference proceedings in 2017.

St. Paul Seminary and School of Divinity professor Sr. Katarina Schuth.

Katarina Schuth

Sister Katarina Schuth, OSF, Ph.D., Endowed Chair for Social Scientific Study of Religion, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, participated in the following conferences this fall: the annual Vocation Conference, sponsored by the J.S. Paluch Company, held in August in Chicago; the 2016 Mission Bishops Conference, sponsored by Catholic Extension, held in September in Chicago; and in the Catholic Common Ground Initiative Meeting and Conference held in September in Chicago. She also made a presentation on her recently published book, Seminary Formation: Recent History, Current Circumstances, New Directions (Liturgical Press), in October at the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools (NACTS) annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Christian Washburn

Christian Washburn

Dr. Christian D. Washburn, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, edited and wrote introductions to the book The Seven Last Words from the Cross by Robert Bellarmine, i-xvii. 1933. Reprint, City: Cluny Publishers, 2016. He also edited and wrote introductions to the book The Church of Christ by Joseph Clifford Fenton, i-xviii. Tacoma, WA: Cluny Publishers, 2016. On Oct. 14, he presented “Engrafted into Christ: Sanctification and the Transformative Power of Grace in the Catholic Tradition” to the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Dr. Robert Werner, professor emeritus, Geography Department, College of Arts and Sciences, wrote a successful grant proposal for $10,000 from the Bush Foundation Event Sponsorship program to support the Dakota 38 horseback ride from the Crow Creek reservation in South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota. The ride will occur between Dec. 9 and 16. The event is a remembrance and reconciliation commemoration of the U.S./Dakota War of 1862. A video summary of the ride is online.

Victoria Young

Victoria Young

Dr. Victoria Young, Art History Department (chair), College of Arts and Sciences, and graduate art history student Clare Monardo delivered papers at the 2016 Southeast Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference held Sept. 29-30 at Tulane University in New Orleans. Young discussed the design of the National World War II Museum by Voorsanger Architects of New York City, which was based on her latest manuscript project. This talk suggested that an architecture of peace is at the core of architect Bartholomew Voorsanger’s design philosophy, a viewpoint that supports the museum’s missions of education, remembrance and inspiration. Young, along with Voorsanger, also gave a tour of the museum, providing the group with a comprehensive view of the design process from architectural competition, to the various building phases, to detailing the next stages of construction that will take place before final completion expected in 2019 ( The various plans, models, etc. from the project will become part of the Voorsanger Architects Digital Archive, located on the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History website.

Monardo presented on the sacred landscape and ritual at the Irish Holy Wells of St. Brigid, also the focus of her qualifying paper that she will present during the December 2016 Graduate Student Forum. For her SESAH paper, Clare discussed how ritual and space affect and inform one another at the holy wells of St. Brigid, with particular focus on site of Faughart, County Louth. Monardo is also the graduate student assistant on the Voorsanger Archive project.

Two students from the Economics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, earned third place in the Minnesota Economic Association 2016 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest, Term Paper Division. Alex Haag and Mark Ward wrote “The Two Envelope Paradox” while enrolled in a January Term class taught by Dr. Loren Langan. They received their award Oct. 28 during the MEA conference held at Hamline University.