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Professional Notes for July 19, 2016

Tim Balke

Dr. Tim Balke, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, was elected to the inaugural board of the Council of Master’s in Counseling Training Programs (CMCTP). The GSPP is one of 22 founding members of the CMCTP, which is a nationwide organization formed in 2015 by directors of M.A.-level programs in counseling. The purpose of the CMCTP is to foster the advancement of education in master’s-level counseling training programs with the goal of promoting quality education and training informed by the science of psychology, within an integrative and interdisciplinary approach.

Drs. Todd Busch, Nanette Missaghi, Jo Montie, Shelley Neilsen-Gatti, Amy Smith, Barb Stahl, Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan, Muffet Trout and Terri Vandercook (Teacher Education Department, School of Education) attended a two-day Beyond Diversity workshop hosted by the St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) May 18 and 19. The workshop introduced a framework for talking about race in schools and is provided for all employees of SPPS. University of St. Thomas members attended the workshop because they will be teaching in the newly designed St. Paul Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR) program. SUTR was created through a partnership between the St. Thomas Teacher Education Department and SPPS and aims to prepare more teachers of color in SPPS. The first SUTR cohort began classes June 2016 and will graduate August 2017.

Father Scott Carl

Father Scott Carl, The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of an article, “From Being with Jesus to Proclaiming the Word,” published in The Character of the Deacon: Spiritual and Pastoral Foundations, edited by James Keating (New York: Paulist Press). This book will be available February 2017.

Xiaowen Guan

Dr. Xiaowen Guan, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper titled “Different or Similar? A Cross-Cultural Examination of Family Communication Patterns, Affection and Conflicts Styles” at the International Communication Association’s 2016 conference June 9-13 in Fukuoka, Japan. Guan’s paper examined the impacts of family communication patterns, of family members’ affection, and of culture on how families communicate conflicts between adult children and their parents in three cultures: the United States, China and Saudi Arabia. The results show that cross-cultural variations in how a family communicates conflicts are more readily understood by considering an individual family’s emphasis on conversation and conformity, and family members’ affection for each other in combination with culture.

John Holst

Dr. John Holst, Educational Leadership Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, had multiple roles at the 57th Annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) held at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, June 2-5. He was co-author of a paper titled: “Beyond NGOization: Challenging Neoliberalism in a Chilean Trade Union School.” As a part of the conference steering committee, he co-chaired the annual business meeting. He was also an invited panelist for the closing session titled “Drawing Tomorrow’s Blueprint” in which senior scholars in the field of adult education discussed what the future holds and what strategies and designs we need for adult education to remain a prominent change agent for today’s and tomorrow’s society.

John Keston

Dr. John Keston, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented two featured workshops at Moogfest 2016 in May 19-22 in Durham, North Carolina. In “Audiovisual Scores for Electronic Music,” Keston explored alternatives to traditional musical scoring techniques, including graphic notation, audiovisual scores and iconographic systems. These systems provide direction for improvising musicians while encouraging them to draw from their own musical backgrounds and timbral palette. The workshop “Sound Art and Sonification” explored how visual media can be interpreted, generated, processed, and turned into sound and music for performances and exhibitions. Using image editing software and tools available on the internet, Keston demonstrated how to synthesize sounds from photographic imagery, including images of the natural world, cityscapes, industry and computer graphics.

Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists and musicians as a platform for conversation and experimentation, and as a stage for cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog, a pioneer of sound technology, including the analog synthesizer that bears his name

Dr. Don LaMagdeleine, Leadership, Policy and Administration Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, is the author of a book, The Leadership Imagination. In the interest of reimagining leadership as a highly contextual activity with moral overtones, LaMagdeleine argues for blending sociology and history of religions scholarship in leadership analysis of black swan leadership dilemmas. Based on more than 30 years of experience teaching and advising dissertations on leadership dilemmas, LaMagdeleine argues that organizations are inherently chaotic entities with only periodic instances of the kind of stability that allows for universal theory or conventional management models. His analysis introduces the term “leadership imagination” to describe the resulting approach.

Carol Peterfeso, Treasury Office, has been appointed to the Investment Advisory Council for the Minnesota State Board of Investments, which oversees $80 billion in pension and other state funds. Her appointment began in May.

Dr. Salina Renninger, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, was elected to a three-year term as treasurer of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP). The GSPP is a member of the CCPTP, which represents the interests of counseling psychology in areas related to the training of counseling psychologists.

Lisa Rezac

Dr. Lisa Rezac, Mathematics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and three math education students: Kelsey Pearson, William Abbott and T.J. Reuteman, presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics spring meeting in Duluth, Minnesota.

Dr. Cheri Shakiban, Mathematics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2016 UST Distinguished Educator Award. Each year, the St. Thomas Undergraduate Student Government awards a professor with the Distinguished Educator Award. Shakiban was nominated by math student Ryan Slechta, who listed several examples of student support and commitment to students on the application form for this award. Also, Shakiban and two St. Thomas students – Anna Grim and Ryan Slechta – recently were published in the International Journal of Image and Graphics. Their article is titled “Automatic Reassembly of Three-dimensional Jigsaw Puzzles.”

Cheri Shakiban

Dr. Buffy Smith, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, created and facilitated faculty development workshop titled “Unveiling the Hidden Curriculum on College Campuses” at Husson University, Bangor, Maine (May 2016).

Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner, Office of Diversity of Inclusion, participated in the following conferences this summer: panelist at the eighth annual Black Men Healing Conference and African American Babies Coalition Healing Vessels Conference: recipient of the African American Babies Coalition Service Award, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, (June 26); keynote address at the Minnesota Chapter of the College and University Personnel Association Conference, Chanhassen, Minnesota (June 16); member of panel on the discussion “Uniting for a cause: Intersectional Activism” at the 2016 Non-profit Leadership Conference, McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis (June 14); and keynote address on “Addressing Implicit bias and Building Inclusive Learning Communities” at the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color Annual Conference, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (June 8).

Kim Vrudny

Dr. Kim Vrudny, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of a book, Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation, published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2016.

Christian Washburn

Dr. Christian Washburn, The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of “The Second Vatican Council and the Theological Authority of ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’ as a Constitution,” published in Nova et Vetera 13 (2015): 1,093-1,124. In addition, his article “The Second Vatican Council, Lumen gentium, and Subsistit” was published in the Josephinum Journal of Theology 22 (2015): 1-28.

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