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Professional Notes for March 29, 2016

Father Juan Miguel Betancourt, S.E.M.V., Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of “The Virgin Mary as the Model of Consecrated Life: The Biblical Perspective,” published in the journal Vocations and Prayer (October-December 2015). He also attended the National Society of Biblical Literature Conference held Nov. 21-24, 2015, in Atlanta. In addition, Betancourt participated in the La Letteratura Sapienziale Seminar for scripture professors and scholars held Jan. 25-29 at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

Dave Brennan

Dr. Dave Brennan, Marketing Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Opus College of Business, presented “Retail Revolutions and Evolution” March 16 to the product managers for Target Sourcing Services at Target Corp. The talk focused on e-commerce’s disruptive impact on discounting and the shift away from discount stores to wholesale clubs and supercenters, and what it means for Target.

Amy Muse

Talia Nadir, St. Thomas Libraries, and Dr. Amy Muse, English Department, College of Arts and Sciences, delivered an invited presentation at the 2016 Council of Independent Colleges Information Fluency Workshop in the Disciplines: Workshop on English and American Language and Literature. The workshop was held March 10-12 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. They presented “Building a Culture of Collaboration in English and American Language and Literature.” Their presentation focused on their librarian-faculty partnership for an English senior seminar.

Sarah Noonan

Dr. Sarah Noonan, Leadership, Policy and Administration Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, presented “Is There a Doctor in the House? Causes and Remedies of Prolonged Academic Procrastination” March 16 at the fifth international Conference on Professional Doctorates hosted by Middlesex University and the United Kingdom Council for Graduate Education in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The interactive presentation and discussion focused on the personal, social and cognitive causes affecting doctoral degree completion rates due to prolonged academic procrastination, and the remedies available to help students turn around a pattern of poor performance. The results of a case study of academic procrastination reveal the dynamic interaction of factors affecting degree completion, and the important role doctoral chairs play in helping stalled out students recover with an offer of hope, and targeted assistance based on individual profiles.

Lisa Waldner

Dr. Lisa Waldner, Dean’s Office, and Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Sexual Politics in Intimate Relationships: Sexual Coercion and Harassment,” which appears in The New Sexuality Studies Reader, third edition, Routledge; a book review of American Democracy: From Tocqueville to Town Halls to Twitter by Andrew J. Perrin in International Sociology 31: 238-240; and co-author, with Betty Dobratz, Iowa State University, of “The White Power Movement’s Populist Connection to the Tea Party Movement in the United States” in Athens Journal of Social Sciences, 19-31.

Christian Washburn

Dr. Christian Washburn, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of “The Shaping of Modern Catholic Anthropology in the Context of the Counter-Reformation. St. Robert Bellarmine and the Transformative Power of Grace,” published in Das Menschenbild der Konfessionen – Achillesferse der Ökumene? edited by Bertram Stubenrauch and Michael Seewald (Freiburg im Breisgau: Verlag Herder, 2015): 217-248.

Victoria Young

Dr. Victoria Young, Art History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the winner of an honorable mention award in the 2016 David Gebhard Award for the best book on Minnesota’s built environment, sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Young received the award for her book, Saint John’s Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space (2014) at the March meeting of the society.

Cathy Craft-Fairchild

Several members of the University St. Thomas English Department attended the annual Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference held Feb. 25-28 in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Catherine Craft-Fairchild, English Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was faculty moderator on a panel “Questioning the Status Quo:  Eighteenth-Century ‘Criminal’ Literature,” and presented the first draft of a chapter for a proposed Modern Language Association teaching volume to be edited by Tiffany Potter, “Teaching Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina and Betsy Thoughtless: The Joining of Opposites.” Three students from the Master of Arts in English program also presented papers: Pearl Nielsen, “Deregulating Women’s Conduct and Exposing Men’s Conduct: Authorship and Gender in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina and Betsy Thoughtless”; Andrea Dennis, “Prostitution and the Malignancy of Desire in Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood”; and Victoria Pyron Tankersley, “Re-Conceptualizing Poverty as the Stimulus for Capitalist Innovation and Colonization in Moll Flanders.”