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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Activities
College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences
Volume 15, Issue 7
May 2014
Student Activities
AGING STUDIES
Supriya Sarkar presented, “The Effect on
Quality of Life in Family Caregivers for People
with Alzheimer’s Disease during the Caregiving
Role,” at the Minnesota Gerontolological
Society meeting, St. Paul, MN, April 25, 2014.
Caroline Wood won an essay contest resulting
in support for her travel and registration to
attend the Aging Society of America
Conference in San Diego, California. The title
of her essay was, "Aging in America - National
Conference with Local Impact,” April 2014.
ANTHROPOLOGY
Lucas Newbauer (Mentor: Chelsea Mead)
presented, “The Power of Global Connectivity
and Indigenous Peoples in the Digital Age,” at
the Undergraduate Research Symposium,
Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
ECONOMICS
Jesse Backstrom, MSU alumnus, was admitted
to the PhD program in Agricultural Economics
at Texas A&M, Commerce. Jesse was awarded
full tuition waiver, a research assistantship, and
a fellowship.
Aaron Bader, MSU alumnus, was admitted to
the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and the
University of Nebraska PhD programs in
Applied Economics and Economics. Aaron was
awarded a full year fellowship and full tuition
waiver along with a full research assistantship,
April 2014.
Ozlem Barin and Matthew Petersen,
supervised by Ihsuan Li, participated in the
2014 Winchell Undergraduate Research
Conference, Winona, MN. Ozlem presented,
“Prescription and Medical Regimen Adherence
of HIV Patients,” and Matthew presented his
paper, “Evidence on Statistical Discrimination
Based on Race and Gender in Information
Technology Occupations,” April 2014
Ozlem Barin, Matthew Petersen, and Marinda
Phandanouvong participated in the Midwest
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Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition, Winona,
MN. The team was advised and led by Ihsuan Li, April
5-6, 2014.
Matthew Petersen won the Omicron Delta Epsilon,
International Honor Society in Economics,
Outstanding Student Award Competition 2014.
Matthew was nominated by Ihsuan Li, advisor to the
Kappa chapter of the Honor Society, April 2014.
The Department of Economics is the host of the
newest chapter for undergraduate students of the
Agricultural and Applied Economic Association, April
2014. Dr. Ihsuan Li applied for the chapter recognition
and is the chapter advisor.
ETHNIC STUDIES
Song Yang (graduate student), Mai Xee Vang, Pakou
Lee, and Panhia Lee (undergraduate students), and
Vang Xiong presented, “Beyond High School: A New
Chapter in Higher Education,” at the 2014 Hmong
Youth Development Conference, Saint Paul, MN,
April 18, 2014.
Vang Xiong, Panhia Lee, Pakou Lee, Song Yang, Mai Xee
Vang, and North High Students
GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
Audrey Brickley (Mentor: Amy Sullivan) presented,
“Opinions on Abortion: MSU Student Definitions of
Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, and How They Identify,” at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN,
April 21, 2014.
Megan Eineke (Mentor: Amy Sullivan) presented,
“History of Women and Alternative Medicine,” at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN,
April 21, 2014.
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Laura Fry, Erin Zimmerman, and Katarina Barrett (Mentor:
Amy Sullivan) presented, “Gender and Women’s Studies by
Degree: What are MSU-Mankato GWS Alumni Doing Now?” at
the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April
21, 2014.
Kelsey Goeman (Mentor: Amy Sullivan) presented, “Sexual
Assault on College Campuses,” at the Undergraduate Research
Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Kelsey Mischke (Mentor: Amy Sullivan) presented, “A Critical
Analysis of Media Images Depicting the New Athletic Body Ideal
and One Woman’s Experience with Them,” at the Undergraduate
Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Omolayo Ogunnowo, Elaine Lossing, KariAnn Uecker, and
Natasha Theissen (Mentor: Laura Harrison) presented,
“Organizing for Justice: The Critical Constructivist Approach to
Reproductive Justice,” at the Undergraduate Research
Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Quenter Ramogi, Abigael Barefoot, and Abby Haak presented,
“Collective Action for Non-Violence Around Story-Telling,” at
the National Women’s Studies Association.
Chong Vang (Mentor: Amy Sullivan) presented, “An Oral
History and Auto-ethnography of Sexuality Privilege and Gender
Inequity in LGBTQ Hmong America,” at the Undergraduate
Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
GEOGRAPHY
Matt Moore presented, “On the Landscape Epidemiology of West
Nile Virus in the Upper Minnesota River Valley: A GIS and
Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Approach,” at the South Dakota
State Geography Convention, Brookings, March 20-21, 2014.
Neal Pastick, MSU alumnus, was admitted to the University of
Minnesota Natural Resources Science-Geospatial Monitoring
PhD program with an Assistantship, March 2014.
Renee Pieschke presented, “Attempting to Close the Digital
Frontier: Communications Geography and Web 2.0 Culture,” the
South Dakota State Geography Convention, held in Brookings,
March 20-21, 2014, and the Annual Meeting of the Association
of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida, April 7-12, 2014.
Renee Pieschke was elected to a one year term on the governing
committee of the Graduate Student Affinity Group of the
American Association of Geographers (AAG) held at the Annual
Meeting of the AAG, Tampa, Florida, April 7-12, 2014.
Renee Pieschke, with teammates from Geography and GIS
programs across the globe, won the playful yet critical GIS
“IronSheep” Competition, sponsored by the Floating Sheep
Collective (cf. floatingsheep.org).
Michael Robinson is employed by the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources (DNR). The Commissioner of the DNR, The
Honorable Tom Landwehr, selected Mike as a winner of a DNR
Commissioner’s Award in the category of Conservation
Enhancement for his work on Conservation Easement
Stewardship, February 25, 2014. Commissioner Landwehr also
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thanked Mike for his “…dedicated service to the
mission of the DNR and the citizens of Minnesota.”
Shreya Vaidya attended the Annual Meeting of the
Association of American Geographers, Tampa,
Florida, April 7-12, 2014.
Vince Williams, with his advisor Phil Larson,
presented, “Geostatistical and Geospatial Analysis of
Inflow and Infiltration into Wastewater Treatment
Infrastructure,” at the Association of American
Geographers Mtg., Tampa, Florida, April 7-12, 2014.
Tiffany Zempel, recommended by her advisor: Forrest
Wilkerson, was awarded a summer GIS Internship with
the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
division, which focuses on water and waste-water
management and air and water quality, April 2014.
GOVERNMENT
Danielle Thomsen, MSU alumna, won the Malcolm
Jewell Award for best paper by a graduate student
delivered at the Southern Political Science Association
conference in Orlando, FL, January 2013. Thomsen
completed her Ph.D. in political science at Cornell
University in 2014, and is completing a fellowship at
Duke University.
Danielle Thomsen received the Malcolm Jewell Award
Michael Miller, MSU alumnus, currently Assistant
Professor of Political Science at the University of
Illinois – Springfield, has published two books, and
has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of
Political Science at Columbia University – Barnard
College beginning Fall 2014.
Anthony Reffke (Mentor: Joseph Kunkel) presented,
“Nationalism and International Sport: German Soccer
and the Reluctance to Show Pride,” at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN,
April 21, 2014.
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HISTORY
Bethany Anderson, Cierra Byers, Greg Dunkelberger, Patrick
Legier, Hunter Lemke, Jonathan Schreiber, Mark Turak, and
Jordan Teslow were initiated into Phi Alpha Theta, the National
History Honorary Society, April 11, 2014.
Tatiana Soboleva (Mentor: Christopher Corley) presented,
“Premarital Sexuality among Young People in EighteenthCentury France,” at the Undergraduate Research Symposium,
Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
PSYCHOLOGY
Sergio Aguilar (Mentors: Carlos Panahon and Melissa Stewart)
presented, “Surveying Students’ Use of Test Accommodations,”
at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April
21, 2014.
Maria Almoite and Jessica Kay (Mentor: Karla Lassonde)
presented, “Is Sustained Attention Important for the Testing
Effect?” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research,
University of Kentucky, April 3-5, 2014.
Maria Almoite and Jessica Kay’s (Mentor: Karla Lassonde)
research was accepted for presentation at the 14th Annual
Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference in Stanford,
California.
Stephanie Bennett (Mentor: Jeffrey Buchanan) presented, “The
Benefits of Exposure to Animals for Person with Dementia: A
Literature Review,” at the Undergraduate Research Symposium,
Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Scott Boyd presented, “Segmental Overlay of the Algorithms of
the Brain: A Computational Model of the Visual System,” at the
National Conference for Undergraduate Research, University of
Kentucky, April 3-5, 2014. This project was co-mentored by
Dawn Albertson and Rebecca Bates.
Shelby Flegel, Lauren Bach, and Katie Westermayer (Mentor:
Emily Stark) earned a travel grant from the national Psychology
Honors association, Psi Chi, as well as special funding from the
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to travel to present,
“Heroism and Gender Roles: Influence of Publicity, Risk, and
Familiarity on Heroism,” at the Midwestern Psychological
Association, Chicago, IL, May 2014.
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Shelby Flegel, Lauren Bach, and Katie Westermayer
(Mentor: Emily Stark) were awarded a Research and
Professional Development grant through the
President’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Laurie Grad and Sarah Sifers presented, “YWCA
Ready to Learn Program Evaluation,” at the
Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology,
Owatonna, MN, March 2014.
Laurie Grad, Maria Stevens, and Sarah Sifers
presented, “Change in Body Image as a Predictor of
Social Acceptance,” at the Midwestern Psychological
Association, Chicago, IL, May 2014.
Emilee Mailhot (Shaw) presented, “Evaluating the
Relationship between Religious Beliefs and Attitudes
toward Science in an American College Population,”
at both the National Conference for Undergraduate
Research, University of Kentucky, April 3-5 and the
Midwestern Psychological Association conference,
Chicago, IL, May 2014.
Emilee Mailhot (Shaw) was awarded a URC supply
grant for our project entitled, “Evaluating Knowledge,
Belief, and Attitudes about Science in an American
College Population.”
Nicole Nohelty (Mentors: Carlos Panahon and
Samantha Steinman) presented, “Using Choice as a
Writing Intervention to Investigate Gender
Differences,” at the Undergraduate Research
Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Kristen Paulsen and Katie Westermayer (Mentors:
Carlos Panahon and Cassandra Schreiber) presented,
“A Bibliometric Analysis of the School Psychology
International Journal,” at the Undergraduate Research
Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Yea Seul Pyun and Sarah Sifers presented, “The
Influence of Mother-Child Relationship on Children’s
Emotional Symptoms and Adaptive Skills,” at the
Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL,
May 2014.
Yea Seul Pyun and Sarah Sifers presented, “The
Influence of Father-Child Relationship on
Adolescents’ Mental Health,” at the Midwestern
Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna,
MN, March 2014.
Joanna Richardson (Mentor: Dawn Albertson)
presented, “Media Impact on Science Knowledge,” at
the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato,
MN, April 21, 2014.
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Christine Scheper (Mentors: Carlos Panahon and RaeLynn
Lamminen) presented, “A is for App: Surveying Teachers about
the Use of iPads/Tablets in the Classroom,” at the Undergraduate
Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
Emilee Shaw (Mentor: Dawn Albertson) presented, “An
Investigation into the Level of Knowledge and Attitude Toward
Science in an American College Population,” at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21,
2014.
Maria Stevens and Sarah Sifers presented, “The Relationships
between Vicarious Trauma and Maintaining a Healthy Balance
with an Organizational Setting,” at the Midwestern Conference
on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, March 2014.
Sladjana Todorovic and Felicia VandeNest (Mentor: Karla
Lassonde) presented, “Assessing Military Stereotypes,” at the
National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of
Kentucky, April 3-5, 2014.
Sladjana Todorovic and Felicia VandeNest (Mentor: Karla
Lassonde) presented their research, “Assessing Military
Stereotypes,” at the 86th Annual Midwestern Psychological
Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 2014.
Samantha Tupy and Sarah Sifers presented, “Perceived Benefit
of the BackPack Food Program Based on Income and Food
Insecurity,” at the Midwestern Psychological Association,
Chicago, IL, May 2014.
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Clinical and school psychology students have
completed 12 adult psychoeducational assessments
through the Psychological Assessment Clinic during
the 2013-14 year.
SOCIAL STUDIES
Connor Murphy, Brandon Gleason, and Thomas
Mock, social studies education majors with a
geography concentration, were honored with the
College of Education KSP Distinguished Scholar
Award, April 11, 2014.
Thomas Mock, Connor Murphy, and Brandon Gleason
with Professor Cynthia Miller
SOCIAL WORK
Jade Blekestad had her letter to the editor, “Early
Childhood Education: Building Blocks to Success,”
published in The New Ulm Journal as part of an
advocacy project, April 28, 2014.
Sharon Bonnet had her letter to the editor, “Making a
Difference in Schools,” published in the Fergus Falls
Journal, Grand Rapids Herald Review, International
Falls Journal, and Baudette Northern Light Region as
part of an advocacy project.
Jeni Kolstad had her My View, “State’s Olmstead
Plan Leaves out Mental Illness: Services for Mental
Illness as Important as Physical Illness,” published in
the Mankato Free Press as part of an advocacy project,
April 4, 2014.
Tara Mershon had her letter to the editor, “Let’s
Invest in Children’s Mental Health,” published in the
Mankato Free Press as part of an advocacy project,
April 24, 2014.
Katrina Ohmann-Thai, MSW Candidate and Title IVE Scholar 2014, has been selected to participate in the
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program
through the University of Minnesota. This program has
been designed to enhance the understanding of infant
and early childhood development and mental health,
April 2014.
Melissa Pletcher had her letter to the editor, “Making
a Difference in Schools,” published in The Murray
County News as part of an advocacy project, April 23,
2014.
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Kelly Vourlos had her letter to the editor, “Making a Difference,”
published in the Mille Lacs Messenger as part of an advocacy
project, April 23, 2014.
SOCIOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS
Lacey Boston participated on the panel, “Surviving Graduate
School,” at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, Omaha,
NE, April 3-6, 2014.
Lisa Miller, corrections and law enforcement major, was
awarded an Outstanding Collegiate Award at the Leadership
Awards, April 27, 2014.
Elisabeth Mumford presented, “Wheelchair Bound Not Sex
Bound: The Reconstruction of Self and Sexual Identity after
Spinal Cord Injury,” at the Midwest Sociological Society
Meeting, Omaha, NE, April 3-6, 2014.
prison at the Minnesota Department of Corrections
Central Office to an audience of administrators and
practitioners, February 12, 2014.
Autumn Thompson presented, “Precollege Outreach
Programs: Assessing and Imparting Social Capital,”
at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, Omaha,
NE, April 3-6, 2014.
Students in Leah Rogne’s Applied Sociology class
worked with the American Civil Liberties Union in
Mankato to survey community attitudes toward the
police and with Early Childhood and Family Education
of Mankato School District #77 to develop a plan for
using social media in family education, Fall 2013.
Jenn Schweitzer, Kimberly Greer, and Vicki Hunter presented
their research on women’s experiences of reentering society from
Faculty and Department Activities
Vang Xiong received the Vic Swenson Student Friendly
Award of the Year from Minnesota State Student
Association, April 16, 2014.
AGING STUDIES
Don Ebel served as a panelist discussing his use of
debates in teaching the Sociology of Aging at the
Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Omaha,
Nebraska, April 4, 2014.
GEOGRAPHY
Mary Dooley, Professor Emerita, was honored at the
MSU Authors Reception held April 8th for her recent
book, Growing up on Anne’s Farm.
Don Friend was honored at the MSU Authors Reception
held April 8th for his recent text, Mountain Geography:
Physical and Human Dimensions, published by
University of California Press.
ANTHROPOLOGY
Heath Anderson was awarded a Faculty Improvement
Grant for professional training and symposium attendance
to facilitate the development of a comprehensive course in
spatial data, April 25, 2014.
ECONOMICS
Ihsuan Li completed a workshop on Performance
Assessment in Higher Education at Harvard University,
April 2014.
Don Friend presented, “Mountain Geography: Physical
and Human Dimensions,” at the Association of American
Geographers Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 7-12, 2014.
Don Friend completed a three year term (2011-2014) on
the Awards Committee of the Geomorphology Specialty
Group (GSG) of the Association of American
Geographers (AAG) serving the last year as Chair of the
Committee. He was also elected Secretary/Treasurer of
the GSG at the AAG Annual Meeting, held in Tampa,
Florida, April 7-12, 2014. He will serve a term of one
year as Secretary/Treasurer, and will then serve a one year
term as Chair of the Specialty Group to be followed by
three years on its Advisory Board.
Ihsuan Li served as judge in the 2014 North Central
Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium and
science competition, organized by the Minnesota
Academy of Science. She judged papers presented in the
Behavioral & Social Sciences Category, April 2014.
Ihsuan Li presented a break-out session, “What is it
Worth? Salary by Major,” at the Winchell Undergraduate
Research Symposium, Winona, MN.
Robert Simonson and Ihsuan Li served as judges in the
Winchell Undergraduate Symposium, Winona, MN.
Don Friend has been invited to serve as Guest Professor
in the Geomatics Institute at Karlsruhe University of
Applied Sciences in Germany for the second year in a
row. He departs May 14th for a one month posting.
ETHNIC STUDIES
Dalton Crayton and others will present, “Different Paths,
One Journey: The Many Experiences of Black Graduate
Students,” at the 2014 National Black Graduate Student
Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, May 28-June 1, 2014.
Phil Larson and Ronald Dorn’s paper, “Strath
Development in Small Arid Watersheds: Case Study of
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South Mountain, Sonoran Desert, Arizona,” will be
published this year in the American Journal of Science.
http://www.mankatofreepress.com/local/x2117354873/Ne
w-Ulm-man-advances-challenge-to-his-marijuana-arrest
H. Hargitai and Phil Larson have in press, "Valley
Terrace," in The Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms
published by Springer.
Pat Nelson was elected as the 2014-2015 Vice President
of Programming for the Madelia Women of Today
organization, which is a chapter of the MN Women of
Today and the National Women of Today organization,
April 2014.
Phil Larson and Ronald Dorn have in press, "Radiometric
dating/techniques," in The International Encyclopedia or
Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and
Technology published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Fred Slocum was awarded at Faculty Improvement Grant
to attend Prague Summer Schools’ week long course,
“Crime Law, and Psychology,” that includes: faculty
expert lectures, workshops, assigned readings, social
events, tours, and excursions, Prague, the Czech
Republic, April 25, 2014.
Vinson Williams and Phil Larson presented,
“Geostatistical and Geospatial Analysis of I/I into
Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure,” at the Annual
Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,
Tampa, Florida, April 7-12, 2014.
Phil Larson’s project, “Formation and Significance of
Aeolian Landforms in a Post-Glacial Alluvial Valley.
Case Study from the Chippewa River Valley, WestCentral Wisconsin,” received a Faculty Research Grant,
April 18, 2014.
HISTORY
Angela Jill Cooley and Lori Lahlum introduced and led
the discussion on two films in the Created Equal series,
"Slavery by Another Name" and "The Abolitionists."
Created Equal is a series of four films documenting
America's civil rights history brought to campus with a
grant secured by the Library Department, Spring 2014.
Phil Larson was awarded a Faculty Improvement Grant
in order to attend a short course at Utah State University
on OSL dating and to gather materials for his Natural
Disasters course at Yellowstone National Park, April 25,
2014.
David Jessup presented, “Contemplating Pietism:
Kierkegaard’s Anticipation of Strindberg’s Critique,” at
the Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies,
Yale University, CT, March 15, 2014.
Rama Mohapatra presented, “Geography, Society, and
Generosity: Do Religion, Inequality, and Disasters Affect
the Spatial Pattern of Giving in the United States?” at the
Association of American Geographers Meeting, Tampa,
FL, April 7-12, 2014.
Fei Yuan presented, “Long-term Land Use Changes
Affected by the Conservation Reserve Program Along the
Minnesota River Basin,” entitled after a paper she and
Marty Mitchell published at the Association of American
Geographers Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 7-12, 2014.
David Jessup delivered the public lecture, “Before the
Vikings: Glimpses of Ancient Scandanavia,” at the
Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota meeting,
Saint Paul, MN, March 22, 2014.
David Jessup published, "Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson i
Amerika: Et drama i to akter," in Den engasjerte
kosmopolitt: Nye Bjørnson-studier (Oslo: National
Library of Norway, 2013).
Lori Lahlum was invited to discuss the book she edited
with Betty Bergland, “Norwegian American Women:
Migration, Communities, Identities,” at the Dakota
Conference, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies,
Augustana College, April 2014.
Forrest Wilkerson presented, “Climate Change in Alpine
Environments: Twenty Years of Research in the White
Mountains of California,” at the South Dakota State
Geography Convention, Brookings, March 20-21, 2014.
PSYCHOLOGY
Jeffrey Buchanan’s project, “The Effects of a Cognitive
Training Program for Individuals with Moderate-Stage
Dementia,” received a Faculty Research Grant, April 18,
2014.
GOVERNMENT
Eiji Kawabata has been appointed as a Japan Scholar at
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
He will conduct research on privacy governance advanced
industrial democracies in the Asia-Pacific at the Wilson
Center from June 2 to August 27, 2014.
Moses Langley was awarded the Minnesota State
University Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year
Award, 2014.
Joe Kunkel was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio
about the Aaron Miller v. Tim Walz election for
Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, April 23, 2014.
Pat Nelson was interviewed by the Mankato Free Press
and quoted in an article, “New Ulm Man Advances
Challenge to his Marijuana Arrest,” on April 26, 2013.
Karla Lassonde, Joe Holtermann and Marilyn Hart
presented, “Students as Scholars: Inquiry Based Learning
in the Classroom,” at the Minnesota State University,
Professional Development Day, Mankato, MN.
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research and grants as well as information related to
professional development opportunities. Editors are
Debra Gohagan, and MSW student and graduate
assistant, Ann Pryzbilla.
Karla Lassonde presented, “When Will They Learn?
Evaluating the Pervasiveness of ‘50 Great Myths of
Popular Psychology’ in Psychology Students Toward a
Process for Instruction,” at the Society for the Teaching
of Psychology’s Best Practices: Research-Based
Approached for Teaching Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia.
The Department of Social Work had 81 students and 11
faculty/field supervisors attend the 121st Annual Training
Conference of the Minnesota Social Services Association.
Department faculty staffed an information booth for
potential BSSW and MSW students. It was also visited by
alumni working throughout the state, March 19-21, 2014.
Karla Lassonde presented the Keynote at the 2014
Undergraduate Research Symposium at Minnesota State
University, Mankato.
SOCIAL WORK
William Anderson presented, “Ethics in Macro Practice:
The Missing Pieces,” at the national BPD conference.
The presentation focused on the challenges of addressing
ethical dilemmas in social work macro practice when our
Code of Ethics is so slanted to working in direct practice,
Louisville, KY, March 21, 2014.
The Department of Social Work had 94 BSSW and
MSW students, 5 social work faculty, and one visiting
lecturer from the University of Fort Hare, East London
Campus, South Africa, attend the Social Work Day at the
Capitol. Students and faculty lobbied their state Senators
and Representatives regarding social service issues.
Mankato Department of Social Work was selected for the
5th time to receive the NASW-MN Advocacy Award for
the department’s lobbying efforts during the 2013
legislative session. Nancy Fitzsimons work and
organization were instrumental in making this year’s
Social Work Day at the Capitol a success. Kelsey Goeman
(2013 student liaison), and the 2014 SOWK-DAC
Planning Team also assisted in the effort, April 7, 2014.
David Beimers and Christine Black-Hughes published,
“Are BSW Students Prepared to Address Substance
Abuse in Clients?” in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social
Work, 2013.
David Beimers presented, “Legislative Advocacy Days
and BSW Student Orientation towards Advocacy,” at the
Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program
Directors Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, 2014.
David Beimers participated in, “Getting your MSW: Why,
When, and How?” a panel presentation at Minnesota
Social Service Association, Minneapolis, MN, March 20,
2014.
Nancy Fitzsimons was interviewed for and profiled twice
in the documentary, “Independence to Inclusion,”
produced by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on
Developmental Disabilities, the Minnesota Department of
Human Services, and Twin Cities Public Television. She
attended the Premiere event sponsored by the Minnesota
Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, April
24, 2014.
18th Annual Social Work Day at the Capitol
Robin Wingo will act as the faculty liaison for child
welfare scholars attending the Summer Institute in Indian
Child Welfare hosted by the Center for Regional & Tribal
Child Welfare Studies, UM-D to be held July 2014. This
will make the fourth year that the Department of Social
Work has participated.
Robin Wingo co-facilitated with the Field Committee the
Pre-Conference on Field Education at the Baccalaureate
Program Directors Annual Conference in Louisville, KY,
March 11th, 2014. .
The Department of Social Work’s Child Welfare
program published its first E-Newsletter for its child
welfare program graduate and undergraduate alumna in
February 2014. This E-Newsletter contains information
related to opportunities for potential employment and
Department of Social Work received the NASW-MN
Advocacy Award
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31, 2012. Available at
http://thesocietypages.org/papers/movements-electionsdemocracy/
SOCIOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS
Steve Buechler's newly revised book, “Critical
Sociology, 2nd edition,” is being published by Paradigm
Publishers. The first edition was published by Paradigm
in 2008 and the revised edition has new material on the
"Great Recession," the role of social media, the
construction of masculinity, and recent social movements
including Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party activism and the
Arab spring among other topics, Spring 2014.
Jenn Schweitzer (graduate student), Kimberly Greer, and
Vicki Hunter presented their research on women’s
experiences of reentering society from prison at the Adult
and Juvenile Female Offenders Conference in Portland,
Maine on October 8, 2013 and at the Minnesota
Department of Corrections Central Office to an audience
of administrators and practitioners on February 12, 2014.
Barbara Keating delivered the 2014 Midwest
Sociological Society Presidential Address, “Violence
Against Women: A Disciplinary Debate and Challenge,”
April 5, 2014.
Leah Rogne co-edited, “Advance Care Planning:
Communicating about Matters of Life and Death,” a book
published by Springer Publishers, August 2013.
URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES
Raymond Asomani-Boateng was acknowledged and
honored for his contribution to the planning profession for
the number of citations of his work, and the impact his
research has had on the field by the American Planning
Association, December 7, 2013.
Steve Buechler’s article, “Movements + Elections =
Democracy,” was published in The Social Side of Politics,
edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen and
published by W.W. Norton & Co, April 2014. An earlier
version of the article was published online as a peerreviewed, “White Paper” in The Society Pages, October
College and Related Activities
Undergraduates of the College of Social and Behavioral
Sciences departments of Anthropology, Ethnic Studies,
Government, and Psychology presented seventeen posters
at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN,
April 21, 2014.
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Good News
Acting Dean Maria Bevacqua, the Advisory Board of the
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and board
member Timothy Price honored the recipients of the 2014
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board
Awards at a May 1, 2014, reception.
SBS Distinguished Professor
Joseph Kunkel, Government
SBS Student Leader
Joseph Becker, Sociology and Corrections
Innovation with Technology Award
Moses Langley, Psychology
SBS Student Leader
Kelli Damlo, Anthropology
SBS Distinguished Alumnus
Joshua Lego, ’95 Law Enforcement
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