Paul James, director of the office of multicultural affairs, attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, held in San Francisco May 29-June 2. James also participated as a presenter at a major workshop and as a panelist at a summit organized by the John D. O’Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses (JDOTT). JDOTT addresses issues of racism and other professional challenges, and also provides a forum for networking opportunities, collective action and members’ empowerment. Serving as the regional representative for JDOTT, James spoke at a workshop titled “Connecting the Past, Present, and Future with a Revolutionary Spirit for Authentic Transformation.” The summit panel discussion, titled “Activism in the Academy,” focused on professional and student activism in higher education and in communities of color.
Stephanie Brzuzy, department of social work chair, presented at the 20th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. The presentation focused on issues pertaining to diversity in professional schools. The presentation, “Standardization and Diversity: Tensions in Professional Health Sciences Training, Lessons from Professional Schools of Social Work” was done with Amber Ault, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Shelagh Larkin, faculty member in social work, presented at a national conference, Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching, at The College of St. Catherine/The University of St. Thomas. Her presentation, “Teaching to the Mission: Spiritually Based Professional Development of Self in Field Education: An Ignatian Approach,” was based on her work in the Ignatian mentoring program.
Ken Overberg, S.J., professor of theology, received a third-place award in the “Best Feature Article in a General Interest Newsletter” category from the Catholic Press Association for his 2006 article “End-of-Life Ethics.” John Sniegocki, assistant professor of theology, received a first place award in the “Best Feature Article in a Scholarly Magazine” category for his 2006 essay “The Social Ethics of Pope John Paul II.”
Kimberlie Goldsberry, executive director of Student Involvement and Leadership received a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education degree from Ohio University on June 8. Her dissertation research was titled “Engaged Citizens: Connections between Alumni Civic Involvement and Collegiate Engagement” and focused on Xavier young alumni from 1999-2001.
Richard J. Griffin, inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a Xavier alumnus, was honored by Marymount University for his leadership in public service. Marymount University President James E. Bundschuh conferred the honorary doctor of humane letters upon Griffin during the May 9 graduate commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C. Griffin earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Xavier in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Marymount University in 1984. He is also a graduate of the National War College.
The Catholic Theological Society of America recently approved an interest group on the animals according to Elizabeth Farians who will head the new group. Farians, an adjunct professor of theology, teaches a course she designed on theology and animals. The new group began organizing at the organization’s 2007 annual convention in Los Angeles, June 7-10.