Bruce Miller of the Center for Corporate Success will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd International Conference on Project Management December 6-11 in Moscow, Russia. Over 1000 participants are anticipated from more than 25 countries, representing corporate, academic, and government organizations. Miller will speak on the topic, "The Right Choice: Making Better Portfolio Management Decisions."
Dr. David Knutson, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Associate Professor of Spanish, appeared at the 49th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association, in Cleveland November 8-11. Dr. Knutson participated in a special session on collective identity and regional autonomy in contemporary Spanish crime fiction. His article was titled "Madrid's Fearful Future: Energy, Language, and Genetics according to Rafael Reig." He studies a series of novels by this new crime novelist from Spain, who changes history to portray Madrid after the world has run out of oil and a transnational corporation has taken political and economic control of the country.
Xavier had a strong presence at the 82nd annual conference of the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (OACRAO) November 7-9. President Michael Graham, S.J. was the opening keynote speaker and addressed the collaborative community venture called STRIVE, which seeks to use the region's many resources to develop educational success for all students from preschool thru college. Laura Ruwe, Assistant Registrar, served as Vice-President for Workshops and hosted a workshop covering new developments with FERPA. Xavier perspectives were given by Dr. Luther Smith, Dean of Students, and Dr. Tony Birckhead, Director of the McGrath Health & Counseling Center. For 2008, Ruwe will serve on OACRAO's Board of Directors as VP for Workshops. Allen Cole, Registrar, a Past-President, served as Chair of the Data Management program committee and on the Local Arrangements Committee. He presented a demo showing Xavier as a "national model for excellence" with its use of the campus portal and self-service access and functions for students and faculty/advisors. For 2008, Cole will serve on Data Management program committee and was elected to the Nominations & Elections Committee. Mary Holland, Assistant Registrar, served on the Records and Registration program committee, and, along with Ruwe and Cole, presented "Business Continuity Plan Revealed!" where Xavier's approach to BCP and the specifics of the Xavier registrar plan were discussed. For 2008, Holland will serve on the Records & Registration program committee. Katie Rapking, Xavier senior, student worker in the office of the registrar and 2007 Ohio student worker of the year, spoke about her 2004 receipt of an OACRAO scholarship and her work in the registrar's office.
Joan Tunningley, occupational therapy clinical faculty, received the Service Award from the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, recognizing her contributions as the pediatric member support group representative for Cincinnati. In this position, she coordinated the Cincinnati location for the Summer School-Based workshop. She also compiled survey information from previous summer workshops as data on the issues related to occupational therapy school-based services.
Dr. Edmond Hooker, assistant professor of health services administration authored “Use of Magnesium for the Treatment of Acute Onset Atrial Fibrillation” in the Southern Medical Journal (2007), Bioterrorism. In M.C. Stoppler (Ed.) MedicineNet (2007), and co-authored Hooker, E.A., Drigall, D., O’Brien, D.O., Hignite, J. (2008) A Prospective Study of the Impact of Multiple Patient Transports on Care Provided during Aeromedical Transport. Academic Emergency Medicine, Accepted for publication 11/11/07.
Dr. George Farnsworth, Xavier University professor of Biology, shared his knowledge of birds, bird feeding and bird watching with kindergarten and second grade students in Cincinnati. He will work with the students at their new Bird Sanctuary located behind the school. Farnsworth’s visit is part of the Bird Sanctuary Project funded by through a Learning Links Grant.