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See what your peers are doing | May 1, 2008

PRESENTATIONS AND EXHIBITS Kam Wong, chair of Xavier’s Department of Criminal Justice, made the following presentations:

• “Panel: Crime and Justice in Cambodia, China, and North Korea,” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ 45th Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, March 12.

• “An Investigation into Chinese Jurisprudential Thinking and Feeling,” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ 45th Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, March 12.

• “Community Driven Crime Control,” at the Sixth Neighborhood Summit, Cincinnati, Feb. 16.

• “Community Policing with Chinese Characteristics: An Introduction to State Police as a Social Resource Theory,” a paper presented at the brown bag forum, April 25 at the University of Cincinnati’s Division of Criminal Justice.

Xavier’s Department of Military Science hosted a luncheon for Greater Cincinnati public high school principals and guidance counselors on April 10. In all, representatives from more than 15 high schools attended. 
Admission officers from Xavier, Miami of Ohio and Northern Kentucky University also participated.

Bill O’Connell, associate professor in the Department of School and Community Counseling, co-presented with Mei Tang from the University of Cincinnati at the American Counseling Association International Conference on March 30 in Honolulu. The title of the presentation was the “Mosaic of Counseling: Integrating Indigenous Healing and Ecological Counseling.” O’Connell discussed the indigenous healing practices of persons native to Nayarit, Mexico. He also contributed a book chapter to the Ecological Counseling: An Innovative Approach to Conceptualizing Person-Environment Interaction, published by the American Counseling Association.

The Ninth Annual Xavier University Army ROTC Best Ranger Competition was held on April 12. Twelve ROTC universities from Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee fielded thirty-two teams. The event is comprised of two-person teams competing head-to-head in physically and mentally grueling events. The schedule of events included a physical fitness test, one rope bridge and land navigation, hand grenade assault course, M16A2 rifle weapons qualification, weapons disassembly and assembly and 10 kilometer speed rucksack run. Sophomore Eric Showman and freshman Justin Hilderbrand were champions in the rucksack run.

Luther Smith, dean of students, and Kathleen Simons, associate provost for Student Life, presented at the ACPA Conference, March 28-April 1, in Washington D.C. They spoke about “Controversial Speakers and Events: Strategies for Risk Management.” They guided conference participants through a process to reduce the risk of overt, disruptive behaviors prior to, during and immediately following a presentation by a controversial speaker.

Xavier’s Division of Information Resources had a strong presence at the annual Summit conference for SunGard Higher Ed software (Banner) users, held April 13-17, in Anaheim, California. The conference drew more than 8,500 attendees from 1,200 SunGard client institutions from across the nation and Canada.

• Allen Cole, registrar, presented a demo session showing how the degree evaluation at Xavier displays the requirement areas for faculty/advisors and students, using the self-service access from the campus portal.

• Doug Riga, DBA/portal administrator, presented four sessions on topics covering the structure of the portal’s database, data integration between Banner and learning systems, and how-to redesign the look and feel of the portal.

• Doug Ruschman, director of web services, presented on Xavier’s Web 2.0 efforts, and hosted a panel session, titled “Peek-a-Portal 2,” where four universities discussed features of their campus portals and fielded audience questions.

• Laura Ruwe, assistant registrar, presented a session titled “Collect Data for Campus Alerts in SSB” and served as a panel member for Doug Ruschman’s portal session.


Cathy Springfield, director for performing arts, was one of three theater scholarship judges of The Overture Awards Finals Competition and Awards Ceremony, held April 6, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

Marianne Borgmann, interim director for admission, was one of five community leaders who served as judges for the Lazarus Awards of the American Jewish Committee. Judges selected the winners and finalists, and presented them with books and bonds from AJC at the ceremony.

Kam Wong, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, was selected as a special-issue editor for Police Practice and Research: An International Journal (2007–2008). In addition, he has been appointed to three editorial boards: Open Law Journal, Open Sociology Journal and the Asian-Pacific Journal of Police and Criminal Justice, and as an editor-in-chief to the IPES working paper series.

Margo Heydt, associate professor of social work, was invited to attend the 20th anniversary session of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in England in March. Her presentation topic was “Substance Abuse and Sexual Child Abuse: Intersections in Treatment and Training.”

Kam Wong, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, was on the organizing committee of International Police Executive Symposium for its 15th Annual Conference held May 12-16, in Cincinnati.

Mike Nelson, professor of psychology, received the 2008 ABPP Distinguished Service and Contribution to the American Board of Professional Psychology Award, to be presented at APA in Boston in August.

Kam Wong, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, was invited and awarded travel grants to present in Serbia, Hong Kong, China and Yugoslavia.

Tom Hayes, professor of marketing, received the Crystal Apple from the Council to Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for being “a stellar speaker” at 10 separate CASE conferences.

Stephanie Mosier, assistant director for the Learning Assistance Center, was named Supervisor of the Year. She supervises all student tutors within that office.

Bill O’Connell, associate professor in the Department of School and Community Counseling, becomes President of the Ohio Counseling Association July 1. In conjunction with his new role, he recently met with Governor and Mrs. Ted Strickland.


José María Mantero, associate professor of Spanish, has published Latinos and the U.S. South. Many cities and towns are unaccustomed to large numbers of foreign nationals in their area. The book offers a window into how Latinos are adapting to an emblematic yet often overlooked region of the United States and the possible parallels between the two.

George Traub, S.J., , edited a recent Jesuit Reader, published by Loyola Press.

Kam Wong, chair of Xavier’s Criminal Justice Department published The Impact of USA Patriot Act on American Society: An Evidence Based Assessment, The Making of USA Patriot Act: Legislation, Implementation, Impact (with professor Mei of PSU), chapter seven in Black’s Theory of Law Revisited and Xin Ren and Liqun Cao. Criminology.