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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 Eighteenth-Century 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 IV-E 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.

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.

Jenn Schweitzer, Kimberly Greer, and Vicki Hunter presented their research on women’s experiences of reentering society from 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.

Faculty and Department Activities

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vang Xiong received the Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award of the Year from Minnesota State Student Association, April 16, 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.

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.

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.

Phil Larson and Ronald Dorn’s paper, “Strath Development in Small Arid Watersheds: Case Study of South Mountain, Sonoran Desert, Arizona,” will be published this year in the American Journal of Science.

H. Hargitai and Phil Larson have in press, "Valley Terrace," in The Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms published by Springer.

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.

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, West-Central Wisconsin,” received a Faculty Research Grant, April 18, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 presented twice, “Creating Understanding of Unified Command for Law Enforcement,” a combination of a lecture and interactive tabletop training session that was attended by not only training officers from agencies across the United States, but also training personnel from various colleges and federal agencies at the 2014 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Annual Conference, Lombard, IL, March 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.http://www.mankatofreepress.com/local/x2117354873/New-Ulm-man-advances-challenge-to-his-marijuana-arrest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moses Langley was awarded the Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 research and grants as well as information related to professional development opportunities. Editors are Debra Gohagan, and MSW student and graduate assistant, Ann Pryzbilla

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.

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.

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.

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 peer-reviewed, “White Paper” in The Society Pages, October 31, 2012. Available at http://thesocietypages.org/papers/movements-elections-democracy/

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.

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.

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.