Monday, April 1, 2013
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2013 FACULTY AND STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
Each spring semester, the College of Arts & Sciences recognizes the excellent teaching and
mentoring contributions of our faculty, and the dedication and hard work of our staff. We are
very pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Excellence Awards.
- Jennifer A. Semsar: Staff Excellence Award
- Julia R. Lieberman: Helen I. Mandeville Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
in the Humanities
- Gretchen W. Arnold: Robert A. Johnston, S.J. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching in the Social Sciences
- Elena Bray Speth: William V. Stauder, S.J. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching in the Natural Sciences
- Daniel V. Kozlowski: Chauncey E. Finch Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
- Heidi L. Ardizzone: Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
- Kenneth L. Parker: Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring
The awards will be presented by Dean Michael Barber, S.J., at our annual Spring Faculty &
Staff Assembly which will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in
the Sinquefeld Room of DuBourg Hall. All faculty and staff are cordially invited to join in
recognizing these outstanding individuals for their contributions to the educational
mission of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Instructional Office Hours for Graduate Student Instructors with the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
Are you a graduate student teaching a class or preparing to teach a class? Do you want to talk about it? Visit with the CTTL staff to discuss your teaching challenges ("why didn't this work?"), successes ("how do I get that to happen again?"), and any other teaching interests that come to mind.
Instructional Office hours just for graduate students are held every Monday of the semester from 1:00pm-3:00pm beginning Monday, March 18th. Consultations are confidential and neutral. If you have questions or would like to meet at a different time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can submit material for the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter to: Jeremy Nagle by Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. via email. Please be sure to include your department in your submission. Please do not re-submit information for the Newsletter.
Alison Buchanan sings the music of diversity and social justice
April 4, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Saint Francis Xavier College Church
Acclaimed soprano Alison Buchanan will sing songs of diversity, social justice,
and inclusion at a concert in Saint Francis Xavier College Church on Thursday, April
4, marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in
Memphis, TN. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the entire Saint
Louis University and St. Louis communities. The concert is sponsored by the College of
Arts and Sciences, the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action; Mission and Ministry;
Department of Fine and Performing Arts; African American Studies Program; Diversity
Leadership Council and the President's Diversity Council. For more information contact
the African American Studies program at 314-977-2242.
Known for a 'luscious voice with incredible richness and clarity', soprano, Alison
Buchanan has been regaling audiences around the world with her versatility, 'great
dramatic flare', musicality and 'depth of emotion.' Originally from Bedford, England
Alison graduated from the Guildhall School of Music. She is the winner of the Maggie
Teyte Competition, the Washington International Competition ('95), the Pavarotti
Competition ('96) and the Kathleen Ferrier Competition ('96) Alison won several
scholarships enabling her to study a Masters degree at the Curtis Institute, while
at Curtis Alison covered at the roles of Marguerite in FAUST and Fiordiligi in COSI
FAN TUTTE for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. As an Adler Fellow with The San
Francisco Opera, Buchanan made her 1996 debut with the company as Mimi in La
Bohème, covered the role of Micaela in Carmen going on to great acclaim; she also
appeared in Harvey Milk, Aida, Rigoletto, Elektra and sang the role of Blanche in a
workshop for A Street Car Named Desire, working closely with Andre Previn. Whilst an
Adler Fellow Alison joined Placido Domingo and Franco Zefferelli to cover the role of
Nedda, I PAGLIACCI for Los Angeles Opera.
Alison recently made her debut as TOSCA for the Sedieres Festival in France and
created the role of Nu Wa a Chinese earth mother, in the opera CONFUSCIOUS SAYS by
Richard Taylor which was commissioned for the Beiijing Olympics. Alison added the role
of Serena, PORGY & BESS to her operatic repertoire and recently performed the role
in concert with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, toured Europe singing the
role for New York Harlem productions and covered the role at Chicago Lyric Opera. This
season Alison returned to Israel to appear in concert with the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra
conducted by Yaron Gottfried performing in Jerusalem and by the Sea of Galilee and
sang Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra.
The Department of Political Science Brown Bag Series Presents: Dr. Justin Kirkland from the University of Houston presenting research titled "Partisanship and Reciprocity in Cross-Chamber Legislative Interactions."
When: Friday, April 5
Where: McGannon 144
Time: 1:30 pm
All are welcome.
In this research, we offer a novel theory of collaboration between upper and lower
chamber members in U.S. legislatures. We expect that exogenous characteristics like
party, constituency, and joint committee membership characterize collaboration across legislative chambers. Additionally, we expect that endogenous patterns of reciprocity will also characterize choices about cross-chamber collaboration. Using data on cross-chamber bill sponsorship in legislatures in Texas, Colorado, Maine, and Oklahoma, empirical evidence largely corroborates our expectations. Cross-chamber collaborative choices are reciprocal, and reciprocity occurs both within and between parties.
The annual Yom HaShoah commemoration (Holocaust Remembrance Day) will be held at B'nai Amoona Synagogue, 324 S. Mason Road, on Sunday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m.
The 53rd meeting of St. Louis' Dialogue Group of the World's Religions and Philosophies will be held on Wednesday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wool Ballroom of the Busch Student Center (northeast corner of Grand and Laclede) at Saint Louis University. Representatives of different religions will discuss their views of God. Parking is available in the large parking garage on Laclede, just west of Grand.
Aquinas Institute of Theology's program "Where Faith Meets Life" will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7730 Bonhomme, in Clayton. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. This program is a conversation with Sister Carla Mae Streeter, O.P. and Michael Tsichlis about the relationship of the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church. Cost for the program and lunch is $23. Register by calling Diane Henderson at 314-256-8856.
Parenting, Neurobiology and Moral Wisdom
With the walmartization of childbearing, parents are encouraged to neglect their infant's needs
with "cry-it-out" sleep training, infant formula, little touch or play. The result is handicapped
brain development and morally-split selves that easily downshift into reptilian ethics. Because
of weakened controls of the frontal lobes over subcortical systems, stress reactivity becomes
normalized, practical wisdom is undermined, and virtue nearly unattainable. Human genus
history offers and alternative approach to childbearing and virtue development from which we
can extract lessons as well as questions about human nature yet to be answered.
Full-time faculty members are cordially invited to the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning's 2nd
Annual Learning Studio Symposium (link to: http://slu.edu/cttl/events/2nd-annual-learning-studio-symposium) from 2-3:30
p.m. Friday, April 19, in room 213 in Des Peres Hall. Refreshments will follow the symposium in the first-floor International Lounge
in Des Peres Hall. Interested attendees are invited to register online
(Link to: https://docs.google.com/a/slu.edu/forms/d/1VjrnB0u3uIShwXqnIkYIiplaD3B8S4UwjTZwypu805w/viewform)
Past and current Innovative Teaching Fellows will share their perspectives and experiences about teaching in the Learning Studio,
a state-of-the-art teaching space designed by a team of faculty and students as part of the Herman Miller Learning Spaces Research
Program. For more information about the Learning Studio, visit the CTTL website
(Link to: http://slu.edu/cttl/teaching-innovations/learning-studio)
- Jenny Agnew, Ph.D., School for Professional Studies
- Beccy Aldrich, Ph.D., Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy
- Paul Lynch, Ph.D., Department of English
- Nathaniel Rivers, Ph.D., Department of English
- Thomas Stewart, J.D., School of Law
Flannery Burke, Ph.D., Department of History, will introduce the symposium panel and facilitate the conversation.
Symposium presenters and attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss how to create engaging and interactive learning
experiences designed especially for today's learners and how these lessons may be extended into others' classrooms and
Please note: The front entrance of Des Peres Hall is currently under construction. Enter Des Peres Hall on the second-floor
entrance via the back (south) stairwell, which faces Laclede Ave. For those who need accommodations, access to the basement
of Des Peres Hall requires a SLU ID swipe and needs to be requested in advance by contacting Jane Jones, Program Director of
Disability Services, at (314) 977-8885 or email@example.com.
Women's Studies Advisory Board Meetings
The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in Women's Studies and the programs' governance.
Spring Semester Dates:
Monday, April 29th, 10-11:30am
All Located in MCG 144
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'The Logic of Markets and the Logic of Gift' Event Details: 3:00 p.m., April 04, DuBourg Hall, Sinquefield Stateroom
A panel of Saint Louis University experts will explore questions about money in business
ethics and social justice as one of the special events of the 2013 Greater St. Louis
Humanities Festival Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6.
"The Logic of Markets and the Logic of Gift" will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in
the Sinquefield Stateroom in DuBourg Hall. The event is free and open to the public
and all members of the SLU community.
Panel organizer Greg Beabout, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of
philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences, stressed the importance of
dialogue on this topic, using Pope Benedict XVI's own words to describe the
central theme of this panel.
"The great challenge before us, accentuated by the problems of development
in this global era and made even more urgent by the economic and financial
crisis, is to demonstrate, in thinking and behavior, that in commercial relationships
the principle of gratuitousness and the logic of gift can and must find their place
within normal economic activity."
"This challenge was articulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his last encyclical,
Caritas in veritate." Beabout added.
The interdisciplinary panel of SLU scholars will bring the resources of their
individual disciplines to bear on the question of the relationship between the log
of gift and the logic of markets.
The panelists include:
- David Borgmeyer, Ph.D. (International Studies)
- Vince Casaregola, Ph.D. (English)
- Terry Dempsey, S.J. (Fine and Performing Arts)
- Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Ph.D. (Theological Studies)
- Beth Rath, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
- Bonnie Wilson, Ph.D. (Economics)
The theme for this year's St. Louis Humanities Festival is "Money, Money! Need, Greed and Genorosity." The event, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, includes a broad range of lectures, literary readings, film and theater productions, and discussions, hosted by SLU, Washington University, Webster University, the University of Missouri St. Louis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Contemporary Art Museum.
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