Dr. Anton Treuer (left) is pictured with Jacinto Arias (center), founder of the Celali Institute for Maya Languages in Chenalo, Mexico, and Robert Laughlin of the Smithsonian Institution. The meeting took place in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, on Feb. 8.
College of Professional Studies
• Dr. Anton Treuer, associate professor of Ojibwe, recently met with several scholars involved with preservation and revitalization of indigenous languages of the Americas. Their mission is to develop an international think tank to develop publications and institutions for Indian language renewal.
College of Professional Studies
• Dr. Lorraine Boyle, assistant professor, DLiTE, FasTrack and Dr. Judy Olson, chair of the Department of Professional Studies, presented "Building Intellectual Capacity: Intentional Strategies for Adolescent Readers" at the "Planting the Seeds of Success" conference in Overland Park, Kansas, Nov. 8-11, 2007. The focus of the presentation was on improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
• Boyle, Olson and Mary Ann DeZiel, adjunct professor of college and professional studies, presented "International Strategies for Adolescent Readers" at the annual conference of the Minnesota Reading Association, Nov. 1-3, 2007, in Rochester, Minn.
• Boyle presented "Are Student Teachers in Hybrid, Online Programs as Prepared to Implement Instructionally Effective Behaviors as Peers Trained in “Face-to-face Environments?" at the Sixth International Conference on Education, Jan. 5-8, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The presentation focused on a study comparing ratings of student teachers to implement specific, instructional behaviors before and after student teaching between those students taught in traditional "face-to-face" classroom settings with those who received instruction in hybrid-online formats.
• Dr. Dan Gartrell, director of the Child Development Training Program and professor of education, gave the keynote address for 500 participants at the Wisconsin Head Start Association Conference in The Wisconsin Dells on Feb. 9. He used a musical slideshow of children's art and several illustrative anecdotes in his address on "The Development and Expression of Intelligence in Young Children."
• Rich Jahner, assistant head football coach and associate professor of physical education, health and sport, presented at American Football Monthly's AFM University conference, Feb. 8-9 in St. Paul. He presented three sessions, "Stopping the Run and Creating Turnovers," "Bemidji State's Gang Green Defensive Package: Pressures and Coverages," and "BSU's Complete Defensive Back Drills and Pass Coverage Variations."
Jahner will also present two sessions on the 3-4 defense at the three-day Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in Minneapolis on March 1.
• Jahner and Brent Bolte, assistant football coach and assistant professor of physical education, health and sport, will present three sessions on the 3-4 defense at the Minnesota Football Clinic in Minneapolis on March 28.
Office of Finance and Administration
• Belinda Lindell, director of logistical services, is serving on a MnSCU Purchasing Committee exploring consolidated purchasing efforts for MnSCU institutions.
• Vice President for Finance and Administration Bill Maki and several members of his staff attended the 2008 MnSCU Chief Financial and Facilities Officers Conference in St. Paul, Jan. 30-31. Joining Maki were: Joann Gardner, accounting officer, sr.; Belinda Lindell, director of logistical services; Jeff Sande, physical plant manager; and Jerry Winans, business manager.
• Tori Dahlke joined the Advising Success Center as a retention counselor on Feb. 6.
• Zach Johnson joined the Advising Success Center as a retention counselor on Feb. 6.
• Michelle Laliberte joined the Department of Music as an instructor on Jan. 16.
• Lynne Lawson joined the Department of English as an instructor on Jan. 16.
• Annette Smith joined the Department of Education as an instructor on Jan. 22.
• Aaron Stodgell joined the payroll office as an account clerk senior on Feb. 4.
• Sarah Stoffel joined the Department of Business Administration as an adjunct instructor on Feb. 4.
• Holly Waisanen joined the Department of Psychology as an instructor on Jan. 22.