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October 2012 Archives

Kickin' Chicken White Bean Chili

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Winner of the Peoples' Choice and Dean's Choice awards at the 2012 Chili Cookoff
From the Tim Kniseley household


1 pound lean ground chicken
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups low sodium chicken (or vegetable) stock/broth
1/2 jar jalapeno peppers or as desired
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper (or as desired)
1 can white cannellini beans
1 can red/navy/kidney beans
salt and pepper to taste

1. Pre-cook the chicken breast, chop up.
2. Brown the ground chicken in olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper in large pot.
3. Add chicken broth and rest of ingredients except tomatoes. Simmer for minimum 30 minutes.
4. Add fresh tomato pieces 5-10 minutes before eating.
5. Add extra kick if desired. Garnish with jalapeno, sour cream, cheese, or whatever. Enjoy.

Accolades November 1, 2012

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Professor Ruth Karras (history) has been named co-winner of the 2012 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History for her book Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Given by the American Historical Association and named in memory of Joan Kelly, this prize is awarded annually for the book in women's history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly (1928-1982).

Associate Professor Joanie Smith (dance), received a 2012 Sage Award for outstanding performance for her company, Shapiro and Smith Dance. Sage Awards recognize excellence in Minnesota's dance community.

Assistant Professor Matthew Rahaim's (music) book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music has been published by Wesleyan University Press. Matthew will discuss his new book at the U of M Bookstore, Coffman Memorial Union on Thursday, November 29 at 4 p.m.

Professor Nabil Matar (English) has two books coming out this month: Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land 1517-1713, co-edited with Judy Hayden (Brill) and Henry Stubbe's The Rise and Progress of Mahometanism, which he edited, introduced, and annotated (Columbia University Press).

Emeritus Professor Marty Roth (English) has published Contours of Privacy: The Ethnography of a Social and Aesthetic Concept (Academica Press, 2012).

Professor Amy Sheldon (communication studies and linguistics) will present a keynote address and will be a discussant at the conference Children with Possibilities: New Conditions for Learning and Growing in a Complex and Changing World, at Örebro University (Sweden) on November 6. Her keynote is titled "Conversations without screens: unmediated, embodied, face-to-face, multimodal talk-and-interaction."

Graduate students Emily Springer and Rahsaan Mahadeo (both sociology) are recipients of Hawkinson Foundation scholarships. The foundation supports students whose work shows a commitment to peace and justice.

In early October, the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) dropped a bombshell: their email to all faculty and support staff laid out a plan for the gradual retirement of VHS and DVD players in general purpose classrooms. This came as a shock to many faculty and instructors who feel like essential tools are being taken away without replacing them with other good options. Teaching can be a delicate balance that is easily interrupted when something goes wrong. Having to transition to unfamiliar delivery options can create barriers to a smooth classroom experience.

Professor Kent Bales, 1936 - 2012

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Kent Bales bw 150.jpgKent R. Bales, age 76, of Minneapolis, passed away October 8th, 2012.

Kent was born in Anthony, Kansas in 1936 to Irene Brinkman and Roslyn Francis Bales. He moved to Salt Lake City in 1948 where his mother died one year later. He earned an academic and athletic Scholarship to Yale University where he played football and graduated with a degree in American Studies in 1958. That summer he met and married Maria Gyorei of Hungary, his wife of 54 years.

After receiving his PhD from the University California - Berkeley, Kent joined the Department of English at the University of Minnesota in 1967 where he taught American Literature for 41 years. He also served as the chair of the English department twice, as director of graduate studies, as director of undergraduate studies, as chair of the Senate Joint Committee on Faculty Affairs and chair of the Senate Joint Committee on Faculty Appointments. Kent was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award twice and went on to serve on the National Fulbright Committee.

He was a wonderful professor, effective administrator, and devoted husband and father. Survived by his wife, Maria; daughter Liza (David) Lee and son Tom (Tiziana) Bales, five grandchildren and many other loving family members and good friends. A private celebration of his life will be held in the coming weeks. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or the Sierra Club.

Accolades October 4, 2012

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Professor Erika Lee (history) has been awarded the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for 2012-13. This is especially fitting in that the award is named in honor of one of our most distinguished emerita colleagues from the history department.

Terri Wallace (Center for Writing) has been awarded the Civil Service and Bargaining Unit Leadership Award for 2012-13.

Erika and Terri will be honored at the Celebrating University Women Awards Program on October 12, 2:30-4:30 pm in McNamara Alumni Center. RSVP to attend.

Professor Emeritus Ronald Anderson (sociology) received the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technology Section, American Sociological Association annual meeting, where he also presented a published paper, "Caring Capital Websites." He is president of the U of M Retirees Association.

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) along with his former student, Ryan King (now associate professor at SUNY-Albany) received the 2012 Outstanding Book Award of the Theory Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems for their book, American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation 2011).

Assistant Professor Josh Page (sociology) was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize for his book, The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California. The prize is given by the Law and Society Association and is intended to recognize new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship.

Revenge of the Nerds V: Business School Edition

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