July 2012 Archives

Aminzade Wins CLA Teaching Award

Ron Aminzade received one of three Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Awards for 2011-12. This award recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. He will be recognized at a special event in 2012-13.

Cawo Abdi is featured in an article on PRI Public Radio International stating that strong faith is likely to bring many from the local Somali community to vote in support of the MN same-sex marriage ban.

Congratulations Dr. Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson successfully defended his dissertation, "If I Give My Soul: Pentecostalism Inside of Brazilian Prisons," on July 24, 2012. Dr. Johnson was advised by Professor Penny Edgell. Andrew will be Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.

Nyseth Internship in Rwanda

Hollie Nyseth Brehm will be conducting dissertation research and interning with the Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide within the Rwanda Government Commission for the Fight Against Genocide this fall 2012.

Successful Defense - Kelly Chermack

Kelly Chermack successfully defended her dissertation, "Engaging the Dialectic; Managerial Resistance to Change and Innovation in Corporate America" on July 16, 2012. Kelly's advisor is Dr. David Knoke. Dr. Chermack has started her own research consulting company, helping organizations measure change and performance. She has also accepted a position as an editor at Walden University, Minneapolis. Congratulations, Dr. Chermack.

Emily Springer, 2010 cohort and Rahsaan Mahadeo, 2011 cohort, are 2012 recipients of the Hawkinson Scholarship. The goal of the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship is to encourage students who have already demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice to strive for peace and justice both in their educational pursuits and in their personal and professional lives.

Is the Family Dinner Overrated?

Ann Meier and Kelly Musick provide insights in an article in the New York Times Sunday Review suggesting that the benefits of family dinners are not as strong or as lasting as some claim them to be. Their research was recently published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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