News & Notes

Friday, June 25, 2010


Caesarea Abartis
Professor of English Caesarea Abartis had her short story “Penelope and David” published in the Story Quarterly by Rutgers University- Camden. In 2008, Abartis received the Lidano Fiction Award for “The Sleeping and the Dead” published in the New York Tyrant.

Corita “Corie” Beckermann
Director of Student Health Services Corita Beckermann ’92 ’02 is president of the North Central College Health Association executive board. The organization promotes health education, preventative therapeutic medical care and environmental health and safety
within campus communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Stephen Frank
Professor of Political Science and founder of the SCSU Survey Stephen Frank is the recipient of the first Distinguished Political Scientist award by the Board of the Minnesota Political Science Association. Frank’s recognition comes from his 30 years of public opinion research in the state. He will present the keynote speech and receive his honor at a conference in November.

Michael Jeannot
Professor of Chemistry Michael Jeannot is co-author of “Solvent Microextraction: Theory and Practice” published by John Wiley and Sons. The book offers a practical and theoretical approach to solvent microextraction, a relatively new sample preparation technique in analytical chemistry. Jennot specializes in analytical chemistry and trace environmental analysis using microextraction techniques.

Rona Karasik
Rona Karasik, director of the Gerontology program and professor of Community Studies, is the recipient of the distinguished faculty award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The Association has a membership of 150 institutions representing 48 states and 5 foreign countries. She received the honor as an educator whose teaching is impactful, exemplary and innovative. Her specialization is in housing for older adults, intergenerational service learning, dementia, aging and developmental disabilities.

Marie Seong-Hak Kim
Marie Seong-Hak Kim, professor of History, is a recipient of a 2010-
2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her project, “Law and Custom in Korea.” The project sets forth the evolution of Korea’s civil law and legal culture in the modern period with an emphasis on customary law. She is one of 110 faculty members across the U.S. to receive the award.

Kim Koffi
Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services Kim Koffi ’06 is the chair of the Minnesota International Educators (MIE) board for the 2010-11 academic year. MIE provides to international educators up-to-date information from the Internal Revenue Service, Customs and Border Patrol, Social Security Administration and immigration attorneys.

Christopher Lehman
Chris Lehman is cited in “War and the Media,” a book of essays on reporting and propaganda during wartime published by McFarland & Company. A chapter on messages in animated cartoons cites an article and book penned by Lehman. The article is “The new black animated images of 1946: Black characters and social commentary in animated cartoons” in the Journal of Popular Film & Television. The book, published in 2006 by McFarland, is “American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era.” Lehman is interim chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Yolanda Lehman
Yolanda Lehman, adjunct in the Racial Issues Colloquium, is the new co-pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church. The congregation has served St. Cloud for almost 50 years. Lehman teaches a diversity class called “Race in America.”

Abbas Mehdi
Professor of Sociology Abbas Mehdi is the Iraqi representative to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world with a mission to fight poverty by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

Tracy Ore
Tracy Ore, professor of Sociology, is one of the 11 members appointed to the City of St. Cloud’s re-formed Human Rights Commission. Also named to the Commission is retired English professor Judy Foster, undergraduate student Jason Lindberg, graduate student Nathan Meints, Acquisitions Coordinator Rachel Wexelbaum, Eunice Adjei-Bosompem ’06 ’09 and Cara Ruff ’92. The office and commission will provide regional services of education, outreach, enforcement and mediation to the cities of St. Joseph and St. Cloud. Ore’s term continues through 2011.

Mary Wingerd
Mary Wingerd’s “North Country: The Making of Minnesota” is a fresh take on the founding of Minnesota that examines the state’s multicultural, multiracial origins from the mid-17th century to the mid- 19th century. Acclaimed Macalester College anthropology professor Jack Weatherford says: “A long overdue book. By opening up this neglected and hidden history of the land’s native people, she helps us to understand the debt and respect that we owe and points the way for us to make a better future for our children.” Published in May by the University of Minnesota Press, the 472-page book includes llustrations and 17 maps. Wingerd is a professor of history and the author of “Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul,” published in 2003 by Cornell University Press

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