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Emily Heying
Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Office: 159 Ardolf Science Center
Phone: 320-363-5614

Jeff DuBois
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Office: Richarda P7, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5188

Thursday Forum Presentations

January 26, 2017
Steve Welch

Little Theatre (Quad 346) - St. John's
4:15-5:15pm
How Long Does Savings Last When Retirees Need More Money (or Less) than Conventional Wisdom Suggests?
Popular convention is to initially withdraw approximately 4% of the retirement savings and increase that dollar amount each year by inflation. But, what if 4% isn't enough? How long will retirement funds last if a newly retired person needs 5%, 6%, or even 10%? Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) suggests that an investor only needs to choose between 2 assets, the risk free rate and an optimal risky portfolio. In this research, five U.S.-based assets are tracked from 1934 until 2015 to see how long they survived independently and in combination with one other asset. Obviously the more a person needs to withdraw from retirement assets, the more quickly the assets are depleted. This paper shows just how fast (or slow) that happens. The risk of the portfolios is also assessed and addressed.

February 2, 2017
Sunil Chetty

GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Arithmetic: math as 'pure' and 'applied'
One often hears mathematics classified into two categories: pure or applied, abstract or concrete, elementary or modern. We will explore how arithmetic can dismantle such highly artificial distinctions. More specifically, we will play with tiles and draw pictures to highlight how arithmetic can be both good mental exercise and a very useful tool for modern communication.

February 9, 2017
Panel from StudentAffairs
Panelists will be:
Rebecca Brown-Medvec, Assistant Director of Intercultural and International Student Services
Jody Terhaar, Dean of Students
Dan McAvey, Director of Residential Life
Co-Facilitators:
Brittni Sweeney, Academic Affairs Graduate Intern, CSBSJU Academic Advising
Patricia Klug, First Year Seminar Instructor

GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Student Affairs Professionals: Student Success Stewards on the College Campus
Student Affairs professionals have increasingly seen their roles expand and receive more attention at colleges and universities across the nation as increasing research in higher education demonstrates how their work is key to student retention and success. Our student affairs staff provide our students with opportunities for campus involvement, community engagement, student leadership roles, holistic development, and even personal strategies for increasing and maintaining health and wellness. The work of student affairs translates directly into how well students transition to college, excel in the classroom, learn to live in an inclusive campus climate, and even helps students in character development and professional skills. Student development theory, a tool used by student affairs, can help all those in teaching students, supervising students, advising, or in any other interactions be more effective in their own roles. This panel will discuss theories and student affairs perspectives that are utilized by each professional on a regular basis; they will explain how their knowledge helps support students in and outside of the classroom, and finally panelists will share how there are opportunities for collaboration between academic affairs and student development that could enhance and leverage the theories for student retention and student success.

February 16, 2017
Br. Aidan Putnam, OSB

Little Theatre (Quad 346) - St. John's
4:15-5:15pm
Speaking Boldly, Looking Intently: Models of Monastic and Scriptural Friendship
With the wealth of discussions on marriage, religious life, and singlehood, spiritual friendship is an oft-neglected topic, yet one that offers rich meaning and sustenance over a lifetime. This presentation surveys evolving traditions of friendship over the first millennium of Christian monasticism to enhance our current understanding of both personal and public life. I will focus on reading a foundational scriptural text, namely, the early Christian community described in the Book of Acts, to explore the use of speaking and listening in friendships. For that purpose, I will refer specifically to Foucault's study of Greek democracy and Epicurean philosophy, Fearless Speech: Parrhesiastes Lectures, as well as early cenobitic application of Roman (Ciceronian) models of friendship. As a contrast, I will also consider the cautions against certain kinds of friendship in the early tradition of eremitic monasticism. My purpose is to illustrate both the perimeters and parameters of monastic friendship, so as to demonstrate the resources of "bold speech" (parrhesia) and spiritual counseling, while also attending to the limitations of exclusivism or manipulation.
To that end, this study will also develop a theoretical exegesis of the Lucan "look," or the way in which the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts narrates the way that human agents regard one another. This topic also returns us to the origins of Benedictine monasticism, as the Rule of Benedict places a crucial emphasis on intentio cordis, or the "regard of the heart," both in private prayer and in community life.

February 23, 2017
Kendra Butkowski
GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Demographics and Food Waste Trends of Common Ground Garden CSA Members in Central Minnesota
The Common Ground Garden is a ministry of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, and provides CSA produce shares for 18 weeks to community members. A summer research project was conducted to evaluate the general demographics and food waste habits of members of Common Ground. Access to fresh, in-season produce is a struggle in many parts of the country, and this pilot study was designed to better understand the demographics, vegetable consumption, and food waste behaviors of the members of this particular CSA. Investigating the accessibility of local agriculture and CSA programs, as well as the health demographics and dietary habits of members provides valuable information on the efficacy of an increasingly popular vegetable source.

March 16, 2017
Georgia Hogenson
GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Examining moral courage in perioperative nurses in different regions of the United States
Purpose: Threats to patient safety exist. Nurse appraisals of these threats and the likelihood to act with moral courage have been researched in perioperative nurses in different regions of the United States. Presentation: results of two research studies which examined moral courage in perioperative nurses in different regions of the United States.
This research examined moral courage in perioperative nurses in the western United States and comparing results of a previous study of perioperative nurses in the Midwest United States.
Research results contain both quantitative and qualitative data.

Attendees will gain perspective of the level of moral courage necessary in the perioperative arena, positive influences of moral courage, potential barriers, leadership/management issues/support, and policy creation.

March 23, 2017
Adam Konczewski, Patricia Bolanos-Fabres and Ana Conboy
GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Integrative Pedagogy and Foreign Language Learning
This presentation will explore different opportunities outside of the classroom setting that enhance the learning and practice of a second language (L2), as well as the intercultural competency of learners of L2. The use of academic technology available at CSBSJU and of interactive online platforms allow for students to practice their language skills with native speakers from around the globe, respond to aural and written cues, discuss readings, view films, and take tests and quizzes outside of the classroom. As a consequence, instructors can delve into more nuanced language and cultural topics as language proficiency is achieved. We will address strategies currently used at our institutions that enrich students' learning experience, confidence in L2 production and cultural awareness.

March 30, 2017
Diana Fenton and Adam Konczewski
GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Using 3D printing to Enhance Student Learning in Content Areas
As part of the teacher preparation program at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, students are required to take content area courses to prepare them with the content background to teach. One such course, elementary science content, is utilizing 3D printing to help students develop and learn the design process. Learning the design process by creating prototypes and 3D printing is an integral part of science and engineering standards they will one day be required to teach.

April 6, 2017
Chris Schaller
Gorecki 120 - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Sustainable Polymers: Plastics from Plants
Plastics and related soft materials are ubiquitous in today's world. This presentation will take a look at why polymers have useful properties, where they come from, and why attention has shifted toward new, biorenewable materials.

April 20, 2017

Christina Hennessy, Ana Conboy, Alison Spenader and Tania Gomez
Gorecki 120 - St. Ben's
4:15-5:15pm
Bilingualism and the Brain: The benefits of learning another language
Please join us in our exploration of the benefits of bilingualism. Knowing multiple languages enriches our lives in so many different ways.This presentation will include interactive activities and data on how bilingualism can confer a beneficial form of cognitive training, improve the brain's executive function, and even delay the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's disease. We will also share information about the Seal of Biliteracy, a program recognizing bilingualism in high school students in the state of MN. Additionally, we will look at current demographics of CSB/SJU students, and the different languages spoken on campus. Come learn why in a globalized world, U.S. companies are hiring more individuals who can communicate in foreign languages.

May 4, 2017
Jason Schlude
Little Theatre (Quad 346) - St. John's
4:15-5:15pm
The Roman Settlement at Omrit: New Discoveries Made by the CSB/SJU Archaeological Field School in Northern Israel
The archaeological site of Omrit is located near ancient Caesarea Philippi in the northern part of modern Israel. Since 2012 archaeologists have been in the process of excavating the remains of a substantial Roman-period settlement that was especially active in the third through fifth centuries CE. In 2015 and 2016 a CSB/SJU team joined the project. In this Thursday Forum, we will share with the CSB/SJU community the exciting and significant archaeological discoveries that we have made over the past five years. This site offers an excellent example of landscape transformation in antiquity -- a transformation that involved political shifts in power, complexities of religious worship and history, and the use and reuse of local environmental resources. 

About the Forum

The Forum provides opportunities for community members to offer public presentations on their scholarly and other interests. The Forum meets on Thursday afternoons during the academic year, from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Presentations are informal, generally lasting about 40 minutes, and are followed by a question and discussion period to end the hour.

All are welcome to attend — students are especially encouraged — and refreshments are provided.

Find Out More

Contact us

Emily Heying
Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Office: 159 Ardolf Science Center
Phone: 320-363-5614

Jeff DuBois
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Office: Richarda P7, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5188