Fall 2017

September 7, 2017 Betsy Johnson-Miller GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) at St. Ben's 4:15-5:15pm The Meditation on (and the Making of) Art

Art that inspires more art—what could be better than that? This Thursday Forum will discuss how I used visio divina (or meditating on art) in order to inspire my writing. I will report on my travels to several museums where I meditated on works by Rothko and Chagall and share some of the writing these experiences produced. In addition, the audience will be invited to engage in their own meditation on and making of art.

September 14, 2017 Tom Kirkman Alcuin LC178 at St. John's 4:15-5:15pm Text Analytics in R: is Donald Different? R is a widely-used, professional, comprehensive, free statistical program. Students and faculty interested in non-trivial statistical calculations should be familiar with this program. In astronomy it has been used to tackle a galaxy of largely numerical statistical problems. (E.g.: Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy: With R Applications by Feigelson & Babu.) In the legitimate press it has been used to comment on subjects from politics to sports. (E.g., see the fivethirtyeight R Package https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/fivethirtyeight/vignettes/fivethirtyeight.html.)

As an introduction to R, I will attempt a statistical answer to the question: "Is Donald (Trump) Different (from other presidents)?" Fivethirtyeight has used R to analyze Donald Trump's tweets; here we will use text analytics to see what we can learn from the words used in State of the Union addresses. Alcuin LC178 at SJU

September 21, 2017 Hannah Salto Gorecki 120 at St. Ben's 4:15-5:15pm First-Generation Bennies and Johnnies: Who they are, what they need, how CSB/SJU is supporting them, and what you can do in your position

In the fall of 2016, CSB hired Hannah Salto (December ’16 Grad) as the College Navigator to begin work in the spring semester of 2017. The College Navigator position focuses on providing support for first-generation students, locating and connecting already existing support on campus for these students, and helping the incoming class of first-generation Bennies and Johnnies successfully transition into the college environment and culture. This presentation will cover statistical information and data about first-generation students at CSB/SJU gathered from the registrars office, surveys, and focus groups. It will also cover the work of the College Navigator up until this point and tips on how you can support these students in the position you hold in our community. Come learn who CSB and SJU's first-generation students are, what they need, the work of the College Navigator on campus, and what you can do in your position to help support these students.

September 28, 2017 Matt Cobb Little Theatre (Quad 346) at St. John's 4:15-5:15pm Presence Matters: Performing Arts at Nonviolent Activism

A highly interactive two act street play with three scenes in each act. As performed on the streets of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. Intermission will provide a partial debriefing to understand better and learn from each other during the play itself. The content of this short play can take up any issue or situation and through awareness-based systematic interpretation we can rise strong in each moment where nonviolence is necessary. By listening to both internal and external messaging systems we can actually stay current, tune in and be more attentive to each moment as it arises and passes. Come to this forum to be more involved and fare forward as nonviolent activists in your current situation or family, household, campus, workplace, field of play, legislature, court, church, synagogue, mosque, temple et al.

October 5, 2017 Riley Leonard Little Theatre (Quad 346) at SJU 4:15-5:15pm How are new technologies being used to study children’s heart disease?

The World Health Organization lists heart disease as the leading cause of death globally, representing 31% of deaths, translating to an estimated 17.7 million lives lost. A common heart disease that can lead to sudden death is arrhythmia, which can be recognized as irregular beating of the heart. When this occurs in the upper chambers it is a specific type of arrhythmia called AF. We are interested in this disease as it can lead to stroke and other heart related complications, including death. AF remains poorly characterized, and genetics are speculated to play a large role in causing this disease. One possible regulator of AF genetics is a class of proteins called nucleoporins (NUP). These proteins make up a structure called the nuclear pore complex (NPC) within the nucleus of the cell. NPCs are a passageway between the nucleus and cytoplasm that controls bidirectional exchange of proteins, RNA, and other macromolecules. NPCs also regulate gene expression and signal transduction. Different studies have shown clinical associations between NUPs and cardiac diseases. For example, a mutation in NUP155 has been linked to incidences of AF and sudden heart failure in the children of a South American family. We seek to understand how NUP155 mutation leads to AF, and will use animal stem cell models together with genome editing and bioinformatics to explore the potential mechanisms that lead to this serious cardiac disease.

October 12, 2017 Lori Klapperich, Jody Terhaar, Mike Ewing GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) at St. Ben's 4:15-5:15pm CSB/SJU Sexual Violence Campus Climate Survey Results

The CSB/SJU Sexual Violence Campus Climate Survey was conducted during Spring 2017. The presenters will summarize the results of the survey and facilitate discussion of the next steps in the ongoing work of preventing sexual violence.

October 26. 2017 Claire Haeg Little Theatre (Quad 346) at St. John's 4:15-5:15pm Civic Engagement in the Trump Era: Increasing Political Understanding through the Washington DC Internship Program

For over three and a half decades the CSB|SJU Washington D.C. Summer Study Program has taken students to Washington over the summer months where they live in a learning community and work in internships all over the city. Some students find internships on Capitol Hill, others work in non-profits, government affairs organizations or for executive branch agencies. Students from a wide variety of majors have taken the program, interning at organizations such as the Smithsonian museums and archives, at news media including NBC, and in a number of science and technology related for- and non-profit organizations. All students, regardless of major must attend evening seminars run by the directors. Over the past decade, the co-directors of the program have collected assessment data to measure the level of political knowledge, civic engagement, and commitment to public service that students gain through this experience. We ask if internships in a learning community setting, with a significant academic component and the leadership of a director are more effective than internships alone, and examine whether completing an internship during the Trump administration has any impact on our students’ attitudes towards politics and policy.

November 2, 2017 Sean Dooley & Amanda Jantzer GDCC Pres. Dining Room (Gorecki 201) at St. Ben's 4:15-5:15pm What We Share: Storytelling in Psychology and Theater

Our presentation will examine the intersection of Psychology and Theater in the act of storytelling. This shared exploration is a result of our collaboration on the Theater Department's fall production of the musical Next To Normal. Next To Normal details the struggles of a family dealing with the loss of a son and brother, and how that loss is experienced by the remaining family members. The staging of this story will give us an opportunity to gain new perspectives into mental health and to try and change the narrative around mental illness. We are specifically hoping to address mental illness challenges on our own campus and the production will be accompanied by workshops, post show discussions and student group led activities. As stories are powerful tools we use to create our sense of ourselves and the world, they have the ability to make real personal and social change. This forum will give us the chance to share how our departments embrace storytelling as the engine of that change.

November 16, 2017 Maria Frie & Stanton Charlton Little Theatre at SJU 4:15-5:15pm Working One-on-One with Students who have Learning Differences

Maria Frie (a CSB senior studying English and secondary education) and Stanton Charlton (an SJU senior communication major) present their research of strategies to increase student success through universal instructional design. Maria’s focus is on training for writing tutors and education majors to improve the experience of English Language Learner students in the classroom and in the writing center. Through surveys of writing tutors and work with Education 111 faculty, Maria has identified a range of strategies for educators to use with ELL students when working one-on-one; she emphasizes individualized techniques to overcome stigma. Stanton will present his work as a summer research fellow on disability studies and universal design in the writing center. Drawing on his own perspective as both a student with visual impairment and as a tutor, he will outline how to work with students who may or may not disclose their learning disability. For some students, not disclosing a disability can be a positive and appropriate strategy. Both presentations emphasize that the techniques that work best for ELL students and students with disabilities have broad applicability and can improve learning for all students. Furthermore, they note that tutors and educators have an ethical and moral responsibility to do all they can to promote access for students from all backgrounds.

November 30, 2017 Emily Heying Ardolf 142 at St. Ben's 4:15-5:15pm Impact of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)  Membership on Dietary Habits and Food Waste in Central Minnesota CSA Programs

The popularity of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is rising, yet information regarding membership, scope, and efficacy of CSA programs in encouraging healthy eating habits is limited.  In Summer 2017, we investigated three central-MN CSA programs, including the Common Ground Garden at CSB, to better determine the demographics of CSA members and the impact of CSA membership on dietary habits.  Food waste from CSA shares was also determined.  Results from this research will be shared and utilized to move forward on CSA outreach to populations needing better access to healty foods.