News & Notes
Theresa Castor, Associate Professor of Communication, was an invited presenter at the National Communication Association annual meeting in Orlando, Florida Nov. 15-18. Dr. Castor participated in the panel "Reflecting on the Implications and Problems of Adopting Grounded Practical Theory (GPT) as a Metatheoretical Stance for Constructionist Research" which honored the work of Dr. Robert Craig. GPT seeks to provide a metatheoretical stance for doing empirical, practice-centered research with a normative aim. She was also elected to a three-year term as secretary of the Communication as Social Construction Division. The National Communication Association is the oldest and largest professional organization for Communication scholars.
Jonathan Shailor, Associate Professor of Communication, helped to organize the National Communication Association annual meeting and served as a presenter during the organization's gathering in Orlando Nov. 15-18. Serving in his capacity as Vice Chair and Program Planner for the Communication as Social Construction Division, Dr. Shailor facilitated conference panels. He also participated in a panel "Complex Language Choices in Community-Based Mediation Practice" in the Peace and Conflict Communication Division. His presentation was titled "Making Social Worlds through Mediation Practice: A CMM Perspective." CMM is a communication theory that articulates the way people negotiate identities, relationships, and moral orders in face-to-face interaction. The National Communication Association is the oldest and largest professional organization for Communication scholars.
Don Cress, Emeritus Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, served for a second year as a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Performing Arts Foundation (UPAF) in Milwaukee. He is delighted to have been a part of a fund-raising effort that raised $10.1 million in support of the performing arts in the Milwaukee area. During the coming year, Don will serve as a member of UPAF's Business Partners Division. Dr. Cress is also a co-sponsor, along with College of Arts & Humanities Dean Dean Yohnk and Theatre Arts Professor Lisa Kornetsky, of Saturday's pre-show reception for "Dancing at Lughnasa." Performances of the play take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at 7:30 p.m., to help send the play's 25-member cast and crew to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region III Festival in Saginaw, Michigan. The shows are held in the Black Box Theatre The Rita.Jeff Alexander, Associate Professor of History, had his article on meth abuse in postwar Japan, titled "Japan's Hiropon Panic: Resident Non-Japanese and the 1950s Meth Crisis," accepted for publication by the International Journal of Drug Policy. Dr. Alexander will present his findings at an international conference in January 2013. The research was funded by a CRCA Summer Stipend supported by the Provost's Office.