Jeff Bakken, SED, presented his paper, Effective practices for transitioning multicultural learners with exceptionalities at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children in Nashville, Tenn.

Jill Benson, Dean of Students Office, was a facilitator for the Safe Zone Train the Trainers Workshop presented to Eureka College staff. She also participated as a guest panelist for the A is for Ally panel presentation presented to State Farm’s Lunch and Learn Series, sponsored by Corporate PRIDE.

Maureen Blair, University Housing, presented Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Facilities Management at the ACUHO/APPA conference in Dallas. She also presented Women in Leadership Positions in Auxiliary Departments at the University of Texas.

Susan Burt, ENG, presented Whose Homeland is this Language, Anyway?: Linguistic and Cultural Factors in Changes in Hmong Usage at the Language as Homeland Symposium, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.

Staff in Community Rights and Responsibility presented to the faculty on cultural competence and classroom management. They also presented on conflict resolution and cultural differences to Peace Studies students.

The Dean of Students Office and University College facilitated the Off-Campus and Nontraditional Student Services (OCNTSS) and Adult Learner Services Presentation/Social for Nontraditional Students at Passages.

Susan Dudolski, University Housing, presented on how attitude turns into behavior using the tolerance scale during diversity training at Eureka College.

Deb Garrahy, Kinesiology and Recreation, gave a keynote address to 150 Chicago Public School physical education teachers.

Jeanne Howard and Susan L. Smith recently presented papers at the International Conference of Adoption Researchers at the University of Leiden, Holland. Howard
shared outcomes of a study of adopted women in young adulthood in two
presentations: “Narratives of Adopted Women” and “The Meaning of Search and the Search for Meaning”. Smith presented the results of a study of adults adopted from Korea into white families, compared to white adults born in the U.S. and adopted by white families. This study, entitled “Beyond Culture Camp: Promoting Healthy
Identity Formation in Adoption”, was conducted with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute of New York.

Angela Haas, ENG, presented What Can American Indians Tell Us about Digital and Visual Rhetoric Inquiry?: Forging Intellectual Trade Routes toward a Decolonial Digital and Visual Rhetorics Pedagogy at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Louisville, Ky. She served as session chair for the Revising the Americas: Building Alliances between Latin and Native Rhetorics panel, and also presented Indigenous & Feminist Transgressions in Visual Rhetoric and Visual Culture Studies: Forging Decolonial Theoretical and Methodological Trade Routes at Illinois State.

Duriel Harris, ENG, was a featured author at the Fourth Annual Women Book Authors Forum sponsored by the Bloomington-Normal branch of the American Association of University Women.
Jaqueline D. Hooker, Chemistry, presented an invited seminar entitled Sapphyrins and Heterosapphyrins: Colorful Inhibitors of Leishmania at the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

Krishna Manavalli, ENG, presented South India is India: The Tensions between Nationalism and Regionalism in Raja Rao’s The Serpent and the Rope for the American Comparative Literature Association at Harvard. She also presented Intersections of the Personal and the Political in the Lives of the Women of Sri Lankan Diaspora in Ganeshananthan’s Love Marriage at the 2009 Midwest Modern Language Associaton Conference in St Louis.

Joan Mullin, ENG, was a workshop facilitator-participant of CCCC Unwritten and Rewritten: Spaces for International Dialogue and Higher Education Writing Research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Louisville, Ky.

Andrew Nyenya, University Housing, presented Sexism and Racism On and Off Campus at the Associated Colleges of Illinois Statewide Leadership Conference in Springfield.

Paula Ressler, ENG, was the featured speaker at a forum on Jan. 10, which was held at Illinois Wesleyan University and sponsored by the McLean County Diversity Project. Her presentation, Growing Up Gay, was attended by the middle and high school students who have participated in the Project for anywhere from one to seven years.

Dwayne Sackman, SHS Director, presented a program on patient-centered, culturally sensitive care titled, What’s the Next Step? Moving Your Health Service to the Next Stage of Cultural Competency at the American College Health Association annual meeting in May.

Chief Ronald Swan, University Police Department, was a keynote speaker at the Lincoln College – Normal 30th Anniversary Celebration.

J.A. Wood and R.L. Rhykerd, College of Applied Science and Technology, presented a diversity paper, The Human Capital Crisis Facing Agriculture, at the American Society of Agronomy International Meeting in Houston, Texas.