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Friday-Saturday, October 28-29, 2016
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Conference schedule at a glance:
Friday, October 28
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Registration – 3rd floor of Wege Student Center (see enclosed campus
map). All attendees, including presenters, should be pre-registered, but all should check in at
the registration table to receive conference packets, including updated schedules.
9:15-10:30 a.m. Catholic Social Science Review Editorial Board Meeting – Wege Boardroom
(Jarecki-Lacks-Hauenstein Library Complex)
10:30-11:30 a.m. Pre-Conference Mass – Bukowski Chapel
12:45-1 p.m. – Opening Prayer and Welcome – Wege Ballroom (3rd floor, Wege Center)
1:00-2:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions I (see full schedule)
2:45-4:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions II (see full schedule)
4:30-5:45 pm – Plenary Session – Dr. Samuel Gregg – Wege Ballroom
6-8:00 pm – Dinner Banquet – Wege Ballroom (3rd floor, Wege Center)
Saturday, October 29
8:00-11:30 a.m. - Registration continues
8:15-8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer – Wege Ballroom
8:30-10 a.m. Concurrent Sessions III (see full schedule)
10:15-11:45 Plenary Session – Panel on J. Budziszewski – Wege Ballroom
12-1 p.m. Luncheon – Wege Ballroom (3rd floor, Wege Center)
1-1:45 p.m. Disciplinary Section Meetings
2-3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions IV (see full schedule)
3:45-5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions V (see full schedule)
5:15-6:15 p.m. Sunday Anticipatory Mass – Bukowski Chapel
7:30-9:30 SCSS Board of Directors Meeting – Wege Boardroom (Jarecki-Lacks-Hauenstein
Library Complex)


This information packet is the most detailed material you will receive, so please
bring it with you to the conference. It and the conference schedule and registration form are
also available on the SCSS website ( At the conference, an
updated conference schedule will be provided at the registration table. You should be sure to
check in at the registration table and pick up the updated schedule, because it will
include the room assignments for the concurrent sessions.
Registration Fee
$40 SCSS members; $50 non-members (but non-members should note the special
deal below); $20 full-time students (undergraduate or graduate); an accompanying spouse is
half-price. Registration fee must be paid by all attendees, including presenters and
moderators, preferably in advance. The costs for the two optional conference common meals
are below.
Non-members are eligible for a special reduced $60 joint fee for non-member
registration and new SCSS membership if they meet the criteria for SCSS membership
(covers dues through 2017; normally dues are $25 per year). Go to the SCSS website
( and fill out the application form and return with completed,
signed SCSS application form, profession of faith form (both also at SCSS website), and C.V.
or bio. All should be sent to Mrs. Carrie via e-mail ( or U.S. mail:
Mrs. Carrie Libetti
Office of Advancement (Assisi Heights)
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
(If you are taking advantage of the special conference registration/new membership
deal, do not send the completed application materials to Fr. Sullins, the SCSS Membership
Chairman, as directed on the application form. Send them to Mrs. Libetti. Fr. Sullins will
review them after the conference). Please note that this special deal is available if registering
either by U.S. mail or online. The charge for spouses attending with someone taking
advantage of this special deal is $25.
Registration Procedures
By U.S. Mail - Mail registration and payment by check or money order may be made
by sending in the registration form. Checks should be drawn on an American bank. If your
check is drawn on a bank in another country, you must include an additional $6 processing
fee so we can cash the check. If this additional amount is not included, your check will be
returned to you. The registration form for use with this mail-in registration is enclosed
and also appears on the SCSS website. Send your registration form with check or money
order (payable to “Society of Catholic Social Scientists”) to:
Mrs. Carrie Libetti
Office of Advancement (Assisi Heights)
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
(N.B.: Mrs. Libetti, who handles the SCSS conference registration—wherever the conference


is held—and SCSS membership matters, is based at Franciscan University of Steubenville.)
Online registration - If you prefer to register and make payment online via credit or debit
card, that option is available, although you are required to pay an additional fee. Online
registration is done through Eventbrite. To register online, go to the SCSS website
( and follow the directions given. If there are any
registration questions, call Mrs. Carrie Libetti (740-283-6447) or email her
The only conference meals, both of which are optional, are Friday Dinner ($25), and
Saturday Luncheon: ($15). These fees must be paid in advance so that we can give
Aquinas College an accurate count. If you do not pay in advance, you will not be
included in the meals. We must receive your payment for the meals no later than Friday,
October 21, 2016. The meal payment should be made at the same time as the registration
payment. You can also sign up for and pay for the conference meals if you are using the
online Eventbrite registration. These are the only group meals at the conference. You will
receive an email acknowledgement when your payment is received. Both meals are buffet
style and there is a meatless choice for the Friday dinner.
Refund Policy
If registrants are subsequently unable to attend, they must notify Mrs. Libetti (contact
information above) that they want a refund. Requests for refunds will be accepted until
November 22, 2016. If payment was made online through Eventbrite, the Eventbrite fee
charged cannot be refunded. Any meal cancellations after October 21, 2016 cannot be
Requests for refunds from scheduled conference presenters who cancel will be
granted only on a case-to-case basis if there was a compelling reason for the cancellation. The
final decision about this will be made by Dr. Krason, the SCSS President. Scheduled
presenters or panelists who cancel without a compelling reason, as determined by Dr. Krason,
will not be permitted to present a paper or take part on a panel until the 2018 national
meeting-conference. This is in accordance with a policy adopted by the SCSS Board of
Directors. The reason for both of these policies is that some presenters in the past have
cancelled suddenly, with little or no notice or explanation, and this has necessitated the lastminute cancellation or alteration of conference sessions and compromised the overall quality
of the conferences.
A block of rooms is being held at Country Inn and Suites–Grand Rapids East, which
is about four miles from Aquinas College. SCSS conference attendees have been offered a
reduced rate of 104.99 (plus tax) per night for a standard one king room, and 109.99 (plus
tax) for a double queen room. The rooms are being held for Thursday through Saturday
nights, October 27-29. Complimentary hot breakfast is included. The room rate and
availability is guaranteed only through September 27. You may still be able to get a room
after that time, but there is no guarantee. Reservations can be made by calling the Country
Inn national reservation line at 1-88-456-4000; or by calling the Grand Rapids hotel directly
at 616-942-7000. To secure the special conference rate, identify yourself as an attendee of the
“SCSS conference at Aquinas College.” Reservations can also be made online at by using the discount code, “SCSSAQ”.
There are a large number of other lodging options in Grand Rapids, which can be


located using any popular travel web site. Any hotel in either the downtown or the airport
area will be approximately 10-15 minutes from Aquinas College.
All conference attendees, including presenters, must make their own lodging and
travel arrangements and are responsible for all associated costs.
Grand Rapids is served by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). There is
no complimentary shuttle from the airport to the Country Inn. If you are not renting a
car, you will need to use a taxi, which will cost approximately $30 from the airport to the
hotel. Attendees are responsible for making all of their own transportation arrangements to
and from the airport and the hotel.
A shuttle may be available on a limited schedule between the hotel and the conference
site, Aquinas College. If you will not have other transportation and you think that you will
have need of such a shuttle, please contact Kevin Schmiesing ( no
later than October 1, 2016. If you do not notify us of your interest in a shuttle between the
hotel and the university, it is possible that there will be none available.
Driving directions
The Country Inn is located at 3251 Deposit Drive NE, Grand Rapids, which is just off the
East Beltline (MI-44). Grand Rapids is easily accessible via major highway routes from the
west, south, or east.
From the east (I-96), take exit 38 for East Beltline/44. Go south to Deposit Drive, turn left.
(You will be northbound on East Beltline when you exit the interstate. To go south, get in the
left lane and make a U-turn at the first opportunity.)
From the west, take I-196 into Grand Rapids, merge onto I-96 east. Take exit 38 for East
Beltline/44. Take a left onto East Beltline, then an immediate right onto Deposit Drive.
From the south, take US-131 into Grand Rapids. Exit onto I-96 east. Take exit 38 for East
Beltline/44. Take a left onto East Beltline, then an immediate right onto Deposit Drive.
From the airport, take 44th Street west to Broadmoor Ave SE (East Beltline). Go north to
Deposit Drive (on the right, near ramps for I-96).
For Aquinas College from Country Inn: Turn left (south) onto East Beltline. Go
approximately one mile to Fulton Street; turn right. Aquinas College is approximately 2 miles
ahead on the left.
Enclosed is a map of the Grand Rapids area with relevant conference locations marked.
The Country Inn and Suites and Aquinas College are marked with stars. The airport is
at the bottom right of the map.
The only group meals at the conference will be a Friday night dinner and a Saturday
luncheon. Other meals can be purchased at the Corner Café and the Moose Café on campus.
The Moose Cafe is open on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight and Saturday from 9 a.m. to
midnight. If features bagels and muffins in the morning, a few light lunch and dinner options,
and healthy snacks in addition to their drink offerings. Aquinas is also located within walking


distance of Eastown and Gaslight Village, where you can find a wide variety of restaurants. A
searchable restaurant guide is available at the Grand Rapids Convention Bureau website,, including a printable map of downtown eateries.
Parking for conference attendees will be available in Lot F (Wege Lot), which is
located between the Academic Building and the Wege Student Center.
Mass Times
As indicated in the conference schedule, there will be two Masses for conference
attendees, both to be held on campus at Bukowski Chapel. There are no other Masses on
campus during the conference period.
There are a number of Catholic parishes within a short drive of Aquinas College. The
nearest are St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Stephen. Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish on the west
side of Grand Rapids (approx. 20 minutes from Aquinas College) offers an extraordinary
form Mass on Sunday at 12:30pm. See for more information.
Structure of the Conference
Like the conferences of many academic organizations, the SCSS annual conference is
composed primarily of concurrent sessions as well as a limited number of plenary sessions.
Individual paper proposals that were received from our Call for Papers were grouped into
sessions that have broadly similar topics.
Guidelines for Presenters and Moderators
All presenters, except for those who are on panels that a particular person has
organized for a coordinated presentation or workshops, should have formal papers. All such
presenters must bring at least 15 copies of their papers to make available for
It is imperative that time be left at the end of each session for questions and
discussion. It is the responsibility of the moderator to ensure that this happens. In a normal
session of two paper presentations, presenters should limit their presentations to 30 minutes
each. For panels in which there will be more than two people presenting formal papers, the
panel chairman will instruct presenters about their time limits. Presenters should speak in the
order they appear in the program. Moderators should introduce speakers briefly and enforce
time limits. There should be ideally 30 minutes and absolutely no fewer than 20 minutes left
available for audience questions and discussion. Moderators must also ensure that their
sessions begin and end on time. Moderators may also manage the question period, including
offering initial comments or questions.
Paper presenters are expected to send copies of their completed papers no later
than October 14, 2016 to the other presenter(s) at their session, the moderator of their
session, and any discussants/respondents. By that date, they are also expected to send a
short bio, resume, or CV to their moderator for introduction purposes at the session.
The email addresses of all conference paper presenters, panelists, moderators, and panel
chairmen are enclosed.
A/V Equipment
All classrooms where presentations will take place should be PowerPoint-ready
(computers, projectors, screens). However, anyone who plans to use PowerPoint or other
equipment should inform Kevin Schmiesing (, who will
communicate with Aquinas College technical staff and confirm the availability of what is


Submission of Papers for the Catholic Social Science Review (CSSR)
There will be no formal published conference proceedings; those who wish may
submit them for consideration according to the normal procedures for the CSSR. To view
guidelines for submitting articles for publication in the CSSR, please see the CSSR's website
( It must be emphasized that the Editorial Board of the CSSR is seeking
high quality contributions that are well written and which make important points, raise
significant issues, make valuable reflections, and embody solid research on their topics. All
submissions are refereed, generally by members of the CSSR’s Editorial Advisory Board. As
with any refereed journal, the final decision about publication is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
There should be no expectation that any paper delivered at the conference will be
automatically accepted for publication. Any submissions for the CSSR will be considered
for the following year's issue and beyond, depending on the backlog of articles.
Any questions about the above rules for contributions or about how they apply to your
planned submission should be directed to Dr. L. Joseph Hebert, CSSR Editor-in-Chief
( or
Attendance at Presentations
Please take an active role in attending presentations of others (i.e., other sessions and
panels besides the one you are presenting at) at the conference. The smaller, concurrent
sessions are more fruitful when there is at least a modest audience. Aquinas College faculty
and students will also be invited to attend and, in accord with the SCSS’s customary practice,
they will not be charged a registration fee, as a gesture of gratitude for the resources offered
by the host institution.
Several tables will be set up in the Wege Center for any literature or hand-outs or
information about other events that may be of interest to the attendees that attendees and
participants wish to bring along to share with their colleagues, or for people who wish to sell
books. If anyone wishes to sell books, he must inform Dr. Schmiesing of that before the
conference and must man the book table himself; none of the people helping at the
conference are available to do this. We urge attendees to bring along copies of articles and
fliers for books they have written and, in order to let colleagues know about their expertise
for future lecturing and conference speaking possibilities, etc., professional resumes/vitae.
The latter may be of interest to your SCSS colleagues to let them know of your activities,
publications, etc. for the possibility of lecturing, etc. If you bring copies of the latter, please
be sure to give one copy to Dr. Stephen Krason, the SCSS President at the conference, for the
updating of your SCSS file.
Permission for audio or video taping of any parts of the conference program must be
secured in advance from Dr. Krason. The SCSS generally requires that it receive a copy and
retains all rights.
For any additional general conference questions, please contact Dr. Schmiesing
( or phone: 936-492-5584). For any registration questions, contact
Mrs. Libetti ( or phone: 740-283-6447). Please do not contact Dr.
Krason, the SCSS President, with general conference or registration questions.