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Minnesota State University, Mankato

October 12, 2016 Campus Newsletter

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Career and Internship Expo

The Minnesota State Mankato Career and Internship Expo is Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

On Tuesday, employers with an emphasis in science, engineering, technology and construction with be featured. On Wednesday, employers with an emphasis in business, communications, human services and health care will be featured.

The event is free for students and alumni and open to all majors. Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by. More information can be found online.

Reasons for faculty and staff to participate include:

  • Network with faculty, staff, employers and students
  • Enhance your PDR for article 22, criterion 4, contribution to student grown & development. Documentation will be emailed after the event.
  • Faculty and staff receive a complimentary professional photo from the Career Development Center.
  • Refreshments are available for faculty and staff in CSU 204 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mexican Delegation Visit

A delegation of leaders in higher education, business, industry and government from Mexico visited Minnesota State Mankato on Wednesday, Oct. 5 to learn more about advanced manufacturing, business financial services and entrepreneurship and education initiatives at the University.

The visit provided an opportunity for the exchange of innovation, talent and economic development between leaders in Mexico and Minnesota. The Mexican delegation spent three days in the state as part of a collaboration between the Minnesota State system, the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES), which includes 179 public and private universities and higher education institutions, the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul and the Minnesota Trade Office.

The Mexican delegation also visited various other institutions in the Minnesota State system.

Call for Learning Center Proposals

On behalf of the Office of the Provost - Undergraduate Education and the University Learning Community Program, the call for proposals for Learning Communities for the 2017-18 academic year is now open.

Through intentional program design and advanced pedagogy, learning communities can enhance student learning and work to narrow gaps in achievement across student populations.

Go online to fill out a proposal form or to learn more. Those who prefer submitting a paper copy may email and request a paper copy. The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

2016 International Poetry Recital

The Department of World Languages and Cultures will be holding its yearly poetry recital Nov. 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. in CSU 245. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend and present a poem. Presenters must give a short introduction on the author and why they chose their poem before reciting it. There will be two prizes awarded to the best recitations.

To participate, fill out the online form. Deadline is Nov. 4.

Call or email Enrique Torner, professor of Spanish, with any questions. Torner can be reached at 507-389-5519 or 507-389-2116.

URSI’s 50th Anniversary

The Urban & Regional Studies Institute is celebrating 50 years of preparing community leaders.

Faculty and staff are invited to help the Urban & Regional Studies Institute celebrate the milestone as well as the accreditation of the Urban and Regional Studies, MA, (Local Government Management Program).

The Urban & Regional Studies Institute would also like to celebrate the accomplishments and service to URSI of faculty member Janet Cherrington-Cucore upon her retirement.

The anniversary celebration will take place at the Country Inn & Suites, 1900 Premier Drive in Mankato on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Nathan Pasmore, office administrator for the Urban & Regional Studies Institute, by phone at 507-389-1714 or by email at

Oct. 3-28: Gina Mumma Wenger Art Exhibit

Gina L. Mumma Wenger, professor of art at Minnesota State Mankato, will display her photos in an exhibit titled "What Remains: Photos of the Japanese American Concentration Camps" from Oct. 3-28 in the Centennial Student Union Gallery.

Wenger's exhibit is in collaboration with the Minnesota State Mankato Common Read programming for 2016. Wenger will also be leading a book discussion about “When the Emperor was Divine,” by Julie Otsuka, on Monday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Emy Frentz Art Gallery, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts (523 South 2nd Street, Mankato). She will be discussing how the book connects to the research she did surrounding the Japanese American internment camps. More information on the Common Read program is available on the program's website.

An artist’s reception for Wenger’s exhibit will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m. 

Wenger has been researching the Japanese American Concentration Camps of WWII since 2006. Her artwork documents the camp spaces as they exist today. She has photographed the spaces of the 10 camps located in Arkansas, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho. The photographs are digital infrared exposures printed on large aluminum sheets. In addition, Wenger will create and install 1,000 origami cranes (senbazuro), which will be presented in the space. These cranes are meant to reflect a remembrance of those incarcerated in the documented spaces.

Oct. 12: Driven to Deliver: An Evening with Mark Davis

Mark Davis, chairman of Davis Family Holdings, will give a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. The presentation, sponsored by the University's College of Business, is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required to attend.

Davis, known for his entrepreneurial spirit, started as a milk truck driver and is now partner in or leader of brands such as Davisco, Cambria and Sun Country Airlines that have gained international renown.

At his presentation, Davis will share his story and tips for other entrepreneurs.
Read more about Davis [PDF] online here. (22 KiB) 

Oct. 13-23: 'Frankenstein'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance is ushering in Halloween with a new twist on the classic spooky play “Frankenstein,” by Fred Carmichael.

Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, Minnesota State Mankato’s version is just as creepy, but with a feminist twist. The cast is made up entirely of female actors, explained eloquently by Director Heather Hamilton.

“Frankenstein” runs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15 & 19-22; and 2 p.m. Oct. 16, 22-23 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State .Mankato.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

For more information, email Amanda Dyslin or call 507-389-6663.

Oct. 15: Blues Artist Bernard Allison

C & C Records Recording Artist Bernard Allison (pictured) performs with his band on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series, with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bernard Allison is a dedicated touring musician, and his live shows are reputed to be incendiary and geared toward a wide array of listeners. "This is what I love to do, and whatever it takes to present my style of music, I'll do that," he says.

Concert admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Hooligans or online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Oct. 16: Bluegrass/Newgrass Group Blue Hazard

Bluegrass/Newgrass group Blue Hazard will appear on stage Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The band frequently appears at numerous bluegrass festivals, including the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, the Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Festival and Lakes Bluegrass Festival, among others.

Blue Hazard has performed with the Grammy-nominated bluegrass sensation Cherry Holmes, International Songwriter Competition winner Ben Kyle, and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame members The Platte Valley Boys.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets can go online. For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Oct. 18: CHINA Town Hall

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Minnesota State Mankato College of Business and Global Education is bringing to campus a national webcast on U.S.-China relations that features former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. The event will be held in CSU 245 from 6-8 p.m., with doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres wil be served. RSVP for the event online here.

The 10th annual national webcast discussion, "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections," will be held in from 6-7 p.m. After the webcast there will also be on-site reflection and dialogue from 7-8 p.m. on the Minnesota Marketplace and its connection to China. Go here to learn more or submit questions.

After the webcast with Kissinger, Brian Chang, managing director of China Plus Capital will join for on-site reflection and dialogue on the Minnesota marketplace and its connection to China.

China’s rapid emergence as a global player and potential partner on many U.S. policy priorities has ensured that the Sino-American relationship will have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in both Countries. To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting the annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide.

Oct. 19-20: Common Read & Good Thunder Reading Series

Julie Otsuka, author of this year’s Common Read, “When the Emperor was Divine,” will be visiting campus to discuss her book on Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

The event, free and open to the public, has been made possible through a grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Otsuka will also be speaking about her book, “The Buddha in the Attic,” as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Otsuka will be joined for the Good Thunder Reading Series events by poet Christopher David Hopkins. A Q&A will be held on Oct. 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. Second St. in Mankato, and then a “Talk on Craft” will be held from 3-4 p.m. on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

During the evening on Oct. 20, Otsuka will read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Room 245. All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Otsuka is visiting as this year’s guest author in the annual Nadine B. Andreas Residency and also in partnership with the University’s Common Read program.

Otsuka is a winner of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and she was a finalist for the National Book Award. Otsuka was also recently added to the National Endowment for the Arts’ ‘The Big Read’ Library.

Hopkins, a poet who hails from North Carolina, is a master of fine arts creative writing candidate in his second year at Minnesota State Mankato. He also serves as a poetry editor for the Blue Earth Review and co-host for the Weekly Reader on 89.7 KMSU.

More information on the Good Thunder Series can be found online.

Oct. 20: Paul Finkelman History Lecture

Paul Finkelman, visiting professor of human rights at the University of Saskatchewan Law School, will be coming to Mankato to discuss the origins of the electoral college and the question “The Anti-Democratic, Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College: Is It Time for the Leaders of the Free World to Have Democratic Elections?”

The lecture will be held in 102 Morris Hall at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Paul Finkelman is an expert in areas such as constitutional law, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, race and the law, the law of slavery, and legal issues surrounding baseball. Finkelman was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and in the lawsuit over who owned Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball.

Finkelman has been the scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and a Senior Fellow in the Penn Center for Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism.

He has held endowed chairs at Duke Law School, LSU Law School, Albany Law School, and the University of Miami history department. He is the author of about 200 scholarly articles and the author or editor of more than 40 books.

For more information, call the Department of History at 507-389-1618 or email Cretia Welborn.

Oct. 22-23: 35th Annual Women & Spirituality Conference

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual Women & Spirituality Conference, which has been held on campus since 1981, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 at Minnesota State Mankato for the 35th and final time, as the conference will move to Rochester, Minn., in 2017. 

This year’s keynote speaker is author and feminist Daisy Hernández, who writes and speaks about the intersections of faith, feminism and progressive politics.

The annual conference will feature two days of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebration.

Scholarships and college credit are available. Registration information on the conference, including costs and a full conference program, can be found [PDF] online here (1 MiB).

Hernández (pictured) will deliver her keynote address, “A SHARED LANGUAGE: A Talk on Memoir, Feminism, and Spirituality,” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A book signing will follow her presentation until 12:30 p.m.

A full news release on this event is available online here.

Oct 25: Bad Boys and Bystanders: An Evening with Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz, one of the creators of the bystander approach, will address the ongoing issue of male violence against women and sexual assault and the role of media in shaping sexist and sexually degrading social norms in a presentation on Tuesday, Oct., 25 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event is free and open to the public.

Katz will discuss the different ways that the bystander approach can help men become part of the solution as well as his Mentors in Violence Program.

The Mentors in Violence Program was the first large-scale effort to engage sports culture in gender violence prevention, and the program that introduced bystander intervention to the sexual assault/relationship abuse fields.

He will also discuss the role of media in shaping the sexist and sexually degrading social norms that the bystander approach was designed in part to counteract.

Check out the event page for more information.

In the Rankings

Minnesota State Mankato was ranked number one in the United States in the category of "50 Best Value Schools for Construction Management 2016" by

Student News

Of 26 teams competing at a regional competition at the end of September, Minnesota State Mankato’s women’s bowling team finished first and the men’s team second. Freshman Andrea Staples scored the third-highest individual women’s score. In the men's competition, William Mateffy received fourth place in individual performance and Joss Johnson was fifth.

The Minnesota State Mankato chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists received the 2015-16 Region 6 Outstanding Campus Chapter Award from SPJ. The region covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Faculty/Staff News

Martin Mitchell, professor of geography, will be presented with the Polaris Leadership Award from the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, a group composed of geospatial professionals in various fields. Mitchell is the first person to receive this award that is not in a government agency or private industry. The presentation will take place Oct. 27 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Ishuan Li, associate professor of economics, was offered another four-year term appointment to the Peer Corps of Reviewers at the Higher Learning Commission.

David Viscoli, professor of piano, recently performed a solo piano recital titled "A Journey through Latin American Piano Music" at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.

Brenda Flannery, John Kaliski, Luke Howk and Bryan Hoffman from the College of Business presented during the “Connecting Academics to Business through an Integrated Business Partnership Team” showcase panel, at the Midwest Academy of Management conference, which was held Friday, Oct. 7 in Fargo, N.D.

Gwen Westerman, professor of English, and her collaborator, Glenn Wasicuna, are presenting at the Oct. 13-15 conference, "Translating Across Time and Space," a major international conference on endangered Native American Languages that will be held in Philadelphia and hosted by the American Philosophical Society.

Department News

The Maverick Machine Band will hold "Band Day 2016" on Oct. 29, with local area high school students (and younger) invited to join the Maverick Machine on the field at halftime of a Minnesota State Mankato football game.

Residence Life reported that more than 330 people toured the new University Dining Facility during Family Weekend.

The College of Business 2016 InReview Magazine is now available online.

Library Services has published its September 2016 newsletter.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has published the [PDF] October 2016 edition of its Good News (346 KiB).


Assistant Professor Emeritus Earl Lamont died Sept. 30. He was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for 26 years in the library department before retiring in 1992. Read the full obituary online.

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