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March 2005 Campus Newsletter

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David WilliamsVP's Corner

By David Williams, Vice President for University Advancement

The new publication that you're reading is the result of a recently approved internal communications plan intended to better inform MSU faculty and staff members.

This is one of several new products suggested by the plan. This and another newsletter were approved last month by President Davenport and the Cabinet, and I expect them to become primary channels of internal communication for MSU:

  • This newsletter, published monthly, will include timely news of University, college, department and employee achievements and changes. It will be edited and assembled by the Office of Integrated Marketing & Communications, and published on the MSU website by Information & Technology Services.
  • A President's newsletter, published quarterly, will include commentary on medium- and long-range issues, plans and programs that President Davenport expects to impact the university in coming months. The President's newsletter will debut in April.

Both publications are designed as "quick reads," with summaries and clickable links that lead you to more details about topics that interest you. When each new newsletter is published, you'll be informed by a brief e-mail.

There'll be several regular sections in this newsletter each month. "Achievements" lists notable faculty, staff and student accomplishments. "Good Deeds" talks about faculty, staff and student projects that improve our community, region, state and world. "Transitions" lists colleagues who are new to MSU, as well as those who have moved on. "VP's Corner" is an opportunity for one of the vice presidents to focus on a new University initiative.

I urge you to forward items for future newsletters — "Good Deeds," "Faculty, Staff and Student Achievements," program awards and honors — to newsletter editor Mike Cooper. This is your publication. It will succeed as MSU's primary internal communication tool only if you regularly contribute news of your department.

I think we very much need a publication like this at MSU. I hope you find it helpful as you go about your daily activities.

CSU Grand OpeningApril 13: CSU Grand Opening

Save the date: Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the stunning new Centennial Student Union on April 13.

More than a year of digging, pouring, forming, sawing, hammering, shaping and painting will be commemorated when the $12 million renovation project is dedicated on "Celebrate the CSU Day." Events on April 13 will include:

  • 4:30 p.m.: Ribbon-cutting
  • 5-6 p.m.: Tours of the new CSU
  • 6-6:30 p.m.: Reception in the lower level
  • 6:30 p.m.: Grand Dinner by invitation only.

In addition there'll be numerous activities leading up to the April 13 ribbon-cutting, including a faculty-staff day and a students' day, with discounts throughout the CSU.

Diversity Commission

A new commission has been appointed by President Davenport to oversee campus-wide diversity efforts at MSU.

The President's Commission on Diversity, composed of students, faculty and staff, will recommend new diversity efforts and initiatives based on suggestions from the campus community. Creation of the commission was one of the recommendations made last year by the MSU Diversity Task Force.

The commission serves the President in an advisory role, taking note of the areas where there are challenges and progress related to diversity at MSU. In addition to establishing the Commission, the plan recommended:

  • Adopting an expanded definition of diversity;
  • Conducting a campus climate Survey;
  • Continuing diverse representation in campus groups and committees;
  • Creating a Diversity Orientation Program for all faculty and staff; and
  • Funding diversity initiatives appropriately, with special emphasis on 10 actions proposed for strategic priority funding.

Center for Excellence

Scott Olson, vice president for Academic Affairs, and Stewart Ross, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will explain MSU's innovative and highly successful faculty development program at the North Central Accrediting Conference in Chicago in April.

In a 45-minute presentation titled "Faculty Development at Minnesota State University: A Major Climate Shift in Three Short Years," Olson and Ross will describe how the Excellence in Teaching and Learning program has produced sea change in the way faculty development is viewed at MSU.

Three years ago the university had almost no formal faculty development. Today 60 faculty have volunteered to learn about new teaching-learning techniques in a unique teaching certificate program, and more faculty are participating in a number of "learning communities." In addition, 37 senior faculty are mentoring younger faculty members.

MSU is one of only three universities invited to discuss its faculty development program at the Chicago conference.

Jane Earley Tribute

The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences has honored Jane Earley, long-time dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, for more than 30 years of service as a leader and mentor of college deans across the country.

She was cited by the CCAS board late last fall. Susan Coultrap-McQuin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY-Oswego and a former MSU administrator, paid tribute to Jane as one of the nation's most respected and longest-serving deans.

Jane became an assistant dean of Arts and Sciences at MSU in 1974, associate dean in 1975, acting dean in 1976, and dean of the new college of Arts and Humanities in 1977. She has remained in that position since then, except for one year when she served as Interim VP of Academic Affairs.

She served as president of CCAS in 1980-'81 and on the CCAS Board from 1977-'82, and chaired the National Conference for Academic Deans in 1979-80. She has led many other national, state and regional associations, conducted numerous workshops, helped found the women's caucus, and worked on countless projects

She has been a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association since 1977; she was a member of the Minnesota Humanities Commission from 1983-'89 and served as its chair from 1985-86; she was a member of the Board of the Minnesota ACE network for women from 1983-91 and was its chair from 1988-91; for many years she participated in the Bush Collaboration for Faculty Development and was its chair in 1991; she has been a member and presenter at AAHE and other associations over the years, and she has served on the Board of Trustees of Coe College, her undergraduate alma mater, since 1983.

Teaching Scholar Fellows

Ten faculty members have been awarded 2005 Teaching Scholar Fellowships for research projects this summer.

The annual fellowships help faculty members develop new ways to improve teaching and learning at MSU. Each fellow develops specific new tools that aid MSU faculty scholars and enhance student learning. Teaching Scholar Fellows will explain the results of their research during campus-wide workshops in the fall.

Summer 2005 Teaching Scholar Fellows are:

  • Queen Esther Booker (Management): "Enhancing Information Systems Knowledge."
  • Karen Boubel (Music): "Words from the Past: Composing Choral Music with Stories from 19th Century Midwesterners."
  • Steven Buechler (Sociology and Corrections): "Critical Sociology."
  • Susan Fredstrom (Family Consumer Science): "Advancing Nutrition Teaching and Learning Across a Curriculum, Across Campus."
  • Mary Hadley (Chemistry and Geology): "Development and Implementation of Chemistry 106 as an Online Course."
  • Anne Lacsamana (Women's Studies): "The Warm Body Export: Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora."
  • Craig Matarrese (Philosophy): "Teaching Environmental Philosophy in the Wilderness."
  • Kathy Piehl (Library Services): "Awards for Children's and Young Adult Books: How Many is Enough?"
  • Patrick Tebbe (Mechanical and Civil Engineering): "Use of Computer Simulation to Promote Active Learning in Thermodynamics."
  • Michael Wells (Computer and Information Sciences): "Completing an Application Programming Textbook Manuscript for Submission for Textbook Publication."

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Thirteen MSU graduates will be honored April 22 as 2005 Distinguished Alumni. The celebration, at Midwest Wireless Civic Center, will be hosted by the MSU Alumni Association.

2005 honorees are:

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, honoring achievement over the course of a career, to:

  • Bruce J. Paradis '70, BA Economics
  • Michael D. Pflaum '78, BS Recreation, Parks and Community Education
  • William A. Sederburg '69, BST Social Studies: Political Science

Harold J. Fitterer Distinguished Alumni Service Award, for distinguished service to MSU and community, to:

  • Michael P. Cairl '83, BS Construction Management
  • Dr. Wendell L. Jahnke '57, BS Business Education; '62, MS Occupational Therapy
  • Pamela Byers Kearney '67, BA English, Political Science (awarded posthumously)

Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award, for service to humanity, to:

  • Dan G. Cater '89, BA Business Administration: Marketing
  • Charles ('50, BS Political Science, History; BA Spanish) and Susan ('71, MAT English) Mundale
  • Nancy Peter Zwickey '63, BS Physical Ed; '67, MS Physical Education; '96, MS Physical Education; '99, 6th-year certificate, Education Administration: Secondary

Distinguished Young Alumni Award, for high professional achievement early in a career, to:

  • Sarah R. Eidet '98, BS Interior Design and Construction Management
  • Scott Kuehl '91, BS Art
  • Scott E. Leiferman '94, BS Marketing

MSU 500 Challenge

Get your team signed up for the Wellness Committee's MSU 500 Challenge!

The MSU 500 starts Monday, March 21, and continues through April 15. In this friendly competition you earn points for exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, consuming water and attending bonus activities.

Team captains should contact Heather Hampton at x2068 or by March 18 with the name of the team and team members. Heather will provide additional information about the competition to team captains.

Join your colleagues for this fun, free and motivational challenge.

Campus Drive

The 2005 faculty-staff Campus Drive campaign is underway, with a goal of $175,000 through 50 percent participation. Faculty and staff donors can choose more than 500 funds from the MSU Chart of Endowment Funds and Scholarship Accounts brochure.

Watch for information about how to participate in intra-campus mail. To track the campaign's progress, check the Campus Drive sign in front of the President's office.

Shuffle Function Pledge Drive

Listen for and pledge to KMSU's Shuffle Function 23-hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go Marathon Thursday through Friday, April 7-8, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Donors who give $25 or more will get a limited-edition, 45 RPM Shuffle Function single featuring the wildly popular Shuffle Function theme song and a selection from Rythmaplex Project. Other premiums will include the 19th in a series of "Live at the World Cafe" recordings for those who give $60 or more.

Employer recruitment: Up

On-campus employer recruitment at MSU was up 92 percent last fall, according to the Career Development Center. Last fall 48 different employers were on campus, compared to 25 different employers the year before.

The employers conducted 404 student interviews through the Career Development Center.

For the Class of 2003 (the most recent available data), of 2,467 graduates who were available for related employment, 78.1 percent said they had secured related employment, and 10.9 percent said they were continuing their education. The results are based on a 91.4 percent response rate.

More System Awards

MSU has again earned Minnesota State System awards for financial and facilities management excellence — one of only two state universities to receive both awards.

The honors recognize outstanding leadership and team effort. MSU is one of 12 institutions to earn the 2004 Excellence in Financial Management award, and one of 10 to receive the 2004 Excellence in Facilities Management award. This is the fourth consecutive year that MSU has received the facilities management honor, and the fourth year it has earned the financial management citation. In addition, Outstanding Service Awards have gone to H. Dean Trauger (1999) and Steve W. Smith (2001).

Community Health Project Honored

The Community Health Worker Project of the Healthcare Education Industry Partnership at MSU is one of only six groups taking part in a University of Arizona Tucson national focus on best in community health worker education practices.

The Community Health Worker Project 11-credit curriculum started in February at Minneapolis Community Technical College and South Central Technical College. The project is funded for three years by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

Karen TaylorEmployee Recognition Winner

Karen Taylor created the winning cookie in this year's Employee Recognition Week contest, capturing the Traveling Cookie Trophy for her division, Finance & Administration.

Good Deeds

A grant written by Beatrice Quist (Women's Studies) has been funded, providing thousands of dollars to International Needs Ghana for building wells in rural communities and teaching basic sanitation to residents.

Ron Schirmer (Anthropology) discussed archaeology with eighth-grade classes at Dakota Meadows Middle School. He also installed a new paleoethnobotany exhibit at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing, MN.

MSU's Social Work Club recently conducted a "Hats, Gloves, Mittens & Scarf Clothing Drive" for the Oglala Lakota Nation's Pine Ridge Reservation Boarding School in South Dakota. Club members collected 268 articles of winter clothing.

The Social Action Club recently sponsored a "Toys for Tots" fundraiser.

Students from Leah Rogne's Applied Sociology class collected, assembled and presented research to the St. Peter Healthy Community Alliance Board. Students also helped facilitate a focus group on Region 9 community indicators, and assisted Region 9 officials with alternative energy, transportation and telepharmacy projects.

Ann Walker (Human Performance) is directing the first annual Maverick Walk for Women's Athletic Scholarships on Saturday, April 16. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.; for more information contact or

Renee Shellum (SHRS) and Communications Disorders students performed hearing screenings for 49 children at the MSU Children's House in December. Renee also led students in a hearing screening effort in the Wells School District, where approximately 500 children were screened.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

KMSU 89.7 "The Maverick" received "Critics Choice" and "Readers' Choice" awards from Static Magazine in its annual "Best Of" issue in February.

Atrayee Ghosh Roy (Economics) presented a paper about international trade and poverty in the United States and developing countries at the National ASSA meeting in Philadelphia in January.

Yueh-Ting Lee (Ethnic Studies) recently published "Getting Past the Pictures in Our Heads: The Psychology of Stereotyping" in PsycCRITIQUES, an E-journal of the American Psychological Association).

Don Friend (Geography), a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, is co-leading numerous seminars and is enjoying the moderate weather, for which Germans frequently apologize as being "too cold."

Kathryn Elliot (Gerontology) has been named a 2004-2005 fellow by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Bill Lewinski (Political Science and Law Enforcement), director of the Force Science Research Center, was interviewed by numerous media, including Minnesota Public Radio and WCCO-TV, after eight newspapers and radio and television stations attended a Center open house.

Fred Slocum (Political Science) presented a paper about the impact of racial stereotypes on responses to African Americans at the Southern Political Science Association's annual conference in New Orleans. He also was chair for a panel about race and ethnicity.

Leah Rogne (Sociology and Corrections) and Kathryn Elliott (Gerontology) presented "Relationships as Core: A Case Study in Assisted Living in Memory Care" at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in Washington, D.C. Leah is a founder of "Concerned Scientists in Aging," formed to educate the public and Congress about the adverse impact of Social Security privatization.

Janet Cherrington (URSI) was appointed to a three-year term on the Janesville Planning Commission.

Tony Filipovitch (URSI) addressed the Region Nine Development Commission Strategic Planning Retreat recently, summarizing Osborne & Hutchinson's new book, The Price of Government and participating in a trends and issues panel. Tony also has been appointed to a task force charged with recommending a new location for Mankato's Dale Eldred sculpture.

Susan Taylor (Advancement) was appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service, also known as ServeMinnesota. During her three-year term she will be doing a variety of tasks, including screening applicants for AmeriCorps grants in Minnesota.

Patrick Sexton (Human Performance) is serving as vice chair of the Joint Review Committee on Accreditation of Athletic Education programs, and recently was named "Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement" column editor for Athletic Therapy Today.

Wrestling Coach Jim Makovsky is serving as president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Jeff Iseminger, assistant vice president for Integrated Marketing, is author of a featured article in the February edition of Wisconsin Trails magazine. The article discusses "The Wisconsin Idea."

Glen Peterson (SHRS) has been awarded the 2004 Presidents Award for Outstanding Service by Dr. Lynn Boza, president of the National Association for Rehabilitation Leadership.

Victoria Peters, acquisitions librarian, is 2005 chair elect of the Academic and Research Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association. The chair elect coordinates programs for the association's annual conference, and in the second year chairs division board meetings.

Registrar Dave Gjerde recently received the Exemplary Service Award from the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers.

Stephen Stoynoff (English) has been elected to a three-year board term of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Association. TESOL is an international association of 14,000 English language teachers and scholars from more than 120 countries.

Student Achievements

For the fourth year in a row MSU's Forensics Team is the state's premier speech and debate squad, capturing first in the Minnesota Collegiate Forensic Association State Tournament Feb. 19 and 20. The Mavericks finished first among 13 teams with 233 sweepstakes points and 21 state finalists, including 7 individual state champions in the 13 events. Three of the top five overall speakers were Mavericks, including overall state champion Matthew Collie.

Two MSU residence hall programs recently were honored by a seven-state university residence life organization. MSU's "winter welcome-back" residence hall series, "Proud Traditions in MSU's Cold Conditions," received the Community Service Program Award of the Month from the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. It is one of only 11 programs that will advance to national competition. Gage Hall's B12 Community Council earned "Community of the Month" honorable mention.

Tracy Derbick (CAHN) has been selected to receive an American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Presidential Scholarship Award for 2005. She has been invited to the national convention in Chicago April 14.

Office Moves

Several staff members have moved to new locations in the Wigley Administration Center.

The Office of Student Affairs has moved to Wigley Administration Center, Room 228.

University cashiers Jodi Orchard, Rose Fritz and Darcy Larvick have moved to Wigley first floor (WA 128). Accounts receivable staff members Garnet Cafourek, Dave Neve, Diane Hamilton, Carol Rasmussen and Terry Kruse have relocated to the new Student Financial Services office on Wigley first floor.

The Campus Hub staff, in its new location on the main level of Centennial Student Union, continues to answer student questions about billing and financial aid. Students can get answers to their financial questions by going to or phoning the Campus Hub at (507) 389-1866. They also can send email inquiries to

As part of the new, unified service concept, incoming telephone calls to Financial Aid (389-1185) and Business Affairs (389-2261) are answered by the Hub. E-mail also has been merged; messages sent to and now go to

Faculty and staff who wish to reach Business Office staff in purchasing, accounts payable, student payroll, travel and accounting should dial business services (389-5069) instead of the business reception number that you've used before. Of course, you also can reach Business Office staff members by dialing the individual numbers listed in the directory.


Kelley Olson has been appointed interim associate VP for development, taking the place of Pat Cramer, who resigned recently. Kelley will work until the search for a permanent replacement is completed. She has extensive experience in development work; her experience includes serving as vice president for development of the Easter Seal Society in Connecticut.

In addition, Colleen Anderson is new to Student Financial Services; Annie Baldwin and Kimberly Feehan are new in the School of Nursing; Matthew Brophy recently started in the Philosophy Department; Bradley Buffington is new to Building Services; Jennifer Jacobs recently joined Intercollegiate Athletics; Rebecca Konz is new to Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services; Theresa Schwartz recently joined Extended learning; and Mary Taylor is new to Family Consumer Science.

In addition to Pat Cramer, we bid farewell to Blake Blomquist (Campus Hub), Emily Harris (Security), Timothy Kochery (Information & Technology Services), and Edison Perdomo (Psychology).

To keep track of MSU personnel changes, watch the Human Resources Comings and Goings page.