May 2005 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2005-05-23/
The campus community mourns
Many MSU faculty and staff members, including President Richard Davenport, are attending services for the three MSU students who died May 17 in the tragic accident in Michigan.
Services for Wesley L. Loutsch, Chad Edward Wilson and Jamie Aaron Schlachter are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, in their hometowns. Here, in brief, is the service information:
- Wesley L. Loutsch: Monday, May 23, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Remsen, Iowa, with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating, assisted by Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba and the Rev. Loyd Fiedler. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. Sunday at Fisch Funeral Home, Remsen. Parish rosary service will be at 3 p.m., and a vigil prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Fisch Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Remsen.
- Chad Edward Wilson: Monday, May 23, 2 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Austin, Minn., with The Rev. Harold Deye, The Rev. Arvid Jovaag and The Rev. Greg Mannel officiating. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in East Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery, rural Albert Lea.
- Jamie Aaron Schlachter: Tuesday, May 24, 11 a.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn., the Rev. Giles Zimmer officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the church, and foran hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Macken Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.
More information is posted on the MSU Accident Information web page.
Hundreds of people from across the nation and around the world have posted messages on a "Condolences" web page. If you wish to add your sympathies or read the messages of others, visit the Condolences page.
The entire Minnesota State University, Mankato community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of these bright, promising, beloved students. All were exceptional young people with bright futures, and they were working on a project about which they were passionate. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of these young men.
Results just compiled for the 2003 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicate that MSU first-year and senior students participate in a number of educational activities at an above-average rate, and participate in some activities at a below-average rate.
The annual NSSE is based on the concept that student activities during college are more important than the reputation of the college. During the last several weeks, first-year and senior students completed the 2005 NSSE, and those results will provide new data to gauge trends and improvements in learning.
The 2003 results show that MSU students participate at a rate higher than the national average in practical experiences and volunteer work and community service. MSU students write more short reports than the national average; seniors make more class presentations and take part in community-based projects more frequently than the national average; and freshmen and seniors vote in elections at a higher-than-average rate.
The NSSE results indicate that MSU students engage at a lower-than-average rate in reading and writing, campus activities, preparing for classes, and collaborative relationships with faculty members and other students, and they watch television more frequently than average. Freshmen spent fewer hours than average preparing for classes, while seniors spent the average 11-15 hours per week.
View the 2003-2004 NSSE Executive Summary (PDF 41KB) of the report, prepared by MSU's Office of University Assessment.
The Department of K-12 and Secondary Programs has received a $100,000 Minnesota State grant to develop and implement an alternative pathway into teaching for mid-career and retired professionals.
The Minnesota Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (MN TAPP) will be for mid-career professionals and middle-age retirees from other professions who hold at least a college degree and are steeped in relevant knowledge that will allow them to transition into teaching. The program will start this summer, and the department is accepting applications.
Qualified candidates will move into their own classrooms after a short period of intensive training, instead of following the traditional approach for teacher preparation (academic course work and supervised student teaching). Candidates will continue their studies on-line and through seminars, while receiving structured mentoring and support as they teach.
Candidates will complete MN TAPP in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in the summer with candidates taking an intensive course, "The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Teaching," based on Charlotte Danielson's framework and the Standards of Effective Practice. During this phase candidates will be introduced to best practices, information about teaching profession roles and responsibilities, professional and ethical responsibilities of educators, parent communication, the inclusive classroom, and technology.
Phase 2 will introduce the candidates to full responsibility for a classroom supported by intensive mentoring and supervision, along with monthly seminars.
Scott Page is leading the MN TAPP development team.
The Student Support Services Department has been approved for four more years of U.S. Department of Education funding. The department has been approved for $306,555 in funding for the first year of the grant continuation, and at least that much for each of the remaining three years.
Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program, offering academic support to increase student retention and graduation rates. The department applies for funds every four years, and the new award extends its funding through 2010.
MSU has three other federally funded TRIO Programs: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. More information about the TRIO programs is available on TRIO programs website
MSU's first Maverick Walk for Women' Scholarships April 16 more than doubled its goal, reports Ann Walker, director of the event.
More than $92,662 in corporate and "walker" dollars was raised—well above the $40,000 goal. More than 850 people participated in the event, held in Myers Field House.
"I have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the overall response we have received from the greater Mankato community members and the MSU community," Walker said. "We have received so many positive comments regarding the Walk, and I am proud to be a part of the team of people who organized and implemented such a successful event.
Walker said that in addition to raising funds for scholarships, "we created a better awareness of women's athletics, and, hopefully, this will lead to more people in attendance at our women's athletic home events. We have an amazing group of female student-athletes at MSU, and I can't think of a better way to support, encourage, and honor them."
Funds raised through the Walk are earmarked for scholarships for MSU's female student-athletes. There are currently 311 student-athletes on MSU's 12 female teams.
The Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events will again sponsor the Touchdown Tent as part of MSU's Homecoming celebration Sept. 26-Oct. 2, and groups have until June 1 to reserve the tent for a reunion or other Homecoming event.
For groups scheduling a Homecoming reunion in the Touchdown Tent, the Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events will make the planning easy, by:
- Providing food and entertainment;
- Providing a customizable invitation letter template;
- Ordering the alumni mailing list;
- Stuffing and mailing the invitation;
- Paying for postage for up to 200 people.
Alumni Relations also will market the event free of charge in several media, including the Homecoming brochure, the fall issue of TODAY at Minnesota State, e-mail, the alumni web site, and the alumni online community, MSUGrads.com
MSU's Office of Human Resources reminds departing employees to meet with Therese Mullins before they leave to discuss benefits and other issues relating to ending or changing employment.
In addition, departing employees must turn in state property before they leave. Those items include:
- Keys, returned to Security;
- MavCards, turned in to the immediate supervisor to be destroyed;
- Computers, laptops, PDAs, cell phones and the like, turned in to the department;
- Library materials, returned to Memorial Library;
- Purchasing cards, turned in to the Business Office;
- Corporate cards, turned into Finance & Administration;
- Supervisors must deactivate access to secured systems for employees who are departing
Departing employees should provide a forwarding address either through the self service web site or to Human Resources directly. Individuals can also contact IT Services about the possibility of forwarding any email to another active email account.
Let your computer screen display your MSU pride by installing John Cross' stunning campus photographs as your screensaver and wallpaper.
The Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events commissioned ITS to create screensavers and wallpaper from five Cross images (the Alumni Arch, the Ostrander-Student Bell Tower at sunrise, Marso-Schmitz Plaza outside the Performing Arts Center, the World's Fair Fountain, and Taylor Center). The images are free, and can be downloaded and installed in a few minutes by clicking below (Windows XP or WinZip program required to download):
MSU Screensaver/Wallpaper (ZIP~6.8MB)
John Cross is an award-winning photographer for The Free Press of Mankato and an adjunct Mass Communications faculty member. In addition to appearing almost daily in The Free Press, his images are distributed nationwide by The Associated Press and are published regularly in TODAY magazine. Over the last two decades his photos have won dozens of state, regional and national awards.
MSU's Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events will again partner with the Mankato MoonDogs to host MSU Night at the Mankato MoonDogs on Monday, June 13.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink ballpark meal in the dog pound at 6:30 p.m. Then watch the MoonDogs take on Brainerd Blue Thunder at 7:05 p.m.
A special discount is available to faculty, staff and students. For details or to register, visit MSU Night at the MoonDogs or call (507) 389-3235.
Last October Family Weekend was successfully reinstated at MSU, and this year's committee seeks to make the Sept. 23-25, 2005, event even more informative and entertaining for families of Minnesota State students.
Family Weekend is intended to let sisters, brothers, parents, grandparents and other relatives of MSU students experience the academic, co-curricular and social offerings that are a part of Maverick life.
The Family Weekend Committee is encouraging MSU employees to provide ideas for Family Weekend 2005, and is seeking groups and departments to organize events.
Those who have event suggestions should send an e-mail describing the idea to committee co-chairs Torin Akey or Robyn Goldy at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Those who are interested in coordinating an event should complete the "Family Weekend 2005 Event Proposal" form.
In addition to Akey and Goldy, the 2005 committee includes Karen Foreman, Brian Gabel, Tim Berg, Kate Hansen, Michael Lagerquist, Darin Dredge, Jessica Flatequal, Katie Deinken, Jayne Larsen, Paul Hustoles, Karen Rubbert, M. Taylor Stump and Lynsey Wetzler.
The number of callers who took part in KMSU's April pledge drive increased by nearly 25 percent over last year, and dollars pledged to the station were up more than 30 percent.
"This bodes well for KMSU and our continuing efforts to not only increase listener support, but also to build total audience," Station Manager Jim Gullickson said.
The drive brought in $14,000, and post-drive mailings are expected to elevate donations beyond the goal of $15,000. Gullickson said the station will close the books on the Spring 2005 drive at the end of May. Pledges can be made by calling (507) 289-5678 or on KMSU.org.
Funds support programming, provide opportunities for students and volunteers, and fund equipment repair and replacement.
Gullickson pointed out that the Shuffle Function 24-hour "Pledge Drive A-Go-Go" accounted for $5,000 of the total, and Shuffle Function hosts Tim and Shelley accounted for more than half of the total amount.
"What Tim and Shelley have done to bring more listeners to the fold should not go unnoticed," Gullickson said. "And the internal outreach provided by Karen Wright has made an undeniable difference."
Students in Janet Cherrington's Urban & Regional Studies class, with the help of student graphic designers and printers from South Central Technical College, have created a brochure to promote tourism and growth for the City of Janesville.
It's another example of the gown-town partnerships that are being forged between MSU student research teams and business, industry and government. For the City of Janesville, the students' research was free, the writing and editing were free, and the design and production was free. The city paid for the printing plates.
Jan collaborated with the Janesville city administrator on the project, arranging for her students to plan and produce the 12-page, full-color piece. The brochure—the first component of Janesville's citywide branding and marketing campaign—will be available at businesses and chambers of commerce throughout south-central Minnesota.
The brochure includes information about events (the annual Hay Daze), recreation facilities (Prairie Ridge Golf Course, the only nine-hole reversible golf course in southern Minnesota), housing starts, schools and employment.
Students Roshan Bhandari, Suzanne Couillard, Kelly Deter, Jacob Helton, Lisa Hughes, Jamie Lind, Steven Scheurer, Kimberly Thompson, Patrick Waletzko and Jeanne Zwart worked on the project.
Early this month the students officially presented the brochure and explained their project to the Janesville City Council.
Jan calls the project a "win-win" for everyone. Her students get a "real-world" experience, and Janesville gets a needed brochure with little financial investment.
Students from MSU's Habitat for Humanity chapter spent spring break pounding nails and sawing wood to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a low-income family in Bunnell, Fla. In past years the MSU chapter has helped build houses in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and other cities.
Donna M. Sluiter (Nursing ) and her husband participated in a one week medical mission trip to Ecuador in March, traveling with Volunteers in Medical Mission, an interdenominational organization serving people in need throughout the world. Their team of 24 nurses, doctors, medical students and lay people held clinics in remote Quechua Indian villages in the Andes Mountains.
As part of International Noise Awareness Day, Renee Shellum (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services) and her students performed hearing screenings, and promoted noise awareness in a local television interview.
David Laverny-Rafter (Urban & Regional Studies) has been selected to serve as a Fulbright Senior Specialist during the 2005-2006 academic year, researching the impact of light rail transit, and conducting comparative research of European and American light rail systems.
Jean Haar (Educational Leadership) has been appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Board of School Administrators. The 10-member board makes decisions on the licensing of school administrators, approves higher education programs and continuing education courses for school administrators, and enforces the code of ethics for school administrators. Her term on the board will end in January 2009.
Susan Schalge (Anthropology) organized and chaired a conference session on service-learning, "Engaging in Anthropology: Some Lessons in Service-Learning and Community-Based Research," at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, NM.
Christopher Corley (History) presented "On the Threshold: Youth and Honor in Early Modern France" at the History Department's "Symposium: France and the French" last month.
Jeffrey Bumgarner (Political Science & Law Enforcement) has signed a contract with Praeger Publishers to author a book, Federal Agents: The Growth of Federal Law Enforcement in America.
Doran Hunter (Political Science & Law Enforcement) participated in a conference, "British Political Thought in History, Literature, and Theory" last month in Washington, D.C.
Fred Slocum (Political Science & Law Enforcement) has been invited to (and plans to participate in) a five-week National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar, "Faulkner and Southern History," at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He was chair of two panels, "Values and Voting Behavior" at the Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference in Morris, MN, and "Inter Group Racism" at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago in April. He presented a paper, "The Impact of Racial Stereotypes on Cognitive and Affective Responses Toward African Americans," at the Southern Political Science Association conference in New Orleans in January, and chaired the panel "Race and Ethnicity in the States." And he presented "Racial Issues and U.S. Politics" at Old Main Village in February.
Fred Slocum (Political Science & Law Enforcement) has published articles in three publications: "Immigration and Voting" in The Contemporary Encyclopedia of American Immigration; "Racism, Racial Stereotypes and American Politics" (withYueh-Ting Lee) in The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination; and "The 'New South' Thesis Revisited: The Continuing Importance of Race in Southern Politics," in American Politics: Transformation and Change.
Two Political Science & Law Enforcement faculty members presented at the annual Kessel Peace Institute "Pathways to Peace Conference" last month at MSU. Jackie Vieceli presented "U.S. Impact in Iraq: Anything but Liberation," and Thomasz Inglot presented "Mars vs. Venus? The Transatlantic Rift over Iraq."
Two faculty members presented at the Day of Hope for Violence-Free Communities in Mankato last month. Tamara Wilkins (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented "Victims and Survivors: Past, Present, and Future," and Maria Bevacqua (Women's Studies) presented "Rape Culture."
Andi Lassiter (Psychology) was named "Outstanding Psychology Professor of the Year" by Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology) and the Psychology Club. She also is a finalist for a dissertation award from the Group Psychology division of the American Psychological Association.
Eight Psychology faculty members presented at the conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Los Angeles. Kim O'Farrell and Pamela Schultz presented "Responses to Feedback and Social Support in a Training Environment." Andi Lassiter presented "Applying Team Training Strategies in Dispersed Environments." Lisa Perez, Christine Stanek, Scott Brooks and Jack Wiley (Psychology) presented "An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Power Distance and Quality Focus." Lisa Perez and John Zehr presented "Personality and Coping Strategies as Predictors of Counterproductive Work Behaviors."
Kim O'Farrell judged oral presentations at the Minnesota Academy of Science annual Science Fair in St. Paul last month.
Clark Johnson (Social Studies) presented "Getting Out of the Classroom and into the Community to Authentically Explore How People Relate to Their River" at the Great Lakes Regional Social Studies Conference last month in Dubuque, IA.
Two Sociology & Corrections faculty members presented at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting in Minneapolis last month. Afroza Anwary presented "Critical Perspectives on Globalization Issues: Global Advocacy Networks, Domestic Grass-Root Organizations, and Institutionalization of Women's Rights as Human Rights" and "International Traffic in Women and Children for Sex Trafficking, Non-Government Organizations, and Policies in Bangladesh Against Sex Trafficking." Luis Posas presented "Foreign Investment and Population Redistribution: A Socio-historical Analysis of the Honduran Case."
Luis Posas (Sociology & Corrections) was named chair-elect (2006-2007) of the Midwest Sociological Association's Sociological Practice Committee.
Raymond Asomani-Boateng (Urban & Regional Studies) presented "Indigenous African Cities: Could They be Models of Sustainable Urban Development in Contemporary Africa?" at the Urban Affairs Association meeting last month in Salt Lake City, UT.
Mary Visser (Human Performance) was the lead presenter for three Training and Encouraging Senior Activity presentations in St. Cloud and Brainerd last month.
Patrick Sexton (Human Performance) received the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association Recognition Award for his work on the reimbursement task force, service on the JRC-AT, and the "Hit the Hill" campaign.
Nancy McLoone (Nursing) recently attended the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty's 31st annual meeting in Chicago.
A paper co-authored by Donna J. Brauer (Nursing), "Health Satisfaction and Temperamental Dispositions of Persons with Rheumatoid Arthritis," will be published in the next issue of the journal Clinical Nurse Specialist. Donna presented the paper at the annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society in Cincinnati last month.
Margaret Murray-Davis and Dawn Larsen (Health Science) presented "A Critical Thinking Model Applied to Health Issues" at National American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance convention in Chicago last month. Mary Visser (Human Performance) also attended the meeting.
Eighteen from MSU attended the 12th National Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Minneapolis last month: Lisa Baures, Barb Bergman, Polly Frank, Shelly Grace, JoAnne Griebel, Melissa Holmberg, Peg Lawrence, Lance Leipold, Victoria Peters, Leslie Peterson, Kathy Piehl, Diane Richards, Joan Roca, Evan Rusch, Becky Schwartzkopf, Daardi Sizemore, Lynne Weber and Scott Olson.
Seven Memorial Library faculty attended the MnLINK User Group meeting in St. Cloud last month: Pierre Ford, Peter Jarnstrom, Peg Lawrence, Rosie Mock, Victoria Peters, Joan Roca and Lynne Weber.
Ten Memorial Library faculty attended the MnPALS Consortium User Group meeting last month in St. Cloud: Mary Beatty, Bobby Bothmann, Polly Frank, Peter Jarnstrom, Peg Lawrence, Rosie Mock, Victoria Peters, Becky Schwartzkopf, Jan Starks and Lynne Weber.
Peg Lawrence and Rosie Mock (Library) attended training for The Connexion (OCLC's new cataloging service) in St. Peter.
"Looking At Electronic Resources Librarians: Is There Gender Equity within This Emerging Specialty?" by Barb Bergman (Library) was published in the April New Library World.
Barb Bergman and Melissa Holmberg (Library) presented a panel session, "Adventures-R-Us: Shooting the Rapids and Emerging as an Electronic Resources Librarian," at the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference in Minneapolis last month.
Kathy Piehl (Library) presented a paper, "Captain Noah's Environmental Voyage," at the Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature in Nashville, TN, last month. She also authored a review published in the winter 2004 Children's Literature Association Quarterly.
Joan Roca (Library), co-chair of MSU's Re-accreditation Self-Study Steering Committee, attended the 110th annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago last month.
Daardi Sizemore (Library) attended the Midwest Archives Conference spring meeting in Chicago last month.
Lynne Weber (Library) attended the Sharon Hogan Management Symposium and the 12th national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries last month. She also is author of the lead article ("The Music Library Association—Things You May Not Know") in The College Music Society Newsletter, May 2005.
Scott R. Winter (Aviation) is one of two students nationally who received the Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence, an award for outstanding aviation students who demonstrate academic excellence and promote aviation on and off campus. Scott, who is an MSU Storm Chaser and a teaching assistant in the Weather Analysis Laboratory, also presented a paper, "Educating Aviators in Visualizing Weather" (published with Cecil S. Keen, Geology), at the American Meteorological Society Convention in San Diego in January. The paper explains how new computer programs can enhance aviation students' understanding of weather patterns.
Second-year graduate student Tracie Derbick (Human Performance) has received the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship, presented at the AAHPERD National Convention in Chicago, is the only one awarded.
Teaching assistant Christopher Doney and junior Masaki Inoue (Athletic Training) have received scholarships from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. In addition, Christopher and senior Jennifer Carda won the NATA Multimedia contest with their "Student Practical Assessment Teaching Aid" project.
Senior Jeet Sausen (Social Studies Education and Political Science) received the largest scholarship offered annually by the College of Education—the Agnes and Rhea McCarthy Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student with high academic standing and community and campus involvement.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences community service award winners were honored at a breakfast May 4. They are: Timothy Benesch and Penh Thao (Law Enforcement), Katie Boone and Jeanne A. Zwart (Urban & Regional Studies), Lauren McNelly (Social Work) and John Nistler (Social Studies). Student clubs honored for their service were the Minnesota Storm Intercept Association (MSIA), I/O Psychology Graduate Student Association and the Social Work Club.
Forty-seven College of Social & Behavioral Sciences students were honored at the college's annual Scholarships and Awards Luncheon last month. Approximately 150 attended, including scholarship donors, recipients, SBS advisory board members, chairs, faculty, administration and staff.
Kristi Krenz (FCS-Dietetics) was named Minnesota Outstanding Dietetic Student for 2005. Her selection marks the fifth time since 1999 that a dietetic student from MSU has been selected as either the Outstanding Dietetic Student or the student intern.
Kellie Hochhalter (FCS-Dietetics) has received the Minnesota Dietetic Association Susan K. Bodin Scholarship.
MSU's Communication Disorders student organization (NSSLHA) received the award for Outstanding Academic/Departmental Student Organization at the MSU-Mankato Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony last month.
Several Anthropology students presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, NM, including: James Van Amber and Susan Schalge, "From the Global to the Local and Back Again"; Nichole Deikman, "Opening the Door: A Window to the World"; Laura Benish, "To Serve is to Learn"; Kyoko Soga, "How Comprehension Develops from Community-Based Research"; and Courtney Work, "Out of the Shell: Service Learning Among Cambodian Youths."
Naran Batmunkh, Ashley Bowland, C. Rhys Gaffer, Matthew Nussbaum and Jared Voto (Political Science &Law Enforcement) were inducted as lifetime members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary society, on April 15. Fred Slocum is chapter advisor.
Takehito Kamata (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented "Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): The Rise of Regionalization in Global Society" at the Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference at Morris, MN, in March.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology students Crystal Newman and Tera Brown won this year's Consulting Challenge, hosted by MSU alumni Doug Molitor and Jayson Shoemaker, in collaboration with the University of Northern Iowa and 3M.
Hannah Miyamoto (Women's Studies) published a review, "Politics, Economics, and American Women after the Nineteenth Amendment," in the National Women's Studies Association Journal this spring.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology students and faculty participated in the Society of I/O Psychologists national conference in Los Angeles last month.