September 2005 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2005-09-21/
$500,000 available for hurricane-displaced students
A fund of up to $500,000 to help hurricane-displaced college students attend Minnesota State University, Mankato or South Central College has been committed by Minnesota Timberwolves owner and business executive Glen Taylor. Taylor is chairman of Mankato-based Taylor Corporation and an alumnus of Minnesota State Mankato.
The Taylor Relief Fund is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation's Katrina Student Relief Fund, created to assist hurricane-displaced students who enroll in one of the system's 32 institutions. The $500,000 Taylor fund is for students who attend Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College. The MnSCU Foundation is seeking additional gifts for hurricane-displaced students at other schools.
Details about the Taylor Relief Fund are at www.katrinarelief.mnscu.edu. Some highlights:
- Students are eligible for assistance during the 2005-2006 academic year if they were enrolled in Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama colleges or universities whose campuses were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
- Eligible students can get assistance with tuition, fees, books, equipment, housing and other education-related expenses.
- A staff guide assists each student through each step of the enrollment process.
- Students can learn more about the Taylor Relief Fund — and eligible students can apply for aid — at Katrina Student Relief Fund or by calling 1-800-722-0544.
- Eligible students can get aid for day-to-day living expenses from the Minnesota state campus Katrina Relief Fund, supported by donations from alumni, faculty, staff and students. To make a gift to the campus fund, go to the MSU online giving website, and indicate a gift to "Katrina Relief."
Several displaced students have enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato for the current semester, and more are expected to enroll for the winter-spring term. A number of New Orleans students who were enrolled before the hurricane struck have received counseling and help from the Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity staff.
Volunteers from the campus community and Mankato helped to assemble "Care Packages for Kids" – each containing a reading book, crayons, a coloring book, a pre-packaged granola or snack bar, and fruit snacks or a piece of candy. The packages are for homeless children displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Many from the campus and the greater Mankato community helped with the project, including students of the Madelia School District.
The project was initiated by the Student Leadership Development & Service-Learning Office. Shortly after the hurricane struck, the office began collecting supplies and donations for the packages. Jumpstart National Headquarters is coordinating distribution.
Scores of other Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff and students have assisted with hurricane relief by coordinating or assisting with fund drives, arranging benefit concerts, transporting supplies and volunteering their services.
The campus community will celebrate the lives of Jamie Schlachter, Chad Wilson and Wesley Loutsch during a memorial event at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Bresnan Arena.
All Minnesota State students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Mankato community, are invited to the Sept. 27 event to remember the three students.
Jamie, Chad and Wesley died May 17 in a traffic accident in Michigan. They were enroute to Detroit to compete as members of Minnesota State's Society of Automotive Engineers formula car team.
The memorial event will include music by the Concert Wind Ensemble and a wind ensemble, as well as comments from President Richard Davenport, Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott Olson, Dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology John Frey, and Automotive Engineering & Technology faculty member Bruce Jones. A representative of the Society of Automotive Engineers also will speak.
Free parking will be available for members of the public in Lot 20, across Stadium Road from Taylor Center. Traffic guards will direct drivers to the lot.
Eleven Minnesota State bicyclists and four from South Central College joined former MnSCU trustee Robert O. Erickson during the Mankato leg of his annual 30-day, 2,200-mile bike ride and scholarship fundraiser.
The group — largest ever for a leg of Erickson's ride — rode 41 miles on the Sakatah-Singing Hills Trail from Faribault to Mankato on Sept. 12. Erickson visited the campuses of both schools when he arrived in Mankato.
Erickson is visiting all 53 campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, seeking scholarship pledges and raising awareness of the need for more part-time student financial aid.
In the first three years of his "Scholarship Challenge," Erickson raised more than $228,000, and pledges this year put the total above $250,000. Funds donated in the name of Minnesota State Mankato go to the Keith and Frances Weagel Endowment for part-time students. Contributions may be made to the MSU Foundation (1-800-662-2705 or at the MSU online giving website), or the MnSCU Foundation, Wells Fargo Place, 30 Seventh St. E., Suite 350, St. Paul, 55101-7804.
The Cabinet has approved changing the name of the former Otto Arena to Otto Recreation Center, marking the completion of a multi-million-dollar remodeling project.
A grand opening and tours of the new student recreation facility will be part of Homecoming Week. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, President Richard Davenport will make a brief presentation and cut the ribbon to mark the opening of Phase III of the Student Athletic Facilities project. Faculty, staff, students and visitors may tour of the new center between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day.
Those who want more information may contact Todd Pfingsten, (507) 389-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and staff members may learn about a new, improved search process for unclassified employees at two upcoming training sessions sponsored by the Affirmative Action and Human Resources offices.
The training will be offered Friday, Sept. 23, from 2-4 p.m. in MH 102 and Friday, Sept. 30, from 9-11 a.m. in AH 101. Faculty and staff may register for one of the programs at the Professional Development Training Registration website
The Water Resources Center and other sponsors invite members of the campus community to join Day at the Dam celebration at Rapidan Dam Park Saturday, Sept. 24.
The free, daylong event will include canoe rides on the reservoir, live music and tours of Blue Earth County's Rapidan Dam Park. Numerous display booths will be available with information about area history and local projects. Artist Marcia Carlson will sign copies of her Rapidan Dam print, with proceeds going toward a Minnesota State Mankato Water Resources Center student scholarship fund.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The music will start at 11 a.m. with singer and river enthusiast Scott Sparlin, followed by Singing Cowboy Jim playing cowboy songs and sing-a-longs. The Dam Store will serve its famous homemade pies, shakes, burgers and other wares.
Day at the Dam is a collaboration between Minnesota State Mankato's Water Resources Center and the Blue Earth County Historical Society, with other sponsors. Those who want more information may contact the Water Resources Center at (507) 389-5492 or go to the Minnesota River Basin Data Center website.
Three writers who did early creative work at Minnesota State Mankato will be featured in the Good Thunder Reading Series' first-ever alumni reading Thursday, Sept. 29.
Poet Steve Gehrke and fiction and nonfiction writer Mike Magnuson will meet with students, be interviewed on KMSU-FM, and present a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m., also in Ostrander, they will join nonfiction writer Nicole Helget for readings from their published works. All events are free and open to the public.
Steve received a BA from Minnesota State and is a PhD student at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His second book, The Pyramids of Malpighi, won the Philip Levine Prize and was published last year by Anhinga Press. His first book, The Resurrection Machine, won the John Ciardi Prize. His third manuscript recently won the prestigious National Poetry Series competition and will be published in 2006.
Mike got his MA in creative writing from Minnesota State, and earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Florida. He is the author of two novels, The Right Man for the Job and The Fire Gospels, as well as an autobiography, Lummox. Recently he lost 75 pounds in three months, quit smoking, stopped drinking, and morphed from a self-described lummox into a lean, mean cycling machine. His memoir, Heft on Wheels, charts the details of his transformation.
Nicole earned her BA from Minnesota State and is completing her MFA in creative writing. Her book, The Summer of Ordinary Ways, is due out soon from Borealis Books. She won the Robert Wright Award and The Loft Speakeasy Prize for Prose, and she recently received Minnesota Monthly's Tamarack Award for a work of fiction. She is working on a novel set in Minnesota during World War I.
An interview with the writers, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Friday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m.
Dave Anderson, founder of the Famous Dave's barbeque restaurants, will be featured speaker and grand marshal at the Homecoming celebration Sept. 26 through Oct. 1.
Anderson will meet with students, speak to members of the campus community and serve as grand marshal of the Homecoming Parade.
He will discuss "Famous Dave's Life Skills for Success" in a talk Thursday, Sept. 29 (7 p.m., Bresnan Arena). The event is free to MSU students, faculty and staff; community members may purchase tickets for $5 starting August 29 in Centennial Student Union 173 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). He will ride in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 30 (starting at 4 p.m.).
In the last 20 years Anderson helped found three publicly traded companies, creating more than 18,000 jobs. He is an enrolled member of the Chippewa and Choctaw tribes and has served on numerous federal boards under Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush. In 2003 President Bush appointed him to the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities. In 2004 the President appointed him assistant secretary for the Department of Interior-Indian Affairs.
In 1994 Anderson opened his first Famous Dave's BBQ Shack in Hayward, Wis. In 1996 Famous Dave's of America, Inc. stock was listed on the NASDAQ after an initial public offering.
Many other events are planned during Homecoming Week, including concerts, plays, class reunions and, of course, the 1 p.m. football game against the University of Minnesota-Duluth. For event details go to Homecoming 2005 website.
This year's Taste of Mankato will benefit students as well as your stomach.
Nineteen Mankato-area vendors will show their wares on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the "Touchdown Tent" at the Ostrander-Student Bell Tower and Alumni Plaza. There'll be family friendly events, including face painting, balloon artists and caricatures, as well as group reunions for more than 30 organizations.
Cost is $1 for one food sample ticket, or $5 for six. All proceeds go to Minnesota State student scholarships and the Educare Foundation (benefiting Mankato Area Public Schools).
Clyde Bellecourt, a founder of the American Indian Movement and director of the Peacemaker Center for Indian Youth, will speak at the 11th annual Truman & Reta Wood Scholarship Dinner Saturday, Oct. 1.
The event will be at 6 p.m. in Old Main Village Dining Area, 301 S. Fifth St., Mankato. A silent auction will follow the reception and dinner. Those who have items to donate should contact Sherry Haley at email@example.com. The event is open to the public.
This year's Wood Scholarship winners, Bethany Berry and Roxann Beranek, will be honored with the Wood Leadership/Community Service Awards of $4,500 each.
Wood Scholarships are the largest in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and are awarded to students who reveal exceptional community leadership and service, who have a high academic record, whose first major is political science and who have completed 90 semester hours by Spring Semester 2005. The first Wood Scholarship was awarded in 1992.
Political science/law enforcement professor Truman Wood touched many lives and encouraged many people to get involved in their communities. Reta Wood did the same as an elementary school teacher for 25 years.
Dinner tickets ($60/person; $35 tax deductible) must be purchased before Sept. 26. Those who want tickets should contact Susan K. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's Combined Charities Campaign Kickoff will be Thursday, Oct. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in CSU 255.
The annual campaign helps community-based service organizations such as United Way of Greater Mankato, the Minnesota Environmental Fund, Community Solutions Fund, Community Health Charities, Open Your Heart and a variety of other good causes.
Last year Minnesota State employees contributed nearly a million dollars to Minnesota charities. The number of employees pledging to the campaign has increased 200 percent since 2002, ranking the University second in giving among the seven MnSCU universities.
Employees can earmark charitable deductions for participating organizations by going to the self-service website from Oct. 3-21.
Minnesota State's annual Asian Pacific American Conference will be Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22.
Featured events will include "Spoken Word Night" at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Ostrander Auditorium; "Comedy Night" at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Ostrander; and the conference's Games Competition Oct. 21-22 in the Athletic facilities.
The "Mr. and Mrs. APA Talent Contest" will be Oct. 22 at Gustavas Adolphus College.
To celebrate the addition of three bachelor of fine arts degrees and the elevation of Dance from a minor to a major, the Department of Theatre & Dance is adding a third musical production — the first in Andreas Theatre — to its six-show Mainstage Season.
The department gained approval this summer to upgrade its Dance minor to a full major and to add the three BFA options in Acting, Musical Theatre and Design/Technology. Students accepted into the Theatre program must be granted permission to pursue the BFA and are evaluated each semester to measure academic progress and improvement. A BA/BS Generalist degree still will be offered, as well as both a master of arts and master of fine arts graduate degree.
"Urinetown," a Tony Award-winning play that pokes fun at musical theater conventions in a highly entertaining production, will be presented in the Andreas Theatre in February. It will be preceded by "Man of La Mancha" in September-October and the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" in April. The "Man of La Mancha" will be one of the highlights of an on-campus conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the writing of "Don Quixote." Both of those productions will be staged in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.
The Mainstage Season will consist of the following productions: "Man of La Mancha," sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Oct. 6-9 and 13-16; "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," sponsored by Blethen, Gage & Krause, Oct. 19-23 and 26-30; Bertolt Brecht's "Galileo," Nov. 10-13 and 17-20; "Urinetown," sponsored by Jadd Seppman & Sons, Feb. 1-5 and 8-12; William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," Feb. 23-26 and March 2-5; and "Beauty and the Beast," sponsored by Immanuel St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System, April 13-16 and 20-23.
In addition to its Mainstage Season, the department will offer four productions in its Studio Season and two major dance concerts, one in December and the other in May.
Mainstage season subscriptions are $80 and are on sale now. Those who want more information may visit the MSU Theatre website. To receive a season brochure, call (507) 389-2118.
Minnesota State Mankato is moving to a new template for all pages on its website – a collaborative effort among Integrated Marketing, the ITS web team and each of the colleges and offices of the University.
The new template will make navigation easier for prospective students, parents, school counselors and other external users of the website. The format insures that users always know that they're viewing the Minnesota State University, Mankato website. Most of the content on each page – content within the parameters of the header, footer and navigation bar – is determined by each campus office.
Web Development expects to have all web pages converted to the new format by next summer.
Mark your calendars: The Employee Recognition Committee is planning the University's second annual Quarter-Century Club luncheon, for employees who have served the institution for 25 years or more.
The event will be at noon Thursday, Oct. 27. Almost 150 people attended last year's luncheon. Watch the front page of the website for more information.
The Professional Development Day Committee is seeking faculty and staff proposals for workshops and presentations during Professional Development Day Jan. 11, 2006.
Call for proposal forms are available at the Professional Development website. Save the date and watch for additional information.
Chemistry Professor Emeritus John McCarty has pledged $50,000 to the College of Science & Engineering Technology to endow a new chemistry scholarship in memory of his wife, Barbara.
John, who lives in Brewer, Maine, has endowed the McCarty Memorial Scholarship to encourage academic achievement and scientific exploration by Minnesota State junior and senior chemistry majors, and to promote dedicated teaching, mentoring and inspiration by faculty members. Barbara McCarty passed away last October.
"During our 28 years at MSU we strived to support students professionally and personally, and encouraged them to seek excellence as they pursued their goals," said John McCarty. "It is our family's hope that this scholarship will keep that spirit of inspired teaching and learning alive."
The first McCarty Memorial Scholarship will be awarded this fall. Applicants must be chemistry majors, must have completed 64 credit hours, must have a 3.3 grade-point average, and must have completed Chemistry 320 when the scholarship is disbursed.
John McCarty taught chemistry at Minnesota State from 1959 until 1987.
Barbara McCarty pursued her graduate degree in chemistry at Minnesota State and then taught chemistry at the University of Minnesota-Waseca.
The state and the Business Office have changed the process for reimbursing employee business expenses.
Most business expense and relocation reimbursements were paid and could be viewed (on the State of Minnesota Self Service website) on one paycheck for each pay period. Beginning Sept. 16, business expenses are being paid and can be viewed on a separate check. (If business expense transactions produce a negative amount – for example, recapturing an advance – a separate check will not be produced.)
Employees will continue to receive business expenses in the same manner as they have received them – most likely via direct deposit.
- All direct deposits are posted to the same accounts in the same manner as they were before.
- Employees receiving regular pay and business expenses who have any direct deposits set up as dollar amounts, have one paystub and one transmission to their direct deposit distribution(s). Bank statements have not changed.
- Employees receiving regular pay and business expenses who have all direct deposits set up as percentages or as a balance, have two paystubs and two transmissions to their direct deposit distribution(s). Bank statements may display two transactions instead of one.
Employees who view paystub information in Employee Self Service will need to click the "Paycheck Selection" link to see other checks issued in the pay period. This will display the Employee Paycheck History page, where business expense checks will display as a separate check with the same Paycheck Issue Date as the regular earnings check. Employees can check the direct deposit distribution of their business expense checks by viewing the dollar amounts at the bottom of their paystubs in the Net Pay Distribution section.
The MnSCU Defined Contribution Retirement Advisory Committee recently reviewed both the Defined Contribution Retirement (DCR) program for unclassified faculty and staff and the Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) program for all employees. The committee has made several recommendations that should simplify understanding of the programs, and make the plans more efficient and effective. The programs are being reviewed again, and plan revisions are scheduled to be implemented in July 2006.
The DCR program includes both the Individual Retirement Account Plan (IRAP) and the Supplemental Retirement Program (SRP). All of these programs are reviewed every five years to make the plans more efficient and responsive to participant retirement needs. The DCR Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the unclassified bargaining units/personnel plans, advises the system on plan design and administration.
A few of the recommended changes:
- "One-Stop Shopping" for retirement plan inquiries. Participants say the retirement plans are confusing, and that they must contact several providers to get answers to questions regarding benefits. The committee recommends a call center where all retirement questions can be answered with one call. The center operators would be able to find information on all participant accounts, including all mandatory and voluntary plans.
- Eliminate multiple record-keepers. Participants in the DCR and TSA retirement programs now receive quarterly statements from Wells Fargo and/or TIAA/CREF. The committee recommends that the plans use one record-keeper, so that all DCR and TSA retirement fund investment accounts are summarized on one understandable quarterly statement.
- Reduce overlapping funds. The DCR plan has 23 funds, and the TSA program has 16. Several overlapping funds have the same objective, return and cost. The committee recommends that the fund array be simplified, and that the number of overlapping funds be reduced to cut administrative costs and eliminate confusion.
- Reduce plan administrative fees. Participants in the DCR program currently pay a $20 annual administrative fee for TIAA/CREF funds and 25 "basis points" (.25 of 1.00 percent) in asset-based charges to participate in either the Wells Fargo funds or the State Board of Investment (SBI) funds. The committee believes that the administrative fees should be as low as possible. Any fees that are assessed should be equitable for all plan participants.
If implemented, some of the changes will result in significant customer service improvements. But some recommendations will mean that participants will not have access to all current fund array investment options. The recommendations have been studied and discussed at several advisory committee meetings, and they will continue to be discussed as the system moves toward implementing the revisions in July 2006.
Those who have questions or comments should contact their representative on the Advisory Committee: IFO, Tom Fauchald (218-755-2758; email@example.com) or Gloria McVay (507-457-5186; firstname.lastname@example.org); MSCF, Cheryl Avenel-Navara (507-372-3402; email@example.com), Jerry Mefford (763-425-3800; firstname.lastname@example.org), Bruce Hemstad (218-755-4270; email@example.com), Barbara Prince (763-689-7040; firstname.lastname@example.org); MMA, Janet Tauer (612-659-6538; email@example.com); MnSCU, Cathy Montain (763-576-4795; firstname.lastname@example.org), Craig Schoenecker (651-296-9600; email@example.com); MSUAASF, Jeremy Johnson (218/477-2564; firstname.lastname@example.org); Personnel, Mary Nienaber (218-733-7626; email@example.com).
Stewart Ross, Georgia Jackson, Julie Bruggeman, Richard Wheeler, Greg Bednar, President Richard Davenport.
Seven Minnesota State employees received Outstanding Service Awards from the Employee Recognition Committee during the 2005 Convocation.
The awards are made each year to recognize exceptional service "above and beyond the call of duty," exceptional performance, contributions to morale, and contributions in community leadership.
Cheri Bowyer received the Campus Drive Award, for leading the 2005 Campus Drive, which raised $154,110 for students through 632 gifts.
Tony Filipovitch received the Claire E. Faust Public Service Award for outstanding service to the university, community, state and nation. The award was named after Claire E. Faust, former Minnesota State vice president of administrative affairs.
Recent Minnesota State MFA graduate David Nadolski has been named the new speech instructor at Jackson (Mich.) Community College. David recently completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in speech and forensics – the first degree of its kind in the nation.
David's program of study included coursework in forensics and leadership, as well as directing a forensics team.
Jackson Community College has had great success in forensics, and David plans to reinvigorate the forensics and debate program.
"I'm looking to build the program here at JCC into an excellent program," David told Jackson Community College officials. "I hope we can travel to nationals and possibly internationals."
David attended high school in Midland, Mich., and went to Western Michigan University where he founded the forensics, speech and debate team, which grew from five to 30 people and $500 to $17,000 in funding in five years. He received a full scholarship to Minnesota State Mankato.
Numerous faculty and staff members were honored recently for professional achievements.
Jeff Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) was a part of the first Catalyst Summer Institute. He worked as part of a team of teachers and scientists to help fourth grade teachers better understand science.
Research by Steven Losh (Chemistry and Geology) was reported in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Nature. Steven and others are doing research to determine if oilfields can be replenished by fresh oil and gas migrating from deep within a sedimentary basin. Steven has worked 90 miles offshore Louisiana, measuring the speed at which a pulse of oil, gas and brine is ascending a large fault (a break in the Earth's crust) adjacent to a large oilfield. After Hurricane Katrina, Steven's spouse Carol worked as a Red Cross volunteer in Slidell, LA, 15 miles northeast of New Orleans, setting up a Red Cross food kitchen and serving facility.
Melodie Andrews (History) assisted Capstone Press and Compass Point Books to produce four history books for young readers. She also served as a reading consultant and table leader for the Educational Testing Service.
Bill Hudson (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) sponsored a McNair Scholar Student this summer and provided training for the British Diplomatic Protection Group.
Marilyn Okleshen (Accounting & Business Law) was named Delta Sigma Pi National Advisor of the Year for the second year in a row.
Stephen Woehrle (Accounting & Business Law) received two Best Paper awards for presentations at the 2005 International Teaching and Learning Conference for "Social Skills in Accounting Curriculum," and the 2005 International Applied Business Research Conference for "The China Syndrome: Is the USA's Industrial Base Headed West?" His paper also was 1 of 23 presented at the 2005 London School of Economics International Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences conference.
Richard Roiger (Computer & Information Science) conducted a tutorial at the Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, and his paper was published in the conference proceedings. A joint paper by Richard and D.J. Haglin was published in Science Journal.
A paper by D.J. Haglin (Computer & Information Science) was published in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM).
Mike Wells (Computer & Information Science) received a 2004 Teaching Scholar Fellowship. In addition, his paper will be published in the 2005 Proceedings from the National Decision Sciences Institute.
Ann Quade (Computer & Information Science) co-authored a chapter for the text Learning Objects by the Information Science Institute.
Kyu Sang Lee (Economics) received the 2005 Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Award at the History of Economics Society Conference, Tacoma, Wash., in June. In addition, his works will be published in the History of Political Economy and Experimental Economics.
Richard Schiming's (Economics) Principles of Economics text soon will be published by Addison-Wesley.
Mark Dvorak (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) was awarded two U.S. patents: For an ultra-wideband impulse generation and modulation circuit, and for a multi-band voltage controlled oscillator.
George O'Clock (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) recently published a book, Isaiah's Leper.
Julio Mandojana (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) co-authored a paper with Louis Schwartzkopf (Physics & Astronomy) and Wayne Allen. They presented the paper at the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer meeting.
Changjoo Kim (Geography) presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers meeting. His paper also will be published in the Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, Environment and Planning B, and the European Journal of Operational Research.
A joint paper by Martin Mitchell and Jose Lopez (Geography) will be published in Physical Geography.
A paper by Fei Yuan (Geography) was published in Geocarto International.
Melodie Andrews (History) presented a paper and chaired an Early American History session sponsored by the Southwestern Historical Association.
Pavel Kitsul (Mathematics & Statistics) received a memorandum of acknowledgment from the Minnesota Army National Guard Training and Community Center for providing additional academic support to students called to military service.
Deborah Nykanen and Patrick Tebbe (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) passed the Professional Engineers Exam and are licensed in the State of Minnesota as professional engineers. Deborah also attended and presented research at the International Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment Science Conference. Patrick presented a paper at the American Society for Engineering Education. His dissertation earned a "Best Paper" award from the Energy Conservation and Conversion Division.
Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) has presented research at the Gordon Research Conference and at the Minnesota Science Museum.
Hai-Sheng Wu (Physics & Astronomy) presented a paper at the SPIE International Symposium on Optics & Photonics. The paper was accepted for publication in the 2005 SPIE Proceedings.
Igor Kogoutiouk (Physics & Astronomy) has recently presented at the International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, at a workshop-conference in Wrocław, Poland, and at the Fifth International School-Conference.
Jeff Bumgarner (Political Science & Law Enforcement) signed a contract with Praeger Publishers to author a book, expected to be published in fall 2006.
Tom Inglot (Political Science & Law Enforcement) organized and co-chaired the international conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Andi Lassiter (Psychology) won the Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy American Psychological Association's 2004 dissertation prize for research on small groups.
An article by Paul Mackie (Social Work) was published in Rural Mental Health.
An article by Jim Robertson (Sociology & Corrections) was published in Pace University Law Review. An article by Jim also will be published in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and he is writing a piece for the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties.
Raymond Asomani-Boateng (Urban & Regional Studies) presented a paper at the Urban Affairs Association's annual meeting.
Two papers by Tony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) were published in the Journal of Urban Affairs.
Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) presented a paper at the International Humanities Conference.
Cheryl Radeloff (Women's Studies) presented a joint paper at an American Sociological Association meeting in August. She also organized a session featuring several well-known sociologists at the 2005 Pacific Sociological Association meeting, presented at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, and organized and presided at a recent Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction meeting.
A paper by Scott Wurdinger and P.A. Allison (Educational Leadership), "The power, promise and peril of the experiential learning process," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Teacher Education and Practice.
A paper by Linda Good (Elementary & Early Childhood), "Doing Diversity through Service Learning," was published in Academic Exchange Quarterly.
Beth Handler (Special Education), presented "Racial Profiles: Cinematic Association of Race and Disability" at the annual meeting of the Society for Disability Studies in San Francisco.
An article by Ockjean Kim (Special Education), "Teacher Interaction Styles and Task Engagement of Elementary Students with Cognitive Disabilities," was published in Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities.
Linda Good (Elementary & Early Childhood), with student Annie Tietz, discussed "Teaching with Technology" at the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children in Minneapolis in April 2005. She also presented at the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children/South Dakota Head Start Association Conference in Sioux Falls, and talked about using a digital camera in preschool at the Minnesota Lutheran Early Childhood Educators Conference in St. Paul.
International graduate student Ozgur Kose (English as a Second Language), from Turkey, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Scholar Program is the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort.
International student Roman Savchenko (Economics), from the Ukraine, has received a Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program grant administered by The International Research and Exchanges Board. The Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program provides fellowships to first-, second- and third-year undergraduate students from Eurasian nations.
International graduate student Bibigul Aubakirova (Community Health), from Kazakhstan, has received the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship (Muskie) Program from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program offers 170 fellowships for study in the United States for graduate students and professionals from Eurasian nations.
Graduate student Lisa Hughes (Urban & Regional Studies) was awarded a Humphrey Institute Policy Forum fellowship for 2005-2006.
Takehito Kamata was featured as a new member in the Japan America Society of Minnesota membership publication.
Two Service-Learning programs have been awarded a $5,000 Target Corp. grant. The grant will support Service-Learning's Jumpstart and Sound of Reading programs.
Jamie Scherle is one of 18 undergraduates from 11 schools selected as a 2005-2006 MCC Student Fellow for the Student Civic Leadership Institute. Jamie's project aims to raise the level of civic engagement on campus.
H. Dean Trauger, long-time Minnesota State Mankato Vice President for Finance and Administration, will retire effective early January 2006. Dean's entire professional career has been at Minnesota State. In his role as finance officer he has reported directly to four University presidents and three interim presidents. A new retirement program approved by the 2005 Legislature allows eligible retirees to continue working for the University part-time. In 2006 Dean will work on an assignment that he and the president are discussing, and he will assist with the transition to a new vice president. A national search for a new vice president will begin immediately.
New hires this summer:
Abdulkadir Alasow, Sunhee Sang (Geography); Gary Amoroso (Educational Leadership); Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Melinda Tilly, Sebastian LeBeau (Anthropology); Ramona Beiswanger (Health Science); Anthony Boehler, Janelle Kaye, Karla Sand, Kate Winkels (Speech Communication); Renee Bowman, Maynard Stensrud (Aviation and Business Education); Walter Byers (Information & Technology Services); Virginia Carlson, Kelly Krumwiede, Diane Muckenhirn, Bethany Owens, Sandra Schuette, Ellen Wild (Nursing);
Terry Clodfelter (Biological Sciences); Maurella Cunningham (Educational Talent Search); Caryn Dardeli (International Programs); Charissa Eaton (Gerontology); Patricia Flaherty, Margaret Freking, Nicholas Healy, Allen Learst, Mark Leitheiser, Mary Milne, Jennifer Panko (English); Tricia Frederick, Karey Shearman (Health Science); Cherish Hagen (Admissions);
David Hamlow (Art); Elizabeth Johansen (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services); Lynette Jones, Patrick Akuffo, Chad Grabau, SoonhwanLee (Human Performance); Wendy June (Disability Services); Katharina Klanderud (Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services); Christopher Moore (Philosophy); MiltonLuoma (Accounting and Business Law ); Michael Miller, Craig Waldron (Political Science & Law Enforcement);
Zachary Pagel (Water Resources Center); Eric Pederson, Bethany Troutner (Intercollegiate Athletics); Leonard Pederson (Auto & Manufacturing Engineering Tech); Melissa Ridler (Security); Robert Roeglin (Sociology & Corrections); Joan Rourke, Carol Werhan (Student Teacher Supervision); Robert Schultz (Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services); Frederick Snyder (Leadership Development & Service-Learning);
James Snyder (Mathematics & Statistics); Emily Stark (Psychology); Ann Walsh (Family Consumer Science); Marguerite Zelenz (University Advancement).
We bid farewell to Gregory Bednar (University Advancement); Mark Ratcliff (Information & Technology Services); Sue Reinders (Intercollegiate Athletics); and Brian Wollum (Admissions).