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March 1, 2006 Campus Newsletter

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University Again Wins Excellence Awards

Minnesota State Colleges logoFor the fifth year Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System awards for financial and facilities management excellence. In addition, H. Dean Trauger, long-time vice president for finance and administration, received the Outstanding Service Award.

The awards, recognizing outstanding leadership and team effort, were presented at the Chief Financial and Facilities Officers meeting in Minneapolis last month. Minnesota State Mankato is one of only two state universities to receive both the finance and facilities awards.

Dean, long-time vice president for finance, received the 2005 Outstanding Service Award for outstanding contributions toward professionalism in financial management. He also received the award in 1999. Dean spent his entire professional career at Minnesota State Mankato since graduating from the institution in 1969, and he plans to retire later this year.

The university was one of 13 institutions earning the 2005 Excellence in Financial Management Award, and one of 7 receiving the 2005 Excellence in Facilities Management Award.

The financial management awards are for significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of finances and administrative services. The facilities management awards are for successful and timely completion of capital improvement and repair projects, increased efficiency and effectiveness of space use throughout the institution, and customer service excellence to students, staff and faculty.

The finance awards program started in 1997. It recognizes the significant contributions and outstanding efforts of the system's colleges, universities and employees. Facilities management awards were added in 1999.

The award winners were selected from nominations made by presidents and college and university leadership. The program is designed to further the goals of the Minnesota State system Board of Trustees.

Spring Commencement Volunteers Needed

Graduate with DiplomaStaff members are needed to assist in managing various commencement activities before, during and after commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 13.

Non-exempt employees who express an interest in working, have approval from their department, and who are assigned a commencement ceremony task will be compensated based on applicable provisions in their bargaining unit agreement. The cost is borne by the department, so it is helpful to choose comp time rather than overtime. Exempt employees who agree to assist are not entitled to overtime or comp time, but may make alternate arrangements with their supervisors in accordance with the provision in their bargaining unit agreement or personnel plan.

Those who are interested in participating in this event should complete the Commencement Participant Form (broken link), ask your supervisor for permission and, if approved, return the form no later than Friday, March 31. Diane Kalis, special events coordinator, is responsible for arranging the time and location for all participants.

Different work shifts have been identified during the day and are noted on the form. Participants are asked to mark in preference order the shift(s) that they are available to work. There are some opportunities for staff to work more than one shift.

Non-exempt employees should remember to note actual hours worked on their time sheets. Overtime hours and comp time hours are keyed from this form, not from the "participant form."

Marching faculty or college honor marshals do not need to complete the participant form; they will be registered for the event through their dean's office.

Those who have questions should contact Diane at 389-1798 or

New MavCard, Name Badges Exude Purple Pride

New MavCardThere's an elegant new, purple-and-gold look to the University's MavCard and name badges.

The card has been redesigned with the Minnesota State University, Mankato name and flame logo across the top of the card, making it easier to read and instantly recognizable as University identification.

You'll also soon see redesigned name tags and name badges with a similar purple-and-gold motif.

The redesigned MavCard and name tags are part of the University-wide effort to raise awareness of the Minnesota State Mankato name and its purple-and-gold colors.

Online Campus Photos for University Publications

CSUAs noted in the new Communicating With Pride posters sent recently to faculty and staff, photos play a critical role in raising our University's profile. To give faculty and staff the best possible choice of images, more than 200 photos of the University campus and students are now online at imagebank.

Log in using your Microsoft Outlook username and password, then browse and download images for use in brochures, PowerPoint presentations, web design and more.

No copyright permissions or photo release forms are necessary, but the images must be used exclusively for University purposes. The image bank is a collaboration between Integrated Marketing, IT Services and Graphics.

Questions about the library or its images? Contact Ann Rosenquist Fee, director of Publications, at 389-6981,

Commission on the Status of Women Opportunities

The President's Commission on the Status of Women, a University-wide group of students, faculty and staff, announces the following grant, reward and recognition opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The commission encourages all faculty and staff to participate in these opportunities. All nomination and submission forms are available online, or in the Women's Center, CSU 218.

Women of Courage and Vision Recognition: Nomination deadline Friday, March 3. Students, faculty or staff may nominate any woman of the Minnesota State Mankato community. The commission's annual recognition reception Tuesday, March 28, will recognize the rich and diverse contributions that women make to the University.

Project of the Year Awards: Deadline Friday, March 3. The commission invites applications for two student and one faculty award to recognize excellence in research work pertaining to women and/or gender-related issues. Recipients will be honored at the commission's sixth annual recognition reception Tuesday, March 28, and will receive a $350 cash award.

Professional Development and Research Grants: Deadline Friday, March 3. Grants of up to $500 are available to students and employees who plan to attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender-related issues, or who plan to conduct research in these areas. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2006.

Those who have questions should contact Katie Boone at 507-389-6146 or

Concert Choir to Perform at ACDA Convention

The Concert Choir will perform at the annual North Central Convention of the American Choral Directors Association Thursday, March 2, in Omaha, Nebr.

The 60-member Concert Choir, directed by David Dickau, is one of six college and university music organizations selected to perform in concert during the four-day ACDA convention.

The American Choral Directors Association, founded in 1959, is a nonprofit professional organization composed of more than 20,000 choral musicians representing schools, colleges, universities, industry, institutions, places of worship, and community and professional choirs.

The North Central Division includes musicians from the states of Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

David is past president of the ACDA of Minnesota.

March 2: Sami Rasouli

Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi American who has spent the last six months working in Iraq, will give a first-hand account of his experience in a Kessel Peace Institute event Thursday, March 2.

Rasouli's talk will start at 7 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 101. It is free and open to the public.

He will share stories of the Iraqi people and his work with the Christian and Muslim Peacemaker Teams and the Karbala Human Rights Organization. He will also share insights about the resistance, secret prisons and torture, elections, future of Iraq and public debate in the United States regarding the war and occupation.

The event is sponsored by the Kessel Peace Institute and the Student Resistance. Those who want more information may call 507-389-6265.

March 2: Cathy Day, Catie Rosemurgy

Good Thunder Reading Series logo
Former Minnesota State Mankato fiction-writing professor Cathy Day and New Jersey poet Catie Rosemurgy will be featured in the next Good Thunder Reading Series event Thursday, March 2.

The two will meet community writers on the morning of March 2 – Rosemurgy one-on-one with individual poets, and Day at an open question-and-answer session at 10 a.m. in CSU Room 219A. They will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m. they will read from their published work in the auditorium. The events are free and open to the public.

Both also will be interviewed on KMSU-FM (89.7) for a program to air the afternoon of March 2 and at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3.

Those who want more information may call Richard Robbins at 507-389-1354.

March 4: 55th Regional Science Fair

Regional Science Fair logoMore than 300 junior and senior high students from 26 area schools will take part in the 55th Annual South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 4, in the CSU Ballroom.

In addition, more than 200 judges from academia, business, industry and medicine will participate in the fair.

Exhibits will be open for public viewing from noon to 2 p.m. Major sponsors are the College of Science, Engineering & Technology, MICO, Wells Fargo, Thin Film Technology Corporation, NorAm/Minnegasco Foundation, Xcel Energy Inc., Norsoft and other individuals and professional organizations with an interest in science, engineering and technology.

The student projects represent 14 areas of science: behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics, space science and zoology.

Students will compete for an opportunity to represent their region at the 38th annual Tri-State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in St. Paul, the 69th annual State Science Fair in St. Paul, or the 57th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, numerous special awards will be presented by business, industry, professional, academic and corporate sponsors.

Science and engineering fairs enrich school programs by encouraging students to do independent work, develop displays, be judged by professional scientists and engineers, share interests with other students, compete for awards and earn local, national and international recognition. The Science and Engineering Fair's work provides experiences and motivation reflected in both personal and classroom development.

Those who want more information may call 507-389-2849 or go to the Regional Science Fair website.

March 4: Jazz Mavericks and JazzFest

Student Jazz MusiciansThe Jazz Mavericks will present their JazzFest 2006 concert Saturday, March 4, during the annual Jazz Festival clinic and competition for high school jazz ensembles.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The concert and festival will feature guest artist Chris Vadala, director of jazz studies and professor of saxophone at the University of Maryland School of Music. In addition to his concert performance, Vadala will teach clinics for each ensemble.

Nine area high school jazz ensembles will participate in the festival. The ensemble performing "Best Tune of the Day" will open the concert, and ensembles will be recognized for outstanding sections, soloists and individual performances.

Other adjudicators at the festival include percussionist Rich MacDonald, Winona State University; saxophonist C.J. Kocher, University of South Dakota; and vocalist Judi Donaghy, McNally Smith College.

Tickets are $9 for Minnesota State Mankato students with valid identification, $12 for K-12 students and children, and $15 for general admission. Those who want more information may go to the Music website, or contact Dale Haefner at 507-389-5549.

March 7: Precinct Caucuses

Precinct Caucus Day is Tuesday, March 7, and no university-sponsored activities are allowed that evening.

Minnesota law states that "no . . . state college or university may schedule an event which will take place after 6 p.m. on the day of a major political party precinct caucus unless permission to do so has been received from the board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities."

The statute applies to any university-sponsored classes and events, whether or not they are physically located on the campus. Those who have questions should contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Ethicist Peter Singer to Present Business Lecture

Peter SingerEthicist Peter Singer, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet, will present the annual Business Ethics Lecture on Wednesday, March 22.

Singer, who specializes in practical ethics, will discuss ethics and globalization at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, and on Thursday, March 23, he will take part in a campus roundtable discussion.

A native of Australia, Singer balances two part-time faculty positions on opposite sides of the globe. He is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne.

He has written or co-authored more than 40 books, including his recent One World: The Ethics of Globalization, published by Yale University Press, focusing on international ethics. He is perhaps best known for his book Animal Liberation, widely regarded as the ethical foundation of the animal liberation movement.

Singer is one of 16 most influential scientists and thinkers credited last year by Time as having changed the world's ideas about logic, language, learning, mathematics and economics. He has appeared on dozens of network television programs throughout the world, including "60 Minutes."

Singer's visit is sponsored by the Philosophy Department and co-sponsored by the Colleges of Allied Health & Nursing, Arts & Humanities, Business, and Science, Engineering & Technology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as Student Development and the Student Events Team. Community co-sponsors include the Mankato Unitarian Fellowship and St. John's Episcopal Church, with financial support from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and Minnesota State Mankato alumni.

In conjunction with the Singer visit, the organization Citizens' Voices will sponsor a March 30 roundtable ethics discussion at the North Mankato Library, with the Rev. Paul Rider, St. John's Episcopal Church, and Scott Johnson, dean of the College of Business.

Those who want more information may contact Philosophy Chair Richard Liebendorfer, or 507-389-2012.

March 23-25: Political Science Conference

The Upsilon Alpha chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary society) will host the Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Center on campus March 23-25.

The conference includes a banquet and keynote speaker, best paper awards, and panels with papers in all subfields of political science. The conference attracts faculty and student participants from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, including Park University of Parkville, Missouri, the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Creighton University, the University of Minnesota-Morris, Bemidji State University, Winona State University, Grinnell College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Carleton College and St. Olaf College.

Registration is $35 and includes all meals (Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch). Those who want more information may contact Dr. Fred Slocum, associate professor of political science, at 507-389-6935 or

April 23: Switchfoot Concert

Alternative rock band Switchfoot will appear at Midwest Wireless Civic Center Sunday, April 23, in a concert sponsored by the Student Events Team.

The concert is part of the San Diego band's national tour in support of its latest CD. The band is known for its Billboard Top 40 hit "Stars," and its new single "One Tonight" is featured on NBC's 2006 Winter Olympics commercials.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 6, at 8 a.m. in the Student Leadership Development & Service-Learning Office (173 Centennial Student Union), the Midwest Wireless Civic Center box office, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Students can get one ticket for $10 with their MavCards; all other tickets are $15.

For more information about the concert visit theStudent Events Team website or call Fred Snyder at 507-389-6076.

Good Deeds

Carol Jensen (Security) is a member of the Yellow Ribbon board of directors and helped direct this year's Mankato StarLight Gala. The annual fundraiser is jointly sponsored by Yellow Ribbon and One Bright Star. Proceeds go to assist families suffering from the loss of a child and to educate communities how to effectively deal with preventing suicides. Other University employees who assisted with the gala are Joel Jensen (Security), Doug Fenske (Printing Services) and Mike Lagerquist (Theatre and Dance). Several students also helped.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Numerous faculty and staff members were honored recently for professional achievements.

Melodie Andrews (History) received the Society of the History of Technology's Ferguson Prize "for outstanding and original reference works that will support future scholarship in the history of technology," for her five-volume "Papers of Thomas A. Edison." She co-edited the first two volumes.

Kathleen Blue (Anthropology) presented a paper, "Anthropology and Forensic Science in the Age of C.S.I.," at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, D.C., recently.

Paul Brown (Anthropology) presented a paper, "Getting our Message to the Masses: Teaching Evolution to General Education Students" at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, D.C., recently.

Barbara Carson, Kim Greer, and Justine Phillips (Psychology) presented a paper, "JOLT into Action" at the American Probation and Parole Association meeting in Austin, Texas, in January.

A paper by Doran Hunter (Political Science/Law Enforcement), "Civil Society and Valued Government: Is Moral Government Possible?" was published in electronic form by Caux Round Table Publications, and presented at the International Conference on Social Science Research, Orlando Altamonte Springs, Fla., in December.

Clark Johnson (Psychology) presented a paper, "Expecting Global Experience in Teacher Candidates and Helping Them Achieve It," at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education meeting in San Diego in January. He also co-authored "Mentor Connection: Building Success for Students on Academic Probation" published on the internet in Academic Advising Today.

A paper by John Krenz (Biological Sciences), H. H. Whiteman and R. D. Semlitsch entitled "Intermorph breeding and the potential for reproductive isolation in polymorphic mole salamanders (Ambystoma talpoideum)" was accepted by Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

David Laverny-Rafter (Urban & Regional Studies) presented "Evaluating Urban Sustainability Plans" at the American Evaluation Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Bill Lewinski (Political Science/Law Enforcement) was featured in "Police – The Voice of the Service" recently in an article discussing his work with officer reactions in critical incidents and the Force Science Research Center.

Kimberly O'Farrell (Psychology) and alumnus Paul Merlini presented a poster session, "Satisfaction from the Looking Glass Self: Relationship Satisfaction Mediates the Effect of Relational Self-Esteem on Romantic Intentions" at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., in January. Kimberly has been appointed associate organizer of the 2007 Close Relationships Pre-conference for the Relationship Researchers Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) was selected through peer review to present two workshops at the annual Minnesota State "Realizing Student Potential" Conference for 1,000 system faculty members in Minneapolis last month. Stewart presented a 75-minute session, "Are You the Only Active Learner in the Classroom?" and a three-hour workshop, "Creating Significant Learning Experiences."

Susan Schalge (Anthropology) presented a paper, "Something good in itself: Education for private benefit or public good?" and co-organized a session, "Connections, Accessibility and Relevance: Transforming Pedagogy in Anthropology," at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, D.C., recently.

Richard Schiming (Economics) presented a paper, "Patterns of Homework Initiation for Web-based Activities in Economics: A Study in Procrastination" at the Midwest Conference in Student Learning in Economics in Akron, Ohio. A paper that he co-authored, "Banks in Our World," was presented at the Economic Science Association meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) presented a paper entitled "Connecting the Past and the Present: Historical Realities and Current Political Trends in the South," and was chair for the panel, "Some Lessons from the Past" at the Southern Political Science Association conference in Atlanta, Ga., in January. Fred also has been invited to write a review of William Chafe's book Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America to be published in a future issue of the journal White House Studies.

Tamara Tucker Wilkins and Colleen Clarke (Political Science/Law Enforcement) led 39 students on a January study tour to London and Amsterdam to examine Comparative Criminal Justice Systems and International Response to Terrorism. Next year's trip will include visits to Edinburgh, Scotland, London and Reykjavik, Iceland.

A paper co-authored by Fei Yuan (Geography) entitled "Land cover mapping and change analysis in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area with Landsat remote sensing" was accepted for publication.

Twelve Students Chosen For Intercollegiate Honor Band

Twelve music students were members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band that performed at the 2006 Minnesota Music Educators Association Music Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center in February.

All of the students are members of the Concert Wind Ensemble. They comprise one of the largest representations of musicians selected from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band is composed of 80 members chosen by their schools' conductors. The event was sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the College Band Directors National Association.

Student Achievements

Eleven students have successfully passed flight tests to advance in the Aviation Program: Rob Gartzke, Multi-Engine Initial Flight Instructor Certificate; Tim Potter, Commercial Multi-engine and Single-engine Certificate; Brandon Becker, Kelly George, Brandon Knudsvig, Philip Smith and Brian Krueger, Private Multi-engine Rating; Bill Stange, Multi-engine Instrument Rating; Greg Thorpe, Certified Flight Instructor Single-engine and Instrument Certificates; and Joe Peters and Jake Hoehn, Private Pilot Certificate.

Jeremy Mohr (Economics) received the Jason Kesler Senior Scholar Prize in December. The annual prize honors the contributions of Professor Jason Kesler for his abiding passion and efforts in fostering student learning.


Personnel comings and goings at Minnesota State Mankato:

New hires: Robert Zimprich (University Stores); Kimbery Schanbacher (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services); Dorothy Eckblad and Nancy Karkoska (Department of Special Education).

We bid farewell to: Kristin Juliar (Healthcare Education Industry Partnership).