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March 22, 2006 Campus Newsletter

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Join the Fun: Purple and Gold Fridays

Purple ane Gold tieCreate and celebrate a new tradition at Minnesota State Mankato: Purple and Gold Friday!

President Richard Davenport is urging all students, faculty, staff and administrators to join in the new tradition by wearing purple-and-gold clothing every Friday throughout the year.

Purple and Gold Fridays will "build a greater sense of place and belonging by visibly demonstrating our pride in our University," President Davenport said in an announcement earlier this month.

Employees and students have many reasons to be proud, he added. "The recent visit by the Higher Learning Commission evaluation team provided reinforcement of the distinguished teaching and learning that is occurring on our campus, and identified additional points of pride. Within the last few weeks, we all received a new lapel pin—something that we can wear with pride—and a new marketing poster that suggested ways of communicating our University with pride. Our street banners proudly proclaim the rich heritage of our University through use of our colors."

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Maverick Bookstore are in the process of stocking more purple-and-gold shirts and are seeking purple-and-gold neckties and women's scarves. (The Minnesota State Mankato tie pictured above can be ordered from the Alumni Relations Office on the Heritage Wear Tie page.)

Minnesota State Mankato Coasters

CoasterHandsome, purple-and-gold Minnesota State Mankato coasters are now available to accentuate your office reception area, desk or home, or to use as long-remembered gifts for friends of the University.

The heavy metal coasters are 3 5/8-inches in diameter with a durable, gloss enamel finish edged in bright brass.

Order your new coasters from Printing and Photocopying Services in Wiecking for $14 each, or contact Doug Fenske for a quantity discount for 25 or more.

Minnesota State Mankato Video Clips on DVD

DVDsTwo powerful new Minnesota State Mankato video clips are now available in DVD format: one on the history of the University, and another featuring our Chamber Singers performing the University Hymn, directed by David Dickau.

The videos, each two minutes long, were first presented at the January meeting of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees as part of a special presentation on our institution.

As an added bonus, the new DVD also features "The Promise" video, first shown at our opening convocation last fall. Copies can be purchased at the Campus Computer Store in CSU at $2.50 apiece. You can also see each of the three clips on the About the University page, under "Video Information."

Free Screensavers, Wallpaper

MSU Fountain wallpaperYou can display your Minnesota State Mankato pride by installing stunning campus photographs as your screensavers and wallpaper, courtesy of the Alumni Association.

The screensavers and wallpaper were created from five John Cross images (Alumni Arch, 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 going to the Wallpaper & Screensaver page.

Russell Palma: 2006 Moore Faculty Research Lecturer

Russell Palma
Russel Palma

Russell Palma will use space photos to illustrate discoveries about the sun and early solar system when he presents the 2006 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Monday, April 10.

Russ, professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss "NASA's Genesis and Stardust Missions: Exploring the Early Solar System" at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. His presentation will feature many photos related to the Genesis and Stardust space missions, as well as short film pieces. The event is free and open to the public, and children are encouraged to attend with their parents. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

NASA's Genesis space probe lifted off in 2001, and its capsule crashed into the Utah desert in 2004, shattering delicate wafers holding samples of atoms and ions collected from the solar wind between Earth and the sun. Since then researchers have sifted data from the fragments, and they have recently begun releasing their findings.

The Stardust mission blasted off in 1999, returning in January after a seven-year, 3-billion-mile space trek. Scientists are examining dust particles that the probe collected during its passage through the tail of comet Wild-2 and from interplanetary space.

Russ worked both on-site and in collaboration with scientists at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for a number of years and served as a NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow there in 1983 and '84.

He came to Minnesota State Mankato in 2004 after 24 years as a physics faculty member at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. For eight of those years he chaired the Sam Houston State Department of Physics. He also is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Minnesota and has served as a senior research associate at Texas A&M University in College Station, a research physicist at the University of California-San Diego (La Jolla), an associate professor at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., and a research associate at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in astrophysics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Indiana University in Bloomington, and his master's and doctorate in space physics and astronomy from Rice University.

The Moore Lectureship celebrates excellence in research at Minnesota State Mankato. The lecture is the 32nd President's Faculty Research Lectureship, and the 19th named in honor of former Minnesota State Mankato President Douglas R. Moore, who established the lectureship to illuminate faculty research. Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974-1978.

Yolanda King: Spring Student-Selected Lecturer

Yolanda King
Yolanda King

Yolanda King, daughter of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will speak Tuesday, March 28, as the spring student-selected lecturer.

The event, "Achieving the Dream: An Evening with Yolanda King," will be at 8 p.m. in Bresnan Arena. Tickets for Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff are free with a valid MavCard. They can be picked up at the Student Leadership Development & Service Learning Office, CSU 173. Tickets for the general public are $5.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity. Those who want more information should contact Fred Snyder at 507-389-6076 or

King, founder and CEO of Higher Ground Productions, has lectured and performed in 49 states as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is co-author of the book Open My Eyes, Open My Soul, about diversity awareness.

On the speaking circuit she advises audiences to "embrace diversity and our common humanity." Through her artistic endeavors, including acting, producing and teaching, she fervently encourages personal growth and positive social change. She has directed and performed in productions in New York.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's in theater from New York University.

March 28-31: Novelist Judith Guest

Judith Guest
Judith Guest

Award-winning Minnesota writer Judith Guest will read from her work, visit writing classes and lead writing workshops at Minnesota State Mankato Tuesday through Friday, March 28-31.

Guest's visit is part of the Good Thunder Reading Series and the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Program. Her first novel, Ordinary People, was published in 1976, was listed on the New York Times best seller list for five months, and was scripted for a movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1980.

Guest will lead free, public workshops for community writers Tuesday through Friday at 9 a.m. each day in Centennial Student Union Room 202. She also will discuss the craft of writing on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the student union's Ostrander Auditorium. She will read from her published works Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander. All of these events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Throughout the week Guest also will meet with individual writers and visit classes. An "Authors in Transit" series interview with Guest will be broadcast Friday, March 31, at 11 a.m. on KMSU 89.7 FM.

Her novel Ordinary People has been published in 17 countries. Her second novel, Second Heaven, was published in 1982, and her third book, Killing Time in St. Cloud, a mystery co-written with Rebecca Hill, was published in 1988.

Guest also has written several screenplays, including "Rachel River," an adaptation of three stories by Carol Bly that was filmed in Minnesota.

Those who want more information about the series may call Good Thunder Reading Series Director Richard Robbins at the Department of English, 507-389-1354.

Vice President of Finance/Administration Search

The Vice President of Finance and Administration Search Committee, chaired by Vice President for Technology and CIO Mark Johnson, started its search in January, with the goal of recommending a new vice president before the close of spring semester.

The committee has met several times since January, and the professional search firm RPA, Inc., has been actively recruiting and advertising for this specialized position. The vacancy notice was published Feb. 1, with a priority deadline of March 15. The notice has been nationally advertised and distributed to more than 1,800 organizations and individuals, in addition to postings on the Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota State and RPA websites.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate candidates, or suggest that qualified candidates apply for the position.

"This position impacts all of our departments and is of great importance to the campus as a whole," Mark said. "The search committee has a challenge to recruit and interview candidates with the potential to follow Dean Trauger's outstanding service to Minnesota State Mankato over the past decades."

"We expect a rich and diverse pool of candidates," he added.

The search committee is reviewing applications. The committee's goal is to conduct campus interviews in mid-April, culminating in the appointment of the new vice president before the close of spring semester.

To view the list of committee members and additional information about this search, please see the Vice President Search page, which will be updated as the search progresses.

National Award for Service-Learning

Serve Others logoStudent Leadership Development and Service-Learning has earned a national award for the community service opportunities that the office provides to students.

The University received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators "Student Affairs Professionals Best Practices Award" at the organization's annual conference in Washington, D.C, March 11-15. The program also will be featured in the association's journal, and listed on its website.

The award honors Service-Learning for providing seamless methods for faculty and students to integrate learning with community volunteer opportunities. The program includes more than 50 Minnesota State Mankato faculty who use service-learning to connect classroom learning with community experience.

"We are thrilled to be honored with this award," said Kelly Meier, director of the Student Leadership Development and Service-Learning Office. "Our partnership with Academic Affairs offers students dynamic, community based ways to enhance their learning experience. Our Minnesota State Mankato community really makes a difference in the Mankato community."

The office provides a variety of co-curricular opportunities for student community service, including the New Student Service Project, Make a Difference Day, Earth Day, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, National Children's Book Week, Youth Activity Fair, The Sound of Reading literacy project and Dr. Seuss's Birthday/ literacy event.

In addition, each year the Service-Learning Program sponsors the New Student Service Project, Make a Difference Day, Earth Day, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, National Children's Book Week, Youth Activity Fair, The Sound of Reading literacy project and a Dr. Seuss Birthday/literacy event.

Kelly and a number of students, faculty and other staff members spent their spring break in New Orleans, rebuilding homes for families dislocated by Hurricane Katrina.

The Service-Learning Program began in 1993, and has become a national leader in obtaining and effectively using grants to create innovative programs, including Jumpstart (college students working with preschoolers), Campus Kitchens (students collecting unused food to distribute to the hungry), and Campus Compact Fellows (students engaging in strategic partnerships to create informed, active citizens).

More information is available at the Student Leadership Development website, and more about the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators is at the NASPA Communities website.

March 27: Join the Groove Your Body! Challenge

Do logoThe Wellness Committee's four-week spring fitness challenge, "groove your body!," begins Monday, March 27, with a kickoff event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CSU 284A.

This year's challenge incorporates the "do. campaign" theme of daily physical activity for 10 minutes three times a day, and encourages faculty and staff to seek opportunities to be healthy everywhere and have fun while doing it. All faculty and staff are invited to take part.

Healthy snacks will be provided at the March 27 kickoff, and participants can pick up information and sign up to attend spring wellness classes. For inspiration, short interviews with fellow employees telling how they get their 10 minutes three times a day will play in the background.

"Groove your body!" participants will keep track of their fitness activity, fruit/vegetable servings and water consumption during each week of the challenge, and will report their results to their team leaders. The team with the most points at the end of the four weeks will receive a "grooving prize." Bonus points are available for participants who attend any of the spring wellness events.

To sign up your team and/or get more information, contact Ellen Pillsbury, Wellness Committee graduate assistant, 389-2068 or, and come to the kickoff. If you don't have a team, Ellen will help you find one.

Tougher Tuition Payment Rules Begin This Fall

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities logoConsistent application of a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy means that, come fall semester, tuition payment rules will get a lot stricter at Minnesota State colleges and universities, including Minnesota State Mankato.

The policy is called "registration cancellation for non-payment," and what it comes down to is this: The registration of any student will be canceled if the student hasn't either paid at least 15 percent of her or his bill or $300, filled out a financial aid application, or made payment arrangements through a third party (such as the military or a scholarship-granting organization).

Some Minnesota State institutions already have this policy. One of its key advantages is that it helps to eliminate empty seats in classrooms. In many cases students haven't paid their bills because they don't plan to attend classes, but their registration has taken up a seat that could otherwise have gone to someone who will attend. By canceling the registration of students who don't pay, institutions get a chance to allow late registration by students who couldn't get into a class because it was full.

A campus planning group comprised of members from Academic Affairs, Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services has been meeting to identify and address local implementation issues, and to develop a comprehensive communications plan to reach all identified stakeholders over spring and summer. The Campus Hub website includes some basic policy information on the Alerts page.

Various campus groups have included or plan to include discussion of this new policy as an agenda item at recent or upcoming meetings. Anyone who would like to invite members of the campus planning group to present information to their group is encouraged to contact Jan Marble of Student Financial Services (email

Additional information about the new registration cancellation for non-payment policy will appear in upcoming issues of the Campus Newsletter.

School-University Partnerships: Urban Experience

School-University PartnershipsThe College of Education's Center for School-University Partnerships will host more than 200 ninth- and tenth-grade students and faculty from Arlington High School April 19 and Humboldt High School on April 28.

The campus visits are part of an initiative of the Urban Teacher Education Partnership, a collaborative that includes the Saint Paul Schools and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities colleges of education. The 2005-2006 school year marks the 10th year of the partnership.

During the spring campus visits, students from Arlington and Humboldt can tour the campus with the Student Ambassadors. Education majors in the K-12/Secondary Programs Department who have completed clinical field experiences at Arlington or Humboldt will join the students for the tour and panel presentations.

Panel presentations will include Presidential Scholars, admissions officer Jennifer Bindner, LTC Thomas Cooper from the ROTC program, Institutional Diversity's retention and recruitment specialist Jessica Davis, and Brenda Carlson from Intercollegiate Athletics. After the presentations, students and faculty will be treated to lunch in Carkowski Commons, and will have the opportunity to visit with College of Education students and faculty.

The Urban Teacher Education Partnership's major strength is an ongoing commitment by the partners to work together for the benefit of pre-K-16 students. The relationships between university and Saint Paul faculty enhance student achievements for the pre-K-12 partners, and successful urban experiences for university students.

In addition to placement and support of clinical experiences, the partners seek opportunities for improving student achievement, promoting teaching as a career choice for urban students, and recruiting and retaining quality teaching professionals in urban settings.

March 25: African Night

African Night, celebrating diversity and showing collaboration, friendship and unity, will be Saturday, March 25. The celebration, hosted by the African Student Association and the International Student Association, will start at 6 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. Tickets are available from the International Student Office.

African Night festivities will include indigenous African performances, authentic gourmet food and distinguished speakers. Performances consist of African dances, poetry citation, video presentations and a play depicting life in Africa and around the world.

The event has become an authentic showcase of African diversity because of its stunning fashion displays, moving performances and thought-provoking speakers.

Those who want more information or tickets should contact the International Student Office at 507-389-1281 or

March 26, 27: 'Laramie Project' Presentation

"The Laramie Project," a play about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, will be performed on Sunday and Monday, March 26 and 27.

The play, sponsored by the Sexuality and Gender Equality student organization and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Center, will be at 8 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door.

New York playwright Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, Wyo., after Shepard's brutal murder on Oct. 7, 1998. Over a period of 1 1/2 years, members of the theater company conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town.

The play is a collaboration of the theater company's interviews, journal entries and other found texts. Time Magazine called the play "One of The Ten Best Plays of 2001."

Proceeds will go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. More information is available on the Matthew Shepard Foundation website or from the Sexuality and Gender Equality student organization at

March 28: Tribute to Women in Music Concert

A Tribute to Women in Music concert, featuring compositions written by women, will celebrate Women's History Month on Tuesday, March 28.

The 2 p.m. concert, hosted by the Department of Music, will be in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Three compositions by music faculty member Karen Boubel will be performed. Her song cycle was selected to be performed at a conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Graduate students Kristina Mathiesen, soprano, and Julie Sweet, piano, will perform the compositions.

Maisi Pederson, soprano, and Erin McDaniel, piano, will perform McDaniel's "I Do Not Love Thee," and a University brass quintet will play Sarah Houle's piece, "Prelude and Dance." Graduate students McDaniel and Houle study composition with Boubel.

Music education major Kallie Fitzloff will perform Loretta Lynn's hit, "The Pill." Martha Lindberg will conduct a handbell choir performing Cynthia Dobrinski's "Canticle of Hope." Piano performance major Katie Jacobson will perform German romantic composer Clara Wieck Schumann's "Mazurka No. 3," and Richard Weber will perform "Monologue for Clarinet" by Shalumit Ran.

During the event President Richard Davenport will dedicate Amanda Gullixson's innovative painting hanging in the Performing Arts Center lobby. A reception will follow the dedication. Those who want more information may contact Dale Haefner at 507-389-5549.

March 30: Chesley Lecture on Aging

Plant imageThree nationally renowned speakers will explain how communities can prepare for the coming "age wave" of older Americans during the first annual Chesley Lecture on Aging Thursday, March 30. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center on Aging and the Mankato Senior Citizens Summit Center.

Speakers are author and radio producer Connie Goldman, Partners for Livable Communities President Robert McNulty, and neighborhood-building expert Jody Kretzmann. They will discuss how communities can reinvent themselves to become "ageless."

The lecture will be from 5-8 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel in North Mankato. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, but seating is limited, and participants are asked to reserve seats by calling the Office of Alumni Relations and Special Events, 507-389-3235 or 888-234-3796, or reserve online at the Events Calender page.

The Chesley Lecture was inaugurated to honor Betty Chesley, a benefactor of the Center on Aging. The Center provides education, applied research and resource development services for southern Minnesota's aging network. The Center assists organization and community leaders who need consultation, applied research, program evaluation, short-term educational programming and resources for training and skill-building.

April 6: LGBT Political Activist Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg
Leslie Feinberg

Renowned political organizer, grassroots historian, novelist and activist Leslie Feinberg will be the Eliminate Hate Week keynote speaker Thursday, April 6.

Feinberg, a pioneer of transgender activism and culture, will speak at 7 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. The lecture is sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center.

Feinberg, who identifies as transgender, is known in the United States and other nations as an activist who builds bonds between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. She also organizes on behalf of oppressed nationalities, women, the disabled and the working class.

She is author of Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, and won the American Library Association Award for Gay and Lesbian Literature and a LAMBDA Literary Award in 1994.

She has appeared on the Joan Rivers show and many other TV and radio programs, and has been interviewed and reviewed by many U.S. lesbian/gay, transgender and feminist publication as well as publications in Argentina, Japan, Germany, Australia and England.

In addition to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, the event is made possible by the Office of Student Affairs, the Student Events Team and the Office of Student Leadership Development and Service-Learning. Those who want more information may contact Jessica Flatequal at 507-389-6076 or

Men's Basketball Team: NCC Champions

NCC logoFor the first time in school history the men's basketball team was named the sole North Central Conference champion. The Mavericks shared the title in 1976 with another school.

"This hasn't happened here in 30 years, and I think the significance of that is sometimes lost on a lot of people," Intercollegiate Athletics Director Kevin Buisman said. "It's a culmination of what Matt (Margenthaler) has been building over the last five years."

With the championship came the right to host the conference tournament, as well as the No. 1 seed in the Wells Fargo Finals and a bye in the quarterfinal round. The university held a ceremonial net-cutting at Bresnan Arena to celebrate.

Kevin points out that hosting events such as the conference tournament provides an economic boost for the community of Mankato. "It's our opportunity to give back to the community and businesses that have supported us in so many ways."

Dan Swart, Gina Wenger: Oxford Round Table

Dan Swart and Gina Wenger will take part in Oxford Round Table discussions in Oxford, England, later this month and in July, bringing to three the number of faculty attending the events in 2006.

Dan, a chemistry faculty member, will take part in the Oxford Round Table on Criminal Law and Justice March 26-31 at Oxford's Lincoln College. Gina, an art faculty member, will discuss public policy regarding assessment and research in the arts July 9-14 at Oxford's Harris Manchester College.

Campus chaplain and adjunct instructor Timothy Berg was at Oxford earlier this month to discuss "Diversity in Society" during a Round Table at Lincoln College.

Dan, Gina and Tim are the fifth, sixth and seventh faculty members to attend the event in the last two years. Last summer Bikash Nandy (Health Science) and School of Nursing Chair Mary Bliesmer took part in the Round Table, and in 2004 Ellen Mrja and Jane McConnell (Mass Communications) participated.

Round Table participants are invited for their potential to make significant contributions to discussions about selected topics. Each Round Table session is comprised of a select group of leaders from public and private sectors in several countries.

Dan will participate in a Round Table examining the effect of terrorism and the war on drugs on the criminal justice system. His presentation, "The Midwest Consortium: A Model for Homeland Defense," will focus on homeland security, border control and terrorism reduction.

The Midwest Consortium includes academic and industrial partners who promote Minnesota as an ideal site for developing and implementing new homeland defense technologies. Consortium proponents say that Minnesota's many boundary crossings—international airports, a broad and porous international border, high-volume international rail traffic and multiple sea and river ports—make the state a prime test site.

Consortium partners include the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the Environmental Systems Research Institute, ITT Industries and the POSITUS Corporation. Swart believes this new model of academic-industrial cooperation is an innovative solution for implementing new homeland defense technology.

Gina will take part in a Round Table focusing on public policy and the scholarship of British novelist, scientist and government administrator Charles Percy Snow. She will use Snow's work to address the relationship between the arts and sciences in education.

In his book The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959), Snow argues that practitioners of both the sciences and the humanities know little about the other, which makes communication between the two disciplines difficult. Wenger will discuss how communication might be improved, and how policies can be analyzed from multiple academic cultures.

The Oxford Round Table was founded in 1989 as a colloquium for small groups of governmental and business leaders to discuss contemporary public policies affecting nations worldwide. Round Table participants have included government ministers, legislators, corporate business leaders, university presidents, professors, lawyers, physicians and other professionals.

Faculty Achievements

Several Psychology faculty presented papers at the IOOB Conference in Fairfax, Va., in February. T. J. Brown and Andrea Lassiter (Psychology) presented "Cultural Intelligence and Collective Efficacy Perceptions in Multinational Dispersed Teams." Andrea also presented "Perceived Similarity and Trust in Dispersed Teams" with C. Newman. R.K. Grover and Vinai Norasakkunkit presented "Implicit Nationalism: An Examination of an Alternative Predictor of Cross-Cultural Training Performance." J. Bethke & Lisa Perez presented "Engagement in the Workforce: Exploring the Relationship between Employee Engagement and Job Outcomes." A. Cardwell & Daniel Sachau presented "Escalating Zero Point and Life Satisfaction." Dan also presented "The Planning Fallacy in Operation" with A. Miller. J. J. Moran and Kimberly O'Farrell presented "Repercussions of Perceived Relational Devaluation in Personal Relationships." Kimberly also presented "Examining the Relationship between Counterproductive Work Behaviors, Workplace Incivility, and Social Allergens" with C. M. Schmitt.

Colleen Clarke (Political Science/Law Enforcement) spoke on terrorism policy at the Canadian-United States Justice Issues Cross-Border & Global Contexts Conference, Warrensburg, Mo., in February. Colleen also attended the Academy of Criminal Justice conference, Baltimore, Md., in March. As a member of the Information and Public Policy Section of ACJS, she assisted in organizing a luncheon and preparing for the guest speaker, Aaron Houston, a Washington drug policy lobbyist.

Daria Paul Dona (Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary) co-presented the paper "An Ecological Model for Discriminating Emotional Behavior Disorder from Cultural Difference" at the National Forum for Addressing Disproportionality in Denver, Colo., in February.

Marilyn Frank (Social Work) was selected as one of eight Minnesotans to go to Tiberias, Israel, as a volunteer English tutor for two weeks this summer.

Annelies Hagemeister (Social Work) presented "Domestic Violence Research and Resources: Accessing Information to Promote Safety" at the Baccalaureate Social Work Programs meeting in Austin, Texas. She chaired a session of the Violence against Women and their Children Symposium at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in February in Chicago. She also participated in an invited symposium on the Responsible Conduct of Research at CSWE Conferences, and was nominated to continue the work of this Symposium in June in Alexandria, Va.

Nanette Johnson-Curiskis (Speech Communications) had an article accepted for publication in the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Her article, "Online Course Planning," will appear in the March issue.

Joe Kunkel (Political Science) and Suzanne Bunkers (English) led their fourth study-travel tour to Italy during spring break 2006. In Rome they toured the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's, and the Vatican Museum, along with historical sites and museums devoted to politics, art and literature of antiquity and the medieval era. From Rome, the group traveled to Florence, visiting the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Academia and other major art museums as well as historical and political sites. Students who participated earned three credits for the seven-week course preceding the tour.

Paul Mackie (Social Work) presented "Job Satisfaction and Burnout among Rural and Urban Social Workers" at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Chicago in February. Paul also served as session chair over several presentations at the annual meting of the Council on Social Work Education in February.

Atrayee Ghosh Roy (Economics) co-authored a paper, "Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth: A Time-Series Approach," published in the Global Economy Journal.

A book review by Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) of William Chafe's Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America, will be published in an upcoming 2006 issue of the journal, White House Studies.

Michael Spencer co-authored a paper, "Characteristics and Predictors of Full and Partial Recovery from Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Primary Care Patients," in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease in February. Michael also presented a seminar, "Providing and Valuing Threshold Public Goods with Alternative Rebate Rules," at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute. Taipei, Taiwan, in January, and at the Department of Geography at National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan.

Forensics Team Earns Top Honors

The Mavericks Forensics team earned top honors in the sixth Twin Cities Forensics League tournament of the season in Bloomington, Minn., in February.

In addition to winning first place, Maverick team members scored well in numerous events.

Multiple members of the team qualified for the National Forensics Association National Tournament. Junior Josh Randall qualified as tournament champion in persuasive speaking. Junior Emily Kofoed was tournament champion in communication analysis and dramatic interpretation, and will compete in the national tournament in dramatic interpretation. Freshman Grant Anderson placed second in poetry interpretation to qualify for nationals. Anderson and Senior Kim Cossairt placed third in dramatic duo to qualify for the national tournament.

Cossairt also placed third in dramatic poetry interpretation.

12 Students Perform at Music Conference

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

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.

Other Student Achievements

Minnesota State Mankato's Upsilon Alpha chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary society, was awarded a $1,750 Chapter Activity Grant from the Pi Sigma Alpha national office to host an undergraduate political science research conference.

Matthew Collie (History) was selected for the 2006 American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament All American Individual Events Team. Individuals are selected based on their scholastic achievement, AFA-NIET forensic participation, and community service. Matthew is third Minnesota State Mankato student named to team since its inception in 2001. He was also selected by his peers as the 2006 recipient of the "Kevin Heineman AFA-NIET District IV Student Award."

Joshua Jans and Scott Winter (graduate students, WALTER) and James McGrath (Geography) presented papers at the American Meteorological Society Meeting, Atlanta, Ga., in February. Joshua was one of 26 selected from over 150 international applications for fully financed participation in two week-long workshops by Weather and Society Integrated Studies, Boulder, Colo. He is incorporating this into his master's degree, for direct outcome and implementation of his work.

Emily Kofoed (Mass Communications) had two papers accepted for presentation at the 2006 Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Center. The papers are "Oxytocin: The Trust Hormone" and "From Mao to Hoover: A Rhetorical Analysis Of the 2005 Minneapolis Public Library Ad Campaign."