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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

April 19, 2006 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2006-04-19/

May 4: Retiree Recognition Luncheon

employee recognition logoFifteen faculty and staff members will be honored Thursday, May 4, at the annual retirement luncheon honoring Minnesota State Mankato retirees.

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. Tickets are $12 and should be purchased by April 21 from Human Resources, WA336.

As of March 28, retirees who will be honored include Mavis Anderson, Mary Jane Bair, Patricia Earle, Maureen Fenrick, Elaine Fossen, Mary Ellen Kamas, Keith Klein, Chan Lee, Mary Ann Lee, Leland McCormick, David Neve, Mary Ellen Pearson, David Popowski, Doris Selover and Geraldine Skarphol.

The recognition event is an opportunity to greet and express appreciation to those who have served the University with distinction, and who have helped set the standard for high-quality teaching and learning.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

April 28: Distinguished Alumni Awards

alumni association logo

Seven Minnesota State University, Mankato graduates have been named 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities. They will receive the awards Friday, April 28, during a ceremony in Centennial Student Union.

The awardees are Michael V. Martin (BS Business Administration: General '69; MA Economics '71) and Isabel Schon (BS Open Studies '71), Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Jeanne Votca Carpenter (BST English '73) and James J. Sheehan (BS Physical Education '73), Harold J. Fitterer Distinguished Alumni Service Award; Melee E. Thao (BS Nursing '92), Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Aaron H. Doering (MS Geography '95) and Matthew J. Hillmann (MS Educational Technology '02), Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The dinner and program will start at 7 p.m.; a reception is at 6. Tickets are $35 per person; those who wish to register should call 888-234-3796 or 507-389-3235.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award goes to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, have a widespread effect on their communities, and are recognized for their achievements over the course of their careers. The Harold J. Fitterer Service Award Award goes to graduates who engage in continuing efforts to preserve, promote and support Minnesota State Mankato through their time and talent. The Distinguished Young Alumni Award is presented to graduates 35 years old or younger who have reached professional achievements early in their careers and have positively impacted communities. The Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award is for graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

Names of past award winners can be viewed on the Past Award Recipients page.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

A Very Purple Bus

purple busThe marketing campaign that kicked off last fall for Minnesota State Mankato is taking on a new dimension this spring – a very purple Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis and St. Paul. A bus wrap, as it's called, projects the Minnesota State Mankato name in no uncertain tones of purple and gold during April and May.

Depending on the day, the bus runs through the two downtowns, past the University of Minnesota campus and through the southwest suburbs. At the same time, billboards looking very much like this bus design are being displayed at nine locations in the Twin Cities, as well as two locations in Mankato.

VP/Finance Finalists

Finalist candidates for the position of vice president for Finance and Administration have been announced by Vice President for Technology and CIO Mark Johnson, chair of the committee. Finalists will be on campus for open meetings starting next week.

The candidates are:

Rick Straka, who will be on campus Tuesday, April 25. He currently is vice president of Finance and Operations at South Central College, North Mankato, where he is responsible for leadership of all financial and facility operations, business operations, risk management, facilities master planning, capital planning and construction, facilities operations and environmental health and safety.

Kathy Johnson, who will be on campus Wednesday, April 26. She currently serves as vice president for Finance and Administration at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, S.D., where she is the chief fiscal officer, the representative at the system level, and responsible for the operations of the Business Office, Student Financial Services, Human Resources, Facilities Services, University Support Services, University Bookstore and Dining Services.

Gerald Hunter, who will be on campus Thursday, April 27. He has served as vice president for Enrollment and Financial Planning at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, where his responsibilities included oversight of Institutional Research and Enrollment Management Operations, and where he was the primary liaison to the Board of Regents.

Ronald Olinger, who will be on campus Monday, May 1. He is vice president for Financial Planning and Administration at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo., where he provides leadership for Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Payroll, Information Systems, Financial Aid, Risk Management, Physical Plant and Public Safety departments.

Open meeting schedules and resumes for the candidates will be posted on the Vice President Search page. Faculty and staff participation in the open sessions is encouraged and appreciated.

Judges Needed for Research Conference

Undergraduate Research logo

The Undergraduate Research Center Committee invites faculty and staff to serve as judges for student presentations at the conference on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, in Centennial Student Union.

The Undergraduate Research Center promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative work. Students will present their scholarly projects in a variety of forms, including poster sessions, oral presentations and other creative forms.

In each session student presenters are evaluated by two judges, who select the top presentation in the session. That person or team is honored at the conference luncheon.

If you are interested in serving as a judge for student presentations, please contact Michelle Carter at 389-1189 or michelle.carter@mnsu.edu. Please rank your preferences and we will try to accommodate you. The presentation schedule:

Monday, April 24:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., student presenter, moderator and judge check-in, CSU Ballroom.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., site judges' gathering room open, CSU 244
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m., Session A (Psychology, Social Work, Speech Communication), CSU 201; Session B (Business, Economics), CSU 253
  • 10:15-11 a.m., break, Ballroom
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Poster Session A, North Ballroom; Session C (Art, Mass Communications), CSU 284
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon, Session D (Biological Sciences, Chemistry), CSU 253
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m., lunch
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m., Poster Sessions B and C, North Ballroom
  • 1:30-3 p.m., Session E (Engineering), CSU 284; Session F (Speech Communication), CSU 204
  • 3:15-4:45 p.m., Session H (Business), CSU
  • 3:15-5p.m., Session G (English), CSU 285; Session I (History, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy), CSU 203

Tuesday, April 25:

  • 8:30-11:30 a.m., presenter check-in, CSU Ballroom.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., site judges' gathering room open, CSU 244
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m., Session J (History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Humanities), CSU 253
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m., Session K (Business), CSU 255
  • 9:30 to noon, Session L (Women Studies), CSU 284
  • 10 a.m. to noon, Poster Sessions D, E, North Ballroom
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon, Session M (Physics, Geography), CSU 201
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Session N (Computer Information Systems), CSU 253
  • Noon to 1 p.m., luncheon and award ceremony, Ballroom

Tuition Policy Affects Waiver Timing

Faculty and staff requesting a tuition waiver benefit for themselves or their dependents should be aware: The timing of those requests is affected by the new tuition policy for fall semester 2006, including a registration cancellation process if payment requirements are not met by the published due dates.

Tuition waiver provisions require the waiver form to be submitted "no later than 10 days following the start of the course for which the user is seeking to waive tuition and/or fees." But submitting the form after the earliest tuition due date of Aug. 11 will not prevent automatic registration cancellation.

To safeguard against cancelled registrations, employees intending to use the tuition waiver benefit are strongly encouraged to submit the request form for fall semester credits as soon as possible. You can download the [PDF] Tuition Waiver form (170 KiB).

To assist those who intend to file tuition waiver request forms but are unable to do so within the timelines of the new policy, an "Intent to File" online submission form is available on the Tuition Waiver page.

The "Intent to File" form does not replace the official tuition waiver request process, nor will it result in a tuition waiver transaction on a student's record. The "Intent to File" is simply a communication tool between the employee and Student Financial Services staff who review student accounts prior to registration cancellation.

Financial Planning Certificate Success

Financial Planning logoStudents in the Financial Planning Certificate program have achieved a higher pass rate than the national average for the second consecutive year. The national pass rate was 63 percent, while the Minnesota State Mankato rate was 83 percent. Students in the Extended Learning and College of Business Certified Financial Planner exam also exceeded the national pass rate last year.

"We are proud to have been a part of our students' success," said Chan Lee, program director. "Our instructors work hard to provide a high-quality program, and we are pleased that our pass rate statistics are validating their hard work. We also attribute our success to our advisory board and the wonderful relationship we have with Keir Educational Resources."

The Certified Financial Planner program was started in 1998 as a way to meet the need for financial planning professionals to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the financial planning industry. The program includes courses in financial planning and insurance, investment planning, tax planning, retirement planning and estate planning. Those who complete it meet the educational requirement for the CFP exam.

Students can take courses in Bloomington, Minneapolis, Plymouth or Saint Paul.

KMSU Drive Tops $15,000

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The 2006 KMSU Spring Pledge Drive raised more than $15,000 through on-air donations between March 29 and April 10. The drive allowed the station to improve its financial position through the gifts and pledges of listeners and friends.

Notable pledge drive programming included a visit from Chan Poling, once a member of the popular Minneapolis group "The Suburbs," and now promoting his latest CD, "The New Standards," as well as the Shuffle Function 24-Hour Pledge Drive-A-Go-Go with Shy Boy Tim and Shelley, who delivered a day's worth of radio time on March 30.

April 17-22: Sustainability Conference

Earth Day logoRenewable energy, a sustainability institute, sustainable agriculture and global water usage are among the topics to be discussed at the third annual Sustainability Conference through Saturday, April 22.

The conference, in Centennial Student Union and on the campus mall, will culminate with Earth Day April 22, and is intended to educate and inform the community about sustainability issues. All conference lectures, movies and displays are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Remaining conference events include:

  • Thursday, April 20: Political Science faculty member Jackie Vieceli will discuss "The Global South," noon to 1 p.m., campus mall.
  • Friday, April 21: Speaker to be announced, noon to 1 p.m., campus mall.
  • Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day): Keynote speaker Wayne Martin, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, will discuss "Sustainable Agriculture," noon to 1 p.m., campus mall.

A number of organizations will sponsor information tables, including The Blue Earth River Basin Initiative, Sustainable Farming Association, Paulsen Architects, Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, Students for Social Action, Fish Kill Advisory Network, Cedar Summit Farm, City Chickens, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Minnesota River Watershed Alliance, Kessel Peace Institute and Student Resistance.

The event is sponsored by Students for Sustainability chapter. More conference information is available on the Invision Power Board.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

St. Paul Students to Visit Campus

More than 200 ninth- and tenth-grade students and faculty from St. Paul Arlington and Humboldt high schools will visit campus this month as part of a program intended to strengthen relationships between the University and urban schools. Arlington students will visit on Wednesday, April 19, and Humboldt students will be on campus Friday, April 28.

The students will tour the campus and attend presentations about Admissions, ROTC, Institutional Diversity and Athletics. The program is an Urban Teacher Education Partnership initiative, administered by the College of Education's Center for School-University Partnerships. In its 10th year, it strives to improve high school student achievement, to create successful urban experiences for Minnesota State Mankato education students, to promote teaching as a career for urban students, and to recruit and retain quality urban school teachers.

Panel presentations will be given by Presidential Scholars, admissions officer Jennifer Bindner, ROTC Director Lt. Col. Thomas Cooper, Institutional Diversity retention and recruitment specialist Jessica Davis, and Brenda Carlson of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Education majors in the K-12/Secondary Programs Department who have completed clinical field experiences at Arlington or Humboldt will join the high school students for the presentations, and for campus tours.

April 20: Business of Aging

Harry Moody
Harry Moody

The business of aging will be discussed by AARP education programs expert Harry (Rick) Moody Thursday, April 20, in a lecture sponsored by the Gerontology Program and Center on Aging.

Moody will talk about "Silver Industries: The New Aging Enterprise" from 3-4:30 p.m. in Room 201 of Centennial Student Union. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and refreshments will be served.

"Dr. Moody is a visionary who never fails to capture the imagination of his audiences," said Leah Rogne, interim director of the University's Gerontology Program and the Center on Aging. "His latest work on entrepreneurship and the aging of Baby Boomers is sure to make people think in new ways about the business of aging. We are delighted to have him visit Mankato."

Moody is director of academic affairs for AARP in Washington, D.C. He also serves as senior associate with the International Longevity Center-USA, and is a senior fellow for Civic Ventures.

He is a philosopher, ethicist, social policy analyst and author of many books, including Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Ethics in an Aging Society and Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society. His interests include entrepreneurship and aging, productive aging and legal issues in aging.

Moody is a graduate of Yale and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

April 20: Student Caller Awards

man on the phoneFaculty, staff and students are invited to the 16th Student Caller Awards Ceremony Thursday, April 20, in CSU 253, with a reception at 1:30 p.m. and the ceremony at 2.

President Richard Davenport and other University leaders will thank the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Annual Fund's 70 student callers for their work in meeting the $730,000 goal for FY06 by June 30.

Faculty and staff are welcome to stop by the event, show your support and thank the student callers. Those who have questions may contact Marie Worrell at 389-1905.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

April 26: Listening Panel

women's center logoThe President's Commission on the Status of Women will host a "Listening Panel" to hear concerns, ideas and affirmations from faculty, students and staff on Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday, April 26, from 10-11:30 a.m. in CSU 201.

The commission has been charged to explore the campus climate as it relates to the status of women. The Commission's goal is to provide a safe, confidential opportunity for people to share experiences, thoughts and ideas.

Students, faculty and staff may submit feedback electronically and confidentially on the commission's website.

The commission will incorporate the input into a summary report at the end of spring semester.

Refreshments will be provided at Wednesday's Listening Panel. Those who want more information may contact Kelly Meier at kelly.meier@mnsu.edu or Deirdre Rosenfeld at rosenfeld@mnsu.edu.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

May 4: Education Faculty Reception

The Department of Special Education and College of Education will honor scholarly achievements of faculty members Andrew P. Johnson, Ockjean Kim and Robert Miller at a reception Thursday, May 4.

The event will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Centennial Student Union.

Andrew will be honored for his textbook Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies.

Ockjean will be honored for receiving the Dissertation Award for Doctoral Level Research from Teacher Education Division, Council for Exceptional Children. The award is given annually to an outstanding doctoral research dissertation about special educator teacher education.

Robert will be honored for his textbook Transition Assessment: Planning Transition and IEP Development for Youth with Mild to Moderate Disabilities.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

Good Deeds

Stephen Bohnenblust (Health Science) was co-recipient of Ball State University's Department of Physiology and Health Science 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award in March.

Faculty Achievements

The Rehabilitation Counseling program is successfully progressing through its reaccreditation process. Site reviewers from the Council on Rehabilitation Education recently visited to evaluate the program based on a revised set of accreditation standards, and the end result was highly positive.

A paper by Dawn Albertson (Psychology), "Distinctive Profiles of Gene Expression in the Human Nucleus Accumbens Associated with Cocaine and Heroin Abuse," has been accepted to the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. It is the first publication on gene expression in the brains of heroin abusers, and it contains more than 30 years of research.

An article by Jim Bailey (History), "The Art of Profiling a Historical Case: The Whitechapel Murders," was published in Ripperologist: The Journal of Jack the Ripper, East End and Victorian Studies. He also co-authored a paper, "Morphological Study of Class and Individual Characteristics Produced by Firing 2,500 Cartridges in a .45 Caliber Semi-Automatic Pistol," published in the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner's Journal, and presented a paper, "Preservation of Latent Impressions on Curved, Conical, and Asymmetrical Surfaces," at the International Association of Forensic Sciences Meeting in Hong Kong.

Kate Blue (Anthropology) presented a poster, "Sexual dimorphism and indicators of substrate preference: implications for fossil species," at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meetings in Anchorage, Alaska, in March. Kate also co-presented posters entitled "An analysis of health indicators in subadults from select Mimbres populations: Why is there no correlation?" "An evaluation of skeletal remains and Mimbres ceramic typology: The Galaz Ruin," and "Beyond the letter of the law: F1eshing out identity as a collaborative process."

An article by Suzanne Bunkers (English), "Thinking about Memoir as Auto/biography," has been published on LifeNarrative.Net, an online journal and forum devoted to life writing, published at Curtin University of Technology in Australia. Suzanne also presented a paper, "Memory and Memoir: Transformations in Stories of Survival," at the Sixth European Social Science History Conference in Amsterdam in March, and presented an invited university lecture, "What I Have Learned by Studying Diaries," at the University of Macerata, Italy, in March.

Daria Paul Dona (Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary) co-presented "Strengthening Skills for Success: An Intervention for African-American Students" at the National Association of School Psychologists in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

Kevin Filter (History) presented "Functionally-Indicated and Contra-Indicated Academic Interventions for Problem Behavior" and "Post-Implementation Evaluation of the Check In/Check Out Program in a Natural School Context" at the International Conference for Positive Behavior Support in Reno, Nev., in March.

Beth Handler (Education Studies: Special Education) was invited to be one of four key speakers at the 25th Louisiana Super Conference on Special Education in Lafayette, La., this month. Beth will address the topic "Decoding Maladaptive Behaviors: A Brain-Based Approach to Behavior Assessment and Intervention."

John Janc (Modern Languages) had two articles published recently: "Reflections of a Study Abroad Director" in the 2006 Report of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and "Que se passe-t-il en France?" in the winter issue of The Minnesota Language Review. He also made a presentation, "Organizing a Trip Abroad," at the annual meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Chicago in March.

Judith Kuster (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services) presented three day-long workshops on Internet Resources for Speech-Language Pathologists, in Ft. Lee, N.J., Boston and Dover, Del., in March.

Papers by Kyu Sang Lee (Economics) entitled "How (Not) to Shed Light on the Experiment in Economics: Review Essay" and "Finite Automata Crossing the Border into Economics" were accepted for publication in History of Economic Ideas and Proceedings of the 10th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, respectively.

Lori Ann Lahlum (History) received the Herbert S. Schell Award for the best article published in South Dakota History in 2005 for "'Everything was changed and looked strange': Norwegian Women in South Dakota."

Bill Lewinski (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented "Legal, Psychological and Biomechanical Aspects of Officer-Involved Lethal and Less Lethal Force" at the AELE Law Enforcement Legal Section Seminar in Las Vegas, Nev., in February. He also presented "Force Science Research Center: Human Performance in Lethal Force Encounters" at the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in January; a paper, "Threat Assessment and Survival in a Challenging Mental Health Environment," at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in December, and a number of other papers at conferences.

A review by Phillip Miller (Economics) of the book National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer, was published in the February International Journal of Sport Finance. Phillip also had two papers accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Economics: "Private Financing and Sports Franchise Values: The Case of Major League Baseball" and "Revenue Sharing in Sports Leagues: The Effects on Talent Distribution and Competitive Balance."

Tracy Pellett (Assessment) co-presented with colleagues at the Professional Development Schools National Conference in Orlando, Fla., in March. He discussed "Tracking and Measuring PDS Success: An Analysis of Two Institutional Systems."

Lisa Perez (Psychology) and alum Ryan Riley presented "Coping with Workplace Incivility: Implications for Psychological Distress and Counterproductivity" at the 6th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health in Miami in March.

Leah Rogne (Sociology & Corrections) presented a paper, "A Social Movements Approach to Mobilizing Support for Gerontology Programs," as a part a Presidential Symposium at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education meeting, Indianapolis, Ind., in February.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented a workshop on active learning for faculty at Minot State University in April. Stewart also had an article, "Improving Rehearsals," reprinted in Bandmasters Review in March.

Ronald Schirmer (Anthropology) reviewed content for a new children's book on archeology, Deserted Stone Cities, by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack. He was also elected to membership in the Council for Minnesota Archaeology.

English Department Scholarships

The English Department has announced winners of more than $6,000 in scholarships and prizes, funded by a variety of endowment and memorial funds.

Depending on the award, continuing undergraduate and graduate students were eligible, as were graduating majors for two of the awards. Winners and their guests will be formally recognized at the department's spring reception May 13. Scholarship winners and their awards are:

Jacalyn Adema, Norman Adams Award ($230); Joan Logue, Eddice B. Barber English Education Award ($800); Mike Goracke, Robert L. Carothers Writers Award ($100); Renee Rasmussen, Harold Fitterer Award ($400); Evelyn Kuball, William A. Payne Memorial Award ($900); Julie Lemley, Brian Sether Memorial Scholarship ($300); Dodie Miller, Raymond & Florence Sponberg Scholarship ($500); Dana Paasch, Marcia Thompson Award ($450); Nickie Kranz and Susan Handly, Youel English Awards ($300).

Robert C. Wright Awards of $1,000, $750 and $500 went to undergraduate and graduate students whose writing samples were judged the best by an outside judge. Dodie Miller was first; Bronson Lemer was second; Antoinette Cole was third; and Christina Olson received Honorable Mention.

Student Achievements

Steve Herrmann (Athletic Training/Human Performance) received the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association Living Memorial Post-Graduate Scholarship at the association meeting in Madison, Wis., in March. Steve and two other senior students, Mike Joseph and Marc Feldbrugge, represented Minnesota in the student quiz bowl, defeating teams from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Sandra Goblirsch (Nursing) was selected to represent the Master of Science in Nursing program in the School of Nursing Research Society's annual research conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Her poster, based on her thesis work "Critical Care Nurses' and Families' Perceptions of the Family-Nurse Interaction," was selected for presentation in April at the Graduate Student Poster Exchange.

An article "Determining Orthographic Accuracy" by Tonya Rogers (Geography BS and MA alum), Martin Mitchell and Changjoo Kim (Geography) and Tim Loesch was published in Geospatial Solutions in March.

Hanifa Sait (Communication Disorders master's) has been awarded the Pennington Scholarship for 2006-2007.