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June 7, 2006 Campus Newsletter

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Purple-and-Gold Garments

purple and gold sweatshirtsBarnes & Noble Bookstore is stocking several new purple-and-gold Minnesota State Mankato garments in conjunction with Purple and Gold Fridays on campus.

Earlier this year President Richard Davenport urged all students, faculty, staff and administrators to join in the new tradition by wearing purple-and-gold clothing every Friday throughout the year. The addition of new sweatshirts and polos is part of a bookstore plan to make more garments available in school colors for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Maverick Bookstore likewise is stocking its shelves with additional purple-and-gold- garments.

Purple and Gold Fridays are intended to build "a greater sense of place and belonging by visibly demonstrating our pride in our University," President Davenport said.

Purple-and-Gold Fridays also help to promote the Minnesota State Mankato "brand" on- and off-campus, by visually linking the University's name with its royal colors.

New Name: University Dining Services

Mav Ave signCampus dining soon will have a new name and a new look. University Dining Services will be operated by Sodexho Campus Services, one of North America's leading food and facilities management services companies.

"The University Dining Services name better represents the wide range of options available for students and campus visitors," said Director of Residential Life Cindy Janney.

University Dining Services will provide catering for events held on campus, manage all campus retail food operations (current locations include Centennial Student Union, Meyers Field House, Memorial Library, Carkoski Commons and Gage Commons) and provide meal service at residential dining halls.

Earlier this year Sodexho was selected as the new University Dining Services vendor, after comprehensive evaluations and interviews with several companies. Sodexho soon will begin managing residential dining, campus restaurants and catering.

University Dining Services will provide several new options in Centennial Student Union, including Quiznos toasted sandwiches and Caribou Coffee. A number of popular current options will remain, including Freshens Smoothies, Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell Express.

Under University Dining Services, flexible new meal plan offerings will be available for students living on campus, and fresh, pre-packaged food options will be available outside the Academic Computer Center in Wissink Hall. A Jazzman's coffee site will be added in Memorial Library, and the current library dining option will move to a more visible location.

Sodexho is a leading food and facilities management services company in North America, serving more than 6,000 corporations, health care, long-term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, military and remote sites.

'Shanty Town' Raises Awareness

Minnesota State Mankato students slept outside in boxes the night of April 20 to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people.
Minnesota State Mankato students slept outside in boxes the night of April 20 to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people.

Forty-five students slept outside in boxes the night of April 20 to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people.

The "Shanty Town Homelessness Awareness Program" was sponsored by the Residential Life Programming Committee. Approximately 12 groups and organizations participated, with students camping out on Armstrong Lawn. Students stayed warm with blankets, layers of clothing, boxes and tarps. Students ate a breakfast of oatmeal and hot chocolate the next morning.

This was the first year of the "Shanty Town" event at Minnesota State Mankato. Boxes were provided by Menards, Sears and Meyers & Sons Appliance.

You're Invited: 'Songs on the Lawn'

The Mankato band City Mouse
The Mankato band City Mouse

Staff, faculty and students are invited to enjoy popular bands that provide "Songs on the Lawn" in downtown Mankato each Thursday in June from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Thursday, June 8, the popular City Mouse band will get your toes tapping. Admission and parking are free.

The noontime concerts again this year are presented by the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce at Civic Center Plaza, downtown Mankato. Regional bands will perform and local food vendors will offer a variety of lunch and snack items. More than 2,000 people heard the bands last year.

"Songs on the Lawn" is open to the public with free admission and parking. Lunch can be purchased from numerous food vendors, or you can bring your own brown bag lunch. This month's remaining featured bands:

  • June 8: City Mouse
  • June 15: Gin Daddies
  • June 22: Paul Durenberger Band
  • June 29: The Divers

Food vendors include Angie's Kettle Corn, Buffalo Wild Wings, Culver's, Dino's, Great Wall, Hy-Vee, Neighbor's and Tav on the Ave. Those who want additional information may contact the Chamber at 507-345-4519. "Songs on the Lawn" is sponsored by UCare, Xcel Energy and 96.7 KDOG.

Start Your Pedals: Robert Erickson is Coming

Intrepid Minnesota State Mankato bikers paused for a photographer as they rode the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail last year with Minnesota State Trustee Robert Erickson.
Intrepid Minnesota State Mankato bikers paused for a photographer as they rode the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail last year with Minnesota State Trustee Robert Erickson.

The Office of University Advancement is seeking bicycling enthusiasts to accompany Minnesota State Trustee Robert Erickson on the Faribault-to-Mankato leg of his 2006 bike ride to all campuses in the system. Erickson will ride from Faribault to Minnesota State Mankato on Monday, Sept. 11.

The group will meet Erickson in Faribault at 8 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 11, and will arrive in Mankato at about noon. Last year 14 Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff members participated in the ride on the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail.

Erickson uses the 30-day, 2,200-mile Minnesota State bike ride to raise money for scholarships for part-time students. Those who want to participate are urged to tune up their bikes and bodies, and stay tuned for more information!

Legislature Commends KMSU

The Minnesota Legislature last month awarded a Certificate of Commendation to KMSU 89.7 FM Radio for its extensive community service advocacy and programming.

The certificate congratulated KMSU for its recent College Radio Service to America Award from the National Broadcasters Education Foundation. The station was the first one selected to receive the national broadcasters' award.

KMSU earned the award for its devotion to such public-service activities as "Human Race Radio" and other diversity efforts, Toys for Tots and its student Southern Minnesota News and high school news projects. KMSU is the first and only station in the nation selected for the College Radio Service to America Award.

KMSU annually provides more than 420 hours of free air time for organizations and causes. Last year the station interviewed 300 community and University guests.

Next Up: 'Nunsense'

NunsenseNext up on the Highland Summer Theatre schedule is "Nunsense," music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, with performances at 7:30 p.m. June 14-18 in Ted Paul Theatre.

Highland Summer Theatre celebrates its 40th season this summer with shows drawn from each decade. The season started May 30 with "Picnic." It also features "The Seven Year Itch" and "Grease."

"Nunsense" is sponsored by Century 21 Atwood Realty and its Realtors. "Nunsense" is the story of a bizarre fund-raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury their fellow sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook. The play is an encore from Highland Summer Theatre's third decade, presented in 1990.

The third play is George Axelrod's "The Seven Year Itch," with performances at 7:30 p.m. June 27-July 2 in Andreas Theatre. It is sponsored by TRIO Programs. "The Seven Year Itch" was first presented by Highland in 1971 and represents the first decade.

"Grease" will close the Highland Summer Theatre season with lots of rockin' and rollin'. Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 14-16 and 20-23 in Ted Paul Theatre, sponsored by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA, Wolf Etter & Co. and the Pamela & Wynn Kearney Foundation. Rydell High's spirited class of 1959 — gum-chewing, hubcap-stealing, hot-rod loving boys with D.A.s and leather jackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox and pedal pushers — capture the look of the 1950s in rollicking, musical fun. Highland first presented "Grease" in summer 1986 and again in 1997.

Tickets are available now. For a brochure, call the Theatre & Dance office at 507-389-2118 or visit the Theatre & Dance website. An order form may be downloaded or a request put in to have a brochure mailed. Individual tickets for all shows may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 507-389-6661 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Bryan Schneider: Interim VP for IT

Bryan SchneiderPresident Richard Davenport has announced that Bryan Schneider has accepted the position of interim vice president for technology and CIO. Bryan's appointment is effective Monday, June 12.

His appointment follows the resignation last month of Mark Johnson, who stepped down from the vice president and CIO post to accept a chief administrative officer position in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Bryan currently is director of technical services, responsible for servers, network services, networks and voice communication systems. He joined the University in 2000, and before that worked at James Tower Media Design (a Taylor Corporation Company), Unisys Corporation and IBM Corporation.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State Mankato and is a graduate of Minnesota State's Luoma Leadership Academy, a program that teaches leadership theories, practices and skills to faculty and staff who aspire to higher leadership positions.

Rick Straka: VP for Finance/Administration

President Richard Davenport has announced the appointment of Richard J. Straka as vice president for Finance and Administration.

Rick, currently vice president of Finance and Operations at South Central College, will begin his new duties on July 13. He replaces Dean Trauger, who previously announced his retirement.

"Rick will bring outstanding experience in higher education finance and administration, as well as valuable experience working with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system," President Davenport said. "He was selected after an extensive national search, and he is an excellent choice for this critical position."

Rick has held progressively responsible positions in higher education, starting with his employment at Minnesota State Mankato as coordinator of athletic management and finance, and later as budget officer. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a major in accounting, has completed graduate-level coursework at Minnesota State Mankato, and holds an inactive CPA license.

Two AVPs Named; Presidential Fellow Re-Appointed

Two interim assistant vice presidents have been appointed, and President Richard Davenport has re-appointed the Presidential Fellow.

Management faculty member Brenda Flannery was named interim assistant vice president for undergraduate education. She replaces Warren Sandmann, whose three-year appointment as AVP for undergraduate education expires soon. Warren will return to teaching.

Political Science faculty member Avra Johnson was named interim assistant vice president for planning. The new position will oversee the University's institutional strategic and operational planning process.

Henry Morris was re-appointed to a second year as a Presidential Fellow. He will continue to assist the president with special assignments, and will work closely with senior leadership to develop applications for the Baldridge National Quality Award and for Minnesota Quality Council recognition.

The decision to create the new planning position was reinforced earlier this year by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission evaluation team, which recommended full, 10-year reaccreditation for Minnesota State Mankato. In its report the team praised the proposed planning position as a way to improve strategic planning budgeting and assessment.

Johnson will ensure that appropriate resources are assigned to fulfill the University's strategic plans, and will monitor University-wide planning to prevent duplication.

Five Accepted into Leadership Academy

Five faculty and staff members have been accepted into the 2006-2007 Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System Luoma Leadership Academy.

Accepted into the 2006-2007 program are: Deborah Anderson, Human Resources Management Information manager; Kevin Buisman, athletic director; Mary Hadley, Chemistry & Geology faculty member; Randall McClure, English faculty member and composition director; and Maureen Prenn, coordinator of professional education.

The Minnesota State Luoma Leadership Academy is an 18-month program that teaches leadership theories, practices and skills to faculty and staff who aspire to higher leadership positions. The academy helps participants develop leadership skills, gain an appreciation of different perspectives in the system and create a network of colleagues committed to transformational leadership.

The Luoma Leadership Academy program includes two leadership sessions over one year (an initial five-day session, followed a year later by a concluding five-day session). Between sessions, participants gain practical experience with guidance from college mentors and Academy coaches.

"These employees have already demonstrated leadership qualities, and the Luoma Leadership Academy will sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge," said President Richard Davenport. "I congratulate each of them, and I look forward to the improved teaching and learning opportunities that their Academy participation will bring to Minnesota State Mankato."

The leadership development program is named in honor of Jim Luoma, a trustee emeritus of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system board. Luoma served as a trustee from 1999 to 2004. He served as board chair and vice chair, and as chair of the Educational Policy Committee, and he consistently supported professional and educational development for faculty and staff.

Kent Kalm: Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame

Human Performance faculty member Kent Kalm has been inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame — the fourth Minnesota State Mankato representative to join the elite group.

Kent joins previous Minnesota State Mankato inductee Gordy Graham and alumni Gary Reinholtz and Roger Schipper. Kent is one of only 13 athletic trainers from across Minnesota who are members of the Hall.

Jean Haar: Administration Institute

Educational Leadership faculty member Jean Haar will attend the 31st Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Penn., this summer.

The month-long institute provides intensive training in education administration for women administrators and faculty members. It prepares participants to deal with current issues in higher education, emphasizing globalization and diversity, and it allows participants to network and learn from nationally known higher education leaders.

Jean directs the Center for Engaged Leadership in the College of Education. She started at Minnesota State Mankato in the Department of Educational Leadership in 2002, and she became director of the Center of Engaged Leadership in 2004.

She has been a high school English instructor and high school principal. She earned a doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2002.

School Counseling Grad Student Wins Top Award

Julie Harrison
Julie Harrison working at Bridges Community School earlier this year (The Free Press photo by John Cross).

For the third consecutive year, a Minnesota State Mankato Professional School Counseling graduate student has been selected by the Minnesota School Counselors Association for the Potential School Counselor Scholarship.

Julie Harrison received the award at the Minnesota School Counselor Association's annual meeting last month. The scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding individual pursuing a master's degree in school counseling. Julie, from Mankato, graduated May 13.

Professional school counselors and counselor educators cited Julie's intelligence, compassion and interpersonal sensitivity, as well as her commitment to abused and underprivileged children, as primary reasons for her selection. In addition to her school counseling accomplishments, she is a published author and has a master of fine arts degree from Minnesota State Mankato. She currently is working on a novel about child abuse and resiliency.

More information about the Minnesota School Counselors Association and the award is available on the Minnesota School Counselors Association website.

On-line New Employee Orientation

The Office of Human Resources has launched a New Employee On-Line Orientation Program, designed to welcome and orient new employees to the University, and to provide information about resources available to Minnesota State Mankato employees.

The on-line program includes welcome messages from the Chancellor and President Richard Davenport, a presentation of the history and traditions of Minnesota State Mankato, and information about benefits, policies and procedures.

The on-line orientation is available to all employees at their convenience, accessible from any computer with an internet connection. It is open to both new and current employees and can be found by logging in on the Desire2Learn website.

All new employees are encouraged to participate in the program during regularly scheduled hours, within the first six weeks of employment.

The Office of Human Resources is continually enhancing the orientation program, and welcomes ideas or suggestions to make the program successful.

Submit Grad Assistant Hire Info

Graduate assistants are a group who may be at risk of automatic registration cancellation under the new tuition payment policy that will into effect this fall. Faculty and staff who have hired graduate assistants for Fall Semester 2006 should submit hire information now.

The student records system will not identify a student as exempt from registration cancellation until he/she has been designated as a graduate assistant, qualified to receive tuition remission benefits. Communication now between the hiring departments and the Student Financial Services staff can prevent unpleasant outcomes for these students in August, when the cancellation process occurs.

A web-based communication tool is available where hiring departments can submit graduate assistant hire information now, before they prepare the paperwork that is typically submitted and processed later in the summer. Use of this tool can assure graduate assistants that they meet the new tuition payment policy requirements when they review their status on the web registration screens in July.

If you have hired graduate assistants for Fall Semester 2006, please go to the Notification of Grad Assist Hire page to submit this information to Student Financial Services.

Summer Expense Reports

The Comptroller's Office reminds all faculty and staff who may be traveling during the summer and incurring business expenses of IRS requirements for the timely submission of employee expense reports.

Approximately one year ago, the IRS clarified its requirements regarding the prompt reimbursement of employee business expense. The main thing to remember is that employee business expenses must be submitted for reimbursement within 60 days after the expense is incurred or the trip ends. If a request for reimbursement is not submitted within 60 days, the reimbursement becomes taxable income for federal, state, FICA and Medicare tax purposes. Consequently, withholding taxes must be taken from the reimbursement.

In past years the Comptroller's Office has noticed that some employees — employees who did not have summer duty days but who incurred travel and business expenses during the summer — waited to submit their employee expense reports until the start of the next fall semester. In a number of instances, the requests for reimbursements were not submitted within 60 days.

Employees who continue this practice may find themselves being taxed on their reimbursement because of the stricter IRS rules. Please keep this in mind when you are traveling or incurring business expenses over the summer.

Those who have any questions regarding travel or business expense reimbursements should contact the university's travel claims clerk, Margaret Novak (389-5006), or view the travel site.

The Comptroller's Office thanks you for your assistance in helping the University comply with IRS rules, and in helping you avoid paying additional taxes.

Kaye Herth: AT Accreditation Commission

Kaye Herth, dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing, has been named to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Starting July 1 Kaye will serve as the commission's administrator representative for a three-year term, advising other members of the commission about higher education administration and athletic trainer teaching and learning.

The athletic training program at Minnesota State Mankato is the oldest, continually accredited athletic training education program in the nation. Athletic trainers who have been educated here advise and assist professional and amateur athletes throughout the country, including the NFL, the NHL and the NBA.

Ken White Receives Excellence Award

Kenneth White
Kenneth White

Equal Opportunity & Title IX Officer Kenneth White has been honored for 20 years of excellence in public service by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Ken received the award last month at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is president of the Forum's Minnesota Chapter.

The Forum's mission is to strengthen the position of blacks in public administration, increase the number of blacks in executive level positions in public organizations, groom and prepare younger aspiring blacks for senior level management positions, and promote the expanding role of blacks in all aspects of public administration.

Ken has been Minnesota State Mankato's affirmative action officer since July 2004. Before that he was associate director for equal opportunity and affirmative action at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and for seven years before that was executive director of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department. He also has served as affirmative action director for the Ramsey Action Program and as civil rights investigator for the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department.

He is certified as an affirmative action officer by the Association for American Affirmative Action Officers, and as a federal equal employment opportunity investigator by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Good Deeds

Employees of Memorial Library in March contributed $1,041 to the Louisiana Libraries which were damaged by hurricanes in 2005. The donation will help to rebuild and furnish public, school and academic libraries.

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies Institute) was elected vice chair of the Janesville Planning Commission in February.

Donna M. Sluiter (SON) recently completed the Network New Ulm 2005-2006 Community Leadership Program, which develops leaders to build a stronger community. The nine-month program is sponsored by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. Donna lives in New Ulm and teaches Community Health Nursing.

Marcia Stevens (SON) received the Minneapolis Area American Red Cross "Partnership Award" at the annual Volunteer Recognition & Awards Celebration in April. For more than five years Marcia has worked with the HealthSpeak program, committing her nursing students to present the one-hour HealthSpeak topics in low-income schools.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

A number of Ethnic Studies faculty presented at the National Association of Ethnic Studies conference in San Francisco in March. Maricela DeMirjyn presented "Surviving the System: Narratives of Chicana/Latina Undergraduates." Lul Ahmad and Kebba Darboe presented "Needs Assessment: A Case Study of Elderly African Immigrants in Minnesota." Luis Posas presented "Immigration and Community Change in Small Towns of Rural Southern Minnesota." Luis and Kebba served as chair and discussant of the session "Needs Assessment for Minority Populations in Higher Education and Community Social Services."

Patrick Akuffo, Sherry Folsom-Meek, Soonhwan Lee, Gary Rushing and Mary Visser (Human Performance) attended the AAHPERD Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in April.

Three Social Work faculty have work published in the recently released, peer-reviewed Council on Social Work Education Publications Catalog. Annelies Hagemeister's work is in "Breaking the Silence in Social Work Education: Domestic Violence Modules for Foundation Courses"; Robin Wingo is featured in "Teaching International Content: Curriculum resources for Social Work Education"; and Marilyn Frank's contribution is in "Teaching Aging: Materials for the Social Work Curriculum."

Jim Bailey (Political Science/Law Enforcement) co-authored a paper, "An Analysis of Epidermal Ridges on Ancient Sumerian Tablets," in the September-October Journal of Forensic Identification. He presented "Development of GSR Patterns using Digital Infrared Photography" at the International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences in Fremantle, Western Australia, in April, and co-authored a paper, "Processing Latent Prints on Cartridge Cases," at the symposium. He also presented "A Classification System and Identification Key for .177 caliber Pellets" at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Conference in Seattle, Wash., in February. His review of Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensics Lab by William Bass and Jon Jefferson will be published in a future edition of the Forensic Science International Journal. He and some of his fingerprint identification students attended the Mid-States Division of the International Association of Identification Conference in Davenport, Iowa, in April.

Bobby Bothmann (Library) was elected co-chair of the MnPALS Consortium Cataloging User Group, and will serve as a member of the MnPALS User Council from 2006 to 2008. He also gave a poster presentation of his thesis, "The Historical Geography of Good Thunder, Minn., 1870-2005" at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Chicago in March; attended the Electronic Resources & Libraries conference in Atlanta, Ga., in March; and had an invited article accepted for publication in an upcoming volume of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.

Kellian Clink (Library) presented "ACRL Information Literacy Standards and Composition Papers: How Are We Doing?" at the Montana Library Association Conference in May.

Brigette Cooper (Dental Hygiene) attended the American Dental Educators Association Convention in Orlando, Florida, on March 8-10.

JoAnne Griebel (Library) won first place for her essay "Winkelmann's Lime Kiln in Cottonwood Township, Brown County, Minn." in the 2006 Kitty Lieb Historic Essay Contest for The Brown County Historical Society.

Annelies Hagemeister (Social Work) delivered the keynote address for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Kami M. Talley Reading and Resource Center at the University of Minnesota in May.

Gretta Handke (History) has been appointed by to the CLEP Western Civilization Test Development Committee by the College Board, beginning July 1.

Heidi Henschel Pellett (Human Performance) attended the National Conference on Professional Development in Orlando, Fla., in May.

Saleheen Khan (Economics) made two presentations at the Midwest Economics Association meetings in Chicago in March: "Stock Price, Margin Borrowing, and Holding Period: Is There a Long Term Relation?" and "A Time Series Analysis of the Output of Bangladesh Railway." He also discussed a paper, "The Effect of Foreign Exchange Risk and Return on Workers' Remittances," by Carlos Vargas-Silva at the meetings.

Peg Lawrence (Library) served on the national Aleph Systems Enhancement Group which prioritized enhancement requests for version 20 of Aleph, and was appointed to the Learning & Technology Roundtable.

An article by Paul F.E. Mackie (Social Work) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. The article is titled "Are There Differences Between Rural and Urban Social Workers? Understanding Educational and Demographic Predictors."

Peg Lawrence and Kellian Clink (Library) will present "The Information Commons: A New Paradigm" at the 2006 Pacific Northwest Library Association conference in August in Eugene, Ore.

Bikash Nandy (Health Science) will attend the 11th World Congress on Public Health and the 8th Brazilian Congress on Collective Health in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this summer.

Kathy Piehl (Library) was elected to a three-year term on the Book Award Committee of the Children's Literature Association. Committee members select the outstanding book-length work about children's literature to receive the annual ChLA Book Award. She also reviewed Anne Lundin's Constructing the Canon of Children's Literature in the winter 2005 Children's Literature Association Quarterly.

Luis Posas (Ethnic Studies) was named chairperson of the Sociological Practice Committee of the Midwest Sociological Society for 2006-2007. Luis also participated in a panel presentation of the Undergraduate Scholars Program at St. Olaf College in April.

Diane Richards (Library) was elected chair of the MnPALS Consortium Acquisitions User Group, and will serve as a member of the MnPALS User Council from 2006 to 2007.

Evan Rusch (Library) presented "Congressional Research Service Reports for Hot Topics" at the Annual Minnesota-South Dakota Government Publications Forum in Duluth in April.

Becky Schwartzkopf (Library) was elected chair of the MnPALS Consortium Serials User Group, and will serve as a member of the MnPALS User Council from 2006 to 2008.

Daardi Sizemore (Library) attended the Midwest Archives Conference in Bloomington, Ill., in April.

Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) attended the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago in April. He chaired the panel "Racial Stereotypes and Feelings Toward Outgroups." He presented a paper, "Connecting the Past and the Present: Historical Realities and Current Political Trends in the South," and was chair and discussant for the panel, "Some Lessons from the Past" at the Southern Political Science Association conference in January in Atlanta, Ga. Fred was interviewed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for a February story about prospects for Minnesota's Independence Party in 2006. He also was interviewed in April 4 by KEYC-TV for a story about former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Fred is completing the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Institute of Greater Mankato for 2005-2006. He was awarded a scholarship from the President's Office to complete the institute.

Mary Visser (Human Performance) and the Age Well Network has received a Community Service/Services Development grant for systems change funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services and appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature. They will receive approximately $115,000 next year, and some additional funding the following year, for their Partners in Active Living for Seniors proposal. The proposal was generated by Shirley Murray, Leah Rogne and Mary, as well as VINE, the Blue Earth County Health Department, the Area Agency on Aging and Orness Plaza.

Anne Willaert (HEIP) was nominated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in its Strategic Communication Program in Annapolis, Md. — an invitation-only program for exceptional grantees. Participants receive focused strategic communications training to build organizational capacity, strengthen their voice with targeted audiences, and advance their program objectives.

Student Wins $25,000 on 'Millionaire'

Katie Moeller
Katie Moeller (The Free Press photo by John Cross)

Sophomore Katharine Moeller won $25,000 on an episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" last month. Katharine is biggest winner so far on the show's "College Week."

Katharine, from New Ulm, is a 2004 graduate of New Ulm Cathedral High School. She is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater.

Katharine and several other students taped episodes of "College Week" on Jan. 12, 2006, at the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – PLAY IT!" attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. She and other participating students received an all-expense paid trip to Florida and access to the various theme parks.

Contestants for the nationally syndicated show were chosen from across the country.

While on the show, Katharine used her "Ask The Audience" lifeline on the $16,000 question. She used both her "50-50" and "Phone-A-Friend" lifeline on the $25,000 question.

Financial Planning Finalists

A team of Minnesota State Mankato students were finalists in the 2006 Ameriprise Financial Planning Invitational case competition. Blaize Holden, Michael Hegarty and Jake Bredemus took part in the contest.

Each team was given a month to prepare a detailed case analysis and financial report for an example family. The plan was judged by officials at Ameriprise headquarters in Minneapolis, based on the presentation of the financial plan and the teams' overall knowledge of financial planning. In April the eight finalist teams went to Ameriprise headquarters, where each was required to rewrite their plan to accommodate new financial goals.

First place in the competition went to Kansas State. Other participating schools were Texas Tech, Slippery Rock University, Fort Hays State, Virginia Tech, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Wright State University.

Political Science Conference

Minnesota State Mankato's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary society (Fred Slocum, advisor) hosted the Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Center in March, with students and faculty members from 12 Midwestern colleges and universities participating.

Students presented research papers and received suggestions from faculty discussants on how to improve their research. The conference was sponsored with funding from Pi Sigma Alpha's national office, the Department of Political Science/Law Enforcement, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Minnesota Political Science Association.

Student Achievements

More than 100 scholarships were awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Allied Health and Nursing for the 2006-07 academic year, and the CAHN Scholarship Luncheon in April honored the students who received them. Donors also attended the luncheon.

More than 160 scholarship recipients, donors, CSBS Advisory Board members, faculty, and guests attended the SBS Scholarship Dinner in April. Entertainment was organized and presented by Takehito Kamata.

Members of the Ethnic Studies Student Organization organized and implemented several activities in spring semester. Activities included a guest appearance of Noemi Peregrino Gonzalez from Mexico, speaking about "Roots of Migration"; a presentation "Immigration Issues" and discussion; a forum, "Relevant Issues in a Multicultural Society"; and several presentations: "Objectives of Ethnic Studies and Its Relevance as a Discipline," "Opportunities for Professional Growth Outside of the United States" and "Mentoring Non-Traditional Students." Students who organized activities included Andrew Schons, Amber Wischer, Trina Bolton and Mirad Farah.

Christine Black Hughes and Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work) accompanied Social Work students Jessica Eicholz, Rachel Grosen, Amy Schacht, Katie Olichwier, Cheryl Kaberle, Peggy Sorenson, Cati Johanneck, Sarah Landin, Brianna Carroll, Crystal Waas, Ann Fernandez, Christina Heruth and MacKenzie Collin to Social Work Day at the Minnesota State Capitol in April.

Nine students have successfully passed flight tests to advance in the Aviation Program: Andrew Brody, Michael Petri, Christian Gleason and Christopher Roos, first solo; Ben Krauss, Mike Nelson and Ben Fullmer, private certificate; Todd Seidl, single-engine commercial and multi-engine commercial; and Jeff Beaudry, multi-engine instructor.

Dick Grennell, the third student to graduate from the Athletic Training program (1972), was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in May.

Laura Mayberry (Family Consumer Science) recently was awarded a Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences $1,000 scholarship.