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October 4, 2006 Campus Newsletter

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New promo spot on TPT

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From the promotional TV spot airing on TPT

A new spot featuring Minnesota State University, Mankato is being aired on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the University's branding campaign. The spot precedes and sometimes follows several editions of the following programs this month and next: Lehrer News Hour (our spot extends on this program into November to catch election coverage), Nightly Business Report, Washington Week, Frontline, Almanac, McLaughlin Group and certain Sunday specials. Click on the link to view the commercial.

Lower Prices, Higher Value, Better Look

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New business cards

As part of the Communicating with Pride campaign, the University's letterhead and envelopes will soon be printed on white stock instead of beige. You do not have to switch immediately to the new stock, but that's what you'll receive next time you order letterhead and envelopes.

The new letterhead will be printed on high-quality 25 percent cotton watermarked paper, and the new second sheets will also be watermarked (the old second sheets were not). The new single watermarked letterhead will replace the old Level 1 (watermarked); Level 2 (non-watermarked); will be priced the same as the old Level 2; and significantly less than Level 1. You can get substantial volume discounts on the new letterhead that were never offered for the old Level 1.

New orders for business cards from Printing and Photocopying Services will also be printed on white stock, using a new design that will offer these advantages over the old version:

  • The font for your name, title and contact details is larger.
  • There is more space for your program and contact details.

As in the case of letterhead and envelopes, you can use an existing supply of business cards until it runs out. However, Printing Services is now offering a 50 percent discount on business card orders if you turn in at least 100 old cards and allow a minimum delivery time of two weeks. That means your cost will be only $20.75 for 500 cards. Just send the old 100 cards with your Printing Services work order and ask for the new-style business card.

Wear Your Pride

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Wear Your Pride winner Julie Snow

Julie Snow of the Accessibility Resources and Kathie Wilcox of Printing Services have joined Jan Schmidt and Rose White of the Registrar's Office as winners in the four-week-long Wear Your Pride drawings for $100 gift certificates to be used for school-spirit apparel at Barnes & Noble. The purpose of the drawings has been to encourage employees to wear school colors every Friday, which President Davenport has designated as Purple and Gold Friday.

Not a winner? Never fear, for more drawings will be held this winter. No dates have yet been set, so stay tuned to this newsletter...

Minnesota State Mankato and Normandale Make Partnership Official

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Kathi Hiyane-Brown and Richard Davenport  sign the agreement
Normandale President Kathi Hiyane-Brown and Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport sign the agreement while, from left, Rep. Neil Peterson, Bloomington, Sen. Gen Olson, District 33 and Minnesota State Trustee C. Scott Thiss look on.

A higher education partnership between Minnesota State University, Mankato and Normandale Community College was made official at a signing ceremony Sept. 22, at Normandale's campus in Bloomington.

The partnership creates the opportunity to earn degrees from Minnesota State Mankato, which can be completed Normandale. Programs include elementary education, special education certification/licensure, urban planning certificate, local government management certificate, professional development for teachers, and a Master of Arts degree in public administration.

Programs that will begin in fall 2007 include math, science, engineering, technical communications certificate, communication arts/literature teacher licensure, and undergraduate secondary education.

Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellowship Application

The application deadline for Summer 2007 Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellowship is Friday, Oct. 20. Guidelines and proposal format instructions are available on the Academic Affairs website. To prepare your proposal, follow the format instructions listed in the "Guidelines" document. The "Verification of Eligibility/ Preferential Status" form must accompany your proposal. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you have questions or if you are unable to access the forms on the website.

Shakti Gawain
Shakti Gawain

25th Annual Women & Spirituality Conference

The Women and Spirituality Conference will be Oct. 7-8. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. The conference will consist of workshops, discussions, exhibits and dialogue. This year's keynote speaker will be Shatki Gawain. Events will take place in various locations on campus.

For information download the Spirituality Conference Program, or call 507-389-2077.

Oct. 5: Writer Samrat Upadhyay Will Be Featured in Good Thunder Reading Series

Samrat UpadhyayThe Good Thunder Reading Series will continue with writer Samrat Upadhyay on Thursday, Oct. 5. Upadhyay discussion will take place at 3 p.m. in the CSU Ostrander Auditorium. Upadhyay will read his writing at 7:30 p.m. in CSU 253. The interview will be part of the "Authors in Transit" series and will air Thursday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Upadhyay is a writing and literature professor at Indian University-Bloomington. He is the author of the story collection, The Royal Ghosts. His previous collection "Arresting God in Kathmandu" won a Whiting Writer's Award. His novel "The Guru of Love" was a Kiriyama Prize finalist and a New York Times Notable Book.

For more information call Richard Robbins at 507-389-1354.

National Web Cast Teach-In

Kessel Institute logoThe national web cast "Guantanamo: How Should We Respond?" will be presented by the Kessel Peace Institute Thursday, Oct. 5. The event will take place in CSU 253 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Discussion will follow from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., in CSU 204. This is a national teach-in on the legal, moral, political, medical, religious and military implications of Guantanamo Bay. The teach-in is being broadcast from the Seton Hall Law School and includes lawyers representing detainees, law professors, journalists, medical doctors, religious leaders and representatives of the armed forces.

National Coming Out Week

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The LGBT Center will be hosting "National Coming Out Week," the week of Oct. 8. There will be a variety of activities going on during the week. The "Gender Bender" performance will be Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Ostrander Auditorium. The event will feature new and past entertainers. This event is free and open to the public. A reception sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato's Women's Center, will be in the LGBT Center following the performance. Refreshments will be provided and audience members will be able to meet the performers.

Shane Windmeyer will present "Outspoken: Coming Out as an Ally" Monday, Oct. 9. The event will be at 7 p.m., in the Ostrander Auditorium. Windmeyer is a national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights. He has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine.

For more information on National Coming Out Week events, visit the LGBT Center website. You can also call Jessica Flatequal, LGBT Program Coordinator, 507-389-6076 or

URC Applications Due Oct. 20

Applications for scholarships for the Spring 2007 Undergraduate Research Center are due in the Research and Sponsored Programs Office (Wigley 325) by Friday Oct 20th at 4:00 p.m.

Conference is intended to promote high quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative work. Support and resources for the university-wide conference are available to students and faculty mentors.

Three types of funding opportunities are available:

  • Minnesota State Foundation Student Research Awards ($1,000 student salary and up to $1,000 supplies)
  • Undergraduate Research Center Large Grants: $850-$1,100 ($600 student salary and $250 or $500 supplies)
  • Undergraduate Research Center Small Grants: $250 or $500 supplies

More Research Conference Funding Information is available on the URC website.

Please contact the Graduate Assistant, Rachel Collins, or Gina Wenger and Trent Vorlicek, the URC Co-Chairs, if you have any questions regarding the Undergraduate Research Center.

Jack Brass Band to Perform in Performance Series Concert Oct. 5

Jack Brass BandNew Orleans-style music will punctuate the Performance Series concert by the Jack Brass Band on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Minnesota State Mankato.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $18; non- students are $12; and tickets for students with a valid ID are $9.

The Jack Brass Band was formed in 1999 in Minneapolis. The band frequently plays Twin Cities festivals, parades and clubs, noted for their traditional New Orleans style with flourishes of contemporary genres — rhythm & blues, soul, funk and others.

The band's 2005 album, "You Don't Know Me," features music from Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, and Michael Jackson.

For tickets to this Performance Series event, call 507-389-5549.

Dental Hygiene Programs

Dental Hygiene studentsThe Dental Hygiene program is providing services to people in the community. Seniors in the program are offering dental hygiene services at the following sites:

  • Open Door Clinic
  • Houston County - contact Darla Zahn
  • Madelia Community Clinic
  • Waseca Federal Prison
  • Hillcrest Nursing Home, Mankato
  • Luther Memorial Nursing Home, Madelia
  • Minnesota Valley Action Council - Head Start

Public Evenings at Standeford Observatory

In the summer of 2006, Standeford Observatory was moved to a new site in the woods at the south end of the Minnesota State University campus, a few hundred yards southwest of its original location. The public is invited to come visit the new Standeford Observatory during the fall observing season, on clear Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will be not be held.)

Those making a Thursday trek to the observatory will be able to see a variety of celestial objects from the fall observing list, including the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters, and a host of colorful binary stars.

Visitors should park at the southern end of Gage parking lot #1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory. (Visitors with special needs should contact the Accessibility Resources at 389-2825.) If weather makes viewing uncertain, phone Standeford Observatory (389-6208) during the evening for information on sky conditions. A sign on the gate at the end of lot #1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.

For more information about the Minnesota State Mankato observing facilities, see the Physics & Astronomy website.

University Receives $500,000 NSF Grant for Scholarships

National Science Foundation logoMinnesota State University, Mankato has received $500,000 in scholarship funds from the National Science Foundation. The grant is titled "MAX Scholarships: Mentored Academic EXperience for Success in Biology, Computer Science, Engineering and Math," and the first set of scholarships will be awarded for fall 2007. Applications will be due this spring.

The grant was awarded to Drs. Rebecca Bates, Marilyn Hart, Deborah Nykanen and Mezbah Rahman in the University's College of Science, Engineering and Technology and will be used to help fund the education of 23 students per year for four years. The grants will go to students enrolled in mathematics, computer science, biology or engineering. Scholars can renew their $5,000 individual scholarships for up to three years.

Quarter Century Club Members Honored

This year marks the 25th year of service at Minnesota State Mankato for 19 employees, who on Oct. 5 will be honored in a special luncheon sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato's Employee Recognition Committee.

New members of the Quarter Century Club are: Dudley Berger; William Dyer; Cindy Flitter; Patricia Hargrove; Mark Hensel; DeAnna Hoechst; Sandra Janzen; Janine Juberian; Barbara Keating; Steven Kipp; Bernard Kozitza; Donald Larsson; William Lewinski; Nancy MacKenzie; Richard Schiming; Robert Simonson; Cynthia Veldhuisen; Sharon Wetzel; Karen Willette-Murphy.

The Quarter Century Club honors those employees who have reached 25 years of service to the university as of Sept. 30, 2006.

Staff Achievements

Dr. Sherry Folsom-Meek was selected to receive the 2006 Lou Keller Award from the Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award recognizes outstanding services and contributions given by a college professor in the fields of health, physical education, recreation or dance.

Dr. Donna J. Brauer (Nursing) will present at the 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research in Lisbon, Portugal.

Student Achievements

Eleanor Harper presented "Athenian Revival in Midwestern America: Defining Culture within a Minnesota Library" at the Society of Architectural Historians First Annual Symposium on the Built Environment in September.

Lisa Mayer was awarded the Minnesota Association of Museums First Annual Scholarship.


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the biweekly campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Mike Cooper at The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Oct. 18, 2006. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Wednesday (Oct. 11).