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October 18, 2006 Campus Newsletter

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New Merchandise

pen, key chain, coffee mugPrinting and Photocopying Services now has several new items of University-branded merchandise for sale: a stainless steel mug at $4.65, a high-quality brass key ring at $3.40, and a pen at 45 cents.

Looking for something else in the way of merchandise? Call Doug Fenske at ext. 1181, and he'll be happy to see what he can find for you.

Private Reception to Follow Wilma Mankiller's Oct. 25 lecture

Wilma Mankiller
Wilma Mankiller

Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting a private reception Oct. 25 with Chief Wilma Mankiller, the lecturer at the third annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship. The reception will immediately follow Mankiller's talk.

Admission to the reception is $25 ($10 for Minnesota State Mankato students). Higher levels of donations are also available. A $100 donation will provide admission to the reception and the donor's name in the lecture program. At $200, the donor receives admission to the reception, name recognition in the program and a DVD of Mankiller's lecture.

Mankiller is the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and author of several books including Every Day is a Good Day; Mankiller: A Chief and Her People, and The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History.

"An Evening With Wilma Mankiller" takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the CSU Ballroom. Admission to the lecture is free. Tickets for the reception immediately following need to be ordered in advance at either the Online Purchase website or by calling 507-389-3235.

The deadline for the private reception is Monday, Oct. 23.

Oct. 18: Aljazeera correspondent to deliver Kessel Lecture

Laila El Haddad
Laila El Haddad

Palestinian freelance journalist Laila El Haddad will speak on "Starving Gaza: Disengagement, Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy" Oct. 18 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is this year's speaker for the University's annual Kessel Memorial Lecture.

Based in both Gaza and North Carolina, El Haddad for the past three years has been reporting for Aljazeera International on Palestinians in Gaza since the Israeli disengagement from that territory. Her work has also been carried on Pacifica Radio's "Free Speech Radio," and has appeared in the Guardian Unlimited, Le Monde Diplomatique, the New Statesman and several other news sources.

El Haddad holds a B.A. from Duke University in Political Science and Comparative Areas Studies (2000) and an M.A. in Policy Studies from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In addition to her journalism and other writing, El Haddad writes a blog titled "Raising Yousuf." Named for her young son, this blog highlights the experiences of Palestinian mothers as they raise children under conditions of foreign occupation.

The Kessel Memorial Lecture is delivered each year in honor of the late Professor Abbas Kessel, who taught in the Department of Political Science/Law Enforcement. The lecture reflects his commitments to peace, human rights and environmental health by bringing to campus scholars and activists whose work addresses these concerns.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in rooms 253-255 of the Centennial Student Union.

Oct. 18: Philosophy Colloquium Series to Feature Heldke

Lisa Heldke will speak as part of the Department of Philosophy's Colloquium Series on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The presentation, "Culinary Travel and the Search for the 'Genuine Article,' an exploration of the ways that "new flavors threaten -- or promise -- to challenge our very boundaries," is at 4 p.m., in Armstrong Hall. Heldke is a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has had two works published; "Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer" and "Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food."

Asian Pacific Conference Oct. 20 and 21

Titled "Sharing Our Stories...Uniting Our Communities" Minnesota State University, Mankato's annual Asian Pacific Conference brings more than a dozen speakers to campus Oct. 20 and 21.

Keynote speakers are author Dr. Erika Lee and Dr. H.L.Tran. Tran is President and CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national advocacy organization dedicating to improving the health and well-being of AAPI communities. Tran helped establish the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, and has served as co-chair on the Illinois Governor's Asian American Council.

Lee is a McKnight Presidential Fellow whose primary research and teaching areas are in Asian American immigration, comparative race and ethnicity, and 20th-century American history. Her book, At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003) won the 2003 Theodore Saloutos Book Prize in Immigration and Ethnic History and the 2003 History Book Prize from the Association of Asian American Studies.

The conference will also offer lighter fare with events including a talent show, spoken word night and a performance by Stir Friday Night, an Asian American theater company based in Chicago.

Campus Directory Survey

A survey for assessing the Campus Directory is available to faculty and staff. Responses to the survey will help determine the usefulness of the directory, if publication of the directory should continue, and what other information to include in the directory. Completed surveys are requested by Wednesday, Oct. 25. The survey can be found at the University Assessment System page.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Blumenshein at 507-389-2523 or

Open Enrollment Insurance and Benefits

Department of Employee Relations logo

Open Enrollment for employee insurance and pre-tax benefits will be from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14.

Representatives from the Department of Employee Relations (DOER) and insurance companies will give a presentation at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. in CSU 284. No registration is required to attend the presentation. Open Enrollment changes and selections must be made via the Employee Self-Service website during this time period. DOER will be mailing information to insurance-eligible employees during October.

During open enrollment, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to:

  • Change health insurance carriers
  • Add or cancel dependent health insurance
  • Apply for or increase Long Term Disability insurance
  • Change the elimination period on the Income Protection Plan (for Administrators and Managerial Plan employees only)
  • Enroll in pre-tax benefits - Medical/Dental Expense Account, Dependent Care Expense Account, and Transit Expense Account - for 2007

Employees will also have the opportunity to complete a Health Assessment. Employees who complete the Health Assessment will get a cost savings on medical office visit co-pays in 2007.

Flu Shot Clinic

Flu Vaccine logoFlu shots will be available for all state employees from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 in the CSU Ballroom. There will be no out-of-pocket cost to state employees if they present their State of Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card. Cost without a valid card is $20.

For state employees who cannot attend this event, clinics will be held at selected state agencies in Minnesota Nov. 27 through Dec.13. Employees may attend any available state agency flu shot clinic, with the exception of the correctional facility sites. Clinics are on a "walk-in" basis and appointments will not be necessary. You can also receive a vaccination at your primary care clinic or MinuteClinic free with your State of Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card.

For more information on getting a flu shot visit the Flu Shot Campaign page. For more information on MinuteClinic visit the MinuteClinic website.

New Digital Print Kiosk in Library

digital print kioskDigital photos can now be printed at a new Kodak kiosk located in the Library Copy Shop. The kiosk can accept pictures from the following digital media; Secure Digital, CompactFlash, Multimedia, Memory Stick, XD-Picture, USB flash drives, CD's, and BlueTooth compatible devices. Prices for prints will be 35 cents for 4x6 prints and 99 cents for 5x7 and 6x8 prints. Picture CD's can also be created for $2.99. For more information call the Photocopy main desk at 507-389-2702.

Trick-or-Treat in the Residence Halls

The Department of Residential Life will be sponsoring a trick-or-treat event on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31. This event is for elementary age students and will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Trick-or-treaters will be able to go door-to-door on the residential floors in the Gage, McElroy, and Crawford complexes. Free parking will be available in lots 1 and 3 near the Gage Complex and in lots 13, 15 and 16 near the Crawford and McElroy Complexes. Trick-or-treaters will need a parent or guardian at all times. Visit the complex front desk to get a map of rooms participating in each complex.

For more information, contact Nicole Faust at or 507-389-6090.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Anne Blackhurst (Graduate Studies and Research and Counseling and Student Personnel) will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Outstanding Contribution to Minnesota Higher Education Award at the upcoming conference of the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA). The conference will be at the University of Minnesota on Oct. 23. The annual award recognizes student affairs professionals whose work with students and service sets an example for all student development professionals.

David Viscoli (Music) had his piano CD reviewed in the American Record Guide. The CD is made up of live performances and was released in 2005.

Stewart Ross (Center for Exellence in Teaching and Learning) presented the keynote address at a conference at St. Francis College in Joliet, Ill. His presentation was titled "What Is Good Teaching and How Do We Encourage It." He also led a workshop on "Creating Significant Learning Through Course Redesign," at St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Phil Miller (Economics) presented his paper, "Major League Duopolists: When Baseball Clubs Play in Two-Team Cities," at the Western Economics Association Conference. His article "Do Team-Specific Revenues Matter in Baseball's Arbitration System?" will be published in the International Journal of Sports Finance.

Donald Friend (Geography) was elected to the Council of the Association of American Geographers.

Larry Witherell (History) had his article, "Sir Henry Page Croft and the Conservative Backbench Campaign for Empire, 1902-1932," published in Parliamentary History.

Kevin Filter (Psychology) was recognized as an Early Career Scholar from the Society for the Study of School Psychology. As part of the award, he will be able to attend the 2007 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference.

Janet Cherrington (Urban and Regional Studies) had her article, "Civic Engagement through Research," published in Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers.

Tony Filipovitch (Urban and Regional Studies) had a book review published in Journal of Urban Affairs.

Maria Bevacqua (Women's Studies) has been elected as chair of Ethics, Equity, and Diversity for the National Women's Studies Association.

Gary Mead and Bruce Jones (AMET) have received grants for ethanol research from the Minnesota Corn and Research Promotion and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The grants will be used to research issues associated with 20% blends of ethanol.

Brian Groh (Chemistry and Geology) presented "New and Improved Green Experiments for the Organic Chemistry Lab" at the Bicentennial Conference on Chemical Education at Purdue University.

Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry and Geology) presented "Novel exocyclic adducts of 1,2,3,4-diepoxybutane" to the American Chemical Society.

John Thoemke and Marie Pomije (Chemistry and Geology) were invited to be presenters at the 232nd American Chemical Society National Meeting.

Dr. Mike Wells (CIS) had his study, "Using Microsoft's Academic Alliance to Ease the Financial Burden on IS Educators and Students," accepted at the Information Systems Education Conference.

Dr. Rebecca Bates (CIS) was selected to participate in the Institute for Scholarship in Engineering Education "Advancing Engineering Education Research to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century."

Bill Hudson (ECET) had his article "An Examination of Police Mental Chronometry" published an in The Scene, Journal of the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics and Statistics) had his article "Inertially arbitrary sign patterns with no nilpotent realization" published in Linear Algebra and Its Applications.

Namyong Lee (Math and Statistics) presented "Patterns of multiallelic polymorphism maintained by migration and selection" at the Midwest Quantitative Biology Conference.

Jin Park (Mechanical and Civil Engineering) presented "Evaluation of properties of polymer nanocomposites under shear loading," at the12th European Conference of Composites Materials.

Igor Kogoutiouk (Physics and Astronomy) had articles published in the International Journal of Modern Physics and Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Matters.

Hai-Sheng Wu (Physics and Astronomy) presented at the 2006 Biennial ROC-USA Business Conference and Modern Engineering & Technology Seminar, in Taiwan. His article "Recent Development in Producing High-Efficiency Flexible Thin-Film Silicon-Based Solar Cells" was also published.

Student Achievements

Katie Ischkin, graduate student has been selected as the recipient of the International Special Events Society scholarship. The scholarship was awarded based on Katie's desire to actively explore and participate in the special events industry.


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 Nov. 1, 2006. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Wednesday (Oct. 25).