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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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November 15, 2006 Campus Newsletter

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Customized University Calendars Available

2007 CalendarPrinting and Photocopying Services will be offering 2007 Minnesota State Mankato calendars. Calendars will feature photos from around campus, or people can chose to customize a calendar. Customers can bring in their own digital pictures on CD, USB Jump Drive, Secure Digital, Compact Flash or other types of media. Order forms and sample calendars are available at every Copy Shop on campus. Calendars will be available though Dec. 31. The campus calendars will be $10 and custom calendars will be $15. Completed order forms can be dropped off at Printing and Photocopying Services in WC309.

Diversity-International Education Week

Minnesota State Mankato's Diversity-International Education Week is underway. A variety of cultural programs and activities are scheduled, including a keynote speech by Hmong writer Ka Vang at the Institutional Diversity Dinner Friday. The Diversity-International Education Week Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the CSU.

Team Presents at National Conference

Team Presents at National ConferenceA team of faculty from Minnesota State Mankato presented at the EDUCAUSE 2006 conference. The team of Wayne Sharp (ACC), David Esping (ACC), Lynnette Engeswick (Dental Hygiene), Joan Roca (Library Services) and Todd Pfingsten (Recreation) presented "Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative, Specialized Educational Technologies." The presentation centered on innovative thinking, collaboration and cooperation between departments, and the efforts to create specialized educational technologies for Minnesota State Mankato students. EDUCAUSE is an annual conference focused on higher education and technology. Many schools at the conference were impressed by the technology integration at Minnesota State Mankato. Materials from the presentations can be found at the Think Outside the Box page.

Corrections Department Receive National Recognition

The Corrections Department has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections for their internship program and Joint Opportunities to Learn and Thrive (JOLT). The department was featured in the publication, "Future Force, A Guide to Building the 21st Century Community Corrections Workforce."

Apply for ASF Professional Improvement Funds

Applications for ASF Professional Improvement Funds for the project period January 1 through March 31, 2007, are now being accepted. Forms should be turned in to the Office of Human Resources, no later than December 1. You can download the [PDF] Application guidelines and forms (426 KiB). If you have any questions contact Diane at 507-389-2016.

L to R: Al Frink, Gil Gutknecht and Kuma Takamura
L to R: Al Frink, Gil Gutknecht and Kuma Takamura

Frink Visits Minnesota State Mankato

Secretary of Commerce & Manufacturing, Al Frink and Congressman Gil Gutknecht recently visited the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence at Minnesota State Mankato. Frink and Gutknecht met with Kuma Takamura of the center. "Assistant Secretary Frink's visit gave us the opportunity to highlight the collaborative partnership between industry and education and the contribution that collaboration is making to Minnesota's economic growth," Takamura said.

Winona LaDuke to Address Native Nations Conference

Winona LaDukeFormer Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke is among the speakers addressing the Second Annual Native Nations Conference Dec. 1 at Minnesota State Mankato.

In 1994 LaDuke was among Time Magazine's 50 most promising leaders under 40. She received the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the Ann Bancroft Award in 1997 and was selected as a Woman of the Year by Ms. magazine in 1997. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Her books include both fiction, Last Standing Woman, and non-fiction, All Our Relations. She has also written for children with In the Sugarbush.

In 1996 and 2000, LaDuke ran as running mate to Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

Barnes and Noble's Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Nov. 21

Barnes & Noble's University store is offering a 25 percent discount on all Champion sweatshirts and sweatpants through Nov. 27. New shipments of youth, adult, football and hockey sweatshirts are in as well as gift ideas such as clocks, coasters, flags, hockey beads and banners.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is Tuesday, November 21. In addition to the Champion discounts, faculty and staff can take part in prize drawings and hors d'oeuvres.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Kent Kalm (University Extended Education) has received the 2006 Excellence in Teaching and Faculty Service Award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Mid-America Region.

Wayne Allen (Ethnic Studies) had a book review published in Sibericia.

Eiji Kawabata (Political Science/ Law Enforcement) had his book, Contemporary Government Reform in Japan: The Dual State in Flux, published by Palgrave/Macmillan, September 2006.

Doran Hunter (Political Science/ Law Enforcement) was presented with the 2006 Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board, Distinguished Professor Award on October 12.

Anthony Filipovitch (Urban and Regional Studies) had his article, "Organizational Transformation of a Community-based Clinic," published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Susan Freeman (Women's Studies) had her article, "Facts of Life and More: Adolescent Sex and Sexuality Education," published in Adolescent Sexuality: A Historical Handbook and Guide.

John Seymour (Counseling and Student Personnel) had the article he co-authored, "Principles, principals and process (P3): A model for play therapy ethics problem solving," accepted to be published in the next issue of the International Journal of Play Therapy.

Anne Dahlman (K-12 & Secondary Programs) will have her paper, "Second Language Pre-Service Teachers' Accessing of Background Knowledge and the Role of Context," featured in Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Linda Good and Beth Sandell (Elementary & Early Childhood) presented "Looking at Early Childhood Education through Different Cultural Lenses" at the annual Child Care Conference of the Minnesota Valley Association for Early Childhood Education. The event took place at South Central College.

Lillian Duran (Elementary & Early Childhood) presented at the National Division of Early Childhood Conference (DEC) in Little Rock, Arkansas in October 2006.

Anne Dahlman (K-12 & Secondary Programs) presented at the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Patti Hoffman (K-12 & Secondary Programs) presented, "English Language Learners and Culturally Responsive Teaching," at the Education Minnesota Conference.

John Solis (K-12 & Secondary Programs) presented "A Perspective of Instructional Design as a Concept and Application/Model: Building on contemporary Views of Instructional Design as a Systematic Process and Product," at the Association for Education Communications and Technology 2006 International Convention.

Alisa Eimen (Art) presented, "Symbolic Politics and Spiritual Traits: Exhibiting Identity at the Museum of Iranian Antiquities," at Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting.

Keith Luebke (Art) had his article, "Crafts and Postmodernism," published in Studio Potter.

Gina Wenger presented an Assessment of Creativity in Public Education at the Oxford Round Table, at Lincoln College in Oxford, England.

Shirley Murray (CAHN Continuing Education) presented at the 2006 Age and Disability Odyssey Conference in Minneapolis.

Norma Krumwiede (Nursing) was given the award for "MNA Nurse Educator of the Year."

Patricia Young (Nursing) presented, "Nursing Students' Experiences of Being Prepared or Unprepared for Class," at the National League for Nursing Education Summit 2006.

Marlene Tappe (Health Science) presented at the Annual Meeting of the American School Health Association in St. Louis.

Jon Lim (Human Performance) was appointed as a member of the Sport Management and Administration Commission for the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER-SD).

Jeffrey R. Pribyl (Chemistry and Geology) was inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Francis T. Hannick (Mathematics and Statistics) presented "Hands-On Experience with Numerous Activities for the Elementary School Mathematics Curriculum," at the meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Deepak Sanjel (Mathematics and Statistics) had his article, "Use of Orthogonal Polynomial Approximations for Inference in Exponential," published in Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods.

Andy Roberts (Physics and Astronomy) presented "Novel PET brain imaging tools resulting from improvements in standard PET radioisotope production techniques" at the Rochester Mayo Clinic.

Justine Martin (Library Services) presented, "Combating the blank Stare: Engaging High School and Entry-level College Students in Library Instruction Sessions," at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Kathy Piehl (Library Services) presented, "Nonfiction Books that Inspire Learning," at the Minnesota Educational Media Organization Fall Conference.

Student Achievements

Irina Kansakar has been awarded the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International. This is one of six $5,000 scholarships awarded worldwide to women pursuing undergraduate business degrees and demonstrating outstanding potential in the field. A reception in Irina's honor will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the CSU Heritage Room.


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. 29, 2006. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Wednesday (Nov. 22).