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January 31, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Student recruiting is up

CDC logo The Career Development Center reports that recruiting activity is up, based on a number of indexes, including on-campus recruiting, entry level jobs, internships, career events and practice interviews.

The CDC has seen positive changes in the following areas:

  • On-campus recruiting: A total of 59 employers recruited on campus in fall 2006 — a 23 percent increase over fall 2005. The employers conducted 600 student interviews —150 more than fall 2005, and 48 percent more than fall 2004.
  • Practice interviews: 22 employer volunteers conducted 82 practice interviews with students during the CDC's Fall Practice Interview Days. This is a 49 percent increase over fall 2004.
  • Entry-level jobs: The number of entry-level jobs listed on the Career Development Center's system increased by 169, for a total of 765 jobs listed. This is a 33 percent increase from fall 2004.
  • Internships: 358 internships were listed on the CDC's system, an increase of 47 percent over fall 2005.
  • Career events: 201 employers and 1,894 students participated in CDC-sponsored career events in fall 2006 — an increase of 20 percent for employers and 44 percent for students over fall 2005.

New Research center

Avra Johnson, Tammy Kunze, Kristel Lynch
Avra Johnson (right, Academic Affairs) talks with Tammy Kunze (center) and Kristel Lynch (left, Research & Sponsored Programs) during the open house for the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, 325 Wigley Administration. The Center, directed by David Haglin, includes offices of Research & Sponsored Programs, directed by Michelle Carter, and the Undergraduate Research Center.

Top Teacher Awards

FOX 9 KMSP-TV is seeking nominees for its third annual Top Teacher Awards, to be presented late this winter. Teachers, professors or counselors may be nominated, and nominations are being accepted through Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Twin Cities TV station will honor nine superior teachers based on their impact on students' lives, their profession and the larger community. The nine winners will be featured on FOX 9 News.

All nominations are due by noon Feb. 15. Those who want more information may go to the MyFox website, or may request an instructional brochure by calling 952-946-5603.

Travel Condition Information

road sign A winter travel reminder: Minnesota State Mankato does not allow travel during "No Travel Advisory" or "Road Closed" periods." When faculty, staff and students travel during these periods, their safety is at risk.

A new Minnesota Department of Transportation "511" telephone service and website debuted recently to inform travelers of weather-related road closures as well as up-to-the-minute metro-area traffic reports. (For employees traveling out of state, the "511" traffic information system exists in many other states, as well as in most of the nation's metropolitan areas.)

To use the "511" road and traffic information service by telephone, simply dial 5-1-1 and say the name of a city, or say "menu" and select from the options. The options allow you to choose route reports for traffic on specific highways, get regional or transit reports, get weather reports, or leave a comment.

To get up-to-the-minute metro-area traffic reports and statewide road conditions on the Internet, visit the 511 User Guide. The site also provides more details about using the "511" road and traffic telephone service.

The Department of Transportation urges drivers to avoid using a cell phone while driving.

Health Education Industry Partnership grant

Healthcare Education Industry Partnership has received a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Community Foundation. The grant will be used for the Community Health Worker Deaf Minnesota Breast Cancer Initiative.

This grant is possible through the generosity of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation.


New Centennial Student Union hours

Centennial Student Union has expanded its Sunday hours, opening at 10 a.m. rather than at noon every Sunday.

The Centennial Student Union hours are: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Starting Jan. 31: 'Cuckoo's Nest'

cast for Cuckoo NestThe Department of Theatre & Dance will open the second half of its Mainstage season with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the Andreas Theatre starting Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 4 and Feb. 7-11, with 2 p.m. matinees Feb. 4 and 11. The event is sponsored by Blethen, Gage and Krause, PLLP.

The play revolves around a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than prison.

This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, but quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do: he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk, leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so they can see the World Series on television and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and women. For this he faces a final "correction."

Ken Kesey's 1962 novel was adapted by playwright Dale Wasserman in 1963 and its subsequent movie version swept all major Oscar Awards in 1975. Its revival in 2001 won the Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play.

(Note: The play contains mature language and some disturbing scenes.)

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is directed by Paul Finocchiaro and features second-year MFA Directing candidate Stuart Fail as Randle Patrick McMurphy, the role made famous in the movie by Jack Nicholson. Senior Laura Nigon appears as McMurphy's nemesis, Nurse Ratched. Scenic design is by Minnesota State Mankato alum and Emmy Award-winner Curt Enderle, who returned most recently to design "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" for Highland Summer Theatre 2003.

Individual tickets are available by calling the Theatre Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tickets also may be reserved beginning Jan. 22 by visiting the MSU Theatre website.

Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should 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.

Feb. 2: Free dental care for disadvantaged children

boy getting teeth cleaned The Dental Education Department and area dental professionals will join a statewide effort to provide free dental care to disadvantaged Mankato area children on Friday, Feb. 2.

Services will be offered in the Campus Dental Clinic, in the lower level of Morris Hall, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Care for disadvantaged children under the age of 18 will include cleanings, X-rays, exams and applications of sealants. The department also will offer free dental exams and X-rays for adults.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment for a disadvantaged child or adult should call the dental clinic at 507-389-2147. The child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when he or she visits the clinic.

Feb. 3: Art-literature conference

A "Words of Art" literature conference on Saturday, Feb. 3, will focus on capturing visual and written language to enrich literature communication and efficiency.

The conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature two presenters, Karen Ritz and Susan Marie Swanson. It is sponsored by the Center for School-University Partnerships, The Literacy Center and the College of Education.

Registration is required. The cost, which includes lunch, refreshments and parking in Lot 4, is $150. Continuing education hours will be made available for participants.

Karen Ritz is an illustrator from St. Paul. She earned her degree in Children's Literature from the University of Minnesota. She has illustrated more than 40 books, teaches visual literature at the college and graduate level, and enjoys working with elementary school children to find their best answers. Her home and studio overlook the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul.

Susan Marie Swanson has worked in children's literature for more than 20 years, encouraging students and teachers to discover poetry through the COMPAS Writers and Artists in Schools program, and through the summer arts program at St. Paul Academy. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Swanson earned a Bush Fellowship in poetry and a McKnight Fellowship in poetry and children's literature. Her works have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Ruminator Review and Riverbank Review, among others. She also lives in St. Paul.

To register or for more information contact Ginger Zierdt at 507-389-5444 or by e-mail at

Feb. 6: Community Action Training

outfront logo

Outfront Minnesota will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 6, to provide community action training. The interactive training session will focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

The training will be in CSU 201 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Those who wish to register may do so online at the Outfront website.

nurse and patient

Feb. 8: Pressure ulcers care course

A course at South Central College Thursday, Feb. 8, will provide information for health care professionals about treatments, trends and updates on pressure ulcer care.

The course, sponsored by the College of Allied Health & Nursing and South Central College, is intended to provide information about the latest treatments, trends and documentation of pressure ulcers.

The course will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is intended for nurses and other health care professionals who work with patients prone to pressure ulcers. The course is designed to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing registration renewal requirements. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses can receive three contact hours for participation.

The pre-registration deadline is Feb. 1. If registration is received before Feb. 1, the cost of attending is $39. After Feb. 1, registration will be permitted if space is available, and the cost is $44. The fee includes materials, lunch and a continuing education certificate.

Those who want more information, or who wish to register, should contact the College of Allied Health and Nursing at 507-389-6826.

Feb. 10: Vietnamese New Year celebration

dragonThe Vietnamese American Student Association will celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) with traditional food, dancing and music on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The celebration will include a Vietnamese dinner, traditional songs, martial arts demonstrations, lion dances, modern and traditional dances, a traditional fashion show and "lucky money" for children.

The event, open to students, faculty and staff and the public, will be from 5-11 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children 6-12 years old, $6 for students with a Mavcard, and $8 for members of the general public. Those who wish to order tickets or obtain more information should e-mail

Those with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Minnesota State Mankato 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.

Feb. 14: Campus Drive kickoff

A kickoff celebration for the 2007 faculty-staff Campus Drive campaign is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14, with refreshments and live music.

The event will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Rooms 253-255 of Centennial Student Union. Music will be provided by flutist and master of music student David Ross, with accompaniment by Music faculty member Linda Duckett. A program and music will start at 10 a.m.

This year's record goal is $200,000, based on participation from 50 percent of Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff and emeriti. Donors can designate their gift to one or more areas at Minnesota State Mankato. Last year's successful drive raised $183,081 for University scholarships and programs.

Chair Stewart Ross, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, urges faculty, staff and emeriti to pledge generously when they receive their new intra-campus envelope or a phone call from Annual Fund student callers.

To track the drive's progress, check the Campus Drive sign in front of the President's office.

Feb. 14-16: 'Monologues'

VDAY logoA benefit production of Eve Ensler's award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" will be hosted by the Women's Center Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m.

The event, part of V-Day 2007, is being staged to raise funds for the Blue Earth County Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Women's Center. It will be in Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union.

V-Day (Feb. 14) is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. The non-profit V-Day organization distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs to stop violence against women and girls.

"Monologues" tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students, and are on sale in Centennial Student Union lobby daily or can be purchased in the Women's Center, CSU 218. Those who want more information may call Katie Bowman or Lindsay Gullingsrud at 507-389-6146, or e-mail Katie at, for more information.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Bradley Cook, Tim Secott and Bertha Proctor (Biology) submitted a project titled "Neutralization of Phalaris arundinaceae (Reed Canary Grass) Root Exudates" to the Minnesota Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The project will receive $115,000 in funding, and is intended to identify how growth of the non-native Reed Canary Grass can be discouraged in restored wetlands, so that native plant species will thrive.

Anthony Filipovitch (Urban and Regional Studies) received a $5,000 grant for Citizen's Voices from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Donald Larsson (English) has been invited to participate in a session of the Oxford Round Table in July. He will contribute to the session about "Allusions to God in Literature and Poetry of Britain and America since 1750: Informing Global Religious Conflict."

Jeffrey R. Pribyl and Mary Hadley (Chemistry) and John A. Kaliski (Management) received a $149,156 grant from the National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program. Their project is "Use of Guided Inquiry with Incorporation of Tablet PCs into the Preparatory Chemistry Classroom to Promote Student Learning." The project will adapt existing guided inquiry material for two preparatory courses, Chem 104 (preparation for general chemistry) and Chem 106 (preparation for allied health chemistry). Students in the courses will prepare their work on Tablet PCs and submit assignments electronically. An electronic grading program (FastGrade) will allow the instructors to quickly grade each assignment and provide feedback.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) presented a workshop on course design for 80 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College faculty members on Jan. 16. He also explained the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Faculty Teaching Certificate Program at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference in New Orleans Jan. 20.

Farid Jean Sabongi (Construction Management) has earned accreditation from the Construction Specifications Institute after completing the MasterFormat Accredited Instructor Program in Washington, D.C. MasterFormat is a widely used system of organizing construction project manuals by procurement and contracting requirements, technical divisions of activities and work practices. Program participants included construction management faculty, architects, engineers and contractors.

Fei Yuan, Forrest Wilkerson, Donald Frien, and Ginger Schmid (Geography) and Bryce Hoppie (Geology) were recommended for $159,000 in funding by the Minnesota Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for their proposal, "Improved River Quality Monitoring Using Airborne Remote Sensing."

Student Achievements

The Forensic team participated in the "Hell Froze Over Swing" tournament hosted by the University of Texas-Austin and Bradley University. Emily Kofoed advanced to the semi-final rounds in persuasive speaking, poetry interpretation and prose interpretation on the first day, and advanced to prose interpretation semi-finals on the second day. Justin Hathaway, Jason Reisch and Megan Petersen also participated in the event.

The following students recently completed a check ride with the Aviation Department: Andrew Miller, Josh Fahning and Andrew Swanson, Private Pilot Certificate; Matt Hobelsberger and Brandon Knudsvig, Instrument Rating; Jon Wise and Jesse Trim, Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate; Andrew Brody, Andrew Mittelstadt, Dan Korba and Kenn Kessler, Private Multi-Engine Rating; Jon Wise and Jesse Trim, Commercial Single-Engine Certificate; and Ryan Creurer, Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate.


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 Feb. 14. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Wednesday (Feb. 7).