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February 28, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Change in daylight saving time

clock In 2005 Congress approved a new law — effective this year — that requires daylight saving time to start three weeks earlier and end one week later than in previous years. This year DST will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, and it will last until the first Sunday of November (Nov. 4).

The change was implemented to save energy, but it could cause trouble in some older computers. Computers purchased before 2005 will probably need to be manually adjusted. If your Windows computer is part of the "Campus" domain, it should already be updated, and DST will change automatically. For computers running Macintosh OSX, an update is available on the About the Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update page.

Other computers — including many home computers — will need a common fix called a patch, which will reprogram systems with the updated start and end dates for daylight savings time. Users of the new Windows Vista are immune to the problems, because Vista was finalized after the 2005 law passed. Computers running anything older than the most recent version of Windows XP, known as Service Pack 2, should go to the control panel and unclick the setting that tells the computer to automatically change the clock for daylight-saving time.

The following computer operating systems have patches available through the February Microsoft Downloads: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (used on campus) and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (used on many home PCs).

Older Microsoft Operating systems (Windows 95, 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT40 will not have a patch available from Microsoft, so you will need to manually change the times or look to third- party software solutions.

For Outlook Calendar meetings that are scheduled during this extended DST period, ITS is running a daily script to "fix" all of the meetings scheduled in this four-week time frame.

To help minimize issues with Outlook Calendar, ITS suggests the following:

  • When a meeting is organized during the extended DST period, write the correct meeting time in the subject line or the body of the message. For example, include the following text in the subject line or the body of the message: "Project planning meeting — 8:30 a.m. PST"
  • Consider any calendar items in the extended DST period to be suspect. If you are not sure, verify the correct time with the organizer.

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Finance, facilities awards

Minnesota state college logo For the fifth year, Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system awards for financial and facilities management excellence. In addition, Comptroller Steve W. Smith received the Office of the Chancellor Finance Division's Outstanding Service Award (see below)

The awards, recognizing outstanding leadership and team effort, were presented at the Minnesota State Chief Financial and Facilities Officers Conference in January.

The University was one of 10 institutions earning the 2006 Excellence in Financial Management Award, and one of nine receiving the 2006 Excellence in Facilities Management Award. It was the only university to win in both categories.

Minnesota State Mankato has received the Excellence in Facilities Management Award for six consecutive years (2001-2006), and the Excellence in Financial Management Award for five of the last six years (except for 2003).

Financial management awards are for significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of finances and administrative services. Facilities management awards are for successful and timely completion of capital improvement and repair projects, increased efficiency and effectiveness of space use throughout the institution, and customer service excellence to students, staff and faculty.

Steve Smith: Outstanding Service Award

Comptroller Steve W. Smith received the Office of the Chancellor Finance Division's Outstanding Service Award. He was one of only 10 individuals who won an Outstanding Service Award.

It is the second such award for Steve; he also received an Outstanding Service Award in 2001. He has worked for Minnesota State Mankato since 1989 — the year he earned bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Marketing.

Outstanding Service Awards go to chief financial officers, business managers or facilities directors who make outstanding contributions toward professionalism in financial management, financial reporting, data integrity, internal controls, or budget development and monitoring. Candidates for the award are nominated by their peers.

Grant opportunities

The President's Commission on the Status of Women, a University-wide group of students, faculty and staff, is proud to announce grant opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The Commission on the Status of Women encourages all interested faculty and staff to apply for these funding opportunities, and to help make these opportunities accessible to women in our campus community.

Grants of up to $500 are available throughout this year to students and employees who plan to attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender related issues, or who conduct research in these areas. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2007.

Application forms are available online at the Commission on the Status of Women website. Additional forms are available in the Student Leadership Development and Service Learning Office, CSU 173.

Spring semester proposals should be submitted to The Commission on the Status of Women Funding subcommittee, CSU 173 by March 23. Those who want more information or accommodation should contact Kelly Holland at 507-389-5791 or email

The Commission also offers Project of the Year Awards recognizing excellence in research work pertaining to women and/or gender related issues. The award recognizes one graduate student, one undergraduate student and one faculty member. Recipients will be honored at the commission's annual recognition reception March 29.

Information and application forms are available online at the Commission on the Status of Women website. Those who want more information may contact Kelly at 389-5791 or email

Sodexho converting to zero trans-fats

Sodexho Sodexho is offering thousands of zero trans-fat food products (also known as "trans-fat free") for healthier meals. Sodexho is the vendor for University Dining Services.

Sodexho began its conversion to zero trans-fats by switching to zero trans-fat oils and shortenings in January 2006. Zero trans-fat products now sourced by the company include salad dressings, sauces, soups, bakery products (including cookies, muffins, breads and doughs), snacks, cereals, condiments, breaded chicken, pasta, eggs and frozen potatoes, tortillas, oils and shortenings and a range of others.

Trans-fat intake has been linked to increased risk for coronary disease.

Sodexho is focusing on the majority of dietary trans fat, found in artificially produced partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. The USDA recommends that dietary intake of trans fat be "as low as possible," and Sodexho is working to help meet that recommendation by replacing the major source of dietary trans fat with heart healthy alternatives.

Feb. 28: 'Mirthful Spirit'

Retired Nursing professors Mary Huntley and Edna Thayer will discuss their research and their book, "A Mirthful Spirit: Embracing Laughter for Wellness," as well as how people use and react to laughter in a professional development event for faculty and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

The program, sponsored by the Professional Development Committee, will be presented twice on Feb. 28: from 10-11 a.m. and from 2-3 p.m., both times in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union.

Copies of the book will be given as door prizes, and the book will be available for purchase as well.

To register, go to the Professional Development page.

Feb. 28: Critical thinking conference

Stephen Brookfield
Stephen Brookfield

Development of students' critical thinking skills is the focus of a Wednesday, Feb. 28, conference featuring Stephen Brookfield, one of the nation's pre-eminent educators of critical thinking in higher education.

The conference, hosted by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will be in the Centennial Student Union, starting with Brookfield's keynote address at 9 a.m. in Room 253/254/255. The conference is free, and no registration is required. All sessions are open to university faculty and staff as well as the public. The event is free.

Two conference sessions — from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. — will focus on numerous topics, including aviation, geology, psychology, movement analysis, art and hybrid study courses in India.

Brookfield, who is Distinguished Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, is among the top higher education scholars in the field of critical thinking. He has written 10 books, earning the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Adult Education and the 1999 Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award.

Those who want a complete list of conference topics or who want more information should contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 507-389-1098 or the Conferences page.

Feb. 28: Open forum

Campus Rec banner

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear opinions and ask questions about the proposed new outdoor recreation and fitness facilities at an open forum on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The forum, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be in the lower level of Centennial Student Union.

The proposal, intended to improve student health and wellness through better recreational and athletic facilities, recommends $14 million in improvements to:

  • Improve recreation fields and the tennis courts;
  • Construct a new outdoor track and multi-purpose stadium;
  • Convert the football practice field to a multi-purpose field and soccer pitch with synthetic turf and a seasonal bubble;
  • Install synthetic turf at Blakeslee Field.

The proposed improvements would be funded through student fees. More information about the proposed project may be found at the Campus Rec website.

Feb. 28: Jean Kilbourne lecture

Jean Kilbourne
Jean Kilbourne

The Women's Center, in collaboration with Campus Recreation, the Counseling Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Student Health Services, will present superstar lecturer Jean Kilbourne discussing "Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness" Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Kilbourne's presentation will anchor Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and will launch the University's observation of Women's History Month.

Seating is general admission, but is limited and tickets are required. Tickets are complimentary for Minnesota State Mankato students and employees, and are $10 for all others. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in the Women's Center (218 Centennial Student Union), Campus Recreation (118 Myers Field House) and Student Health Services (100 Carkoski Commons).

No audio or videotaping or flash photography will be allowed during the presentation. Flash photography will be allowed during the question-and-answer period.

Kilbourne's book, Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel (Simon & Schuster, 2000) can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Centennial Student Union as well as at the event.

Her lecture is supported by student activity fees.

For more information or to request special accommodation, please contact Merlita Tiew at 507-389-6146 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) or Another accommodation option is to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTY).

March 1: Bill Lewinski lecture

Bill Lewinski
Bill Lewinski

Internationally acclaimed police psychology specialist Bill Lewinski (Political Science/Law Enforcement) will talk about personal and psychological factors that lead to violence between individuals and groups during the Kessel Peace Institute Lecture Thursday, March 1.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be from 7-9 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Rooms 253/254/255.

Bill has served as a hostage negotiator, has advised the U.S. government on counterterrorism, and has served as an expert witness in numerous court cases. He is internationally acclaimed for his expertise in police shooting cases and the psychology of those who attack police officers.

Bill also directs the Force Science Research Center, a Minnesota State Mankato organization that uses sophisticated time-and-motion measurements to document critical information about the physical and mental dynamics of officer-involved shootings. His findings have profoundly affected police officer training and safety, and are changing public perceptions about lethal encounters.

The Kessel Lecture is delivered each year in honor of the late Professor Abbas Kessel, former Political Science/Law Enforcement faculty member. The lecture reflects his commitments to peace, human rights and environmental health, and features scholars and activists whose work demonstrates courage, incisiveness and dedication to global issues.

Those who want more information may contact Jackie Vieceli at 507-389-6938 or

March 3: Science Fair

science fair logoMore than 325 junior and senior high students from 37 area schools will take part in the 56th annual South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 3.

In addition, more than 250 judges from area academia, business, industry and medicine will participate in the fair. Exhibits will be open for public viewing from noon to 2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The students' projects will represent 17 areas of science: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering: materials and bioengineering, engineering: electrical and mechanical, energy and transportation, environmental analysis, environmental management, mathematical sciences, medicine and heath sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and plant sciences.

Students will compete for an opportunity to represent their region at the 39th annual Tri-State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in St. Paul, the 70th annual State Science Fair in St. Paul, or the 58th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, N.M. In addition, numerous special awards will be presented by business, industry, professional organizations, academia and corporate sponsors.

Major sponsors of the Science Fair are the College of Science, Engineering & Technology, 3M, Norsoft, Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME), MICO, Wells Fargo, Thin Film Technology Corporation, NorAm/Minnegasco Foundation, Xcel Energy, Inc., as well as numerous individuals and professional organizations with an interest in science, engineering and technology.

Those who want more information may call 507-389-2849 or go to the Regional Science Fair website

March 3: Jazzfest

msu jazz mavericksGuest trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and vocalist Kevin Mahogany will perform with the Jazz Mavericks Big Band at Jazzfest 2007 Saturday, March 3 — part of the 2007 Performance Series and of the University's annual clinic and competition for high school jazz ensembles.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $16; tickets for students (K-12) are $12; and students with a valid MavCard are $9. The Jazz Singers will also perform.

Bergeron has performed as lead trumpeter in nearly every big band in Los Angeles. His clear, graceful sound can be heard on hundreds of record dates, motion pictures, television shows and jingle projects. Bergeron will offer a jazz clinic from 4-4:50 p.m. Saturday in Halling Recital Hall.

Kansas City native Mahogany has established himself as the quintessential jazz vocalist, with a gift for bebop, ballads, blues and swinging jazz. He will offer a vocal clinic from 3-3:50 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads on Maywood Avenue, next to the Performing Arts Center.

University of North Texas jazz vocal instructor Rosana Eckert also will conduct a clinic from 11-11:50 a.m. Saturday. A rising star in the jazz world, she has captivated listeners worldwide with her smooth voice and creative songbook. A jazz vocal instructor in one of the nation's top jazz programs, Eckert teaches privately and in the classroom, works at summer workshops and camps, and is in demand as an ensemble clinician and festival adjudicator.

Instrumental and vocal jazz groups from Twin Cities and Southern Minnesota high schools will attend the Jazzfest clinic and competition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each group performs and receives a clinic from area professional musicians/educators. One group will be chosen to perform in the evening concert for the "Tune of the Day."

Those who want tickets or more information may call music faculty member Dale Haefner at 507-389-5549.

March 5: Winter Choral Concert

The annual Department of Music Winter Choral Concert originally scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, will be held Monday, March 5. It was postponed due to an ice and snow storm.

The March 5 performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $8; tickets for students (K-12) are $4; and tickets for Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCard are $4.

Three ensembles will be featured in Minnesota State Mankato's annual Department of Music Winter Choral Concert Sunday, Feb. 25.

The performance will be at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $8; tickets for students (K-12) are $4; and tickets for Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCard are $4.

Featured ensembles include the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by David Dickau; the Maverick Men's Chorus, directed by Eric Barnum; and the Women's Chorale, directed by Eric McDaniel.

Those who want tickets or more information may call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

March 5: Frontier Forum

Dawn Albertson
Dawn Albertson

Psychology faculty member Dawn N. Albertson will present the 28th annual College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Frontier Forum lecture, "Drugs and the Brain: Destroying Old Myths," on Monday, March 5.

Dawn's lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union.

Dawn's addiction research seeks to answer long-held questions about corrections, sociology, and alcohol and drug abuse studies. Her research focuses on whether the psychological disorder of drug abuse causes alterations within the brain, or whether drug abusers have a brain-based predisposition to abuse drugs.

She also is examining the implications of the way we define, treat and manage addiction and the crime that results from it.

Starting March 19: Jazz Series

Minnesota State Mankato's library is one of 50 nationwide that will host a free, six-part film discussion series about jazz in March and April.

"Looking at: Jazz, America's Art Form" will explore the cultural and social history of jazz in the United States. Each of the two-hour programs will focus on a specific jazz era, with jazz historian Gerard S. Aloisio (Music) leading a discussion after each film.

The programs will be held weekly, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Monday starting March 19, in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Each two-hour program is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The March 19 program will look at "New Orleans: The Birthplace of Jazz." Other programs include "The Jazz Age and Harlem as a Center of Jazz" (March 26); "The Jazz Swing Era" (April 2); "Jazz Vocalists: Women in Jazz" (April 9); "Jazz Innovators: From Bebop to Hard Bop to Cool and More" (April 16); and "Latin Jazz and Jazz as an International Music" (April 23).

"We're extremely pleased that we were chosen to host this series," Joan Roca (Library) said. "The Suyematsu Music Library offers extensive resources from around the world for research and discussion of jazz and other forms of music."

The Music Library, located on the main floor of the Performing Arts Center, includes materials in a number of formats and offers state-of-the-art listening facilities. The collection includes world music ranging in style from Gamelan (Indonesia) to Ethiopian to popular music recordings. More information about the Music Library is at the Music Library page.

"Looking At: Jazz, America's Art Form" is a project of Re: New Media, in partnership with the American Library Association and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Those who attend this series will get the opportunity to view world-class film footage of some of the greatest names in jazz history, and will learn how jazz has reflected the changing history of our great country," Gerard said.

The "Looking at Jazz" series will be held in conjunction with two other music events that are held annually: Jazzfest 2007 (March 3) and the Bunny Just Piano Festival (April 3-4).

Counseling Center accredited

The Counseling Center has received accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services. IACS accreditation is a voluntary peer-review evaluative process involving a comprehensive written self study, site visit and adherence to established standards of practice.

IACS is the only accreditation association which accredits counseling services on university and college campuses. An IACS certificate indicates that a counseling center meets the highest established standards and practices in the field.

The Minnesota State Mankato Counseling Center is one of four university counseling centers in Minnesota and less than 200 centers nationally that are accredited.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Daria Paul Dona (Educational Studies) gave two presentations, "A Framework for Developing Intercultural Competencies and Responsive School Practices" and "Measuring Response to Social Skills Interventions: A Promising Practice for Reducing African-American Overrepresentation in Special Education," at the National Forum of the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems in Washington, D.C. Daria also presented "School-based Mental Health: Recognizing Early Warning Signs and Responding to Cultural Influences" at the annual Minnesota School Psychologists Association Mid-winter Conference.

Bruce Jones, Gary Mead and Vincent Winstead (AMET) provided technical consultation and test configuration assistance to representatives of E-Ride in conjunction with dynamometer testing conducted on two E-Ride vehicles. Bruce and Vincent also gave a technical presentation on Minnesota State Mankato's Plug-In Flex-fuel Hybrid Prius project at the University of Minnesota.

An article by I-J. Kim, D.D. Olesky and P. van den Driessche (Mathematics & Statistics), "Inertially arbitrary sign patterns with no nilpotent realization," was accepted for publication in Linear Algebra and Its Applications.

Sebastain LeBeau presented at the Native Nations Conference in December.

A research paper by Namyong Lee and Jin Park (Mathematics & Statistics), "Shape Effect of Platelet Clay Filler on Mechanical Behaviors of Pultruded Polymer Composites under Shear Loading," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites.

Heidi Henschel-Pellett (Human Performance) and Tracy L. Pellett (University Assesment) will present "Critical Thinking Assessment: Improving Teacher Candidate Instruction in Professional Development Schools" at the 2007 Professional Development Schools National Conference in Las Vegas.

Jeff Pribyl and Mary Hadley (Chemistry and Geology) and John Kaliski (Management) received funding from the National Science Foundation for a grant proposal entitled "Use of Guided Inquiry with Incorporation of Tablet PCs into the Preparatory Chemistry Classroom to Promote Student Learning."

Muhammad Khaliq (ECET) received a Faculty Improvement Grant to attend a short course of 32 nm CMOS Technology organized by IEEE in San Francisco.

Mezbahur Rahman (Mathematics & Statistics) presented "Estimation of the Multivariate Box-Cox Transformation Parameters" at the International Conference on Multivariate Statistical Methods in the 21st Century, held at the Indian Statistical Institute. The paper was written with Larry M. Pearson.

Gary Rockswold (Mathematics & Statistics) presented "Just How Much Power Does Mathematics Have?" in Cincinnati.

Farid Sabongi (Construction Management) has completed the MasterFormat Accredited Instructor Program, which earned him accreditation from the Construction Specifications Institute. Farid also has been honored with a Restoration Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The award is for restoration of a commercial building in Montevideo, Minn., built in 1893 as a post office. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Farid assisted the owner in restoring the building according to the guidelines of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) was invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table Discussion on "Diversity in Society," at Oxford University. He will also present "Authoritarianism and Resistance to Diversity in the American South." Fred also was a "Race and Democratic Politics" panelist at the Southern Political Science Association conference in New Orleans. He presented a paper, "Militarism, Southern Culture, the 9/11 Attacks and the Bush Administration's Responses: The Implications for Contemporary Southern Politics."

Vincent Winstead (ECET) gave a presentation on hybrid vehicle technology and Electro-Magnetic Interference at Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis. Vincent also has received a Faculty Research Grant for $5,000 to apply towards research in Cooperative Control of Autonomous Robotics.

The FFA Food Science Career Day was held on campus Jan. 12. Faculty members who assisted with the event were Dorothy Wrigley and Tim Secott, (Biology) Joye Bond (Family and Consumer Science) and Mary Hadley (Chemistry and Geology).

Qun Zhang and C. R. Menyuk (ECET) will present "A Rigorous Optical DPSK Transceiver Model and BER Calculation Using the KLSE Method," at the annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems in March at Johns Hopkins University. Qun also has received a Faculty Improvement Grant to attend short courses on Silicon Microphotonics, Biomedical Applications of Communications Techniques, Nanofabricated Photonic Devices, and Degrading Effects in WDM systems in Anaheim, Calif., and has received funding for his research, "Bit-rate-error Calculation in Phase Modulated Fiber Optic Communication Systems."

Mark Zuiker (Mathematics & Statistics) has received an Improving Teacher Quality Grant from the Minnesota Department of Higher Education. The grant was submitted in partnership with schools in the St. Paul School District, the College of Education and the Mathematics & Statistics Department. He will serve as the principle investigator for the mathematics department, with involvement from Ernest Boyd and Mary Guy (Mathematics & Statistics) and Kathleen Foord (Educational Studies K-12).

10 wrestlers qualify for nationals

The third-ranked wrestling squad (16-3 overall; 3-0 NCC) qualified all 10 of its wrestlers at the North Central Regional Qualifier for the NCAA Division II National Championships. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the national championships and will meet wrestlers from three other regional meets from around the country.

The Mavericks took the team title at the meet, finishing with seven champions, one second place and two fourth-place wrestlers.

Wrestlers qualifying were: Nick Smith (125 pounds), Jeff Pfaffinger (133 pounds), Travis Elg (141 pounds), Jason Rhoten (149 pounds), Brandon Girtz (157 pounds), Andy Pickar (165 pounds), Tim Matheson (174 pounds), Travis Krinkie (184 pounds), Ben Janike (197 pounds), Brady Wilson (285 pounds).

Student Achievements

Christopher Marr, Nathan Pieper and Krista Wassenaar were awarded scholarships from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota. They received the scholarships at the council's banquet in January.

Angela Stearns will present at the National Experimental Biology meeting. She placed in the top four of the water and electrolyte section of the American Physiological Society.


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