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March 21, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Research at hyper speed

SupercomputerBehind the thick, curved glass wall of the ITS computer room are a dozen or so large computers that make up the nerve center for much of Minnesota State Mankato's services - the phone system, D2L, MavMail and more. It's a still, sterile, climate-controlled room with all these machines humming in the kind of ominous unison that turns on science fiction writers.

Standing tall and thin in this room is a guest of sorts, a member of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. It hasn't even been named yet, this 8-foot-tall stack of 30 flat, black computers connected to each other to take ordinary computing into hyperspace.

It's CSET's new Supercomputer, purchased recently with a $140,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. It's the kind of computer that will accelerate research taking place throughout the college — transforming what would take months of work into a matter of days.

Faculty researchers in CSET whose work requires high-volume computation now have an on-campus resource. Previously, a Supercomputer was available only through the University of Minnesota, a scenario that prompted three Minnesota State Mankato researchers to seek their own. David Haglin and Rebecca Bates (Computer & Information Sciences) and Patrick Tebbe (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) each have significant research projects underway that will be enhanced by the Supercomputer.

Professional uses for Supercomputers range from oil exploration to weather forecasting — both of which require tons of seismic and climactic data to be computed in order to forecast where oil can be likely found or what the weather will be like in Tacoma on Tuesday.

The Supercomputer is a college-wide resource. David said he envisions CSET students using it with faculty mentors. For now, other faculty members are already expressing an interest in using it for their work. It has become a research enabler.

And as technology improves in the future, the Supercomputer can adapt — it's easily upgraded with no need for overhauling. More information can be found at the Supercomputer page.

April 10: Moore Research Lecture

A student's unusual angle on a class assignment led Gina Wenger (Art Education) to create a unique photographic documentary of Manzanar, a Japanese-American internment camp.

Next month Gina's photographs of Manzanar will be displayed in the Centennial Student Union gallery from Friday, April 6, through Saturday, April 14, with an opening reception for the exhibit at 4 p.m. April 6. And on Tuesday, April 10, she will show and discuss her Manzanar photographs and research during the 2007 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture.

Gina's April 10 slide-show presentation will explore "Images of Manzanar: Investigating the Documentary Photography of the Japanese American Internment Camps." The 7 p.m. event, in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Gina especially encourages college and high school students and their teachers to attend the presentation, which will be replete with history of and stories about the camp.

Her April 6-14 photography exhibit — infrared and digital images of present-day Manzanar — will be in the Centennial Student Union gallery. It is free and open to everyone, and Wenger urges those who plan to attend the lecture to visit the exhibit.

Gina's muse for the project was an elementary education major whose grandmother and grandfather were interned in camps. Gina met the student's grandparents and was inspired to incorporate their stories into art education projects.

She spent a month conducting on-site research and taking photographs in California. Her studies focused on the World War II Manzanar photos taken by renowned photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake, and on the records of life in the internment camps.

The Moore Lectureship celebrates excellence in faculty research. Gina's lecture will be the 33rd President's Faculty Research Lectureship, and the 20th named in honor of former Minnesota State Mankato President Douglas R. Moore, who established the lectureship to illuminate faculty research.

April 11: The Seven Revolutions

Renowned lecturer Erik Peterson, director of the Seven Revolutions Initiative, will provide a glimpse of the future when he discusses "Unlocking the Seven Revolutions" Wednesday, April 11.

Peterson's fast-paced, multi-media presentation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, but participants must register online or by telephone (507-455-3215) by Friday, April 6.

Peterson, one of the nation's most sought-after presenters, also is senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan, nonprofit think tank that advances global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision-makers.

The Center's Seven Revolutions project — founded and directed by Peterson — seeks to identify, through population and demographic trends, the driving forces that will transform the planet and govern peoples' interaction between now and 2025.

The event is sponsored by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Davisco Foods International, Inc., and Minnesota State Mankato.

Peterson will focus on the seven revolutions topics of population, strategic resource management, technological innovation and diffusion, flow of information and knowledge, global economic integration, the nature and mode of conflict, and the challenge of governance.

He is an expert in geopolitical and country risk assessment, international trade and finance, international business strategy and global strategic planning. He holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He has an MBA in international finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in international law and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Colby College. He holds the Certificate of Eastern European Studies from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and the Certificate in International Legal Studies from The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.

For more information go to the Seven Revolutions website.

New Powerpoint template

New powerpoint templateAll faculty and staff are encouraged to use the University's new downloadable template for PowerPoint presentations.

The template's design is clean, striking and distinctive, featuring Minnesota State Mankato's school colors.

For downloads, go to the samples & downloads page.

Avra Johnson joins Cabinet

President Richard Davenport has named Avra Johnson (interim assistant vice president for institutional planning) to the 2006-2007 Cabinet.

President Davenport said his decision to appoint Avra to the Cabinet recognizes her role as leader of the University's institutional planning efforts and the direct connection it plays with the ongoing discussions at the Cabinet level.

"Her voice will afford great value to Cabinet members in discussing these issues," President Davenport said.

With Avra's appointment, the 2006-2007 Cabinet includes President Davenport, Jane Earley (dean, Arts & Humanities), Michael Fagin (dean, Institutional Diversity), Avra Johnson (Institutional Planning), Henry Morris (Presidential Fellow), Scott Olson (Provost), Bryan Schneider (interim VP, Information & Technology Services), Carol Stallkamp (assistant to the president), Richard Straka (VP, Finance & Administration), Pat Swatfager-Haney (VP, Student Affairs) and David Williams (VP, University Advancement).

Legislative update

The Chancellor's Office reports that now is a critical time for bills that affect Minnesota State Mankato in the Minnesota Legislature. The House and Senate are developing targets for each area of the state budget, such as K-12 funding, higher education, social services and others. These budget targets will help set the stage for the final state budget and how much money the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will receive.

Members of the Friends Action Network, a grassroots network of faculty, staff, students, community members and alumni who support the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, are contacting legislators to urge them to support the system's biennial budget and capital requests. Learn more about FAN and contact your legislators by going to the FAN website.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is seeking funds to cover inflation, to make critical technology infrastructure improvements to benefit students and to strengthen the state's competitive edge with strategic advancements. In addition, the system is requesting repair, replacement and critical safety improvements funding for facilities throughout the system, as well as two property acquisitions. These projects were not funded from the 2006 capital request.

KMSU pledge drive

KMSU radio's spring pledge drive, which runs through Sunday, March 25, will include the popular Tim and Shelley Pledge Drive A-Go-Go and a chance to be Shuffle Function program director for a day.

Pledges may be made by calling 389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810, or by going to the the KMSU website.

KMSU, a member of Independent Public Radio, holds two pledge drives annually; gifts from the drives fund approximately 30 percent of its operating budget.

KMSU offers more than 50 unique programs featuring more than 40 volunteers as local hosts. The station also purchases a number of nationally-syndicated programs through Public Radio International. Last year the station was recognized for its significant contributions to the community when it received the 2006 National Association of Broadcaster's "Service to America" award.

New University Partnership

2 people kayakingMinnesota State Mankato has signed an agreement with the University of Stirling in Scotland. Students will be able to study abroad at Stirling at a discount of 20 percent.

Students can tailor their choice of courses according to their academic background and experience. Some of the courses available that match Minnesota State Mankato offerings include business, criminology and sociology, English, environmental science and biology, history of film and media studies, information systems, philosophy, political science psychology and sports studies.

Stirling is in central Scotland, midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The academic calendar is similar to Minnesota State Mankato's, which makes it easier to take a semester abroad. Students will stay on campus in apartments, mixed with local students and other study abroad students from all over the world.

Classified staff development funds

The Professional Development Committee has created a Classified Staff Professional Development Fund, and University administration has set aside $10,000 of professional development funds for classified staff who do not otherwise have access to such funds through collective bargaining agreements and personnel plans.

In an effort to use the funds before June 30, this year's process will be expedited. All classified staff (AFSCME, MAPE, MMA, MNA, MGEC, Commissioner's Plan and Managerial Plan) are eligible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, visit the Professional Development page.

National recognition for Game Room

2 people playing poolThe recently renovated Game Room in Centennial Student Union has been selected for the Association of College Unions International Renovation and Construction Showcase.

The Game Room, which hosts academic classes and serves as home of the Mavericks Bowling Team, underwent a $1 million renovation lead by Paulsen Architects. Photos and a project profile were published in ASUI's February 2007 issue of The Bulletin.

This is the fourth national recognition for the renovated CSU and its spaces. In 2006, CSU was awarded a Gold Citation from American School & University magazine and was published in their August 2006 Educational Interior Showcase. The union also received a 2006 FAB Award from the Northland Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. These two awards were preceded by the 2006 Facility Design Award of Excellence from ACUI.

Clean Snowmobile Challenge

snowmobileStudents from Minnesota State Mankato are among 13 teams that are competing in the eighth annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge through Saturday, March 24, at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge brings together teams of engineering students who redesign stock snowmobiles to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance. Last year the Minnesota State Mankato team placed tenth.

The competition is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and is based at the Keweenaw (Mich.) Research Center, home of the Midwest's premiere winter driving test facility. The center and Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics co-host the challenge.

This year's challenge could be the cleanest in the event's history. Teams will earn an additional 100 points for using E85 fuel (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), and four all-electric sleds are competing.

Minnesota State Mankato was the first team to use an E85 vehicle — in 2005. Next year all contestants will be required to use a renewable fuel such as E85 or biodiesel.

More information about the challenge is available at the SAE website and at the Michigan Tech website.

March 20-23: Good Thunder visiting writers

Nonfiction writers Joe Mackall and Fan Shen are featured in the Good Thunder Reading Series and Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Program Tuesday through Friday, March 20-23.

Mackall will meet with individual writers and visit classes during his residency. Each morning at 9 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 202 he will lead a workshop for community writers. He also will lead a discussion about the craft of writing on Tuesday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Shen will lead a discussion on the same topic Thursday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 121.

The two will read from their published work Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253. All events are free and open to the public.

Both writers also will be interviewed for broadcast on KMSU 89.7 FM. The interviews, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on KMSU, will air on Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m. and Friday, March 23, at 11 a.m.

This year's Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Department of English, the College of Arts & Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Library Services, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. It is made possible in part by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, from funds appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature and the McKnight Foundation. It is also made possible by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Barnes & Noble Bookstore offers additional assistance.

March 22: Kessel Lecture

William LewinskiThe Kessel Peace Institute Lecture that was canceled because of a March 1 snowstorm will be held Thursday, March 22.

Police psychology specialist William Lewinski (Political Science & Law Enforcement) will talk about personal and psychological factors that lead to violence. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be from 7-9 p.m. in Room 102, Armstrong Hall.

Bill, who also directs the Force Science Research Center, 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.

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 22: LUNAFEST

LUNAFEST logoLUNAFEST, a traveling festival of short films by, for and about women, will have showings Thursday, March 22, in Ostrander Auditorium. Showings will be at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

A $5 donation is encouraged, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Fund, CADA Inc. and Colleges Against Cancer. Tickets are available at the Women's Center, CSU 218.

The festival is sponsored by Student Events Team, Cutting E.D.G.E. Films and the Women's Center.

The national LUNAFEST film festival is held each year from October until March with more than 100 venues attended by 20,000 viewers. Those who want more information may contact Brittney Hansen at 507-389-6146 or

March 24-April 3: Visiting lecturer

Finnish social inclusion, poverty and work force activation expert Elsa Keskitalo will be a visiting lecturer from March 24 to April 3, speaking to classes and local organizations and presenting a public lecture.

On Friday, March 30, Keskitalo will present a colloquium for students, faculty, staff and the public about the Finnish welfare system, its recent reforms and sociopolitical influences in Finland and the European Union. The free event will be at 12:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

During her stay, Keskitalo also will speak to social work and political science classes and will visit Minnesota Valley Action Council staff. On Monday, April 2, she will accompany social work students to St. Paul, where they learn about political advocacy and meet with legislators.

Keskitalo arrives in New York on March 23, where she will participate in Social Work Day at the United Nations before departing for Mankato. Her visit to campus is sponsored by the Department of Social Work.

In addition to speaking on campus and in the community, Keskitalo hopes to identify potential research projects regarding the U.S. system of social welfare service delivery.

Those who want more information may contact Debra Gohagan (Social Work), 507-389-1699 or

March 26: Jazz series

The second of the library's free, six-part film discussion series about jazz, "The Jazz Age and Harlem as a Center of Jazz," will be Monday, March 26.

The "Looking at: Jazz, America's Art Form" series explores the cultural and social history of jazz in the United States. Each two-hour program focuses on a specific jazz era, with jazz historian Gerard S. Aloisio (Music) leading a discussion following a film.

The weekly programs, which started March 19 and run through April 23, are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Monday in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Each two-hour program is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Other programs include "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). The series will be held in conjunction with the Bunny Just Piano Festival (April 3-4).

"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.

"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.

The Suyematsu 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.

March 27: Workplace engagement

Micheal LeiterWorkplace engagement researcher Michael Leiter will present two professional development workshops on Tuesday, March 27.

The first, "Managing Work Engagement: Enhancing the Quality of Worklife," will be from 9-10:30 a.m.; the second, "Banishing Burnout: Six Strategies for Building Work Engagement," will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Both workshops will be in Ostrander Auditorium.

The workshops are sponsored by the University and the Student Affairs Professional Development Committees. Students, faculty and staff are invited, and are asked to register at the Professional Development website.

In the first session Leiter will present a model from his book, The Truth About Burnout, explaining how employees can enhance the quality of worklife in ways that sustain their energy, keep them involved and affirm their self-confidence.

The second session will include strategies from another book, Banishing Burnout, for preventing burnout and maintaining energy and involvement.

Leiter is director of the Centre for Organizational Research and Development and professor of psychology at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is one of the world's foremost researchers on factors that determine burnout or engagement with work, and he has consulted with companies and organizations around the world.

March 28: Women's Health Fair

A Women's Health Fair and a keynote lecture by an OB-GYN certified physician will be the highlight of Women's Health Day Wednesday, March 28.

The Women's Health Fair, featuring more than 40 exhibitors, will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lecture, by Dr. Carla Goerish, will be at 7 p.m. in CSU Rooms 253/254/255. Dr. Goerish, an OB-GYN certified physician, will discuss women's reproductive health.

The events are sponsored by the Women's Center and Student Health Services, as part of Women's History Month. For additional information contact Chera Sevcik, event coordinator, at 507-389-2486 or

April 2: Immigration policy

Jorge CastanedaJorge Castañeda, former foreign minister of the United Mexican States, will discuss Mexican-American relations during a lecture Monday, April 2. The lecture, from 1:30-3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Castañeda has been a professor of international affairs at the National Autonomous University of Mexico since 1978. During that time he became a renowned expert on Latin American affairs, and in 2000-2003 served as foreign minister in the Fox administration. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and is a regular columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek International and The Mexican Proceso.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the International Relations Program, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, College of Business, Institutional Diversity Office, International Programs, the Student Events Team and student organizations. It is co-sponsored by a number of other programs, including the College of Graduate Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Economics, Geography, Social Studies and Modern Languages.

April 4: Margaret Cho

Margaret ChoComedian, designer and actor Margaret Cho will be the keynote performer for Eliminate Hate Week Wednesday, April 4.

Cho's performance, sponsored by Student Events Team and the LGBT Center with assistance from the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be at 8 p.m. in Taylor Center. For mature audiences only, the event is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Cho is best known for her stage performances, recordings and concert movies. Her shows include comedy with strong political and cultural commentary. She performs with a distinctive, empowering personal voice, speaking to a diverse audience that includes gays and lesbians, Asians, women, people of color and others.

Student tickets are $5 (one ticket per valid Mavcard), and general admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased in Centennial Student Union Room 173 (Student Leadership Development) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or with a credit card at (507) 389-6076. General admission tickets also are available at the Coffee Hag, 329 Riverfront Drive; the St. Peter Food Co-op, 119 West Broadway; and TJ Finnegan's Pub, 520 S. Front Street.

April 14: Walk for Women's Scholarships

The third annual Maverick Walk for Women's Scholarships will be Saturday, April 14, in Myers Field House.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., with a welcome at 9:30 and a 30-minute walk at 10. Participants will be provided with breakfast at 10:30, and an awards and thank-you ceremony will be at 10:45.

Last year nearly 700 participants were involved, raising approximately $175,000 for scholarships.

Funds raised through the Walk are earmarked for scholarships for female student-athletes. Women's teams compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the North Central Conference. There are more than 300 female student-athletes on 12 female teams.

Each walker raises $50 or more for Women's Scholarships. Walkers receives their own more than $50 in gifts from Green Mill, HickoryTech, Famous Dave's, Drummer's Garden Center, McDonald's, Pepsi Cola, Noodles & Co., Erbert & Gerbert's, Pub 500, Electric Beach, Papa John's, Terrace View Golf Course, Charter Communications and Maverick Athletics. They also receive a breakfast by Hy-Vee, and are eligible for special gift drawings for raising $100, $200, $300 or more, if funds are turned in by Wednesday, April 4.

The event is sponsored by Charter Communications. More information is available at the MSU Mavericks website, or from the Intercollegiate Athletics Office, 507-389-6111.

Gender studies grant opportunities

Grants of up to $500 are available this year for students and employees who plan to attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender related issues, or to conduct research in these areas.

Project of the Year Awards recognize excellence in research work pertaining to women and/or gender related issues. The Commission on the Status of Women recognizes one graduate student, one undergraduate student and one faculty member each year with a $350 award. Recipients will be honored at the commission's annual Women of Courage and Vision reception Thursday, March 29.

Information and application forms are available online at the Commission on the Status of Women website.

Spring Swimming Lessons

MSU swimmerThe swimming and diving team will teach swimming lessons for all levels of swimmers at the Highland Center pool April 2-13 and April 16-27.

Classes will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30-5:10 p.m. or 5:20-6 p.m. The cost is $60 per child.

For more information contact Stephanie Raezer at or 507-389-2538.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Three of the four 2007 Mankato YWCA Women of Distinction honors went to Minnesota State Mankato employees and a student. This year's winners are Marsha Danielson (University Advancement), Betty Young (Family and Consumer Sciences) and student Iuliana Dabija.

Timothy J. Berg (Campus Chaplain, FYE adjunct) has been asked to present a second paper at the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, and to be part of a delegation of philosophers traveling to China as part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower People to People Ambassador Program. In 2006 Tim presented a paper at the Round Table on the life of John Quincy Adams.

At the Annual National Mid-American Greek Council Association Student Leadership Conference, Tarah Bjorklund (Student Leadership Development) and student Ryan Flynn were awarded third in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition. University teams from across the Midwest were given a case involving various aspects of Greek Life including risk management issues.

A manuscript by Danae R. Quirk Dorr (Chemistry & Geology) has been accepted for publication in Chemical Research and Toxicology.

Francis T. Hannick (Mathematics & Statistics) will present a workshop, "Hands-On Experience with Numerous Activities for the Elementary School Math Curriculum," at the annual meeting and exposition of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Atlanta, Ga., March 24.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) participated in two research projects at the American Institute of Mathematics research workshop. He also served as an editor for the list of open research problems raised at the workshop.

Namyong Lee (Mathematics & Statistics) attended an Institute of Mathematics & Its Applications conference, "Applications in biology, dynamics, and statistics," March 5-9. He also was invited to a June Mathematical Bioscience Institute conference, "Over the Fence: Mathematicians and Biologists Talk About Bridging the Curricular Divide."

Soonhwan Lee and Jon Lim (Human Performance) recently presented a research paper, "A Study of Attitudinal Brand Loyalty Variables of Licensed Sports Products Purchasing Behaviors," at the 2006 Sport Marketing Association Conference. Soonhwan's article, "A Study of Volunteers' Motivation and Satisfaction in an International Competitive Sporting Event," also was published in the International Sports Journal (Spring 2007).

Brock McMillan (Biological Sciences) and E. Hutchins (biology graduate student) recently presented preliminary results on the effects of reed canarygrass on avian diversity and reproductive success at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society in Alexandria.

Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) presented an invited colloquium, "NASA's Genesis and Stardust Missions: The Latest Results," to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, earlier this month. He also presented a paper on his research at the 38th International Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, and gave a talk, "Helium and Neon Isotopic Compositions from Stardust Aerogel Particle Tracks." Physics and Astronomy undergraduate Jacob Simones co-authored the paper. Russ also presented the latest results of his research on Genesis samples at a meeting of the International Genesis Mission Consortium at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.

Gary Rockswold (Mathematics & Statistics) gave the keynote address, "Mathematics, Science, and Reality," at the 20th Annual GPC Mathematics Conference in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 16. He also gave the keynote address, "Just How Much Power Does Mathematics Have?" at the 33rd annual meeting for the Kentucky Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges March 2. And he has authored a new textbook, Essentials of College Algebra with Modeling and Visualization, published by Addison Wesley Publishing Co., Boston.

Sakatah Institute recently received the Silver Award in the Total PR Campaign Category from Service Industry Advertising Awards. The institute is a partnership between University Extended Education and the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corp. Its goal is to engage area CEOs, chief decision makers and university experts in dialogue centered on business organization and productivity.

Deepak Sanjel (Mathematics & Statistics), with John N. Haddad and Serge B. Provosthas, published a research paper, "A Relationship between the Yule-Walker and the Maximum Likelihood Estimators of the AR(1) Coefficient," in a recent International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Pat Sexton (Human Performance) received the National Athletic Trainers' Association Athletic Training Service Award for 2007.

Kathy Sheran (Nursing) is vice chair of the Minnesota Senate Higher Education Budget Committee. She also serves on the Health and Human Services Budget Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee and the Energy and Telecommunications Policy Committee. Kathy was elected to the Minnesota Senate last November.

David Viscoli (Music) performed two concerts recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. One concert was on the Oleg and Friends Concert Series, and the second was at the University of Manitoba.

Mary Visser (Human Performance) was appointed to the Mankato Family YMCA Board of Directors.

Vincent Winstead (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) recently submitted an abstract which was accepted for the spring 2007 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section conference in New Jersey.

Speech Team in nationals

Seven members of the Speech Team will compete in the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament Saturday through Monday, April 7-9, on campus.

The AFA-NIET is the nation's most prestigious speech tournament. To qualify, students must place either first, second or third in their events at three different regional tournaments during the year.

The seven students will compete in 16 events:

Senior Emily Kofoed will compete in Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Communication Analysis and Poetry Interpretation.

Senior Elizabeth Drommerhausen will participate in Persuasive Speaking.

Junior Zeke Sorenson will compete in Prose Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.

Junior Nicole Goebel will take part in Extemporaneous Speaking and Communication Analysis.

Sophomore Grant Anderson will compete in Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.

Freshman Alex Garlock will participate in After Dinner Speaking.

Freshman Jason Reisch will compete in Dramatic Interpretation.

In addition, the team will attend the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament April 19-23 at Berry College in Rome, GA. Students qualified for 32 events in that tournament: Drommerhausen, Kofoed, Goebel, Garlock, Larsen, Sorenson, Anderson, Reisch, sophomore Tysen Dauer, freshman April Larsen, sophomore James Jansen, freshman Justin Hathaway, freshman Megan Petersen, sophomore Grace Phelps and senior Joshua Randall.

Blue Earth Review awards

The Blue Earth Review's fourth annual undergraduate writing contest and its first annual photography contest have been announced.

Britta Trygstad's vibrant photograph will be used as the color cover photograph for Volume V: Spring 2007. Other photographs by Jessica Nelson, Bryan Boyce, Ryan Havely, Ann E. Judkins, Trygstad and Timothy Connor will be printed inside the issue.

The award for undergraduate poetry goes to Kaitlyn Flynn and her poem "The Trombonist's Wife." Honorable mention: Dustin Horstmann's "Outside of a Liquor Store in the Bronx" and Rusdon Torbenson's "Dust to Dust in the Belly of the Great Upright."

The undergraduate award for prose goes to Timothy Taggart's "Storage." Honorable mention: Michelle May's "Pigs" and Kathleen May's "Daughters." Taggart and Flynn each will receive $50, and all pieces will be published in Volume V.

Volume V is expected to be available in late April. More information is can be found at the Blue Earth Review website.

Blue Earth Review will begin reading for its next issue in August.

Student Achievements

Mechanical & Civil Engineering students recently received scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Section Society of Professional Engineers. Nathan Pieper and Krista Wassenaar received the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation Scholarships. Christopher Marr received the Don Hassenstab Scholarship. Joseph Zilka received the Minnesota Concrete Council Scholarship.

Juan "Coco" Du received the Minority and Friends Travel grant while attending the Oshkosh Placement Exchange in Oshkosh, Wis. The travel grant is awarded by the Minority and Friends Network to a new professional who has displayed a commitment to diversity or multiculturalism.

The Maverick Forensics team recently finished third overall in the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament.

The National Residence Hall Honorary inducted seven new active members and four new honorary members into the chapter March 4. New active members include Kathryn Pase, Cameron Olafson, Amy Schatz, Kevin Lake, Eric Hanninen, Nolan Chenevert and Tiffany Scott. New honorary members include Kate Hansen (First Year Experience), Shelly Chambers (Facilities Management), Margaret Sykes and Elizabeth Haire.


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