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April 18, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Condolences: Virginia Tech

President Richard Davenport on Monday issued a statement of condolence regarding the April 16 shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

"To the families and friends of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy, I offer my profound condolences and deepest sympathies," President Davenport said. "The hearts of students, faculty and staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato go out to the students, faculty, staff, families and friends of Virginia Tech. We hope and pray that such a tragedy never happens again at any education institution."

President Davenport invites members of the campus community to participate in campus events intended to support the Virginia Tech community:

  • A Virginia Tech banner is located on the first floor of Centennial Student Union, where students, faculty and staff may post messages of condolence.
  • Ribbon pins representing Virginia Tech's school colors are available in the Centennial Student Union, next to the Virginia Tech Banner, or at the Student Leadership Development and Service-Learning Office.
  • A VT Solidarity Project on Facebook was launched by Minnesota State Mankato, and more than 55 institutions are now involved. Student groups or departments can organize a display of support and upload a photo to Facebook. A physical copy of the collection will be made into a scrapbook and sent to Virginia Tech.
  • The April 17 Reporter includes a powerful editorial (page 6) that warrants reading.

He also urged that students, faculty or staff reach out to members of the campus community who are distressed or are having difficulty coping following the tragedy. "Encourage them to utilize the many resources available for assistance and support, listed on the Counseling page".

April 20: Distinguished Alumni Awards

Alumni Association logo

Nine graduates will receive 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, April 20, for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Centennial Student Union. The awardees are Mary Ryan Ajax, Randall E. Zindler, Hal J. Peper, Larry H Wild, Matthew J. Christensen, Jena Richards Thompson, Lyndon R. Carlson, Dennis J. Hejlik and Edward G. Helm.

Carlson, Hejlik and Helm will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Ajax and Zindler will receive the Humanitarian Award; Peper and Wild will receive the Fitterer Service Award; and Christensen and Thompson will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Ajax, of Burnsville, a 1974 Psychology graduate, is president and CEO of the Community Action Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent violence, ensure student success and promote long-term self-sufficiency by residents of Scott and Dakota counties.

Carlson, of Crystal, a 1964 Social Studies graduate, is a retired history and social studies teacher and legislator who has served in the Minnesota House since 1972. He is a staunch advocate of affordable, high-quality, comprehensive higher education. He is chair of the House Finance Committee, and serves on numerous finance subcommittees and the Ways and Means Committee.

Christensen, of Eden Prairie, a 1998 Computer and Information Science graduate, is founder, managing partner and principal consultant for Phoenix Endeavors LLC, a group of senior IT consultants who counsel businesses in enterprise performance management. He has published numerous articles and made national presentations about enterprise performance management. He also mentors at-risk youth, speaks to students about careers in management information science, and serves on the Minnesota State Mankato and Carlson School of Management CIS advisory committees.

Maj. Gen. Hejlik, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., a 1975 Elementary Education graduate, is commanding general of the U. S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command. He has served as senior military fellow to the Council on Foreign Relations, military secretary to the Marine Corps commandant, principal Pentagon director for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, U.S. Special Operations Command chief of staff, director of the Center for Policy, Training and Readiness of the U.S. Special Operations Command, and deputy commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

Dr. Helm, of New Orleans, a 1970 Psychology graduate, is professor of surgery and public health, associate dean of community and minority health education, and head of surgery endoscopy at Louisiana State University's School of Medicine. He also is medical director for gastro-intestinal, outpatient and elective surgery at the Medical Center of Louisiana, New Orleans (Charity and University Hospitals).

Peper, of Villa Park, Calif., a 1955 Chemistry graduate, is co-founder of California Analytical Instruments, one of the world's leading suppliers of quality gas analyzers and emissions measurement devices, and of Environmental Testing Corp., a high-altitude vehicle and engine emission testing laboratory that serves all of the world's automotive manufacturers.

Thompson, of Geneva, Minn., a 1996 Chemistry graduate, is founder of Daisy Blue Naturals personal care products. She is the youngest member of the CEO Peer Council and the youngest and only female member of the Voices for Southern Minnesota Leadership Circle. In 2005 she was a Vanguard nominee, and in 2006 she was a finalist for the Tekne Award for emerging businesses.

Wild, of Mankato, a 1977 Business Management graduate, is owner of Kato Glass in Mankato. For 30 years he's mentored members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. During Homecoming he and his wife Ellen host a bonfire at their home for students and alumni. He also is an avid supporter of Maverick hockey, and has donated to the Athletic Department, the School of Nursing and KMSU-FM.

Zindler, of St. Sulpice, Switzerland, a 1993 Geography graduate, is CEO of Medair, an international humanitarian aid organization. Medair provides support to 2.5 million people worldwide, assisting communities that receive little or no other help from other agencies.

Leadership Institute

Minnesota State Mankato's Leadership Institute is accepting applications for 2007-2008. The institute helps develop faculty and staff leadership skills.

The institute, which started last year, is a selective program for faculty and staff who wish to develop leadership skills, grow in their positions and prepare themselves for the future. A series of day-long sessions including lectures, content, interaction and reflection, the institute covers key issues such as behavioral styles, understanding the inner workings of the University, ethics, communication, change management, power, conflict management and work/life balance.

It is open to all full-time and part-time probationary and permanent faculty and staff, and requires endorsement from your immediate supervisor. Applications are due July 1.

For more information about the Leadership Institute, visit the Professional Development - Leadership page or call Lori Lamb at 507-389-2015.

For departing faculty, staff

Faculty and staff who will not be returning to Minnesota State Mankato because of retirement, resignation, end of appointment or for other reasons are welcome to meet with Therese Mullins (Human Resources) to talk about benefits or other issues. Departing employees also are reminded that all state property must be turned in.

Items that may be state property include:

  • Keys (return to Security);
  • MavCards (to be destroyed by immediate supervisor);
  • Computers, laptops, PDAs, cell phones and the like (turn in to department);
  • Library materials (return to Memorial Library);
  • Purchasing cards (turn in to Business Office);
  • Corporate cards (turn in to Finance & Administration);

Supervisors also must deactivate access to secured systems for employees who are departing.

Departing employees should provide a forwarding address through the self-service Web site or at the Human Resources office. Individuals can also contact IT Services about the possibility of forwarding e-mail to another active account.

KMSU radio-thon is successful

KMSU logo

A 24-hour radio-thon and a flurry of last-minute contributions pushed KMSU-FM over its $20,000 goal during the station's recent pledge drive.

KMSU 89.7 "The Maverick," raised more than half of its record $20,000 total during "Pledge Drive A-Go-Go," when "Shuffle Function" morning show hosts "Shyboy" Tim Lind and Shelley Pierce broadcast live for 24 continuous hours.

"We want to especially thank Tim and Shelley for their phenomenal effort, but the credit goes to our devoted listeners, who came through for us bigger than ever," station manager Jim Gullickson said.

"The university community and the people we serve across Southern Minnesota are telling us they appreciate and support our wide range of music and in-depth information programming that can't be found on any other station," Gullickson said.

LTR-ITS Technology Grants

The first Technology Grant recipients have been announced by Learning Technology Roundtable & Information Technology Services. The grants, totaling more than $100,000, are intended to foster innovative technology for students in one or more of the following areas:

  • New instructional technology for classrooms;
  • New technology support mechanisms for computer classrooms and labs;
  • New uses of technology to enhance student experiences.

The grants are exclusively for technology innovation and enhancement. Cross-discipline projects and projects affecting a large number of students are encouraged.

Grant recipients are:

  • GeoWall Initiative for Development & Deployment: Dan Swart (Chemistry); Ned Williams (Biology); and Don Friend, Steven Losh and Bryce Hoppe (Geology).
  • Enhancing Public Speaking Instruction: Warren Sandmann (Speech);
  • Computer Classroom for Critical Thinking: Dave Bissonnette (Family Consumer Science) and Mary Visser (Human Performance);
  • Using New Remote Sensing Technologies to Enhance Student Learning in a Multi-Curricula Context: Fei Yuan and Martin Mitchell (Geography);
  • Region Free DVDs: Pat Petersen (Modern Languages);
  • AH Electrical Accessibility Enhancement: Wayne Sharp (Academic Classrooms & Technology Services)

Grant recipients will prepare their projects this summer for fall semester implementation, and in January will report to the Learning Technology Roundtable their findings. The sponsors hope that the grants become an annual opportunity to bring innovative technology to students.

Printing tip sheet

A new tip sheet for working with the Printing Services Graphics Lab is now available to faculty, staff and students.

The laminated sheet discusses editing, graphic standards, electronic file formats, graphic images and proofing. Faculty, staff and students can request free copies by calling 389-1181 or emailing

April 19: Schmitz Lecture

Richard R. Schmitz
Richard R. Schmitz

Retired food retailer Richard R. Schmitz will present the annual College of Business lecture that is named for him on Thursday, April 19. The Richard R. Schmitz Lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Trafton Science Center Room C-121. The talk is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Schmitz grew up in Brewster, Minn. In 1965 he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Minnesota State Mankato, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. After graduation he worked as an auditor for Red Owl Stores, Hopkins, Minn. In 1973 he purchased a retail food store in Olivia, Minn., and subsequently acquired and managed six stores in Duluth, Hudson, Wis., and Wausau, Wis. In 2003 he retired.

In 2002 he was awarded the Harold J Fitterer Distinguished Alumni Service Award. In 1992 his Hudson store was recognized as the city's Business of the Year.

Currently he is president of the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Board. He established the annual College of Business lecture several years ago.

April 19: Poet Bob Hicok canceled

The visit by Virginia poet Bob Hicok, scheduled for Thursday, April 19, by the Good Thunder Reading Series, has been canceled. Hicok, an English faculty member at Virginia Tech, has chosen to remain in Blacksburg in support of his colleagues and students following the April 16 shootings.

No plans have been made to reschedule the visit. Hicok was to have met with community writers, be interviewed on KMSU-FM, conduct a discussion on the craft of writing, and read from his published work.

April 20: Green Conference, with Mark Dayton

Mark Dayton
Mark Dayton

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton will speak at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Friday, April 20, as part of the fourth annual Green Conference.

Dayton, who represented Minnesota in the Senate from 2001 to 2007, will speak at 12:45 p.m. on the University's outdoor mall near Centennial Student Union. In case of inclement weather his talk will be moved to a location inside the student union.

The annual conference, sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato's Students for Sustainability, is intended to educate students, faculty, staff and the public about sustainable practices, polices and lifestyles.

The conference starts on Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m. with booths and displays on the outdoor mall by various environment-friendly businesses and agencies. On Friday the displays will open at 10 a.m.

Thursday's conference theme is "What it Means to be Green," and Friday's is "Educating and Promoting Green Legislation." The conference is scheduled to coincide with Earth Day April 22.

April 20: World disaster management

World Disaster managment logoThe CEO of Medair, an international humanitarian aid organization, will discuss "What's Your Vision: A Glimpse of the World of Disaster Management" Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in Armstrong Hall Room 101.

Randall Zindler, a 1993 Minnesota State Mankato Geography graduate, will speak from 2-3 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Kessel Peace Institute, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Zindler will discuss the importance of a clear, focused vision; how Medair serves millions of people affected by disaster; the affect of disaster on individuals, including humanitarian workers in war zones; security issues; and leadership principles.

Zindler will receive a Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award on April 20.

April 21: 'Dress for Success'

2 business peopleThree Minnesota State Mankato offices continue to seek donations of professional clothing for a student "Dress for Success" event Saturday, April 21.

"Dress for Success" will provide Minnesota State Mankato students with free professional clothing. The clothing giveaway will be from 1-4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union rooms 253, 254 and 255. Students also will receive job search facts and information.

The event is hosted by the Graduate Student Association, the Career Development Center, Student Leadership Development & Service Learning and the Women's Center.

The three offices are seeking donations of professional, career-orientated clothing items. Donors may leave items Monday through Thursday, April 16-19, at the Women's Center (CSU218), Career Development Center (WA 209) or the Student Leadership Development and Service Learning area (CSU173).

Items that will not be accepted include jeans, shoes, undergarments, T-shirts or jewelry.

Organizers also are accepting freewill donations for the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Fund.

Those who have questions may contact Liz Tauer at or Kristeen Giese at

April 22: International Festival

the worldThe 2007 Mankato Area International Festival, hosted by the International Student Office and the Mankato Area Public Schools, will be Sunday, April 22.

The 31st annual festival, which attracts international students from across the world, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mankato East High School. Free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, the event provides some 3,000 local participants with the opportunity to see and hear entertainment and meet people from many cultures.

This year's festival, focusing on "One World, Our World," will include singing, dancing, demonstrations, vendors, a silent auction, a colorful flag parade, food from around the world and a fashion show featuring native costumes.

The festival honors Native Americans with an opening drum ceremony starting at 11:15 a.m., an opening flag parade led by Native American Student Association representatives at 11:30 a.m., and another Native American ceremony before the international entertainment segment of the festival.

For more information contact Laura Marsala at 507-389-1281 or, or visit the festival website.

April 23: 'Lessons of Aging'

Helen Kivnick
Helen Kivnick
Jim Klobuchar
Jim Klobuchar

Mankato, Minn. - A professor and a renowned columnist-author will present the second annual Chesley Lecture, "Listening to the Lessons of Aging," Monday, April 23.

Speakers are Helen Kivnick, professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, and Jim Klobuchar, long-time award-winning columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of 20 books. Their lecture, co-sponsored by the University's Center on Aging, will be from 5-8 p.m. at the Country Inn and Suites Conference Room, 1900 Premier Drive, Mankato.

The lecture is open to students, staff, faculty, community leaders and the public, but seating is limited, and participants are urged to register by phone at 507-389-5188, or online. General admission $5 if pre-registered or $8 at the door. Students are free, but they need to register.

Kivnick is a nationally recognized educator, researcher and community activist on the health and well-being of at-risk populations, especially youth and the elderly. Klobuchar was a columnist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 30 years before retiring.

The Chesley Lecture honors Betty Chesley, a benefactor of the Minnesota State Mankato Center on Aging. The center provides education, applied research and resource development services for southern Minnesota's aging network. It also assists organization and community leaders who need consultation, applied research, program evaluation, short-term educational programming and resources for training and skill-building.

April 24: Jean Kilbourne Lecture

the worldThe Women's Center, in collaboration with Campus Recreation, the Counseling Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Student Health Services, will present lecturer Jean Kilbourne discussing "Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness" Tuesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Kilbourne originally was scheduled to speak on Feb. 28, but her appearance was postponed because of a snowstorm. 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).

Her lecture is supported by student activity fees.

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.

April 25: Student caller awards

The 17th Annual Student Caller Award Ceremony will be Wednesday, April 25, from 1:30-3 p.m. in Rooms 253/54/55 of Centennial Student Union. President Richard Davenport and others will thank the 70 student callers for their hard work in raising $855,000 for by June 30.

A reception will start at 1:30 p.m. and the award ceremony will be at 2.

Faculty and staff are invited to stop at the event to show support and thank the student callers. Those who have questions may contact Marie Worrell (University Advancement) at 389-1905.

April 26: Jorge Castañeda

Jorge Castaņeda
Jorge Castañeda

The visit and lecture by former United Mexican States foreign minister Jorge Castañeda has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 26.

Castañeda, foreign minister under former President Vincente Fox, will discuss Mexican-American relations and U.S. immigration policy during a 9 a.m. public lecture in Ostrander Auditorium. He also will meet with students, faculty and staff.

Castañeda was scheduled to visit on April 2, but his trip was canceled due to mechanical problems with his aircraft.

A renowned intellectual, political scientist and writer with an interest in Latin American politics, comparative politics and U.S.-Latin American relations, Castañeda has taught at Mexico's National Autonomous University, Princeton, the University of California-Berkley and, currently, at New York University.

His work as foreign minister under Fox focused on diverse issues in U.S.-Mexican relations including immigration, trade, security and narcotics control; joint diplomatic initiatives by Latin American nations; and global Mexican economic and trade promotion.

Primary sponsor of his visit is the Department of Political Science & Law Enforcement.

April 26: Poetry Readings

book coverNational Poetry Month will be celebrated with poetry readings on Thursday April 26, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

Philip Bryan, Joyce Sutphen and Richard Robbins, whose poetry is included in Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, will be the featured readers.

The collection is the first single-volume, comprehensive survey of Minnesota poetry. It was edited by award-winning editor Robert Hedin, and features generations of poets from Minnesota.

May 18: Proposal-writing workshop

Lynn Miner
Lynn Miner

Lynn Miner of Miner and Associates Inc. will present a workshop, "Proposal Planning and Writing," on Friday, May 18. The event is hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 284, is open to all faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided.

Since founding Miner and Associates in 1992, Miner has trained more than 10,000 successful grant-seekers and fundraisers, helped nonprofit organizations raise multi-millions, and evaluated philanthropy programs. He also reviews proposals for government and foundation sponsors, is the author of two texts on proposal planning and writing, and edits Grantseeker Tips, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter about successful grantseeking and fundraising.

Miner, a retired professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University, has 22 years of experience directing the Marquette Grants Office. He also has served as dean of the Marquette Graduate School and College of Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Participants should register for the workshop. Those who have questions should contact Michelle Carter at 389-2322. Those who want more information about Miner may visit the Miner and Associates, Inc. website.

July: Billiard championships

Minnesota State Mankato will host the National Collegiate and Junior Billiard Championships July 10-15 in the Maverick Game Room of Centennial Student Union.

The Association of College Unions International Collegiate 9-Ball Championships will be July 10-12, and the Junior Championships will be July 12-15, sponsored by the Billiard Education Foundation.

Some 250 athletes are expected at the championships, competing for scholarship awards, an invitation to represent the United States at the WPA Junior World Championships, and other prizes.

The site of the competition - the new Maverick Game Room - features 18 nine-foot Brunswick billiard tables.

To participate in Junior Championships, players must qualify or be appointed by a local league. The four divisions are 19 and under boys, 19 and under girls, 14 and under boys, and 14 and under girls.

Association of College Unions International participants must be invited to participate through a regional tournament.

For more information about the ACUI championships, visit the ACUI website. Junior Championship guidelines are at the Billiard Education website.

The Billiard Education Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to furthering excellence and leadership within the billiard community.

John Frey to remain as CSET dean next year

John Frey has agreed to delay his planned retirement and remain dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology for the 2007-2008 academic year. The top candidate to replace John has accepted a job elsewhere, and a new search has been launched.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott Olson said John's decision "will provide much-needed continuity as the search committee regroups for another national search. It is extremely gracious for Dr. Frey to share his considerable leadership skills with us for one more year, so we should all thank him for his willingness to put MSU's needs before his own retirement."

The search committee for a new CSET dean "did a superb job that resulted in an outstanding candidate, and we quickly made an offer, but unfortunately the candidate has decided instead to accept the offer of a dean position at a research university located in her hometown," Scott said. "That we were able to attract a candidate of this outstanding caliber is testament to the excellent work done by the search committee and its chair, Dean Kaye Herth."

Kaye will continue to chair the new search committee.

Jennifer Guyer-Wood: Summer Institute

Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Career Development Center) will attend the 32nd Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Penn., June 23 through July 18.

The institute provides intensive training in education administration for women administrators and faculty members. It prepares participants to deal with current issues, management and governance in higher education, emphasizing globalization and diversity, and it allows participants to network and learn from nationally known higher education leaders.

Campus applications for the institute were reviewed by the President's Commission on the Status of Women. The institute is co-sponsored by Higher Education Resource Services and Bryn Mawr College.

The program focuses on four areas:

  • Academic environment, including strategic planning, undergraduate learning and teaching, faculty development, student affairs, academic leadership and diversity;
  • Institutional environment, including finance and accounting, budgeting, maintenance, employee and labor relations, endowments, sponsored research, fundraising, capital campaigns, higher education law and boards of trustees;
  • External environment, including political, social and economic trends; financial conditions; demands for accountability; the media; and technology and on-line education;
  • Professional development, including leadership skills, public speaking, self-presentation, strategies for institutional change, professional networks and wellness.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Dawn Albertson (Psychology) presented "Drugs and the Brain: Destroying Old Myths," at the 28th Annual SBS Frontier Forum in March.

Jim Bailey's (Political Science & Law Enforcement) book review of "Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab 'The Body Farm' Where the Dead Do Tell Tales" was published in Forensic Science International. His article "Digital Infrared Photography to Develop GSR Patterns" was accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. And his article, "A Classification System and Identification Key for .177 caliber Pellets," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Mary Beatty, Kellian Clink, Julie Dornack, Lee Ann Larson, and Becky Schwartzkopf (Library Services) were recognized as "Women of Courage and Vision" by the President's Commission on the Status of Women, the Women's Center, and the Panhellenic Association at a 2007 Women's History Month celebration reception.

Sue Bell (Nursing) has been selected to serve as chair-elect for the Nursing Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Barb Bergman (Library Services) co-authored two articles in the latest issue of College & University Media Review. The articles are "Singing like a fish, part 1: Access, use and production of multimedia in academic assignments" and "Singing like a fish, part 2: A select annotated digital media webliography."

Bobby Bothmann (Library Services) will receive the 2007 Esther J. Piercy Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services at the organization's annual conference in June. He also presented two sessions at the Regional Ex Libris User Group meeting in Minneapolis, "Using Indexing to Leverage Our Catalog Data for Users" and "From Database to ILL Request: Making the Connection with OpenURL."

William Brennan (Economics) presented "Price Dispersion with Differing Consumer Values" at the Midwest Economics Association Meeting recently.

Janet Cherrington's (Urban & Regional Studies) abstract, "Community-University Partnerships: How Do We Achieve the Promise," was accepted for presentation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 2007 conference. Her article, "New Prague: A Tradition in Progress in Parks & Recreation," was published in the "Minnesota Women in City Government" newsletter.

Dawn Clyne (Library Services) received MAPE Achievement Award in the amount of $1,000.

Marsha Danielson (University Advancement) has been selected one of the Mankato YWCA's 2007 Women of Distinction. She will be honored Thursday, April 19, at the 35th Annual Women of Distinction event.

An article by Valerie DeFor (Healthcare Education Industry Partnership), "Educating our Health Care Workforce," recently was published in the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health & Primary Care Quarterly.

Alisa Eimen (Art) presented "Wellspring or Dam? The Politics of Tradition in Contemporary Art in Iran" at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York.

Donald Friend (Geography) and two others recently co-authored an article, "Statistical estimation and generalized additive modeling of rock glacier distribution in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, United States," that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Dave Gjerde (Registrar) was a co-presenter of "Academic Fraud and Misrepresentation" at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers conference.

Mary Hadley and Jeff Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) and John Kaliski (Management) presented a paper, "Improving the Communication and Efficiency in Grading of Laboratory Reports," at the ACS National Meeting in Chicago in March.

Beth Handler (Special Education) recently presented a paper on perceptions of preservice teachers at the seventh annual Conference on Disability Studies in Education, and another paper about perceptions of educational professionals at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Melissa Holmberg (Library Services) co-authored an article, "Plagiarism in Science and Technology Master's Theses: a Follow-up Study," that was recently published in the New Review of Information Networking.

Bill Hudson (ECET) was program organizer and lead facilitator at the 23rd annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association in March. He also served on a panel, which discussed the costs and benefits of program assessment.

Jim Johnson (Art) received a 2007 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He also had a sculpture featured in the 50th annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition at Beloit College.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) presented "Critical sets of inertias for patterns" at the University of Victoria. In-Jae also will present "Sign patterns that allow a positive or nonnegative inverse" at the Mathematical Association of America meeting at Drake University.

Clark Johnson (Social Studies) recently presented "Students as Campaign Workers: Recreating the Work of the Real Political Campaign in your Classroom" at the Lakes Regional Social Studies Conference in Shakopee.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) and Suzanne Bunkers (English) led their fifth study-travel tour to Italy during spring break 2007. They led a group of 34 students through many museums and political landmarks.

Mika Negishi Laidlaw (Art) recently presented "McKnight Artist Workshop" at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. She also had her art featured in "Two by Two: small-scale ceramic sculpture biennial" at Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art, "Ceramics Today" at Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, "Joint Couples in Clay" at Armstrong's Gallery, Pomona, Calif., and "Big Muddy" in the Quigley Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jon Lim and Soonhwan Lee (Human Performance) presented "Digital Video Technology Integration into the Sport Management Classroom" at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Baltimore. Their article, "An Empirical Study on the Probability of Winning: The Case of National Basketball Association (NBA)," was selected for presentation at the National Conference of the North American Society for Sport Management. Jon's presentation, "Event Management: From the Classroom to the Real World: A Case Study," will be featured at the National Conference of the North American Society for Sport Management.

An article by Saleheen Khan (Economics), "Can Margin Borrowing Explain Rising Bankruptcy in the U.S.?" was featured recently in Empirical Economics Letters. Saleheen also presented "Immigration and Economic Growth: Cointegration Under Structural Breaks" and "U.S. Bankruptcy in the 90s: A Vector Autoregressive Analysis" at the Midwest Economics Association Meeting.

Joni Myers (Library Services) recently received the Middle Management Achievement Award.

Liz Miller (Art) received a 2007 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She recently exhibited art in "Environments of Invention" at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, "Latitude: London/Minneapolis/New York City" at the Fieldgate Gallery in London, and "Ostentatious Onslaught" at Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado.

Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) will present "An Overview of NASA's Stardust Mission" at the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers Conference at Bethany Lutheran College. He also will present "NASA's Genesis and Stardust Missions: Bringing the Sun and Comets to Earth" at the Department of Physics Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and "NASA's Genesis and Stardust Missions: An Update" at the Department of Physics Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

An article co-authored by Mark A. Pickar (Physics & Astronomy), "Deuteron-deuteron elastic scattering at 231.8 MeV," has been accepted for publication by the Primary Journal for Nuclear Physics in North America.

Mezbahur Rahman (Mathematics & Statistics) co-authored an article, "On the Box-Cox Transformation in Semiparametric Density Estimation," that has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Indian Statistical Association.

Farid Sabongi (Interior Design & Construction Management) has received an award from the St. Croix Falls, Wis. Chamber of Commerce for his renovation of the Eagle Valley Bank in downtown St. Croix Falls.

Richard C. Schiming (Economics) presented "From Chalk & Talk to Walk the Walk" at the MyEconLab Teaching Forum in Dallas in March.

Todd Shanafelt (Art) received a 2007 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His art recently was featured in the "Contemporary Ceramics Invitational" at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, and "Metallurgy and Mineralogy: The Multi Media Ceramic Vessel Invitiational" as part of the Allen R. Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville.

An article by Michael Spencer (Economics), "Using Rebate Rules to Provide and Value Threshold Public Goods: An Overview of Experimental Economic Research with Implications for Natural Resources Management," recently was published in the Taiwan Journal of Forest Science. He also co-authored "Using Risk-Based Analysis and Geographic Information Systems to Assess Flooding Problems in an Urban Watershed in Rhode Island" in Environmental Management.

John Thoemke (Chemistry & Geology) presented "Formation and Fate of Reactive Oxygen Species in Aquatic Environments" at the American Chemical Society national meeting recently.

Kristen Treinen (Speech Communication) recently received the 2007 Central States Communication Association's "Outstanding New Teacher Award."

Erik Watterkotte (Art) recently had his art featured at the Boston Printmakers 2007 North American Print Biennial and the Global Matrix II, International Print Biennial at Purdue University.

Betty Young (Family Consumer Science) has been awarded the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award for helping to eliminate racism and empowering women.

Qun Zhang (ECET) presented "A Rigorous Optical DPSK Transceiver Model and BER Calculation Using the KLSE Method" at the 41st annual Conference on Information Science and Systems at Johns Hopkins University recently. An abstract by Qun, "GUI based computer modeling & design platform to promote interactive learning in fiber optic communications," has been accepted for the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conferences.

Emily Kofoed: All-American

Senior Emily Kofoed (Mass Communications) is one of 17 students nationwide to be named a 2007 All-American at the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament.

Emily was named to the All-American Team at the 30th American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament at Minnesota State Mankato. Students are selected based on academic achievement, competitive success in AFA-NIET forensics, and campus and community service.

She is the fifth Minnesota State Mankato student to earn the distinction since the NIET All-American Team was established in 2001. Alumni who've been selected as All-Americans in the past are Matthew Collie (2006), Heather Jean Kaiser (2004), Chad Kuyper (2003) and Seth Michael Smith (2001).

She has been a member of the Minnesota State Mankato Forensics Team for four years.

Student Achievements

John Freiderich and Richard Wienhold presented at a recent American Chemical Society national meeting.

Ryan Henkensiefken recently received the Minnesota ASCE Outstanding Student Award and the Minnesota ASCE Activities Award at the annual Minnesota ASCE award dinner in Minneapolis.


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