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May 2, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Spring commencement

graduatesMore than 1,200 students will participate in three Spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, and 1,711 will graduate.

Ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in Bresnan Arena of Taylor Center. Students in the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those with the colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Education will participate in the noon event; and students in the colleges of Business and Social and Behavioral Sciences will be graduated in the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Master's-degree candidates will graduate with the college of their affiliation.

Music for the three ceremonies will be provided by the Minnesota Valley Brass Quintet (Gerard Aloisio, CSB, Stewart Ross, CETL, and Doug Snapp, Music; Tom Giles, emeriti, and alumnus Dave Schultz).

The graduates will be greeted by Mary Jacquart, director of government relations for the Office of the Chancellor, and David Paskach, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Student speakers for the 9 a.m. ceremony will be Alison Mary Hansen, College of Arts & Humanities, and Eric John Raymer, College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Speakers for the noon ceremony will be Andrea Lauren Valberg, College of Allied Health & Nursing, and Heidi Jo Nistler, College of Education. Speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be Emily Rachel Toot, College of Business, and Tamara Lynn Bell, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Summer tuition waiver

Faculty and staff who plan to request a tuition waiver benefit for themselves or their dependents for summer term 2007 are reminded to submit timely tuition waiver request paperwork to prevent registration cancellation for nonpayment under the current tuition payment policy.

Although the provisions require the tuition waiver form to be submitted "no later than 10 days following the start of the course for which the user is seeking to waive tuition and/or fees," submitting the form after the earliest tuition due date of Friday, May 11, will not prevent the automatic registration cancellation to occur.

To safeguard against cancelled registrations, employees intending to use the tuition waiver benefit are strongly encouraged to submit the [PDF] request form (170 KiB) for summer term credits. The form should be turned into the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible.

Those who intend to file the tuition waiver request form but are unable to do so within the timelines of the new tuition payment policy may submit an online "Intent to File" form to Student Financial Services.

Submitting an "Intent to File" form does not replace the official tuition waiver request form, nor will it result in a tuition waiver transaction on a student's record. The "Intent to File" is simply a communication tool between the employee and the Student Financial Services staff reviewing student accounts prior to the registration cancellation process.

Highland Summer Theater

ticketsSeason tickets are available for the 41st annual Highland Summer Theatre. Cost is $52. Individual tickets for all shows are available beginning May 21.

The season begins in Andreas Theatre May 29-June 3 with Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," sponsored by Hale Associates, followed by "The Robber Bridegroom" in Ted Paul Theatre June 14-17. The third show is "The Runner Stumbles" June 26-July 1 in Andreas Theatre, sponsored by the Minnesota State TRIO Programs. "Bye Bye Birdie" is the musical finale July 13-15 and 19-22 in Ted Paul Theatre, sponsored by Eide Bailly, the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA, and the Pamela and R. Wynn Kearney Foundation

Those who want a season brochure may call the Department of Theatre & Dance at 507-389-2118, or may visit Beginning Monday, May 21, individual tickets for shows are available by calling 507-389-6661 or by visiting the department web site.

Work-study requests

Student Financial Services will soon communicate with departments about requesting work-study student employees for the 2007-2008 academic year. The process will be the same as in past years, with departments submitting requests online.

Faculty and staff will need to submit a request in order to be assigned work-study student employees, even if the work-study students are returning. Watch for an email soon from Student Financial Services regarding this process.

After-hours building security

key Students who are required to remain in a campus building after the building is locked must possess a pass, and university policy requires that security officers establish the identity of persons inside the locked buildings.

Students under the direct supervision of a faculty/staff member do not need a building pass to remain after a building is closed.

Security officers will request a university ID from all persons encountered in locked buildings. Those who do not provide a university faculty/staff ID or a MavCard accompanied by a valid building pass will be escorted from the building, and security will confiscate any university keys in their possession.

It is very important that departments issuing building passes do so thoroughly and correctly. Security will provide supervisors with a complete list of directions about issuing valid building passes.

Students may obtain passes from their dean's office or Campus Security during business hours. Passes are available by semester or for the entire academic year.

The university building pass policy is outlined at the Security website, under "Services" and then "Building Passes." Those who have questions may contact Campus Security at 507-389-2111.

Steam shutdown is May 12

steamThe annual steam shutdown will begin Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m., and steam will be back up by noon Monday, May 21.

The shutdown allows staff to repair all components to ensure that the system is reliable for the upcoming year. With pressure in the steam system at 150 pounds per square inch, and temperatures of more than 365 degrees, the only way staff members can work on the system is to shut it down.

Humidity levels may be slightly higher than normal, because there will be no steam available to re-heat cooled air. Steam also tempers air conditioning, so employees may temporarily experience cooler-than-normal temperatures in their work areas. Most buildings have electric backup water heaters for domestic water (sinks and showers), with the exception of Taylor Center and Trafton Science Center.

Some areas of the residence hall facilities have electric backup water heaters for hot water in sinks and showers, but many do not. Those who have questions about particular areas should contact Residential Life at 389-1011. Those who have any questions or concerns about academic buildings or the outage in general should call the Physical Plant at 389-2071.

The shutdown will affect the following buildings: All residence hall facilities, Andreas Theatre, Armstrong Hall, Centennial Student Union, Highland Center, Highland North, Memorial Library, Morris Hall, Myers Field House, Nelson Hall, Pennington Hall, Performing Arts Center, Taylor Center, Trafton Science Center (North, South, Center, East), Wigley Administration Building, Wiecking Center, Wiecking Shop Building and Wissink Hall.

These buildings will in general feel cool during the steam shutdown (regardless of outdoor air temperature), and humidity may get higher.

Some special areas and functions also will be affected by the shutdown: Highland Center Swimming Pool (showers in HC will have hot water); kitchens in CC, Gage, CSU and Children's House; Trafton auto claves, lab steam, greenhouse, animal labs; Taylor Center (no hot water); Crawford (no hot water); Highland Center laundry (no heat for dryers).

Lost and found

lost and found boxStudents, faculty and staff may reclaim lost items by checking the University's lost-and-found database Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3. The database will be at a lost-and-found table in Centennial Student Union.

On May 2 the table will be open from noon to 3 p.m., and on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Campus Security keeps a database of lost items that are turned in. Items are kept for six months, but many of them will be disposed of this summer if they are unclaimed.

Those who have lost an item will be asked to provide a thorough description. Faculty and staff are urged to mention the lost-and-found table dates to students.

Students, faculty or staff may contact lost and found at (507) 389-2111, or report a lost item online at the Security Services page and select "Report a Lost Item."

Jennifer Guyer-Wood is HERS delegate

Jennifer Guyer-Wood
Jennifer Guyer-Wood

Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Career Development Center) has been selected to attend the 32nd Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration June 23 through July 18.

The institute, at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Penn., provides women administrators and faculty members with intensive training in education administration, examining current issues, management and governance in higher education.

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

Jennifer came to Minnesota State Mankato in 2002 after working at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the University of St. Thomas. She counsels students on job search issues, connects with faculty and employers, and coordinates student part-time employment.

She is president of Minnesota College Personnel Association and is co-chair of the Minnesota State Mankato Student Affairs Professional Development Committee.

Dean Bowyer: Winningest coach

Dean Bowyer
Dean Bowyer

Dean Bowyer (Intercollegiate Athletics) became Minnesota's winningest baseball coach last month when the Mavericks swept a doubleheader from St. Cloud State, boosting Dean's career record to 1,021-564-10.

No other coach in Minnesota has totaled that many collegiate victories. Gary Grob of Winona State retired in 2002 with 1,020 wins.

Dean had 74 coaching wins in his first four years at Minot State before taking over at Minnesota State Mankato in 1977.

On Saturday, April 28, the Department of Athletics hosted a banquet honoring Bowyer as the seventh coach in NCAA Division II history to reach the 1,000-career-victories mark.

National award for Paul Allan

Paul Allan
Paul Allan

Paul Allan (Athletics) is the winner of College Sports Information Directors of America 2007 Warren Berg Award. The honor goes to a college division member who has made outstanding contributions to college sports information.

Paul will receive the award at the 2007 CoSIDA Workshop in San Diego July 3.

Under his direction, the Minnesota State Mankato Athletic Communications office has won 19 national publication awards from CoSIDA, including 10 "Best in the Nation" citations.

In addition to serving on several committees within CoSIDA, Paul is a member of the Harlon Hill National Advisory Committee which selects the NCAA Division II football Player of the Year. He is also a regional voting member for the Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Economic impact study

Minnesota State Mankato students are being asked to participate in an online survey that is part of a study to determine the University's economic impact on the Mankato area economy.

The survey is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Office of Integrated Marketing, and is being conducted by Wilder Research of St. Paul, a branch of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. In addition to the student survey, Wilder Research is examining statistics relating to the economic impact of faculty and staff, university operations, campus construction and maintenance, athletics and vendors.

The economic impact study is expected to be completed sometime this summer.

The student survey asks questions about spending, work and living arrangements. It is completely voluntary and confidential, and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

Students may complete the economic impact survey by logging in at the Minnesota State Economic Impact Survey page.

Move Crew volunteers needed

students moving The Department of Residential Life seeks faculty and staff volunteers to greet students and parents as they arrive to move in to residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Faculty and staff play the important role of greeting students and parents and directing them to the correct buildings to get keys and information. The student, faculty and staff assistants form the "Stomper Move Crew" that annually welcomes new students to campus.

Stomper Move Crew volunteers receive a T-shirt to wear during their shift.

Those who are interested in volunteering or have questions should contact Torin Akey (Residential Life) at or 507-389-1011 by Thursday, May 31.

Torin needs to know:

  • T-shirt size (s, m, l, xl, xxl, xxxl)
  • Shift preference (8-11 a.m.; 10:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1-4 p.m.)

Additional information will be provided to move crew volunteers in August

Gold prize winners

gold permitPrize winners have been determined in the annual Gold permit drawing.

Those who applied and paid the $230 Gold fee by April 17 were eligible to win prizes. The winners are:

  • Sharon Sandland and Steve Larson, $50 cash from M & M Vending; Josh Rasmussen and Georgia Holmes, $50 gift card from Barnes & Noble.
  • Ten people won $20 in MavCash: Virginia Fitzloff, Corey Jordan, Susan Dueis, Carol Seifert, Melissa VanWinkle, Patrick Tebbe, Michelle Johnson, Margaret Lawrence, Nicholas Graham and Tonja Schmidtke.

Those who want more information may go to the Parking website

May 2: Italy 2008 meeting

Coliseum Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) and Suzanne Bunkers (English) will hold their first informational meeting on Wednesday, May 2, for their Italy 2008 study-travel program.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. in AH 233. Rome, Pompeii, Naples and Sorrento are on the itinerary for next year's trip, scheduled for March 7-16, 2008. Additional information meetings will be held in the fall. More information is available at Italy Study Tour website

In March of this year the 34-person group led by Joe and Suzanne toured the University of Bologna, with many members continuing to Ravenna to study Byzantine mosaics in several churches. The group also traveled to Florence, visiting the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Academia and other major art museums as well as historical and political sites. The group concluded with several days in Venice, visiting the Doge's Palace and historical sites and museums.

Students who participated earned three credits for successful completion of the seven-week course that preceded the tour.

May 3: Honoring retirees

At least 34 retiring employees will be honored at the annual retirement luncheon Thursday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Those planning to attend the luncheon were to RSVP to Human Resources by April 20.

The 34 honored retirees as of March 26 are: D. Daryl Adams, Michael Barnett, Sandra Baynes, Dudley Berger, Thomas Bliese, Lynn Blumenshein, Darrol Bussler, Garnet Cafourek, LeeAnn Christian, Corinne Dickey, Harry Dunscombe, Nancy Hallett, Rene Hersrud, N. Doran Hunter, Kent Kalm, Eileen Kivi, Barbara Lamont, Lance Leipold, Rose Marie Ley, James Lindberg, Gael Mericle, R. Bruce Mericle, Edward Micus, John Murphy, Patricia Peterson, Richard Roiger, Thomas Schmid, Janice Schmidt, Regina Smith , Jeanne Steil, Phyllis Tiedeken, H. Dean Trauger, Joseph Walsh and Eugene Wytaske.

May 3, 4: Aircraft on campus

Diamond DA20 EclipseA new Diamond DA20 Eclipse two-seat airplane will be displayed on campus Thursday and Friday, May 3-4, by North Star Aviation, Inc., the flight training provider for the Aviation program.

North Star Aviation uses the Diamond and other new airplanes in the University flight training program. From 8 a.m. Thursday to noon Friday the airplane will be displayed on the Campus Mall, next to the World's Fair Fountain.

The display, which will include music and a screen displaying aviation movies, is intended to promote the Aviation program to students. The display also will feature a food drive hosted by Alpha Eta Rho, the flight fraternity. Students who bring a non-perishable food item to the display will be eligible for drawings for five free, half-hour flights in the Diamond aircraft.

The Diamond is one of several new, state-of-the-art aircraft that were purchased recently by North Star and painted with purple-and-gold colors.

More information about the Aviation program is available by calling 507-389-1661, or by emailing Craig Ruedy (Aviation) at

May 3, 4: Dance concert

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present its Spring Collections Dance Concert, "An Evening of Dance and Multimedia," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Among the nine pieces to be performed are four student-choreographed works, one by a guest choreographer, Keith Johnson, and four by Minnesota State dance faculty, Julie Kerr-Berry and Brad Garner. Musical accompaniment ranges from Claude Debussy to Peggy Lee to Imogen Heap.

One of Garner's pieces, "New Amsterdam," features 12 dancers and five dress form mannequins. It premiered at the American College Dance Festival in Milwaukee in March and was selected to represent the best of the North Central Region in its pinnacle Gala performance.

"Travelling II" (Four Postcards), which kicks off the second half of the concert, was choreographed by guest artist Keith Johnson and is performed by Brad Garner. This collaboration marks the first time this piece has been restaged on another dancer since it was first premiered in Salt Lake City in 1998.

Individual tickets for the Spring Collections Dance Concert are available by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at 507-389-6661 or by visiting the department web site at Dance website. Tickets are $8 regular admission, $7 for discounted and $6 for current Minnesota State students.

May 5: Edward Micus celebration

Landing Zones by Edward Micus
Landing Zones by Edward Micus

Local writer Edward Micus' (Center for Academic Success) works will be read and his teaching will be celebrated Saturday, May 5, in an event sponsored by the creative writing program.

The event, in Room 253 of Centennial Student Union, will start at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Ed recently retired from his academic support position. He began work at the University in 1988, serving as assistant director for the Center for Academic Success until early this year. Before joining the University, he taught school for 12 years in New Ulm and Storden-Jeffers. He earned a master of arts degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State Mankato in 1992.

His writing has earned an Emerging Voices Award from The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and a Loft McKnight Award in Poetry. His prose has appeared in The Laurel Review, The North American Review and other publications. His poems have been published in Poetry, The Seneca Review, Verse, Chelsea, Harvard Magazine, The New York Quarterly, Indiana Review, Passages North and others. His book of stories, Landing Zones, was published by New Rivers Press and was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.

Those who want more information about the event may call Richard Robbins (English) at 507-389-1354.

May 6: 'Hansel and Gretel'

Hansel and GretelNineteenth-century German composer Engelbert Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel" will be performed by the Department of Music Opera Workshop on Sunday, May 6.

The production, directed by Kimm Julian (Music), will be at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. It will be the final performance of the department's 2007 spring concert season.

Humperdinck's classic "Hansel and Gretel" is based on a story written in 1812 by the Grimm brothers. In the 1890s, Adelheid Wette wrote a libretto based on the fairy tale and asked Humperdinck, her brother, to set it to music as Christmas entertainment for her children. Later, the two turned their project into a full-scale opera.

Kimm wanted a community effort, so he turned to Julie Aune and the Mankato Children's Chorus for the opera's Gingerbread Chorus. For the production's ballet of 14 angels, Julian recruited choreographer Eryn Michlitsch and the Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota.

Theater Arts student Laura Nigon designed the set with assistance from the Department of Theatre scene shop and Tom Bleise's scenic painting class. The theatre department also provided some props and costumes, with the assistance of Ester Iverson.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. General admission is $8; tickets for students (K-12) are $4; and students with a valid MavCard are $4. Those who want tickets or more information may call Dale Haefner (Music) at (507) 389-5549.

May 9: Campus cleanup

flowersCampus flower planting and cleanup will be Wednesday, May 9. Employees are encouraged to help beautify the campus by joining teams who will plant flowers, rake or pick up litter.

The effort, organized by Facilities Management, will start at noon on the Campus Mall with a lunch of hot dogs and chips donated by University Dining Services. After lunch, volunteers will be assigned an area of the campus on which to pick up litter, rake or plant flowers.

Those who have questions may contact Donna Hensel (Facilities Management) at 389-2267.

May 14: Employee appreciation

employeesThe annual Employee Appreciation Breakfast will be held in Carkoski Commons Monday, May 14, from 8-10 a.m.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend as a thank-you for their dedicated service to the University during 2006-2007. President Richard Davenport will speak at 8:45 a.m.

Offices may be closed for the period of time that staff members are at the event. Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Office of Disability Services at the Accessibility Resources website, 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

May 14, 16: Fire extinguisher training

fire extinguisherFire extinguisher training for employees will be conducted by the Mankato Fire Department on Monday May 14, at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. Training will be on the north side of Memorial Library. Each class is limited to 25 individuals. Those who wish to participate should email Rob McGinn (Environmental Health & Safety) at to register.

June 30: Thunder of Drums

The Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club will present the annual Thunder of Drums Saturday, June 30, at Blakeslee Field.

At 6:45 p.m. the Mankato 77 Lancers will perform. Drum Corps competition begins at 7 p.m.

Competing drum corps include: Madison Scouts (Madison, Wis.), Santa Clara (Calif.) Vanguard, Spirit (Jacksonville, Ala.), Pacific Crest (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Southwind (Lexington, Ky.), Govenaires (St. Peter) and Chops, Inc. (St. Cloud).

Tickets are $16 in advance (reserved seats), $18 (reserved seats at gate), $8 in advance (general admission) and $10 (general admission at gate). Tickets are available at Music Mart, Cub Food Stores, HyVee Food Stores and Ray's Market.

Those who want more information may go to the Thunder of Drums website

Students to paint diversity mural

paintbrushStudents from Minnesota State Mankato and Franklin Elementary School will create a "Celebrating Diversity" mural at the school with a grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Valspar Corp.

The Co-Curricular Service program recently received a Picture-It-Painted grant from Valspar and SMIF. The grant will provide free paint to the students so they can create a mural to recognize and celebrate diversity at Franklin Elementary.

The project is intended to represent each Franklin student's ethnic experience within the mural. The Minnesota State Mankato students will serve as mentors to the Franklin students as they paint the mural.

The Co-Curricular Service Program is part of the department of Student Leadership Development & Service-Learning.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Beth Handler (Special Education) was selected as a 2007 Summer Fellow of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College Institute for Higher Education Management.

John J. Janc (Modern Languages) presented "Si nous aidions nos étudiants à s'exprimer, si nous les aidions à apprendre" at the annual meeting of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching in Las Vegas in April.

Nanette Johnson-Curiskis (Speech Communication) was inducted into the Redwood Valley (Minn.) Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame for 2007. The Hall of Fame recognizes alumni, former school staff members and community members who have made significant differences in the lives of others. She will be recognized at a banquet in May. Nanette graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1966.

Tracy Pellett (Academic Affairs) and Jason Westman (Academic Success Center) received a Minnesota State CTL Instructional Development Grant to help expand college readiness in the local public schools. The project entails working with seven public school districts and their teachers to develop web-based tutorials that can be used by students, teacher aides, paraprofessionals and parents.

Student Achievements

The Minnesota State Student Association held its general elections April 10, and a record turnout of 3,117 students elected Chris Frederick president and Casey Carmody vice president. They were inaugurated in a ceremony on April 25. For complete election results, visit the MSSA website.

Fifteen students recently were selected as Student Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors represent the university on a daily basis, giving tours, hosting alumni and participating actively in the community. Ambassadors are selected based on strong academic performance, positive attitude toward Minnesota State Mankato, solid communication skills and desire to be leaders. Student Ambassadors are: MaryKay Bergeron, Anne Rix, Angela Clitty, Hallie Hauser, Ashley Billmeyer, Jennifer Weiske, Kate Beiswanger, Jake Hull, Rudi Vennard, Courtney Schroeder, JoHannah Hoffner, Amanda Clemens, Allison Michelson, Claude Godfrey, and Alicia Johnson.


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the biweekly campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Mike Cooper at The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published May 16. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (May 11).