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June 20, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Marilyn Delmont is new VP-Technology

Marilyn DelmontPresident Richard Davenport recently announced the appointment of Marilyn Delmont as vice president of technology and chief information officer (CIO). She will assume her duties on July 16.

As vice president and CIO, she will be responsible for technology vision, strategic leadership and management of the Information Technology Service units. The ITS division is responsible for all technology related instructional, administrative and academic needs of the University.

"I am excited about the wealth of experiences that Ms. Delmont brings to Minnesota State Mankato," President Davenport said. "She is currently chief information officer for the City of Chandler, Ariz., where she directs citywide technology and manages a staff of 57 employees and a budget of over $16 million. She has held progressively more responsible positions at Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (MARTA) in Atlanta, Ga., was director of computer information systems and services at Emory University/Carter Presidential Center, director of management information systems at Spelman College in Atlanta, and her career has included other technology positions in business and industry."

Ms. Delmont holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from Tarkio College and is currently enrolled in a masters' program at the University of Phoenix. She has received numerous awards, including CIO magazine's 2006 "Ones to Watch" award, CIO magazine's 2005 and 2004 "CIO 100" awards, and the Digital Cities 2004 and 2006 awards.

"The search committee, under the leadership of Vice President Pat Swatfager-Haney, identified and brought to campus strong candidates," President Davenport added. "The committee worked quickly in reviewing application materials and selecting finalists for this position. I sincerely appreciate the outstanding work of this committee."

"Bryan Schneider has served with distinction as interim vice president for technology and CIO during this past year and will return to his position as director of technical services. I very much appreciate the leadership Bryan provided not only to the IT division, but also as a member of my Cabinet."

David Williams named Fulbright Scholar

David WilliamsDavid Williams (University Advancement) has been named a 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar. He will participate in the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program in Berlin Oct. 28 to Nov. 10, sharing fundraising expertise and learning about German higher education administration.

David is one of 25 administrators nationwide selected for the Germany program, and his Fulbright award is the 22nd at Minnesota State Mankato.

The seminar, for university administrators who manage and raise funds for international programs, includes briefings, government appointments, campus visits and cultural events. The two-part program includes an introduction to Germany's higher education system and small-group discussions focusing on specific aspects of international program administration.

David will collaborate with two German universities - Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen - sharing ideas and providing assistance regarding the schools' fundraising strategies and techniques.

The Fulbright International Education Administrators seminars introduce U.S. leaders to other countries' culture and higher education systems through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings.

The Fulbright Scholars Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Its purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

New extended learning center planned

girl at computerMinnesota State Mankato and three Minnesota State colleges are seeking space in the southwest Twin Cities suburbs for a new extended learning center.

Minnesota State plans to lease space between I-494 and Mankato to offer classes through Hennepin Technical College, Normandale Community College, South Central College and Minnesota State Mankato. Minnesota State Mankato would be the partnership's lead institution, and Minnesota State hopes to open the center by August 2008.

The university and colleges would offer an array of classes to fulfill undergraduate, graduate and specialized training needs.

Demographic projections indicate that communities along Hwy. 169 in Scott and Carver counties have a growing population of traditionally college-aged residents (18 to 24), as well as adult students (25 and older). In addition, the southwest suburbs are home to an increasing number of new businesses which will need customized training and continuing education for their employees.

Population growth in the southwest Twin Cities is a major consideration for the new center. Four of the top 10 fastest-growing metropolitan communities are in the southwest: Shakopee, Eden Prairie, Prior Lake and Chaska.

Five years of Excellence Awards

mn state colleges logoFor the fifth consecutive year, Minnesota State Mankato has received awards for academic and student affairs program excellence from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

John Frey, dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology, received the Outstanding Academic and Student Affairs Administrator Award. The University's Manufacturing Engineering Technology program received the Excellence in Curriculum Programming Award.

The awards were presented at the Minnesota State system trustees' meeting in April.

Minnesota State Mankato is the only Minnesota college or university to receive a program excellence award each year since the competition started in 2003, and the only institution to capture two or more awards for four years in a row. It is one of only four colleges and universities to win awards in 2007.

"These awards recognize the outstanding work by many individuals and various institutions to raise the bar on delivering high-quality programs to the people of Minnesota," said Chancellor James H. McCormick. "They are excellent examples of the Board of Trustees' desire to encourage and reward innovation on our campuses."

John was honored as a Minnesota State administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has made a significant contribution to academic and student affairs programming in Minnesota.

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, chaired by Ann Goebel, was recognized for its online Manufacturing Engineering Technology bachelor's and master's degree program coursework. The program courses allow students to work at their own pace in advanced courses. Minnesota State officials praised the program for advancing goals of the Minnesota Center of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence.

The awards mark the second time in 2007 that Minnesota State Mankato has been honored by the system for outstanding leadership and programming. Earlier this year the University received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System awards for financial and facilities management excellence.

Maverick Athletics: Fourth in nation

US sports academyMinnesota State Mankato athletics finished fourth in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup final standings for 2006-07 -- the Mavericks' highest-ever Directors' Cup ranking, and the sixth consecutive year in which the Mavericks improved their ranking.

Twelve Maverick teams posted top 25 finishes in NCAA postseason competition.

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup honors institutions that maintain a broad-based program and achieve success in many men's and women's sports.

Intercollegiate Athletics' previous best Directors' Cup ranking was last year, at eighth. Minnesota State Mankato has finished in the top 25 six times in the 12 years since the Directors' Cup was inaugurated - 4th this year, 8th in 2005-06, 10th in 2004-05, 16th in 1995-96, 20th in 2003-04, 22nd in 2002-03 and 23rd in 2001-02.

The fourth-place ranking caps a banner season for Maverick Athletics. The Mavericks won their third consecutive North Central Conference men's all-sports trophy, as well as the NCC Cup.

"I am extremely proud of this accomplishment, as it is a broad-based measure of the program's overall success," said Kevin Buisman (Athletics). "This outcome is based on a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment from our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and I want to personally thank each of them for their individual contributions in allowing our overall program to attain this kind of success on a national level. We hope that these achievements are meaningful to our fans and followers and as we continue to aim higher, that they will support us in our ongoing endeavors to build champions both in sport and in life."

Teams with top-25 finishes in 2006-07 NCAA postseason events were wrestling (fourth), women's bowling (fifth), men's cross country (ninth), men's basketball (ninth), men's indoor track & field (12th), women's indoor track & field (12th), men's swimming (20th), men's outdoor track and field (21st), women's outdoor track and field (24th), women's swimming (25th), baseball (25th) and softball (25th).

June 21: Model rocket launch

rocketFaculty, staff, students and community members are invited to watch the launching of model rockets built by aerospace summer camp participants on Thursday, June 21, at the men's baseball diamond (weather permitting).

The launches, conducted by faculty members Nihad Daidzic (Aviation) and Vojin Nikolic (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), will be from 10 a.m. to noon. They are free and open to the public, and spectators may watch from the field's bleachers.

The "Reaching for the Stars" aerospace summer camp started June 11 and continues through Friday, June 22. Students entering their junior year in high school have built model airplanes, are completing the model rockets, and have flown in flight simulators.

The rocket launching will test the students' designs. Later that day the students will take airplane rides at the Mankato Airport.

The purpose of the summer camp is to introduce high school students to careers in engineering and science -- particularly aerospace and aeronautics careers. The camp provides a way for students to learn about the principles of atmospheric and space flight, as well as about general engineering.

The camp, sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering, is primarily for students who are undecided about a career, and who otherwise might not consider a career in the sciences or engineering. Those who want more information may go to the Aerospace Summer Camp website.

'Runner,' 'Birdie' conclude summer season

Highland Summer Theatre One premiere and one reprise of a popular, previously staged production will comprise the second half of the 41st annual Highland Summer Theatre later this month and in July.

"The Runner Stumbles," by Milan Stitt, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, through Sunday, July 1, in Andreas Theatre, sponsored by the TRIO Programs. "Bye Bye Birdie," with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, will run July 13-15 and 19-22 in Ted Paul Theatre. It is sponsored by the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA, Eide Bailly LLP and the Pamela & Wynn Kearney Foundation.

Tickets for both are available now by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m. daily, or by visiting the department's web site at

In "The Runner Stumbles," a young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish and fell in love with Sister Rita. Their relationship spells tragedy, but not the surprising climax of the play shows the full extent of their sacrifice and the identity of the murderer.

"Bye Bye Birdie" is the story of a rock-and-roll singer about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour, thick sideburns, and a pleasant agent, Albert Peterson. Albert's faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward, and concocts one final publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

Minnesota State Mankato last presented "Bye Bye Birdie" in summer 1995. Those who want more information about the 2007-'08 shows may visit

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North Central Conference Cup

North Central Conference Cup logoThe Mavericks captured the North Central Conference Cup for the third consecutive year, thanks to seven league championships in 2006-'07.

This is the fourth year that for the NCC Cup - presented to the program that excels in comprehensive, broad-based athletic offerings, determined by total points received in the Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophy standings.

The Maverick men's cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, outdoor track & field and baseball teams, along with the women's softball team, captured conference titles, totaling 87.5 points.

The Mavericks handily captured the NCC Men's All-Sports Trophy with 46 points, far ahead of runner-up North Dakota. It marks the third straight All-Sports victory for the Maverick men, and the 11th in NCC history, tying South Dakota State for the all-time lead. The Mavericks have not finished lower than third in the men's trophy in the last nine years.

The women's teams accumulated 41.5 points to rank third overall in the Women's All-Sports Trophy race, behind champion Nebraska-Omaha (53.5 points) and runner-up North Dakota (50.5). Minnesota State Mankato holds the NCC record for most women's all-sports championships (seven).

Dean Trauger Golf Classic

Special Assistant to the President Dean Trauger was honored by 120 community members at the 34th Annual Minnesota State Golf Classic June 4 at the Mankato Golf Club.

The event, a major fund-raiser for Intercollegiate Athletics, will be renamed the Dean Trauger Golf Classic, in honor of Dean's decades of service to Minnesota State Mankato, and of his support for Maverick Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dean's entire professional career has been at Minnesota State Mankato. In his role as finance officer he has reported to four University presidents and three interim presidents.

He graduated from then-Mankato State College in June 1969 with a degree in accounting and business administration. Starting in 1967 he worked in the Business Office as a part-time student grants accountant, and in 1971 was named the university's director of accounting. In 1974 he was promoted to director of business affairs, and he served as interim vice president for resource management from 1978 to 1980. In 1989 he was named vice president for fiscal affairs.

Under Dean's oversight, the athletic program has achieved a high level of financial stability, implementing successful gender equity roster management strategies, capturing three consecutive North Central Conference Cup titles, and climbing into the Top 5 nationally in the most recent Director's Cup standings.

"Dean has been a great friend to MSU Athletics," Kevin Buisman (Athletics) said. "We are very fortunate that Dean has been so committed to the ongoing success of the program. As an administrator, he understood the value of athletics within the context of the overall university mission, and we are truly blessed to have worked so closely with him over the past several years."

16 get Summer Research Grants

microscopeSixteen faculty members have been awarded 2007 Summer Research Grants for research projects this summer.

The Summer Research Grants - new this year - are for summer faculty research projects that show a high probability of publication, exhibition or performance. The $5,000 grants are funded by the College of Graduate Studies & Research.

Summer Research Grants for 2007:

  • Cathryn Bailey (Philosophy), "Speaking of Animals: Race, Sex and the Discourse of Animal Ethics."
  • Gwen Berry (Education Studies), "Research and Validation of a Notetaking Strategy for General and Special Education Students."
  • Candace Black (English), "Preparing a Poetry Manuscript for Submission."
  • Kristen Cvancara (Speech Communication), "Social Influence in Interpersonal Relationships: An Examination of Parents', Peers' and Mass Media's Ability to Foster Antisocial Communication."
  • David Dickau (Music), "Two Composition Projects and Refinement of Nine Pieces for Publication."
  • Paul Eskridge (Physics & Astronomy), "Star Formation History of Nearby Galaxies."
  • Brian Frink (Art), "The Creation of a Series of Small-Scale Paintings and the Development of Digital Images Related to the Dissemination of Creative Research."
  • Gretchen Haas (English), "Understanding the Function of the Web in the Context of Minnesota's 2006 Election for the U.S. Senate."
  • Karen Lybeck (English), "A New Look at the Acculturation Model: How Social Network Analysis Provides Insight into the Acculturation Process."
  • Craig Matarrese (Philosophy), "Secular and Religious Reasons in Constitutional Interpretation."
  • Martin Mitchell (Geography), "Place-Based Writing: Black Hills Manuscripts."
  • Richard Robbins (English), "Revising Two Book Manuscripts: 'Other Americas' and 'The Odds.'"
  • Christopher Ruhland (Biological Sciences), "The Effects of Supplemental Warming and Precipitation on Growth and Reproduction of Antarctic Vascular Plants."
  • Jocelyn Stitt (Women's Studies), "Before Windrush: Recovering a Black and Asian Literary Heritage within Britain, 1750-1948."
  • Stephen Stoynoff (English), "Current Developments in Research on Large-Scale Measures of English as a Foreign Language Ability."
  • Patrick Tebbe (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), "Development of a Numerical Spectral Collocation Method to Study Thermophoretic Deposition."

10 receive Teaching Scholar Fellowships

2 people at computerTen faculty members have been awarded 2007 Teaching Scholar Fellowships for research projects this summer.

The annual fellowships, announced by President Richard Davenport, provide support for faculty as they develop new ways to improve teaching and learning.

Each Fellow is engaged in an eight-week project involving teaching and scholarship. The faculty members will explain the results of their research at campus-wide workshops this fall. Each fellow receives a $6,000 stipend, plus $300 for related expenses. Summer 2007 Teaching Scholar Fellows are:

  • Abdalla Battah (Political Science & Law Enforcement), "Teaching About the Middle East in Minnesota Secondary Schools."
  • Brandon Cooke (Philosophy), "Exploitative Art."
  • Christopher Corley (History), research and Writing Time in Support of "The Daily Life of Children and Youth in History," a non-fiction manuscript.
  • James Dimock (Speech Communication), "Creating a MSU Student-Run Summer Workshop for Regional Forensics Students."
  • Gretchen Haas (English), "Project Management Education and Course Development."
  • Lori Lalum (History), "The Vanishing Milkmaid? Norwegian Women, American Agriculture and Norwegian-American Agricultural Gender Roles on the Northern Prairies and Plains, 1850-1920."
  • Liz Miller (Art), "Drawing on the Wall: Sol Lewitt's Legacy."
  • Marshel Rossow (Mass Communications), "The Job World: It's Waiting Out There, But Are My Students Ready?" (A look at pre-hiring examinations and other hiring practices and expectations in the print-media industry.)
  • Warren Sandmann (Speech Communication), "Instructional Communication: Developing the Textbook and Creating the Class."
  • Qun Zhang (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology), "Development of Graphic User Interface-Based Computer Modeling and Design Platform to Promote Interactive Learning in Fiber Optic Communications."

Mankato Leadership Institute scholarships

greater mankato logoThe Office of the President is offering three scholarships for the Fall 2007-Spring 2008 Leadership Institute of Greater Mankato. One scholarship will be offered for a classified employee, one for a MSUAASF employee and one for a faculty employee.

Those who wish to be considered for one of the scholarships must submit completed application materials to the Office of the President no later than Wednesday, June 27.

Those who wish to receive information about the Leadership Institute or to apply for a scholarship should contact Carol Stallkamp at x1111 or by e-mail ( Applications and information are also available on line at the Leadership Institute of Greater Mankato page.

The institute is a comprehensive leadership training program developed and presented by the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce. It assembles a group of diverse people with leadership abilities and immerses them in discussion of relevant and contemporary issues facing the community. The program includes one- and two-day seminars over nine months.

The goal of the training is to increase participants' community knowledge, expand their personal thinking, and stimulate them to take an active role in shaping the community.

July 1: Campus Leadership Institute deadline

business peopleDeadline for applications for the 2007-2008 Minnesota State Mankato Leadership Institute is Saturday, July 1.

The Leadership Institute is a selective program for faculty and staff who wish to improve their leadership skills, grow in their current positions and prepare themselves for the future.

The institute is a series of monthly, day-long sessions that focus on leadership skills. Each session includes a combination of lecture, content, interaction and reflection. It addresses key issues such as behavioral styles, understanding the inner workings of the university, ethics, communication, change management, understanding power, conflict management and work-life balance.

Participants must commit to attending all sessions, must complete required readings and assignments, must participate in discussions and must contribute to various projects.

Faculty from several academic departments will help to develop curriculum and deliver content to ensure quality and integrity of the learning experience.

More information - including a program brochure, information about last year's program, and an application - is available at the Professional Development - Leadership page. Those who have questions about the program should contact Lori Lamb, chair of the Professional Development Committee, 389-2015.

July 10-15: Billiard championships

billiard ballsMinnesota 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, sponsored by the Billiard Education Foundation, will be July 12-15.

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

Some 250 athletes are expected at the two tournaments, competing for scholarship awards, other prizes and an invitation to represent the United States at the World Pool-Billiard Association Junior World Championships.

Collegiate competitors are selected after participating in regional tournaments. Junior Championship competitors qualify or are appointed by a local league. The junior championship is for 19-and-under boys, 19-and-under girls, 14-and under-boys and 14-and-under girls.

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

Hail and Farewell

Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Kenneth White has resigned effective July 20. Melissa Van Winkle (Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office) will continue to provide professional staff support; assistance with questions relating to the search process will be provided by Lorraine Knutson (Human Resources); and questions or issues relating to 1B.1 (discrimination) issues may be directed to the Office of the President. Those interested in the Interim Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX position, or who wish to nominate someone, should contact Carol Stallkamp ( or extension 1112). Nominations and letters of application will be accepted through June 29, and the President's Office intends to fill the position before Kenneth's departure on July 20. The search for a new, permanent affirmative action officer will begin this summer, with the search committee forming and reviewing applications in early fall.

Marsha Danielson (University Advancement) has been named Dean of Economic Development for South Central College. Marsha has served Minnesota State Mankato for 11 years, as director of development for CSET and Memorial Library, Alumni Relations and Special Events director, and has as interim director of Marketing & Communications.

Other employees who have retired or are otherwise are leaving include: Judith Conrad, Esther Iverson and Thomas Bliese (Theatre & Dance); John Murphy (Printing & Photocopying Services); Joseph Walsh (Human Performance); Regina Smith (Nursing); Thomas Schmid (Sociology & Corrections); Richard Roiger (Computer & Information Sciences); Bruce Mericle (Mathematics & Statistics); Daniel Lichterman (Intercollegiate Athletics); Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell (Educational Studies); and Harry Dunscombe (Music).

Recently hired employees include: Warren Menough (Receiving & Delivery Services); Michael Mallak, Gregory Johnston, Krystal Jacobsen and Dawn Evans (Building Services); Tonya Phillips (College Access Program); Sarah Duda and Katherine Disterhaft (Water Resources Center); Lynn Megan (Printing & Photocopying Services); Derrick Doerr (Finance); and Robert Hoffman (Strategic Business, Education & Regional Partnerships).

Faculty/staff achievements

Tracy Pellett (University Assessment) delivered an invited keynote presentation. "Using Data Analysis and Management Systems to Drive Institutional Improvement," at the Future is Now regional technology and assessment conference at Salem State College, Boston, in May.

Julie Rabaey (International Student Office) recently led a workshop, "Port of Entry: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Airport Inspection Tour," at the National Association of International Educators conference in Minneapolis. Julie also organized many of the conference sessions.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented workshops on Integrated Course Design at the University of South Dakota for nursing faculty and at Normandale Community College in May. He also gave a workshop on active learning to faculty at Rasmussen College in Eagan in May.

Helen Wenner (Business Services) and Julie Rabaey (International Student Office) gave a presentation, "The ABC's of Hosting an International Speaker or Entertainer," at a recent Minnesota State financial office conference. The presentation was developed in collaboration with Caryn Lindsay (International Programs), and is considered to be a model for use by all Minnesota State institutions. It can be viewed at the Faculty/Staff page.

Ashton Schuster: 2007 Meredith Scholar

Ashton Schuster of Maple Lake, Minn., has been selected as the 2007 Meredith Scholar. The scholarship will pay Ashton's tuition, fees and much of her day-to-day college expenses for four years.

The award was announced by John E. Frey, dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Ashton, daughter of John and Paula Schuster, is the 12th Meredith Scholar since the program's inception.

The Meredith Scholars program was created in 1995 by Dr. Donald Meredith of Mankato, co-founder of Mankato's Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic PA, and his wife Marjorie.

All Meredith Scholars get full, four-year scholarships and support for daily living expenses. The scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional first-year student who plans an education in mathematics or the natural sciences. Meredith Scholars receive significant financial support so they don't need to get a job while in college, allowing them to spend their energy and time studying, learning and fully engaging in the Minnesota State Mankato learning community.

Nine receive Community Service Awards

people graphicNine students recently received Community Service Awards from the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The annual awards recognize exemplary community or university service performed by students. To be eligible, an undergraduate or graduate student must have declared a major in the college.

Award recipients include:

  • Emily Bittner, who assisted with the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Family Weekend, the Theresa House Halloween Party, the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center and CADA House clothing drive, and care packages for U.S. troops.
  • Jeffery Brand, who chaired the Anthropology Club's drive for donations to the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota.
  • Joshua Colvin, who tutored English as a second language students in mathematics, science, English and social studies in Waseca, Mankato, Bloomington and Hennepin County.
  • Shannon Finnegan, a volunteer for Celebrate Me Week, Theatre Sports at Garfield and Dakota Meadows schools, and the Somali Student Association after-school program.
  • Melanie Garcia, who tutored fifth-grade Somali children at Lincoln Community Center, assisted the Madison Lake American Legion with funeral ceremonies, and served on a ship honor guard and burial at sea while deployed overseas.
  • Zhao Wen Jing, who taught Chinese locally and shared Chinese culture at the Mankato Pow Wow, Asian Pacific American Conference, Native American Conference, Pan African Conference and International Women's Day.
  • Phillip Ozmun, who volunteered with the Mankato Police Explorers and led the Law Enforcement Club in highway cleanup and fundraising.
  • Dorinda Sampson, who volunteered at the Blue Earth County Sexual Violence Resource Center for two years.
  • Rhea Wyss, who coordinated the first Pride parade in Mankato and was a 1½-year member of South Central Minnesota Pride Inc.

Seven English students honored

Top students in English were honored recently for high academic achievement by the Chi Iota chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society.

Seven English majors were recognized for their personal accomplishment and awarded lifetime membership certificates and membership pins. Honored were Kelly Biers, Nataly Giamonna, Keri Glaeser, Amy Miller, Ryan Stubbe, Jenna Vogel and Kara Zabilla.

Sigma Tau Delta promotes interest in literacy and literature on local campuses and in the surrounding community, and fosters the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.

The Chi Iota chapter was originally chartered in 1964 but became inactive during the early 1980s. A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the chapter's original charter by English Professor Emeritus David Popowski.

Mass Comm students get Media Day awards

The Department of Mass Communications awarded 24 students with certificates and scholarships at the April 26 Media Day.

Ten mass communications juniors received certificates of excellence: Brita Askevold, Alyssa Christian, Starrla Cray, Jacqueline Devine, Sarah Erickson, Bridget Hartung, Carlene Johnson, Kati Pioske, Paige Schuette and Jayme Sunde.

Malinda Quittem received the Outstanding Sophomore certificate. Outstanding seniors were Emmeline Elliott, Marcia Hewitt and Emily Kofoed.

The Public Relations Student Society of America Scholarship was presented to Meghan Ray.

Students who received Department of Mass Communications Scholarships are Cathryn Arnst, Amanda DeCurtins, Jacqueline Devine, Kate Tolle and Casey Carmody.


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