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Minnesota State University, Mankato

August 29, 2007 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2007-08-29/

Andreas family pledges $7.5 million

Lowell Andreas and David and Debbie Andreas have pledged $7.5 million for a new Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities, dedicated to the memory of their wife and mother.

The funds will be used to promote student and faculty development in the College of Arts & Humanities, and to bring to campus cultural events that enrich the Mankato community.

"We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift from the Andreas family in memory of Nadine Andreas, a wonderful patron of the arts in our Mankato community," said President Richard Davenport. "Andreas family members have been generous contributors to Minnesota State Mankato for many years. This latest gift from Lowell, Debbie and David will significantly enhance the quality of arts and humanities teaching and learning on our campus."

Lowell and Nadine Andreas have supported the arts in a variety of ways, including funding the Andreas Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. In addition, they provided the naming gift for the Andreas Observatory on campus.

The endowment will support three major College of Arts & Humanities initiatives: Artists and scholars in residence, graduate assistantships, and creative or research grants for faculty. The activities will be complemented by other, similar events throughout the year.

Lowell Andreas is the retired president of Archer Daniels Midland Company. He was born in Lisbon, Iowa, and majored in philosophy at the University of Iowa. In 2004 he and his wife Nadine received honorary doctorate degrees from Minnesota State Mankato – only the second and third such degrees conferred in the University's history. Nadine was born in West Liberty, Iowa, and attended the University of Minnesota, where she performed in theater productions and developed a love of the arts. She died in 2005.

Their son David, a 1976 Minnesota State Mankato master's degree graduate, is retired president and CEO of National City Bancorporation, Minneapolis. He also is a Foundation board member, serves on College of Business and College of Social & Behavioral Sciences advisory boards, and serves on the boards of number of state and international nonprofit organizations.

U.S. News ranking: Significantly higher

U.S. News logoMinnesota State Mankato moved up significantly in this year's U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" rankings. The university ranks 71st numerically among Midwest master's-degree institutions - one place removed from Tier 1.

This year's ranking is our highest since 2002.

According to U.S. News' detailed ranking report for Minnesota State Mankato, the university's overall score is much higher than last year (38 this year; 33 last year). Our ranking improved significantly in several areas: peer assessment (38th this year, up from 50th last year), faculty resources (87th, up from 98th), alumni giving (83rd, up from 85th) and financial resources (107th, up from 109th). Our student selectivity rank remained stable (95th), and our graduation and retention rank dipped slightly (67th last year; 68th this year).

The 2008 "America's Best Colleges" rankings were published earlier this month. Only those schools ranked in the top tier are listed in the published report.

Two students named Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright logoTwo students - Erin Rahman and James Livermont- have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student scholarships.

The 2007-2008 Fulbright awards were announced recently by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Erin, a senior, will study political science in Bangladesh. She is majoring in Spanish and international relations. James, a graduate student, applied to teach English as a second language and study French linguistics in Belgium, but he has elected not to accept the award.

Erin and James represent the second and third Fulbrights at Minnesota State Mankato this year. David Williams, vice president for University Advancement, will be part of the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program in Berlin Oct. 28 to Nov. 10.

2008-'09 Fulbright workshops

The International Center will host Fulbright Scholarship informational writing workshops for interested seniors and graduate students on Wednesday, Aug. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 4. Both sessions will be in Centennial Student Union Room 203 from 4:30-6 p.m.

For students planning to apply for a Fulbright, attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory. The campus deadline for all applications is Monday, Sept. 24.

Fulbright Student Scholarship recipients receive grants to cover all expenses for study, research or teaching in a foreign country of their choice. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens, have a B.A. or B.S. degree before July 2008, and be in good health. Foreign language or previous international experience is not required.

Those who want more information may contact Fulbright Program Advisor Caryn Lindsay in the International Center.

16 receive service awards

Staff and faculty members
Staff and faculty members who received Outstanding Service Awards are applauded Aug. 20 during Convocation.
Michael Fagin and Claire E. Faust
2007 Claire Faust Public Service Award winner Michael Fagin (left) is congratulated by former Vice President of Administrative Affairs Claire E. Faust after the Aug. 20 Convocation.
Stewart Ross and Richard Davenport
2007 Campus Drive Award winner Stewart Ross (left) is congratulated by President Richard Davenport at the Aug. 20 Convocation.

Sixteen staff and faculty members were recognized by the Employee Recognition Committee and President Richard Davenport at the annual Convocation Aug. 20.

Michael Fagin (Institutional Diversity) received the Claire Faust Public Service Award.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) received the Campus Drive Award.

Divisional Outstanding Service Awards went to: Angie Bomier, Kellian Clink, Sara Granberg-Rademacker, Clark Johnson, Cheryl Kalakian, Kelly Krumwiede, Linda Meidl, Mark Schuck and William Watts (Academic Affairs); Joann Jaqua (Advancement); Jim Schramski (Finance & Administration); Jeff Henline (Information Technology); Therese Mullins (President's Division); and Walt Wolff (Student Affairs).

Congratulations to each of these Minnesota State Mankato employees for their inspiring leadership!

MyMNSU: An improved portal

A new portal, "myMNSU," has been launched for members of the University community.

Students, faculty and staff will find the link to the new portal under the home page left-hand "Quick links" (look for "myMNSU Portal").

The portal provides full, single-sign-on access to each person's MavMail, MavDisk, MavCash and Desire to Learn (D2L). Students, faculty and staff can view email, upload or download files, and open D2L accounts with one login.

Users also will find other convenient features, including department and college news that they can't find anywhere else, and news/weather/sports feeds their favorite sources on the Internet.

First to deploy Vista

Windows Vista logo

This summer Minnesota State Mankato became the only MnSCU institution to deploy Microsoft Vista, as the Academic Computer Center successfully upgraded to the latest industry standard (Vista and MS Office 2007).

This elevates the Academic Computer Center to the forefront among higher education institutions in converting computer labs to Vista and Office '07 - ahead of many universities across the nation. The upgrade provides students the benefit of the latest operating system environment and productivity suite as they prepare for their careers.

More than 900 Academic Computer Center PCs were upgraded to Vista; 110 remain with Windows XP, and 150 Macs use OSX. All 1,010 PCs were upgraded to Office 2007 and Internet Explorer 7.

The normal summer computer replacement cycle incorporated machines capable of running Vista and Office 2007, including Dell Optiplex745 with Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 2.0GB RAM & 256MB ATI Radeon video adapter.

Computers purchased by the ACC within the last two years have been upgraded to Vista. One computer classroom within the ACC (ACC125) will remain at Windows XP, as a precaution for older software that has not been upgraded to Vista compatible.

Major computer areas upgraded to Vista include the Academic Computer Center (except ACC125), the library open lab areas on each floor, and Centennial Student Union. Most other small computer labs have also been converted to Vista.

In an electronic survey at the Campus Hub and Centennial Student Union, users report a 70 percent-plus approval rating of changes to MS Vista and Office 2007.

MS Office 2007 upgrades

Office logo

Microsoft Office 2007, which includes titles such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, is the latest upgrade now available to faculty and staff. The software is being installed on all new state-owned computers purchased from the Campus Computer Store, and will be installed on reimaged and rebuilt computers.

Microsoft Office 2007 is compatible with versions as old as Microsoft Office 97. ITS advises that all or most computers in each office/division/department be upgraded at the same time. Upgrades can be coordinated through the ITS Help Desk (389-2356).

Microsoft Office 2007 differs from earlier versions with the addition of many new features, but it operates much like previous versions. Microsoft Access 2007 is significantly different from previous versions of Access. ITS workshops are offered throughout the year to familiarize employees with the new version. Those who want to register for sessions may go to the registration page or contact Shannon Jeffries at 389-3205 for more information.

Workshop handouts and resources are available to all employees and students, and can be printed or saved to computers. Files are available from MavDISK by opening My Computer\MSU on 'Mavdisk'\Group Folders\ Training\Technology and Teaching Center\Development Center.

Microsoft Windows XP Pro is the operating system used on administrative PCs running MnSCU applications. MnSCU applications are all not yet compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista, and various software applications are still building Vista compatible versions. Machines more than a couple of years old may not support the new operating system without new hardware. Microsoft recommends a minimum of 512MB of RAM; ITS recommends a minimum of 1GB for Vista Enterprise.

Windows Vista is available through the Help Desk, but it's not fully supported on staff and faculty computers until January 2008.

2007-'08 Fast Facts

Fast Facts logo

Those who need additional copies of the 2007-08 Fast Facts should contact Printing Services to place an order (389-1181).

Fast Facts brochures make excellent handouts at conferences, job fairs, banquets, alumni gatherings, and other public events. Those who have questions or corrections to this year's edition should contact Ann Fee (Publications) at 389-6981, ann.fee@mnsu.edu.

Revised policies approved

President Richard Davenport approved several revised policies in May and June. During the 2006-'07 academic year, members of the University community developed revisions of previous policy statements. These drafts were reviewed by the various Meets and Confers as required by the University's Policy Consultation and Approval Process.

The recently approved policies include:

  • Access for Students with Disabilities
  • Administrative Drop
  • Rollerblades/Skateboards/Bicycles/Personal Assistive Mobility Devices
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate Course Repeat

The approved policy statements are available at the University Policies and Procedures page.

Campus bowling league

bowling ball and pins A campus bowling league for students, faculty and staff members is being organized, with competition to start Tuesday, Sept. 11.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. Teams of four will bowl each Tuesday for 12 weeks in the Maverick Game Room. Practice will begin at 6:30 p.m., and competitive bowling will start at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Each participant will bowl three games each week, requiring about 1 1/2 to 2 hours per night. Cost will be $8 per week.

Those who are interested should come to the Maverick Game Room to sign up, or they may call Scott Anderson (Maverick Game Room) at 389-1221. Those who are interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting with a team. Those who are not part of a team will be assigned to a team.

Sept. 4: Blues with Scottie Miller

Blues pianist and vocalist Scottie Miller will perform in concert Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the first event of the Department of Music's 2007 Fall Performance Series.

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

Miller was nominated for "Best-Unsigned Blues Recording" in 2007 by the IBC/Blues Foundation in Memphis. He was a top five finalist in the "Solo/Duo" category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2005.

David Adler of DownBeat Magazine says "Miller's soulful piano playing is matched at every step by his infectious singing voice, full of personality, grit and humor. What fun to hear those barrelhouse, boogie and blues elements coming together."

Those who want tickets or more information may contact Dale Haefner, director of the Performance Series, at 507-389-5549.

Sept. 5: Resource Fair

The Professional Development Committee invites faculty and staff members to the fourth annual University Resource Fair Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

Campus departments and organizations will host tables at the fair, and hundreds of faculty and staff are expected to attend the event. Food and beverages will be available.

Sept. 10: Bob Erickson bike tour

Stewart Ross and Richard Davenport
The 2006 Bob Erickson bike tour group on the Singing Hills Trail

Trustee Emeritus Bob Erickson will pedal his sixth bike tour of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from Monday, Aug. 20, until Thursday, Sept. 20, riding to all 53 of the system's campuses. He will be at Minnesota State Mankato Monday, Sept. 10, arriving at approximately 2 p.m. after leaving from South Central College, Faribault, and stopping at South Central College, North Mankato.

Again this year Trustee Erickson is challenging faculty and staff to ride with him. Last summer more than a dozen staff members from Minnesota State Mankato and South Central rode with him from Faribault on the Sakatah-Singing Hills Trail.

Erickson rides to raise money and public support for part-time students who attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. To date, Erickson's rides have provided scholarships to 225 students. His first five bike tours raised more than $303,000.

He started his 2,300-mile tour last week. Since starting the fund-raiser in 2002, he has logged 11,500 miles. He funds the trips at his own expense.

Faculty or staff who would like to ride from Faribault to Mankato with Erickson should contact David Williams (Advancement). The group will meet at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Dairy Queen Brazier in Faribault (intersection of I-35 and Hwy. 60). Jayne Larsen (Institutional Diversity) will provide food and beverage to the bikers at her Elysian restaurant.

Contributions are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Funds donated in the name of Minnesota State Mankato go to the Keith and Frances Weagel Endowment for part-time students. Contributions may be made to the MSU Foundation (1-800-662-2705 or at the MSU online giving website), or the MnSCU Foundation, Wells Fargo Place, 30 Seventh St. E., Suite 350, St. Paul, 55101-7804. A contribution form and other bike tour information is available at the 2007 Scholarship Challenge Bike Tour page.

Sept. 13: Good Thunder Reading Series

Good Thunder Reading series logo

Rick Robbins (English), director of the Good Thunder Reading Series, has announced the fall 2007-08 schedule of visiting authors.

Sept. 13: Beth Ann Fennelly (poetry).

Oct. 11: Alumni Reading by Robert David Clark (fiction), Gwen Hart (poetry) and Thomas Maltman (fiction).

Nov. 1: Robert Wright Minnesota Writer Residency, with Luke Rolfes (fiction), winner of the Robert Wright Award, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee (fiction).

Nov. 29: Deborah Keenan (poetry).

Sept. 27: 'Cats'

cats logoThe Department of Theatre & Dance will kick off its 2007-08 Mainstage season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running Broadway musical, "Cats," beginning Thursday, Sept. 27. The six-show season will conclude in April with the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Season subscriptions are $85 and available now by mail order.

"Cats," with lyrics by T. S. Eliot and sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation, will run three weekends: Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7 and 11-14. It will be followed by "Enchanted April" by Matthew Barber, Oct. 17-21 and 24-28, sponsored by Express Personnel Services; "Bus Stop" by William Inge, Nov. 8-11 and 15-18, sponsored by Blethen, Gage and Krause, LLP; "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel, Jan. 30-Feb. 3 and 6-10, 2008; William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Feb. 21-24 and 28-March 2, 2008, presented in celebration of the life of Donabel C. Linney, long-time English professor who passed away July 1; and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, new music by Jeanine Tesori, and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, April 10-13 and 17-20, 2008.

The dates for the second weekends of "Bus Stop" and "Hamlet" are incorrect on the order form of the new Theatre brochure. Correct second weekend dates for "Bus Stop" are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 & 17, and 2 p.m. Nov. 18; correct second weekend dates for "Hamlet" are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29 and March 1, and 2 p.m. March 2.

Those requesting tickets should write the correct date if ordering for those weekends.

In addition to the Mainstage shows, the department will present four shows in its Studio season: "Hurlyburly" by David Rabe, Sept. 20-23; "Dog Sees God" by Bert V. Royal, Nov. 29-Dec. 2; "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel, March 27-30, 2008; and "Wit" by Margaret Edson, April 24-27, 2008. "How I Learned to Drive" and "Wit" are Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. Studio shows are intended for adult audiences.

Two Dance Concerts will be presented Dec. 5-7 and April 30-May 2, 2008, in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Additional tickets for all Mainstage shows, in addition to tickets to all Studio shows and both Dance Concerts, may be purchased with a season subscription. Individual tickets go on sale nine days before a show opens.

MnSCU at the Fair

fair logo

Firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers and instructors will be on hand at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities state fair booth to demonstrate some of the latest rescue techniques.

This year's booth, in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street near the fair's main entrance, also will feature the Fire Safety House, an interactive scale-model house that shows common fire hazards and feasible escape routes. The Fire Safety House is on loan from the Hopkins Fire Department.

With more than 70 programs in public safety areas, MnSCU educates about 92 percent of the state's new law enforcement graduates and more than 9,000 fire fighters and emergency first responders each year.

Representatives from Minnesota Online, a clearinghouse of more than 200 online education programs, and from the state colleges and universities also will be available to fairgoers. The exhibit includes a giant interactive map of Minnesota showing all 53 campuses.

Linda Duckett: Affirmative Action

President Richard Davenport is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Duckett as interim director of Affirmative Action. Her appointment was effective Aug. 13.

Linda replaces Kenneth White, who resigned July 20. Linda, who previously provided interim leadership in the Affirmative Action Office, joins Melissa Van Winkle, affirmative action coordinator, in providing assistance to University faculty, staff and students with affirmative action policies and procedures, education and complaint investigation.

Linda has been a member of the campus community since 1987, serving as a professor in the Music Department. She also has served as chair of the department, and as a Faculty Fellow.

She has participated in the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration (2000) and, while on leave during the academic year 2000-2001, she served as chief academic officer at Effat College in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

She is active in many professional organizations and has completed Levels I and II Mediator Training from the Dispute Resolution Institute. She serves as co-chair of the Diversity Commission and last year was co-chair of the Planning Sub Meet & Confer.

The search for a permanent director of Affirmative Action is moving forward. Michael Fagin, dean of Institutional Diversity and special assistant to the president for multicultural relations, will chair the search committee.

Hail and Farewell

A retirement reception for Joe Klaseus (Building Services), who will retire after 32 years of service to Minnesota State Mankato, will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 1-3 p.m. in Wiecking Center 331.

Tracy Pellett (University Assessment) recently started as associate vice president for undergraduate studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. - one of four regional comprehensive universities in the state of Washington with an enrollment of 10,000.

Diane Solinger (University Development) will become assistant vice president for student affairs at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Her last day will be Friday, Sept. 7.

Faculty/staff achievements

Matthew Clay (Information Technology Services) has earned his certification from InfoComm International. The InfoComm International Certified Technology Specialist credential is for audio-visual professionals who have demonstrated knowledge and comprehension of the science and technology used in audio, video and display systems.

Jane Earley (Arts & Humanities) addressed the banquet of the National Conference for Academic Deans at the University of Central Arkansas in July. More than 50 deans from across the country took part in the event. Jane is the longest-serving arts and humanities dean in the nation.

Michael A. Miller (Education) recently was elected to the board of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, and will represent the group on the Government Relations Committee for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Patrick Sexton (Athletic Training Education) presented "Supervised Autonomy: Clinical Supervision in Athletic Training Education" at the National Athletic Trainers' Association national meeting and symposium in Anaheim, Calif., in June. He also received the NATA's Athletic Trainer Service Award for his contributions to the athletic training profession and the association.

Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) chaired the panel "The Political Consequences of Racial Stereotypes" and was a discussant for the panel "The Dynamics of Group Conflict" at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago, in April. Fred's review of William H. Chafe's Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America (2005) was published in the journal White House Studies. He took part in the Oxford Round Table workshop "Diversity in Society" at Oxford University, United Kingdom, in March, where he presented a paper, "Authoritarianism and Resistance to Diversity in the American South." He also presented "Authoritarianism, Resistance to Diversity and Republican Realignment Among White Southerners" as part of the Bose Lecture Series at the University of Iowa in February, and had seven articles accepted for publication in the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, 2nd edition (Thomson Gale Publishing, 2007).

Richard Terrill (English) led a workshop on memoir writing and presented a lecture and reading in July at the Chautauqua Institute in New York.

David Viscoli (Music) gave a lecture recital on Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux, Op. 33 for the Young Artist Piano Camp at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in July. He also taught and performed in July at the International Music Camp in North Dakota.

CFP® students again exceed pass rate

Minnesota State Mankato students have passed the 10-hour Certified Financial Planner® Examination with flying colors again this year.

Students in the University Extended Education and College of Business Financial Planning Certificate Program exceeded the rigorous national exam's pass rate for the fifth straight time. Students who pass the exam can receive the CFP® designation - the most highly recognized and respected professional certification among financial service professionals.

Certificate Program students achieved a 77 percent pass rate on the March 2007 CFP® Examination. The national average pass rate was 61 percent.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that students in the Financial Planning Certificate Program have exceeded the national pass rate. The exam is offered in March, July and November of each year.

Successful completion of the program meets the educational requirement to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.

International student photo contest

The International Center is sponsoring a photo contest for international students and faculty. Photos may include views of the campus, Mankato and the United States.

Winners will receive a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, and winning photos will be displayed during the International Center Grand Opening, posted on the international web site, and used in International Center promotional materials. Entries are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

  • Defining Moment: Photos that capture the most significant moment of the photographer's American study experience (showing the moment when the photographer understands American culture or people).
  • Landscapes: Photos of urban, rural or natural settings representative of Mankato, Minnesota or U.S. tours.
  • People: Portraits of special people the photographer has met in the United States.

Contestants must include captions with their pictures to explain and enhance the judges' understanding of the photos.

Entrants must be Minnesota State Mankato international students or international faculty members. High definition digital entries are preferred. Entrants may send digital attachments to margaret.larson@mnsu.edu, with an explanation of each photo, photographer's name and contact information in the email.)

Each entrant may submit one photo per category. A panel of impartial judges appointed by the International Center will judge the photographs. Photos become property of the International Center and will be used to help market the International Center.

Student achievements

Recent graduate Jim Dilling won the 2007 USA Track & Field national outdoor high jump championship in June with a leap of 7'-5.25" at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Dilling, a five-time All-American, defeated a field that included the defending national champion, the current NCAA Division I champion, the 2006 NCAA Division I champion and a two-time USA champion. While at Minnesota State Mankato he won four national collegiate titles.

Minnesota State Mankato's American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student organization received the association's national award in June at the national convention in Reno, Nev.

Feedback

Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the biweekly campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Mike Cooper at Mike Cooper. The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Sept. 12. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Sept. 7).