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September 26 Campus Newsletter

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Open enrollment for benefits

NurseOpen enrollment for employee insurance and pre-tax benefits will be Oct. 25 through Nov. 7. This year health, dental, long term disability insurance and pre-tax benefits will be open.

In preparation for open enrollment, employees should check and, if necessary, correct their home address in the Employee Self-Service website. See the message "Update Your Home Address," posted in the "Announcements" section of the Employee Self-Service website. The Department of Employee Relations (DOER) asks all employees to verify that their home addresses are correct.

DOER will begin preparing open enrollment mailings in the next couple of weeks, so address changes or corrections should be completed as soon as possible to ensure that information is mailed to the right address.

An open enrollment presentation by DOER and insurance representatives will be offered at Minnesota State Mankato. The presentation is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 24. At least one additional presentation, as well as help sessions, will be offered by Therese Mullins (Human Resources).

Watch for announcements on the Outlook Faculty-Staff Announcements site and the Human Resources website as schedules and locations are finalized. More detailed information about open enrollment will be posted as it becomes available.

Gala: Benefactors honored

President Richard Davenport congratulates David and Debbie Andreas, named Philanthropists of the Year at the annual Gala.
President Richard Davenport congratulates David and Debbie Andreas, named Philanthropists of the Year at the annual Gala.

On Sept. 14 the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation honored benefactors for providing scholarships, facilities and student research and faculty development that will propel the University into the next decade and beyond.

Foundation Board President Tami Paulsen presented the annual "Purple and Gold Society" awards at the Foundation Gala, a black-tie reception and banquet celebrating the generosity of University friends. "Service to the Global Community" was the theme of the event, which featured 15 foreign students from nations around the world.

"This evening of recognition of our donors is one of the most enjoyable all year," said President Richard Davenport. "These generous individuals make such a difference in the lives of our students and our University through their gifts. It's our chance to say 'thank you' to these wonderful friends."

The foundation named David and Debbie Andreas as its Philanthropists of the Year, for their generous support of University programs, and for their part in the recent $7.5 million Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities. Lowell, David and Debbie Andreas made the gift in memory of their wife and mother, Nadine.

The International Student Endowment Committee was the Volunteer of the Year, for developing University scholarship funds for deserving international students, and for its members' personal commitment to international students.

International Student Endowment Scholars assisted as hosts and hostesses and entertainers for the Gala. The students included entertainers Mridusha Shrestha (Nepali dance) and YoungJu An (piano) and Leonard Che Fru, Susan Das Rajbhandari, Dharshini Goonetilleke, Mildred Hui Chen Lau, Fri Amabo Lem Ngu, Takehito Kamata, Uditha A. Poddalgola, Sulena Shrestha, Indumini Anushka Weeramantri, Sabin Shrestha, Rumman Hassain Kabir, Sarita Bhetawal, Rasmita Shrestha and Irina Kansakar.

This fall Minnesota State Mankato has 486 enrolled international students representing 62 countries.

The Foundation, chartered in 1958, is the oldest public institution foundation in Minnesota. It enhances the University by providing scholarship support and grants for student research, by supporting faculty professional development, and by helping to build facilities for learning.

Low student loan default rate

Pencil and Log bookStudent Financial Services has learned that the University's cohort loan default rate is significantly reduced for Stafford loan borrowers who went into repayment status in fiscal year 2005.

The University's latest cohort rate is 1.1, down from the previous year's rate of 2.1, and four times lower than the national rate.

"This is a great reflection on our students and their responsibility in making their loan payments," said Sandra Loerts (Student Financial Services). "It also reflects on the University's work and advising with students. By doing good entrance and exit loan counseling, by encouraging students to only borrow what they need, by giving good options for lenders, by educating students on budgeting and financing, and by carefully processing requests, we contribute to this low default rate."

Clint Crosby seminar

The Department of Physics & Astronomy recently recognized the generosity of alumnus Clint Crosby by naming its weekly seminar series in his honor. Crosby, who earned a BA in Physics in 1966, is a long-time benefactor of the department, and his employer, Lockheed Martin, has provided additional funds.

Crosby spoke at the first Clint Crosby/Lockheed Martin Physics and Astronomy Lecture Seminar Sept. 20.

"The recognition is altogether fitting, since the generosity of Clint and Lockheed Martin enables faculty and students to enjoy enriching presentations," said Russ Palma (Physics & Astronomy).

The department's weekly seminars bring speakers from a variety of colleges, universities and industry, covering a wide range of topics and levels of interest in physics and astronomy. Most seminars are on Thursdays at 4 p.m., and are open to the public.

School Spirit winners

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Wendy Schuller (Human Resources) and Tammy Kunze (Research & Sponsored Programs) are the winners of the recent school-spirit drawings at Barnes & Noble. Wendy and Tammy each received a gift certificate good for $100 of school-spirit apparel.

The raffles were sponsored by the Office of Integrated Marketing to encourage faculty and staff to wear school-spirit apparel on Purple and Gold Friday, which President Davenport has declared to be every Friday.

14 in new MSW program

Social Work Club LogosFourteen new graduate students are enrolled in the first year of the Department of Social Work's new Master of Social Work program.

Most of the new MSW students hail from small communities around southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The students will come to campus for the two-year Friday-Saturday program.

NSF grant for STEM

STEMMinnesota State Mankato and 15 other Minnesota colleges and universities have received a $2.45 million National Science Foundation grant to increase the number of under-represented minority students who complete undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The statewide alliance, along with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota High Tech Association, will receive the $2.45 million grant over the next five years as part of the NSF's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program. The program is a federal education initiative to increase the number of under-represented minorities who complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In the next five years the North Star STEM Alliance aims to double the number of baccalaureate degrees earned by minority groups that are historically under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These include African American, Hispanic/Latino American, and Native American students.

Members of the North Star STEM Alliance include the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (lead institution); University of Minnesota-Duluth; University of Minnesota-Morris; Augsburg College; Carleton College; Gustavus Adolphus College; Macalester College; St. Olaf College; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; St. Cloud State University; Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College; Anoka-Ramsey Community College; Century College; Minneapolis Community and Technical College; North Hennepin Community College; Science Museum of Minnesota; and the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA).

Elevator on break

elevatorThe elevator in Armstrong Hall will be replaced over winter break, requiring the elevator to be out of operation from Saturday, Dec. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.

During that period there will be no elevator access to Armstrong Hall third floor and Armstrong Hall basement, according to the Planning & Construction Department. Elevator access to Armstrong second floor will be possible by using the Morris Hall elevator and the connecting link.

Quick link: 'Undergrad Majors'

There's a new "quick link" on the main university home page to help students, advisors and others quickly access information about Minnesota State Mankato's undergraduate offerings.

The Undergrad Majors quick link lists all current undergraduate majors using a universal template that provides, for each major, program descriptions, admission requirements, program contact information, and advisor contact information.

Those who have questions or comments about the page should contact Academic Affairs.

After-hours security

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After business hours or when a building is locked, security officers must establish the identity of people inside secured buildings, according to university policy.

Security officers will request a university ID from people encountered in locked buildings. Those who do not provide a university faculty/staff ID or a university student MavCard accompanied by a valid building pass will be escorted from the building. Security will confiscate any university keys in the person's possession.

Invalid passes frequently prevent students from completing their work. Departments should issue building passes completely and correctly. For directions on issuing valid building passes, contact the Security Department at 389-2111.

Passes can be obtained from the appropriate dean's office or the Security Department (during business hours or by calling 389-2111). Students under the direct supervision of a faculty or a staff member do not need a building pass to remain after a building is closed. Pass options available are by semester or for the entire academic school year.

The university building pass policy is at the Security website, under Services and then Building Passes. Those who have questions should call Suzanne Dugan (Security) at 507-389-2111.

Oct. 1-7: Homecoming

The University will celebrate its 2007 Homecoming Monday through Sunday, Oct. 1-7.

The Homecoming Week theme, "Stomper Goes to Hollywood," will feature lip-sync competition, a CD release party, concerts and a Broadway musical, a comedian, a can-sculpture contest, the traditional pep rally, football game and parade, and dozens of other events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Mankato community. Student voting for the homecoming coronation (Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Bresnan Arena) will be online at the Homecoming website. The Stomper's Pep Rally (Friday, Oct. 5, 7-10 p.m. behind Gage Hall) will feature a bonfire, band and rally. The parade (Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.) and Taste of Mankato (noon to 2:30 p.m., Blakeslee Stadium) will precede the football game (3 p.m., Mavericks vs. North Dakota).

A complete schedule of homecoming information is at the Homecoming website. Those who want more information should contact the Student Leadership Development & Service-Learning Office at 507-389-6076.

Sept. 27-30, Oct. 4-7: 'Cats'

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The 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.

"Cats," with lyrics by T. S. Eliot and sponsored by Hickory Tech Corporation, will run three weekends: Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7 and 11-14.

Season subscriptions are $85 and available now by mail order. Individual tickets go on sale nine days before the show opens. Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation should call (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

Oct. 1-19: Andy Kolar art

Andy Kolar will exhibit his paintings and drawings, "Either/Or, Andy Kolar." in the Conkling Gallery Oct. 1-19. He also will lecture in Ostrander Auditorium Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., with a reception following in the gallery.

He will conduct workshops and student critiques as an artist in residence in the Department of Art Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Andy is a BFA graduate and has recently completed his MFA at the University of California, Long Beach. He is establishing himself as an emerging artist on the West Coast in a small warehouse studio in Long Beach.

For more about Art Department exhibitions go to the exhibitions page.

Oct. 2: 'Marx in Soho'

Marx in Soho"Marx in Soho," historian Howard Zinn's one-man play about the relevance of Karl Marx's social ideas and his passion for change, will be performed Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The play, about Marx's return from the grave to clear his name and comment on the modern world, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union. It features actor Bob Weick, and is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

In the play Marx (Weick) returns to earth for one hour to re-evaluate his life's work and show the relevance of his ideas. But instead of returning to London's Soho district, where he spent much of his life, a clerical error lands Marx in Soho, New York.

Zinn spent a week-long residency at Minnesota State Mankato in 1995 as part of the Bush Foundation's World of Thought Series. At the time he was finishing the script for "Marx in Soho," and the Minnesota State Mankato Sociology Club staged one of the play's earliest performances. Since then the play has been performed hundreds of times across the nation.

Weick has portrayed Marx for several years, receiving glowing reviews. Those who want more information about the "Marx in Soho" tour and Weick may go to the Iron Age Theatre website.

"Marx in Soho" is sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Departments of Sociology and Corrections, Anthropology, History, Political Science & Law Enforcement and Social Work.

Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call 507-389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least two days before the event.

Oct. 3: Nickerson Room

A new Nickerson Conference Room will be unveiled in Centennial Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 3, with a ceremony and comments by the room's namesake, former President James F. Nickerson.

The larger new Nickerson Room, in CSU 238, will be the primary meeting space for the Student Senate and the President's Extended Cabinet.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. In addition to Dr. Nickerson, guest speakers will include President Richard Davenport and Mehr Shahidi, who was student body president during Nickerson's administration.

Dr. Nickerson was president of then-Mankato State College from 1966 to 1973. Under his leadership the college reached a record enrollment of 14,000 students; sixth-year programs were authorized; the first specialist degrees were awarded; and Trafton Science Center and an addition to the Centennial Student Union were completed.

In 1973 he was asked by the Pentagon to establish the four-year Servicemen's Opportunity Colleges consortium. He became permanent director of the consortium and remained in that position until 1982. The organization affected major policy changes on college campuses throughout the nation to better accommodate service members.

In 1981 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for outstanding public service. That year the American Association of State Colleges and Universities established the James F. Nickerson Medal of Merit, awarded to public leaders, educators and armed services representatives who advocate voluntary education opportunities for military personnel.

Oct. 5: School of Nursing reunion

School of Nursing graduates are invited to attend the 2007 reunion Friday, Oct. 5, as part of Homecoming.

The reunion is open to all nursing alumni, and will recognize alumni from the classes of 1957 and 1982, who are celebrating their 50th and 25th anniversaries. Alumni who graduated in 1997 also will be recognized.

The reunion will begin at 4 p.m. with tours of the School of Nursing's "Modern Nursing Lab" in Wissink Hall 360. A reception with special readings and book signings will start at 5:30 p.m. in CSU 255, followed by dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. The event will end with an address by Nursing faculty member and State Sen. Kathy Sheran.

Those who want more information may call Chris Sieberg at 507-389-6022, or may email

Oct. 12: URC applications

URC logoStudents seeking scholarships for the spring 2008 Undergraduate Research Center must apply by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct 12. Applications are due in the Undergraduate Research Center Office (325 Wigley Administration).

The annual conference is intended to promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative work. Support and resources for the university-wide conference are available to students and faculty mentors.

Three types of funding opportunities are available:

  • Minnesota State Foundation Student Research Awards ($1,000 for student salary and up to $1,000 for supplies)
  • Undergraduate Research Center Large Grants: $850-$1,100 ($600 for student salary and $250 or $500 for supplies)
  • Undergraduate Research Center Small Grants: $250 or $500 for supplies.

Students may find more Undergraduate Research Center funding Information on the URC website. Those who have questions should contact graduate assistant Rachel Collins ( or Gina Wenger and Trent Vorlicek, URC co-chairs.

Oct. 19-21: Family Weekend

Family Weekend LogoThe fourth annual Family Weekend will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21, and employees and their families are encouraged to attend.

"Family Weekend began as an event to re-acquaint students' families with our campus, but it's also a chance to bring YOUR family to campus to participate in a variety of activities," said Robyn Goldy (Alumni Relations).

Children may enjoy events like the Family Fun Zone or free cosmic bowling. Comedian Jay Black may appeal to youth and adults. Other things to do include athletic events, theatre performances and a 5-K "fun run."

There's a fee for some of the events, but faculty and staff members are eligible for the same discounts as students and students" families. Employees should show their faculty/staff IDs or name badges to receive free or reduced admission for them and their families. The first 200 people to register for the Family Weekend BBQ at the Family Weekend website, or by calling 507-389-6601, will receive a reduced price of $5 per person (regularly $7.50).

An entire itinerary of events can be found at the Family Weekend website.

Oct. 22: Flu shots

Girl getting shot in the armThe annual Workplace Flu Shot Clinic for faculty and staff will be Monday, Oct. 22, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in CSU 253-4.

Flu shots and nasal spray flu vaccine will be available at no out-of-pocket cost to employees who present their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan insurance card. For those who do not bring a valid card, the cost is $23 for the flu shot and $30 for the nasal spray flu vaccine.

A limited supply of nasal spray flu vaccine is available for employees whose health status meets criteria for prescribed use. Those who decide to receive the nasal spray flu vaccination elsewhere, such as at a primary care clinic or a convenience clinic, should check their health plan about cost and coverage.

Those who can't get to the Oct. 22 flu shot clinic should check for clinics being held at other state agencies throughout Minnesota. The statewide schedule is available at the Flu Shot Campaign website. Employees may attend any state agency clinic except those held at the correctional facility sites.

Workplace clinics are on a walk-in basis, so employees do not need an appointment. However, those who attend clinics at other agencies may have to check in at security or an information area.

The Workplace Flu Shot Clinics are for state employees only, not family members. Family members may receive vaccinations at their primary care clinics or at convenience clinics in the Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud and Mankato (Convenience clinics website). Family members should check their health plan about cost and coverage and present their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan card at the clinic.

Employees may attend the local flu shot clinic during work hours if necessary with their supervisor's advance authorization. To attend clinics at other sites, employees may request the use of sick leave or compensatory time.

Those who have questions should contact Therese Mullins (Human Resources) at 389-6942 or

Oct. 16: Perkins Lecture

Dorthy AllisonFeminist author Dorothy Allison will present the fourth annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Allison's lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The event is sponsored by the Women's Center, the Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship Fund, the LGBT Center and the Department of Women's Studies, and is supported by student activity fees. The Department of Women's Studies launched the Perkins Lectureship in 2003 to commemorate Dr. Perkins' retirement after leading the department for more than a decade.

Allison received national recognition in 1992 with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, a finalist for the National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and became a best seller and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Her second novel, Cavedweller (1998), became a national bestseller, a New York Times "notable book of the year," a finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an American Library Association prizewinner. An expanded edition of her 2002 book Trash included a prizewinning short story, "Compassion," selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. Trash also won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.

Her novel She Who is forthcoming from Riverhead.

She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and received the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Nekisha Quinney at 507-389-6146 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) or Another accommodation option is the Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTY).

Oct. 29: Learning Communities

The New Student and Family Programs is accepting proposals for learning community programs for the 2008-2009 academic year. Proposals are being accepted through Oct. 29.

Proposals may include already approved courses or courses undergoing curricular approval. For proposal documents or questions, contact Kate Hansen (First Year Experience) at 389-5498. For more information about current learning communities, go to the Communities page.

Minnesota State Mankato Learning Community students have an 85 percent retention rate, 6 percent higher than non-Learning Community students. The two-year (sophomore to junior year) retention rate for students in the program in 2005-2006 is also about 5 percent higher than non-Learning Community students.

Learning Community research also indicates that participants have higher GPAs, are more likely to participate in on-campus clubs and organizations, have more quality interactions with faculty, and have a higher opinion of Minnesota State Mankato and their experiences on campus.

Successful Resource Fair

Resource Fair LogoThe fourth annual University Resource Fair, sponsored by the Professional Development Committee, was a major success, thanks to the exhibitors and all who attended. The list of door prizes and MavCard cash winners is posted on the Human Resources website.

Prizes were delivered earlier this month, and funds were added to the cards of MavCard cash winners.

Hail & Farewell

Diane Kalis (Alumni Relations) will retire in January as chief commencement officer and major events coordinator after 18 years at the University. In October Becky Miller will join University Advancement as the new special events coordinator.

Faculty/staff achievements

Wayne E. Allen (Ethnic Studies) was invited to run for an International Society for Human Ethology executive board position by the current secretary of the society.

A manuscript by Raymond Asomani-Boateng (Urban & Regional Studies), "Closing the Loop: Waste Recycling, Urban Gardening and Land Use Planning in Ghana, West Africa," will be published in the fall Journal of Planning Education and Research. Raymond also participated in the Writing Workshop for New Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley, in August. He attended a workshop on Working Nature into Land Use Decisions, organized by League of Minnesota Cities, in Chaska in July. And he and Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) will lead the first study-travel tour to Ghana in late spring 2008.

Jim Bailey (Political Science/Law Enforcement) presented "Recording Bloodstained Impressions with Digital Infrared Photography" at the sixth European Meeting for Shoeprint and Toolmark Examiners in Copenhagen, Denmark in May. He also was invited to speak about applied forensics to forensic science graduate students at Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, and was invited to lecture at Netherlands Forensic Institute, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Jim Bailey (Political Science/Law Enforcement) presented "Bloodstained Footwear Impressions: Leuco Crystal Violet Development Compared to Infrared Photography" at the Indo-Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in July. The study was co-authored with D.J. Swart (Chemistry & Geology). Jim also served as an evaluator for presentations at the congress.

Maria Bevacqua (Women's Studies) presented a workshop, "Ethical Personal and Institutional Practices Across Differences," at the National Women's Studies Association conference in June. She also presented "Using a Human Rights Framework in U.S. Anti-Rape Activism" at the conference.

Kathleen Blue (Anthropology) conducted a summer workshop in forensic anthropology for students and law enforcement professionals from around Minnesota. Kathleen and two graduate students, Lecia Sims and Sarah Binkley, completed work on a contract from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council regarding reburial of Native remains from around the state.

A solo interactive photo installation, "Social Fabric," by Cheryl Casteen (Art) was exhibited at the Arts Center of Saint Peter this summer.

Branko Colakovic (Geography), who returned to teaching after sabbatical leave, will present a Geography Colloquium lecture about one of his sabbatical study trips to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria, England, Ukraine and Moldova.

Susan Freeman (Women's Studies) was interviewed by New York Times columnist Diana Jean Schemo for "Lessons on Homosexuality Move into the Classroom," published in August.

Curt Germundson (Art) presented "The 'Cathedral' in the Work of Kurt Schwitters" at the International Kurt Schwitters and the Avant-garde Symposium in Hannover, Germany, in June.

Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Career Development Center) participated in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. The month-long residential leadership and management development program was on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

Annelies Hagemeister (Social Work) conducted training on domestic violence for Olmsted County Community Human Services, Rochester, this summer. A book chapter by Annelies and Paul Mackie, "Poverty in the United States: History, explanations, and opportunities for social work," was published in Social Work: Issues and Opportunities.

David Hamlow (Art) was selected as part of the Minnesota 3D Biennial Nov. 17 through Feb. 3, 2008, in the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul.

Vicki Hunter (Sociology & Corrections) presented "Negotiating Guilt: Emotional Experiences and Expressions of Mothers Recently Released from Prison" at the Society for the Study of Social Problems meeting in New York in August.

Tomasz Inglot (Political Science/Law Enforcement) presented "US Foreign Policy and Europe" at the College of Management-Edukacja in Wroclaw, Poland, in May.

John J. Janc (Modern Languages) attended the 2007 Phi Kappa Phi National Triennial Convention in Orlando, Fla., in August as a delegate of the Minnesota State Mankato Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science/Law Enforcement) was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio about DFL candidates entering the field to run against Norm Coleman for U.S. Senate in 2008.

Deenna Latus (Career Development Center) participated in etiquette training through the Etiquette Institute in St. Louis, Mo., becoming a Certified Etiquette Consultant. She will be using her skills during presentations at the College of Business Etiquette Dinner Nov. 7 and 8.

David Laverny-Rafter's (Urban & Regional Studies) book review essay of "Understanding Contemporary Ireland" by Brendan Bartley was published in the Irish Literary Supplement.

Keith Luebke (Art) will take part in a panel, "Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Career through Academic Programs," at the 2007 annual conference of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits in October in Duluth.

Paul Mackie (Social Work) co-authored an article, "Factors influencing undergraduate social work students' perceptions about rural-based practice: A pilot study," published in the Journal of Rural Mental Health. His article, "Your philosophy of social work: developing a personal and professional definition to guide thought and practice," was published in the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Liz Miller (Art) completed an artist residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts this summer.

Vinai Norasakkunkit (Psychology) presented "Pictorial Versus Verbal Priming: Standardizing an Experimental Priming Procedure in the United States and Japan" at the Asian Association of Social Psychology Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in July. Vinai also presented a poster, "The Cultural Construction of Emotional Experience and Subjective Well-Being: The Role of Social Situations in Japan and the United States." He was invited to Kyoto University and Kobe College to present talks on his research this summer, and he was a panel discussant in a seminar at Kansai University about "Investigating Methods of Cross-Cultural Relations."

Cheryl Radeloff (Women's Studies) and Barbara Bergman (Library Services) were awarded an IPSEL grant for their project, "Global Perspectives: Advancing Critical Thinking through Increased Media Literacy." Cheryl attended "Pornography and Popular Culture: Reframing Theory, Re-Thinking Activism" in Boston in March. She presented "Working Safely or Safely Working: The Dialogue between Nevada and Legal Sex Workers Regarding Workplace Safety and Worker's Rights," at the Great Plains Political Science Association meeting in March.

Cheryl Radeloff (Women's Studies) co-presented "Basic Benefits for the Working Girl: The Dialogue between the State and the Sex Worker's Rights Movement" at the Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, Oakland, Calif., in March. She also organized a panel, "Sex Workers Rights Movement," at the meeting, and she began a two-year term as a member of the association's Committee on Freedom of Research. Cheryl took part in New Leadership Tri-state, a leadership institute serving women from North and South Dakota and Minnesota in Fargo, N.D., in May, and was a faculty member in residence for New Leadership Nevada, in Las Vegas in June.

An article by James E. Robertson (Sociology & Corrections), "Recent Legal Developments: Correctional Case Law, 2006," was published in Criminal Justice Review.

Leah Rogne (Sociology & Corrections) conducted training on sociological aspects of aging for Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, Minneapolis, in May. She was named impact team chair for the Greater Mankato United Way, Enriching the Lives of Seniors team.

Ronald Schirmer (Anthropology) coordinated a 10-year, $100,000 Prairie Island Indian Community donation to support archaeological research in Goodhue County and the Prairie Island vicinity. The department also will help the community with educational programs and activities. Ronald continued his research at the Silvernale site near Red Wing, uncovering the relationship between plant use and ethnicity.

Work by Todd Shanafelt (Art) is in several exhibitions: The fifth International Biannual of Ceramics, Cultural Center of Kapfenberg (Austria), through December; the eighth Biennial Internacional de Ceramica Manises, Museu de Ceramica de Manises (Spain), October through January 2008; and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Exhibition, MSAB Gallery, St. Paul, through January 2008. In addition, the Museu de Tereul, Zaragoza, Spain, recently acquired one of his sculptures for its permanent collection.

Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) presented "Authoritarianism, History and Politics in the American South" at the International Society of Political Psychology conference in Portland, Ore., in July.

Michael Spencer (Economics) presented a seminar, "Future Public Good Provision and Valuation in the Taipei Botanical Garden," at Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei, Taiwan, in June.

Jocelyn Stitt's (Women's Studies) essay, "Producing the Colonial Subject: Romantic Pedagogy and Mimicry in Jamaica Kincaid's Writing," was published in Ariel: A Review of International English Literature.

An article by Sherrise Truesdale (Sociology & Corrections), "Using Hip Hop Culture to Motivate Millennial Students," was published in the Network: A Journal of Faculty Development Educating the Gangsta. She was an editorial consultant for the Handbook of African American Education

Dennis Waskul (Sociology & Corrections) presented "Moral Order/Moral Odor: Olfaction, Somatic Work and Presentation of Self," at the Midwest Sociological Society meetings in Chicago. He presented "Internet Sex and Pornography: Computer-Mediated Sex-Play, Violence and Exploitation" at the Summer Institute on Human Trafficking in Moorhead. He also co-edited "Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body."

A solo exhibition of recent work by Erik Waterkotte (Art) was mounted at Saltgrass Printmakers in Salt Lake City, where Erik was a visiting artist in residence this summer. In October Erik will organize a presentation and exhibition of Border Crossings: International Print Portfolio Exchange at the Frontiers in Printmaking Conference, Illinois State University, featuring 23 artists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Thailand and South Africa.

Pam Weller-Dengel (Career Development Center) attended the National Association of Colleges & Employers Management Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas, in July. The five-day institute is led by a faculty of experienced career services practitioners.

Three articles by Gina Wenger (Art) were published recently: "David Hockney Photo Collage," Davis Publications; "Documentary Photography: Three Photographers' Standpoints on the Japanese-American Internment," Journal of the National Art Education Association; "Examining Gender Roles: That nagging feeling that I am not a 'true artist,'" Journal of Visual Culture and Gender.

Ann Widness (Art) exhibited her work in the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council's juried exhibition in May and June

Brad Widness' (Art) print work is in an online exhibition, "Soap-box Print Show," sponsored by the American Print Alliance.

Beth Wielde (Urban & Regional Studies) presented a poster session, "Wonks and Warriors: Depictions of Public Servants in Popular Culture Film," at the American Political Science Association conference in Chicago in August

Walt Wolff (Admissions) is serving as interim assistant vice president for Student Affairs effective through June 30, 2008. Walt will supervise Admissions, Campus Recreation, Career Development Center, Counseling Center, First Year Experience, Registrar's Office and Women's Center.

Brian Fazio competition

Three area college students or teams will get $5,000, office space and mentoring if they win the 2007 Brian Fazio Business Creation Project, a local competition that encourages student entrepreneurs to start a business in Greater Mankato

The project, coordinated by the Business Accelerator Program of the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation, is for students at Minnesota State Mankato, Bethany Lutheran College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Rasmussen College or South Central College.

Competing students must submit a pre-registration form by Nov. 1. Students or teams who are accepted will be contacted to make five-minute presentations on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The students also must submit one-page business summaries by Nov. 12.

Winners of the competition will get:

  • $5,000 to operate the business;
  • Office space in the Technology Plus building;
  • Expertise and mentoring;
  • Membership as a Business Accelerator client.

Forms and information about the competition can be found on the Brian Fazio Business Creation Project page.

"To grow and strengthen a region, it is vital to retain and foster new talent," said Jonathan Zierdt, executive director of the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation. "Ideas are swirling around our local campuses, and we want to embrace those students, involve them in the community, making south central Minnesota their preferred home."

"The Brian Fazio Project is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs in our region," added Greg Bednar, chair of the Brian Fazio Business Creation Project. "We know there are ideas percolating in the minds of our college and university students. We hope this project will give them the push they need to get it off the ground."

Brian Fazio, an enthusiastic advocate for local business-education entrepreneurial partnerships, was executive director of the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation from 1998 until his unexpected death in 2003.

Student achievements

Work by Nora Myers (Art) was exhibited in "AV Xplo (Audio Visual Explosion)," a three-day art and music festival in Chicago, in August.

Geography student Yong-Seuk Park was selected as a student assistant at mapping software company ESRI's International User Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Anthropology graduate student Lecia Sims participated in a two-week intensive workshop on osteology and forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this summer.


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