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October 10, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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Catherine 'Caty' Delwiche

Caty DelwicheMore than 100 students, faculty and staff attended funeral services for first-year student and women's cross country member Catherine Delwiche, who died Oct. 2 after being struck by a vehicle while she was running on a sidewalk on Warren Street near campus.

Two buses took members of the women's and men's cross country teams to the visitation for Caty in Glencoe, and then to the funeral in Hutchinson. Friends and relatives waited in lines more than two blocks long outside the funeral home to express their condolences.

President Richard Davenport extended sympathy from the entire campus community to Caty's family, friends and teammates. "Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff are deeply saddened by this tragedy," he said. "Our hearts go out to Caty's many loved ones."

A memorial site for Caty was established in the Highland Center hallway west of Myers Field House near the track and cross country team displays. The Athletic Department will examine several options which have been suggested regarding a permanent memorial.

Student-athletes from the men's and women's track teams ran in the MSU Open Oct. 6, wearing T-shirts with an image memorializing Caty. The teams will wear memorial patches on their uniforms in all remaining competitions this year.

A moment of silence was observed before the Homecoming football game on Saturday to remember Caty.

The University created a Web page where friends and acquaintances can post messages of condolence and remembrance, at Remembering Catherine.

University's impact: $377 million per year

graphs and charts imageMinnesota State Mankato adds $377.13 million per year to the Mankato area economy, according to an economic impact study by Wilder Research of St. Paul.

The study, conducted this summer by Paul A. Anton and Allen Burns of Wilder Research, is based on data from the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

It shows that 5,278 jobs - 10.3 percent of total employment in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties, according to the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corp. - are directly or indirectly generated by the University. And, based on answers to a survey last spring, it indicates that 49 percent of the University's students want to stay in Mankato after they graduate.

Wilder economists found that most of the economic impact - $206,648,300 - comes from "direct spending":

  • The university adds $75,988,800 annually to the Mankato economy through salaries and benefits spent locally, and services and supplies purchased locally;
  • Student spending in Mankato adds another $119,477,822 annually;
  • Spending by University visitors adds $11,181,678;

This direct spending generates additional jobs and wages that indirectly add another $170,484,847 to the local economy, the Wilder study says.

Wilder Research has conducted reports on the economic impact of many Minnesota State College and University system schools, and in past years has estimated the impact of Minnesota State Mankato. But this is Wilder's first in-depth study of the University's impact.

The study is based on analyses of funds spent for wages and salaries, contracted services, supplies and repairs; student and visitor spending; and revenue generated by students who stay in the local area after completing their studies. The study also analyzed the indirect "multiplier effect" resulting from university, employee and student spending in the community.

Michael Fagin named VP

Michael Fagin
Michael Fagin

President Richard Davenport has named Michael Fagin vice president for Institutional Diversity. A 37-year employee and an alumnus of Minnesota State Mankato, he has been dean for Institutional Diversity and special assistant to the president for multicultural relations since 2004.

"This title change reflects the importance that diversity and traditionally underserved students represent in my vision for the future of Minnesota State Mankato," President Davenport said. "Under Dr. Fagin's leadership, we've been successful in attracting a diverse student population."

"Dr. Fagin's extensive experience as a cultural diversity strategist and administrator makes him an invaluable member of the senior administrative team," the president added. "His counsel is widely respected, locally and nationally. He is the embodiment of diversity at the University, and a reason why the campus and the larger Mankato community is a more welcoming place for people of diverse cultures."

In 1991 Dr. Fagin was named associate vice president for cultural diversity, and in 2004 he became dean of Institutional Diversity and special assistant for Multicultural Relations. Last year President Davenport appointed him to the President's Cabinet.

New WCCO-TV spot

WCCO logo
As part of our branding campaign to raise the visibility of Minnesota State Mankato, a new 30-second spot will air on WCCO-TV in late October. The spot will run as part of a September-October media buy that includes seven billboards and a bus wrap running through the two downtowns and past the University of Minnesota campus.

Here are the dates and times for the WCCO-TV spot:

  • 6 p.m. newscast: Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25;
  • 10 p.m. newscast: Monday-Friday, Oct. 15-19, and Oct. 22-26.

2008 university desk calendar

calendarNew 2008 university desk calendars are now available, with new pictures and in a 14-month format (December 2007 through January 2009).

The CD-style calendar is a great way to show off pride in the Purple and Gold, and they make great gifts to departmental advisory board members and other friends of the University.

Photos in the calendar come from the University's Image Bank, with a color band below each photo from the graphic standards secondary color pallet.

The calendar cost $4.50 each, or $5.50 in a mailing package. Employees may purchase calendars from Printing Services, by sending a Printing Services work order.

Seven Revolutions grant

initiative foundation logoBioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota's BioBusiness Resource Network is one of three community-based partnerships selected for $10,000 Seven Revolutions Grants from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Minnesota State Mankato is one of the partners in the BioBusiness Resource Network.

The network is a collaborative project among industry, academia and government, dedicated to growing biobusiness companies throughout Minnesota. The grant is intended to focus resources on developing capability and infrastructure to commercialize bioscience businesses.

Other organizations in the BioBusiness Alliance are Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota and Hormel Institute.

TCF: Branch Bank of the Quarter

TCF has selected the Minnesota State Mankato campus bank as its "Campus Branch Bank of the Quarter," for its improved growth, referrals, low customer attrition, campus involvement, deposit balance growth and good service.

TCF campus branches compete nationwide for the honor. The campus branch bank is managed by Jim Theuninck.

Combined Charities Campaign

charities campaign logoThe Combined Charities Campaign started Oct. 1, soliciting employee pledges to help community based service organizations such as the United Way of Greater Mankato, the Minnesota Environmental Fund, Community Solutions Fund, Community Health Charities and Open Your Heart.

Last year's campaign more than doubled the previous year's contributions, and Minnesota State Mankato was first among the seven Minnesota State state universities with $76,597 raised.

This year's campaign continues through the end of the month. To donate through payroll deduction, visit the Combined Charities website and follow the on-screen instructions.

Through Oct. 12: Coming Out Week

National Coming Out Week through Friday, Oct. 12, will focus on "Closets are for Clothes."

The week-long event is a celebration of the courage and bravery of the LGBTA campus and community. Students are asked to stop at the LGBTQQ table Wednesday and Thursday at lunchtime in the CSU Lobby.

A "Coming Out Party" will be Thursday, Oct.11, at 8 p.m. in the LGBT Center (CSU 168). Food and games will be available. All events are sponsored by the LGBT Center and are free and open to the public.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact (507) 389-5131 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) or

Oct. 11: Depression screenings

To commemorate National Depression Screening Day, the Counseling Center will offer free, confidential depression screenings to all enrolled students on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The screening will involve filling out a short questionnaire, followed by a brief feedback meeting with a counselor to discuss the results of the questionnaire. All students are invited to take advantage of the program, and to learn what services are available.

Those who want more information may stop at the Counseling Center, CSU 245, or call 389-1455.

Oct. 12: URC applications

URC logo
Students 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. 24: Unclassified search training

The Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office and Human Resources will offer three training sessions on the unclassified search process in September, October and November.

Remaining sessions include:

  • Oct. 24, 9-11 a.m., CSU 284ABC;
  • Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, CSU 253-4-5.

Human Resources has updated and shortened the process in important ways, so the sessions will offer new information. A section on affirmative action will help unclassified search participants satisfy institutional responsibilities.

Those interested may register for the sessions at the STARS page.

Oct. 13, 14: Women & Spirituality

New York Times bestselling author Marge Piercy will be keynote speaker at the annual Women & Spirituality Conference Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14

The 26th annual conference also will feature dozens of workshops, discussions, exhibits, and celebrations about self-image, spiritual autobiography, forgiveness, meditation, therapeutic wellness, psychic development, emotional physiology, interactive imagery and many other discussions and performances focusing on mind, body and spirit.

The conference, which hosts more than 800 people each year, is intended to encourage dialogue among women and interested men from different spiritual and religious traditions. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Department, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Office of Institutional Diversity and the Women's Center.

The conference's opening celebration is at 10 a.m. Saturday on the second floor of Centennial Student Union, with Piercy's keynote speech following at 11 a.m. in the CSU ballroom. Registration is from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

The conference is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. The fee is $55. Reduced rates are available for students or minimum-income attendees. Those who want to register or obtain other information, including a program of events, may call (507) 389-2077 or go to the Women's Studies Department website, and then to the Women & Spirituality Program.

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

Oct. 16: Perkins Lecture

Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison

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

The lecture 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.

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. 17-21, 24-28: 'Enchanted April'

enchanted april logoThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present its second Mainstage production, "Enchanted April" by Matthew Barber, Oct. 17-21 & 24-28 in Andreas Theatre, sponsored by Express Personnel Services

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-21 and 24-28, with 2 p.m. matinees each Sunday, Oct. 21 and 28.

When two proper London housewives join a glamorous socialite and a lonely old widow to rent a villa in Italy, they never dream of the magical ways their lives and marriages will be transformed. Throw in two self-absorbed husbands who have to prove their worth, a charming Italian landlord and a scene-stealing maid. All four women bloom again, rediscovering themselves.

"Enchanted April" is directed by Paul J. Hustoles, with scenic design by John Paul. To hear the director talk about the show, visit the department's web site at and follow the prompts off the main page.

The cast includes two MFA Acting candidates: Susan Vee Hansen as Lotty Wilton and Lolly Foy as Mrs. Graves. Hansen debuted in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" during Highland Summer Theatre 2007. Many may recognize Foy as Queen Margaret from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Both have had extensive careers as professional actresses.

Individual tickets for "Enchanted April" are $14.50 regular, $13 discounted and $10 for current Minnesota State students. They can be purchased by calling the Theatre Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or may be reserved submitting a ticket request form at

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. 21: Paul Wineman

Paul Wineman
Paul Wineman

Negotiations specialist Paul Wineman will discuss "Negotiating in the World Today on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Wineman, president and founder of Wineman & Associates, negotiates for corporations and trains corporate executives how to negotiate successfully. He has counseled many corporations, including Anheuser-Busch, Litton Industries, Garrett, Vinnell, Systems Development Corporation, E-Systems, Cubic, EG&G, Lear-Siegler International, ConAgra, DeKalb Genetics, Watkins-Johnson, Phillips, Bechtel, Seaboard Corporation, CBI Industries, Simmons Industries, Kaydon Custom Bearings Gold Kist, Apple Computer, Schindler Elevator, American Cast Iron Pipe Company and YEO. Former Army Special Forces Officer.

Oct. 22: Flu shots

The 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 page. 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 page). 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. 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.

Nov. 12: Memphis and the Meantimes

The cover band Memphis and the Meantimes will perform in concert Monday, Nov. 12, as part of the Department of Music's 2007-2008 Fall Performance Series. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $15; tickets for K-12 students are $12; and tickets for students with a valid MavCard are $9.

The band is comprised of an all-star nine-piece Twin Cities band. Memphis and the Meantimes perform songs from Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, the Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Ricky Nelson and many others.

This unique lineup, song list and classic presentation has been a big hit with music lovers. The band is blend of Austin City Limits, the Grand Old Opry, MTV Unplugged and the Roy Orbison black and white special.

Those who want more information may visit the Memphis and the Meantimes Web site. Those who want tickets or other information may contact Dale Haefner, director of the Performance Series, at (507) 389-5549. Visitors with special needs should contact the university's Disability Services office at (507) 389-2825.

Jennifer Guyer-Wood completes HERS

Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Career Development) completed the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration this summer.

The institute is sponsored jointly by Bryn Mawr College and HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), an educational non-profit based at the University of Denver. The residential program was held on the Bryn Mawr College campus.

Jennifer was one of 70 selected participants. Local applications for the institute were reviewed by the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

The HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute was established in 1976. Participants in the program gain knowledge, skills and perspectives for leading in the challenging environment of higher education today. The curriculum includes analysis of political and economic trends affecting higher education, skills in managing change projects and conflict resolution, as well as strategic planning for academic excellence and effective resource management.

Hail and Farewell

President Richard Davenport has announced that David Williams, vice president for University Advancement, has been named vice chancellor for university advancement and marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. David, who joined Minnesota State Mankato in 2003, will begin at UW-Stout on Nov. 26 as one of three vice chancellors reporting to UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. The University community is invited to a reception honoring David on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 3-4 p.m. in the Nickerson Conference Room (CSU 238).

Faculty/staff achievements

Dawn Albertson's (Psychology) publication, "Distinctive Profiles of Gene Expression in the Human Nucleus Accumbens with Cocaine and Heroin Abuse," was selected for Faculty of 1000: Biology, an online service that evaluates biological sciences papers based on recommendations of more than 2,000 researchers.

Gale Allen (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented a paper, "Hands-On Hardware and Simulation Experiences Used to Improve an Analog Communications Technology Course," at the ASEE North Midwest Regional Conference in Houghton, Mich., in September.

A paper by Afroza Anwary (Sociology/Corrections), "Anti-Sex Trafficking Movement of Bangladesh: Global, Regional, and Local Scales of Activism and the Theories of Transnational Social Movements," was published in Social Thought and Research Journal. Afroza also received a Visiting Fellowship from Delhi University, India, for spring 2008.

An article by Jim Bailey (Political Science/Law Enforcement), "Digital Infrared Photography to Develop GSR Patterns," was published recently in the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. An article co-authored by Jim, "Reproduction Remington Rider Derringer Pistol: Calculation of Kinetic Energy and Evaluation of Gunshot Residue (GSR) Patterns," was published recently in Problemy Kryminalistyki. An article by Jim and Dan Swart (Chemistry and Geology), "Limit of Detection with Sodium Rhodizonate: Bullet Wipe Patterns with Selected Ammunition Examined for Lead," was published in the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner's Journal.

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) presented a conference paper, "Diversity in Engineering Education Research: Insights from Three Study Designs," at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Rebecca and Nancy Drescher (English) presented another paper, "Linguistic Construction of Identity," at the Conference on Culture, Language and Social Practice in Boulder, Colo., in October. Rebecca also is presenting a special session " Communities of Practice: How Do We Investigate Diversity and Global Engineering?" at the Frontiers in Education conference in Milwaukee, Wis., in October.

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) and Cheryl Radeloff (Women's Studies) presented "A Feminist Genealogy Project: Integrating Technology with Feminist Scholarship" at the National Women's Studies Association conference in St. Charles, Ill., in June.

Michael Bentley (Biological Sciences) co-authored "Antioxidant vitamins induce angiogenesis in normal pig kidney" in the American Journal of Physiology. Michael also co-authored "Early changes in coronary artery wall structure detected by micro computed tomography in experimental hypercholesterolemia" in the journal.

Aaron Budge (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) was invited to direct part of field testing associated with the Pile Driving Contractors Association Professors' Driven Pile Institute in June in Logan, Utah. He also was selected to participate for a second year as an assistant mentor in the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., in July. In July he was elected secretary of the Education Committee for the Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology of the American Society of Civil Engineers during a meeting at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Steven Buechler's (Sociology/Corrections) articles, "New Social Movement Theory" and "Strain and Breakdown Theories of Movements," were published in Encyclopedia of Sociology.

A paper by Christopher Danielson (Mathematics & Statistics) was accepted by Mathematics Teacher for a focus issue on student learning of probability.

Danae R. Quirk Dorr (Chemistry & Geology) coauthored "Nitrogen mustard-induced cross-linking of the human DNA repair protein alkylguanine DNA alkyltransferase to its DNA substrate," a poster presentation, at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston. Danae also wrote the Student Study Guide and Solutions Manual and the instructor's manual for the Sixth edition of General, Organic and Biochemistry in collaboration with authors of the text.

Sandra K. Eggenberger (Nursing) presented "Scientists and Artists Create a Qualitative Research Team" at the Advances in Qualitative Methods conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in September. At the same conference, Sonja J. Meiers (Nursing) presented "The Other Side: Creation of a Sculptural Painting from a Qualitative Family Study of Chronic Illness," and Mary Regan (Nursing) presented "In the margins of the mind: A projective method for the study of nursing practice."

Shannon Fisher (Water Resources Center) co-authored a paper, "Environmental Influences on Walleye Fingerling Production in Southwestern Minnesota Shallow Lakes," in North American Journal of Aquaculture in July.

Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work) was invited to testify at a public safety hearing conducted by the Disability Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

An article by Scott Granberg-Rademacker, Jeff Bumgarner and Avra Johnson (Political Science/Law Enforcement), "Do School Violence Policies Matter? An Empirical Analysis of Four Approaches to Reduce School Violence," was published in the spring issue of Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice.

An article by Scott Granberg-Rademacker (Political Science/Law Enforcement), "A Comparison of Four Approaches to Handling Missing Data," was published in The Philippine Statistician. Another article, "A Comparison of Three Approaches to Handling Incomplete State-Level Data," was published in the fall State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

David Haglin (Computer Science) coauthored "A Recursive Search Algorithm for Statistical Disclosure Assessment" in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.

Tomasz Inglot (Political Science/Law Enforcement) was a guest lecturer at the ELTE University, Department of Social Policy, in Budapest, Hungary, in September, discussing "Comparative Study of Social Policy and Welfare States in East Central Europe." Tomasz also presented a paper, "Emergency Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-1999," at the European Social Policy Network Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Barbara Keating (Sociology/Corrections) edited Teaching about Family and Gender Violence: A Collection of Instructional Materials, published by the American Sociological Association.

A paper, "Critical Sets of Inertias for Matrix Patterns," coauthored by I.-J. Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) has been accepted by the journal of Linear and Multilinear Algebra. He also attended New Directions Short Course on Compressive Sampling and Frontiers in Signal Processing at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications in June.

Igor Kogoutiouk (Physics & Astronomy) presented at the Latin American Workshop on Magnetism at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In collaboration with Ukrainian scientists, he published a paper, "Polaron Density of States of AlAs/GaAs/AlAs and PbS/PbTe/PbS type quantum well," in Condensed Matter Physics.

Soonhwan Lee's (Human Performance) research article "A Study of Volunteers' Motivation and Satisfaction in an International Competitive Sporting Event" was published in the International Sports Journal. Soonhwan's article "The Empirical Insights on the Probability of Winning: Some Evidence from the National Basketball Association (NBA)" has been accepted for publication in the International Academy of Business and Economics Proceeding Journal.

Jon Lim (Human Performance) presented a research paper, "An Empirical Study on the Probability of Winning: The Case of National Basketball Association (NBA)," at the National Conference of the North American Society for Sport Management in Miami, Fla., in June. He presented a case study, "Event Management: From the Classroom to the Real World," at the same conference. And he was awarded a $5,000 Faculty Research Grant to study "Effects of Service Quality, Satisfaction, and Perceived Value on Customer Loyalty in Women-Only Fitness Clubs."

Jon Lim's (Human Performance) paper, "An Empirical Investigation of Student Achievement and Satisfaction in Different Learning Environments," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Instructional Psychology. His research presentation, "Come Soaring with Eagles: Spectator Satisfaction and Perceived Quality of Service of a D-I AA Non-scholarship Institution," was selected for presentation at the National Conference of the Sport Marketing Association in Pittsburgh, Penn., in November.

Steve Mercurio (Biological Sciences) will discuss undergraduate education as part of the Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Focus Group in Dallas in October.

Project Lead the Way, directed in Minnesota by the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence, was chosen as a Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Award Innovative Collaboration finalist.

A paper by Russ Palma (Physics & Astronomy), coauthored by physics major Jake Simones, "Helium and Neon Abundances and Compositions in Cometary Matter," was accepted for publication in Science.

Jin Park and Namyong Lee (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) presented "A Micromechanical Modeling Technique Applied to Pultruded Composites Containing Clay Particles," at the Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, Toronto. A paper by Jin and his graduate students, Timothy Fay and Tye Davis, "A Study on Clay Particle Effect to the Mechanical Properties of Polymer Composites under Shear Loading," was accepted by the ASME International Congress and Exposition, Seattle, Wash.

Lisa Perez (Psychology) was appointed to the Minnesota Psychological Association's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Committee for 2007-2008. Lisa and graduate student Nate Dvorak were elected to the executive board of the Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work for 2007-2008.

Mark A. Pickar (Physics & Astronomy) coauthored a paper, "Deuteron-deuteron elastic scattering at 231.8 MeV," in Physical Review.

A paper coauthored by Mezbahur Rahman and Larry M. Pearson (Mathematics & Statistics), "Method of Product Spacings in the Two-Parameter Gamma Distribution," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Statistical Research. The two also presented "A Note on the Modified Box-Cox Transformation" at the Festschrift at Ball State University, Indiana. A paper by Mezbahur, "Testing the Center Using Median," is to be published in the International Journal of Statistical Sciences.

Andy Roberts (Physics & Astronomy) gave a talk, "New PET Radiotracers from Improved Accelerator Targetry," at the International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications and Utilization of Accelerators in Pocatello, Idaho, in August.

Christopher Ruhland (Biological Sciences) coauthored "Solar ultraviolet-B radiation increases total phenolic content and ferric-reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) in Avena sativa" in Molecules.

Farid Jean Sabongi (Interior Design/Construction Management) visited the University of Bath and the University of Westminster-London in August, conferring with faculty and staff to learn about course materials and research opportunities he can bring to Minnesota State Mankato.

Deepak Sanjel (Mathematics & Statistics) presented a poster session, "Using Web Technology Desire2Learn (D2L) in Teaching Statistics," at the U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics at Ohio State University in May.

Louis Schwartzkopf (Physics & Astronomy) presented "Envisioning a Post-Carbon World," at the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Greensboro, N.C., in July.

Donna M. Sluiter (Nursing) is one of 24 who will participate in the Blandin Community Leadership Program, which provides intensive leadership training to enhance understanding, cooperation, efficiency, conflict management, planning and stakeholder analysis.

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) completed a three-day workshop, "Security and Forensics Education," funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Christophe also qualified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Mary Visser (Human Performance) co-presented "Current Status of Fall Prevention in the United States" at Glasgow (Scotland) Caledonian University in August. Mary gave two presentations at the Age and Disability Odyssey in Duluth in August: "Falls Prevention Pre-Conference Session" and "Partners in Active Living for Seniors (PALS)." A manuscript by Mary, Mary Hadley and student Todd Vander Steen, "Antioxidant Effect on Urinary Excretion of Malondialdehyde in Non-Athletes During Aerobic Training," was published in the International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research.

Two grants to the Water Resources Center were approved recently: A $215,000 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency grant to evaluate nutrient and bacterial transport via agricultural tile lines, and a 220,000 grant to continue monitoring efforts in the Great Blue Earth River basin.

Dorothy Wrigley (Biological Sciences) presented a research poster, "Evidence that Bacillus cereus resistance to nisin involves interactions between cells," co-authored by two alumni, at the annual Society for Industrial Microbiology meeting in Denver in July.

Hai-Sheng Wu (Physics & Astronomy) attended the Intersolar 2007 Conference at Messe Freiburg, Germany, in June.

Qun Zhang (Electrical & Computer Engineering) coauthored "Symmetrized SSF scheme to control global simulation accuracy in fiber optic communication systems," to be published in the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology in January 2008. Qun also presented and published two research papers at the Laser and Electro Optics Society summer topical meetings in Portland, Ore. Qun and Han-Way Huang coauthored "On the use of Gaussian approximation for reliable performance evaluation in optical DPSK systems," in the International Journal of Performance Engineering.


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