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October 24, 2007 Campus Newsletter

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President explores India partnerships

India's flagPresident Richard Davenport is in India this week, exploring new opportunities for higher education partnerships as part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's trade mission to India. President Davenport is the only higher education executive among the 73 delegates.

He is one of 15 independent delegates, exploring opportunities for collaborative student-faculty research, foreign study and other educational partnerships. He is visiting Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Delhi-Delhi School of Economics in New Delhi, as well as Nirma University in Ahmedabad.

He is being accompanied on his visits by Sam Roy, president and CEO of EPS Technologies, Mankato, and a director of the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation.

The president points out that India is a critical trade partner for Minnesota business and industry. "As we cultivate partnerships with key universities in India for our students, and as we develop new opportunities for collaboration with Indian researchers, we expand the market for our graduates and for Minnesota products."

India is the world's fastest growing free-market democracy. Major Indian infrastructure improvements are scheduled for the next several years, and the purchasing power of India's middle class is growing. What's more, 58 percent of the Indian population — more than 564 million people — is under age 20.

New International Center

International CenterInternational education has a new face that will be highlighted in an International Center grand opening ceremony Thursday, Nov. 15.

The new International Center brings the International Student Office and International Programs Office together in a strikingly renovated space on the second floor of Centennial Student Union.

The Center has been open since the start of the academic year. The Nov. 15 grand opening, ribbon-cutting and reception coincide with Diversity & International Education Week.

Caryn Lindsay (International Programs) and Tom Gjersvig (International Student & Scholar Services) hope that students, faculty, alumni and members of the Mankato community use the Center as a one-stop information and service hub for all international inquiries.

The Center will help academic departments bring more international speakers to campus, will organize activities that let students learn about the cultures represented at the University, and will keep the campus informed of international activities on and off campus.

Today nearly 500 students from more than 65 nations study, contribute to the success of athletic teams and campus organizations, and bring the flavors of their cultures to campus.

The University also is making it easier for students to integrate a foreign study experience into their academic programs. Until 10 years ago, students who wanted to study in another country for a semester or more had to independently seek out opportunities. The International Programs Office was created to promote and facilitate the life-changing experience that comes from studying in a foreign environment.

New partnerships with European, African, South American and Asian universities reduce the costs for students while increasing the diversity of students and guest faculty on campus. Students can stop at the new International Center for advice and information about opportunities for study, internships and volunteer experiences in countries around the world.

HickoryTech donation

Katelyn Ruter, Jason Reisch, John Finke, President Davenport, Angela Krych and Julia Andres
HickoryTech President and CEO John Finke presents a check for $33,000 to President Richard Davenport as Presidential Scholars look on: (from left) Katelyn Ruter, Jason Reisch, John Finke, President Davenport, Angela Krych and Julia Andres.

The HickoryTech Foundation has made a $23,000 donation to fund Presidential Scholarships.

"Having scholarships available for these future leaders helps attract the best and brightest students to Mankato," said President Richard Davenport. "We thank HickoryTech for this generous support as well as their ongoing theatre sponsorship."

In presenting the Presidential Scholarship check, John Finke, president and chief executive officer of HickoryTech, pointed out that more than 75 HickoryTech employees are either alumni or current students at the university.

In addition to HickoryTech Foundation's presidential scholarship support, the foundation and corporation also provided $10,000 to Theatre & Dance to sponsor the fall performance "Cats." This is the 14th consecutive year that HickoryTech has sponsored a theatre performance.

MBA listed in Princeton Review

the princeton review logoThe MBA program is listed as one of the nation's best in Princeton Review's 2008 business school guidebook.

The New York-based education services company lists the College of Business MBA among the nation's "Best 290 Business Schools" in its recently published business edition. The listing is based on surveys of 19,000 students attending the 290 schools, and on school-reported data.

"Best 290 Business Schools" includes two-page profiles of each school or program, with information about academics, student life and admissions, and ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services. (The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.)

The publication says College of Business MBA students "love Mankato," and appreciate their friendly fellow students and smart classrooms. "The most attractive part of the program was the class schedule," one student said. The schedule divides each semester into two eight-week modules, providing working MBA students with maximum flexibility.

"MBAs here can take one or two classes per module, and they can skip a module entirely when necessary without losing too much ground," the Princeton Review says.

Marilyn L. Fox and Kevin Elliott, co-directors of the MBA program, point out that "the program emphasizes critical and strategic thinking, developing managerial skills, real-world applications, ethics and leadership taught in a technologically advanced, active learning environment. Students feel well prepared to handle problems, situations and changes that are currently affecting businesses today."

Profiles and ranking lists of Minnesota State Mankato's MBA and the other schools are now available at the Princeton Review website.

Chronicle available to all faculty, staff

chronicle of higher education logo

Memorial Library, in partnership with the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and University Advancement, has established a campus site license to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy as a one-year pilot.

Starting immediately, any faculty or staff member may use his or her email address to sign up for the Chronicle e-mail newsletter, a summary of the latest news in higher education with links to complete news articles. Go to The Chronicle: Academe Today or The Chronicle of Philanthropy to register.

Remote access from off-campus locations is available via the "Journals List" on the Library's website.

Those who have questions or comments may contact Casey Duevel (Library) at

WCCO-TV ad on the Web

WCCO logoFaculty and staff who want to see the 30-second Minnesota State Mankato ad that's been running on WCCO-TV can go to the streaming video.

The new, 30-second spot first aired on WCCO 10 p.m. newscasts last week. It continues on the 10 p.m. newscast Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 24-26, and on the 6 p.m. show Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24-25.

The spot is part of a media buy that includes seven billboards and a bus wrap running through the two downtowns and past the University of Minnesota campus.

Oct. 24-28: 'Enchanted April'

"Enchanted April" by Matthew Barber continues Oct. 24-28 in Andreas Theatre, sponsored by Express Personnel Services.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Oct. 28.

"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.

Individual tickets 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. 25-Nov. 7: Open enrollment

Open enrollment for employee insurance and pre-tax benefits will be Oct. 25 through Nov 7. During Open Enrollment employees may:

  • Learn about the new prescription drug coverage under Navitus;
  • Learn about changes in the health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs;
  • Enroll in, cancel, or change health and/or dental insurance;
  • Enroll in or increase long-term disability insurance;
  • Enroll in pre-tax benefits; and
  • Take the health assessment.

Information about Open Enrollment is located on the DOER Open Enrollment website.

Group presentations will be held:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24,1:30-3:30 p.m., CSU 284 ABC
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30-7:30 a.m., WC 357
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m., CSU 254/5

Drop-in help sessions will be offered to assist employees with making open enrollment changes on the employee self-service website and taking the online health assessment. Help sessions will all be in the lower level of the Memorial Library, Room ML94:

  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 8-10 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2-4 p.m.

Reservations are not required for any of these meetings or presentations.

Individuals with a disability, who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these events, should contact 507-389-6942 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least three working days prior to the day of the event.

Oct. 25-27: Asian American Conference

"Health and Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit" is the theme of this year's Asian Pacific American Conference Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27.

The conference will include breakout workshops and panel discussions for teachers, community service providers and others who work with the Asian Pacific American community. There also will be keynote speakers, a Polynesian Hoike performance, a magic show and a recognition banquet. All sessions will be in Centennial Student Union.

Conference registration will be at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in Centennial Student Union, followed by a welcome by Michael Fagin (Institutional Diversity). Conference delegates may earn one academic credit for the conference.

For Minnesota State Mankato and Gustavus Adolphus students, cost of the conference is $40. For more information, go to the Asian Pacific American Conference website.

Oct. 28: Maverick Trick or Treat

little kids in costumesLocal youths can interact with student-athletes at the 2007 Trick or Treat with the Mavericks on Sunday, Oct. 28.

The event, free and open to the public, will be from 1-2:30 p.m. in Taylor Center's Bresnan Arena. There will be games and free candy, and children are encouraged to wear costumes.

Those who want more information should contact the Department of Athletics at 389-2625.

Oct. 29: Learning Communities

fye logo

The New Student and Family Programs is accepting proposals through Monday, Oct. 29, for 2008-2009 learning community programs.

Proposals may include 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 Learning Communities page.

Oct. 31: Shashanka Bhide

Shashanka Bhide
Shashanka Bhide

Shashanka Bhide of India's National Council of Applied Economic Research will discuss that country's rapidly growing economy during a lecture Wednesday Oct. 31.

The talk, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 3 p.m. in Room 101 of Armstrong Hall. He will give a technical talk to faculty members at noon Wednesday.

Bhide, an eminent authority on India's economy and author of numerous articles about India's economy, is a senior fellow at the National Council of Applied Economic Research. He holds a PhD. in agricultural economics and has done research in macroeconomic modeling, agriculture and economic development.

Bhide is assisting President Richard Davenport with his visit to India Oct. 19-26. President Davenport is exploring higher education partnerships with officials of Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi-Delhi School of Economics in New Delhi, and with Nirma University in Ahmedabad.

Nov. 1: Good Thunder

Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Luke Rolfes
Luke Rolfes

Author Marie Myung-Ok Lee will visit campus on Thursday, Nov. 1, for the third Good Thunder Reading Series program of the fall term.

As part of the Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency, she will conduct a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union. At 7:30 p.m. she and graduate student Luke Rolfes, winner of the 2007 Robert Wright Award, will read from their published work in CSU Room 253. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday morning she will meet with area writers and be interviewed on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM. The interview, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on KMSU-FM, will air at 1 p.m. Thursday and at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Nov. 1: Cancer fundraiser

pink ribbonThe Women's Hockey team will raise funds to assist in the battle against breast cancer during the Thursday, Nov. 1, game against St. Cloud State University at All Seasons Arena.

The game will be free to students, faculty, staff and the public, but cash donations will be encouraged at the door, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation.

Each team will wear special jerseys. There'll also be a ceremonial puck drop, a silent auction and other activities.

Nov. 3: Genealogy Expo

letters from the pastThe seventh annual South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo, open to anyone interested in researching family history, will be on campus Saturday, Nov. 3.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union. Author and genealogist Mary Bakeman will speak about "Targeting Military Research" at a general session beginning at 9 a.m. She will discuss strategies for exploring an ancestor's military service, and the valuable information that can be found in military records.

Early-bird registration fee (by Oct. 26) is $20. Registration after Oct. 26 is $25. A box lunch is also available to participants. The event is co-organized by the Minnesota State Mankato Library and the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

Those who want more information may contact Jessica Potter (Blue Earth County Historical Society) at 345-5566 or Daardi Sizemore (Library) at 389-1029, or they may visit the South-Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo page.

Nov. 3: KMSU film festival

Students, faculty and staff can still get tickets for the 12-hour classic film festival benefiting KMSU-FM Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon to midnight in Wiecking Auditorium.

Most tickets went to KMSU donors who pledged at the $50 level during the recent pledge drive. Remaining seats will go to those who donate $20 to KMSU by Nov. 3 at one of three locations:

  • The KMSU Studios in AF 205 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Or call the station at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and pledge over the phone.)
  • Tune Town in River Hills Mall.
  • Tune Town near Carmike Movies Six and Chipotle, 1626 Warren St.

The 12-hour film festival will feature " This Is Spinal Tap," "Dr. Strangelove," "Gimme Shelter," "Animal House," "Shaun Of The Dead" and "Blue Velvet." Five of the six films are rated "R," so those attending must be 17 years old or older to attend, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

More information is available at the kmsu twelve hour film festival page.

Nov. 8: Registration

Registration for Spring 2008 starts Thursday, Nov. 8. The Spring 2008 class schedule is available at the Courses page.

New features of the registration system include a "course cart" feature which provides a more user-friendly registration experience. Other features are enhanced search capabilities which include searching by general education and transfer curriculum goals, additional course information and deadline dates.

The spring 2008 calendar is at the Spring 2008 Calendar page.

Nov. 8: Blood Drive

american red cross - together we save a lifeUpward Bound will sponsor a Red Cross Bloodmobile blood drive Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Appointments can be made by calling (507) 389-1211, or by going to the Give Life website and entering sponsor code 5952. Double blood cell donations will be taken, and walk-ins are welcome.

Nov. 10: Veteran's Day 5K

The second annual Army ROTC Veterans Day 5K run/walk to benefit the Michael Fasnacht Memorial Scholarship Fund will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Myers Field House.

Lt. Michael Fasnacht was an alum who was killed while on patrol in Iraq. His scholarship fund will help future U.S. Army leaders.

Before the race there will be a short color guard presentation, and Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Tom Cooper will speak briefly about Veterans Day.

Nov. 12: Meantime, Memphis

Memphis and the Meantimes will perform Monday, Nov. 12, as part of the Department of Music's Fall Performance Series.

The concert 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.

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

Nov. 13: Unclassified search training

The Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office and Human Resources will offer one remaining training sessions on the unclassified search process in November.

The remaining session will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon in CSU 253-4-5.

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

Those interested may register at the STARS page.

Nov. 14: Using employee surveys

Jeff McHenry, senior director of people and organization capability for Microsoft, will discuss "Using the Employee Survey to Improve Employee Retention" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in a talk hosted by the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master's Program.

McHenry's presentation, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 6 p.m. in AH 102. McHenry is past president of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. At Microsoft he is responsible for talent management, leadership and high potential development, and organizational development.

Faculty/staff achievements

Suzanne Bunkers (English) recently published three articles: "Doing your own life writing," "Keeping a writer's diary" and "MLA style: its origins and evolution" in Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development.

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) received a Faculty Research Grant to study town-gown partnerships for successful place-marketing.

Julie Rabaey (International Student & Scholar Services) will co-present a session, "Navigating the Financial Logistics of Hosting International Speakers - A Team Approach," at the Association of International Educators Region IV Conference in Kansas City in November.

Larry Schnoor (Speech Communication emeritus) will receive the Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award from the National Communication Association Saturday, Nov. 17, at the association's awards presentation in Chicago. The award, established in 1991, recognizes outstanding teaching by retired NCA members.

David Viscoli (Music) performed guest artist piano recitals at the University of Texas at Austin and Mountain View College in Dallas in October.

Student achievements

Bo Greig received a 2007 Mankato Area Council for Quality "Above and Beyond" award in October for efficient, friendly, customer-oriented service at the MavCard Desk. Bo is the desk's student worker, and the award was made recently in a surprise presentation at the desk. He was one of five award winners.

Christy Smiland and Laura Pelletier have been awarded 2007-2008 Wolff Family Scholarships by the Speech Communication Department. The $1,000 awards are given annually to Speech Communication undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, service and financial need. The scholarship is funded by Matt Wolff, a 1999 Speech Communication graduate.


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 Nov. 7. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Nov. 2).

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