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January 16, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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Summit Postponed Until February

The University's citywide alcohol summit, originally scheduled for Jan. 23, has been postponed until February because of widespread interest in the event. The new date has not been decided, but the campus and the Mankato community will be informed as soon as a date is set.

The summit was to be held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, but University and city officials decided that it should be moved to the Alltel Center ballroom, to better accommodate all who wish to attend.

Because Alltel Center is not available on Jan. 23, university and city officials are looking at alternate dates in February.

The purpose of the summit is to discuss ideas for reducing high-risk drinking in Mankato, and a community planning group is meeting to outline the program for the event. When a new summit date is determined, the information will be publicized throughout the campus and the greater Mankato community.

Tech Improvements

Information & Technology Services has made numerous changes over winter break to enhance student and staff technological experience.

ITS completed fixes, updates and upgrades that include additions to software, hardware and property. The changes include:

  • Added frequently requested features for Entourage e-mail and calendaring.
  • Through Apple, resolved the wireless problem for Mac OSX.
  • Provided a Minnesota State firewall to replace the outdated firewall.
  • Provided Minnesota State-purchased PointSec disk encryption software to make it harder for information to be encrypted and read if a computer is stolen. The software is free to all staff.
  • Added intra-net site Sharepoint for collaboration, sharing of information, file storage, electronic forms, workflow and search.Computer
  • Upgraded MavMAIL. Public Folders are back; PDAs and cell phones synchronize better; MavMAIL light (non-Internet Explorer) no longer will time-out while users compose long messages; personal distribution lists are available; MavMAIL can receive faxes; and other new features are available.
  • Configuring Outlook 2007 from home is easier. Faculty and staff can set up Outlook with just email address and password. Learn more.
  • Made two-sided printing available to students.
  • Upgraded the ITS computer center in Memorial Library to reduce air conditioning airflow restrictions and improve cooling. MavCASH cash-to-card machines in the Centennial Student Union near Ostrander.

CSET Dean: John Knox

John KnoxJohn M. Knox, dean of academic programs and associate director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Idaho State University, will be the next dean of the College of Science, Engineering, & Technology.

John, a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, will begin his duties in early July. He will replace John Frey, long-time dean who will retire in June after a distinguished 37-year career at Minnesota State Mankato.

In 2006 John Knox was appointed as dean of academic programs at ISU's Idaho Falls campus. Before that he served as interim dean of graduate studies for two years, and before that was chair of ISU's Department of Physics and a physics faculty member for 19 years. During his faculty term he was a visiting researcher at Lund University in Sweden and a visiting scientist at Arizona State University.

Before joining Idaho State University in 1984, he spent three years as assistant professor of physics at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wis.

In addition to his academic achievements, he is a global ambassador, traveling as a delegate with the Idaho Governor's Trade Mission to Asia in 2005, and representing Idaho State University at the 2003 Sino-American Leadership Initiative Project, Soochow University, China, and at Shanxi (China) University's 2002 centennial celebration.

In 1968 he earned a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus. In 1976 he earned a master's in physics from the University of Wyoming, and in 1981 earned a Ph.D. in physics from the same school. He was born and raised in Wisconsin, and his wife, Karen, a native of Cloquet, Minn., also graduated from Gustavus.

John Frey was the first faculty member to teach in Trafton Science Center, which opened in 1972. Since then he has served as biology professor, assistant dean and dean of the college; has obtained tens of millions in grants for the University; and has led dozens of legislative initiatives for new science, technology and engineering programs.

Purple and Gold Raffles

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Fall semester Purple and Gold Raffle winners Wendy Schuller (left) and Tammy Kunze.

Stop by Barnes & Noble in Centennial Student Union on the next two Purple and Gold Fridays (Feb. 1 and 8) to enter raffles for $100 gift certificates, sponsored by the Office of Integrated Marketing. The winners can use the certificates for free school-spirit apparel at Barnes & Noble.

To enter, fill out a slip at the bookstore on either or both of those days. To be eligible, you must be an employee of Minnesota State Mankato and be wearing purple and/or gold. Bookstore hours on Fridays are 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the drawings will be conducted at close of business on Feb. 1 and 8.

$500,000 for Renewable Energy

The Minnesota Center for Renewable Energy - a partnership between Minnesota State Mankato and Minnesota West Community and Technical College - will receive $500,000 in funding from the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

The $500,000 - part of the bill's Energy and Water Development section - will support research into cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and other forms of renewable energy. The research creates public-private partnerships that promote economic growth, nurture alternative energy technology, increase energy diversity, and improve national security.

The Center was founded to expand energy alternatives by developing new methods for using renewable fuels, and to alleviate shortages of qualified personnel in the ethanol production and wind energy industries. Located in an area rich with wind energy and agriculture, the center works to strengthen Minnesota agriculture and manufacturing through renewable energy.

Center research helps optimize use of anaerobic digesters for plant biomass, helps convert biofuels to more easily marketed liquid forms, develops renewable carbon for industrial uses, improves biomass crops and wind and photovoltaic energy, and keeps technician training up-to-date for energy production industries.

Human Resources Guide

Human Resources Guide PosterA new Human Resources Guide has been posted on the Human Resources website, with information for new and current employees.

Faculty and staff may check this page. Information ranges from the history of Minnesota State Mankato to orientation, position and performance information, employee welfare, policy, procedures and more. Employees are encouraged to stop by the HR office with any input.

Jan. 14-Feb. 1: Stories

A print by Shannon Collis"Lost and Found Stories," an exhibit of prints by artist-in-residence Shannon Collis, will run from Jan. 14 through Friday, Feb. 1, in Conkling Gallery. Collis will discuss her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Trafton Science Center Room 121C, and she will conduct workshops and student critiques on Jan. 22 and 23.

Collis' prints, a combination of digital and traditional processes, have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Collis is a printmaking lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Sports Camp

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Dodgeball, basketball, football, soccer, track and field and other activities for kindergarten through sixth-grade youth will be featured at the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Youth Sports Camp and Clinic Monday, Jan. 21.

The event, co-sponsored by Intercollegiate Athletics and the Office of Institutional Diversity, is intended to inspire youth to develop positive mental and physical values.

The camp, for children from kindergarten through sixth grade, will be in Meyers Field House from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jan. 27: Ice fishing contest

Big Bobber LogoThe Mavericks Big Bobber Ice Fishing Contest will be Sunday, Jan. 27, on Lake Washington, with a $2,500 first-place cash prize and many other prizes.

The contest will benefit Minnesota State Mankato athletics and the Maverick Scholarship Fund. Maverick coaches and athletes will host the event, which is sponsored by Charter Media.

The event starts at noon and ends at 3 p.m., with registration, hole selection and setup starting at 10 a.m. Registration will be at Squirrel's Nest Landing and Westwood Marina.

Tickets are $30 each if purchased by Sunday, Jan. 20, and $40 each thereafter.

To register online and for more specifics about the tournament, go to the Kruger Farms webpage.

Jan. 29-31: Documentary Film

Catholic SceneThe award-winning documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So," sponsored by the LGBT Center, will be shown Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29-31.

The film will be shown in the Maverick 4 Theater, Mankato Place, Civic Center Plaza, on Jan. 29 and 31, and in Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union, on Jan. 30. All three showings are at 7 p.m. The film is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The 99-minute documentary was directed by Daniel Karslake, and seeks to show that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible.

The film uses the experiences of five American, Christian families to illustrate how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member. The families include those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.

Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Mankato cast members Phil and Randi Reitan.

The event is sponsored by the LGBT Center, Centenary Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, the Human Rights Campaign, South Central MN Pride, Inc., St. John's Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and United Church of Christ.

Those who want more information about the film may go to the "For the Bible Tells Me So" website.

Jan. 30-Feb. 10: 'Dancing'

Dancing at Lughnasa posterThe Department of Theatre and Dance will kick off the second half of its 2007-08 Mainstage season with Brian Friel's touching drama, "Dancing at Lughnasa," Jan. 30-Feb. 3 and 6-10 in Andreas Theatre.

Widely regarded as Friel's masterpiece, the play is the story of five unmarried sisters, one with a young son, eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in l936. The festival of Lughnasa celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. When the sisters dance to a wild, pagan Irish tune, they embody the core of the human spirit that cannot be vanquished by time or loss, or fully expressed in language.

The show marks the Minnesota State Mankato directorial debut of Heather E. Hamilton. She has directed and acted in plays on both American coasts, playing major characters in nearly 40 productions over the last decade. She was the recipient of the New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Professional Actress in 2004.

Tickets for "Dancing at Lughnasa" are $14.50 regular, $13 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $10 for Minnesota State Mankato students. They go on sale Jan. 22 at the Theatre & Dance Box Office, and are available by calling (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by visiting

Feb. 1: HERS applications

The President's Commission on the Status of Women is accepting applications for the Bryn Mawr/HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, to be held at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania June 21 through July 16. Completed application packets must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 1.

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to improve the status of women in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration. A representative will be selected from MSU to attend. More information about the Institute can be obtained from the HERS website.

Candidates must complete the HERS application and self-descriptive letter, get a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, and submit a resume. A printable application form is available at the Commission's website. Priority will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in bringing new insight and leadership skills to the campus community, and past applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Application packets should be submitted to Elizabeth Lindstrom, CSU 218. Applications will be reviewed by the Commission and recommendations forwarded to President Richard Davenport. The President's selection will be announced by Feb. 15.

Feb. 5: Service-Learning Fair

The spring Service-Learning Fair will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The fair allows students to connect with community agencies and learn more about volunteering and service-learning opportunities in the Mankato area. Students and faculty members involved in curricular service learning activities, and campus community members interested in volunteering with a community agency, are invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Feb. 5: Precinct caucuses

DFL Caucus PosterGOP Caucus PosterPrecinct Caucus Night will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, which means no classes or university sponsored events are permitted after 6 p.m. that day.

The Minnesota State Office of General Counsel advises that no public meetings may be conducted by state boards or agencies after 6 p.m. that day, and the limitation includes the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees and Office of the Chancellor. In addition, Minnesota Statutes prohibit state colleges and universities from scheduling any event, including classes, after 6 p.m. on a caucus unless approved by the Board of Trustees.

Feb. 15: Trustee applications

The Trustee Candidate Advisory Council is accepting applications for four positions on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. Appointments will be made by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in April. Candidates for the positions should apply to the council before Feb. 15.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is governed by a 15-member board. Trustees provide leadership in academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and rules and regulations.

The council seeks candidates to fill four open seats: one 4th Congressional District position, one 7th Congressional District position, and two at-large positions. The terms are six years in length.

Application materials are available on the council's Web site.

Sport Management Technology

Man on ComputerElon University (N.C.) faculty members Hal Walker and Antony Weaver visited campus Dec. 10 to learn how to integrate digital video technology into their sport management program.

Elon ranks second among 119 Southern master's-level universities in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide. The Minnesota State Mankato sport management program has a national reputation for excellence in using technology across the curriculum.

Students demonstrated a variety of digital video projects, including commercials, career exploration and documentary videos created in their classes. Elon faculty members were impressed with the digital videos created by Minnesota State Mankato students, and Jon Lim (Sport Management) provided hands-on training showing how to use it in the classroom.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Cindra Kamphoff (Human Performance) was featured in a panel discussion about mothers and coaching at the University of Minnesota Tucker Center in November 2007. Her 2006 dissertation was "Bargaining with Patriarchy: Former Women Coaches' Experiences and Their Decision to Leave Collegiate Coaching."

Soonhwan Lee (Human Performance) recently published an article, "The Empirical Insights on the Probability of Winning: Some Evidence from the National Basketball Association" in the International Academy of Business and Economics Proceeding Journal. Soonhwan also was appointed to an editorial board for Sport Management, and was reappointed as a reviewer for the 2007-08 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Research Consortium. And Soonhwan presented a research paper, "A Study of Spectator Motivations among Hispanic American College Students," at the 2007 Sport Marketing Association Conference in November in Pittsburgh, Penn.

An article by Sonja Meiers (Nursing), "Development of the Family Nurse Caring Belief Scale" recently was published in the Journal of Family Nursing.

John Romas (Health Science) and Manoj Sharma, former health science graduate student, have written a new text forthcoming this spring, "Theoretical Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion." More is at the Foundations website.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented two workshops on integrated course design at the University of Nevada-Reno in November 2007.

Professor Emeritus Larry Schnoor (Speech Communication) was awarded the Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award from the National Communication Association. The award recognizes retired NCA members for excellence in a lifetime of teaching. Larry is tournament director of the AFA-NIET, president of the National Forensic Association, and executive secretary of the Interstate Oratorical Association.

David Schreiber (Music) recently was elected secretary and executive board member of the Music Entertainment and Educators Association. MEIEA is the only international association organized and governed by and for music and entertainment industry educators. Its members represent institutions across the continental U.S., Europe and Australia. David will begin his term at the International Conference board meeting March 29 at Five Towns College (N.Y.).

A manuscript by Marcia Stevens (Nursing), "Outcomes related to dehydration in the pediatric population," was published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing in October 2007.

National Geographic Intern

Jacqueline KarstenJacqueline Karsten, a senior geography student with an art minor, has been selected for an internship with the National Geographic Society for the fall 2008 semester. Candidates for the prestigious internship were selected internationally, and Karsten is one of 11 students accepted.

"This is indeed an honor for Jackie, for the geography and art departments and for the university, as she is only the second such intern from MSU," said Geography Chair Donald Friend. "We are very proud of her and her accomplishments."

Through her art and geography studies Karsten became proficient in photography and map-making, also known as cartography.

Karsten noted that working as a National Geographic intern "is my dream come true."

She will work in the Education and Children's Division at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., for four months beginning in August. She will design and make maps, graphics and curricular materials for publications and electronic media for children and educators.

Student Achievements

The forensic team competed at the University of Wisconsin-Stout tournament Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Menomonie, placing fifth overall out of the 19 schools. Megan Petersen took sixth place in prose and second place in duo (with Grant Anderson). Zeke Sorenson finished first in duo (with Jayme Sunde) and fifth in dramatic interpretation, fourth in music interpretation, and sixth in individual sweepstakes. Justin Hathaway finished fourth in poetry interpretation and Suzanne Lumberg was sixth. Grant Anderson was second in duo (with Megan Petersen).

Two Human Performance undergraduate students, Klarissa Swenson and Rusty Allison, received an Undergraduate Research Center Foundation grant to investigate "Athletic Directors' Perceptions of Title IX." They will be working on the project this year under the direction of Cindra Kamphoff (Human Performance). The conference will be April 21-22.


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