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March 19, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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Auto Lab Gets $250,000 Grant

Student in a CarThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council have approved a $250,000 grant for a new Auto & Manufacturing Engineering Technology emissions laboratory. Representatives of the organizations will be on campus Thursday, March 20, to present the grant to university officials.

The grant will help support a new Environmental Protection Agency-certified auto emissions laboratory. The new facility will be unique to the upper Midwest, providing certifiable data on the development of blended ethanol and biofuels, and allowing faculty and student researchers to develop engine design innovations that maximize fuel efficiency.

The $250,000 will help purchase equipment to measure exhaust and evaporative emissions from automobiles, light-duty trucks, recreational vehicles and other non-road engines. It also will support research on engine design intended to regain fuel efficiency sometimes lost in biofuels due to fewer calories of energy per unit.

John Frey (Science, Engineering & Technology) said "The importance of this major gift from the Corn Growers is of significance beyond words, simply because it will provide the tools that will allow the University, with its quality faculty, to demonstrate leadership in research that will enhance renewable energy usage in ways that will be good for our environment and for our economy."

Minnesota Corn Growers President Roger Moore said the laboratory "will promote renewable fuel efficiencies throughout the Midwest. As a leader in alternative fuel production, the Upper Midwest agricultural region is poised to provide a strong foundation for future investments that will solidify the U.S. goal of energy independence."

The Auto & Manufacturing Engineering Technology program has been actively involved in biofuel efficiency and emissions testing for more than 30 years, since the 1973 oil embargo.

The program, under the leadership of Bruce Jones, is the only four-year program in the nation accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Its students are highly sought-after by public and private industries and organizations.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a grassroots membership organization made up of approximately 5,900 Minnesota corn producers, their supporters and affiliates. The Corn Research & Promotion Council is an 11-person board charged with oversight of Minnesota's corn check-off funds.

Finance, Facilities Excellence

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities HeadquartersFor the sixth year, Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system awards for financial and facilities management excellence. The awards, recognizing outstanding leadership and team effort, were presented at the Minnesota State Chief Financial and Facilities Officers Conference in February.

The University was one of six institutions earning the 2007 Excellence in Financial Management Award, and one of six receiving the 2007 Excellence in Facilities Management Award. It was the only university to win in both categories.

Laura M. King, vice chancellor and chief financial officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, lauded the winning institutions for working hard "to increase efficiency and enhance the assets of our system . . . we know their hard work pays off for our students and the people of Minnesota."

Minnesota State Mankato has received the Excellence in Facilities Management Award for seven consecutive years (2001-2007), and the Excellence in Financial Management Award for six of the last seven years (except for 2003).

Financial management awards are for significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of finances and administrative services. Facilities management awards are for successful and timely completion of capital improvement and repair projects, increased efficiency and effectiveness of space use throughout the institution, and customer service excellence to students, staff and faculty.

10 Receive Summer Research Grants

MicroscopeTen faculty members have been awarded 2008 Summer Research Grants for research projects.

The grants are for summer faculty research and creative projects that show a high probability of publication, exhibition or performance. The $5,000 grants are funded by the College of Graduate Studies & Research.

Summer Research Grants for 2008:

  • Cindra Kamphoff (Human Performance), "Bargaining with Patriarchy: Former Women Coaches' Experiences and Their Decisions to Leave Collegiate Coaching."
  • Fei Yuan (Geography), "Finding a Sustainable Way to Future Growth of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Using Remote Sensing and GIS."
  • Heather Camp (English), "Writing Development Research: Historical and Pedagogical Contributions."
  • Cecilia Pick (Modern Languages), "The Front Matters: Artistic Presentation of Maria Sibylla Merian."
  • Lori Ann Lahlum (History), "Norwegian Women's Landscape and Agriculture on the Northern Prairies and Plains: 1850-1920."
  • Qun Zhang (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology), "Performance Analysis and Design of Raman Amplifier Assisted Optical Communication Systems."
  • Emily Boyd (Sociology & Corrections), "Transforming Masculinity and Femininity on Extreme Makeover."
  • Mary Regan (Nursing), "The Domino Effect: Intra-partum Nurses' Conceptions of Risk about Childbirth and the Utilization of Childbirth Technologies to Manage Labor and Birth."
  • Tomasz Inglot (Political Science & Law Enforcement), "Welfare State Transformations and Adaptations in Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)."
  • Rachel Droogsma (Speech Communication), "Standpoint Analysis of Women Abuse Survivors' Messages in the Clothesline Project."

March 20: Orchestra Concert

Orchestra on StageThe orchestra will perform on Thursday, March 20, in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8; tickets for K-12 students are $4; and tickets for students with a valid MavCard are $4.

Conductor Joseph W. Rodgers joined the faculty in fall 2007, after serving on the faculty of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kans., as well as at Emporia State University.

The orchestra provides for the study of orchestral playing and a practical introduction to orchestral literature. Membership is open to university students regardless of major.

March 21: Grants Deadline

Campus Compact LogoApplications for the Jimmy Carter CASE Grants, the Frank Newman Leadership Award and the Howard R. Swearer Humanitarian Award are being accepted by Campus Compact until Friday, March 21.

Students at Campus Compact community colleges and non-seniors at four-year colleges are eligible. The purpose of the awards is to encourage civic engagement that creates positive change in the community.

Six $1,000 Jimmy Carter CASE Grants will be awarded to students whose project proposals show innovative ways to use funds to further partnerships between the community and the student's school.

The $5,000 Frank Newman Leadership Award is designed for students with financial need who have excellent leadership ability and have been involved in public service and scholastic achievement.

The Howard R. Swearer Humanitarian Award provides $1,250 for professional development opportunities and a $250 donation to the recipient's community program.

Those who want more information may contact Dan Simonet from AmeriCorps VISTA at (651) 603-5084 or via e-mail at Mail inquiries may be sent to 2356 University Ave W., Suite 280, Saint Paul, MN, 55114.

March 25: Olga Klypa Lecture

A visiting Russian elementary education faculty member will discuss teaching and learning in Russia during a lecture Tuesday, March 25.

The lecture, by Olga Victorovna Klypa, of North-Eastern State University, Magadan, Russia, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Her talk, "Russian Education: Transition and Tradition," will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union.

Klypa is a visiting scholar for the month of March in the Elementary and Early Childhood Educational Studies Department. She is visiting Mankato area elementary schools to observe American teaching practices, learning about U.S. early childhood education, and collaborating on research with faculty member Elizabeth Sandell.

The Mankato-Magadan connection is another step in a progression; a year ago Beth and other faculty and staff members spent nearly three weeks in Russia finalizing a new partnership with Northern International University. As a result, faculty members are creating a joint curriculum in teacher preparation, and the two universities will explore other exchanges and joint faculty research.

In June, faculty members and a student from Minnesota State Mankato and South Central College will travel to Russia to observe Russian teaching practices.

Klypa's talk is co-sponsored by the College of Education, Educational Studies: Elementary and Early Childhood, the International Studies Committee, the East European Student Organization, the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Club and the International Center.

March 25-28: Novelist Tom Franklin

Tom FranklinThe Good Thunder Reading Series will host Mississippi short story writer and novelist Tom Franklin during the four-day Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer residency Tuesday through Friday, March 25-28.

Each morning of the visit, Franklin will conduct a writing workshop in Centennial Student Union 202 from 9-10 a.m. On Tuesday he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. On Thursday he will read from his published work at 7:30 p.m. in CSU 253. All events are free and open to the public.

An interview with Franklin, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on March 27 at 1 p.m. and on March 28 at 11 a.m. At other times during the visit he will meet with community writers and visit area schools.

Winner of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, Franklin teaches in the MFA program at Ole Miss and lives in Oxford, Miss.

Franklin was raised in rural southwest Alabama, a dozen miles from the setting of his novel Hell at the Breech. He also has published the highly regarded story collection Poachers, and the more recent novel Smonk, all from William Morrow. He has published individual stories in The Black Warrior Review, The Southern Review and The Oxford American, among others. His pieces have also been included in Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, New Stories from The South, 1999 and Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe.

For more information about the series call Richard Robbins (English) at (507) 389-1354.

March 26: Nutrition and Sports

Susan KundratThe president and founder of Nutrition on the Move, Inc. will discuss how athletes can improve their sports performance and their physical well-being in a talk Wednesday, March 26.

In a presentation sponsored by the Department of Family Consumer Science, Susan Kundrat will talk about "The Sports Nutrition Playbook: Keys for Boosting Sports Performance and Optimizing Health." Kundrat is a nutrition counselor who provides practical ways to eat better for overall health and to enhance athletic performance.

Her talk, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 7-8:30 p.m. in Wiecking Center Auditorium. No pre-registration is required, and students seeking continuing education credits can register on-site.

Kundrat is a licensed, registered dietitian who received a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Minnesota State Mankato and a master's in nutrition from Iowa State University.

She earned 16 high school letters in five sports, and played college basketball, volleyball and softball. She was named to the Waldorf College Hall of Fame and was an honor Maverick athlete.

March 26: Anna Maravelas

Anna MaravelasSpeaker and author Anna Maravelas will discuss "The Self-Defeating Habits of Otherwise Brilliant People" in a Wednesday, March 26, faculty-staff professional development event sponsored by the Professional Development Committee.

Her talk will be from 2-3:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Maravelas will explain how to short-circuit workplace irritability and resentment - reactions that, according to Maravelas, can derail even the best people and projects. Her strategies are intended to create cultures where collaboration, skilled communication and respect thrive.

Maravelas is the author of the book How to Reduce Workplace Conflict and Stress.

You can register online for the event.

March 27: Lama Shenpen Drolma

Lama Shenpen Drolma will discuss "Creating Peace in our Communities, Work Places and World" during a lecture Thursday, March 27.

The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 284. The event is sponsored by the Kessel Peace Institute and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Drolma is resident lama of Iron Knot Ranch in New Mexico and Chagdud L'hundrub Ling in Flagstaff, Ariz. She was ordained as a lama in 1996 by her teacher, Tibetan meditation master His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

Her lecture will discuss some of the important principles of Bodhisattva Peace Training, which she has taught since 1991. The training, developed by Rinpoche, uses methods of the Buddhist tradition for awakening the qualities of wisdom and compassion for positive change.

March 27-30: 'Drive'

'How I Learned to Drive' PosterThe Department of Theatre and Dance will present "How I Learned to Drive" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 27-30, in Andreas Theatre as part of its Studio season.

The play contains realistic depictions of sensitive issues and will be followed on opening night, March 27, by a discussion with local organizations.

"How I Learned to Drive," by Paula Vogel, concerns an affair between its protagonist, Li'l Bit, and her Uncle Peck. The affair takes place over the course of years, with the character of Li'l Bit maturing from age 11 to 18 before she puts an end to it. In spite of the serious situation, there are many comical elements of the play, which avoids the expected condemnation to look at the humanity that binds the characters.

It is directed by John Olive, a first-year MFA candidate, who appeared on stage earlier this year in "Bus Stop" on the Mainstage. The cast includes Doug Bennett, an MFA candidate in Design/Technology who designed the set for "Bus Stop" as "Uncle Peck," and Katharine Moeller of New Ulm, senior BFA candidate in Acting, as "Li'l Bit." In January Katharine was named "best partner" in finals at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Omaha, Nebr.

Individual tickets are $9 regular, $8 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $7 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They go on sale March 24 at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

March 28: International Fest Applications

Soccer Ball Made of FlagsApplications for entertainment, food booths, style show and cultural displays are now available for the April 20 Mankato Area International Festival. Applications are available online at or outside the International Center (250 Centennial Student Union). Completed forms are due Friday, March 28.

The 32nd annual festival will be from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at Mankato East High School. It is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato International Center and Mankato Area Public Schools.

The festival attracts international students from across the world, providing residents with the opportunity to see and hear entertainment and meet people from many cultures. The event will include singing, dancing, guest speakers, a flag parade, demonstrations, food from around the world and a fashion show featuring native costumes.

The campus branch of TCF Bank is a major sponsor of the event. Those who want more information should contact Laura Marsala at (507) 389-1281, or visit the festival website.

March 29: Africa Night

The annual Africa Night, sponsored by the African Student Association, will be Saturday, March 29, part of the International Center's semester-long series "Focus on Ghana."

The event, featuring an array of food, traditional dance, a play and other entertainment from Africa, will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The "Focus on Ghana" cycle of events and speakers highlights the expertise of faculty, staff and students while offering the opportunity to learn more about life in Ghana.

In another "Focus on Ghana" activity, Student Events Team will screen the South African film "Tsotsi" Wednesday through Saturday, March 26-29, in Ostrander Auditorium. Scott Fee, chair of Construction Management, will give a special introduction on Friday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Other "Focus on Ghana" events include the College of Allied Health & Nursing's World Hunger Awareness event April 7, featuring Ghanaian food and a presentation on how Ghana is addressing the problem of hunger and poverty; and a discussion with Jerry Antonio, a visiting professor from KNUST, and faculty member Saeed Moaveni, who will share their experiences working collaboratively on engineering education.

March 31, April 2: Master Plan

Hands Making BlueprintsStudents, faculty and staff are invited to attend two campus master plan open forums Monday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 2.

Bryan Paulsen, architect/planner from Paulsen Architects, and campus administrative leaders will be on hand to answer questions and show master plan drawings.

Monday's forum is from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday's event is from 1-4 p.m. Both events will be in the lower level of Centennial Student Union, and refreshments will be served.

April 3, 4: Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. DennettPhilosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel C. Dennett will discuss religion and free will in two Nadine B. Andreas Philosophy Department lectures Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4.

Dennett, one of the nation's most original and influential philosophers, will talk about "Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" on April 3 and "Evolution and Evitability: Free Will and Responsibility" April 4. His April 3 lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. His second talk will begin at 9 a.m. the following day in CSU 253, 254 and 255. Both are free and open to the public.

Dennett, a professor of philosophy at Tufts University, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. After college he studied Oxford in London with Gilbert Ryle, an expert in 20th century philosophy. Dennett presented the John Locke lectures at Oxford in 1983, the Gavin David Young lectures in Adelaide, Australia, in 1985 and the Tanner lecture at Michigan in 1986. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.

He has written several books, including Content and Consciousness 1969, Brainstorms in 1978, Darwin's Dangerous Idea in 1995, and many others.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by Student Events Team, the colleges of Arts & Humanities, Science, Engineering & Technology and Social & Behavioral Science, and the departments of Biology, Computer Science and Psychology.

April 7: Chesley Lecture

State Demographer Tom Gillaspy and University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus Pauline Boss will discuss "Living Well in the Midst of Change and Loss" during the third annual Chesley Lecture Monday, April 7.

The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Aging and MAGEC South, will be at Country Inn & Suites, Mankato, at 5:30 p.m.

Gillaspy, with the Minnesota Department of Administration, lectures widely on the profound impact that the demographics of aging will have on society. Boss, in the U of M Family Social Sciences Department and past president of the National Council on Family Relations, has written several books about the topic.

Certificates of continuing education will be available for attending the lecture, including two contact hours for nurses, two CEHs for social workers, and two clock hours (pending approval) for nursing home administrators.

Those interested may register online or by phone at (507) 389-1796. Cost is $10 ($5 for students) at the door (cash or checks).

April 10: Job Fair Registration

Students can register until April 10 for the Minnesota Education Job Fair Monday, April 14, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

More than 170 school districts from around the country will attend, seeking candidates in all education licensure areas. Participants may arrange interviews before the event by applying directly to school districts. Employers also will set up interviews with candidates at the fair. To register, a Minnesota State Mankato student or graduate must be eligible for licensure by January 2009. Pre-registration costs $25; participants may register online. Pre-registration is encouraged. Participants also may register on-site for $35.

More information is available online.

April 12, 13: Relay for Life

Relay For LifeThe Colleges Against Cancer student chapter will host the fourth annual Relay for Life in Myers Field House Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, attempting to raise $29,000.

Last year the Relay for Life group raised more than $28,000, earning an American Cancer Society award as the top per-capita fundraiser in the Midwest. In the last three years the campus student organization has raised more than $60,000.

The event, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Relay for Life is an overnight event developed to celebrate survivorship and raise funds to support the research and programs of the American Cancer Society. This year's relay includes a survivor lap at 6:30 p.m.; guest speakers at 7 p.m.; a luminaria ceremony at 8:30 p.m.; and entertainment, a silent auction, food, games and prizes.

Those who wish to participate or who want more information may go online or call Christa Brown at (507) 389-2367.

April 16: Student Caller Awards

The 18th annual Student Caller Award Ceremony will be Wednesday, April 16, in CSU 253/4/5. A reception will be at 1:30 p.m. and an award ceremony is scheduled at 2, when President Richard Davenport will recognize student callers.

The event recognizes the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Annual Fund's 70 student callers for their dedication and work in raising funds. The FY08 goals are $855,000 through 12,000 gifts and pledges.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to show their support by attending the event, where they'll be able to check all-time fundraising records that were broken this year.

April 17: Doug Cureton

Doug CuretonThe Diversity Institute, Institutional Diversity, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Professional Development Committee will sponsor a discussion about "CommuniTeam Building" by nationally known diversity trainer Doug Cureton Thursday, April 17.

Cureton will give two talks: At 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. Faculty and staff may register for the sessions online.

Cureton's interactive presentations show how to create a campus community that values diversity. He challenges participants to examine how cultural identity impacts priority setting and decision-making, and explores strategies and best practices for effective cross-cultural communication.

Cureton directs leadership and career development for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He also has been national director of training for the Anti-Defamation League, and is a senior training consultant for the institute. He is a contributing author for several books, including Let Your Leadership Speak - How to Lead and be Heard and Lessons from the Road.

Those who want more information may go to CreativiTeam's website.

Grants: Student Election Engagement

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is accepting applications for two competitive grant programs aimed at recruiting the next generation of poll workers and promoting student engagement in elections.

The EAC is seeking applications under the Help America Vote College Program for strategies that will encourage students to serve as poll workers, awarding a total of $750,000. The Help America Vote Mock Election Program will issue at least $200,000 to support mock election programs for students of secondary education programs.

The organization will award as many as 85 grants of at least $10,000 each.

Applications are due before 4 p.m. EDT Monday, April 7, and must be mailed or hand-delivered to the EAC. Applications for both programs can be downloaded from the commision's website.

Rube Goldberg: 16 Schools

Rube Goldberg Cartoon Thirty-five teams of students from 16 southern Minnesota and northern Iowa high schools participated in the annual Rube Goldberg Competition February 29 on campus.

The competition engages students in designing and building a complicated machine that performs a simple task. This year's assignment was a machine that would duplicate a frog leaping over another frog and landing on a lily pad.

The Maple River High School team won. All participants received a T-shirt commemorating the event, and the five finalist teams each received a plaque.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Dawn Albertson (Psychology) edited annual editions of the book Biological Psychology that was recently released by McGraw Hill publishing.

Two papers by Gale Allen (Electrical & Computer Engineering) were accepted for publication and presentation at the ASEE IL/IN Section Conference at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology April 3-5. The papers are "Concept Learning Experiment in Electronics" and "DSP Communications Experiment."

Jim Bailey (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented "Detection of Air Gun Pellet Wipe Using Digital Infrared Photography" at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference in Washington, D.C., in February. He also co-presented a paper, "Citizens Confront James-Younger Gang: The Northfield Raid of 1876," at the conference.

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) was elected chair of the Janesville Planning Commission. She served as vice-chair in 2006 and 2007.

Michael Fagin (Institutional Diversity) recently was elected to the National Black Graduate Student Association advisory board. The association is the nation's largest interdisciplinary graduate student organization, striving to meet the needs of a wide variety of graduate and professional students.

Tony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) was appointed to the research committee of the Center for Rural Policy and Development. Tony testified in February before the Minnesota House K-12 Education Finance Division, School Construction Work Group, about removing state minimum acreage requirements for school construction.

A paper by Furman Haddix (Computer Science), "An Order Degree Alternator for Arbitrary Topologies," was accepted for publication by Parallel Processing Letters.

Mary Hadley and Jeff Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) presented "Moving away from Lecturing - Creating Student-Centered Classrooms" at the Realizing Student Potential-ITeach Conference at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in February.

David J. Haglin (Computer Science) recently co-published "A Recursive Search Algorithm for Statistical Disclosure Assessment" in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) co-published a paper, "On Fiedler- and Parter-Vertices of Acyclic Matrices," in the Journal of Linear Algebra and its Applications.

Pavel Kitsul (Mathematics & Statistics) was invited to deliver a course on Stochastic Processes at the Ph.D. school of University of Padua, Italy, from May through July.

Joe Kunkel (Political Science & Law Enforcement) was interviewed by Marie Horrigan, Congressional Quarterly, about upcoming precinct caucuses, the presidential contest and first Congressional District Republicans.

A paper by Paul F.E. Mackie (Social Work), "Grassroots community practice: Applying Alinsky's rules in the 21st Century," was accepted for publication in Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.

Brock McMillan (Biological Sciences) recently presented a seminar, "Effects of a plant invasion on non-game wildlife," at Brigham Young University.

Mark Robbins (Political Science & Law Enforcement) was interviewed for a Fox 9 News investigative report about a suspicious death at a Twin Cities nursing home, and students in Mark's class depicted a crime scene investigation for the report. A video of the Channel 9 report is available online.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) and Mary Hadley (Chemistry & Geology) presented "From Lecture to Team-Based Learning: How to Energize and Improve Student Learning in Your Classes" at the Realizing Student Potential-ITeach Conference at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in February. Stewart also presented two workshops on Integrated Course Design to 150 faculty members at Hennepin Technical College in February.

Richard Schiming (Economics) presented a workshop on computer-assisted learning in economics at the Allied Social Sciences Association annual meeting, New Orleans, in January.

An article by Emily Stark (Psychology), "Effects of including a graphic warning label in advertisements for tobacco products: Implications for persuasion," was recently published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Emily also presented a poster, "Temporal Construal and Decision Making: Extending Construal Level Theory to Understanding the Framing Effect," at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in New Mexico in February.

Christopher Veltsos (Information Systems) qualified in March as a GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst, certifying him to handle advanced incident scenarios, conduct formal incident investigations, and carry out forensic investigation of networks and hosts.

Leah White (Speech Communication), director of Maverick Forensics, has been selected by her peers for the 2008 District IV Larry Schnoor Distinguished Service Award.

Tamara Wilkins (Political Science & Law Enforcement) has been named the national advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Tamara acquired a $5,000 donation for the society from Bill Lewinski (Political Science & Law Enforcement), director of the Force Science Research Center.

Hai-Sheng Wu (Physics & Astronomy) gave a talk, "Recent Progress on Thin Film Solar Cells," at the MnSTA Chemistry/Physics Conference in St. Paul in February.

An article by Fei Yuan (Geography), "Land cover change and environmental impact analysis in the Greater Mankato Area of Minnesota using remote sensing and GIS Modeling," recently was published in International Journal of Remote Sensing.

Qun Zhang (Electrical & Computer Engineering) recently co-published "Symmetrized SSF Scheme to Control Global Simulation Accuracy in Fiber Optic Communication Systems" in the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology. Several papers co-authored by Qun are under review: "Confinement Analysis in Symmetric and Asymmetric Nanoscale Slab Slot Waveguides," by OSA Topical Meetings: Integrated Photonics and Nanophotonics Research and Applications 2008; "Modeling and confinement analysis of an asymmetric slab slot waveguide," by OSA Optics Express; and "Hybrid integration of conventional waveguide and slot waveguide," by the Optical Society of America Optics Letters.

11 Qualify for National Forensics Event

Members of the Minnesota State Mankato Speech Team will travel to the University of Texas-Austin Thursday through Tuesday, April 3-8, to compete in the nation's most prestigious speech tournament, the annual American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.

The team will present a showcase performance of some of its AFA-NIET events on Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

To qualify for the tournament, students must place first, second or third in their events at three different regional tournaments during the year. This year Minnesota State Mankato qualified 11 students in 27 events. Last year Minnesota State Mankato hosted the AFA-NIET.

"This is the most events the team has qualified in the five years I have been at Minnesota State Mankato," said Leah White, director of forensics. "This is even more significant considering that more than 20 students participated in forensics this year, and all but three are in their first or second year of college competition."

Seven students will take part in 22 events, including:

Senior Zeke Sorenson in Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation and Communication Analysis. Zeke also qualified Dramatic Interpretation, but due to entry constraints will not compete in that event.

Sophomore Jason Reisch in Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation and After Dinner Speaking. Jason also qualified in Poetry Interpretation but due to entry constraints will not compete in that event.

Sophomore Megan Petersen in Duo Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation and After Dinner Speaking.

Sophomore Justin Hathaway in Prose Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking and Poetry Interpretation.

Freshman Sean Paskach in Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Informative Speaking.

Freshman Sarah Walker in Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Communication Analysis.

Freshman Suzanne Lumberg in Informative Speaking, Duo and Poetry Interpretation.

Due to funding constraints, students must qualify three events to attend the tournament. Several other students also qualified for events but will not attend the tournament: Junior Grant Anderson in Duo Interpretation; sophomore April Larson in Duo Interpretation; sophomore Alex Franzen in Duo Interpretation; and freshman Wade Werner in Dramatic Interpretation.

Greeks Raise $2,100 for Local Charity

Members of the Greek community recently raised more than $2,100 for the non-profit organization Educare in the first all-Greek philanthropy event. The Greeks typically donate money to the Red Cross, but this year donated to local charity Educare.

Each chapter from the seven fraternities, four sororities and the Greek advisor donated a "picnic basket" for auction with various food and other items.

"We raised more money in that single event than we ever have before, and we plan to continue this as an annual fundraiser," said DJ Earls, Sigma Nu Fraternity and Interfraternity Council vice president of programming.

Student Achievements

David Quammen, Lisa Neubert and Brett PenningSophomore Amanda Hatch has received an $800 scholarship from the Minnesota TRIO Association. Amanda is an active participant in the Student Support Services/TRIO program. She spoke recently to more than 400 TRIO students at the state's TRIO Day Student Conference at St. Olaf College.

Three senior athletic training students (left) recently won the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association Student Symposium Quiz Bowl. From left to right are David Quammen, Lisa Neubert and Brett Penning. They will represented Minnesota at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA District 4) quiz bowl March 17.


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