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April 9, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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International Energy Partnership


Sweden is developing biofuels from its forests, planning to become petroleum-independent.

Minnesota State Mankato has been named the Minnesota academic partner in a new, international renewable energy institute that will facilitate the exchange of ideas and technology between Sweden and the United States.

The College of Science, Engineering & Technology was named last week as Minnesota headquarters and one of three U.S. higher education partners in the new International Renewable Energy Technology Institute.

The institute was created by Sweden to collaborate with the United States on new renewable-energy technologies. Sixteen states applied for institute partnership.

The institute will consist of a nonprofit academic entity and a for-profit branch that will move technology between states and countries. CSET will host the nonprofit academic consortium in Minnesota.

New York (represented by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the State University of New York at Albany) and Georgia (represented by the Georgia Institute of Technology) also were selected for the organization.

"We have had a long and successful history in the area of applied research for renewable energy on both the consumption side, with regard to liquid fuels for engines and energy conservation, and on the production side in the areas of fermentation and cellulosic fuels," said John Frey (CSET). "We look forward to this project with great enthusiasm," he added.

One of CSET's first activities will be to co-host International Bioenergy Days Sept. 28 through Oct. 3.

Sweden is widely recognized as an international leader in research, implementation and commercialization of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Sweden supplies 26 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources.

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

Directors' Cup: Closing on First

Taking advantage of exceptional postseason performances from its wrestling team, men's and women's indoor track teams, men's and women's swim teams and men's and women's basketball teams, Minnesota State Mankato moved to second place in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

The wrestling team finished second at the national tournament to earn 90 Directors' Cup points. The men's indoor track & field team finished seventh; the women's track team was eighth; the women's swim team had a 22nd-place finish; and the men's swim team was 14th. Women's basketball made it to the regional championship game, and the men's basketball team lost in a first-round NCAA contest with a 33rd-place finish.

The Mavericks scored more points then any other department in the country during the winter. A total of 290 schools compete at the NCAA Division II level.

Last year the department of athletics finished an all-time best fourth-place in the Directors' Cup. This year's final rankings will be released in early June.

The Directors' Cup honors institutions that maintain a broad-based program and achieve success in many sports, both men's and women's.

Distinguished Alumni

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Andy Welti

Andy Welti

Four Minnesota State Mankato graduates have been named 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities. The awards will be presented at a Thursday, April 10, dinner hosted by the Alumni Association.

The event, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, will honor TA Loeffler, Dennis Miller, Carl M. Egan and Andy Welti. Loeffler and Miller will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Egan will receive the Fitterer Service Award; and Welti will get the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Miller, of Mankato, a 1982 graduate, served as president and CEO of Midwest Wireless from 1995 to 2007. Midwest Wireless, with 640 employees, was one of the nation's largest independent regional telecommunications carriers, serving more than 450,000 customers. In 2005 Miller was honored with an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is a member of the Minnesota State Mankato Athletic Hall of Fame, Foundation Board of Directors and College of Business Advisory Council.

TA Loeffler

TA Loeffler

Carl M Egan

Carl M. Egan

Welti, Plainview, Minn., a 2003 graduate, is the youngest member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is a substitute teacher, and as a Minnesota State Mankato student he served as a member of the Minnesota State Student Association and was involved in several community service groups, including Circle K.

Loeffler, St. John's, Newfoundland, a 1991 master's degree recipient, is professor of outdoor recreation at Memorial University, Newfoundland. Through her work as an educator, explorer and motivational speaker, she has inspired and informed hundreds of thousands of people. She has led numerous expeditions in 35 countries and on five continents. In 2006 she was honored as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Canadian Sports.

Egan, Tuscaloosa, Ala., a 1967 bachelor's degree graduate and a 1969 master's recipient, is a retired Construction Management faculty member whose passion for the program is a major reason for its growth and success. He has traveled as far as China and Russia to share his expertise in construction management. In 1988 he received the Faculty Merit Award, and in 2003 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Russia.

More information about the awards is available on the alumni website.

Steven Losh: Moore Lecture

Steven LoshHelping to demystify how Earth's oils and gases move beneath us, Steven Losh (Geology) will present his research on petroleum and fluid flow at the Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Monday, April 14.

The annual lecture honors excellence in research. The lecture, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

His presentation, "Plumbing the Depths: Fluid Movement and the Search for Petroleum," will be the 34th in the series of prestigious Moore Research Lectures.

"Investigating and studying the formation and movement of below-surface oil and gas throughout the U.S. has been a special interest of mine for more than 20 years," said Steven, a faculty member since 2005. "It is truly an honor to be recognized with the Moore Lectureship award, and to be given the opportunity to share my passion for my work with others."

Addressing two topics, Steven will:

  • Illustrate the nature and rate of fluid movement in breaks in the Earth's crust - research findings that can help industry experts predict refill times of oilfields.
  • Discuss the process and significance of locating petroleum-containing rocks beneath existing oilfields, and how this relates to the mixing and separating of oil and gas, two of our most precious commodities.

An internationally known researcher, Steven has published 30 abstracts and 14 peer-reviewed papers on the subject of underground oil and gas flow. He became interested in fluid flow while working on his Ph.D. at Yale University. He earned a bachelor of science in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.

His lecture will be the 34th President's Faculty Research Lectureship, and the 21st named in honor of former Minnesota State Mankato President Douglas R. Moore, who established the lectureship to illuminate faculty research.

Campus Drive

Jeff Pribyl and Students

Jeff Pribyl and students

Faculty and staff members have received their Campus Drive packets through campus mail, with a personalized letter from chair Jeff Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology).

The drive currently is at 32 percent participation through $125,124 (goals are 50 percent participation through $200,000). Those who haven't yet given are welcome to use the payroll deduction (broken link) form.

The Campus Drive website contains testimonials from colleagues.

Anyone interested in personally visiting with Jeff, Marie Worrell or Lucette Wildt (Advancement) over coffee should contact Marie at 389-1905 or

Twin Cities Marketing

MSU BillboardAs part of the continuing campaign to raise our visibility in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, the Minnesota State Mankato name will be visible in many places this spring:

  • On three billboards during April and May
  • 30-second spots during the 10 p.m. newscast of WCCO-TV on April 8-11 and April 14-18
  • 30-second spots during the 10 p.m. newscast of KARE-11 TV on April 7-9 and April 14-16
  • An online ad on the education page and other pages of WCCO-TV online April 1-30

Watch for the "purple and gold" this spring.

Successful Alumni

Wall with Framed DisplaysSix successful Minnesota State Mankato alumni are featured in a new display near the main south entrance to Centennial Student Union, on the wall to the right as you walk toward The Hub.

The alumni have been the focus of six inside-front-cover ads in Minnesota Monthly Magazine over the last two years. They are Glen Taylor, Kerry Ace, Lou Bellamy, Susan Adams Loyd, Sharon Olson and Tim Price.

Soon to be added will be Robyn Waters (featured in last month's Minnesota Monthly), and an alum to be featured in the October 2008 issue.

Severe Weather Week

TornadoDuring Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25, members of the campus community are urged to review emergency action plans in the event of severe weather. Emergency plans have been developed for each building on campus and can be obtained from the building's emergency coordinator.

A magenta severe weather information sheet (including tornado shelter locations and emergency building coordinators) recently was sent to all faculty and staff, who are asked to review the sheet, keep it available, and refer to it as necessary. The severe weather information also is available online.

On Thursday, April 24, at 1:45 and 6:55 p.m., city tornado sirens will sound. Though the University is not officially participating, the drill is a good time to think about what to do if this were not a drill. It also is an opportunity for faculty to discuss with their classes the shelter location in their building, and how the class would proceed in the event of severe weather.

Information is also available from the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Web site.

More information is at the Security Web site.

April 9: Gender Bender

Professional entertainer Gosh Alice Jones will headline entertainment at the annual Gender Bender drag performance Wednesday, April 9.

The event, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, will start at 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom (doors open at 7:30). The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Gender-bending acts include comedy, songs and dance. The annual event regularly draws a capacity crowd; a similar show last semester was attended by more than 900 people.

More information can be found at the LGBTC website.

April 10-13, 17-20: 'Millie'

The Star of MillieThe Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its 2007-08 Mainstage season with the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, April 10-13, and Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19, with 2 p.m. matinees April 13 and 20.

All performances will be in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, set in New York City in 1922, tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, the stage version includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.

Throughly Modern Millie is directed by Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance), who directed Cats last fall. The role of Millie is played by junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Mollie Fischer, and the role of her love interest, Trevor Graydon, is played by Andrew Umphrey.

Tickets are $20 regular, $18 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $14 for current students. They are available by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office, (507) 389-6661, between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those who want more information may visit the MSU theatre website.

April 10, 17, 24: Food Management Dinners

Food product management class dinners will be Thursday nights in April in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room.

The remaining dinners will be at 6 p.m. on:

  • April 10: Italian dining
  • April 17: Tai dining
  • April 24: German dining

April 10: Job Fair Registration

Students have until Thursday, April 10, to register 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.

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 14: Conference Proposals

LaptopPresentation proposals for the Teaching and Technology conference Nov. 7, 2008, highlighting "best practices in teaching with technology", should be submitted by Monday, April 14.

The conference will focus on timely issues related to teaching and learning with technology.

The 45-minute sessions related to teaching and learning with technology. Presenters may also submit proposals for dual-sessions for topics that may require more than 45 minutes. Sessions will be identified as Novice or Advanced. Student Panels are encouraged.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) impact/use of technology in teaching and learning; philosophical and pedagogical issues in teaching and technology; specific best practices in teaching and learning with technology; favorite technology tools; tips for beginning online teachers; Pod/Vod-casting; hybrid classes.

Those interested in proposing a session should contact Bonnie Windschitl.

April 15: COB Lecture

Prosecutor Hank Shea and information officer John Motschenbacher will present the College of Business lecture "White Collar Crime" Tuesday, April 15, at Minnesota State Mankato.

"White Collar Crime: The Dangers of Working in an Unethical Corporate Culture" is sponsored by the College of Business and the Delta Sigma Pi business Fraternity. The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Shea is a highly regarded white-collar crime prosecutor who worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota for almost 18 years. The U.S. Attorney's office collected more than $50 million in restitution, fines and forfeitures from cases that Shea prosecuted. He was awarded a Department of Justice commendation, a Director's Award and a Special Achievement Award, among others.

Motschenbacher began work as a controller at Minneapolis-based restaurant chain Buca Inc., and after seven years he became chief information officer. His desire to impress his superiors led him to become part of the Buca fraud scandal several years ago, in which he falsified documents and used corporate funds for personal gain.

Those who want more information about the lecture may contact Igor Schmidt at (763) 443-6241.

April 16: Student Caller Awards

Annual Fund Student CallersThe 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. Those who have questions may contact Laurel Schemmel (University Development), 389-5951.

April 16: Gold Permits

Pot of Gold PermitsApplications are being accepted until midnight Wednesday, April 16, for the annual spring Gold Permit drawing. The spring drawing provides the best window of opportunity for those seeking premium, close-in Gold permit parking for 2008-09.

Those who want may use the on-line application process and pay by credit card. Applicants also may submit a hard-copy application along with payment to University cashiers (first floor Wigley) or the Campus Hub.

Those who pay the $236 up-front are eligible for one of several prizes: $20 MavCash (10 winners); $50 cash (2 winners) from Mike LaVigne's MM Vending; or $50 Barnes & Noble gift card (2 winners).

Those who want more details about the permit system and drawing may go the parking website.

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 the CreativiTeam website.

April 17: Jeremy Iggers

Author and philosopher Jeremy Iggers will discuss ethics in journalism at the annual Business Ethics Lecture Thursday, April 17, sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wiecking Center Auditorium.

For 22 years Iggers was a staff writer, restaurant critic and ethics columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He now directs the Twin Cities Media Alliance, a non-profit organization concerned with ethics in the media.

While at the Star Tribune, Iggers won two national awards for overseas reporting, including an Overseas Press Club of America award for a series of articles about global food issues. In addition, Iggers has written several books, including Good News, Bad News: Journalism Ethics and the Public Interest, published by Westview Press.

He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.

April 17: Leigh Allison Wilson

Leigh Allison WilsonThe Good Thunder Reading Series will host its final spring-term program Thursday, April 17, when New York fiction writer Leigh Allison Wilson visits campus.

Wilson will meet with area writers the morning of April 17 and be interviewed on KMSU-FM. She will conduct a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, and at 7:30 p.m. she will read from her published work in CSU 253. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

An interview, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air at 1 p.m. on April 17, and at 11 a.m. on April 18.

Wilson grew up in East Tennessee but has lived in Oswego, N.Y., for 20 years, where she teaches at Oswego State University.

Her first book, From the Bottom Up, won the Flannery O'Connor Award, and her second, Wind, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in journals such as Harper's, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Grand Street, Mademoiselle and The Kenyon Review.

Those who want more information may call Richard Robbins at (507) 389-1354.

April 20: AIAA Visit

AIAAThe Department of Aviation and the Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering will host Twin Cities members of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Aerospace for a day of activities Sunday, April 20. Activities will include airport, wind tunnel and observatory tours as well as a variety of presentations - all of which are free and open for students, faculty, staff and the public to attend.

Institute members are academics, scientists and engineers from the University of Minnesota, as well as from Twin Cities area aerospace companies and related businesses. As many as 75 guests are expected.

The group will tour the Mankato Airport maintenance and corporate hangars and North Star Aviation headquarters - the official flight training provider for the Aviation program. Group members also will have an opportunity to use flight simulators used for training.

During lunch in Centennial Student Union Rooms 284 ABC, participants will hear presentations by Nihad Daidzic (Aviation) about flying in NASA's microgravity parabolic platform, and by Vojin Nikolic (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) on Aerospace Summer Camp 2008. The group also will visit the College of Science, Engineering & Technology wind tunnel, and Steve Kipp (Physics & Astronomy) will lead a tour of the observatories.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to join any or all of the tours and lunch. Visitors may pay $10 for the lunch, or bring their own brown-bag lunches. Those who wish to purchase lunch should email Nihad Daidzic by Tuesday, April 15), and may pay at the event.

Those who want more information about the event may view the [PDF] Invitation letter (640 KiB) or the [PDF] invitation postcard (1 MiB).

Campus Kitchens Project

April 20: 5K Race

A 5K race to benefit Campus Kitchens will be Sunday, April 20, starting at Myers Field House.

Proceeds from the race will go to Campus Kitchens, which helps to supply meals to the 8.5 percent of families in Mankato who live in poverty.

The race will begin at 8 a.m., with registration at 7:15 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per person, and participants are urged also to donate non-perishable food items. All race participants will receive T-shirts, and door prizes and prizes for race winners will be awarded.

Those who want to register in advance can pick registration forms in CSU 173.

Those who want more information should contact Kalie Melquist.

April 21, 22: URC Judges Needed

Two Females in Front of ComputerGraduate Studies & Research is seeking additional judges for all presentation sessions of the Undergraduate Research Center Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22, in Centennial Student Union.

Those who are interested in serving as judges for student presentations should contact Rachel Collins at the URC office at 389-1706.

The URC promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative work. At the conference, students will present their research utilizing a variety of forms including poster sessions, oral presentations and other creative forms.

April 23: Take Back the Night

Take Back the NightThe Women's Center's Sexual Violence Education Program will sponsor a Take Back the Night rally and march Wednesday, April 23, starting at 7 p.m.

The event will be near the fountain on the campus mall (rain location is Wissink Hall 289).

Take Back the Night's roots go back to 1877 in London, when women protested against nighttime violence on the city's streets. In 1976, women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles in Belgium to denounce violence against women.

Those who want more information about the event may contact Lauren Pilnick (Sexual Violence Education), (507) 389-5127 or stop in the Women's Center, CSU 218.

April 28: Chrissy Gephardt

Chrissy GephardtChrissy Gephardt, daughter of former U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt, will discuss "On God, Gays and Politics" as keynote speaker for the GaYpril event Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Ballroom.

The event, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, is sponsored by the LGBT Center, Women's Center and SLD&SL.

Gephardt came out as openly lesbian in the 2004 presidential democratic primary, during her father's nomination campaign. On the forefront of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender politics, she directed the Grassroots Campaign Corps for the National Stonewall Democrats. She also was on the board of directors of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and recently she appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary, "For the Bible Tells Me So."

Those who want more information may contact the LGBT Center by calling (507) 389-5131.

May 1, 2: Workplace Bullying Survey

The planned April sessions on the results of the workplace bullying and psychological aggression survey have been postponed until May 1 and 2.

The three open sessions were originally scheduled for April 3 and 4. During the rescheduled sessions, survey consultants Drs. Loraleigh Keashly and Joel Neuman will discuss the data analyses, facilitate open discussion, and provide opportunity for anonymous written feedback. Keashly and Neuman will hold a series of meetings with individuals and groups on campus, and will lead several open meetings.

"We understand that this is near the end of the term, and appreciate your continued interest and involvement in this important project," Keashly and Neuman said.

The sessions will include a summary report covering all of the data captured by the survey. The report also will be made available on the University Web site, and printed copies will be made available to those who prefer a hard copy.

Troy Jutting: Coach of the Year

Troy JuttingMen's hockey coach Troy Jutting has been named the 2007-08 WCHA Coach of the Year.

Troy, who led the Mavericks to fourth place in the league regular-season standings, received the award at the 2007-08 Western Collegiate Hockey Association banquet in RiverCentre, St. Paul, in March.

His team, with 19-16-4 overall record and a 12-12-4 league record, was ranked as high as ninth in the country this season.

Troy, a former Maverick player, was named head coach in 2000. It is his second WCHA Coach of the Year award.

iMovie Festival

Three ScreensWinners of the 2008 iMovie Festival, held March 25 and sponsored by Apple Inc. and the Center for School-University Partnerships, have been announced.

The festival provides opportunity for members of the campus community to create short films with iMovie software. It is a signature event at many college campuses, drawing students from diverse backgrounds to share their messages with a greater audience.

Eleven films on a wide range of subjects - from a war parody to a humorous piece about thesis writing to meditation on sexual assault - were shown at the festival.

Student award winners are: First: Dan Moen, "Cold War"; $200 prize; second: David Chapman, "Thesis"; $100; third: Brandon Daly, "Bears Eating Broccoli"; $50.

Professional Development School Partner Educator winners are: First: Todd Coyour, Mankato East Senior High School, "Frageworter"; $200; second: Mary Jost, Dakota Meadows Middle School, "Dakota Meadows Middle School Student Led Conferences"; $100.

Best Curriculum Integration: Megan Bainer for "Sexual Assault: Breaking the Silence"; $100.

Critic's Choice: Dan Moen, "Cold War"; $50.

The complete roster of 2008 iMovie Festival entries will be available for viewing after April 15.

Cat in the Hat Success

Female in 'Cat in the Hat' CostumeMore than 500 kindergarteners and 60 preschoolers took part in Jumpstart's seventh annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration in Myers Field House March 7.

All Mankato area public schools that were invited - as well as seven other schools - participated. More than 80 students and community leaders volunteered to help. Volunteer readers included city officials, a reporter, a fire chief, a police chief and several Minnesota State Mankato staff and students.

Lynne Webster (volunteer coordinator) and Jasmine Valentine (special events coordinator) planned the event.

Weight Loss Program

Dr. Milan Schmidt of Sage Weight and Wellness, New Prague, will open a satellite weight loss program on campus.

Schmidt is one of only six Minnesota physicians who are board certified in bariatrics (weight loss). His programs include a multidisciplinary approach incorporating diet, exercise and behavior change.

Free information sessions are being held every Thursday noon in Room 169 of the Taylor Center Building. Those who want more information may call (952) 785-8885 or send questions via e-mail.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

John J. Janc (Modern Languages) was named French Professor of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. He also attended the annual meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Dearborne, Mich., in March. At the conference he made a presentation entitled "Parlons francais, parlons proverbes!"

Shannon J. Fisher (Water Resources Center) was honored by the Shallow Lakes Forum in March for outstanding commitment to wetlands and shallow lakes in Minnesota. Shannon received the "Beyond the Call" award from Ducks Unlimited. Shannon has coordinated the forums since they began in 2004.

Stewart Ross (CETL) presented a workshop at the Lilly West Conference on Teaching and Learning in Pomona, Calif., in March.

Wayne Sharp (Academic Computer Center) presented at the Midwest Regional Educause Conference in Chicago in March 17-19, 2008. His presentation was "Don't be Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf: Upgrading to Vista & Office 2007 - A Success Story." Bryan Hoffman and David Esping participated as technical experts who succeeded in the dual upgrade project.

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology), president of the Mankato Chapter of the Information System Security Association, helped to organize the third annual Information Security Seminar in March. The event, open to the public, attracted more than 100 registered participants from around the state.

Construction Management Awards

Construction Management students in the "MSU Construction Company" received the trophy for overall top fifth place at the Associated Builders and Contractors student competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March.

The students also received a $250 check and a trophy for "Safety Category" third place, with a $500 check.

The student team included presenters Jonathan Graefe, Joe Peterson, Chris Durand and Andreas Buschalla, and assistants Cassie Schmidt, Robert Olson and Travis Baukol. They were coached by Farid Jean Sabongi.

Student teams from 26 universities competed to test their management knowledge, presentation, organizational skills, estimating ability, safety, scheduling, sustainability, finance, accounting, bidding, teaming, competing and innovation.

The team developed a bidding document to build a 64,000-square-foot retail center. The competition simulated a real construction problem, including changes in owner requirements and budget adjustments. The team had to prepare budgets and a construction schedule, and was responsible for developing a site utilization plan and a safety plan.

The team also participated in educational seminars, networking opportunities and a career fair.

Student Achievements

Karishma Kamath, Student Rights & Responsibilities graduate assistant, was selected as this year's YWCA "Young Woman of Distinction." She was offered a paid Student Affairs summer internship at the University of Puget Sound after competing in a national search.


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