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September 18, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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Vickie Hanson and Jan West

Glen and Becky Taylor

'Philanthropists of the Year'

Glen and Becky Taylor were named "Philanthropists of the Year" Sept. 12 at the annual Foundation Gala. The Gala also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation, and its second-highest fundraising year.

The Philanthropist of the Year Award is presented by the Foundation to those who have demonstrated exceptionally loyal and generous giving and support to Minnesota State Mankato.

"For many years Glen Taylor has been an outstanding friend and generous benefactor to Minnesota State University, Mankato students and to the entire state," said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport. "Glen and Becky know the importance of giving back. They are true purple-and-gold enthusiasts, and we are deeply grateful for their friendship."

At the Gala the Taylors' many contributions were recognized by President Davenport, by Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick and his wife, Dr. Maryan G. McCormick, and by Foundation President Tami Paulsen. Taylor family and foundation contributions include:

  • $7 million to the School of Nursing for an endowed faculty chair, a nursing institute and doctoral fellowships in nursing.
  • The naming gift for construction of the Taylor Center athletic and admissions facility.
  • Support for Presidential Scholarships and other scholarships.
  • Renovation of three food science laboratories and an endowment to support the program.
  • A fund to help hurricane-displaced students attend Minnesota State Mankato or South Central College after Hurricane Katrina.

Taylor is chairman of the multinational Taylor Corporation, based in Mankato. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1962 from what was then Mankato State University, and attended Harvard School of Business.

In the 1960s, while a student, he worked at Carlson Wedding Service, a print shop specializing in formal invitations. After graduation he continued to work at the company, developing strategies to cut delivery time, improve service and expand offerings. He purchased the company in 1975, growing it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Today Taylor Corporation, based in North Mankato, includes more than 100 subsidiaries providing business and personal communications products, technologies and services.

Becky Taylor, a licensed practical nurse at a Mankato health-care center, received her nursing degree from South Central College in North Mankato. Her mother also was a nurse, as is her daughter.

In addition to honoring Glen and Becky Taylor, the Foundation cited KMSU-FM radio hosts as "Volunteers of the Year," and celebrated the second-highest fundraising year in its history. From July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008, the Foundation received gifts and pledges of $12,358,843.

Leonard A. Ford Hall Dedicated

Unveiling a Plaque of Mr. FordLeonard A. Ford Hall - the new, $32.5-million, 67,000-square-foot Trafton Science Center addition - was dedicated Sept. 11.

Construction on the addition - the largest building project in the history of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system - started in September 2006. Ford Hall will be home to the Chemistry & Geology Department later this year, when equipment from classrooms, laboratories and offices will be moved to the new building.

Ford Hall is named after Leonard A. Ford, long-time chemistry professor and founder of the Minnesota Science Fair. Notable Ford Hall features include:

  • A rotary heat exchanger that reduces heating and cooling costs by 15 percent, helping to make the new building one of the "greenest" in the Minnesota State system.
  • Heating, cooling and exhaust fans that run only when necessary.
  • High-efficiency fluorescent lighting.
  • Hallways that distribute natural light to adjacent classrooms.
  • Compelling landscaping that showcases geology of the Minnesota River Valley and the state.

The new hall is certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "green building," for its sustainable design and the contractor's construction practices. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, Ford Hall's many green measures will save hundreds of thousands annually in energy costs.

Trafton Science Center is the largest classroom building in the Minnesota State system, providing space for 2,800 majors across the university and generating more credits than any other Minnesota State building. The original Trafton Science Center was completed in 1972, and in the early 1990s was expanded by 55,000 square feet.

Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Minneapolis, designed the addition. Shaw-Lundquist Associates of St. Paul, the largest minority-owned contractor in the Midwest and the largest Asian-owned contractor in the nation, was general contractor for the project.

Late this year - after the Chemistry & Geology Department moves into the new Ford Hall - workmen will begin another Trafton Science Center project: A $23-million, 52,800-square-foot renovation of the south and center buildings.

Ronald Bennett: MCEME Executive

Ronald J. BennettRonald J. Bennett has been named executive director of the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence.

MCEME consists of lead university Minnesota State Mankato and Alexandria, Anoka and Hennepin Technical Colleges, Normandale Community College, South Central College and the Northeast Higher Education District.

Ronald has more than 40 years experience as a scientist, engineer, business executive, educator and leader in both industry and academia. He introduced innovating processes in the electronics and medical device industries, and in 1993 began teaching at the University of St. Thomas.

At St. Thomas he introduced a broad range of innovations that expanded leadership skills of working students. He recruited industry to provide input and developed undergraduate engineering programs, resulting in the formation of the School of Engineering, one of only three new engineering schools in the United States in the last decade.

He earned a Ph.D. in metallurgy and an MS in metallurgical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and completed an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 1980.

In 2007 he received the first Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Award. He serves on the Postsecondary and Workforce Sciences Readiness working groups of the Minnesota P-16 Education Partnership. This year he organized a national forum on manufacturing education leadership through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a published author on innovation, engineering ethics, leadership, reshaping graduate engineering education and industry/academic partnerships.

New Cell Phone Policy

Cellphone VortexThe Minnesota State Board of Trustees recently adopted a revised Employee Code of Conduct, which prohibits using a university provided cell phone for personal use.

The new code is intended to make it easier for employees to find information about ethical issues, by combining all ethical responsibilities into one location. A list of frequently asked quesions is available.

The university is repealing its previous cell phone policy because a major code of conduct change concerns cellular phones. From this point forward, no person may use a university provided cell phone or other device that operates as a cell phone (such as a PDA) for personal use. The revised Employee Code of Conduct says: "State long-distance service, business cell phones, or frequent flyer miles earned through state-authorized travel for state- related purposes may not be used for personal or private purposes."

Those who suspect ethical violations regarding the new cell phone policy or any other Employee Code of Conduct policy may report them anonymously to the campus Silent Witness reporting site.

Those who have questions regarding the new code may contact Human Resources at 389-2015.

Purple and Gold Raffles

Vickie Hanson and Jan West

Vickie Hanson (left) and Jan West won last winter's Purple and Gold Raffles.

Faculty and staff who stop by Barnes & Noble in Centennial Student Union on the next two Purple and Gold Fridays (Sept. 19 and 26) may 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, participants must be employees of Minnesota State Mankato and must 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 Sept. 19 and 26.

Civic Responsibility

Uncle SamFaculty, staff and students are being encouraged to promote civic responsibility by participating in the election process as part of a new state law. A Minnesota State Colleges and Universities 2008 Election Resource Guide makes participation easy.

Under the law, Minnesota colleges and universities have a responsibility "to promote democratic values and enhance Minnesota's quality of life by developing understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society." To help institutions comply with the law, the Public Affairs and Government Relations division of the Minnesota State Colleges and University system is providing the online resource guide.

The guide helps voters understand the election process, explains how to register to vote, provides information on candidates, lists on-campus election activities and helps users find polling places.

Minnesota State suggests that colleges and universities promote appropriate campus-sponsored election events; include a link to the election guide on faculty/staff Web sites, and send notices about campus-sponsored, election-related activities to Candi Walz at 651-296-6518.

CFP® in Rochester

CFP LogoThe Colleges of University Extended Education and Business for the first time will offer the Financial Planning Certificate Program in Rochester, Minn., in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College's Business-Workforce Education.

The Financial Planning Certificate Program was established in 1998 as a way for financial planning professionals to obtain skills and knowledge to succeed in the financial planning industry, and to provide the educational requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination.

Successful completion of the program meets the educational requirement needed to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Students in Minnesota State Mankato's program in March 2008 had a pass rate of 86 percent, compared to a 57 percent national average.

Before the offering in Rochester, students had the option of taking courses in Bloomington, Minneapolis, Plymouth or Saint Paul.

Those who want more information may go online or contact program coordinator Jean Clarke at 389-2572 or 800-311-3142.

Good Thunder 2008-2009

The Good Thunder Reading Series presentsThe Good Thunder Reading Series - "the premier small-town reading series in the country," according to the Minnesota Humanities Commission - will host 15 writers for eight residencies this academic year.

Emerging and established writers who reflect the diversity and vitality of contemporary writing will meet with community writers, be interviewed on public radio, lead discussions on the craft of writing and read from their published works.

Fall semester began with Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Richard Ford serving as Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Sept. 11. Andreas Graduate Assistant David Clisbee (MFA creative writing) preceded Ford during the evening reading.

Virginia poet Bob Hicok will begin residency Oct. 10, and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Steve Almond will follow Oct. 30. The Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency Nov. 20 will feature student and Wright Scholarship winner Lindsay Schacht (English), as well as Minneapolis poet and creative nonfiction writer Heid Erdrich and North Dakota fiction writer Lise Erdrich.

A residency Jan. 29 will feature Minnesota State Mankato alumni who have published recent books: Wisconsin fiction and creative nonfiction writer Benjamin Drevlow, North Mankato fiction and creative nonfiction writer Nicole Helget, and Edina poet Jude Nutter.

They will be followed Feb. 19 by Florida poet, fiction writer and writer for children Julianna Baggott, who also publishes under the name Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. The Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency March 24-27 will feature Washington poet Oliver de la Paz. The series will conclude with a Minnesota State Mankato creative writing faculty reading featuring Terry Davis, Diana Joseph and Richard Terrill (English).

All events are open to the public and will be in the Centennial Student Union. Most series guests will be interviewed on KMSU-FM 89.7 and have their discussions broadcast as part of the "Authors in Transit" series at 1 p.m. the day of the event and 11 p.m. the following Friday. Most talks, readings and interviews will be archived on the series Web site.

Those interested in more information may call Richard Robbins (English) at 389-1354.

See Stars at Standeford

Standeford ObservatoryFaculty and staff members, students and the public are invited to visit Standeford Observatory to observe the night skies on clear Thursday evenings through Thanksgiving.

Thursday evening observing hours are from 8:30 to 11 p.m. in September and 8 to 11 p.m. in October and November. Public viewing sessions won't be held if the sky is not sufficiently clear.

Those who attend will see a variety of celestial objects including the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy along with globular clusters, planets and a host of colorful binary stars.

Visitors should park at the south end of the Gage parking lot, walk through the pedestrian gate and follow the road south to the observatory. Visitors with special needs should contact the Accessibility Resources at 389-2825.

Those with questions regarding sky conditions may contact the Standeford Observatory at 389-6208. A sign on the pedestrian gate at the south end of the Gage parking lot will indicate if the observatory is closed because of poor weather conditions.

Those interested in more information may visit the Physics & Astronomy site.

Sept. 19: Amos Owen Garden

Amos Owen Conducting a Pipe Ceremony

Amos Owen conducting a pipe ceremony.

The relocated Amos Owen Garden of American Indian Horticulture will be dedicated Friday, Sept. 19. The ceremony, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 4 p.m. at the new garden's site (east of Ostrander Student Bell Tower).

The Amos Owen Garden, conceived in 1976 to illustrate the contributions of Native Americans to agriculture, was displaced two years ago to make way for the new Ford Hall addition to Trafton Science Center. The garden is named after Amos Owen, a highly respected Dakota spiritual and community leader and Prairie Island Mdewakanton elder who died in 1990.

Maintained over the years by Anthropology faculty members, the garden replicates the domesticated native plants and gardening practices used more than 1,000 years ago to sustain Native Americans.

The new garden will include additional native plants grown from heirloom seeds. Ron Schirmer (Anthropology) led the planning effort for the new site. A history of the Amos Owen Garden can be found online.

Sept. 22-27: Homecoming

Unleash the MavericksHomecoming is Monday through Saturday, Sept. 22-27, highlighted by the Mavericks football game against Winona State University at 2 p.m. Saturday at Blakeslee Stadium.

Other events include the Homecoming Parade led by Grand Marshal Dean Bowyer (11 a.m. Saturday); Tau Kappa Epsilon's first annual benefit car show featuring City Mouse Saturday from 4:30-7 p.m. at Lot 20; and comedian John Oliver (7 p.m. Saturday, Bresnan Arena).

Those who want more information may go to the Homecoming site.

Sept. 24: Reception

The Commission on the Status of Women invites all employees to a reception for new women employees on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The event will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Centennial Student Union. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Women's Studies and the Women's Center.

Sept. 26-28: Black Student Conference

NBGSAThe 2008 North Central Regional Conference of the National Black Graduate Student Association will convene Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28.

The conference theme, "Yes We Can: Decreasing the Disparity of Blacks in Academia" was chosen to acknowledge the accomplishments of blacks in academia, to identify the challenges and to strategize for the future. Workshops, social events and speakers are designed to enrich students academically, professionally and socially.

The conference will highlight issues in the black community and address the advancement of black graduate and professional students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. Graduate and undergraduate students are expected from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, the Dakotas and Wisconsin.

Confirmed conference speakers and panelists include Nameka Bates, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Michael Fagin (Institutional Diversity), and Keith Mayes, University of Minnesota.

Those interested in more information or who wish to register may visit the official conference Web site

Sept. 27: Wood Scholarship Dinner

Aaron Doering

Aaron Doering

Adventure educator Aaron Doering will discuss the impact of climate change on the Arctic as speaker for the Truman and Reta Wood Community Leadership Scholarship Dinner Saturday, Sept. 27.

The 14th annual dinner will honor 2008 Wood Scholarship winners Jon Bloemendal and Student Senate President Ryan Anderson. It also will recognize Community Service Award winner Claire Faust.

The reception and dinner, at 6 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 501 S. Second St., Mankato, is open to the public. Participants are urged to register for the event no later than Thursday, Sept. 18.

Tickets for the dinner are $60 per person ($40 tax deductible) and $15 for students. Those who want tickets may mail payment to Wood Scholarship Dinner, c/o Susan Taylor, 121 Alumni Foundation Center, Minnesota State Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001. An RSVP is requested with payment online.

The dinner is an annual fundraising event for the Truman and Reta Wood Community Leadership Scholarship at Minnesota State Mankato.

Doering, a Minnesota State Mankato alum, is an educator, author, photographer and voice for the environment and learning through the Internet. He was part of Will Steger's seven-person dogsled expedition, and developed a popular interactive website allowing K-12 students to follow the expedition. He holds a PhD. in instructional systems and technology and an MS in geography (Minnesota State Mankato, 1995).

Wood Scholarships, the largest scholarships granted by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, go to students who show exceptional community leadership and service, who have a high academic record, whose first major is political science, and who completed 90 semester hours by spring 2008. The first Wood Scholarship was awarded in 1992.

More information about Wood scholarship is available on the SBS Scholarships page.

Sept. 28: Showcase Tickets

Maverick Stomper LogoDeadline to purchase package tickets for the Nov. 1 doubleheader Hockey Showcase is Monday, Sept. 28. After that, fans may purchase reception-only passes, but space is limited. Minnesota's four WCHA men's hockey teams will compete in the Showcase Saturday, Nov. 1 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The University of Minnesota Duluth hosts St. Cloud State University in a 4:07 p.m. contest, followed by Minnesota State Mankato against the University of Minnesota at 7:37 p.m. All tickets for the event will be sold as a two-game package, with no single-game ticket availability.

Minnesota State Mankato has been allocated an exclusive block of tickets that can only be purchased in advance through the Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events. The office, in conjunction with Maverick Athletics, will host an alumni and friends reception at the Fishing Lodge of the Xcel Center between games, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Showcase and reception ($62 per person) are available online or by calling (507) 389-3235. Reception-only passes are $20 per person, but participants must have tickets to the Hockey Showcase to attend the Fishing Lodge reception.

Those interested may contact the Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events (389-3235 to inquire about availability. Hockey Showcase game tickets may be purchased from Xcel Energy Center starting Sept. 29.

Sept. 30: Bob Ash

Bob AshSpeaker Bob Ash will talk about "Building a Fantastic Workplace" Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 9-10 a.m. in Wissink Hall 289.

The Great Place to Work initiative event is open to all faculty and staff. Ash will discuss key contributions to a great workplace, including collaboration, selflessness and enthusiasm. He also will provide practical tips to help attendees develop those attributes in their work environments.

Ash founded his company, Life Lessons, in 1995. Since then he has provided training to more than 1,200 organizations and companies. Before 1995 he was a public education janitor, teacher, principal and superintendent. He also played a few years of professional baseball.

Ash believes laughter should be part of every presentation, as well as practical ideas and tools to improve skills needed to build a successful work environment. More information about Ash is available online.

Seating for Ash's presentation is limited, and those interested in attending are encouraged to register soon.

Oct. 1-5, 8-12: 'Miss Saigon'

'Miss Saigon' posterThe Department of Theatre and Dance opens its Mainstage season with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical "Miss Saigon" Oct. 1-5 and 8-12 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

HickoryTech Corporation and Foundation is the corporate sponsor.

With lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr., and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, "Miss Saigon" tells a love story that takes place during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. An American soldier (Chris) and a Vietnamese girl (Kim) fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for Kim and in a fighting chance for the child Chris never knew he had.

An international sensation, Miss Saigon is an epic, daring pop opera. Its sung-through pop-inflected score gives the cast an opportunity to shine in show-stopping numbers like "I Still Believe," "Why God Why?" and "The American Dream."

"Miss Saigon" is directed by Paul J. Hustoles, with choreography by Paul Finocchiaro and musical direction by Nick Wayne. The role of Kim is played by Fiona Hui, an Equity actress appearing as an Andreas Guest Artist. Third-year MFA Acting candidate Andrew D. Umphrey will play the role of Chris, while junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Craig Daniel Stastny plays the engineer.

Individual tickets for "Miss Saigon" go on sale Monday, Sept. 22, and are available by calling 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or going online.

Regular tickets are $20; and tickets are $18 for seniors, youth and groups of 15 or more and $14 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Season subscriptions may be purchased for $85 throughout the show's run.

Oct. 16-18: Asian Pacific Conference

Asian Pacific ConferenceThe fourth annual Asian Pacific American Conference will be Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18.

The theme "Leadership for Generation Next" will focus on leadership development for future generations of Asian Pacific Americans.

The conference is for practitioners and professionals in the field of cultural diversity, specifically in higher education, as well as for college and high school students and people who want to build or extend networks to connect with the Asian Pacific American community.

A featured session, "Nine Months in America: An ethnocentric tour," will highlight the work of photographer Wing Young Huie and his wife, Tara, and their journey through the United States documenting the funny, touching and sometimes strange intersection of Asian-American and American cultures.

Workshops will offer tips on team-building activities, networking, student organizations and effective leadership, and will provide round-table discussions on social issues and policies affecting Asian Pacific Americans.

Those interested in more information about may contact Chris Tran (Multicultural Affairs) at 507-389-6300

Oct. 17-19: Family Weekend

Family Weekend CrestEmployees and their families are encouraged to attend the fifth annual Family Weekend Friday through Sunday, Oct. 17-19. Family Weekend is an opportunity for students' families to become re-acquainted with campus, and a chance for faculty and staff to bring their families to campus to participate in a variety of activities.

Children's events include Family Olympics, Family Fun Carnival, Stomper Cinema featuring WALL-E, and free cosmic bowling.

Adult events include comedian Kelly Taylor, open climbing, theatre performances, a 5-K Fun Run and more. Most events are free or discounted for students, families, faculty and staff with MavCard or Family Weekend button (available at the Family Weekend Information table, main entrance to Centennial Student Union Oct. 17 and 18).

A schedule of events is at the Family Weekend website.

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at Professional Development Day Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Ideas for workshops on all topics related to professional development for faculty and staff are welcome. Several sessions will include multiple workshops.

Those with ideas for workshop sessions may submit them online.

Those who would like more information may contact Kathy Trauger (University Extended Education) or Leslie Peterson (Library Services).

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide DetectorA new law makes it mandatory for all single-family homes in Minnesota to have a carbon monoxide detector within 10 feet of each bedroom. To help families comply, the Minnesota Safety Council is offering Kiddie carbon monoxide detectors for $44.95 (plus tax and shipping).

Suggested retail price of the product is $75. Those interested in more information may call 651-228-7326; 800-444-9150; or email Steve Rauh. Information about the new law is also available online.

Italy Study and Tour

ColosseumJoe Kunkel (Political Science) and Suzanne Bunkers (English) will lead their seventh Italy Study and Tour session March 5-15, 2009.

The itinerary will include Rome, Naples and Pompeii along with the Sicilian sites of Palermo, Taormina, Siracusa and Catania. The program features a three-credit course which will precede the trip.

Those who want more information may contact Suzanne and are encouraged to attend one of two remaining informational meetings:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 3:15 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 223B;
  • Monday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 223B.

Cleaning Up Rivers

The Faculty MemebersFaculty members Fei Yuan, Donald Friend and Ginger Schmid (Earth Science) and Forrest Wilkerson and Bryce Hoppie (Geology) received a $159,000 research grant to improve monitoring on Minnesota rivers using airborne hyper-spectral remote sensing imagery provided by the Civil Air Patrol. The grant is from the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources. Pictured are Fei and Bryce (right) with a CAP flight crew before a recent mission.

Faculty/staff achievements

The "Piggy Professors" barbecue team of Gerard Aloisio (Music) and Tom Giles (emeritus) took to the barbeque pit again this summer, placing 19th out of 50 teams in Albert Lea, where they were 7th in sauce, 13th in chicken and 14th in ribs. In mid-September they will compete at the SMSU Smokefest in Marshall, Minn.

Michelle Alvarez's (Social Work) Safe Schools Healthy Students grant proposal for eight rural school districts in Indiana was funded for $5.6 million over four years. The grant is a collaborative funding stream provided by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Justice. Michelle recently signed a contract with Oxford University Press to co-edit a book on the role of school social work in response to intervention, scheduled to be published next summer.

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) presented a paper at the third Workshop on Issues in Teaching Computational Linguistics as part of the 46th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Columbus, Ohio, in June. She also taught two two-week sessions of Project Lead the Way's Gateway to Technology engineering curriculum to middle school teachers at South Central College and St. Cloud State University. A proposal by Rebecca has been funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education for $60,000.

Aaron Budge (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) was invited to participate in a workshop sponsored by the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors in June in Chattanooga, Tenn. Aaron participated for a third year as an assistant mentor at the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in July.

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) had an article published titled "Making Cities Livable Through Place Marketing."

Dave Cowan (Facilities Services) recently received a Jefferson Good People Award from KEYC-TV.

Craig Evers (Automotive Engineering & Technology) was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee. The 16-member committee makes recommendations to the Public Safety commissioner on matters of motorcycle safety.

Kevin J. Filter (Psychology) was elected to a three-year team on the executive board of the Minnesota School Psychologists Association.

Scott Granberg-Rademacker (Political Science & Law Enforcement) had an article accepted for publication in Educational and Psychological Measurement.

Jim Gullickson (KMSU) recently was elected president of the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations at the organization's annual meeting in Grand Marais, Minn. Gullickson also assumes the role as chairman of the board for Independent Community Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMPERS. He will oversee a joint underwriting project that is expected to realize a half million dollars in revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.

Furman Haddix (Computer Science) received a conditional acceptance from the Journal of High Speed Networks for his co-authored paper, "A uniform process alternator for arbitrary topologies."

Allan Hart (Information Systems & Technology) wrote a chapter in the book Handbook of Research on Modern Systems Analysis and Design Technologies and Applications, published this summer by IGI Global.

Pavel Kitsul (Mathematics & Statistics) delivered lectures on the stochastic process and its applications to biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science and physics at one the University of Padua, Italy, and visited the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

Joe Kunkel (Political Science & Law Enforcement) was interviewed by several Twin Cities media outlets regarding the upcoming state and presidential elections and other various topics related to politics.

Namyong Lee (Mathematics & Statistics) presented at the mathematical biology session at the KSIAM annual meeting in May. He also hosted the sixth annual International Conference on Scientific Computing and Applications in June in Busan, Korea, and presented at the UKC-2008 meeting in August in San Diego.

Steve Losh (Chemistry & Geology) received two years of funding from Cleveland-Cliffs Technology Group, Ishpeming Mich., in support of his proposal "Silica Remobilization in the Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota." His project focuses on large-scale fluid flow through iron-rich sedimentary rocks, mineral chemistry, and formation of high-grade iron ore in the Mesabi Iron Range.

Phil Miller's (Economics) manuscript, "Subsidized Monopolists and Product Prices: The Case of Major League Baseball," was accepted for publication in Applied Economics. Phil also was interviewed in June by the San Diego Union Tribune about the economic impact of mega events; by the Wall Street Journal about the economic impact of the Washington Nationals; by the Des Moines Register about the relationship between the economy (and gas prices) and attendance at college football events; by the Dallas Morning News about the relationship between the economy (and gas prices) and baseball attendance; and by Forbes magazine for a story on Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Jeffrey Pribyl, Mary Hadley, Patricia Rambo (Chemistry & Geology) and John Kaliski (Management) presented at the sixth annual Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning national meeting at the University of Texas in June, the 20th-biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Indiana University in July, and the CCLI 2008 PI Conference in Washington, D.C., in August.

Missy Manderfeld (Social Work) and Cheryl Radeloff (Women's Studies) completed the YWCA Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership Development Program. The gender-specific program takes a cohort of women through nine months of capacity building, mentoring and support, focusing on the challenges women face in becoming leaders.

Russ Palma (Physics & Astronomy) gave a presentation for the Rochester Astronomy Club in August, and presented at Scientech in Indianapolis in August. He also coauthored a recent publication.

Leah Rogne (Sociology & Corrections) co-authored "Teaching Social Insurance in Higher Education," an "occasional paper" published by AARP's Office of Academic Affairs in July.

Atrayee Ghosh Roy (Economics) published a paper, "Evidence on Economic Growth and Government Size," in Applied Economics.

Christopher Ruhland (Biological Sciences) co-submitted a grant proposal, "Collaborative Research: Succession at glacial forelands in Antarctica: linkages among plants, microbes and microarthropods" to the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. He also spoke at the Ferulate '08 international conference in August.

Deepak Sanjel, Hyung-Tae Ha and S.B. Provost (Mathematics & Statistics) published a paper in The Journal of the Korean Data Analysis Society.

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) joined the editorial board of the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute (SANS) NewsBites newsletter in May. NewsBites is a semi-weekly, high-level executive summary of the top information security news with more than 180,000 subscribers. Christophe also received a Flies Fellowship from CSET to work with the chief information security officer for Minnesota in June. He integrated the information from this grant into his "Information Security and Information Warfare" classes. He was the lead assessor for an information security assessment performed on behalf of the Center for Strategic IT & Security in August.

Paraskevas Yiapanis, David J. Haglin, Anna M. Manning, Ken Mayes and John Keane (Computer Science) will attend the IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing in Tsukuba, Japan, in September.

Fei Yuan (Geography) coauthored an article in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.

Residence Hall Conference

The StudentsTwelve Residence Hall Association students attended the National Association of College and University Residence Halls annual conference at Oklahoma State University this summer. Six presented programs on topics ranging from a LGBT issues in the residence halls to the future effect of students' current choices.

Students Michael Sanford, Brianne Theisen, David Schlosser, Tanya Coovert, Sarah Kellner, Jeffrey Gross, Tyler Purcell, Joseph Hrabe, Sola Duroshola and Sarah Anderson attended. Meagan Hagerty (Summer Operations) attended as the adviser.

NACURH, Inc. is the largest student-run organization in the world, bringing together residence hall students from more than 400 schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Student Achievements

Ann Beacom (I/O Graduate Program) was featured in an online article on the National Pork Board's Web site discussing a new database promoting a safer workplace for pork producers. She and the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group are assisting in the development of the database.

LaTolya Carter (Social Work) received the 2007-'08 President's Commission on Diversity grant to tour and study abroad in Ghana and West Africa.

Elizabeth Drommerhausen (Chemistry & Geology) presented a poster at the 54th annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology at Marquette, Mich. in May. She received a Best Student Paper award for her work and presentation.

Jenny Snyder's (Geography Graduate Program) research showing the ancestral ranges of wild turkeys was featured in Outdoor News in June.


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