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October 15, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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Diversity Commission Seeks Applications

The President's Commission on Diversity seeks applications for diversity-related professional development and research grants, and nominations for the President's Diversity Award. Deadline for applications and nominations is Saturday, Nov. 1.

Applicants for grants could receive stipends of up to $500 to attend professional conferences related to diversity in higher education, or to conduct research. Awards will be granted in two categories: students, and faculty and staff. Applicants must be Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty or staff. Current members of the President's Commission on Diversity are not eligible to apply.

The President's Diversity Award honors the contributions of faculty, staff and administrators whose service promotes a more culturally diverse campus community. Recipients will be honored at the annual Diversity Dinner Friday, Nov. 21.

Each recipient will receive a recognition plaque and $500 for projects or practices that best reflect the implementation of campus diversity goals. Nominations are welcome from any member of the university community. Nominees must be a faculty or staff member or administrator.

Applications and nominations can be submitted to the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office, Armstrong Hall 112. Electronic applications are preferred and can be emailed to Melissa van Winkle. Those interested in more information may contact Carol Stallkamp (President's Office).

Lee Tesdell Receives Fulbright

Lee TesdellLee S. Tesdell (English) has been awarded a 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholarship to work and study at the Center for Continuing Education at Birzeit University, Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine.

Lee received the prestigious Fulbright to test and carry out his research project, Distance teaching and learning: Mutual development, planning, and scholarly investigation, at Birzeit University's Center for Continuing Education. He will undertake his Fulbright research during spring semester 2009.

Birzeit University, established in 1975, is a highly-regarded Palestinian institution of higher learning.

Lee has taught technical communication at Minnesota State Mankato for six years, specializing in documentation, international technical communication and online pedagogy. From 1983-1988 he taught English language courses at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and from 1977-1980 he was an instructor of English language in Amman, Jordan.

The Fulbright Scholars Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding provided by participating governments and host institutions. Each year the program sponsors about 1,100 U.S. scholars and professionals to teach and to research in more than 130 countries. Scholar awards are based on academic or professional achievement and demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential.

Choose-a-Palooza: National Recognition

Crowd Beneath Balcony in CSUThe Welcome Week event Choose-a-Palooza recently received national recognition as an outstanding educational program from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls and the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Choose-a-Palooza was recognized regionally and nationally as the Educational Program of the Month for August. The event was selected as an exemplary educational opportunity for students in competition against more than 400 other member school programs.

The award nomination can be read online.

NACURH is the largest student-run organization in the world, bringing together more than 400 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. The association promotes living on campus as an integral part of the college experience, and strives to provide resources to help member schools create the ultimate residence hall environment and experience.

NRHH is the recognition branch of National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

Kearney Center Offers Passport Photos

PassportThe Kearney International Center is offering a passport photograph service to international students and faculty, and to anyone planning to travel abroad.

"There are numerous restrictions on how passport photos are done, and we now have the training and the equipment to provide verified passport photos quickly and at a competitive cost, right on campus," said Margaret Larson (Kearney Center).

"We encourage anyone needing a current passport photo, or anyone with questions about study abroad opportunities, to come see us. The Kearney International Center is not just for international students. We're here to help the entire campus and the broader community."

The cost is a standard $8 for two photos, and they are available immediately using digital technology.

The Kearney International Center is in CSU 250, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those interested in more information may contact Margie at 507-389-1281.

Combined Charities winners

A number of faculty and staff members won prizes at the Combined Charities Campaign "Kickoff for Charity" Oct. 8.

Margaret Larson (Kearney Center) won a gift basket filled with office supplies. Rosemary Mock (Library Services), Jan Eimers (President's Office), David Cowan (Facilities Services), Judy Nordeen and Sue Romsa (Student Financial Services) and Marie Worrell (Development) each received $50 of MavCash credit.

Joni Miller (Graduate Studies), Deb Meissner (Library Services), Helen Walters (Facilities Services) and Leann Larson (Library Services) each won Mav Pack general admission tickets for Mavericks sports events, and Ginny Fitzloff (President's Office) and Paul Guerrero (PALS) both won four reserved tickets for any regular season Maverick men's hockey game.

Elaine Ruch (Graduate Studies), Donna Hensel (Facilities Management), Diane Hamilton (Student Financial Services), Jennifer Chelstrom (Graduate Studies), Kate Voight (English) and Kathy Steiner (Speech Communication) each received a $50 Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift certificate.

Mary Nere (Library Services), Shannon Jeffries (Computer Training) and Perry Madden (PALS) each won two tickets for a Mainstage Season production, and Margaret Lawrence (Library Services), Emily Stark (Psychology), Pat Priem (Graduate Studies) and Jan Marble (Student Financial Services) each won a T-shirt.

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TAA membership

Faculty members may receive a one-year membership to the Text and Academic Authors Association at no cost.

Steve Bohnenblust (Center for Excellence in Scholarship & Research) is attempting to form a local TAA chapter. A minimum of 15 members is needed to start a chapter, with 30 needed to receive additional chapter benefits.

The Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research is willing to pay for up to 30 members at $30 per member offering those interested individual and local chapter membership for one year.

Those interested in learning more about the TAA may go online. Those interested in membership may contact Steve.

Oct. 1-31: Combined Charities

Combined Charities logoThe Minnesota State Employees Combined Charities Campaign is asking faculty and staff members to make monetary pledges to help community-based organizations such as the Greater Mankato Area United Way, the Minnesota Environmental Fund, Open Your Heart, Community Health Charities Minnesota and Community Shares of Minnesota.

Minnesota State Mankato finished third among seven state universities for the 2007 campaign, behind Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and Bemidji State University. The Combined Charities Steering Committee is encouraging the university community's participation to exceed last year's pledges.

The statewide campaign runs through Friday, Oct. 31. Those interested in more information or in making a monetary pledge may go online. Those interested in more information also may contact David Cowan (Facilities Services).

Oct. 1-22: Stuttering Conference

Stuttering Conference posterThe 11th International Stuttering Awareness online conference is taking place through Wednesday, Oct. 22. The conference attracts students, professionals and others who are interested in learning more about stuttering, and offers tips and advice for those who stutter.

The largest online conference in the world, it offers general and continuing education credits. The conference, administered by faculty member Judith Kuster, concludes Oct. 22, International Stuttering Awareness Day.

Those interested in more information or in participating may visit the Communication Disorders website. Past conferences have also been archived on the site.

Oct. 16-18: Asian Pacific Conference

Minnesota Public Radio reporter Laura Yuen will help moderate the featured session at the annual Asian Pacific American Conference Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18. Yuen will moderate "Nine months in America: An ethnocentric tour."

The session 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.

Leadership development for future generations of Asian Pacific Americans is the conference theme. The event 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.

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. 15-19, 22-26: 'Lysistrata'

ActressesTheatre & Dance will present Aristophanes' 2,500-year-old "Lysistrata" Oct. 15-19 and 22-26 in Andreas Theatre as the second show of its Mainstage season. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-19 and 22-25, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26.

Some performances have already sold out.

The main character, Lysistrata, plans a meeting between all of the women of Greece to discuss a plan to end the Peloponnesian War. She intends to ask the women to refuse sex with their husbands until a treaty for peace has been signed.

Audience members should note the play contains mature language and themes.

Directed by Heather E. Hamilton (Theatre & Dance), "Lysistrata" features Lolly Foy (MFA Acting) in the title role. Her friends, Cleonice and Myrrhine, are portrayed by Launa Helder (Theatre Arts) and Susan Vee Hansen (MFA Acting), respectively. Dramaturg for the production is Christine Thompson (MA candidate).

Individual tickets for "Lysistrata" are $14.50; $13 for senior citizens, those 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $10 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are available at and by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (507) 389-6661.

Oct. 17: Chiller Plant Shutdown

On Friday, Oct. 17, the campus chiller plant will be shut down for the winter to protect the cooling coils and towers from freeze damage.

Physical plant staff expects to keep campus buildings comfortable using cool outdoor air. Typically the staff can keep buildings comfortable as long as outdoor air remains less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. An unusually warm day with elevated humidity may mean a day or two of warm temperatures in some buildings, according to Chief Engineer Steve Ardolf. Those with questions should call Steve at (507) 389-1332.

Oct. 21: Health, Wellness Fair

Woman ExercisingThe Health and Wellness Fair will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, hosted by the Women's Center, Student Health Services, the Counseling Center and Campus Recreation.

The third annual event will celebrate Love Your Body Day with campus and area exhibitors who will provide healthy living information and interactive demonstrations.

Those who want more information may contact Chera Sevcik at (507) 389-1771.

Oct. 22, 29: Boiling Water 101

Vegetables Falling Into BowlStudent Health Services will sponsor hands-on cooking training sessions to help people prepare nutritious meals on Wednesday, Oct. 22 and 29. Sessions will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Wiecking B136 and are open to students, faculty and staff and the public.

Participants will hear tips and view demonstrations on quick and easy, healthy meal ideas. Different recipies and topics will be discussed at each session.

Those interested in participating may call (507) 389-6203 to register.

Oct. 24: 'Safe Zone'

The Diversity Institute will present a "Safe Zone" training session Friday, Oct. 24. The event is for all students, faculty and staff members interested in learning more about the LGBT community, what it means to be a part of the campus community and the skills and knowledge needed to work more effectively within these communities.

The session will be from 1-4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 201, featuring Jessica Flatequal (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center) as presenter.

Those who want more information may contact Kelly Meier (Diversity Institute) at (507) 389-5268.

Nov. 3: Jessica Valenti

Jessica ValentiFeminist author Jessica Valenti will present the annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture Monday, Nov. 3. The lecture, at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Valenti is founder and executive editor of and the author of Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters, and He's a Stud and She's a Slut... and 49 other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know.

She is also the blogger for, NARAL Pro-Choice America's site, and co-founder of The Real Hot 100, a national campaign to bring attention to the work of young women activists.

Valenti earned a master's degree in women's and gender studies from Rutgers University and has worked for Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), Planned Parenthood, the Women's Environment and Development Organization and Ms. Magazine. She also volunteered at Mount Sinai's Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program as an emergency room advocate, and taught women's studies courses at SUNY Albany.

Valenti has been quoted extensively in print and has been featured on Air America Radio's "The Majority Report" and in the podcast "SexTalk." She also spoke at the annual Power Matters conference of the National Council for Research on Women. The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Guardian, Dallas Morning News, Ottowa Sun, In These Times,, Women's eNews and have written about Feministing.

Those who want more information about the Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture may contact Vena Namukasa (Women's Center) at (507) 389-1771.

Nov. 7: Teaching with Technology

Computer with a Diploma and Graduation Hat Coming Out of the ScreenA free "Teaching with Technology" conference will be offered to all faculty members and students Friday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union.

Keynote speaker will be Barry Dahl, vice president of technology and Connect e-Campus at Lake Superior College, Duluth. Dahl will offer tips for making teaching with technology more effective.

Employees and non-Minnesota State employees can register online. The first 200 registrants will receive free lunch.

Those interested in more information about the conference may contact Jean Clarke (University Extended Education).

Nov. 21: Institutional Diversity

Clyde Bellecourt

Clyde Bellecourt

Clyde Bellecourt will be keynote speaker for the 38th annual Institutional Diversity dinner Friday, Nov. 21, honoring his brother, the late Vernon Bellecourt, one of America's heroes in the fight for human and civil rights for American Indian people.

The dinner—an ethnic meal with a multicultural, American Indian theme—will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, sponsored by the Division of Institutional Diversity.

At the event the Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian Award will be presented to an individual, group, agency or organization that has demonstrated continuous support or service in promoting cultural diversity within the university and the surrounding community. Nominations for the award are due Friday, Nov. 7.

The annual dinner provides an opportunity for participants to share and interact with people from different cultural backgrounds. It also allows Institutional Diversity staff and students of color to acknowledge the many supporters of cultural diversity in the greater Mankato community.

Certificates will be presented to individuals, students, faculty, clubs, community agencies, businesses and organizations that have made contributions to the goals and principles of diversity, and to the Division of Institutional Diversity.

Those interested in ticket information for the event may call the Division of Institutional Diversity at 507-389-6125. Information about and nomination forms for the Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian Award is available from the division at Morris Hall 265, or by calling (507) 389-6125.

New Address: Ford Hall

Faculty members and students in the Department of Chemistry & Geology moved into new offices and labs in Leonard Ford Hall during the end of September and the beginning of October.

The department's office address is FH 241.

SBS Awards

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences honored three individuals at its Advisory Board Awards Luncheon last week.

Recipients of the 2008 Awards are Dan Sachau (Psychology), Distinguished Professor; Sang Yang (Public Administration), Distinguished Student; and State Rep. Patrick Garofalo (Political Science/Law Enforcement alumnus), Distinguished Alumni.

Faculty/staff achievements

Anita Adjei and Kelly Nelson (Library Services) attended "Back in Circulation Again," a continuing education program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in September.

Bill Anderson (Social Work) received the Distinguished Service Award and was elected legislative chair for the board of directors of the Region IX Minnesota Social Services Association. Laurie Strunk (Social Work) was elected as a board member.

Robert Bothmann (Library Services) attended the American Society for Information Science and Technology Council on Libraries and Information Resources in Washington, D.C., in September. He also attended the MnPALS User Council meeting in the Twin Cities and the On Line Audiovisual Catalogers conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kebba Darboe (Ethnic Studies) presented at the National Black Graduate Student Association North Central Regional Conference in September.

Tomasz Inglot (Political Science) presented at the European Social Policy Association network conference in Helsinki, Finland, in September, and participated in an East-West Social Policy roundtable. He organized and participated in a roundtable at the American Political Science Association meeting in Boston, Mass., in August, and his review of Chris Hasselmann's book, Policy Reform and the Development of Democracy in Eastern Europe, was published in Czech Sociological Review in June.

I.-J. Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) submitted two research papers to peer-reviewed journals. One is in collaboration with Charles Waters (Mathematics & Statistics) and the other is an international project proposed at the American Institute of Mathematics. I.-J. also presented at the Rocky Mountain Discrete Mathematics Days at the University of Wyoming in September.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) provided expert commentary for a September Minnesota Public Radio story about Ralph Nader filing papers to get on the presidential ballot in Minnesota, and for another piece about first congressional district candidates Tim Walz and Brian Davis. He provided commentary for several recent Minneapolis Star Tribune stories: About the Republican National Convention; about early returns and the likely Republican primary outcome; and about the accuracy of an Al Franken advertisement.

Justine Martin (Library Services) co-authored an article for Internet Reference Services Quarterly, and co-authored a publication for the national LOEX library instruction conference proceedings at College Park, Md.

Peg Lawrence, Rosie Mock and Lynne Weber (Library Services) attended the Ex Libris Users of North America conference in July in Long Beach, Calif.

An article by Namyong Lee (Mathematics & Statistics) was accepted for publication in the East Asian Journal of Mathematics. Namyong also was invited to attend the NIMS International Conference on Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computation in Korea in December.

A chapter by Ann Quade (Information Systems & Technology), "Redesigning a Systems Analysis and Design Course to Promote Problem-based Learning," recently was published in the Handbook of Research on Modern Systems Analysis and Design Technologies and Applications.

Jessica Schomberg (Library Services) attended the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle in August. She also attended the On Line Audiovisual Catalogers Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, in September.

Louis Schwartzkopf (Physics & Astronomy) presented at RE Fest, a renewable energy festival at Riverland Community College, Austin, in September.

Daardi Sizemore (Library Services) attended the Society of American Archivists conference in San Francisco in August.

Kim Zammitt and Laurie Strunk (Social Work) gave presentations at the Region IX MSSA fall conference in September.

Lynne Weber (Library Services) attended a board meeting of Associate Research Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association in St. Paul in September. Lynne and Peg Lawrence (Library Services) published "Get Ready for Migration: Clean Up Your Collection. What Does this Mean?" in the Journal of Access Services.

Two journal papers by Qun Zhang (Electrical & Computer Engineering) were published in September.

Forensics: Strong Start

Six members of the Maverick Forensics team participated and finished in the top 10 at the opening tournament of the 12th season of the Parliamentary League of the Upper Midwest in September at Bethany Lutheran College.

Grant Anderson (Speech Communication) took second place for individual speakers. Meg Martinson (English/Speech Education), Ariel Klugman (Speech Communication) and Alex Garlock (Speech Communication) shared a three-way tie for third, and April Larson (Political Science) and Suzanne Lumberg tied for eighth.

Ariel and Suzanne received silver awards and April and Alex bronze awards in team standings.

Student Achievements

Harris Burkhalter (History) attended the On Line Audiovisual Catalogers conference in Cleveland, Ohio, in September.


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