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October 31, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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Tuesday is Election Day

The Office of Academic Affairs reminds faculty and staff members that the general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Minnesota Statues 2304C.03-.04 (2000) states that "except for regularly scheduled classes, no Minnesota state college or university shall schedule an event between 6 and 8 p.m. on the day that an election is held in any political subdivision in which the university or college is located."

This information pertains to both the primary and general election.

Those who may have questions or are interested in more information about the policy may contact John Winkworth (Academic Affairs) through Bonnie Windschitl (Academic Affairs) at 389-1335.

Distinguished Alumni Nominations

Cartoon of a woman giving an award to another womanMembers of the campus community may submit Distinguished Alumni Award nominations to honor the university's best and brightest alumni. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 14.

Awards are considered in four categories: Distiguished Alumni Achievement Award, Harold J. Fitterer Service to MSU Award, Distinguished Alumi Humanitarian Award, and Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Those interested in more information may go online to view a list of previous recipients or fill out a nomination form.

Those interested in more information may contact Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Alumni Relations & Special Events) at (507) 389-1794.

Zach Harrison: Hockey Hall of Fame

Zach HarrisonFollowing a request from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Maverick junior forward Zach Harrison's stick is on its way to Toronto. He scored the remaining three goals of the game for a shorthanded "natural" hat trick—only the sixth time in NCAA history.

Zach scored three times in succession (a "natural" hat trick) in the 5-1 victory over the University of North Dakota Oct. 17.

Zach's shorthanded hat trick is the first time that a Maverick men's hockey player has accomplished the feat, and marks the sixth time in NCAA history that a player has scored three shorthanded goals in a game.

Zach's stick will appear as soon as December in the "Year-in-Review" display that recaps the past season in hockey, and then will be integrated into the HHOF archives and then used at various times in the "University" display and potentially with traveling exhibits.

"Obviously having something like this happen and then have one of my sticks sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame is pretty cool," said Zach, who prepped at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. "It's a unique thing."

December Holidays: Limited Operations

Cartoon of a snowmanThe university will be open for limited operations Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2. The limited operations status is intended to allow employees to be with their families during the holidays; maintain necessary university operations; allow employees who wish to work to do so (no one is required to take leave); and allow offices to be closed, subject to divisional approval.

The university will be open for limited operations Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 22-24, Friday, Dec. 26, Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 29-31, and Friday, Jan. 2. On Wednesday, Dec. 24, all MSUAASF employees will be on paid holiday. On Thursday, Dec. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 1, the university will be closed.

Those who want more information may contact supervisors or the Human Resources Office at (507) 389-2015.

Oct. 30: Author Steve Almond

Steve AlmondBoston writer Steve Almond will be featured in the third 2008 Good Thunder Reading Series residency Thursday, Oct. 30. During the first part of his visit on Thursday Almond will meet with individual writers and will be interviewed on KMSU-FM. At 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing, and at 7:30 p.m. in CSU 253 he will read from his published work. All events are free and open to the public.

The KMSU 89.7 FM interview with Almond, part of the "Authors in Transit" series, will air Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.

My Life in Heavy Metal, The Evil B.B. Chow, Which Brings Me to You, Candyfreak and Not That You Asked are some of Almond's works. He is the author of two story collections, a novel with Julianna Baggott and a non-fiction book. His new book is a collection of essays.

This year's Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the English Department, the College of Arts & Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors.

It is made possible in part by a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grant, from funds appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature and the McKnight Foundation; a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation; and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore offer additional assistance.

Those interested in more information about the series may call Richard Robbins at (507) 389-1354.

Nov. 1: Genealogy Expo

The eighth annual South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo, open to anyone interested in researching family history, will be Saturday, Nov. 1.

The event, organized by Memorial Library and the Blue Earth County Historical Society, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union.

Faculty member Dave Engen (Speech Communication) will discuss "Preserving Voices" at the opening session, explaining the "Voices from the Valley" project—an audio documentary Web site featuring people and stories of Southern Minnesota.

"The South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo offers new and veteran family historians the opportunity to learn about the resources available at area research facilities and learn about new tips and tricks for successful genealogy research," said Daardi Sizemore (Library Services).

Registration is $25. A box lunch is available. Those who want more information may go online or contact Jessica Potter (Blue Earth County Historical Society) at (507) 345-5566 or Daardi at (507) 389-1029.

Nov. 3: Flu Shots

Cartoon of a doctorThe university will offer a shot and nasal spray flu vaccine clinic for faculty and staff members Monday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 284. Employees with a Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card may receive either the shot or nasal spray for free.

Those without a member ID card may pay $23 for the shot or $32 for the nasal spray (cash or check). No appointments are necessary; the clinic will be conducted on a walk-in basis. A limited supply of nasal spray vaccine is available.

Those unable to attend the Nov. 3 clinic may receive the vaccination through primary care clinics. You can go online to find other state locations conducting clinics.

Nov. 4: Bloodmobile

American Red Cross logoUpward Bound will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Regular and double blood cell donations will be taken at the drive. Appointments can be made by calling (507) 389-1211 or online at (sponsor code 5952). Walk-ins are welcome.

Those interested in more information may contact Gladys Barbeau (Upward Bound).

Nov. 4: Diversity Institute

The Diversity Institute will present a session titled "Culture, Identity and Diversity, Everyone has a Story to Value" Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The session will take place from 1-2 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 201, with presenter Lucette Wildt (Annual Giving). This interactive session will support the philosophy of uniting faculty and staff community to create a diverse, inclusive educational environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on pre-existing biases and discuss the fundamental concept of respect for differences. Those interested in more information may contact Kelly Meier (Diversity Institute) at 507-389-5268.

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Nov. 5-18: Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for the 2009 insurance year will be Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Tuesday, Nov. 18, giving employees the opportunity to change medical and long-term disability coverage, enroll in pre-tax accounts and participate in the optional health assessment survey.

Dental coverage will not be open this year. Changes for 2009 include a debit card for pre-tax expense accounts and a single source health assessment vendor.

Updates on open enrollment and information about on-campus group presentations and help sessions are available online. Those interested in more information may contact Wendy Schuller (Human Resources) at (507) 389-2015.

Nov. 6: Presidential Q and A

KMSU 89.7 FM will host "Q & A with the President," a live call-in show featuring President Richard Davenport, on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Listeners are invited to call (507) 389-5678 or (800) 456-7810 with questions and comments for Davenport.

"Q & A with the President" will take place during the Minnesota Morning show hosted by Karen Wright, starting at 9 a.m.

Those interested in more information may contact Wright.

Nov. 10-14: Teaching Scholars

Professor helping students at computersThe Summer 2008 Teaching Scholar Fellows will explain their teaching-and-learning initiatives in a series of half-hour brown-bag-lunch sessions Monday through Friday, Nov. 10-14.

The 12th annual Teaching Scholar Series will begin on Monday, Nov. 10, with a reception and recognition ceremony hosted by President Richard Davenport at 10 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room.

The 10 presentations are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Beverages will be served, and audience members are invited to bring their lunches. The presentations - of interest to educators at all levels - are:

Monday, Nov. 10, CSU 201: Noon, David Engen (Speech Communication), "The Third Place in Blue Earth County." 12:30 p.m., Elizabeth Sandell (Educational Studies: Elementary & Early Childhood), "A Cross-Cultural Instructional Redesign Project with Northern International University, Magadan: Incorporating Guided Inquiry Learning and Online Teaching Strategies."

Tuesday, Nov. 11, CSU 201: Noon, Guynel Reid (Educational Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs), "Researching Program Design: Structural Forms and Functions." 12:30 p.m., Michael Wells (Information Systems & Technology), "Researching Outsourcing to Stay Current in the Computers in Society Course."

Wednesday, Nov. 12, CSU 203: Noon, Kristen Treinen (Speech Communication), "Integrating Technology into the Classroom Environment: Utilizing Podcasts as a Pedagogical Tool." 12:30 p.m., Hongxia Yin (Mathematics & Statistics), "Creation of Two Code Packages for Computer Aided Study in Mathematical Modeling and Optimization Methods."

Thursday, Nov. 13, CSU 253: Noon, Kathleen Blue (Anthropology), "Childhood Health in Anglo-Saxon Britain." 12:30 p.m., Vicki Hunter (Sociology & Corrections), "Identity Work in Women's Re-Entry Experiences."

Friday, Nov. 14, CSU 285: Noon, Rajiv Kapadia (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology), "Open Course Ware in Digital Signal Processing." 12:30 p.m., James Slack (Information Systems & Technology), "Applied Data-Modeling Supplement for iSYS 441: Database Modeling for Applications."

Nov. 6: History Forum

Erwin Grieshaber (History) will be the main lecturer at the fall 2008 history forum lecture Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253. Erwin's lecture will explain the "Great Divergence" between the wealthy and poor areas of the world.

The event is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Refreshments will be served. Those who want more information may contact the History Department at (507) 389-1618.

Nov. 6-9, 13-16: 'Harvey'

A scene from the playThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present Mary Chase's classic play Harvey Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 6-9 and 13-15, at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 9 and 16, in Ted Paul Theatre.

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

Problems arise, however, when Veta is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy; years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey, too.

Harvey is directed by Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance), who last season directed Cats and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Micah J. L. Kronlokken (Irene Ryan Acting Scholar) stars as Elwood P. Dowd. Scenic design is by Amanda Rozmiarek (senior, BFA Design/Tech).

The performance is sponsored by Blethen, Gage and Krause, LLP.

Individual tickets 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. Tickets are available online. Individual tickets are available at the Theatre & Dance Box Office.

Nov. 15: Giving Spree

River Hills Mall of Mankato is helping Campus Kitchen raise $70,000 to continue its program. The River Hills Mall Giving Spree provides special offers through Nov. 15 to those who make online donations to Campus Kitchens.

The local chapter of Campus Kitchens engages thousands of students and community members in helping end hunger in Mankato.

Donors may give by going to and selecting the first "price tag" labeled "Donate and Get Exclusive Offers." They then may select Minnesota and River Hills Mall Mankato.

After making a donation to Campus Kitchens at Minnesota State Mankato, donors will receive an email with offers (more than 60 coupons) available on Nov. 15.

"Campus Kitchen has involved over 4,000 students at Minnesota State University, Mankato in packaging and delivering over 300 meals per week to area homeless and families in need of food assistance," said Samantha Eckerson (Campus Kitchen). "Each year Campus Kitchen at Mankato needs to raise over $70,000 to continue the program. The River Hills Mall recognized that need and stepped up to help."

Those who want more information about Campus Kitchens may contact Samantha at (507) 389-6076.

Nov. 20: International Poetry

Cartoon of a man at a podiumFaculty, staff and students are invited to attend and participate in the International Poetry Recital Thursday, Nov. 20, as part of Diversity International Education Week.

The event will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Library Room 45. Faculty, staff and students from other countries are encouraged to recite poems in their native language.

Poems may be written by participants or another poet, but may not be longer than 16 lines. If there are too many poem submissions, those best suited for the recital will be selected.

Those interested in participating should e-mail the poem and the participant's name, country of origin and language in which the poem will be recited to Enrique Torner (Spanish). If the poem is not in English, the participant should provide a translation.)

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Calendars for Campus Events

CalendarFaculty, staff and student event coordinators can ensure maximum promotion for their campus events by posting information on two interactive calendars: The main Campus Events Calendar and the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., calendar.

The Campus Events Calendar, maintained by Information Technology, is the comprehensive source of information about campus events. Coordinators can use this tool to post events.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. calendar promotes events to Mankato visitors. Coordinators can click on "add your event" to post information.

Geriatric Education Center

MAGEC logoThe Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center of Southern Minnesota (MAGEC) South is requesting proposals from agencies and organizations for partial funding of regional educational programs, applied research or best-practice projects that support geriatric care.

All projects must focus on educating geriatric professionals or paraprofessionals. Interdisciplinary education programs are encouraged. Eligible agencies include non-profit or proprietary organizations involved in education or care provision for older adults in south central Minnesota.

Maximum funding per program or project is $2,500. Funding awards depend on the scope of the program or project, alignment with MAGEC South mission and goals, and funding availability. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 14, using the template.

Those interested in more details may visit the Web site (above). Those who want o information may contact Shirley Murray (MAGEC South board member) at (507) 389-5194.

Licensing Royalties: $24,818

Vendor royalty income from the first three quarters of 2008 totaled $24,818, according to the University's licensing agent, Licensing Resource Group.

Second-quarter royalties totaled $6,073. The payments are from vendors who use the university's name and logotypes on garments and other items sold for profit. The revenue is used primarily for academic and athletic talent grants.

The Media Relations Office oversees licensed vendors, approving, disapproving or requiring changes to each proposed design. Last year more than 660 designs were submitted to the office by commercial vendors.

Solar Wall Research

Solar WallPatrick Tebbe (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) recently was featured in a Twin Cities Daily Planet article for his involvement with a Minneapolis Third Precinct Police Station solar wall project.

Patrick also is conducting research and testing the patented SolarWall product for the Department of Commerce.

SolarWall is manufactured by Conserval Engineering of Toronto, Ontario. The wall, made of dark-colored, perforated aluminum paneling, is heated by the sun, then it preheats fresh air that is drawn into a building's heating system.

Saeed Moaveni (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) and Louis Schwartzkopf (Physics) also are working on the project.

Marathon Medical Care

Patrick, Erika, and TheresaCurrent and former Athletic Training faculty and students worked with the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association recently to provide medical care to Twin Cities Medtronic Marathon participants. Those involved include (from left) Patrick Sexton (Athletic Training), Erika Esterby (Athletic Training alum) and Theresa Mackey (Athletic Training).

Prestigious Fellowship

University of Auckland logoAlumnus Brandon Whitehead (master's in geography, 2007; bachelor's in earth science, 2001) recently received one of New Zealand's most prestigious fellowships, the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship.

Brandon will use the award to complete his doctorate. The fellowship is given to fewer than 40 students worldwide each year by New Zealand national government's department of education. It provides 3 1/2 years of funding for doctoral study and includes all tuition, fees and books, a monthly living allowance, health insurance, research expenses and a research travel allowance.

He is enrolled in the doctoral program at the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Brandon was advised by Donald Friend, (Geography, Earth Science) and Bryce Hoppie (Geology). The interdisciplinary earth science program includes courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geography, geology and physics.

Those interested in more information may go online, or contact Donald at (507) 389-2618.

Faculty/staff achievements

Rachel Droogsma (Speech Communication) received honorable mention in the "Outstanding Published Article" category by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender for her article "Redefining hijab: American Muslim women's standpoints on veiling," published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Rachel received the award at the organization's conference in October.

A textbook by Andrew Johnson (Education), Teaching Reading and Writing: A Guidebook for Tutoring and Remediating Students, recently was published and made available through Rowman & Littlefield Education. Each chapter in the book is accessible to teachers, tutors, parents and paraprofessionals.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) was a conference presenter in October for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Edmonton, Canada, and at the Professional Organizational Developers Conference in Reno, Nev. Stewart also presented at the American Dietetics Conference in Chicago; at the AAC & U Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) qualified in August as a Certified Information Privacy Professional, the first professional certification to focus on the privacy and security of data. CIPP certification is administered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Maverick Forensics

The Maverick Forensics Team took second place and claimed several individual awards at the 2008 Jackrabbit Jousts Debate and Individual Events tournament at South Dakota State University, Brookings, in October.

Ian Hopkins was first in rhetorical criticism and third in extemporaneous speaking, and Brad Wakefield was fourth in rhetorical criticism.

April Larson claimed first, Kylie Schultz third and Justin Hathaway fourth in after-dinner speaking. Justin and Megan Peterson also placed fifth, and Mitchell Harms and Ariel Klugman fourth, in duo interpretation.

Sarah Walker was third in impromptu speaking, fourth in informative speaking and was a semi-finalist in parliamentary debate. Meg Martinson was also a semi-finalist in parliamentary debate and took second place in debate, and Katie Gottwalt placed third in persuasive speaking and seventh in impromptu speaking.


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the biweekly campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Mike Cooper. The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Nov. 12; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Nov. 7).

You should also submit your event to the university's official Campus Events Calendar. Go to the events calendar website, click on the self-service "Submit Event" link, and provide the information requested.