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Minnesota State University, Mankato

The MSU Campus Newsletter is a monthly electronic publication of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Division of University Advancement. It is intended to inform faculty and staff members about events and achievements at MSU, Mankato. Send items for future newsletters to michael.cooper@mnsu.edu.

November 12, 2008 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2008-11-12/

Cookies, with a Message

Table of Cookies

President Richard Davenport delivers Halloween cookies and a message to students returning to Julia Sears Hall on Oct. 30. President Davenport and Pat Swatfager-Haney (Student Affairs) gave away 1,000 frosted sugar cookies in Sears Hall, Carkoski and Gage dining halls and the Centennial Student Union dining area. The president's message to the students: "Be safe and be careful this Halloween."

Holiday Cards

Christmas CardsSpecial edition holiday cards are available from Printing Services. Faculty, staff and students can look at the cards online.

To place an order, faculty, staff or students may stop at Printing Services in 309 Wiecking Center or call 389-1181.

Graphic Standards for Posters

'College of Education International Programs' posterA friendly reminder from Integrated Marketing: University posters must follow the graphic standards.

That means a poster must include the university's name and, if run in color, the color purple somewhere. As this example from the College of Education illustrates, these are minimal requirements, leaving you free to design the bulk of the poster as you wish.

Those who would like the Graphics Team in Printing & Photocopying Services to develop a branded poster template may call Eric Hoffmann, head of the Graphics Team, at 389-4068. Those who want advice on their design options, photos, or writing for their publications should call Ann Fee, director of publications, at 389-6981.

New Curriculum Design System

Stack of Books with Graduate Hat on TopThe new Curriculum Design System is available for use, replacing the previous paper-based curriculum approval process for all undergraduate and graduate curricular proposals.

The new system allows faculty and staff to create, view and approve curriculum proposals via the Internet. CDS can be accessed by going to https://secure2.mnsu.edu/cds or by visiting the Academic Affairs website.

Those with questions may e-mail CDS. CDS training sessions will be available in November.

To ensure that all approved undergraduate curricular changes are included in the official printed bulletin for fall 2009, this year's deadlines will be firmly followed by the Office of Academic Affairs, the UCAP Committee and the General Education and Diversity Committee.

The first deadline is Monday, Dec. 1. Curricular proposals received by the UCAP and the General Education and Diversity Committee will be considered for the 2009-'10 undergraduate bulletin. This means these proposals will be reviewed by college curriculum committees and deans with appropriate electronic signatures and necessary documentation.

All curricular proposals effective for fall 2009 must be at the UCAP approval step in the curriculum approval workflow process by the final deadline, Feb. 13, 2009. These proposals may or may not be in the 2009-'10 undergraduate bulletin, but they will be available for use by the program in fall 2009 if approved by the provost.

The UCAP and the General Education and Diversity Committees will have until March 6, 2009 to review all proposals. Any in-progress proposals will be reviewed when the committees convene during the next academic year.

Those interested in more information may contact Brenda Flannery (Academic Affairs) at (507) 389-1333.

Voluntary System of Accountability

College Portrait logoMinnesota State Mankato has joined the Voluntary System of Accountability, an initiative that communicates information about the undergraduate experience through a common Web reporting template.

The VSA is a voluntary initiative for four-year public colleges and universities, developed through a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

The VSA is intended to help institutions demonstrate accountability and stewardship, measure educational outcomes to identify effective educational practices, and assemble information that is accessible, understandable and comparable.

More information about the VSA and the Campus Portrait for Minnesota State Mankato are available online.

Wrestlers: Ranked Second

StomperThe Maverick wrestling team opens its 2008-'09 season ranked second in the nation, according to the first NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association's poll.

The Mavericks garnered two first-place votes and received 149 points overall. The University of Nebraska-Omaha is ranked No. 1 with 158 points.

In 2007-'08 the Mavericks claimed an NWCA National Duals title, an NCAA North Central Regional title and earned second place at the NCAA Championship.

The poll ranks five Mavericks individually in their respective weight classes. Senior John Putman is fifth at 133; junior Travis Elg is third at 141; sophomore Tommy Abbott is fourth at 149; senior Tim Matheson is seventh at 174; and junior Brady Wilson is third at 285.

The Maverick wrestlers open their season Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa.

Successful Rescue

One member and one former member of the Maverick wrestling team, Jason Rhoten and Cory Harnitz, rescued a man from a slough while they were duck-hunting last month.

A 20-year-old Nicollet County man apparently crashed his vehicle and got mired in the muck of Middle Lake more than a mile away from the crash.

Several people searched an area near the intersection of Nicollet County Road 5 and Highway 111 in Nicollet County after Joshua Mark Charles Olsen's vehicle was found, rolled over. A helicopter with a heat-seeking camera also was used to check the area.

Jason and Cory, in their duck boat, heard Olsen calling for help from about 8 inches of water in Wiwi Bay. The two then saw a rescue helicopter overhead and set out looking. They found Olsen about 15 yards into a snarl of cattails.

Cory turned his camouflage jacket inside-out and stuck it to a long pole to flag down a helicopter while Jason spoke with rescuers. Jason then pulled Olsen from the shallow water into their boat, and tried to get him warmed up as they drove toward rescue helicopters in a nearby field.

Olsen, suffering from hypothermia, was taken by helicopter to Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital.

Status of Women Grants

The President's Commission on the Status of Women will offer grants of up to $500 for campus community members who plan to attend professional conferences about the status of women or gender-related issues, or to conduct research in these areas.

The Commission encourages all interested faculty, staff and students to apply for grants. Fall semester proposal deadline is Friday, Nov. 21, and spring proposals must be submitted by March 6, 2009.

Application forms are available online. Hard-copy applications may be submitted to the commission's graduate assistant, Elizabeth Lindstrom, in Centennial Student Union Room 218 (the Women's Center).

Those interested in more information may contact Elizabeth at (507) 389-2486.

Diversity Deadline Extended

Hands in the Center of a CircleThe President's Commission on Diversity is seeking applications for diversity-related professional development and research grants, and nominations for the President's Diversity Award. This year's deadline for applications and nominations has been extended to Friday, Nov. 14.

Applicants for professional development and research grants could incur stipends of up to $500 to attend professional conferences related to issues of diversity in higher education or to conduct research in this area. Awards will be granted in two categories: students, and faculty and staff.

Applicants must be Minnesota State University, 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 contributes to the development of a more culturally diverse campus community. Nominations are solicited annually each fall semester and recipients will be honored at the annual Diversity Dinner Friday, Nov. 21.

Each recipient of the President's Diversity Award 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 Minnesota State Mankato faculty member, staff member or administrator.

Applications and nominations can be submitted to the Affirmative Action Office, 112 Armstrong Hall. Electronic applications are preferred and can be emailed to Melissa Van Winkle.

Those interested in more information may contact Carol Stallkamp (President's Office).

Through Nov. 14: Teaching Scholars

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

The noontime 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. Remaining presentations are:

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. 13-16: 'Harvey'

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present Mary Chase's classic play Harvey Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 13-15, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 16, in Ted Paul Theatre.

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. 14: Pathfinder Nominations

Martin Luther King, JrNominations are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 14, for this year's Pathfinder Awards, given annually to Mankato area groups and individuals who best reflect the work and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nominations for the Pathfinder, Young Pathfinder and Business Pathfinder Awards are being sought by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board. The awards will be presented during the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Jan. 19, 2009.

The Pathfinder Award was created in 1986 to recognize adults or adult organizations that, in the spirit of Dr. King, initiate or take action in the struggle for equal treatment and human rights. The Young Pathfinder Award was added in 2002 to honor young people who work toward healthy communities, peaceful resolution to conflicts and fair, equal treatment for all. The Business Pathfinder Award was initiated in 2003 to honor area businesses that strive for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence in the workplace.

The Jan. 19 celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. in the AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets may be purchased at Greater Mankato Growth, 122 S. Riverfront Dr., or at the International Diversity Office (Morris Hall 265).

More information and nomination forms are available at www.greatermankato.com/gmg-awards or by contacting Shelly Megaw at (507) 345-4519 or Judy Arzdorf at (507) 625-1705 ext. 35.

Nov. 17-26: Soldier care package drive

'Marlboro Soldier'

James Blake Miller, the "Marlboro Soldier"

A care package drive for area soldiers will take place Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 17-26, with a kick-off event Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are encouraged to donate items such as beef jerky, gum, batteries and sunscreen to be sent to soldiers serving overseas. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

The kick-off event will feature a question-and-answer session with Joe Spear, Free Press managing editor, and a panel of Minnesota State Mankato veterans and ROTC members. Michael Rath, M.D., will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder, followed by a short film about "The Marlboro Soldier," James Blake Miller.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Parking is available in Lots 4a and 11a or any Gold Parking Lot and on the street near the Centennial Student Union.

The event is sponsored by student organizations the Society of Professional Journalists, the Military Veterans Group and the Maverick Battalion Army ROTC.

Drop-off boxes will be situated on the first floor of Centennial Student Union. Items may be donated Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 18-21, and Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 24-26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items also may be dropped off at the Morson-Ario VFW Post 9713, 1900 N. Riverfront Dr., Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21, and Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 24-26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those interested in donating items to specific soldiers should include their names, addresses and units.

Those interested in more information may contact Larissa Larivee (Mass Communications), at (952) 212-5071, or Kiki Polzin (Mass Communications) at (507) 227-5632.

Hmong Decorative Banner

Nov. 15: Hmong Culture Day

The Hmong Student Association will host Hmong Culture Day—the association's Hmong New Year event—Saturday, Nov. 15. The theme is "The Reflecting Mirror."

The event will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A cultural show and Hmong food will be offered from 2-5 p.m., with a party following from 6-10 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Those interested in more information may contact Toua Vang at (612) 207-9799.

The Campus Kitchens Project Banner

Nov. 15: Giving Spree

River Hills Mall is helping Campus Kitchens 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 to help end hunger in Mankato.

Donors may give by going online 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.

Nov. 15: Professional Development Deadline

Classified Professional Development Fund awards are available for classified employees who do not otherwise have access to such funds through collective bargaining agreements or personnel plans. All permanent classified employees (AFSCME, MAPE, MMA, MNA, MGEC, Commissioner's Plan, Managerial Plan) are eligible to apply for these funds.

Those planning to participate in a conference, workshop or other qualifying activity between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28, 2009, should note the application deadline is Saturday, Nov. 15. Completed applications must be received by this date to be considered for funds during this award period. Applications should be submitted to Human Resources, Wigley Administration 336.

The third award period will be for qualifying events or activities occurring between March 1 and June 30, 2009. The application deadline for this award period will be March 15, 2009.

Those interested in applying for the Classified Professional Development Fund may visit its web site for a request form and information about the process and eligibility.

Those interested in more information may contact DeeAnn Snaza (Human Resources) at (507) 389-6075.

Nov. 19: Hunger Banquet

Table with a Decorative SquashA Hunger Banquet intended to personalize homelessness will kick off a month-long Campus Kitchen campaign. The banquet, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, is meant bring attention and understanding to world hunger during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The banquet is open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and proceeds will go to Campus Kitchen to help stop hunger in Mankato. At the event, participants will randomly be assigned a particular socio-economic class, and will receive a meal typical of people of that income level.

The event will include small- and large-group discussions, as well as a presentation about domestic and world hunger.

Tickets for the event are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. They may be purchased in advance at the Campus Kitchen office, located in room 173 of Centennial Student Union.

Those who want more information about the banquet or Campus Kitchen activities may contact Samantha Eckerson at (507) 389-6076.

Nov. 20: 'Jim Chalgren LGBT Center'

The LGBT Center will officially change its name to the "Jim Chalgren LGBT Center" in honor of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist and office founder. The campus community is invited to join the LGBT community and Jim's friends and family Thursday, Nov. 20, to celebrate the name change dedication.

There will be a reception at 4 p.m. followed by a program at 5:00. The event will take place in the lounge outside the LGBT Center, CSU 168.

Those interested in attending may R.S.V.P. via email.

When Jim Chalgren founded the LGBT Center in 1977 as the Alternative Lifestyles office, it was only the second such center at a U.S. university. At that time, Jim was a graduate student in the Counseling and Student Personnel program.

His tireless efforts to challenge prejudice, educate students and fight for change built the foundation for the presence the LGBT Center ultimately established on campus and in the community.

Jim continued work as an activist, garnering state and national attention. Eventually, he left Minnesota State Mankato but continued to push for gay rights despite battling AIDS. He died in 2000. The Jim Chalgren Award is given to one Minnesota State Mankato staff or faculty member who has acted as a visible and courageous supporter of the LGBT community and the LGBT Center.

Nov. 20: Mozart Opera Scenes

A Painting of MozartA night of Mozart Opera Scenes will be presented by the Department of Music Thursday, Nov. 20. Scenes and arias from Mozart's operas Cosi Fan Tutti, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni will be performed by graduate and undergraduate students.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $8; tickets for K-12 students are $4; and tickets for students with a valid MavCard are $4.

Student performers include Ericha Runge, Jen Coffman, Tricia Nichols, Seth Flatten, David Nielsen, Joe Fine, Matthew Coffman, Gayle Depuydt, Alex Barnett, Andy Miller, Tony Adedeji and Will Bryan, with accompanists Nathan Knutson and Diane Luke.

Those who wish to purchase tickets may do so online. Those who want concert information may call the Performance Series Office at (507) 389-5549. Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Nov. 20-23: 'See What I Wanna See'

Cartoon of an EyeThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present Michael John LaChiusa's musical See What I Wanna See Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 20-23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Andreas Theatre as part of its studio season.

The musical—about lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption—was named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Musicals of 2005 and nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including best musical. It is based on three short stories by Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa and unfolds like a classical Japanese screen painting.

See What I Wanna See is a non-linear musical telling of three different stories in three different worlds: Medieval Japan (the first story, "Kesa & Morito"); New York City in the 1950s (the second, "R Shomon"); and post-9/11 Central Park (the final story, "Gloryday").

Composer LaChiusa will attend See What I Wanna See and will teach a master class to students as an Andreas Guest Artist.

See What I Wanna See is directed by Nikki Swoboda, second-year MFA Directing candidate and this year's Nadine B. Andreas Teaching Assistant. It features undergraduate students Jared Oxborough, Mathias Becker, Liz Dowd and Claire Wellin, as well as Jerry Jay Cranford, an MFA Directing candidate. The design team is composed of all MFA candidates: Ben Inniger, Nicole Pullaro, Jake Yenish and Megan Gredesky.

Individual tickets are $9 regular; $8 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $7 for current Minnesota State students. Tickets are on sale by going online or calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 Monday through Friday between 4 and 6 p.m.

Nov. 20: International Poetry

Faculty, 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.

Nov. 21: Clyde Bellecourt

Clyde BellecourtClyde Bellecourt will be keynote speaker at the 38th annual Office of Institutional Diversity dinner Friday, Nov. 21.

The dinner, starting at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, features ethnic foods and entertainment with a multicultural, American Indian theme. The event will cap a week of diversity and international education activities.

The dinner is an opportunity for the Institutional Diversity staff and students to acknowledge leaders and supporters of cultural diversity, and to recognize accomplishments, scholarship and leadership by students of color.

Bellecourt's talk will honor his brother, the late Vernon Bellecourt, one of America's heroes in the fight for human and civil rights for American Indian people.

At the Nov. 21 event, the Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian Award will be presented to an individual, group, agency or organization that has demonstrated continuous support or service to promote cultural diversity within the university and the surrounding community.

Tickets are $10 for students or senior citizens and $30 for non-students, and should be reserved by Friday, Nov. 14. Those interested in ticket information may call the Division of Institutional Diversity at (507) 389-6125.

Nov. 25-28: 'TurkeyPalooza'

Cartoon of a TurkeyCampus Kitchen will sponsor a "TurkeyPalooza" project Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 25-28.

The week-long event is intended to engage the community in providing turkey dinners for people in the community, prepared meals for agencies and homebound seniors, and groceries for families to cook at home.

Those interested in sponsoring a family may donate $50. Checks may be made out to Campus Kitchen.

Volunteers are also needed to help cook meals on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Wiecking Foods Lab, and to deliver meals Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Those who want more information about "TurkeyPalooza" or other Campus Kitchen activities may call (507) 389-6076 or contact Samantha Eckerson.

Dec. 4: Ask the Prez

KMSU 89.7 FM will host "Q & A with the President," a live call-in show featuring President Richard Davenport, Dec. 4.

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

"Q & A with the President" has taken place during the Minnesota Morning show hosted by Karen Wright on two previous dates: Oct. 17 and Nov. 6. The Dec. 4 session will begin at 9 a.m. Those interested in more information may email Karen.

Visitors from India

Two Indian Female Students Talking to Keith Kor

MBA students from Nirma University in Ahmedabad, India, recently visited the campus, an area manufacturing plant and the Minnesota Trade Office in St. Paul. Students toured campus, had lunch with faculty and visited Corn Plus in Winnebago, a leading ethanol producer that utilizes wind energy to generate electricity for the plant. Professor Chugan of Nirma University was the study tour leader. Here Keith Kor, president of Corn Plus, briefs the students. John Frey (emeritus, College of Science, Engineering & Technology) and Sam Roy, CEO of EPS Technologies, welcomed the India delegation. "We are very thrilled to build on our emerging partnership with Nirma University," said Scott Johnson (College of Business). Last year a Minnesota State Mankato delegation visited Nirma University, signing a partnership agreement to support student and faculty exchanges and enhance joint research opportunities.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Gale Allen (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) presented and published two papers at the 2008 ASEE North-Midwest Regional Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in October.

Michelle Alvarez (Social Work) in October received the 2008 Friend of School Social Work award from the Minnesota School Social Workers Association for her efforts to promote school social work in Minnesota and nationally, and her work to support the MSSWA School Social Work Institute.

Laura Bartolo has been named director of the McNair Achievement Program by the College of Graduate Studies & Research. For the last two years she has been the program's interim director. She has been career services adviser at Rasmussen College and adjunct instructor at Rasmussen and Minnesota State Mankato.

Barb Bergman (Library Services) attended the Consortium of College and University Media Centers conference in Lawrence, Kansas, in October. She is the chair of the Collection Development and Management Interest Group and led a discussion.

Kate Blue (Anthropology) presented "Grooved Teeth from Red Wing Locality Sites and the Loss/Gain of Identity" at the Midwest Archaeological Conference in October as part of the symposium "Human Bone as Cultural Object: A Midwestern Perspective."

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) was invited to join the Alliance for Innovation network, sponsored by the International City/County Management Association. She will join an academic network, sharing research with local government practitioners and developing research agendas for local government innovation.

Kellian Clink (Library Services) represented Minnesota State Mankato at the National College Fair in Minneapolis in October.

Dawn Clyne and Peg Lawrence (Library Services) attended the CONTENTdm Midwest User Group in St. Paul in October.

David J. Haglin (Computer Science) was named a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery.

Francis T. Hannick (Mathematics & Statistics) presented a workshop, "Hands-On Experience with Numerous Activities for the Elementary School Math Curriculum," at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference and exposition in Oklahoma City in October.

Georgia L. Holmes (Accounting & Business Law) recently published a paper, "Public Policy Issues Surrounding Online University Courses" in the Forum on Public Policy, a journal of the Oxford Round Table.

John J. Janc (Modern Languages) attended the fall conference of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures in October in Eagan. He gave two presentations and served as show manager for the exhibit hall.

Saleheen Khan (Economics) coauthored a recent article "The Value of Prerequisite Courses for Statistics" in the Journal of Business Inquiry.

I.-J. Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) presented at the Mathematical Association of America North Central meeting in Moorhead in October.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) was invited to Germany in by Andreas Falke of Friedrich-Alexander University, Nurnberg Erlangen, to analyze the U.S. election early this month.

Lori Lahlum (History) presented at the Northern Great Plains History Conference.

Vicki M. Luoma (Accounting & Business Law) recently published a paper, "The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: An Effective Tool for Prosecuting Criminal and Civil Actions in Cyberspace" in the Forum on Public Policy, a journal of the Oxford Round Table.

An article by Paul Mackie (Social Work) was published in the Journal of Rural Mental Health and presented at the National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference in Burlington, Vt., in August. He also presented at the National Indian Child Welfare Association conference in Minneapolis in April.

Phillip Miller (Economics) was interviewed by the Suburban Business Journal, St. Louis, about public funding for a stadium in the St. Louis metro area. He also was interviewed by Time magazine for a piece on www.OneSeason.com, a service that allows people to buy and sell sports figures. His co-authored paper, "The Effect of Adding the Wild Card in Major League Baseball - An Attendance Analysis," recently was featured in the Sports Business Journal.

Russ Palma (Physics & Astronomy) presented at a combined colloquium to the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at Rhodes College in Memphis in October.

Mark A. Pickar (Physics & Astronomy) gave a presentation, "Safaris in Experimental Nuclear Physics," at a seminar for the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in October.

Lisa Perez (Psychology) presented "Secondary traumatic stress, burnout and turnover intentions among law enforcement agents exposed to violent and disturbing media images" at the Conference of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in October.

A paper by Mezbahur Rahman (Mathematics & Statistics) was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society.

An article by James E. Robertson (Sociology & Corrections) was published recently in the Criminal Justice Review, and he was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the challenges facing prison authorities in California in their quest to integrate prison cells. The Journal article, "California to Desegregate Prison Cells, After Long Legal Battle," was published in July.

Joan Roca (Library Services) attended EDUCAUSE 2008 in Orlando, Fla., in October.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) presented an integrated course design workshop for faculty at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, in November.

Dan Sachau (Psychology) served on a panel discussing "Strategies for Internationalizing Psychology Education" at the American Psychological Association Education Leadership Conference in September.

Richard Schiming (Economics) made a presentation, chaired a session and served as a panelist at the National Center for Academic Transformation's Course Redesign Workshop in Tucson, Ariz., in October.

An article by Michael Spencer (Economics), "Loyalty, Protocol, Bargainer Characteristics, and Rationality in an Experimental Investigation of Bilateral Bargaining in Dyads," was accepted for publication in Applied Economics Letters. Michael also presented his article and was assigned to discuss another scholar's paper at the meeting of the Missouri Valley Economic Association in October.

A research proposal by Hai-Sheng Wu (Physics & Astronomy) was supported by the National Science Foundation for usage fees at the UMN Nanofabrication Center. Hai-Sheng also attended the Solar Power International '08 conference and workshop in San Diego in October.

$670 from Penny Wars

Two Students Working the 'Penny Wars' Table in CrawfordIn 12 days, the Crawford Residence Community raised $670.35 through Penny Wars, a long-standing tradition on college campuses as a way to raise money for charity.

One container per floor was placed at the Crawford front desk, and students were encouraged to donate spare change. Each penny donated to a floor's jar equaled one point, while points were deducted for each silver coin. Floors could add to their own total points by donating pennies, and take points away from other floors by placing silver coins in their jars.

Crawford's graduate hall directors organized the event to spark philanthropic spirit in the residence community. The program's goal was to raise money for charity, to spark friendly competition and to allow the graduate staff to facilitate a program and to interact with students.

Yannick Miaffo (Graduate Hall Director) suggested the money be donated to African Action on AIDS, an organization that brings drinkable water to the children of Cameroon, Miaffo's home country. Nicol Corcoran and Chris Stindt (Graduate Hall Directors) also provided leadership for the initiative.

The money is enough to provide the children of Cameroon with almost 135,000 liters of water.

The top three floors were honored with prizes. The first place floor (C2) received a pizza party and the second and third place teams received ice cream parties.

Nursing Student Gets Meredith Scholarship

Melissa O'MalleyMelissa O'Malley (Nursing) received the second Meredith Scholarship as a second semester nursing student.

She will receive $3,125 each semester for her last three semesters of the nursing program. She also will have the opportunity to participate on several committees in the School of Nursing and the College of Allied Health & Nursing.

Melissa plans to graduate in the spring of 2010 and hopes to work as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, Minn.

Dr. Donald and Marjorie Meredith of Mankato donated $375,000 to the School of Nursing to be distributed in the form of scholarships to qualified students within the program. Students applying for the scholarship must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in all undergraduate courses, according to the Meredith Nursing Scholarship criteria.

The Merediths contributed the funds in an effort to bring attention to and rectify the shortage of qualified nurses in the United States.

Speech Team Is Fifth

Cartoon of a Male Speaking to 4 OthersThe speech team placed fifth of thirteen teams traveled in the third and fourth Mid-America Forensic League tournaments at Eau Claire, Wis., in October.

Individual finalists included Jordan Christiansen (Speech Communication), first in informative and fifth in informative; Ariel Klugman (Speech Communication), fifth in dramatic interpretation; Grant Anderson (Speech Communication), second in impromptu, seventh in extemporaneous, third in dramatic interpretation and fourth in persuasive; Justin Hathaway (Communications Arts & Literature Education), third in prose; and Megan Peterson, sixth in program oral interpretation.

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