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November 26, 2008 Campus Newsletter

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Global Citizens

Twelve faculty Fulbright recipients were honored as Global Citizens Nov. 17 as part of Diversity/International Education Week.

The first-ever Global Citizens Awards honor current and emeriti faculty members who have served as Fulbright scholars, senior specialists and researchers, and recognize their contributions to globalization at the University. The ceremony also cited four visiting international Fulbright master's-degree fellows.

The event was sponsored by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott R. Olson and the Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center.

Faculty members who were honored:

  • Wayne E. Allen (Ethnic Studies), who studied at the University of Alberta-Edmonton in Canada in 1993-'94 with a Fulbright student research award.
  • Kimberly E. Contag (Modern Languages) earned two Fulbrights: a doctoral research award to Universidad Complutense in Spain in 1986-'87 and a senior scholar award to Universidad Estatal de Cuenca in Ecuador in 2006.
  • Carl M. Egan (Construction Management emeritus) was a senior scholar at the State Technical University-MADI (formerly Moscow State Automobile & Road Technical University) in the Russian Federation in 2003.
  • Jerzy Fiszdon (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) was a senior scholar at the University of Botswana in 2006.
  • Donald A. Friend (Geography) was a senior scholar at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2005-'06.
  • Julie A. Kerr-Berry (Theatre & Dance) and Michael Ryan (Speech Communication) were part of a Fulbright-Hays group project in Indonesia in 1993.
  • Judith Maginnis Kuster (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services) served as a senior specialist at South West University Neofit Rilski in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, in 2007.
  • Lori Ann Lahlum (History) earned a doctoral research award at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2000-'01.
  • Patrick Michael Ryan (Speech Communication), was a member of a Fulbright-Hays Group Project in Indonesia in 1993.
  • Richard Terrill (English) earned three Fulbrights: As a scholar at Jeonbug University, Korea, in 1982-'83; as a senior scholar at Sichuan University, People's Republic of China, in 1992; and as a senior scholar at Maria Curie Sklodowska University, Poland, in 2003.
  • Maria Beatriz Torres (Speech Communication) was a student fellow at The Ohio University in 1999-2000.
  • Richard Wintersteen (Social Work emeritus) was a senior scholar at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in 1997-'98.

International Fulbright Student Fellows who were recognized are Bekir Canli and Ahmet Dursun, both of Turkey; Aycha Tammour of Syria; and Adiburahman Rahmani of Afghanistan.

Faculty member Lee S. Tesdell (Technical Communication), who next year will work and study under a 2008-'09 Fulbright Scholarship at the Center for Continuing Education, Birzeit University, West Bank, Palestine, will be honored at next year's Global Citizen ceremony.

More than two dozen Minnesota State Mankato faculty and a many students have received Fulbright awards over the years.

Faculty-Staff Talent Show

Cartoon Theatre MasksThe Office of African American Affairs invites faculty and staff members to prepare acts for a faculty and staff talent show Tuesday, Feb. 17, as part Black History Month.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. Paul Hustoles (Theatre & Dance) and Avra Johnson (Academic Affairs) will be masters of ceremony.

Participation is open to all faculty and staff members. Those with talents such as singing, dancing, poetry and instrumental performances are encouraged to participate. Performances may be done individually or as a group.

Those with "silent talents" are also encouraged to participate. Paintings, quilts, ceramics and other talent pieces will be displayed in the CSU first floor showcases Feb. 15 through 21.

Those interested in obtaining an application to participate or who want more information may contact Maria Baxter-Nuamah (African American Affairs) at (507) 389-6300. Applications must be received by Monday, Feb. 2.

Through Nov.28: 'TurkeyPalooza'

Woman Pulling a Turkey from the OvenCampus Kitchen will sponsor "TurkeyPalooza" through Friday, Nov. 28. The event is intended to encourage students, faculty and staff to provide 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.

Those who want more information may call (507) 389-6076 or contact Samantha Eckerson.

Dec. 1: Jeremie Owen Band Concert

Acoustic GuitarInspired by his Iraq military service and his music studies, singer-songwriter and student Jeremie van der Hagen and his band will perform at Alltel Center Monday, Dec. 1.

The performance by the Jeremie Owen Band will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9. The concert will feature original music by Jeremie and his fellow band members. The music, spanning acoustic to alternative to rock, will emphasize strong vocal melodies and harmonies.

Jeremie, a National Guardsman and Music Industry student, was deployed to Iraq in March 2006, interrupting his university studies. While in Iraq Owen wrote songs to relieve stress.

"Jeremie would get back from a mission, grab his guitar, and sit outside during the night, playing and writing," said fellow service member First Sgt. Ronald Stone. "You could see that the music was good for him and his fellow soldiers."

When his deployment was finished in July 2007, Jeremie resumed his studies and organized the Jeremie Owen Band and the Dec. 1 Alltel Center performance as a capstone project. He recently recorded three of the songs that he wrote in Iraq, and plans to release the album, "Love and War," on Dec. 1.

The band also includes students and alumni Alex Barnett, Nick Bjerke and Ryan McKeown.

A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the Minnesota State Mankato Veterans Club. Tickets are $10 and are on sale through Ticketmaster. Those who want more information about the band and the concert may visit

Dec. 3, Jan. 8: Search Training Sessions

Man Circling Newspaper AdsThe Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Human Resources will host training sessions to help search committees draft notices of vacancy, develop effective recruitment plans and create screening forms to select candidates.

Training sessions will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201 and Thursday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in CSU 238.

Those interested in attending may register online. Those who want more information may contact Lori Lamb (Human Resources) at (507) 389-2015.

Dec. 3: Grant Workshop

Business Woman Speaking at a MeetingCongressman Tim Walz will host the 2008 Southern Minnesota Federal Grants Workshop in the Kahler Grand Hotel, Rochester, on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The workshop will connect local government and non-profit leaders to federal grant opportunities.

Experts from federal agencies and local foundations will explain how to research grant opportunities, review best practices in grant writing, and explore trends in funding priority projects.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who want more information or who wish to register may go to, or may contact Judy Bird at (507) 206-0643.

Dec. 3, 5, 8: Women's Center Sessions

Open sessions for students, faculty or staff who wish to meet finalists for the Women's Center director position will be held Wednesday, Friday and Monday, Dec. 3, 5 and 8.

The session for Tina Adusah-Karikari will be Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in CSU 203. The session for Melanie Wilson will be Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. in CSU 203. The session for Wanda Viento will be Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in CSU 203.

Each candidates will make a brief presentation about "Issues Facing Women College Students Today."

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, Thursday, 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.

Dec. 5: Strategic Priority Funding Deadline

Key in the Shape of a Dollar SignThe deadline to submit applications for FY2010 Strategic Priority Funding Initiatives is Friday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. The funding of these initiatives is intended to further strategic priorities of the university.

Applications must be submitted to Academic Affairs. Proposals will be reviewed and prioritized by the Planning Sub-Meet & Confer committee, then forwarded as recommendations.

All full-time members of the university community are eligible to apply. The Planning Sub-Meet & Confer will not consider applications submitted after the deadline. Funding is for one fiscal year, and applicants must apply each year.

Recipients will be responsible for submitting a mid-year and a final report to the Office of Institutional Planning, Research & Assessment.

Those interested in more information may contact Planning Sub-Meet & Confer Co-Chairs Scott Olson (Academic Affairs) or John Seymour (Counseling & Student Personnel).

Dec. 5: Carol P. Harden

Carol P. HardenCarol P. Harden, National Academies of Science vice president and president-elect of the Association of American Geographers, will discuss whether planting trees is a good choice for carbon sequestration to combat global warming on Friday, Dec. 5.

Her talk, from 3-4:15 p.m. in Armstrong Hall Room 102, is part of the Geography Colloquia Series. The discussion is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Harden, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, will argue that local and international good intentions clash in the high-elevation páramo grasslands of the Ecuadorian Andes, where efforts to protect water resources, sequester carbon and sustain biodiversity are not fully compatible to serve the needs of communities and comply with Ecuadorian law.

Those interested in more information may contact Donald A. Friend (Geography).

Dec. 15: Cutting Carbon Deadline

Cartoon of a Green Car Giving Off Leaves as ExhaustMinnesota State is encouraging schools and universities to reduce their energy costs and carbon footprints through the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon program.

Program resources include:

  • $50,000 in mini-grants: $500 for each student group to help carbon-cutting projects;
  • Ten $20,000 competitive grants for schools with the most creative and effective projects to reduce energy use;
  • $375,000 of technical assistance available across the state for participating schools; and
  • A website that links and tracks all 100 participating schools to provide a platform for students and teachers to share resources and ideas and raise additional funds.

A list of frequently asked questions and answers (broken link) are available online.

The deadline to apply for participation is Monday, Dec. 15. Only 100 schools will participate, so early application is encouraged.

Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon is a joint program of the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Office of Energy Security. Funding for the project is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Those interested in more information may contact Joel Haskard, CERTs co-coordinator, at 612-625-8759.

Eco-friendly Printing Paper

Xerox BoxPrinting and Photocopy Services is now selling eco-friendly business paper. The new product, Xerox high-yield business paper, consumes 75 percent less fossil fuel and emits less greenhouse gas during manufacturing.

The paper has been tested in laser printers and copy machines on campus to ensure reliability. The non-archival paper is not recommended for ink-jet printers.

The paper is being sold for $36 per case of 10 reams (5,000 sheets), or $5.75 per 500-sheet ream.

Samples of the paper are available on request. Those interested in more information may contact the Copy Shoppe Office at 389-2702.

Wellness Committee

Woman Doing Yoga iin the DesertThe Wellness Committee seeks six faculty and staff members to participate in on-campus WeightWatchers meetings Thursdays at noon.

Cost to participate is $77. Those interested in more information may contact Graham Prather (Wellness Committee).

The Wellness Committee also points out that the Mankato YMCA has changed its enrollment policy so that new Minnesota State Mankato members may join at any time during the year and receive the discounted corporate membership.

Current members will receive renewal and cancellation information directly from the Mankato YMCA. The YMCA will now handle all fees directly, not through the Wellness Committee as before. Those interested in more information may go online or call (507) 387-8255, or contact Graham.

Joe Kunkel in Germany

Joe KunkelJoe Kunkel (Political Science) spent election week in Germany after being invited by Andreas Falke of Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurnberg, to analyze the U.S. presidential election for student, faculty and business audiences there. Joe gave lectures and participated in panel discussions about the election.

He took part in two panel discussions: one was part of an election eve party for 500 people at Friedrich-Alexander University; the other was for the Nurnberg business community. He also lectured at Friedrich-Alexander University Nov. 5, and at the James F. Byrnes Amerika Haus in Stuttgart Nov. 6.

He was interviewed by German media was quoted and was photographed on the front page of the Nurnberger Nachrichten newspaper.

"I think the Germans like Americans and are eager to resume their formerly warm relationship," Joe said. "There was a tremendous amount of interest in the election." In addition to the election party at Friedrich-Alexander University, election-eve events were held at other universities across Germany.

Joe also met with officials of the International Exchange Office in Erlangen to initiate a student exchange relationship between Germany and Minnesota State Mankato.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) and Pat Tebbe (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) presented at the American Association of Colleges & Universities conference in Providence, R.I., early this month.

Maverick Forensics Team: First

The Maverick Forensics Team took first place with only four competitors at the Twin Cities Forensic League tournament Nov. 18 at Normandale Community College, Bloomington.

Justin Hathaway (Communication Arts & Literature Education) placed first in after dinner speaking and third in prose. Katie Gottwalt (Pre-nursing) placed first in impromptu and fourth in persuasion, and Brad Wakefield placed first in communications analysis and fifth in prose.

April Larson (Political Science) place second in after dinner speaking.

Forensics team alums Matthew Collie, Heather (Kaiser) Diersen and Suzanne (Loen) Berg judged at the tournament.

Forensics Finalists

Three Maverick Forensics Team members placed in championship final rounds at the 61st annual L.E. Norton Invitational at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., Nov. 8 and 9.

The Norton Invitational is one of the largest, most prestigious tournaments in the nation. Individual finishers:

  • Senior Grant Anderson placed fifth in Editorial Impromptu;
  • Freshman Jordan Christiansen placed fourth in Novice Informative Speaking;
  • Freshman Brad Wakefield placed fifth in Novice Communication Analysis.

Anderson also tied for fifth as the tournament's best overall speaker, competing in at least five events in three different genres (oral interpretation, public address and limited preparation).


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 Dec. 10; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Dec. 5).

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