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January 14, 2009 Campus Newsletter

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Budget Town Hall Meetings

President Richard Davenport has scheduled town hall meetings in the next four months to provide faculty, staff and students the opportunity to discuss university unallotments and budget restrictions that will reduce the state budget deficit.

In addition to the town hall meetings, President Davenport and other administrators will discuss budget issues at regularly scheduled Meet and Confers and Budget Sub Meets.

President Davenport encourages faculty, staff and students to attend the town hall meetings and share ideas. Those who are not able to attend any of the meetings are invited to make suggestions on the budget web site.

The town hall meeting dates and times:

  • Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., CSU Lower Level Flexible Programming Area
  • March 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., CSU Lower Level Flexible Programming Area
  • April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., CSU Lower Level Flexible Programming Area
  • Date to be determined, CSU Lower Level Flexible Programming Area

"While the challenges before us are very real and the full impact is not known, I want us to remember that our university is strong, and we have a creative, dedicated workforce," President Davenport said. "When we emerge from the current challenges, I fully expect that we will be on top."

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Budget Web Site

A secure Budget Office Web site has been developed where faculty, staff and student leaders can review proposed reduction plans from university vice presidential divisions.

To access the site, go to the Finance and Administrative Division website and sign in using your university network user name and password.

The site includes the original 3 percent target reduction plans from each vice presidential area. In addition, it includes a budget scenario worksheet where you may enter the following variables to see what the approximate impact would be on the general fund budget:

  • Enrollment FYE change (enter a number of FYE, i.e. 50 FYE increase);
  • Percent of tuition change;
  • Percent of appropriation change;
  • Percent or compensation change

The Budget Office intends to discuss the possible budget impacts in as transparent a manner as possible as the university responds to the difficult economic conditions.

Faculty, staff and students may continue to provide feedback on possible budget approaches and cost containment strategies at the Budget Office web page.

KMSU: Pathfinder Award

KMSU-FM has been named the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Pathfinder Award winner because of its long history of diversity programming.

Since the late 1970s KMSU has created and broadcast programs focusing on many different cultures and backgrounds. The station's diversity programming has been a significant factor in making the campus and southern Minnesota a welcoming place for students and employees of color.

The Pathfinder Award will be presented to KMSU on Monday, Jan. 19, during the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board's Community Celebration. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center; tickets are available from Greater Mankato Growth or the Minnesota State Mankato Institutional Diversity Office.

"We're proud to provide the opportunity for guests from around the world to enlighten our listeners about other cultures," said KMSU General Manager Jim Gullickson. "It's an honor to be of service to the southern Minnesota community."

KMSU's daily programs include multi-cultural news focusing on such topics as women, LGBT individuals, aging, children, international students and cultural events. Each weekday the station broadcasts BBC News with a perspective on world events, and every day it broadcasts world music as well as blues, jazz, soul, Afropop and swing.

Its live programs and special shows include "The Quiet Storm," "Human Race Radio," "National Native News" (KMSU is the only station in Minnesota regularly broadcasting Native American news), and six hours of Hispanic/Latino programming on Saturdays.

KMSU, 89.7 on the FM dial and part of Minnesota's Independent Public Radio network, broadcasts across the southern third of Minnesota from its tower on the Minnesota State Mankato campus, from a repeater tower in Austin (KMSK, 91.3 FM), and from translator stations in Fairmont and Albert Lea (91.9 FM).

The Pathfinder Award was created in 1986 by Mankato's Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board to recognize individuals or organizations that initiate action in the struggle for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence. The award represents the ideal that all people should be treated fairly without fear of discrimination.

Capstone Scholarships

CapstoneCapstone Publishers, Inc., a division of the Coughlan Companies, will provide three $2,000 scholarships to the Library Media Education program in honor of retired Library Media faculty member Kenneth Pengelly.

The scholarships, to be awarded this semester, are for students who demonstrate innovative use of non-fiction resources.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to our Library Media Education students, and we thank Capstone Publishers for their generous donation to our program," said Deborah Jesseman, Library Media Education faculty member. "The program has experienced steady growth in the past couple of years, with the majority of students employed full-time and attending graduate school. These scholarships will reward the hard work and dedication by the students."

Capstone Publishers, headquartered in Mankato, is the leading publisher of children's books for school and public libraries, providing nonfiction, fiction, picture books, interactive and audio books, and literacy programs for students from pre-K to high school.

Code of Conduct

Minnesota State Mankato is participating in a system-wide training program to educate employees about the code of conduct.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system employees are responsible for knowing and following the Employee Code of Conduct, which establishes expectations for employees and outlines commonly used policies and procedures regarding ethics, nondiscrimination, fraud and other dishonest conduct.

Two new code e-learning modules are available and are required for all Minnesota State Mankato employees. The two-part online program focuses on employee ethics and standard policies. Each part should take 15 to 25 minutes to complete. Participation is not timed and responses are confidential and will not be individually tracked.

The courses will be offered through the Desire2Learn (D2L) system and automatically added to course listings of enrolled employees. Employees currently not enrolled in the D2L system should complete the following steps:

  • Open the Minnesota State Mankato Web site.
  • Click the "Current Students" link on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Click the "D2L login" on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Enter MavMail username and password.

Those who do not know their username and password should complete the following steps:

  • Go to
  • Log in with a TechID and PIN.
  • A username will be displayed near the top of the page.
  • Enter and verify a password under "Password reset."
  • Click "Submit Password Change."
  • Go back to D2L and log in with your username and newly set password.

At the end of each course employees will be asked to respond to one question indicating the course material has been reviewed. Response to the questions is required to signify completion of the courses. Deadline for completion of these courses is March 1.

Those who want more information about the Employee Code of Conduct e-learning courses are encouraged to contact a manager or supervisor.

Black History Month

Black History MonthThe College Access Program and the Black Student Union will host several Black History Month events in January and February.

The events:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20: Panel discussion, "Celebration of the First African-American President," 2-4 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium.
  • Friday, Jan. 30: Panel discussion, "How Minority Students Survive on a Predominantly White Campus," 1-3 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, followed by a reception.
  • Monday, Feb. 2: Traditional dress day and "Spoken Word Extravaganza," 6-8 p.m., Centennial Student Union South ballroom.
  • Thursday, Feb. 5: Black History Month potluck lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Intercultural Student Center (CSU 269).
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10: Video and panel discussion, "Civil Rights Leaders," 6-8 p.m., South Ballroom.
  • Friday, Feb. 13: "Dishes from Around the World" potluck, noon to 2 p.m., Intercultural Student Center (CSU 269).
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17: Minority staff appreciation event, 6-8 p.m., North Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Feb. 19: Minority staff appreciation potluck lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Intercultural Student Center (CSU 269).

Brochure in Nine Languages

Make College a Part of Your FutureThe Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system is distributing a new brochure, "Make College a Part of Your Future," in English and eight other languages. The brochure is targeted to young people in groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

The brochure is intended to help students in grades 8 through 10 and their parents and mentors learn more about the benefits of attending college, and to encourage them to take the next steps. It is available in Dakota, English, French, Hmong, Ojibwe, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Copies may be ordered through the online order form. Translations and more information about college are available on the system's special new Web site.

Jan. 16: Thomas Barnett

Thomas P. M. BarnettStrategic planner and author Thomas P.M. Barnett will discuss the mapping of rural America's future at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in Ostrander Auditorium.

Barnett, a Wisconsin native, speaker and syndicated columnist, has worked in national security since the end of the Cold War and has operated his own consulting firm since 1998.

His talk, "The Heartland of America in 2025: Mapping Rural America's Future," will address the idea that, despite the perception that global oil powers have a major economic advantage, the United States holds a global advantage as "the Saudi Arabia" of agriculture. Cost of the lecture is $25 for general admission and $20 for students.

He and others maintain that since most terrorists seem to come from the Gap, he thinks the American military should focus on building partnerships with "seam states"—countries bordering the Gap—to stabilize those regions.

"We need to realize what a gold mine we're sitting on: Farmland needed to fill the world's hungry bellies more than its thirsty cars," Barnett wrote.

Barnett holds a Ph.D in political science from Harvard and is author of the best-seller The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. Following the 9/11 attacks he worked two years as a strategist with the U. S. Department of Defense.

Jan. 19: Sports Camp

Basketball, football, running, jumping and other activities for kindergarten through sixth-grade youth will be featured at the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Youth Sports Camp and Clinic Monday, Jan. 19.

The free camp, for children from kindergarten through sixth grade, is co-sponsored by Intercollegiate Athletics and the Office of Institutional Diversity. The event is intended to inspire youth to develop positive mental and physical values.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. A luncheon with a speaker will begin at noon, and parents will pick up their children at 1 p.m.

Jan. 23: Lucy Kaplansky

The cover of Lucy Kaplasky's album 'Over the Hills'The Department of Music will present a night of folk music featuring New York City singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky Friday, Jan. 23 as part of its 2009 Performance Series.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. General admission is $12; tickets for K-12 students are $9; and tickets for students with a valid MavCard are $7.

Kaplansky's recent "Over the Hills" album—her most personal recording—takes her back to her musical roots: A more acoustic sound influenced by folk and classic country. The album includes stories about family, lives lived and roads traveled, as well as a compelling collection of classic songs by other writers.

"Over the Hills" is Kaplansky's story and reflections, connecting the universal themes of love, joy, loss and dreams for the future. Two major losses in her life last year—her father Irving Kaplansky and mentor Red House President Bob Feldman—inspired Kaplansky and co-writer/husband Richard Litvin to write the title track "Over the Hills."

Those interested in purchasing tickets may do so online. Those who want more 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).

Jan. 25: Timberwolves

Timberwolves logoMinnesota State Mankato alumni, family and friends are invited to join President Richard Davenport and Timberwolves owner and alumnus Glen Taylor for the annual Night with the Timberwolves Sunday, Jan. 25, in Target Center, when the Timberwolves play the Chicago Bulls.

Events include a pre-game reception, including deli buffet and cash bar, from 4:30-6 p.m.; remarks by President Davenport and Q & A with Glen Taylor at 5:30 p.m.; drawing for door prizes at 6 p.m.

Participants will be able to greet Timberwolves players with high-fives during half-time in the Fan Tunnel.

Cost of lower level ticket and reception is $55; upper level ticket and reception is $40; and reception only is $20. Those interested should register by Jan. 19 online or call (888) 234-3796.

VIP reception passes and game tickets will be available at the registration table outside the Timberwolves administrative offices on the Skyway level. Participants will be escorted to the hospitality suite.

Jan. 28: Student Demographics

Pie ChartA "Students, Parents, Title IX and Campus Diversity" session on Wednesday, Jan. 28, will explore how student demographics have changed in recent years. The session will focus on students with family responsibilities.

Jocelyn Stitt (Women's Studies) will give the presentation from 11 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

Jocelyn will discuss how faculty and staff can support student parents' educational goals. Helping such students ensures that Minnesota State Mankato is in compliance with Title IX, and ensures that the university implements institutional goals of increasing its diversity.

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

Jan. 28-Feb. 7: 'History Boys'

'The History Boys' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will begin the second half of its Mainstage season with Alan Bennett's multiple award-winning play "The History Boys," presented in the Andreas Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, through Sunday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 4-7, with 2 p.m. matinees Feb. 1 and 8.

At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, England, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-1980s and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright teenagers is getting out, starting university and starting life.

At the heart of "The History Boys" are four teachers, each with a contrasting outlook on teaching and school. After a highly successful London run, the play went to Broadway and was made into a movie. The play contains mature themes.

"The History Boys" is directed by Paul J. Hustoles (Theatre & Dance). It features first-year undergraduate transfer student David Wasylik as "Hector" (portrayed by Richard Griffiths on stage and film) and two graduate students, Michael James and Susan Vee Hansen, and undergraduate Micah J. L. Kronlokken, as faculty members.

The play has earned numerous awards, including the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2006 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, 2006 New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play, 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play.

Individual tickets for "The History Boys" are $14.50 regular, $13 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets are available online. The box office opens Tuesday, Jan. 20; call (507)-389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Feb. 6: HERS Applications

The President's Commission on the Status of Women is accepting applications for the selection of a representative to attend one of the annual HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institutes for women. Completed application packets should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 6.

The purpose of the institute is to advance women leaders in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration. This year there are expanded choices: Applicants can choose between the Bryn Mawr College Institute during the summer and the University of Denver Institute during the fall semester.

Because the time frame of the summer Bryn Mawr Institute is prohibitive for some women employees, the Denver Institute was added this year as another choice.

The 2009 HERS Bryn Mawr Institute will be in Pennsylvania June 20 through July 15. The 2009 HERS Denver Institute will be in Colorado during four intermittent sessions: Aug. 2 through 7, Sept. 11 and 12, Oct. 23 and 24, and Nov. 13 and 14.

The application process entails completion of the HERS application form, a self-descriptive letter, a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, and a resume. Completed application packets should be submitted to Elizabeth Lindstrom, CSU 218.

Applications will be reviewed by the commission and recommendations will be forwarded to President Richard Davenport. Priority will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in bringing new insight and investing leadership skills to Minnesota State Mankato. Past applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

The president's final selection will be announced no later than Feb. 20. More information about the Institutes can be obtained from the HERS website.

Feb. 12-16: ISRS Unavailable

Stethoscope on a LaptopIntegrated Student Record System resources will be unavailable late Thursday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 16, due to an Office of the Chancellor database migration. ISRS resources include registration, finance, Resource 25, residential life services, course catalog, admissions, financial aid and other systems.

The change should not affect Desire2Learn.

The current storage system is an end-of-life product that must be replaced. Migration to the Oracle program will provide a new design to alleviate some inherent constraints, and will provide better performance.

Employees should plan for the inability to do normal work and for limited ability to provide student service during this period. Employees also should prepare for problems after the migration.

The Minnesota State IT staff is prepared for the change and has tested it several times. Those interested in more information may contact Bryan Schneider (Technical Services) at (507) 389-5993.

Mileage Reimbursement

Close Up of Old Math DocumentsBecause the Internal Revenue Service has decreased the standard mileage reimbursement rate for business miles, the rate for use by state employees has been reduced as of January 1.

The mileage rate is used to calculate reimbursement to employees who use their personal vehicles for business trips. The IRS rate has been adopted for use by state employees effective through Dec. 31, 2009. Employees should use the new rates when completing employee expense forms for trips taken between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

The university utilizes two reimbursement rates: The IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate (55 cents) applies when a state-owned vehicle is not available. A lesser rate (48 cents) applies when the employee declines or does not request a state vehicle for a business trip.

Those who have questions regarding travel or expense reimbursements should contact Tami Galema-Liebl (Business Services) at 389-5006. For additional information, employees may go online.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Professional Development and Research Grant recipients for fall 2008—announced recently by the President's Commission on the Status of Women—are Sherrian Aimable, Suzannah Armentrout and Theresa Mackey (Human Performance), Colleen Clarke (Political Science & Law Enforcement) and Alicia Johnson. They received grants to conduct research or to attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender issues.

Forensics Team: Third

The Forensics Team placed third among 16 teams at the 43rd annual University of Wisconsin-Stout Holiday Tournament Dec. 5 and 6.

Megan Peterson took first place in program oral interpretation and third in prose. Justin Hathaway placed fourth in prose, third in after-dinner speaking and was an American Forensics Association qualifier.

Grant Anderson placed second in drama, third in persuasion, and fifth in music interpretation and individual sweepstakes. Ariel Klugman placed fifth in informative and drama, and Dylan Smith placed fifth in program oral interpretation.

Suzanne Lumberg took second in program oral interpretation, fourth in informative and seventh in impromptu. She and Jordan Christensen also placed sixth in duo.

Healthy Lifestyles

Male AthleteThe "Mavericks Step It Up" program to teach students healthy lifestyles will be Mondays (Feb. 2 through April 13) from 4-5 p.m. in Pennington Hall Room 114.

The $25 participation fee will be returned to students when they complete the program. Each session will include a 30-minute discussion covering topics including diet and proper exercise, followed by 30 minutes of exercise.

Students interested registering or obtaining more information may call (507) 389-3269.

Student Achievements

Junior and senior athletic training students Greg Heuer, Ross Bloome, Tim Greve, Jason Morin, Christina Mattick, Zach Horning, Joe Bedford, Kyle Braulick, Phil Dennie, Karina Swanberg and Ashley Elwell visited the TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, Minn., in December. TRIA representative and alumnus Paul Bruning (MS, 1994) arranged the visit. In addition to Bruning's presentation, students observed an arthroscopic surgical decompression of a shoulder and a lecture on assessment of the unstable shoulder. Faculty member Theresa Mackey (Human Performance) and graduate assistant Sarah Ede also attended.

Kristina Mandell (Psychology) received a Gillman Scholarship to study abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia.

Hanna Schlindwein (International Business) received the Marshall scholarship from her study abroad school in Krems, Austria. She also is a Gillman Scholarship winner.


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the biweekly campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Michael Cooper. The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Jan. 28; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Jan. 23).

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. And to promote your event to Mankato visitors, post it on the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. calendar.