February 12, 2009 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2009-02-12/
Larry Kohanek (center) with Planning and Construction co-workers (from left) Marty Ross, Brad Heilman, Michael Lexvold and Chris Hoffman.
Finance, Facilities Excellence
Minnesota State Mankato swept the recent statewide Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system awards for financial and facilities management excellence, receiving awards in all three categories: Excellence in Financial Management, Excellence in Facilities Management and Outstanding Service by an individual (Larry Kohanek, Planning and Construction).
The awards were presented in January at the MnSCU Chief Financial and Facilities Officers Conference.
Minnesota State Mankato has received the Excellence in Facilities Management Award for eight consecutive years (2001-2008), and the Excellence in Financial Management Award for seven of the last eight years (except 2003).
Larry has been at the university since 1986, serving as a planner, project manager, physical plant director and planning and construction director. He is a member of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers and is a volunteer director for Mankato's Open Door Health Center, which cares for the uninsured and under-insured.
Finance and facilities employees have developed many innovations, including:
- Computerized maintenance software that last year generated 3,107 preventative maintenance routines—13.5 percent more than in the previous year.
- Online maintenance requests from faculty and staff.
- Computerized central irrigation, with a weather station that records rain, humidity and solar radiation and meters irrigation.
- Energy efficient equipment in the new Julia Sears Hall and Ford Hall that have provided more than $40,000 in energy rebates.
- A hybrid Security automobile that operates on battery power much of the time.
The awards, started in 1997, recognize the outstanding contributions of the system's college and university employees who work in finance and facilities management. The winners were selected from nominations made by presidents and college and university leadership.
More than 200 scholarships will be distributed to Minnesota State Mankato students in the next academic year as the result of a $169,200 grant from the Charles and Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation.
The Charles and Ellora Alliss Scholarships, for full-time undergraduate students from Minnesota, are made available annually at Minnesota State Mankato as the result of an Alliss Educational Foundation gift to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Students who submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the university's Campus Hub by Sunday, March 15, will receive priority consideration. Recipients must be Minnesota residents, demonstrate financial need and meet specific grade-point or high school rank criteria.
Each Alliss Scholarship is for $350 to $1,100 per academic year. The foundation was created in 1960 through a bequest from former 3M executive Charles Clifford Alliss. The foundation supports scholarships to Minnesota residents.
KMSU's new tower being erected last year.
KMSU Radio, 89.7 FM, has completed a major infrastructure project: Construction of a new tower and transmitter building, and installation of a newer transmitter.
The project—completed late last year in cooperation with Clear Channel Broadcasting, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Radio Mankato/Minnesota Valley Broadcasting—results in a better, more reliable signal for KMSU listeners throughout south central Minnesota.
Clear Channel Broadcasting donated a used transmitter to KMSU to replace the station's aging, unreliable transmitter, resulting in a savings of more than $50,000. Subsequently, MnDOT agreed to collaborate on the construction of a new broadcast tower, resulting in a savings to taxpayers of more than $200,000. And Radio Mankato/Minnesota Valley Broadcasting entered into a collaborative agreement with KMSU to construct a transmitter building, saving the university more than $50,000.
The new tower, new building and improved transmitter have been in use since Dec. 29, 2008.
The 415-foot-tall tower is situated behind the Gage dormitory complex, just 250 feet southeast of the previous tower's location. The old tower will be dismantled and removed, making way for the construction of a rugby pitch.
KMSU's student hosts celebrate the new portable studio in Centennial Student Union. Students began broadcasting from the portable KMSU unit last week.
KMSU Remote CSU Studio
KMSU is launching a new remote-studio initiative, allowing the station to be highly visible to students, faculty and staff while broadcasting from Centennial Student Union. Broadcasting from the portable studio started last week.
The fully functional, remote studio was created with a special equipment grant from the university and funds from KMSU. Minnesota State Mankato student hosts will broadcast live from Centennial Student Union at least one hour per day (noon to 1 p.m.). Other broadcasts also will be regularly scheduled.
"KMSU listeners can hear live interviews with students, faculty, staff and visitors amid the vibrant atmosphere of the CSU," said KMSU General Manager Jim Gullickson. "Since this broadcast booth is fully portable, you will see it used in multiple locations within the CSU."
On most occasions the portable studio will be in the new Jazzman's coffee area on the northeast side of the CSU main floor.
Theatre & Dance students earned more finalist and semifinalist awards than any of the other 87 participating colleges and universities at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival competition in January.
Minnesota State Mankato students won three finalist and six semifinalist awards during the week-long event at the University of Kansas. The annual festival recognizes the best regional university and college theater work, with students from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota competing to represent the Great Plains at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., in April.
Two students—second-year MFA Ben Inniger and third-year MFA Allen Shannon—will receive National Barbizon Design Awards April 17 at the Kennedy Center.
Lolly Foy (second-year MFA), Jared Oxborough (senior BFA) and Andrew Umphrey (third-year MFA) were finalists, and Mollie Fischer (senior BFA), David Wasylik (junior BA) and Micah Kronlokken (senior BFA) were semifinalists. Christine Thompson (Second-year MA) was the first Theatre student to place in both the National Critics Institute and the Dramaturgy competition. Other student achievements at the regional festival include:
- Jared Oxborough (senior BFA): Best musical theatre actor, final round;
- Umphrey: Best musical theatre actor, semifinal round; best classical actor, final round;
- Shannon: First place, regional scene design;
- Grant Merges (third-year MFA): First place, regional lighting design;
- Jeff Smith (senior BA): First place, poster design;
- Nikki Swoboda (second-year MFA): Selected SSDC directing competition participant;
- Steve Smith (faculty): Region V National Teaching Artist Grant Award nominee, lighting design.
Several participants also received certificates of merit:
- Inniger, sound design;
- Swoboda, assistant direction/ choreography;
- Eric Mayson (sophomore BA), musical direction/ composition;
- Shannon, scene design;
- Amanda Rozmiarek (senior BFA), scene design;
- David McCarl (faculty), costume design;
- Paul Finocchiaro (faculty), direction/ choreography.
The first Graduate Research Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 2. Similar in format and structure to the popular Undergraduate Research Center, the Graduate Research Conference provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work.
Conference sessions will offer several formats: Oral presentation, poster sessions and performances or demonstrations.
The conference is intended to promote graduate student research, enhance participants' presentation skills, and provide experience that will benefit students when they pursue career opportunities or continue their education.
Those interested in more information may go online or contact the College of Graduate Studies & Research, (507) 389-2321.
A benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" will be Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12 and 13, as part of the 2009 V-Day campaign. The performances will be at 8 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit victims of sexual assault.
Student tickets are $10 and non-student tickets are $15. Tickets are on sale in the Centennial Student Union lobby and in the Women's Center, or they can be reserved by calling Shayna Collins at 389-2486.
Students will host a press conference and rally to raise awareness about the importance of public higher education Thursday, Feb. 12, from 3-5 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 253.
The theme of the event, "Tackling Tuition," is intended to show support for state funding for higher education. It is hosted by the Minnesota State Student Association, South Central College Student Government and the Minnesota State College Student Association.
President Richard Davenport, South Central College President Keith Stover and MSSA President Ryan Anderson will speak. Those interested in more information may contact Robert Dooley or call the MSSA office at (507) 389-2611.
The Golden Key National Honour Society chapter will host Can'N'Bowl to collect non-perishable food items for the ECHO Food Shelf Thursday, Feb. 12, from 8-10 p.m. in the Bull Pen Bowling Alley, lower level of Centennial Student Union.
Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited. Cost is one canned food donation per person per game, plus $1 for shoe rental. Those who donate four or more non-perishable food items will be entered in a prize drawing.
Those who want more information may contact Kristin Brever.
Golden Key is a non-profit collegiate honor society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement and connects students locally, regionally and globally. It was founded in 1977 to encourage scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines.
Peg Lawrence and Deanna Hoechst won last fall's Purple and Gold Fridays raffles.
Faculty and staff are invited to stop by Barnes & Noble in Centennial Student Union Feb. 13 and 20 for Purple and Gold Fridays to enter raffles for $100 gift certificates.
The raffles are sponsored by the Office of Integrated Marketing. Winners may use the certificates for free school-spirit apparel at Barnes & Noble.
To enter, fill out a slip at the bookstore on either or both designated Fridays. To be eligible, participants must be employees of Minnesota State Mankato and must be wearing purple and/or gold.
Bookstore hours on Fridays are 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the drawings will be conducted at close of business on Feb. 13 and 20.
The President's Commission on Diversity is seeking applications for diversity related professional development and/or research grants. The deadline for spring applications is Sunday, Feb. 15.
Stipends of up to $500 are available for professional conferences related to issues of diversity in higher education, or to conduct research. Awards will be granted in two categories: students and faculty and staff.
Applicants must be Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty or staff. Current members of the President's Commission on Diversity are not eligible.
More information is available online. Applications can be submitted to the Affirmative Action Office, Armstrong 112. Electronic applications are preferred and can be emailed to Melissa Van Winkle (Affirmative Action).
Work by New York artist R. Justin Stewart will be exhibited in Conkling Gallery Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, March 6. Stewart also will teach and conduct workshops on campus the preceding week.
Stewart's exhibit, "Divided Time," will be in Conkling Gallery, 139 Nelson Hall. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stewart will discuss his sculpture in a lecture at 7 p.m. on opening day of the exhibit in Armstrong Hall Room 101, followed by a reception with the artist in Conkling Gallery. He also will conduct workshops and teach as part of a residency Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 10-13.
His work has been exhibited nationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Spaces SpaceLab (Cleveland, Ohio), the Urban Institute For Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, Mich.), and +Plus Gallery Project Space (Denver, Colo.). His art also has been featured in Esquire magazine.
Stewart, winner of the 2007 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement Award, earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003 and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2008. He lives and works in New York City.
A complete Conkling Gallery schedule is available online. Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least two days before the event.
Upward Bound and the Women's Volleyball Team will sponsor a Red Cross Bloodmobile blood drive Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
Appointments may be made by calling (507) 389-1211 or by going to www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code 5952 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also will be welcome.
The Kessel Peace Institute, the Department of Sociology and Latino Affairs will host a day focusing on global peace and justice Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.
The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
The following sessions and speakers are scheduled:
- 9 a.m.—Annelies Hagemeister (Social Work), Violence Against Women;
- 10 a.m.—Tom Inglot (Political Science), U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges;
- 11 a.m.—Clark Johnson (CSBS), Promoting Student Activism;
- Noon—Iraq Veterans Against the War, web clips from Winter Soldier Testimony on racism, war;
- 1 p.m.—James Dimock (Speech Communication), Language, War and Empire;
- 2 p.m.—Student group presentation, Genocide in Darfur;
- 3 p.m.—Marv Davidoff, An Inside View of Activist Movements;
- 4 p.m.—Paul Prew (Sociology), Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- 5 p.m.—Dennys Burga, Amazonas, Traditional Ecuadorian music performance.
Those interested in more information about the event may contact Jackie Vieceli (Political Science).
The President's Diversity Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women will host a session to discuss diversity on campus Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union Room 238.
The discussion will address what can be done to continue to build an inclusive environment celebrating diversity and multiculturalism. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited.
Diversity Dialogue is part of the spring semester series of diversity education sessions. Those interested in more information may contact Kelly Meier (Diversity Institute) at (507) 389-5268.
The Good Thunder Reading Series continues spring-semester programming Thursday, Feb. 19, when Florida writer Julianna Baggott visits campus.
Baggott—who publishes children's books under the name N.E. Bode and fiction for adults under the name Bridget Asher—will meet with individual writers in the morning and will be interviewed on KMSU-FM. At 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium she will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU 253 she will read from her published work. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
Baggott is the author of 14 books—published and forthcoming—including national bestseller Girl Talk and Which Brings Me to You (co-written with Steve Almond); three books of poems; and seven novels for young readers, most notably The Anybodies trilogy, under the pen name N.E. Bode.
An interview with Baggott, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on public radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m.
This year's Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, 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.
Those who want more information may call Richard Robbins (English) at (5 07) 389-1354.
An entrepreneurship conference and exposition developed by the Entrepreneurship Club and featuring "Famous Dave" Anderson will be held Monday, Feb. 23, at the Alltel Center.
The all-day Minnesota Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, starting at 8:30 a.m., is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. The event is intended to let current and future entrepreneurs visit with service providers, learn about new entrepreneurial activity and participate in business plan competition.
Anderson, founder of Famous Dave's barbeque restaurants, will be the event's keynote speaker from noon to 12:45 p.m. He has helped found three publicly traded companies, creating more than 18,000 jobs; has been recognized as the "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year" in Minnesota and the Dakotas; and has led the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Entrepreneurship Club's mission is to inspire students to develop entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to start or manage businesses.
The Minnesota Marketplace for Entrepreneurs will include free training sessions explaining how entrepreneurs can start new businesses. A full schedule of events is available at www.mnmarketplace.org. Those interested in more information may contact Shane Bowyer (Center for Global Entrepreneurship) at (507) 389-5342.
An educators' workshop to implement entrepreneurship in the classroom and across campus will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24. Minnesota State Mankato alum Glen Taylor will be keynote speaker at the noon luncheon.
The free, interactive workshop will bring educators together from across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to share teaching and learning styles. It is intended to provide participants the knowledge to identify and engage students and faculty who have "entrepreneurial spirit." Betsy Gatewood from Wake Forest will facilitate the workshop and help identify opportunities which can foster entrepreneurship.
In addition, the Minnesota Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurship conference and expo, will take place Monday, Feb. 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Alltel Center.
A full schedule of events is available at www.mnmarketplace.org.
Those interested in more information may contact Shane Bowyer (Center for Global Entrepreneurship) at (507) 389-5342.
A university wide memorial tribute to Betty Young is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24. Betty was a Family Consumer Science faculty member who passed away Monday, Feb. 2.
Details of the memorial tribune are being planned by a committee. Anyone who has memories or a tribute to Dr. Young is asked to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Feb. 12. The memories and memorial tributes will be compiled in a memory book and presented to her two sons.
The committee also wants photos of Dr. Young, for an IMovie that will be shared at the memorial tribute and will be given to her sons. Send photos to email@example.com.
Those who have questions may contact Maria Baxter-Nuamah at (507) 389-6300.
Justice and human rights activist and musician Emmanuel Jal will perform Thursday, Feb. 26, from 8-10 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
The event, co-sponsored by Student Events Team and the Pan African Conference, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
A former child soldier on the frontline in Sudan, Jal has been hailed as a rising star of African hip hop. "War child," his third album and international solo debut, launched him into the spotlight for its profound, empowering messages of peace and reconciliation. His lecture will focus on the power of human generosity, the need for political support in Darfur and what each person can do to make a difference.
Jal is the central figure in the internationally acclaimed "War Child" documentary, and his music has been featured on soundtracks including Blood Diamond and ER. He has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN and Q Magazine, and on NPR.
Those interested in more information may contact Jake Hayes (Student Events Team).
A nutrition fair to educate people about healthy eating habits will be offered Thursday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Myers Field House. The event is part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The fair is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Those who attend will have the opportunity to play games and receive prizes and other free items.
Campus Recreation, Student Activity Fees, Student Health Services, the Women's Center and the Minnesota State Mankato Counseling Center are sponsoring the event.
Those interested in more information may contact Jolene Pederson at 507-389-3239.
The Integrated Student Record System (ISRS) database will be shut down Thursday evening through Monday, March 5-9, for a major conversion. During the conversion a number of system functions used by students, faculty and staff will not be available.
The shutdown will begin at 6 p.m. March 5 and will continue until the conversion is completed. During the system downtime, users will not be able to:
- Reset passwords
- Check grades
- Drop/add courses
- Check course schedules
- Check financial aid status
- View/print unofficial transcripts
- Pay bills/tuition online
- View student pay stubs
Systems that will not be affected include:
- Most other on-campus applications and services.
Those who want more information may contact Ted Johnson (Web & Video Services) at (507) 389-2014.
Jennifer Guyer-Wood has been named permanent director for Alumni Relations and Special Events.
Jennifer has served in an interim capacity since last year. A third-generation Maverick, she graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies and speech secondary education and in 1998 with a Master of Science in counseling and student personnel. After working at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the University of St. Thomas, she returned to Minnesota State Mankato in 2002 to work in the Career Development Center. She began working as interim director of Alumni Relations in 2008.
She is co-chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women and co-chair of the University Homecoming Committee. She has served as president of the Minnesota College Personnel Association and attended the Bryn Mawr HERS Leadership Institute for Women in Higher Education in 2007.
Monika Antonelli (Library Services) presented "The Greening of Libraries" at the 2008 ACRL/NY annual symposium, "The 21st Century Library: Targeting the Trends," in December. Monika and Lisa Baures, Bobby Bothmann, Joan Roca and Evan Rusch attended the ALA midwinter conference in Denver, Colo., in January.
Bobby Bothmann, Kellian Clink, Polly Frank, Joe Holtermann, Leslie Peterson, Joan Roca, Evan Rusch and Lynne Weber (Library Services) attended the Minnesota Library Association annual conference in November in Bloomington, Minn. Evan co-presented "AskMN: The Librarian Is In" at the conference. Lynne moderated a session, "Getting and Giving the Most from Student Library Assistants and Shelves," at the conference. She also attended Academic and Research Libraries Division Board meetings in November and December.
Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) has been appointed to the City of Janesville's Planning Commission 2009 through 2012 term. Janet also is a member of the city's Economic Development Authority.
Phil Novak (Sodexho) recently received the company's Champion of Diversity Award for campus services for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009.
Steve Smith (Theatre & Dance) is one of only seven to receive 2009 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grants. Sixty-four are nominated for the prestigious award from eight regions throughout the United States.
By popular demand, some educational sessions offered during January's Professional Development Day will be offered throughout the spring semester.
The following programs are free and open to all faculty and staff:
- Feb. 20: "African Drumming for Everyone," Karen Boubel (Music), 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Performing Arts Center Room 101 (20-person limit per session).
- Feb. 23: "Disrupting Stressful Communication Patterns," Kristen Cvancara (Speech Communication), 1-2:30 p.m., Centennial Student Union 284.
- March 19: "Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Workplace," Michael Farnsworth (Psychology), 9-10:30 a.m., Ostrander Auditorium.
- March 31: "Managing Your Money in Tough Economic Times," Ken Park (Economics), 2-3:30 p.m., CSU 253.
Staff members of the Reporter won 17 awards in the College Newspaper class of Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest in January. Photographer Raymond Starin won three firsts and a second, and Editor Derek Wehrwein won two firsts and two seconds.
The Reporter competed against other college and university newspapers from across the state.
The Reporter and its staff members received the following awards:
- Best Headline Writing: First place
- Feature Writing: First place, Nia Jonesz
- Arts & Entertainment Writing: First place, Derek Wehrwein; second place, Brittney Hansen
- Sports Reporting: Second place, Dan Myers
- Best Social Issues Feature: First place, Rachel Heiderscheidt
- Column Writing: First place, Bronson Pettitt; second place, Wehrwein
- Best Illustration: First and second place, Wehrwein
- Photography/Portrait & Personality: Second place, Raymond Starin
- Photography/Feature: First place, Starin
- Photography/Story: First place, Starin
- Photography/Best Portfolio: First place, Starin
- General Advertising Excellence: First place
- Best Advertisement: First place, Vanessa McDougall; second place, Madeline Zabee
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 Feb. 25; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Feb. 20).
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.