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March 19, 2009 Campus Newsletter

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James Nickerson Memorial Service

James NickersonA memorial service for President Emeritus James Nickerson, who died March 6, will be held Monday, March 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Dr. Nickerson served as president of Mankato State College from 1966 to 1973. During his presidency, significant student growth occurred, sixth-year programs were authorized, and the first specialist degrees were awarded. Trafton Science Center and an addition to Centennial Student Union were completed on the then "upper" campus.

In 2006, Dr. Nickerson published a book, "Out of Chaos," which included his and others' personal accounts about campus restlessness and demonstrations during the Vietnam War years.

"Dr. Nickerson shared his lifetime of experiences with all of us," current President Richard Davenport said. "His stories were humorous and meaningful, and we have gained valuable wisdom about leading during difficult times. On behalf of the entire University community, I offer our condolences to his family and many friends. We shall miss Dr. Nickerson."

In lieu of flowers, or to contribute a memorial in honor of President Nickerson, friends are asked to direct gifts to the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation. Send them to: Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation, Alumni Foundation Center 126, Mankato, MN, 56001, and reference "President Nickerson Memorial."

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Give to Campus Drive

Dave Cowan

Dave Cowan

Campus Drive Chair Dave Cowan (Facilities Services) points out that the Campus Drive seeks employee donations to support scholarships, campus beautification projects and other campus needs. This year's Campus Drive target is $210,000.

Thirty-four percent of faculty and staff members already are participating in the Campus Drive, raising $116,000 to date.

"Donations won't be used to offset any salary freezes or cuts in department supply budgets," Dave says. "State budget shortfalls are way beyond what the Campus Drive can handle. What we can do is pump up scholarships to help offset looming tuition increases and income problems that students face with cuts in the local part-time job market.

"We need every dollar to ensure steady enrollments."

Faculty and staff members are urged to view "12 reasons to give" on YouTube, or keep up to date with the Campus Drive progress. Those interested may donate online now at the Campus Drive's secure Web site or by calling the Development office at (507) 389-6829.

Women's Basketball: 'Elite Eight'

Women's Basketball HuddleThe women's basketball team advanced to the "Elite Eight" for the first time in the team's history Monday, defeating the Fort Lewis Skyhawks 72-61 in the NCAA Central Region Finals. The game, played in front of 2,039 fans in Bresnan Arena, drew the largest crowd to see a stand-alone women's basketball game in Taylor Center.

The win brings the Mavericks' record to 29-2. The team will begin play in the national quarterfinals at noon Tuesday, March 24, in San Antonio against Michigan Tech.

For the full story, go to the Minnesota State Mankato Intercollegiate Athletics Web site.

Rains: Pole Vault Three-peat

Katelin RainsSenior Katelin Rains successfully defended her national championship in the pole vault last week, winning her third pole vault title with a mark of 13' - 9 1/4".

Katelin also finished ninth in the long jump, with a leap of 18' - 5".

Abbott: Wrestling National Champ

Tommy AbbottSophomore 149-pounder Tommy Abbott became the 28th Maverick national wrestling champion as he helped the Mavericks to a third-place finish in the 2009 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships.

The championships were at the NCAA Division II National Championships Festival on the campus of the University of Houston.

The Mavericks tallied 71.5 points in the championship round. The wrestling team has finished in the top five nationally for the last five years, producing three national champions in the last two seasons.

"Our team goal will continue to be winning a national championship," said coach Jim Makovsky. "I'm proud of our guys."

March 19: Presidential Q & A

KMSU 89.7FM LogoKMSU 89.7 FM will host a question-and-answer session with President Richard Davenport Thursday, March 19, from 9 - 9:30 a.m.

"Minnesota Morning" host Karen Wright will interview the president and will open the phone lines for questions and comments from listeners. Those interested may call (507) 389-5678 or 1-800-567-8910.

Those unable to call during the program may email questions prior to the show to Karen Wright.

March 20: Diverse Thinking

Cartoon of a Light BulbVinai Norasakkunkit (Psychology) will present "Understanding the Nature and Orgins of East Asian and Euro-American Mentalities" Friday, March 20, from 9-10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

The workshop will contrast European and East Asian ways of thinking. It will discuss learning styles and ideas about "good thinking" in the East and the West, as well as evidence for cultural differences in patterns of thinking. Diverse habits of thinking and information-processing about global events has intrigued psychologists for the last 10 years.

The presentation is part of the spring 2009 diversity education discussion series. Those interested in more information may contact Kelly Meier (Institutional Diversity) at (507) 389-5268.

'Women of Courage' Banner

March 20: Women of Courage

The Women's Center, the President's Commission on the Status of Women and the Panhellenic Council are accepting nominations through Friday, March 20, to honor women of courage and vision.

All students, faculty and staff can nominate any woman at Minnesota State Mankato for the recognition.

Nominations may be submitted to the Women's Center in the Centennial Student Union Room 218 or via the online form.

The Women of Courage and Vision recognition reception will be Tuesday, March 31. Those interested in more reception information may visit the CSW website. Those who want more program information may contact Elizabeth Lindstrom or Vena Namukasa at (507) 389-6146.

March 20: Starving for Food

A Starving Child and Obese PeopleMore than 100 students will participate in "Will Starve for Food," a 25-hour food fast to represent what the world's poorest children and families face.

The Gamma Phi Beta chapter and Campus Kitchen Mankato will host the fast, which will begin Friday, March 20, at 8 a.m. and end Saturday, March 21, at 9 a.m. Gamma Phi Beta has hosted a the fast for the past three years to raise awareness about the ongoing problem of hunger and homelessness in the Mankato area.

Prior to the fast, students will raise funds. For every $25 raised the students will be able to feed and care for a child.

Campus Kitchen Mankato serves more than 300 meals per week to families and adults in need. Mankato community partners include the ECHO Food Shelf, Salvation Army, Partners for Affordable Housing, The Theresa House, Maxfield Place and The Welcome Inn. The Campus Kitchen Project is led by college students - the next generation of leaders, businesspeople, public servants, educators and non-profit professionals.

More than 5,000 students have volunteered and more than 50 academic service-learning classes have partnered with Campus Kitchen.

Those interested in more information about the fast may contact Sammie Eckerson (Student Leadership) at (507) 389-6076.

March 20: Scholarship Deadline

Minnesota State Mankato students may apply for one of four Maverick Momentum Scholarships funded by the university community and the Scholarship BBQ sponsors. Applications must be submitted to the Kearney International Center by 4 p.m. Friday, March 20.

The scholarships were created to honor the work of workers and campus or community volunteers who are seeking degrees. Students may only apply for one of the four scholarships:

  • Maverick Momentum Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000), open to all undergraduate students;
  • Maverick Momentum Graduate Scholarship ($1,000), open to all graduate students;
  • Maverick Momentum Study Abroad Scholarship ($1,000), open to all students who will study abroad for a semester in 2009-10 on a program pre-approved by the Kearney International Center;
  • Maverick Momentum International Student Scholarship ($1,000), open to students attending Minnesota State Mankato on an F student visa.

Eligible students must have had a job or volunteer position on or off campus within the last 12 months and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.

Evaluations and selections will be made by Monday, April 13. Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the Scholarship BBQ Thursday, April 23, for the official award announcement. Those interested in more information should contact Vickie Hanson (Finance & Administration) at (507) 389-6621.

March 23: Andreas Art Lecture

James Elkins

James Elkins

James Elkins, E.C. Chadbourne Chair of the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will give a lecture Monday, March 23, as part of the Andreas Endowment and prelude to senior student shows.

Elkins' lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Elkins received a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago in 1989. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science and nature. Some of his books focus exclusively on fine art, and others are about scientific and non-art images, writing systems, archaeology and natural history.

In addition to the Elkins' presentation, the Department of Art will host three shows to honor senior students. The first will be Monday, March 23, through Monday, March 30, with a reception Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. The second will be Friday, April 3, through Friday, April 10, with a reception Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. The final senior show will be Thursday, April 16, through Thursday, April 23, with a reception Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

Those interested in more information about Elkins' presentation or the senior shows may contact Harlan Bloom (Art) at (507) 389-5220.

March 23: Learn to Swim

Life PreserverThe swimming program will offer weekday afternoon and Saturday morning swim lessons for children of all ages and ability levels beginning Monday, March 23.

Four levels will be offered: beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced. Instructors have experience teaching children the skills necessary to learn how to swim. In addition, instructors will help refine skills needed to become an expert swimmer.

Three Monday through Thursday sessions will be offered for a total of eight days: Monday, March 23, through Thursday, April 2; Monday, April 6, through Thursday, April 16; and Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 30. Weekday lessons will begin at 4, 4:40 and 5:20 p.m.

Saturday lessons will be held for six Saturdays between March 28 and May 2, with lessons starting at 9, 9:40 and 10:20 a.m.

All lessons will last 30 minutes and will take place at Highland Center pool. Cost for weekday lessons is $85 per child with a $210 family maximum. Saturday lessons cost $65 per child with a $160 family maximum.

Those who want more information may contact Andy Driska (Swimming) at (507) 389-2538.

March 24: Health Care Access

KMSU 89.7 FM and John A. Romas (Health Science) will host a series of panel discussions on "Diversity and Access to Care" beginning Tuesday, March 24.

"Good Health: It's Your Choice... Ask Prof Johnnie!" will discuss health care in India from 1 to 2 p.m. Bikash Nandy (Health Science) will be the keynote guest panelist. Other panelists will include Samatha Madhavarapu, Srinivas Rao Mallela and Suneel Kumar Parvathareddy.

A session focusing on health care in Africa will be broadcast Tuesday, April 14, and a session on Latino health care on Tuesday, April 28, both from 1-2 p.m.

Those interested in more information may contact John at (507) 389-5934 or Jim Gullickson (KMSU) at (507) 389-5678.

March 24: Campus Climate

The President's Commission on the Status of Women will host a listening panel about the campus climate for women Tuesday, March 24, from 1-2 p.m. in CSU 201.

Refreshments will be served. Participants may preregister on the Professional Development Website or walk in.

March 24: Gender History

8 Prominent Women in HistoryTo celebrate Women's History Month, the Department of History will host a forum, "Global Perspectives on Women's and Gender History," Tuesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

The forum is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Susan Freeman (Women's Studies) will chair the presentation. Three History faculty members will make presentations:

  • Christopher R. Corley, "The Ties that Bind: Gender, Extended Families and Guardianship in Preindustrial France."
  • Lori Ann Lahlum, "'Came to Mpls. From the Wild West yesterday': Mina Westbye, New (Norwegian Immigrant) Womanhood, and the Homestead Frontier."
  • Agnes A. Odinga, "'I just know when the baby is alright': Midwives and Midwifery in Colonial Kenya."

Those interested in more information may contact Amy Kopachek (History) at (507) 389-1618.

March 24: Kessel Lecture

Ann Wright

Ann Wright

Retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department diplomat Ann Wright will present the 2009 Kessel Memorial Lecture Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

All students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend the event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science & Law Enforcement. A short reception will follow the lecture.

Wright served for 13 years on active duty and 16 years in the Reserves. In 2003, just prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, she resigned in protest of what she considered an illegal war that lacked the sanction of the United Nations Security Council.

Since then she has been arrested at least five times and has been banned from military bases for advertising the film "Sir, No Sir!" which documents the resistance of military personnel to other unjust wars.

Wright is coauthor of the 2007 book "Dissent: Voices of Conscience," which documents the conscientious opposition of members of the Bush and other administrations to U.S. foreign policies. Copies of this book can be purchased at the lecture.

The annual Kessel Memorial Lecture is held in honor of the late Professor Abbas Kessel, who taught political science at Minnesota State Mankato. Kessel worked for peace, human rights and awareness of energy issues. The lecture brings to campus scholars and activists who share these commitments.

Those interested in more information may contact Jackie Vieceli at (507) 389-6938.

March 25, 26: Special Ed Conference

Midwest Regional Special Education Law Conference Brochure CoverThe Center for School-University Partnerships and the Minnesota Department of Education will host the third annual Midwest Regional Special Education Law Conference Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26. The event is the most comprehensive special education law conference in the Midwest.

The conference will be in Centennial Student Union, with nationally recognized experts discussing legal issues, institutional and individual rights, evaluation and other topics. The event will include up-to-date information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as case law and recent legal decisions.

Former educator and practicing attorney Art Cernosia will provide a comprehensive legal review on March 25, and attorney Jose Martin will explain key misunderstood discipline rules and common problems on March 26. The conference will feature 14 breakout sessions, with humorist Gary Meers presenting a luncheon keynote.

Those who want more information or who wish to register may go to the CSUP website

March 26-29: Tobacco Road

'Tobacco Road' PosterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present the classic American drama "Tobacco Road" Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center as part of its Studio season.

"Tobacco Road" is one of the longest-running productions ever staged on Broadway, and the second longest-running non-musical.

Written by Erskine Caldwell and adapted by Jack Kirkland, it is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings and fear that they will someday descend to a social rung lower than the black families who live near them.

The production includes mature language and themes.

"Tobacco Road" is directed by second-year MFA candidate Jay Cranford, who appeared earlier this year in "See What I Wanna See." It features Craig Daniel Stastny, who earlier this year was in "Miss Saigon" and "Harvey." To recreate Depression-era Georgia, undergraduate scenic designer Amanda Rozmiarek, who earlier this season designed the Mainstage production of "Harvey," incorporated old barn wood and a 24-foot tree.

Individual tickets for "Tobacco Road" are $9; $8 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $7 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets are available online. Beginning Monday, March 23, they may be purchased by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

March 27: Budget Town Hall

The next budget town hall meeting will be Friday, March 27, in Centennial Student Union Room 284. The Thursday, March 26, meeting has been cancelled.

Meetings also will be held Wednesday, April 22, in the CSU North Ballroom, and Monday, May 4, in CSU 253-55. (The Thursday, May 14, meeting also has been cancelled.)

All meetings will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m.

Those interested in more information may contact Ginny Fitzloff (President's Office) at (507) 389-1111 or

March 31: Money Management

A Hand Holding MoneyKen Park (Economics) will discuss "Managing Your Money in Tough Economic Times" Tuesday, March 31, from 2-3:30 p.m. in CSU 253. The program is one in a series of educational sessions offered throughout spring semester as part of Professional Development Day.

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

March 31: Making a Difference

Marilyn Delmont

Marilyn Delmont

Marilyn Delmont (Information & Technology Services) will present "Diversity… You Can Make A Difference!" Tuesday, March 31, from 3-4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

Marilyn will share about her experience as a woman and a minority, the issues she has faced and how she overcame the obstacles and challenges. New strategies to promote diversity and harmony in the workplace also will be discussed.

The presentation is part of the spring 2009 diversity education discussion series. Those interested in more information may contact Kelly Meier (Institutional Diversity) at (507) 389-5268.

April 2: Chesley Lecture

A Nurse Measuring a Woman's WeightAging Services of Minnesota President and CEO Gayle Kvenvold will keynote the fourth annual Chesley Lecture on Aging Thursday, April 2.

The lecture, "It Takes a Community: New Horizons in Services for Seniors," will be from 4-6:15 p.m. in the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center, 240 Stadium Road. A reception will start at 4 p.m., followed by Kvenvold's presentation and a reactor panel.

Panel members will include Susan Kratzke, executive administrator and chief operating officer of The Thro Company; Sandy Newbauer, long-term care ombudsman; and Jennifer Pfeffer, director of campus operations, Pathstone Living-Ecumen.

"With a budget crisis, an aging population, and widespread talk about health care reform, we need to consider how we can most effectively and efficiently provide services to elders and their families," said Leah Rogne (Center on Aging). "This year's Chesley Lecture looks at new ways communities in Minnesota are planning for these challenges."

The lecture is open to students, faculty and the public. Tickets are $10 per person before Tuesday, March 24, or $15 at the door, and admission is free for students. Participants may register online. Checks may also be mailed to Susan Taylor, 121 Alumni Foundation Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001.

The lecture offers 2.0 contact hours for nurses, 1.5 continuing education hours for social workers and 1.5 clock hours for nursing home administrators.

The Chesley Lecture honors Betty Chesley, a benefactor of the Center on Aging. The center provides education, applied research and resource development services for southern Minnesota's aging network, and assists community leaders with consultation, applied research, program evaluation and resources for training and skill-building.

The lecture is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato's Center on Aging, MAGEC South, The Thro Company, Pathstone Living-Ecumen, Keystone Communities, the Good Samaritan Society of St. Peter, Minn., and AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center.

April 8: Diversity Research

5 Paper Cutouts Illustrating DiversitySusan Freeman (Women's Studies) and Leah White (Speech Communication) will present "The Celebration of Diversity Research" Wednesday, April 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Room 201.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This session will honor and celebrate Minnesota State Mankato diversity research scholars. The President's Commission on Diversity awarded four research grants, and the event is an opportunity to learn about research projects such as "Education for Liberation: Gay and Lesbian Studies in the 1970s and 1980s," and "Incorporating Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed" Techniques into Performance Studies Courses."

The presentation is part of the spring 2009 diversity education discussion series. Those interested in more information may contact Kelly Meier (Institutional Diversity) at (507) 389-5268.

April 14: Moore Lectureship

Lillian Duran (Elementary & Early Childhood) will present her experimental longitudinal comparison of bilingual education at the preschool level during the Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Tuesday, April 14. The annual lecture honors excellence in research.

The lecture, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Duran's presentation, "Transitional Bilingual Education vs. English-only Instruction in a Head Start Preschool Program: An Experimental Longitudinal Comparison," will be the 35th in the series of prestigious Moore Research Lectures.

Her lecture will be the 35th President's Faculty Research Lectureship, and the 22nd named in honor of former Minnesota State Mankato President Douglas R. Moore, who established the lectureship to illuminate faculty research.

Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974-1978. His presidential tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the Lower and Upper Campuses and construction of a new administration building.

April 18: Relay for Life

Relay for Life logoThe student organization Colleges Against Cancer will host the fifth annual Relay for Life Saturday, April 18. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Myers Field House and will continue until 6 a.m. April 19.

Colleges Against Cancer will also host "Tip Night" Tuesday, March 31, at Blue Bricks, 424 S. Front St., Mankato. All tips collected will help fund the 2009 Relay for Life event.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event. Teams of people will camp out in the Myers Field House, and each team will have at least one representative walking the track at all times. Free food and entertainment will keep participants energized throughout the night.

Each team member is urged to raise $110 by the night of the relay. The funds will benefit the fight against cancer, and will raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.

More information about Relay for Life and its mission can be found on the Relay for Life website. Those interested in more information or in participating may contact Zach Thieman, (612) 251-5168.

Mentor Match Volunteers

Two WomenThe President's Commission on the Status of Women invites faculty and staff members to participate in the Mentor Match Project—a voluntary project intended to help new female employees by matching them with volunteer mentors.

Employees who have worked at Minnesota State Mankato for more than a year may consider adding themselves to the list of potential mentors.

Those interested in more information may visit the Mentor Match section of the CSW site. The Web site provides instructions for how to volunteer, and how mentees and mentors are matched. The site provides information for choosing and contacting a mentor from the list of volunteers.

Those interested in more information may contact Elizabeth Lindstrom at (507) 389-3208.

Trafton Roof Tarring

Bucket of TarFor the next 14 months, a roofing contractor will intermittently apply tar to the Trafton Science Center roof, creating a noticeable odor in some Trafton classrooms and offices. The material and the fumes are not toxic.

"We know the odor can be extremely annoying, and we apologize for the discomfort," said Sean McGoldrick. "There's little that we can do about the smell, because the work must be accomplished. The material is not toxic in any way."

The tarring project will continue this spring; will subside this summer, when other construction work is done on the roof; and will resume in fall and again next spring and summer. A roofing contractor also will work on the Performing Arts building this summer.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Brazil. She will spend the 2009-'10 academic year working at the University of São Paulo, researching "Exploring Voices: Speech Recognition Applications and Narratives of Brazilian Women in Engineering & Computer Science."

Rebecca Bates, Marilyn Hart, Deborah Nykanen and student Tatyana Mamchuk (Computer Science) presented a workshop, "Developing Interdisciplinary Peer Mentoring Groups: How Faculty and Students Benefit," at the Realizing Student Potential/ITeach Conference 2009 in Minneapolis in February.

Aaron Budge (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) co-chaired the University of Minnesota's 57th annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference in Minneapolis in February. He also led a case history session at the conference.

Sherry Folsom-Meek (Human Performance) recently was nationally certified as an Adapted Physical Educator and is coordinating the Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Minnesota. She also presented at the DAPE in Your Backyard Conference in Rochester, Minn., in March.

Mary Hadley, Jeffrey Pribyl and Patricia Rambo (Chemistry & Geology) presented "Another Tool in the Toolbox: Using Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in the Classroom" at The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching & Learning Professional Development conference in Bloomington, Minn., in February. Mary, Jeffrey and Danae Quirk Dorr presented "Integration of POGIL to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes" at the Realizing Student Potential/ITeach conference at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minneapolis in February.

Jon Harper (Mathematics & Statistics) co-presented "Using Computer Algebra Systems in a Developmental Algebra Course" at the National Association for Developmental Education conference in Greensboro, N.C.

A paper by I.-J. Kim and Charles Waters (Mathematics & Statistics), "Symmetric Sign Patterns with Maximal Inertias," has been accepted for publication by the Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal.

Jon Lim (Human Performance) will serve on the review board for the International Journal of Sport Management, an academically peer reviewed journal.

Jim Petersen (Recreation, Parks & Leisure) will serve a second term as guest columnist for the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Magazine.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership) presented a two-day workshop on course design for faculty at Worcester State College, Worcester, Mass., in March. He also presented at the SoTL Commons Conference in Statesboro, Ga.

Mahbubur R. Syed (Information Systems & Technology) served as an adjudicator of the Ph.D thesis "Lossless Compression Using Cosets" submitted to Monash University, Australia. He also served as a reviewer for the 13th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics to be held with the 15th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis in July 10 in Orlando, Fla.

Jie Wang (Computer Science) was selected as a program committee member for the International Conference on Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems in June in Salamanca, Spain.

11 Are WCHA All-Academic

Mavericks' 'M'Eleven Maverick hockey players were named to the 2008-09 All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association Academic Team.

Named were Channing Boe, Trevor Bruess, Nick Canzanello, Kurt Davis, Blake Friesen, Rylan Galiardi, Austin Lee, Andrew Sackrison, Dan Tormey, Jason Wiley and Ben Youds.

Tormey is a three-time member of the squad, while Canzanello and Wiley are both making their second appearances on the team.

Since becoming members of the WCHA in 1999-00, Minnesota State Mankato has had 97 players named All-Academic.

Outstanding Residence Hall Chapter

The Residence Hall Association has been recognized as the most improved chapter in the Midwest by the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. The "Building RHA of the Year" award recognizes significant improvement in programs and services offered to on-campus residents.

Minnesota State Mankato's RHA was selected from 44 member schools. The RHA will compete for national recognition at the annual conference in Tucson, Ariz., in May.

Each year, the affiliate recognizes one outstanding RHA chapter in the region. The award cites dedicated work of student leaders to improve RHA programs and student representation.

The affiliate is part of the National Association for College and University Residence Halls—the largest student-run organization in the world. More than 400 schools are represented from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. The organization promotes living on campus as an integral part of the college experience, and provides resources to help member schools create the ultimate residence hall environment and experience.

A full version of the award nomination is available online.

Residence Hall Conference

Minnesota State Mankato students will host the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls annual conference in October.

The conference, scheduled for Oct. 23-24, will bring 500 student leaders from around the region to Minnesota State Mankato for leadership development and a chance to socialize and exchange ideas.

The organization is comprised of Residence Hall Associations from 44 schools in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Each year the organization hosts an annual student leadership conference for residence hall students.

The host institution is chosen annually by peers from other institutions in the region.

Maverick Forensics

The forensics team placed second in the 25th Minnesota College Forensic Association State Tournament in February at South Central College.

Senior Ian Hopkins placed fourth in impromptu speaking and communication analysis, fifth in oratory and parliamentary debate, sixth in extemporaneous speaking and Minnesota informative, and fourth in individual sweepstakes.

Senior Grant Anderson placed second in dramatic interpretation and oratory (qualifying him for the Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament), third in poetry interpretation and extemporaneous, and second in individual sweepstakes.

Junior Megan Petersen placed fourth in informative speaking and sixth in program oral interpretation, and junior Jason Reisch placed sixth in prose interpretation and second in program oral interpretation.

Junior Justin Hathaway placed third in prose and after-dinner speaking, and second in poetry.

Sophomore Suzanne Lumberg took first place in informative speaking, poetry interpretation and Minnesota informative, and third place in individual sweepstakes.

Sophomore Sarah Walker placed second in impromptu, and sophomore Katie Gottwalt placed fourth in oratory. Freshman Jordan Christiansen placed second in informative speaking, and freshman Brad Wakefield placed fourth program oral interpretation and first in communication analysis.

Hopkins and Freshman Meg Martinson and juniors April Larson and Alex Garlock were quarter-finalists in parliamentary debate.

Dan Cronn-Mills (Speech Communication) was keynote speaker to all competitors and coaches at the evening banquet.


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