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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

April 16, 2009 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2009-04-16/

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MSUAASF, IFO Tentatively Agree

A third Minnesota State Colleges and Universities bargaining unit has agreed to a tentative labor agreement that calls for no across-the-board salary or step increases for the next two years.

The Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty, representing nearly 700 administrative and service faculty, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reached the agreement last week. The bargaining unit's board will review the agreement and will make a recommendation to its members, which will vote to ratify the agreement. It will then be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Chancellor James H. McCormick praised the MSUAASF representatives for reaching an early tentative agreement. "These are difficult economic times," he said. "I appreciate that the union representatives recognize that coming to an agreement quickly will reduce uncertainty for their members and our presidents as they plan their budgets."

Last month the Inter Faculty Organization, which represents more than 3,000 faculty members at the seven state universities, and the system reached a tentative agreement calling for no across-the-board salary increases or annual step increases for two years. And in March the unit representing state college faculty, reached a similar settlement.

The chancellor is recommending that 570 administrators at the state colleges and universities and in the system office receive no merit increases for the next two years.

President Richard Davenport praised officers and members of both the IFO and MSUAASF for their leadership during challenging times, and for providing reducing the uncertainty regarding a key budget variable.

Mavericks Close Directors' Cup Gap

The Mavericks are closing the gap in the Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, cutting Grand Valley State University's (Mich.) lead in half.

The Mavericks tallied a winter season-high 479.5 points to increase their overall total to 620.5 points. Minnesota State Mankato captured the women's basketball championship and placed 17th in men's basketball. Earlier this year the Mavericks finished third in wrestling, 10th in women's track and field, 12th in men's swimming, 13th in men's track and field and 15th in women's swimming.

Grand Valley holds the lead with 718.5 points. Adams State University (Colo.) is third with 429.5 points, and the University of Tampa is fourth with 411.5.

The first spring Division II standings will be released May 21. Complete standings are available online.

Championship Apparel

Stomper logoWomen's basketball fans are invited to purchase championship apparel including t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Apparel can be ordered by visiting the Mavericks website and clicking on the "championship" icon on the right-hand side. Fans can order championship apparel through Wednesday, April 22. All orders will be processed and shipped within three weeks of that date.

Those interested in more information may contact Mike Powicki (Athletics) at (507) 389-2930.

Gohl Named Head Coach

Pam GohlPam Gohl, who guided the women's basketball program to a NCAA Division II national title as the interim head coach this season, has been named head coach of the Mavericks.

Pam served as an assistant coach with the women's program prior to being named interim head coach last summer following the departure of former head coach Lori Fish, who left to become the head coach at St. Cloud State University.

Pam is the seventh head coach in the history of the women's basketball program.

In 2008-09 the Mavericks went 32-2 on the way to their first NCAA national championship. Minnesota State Mankato was also named the No. 1 team in the nation for two weeks and earned its first conference championship since the 1985-86 season. Gohl was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year and 2009 Molten/Women's Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year.

Minnesota State Mankato set several school records during the season, including most wins in a season (32), longest winning streak (17), points scored in a season (2,763) and points per game (81.3). The team also set a new NSIC record for conference wins in a season with 19. Senior guard Heather Johnson was named the NSIC's Most Outstanding Player and MVP of the NCAA Division II Final Four, and was named All-NSIC along with senior forward Alex Andrews and senior guard Jo Noreen.

Campus Drive Donations

No correction necessary, but Campus Beautification can always use a lift.Campus Drive Chair Dave Cowan (Facilities Services) seeks employee donations for the drive through June 30 to help support scholarships, campus beautification projects and other campus needs.

"Your gift has extra impact because the Gift Challenge Circle (a.k.a. "Gang of Five") is offering to match some, if not all, of your donation up to $15,000," Dave said. "$210,000 is the target amount, which is no small sum to raise."

Those interested are invited to check out 12 reasons to give on YouTube, or to watch the Campus Drive progress. Donations can be made online at the Campus Drive's secure Web site or by calling the Development Office at (507) 389-6829.

More information about the drive is available at the Campus Drive Web site.

KMSU Drive Yields $25,000

KMSU 89.7KMSU 89.7 FM "The Maverick" surpassed its spring pledge drive goal of $20,000 in just three days early this month. The unprecedented accomplishment was due largely to the "Shuffle Function 24-Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go."

The pledge drive total of nearly $25,000 represents gifts from 200 individuals. "Shuffle Function's" on-air fundraising marathon, hosted by KMSU's morning team of "Shy Boy" Tim Lind and Shelley Pierce, raised $19,700 of the total.

The marathon has consistently grown in popularity and success since it was conceived seven years ago. Last spring Lind and Pierce convinced KMSU's listeners to give more than $11,000.

Jim Gullickson and Karen Wright (KMSU) expressed their deep appreciation to listeners and friends of KMSU who made the fundraising successful.

Transportation Survey

Starting April 20, students, faculty and staff members will be asked to complete an on-line survey that will help the Minnesota Department of Transportation and local agencies better understand commuting patterns and travel characteristics.

Results of the survey will help to update the Mankato Area Regional Transportation Plan with transportation improvements for area roadways, regional bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and local and regional transit and rail operations.

The information will be used to develop appropriate solutions to meet the mobility needs of all area wide users. University coordinator Perry Wood (URSI) asks campus community members to watch for an email message soon that will explain how to take the survey.

The original Mankato Area Regional Transportation Plan was completed in 1996, and a subsequent update was completed in 2003. Those studies focused on roadways; the new plan, when completed in 2010, will add bicycle and pedestrian needs, airports and transit corridors.

The new plan is expected to have a significant impact on the travel and commuting activities of Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff.

The higher education survey will be followed by two others that will survey the needs of area residents and the business community. Those surveys will be conducted in June and July 2010.

The partners involved in the study include the Minnesota Department of Transportation; Minnesota State Mankato; the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake and St. Peter; the counties of Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur; and Region 9.

Stomper Move Crew

The Department of Residential Life seeks faculty and staff volunteers to greet students and parents as they move in to the residence halls Aug. 20. Stomper Move Crew volunteers receive a t-shirt to wear while working.

Students, faculty and staff form the "Stomper Move Crew" that annually welcomes new students to campus. Volunteers are needed from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; shifts are from 7:45-11:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Faculty and staff greet students and parents, directing them to the correct buildings for keys and information, and keeping an eye on belongings while students move into the halls. Religious organizations, Greeks, student organizations and athletic teams help to unload vehicles and direct traffic.

Additional information will be provided to volunteers in August. Those interested in volunteering, or who have questions, should contact Torin Akey (Residential Life) at 507) 389-1011 by May 29.

April 15: Thomas Donaldson

Thomas DonaldsonEthics and the financial crisis will be discussed by Wharton School of Business ethicist Thomas Donaldson on Wednesday, April 15.

The annual Business Ethics Lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The lecture is cosponsored by the Philosophy Department and the College of Business.

Donaldson, who is Mark O. Winkelman Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, will talk about "Ethics in the Current Financial Crisis: How to Connect the Dots."

He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Ties that Bind: A Social Contracts Approach to Business Ethics, published by the Harvard University Business School Press, and The Ethics of International Business, published by Oxford University Press. He also has written more than 90 articles in professional journals and news media such as the New York Times.

Donaldson has consulted and lectured widely with the Business Roundtable, Goldman Sachs, Walt Disney, the United Nations, Microsoft and others. He has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News. CNN, MSNBC, PBS and NPR. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and once conducted a workshop for former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2007 Donaldson was named "most influential thought leader" by Ethisphere Magazine.

Good Thunder Reading Series

April 16: Faculty Writers

The Good Thunder Reading Series will complete its spring semester programming Thursday, April 16, when it features three creative writing faculty members. The works of Diana Joseph, Richard Terrill and Terry Davis (English) will be read and discussed.

Diana and Richard will be interviewed on KMSU-FM in the morning and lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, the two will read from their published work, and they and others will celebrate Terry's writing and teaching (he will not be in attendance.)

All events are free and open to the public.

Diana's collection of short stories, Happy or Otherwise, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2003. Her memoir, I'm Sorry You Feel That Way, was released last month by Putnam. She has been teaching at Minnesota State Mankato since 2005.

Richard is the author of Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for poetry; Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for nonfiction; and Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Jerome Foundation, along with three Fulbright fellowships. He has taught at Minnesota State Mankato since 1991.

An interview with the writers, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on public radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air Thursday, April 16, at 1 p.m., and Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m.

April 16: Baroque Ensemble

Minnesota State Mankato's Baroque Ensemble will perform compositions by Quantz, Khachaturian and Bach during a free "Evening of Chamber Music" Thursday, April 16.

The performance, at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, is sponsored by the Department of Music and is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A reception will follow the performance in the lobby of the center.

The Baroque Ensemble is a small group of string and wind players that offers students, regardless of their major, an opportunity to read and perform music written specifically for chamber ensembles.

April 16: Gold Permit Deadline

The deadline to apply for 2009-'10 Gold parking permits is Thursday, April 16. Those interested can apply online. Hard-copy applications can be submitted to the university cashiers on the first floor of Wigley Administration or at the Campus Hub.

The cost of a 12-month Gold permit is $236, and a down-payment of at least $134 must be submitted with applications. Those who pay the full $236 initially will be eligible for $20 in MavCash (10 winners) from Mike LaVigne's MM Vending; $50 (two winners) from Mike LaVigne's MM Vending; and a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card (two winners).

Two drawings will be held Friday, April 17, for free permits: one for full- and part-time employees and one for students.

More information is available at the Web site or by contacting David Cowan (Facilities Services).

April 16, 23, 30: Standeford Observatory

The public is invited to visit Minnesota State Mankato's Standeford Observatory on clear Thursday evenings to observe spring celestial objects.

Standeford will be open from 9-11 p.m. April 16, 23 and 30. If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will be cancelled. Galaxies, globular clusters, planets and colorful binary stars are among the objects that may be observed through Standeford's telescopes.

Visitors may park at the southern end of Gage parking lot No. 1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory. Visitors with special needs should contact the Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825.

If weather makes viewing uncertain, visitors may phone Standeford Observatory at 507-389-6208 in the evening to inquire about sky conditions. A sign on the gate at the end of lot No. 1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.

Those who want more information about Minnesota State Mankato's observing facilities may go to the Physics & Astronomy Web site.

April 18: Walk for Scholarships

The fifth annual Maverick Walk for Women's Scholarships will be Saturday, April 18, in Myers Field House. The walk, starting at 9 a.m., raises scholarship funds for female student-athletes.

Walk director Cheryl Regan (Intercollegiate Athletics) says the event has raised nearly $300,000 for women's scholarships in the last four years. "This is so much more important than just dollars," Cheryl said. "The walk has brought more awareness to the MSU women's athletic programs and has served as a great avenue to allow both the greater Mankato community and the MSU community to come together."

Karen Ostermann, loan officer for Wells Federal, will serve as this year's honorary event chair. Women's basketball coach Pam Gohl (Intercollegiate Athletics) and her national championship team will be featured at this year's event.

There are 311 student-athletes on 12 female Maverick teams. In 2007-'08 Maverick women's teams produced 10 All-Americans and 47 all-conference performers. Minnesota State Mankato women captured the 2007-'08 NCC women's All-Sports crown, and nine teams scored points in NCAA postseason competition.

Women's teams continued their success in 2008-'09, with a national basketball title, a third-time national pole vault championship (Katelin Rains), and a 10th-place indoor track team. The soccer team made its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, swimming placed 15th at nationals, bowling has been ranked tenth for most of the season, women's cross country was seventh at regionals and the volleyball squad posted the 11th 20-win season in the program's history.

Additional information can be found on the Women's Walk website

April 18: Model UN

UN symbolMalaysian Ambassador to the United Nations Hamidon Ali will be keynote speaker at the Arrowhead Model United Nations conference Saturday, April 18.

Hamidon's speech, "Multilateralism: A way towards resolving international conflicts," will follow a 6 p.m. reception and 6:30 p.m. banquet in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. All students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend.

Hamidon's free lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. Those who wish to attend the reception and banquet may purchase tickets for $35 per person.

Educated at Monash and Harvard universities, Hamidon is the permanent representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York.

Those interested in attending the banquet may register online. Registration is not necessary to attend Hamidon's lecture. Those interested in more information about the event may contact Abdalla Battah at (507) 389-1019, or Aaron Hutchison, president of the United Nations-International Relations Club.

April 21: Financial Crisis Lecture

Yaron Brook

Yaron Brook

The Department of Economics, the Economics Club and Kappa Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon will host Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, Tuesday, April 21, from 6-6:50 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The "diversity of thought" event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

In his lecture, "Greed and the Financial Crisis in the U.S.: A Moral Defense of Capitalism," Brook will argue that the un-free market has failed. He believes it was not capitalism that held interest rates below the rate of inflation, spurring massive borrowing and a housing boom.

And he says "greedy businessmen" are not responsible for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but rather anti-capitalist measures that laid the groundwork for the financial crisis.

Those interested in more information may contact Ihsuan Li (Economics) at (507) 389-5753.

April 22: Jane Earley Reception

Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to congratulate College of Arts & Humanities Dean Jane F. Earley at a reception honoring her retirement on Wednesday, April 22, in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

A program begins at 3 p.m., followed by a reception in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

April 23: Retirement Luncheon

Twenty-seven retiring faculty and staff members will be honored Thursday, April 23, at the annual retirement luncheon. The event, at 11:30 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom, is open to students, faculty, staff and the public; cost to attend is $11 per person.

Those planning to attend are asked to respond by Thursday, May 9, to Lu Ann Struck (Human Resources) at (507) 389-6946. Checks can be made payable to Minnesota State University, Mankato and submitted in Wigley Administration Room 336.

The following faculty and staff members will be honored:

Richard Bock, Darwin Bruns, Elizabeth Busby, Charles Cantale, Joe Davis, Terry Davis, Don Descy, Jane Earley, Kenneth Ecker, Sandra Eggert, Sharon Gilligan, David Gjerde, Prudence Gushwa, Doris Hansen, Vicky Hudson, Kathleen Hurley, Lorraine Knutson, DeLorna Marti, Irene Morris, Donovan Nielsen, Michael Orcutt, Beverly Raimann, Donald Renner, Bonnie Sellner, Annette Spiess, John Winkworth and Patricia Wolle.

April 23: Future of Newspapers

Stack of newspapersThe future of newspapers will be discussed by Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota, as part of the Nadine Andreas Endowment Lecture Series Thursday, April 23.

In a talk titled "A Bright Future for Journalists?" Paul will discuss skills that will be needed by future reporters and editors, as well as the future of the newspaper industry.

Paul's lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The Department of Mass Communications is sponsoring the Andreas Endowment presentation in conjunction with the department's annual Media Day.

April 23, 24: Anita Silvers

Anita Silvers will present the second Philosophy Department Nadine Andreas Lectures of 2008-09 on Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24.

Silvers will give two lectures, both free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A Thursday evening (7 p.m.) talk, "Discarding Disability Identity: Life for Wounded Warriors and Everyone Else In A New Era for Civil Rights," will be in Centennial Student Union 253-5. The Friday morning (9:30 a.m.) talk, "Twenty-Five years after Baby Doe: Ethical Decision-Making About Start of Life," also will be in CSU 253.

Silvers is professor of philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department at San Francisco State University. She is one of the most prominent American bioethicists and is the most prominent American philosopher currently working on disability issues. She is also a disability rights activist and author or editor of 10 books and more than 60 articles.

April 23-26: 'Rabbit Hole'

'Rabbit Hole' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rabbit Hole" at 7:30 p.m. April 23-26 as the closer to its Studio season in Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Following the opening night performance, the cast and crew will be joined by parent members of One Bright Star for a talk-back session about how parents and family members deal with the loss of a child. One Bright Star members helped prepare the student actors for their roles.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until a life-shattering accident turns leaves the couple drifting apart. "Rabbit Hole," written by David Lindsay-Abaire, charts their bittersweet search for comfort.

"Rabbit Hole" is directed by first-year MFA directing candidate Michael James, who earlier this year appeared on stage as Dr. Chumley in "Harvey" and Headmaster in "The History Boys." Becca and Howie are portrayed by junior BFA acting candidate RaeAnne Carlson and senior theatre generalist Jeff A. Smith.

Individual tickets for "Rabbit Hole" are $9 regular; $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 or by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

April 24: Sport Management Open

A putter and golf ballThe third annual Sport Management Scholarship Golf Open will be Friday, April 24, at the Mankato Golf Club.

Registration and putting competition will begin at 11 a.m. with a tournament shotgun start at noon. A banquet will follow at 6 p.m. The event was organized by Jon Lim's (Human Performance) graduate-level class. All proceeds benefit sport management program scholarships.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited. Cost for non-students is $100 to golf and attend the banquet, or $25 for the banquet only. Cost for students is $70 to golf and attend the banquet, or $20 for the banquet only. Those interested should purchase tickets by Friday, April 17.

A silent auction will be held and guest speakers from the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Timberwolves will give presentations.

Students are also asking local businesses to be co-sponsors and make donations to the scholarship fund. Those interested in more information about tickets or about becoming a sponsor may contact Zach Sundberg (Manufacturing Engineering Technology).

April 24: DAA Banquet

Twelve graduates have been named 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities. The awards will be presented at a Friday, April 24, dinner and ceremony hosted by the Alumni Association.

The event, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, will honor: Rodney Brown, Hudson, Wis.; Daren Cotter, Saint Paul; Thomas Fallenstein, Mankato; Alan Gerhardt, Minnetonka, Minn.; Garrison Hale, Little Falls, Minn.; Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Daniel Mundahl, Mankato; Bradley Nessler, Duluth, Ga.; Ruth Annette Gabriel Reck, Davis, Calif.; H. Dean Trauger, Mankato; Mark Vanderbosch, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Matthew Wolff, Victoria, Minn.

Awards will be presented in four categories:

  • The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, for graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, a widespread effect on their communities, and accomplishments over the course of their careers;
  • The Harold J. Fitterer Service Award, for graduates whose efforts have preserved, promoted and supported Minnesota State Mankato;
  • The Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award, for graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes;
  • The Distinguished Young Alumni Award, to graduates 35 years old or younger who have reached professional achievements early in their careers, and have positively impacted their communities.

Gerhardt, Krabbenhoft, Nessler and Reck will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Hale, Mundahl and Trauger will receive the Fitterer Service Award. Brown and Vanderbosch will receive the Humanitarian Award; and Cotter, Fallenstein and Wolff will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

April 25: Aviation Banquet

Retired Air Force pilot and former Boeing 767 captain Thomas Peterson will be keynote speaker at the 2009 Aviation Alumni Banquet Saturday, April 25, at Mankato Regional Airport.

Thomas, an aviation faculty member, will discuss his piloting experiences, including common mistakes made by pilots. Learning about potential errors helps pilots-in-training increase their awareness and safety procedures.

A non-alcoholic social hour will begin at 5 p.m. in the North Star Corporate Hangar, with dinner served at 6. The talk and a program will be presented from 6:30-8:35 p.m. Alumni, current and prospective students, faculty and staff, parents and the public are invited to attend.

Scholarships and internships earned by Aviation students will be announced as part of the program. Representatives of the Aviation Club, Alpha Eta Rho, Flight Team and Women in Aviation will explain the missions of their clubs.

Banquet tickets are $10 for students and family members and $20 for alumni (includes $10 donation to the scholarship fund). Those interested in attending should register by April 17 by calling (507) 389-6116 or emailing Karla Worden.

April 27-28: Research Conference

2 female students working at a computerThe annual Undergraduate Research Center will be Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, in Centennial Student Union.

The conference promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative work. Students will present their research utilizing a variety of forms, including poster sessions, oral presentations and other creative forms.

Those interested in serving as judges for student presentations may contact Marquita Oleson at 389-1706.

April 28: 'Ask Prof Johnnie'

Latino health care will be discussed Tuesday, April 28, on KMSU-FM's "Good Health: It's Your Choice—Ask Prof Johnnie," hosted by John A. Romas (Health Science).

The panel discussion will include students, faculty, staff and health professionals. The program, from 1-2 p.m., will be broadcast on KMSU 89.7 FM.

April 28: Physics Extravaganza

Entertaining demonstrations illustrating the laws of physics will be presented by Physics & Astronomy faculty and staff Tuesday, April 28. The annual, crowd-pleasing Physics Show Extravaganza, featuring new and traditional demonstrations, will be from 7-8 p.m. in Trafton Science Center C-121.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and parents are encouraged to bring their children.

The program includes demonstrations about sound, light, magnetism and other real-life events. Physics faculty members explain the phenomena and serve as subjects for the tests, including:

  • A professor sandwiched between two boards, each containing 2,000 nails, compressed by a concrete block that is smashed with a sledgehammer;
  • A professor playing a trumpet made out of a piece of plastic tubing.

Physics Show team members include Tom Brown, Eric Koser, Ramesh Misra, Russell Palma, Michael Peters, Andy Roberts, Louis Schwartzkopf and Hai-Sheng Wu.

Travel Time Compensation

Employee compensation for travel time outside of the employee's normal work schedule recently changed slightly.

Travel time compensation varies depending on the employee's exempt or non-exempt status, and whether the individual is actively driving or riding in a vehicle. Employee contracts may include special provisions related to travel time.

Employees should refer to the specific language in their contracts, and contact Human Resources for clarification. Here are some general guidelines:

Non-exempt employees: Except for the normal commute to and from work, any travel during a non-exempt employee's normal working hours is time worked. Employees are not required to make up time because they traveled during their normal schedule. Time spent as a passenger in a car, plane, train, etc. outside of normal working hours is not considered time worked unless the employee performs work while riding. Duty-free meal periods are excluded for both drivers and passengers. If employees drive from home to a location other than the usual work site, hours worked is travel time minus the normal commute.

Exempt Employees: There is never additional compensation for travel time, but a supervisor may have flexibility to balance hours, though not necessarily an hour-for-hour credit. Time spent as a passenger in a car, plane, train, etc. outside the employee's normal working hours is not time worked unless the employee performs work while riding.

Helping Flood Victims

Red Cross poster of Walter hugging a woman from a disaster zoneWalter Roberts (Counseling & Student Personnel) was deployed for several days early this month with the American Red Cross in Fargo, N.D., as a mental health professional assisting Red River Valley flood victims.

Walter also is the subject of a Red Cross poster urging people to donate for disaster relief.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Dawn Albertson's (Psychology) Brain Awareness Program concluded its efforts over spring break. The Brain Awareness Week program, which reached 700 children in southern Minnesota, helps to increase enthusiasm about science in schools. Five student volunteers helped with the program.

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) recently was elected chair of the City of Janesville's Economic Development Authority.

An article by Rhonda Dass (Anthropology), "Avoiding the Peep Show: Talking from within the Tattoo Community," was published in the online journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture.

Anthony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) was elected chair of Mankato's Historic Preservation Commission in February. Tony also was a presenter for the panel "Real-Life Civics Lessons: Bringing the Community into the Classroom" at the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies conference in March. He testified in March before the House Education Policy Committee on minimum site standards for schools, and published a review of Robert Wuthnow's "After the Baby Boomers (2007)" in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

An article by John J. Janc (French), "Que se passe-t-il en France," was published in the winter issue of the Minnesota Language Review. John also presented the paper "Faisons parler nos étudiants!" at the annual meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Chicago in March.

Cindra Kamphoff (Human Performance) recently earned the distinction of Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. In addition to teaching, Cindra is a graduate coordinator in the Human Performance department.

Leah Rogne (Sociology & Corrections) attended a national board meeting of the Gray Panthers in Las Vegas in March as a national board member. In addition, Leah's co-edited book, Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the Attack on Entitlements, was published in March by Springer Publishers.

Wayne Sharp (Information & Technology Services) and Peg Lawrence (Library Services) presented the poster session "LibITS (Library+ITS): Cooperative Projects Lead to Successes" at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago in March. Joan Roca (Library) edited the presentation.

Jocelyn Stitt (Women's Studies) chaired the panel "Postcolonial Parenting" at the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in February. Jocelyn also presented "Second-Class Feminism? Mothering, Diaspora and Agency in Monica Ali's Brick Lane."

Jumpstart Observes Seuss Birthday

Children at Seuss eventMore than 800 children, teachers, parents, students and community volunteers observed Dr. Seuss' birthday March 6 as part of a Jumpstart event celebrating the literary works of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.

For the second year Jumpstart invited area kindergartners and preschoolers to Myers Field House for a day of reading, art activities and volunteer engagement. Attendance at this year's event was more than double the 350 who attended in 2008.

Jumpstart, focuses on children and encourages engagement in the community. This year more than 150 volunteers participated, reading to children in modified dialogic, asking questions about the stories and guiding art projects.

Jumpstart also partnered with Barnes & Noble Bookstore to celebrate the Seuss works on March 7. Community volunteers and Jumpstart members read Seuss books, engaged local children in art projects, and gave away Dr. Seuss toys to more than 100 children.

Jumpstart conducts Saturday Story Time every Saturday during the school year from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as a volunteer program to engage college students and the local community in children's literacy and community service. Five teams assist with the program on a rotating schedule.

Student Achievements

Jessica Appel (Psychology) received a competitive fellowship in the Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) program.

Kimberly Maas (Social Work) was recognized by the Kearney International Center for founding the first Eastern European Student organization and serving as a peer mentor for two years in the international student orientation program. She will wear a Global Scholar stole at her graduation.

Twelve social studies students spent a week visiting historical sites in Mexico City and Guanajuato, Mexico. They taught students at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, staying with host families in Irapuato. Participating students were Dustin Antoine, Emily Arnold, Bill Boegeman, Brad Bosma, Jerica Gamber, James Halloran, Nathan Hawker, Jacob Langemo, Nicholas Machacek, Molly Penny, Mark Schroepfer and Darrick Sellner. The study tour was led by Clark Johnson (CSB) and Matt Loayza (History).

Vang Xiong, Sang Yang Mrudhisha Allen, Miho Chisaki, Malinda Dean and Sheena Sowell (Ethnic Studies) attended a diversity training workshop in March. The workshop was intended to help mentors maximize children's educations.

CSBS Who's Who

Who's Who coverThirteen College of Social & Behavioral Sciences students have been nominated to the Who's Who Among Students honors program for contributions to community and school. They include:

Amber Diekman (Social Work, Women's Studies) works with individuals with developmental and physical disabilities; volunteers at Roxanne House, Paws and Claws Humane Society and the CADA House; and is in Social Work Club and Phi Alpha.

Brian Ficcadentia (Political Science/Law Enforcement) works for the North Mankato Police Reserve; volunteers as a football coach; tutors in English, biology and math; and reads to children in Mankato elementary schools.

Elizabeth Harders (Women's Studies, Sociology) has demonstrated breadth and skill in writing.

Ashley McCall (Geography) is an honors student, a varsity athlete, a member of the orchestra and homecoming queen.

Deborah Meyer (Social Work) is an LPN and volunteers for VINE, MNVAC, Coulee Region Humane Society and the Annual Chill Out Heath and Wellness Fair.

Amber Reinhart (Sociology/Corrections) intends to participate in a new experiential learning opportunity at the Shakopee prison for women next semester.

Daniel Reller (Economics) served in the U.S. Marine Corps; is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key; and volunteers for charitable organizations.

Amy Sanders (Social Work) is completing an internship at Jackson County Human Services; is a licensed foster parent; and helps with First Call for Help and a truancy program for youth.

Samantha Smith (Social Work) completed an internship with LEEP; works as an assistant program coordinator; and participates in cross country and track.

Bryan Taylor (Social Studies) studied in Mexico to prepare to be a secondary social studies educator.

Nicholas Thul (Political Science/Law Enforcement) is an Iraq veteran with the 82nd Airborne.

Ty Warmka (Anthropology) will graduate with a double major in three years; is a member of Golden Key; has been invited to join Phi Alpha Theta; and plans to attend graduate school.

Ashley Weaver (Psychology) is completing the psychology honors program.

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