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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.

June 24, 2009 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2009-06-24/

Rebecca Bates receives Fulbright

Rebecca BatesRebecca Bates (Computer Science) has been awarded a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship to work and study with colleagues at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Rebecca, an expert on statistical modeling and pattern recognition for speech applications, will conduct her Fulbright research from August 2009 through May 2010.

Her two-part, interdisciplinary project aims to increase her experience in quantitative and qualitative research, with the goal of expanding the number of women professionals in technical fields. Her research, "Exploring Voices: Speech Recognition Applications and Narratives of Brazilian Women in Engineering & Computer Science," has two objectives:

  • Develop a Portuguese spoken-language interface for handheld devices that support public health-care workers in the field;
  • Collect narratives of women who have succeeded in engineering or computer science, and use analyses of the narratives to encourage more women and girls in Brazil and the United States to enter those fields.

Rebecca has taught computer science at Minnesota State Mankato for seven years. She is principal director of the MAX Scholarship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation and benefitting students in Minnesota State Mankato's College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

She holds a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University, a master's in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, a master's in electrical engineering from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.

Maverick Women group photo
The governor with the Maverick Women

Governor, Twins Honor Maverick Women

The NCAA-champion women's basketball team was honored by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and recognized at a Minnesota Twins game in May.

The team, which won the Division II national title in San Antonio, Texas, this spring, met with Minnesota Sen. Kathy Sheran and Rep. Kathy Brynaert before touring the Capitol building and being presented with a letter of achievement from the governor.

In the ceremony in the Governor's Reception Room, Coach Pam Gohl presented the governor with a basketball signed by team members, and President Richard Davenport and Kevin Buisman (Intercollegiate Athletics) presented the governor with an honorary Maverick letter jacket.

On Tuesday evening the Mavericks were the subject of a video presentation before the Twins game at the Metrodome, after which a team member threw the first pitch.

The national championship Division II team finished the 2008-2009 season with a 32-2 record.

Debra Schulz: HERS Institute

Debra SchulzDebra Schulz (Registrar's Office) has been accepted into the Higher Education Resource Services Institute at the University of Denver this summer.

HERS Institutes offer intensive residential professional development experiences for women in mid- and senior-level positions in higher education administration.

"MSU is a great place to work and go to school," Debra said. "I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the 2009 HERS Denver Institute and will use this opportunity to learn as much as I can and bring it back to help make MSU an even better university."

The curriculum prepares participants for institutional leadership roles with knowledge, skills and perspectives for achieving institutional priorities and maximizing institutional resources.

Debra has been a Minnesota State Mankato faculty member since February 1993 in various positions. She has her Master's in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State Mankato and will have her Specialist in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State Mankato in December 2010. She has also had extensive leadership training from programs such as the Louma Leadership Academy.

Paul Allan: National Award

Paul AllanPaul Allan (Intercollegiate Athletics) will be inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame Thursday, June 25, at the organization's annual workshop in San Antonio, Texas.

Under Paul's direction, the athletics communications office has won 19 CoSIDA national publication awards, including 10 "Best-in-the-Nation" citations. In 2007 Paul received the Warren Berg Award and the NCC Legacy Award.

Paul is a 1982 West Texas State graduate and earned a master's degree from Minnesota State Mankato. He recently completed his 24th year at Minnesota State Mankato.

Paul served as a press officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee at two U.S. Olympic Festivals, one Winter World University Games and one Winter Olympic Games. He was venue press chief for hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

He and his wife, Lori (a 1992 Minnesota State Mankato graduate), live in Eagle Lake, and have three sons—Seth, Sean and Jack.

Campus Drive banner

Campus Drive

Faculty, staff, administrators and some emeriti have donated $205,051 towards the Campus Drive goal of $210,000 by June 30.

"I have not had to sell my car yet, which is a good thing, so thanks to all who are part of that $205,051," said Dave Cowan (Facilities Services), Campus Drive chair. "The money is important but I would also like to see at least a 50 percent participation rate for all faculty and staff (current participation is 39 percent)."

The Gift Challenge Circle will match some or all of donations up to $65,000.

Faculty and staff who wish to donate may do so on the Campus Drive's secure website, or by calling Cindy Arndt (Development) at (507) 389-6829.

More information about the drive is available at the Campus Drive website.

Summer H1N1 Precautions

The first confirmed case of H1N1 influenza infection was recently reported in the greater Mankato area. While this is the only confirmed case, there are probable other unconfirmed cases among the campus and greater Mankato communities. Therefore Student Health Services urges everyone to take steps to stay well.

The recommended precautions are simple:

  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Stay home if you are sick

Your chances of contracting a communicable disease increase when you work, study and socialize with groups of people. Influenza spreads person-to-person, primarily when infected people cough or sneeze.

Because H1N1 is active locally and across the state and nation, it is important that participants in summer camps, workshops and other campus programs take precautions to protect themselves from influenza exposure.

Faculty and staff members' attention to these precautions will help them protect themselves, their friends and their loved ones from illness.

For more information, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Mexico Travel Ban Lifted

Map of MexicoMinnesota State Mankato has lifted its suspension of academic programs in Mexico. The decision results from the Centers for Disease Control's revised travel recommendations regarding H1N1 flu virus.

Minnesota State Mankato cancelled its Mexico foreign-study programs in April, after the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control recommended that Americans avoid nonessential travel to Mexico.

The university will continue to advise all outbound students about health and safety techniques before departure. If the situation in Mexico or any other nation worsens, students may be called back home on short notice from their study abroad destinations.

"We will closely monitor the flu situation around the world to see if and when the situation might warrant action on behalf of the university," said Caryn Lindsay, director of international programs at Minnesota State Mankato.

Women's Leadership Institute

BusinesswomanA new Midwest Women's Leadership Institute June 21-27 aims to help women in higher education strengthen their leadership skills and map their futures.

The institute—the creation of several female faculty and staff members who encourage women's leadership development—will attract about a dozen participants to its inaugural session this month.

The institute's purpose is to help college and university women expand their abilities and develop leadership goals that are inspired by nationally recognized experts, guided by faculty advisers and supported by other women leaders.

The institute was developed by five staff and faculty members: Linda Duckett (Music), Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Alumni Relations), Jean Haar (Educational Leadership), faculty Deborah Jesseman (educational studies), and Carol Stallkamp (President's Office).

It will feature as assessment facilitator Jean Kummerow, a psychologist, consultant, author and trainer and international Myers-Briggs expert. Participants also will hear numerous speakers, including college president Judy Rogers, senior vice-chancellor Linda Baer, college dean Lynn Gangone, Professor Marilyn Grady, provost Scott Olson and CEO Jonathon Zierdt.

Those interested in more information can go online or contact Haar at (507) 389-5434.

Campus Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth cohort of the Minnesota State Mankato Leadership Institute next academic year. There is no cost to attend the program, which is sponsored by the Professional Development Committee.

The institute is a unique opportunity for members of the university community to learn valuable leadership skills that will help in current and future roles.

Interested individuals should submit applications by July 1. Prospective participants may find more information online.

June 24-28: 'Plaza Suite'

Eric and SusanNeil Simon's play Plaza Suite will be presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance at 7:30 p.m. June 24-28 in Andreas Theatre. The performances are sponsored by the TRIO Programs.

The play is about three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Each couple is portrayed by the same pair of actors (1993 Theatre alum E. J. Subkoviak and Susan V. Hansen, who plans to complete her MFA Acting degree with this production). E.J. is making his 14th Highland Summer Theatre appearance, in the past taking roles in shows such as The Seven Year Itch and The Complete History of America.

Tickets for Plaza Suite are $14.50 regular, $13 for senior citizens, youth under 16 and groups of 15 or more and $10 for current students. (The June 25 performance is sold out.) Tickets are available online or by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

June 27: Sports Camp

Sports Camp 2009Basketball, soccer, football and track and field for K-12 students will be featured during the Dr. Betty Young Youth Sports Camp and Clinic Saturday June 27.

The free camp, sponsored by the Athletic Department and the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be in Meyers Field House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is dedicated to long-time Family Consumer Science professor Betty Young, who died in February.

The camp aims to help young athletes improve current skills, learn new skills, and learn positive mental and physical values. Participants will receive fundamental instruction from coaches and athletes, as well as assistance in improving problem areas discovered during drills and games.

Registration is free, and lunch will be provided at no cost to the student. Parents are welcome to attend portions or the entire camp. Free parking is available on campus. Participants should bring a T-shirt, comfortable shoes to wear, athletic shoes, a water bottle and a snack.

To register, students or parents should call assistant track coach Michelle Oman at (507) 389-5906. Students and parents also may register from 9-10 a.m. the day of the event outside of Meyers Field House.

Those who want more information also may contact Michelle.

June 29: Blood Drive

A button that says 'I give blood. Will you? American Red Cross'Upward Bound will sponsor the Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, June 29, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Students, faculty, staff and the public may donate blood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 389-1211 or by visiting www.givelife.org and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins also will be welcome.

July 1: Homecoming Deadline

StomperThe Homecoming committee is finalizing the calendar of events for the Sept. 28 through Oct. 3 "Stomper Saves the Day" celebration. Events scheduled thus far include:

  • Dance and coronation
  • Family fun carnival
  • Purple and gold spirit day
  • Maverick pep rally featuring the Johnny Holm Band, a bonfire and fireworks
  • Parade
  • Football vs. Augustana
  • Maverick midway with bands, food, games and a reunion tent
  • College of Education reunion activities

Faculty, staff and students who are planning a Homecoming event that should be included in the online schedule should complete the Homecoming Event Proposal form by July 1.

July 7: Night with the Twins

Twins graphicThe annual Alumni Association "Night with the Twins" will be Tuesday, July 7, at the Metrodome. Those interested should register by Tuesday, June 30.

A pre-game picnic will be held in a tent outside Gate D at 5 p.m. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., with the Twins playing the New York Yankees.

Tickets for prizes also will be available.

Cost of the event, including the pre-game picnic:
Lower Reserved: $42
Upper Club: $36
Home Run Porch: $35

Register online or by calling (507) 389-3235.

Lori Lamb: Vice Chancellor

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees appointed Lori Lamb (Human Resources) as vice chancellor for human resources. Lori has been chief human resources officer at Minnesota State Mankato since 2003.

"Loretta Lamb is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of human resources administration," said Chancellor James H. McCormick, who recommended her. "She is recognized as a committed and successful leader in our system and she has demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing environments."

Ruth Grendahl, chair of the board's human resources committee, said "It's always gratifying to see that after a nationwide search, we find the top talent within our system."

Before joining Minnesota State Mankato, Lori was associate vice president and assistant vice president for personnel and administration at Washington State University and counsel in the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

"I'm honored to accept this appointment and look forward to serving the system," Lori said. "I am excited that I will be able to continue working with the human resources directors throughout the system and colleagues in the system office."

Marcius Brock: Interim Registrar

Marcius Brock (Registrar's Office) will serve as interim registrar in 2009-'10.

During that time a national search will be conducted for a permanent registrar.

"Marcius' experience and enthusiasm will serve the Registrar's Office well during this transition period," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott Olson.

Kimberly Contag: Interim AVP

Kimberly Contag (Modern Languages) as of August will be interim assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies & International Education in 2009-'10.

A national search will be conducted for a permanent assistant vice president.

"Dr. Contag's experience and enthusiasm will serve the university well during this transition period," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott Olson. "Please join me in offering congratulations to her as she assumes this important leadership role."

Bill Lewinski Award

The Police Firearms Officers Association, a support organization for armed officers in the United Kingdom, has awarded its first honorary lifetime membership to Bill Lewinski (Political Science & Law Enforcement), executive director of the Force Science Research Center.

The award was presented in May in London in recognition of Bill's "commitment to firearms officers within the UK," and particularly for his assistance in defending two officers accused of murder after a controversial shooting.

The association provides stress management, financial support and confidential counseling and psychotherapy for officers and their families through a national network of consultants trained to help ease the pressures associated with traumatic events.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Dawn N. Albertson (Psychology) presented a poster, "Examining attitudes toward alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use: How experience with a drug influences attitude base and attitude content," at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, recently in Tampa Bay, Fla. She also presented a poster, "Brain Awareness Week: MacGuyver Style," at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C. Her article, "Subjective Effects of Salvia Divinorum: LSD- or Marijuana-like?" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Michelle Alvarez (Social Work) and student Kari Velzke submitted a $6-million "Safe Schools Healthy Students" grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of 16 rural school districts in southern Minnesota.

An article by Michelle Alvarez (Social Work), "Addressing trauma in schools: An online resource," recently was published in "Children & Schools" She presented "Evidence-based alcohol and drug prevention and early intervention programs implemented in a school setting" and the keynote address, "Professional Development: Where to from here?" at the International School Social Work Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, in April.

David Beimers (Social Work) presented "Employment Entry through Supported Employment: Influential Factors for Clients with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Disorders" at the Society for Social Work Research l meeting. His article, "Predictors of entry into competitive employment in a population with co-occurring diagnoses," was published in Research on Social Work Practice, and "Put me in, Coach—Evaluating Executive Coaching in the Nonprofit Sector" was published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Kathleen Blue (Anthropology) presented "Childhood health in Anglo-Saxon Britain: Evidence from the Christian Cemetery Population of Church End, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire," at the recent American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting.

Steve Buechler's (Sociology/Corrections) new book, "Critical Sociology," was featured at an author-teachers session at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting in April, where he organized a session on social movements.

Jeffrey B. Bumgarner (Political Science/Law Enforcement) was a discussant on a panel about "The Academic in Criminal Justice Education" at a recent Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences meeting in Boston, Mass.

Barbara Carson (Sociology/Corrections) presented a refereed paper, "Alternative to Prisons in 5 European Countries," at the Midwestern Sociological Society meetings in Des Moines in April. She also presented a refereed paper, "Lessons from International Sentencing Practices for Reducing U.S. Prison Overcrowding," at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Baltimore, Md., in May.

Janet Cherrington's (Urban and Regional Studies) article, "Competitive Communities through Partnerships," was published in the spring Minnesota Women in City Government newsletter. She also has been named associate editor of the Journal of World Universities Forum.

Rhonda Dass (Anthropology) was keynote speaker for the McNair Scholars Banquet in April at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Anthony Filipovitch (Urban and Regional Studies) received $2100 from the Mankato Area Foundation to fund student projects for the Public Achievement Program for the 2009-10 school year.

Kevin J. Filter (Psychology) was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Psychology in the Schools. He co-presented "Procedural Issues in Functional Assessment" at the national conference for the Association for Positive Behavior Support in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nancy Fitzsimons' (Social Work) book, "Combating Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: A Call to Action," was published recently. Nancy and student Alyssa Schlager conducted a program, "Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: What You Don't Know and What You Can Do About," at the Minnesota Social Services Training Conference and Expo in March. At the same event Nancy and Tamara Tucker Wilkins (Political Science/Law Enforcement) conducted a workshop, "What Every Cop Should Know About People with Disabilities and the Law."

Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work) and student Alyssa Schlager conducted a workshop, "Your Safety, Your Rights," at the Minnesota Self-Advocacy Conference in St. Paul in April, and Nancy was a workshop panel presenter. Her proposal to conduct a workshop, "Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: Your Role in Busting Myths and Breaking Down Barriers," was accepted for presentation at the Minnesota Conference on Crime Victims, and her proposal, "Preventing Sexual Violence of People with Developmental Disabilities," was accepted for presentation at the National Sexual Assault Conference. Nancy also was invited to serve on the Minnesota Department of Public Health, Policy and Legislative Action Team to develop a five-year sexual violence plan.

Donald A. Friend (Geography) was honored for exceptional service and dedication by the Association of American Geographers at the association's meeting in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Sara Granberg-Rademacker and Katelyn Romsa (First Year Experience) and Gretchen Stahl (Career Development Center) presented "Scaling the Sophomore Slump: Initiatives to Facilitate Major/Career Exploration for Second-Year Students" at the National Academic Region VI meeting in Fargo, N.D.

Annelies Hagemeister (Social Work) and student Jihan Ali presented "Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women: A View from Rural Minnesota" at the Minnesota Social Services Association Conference in March.

Tracey Hammell (Science, Engineering & Technology) presented "Survival Skills 101" at the National Academic Region VI meeting in Fargo, N.D.

Clark Johnson (College of Social & Behavioral Sciences) received the Minnesota State Student Association's Vic Swenson Student-Friendly Award and presented "Differentiated Learning in Social Studies" at the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies conference.

David Laverny-Rafter (Urban and Regional Studies) presented "Using Universities to Meet Planning Needs," at the National Conference of the American Planning Association in Minneapolis in April.

Paul Mackie (Social Work) presented, "Rural social work: The quest for clarity" at the Minnesota Social Service Association Conference in March. He also presented "Taking it to the streets! Engaging in the praxis of community organizing" at the Baccalaureate Social Work Directors Conference in March.

Martin Mitchell and Fei Yuan (Geography) presented "Forest Fires and Remote Sensing in the Black Hills, S.D.," at the meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Vinai Norasakkunkit (Psychology) received a $12,000 grant from Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, to conduct research in Japan investigating the psychological consequences of globalization.

Hahn-Huy Phan (Ethnic Studies) recently received the Minnesota State Student Association Dr. Duane Orr Excellence in Teaching Award.

James E. Robertson's (Sociology/Corrections) article, "Recent Legal Developments: Correctional Case Law, 2008," is forthcoming in Criminal Justice Review, and his article "One of the Dirty Secrets of American Corrections: Retaliation, Surplus Power and Whistleblowing Inmates," is forthcoming in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. His article, "Donny's Law: Assessments of the Prison Rape Elimination Act," was published in Correctional Law Reporter in April, and his article "A 'Hero Judge in a Correctional Crisis," was published in the June Correctional Law Reporter.

Leah Rogne's (Sociology/Corrections) article, "Story, History, and Sociological Theory: A Holistic Method for the Examination of Long-Term Peace Activism," was published in Issues in Writing in March.

Stewart Ross (CETL) recently presented a course design workshop and presentation to faculty and administrators at Red River College in Winnipeg Canada, and presented a course design workshop to business faculty at the University of Manitoba. He also conducted an all-day workshop on course design for faculty at Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla. He was a consultant for three days at Doane College in Crete, Nebr., and he led a two-day workshop for general education faculty at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. He also recently presented at the National Course Design Workshop in Chicago.

Sarah Sifers (Psychology) presented "Teacher support as a moderator of behavioral outcome for youth exposed to stressful life events" and "The impact of gender and spirituality in the development of depression and suicidality in children and adolescents" at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology in Owatonna. Her article, "Social support provisions as differential predictors of adaptive outcomes in young adolescents, "was published recently in the Journal of Community Psychology.

Fred Slocum (Political Science/Law Enforcement) and student Ryan Wiesen attended the Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Center at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.

An article by Michael Spencer (Economics), "Loyalty, Protocol, Bargainer Characteristics and Rationality in an Experimental Investigation of Bilateral Bargaining in Dyads," was published recently in Applied Economics Letters. Another article, "Rebate Rules in Threshold Public Good Provision," was published in the Journal of Public Economics.

Sherrise Truesdale (Sociology/Corrections) published "Revisiting Cultural Curriculum and Marginalized Youth: A Critical pedagogy for Educating the Gangsta" at the Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, Mass., in March, and presented "An Analysis of State-Level Correctional Policies for Emergency Releases for Death Bed Visits and Funeral Attendance" at the academy.

David Viscoli (Music) recently performed Beethoven's "Third Piano Concerto" with the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama. He also taught a master class in the National Theatre in Panama—part of the Festival de Música Alfredo De Saint-Malo.

An article co-written by Dennis Waskul (Sociology/Corrections), "The Aroma of Recollection: Olfaction, Nostalgia, and the Shaping of the Sensuous Self," was published in Senses and Society.

Robin R. Wingo (Social Work) presented "Field Manuals: Orientation and Training for New Baccalaureate Field Directors: Administering the Field Education Program" and "Placing Students: Orientation and Training for New Baccalaureate Field Directors: Administering the Field Education Program" at Baccalaureate Social Work Education Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in March.

Fei Yuan, Bryce W. Hoppie, Donald A. Friend and graduate student Margarette M. Elliot (Geography) presented "River Quality Mapping Using Hyperspectral Sensing and Field Methods, Blue Earth River, Minnesota, USA" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Women of Courage, Vision

Some 340 students, faculty and staff members received Women of Courage awards recently during the ninth Women of Courage and Vision recognition reception.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the Women's Center, the President's Commission on the Status of Women and the Panhellenic Council. This year's reception included a video created by the Women's Center Planning Board and a gift for each honoree.

We have provided a list of honorees. Exceptional women at Minnesota State Mankato are nominated for the awards each spring.

Student Achievements

Margarette Elliot, Martin Mitchell and Fei Yuan (Geography) presented "Land Use Practices of the Blue Earth River Riparian Corridor and their Affect on Soil Loss using GIS and Remote Sensing" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Nancy Fitzsimons and David Beimers (Social Work) accompanied students to the annual Social Work Day at the Capitol in March. Faculty and students met with 14 senators and 26 representatives.

Katie Lynn Gerber and Kelsey Lynn Erickson (Geography) presented "Monitoring Invasive Species in Minneopa State Park, Minnesota, Using Remote Sensing and GIS" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Janelle Grochowski (Geography) presented "Winter Severity for the Ring-Necked Pheasant in Minnesota" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Michael Merlini and Bryce Hoppie (Geography) presented "River Flow Modeling Using a Kinematic Wave Model for the Blue Earth River Watershed" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Sushant Paudel (Geography) received an ESRI Student Assistantship for the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Jared Rahn and Maggie Elliot (Geography) took first and third, respectively, at the South Dakota Geography Conference in April. Jared also presented "New Madrid, Missouri Historical Earthquake-Driven Flooding."

Nicole Rietz and Cynthia Miller (Geography) presented "Historical Landscape Reconstruction of the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory Using the IMAGINE AutoSync Module" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Angie Rivera (Counseling & Student Personnel) received a graduate student scholarship to attend the Region VI NACADA meeting and won a graduate student scholarship to the National NACADA meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this fall.

Jennifer Snyders (Geography) co-presented "Evidence of Wild Turkeys in Minnesota Prior to European Settlement" at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Kris Warner (Sociology) presented "Women Prisoners' Perspectives of Sociology and Deviance: In their own words" at the Midwest Sociological Society meetings in April.

National Scholarship

Holly Bjorklund (Family Consumer Science) will receive the $5,000 Jewell L. Taylor National Undergraduate Scholarship from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.

The association awards one scholarship each year to a student who exhibits high potential to make contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession.

Holly, of Nicollet, Minn., will receive the award at a ceremony during the association's 100th annual conference and expo June 25-28 in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, she is eligible for up to $1,000 to renew her association membership and for expenses to attend the annual conference.

The association is the only national, not-for-profit organization providing leadership and support to family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings.

Feedback

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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.