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July 22, 2009 Campus Newsletter

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David Cowan by a car: 'Sold tire to make Goal - not the car!'

Campus Drive Chair David Cowan rejoices after learning that donations from faculty and staff shattered the drive's goal by more than $20,000.

Campus Drive Surpasses Goal

The Campus Drive has surpassed its goal of $210,000, thanks to contributions from 47 percent of faculty and staff—especially a $10,000 gift from Stewart and Liz Ross (CETL).

"This is huge. We had a slim chance of making our $210,000 target, let alone surpassing it," said Chair David Cowan (Facilities Services). "And I did not have to sell my car to cover any shortfall."

"I worried about the impact of employee wage freezes and layoffs," Dave said. But "thanks to your generosity, we surpassed our target goal, receiving $230,880 from faculty, staff and emeriti."

The $10,000 gift from the Rosses is part of their $50,000 multi-year gift. Campus Drive funds provide critical funding for more than 500 programs and scholarships on campus.

Students holding up signs that read: 'I'm one person. THANK YOU!'

Annual Giving: $788,790 in Gifts

Annual Giving closed its 2009 fiscal year with $788,790 through 9,658 gifts from alumni and friends, according to the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation board of directors.

Doug Mayo (University Advancement), on behalf of the board, thanked donors for annual gifts that help increase the value of a Minnesota State Mankato degree, while helping students realize their dreams.

More information about Annual Fund giving is available online, and donors may use their credit cards to give by calling (800) 662-2705.

Best-Ever Directors' Cup Finish

Learfield Sports Directors' Cup logoMinnesota State Mankato finished second in the 2008-'09 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings—the university's highest-ever ranking in the national ranking of collegiate athletic program post-season success.

Fourteen Maverick teams scored points in NCAA postseason competition, totaling 800.25 points. The second-place standing puts Minnesota State Mankato in the top one percent of the 290 schools that compete in NCAA Division II.

It was the eighth consecutive year in which the Mavericks improved on a previous year's finish. The Mavericks' previous best ranking was third, achieved last year.

Minnesota State Mankato has finished in the top 25 eight times in the 14 years since the Directors' Cup program was inaugurated.

More details about the Directors' Cup are available online.

President's 2009-'10 Cabinet

Joan Roca (dean, Library) has been appointed to the 2009-'10 Cabinet by President Richard Davenport. Joan replaces Michael Miller (dean, College of Education) as the deans' representative on the cabinet.

Cabinet members during this academic year are: President Davenport, Marilyn Delmont (VP, Information & Technology Services), Michael Fagin (VP, Institutional Diversity), Robert Hoffman (VP, Strategic Business, Education & Regional Partnerships), Avra Johnson (interim AVP, Institutional Planning), Douglas Mayo (VP, University Advancement), Scott Olson (provost and VP, Academic Affairs), Dean Roca, Carol Stallkamp (assistant to the president), Richard Straka (VP, Finance & Administration) and Walt Wolff (dean of students).

Stewart Ross: Kiwanis International Board

Stewart RossStewart Ross (CETL) is Minnesota's first Kiwanis International trustee in 12 years after being elected to the post in June. He will spend the next three years helping Kiwanians around the world.

During the recent Kiwanis International convention in Nashville, Stewart was elected one of 15 Kiwanis International Board of Trustees members worldwide. The organization, with more than 600,000 members, has 16,000 clubs in 70 countries.

"I believe Kiwanis is the greatest service organization in the world," Stewart said. "I'm humbled and proud to serve as a Kiwanis International trustee, and I hope I can inspire other Kiwanians to use their talents and leadership to change the world."

A long-time Minnesota State Mankato faculty member and 21-year director of bands, Stewart founded the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Stewart now travels throughout the nation, leading course design seminars at other universities. He is a 20-year member of Downtown Kiwanis Club, where he was president in 1997. He also served as lieutenant governor and governor of the Minnesota-Dakotas District—163 clubs with about 6,000 members—and was Kiwanian of the year in Mankato.

As a trustee for International Kiwanis, Stewart will counsel Kiwanians around the world. In August he'll go to New York and Panama City. He'll travel to Las Vegas next June for the 2010 international convention and will go to Geneva in 2011.

His election as trustee makes him eligible to run for Kiwanis International president in 2013.

Debra Schulz Selected for HERS

Debra SchulzDebra Schulz (Registrar's Office) is the first Minnesota State Mankato employee to be accepted into the prestigious Higher Education Resource Services women's leadership institute at the University of Denver.

The Denver institute's three seminars prepare 40 women faculty members and administrators for higher education leadership. Nationally recognized women leaders and higher education scholars teach and mentor the participants, helping them improve their institutional knowledge, skills and perspectives.

The institute's theme is "Women's Leadership in Time of Crisis: Leveraging Responses for Institutional Renewal." Seminars aim to help participants understand the economic environment and how they can develop post-recovery strategies, invest in resources for renewal, and empower and sustain leadership.

Debra has been a staff member since 1993, serving as administrative assistant to the registrar, interim academic athletic eligibility coordinator and assistant registrar.

She also has served on numerous Minnesota State Mankato committees, including the President's Commission on the Status of Women, the Student Conduct Board and several search committees.

KMSU: 'Station of the Year'

Jim Gullickson holding his award

Jim Gullickson accepts KMSU's "Station of the Year" Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations.

Independent public radio station KMSU-FM has been named "Station of the Year" by the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations.

The coveted award was presented to station manager Jim Gullickson at the association's annual meeting in Grand Marais in June.

KMSU earned the award for its 2008 infrastructure improvements, for adding a remote portable studio in Centennial Student Union, and for winning the 2009 Pathfinder Award.

Last year KMSU completed a major infrastructure project—a new tower and transmitter building and a newer transmitter, producing a more reliable signal throughout south central Minnesota. Several months ago the station opened a portable remote site in Centennial Student Union, and every weekday student hosts broadcast "Radio a la Carte."

Jim was re-elected president of AMPERS at the organization's June meeting. He has been instrumental in securing Legacy Amendment funding for the independent radio association.

Walt Wolff: Interim Dean of Students

Walt Wolff (Admissions) has been named interim dean of students for 2009-'10 by Provost Scott Olson. Walt's experiences leading Student Affairs and as interim assistant vice president of Student Affairs before that will assure the smoothest transition.

Walt started his service to the university in 1982 in the Career Development Center, serving as assistant CDC director until 1996, when he joined the Admissions Office. He has been interim assistant vice president of Student Affairs, interim supervisor of student involvement services (Campus Recreation, Centennial Student Union, SLDSL and Women's Center), director of admissions and, and has served on numerous campus committees and boards. He earned a master's degree from Minnesota State Mankato.

He will serve as interim dean during the national search for a permanent dean of students. The search will begin this fall.

DeeAnn Snaza: Interim HR Director

DeeAnn Snaza (Human Resources) has been named interim human resources director by President Richard Davenport.

DeeAnn joined the university in 2006 as assistant director of human resources, responsible for unclassified contracts, personnel issues, employment, classification and position descriptions. Before that she served as human resources manager at Business Solutions Group, North Mankato; human resources manager at Federated Insurance, Owatonna; and an admissions officer at Minnesota State Mankato.

She's president of the Southern Minnesota Area Human Resources Association, the local non-profit chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management. She also has been a board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Steele County and has participated in Relay for Life events.

The university will conduct a national search for a permanent director.

July 25: Master of Social Work Celebration

Twenty-six students who are the first to complete the new Master of Social Work program will be honored Saturday, July 25. The graduation celebration will be from 4-6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 253-55.

Provost Scott Olson and Anne Blackhurst (Graduate Studies & Research) will be guest speakers at the event.

On Thursday, July 23, the 26 candidates will showcase their capstone projects at a forum sponsored by the Department of Social Work from 3-5 p.m. in CSU 284.

Minnesota State, Mankato was the first Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system institution to offer a Master of Social Work degree. The program, for working professionals, operates year-around, with courses Friday afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons.

Candidates may complete the program on one of two tracks:

  • A 60-credit-hour, traditional, two-year program that includes 40 credit-hours of coursework and 20 credit-hours of field experience.
  • A 32-credit-hour, Advanced Standing program that requires 22 credit-hours of coursework and 10 credit-hours of field education. The program is available only to students with accredited bachelor's degrees in social work.

July 27: Minnesota River Board

Minnesota River Board logoThe campus community is invited to join the Minnesota River Board for its annual meeting Monday, July 27, at the Redwood Falls Community Center, featuring talks by several nationally recognized experts.

As part of a recent bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature, the board collaborates with the Minnesota State Mankato Water Resources Center, led by Shannon Fisher, executive director.

The board meeting is at 9 a.m., with lunch at 11 a.m. and speakers at noon. Registration fee for lunch and speakers is $20 per person, and pre-registration is suggested by contacting Karnell Johnson at (507) 389-5491 or

Speakers will include:

  • Internationally acclaimed author and photographer Tim Palmer;
  • Val Little, director of the Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona;
  • Jim Doering, city of Redwood Falls, who has worked for many years to improve local water quality;
  • Sara Smith, Metropolitan Council environmental planner and water conservation expert.

Aug. 3: Transportation Survey

Faculty and staff members will have a second opportunity to complete an on-line transportation survey that will help the Minnesota Department of Transportation and local agencies better understand local commuting patterns and travel characteristics.

Every household in the Greater Mankato area will have the opportunity to complete the survey between Monday, Aug. 3, and Monday, Aug. 17. Two months ago faculty, staff and students had a special opportunity to complete a survey about transportation needs of the local higher education communities.

Results of both surveys will be used to update the Mankato Area Regional Transportation Plan with suggested improvements for roadways, regional bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and local and regional transit and rail operations.

Partners in the study include the Minnesota Department of Transportation; Minnesota State Mankato; the cities of Mankato and North Mankato; the counties of Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur; and Region 9. Perry Wood (URSI) is coordinating the survey project.

The information will be used to develop appropriate solutions to meet the mobility needs of all area wide users. 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.

Aug. 7: Lynx to Honor Women's BB

Minnesota Lynx logoThe national champion women's basketball team will be recognized at the Minnesota Lynx basketball game Friday, Aug. 7.

The Maverick coaches and players, who won the NCAA Championship in March, will be recognized on court during the Lynx-Connecticut Sun Women's National Basketball Association game, which starts at 7 p.m. in Target Center, Minneapolis.

The Lynx is offering a special ticket package for the game: A $30 lower-level ticket for $15 per person. Those who want more information and a seating chart may visit

Donna Hensel: International Pool Champ

Donna Hensel (Facilities Management) and her team won the 29th annual VNEA International Pool Championships regular team competition in Las Vegas in May.

Donna has been playing pool for many years, but this is her first championship trophy.

Donna and her team won a "Charlie"—awarded to any individual or team finishing in the top four in their bracket at the international competition.

Donna's team, the Minnesota Wild, lost the second round but worked their way back through the loser's bracket to qualify for the championship round. After the second-round loss, the team was undefeated for the remainder of the tournament.

Stadium Hill Sidewalk

Crews hired by the City of Mankato are changing the elevation and location of the Stadium Hill sidewalk, which means that pedestrians who normally use the sidewalk must find alternate routes.

Regular sidewalk users will find two choices most likely:

  • Walk up the sidewalk along Jefferson School (Fairfield Avenue). It's connected to Val Imm Drive by a walkway.
  • Use the Route 6 bus, which stops at James and Stadium. The bus is currently on a summer bus schedule, and operates hourly.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Ann Goebel (Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence) has been named director of Twin Cities partnerships by Bob Hoffman (Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships). Ann will oversee the facilities and operation at the 7700 France satellite site, leading and providing direction to the site's team.

Linda Jacoby (CETL) has been named coordinator of on-line learning for the College of University Extended Education. The announcement was made recently by Bob Hoffman (Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships). In her new role Linda is responsible for identifying and developing on-line learning programs as part of a comprehensive set of on-line course offerings.

Lee Ann Larson (Library Services) received a $1,000 stipend to attend a national forum, "Stewardship of America's Legacy: Answering the Call to Action," in June in Buffalo, N.Y. She was one of 72 participants from 39 states and the District of Columbia selected for the national initiative, intended to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for national treasures. The conference was hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C. in cooperation with Heritage Preservation, the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the Art Conservation Department of Buffalo State College, State University of New York.

Pam Weller-Dengel (Career Development Center) recently received the Minnesota College & University Career Services Association award for distinguished service at the organization's annual meeting in June in Winona.

Jason Westman (Center for Academic Success) has accepted the position of director of the center. Jason has served as interim director for the last two years, and served as assistant director for two years. He earned a master's degree (curriculum and instruction) and a bachelor's (mathematics education) from Minnesota State Mankato.

Students Win International Scholarships

AustraLearn logoStudents Jacob Hayes (Speech Communication) and Timothy Makozak (Exercise Science) have won two of seven 2009 AustraLearn scholarships for study abroad in Australia.

Jacob received the Gina Rosko Memorial Scholarship for $13,270 to defray expenses at Macquarie University in Australia. He will study marketing and digital media this fall in Sydney and will work part-time in the university's international office.

Timothy received a travel grant from AustraLearn, STA Travel and Qantas Airlines. He will study at the University of Newcastle in Australia. The grant will cover the cost of his international travel.

Jacob's scholarship is in memory of study abroad student Gina Rosko and is made possible through the cooperation of AustraLearn, Macquarie University and the Rosko family. Macquarie University offers a semester of tuition and AustraLearn provides housing and waives administrative fees for one semester.

AustraLearn is the primary choice for Minnesota State Mankato students who study in Australia. Since 2002, it has assisted 109 Minnesota State Mankato students studying in Australia or New Zealand. The Colorado-based international education organization provides information and application support services, orientation, ongoing support and assistance with credit transfer. AustraLearn also supports the Kearney International Center, hiring program alums as study abroad outreach assistants.

McDonald's of Mankato Scholarships

McDonald's logoReturning and prospective Minnesota State Mankato students with documented disabilities may apply for McDonald's Restaurants of Mankato scholarships of $750 by Saturday, Aug. 1.

Scholarships are available for four undergraduate students with documented disabilities. Students must be enrolled for the 2009-'10 academic term at a minimum of nine credits per semester.

Those who wish to apply should contact Julie Snow (Disability Services) for an application. Applications and requested documents should be turned in by Aug. 1.


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the biweekly campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Michael Cooper. The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Aug. 19; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Aug. 14).

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.