September 30, 2009 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2009-09-30/
Sick? Stay home!
Otherwise-healthy Minnesota State Mankato employees who have symptoms of influenza should go home and rest, local health officials say. Those with flu symptoms who have severe shortness of breath, severe vomiting or severe headache—or who have respiratory illnesses, diabetes or heart disease or are pregnant—should see a health-care provider, the officials add.
Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital, Mankato Clinic Urgent Care and some other providers no longer are testing for H1N1 because symptoms are a better indicator of the illness, according to Dr. Brian Whited, medical director at ISJ, and Dr. Mark Matthias, chief medical officer at Mankato Clinic.
"If you are generally healthy and develop flu-like symptoms, we are asking you not to come to the emergency department, urgent care or your primary care provider," Whited told the Mankato-area public at a Sept. 22 press conference.
"If you are otherwise healthy, there is not much an ER, urgent care or primary care provider can do for you," Matthias added, pointing out that H1N1 symptoms—like those of seasonal flu¯last 5-7 days in most people. "The danger that you're going to have complications from this influenza is very low.… And otherwise healthy individuals with the flu normally do not require antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu."
The two physicians said people who come to health-care facilities with flu symptoms most likely will be sent home with no medication and no test, but they will be told to rest and drink plenty of fluids, and will be billed for the visit. Those who are ill should not return to work or class until 24 hours after their fever has broken (without the aid of medications).
University and Mankato-area health officials also continue to reiterate H1N1 precautions:
- Cover your cough or sneeze—preferably with a tissue or your sleeve;
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly;
- Go home if you are sick.
Local health-care officials have additional suggestions to reduce the spread of H1N1:
- Keep a container of alcohol-based hand sanitizer at your desk or work station, and use it frequently;
- If you're a supervisor, tell sick employees to go home;
- Tell ill students in your classes to go to their residences or their homes, and emphasize that they won't be penalized for being out of class.
- Get both the seasonal and H1N1 flu shots (faculty/staff flu shots will be available Oct 19; more information is below and on the Human Resources website)
Employees and students can find links to more information about H1N1 on the Student Health Services website.
Employees are encouraged to get seasonal flu vaccinations Monday, Oct. 19, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 284.
The seasonal flu shot and nasal spray seasonal flu vaccine will be available to state employees with no-out-of-pocket costs upon presentation of their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card during this workplace clinic. No appointments are necessary; the clinic will be conducted on a walk-in basis.
Employees who do not have member ID cards may pay cash or check for either the flu shot at $24 or the nasal spray flu vaccine at $32. The clinic is for Minnesota State Mankato employees only. Family members are encouraged to get a flu shot at their primary care clinics.
Those who can't attend the Oct. 19 flu shot clinic may get vaccinations through their primary care clinics and at other state agencies. A list of other state locations that are conducting flu shot clinics is available online.
Only the seasonal flu vaccine is being offered. At this time the state does not have definite plans to administer workplace H1N1 flu shot clinics. Plans for those clinics will depend on availability and distribution of the H1N1 vaccine.
Updates for employees concerning the H1N1 flu and vaccinations are available online.
President Richard Davenport and David Peters at the recent dedication of the new Psychology Doctoral & Clinical Center in University Square. Peters donated use of the off-campus center space.
The new Psychology Doctoral & Clinical Center in University Square was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 23.
President Richard Davenport spoke at the event, expressing the university's gratitude to David Peters, who donated use of the privately owned space for five years.
The center is a multi-use facility housing the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences' applied doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program in school psychology, and the college's master of arts program in clinical psychology.
The center includes two classrooms, four clinical laboratories for applied research, seven faculty offices and spaces for graduate student collaboration. It also is equipped for future use as a clinic to serve the mental health and educational needs of the community.
The space was designed by Paulsen Architects, and the renovation was done by Colway Contracting & Construction. University Square, LC and Mercury Investments team members also assisted with the project.
Kaye Herth, dean of the College of Allied Health & Nursing, will retire in August 2010, President Richard Davenport announced recently.
Kaye, dean since 1998, led the college's expansion into doctoral programs, a cutting-edge research center and innovative service-education partnerships and distance technology initiatives. She spearheaded a successful multi-year effort to obtain legislative approval for doctor of nursing practice degrees, and earlier this year the college was the first in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system to confer such degrees.
She also oversaw planning for three innovative new initiatives funded by a $7 million gift from Glen and Becky Taylor to the School of Nursing: the Glen Taylor Family and Society Endowed Nursing Faculty Chair, the Becky Taylor Doctoral Fellowships in Nursing and the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society. The institute creates better health-care models by using inquiry, discovery, innovation and partnerships that span traditional health-care disciplines.
She joined Minnesota State Mankato in 1998, and served in leadership positions at Georgia Southern University, Northern Illinois University and Clemson University. She was a family nurse practitioner in Appalachia and Texas, and she has done clinical practice in hospitals, hospices and community health centers.
She has received numerous honors and awards, including recognition from the World Health Organization for her research on hope among the terminally ill, and is listed in the biographical directory "Two Thousand Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century."
Her innovative instruments to measure hope are used by medical professionals throughout the world, and have been translated into 19 foreign languages. She is co-author of a book, "Hope and Hopelessness"; has published chapters about hope, humor and grief in eight major nursing texts; and has published more than 60 articles in professional journals.
Comedians Greg Giraldo and Christian Finnegan will cap a week of homecoming events with a performance Saturday, Oct. 3, after the Maverick football game against Augustana College at 3 p.m. in Blakeslee Stadium.
Greg and Christian will perform in Bresnan Arena at 7 p.m. The event, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, is free to students with MavCards, and $5 for others.
Other Homecoming Week events include:
- Wednesday, Sept. 30: Dodge ball tournament in Myers Field House starting at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 2, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Family Fun Carnival in the lot west of Blakeslee Stadium. Admission is free, and ride tickets may be purchased on site.
- Friday, Oct. 2: Pep rally featuring the Johnny Holm Band and free fireworks. Concert is free to students with MavCards and $10 for others. Gates open at 9:30 p.m. for the free fireworks show at 9:45.
- Saturday, Oct.3: Game day kicks off with a free president's community appreciation pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. The homecoming parade is at noon, and the football game starts at 3 p.m.
Those who want a complete listing of homecoming activities may visit the Homecoming website.
The Department of Theatre & Dance will open its Mainstage Season with the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods."
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3 and 8-10, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 3, 4, 10 and 11, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The performances are sponsored by HickoryTech and dedicated to Jane F. Earley, who retired this summer after nearly 40 years as the dean of the College of Arts & Humanities.
"Into the Woods," from a book by James Lapine, blends familiar fairy tales with an original story of a baker and his wife who attempt to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child. The musical, which includes songs such as "Into the Woods," "Agony" and "No One is Alone," is replete with magic and music.
Paul J. Hustoles (Theatre & Dance) directs the performance, with musical direction by Nick Wayne (Theatre & Dance). The baker and his wife are played by Mathias Becker (senior BFA Musical Theatre) and Meredith D. Larson (senior BFA Acting). Other characters include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
Individual tickets for "Into the Woods" are $20 regular; $18 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $14 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Season subscriptions are available through Sunday, Oct. 11.
The Friday, Oct. 2, performance will be ASL interpreted for the hearing-impaired. Tickets will be available online or by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 2009 Combined Charities Campaign kickoff for employees Thursday, Oct. 1, in Centennial Student Union.
Light refreshments will be available from 10-11 a.m. in the Heritage Room, and participants can enter to win attendance prizes. President Richard Davenport will speak at 10:15 a.m.
The Combined Charities Campaign, which takes place throughout October, invites faculty and staff to make pledges through payroll deduction or with a one-time gift to help community-based organizations such as the Greater Mankato Area United Way, Community Health Charities Minnesota, the Minnesota Environmental Fund, Open Your Heart and Community Shares of Minnesota.
This statewide campaign runs until Saturday, Oct. 31.
Those interested may find more information online.
Standeford Observatory will be open to the public on Thursday evenings during the fall observing season through Thanksgiving.
The observatory will be open from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on clear Thursday evenings. (If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will be not be held.)
Visitors should park at the southern end of Gage parking lot No. 1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory.
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 pedestrian gate also will indicate whether the observatory is open.
Standeford Observatory's open houses complement open houses at Andreas Observatory (next door), which happen on two remaining Friday evenings (see Oct. 16 item, below).
Those who want more information about Minnesota State Mankato observing facilities may find it online. Those in need of disability accommodations should contact the Accessibility Resources at (507) 389-2825.
The university's nationally recognized sport management program, through a partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves, is promoting a preseason Timberwolves game Sunday, Oct. 4, for faculty, staff, students and the public.
The game, at 5 p.m. against the Milwaukee Bucks, will be in Bresnan Arena of the Taylor Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are available from sport management students by calling (507) 389-2676, or at the door.
There is also an opportunity for fans to contribute to Maverick scholarships by purchasing a special pregame reception package—a seat at mid-court and access to the pre-game and halftime reception. Packages are available by calling (507) 389-5567 during regular business hours.
Sport management students are assisting with promotions and ticket sales for the game and pregame event.
The collaboration "provides students with an absolutely top-notch real-world experience, while challenging them through academic coursework," said Jon Lim (Sport Management). Students also learn professional sales skills from Timberwolves officials, gain hands-on experience and develop confidence.
Other Timberwolves' Homecoming Week highlights include:
- Wednesday, Sept. 30: Distinguished Speaker Series with Chris Wright, president of the Timberwolves, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102
- Saturday, Oct. 3: Wolves' van in the noon homecoming parade.
Other homecoming events will feature Wolves players and cheer teams.
More information about the game is at www.timberwolves.com.
The fall Career & Internship Expo for students and alumni will be Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, with a networking reception, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The Tuesday reception is at 4:30 p.m. and the expo is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring employers from business, science, engineering, technology, health care and social services. The expo, hosted by the Career Development Center, is open to all and is free for students.
More information is available on the CDC website.
The Good Thunder Reading Series continues Thursday, Oct. 8, with a day-long residency and concert by St. Peter poet Philip Bryant and Boston jazz pianist Carolyn Wilkins.
Bryant and Wilkins will meet with individuals in the morning and be interviewed later in the day on KMSU-FM. At 3 p.m. the two will lead a discussion and take questions on the topic of their poetry-jazz collaboration, "A Stompin' Suite," in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union.
At 7:30 p.m. the two will perform "A Stompin' Suite" in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. This evening performance includes original Carolyn compositions, inspired by Philip's poems.
The afternoon event is free and open to the public. For the evening performance only, admission is $9 for students and $12 for others.
Bryant is a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College. A recipient of a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, he has served on the governing board of the Loft Literary Center, and has published two books of poems, "Sermon on a Perfect Spring Day" and the recent "Stompin' at the Grand Terrace." Janesville, Minn.-based Blueroad Press released the current book, whose poems are the basis of the collaboration.
Jazz pianist and vocalist Wilkins has performed on radio and television with her group SpiritJazz, and has made a concert tour of South America as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. State Department. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, she is an associate professor at Berklee College.
An interview with the two, part of the "Authors in Transit" series on KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m.
Minnesota State Mankato is partnering with the Greater Mankato Early Learning Initiative to offer "READY! for Kindergarten" classes during fall, winter and spring. The acclaimed program teaches parents, guardians and grandparents how to better prepare children for preschool, and the first campus class is Friday, Oct. 9.
Minnesota State Mankato is the nation's first higher education institution providing the free training to employees. Employees who are parents or caregivers of children entering kindergarten in the next few years may take the classes.
Employee participants take three classes during the academic year. The first class is Friday, Oct. 9 (registration deadline for that class was Sept. 25). Two other class sessions are Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 (registration forms due Jan. 15), and Friday, April 30, 2010 (registration forms due April 16).
Classes are offered during the day, and participating parents and grandparents may take time away from work to attend. Classes last approximately two hours and are limited to 10 participants per age group.
The "READY! for Kindergarten" program, coordinated locally by the Greater Mankato Early Learning Initiative, is intended to enhance the relationship between parent and child and improve children's educational success.
Those who have questions should contact DeeAnn Snaza (Human Resources) at (507) 389-6075.
A discussion about Universal Design for Learning—a way to make learning more attainable for all students, including students with disabilities—will be presented by Julie Snow (Disability Services) on Monday, Oct. 12, as part of the Diversity Education series.
The talk will be from 10-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union 238.
Universal Design for Learning draws on the principles of universal design architecture and product design, aiming to accommodate the widest possible spectrum of students by adjusting teaching practices and information presentation to varying learning styles.
Andreas Observatory will be open to the public on two more Friday evenings this fall. The observatory will be open from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Nov. 20. A December open house has yet to be scheduled.
There is no charge for visitors to view celestial objects, but the observatory will be open only if the sky is clear that night. Those who have questions about the weather may call Andreas Observatory at (507) 389-2691 the nights of the open houses; more information is also posted on the observatory website.
Andreas Observatory is on the south edge of campus. Visitors should drive to Gage Towers and park at the south end of Gage Lot 1. They then should walk down the gravel road into the trees, past the ROTC tower on the left and the ropes course and Standeford Observatory on the right, until the road ends at Andreas Observatory.
Visitors should stay on the road, because construction makes the adjacent fields potentially hazardous. Visitors are urged to dress warmly, because the building is not heated. They may bring flashlights if they wish.
Those who have questions about Andreas Observatory events may call the Department of Physics & Astronomy at (507) 389-5743, or may contact Steve Kipp at (507) 389-5912.
Employees and their families are encouraged to attend the sixth annual Family Weekend Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18.
Family Weekend is an opportunity for students' families to become reacquainted with campus, and a chance for faculty and staff to bring their families to campus to participate in a variety of activities.
Children's events include a family fun carnival, Stomper Cinema featuring PIXAR short films, and children's activities in Centennial Student Union. Adult events include illusionist Reza, open climbing, theatre performances, a 5K fun run and more.
Most events are free or discounted for students, families, faculty and staff with MavCards or Family Weekend buttons (available at the information table at the main CSU entrance, Oct. 16 and 17).
A schedule of events is available online.
Minnesota State Mankato's Residence Hall Association will host the 2009 conference of the Midwest Affiliate of College & University Residence Halls Oct. 23 and 24. The conference, "MACURH Lighting—Tuning YOU in to Leadership," will bring more than 500 student leaders to campus.
The National Association of College and University Residence Halls is the world's largest student-run organization, and its Midwest Affiliate represents 44 schools in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Manitoba.
The ninth annual South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo, open to anyone interested in researching family history, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Centennial Student Union.
J.H. Fonkert, certified genealogist specializing in Midwest and Dutch genealogy, will speak on "Genealogical Detours: Solving Problems with Indirect Evidence" at the opening session. Fonkert will show how to weave together indirect evidence to draw a convincing conclusion about an ancestor's life.
"Researching family history can be a form of detective work," said Daardi Sizemore (Archives). "Historical 'clues' lead researchers to different resources and repositories. The South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo offers new and veteran family historians the opportunity to learn about the resources available at area research facilities and learn about new tips and tricks for successful genealogy research."
The event is co-organized by Memorial Library and the Blue Earth County Historical Society.
The early-bird registration fee is $20 by Oct. 16. Registration after that is $25. A $10 box lunch is also available to pre-registered participants. Those who want more information may contact Jessica Potter of the Blue Earth County Historical Society at 345-5566 or Daardi at 389-1029, or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Gender and Women's Studies will host the 28th annual Women & Spirituality Conference Saturday, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 1.
The conference is open to students, faculty, staff and community members.
Vandana Shiva, physicist, author and international leader in multiple interdisciplinary, environmental and sustainability movements, will present the keynote address Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
More information about the conference and the keynote address is now availeble.
The New Student and Family Programs and Academic Affairs are accepting proposals for learning community programs for the 2010-2011 academic year. Proposals will be accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Learning Communities provide co-enrollment in courses and clustered housing assignments to build cohesion among incoming students. They also coordinate access to first-year students interested in the same programs, and provide support from the New Student and Family Programs.
A 2008 student survey indicated that Learning Community students engaged in more discussion about academic and career related issues outside of class had higher class attendance and spent more time studying than students who did not participate in Learning Communities. They also reported an easier adjustment to college life and higher academic confidence.
Those who want proposal documents or have questions may contact Kate Hansen (First Year Experience) at 389-5498. More information is also available online.
Paper copies of newsletters and upcoming event flyers will no longer be available from the Employee Wellness Committee. All events, activities, programs and information will be posted on the committee's website.
Those who want periodic email updates regarding programs and upcoming events may send an email to Diane Roggow requesting to be added to the Wellness Committee distribution list.
Melodie Andrews (History) was appointed to the Test Development Committee responsible for guiding content and policies of the College Board's College-Level Examination Program exams in History of the United States I and II.
Monika Antonelli, Lisa Baures, Bobby Bothmann, Evan Rusch and Becky Schwartzkopf (Library Services) attended the annual conference of American Library Association in Chicago this summer. Monika presented "Preparing Yourself to Teach: Touching all the Bases" for the Library Instruction Round Table, and planned and moderated other round table discussions.
Kathleen Blue (Anthropology) and Jim Bailey, former political science/law enforcement professor, published "X-ray Enhancement of Knifepoint Profiles" in the July/August edition of Journal of Forensic Identification. Kathleen also held her fifth annual "Crime Scene Recovery Involving Human Skeletal Remains" in August.
Bobby Bothmann (Library Services) was elected to a three-year term on the Cataloging & Classification Section Executive Committee of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Bobby also was recognized as a "Graduate of the Last Decade" by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Alumni Association in May.
Donald Friend (Geography) was a panelist in a Town Hall Special on weather and climate that aired in June on Austin, Minnesota's, PBS affiliate, KSMQ.
The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research recently awarded a major research grant to Tom Inglot (Political Science/Law Enforcement). He will collaborate with several European scholars, studying "Family Policies in the New European Democracies." The findings will be published and distributed to various federal agencies in 2011, and Tom intends to develop the research into a second book.
Lee Ann Larson (Library Services) attended a national forum, "Stewardship of America's Legacy: Answering the Call to Action," in June in Buffalo, N.Y.
A chapter about computer-supported collaborative learning, co-authored by Andrea Rittman Lassiter (Psychology), recently was published in a reference volume, "E-Collaboration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications."
The Japanese government will fully fund Vinai Norasakkunkit's (Psychology) sabbatical research on a recent psychological phenomenon that has affected more than 5 million Japanese youth. His article, "Experimentally detecting how cultural differences in social anxiety measures misrepresent cultural differences in emotional well-being," recently was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.
Kathy Piehl (Library Services) attended the International Reading Association convention in Minneapolis in May, and the Children's Literature Association conference in Charlotte, N.C., in June. She has completed a three-year term on the ChLA Book Award Committee and will chair the association's Atrid Lindgren Committee for a three-year term.
Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) returned to campus after spending the last academic year in Ghana teaching urban management classes at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. She presented "Ghana: Customs and Traditions" at "Kids and Culture" in the Twin Cities in July.
Richard Schiming (Economics) spoke about "The Economy: Past, Present and Future" at the Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union annual meeting in April. His paper, "What Do Students Find Noteworthy about Economics? An Analysis of Student Note Cards Used during Exams," recently was published in "Perspectives on Economics Education."
Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) gave a presentation, "Top Security Threats against Stores & Field Offices," at the Data Privacy and Security Summit organized by the Minnesota Better Business Bureau in September.
Dennis Waskul (Social Work) co-presented "Click-A-Kink: Sexual Scripting and the Drama of Second Life Sex" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in San Francisco in August.
Michael Wells (Information Systems & Technology) was featured in a recent Minnesota Valley Business magazine article about the Brown Technology Campus Cooperative and Project Maverick. The partnerships with Brown Printing Company, Maverick Software Consulting and Thomson Reuters give ITS students the opportunity to work on technology-based assignments under the guidance of full-time employees. You can read the full article online.
Robin Wingo (Social Work) was appointed to the Council on Social Work Education's Council on Field Education for a four-year term. The council is the national accrediting body for undergraduate and graduate social work programs. She also was elected to a two-year term as president of the Minnesota Valley Action Council board of directors.
Jeremy Milstead (History) was ranked second overall on the Army ROTC National Order of Merit List for senior cadets who will graduate and be commissioned this year.
Jeremy was runner-up among 4,702 seniors in 273 programs nationwide. Several other Maverick Battalion cadets have placed in the top 10 percent of the Order of Merit List, but Jeremy is the highest-ranking Minnesota State Mankato student in history.
He is cadet battalion commander for Minnesota State Mankato Army ROTC and four-year scholarship recipient.
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 Oct. 14; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Oct. 9).
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