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October 14, 2009 Campus Newsletter

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'The Princeton Review Best Business Schools' logo

MBA: One of nation's best

For the fourth consecutive year, Minnesota State Mankato's MBA program is listed as one of the nation's best in The Princeton Review's 2010 business school guidebook.

The New York-based education services company includes the MBA program in its latest book about the nation's "Best 301 Business Schools." The rankings are based on surveys of 19,000 students attending the 301 schools, and on school-reported data.

"We chose the 301 business schools in this book based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president for publishing. "We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey."

"We report rankings in 11 categories, and we tally them largely from our unique student surveys to help applicants decide which of these academically outstanding schools will be the best match for them," Franek added.

The guidebook includes two-page profiles of the schools and their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement.

Career professionals and working students like the Minnesota State Mankato program because they can take classes at night, in eight-week modules. Students take one or two classes per module, and those who take the maximum classes can complete the program in two years.

Minnesota State Mankato professors "know the material they teach very well, and they work well with students," one student told The Princeton Review. "Their research provides them with a keen sense of future environment."

Another student praised the program for its "great atmosphere and small classes, along with a wealth of resources and technology," while others noted that "the program is selective," "the cost of tuition is reasonable," and the faculty is "outstanding."

"Best 301 Business Schools" does not rank schools academically or hierarchically. Profiles, ranking lists and information about how the list is compiled are on the Princeton Review website.

H1N1 precautions

Boy blowing his noseMore than 320 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota with laboratory confirmed H1N1. Because of the high importance for students, faculty and staff to help prevent the spread of the illness, the university has taken many steps to minimize infection on campus and throughout the community, including a new Web page at

Other notable efforts and achievements include:

  • Students, faculty and staff have been mindful about staying home when they're sick.
  • The number of students who got seasonal flu vaccines this year increased by 60 percent.
  • The student insurance company donated 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, distributed at the homecoming parade and around campus.
  • Many areas of campus, including Memorial Library and Centennial Student Union, have made hand sanitizer available.
  • The partnership among Student Health Services, Information & Technology Services and Integrated Marketing to create the Web page to provide up-to-the-minute H1N1 information (
  • Nursing faculty and students have agreed to work with Student Health Services to provide H1N1 vaccinations. It's unclear when doses of the vaccine will be available to campus, and priority will be given to those in high-risk categories.
  • Mu Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing scholastic society, has offered to assist with printing of handouts, brochures and small posters to display around campus.

Symptoms of H1N1 include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. There is also the possibility of vomiting and diarrhea. This illness is contagious one day before and up to seven days after symptoms begin.

H1N1 is the only flu-like illness affecting people at this time. According to Todd Kanzenbach (Student Health Services), the seasonal flu has not yet been reported, so flu-like symptoms are treated as H1N1.

Out of the 324 Minnesota cases of H1N1, there have been seven deaths, three of whom were children.

Seasonal flu shots

Someone getting a shotEmployees 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.

Davenport and Fajer signing the letter

President Richard Davenport (seated, at left) and Ana Luisa Fajer, Consul of Mexico in St. Paul (seated, right) sign a letter of intent to create a Plaza Comunitaria outreach program for non-English-speaking Latinos. Looking on are Guadalupe Quintero (left, Multicultural Affairs) and Michael Fagin (right, Institutional Diversity), as well as two representatives from the St. Paul consulate.

New partnership with Mexico

A new partnership between Minnesota State Mankato and the Government of Mexico will help area Hispanic immigrants continue their education while they develop their English-speaking skills. The Plaza Comunitaria outreach partnership was commemorated by University and Government of Mexico officials on Oct. 8 with a signing ceremony.

The program provides non-English-speaking Latinos with free adult education classes that help them earn Mexican school diplomas and prepare for further high school education. Classes are expected to start next spring, with the Government of Mexico providing program materials free of charge, and the University providing classroom space and arranging for volunteer tutors.

The program also offers internship and volunteer opportunities for students and local residents as tutors for Spanish-language students.

The classes, developed by Mexico and presented in Spanish online or in video, audio and print, are for people who do not know how to read or did not finish elementary or secondary education in the Mexican school system. The program is open to ages 16 and older, but most who take part in Plaza Comunitaria are in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

Currently there are 270 Plaza Comunitaria programs in 32 U.S. states.

Students who were unable to complete their education in Mexico but who successfully finish the program receive equivalency diplomas from the Mexican Ministry of Education, and may continue their education.

Open enrollment: Nov. 4-17

Open enrollment for the 2010 insurance year will be Wednesday, Nov. 4, through Tuesday, Nov. 17, with an information session Wednesday, Oct. 28.

During open enrollment employees have the opportunity to change medical, dental and long-term disability insurance; increase existing employee optional life insurance and spouse life insurance; enroll in pre-tax accounts for 2010; and participate in the optional health assessment survey.

Minnesota Management & Budget and insurance plan representatives will explain open enrollment opportunities Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 284, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and visit with the plan representatives. For those who cannot attend, an open enrollment presentation and help sessions will be offered by Therese Mullins (Human Resources). The schedule will be announced soon.

Minnesota Management & Budget will post open enrollment information on its website beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21. The fall SEGIP Report newsletter mailed to employees this month also will include open enrollment information. Those links will be added to the Human Resources website for easy access.

Open enrollment insurance changes and pre-tax account enrollments must be completed on the self-service Web site between Nov. 4 and Nov. 17. Employees who wish to get the $5 health plan copay reduction for 2010 must also complete an online health assessment during that time period, and agree to accept a follow-up contact by a health coach.

Additional information and updates will be emailed to employees and posted on the Human Resources website. Employees may contact Therese at x6942 or Wendy Schuller (Human Resources) at x2015 for assistance.

Michael Miller and President Davenport

Michael Miller (College of Education) accepts the Philanthropist of the Year award from President Richard Davenport on behalf of the Vivian B. Rippin Estate.

Margaret Preska and President Davenport

President Emerita Margaret Preska is congratulated by President Richard Davenport for her Volunteer of the Year award.

Gala honors benefactors

The Vivian B. Rippin Estate was named "Philanthropist of the Year" and President Emerita Margaret Preska was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Foundation Gala Sept. 25. The black-tie event celebrates the generosity of University friends who make gifts for scholarships, facilities, student research and faculty development.

Other couples and organizations were honored as Benefactors of the Purple and Gold Society (lifetime giving of $500,000 or more); Partners of the Purple and Gold Society (lifetime giving of $100,000 or more); the President's Circle of the Purple and Gold Society (lifetime giving of $50,000 or more); and the Dean's Circle of the Purple and Gold Society (lifetime giving of $25,000 or more).

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation, chartered in 1958, is the oldest public institution foundation in Minnesota. It enhances the University by providing scholarship support and grants for student research, by supporting faculty professional development, and by helping to build facilities for learning.

Minnesota State University, Mankato banner

Using the University's name

Just a friendly reminder that in email, official correspondence and publications, the full name of the University should be used on first reference: Minnesota State University, Mankato. On second and subsequent reference, the shortened name should be: Minnesota State Mankato.

Avoid the use of "MSU" or "MSUM" or any other acronym for our University. Minnesota State Mankato is the preferred shortened name because it clearly differentiates us from other MSUs and reduces the chance that our audiences will continue to think our name is Mankato State University. For variety's sake if needed, "the University" can be used in place of Minnesota State Mankato.

President's Commission on Diversity banner

Diversity award, grants

The President's Commission on Diversity is accepting applications for diversity related development and research grants, as well as nominations for the President's Diversity Award.

Applications for the grant are due Sunday, Nov. 15, and Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. Only Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff are eligible. Recipients may receive stipends of up to $500 to attend professional conferences related to issues of diversity in higher education, or to conduct research in this area. Grants will be awarded in two categories: students, and faculty and staff.

Nominations for the Diversity Award are due Monday, Nov. 9, and recipients will be recognized at the annual Institutional Diversity Dinner Friday, Nov. 20. The award acknowledges contributions of the university's faculty, staff and administrators whose services and efforts support the school's goal of diversity and inclusiveness.

The President's Commission on Diversity will review all nominations, with the final decision being made by the president.

Members of the President's Commission on Diversity are not eligible to apply.

Those who are interested may submit nomination letters and applications to the Office of Disability Services, Room 132, Memorial Library. Electronic copies may be emailed to Julie Snow (Disability Services).

Oct. 14: 'Green Construction'

Construction Management7700 France's Construction Professional Development program debuts this month with a Green Construction Exposures seminar Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The construction management advisory board, assisted by Ann Goebel (University Extended Education) and Patti Kramlinger (Development), will present the seminar from 1-4 p.m. at 7700 France Ave., Edina. The panel will discuss legal cases, contract clauses and products that relate to keeping construction "green."

More than 50 construction management students are expected to attend the seminar, along with faculty and advisory board members.

Oct. 15, 16: Latino Conference

"Latin American Dawn: Traditions and Perseverance" is the theme of the annual Latino Conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16.

The conference, sponsored by the University's Latino Affairs Office, is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. All events will be in Centennial Student Union.

The conference intended to build student leadership and provide opportunity for scholars, students, professionals and community members to discuss issues affecting Latinos in America. Discussions will focus on education, immigration, discrimination, employment, community organizing, student retention and access to community resources to empower the Latino community.

Conference presenters and workshops include:

  • Mario Hernandez, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, discussing the role and importance of the census and strategies for Latinos to organize and inform the community.
  • Ernesto Bustos, undergraduate student and member of Centro Campesino, discussing the myths and realities of immigration.
  • Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, dean at Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Faribault, discussing "Access and Services: Working with Latino Students."
  • Dr. Roberto Dansie, award-winning speaker and clinical psychologist, discussing the psychology of success and "The Path of the Artist Life."
  • Francisco Gonzalez, mediator with the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, discussing the changing immigration patterns and immigration law.
  • David Albornoz, consultant, discussing the dropout rates in schools and Latino gains in education.
  • Jose Javier Lopez (Geography) discussing trends in Latin American politics.
  • Rodolfo Gutierrez, specialist in Mexican women's labor force, discussing "Mexicans: 200 Years Later."

Undergraduate and graduate students may receive credit for attending the conference. The cost is $30 for those taking it for credits. Those who wish may find more information online. Those who have questions or wish to register may contact Guadalupe Quintero at (507) 389-2811.

Oct. 15: 'Twelve Angry Men'

'12 Angry Men' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance turns serious when it presents Sherman Sergel's adaptation of Reginald Rose's "Twelve Angry Men" beginning Thursday, Oct. 15.

The show, in Andreas Theatre, will run Oct. 15-18 and 21-25. Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance) directs the jury room pressure-cooker play, presented in the round to make audience members feel as though they're the 13th member of the jury.

The case looks open-and-shut—until one juror begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. It becomes personal, with each juror revealing his character as the various testimonies are re-examined. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become 12 angry men.

The play strives to capture the "film noir" feel of the 1950s, but it will be presented in full color. This is the first time that Minnesota State Mankato has performed "Twelve Angry Men."

Individual tickets are $14.50 regular, $13 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for current Minnesota State students. They're available by calling the Theatre Box Office at (507) 389-6661 between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by visiting the MSU Theatre website.

Oct. 16: Watch the stars

StarsAndreas 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.

Oct. 16-18: Family Weekend

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.

Oct. 19: Effective mentoring

Tammy AllenHuman resources expert Tammy Allen will discuss effective mentoring relationships in a lecture Monday, Oct. 19.

Allen will present "What do we Really Know about Effective Mentoring Relationships?" at 6 p.m. in Armstrong Hall Room 102. The lecture, one of a series presented by the Industrial-Organizational Psychology master's program, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Allen is associate editor of the "Journal of Applied Psychology" and the "Journal of Occupational Health Psychology." She serves on the executive board of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and is a fellow of the society and the American Psychological Association.

The lecture series also featured Don MacPherson on Oct. 9 and features Michael Hepperlen Oct. 16, Brenda Flannery Nov. 13 and Jodi Heichert Nov. 20. All lectures will be at 2 p.m. in Weicking Center B133.

Those who want more information may contact Lisa Perez (Psychology) at (507) 389-5696.

Oct. 19: Global Citizen deadline

Global Citizen Award nominations are being accepted for 2009. Nominations are being sought for five individuals, and the deadline for application forms is Monday, Oct. 19.

Those who want more information may contact Caryn Lindsay.

Oct. 21: Major Fair

Students are invited to learn more about majors available at Minnesota State Mankato during the Major Fair 2009 on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in Centennial Student Union.

The fair, sponsored by the Career Development Center and the New Student and Family Programs, will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. It is intended to give students a chance to learn more about various majors and minors, and to provide opportunities for students to get involved in organizations across campus.

Each academic college will be represented at the event, and many will have faculty and academic advisors present.

Those who want more information may contact First Year Experience at (507) 389-5498.

Oct. 22: Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble logoThe world-acclaimed Rose Ensemble will perform in concert and offer a vocal clinic Thursday, Oct. 22.

The group—called "the Twin Cities' most daring and imaginative vocal ensemble" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press—will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

In addition, director Jordan Sramek will offer a vocal clinic with the Chamber Singers from noon to 12:50 p.m. Oct. 22 in Performing Art Center 109. The clinic will explore vocal style, performance practice and ensemble techniques to enhance the interpretation of diverse vocal music repertoire.

Both events are sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music and funded by the Nadine B. Andreas Artists in Residence program.

Rose Ensemble musicians are renowned for their ability to sing both as an ensemble and as soloists, and Sramek has been lauded for diverse programming and ground-breaking research.

Concert admission is $15; and $10 for students with a valid MavCard. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish may purchase tickets online. Those who want concert information should call the Performance Series office, (507)-389-5549.

Oct. 23: DAA nominations

Members of the campus community may submit Distinguished Alumni Award nominations by Friday, Oct. 23.

The awards, presented every spring, honor the university's best and brightest alumni.

Awards are considered in four categories: Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Harold J. Fitterer Service Award, Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award and Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Those who want more information may go online to view a list of previous recipients or fill out a nomination form, or contact Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Alumni Relations) at (507) 389-1794.

Oct. 23, 24: Residence hall conference

The Residence Hall Association will host the Midwest Affiliate of College & University Residence Halls conference Oct. 23-24. 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.

Oct. 24: Genealogy Expo

Tree with roots forming a heartThe 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. Saturday, 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.

The event is co-organized by Memorial Library and the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Early-bird registration 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 Sizemore (Archives) at 389-1029.

Oct. 26: Artist residency

Amy SillmanRenowned artist Amy Sillman will make a presentation and be the featured guest at a reception during her department residency beginning Monday, Oct. 26.

The residency, made possible by the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment and the Department of Art, will feature Sillman's lecture about her work at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union.

The residency will continue through Oct. 28, when Sillman will conduct class consultations and critiques.

Sillman is considered one of the most significant contemporary painters in the United States. The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Modern Art have all displayed her work.

She has also received numerous grants and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NEA Fellowship in Painting, the Pollock Krasner Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

Those who want more information may contact the Department of Art at (507) 389-6412.

Oct. 30: Anthropology on the Rez

Excavating a siteRon Schirmer (Anthropology) will discuss "Anthropology on the Rez" Friday, Oct. 30, in Centennial Student Union.

The presentation, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public from 11 a.m. to noon in CSU 238, will address the history of American Indian interactions with Europeans. It is sponsored by Institutional Diversity.

The lecture will focus on experiences between American Indians and Europeans, how these interactions impacted the context by which many live today, and how they make it difficult for academics to form beneficial relationships with descendant communities.

Ron hopes participants will provide ideas about how this hurdle can be overcome.

Those who wish may register for the session online.

Oct. 30: MavCARD deadline

Sample MavCARDThe MavCARD replacement deadline for students, faculty and staff is Friday, Oct. 30.

All members of the campus community need to replace their old MavCARDs to continue utilizing features such as door access, library checkout, photocopying and MavCASH purchases. The card replacement is free.

Old MavCARD functionality will be disabled in late fall.

Those applying for new cards need to bring a photo ID and Tech ID number to the MavCARD office (Centennial Student Union 117) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wells Fargo bankers will be available to assist in completion of the application form, and re-carders will have their photos taken.

Students, faculty and staff have the option to link MavCARDs to new or existing Wells Fargo accounts, and to use them as ATM/PIN-debit cards.

Those who want more information may visit the MavCARD site.

Oct. 31: Women & Spirituality

Vandana ShivaThe Department of Gender & Women's Studies will host the 28th annual Women & Spirituality Conference Saturday, Oct. 31, and 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 has been made available online.

Nov. 9: Whiter teeth

Smiley face brushing his teeth"Bring Your Smile to Work," a presentation by Christina Simonette, will explain to faculty and staff how to keep teeth pearly white on Monday, Nov. 9.

Simonette, a dentist from the St. Peter Family Dental Center, will discuss "Everything you ever wanted to know about whitening your teeth and more" from 11-11:30 a.m. in Centennial Student Union 201. She'll focus on the differences between whitening products from the store and whitening services offered by dentists.

Other topics will include taking advantage of oral cancer screenings and making sure one's overall health is ready for a teeth-whitening program.

Simonette received a dental degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Those who attend will receive toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, and will also have the chance to enter a drawing for prizes such as a 30-day Otto Recreation Center pass.

Those who want more information may contact Jill Frederickson-Kratzke (Human Resources) at 389-2017.

Nov. 13: Time management

Cartoon of woman on the phone and holding a babyFaculty and staff members are invited to learn effective time management strategies at a presentation by Katy Dorendorf Friday, Nov. 13, in Centennial Student Union.

"Time Management," sponsored by the Employee Wellness Committee, will be held in Centennial Student Union 202 from noon to 1 p.m. Those who attend may enter a drawing to win various prizes.

More information about the event is available from Diane Roggow (Human Resources) at (507) 389-2016, or by visiting the Wellness site. Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may contact the Wellness Committee at 389-2017.

Nov. 19: Stress relief

Sister Rosalind Gefre logoFaculty and staff are invited to enjoy chair massages Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Centennial Student Union.

The Sister Rosalind Gefre School of Professional Massage will offer the massages—$5 for a 15-minute session—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CSU Room 201. The event is sponsored by the Employee Wellness Committee.

Those who wish to register should email Jill Frederickson-Kratzke (Human Resources) by Thursday, Nov. 12.

Chiller plant shut down

Chiller plant diagramThe campus chiller plant has been shut down for the winter to protect the cooling coils and towers from freeze damage. The staff drained cooling towers and coils in the last few days, and will winterize and drain chillers this week.

Cool outdoor air brought into the system will keep campus buildings comfortable. If there's an unusually warm day with elevated humidity, indoor temperatures may be higher than normal in campus buildings.

Those with questions may call Steve Ardolf (Physical Plant) at (507) 389-1332.


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 (Human Resources) requesting to be added to the Wellness Committee distribution list.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Bill Anderson (Social Work) recently presented a workshop on ethics in a rural context at the Region IX Minnesota Social Service Association conference. His session will be repeated as the keynote presentation at the Region X conference in Hutchinson in October.

The National Science Foundation funded a $275,000, five-year grant proposal, "Connection, Community and Engagement in STEM Education (Large Empirical, Contextual Research Topics in STEM Education)." Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) will complete the work along with four others from other schools.

David Beimer's (Social Work) manuscript "Employment Entry through Supported Employment: Influential Factors for Clients with Co-occurring Mental and Substance Disorders" was accepted for publication in "Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal." His abstract, "Factors Influencing Child Maltreatment among Families Leaving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families," was accepted for presentation at the 2010 Society for Social Work Research annual meeting in San Francisco.

Jeff Buchanan (Psychology) and graduate students Britta Fiksdal, Katie Fairchild and Carolina Surla presented their research, "An Analysis of Command Types and Compliance During Personal Care Between Nursing Home Staff and Residents with Cognitive Impairment," at the Minnesota Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in St. Cloud in September.

An article by Stephen Druschel (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), "Rock Fragments in Trichloroethene Microcosms for Bedrock Aquifers," was published recently in "Bioremediation Journal."

Anthony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) presented an AICP certification-maintenance training session on planning ethics at the annual conference of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association in Brooklyn Park in September.

Jean Haar (Educational Leadership) was reappointed to the Board of School Administrators. Her four-year term expires in January 2013.

Annelies Hageemeister (Social Work) was interviewed for the feature article of the September/ October "Social Work Today." The article, "Revisiting Parental Alienation Syndrome—Scientific Questions, Real World Consequences," was by David Surface.

An article by I.-J. Kim and Eryn Stehr (Mathematics & Statistics) and student Brendon Watts, "On the Largest Eigenvalues of Bipartite Graphs Which are Nearly Complete," was accepted for publication in "Linear Algebra and Its Applications." A paper by I.-J. and student Craig Erickson, "On Nilpotence Indices of Sign Patterns," was accepted for publication in "Communications of the Korean Mathematical Society."

A chapter by Andrea Lassister (Psychology), "Computer-supported Collaborative Learning: The Role of the Instructor," recently was published in "E-Collaboration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications."

A book by William R. Peterson and Ted G. Eschenbach (Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology), "Cases in Engineering Economy, Second Edition," was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Jeffrey Pribyl and Mary Hadley (Chemistry & Geology) presented "Using Technology with Guided Inquiry to Improve Students' Learning and Increase Efficiency" at the 185th 2YC3 conference and the Minnesota State CTL Discipline Workshop in Rochester, Minn., in September. Jeffrey also presented "An Introduction to POGIL for the Community College Classroom."

Hanh-Huy Phan (Ethnic Studies) and eight ethnic studies students attended an address, "Education, the Great Equalizer," by Kazoua Kong-Thao in St. Paul in September.

Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) attended the International City/County Manager's Conference in Montreal, Quebec, in September. She also was featured in an article, "A Journey to Ghana," in the Chaska Herald in September.

FOX 9 News recently interviewed Mark Robbins (Political Science/Law Enforcement) for his professional assessment of a highly publicized Twin Cities police confrontation.

Leah Rogne's (Sociology & Corrections) article, "The Greatest Generation Revisited: Conscientious Objectors and the 'Good War,'" was accepted for publication in "Humanity and Society." Leah also organized a session, "Ageism and Economic Inequality: Understanding Intersections," at the Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in August, where she presented a paper, "Ageism and Old Age Policy."

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) worked with faculty at Morehead State University in Kentucky in September, helping them overhaul their undergraduate general education curriculum. He also presented workshops at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

A paper by Christopher Ruhland and Matthew Krna (Biological Sciences), "Response of Plants and the Dominant Microarthropod, Cryptopygus Antarcticus to Warming and Contrasting Precipitation Regimes in Antarctic Tundra," was published recently in "Global Change Biology."

Wayne Sandee (Social Work emeritus) was honored at the State Fair as the 2009 Outstanding Senior Volunteer by the Minnesota Board on Aging. Wayne spends 25-30 hours each week working with a variety of non-profits, visiting dependent elders and delivering meals.

Michael Spencer's (Economics) coauthored article, "Rebate Rules in Threshold Public Good Provision," was published in the "Journal of Public Economics" in June.

Mahbubur Syed (Information Systems & Technology) served as a member of the Technical Program Committee of the 2009 International Workshop on Distance Education Technologies during September in Redwood City, Calif.

Patrick Tebbe (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) and Jeff Pribyl (Chemistry) have received an NSF Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Phase II grant for $422,756. The grant is for "Full Development of Engineering Scenarios to Promote Student Engagement in Thermodynamics Related Courses."

Christophe Velstos (Information Systems & Technology) gave a presentation, "Top Security Threats against Stores & Field Offices," at the Data Privacy and Security Summit in September. He also attended ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Training and was a panelist on "Sun Tzu and the Art of Information Security" at SecureWorldExpo Detroit. He was also was a key contributor to the privacy sections of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards and NIST-IR 7628 Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy and Requirements documents.

David Viscoli (Music) recently performed a solo piano recital at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

An article by Hongxia Yin (Mathematics & Statistics), "Error Bounds of Two Smoothing Approximations for Semi-infinite Minimax Problems" was published in "ACTA Mathematicae Applicatae Sinica, English Series." She also gave a talk, "Robust Portfolio Selection with Maximum Risk Adjusted Return on Capital," at the International Symposium of Mathematical Programming in Chicago in August.

Qun Zhang (Electrical & Computer Engineering) submitted a collaborative research paper, "On the Gaussian Approximation and Margin Measurements for Optical DPSK Systems with Balanced Detection," to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Optical Society of America joint "Journal of Lightwave Technology."

Combined Charities

Minnesota State Employees Combined Charities Campaign logoA number of employees won prizes at the Oct. 1 Combined Charities Campaign kickoff.

Winners include:

Dalton Crayton (Intercultural Student Center), Mav Pack game general admission; Ginny Fitzloff (President's Office), Mav Pack game general admission; Diane Hamilton (Financial Services), Printing Services gift bag; Darcy Larvick (Cashier's Office), Mav Pack game general admission; Marilyn Lott (Student Activities), Printing Services gift bag; Amy Mukamuri (Institutional Diversity), Printing Services gift bag; Judith Nordeen (Financial Services), four reserved men's hockey tickets; Sue Romsa (Financial Services), Mav Pack game general admission;

Marshel Rossow (Mass Communications), Printing Services gift bag; Warren Sandman (Speech Communication), $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate; JoAnn Scholtz (Human Resources), four reserved men's hockey tickets; Deborah Spreng (Registrar's Office), $50 MavCash credit; Carol Stallkamp (President's Office), Printing Services gift bag; Gary Urban (Business Services), Printing Services gift bag; and Brian Zins (Intercollegiate Athletics), two tickets to "A Christmas Carol."

Campaign donations will be accepted until Saturday, Oct. 31. Another prize drawing will be held after the campaign is over, for employees who donate through payroll deduction or with a one-time gift to help community organizations.

Employees may send checks, made out to the charity of their choice, to Diane Roggow (Human Resources) or David Cowan (Facilities Services).

Employees who didn't receive the Minnesota State Employee's Combined Charities Campaign booklet, with information related to the campaign, charities and donation process, may contact Karen Foreman (Support Services) at (507) 389-5973.

Professional Development: Jan. 6, 2010

Professional Development logoFaculty and staff are encouraged to present a topic or participate in the annual Professional Development Day on Jan. 6, 2010.

Approximately 40 programs will be offered on various topics of interest.

Those with questions about the proposal process or the program structure may contact Shannon Jeffries (Information & Technology Services) or Leslie Peterson (Memorial Library).



Concert choir selected

The Concert Choir is one of five college choirs from Minnesota that will perform Nov. 14 at the 2009 Minnesota Collegiate Choral Festival in St. Paul.

The choir was selected to perform at the festival after a blind audition this summer. Its members will perform as a concert choir and will take part in a mass choir performance with other participating choirs. The Nov. 13-14 festival is at Bethel University.

The choir is directed by David Dickau (Music) conductor and faculty member since 1991. The mass choir will be directed by Craig Jessop, head of the music department at Utah State University and former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The mass choir will premiere a piece by composer Eric William Barnum, who earned a master's degree in choral conducting from Minnesota State Mankato.

Other choirs participating include the Northwestern College Concert Choir, Saint John's University Men's Chorus, University of Minnesota Duluth University Singers and University of St. Thomas Chamber Singers.

Tickets for the festival are $25 each, and a special ticket, which includes a CD of the concert, is available for $75. The additional fee goes to the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund, which provides grants to choral directing students.

Those who want more ticket information may go online or call (651) 638-6333. Details about the festival are at or


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