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Minnesota State University, Mankato

October 28, 2009 Campus Newsletter

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Committee and students in the Department of Dental Hygiene

Members of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee visited Minnesota State Mankato last week, learning about the University's plans for a new clinical sciences building and touring the Department of Dental Hygiene. One of the system's 2010 bonding requests is for $1.9 million for clinical sciences planning and design. Legislators will act on the bonding requests during the 2010 session, which starts Feb. 4.

Warner A. Zeno: $1.1 million gift

Warner A. ZenoA $1.1-million scholarship endowment gift from the estate of Warner A. Zeno will go to students from Mankato and will generate approximately $40,000 per year.

Former Mankato businessman Zeno, who founded Zeno Glass Company shortly after he returned from service in World War II, died earlier this year at age 90.

The Warner A. Zeno Family Scholarships will go to deserving students who were born and reside in the Mankato School District. Minnesota State Mankato financial aid officials expect application materials for the Warner A. Zeno Family Scholarships to be available in the next several months.

A lifelong Mankato resident, Zeno graduated from Mankato High School and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He operated Zeno Glass Company until he retired, and was active in the Masonic Lodge and other service organizations.

"We are deeply grateful to Warner A. Zeno for this very generous gift," said President Richard Davenport. "It is not only a gift to the university, but a gift to the entire Mankato community. Mr. Zeno was a lifelong Mankato citizen who was passionate about the value of higher education, and about giving back to the community."

Details of the Warner A. Zeno Family Scholarships are being finalized by University Advancement, and applications for the first scholarships are expected to be available sometime next semester.

Athletics Web site: New & improved

StomperMinnesota State Mankato athletics has refurbished and improved its department Web site with more information and many new features.

"Web site technology and the Internet play a critical role in the ongoing marketing and development of our entire athletic program," said Kevin Buisman (Intercollegiate Athletics). "It is one of the primary means we have available to us for reaching some of our most important audiences, including parents, alumni, potential student-athletes and other supporters. We are pleased to deliver these advancements and hope that loyal followers of Maverick Athletics will enjoy the fresh look and feel of our Web site and the many new features that we have added to our homepage."

Athletics partnered with ICS/Sidearm this summer in a three-year contractual agreement, seeking to improve the presentation of the Mavericks on the World Wide Web.

The new site is at

Behavioral Consultation Team

Girl covering her faceFaculty and staff members who notice students with persisting concerns are encouraged to contact the Behavioral Consultation Team. The team:

  • Identifies students who may be distressed or distressing to others;
  • Increases communication, collaboration and response coordination;
  • Discusses intervention ideas and referral options;
  • Provides ideas, resources and support.

Members on the Consultation Team include faculty trained in mental health issues and staff with experience in student-life issues. They focus on support, education, outreach and consultation.

Recognizing struggling students is pertinent to intervention. Signs of distress include depression, substance abuse, poor social skills, suicidal thoughts, bizarre acting out, absenteeism, anxiety, aggression and emotional withdrawal.

Faculty or staff who notice a students with concerning behaviors and/or actions are urged to talk to the student, expressing concerns in a caring way, listening without interruption and helping the student define the problem. Listeners should not promise confidentiality.

If a student poses an immediate danger to him/herself or others, the faculty member should call Security at 389-2111. Other consultation options include Counseling Center, (389-1455), Disability Services (389-2825), Office of Student Conduct (389-2121) and Student Health Services (389-6276). Reporting forms are also available online.

Scholarship royalties

Graduation cap, diploma, and a stack of booksBased on income from the first three quarters of 2009, the University is on track to collect nearly $34,000 in scholarship royalty payments from vendors who use the University's name and logotypes on garments and other items sold for profit.

Third-quarter royalties totaled $5,911, bringing the total for 2009 to $28,175. That compares with $24,818 for the same period last year. Royalty payments to the University are used for academic and athletic talent scholarships and grants.

The Media Relations Office oversees the licensed vendors, approving, disapproving or requiring changes to their product designs. In 2008 the Media Relations Office reviewed more than 600 designs submitted by the vendors.

Oct. 29: Gloria Caballero

The cover of 'Phantom'Alumna and author Gloria Caballero—also known as "the Cat Whisperer"—will talk about her book "Phantom" and work with animals on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Her "Lunch and Learn" talk, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Alumni Relations, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. It will start at noon in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

Caballero founded Scooter's Place, a non-profit rescue shelter that saves abused cats. She performs socialization and physical therapy on crippled, abused and abandoned felines. "Phantom" is the first in a series of fiction books with stories from Scooter's Place. Her ability to communicate with felines landed her the nickname "Cat Whisperer."

Caballero graduated from Mankato West High School and earned a degree in sociology, social work and psychology.

Those who want more information may contact Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Alumni Relations) at (507) 389-1794.

Oct. 29: Ostrander celebration

The doors to the newly renovated Ostrander Auditorium will officially open at a public celebration Thursday, Oct. 29.

The 7 p.m. grand opening event will include brief presentations from President Richard Davenport, the Ostrander renovation planning committee and student union directors.

The $1.6 million renovation included replacement of all 350 seats, a new stage and curtains, new maple wall panels and a new heating and air conditioning system. One new feature provides wheelchair accessibility into the auditorium. Technological upgrades are equally dramatic, with new lighting, a new surround sound system, audio and video conferencing capabilities and increased wireless connectivity.

The renovations "reflect the spirit and vitality of the university," Laurie Woodward (Centennial Student Union) said. The space was totally rebuilt to serve the campus for next 40 years, added Scott Hagebak (Centennial Student Union).

Renovation funds came from the CSU budget, derived from student fees. The renovations are the first since the late 1990s. Ostrander Auditorium, built in 1972, was named after 1927 graduate Lloyd Ostrander.

Oct. 29, 30: Clark Wolf

Clark WolfJustice and climate change expert Clark Wolf will discuss climate policy and legal interpretation in two Nadine B. Andreas Philosophy Department lectures Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29 and 30.

Wolf will talk about "Intergenerational Justice, Human Needs, and Climate Policy" Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Room 121, Trafton Science Center C. He will discuss "Authenticity and History in Legal Interpretation and Music Performance: A Discussion of the Mann Act of 1910, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and Bach's d-minor Chaconne for Solo Violin" Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. in Morris Hall 102.

Both lectures are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Wolf, a leading scholar and authority on justice and climate change, is director of Iowa State University's Bioethics program and teaches in Iowa State's Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. His research includes a wide range of issues, including political and ethical theory, jurisprudence, bioethics, aesthetics and the philosophy of economics and rationality.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by Student Events Team, the colleges of Arts & Humanities, Science, Engineering & Technology and Social & Behavioral Science, and the departments of Biology and Philosophy.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Women & Spirituality

Vandana ShivaPhysicist, author and international sustainability leader Vandana Shiva will discuss "The Gendered Politics of Food" as keynote speaker at the Women and Spirituality Conference Saturday, Oct. 31.

The 28th annual conference, which opens Oct. 31 and continues until Sunday, Nov. 1, will include more than 100 workshops and discussions exploring discovery, interaction, ritual, celebration and other topics. As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Shiva's keynote talk, "Women and the Gendered Politics of Food," will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The conference also will feature a free Saturday night drum circle in the CSU lower level.

The conference is intended to encourage dialogue among women and men from different spiritual and religious traditions. It is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Women's Studies Department, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Institutional Diversity and Women's Center.

Shiva, an internationally recognized eco-feminist, physicist, author and sustainability movement leader, in 2003 was described as an "environmental hero" by Time magazine and received the Alternative Nobel Prize and Earth Day International Award.

She founded Navdanya, a national Indian-based movement to protect resources and promote organic farming, and started an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley, India. Her books include "The Violence of Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology, and Politics," "Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology," and "Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply."

Those who would like more information may go to the Conference website or may email

Oct. 31, Nov. 1: Exhibits

In conjunction with the Women & Spirituality Conference, exhibitor booths in Myers Field House will be open to the public at no charge Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

More than 70 exhibitors are expected, displaying and selling imported and hand-crafted items, books, CDs, art, clothing, jewelry, psychic readings, massage, musical instruments, aura photography and more.

On Saturday exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday exhibits will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


'Movember: Changing the Face of Men's Health' banner

'Movember': Cancer awareness

Male students, faculty and staff are encouraged to support cancer awareness by growing a beard throughout November. "Movember" is a month-long mustache-growing charity event intended to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer.

Participants are asked to start Nov. 1 clean-shaven and grow a 'Mo' for the entire month.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in college-age students, and one in six adult males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his life. Those who want more information may visit the Be A Moverick website.

Nov. 3: Bloodmobile

Bloodmobile sign on the front of the vehicleThe Upward Bound Program will sponsor the Red Cross Bloodmobile on campus Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Bloodmobile staff will be available to collect blood from student, faculty, staff and public donors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The American Red Cross says that people in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Donations make the difference between life and death for nearly 5 million people who receive blood transfusions every year, the agency adds.

Bloodmobile appointments may be made by calling (507) 389-1211 or going to and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins are welcome.

Nov. 6: Diversity nominations

5 students of different ethnicitiesThe Division of Institutional Diversity is accepting nominations for three awards that recognize commitment to cultural inclusiveness. Nominations are due Friday, Nov. 6.

The Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian Award is given to individuals or organizations that consistently promote cultural diversity at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the surrounding community.

The Vice President Award recognizes those who have made specific contributions to students of color and support growth of cultural diversity.

Certificates of Recognition are awarded to students, faculty, clubs, community agencies, businesses and organizations that have stimulated and advanced the goals of the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Recipients will be honored at the annual Diversity Dinner Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Those who want more information may contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at (507) 389-6125.

Nov. 9: Whiter teeth

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

Simonette, 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 Room 201. She'll focus on the differences between whitening products from the store and whitening services offered by dentists, and will talk about oral cancer screenings.

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

Those who attend will receive toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, and can enter a drawing for prizes such as a 30-day Otto Recreation Center pass. Those who have questions may contact Jill Frederickson-Kratzke (Human Resources) at 389-2017.

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day

Veterans' headstonesVeteran's Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, is an observed holiday for a number of classified employees.

The following employees will not be scheduled to work Nov. 11: AFSCME, Commissioner's Plan, MAPE and MMA. All other employees will have a regular work day, and classes will be held.

Those who want more information about the Veteran's Day holiday may go online or contact JoAnn Scholtz (Human Resources) at (507) 389-2464.

Nov. 12-29: 'A Christmas Carol'

'A Christmas Carol' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will welcome the holiday season beginning Thursday, Nov. 12, with the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."

Performances of "A Christmas Carol," illustrating the transformation of miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge, are Nov. 12-15, 19-22 and 28-29 in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The performances are sponsored by Blethen, Gage and Krause, PLLP.

Adapted and directed by Paul J. Hustoles (Theatre & Dance), "A Christmas Carol" is a mystical and evocative journey of Scrooge's self-recognition, enhanced by traditional music of the season. Minnesota State Mankato presented this adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" in 2002.

The cast of more than 30, including nine children, is led by senior Craig Daniel Stastny (Musical Theatre BFA) as Scrooge. Characters include the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, as well as the Christmas-loving Fezziwigs, the Crachit family and 5-year-old Royal Nathaniel Habrat as Tiny Tim.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. There will be no evening performances Nov. 15, 22 and 29, and no matinee Nov. 28.

Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" are $14.50 regular; $13 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $10 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. The Saturday, Nov. 21, matinee will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets are available by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661, by visiting the office between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by visiting the Theatre website.


The choir

Nov. 14: Choral festival

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

The choir was selected after a blind audition this summer. Its 63 members will perform four pieces as a concert choir and will take part in a mass choir performance with other participating choirs.

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 Concert Choir will perform: "Psaume 96," sung in French, by 17th-century composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; "O sacrum convivium," a Latin liturgical text set by contemporary Lithuanian composer Vytautus Miškinis; a setting of E. E. Cumming's "I carry your heart," by Dickau; and "Twa Tanbou," a Haitian piece with Creole text and complex rhythms that tells a story of three drums working to make the world a better place.

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 participating choirs 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

Nov. 16: Pathfinder deadline

Martin Luther King, Jr.The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board seeks nominations for the 2009 Pathfinder Awards until Monday, Nov. 16. Pathfinder Award recipients will be honored at the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration Jan. 18, 2010.

The Pathfinder Award was created in 1986 to recognize individuals or organizations that, in the spirit of Martin Luther King, initiate action toward nonviolence and human rights. The Business Pathfinder Award recognizes equal treatment and peaceful relations in the workplace.

The Young Pathfinder Award was added in 2002 to acknowledge the commitment and courage displayed by area young people to achieve fair treatment for all, create healthy communities and encourage peaceful conflict resolution.

Applications are available online; more information is available from Shelly Megaw at (507) 345-4519 or Judy Arzdorf at (507) 625-1705.

Tickets for the award celebration may be purchased from Greater Mankato Growth at (507) 385-6640 or by visiting the Institutional Diversity Office, Morris Hall Room 265, at (507) 389-6125.

Nov. 17: Campus climate

Faculty and staff members are invited to join the President's Commission on the Status of Women for a discussion about the campus climate for women on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The discussion will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 285.

Attendees may bring their lunches, and refreshments will be provided. Anonymous feedback may be sent to the Commission via our online form.


HERS: Higher Education Resource Services banner

Nov. 19: HERS deadline

The President's Commission on the Status of Women is accepting applications for a representative to attend one of the annual Higher Education Resource Services Institutes for Women.

Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 19, and may be submitted to Elizabeth Lindstrom, Centennial Student Union Room 218. Applicants should complete the HERS form, a self-descriptive letter and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor and a resume. Application forms are available at the HERS Leadership Institute website.

The institutes are intended to advance women leaders in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration. Applicants can choose between the Bryn Mawr Institute during the summer or the University of Denver Institute in the fall.

The HERS Bryn Mawr Institute is a two-week program from June 18-July 2, 2010, in Pennsylvania. The Denver Institute will be in Colorado during three intermittent sessions: Aug. 1-7, Sept. 9-11 and Oct. 21-23, 2010.

Priority will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in bringing new insight and investing their leadership skills in the Minnesota State Mankato campus community. Past applicants are encouraged to reapply.

Nov. 20: Grant deadline

Female graduate wearing a white robe and holding a diplomaThe President's Commission on the Status of Women is offering a grant opportunity for faculty and staff. Grants of up to $500 are available throughout the year for campus community members who plan to conduct research or attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender related issues.

The Commission on the Status of Women encourages all interested faculty and staff to apply for this funding opportunity. Fall proposals must be submitted by Nov. 20, and spring proposals are due March 5, 2010.

Applicants should submit electronic proposals via our Grant Application Form. Those who want more information may contact Elizabeth Lindstrom at (507) 389-2486.

Distinguished Faculty Scholars

People in Academic RegaliaThe Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research and the Faculty Research Committee seek nominations for 2010 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Awards.

The awards, presented to three faculty members each year, acknowledge outstanding professional achievements, including accomplishments beyond the University. Recipients will receive a recognition plaque and $5,000 for research support and/or professional development.

Nominees must be full-time, tenured faculty members who are professors and have at least eight academic years of service at Minnesota State Mankato. Award winners will be announced in April 2010. Recipients also may be invited to present a lecture, exhibition or performance for the University community.

All members of the university community may submit nominations. Self-nominations are also acceptable. The deadline for nomination is Dec. 4. Nominees who are not selected in their initial year of application may request that their applications remain under consideration for up to two additional years.

Dan Ewert: Iron Range Engineering

Dan EwertDan Ewert has been named director of Arrowhead University Consortium Iron Range Engineering—a new national model for engineering education that lets students work closely with practicing engineers from Iron Range industries while they study for bachelor's degrees from Minnesota State Mankato.

The program allows students with two-year engineering degrees from the Northeast Minnesota Higher Education District to obtain four-year Minnesota State Mankato mechanical engineering degrees.

Dan currently is chair of North Dakota State University's Department of Electrical & Computing Engineering. His appointment was announced by President Richard Davenport and President Sue Collins of the Northeast Minnesota Higher Education District. He will report to John Knox (College of Science, Engineering & Technology).

A biomedical engineering specialist, he created a business incubator that encouraged students and faculty members to develop ideas for new companies, and arranged for students to assist with NASA parabolic flight experiments at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He earned bachelors and master's degrees in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in physiology from the University of North Dakota. He has done post-doctoral study in biophysics at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

The Iron Range Engineering program started this fall and is funded with a $1.1-million grant from the Iron Range Resources Board. Seed money ($50,000) was provided by the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence.

More information and a Web log of students' daily activities may be found at the Arrowhead University Consortium website.

Coach-of-the-Year Hoffner?

Todd HoffnerMaverick football fans may vote for football Head Coach Todd Hoffner as Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Fans can vote online once per day through Dec. 6.

The Coach of the Year winner receives $50,000 for his charitable causes, and an additional $20,000 will be donated to the alumni association of each winner's school.

Thus far this season the Maverick football team is undefeated with an unprecedented 9-0 record.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Suzanne Bunkers (English) recently completed the 2009 Berlin Summer Academy, "The Holocaust & Present-day Jewish Life in Germany." The annual program helps teachers gain insight into the historical, social, religious, political and economic factors that resulted in the Holocaust. It includes visits to historic sites in and around Berlin that were important in the history of the Holocaust and the Third Reich. Holocaust eyewitnesses and survivors also took part, as well as Berlin city government officials and distinguished members of the Berlin-Jewish community.

David Cowan (Facilities Services) received the Quality Service Award from the Mankato Area Council for Quality for his "untiring efforts at fostering the quality movement in the Greater Mankato area." He accepted the award at the organization's annual award banquet earlier this month.

Donald Friend and Fei Yuan (Geography) recently presented a lecture, "Improved River Water Quality Monitoring Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing," at Macalester College. The presentation discussed the Blue Earth River, where they implemented new research in airborne dynamic hyperspectral remote sensing. The new methodology more accurately and cost-effectively identifies water quality and critical sediment supply areas than is possible through traditional monitoring and remote-sensing technologies.

Julie Rabaey (Kearney International Center), Pamela Weller-Dengel (Career Development Center) and Marni Dunning (Information Technology Services) presented "Career and Visa Options for International Students" at the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors international educators Region IV meeting in Rochester in October. They delivered the presentation via Skype, with assistance from Ludmi Herath (Kearney International Center), CDC and ITS.

Study abroad, study away

Students at the ColiseumFaculty-led study abroad (international) and study away (domestic) program coordination will move from University Extended Education to Academic Affairs in spring semester 2010. The move is intended to promote development of new, innovative programs through college and department ownership of study abroad and study away programs.

To ensure a smooth transition, International Programs Advisory Council members ask that faculty and staff help to identify challenges and opportunities inherent in the move. Study abroad and study away facilitation requires interaction of many campus offices: Academic departments and colleges, Student Financial Services, Office of the Registrar, Kearney International Center, Business Office and others, as well as partner institutions, third-party providers and affiliate programs.

The council asks faculty and staff to email ideas to bargaining unit representatives on the International Programs Advisory Council. Names of representatives are available by emailing

University policy changes

President Richard Davenport and members of the University community revised and reviewed several policies during the 2008-2009 academic year.

The policies, signed by President Davenport, are available on the University policy Web site:

Several policies were presented to the community for termination and approved:

  • Abandoned Bicycles (incorporated into revised "Bicycles" policy)
  • Cell Phone Personal Use (prohibited by Minnesota State Board of Trustees policy)
  • Letterhead (recommended for divisional policy status within Graphic Standards manual)
  • Faculty Availability for Office Hours (included in the IFO contract)
  • Greek Community Alcohol (recommended for divisional policy status)

Two policies are undergoing further discussion, and should be decided this academic year.

  • University Sponsored Education Abroad Programs
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs

Student Achievements

The ninth volume of the "Journal of Undergraduate Research" recently was published online. Student authors of the journal participated in last April's Undergraduate Research Center. Articles were submitted and peer-reviewed for acceptance into the journal.


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 Nov. 11; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Nov. 6).

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.