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November 11, 2009 Campus Newsletter

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Concert Choir to headline festival

Performances by the state's top collegiate choirs, including Minnesota State Mankato's Concert Choir, will highlight the 2009 Minnesota Collegiate Choral Festival Saturday, Nov. 14, at Bethel University in St. Paul.

The Concert Choir, directed by David Dickau, is one of five choirs selected in blind auditions to perform in the Star of the North Festival Concert Series, sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota and the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund Committee.

The choirs will perform individually before joining voices for a massed choir performance. The festival concert begins at 7 p.m. in Bethel's Benson Great Hall.

The 63-member Concert Choir will perform "Psaume 96" 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.

Craig Jessop, head of the music department at Utah State University and former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will direct the massed choir, which will premiere a piece by composer Eric William Barnum, who earned a master's degree in choral conducting from Minnesota State Mankato.

Tickets for the concert 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 annually provides scholarships to Minnesota choral directors.

Those who want more information or wish to order tickets may go to the MNCCF website or may call (651) 638-6333 or (866) 424-4849. More information about David and the Minnesota State Mankato Concert Choir is also available online.

Nov. 12-14: Teaching fellows

Summer 2009 Teaching Scholar Fellows will explain their teaching-and-learning initiatives in a series of half-hour brown-bag-lunch sessions that continues through Friday, Nov. 14.

During an eight-week period in the summer, fellows research and develop tools to improve teaching and learning at the university. Their Teaching Scholar Fellowships provide support in their commitment to learning.

The noontime presentations in Centennial Student Union are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Beverages will be served, and audience members are invited to bring their lunches. Remaining presentations are:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, CSU 201: Noon, Brian Martensen (Mathematics & Statistics), "A Differential Equations Workbook and Lecture Companion." 12:30 p.m.: In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics), "Can SAGE Replace Maple and Mathematica?"
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, CSU 201: Noon, Sun Kyeong Yu (Philosophy), "When Science Meets Philosophy." 12:30 p.m.: Marlene Tappe (Health Science), "Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Pedagogy in Health Education Teacher Education."
  • Friday, Nov. 13, CSU 285: Noon, Vincent Winstead (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology), "Interactive Simulation Development for Electrical Power Systems." 12:30 p.m.: Namyong Lee (Mathematics & Statistics), "Design a New Interdisciplinary Course in Mathematical Biology."

Nov. 11: 'Rethink Afghanistan'

'Rethink Afghanistan' poster"Rethink Afghanistan," a Robert Greenwald documentary, will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Centennial Student Union.

The showing, presented by the Kessel Peace Institute, will be from 7-9 p.m. in CSU 284C. The documentary explores questions concerning the soundness of underlying U.S. assumptions, the impact of the war on Pakistan, the cost of the war, civilian casualties, and the impact the war has on the conditions and rights of Afghani women.

Greenwald, a political activist, director and producer, founded Brave New Films, which uses videos to inform and inspire viewers to take action on a variety of issues. Some other Greenwald films include "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism."

News footage and clips in "Rethink Afghanistan" come from a variety of Afghani, Pakistani and American political analysts, aid workers and citizens. They advocate a rethinking of U.S. strategies in Afghanistan.

The Kessel Peace Institute encourages students, faculty, staff and the community to attend, hoping to stimulate evaluation of President Obama's policy decisions and interaction with public officials.

For more information about the film visit the Rethink Afghanistan website.


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Nov. 12: History Forum

The fall History Forum lecture will be presented by Agnes Odinga (History) Thursday, Nov. 12.

She will discuss "Culture, Sexuality and Medical Intervention: A History of Venereal Disease Eradication Campaign in Colonial Kenya, 1920-1960" at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 201. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and refreshments will be served.

Agnes researches African history, women and gender history and the history of medicine and diseases.

Those who want more information about the lecture may contact the History Department at (507) 389-1618.

Nov. 14: Hmong New Year

'Lao Family Community of Minnesota, Inc.' logoThe Hmong Student Association will celebrate the Hmong New Year with food and ethnic entertainment Saturday, Nov. 14.

The annual celebration, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, with Hmong food and entertainment available from 2-5 p.m. and a dance from 6-11 p.m. Cost is $7 for the public and $6 for students with a MavCard. Children under 10 are free.

Those who want more information may contact Hmong Student Association President Steven Vang at (612) 607-3820.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Gale Allen (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) presented a paper, "A Continuous FFT Function Developed with LabVIEW-RF Tools," at the ASEE North-Midwest Regional Conference at Marquette University in Milwaukee in October. Co-authors were recent Masters of Engineering graduates Sunil Chandra Devarapalli and Chinna Venkata Swamy Tavva.

Suzanne Bunkers (English) presented "Studying the Facsimiles of Anne Frank's Diaries" at the Life Writing in Europe Conference at VU University in Amsterdam in October. The International Auto/biography Association of Europe conference highlighted research by autobiography scholars, created a network of scholars working on European life-writing, and established a listserv and e-journal.

Kevin Filter (Psychology) published an article, "Surveying Professionals' Views of Positive Behavior Support and Behavior Analysis," in the "Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions."

Anthony Fillipovitch's (Urban & Regional Studies) review of "Greater New Jersey: Living the Shadow of Gotham" by Dennis Gale was published recently in the "Journal of Urban Affairs." He and Kwaku Kessey (Economics/Urban Studies) were awarded a contract with Greater Mankato Growth Inc. to develop an economic profile of the City Center area.

Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work) presented "Preventing Sexual Violence of People with Developmental Disabilities" at the National Sexual Assault Conference in Alexandria, Va., in September. She also was interviewed by "Disability Scoop," an online source for developmental disabilities news. Nancy also wrote a book review for Martha Saxton's "Disabled People's Stories of Abuse, Defiance and Resilience," and it appears on the back cover of the book.

Donald Friend and Fei Yuan (Geography) presented "Improved River Water Quality Monitoring Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing" in October. The presentation was a part of the "EnviroThursday" lecture series, sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography and Mellon Curricular Pathways at Macalester College.

Furman Haddix (Computer Science) was invited to Innsbruck, Austria, to present a paper, "The Probabilistic Double Token Ring," for the IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networks in February, 2010.

Francis Hannick (Mathematics & Statistics) presented a workshop, "Hands-On Experience with Numerous Activities for the Elementary School Math Curriculum," at the 21st annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey in Somerset, N.J., in October.

Tom Inglot (Political Science & Law Enforcement) worked for two months this fall in Poland, Hungary and Romania on a collaborative research project devoted to the study of family policies in Central and Eastern Europe. While in Hungary he delivered a lecture, "In the Shadow of History: The Emergency Welfare States in East Central Europe," at Eotvos University, and gave another lecture, "The Historical Study of Social Policies in East Central Europe," at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. In September he chaired a conference panel, "Recent Trends and Future Family Policy Models in an Enlarged Europe," at the 7th annual conference of the Network for European Social Policy in Italy. He also received the National Council of Eurasian and East European Research grant in June to fund research during 2009-2011. His book "Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004" is winner of this year's AAASS/Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies.

I.-J. Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) gave a talk, "On Nilpotence Indices of Sign Patterns," at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference on applied linear algebra in Monterey, Calif., in October. The trip was supported by a SIAM Early Career Travel Award.

Matthew Krna, T.A. Day and Christopher Ruhland (Biological Sciences) wrote a paper, "Effects of Neighboring Plants on the Growth and Reproduction of Deshampsia Antarctica in Antarctic Tundra," that was published in the October issue of "Polar Biology."

"St. Paul Capitol Report" and "Politics in Minnesota" interviewed Joseph Kunkel (Political Science/Law Enforcement) about the staffing of campaigns for gubernatorial candidates.

A paper by Steve Losh (Chemistry & Geology), "Phase Fractionation and Oil-Condensate Mass Balance in the South Marsh Island Block 208-239, Offshore Louisiana, in Marine and Petroleum Geology," was accepted for publication.

Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) presented a talk, "NASA's Genesis and Stardust Missions: Bringing the Sun and Comets to Earth," at the fall banquet and joint meeting of the Minnesota Microscopy Society and Sigma Zeta at Bethel University, Minneapolis, in October.

Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) presented "A Path to Coming Together" at the Carver County L.I.V.E I.T. Youth Summit in Chanhassen in October. The summit brought youth and policy makers together to discuss issues impacting youth.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented a workshop, "Collegial Conversations: CASTL Leadership Program," at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Indiana University in October.

Wendy Schuller (Human Resources) received a Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system human resources All-star Award for dedication and unmatched customer service skills. Wendy responds to countless emails, phone calls, and walk-in customers; supervises Human Resources student workers; records Article 22s; and assists with new employee orientation.

Tim Secott (Biological Sciences) gave a presentation, "Conditioned Medium and Reduced 02 Tension Improve Resuscitation of Dormant Mycobacterium Avium Subspecies Paratuberculosis," at the North Central Branch American Society for Microbiology meeting in La Crosse, Wis., in October. Dorothy Wrigley (Biological Sciences) and Mohammad Khaliq (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) also had their research presented as a poster, "Nisin Conditioning Affects B. Cereus Surface Characteristics."

Michael Spencer (Economics) presented a paper, "Contributing to an Environmental Threshold Public Good under Alternative Rebate Rules: A Contingent Valuation Experiment Involving Hypothetical and Real Payments," at the Missouri Valley Economic Association meeting in Kansas City, Mo., in October. He also discussed the paper "Framing Effects and Gender Differences in Voluntary Public Goods Provision Experiments."

A paper by Chia-chi Tung (Mathematics & Statistics), "Integral Products, Bochner-Martinelli Transforms and Application," was published in the "Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics" in October.

David Viscoli (Music) recently taught a master class and gave a solo piano recital at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, Calif. The Idyllwild Arts Academy is one of the premier arts academies in the United States for high school students.

Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, selected Tamara Wilkins (Political Science/Law Enforcement) as an executive council member until 2013.

Vince Winstead (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) gave a presentation, "Research Efforts with the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato," at the meeting of the Southern Minnesota Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Rochester in October.

Three papers by Yanwei Wu (Computer Science)—"Route Selection and Pedestrian Traffic: Comparing GIS-T and Integrated Modeling Approaches," "Dealing with Selfishness and Moral Hazard in Non-Cooperative Wireless Networks IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing," and "Energy Efficient Wake-Up Scheduling for Data Collection and Aggregation IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems"—were accepted for publication.

Sport management scores

Timberwolves' logoSport Management students recently generated some big ideas and did some real-world thinking by developing a plan and meeting a ticket-sales quota for the Timberwolves' exhibition game in Bresnan Arena.

By doing so, the students earned an expenses-paid trip to the Target Center for the Wolves' Oct. 28 season opener.

Two of the students—Megan Hehjal and Greg Weis—received Glen Taylor Sport Business Leadership scholarships prior to the game. Team owner Taylor presented the scholarships, which recognize students for academic excellence and direction in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.

The student group members were guests in a Target Center VIP conference room to watch the Wolves defeat the New Jersey Nets 95-93.

Timberwolves President Chris Wright, Human Resources Director Trisha Exsted and Group Sales Executive Erica Noah thanked the students for their hard work and recognized them for their professionalism.

Megan, a sport management junior, and Greg, a senior, along with two of the top ticket sellers, received upgraded tickets for the new backcourt club, which included courtside seats.

Barnes & Noble sale

Barnes & Noble BooksellersFaculty, staff and students are invited to "wear the purple-and-gold" by taking advantage of a sale on university branded sweatshirts at the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore through Wednesday, Nov. 25.

All hoodie sweatshirts, including youth, women's and men's, are 25 percent off. Full zip sweatshirts are included in the sale. More than 50 different hoodies are available at the store.


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