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January 27, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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Implementing program metrics

Faculty and staff recently were emailed information about the placement of all academic programs into one of three categories: Programs likely to be eliminated (2a), programs likely to have staffing reductions and/or other budget reductions (2b) and programs unlikely to have substantial budget cuts at this time (2c).

The categorization is the result of the implementation of a program metrics tool used to evaluate all academic programs as the University prepares for likely extensive budget reductions from the state.

The categorizations are the second step in a four-step process. Faculty members who disagree with their program's category placement have been invited to make a case based on their mission-centrality, quality and employment needs of the State of Minnesota, or on alternative cost and enrollment data, to move to a different category. Those cases are due to the Division of Academic Affairs by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

Planning, collection, publication and use of this information have been guided by several principles:

  • Regret and respect: These decisions were not taken lightly. Much discussion and deliberation preceded all of the planning. Given the best estimates of the Minnesota budget situation, and the timelines mandated by collective bargaining agreements, Academic Affairs decided to plan now for probable budget cuts. "We did so understanding the pain this will cause to employees, students and employers," said Scott Olson (Academic Affairs). "We did so as well because we have exhausted all other plausible methods of budget reduction or revenue enhancement."
  • Openness and transparency: All discussion, deliberation and planning was conducted as openly and transparently as possible. All members of the University community had and will continue to have the opportunity to comment.
  • Deliberateness and timeliness: The process we are engaging in is a balance of the need to meet contractually mandated timelines and the need to be deliberate in our decision-making. Our best estimates tell us to anticipate that July 1, 2011 will be a day when the financial resources available to our university will decrease significantly. As we plan for that day, we continually need to balance on the one hand the contractual need to act now to balance that FY12 budget, with the need on the other hand to be appropriately cautious in our planning. We know we are planning reductions that will significantly and materially affect the future of the university and the lives of its people.
  • Reasoned Response: Program metrics ratings are tools to inform, but not prescribe, decisions. All responses will be carefully weighed in making final decisions.

Program responses will be reviewed by the provost, the associate vice president for Academic Affairs and the dean of the respective college. Following this review, a final report of planned reductions will be announced before Monday, March 1.

"This is a difficult time and a difficult process," Scott said. "As we go through this process, let us try to do so with the principles listed above: regret for the actions we must take; respect for all involved in the process; openness and transparency in our decisions; a balance between deliberation and timeliness; and the use of reason befitting an institution of higher education."

Jan. 29, Feb. 3: Metrics forums

The campus community is invited to attend two open forums on the program metrics evaluation process.

The first will be Friday, Jan. 29, from 10-11 a.m., and the second will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 2-3 p.m. Both sessions will be in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union.

2009 W-2 forms

Tax formsElectronic copies of the 2009 W-2 forms are now available, and paper forms will be sent out by the end of the month.

Forms are available at Employee Self Service for individuals who have consented to receive W-2 forms electronically:

  • Employees not in active status;
  • Employees not in active status who had earnings in 2009;
  • Retired employees (must use original employee ID to access W-2);
  • Individuals employed by the state and an IBU during 2009 (must use state employee ID to access state W-2)

Paper W-2 forms will be mailed no later than Sunday, Jan. 31, to:

  • Employees who have not consented to receive W-2 forms electronically;
  • Employees who have never accessed Employee Self Service;
  • The estates of deceased employees;
  • Employees not in active status and with job records with the last effective date before Jan. 1, 2009;
  • Employees who had no earnings for 2009 but received them before tax deduction refunds.

Employees receiving electronic copies may access Self Service online at

Candace Black

Candace Black

Richard Robbins

Richard Robbins

Roger Sheffer

Roger Sheffer

Jan. 28: Good Thunder

Three faculty writers will lead a day-long residency Thursday, Jan. 28, hosted by the Good Thunder Reading Series. Candace Black, Richard Robbins and Roger Sheffer (English) will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium and will read from their published work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253. Both events are free and open to the public.

That morning they will be interviewed on KMSU-FM. The interview, part of the “Authors in Transit” series, will air Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m.

Candace's poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including Chariton Review; Ninth Letter; and Quarterly West. Her first book of poems, "The Volunteer," won the Minnesota Voices Poetry Prize in 2000 and was published by New Rivers Press in 2003.

Rick grew up in Southern California and Montana. He has published five books of poems, most recently "Radioactive City" and "Other Americas." He directs the creative writing program and Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State Mankato.

Roger has taught at Minnesota State Mankato since 1980. His short stories have appeared in three collections, the latest in 1999, in Music of the Inner Lakes from New Rivers Press. His most recent magazine publications include four first-prize-winning stories in several magazines: Third Coast, Fugue and Yemassee, in 2008; and The Baltimore Review in 2009.

Those who want more information about the series may call Rick at (507) 389-1354, or visit the Good Thunder Web site at

Jan. 29: READY! for Kindergarten

READY! for Kindergarten logoSpace is still available for faculty and staff to sign up for the READY! for Kindergarten winter class Friday, Jan. 29.

READY! for Kindergarten, a program for children from birth to 5 years old, is designed to help parents and caregivers learn how to “play with purpose” with their children.

To register for the class -- free and only for Minnesota State Mankato employees -- employees should:

  • Register on STARS, and
  • Contact Lu Ann Struck (Human Resources) at 389-6946 for a confidential form to complete and return to Human Resources. (Those who have registered on STARS must also submit a registration form.)

The class will be two hours long and is limited to 10 participants per age group.

Jan. 29: Critical thinking workshops

Zala Fashant

Zala Fashant

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host two faculty workshops on critical thinking Friday, Jan. 29.

Both workshops, in Centennial Student Union Rooms 253-255, will address ways instructors can exercise critical thinking skills in their classrooms and assignments.

  • “Integrating Critical Thinking Into Your Course,” from 9-10:30 a.m., will focus on implementing critical thinking into the current content of classroom activities and discussion.
  • “Activities and Assignments to Promote Critical Thinking” will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This workshop is hands-on and participants will learn tips to use critical thinking in assignments both face-to-face and online.

Zala Fashant, assistant director for educational programming in the Office of the Chancellor, will lead the workshops. No registration is required, and faculty members may attend one or both.

Jan. 31: Guitarist, instrumentalist

Daithi Sproule and Laura MacKenzie

Daithi Sproule and Laura MacKenzie

Guitarist Daithi Sproule and instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie will appear Sunday, Jan. 31, in a Performance Series concert. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the performance, sponsored by the Department of Music, are $12 for general admission and $9 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Sproule, well known for his pioneering guitar styles, deep knowledge of Irish song, and musicianship in the internationally acclaimed ensemble Altan, shares his deep cultural knowledge with audiences.
Multi-instrumentalist MacKenzie has received numerous honors and awards for her work in traditional music, and has performed nationally.

Sproule and MacKenzie have made music together in various ensembles for two decades. Their concert duo features a rich gamut of traditional Irish and Scottish music, plus Sproule’s recent compositions.

Those who wish to purchase tickets online should visit the Music Department Web site at Those who want concert information should call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549. Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call 507-389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Feb. 1: Black History Month

Black History Month posterBlack History Month begins Monday, Feb. 1, and includes a series of events, speakers and activities for students, faculty, staff and the public.

The celebration opens Feb. 1 with an address by Bukata Hayes, executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council about “Race: The Power of an Illusion” at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The celebration ends with the 34th annual, four-day Pan African Student Leadership Conference that starts Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Other Black History Month events include the Faculty and Staff Extravaganza (talent show) Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. Master of Ceremonies will be Avra Johnson  (Academic Affairs) and James Gullickson (KMSU-FM).

Black History Month events are sponsored by the offices of African-American Affairs and Institutional Diversity, the College Access Program and the Black Student Union.

Feb. 2: Precinct caucuses

MeetingFaculty and staff members are reminded that no class or activity may take place after 6 p.m. on Minnesota precinct caucus day Tuesday, Feb. 2, without permission from the Board of Trustees, according to Minnesota statutes.

Minnesota Statutes Section 202A.19, Subd.3 states: “No Minnesota state college or university may schedule an event which will take place after 6 p.m. on the day of a major political party precinct caucus unless permission to do has been received from the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.”

Feb. 4, 5: Youth dental care

Child being getting her teeth flossedFree dental care will be provided to area children Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4 and 5, as part of a cooperative effort between the Dental Education Department and area dental professionals.

The statewide “Give Kids a Smile” program will provide dental care from 2-9 p.m. Feb. 4 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5. Services will include cleanings, X-rays, exams and sealants. Dental professionals also will demonstrate how to brush and floss effectively.

Patients will be examined in the university’s dental clinic, in the lower level of Morris Hall. Those wishing to schedule an appointment may call the dental clinic at 389-2147. Patients must be under 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The university also will offer free dental exams and X-rays for adults Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Feb. 4: Olympiad

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad open competition for high school and middle school students will be Thursday, Feb. 4, on campus.

The competition challenges students to solve linguistic puzzles, think logically and decipher texts and rare languages in a three-hour examination.

“It's a competition for middle and high school students to explore the puzzles connected to language, logic and computation,” said Rebecca Bates (Computer Science). “Last year two of our participants scored in the top 100 nationwide.”

Area students may register and compete in the 9 a.m. event. There is no participation fee and no prior computational linguistics knowledge or experience is necessary.

Top scorers will be eligible to participate in a computational linguistics invitational Wednesday, March 10. Invitational winners will be eligible to represent North America at the International Linguistic Olympiad in Poland.

Students who wish to register or learn more – including practice problems and solutions – may visit Deadline for registration was Jan. 20, but late registrations will be accepted until Wednesday, Feb. 3. Those who have questions about the event may contact Rebecca at (507) 389-5587 or

Feb. 5: Women’s basketball reception

Alumni Association logoThe President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Alumni Association will host a reception for the 2009 championship women’s basketball team before the game Friday, Feb. 5, in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports day.

The pre-game reception will be at 5 p.m. in Taylor Center, and will include light refreshments and appearances by special guests. Tickets for the game (against the University of Minnesota-Crookston) and reception are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 17 and under. Tickets for the reception only are $5.

Those who wish to register for the event may visit the Alumni Association Web page at

Feb. 6: Ice fishing

Big BobberMaverick coaches and student athletes will host the Big Bobber Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, Feb. 6, sponsored by the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Proceeds will benefit the Athletic Scholarship Fund. The contest starts at noon and ends at 3 p.m.

To participate, interested anglers should visit Lake Washington at Squirrel’s Nest Landing/Westwood Marina Feb. 6. Registration begins at 10 a.m., along with hole selection, setup, visiting exhibitors and refreshments.

The contest, which will include 100 prizes, is limited to the first 3,000 entrants. Each entrant is allowed a maximum of two holes from which to fish. Tickets are $35, with no refunds.

Those who want more information should contact Cheryl Regan (Intercollegiate Athletics) at 389-6010.

Feb. 7: Wind Ensemble

Wind EnsembleThe Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble will perform Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will be at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall.

Tickets for the performance, sponsored by the Department of Music, are $9 for general admission and $6 for Minnesota State Mankato students, K-12 students and children.

The Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble performs new and classic works of wind band repertoire with the highest level of musicianship.

Those who wish to purchase tickets online should visit the Music Department’s Web site at Those who want concert information should call (507) 389-5549. Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Feb. 10: Status of Women panel

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join a discussion on the campus climate for women Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Centennial Student Union.

The session will be presented by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women from 1-2 p.m. in CSU Room 201. Those who would prefer to submit anonymous feedback may do so online at

Feb. 14: Charlie Parr

Charlie ParrSinger, songwriter and guitarist Charlie Parr will be featured in a Performance Series Valentine’s Day concert Sunday, Feb. 14. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and banjo. He makes appearances on “Prairie Home Companion,” and is a headliner at the Resophonic Guitar Festival in Minneapolis.

His style has been influenced by old country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings, as well as Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk and Harry Smith. He has toured the United Kingdom and Europe, and recently returned from a tour of Australia.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may visit the Music Department Web site at Those who want concert information may call (507) 389-5549, and those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Feb. 16: Bloodmobile

Bloodmobile bus frontStudents, faculty, staff and the public may donate blood during a Red Cross Bloodmobile event Tuesday, Feb. 16, on campus. Donors may give blood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling (507) 389-1211 or by visiting and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins also are welcome.

The event is sponsored by Upward Bound and the women’s volleyball team.

Mount Kato logo and skier

Feb. 16: Mount Kato Night

Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a night of snow and fun with their families at Mount Kato Tuesday, Feb. 16. The event, Sponsored by the Wellness Committee and the Alumni Association, will begin at 4 p.m.

Costs will include: $12 for lift pass; $12 for ski or snowboard rental; $3 for beginning ski lessons; and $30 for snowblade rental. Those who wish to register for the event should visit the Alumni Association’s Web page at

Feb. 16: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the VagabondsBlues musicians Davina and the Vagabonds will perform in a Performance Series concert Tuesday, Feb. 16. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Davina and the Vagabonds are known for hard-working professionalism, high-energy performances and original blues-without-a-guitar sound. Vocalist Davina Sowers’ throaty voice has been described as part Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse. The Vagabonds’ New Orleans flavor features dueling horn players and a heavy bass.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may visit the Music Department Web site at Those who want concert information may call (507) 389-5549, and those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Feb. 17: Writing lunches

A faculty “Writing@Minnesota State Mankato” brownbag lunch and a graduate student professional and writing development workshop are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17. Both sessions are facilitated by Kirsti Cole (English).

“Managing Time and Teaching Writing” will be discussed at noon Feb. 17 in CSU 204. The discussion is intended to provide faculty with strategies and in-class exercises to incorporate meaningful writing into the classroom in time conscious ways.

“Choosing a Mentor and Putting together a Committee,” open to all graduate students, will be in CSU 204 from 4-5 p.m. The workshop will focus on the business side of graduate school by looking at mentorship and committees.

No reservation is required for either event. Faculty members are invited to bring their lunches to the noon discussion.

Other faculty “Writing@Minnesota State Mankato” brownbag lunches are scheduled for March 31 (“Writing Assessment”) and April 21 (“Writing Pedagogies”).

Feb. 19: Enhancing study abroad

VeniceFaculty and staff are invited to attend “Maximizing Study Abroad” Friday, Feb. 19, for tips about working with students studying off-campus. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Alumni Room of Taylor Center.

The workshop is intended to teach faculty and staff how they can enhance students’ pre-departure and re-entry preparation when they study away from campus, and how they can help students maximize their engagement with other cultures. The conference will include a variety of experiential activities, group discussions and presentations.

Participants will receive a copy of “Maximizing Study Abroad: A Students’ Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use,” and its companion, “Instructional Guide.”
The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $15 and can be paid online. Registrations must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 29.

Those who want more information may contact Caryn Lindsay (International Programs) at 389-1281.

Feb. 20: TRiO Day

TRiO logoMinnesota State Mankato will host Minnesota TRiO Day Saturday, Feb. 20 -- an annual student conference that will bring about 600 underrepresented students, grades 7 through the college level, to campus to learn that college is possible for them.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to consider sharing their expertise and ideas at the conference. Those with questions may contact Margaret Hesser (Student Support Services) at (507) 389-2797 or Nancy Sprengeler (Talent Search) at (507) 389-5175.

Feb. 24-27: Pan African Conference

The 34th Annual Pan African Student Leadership Conference will begin on Somali Day, Wednesday, Feb. 24, with a pre-conference covering topics from immigration law, Somali history and father-son relationships. “Pan African Challenges and Solutions to World-Wide Problems” is the theme of the Feb. 24-27 conference.

The conference is intended to build student leadership, and to allow scholars, students, professionals and community members to discuss issues that affect African people locally, nationally and internationally.

More than 1,000 attended last year’s conference, which featured speakers including Mahmoud El Kati, Rev. Chike Akua and “Spike” Moss.

The conference was founded in 1977 by Michael Fagin (Ethnic Studies), with support from Macalester College faculty member Mahmoud El-Kati and community leaders throughout Southern Minnesota. The event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and numerous other University and community groups.

Force Science: $8,000 gift

Force Science logoThe Force Science Research Center has received an $8,000 gift from the Kenneth W. Scully Endowment of Catholic Charities. The Scully Endowment has made annual contributions to the center for several years; the contributions now total $61,000.

The gifts are the result of the efforts of a former student, Justin Parranto, a patrol officer with the Inver Grove Heights Police Department. His parents are advisors to the endowment, and, recognizing the importance of the center's study of human dynamics in force encounters, helped direct contributions to the center.

"The first outside money the center ever received came from the Scully Endowment," said Force Science Research Center Director Bill Lewinski, who was one of Parranto's professors. "Over the years it has been used to advance our research and analyze our data for the help of officers everywhere."

Social Work award

In April the Department of Social Work will receive the National Association of Social Workers' 2010 Day at the Capitol Advocacy Award for their advocacy efforts in 2009.

Minnesota State Mankato students, along with David Beimers and Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work), educated Minnesota lawmakers on the needs of low-income families and children. Forty-three students attended the 2009 Social Work Day at the Capitol. They personalized county profiles on the well being of children and families and presented them to legislators.

Alyssa Schlager, Master of Social Work candidate and student organizer for the event, will accept the award April 12. The department also won the award in 2006 and 2008.

Royalty revenue up again

Royalty income from vendors who use the university's name and logotypes on garments and other items totaled a record high of $41,726 in 2009, according to the University's licensing agent, Licensing Resource Group.

While most universities across the country saw dwindling royalty revenues in 2009 because of lagging product sales, Minnesota State Mankato revenues for use of the university's name were up 5.5 percent last year.

The Media Relations Office oversees vendor designs, approving, disapproving or requiring changes to each proposed product. Last year more than 455 designs were submitted to the office by commercial vendors.

Royalty revenues are used for academic and athletic talent grants.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry & Geology), along with eight others, recently published “Exocyclic Deoxyadenosine Adducts of 1,2,3,4-Diepoxybutane: Synthesis, Structural Elucidation, and Mechanistic Studies” in Chemical Research in Toxicology.

David Georgina (Information & Technology Services) presented “Faculty Integration of Technology in Blended Learning Environments” at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in October. Teaching & Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies published David’s work, “Higher Education Faculty Perceptions on Technology Integration and Training: Inferential Results.” Also, The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education published his piece “Faculty Training Strategies to Enhance Pedagogy-Technology Integrations in Higher Education.”

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) presented “On the Largest Eigenvalues of Bipartite Graphs Which Are Nearly Complete” at the American Mathematical Society-Korean Mathematical Society joint meeting in Seoul, Korea, in December.

Jeffrey Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) received a Teaching Scholar Fellowship for the summer of 2010.

Gary Rockswold (Mathematics & Statistics) presented “How Mathematics Transforms the World” at the national meeting for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges in Las Vegas recently. He also was invited to give the keynote address at the spring meeting of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges for the state of Oregon.

Deepak Sanjel’s (Mathematics & Statistics) article, “The Application of Periodic Autoregressive Moving Average Model (PARMA) and Seasonal Kendall (SEAKEN) Method in Water-Quality Trend Analysis of Minnesota River,” was published in the 2009 American Statistical Association Joint Statistical Meeting Proceedings.

Gerald Schneck (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services) recently launched a new Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation. The online program, developed over eight years, prepares post-master’s degree vocational rehabilitation and forensic economics professionals to provide expert testimony in various types of litigation. Gerald was also elected vice president for external affairs of the American Rehabilitation Economics Association for a two-year term.

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) presented “The State of (In)Security in 2009” at the Minnesota Government Technology Symposium in St. Paul in December.

Qun Zhang, Han Way Huang and Andrew Miner (Electrical & Computer Engineering &Technology) recently submitted “On the Gaussian Approximation and Margin Measurements for Optical DPSK Systems with Balanced Detection” to the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology. Qun also submitted “Electronic Post-Compensation of Fiber Nonlinearity for 40 Gb/s WDM Systems” to the Optical Society of America Journal of Optical Networks.

Bill Lewinski named to N.Y. task force

Bill Lewinski (Law Enforcement) is a member of a first-of-its-kind New York State Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force that is examining how and why of  police "friendly fire" shootings.

Bill is one of 10 members of the committee, created by New York Gov. David Paterson to:

  • Determine the frequency and characteristics of police-on-police confrontations;
  • Learn what police officers know about how to reduce such risks;
  • Examine published research about the psychology of split-second decision-making; and
  • Identify technological innovations that might reduce such incidents.

Other members include chiefs of the San Francisco, Detroit and other metropolitan police departments.

Officials with the Detroit Police Department praised Bill as "an internationally recognized leader in the field," adding that "the work he has done will be of tremendous value in helping us interpret and articulate our findings and prioritize our recommendations for training and policy."

Gustavus to host Paul Hawken

Paul HawkenFaculty members are encouraged to invite their students to attend author, environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawkens' speech about the environment and social justice on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Gustavus Adolphus College. Hawken will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Gustavus’ Alumni Hall.

The speech, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Gustavus Enivronmental Studies Program, the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, the Gustavus Lecture Series and the Center for Vocational Reflection.

During Hawkens' visit to Minnesota, he will also speak at a fundraiser for the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society Feb. 19 in St. Paul.

Those with more questions may contact James Dontje at


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