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April 1, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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'The Chronicle of Higher Education' logo

Chronicle spotlights Maverick athletics

Minnesota State Mankato's intercollegiate athletics program was exemplified as one of the nation's best Division II programs in a front-page Chronicle of Higher Education story last week.

The article, "How the other half lives," focuses on the daily activities of Division II athletes, and how Division II programs and budgets differ markedly from those at Division I schools.

Chronicle reporter Libby Sander spent three days with Maverick student-athletes in February, talking with them, attending hockey and basketball games and a track meet, and interviewing Athletic Director Kevin Buisman, President Richard Davenport and Provost Scott Olson.

"Like the vast majority of the 400,000 athletes who compete in NCAA programs, the Mavericks, all 520 or so of them, go about their business far from the limelight," Sander wrote. "Unacquainted with the perks known to athletes at marquee programs, they take long bus rides in the middle of the night to save on lodging, reuse some athletics supplies, and hold raffles to help finance their teams.

"But don't be fooled by their do-it-yourself mentality. This city of 32,000, about 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis, is home to serious athletes who finished second nationally last year for athletics excellence among all 288 Division II programs. The men's hockey team—along with women's hockey, the university's only Division I programs—packs a 5,000-seat arena on winter nights and was the training ground for David Backes, Class of 2006, who skated with the U.S. Olympic team last month in Vancouver. Last year the women's basketball team won the Division II national championship. And Katelin Rains, a three-time national champion in the pole vault, is pictured on the front of a Pepsi machine outside the field house."

Earlier this year Sander, seeking a D-II athletic program about which to write, contacted Kevin, who convinced her that the Mavericks were a worthy subject. The result was a lengthy story and a front-page photo caption that reads: "Minnesota State U. at Mankato, one of Division II's strongest athletics programs, still retains its small-town charm.

The Chronicle produces two newspapers and three Web sites, with a print readership of 350,000 and more than 14 million Web readers a month.

The Chronicle story is available online.

Directors' Cup: Sixth

'Learfield Sports Director's Cup' logoMinnesota State Mankato ranks sixth in overall standings for the 2009-'10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after five Maverick winter sports teams scored points in NCAA postseason competition. Minnesota State Mankato has totaled 347.50 points thus far this year. Defending champion Grand Valley State tops the standings with 660.5 points.

The Mavericks earned points from wrestling (sixth), men’s indoor track (eighth) women’s indoor track (16th), men’s swimming (26th) and women’s swimming (26th) while tallying an additional 272.50 points. The Mavericks will earn additional points in the next Directors' Cup standings from the men’s basketball program, which advanced to the NCAA Division II basketball regional semi-finals.

Minnesota State Mankato, which finished second on last year’s final Directors' Cup list, is the top-ranking NSIC team. Minnesota Duluth ranks 15th, Augustana is 19th, St. Cloud State is 20th, Bemidji State is 85th, Wayne State (Neb.) is 122nd and Winona State ranks 134th.

The Directors’ Cup honors institutions that maintain a broad-based athletic program, achieving success in many sports.

Some 288 schools compete in NCAA Division II Directors' Cup. Complete standings are available on the NACDA website.

National Dance honors

'The Kennedy Center' logoA dance piece choreographed by Daniel Stark (Theatre & Dance) will be performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in May. “Politics Religion Sex” was selected for the event during competition at the Regional Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival Association at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in March.

Thirty-two dances from 24 colleges and universities from around the country were part of the initial competition, and seven were selected for the Regional Gala, including “Stay,” a student-choreographed work by Katie Drietz from Minnesota State Mankato. Two, including “Politics Religion Sex,” earned performances at nationals.

The cast for “Politics Religion Sex” includes:

  • Katie Drietz, senior dance major;
  • Melissa Eichelberger, senior dance and mass communications double major;
  • Jennifer James, senior dance and exercise science double major;
  • Lizzy Luckhardt, sophomore dance education major;
  • Kelsey McGowan, senior dance major;
  • Casey Morgan, sophomore dance education major;
  • Amanda Puckett, senior dance major;
  • Craig Daniel Stastny, senior BFA musical theatre major.

For 22 years Minnesota State Mankato has been involved with the American College Dance Festival Association and has had a number of dances selected for regional competition.

Students sorting through puzzles and games

Students Diane Meza and Davis Wilson sort through puzzles and games collected for the Family Room in the Blue Earth County Government Center. (Free Press photo)

Real-world service

Janet Cherrington's (Urban & Regional Studies) Community Leadership students hauled donated toys and furniture to the second floor of the Blue Earth County Government Center in March as a way for the students to put classroom training to work in the real world.

“They did an awesome job,” said Melodee Hoffner, a volunteer on the county’s Social Services Task Force. “And their spirit of service was amazing.”

The students created their own plan for addressing a problem in the community, as well as solutions to the problem. They then must have their plans reviewed by instructors and affected organizations. In past semesters Jan's class has worked with Campus Kitchen and the ECHO Food Shelf.

Jan says students learn more by engaging with the community to solve actual problems.

“To me, if students don’t put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom, then we haven’t done our jobs,” she said.

March 31: American Indian culture

Roger White Owl will explain why society should develop a better understanding of the past and present culture of American Indians during a talk Wednesday, March 31.

His talk, part of the seventh annual “Mankato and Beyond” lectureship sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences advisory board, will be at 12:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. The lecture, “The Importance of Understanding American Indians: Past and Present,” is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

White Owl, an alumnus and former president of the Student Association, is an administrator for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Those who want more information may call 389-6307.

March 31: White-collar crime

Prosecutor Hank Shea and convicted securities fraud felon Don Snede will discuss the lure and consequences of white-collar crime in an ethics lecture Wednesday, March 31.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Business and the campus chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. The event, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 4:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union.

Shea, one of the country’s most effective white-collar crime prosecutors, is a special assistant U.S. attorney in Minneapolis. Snede is a former chief financial officer for Midwest Federal Savings & Loan who, in 1992, after cooperating with authorities, pled guilty to three federal offenses in connection with the failure and collapse of that institution.

The two will talk about the personal, professional and social consequences of business fraud, and will suggest how current and future business executives can resist and avoid it.

Those who want more information may contact Konstantin Posherstnik at

April 5: Healthy Lifestyle

Male cyclist talking to femaleFaculty and staff are invited to participate in a four-week healthy lifestyle challenge throughout April. The program, sponsored by the Wellness Committee, consists of two sessions:

  • Mondays: April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursdays: April 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 4:45 p.m.

Health education and goal-setting is the focus of the challenge. Each week a new topic will be introduced. Participants who complete weekly goals will be able to enter drawings for prizes including free personal training, one-month Otto Recreation Center memberships and yoga mats.

The program is free and participants need attend only one of the sessions. Those who are interested may e-mail Jennifer Myers (Campus Recreation) at or call 389-3269 by March 31.

April 6: Kessel teach-in

“Our Wars and Their Consequences” will be explored during a Kessel Peace Institute teach-in for most of the day Tuesday, April 6. Four speakers and two films will examine the tactics, costs, prisoner treatment and domestic impact of America’s wars.

The event, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The day’s events will include:

  • Jim Dimock (Communication Studies), discussing the selling of wars with language, 9 a.m.
  • Barbara Carson (Sociology & Corrections), talking about the costs of wars in domestic poverty, 10 a.m.
  • Jackie Vieceli (Political Science & Law Enforcement), discussing civil liberties, torture and the “war on terrorism,” at 11 a.m.
  • A film, “Rethink Afghanistan,” at noon.
  • Abby Meredith, member of the Anti-War Committee, Minneapolis, discussing antic-war activism at 1:30 p.m.
  • A film, “Taxi to the Dark Side,” exploring war detainee torture, at 3 p.m.

April 6: Judy Shepard

Judy ShepardJudy Shepard, activist, author and mother of murdered college student Matthew Shepard, will visit campus Tuesday, April 6, to present “The Meaning of Matthew” as part of Eliminate Hate Week. Her talk, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A book signing will follow the lecture.

In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew was murdered in an act motivated by anti-gay hate. Shepard and her husband, Dennis, established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to continue Matthew’s legacy.

“The Meaning of Matthew” will share the story of Matthew’s life and death and address the ways the world continues to be affected by his murder.

Shepard travels around the country speaking to people and communities about what they can do to encourage acceptance, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Eliminate Hate Week lecture is hosted by the LGBT Center, Student Events Team, the Women’s Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Residence Hall Association, the President’s Commission on Diversity, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and South Central MN Pride, Inc.

Those who want more information may visit the Matthew Shepard Foundation website.

April 6, 7: Nursing Scholar

Sharon DenhamFamily and community health expert Sharon Denham will meet with nursing students, faculty and community partners Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7, to guide Doctor of Nursing Practice student research about family and societal health. The visiting scholar event is sponsored by the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family & Society.

Denham, an Ohio University School of Nursing faculty member, teaches courses in family nursing, evidence-based practice, theory, nursing education, nursing research and community health. She also directs the Appalachian Rural Health Institute, an interdisciplinary health services and research institute that fosters interprofessional research, community outreach, education and scholarly activities.

During her two-day visit she will give presentations and provide faculty consultations in research, practice and education. Her visit is intended to strengthen the Taylor Nursing Institute and its community partnerships, and to help Doctor of Nursing Practice students with their family and societal health projects.

April 6: Exercise sessions

Lois WeberEmployees can help relieve pain, minimize stress and improve their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health at the Spring Forest Qigong exercise presentations in April, sponsored by the Wellness Committee.

The five Tuesday classes will be from 12 to 12:50 p.m.:

  • April 6 in Morris Hall Room 213;
  • April 13 in MH 213;
  • April 20 in Centennial Student Union Room 204;
  • April 27 in CSU 204;
  • May 4 in CSU 204.

Lois Weber will lead the classes, teaching level one Spring Forest Qigong exercises and meditations focused on healing. Weber has studied and practiced Spring Forest Qigong for almost 10 years and is certified as an instructor and master healer.

Each class costs $5. Those planning to attend all classes may make checks for $25 to Weber. Those planning to attend one or two classes may pay at the beginning of each class. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes.

Those who want more information may contact Diane Roggow at 389-2016 or

April 7-9: Asian conference

Jane Hamilton-MerrittRenowned Vietnam War photojournalist Jane Hamilton-Merritt will join in remembering the 35-year anniversary of the fall of Saigon at the annual Asian Pacific American Conference April 7-9. The fifth annual conference, hosted by the Asian Pacific Student Organization, will present “Starting from the Roots: Building Blocks to Higher Education.”

The event, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will focus on how American educators can help preserve cultural heritage and diversity.

Hamilton-Merritt will be keynote speaker on April 8 and will join a 10 a.m. panel discussion as part of a “Fall of Saigon” Learning Project. Conference participants also will learn about preserving oral history through cultural storytelling, will see a Pacific hula and a fire knife dance by Aloha Chicago Entertainment and a fashion show of traditional Asian and Pacific costumes, and will take part in Hula dancing lessons.

As part of a unified effort honoring diversity, the conference will feature a Native American blessing ceremony by Dave Larsen (American Indian Affairs) at 8 a.m. April 8.

“This year’s conference views the Vietnam War from its root causes and its affect in the Southeast Asia region since the fall of Saigon,” said Chris Tran (Asian Affairs).

The conference is intended to heighten cultural awareness while providing Minnesota State Mankato students with a valuable hands-on learning tool.

The annual event’s concluding banquet features a keynote address by Ka Vang, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system diversity programs director. Soloni Taumalolo, senior ethnic studies major from Honolulu, Hawaii, will be master of ceremonies.

A schedule of events, speaker’s list and registration information is available on the AAPIA website.

April 8: Business ethics

Alfred MarcusBusiness ethics and risk management will be discussed by Carlson School of Management endowed chair Alfred Marcus Thursday, April 8.

The annual Business Ethics Lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. The lecture is cosponsored by the Philosophy Department and the College of Business.

Marcus is Edson Spencer Endowed Chair in strategy and technical leadership, strategic management and organization at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

He has written a number of books, including “Managing Beyond Compliance: The Ethical and Public Policy Dimensions of Business.” An expert on boards of directors and corporate governance, business regulation, corporate responsibility, strategic management and organizational strategy, he also is the author of numerous articles and papers.

April 8-11, 15-18: '42nd Street'

Actors dancing in '42nd Street'The Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its 2009-2010 Mainstage season with the grand Broadway musical “42nd Street” April 8-11 and 15-18.

The show, sponsored by Immanuel St. Joseph’s-Mayo Health System, will be in the Ted Paul Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. There will be no evening performances April 11 or 18.

Based on the 1933 film with the same name, this Hollywood opus sings the “Lullaby of Broadway” as it focuses on efforts of famed director Julian Marsh to mount a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.

It is written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, with lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren. Minnesota State Mankato presented “42nd Street” in 1993.

Kim Steffen is Peggy Sawyer, the small-town girl who comes to Broadway and is thrust into immediate stardom. She appeared earlier this season as Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” The Ghost of Christmas Past in “A Christmas Carol” and Marie in “On the Razzle.” Third-year MFA Directing candidate Jerry Jay Cranford, who earlier this year directed “The Rocky Horror Show,” is director Julian Marsh. The cast includes more than 25 characters, with an emphasis on tap dancing.

“42nd Street” is directed and choreographed by Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance), with musical direction by Nick Wayne (Theatre & Dance) and additional choreography by third-year MFA Directing candidate Nikki Swoboda.

Tickets are $20 regular; $18 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $14 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online or by visiting the box office in the Performing Arts Center between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

April 10: Scholarship walk

'Walk for Women's Scholarships' logoThe Walk for Women’s Scholarships will be at Myers Field House Saturday, April 10, with registration at 8:30 a.m. Exhibits and activities will be open from 9-10 a.m., with the walk through campus at 10 a.m.

Each walker who raises $50 or more will receive a "goody bag" filled with gift certificates, coupons and a free T-shirt. After registering, walkers can meet Maverick teams, play interactive games and sample products and services from a variety of sponsors.

Hy-Vee  will provide free glucose and bone density testing for participants.

The event provides a way to meet and mingle with other walkers and to show support for women’s athletics.

More information is available on the Mavericks website.

April 12: Jane Brody

Jane BrodyBest-selling author, international health authority and award-winning New York Times personal health columnist Jane Brody will present the fifth annual Center on Aging Chesley Lecture Monday, April 12. Brody's talk, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 4-6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

She will discuss suggestions from her latest book, "Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally and Economically for the End of Life." After the lecture she will sign books at the Centennial Student Union Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Light refreshments will be available.

The talk is free to Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets for everyone else are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Brody is author of more than a dozen books, including two best-sellers. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and starred in her own 10-part public television show. She has won numerous awards for her column, published in The Times and many other newspapers around the country.

Those who want more information about the event may go online or contact Donald Ebel (Gerontology). More information about Brody is available on her website.

April 12: Moore Lecture

'Energy Independence through Wind Power: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Future' posterVincent Winstead (Electrical & Computer Engineering) will present the 2010 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. He will discuss “Energy Independence through Wind Power: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future.”

The Moore Lecture celebrates excellence in research. It is the 36th president's faculty research lectureship, and the 23rd named in honor of former President Douglas R. Moore, who established the lectureship to illuminate faculty research.

Douglas R. Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974-1978. His tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the lower and upper campuses and construction of a new administration building.

April 14: Scott Simkins

Just-in-Time Teaching coverScott Simkins will discuss ways to encourage outside-of-class preparation by students, promote reflective learning and stimulate student feedback as outlined in his book, “Just-in-Time Teaching,” on Wednesday, April 14.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, will be offered twice: From 9-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 238, and from 3-5 p.m. in CSU Room 202. Workshop I is limited to the first 30 people who register; Workshop II is limited to the first 20.

"Just-in-Time Teaching" will provide hands-on, in-class activities designed to boost engaged student learning. Those who wish to register should call 389-1098 or email

April 16: Alan Page

Alan PageAlan Page, Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court justice, will talk about “The Importance of Education” Friday, April 16. Page’s talk, sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, will be from noon until 1 p.m. in Room 284 of Centennial Student Union. His lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Page, star defensive end for the “Purple-People-Eater” Minnesota Vikings of the 1970s and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1971, reinvented his career after retiring from football. He attended the University of Minnesota Law School while playing, earning a juris doctor in 1978.

In the early 1980s, after retiring, he worked for a Minneapolis law firm, then was appointed special assistant attorney general and then assistant attorney general for Minnesota.

In 1992 he was elected to an open seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the court’s first African-American associate justice. In 1998 he was re-elected as the biggest Supreme Court vote-getter in Minnesota history, and was re-elected again in 2004.

April 19: Education Job Fair

Students who will be licensed or qualified to teach or work in a school district by January 2011 may attend the Minnesota Education Job Fair Monday, April 19, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

Participants can meet representatives from 200 school districts, get information about various districts, interview for jobs and attend district presentations.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. More information is at the Career Development Center's Education Job Fair Information page or from the Career Development Center (507-389-6061).

April 20: Lincoln exhibit

Abraham LincolnA national traveling exhibition that examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments and legacy opens at Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 20, for four weeks. “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Times, a Man for All Times,” organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, goes beyond the public images of Lincoln to focus on the evolution of his beliefs and impact.

The exhibit is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A grand opening ceremony, led by President Richard Davenport and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the library.

“Abraham Lincoln” traces Lincoln’s path from a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience to the president who guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and the Civil War. It shows how Lincoln transcended his age and left a constitutional legacy for all Americans.

The exhibit will be open to the public most daytime and evening hours April 20 through May 19. Specific information can be found on MNSU's Library website, and information about related events, group tours and field trips is available by calling a recorded message at (507) 389-6201.

April 22, 23: Murder mystery

'I'm Getting Murdered in the Morning' posterFaculty and staff members can practice their detective skills at “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning,” a murder mystery dinner theater to raise money for Haiti relief efforts Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23. Performances will be at 6 p.m. at AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center on Stadium Road. Proceeds will be donated through Kids Against Hunger.

The murder mystery was written by Lee Mueller and directed by Benjamin Wagner, a junior Saxophone Performance and Theatre Arts double major. It is hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Mankato Young Performing Artist Association, and sponsored by AmercInn, B. Stark & Co., Kids Against Hunger and Hy-Vee.

Guests will receive a three-course dinner, including salad, seasoned boneless chicken and sherbet for dessert. Vegetarian and kids’ meals are available by request only.

Theatre Arts major Emma Ottoson plays Brenda, a whiny bride who has been married three times. Theatre majors Robb Krueger and Travis Berg play Harold Montague, father of the bride, and Parker.

Other cast members include students Amanda Vonbergen (psychology) as maid of honor Bunny and Tom Bennett (Theatre and Mathematics) who plays Edward.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center front desk or the customer service desk at Hy-Vee on Riverfront Drive. Tickets are available through Monday, April 19.

Those who want more information may e-mail or call Emily Richardson, (651) 261-1752.

April 27: Violence education

Lauren Pilnick (Women's Center) will present a Violence-Free Zone workshop as part of the Women’s Center's sexual violence education program Tuesday, April 27, from noon to 2 p.m. in CSU 201.

The training, much like the Safe Zone training for LGBTA issues, will cover basic information about sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. It also will provide tools on how to respond when confronted with issues. The workshop will certify participants as Violence-Free Zone allies.

May 1: 5-K run-walk

Female runningFaculty and staff members are invited to participate in New Balance Girls on the Run, a 5-K run-and-walk event Saturday, May 1, in Sibley Park. The event begins at 9 a.m., and registration starts at 8 a.m.

Those who wish to register may visit the Mankato YWCA website or contact Sheri Sander at (507) 345-4629 x 32 or

IT Academy

Faculty and staff members are invited to take part in the Microsoft IT Academy, designed to provide educators with tools to effectively train students about Microsoft technologies.

The online membership program provides curricula, courseware and online learning for students, faculty and staff. Highlights of the program include:

  • Access to a wide variety of Microsoft curricula and certification preparation materials;
  • Extensive teaching resources to manage and track student progress and generate course completion certificates;
  • Microsoft E-Learning courses;
  • Software licenses for lab and classroom use;

The program includes a wide range of information, from computer basics to high-level programming and architecture.

Those who wish to access this program may log in to the IT Academy site with a Windows Live ID (instructions available online). More information is available on the ITS website or from Shannon Jeffries (Information & Technology Services) at 389-3205.

Work climate survey

Results of the 2009 Work Climate Survey have been tallied and are available on the Great Place to Work Web site. More information about the Great Place to Work Task Force can also be found there.

Linda Hanson (Equal Opportunity & Title IX) and Scott Olson (Academic & Student Affairs), task force co-chairs, encourage faculty and staff members to [PDF] look at the results (2 MiB).

More information about the task force can be found at, and an executive summary of the 2009 survey results will be available there soon.

Brian Jones: Admissions director

Brian JonesBrian Jones has been named director of Admissions by Scott R. Olson (Academic & Student Affairs) following a national search. He started his new duties last week.

Brian, who has been interim director for the last year, has worked in the Admissions Office for 8 1/2 years. Brian started his career as a Minnesota State Mankato admissions officer, then was named assistant director and scholarship coordinator.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications in 2001 and a Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2004 from Minnesota State Mankato. He graduated from the Leadership Institute of Greater Mankato in 2005 and has been a Prejudice Reduction Workshop facilitator for the Greater Mankato Diversity Council for six years. He also served as service committee chair for the Mankato Diversity Kiwanis Club.

His wife, Christianne, is a Minnesota State Mankato alumna; they have two young daughters.

Patrick Sexton: National award

Patrick Sexton (Human Performance) has been named one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2010 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients.

The award recognizes outstanding dedication and service by association members to the athletic training profession. Candidates must have held the certified athletic trainer credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, for at least 20 years; have been recognized for service to the profession of athletic training at the local, state, national and/or international level; exhibited distinguished service as a certified athletic trainer; and been recognized for unique contributions to the profession of athletic training not acknowledged elsewhere.

“Dedication, innovation, loyalty and leadership are common traits among MDAT recipients,” said National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle. “Those who receive the honor serve as an inspiration to their peers and as role models to the next generation of certified athletic trainers.”

Patrick will receive the award June 24, at the association's 61st annual meeting and clinical symposia in Philadelphia.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Jennifer Veltsos (English) attended the 13th annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing national conference in Louisville, Ky., this month. She presented “Comparing the Objectives of a Technical Communication Services Course to STEM Faculty Expectations” in a panel called “Are You Being Served? Revisiting the Technical Communication Curriculum.”

Reporter awards

The Reporter and some of its writers, editors and photographers earned 19 awards at the 2009 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest recently. The awards included first place in General Advertising Excellence and Best Headline Writing.

Editor in chief Nicole Smith captured two first-place awards and a second; photographer Raymond Starin took two firsts and a second; Nia Jonesz earned two seconds; graphic artist Ann Reichel took first and second; sports editor Kyle Ratke, staff writer Drew Nelson and Derek Wehrwein each took one first; staff writer Nick Seipel, staff writer Madeline Greene, advertising representative Katie Schmiel and cartoonist Tory Jacobson each earned a second.

Student achievements

David Bruggeman (Earth Science) was awarded a National Airborne Research Program paid internship for summer 2010. As an intern, he will participate in a six-week research program in Southern California.


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