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April 14, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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Personal safety

Minnesota State Mankato has launched a new personal safety program to enhance the security of students, faculty and staff. The two classes explain how students, faculty and staff can contribute to a safe campus environment.

The two-part, Web-based video program is being used by colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

One element of the course, “Stay Safe at College,” helps individuals take responsibility for their safety and security with techniques for avoiding and handling potentially dangerous situations. The video addresses theft, identity theft, stalking, assaults, emotional abuse, emerging online threats, travel risks and common hazards.

The second class includes a 20-minute video, “Shots Fired on Campus,” developed by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, a national educational institution. Carol Jensen (Security) will present “Shots Fired!” on Tuesday, April 20. For more information, see item elsewhere in this newsletter.

Both classes are combined into one course available to students, faculty and staff through “Desire2Learn,” the distance learning portal. The entire course takes about 90 minutes to complete, or can be accomplished in several shorter segments.

“Campus safety is an important consideration for all members of the University community, and innovative programs such as this can assist in maintaining a safe learning and working environment,” said President Richard Davenport.

The personal safety program is the latest effort to augment campus safety. Since 2008 the university has used a broadcast voice-over-IP telephone system and an emergency cell phone notification system known as Star Alert to inform community members in emergency situations.

Michael Miller: Northland president

Michael MillerCollege of Education Dean Michael Miller has been named the next president of Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

The announcement was made last week by Northland College Board of Trustees Chair John N. Allen. He will start his duties as president in July. He was chosen after a national search that attracted nearly 200 candidates.

“I am delighted that Dr. Miller has agreed to bring his energy and vision to Northland College,” Allen said. “As Northland’s fourth president in the last 40 years, Mike continues an impressive tradition of presidential leadership.”

President Richard Davenport said "Dr. Miller has provided invaluable leadership as dean of the College of Education and as interim vice president of the University Advancement Division. In 2008 he was named the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system’s outstanding administrator by the Office of the Chancellor. He is acknowledged statewide as a visionary leader in teacher education reform, and has brought significant recognition to Minnesota State Mankato. While we are sorry to see him leave, I know he will be an excellent college president.”

Northland, known as “the environmental liberal arts college” because of its commitment to the environment and sustainability, has deep connections to Sigurd Olson, one of America’s most beloved outdoor writers and wilderness protection advocates. Olson, who died in 1982, studied at Northland and received an honorary degree there, and the college’s environmental institute bears his name.

Summer hours start May 10

Summer hours will begin Monday, May 10, and will end Aug. 16. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and core hours during this period are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Employees should work with their supervisors to determine working hours during this period. In accordance with the AFSCME Council 5 collective bargaining agreement, changes in work schedules for AFSCME employees should be posted 14 days prior to the effective date of change.

Those who have questions or concerns may contact Human Resources at 389-2015 or 9-711 (MRS/TTY).

Mavericks: 4th in Directors' Cup

Maverick MMinnesota State Mankato advanced to fourth place in the latest Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings -- highest ranking for a Minnesota Division II school.

The standings resulted from the men’s basketball team's advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association regional semifinals. The university received 50 points for the men’s basketball accomplishment. Additional Minnesota State Mankato Directors' Cup points came in wrestling, men’s indoor track, women’s indoor track, men’s swimming and women’s swimming.

The Mavericks, who ranked sixth until recently, have 394.5 points for the year. Defending champion Grand Valley State is in first place with 710.5 points.

There are 288 schools competing in NCAA Division II. Minnesota Duluth ranks sixth, Augustana is ninth and St. Cloud State is 16th.

Complete Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings are available online.

On the air again

Minnesota State Mankato's two new TV spots (teacher Barb Stoflet and flood forecaster Jim Husaby) will be aired again on WCCO’s late-evening newscasts the weeks of April 12, 19 and 26, for a total of 15 times. Those spots are also in the video rotation on the University's home page.

The university’s new Facebook pages ad -- targeted to 91,000 people ages 16-18 within a 50-mile radius of the Twin Cities -- has achieved a total of about 8,000 click-throughs in three weeks. The ad, which features the top 10 reasons why Minnesota State Mankato is a great place for a college education, has drawn an average of about 300 click-throughs every day.

Campus Drive

Pam GohlCampus Drive chair Pam Gohl (Intercollegiate Athletics) encourages faculty and staff to continue donating gifts through June 30. Campus Drive contributions directly benefit students.

Faculty and staff participation in the Campus Drive thus far is 36 percent; the goal is 50 percent. Employees are encouraged to watch “12 Reasons to Give,” a YouTube video created by Minnesota State Mankato students. Employees may donate by visiting the "giving" site or by calling 389-6829.

Family Weekend: Showcase your office

Family Weekend crestFaculty and staff members are encouraged to showcase their organizations, offices, departments and colleges during the fall Family Weekend 2010 by participating in or planning events. But those who wish to do so need to sign up soon.

Those interested in participating in an academic event during the Sept. 24-26 Family Weekend must complete an academic event proposal by April 26. Those who are already planning or would like to plan an event must complete an event proposal by June 1.

The 2010 Family Weekend will help promote the excellence of Minnesota State Mankato’s extracurricular programs and the Mankato community, encourage student retention and keep the tradition of Family Weekend alive.

Graduate Diversity Certificate

Five hands of different races grabbing each others' wrists to form a pentagonA new Graduate Diversity Certificate Program for professionals and students has been developed by the Department of Ethnic Studies. The program provides professionals and students with additional cultural diversity knowledge, and enhances diversity management skills through help of cross-cultural training.

Professionals and graduate students in any field are eligible to earn a certificate if they:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university;
  • Have completed a minimum of 18 academic credits.

Those who want application materials should contact the Graduate Studies Office (389-2321). Those who want more information may contact Hanh-Huy Phan (Ethnic Studies) at 389-5276 or visit the Department of Ethnic Studies Web site.

April 14, 21: Networking, trust

Professional Development logoThe Professional Development Committee will offer two sessions on social networking and establishing trust in the workplace in April. The sessions were requested as a result of the success of Professional Development Day in January.

  • “It’s a Social Tweeting World, Let’s Face(book) it!” will be Wednesday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to noon in Centennial Students Union rooms 284 A, B and C. Marni Dunning (Information &Technology Services) will discuss the increasing relevance of social networking sites and will explain the importance of understanding social media. The session will introduce participants to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • “The Speed of Trust” will be Wednesday, April 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. in CSU 253, 254 and 255. It will teach the basic steps needed to create trust within a team, and will answer questions about building trust, handling a work atmosphere without trust and allowing trust to help teams work more efficiently.

Those who want to register may do so online.

April 15: Survey research

CESR logoFaculty and staff members can learn how to improve their questionnaire-writing skills during a presentation on survey and questionnaire research Thursday, April 15.

The session, from 2-3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201, will be hosted by the Center for Excellence in Scholarship & Research. Participants will learn suggestions to effectively analyze data and refine their writing of survey questions.

There is no registration for the event.

April 19: Talent show

Spotlights and starsThe Center for African American Affairs will present its second annual Faculty and Staff Extravaganza Monday, April 19. The event, which will feature a variety of skills and talents, will be at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

All faculty and staff members are invited to participate and all types of talent are welcome, including singing, dancing, reading poetry and playing musical instruments. Pieces of artwork, such as paintings, quilts and ceramics, also will be part of the show, to be featured in the center showcase on the first floor of Centennial Student Union from April 26 to May 3.

Masters of ceremony will be Avra Johnson (Academic Affairs) and James Gullickson (KMSU-FM).

Those who wish to participate must turn in an application by Friday, April 16. For an application and more information, contact Maria Baxter-Nuamah at or 389-6300.

April 20: Lincoln exhibit

Old photo of LincolnA national traveling exhibition that examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments and legacy opens at Memorial Library Tuesday, April 20, for a four-week run. “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 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 the Memorial Library Web site, and information about related events, group tours and field trips is available by calling a recorded message at 389-6201.

April 20: 'Shots Fired!'

Magnifying glass and fingerprint over the words 'Crime Prevention'Carol Jensen (Security) will present “Shots Fired!” a crime prevention and awareness program, Tuesday, April 20. The session, sponsored by the Employee Wellness Committee, will be from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

“Shots Fired!” will address the reality of violence on campuses and at schools in, and will provide participants with information about the mindset, knowledge and awareness they need to act effectively in a violent situation. Carol also will discuss crime prevention techniques and campus climate information.

The program is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Those who want more information may contact Jill Frederickson-Kratzke (Human Resources) at 389-2017.

April 20: Walt Wolff retirement

Faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception for Walt Wolff (Student Affairs) Tuesday, April 20.

The event will be from 2-3:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Rooms 253-255. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be a brief program at 2:30.

April 20: Kessel lecture

Lee Tesdell (English) will discuss "From Mankato to Jerusalem and Back: The Personal Journey" during a Kessel Peace Institute lecture Tuesday, April 20.

The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

While on sabbatical in spring 2009 Lee lived in Arab East Jerusalem and worked at Birzeit University. He pursued his professional work, renewed friendships and made new friends during while he was there.

His lecture will include stories about friends who live in Palestine and Israel -- stories that may help the audience understand what life is like for Palestinian Arab people in Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

April 21: Financial Planning

Hand, pen, paper, and calculatorFaculty and staff are invited to attend “Money and the People You Love,” a presentation on financial planning Thursday, April 21. The event, sponsored by the Employee Wellness Committee, is from noon to12:50 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 203.

Ryan McKeown (Finance) will discuss tips to plan for a financial future, including ways to balance investments and pay less in taxes. “Money and the People You Love” will also address prioritizing personal relationships. The discussion will include a question-and-answer session.

Ryan is a frequent guest on the radio program “Your Money” on WCCO-AM and KTOE Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

Those who want more information may contact Diane Roggow (Human Resources) at 389-2016 or

April 21: Take Back the Night

'Take Back the Night' poster with two hands holding a crescent moonAs part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, faculty and staff are invited to attend “Take Back the Night” Wednesday, April 21. This event, an opportunity for victims of sexual violence to speak out about their experiences, will be at 5 p.m. by the World's Fair Fountain near Centennial Student Union.

Members of the campus community are being encouraged to wear jeans that day in protest of a rape conviction that was overturned because the victim was wearing jeans.

In case of rain, “Take Back the Night” will be in Ostrander Auditorium.

April 21-24: ‘Virgin Territory’

'Virgin Territory' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present the original play “Virgin Territory,” by its director, Nikki Swoboda, as the final show of its Studio season. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 21-24 in the Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

“Virgin Territory,” presented in partnership with the Women’s Center, is the story of a nontraditional family coming to terms with the sexuality of its youngest daughter. It uses lecture, poetry, humor, music and dance to explore themes of sexuality, sociology, historical concepts of purity, depression and family dynamics.

The show contains original music by third-year Master of Fine Arts Design/Technology candidate Ben Inniger, with original lyrics by J. Alexander Coe.

After the performance Saturday, April 24, the Women’s Center will present an audience talk-back session, open to anyone. The production includes mature themes.

Nikki Swoboda, a third-year MFA Directing candidate, wrote and directed the department’s children’s theatre touring productions of “Abiyoyo” and “Rikkie Recycle & the Eko-Kidz,” and Studio productions “Dog Sees God” and “See What I Wanna See.”

Tickets for “Virgin Territory” are $9 regular; $8 for senior citizens, youth under 16 or groups of 15 or more; and $7 for current students. Tickets are available online at the Department of Theatre & Dance Web site or by calling the box office at 389-6661 from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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, and vegetarian and kids’ meals are available by request.

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: Interactive play

Minnesota State Mankato students will produce “When…,” an interactive play addressing sexual and relationship violence, Tuesday, April 27.

The play, written and produced by alumna Megan Rae, will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

April 28: Student caller awards

Faculty and staff members are invited to join President Richard Davenport at the 20th annual Student Caller Award Ceremony Wednesday, April 28. The event, in Ostrander Auditorium, will honor 70 student fundraising assistants.

The reception will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the award ceremony will start at 3. Punch and other refreshments will be served.

Student fundraising assistants raised $2.5 million this school year and counted for the 2009-2010 Minnesota State Mankato Annual Giving Programs.

April 29: Retirement luncheon

'Happy Retirement' balloonFaculty and staff are invited to attend the 2010 retirement luncheon honoring retiring Minnesota State Mankato employees on Thursday, April 29.

The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Cost is $13 per person; checks can be made payable to “Minnesota State University, Mankato” and can be mailed to WA 336.

Those planning to attend must contact Lu Ann Struck (Human Resources) at 389-6946 or by Tuesday, April 20, and must indicate if they would prefer vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free meals.

May 1: CPR certification

Female giving CPR to maleThe Employee Wellness Committee will sponsor an adult CPR and AED certification program Saturday, May 1. The program, from 9 a.m. to noon, is limited to the first 15 people who register.

Registration is $15, which includes nonreusable masks and gloves. Location information will be provided after registration. Those who wish to register should call Jen Myers (Campus Recreation) at 389-3269.

May 12: Science of Addiction

Minnesota State Mankato will host the Science of Addiction 2010 conference Wednesday, May 12. The conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will examine scientific advances in the prevention, treatment and management of addictions.

The conference is for alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, social workers and other health care and human service professionals who work or have interest in the addiction field. The event will discuss the role of vaccinations for addictions, medication and the management of addiction, understanding and treating alcohol toxicity, and strategies for managing post-acute withdrawal.

Pre-registration deadline is May 5, with registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who wish to register may do so online. Those who want more information may call the Office of University Extended Education at 389-2572 or (800) 311-3142.

Marcius Brock: Registrar

After a nationwide search, Marcius Brock has accepted the position of registrar. He has worked since July 2009 as interim registrar.

Marcius earned a MBA from Walden University’s College of Management & Technology, and a Master of Arts in Guidance and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University.

He worked as associate university registrar from 2005 to 2009, overseeing graduation and transfer operations, assisting with university course scheduling, archives and NCAA eligibility.

Anne Blackhurst (Graduate Studies & Research) chaired the search committee.

Maria-Claudia Tomany: AVP

Maria-Claudia Tomany has accepted the position of assistant vice president for undergraduate studies and international education starting July 15.

Since 2005 Maria has been assistant professor and director of Scandinavian Studies. From 2002 to 2005 she was a faculty associate in the German and Scandinavian section of the Department of Languages and Literatures at Arizona State University.

She has o translated Icelandic literature and reviewed Scandinavian titles for the German publishing houses Bertelsmann, Steidl, Zsolany and Fischer Verlag.

Maria earned a Ph.D and a Master of Arts in Scandinavian Studies and English from the University of Munich, Germany.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) presented “Enabling Active, Collaborative and Other Social Learning” as part of the Birds-of-a-Feather computer science education discussion group in Milwaukee, Wis., in March. She also presented “Adapting Five Key Social Instruction Strategies to the CS Educational Environment” and “Student Connections to Community in Computer Science and Engineering Education.”

Aaron Budge (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) served as chair on the planning committee for the Geotechnical Engineering Conference of the University of Minnesota in February.

Anthony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) published a review of Dan Pallotta’s “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He spoke about regional competition to the Economic Development Subcommittee of the Region Nine Development Commission in February. He also presented “The Miniapple Game: Simulating Economics & Politics” at the MCSS conference in Rochester, Minn., in March.

Eiji Kawabata (Political Science & Law Enforcement) received a grant for a July-August research trip to Japan from the Association for Asian Studies, the Northeast Asia Council.

Tom Inglot (Political Science & Law Enforcement) recently returned from a research trip to Europe where he interviewed government officials, social policy experts and nonprofit activists and worked in research libraries in Warsaw, Poland and Budapest, Hungary. The trip was funded by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. Earlier this month he presented a guest lecture, “The Student Opposition Movement in Poland in the 1980s,” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal recently published In-Jae Kim's and Charles Waters’ (Mathematics & Statistics) research paper, “Symmetric Sign Patterns with Maximal Inertias.”

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science & Law Enforcement) was selected for a Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award in Germany. Joseph will teach two political science courses at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, in 2011.

Namyong Lee (Mathematics & Statistics) presented “New Criteria for the Existence of Positive Equilibrium in Reaction Networks” at the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications at the University of Minnesota.

Bill Lewsinski (Political Science & Law Enforcement) is working with the Hillsboro, Ore., Police Department to learn how police officers can react safely when dealing with suspects who may have concealed weapons. The Discovery Channel interviewed Bill about his research for an international “Daily Planet” episode that aired in March.

Phillip Miller (Economics) was interviewed by the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star about the economic impact of a new multipurpose arena proposed for Lincoln, and by The Wall Street Journal about the tangible benefits of sports.

Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) is co-principal investigator on a recently funded, $373,000 NASA grant, “Studies of Light Noble Gas in Stardust Samples and Interplanetary Dust Particles.”

Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) presented “Ghana – Customs and Traditions” to a community group in East Union, Minn., in March.

Jeffrey Pribyl, Mary Hadley and Patricia Rambo (Chemistry & Geology) presented “Comparison of Student Success in General Chemistry after Completing a Preparatory Course: POGIL vs. Lecture” at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco in March.

Jeffrey Pribyl, Brian Groh and Mary Hadley (Chemistry & Geology) presented “Chemical Chairs: Looking at the Balance of Chair Duties Within the Constraints of a Union Contract” at the International Leadership Conference in Minneapolis.

The Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society recently accepted Mezbahur Rahman’s (Mathematics & Statistics) paper, “Likelihood Ratio in Estimating Gamma Distribution Parameters,” for publication.

Gary Rockswold (Mathematics & Statistics) coauthored the textbooks “A Graphical Approach to Algebra and Trigonometry” and “A Graphical Approach to Pre-Calculus with Limits.” He presented “How Mathematics Transforms the World” at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics in Chicago. He also gave the presentation at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Fla., in March.

Deepak Sanjel’s (Mathematics & Statistics) research article, “Distribution of the Test for a Single Lower Outlier in a Gamma Sample,” recently was accepted for publication in the Journal of Probability & Statistical Sciences.

Susan Schalge (Anthropology) was named a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Emily Stark (Psychology) presented “Understanding Study Habits and Motivation: The Role of Test Anxiety and Personality” at the Midwestern Conference for Professional Psychology in March.

Richard Terrill (English) recently published a book of poems, “Almost Dark.”

Chia-Chi Tung (Mathematics & Statistics) attended the American Mathematical Society Spring Southeastern Sectional meeting in Lexington, Ky., in March and presented “On Weak Metaharmonicity and Holomorphicity of Distribution.”

David Viscoli’s (Music) proposal, “The Neglected Chopin Songs: Love and Nationalism,” was accepted for presentation at the National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis in September. He also gave a trio performance with Joseph Rodgers on cello and Mary Horozaniecki on violin at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in Bloomington, Minn., in April.

Leah White (Communication Studies) was appointed to the editorial board of Argumentation and Advocacy, the national journal of the American Forensic Association.

Tamara Wilkins (Political Science & Law Enforcement) was honored as the chapter advisor of the year at the Academy of Criminal Justice and Alpha Phi Sigma national meeting.

A paper by Yanwei Wu (Computer Science), “The Asymptotic Capacity for Large Scale Wireless Ad Hoc Networks,” was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks.

Speech Team at Eau Claire

Speaker at podiumThe Speech Team placed 22nd out of 77 teams at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament in Eau Claire earlier this month.

Senior Jason Reisch (Marketing) placed in the top 24 in Dramatic Interpretation, and was one of 10 students in the nation selected for the AFA-NIET All American Team. Jason also competed in Prose Interpretation and Duo Interpretation.

Leah White (Communication Studies) received the AFA-NIET Distinguished Service Award. She is the third Minnesota State Mankato faculty member to win this award since its inception in 1987.

Ten other students competed: Laura Pelletier (Speech Communication), Poetry Interpretation; Megan Petersen, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Duo Interpretation and Communication Analysis; Justin Hathaway (Communication Arts & Literature Education ), Prose Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking and Poetry Interpretation; April Larson (Speech Communication), Impromptu Speaking and Communication Analysis; Suzanne Lumberg (Speech Communication), Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, Communication Analysis and After Dinner Speaking;

Ariel Klugman (Political Science), Informative Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Poetry Interpretation; Brad Wakefield (Mass Communications ), Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation; Jordan Christiansen (Speech Communication), After Dinner Speaking and Poetry Interpretation; Ryan Zahn (Undecided), Program Oral Interpretation and Duo Interpretation; and Skylar Carlson (Speech Communication), Informative Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation.

Molly Carmody (Speech Communication) also qualified to participate but could not attend.

The team will travel to the National Forensic Association Tournament in Athens, Ohio, at the end of April.

Student achievements

Nicole Alfafara (Biological Sciences) won the best student poster award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Midwest Regional Chapter in March. She also won a $250 travel grant to the society's national meeting in Portland, Ore., in November.

Thirteen graduate students in the Clinical and I/O Psychology programs presented projects at the Midwestern Conference for Professional Psychology in Owatonna in March: Brandy Baczwaski, Kathleen Fairchild, Carolina Surla, Britta Fiksdal, Carolina Surla, Kathleen Fairchild, Chelsea Gloth, Susan Drevo, Adam Mills, Dana Shea, Carl Sorensen, Whitney Smith and Michael Taylor.

David Bruggeman (Earth Science) received a National Airborne Research Program (NASA) paid internship for the summer. The internship involves a six-week research program in Southern California with laboratory and airborne sampling in a DC-8 aircraft and subsequent analysis, and a summary of the research.

Lindsay Dalluge (Family & Consumer Science) was named Region 4 Phi Upsilon Omicron collegiate representative. Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society of family consumer science. Lindsay will serve on the Phi U National Council and attend the meeting in Savannah, Ga., in September. Only one student from the 14-state region of Phi U chapters is selected each year.

Katie Grokreutz (Mathematics & Statistics) was selected for the Ohio State University 2010 Mathematical Bioscience Institute Summer Research Program.

Steven Lowry (Political Science & Law Enforcement) received two national scholarships -- the V.A. Leonard Scholarship and the Jose A. Marquez Memorial Scholarship -- at the Academy of Criminal Justice and Alpha Phi Sigma national meeting.

Nina Tikkinen (Economics) played on Finland’s hockey team at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. The team won the bronze medal, making Nina the first athlete from Minnesota State Mankato to earn an Olympic medal.

Vang Xiong (Ethnic Studies) will present “Hmong Global Identities in the 21st Century” at the International Conference on Hmong Studies in St. Paul this month.


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