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May 19, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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Students walking in graduating ceremony

Spring commencement: 1,799

Minnesota State Mankato graduated 1,799 students during spring commencement exercises May 8. The number includes four doctor of nursing practice degrees, 82 master of arts degrees, 12 master of fine arts degrees, four master of arts in teaching degrees, 13 master of business administration degrees, one master of education degree, 17 master of public administration degrees, seven master of science in nursing degrees, 145 master of science degrees, six master of music degrees and 17 specialist degrees.

Awarded at the undergraduate level were101 bachelor of arts degrees, 25 bachelor of fine arts degrees, 11 bachelor of athletic training degrees, 1,218 bachelor of science degrees, 18 bachelor of science in civil engineering degrees, six bachelor of science in computer engineering degrees, 20 bachelor of science in electrical engineering degrees, 30 bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degrees, one bachelor of music degree, 27 bachelor of science in social work degrees and 33 associate of arts degrees.

One-hundred thirty-seven undergraduate students graduated summa cum laude, 240 graduated magna cum laude and 235 graduated cum laude.

The 2010 spring commencement total is up by 9 percent from spring commencement 2009.

Becky Taylor Fellows

The first Becky Taylor Fellows earned doctorates of nursing practice at commencement May 8. By encouraging more nursing practice doctorates, the Becky Taylor endowment is expected to enhance family health care across the Midwest.

The three fellows are Susan Field of Thief River Falls, Minn., Dana Schardt of Madison, Wis., and Ruth Van Heukelom of Sibley, Iowa.

The Becky Taylor Doctoral Fellowships in Nursing are part of a $7-million endowment to Minnesota State Mankato from Taylor Corporation Chairman Glen Taylor and his wife Becky. The endowment supports research into new family health-care models, improved patient care and nursing practices, and better health-care delivery for diverse families.

Susan, director of the nursing program at Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, conducted research into “Cultural Competence of Nurses in a Rural Clinic Setting,” and was advised by Sue Ellen Bell (Nursing). She plans to promote more nursing cultural education and evidence-based research at Northland and other schools.

Dana intends to teach at a school of nursing somewhere in the Midwest, and to continue her research into “The Effects of Guided Imagery on Perceived Stress in the Perinatal Adolescent,” which was advised by Mary Bliesmer (Nursing).

Ruth, director of nursing at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Worthington, conducted research into the “Impact of Selected Patient and Family-Centered Interventions on Press Ganey Satisfaction Scores,” also advised by Mary. Her Becky Taylor Fellow studies will give her “a new appreciation and application of evidence-based nursing practice, patient and family centered care, and servant leadership.”

The Taylors gave the $7-million endowment to Minnesota State Mankato two years ago, to “create models that will help nurses better serve all families.” More information about the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society and the Becky Taylor Fellowships is on the Nursing Institute website.

Walk to St. Paul

Tom Williams, Brett Anderson, and other studentStudent leaders walked 95 miles from Mankato to St. Paul last weekend to draw attention to the importance of public funding for higher education. Minnesota State Student Association President Tom Williams, vice president Brett Anderson and another student left from Centennial Student Union at noon May 14 and arrived at the Capital at approximately noon Monday, May 17.

The students sought to challenge legislators and gubernatorial candidates to take part in an open forum about higher education. Tom and Brett believe gubernatorial and legislative candidates need to address higher education, and students need to take an active role in the process.

On Friday the students walked the Sakatah-Singing Hills Trail to Waterville. On Saturday they hiked to Northfield. On Sunday they walked to Terrace Oaks East Park near the Minnesota Zoo, and on Monday to the State Capitol.

Three ASA awards

Minnesota State logoMinnesota State Mankato captured awards in three categories in the annual Minnesota State Colleges & Universities academic and student affairs program excellence competition recently. Two initiatives were honored for curriculum and partnership excellence. In addition, Kaye Herth (College of Allied Health & Nursing) received the outstanding administrator award.

The awards:

  • The Iron Range Engineering program, a partnership with the Northeast Higher Education District, received the Excellence in Curriculum Programming Award. The program lets students from rural northeastern Minnesota earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering without leaving the Iron Range.
  • Student Health Services received the Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award for its 2009 H1N1 immunization initiative, a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Mankato Clinic and Blue Earth County Public Health. In addition to offering free H1N1 immunizations for students and citizens, the initiative provided service-learning opportunities for students.
  • Kaye was honored for outstanding leadership and significant contributions to developing academic or student affairs programming. She has been dean of the College of Allied Health & Nursing since 1998, and led the college’s expansion into doctoral programs, a cutting-edge research center, and innovative service-education partnerships.

This is the seventh year in which Minnesota State Mankato won one or more of the awards. And this marks the third time in 2010 that Minnesota State Mankato has been honored by the Minnesota State system for outstanding leadership and programming. Earlier this year the university received awards for financial and facilities management and technology (see items below).

Financial, facilities awards

Minnesota State Mankato, captured awards in both categories of the statewide system financial and facilities management excellence competition this year. The university received awards for Excellence in Financial Management and Excellence in Facilities Management.

The awards were presented at the winter Minnesota State Chief Financial and Facilities Officers meeting.

Minnesota State Mankato has received the Excellence in Facilities Management Award for nine consecutive years (2001-2009), and the Excellence in Financial Management Award for eight of the last nine years (except 2003).

The financial management award is for significant contributions to increased financial and administrative efficiency and effectiveness. The facilities management award is for successful and timely completion of capital improvement and repair projects, increased efficiency and effectiveness of space use, and customer service.

The awards, started in 1997, recognize the outstanding contributions of college and university employees who work in finance and facilities management. The winners were selected from nominations made by presidents and college and university leadership.

Technology awards

Eight Information & Technology Services employees received system excellence awards for developing innovative, useful new software, systems and training programs for use by students, faculty and staff. The awards were presented at the recent Minnesota State ITS conference.

Award certificates went to:

  • Brenda Hanel, for leading a team in a two-year re-engineering and conversion of the university's paper-based curriculum design system into a web-based system;
  • Tom Rogers (student web developer), for creating a student-friendly, web-based class schedule builder;
  • David Georgina, for leading a team that developed a workshop explaining how faculty can convert curricula for online delivery;
  • Jerry Jeffries, who upgraded the university's email, VOiP and voicemail systems;
  • Michael Menne, who built a fault-tolerant voicemail server and migrated physical servers onto 130 virtual servers;
  • Ricardo Muggli, who designed and managed cabling for the Trafton Science Center remodeling project;
  • Eugene Sellner, who checked data for, discovered errors with and provided fixes for Minnesota State's transition from ISRS to Oracle;
  • Kevin Thompson, for his creation of security guidelines as part of a Chancellor's Office team.

Aviation: Three-year continuation

AirplaneThanks to financial pledges from North Star Aviation and other companies and individuals, the aviation program will continue for another three years.

President Richard Davenport recently announced that, because of the private financial assistance, the program will continue on a probationary basis, to be re-evaluated in 2013. After three years, the program will need to show an enrollment increase if it is to continue, President Davenport said.

Aviation was scheduled to be eliminated after the university-wide academic evaluation placed it among programs to be phased out due to expected future state funding cuts. At the time President Davenport said the program might continue if private funders would pledge support to cover the costs.

Richard Davenport, Changdong Xu, and John Brady

President Richard Davenport (left), China development facilitator Changdong Xu (center) and Mankato Mayor John Brady listened at a news conference about a possible new aviation partnership with China.

Flight training for Chinese students

The university is exploring a new partnership with China by which the aviation program would provide flight training for Chinese students and professionals.

Last week the university hosted Changdong Xu, China’s leading facilitator of Sino-American cultural and business development, to discuss the initiative. Xu, his wife Shirley and Richard Lehmann, president of China-America International Development Alliance, attended the meeting with President Richard Davenport, Provost Scott Olson and others for a tour of campus and a discussion of the proposed partnership.

The exchange could bring hundreds of professionals and students from China for helicopter and fixed-wing flight training at Mankato Regional Airport. Students would be taught by instructors for North Star Aviation, which contracts with Minnesota State Mankato to provide professional flight training as part of the aviation program.

The Chinese students would receive training for five aircraft ratings, and when they finished would receive completion certificates.

This summer President Davenport will travel to China to further discuss the possible partnership with Chinese higher education and other officials.

Community engagement

The Community Engagement Office recently received three awards for collaboration with the Mankato community, engaging student volunteerism and advancing education in the region. The awards:

  • The Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Award for campus-community collaboration, for promoting enrollment and encouraging cooperation among education, community, government and business;
  • The Campus Compact Civic Engagement Steward Award, based on the office’s mission to enhance student development, focus on community volunteerism and partner with the community; and
  • The Greater Mankato Growth 2009 Brian Fazio Business-Education Partnership Award, based on local, regional or statewide efforts, contributions to the advancement of education and commitment to education in Greater Mankato.

The office oversees campus volunteer programs and partners with external organizations to create academic service-learning outreach programs. The goal of the programs and partnerships is to instill in students the passion to make a difference by becoming involved in organizations and communities.

Volunteer programs include the JUMPSTART/Mavericks READ program to enhance children’s literacy and Campus Kitchen, which provides meals to hungry and homeless community members in Blue Earth County.

The Community Engagement Office has established academic service-learning partnerships and collaborations with 67 non-profit organizations.

New HR website

Human Resources recently launched H2O.2010, a budget reduction resources website for employees. The site provides employees with updates about the university’s budget situation, and offers links for faculty and staff to learn ways to deal with the uncertainties of the future. H2O.2010 lists campus resources, events and updates.

Those who are interested may view the site at Those who have questions may contact Linda Duckett at or (507) 389-1684.

Great Place to Work

The Great Place To Work Task Force is developing an informal Maverick Mentor pilot program for employees. The program will support and guide employees as part of a development path, building strong relationships and promoting the growth and continued success of employees.

The task force is recruiting individuals who would like to become mentors. Volunteer Maverick Mentors will have the opportunity to partner with other Minnesota State Mankato employees, sharing university work experiences, providing guidance and support, and offering a broad perspective of the university to foster personal, professional and organizational growth.

Those who are interested should submit a letter of interest to Jane Lebert at outlining reasons, campus background and experience.

Those who have submitted a letter will not be required to resubmit again. Those who have questions should contact Jane at 389-6944 or Linda Hanson at 389-2986.

Leadership Institute

The fifth annual Minnesota State Mankato Leadership Institute for 2010-2011 will provide leadership skills for faculty and staff members. The institute is a series of day-long sessions once a month that help participants grow in their current positions and prepare for the future.

Each session includes a combination of lecture, interaction and reflection. Participants must commit to attending all sessions, complete required readings and assignments and participate in discussions and activities.

The institute will cover topics such as behavioral styles, ethics, communication, change management and conflict management.

Those interested may visit the Professional Development Leadership website. Applications are due by Monday, June 28.

May 21: Malcolm McIntosh

Malcolm McIntoshRenowned sustainability author Malcolm McIntosh will speak at Minnesota State Mankato Friday, May 21. His lecture, from 3-4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Those who wish to attend the lecture must register by emailing or phoning (507) 389-2966. A reception will follow the lecture, and free parking will be available.

McIntosh speaks to audiences around the globe, aiming to show them how to think futuristically to embrace sustainability as "humanity’s next great project."

"Business, in partnership with government and civil society, must be part of building this future world,” McIntosh says.

McIntosh joined the Griffith Business School (Australia) in 2009 as founding director for the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise. Previously he was Professor of Human Security and Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Coventry (UK).

The lecture is sponsored by Greater Mankato Area Growth, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Minnesota State Mankato's College of Business, Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace, International Renewable Energy Technology Institute and the MN BioBusiness Alliance.

May 25-29: 'On Golden Pond'

'On Golden Pond' with descriptive pictureTheatre & Dance will open its 44th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” May 25-29 in Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. The production is made possible by the General Mills Foundation Gift Matching Program, with Hale Associates.

Best known for the 1981 movie starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda, “On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory — but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever.

“On Golden Pond” is directed by third-year MFA Directing candidate Michael James and stars third-year MFA Scene Design candidate John Olive as Norman and May 2009 MFA Acting graduate Susan V. Hansen as Ethel.

Individual tickets for “On Golden Pond” and other Highland Summer Theatre season shows are available on the MSU Theatre website or by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Season subscriptions are available through May 29. Those who want more information may visit the MSU Theatre website.

Ballroom to be offline

The Centennial Student Union Ballroom will be unavailable for use March 6 through Sept. 30, 2011, because of renovations. Local hotels and banquet hall managers have pledged to help university coordinators secure venues for events. Other campus spaces such as Schellberg Gym and Myers Fieldhouse could be used when there are no conflicts with athletic or campus recreation events.

Other banquet facilities in Mankato may be used as alternative sites for larger events, with more information available online. Best Western is not listed on this site, but event coordinators may call (625) 9333 for more information.

The university scheduling staff will work with faculty and staff you to find on-campus sites for bigger events when possible. Those who need help finding venues may contact Shirley Piepho (University Scheduling) at 389-6785 or

Interim deans

Jean Haar has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Education, effective July 1, and Harry Krampf has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Allied Health & Nursing, effective August 9.

The announcement was made recently by Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Scott R. Olson.

Both Harry and Jean will serve as interim deans during the 2010-'11 academic year, while national searches are conducted for permanent deans.

Work climate results

The Great Place to Work Task Force announces the results of the 2009 Work Climate Survey. Those interested may [PDF] view the results (1 MiB) online.

The response rate for the 2009 survey was higher than in 2008. More information is also available at the GPTW site.

Community service awards

People working in a community kitchenThe Minnesota State Student Association recently honored Cyrus Azarbod (Information Systems & Technology) and Greg Wilkins (Student Activities) for outstanding service to the community.

Cyrus received the 2009-2010 Dr. Duane Orr Teacher of the Year Award, established in 1995 to recognize faculty members who excel in teaching students and demonstrate outstanding service to the university.

Greg won the Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award, recognizing faculty, staff and administrators who have demonstrated outstanding friendliness in assisting students and creating a community atmosphere.

MSSA also awarded $1,000 leadership and service scholarships to five students:

  • Cody Buechner (Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services);
  • Rachel Busch (Chemistry/Math Secondary Education);
  • Jennifer Dooley (Family Consumer Science);
  • Melissa Thompson (Mass Communications-Public Relations);
  • Xe Yang (Construction Management).

Recent grants

Several faculty members recently received grants for various projects, Grantees include:

  • Rick Moore (Water Resources Center), $300,000 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for "Evaluation of Artificial Drainage in Altering Hydrology";
  • Kevin Filter (Psychology), $20,000 from the Minnesota Department of Education for "MN PBIS Training and Consultation 10-11";
  • Jacqueline Lewis (Counseling & Student Personnel), a $15,240 CSP Gustavus Graduate Assistantship from Gustavus Adolphus College;
  • Dan Sachau (Psychology), $15,000 from CatalystRx to conduct a CatalystRx customer satisfaction survey;
  • Michelle Alvarez (Social Work), $4,991 from the National Education Association for "SSWAA Online School Social Work Journal";
  • Andrea Lassiter (Psychology), $4,590 from the Faribault School District for "Faribault School Assessment Year 6";
  • Richard Robbins (English), $3,500 from Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council for the Good Thunder Series; and
  • Daardi Sizemore (Memorial Library), $2,691 from the Minnesota Historical Society for library services microfilm.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Dawn Albertson, Emily Stark and Dan Sachau (Psychology) presented the poster “Psychological Frontiers: The Radio Show Bringing Psychological Science to the Community” at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago in April.

Melodie Andrews (History) presented “A Historical Perspective on Women at Work: The Benefits and Barriers of Gender in the American Workplace, 1860-1930” at William Manchester College, the University of Oxford, England, in March. She also presented “Contested History in Public Memory and Monument: Remembering the Mankato, MN, Hanging of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862” at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in Houston in April.

Steven Buechler (Sociology & Corrections) is co-chair for the publications committee of the Midwest Sociological Society. He was also session organizer for “Social Movements: Internal Schisms, Coutermovements and Right-Wing Mobilizations” at the Midwest Sociological Society Conference in Chicago in March.

Janet Cherrington's (Urban & Regional Studies) article, “St. James: Endless Opportunity,” was published in the spring 2010 Minnesota Women in City Government. Janet was invited to make a presentation at the Oxford Round Table Conference in July.

Anthony Filipovitch's (Urban & Regional Studies) report, “Nongovernmental Organization Sector in Ghana,” was published by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi Ghana in April.

Kevin Filter (Psychology) was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of School Psychology. Kevin co-authored the presentation “Prevention Science: Advancing Research and Practice in the Schools,” presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference in Chicago in April.

Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work) presented “Preventing Sexual Violence of People with Intellectual Disabilities,” “Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities in Rural Areas: The Great Unknown” and “The Power of Language: Eliminating Disempowering Language from Professional Practice” at the Minnesota Social Service Conference and Expo in Minneapolis in March. She also presented “Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: Myths and Breaking Down Barriers” at the Cornerstone Conference on Domestic Violence and Abuse in Bloomington, Minn., in February.

Brian Groh (Chemistry & Geology) wrote “Classroom Response Questions” published on the “Instructor Resource DVD” by Skibo, Groh and Hollis.

Anne-Marie Hoskinson (Biological Sciences) received a grant from the Army Corps of Engineers to develop models of methylmercury transport in peatlands. Her paper, “How to Build a Course in Mathematical-Biological Modeling: Content and Processes for Knowledge and Skill,” was published in Cell Biology-Life Science Education.

Daniel Houlihan (Psychology) was appointed to the editorial board of Behavior Therapy. Daniel and Jeff Buchanan (Psychology) were appointed co-editors of a special issue on behavioral gerontology to appear next year in Behavior Therapy.

Tom Inglot (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented “The Student Opposition Movement in Poland in the 1980s” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in April.

Clark Johnson (Social & Behavioral Science) presented “Current Events: Building Deeper Understanding” at the Minnesota Council for Social Studies Conference in Rochester, Minn., in March.

Eiji Kawabata (Political Science & Law Enforcement) will be a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin interviewed Joseph Kunkel (Political Science & Law Enforcement) about the First Congressional District Republican convention endorsement contest. Minnesota Public Radio, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and KEYC-TV also interviewed Joseph.

Karla Lassonde (Psychology) presented “Are Stereotypes Inherently Negative? Assessing Activation in Memory for Positive and Negative Stereotypes” at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago.

Hyuna Park’s (Finance) coauthored research predicting hedge fund failure was published in the February edition of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. The Risk Management Research Report selected Hyuna’s publication as one of the most important articles in its spring issue.

Leah Rogne (Sociology & Corrections) presented “Applying Sociological Perspectives and Concepts in the Field: Using Online Course Management Systems to Facilitate Learning” and “Creating Communities of Resistance: The Sources of Political Persistence for World War II Conscientious Objectors” at the Midwest Sociological Society Conference in Chicago in April.

Richard Schiming (Economics) recently was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio on the Joy Cardin Show, discussing recent financial reforms and answering listener questions.

Fred Slocum (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented “Race, Religion, Militarism, Economics, Authoritarianism: The Underpinnings of Republican Realignment in the South” at the Southern Political Science Association Conference in Atlanta in January. He also attended the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago in April, and served on the association’s undergraduate poster-presentation awards committee.

Michael Spencer (Economics) was a topic co-leader for “Resource & Environmental Policy Analysis” papers to be considered for presentation at the joint annual meeting of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association in Denver in July.

Emily Stark (Psychology) presented “The Impact of Message Framing and Construal on Motivating Study” at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago.

Laurie Strunk and David Beimers (Social Work) presented “The Use of Functional Behavioral Assessments in the Area of Children’s Mental Health” in Duluth in April. David presented “Do Employment and Type of Exit from Cash Assistance Influence Child Maltreatment Among Families Leaving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families?” at the National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work in Columbus, Ohio, May 1.

Maria-Claudia Tomany (Scandinavian Studies) attended the 100th annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Seattle in April. She presented a paper about the Orkneyinga saga in the context of Norse historiography, and another about "Enrollment and Retention in Scandinavian Languages."

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) was one of the organizers of the Minnesota State Information Assurance and Security in IT Disciplines workshop in April. The workshop sought to identify and improve student competencies related to information assurance and security in IT disciplines.

David Viscoli (Music) was invited to perform a two-piano concert with Daniel Rieppel at the Palais Corbelli in Vienna, Austria, in June.

Leah White (Communication Studies) received the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Distinguished Service Award.

Margot Zelenz (University Advancement) on July 1 will start new duties as vice president for College Advancement at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her position will include work with alumni relations, foundation and government relations, planned giving, major giving and corporate relations.

Student achievements

Ten undergraduate and five graduate psychology students presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago:

  • Brandy Baczwaski, “Discrepancies in Parent/Child Report of Child Inattentiveness and Depression”;
  • Aaron Brownlee, “The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Stressful Life Events”;
  • Jessica Breuer, “A New College Climate, an Old Problem: Exploring Ageism on Campus”;
  • Brian Follick, “The Effects of Dissonant and Consonant Music on the Cognitive Abilities of Introverted and Extroverted Individuals”;
  • Jacy Kraayenbrink and Michael Hamilton, “Surveying Case Managers About Current Practices Regarding Foster Youth”;
  • Rachel Kruger, “Examining the Relationships Between Self-Esteem Variables and Mental Health in Young Girls”;
  • Dorothy Lipski and Shannon Martin, “Effects of School Support and Stress on Internalizing and Externalizing”;
  • Jessica Morales, “Implicit Health Behaviors: Unconscious Factors Affecting Health”;
  • Cassie Nieman, “The Use of a Paper and Pencil Analogue Task to Measure Ageism”;
  • Amber Scheierl, “Assessing Activation in Memory for Positive and Negative Stereotypes”;
  • Carolina Surla, “Using the Contradiction Paradigm and Self-Report Questionnaires to Measure Ageist Stereotypes”;
  • Naomi Timm, “More Than a Guy Thing? Going Beyond Gender to Investigate the Influence of Sex Roles on Alcohol Attitudes and Consumption”;
  • Amanda Vonbergen, “Examining the Influence of Framing and Personality Traits on Motivating Study Habits in College Students.”

Thirteen Dietetics students and alumnae were selected for dietetic internships around the country, giving Minnesota State Mankato a placement rate of 68 percent, compared with 50 percent for similar programs nationally. The students are: April Bayerkohler, Jennie Bonicotto, Kendra Brummer, Chelsey Buley, Bob Dooley, Sara Holmberg, Jennifer Lillo, Kate Munson, Carly Oles, Libbie Reichling, Roxanne Steffen, Abby Tibodeau and Sarah Tomsche.

Junior Brett Anderson (Nursing) was elected Minnesota State Student Association student body vice president for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Siobhan Burns, Daniel Schreier, BreAnn Volk, Cassandra Roschen, Jamie Bullock, Nathan Hawker, Peter Zurn and Carly Leffelman received scholarships to attend the annual conference of the Minnesota Council for Social Studies in Rochester, Minn., in March.

Kirsti Brunz (Family Consumer Science--Dietetics) received the Golden Anniversary Scholarship from the national Educational Foundation of Phi Upsilon Omicron (national honor society for family consumer science majors).

Lindsay Dalluge (Family Consumer Science--Dietetics) was awarded the Lillian P. Schoephoerster national scholarship from Phi Upsilon Omicron, the Honor Society for Family Consumer Science. She is the first Minnesota State Mankato student to receive the honor. Chelsey Buley received the Phi U Sara Phillips Leadership Award.

Heather Diersen (Communication Studies) accepted a position as an attorney at the Law Office of Brian A. Meeker in Minneapolis.

Bob Dooley (Dietetics) earned the Outstanding Collegian Award at the 2010 Student Activities and Leadership Awards Banquet in April.

Jennifer Dooley (Dietetics) was named 2009 Marie Bruce Outstanding Greek Woman the 2010 Student Activities and Leadership Awards Banquet in April.

Justin Hathaway (Communication Studies) advanced to quarterfinals in Persuasive Speaking at the National Forensics Association national tournament.

Suzanne Lumberg (Communication Studies) advanced to quarterfinals in Persuasive Speaking at the National Forensics Association national tournament.

Hanh-Huy Phan and Vang Xiong (Ethnic Studies) attended the International Conference on Hmong Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul in April.

Ethan Regan (Economics) received the Paul Thompson Senior Scholar Prize in Economics.

Jason Reisch (Communication Studies) was one of 10 students nationwide selected as a member of the American Forensic Association National Individual Events All-American Team. Members of the team show excellence in academics, forensic competition and service to the community. Jason also advanced to quarterfinals in Dramatic Interpretation at the AFA-NIET and National Forensics Association national tournaments in Eau Claire, Wis., and Athens, Ohio.

Junior Thomas Williams (Social Studies Education) was elected Minnesota State Student Association student body president for the 2010-2011 academic year.


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