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August 25, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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On-campus residents: A record

A record number of on-campus students – more than 3,230 – are living in the four residence hall communities this year, according to Cindy Janney (Residential Life). It's a 7.5 percent increase over last year, and the largest number of on-campus residents in the university’s history.

Cindy says the high percentage reflects the academic and social advantages of being an on-campus resident.

Because of high demand for on-campus accommodations, all available residence hall rooms are “on-line." In the last three years, Minnesota State Mankato has renovated nearly 1,000 beds in five halls. The renovations include new heating, air conditioning and new finishes throughout the buildings.

Eighty-five percent of new students choose to live on campus. But amenities in the refurbished rooms are increasingly attractive to returning students.

Enrollment figures for 2010-2011 won’t be known for several weeks, but the number is expected to top 15,000. That would represent the biggest enrollment since the early 1990s (all-time high enrollment was 16,526, in 1990).

New TV spots

Three new TV spots for Minnesota State Mankato will air on late-evening newscasts of all four Twin Cities commercial TV stations during the first three weeks of September. All three spots will air Tuesday, Sept. 7, on those stations.

The spots feature Jules Nolan, a doctoral student in school psychology; Yessica Santana, who counsels prospective and current students for Institutional Diversity; and undergraduate music education majors Benjamin Wagner and Samantha McCune. They are the most recent of eight TV spots produced in the past year that support the university’s theme: “Big ideas. Real-world thinking.”

These spots will also soon be made available in the video rotation on the university’s home page.

At the state fair

Students building the bridgeMechanical and civil engineering students recently built a 20-foot-long, 4-foot-wide steel bridge that is being displayed in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

The bridge is a central focus of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities state fair display, and symbolizes the fair’s focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Its assembly on campus provides an excellent opportunity for a localized fair feature story and photos.

Opening day of the fair (Aug. 26) is STEM Day, and the engineering students’ bridge is intended to attract the interest of parents, teachers, K-12 students and other fair visitors. The bridge illustrates how engineers and scientists impact peoples' lives.

Each year mechanical and civil engineering students take part in the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) steel bridge-building competition, so this project is not unusual for them. The spent several weeks designing, cutting parts for and fabricating the state fair bridge.

Outstanding Service Awards

Eight faculty and staff members received 2010 Outstanding Service Awards at Convocation on Aug. 16.

President Richard Davenport presented awards to:

  • Ron Nickerson, Academic and Student Affairs Award.
  • Todd Pfingsten, Academic and Student Affairs Award.
  • Denny Javens, Finance & Administration Award.
  • Ricardo Muggli, Information Technology Award.
  • Carol Stallkamp, President’s Division Award.
  • Ruth Gregory, Strategic Business, Education & Regional Partnerships Award.
  • Doug Fenske, University Advancement.
  • Pam Gohl, Campus Drive Award.

China connection

Chinese flagPresident Richard Davenport and officials from the city and North Star Aviation are in China through Monday, Aug. 30, meeting with Chinese business, aviation, government and education ministry to discuss providing flight training to Chinese aviation professionals.

The president and other delegates were invited to China by Changdong Xu, a Chinese business leader who came to Mankato in May to urge Minnesota State Mankato to consider providing helicopter and fixed-wing flight training at Mankato Regional Airport for civilian pilots and students from China.

Xu asked that the delegation visit Tianjin City and Zhangjiakou City to discuss the possible development of a bilateral education curriculum between Minnesota State Mankato, the state of Minnesota and the People’s Republic of China.

The delegation, whose members also will visit two universities in China, include Mary Davenport, Jean Haar (College of Education) and Tom Peterson (Aviation).

Athletics budget proposal

Stomper's headIntercollegiate Athletics is considering a 5-7 percent reduction to its budget in response to expected state funding cuts. The plan, part of an 18-month, university-wide budget-cutting effort intended to address the projected $5.8-billion 2012 state deficit, would reduce athletic expenditures by $225,000-$275,000, according to Kevin Buisman.

The reduction would be in addition to a 10 percent athletics budget reduction for the current fiscal year that totaled more than $350,000.

The plan calls for discontinuing the men’s and women’s tennis, women’s bowling and men’s swimming beginning fall 2011. The plan will mean the loss of more than 50 participation opportunities for student-athletes, but will generate more than $193,000 in annual savings.

Final decisions will be made in March 2011, following the legislative appropriations cycle, with an implementation date effective fall 2011. Additional Intercollegiate Athletics restructuring and reorganization will be necessary to reach the 5-7 percent goal.

Athletics budget planning followed a process similar to the university’s academic reduction plan, announced this spring. Maintaining the quality and excellence was the top priority in determining the proposed reductions.

'Chicago,' 'Producers' bookend season

'Razzle Dazzle' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present two of its most-requested musicals in the 2010-’11 Mainstage season, while adding another to its Studio season.

The Mainstage subscription season will open Thursday, Sept. 30, with “Chicago,” the musical that has been most requested on the department’s biannual audience survey in recent years. Continuing success on Broadway and national tours prevented Theatre from securing production rights in past years.

The 2002 film was an Academy Award-winning blockbuster. It is the story of 1920s chorus girl Roxie Hart and her time on death row and in the courts, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and famed choreographer Bob Fosse.

Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” which won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, will close the season in April. “The Producers” is a musical romp concerning two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in an assumed Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick starred in the Broadway presentation.

Between those musicals the department will present “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in Andreas Theatre in October, “The Odyssey” in Ted Paul Theatre in November, “Born Yesterday” (Andreas) in January-February, and “Dracula” (Ted Paul) in February. Season subscriptions are available.

Following the phenomenal success of “The Rocky Horror Show” last year, the 2010-’11 Studio season will include a non-conventional musical again in December: “Evil Dead: The Musical.” The Studio season, which takes place in Andreas Theatre, will also include “Copenhagen” in September, “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” in March-April and “Frozen” in April.

The academic year will also include fully mounted dance concerts in December and April in Ted Paul Theatre.

For more information or subscriptions ($85 each), visit the Theatre website.

Mentor Match

Businessmen and women being happyWomen on campus may connect with others by participating in Mentor Match, a program started in 2008 by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Interested women may either become mentors or seek mentors as mentees. This is an opportunity for women to form strong relationships with others in the campus community.

Those who wish to learn more about Mentor Match may visit the Mentor Match page for more information.

NCAA adopts Mavericks idea

'Caution' tapeThe NCAA has adopted an innovative idea produced and implemented by members of the Department of Athletics during the 2009-’10 basketball season.

A story about Minnesota State Mankato's “Don't Cross the Line” tape is in the NCAA Champion magazine. The story, by the NCAA's David Pickle, says "A clever idea developed at Minnesota State will be expanded into a Division II-wide reminder on the importance of maintaining a positive game environment. The end product is a floor decal featuring the expression ‘Don’t Cross the Line.’”

Kevin Buisman and Mike Powicki (Intercollegiate Athletics) created the “Don’t Cross the Line” idea as a solution to crowd-control issues at basketball games. The bright yellow tape serves as a friendly way to keep students off the courts.

This summer, every Division II member institution and conference received two copies of the 50-foot strips.

Tuition waivers

Faculty and staff who intend to request a tuition waiver for fall 2010 must submit timely tuition waiver requests to prevent registration cancellation for nonpayment.

Provisions of the benefit require faculty and staff to submit the waiver "no later than 10 days following the start of the course for which the user is seeking to waive tuition and/or fees.” To safeguard against cancelled registrations, employees are strongly encouraged to submit requests for fall semester credits as soon as possible. Requests should be submitted online.

An “Intent to File” online submission form is now available. “Intent to File” is a communication tool between the employee and Student Financial Services.

Chancellor's message

James H. McCormickChancellor James H. McCormick's 2010 back-to-school message is available on YouTube. The chancellor encourages faculty and staff members and friends of the university to listen to the message as part of all-staff meetings or other events.

Those who have questions or difficulty viewing the video may call the Office for Public Affairs at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at (651) 201-1801.

Aug. 27: Program registration

Deadline for registering for certificate programs for faculty improvement and continuous education is Friday, Aug. 27.

Numerous teaching programs, peer faculty consultation sessions, workshops and presentations are scheduled during both semesters. Meeting times will be arranged to accommodate participants. For more information about programs, visit the CETL programs page.

Those who want additional information or to register should contact Stewart Ross at 389-1098.

Sept. 1, 2: Andreas lectures

Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah, the world’s most prominent philosopher of African descent, will discuss ethics and honor during two Nadine Andreas lectures Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 1 and 2.

Appiah, Lawrence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, will discuss “Ethics in a World of Strangers,” based on his 2006 book, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 in Centennial Student Union Ballroom. On Sept. 2 he will discuss “A Life of Honor” at 9 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Both lectures are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Appiah’s visit is sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

An American citizen, Appiah was born in Ghana and was educated at Cambridge University. His father was a prominent politician and lawyer in Ghana, briefly serving as prime minister. His mother, of British descent, is a writer in Ghana.

Sept. 6: Swim lessons

Children swimmingChildren can take swim lessons this fall as part of the Learn to Swim with the Mavericks program. Each session will include one 30-minute lesson each week for six weeks.

Classes are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. starting Sept. 6. Classes also will be offered Saturdays at 9:15 a.m., 9:50 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. starting Oct. 4. All lessons will be at Highland Center pool.

Children of all ability levels, ages 4-13, are welcome to sign up. Each session costs $70 for one child, $120 for two children and $55 per child for three or more children.

Those who want more information may call (507) 389-2538, e-mail or visit our Events page.

Sept. 8: 'Ask the Prez'

President Richard Davenport will answer questions on KMSU-FM's forst 2010-2011 "Ask the Prez" call-in program Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

"Ask the Prez" also is scheduled for three other Wednesdays during the semester on KMSU, 89.7: Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Those programs will be at 9 a.m., and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to call 389-5678 with questions.

Professional Development banner

Sept. 8: Resource Fair

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Employee Resource Fair Wednesday, Sept. 8, to learn more about Minnesota State Mankato’s departments, programs and services.

The fair, hosted by the Professional Development Committee, will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from campus organizations and offices will be available to provide information and answer questions. There will also be free popcorn, pizza and door prizes.

Sept. 13: Concrete course

Engineering students, educators and building and bridge design professionals are encouraged to attend a continuing education course Monday, Sept. 13.

“Prestress Concrete Design” will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union. It is for professionals who have not completed a college-level course on prestressed concrete design but have a basic understanding of reinforced concrete.

The class will be taught by Richard A. Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati. The interactive seminar will teach prestressed concrete design using a specific design example, and will include a virtual plant tour showing design concepts and fabrication considerations.

Participants will earn 7.5 professional development hours or 7.5 HSW-learning units. Registration fee is $79 per person, and the seminar size is limited. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Participants will receive a handbook, a seminar notebook and a free one-year individual PCI membership.

More information is available on the University Extended Education website. Those who have questions may contact University Extended Education at (507) 389-2572 or (800) 311-3142.

Sept. 17: Nursing research forum

Sharon DenhamFamily and society research scholar Sharon Denham will be keynote speaker at the 2010 Nursing Research Forum Friday, Sept. 17, sponsored by the Glen Taylor Institute for Family & Society and the School of Nursing honor society, Mu Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

The forum, which includes discussions by several other speakers, will examine "Moving to Family-Focused Research in Health and Illness Care." The event will be at South Central College, North Mankato, and participants are encouraged to register by Friday, Sept. 10.

Health care professionals and students -- including social workers, health science educators and psychology students -- are welcome.

More information is available in an online University Extended Education brochureor from forum planning chair Jolene Tietz.

Sept. 18: Alumni event

Tepee, island, and sunsetThe Alumni Association will sponsor an event at the new, award-winning Indian Island Winery in Janesville Saturday, Sept. 18.

Participants will enjoy appetizers and a taste of seven different wines, and will receive an Indian Island wine glass to take home. Cost is $5 per person. Space is limited and as of Aug. 20 only 22 spots remained. Interested alumni may call (507) 389-3235 or reserve a spot online.

Indian Island Winery is at 18018 631st Ave., Janesville.

Sept. 24-26: Family Weekend

Family Weekend crestEmployees and their families are encouraged to attend the seventh annual Family Weekend Friday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 26.

Family Weekend is an opportunity for students' families to reacquaint themselves with campus, and a chance for families of faculty and staff to participate in a variety of activities for all ages.

Activities will include a family fun carnival, Stomper Cinema featuring "Toy Story 3," magician, open climbing, a 5-K fun run and more. Most events are free or discounted for students, families, faculty and staff with MavCards or Family Weekend buttons (available at the Family Weekend information table).

More information, registration table hours and a complete schedule of events is available at the Family Weekend website.

Sept. 25, Oct. 9: Saturday previews

Saturday, Sept. 25, (Family Weekend) and Saturday, Oct. 9, (Homecoming) are Saturday Preview Days for prospective students.

On those dates and on several others this fall and next spring prospective and admitted students are invited to come to campus to experience what Minnesota State Mankato is really like, meet others who are making the same decisions and get the inside scoop on preparing for the college admission process.

The Office of Admissions has scheduled fall open houses in Centennial Student Union Oct. 21, 22 and 29. Another fall Saturday preview is scheduled Nov. 20.

Oct. 4-9: Homecoming

MavericksFaculty and staff are invited to enjoy Homecoming Week Monday starting Monday, Oct. 4, and ending Saturday, Oct. 9. Those who have events to add to the homecoming schedule should click here.

Homecoming includes the President’s Free Pancake Breakfast, the parade, Homecoming football and more.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to enjoy a beautiful fall Mankato day and exhibit Maverick Pride. For more information about homecoming, visit our Homecoming website.

Oct. 5, 6: Nobel Conference tickets

Nobel coinAcademic Affairs has a limited number of Nobel Conference tickets for Oct. 5 and 6 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The tickets are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tickets are for specific dates, so those interested must specify if they would like to attend Tuesday, Oct. 5, or Wednesday, Oct. 6, when they send their requests to Kim Krueger.

Those who wish to view the two-day conference schedule may visit Gustavus’ website.

Vital Aging Network banner

Oct. 8: Vital Aging Network

An eight-session Vital Aging Network ALVA Leadership Development program will be held at Minnesota State Mankato starting Friday, Oct. 8.

The eight-month program helps experienced leaders discover how to use their skills in new ways, and how to acquire new skills to continue to be effective change makers. The class meets one day a month.

Cost of the course is $750 before Sept. 25 and $800 after that date. Scholarships are available to those who contact the Vital Aging Network. Those interested may register online or call (507) 389-2572 to register and receive course materials.

More information is available from Tom Hyder at (651) 917-4635 or on the Vital Aging Network website.

Nov. 2: No special events

Button saying 'Vote'No special events will be scheduled on campus Tuesday, Nov. 2, due to the general election.

On general election and primary days, the Office of the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, colleges and universities are prohibited from scheduling events, other than regularly-scheduled classes, between 6 and 8 p.m. Classes regularly scheduled during those hours will be held as usual.

Jessica Flatequal honored

Jessica FlatequalJessica Flatequal (LGBT Center) recently was named one of Go Magazine’s “100 women We Love” nationwide. The magazine’s list includes Ellen DeGeneres, Martina Navratilova, Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell and Melissa Etheridge.

The list celebrates women “who have made the past year one of inspiring change and amazing progress,” according to the magazine’s editor, Cheryl Burke. “These are the women who fight for justice, chronicle our lives, lift our spirits and bring our communities together.”

Flatequal, a Mankato native and Minnesota State Mankato graduate, has served as LGBT Center director since 2004. In 2006 she co-founded the nonprofit South Central Minnesota Pride, Inc., which offers support and activities and coordinates a variety of events.

Flatequal’s leadership was a major factor in Minnesota State Mankato’s 2006 selection by The Advocate College Guide as one of the nation’s top 100 LGBT-friendly campuses. She also played a significant role in raising $100,000 to rename the LGBT Center.

The magazine, headquartered in New York City, is distributed at GLBT businesses across the nation. The article is available on the Go Magazine website.

Henry Morris: Leadership program

Henry MorrisHenry Morris (Institutional Diversity) has been named to the Greater Mankato Area Cohort III Blandin Community Leadership Program.

Henry will participate in the five-day program retreat in November, and will take part in workshops in February and May, 2011.

The Blandin Foundation program is for local leaders who want to learn new ways to invest energy and talent in the future of Mankato.

Mark Johnson: Technology VP

Mark Johnson has been named interim vice president of technology and chief information officer by President Richard Davenport. He started his duties early this month.

Mark is responsible for technology vision, strategic leadership and management of the Information Technology Service units.

He previously served as vice president for technology and CIO from 2000 to 2006. After that he served with the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates and with the Central Higher Colleges of Technology System in Abu Dhabi.

At Minnesota State Mankato he worked on a variety of campus planning efforts and led major technological improvements that benefited faculty, staff and students.

He also has management and leadership experience with Brown Printing Company and General Mills. He earned a bachelor of science in computer science and business administration degree from Minnesota State Mankato.

Terrance Flaherty: Acting dean

Terrance Flaherty will serve as acting dean of graduate studies and research during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Terrance joined the Department of English in 1978. During his 32 years at the university, he has served as English Department chair, acting dean for the College of Arts & Humanities, interim dean for the College of Graduate Studies & Research, and most recently as interim dean for the College of Arts & Humanities.

Faculty/Staff achievements

A School of Nursing poster, “STIC to STEPS,” at Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators: Effective Strategies for NCLEX Success," earned first place in a presentation in Bloomington in August. Presenters were Norma Krumwiede, Julia Hebenstreit, Yvette Dulohery, Colleen Royle and Karen Neu. Angela Christian and Candence Mortenson-Klimpel helped with the poster but did not attend the conference.

Melissa Purdue (English) presented "Depictions of Motherhood in Victoria Cross' Colonial Fiction" at the Women Writers of the Fin de Siecle Conference at the University of London. She also participated in a National Humanities Center Summer Institute on Thomas Hardy's “Jude the Obscure.”

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented a workshop on integrated course design and worked with the mathematics faculty to redesign courses at Delmar Community College in Corpus Christi, Texas, in July. He also presented a keynote address at Tilburg University in the Netherlands for the Digital Libraries a la Carte 2010 Conference for college librarians.

Student achievements

The Master of Social Work Program graduated 30 students from the program in July, after students presented their final capstone projects at a public forum. The students were recognized at a celebration with Anne Blackhurst (Academic & Student Affairs), John Alessio (CSBS) and two student speakers, Alyssa Schlager and Tammie Knick.


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the campus newsletter? Send news items to newsletter editor Michael Cooper. The newsletter usually is published every other Wednesday during the academic year and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Sept. 8; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Sept. 3).

You should also submit your event to the university's official Campus Events Calendar. Go to the events calendar website, click on the self-service "Submit Event" link, and provide the information requested.