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September 9, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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President Davenport at the podium

President Richard Davenport responds to a question from the press about the outcomes from the September relationship-building visit to China, as other members of the delegation listen.

New global connections

Last month's relationship-building visit to China will create new global connections for Minnesota State Mankato, President Richard Davenport said.

The 10-day trip to China by President Davenport and other delegates from the College of Education, Department of Aviation, City of Mankato and Mankato Regional Airport had five goals:

  • Establish a relationship with the new aviation company Hiller China Manufacturing;
  • Discuss how the university, the city and North Star Aviation can how work with leaders in China to meet the Chinese demand for more pilots;
  • Consider a future educational partnership with China’s third-ranked higher education institution, Renmin University in Beijing;
  • Look at a process for recruiting Chinese students to Minnesota State Mankato, and;
  • Explore City of Mankato relationships with Chinese business and industry.

“Our visit was successful on all counts,” President Davenport said. “All parties – university administrators, city officials and business, government and education officials in China – look forward to the conclusion of a partnership agreement soon.”

The delegation met with Chinese business, aviation, government and education ministry officials.

They were invited to visit China by Changdong Xu, a “New China Business” leader who came to Mankato last spring to urge Minnesota State Mankato to consider providing helicopter and fixed-wing flight training for civilian pilots from China.

Canter of Renewable EnergyComputer-generated picture of the future residence hall

Groundbreaking, dedication

Groundbreaking for a $23.8-million, 118,000-square-foot residence hall and dedication of a one-of-a-kind renewable energy research center will be Thursday, Sept. 23.

The groundbreaking will be at 10 a.m. in the parking lot next to Carkoski Commons. The renewable energy center dedication and ribbon-cutting will be at 11 a.m. at the parking lot near the new building (421 Malin St.). Legislators, President Richard Davenport and other administrators will attend both events, and students, faculty, staff and the public are invited.

The new residence hall will be a four-story, semi-suite-style facility that will accommodate 300 students when completed in 2012. In keeping with the university’s strategic priority for a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly campus, it will be built next to the McElroy Residence Community, connected by classrooms, the First Year Experience office and gathering spaces.

It will be the second new residence hall on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in the last two years.

The $1.8-million, 6,300-square-foot Center of Renewable Energy has been under construction since November 2009 on the northwest corner of the campus, near Wiecking Center.

Approximately 4,800 square feet of the center will be used by the Minnesota Center for Automotive Research, as an emissions laboratory for testing on- and off-road vehicles powered by a variety of fuels and hybrid systems. Another 1,500 square feet is for International Renewable Energy Technology Institute (IRETI) testing of combustible solid fuel and biogas building heating units.

$900,000 in grants, contracts

The Research and Sponsored Programs Office recently announced nearly $900,000 in new grants and contracts that are being administered by faculty and staff members. Projects include:

  • Ginger Zierdt (School-University Partnerships), $613,525 from school districts in Mankato, Le Sueur-Henderson, Waseca, St. Peter, Faribault and Sibley East, for teaching fellow programs;
  • Nancy Sprengeler, $313,994 from the U.S. Department of Education for Educational Talent Search;
  • Michael Wells (Information Systems & Technology), $194,920 from FPX LLC, for the FPX Project;
  • Stephen Druschel (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), $69,600 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, for salt brine blending research;
  • Richard Robbins (English), $39,325 from the Minnesota State Arts Board for the Good Thunder Reading Series;
  • Farhad Reza (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), $25,000 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, for bridge approach research;
  • Brian Wasserman (Construction Management), $17,000 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, for lump-sum estimating research;
  • Wendy Schuh (Student Health Services), $15,975 from Blue Earth County for the tobacco-free campus campaign;
  • Garold Rushing (Human Performance), $15,229 from Gustavus Adolphus College for athletic research;
  • Peggy Ballard (Elementary & Early Childhood), $12,500 from the Minnesota Department of Education for Early Childhood Special Education research.

New tool for veterans

'Proud to be a Veteran' with eagle and flagA new online service to help veterans and members of the armed forces identify whether their military training can count for college credits recently was announced by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Known as the Veterans Education Transfer System, the new service is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Each year about 5,000 students in the system receive veterans' benefits.

Information about military credit transfer options is available on the Minnesota State Veterans' website, where veterans may find consolidated information about programs and services. To determine whether military credits can be accepted for transfer, veterans and service members can match military occupational specialty codes with programs and get estimates of the number of credits that could be awarded for that military occupation. The site also provides information about wages and job outlook.

Funding for developing the new system came from a federal grant supported by members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation. The U.S. Department of Education has expressed interest in using it as a national model.

Graduate Studies & Research banner

Undergraduate Research Center

The College of Graduate Studies & Research has established the Undergraduate Research Center to advance undergraduate research, scholarships and creative works with the help of faculty across campus.

Center services include financial support for student research, undergraduate travel funds for meetings and conferences, advice for faculty and students about becoming involved in undergraduate research, workshops to facilitate faculty collaborations, summer internship information and an online peer-reviewed journal.

In addition, the center will host the annual Undergraduate Research Conference each April.

Those who have questions about the center may email Marilyn Hart (Biological Sciences) or call her at (507) 389-5732.

Lot entrances being improved

'Under Construction' sign and hard hatEntrances and exits connecting Stadium Road to Lot 21 Purple, Lot 22 Brown and Orange, and Lot 23, also known as the Free Lot, will be changed over the next few weeks to better meet safety needs.

Access to Lot 21 from Stadium Road will be blocked until Thursday, Sept. 9. Access to lots 22 and 23 from Stadium Road will be blocked between Monday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Oct. 1.

Drivers should use either the east end of the middle road that intersects with Monks Avenue or the west end of the middle road that intersects with Warren Street.

Time off to vote

'VOTE' buttonMinnesota law allows employees who are eligible to vote to take time off work to vote on the day of an election. Time off is allowed for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence.

A new law no longer limits time off to the morning hours, but does not entitle employees to more time off than is necessary to complete the voting process. Employees who wish to vote during work hours must arrange for time off in advance to permit their departments to coordinate timing of absences to minimize disruption of normal activities.

Sept. 9: Good Thunder

Diana JosephGeoff Herbach

Richard TerrillThe 29th annual Good Thunder Reading Series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 9, with three creative writing faculty members.

Fiction writer Geoff Herbach, creative nonfiction writer Diana Joseph and poet Richard Terrill (English) will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM in the morning. At 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU 253 they will read from their published works. All events are free and open to the public.

An interview with the writers, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on KMSU 89.7 FM, will air Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

Geoff is the author of two novels, “The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg” from Three Rivers Press and “Stupid Fast” from Sourcebooks. He founded The Lit 6 Project, a group that brings storytelling into rock venues, and co-created “Electric Arc Radio,” which aired on Minnesota Public Radio.

Diana's collection of short stories, “Happy or Otherwise,” was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2003. Her memoir, “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way,” was published by Putnam in 2009.

Richard is the author of “Coming Late to Rachmaninoff,” winner of the Minnesota Book Award for poetry and “Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir,” winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for nonfiction. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Department of English, the College of Arts & Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors.

Those who want more information about the series may call Richard Robbins at (507) 389-1354 or visit the Good Thunder website.

Sept. 9: Watch the stars

StarsStandeford Observatory will be open to the public on clear Thursday evenings during the fall from starting Thursday, Sept. 9, through Nov. 18.

The observatory will be open from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on clear Thursday evenings. If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will not be held.

Visitors will be able to see a variety of celestial objects, including the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, many globular clusters, a few planets and several colorful binary stars.

Visitors should park at the southern end of Gage parking lot No. 1, walk through the pedestrian gate and follow the road south to the observatory.

If weather makes viewing uncertain, visitors may phone Standeford Observatory at (507) 389-6208 in the evening to inquire about sky conditions. A sign on the pedestrian gate also will indicate whether or not the observatory is open.

Those who want more information may visit the Observing Program website. Those in need of disability accommodations should contact the Accessibility Resources at (507) 389-2825.

Through Sept. 21: Shanafelt exhibit

Sculpture by Todd Shanafelt (Art) is on exhibit at Conkling Gallery through Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The exhibition includes 18 works portraying miniature scenes that illustrate man's increasing use of modern conveniences to distance himself from the natural world and other humans.

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. 15: Bloodmobile

American Red Cross: Name and logoStudents, faculty, staff and the public may donate blood during a Red Cross Bloodmobile event Wednesday, Sept. 15, on campus.

Donors may give blood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (507) 389-1211 or by visiting the Red Cross website and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins also are welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Upward Bound.

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 the University Extended Education brochure or 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. 20: Paul Hapke Retrospective

Paul HapkeA work by HapkeFaculty and staff are invited to view the Paul Hapke Retrospective Sept. 20 through Oct. 13 in Centennial Student Union. Many of Hapke’s works of art will be available for purchase to benefit the Paul Hapke Studio Artist Scholarship.

Paul, professor of art from 1955 through 1982, taught his students professionalism, urging them to create and present work with pride and self-confidence. His dedication to his art was an inspiration to his students and colleagues.

A gallery reception is scheduled Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., and a Homecoming alumni reception will be Saturday, Oct. 9, at 5:45 p.m.

The show and sale, made possible by Cassie Hapke Bunker and event organizer Merle Sykora, will include oils, prints, sculptures and watercolors.

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.

Sept. 27-Oct. 15: Euclide exhibit

A work by EuclidePaintings by Gregory Euclide will be featured in a Conkling Gallery exhibit Monday, Sept. 27, through Oct.15.

A reception honoring the artist will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the gallery. He will discuss "Making Paintings about Nature's Making" in a 7:30 p.m. gallery talk.

Conkling Gallery is at 139 Nelson Hall.

Sept. 27: Ford Lecture

Michael LaCroix-Fralish, director of in-vivo pharmacology and behavioral phenotyping at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, will discuss chronic pain therapy during the 21st annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Monday, Sept. 27.

LaCroix-Fralish’s lecture, hosted by the Department of Chemistry & Geology, will address “The Challenge of Chronic Pain in the Biotechnology Age” at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. A reception will follow his talk.

At noon Sept. 27 LaCroix-Fralish will present a technical talk, “Making Molecules Work: The History and Future of Pharmacology,” in Trafton Science Center C311.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend both free events.

Sept. 30: ‘Chicago’

'Chicago' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will open its Mainstage season with “Chicago,” the most-requested musical on recent departmental audience surveys. It will be presented Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and 7-10 in Ted Paul Theatre, sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation.

In roaring ’20s Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover but is convicted and sent to death row. There she and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, joining forces in search of the “American Dream” of fame, fortune and acquittal.

The story sparked a 2002 Academy Award-winning blockbuster film. Music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.

“Chicago” is directed and choreographed by Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance). It features senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Megan Volkman-Wilson as Velma Kelly; junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Laura Otremba as Roxie Hart; and senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Aaron Alan as attorney Billy Flynn.

Individual tickets are $20 regular; $18 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $14 for current Minnesota State students. In addition, season subscriptions are available throughout the run of “Chicago.” Those who want more information or to buy tickets online may go to the MSU Theatre website.

Oct. 4-9: Homecoming

MavericksFaculty and staff are invited to enjoy Homecoming Week starting Monday, Oct. 4, and ending Saturday, Oct. 9.

Homecoming includes the President’s Free Pancake Breakfast, the parade, Homecoming football and more. More information is at the Homecoming website.

Those who have events to add to the homecoming schedule can propose an event online.

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.

Oct. 8: Vital Aging Network

ALVA Leadership Development bannerAn 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.

Oct. 8: Hall of Fame

Stomper headSix alumni and former faculty members have been selected for the Athletics Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony will be Friday, Oct. 8, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Inductees will be introduced at halftime of the annual homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. against St. Cloud State.

New Hall of Fame members in the student-athlete category are track & field standout Gene Bygd (’72), multi-sport star Pat Dunn (’52), football receiver Josh Nelsen (’04) and volleyball setter Heidi (Schnagl) Ulwelling (’95).

Nominated for induction in the Builders category are former athletics administrator Jim Schaffer and former long-time swim coach Phil Rhoade.

Selected for induction in the Team category are the Minnesota State Mankato baseball teams from 1979 and 1980.

The Jim Schaffer Service Award will be presented to JoAnn Curtis and Laura Stevens, and the Athletics Philanthropic Award will go to Paul and Jennipher Mattson.

Those interested in attending the dinner may reserve tickets by calling the Alumni Office at (888) 234-3796 or by registering online.

Oct. 23, 24: Women, Spirituality

Akasha HullScholar, poet and black women’s studies expert Akasha Hull will discuss “Marrying Sex and Spirituality” as keynote speaker at the Women and Spirituality Conference Saturday, Oct. 23.

The 29th annual conference, which continues Sunday, Oct. 24, will include 90 vendors and more than 100 workshops and discussions exploring a variety of topics through discovery, interaction, ritual and celebration.

Hull’s keynote talk will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The conference also will feature a free Saturday night drum circle at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union lower level.

The conference is intended to encourage dialogue among women and men from different spiritual and religious traditions. It is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Office of Institutional Diversity.

Hull has taught women’s studies and literature at the University of California-Santa Cruz, the University of Delaware and the University of the West Indies-Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern University at Baton Rouge, La. She earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University.

The Women and Spirituality Conference is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. General registration costs $60, but reduced rates are available for students or low-income attendees. Those who would like more information may visit our page on the Women's Conference or may e-mail

Nov. 2: No special events

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.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Reflection: Silver Jubilee Special Issue published Wayne Allen’s (Ethnic Studies) piece, “Study Abroad Opportunities for Nepali Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato.” He attended the Human Behavior and Evolution meeting in Eugene, Ore., in June, and the 20th biennial Congress of the International Society for Human Ethology in Madison, Wis., in August. He and Kebba Darboe (Ethnic Studies) co-authored a variety of papers, including “Involution: A New Energy-based Theory of Social Change for the Biological, Social and Behavioral Sciences,” which were included in Introduction to Ethnic Studies: A New Approach.

Melodie Andrews' (History) article, “The U.S.-Dakota War in Public Memory and Public Space: Mankato’s Journey Toward Reconciliation,” was published in the anthology The State We’re In: Reflections on Minnesota History.

Lyudmyla Ardanova (Chemistry & Geology) participated in the Upper Midwest Regional PKAL STEM Leadership Workshop for Early Career Faculty at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in June.

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) co-presented “A Multi-institutional Study of Connection, Community and Engagement in STEM Education: Tool Development,” at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition in June.

Sue Ellen Bell (School of Nursing) organized and presented "Health Policy and Inequality" at the 60th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Atlanta in August. She will present a"Taking a Closer Look at Social Justice: Are We Equating It with Nondiscriminatory Patient Care?" at the meeting of the International Philosophy of Nursing Conference in Vancouver, B.C., this month.

Yvette Dulohery, Angela Christian, Julie Hebenstreit, Norma Krumwiede, Candence Mortenson-Klimpel, Karen Neu and Colleen Royle (School of Nursing) received first place for their poster presentation "STIC to STEPS" at the "Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators: Effective Strategies for NCLEX Success” workshop in Bloomington.

Sandra Eggenberger, Norma Krumwiede and Sonja Meiers (Nursing) and Mary Bliesmer and Pat Earle (emeriti), are working with graduate nursing students to develop a model for family caring and reintegration processes within families who deal with chronic illnesses. The team recently shared their research findings in a poster and paper presentation at the International Association of Human Caring Conference at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Anthony Filipovitch’s (Urban & Regional Studies) article, “The Neighborhood Stabilization Game,” was published in Internet Resources Center for Economics and American Government: Current Events Lessons. He also organized a panel presentation for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on “Nonprofit Current Conditions and Economic Outlook” in July.

Kevin Filter (Psychology) was elected president of the Minnesota School Psychologist Association until 2014.

Tom Hendrickson (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) began working with Micron Corporation on its acquisition of Numonyx Corp. this summer. In June he spent three weeks in Norway meeting with faculty and students in Trondheim and Oslo.

Dan Houlihan, Chip Panahon and doctoral student Julene Nolan (Psychology) presented “Establishing an International Practicum Experience Within a School Psychology Doctoral Program” at the International School Psychology Conference in Dublin, Ireland, in July.

Tom Inglot (Political Science) made a research trip to Europe in June to compare the politics of family policies in Poland, Hungary and Romania.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) attended an American Institute of Mathematics workshop, “How to Run a Mathematics Teacher’s Circle,” in June. He plans to create a forum of mathematics practitioners in Mankato to help area mathematicians improve their problem-solving skills.

Pavel Kitsul (Mathematics & Statistics) delivered a series of lectures at the University of Padua in Italy this summer. His lectures focused on stochastic processes and their applications.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) was interviewed by several statewide media, including KSTP-TV. and Wisconsin Public Radio, about the oil spill, immigration and primary elections.

Karla Lassonde (Psychology) presented “Assessing Stereotype Activation Using the Contradiction Paradigm” and “Reading Time: Design and Analysis” at the Society for Text & Discourse in Chicago.

David Laverny-Rafter's (Urban & Regional Studies) article, “Federally-Mandated Evaluation of New Starts-Transit Projects,” will be published in the Journal of Public Transportation in October.

Paul Mackie's and Bill Anderson’s (Social Work) article, “Baccalaureate Social Work Program Assessment and Curriculum Mapping Under the 2008 EPAS,” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Russ Palma (Physics & Astronomy) presented a poster, “Helium and Neon in STARDUST Aerogel Samples from Cell 2044 Adjacent to Track 41,” at the 73rd anuual meeting of the Meteoritical Society in New York in July.

Jeffrey Pribyl, Mary Hadley, Patricia Rambo (Chemistry & Geology) and John Kaliski (Management) presented a paper at the eighth annual National Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning meeting in St. Louis in June.

Jeffrey Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) led eight sessions for the Great Lakes Regional POGIL meeting in June in Wisconsin. He also presented a paper with Mary Hadley (Chemistry & Geology) and John Kaliski (Management) at the 21st biennial Conference on Chemical Education at the University of North Texas in August.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented a keynote address, “The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well,” for faculty at Florida A & M in Tallahassee, Fla., in August. He also presented an all-day workshop for 80 faculty at Wake Forest University on Integrated Course Design.

The Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation published Deepak Sangel’s (Mathematics & Statistics) research article in June. He also attended an American Statistical Association workshop, “Monte Carlo and Bayesian Computation with R,” in Vancouver, Canada, in July.

Ginger Schmid and Forrest Wilkerson (Geography) recently presented “Rates of Periglacial Activity Along an Elevational Gradient, White Mountains” at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. They also presented “Alpine Soils and Their Response to Climate Change” at the Association of American Geographers meeting in Washington, D.C., in April, and wrote a chapter, “Dendrogeomorphic Applications to Debris Flows in Glacier National Park, Montana USA,” that was published in Tree Rings and Natural Hazards.

A chapter by Fred Slocum (Political Science), “With God on Our Side: Moral and Religious Issues, Southern Culture and Republican Realignment in the South,” is part of a forthcoming book, Painting Dixie Red. Fred and Yueh-Ting Lee (Government) coauthored a chapter, “Racism, Racial Stereotypes and American Politics,” in The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: A Revised and Condensed Edition.

Richard Terrill (English) served as writer-in-residence for the Writers’ Center at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., in July. He has new poems appearing in Black Clock, New Letters, Connecticut Review, and the anthology Reeds and Rushes—Pitch, Buzz, and Hum. His essay, “Dasn’t,” appears in the anthology One Word.

Complex Analysis and Operator Theory published Chia-Chi Tung’s (Mathematics & Statistics) paper, “On Generalized Integral Means and Euler Type Vector Fields,” in June.

Michael Wells' (Information Systems & Technology) paper, “A Comparison of Offshore Vendors and University Students: An Exploratory Analysis,” was accepted for publication by the National Decision Science Institute.

Tricia Young (School of Nursing) traveled to Australia to present three papers at the third International Nurse Education Conference in Sydney. In May she attended Family Externship: Practice Models for Caring for Families with Competence, Confidence and Compassion in Calgary, Alberta, and is now collaborating with five nurses (one in Spain, one in Switzerland, two in Canada, one in Missouri) on a multi-site research project exploring patient and family suffering.

Qun Zhang and Han-Way Huang (Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology) worked with three others to complete a book chapter, “Gaussian Approximation and Margin Measurements for Amplified Optical Fiber Systems,” submitted to Advance in Optical Amplifiers. Qun also reviewed a journal paper for OSA Optics Express.

Student achievements

The Master of Social Work Program graduated 30 students 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.

Angela Christenson, Sara Ebsen, Katlyn McKenzie and Julene Nolan (Psychology) completed their advanced doctoral practicum in San Pedro, Belize this summer. They completed evaluations for students with learning disabilities and behavioral problems, to help establish a school support system for students with special needs.

Alicia Fennell (Nursing) received the 2010-'11 Meredith Scholarship for her academic work, leadership abilities and commitment to the nursing profession.

Ashley Keul, Dani Thomas and Jonathan Graves (Geography) completed internships with Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Their research has been used by Congress and is expected to be influential in the Red Rock Wilderness Act.

Julene Nolan (Psychology) presented a poster, “I Didn’t Learn That in Graduate School: Gaining International Experience in School Psychology,” at the International School Psychology Conference in Ireland in July.

Nicole Rietz (Geography) presented her Graduate Research Conference poster at the Association of American Geographies meeting in Washington, D.C., in April.

Amanda Woller and faculty member Andi Lassiter (Psychology) presented “Trust Formation Across Multiple Levels of Virtuality” in a symposium at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference in Atlanta in April.

Nursing students visit Ghana

Ten nursing students went to Ghana, Africa, this summer for an independent clinical experience. It was the first group of Minnesota State Mankato nursing students to visit Africa and work with patients in acute care and clinic settings.

The group visited Mole National Park, Accra, Kumasi and other places. For the clinical experiences they went to Suntreso Women’s Hospital and the emergency room in the Kumasi Teaching hospital.

The School of Nursing intends to make this an annual event for students enrolled in a possible forthcoming community health clinical course.


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