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October 20, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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Seal reading 'The Princeton Review: 300 Best Business Schools, 2011 Edition'

Best in business

For the fifth consecutive year, the MBA program is listed as one of the nation’s best in The Princeton Review’s 2011 business school guidebook.

The New York-based education services company – known for its rankings based on student surveys – includes Minnesota State Mankato’s MBA program in the latest “Best 300 Business Schools” book, compiled from surveys of 19,000 students, and from school-reported data.

The book includes two-page profiles of the schools with information about their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement.

Minnesota State Mankato is one of 66 schools that appear on one or more of the ranking lists available online.

Students in the audience

Pep rally

Representatives from athletic teams and cheerleaders got students excited for the parade and athletic events as the University celebrated another successful Homecoming Week Oct. 4-9.

For photos of this year's festivities, go to the official Minnesota State Mankato Homecoming page on Facebook.

Candidates and higher ed

Cartoon of a man speaking to a group of peopleThe three major gubernatorial candidates offer their views about tuition, budget priorities, jobs for graduates, online learning and other higher education issues in videotaped interviews with Scott Thiss, chair of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees, and student leader Caitlin Stene.

Candidate responses are available on the Minnesota State website.

Candidates interviewed are Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Independent Tom Horner. The interviews were sponsored by the Board of Trustees in partnership with the two student associations. The three candidates were asked the same questions in individual sessions.

National award, Emmy nomination

'CASE: Circle of Excellence Awards Program' logoThree Minnesota State Mankato TV spots have earned a Gold Award in the 2010 Circle of Excellence national competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The award is in the category of commercial TV spots, which drew 33 entries, including Division I universities.

“Visuals are simple and powerful, the narration is strong and sparse, and the whole series reinforces the message that this is a place where things happen...and a place that launches those people who make things happen,” the judges said about the spots.

The same spots were nominated by WCCO-TV, who helped produce the spots, for a regional Emmy Award, though they lost to the spots supporting the new Twins stadium.

Combined Charities match

Students giving food and water to a homeless personThe Combined Charities Campaign is a unique opportunity for employees to donate to the charities of their choice. Barnes & Noble Bookstore and MM Vending will give a $10 donation for every employee above the number participating last year.

Through the generosity of faculty and staff, health, education, arts, environmental and social service programs can change thousands of lives. The Combined Charities Campaign makes it easy to donate through payroll deduction to dozens of local, regional and national charities including Greater Mankato Area United Way, Community Health Charities, Open Your Heart, the Minnesota Environmental Fund, United Arts Fund, UNCF and more.

Visit the Combined Charities website for more information and pledging instructions.

$300,000 in grants, contracts

More than $300,000 in new grants and contracts are being administered by faculty and staff, according to the Research & Sponsored Programs Office. Projects include:

  • Laura Rinnes, $231,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for “McNair Scholars Program 11.”
  • Debra Gohagan (Social Work), $85,990 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services and U of M School of Social Work for “BSW Child Welfare Program 11.”
  • Sue Bell (Nursing), $39,647 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for “Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship FY11.”
  • Daardi Sizemore (Library Services), $6,498 from the Minnesota Historical Society for “Mankatonian Digitization.”
  • Calvin Maxille Moultrie (Institutional Diversity), $5,000 from Minnesota State for “NAI--Get College Style.”
  • In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics), $2,000 from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute for “Math Circle.”
  • Tom Gjersvig (Upward Bound), $1,600 from the U.S. Department of State for “IREX Activities FY11.”

Oct. 21: Wind Ensemble

MNSU Wind EnsembleThe University Concert Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Wind Band will perform Thursday, Oct. 21, in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The 7:30 p.m. “Back to the USSR” concert, directed by Amy Roisum Foley (Music), will put a new spin on historic music.

The concert “features a number of pieces that relate to the Soviets,” Foley said. “The program contains a lot of folk music.”

The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are open to all university students, faculty and staff and community members. Music students as well as students in other majors across campus are members.

Conducting graduate Ben Druffel, a Wind Ensemble musician, will make his Minnesota State Mankato conducting debut at the concert, directing two Symphonic Band pieces. “The Symphonic Band has made a lot of progress in preparing for this concert,” he said. “I am excited to be a part of this music community.”

The band will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Gliere, Scriabin and others.

The concert “will be a lot of fun for people who come,” Amy added. “It will include a lot of rich music with a lot of color.”

Concert admission is $9 regular and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online. Tickets may be purchased on the Music page. Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Oct. 23: Chemists in the Library

'Science: Explore the Possibilities'Children and parents can learn how much fun science can be at the fourth annual Chemists in the Library event Saturday, Oct. 23.

The free program, intended for elementary school students, will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the Educational Resource Center, lower level of Memorial Library. Entertaining experiments and demonstrations will show children that science is fun.

Chemists in the Library is hosted by the Minnesota section of the American Chemical Society, the campus ACS club and Chemistry faculty members. Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry & Geology) is in charge of the event.

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 and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24.

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

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

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 the Women's Conference website or may e-mail

Oct. 24: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the VagabondsThe high-energy blues-jazz band Davina and the Vagabonds will present a Performance Series concert Sunday, Oct. 24. The concert, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune described the band’s lead singer, Twin Cities pianist Davina Sowers, as a performer who “sounds like the daughter of Leon Redbone and Betty Boop trained on piano by Randy Newman.”

The band includes bassist-vocalist Michael Carvale and trombonist Darren Sterud.

The band has performed at House of Blues in Atlantic City, Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth and blues festivals in Switzerland and Poland. Its members have shared the stage with Aaron Neville, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, the Lamont Cranston Band, the Blues Brothers, Booker T and The MGs, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, 10 Years After, Scottie Miller, Willie Smith, Joe Bonamassa, Pinetop Perkins and others.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for students, and advance purchase is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may visit the Music page. Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507)-389-5549.

Oct. 25: Global Citizen nominations

Nominations for Global Citizen Awards are being accepted through Monday, Oct. 25. Faculty and staff who have given outstanding support to international programming may be nominated.

Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony Friday, Nov. 19. Those who want more information and nomination forms may contact Caryn Lindsay (International Center).

Oct. 25: President at service club

President Richard Davenport will make a final guest appearance at the St. Peter Kiwanis Club to discuss "The State of the University" Monday, Oct. 25. The president opened the series Sept. 22 as featured speaker at the Mankato Rotary Club. Oct. 11 he spoke at the Downtown Kiwanis in Mankato.

Both Rotary and Kiwanis have longstanding connections to the University through their service work that often involves students, faculty and staff.

Oct. 25: Survey research

A presentation on survey and questionnaire research -- intended to guide participants in writing survey and questionnaire questions -- will be Monday, Oct. 25.

The presentation will be from 11 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union Room 202. Those who have questions may contact Steve Bohnenblust.

Oct. 26: Mitchell Hammer

Mitchell HammerMitchell Hammer, author and developer of widely used intercultural assessment and development tools, will speak on campus Tuesday, Oct. 26, as the first Global Solutions Lecturer. His lecture, “Bridging Across the Cultural Divide: Myths and Realities,” will be at 4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Hammer, founder of Hammer Consulting, LLC, is a national expert in intercultural competence, critical incident management, crisis negotiation and resolution. He was a consultant to the government of Japan during the 1996-1997 hostage crisis in Peru, and contributed to identifying Ted Kaczynski as the “Unabomber.”

He has published more than 70 articles and has provided analysis for NBC News, CNN, FOX News, CTV in Canada, NHK television (Japan), Voice of America, Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Hammer’s visit is sponsored by the Honors Program, the College of Education, the Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center and the Law Enforcement program. Those who want more information may call (507) 389-1314.

Oct. 26: Gubernatorial debate

Cartoon of a debate being filmedDebate Minnesota will host a gubernatorial debate on campus Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Bresnan Arena of the Taylor Center. Debate Minnesota provides the public with election information and creates a gateway between candidates and voters.

For a complete list of local candidate forums, debates and events, visit the Greater Mankato website.

Oct. 26: History Forum

The fall History Forum lecture will be presented by faculty member Ray Ball Tuesday, Oct. 26. Ray will discuss “Treating the Public: Public Theaters and Public Health in Early Modern Madrid and Puebla” at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and refreshments will be served. Those who want more information may contact the History Department at (507) 389-1618.

Oct. 28: Andreas Lecture

Author, educator and activist Jan Mandell will discuss her St. Paul Central High School touring theatre when she presents a Nadine B. Andreas Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 28. Mandell directs a unique social justice theatre troupe in St. Paul that features Twin Cities youth, with special emphasis on diversity.

Several of her theatre students will join her for the discussion. Her lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the North Ballroom of Centennial Student Union. It is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

Mandell has taught theatre at St. Paul Central High School for more than 30 years. In addition to directing the touring theatre, she is founder of Seeds of Change, an academic and artistic support group for African-American males and their allies.

Her students use the theatre to address challenging global issues, including the future of health care, war, global warming and child labor.

Those who have questions may contact the Department of Communication Studies at 507-389-2213.

Oct. 30: Genealogy Expo

Cartoon of a family treeFaculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the 10th annual South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo Saturday, Oct. 30, to learn more about family history. The expo, co-organized by Library Services and the Blue Earth County Historical Society, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union.

History-related organizations will share information about their resources and services. There will also be sessions on a variety of genealogy-related topics.

Pre-registration is $20 by Friday, Oct. 22, and registration after that is $25. The full program and registration information are available online.

Nov. 1-30: Open enrollment

Open enrollment changes, conducted online through Employee Self Service, must be made online between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. Employees may make changes to their health coverage, long-term disability insurance and managers’ IPP. Users may also add eligible dependents to their health coverage.

Those who wish to enter Open Enrollment changes for 2011 should visit the Employee Self Service website. Users will need their employee IDs and passwords to log in.

Those who want more information may go online.

Nov. 2: Limited special events

'Vote' buttonFew 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.

Nov. 2: Fall Choral Concert

The Fall Choral Concert will be Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 8:15 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and University Chorale will perform. David Dickau and Rod Urtel (Music) direct the groups.

Compositions will include spirituals, traditional choral repertoire and music from other countries sung in native languages.

Tickets may be ordered online, but ordering closes at noon the day of the event. Even if online ordering is closed, seating may be available for the event. Those who are interested may contact Dale Haefner (Music) at (507) 389-5549 for seating availability.

Nov. 4, 5: 'No Borders'

Faculty and staff can register for the first Minnesota/Wisconsin bi-state conference focusing on women in higher education, “No Borders, No Boundaries: Women Leaders in a Changing Higher Education Landscape.”

The conference, Nov. 4 and 5 at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, is sponsored by the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership group and the Minnesota Institutions of Higher Education ACE Network.

Several options of breakout sessions are available for participants, in addition to two keynote speakers. Those who want more information or to register should visit Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership website.

Nov. 18: International classroom

Faculty and staff are invited to a series discussing teaching techniques and cultural awareness in the international classroom. The series consists of three classes between November and February.

The classes, hosted by the Kearney International Center, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Refreshments and desserts will be provided.

Faculty and staff members will be able to learn about the educational culture of Minnesota State Mankato’s largest international student groups. Students will give presentations about their home countries and discuss their learning experiences both at home and in the U.S.

The series schedule includes:

  • Thursday, Nov. 18, "South Korea," Centennial Student Union 284 A
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, "Nigeria ," Centennial Student Union 284 A
  • Thursday, Feb. 17, "Saudi Arabia," Morris Hall 215:

Suggestions and questions may be submitted to Caryn Lindsay or Thomas Gjersvig.

'President's Commission on Diversity' banner

Diversity grants, awards

The President's Commission on Diversity is accepting applications for diversity related development and research grants, as well as nominations for the President's Diversity Award.

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 15, and Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Recipients may receive stipends of up to $500 to attend professional conferences related to issues of diversity in higher education, or to conduct research. Only Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff are eligible. Grants will be awarded in two categories: students, and faculty and staff.

Nominations for the Diversity Award are due Monday, Nov. 8. The award acknowledges contributions of the university's faculty, staff and administrators whose services and efforts support the school's goal of diversity and inclusiveness. Recipients will be recognized at the annual Institutional Diversity Dinner Friday, Nov. 19.

The President's Commission on Diversity will review all nominations, with the final decision made by President Richard Davenport. Members of the President's Commission on Diversity are not eligible to apply.

Those interested may submit nomination letters and applications to the Office of Disability Services, Room 132, Memorial Library. Electronic copies may be e-mailed to Julie Snow (Disability Services).

John Frey: MNCEME interim director

John Frey has been named interim executive director of the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence by President Richard Davenport.

President Davenport also transferred responsibility for oversight of the center to the Division of Strategic Business, Education & Regional Partnerships, led by Robert Hoffman.

The center is a consortium of academic institutions, with Minnesota State Mankato as the lead member. It partners with six two-year colleges located throughout Minnesota, and serves as a first-contact resource for industry, providing continuing education, emerging technology and future worker development.

For the last year John has been interim director of the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute of Minnesota, as well as director of business partnerships for the Division of Strategic Business, Education & Regional Partnerships.

Before that he served for 37 years as a faculty member and dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Force Science recognition

'Force Science ®' logoBill Lewinski (Political Science & Law Enforcement), executive director of the Force Science Institute, and Scott Buhrmaster, the institute's vice president of operations, co-wrote an article, “Leave No One Behind: Downed-Officer Rescue and Risk Perception,” in the May edition of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

The piece explains a survey of 1,703 law enforcement officials during a one-month period. The article aims to improve education and training by reducing risks that arise when law enforcement officials attempt to save downed officers.

Bill also was featured in an article, “The Force Scientist,” published in the March 2010 Police Law Enforcement Magazine. The piece highlights Bill's research and sheds light on officer-related shootings.

Another article, published in Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, offers Force Science Institute explanations about why specific outcomes occur during gun fights.

“Force Science Institute: Applying Sound Scientific Principles to Protect Officers During and After a Shootout” focuses on how science can improve police firearms training. It also introduces readers to an institute course that teaches participants best-practice reactions in real-life situations.

Those who wish to read the articles can visit the FSI website.

'Global Connections in Southern Minnesota' banner

Connections Conference

Nine students, alumni and professors from Minnesota State Mankato gave presentations at the recent Global Connections Conference, hosted by South Central College and addressing global issues and international education topics. Presenters included:

  • Noor Salim (Community Health student) presented the conference opening with a Quran recitation in Arabic.
  • Scott Fee (Construction Management) presented “Living, Learning and Teaching in South Africa: A Father and Son Share High School, Business and Public University Experiences.” Fee and his family spent the first part of 2010 in South Africa, where he was a visiting professor in the School of the Built Environment at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and worked at Eden Campus, South Africa’s first green business school.
  • Mark Friedman (Economics) presented “Kaoshiki: Exercise Dance in Yoga.”
  • Linda Good (Early Childhood Education) presented “Childcare in Norway.”
  • Keith Luebke (Art) presented “International Human Rights,” an overview of organizations involved in human rights work.
  • Meredith Lemiso (Non-Profit Leadership graduate student) presented “Mankato: A New Cultural Center.”

Faculty/Staff achievements

Wayne Allen and Kebba Darboe (Ethnic Studies) recently had a variety of pieces published, including a book, “Introduction to Ethnic Studies: A New Approach.” Wayne also attended the Human Behavior and Evolution meeting in Oregon and the 20th Biennial Congress of the International Society for Human Ethology in Wisconsin this summer.

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

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. Tony also organized a panel presentation for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Kevin Filter (Psychology) was elected president of the Minnesota School Psychologist Association 2010-2014.

Interim Deans Jean Haar (Education), Harry Krampf (Allied Health & Nursing) and Henry Morris (Diversity) will continue their interim appointments through June 30, 2012.

Dan Houlihan and Chip Panahon (Psychology) presented “Establishing an International Practicum Experience Within a Social Psychology Doctoral Program” at the International School Psychology Conference in Dublin, Ireland, this summer.

Tom Inglot (Government) completed his sabbatical research this summer. He made his last research trip to Europe in June as part of a collaborative project on the comparison of the politics of family policies in Poland, Hungary and Romania.

Aaron Knutson (University Dining Services) has accepted the position of general manager for Campus Services. His most recent role has been operations manager.

Joseph Kunkel (Government) was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio’s “All Things Political.”

An article by David Laverny-Rafter (Urban & Regional Studies), “Federally-Mandated Evaluation of New Starts—Transit Projects,” will be published by the Journal of Public Transportation. David also received approval of a manuscript, "Federally-Mandated Evaluation of New Starts-Transit Projects,” by the Journal of Public Transportation.

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

Matt Loayza and Clark Johnson (History) presented a workshop for history teachers participating in “Minnesota River Valley: Rich in American History,” a federally funded professional development program.

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.

Richard Schiming (Economics) discussed recent financial reform legislation at the Minnesota Valley Credit Union meeting and talked about monetary policy and the future of interest rates to the College of Business Emeriti Association.

Ginger Schmid and Forrest Wilkerson (Geography) 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. Forrest and Ginger also authored a chapter titled “Dendrogeomorphic Applications to Debris Flows in Glacial National Park, Montana USA” in Tree Rings and Natural Hazards.

Fred Slocum’s (Government) chapter, “With God On Our Side: Moral and Religious Issues, Southern Culture and Republican Realignment in the South,” is forthcoming in the 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.

David Viscoli (Music) recently performed two piano concerts with Daniel Rieppel at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, Calif. He also taught a master class at UCSB.

Dean of students nominations

Nominations and self-nominations for the position of interim dean of students are being accepted. This will be a six-month appointment beginning Jan. 3, 2011 and concluding June 30, 2011.

The interim dean of students will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the Council of Deans and will have direct responsibility for Admissions, First-Year Experience, Residential Life, Career Development, Student Conduct, Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, Women’s Center, LGBT Center, Security, Campus Recreation, Health Services and Counseling Center.

The interim dean also will serve in an advisory capacity to the Minnesota State Student Association.

Those interested should send a brief statement of interest to Anne Blackhurst (Academic & Student Affairs) by Friday, Oct. 29.


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 Nov. 3; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Oct. 29).

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