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December 1, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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Graduate enrollment is up

Fall semester graduate enrollment is 2,027, the highest since the 1970s and up 26 percent in the past five years, according to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Fifteen percent of graduate students are enrolled in only online classes, a substantial increase over the last two years.

The largest graduate enrolling departments are Educational Leadership, English, Special Education, KSP, Human Performance, Counseling & Student Personnel and Business.

HERS Institutes

HERS logoWomen leaders on campus may apply for the 2011-2012 HERS Institutes for Women in Higher Education Administration.

HERS offers two summer institutes, the first at Bryn Mawr College from June 19 to July 3, 2011, and the second at the University of Denver from July 24 to Aug. 7, 2011. Both offer a two-week residency with a 12-day program of presentations, case studies, interviews and on-campus assignments. The comprehensive fee of $6,100 covers tuition, meals and campus housing.

HERS also offers an academic-year institute with four interconnected three-day seminars that provide the same core curriculum and include group assignments. The fee for HERS Wellesley is $4,900 and covers tuition and meals only; hotel accommodations are available at HERS Institute rates.

Regular application deadline for the Bryn Mawr Institute is March 1, 2011; regular application deadline for the Denver Institute is April 1, 2011; regular application deadline for the Wellesely Institute is May 1, 2011. Applications received after the final deadlines will be considered for the waiting lists.

Those who want more information may visit the HERS website or may contact Shannon Martin-Roebuck at (303) 871-3975.

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

'World AIDS Day' buttonIn recognition of World AIDS Day Wednesday, Dec. 1, the LGBT Center and the Rural AIDS Action Network will host various events to educate the campus community about HIV/AIDS, and to honor those living with or who have died from HIV/AIDS.

Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend these free events:

  • AIDS Memorial Quilt display: Centennial Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1. More information about the memorial is available online.
  • Free and Anonymous HIV Testing: CSU 284, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Dec. 1-4: 'Evil Dead: The Musical'

'Evil Dead' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its plays for the semester with “Evil Dead: The Musical,” a parody with elements of cult classic films “Evil Dead 1,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness."

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 1-4, with an additional performance at 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

In “Evil Dead,” five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee-turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day.

The production contains adult language and situations and is not appropriate for children.

This show is directed by Heather Hamilton (Theatre & Dance), who earlier this year directed “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and will in February direct “Dracula.” The role of “Ash” is played by senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Aaron Alan, who earlier this year was “Billy Flynn” in “Chicago.”

Individual tickets for “Evil Dead: The Musical” are $9 regular; $8 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $7 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They can be purchased on the Theatre page or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dec. 2: University Orchestra concert

MNSU Orchestra performingThe University Orchestra will play seasonal pops and a standard masterpiece in a Thursday, Dec. 2, concert. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Director Joseph Rodgers (Music) says the “dual-purpose concert” will challenge and display the ensemble’s growing ability through orchestra pops music and through a classic work, Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. “It’s safe to say that this piece has never been played on this campus,” he said of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.

He said the concert will demonstrate how fast-paced holiday concerts are in the “real world.” Most orchestras perform a holiday concert after only one rehearsal. The University Orchestra will have less than a week to rehearse the holiday songs.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to the Music page. Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507)-389-5549.

Dec. 3, 4: Fall dance concert

Fall Dance Concert posterThe world-renowned Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and diverse faculty work will be featured in the Department of Theatre & Dance fall dance concert Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. both days and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature the Pimsler company of dancers performing “Ways to Be Hold,” and a student piece about Minnesota State Mankato dancers, “At Home/In House.”

Julie Kerr-Berry (Theatre & Dance) will take viewers back to the 1920s and 1930s in a vintage jazz piece called “Savoring the Savoy,” where dancers perform classic moves in the setting of an old club.

A contemporary piece by Daniel Stark (Theatre & Dance) illustrates the contradiction of young people wanting to be famous but appearing as if they don’t care, suggesting that Facebook, blogs and Twitter make them feel like they've already arrived.

Another Daniel Stark piece, “Crash,” looks into the memory of a man and his relationship with a woman after a car crash.

The concert includes a senior modern piece, “Common Conflict,” by Elizabeth Ulseth and “Waltz of the Flowers” by Lisa O. Long, from the classic ballet “The Nutcracker.”

Tickets may be purchased on the Dance page or the Theatre page, or by calling or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $9 regular, $8 discount (senior citizens, youth or groups of 15 or more) and $7 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

A Student Showcase Concert featuring works choreographed by students will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $5 and available at the door only.

Dec. 5: Holiday Choral Concert

Students singingSongs of the season will be performed by the University Chorale, the Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir in a Sunday, Dec. 5, concert. The Holiday Choral Concert will be at 3 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 S. Broad St., Mankato.

The groups will perform a variety of choral works, according to choral director David Dickau (Music). Acclaimed harpist Amy Kortuem, a Minnesota State Mankato alumna, will solo and will accompany the Concert Choir for two arrangements. Melissa Hood, a member of the Chamber and Concert choirs, will accompany the choir on flute.

The University Chorale, directed by Rodney Urtel, is a non-auditioned choir comprised of university students from across the campus.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Tickets will be available at the church at 2:45 p.m. the afternoon of the concert. Those who want information may call the Performance Series office, (507)-389-5549.

Through Dec. 10: Mixed media art

Artist Jason Ruhl’s mixed media work “Minnesoter” is being exhibited through Friday, Dec. 10, in the Centennial Student Union Gallery, on the lower level of the CSU.

Ruhl, half of the collaborative duo the Scavengers, is co-director of the online gallery Red Rocket, a contributing member of Art *o*Mat, and the digital printer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tandem Press. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, New Delhi and Berlin.

He earned a BFA from Minnesota State Mankato and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He resides in Madison, Wis.

Jan. 5: Professional Development Day

Approximately 40 programs on topics of interest for faculty and staff will highlight the seventh annual Professional Development Day Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments. President Davenport will welcome faculty and staff at 8:30 a.m.

Tools for re-employment

ISEEK logoIn partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and other state agencies, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is sponsoring ISEEK, a career, education and job resource to help transitioning workers learn about options and more effectively shift to new employment.

ISEEK helps those impacted by job transitions strengthen their job seeking skills by:

  • Assessing interests and skills to develop stronger career transitions;
  • Exploring related occupations, including employer requirements;
  • Pointing out training options;
  • Deploying effective job seeking strategies.

Those who want more information may visit ISEEK online.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Tom Inglot’s (Government) book “Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004” (Cambridge Univ. Press 2008) recently was reviewed in two journals, Europe Asia Studies and Austrian History Yearbook.

Gwen Westerman (English) had art quilts in three exhibits during November. Her works are installed with “Original Green: An Exhibit of Contemporary American Indian Art” at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis; “Native Reflections” in the Whipple Gallery at Southwest Minnesota State University; and “This is DISPLACEMENT: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land and Identity” at the Northrop on the campus of the University of Minnesota. In addition, two of her poems were published last month in Water-Stone Review, a literary annual published by Hamline University.

2010 CSBS awards

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board presented its 2010 Advisory Board Awards recently to a student leader, a distinguished alumna and a distinguished professor from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and students.

  • Briana Threatt (Corrections) was named 2010 Student Leader.
  • Jennifer Pritchett was named 2010 Distinguished Alumna.
  • Perry Wood (Urban & Regional Studies) was named Distinguished Professor.

The winners were honored at an October luncheon held. Awards were presented by Maria Bevacqua (Gender & Women's Studies), Tony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) and Sherrise Truesdale-Moore (Sociology & Corrections), with comments and congratulations from President Richard Davenport, John Alessio (CSBS), CSBS Advisory Board Chair Leslie Karam, and Awards Committee Chair Mehr (Jay) Shahidi.

'Pain Behind the Badge'

Police badge reading 'The Pain Behind The Badge'The Law Enforcement Club, along with the Department of Government, sponsored an eight-hour training seminar, “The Pain Behind the Badge,” recently. Approximately 175 attended, primarily law enforcement students, regionally located public safety officers and students from corrections, sociology and psychology.

The seminar was presented by Clarke and Tracie Paris, who in March 2007 produced the documentary film “The Pain Behind The Badge.” The film examined issues of police stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and police suicide.

More information about the seminar is at the Pain Behind the Badge website.


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 Dec. 15; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Dec. 10).

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.