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January 26, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Maverick baseball ranked 12th

Maverick baseball player

Minnesota State Mankato is ranked 12th in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Division II preseason poll.

The Mavericks – who claimed last year’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular and postseason titles, won the NCAA Central Region crown and finished seventh nationally – finished the 2010 campaign with 44-16 record.

Junior pitcher Blake Schwartz and senior pitcher Luke Putz were selected as preseason All-Americans by the publication. Senior shortstop Zach Rowles was named a “Player to Watch” and freshman outfielder Parker Sullivan was named a “Newcomer to Watch.”

Jazz accolades

Jazz student

Jazz students who performed in January at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans earned accolades from numerous audience members. The students were in New Orleans to attending a jazz conference.

During the students' performance, a passing pedestrian heard the music, went inside Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse to listen, and afterward asked director Doug Snapp (Music) if he could speak to the students because he was so impressed.

The audience member told the students: “I was just passing by when I heard your music. I asked your director if I could quickly speak to you because I love good music, and your performance really moved me. It was not just the music, but the way you all interact and have fun making music. If I were a musician, I would definitely want to go to Minnesota State Mankato to study music. Thank you so much for sharing your music with me!”

Student jazz ensembles will perform next month at Jazzfest 2011 and again in April.

Hers logo

HERS Institute applications

Applications for a representative to attend one of the annual HERS Institutes for women are being accepted by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. The institute is intended to advance women leaders in middle and executive levels of higher education administration.

Applicants may choose between the Bryn Mawr College Institute or the University of Denver Institute during the summer or the Wellesley College Institute during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Completed application packets should be submitted by Monday, Jan. 31, to the graduate assistant for the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, CSU 218.

The HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute is a two-week program in Pennsylvania from June 19 - July 3. The HERS Denver Institute is also a two week program in Colorado from July 24-August 7. The HERS Wellesley Institute in Massachusetts will be held during four intermittent Thursday-Saturday sessions: Oct. 13-15, Nov. 10-12, Feb. 2-4, 2012, and March 15-17, 2012. More information is at A printable application is available at

Priority will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in bringing new insight and investing their leadership skills into the campus community, regardless of position, division or bargaining unit. Past applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Yoga, Zumba classes scheduled

Zumba Fitness logo

Two yoga classes – Yoga 4 Wellness and Power Vinyasa Yoga – are available for faculty and staff through early March.

Yoga 4 Wellness is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:05-12:50 p.m. in PH 102. A $2-per-class drop-in fee is charged. Remaining classes are scheduled for Jan. 27; Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24; and March 1 and 3.

Power Vinyasa Yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. A drop-in fee of $4 per class will be charged.

Those who want more information on yoga classes may click on

In addition, a Zumba class is held Fridays from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Pennington 102. The first session runs until Feb. 18 and the second from Feb. 25 to Apr. 8. Cost is $30 for an entire session or $5 per class.

Those who want more information about Zumba may visit

Music Department students

Performance Series

The Performance Series will host 11 visiting artists this semester, as well as 12 student ensemble events. The series offers contemporary and ethnically diverse programming featuring state and nationally recognized artists. The series also offers master class, clinic and workshop outreach.

Educational events include the four-day Bunny Just Piano Festival with numerous master class opportunities and a performance competition, Jazzfest 2011, offering clinics for approximately 200 area high school jazz musicians, and artist outreach activities at Jefferson and Roosevelt Elementary schools in Mankato.

Remaining Performance Series artists:

  • Sunday, Jan. 30: InPulse a Cappella Vocal Group – an award-winning, four-part a cappella group featuring a powerful sound that performs stunning solos with exceptional harmonic blend.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8: Willie Murphy and Pat Hayes – two musicians who are pioneers of Minneapolis’ “West Bank sound.”
  • Sunday, Feb. 13: Chiarina Piano Quartet – a classical ensemble that explores standard repertoire and new music, is comprised of David Viscoli (music), piano; Mary Horozaniecki, violin; Nancy Nehring, viola; and Mark Rudoff, cello.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15: Eastern Blok – a world music ensemble that blends folklore traditions of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia.
  • Thursday, Feb. 17: Scottie Miller – a pop pianist who will break away from touring with Grammy nominated artist Ruthie Foster.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: Karlyn Bond – a classical pianist who has performed with several symphony orchestras.
  • Saturday, Feb. 26: Gordon Goodwin – a successful Hollywood composer and arranger, and a Grammy and Emmy winner.
  • Thursday, March 17: Carolyn Wilkins – a jazz vocalist and pianist.
  • Sunday, March 20: Craicmore – a group performing music from Scotland and Ireland.
  • Thursday, March 24: Fareed Haque – a guitar virtuoso performing the folk music of Pakistan and northwestern India.

In addition, Kimm Julian (Music) will direct the opera “Dido and Aeneas” for two performances Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m.

Ticket subscription packages are available at the Music Box Office, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Those who want more information may click on

Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9: Forest Qigong

Spring Forest Qigong sessions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 285.

Qigong (pronounced che-gong), means “energy work,” and is an ancient healing method practiced in China. Cost is $5 per session. Those who want more information may visit, or contact Diane Roggow at (507) 389-2016 or

Jan. 27: International classroom

The next session of “Teaching in the Classroom,” hosted by the Kearney International Center, will be Thursday, Jan. 27, in Centennial Student Union Room 284A.

The workshop will concentrate on Nigeria/West Africa. Stewart Ross (CETL) will host the event, and Caryn Lindsay and Tom Gjersvig (Kearney International Center) will facilitate. International students will share their experiences.

Jan. 27-Feb. 6: ‘Born Yesterday’

Born Yesterday-Department of Theatre & Dance performance

The Department of Theatre & Dance will kick off the second half of its Mainstage season with 11 performances of Garson Kanin’s comedy “Born Yesterday” Starting Thursday, Jan. 27.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 2-5, with 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 29 and 30 and Feb. 5 and 6, in the Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The production is sponsored by Community Bank Mankato.

“Born Yesterday” follows an uncouth, corrupt tycoon, Harry Brock, and his showgirl mistress, Billie Dawn, to Washington, D.C. When Billie’s ignorance becomes a liability to Brock’s shady business dealings, he hires a journalist, Paul Verrall, to educate her. In the process of learning, Billie realizes how corrupt Harry is and begins interfering with his plans.

Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance) directs “Born Yesterday.” Minnesota State Mankato previously presented “Born Yesterday” in 1958 and 1995.

Tickets are $14.50 regular; $13 for senior citizens, youth 16 and younger and groups of 15 or more; and $10 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets are available at the Theatre Department Web site or by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Jan. 27: Good Thunder novelists

Ru FreemanReif Larsen

First-time novelists Ru Freeman and Reif Larsen will be featured Thursday, Jan. 27. Freeman and Larsen will meet with community writers in a morning question-answer session, and will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM.

At 3 p.m. they will lead a discussion about writing in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union. And at 7:30 p.m. they will read from their published work in Centennial Student Union Room 253. All events are free and open to the public.

Freeman’s creative work, nominated for the “Best New American Voices” anthologies in 2006 and 2008, has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Story Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, WriteCorner Press, Kaduwa and other publications. Her debut novel, A Disobedient Girl, will be published in English, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and Hebrew.

Larsen’s first novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, is being published in 29 countries. It was a New York Times bestseller, a 2010 Montana Honor book, a Border’s Original Voices Finalist and an IndieBound Award Finalist, and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

An interview with the writers, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on KMSU, will air Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m.

Jan. 28: Women, girls in sports

National Girls and Women in Sports Day logo

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate National Women and Girls in Sports day with the championship Maverick women’s basketball team Friday, Jan. 28, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. and the women’s basketball game against Winona at 6 p.m.

Light refreshments will be available, and several special guests will be on hand. The event is co-sponsored by the Hoops Club and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Costs for game ticket and reception are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (17 and under), and $5 for the reception only. Those interested may register by Wednesday, Jan. 26, at or by calling (507) 389-3235.

Jan. 30: InPulse a cappella

A cappella group InPulse logo

Award-winning a cappella group InPulse will perform Sunday, Jan. 30, showcasing a multitude of genres, from pop to rock, country to hip hop, and jazz to R&B.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The four-member vocal band performs entirely without instruments. InPulse has toured nationally since the band’s launch in 2003.

The group traces its origins to the St. Olaf College Limestones, a student a cappella group with classical training. The group now works to create a sound featuring stunning solos, harmonious blends and driving rhythms.

Matt McDonald, baritone of the group and native of Sydney, Australia, calls the sound “a pop feel infused with classic training and old-school doo-wop.”

InPulse was named grand champion of the 2004 Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes, and has sold more than 25,000 copies of three albums. The group also strives to educate high school students about a cappella music through the InPulse Educational Outreach.

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

Jan. 31: Employee recognition

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the annual employee recognition event Monday, Jan. 31, from 9-10:30 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom. President Richard Davenport will present service awards at 9:45 a.m.

The event, sponsored by the Employee Recognition Committee, will honor years of service of faculty and staff members.

Jan. 31: Friendship Family sign-up

National Girls and Women in Sports Day logo

The deadline for faculty and staff to sign up as Friendship Family representatives for international students is Monday, Jan. 31. Contact between Friendship Families and international students begins early next month.

A Friendship Family agrees to meet with an international student at least twice a semester. The family may share meals, customs or activities with their guest as an introduction to the American way of life and a way to help the student feel more comfortable while in Mankato.

Friendship Families do not provide home stays for their guests, and there are no monetary obligations for families who participate.

Those who have questions or who would like to sign up should contact Cita Maignes (Kearney International Center) at (507) 389-6592. More information is available at, or on Facebook at!/group.php?gid=148018678353.

Feb. 1: Construction showcase

More than 100 students and 50 industry representatives are expected at the Construction Products Showcase Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event is being coordinated by the Construction Management Department.

Exhibits will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seminars starting at 10 a.m. will include "Designing with Solid Surfaces" by Sarah Elliott of LG Hausys America; "Environmental Issues" by Chris Anderson of USG Building Systems; "Selective Coatings" by Ken Modeen of Marvin Windows and Doors; and "Windows in Sustainable Design" by Jay Sandgren of Andersen Windows.

Feb 1, 2: Disability access

Disability access expert Jane Jarrow will present sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 1 and 2, explaining how faculty can ensure that online and digital curriculum is accessible to students with disabilities.

Jarrow, president of Disability Access Information and Support and Disability Compliance in Career and Online Learning, will conduct two duplicate sessions: Feb. 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, and Feb. 2 from 8-9:30 a.m. in Armstrong Hall 101.

Jarrow was a full-time faculty member at Ohio State University in speech/language pathology for seven years before serving as executive director for the Association on Higher Education and Disability from 1982-1996.

Faculty, staff and administrators may register for the workshops at

Feb. 2: Investment misconceptions

Ryan McKeown will explain common misconceptions about investing and risk on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 12 p.m. in AH 233.

McKeown, a certified public accountant and certified financial planner, also will discuss how to link investments to financial goals and personal values.

Feb. 3: Vietnamese New Year

More than three decades of Vietnamese-American presence at Minnesota State Mankato will be celebrated at TET, the Vietnamese New Year, Thursday, Feb. 3, on campus.

The celebration, sponsored by the Vietnamese-American Student Association, will be from 6-9 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. It will include a display of Vietnamese art, a fashion show, a dance, entertainment, dinner and discussions.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Traveling Back to Vietnam,” conveying what it means to be Vietnamese-American. Those who want more information may go to

James Huy Bao, founder and executive director of OneVietnam Network, will present the keynote speech. Bao was born in Vietnam and moved to the Bay Area when he was 9, attending the University of California, Berkeley. His year-old OneVietnam Network is the largest Vietnamese-American network. Those who want more information may click on

Tickets for the celebration are available at the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Those who have questions may contact Tuan Pham, president of the Vietnamese-American Student Association, at or (763) 227-6082.

Feb. 3, 4: Dental clinic


The Dental Education Department and area dental professionals will join a statewide effort to provide free dental care to area children on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 and 4.

The Dental Education Department will provide free dental care to children on Feb. 3 from 2-9 p.m. and Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dental clinic is in the lower level of Morris Hall. Those interested in scheduling an appointment may call the dental clinic at 389-2147.

The effort stems from concern about a growing number of children who don't get needed dental care.

Patients seeking appointments for cleanings, X-rays, exams and sealants should be under age 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minnesota State Mankato also will offer free dental exams and X-rays for adults on Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. Patients may call (507) 389-2147 to schedule an appointment.

Feb. 11: Asian Pacific proposals

Proposals are being accepted for possible presentations at the 2011 Asian Pacific American Conference on campus March 25 and 26. Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, Feb. 11.

The conference, "Breaking Barriers, Creating Pathways for Future Generations," will explore the educational experiences of Asian-American and Pacific Islander students, and will identify ideas and practices about access, barriers, opportunities and educational successes.

The annual conference is a partnership between the Asian American Pacific Islander affairs program and recognized student organizations. It is intended to be a forum for practitioner and professional discussion of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage and current issues, and as means of stimulating student leadership, networking and community service.

Those who wish to submit a proposal should contact Christopher Tran (Multicultural Affairs) at Those who want more conference information may click on

Feb. 14: Necessity of sleep

Sleeping woman

An interactive presentation about sleep will be presented by Lori Marti (Student Health Services) Monday, Feb. 14, at noon in Centennial Student Union 201.

The program will explain answers to puzzling questions about sleep and the need for eight hours of sleep, and will include a drawing for prizes.

Feb. 15: Bullying panel discussion

Fight cellphone recording

A panel will discuss “Exploring the Culture of Bullying” as the Truman Wood Memorial Alumni Lecture Saturday, Feb. 15, sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board.

The discussion, free and open to the public, will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The panel will talk about workplace bullying, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bullying, school-age bullying and adolescent concerns.

Panelists will include Jessica Flatequal (LGBT Center), Joshua Lego of the St. Paul Police Department, Walter Roberts (Counseling & Student Personnel) and graduate student Joshua Maudrie. Susan Taylor (University Advancement) will moderate.

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Feb. 18: Night at Mount Kato

Faculty and staff and their families are invited to the second annual Night at Mount Kato, Friday, Feb. 18, for skiing, snowboarding, snowblading and tubing. The event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Committee.

Skiing, snowboarding and snowblading will take place from 4-10 p.m. and tubing will be from 5-10 p.m.

Costs are: $16 for lift passes; $16 for ski or snowboard rental; $3 for beginner ski lessons (ages 7and up); $32 for snowblade rental; $13 for two hours of tubing; and $15 for three hours of tubing. Those interested in participating are asked to reserve equipment and lessons in advance at or by calling (507) 389-3235 by Feb. 15.

Bike donations sought

Bike picture

A bike share program to assist international students who have no means of transportation has been organized by the Friendship Family Program Advisory Committee, and the committee is seeking donated bicycles.

The program will loan bicycles to Friendship Family student members. Usable bikes can be donated by contacting Cita Maignes (Kearney International Center) at or (507) 389-1281. A Bike Share Program Application is at

Microsoft Office

Faculty and staff may purchase Microsoft Office for personal computer use for $9.99, according to Information & Technology Services.

Those who want more information or to order the software should go to

Faculty/Staff achievements

Henry Morris (Institutional Diversity) and Lupe Quintero (Institutional Diversity) have been selected as readers for the 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars application evaluation process (“The Read”). Henry and Lupe will travel to San Francisco Feb. 21 through Feb. 25 to take part in The Read.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented two days of workshops on course design and active learning strategies for 80 faculty at Mid-Plaine Community College, North Platte, Nebr., early this month. He also presented an all-day workshop for 30 faculty at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

Gerald Schneck (Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services) will serve as a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, in April. He will present a seminar on forensic vocational rehabilitation for faculty, graduate students and professionals. Gerald developed and heads the post-master’s forensic vocational rehabilitation certificate program, the first higher education program of its kind.

Rick Straka (Finance & Administration) has been appointed convener for the Resource Budget Planning Academy of the Society for College & University Planning starting in July until July 2013. He will serve as associate convener until July.

Student achievements

Joe Cherney (President, Lambda Chi Alpha) and Christina Miller (Vice President, Sigma Sigma Sigma) were recently selected as interns by the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values. Joe will serve at a conference in Los Angeles in April and Christina will serve at a conference in St. Louis in February.


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 Feb. 9; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Feb. 4).

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.