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February 9, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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President Richard Davenport and honored employees

202 honored for 3,025 years of service

Two hundred two employees were honored for 3,025 years of service at the annual service recognition event sponsored by the Employee Recognition Committee.

Nine employees led the list of honorees with 40 years of service each to the university: Diana Bradenburg (Accounting & Business Law), David Cowan (Facilities Services), Michael Fagin (Ethnic Studies), Gerald Holmes (Building Services), Jayne Larsen (Institutional Diversity), Kristine Norland (Career Development Center), Bruce Raps (Business Services), Cheryl Temple (Academic Affairs) and Steven Vassar (Sociology & Corrections). Three others were honored for 35 years of service: Georgia Jackson (Building Services), Karen Radermacher (Biological Sciences) and Brenda Skramstad (Student Health Services).

A complete list of honorees can be found on the Employee Recognition Web site.

Athletics earns national NCA award

Floor decal - Don't Cross the Line

The Department of Athletics' floor decal "Don't Cross the Line" last month won the overall national NCAA Division II Game-Environment of Excellence Award.

The "Don't Cross the Line" concept was first selected as the conference award winner and advanced to the national competition. The staff at Minnesota State Mankato, led by Kevin Buisman (Athletics), developed a floor decal that resembled crime-scene tape and labeled it “Don’t Cross the Line/Help Us Promote a Positive Game Environment.”Because of the decal's success at Minnesota State Mankato, the NCAA provided modified versions of the decal to all Division II members and conferences. "Don't Cross the Line" signs for use on fields and in stands also are available for purchase.

'One Minute Clinic': national gold

'One Minute Clinic'

“Academic Success in Seconds: One Minute Clinics at Minnesota State University Mankato” was selected as a national gold medal honoree in the 2010 NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education awards.

The program, conducted in the lobby area of Gage Residence Community three days each week, gives residents instant academic assistance from upper-classmen “Maverick Mentors.” The program incorporates partnerships with First Year Experience, Memorial Library, Center for Academic Success, Career Development Center, Student Support Services, and Disability Services to create strong connections to on-campus resources. During the current academic year, an average of 309 students per week use the program.

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Residential Life developed “One Minute Clinic” in 2009 under the direction of Academic Programming Coordinator Alisa Dean, Gage Area Director Kenney White and 12 student mentors. The program will be displayed at the NASPA Annual Conference in March, and participants have been invited to a recognition event at the conference.

'The Odyssey' tops awards

'The Odyssey'

Minnesota State Mankato’s presentation of its production of “The Odyssey” won more certificates of merit than any other production at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January. The event was at Iowa State University and included more than 200 productions from 78 colleges and universities from the seven-state region, including Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Missouri.

A certificate of merit was awarded to the entire cast for Ensemble Acting, to Tom Bliese (Theatre & Dance Emeritus) for Set Design, Steve Smith (Theatre & Dance) for Lighting Design, Mike Croswell (guest artist) for Sound Design, David McCarl (Theatre & Dance) for Mask Design, Matthew A. Gilbertson (senior BFA Design/Tech) for Stage Management and to Paul J. Hustoles (Theatre & Dance) for Direction. The production was held for consideration for possible inclusion in the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April.

Clayton Rutschow (senior, BFA Acting) was first alternate in the prestigious Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. He was partnered by recent alumnae Meredith Larson (BFA Acting).

Five other students advanced to the semifinal round of the Ryan Scholarship competition: Anthony DePoto (2nd Year MFA Acting) partnered by Natalie Schleusner (senior BFA Musical Theatre); Sara Pillatski-Warzeha (2nd Year MFA Acting) partnered by Tim Gagne (senior BS Generalist/Mass Communications); Joseph B. Crook (senior BFA Acting) partnered by Emily Jansen (sophomore BFA Musical Theatre); Dustin Jackson (junior BFA Acting) partnered by Emma Ottoson (junior BFA Musical Theatre); J. Alexander Coe (senior BFA Musical Theatre) partnered by Lauren Mikeal Parsons (2nd Year MFA Musical Theatre), who also won Best Partner in the Semifinal Round. Minnesota State Mankato had a total of 13 students compete for the Ryan Scholarship.

Matthew A. Gilbertson also won the National Stage Management Fellowship for Region V and will attended to the national festival in Washington, D.C. Kaija Pellinen (senior BA Theatre Generalist) took first in Theatre Dramaturgy for “Woyzeck.” Faculty member David McCarl’s costumes for “Chicago” were invited to participate in the annual Costume Parade.

Two previous Minnesota State Mankato productions also received KCACTF commendations, including Achievement in Costume Design for “42nd Street” and to David McCarl and Megan Grededsky (MFA Directing alumnae) for Assistant Direction and Dramaturgy for “Twelfth Night.”

$492,000 in grants, contracts

More than $492,000 in new grants and contracts have been reported in the last three months by faculty and staff, according to the latest reports from the Research & Sponsored Programs Office. Projects include:

  • Mike Nolan (Small Business Development Center), $200,000 from the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, for the center;

  • Judy Evans (Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence), $150,000 from 3M for Project Lead the Way;

  • Ron Schirmer (Anthropology), $38,500 from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council for MIAC Connections;

  • Andrea Lassiter (Psychology) and the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, $29,500 from American Foods Groups, LLC, for American Foods Group validation;

  • Daniel Sachau (Psychology) and the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, $15,000 from CatalystRx for the CatalystRx satisfaction survey; $8,750 from Atrain GmBh for the Atrain SJT studies; and $4,500 from the U.S. Department of Labor for the Riverland Community College nursing assistant program assessment;

  • Lisa Perez (Psychology) and the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, $22,000 from Minnesota State for the PSM feasibility study;

  • Bill Wagner (Sociology & Corrections), $15,000 from the Fifth Judicial District for the Fifth Judicial District task force;

  • Dale Haefner (Music), $4,900 from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Series;

  • John Knox (CSET), $4,350 from the Minnesota State Foundation for the Sloan Grant PSM Project;

  • Jodi Malecha (Children's House), $2127 from Southern District Childcare Resource and Referral, for school-age child services.

Two new TV spots

Two new 30-second TV spots and three spots from last fall will begin airing Monday, Feb. 14, on late-evening newscasts of WCCO-TV and KARE-11, the two dominant television stations in the Twin Cities. Knit together by the theme of "Big ideas, Real-world thinking," the spots will run for five weeks.

The ads from last fall feature Yessica Santana (Multicultural Affairs), music undergraduates Samantha McCune and Benjamin Wagner, and Jules Nolan (school psychology doctoral candidate). The new spots focus on Cindra Kamphoff (Human Performance) and Scott Loscheider (7700 France MBA candidate).

Water Resource Center documentary

'One Minute Clinic'

Over the last several months the Water Resource Center has sponsored and assisted with production of a documentary on the Minnesota River and its geology, geography and impact, in cooperation with Ron Schara Productions.

The documentary, which shows Minnesota State Mankato as a lead sponsor, is scheduled to air on KARE 11 around Earth Day, April 22.

Sponsors have supplied more than $70,000 to center to fund a complete redesign of the Minnesota River Basin Data Center website, which is hosted by the center.

More information about the project is contained in a three-minute video clip at the bottom of

Student Health Services logo

Flu shots still available

Student Health Services is sporadically seeing influenza at Minnesota State Mankato, and recommends that faculty and staff members get the vaccine for this flu season.

Student Health Services recently saw a flu patient who, on the fourth day of illness, had a temperature of nearly 101°F.

There are no medicines for most viral illnesses, but there is a vaccine for the flu. Student Health Services still has flu vaccine available.

Many insurance companies cover the cost of the vaccine. Employees may call the customer service number listed on their insurance cards to find out if the cost of the flu vaccine is covered. They can schedule a vaccination by calling Student Health Services Medical Clinic at (507) 389-6276. Without insurance, the cost of the shot is $20.

Food Science Career Day

The Food Science Technology program (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Family & Consumer Science) hosted the 2011 FFA Food Science Career Day event in January.

Fourteen teams of high school students participated in the event, with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA taking top honors.

CSET faculty who participated as judges included Tim Secott, Gregg Marg, Mary Hadley and Pat Rambo. Dorothy Wrigley and Joy Bond (Family & Consumer Science) organized the event.

Robotics competition kick-off

First Robotics Competition logo

More than 100 high school students from various high schools in the region were on campus recently for CSET's kick-off event for the FIRST Robotics Competition. The event was in the Centennial Student Union and included motivational remarks from John Knox (CSET) and Acting Vice President Anne Blackhurst, as well as a webcast concerning the details of the competition rules this year.

Parts were distributed to the teams so they could begin building their robots. The competition begins in a few weeks.

Student film auditions

Theatre masks

Film production faculty member Ashkan Soltani is seeking actors of all ages and types for roles in student films.

Auditions will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 232.

Each of the auditions will last 15 minutes and will be recorded. Ashkan says participants should bring their resumes and a short monologue to perform.

Film production students will watch the auditions and will select actors to cast in their film projects. The students also will use the actors’ resumes for a book listing potential Mankato-area actors.

Those who want more information about the event may click on Those who wish to register for an audition should e-mail or call (507) 389-1628.

MavDISK problems resolved

MavDISK screenshot

Most faculty, staff and students who've not been able to access the MavDISK through the Virtual Private Network browser can breathe a sigh of relief: Information Technology has resolved the problem.

To access MavDISK from anywhere on the Internet:

  • Go to

  • Log in and click “Browse Networks.”

  • Select "MavDISK personal folders," "department folders," "course folders," "software folder" or "MSU share."

The MavDISK Software installation folder is separate (MavDISK\Software) rather than a subfolder.

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and below cannot connect to MavDISK. Those systems should be upgraded to a newer OS X. Discount academic prices for software are available at the Campus Computer Store.

Foreign travel procedures

System travel procedures have been expanded to address travel to countries or regions under travel warnings. The new procedures:

  • Generally prohibit travel to areas under travel warnings;

  • Require participants in system-related travel to stay informed about travel warnings and other indicators of health or safety risks in areas of international travel is planned or occurring;

  • Require system employees who are organizing or leading study abroad travel to regularly monitor travel safety information up to the date of departure; and to immediately inform the Office of the Chancellor when a travel warning is issued for the destination;

  • Requires a student who participates in an education abroad opportunity to a travel warning area to take a leave of absence from the institution; and

  • Points out that students on leave of absence from a system institution are not eligible for financial aid.

Feb. 8-11: Good Thunder

Indiana fiction writer Patricia HenleyOregon poet Carlos Reyes

The Good Thunder Reading Series continues its spring semester programming with Indiana fiction writer Patricia Henley and Oregon poet Carlos Reyes in the four-day Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency.

The visit began Tuesday, Feb. 8, and extends through Friday, Feb. 11. The writers will lead prose and poetry writing workshops each morning from 10-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Rooms 202 and 203. During the week they will meet with individual writers in the community and with high school students and other groups. They will lead a discussion on the craft of writing on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. They also will read from their published work on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253. All events are free and open to the public.

Henley's first novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the New Yorker Fiction Prize. She has also published the novel In the River Sweet and the story collections Friday Night at Silver Star, The Secret of Cartwheels, and Worship of the Common Heart.

Reyes is a poet and translator who's most recent book is The Book of Shadows. He has had fellowships to Yaddo and the Fundación Valparaíso, and recently was poet-in-residence at the Lost Horse Ranger Station in the Joshua Tree National Park.

An interview with the writers, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air Thursday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m.

Feb. 11: Conference proposals

Asian Pacific American Conference 2011 logo

Proposals are being accepted for presentations at the 2011 Asian Pacific American Conference 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 information may go to

Feb. 11-12: 'Vagina Monologues'

The play 'Vagina Monologues'

The 10th annual benefit production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12.

The play – a collection of monologues taken from the real-life experiences of women throughout the world – will be at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. It is sponsored by the Women’s Center and is part of the V-Day College Campaign to end violence against women and girls.

The production is intended to bring awareness to issues surrounding women’s fight for social justice. Playwright and activist Ensler interviewed women of all races, religions and locations, and in her script recounts their relationships, lives and experiences. Ensler interviews more women and adds new material each year.

This year’s performances will benefit the women and girls of Haiti, with proceeds aiding women in Haiti who are affected by sexual violence.

The event is co-sponsored by Asian American Affairs, Residential Life and the Nontraditional Student Center, as well as by the Coffee Hag, Pub 500, the Smitten Kitten and YWCA-Mankato.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for all others, and are on sale online at or in the Women’s Center, Centennial Student Union Room 218.

Those who want more information may contact Lauren Pilnick (Women’s Center) at (507) 389-5127 or

Feb. 13: Chiarina Piano Quartet

A man playing on a piano

The Chiarina Piano Quartet will perform in the Elias J. Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. The program includes the Schumann Piano Quartet and the Brahms G Minor Piano Quartet.

The quartet includes David Viscoli (Piano Studies), joined by Mary Horozaniecki, violin; Nancy Nehring, viola; and Mark Rudoff, cello.

David applied for and received an Andreas Creative and Research Faculty Grant for this project. (The grant is awarded annually to one member of each department in the College of Arts & Humanities.) He spent the majority of last summer rehearsing the two quartets, and suggested the other three musicians as part of the grant.

Concert admission is $12 for general admission and $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Feb. 14: Necessity of sleep

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: Study abroad fair


The Spring Study Abroad Fair will be Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mav Ave in the Centennial Student Union. Representatives from colleges and departments and more than 15 organizations will showcase their study abroad programs and talk with interested students.

The fair will highlight a wide variety of international study opportunities available to students. Departments will promote both short-term and semester-long programs.

After the fair, students may contact the Kearney International Center to explore programs abroad that will complement their degrees.

The Kearney International Center will host a panel on summer internships abroad at 2:15 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201. The panel will include speakers from study abroad providers and representatives from the Career Development Center.

Feb. 15: Red Cross

American Red Cross logo

Students, faculty, staff and the public may donate blood during a Red Cross Bloodmobile event Tuesday, Feb. 15.

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 and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins also are welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Upward Bound and the Maverick volleyball team.

Feb 15: Bullying discussion

Bullying discussion

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.

Feb. 15: Undergraduate Research

Abstracts and applications to present at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference April 4-5 are due Tuesday, Feb. 15. Students may choose to present their research during an oral or poster presentation, exhibition or performance.

Those who want more information may go to or may contact graduate assistant Ashley Brenke, 389-1706.

Feb. 16: Research presentation

Dan Cronn-Mills

Dan Cronn-Mills (Communication Studies) will present his research talk "Religious misperception: The Case of Muslims and Christians in France and Britain" on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at noon.

The talk is based on Dan's research last summer as the recipient of the Department of Communication Studies' Nadine B. Andreas Creative or Research Faculty Grant.

The talk will be in Centennial Student Union Room 201. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

Feb. 17-27: 'Dracula'

'Dracula' play by Heather E. Hamilton

Theatre & Dance will present the premier adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” as the next Mainstage season production in the Ted Paul Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17-19 and 24-26, with 2 p.m. matinees Feb. 20, 26 and 27.

“Dracula” is a 1924 stage play adapted by Hamilton Deane and substantially revised for American audiences by John L. Balderston in 1927. It was the first adaptation of the novel authorized by Stoker's widow and has influenced many subsequent adaptations. That first Broadway production starred Bela Lugosi, who then made a career of it. Minnesota State Mankato presented “Dracula” in 1983 and 1998.

“Dracula” is directed by Heather E. Hamilton (Theatre & Dance). The role of “Count Dracula” is played by Dustin Guy Jackson (junior BFA Acting). Abraham Van Helsing is played by Anthony DePoto (second-year MFA Acting). Scenic design is by Katie Phillips (senior BFA Design/Technology).

Individual tickets for “Dracula” are $14.50 regular; $13 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under, and groups of 15 or more; and $10 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at, or by visiting or calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, at (507) 389-6661.

Mount Kato logo

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.

Feb. 23-26: Pan African Conference

Pan African Conference logo

Building student leadership and encouraging discussion about issues that affect African people is the goal of the 35th Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference, Feb. 23-26.

“Finding common ground to build unity and respect in Pan African communities” is the conference theme. Workshops and concurrent sessions will let scholars, students, professionals and community members present research and express perspectives on African-American educational, socio-cultural and political issues.

The conference will begin with a Feb. 23 opening session at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union. A Feb. 23 pre-conference observing the annual Somali Cultural Day will include Sudanese history and culture discussions and Anuak history presentations.

Keynote speaker is Abdullahi Abdullahi, founder and president of the Somali American Student Union.

Other speakers and breakout session leaders include Chike Akua, one of Ebony magazine’s “50 Leaders of Tomorrow” and a former teacher of the year; Kenn Stanton, curator of the North American Black Historical Museum at Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada; Twin Cities community organizer Spike Moss; Minnesota State Rep. Jeffrey Hayden; lecturer, writer and commentator Mahmoud El-Kati; actress and writer Trena Bolden Fields; Region Nine Executive Director Reggie Edwards; program organizer Obie Kipper, Jr.; Rev. Jerry McAfee; and author Mary Whitney.

Additional workshops by faculty and staff members, and student panels will address contemporary issues facing Pan-African youth. Students will present papers on several topics, including health, black women in leadership, blacks in higher education and business, faith communities and student leadership.

Friday will be African Dress Day, and the conference will culminate Saturday evening with a talent celebration and ceremony.

The conference was founded in 1977 by Michael Fagin (Ethnic Studies), with support from Macalester College faculty member Mahmoud El-Kati and southern Minnesota community leaders. The event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Those who want more information may visit

Feb. 25: Status of Women projects

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women seeks submissions for three projects of the year: undergraduate student, graduate student and faculty/staff member, recognizing excellence in creative and/or research-based work pertaining to women and/or gender-related issues. Deadlines for submissions are Friday, Feb. 25.

Award recipients are honored at the Women of Courage and Vision Awards Reception and receive $350 cash awards.

Those who wish to apply may go to, sending a brief reflection addressing the significance of the project and its relevance to women.

The President's Commission on the Status of Women also seeks applications for Research and Professional Development Grants. The grants are stipends of up to $500 to students and employees to conduct research or to attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender related issues.

The deadline for grant proposals is Friday, March 4. Those who wish to apply should visit

March 1: Professional improvement

Applications for ASF Professional Improvement Funds for the project period of Apr. 1 through June 30 are being accepted. ASF members may apply for up to $650 of grants. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Human Resources website at /hr/forms/pif_guidlines.pdf. Application deadline is March 1.

All completed application forms need to be filed at Human Resources, WA 336, no later than Mar. 1, 2011. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The president must approve all out-of-state travel requests, regardless of funding source. Those who have questions may contact Diane Roggow (Human Resources) at (507) 389-2016.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Rebecca Bates' (Computer Science) paper "Implementing Social Learning Strategies: Team Testing" has been awarded both the American Society for Engineering Education North Midwest section best paper award and the Zone III best paper award. It will be presented at the society's national conference in June.

Rebecca Bates (Computer Science) presented a poster on "Professional Development Gateways in Social Learning Settings" at the National Science Foundation's CCLI/TUES Principal Investigators Conference in January.

Kitty Foord, Jean Haar and Darla Paul Dona (College of Education) presented “Measuring Impact in Effective Professional Learning Communities” at the Learning Forward National Conference in December in Atlanta, Ga.

Furman Haddix's (Computer Science) paper, "Trade-offs in Token Ring Systems," has been accepted for presentation at an international conference for parallel computing in electrical engineering to be held April 3-7 at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK.

Mary HadleyJeffrey R. Pribyl, Patricia L. Rambo (Chemistry & Geology) and John Kaliski (Management) presented a poster “Use of Guided Inquiry with Incorporation of Tablet PCs” at the Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM: Making and Measuring Impacts Principal Investigators Conference in January in Washington, D.C.

Tom Inglot's (Political Science) book “Welfare States in East-Central Europe, 1919-2004," was published in Warsaw, Poland at the end of last year as a Polish language version. The publication was financed by the European Union Social and Higher Education Development Fund. The book will be distributed free of charge to university libraries, faculty and students in Poland – courtesy of the European Union.

Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) is presenting a paper, “The search for Sample X: He and Ne in 'blank' aerogel from Stardust cells,” at Timber Cove III, a conference on astronomy, cosmochemistry and astromaterials science, in Timber Cove, Calif., this month. He also will be a co-author of another presentation, “Evidence in He and Ne isotopes for presolar grains from novae in IDPs from the Grigg-Skjellerup and Tempel-Tuttle collections.”

A paper on Concurrent Engineering co-authored by Shekhar Patil (Construction Management) has been accepted for publication in the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. The paper is based on research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Patrick Sexton (Athletic Training) recently published “Logical Fallacies and Clinical Decision-Making Issues: Assumptions Made in the Absence of Evidence” in the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy.

Chris Ruhland (Biological Sciences) presented “Effects of climate manipulations on the production and decomposition of Antarctic vascular plants” recently at the annual meeting of the New Zealand Ecological Society at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) presented two talks at the Minnesota Government IT Symposium: "The Art of War Version 2.0 - Sun Tzu vs. the Hackers" and "How to Win Twitter Friends and Influence People."

Student partner projects

Suzannah Armentrout's (Sport Management) class is working on two unique projects for two partner organizations: the Greater Mankato Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Campus Recreation.

Students in the class will conduct actual market research for the Minnesota Senior Games that will be held in Mankato in 2011 and 2012. The students also will work with Campus Recreation to determine if an outdoor recreation program should be pursued by the university.

Greeks: 'Pie for Pi'

MSU Greeks logo

Remember pi – that magical 3.14 number that solves many of life’s mysteries? For the Greek community, pi – when it equals a semester grade point average of 3.14 or better – earns students a slice of pie.

In its fourth semester at Minnesota State Mankato, the Pie for Pi program awards academic achievement among the university’s seven fraternities and four sororities. On Jan. 25, 143 Greek Life students enjoyed their pie for fall semester GPA scores at the monthly All-Greek meeting in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium.

Among fall semester Greek scholars, 74 members reached the Dean’s List (3.5 or higher) and 15 members achieved a 4.0 GPA for Fall Semester 2010.

Student Achievements

Katie Groskreutz (Mathematics) presented her research "Classification of Childhood Cancer Subtypes from Microarray Data" at the 13th Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics in Lincoln, Neb., in January.

Adam Nelson, Tory Schmidtke, Katie Freier, Trevor Hohertz, Xe Yang, Ben Dam and Leah Roue (Construction Management) recently participated in the NAHB 2011 competition in Orlando, Florida. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal.

On Jan. 30, 15 junior and senior athletic training majors attended the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Student Clinical Symposium in St. Cloud. The students also participated in the annual student quiz bowl.


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. 23; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Feb. 18).

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.