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March 16, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Handball team

Handball team: Another national title

The student handball team won its second consecutive United States Handball Association Combined Men’s and Women’s Division II championship and its first Men’s Division II championship at the association’s 59th Collegiate National Championships in February.

In competition at Arizona State University, the team defeated Michigan State 2,735-2,556 in the combined, and claimed the men’s Division II title over Stony Brook 1,352-1,342 -- the closest margin in recent history. The Minnesota State Mankato women’s team finished third behind Michigan State and Western Washington University.

Matt Callanan was Minnesota State Mankato’s sole individual national champion, winning the men's B. The team also had two runners-up: Brad Jernberg in the men’s challenger division and Brooke Minnehan in the women’s B. Matt Nordahl was a semifinalist in the men’s A, and Josh Hoflock and Tikhon Esaulenko were both semifinalists in the men’s challenger division.

Other members of the national championship team, led by faculty member and head coach Mike Wells (Information Systems & Technology) and assistant coaches Lee Cornell (Information Systems & Technology) and John Stoffel: Joe Nordahl, Becky Cole, Bill Lundblad, Ahren Backman, Josh Hoff, Matt Larson, Glenn Oslin, Bob Quinn, Brittany Stadther, Dena Craig, Billy Craig, Rodney Piepho, Andrew Schneider, Josh Hoflock, Ashley Larson, Zach Lincoln, Kate Quiram and Aaron Grimmer.

The team is planning for next year’s tournament and is always looking for new members. Those who want more information may contact Mike Wells at

'Odyssey': National honors

'Odyssey' performanceThe Department of Theatre & Dance’s production of “The Odyssey” has been honored as one of four productions from throughout the nation chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 21.

“The Odyssey,” written and first directed by Mary Zimmerman, is directed by Paul J. Hustoles (Theatre & Dance), is the first Minnesota State Mankato production staged at the Kennedy Center since 1976, when “Round Trip Ticket” was invited. After its original run in November, “The Odyssey” was presented at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Iowa State University. The festival's national selection team picked the show for the Washington, D.C., venue.

It was chosen from the nearly 200 productions presented at the regional festival.

The production team includes faculty emeritus Tom Bliese as scenic designer, masters in music graduate Michael Croswell as music composer and performer, and Theatre & Dance faculty members Steven Smith, lighting, and David McCarl, costumes.

Clayton Oliver Rutschow, an Irene Ryan nominee for his role as “Nick" in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, portrays the title character. At the Region V Festival in Ames, he was a finalist and finished as first alternate to compete in Washington, D.C.

Other Irene Ryan nominees from the last year who are in the cast are Joseph B. Crook, Dustin Jackson and Deanne McDonald, nominated from “The Odyssey”; Laura Otremba (“Chicago”); Kim Steffen and Megan Volkman-Wilson (“42nd Street”); David Wasylik and Anthony DePoto (“On the Razzle”); and J. Alexander Coe (“Twelfth Night”).

Local audiences will get another opportunity to view the award-winning production on Monday, April 18, when it will be staged in Ted Paul Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Cost for tickets is $10, available online at or at the Theatre & Dance Box Office (507-389-6661) from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

To accommodate rehearsal time for “The Odyssey,” the schedules of two remaining productions are changed. For “The Producers,” the 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, performances are canceled. The show will close with the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, performance. The final Studio show, “Frozen,” will be pushed back several days and presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, through Wednesday, April 27, in Andreas Theatre.

Those with tickets purchased for the originally scheduled shows will be offered substitute tickets.

Men's basketball: Elite Eight

Mavericks Men's basketballThe men’s basketball team, coached by Matt Mergenthaler, is headed for the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II tournament after defeating Fort Lewis College 81-63 in the regional finals in Taylor Center.

The Mavericks advance to the Elite Eight tournament on Wednesday, March 23, in Springfield, Mass., where they will face Alabama Huntsville at 2:30 p.m. (EDT).

Some 3,926 fans attended the Minnesota State Mankato-Fort Lewis game -- the sixth-largest crowd in Taylor Center history.

Jefferson Mason was tournament MVP, pacing the Mavericks with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Cameron Hodges and Marcus Hill also earned all-tournament honors.

For the Intercollegiate Athletics news release, click on To view game stats, go to's_Basketball/2010/reg7.htm.

New residence hall

New residence hall mapFences recently were erected in preparation for construction of a new, 118,000-square-foot, semi-suite-style residence hall next to McElroy Residence Community.

The four-story facility will accommodate 300 students when completed in 2012. It will be part of the university’s strategic priority for a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly campus, connected by classrooms, the First Year Experience office and gathering spaces.

Because of the construction, parking changes are in effect in the “horseshoe” lots in front of McElroy and Crawford. Health Services parking permits will be issued at the Crawford desk. Motorcycle parking will move to the front of McElroy.

A map of pedestrian access routes is on the Residential Life website at

Lot 13 has been relocated, and green-permit holders may exchange their permits.

Ballroom renovation

BallroomConstruction started this month on a $4.5-million renovation that will provide the Centennial Student Union Ballroom with cutting-edge lighting and technology. The renovation also includes new high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and a new roof.

The renovation is scheduled to be finished before Homecoming.

Dark wood wall accents and the “moon-crater” ceiling will be replaced by energy efficient lighting and walls that double as viewing screens for 17 digital projectors. Lighting improvements include high-efficiency, high-intensity metal halide lights and dimmable halogen lamps. Walls will be accented by LED lighting that will change with audio and video.

The ballroom’s parquet wood floor will be refinished, according to Scott Hagebak (Centennial Student Union). New retractable walls with enhanced sound barriers will allow the ballroom to be divided into three soundproof sections. The projection room will be converted to a glass control room.

The exterior wall will be faced with Minnesota kasota stone, and the back lobby wall will feature three interactive information stations to tell the “Big ideas, real-world thinking” story. A new multifunction space will serve as ticket booth and concessions and staging area.

The Ballroom is the only part of Centennial Student Union that is unaltered from its 1967 design.
No state-appropriated money is being used for the $4.5-million project.

The CSU, operated with student fees and generated revenue, is partially funding the renovation through a $2.5-million revenue bond. The remainder is being funded through CSU savings, according to Laurie Woodward (Centennial Student Union).

To accommodate the renovation, CSU administrative offices and the Women’s Center will be relocated to Conference Rooms 201-204.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center for south central Minnesota has joined Minnesota State Mankato, becoming the state’s newest university-based advisor to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The grant-funded, not-for-profit center, directed by Michael Nolan, last month moved its headquarters to the Alumni Foundation Center. Mike and Program Manager Julie Nelson staff the center’s headquarters office.

“The new Small Business Development Center partnership will strengthen our role in regional economic development,” said President Richard Davenport.

The center will be a vital support service for other campus departments and centers, added Bob Hoffman (Strategic Business, Education & Regional Partnerships). The affiliation also will provide center with a cadre of business student interns and volunteers who can conduct research for center clients, and faculty who can advise business owners about marketing, finance and management.

Until recently the center was hosted by the Region Nine Development Commission. Region Nine will continue to be the program’s lead funding and business development partner, and South Central College, the North Mankato Port Authority, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., the Workforce Center and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation will continue to be collaborators.

Forty-one funding partners provide support to the organization, ranging from small cities and county governments to economic development agencies and financial institutions.

The center provides professional services at no cost to pre-venture, emerging and established business owners. Services include readiness assessment counseling for those hoping to convert an idea to reality; strategic realignment advice for businesses that need to change direction; and long-term growth strategizing for established businesses.

Small business owners may contact the center by calling (507) 389-8875.

Distinguished Alumni Awardees

Nine alumni -- including David Cowan (Facilities Services) and Walt Wolff (Student Affairs emeritus) -- have been named 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities.

The awards will be presented by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Restaurant, North Mankato.

In addition to Dave and Walt, the event will honor Eugénie de Rosier, St. Paul; David Frauenshuh, Edina, Minn.; Todd Kelzenberg, Minneapolis; Michael LaCroix-Fralish, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; Gunder Myran, Stanwood, Mich.; Mary Story, Minneapolis; and Betty Wariari, Maseru, Lesotho.

Dave and Walt will receive the Fitterer Service Award, to graduates who have given distinguished service to Minnesota State Mankato, and have preserved and promoted university programs with their time, treasure and talents. Dave graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Walt graduated in 1984 with a master’s degree in continuing studies.

Frauenshuh, Myran and Story will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, had a widespread effect on their communities, and accomplished over the course of their careers.

De Rosier and Wariari will receive the Humanitarian Award, to graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

Kelzenberg and LaCroix-Fralish will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, to graduates 35 years old or younger who reached personal or professional achievements early in their careers, positively impacted their communities, and show promise for continued success.

Those who want more information may click on or call (507) 389-3235.

MavAPPS logo

Virtual computing

A powerful new virtual computing service lets students use complex, high-end software on their laptops at no cost to them – while saving money for the university.

The “virtual computer lab” technology – termed MavAPPS – lets students access specialized software from anywhere in the world, without having to purchase it. And because university servers process the data, students don’t need expensive computers to perform complex applications.

“It saves the students significant money, while letting them work on complex homework projects whenever and wherever it’s convenient,” said Wayne Sharp (Academic Computer Center).

It also means that the university needn’t purchase multiple copies of expensive, cutting-edge software each year and install it on hundreds of campus computers.

Specialized software suites available to students include SPSS, Adobe Framemaker, Adobe RoboHelp, Maple, Mathematica and ArcGIS. Adobe Technical Communications Suite 3.0 will be added soon.

Lee Tesdell (Technical Communications) uses MavAPPs in two online courses so his students can access specialized software. It’s especially useful because online students no longer need to sign up for 30-day software trials.

Geography students use MavAPPS to successfully complete ArcGIS assignments – a system that lets managers make informed decisions based on computer models.

More information about MavAPPS is available at

Women’s, LGBT Centers

The Women's Center and LGBT Center have been transferred from Student Affairs to Institutional Diversity. The transfer is part of a larger reorganization in Academic & Student Affairs.

The reorganization reflects the need to more evenly distribute workload and responsibilities to increase focus on enrollment management, and to create a diversity unit that reflects the goal of an inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students.

The reorganization combines offices with common purposes of advocacy, social justice, multicultural competence and inclusion.

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, a global celebration of economic, political and social achievements of women.

"International Women's Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world," said President Barack Obama in a statement. "While enormous progress has been made, there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity."

"We must lead by example in protecting women's rights and supporting their empowerment," the president added. "Despite our progress, too many women continue to be paid less than male workers, and women are significantly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields."

"As we reflect on the triumphs of the past, we must also look to the limitless potential that lies ahead. To win the future, we must equip the young women of today with the knowledge, skills and equal access to reach for the promise of tomorrow."

Fulbright applications

Faculty Fulbright applications for the 2012-2013 school year are due Aug. 1.

The Fulbright International Educational Exchange Program offers more than 800 program options, from the core U.S. Scholar Program to the Occasional Lecturer Fund. Programs allow American scholars, artists and professionals to spend time abroad, and let American institutions bring international guests to the United States.

Minnesota State Mankato is a top-producer of Fulbright Scholars among master's-degree institutions according to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, with 37 Fulbrights awarded over the last 30 years to faculty and staff.

The Kearney International Center will support applications, from the exploration of options to interview preparation or international visitor visa assistance. Those who are considering a Fulbright project should contact Caryn Lindsay (Kearney International Center) at or (507)389-1281.

More Fulbright information is available at

Through April 14: Computer training

Computer trainingInformation and Technology Services will hold 28 computer-training courses for staff, faculty and student workers through Thursday, April 14. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web pages, multimedia and online teaching and learning.

Most sessions will be held in the Technology and Teaching Center, Room 94A of Memorial Library.

More information is at Faculty, staff and student workers may register at or by contacting Shannon Jeffries at (507) 389-3205 or

March 17: History Forum

Gary Kaunonen will discuss “Challenge Accepted: A Case Study In Getting Your Work Published” during the History Forum Lecture Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 201.

Kaunonen, a 2003 Minnesota State Mankato graduate and a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Tech, will answer aspiring writer’s questions and give tips on how to get published.

The event, sponsored by the History Department, is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Those who want more information may contact Agnes Odinga (History) at

March 17: Good Thunder

MacArthur Award-winning fiction and creative nonfiction writer George Saunders and graduate student Amanda Schumacher will be featured in the Good Thunder Reading Series Thursday, March 17.

Saunders will meet with community writers for a question-and-answer session in Centennial Student Union 238 at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. And at 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253 he will join Amanda for a reading from their work.

All events are free and open to the public.

An interview with Saunders, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air March 17 at 1 p.m. and Friday, March 18, at 11 a.m.

March 17: Jazz concert

Carolyn WilkinsJazz pianist, vocalist, composer and author Carolyn Wilkins will perform Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

One of today’s leading performers and writers on the national jazz scene, Wilkins brings a diverse show with influences from Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughn.

She will conduct a master class on Friday, March 18, with vocal jazz groups in preparation for their spring concerts and festivals.

Admission is $12 ($11 for students with a valid MavCard). 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.

March 20: Celtic music

Celtic group Craicmore performanceThe traditional Celtic group Craicmore will perform Sunday, March 20, with a guest appearance by Amy Kortuem and Her Celtic Group.

The concert, sponsored by the Performance Series and KMSU “The Maverick,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Craicmore’s rhythmic guitar, bass and Bohdran combine with flutes, whistles and bagpipes to form the foundation of “Celtic music that touches the heart, mind, and soul.” The group, featuring acclaimed contralto Nancy Johnston, was formed in 1992 and draw from the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, as well as groups such as the Afro Celts, Chieftains and Pogues.

Craicmore has released a third acclaimed CD, "From Hill and Hoolie." Its music is heard on CBS "Without A Trace" in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand; on “How I Met Your Mother”; and on NBC’s "Days of Our Lives.”

Concert admission is $15 ($13 for Minnesota State Mankato students with valid MavCard). Tickets may be purchased online at Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

March 21: Perkins Lecture

Jewel WoodsFeminist author and gender analyst Jewel Woods will discuss “Feminism and Masculinity: How to Be a Black Male Feminist” Monday, March 21, as part of the Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship Series.

The lecture, sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, will be at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Author of the book "Don't Blame It On Rio: The Real Deal Behind Why Men Go to Brazil for Sex," Woods will focus on the intersection of gender, race and class to explain how identities are formed in complex social systems.

Woods has been featured in numerous regional and national media, including Essence, Ebony and The Huffington Post. He is a frequent guest on radio and television commentary shows across the nation.

Those who want more information may contact Wanda Viento (Women’s Center) at (507) 389-6146 or click on

March 22: Sasha Aslanian

Sasha AslanianMinnesota Public Radio’s Sasha Aslanian will present the Department of Communication Studies’ Nadine B. Andreas Lecture “Someplace You’ve Never Been: Inside MPR’s Youth Radio Series” on Tuesday, March 22.

The event, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Aslanian created MPR’s Youth Radio Series as a way to present compelling first-person stories by her young reporters on a range of important social and political issues.

Youth Radio illuminates public issues through personal and youthful perspectives, pairing high school and college reporters from diverse backgrounds with experienced MPR producers. Presenting their work in Mankato will be Valencia McMurray from Augsburg College, Kao Choua Vue from Minneapolis Community & Technical College, and Roy Lee Spearman Jones from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Aslanian and the youth reporters will play excerpts from the pieces, talk about the process, and answer questions.

More information is available from the Department of Communications Studies, (507) 389-2213.

March 22: Jody Thompson

Author and life-balance counselor Jody Thompson will share insights on how people can change the way they think about their jobs, their companies and their lives during the “Big Ideas Speakers Series” Tuesday, March 22, in Ostrander Auditorium.

Thompson’s acclaimed book, "Why Work Sucks And How To Fix It," was a precursor to her partnership with Cali Ressler in founding CultureRx and co-creating the innovative Results-Only Work Environment or ROWE, which will be the focus for her talk.

The 7:30-9 a.m. event, presented by the College of Business, is for students, faculty, staff and the public. Current students, faculty and staff will be admitted at no charge. Registration is $15 for business professionals, who will receive 1.5 continuing education contact hours.

Thompson will discuss how changing the foundation of the workplace can eliminate out-of-date, antiquated practices that hurt businesses. She and her program have been the focus of articles in The New York Times, TIME and USA TODAY, and on Good Morning America, CNBC and CNN.

Those who want more information may contact Jean Clarke (University Extended Education) at (507) 389-2572 or at

March 24: Listening panel

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women will sponsor a listening panel Thursday, March 24. The event, intended to provide an open forum for all women on campus, will be from 1-2 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 204 and is open to students, faculty and staff.

Those who want more information may click on

March 28: Kessel Lecture

Kessel LectureMyron Orfield, executive director of the Institute on Race & Poverty and professor of law at the University of Minnesota, will discuss “Ending Racial Segregation in the 21st Century” during the annual Kessel Memorial Lecture Monday, March 28.

Orfield’s lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Rooms 253 and 254. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Orfield teaches and writes in the fields of civil rights, state and local government, state and local finance, land use, questions of regional governance and the legislative process.

The annual Kessel Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science & Law Enforcement and honors Abbas Kessel, who taught in the department for many years and dedicated himself to activism in the fields of peace, human rights and energy policy.

Those who want more information may contact Fred Slocum (Government) at

March 30-April 2: Noonan comedy

Noonan comedyJohn Ford Noonan’s comedy “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” will be the third show in the Theatre & Dance Studio season Wednesday, March 30, through Saturday, April 2.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

His two-character comedy is set in the suburban Westchester County, N.Y., kitchen of Maude Mix. Her husband is off on a weekend spree with his secretary and she can't get rid of the pesky neighbor from Texas. Hannah Mae Bindler badgers Maude into friendship, and the two join forces against their errant husbands.

The long-running off-Broadway hit opened in 1981 starring Susan Sarandon and Eileen Brennan. The Minnesota State Mankato production features Megan Volkman-Wilson and Libby Slater. It is directed by Michael James (third-year MFA Directing), who directed “Rabbit Hole,” “Copenhagen” and “On Golden Pond.” He also acted in “Harvey,” “The History Boys,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Virgin Territory” and “Twelve Angry Men.” For the last two years he has been Nadine B. Andreas Teaching Assistant.

Tickets 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 may be purchased online at or by calling (507)389-6661 or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

April 4, 5: Undergraduate research

The annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference will be in Centennial Student Union.

April 12: Chesley Lecture

Robert L. KaneRobert L. Kane will present “Caregiving: Not for Sissies” as the sixth annual Chesley Lecture Tuesday, April 12, from 4-6 p.m. in the Heritage Hall of South Central College.

Kane, professor and Minnesota chair of the Long-Term Care and Aging Department at the University of Minnesota, will discuss his new book, “The Good Caregiver: A One-of-a-Kind Compassionate Resource for Anyone Caring for an Aging Loved One,” and the caregiver shortage. The lecture, open to students, faculty and staff, is sponsored by the Chesley Center on Aging.

A book sale and signing will be held immediately following the lecture in cooperation with Barnes & Noble bookstore, and copies of Kane’s book will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for students. Those who want more information may contact Donald Ebel (Sociology & Corrections) at or Alexandra Garklavs at

April 15: Study abroad

Study abroad: GermanyApplications for faculty-led study abroad tours for spring and summer 2012 are due April 15.

Applications are available on the Kearney International Center website at

If the proposal is accepted, tour leaders have three weeks (until May 6) to set up cost centers, submit a recruitment plan, and provide the Kearney International Center with suitable photos and other materials to help market the tour. After step two has been finished, the trip will receive final approval.

Those who want more information may call Claudia Tomany at (507)389-1333 or email

Condolences: Ned Williams

Memorial services for Edward “Ned” Williams (Biological Sciences) were Feb. 24 in North Mankato. Ned died Feb. 19 at Mayo Clinic.

He was born July 29, 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1964 and Wilkes College in 1968 with a B.S. in biology. After teaching high school biology for four years, Ned continued his education at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, and then earned a Ph.D. in anatomy from Emory University in 1980.

He was a post-doctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York, N.Y., and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Ned worked as an anatomy professor and researcher at the University of Virginia Medical School from 1983-1990. He and his family moved to North Mankato and he began his 20-year career at Minnesota State Mankato, where he taught human anatomy, embryology and endocrinology.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Alison; and cat, Sammy.

"Ned touched many lives," said President Richard Davenport. "Students were his lifeblood; he genuinely loved teaching; and he made such a difference in countless lives. His voice and his ideas will be missed throughout the campus, but especially by his students and his colleagues in the Biology Department and the College of Science, Engineering & Technology. We all mourn the loss of Dr. Williams."

Donations in his memory can be made to the Ned Williams Biology Scholarship Fund, for students who plan to pursue careers in medicine. Checks may be made to the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation, Attn: Ned Williams Biology Scholarship Fund Acct. # 335754, and sent to Joann Jaqua (University Development).

The online obituary is at

David Jones: Student Affairs AVP

David JonesDavid P. Jones has been named associate vice president for student affairs and enrollment following a national search, according to Anne Blackhurst (Academic & Student Affairs). He will assume his new duties June 27.

David currently is the University of Alabama’s assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director for housing and residential communities.

He has extensive experience in student affairs, housing and teaching, having served at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

A graduate of the University of New York-Oswego, he earned a master’s degree at Nebraska-Kearney and a Ph.D. at William and Mary.

In addition to administrative duties at Alabama, he also is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education. He is a past president of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers, and his research interests include student development, living-learning communities, job satisfaction and retention. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of College and University Student Housing and is a reviewer for the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Kimberly Greer: CSBS dean

Kimberly GreerKimberly Greer (Sociology & Corrections) has been named dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences starting July 1. She was selected after a national search, and her appointment was announced by Anne Blackhurst (Academic & Student Affairs).

She will replace John Alessio, who is retiring.

Kimberly joined the faculty in 1998, serving as department chair from 2004 to 2007. In 2009 she was named the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences’ distinguished professor, and in 2010 was selected to participate in the Higher Education Resource Services Leadership Institute in Denver.

She also served on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Midwest Women’s Leadership Institute planning committee.

Kimberly is a 10-year member of the Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections’ advisory task force on female offenders, chairing the panel from 2002 to 2004. In 2009 she was appointed by the governor to Minnesota’s Strategic Management & Operations Advisory Task Force. She’s also a member of the Blue Earth County community corrections advisory board.

Lindsey Botker: Athletics

Lindsey BotkerLindsey Botker has been named director for special events and annual giving for Intercollegiate Athletics.

She will plan and oversee all major special event athletic department fundraisers, will manage and implement athletic department annual giving fundraisers, and will focus on donor relations and stewardship.

A 2000 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, she was a four-year letter-winner in basketball. She earned a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth and was a member of the 2002 U.S. Olympic national select handball team.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Gordy Graham (Human Performance emeriti) will receive the Fred Zamberletti Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame April 17 at the University of St. Thomas. The award honors an outstanding Minnesotan practicing athletic training. Gordy developed Minnesota State Mankato’s athletic training program, one of the first four programs nationally and currently the oldest and most recognized accredited athletic training program in the United States.

Jean Haar (College of Education) nominated the 2011 winner of the annual Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Principal Leadership-Partnership Awards, Franklin Elementary School Principal Les Koppendrayer. Koppendrayer has partnered with the College of Education on numerous projects: Environmental enhancement, research, professional development, student teaching, mentoring aspiring principals, hosting graduate teaching fellows, traveling to Korea with a university math team. He received the award at the 2011 Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association Institute on Feb. 10.

Suzanne Martin (Scandinavian Studies) received a $ 9,000 grant from the Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad to build a media collection in Scandinavia in support of new online courses on Scandinavian Crime Fiction and The Sami.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented an all-day workshop on integrated course design for faculty of the Southern Optometry College, Memphis, Tenn. in February.

Sodexo: Top diversity firm

Dining vendor Sodexo is ranked second among the nation's top 50 companies for diversity by DiversityInc.

DiversityInc's ranking is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America.

The ranking is divided into four key areas: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity.

Student Achievements

Deanna Almquist and Dylan Smith (Scandinavian Studies) gave presentations at the Midwest Scandinavian Retreat in Eau Claire, Wis., in February. Deanna shared her research about ship burials in the Viking age, and Dylan gave a talk about the Norse sagas. Fourteen Minnesota State Mankato students participated in the annual retreat.

Michelle Deike (Nursing) has been named Dr. Donald and Marjorie Meredith Scholarship recipient for 2011-2012. Michelle is eligible to receive $3,000 each semester for the last three semesters of her program. The scholarship will allow her to participate in School of Nursing and Student Nurses Association leadership activities, and qualifies her to serve on the College of Allied Health & Nursing Advisory Board.

Forensics: Third at state

The Forensic Team placed third in the Minnesota State Forensics Tournament at Bethany Lutheran College in February.

First place went to Concordia College, coached by 2010 Communication Studies alum Megan Orcholski.

Suzanne Lumberg was Individual Sweepstakes champion. By placing second in Oratory, she also qualified for the Interstate Oratorical National Tournament in Harrisburg, Va., in April -- the third consecutive year of Minnesota State Mankato representation in the elite event. Suzanne also placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and Communication Analysis, fourth in After-Dinner Speaking, and fifth in Informative Speaking.

Other individual awards went to: Ariel Klugman, fifth in Duo Interpretation with Skylar Carlson and fifth in After-Dinner Speaking and Editorial Impromptu; Molly Carmody, seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking; Jordan Christiansen, fourth in Communication Analysis and sixth in Duo Interpretation with Ryan Zahn; Skylar Carlson, fourth in Poetry Interpretation, fifth in Duo Interpretation with Ariel; and sixth in Prose Interpretation; Ryan Zahn, sixth in Impromptu Speaking, Poetry Interpretation and Duo Interpretation; and Maggie Pence, sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.


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