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March 30, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Minnesota State Mankato men’s basketball team

Senior guard Cameron Hodges finished with a career-high 24 points against
eventual national champion Bellarmine.

Mavericks reach Final Four

The Minnesota State Mankato men’s basketball team finished among the nation's top four D-2 teams after their first-ever run to the NCAA Final Four ended March 24.

The Mavericks lost 81-74 to eventual champion Bellarmine in the national semifinals in Springfield, Mass.

The loss wasn’t without a fight. The Maverick senior class – a group that won 101 of the 127 games in which they played – finished with 69 of the team’s 74 points.

“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of young men,” said head coach Matt Margenthaler, whose team finished with 28 wins, tying a school record. “From where we started in the beginning of the year to now is unbelievable.”

The Mavericks finished the season with a 28-5 record. Senior wing Jefferson Mason was named to the 2011 NCAA Division II Elite Eight All-Tournament team.

For the complete Intercollegiate Athletics news release and game statistics, visit Minnesota State Mavericks website.

Taming the flood


Many Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff members have responded to calls for flood-assistance volunteers, but more volunteers are welcome.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the public have donated time, skills and labor to help community members who have been impacted by floodwaters.

Volunteers are needed for a number of Red Cross positions. Those who want more information may contact the Mankato Red Cross at (507) 387-6664.

The Salvation Army is recruiting volunteers for a one-hour training class covering food preparation, serving food from a mobile kitchen and administrative duties and safety tips. The class will be at the Salvation Army, 700 South Front St. Those interested may call the Salvation Army at (507) 345-7840 to sign up for one of the following sessions: Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m.; or Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m.

The Office of Student Affairs (389-5003) is maintaining a list of students and employees interested in helping with sandbagging. Those who wish to volunteer may call Student Affairs at (507) 389-5003.

$156,343 in Alliss scholarships

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities logoThe Charles and Ellora Alliss Education Foundation has awarded $156,343 to Minnesota State Mankato as its part of the $606,911 scholarship grant to Minnesota State Colleges & Universities for state universities to use during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Charles and Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation scholarships must go to full-time undergraduate level students in an amount no less than $350 and no more than $1,100.

The scholarships are made available annually at Minnesota State Mankato as the result of the foundation gift. Students who submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the university’s Campus Hub receive priority consideration for the scholarships.

Recipients must be Minnesota residents, demonstrate financial need and meet specific grade-point or high school rank criteria.

The Alliss Educational Foundation was created in 1960 through a bequest from former 3M executive Charles Clifford Alliss.

Family Weekend programs

Family picture

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to showcase their organizations, programs, departments or colleges by participating in or planning an event during Family Weekend 2011 Sept.16-18.

The 2011 Family Weekend will promote excellence of Minnesota State Mankato’s extracurricular programs, encouraging student retention.

Those who have Family Weekend events planned should contact the Alumni Relations & Special Events Office, 389-6835, so the event can be added to the Family Weekend schedule. Faculty and staff can complete event proposal forms at Funds may be available to help subsidize the event.

Sport management partnership

Minnesota State Universities logoStudents in Bryan Romsa’s (Sport Management) class have developed new marketing and promotional strategies for the Northwoods League’s Fantasy Baseball league as part of a Sport Management partnership that lets students complete practical projects for a real sports organization.

Curt Carstensen, Northwoods League director of operations, Bryan, Michelle Carstensen, Bryant Black and Laura Shearer (Sport Management) judged student group projects and chose a winning marketing project to be used for the league.

The winning group -- Matthew Corners, Katie Esselman, Michael Jahn and Matthew Reger -- will split a $300 scholarship and will be recognized at the Cambria Dinner of Distinction April 15.

The project prompted Northwoods League President Dick Radatz to join the Sport Management advisory board. Student projects also have benefited the Northwoods League Foundation and have provided students with opportunities to audition for internships and future jobs.

Computer training

Personal computer

Information 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 & Teaching Center, Room 94A of Memorial Library.

For more detailed information, please visit the Information & Technology Services website. Faculty and staff may register at theSystemwide Training and Registration Site or by contacting Shannon Jeffries (Information Technology) at (507) 389-3205 or

Senior art exhibit

Art exhibit

Thirty-seven senior artists will exhibit their works in three showings between now and April 18.

The senior exhibits, sponsored by the Department of Art, will be in Conkling Gallery, 139 Nelson Hall, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The first group of seniors, exhibiting from March 24-31, includes Lauren Barfels, Michael Cullen-Benson, Jessica Crane, Alexandra Franzen, Krista Heinitz, Colin Klimesh, Carmela LaBare, Jennessa Moeller, Katherine Meyer, Megan Platt, Kassandra Throldahl and Kirsten Wulff. A free, public reception for the artists was held Monday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

The second group will present its work April 5-12 and includes Rosalie Beyer Krohn, Matthew Darnhold, Oluwabusola Duroshola, Chad Freund, Andrea Harrell, Allison Henlikne, Wesley Hill, Jerilyn Knutson, Timothy Malz, Dana Mostad, Ashley Puckett, Shane Warren and Cameron Winkels. A reception is Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

The third group will exhibit works from April 15-22, including Rachel Compart, Wendy Doherty, Charles Duda, Mark Edens, Lisa Friedrich, Kristin Harsma, Margaret Ireland, Rojeena Kayastha, Jessika Knutson, Elyse McKeown, Nguyet Nguyen and Benjamin Sweeney. The reception for those seniors is Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

Those who want more information may contact the Department of Art at (507) 389-6412 or go to exhibition schedule at

March 30-April 2: Noonan comedy

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking comedy

John 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 Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

The 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 production features Megan Volkman-Wilson and Libby Slater. It is directed by Michael James (third-year MFA Directing).

Tickets are $9 regular; $8 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $7 for current students. They may be purchased at, by calling (507) 389-6661 or by visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

March 31: Run benefits MRCI

Minnesota State Mankato will join other universities across the nation for the "Nearly Naked Run" Thursday, March 31, to collect clothing for Mankato’s MRCI Thrift Shop. The 1-mile run will start at 6 p.m. from Centennial Student Union.

Participants will come to the union fully clothed and will remove clothing to be donated. Those who choose not to participate in the run are welcome to bring clothing or money to donate. The event is sponsored by and Expertise PR, Minnesota State Mankato’s student-run public relations organization.

T-shirts donated by B. Stark and Co. will be awarded to the first 10 participants who finish.

MRCI Thrift Shop is a nonprofit organization that sells new and used items to assist adults with disabilities.

Those who want more information may contact Micah Dorfner at (507) 525-0875 or visit A Facebook event page is also available.

April 4, 5: Undergraduate research

The 11th annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, in Centennial Student Union.

Monday's event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday's from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Ostrander Auditorium.

The Conference showcases creative and scholarly research of Minnesota State Mankato undergraduates. Students will present their research in various formats, including oral presentations, poster sessions, performances  and art displays.

April 7-16: 'The Producers'

Musical “The Producers”

Theatre & Dance will conclude its 2010-11 Mainstage Season with the Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks musical “The Producers” April 7-16 in Ted Paul Theatre.

Immanuel St. Joseph’s-Mayo Health System sponsors the shows.

“The Producers” is a musical romp about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in an assumed Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.

It is based on a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Brooks.

“The Producers” is directed by Paul J. Hustoles (Theatre & Dance), with choreography by Paul Finocchiaro, scene design by John David Paul, musical direction by Nick Wayne and costumes by David McCarl. It stars Clayton Rutschow as Max Bialystock and J. Alexander Coe as Leo Bloom. Rutschow took third in January’s Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. Coe won a nomination for “Twelfth Night” and played “Antinous” in “The Odyssey.”

Individual tickets for “The Producers” are $20 regular; $18 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $14 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets may be purchased at, by visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the Performing Arts Center from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling the box office at (507) 389-6661.

April 9: Women's scholarships

A Maverick Alumni and Friends team will participate in the Maverick Walk for Women’s Scholarships Saturday, April 9, in Myers Field House. Each walker with a fundraising goal of $50 will receive a free official walk shirt and opportunities for gift cards and door prizes.

Members of the Maverick Alumni and Friends team will receive a purple-and-gold boa courtesy of the Alumni Association.

Walkers will register at 9 a.m., meet Maverick teams and play interactive games (kids are welcome). The 30-minute walk around campus will be at 10 a.m., followed by a breakfast sponsored by HyVee.

Those interested in participating should contact Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Alumni Relations) at 389-1794.

April 11: Moore Lecture

“Drawing Beyond the Line” will be discussed by Liz Miller (Art) during the Douglas R. Moore President’s Faculty Research Lecture Monday, April 11.

Liz will talk about using pattern, decoration and ornament in new large-scale art installations. The lecture, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and refreshments will be served following the event.

Because Liz's mixed-media installations reference biology, natural disasters and computer imagery, they frequently encompass entire galleries or gallery walls.

The annual Moore Lecture celebrates excellence in research at Minnesota State Mankato. This will be the 37th such lectureship, and the 24th named in honor of former President Douglas R. Moore, who established the event to illuminate faculty research.

Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974 to 1978. His tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the lower and upper campuses and construction of a new administration building.

April 12: Chesley Lecture

Robert L. Kane

Robert 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

Applications 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

After applications are 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. Those who want more information may call Claudia Tomany (Academic Affairs) at (507) 389-1333 or

April 21: Retirement luncheon

Faculty and staff are invited to the 2011 retirement luncheon Thursday, April 21, at the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center on Stadium Road. Thus far 72 retirees are scheduled to be honored at the event.

The luncheon, honoring 2010-2011 retirees, will start at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $13 per person.

Those who wish to attend should RSVP by Wednesday, April 4, to Lu Ann Struck (Human Resources) at 389-6946 or email Attendees should mail a check to WA336, payable to Minnesota State University, Mankato, and should indicate if there's a preference for a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free meal.

Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation should contact Lu Ann at 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least three working days beforehand.

Gordy Graham honored

Gordy Graham

Gordy Graham (Human Performance emeriti) will receive the Fred Zamberletti Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Sunday, April 17, at the University of St. Thomas.

The award, named for the legendary Minnesota Vikings athletic trainer, honors an outstanding Minnesotan athletic trainer who has made a strong impact in the athletic training profession. The “Honoring Legends-Inspiring Leaders” event will take place at 6 p.m. in Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Gordy developed Minnesota State Mankato’s athletic training program, one of the first four nationally and the oldest and most recognized accredited athletic training program in the United States. He was Minnesota State Mankato’s head athletic trainer from 1964-1993. He also helped organize, and was the first president of, the Minnesota Athletic Trainer’s Association.

In 1990 he was inducted into the North Central Conference Hall of Fame and in 1993 was a charter inductee into the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame. In 1994 he was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame.

Those who wish to purchase tickets may visit the Minnesota chapter of the National Football Foundation website.

SBDC contribution

The South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center has received $500 from First Bank Blue Earth to support the organization's no cost, professional consulting services, workshops, training and other business development services.

The financial commitment of government, banks, institutes of higher learning, initiative foundations, economic development corporations, corporate donors and others allows the center to offer high-quality services. The center's primary partners are Minnesota State Mankato, Region Nine Development Commission, North Mankato Port Authority, South Central College, Greater Mankato Growth and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

The center serves the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Martin, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.

Faculty/staff achievements

Michael Bentley (Biological Sciences) co-authored “Imaging the aqueous humor outflow pathway in human eyes by three-dimensional micro- computed tomography (3D micro-CT),” recently published in Experimental Eye Research.

Suzanne Bunkers (English) has continued her research on the facsimiles of Anne Frank's multi-volume diary, working at the Anne Frank Stichting in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank-Fonds in Basel, Switzerland. Two of her books recently were issued in e-book format, and a third book will be printed. She has negotiated two contracts for new books related to her work with diaries, and this spring she is speaking about her work of creative nonfiction, "In Search of Susanna," at the European Auto/biography Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

Susan Carlin and Brooke Hacker (Water Resources Center) presented a poster about the Conservation Marketplace of Minnesota at the Nutrient Efficiency and Management Conference in Rochester, Minn., in February.

David Hanson (Construction Management) received the Construction Management Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011.

A retirement celebration for Mike Hodapp (Centennial Student Union) will be Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 284.

I.-J. Kim's (Mathematics & Statistics) proposal of a special session on matrices and graphs has been accepted by the American Mathematical Society for its central section meeting in October.

John Krenz's (Biological Sciences) co-authored “Effect of altitude on thermal responses of Liolaemus pictus argentinus in Argentina” was published recently in the Journal of Thermal Biology.

Joseph Kunkel (Government) and Suzanne Bunkers (English) have completed their ninth study and travel abroad program, leading students on the 2011 Germany Study and Travel Tour. Participants completed three-credit courses in English or Political Science before and during travel to Berlin, Nuremberg and Munich.

Deepak Sanjel (Mathematics & Statistics) co-authored “Semi-Nonparametric Approximations to the Distribution of Certain Portmanteau Statistics” for publication in the International Journal of Statistical Sciences.

Richard Terrill (English) received a $10,000 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

Mark Zuiker and In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) and Amy Scheuermann and Teresa Wallace (Special Education) received a $60,000 Improving Teacher Quality Grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Student achievements

Amy Chin and Youna Choi (Music) won the top two awards in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Young Artist Piano Competition in March in Minneapolis. Amy received second and Youna received first. Amy will perform in the Young Artists Recital at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth, Minn., June 7, and Youna will perform at the honors concert at the Minneapolis Convention Center May 21.

Jon Lore (Environmental Sciences) presented a paper, "Identifying Stressors Causing Fish Community Impairments in the High Island Creek Watershed," to the Iowa American Fisheries Society, and was awarded "Best Professional Paper" in January. He presented the same paper to the Minnesota American Fisheries Society and was awarded "Student Runner-up Paper" in February.

Lina Wang (Biology) received a $490 honors program student research award ― "Feminization Effects of BPA on Danio reio." She will present research at the honors symposium at Northwestern College in April.

Forensics reaches nationals

The Forensics team traveled to Brookings, S.D., in March to compete in the District 4 AFA-NIET Qualifying Tournament. Several Mavericks qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament in April.

Skylar Carlson (sophomore) finished first in Program Oral Interpretation and second in Persuasion; Ariel Klugman (senior) was third in Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking; Jordan Christiansen (junior) was third in Duo with Ryan Zahn (sophomore), who also was second in Impromptu Speaking.

The Mavericks head to Nebraska for the AFA-NIET and to Illinois for the NFA National Tournament.

Reading Corps service

Minnesota Reading Corps logo

A record number of alumni serve in the Minnesota Reading Corps, a service-based program comprised of AmeriCorps members.

The 30 Minnesota State Mankato alumni are serving for a full year as Reading Corps literacy tutors, providing free, in-school literacy tutoring for children ages 3 through third grade.

The Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are recruiting tutors for the 2011-2012 school year. Their goal is to increase the number of tutors from 740 to 900 across the state.

Those who want more information may visit or, or call toll-free to (866) 859-2825.


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 April 13; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (April 8).

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.