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April 13, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Lauren Stelten

Lauren Stelten: National champ

Lauren Stelten became the third Minnesota State Mankato women's pole vaulter to win an NCAA Division II national championship after her victory earlier this month.

Lauren vaulted 13' 6 1/2". She is a four-time All-American in the indoor pole vault, having finished second in 2008, sixth in 2009 and second in 2010.

She joins two-time indoor champion Amanda Frame and three-time indoor and one-time outdoor champion Katelin Rains on the list of Maverick women who've won the pole-vault championship.

Also competing for the Mavericks in the national meet were freshman Keyvan Rudd, who made his first trip to nationals and jumped 6' 5" in the high jump, earning 12th; freshman Christopher Reed, competing in the shot put; and junior Dan Novak, competing in the pole vault.

See the list of past Minnesota State Mankato track and field national champions.

Distinguished Faculty Scholars

Three faculty members have been named 2011 Distinguished Faculty Scholars.

Michael Bentley, Martin Mitchell and Stephen Stoynoff will hold the title of Distinguished Faculty Scholar for the duration of their tenure at Minnesota State Mankato. The award honors faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding scholars, and whose work has earned national or international recognition.

Michael, a biological sciences professor and “functional anatomist” with an interest in tissue function and structure, has been a Minnesota State Mankato faculty member since 1989. His research focuses on the arrangement of small blood vessels in the kidney and other organs, helping doctors diagnose chronic diseases.

Martin has been a Minnesota State Mankato geography faculty member since 1993. His research focuses on human-environment relationships and is the subject of frequent social policy discussions. Mitchell uses cutting-edge geospatial technologies – satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems – as well as traditional landscape interpretation to gather information.

Stephen is recognized as a leading researcher in the teaching English to speakers of other languages. His leading-edge scholarship has been published by many influential applied linguistics journals, and his work has improved the professional practice of second-language testing.

Strategic priority grants

Eleven projects have been selected for $431,345 in 2012 strategic priority funding and approved by President Richard Davenport.

Initiatives receiving awards are:

  • Global Solutions: international program development, $112,500 to maintain and strengthen existing partnerships and help faculty develop new international programs for students.
  • Collaborative classroom redesign, $72,000 to convert a traditional Nelson Hall computer lab to a technologically advanced, collaborative workspace for creative problem-solving.
  • Inter-university collaboration to develop an online certificate program in school social work,  $50,002.
  • Market research for online graduate programs, $42,000 to help increase graduate enrollment by 50 percent.
  • 100 percent online graduate certificate in coaching education, $36,735.
  • Assessment and development of applied professional master's degree program, $35,000 for faculty time to evaluate needs, departmental and university readiness and curriculum development.
  • Thinking and acting like a doctoral institution/establishing an adult assessment clinic, $22,878 for a clinic that is found at many doctoral institutions.
  • Undergraduate research scholar travel funds, $20,000 to allow students to participate in a larger community of scholars.
  • Modeling and simulation graduate curriculum design, $18,430 to design an interdisciplinary graduate certificate and master's degree in modeling and simulation.
  • International credential evaluator for graduate admissions, $14,000 to develop a reliable in-house evaluator.
  • International student recruitment in Mexico, $7,800: A new project to increase international student enrollment.

The awards were announced by the planning sub-meet and confer.

Three reach speech nationals

Three members of the speech team took part in the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament at the University of Nebraska, Kearney early this month.

The three students attending included Senior Suzanne Lumberg, Sophomore Skylar Carlson and Sophomore Ryan Zahn. All three competed in 5 different categories. (Additional team members qualified for the tournament.)

Senior Suzanne Lumberg (Communication Studies) advanced both Prose Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation to the quarterfinal round (top 24 students). She also was selected among 14 students in the nation as an AFA-NIET All-American.

The team is coached by Leah White and James Dimock (Communication Studies), and several graduate student coaches.

Alliss grant: $156,343

Some 200 scholarships will be distributed to Minnesota State Mankato students in 2011-2012 as the result of a $156,343 grant from the Charles and Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation.

The scholarships, for full-time undergraduate students from Minnesota, are awarded annually as the result of an Alliss Educational Foundation gift to the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

Scholarships for $350 to $1,100 per academic year are granted to full-time undergraduate students. The foundation was created in 1960 through a bequest from former 3M executive Charles Clifford Alliss, and supports scholarships to Minnesota residents who demonstrate financial need and meet specific grade-point or high school rank criteria.

Help for quake victims

Tsunami in JapanThe Japan Intercultural Association's fundraiser for Japanese disaster relief collected more than $10,000 in donations in Centennial Student Union last month.

The 40-member Japan Intercultural Association includes students from Japan and others with a strong interest in the country and its people. The fundraiser will help victims of the largest earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s history.

Most association members have family and friends in Japan, prompting the group to take quick action.

Global partnership

Margaret Preska and Carol WerhanPresident Emerita Margaret Preska and Carol Werhan (International Studies) recently returned from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, exploring opportunities for a global partnership with Al Sourah Primary School.

Al Sorouh is a new primary school based on the American model of education for children age three to sixth grade. A partnership would benefit both the school and the university, providing opportunities for diverse field experiences for teacher candidates.

The meeting came about because of President Emerita Preska’s relationship with Al Sorouh’s director, Nama Al Aryani, while she was at Zayed University. The group met with school faculty members and administrators, developing a plan for a pilot project that would start this fall.

Two teacher candidates would spend the final six weeks of their student teaching experience in classrooms at Al Sorouh. The College of Education is selecting highly qualified elementary education teacher candidates for the cross-cultural opportunity.

Health insurance enrollment

Adult children may be enrolled in their parents' health insurance plans this month under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The special 14-day election period, offered by the State Employees Group Insurance Program, started April 11 and ends Tuesday, April 26, at midnight.

The special enrollment period is not open for enrolling spouses, children under age 19 or grandchildren.

Employees are responsible for submitting the form to the group insurance program no later than midnight Tuesday, April 26.

Those who want more information may call (651) 355-0100.

Campus Kitchen seeks volunteers

MSU Campus Kitchen logoCampus Kitchen seeks volunteers to package and deliver meals from May through July. Packaging days are Monday and Tuesday from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m., and deliveries take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-2 p.m.

Packaging and delivery begin and end in the Campus Kitchen, on the main floor of Gage Residence Hall. Volunteers can access the space from the back parking area. All deliveries are within a five-mile radius.

Volunteer positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who wish to volunteer or who want more information may contact Denise Billington-Just (Community Engagement), (507) 389-5783 or

Through April 16: 'The Producers'

“The Producers” musical performance adTheatre & Dance concludes its 2010-11 Mainstage Season with the remaining performances of Mel Brooks' musical “The Producers” through Saturday, April 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.

Individual tickets 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 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 13: Thomas Woods

Thomas WoodsThomas E. Woods Jr. will bring his advocacy for government downsizing to the lectern Wednesday, April 13, when he discusses “Who’s Afraid of a Free Society?”

His talk, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Omicron Delta Epsilon Kappa, the Economics Club, College Republicans and the Campaign for Liberty.

Woods is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and a master’s and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of 11 books, most recently “Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse” and “Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.”

Those who want more information may contact Aaron Bader, president of Omicron Delta Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Minnesota, at (507) 384-1945 or

April 13: Take Back the Night

“Take Back the Night” rally adThe “Take Back the Night” rally will be Wednesday, April 13, on the university mall by the fountain.

The rally will begin at 7 p.m., with guest speakers from campus and the community, followed by a march around campus. Sexual assault and violence survivors will be able to share their stories after the rally.

In case of rain, the event will be in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

Take Back the Night is intended as a means to allow students, faculty, staff and the public to take a stand against violence. It is intended to empower survivors to heal and to inspire friends and family members to take a stand against violence.

The rally is part of the campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. The events are sponsored by Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Residential Life, LA-MANO Inc., LGBT Center, Veterans Resource Center, Violence Awareness and Response Program and the Women’s Center.

Those who have questions or want more information may contact Som Mongtin at or (507) 389-6146.

April 14, 21, 28: See the stars

Standeford ObservatoryStandeford Observatory is open on clear Thursday evenings in April from 9-11 p.m. Dates for the spring observing season are April 14, 21 and 28.

Celestial objects that may be seen include Saturn, the moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and some colorful binary stars. If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will not be held.

Visitors should park at the south end of Gage parking lot No. 1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory. Visitors with special needs should contact the Accessibility Resources at (507) 389-2825.

If weather makes viewing uncertain, phone Standeford Observatory at (507) 389-6208 to inquire about sky conditions. A sign on the gate at the end of lot No. 1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.

Those who want more information may click on the Physics & Astronomy website at

April 14: Block party

Campus Kitchen and business management students will stage a block party Thursday, April 14, to raise awareness and money for Campus Kitchen.

The event, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be on the university’s campus mall area next to Centennial Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The band Key Lime Special will perform from noon to 1 p.m., and the event will include a bean-bag toss tournament, a Toppers Sticks eating contest, hot dog stand, prize wheel, free cotton candy and popcorn, games and prizes.

All proceeds will go directly to Campus Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides well-balanced food for people in need in the Mankato area through student volunteers, campus dining service professionals, and community organizations.

Those who want more information may contact Amy Schultz at (651) 353-0492 or

April 14: Green leadership

Aveda logoCharles J. “Chuck” Bennett will discuss “Aveda Earth & Community Care: Three Decades of Green Leadership” as the College of Business Morgan Thomas Executive lecturer Thursday, April 14.

The lecture will be from 11 a.m. to noon in Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Bennett is vice president of Aveda Earth & Community Care, a branch of Blaine, Minn.-based Aveda, which creates botanical-based beauty products in an environmentally sustainable manner. Aveda’s products include plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup and lifestyle products.

Aveda is known as a leader among major cosmetics companies for its commitment to sustainability.

The Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture started in 1982 and is presented each year in honor of former College of Business Dean Morgan Thomas, who led the college from 1960-1982.

Those who want more information may contact Renee Grams (College of Business) at (507) 389-5419.

April 14: Single-payer health care

David Himmelstein, a leader in the movement for single-payer health care, will discuss publicly funded Medicare-for-all on Thursday, April 14.

His lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 7-9 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Room 253. The event is sponsored by the Colleges of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Allied Health & Nursing.

Himmelstein is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. He serves as chief of the division of social and community medicine at Cambridge Hospital, where he practices primary care internal medicine.

He has testified before Congress and has appeared on PBS’ “McNeill/Lehrer News Hour.” His research has been published internationally and in the United States by medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Those who want more information may contact Glen Peterson at (507) 389-5184 or go to

April 15: Sport Business Hall of Fame

The new Cambria Sport Business Hall of Fame wall next to Myers Field House will be unveiled Friday, April 15, at 4 p.m.

The wall, sponsored by Cambria, honors members of the Cambria Sport Business Hall of Fame, created in 2010 to honor industry leaders who have contributed to the development of the sport management program.

Sport management graduate Travis Smith will be master of ceremony and President Richard Davenport is scheduled to speak. The new wall will be unveiled by President Davenport; Cambria's president and a Cambria representative; and Hall of Fame members Laura Day, senior vice president of business development for the Minnesota Twins, Chris Wright, president of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Barb Erie, wife of late Hall of Fame member Dennis Erie, founder of the sport management program.

Those who want more information may click on the Cambria Sport Business Hall of Fame website at

April 17: International Festival

One of Minnesota’s largest multicultural events, the 35th annual Mankato Area International Festival, will be Sunday, April 17, at Mankato East High School.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. It is sponsored by the Kearney International Center and Mankato Public Schools.

The popular festival includes exhibits, non-stop entertainment, a silent auction, a flag parade, the annual American Indian opening ceremony, and a “children’s world” with free arts and crafts from many cultures.

“In keeping with this year’s ‘Global Groove’ theme, the anniversary event will be a celebration of global dance and melody with a sense of unity and harmony,” said festival director Adesola Adetoba.
Those who want more information may click on

April 18: 'The Odyssey'

“The Odyssey” performanceAn encore performance of Homer’s classic journey tale “The Odyssey” will be performed Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

The performance will be a prelude to the show's performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Tickets are $10, available at, by calling (507) 389-6661 or by visiting the box office in the Performing Arts Center from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Following its November run, “The Odyssey” was remounted and performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region V conference in Ames, Iowa. It was one of four productions among 1,500 from throughout the nation invited to perform at the national festival.

It will be presented in Washington at 7 p.m.

It will be the first time since 1976 that a university production has performed in The Kennedy Center.

“The Odyssey” is directed by Paul Hustoles (Theatre & Dance). Tom Bliese is scenic designer and Michael Croswell is music composer. The title role is played by Clayton Rutschow (BFA Acting candidate), who at the Region V Festival was Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship first alternate.

April 18: Frontier Forum

“It’s All Mine, but I Stole it Fair and Square” is the theme of Jackie Vieceli’s (Government) Frontier Forum Lecture Monday, April 18. Jackie will discuss economic and political insights of selected thinkers from six civilizations, including Western Christian, African, Buddhist, Confucian, Hindu and Islamic, in the 32nd annual Frontier Forum Lecture, sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Room 253 of Centennial Student Union.

The lecture will point out that reconciling the rights of the rich with the just claims of the poor have concerned societies since Aristotle’s time. But modern economic recession, bail-outs, budget cuts and the increasing gap between rich and poor make the issue more pressing than ever.

It will speculate about whether a third economic model could reconcile the rights of private property with the protection of the common good.

Those who want more information may contact the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at (507) 389-5699 or Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation should contact the Office of Disability Services at least five days before the event at (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

April 21: Student caller awards

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the 21st annual Student Caller Award Ceremony Thursday, April 21, in Ostrander Auditorium. A reception begins at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2.

This event recognizes the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Annual Fund’s 70 student callers for their dedication and hard work in assisting in raising critical annual giving dollars for Minnesota State Mankato’s colleges, departments and programs. Development day students are also recognized at this annual event.

The event also will reveal fundraising records that were broken by the annual giving team this fiscal year.

April 22: Rural development

A brown-bag lunch about funding opportunities in rural development is open to faculty, staff, students and the public on Friday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in Morris Hall Room 112. Naomi Lenz, a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development, will discuss the agency’s grant programs in business, energy and economic development.

The event, hosted by the Minnesota Modeling & Simulation Center, is free and open to the public. Those who want more information may visit

April 25: Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center will host an open house Monday April 25, from 2-4:30 p.m in Trafton South Room 189.

Center faculty, staff and students will explain their commitment to providing assistance for a wide range of regional environmental services, including research and data collection, planning and coordination, technical assistance and training and outreach.

Refreshments will be provided.

April 28: American Indian celebration

Chaske SpencerActor and activist Chaske Spencer will headline a celebration of American Indian culture and identity Thursday, April 28.

The event, organized by the American Indian Affairs office, is open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and will take place from 6-9 p.m. in Bresnan Arena of Taylor Center.

The celebration will feature the traveling art exhibit “Original Green,” as well as American Indian dancing and drumming.

Spencer, most recognized for his role as Sam Uley in “Twilight Saga: New Moon & Eclipse,” will discuss “Shifting the Power to the People” at 7:30 p.m. in Bresnan Arena.

Tickets for Minnesota State Mankato students are $1, available at Morris Hall 265 or Centennial Student Union 243. Tickets for non-students are $6, available at both Mankato Cub Foods.

Those who want more information may contact Erinn Wilson at (507) 389-5230 or

April 29: Distinguished Alumni

Nine alumni -- including David Cowan (Facilities Services) and Walt Wolff (Student Affairs emeritus) -- will be honored as 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winners by the Alumni Association on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Restaurant, North Mankato.

The awards are for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities.

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.

Frauenshuh, Myran and Story will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; De Rosier and Wariari will receive the Humanitarian Award; and Kelzenberg and LaCroix-Fralish will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

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

Brenda Flannery: New COB dean

Brenda FlanneryBrenda Flannery (Management) has been named the new dean of the College of Business, effective July 1. Her appointment was announced by Anne Blackhurst (Academic & Student Affairs).

Brenda joined Minnesota State Mankato in 1996, teaching entrepreneurship, leadership and management. On three occasions she was named the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity’s “Professor of the Year.” She has initiated new programs in service learning, entrepreneurship, leadership and international education.

From 2006 to 2009 she served as assistant vice president for undergraduate studies and international education, and has taught semesters abroad in Mexico and Canada. She led development of the web-based curriculum design system, which in 2009 was named one of Campus Technology magazine’s top technology innovations.

She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska and undergraduate and MBA degrees at Western Illinois University.

Business faculty member Marilyn Fox has served as interim dean.

Join the Stomper crew

The Department of Residential Life seeks faculty and staff volunteers to help greet students and parents as they arrive to move in to the residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Faculty and staff play greet students and parents, directing them to the correct buildings to get keys and information, and watch the heaps of belongings that are piled in front of the halls. They form the “Stomper Move Crew” that annually welcomes new students to our campus.

Stomper Move Crew volunteers receive a t-shirt to wear during their shift.

Those who are interested in volunteering or have questions may contact Torin Akey (Residential Life) at or (507) 389-1011 by May 27.

Diabetics, hypoglycemia

Faculty, staff and students are being urged to talk with diabetic friends or family about hypoglycemia, a dangerously low blood sugar syndrome that may be life-threatening but can be treated by a friend or family member who recognizes and treats it.

Signs of hypoglycemia include irregularities in heart beat, hunger, numbness, or tingling of face, hands or feet. Friends or family may see shakiness, paleness, weakness or anxiety.

Those who witness a hypoglycemic emergency should call 911. If sugar is readily available in the form of glucose tablets, hard candy or sweetened fruit juice, the witness should give sugar immediately to the victim, followed by a long-acting carbohydrate such as a sandwich.

For unconscious diabetics, rescuers should place glucose gel or cake frosting in the mouth between the teeth and cheeks, or table sugar under the tongue.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Brooke Hacker (Water Resources Center) gave a presentation about the Conservation Marketplace of Minnesota at the Greater Blue Earth River Basin Third Crop Producer meeting in March in Fairmont.

Kathryn Inskeep (Center for Academic Success) presented a paper, “Hedging Their Bets: Students, the Writing Process, and the Writing Center,” at the College English Association’s 42nd conference in March in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) was named the new director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship & Research, replacing Stephen Bohnenblust. He also was invited to the 2011 Circle on the Road Conference at the University of Houston in March, and he co-presented sessions about a mathematics game at the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival in Houston.

Michael Nolan (Small Business Development Center) will present at the Minnesota Sister Cities International Citizen Diplomacy Annual Conference in Shoreview, Minn., later this month.

Russell Palma (Physics & Astronomy) attended the international Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, last month, co-authoring a paper, "Presolar grains from novae: Evidence from helium and neon isotopes in interplanetary dust particles from comet dust stream collections."

Jeffrey R. Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) presented "POGIL in general chemistry for engineering majors course: Successes on several fronts" at the 241st national meeting of the American Chemical Society last month in Anaheim, Calif.

Yea-Ling Tsao (Mathematics & Statistics) co-authored “The study of number sense and teaching practice,” published recently in the Journal of Case Studies in Education.

David Viscoli (Music) performed John Adams' two-piano work, "Hallelujah Junction," with Beth Winterfeldt at Gustavus Adolphus College in March.

SBDC contributions

The South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center received $250 from Farmers State Bank in Trimont and $500 from ProGrowth Bank of Nicollet to support the organization’s no-cost, professional consulting services, workshops, training and other business development services.

Student achievements

Daniel Branscombe and Andrew Flix (Mathematics) presented at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research last month at Ithaca College, New York. Daniel discussed “Mathematical Modeling and Optimal Control of Chemotherapy applied to HIV,” and Andrew presented “Coexistence of Multi-allelic Polymorphism with Migration and Selection."

Tysen Dauer (German, Humanities, Music) received the summer internship of the Hans Jooh’s Cultural Exchange, New Ulm, to New Ulm's sister city, Ulm, Germany.

Scott Jindrake (TESL graduate student) received a 12-month CDS international internship in Germany to teach English as a foreign language starting this summer.

Kurtis Malecha (Chemistry, German) won a German Academic Exchange Service summer internship in the Research Internships for Science & Engineering undergraduate program. He will join a research group in chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, this summer.

Michael Robinson recently was awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship -- the sixth Minnesota State Mankato student-athlete to receive the award. Winners are student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The NCAA awards up to 174 post-graduate scholarships annually.

Crystal Taylor and Susan Gerbensky (Biology), working in the laboratory of Penny Knoblich (Biological Sciences), presented at the 15th annual Council of Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., recently. The event honors research of 75 undergraduate students from more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide. Crystal and Susan presented their research to members of Congress, congressional staff members, federal government officials and others.

Eight Information Technology Services student employees received ITS Scholarship Awards: Samia Tariq, Sushant Mainaly, Nathan Rodeback, Ian Roberts, Dinesh Thapa, Furqan Rauf, Asheesh Manandhar and Yushma Shrestha.

Twenty-four students were inducted into the Mankato chapter (Pi Psi) of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. Officers are: Jennifer Lamoreux, president; Samantha Buss, vice president; Crystal Taylor, secretary; Brandon Boeck, treasurer; and Jennifer Heibel, historian). Marilyn Hart (College of Business) is the faculty advisor.

18 get Target internship grants

Eighteen undergraduate and graduate students received 2010-2011 Nonprofit Internship Grants from Target. Each student is completing or has completed an unpaid academic internship with a Mankato are nonprofit agency and will receive a grant in the amount of $510.

Award recipients include:

  • Laura Aldrich (Social Work/Nonprofit Leadership), Mankato Area Living at Home Block Nurse Program;
  • Meghan Babcock (Gender & Women’s Studies), South Central Minnesota Pride;
  • Casey Baker (Counseling & Student Personnel), Sioux Trails Mental Health Center;
  • Sean R. Coffman (Spanish), South Central Minnesota Pride;
  • Makenzie Cunningham (Marketing), Greater Mankato United Way;
  • Amanda DeCurtins (Communication Studies), YWCA Girls on the Run Program;
  • Richard D. Ebensteiner (Construction Management), Habitat for Humanity;
  • Susan Gerbensky (Community Health/Biology), Open Door Health Center;
  • Jessica Loisel (Dance), Twin Rivers Council for the Arts;
  • Krista McNally (Counseling & Student Personnel), Cleveland Public School;
  • Whitney A. Moore (Counseling & Student Personnel) – MSU Women’s Center
  • Marguerite Morris (Family Consumer Science), Children’s Advocate, Inc.;
  • Kate C. Olson (Public Administration), YWCA Colorful Dialogue Program;
  • Laura Pape (Psychology), House of Hope;
  • Robert Ringer (Mass Communications), Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN;
  • Rondilienne Skordahl (Counseling & Student Personnel), Sioux Trails Mental Health Center;
  • Denise Tietz (Mass Communications/Marketing) , Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN;
  • Lindsey S. Vaske (Community Health), Open Door Health Center.

$2,521 for ALS Association

Sport Management students Marcus Ableman, Dillon Smith, Nicole Dick and Justin Kalligher hosted a pork feed fundraiser that raising $2,521 for the ALS Association early this month.

Students have spent the majority of the spring semester planning, organizing, and promoting the event. More than 240 tickets were pre-sold, and almost 50 tickets were sold at the door.

The event was part of a 20-hour service learning project for Bryan Romsa’s Sports Ethics and Professional Development course. The course encourages students to think about the sport industry from a philanthropic view point, and helps students develop a code of business ethics.

The assignment also helped students learn to plan, promote and host an event.


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