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Minnesota State University, Mankato

The MSU Campus Newsletter is a monthly electronic publication of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Division of University Advancement. It is intended to inform faculty and staff members about events and achievements at MSU, Mankato. Send items for future newsletters to michael.cooper@mnsu.edu.

April 27, 2011 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2011-04-27/

 

Walt WolffDave CowanEugénie de Rosier

Walt Wolff, Dave Cowan, Eugénie de Rosier

 David FrauenshuhTodd KelzenbergMichael LaCroix-Fralish

David Frauenshuh, Todd Kelzenberg, Michael LaCroix-Fralish

Gunder MyranMary StoryBetty Wariari

Gunder Myran, Mary Story, Betty Wariari

Distinguished Alumni Awards

David Cowan (Facilities Services) and Walt Wolff (Student Affairs emeritus) are among nine to be honored by the Alumni Association as 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winners Friday, April 29. The event, honoring exceptional achievement and contributions to professions and communities, is at 6 p.m. in 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.

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 would like to congratulate Dave, Walt or any other honorees may email messages to alumni@mnsu.edu or mail them via on-campus mail to Alumni Relations at AF224. Those who would like to attend the festivities may register at the Alumni & Friends Community page. Cost of attending the event is $40.

Those who want more information may contact Jennifer Guyer-Wood (Alumni Relations & Special Events) at jennifer.guyer-wood@mnsu.edu or (507) 389-1794.

May 7: Commencement

CommencementSpring 2011 Commencement will be Saturday, May 7, in Bresnan Arena.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with graduates from the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology. At noon graduates from the colleges of Allied Heath & Nursing and Education will commence. And at 3 p.m. students from the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences will graduate.

More information about commencement is on the graduation page at http://www.mnsu.edu/graduation/

Marcus Piepho: Top cadet

Marcus PiephoSenior Marcus Piepho (Economics) has been named this year’s top Maverick Army ROTC cadet – one of 272 from across the nation selected for the prestigious George C. Marshall Seminar, Lexington, Va.

Marcus was selected by the Maverick Army ROTC cadre as the outstanding cadet based on leadership, scholarship, duty and physical conditioning.

He is the Army ROTC cadet battalion operations officer and has led the Ranger Challenge Team, the Army 10-miler team and Bataan ruck and marathon teams. He is the son of Mark and Shirley Piepho (Centennial Student Union).

The three-day Marshall Seminar, led by experts from academia and the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, will focus on national security. Cadets will discuss how cultural, technological and social media changes will affect U.S. forces.

Marcus will be commissioned a second lieutenant at the April 29 Maverick Army ROTC commissioning ceremony and banquet, and will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a minor in military science on May 7.

Brittany Frank: Meredith Scholar

Brittany FrankBrittany Frank, a junior nursing student, has been awarded a $9,000 Donald and Marjorie Meredith Nursing Scholarship for 2011-2012.

She will receive $3,000 each semester for the last three semesters of her nursing program, allowing her to pursue her studies full-time, participate in the School of Nursing and Student Nurses Association, and serve on the College of Allied Health & Nursing Advisory Board.

Meredith Scholarships are intended to let recipients focus on their studies without having to work at part- or full-time jobs. Recipients must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average and demonstrate a well-balanced lifestyle, leadership abilities and commitment to the nursing profession.

Meredith Scholarship recipients have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and peer mentoring, and to assist in the high-tech nursing simulation learning lab.

In 2007, Donald and Marjorie Meredith of Mankato gave the university $375,000 to endow nursing scholarships. In addition, in 2005 the Merediths gave the university more than $700,000 to fully endow the Meredith Scholars program for promising science and mathematics students.

Donald Meredith co-founded Mankato’s Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, PA with Dr. Paul Gislason in 1957. They served as Minnesota State Mankato’s first athletic team physicians and helped create what is now the nation’s oldest, continually accredited athletic training education program.

'Odyssey' at Kennedy Center

The Minnesota State Mankato Theater performed “The Odyssey” at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival last week.

Minnesota State Mankato was one of four college performances chosen for the prestigious event.

The festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. Its goals are to encourage and celebrate the finest and most diverse college theater work; to improve the quality of college and university theater; and to encourage colleges new plays by students.

In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's productions. Four to six of the best are selected to be showcased at the noncompetitive national festival at the Kennedy Center, all expenses paid.

No sports fee increase

President Richard Davenport has decided not to approve a suggested student fee increase to support intercollegiate athletic programs that are scheduled to be eliminated. The university will continue to support one of the four programs – women’s tennis –  to honor the university’s commitment to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Women’s tennis is a championship NSIC sport; the other three – men’s tennis, women’s bowling and men’s swimming – are not.

Last year administrators identified four sports programs as candidates for elimination, to help the university reduce its fiscal year 2012 expenditures by $8 million. The sports were identified based on an examination of gender equity impact, potential economic impact, alignment with competitors’ programs and other factors.

On April 12 students, in an advisory referendum, voted 1,796 to 1,287 in favor of raising student fees by 75 cents per credit – approximately $20 per student per year – to keep the four sports programs viable for three years.

The president considered several factors, including the fact that the three sports are not conference championship sports, the fee increase would be temporary and would not address the overall budget issue, and only 12 percent of the student body voted "yes" in the advisory referendum.

 

Jazz student

Jazz Mavericks trumpet player Brian DeGayner (Music Education)

Jazz regional

The Jazz Mavericks and Jazz Singers earned high regional awards recently at the Eau Claire, Wis. Jazz Festival. The Jazz Mavericks took second in the festival’s big-band competition against institutions from throughout the Midwest. The Jazz Singers earned a superior rating (97 of a possible 100) in vocal competition.

Jazz studies faculty member Douglas Snapp (Music) directs both groups.

Members of the groups also took part in clinics conducted by nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators. Clinics included instrument-specific classes, lessons on improvisation, jazz mechanics and music composition.

Speech nationals

The Speech Team placed 12th overall at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament this month at Illinois State University, Bloomington.

More than 80 schools competed in the tournament. The Mavericks also placed fourth in the President’s I Division (schools with 22-43 entries; comparable to NCCA Division II).

Senior Suzanne Lumberg (Communication Studies) placed second in Informative Speaking and was also a quarterfinalist in After-Dinner Speaking and Rhetorical Criticism, placing in the top 24 in both categories. She was the 17th overall-ranked speaker.

Sophomore Skylar Carlson (Communication Studies) placed sixth in Persuasive Speaking.

Other students attending and contributing points included Ariel Klugman and Molly Carmody (Political Science); Jordan Christiansen (Communication Studies); Sarah Hess (Elementary Education); Ryan Zahn (Speech/English Education); Kelly Stellenber (Dental Hygiene); and Maggie Pence (Political Science/International Affairs).

Suzzanne Lumberg also participated in the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament in Harrisonburg, Va. Only the top 2 ranked persuasive speeches in each state qualify to attend this prestigious event, which is the oldest university level forensic competition in the nation.

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

$10,000 for Japan relief

JapanStudents, faculty and staff have given more than $10,000 for Japan disaster relief. Since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, student members of the Japanese Intercultural Association raised $10,237 by soliciting hundreds of donations.

The money is being distributed to the three hardest hit prefectures in northern Japan – Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi – and to the American Red Cross.

The Japanese Intercultural Association comprises about 40 members, including students from Japan and others with a strong interest in the country and its people.

Those who want more information or to donate may contact Mitch Ruscin at mitchell.ruscin@mnsu.edu or Shoko Nakamura at shoko.nakamura@mnsu.edu.

Memorial Library e-books

e-book readerMemorial Library’s collection includes hundreds of e-books available to faculty, staff and students. Many of the titles are encyclopedias, handbooks and other volumes traditionally found in print reference collections. Others cover academic subjects.

Those who wish to find e-books should first conduct a standard catalog search from the Library Services home page and then, in the format list on the left side of the results page, click on the “electronic book” link to find e-books related to the topic.

All e-books can be read on desktop or laptop computers and can be accessed in Memorial Library or from off-campus locations. Because these books come from a number of publishers and vendors, there are some variations in features such as display options.

Those who want help to locate e-books may stop at the Memorial Library reference desk, send an online question or call (507) 389-5958.

Monument construction

Monument construction mapConstruction of new monument signage and landscaping started this week on the corner of Stadium Road and Ellis Avenue.

The construction will create a visual campus “gateway” at the corner, enhancing the existing stone artwork “Pillars” with a plaza and landscaping around the large stones. The project also features two new brick and stone signs with raised lettering and LED backlighting.

Construction will be substantially complete July 1, with final completion before the end of July. A temporary walking path will be created around the site, with barricades and fence to maintain a safe pedestrian path through the project.

The April start date was selected to ensure that the project would not conflict with summer activities on campus in July. 

Those who have questions may contact Paul Corcoran (Physical Plant) at paul.corcoran@mnsu.edu or at (507) 389-6802.

New grants, contracts: $203,108

Seven faculty and staff members recently were named to oversee grants and contracts worth $203,108. Recipients, their projects, funding agencies and awards include:

  • Jim Wilde (Mechanical & Civil Engineering), $54,000 for "Effects of Garbage Haulers on Pavements," from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  • Mike Nolan (Small Business Development Center), $37,500 for the Sibley County CDBG, from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
  • Dan Sachau (Psychology), $26,632 for CatalystRX User Satisfaction Survey, from Catalyst RX.
  • Dan also received a $19,000 contract for MnSCU 2011 Information Technology Survey from MnSCU.
  • Bruce Jones (Auto & Manufacturing Engineering Technology), $28,620 for Environmental Technologies Demo Project, from Environmental Technologies Inc.
  • Shannon Fisher (Water Resources Center), $17,950 for the Duck Lake Vegetative Survey Project, from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
    Judy Evans (Strategic BU, ED and Regional Partnerships), $10,000 for Science and Enginering Camps, from the Pentair Foundation.
  • Suzanne Martin (Modern Languages); Norden utan granser: Online Outreach from Minnesota; Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad - $9,406

Online employee resource guide

Online employee resource guide logoAn online employee resource guide is available for new and veteran employees of Minnesota State Mankato through the Human Resources Department.

The guide is at www.mnsu.edu/hr/resguide. Because it's online, it can be updated to include the latest information on topics of interest to faculty and staff.

The guide includes information about employment and orientation, benefits and leave, position and performance, training and development, employee welfare, policies and procedures, and information about what a supervisor should do if someone is leaving the university.

Two other resources are the online orientation for new employees and the supervisor’s toolkit.

Those who have questions may contact Human Resources at (507) 389-2015.

April 27: Tredmill-A-Thon

Tredmill-A-Thon adStudents, faculty and staff from Minnesota’s two largest state universities – St. Cloud State and Minnesota State Mankato – will face off on treadmills in an all-day competition Wednesday, April 27, at both campuses.

Participants will vie to determine which school can accumulate the greatest number of miles on a treadmill in 10 hours. Winners of the first-ever event, sponsored by campus recreation departments at both schools, will earn a traveling trophy.

The “Treadmill-a-Thon” starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Minnesota State Mankato participants will compete on one treadmill in Otto Recreation Center.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to register as Maverick treaders for 15-, 30- or 60-minute sessions. Participants can register during the event at Otto Recreation Center or ahead of time by calling (507) 389-3269.

Progress reports and videos will be posted on the campus recreation Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/people/Campus-Rec/1548907367. More information also can be found at the campus recreation website, http://www.mnsu.edu/campusrec/.

April 28: Ethnic studies

Nou Yang will headline a day of multicultural discussions at Minnesota State Mankato’s Ethnic Studies Conference, Thursday, April 28.

Yang will talk about “Hmong Women as Double Agents: a Discussion of Hmong Feminism” as the luncheon keynote speaker. The free noon luncheon and Yang’s 12:30 p.m. talk will be in Centennial Student Union Room 284.

Other conference presentations – also free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public – will be in Ostrander Auditorium:

  • Francisco Gonzales, attorney for the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, will discuss “Immigration and the Dream Act” at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tamrat Tademe, professor of multicultural education at St. Cloud State University, will talk about “Race and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: Who Benefits?” at 11 a.m.
  • Jackie Vieceli (Political Science) will talk about “We All Could Win” at 2 p.m.
  • Sebastian “Bronco” LeBeau of the Bureau of Indian Affairs will discuss “Native American Voices in Cultural Resource Management” at 3:30 p.m.

Those who want more information about the conference may contact the Department of Ethnic Studies at (507) 389-2798.

April 28: Chaske Spencer

Actor 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.

He was born a Lakota Sioux and raised on reservations in Montana and Idaho. In addition to acting on stage and screen, he seeks to empower Native Americans to reduce poverty and create sustainable communities.

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 erinn.wilson@mnsu.edu.

April 28-30: Dance concert

Dancing figureDaniel Stark (Theatre & Dance) reveals a dance railing against technology in the Spring Dance Concert April 28-30 in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday

Daniel's is one of seven dances to be performed, including two student pieces and one each from Andreas guest artists Alan Sener and Mary Davies Stark.

In fall 2010 Daniel's “iDance 3pointOh” targeted Facebook, email, Skype and Twitter and how the “slacker generation” feels it must appear unattached while craving the attention and spotlight that these products of technology provide.

Julie Kerr-Berry (Dance) has two pieces in the concert, “Shall We Dance” and “Pas de Deaux,” both premieres, while Davies Stark presents a jazz piece and Sener presents “The Guys Are Pretty Cool.” Two student pieces round out the concert: Jennifer James presents her solo piece, "Aftermath," and Amanda Abeling choreographs "Coterie."

Tickets are $9 regular, $8 discounted and $7 for current MSU students. They may be purchased at Dance or www.MSUTheatre.com, or from the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, (507) 389-6661.

A Student Showcase Concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in Ted Paul Theatre. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

April 29: Nomination deadline

Nominations are being solicited for the Claire E. Faust Public Service Award Award to recognize a Minnesota State Mankato employee for outstanding service to the university, community, state and nation. Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 29.

The award is named after Claire E. Faust, former vice president of administrative affairs. The recipient will receive the award at the Employee Appreciation Breakfast May 9. Recipients receive a plaque and are recognized on a permanent plaque displayed within the university.

Award criteria and nomination forms are available at  /hr/erc/awards.html.

Those who want more information may contact the Office of Human Resources at (507) 389-2015.

 

Flower planting

May 4: Flower planting

The Facilities Management Department invites all faculty, staff and students to participate in flower planting, raking and litter pick-up day on Wednesday, May 4.

The day will kick off at noon with hot dogs and chips on the mall by the big planter on the east side of Memorial Library. Volunteers will be assigned an area for planting, raking or trash pick-up.

The work helps to spruce up the campus for summer. Those who want to volunteer may contact Donna Hensel at donna.hensel@mnsu.edu, call (507) 389-2267 or stop at WC 111.

May 10: Diane Abraham

Diane AbrahamDiane Abraham's (Alumni Relations) retirement and 30 years of service to Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Residential Life will be celebrated Tuesday, May 10 from 2-4 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Centennial Student Union.

Those who wish to attend may RSVP to events@mnsu.edu or call (507) 389-3235. Those who cannot attend may send regards and well wishes to Diane at diane.abraham@mnsu.edu.

May 12-20: Two workshops

A supervisor development continuing education workshop will be May 12 and 13 in Mankato, presented by Dan Sachau, Andi Lassiter and Scott Fee. The workshop is for first-time supervisors of any organization.

Those who want more information may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/continuinged/supervisor.html.

Helen Preddy will present a dispute resolution workshop May 12, 13, 19 and 20 in Edina. The course meets the Minnesota Supreme Court 30-hour civil mediation requirements.

Those who want more information may visit http://www.mnsu.edu/continuinged/disputeresolution/index.html.

May 18-19: Front-Line conference

The Sixth Annual “Energizing Our Front-Line Network” conference will be May 18 and 19 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The event will begin Wednesday at noon and will conclude Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The conference offers an array of sessions from in-house staff and professional presenters, providing breakout sessions on work-related topics. AFSCME, MAPE and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities jointly sponsor the conference.

Registration is limited to the first 280 employees who receive supervisory approval and complete the online registration at www.frontlineconference.mnscu.edu.

Library Services newsletter

The April Library Services newsletter is available online, with articles including "Power Check Energy Meters," "Library E-book Access," "Government Printing Office Celebrates 150 Years," "Database Spotlight: Mango Languages," "Tell Your Minnesota State Mankato Story," and "MSU Authors Collection."

The April newsletter is at http://lib.mnsu.edu/about/news/newsltrapr11.pdf

New consortium

The school districts of Faribault, LeSueur-Henderson, Mankato, Sibley East, St. Peter and Waseca will join the Center for School-University Partnerships in a new Achievement Via Individual Determination consortium beginning this summer.

The consortium is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance, advancing student learning, using research-supported effective instruction, providing motivational professional development, and acting as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

The program focuses on the least-served students in the academic middle, and has a resounding success rate nationwide. Of 22,210 AVID 2010 seniors, 91.3% intended to attend a post-secondary institution.

Paul Preimesberger (Center for School-University Partnerships) and partner school superintendents, principals and teachers formed an exploration team to study AVID and attend the national conference. The team recommended adoption of AVID and presented a structuring and finance model.

Last month eight site team members from each  district, as well as Center for School-University Partnership officials, took part in an implementation training seminar.

Those who want more information may click on http://www.avid.org/.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Michelle Alvarez (Social Work) was recently awarded a strategic priority grant for her project, “An Inter-university Collaboration to Develop an Outline Certificate Program in School Social Work.”

Jeff Bumgarner (Government) presented “Exploring the Intersection of Policing and Federalism: Peace Officer Perceptions of American Federal Law Enforcement” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Toronto, Canada, in March. Jeff also was appointed associate editor of the new Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice, to be published in 2012.

Heather Camp (English) published her work “Preparing for Meaningful Involvement in Learning Community Work in the Composition Classroom” in Teaching English in the Two-Year College last month.

Janet Cherrington (Urban & Regional Studies) was appointed to the City of Janesville’s Economic Development Authority and was elected to chair the group. She also serves on the city’s Planning Commission.

Tony Filipovitch (Urban & Regional Studies) presented “Truth in Taxation” at the Minnesota Council on the Social Studies meeting in Rochester, Minn., in March.

Eiji Kawabata (Government) recently was awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council for his research project, “The Politics of Privacy in Japan, Australia, and South Korea: Complex Policy Convergence and the Asia Pacific.”

Jose Javier Lopez-Jimenez (Geography) was the guest speaker at the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey’s seminar, "Environmental Changes in the Island of Puerto Rico: Challenges, Perspectives, and Human Impact," in March. Jose presented on regional patterns of police malpractice at a National Institute of Health seminar of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, in March.

Robin Wingo (Social Work) presented “Summative Project Model Utilized in the Minnesota State Mankato Master of Social Work Program and U.S. Child Welfare/Child Protection Continuum of Care” as part of International Week at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in February.

Perry Wood (Urban & Regional Studies) was appointed to represent the university on MnDOT’s Mankato Transit Study.

Student Achievements

Bryan Beal (Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology) and Andrew Darsow (Law Enforcement) were selected from a national pool of candidates to attend the Army National Guard Air Assault School at Camp Rilea, Ore.

Caitlin Christopherson and Brittany Leary (Nursing) earned Nurse Summer Training Program slots from the Army ROTC Cadet Command. The slots provide a four-week, all-expenses-paid training opportunity. Caitlin will complete her training at Walter Reed Army Medical Facility in Washington, D.C., and Brittany will complete her training at Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.

Eric Pittelkow (Bio-Chemistry) and Megan Callahan (Dietetics) were awarded Army Medical Department Internships for the summer. Eric will spend four weeks in Germany at the Landstuhl Medical Center. Megan will spend four weeks at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Graduate student Caitlin O’Sullivan (Creative Writing) has been named Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistant for 2011-2012 by demonstrating strong potential as an emerging professional artist through performances in writing workshops. She will complete her assistantship during 2011-2012 year. She founded Postcard Press, a monthly one-page literary journal/micropress.

Tyler Struss and Danni Krinke (Law Enforcement) were selected to participate in the Army’s new Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program this summer. Tyler will travel to Portugal and Danni will travel to El Salvador. LTC Joel Stephenson (Military Science) will serve as cadre in charge for the El Salvador program.

Dan Sweeney (Mechanical Engineering) was selected from a national pool to participate in an engineering internship sponsored by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He will travel to New York this summer and spend four weeks working in a resident engineering office.

Trisha Rosenfeld (Urban & Regional Studies) was recently elected vice president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Six student employees recently received the Finance & Administration Division’s 2011 Fiscal Services Scholarships: Afton Smestad, Bikram Duwal, Chowdhury Shoeb Mohammod, Nicole Good, Philip Holz and Anisha Pant.

Education open house

More than 200 students from 10 high schools visited campus in March to learn about careers in education and the programs offered by Minnesota State Mankato. The students are members of the Northwest Integration School District Future Educators Club.

Students participated in workshops dealing with admission requirements, financial aid, education career options and international travel. They also talked with faculty and students from the College of Education, ending the day with a campus tour.

Members of the club also visited campus in April.

Psychology conference

Graduate students and faculty in the clinical, I/O and school psychology programs presented at the Midwestern Conference for Professional Psychology in Owatonna in March. Presenters and their presentations included:

  • Jill Brink and Sarah Sifers, “Age as a Contributor in Global Self-Worth Self Report in Pre-Adolescent Females enrolled in a Fitness Program.”
  • Ian Cero and Sarah Sifers, “Lasting Improvements in Bodily-Dissatisfaction in Preadolescent Girls: Evaluating a Community Athletic Program at Follow-Up.”
  • Angela Christension, Britta Fiksdal, Sarah Marsh and Dan Houlihan, “An Observation and Comparison of Teacher Commands in General Education and Special Education Elementary School Classrooms.”
  • Susan Drevo and Barry Ries, “A Behavioral Indicator of Risk Taking: A Preliminary Analysis.”
  • Chelsea Gloth and Barry Ries, “The Illusion of Transparency and Public Speaking: A Study of Social Anxiety.”
  • Amanda Harms and Lisa Perez, “The Dirty Work of Law Enforcement: Emotion, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Burnout in Federal Officers Exposed to Disturbing Media.”
  • Sean Houlihan, Amanda Harms, Luman Yong, Sara Ebsen, Katlyn McKenzie, Julene Nolan and Angela Christenson (Moderators: Dan Houlihan and Dan Sachau), “Panel Discussion: Developing Multicultural Competence Through International Research, Practicum and Internship.”
  • Dorothy Lipski, Monica Howard, Fouad Salma and Keith Allen, “Relationships Between Behavior Management Techniques Used by Pediatric Dentists and Child Behavior During Dental Procedures.”
  • Julene Nolan and Kevin Filter, “An Effective Behavioral Intervention for Self-stimulating Behavior in an Internationally Adopted, Post-Institutionalized Student with ADHD.”
  • Dawn Seefeldt, Jeff Buchanan, and Dan Houlihan, “An Application of High-P, Low-P Procedure in an Effort to Improve Recall Memory in Elderly Patients with Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairment.”
  • Jonathan Steele and Jeff Buchanan, “A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Distractors Identified Through Stimulus Preference Assessment versus Caregiver Opinion.”

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