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June 8, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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President Richard Davenport, Bradley Cook and Brad Radichel

Officials including President Richard Davenport, Bradley Cook and Brad Radichel
recently dedicated 58 acres northeast of Mankato that will be used for environmental,
natural science and hydrology research.

Environmental research site

Fifty-eight acres of prairie and wetland that will be used for environmental, natural science and hydrology research has been donated to Minnesota State Mankato by the Lime Valley Development Company, Inc.

The land, on the northeast edge of Mankato near Lime Valley Road and Industrial Road, is the university’s first environmental research plot, and one of only a handful of environmental research properties in the Minnesota State system.

Biology students will use the land to research plant habitat; civil engineering students will use it to learn about the environmental impact of development; geology students will use it to learn about and test water resources; and education students will use it to develop new natural science teaching methods.

The parcel was dedicated recently in a ceremony featuring officers of Lime Valley Development Company, Inc., President Richard Davenport and other officials. Brad Radichel is president of Lime Valley Development Company, Inc., and his sisters – Brenda Radichel Quaye and Christina Radichel Caulkins – are directors of the company.

In addition to members of the Radichel family, faculty members who attended include Bradley Cook (Biology), Stephen Druschel (Mechanical & Civil Engineering) and Bryce Hoppie (Chemistry & Geology).

The Radichel family has a strong history of giving to Minnesota State Mankato for research about nature. In 2006, through the William D. Radichel Foundation, the family provided a generous endowment to maintain the Darlene and William Radichel Herbarium. 

Shutdown planning

Minnesota State Mankato and other Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system schools are taking steps to plan for a possible June 30 budget stalemate that could lead to a July 1 government shutdown.

The Minnesota Legislature ended its regular session without a budget agreement, creating the possibility of a shutdown. Gov. Mark Dayton said he will call a special session of the Legislature if his office and legislative leaders can agree on a compromise.

A May memo from Lori Lamb, vice chancellor for human resources, explains that the system’s budget balance will allow colleges and universities to operate through the end of summer session, even if an agreement is not reached. But the system might not be allowed to access its fund balances after June 30, meaning that the system would be part of a shutdown.

The Chancellor's Office will communicate information about the potential shutdown as it becomes available, and will provide information about health insurance and other benefits for furloughed employees in the event of a shutdown.

Through July 21: Orientation traffic

Expect delays signThe campus and Centennial Student Union expect heavy traffic over the lunch and dinner hours during summer orientation. Sessions continue through Thursday, July 21.

The times between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and during the 5 p.m. hour will be particularly congested. The food court will remain open to the public from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during orientation.

Those who want complete orientation dates may visit the First Year Experience webpage at

Two get McKnight fellowships

Mika LaidlawLiz MillerTwo art faculty members have been awarded $25,000 McKnight Artist Fellowships. Mika Laidlaw received a 2011 McKnight Fellowship for Ceramic Arts, and Liz Miller received a 2011/2012 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Arts.

The McKnight Fellowships for Ceramic Artists provide recognition and financial support for mid-career ceramic artists. The fellowships for visual artists identify, support and provide professional encouragement to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists. The awards are intended to advance the work of Minnesota artists who have proven their artistic abilities and whose work shows exceptional artistic merit.

Mika LaidlawLiz Miller

Mika says her work is inspired by memories of growing up in Japan and life’s evolving personal events. She has taught undergraduate and graduate ceramics at Minnesota State Mankato since 2003, and before that taught at Garden City (Kansas) Community College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and an MFA in ceramics from Kansas State University.

Her online gallery is at

Liz's mixed-media drawings refer to biology, natural disasters and computer imagery as commentary on the human struggle in an increasingly complex, multi-layered world. She has taught drawing at Minnesota State Mankato since 2005. She earned a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Minnesota.

Her website is at, and her online gallery is at

The McKnight Foundation contributes $1.7 million per year to its statewide McKnight Artist Fellowships, intended to provide artists with unfettered creative time that will inject new ideas and energy into Minnesota communities.

More information is at

Maverick football on CBS

Maverick logoThe Minnesota State Mankato-Augustana football game Thursday, Oct. 27, in Mankato will air live on the CBS Sports Network. The game also will be simulcast live on, the NCAA and CBS Sports Network announced last week.

The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 29, but it was moved to Oct. 27 to accommodate the television broadcast. It is one of six NCAA Division II games selected to be broadcast by CBS this year.

The game will kick-off at 7 p.m. It will be the third home football contest televised from Blakeslee Stadium. The Mavericks appeared on Fox Sports North Sept. 27, 2008, and were on Victory Sports Network Nov. 1, 2003.

HAN University visitors

Three faculty and staff members from HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands visited in May to learn how Minnesota State Mankato integrates research into its teaching.

Faculty and staff discussed how research can enhance undergraduate teaching and learning, and how Minnesota State Mankato and HAN can increase collaboration on automotive technology research.

Eric Holtman, dean of the Academy of Communication and Information Technology, communication and information technology faculty member Frits Feldbrugge and international coordinator Dick Groeneveld visited from HAN.

They met with John Knox (College of Science, Engineering & Technology), Bruce Jones (Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology), Maria-Claudia Tomany (Academic & Student Affairs), Caryn Lindsay (International Programs), Chris Mickle (Graduate Studies), Leon Tietz, Cyrus Azarbod, Mahbubur Syed and Christoph Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology), and Michelle Alvarez (Social Work).

HAN, with campuses in Arnhem and Nijmegen, Netherlands, provides 64 bachelor’s majors and 21 master’s programs to 29,700 students from throughout the world. It is known internationally for its automotive institute and its business school, and offers courses in education, commerce, communication, law, economics, engineering, IT and Communication, and nursing.

Boat on a lake

Waseca lakes partnership

Waseca's city council has unanimously authorized the first stages of a Water Resource Center partnership to improve the health of Waseca are lakes, improve lake habitat and water quality, and encourage student education and support from the Waseca community.

Project coordinators are Shannon Fisher and Joe Pallardy (Water Resource Center).

The plan targets nutrient sources, trains young professionals, involves Waseca area students and gives residents opportunities to learn more about their lakes. It replaces Waseca’s previous attempt to clean up the Gaiter Lake Diversion Project, put on hold in 2010.

Edmund Clark: CIO

Edmund ClarkEdmund Clark, chief information officer for the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, has been named vice president for technology and chief information officer at Minnesota State Mankato.

President Richard Davenport announced his appointment, which is effective July 1.

He has served as College of Liberal Arts chief information officer since 2001, integrating new technology and implementing new strategies and services for the college’s 16,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff members.

From 1997 to 2001 he served as the college’s director of information technology, and before that was an IT supervisor and support staff member. He has served on numerous University of Minnesota IT security, audit and budget committees, and co-chaired the CIC/Big 10 liberal arts and sciences IT dean’s and directors’ panel.

Seniority rosters

May classified seniority rosters were posted on bulletin boards and are now available online at /hr/seniorityrosters.html.

Employees have specific timeframes to notify Human Resources of any disagreements:

• AFSCME – 30 calendar days from posting;
• MAPE – 60 calendar days;
• MMA, MNA and • MGEC – No deadline.

Those who have questions should call 507-389-2015.

Top graduate: Lakeyta Potter

Recent master's-degree graduate Lakeyta Potter has been named Minnesota’s Potential School Counselor of the Year -- an honor bestowed on the state’s top candidate for professional school counseling. Minnesota State Mankato students have won the awards in five of the last eight years.

Lakeyta, from Worthington, currently works two internships in two schools, and works for the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.

The Minnesota School Counselors Association presents the Potential School Counselor Award each year to any student, from any state, who serves a school counseling internship in Minnesota.

Lakeyta was nominated by Walter Roberts (Counseling & Student Personnel).

International science fair

South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair logo Two winners of the South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held on campus, went on to  the International Science Fair in Los Angeles in May.

Nick Nothom of Waconia High School, Waconia, Minn., built a particle accelerator in his basement over the past year. He was selected to go to Switzerland to see the world’s largest particle accelerator, and he was offered a scholarship after the fair.

Yinshou Zhang, a Mankato West junior, created a low-cost solar energy system intended for average Americans. His idea and project won a Sustainable Development Award from Ricoh Americas Corporation. The award includes a $12,500 scholarship and helps to procure a patent lawyer for Zhang’s idea.

International fellowship

Sophomore Kurtis Malecha (Chemistry) was recently awarded a Research Internship in Science and Engineering fellowship to the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

Kurtis, an Honors Program student, is one of 305 undergraduates worldwide to receive the award, from among 1,670 applicants from the United States, Canada and the UK. He departed for Germany May 12 to assist the doctoral research of Nils Stöbener, and he will return home in late July.

His research will test aquifer samples to detect traces of Neptunium, a highly radioactive element.

The program is sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (the German Academic Exchange Service), which offers undergraduate students the chance to work with research groups at universities and institutions across Germany.

A stipend covers Kurtis' living expenses. The Honors Program, Chemistry Department and College of Science, Engineering & Technology also support Kurtis' summer research experience.

Historic magazines digitized

Two historic student magazines published from 1888-1913 by Mankato State Normal School have been digitized, thanks to a Minnesota Historical Society Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant to University Archives.

Archives used a Digital Conversion and Access Grant to digitize the magazines, The Student (1888-1891) and The Mankatonian (1891-1913). The volumes are available to researchers, genealogists, students and all Minnesotans through the digital collections site, They soon will be available on the Minnesota Reflections site (

The Mankatonian and The Student were monthly magazines published by Normal School students during the school year and a few summer sessions. The Student was published from 1888-1891, when the name was changed to The Mankatonian, published from 1891-1913.

Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Minnesota Legislature, from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, created with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.

Homecoming parade

Homecoming events

The Homecoming schedule is being developed, and departments, organizations and programs are being asked to plan and submit Homecoming Week events (Sept. 26 through Oct. 1) that should be considered for inclusion on the official Homecoming schedule.

President Richard Davenport will open Homecoming Week Monday, Sept. 26, with a celebration on the campus mall. Faculty, staff and other members of the campus community are encouraged to attend, and to wear purple and gold colors frequently during the week.

Those who have events should submit details to Robyn Goldy at Updates to the schedule will be available at

CFP exam success

Students passed the 10-hour Certified Financial Planner® Examination with flying colors again this year. Students in the College of University Extended Education and College of Business Financial Planning Certificate Program exceeded the rigorous national exam’s pass rate for the seventh straight time.

Students who pass the exam can receive the CFP® designation – the most highly recognized and respected professional certification among financial service professionals.

Online Certificate Program students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the March 2011 CFP® Examination, and classroom-based students achieved an 89 percent pass rate. The national average pass rate was 60 percent.

This marks the seventh year that students in the Financial Planning Certificate Program exceeded the national pass rate. The exam is offered in March, July and November of each year.

June 8-11: 'Clue: The Musical'

'Clue: The Musical'Highland Summer Theatre continues its summer season with “Clue: The Musical” June 8-11 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. each day, and the show is sponsored by Gislason & Hunter Law Office.

The performance transforms Parker Brothers’ internationally popular game into a fun-filled musical, bringing the world’s best known suspects to life, and inviting the audience to help solve the mystery. The audience takes a part in determining the combination of potential murderers, weapons and rooms, with 216 possible solutions.

“Clue: The Musical” is directed by spring MFA Directing graduate Michael James and features Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre & Dance) as Mr. Boddy. The stage is a recreation of the board game, populated by such favorite characters as Colonel Mustard (Steven Lange), Prof. Plum (J. Alexander Coe) and Miss Scarlet (Emily Jansen).

Individual tickets for “Clue: The Musical” are $20 regular, $18 discounted and $14 for current students, and may be purchased online at Tickets also are available from the box office (open from 4-6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby) or by calling (507) 389-6661.

June 12: 'River Revival'

A new documentary featuring work of the Water Resources Center, "River Revival: Working Together to Save the Minnesota River," will be broadcast on KARE-11 TV at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12, with a local viewing celebration scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Mankato.

The celebration to honor work that has been done to improve water quality in the Minnesota River Basin will be at 4:30 p.m. in Rounders Sports Bar and Grill, 414 South St., where those interested in water quality can celebrate and engage in discussion about the roles of everyone in improving water quality.

The 4:30 p.m. event will include a social hour and dinner (on your own), and a 5:30 p.m. welcome by Shannon Fisher (Water Resources Center), followed by a short program featuring Anne Blackhurst (Academic & Student Affairs), County Commissioner and Minnesota River Board Delegate Drew Campbell, documentary participant Bryce Hoppie (Chemistry & Geology) and documentary coordinator Scott Kudelka (Water Resources Center).

A discussion of the documentary will follow the 6 p.m. broadcast of.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by noon Thursday, June 9, to (507) 389-2304 or email

June 27: Blood drive

Blood drive donations pictureRed Cross health-care professionals will be on campus Monday, June 27, to collect Bloodmobile donations.

The blood drive, sponsored by Upward Bound, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union lower level, between the food court and game room.

Red Cross officials point out that blood supplies are low because of recent tornado disasters in Minneapolis, Missouri and elsewhere. Students, faculty, staff and the public are urged to donate.

Participants may make appointments by calling (507) 389-1211 or clicking and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins also are welcome.

The Upward Bound program serves students in high schools at Blue Earth, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, Madelia, Mankato East and West, Maple River and Riverbend Academy.

Those who want more information may contact Gladys Barbeau (Upward Bound) at (507) 389-1211.

June 27: Leadership apps

Applications for the sixth annual Minnesota State Mankato Leadership Institute are available for all full-and part-time probationary and permanent employees. The applications are due Monday, June 27.

The institute is a selective program for faculty and staff who wish to develop leadership skills, grow in their current positions and prepare themselves for their future.

It is a series of monthly daylong sessions September through April, excluding December, that focus on leadership skills. Each session includes a combination of lecture, content, interaction and reflection. The institute will cover key issues such as behavioral styles, ethics, communication, change management, understanding power, conflict management and more.

Participants must commit to attending all sessions, complete required readings and assignments, and participate in discussions/activities.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, Aug. 1. Those who are interested may visit Professional Development Leadership at /hr/profdev/leadership.html.

Ken and Linda Anglin, Walt and Sherryl Wolff

June 30: Campus Drive

2011 Campus Drive faculty and staff participation currently is at 35 percent, with a goal of 40 percent by the end of this month, according to Ken and Linda Anglin and Walt and Sherryl Wolff, drive chairs.

Faculty and staff may review past newsletters and testimonials and find Campus Drive forms at

"Our students need your support now more than ever," Ken, Linda, Walt and Sherryl point out. "Many gifts combined together have a powerful impact, whether $10 or $1,000, and your generous gift by June 30 will play a critical role in the lives of our students."

Faculty and staff may make a gift online at the secure website,, or by calling the Development Office, (507) 389-6829.

July 12-14: Thank-a-thon

StudentsFaculty, staff, emeriti, university friends and students are invited to be guest volunteers during the Annual Fund Thank-a-thon Tuesday, July 12, through Thursday, July 14.

The Thank-a-thon Call Center phones approximately 14,000 Minnesota State Mankato Foundation donors to thank them for their fiscal year 2011 gift. Last year’s volunteers included administrators, faculty, staff and students.

The event will be from 6-8:30 p.m., and volunteers receive five minutes of training. Those interested can sign up for blocks of 15 minutes to 2.5 hours of calling in the Alumni Foundation Center building, Room 125.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Amber Power at or (507) 389-5951.

Faculty/Staff achievements

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented a two-day workshop on integrated course design for faculty at Florida A & M in May, and active learning/rubric workshops for faculty at Thomas More College in Florence, Ky., followed by a two day workshop on integrated course design at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

'Common Read'

Members of the campus community and Mankato residents are welcome to join in the Learning Communities' "common read" for 2011–2012. The book is "This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women," edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

Interested faculty, staff, students and community residents may pick up a copy of the book and attend various events planned for the fall semester. Events will be posted as they are scheduled.

Those who want more information may contact Kate Hansen (First Year Experience), (507) 389-5498.


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 July 13; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (July 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.