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September 14, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Edina expansion

A dramatic enrollment increase and demand for more programs from Twin Cities’ adult learners has prompted the doubling of classroom space at the Edina satellite site.

Renovations to the third floor of 7700 France will increase Minnesota State Mankato’s presence in the building to 27,000 square feet, from the current 12,271. The renovation includes nine new classrooms that are expected to be ready for occupancy by October.

The Edina expansion is driven by increased enrollment in a number of programs, including the MBA, master of public administration, family nurse practitioner, doctorate in educational leadership and teacher education.

Demand for master’s-degree completion courses at the Edina location has nearly tripled in the last two years. Master’s-degree candidates are taking 4,033 credit-hours of classes, compared with 1,382 credit-hours in 2009. The number of students enrolled in master’s courses has nearly doubled, at 539, compared with 282 in 2009.

Undergraduate credit-hours also have more than doubled, from 711 in 2009 to 1,683 today. Demand for continuing education and certificate programs has increased, too.

The Edina enrollment is expected to double when the expansion is finished.

One improvement that’s getting rave reviews is a state-of-the-art "telepresence" classroom with multiple big-screen, high-definition monitors and cameras that virtually puts students and in two places at once. Telepresence is a high-def application of videoconferencing with improved video and audio fidelity that lets participants feel as though they are present at another place.  Similar classrooms with the same high-tech equipment were installed on the Mankato campus this summer.

“It’s like taking a big-screen TV and setting it right in front of your desk,” said Bryan Schneider (Information Technology). “The person on other side is almost lifelike in size. You can see one another, look into each other’s eyes, and with the high-definition audio and video, you truly feel like you are sitting in the same room with them.”

Students at the Edina site also have virtual access to the campus financial aid and career development offices and other services.

The Edina site offers degree-completion courses, master’s-degree programs, professional licensure and certification, and continuing education. Students take classes at their own pace, and can “test-drive” undergraduate and graduate courses if they’re uncertain. More information is at


Homecoming 2011

Faculty and staff can help spread Maverick Pride during Homecoming Week Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 in a number of ways:

  • Attend the new Homecoming kickoff event at noon Monday, Sept. 26, on the campus Mall.
  • Gather colleagues and take part in the parade Saturday, Oct. 1 (sign up by Monday, Sept. 19, at
  • Sign up to collect items for the canned-food drive throughout the week.
  • Compete in the annual office-decorating contest (more information on the Homecoming web page, link above).
  • Volunteer at a Homecoming event (contact Tammy Kunze, Education, at for more information).
  • Wear purple-and-gold Maverick gear Friday, Sept. 29.
  • Attend events, including concerts, reunions, the new Homecoming 5K, the President’s Pancake Breakfast, the football game and more.

For the complete homecoming schedule and event sign-up information, visit the Homecoming page.

Innovative entrepreneurs

Matt Hudson Eric SchauppTwo Iron Range Engineering students who developed a lightweight, portable generator that operates on multiple fuels won the student division of the statewide Minnesota Cup that honors innovative entrepreneurs.

Matt Hudson and Eric Schaupp, Minnesota State Mankato students in the Iron Range Engineering program at Mesabi Range Community & Technical College, Virginia, Minn., will receive $10,000 in seed capital for engineering a lightweight, portable power generator that can run on various fuels, including kerosene, ethanol or gas.

The generator will power anything from a cell phone to a building. It initially will be targeted for use by the residential energy market, though it has potential for use in Third World countries as well.

Hudson earned associate degrees from Century College before entering Minnesota State Mankato’s Iron Range Engineering program. Schaupp completed two years at Anoka-Ramsey Community College before transferringto the Iron Range program.

Iron Range Engineering faculty member Ron Ulseth and business management faculty member Queen Booker encouraged Hudson and Schaupp in their project.

The two students are seeking companies that will buy or lease their technology.

Twenty-nine teams competed in the student division of the annual Minnesota Cup. The competition, founded in 2005 by Wells Fargo and the University of Minnesota, seeks and supports breakthrough ideas from promising entrepreneurs. More information is at

Iron Range Engineering is a hands-on, project-based engineering degree program hosted by Mesabi Range Community & Technical College and offered through Minnesota State Mankato. Students who have successfully completed two years of engineering study can enroll in Iron Range Engineering for their third and fourth years. They get real-world instruction from professionals at companies throughout northeastern Minnesota, and earn engineering bachelor’s degrees on the Iron Range.

Kathleen Ritter: Global business award

Kathleen RitterSenior Kathleen Ritter is one of 12 students worldwide to win Zonta International’s Jane M. Klausman Business Scholarship Award. The scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees who demonstrate outstanding business management potential.

She was one of 30 finalists from 15 countries; other recipients this year hail from Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines, Germany and elsewhere in the United States. The Zonta Club of Mankato presented the $5,000 scholarship.

Kathleen, from Red Wing, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and maintains a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average. She is a former captain of the women’s golf team, former president of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.

She hopes to become a Certified Financial Planner and manager her own financial planning firm. She will start her professional career with the KPMG accounting firm in January 2012 as an audit associate.



Star Alert registration

Star Alert logoFaculty, staff and students can subscribe to Star Alert, an emergency cell phone text messaging service to quickly notify the campus community in the event of conditions that threaten life or safety, or that severely impact standard campus operations.

Star Alert is a free service unless charges apply for incoming text messages. Participants must be able to receive text or e-mail messages on their cell phones.

There are two ways to subscribe:

  • Log in to
  • Students can log into E-Student Services (once within a 180-day period), and will be asked if they wish to subscribe to Star Alert.

In an emergency, Star Alert will send a text message to registered cell phones as well as to MavMAIL e-mail addresses. The messages will note the nature of the emergency, what action (if any) people are to take, and where to find more information. Star Alert also notifies of campus closures or class delays or cancellation.

Sept. 14: Bloodmobile

Red Cross logoRed Cross representatives will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 14, to collect Bloodmobile blood donations.

The blood drive, sponsored by Upward Bound, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Otto Recreation Center (Court 3).

Blood supplies are low because of the recent East Coast hurricane. Students, faculty, staff and the public are urged to donate.

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

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



Sept. 14-17: 'Shape of Things'

'Shape of Things' performanceTheatre & Dance will open its Studio season with Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” with performances Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 14-17, at 7:30 p.m. in Andreas Theatre.

Neil LaBute explores painful questions, including "How far would you go for love?" "For art?" "What concessions would you make?" "What price would you be willing to pay?"

After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy, insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair. The encounter veers into dangerous, seductive territory, becoming a modern-day retelling of the fall of man. This play contains mature language and themes.

“The Shape of Things” is directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha (third-year MFA Acting), who last year appeared in “Born Yesterday” and “Frozen.” The cast includes Tim Gagne (senior Theatre Arts) as Adam and Amanda Forman as Evelyn. Also featured is Kim Steffen as Jenny.

Tickets are $10 regular; $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under, and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets are on sale at or at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, (507) 389-6661.

Sept. 14-17: Stomper’s Cinema

Stomper’s Cinema movies are now open to the general public for $1. The recent-release movies, shown Wednesday through Saturday in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union, are presented by Student Events Team. Until this year they’ve been open to students only.

“Cars 2” will be shown Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 14-17. Showings are Wednesday and Thursday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Other available movies will be listed on the Student Events Team calendar at

Sept. 15: Good Thunder

Benjamin PercyIowa fiction writer Benjamin Percy will kick off the 30th year of the Good Thunder Reading Series Thursday, Sept. 15, with a reading and discussions of his work.

Percy will meet with community writers in the morning and will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. He will read from his published work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253. All events are free and open to the public.

Texas fiction and creative nonfiction writer Debra Monroe was originally scheduled to appear with Percy, but her residency has been re-scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10.

Percy is author of a novel, The Wilding, and two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction works have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire – where he is a regular contributor – Men’s Journal, Outside, the Paris Review, Tin House, Chicago Tribune, Orion, The Wall Street Journal, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other magazines and journals.

He teaches in the MFA creative writing and environment program at Iowa State University.

Those who want more information may call Candace Black (English) at (507) 389-2680, or visit

Sept. 16-18: Family Weekend

Family weekend will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18, and faculty, staff, students and families are invited to attend.

Events for all ages will be featured, including Stomper’s Cinema ("Cars 2"), an alumni legacy brunch, 5-K Fun Run/Walk, college open houses and receptions and Maverick football and volleyball. The full schedule of events, including information on parking and lodging, is at

Sept. 18: Schell’s Hobo Band

Schellís Hobo BandSchell’s Hobo Band, a local musical group that performs circus-style music, will be on campus Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The band was founded in 1946 by Les Magers, a World War II veteran who played tuba in the 85th Army Band during World War II. The band members dressed as hobos to have fun and to be different from others in parades, the Hobos mixed traditional military music with circus music.

The August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm began sponsoring the Hobo Band in 1948, and the group has been known as Schell¹s Hobo Band ever since.

Group members play the same repertoire and dress the same as they did 50 years ago. Current members range in age from 20 to 90 years.

Admission is $15 and $13 for students with valid MavCards. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 19: Ford Lecture

Environmental geochemist George Helz will discuss advances in environmental chemistry during the 22nd annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Monday, Sept. 19.

His talk, “Environmental Chemistry in the Half Century since Silent Spring,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Helz, chemistry/biochemistry professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, also will discuss how scientists can improve the treatment of wastewater in a technical talk for students and faculty, “Making Chlorine Greener,” at 11 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The annual Ford lecture is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Geology. Those who want more information may contact Christine Cords (Registrar) at (507) 389-1963 or email

Sept. 20: Study Abroad Fair

Representatives from organizations and departments will showcase their study abroad programs during the annual study abroad fair Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mav Ave, Centennial Student Union.  

The fair will highlight a wide variety of international study opportunities, including short-term/semester-long and internship programs available to students. Exchange students from partner universities also will answer student questions about their home countries and universities.

Sept. 21: CSER workshops

The year's first Center for Excellence in Scholarship & Research workshop will be Wednesday, Sept. 21. The workshops include:

  • Email and Professional Writing: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Armstrong Hall Room 220, led by Sarah FitzSimmons and Tracy Shega.
  • Survey Construction: 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, ML 113, led by Brian Barthel and Hitoshi Nishina.
  • SPSS: 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, ML 113. ;ed by Barthel and Nishina.
  • Qualitative Analysis: 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in ML 113. led by Barthel and Nishina.

Those who have questions may contact In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) at

Sept. 21-24: History Conference

One of the nation’s foremost authorities on American Indian history will speak at the 46th annual Northern Great Plains History Conference in Mankato Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 21-24.

Pulitzer Prize nominee Gary Clayton Anderson will be keynote speaker at the conference banquet on Friday, Sept. 23. Historians from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba are expected to attend.

In addition to Anderson’s talk, the three-day conference will include more than 50 expert-led discussions of all aspects of northern Great Plains history.

Anderson, who is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss “The Spirit and the Flesh: The Dakota War of 1862 as an ‘Ethnohistorical’ Conundrum.” The banquet is at 7 p.m. in the Hughes, Jackson and Johnson rooms in the Mankato City Center Hotel, and reservations must be made by Sept. 19.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of History. Detailed information, the conference program and a registration form is at the conference website, Conference participants are required to register; the registration fee is $60.

Sept. 22: Naming ceremony

Margaret R. PreskaThe newest residence hall will be named the Margaret R. Preska Residence Community in a naming ceremony Thursday, Sept. 22.

Members of the campus community, emeriti and local officials are invited to the event, at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 20, to or call (507) 389-3235.

Margaret R. Preska was president of Minnesota State Mankato from 1979 to 1992. During her tenure the university’s enrollment grew by 43 percent, and many campus buildings were expanded or remodeled. She was instrumental in obtaining donations to construct Andreas Observatory, Ostrander Student Bell Tower and other facilities.





Sept. 26: 'Journey' installation

Marian Anderson and her painting 'Journey'Faculty, staff and students are invited to the official campus installation of nationally acclaimed artist Marian Anderson’s original, commissioned painting, “Journey,” on Monday, Sept. 26.

The ceremony and reception for “Journey: From Frontier School to Doctoral University” will be at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union.

The painting follows the history and legacy of the university with a montage of images representing the institution as a normal school through a doctoral university.

Those who wish to attend the reception should RSVP at or call (507) 389-3235.

Limited edition prints, artist proof prints and giclee prints of the original can be ordered. Prints will be individually signed by Anderson, and proceeds of the sale will go toward student scholarships. Limited edition prints are $115, artist proof prints are $340 and giclee prints are $515. Online orders may be placed at or by calling (507) 389-3235.

Undergraduate Research Center grants

Undergraduate Research Center grant applications are due Monday, Sept. 26. Other important dates include:

  • Oct 3-Nov 15: Call for National Conference of Undergraduate Research abstracts
  • March 2: Due date for symposium abstracts and applications to present
  • March 26: Summer grant applications due
  • March 29-31: National Conference of Undergraduate Research
  • April 9: Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • April 23: System-wide Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity

Those who have questions or need information may contact Marilyn Hart (Biological Sciences), (507) 389-5732, or Cindra Kamphoff (Human Performance), 507-389-6112, or visit

Sept. 28: Open House

The Small Business Development Center will host an open house Wednesday, Sept. 28, to celebrate its new location at Minnesota State Mankato.

The event will be from 4-6:30 p.m. in Alumni Foundation Center Room 120. Visitors may meet the SBDC staff and professional business consultants; refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Sept. 29-Oct.1, Oct. 6-9: 'Rent'

Rent signThe Department of Theatre & Dance opens its three-musical Mainstage season later this month with the Pulitzer and Best Musical Tony Award-winning production of “Rent.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8, and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9, in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

“Rent,” based on Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” features music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, who died of an aortic aneurysm on the eve of the show’s Broadway premiere.

On Christmas Eve on the lower East side of New York in the late 1990s, a group of friends shares the night. Over the next year the friends struggle with paying the rent, eviction, death, drugs and living one day at a time. The performance includes songs such as “Seasons of Love,” “I’ll Cover You” and “Over the Moon.”

It is directed and choreographed by Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre), who last year directed opener “Chicago.”

Leads include Adam Moen (Musical Theatre) as Roger Davis; Sam Stoll (Musical Theatre) as Mark Cohen; Rodney Fair (Musical Theatre) as Tom Collins; Reginald D. Haney (Acting) as Benjamin Coffin III; Lindsay Odegaard (Theatre Arts) as Joanne Jefferson; Maxwell Thao (Musical Theatre) as Angel Dumott Schunard; Larissa Schmitz (Acting) as Mimi Marquez; and Laura Otremba (Musical Theatre) as Maureen Johnson. The cast also includes an ensemble of 18 featuring Theatre and Dance students.

The production contains mature language and themes, and is not recommended for young children. It is sponsored by HickoryTech, and more information can be found at

Tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 or groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are available by calling the Box Office at (507) 389-6661 from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by visiting

Sept. 30: Elevator re-dedication

The Robert Brunner Elevator re-dedication and celebration of accessibility will be Friday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Lincoln Lounge of Centennial Student Union.

Members of the campus community are invited to join the family of Robert Brunner, a long-time advocate for students with disabilities. The event will celebrate Brunner’s contribution to campus and the university's history of ensuring access for individuals with disabilities.

Oct. 22, 23: Women & Spirituality

Sustainable development and renewable energy activist and former vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke will be keynote speaker at the 30th annual Women & Spirituality Conference Oct. 22 and 23.

The conference, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, includes two days of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebrations, with 90 vendors and more than 100 workshops.

The annual event is intended to nurture caring, respect and understanding among men and women from different spiritual and religious backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Creating a Multicultural Democracy: Religion, Culture and Identity in America.”

Co-sponsored by the university’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Gender & Women’s Studies Department, Institutional Diversity and Women’s Center, it is expected to attract hundreds of participants. General admission is $55, but reduced rates, scholarships and college credit are available. Registration deadline is Oct. 3.

Those who want more information or who wish to register may call (507) 389-2077, email, or go to

Faculty/Staff achievements

Michelle Alvarez (Social Work) has been named interim director of Research & Sponsored Programs. She has taught at Minnesota State Mankato since 2007, and has authored funded grants totaling more than $6 million.

Afroza Anwary (Sociology) presented “Collective Rape of Women by State Agency in Bangladesh” at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences in Honolulu this summer. He also presented “The State-Sponsored Gang Rape of Women and Social Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity in Bangladesh” at the American Sociological Association meetings in Las Vegas.

Rachael Ball (History) presented “Concessions in the Corrales: Selling Food and Drink in the Playhouses of the Early Modern Spanish Atlantic World” at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association meeting in August.

Kate Blue (Anthropology) worked with the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department on several occasions with the recovery and identification of human remains associated with a missing person case. She also worked with the Mankato City Police and the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Department on other cases involving possible human remains that she was able to determine were non-human.

Vinnie Choe (Economics) co-authored “Technical Trading Rules for Nonlinear Dynamics of Stock Returns” in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Christian Dobratz (Government) presented a training lecture, “The Cumulative Effects of Stress-Recognition, Intervention, and Survival,” at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association in Chicago in April.

Cindy Janney (Residential Life) presented a program, “Using Assessment Data in Facility Planning,” at the Association of College and University Housing Officers' international conference in New Orleans.

Clark Johnson (Social Studies) co-presented “Supporting Students on Academic Probation: A Decentralized Approach” at the NACADA North Central Region 6 Conference in Winnipeg, Canada.

John Krenz and Robert E. Sorensen (Biological Sciences) co-presented “Multiple paternity in common five-lined skinks” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists in Minneapolis in July.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer during the summer term at FriedrichAlexander Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. He taught an undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar, and gave five lectures.

An article co-researched by Karla Lassonde (Psychology), “Windowless Classrooms or a Virtual Window World: Does a Creative Classroom Environment Help or Hinder Attention?” was published in Teaching of Psychology in August. Karla presented “Male-based Occupations and the Limits of Gender-neutral Language” at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., in August.

Ihsuan Li (Economics) contributed to the fifth edition of “Economics of Macro Issues.”

Jose López-Jiménez (Geography) provided a two-week GIS and spatial analysis seminar to the staff of the Census Information Center at the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey. Jose also conducted a seminar at the National Institute of Health about Cayey’s Interdisciplinary Research Institute in May.

An article co-written by Vinai Norasakkunkit, “Unable to Conform, Unwilling to Rebel? Youth, Culture, and Motivation in Globalizing Japan” was published in Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. Vinai also presented numerous times at various conferences and workshops in Japan this summer.

Miriam Porter (Urban & Regional Studies) presented “Global Solutions: Experience in a Vastly Different World” at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain, in June. The paper was published in the International Journal of the Humanities.

Paul Prew (Sociology) presented “Incorporation of the Sarayaku: Ecological and Social Challenges” at the Society for the Study of Social Problems meeting in Las Vegas in August.

James Robertson (Sociology) recently authored articles published in the Indiana Law Review, the Criminal Justice Review and the Correctional Law Reporter.

Leah Rogne (Sociology) authored “The Pruning,” published in Migrations: Poetry and Prose for Life’s Transitions in August.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) presented three all-day workshops on integrated course design at Westminster College in Missouri, Lawrence Tech in Detroit, and Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire in August.

Atrayee Ghosh Roy (Economics) was re-elected to the executive board of the Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies in May.

Fred Slocum (Government) wrote chapter, “With God on Our Side: Moral and Religious Issues, Southern Culture, and Republican Realignment in the South,” that was published in Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican. Fred also co-presented “Authoritarianism: An ‘Equal Opportunity’ Influence on Various Policy Preferences in the South?” and chaired three panels at the Southern Political Science Association conference in New Orleans.

An article by Emily Stark (Psychology), “Using John Grisham’s The Innocent Man to Create a Significant Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students in a Psychology and the Law Course,” was published in American Psychology-Law Society Newsletter.

Dennis Waskul (Sociology) co-authored a book, “The Senses in Self, Culture, and Society,” that recently was released by New York: Routledge. Dennis also co-authored “Making Sense of Weather: Dwelling and Weathering on Canada’s Rain Coast,” published in Space and Culture.

Student achievements

Maverick Battalion Cadet Danielle Krinke participated in a Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program “CULP” in El Salvador for 30 days. During the program she helped other National Guard members and Navy Seabees in building schools. Danielle also was featured in the Hudson (Wis.) Star-Observer as a student who is paying for her tuition with an Army ROTC scholarship.

Sixteen students and Chris Black-Hughes (Social Work) and Sherrise Truesdale (Sociology & Corrections) participated in an international service-learning trip to South Africa. The group engaged in a service project for a youth service agency called CATCH (Caring Affirming Training Children) in East London, South Africa.

Five students and Robin Wingo and Bill Anderson attended the Bristol International Credit-Earning Programme in Bristol, England, in July for an intensive focus on comparative social policy ranging from law enforcement to public child welfare. The program included lectures, mentorship by U.K. personnel, and site visits to agencies that implement government policy.


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