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September 28, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Homecoming 2011

Illusionist Reza will light up the stage in a performance Saturday, Oct. 1, as one highlight of Homecoming Week Sept. 26-Oct. 1. The show will cap an activity-filled homecoming day, headlined by the Maverick football game against Winona State University at 2 p.m. in Blakeslee Stadium.

Reza will perform in Bresnan Arena at 8 p.m. The event, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, is free to students with MavCards, and $5 for others.

Other events leading up to Saturday’s football game and illusionist performance include:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: Dodge ball tournament in Myers Field House starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 29: Lip Sync at 7 p.m. in Bresnan Arena. Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during the event. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. campus community members will contribute non-perishable food for the food shelf.
  • Friday, Sept. 30: Pep rally with the Every Avenue Band at 7 p.m. in Myers Field House. Doors open at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct.1: Game day kicks off with a free president’s community appreciation pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. The homecoming parade is at noon, and the football game against Winona State starts at 2 p.m.

Those who want a complete listing of homecoming activities may go to

Naming ceremony

President Richard Davenport and President Emerita Margaret Preska admire an artist's rendering of the new Margaret R. Preska Residence Community during a naming ceremony Sept. 22. More than 100 members of the campus community, local officials and emeriti faculty and staff took part in the ceremony. The new, four-story, semi-suite style facility, under construction on the northwest sector of campus, is scheduled to be open in fall 2012.








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. 28 – Kessel Peace lecture

Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly will discuss “Peace in Afghanistan: Following the Children” in a Kessel Peace Institute lecture Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253-55.

Kelly is founder and coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She has visited the Middle East more than 30 times, and recently returned from a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan.

In June and July she was a passenger on the “Audacity to Hope” as part of the U.S. Boat to Gaza project. She also attempted to reach Gaza by air as part of the Welcome to Palestine effort, but the Israeli government ordered her to return to Greece.

According to the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

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

The Department of Theatre & Dance opens its three-musical Mainstage season Thursday, Sept. 29, 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.

It is directed and choreographed by Paul Finocchiaro (Theatre).

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: Geography colloquia

The Department of Geography invites faculty, staff, students and the public to the fall 2011 colloquia. Presentations are held in Armstrong Hall Room 15 on Fridays from 3-4:15 p.m.

The schedule:

– Sept. 30: “An American Icon: Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands” by Clayton Daughenbaugh.

– Oct. 7: “The Changing Energy Landscapes of North America” by Martin J. Pasqualetti.

– Oct. 14: “The Edge of the Living World: Results from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 329, The South Pacific Gyre” by Bryce Hoppie (Chemistry & Geology).

– Oct. 21: “Christmas Down Under: A Summer of Physical Geography in New Zealand” by  Forrest Wilkerson (Geography).

– Nov. 4: “Water Security on the North American Prairie – Impacts of Changes in Climate and Land Management” by Howard Wheater.

– Nov. 11: “Does Altering Hydrology Create More Erosive Rivers? Case Studies From Minnesota Watersheds” by Richard Moore (Water Resources Center).

– Nov. 18: “Industrialization and the Continuing Encroachment Upon Indigenous Rights: The Adivasi People of the Easter Ghats Mountains, India” by Rama Mohapatra (Geography).

– Dec. 2: “How Might the Renewable Fuel Standard (Phase II) Impact Air Pollution?” by Kristina Wagstrom.

For more information, contact Donald Friend at (507) 389-2618 or

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. 3: Global Citizen nominations

Nominations for Global Citizen Awards are due by Monday, Oct. 3. The awards are bestowed by President Richard Davenport on faculty and staff for special effort to connect the university internationally, to bring global perspectives to campus, and for receiving a Fulbright grant.

The Global Citizen Awards ceremony will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Faculty and staff who would like to suggest a deserving colleague for a Global Citizen Award, or who knows someone who has received a Fulbright Award but has not been honored as a Global Citizen, should contact Caryn Lindsay (International Center) at for a nomination form.

Forms and brief letters outlining the reasons for the nomination should be submitted to or to the Kearney International Center, CSU Room 250, by Oct. 3.

Criteria include leading successful international study abroad programs for 3-plus years, serving on the International Programs Advisory Council for 3-plus years, establishing a successful international partnership in the last five years, providing institutional support services that facilitate international programming for 3-plus years, or being a recognized international scholar awardee in the last two years.

Caryn will facilitate the selection process through the International Programs Advisory Council.

Oct. 6, 14: Latino Conference

The annual Latino Conference, El Pueblo Avanza “Latinos: Building a Legacy and Advancing Leadership in Minnesota,” will be Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 14, in Centennial Student Union.

The conference, sponsored by Institutional Diversity and the Office of Latino Affairs, is intended to build student leadership and encourage discussion of issues affecting the Latino community including education, student retention, community organizing, employment, immigration, discrimination, access to resources, and more.

Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera, a Cuban fusion musician, will perform Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at or at the box office, (507) 389-5549.

Conference presenters include Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education; Francisco J. Gonzalez, mediator for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry; Jeannette Noltenius, director of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network; Jose A. Corpus, coordinator of the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project; Ernesto Velez, community organizer and interim director of Centro Campesino; Bertha Medrano (History); and Roberto Dansie, motivational speaker and clinical psychologist.

A complete list of presenters and workshops and a conference schedule are at Those who want more information may contact Yessica Santana (Cultural Diversity) at (507) 389-1719 or, or Sagal Ali at (507) 389-5255 or

Oct. 7: Faculty Research Grants

Faculty Research Grant proposals are due Friday, Oct. 7, to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs by 4:30 p.m. The grants are intended to encourage excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities among faculty by providing seed funding for faculty projects.

The grants support faculty initiatives in all disciplines including basic, applied and pedagogical research and creative projects. Applicants are encouraged to contact a college representative for guidance on proposal development (the committee list is at

Grant guidelines are at Those who have questions may email or call (507) 389-5275.

Oct. 17: Employee flu shots

Faculty and staff can get free flu vaccinations Monday, Oct. 17. This year’s vaccine will protect against H1N1 in addition to seasonal flu.

The clinic will be in Centennial Student Union Room 284 ABC, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Employees may receive either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine free upon presentation of their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card. Nasal spray vaccine is approved only for those under age 50. Without a Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card, employees can pay cash or check for either the flu shot at $24 or the nasal spray vaccine at $32.

Those who are unable to attend the Oct. 17clinic may get vaccinations through their primary care clinics or at clinics being conducted at other state agencies during October and November. More information about the flu vaccine and the statewide schedule is at

This clinic is for Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff only. Family members are encouraged to see their primary care clinics for vaccinations.

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

Oct. 26: Learning communities

The New Student and Family Programs is accepting proposals for learning community programs for 2012-2013 through Oct. 26. Those who want information about the learning communities program may go to

A 2010 survey of Minnesota State Mankato students indicated that learning community students have more interaction with professors and attend more lectures and seminars, show better appreciation for diversity, and spend more time studying than students who do not participate in learning communities. They also show easier transition to college and greater academic confidence.

Learning communities students had a retention rate of 82.2 percent and their average cumulative GPA was 3.10, compared with 74.9 percent and 2.91 for non-learning community students.

Learning communities support colleges and academics by structuring:

  • Co-enrollment in courses and clustered housing assignments to build cohesion.
  • Coordinated access to first-year students in specific programs.
  • Mechanisms for coordinating, organizing and supporting students.

Those who want proposal documents or have questions may contact Kate Hansen (First Year Experience) at (507) 389-5498.

Where's Abe?

Faculty, staff, students and the public may take part in a "Where's Abe?" contest through November to "find Abe" in Memorial Library.

A bust of Abraham Lincoln will be hidden in the library, and participants can locate the statue based on clues posted on Facebook ( New clues will be posted every Monday through November.

Participants who find the bust are asked to take and post creative photographs of themselves with the statue. The photo receiving the most Facebook "likes" comments will be deemed the winner on Dec. 9.

Participants may post as many different photos as they like.

The Lincoln bust is a recent Archives acquisition from the College of Education. Those who have information about the history of the bust or who has questions about the contest may contact Archives at

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Dean Brenda Flannery (College of Business) spoke about the future of women in the workplace at the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Council luncheon on Sept. 20.

Leadership Institute

Numerous faculty and staff participated in the 2010-2011 Leadership Institute program.

They include: Brittany Adrian and Becky Barkmeier (Human Resources); Amy Baer (Educational Studies: Elem & Early Childhood); Matthew Burns (Residential Life); Chris Corley (Honors); DeWayne Dobbins (Institutional Diversity); Daria Dona (Educational Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs); Nikki Dose (First Year Experience); Mary Dowd (Student Affairs);

Roby Goldy (Alumni Relations & Special Events); Jeff Halbur and Joann Jaqua (University Development); Bonnie Hanson (College of Allied Health & Nursing); Lenny Koupal (Student Union); Dan Levin (Accounting & Business Law); Jada Reemer (College of Education); Steven Rodman (Academic Computer Center); Sharon Sandland (Business Services);

Jessica Schomberg (Library Services); Kristin Underwood (Career Development Center); Melissa Van Winkle (Equal Opportunity & Title IX); Teri Wallace (Special Education); Mitch Wallerstedt (Information & Technology Services); and Bonnie Windschitl (Academic Affairs).

Those accepted into the 2011-2012 Leadership Institute program include: Lyudmyla Ardanova (Chemistry & Geology); David Beimers (Social Work); Jason Casey, Marni Dunning, Nicole Huettl, Michael Menne and Sandra Popowski (Information & Technology Services); Nancy Drescher (English); Lynnette Engeswick and Lisa Fleck (Dental Hygiene);

Renee Grams (Business); Nathan Gustafson (Inst. Planning, Research & Assessment); Ana Hammerschmidt and Jenifer O’Donnell (Residential Life); Marilyn Hart and Gregg Marg (Biological Sciences); Amy Hedman (Health Science); Kathryn Inskeep (Center for Academic Success); Carol Jensen (Security); Deenna Latus (Career Development Center);

Michael Lexvold (Physical Plant); Michael Nolan (Strategic Partnerships); Susan Romsa (Student Financial Services); Mark Sanderson (IRETI); Sheri Sargent (Human Resources); Laurel Schemmel (University Advancement); Catherine Smith and Barbara Wilson (Educational Leadership); and Michele Throldahl (PALS).

Student Achievements

Yuyoung Park (Statistics master's candidate) has been awarded two research grants from the Undergraduate Research Center: a foundation grant of $1,500 in stipend and supplies; and a grant of $500 in supplies. She won best research presentation in session 13 (Economics) in the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. In June she took second in the Minnesota Economic Association undergraduate student term paper contest (sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis).


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