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October 12, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Transforming Minnesota State Mankato

Please Join President Richard Davenport in the newly renovated Centennial Student Union Ballroom for the public announcement of the campaign that will transform Minnesota State Mankato -- and our world.

The Big Ideas Campaign Kickoff will be Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate should contact the Office of Special Events at (507) 389-1515 (V), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days before the event.

President Davenport greets students in Homecoming ParadeHomecoming parade

Under sunny October skies, President Davenport greets students, faculty, staff and community members while riding in this classic early 1950s Ford F-100 pickup during this year's Homecoming Parade.

$1,119,653 in grants

Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff members recently received grants totaling $1,119,654. They include:

  • George Corey (Upward Bound), $440,929 from the U.S. Department of Education for Upward Bound.
  • Margaret Hesser (Student Support Services), $322,026 from the U.S. Department of Education for Student Support Services.
  • Ginger Zierdt (Center for School-University Partnerships), $114,972 from ISD 77 Mankato for the ISD 77 Teaching Fellows; $10,060 from ISD 2397 Le Sueur-Henderson for the ISD 2397 Teaching Fellows; and $10,060 from ISD 271 Bloomington for ISD 271 Teaching Fellows.
  • Ann Goebel (University Extended Education), $130,945 from the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development for the MUSP-DEED Grant.
  • Debra Gohagan (Social Work), $75,151 from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work for the Child Welfare Consortium Stipend Program.
  • Jackie Lewis (Counseling & Student Personnel), $15,510.42 from Gustavus Adolphus College for the Gustavus assistantship.


Emerita Margaret Preska and President Richard Davenport

Gift from Dhabi

President Emerita Margaret Preska recently presented President Richard Davenport with a replica of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, named after the leader of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emerites. President Emerita Preska received the replica on behalf of the university from the Al Shorouq School in Dhabi, Minnesota State Mankato's partner school for placing student teachers in the United Arab Emerites. Dr. Preska is Minnesota State Mankato's advisor to the school. Burj Khalifa is 2,716 feet tall, with 160 floors.





Modeling, Sim Center

The website for the Minnesota Modeling & Simulation Center has been deployed, at The new site is an example of a website that elicits emotive responses from the audience.

Don Friend (Geography) and Tony Filipovitch (URSI) of the Modeling & Simulation Center welcome faculty and staff feedback about the site, so they can continue to improve it and add to its content.

Oct. 13-23: ‘Wait Until Dark’

‘Wait Until Dark’ sceneThe Department of Theatre & Dance launches its second Mainstage show, Frederick Knott’s “Wait Until Dark,” Thursday, Oct. 13.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15 and 19-22, and 2 p.m. Oct. 16, 22 and 23 in Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

“Wait Until Dark” is the story of Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll.

A battle of wits ensues as Susy and the young girl upstairs launch a counterplot against the thieves. Minnesota State Mankato presented “Wait Until Dark” in 1984 and 1997.

Faculty member Heather Hamilton directs “Wait Until Dark” with a cast of eight that includes senior BFA Acting candidate Charisse Danker as Susy (the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the movie) and second-year MFA Acting candidate Robb Krueger as Roat (Richard Crenna in the movie).

Tickets are $16 regular, $14 discounted (65 and older, under 16 or groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are available at, at (507) 389-6661, or at the Theatre Box Office in the Performing Arts Center (4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour before performances).

Oct. 12-19: Coming Out Week

Cartoon manComedian Julie Goldman will perform Monday, Oct. 17, as part of National Coming Out Week, sponsored by the university’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center.

The performance, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, is at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Goldman, a comedian, actress and musician from Los Angeles, starred in three seasons of “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” a comedy program on the Logo television network. Her first stand-up performance was at the Comedy Connection in Boston.

Other events that are part of National Coming Out Week and LGBT History Month:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12: Students and campus community members will show support for the LGBT community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main floor of Centennial Student Union.
  • Safe zone training Wednesday, Oct. 19, to help students, faculty and staff learn more about the LGBT community and how to create a safe campus.

Those who want more information may visit

Oct. 13: Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth AlexanderPoet, essayist and playwright Elizabeth Alexander will be the second 2011-2012 Good Thunder Reading Series guest on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

She will read from her published work in a public event at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. She will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, and earlier in the day she will be interviewed on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM.

The reading and discussion are both free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. The KMSU interview, part of the “Authors in Transit” series, will air Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m.

She has published five books of poems, two collections of essays, and her play “Diva Studies,” was produced at the Yale School of Drama.

Alexander is the first recipient of the Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship for work that improves race relations. She won the first Jackson Prize for Poetry, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the George Kent Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at University of Chicago.

She is African American Studies chair at Yale University, has degrees from Yale and Boston University, and completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Oct. 18: Susan Elliott

Big Ideas Speaker Series logoThe College of Business will host Susan S. Elliott of SSE, Inc. for its next "Big Ideas" speaker Tuesday, Oct. 18. Elliott's talk will be from 7:30-9 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Elliott will share how her mantra, “nothing as constant as change,” has shaped her successful business career over the past 50-plus years.

The event is free and open to students, faculty and staff, and business professionals are welcome to attend for a $15 fee. They will receive 1.5 continuing education contact hours.

The College of Business' Big Ideas speaker series is intended to bring to campus business people who have transformative, alternative ideas that can inspire the local community.

Elliott formed her own company, Systems Service Enterprises Inc., in 1966 and turned it into a national enterprise recognized globally for blended learning, eLearning, mobile learning, network infrastructure and technology management.

Her book, “Across the Divide: Navigating the Digital Revolution as a Woman, Entrepreneur and CEO,” will be available for purchase at the event, and a book-signing will follow the presentation.

The event also is sponsored by Charter Business and Sodexo, the College of University Extended Education, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Greater Mankato Growth and the Free Press.

Those who wish to register or to get more information may go to, or contact Jean Clarke (University Extended Education) at (507) 389-2572.

Oct. 20: Andreas Lecture

Linda Bornholdt DickmeyerScott DickmeyerTwo Communication Studies alumni, Linda Bornholdt Dickmeyer and Scott Dickmeyer, will be featured in the Department of Communications Studies'  Nadine B. Andreas Lecture Thursday, Oct. 20.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-255.

The Dickmeyers will focus on “It’s Complicated: The Not-So-Natural Way To Effective Communication.” The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Linda Bornholdt Dickmeyer is a Communication Studies faculty member and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She received the College of Liberal Studies' Excellence in Teaching award and has been recognized for her leadership and undergraduate research program planning. Her research interests include undergraduate pedagogy, service-learning, family communication and mental health.

Scott Dickmeyer also is University of Wisconsin-La Crosse a Communication Studies faculty member who has received numerous awards for teaching, service and research. His groundbreaking research identified communication practices that increase employee satisfaction, productivity and loyalty at companies that consistently rank on the Fortune list of 100 Best Companies to Work for.

Oct. 21: Textbook orders

Barnes & Noble asks that departments submit textbook orders no later than Friday, Oct. 21.

Submissions may be made:

Oct. 24: Workshop applications

Applications for the 2011 Valley Writing Workshop are due by Monday, Oct. 24. The workshop, which helps new faculty and other teaching faculty members overcome the obstacles to publishing research, is in December, with followup sessions for the remainder of the academic year.

The workshop is designed to help faculty learn to deal with grant and book proposals, journal articles, and conference abstracts, papers and presentations. All faculty members are eligible to apply.

The Dec. 13-5 workshop involves three days of discussion, brainstorming, planning and writing with colleagues.

Followup assistance with publishing projects is provided through writing groups that meet regularly in-person or virtually during spring semester, allowing faculty to  share progress, ask questions or offer advice.

Those who wish to apply may complete the online form at

Nov. 9-11: Online learning

Any faculty or staff member may participate in the 17th annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 9-11, thanks to an institutional virtual conference pass secured by the College of University Extended Education.

More information about the conference is available at

Those who would like to participate may email Joshua Kohman at Those who have questions may contact the College of University Extended Education at (507) 389-2572.

Richard Green Scholar

Candace RaskinThe Minnesota Association of School Administrators has named Candace Raskin (Educational Leadership) the 2011 Richard Green Scholar. She was recognized for her paper “Barriers & Challenges to Implementing Educational Change.”

Candace presented her work and was honored and at the MASA Fall Conference early this month at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Each year the association recognizes members for their contribution to public education. The organization established the Richard Green Scholars Program in 2006, with the support of Cuningham Group Architecture, to honor scholarly work and professional development by Minnesota school leaders.

The Minnesota Association of School Administrators is a professional organization of state school leaders, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of special education and other central office administrators, as well as state department administrators, college and university professors, and others dedicated to educational leadership.

Grant applications

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women seeks applications for Research & Professional Development Grants -- stipends of up to $500 to students and employees to conduct research or to attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women or gender related issues.

Deadline for fall 2011 proposals is Monday, Nov. 7.

Those who wish to apply may go to

Faculty/Staff achievements

Numerous nursing faculty members attended and presented at the National League for Nursing Education Summit in Orlando, Fla., in September. Those who attended include: Angela Christian, Kjersti Nelson, Patricia Young, Colleen Royle, Norma Krumwiede, Julie Hebenstreit, Mary Gregg and Laura Schwarz.

Rhonda Dass (American Indian Studies) was selected as one of Minnesota State Mankato’s two nominees for National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends.

A book by Kevin Filter (Psychology) and Michelle Alvarez (Research & Sponsored Programs), “Functional Behavioral Assessment: A Three-Tiered Prevention Model,” was published by Oxford University Press in September. Kevin also received the 2010 Editor’s Appreciation Award from the Journal of School Psychology for his work on the editorial board.

Eiji Kawabata (Government) is a visiting fellow at Crawford School of Economics & Government at Australia National University in Canberra, Australia, from September-October.

Joseph Kunkel (Political Science) was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Friedrich Alexander Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany this summer. He also gave presentations at numerous events, including the Halle-Wittenberg Seminar at the University of Halle-Witenberg, the Leipzig Fulbright Lecture Series, the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institute Nurnberg,  and the Universität Rostock Fulbright Lecture Series.

Phillip Miller’s (Economics) blog for the “Sports Economist” received honorable mention in the Wall Street Journal's list of top 25 economics blogs.

Shannon Miller’s (Gender & Women’s Studies) article, “African-American Lesbian Identity Management and Identity Development in the Context of Family and Community,” was published in the Journal of Homosexuality in April.

Michael Nolan (Small Business Development Center) gave the commencement address in September to the graduating class of Rasmussen College in the Verizon Wireless Banquet Hall.

Michael Nolan and Julie Nelson (Small Business Development Center) attended the Association of Small Business Development Centers conference in San Diego in September.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) gave a two-day workshop at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ken., in September. He also presented a three-hour workshop at the University of Minnesota for Twin Cities faculty about integrated course design related and service learning courses.

Christophe Veltsos (Computer & Information Science) spoke on an Information Security Risk Management panel organized by the Information Systems Security Association in Minneapolis in September. He also spoke at the Minnesota Online-Safety Action Forum, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and AdvanceITMN, in September.

Student Achievements

Guncha Jumakuliyeya (Economics) was a finalist in a multi-regional Federal Reserve Banks essay competition on community redevelopment finance. She also won an internship opportunity at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis last summer.

An op-ed piece, “When I Needed Help, I Got Propaganda” by Katie Stack (Gender & Women’s Studies), was published in the New York Times Oct. 10. Katie was featured on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” and is becoming a respected voice in the pro-choice movement. Her article is at


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