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November 9, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Earley Center celebration

The Minnesota State Mankato Performing Arts Center will be renamed after Arts & Humanities Dean Emerita Jane F. Earley during a celebration and naming ceremony Saturday, Nov 12, beginning at 1 p.m.

A reception will begin at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall and then will move to Ted Paul Theatre.

Jane retired in 2009 after 40 years at Minnesota State Mankato. She was the first and -- until her retirement -- the only College of Arts & Humanities dean, and was Minnesota State Mankato’s first female dean.

The center, completed in 1967 and home to the Departments of Theatre & Dance and Music, hosts dozens of theatrical performances each year in the 529-seat Ted Paul Theatre and flexible-seating Andreas Theatre, which seats as many as 250, as well as music performances in the 350-seat Elias J. Halling Recital Hall.

Guests interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 9, to or to call (507) 389-3235. Free parking will be available in Lot 16.

President elected to national board

President Richard Davenport recently was elected to the national board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

He is one of 12 college and university presidents and chancellors from across the nation on the association's board, and the only board member from Minnesota.

The Washington-based American Association of State Colleges and Universities serves 420 public colleges, universities and systems in the United States, focusing on learning- and teaching-centered culture, commitment to underserved student populations and dedication to research and creativity that advances economic progress and cultural development.

The 50-year-old association supports member institutions with advocacy, leadership and service that advance the mission of public higher education. In the 20th Century it created access to quality education for returning servicemen, African-Americans and women, and this century it is providing access for fast-growing minority populations and first-generation students.

More information about the association is at

Kimberly Greer honored

Kimberly Greer (Social & Behavioral Sciences) has been named Corrections Person of the Year by the Minnesota Corrections Association. She received the award recently at the association’s 2011 Fall Training Institute.

The annual award goes to Minnesota leaders who have made outstanding contributions in the field of corrections.

For two years she chaired the Governor’s Advisory Task Force on Female Offenders, examining how the corrections system can better deal with female clients, and she has served as liaison between Minnesota State Mankato and corrections professionals throughout the state.

She also served on the Crime Victim Services Board, and she currently is a member of the Corrections Advisory Board for Blue Earth County Community Corrections.

She is an expert on issues relevant to women offenders, and has authored and co-authored three reports for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, several journal articles on female offenders, and two program evaluations. She also has presented research at many regional and national conferences.

DAA nominations

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit Distinguished Alumni Award nominations to honor the university's best and brightest alumni through Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Awards are considered in four categories: Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Harold J. Fitterer Service to MSU Award, Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award, and Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented April 20, 2012.

Those interested in more information may view a list of previous recipients or fill out a nomination form at, or may contact Tammy Kunze (Alumni Relations & Special Events) at or (507) 389-1515.

Mentor match

Faculty and staff members can sign up for Mentor Match -- an opportunity to help women on campus connect with others – by serving as a mentor or a mentee.

Participants can register to be a mentor or review the list of potential mentors, and build a new mentoring relationship. Information about benefits of mentorship, as well as ways to initiate mentoring relationships, is also available.

More information is at the President’s Commission on the Status of Women website at

The initiative was created in 2008 by the commission.





Grant opportunities

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the President’s Commission on Diversity are offering grant opportunities for students, faculty and staff members. Grants of up to $500 are available.

President’s Commission on the Status of Women grants are available for those who plan to conduct research or attend professional conferences about the status of women or gender-related issues.

Deadline for fall proposals is Tuesday, Nov. 15, and the deadline for spring 2012 proposals is Feb. 27, 2012. Grant information and an application form are available at Those who want more information may contact Sophie Slater at 389-2486 or

President’s Commission on Diversity grants are available for professional conferences, educational programs or research projects related to diversity in higher education.

Information and an application form are available at Those who want more information may contact Julie Snow (Disability Services) at (507) 389-2825 or

Nov. 9: Listening panels

Faculty and staff members are invited to join the President’s Commission on the Status of Women for a discussion about the campus climate for women on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 1-2 p.m. in Centennial Union Room 201. Participants may bring their lunches, and refreshments will be served.

Faculty and staff also can submit anonymous feedback to the commission at

More information about the listening panels is at

Nov. 9-11: Online learning

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 9-11. The College of University Extended Education has secured an institutional virtual conference pass for the event.

More information is at Those who have questions may contact the College of University Extended Education at (507) 389-2572, and those who want to participate may email Joshua Kohman at

Nov. 10: Debra Monroe

Texas fiction and creative nonfiction writer Debra Monroe will read from her work and discuss the craft of writing in a Good Thunder Reading Series event Thursday, Nov. 10.

Monroe will read from her published work at 7:30 p.m. in Room 284 of Centennial Student Union. She will meet with community writers that morning, and will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

An interview with Monroe, part of the “Authors in Transit” series, will air on KMSU 89.7 FM Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

The reading and discussion are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Monroe has written four books of fiction and one memoir, “On the Outskirts of Normal,” which has received rave reviews from Vanity Fair,, O: the Oprah magazine, and Barnes & Noble Review. Her previous books include two collections of stories and two novels, which also have been widely reviewed and won many awards.

She teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

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

Nov. 10-19: ‘Altar Boyz’

The rafter-raising musical comedy “Altar Boyz” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Ted Paul Theatre Nov. 10-12 and 17-19, with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 19 and 20.

"Altar Boyz" is a fictional Christian boy-band on the last night of its national “Raise the Praise” tour. Its five members are singing, dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. With tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz delight with such signature hits as “Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me on My Cell Phone.”

The performance is sponsored by Blethen, Gage & Krause, LLP.

Individual tickets are $22 for regular; $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at, by calling (507) 389-6661 or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box office between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day

Volunteers will read the names of 6,200 American servicemen and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade during a National Roll Call event on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The event, to honor American service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the two conflicts, is part of the nationwide Remembrance Day roll call. The reading will start at 8:05 a.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m.

At noon in the Lincoln Lounge of Centennial Student Union, President Richard Davenport and Army Lt. Col. Joel R. Stephenson (Military Science & Leadership) will give welcoming remarks, and a moment of silence will be observed at 1 p.m.

During the day-long reading, campus and community members may write messages on banners to men and women who are currently deployed. In addition, the Minnesota State Mankato Veterans Club will host a Care Package Drive.

The event is hosted by the Nontraditional Students Office, which seeks campus and community veteran and other volunteers to read names for 10 minutes at a time.

Minnesota State Mankato is one of more than 145 schools nationwide participating in the event.

Those who want more information may contact Ashley Strom (Nontraditional Students Office) at (507) 389-5205 or Those who want more information about the national event may go to

Nov. 11: Joy Friedman

Joy Friedman, a survivor of illegal human trafficking, will discuss her experiences in a talk Friday, Nov. 11, sponsored by the Women’s Center and Breaking Free.

Friedman will talk at 4:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. Her presentation will be followed by a discussion.

The free, public event is intended to raise awareness about human trafficking in the United States.

Breaking Free, a non-profit organization serving women and girls involved in abuse, exploitation and prostitution/sex trafficking, was established in 1996, by Vednita Carter.

Those who want more information about Friedman’s presentation may contact Monisola Awoyemi at or (507) 389-1771. Those who want more information about Breaking Free may visit

Nov. 12: Mathematics Festival

Games, puzzles and mathematics activities not usually seen in the classroom will be featured at the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-5 p.m. on the second floor of Wissink Hall. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to watch the event. 

Students from middle to high school will participate, and prizes will be awarded.

The festival is presented by the Mathematics & Statistics Department, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Mankato Area Math Circle.

Those who want more information about the festival may visit

Nov. 14: Peggy Roy

Peggy Roy will discuss the trafficking of American Indian women and girls in an event hosted by the Women’s Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity on Monday, Nov. 14.

The free, public event, at 10 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, will be followed by a discussion.

The presentation is intended to raise awareness about human trafficking in the United States as well as in Eastern and Third-World countries.

Those who want more information may contact Monisola Awoyemi at or (507) 389-1771.

Nov. 14-20: Remember November

The Community Engagement Office is organizing a Remember November campaign designed to highlight awareness of how individuals are affected by poverty, on behalf National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 14-20.

Efforts culminate with a week-long exhibit celebrating how the campus collaborates with community partners in support of those managing economic strain.

The week's highlights include a TurkeyPalooza Fundraiser; Rocking Away Hunger and a student sponsored Red Sky benefit; week-long community building activities; and a resource exhibit in the lower level of Centennial Student Union. In addition, activities supporting Campus Kitchen meal recipients will continue through Thanksgiving.

More information is at

Nov. 15-16: Tech Fair

Information & Technology Services services and technology-related campus departments and vendors will be highlighted at the annual Technology Fair Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 15 and 16.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Faculty, staff and students will be able to talk with ITS staff members and discover new and existing services and new technologies. The day will include breakout sessions focused on new technologies, innovative teaching methods and collaborative learning. The event includes prizes, games and more.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. Ed Clark (Information & Technology Services) will host Coffee and Conversation with the CIO. Stop by for a cup of coffee and meet Clark.

Those who want more information may visit

Nov. 15: Blood Drive

The Upward Bound Program will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Otto Recreation Center Court #3.

Appointments can be made by calling (507) 389-1211, or by going to and entering sponsor code 5952. Walk-ins will be welcome.

Nov. 16: Rock Away Hunger

Local bands the Noble Gases and Dr. Lee and the Terminally Chill will perform Wednesday, Nov. 16, in a “Rock Away Hunger” concert to support National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 12–20. All proceeds will go to the Campus Kitchen Program.

The concert will be from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Red Sky Lounge, 520 South Front St. The show will be open to all ages from 7-9 p.m., and to ages 21 and older from 9-10:30 p.m. Admission is $3 or two non-perishable canned goods.

The event is being organized by the Music Management and Concert Production class. Students in the class are producing the live show under the direction of Dale Haefner (Music). Members of the class identified the show’s theme, arranged local sponsorship to assist with the cost, publicized the event to local media, and performed other production duties.

Area corporate sponsors include Red Sky Lounge, Radio Mankato, KMSU-FM, The Free Press and Johnny F! Productions.

Those who want more information may contact the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Nov. 16: History lecture

Marlene Medrano (History) will discuss “The Limits of Regulation: Politicians, Businesspeople, and Sex Workers in Ciudad Juárez, 1910-1940” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, as the Fall History Forum Lecture.

The lecture will be at at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Rooms 284 ABC. It is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Refreshments will be served.

Those who want more information may contact the History Department at (507) 389-1618.


Nov. 19: Pre-game reception

An Alumni and Friends reception is scheduled by the Alumni Office at Grandma's Sports Garden Bar & Grill in Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 19. The 5-6:30 p.m. reception will precede the 7:07 p.m. men's hockey game against UMD at AMSOIL Arena. Heavy appetizers will be provided.

Cost is $22 per person for game ticket and reception or $15 per person for reception only. Participants should register by Thursday, Nov. 10, at or by calling (507) 389-3235.

Dec. 3: Minneapolis event

Another Alumni and Friends reception is scheduled by the Alumni Office at McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus in Minneapolis Saturday, Dec. 3, before the 7 p.m. men's hockey game against the U of M.

The 5-6:30 p.m. event precedes the 7 p.m. hockey game in Mariucci Arena. Heavy appetizers will be provided.

Cost is $45 per person for game ticket and reception or $15 per person for reception only. Participants should register by Friday, Nov. 18, at or by calling (507) 389-3235.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Heather Camp (English) published “Structuring Teaching Observations to Promote Teacher Development” in the recently released Writing Program Administrators 2010 Conference Proceedings.

Kellian Clink (Library Services), Sara Granber-Rademacker (First Year Experience), Sarah Glaser (First Year Experience) and Sarah Koenen (MSSA) presented "Academic Advising & Assessment - Oh My!" at the Minnesota College Personnel Association meeting at William Mitchell College of Law in October.

Honors Program students and faculty recently participated in the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Phoenix. Students Kurtis Malecha (Chemistry), Lisa Miller (Law Enforcement & Psychology) and Grace Webb (Journalism) joined Chris Corley (Honors Program) on the panel “The Power and Utility of Reflective Learning in Honors.” José Barriga (Biology) presented a poster of his research, “Evaluation of Specimen Preparation Methods for Characterization of Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis Biofilms,” and was student moderator and panelist in the annual student fishbowl. Chris also served as panelist/judge for the NCHC Newsletter Competition.

Jennifer Veltsos (English) attended the 76th Association for Business Communication national conference in Montreal, Canada, in October. She presented two papers: “Qualitative Data Analysis” and “Communicating Negative Messages: Lessons from Data Breach Notifications.”

Student achievements

On Oct. 19, 107 Minnesota State Mankato students donated 78 units of blood for the American Red Cross. The Blood Drive was organized by Community Service for the Interfraternity Council.

Forensics places second

The Forensic Team placed second among 16 schools in the Vocal Viking Tournament at Bethany Lutheran College Oct. 28 and 29.

Individual awards went to:

  • Jordan Christiansen: third in After-Dinner Speaking and first in Duo Interpretation (with Ryan Zahn).
  • Ryan Zahn: First in Duo Interpretation (with Jordan Christiansen); fifth in Prose Interpretation; second in Impromptu Speaking; fifth in Poetry Interpretation; and 3rd in Individual Sweepstakes
  • Danielle Klugman: Third in Dramatic Interpretation and third in Duo Interpretation (with Nathan Pasmore).
  • Sarah Hess: Fourth in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth in Duo Interpretation (with Zach Aufenthie).
  • Lillian Lamoreux: Third in Communication Analysis.
  • Nicole Hudak: Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking; fifth in Persuasive Speaking; and sixth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Maggie Pence: Fifth in Impromptu Speaking and sixth in Informative Speaking.
  • Nathan Pasmore: Fifth in Informative Speaking; fourth in Prose Interpretation; and third in Duo Interpretation (with Danielle Klugman).
  • Cade Shelton: Semifinalist in Prose Interpretation and first in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Megan Nutting: Semifinalist in Prose Interpretation.
  • Erika Gustafson: Semifinalist in Prose Interpretation.
  • Zach Aufenthie: Fifth in Duo Interpretation (with Sarah Hess).


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