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December 7, 2011 Campus Newsletter

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Campus Kitchen needs holiday volunteers

Campus Kitchen needs faculty, staff and community volunteers over winter break, Dec. 12 through Jan. 5, 2012, because most students who volunteer for Campus Kitchen are gone during this period.

Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to package meals, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to deliver meals.

Those who want to volunteer should contact Denise Billington-Just (Student Activities) at Those who want more information about Minnesota State Mankato's Campus Kitchen project may click on

Dec. 8: Social media and the law

A free, one-hour legal webinar about free speech and social media will be Thursday, Dec. 8, open to campus administrators, faculty and staff. The 10 a.m. event will be conducted by the Office of General Counsel.

“Student Speech on Social Media: Stepping in Without Stepping on the First Amendment” will be hosted by Deputy General Counsel Kris Kaplan and Assistant Attorney General Kathy Woodruff. The two will discuss legal and policy issues that public college and university administrators must consider when responding to students’ social media postings.

Participants may call in or email questions before, during or at the end of the presentation.

Those who wish to attend should register at Those who want more information should call Terry Hindt, Office of General Counsel, at (651) 201-1754 or email

Dec. 13: Business online

“Minnesota, Get Your Business Online,” a Google-led program to drive economic growth and provide businesses with tools to market products and services online, will be Tuesday, Dec. 13, hosted by the Small Business Development Center.

The three free workshops, led by Google representatives, will be in Centennial Student Union Ballroom. They include “Get Your Business Online” from 8:30-10 a.m.; “Running Your Business Online” from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and “Introduction to Google AdWords” from 1-2:30 p.m.

The event is free, but space is limited and participants must register for each workshop at The workshops are sponsored by the College of University Extended Education and Greater Mankato Growth.

Participants will build a professional website and can learn about Google Places, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google Apps, choosing keywords, writing ads and more. Participants will get a number of free services, including a professional website, a customized domain name, web hosting for a year and a local business listing on Google Places.

Dec. 15: Emeriti gathering

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate and connect with Maverick emeriti at the Emeriti and Honored Staff holiday gathering Thursday, Dec. 15. The event will be from 3-5 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Holiday treats will be available, and Provost Scott Olson (Academic Affairs) will present remarks. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 13, to

Jan. 4: Professional development

The annual Professional Development Day, sponsored by the Professional Development Committee, will be Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at various locations around campus.

A number of topics will be covered during the four hour-long sessions, split between the morning and afternoon. Detailed schedules of the options will be sent soon via campus email.

The day will begin in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome by President Richard Davenport, followed by a presentation by Provost Scott Olson at 8:45 a.m. The first sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Other sessions begin at 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The Employee Resource Fair, usually held in the fall, will be Thursday, Jan. 5, in the ballroom, with more details coming soon.

Jan. 25: Spring Resource Fair

Campus departments and student organizations are invited to participate in the 2012 Spring Service Learning and Registered Student Organization Resource Fair Wednesday, Jan. 25, sponsored by the Community Engagement Office.

The event, “January Thaw...Heating Things Up Through Service!" will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event will include projected images of organization photos. Those who'd like their organizations to be a part of the presentation should send one to three photos to Denise Billington-Just (Student Affairs). Those who have questions may contact Denise at (507) 389-6076 or at

Jan. 31: HERS institutes applications

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is accepting applications from faculty and staff who'd like to be considered to represent Minnesota State Mankato at one of the annual HERS Institutes for women during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Completed application packets should be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. An informational session about HERS will be held on Professional Development Day Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The Institutes advance women leaders in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration.

Those who want to be considered should complete the HERS application form and provide a self-descriptive letter, a letter of recommendation from a supervisor and a resume. Those interested can find more information at

Completed application packets should be submitted to the graduate assistant for the President’s Commission on the Status of Women in Centennial Student Union Room 218. Applications will be reviewed by the commission and recommendations will be forwarded to President Richard Davenport.

Those who want more information about the institutes may visit

Digital writing research

International Technical Communication students are analyzing data and drafting the final report of an international digital writing survey that they conducted this fall.

The survey is intended to show how digital media tools are being used for communication by students and faculty internally and worldwide. The students' report will be published at the end of the semester in Techniques, a student-run online newsletter about cross-culture communication, Web design, career advancement and more. The newsletter ( is published by the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

The students adapted the survey concept from a more extensive study at Michigan State University ( The students collected data from students at Minnesota State Mankato and three other universities, including Xiamen University of Technology in Xiamen, Fujian, China (; Birzeit University in Birzeit, Palestine (; and the University of Applied Science in Karlsruhe, Germany (

Minnesota State Mankato has cooperative agreements with all three of the global institutions.

The Minnesota State Mankato researchers include three international students from Germany, Mexico and Burkino Faso.

The students asked about types of digital writing tools used for various tasks; percentage of time using digital writing tools; Internet access locations; and type of Internet access used.

Students in the course include Delwende Bouda (Burkino Faso), David Stencil, Stephen Vang, Sean Moe, Tyler Benschoter, Jeff Stevens, Julian Hocker (Germany), Bryan Prange, Marcos Guerra, Kelsey Wiseman, Maria Valadez Cruz (Mexico) and Tyler Erickson.


President Richard Davenport has expressed the university's condolences to family, friends, professors and co-workers of student Matthew Zocher, who died over Thanksgiving break.

Matt died from injuries sustained in an airplane crash while travelling to visit his family in Merrill, Wis. Matt, a junior Aviation major, was a certified private and multi-engine pilot and was employed by North Star Aviation of Mankato.

Services were Thursday, Dec. 1, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Matt’s obituary is at:


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 Jan. 18, 2012; the deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Jan. 13, 2012).

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.