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February 15, 2012 Campus Newsletter

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Two Continuing Education programs to be offered at MSU

Faculty and staff are invited to register for two continuing education programs which will be held at MSU, Mankato and Edina campuses. Both will focus on dispute resolution and mediation. 

  •  Dispute Resolution/Civil Mediation

        (March 22, 23, 29 and 30 in Edina)

Participants will enhance professional skills, problem-solving skills and personal life. They will learn the causes of conflict and mediator tools and strategies for effective dispute resolution through discussion, demonstration, participation, self-evaluation and assistance from experienced coaches. Participants will learn mediation skills to facilitate creative, collaborative processes in assisting individuals and groups in employing productive solutions to disputes and problems.

This thirty-hour course conducted over four days focuses on mediation skills development.
For more information about Dispute Resolution/Civil Mediation please go to

  • Family Mediation

       (April 26, 27; May 3, 4 and 5 in Edina)

       (June 13, 14 15, 18 and 19 in Mankato)

Family mediation is an alternative to family court designed to assist parents in creative, collaborative co-parenting, and resolving issues in the best interest of children. It is a cooperative and constructive way to resolve differences and plan for the future. Training meets all Rule 114 requirements for qualified neutrals under Minnesota Supreme Court office of Education and Organizational Development and MN Continuing Legal Education.

For more information about Family Mediation please go  to

Dance Marathon helps raise $9,300 for Gillette Children’s Hospital

More than $9,300 was raised for Gillette Children’s Hospital following Minnesota State University, Mankato’s second annual Dance Marathon Feb. 4 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

“Dance Your Pants Off: It’s for the Kids!” was the theme of the six-hour dance marathon that culminated several weeks of fund-raising for the Twin Cities hospital by the Minnesota State Mankato Greek community and the greater Mankato region.

$57,078 in grants and contracts

Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and staff members received grants and contracts totaling $57,078 in January 2012.

Recipients and their grants are:

  • Michael Nolan and Julie Nelson (Small Business Development Center), received $7,175 for "SBDC Carryover Grant".
  • Eiji Kawabata (Government) received $9,999 for "the Politics of Information Governance"
  • Bruce Jones and Gary Mead (AMET) received $25,000 for "Arctic Cat Vehicle Testing"
  • Shirley Murray and Donald Ebel (Sociology/Gerentology) received $14,404 for "MACEC South Subcontract"
  • Marilyn Hart (Biology) received $600 for "Location of the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 Subunits"

Feb. 16-19: Piano Festival

Boogie-woogie piano player Chase Garrett and classical pianist Charles Asche will perform during the 16th Annual Bunny Just Piano Festival at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing arts Center.

The festival will take place Thursday, Feb.16 through Sunday, Feb, 19 and will also feature master classes, a piano competition and performances by amateur and professional pianists.

Garrett, whose piano style include boogie-woogie, blues, stride and swing, will open the festival with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Asche, a world-famous classical player, wil open the weekend events also at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance tickets purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who want to purchase tickets online should go to For more information about the event, please call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Feb. 21: Concert Band

The Concert Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band will perform Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The Concert Wind Ensemble will perform four pieces by composer Percy Grainger in preparation for the ensemble's upcoming trip to Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago March 9-11, 2012.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Advance tickets purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who would like to purchase tickets online should go to or call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Feb.25: Children's Theatre Show

The Department of Theatre & dance will present one public performance of its children's theatre touring production, "Buzz", Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

General admission tickets are $5. They will be available at the Theatre & Dance Box office starting at 10 a.m. that day. Those who want more information, please go to

Feb. 29: Dance to be hosted by MSU Theatre

The MSU Theatre will host the Flying Feet Forum, presenting "an Evening of Percussive Dance and Percussion" Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

General admission tickets are $10, discounted tickets are$9 and student ones with a valid MAvCard are $8. Tickets may be purchased at the Teatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who want more information about the event, please go to or call (507) 389-6661.


International Festival to be held in the CSU 

For the first time since 2003, the International Festival will be held in the CSU. The festival will use all three levels of the Centennial Student Union  for events such as the opening flag parade, the world food market, Children’s World crafts & game area and international bazaar. Stage performances of cultural entertainment will continue throughout the day.

"Different Places, Different Faces, Same Smile" is the theme of the Mankato's International Festival as the event marks its return to the Centennial Student Union Sunday, April 22.

If you are interested to help with the event, please go to or contact Kyle Goodfellow at

Campus Kitchen Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Campus Kitchen over Spring Break Week, March 5-9. Packaging shifts run on Monday and Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and delivery runs Tuesday, Wednesday and thursday between 1 and 2 p.m.

Campus Kitchen coordinators would use 2-3 cars and drivers for delivery purposes. Anyone interested in volunteering for either packaging or delivery please contact Denise at or call at (507)- 389-5783.

Over 3,000 hours of Service Learning are provided to MSU, Mankato students throughout the clandar year at the Campus Kitchen.

Faculty/staff achievements

Joseph Kunkel in the Government Department was among the expert analysts interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio to talk about a major new law enacted by Congress. Kunkel was interviewed by Brett Neely, MPR's Washington, D.C. correspondent, about Congressman Walz's efforts to pass the STOCK Act and the possible political consequences of the new law. He was also interviewed by Max Rust from the Chicago Tribune, about Minnesota's political geography.

Dan Sachau (along with alum Luke Simmering) did research that will appear in the March issue of "Golf Digest," on the newsstands this week. The article "Where do you fall in the golf's honesty meter?" focuses on research where they asked more than 2,000 active golfers if they would be willing to break a variety of the time-tested rules of golf.

Tom Inglot published two Working Papers (co-authors with Dorottya Szikra -- Hungary, and Cristina Rat -- Romania) at the National Council for Eurasian and East European Studies (NCEEER). The papers will be distributed to the scholarly community and federal government agencies in Washington D.C. 

Kathleen Blue has been presented the "2012 Law Enforcement Professional Service Award" by the South Central Investigators Coalition for her work on the multijurisdictional death investigation of Matthew Albrecht.

Norma Krumwide has been appointed to the Minnesota Hospital Association Trustee Council. The MHA Trustee Council develops and promotes state and regional programs, major conferences and resources for trustees of member hospital organizations and systems.

Melissa Purdue has published an article "I have expiated my sins to you at last: Motherhood in Victoria Cross' Colonial Fiction", in Writing Women of the Fin de Siecle: Authors of Change.

Angela Christian has been accepted for a podium presentation at the 11th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resources Centers Conference held June 21-23, 2012 at the Marriott River Center Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Nancy Ruth Liebold has been selected  for a podium presentation at the 2012 ACHNE Annual Institute, held June 7-9, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.

Student Events Team is looking for Graduate Students

Student Events Team is hosting a Graduate Student Programming Focus group Feb. 15 - 22. Graduate students are encouraged to contact the Student Activities Office to sign up. Sessions will take place over the lunch and dinner hour on various dates. Specific times and dates are available online at or by calling (507) 389-6076.

This is a unique opportunity to provide feedback and impact campus programming for Graduate Students. During the one-hour sessions, students will provide feedback to a series of questions and have the opportunity to directly affect further programming at MSU.

For more information about the event, please contact Bill Tourville at 507-389-6076 or e-mail at

African Night to take place March 24 in the CSU

“Africa – the beauty that I am” is the theme for a night of sharing the continent’s diverse cultures, traditions and great food at a special African Night event Saturday, March 24, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at MSU, Mankato.

African Student Association students represent many of the continent’s nations and are calling the night “an unforgettable journey to this beautiful continent – a journey across Africa.” Leaders of ASA, which is a nonprofit-recognized student organization, said they feel they have an obligation to expose the campus and community to African Culture through events and activities, with African Night being their biggest event for the past several years.

“The Africa Night is our pride, and during the past years, we’ve been organizing our Night in line with a charity for which we ask the community to help support projects for the development of Africa,” organizers noted. That concept will be continued this year with a project being announced and launched on the night of the event.

Tickets, which are designed in the form of an airline boarding pass for “world travelers” from Mankato to the nations of Africa, are $8 ($7 for students with a valid MavCard.). Admission for children under 6 is free, and advance tickets purchase is strongly encouraged due to limited seating. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food being served and cultural displays open for all to view. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.

 For more information about the event, please contact ASA representative Yemi Odujole at 

Middle/High School Regional Science Fair to take place at MSU

The 61st Annual South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Middle School/Senior High School Division (grades 6-12) will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and the exhibits will be open for public viewing between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Ballroom on the second floor of Centennial Student Union.

This year’s Fair will be expanded to include some 6th graders for the first time. In previous years 6th graders competed only in the Elementary Division, which will also be held at MSU Mankato in April. The Middle School (grades 6-8) and Senior High School (grades 9-12) compete at the Feb. 18 event. Over 200 projects and research papers will be presented from 35 schools. The Elementary Division (grades 3-6) will compete on Saturday, April 28. The combined Elementary Division with the Middle School/Senior High School Division is one of the largest regional fairs in the nation.

For more information about the event, please call (507) 389-2849 or go to the Regional Science Fair website at

The Project of the Year Awards

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) seeks submissions for three projects of the year: undergraduate student, graduate student and faculty/staff member, recognizing excellence in creative and/or research-based work pertaining to women and/or gender-related issues. Award recipients are honored at the Women of Courage and Vision Awards Reception and receive a $350 award.

To apply, please go to, and include a brief reflection (no more than 350 words) that addresses the significance of the project and its relevance to women.

The submission deadline is February 24, 2012.

Douglas R. Moore Lecture and Application Dates Announced

President Davenport invites all faculty tp the 2012 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the CSU Ostrander Auditorium. This year's lecture features Gwen Westerman speaking on the topic “Dena Uŋkiyepi (This is who we are): Letters of Dakota People 1848-1864.” 

In addition, faculty are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture by submitting a proposal to the President's Office by Monday, March 12th. This distinguished award includes a $3,000 stipend to honor the excellent research of a colleague within the MSU Mankato community.

Applications must include an abstract identifying the project or problem, describing the method of research, explaining what has already been done, and identifying the medium or form of
the presentation. The 2013 award recipient will be announced at the lectureship on April 19.


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