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April 4, 2012 Campus Newsletter

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Programs to take place in April on Campus

Violence Awareness & Response ProgramThe Violence Awareness and Response Program and the Women’s Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato will host programs and events during the month of April, which has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals about prevention of sexual violence.

  • The Clothesline Project

Tuesday, April 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in CSU 285
Wednesday, April 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in CSU 285

The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women though the decoration of t-shirts. This campaign works to de-stabilize the widespread myth that violence is a private matter and provides an artistic avenue through which women and men can break the silence. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others in the community as testimony, a literal “airing of the dirty laundry” of the problem of violence against women.

  • Screening of “Miss Representation”

Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. This film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Entertainment Weekly called the film “inspiring” and Variety called it “an admirable work of media literacy education.”

  • Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the CSU Mall (Rain Location: Hearth Lounge)

Take Back the Night is a rally, a march, a speak-out, a candlelight vigil, and ultimately a call to end sexual violence against women, girls and all others affected. The event is meant to raise awareness and break the silence surrounding these often secrecy-shrouded issues.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Ostrander Auditorium

The event will feature a panel of community professionals who work with victims/survivors and offenders of sexual violence. Each of the panelists will explain her/his role in responding to and eliminating sexual violence, information about its impact on the community, and will answer questions related to her/his field of expertise. There will also be an opportunity for college and community members in attendance to ask questions and/or share their own thoughts.

  • Violence-Free Zone Training

Thursday, April 19, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in CSU 256

This training will address sexual violence and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. The presentation will contain information about sexual violence, which may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited. Those interested in reserving a space may email Laura Schultz at

  • Making waves: a feminist collective Zine Launch

Wednesday, April 25, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Lincoln Lounge, Centennial Student Union

Making waves: a feminist collective is an alternative publication that creates an outlet for the feminist voice on campus. making waves is holding its sixth edition zine launch event, featuring a performance by PEACE, Sister Gin, spoken word performers, contributors to the zine, and students. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jeni Haddad at

  • CADA Trivia

Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. at Pub 500, 500 South Front Street

The Committee Against Domestic Abuse is working with Pub 500 to provide a trivia night that will test folks’ knowledge related to women’s history, women’s accomplishments, and some local trivia as well. Two great local bands, Sister Gin and good night, gold dust will be playing from 10 p.m. -11:30 p m. CADA will also be awarding prizes and providing information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Erika Boyer-Kern at

All events are free and the public is welcome. For more information about SAAM at Minnesota State University, Mankato, contact Laura Schultz at or 507-389-5127.

April 4: American Indian Band to perform, Native Artist to speak at Minnesota State Mankato

Minnesota State Mankato’s Multicultural Affairs Office is holding an event titled “American Indian Night/Modern American Indian Identity” Wednesday, April 4 that will celebrate American Indians and modern Indian identity through music, art and festivities.

The event will be held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Indigenous, an award-winning American Indian band, will be featured at this event. Indigenous released its debut album in 1998 and is winner of Album of the Year and Group of the Year.

Native artist Bunky Echo-Hawk (pictured at left), a writer and poet, will speak at the event. Echo-Hawk displays a passion for an indigenous way of life with art.

Those who want more information may contact Erinn Wilson at (507) 389-5230 or

April 4: History Forum Lecture to feature Dr. Melodie Andrews

Dr. Melodie Andrews will address the Mankato hanging monument and the contested history and memory of the U.S. – Dakota War in a presentation titled “That Derogatory Rock” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Minnesota State Mankato.

The presentation will take place in the Heritage Room of the Centennial Student Union. Refreshments will be served.

“That Derogatory Rock” presentation will explore how the community of Mankato and the Indian peoples of the region have chosen to remember and attempted to come to terms with their turbulent history through the construction of public monuments and memorials.

The ongoing process of reconciliation in Mankato is complicated by members of the Indian and non-Indian communities not viewing their shared past in the same ways. The descendants of white settlers often remember their ancestors' bravery or the brutality of their killings.

The descendants of Dakota people remember the mistreatment of their ancestors by the U.S. government that culminated in the war and the mass hanging at Mankato, as well as the intense suffering associated with forced exile from the state.

For more information about the event, please contact Melodie Andrews at

April 5-7, 12-14: The Phantom of the Opera

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its 2011-12 main stage season with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which in February became the longest-running Broadway show ever.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 5-7 & 12-14 and 2 p.m. April 7, 14 & 15 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Individual tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted (seniors, groups and youth) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

The box office is open 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center, or at 507-389-6661. Tickets may be purchased anytime at

April 9: 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Students, faculty, staff and members of the general public are encouraged to attend the 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Monday, April 9 in the Centennial Student Union.

More than 270 students and 83 faculty members will present nearly 170 research projects from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the symposium. There are oral and poster sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a celebration dinner for students, a family member, faculty mentors and Minnesota State Mankato administration. There will be a Creative Art Exhibit from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The theme of the symposium is "Launch Your Life" because of the impact that getting involved in undergraduate research can have on a student's life. Participating in research transforms the college experience into a richer, more involved academic process for both students and faculty. It sparks creativity, opens doors to new opportunities, and helps forge mentorship relationships that nurture a lifelong love of learning.

For more information, contact Dr. Cindra S. Kamphoff, coordinator of this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium, at or Dr. Marilyn Hart, Director of the Undergraduate Research Center, at

April 9: Adjunct Scholar from Mises Institute to discuss Regulatory Government in Free Enterprise Economy

Robert P. Murphy (pictured at left) of the Von Mises Institute will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 in Ostrander Auditorium at Minnesota State Mankato on the following topic: “What is the Role of a Regulatory Government in a Free Enterprise Economy?”

More information about Murphy is available at:

The event is presented by Omicron Delta Epsilon, Kappa Chapter of Minnesota and The College Republicans and sponsored by MSSA, A Voice for Students.

For more information about the event, please contact Ihsuan Li at or Justin Bedore at

April 11: 22nd Annual Student Caller Award Ceremony

The 22nd Annual Student Caller Award Ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Centennial Student Union Room 253/54/55. The reception will start at 1:30 p.m. and the program will be held between 2 p.m. and 2:50 p.m.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and general public. Refreshments will be served.

The reception and award ceremony recognizes the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Annual Fund 70 student callers for their dedication and hard work in assisting in raising critical annual giving dollars year round for Minnesota State Mankato's colleges, departments and programs.

The FY12 goals are $3 million through 12,000 gifts and pledges with a record-breaking alumni and friend’s participation rate. Development day students are also recognized at this annual event for their important work. President Davenport will recognize each student with a handshake, certificate and picture.

April 12: Food and Fitness Expo for Minnesota State, Mankato students

A free “Food and Fitness Expo” for Minnesota State Mankato students will be held Thursday, April 12 to help students learn about the importance of diet and exercise. The event will be held in the Centennial Student Union’s first floor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free food samples will be provided.

The goal of the Food and Fitness Expo is to provide students with information on healthy nutrition and fitness habits in a highly interactive manner.

Prizes will be given away, and games and activities will include: fun fitness ideas; nutrition jeopardy; make-n-take trail mix; talk with a dietitian; blood pressure screening; and yoga and massaging information.

For more information about the event, please email Susan Kramer at

April 12-13: Good Thunder Reading Series

Fiction writer Danielle Evans and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Amy Bloom will be featured during a two-day Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13.

On Thursday, April 12, a public discussion on the craft of writing will be held at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium, and at 7:30 p.m., the writers will read from their published work in CSU Room 253.

An interview with the two writers, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air April 12 at 1 p.m., and April 13 at 11 a.m. All of the events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

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

April 12-15: 36th Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference

The 36th Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference will be hosted at Minnesota State Mankato April 12-15 in the CSU Ballroom.

Ambassador Baso Sangqu, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations (pictured at right), will deliver the conference keynote speech April 14. The title of his speech is 'Prospects and Challenges in the Quest for Global Gender Equality - a South African Perspective.'

The speech will be delivered at 8:15 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception, banquet and awards ceremony. The keynote speech is free and open to both students and the public.

The banquet fee is $30, registration is required. To register and for further details, go to

April 12 & 18: Civility Listening Sessions

Faculty and staff are invited to either of two listening sessions the University has scheduled to help answer these questions:

• What does it mean to treat others in a civil manner?

• How have you seen civility modeled at the University?

• What are some strategies and resources we could use to build a more civil culture at Minnesota State Mankato?

Here are the listening sessions:

Thursday, April 12, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., CSU 255

Wednesday, April 18, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., CSU 255

Your answers will help shape the resources and training offered to our employees, as well as a marketing campaign kicking off this fall that will focus on building a more civil culture at our university. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

April 13: 2012 Cambria Dinner of Distinction

The 2012 Cambria Sport Management Dinner of Distinction will take place Friday, April 13, 2012 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The dinner, which will honor student scholarship and award winners, will feature keynote speaker, Mike Nealy, president of the Phoenix Coyotes (pictured at left). The event will also honor MSU, Mankato alumni, Joel Nielsen, Athletic Director at Kent State.

Tickets are $25 for the dinner, which will feature a social hour, a meal and a silent auction. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Kara Kurth at

April 17: An Evening with Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw

The Women’s Center, LGBT Center, and Gender & Women’s Studies Department at Minnesota State Mankato, will welcome gender outlaw Kate Bornstein (pictured at right) as the Carol Ortman Perkins Lecturer on Tuesday, April 17.

Bornstein is an author, performer and advocate for teens, freaks and other outlaws. The mission of her presentation is to dismantle the “gender system” on the planet, as we know it.

Bornstein is the author of several books including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us; My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely; and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws.

For more information about Bornstein, read her blog: Bornstein’s blog is filled with advice and reminders that even if one is not accepted now, life does get better.

April 19: Annual Moore Lecture presentation to be given by Dr. Gwen Westerman

Dr. Gwen Westerman from the Minnesota State Mankato English Department is slated to give her lecture, "Dena UÅ‹kiyepi (This is who we are): The Letters of Dakota People 1848-1864," on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium.

The annual Moore Lecture celebrates excellence in research at Minnesota State Mankato. This will be the 38th such lectureship, and the 25th named in honor of former President Douglas R. Moore, who established the event to illuminate faculty research.

April 27: Theatre & Dance Alum brings Dance Tour to Alma Mater

A performance of 515...the Tour will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, hosted by Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance.

There will be general admission seating; no advance tickets are required. The performance is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday and free parking is available in the GREEN permit areas of Lot 16 adjacent to the Earley Center off of Birchwood Street.

515 is a theatrical representation of the real-life discrimination faced by same-sex couples who live in this state. Minnesota law defines marriage to be between one man and one woman. In Minnesota, there are at least 515 laws that exclude same-sex couples from certain rights and benefits that should be provided to everyone. 515 presents a vision of a world of equality where all families are equally valued and respected under the law and in their homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and communities.

The performance includes many graduates of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance, including Bryan Gerber, Jessica Dougherty, and performers Claire Lloyd, Adam Moore and Kelsey Strong.

Two Interim Deans Named

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Scott R. Olson announced the reappointment of two Interim Deans. Henry Morris was reappointed Interim Dean of Institutional Diversity through June 30, 2013, and Dr. Barry Ries was reappointed Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research through June 30, 2013. Both Morris and Ries will continue serving as Interim Deans during the 2012-13 academic year, during which time national searches will be conducted for permanent Deans.

Streamlining the Course Evaluation Process

As the semester nears completion, the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) is encouraging many more academic departments to use Class Climate® for their course evaluations this semester. IRPA began piloting the new Class Climate® evaluation system with a small group of departments just last semester. Class Climate® streamlines what has traditionally been a labor-intensive process for both administrative staff and IRPA staff and offers a multitude of benefits to the administrative process of preparing course evaluations.

Previously, administrative staff and IRPA staff were required to gather all the necessary bits of information, print and distribute the correct header forms, collect the completed evaluations, sort and scan the forms to collect the data, process the data into statistical reports, and return the processed reports and evaluations to faculty.

From the administrative staff point of view, Class Climate® means there is only one Excel form to fill out. From the IRPA point of view, there are no more white sheets or header forms and no more sorting before scanning. Class Climate® reduces paper waste, preparation time, and processing time. The teaching staff and faculty will receive the same high-quality results while using fewer expensive resources.

For further information, contact Nathan Gustafson (ext. 1333) with the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.

Ivory Coast Ambassador, Representative from Embassy of Nigeria attend African Night

Minnesota State Mankato's “African Night” event was held March 24 and had two distinguished visitors.

Ivory Coast Ambassador to the United States Daouda Diabate (pictured at right) participated in Saturday’s event and also spoke on the subject of leadership to students in a Minnesota State, Mankato world history class on March 26.

In addition, Stephen Baba, representing the Embassy of Nigeria, also attended the March 24 African Night event. Baba is the Minister for Trade and Investment of the Nigerian Embassy.

41 students, 3 faculty members attend National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Forty one students and three faculty members (pictured above) of Minnesota State Mankato attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah March 29-31.

The annual conference gave undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.

Minnesota State Mankato led the region for conference participation with 31 total student presentations. The following departments of the campus community were represented: Human Performance, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Geology, Nursing, Art History, Business, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Geography.

Students who presented:

1. Amber Schramm and Grace Cimono: Do Teacher’s Perceptions about Students with EBD Begin during their College Education?
2. Amber Schramm: Detecting Deception: Studying the cues people use to distinguish between truth-tellers and liars
3. Amy Lynn Harris: Beyond Limits: Exploring Motivation and Gender Barriers in Ultramarathoning
4. Christina V. Mangan: Pathological Effects of Sphaeridiotrema globulus and Cyanthocotyle bushiensis on Birds in Upper Midwestern Minnesota
5. David Green: Aquaporin-2 Expression in Rat Kidney
6. Deepika Agarwal: Does Critical Thinking influence Grades?
7. Emily Coon: Gender Bias is Here to stay? Investigating How Subtle Changes in Language Can Influence Gender Stereotyped Occupations
8. Emily Haag: Impacts and results of Cuts in Training and development Budgets on Local Small Business
9. Erica Kroening: From Runway to Museum: Creating Successful Exhibitions Showing the Interrelationship between Fashion and Art
10. Erin Eccles: Career Counseling: Right Nurse, Right Position
11. Han Lee: Characterization of the Novel Polyglutamine Protein FAM171B
12. Hojoon Lee and Samuel C. Wood: Optimization of Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) Parameters for Selective Removal of MOSFET Gate Dielectric and Evaluation of its Physical and Electrical Properties
13. Jennifer Heibel: Morphological Characterization of Transgenic Mice Hearts
14. Jennifer L. Lamoreux: A Possible Screening for the Development of Uterine Cancer in Obesity
15. Chase Radue and Hyunjung Lee: Effects of Flocculent on Storm Water Sediment Detention
16. John Bygrave: Is it All the Mind? Predicting the Performance of Marathon Running
17. Kali Trukki and Nathan Gonzales: Effects of Strontium in the Bone Density of Mice
18. Kelsey Picha and Adam Scofield: Does cold water immersion improve recovery of strength, power, and endurance following exhaustive exercise?
19. Lori Veurink and Emma Lechtenberg: Nurse Patient Ratios with post gastric by-pass surgical patients: medication errors and nurse burnout
21. Michael Dyslin: Big Wyoming Sagebrush screens UV radiation more effectively at higher altitudes
22. Milki Tilimo: Shortage of Interpreters in Primary Health Care Settings
23. Samantha Luer: Determination of the Localization Patterns of the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 Subunits of Actin Capping Protein
24. Samantha Tupy, Camille M. McNabb, Erika J. Koenig, Sadie A. Leidall: Impact of a Cultural Partnership on Intercultural Competence of Undergraduates
25. Samuel Erickson: In one ear and out the other: The correction of Psychology misconceptions and our minds resistance to it
26. Sarah Green and Cassandra Orcutt: Lake Water Filtration for Excess Algae Removal and Prevention
27. Sarah Painter: Statistical Models of Self-Efficacy in STEM Students
28. Sandra Tambi and Young Hee Cho: Expression of Lipoxygenase Isoenzymes in Pea Leaves after Mechanical Wounding and Jasmonate
29. Yu Wu and Andrew Thomas: Efficacy of Reality Orientation Activities Minimizing Postoperative Delirium
30. Michael Kiefer: Prediction and Analysis of Unglazed Transpired Solar Collector Performance in Minnesota
31. Ryan Rague: Early Oxidation in the Biwabik Iron Formation, Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota

National Chapter Affiliation

Minnesota State Mankato became nationally affiliated through the Student Veterans of America. We are now officially recognized as being SVA affiliated, which comes with national support in advocating, resources, scholarship opportunities and employment opportunities.

Minnesota State Mankato Veterans Club members are not required to register with the organization but if they would like to individually become affiliated with the SVA, members may register on the SVA site as either undergraduate or graduate student veterans.

The advice to those interested is to register on the individual level so that they may apply for scholarship and employment opportunities.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Francis Goettl, retired effective March 6, 2012, has been added to the Society of Honored Staff, Teaching & Administrative/Service Faculty Emeriti.

Ann Fee was named the permanent Chief of Staff for University Advancement. Fee has served as the division's interim chief of staff since July 2010, when the position was created as part of a division restructuring. Fee has held several positions within the University Advancement Division and Integrated Marketing Office since 1997, to include Director of Foundation Communications, TODAY editor and Director of Publications.

Emily Stark (Psychology) has been appointed Interim Honors Director for fall 2012 while Christopher Corley is on sabbatical. Stark has been a member of the Honors Council for two years, and is currently teaching a Research Methods Seminar for the Honors Program.

Dorothy M. Wrigley (Biological Sciences) had an article published in "Microbe" March 2012. Her article was published in volume 7 (3): 115 of "Microbe" and is titled "A Curious Thing in the Medical Line".

Walter Roberts (Counseling and Student Personnel) has been appointed co-chair of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying. An article about the Task Force was published in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities region section Tuesday, March 20.

David Viscoli (Music) performed solo piano works for Thursday Musical at the Bloomington Center for the Arts on March 22.

Patrick Sexton, (Athletic Training Education) reports that a MSU, Mankato athletic training t-shirt was among the contents of a re-supply rocket that was launched March 22 and is headed for the International Space Station. Former graduate assistant Bruce Nieschwitz, who currently works for NASA, provided the t-shirt and hopes to eventually provide a photo of a U.S. crewmember wearing it.

Student Achievements

Kacie Hye-Jin Lee (Piano), won the top award in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Young Artist Piano Competition on March 17, 2012. Lee, an international student from South Korea, performed a 30-minute program with works by three different composers. She is a student of Minnesota State Mankato music faculty member David Viscoli.

Shirwa Hersi, a founding member of a group called Poet Nation and the group’s website,, was mentioned in a March 21, 2012 Star Tribune article, “The new Somali-American bards.”

Vikings give Firsthand Experience to Minnesota State Mankato class

Executive Director of Player Personnel for the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota State Mankato adjunct professor Les Pico (pictured at right) surprised his class Thursday, March 23, with a special guest, Vikings cornerback Asher Allen.

Allen visited during a class when students were learning the legalities of player contracts. Allen provided the students a chance to hear his story and ask questions.

The contacts Pico has because of his position with the Vikings provide his class with a unique learning advantage. The students not only learn from the guest speakers, but also get the chance to meet and network with the speakers.


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