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April 18, 2012 Campus Newsletter

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 Kevin Buisman, Mike Hastings and President Richard Davenport

New Minnesota State University, Mankato head men's hockey coach Mike Hastings (center) receives a jersey from Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman (left) and President Richard Davenport.

New Men's Hockey Coach

Minnesota State Mankato officials have announced that Mike Hastings has been named head coach of the men’s hockey program.

"We are extremely pleased to introduce Mike Hastings as our new men’s hockey head coach," said Dr. Richard Davenport, Minnesota State University, Mankato president. "Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his work as an assistant coach and associate head coach within the Division I hockey ranks and comes to us with a history of unprecedented success at the junior hockey level. He has demonstrated a great ability to identify talent and is committed to developing student-athletes on the ice, in the classroom and in the community. We’re excited to begin this new era of Maverick hockey under his leadership."

Hastings, who becomes the third coach in the history of the Maverick men’s hockey program, arrives at Minnesota State Mankato following a three-year stint as the associate head coach at Nebraska-Omaha. He also served as an assistant coach with the men’s hockey program at the University of Minnesota for one season and before that had a 14-year run as head coach of Omaha of the United States Hockey League. The USHL’s all-time winningest coach, Hastings compiled a 529-210-56 record with the Lancers, never had a losing season and led Omaha to three Clark Cup titles as the USHL’s play-off champions. He was named USHL Coach of the Year three times and as the team’s general manager, earned league GM of the Year honors five times.

Hastings, a native of Crookston, Minn., was an assistant coach for the U.S. national junior team at the 2003 and 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships and served twice as head coach for the U.S. junior select team that competed in the Viking Cup, earning gold medal honors in 2000.

A 1993 graduate of St. Cloud State, Hastings played two years for the Huskies before an injury ended his career.

"I am extremely excited to have been selected as head coach of the Minnesota State men’s hockey program," said Hastings. "During this process I’ve been struck by the University’s commitment and expectations for excellence and those will be our tenets moving forward. I believe we can win here and we’re thrilled to get started with this new era of Maverick hockey."

A member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association since 1999-2000, Minnesota State Mankato has had men’s hockey since 1969-70. Don Brose led the program 1969 to 2000 and Troy Jutting served as head coach of the Mavericks from 2000-12.

Distinguished Alumni

Alumni Association logoTen alumni will be honored as 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winners by the Alumni Association Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The awards are for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities.

The event will honor:

  • Virginia Dahlstrom, Wadena, Minn.
  • William Flies, Frontenac, Minn.
  • Duane Grandgenett, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Nicole Helget, North Mankato
  • Timothy Huebsch, Maple Grove, Minn.
  • Donald Kreye, Osseo, Minn.
  • Jerry Lee, Wayzata, Minn.
  • Margaret MacRae, St. Paul
  • Chris Schmidt, Mankato
  • Donovan Schwichtenberg, Minneapolis

Those who want more information may click on or call (507) 389-3235.

2012-13 Common Read Selection

The Unforgiving MinuteMinnesota State Mankato is in its third year of a common read program, and Craig Mullaney’s “The Unforgiving Minute” has been chosen as the common read for the 2012-13 academic year.

All University learning community and honors students are being asked to read “The Unforgiving Minute” before the start of 2012-13 classes in August.

First-year seminar instructors are also invited to use the book in their classes, and first-year experience staff members are working with the Blue Earth County and North Mankato Taylor libraries and several other organizations to invite community participation.

An author visit is planned for Sept. 4, 2012, and several other events are being planned for fall semester.

Information about the events will be available at or by contacting Kate Hansen, New Student and Family Programs, (507) 389-5498 or

Summer Library Construction

Memorial Library signConstruction begins Monday, May 7, on the new Center for Faculty Development next to the Educational Resource Center on the Library’s Lower Level.

Equipment checkout will be moved during the construction period; for details, stop at the first floor Circulation or Reference desks for assistance. Significant parts of the ERC will be remodeled at the same time.

Please be aware that the ERC will have noise, dust, temporary lighting and plastic covering some of the book shelves from May 7 through July 27. Nonetheless, the collections and classrooms on this floor will be open through the end of summer school sessions on July 27. The entire lower level collections and classrooms will be inaccessible July 30 through Aug. 17. The new offices and service points will be open Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit

Classroom number signAll employees who carry dependent health or dependent dental insurance are required to respond to a dependent eligibility verification audit (DEVA) by May 11, 2012. Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) has contracted with HMS Employer Solutions to conduct the audit. HMS mailed information, forms, and instructions to employee home addresses in March. Employees must provide dependent eligibility documentation to HMS by May 11, 2012, or their dependents will be removed from the insurance plans.

The DEVA is not the verification of student status that used to be required each spring. This year all employees who have a spouse, former spouse, or children enrolled in the health or dental insurance plans must provide documentation to HMS about dependent eligibility or their dependents will be dropped from insurance.

To complete the audit and ensure that eligible dependents remain insured:
• Review the covered dependents listed on the form sent by HMS
• Indicate each dependent’s current eligibility status
• Collect all of the documents listed on the form as “Required Documentation”
• Sign and date the form
• Submit the form and all required documentation to HMS by May 11. Forms and documentation can be mailed, faxed, or uploaded to HMS per the instructions included with the form. Forms and documentation cannot be provided to Human Resources, they must be sent directly to HMS by the May 11 deadline.

Employees who have questions or need assistance should contact HMS at 1-866-832-6622, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those who have already responded to the DEVA can track their status at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If forms were lost or discarded, new ones can be obtained from HMS.

Employees who carry dependent health or dental insurance and have not yet received anything from HMS should contact HMS immediately. If eligibility verification and documentation are not provided to HMS by May 11, dependents will be removed from the insurance and may not be added back on until the next open enrollment period.

Employees who are enrolled in employee-only health and dental are not being audited. Those employees will not receive anything from HMS and there is nothing they need to submit to HMS.

This dependent eligibility verification audit is required by the Minnesota Laws of 2011, First Special Session, Chapter 10, Article 3, Section 40.

April 18: Third ‘Treadmill-A-Thon’

Running trackStudents, faculty and staff from Minnesota’s two largest state universities – St. Cloud State and Minnesota State Mankato – will face off on treadmills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at both campuses in the third “Treadmill-A-Thon” between the schools.

Participants will vie to determine which school can accumulate the greatest number of miles on a treadmill in four hours. At the end of the event, sponsored by campus recreation departments at both schools, the campus with the most accumulated miles will be declared champion and earn a traveling trophy.

Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff members will compete on one treadmill in Otto Recreation Center of Taylor Center. Sessions range from a minimum of 15 minutes and maximum of 30 minutes. Students, faculty and staff can register during the event at Otto Rec Center or ahead of time by calling (507) 389-3269 or stopping by HC 1410.

Those who want more information may call Jen Myers, fitness and wellness coordinator for Minnesota State Mankato’s Campus Recreation Department, at (507) 389-3269.

April 18-21: 'True West'

True West performanceSam Shepard’s character study, “True West,” will conclude the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance Studio season with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 18-21, in the Andreas Theatre.

Individual tickets are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

They may be purchased at, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. You can also call at 507-389-6661.

April 19: Moore Lecture

Gwen WestermanMinnesota State Mankato English Faculty Member Gwen Westerman (pictured) will discuss Letters of Dakota People Thursday, April 19 at the 25th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Westerman, director of the humanities program at Minnesota State Mankato, will present “Dena Uŋkiyepi (This is who we are): The Letters of the Dakota People 1848-1864.” In her research she has found manuscripts about the Dakota people that have been recently transcribed. Her goal is to provide audiences the understanding of this region and the issues that plagued our country here in the mid-nineteenth century through Dakota People’s letters.

April 19: Budget Open Forum

MoneyMinnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport, Provost Scott Olson and Vice President Rick Straka will host a budget open forum Thursday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union South Ballroom. 

The Budget Open Forum will review the current and projected operating budget environment. The event is free and open to all faculty, staff and students. 

For more information about the event please contact the Office of The Vice President for Finance & Administration at (507) 389 - 6621. 

April 19: Clothing Swap

Sexual Assault Awareness Month logoAs part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Goodbye Week, the Women's Center will be having a clothing swap event. The clothing donation collection will take place between Monday, April 9 and Friday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Women's Center, Centennial Student Union Room 218. 

Any clothing donations in wearable condition can be brought to the Women's Center, CSU Room 218. When you donate clothing, you will get a ticket that says how many items you donated. Afterwards, bring your ticket to the Clothing Swap on April 19 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in CSU 123, Fishbowl Room. Additional items will be $1 each. All remaining clothes will be donated to CADA and Theresa House. CADA is in need of swimsuits and Theresa House is in need of teen/young adult clothing.

Clothing Donation Collection
• Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 13, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Women’s Center, Centennial Student Union 218

Clothing Swap 
• Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Centennial Student Union 123
• This event is open to the public

For more information about the Clothing Swap at Minnesota State Mankato, please contact Samantha Coffin at or (507) 389-6146.  

April 21: Retired Air Force General to Speak

Two pilotsRetired Air Force Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry will be the keynote speaker at Minnesota State Mankato’s 2012 Aviation Alumni Banquet Saturday, April 21 at the Mankato Regional Airport.

Cherry was a fighter pilot in Vietnam who shot down an enemy MiG fighter. Years later he met the pilot of the other aircraft and they became close friends. He wrote a book about this journey called “My Enemy, My Friend, a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War.”

Alumni, current and prospective students, faculty and staff, parents and the public are invited to attend the aviation banquet. Cost of the dinner and all evening events is $10. Those interested in attending should register by calling 507-389-6116.

The event will kick off with an Aviation Department all-class reunion at 4 p.m. at the Mankato Airport terminal building. It will be followed by a non-alcoholic social at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. and a program, including Cherry’s talk, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As part of the evening program, scholarships and internships earned by Aviation students will be announced. Representatives of the Aviation Club, Alpha Eta Rho, Flight Team and Women in Aviation will explain the missions of their clubs.

April 22: Mankato Area International Festival

Mankato Area International Festival posterOne of the state’s largest multicultural events, the Mankato Area International Festival, returns to Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The popular annual event, hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s Kearney International Center, was last held on campus a decade ago. The 36th annual festival continues the tradition of free admission and free parking while giving students and the public the chance to experience continuous entertainment, traditional cuisine, global items, and interaction with people from around the world.

In keeping with the International Festival’s return to the University, this year’s theme is “Different Places, Different Faces, Same Smile.”

Highlights include the opening ceremony and colorful flag parade at 11 a.m., student groups and area restaurants selling a wide variety of international foods, songs and dances offering glimpses into core elements of world cultures, Children’s and Teens World, a silent auction and vendor booths with traditional cultural items from many nations and regions of the world.

Free parking is available in the large parking lot directly in front of the Centennial Student Union main south entrance and at several other designated campus parking lots.

For more information, contact Kyle Goodfellow at the Kearney International Center at 507-389-1281 or, or visit the festival website at

April 24: Kitchen Fire Safety Demonstrations

Kitchen Fire Education TrailerMinnesota State Mankato and Mankato Public Safety – Fire are bringing a “Kitchen Fire Education Trailer” to the Minnesota State Mankato campus Tuesday, April 24 in an effort to educate students and the general public on how to prevent and respond to kitchen fires.

Kitchen fire safety demonstrations will be conducted by firefighters in the trailer from 9:45 a.m. till 2 p.m. near the fountain on Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Mall.

The first demonstration will occur at 9:50 a.m. followed by a question-and-answer session with public safety officials, to include firefighter Paul Wedel and Chandler Holland, the director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at Minnesota State Mankato. Additional demonstrations will be conducted at 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., and will also be followed by Q & A sessions.

Tips from Mankato Public Safety – Fire for preventing or responding to cooking fires include:

  1.  Keep the lid to the pot or pan you are cooking with readily available in case a fire should occur
  2. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire
  3. Never leave cooking unattended
  4. Teach your children how to cook properly and how to read and follow directions
  5. Organize your cooking area, keeping fire safety in mind

Those looking for more information may contact Jeff Bengtson, deputy director of the City of Mankato’s Department of Public Safety Fire Division, at 507-420-9065.

 & Noble storeApril 25: Barnes & Noble Appreciation

The Barnes & Noble campus bookstore will celebrate faculty, staff and student Appreciation Day April 25, 2012. 

Please stop at Barnes & Noble bookstore on campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 25 to receive 10% off one clothing or gift item of your choice. Please bring your Mavcard.

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located in the Centennial Student Union, is the official on-campus bookstore, and in addition to apparel, it offers all the necessary items for school, including books and supplies. 

April 26: Mechanical Engineering Senior Projects

The Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering will host the Mechanical Engineering Senior Project presentations April 26, 2012.  The presentations will be held at the Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Thirty-one seniors will present the results of seven different industry sponsored projects. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Parking is available in the nearby Visitor Pay Lot ([PDF] (745 KiB)).

For more information about the event, please contact Patrick Tebbe at (507) 389-6834 or email

April 26-27: KMSU 24-Hour Pledge Drive

KMSU logoMinnesota State Mankato KMSU Radio Station's "Shuffle Function" will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 on KMSU 89.7 FM, “The Maverick.”

For 10 years running, KMSU’s “Shuffle Function” morning show team of “Shy Boy” Tim Lind and Shelley Pierce have volunteered to co-host a radio marathon to preserve and support the independent, eclectic programming on their Public Educational radio station.

The idea is simple: produce 24 hours of exceptionally compelling, quirky, funny radio programming with a singular focus of raising money for KMSU. After nine years of practice, this remarkable radio marathon has become the most anticipated media event in southern Minnesota.

April 27 & 28: Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert logoThe Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present its Spring Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

In addition to pieces choreographed by Dance faculty Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry and Daniel Stark, the concert will feature works by Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis and department adjunct faculty member Jill Lile. Both the Zenon Dance Company and Lile are Andreas Guest Artists. Three pieces choreographed by Dance majors Bridget Carlson, Alexa Lautenbach (a new BFA Dance candidate) and Sydney Burch will complete the program.

Tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $10 regular, $9 discounted (youth, seniors over 65 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased by visiting or by visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calling during box office hours is available at 507-389-6661.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, a Student Dance Showcase will be presented, featuring student-choreographed pieces. Cost is $5; tickets are available at the door only.

April 28: Used Children's Book Sale

BookThe Used Children's Book Sale will take place Saturday, April 28 between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Myers Field House, Room MF 129. 

It is a great opportunity to purchase used children’s books at low prices. Most items are priced to sell for $1 or less. 

The event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public.

The book sale will coincide with the South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

April 30: Retirement Luncheon

Happy retirement signThe Minnesota State Mankato Employee Recognition Committee will host the 2012 Retirement Luncheon Monday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. 

The cost is $13 per person. Please RSVP by April 20 to Lu Ann Struck at (507) 389 - 6946 or Please include names of everyone attending. Mail check to WA 336, payable to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Indicate if requesting a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free meal. 

This year's luncheon will honor: Harlan Bloomer, Rose Blumenshein, Angie Bomier, Paul Brown, Michael Cooper, Jan Eimers, Ron Erickson, Margaret Fraze, Francis Goettl, Linda Good, Gloria Griffiths, Patricia Hargrove, Judith Heller, Robert Herickhoff, Teri Homer, Cecil Keen, Mark Kump, Barbara Lutz, Robert Miller, Rosemary Mock, Carol Myhre, Verone Nelson, Rita Peterson, Kathleen Piehl, Joyce Powell, Richard Schiming, Michael Schuur, Ronald Weiss and Mary Wiest

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Lu Ann Struck at 507-389-6946 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least three working days prior to the day of the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers.

May 7: Employee Appreciation Breakfast

Breakfast pictureAll Minnesota State Mankato employees are invited to attend Employee Appreciation Breakfast Monday, May 7 between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at Carkoski Commons. 

The program is scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m.

The breakfast buffet includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee & orange juice. 

Offices may be closed for the period of time all staff members are at the event.

Summer Theatre Season Tickets

Highland Summer Theatre 2012 adThe Sound of Music highlights 46th annual Highland Summer Theatre

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its four-show Highland Summer Theatre in July with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.” This is the 46th annual season.

The season includes two musicals staged in the Ted Paul Theatre and two plays staged in the adjacent Andreas Theatre. The season opens with the farce “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.” May 29-June 2, followed by the musical “Avenue Q” June 13-16, the drama “God of Carnage” June 26-30 and “The Sound of Music” July 12-14 & 18-21.

Season subscriptions may be purchased for $66; they will be processed in the order they are received, with Friends of the Theatre receiving preference until May 1. Individual tickets for all shows go on sale when the box office opens on May 14. Subscriptions are available by mail order only. To receive a brochure or for more information, visit or call 507-389-2118 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Individual Show Information:

  • Love, Sex and the I.R.S.

By Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
7:30 p.m. May 29-June 2 in the Andreas Theatre
Presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Mankato Heritage Society

Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as being a married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they're going to be investigated by a Mr. Spinner. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee, Kate. But there’s more going on than meets the eye when it comes to Love, Sex and the I.R.S. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

  • Avenue Q

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty
7:30 p.m. June 13-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, is part flesh, part felt puppets and packed with heart. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud “for adults only” musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, which is far away but similar to Sesame Street. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Songs include "What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?," "The Internet is for Porn" and "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist." Avenue Q is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut. This show contains mature language and content; it is NOT recommended for children.

  • God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza; translated by Christopher Hampton
7:30 p.m. June 26-30 in the Andreas Theatre
Sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Program

The 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play is an explosive comedic drama exploring the dynamics of two couples that meet over drinks to discuss an episode of bullying perpetrated by the child of one set of beleaguered parents. As with her previous plays such as Art and Life X 3, Reza examines the explosive underbelly of a seemingly “civilized” strata of modern society. God of Carnage is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

  • The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Suggested by “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.”
7:30 p.m. July 12-14 & 18-21 in the Ted Paul Theatre
Sponsored by Eide Bailly, Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic
and Farrish Johnson Law Office

This is the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the captain and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, and the family must escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II. Songs include "My Favorite Things," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Edelweiss." Minnesota State Mankato presented The Sound of Music in 1977 and the summer of 1996.

Student 'Top Technician' at Theatre Conference

USITT logoFifteen students from the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance attended the National United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in Long Beach, Calif., March 28-31. Among the events and activities, four students participated in the Tech Olympics competition:

  • Mary Jane Olson
  • Sam Juhnke
  • Jaeden Wellner
  • P.J. Crowley

The “Top Technician” Award for all of the Tech Olympics went to Sam Juhnke and the “Top Team” standings had Minnesota State Mankato in third place.

Theatre & Dance off to Kennedy Center

National College Dance Festival adThe 13 Minnesota State Mankato Dance students who performed in faculty member Dan Stark’s piece, “Crash” (2010), at the American College Dance Festival Association regional conference in Madison, Wis., March 28-April 1 get yet another chance to perform when they head to Washington, D.C., and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Gala Concerts May 25-27.

Dancers in “Crash” are:

  • Chris Jones (solo)
  • Joseph Crook and Nicole Einerson (duet)
  • Sydney Burch
  • Shareen Brazil
  • Bridget Carlson
  • Brittany Ford
  • Alexis Heruth
  • Emily M.X. Higgins
  • Alexa Lautenbach
  • Jaclyn Vlasak
  • Geneva Walters
  • Kayla Wittstein

Faculty designers are: George E. Grubb (sound), Steven Smith (lighting) and Catherine Schmeal-Swope (costumes, based on original designs by Jessica Guthrie).

Faculty & Staff Achievements

Laurel Schemmel was named the Interim Associate Director of Alumni Relations. She has served as a University Advancement assistant since February 2011 and prior to that spent four years as assistant director of annual giving. She also served as an annual giving student manager for nearly four years.

Faculty member Patrick Sexton, professor and director of Athletic Training Education, was invited and will attend the 58th Annual U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar at Carlisle Barrakcs, Pa., from June 4-7, 2012. Each year the U.S. Army War College invites citizens from throughout the United States to discuss national security issues with its students in a four-day seminar. Nationally prominent speakers will address international, domestic and defense issues at the seminar.

March Funding from RASP

  1. Andrea Lassiter (Psychology) "21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Evaluation, 2011-2012" funded by 21st CCLC Faribault School District in the amount of $4,590
  2. Aaron Budge (Mechanical Engineering) "MnDOT Shallow and Deep Foundation Instrumentation" funded by MnDOT in the amount of $30,000
  3. Robert Pettitt and Mary Visser (Human Performance) "Metabolic and Videographic Analysis of Exercise on the Bobcat Elliptical" funded by Octane Fitness in the amount of $4,000
  4. Bill Wagner and Steve Vassar (Sociology/Corrections) "Citizen Input Survey" funded by City of Mankato in the amount of $8,700
  5. Kevin Filter (Psychology) "PBIS Support for Minnesota" funded by MN Department of Education in the amount of $21,414
  6. Robert Pettitt (Human Performance) "Octane 2" funded by Octane Fitness in the amount of $2,250
  7. Richard Robbins and Candace Black (English) "2012-2013 Good Thunder Reading Series - MSAB" funded by Arts Tour Minnesota 2012 in the amount of $74,529

Minnesota State Certificates of Appreciation

President Richard Davenport and recognized university employeesMinnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport recognized 10 university employees with certificates of appreciation from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office April 10, 2012, at a reception honoring these employees. Seven of the 10 employees (pictured) were on hand to receive their awards from President Davenport at the reception.

The individuals who received the certificates were recognized for outstanding contributions to “Students First,” a Minnesota State system-wide project. The contributions of the Minnesota State Mankato employees who received certificates of appreciation helped improve the student experience in admissions, registration, payment and financial aid.

The 10 Minnesota State Mankato employees recognized were:

  • Queen Booker
  • Marcius Brock
  • Brian Jones
  • Sandra Loerts
  • Jan Marble
  • Pam Mattick
  • Scott Olson
  • David Reinen
  • Deb Schulz
  • Steve Smith

Student Achievements

Justin Richter (nursing) received the $9,750 Meredith Scholarship. Meredith Scholarships are intended to let recipients focus on their studies without having to work at part- or full-time jobs.


Professor Emeritus Jack L. Flinner passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012. Flinner joined the faculty at Mankato State College in September 1969 to teach physics and was chair of the Physics Department from 1974 to 1981. Dr. Flinner was a leader in developing the electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology degree programs. He retired in June 1993.

Visitation for Flinner is scheduled for Friday, April 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary (2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato). His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter (1114 W Traverse Road) with visitation one hour before the service.

Flinner’s complete obituary can be viewed at


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