September 12, 2012 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2012-09-12/
Hall of Champions Reopening
Big improvements to the Brock-Otto Hall of Champions in the Taylor Center over the past several months will be featured at a public reopening ceremony in the Hall on Friday, Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m.
The renovation has been a collaboration of the Integrated Marketing Team and the Archives staff in Library Services with critical support from Facilities, Printing Services and Intercollegiate Athletics. It came at the request of President Richard Davenport, who will speak at the brief ceremony.
The project has transformed the Hall of Champions in several ways. The Archives staff redesigned all of the display cases, aiming to streamline their content and make it more visually striking. New lighting has been installed inside the cases and in the hallway, new signage has been added to each case, and new full-color photo banners have been added above the cases.
You are cordially invited to join us on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Preska Residence Community (Room 126) for the Preska Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Former Minnesota State Mankato President Margaret Preska (pictured at right) will be on hand. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 18 via email at email@example.com or by calling 507-389-3235.
HickoryTech President and Chief Executive Officer John Finke presented Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport with a $20,000 donation from the HickoryTech Foundation during a campus visit on Sept. 6.
The HickoryTech Foundation's generous gift included $10,000 that was designated as sponsorship of the theatre department’s fall musical, "A Chorus Line," and another $10,000 that was designated for scholarships benefitting the College of Business and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Pictured at the presentation are (left to right): Minnesota State Mankato Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Straka; Vice President of Advancement Doug Mayo; Davenport; Finke; HickoryTech Director of Investor Relations and Marketing Jennifer Spaude; and HickoryTech Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Christensen.
A team led by Jeff Iseminger has won a Gold Award in the 2012 Circle of Excellence international competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award came for the fundraising packet developed for the Big Ideas Campaign at Minnesota State Mankato; that category drew 38 entries from all sizes of institutions.
Iseminger and Sara Frederick of Integrated Marketing wrote and edited copy, and several members of the Printing and Photocopy Services staff collaborated: Wendy Johnston did the design work, with production support from Doug Fenske and printers Dave Franke, Larry Hennis, Mike Theissen and Dave Ziesmer.
This is the second CASE Gold Award in three years for Integrated Marketing, with the first coming in 2010 for our University TV spots.
University business cards now have this new design, which captures our tagline. The price is the same, $41.50, for 480 single-sided cards. In addition to the new tagline, the card now has more saturated color and uses thicker card stock. To order, please call Printing Services at ext. 1181.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council held its annual retreat on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Minnesota State Chancellor Steven Rosenstone along with senior system staff and college university presidents met to discuss a variety of system topics related to future planning. The location of the annual retreat rotates among institutions.
Alumni and friends are welcome to join us for many exciting events during the week of homecoming (Sunday, Sept. 23 through Saturday, Sept. 29)! Among the events are:
• Athletics Hall of Fame
• School of Nursing Reunion at Old Main Village
• Homecoming Alumni & Friends 5K
• President's FREE Community Pancake Breakfast
• Homecoming Parade
• Alumni Tent and Maverick Family Fun
• Homecoming Football vs. Concordia University
• Golden Mavericks Reunion
• Truman and Reta Wood Silent Auction and Scholarship Dinner
• Greek Life 50th Anniversary and Book Release Celebration
• Dental Hygiene Reunion and 40th Anniversary Celebration
•Tours of Campus and Gage Center
• Step Afrika!
For the complete homecoming schedule and event sign-up information, visit the Homecoming page.
• Thursday, Sept. 13: The Indie group, Bella Ruse features a combination of airy folk and pop originals using a laboratory of instruments – acoustic guitar, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, typewriter, and kazoos.
• Monday, Sept. 17: The Lehto & Wright Trio performs a unique blend of traditional and modern Irish, English and American folk songs and interprets them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements.
• Sunday, Sept. 23: Keri Noble (pictured at left) is a piano-driven singer/songwriter whose passion and penchant for living life on her own terms radiates from her music. Her songs have been featured on the TV show “Grey's Anatomy” and on Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-nominated album.
• Tuesday, Sept. 25: The Rawlins Piano Trio has distinguished itself as a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars. Touring regularly throughout the United States and abroad, the artists combine school visits and master classes with performances in a variety of concert venues. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded four CDs of these works on the Albany Records label.
Current Minnesota State Mankato students are eligible for concert ticket discounts. Discount subscription packages are available at the Music Box Office in the Performing Arts Center Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online ticketing is available as well. Those who want more information may visit www.mnsu.edu/music.
The Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 2012-13 seasons with David Mamet’s “November,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-22 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is the first show of the Studio season.
It’s November in a Presidential election year and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for re-election are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out and nuclear war might be imminent. With Pulitzer Prize-winning Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, “November” is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut; it contains mature language and themes.
Individual tickets for “November” are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State students. Individual tickets for this show, as well as all shows in the season, go on sale Monday, Sept. 17, at MSUTheatre.com. The Theatre & Dance Box Office will be open 4-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts that day. Subscriptions are also on sale for the 2012-13 Mainstage season.
Oregon poet Carl Adamshick (pictured upper left) and North Carolina poet Dorianne Laux (pictured lower left) will kick off the 31st year of the Good Thunder Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 13, with discussions and readings of their work.
Adamshick and Laux will meet with community writers in the morning and will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. They will read from their published work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253. All events are free and open to the public.
The Good Thunder Reading Series invites emerging and established writers to Mankato. It began in 1982 and has committed itself since to programs that balance emerging and established talent drawn from Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and the rest of the nation.
This year’s series is funded by the Department of English, the College of Arts & Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors.
It is made possible by a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, appropriated by the Legislature. Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore offer additional assistance.
Those who want more information may call Richard Robbins, Department of English, the director of the Good Thunder Reading Series at (507) 389-1354, or go to www.english2.mnsu.edu/gt/.
Period actors will distribute constitutional scrolls and the Maverick Forensics Team will hold a debate during Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Constitution Day observance Monday, Sept. 17.
The discussion, featuring Maggie Pence and Katie Gottwalt for Minnesota State Mankato’s award-winning speech and debate team under the guidance of Leah White and James Dimock (Communication Studies), will be in Ostrander Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, and participants will receive a free copy of the Constitution as well as refreshments.
Pence and Gottwalt will debate health care in the context of our Constitution. Pence, a junior from Aberdeen, S.D., is a current member of the Maverick forensics team, while Gottwalt, a graduate of the Minnesota State Mankato nursing program, is a former Maverick forensics team member.
Monday at noon, two actors from the Department of Theatre and Dance – dressed as George Washington and James Madison – will distribute scrolls representing the Preamble to the Constitution in Centennial Student Union.
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution 225 years ago, on Sept. 17, 1787. More information about the day is at www.constitutionday.com/.
Minnesota State Mankato will be hosting a study abroad fair on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mav Ave in the Centennial Student Union. Representatives from select study abroad organizations and more than 10 Minnesota State Mankato colleges / departments will be present to showcase their international program options and to talk with students interested in studying abroad.
Information will be available on a wide variety of international study opportunities, including short-term, summer programs, internship opportunities and semester-long programs. The fair is a great chance for students to meet and talk with knowledgeable people about studying abroad.
On Friday, Sept. 21, the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation will honor our community and generous friends at the Purple & Gold Gala, a special black-tie evening of recognition, dinner and entertainment in the newly renovated CSU Ballroom. Several current and former faculty and staff members will be honored for lifetime giving of $25,000 and above. For information on attending, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Special Events at 389-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, Disney’s Approach to Quality Service, to Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Monday, Sept. 24.
Sponsored by Continuing & Professional Education, the full-day event will demonstrate how anticipating and reacting to customers’ needs, wants and emotions is an integral aspect of delivering quality service and achieving business results.
The full-day Disney’s Approach to Quality Service program will give participants an insider’s look at the business practices that have helped Disney become respected for product and service quality. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Disney as the world’s most admired company for quality. Participants will learn how to exceed customer expectations using a well-defined service infrastructure, ongoing research and service standards.
Minnesota State Mankato employees can attend the full-day training on Sept. 24 for $225. Interested employees should contact Jean Clarke directly at email@example.com or (507) 389-3283. Rates for community members for the full-day event are $349 per person (early bird rate) through Sept. 5; $449 per person (regular advance registration price) from Sept. 6-20; and $499 per person from Sept. 21-24. The rate includes all course materials, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and parking.
A much-condensed, 90-minute session will also be available on Tuesday, Sept. 25, exclusively for University employees. More details about that presentation will be coming from Human Resources, which is sponsoring the employee-only event. There is no charge for the session, but pre-registration is required via STARS.
To register for the full-day event, go to www.mnsu.edu/disney or call Minnesota State Mankato’s Continuing & Professional Education office at 507-389-2572.
National recording artist Eric Hutchinson will perform at this year’s homecoming “Stomp the Yard” concert in the Myers Field House on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Hutchinson is expected to perform songs from his new album, “Moving Up Living Down.” Hutchinson’s recent single, “Watching You Watch Him” is currently number 20 on the charts and still climbing.
Tickets for Hutchinson’s concert went on sale Sept. 10. Tickets can be purchased online here.
For more information on Hutchinson, visit his website at www.erichutchinson.com. For more information on these events, please contact Will Malloy at (651)769-5246 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Business is presenting Matt Ames, founder and owner of MN Pro Paintball, for the next installment of the Big Ideas Speaker Series on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The presentation will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union.
The Big Ideas Speaker Series brings business people with transformative and alternative ideas to campus to inspire the Big Ideas of people within our own community.
Ames will share how he took a passion for paintball and turned it into a thriving business. He currently owns one of the largest paintball parks in the state in Lakeville Minn., as well as two retail stores in Burnsville and Minnetonka. In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Ames the Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the lecture. Parking is available in the visitor pay lot outside of the Centennial Student Union. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Johnson at (507) 389-5424 or email@example.com.
Sodexo, Greater Mankato Growth and the Minnesota State Mankato Small Business Development Center helped sponsor this event, along with College of Business partners, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and the College of University Extended Education.
Nationally known to many Hip Hop movie and music fans as “Play” from the rap and acting duo Kid ‘n Play (House Party), Christopher Martin now serves as the executive producer of Brand Newz, and oversees mass communications major students from different colleges and universities. The goal of his organization is to consistently provide an insight on things that inspire, encourage, educate and motivate viewers while providing good news and a good feeling at the same time.
The opening act will be the Richkids, a group of Elementary students from Minneapolis who write their own music and are a part of the North Community YMCA’s Beats and Rhymes Program.
This event will be held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Black Intelligent Gentlemen (B.I.G.).
The Minnesota State Mankato Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the new Hall of Fame members who will be inducted in a ceremony taking place at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner held in the Centennial Student Union ballroom on Friday, Sept. 28.
Class of 2012 inductees in the student-athlete include men’s cross country/track & field national champion Dale Bahr (1991-95), men’s basketball All-American Pat Coleman (1992-96), men’s hockey goaltending great Ken Hilgert (1984-88) and former softball stand-out Theresa Mackey (1991-94). Slated for induction in the builders category are local businessmen Fred Roufs and Lon Coulter. Coulter passed away in 2010 and will be inducted posthumously. Selected for induction in the “team” category is the North Central Conference champion MSU football team from 1987. The Jim Schaffer Service Award will be presented to Al Dorn, and the Athletics Philanthropic Award recipient is Bremer Bank.
Anyone interested in attending the Dinner may register for the celebration by calling 507.389.3235 or 888.234.3796 or online at http://alumni.mnsu.edu/hof.
Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff are invited to get their flu vaccinations on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Flu Vaccination Clinic for state employees. The clinic will be held in the Centennial Student Union, Room 284 ABC, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are needed; the clinic will be conducted on a walk-in basis.
Employees of Minnesota State Mankato may receive either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine free upon presentation of their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card. Please note that the nasal spray vaccine is approved only for those under age 50. Without a Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card, employees can pay cash or check for either the flu shot at $25.00 or the nasal spray flu vaccine at $32.00.
Those who are unable to attend the Clinic on Monday, Oct. 1 may get vaccinations through their primary care clinics, in-network convenience clinics, or at Flu Vaccination Clinics being conducted at other state agencies this fall. To find more information about this year’s flu vaccine and to view the statewide schedule of Flu Vaccination Clinics, visit http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/flu.
The worksite clinic on Oct. 1 is being offered to faculty, staff, and other state employees only. Family members and retired employees are encouraged to visit their primary care clinics or in-network convenience clinics for flu vaccinations.
Attention faculty! Looking for a fun way to spend your Oct. 1 evening? The Nontraditional Student Center is hosting a “Murder Mystery” in the South Ballroom on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and we are looking for cast members! Tofu Panda (a student group on campus) has written a script and all you will need to do is review your part and be bold enough to improvise when/if you can’t remember your lines. Last spring we had a mixture of staff and faculty in the roles.
This fall we are hoping faculty will dominate as cast members!! Your time commitment is small—it consists of two 1-hour practice meetings and the night of the program. This program is geared at building community on campus through the interaction of students, staff, and faculty. Please send email interest to Ashley.Strom@mnsu.edu at your earliest convenience if you are interested to learn more about this amazingly fun opportunity!
The Environmental Committee at Minnesota State Mankato announced that Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota climatologist and weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” will speak on Thursday, October 4, in Ostrander Auditorium from 5 p.m. to 6:30 pm. His topic is “Climate Change Implications for Minnesota.”
Seeley is the author of Minnesota Weather Almanac and co-author of Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park, winner of the Northeast Minnesota Book Awards for photography. He has been involved in numerous projects to explain Minnesota weather to the public and to students. In 2012 he received the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service.
Seeley’s talk is free and open to the University community and to the public. Free public parking is available in the visitor pay lot located on Ellis Avenue in front of the Centennial Student Union (get pay lot pass at the event).
The roundabout that is being constructed at the intersection of Victory Drive and Stadium Road (not far from campus) is progressing. Three of the four legs of the project are expected to be open by late September, while the east-west traffic on Stadium Road will take about one month longer. The new project will allow a streamlined connection between Stadium Road and County Road 82, while providing a roundabout intersection for improved safety and traffic flow.
Information regarding roundabouts and how to use them is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roundabouts/.
This fall semester, students will have the opportunity to discover, learn and practice leadership skills. Free dinner to attendees. RSVP to Ashley Strom, assistant director of Recognized Student Organizations and Nontraditional students by phone at (507) 389-5205 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fall Leadership Series includes the following four events.
Sept. 18, 5-8 p.m., CSU 253 4/5: Kicking off the series of events, students will undergo, “Personal Vocation.” Participants will identify their greatest talents, abilities, qualities and strengths and how they can be applicable through college and into their careers.
Oct. 9, 5-8 p.m., CSU 253 4/5: Participants will trace back through encounters in their life that have molded the very person they are today in the session, “Exploring Self and Others.” Understanding their own background and identity will help students to work around differences in an intercultural world.
Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m., CSU Heritage 1001: Communication styles differentiate and the Leadership Series will help students to pinpoint what is appropriate and effective in, “Communication Styles.” Participants will be able to verify their own effective style of communication and the effects of each different style.
Nov. 27, 5-8 p.m., CSU 253 4/5: Students will attain the skills to deal with difficult conversations and conflicts within the workforce in, “Crucial Conversations.” Facilitating these “crucial conversations” in a non-threatening way will eventually lead to improved solutions and strength in one’s dialogue.
Sessions are open to all students interested in the personal growth and development as a leader.
Please consider nominating an amazing Minnesota State Mankato graduate for a Distinguished Alumni Award. It is important to have representation from a variety of majors and from all walks of life at our awards celebration on Friday, April 26, 2013. Anyone can nominate an alumna/alumnus by filling out the form at http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/nomination.html. A list of previous honorees can be found at http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/past.html. It is okay If the nominator cannot fill out the nomination completely. We will do research on our end to make sure the nominations are as complete as possible. Our deadline this year is Nov. 1.
The Centennial Student Union ballroom renovation was featured in the August 2012 issue of American School & University magazine. To view the magazine, click here.
The campus forensics team is sponsoring a Speech Tutoring Center for students during the fall semester. The Speech Tutoring Center will be open every Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No appoint is needed and students can get help with structuring their speech, delivery/memorization, outlines/topic selection, and communication apprehension. The Speech Tutoring Center will be located in CSU 123 from Sept. 10 through Oct. 8, and it will be located in CSU 191 from Oct. 15 through Dec. 3.
Minnesota State Mankato was recently chosen as the No. 11 university for 2011-12 by RateMyProfessors.com’s community of student contributors. The rankings for best schools were determined by analyzing both professor ratings and campus ratings. Different from typical college rankings, this list is generated entirely from the input of the students themselves – providing an authentic overview of daily life at each respective school. Another link is here.
Stefanie Kelly has been named interim director of development for the College of Education. Since November 2009, Stefanie has served as a development officer for Carleton College. Prior to that Stefanie was a director of development for Minnesota State Mankato in athletics. Stefanie received her master’s degree from Minnesota State Mankato in 2001.
Stewart Ross, Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning, attended an all-day workshop at Lycoming College for faculty on Aug. 21, and another all-day workshop for dental faculty at the University of Minnesota on Aug. 27. Both workshops were on designing integrated courses.
Joe Kunkel, a political science professor in the Department of Government, was interviewed on Sept. 4 by Roman Evers of the Reporter newspaper about the 2012 election and powers of the president and on Sept. 5 by Ryan Gustafson of KEYC-TV about political parties’ strategies in the 2012 presidential election.
Cindra Kamphoff, associate professor, sport & exercise psychology, and graduate coordinator in the Department of Human Performance, was quoted in the latest issue of Runner’s World. She was interviewed about her research on both elite and recreational marathoners.
Candace Raskin, professor/director of Center for Engaged Leadership and director of Edina Site Management and Development, graduated this summer from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held July 22 – Aug. 5 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo.
Candace Raskin was quoted in the August issue of MPLS-St. Paul magazine along with a profile of alum Michael Bolsoni, who graduated from Minnesota State Mankato by attending classes in Edina.
Tom Inglot (Government) traveled to Europe this summer to conduct research and interviews for his project entitled European Integration, Welfare State, and the Family since 2004. The project was supported by the 2012 Faculty Research Grant and involved work at the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium and also field research in Hungary and Poland.
Tom Inglot (Government) presented a paper entitled Developmental Paths of Family Policies in the Former Socialist Countries, at the International Symposium: Welfare State Reform and Consequences, organized by the Center for Globalization and Governance, at the University of Hamburg, Germany on June 12-13, 2012.
Tom Inglot (Government) and co-authors Dr. Dorrotya Szikra (Hungary) and Dr. Cristina Rat (Romania) presented a paper entitled History, Politics, and Ideas: Family Policy in Postwar Poland, Hungary, and Romania, at an international conference organized by the Nordic Center of Excellence and the University of Southern Denmark, in Odense, Denmark, on June 15, 2012.
Tom Inglot (Government) presented a guest lecture entitled Historical Legacies and Contemporary Politics of Family Policy in New EU Member States: A Comparison of Poland, Hungary and Romania at the Department of Sociology, Institute for Social Policy, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany on June 26, 2012.
Senior Zach Fournier was prominently mentioned in a September 2012 Minnesota Business article titled “The Business of Education.” Fournier’s experiences as a software engineering intern with Thomson Reuters are prominently mentioned in the article’s opening paragraphs. Fournier found his position through Maverick Software, a company that has partnered with Minnesota State Mankato since 2006. A link to the article is available here.
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