October 10, 2012 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2012-10-10/
2013-14 Learning Communities
The Office of New Student and Family Programs and Academic Affairs are now accepting proposals for learning community programs for the 2013-14 academic year. For information regarding the learning communities program, please visit www.mnsu.edu/newstudent/communities.
A survey of Minnesota State University, Mankato students in 2010 indicated that learning community students had more interaction with their professors and attended more lectures and seminars, showed a better appreciation for diversity, and spent more time studying and doing homework than students who did not participate in learning communities. They also reported an easier transition to college and greater confidence in their academic skills. Students who participated in learning communities 2010-2011 had a retention rate of 82.5% and their average cumulative GPA was 3.06. Non-learning community students had a retention rate of 76.3% and an average cumulative GPA of 2.96. (Data for the 2011-2012 cohort is not yet available.)
The benefits of the learning communities program stretch beyond individual student growth and academic success. Learning communities support colleges and academics by structuring:
- Co-enrollment in courses and clustered housing assignments to build cohesion within a cohort of incoming students.
- Opportunities for out-of-class engagement and learning through a Common Read program.
- Coordinated access to first-year students interested in your program.
- Mechanisms for coordination, organization, and support through the Office of New Student and Family Programs.
Proposals for learning community programs will be accepted through Oct. 30. For proposal documents or questions, please contact Kate Hansen in the Office New Student and Family Programs at 389-5498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Engagement Office is looking for volunteers for History Fest, held from Oct. 10-13. Volunteers will have a fun time working alongside each other and re-enactors from the 17th century! History Fest will display events such as the catapult launch, branding, archery, tomahawk throwing, cider press, and more! Volunteers will be assigned as needed. Details on volunteering are available at History Fest’s official website here. Those who have questions concerning the event or volunteering may send emails to email@example.com.
Oct. 27 is the official date for “Rake the Town”! Volunteers are needed to help rake lawns and do general neighborhood cleanup work in the community! Start time is at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a Chili Feed at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Mankato!
For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, come down to the Community Engagement Office located in the Student Activities Office of the Centennial Student Union from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Otherwise, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) held their annual New Women Employee Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Over 100 new women employees from the past year invited to attend. This long-standing reception welcomes and provides participants an introduction to PCSW, along with offering an opportunity to connect with others from the campus community. President Richard Davenport, a generous contributor and strong advocate for the Commission’s initiative, was a featured speaker at the reception. The event was co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Gender & Women’s Studies Department, and also hosted members from the Mankato YWCA and Mankato Zontas Club in the program.
Long time anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar Andrea Smith (pictured at left) will be the keynote speaker at the 31st annual Women & Spirituality Conference Oct. 13-14 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Smith will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by a book signing in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
The conference, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, includes two days of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebrations, with 90 vendors and more than 100 workshops. The annual conference is intended to nurture caring, respect and understanding among men and women from different spiritual and religious backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Spirituality and Social Justice.”
The event is co-sponsored by the University’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Gender and Women’s Studies Department, Institutional Diversity and Women’s Center, is expected to attract hundreds of participants. General admission is $55, but reduced rates, scholarships and college credit are available. Walk-ins are welcome.
Smith, who currently teaches in media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside, is co-founder of the Boarding School Healing Project and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. Many of Smith’s published works include a common theme on issues of violence against women of color. She is a highly-sought after speaker and is one of the nation’s leading experts on violence matters. Those who want more information about the sessions or who wish to register may call (507) 389-2077, email email@example.com, or visit this link.
The Minnesota State Mankato Circle K club and the Minnesota-Dakota District of Circle K are joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes.
On Saturday, Oct. 13 the Minnesota State Mankato Circle K club with other Circle K clubs throughout the Minnesota Dakota District will host a 5k run/walk to raise money for The Eliminate Project. More information is available here. The 5k will be held on the Minnesota State Mankato fitness trail behind the Gage towers. The registration fee is $20 before Oct. 5 and $25 for late registration. The first 50 registrants will receive a t-shirt.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Centennial Student Union South Ballroom. In partnership with the Veterans Resource Center, the Office of New Student and Family Programs welcomes combat veterans from various war eras to discuss their thoughts about the book, "The Unforgiving Minute," by Craig Mullaney and their own experiences in war.
Moderated by Dr. Mark Robbins (law enforcement), Vietnam War veteran
- Kelli Damlo, Afghanistan War veteran
- Dan Schwichtenberg, Iraq War veteran
- Steve Hill, Vietnam War veteran
- Phil Hodapp, Korean War veteran
"The Unforgiving Minute," as described on the author's website, is the extraordinary story of one soldier’s singular education. From a hilarious plebe’s-eye view of the author’s West Point experience to the demanding leadership crucible of Ranger School’s swamps and mountains, to a two-year whirlwind of scintillating debate, pub crawls, and romance at Oxford, Mullaney’s winding path to the battlegrounds of Afghanistan was unique and remarkable. Despite all his preparation, the hardest questions remained. When the call came to lead his platoon into battle and earn his soldiers’ salutes, would he be ready? Was his education sufficient for the unforgiving minutes he’d face? A fascinating account of an Army captain’s unusual path through some of the most legendary seats of learning straight into a brutal fight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, is, above all, an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man.
For Common Read Program and other related event information, please visit this link.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures invites faculty, staff, students and the general public to the International Poetry Recital, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the International Education and Cultural Diversity Weeks, in the Casual Lab of Memorial Library (ML 45). Anybody interested in participating is asked to fill out the form enclosed at this link.
There will be snacks and refreshments sponsored by the Kearney International Center. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (5519 or 2116) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota State Mankato celebrated its 144th Anniversary during Founder’s Day activities on Monday, Oct. 8 in the Centennial Student Union.
President Richard Davenport (pictured at far right), Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Linda Baer (second from left) and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management David Jones (fourth from left) served cake to faculty, staff, and students and free Minnesota State Mankato wristbands were also given away. School mascot Stomper also was on hand to greet guests.
Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students. In 1921 the school became Mankato State Teachers College and began offering two- and three-year degrees. In 1939 the first four-year degrees were awarded. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorates were awarded in 2009.
The school became Mankato State College in 1957, with an enrollment of 7,000. It became Mankato State University in 1975, with enrollment of 14,000, and Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998. Today the enrollment is more than 15,000.
Renowned photographer Wing Young Huie (pictured) will give a free public workshop, reception, and presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Centennial Student Union. The event, titled “Calling Minnesota Home: Cultural Diversity Through the Lens of Wing Young Huie,” is presented by the Minnesota State Mankato College of Arts and Humanities and Honors Program.
Wing will conduct a workshop, “On Being Hyphenated: Exploring Asian American Experience,” from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 201. A reception in CSU 253 will be held at 6 p.m. and a presentation by Wing in the same room will follow at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Wing has received international acclaim for his photographic studies of cultural diversity and socioeconomic realities in American society. Focusing primarily on the Lake Street and University Avenue neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, his work reflects the lives of people in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country. His sessions will appeal to anyone interested in photography, art, cultural diversity, or the challenges of building community.
Wing’s work has been exhibited across the United States and numerous other nations, including several major exhibitions in China. Born and raised in Duluth, Wing is the only American-born member of his Chinese family. The Star Tribune in Minneapolis hailed his “Lake Street USA” as one of 25 Great Minnesota Books.
More information on Wing is available at www.wingyounghuie.com. Those who want additional information may contact Sachi Sekimoto from Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies by phone at 507-389-1270 or by email at email@example.com.
Guest speaker Eszter Szalczer, a faculty member at the State University of New York at Albany, will give a Leif Erikson Day lecture titled "From kitchen sink to dream landscape: How August Strindberg changed the shape of theatre" on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 323. A reception will follow.
Szalczer will discuss August Strindberg, a Swedish playwright, on Leif Erikson Day to honor Strindberg's Scandinavian heritage. Leif Erickson Day is observed to celebrate the Norwegian explorer who first brought Europeans to North America.
Eszter Szalczer holds a doctorate in theatre from the City University of New York and a doctorate in comparative literature from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. A professor of dramatic literature, theatre history and other theatre arts, she has received many prestigious awards for her published works. She is an internationally published theatre scholar, specializing in modern drama and performance.
For more information, please contact Rennesa Jessup by phone at 507-389-2917 or by email.
As part of National Depression Screening Day, the Counseling Center is offering an opportunity for students to complete a written screening questionnaire and discuss the questionnaire and their results with a mental health professional. Screenings are anonymous, confidential, and free. Additionally, educational material on the signs and symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders will be provided, as well as connecting students to resources.
Screenings will be done on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Minnesota State Mankato Counseling Center (CSU 245) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You are invited to the grand reopening of the Women's Center on Thursday, Oct. 11. Join us for food and fun in the newly renovated Women's Center in CSU 218 from 12 p.m to 2 p.m.
The Campus Hub and MavCARD Office will relocate in-person services to SU123 for approximately 12 weeks beginning Monday, Oct. 15. Walk-up customers may experience a brief disruption in service availability during the move from SU117 that morning. Customers contacting the Campus Hub via telephone, e-mail and One Stop should not notice any disruption in service.
One-stop services provided at the Campus Hub include assistance to students regarding their University account, financial aid, transcripts and DARS reports, questions on parking ticket dismissal, sale of temporary parking permits, and notary public service.
The MavCARD Office issues new and replacement identification cards, creates name badges, adds funds to copy cards, and updates MavCASH purchases to cardholder accounts.
Memorial Library will present a voting workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. The workshop will go until 12 p.m. The program will be held in ML 81 in the lower level of Memorial Library. This hands-on presentation will encourage eligible voters to get registered, get informed, and go vote. The workshop is designed for students and others who are preparing for their first voting experience. The program is free of charge and open to everyone.
America’s favorite “Dragapella” beautyshop quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, will be at Minnesota State Mankato on Thursday, Oct. 18th. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public -- lots of seating is available. (Please note: mature language and themes are used during the performance.)
About The Kinsey Sicks from the quartet's website at www.kinseysicks.com: A Sensation! With a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, seven albums and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, the Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For over 16 years America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.
For more information about this event or other LGBT Center events, visit www.mnsu.edu/lgbtc or call the LGBT Center at (507)389-5131.
Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Health Services is co-hosting an educational event called “House Party” on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Phi Delta Theta House (639 S. 4th St., Mankato) that is intended to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking.
It’s the 10th year in a row that Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Health Services has held the event, during which students take a tour of an off-campus house and explore a “house party” from a sober perspective. Student volunteers act out scenarios that students may have encountered at a real house party. Students will be given statistical information about the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and then will be educated on how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink.
For more information, please contact Samantha Coffin, graduate assistant in Student Health Services, by phone at 507-389-5689 or by email.
Joining Student Health Services and other Minnesota State Mankato departments as co-hosts of the event are the City of Mankato’s Department of Public Safety and the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association.
The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its Mainstage season with Niccolo Machiavelli’s comedy “The Mandrake” Oct. 18-28 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Wynn and Ginnette Kearney Foundation.
Set in 16th century Florence, Italy, the play blends songs and robust action in detailing the hilarious lengths to which the smitten Callimaco goes in winning the favors of Lucrezia, the beautiful young wife of the rich and aged lawyer Nicia. The story is enhanced through the intermittent appearance of a four-person singing troupe performing madrigal-style music. The play is translated by Wallace Shawn.
The lyrics were provided by director Paul J. Hustoles, to music by Minnesota State Mankato alumnus and Bethany Lutheran College director Peter Bloedel. The cast features first-year bachelor of fine arts musical theatre candidate Jake Sullivan as “Callimaco” and senior bachelor of fine arts acting candidate Charisse Danker as “Madonna Lucrezia.”
“The Mandrake,” which is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut, will be presented in the round in the Andreas Theatre. It follows closely on the heels of the Mainstage season opener, “A Chorus Line,” which runs Oct. 4-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre.
Individual tickets for “The Mandrake” are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11 for current Minnesota State students. They may be purchased any time at MSUTheatre.com, or by visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office between 4 p.m. & 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 & 24-27, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 21, 27 & 28.
Corwood Industries recording artist Jandek will perform Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The concert marks the first live performance by Jandek in Minnesota. The event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State University Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Jandek is one of the most elusive and enigmatic personalities in contemporary music today. For over 30 years Corwood Industries has issued Jandek recordings that could be described as mysterious, beautiful, haunting and difficult. The recordings of Jandek cover a wide scope of instruments, styles and structures. The songs range from sparse acoustic confessionals to howling blues, and from stunning piano performances to cacophonous walls of noise.
Parking is available in Lot 16 adjacent to the Performing Arts Center. General admission advance purchase is $20 (advance purchase ends Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m.) and $25 the evening of the concert. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged as seating is limited.
Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music/. For more information contact KMSU hosts Shelley Pierce and Tim Lind (507-389-5678 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Perron (507-389-5678 or email@example.com). For more information about tickets or the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series, please call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549. Additional information may be found at shufflefunction.blogspot.com or fffreakout.blogspot.com.
The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will hold a costume sale from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Parking will be available in the adjacent Lot 16 off Birchwood Street.
Although there will be some specialty pieces, including hats, masks and accessories, much of what will be for sale is more contemporary men’s and women’s clothing that has been used in Theatre & Dance productions. No early sales; cash or check only, please.
Doug Snapp and The Twin Cities Jazz All Stars will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The concert will include works by Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Antonio CarlosJobim, and Chet Baker.
The Twin Cities Jazz All Stars are members of the JazzMN Orchestra in Minneapolis led by Artistic Director Doug Snapp, Director of Jazz Studies at Minnesota State, Mankato. The JazzMN Orchestra was formed to enhance the support and appreciation of jazz music and create educational experiences for students.
Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549. More information is available here.
The University Concert Bands will perform on Sunday, Oct 21 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.
The University Concert Bands consists of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble, which are composed of university students, staff, and community members. Dr. Amy Roisum Foley directs both of these ensembles.
This concert is centered around the British Isles in honor of the Summer Olympics. Works by British composers will be performed that are British folk song settings or are directly related to the Olympics. It is a more traditional concert that features several well-known wind band composers and wind works.
Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the PerformanceSeries office, (507) 389-5549.
Bob Sorensen, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, coordinated a volunteer program with the City of Mankato this past summer that resulted in zoology students volunteering at Mankato’s Sibley Park. Read more in the October edition of the City of Mankato newsletter here.
As part of the program, students provided care to animals, saving the city from having to pay for an employee to work on weekends. The program gave the students experience with providing animal care in a managed setting, and Sorensen said that both the city parks’ personnel and students benefitted from the interaction. Sorensen is already recruiting students who are interested in serving in this capacity next summer, and reports that student interest in the partnership is high.
You can receive one Minnesota State Mankato undergraduate credit by enrolling in Spirituality and Social Justice. The 31st annual Women and Spirituality Conference will be held on Oct. 13 and 14. There is no cost to register for credit if you are under banded tuition. Stop in MH 109 for a registration form and printed program. Registration costs $35 for students.
You will meet once before the conference begins on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in CSU 201 and then online once the conference is over. For more information go here or see Cindy in MH 109 389-2077.
The conference is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department, the Women’s Center, Institutional Diversity, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Vijendra (VJ) Agarwal, Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, announced an important gift in the interest of encouraging STEM (Science, Technology , Engineering and Math) disciplines. The support, $30,000, for two programs comes from a private donor in Taipei, Taiwan. This donor has watched the love of science develop and thrive through the eyes of a high school student’s success at Minnesota State Mankato's South Central/Southwest Minnesota Science & Engineering Fair. The fair’s success has helped many students advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
The Water Resources Department benefited too, as they have help encourage high schools science students to understand the environmental factors that affect our clean water. The donor in this case understood that the relationship between the encouragement of STEM disciplines in the Science Fair resulted in active research on fish populations rewarded, too, by a very rare Federal Department of Fisheries grant.
Bill Bessler, Science Fair director, and Shannon Fisher, director of the Water Resources Department, are very grateful for this support.
Barnes and Noble requests that textbook orders for spring be submitted as soon as possible. Submissions may be made by phone, fax, email, in person or by accessing the Faculty link on our website. Early submissions allow us time to source used copies, and can help students receive more money when they sell books back!
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 events:
Oct. 30, 5 p.m. - 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 p.m. - 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.
Elizabeth Sandell, associate professor, elementary & early childhood, traveled to Portugal in August to present an individual paper within a symposium at the 2012 European Early Childhood Education Research Association conference at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia in Porto. Sandell presented “Changes in Undergraduate Students' Orientation toward Cultural Differences.” The travel was supported by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Education.
Joe Kunkel, a political science professor in the Department of Government, spoke to Christ the King Lutheran Church's Peace and Justice Commission on Sept. 29, 2012 on the topic "We the People: Constitutional Amendments and Representative Democracy, Putting the Voter ID and Marriage Proposals in Context."
Cindra Kamphoff, associate professor, sport & exercise psychology, and graduate coordinator in the Department of Human Performance, placed first among 256 female runners in the 37th annual Omaha Marathon, which was held Sept. 23 in Omaha, Neb. Kamphoff placed 22nd of 736 finishers overall while finishing the 26.2 mile course in a time of 3:05:12. Kamphoff also completed the Boston Marathon in April. Kamphoff, who periodically writes a column called The Mental Edge for the Mankato Free Press, had her latest column published by the Free Press on Sunday, Oct. 7. The headline of the column was “Using Your Mind to be Your Best.”
On Monday, Sept. 24, Lydia Miller, Joseph Rodgers, and David Viscoli (Music) opened the Gustavus Adolphus Music Season with a piano trio concert. They performed works by Arbos, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich.
No student achievements submitted for the Oct. 10, 2012 newsletter.
Emeritus Chloe Elmgren, a former professor in the business administration program, passed away Sept. 30. She was a member of the Minnesota State Mankato faculty from 1974 to 1992. Her complete obituary can be viewed here.
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