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October 24, 2012 Campus Newsletter

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Civility Campaign Launch

Civility Poster

Who Are You? That’s the question to be posed in a university-wide civility campaign at Minnesota State University, Mankato that was launched today as part of an ongoing effort to increase civility on campus.

Plans for the civility campaign began after Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport challenged the campus in his August 2011 convocation remarks to develop a plan to eliminate bullying and increase civility and respect on campus. This important strategic focus grew out of an earlier university objective to create a “Great Place to Work” initiative that was launched a few years ago.

“I am pleased to announce the official launch of the Minnesota State Mankato Civility Campaign, an ongoing effort to increase civility throughout the University,” said Davenport. “When civility is present, a community such as ours becomes a healthy and rewarding place to live and work. Without civility, the community fails to thrive, and we lose the sense of pride that is important to our vibrancy.”

The campaign will use simple but thought-provoking questions designed to challenge individuals to reflect on options for showing civility through action in a variety of potential situations. New scenarios and questions will be displayed twice each month on posters across campus between now and May 31. The scenarios will also be displayed on screens across campus and online at Table tents highlighting the campaign will be set up in Memorial Library along with various administrative and academic offices across campus. The complete press release on the launching of the civility campaign is available here.

MBA Program Cited Among Nation's Best

For the sixth consecutive year, Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Master of Business Administration program is listed as one of the nation’s best in The Princeton Review’s 2013 business school guidebook.

The New York education services company – known for its rankings based on student surveys – includes Minnesota State Mankato in its “Best 296 Business Schools,” released on Oct. 9. The book is compiled from school-reported data and surveys of 19,000 students attending the schools.

Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business has been included in The Princeton Review rankings since 2006 (seven years in a row), when it was listed third among the book’s “best administered business schools.”

“We consider Minnesota State Mankato one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

More Princeton Review information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found here. More information about Minnesota State Mankato’s MBA program is available at this link.

New MBA Coordinator in Edina

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business announced that Chris Brown Mahoney has been named master of business administration (MBA) program coordinator at Minnesota State Mankato’s 7700 France Avenue location in Edina, Minn.

Brown Mahoney, who was recently hired as an associate professor in the College of Business’s Management Department, is the first Minnesota State Mankato College of Business professor whose office will be permanently located in Edina.

As coordinator of the MBA program, Brown Mahoney’s presence in Edina is expected to help redefine and promote the quality of Minnesota State Mankato’s MBA program in the Twin Cities, said Marilyn Fox, professor of management and MBA director.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Brown Mahoney at Minnesota State Mankato’s Edina location to serve our current MBA students, recruit new students, and establish partnerships with businesses as we continue to provide the highest quality programs and lifelong learning,” said Fox. For more information, click here.

New Look for Center for Excellence and Innovation

The Center for Excellence and Innovation at Minnesota State Mankato (ML 88, lower level of library) was recently remodeled (new furnishings pictured at left) and has newly furnished meeting rooms along with a kitchen, lounge areas and comfortable coffeehouse-style seating. The area houses the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL), Center for Excellence in Scholarship & Research (CESR) and Academic Technology.

The newly remodeled area is ideal for faculty collaboration, conversation and meeting colleagues and access to technology, such as TelePresence. Faculty are encouraged and invited to stop in and see the area.

For information on CETL services offered, please contact Patricia Hoffman (pictured in photo), director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at 507-389-3233 or by email at For information on CESR services offered, please contact In-Jae Kim, director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, at 507-389-5908 or by email at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Three events over the next week will wrap up a month-long series of events that highlighted Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
“Download this Upgrade: From Boys to Men,”
Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union 284

This training will be geared towards men, but all will be welcome! At the dinner portion of this event, 10-15 student leaders will be invited to share a meal and conversation with our amazing trainers. They will share some of the work that they have done and brainstorm around how to take action as allies to women in the anti-violence movement. After the dinner, the trainers will facilitate a training that will focus on gender equality and men’s involvement in the anti-violence movement. After the training, the trainers will explain the men’s anti-violence pledge and a photo will be taken of attendees who sign the pledge.

Friday, October 26, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Violence-Free Zone Training, Centennial Student Union 238

This training will address intimate partner violence (IPV) and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. Since the presentation will contain information about IPV, it 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

Those interested in more information on any of these events should contact Laura Schultz at the email listed above or by phone at 507-389-5127. Resources on domestic violence are available here. Events, free and open to the public, are intended to raise awareness of resources available to survivors of domestic violence and also to raise awareness of the prevalence and prevention of domestic violence. Resources on domestic violence are available here.

Senator Franken Visit

U.S. Senator Al Franken visited Minnesota State Mankato staff at the Hmong Resource Fair that was held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Pictured from left to right in the photo above are Vang Xiong, faculty member from the Department of Ethnic Studies; graduate student Don Thomas II; Franken; and Sang Yang, interim director of diversity initiatives in Institutional Diversity. President's Commission on the Status of Women Grants

Status of Women Grants

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women has announced grant opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

President’s Commission on the Status of Women grants of up to $500 are available for campus community members who plan to conduct research or attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women or gender-related issues.

Grant information and the application form are available here. Deadline for fall proposals is Friday, Nov. 9. Those who want more information may contact commission graduate assistant Sarah Hagedon at 389-1771 or email vs Gophers Men’s Basketball

Mavericks Men's Basketball vs. Gophers

The Athletics Department at the University of Minnesota invites you to watch the Mavericks take on the Gophers on Thursday, Nov. 1. A discounted ticket price is being offered for block seating so you can sit with fellow Mavericks.

To order the $10 tickets, use this promotion code link and follow these steps:

 • Click "SELECT YOUR OWN SEATS" in the upper right corner
 • Select "Section 213"
 • Click the orange colored seats for the $10 Group Price
 • Finish by clicking "Add to Order" in bottom right corner

The game starts at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena, located at 1925 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

Common Read Discussions

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.

Grants Resource Center

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has started a new membership to the Grants Resource Center. (Replacing the previous subscription to Community of Science.) The following resources are now available to any member of the University:

Funding Opportunity Search
GRC’s proprietary search engine, GrantSearch, includes 2,000 private and federal funding opportunities screened for recurrence and for higher education eligibility. You can access this here, username - mnsu; password - awards.

GRC reviews federal grant announcements, agency alerts, and industry publications each day. The following electronic publications are provided to help you identify funding opportunities and higher education grants:

"Deadlines" is distributed once a month to provide 90 days’ notice of federal and private grant opportunity deadlines. Each entry includes a program description, agency contact information, a link to the solicitation, and special competition information such as limitations on the number of applications accepted per institution. Note: You may subscribe to a faculty alert system. This optional service delivers relevant Deadlines funding opportunity announcements directly according to your selected interests.

"GrantWeek" is a weekly electronic news magazine. Its articles analyze federal legislation, agency policies, and challenges and best practices in research administration. Content is based on federal budget briefings, technical assistance workshops, interviews with program officers and successful awardees, and the close monitoring of other higher education and national news sources.

"GRC Bulletin" is a twice-weekly digest of the, Federal Register, and FedBizOpps notices with the potential to have an impact on higher education grant-seeking and program development.

You can start receiving any of these publications by emailing Please contact our office for assistance in beginning your funding search, or if you would like further details on the information above go to this link.

International Poetry Recital

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

Oct. 18-28: Theatre takes on Machiavelli

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, 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.

Oct. 25: Good Thunder Reading Series

Short story writer Nick Healy (pictured upper left) and fiction writers Nicole Helget (pictured below right) and Nate LeBoutillier (pictured lower left) will continue the 31st year of Minnesota State Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series on Thursday, Oct. 25, with discussions and readings of their published work.

Healy, Helget and LeBoutillier, all Minnesota State Mankato creative writing program alumni, 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 the CSU Ballroom.

Healy is a short-story writer whose work has appeared in “North American Review,” “Water~Stone Review,” and “Great River Review.” Several years later “Uncle Ed’s Packard” was selected for the Tamarack Award from “Minnesota Monthly.” Healy’s first book, “It Takes You Over,” was a winner of New Rivers Press’ Many Voices Project award, an annual contest that since 1981 has recognized the work of emerging voices in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Helget, born in New Ulm, Minn., the oldest of six girls on a farm outside of Sleepy Eye, won the Speakeasy Prize for Prose with her essay “Stain You Red,” and soon later her memoir, “The Summer of Ordinary Ways”. She won the Tamarack Award from “Minnesota Monthly” for her short story “The Turtle Catcher” that she later turned into a full-length novel. Helget published “Horse Camp,” a novel for young readers, with her husband, Nate LeBoutillier in 2012 and was awarded the Distinguised Alumni Award from MSU. Her historical novel “Stillwater” is slated for publication in 2013.

LeBoutillier, born in Minneapolis and the first of six children, was raised in various small towns in southern Minnesota. Following college, he spent time working on the staff at the Worthington Daily Globe and traveling and studying in Paris. He has published a variety of short fiction and essays in literary journals, and he has many nonfiction book publications for young readers to his credit, including such titles as “A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector,” “Wind,” “Eiffel Tower,” “The Best of Everything Baseball Book,” and “Minnesota Timberwolves.”

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.

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

Oct. 26: Jokes & Jams 4 Jaws

The Department of Dental Hygiene at Minnesota State University, Mankato is holding a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in Wiecking Auditorium on campus that is intended to raise money to help pay expenses for dental hygiene students to travel to Belize to provide free dental care to impoverished children.

The Department of Dental Hygiene is promoting the event as an evening of comedy and music. Concert performers include Michael Pnewski, Troy Schmidt, Alex Breyfogle, Brian Curran and others.

Tickets cost $12 at the door or $10 online at or at

Oct. 27: Middle Eastern Night

Traditional Arabian food and dances, music, trivia, prizes and skits will be featured at Middle Eastern Night on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

During the evening, guests will have the opportunity to have their name printed in Arabic calligraphy and also try henna (generally a dye or color used for cosmetic purposes), try traditional Middle Eastern clothes and explore Middle Eastern heritage and performances.

The general public is invited. Cost is $7 for Minnesota State Mankato students, $9 for non-Minnesota State Mankato students and $9 at the door (if available). Tickets are on sale now and sold every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Mav Ave.  Those who want more information may contact the International Student & Scholar Services Office by phone at 507-389-1281 or by email at

The event is sponsored by the International Student Organization, the Elizabeth & Wynn Kearney International Center and student activity fees.

Oct. 28-29: Fall Choral Concert

The University Choral Groups will perform on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 pm and Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Choral Groups consists of three ensembles; the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. David Dickau, and the University Choral conducted by Mr. Rodney Urtel. The Concert Choir is an auditioned group that includes students from all areas of the University. They will be performing some excerpts from an oratorio by Stephen Paulus entitled “To Be Certain of the Dawn” as well as a vocal setting of the William Tell overture. The Chamber Singers will perform two madrigals by one of the greatest madrigal composers, Claudio Monteveredi as well as a very challenging, up-tempo piece entitled “Fiesta” by Venezuelan composer, Cristian Grases.

The University Chorale will perform selections by contemporary composers Emma Lou Diemer and Joseph Martin along with masterworks from Mozart and Handel. The University Chorale is a non-auditioned ensemble and is open to anyone who is interested in performing quality literature.

Sarah Shoff from the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers says, “I enjoy being in these ensembles because of the community. Each group is full of lively people that are more than just familiar faces, they are family. I am a second alto and take pride in the fact that I can sing that low as a female. Being in these ensembles has challenged me to be a better musician, and helped to improve my sight-reading skills. Another thing I have learned from Dr. Dickau is to not just “sing the words,” but to sing with purpose.”

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 here. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549

Oct. 30: Community Dialogue

Civic leaders, business and education partners, non-profit organizations and faith groups are invited to participate in a community dialogue from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Minnesota State University, Mankato that is intended as a discussion of the different perspectives on the public purposes of higher education.

The discussion, titled “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?”, will be held in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 284, and is free and open to the general public.

Those interested in attending should register online by Thursday, Oct. 25 here. 
Those interested in more information should contact Patricia Hoffman, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Excellence and Innovation, by phone at 507-389-3233 or by email at

The community dialogue is part of a statewide series of community engagement discussions led by Minnesota Campus Compact, an organization that supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of colleges and universities.

The dialogues invite campus and community members to consider different perspectives on the public purposes of higher education, including both individual and communal goals such as advancing economic competitiveness, offering individual opportunities, and preparing people to work together to solve problems.

The event will be hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Excellence and Innovation and Office of Community Engagement. Additional sponsors of the initiative include the American Commonwealth Partnership, the Blandin Foundation, the Kettering Foundation/National Issues Forums Institute, Public Agenda and the Travelers Foundation.

Minnesota Campus Compact is affiliated with Campus Compact, a national coalition that includes 35 state affiliates and more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. More information is available at

Oct. 30: Folk Guitarist John Gorka to Perform

Folk artist John Gorka will perform on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

John Gorka continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe. Gorka says, “I love playing music and am grateful that I've gotten to do this for a living for so many years.”

Originally from New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though his coursework at Moravian College was focused in Philosophy and History, music began to attract him. Soon he found himself living in the basement of the Godfrey Daniels club and acting as the venue’s MC and soundman. Before long he was performing his own songs, mostly as an opener for visiting acts. He soon traveled to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for major singer-songwriters) became a powerful source of education and encouragement.

In 1984 he won the New Folk Award and then in 1987 the young Minnesota-based Red House Records released Gorka’s first album, I Know. In 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He released eleven critically acclaimed albums and also toured internationally. In 2010, he released another album with Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson called Red Horse. This album received high praise from both critics and fans. It was on the Billboard Folk Charts and one of the most played albums on folk radio.

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 here. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Nov. 7: John Kriesel

Minn. state rep. John Kriesel (Cottage Grove), also an Iraq war veteran, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Kriesel (pictured at right), who survived a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006, will speak on the topic of positive thinking. He told his story to author Jim Kosmo in a book called "Still Standing."

When Staff Sgt. John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, a lot of miracles, starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die in Iraq, ripped the young warrior from the grip of death and sent him on to four hospitals, thirty-five surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation. Medical miracles put his body back together, but it was an incredible confluence of angels at every step along the way that breathed life into his shattered body.

This is not just another war story. This is the story of an ordinary young man who overcame extraordinary challenges with a lot of help from others, including many strangers, and he emerged stronger and more in love with his country, his wife, his children, and ultimately, his own life.

MSU Theatre Subscriptions

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present nine first-time shows among the 10 featured in its 2012-13 Mainstage and Studiosessions. Only the season opening musical, "A Chorus Line," has been presented at Minnesota State Mankato before (1995).

Season brochures have been mailed to past ticket purchasers. Cost for the six-show Mainstage season subscription is $100. Season subscribers may also purchase additional tickets for Mainstage shows as well as tickets for studio shows and dance concerts. Individual tickets for all shows go on sale when the box office opens on Sept. 17.

In addition to "A Chorus Line" in October, the Mainstage season will include musicals "Spring Awakening" in January-February and "Legally Blonde" in April. Plays are "The Mandrake" by Niccolo Machiavelli in October, "Cactus Flower," which became a movie starring Walter Matthau and Goldie Hawn, in November, and Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" in February-March.

Plays in the four-show studio season are David Mamet's "November," about an incumbent president struggling for votes in the last weeks of his re-election campaign, in September; "I Love You Because," a modern-day musical, in November-December; "The Goat or Who is Sylvia" by Edward Albee in March; and "Plague of Angels," which tells the story of the woman dubbed "Typhoid Mary," in April. Dance concerts will be presented Dec. 7-8 and May 3-4, 2013.

Subscriptions are available by mail-order only. For more information or to download a brochure, visit this link or call the main Theatre & Dance office at 507-389-2118 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Campus Family invited to participate in Family Weekend

As autumn makes its colorful transition into winter, we take this time to come together as a family to celebrate our accomplishments. Family Weekend serves as a means to better cement the relationship between and among students, faculty and staff, parents, grandparents and siblings. It is a rare opportunity to connect with our students’ families, and to give them a quick glimpse into the educational and co-curricular life we provide on campus.
It’s important to remember that everyone at Minnesota State Mankato is a part of that family. For that reason, we encourage employees to bring their own family members to events planned for the weekend.
We invite you and your family to help celebrate Family Weekend 2012 – Nov. 2-4. Events for all ages are featured, including Stomper’s Cinema (Brave), Alumni Legacy Brunch, 5K Fun Run/Walk, some college events and Maverick football and hockey. To check out the full schedule of events, including information on parking and lodging, visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you on campus enjoying time with your family and ours!

Fall Observations at Standeford Observatory

The public is invited to come visit Standeford Observatory at Minnesota State University, Mankato on clear Thursday evenings during the fall observing season, which runs from Labor Day to Thanksgiving.

The observatory will be free and open to the public on these Thursday evenings (Sept. 6 through Nov. 15) from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will be not be held.)

Those making a Thursday trek to the observatory will be able to see a variety of celestial objects from the fall observing list, including the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters, a planet or two, and a host of colorful binary stars.

Visitors should park at the southern end of Gage parking lot #1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory. (Visitors with special needs should contact the Accessibility Resources at 389-2825.)

If weather makes viewing uncertain, phone Standeford Observatory (389-6208) during the evening to inquire about sky conditions. A sign on the gate at the end of lot #1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.

For more information about the Minnesota State Mankato observing facilities, see the Physics & Astronomy website here.

Athletic Pep Band Forming

Minnesota State University, Mankato invites University students to join a new athletic pep band that is being formed to perform at Minnesota State Mankato hockey and basketball games.

The new athletic pep band is seeking approximately 30 band members.  An organizational meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in Room 109 of the Performing Arts Center.

Individuals interested in participating may get additional information by contacting Amy Roisum Foley, director of bands and professor of music at Minnesota State Mankato. Contact Roisum Foley by email at or by phone at 507-389-2795.

Fall 2012 Leadership Series

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 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.

September/October Funding Reports

Kevin Filter (Psychology) “Mankato Doctoral School Psychology Internship” funded by ISD 77 Mankato in the amount of $6,480.

Debra Gohagan (Social Work) “MN BSW Child Welfare IV-E Stipend Program” funded by the MN Department of Social Work in the amount of $352,478.

Donald Ebel (Sociology) and Shirley Murray (Gerontology) “MAGEC South Subcontract” funded by the University of Minnesota in the amount of $5,000.

Saeed Moaveni (Mechanical and Civil Engineering) “Collaborative Research: An Interactive Steel Connection Teaching Tool - A Virtual Structure” funded by NSF in the amount of $39,626.

Ann Goebel (Strategic Partnerships) “Phillips Tempro Industries MUSP - DEED” funded by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in the amount of $953,484.

Ginger Zierdt and Jill Ryan (CSUP) “ISD 271 Bloomington Teaching Fellow” funded by ISD 271 Bloomington in the amount of $10,069.70.

Margaret Hesser (Student Support Services) “Student Support Services” funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $345,615.

Gary Mead (Auto and Mechanical Engineering) “Seasonal Storage Issues of Intermediate Ethanol Blends” funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association in the amount of $78,229.80.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Gwen Westerman, professor in English and director of the Humanities Program, has been appointed  to the Minnesota Historical Society's Indian Advisory Committee as the higher education Indian educator representative.

Joe Kunkel, a political science professor in the Department of Government, was interviewed on air Oct. 3 by KEYC-TV Mankato anchors Stacy Steinhagen and Dion Cheney for reaction and analysis to first presidential debate. Kunkel was also interviewed on Oct. 11 by KEYC-TV reporter Joel Runck about relative effectiveness of TV ads and other forms of campaign contact. Kunkel also talked about the upcoming election with the Morning Exchange Club at their breakfast meeting at Happy Chef on Oct. 16.

Todd Kanzenbach (Student Health Services) and Jodi Egeland, (psychiatric nurse practitioner), presented at the North Central College Health Association meeting in Duluth, Minn., October 2-4.  Kanzenbach’s session was on Sports Related Concussions in College Students and Egeland’s presentation was titled: ADHD Goes to College.

Elizabeth Sandell, associate professor, elementary & early childhood, traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan to consult in early childhood education with SOS Children’s Villages – Azerbaijan, which provides family-strengthening programs, including day care, kindergarten, a mobile play center, parent education and counseling, as well as family home settings. Sandell also consulted on program evaluation with the Azerbaijan Center for Innovations in Education, the provider of Step-by-Step early education programming and staff development. The travel was supported by Minnesota State Mankato's College of Education, SOS Children’s Villages – Azerbaijan, and the Azerbaijan Center for Innovations in Education.

Joseph Flood, a faculty member in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services at Minnesota State Mankato, and Jane Lawther, a retired school counselor and former adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., presented a session on “Early Sports Memories and Lifestyle” at the South Carolina Society of Adlerian Psychology’s 30th annual conference on Sept. 28 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The conference hosts 150-200 counselors, therapists, parents, teachers, administrators, and teachers each September. It is known for its collegiality and high professional standards with Adlerians coming from across the nation to provide training and encouragement in the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler. The presentation described how early memories of sports or recreational activities, sometimes positive and sometimes negative, can impact the worldview of adults. Flood and Lawther discussed how ideas such as “I am capable,” “I count,” and “I can connect” are formed by many influences, including parents, coaches, teachers, and team members. Flood and Lawther also stated that whether children are encouraged or discouraged makes a difference in how they tackle the problems of their adult life, and that their attitude toward peers, work, loved ones, and themselves is formed early in their lives. A person’s view of life that determines how they think, feel, and behave, Flood and Lawther say, comes from their place in the family and how they were treated as children.

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