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December 5, 2012 Campus Newsletter

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Mavericks host NCAA football semifinal Saturday

The Minnesota State University, Mankato football team (13-0 overall) has learned that it will play host to Valdosta State (10-2) on Saturday (Dec. 8) at historic Blakeslee Stadium in the NCAA Division II national semifinals. The game time, which is still subject to change by ESPN, is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Central Time.

The winner of Saturday's game will play in the national championship game on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala., against either Winston-Salem State or West Texas A&M.

Click here for the interactive NCAA bracket.

The Mavericks, who are the #1 seed in the NCAA Super Region #3, advanced to the national semifinals by virtue of a 17-10 victory over Missouri Western State last weekend. Valdosta State downed Carson-Newman, 48-26 in the Super Region #2 final Saturday afternoon.

Minnesota State Mankato's game Saturday against Valdosta State will air online on ESPN3. A link is here.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now. Fans can purchase the tickets on

Additionally, the Minnesota State men’s and women’s basketball games against Upper Iowa on Saturday have been pushed back to allow fans to attend the football game prior to the basketball games. The women’s game will start at 6 p.m. and be followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

Campus Rec Offering Free Trial Memberships

Campus Recreation will be offering a free trial membership to Otto Recreation Center for Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff during winter break, Dec. 17, 2012 thru Jan. 13, 2013. If interested, stop by Myers Field House 118 or email to have your Mavcard activated.

New Partnership to save $25,000 Annually

Minnesota State University, Mankato has contracted with LJP Waste and Recycle from North Mankato, Minn., to handle its campus refuse and recycling service needs, effective Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The new agreement will allow Minnesota State Mankato to save $25,000 annually and increase its level of recycling while getting a return on recycled commodities and reducing the amount of waste going into landfills, said Ron Fields, assistant vice president of Facilities Management at Minnesota State Mankato.

Under Minnesota State Mankato's previous contract, 96 percent of campus waste was recycled, and under its new contract with LJP, 98 percent of campus waste will be recycled.

The contract with LJP will also provide a noticeable new look on campus. New branded purple and gold hallway rolling recycling bins will be placed in campus buildings in addition to new outside compactors and recycling containers sporting new purple paint.

The branded outside containers will be visible to traffic when they are transported to the Minnesota Waste Processing Company, where waste will be burned for electricity at the Wilmarth Power Plant in Mankato.

Faculty Research Grant & Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

Minnesota State Mankato has been supporting and recognizing faculty research/creative activities by providing faculty with internal funding opportunities and excellence awards. In particular, Distinguished Faculty Scholar (DFS) Awards have been given to exemplary scholars for their outstanding scholarly achievements at Minnesota State Mankato, and Faculty Research Grants (FRG) have been supporting faculty research/creative activities.

In a Monday, Dec. 10 session held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Memorial Library Area 88, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP) and Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research (CESR) will go over the procedures and tips for FRGs and DFS Awards. In-Jae Kim and Kristel Lynch will be the instructors.

HERS Institutes

The Minnesota State University, Mankato President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is now accepting applications for the selection of a representative from Minnesota State Mankato to attend one of the annual HERS Institutes for women. The purpose of the HERS Institutes is to advance women leaders in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration.

The Minnesota State Mankato application process entails a self-descriptive letter, letter of recommendation from a supervisor, resume, and a printed copy of the HERS application form.
(Note: do not electronically submit this online to HERS.) More information and a printable application form are available at the Commission’s website.

Completed application packets should be submitted by Jan. 31, 2013 to Sarah Hagedon, the graduate assistant for the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, located in the Women’s Center, CSU 218. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed by the PCSW and recommendations forwarded to President Richard Davenport.
There will be an informational session on Professional Development Day on Jan. 9, 2013.

Community Engagement Office Holiday Announcement

The Community Engagement Office in the Centennial Student Union is organizing confidential holiday giving opportunities. Call (507) 389-5789 or send an email to community.engagement@mnsu for more information. Students needing assistance with providing gifts for their children may also contact the Community Engagement Office.

Barnes & Noble Thank You

Barnes & Noble would like to express their sincere thanks to faculty, staff and students for their hard work and support this year. Please join them in the store on Monday, Dec. 17 for Customer Appreciation Day. Stop in for coffee, cider and treats from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Clothing, gifts and general reading books will be 20% off.

Also, Barnes and Noble reminds faculty that textbook requests can 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!

Dec. 6: Holiday Choral Concert

The University Choral Groups of Minnesota State Mankato will host a Holiday Choral Concert on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 South Broad Street, Mankato.

The University Choral Groups consists of three ensembles: the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers conducted by David Dickau, and the University Chorale conducted by Rodney Urtel. The Concert Choir is an auditioned group that includes students from all areas of the University.

The Chamber Singers will be performing one of the great motets, "O Heiland Reiss," by Johannes Brahms, which requires great vocal skill by the ensemble. They will also be performing some familiar holiday music, including very interesting contemporary arrangements of "There Is No Rose" and "In Dulci Jubilo" as well as a popular arrangement of "Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas."

The Concert Choir is performing Morton Lauridsen's beautiful "O Magnum Mysterium." They will also perform several familiar carol settings along with a very stimulating Irish carol, "Dublin Bell Carol."

The University Chorale will combine forces with the University Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Rodgers, and soloists from Dr. Kimm Julian’s voice studio to perform excerpts from Handel’s "Messiah." This music is some of the most beloved in the choral music repertoire and the Hallelujah Chorus will certainly be triumphant.

Allie Kastner, Graphic Design major, and alto in the Concert Choir says, “I love the atmosphere in the choir, it’s professional yet fun. We are all like a big family and I have learned many great life-long characteristics, such as respect, responsibility, and trust. Choir is somewhere that I’m always excited to go to.”

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

Dec. 7-8: Fall Dance Concert

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present its Fall Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

This concert will include pieces choreographed by faculty members Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry and Daniel Stark, as well as Andreas Guest Artists Gabriel Anderson and Penelope Freeh. Interspersed are pieces by current dance majors Sophia Cecile Pimsler, Brenda Martinson and Michelle Collins (bachelor of fine arts candidate).

Kerr-Berry’s piece is based on the idea of a circle and works to introduce some of the newer dancers to the audience. Stark’s piece, “Folktale,” is based on the extremities of emotion and how to reveal the reasoning behind that emotion. The questioning of progress, its purpose and purported benefits is the intent for Anderson’s piece, “In Lieu of Progress.” Freeh’s piece, “Ancient Elegy,” which opens the concert, will use a ballet dance “vocabulary” to get the audience thinking.

Student pieces were selected based on an adjudication earlier this semester. Dance junior Pimsler has created “Floccus,” which is about a community that empathizes with one another but reveals the individuals’ true identity and feelings. Sophomore Martinson based her piece, “5812,” on the 58th book of the Bible, James, and challenges the audience to look beyond current circumstances to see the hope that tomorrow brings. Collins has created her piece, “Parallel Dream,” around the concept of being manipulated by sources and expresses it in an acrobatic way.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert are available online at or, or by calling or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts between 4 p.m. & 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Buying tickets in advance is recommended. Cost is $10 regular, $9 discounted and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

A Student Dance Showcase concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec 9, in the Ted Paul Theatre. Tickets are $5 and available at the door (cash or check only, please).

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increase

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced an increase in the standard mileage reimbursement rate for business miles. The rate has been adopted for use by state employees and is effective beginning Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013. Mileage rates are used to calculate reimbursements to employees that use their personal vehicle for university business trips. Employees should note that the university actually utilizes two reimbursement rates. The IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate (56.5 cents) is used when a state owned vehicle is not available. A lesser rate (49.5 cents) is used when a state vehicle is declined or not requested by the employee.

Employees are asked to use the new mileage reimbursement rates below when completing employee expense forms for trips taken between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

New Rates (Effective January 1, 2013)

State Owned Vehicle Not Available (IRS Standard): 56.5 Cents per Mile
State Owned Vehicle Declined or Not Requested: 49.5 Cents per Mile

Old Rates

State Owned Vehicle Not Available (IRS Standard): Old rates 55.5 Cents per Mile
State Owned Vehicle Declined or Not Requested: 48.5 Cents per Mile

Employees who have questions regarding travel or expense reimbursements, can contact Tami Galema-Liebl, the university’s travel claims clerk, for assistance. Tami can be reached at 389-5006 or at For additional information on traveling for Minnesota State Mankato, see the links below:

October Externally Funded Projects

Aaron Budge (Mechanical and Civil Engineering) “Geotechnical Section Support for Special Projects” funded by MnDOT in the amount of $45,000.
Shannon Fisher and Steven Drushel (Water Resource Center) “Flood Mitigation Study - Zumbro River Watershed” funded by the State of Minnesota DNR in the amount of $50,000.
Shannon Fisher and Kimberly Musser (Water Resource Center) “Watershed Nutrient Communication Tool Development” funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in the amount of $75,025.92.
Thomas Gjersvig and Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (Kearney International Center) “Global UGRAD Pakistan Program” funded by the U.S. State Department in the amount of $1,950.
Thomas Gjersvig and Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (Kearney International Center) “Global UGRAD Program” funded by the U.S. State Department in the amount of $800.
Thomas Gjersvig and Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (Kearney International Center) “Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council - Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant” funded by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council in the amount of $7,150.
Andrea Lassiter (Psychology) “Content Validation for US Security Associates, Inc.” funded by U.S. Security Associates, Inc. in the amount of $15,373.80.
Paul Preimesberger (Center for School-University Partnerships) “2012-13 AVID District Director Recompense” funded by ISD 508 St. Peter Public Schools in the amount of $2,826.24.
Paul Preimesberger (Center for School-University Partnerships) “2012-13 AVID District Director Recompense” funded by ISD 829 Waseca Public Schools in the amount of $2,826.24.
Rick Robbins (English) “2012-13 Good Thunder Reading Series (PLRAC)” funded by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council in the amount of $102,680.
William Tourville (Student Activities) “Step Afrika! Concert” funded by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council in the amount of $15,340.
Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry and Geology) “Center for Drug Design Collaborative Initiative” funded by the University of Minnesota – Center for Drug Design in the amount of $5,000.
Mike Nolan (Strategic Business) “Small Business Development Center 2013” funded by Minnesota DEED in the amount of $200,000.
Mike Nolan and Julie Nelson (Small Business Development Center) “Entrepreneur Assistance Grant FY 13” funded by the State of Minnesota in the amount of $125,000.
Bruce Jones and Gary Mead (AMET) “Arctic Cat Vehicle Research and Development Testing” funded by Arctic Cat Inc. in the amount of $54,000.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Vicki Wittenberg will join the University Advancement team on Dec. 13 as Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events. Most recently, Vicki served as Director of Alumni Relations for the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business where she directed several events, reshaped the Young Alumni Board, increased social media participation among alumni and created alumni groups in Chicago and China.  

Stewart Ross, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, was appointed in October as chair of the Kiwanis International Strategic Planning Committee. He was also appointed as the Director of Service for the Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis District.

Mary Dowd, director of Student Conduct, in collaboration with Julie Rabaey, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services, and Marni Dunning, instructional designer for Information Technology, were honored with the national "Silver Award Winner in Excellence" in the Judicial category from NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The award submission was based upon "Nobody Told Me About That! New Ways of Familiarizing International Students with the Student Conduct Code."

Elizabeth Sandell, associate professor, educational studies, presented an individual paper at the 3rd IDI Conference in September 2012, in Minneapolis, Minn. The theme of the conference was: "New Frontiers: Using the Intercultural Development Inventory to Build Intercultural Competence." Sandell's paper was entitled, "Changes in Cultural Competency among Undergraduates during a Human Relations Course."

Walter Roberts, professor of counselor education, was one of three presenters on the topic of school bullying during a public policy workshop at a Dec. 3 Human Rights Symposium in St. Paul, Minn. Roberts was co-chair of the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying,which submitted its report on school bullying on Aug. 1 of this year, calling for a series of reforms including the enactment of new school bullying legislation. At the Dec. 3 symposium, school bullying task force members discussed the current state of the law, the testimony they received, the report, and why they believe the recommendations in the report need to be acted upon to reduce school bullying.

Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society News

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute is pleased to announce the release of its annual newsletter and to invite the University community to read about its initiatives and recent activities here. The newsletter illustrates how the Institute has become more visible and engaged within the University, regional and international communities, as well as how the Becky Taylor Fellows are strengthening the University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program. It also highlights the School of Nursing's simulation lab and how the importance of family is being incorporated into students' experiences there.

For more detailed information from particular departments and offices around campus, check out the following departmental newsletters:

[PDF] Human Resources (388 KiB)
[PDF] Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2 MiB)

New Products at Printing Services

A new purple and gold scarf and coffee tumbler that is dishwasher-safe and has a removable purple leather sleeve are now available for sale through Printing Services on campus.

Printing Services also offers a number of other University promotional items, including pens and pencils, stationery, clothing, bags, beverages and food, electronic items, business cards, notepads, certificates and photos, travel and miscellaneous items.

For more information, stop over to 309 Wiecking Center, call 507-389-1181 or visit the Printing Services website here.

Online TODAY Magazine

today magazineVisit the online TODAY magazine at to keep up-to-date with news, alumni and stories about the people who help make this University great.

The mission of TODAY is to entertain, to inform and to connect the reader to the campus. The print TODAY is mailed twice per year to 95,000 alumni and friends.

TODAY welcomes story ideas supporting this mission. Contact Sara Frederick at (507) 389-6981 or to share ideas.

Content is updated regularly, so check back often!


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