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January 16, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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Carol Stallkamp Receives SHERO Award

On Thursday, Jan. 3, Carol Stallkamp (pictured at center; Jeane McGraw is on the left and Deb Schulz is on the right) was surprised with a visit from the YWCA Persimmon Women Committee honoring her with a SHERO (She Helps Everyone Realize Opportunities) award. The award is given to women who make a significant, positive impact on the community every day. They contribute to their family and their workplace through volunteer commitments and in endless other ways.

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women nominated Carol for the SHERO award due to her dedication and commitment working with the Commission.

A sample of what was written follows: “On behalf of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), we want to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for Carol Stallkamp. Carol provides guidance and encouragement for the PCSW, and has always been a great source of support. Her enthusiasm and love for Minnesota State University, Mankato is contagious. Carol inspires others to do their best and we have been fortunate and honored to have her assistance for the PCSW. With Carol’s dedication to the PCSW mission, we have moved forward in many new initiatives that will benefit women employees on campus. Her contribution to the PCSW cannot be overstated. Carol has been influential with our group by her generosity, spirit and willingness to help the PCSW. Her contributions to our Commission have been invaluable. We will be forever thankful and grateful for all that she has done for our Commission….”

Additional information and photos regarding the SHERO award are available at

Geography Endowments

Mary T. Dooley (pictured at left), professor emerita of geography at Minnesota State Mankato, is making a financial gift to the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences that will create two endowments for the college’s Department of Geography.

Dooley, who taught at Minnesota State Mankato from 1966 until her retirement in 1990, designated that part of her gift be used to create an endowment for student scholarships, field work and research, while also providing funds to meet the needs of the Department of Geography. Another portion of Dooley’s gift will endow the development of collections in the University Map Library, which will be renamed the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library in a 1 p.m. program at Memorial Library on Friday, Jan. 18.

Dooley’s research and teaching focused on understanding historical land use, thus she and her students were regular patrons of the University Map Library. She taught cartography and throughout her career created countless maps, documenting socio-economic, demographic and land use change. A press release is published here.

Feasibility Study for Indoor 'Sports Bubble'

Several meetings will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23 to mark the beginning of a feasibility study to determine the potential for an indoor, air-supported multi-sport and recreation facility (“sports bubble”) on campus.

A meeting intended for the internal campus audience will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. A public meeting will occur from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Taylor Center, Room 80 (a new auditorium-style classroom on the lower level of the Taylor Center). For the evening meeting, there is free public parking in Lot 20 (corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street).

A third meeting will be held the same day with the Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA), which is Minnesota State Mankato’s student government organization.

Minnesota State Mankato has retained the Sports Facility Development & Management Group to oversee and manage the feasibility study, which will evaluate possible campus, community, and regional interest and support for this facility. The feasibility study will help determine possible sources of private support for the project through facility usage, sponsorship, and other revenues, and whether or not the project will move to the next phase of planning.

A complete press release is available here. For more information, contact Kevin Buisman, Minnesota State Mankato’s director of athletics, by phone at 389-6111, or by email at

New Name Badges

In collaboration with Integrated Marketing, the MavCARD Office is now producing Minnesota State University, Mankato name badges in a new design format. The new design further promotes the theme, “Big Ideas. Real-world thinking.” All new badges will incorporate this design. Previous badges do not need to be immediately replaced; however there is a cost incentive to do so by June 30, 2013. For details, refer to our web page at

Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Dental Education Department and area dental professionals are joining a statewide effort to provide free dental care to area children on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Concerned about the growing number of children who are unable to access needed dental care, Minnesota State University’s Dental Education Department will provide free dental care to children on Jan. 31 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dental clinic is located on the campus of Minnesota State Mankato in the lower level of Morris Hall. People interested in scheduling an appointment may call the dental clinic at 389-2147.

Patients seeking appointments for cleanings, x-rays, exams, and sealants should be under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minnesota State Mankato will also be offering free dental exams and x-rays for adults on Friday, Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please call 507-389-2147 to schedule an appointment.

Honors Program

The Honors Program seeks proposals for both general education and advanced seminar courses that develop leadership, research, and global citizenship competencies. The application deadline is Feb. 4, 2013 for courses offered during academic year 2014-2015. The course proposal form is available at

In 2014-2015, the program expects to offer approximately six honors sections of general education courses and at least two advanced honors seminars. Honors faculty offer their course in-load; the Honors Program provides funds to departments to hire replacement faculty. In exceptional circumstances and budget permitting, overloads may be granted.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Honors Program office (Ext. 5191) for guidance on course proposals, sample syllabi, and a table of honors competencies and rubrics. In addition, program staff will hold an honors session on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in CSU 203.

To learn more about the program, please contact program staff, visit, or find us on Facebook.

CHNL 7700

CHNL 7700 is an online venue where alumni, faculty, students and community members can see, hear and engage with the big ideas and real-world thinking taking place at Minnesota State Mankato at Edina. The site focuses on the ideas and issues that faculty and students are thinking about, along with helpful tips for reaching your educational goals and building connections and careers in the Twin Cities.

Visit to get to know the community of faculty, students and alumni featured in the videos on CHNL 7700. You’ll find a series of "60-Second CEO" interviews, including one with former Midwest Wireless CEO and Minnesota State Mankato alumnus Dennis Miller. You’ll hear from Dean Jean Haar about opportunities in the College of Education; from Dean Brenda Flannery about the benefits of pursuing an MBA from the College of Business; from College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean Kim Greer about why a degree from the University matters; and from Dean Vijendra Agarwal of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology about the demand for engineering graduates.

You’ll also be able to take a tour of the facility with Candace Raskin, the director of the Edina location.

Check back often to see new interviews with other business, education and nonprofit leaders—and to learn more about the big ideas and real-world thinking that Minnesota State Mankato is known for.
We also invite you to suggest possible interviews with Minnesota State Mankato at Edina students or other content ideas by emailing Jeanne Votca Carpenter ’73 of Perception INK PR at

Greek Community Service

During the 2012 calendar year, the four sorority chapters on campus volunteered a total of 3,698 community service hours. Alpha Sigma Alpha contributed 700.5 hours, Sigma Sigma Sigma contributed 1,391 hours, Alpha Chi Omega contributed 653.5 hours and Gamma Phi Beta contributed 953 hours. Thank you to each for your dedication to the community!

Jan. 22: Lecture in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

David A. Nichols, a native of Kansas and a leading expert on the Eisenhower presidency, will present a lecture on his dissertation, “Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-55. This event, held the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day in recognition of the national holiday, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow Nichols’ lecture.

Published by the University of Missouri Press in 1978, Nichols’ dissertation is still the definitive study of Lincoln’s Indian policies during the Civil War. The dissertation was reissued as a paperback book by the University of Illinois Press in 2000 and had been republished in 2012 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

The event is sponsored by the following Minnesota State Mankato organizations: American Indian Affairs, the History Department, African American Affairs and Institutional Diversity. Those who want more information on this event may call Erinn Wilson, the director of the Center for American Indian Affairs, at (507) 389-5230, or email Wilson at

Jan. 27: Engelbert Humperdinck's Opera Hansel & Gretel

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music opens the second half of its performance season with a production of Hansel & Gretel on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. The Engelbert Humperdinck opera, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, will be performed in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Sung in English and based on the Grimm fairy tale, this production focuses on what happens when reality and fantasy become entwined. The abusive stepmother, Gertrude, forces Hansel and Gretel to beg on the street while their father is far away working to support the family. Fearing another beating from Gertrude they run away farther than ever before and get lost. As evening sets in they envision the story of a witch who lures children to her home with candy only to be turned into gingerbread cookies.

Admission to the production 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. Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Jan. 30: Terminally Ill Alumnus to Discuss 'Last Legacy'

Lt. Col. Mark Weber, a 1994 graduate of Minnesota State Mankato and 23-year Army veteran who is in the latter stages of terminal cancer, will discuss how one’s strength, growth and inspiration for living comes through adversity in a lecture and Q&A at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Full press release here.

Weber has already inspired thousands of people with his passion, energy and uncanny humor. Anyone familiar with Randy Pausch’s national sensation, the “Last Lecture,” will not want to miss this event, because Weber’s story is poised to do the same thing.

The event is open to the public, and free tickets to the event can be picked up on campus at the front desk in Student Activities (CSU 173) and off campus at the Customer Service Counters at both Riverfront Cub Foods and Madison Cub Foods. For more information, please call 507-389-5205.

This past summer, the 41-year old Weber wrote and self-published a book, “Tell My Sons,” which he wrote for his three young sons using a message of empowerment, encouragement and perspective. The book features a foreword by comedian Robin Williams and has received exceptional reviews from Mitch Albom, international bestselling author of “Tuesdays with Morrie”; former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale; John Elway, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback; Gen. Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and many others. (Previews of each chapter are available at More than 2,000 advance copies were sold by the time the book came off the press, an unprecedented feat for a self-published author.

With his cancer now at an advanced stage, Weber says his goal for this free lecture is to help his alma mater by sharing the same message of empowerment, encouragement and perspective to Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty, staff and the Mankato community.

Links to print and broadcast media coverage of Weber are available here:

Jan. 31: Faculty Recital by Preston Duncan

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music presents saxophonist Preston Duncan performing on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be performed in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Duncan will be accompanied by pianist Ann DuHamel.

Duncan regularly performs as orchestral member with The Minnesota Orchestra. Duncan has appeared as soloist on two Indianapolis Pops concerts with composer Marvin Hamlisch and performed as instrumental soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony for the Ameritech Yuletide Celebration.

A Yamaha Young Performing Artist, he has appeared as soloist in Paris, Berlin, Austria, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Boston, Costa Rica, and Taiwan. He has appeared as Concerto Soloist with La Grande Orchestre des Alpes de la Mer of Nice, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Bowling Green State University Philharmonic, and the 98th Army Band stationed in Fort Rucker, Ala.

Admission to the production 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. Those with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation may call (507) 389-2077 or 711 (MRS/TTY).

Jan. 31-Feb. 10: Theatre Season Resumes

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open the second half of its 2012-13 Mainstage season with the eight-time Tony Award winning musical “Spring Awakening,” Jan. 31-Feb. 10 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

With a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and music by Duncan Sheik, “Spring Awakening” is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. It explores the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion. Set in late 19th century German but with a rock and roll beat, the original play was banned in Germany due to its frank portrayal and depictions of adult themes. This production includes mature language and themes.

Performances of “Spring Awakening” are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and 6-9, and 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 9 & 10. Tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased at or beginning Jan. 14 at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by calling 507-389-6661.

November Externally Funded Projects

Bruce Jones (AMET) “Parker Hannifin GA Research Project” funded by Parker Hannifin Corp. in the amount of $17,820.
Brian Wasserman (CM) “MnDOT Resource Centers” funded by MnDOT in the amount of $385,000.
Qun Zhang (ECET) “System Performances Optimization for POCT Devices: Hardware, Software, and Signal Processing Algorithm Development” funded by Micropoint Bioscience Inc. (MBI) in the amount of $10,000.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Scott Fee, associate professor of construction management, was awarded the Pathfinder Award by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. The Council annually honors individuals and organizations that “in the spirit of (Martin Luther King Jr.) are initiators or action takers in the struggle for equal treatment, human rights and nonviolence.” Fee has visited South Africa 10 times since 2006 – as a study abroad coordinator, as a conference attendee, as a founding instructor for Eden Campus, and as a visiting professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He has built relationships and partnerships both personally and professionally with South African individuals and institutions to enhance the lives of African and Mankato citizens.

DeeAnn Snaza has been appointed Interim Assistant to the President. She assumed her duties full-time as of Jan. 7, 2013, replacing Carol Stallkamp, who retired. The interim appointment will be effective through June 30, 2013. Snaza has been with the University as an assistant director of human resources since August 2006. She has had a wide range of professional experience since starting her career at Minnesota State Mankato as an admissions officer in January 1990.

Claudia Tomany, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and International Education, accepted a position at Western State Colorado University. A national search to fill Tomany’s position will be conducted this spring.

Ron Nickerson started in his new role as Faculty Liaison for Curriculum Development, and he will be working closely with the Office of Academic Affairs.

Elizabeth Sandell, associate professor, educational studies, presented an individual paper at the 2012 Conference of the American Evaluation Association in October in Minneapolis, Minn. Sandell's paper was titled, "Changes in Undergraduate Students’ Orientation toward Cultural Differences as a Result of an Intentional Human Relations Course."

Walter Roberts, professor of counselor education, was quoted in a Star Tribune article on Jan. 1 about the Sandy Hook shooting. The article suggested ways to help kids cope.

Robert Pettitt, professor of exercise science, was recently quoted in the New York Times regarding a recently published study on energy drinks and caffeine and was also interviewed on the same subject by KEYC TV, Women's Health magazine, Men's Health magazine, and multiple radio stations.

Joseph Kunkel, professor of government, was interviewed by Molly Miles of KEYC TV about the so-called fiscal cliff and resolution of uncertainty over tax rates.

Small Business Development Center Director Michael Nolan and Professional Business Consultant Trevor Londgren have attained the Accredited Business Planning Advisor designation (ABPA). Both attended training in New Orleans this past September at the National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) annual conference. Accredited ABPA advisors provide comprehensive exit and succession planning services to small business owners.


Current employee Jason Farniok passed away on Dec. 31, 2012. Jason began his work in the Physical Plant as a refrigeration mechanic on Jan. 20, 2010. The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church. An obituary is available at:

Professor Emeritus Kenneth Krabbenhoft passed away on Dec. 8, 2012. Krabbenhoft was a professor in the biology department who began employment at Mankato State College in 1958. He was granted a leave of absence in 1962 to complete his doctoral program at Oregon State University. He taught at New Mexico State University for two years before returning to Mankato State in the fall of 1967 and continued teaching in the area of microbiology until his retirement in June 1987. Services were Dec. 13 in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a private interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Mankato at a later date. Krabbenhoft’s complete obituary can be viewed at

Professor Emeritus Paul Schwinghammer passed away on Dec. 26, 2012. Schwinghammer was a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato who returned to campus to teach in the College of Business beginning in 1977 until his retirement in May 2010. Memorial visitation was Jan. 3, 2013 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Burial will be at a later time in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Schwinghammer’s complete obituary can be viewed at

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