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Minnesota State University, Mankato

January 30, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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Geography Endowments

On Friday, Jan. 18, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to honor Mary T. Dooley, professor emerita of geography at Minnesota State Mankato, who made a financial gift to the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences that created two endowments for the college’s Department of Geography. For more information, read the press release published here.

As part of the ceremony, the map library (located in Memorial Library) was renamed in Dooley's honor. Helping Dooley (third from right) cut the ribbon was U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Holding the ribbon in the photo are College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean Kimberly Greer (at right) and Dean of Library Joan Roca.

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 renamed the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato Awarded NASPA Bronze

NASPA selected Minnesota State University, Mankato as the Bronze recipient in the NASPA Excellence Awards program for transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration in the Housing, Residence Life, Contracted Services, Judicial and Related Category. The recipients will be honored in March at the 2013 NASPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Members were selected by meeting some of the following criteria: having a positive impact on student learning, demonstrating success in addressing student needs and/or critical campus issues, collaboration with academic affairs and other departments, originality and creativity, effective use of technology and other resources, innovative practical use of research and/or assessment and linking to learning outcomes, relevance of institutional mission, evidence of sustainability, and Quality of program description and submission.

In her letter of support, Caryn Lindsay, director of international programs at Minnesota State Mankato, wrote: “I can confirm that Minnesota State University, Mankato provides the guidelines that will inform each student of our Student Conduct expectations and that Dr. Mary Dowd and her team regularly adapt their delivery method to changing student habits and preferences…the Student Conduct area prevents problems from occurring by giving the students information via the D2L program and comprehensive quiz questions, group time to put the Student Code into action with real-life scenarios, and testimonials/skits to allow students to relate to the issues presented. We take the initiative of a ‘Global Solution’ seriously by preparing international students for what they can and should expect during their time on our campus.”

Dowd also was honored by NASPA (see Faculty/Staff Achievements for more details). More information on NASPA Awards is available here.

2013 National Survey of Student Engagement

On Feb. 12, Minnesota State Mankato first-year and senior students will receive an invitation to participate in the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE collects information about how students spend their time and what they gain from attending college. The online survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and respondents will have an opportunity to win prizes. The results are important and are used to help our campus continue to learn about and improve the student experience. If you would like more information about the NSSE at Minnesota State Mankato, contact the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at 389-1333.

President's Commission on the Status of Women

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 application process entails a self-descriptive letter, letter of recommendation from a supervisor, resume, and a printed copy of the HERS application form. The campus website for the commission is here, and more information can be found here.

Completed application packets should be submitted by Thursday, Jan. 31 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 Davenport.

Women of Courage and Vision Nominations

Each year the Minnesota State Mankato Women's Center and the Commission on the Status of Women celebrate women of courage and vision with a reception in their honor. The reception recognizes hundreds of women who make a difference on our campus.

Nominations are now being accepted, and we invite you to nominate and honor women of courage and vision. Anyone can nominate any woman at Minnesota State Mankato for this recognition, including students, faculty and staff. Please submit your nomination online by Feb. 22 at this link. More information is available here.

This year's reception will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

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.

Latino Engineering and Academic Day

Minnesota State Mankato will host the annual “Latino Engineering & Academic Day” (LEAD) on Thursday, Jan. 31. The event will take place in the Centennial Student Union and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mission of LEAD is to encourage and motivate Latino youth in grades 9-12 to pursue educational opportunities in the area of engineering and to increase their access to higher education.

More than 200 students and school representatives are expected at the event. Minnesota State Mankato engineering alums will also be present to support the program and network with students interested in the field. Event sponsors include Institutional Diversity's Center for Latino Affairs and the Access, Opportunity, Success, Intercultural Services office, as well as the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Hormel, and Bolton & Menk.

For information about the program, please contact Yessica Santana at 507-389-1719 or Victoria Hidalgo at 507-389-1192.

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 at 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.

As a Minnesota State Mankato audience member, you can expect to see a beautiful simplicity to the scenery, designed by an undergraduate student. You can expect to see percussive and angst-filled modern-dance flavored movement choreographed by one of our BFA dancers. You can expect to hear visceral, powerful rock music as the medium through which the thoughts and feelings of these sexually ignorant youth explode. You can expect sexually explicit activity. You can expect to be disturbed. You can expect to be challenged. You can expect to find hope.

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.

Feb. 4: Violinist Tracy Silverman

Windham Hill recording artist Tracy Silverman will appear in concert on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. on the Halling Recital Hall stage of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. This Performance Series event is sponsored by the Department of Music and funded by the Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Artist Endowment.

Silverman is considered one of the foremost electric violinists of our time. Silverman has a trademark sound, which is instantly recognizable. Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Juilliard graduate Silverman has redefined the instrument with his instantly recognizable trademark sound with hints of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Paige. His groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin has forever transformed violin playing, utilizing looping techniques and an array of effect pedals.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online here. For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 9: Grammy award-winning Cajun artists

Internationally acclaimed Cajun artists BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will perform Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., Mankato. The event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The formation of BeauSoleil, one of the best known and most highly respected Cajun bands in the world, is due to fiddler Michael Doucet's desire to keep the unique Southern Louisiana culture and music from extinction. But while BeauSoleil originated to help preserve his Cajun musical heritage, over the years it has also been known for its innovation. The are continually adding spice from other musical genres including jass and Caribbean. In this way, BeauSoleil keeps the music vital and contemporary.

Concert admission is $25 in advance. Advance sales end on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at noon. Tickets are $30 after this time and date. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online here. For more information, contact 507-389-5549.

Feb. 12: The Barley Jacks

The Barley Jacks, a Minnesota-based folk and bluegrass quartet, will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Front-man and fiddle player Brian Wicklund will be joined by Joe Cruz on guitar; Kevin Rowe, upright bass; and Joel Arpin, percussion. The group performs a blend of original bluegrass, Celtic, and roots music played with acrobatic skill. Some of their musical influences are Stuart Duncan, Natalie MacMaster, Tim O¹Brien, and Ben Winship.

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online here. For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 12: Blood Drive

Upward Bound and the Minnesota State Mankato volleyball team are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive.

It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato's Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Appointments can be made by calling 507-389-1211 or you can make an appointment by going online at and enter sponsor code 0175952.

Walk-ins will also be welcomed. Please consider donating, as blood supplies are low at this time.

2013-14 Common Read

In the fourth year of a common read program, Minnesota State Mankato’s learning communities and Honors programs have chosen Tracy Kidder’s "Strength in What Remains" as the common read for fall 2013.

All learning community and Honors students are being asked to read the book before the start of 2013-14 classes in August. All faculty and staff are also invited to use the book in their classes, and New Student and Family Programs staff members are working with the Blue Earth County and North Mankato Taylor libraries and several other organizations to invite community participation.

In the book, Deo grew up in the mountains of Burundi, and survived a civil war and genocide before seeking a new life in America. In New York City he lived homeless in Central Park before finding his way to Columbia University. But Deo’s story really begins with his will to turn his life into something truly remarkable; he returns to his native country to help people there, as well as people in the United States.

An extraordinary writer, Kidder has the remarkable ability to show us what it means to be fully human, and to tell the unadorned story of a life based on hope. Riveting and inspiring, this may be his most magnificent work to date. "Strength in What Remains" is a testament to the power of will and friendship, and of the endurance of the soul.

In partnership with the Good Thunder Reading Series, an author visit is planned for Sept. 11 and several other events are being planned for the fall semester.

Information about the events will be available here, on Facebook here or by contacting Kate Hansen, Office of New Student and Family Programs by phone at 507-389-5498 or email at More information about the author and book are available here.

Giving Tree

Between the Community Engagement, Non-Traditional Students, and Multicultural Affairs Offices, the First Annual Giving Tree was able to serve 22 families and 49 children this past Holiday Season! This is a huge success for the first year.

CETL, CESR Announcements

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) has published its January 2013 newsletter. All CETL newsletters are posted on the website here.

The Center for Excellence in Scholarship & Research (CESR) has published its spring 2013 workshop dates. To obtain a copy, please contact Mary Van Duynhoven at 507-389-5899 or by email at

Bus Ridership Up

Facilities Services Director David Cowan reported that fall bus ridership is up 90 percent from last fall. That's according to ridership information from Mark Anderson, Greater Mankato Transit System Superintendent, Cowan said.

In an email to the Minnesota State Student Association President Soyal Shrestha and Vice President David Schieler, Cowan wrote: "Last spring I conservatively estimated that bus ridership would increase by 40% if the MavCard was used to get a 'free ride' thanks to the Student Senate’s active endorsement and sustained support of the Green Transportation Fee (75¢ per credit hour). The increase is 90% for Fall Semester 2012 from Fall 2011. Ridership is up as well on the City’s Route #6 bus which touches the campus once every hour."

December Externally Funded Projects

Lisa Perez (Psychology) “CAB Project 2012” funded by Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $6,000.

Bruce Jones and Gary Mead (AMET) “Northern Power - Engine Research” funded by Northern Power Products, Inc. in the amount of $20,000.

Shannon Fisher (Water Resource Center) “Sediment Fingerprinting in the Greater Blue Earth River Basin” funded by the University of Minnesota in the amount of $6,721.25.

Paul Preimesberger (Center for School-University Partners) “2012-2013 AVID District Director Recompensation” funded by ISD 2397 Le Sueur Henderson Public Schools in the amount of $2,826.24.

Laura Riness (McNair Achievement Program) “Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program” funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $262,296.

Paul Preimesberger (Center for School-University Partners) “2012-2013 AVID District Director Recompensation” funded by ISD 2310 Sibley East Public Schools in the amount of $28,726.24.

Ann Goebel “Viracon IGU Packaging Student Project” funded by Viracon INC. in the amount of $1,010.34.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education selected Mary Dowd, Office of Student Affairs, from “a record number of outstanding applicants” for participation in the 2013 Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers. Held Jan. 10-13 in New Orleans, Dowd successfully completed advanced training in strategic planning, crisis management, resource efficiency, and leading in times of change.

Angela Urick (College of Education) was selected as the winner of the 2012 Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for Educational Leadership and Strategy, an international recognition with Emerald publishing, sponsored by the Journal of Educational Administration. She will receive a cash prize, a certificate, a winners’ logo to attach to correspondence and the prospect of an offer of publication in the sponsoring journal.

Sam Steiger (Campus Recreation) reported that the Greater Mankato Convention and Visitor’s Bureau posted a video on the indoor rock wall at this link.

Donald Larsson’s (English) annotated bibliography on Orson Welles has been published by Oxford Bibliographies Online in the Cinema and Media Studies section. The article webpage is here.

Tom Inglot (Government) and co-authors, Dorottya Szikra (Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary) and Cristina Rat (Babes-Bolay University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) published an article “Reforming Post-Communist Welfare States: Family Policy in Poland, Hungary, and Romania Since 2000” in Problems of Post-Communism (Washington DC) vol. 59, no. 6, November–December 2012, pp. 27-49.

Tom Inglot’s proposal (submitted jointly with Prof. Birgit Pfau-Effinger, Hamburg University, Germany) for a symposium (three panels) on “Family Policies in Europe in Times of Austerity – The New Politics and Ideas of Gender, Employment, and Children’s Welfare” was accepted by the Council of European Studies (Columbia University) for its annual conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands - June 25-27, 2013.

Tom Inglot (Government) was selected for the editorial board of Problems of Social Policy: Studies and Debates,” a journal published jointly by the Committee on Labor and Social Policy of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Social Policy, University of Warsaw, Poland.

Tom Inglot (Government) was invited to serve as an external facutly reviewer for the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

Tom Inglot (Government), reviewed two textbooks for Congressional Quarterly Press (Washington DC) in the fall semester 2012: Stephen Hook’s U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power, (4th edition) and John R. Bowman’s Capitalisms Compared: A Comparative Introdu ction to the American Political Economy.

Student Achievements

Katelyn Short, daughter of Steve and Kristi Short of Canton, S.D., recently received a $5,000 scholarship from Adams Thermal Systems, Inc., in Canton, S.D. Katelyn is studying graphic design at Minnesota State Mankato.

Ozlem Barin has been named as one of three finalists in the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Finance Undergraduate Writing Competition, 2012. The competition, open to all undergraduate students in the states of the Ninth Federal Reserve District (Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan), required students to address public policy issues raised by the effects of the North Dakota oil boom on area residents.

As a finalist, Barin will receive a scholarship to attend the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis conference in March 2013 and compete for the first prize, and an internship at the Community Development Finance department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis during the summer of 2013. Barin was also the recipient of a Foundation Award ($1,000 stipend) for her research proposal entitled, “An Analysis of Labor, Infrastructure, and Education Issues Brought by the North Dakota Oil Boom.” Barin is completing her research under the supervision of Ihsuan Li.


Retiree Vickie Larson passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. During her 20 years of service with our campus community, she worked in Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services; Computer Information Services; the Campus Computer Store and most recently in the Registrar’s Office. Visitation and a memorial service were held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the New Creation World Outreach Church in North Mankato. For additional information, please visit the site at this link.

Emeriti Professor Robert Redhead passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. He retired after 38 years of teaching in our Department of Sociology & Corrections. A memorial gathering was held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 110 West Grant Street in Minneapolis. For additional information, please visit the site at this link.

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