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February 13, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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Timberwolves Game, Reception

Join area Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni and friends on Feb. 24 and cheer the Timberwolves to a win over Golden State in the Target Center. Register online HERE through Feb. 17 for this event.

  • Reception: 12:30-2 p.m. Appetizers provided and cash bar and soda available in the hospitality suite inside the Target Center. You will also have a chance to win great door prizes.
  • Game Time: 2:30 p.m. Upper and Lower level tickets available.

Information on exact location, parking and check in will be sent to you in a follow up email once you register.

Spring Break With A Purpose

The Community Engagement Office has organized a "Pay it Forward" tour to San Antonio, Texas, for students. Students will travel to a new city each day. They will learn about social issues, create lasting relationships, and make a commitment to continued service in their community.

The tour will leave March 9 and return March 17. The total cost is $450. A down payment of $125 is required by Feb. 15. Email Stephanie Stassen at to register or for more information.

Special Advising Session

The Department of Economics invites economics majors, minors and anyone interested in majoring in economics to the spring 2013 special advising session. The session will be held Feb. 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Morris Hall 102, and free pizza and pop will be served. The mayor of Mankato, Eric Anderson, and Michael Murzyn, the senior director of analytics of CotterWeb Enterprises, Inc., will be presenting.

For more information contact Ihsuan Li at 507-389-5753 or Amanda Greenig at 507-389-2969.

Maverick Greeks Achieve 2.95 GPA

As a community, the Maverick Greek students achieved a 2.95 grade point average during the 2012 fall semester, the highest mark in at least five years, according to advisor John Bulcock. Three chapters achieved higher than a 3.0 grade point average. Four men’s chapters, Sigma Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Chi and Phi Delta Theta, achieved above the all-men’s average of 2.83, and two women’s organizations, Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Sigma Sigma, achieved higher than the all-women’s average. Bulcock said the Greek community has set an ambitious goal of achieving a 3.05 grade point average for the spring 2013 semester.


"A New Way to Access Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment Information"

If you’ve recently requested information from the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, you may have received the information through a new SharePoint site. SharePoint is an online portal, collaboration and file management system. For sensitive data, SharePoint allows a more flexible and secure way to access information as well as keeping the size of your inbox down. To access the Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment SharePoint site, simply visit Access to the site is restricted through the university network or VPN. Depending on which Internet browser is used, you may also be prompted for your Minnesota State Mankato campus username and password.

For questions, or to learn more, about the Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment SharePoint site, please contact the office at 507-389-1333.

Student Chapter Highlighted

The Minnesota State Mankato chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association was highlighted in the NSSLHA Region 6 spring newsletter for its efforts in hosting a "Communication Sciences and Disorders Career Awareness Day" on Oct. 22. On career awareness day, working professionals from the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology presented on a variety of topics.

The room was filled with energy as students learned about the roles of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, job outlook statistics, benefits of state and national organizational membership and future professional issues. To get a copy of the newletter, contact Jennifer Duley, graduate intern and president of the Minnesota State Mankato chapter of NSSLHA, at

Carkoski Scholarships

Four Minnesota State Mankato students were each recently awarded $500 Chester and Helen Carkoski Scholarships in recognition of their good academic records and demonstrated volunteer leadership and service in Minnesota State Mankato’s residence communities.

Receiving the scholarship awards were Joey Cheam, Anthony Jones, Kevin Miller and Makenzie Petzel. Each received a framed certificate and had their name added to a plaque for this scholarship.

This scholarship is available to students living in any Minnesota State residence community (excluding current community advisors, apartment community advisors, Maverick mentors and learning commmunity coordinators).

Theatre and Dance at Region Festival

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance participated along with over 1,500 registrants (a new record), representing 80 colleges and universities, in the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival gathering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during festival week (Jan. 20-26).

Once again, Minnesota State Mankato advanced more students to the semifinal and final rounds of the Irene Ryan acting scholarship competition than any other school in the region (the largest region in the country) and swept the musical theatre acting awards. A total of seven reached the semifinalist round and three attained finalist status.

Last year’s semifinalist, Morgan Mallory (3rd-year MFA musical theatre from Pocatello, Idaho), advanced to the finals (top 16 out of over 420 qualified competitors) with the help of partner Cassie Johnson (sophomore BS theatre generalist from Benson). Mallory also took Best Musical Theatre Actor in the final round. Two other Mankato students were acclaimed as Ryan finalists: Sam Stoll (junior BFA musical theatre from Perham) partnered by Jordan Oxborough (sophomore BFA musical theatre from Eagan); and Callie Syverson (sophomore BFA musical theatre from Windom) who was also partnered by Johnson.

Minnesota State Mankato had four other students break into the semifinal round including: Carter Allen (junior BFA acting from Cedar Falls, Iowa) partnered by Joseph Scheller, and Allen also won the Best Musical Theatre Actor in the semifinal round award; Austin England (senior BFA actor from Maplewood) partnered by Larissa Schmitz (senior BFA acting from New Prague); Kaitlin Dahlquist (junior BFA musical theatre from Sioux Falls, S.D.) partnered by Oxborough; and Robb Krueger (3rd-year MFA actor from St. Paul) partnered by Rusty Ruth (1st-year MFA director from Sioux Falls, S.D.).

As always, Minnesota State Mankato was well represented with a variety of “behind the scenes” awards. Matt Caron (1st-year MFA director from Mankato) took the 1st place regional award in dramaturgy and the 2nd place Regional Costume Design Award. Rachel Lantow (senior BFA theatre design/technology from Lakeville) received an honorable mention in the stage management competition. Joel Schiebout (2nd-year MFA technical direction from Sioux Center, Iowa) took the 1st place Regional Allied Craft Award. Adam Sahli (3rd-year MFA director from Aberdeen S.D.) was a semifinalist in the Society of Stage Directors competition. And Sam Juhnke (junior BFA theatre design/technology from Edina) won a special award: a one-week residency at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, given to an outstanding technician at the festival. Costumes from "The Imaginary Invalid," designed by David McCarl (faculty) were invited to the juried Annual Costume Parade.

KCACTF Certificates of Commendation for productions at Minnesota State Mankato were awarded to: Joel Schiebout for technical direction for "I Hate Hamlet"; Naoko (Ishizuka) Skala (3rd-year MFA scene design from Urayasu-shi, Japan) for scene design for "The Imaginary Invalid"; David McCarl for costume design for "The Imaginary Invalid"; and the entire cast of "The Imaginary Invalid" was awarded a commendation for ensemble acting (the production was directed by faculty member Heather E. Hamilton).

During the past year, faculty members Paul Finocchiaro, John Paul and Paul J. Hustoles have served as Region V respondents. Finocchiaro served as an Irene Ryan preliminary round judge and he presented a dance workshop. Hustoles continues his service to Region V by being on the Regional Advisory Board and served as the festival registrar for this, his 14th time.

Institutional Review Board Newsletter

The Institutional Review Board has published its spring newsletter and invites the campus community to read it online click here (broken link).

SBS Good News

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences published its edition of "Good News" for January and February. The newsletter can be viewed online here.

Feb. 7-26: Printmaking artist Humberto Saenz

The printmaking art of Humberto Saenz, area head of print media and assistant professor of printmaking at Wichita State University, will on display in an exhibit titled “Migración Transitoria” (transitionary migration) at the Conkling Gallery in 139 Nelson Hall on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus from Feb. 7 through Feb. 26.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits. There will be an artist’s lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in Centennial Student Union 284, followed by a reception in the Conkling Gallery. A studio residency is scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12 in the Nelson Hall Printmaking Labs. Call 507-389-6412 for more information.

Saenz immigrated to the United States in the mid-1980s from Mexico. More information on Saenz is available online here. For more information about the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art’s 2012-13 exhibition schedule, please visit this link.

Feb. 14-15: V-Day Mankato

The award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues," will be performed at 7 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14-15, in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Ostrander Auditorium.

Cost to attend is $5 for students and $8 for non-students and the general public.

The play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. For 15 years, "The Vagina Monologues" has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

Variety Magazine calls the performance "spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving . .. it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction."

Sponsors of the 2013 event are The Violence Awareness and Response Program, the Women's Center and Department of Residential Life from on campus in partnership with the following community partners: YWCA of Mankato, Cactus Tattoo, The Coffee Hag, Mecca Tattoo and Pub 500.

For more information about "The Vagina Monologues" benefit performance at Minnesota State Mankato, contact Abby Barefoot by email at or by phone at 507-389-2486. For more information about V-Day, visit

Feb. 17: Afternoon of Drama in Music

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music presents an Afternoon of Drama in Music on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Music from Mozart to Sondheim to the world premiere of a new work by Dr. John Lindberg is brought to life onstage. The event features Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty, Dr. Kimm Julian, Dr. John Lindberg, Youna Choi, and Lauren Weber. This is not your average faculty recital. The performers have collaborated—even conspired—with music and dance students to emphasize the dramatic aspects of the music.

Admission to the event 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.

Feb. 19: Big Idea Speaker Nate Garvis

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business is presenting former Target executive Nate Garvis (pictured at right), founder and president of Naked Civics, LLC, for the next installment of the Big Ideas Speaker Series on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The title of Garvis’ presentation is “Social Innovation as the Future of Business and Public.” Garvis’ presentations describe using cross-sector approaches to reengineer communities for better prosperity—a concept Garvis calls “civic design.”

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at a reception from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge prior to the lecture. Parking is available in the visitor pay lot outside of the Centennial Student Union. For more information, call the College of Business at 507-389-5420 or send an email to Elizabeth Johnson at

Garvis, a former vice president for government affairs and senior public affairs officer for Target Corporation, writes that his public affairs consulting company, Naked Civics, LLC, “connects his clients to the most important ideas, people and institutions in their communities of interest.” More information on Garvis is available at

Sodexo and the Minnesota State Mankato Small Business Development Center are the event sponsors.

Feb. 19: Chiarina Piano Quartet

The Chiarina Piano Quartet will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Chiarina Piano Quartet formed in 2010 and consists of violinist Mary Horozaniecki, violist Nancy Nehring, cellist Mark Rudoff, and Minnesota State Mankato piano professor David Viscoli. Mary Horozaniecki teaches at Augsburg College, Carleton College, and Macalester College. Mark Rudoff teaches at The Ohio State University. Nancy Nehring teaches privately in the Columbus, Ohio, area in addition to being the principal violist with the Central Ohio Symphony.

The program this year contains a lesser-known work by Franz Schubert, a quartet by American composer Lee Hoiby, and a piano quartet piece by French composer Gabriel Faure. The quartet will perform at two venues in Ohio, including Ohio State University. The tour continues with performances in Minnesota at Saint Benedict’s College (Saint Joseph), Augsburg College (Minneapolis), the Owatonna Arts Center, and the Rochester Chamber Music Society.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 19-22: Barber Visiting Writer Residency

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series resumes its 2012-13 schedule when it hosts Twin Cities fiction writer Marlon James (photo at right courtesy of Simon Levy) and poet Bao Phi (pictured below left) in the four-day Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 19-22.

The writers will lead prose and poetry writing workshops each morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Centennial Student Unions rooms 202 (James) and 203 (Phi). During the week they will meet with individual writers in the community and with high school students and other groups. On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in CSU Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. Also on Thursday, Feb. 21, they will read from their published work at 7:30 p.m. in CSU room 253.

All events are free and open to the public.

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His first novel, "John Crow's Devil," was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was a New York Times Editors' Choice. His second novel, "The Book of Night Women," was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The NAACP Image Award, and The Minnesota Book Award, which he won, and was on New York Magazine's list of best books of the year. He currently teaches at Macalester College and is working on his third novel.

Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. He was featured on HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," and was included in the Best American Poetry 2006 anthology. His first collection, "Song I Sing," was published by Coffee House Press in 2011. He currently works at the Loft Literary Center, where he creates and maintains programs for communities of color and marginalized voices.

An interview with the writer, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, by phone at 507-389-1354, by email at, or see the web site here.

Feb. 20: Internment Camp Survivors to Speak

Two survivors of the Japanese American internment camps from the 1940s will speak at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Trafton Center 121.

Saburo (Sab) and Marion Masada of Fresno, Calif., will share their experiences in a free, public presentation. The Masadas will discuss their experiences living in the camps that resulted from Executive Order 9066, signed 71 years ago (Feb. 19, 1942).

United States Executive Order 9066 was a U.S. presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by President Franklin D. Roosevelt following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order allowed local military commanders to designate “military areas” as “exclusion zones” within the United States and led to the internment of Japanese Americans for the duration of the war.

Ten camps (relocation centers) were established under Executive Order 9066. Enforcement was abandoned in 1944, with the last of the camps closing in March 1946. Executive Order 9066 was not formally rescinded until 1976 under the administration of President Gerald Ford.

The event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Honors Program and is funded by Arts and Humanities, Honors, Graduate Studies and Research and Institutional Diversity.

Please contact Gina Wenger, professor of art at Minnesota State Mankato, for more information or accommodations. Wenger can be reached by phone at 507-389-5484 or by email at Those interested in more information may also call the Honors Program Office at 507-389-5191 or send an email to

Feb. 21: Ricky Nye opens Piano Festival

Ricky Nye will open the 17th annual Bunny Just Piano Festival with a performance on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Nye lives in Cincinnati and plays the piano, organ, and accordion. His musical style is rooted in tradition. All the various music styles he experienced through the years have helped to influence Nye’s musical style today. The Thursday performance will be an entertaining and energetic performance. Nye says, “I am looking forward to visiting the college and the Mankato area. I can’t wait to perform there.”

Nye has won many awards for best solo act and countless other awards over his performing career. His most recent award, the 2013 CEA Award for Best Blues/R&B Artist, was presented to him by CityBeat Magazine in Cincinnati, Ohio. He says, “It’s not about awards for me, I just love to play. With that said, it is really an honor to be appreciated and acknowledged by my local community and musicians.”

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 21: 'And Then There Were None'

Find out what happens as eight strangers are lured to an island by an unknown host when the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance presents Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit, “And Then There Were None,” Feb. 21-March 3 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

In this superlative mystery-comedy, statuettes of soldiers on the mantel of an island house off the coast of Devon, England, fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the 10 “soldiers” met his death until “there were none.” Gradually, the guests fall victim to the fates foretold.

Faculty member Heather E. Hamilton directs the Minnesota State Mankato debut of this show. Costume design is by Angela Sahli, third-year MFA candidate, with scene design by BFA candidate Mary Jane Olson and sound design by BFA candidate Curtis Fliegel.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 & Feb. 28-March 1, with 2 p.m. matinees March 2 & 3. Individual tickets for “And Then There Were None” are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at, or between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. You may call 507-389-6661.

Feb. 22: Center for Sport and Performance Psychology Opens

The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies at University Square on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street on Friday, Feb. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a short program scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The general public is invited to the ceremonies. Light refreshments will be served in the University Square Mall gathering space near the movie theatre.

The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology works to enhance performance in a number of areas, to include sports, wellness/exercise, performing arts, injury and business/public speaking. The Center opened in January after receiving a Minnesota State Mankato “Big Ideas” grant in February 2012. The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology can be reached by phone at 507-389-1230, and information about the center is available online here.

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies also mark the start of the first North Central Sport Psychology Conference, which will be held Feb. 22-23 at Minnesota State Mankato.

The conference will feature several speakers who are national experts in the psychology of injury, concussions and issues facing women coaches. Graduate students in sport and exercise psychology at Minnesota State Mankato organized the conference. Registration details are available here.

Those seeking more information may also contact Cindra Kamphoff (pictured), associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at Minnesota State Mankato and director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, by phone at 507-389-6112 or by email at

Feb. 24: Jay Hershberger to Perform

Jay Hershberger will perform on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The evening piano recital marks the final event of the 17th Annual Bunny Just Piano Festival.

Claudio Arrau, one of the great pianists from the 20th century once said “the artist must disappear into the piano, leaving only the music for the listener.” Jay Hershberger believes that this captures the “essence of his personal musical ideal.” He thinks an artist has responsibilities in performance and says, “The best compliment I can be paid is not you’re a wonderful pianist, rather, I just loved that piece of music. It moved me so…” When performing, Hershberger strives to interpret the composer’s music in a way that remains true to their artistic idea.

Jay Hershberger has performed throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Europe. Hershberger has also served on numerous juries of competitions and award contests. He is the vice president of the American Liszt Society and is an associate professor of piano at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 26: University Concert Bands to Perform

The University Concert Bands will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Concert Bands consists of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble, which are composed of university students, staff, and community members. Amy Roisum Foley directs both of these ensembles. In addition, master’s student Dawn Punke will be directing both ensembles.

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 at 507-389-5549.

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.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Stewart Ross, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, presented a workshop on Integrated Course Design on Feb. 1 at Valencia College in Orlando, Fla. On Feb. 2, he presented another workshop at Valencia College for 70 dental hygiene faculty from the entire state of Florida.

Julie Rabaey, assistant director of international student and scholar services for the Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Crisis Management Subcommittee of NAFSA’s International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community for two years beginning Jan. 1.

David Viscoli (Music) performed a concert with the Chiarina Piano Quartet at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 2.

Forensics Competition

The Minnesota State Mankato forensics team competed in three January tournaments. The competitions included the Bill Henderson Invitational at the University of Northern Iowa on Jan. 19, the Bob Smith Invitational at Wartburg College on Jan. 20 and the Twin Cities Forensic League Tournament at Normandale Community College on Jan. 29. The team placed third at both the UNI and Twin Cities Forensic League tournaments. Individual results were as follows:

Jan. 19 – Bill Henderson Invitational

  • Margaret Pence: 7th place in Informative Speaking and 4th place in Communication Analysis.
  • Tanner Sunderman: 7th place in Impromptu Speaking, 5th place Extemporaneous Speaking, and 3rd place in After-dinner Speaking.
  • Ryan Zahn: 4th place in Prose and 1st place in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Kelsey Ogren: 6th place in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Nathan Pasmore: 5th place in Prose.
  • Sarah Cain: 5th place in After-dinner Speaking.
  • Zach Aufenthie: 4th place in After-dinner Speaking.
  • Alex Cutschall: 2nd place in Program Oral Interpretation.

Jan. 20 – Bob Smith Invitational

  • Margaret Pence: 6th place in Communication Analysis and 6th place in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Ryan Zahn: 6th place in Prose and 1st place in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Alex Cutschall: 5th place in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Nathan Pasmore: 4th place in Program Oral Interpretation.

Jan. 29 – Twin Cities Forensic League tournament

  • Caitlin Frymet: 2nd place in Poetry and 3rd place in Prose.
  • Lillian Lamoreux: 1st place in Prose.
  • Alex Cutschall: 2nd place in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Nathan Pasmore: 3rd place in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Jordan Carrillo: 2nd place in After-dinner Speaking and 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Tanner Sunderman: 5th place in After-dinner Speaking.
  • Sarah Cain: 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation.

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