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February 27, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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Grand Opening

The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato held grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Friday, Feb. 22 at University Square. Holding the scissors in the above photo is Cindra Kamphoff, associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at Minnesota State Mankato and director of the center.

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. Those seeking more information may contact Kamphoff by phone at 507-389-6112 or by email at

Provost Finalists

The President's Office will announce the campus interview schedule for Provost finalists soon. Watch for an all-campus email with more details.

Grant Opportunity

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) announced the following grant opportunity for Minnesota State University, Mankato students, faculty, and staff. PCSW grants of up to $500 are available throughout this year for campus community members who plan to conduct research or attend professional conferences concerned with the status of women and/or gender related issues.

All interested faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity. Grant information and the application form are available online here. The deadline for spring 2013 proposals is March 1. All funds must be spent by June 1.

Glen Taylor is Speaker at Morgan Thomas Lecture

Minnesota Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor (pictured at right), the Chairman and CEO of Taylor Corporation, will speak from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Ostrander Auditorium in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

Taylor’s lecture, free and open to the public, is the next installment of the annual Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture Series, sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business. The purpose of the event is for business professionals to share information about their careers, professions, lessons learned, trends, etc.

Seating is limited. Free event parking is available in the Visitor Pay Lot across from Centennial Student Union. For more information, click here.

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Office announced several upcoming events. If interested, please stop in the Community Engagement Office- located in the student activities section of the Centennial Student Union, or via email:

Friday, March 1
It’s the celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday! Children from pre-K elementary schools will be attending this event and will be participating in games and activities held in Myers Fieldhouse from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help assist in preparing for the children's arrival and help escort groups of children to designated spots in Myers. There are two volunteer shifts: shift one is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and shift two is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email or or stop in at our office in CSU 171.

Friday, March 22
A candlelight vigil is planned to honor those who are living with and dying because of domestic violence. Send an email to to volunteer. Volunteers are needed for the following activities:

  • Shift 1: 11 p.m. -1 a.m. (15-20 volunteers needed): set up, monitoring and managing the grounds and facilities and luminaries, and to be a part of the ceremony.
  • Shift 2: 1 a.m. -9a.m. (10 volunteers needed) continue monitoring and managing.
  • Shift 3: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. (as many as possible) clean up the park, hear the story, and be there for ending ceremony.

Saturday, April 20
Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty, and alumni will be giving back to the greater Mankato area by dedicating their time and effort to “The Big Event.”

“The Big Event” promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding citizens. Hundreds of volunteers will work on dozens of projects throughout the area, all benefiting the residents who so graciously support Minnesota State Mankato. Send an email to to volunteer.

Greek Community Honors

Representatives of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, the governing councils for the Greek Community at Minnesota State University, Mankato, returned from the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Region Conference, held Feb. 7-10 in Indianapolis, Ind., with some well-earned hardware, recognizing their accomplishments during the 2012 calendar year. The conference, the largest of its kind, typically brings together more than 3,000 students and advisors.

Minnesota State Mankato's Panhellenic Council, the governing council for the sororities, was recognized for excellence in the areas of Council Management, Public Relations, Risk Reduction & Management, and Self-Governance & Judicial Affairs. The Interfraternity Council, representing Minnesota State Mankato's fraternities, was recognized for excellence in Risk Reduction & Management.

Pictured are Trisha Makovsky (Panhellenic Council President), on left, and Jacob Moe (Interfraternity Council President) with the awards won by both councils.

While at the conference, Bridget Fisher, Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing for the Panhellenic Council and a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and John Bulcock, Assistant Director of Student Activities, placed second out of 24 teams in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition.

Feb. 27-March 2: Pan African Conference

The honorable Judge Greg Mathis, nationally known for his role in the award-winning syndicated television show, “Judge Mathis,” is the headline speaker at the 37th Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference to be held Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 2 on campus. Mathis will speak at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Mathis’ speech is free and open to the public.

This year’s conference theme is “Accepting and Valuing Diversity in the Pan African Community.” It is intended to recognize the many different ethnic groups that make up the Pan African community, including members of the LGBT community, while connecting with President Barack Obama’s position on recognizing the rights of all citizens. A complete schedule and registration information is available online here. For more information about the conference, call Michael Fagin at 507-389-1126 or send an email to

March 2: Children's Theatre Tour

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present its one public performance of its touring children’s theatre production, “Shine,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 and available beginning at 9 a.m. at the Theatre & Dance Box Office.

Bullying is a word that has garnered a lot of attention lately, yet there is still some confusion as to what makes someone a bully. The play “Shine” is a musical about a new student in school and the bullies she encounters. Something magical happens when kids in the group decide they don't want to be a part of this gang. They lose the gray color of the bully and are able to become the bright color they were meant to be. “Shine” seeks to help define what a bully is, but also gives children tools they can use when they face these same situations themselves.

The seven first-year students who make up the cast go out every Tuesday and Thursday for at least two performances a day at southern and central Minnesota elementary schools. By the end of the tour in mid-March, more than 8,000 elementary school students will have seen the show, which is an annual Department of Theatre & Dance tradition.

March 2: Jazzfest

The Department of Music welcomes jazz legend Terell Stafford, trumpet, on Saturday, March 2. Stafford’s performance concludes activities associated with Jazzfest 2013. The performance, with the University Jazz Mavericks, takes place at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He has recorded six albums as a leader. His newest release is called This Side of Strayhorn which was said to be “the first must have album of 2012” and “pure genius.” In addition, Terell Stafford has recorded on over 90 recordings as a sideman.

Terell Stafford’s performance at Minnesota State Mankato is part of an annual all-day Department of Music event. The Festival is open to instrumental high school and middle school jazz ensembles. Each group performs and receives a clinic from professional musicians and educators. Also included are master classes for rhythm, trumpet, trombone and saxophone sections. It is a semi-competitive festival, awards are presented to outstanding sections and soloists, and one participating high school band is selected to open the evening concert.

Concert admission is $15; $13 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.

March 3-4: Winter Choral Concerts

The Winter Choral Concerts will take place on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 4 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The University Choral Groups consists of three ensembles; the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. David Dickau, and the University Choral conducted by Mr. Rodney Urtel. The Concert Choir is an auditioned group that includes students from all areas of the University. Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will be performing music by American composers based on themes drawn from the American experience or in celebration of great American composers.

The University Chorale is a non-auditioned ensemble and is open to anyone who is interested. The theme for the University Chorale’s performance is expressive choral music using writings from great poets. A variety of accompanying instruments add to the excitement of the Chorale’s portion of the program.

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.

March 5: Night of Jazz

A variety of different jazz groups will perform on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The Jazz Combos provide an opportunity for students with limited experience with jazz to explore that repertoire. The University Jazz Singers, formed in Fall 2001, is a select vocal jazz ensemble. The University Jazz Choir is a full vocal jazz chorus open to all students with basic vocal skills. This ensemble provides students who may be new to vocal jazz with an opportunity to learn to sing jazz and commercial musical styles.

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.

March 19: Intel Corporation Futurist

Brian David Johnson (pictured at right), a futurist and principal engineer at Intel Corporation in Portland, Ore., will discuss the process he uses in forecasting future trends in his position at Intel in a 3:30 p.m. lecture on Tuesday, March 19 in Ostrander Auditorium. Johnson’s lecture, free and open to the public, is the first in an annual guest lecture series that will be sponsored by the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center, which is located at Minnesota State Mankato.

An excerpt from a bio of Johnson here says: “As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology. His work is called ‘future casting’—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool.”

Those interested in more information about Johnson’s visit may contact faculty member Tony Filipovitch, who is the research director for the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center, by phone at 507-389-5035 or by email at The sponsor of the event is the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center located at Minnesota State Mankato. For more information on the center, visit its website here.

March 21: Dr. Truman Wood Memorial Lecture

Please join Dean Kimberly Greer and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board for the Dr. Truman Wood Memorial Lecture. The topic of this year's lecture is “Welcome Home Veterans…Now What?”

The annual event is organized by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board and features alumni speakers. The lecture series is named for the late Dr. Truman Wood, a former Advisory Board member and emeritus professor of political science.

This year's event will take place on March 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., in Ostrander Auditorium. It features a panel discussion and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Panelists include:

  • Dan Benson, Moderator, U.S. Army Veteran, Current member of U.S. Army Reserve
  • Dr. Norman Baer, CareerOneStop, U.S. Army Veteran
  • Kelli Damlo, Anthropology Student, U.S. Army Veteran, Current member of U.S. Army Reserve
  • Patrick McCormick, Law Enforcement Student, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
  • Luke Weinandt, MN Assistance Council for Veterans, U.S. Army Veteran
  • Reggie Worlds, MN Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Veteran

March 21: Project Management Speaker

Joe Perzel, a project management expert who is currently a senior project manager at Surescripts, a clinical health information network, will discuss the “soft side of project management” in a presentation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in Room 201, Centennial Student Union.

Perzel’s presentation, free and open to the public, is titled “The Dark Arts of Project Management.” At 5:30 p.m., prior to Perzel’s presentation, there will be free pizza and an opportunity to network. Please RSVP for the dinner by sending an email in advance to To read the complete release, click here.

The event is sponsored by the Southwest Outreach Program, which is part of the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN). The Southwest Outreach Program began in 2012 with four outreach sessions at Minnesota State Mankato. In 2013, there are also four outreach sessions scheduled (all at Minnesota State Mankato). Dates include March 21 (featuring Perzel’s presentation); April 21; Sept. 19; and Nov. 14.

For more information on the Southwest Outreach Program, please contact program manager Mohamed Diab, an assistant professor in the Construction Management Department in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Diab can be reached by phone at 507-389-2114 or by email at

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

David Viscoli (Music) toured Minnesota with the Chiarina Piano Quartet. They performed concerts and gave master classes at The College of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph) and Augsburg College (Minneapolis). They also gave concerts at Minnesota State Mankato, the Owatonna Arts Center, and for the Rochester Chamber Music Society.

Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) was an invited presenter at the Lilly South Teaching/Learning Conference in Greensboro, N.C., on Feb. 15. He presented a double concurrent session on course design.

Christopher T. Ruhland (Biological Sciences) was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled: "COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Photodegredation in deserts: litter optical and structural considerations." This is a four-year grant and will be performed with several other collaborators in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Donald Larsson (English) returned from Sydney, Australia, where he presented a paper titled "The 'Hollywood' Sign: Icon and Index in Search of a Symbol" at the first Global Conference on Hollywood and the World (Feb. 7-9). Larsson also chaired the panel session on "Voices beyond Hollywood."

Joseph Reising, chair and faculty member in the Department of Finance, has accepted an offer to serve as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Business. An internal search process was followed with Reising receiving widespread support. Roger Severns of the Finance Department has agreed to serve as Interim Finance Department Chairperson. Reising will begin his duties as Associate Dean on Monday, Feb. 25. Dean Brenda Flannery expressed that she is truly looking forward to working with Reising as the College of Business continues to expand its outreach and other external activities.

State Forensics Tournament

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Speech and Debate team competed at the Minnesota Collegiate Forensic Association State Tournament at the College of St. Benedict on Feb. 16-17. The team placed third in the Combined Debate and Individual Events Sweepstakes and second in Individual Events Sweepstakes. Individual awards included:

  • Ryan Zahn: 3rd place Duo Interpretation, 3rd place Impromptu Speaking and 3rd place Communication Analysis
  • Lillian Lamoreux: 5th place Poetry Interpretation
  • Nicole Hudak: 5th place Informative Speaking
  • Rebekah Buege: 6th place Minnesota Informative, 3rd place Dramatic Interpretation, 6th place Poetry Interpretation, 1st place Prose Interpretation, 4th place Oratory and 4th place Individual Sweepstakes
  • Erika Gustafson: 2nd place Informative Speaking and 6th place Duo Interpretation
  • Cade Shelton: 6th place Minnesota Informative, 3rd place Duo Interpretation, 5th place Communication Analysis and 2nd place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Nathan Pasmore: 1st place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Zach Aufenthie: 6th place Duo Interpretation
  • Alex Cutschall: 7th place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Tanner Sunderman: 5th place Impromptu Speaking

Signed Copies of ‘Tell My Sons’ Available

The Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Centennial Student Union has some remaining copies of Lt. Col. Mark Weber’s book, “Tell My Sons,” for sale. Weber, a 1994 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and 23-year Army veteran who is in the latter stages of terminal cancer, signed copies of the book prior to speaking on campus on Jan. 30.

Weber wrote and self-published the book last summer 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.


Professor Emeritus D. Bryce Lindsay passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato. Lindsay worked in the Department(s) of Education & Education Administration for 23 years, teaching or working in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and the Center for Advanced Professional Proficiency (CAPP). For additional information, please visit the Mankato Mortuary website at:

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