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May 15, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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NCAA Division II Baseball

Fresh off back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament titles, ninth-rated Minnesota State University, Mankato (35-8) has been selected to host the 2013 NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. The 48-team field was unveiled Sunday evening.

The double-elimination regional tournament, which will be held at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, is scheduled to run Thursday to Sunday, May 16-19. The regional champion advances to the eight-team championship finals May 25 through June 1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

The Mavericks, who are making their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason tournament, will face Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Missouri Southern (34-20) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the tournament. Minnesota State Mankato is seeded first, while Missouri Southern is seeded sixth.

Regional play will begin earlier Thursday, with two other first round games. The tournament opens with a noon game between #3 Southern Arkansas (40-15) and #4 Missouri Western (40-10). Then at 3:30 p.m. #2 Central Missouri (35-11) will take on #5 St. Cloud State (34-9).

The 2013 NCAA Central Region Tournament website is located here. Single-day tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.


Approximately 1,500 Minnesota State Mankato students participated in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, with 2,364 degrees awarded at the end of the spring 2013 semester.

Among the degrees awarded were three doctorate of nursing practice degrees, three doctorate of education degrees, two doctorate of psychology degrees, nearly 400 master's degrees (379) and nearly 2,000 undergraduate degrees (1,977).

Three ceremonies were held Saturday in Bresnan Arena of Taylor Center. Students in the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology took part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those in the colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Education participated in a noon ceremony; and students in the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences graduated in a 3 p.m. ceremony.

97 Miles for $97 Million

Three Minnesota State Mankato student leaders walked 97 miles from Mankato to the state capitol steps in St. Paul, Minn., from Saturday, May 11 to Tuesday, May 14 in an effort to draw attention to the importance of higher education funding.

The students planned to meet political leaders and approximately 10 other students on the Capitol steps at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 and then spend the day lobbying various legislators for higher educating funding.

The three students making the walk included junior David Schieler, current student body vice president from Tomah, Wis., senior Michael Hanson, current student senator from Apple Valley, Minn., and junior Trevor Granberg, current student senator from Worthing, S.D.

“We are walking to the capitol to demonstrate the sincere need of funding for higher education in the state of Minnesota,” said Schieler. “The hopes of walking are to bring to the public’s eye some of the issues often forgotten or dismissed about higher education—rising costs associated with instruction, and a recent trend of decreasing state support.”

Schieler said funding the $97 million request made by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System would benefit students throughout the state.

Commitment to Sustainability

Minnesota State Mankato has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, Minnesota State Mankato will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network of peer support. Membership covers every individual at an institution, so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits. To learn more about AASHE, click here.

To learn more about Minnesota State Mankato's Environmental Committee, please contact Erica Johnson by email at or by phone at 507-389-5254.

May 20: Traffic Safety Workshop

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced it was holding a "Toward Zero Deaths" (TZD) workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at Minnesota State University, Mankato's Centennial Student Union. Admission and parking are free. Lunch is provided. Registration materials will be available here. More information on the workshop is available here.

May 28: Highland Summer Theatre Opens

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 47th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with a farcical take on Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “The 39 Steps,” May 28-June 1 and close with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” from July 11-13 and July 17-20.

In between are the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review, “A Grand Night for Singing,” from June 12-15 and Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be In Pictures” from June 25-29.

For information on tickets, visit or by call or stop by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661 for information.

College and Department News

The May edition of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences newsletter is available here.

The Research and Sponsored Programs spring newsletter is available here (broken link).

The Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research newsletter is available here.

See the latest news from the Honors Program here.

The Spring 2013 edition of the Honors Beacon is available by clicking on this [PDF] link (3 MiB).

Student Scholarships

The University Advancement Scholarship Selection Committee announced four scholarship recipients for Fall 2013. Students from the following areas were selected to receive a $175 scholarship: Amanda Falkowski (Annual Fund); Jessica Kay (Printing & Photocopying Services); Zoe Martin (Annual Fund); and Kelly Richardson (Printing & Photocopying Services).

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Stewart Ross (CETL) presented a six-hour workshop on course design to faculty at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada, on May 3. On May 13, Ross presented a keynote for 100 faculty at UNC Charlotte, followed by a two-day workshop on course design for 60 faculty. He also presented a two-day course design workshop for the University of Missouri Faculty Scholars Program on May 20-21 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

The book, Greening Libraries, co-edited by Minnesota State Mankato reference/instruction librarians Monika Antonelli and Mark McCullough, was the winner in the Business Book section at the 2013 Green Book Festival. The festival honors books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. For more information about the Green Book Festival, click here. For more information about the book, click here.

Dan Cronn-Mills (Communication Studies) has agreed to serve as interim assistant vice president for undergraduate studies effective June 17. Cronn-Mills will serve as interim assistant vice president during the 2013-14 academic year, during which time a national search will be conducted for a permanent assistant vice president.

Brian Martensen (Mathematics and Statistics) has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology effective July 1. Martensen will serve as interim dean during the 2013-14 academic year, during which time a national search will be conducted for a permanent dean.

Kirsti Cole (English) has accepted the offer to serve as Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator. Cole will start in this new role on Aug. 19. The Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator position was created at the request of the Strategic Writing Task Force, a faculty committee formed to review and enhance the teaching of writing at Minnesota State Mankato. Cole will work with faculty across the university to enhance current efforts in teaching writing, and to develop and implement additional activities designed to help all of our students communicate more effectively in their writing. More information about the activities supported by Cole will be forthcoming at the start of fall semester.

April Externally Funded Projects

Shannon Fisher and Scott Bohling (Water Resource Center) "Watershed Monitoring Network" funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Sungwon Kim (Mechanical Engineering) "Engaging Students: Everyday Examples in Engineering" funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dale Haefner (Music) "Performance Series Support/ACH Grant" funded by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC).

Kristie Campana (Psychology) "Prairie Senior Cottages Job Analysis" funded by Prairie Senior Cottages.

Steven Losh (Chemistry and Geology) "Educational User License for Kingdom Software" funded by IHS Corporation.

Forensics Hall of Fame

Minnesota State Mankato Alumnus Matthew Collie (2006) was inducted into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame on April 22 at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament held at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V.

According to the description of the Hall of Fame offered on the NFA website, the “NFA Hall of Fame includes not just achievements at the NFA National Tournament, but also the overall achievement of the individual, including the development of forensics, of NFA, of good interpersonal relations with other competitors, and the development of their careers.”


Associate Professor Emeritus Walter Rostron passed away on April 11, 2013. Rostron worked as a librarian at Minnesota State Mankato from 1965 until retiring in 1991. A memorial service was held on May 14 at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 10 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2013. Rostron’s complete obituary can be viewed here.

Professor Emeritus Richard Strachan passed away on May 7, 2013. Strachan taught anthropology at Minnesota State Mankato for 33 years. Services were held May 11 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, following visitations on May 10 and prior to the service. Strachan’s complete obituary can be viewed here.

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