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June 12, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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Community Meeting on Gage Demolition

Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold a community meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium to provide information about the upcoming Gage residence hall implosion to residents of area neighborhoods.

The general public is encouraged to attend this free public meeting, which is intended to inform and answer any questions that area neighborhood residents may have about the implosion.

Topics to be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting include overall safety measures that will be taken before, during and after the demolition, protecting the Gage site and surrounding area, the process of preparing the area for demolition, traffic, dust and more.

The Gage implosion has been planned for 9:30 a.m. on either Saturday, June 29 or Sunday, June 30, with weather conditions the primary factor in determining the safest time for the event. If weather conditions prevent a June 29 or 30 implosion, the implosion will occur at a similar time on the following weekend (July 6-7).

More information about the community meeting is available here.

Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive. It will be held Monday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Flexible Space Area – Lower Level.

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.

Blues Hall of Fame Nominee

KMSU’s long-time volunteer Blues host, Mark Halvorson, has been nominated for the 2013 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame. He has been a volunteer for over 20 years and by day is a bankruptcy lawyer who lives in Mankato.

KMSU is encouraging Hall of Fame votes for Halvorson, who has been a huge supporter of Blues Music in southern Minnesota.

For many years, Halvorson has hosted Blues Before Monday, Blues Break, Blue Monday and been an avid supporter of the Blues and bringing well-known blues artists to the area.

He was nominated in the “Supportive of the Blues” (non-performer) category. Ballots are available here. Voting closes June 30.

Athletics 4th Nationally in Directors' Cup

Minnesota State Mankato had 12 teams score points in NCAA postseason competition and completed the 2012-13 season ranked fourth in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

This the fifth time in the last seven seasons that Minnesota State Mankato has finished fourth or better in the Directors’ Cup standings, and the fourth-place finish puts the Mavericks in the top two percent of the 290 schools that compete in NCAA Division II.

Posting top-25 team finishes for Minnesota State Mankato in 2012-13 NCAA postseason events were baseball (2nd), football (3rd), soccer (5th), men’s indoor track and field (5th), wrestling (8th), men’s basketball (9th), men’s hockey (9th), men’s outdoor track and field (12th), women’s basketball (17th), softball (17th) and men’s cross country (20th).

More information is available on the Minnesota State Mankato athletics website, located here.

Climbing Wall Recognized

Sam Steiger, program coordinator in Campus Recreation, reports that NICROS (the vendor that built the Minnesota State Mankato indoor climbing wall) submitted pictures of the work it did at Minnesota State Mankato for an advertisement in the June 2013 edition of “Athletic Business” Magazine. The ad exclusively spotlights the Minnesota State Mankato indoor climbing wall within the Myers Field House.

International Family Event

Maria Baxter-Nuamah, director of advancement relations, reported that the first International Family and Student Reception that was held May 5 at the AmericInn was very successful. International students and their families greatly appreciated the event, Baxter-Nuamah said, adding that similar events will be held in conjunction with the December 2013 and May 2014 commencement ceremonies. “A big thank you goes out to everyone who supported this first-time event,” said Baxter-Nuamah.

Funds for Charity

Students in the Minnesota State Mankato Sport Management Program raised $5,537.68 this past academic year for a service-learning project through the Human Performance 325 – Sport Ethics & Professional Development course. Six groups of students in both the fall and spring semester raised money for several organizations, including Smile Network International, Soles 4 Souls and Blood:Water Mission.

Smile Network International is an organization that works to provide necessary supplies needed to repair birth defects, with a focus on cleft lips, cleft palates and other conditions requiring surgical intervention such as burns, tumors or other genetic defects. Soles 4 Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

The funds were raised through a variety of projects, and the students partnered with many local businesses throughout the year.

Flying High

Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick Flight team placed 10th nationally in team competition at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) in Columbus, Ohio, from May 6-11.

The 10th-place finish was the Maverick Flight Team’s first-ever national top 10 finish. Minnesota State Mankato finished 23rd nationally in 2012. The team also received the Sportsmanship Award and College Aviation Progress Award at the competition, and individual team members earned places in various competition categories.

Individual members of the Maverick Flight Team participating at nationals included advisors Scott Eisel and Carrie Giles, captain Austin Jacobsen and competitors Aaron J. Barthol, Lane S. Dulon, Gretchen F. Eichstadt, Mitchell Elliott, Trent A. Fridono, Patrick I. Kooima, Ethan J. Lofthus and Nick A. Singletary.

June 12-15: A Grand Night for Singing

Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Add to it the direction and choreography of Paul Finocchiaro, outgoing member of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance faculty, and you've got a sure hit!

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, June 12-15, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Musical direction is by Nick Wayne.

More than three decades after the duo's final collaboration, “The Sound of Music,” took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical.

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.

June 18: Mercy Killers

In this play, Joe (played by actor Michael Milligan), loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, and the fourth of July. But when his wife gets sick and loses her insurance Joe’s patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down. In Mercy Killers, a new one-man play, Joe struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty.

The play is free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The performance will be followed by questions, answers and a discussion.

Michael Milligan is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He has appeared on and off Broadway and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the St. Louis Rep and many national and international theatre groups in a wide variety of roles. More information about Milligan and about Mercy Killers is available here.

Milligan’s performances in Minnesota are partly supported by the non-partisan, not-for-profit organizations Health Care for All, MN and Physicians for a National Health Program, MN.

June 25-29: I Ought to Be in Pictures

Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter currently “at liberty” is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. With Steffy, his sometime paramour at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. “I Ought To Be in Pictures” was made into a 1982 film starring Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret and Dinah Manoff. Minnesota State Mankato presented "I Ought To Be in Pictures" in 1982.

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.

July 11-13 & 17-20: Monty Python’s Spamalot

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50 percent chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. This is “Spamalot’s” Minnesota State Mankato debut.

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 of Education Scholarships

The College of Education Scholarship Committee has completed their selection of scholarship award recipients for the 2013-14 academic school year. A total of $101,900 was awarded to 52 undergraduate teacher education candidates. Award recipients were chosen based on grade point average, leadership, community/volunteer service, memberships and special honors. Recipients included:

Phillip Munkvold $7,000; Mohamed Abdinoor $6,000; Alyssa Kuffel $5,000; Kelly Firkins $5,000; Almena Baskett $4,500; Amanda Holst $3,500; Elizabeth Wallace $3,500; Teal Allen $3,000; Molly Webster $3,000; Marin Beck $3,000; Sophia Pimsler $3,000; Herschel Prater $3,000; Andrea Strong $2,500; Christina Honigman $2,400; Erika Koenig $2,400; Katlyn De Laney $2,000; Alyssa Schroeder $2,000; Hannah Sheehy $2,000; Courtney Vallarelli $2,000; Cynthia Thorburn $2,000; Brenda Bohnsack $1,900; Krista Heim $1,900; Chelsie Skorich $1,900; Laura Anderson $1,500; Sharese Fromm $1,500; Gretchen Hinrichs $1,500; Megan McDonald $1,500; Laura Kuisle $1,500; Amanda Pavlak $1,500; Nicole Zitur $1,500; Nicole Soley $1,500; Emily Molenaar $1,500; Rachel Erie $1,500; Brooke Bush $1,000; Joelene Dittman $1,000; Shonita Harper $1,000; McKenna Jones $1,000; Patrick McCann $1,000; Megan Scherber $1,000; Tessa Hupp $1,000; Brady Wrede $1,000; Lauren Geishert $1,000; Jaida Burch $1,000; Stephanie Purrington $1,000; Matthew Alitz $500; Jake Wagner $500; Mark Bullis $500; Katelyn Schaefer $500; Heather Klitzke $500; Elise Cronin $300; Chelsey Haase $300; Sarah Lieske $300.

Student News

Austin Lee, a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State Mankato with bachelor’s degrees in history and economics, was one of 50 students nationwide to be selected for a $,5000 Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The Fellowships are granted for first-year graduate or professional study to talented students based on academic recognition, campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, and quality and scope of their proposed programs. Lee, from Bloomington, Minn., will use his fellowship while attending law school at Stanford University in August 2013. During his years at Minnesota State Mankato, Lee earned a 3.91 grade point average while taking a rigorous course of study in economics and history with a minor in mathematics.

Marcus Hansson, a former exchange student from Sweden, in political science/international relations (Government Department), 2006, was recently hired as Energy & Environment Communications Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Together with the Swedish and U.S. Chambers of Commerce, a new internship program was launched for U.S. students willing to gain international experience working for major Swedish companies.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Kimberly Greer, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will serve as interim associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2013 for the 2013-14 academic year, during which time a national search will be conducted for a permanent associate provost/associate vice president.

Barry Ries has been named associate vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Minnesota State Mankato, effective July 1. Ries’ appointment was announced by Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Baer after a national search in which the incoming provost, Marilyn Wells, also participated. Ries has served as interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research since July 2011.

Nancy Fitzsimons (Social Work) was presented The Arc Greater Twin Cities’ “Changing Policies” Changemaker Award in recognition of her work for making a difference for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

Nancyruth Leibold (School of Nursing) is the 2013 Heartland/Midwest Nursing Excellence regional Recipient in the Education and Mentorship category. he award, known as the GEM award, recognizes Excellence in Nursing Education and Mentorship by a registered nurse who makes a substantial contribution to the nursing body of knowledge through distinction in education and mentorship. Professional colleagues nominate registered nurses for the award and a winner is selected from the nominations.

Gerard Aloisio (Music) and Tom Giles will be cooking in the professional division at the Bend in the River Barbecue Smoke-out the last weekend in June at Land of Memories Park. This contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

May Externally Funded Projects

Richard Robbins (English) “2013-2014 Good Thunder Reading Series (MSAB)” funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Gary Mead and Bruce Jones (Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology) “Enhanced Handheld Engine Ethanol Test Plan V2” and “Briggs & Stratton” funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

Julia Hebenstreit and Patricia Young (School of Nursing) “2013 Medical Education Research Grant (MERC) Trust Fund Grant Application” funded by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Daniel Sachau (Psychology) “Atrain GMBH 360 Analysis, Customer Experience 2013” funded by Atrain Consulting – Germany.

College and Department News

The June 2013 edition of the KMSU The Maverick Newsletter is available here

The June 2013 edition of the quarterly Human Resources Newsletter is available [PDF] here (199 KiB).

The March/April/May 2013 edition of the Greeks Newsletter is available here.

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