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November 20, 2013 Campus Newsletter

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'Connection' Grand Opening

The connection between Memorial Library and the Centennial Student Union opened Wednesday, Nov. 13 with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The library drill team, pep band and Stomper led guests on the inaugural journey through the walkway from Memorial Library to Centennial Student Union, where cake and refreshments were served at the CSU Maverick Bullpen end of the tunnel.

The connection will provide an indoor pedestrian route between the library, student union and rest of campus regardless of weather conditions.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and Dean of Library Services Joan Roca were among several guest speakers at the ceremony. In his remarks, Davenport talked about how the new connection was part of the campus master plan that seeks to create a pedestrian-friendly campus. He also pointed out that the Nov. 13 ribbon-cutting ceremony was held 23 years and one day after another historic Memorial Library ceremony—that being a Nov. 12, 1990 groundbreaking for a library addition.

‘Minnesota Go’ Town Hall Meeting

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be holding a "Minnesota Go" Town Hall at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

The town hall meeting is open to students, faculty, staff, the university administration and the general public. Cookies will be provided.

The meeting is part of an effort by MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle (pictured) to travel across the state to have conversations about transportation's role in our health, economy and overall quality of life. Learn more on MnDOT website here. For more information, please click here

Faculty Experts

Minnesota State Mankato faculty members have expertise in hundreds of fields of study. Many are nationally and internationally recognized for their research, and many others have developed partnerships with local and regional organizations.

To assist the news media, Minnesota State Mankato makes its experts available through the “Faculty Experts” search directory. The directory offers a list of faculty and staff experts who can provide media representatives with background and commentary on a wide variety of topics.

The Media Relations Office is now looking to update the “Faculty Experts” directory. If you are a faculty member who has been listed previously, please check your information here, to see if your information is still current.

If you are not listed, please send the following information to Dan Benson at to be added to the “Faculty Experts” search directory:

  • Your name:
  • Title:
  • Department:
  • Description (short summary of your credentials or experience in your area of expertise):
  • Email:
  • Phone:
  • Expertise (topics):

Learning Community Proposals

The Office of New Student and Family Programs has announced that the following first-year learning community proposals have been accepted and will be offered to incoming 2014-2015 students: Alpha Engineering; Anatomy of Nursing; Choosing and Changing Majors; Dental Hygiene; Diverse Cultures and Global Communities; Elementary Education; Elements of Nursing; Exploring Health Careers; Exploring Psychology; Government Service; Honors and Introduction to Science; Engineering and Technology; and Pre-Professional Sciences.

Two learning communities for sophomore students -- Sophomore Elementary Education and Sophomore Essence of Nursing -- have also been accepted.

For more information about the learning communities program, please click here or contact Kate Hansen in New Student and Family Programs at or 507-389-5498.

Social Media Round Table

The Office of Web Marketing, in coordination with communication directors for the office of Residential Life and the Centennial Student Union, invite you to attend a one-hour social media roundtable on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Center for Excellence in Innovation (ML 88A).

As social media becomes more and more popular, it is becoming a vital marketing and communication tool for most departments and offices on campus. Faculty, staff and students who are in charge of maintaining these channels are not usually social media marketing experts, but are expected to function as such. The social media round table will provide an ongoing resource for faculty, staff and students to help keep you up to date on social media best practices and strategies for engagement.

The topic of the first roundtable will be “Social Media: Getting Started.” Lindsey Tollefson, director of web marketing, will give a brief overview of some popular social media channels, as well as some tips to evaluate what social media platforms are right for your department, office, or organization. Following the presentation will be an open forum for questions and discussion.

Questions about the event can be directed to

Business, Community Partnerships

KEYC TV recently reported that a "local business partnered with Minnesota State Mankato received a generous donation from the Department of Employment and Economic Development." The story highlighted how Kato Roofing, Inc. received nearly $50,000 to customize training for their employees. A link to the KEYC TV story is here.

The Star Tribune recently published an article highlighting a Madelia Community Based Collaborative that was launched and supported collaboratively with the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society. The article describes how the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) was awarded $15,000 in funding to partner with the Madelia Community Based Collaborative on the campaign/policy change work to reduce sugar sweetened beverages in the community of Madelia.

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society applied for the SHIP grant to make environmental, policy and system changes within the Madelia community in an effort to improve family and societal health.

Nov. 20-23: ‘Betrayal’ presented in Andreas Theatre

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 20-23, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The play begins in the present, with the meeting of Emma and Jerry, whose long-time affair ended two years earlier. Emma's marriage to Robert, Jerry's best friend, is now breaking up and she needs to talk to someone. In a series of contiguous scenes, the play then moves backward in time, bringing into different perspective some of the events that got them to where they are. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for “Betrayal” are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 507-389-6661 or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center. Note: Discounted tickets must be purchased by calling or stopping by the box office.

Nov. 21: History Forum Lecture

Visiting speaker Justin Biel will present Minnesota State Mankato’s fall History Forum lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 211.

Biel’s presentation is titled “Naïve Mapmakers or Peculiar Secularists? The British and Empire by ‘Toleration’” in a lecture that is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Biel will discuss in his lecture that wherever in the world the British were in charge of drawing the borders—whether Palestine, Sudan, Iraq or Kashmir—that the enduring legacy of British imperial interference has been religious and ethnic strife. His lecture will address what gave the British the misplaced confidence to carve out administrative territories in the way that they did.

For more information, please click here.

Those who want more information about the lecture may contact Tao Peng by phone at 507-389-1611 or by email at

Nov. 21: 'Food Not Bombs' Smashing Hunger Tour

National speaker Keith McHenry, who makes presentations throughout the United States and Canada, will speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Wiecking Auditorium about how individuals can activate change and make a difference in the lives of others in an effort to end hunger. His website is available here. Admission is free.

Nov. 25-Dec. 6: Student Art Exhibits

Art Department students of Minnesota State University, Mankato will display their art in the, “Flight Senior Exhibits 2013,” at Conkling Gallery from Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 6.

All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits.

The public is welcome to meet all students on the first night of the show.

The show will feature an opening reception at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. Students whose art will be displayed include: Tyler Anderson, Abby Bartels, Melissa Bishop, Cody Brown, Samantha Dewars, Jasmine Greenwaldt, Travis Handt, Corbin Junes, Jeffrey Olson, Melissa Radmacker, Kellen Sievert, Christina Timm, and Weston Zarecky.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412.

Nov. 26: Jazz Big Band

The Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts.

Graduate student Eric Horn directs the Jazz Lab Band. The Jazz Mavericks Big Band is directed by Director of Jazz Studies Douglas Snapp. The ensembles will perform jazz literature ranging from classic jazz to contemporary jazz styles including Radiohead and Pat Metheny jazz arrangements.

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.

Dec. 2, 3, 5: Concerts on Campus

The Department of Music will present multiple concerts featuring seasonal and traditional music in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. the last week of the Fall semester.

The Department’s concert bands, under the direction of Amy Roisum Foley, will perform on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of music faculty member Douglas Snapp, the Jazz Choir and Jazz Combos will perform a variety of jazz interpretations of traditional holiday music as well as contemporary works. The concert will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The University Orchestra, directed by Joseph Rodgers, will perform on Thursday,
Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The Orchestra program will include an audience sing-along featuring traditional holiday favorites.

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.

Student Achievements

Minnesota State Mankato student Catherine Penning was one of 20 students from across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system selected to receive a $500 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The following doctoral students in Counseling and Student Personnel were recently published: Aaron Suomala-Folkerds; Dharshini Goonetilleke; Becca Thompson; Jennifer Londgren; Zach Hansen; Thad Shunkwiler; Laura Maki; Jacelyn Brand; and Karina Clennons (listed below as Elyse, K.). Following are the citations:

  • Suomala-Folkerds, A. and Coursol, D. (October, 2013). Affirming the Diverse Voices of Suffering: Listening with Perceptual Courage. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO
  • Goonetilleke, D. (October, 2013). Integrating Mindfulness into Counselor Education: Responding to the Diverse Voices of our Clients. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO
  • Thompson, B. & Londgren, J. (October, 2013). Let's Talk about Sex: Strategies for Reducing Anxiety When Discussing Sexual Dysfuction. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO
  • Suomala Folkerds, A. & Hansen, Z. (October, 2013) What Do You Believe? Working with Clients who have Different Spiritual Beliefs. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO
  • Hansen, Z & Shunkwiler, T. (October, 2013) Have You Been Shot At? A Guide for Civilian Counselors Working with Veterans. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO
  • Rosenthal, P. & Elyse, K. (October, 2013) The Art of Promoting Unity While Affirming Diversity in the Classroom. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO
  • Auger, R. W., & Maki, L. (October, 2013). Adventures in Teaching Research: An Activity-Based Model for Teaching a Master’s Research Class. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Denver, CO
  • Auger, R. W., & Brand, J. (October, 2013). Supporting Students with Anxiety: Solution Focused Strategies for the Busy School Counselor. Lake Area Counselors Association Fall Workshop, Edina, MN. Invited Presentation

Faculty Published Work

The following faculty in Counseling and Student Personnel were recently published: Aaron Jeffrey; Rick Auger; and Diane Coursol. Following are the citations:

  • Jeffrey, A. J., Auger, R. W., & Pepperell, J. L. (2013). “‘If we’re ever in trouble, they’re always there:’ A qualitative study of teacher-student caring. The Elementary School Journal 114(1), 100-117. DOI: 10.1086/671062
  • Knestel, A., Pitchforth, A., & Jeffrey, A. J. (2013). Historical perspectives on the nature
  • vs. nurture debate and where we stand today. In T. G. Plante (Ed.), Abnormal Psychology Across the Ages, Vol. I: History and Conceptualization, pp.173-186. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO
  • Auger, R. W. (2013). Autism spectrum disorders: A research review for school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 16, 256-268.
  • Auger, R. W., & Maki, L. (2013, October). Adventures in Teaching Research: An Activity-Based Model for Teaching a Master’s Research Class. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Denver, CO
  • Auger, R. W., & Brand, J. (2013, October). Supporting Students with Anxiety: Solution Focused Strategies for the Busy School Counselor. Lake Area Counselors Association Fall Workshop, Edina, MN. Invited Presentation
  • Coursol, D., Lewis, J., and Coursol, A.M. (October, 2013). Integrating iPads in counseling: Meeting diverse learning needs in counselor education Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Denver, CO

John Seymour authored a book chapter in a newly released book. Seymour, J. W. (2014). Integrated play therapy with childhood traumatic grief. In C. A. Malchiodi & D. A. Crenshaw (Eds.), Play and creative arts therapy for attachment trauma (pp. 259-274). New York: Guilford.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Amy Lauters (Mass Media) became president of the American Journalism Historians Association on Sept. 28, 2013 at the association’s 32nd Annual AJHA Convention in New Orleans.

Torin Akey, associate director of Residential Life, received a Top Five Programming Award at the UMR-ACUHO Annual Conference, held in St. Louis, Mo. Torin facilitated the program – “This I (We) Believe” – in which university housing professionals from different institutions and varying levels of experience shared some of their insights in 500 words or less.

Rachael Hanel (Mass Media) was awarded a $6,300 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to promote her memoir, “We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down.” She will visit libraries, bookstores and classrooms throughout the state.

Emily Stark (Psychology) submitted her online course – “PSY 101: Introduction to Psychological Science” – for Quality Matters review and received QM certification. QM certification recognizes online and hybrid courses that meet Quality Matters Standards for course design after undergoing a peer review process.

Walter Roberts, Jr. (Counseling and Student Personnel) gave an invited presentation at the Friday, Oct. 18 Focus sessions of the annual Education Minnesota Conference in St. Paul on "Common Sense Considerations for Educators Related to K-12 School Mental Health."

John Seymour (Counseling and Student Personnel) served as a Child Mental Health Reviewer for the Immune Deficiency Foundation, reviewing the manuscript of a proposed patient advocacy book written for elementary aged children, "Flash—The Story of a Zebra," by Kathy Antilla.

John Seymour (Counseling and Student Personnel) presented two professional development workshops at the Annual Association for Play Therapy Conference in Palm Springs, Calif.:

  • Using Resiliency-Based Approaches in Play Therapy (all day workshop)
  • Supervision of Self and Others: The Care and Feeding of Play Therapists (1/2 day workshop)

Penny Rosenthal (Counseling and Student Personnel) along with a doctoral student will be presenting at the upcoming Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference. The presentation is titled "The Art of Promoting Unity While Affirming Diversity in the Classroom." 

Department News

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences released its November newsletter entitled “Good News.” To read the newsletter, please click here.


The on-campus group, MavQuilters, is looking for help with its new project: a scholarship quilt. If interested, learn more at the group's upcoming meeting on Dec. 5 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 202. Those with questions may contact Kate Voight at

October Externally Funded Projects

  • Richard Robbins (College of Arts and Humanities) “2013-2014 Good Thunder Reading Series (PLRAC)” funded by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC)
  • Mike Nolan and Julie Nelson (Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships) “Entrepreneur Assistance Grant FY 14-15” funded by MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Aaron Deris (College of Education) “Early Childhood Special Education Program Collaborative Agreement with MDE” funded by MN Department of Education

Fall Undergraduate Research Grants

Undergraduate Research Center grants were awarded to 101 undergraduate students and 47 faculty mentors. Sixty-five research and creative projects received funding, totaling more than $64,000.

Fall 2013 Undergraduate Research Grant Recipients include:

Mohamad Abdalla, Henruka Abugre, Sergio Aguilar, Kwame Opoku Akyeampong, Jeffrey Allen,
Bisola Asaolu, Lauren Bach, Jacob Ball, Jeremy Balster, Mitchell Beckman, Ashton Bird, Laura Boon, Jenna Bowman, Sydney Burch, Michelle Burke, Randall Burns, Laura Chopp, Christopher Collins, Chelsea Conrad, Katie Dose, Michael Doyle, Andrew Dunlay, Raechel Erdman, Paula Fischbach, Shelby Flegel, Cari Graber, Naomi Greenblat, Travis Hensersky, Gretchen Hinrichs, Seth Hintze, Quinn Hofmann, Amanda Holst, Karenzha Huwae, Samuel Jordan, Eliot Jorgensen, Drew Kampmeyer, Anna Kang, Kira Kirchberg, Adam Kronebusch, Coutney LaNaeve, Luke Larson, Ashley Ledding, Rachel Ledding, Jooyoung Lee, Youna Lee, Brittany Leeder, Sadie Leidall, Sara Lieske, Samantha List, Garrett Luce, Thomas Lutz, Patrick McCann, Morgan Mensink, Stella Menuba, Abdikadir Mohamed, Emily Molenaar, Marc Monson, Philip Munkvold, Yuko Nakamura, Tim Nelson, Thu Nguyen, Ethan Nichols, Andrew Nicholson, Nichole Nohelty, Kristen Paulsen, Carter Person, Darin Peterson, Kyle Peterson, Andrew Pfeffer, Dulanjani Rajaguru, Neil Ranals, Sara Sobota, Robin Sanford, Christine Scheper, Tyler Schrandt, Sarzana Shabab, Emilee Shaw, Jaekook Sim, Nicole Snyder, Tatiana Sobolova, Sobyuk Son, Emma Stong, Rachael Swedberg, Dustin Swiers, Mai Ta Vue, Natacha Tasha, Ramesh Timilsina, Daniel Tollefson, Kali Trukki, Hannah Walsh, Lina Wang, Karley Weir, Katie Westermayer, Blake Whittemore, Sean Willaert, Jade Williams, Robera Yahya, Sangil Yi, Natalie Young, Weston Zarecky, & Abrar Zawed.

Faculty Research Grants

  • Andrew Roberts (Science, Engineering and Technology), “Solving the Medical Radioisotop Crisis: Productions of 99MO and 99Tc using Wakefield Electron Accelerators”
  • Cherie Pettitt (Allied Health and Nursing), “A New Customized Graded Exercise Testing Protocol”
  • David Sharlin (Science, Engineering and Technology), “Triclosan and Disruption of Thyroid Hormone-Mediated Cochlear Development”
  • David Viscoli (Arts and Humanities), “Rachmanioff CD Phase II”
  • Ellen Schofield (Arts and Humanities), “Exploring the Laser Cutter and Paper as a medium for Design and Illustration”
  • Eric Sprankle (Social and Behavioral Sciences), “Genital Piercing: A Pre and Post-Analysis of Motivation and Satisfaction”
  • Greg Taylor (Arts and Humanities), “Improving Students' Pragmatic Competence through instruction in a Study Abroad Context”
  • Heather Camp (Arts and Humanities), “Growing Out of the Practicum: Continuity, Change, and the Making of a Writing Teacher”
  • James Dimock (Arts and Humanities), “Free Trade/Fair Trade Discourse in the Developing World”
  • Jonathan Anderson (Social and Behavioral Sciences), “Cerro Magoni Chronology and Micromorphology Project”
  • Kuldeep Agarwal (Science, Engineering and Technology), “Design of 3D Printing-Sintering Process for Manufacturing of Bone like Medical Implants”
  • Raymond Asomani-Boateng (Social and Behavioral Sciences), “Protecting and Preserving Urban Wetlands in Ghana”
  • Richard Robbins (Arts and Humanities), “An Ekphrastic Writing Project Focusing on the Works of Stanley Spencer”
  • Timothy Scott (Science, Engineering and Technology), “Association of Gene Expression Patterns with Stages of Biofilm Development in Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis”

Maverick Forensics Competition

On Nov. 12, the Minnesota State Mankato Forensics team took a squad of seven students to Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Twin Cities Forensic League (TCFL) hosts a series of six tournaments every academic year for area forensic teams to compete. This was the second tournament in this series. The team brought home seven awards, including:

  • Aletta Arndt: 3rd place in Prose Interpretation and 6th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Jordan Carrillo: 1st place in Afterdinner Speaking and 4th place in Persuasive Speaking
  • Kaila Beckner: 4th place in Informative Speaking
  • Tanner Sunderman: 4th place in Impromptu Speaking
  • Ryan Rendall: 2nd place in Afterdinner Speaking

Online TODAY Magazine

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TODAY welcomes story ideas supporting this mission. Contact Sara Frederick at (507) 389-6981 or to share ideas.

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