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Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Campus Newsletter is a monthly electronic publication of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Division of University Advancement. It is intended to inform faculty and staff members about events and achievements at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Send items for future newsletters to daniel.benson@mnsu.edu.

January 29, 2014 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2014-01-29/

Einstein Bros. Bagels Opens on Campus

A new campus dining concept recently opened in Myers Field House. Einstein Bros. Bagels opened on Monday, Jan. 13 in the area that previously operated as Myers Marketplace.

Einstein Bros. Bagels serves bagels and other baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, salads, coffee, smoothies and more.

Einstein Bros. Bagels is currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, with weekend hours scheduled to begin this spring.

The campus community is encouraged to stop by Myers Field House and try out the latest dining option on campus – Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Feb. 6 International Festival Fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill in University Square is hosting a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 to support the Mankato Area International Festival.

Half of the proceeds received from customers who mention the International Festival during the four-hour fundraiser will be donated to the International Festival.

The 2014 annual International Festival will be held Sunday, April 13, in the Centennial Student Union. One of the largest community events hosted in the CSU, the festival is organized through the university’s Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center.

Doni Casula, Kearney International Center assistant director of international student and scholar services and the coordinator of this year’s festival, said money raised from the Chipotle Mexican Grill fundraiser will help to offset expenses of the festival’s free admission.

“Help us keep the International Festival fabulous and free,” Casula said. “Dine at Chipotle on Feb. 6 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and be sure and mention the festival fundraiser.”

2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Eight Minnesota State University, Mankato graduates have been named 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for exceptional achievement and contributions to their professions and communities.
The awards will be presented by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association on Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

This year’s honorees include:

Geraldine Colby ’69, MS ’72, Mesa, Ariz. Recognized with the Humanitarian Award for her volunteer efforts and advocacy in the field of vocational rehabilitation, serving people with disabilities.

Dirk Derksen, ’67, MA ’69, Anchorage, Alaska. Recognized with the Achievement Award for his work with wetlands and terrestrial ecology at the USGS Alaska Science Center.

Cindy Firkins Smith, ’81, Spicer, Minn. Recognized with the Achievement Award for her advocacy and research in the field of dermatology.

Robert Gebhard, ’69, Centennial, Colo. Recognized with the Achievement Award for his long and prosperous career in Major League Baseball, most recently with the Arizona Diamondbacks as the vice president & special assistant to the general manager.

Suresh Mathews, ’75, Plano, Texas. Recognized with the Achievement Award for the executive positions he had held; he is currently the senior vice president and CIO of Unisys.

Aaron Owens, ’05, Hopkins, Minn. Recognized with the Young Alumni Award for his success in engineering, including three patents. He is currently a project lead mechanical engineer at Bose.

Todd Pfingsten, ’89, MA ’93, Mankato, Minn. Recognized with the Harold J. Fitterer Service Award for his dedication to student recreation opportunities on campus. Todd has been employed at Minnesota State Mankato since 1999 and is currently the director of Campus Recreation.

Patrick Sexton, ’85, Mankato, Minn. Recognized with the Harold J. Fitterer Service Award for his dedication to the field of athletic training. Pat has been employed on campus since 1993 and is currently the director of athletic training education in the Human Performance Department.

Those who want more information about the April 25 awards event (including registering to attend) can call 507-389-3235. Biographies and photos of the award winners will be available online in April.

2014-2015 Common Read Program

In the fifth year of a common read program, Minnesota State Mankato has chosen Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi” as the common read for fall 2014 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Students are being asked to read “Coming of Age in Mississippi” before the start of fall 2014 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 again working with the Blue Earth County and North Mankato Taylor libraries and several other organizations to invite community participation.

Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story -- the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties and fifties -- and to have survived with pride and courage intact.

Information about the events will be available here or www.facebook.com/MSUCommonRead or by contacting Kate Hansen, Office of New Student and Family Programs by phone at 507-389-5498 or email at kate.hansen@mnsu.edu.

Jan. 30: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series resumes its 32nd season when Nebraska poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown (pictured at left) and Washington poet Christopher Howell conduct a residency on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The two will meet with community writers in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM.

At 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, they will read from their published works. All events are free and open to the public.

Winner of the 2011 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets Prize, Sarah McKinstry-Brown studied poetry at the University of New Mexico and the University of Sheffield, England. She earned her master of fine arts degree in poetry from the University of Nebraska, and her first full-length collection of poetry, Cradling Monsoons, won the 2010 Blue Light Book Award.

Christopher Howell (pictured at right) was born in Portland, Ore., and grew up on an ancestral farm which the city (and Highway 205) has now completely devoured. He was enrolled in the local public schools, and later attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where he began writing poems, originally as a means of understanding poems his coursework required him to read.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, 507-389-1354, or see the web site at www.english.mnsu.edu/gt/.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 9: 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open the second half of its 2013-14 Mainstage season with “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” featuring a book by Terrence McNally, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Kander and Ebb is the team behind “Chicago” and “Cabaret.”

The show, which contains mature language and themes, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 & Feb. 5-8, and 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 8 & 9, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Based on the novel by Manuel Puig, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” is the winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora (originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera) with Valentin. One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. To purchase tickets or for more information about the show, visit MSUTheatre.com. The Box Office will reopen Jan. 21. Call or stop by between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661.

Feb. 3-19: Jeffrey Dell Art Exhibit

Texas-based artist Jeffrey Dell’s prints will be on display in an exhibit titled “Frenemies and Follies” from Monday, Feb. 3 through Wednesday, Feb. 19 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery.

Dell’s exhibit is free and open to the public, and his work will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, during gallery hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Dell will deliver a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium, with a reception following in the Conkling Gallery. Dell is also doing a Studio Residency on Feb. 3-4 in the Nelson Hall Printmaking Studios.

The exhibit is made possible through the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment for Artists and Scholars in memory of Andreas’ lifelong devotion to the visual and performing arts.

More information and a preview of Dell’s work is available here.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2013-2014 Conkling Gallery Schedule is located here.

Feb. 5: Water Sustainability Lecture

Guest speaker Deborah Swackhamer, a faculty member and co-director of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota, will give a talk, “Water Sustainability: Planning for Future Generations,” at Minnesota State Mankato, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public. Community members who attend can receive a free parking pass for the university pay lot at the talk.

Swackhamer is the lead author of the “Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework,” a first-ever, comprehensive report commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature and designed to protect and preserve Minnesota lakes, rivers and groundwater for the 21st century and beyond. More information about the “Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework” can be found here.

For more information about the talk, please contact Louis Schwartzkopf by phone at 507-387-4811 or by email at louis.schwartzkopf@mnsu.edu, or contact Monika Antonelli by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email at monika.antonelli@mnsu.edu.

Feb. 6: Vocalist Mary Jane Alm

Award winning singer/songwriter Mary Jane Alm performs on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. Alm will share the stage with guitarist and singer Boyd Lee.

Perhaps no female vocalist on the Twin Cities music scene is as beloved as Alm. Throughout the last 25 plus years, she has mesmerized audiences with her expressive voice, authentic songwriting and charming stage presence. She has performed on stages all over the continental United States as well as in Hawaii, China, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.

Alm attended Mankato State College in the early '70s as a Music Education major. At that time, her father, Kent Alm, was acting president of the college.

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 www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Feb. 8: Sena Ehrhardt Band

Blues singer Sena Ehrhardt and her band will perform on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., Mankato. Lisa Wenger and Her Mean Men take the stage at 8 p.m. followed by Sena Ehrhardt at 9:30 p.m.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU -The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Rochester blues vocalist Ehrhardt has returned to action with "All In," her second release on the acclaimed Blind Pig Records label. She made her Blind Pig debut last year and won a Blues Blast Rising Star award in the process. She worked with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) on the new album.

Concert admission is $10 in advance; $12 the day of the show. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Feb. 9: Soul Singer Chastity Brown

Tennessee-raised, Minnesota-based musician Chastity Brown and her band will perform on Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU -The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Chastity Brown’s style is a beautiful mix of gospel, roots, soul, jazz, blues and country, and it could not work better. Chastity channels songs that are born deep in the American bone — the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Sweet as molasses and wood smoke, clear and burning as summer sun, she casts magic and will put a spell on you. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn — warming, comforting and then challenging you.

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 www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Feb. 10: Blood Drive

Upward Bound and the Minnesota State Mankato volleyball team are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive.

It will be held Monday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato's Centennial Student Union Ballroom. All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt.

Appointments can be made by calling 507-389-1211 or you can make an appointment by going online at www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code 0175952.

Walk-ins will also be welcomed. Please consider donating, as blood supplies are low at this time.

Feb. 11: The Barley Jacks

The Barley Jacks, a Minnesota-based folk and bluegrass quartet, will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in a moment of play.

The group’s latest CD recording, "The Lighthouse," has been met with great praise by reviewers.

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 www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Feb. 13: Project Management Speaker

Bruce Bong, a project management expert with nine years of progressive leadership experience will give a presentation entitled “Change the Way You Think: Introduction to Project Management” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room, CSU 101.

A networking session and light dinner will occur from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Both the networking session and presentation are free and open to the public.

The presentation is sponsored by the Southwest Outreach Program, which started in 2011 to provide networking and learning opportunities to advocate the project management profession in the greater Mankato region.

To register, please send an email to pmswoutreach@pmi-mn.org. For more information, please email Mohamed Diab at mohamed.diab@mnsu.edu.

Student Achievements

Callie Syverson, a senior from Windom, Minn., who is pursuing her bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre, won the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 19-25, besting more than 400 nominees for the honor. It was the third time since 2008 that Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance had the top actor in the region. To read more, click here.

Mavericks volleyball player Courtney Anderson and several Minnesota State Mankato teammates plan to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge on Feb. 1 in St. Peter, Minn., in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. For more information, click here.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Blakeslee Stadium was honored this month as the 2013 Field of the Year by the Minnesota Park and Sports Managers Turf Association. The field at Blakeslee Stadium and all of Minnesota State Mankato's athletic fields are maintained by the university's grounds supervisor, Bruce Leivermann, and his entire groundskeeping crew, which includes full-time employees Bernie Kozitza, Dean Becker, Jon Van Thuyne and Jacob Button and seven part-time employees. To read more, click here.

Stewart Ross (CETL) presented a workshop on Integrated Course Design at Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 21. He also presented an all-day workshop on Integrated Course Design for Online Course Development in Philadelphia on Jan. 24 at the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference. Ross has been on a three-year phased retirement at Minnesota State Mankato and will fully retire in May 2014.

Becky Siekmeier, a representative from SciTechsperience Internship Program, met with department chairs and STEM students to present paid internship options for our students with Minnesota businesses.

The Undergraduate Research Center awarded 42 grants to our students totaling $47,064.49, more than any other college in the university.

Danáe Quirk Dorr (Chemistry and Geology) was elected as Councilor for the Minnesota Section of American Chemical Society.

Rebecca Moen (Chemistry and Geology), J.C. Klein, and D.D. Thomas, published “Electron paramagnetic resonance resolves effects of oxidative stress on muscle proteins” in Exercise Sport Science Review, January 2014.

President Richard Davenport recently awarded Yea-Ling Tsao, professor in Mathematics and Statistic programs, a Teaching Scholar Fellowship for summer 2014. The project title is “Designing Hands-On Activity Modules for Mathematics to Improve Student Learning.”

Kim Musser (Water Resources Center) received a $25,000 grant from the McKnight Foundation to continue working with citizens to develop clean up strategies for the Le Sueur River.

A retirement reception will be held for Cindy Hobbs (Athletics) on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Taylor Center’s Johnson Alumni Room. Snacks, cake and beverages will be served.

Theresa Salerno (Chemistry & Geology) is the subject of the Undergraduate Research Center’s “Faculty Mentor Spotlight.” To read the full spotlight online, please click here (broken link).

December Externally Funded Projects

Shannon Fisher (College of Science, Engineering and Technology), “Le Sueur Watershed Targeted Conservation Practices” funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Mark McCullough and Daardi Sizemore (Library Services), “Bridging Cultures: Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kristie Campana (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences), “Riverfront Incorporated Job Analysis” funded by Riverfront Inc.

James Wilde (College of Science, Engineering and Technology), “Development and Administration of a Skills-Based Conflict Resolution” funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT).

Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (Division of Academic Affairs), “Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program Tunisian Undergrad” funded by International Research and Exchange (IREX).

Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (Division of Academic Affairs), “Global UGRAD Cultural Ambassador Passport Program” funded by International Research and Exchange (IREX).

Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (Division of Academic Affairs), “Global UGRAD Pakistan Cultural Ambassador Passport Program” funded by International Research and Exchange (IREX).

Kimberly Musser and Shannon Fisher (College of Science, Engineering and Technology), “Le Sueur River Watershed Network” funded by the McKnight Foundation.

Brian Wasserman (College of Science, Engineering and Technology), “Project Management Coaching” funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT).

Daria Paul Dona (College of Education), “Support the Value-Added Reports for Minnesota State Mankato Teacher Preparation” funded by the Bush Foundation.

Richard Moore and Shannon Fisher (College of Science, Engineering and Technology), “Linking Water Storage BMPs to Watershed Goals” funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Maverick Forensics

On Jan. 18 and 19, the Maverick Forensics team started the spring semester off with a trip to Iowa for the annual Iowa Swing between the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Wartburg College in Waverly. Each of the seven competitors who made the trip came home with awards. Following is a list of award winners for each competition.

Jan. 18: Bill Henderson Invitational at Northern Iowa

  • Tanner Sunderman: 2nd place in Individual Sweepstakes, 2nd place in Impromptu Speaking, 4th place in Program Oral Interpretation and 5th place in After-Dinner Speaking.
  • Zach Aufenthie: 2nd place in After-Dinner Speaking
  • Jordan Carrillo: 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Kaila Beckner: 3rd place in Prose Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 4th place in Communication Analysis, 5th place in Extemporaneous Speaking and 6th place in Impromptu Speaking
  • Cade Shelton: 5th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Aletta Arndt: 7th place in Poetry Interpretation

Jan. 19: Bob Smith Invitational at Wartburg

  • Kaila Beckner: 2nd place in Prose Interpretation
  • Tanner Sunderman: 2nd place in Impromptu Speaking, 3rd place in After-Dinner Speaking and 4th place in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Cade Shelton: 4th place in Prose Interpretation and 5th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Zach Aufenthie: 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 5th place in Impromptu Speaking

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