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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.

March 19, 2014 Campus Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2014-03-19/

Employee Recognition

The campus Employee Recognition Committee hosted the annual employee recognition reception on Feb. 25 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom to celebrate significant years of service of Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and staff. President Richard Davenport presented awards and attendees enjoyed refreshments and music during the reception.

National Poetry Month

The Department of English is celebrating National Poetry Month in April through pre-recorded filmed poetry readings by students that will be posted on the English department’s website daily from April 1-30.

Each day in April, new videotaped poetry readings by Minnesota State Mankato students will be posted online here. The videotaped readings range in length from 1 minute, 12 seconds for the shortest reading to 3 minutes, 5 seconds for the longest. The previous days’ videos will be available on MavTube here.

A complete list of the students, poets and poems to be read is available in a downloadable poster available [PDF] here (777 KiB). A Facebook group called “Minnesota State University, Mankato’s National Poetry Month Project” has been set up here.

For more information, please contact Diana Joseph, an associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, by phone at 507-389-5144 or by email at diana.joseph@mnsu.edu.

Grant Writing and Budget Basics Workshop

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is holding a workshop on grant writing and budget development that will be held Tuesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in CSU 238.

The workshop will include information about how to apply for a grant and will focus on the proposal writing process, including: an overview of the basic components of a grant, where to find types and sources of funding, how to develop your budget and justification, tips for success, and how RASP can assist you throughout the entire proposal development and submission process.

Please follow these steps to register for the class:

  1. Go to: https://secure.mnsu.edu/mnscupd/
  2. Login with your STAR ID (choose Minnesota State University, Mankato for your campus)
  3. Search for RASP in keywords
  4. Register for the class Grant Writing and Budget Development

Center for Sport and Performance Psychology

The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology will host two upcoming events.

Spring into a New You is a four-part workshop for anyone who is seeking a positive change in his or her life. The workshop dates are Sunday April 6, 13, 27 and May 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor Center. The cost is $25 per session or $75 for the complete workshop. 

The workshop aims to help its attendees cultivate the right mindset that will them flourish.

Angus Mugford – director of personal and organizational performance at IMG Academy, an elite training facility in Florida – will present “The Psychology of High Performance” on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Taylor Center.

The presentation is for all coaches that want to take their athletes to the next level. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $50 before April 4, $60 from April 5-10 and $65 on site. Entire athletic staff at a university, organization or high school may register for $300.

To register for either the workshop or presentation, visit sportandperformance.org. For more information about either event, please contact the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology at 507-389-1230 or by email at sportandperformance@mnsu.edu.

Authors Reception

The Faculty and Staff Authors Reception – which honors university faculty and staff who have written and/or edited books and other academic products from March 2012-March 2014 – is Tuesday, April 8 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lass Center for Minnesota Studies on the second floor of the Memorial Library.

There will be refreshments and a short program beginning at 2:15 p.m. Books, films, and other works by the honorees are routinely included in the MSU Authors Collection housed in the University Archives. For more information about the collection and a list of this year’s honorees, visit the MSU Authors Collection webpage.

If you have published (authored and/or edited) books, scores, etc. since March 2012, please contact the University Archives, by phone at 507-389-1029 or email at archives@mnsu.edu, to be added to the list of honorees.

National Student Exchange

The Kearney International Center and Institutional Diversity has announced that as of February 2014, the National Student Exchange program (NSE) is integrated into many other off-campus study opportunities offered by the International Programs Office.

The two offices will continue to collaborate on student recruitment while integrating the domestic exchange opportunity with the same processes for international exchanges.

For 46 years, the NSE has facilitated domestic exchange opportunities for U.S. students to colleges and universities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.

Students interested in participating in NSE can find information online at www.nse.org. To meet with the NSE campus advisor, students may call 507-389-1281 or come to CSU 250 to set up an appointment.

TRIO Symposium

More than 100 TRIO students from across Minnesota attended the MN TRIO Adult Student Leadership Symposium on March 1 on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Students participated in sessions focused on career exploration, self-advocacy, leadership, study skills and academic resources. The symposium also featured a keynote address by Bukata Hayes, executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

The symposium was hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s TRIO Student Support Services Program, which is a federally funded program that provides academic support services to low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities. The University also hosts two pre-college TRIO programs – Upward Bound and Education Talent Search.

March 19-26: Graduate Student Art Exhibit

Minnesota State Mankato graduate student Hope Thier’s art work will be on display in a thesis exhibit titled “Implied Depth” from Monday, March 17 through Wednesday, March 26 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery.

Thier’s exhibit is free and open to the public, and her 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). There will be an opening public reception for Thier from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 17 at the Conkling Gallery. Thier's work may be viewed at www.hopethier.net.

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.

March 20: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series continues its spring programming when National Book Award finalist and Minnesota poet Matt Rasmussen (pictured below) and Pulitzer Prize winning New York poet Tracy K. Smith (pictured at right) conduct a residency on Thursday, March 20.

The two will meet with community writers at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 203 and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in CSU 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.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, 507-389-1354, or see the website.

March 20: Acoustic Guitarist Willy Porter

Contemporary American musician and singer-songwriter Willy Porter makes his way to Minnesota State Mankato on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

While Porter’s well-deserved popularity as an indie artist has earned him a loyal following, he is not disappointed by the commercial success that eludes him.

Frets Magazine writes: “If you have never heard of this guy before, you are in for the musical discovery of your lifetime..." and "...he can still play guitar perhaps greater than anyone else on the planet.”

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 at 507-389-5549.

March 24-25: Painter Jiha Moon

Painter Jiha Moon will give a public lecture on Monday, March 24 and hold a studio residency on Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25 at Minnesota State Mankato through the university’s Nadine B. Andreas Endowment for Artists and Scholars.

Moon will deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24 in the Minnesota State Mankato Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. She will also hold a studio residency from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25 in the Nelson Hall Art Studios on campus.

Moon is an Atlanta-based painter whose gestural paintings explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures, according to Paul Boshears in the New Americans Painting blog. Moon's work can be seen at www.jihamoon.com.

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

March 25: University Orchestra

The Minnesota State Mankato University Orchestra will perform on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Orchestra is an ensemble consisting of both music and non-music majors alike. The ensemble is under the direction of Joseph Rodgers and performs music by many composers written for orchestra and chamber ensembles.

Compositions on the program include Three Pieces for Orchestra by Dubois and Faure’s Pavane.

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

March 26-29: Studio Production of ‘Trust’

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present its next Studio production, “Trust” by Steven Dietz, at 7:30 p.m. March 26-29 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

In the play, a "hot" young musician, Cody, has recently made the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine. He is engaged to Becca, a publisher’s assistant; however, he is also interested in an older musician, Leah, who has become rather cynical about the business. They get tangled up with Gretchen, a dressmaker who once harbored a crush for Leah, Holly, a young bohemian who is interested in Cody, and Roy, a DJ who is interested in Holly. Who do you trust?

Individual tickets for “Trust” are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at MSUTheatre.com, by calling 507-389-6661 or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

March 30: Whipper Snapper 2014 Climbing Competition

Minnesota State Mankato is hosting the Whipper Snapper Spring Climbing Competitition on Sunday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on campus at the indoor climbing wall in Myers Field House. The competition finals will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The event is expected to draw 90 competitors and 150 spectators. The competition is open to all ages, all abilities and will include many Minnesota State Mankato students and Mankato-area community members.

A link to an online registration form is posted here for those interested in competing. Cost is $30 and includes a tank top-style competition shirt (if registered before March 15) and the opportunity to participate in a drawing for prizes.

For more information, contact Sam Steiger, program coordinator for the Adventure Education Program & Climbing Walls in Campus Recreation at Minnesota State Mankato. Steiger can be reached by phone at 507-389-6118 or by email at samuel.steiger@mnsu.edu.

March 30: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble 5-et

The CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble 5-et will perform on Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

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

This performance will consist of a sizzling quintet. Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) 5-et is regarded as the new and innovative force in the Latin Jazz scene.

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.

Student Achievements

The Minnesota State Mankato club handball team finished second nationally in Division 1 at the United States Handball Association’s National Collegiate Handball tournament held from Feb. 19-24 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. A full release is available here.

Kaylee Wiens, Maureen Lyons and Larissa Pepinsmith, students from the Department of Family Consumer Science, were awarded scholarships at the 2014 Minnesota Association of Family Consumer Science (MAFCS) Conference last month in Minneapolis, Minn. Wiens was awarded a $500 Education Community Scholarship, Lyons was awarded a $400 MAFCS Scholarship and Pepinsmith was awarded a $400 MAFCS Scholarship. MAFCS recognizes scholastic ability, leadership and professional experience and encourages students to continue their study in the field.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Stewart Ross, founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), presented a keynote titled, "The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well," to hundreds of faculty at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., on Feb. 26. He also gave a three-hour workshop on Integrated Course Design for Significant Learning to 70 faculty the same day at Truman State University. On March 1-2, Ross and Linda Jacoby, (Quality Matters for MnSCU) presented a two-day workshop to faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Elizabeth Harsma (World Languages & Cultures) submitted her online course – “SPAN 210W: Composition and Conversation” – 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.

Aaron Deris (Special Education) submitted his online course – “SPED 621: Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs” – 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.

Jill Conlon (Family Consumer Science) presented at the 2014 Minnesota Association of Family Consumer Science (MAFCS) Conference, Jan. 31 in Minneapolis, Minn. The title of her presentation was “Textiles, Trends and Teaching…Oh My!”

Dan Moen (Family Consumer Science) presented at the 2014 Minnesota Association of Family Consumer Science (MAFCS) Conference, Jan. 31 in Minneapolis, Minn. His presentation was titled “Families 2.0: How Families Interact in the 21st Century.”

Heather Von Bank (Family Consumer Science) presented at the 2014 Conference on the Value of Play in Clemson, S.C., on Feb. 18. She presented on “Lessons Learned in Play: Play Day as Service Learning,” addressing the steps taken to create the Annual Mankato Play Day held each summer at Rasmussen Woods Park (FCS 402). Seven Child Development & Family Studies students also attended the conference and offered their insight about lessons learned from the course material and designing the play day activity.

Gwen Westerman (English) and Bruce White were awarded the Hognander History Award for their book “Mni Sota Makoce, the Land of the Dakota.” The Hognander award is given every other year to the author of a significant book about Minnesota history. Westerman and White will be honored on April 5 at the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala at the St. Paul Union Depot.

Ihsuan Li was elected councilor for the division of social sciences at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The position will be effective on June 26, 2014 at the CUR’s annual business meeting.

Ihsuan Li was elected member of the board of directors at the Minnesota Academy of Science. More information is available here.

Ihsuan Li was elected vice president and member of the national officers for the International Honor Society in Economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon. More information is available here.

Department News

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has published its March 2014 edition of “Good News,” which is available here.

February Externally Funded Projects

Mike Nolan and Julie Nelson (Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships) “Small Business Development Center 2013 – DEED Portion” funded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Thomas Gjersvig (International Student Office) “International Festival” funded by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC).

Jan Bauer and Ann Goebel (Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships) “MN Job Skills Partnership” funded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Mike Nolan and Julie Nelson (Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships) “SBDC FY14” funded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Kimberly Musser and Shannon Fisher (College of Science, Engineering and Technology) “Southwest MN Cohort Civic Engagement Project” funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Shannon Fisher (College of Science, Engineering and Technology) “Mount Simon Collaboration” funded by the City of Mankato.

Condolences

Alise Lange, who taught German at Minnesota State Mankato from 1962 to 1975, has recently passed away at the age of 105. A memorial service will be held for her on March 22 at 1:30 p.m., at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation starts at 12 p.m. An obituary for Lange can be accessed here.

Maverick Forensics

On Feb. 28 and March 1, the Minnesota State Mankato Forensics team competed in Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., for the fourth and fifth, respectively, Valley Forensics League (VFL) tournaments. Eight students competed in 19 entries in various public speaking and interpretation of literature events. The team placed second overall in Moorhead and third overall in Fargo in team sweepstakes. Individual results are listed below.

Feb. 28, VFL 4 (13 Schools were in Attendance):

  • Paige Russell: 1st place in Prose interpretation, 3rd place in Informative Speaking and 3rd place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Margaret Pence: 6th place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Nathan Pasmore: 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation and 4th place in Prose Interpretation
  • Cade Shelton and Aletta Arndt: 1st place in Dramatic Duet Interpretation
  • Kaila Beckner and Brady Taylor: 3rd place in Dramatic Duet Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speaking and 2nd place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Aletta Arndt: 1st place in Program Oral Interpretation (ranking as the top novice competitor in the event) and 5th in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Ryan Rendall: 2nd place in After Dinner Speaking

March 1, VFL 5 (10 Schools were in Attendance):

  • Margaret Pence: 6th place in Persuasive Speaking
  • Paige Russell: 1st place in Informative Speaking and 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Cade Shelton and Aletta Arndt: 2nd place in Dramatic Duet Interpretation
  • Kaila Beckner and Brady Taylor: 3rd place in Dramatic Duet Interpretation
  • Kaila Beckner: 5th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 3rd place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Aletta Arndt: 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation, 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation and 1st place in Poetry Interpretation (ranking as the top novice competitor in the event)
  • Ryan Rendall: 6th place in After Dinner Speaking

Online TODAY Magazine

today magazineVisit the online TODAY magazine at today.mnsu.edu to keep up-to-date with news, alumni and stories about the people who help make this University great.

The mission of TODAY is to entertain, to inform and to connect the reader to the campus. The print TODAY is mailed twice per year to 95,000 alumni and friends.

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

Content is updated regularly, so check back often!

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