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April 2, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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KMSU Spring Pledge Drive

Minnesota State Mankato's campus radio station, KMSU, will host a Spring Pledge drive from April 23 to May 2 to raises money to replace its 35-year-old transmitter. The goal for the Spring Pledge drive is to raise $40,000, half of which will be devoted to a new transmitter.

Installed in 1979, the current transmitter, for which parts are no longer made, could malfunction at any minute, which is why KMSU would like to replace it by May 2015.

Pathways to Student Learning Award

Nominations and self-nominations are sought for the Pathways to Student Learning Award. In no more than 150 words, please describe the department or program’s exemplary work in student learning outcome assessment. All departments or programs (including academic and student support) that submitted an annual student learning assessment report prior to Oct. 15, 2013 are eligible.

Selection for the award will emphasize departments or programs that have effectively used assessment data and information to continuously improve programs and are able to demonstrate the impact of improvements on student learning.

Submit the brief statement in electronic format to Lynn Akey, assistant vice president for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment by email at prior to Friday, April 11.

Selection of award recipients will be made by the Assessment and Evaluation Sub-Meet. Award recipients will be notified by April 18.

Construction Management Seminar

The Department of Construction Management at Minnesota State Mankato and the Minnesota Construction Association are co-sponsoring a half-day seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at 7700 France Avenue in Edina, Minn. as an opportunity for construction industry professionals to improve their professional skills.

The seminar will feature three, one-hour sessions designed for construction industry professionals to improve their skills in:

  • Professional presentations
  • Business communications
  • Networking and sales

There is no cost to attend and breakfast and lunch are provided.

For more information, contact Brian Wasserman, faculty chair of the Department of Construction Management, by phone at 507-389-1875 or email at

‘Spirituality and Ethics at the End of Life’

The Chesley Center on Aging at Minnesota State Mankato, the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. are co-sponsoring a conference titled, “Spirituality and Ethics at the End of Life,’ on Wednesday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Country Inn and Suites located at 1900 Premier Drive in Mankato.

The full-day conference includes two elements. In the morning, a panel of experts will discuss the inclusion of spirituality within health care, particularly as it relates to end of life and palliative care. In the afternoon the panelists will guide participants through a series of round-table discussions on current case studies where health care, the law and spirituality have interacted. Attendees will develop stated positions leading to a complete array of available responses.

The cost of the conference is $95 at the door or $45 for hospice volunteers, fulltime students and senior (60 years or older). To register online, please click here.

Lewinski Lecture Series

Chief Blair Anderson from St. Cloud, Minn., will give a presentation titled, “The Power of Service,” on Monday, April 11 at 11 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium as a part of the Lewinski Law Enforcement Lecture Series presented by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For more information about Anderson, click here.

MavPRINT Mobile Printing

MavPRINT is a printing service available to all currently enrolled students at Minnesota State Mankato. MavPRINT provides students use of more than 50 printers at various locations on campus as well as resident halls.

Students can now print to MavPRINT from any mobile devices (such as tablets and smartphones) as long as the electronic documents (Microsoft Office files, images, PDFs, and the like) can be set as an e-mail attachment to MavPRINT.

Both video and written instruction on how to use MavPRINT on a mobile device or laptop are available at MavPRINT's newly-designed website here.

March 31 – May 7: Student Art Exhibits

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students will exhibit their art on campus at Conkling Gallery from March 31 to May 7 in three shows that are part of the “Amazement Senior Exhibits.”

All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, during gallery hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits). The public is welcome to meet all students of each art gallery on the first night of every exhibit. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. in the gallery on April 14, and April 28.

For specific information about the three shows, click here.

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

April 2: Bell Tower Lit Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Special Education will participate in World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2 by illuminating the bell tower on campus with blue lights all day while also handing out flyers on campus to raise awareness for Autism Awareness Month, which is held annually in April.

Faculty members and students in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Special Education, which is part of the university’s College of Education, will be wearing blue shirts and clothing on Wednesday in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.

More information on “Light It Up Blue” is available online here.

For more information, please contact Karen Eastman, professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Special Education, by phone at 507-389-5651 or by email at

April 2: Salvation Army Clothing Drive

As part of Greek Week, there will be a Salvation Army Clothing Drive held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 on the Centennial Student Union mall.

Gently used clothing and shoes will be accepted.

The rain location for the event is the CSU Lincoln Lounge.

For more information, please contact John Bulcock, assistant director of Student Activities, Greek Life and Off-Campus Housing, by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at

April 3: Farewell Recital by Stewart Ross

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music presents Stewart Ross in a farewell recital on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The event is a farewell trombone recital by Ross, who will retire from Minnesota State Mankato in May. Ross was director of bands for 21 years and served as the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the past 13 years. In all, he has contributed his talents to the University for the past 37 years, arriving at the college in March 1977.

A reception will follow the recital with the location to be determined at a later date.

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, 507-389-5549.

April 3-4: Speaker from The American University of Paris

David Pike, a distinguished professor emeritus of contemporary history and politics at The American University of Paris, will give three presentations on Thursday and Friday, April 3-4 at Minnesota State Mankato.

All three presentations are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 3
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Library 45

  • “Franco’s Role in World War II”

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

  • “The Constitution Versus the King: British Support for American Resistance, 1766-1783”

Friday, April 4
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Armstrong Hall 101

  • “The SS Archipelago: Everyday Life”

For more information, please contact Enrique Torner, professor of Spanish in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of World Languages and Cultures, by phone at 507-389-5519 or by email at

April 5: Sustainability Expo

The Sustainability Expo is a community event that will take place on Saturday, April 5 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom located on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. This inaugural event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the expo and parking on campus is free.

The event – which is hosted by Minnesota State Mankato's Environmental Committee, Transition Mankato and the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry – will consist of speakers, workshops, live music, local businesses, community organizations, door prizes and kid-friendly activities. The Sustainability Expo is proud to have Full Circle Organics as an official sponsor.

Visitors will learn about local sustainable activities, green services, natural products, community projects and much more.

For more information visit the Sustainability Expo's web page here or contact Erica Johnson at 507-389-5254 or

April 6: Kasota Piano Trio

On Sunday, April 6, the Kasota Piano Trio will perform works of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert in a program presentation that demands passion and virtuosity. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Kasota Piano Trio consists of three Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music faculty members: Lydia Miller, violin; Joseph Rodgers, cello; and David Viscoli, piano.

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, 507-389-5549.

April 8: 35th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture

Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Beth Wielde Heidelberg will discuss “Managing Ghosts: Local Government Involvement in Dark Tourism” in a lecture at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, the 35th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

In her lecture, Wielde Heidelberg will discuss how some cities cannot shake their “ghosts.” Examples of infamous tragedies include the lingering ghost of a family’s murder in Amityville, Mass.; the Borden murders in Fall River, Mass., and the Clutter homicides in Holcomb, Kan., that were made famous by writer Truman Capote.

Wielde Heidelberg is an associate professor in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute, which is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at 507-389-5699 or

April 10: TeachLivE Open House

During the 2011-12 academic year, a Big Ideas grant was awarded for development and implementation of the TeachLivE lab, which is now in its second full year of implementation. To celebrate and showcase this accomplishment, a TeachLivE open house will be held April 10 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Armstrong Hall 312e.

More information about TeachLivE is available in its newsletter, which can be accessed here.

For more information, contact Scott Page, professor in Educational Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs, by phone at 507-389-1788 or by email at

April 10-19: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its 2013-14 Mainstage season with the “musical within a comedy,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” with performances April 10-19 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. This show is sponsored by Community Bank Mankato, Radio Mankato and Mankato Ford.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” starts out as a play, with the fairly drab character of “Man in Chair” speaking directly to the audience about his love of musical theatre. That all changes, however, when he stops speaking and places the cast album for his favorite musical onto his record player. This is when the musical literally bursts to life in his living room and the audience sees the story of the brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are 7:30 p.m. April 10-12 & 17-19, with 2 p.m. matinees April 13 & 19. Tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased at, by calling at 507-389-6661 or by stopping by 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.

April 12: ‘Aviation Celebration’

The Minnesota State Mankato Maverick Flight Team is holding a fundraising event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Mankato Regional Airport (3030 Airport Road) to raise money to help the team attend the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) National Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) that will be held in Columbus, Ohio, in May.

The Maverick Flight Team, a student aviation organization, invites the community to attend the April 12 “Aviation Celebration” event, which includes a $5 pancake breakfast (free for those 18 and under) and a silent auction. All proceeds raised will help the Maverick Flight team attend the May SAFECON.

Activities planned for the celebration include a fly-in, closed-landing competition and many other aviation-related events. The general public is invited to stay and watch the landings. (In case of inclement weather, flight events may be cancelled.)

For more information or to inquire about volunteering or making donations for the event, please contact George J. Glaros III, a Minnesota State Mankato student and Maverick Flight Team manager, by phone at 651-325-7834 or by email at

April 12: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the Vagabonds will perform on Saturday, April 12 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., Mankato. Local Mankato favorites City Mouse will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. followed by Davina and the Vagabonds 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.

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 For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

April 13: Department of Music Faculty Recital

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music presents Kimm Julian, baritone, and Stephanie R. Thorpe, soprano, in an afternoon program titled "Emotional Music: Love, Hate, and Drama." The recital takes place Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The recital is unique in that a number of music students are directly involved with the musical direction of the program.

Thorpe (pictured at right) recently joined the music faculty at Minnesota State Mankato, where she teaches classical, musical theatre, and contemporary vocal genres. Julian (pictured at left) is an accomplished and versatile baritone who has appeared in more than 96 roles in opera, oratorio and musical theater.

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 Call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549, for more information.

Student Achievements

Forty-two Minnesota State Mankato student and two faculty members will attend the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research next week in Lexington, Ky. The students’ presentations (including poster presentations and oral papers) were selected from more than 4,000 submissions received from around the U.S. For more information, contact Elizabeth Sandell, interim director, Undergraduate Research Center, at

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Peg Ballard, Lori Piowlski and Karen Colum, presenters at the 2013 edTPA National Implementation Conference at the University of San Diego, were interviewed by representatives from the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The three interviews, released in March 2014, are part of a collection titled, “Preparing Teacher Candidates to be Highly Qualified Through the Lens of edTPA.”

“Independence to Inclusion,” a documentary about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Minnesota will air on Twin Cities Public Television on April 15 at 9:30 p.m. In April 2013, Twin Cities Public Television filmed two workshops conducted by Nancy Fitzsimons, a professor in the Department of Social Work, and social work undergraduate students during the Minnesota Self-Advocacy Conference in St. Paul, Minn. Excerpts from the workshops could be included in the documentary. A number of Mankato-area residents were interviewed and may be featured in the film. For additional airing times, click here.

Department News

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology recently published its January and February 2014 Good News newsletter, which is available [PDF] here (311 KiB)


Gloria Luiken, who worked at Minnesota State Mankato from November 1967 to August 2003, recently passed away. Luiken worked in a variety of offices including Business Services, Purchases, Accounts Receivable and Grants and Contracts. Luiken’s funeral service was held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Northview – North Mankato Mortuary. An obituary is available here

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