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September 10, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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Alumni Night at Canterbury a Success

More than 700 Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business alumni, faculty and staff, business partners, supporters, leaders and friends attended Alumni Night at Canterbury Park on Thursday, Aug. 21. College of Business faculty member Howard Miller's band, Off Ramp, provided live music, and as a token of appreciation for the hospitality, Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and College of Business Dean Brenda Flannery presented Canterbury Park CEO Randy Sampson ('80), with a vintage Mavericks baseball jersey. Visit the College of Business Facebook page to see more photos from Alumni Night at Canterbury Park.

Employee Flu and Tdap Vaccination Clinic

Don’t let the flu put your life on hold. Protect yourself. Protect others. Be sure to get a seasonal flu vaccine this year. Our workplace clinic makes it convenient. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can keep you in bed for several days. Getting vaccinated helps protect you, your family and co-workers from flu-related illness. (NOTE: Worksite clinics are for state employees only. Family members may obtain vaccinations at their primary care clinics.)

Seasonal flu and Tdap vaccinations are available on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
in Centennial Student Union 253-4-5.

  • Mark your calendar.
  • No appointment will be necessary, just walk in.
  • Bring your Advantage health insurance card with you.
  • (There is no out-of-pocket cost at workplace clinics if you present your Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card. The cost is $32.00 for the shot, $35.00 for the nasal spray vaccine and $57.00 for the Tdap vaccine if you do not present your card.)
  • For more information and clinic locations visit the Vaccination Program page.
  • Flu and Tdap vaccinations are also available at your primary care clinic and in-network convenient clinics.

Fall 2014 New International Student Orientation

The “Read Our Map, Find Your Treasure” new international student orientation took place Aug. 19-21, and a record number of students (approximately 350) participated.

The students included undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students, as well as exchange students from Minnesota State Mankato's partner universities around the world as well as students from government sponsored programs, including Fulbright, IREX, World Learning, and the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.

More than 30 on-campus colleges, departments and offices supported the orientation, as did the Mankato Public Safety Office and Minnesota ID & driver's license office and 15 local business sponsors.

In addition, on Saturday, Aug. 23, approximately 70-80 students received free used furniture in good condition at the 12th annual furniture giveaway, which was held at Bethel Baptist Church. The following campus organizations participated in the event: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Newman Center, Maranatha Christian Fellowship, Cru and Crossroads Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Star Gazing at Standeford

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the general public to visit Standeford Observatory on clear Thursday evenings during the fall to see a variety of celestial objects through observatory telescopes.

Celestial objects on the fall observing list includes the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters, and a host of colorful binary stars.

The fall observing season runs between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. The public is invited to visit Standeford Observatory (free admission) on Thursday evenings, beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 20. Open hours are from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays in September, October and November. (NOTE: If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will not be held. Phone Standeford Observatory (507-389-6208) during the evening to inquire about sky conditions.) Want to know more? Check out the Star Gazing at Standeford press release.


Library Services at Minnesota State Mankato is building a digital repository intended to showcase and preserve the intellectual output of Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff and students in an easy-to-find format that is now available online. The repository is called “Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works.”

The current Cornerstone collection, includes some electronic theses and dissertations and some works by Library Services faculty. (Check out the Cornerstone press release.)

Plans are for the intellectual products available in Cornerstone to eventually include:

  • Faculty and staff research
  • Exemplary student research papers and projects
  • Conference posters and presentations
  • Published articles, white papers and more

Geography Colloquium

Bruce Rhoads, a University of Illinois professor, will discuss whether or not there is a difference between stream restoration and naturalization in a presentation Friday, Sept. 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in 15 Armstrong Hall at Minnesota State Mankato.

Rhoads’ presentation is titled “Stream Restoration versus Stream Naturalization: Is there a difference, and if so, does it matter?” It's free and open to the public and is the first of 10 scheduled Friday events in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography’s annual fall geography colloquium.

The next colloquium event will feature Geographic Information Systems/Land Information Systems student presentations on Friday, Sept. 26. Check out the full schedule of dates and speakers in the fall 2014 geography colloquium. For more information about the geography colloquium, please contact Don Friend, professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography, by phone at 507-389-2618 or by email at

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Sept. 10: Documentary Film 'The Line'

Film maker Nancy Schwartzman will show a screening of her 24-minute documentary film, “The Line,” which is on the subject of sexual violence, and then lead a discussion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

The discussion led by Schwartzman after the film screening is intended to be an interactive, educational and provocative discussion about sex, consent, coercion and legal rights. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided following the discussion. More information is available on the 'The Line' press release. A summary of the “The Line” is available online at

For more information, contact Laura Schultz, coordinator of the Violence Awareness and Response Program for Minnesota State Mankato’s Women’s Center, at or 507-389-5127.

The Violence Awareness and Response Program provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

Sept. 11: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series will host 15 writers over nine residencies during its 33nd annual program. Aimed at reflecting the diversity and vitality of contemporary writing, the series invites both emerging and established writers to Mankato to meet with community writers and readers, be interviewed on public radio, lead discussions on the craft of writing, and read from their published works.

The series opens on Sept. 11 with bestselling author of "Rin Tin Tin" and "The Orchid Thief," nonfiction writer Susan Orlean. An engaging and unforgettable speaker, Orlean lectures on her encounters with extraordinary people, her experiences traveling the world, the value of ignorance, and women and the media.

Sept. 11: Concert by The Last Revel

Diverse Americana music by the trio The Last Revel will be presented by Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Music on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The group features two graduates of Minnesota State Mankato: Lee Henke (music industry) and Ryan Acker (zoology). The Last Revel, a Minnesota-based band, combines folk music with rock influences. The traditional instruments used are combined with raw vocals creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for the listener. The band has spread in popularity with their songwriting ability, performance ability, and entertainment ability.

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

Sept. 14: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Minnesota State Mankato welcomes the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to the EJ Halling recital stage on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (MGQ) was founded in 1986 and performs widely across the U.S. each year. The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has been heard on the nationally syndicated "Saint Paul Sunday," program and on National Public Radio's "Performance Today." From its first four CDs on the Albany and GSP labels, the group has garnered unanimous international critical acclaim.

The second half of the concert will feature flamenco dancer Colette Illarde. Illarde has been called a “regal stomping dynamo” and “queenly.” Illarde commands the stage with her intuitive sense of the music, and the history of persecuted gypsies who gave rise to it.

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

Sept. 15-29: Liz Miller Art Exhibit

Minnesota State Mankato professor Liz Miller’s art work will be on display in an exhibit titled “Splendiferous Jungle Warfare (remix)” from Monday, Sept. 15 through Monday, Sept. 29 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery.

Miller’s art, which includes installations and works on paper, 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 reception for Miller at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 at the Conkling Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. View the complete 2014-2015 Conkling Gallery Schedule.

Sept. 16: Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings

Steve Kaul and The Brass Kings will perform Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Kaul is a songwriter steeped in the traditional story-songs of American folk music and is a finger-style guitarist with an ear for world music influences. The Brass Kings play their old-time instruments in unconventional ways. Metal-bodied resophonic guitar, washtub bass, washboard and fiddle chart the bermuda triangle of old-time, world and experimental music from jug-band swing to wild improvisational ragas.

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

Sept. 17: Constitution Day

Minnesota State Mankato will hold its annual Constitution Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 17 with a schedule of events that includes face-to-face activities on campus to ones that engage with a national and global audience in real time.

All events are free and open to the public. More than 10 facilitated discussions, accompanied by award-winning documentaries, will be led by students and faculty from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-4-5. Events will be held every hour, on the hour, except where otherwise indicated in the Constitution Day Schedule.

Sept. 17-20: 'A Piece of My Heart'

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 2014-15 season with “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro, playing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17-20 in the Andreas Theatre. It is a part of the studio season, meaning it is directed and designed by students.

This is a powerful, true drama about six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during and after her tour in the war-torn nation, and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington. “A Piece of My Heart” premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for “A Piece of My Heart” are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $8 for current Minnesota State students. Tickets for “A Piece of My Heart,” as well as all other productions, will be on sale Sept. 15 at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Hours are 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; call 507-389-6661.

Sept. 21: Eclectic World Music

The University Performance Series, sponsored by the Department of Music, presents Speaking in Tongues Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Speaking in Tongues is four astonishing musicians from four different cultures with four native tongues. The group features master drummer and multi-instrumentalist Sowah Mensah from Ghana; Gao Hong, Chinese pipa master; Enrique Toussaint, the virtuoso bassist from Mexico City; and Minnesota-born master percussionist Marc Anderson.

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

Sept. 24: Campus Meeting on Carbon Footprint

A Minnesota State Mankato environmental group invites campus and community members to provide input on an initiative to reduce the university’s carbon footprint, or greenhouse gas emissions.

The Minnesota State Mankato Environmental Committee recently received a strategic priorities grant from the University to hire a consultant that will lead efforts to gather data on energy use at the University and develop a climate action plan, or CAP, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

That plan kicks off with a meeting and workshop taking place from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Centennial Student Union ballroom.

Following remarks by President Richard Davenport and explanations of key issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and best practices at reducing them, breakout groups will be formed. This will be an ideal opportunity for anyone interested to express their ideas and opinions toward the goal of moving the campus forward on sustainability.

While the event is free and open to the public, registration is requested by logging into For more information, contact Erica Johnson at or 507-389-5254.

Faculty/Staff News

Greg Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, had his article, "A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step," published in the August 2014 edition of the Association of College Unions International magazine, The Bulletin.

Wilkins also was elected vice president for the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, a regional arts organization made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Sun Kyeong Yu, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, published her Korean-language book on Philosophy of Biology in South Korea.

Jill Conlon, associate professor and chair of the Department of Family Consumer Science, in collaboration with Debra Larson (Anoka High School teacher) and Karen Smith (Monticello Middle School teacher), was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to facilitate a statewide initiative to update the Minnesota Frameworks for utilization in grades 5-12 Family Consumer Science Education in Minnesota.

Brian Frink, faculty member in the Department of Art, will be displaying his art at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, from Sept. 18 until Oct. 2. An artist's reception for Frink will be held at Waldorf College on Sept. 18.

Ashley Priem, an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, represented the university's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the 43rd Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Priem currently serves as president of the Minnesota State University, Mankato chapter and attended the convention as the chapter's voting delegate.

Four College of Business faculty received 2014-15 Research Awards. They include Oksana Kim, Juan "Gloria" Meng, Hyuna Park and Byron Pike. The purpose of the Research Award is to promote and acknowledge high quality business research and all full-time and fixed-term College of Business faculty are eligible to apply. A maximum of four research awards of (approximately) $5,000 will be granted every year. The following briefly describes the research of each recipient:

  • Kim will examine Russian stock market efficiency, and her study makes use of data for Russian firms whose common shares trade in Russia and are also cross-listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs).
  • Meng is developing a comprehensive structural equation model (SEM) that focuses on factors which influence consumers’ intentions and behaviors while using social media.
  • Park will analyze the importance of geography to hedge fund performance. Park's project will compare the risk-adjusted performance, share restrictions, and the flow-performance relationship for all emerging market hedge funds in the U.S. with otherwise similar funds located in other countries.
  • Pike will complete two projects that are currently in progress. The first project examines external auditors’ reliance on the work of internal auditors during the financial statement audit. The second project is a tax footnote disclosure study.

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