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September 24, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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'Dunks After Dark' with Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves NBA team, owned by Minnesota State University, Mankato alumnus Glen Taylor, is holding its training camp on campus at Minnesota State Mankato once again this fall. To highlight the camp's opening, the Timberwolves have invited the entire campus community as well as the general public to attend a special free late-night event, "Dunks After Dark," on Monday, Sept. 29.

"Dunks After Dark" will feature over an hour of Wolves entertainment, headlined by a scrimmage and a dunk contest involving Wolves' rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. NBA TV will be on hand to provide live coverage throughout the night. The event will be held at Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center, with doors opening at 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, and festivities beginning at midnight. Watch for details on how to pick up free tickets at

The evening will provide spectators an opportunity to watch the Timberwolves' new young stars, to include the following players that are pictured above (left to right): Anthony Bennett, Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and LaVine.

Groundbreaking for Clinical Sciences Building

Minnesota State Mankato will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Clinical Sciences Building from 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 near the entrance to Ford Hall. The general public is welcome to attend and parking for the event will be reserved in Lot 5 (located across from the Taylor Center; enter from Warren Street).

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, state legislators and community leaders have been invited to the event. Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport will be among the event speakers.

The building was made possible in May when Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a Minnesota Jobs Bill into law that included $25.818 million in funding for the Clinical Sciences Building. More information on the Clinical Sciences Building is available in a May 20 news release.

Purple & Gold Gala

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation will hold its 20th annual Purple and Gold Gala on Friday, Sept. 26 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event is held to celebrate the generosity of University friends.

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation, chartered in 1958, is the oldest public institution foundation in Minnesota. It enhances the University by providing scholarship support and grants for student research, by supporting faculty professional development, and by helping to build facilities for learning.

Homecoming Kick-Off Event

Minnesota State Mankato’s annual Homecoming celebration begins Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a kick-off event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus mall that will feature comments from various city and university officials and music from the Maverick Athletic Band.

A program beginning at noon will feature the City of Mankato's proclamation of Minnesota State Mankato Homecoming Week – “The best one yet” – as well as remarks from President Richard Davenport, Student Senate President Mariah Haffield, and Homecoming student chair David Schieler. Attendees will be served cake and meet the Homecoming Royalty candidates.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been in existence since 1928. Homecoming week offers students and alumni a way to showcase their pride and school spirit. Homecoming also allows the greater Mankato community a chance to learn about the university and take part in the celebrations. The kick-off, alumni 5K run, president's free community pancake breakfast, parade, and athletic events are all open to the public and listed on the Homecoming website.

Nobel Laureate to Deliver Ford Lecture

Peter Agre, professor of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will deliver two free public lectures at Minnesota State Mankato on Wednesday, Oct. 1 as part of the 25th annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship.

Agre, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (which he shared with Roderick MacKinnon) for the discovery of aquaporin water channels, will give a general talk at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium titled “Opening Doors Worldwide through Medical Science.”

In that presentation, Agre will talk about how his research with other faculty members discovered the aquaporin water channels, known as “the plumbing system for cells,” that facilitate the movement of water across cell membranes. He will describe that while the practical value of these discoveries is just emerging, valuable new preventive strategies and treatments for multiple disorders are anticipated, including renal failure, brain edema, blindness, wound healing and infectious diseases.

Prior to his Oct. 1 evening lecture, Agre will give a technical talk at 9 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom that is titled “Aquaporin Water Channels: From Atomic Structure to Malaria.”

The annual Ford Lectureship is being sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Geology in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology. For more information, contact Christine Cords at 507-389-1963 or send an email to

Founders Day

Minnesota State Mankato will hold its fourth annual Founders Day at noon on Monday, Oct. 6, celebrating the 146th year of the school’s birth in 1868. The celebration, free and open to the campus community and general public, will be held outside on the Centennial Student Union mall, weather permitting. (The rain location is the CSU Lincoln Lounge.)

This year’s Founders Day will include the re-dedication of the mall fountain during a short 15-minute ceremony beginning at noon. The Maverick Athletic Band will perform, Vice President of University Advancement Kent Clark will speak and free cake will be available.

Girls Explore STEM Day

More than 100 girls in grades 8-10 from Mankato and Twin Cities area schools will visit Minnesota State Mankato on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the first Girls Explore STEM Day held on campus.

STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is a field in which only one in four women have jobs; the event will aide in fostering girls’ enthusiasm for science by showcasing a wide range of demonstrations, activities and conversations with the best and brightest female professionals in their field.

The five-hour event begins with a resource fair during which the girls will have the opportunity to meet student groups and representatives from campus offices as well as community organizations devoted to promoting STEM appreciation in today’s youth. Multiple STEM demonstrations will be showcased after the resource fair including Lego robotics, exploring water and water systems, anatomy and electronic technology. There will also be a weather forecasting demonstration led by Mark Tarello from KEYC and a women's panel discussion over the lunch hour.

To learn more information about Girls Explore STEM, contact Sammie Hedwall at

Rescheduled  Flu and Tdap Vaccination Clinic

A delay in shipment of flu vaccines caused a postponement of the originally scheduled Sept. 29 clinic. The rescheduled date is Monday, Nov. 3.

This workplace clinic makes it convenient to get a season flu vaccine. 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 the rescheduled date of Monday, Nov. 3 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.

5k Glow Fun Run

The Minnesota State Mankato Circle K club will host a 5k glow fun run on Friday, Sept. 26 to raise money for the Eliminate Project, a partnership of UNICEF and Kiwanis to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a painful disease that kills one baby every 9 minutes, or 160 newborns each day.

The 5k run is open to the public and will be held on the Minnesota State Mankato’s fitness trail behind the location of the former Gage Towers. The pre-registration fee is $25, or participants may register the day of the event for $30. The first 50 runners will receive a t-shirt and glow sticks. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., and the race will begin at 7:08 p.m. Pre-registration is available online. For more information, contact the Minnesota State Mankato Circle K club at

'Klips for Kids'

The Minnesota State Mankato Dance Marathon will host Klips for Kids on Monday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Hearth Lounge as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. Klips for Kids features hairstylists from throughout the community who donate their time and give haircuts and do eyebrow waxing for freewill donations throughout the day. Dance Marathon raises money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate and donate. The suggested minimum donation for each service is $10.

Child Actors Needed

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance is looking for children to fill some roles in the upcoming mainstage production of "Our Town,” playing Nov. 6-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre. Children for roles in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” have already been cast.

Children are needed to play Joe Crowell, Si Crowell, Wally Webb and Rebecca Gibbs (see character descriptions below). Please contact director Matthew Caron at 507-351-1611 or via e-mail at to set up a time to audition. There is no need to prepare anything, as auditions will be cold readings of a short section of the script. Roles are expected to be filled by Thursday, Oct. 2. This audition information is also posted at, and

Mark Welter Scholarship Award Nominations

The Kearney International Center announced that applications for the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award scholarship are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Applications that meet all application requirements must be sent in a single email to Mariam Qureshi.

The Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award scholarship promotes recognition of students in the Minnesota State College and Universities system who exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen. This scholarship opportunity is available to all Minnesota State Mankato students who meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • Part-time or full-time degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato
  • High school graduate
  • In good academic standing
  • Evidence of financial need

URC Research Center Grants

Undergraduate Research Center Grants fund projects that are conducted by an undergraduate student and make an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. The complex variety of the projects reflects the rich diversity of academic programs at Minnesota State Mankato. Awards are available to provide financial support for students and purchase necessary supplies.

Fall Funding Opportunities: There are 3 types of grants available in the fall, including the Minnesota State Foundation grant, North Star STEM grant, and Undergraduate Research Center Supply grant. The application process requires students to submit a three-page proposal that describes the significance of the project, the method, a budget, bibliography and anticipated outcomes.

Fall Undergraduate Research grant applications are due Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. More information and application materials are available on the URC website.

Mav Greek Blood Drive

The Minnesota State Mankato Greek Community will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are suggested. Interested donors may make an appointment by visiting and entering sponsor code 017143.

National Depression Screening Day

As part of National Depression Screening Day, the Counseling Center is offering an opportunity for students to complete a written screening questionnaire and discuss the questionnaire and results with a mental health professional.

Screenings will be held Thursday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Counseling Center (Centennial Student Union 285). Screenings are anonymous, confidential, and free. Additionally, educational material on the signs and symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders will be provided, as well as connecting students to resources. For more information, contact Miranda Hellenbrand, associate professor, by phone at 507-389-1455 or by email at

Sept. 28: Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble

The Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble will perform Sunday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts (320 Maywood Ave.). The ensemble is a semi-professional group comprised of faculty, community members, music teachers, music students, and professional musicians. The concert promises to be a very diverse program, blending core wind band works with new works. The group is in its 10th season and continues to perform demanding music with a group of very talented musicians.

Concert admission is $9, $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Sept. 29: Slaid Cleaves

Singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves will perform on Monday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts (320 Maywood Ave.). Cleaves will be joined on stage by Austin, Texas, sideman Wayne “Chojo” Jacques on fiddle and mandolin. Much like Hank Williams or Woody Guthrie, Cleaves juxtaposes tales of working-class woes.

Concert admission is $15, $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Sept. 29-30: Artist in Residence Adam Garcia

Creative director, designer and illustrator Adam Garcia, an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University, where he teaches design, is the Department of Art's artist in residence from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 29-30 in the Nelson Hall design labs.

He will present a public art enrichment lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 that is free and open to the public.

The event is part of the Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series.

Oct. 2: Good Thunder Reading Series

On Thursday, Oct. 2, in the next event in Minnesota State Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series, poet Matthew Dickman and fiction writer Daniel Alarcón will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be an informal question and answer session with Dickman and Alarcón in Centennial Student Union, Room 201. From 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., they will be having a craft talk in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m,. they will be holding a reading and book signing in Centennial Student Union Room 245. Books will be available for purchase.

A Department of English press release has more information on Dickman and Alarcón.

Oct. 2: Communist Daughter Concert

Johnny Solomon and Communist Daughter will perform on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The homecoming week concert will take place at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts (320 Maywood Ave.).

Communist Daughter founding member John Solomon writes about his struggles with addiction and difficult times. The Twin Cities’ band, whose work has been featured on the TV show “Grey's Anatomy,” was founded in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Solomon after the split of his band Friends Like These. Solomon, who took the name Communist Daughter from a Neutral Milk Hotel song, leads a band of area musicians that includes Adam Switlick on bass, guitar and vocals; Al Weiers, guitar; Dillon Marchus, keyboard/guitar; Dan DeMuth, drums; and lead vocalist Molly Moore. Moore married Solomon in 2013.

Concert admission is $15, $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Oct. 2-13: 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast'

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 2014-15 mainstage season with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” based on the Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 & 9-11, with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, in the Ted Paul theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by Enventis and Enventis Foundation.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, this stage version includes all of the wonderful songs people have come to love. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life.

Individual tickets for “Disney's Beauty and the Beast” are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $15 for current Minnesota State students. They are on sale at or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661. Discounted tickets can be purchased only by calling or stopping by the box office.

Oct. 7: Jazz Big Bands and Contemporary Ensembles

The University Jazz Big Bands and Contemporary Ensembles, directed by Director of Jazz Studies Douglas Snapp and Erik Root, will perform Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts (320 Maywood Ave.).

The focus of the Jazz Mavericks Big Bands is to provide students with experience in a jazz ensemble along with several performance opportunities. The jazz literature performed ranges from classic jazz to contemporary jazz styles. The Contemporary Ensembles, featuring both vocal groups and instrumental combos, make their inaugural concert appearance.

Concert admission is $9, $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Student News

Josh Kuehn, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, was awarded a $3,000 Charles B. Sharp Scholarship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Auxiliary.

Jasmine Koncur, a graduate student in anthropology was recently featured in a St. Paul Pioneer Press article about an archaeological dig.

The Maverick Greeks held formal recruitment events from Sept. 4-7. There were 140 women who signed up for formal recruitment, and 85 received and accepted bids. There were 14 men who signed up, with 10 receiving and accepting bids. The recruitment process is open to all students, no matter the age. Many groups will continue to recruit through the end of September. More information is available online, and recommendations or inquiries may be sent to

The Department of Social Work has been awarded a three-year contract with Minnesota Department of Human Services to support undergraduate and graduate education in public child welfare. The contract for academic year 2014-2015 for $367,410 is matched by the department and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for a total of $686,063. The contract supports academic programming, professional education, and meeting the required post-graduation employment tracking. Currently 11 undergraduates and 10 graduate students are supported by this contract. Professor Debra Gohagan coordinates the undergraduate scholars and Associate Professor Robin R. Wingo coordinates the graduate student scholars.

BSSW Title IV-E Scholars are Katelyn Reiner, Hutchinson; Danielle Barten, New Prague; Danielle Myers, Papillion; Rachel Ellison, Woodbury; Lori Nelson, New Ulm; Haley Forsyth, Mankato; Alexa Chouinard, North Branch; Marcia McConville, North Mankato; Kristin Weber, Melrose; Tricia Larson, Jackson; Katie Schulte, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Kari Albrecht, St. Peter.

MSSW Scholars are Danielle Jones, Brooklyn Park; Kelly Kjarland, Rochester; Macey Deslauriers, New Ulm; Ben Kolling, Rochester; Christina Schultz, Rockford; David Ribar, St. Peter; Chris Davis, Janesville; Krista Moore, Rochester; Callie Rose, Eagan; and Renee Gasner, Fridley.

Faculty/Staff News

Steve Druschel, associate professor of civil engineering, led a research project funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that identified three chemical flocculants that are effective at removing a broad range of Minnesota soils from water, according to a transportation research blog.

Bill Lass, professor emeritus of history, will give a presentation on his book, "Shaping the North Star State: A History of Minnesota Boundaries," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-17. Kids under 5 and BECHS members are free. Lass will also give a presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Stearns History Museum.

David Viscoli, professor in the Department of Music, performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Three Rivers Concert Band in Buñol and Amposta, Spain, in June.

Heather Von Bank, associate professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science, was recently interviewed by KEYC TV for a story about parenting discipline techniques. The KEYC story will be posted online for a limited time.

Gwen Westerman, professor in English and director of the humanities program, recently received a six-month paid artist's residency from the Minnesota Historical Society.


Shirlee Ruble, who began employment at the University almost 40 years ago as a librarian, died Tuesday, Sept. 9. After starting her Minnesota State Mankato career as a librarian, Ruble eventually became the alumni director and later taught English. Ruble's life was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 13. Her obituary is available here.

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