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October 8, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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Clinical Sciences Building Groundbreaking

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Clinical Sciences Building at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Friday, Sept. 26.

Vice President of University Advancement R. Kent Clark was the master of ceremonies for the event, which included remarks by President Richard Davenport, College of Allied Health & Nursing Dean Kristine Retherford, state Sen. Kathy Sheran, state Reps. Bob Gunther, Kathy Brynaert and Clark Johnson, Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson and Julie Frederick, executive director of Healthy Brains for Children Making a Difference (Mankato, Minn.) and a member of the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Board of Directors.

During the ceremony, Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport thanked Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the state legislature for their hard work in passing the Minnesota Jobs Bill into law in May. The law provides $25.818 million in funding for the building. Check out more information on the groundbreaking ceremony.

2014 Cyber Security Awareness Campaign

Minnesota State Mankato’s Division of Information and Technology Services (ITS) launched its 2014 Cyber Security Awareness Campaign on Monday, Oct. 6.

Through its Cyber Security Awareness Campaign, ITS provides information on how individuals can protect themselves from a variety of threats to computer data and personal information. Check out more information on the Cyber Security Awareness Campaign.

Charting the Future Gallery Walk Set for Oct. 30

Minnesota State Mankato will host a Charting the Future (CTF) Gallery Walk on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 245.

The open-house style event is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and community members an opportunity to react to the concepts and themes proposed by the CTF implementation teams.

Please mark your calendar and plan to stop by if you are available. To learn more about Charting the Future, visit the Charting the Future blog.

Social Work Celebrates 40 Years

The Department of Social Work celebrated its 40th anniversary of accreditation on Sept. 27 with a reunion event at Wheeler Park in North Mankato, and roughly 140 alumni attended. The department has graduated about 2,000 students in its history.

During the celebration, the department also honored faculty member William “Bill” Anderson (third from left in photo), who retired in May after a 37-year career as a social work faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato. Anderson spent approximately 15 years as the department chair.

To honor Anderson, the department named a scholarship in his honor. The “Bill Anderson New Student Scholarship” was first awarded last spring.

The department’s undergraduate program was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1974. The department’s master of social work program was accredited in 2010.

ITS Accomplishments

The Division of Information and Technology Services has released its second semiannual video bulletin with Ed Clark, vice president and chief information officer of Information and Technology Services, highlighting the division's major accomplishments in the last six months.

Clark (pictured) talks about the division's new strategic plan and how it is being used to bolster the President's plan for the University. For more information about ITS' strategic goals, see the official report, Technology Partners: Transforming the University.

In addition, the video reviews the recent transition to Microsoft Office 365, network upgrades and exciting teaching and learning research projects taking place right here on our campus.

If you have comments or questions, or would like a printed copy of Technology Partners: Transforming the University, please contact Ted Johnson at

Sip & Chat with the Provost

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells will be hosting five one-hour “sip & chat” sessions during the 2014-2015 academic year. The sessions are intended as an opportunity for faculty and staff to stop by for informal conversations with the provost.

They have been set up as a time for the provost to listen and learn, for participants to share and showcase and for all to enjoy seasonal beverages and sweet treats.

Upcoming sessions are set for Nov. 21 at 2 p.m., Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., March 10 at 9 a.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. All sessions are in the Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge.

Founders Day

Minnesota State Mankato re-dedicated the fountain on its campus mall during the university’s fourth annual Founders Day celebration on Monday, Oct. 6. This year the university is celebrating the 146th year of its founding in 1868.

During the ceremony, the Maverick Athletic Band performed, cake was served and Minnesota State Mankato Vice President of University Advancement R. Kent Clark and Minnesota State Student Association President Mariah Haffield spoke.

The campus fountain re-opened in August after undergoing maintenance work during the previous academic year. The fountain was installed in 1969 and designed to create a spiral effect with stationary water jets. Its design came from part of the New York City World Fair in 1965. The sculpture, by Roger Johnson, a former faculty member in the art department, was not originally part of the work and was added in 1975.

‘Get Out the Vote’

Library Services is hosting nonpartisan voting workshops to help first-time and new-to-the-area voters:

  • Find out how to get registered to vote
  • Find out where to vote & preview the ballot
  • Learn how to find information on the candidates

These 30-minute workshops are free, and no registration is required. All workshops will be held in the Memorial Library, Room 1027 (located on the first floor of the library). Workshop dates and times are Oct. 13 (1 p.m.), Oct. 14 (11 a.m.), Oct. 15 (2 p.m.) and Oct. 16 (12 p.m.).

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State encourages all eligible employees to participate in our democratic process and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4. This year Minnesotans will elect a U.S. senator, U.S. House representatives, Minnesota House representatives, governor and state officers, in addition to many county and local officers.

A source for your all voting needs is the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s — where you can register to vote, request an absentee ballot, find your polling place location and more. An animated 2-minute video, Election Year in Minnesota, also provides information.

Employees have the right to take paid time off to vote and are not required to use personal or vacation time. Most polling places are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You also may vote early with an absentee ballot and avoid the lines at your polling place on Election Day.

Remember, the pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 14 for the Nov. 4 General Election. You can register — or update your registration — online at You may also register at your polling place on Election Day.

Clean Water

With winter approaching, Facilities Management at Minnesota State Mankato urges the campus community members to prepare and keep their driveways and sidewalks safe. A video from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provides tips and environmental stewardship information.

Kato Krusher

The third annual Kato Krusher, the fall indoor rock climbing competition sponsored by the Office of Campus Recreation, will be held Sunday, Nov. 9 in Myers Field House. The event is open to all ages and all climbing abilities. There will be a drawing for prizes from sponsors, and special awards for the top three in each category (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Open).

Registration is $30. Free competition shirts will be provided to those who register by Wednesday, Oct. 22. Check out more information on the Kato Krusher.

Oct. 9: Mavericks Football Televised

CBS Sports Network will nationally air the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game between Minnesota State Mankato and Winona State that will be played in Winona on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

In Mankato, the CBS Sports Network is part of Charter's silver and gold packages, on which it can be seen on channels 821 (HD) and 412 (SD). The CBS Sports Network is also available to subscribers of DirecTV's Xtra, Ultimate and Premier packages (channel 221). The game is one of seven Thursday night NCAA Division II games that will be spotlighted during the season.

Oct. 11-12: Women & Spirituality Conference

Layli Maparyan, author of the books, “The Womanist Reader” and “The Womanist Idea,” will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd annual Women & Spirituality Conference Oct. 11-12 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Maparyan will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and will sign copies of her books in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom following her keynote address.

The conference, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, includes two days of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebrations, with 90 vendors and more than 100 workshops. General admission is $60, but reduced rates, scholarships and college credit are available. Walk-ins are welcome. Those who want more information about the sessions or who wish to register may call 507-389-2077, email, or visit the event website.

Oct. 12: April Verch Band

Fiddler/step dancer/singer April Verch performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 with her trio, playing traditional and original tunes of French Canadian and Celtic roots music. The Performance Series event takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Verch is performing in support of her latest album, "Bright Like Gold." Special album guests include Bluegrass hall of famer Mac Wiseman, 5-time IBMA banjo player of the year Sammy Shelor, and old-time fiddle master Bruce Molsky.

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

Oct. 13: Lewinski Lecture

Pete Blair, an associate professor at Texas State University, will give a lecture titled "Effective Responses to Active Shooter Events and Tactical Policing Issues" at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13 at Minnesota State Mankato in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. Blair's lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Blair earned his doctorate degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University, and prior to that earned bachelor's and master's degrees in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University. Blair is currently doing research in the area of deception.

Blair's presentation is the third in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Lewinski Law Enforcement Lecture Series, which was named in honor of the professional accomplishments in law enforcement research by William Lewinski and his research partners.

For more information, please contact Colleen Clarke by phone at 507-389-1377 or by email at Clarke is the director of law enforcement in Minnesota State Mankato’s Law Enforcement Program, which is part of the Department of Government in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Oct. 14: University Community Orchestra

The newly-formed Minnesota State University, Mankato Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Orchestra Director Joseph Rodgers has transformed this year’s university orchestra. The orchestra has invited area community members to join the former university orchestra and perform with university student musicians. The concert features Kalinnikow’s "1st Symphonie," Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville," and Donizetti’s "Concerto in re minore."

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.

Oct. 16-26: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present Harper Lee’s classic story about bigotry and standing up for what is right, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Oct. 16-19 and 23-26 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from Lee’s novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird” recounts the events of the trial of a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman show the bigotry in the American South in the 1930s. Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defends him, shows courage in living up to a society’s highest standards, no matter how unpopular, a point that does not go unnoticed by his young daughter, Scout.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” was presented at Minnesota State Mankato in 1999. Individual tickets are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. There is limited seating available for this production. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

Oct. 19: University Concert Bands

The University Concert Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The bands are under the direction of Amy Roisum Foley, Michael Thursby and Erik Root.

The Concert Wind Ensemble will present a folk-themed concert. Selections include the "Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst, "American Hymnsong Suite" by Dwayne S. Milburn and "At Kitty O’Shea’s (Irish Folksong Suite)" by Johan de Meij. The Symphonic Band will present folk tunes and music from around the world with music from the United States, Central Europe, and Greece. Selections include "The Blues Factory" by Jacob de Haan, "the Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka" by Gorecki, arranged by Bill Simon, and "Greek Folk Song Suite" by Franco Cesarini.

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.

Student News

Ozlem Barin recently was honored in the 2014 Minnesota Economic Association’s Undergraduate Paper Contest. Barin’s paper, “The Impact of Information Delivery Improvement on Prescription Adherence among HIV Positive Individuals,” was awarded fourth place. Barin’s paper was supervised by Ihsuan Li, associate professor in the Department of Economics. Barin’s research award was the fifth undergraduate research award (at state, regional, and international undergraduate paper competitions) by Li’s students during the past four years.

Faculty/Staff News

Karey Kalakian, who has spent the last eight years as the assistant director of Minnesota State Mankato's Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) and Concurrent Enrollment, has been named Athletics Academic Advisor.

Walter Roberts Jr., faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel, was one of the delegates selected by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy to represent the state at the international 2014 Conference on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation, which was held Sept. 10-13 in New Orleans.

Department News

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Professor Emerita Verona “Ronnie” Burton, a Minnesota State Mankato employee for more than 30 years, died on Saturday, Sept 27. She served on many committees and boards and was also a professor of biology and a compliance officer. She retired from the biology department in 1986. Burton’s obituary

Professor Emerita Florence L. Sponberg, a Minnesota State Mankato employee for 26 years, died on Saturday, Sept. 27. Sponberg retired from the English department in 1980 and remained connected to the university after retirement. She and her husband, Raymond, created the Raymond H. and Florence L. Sponberg Scholarship, which continues to benefit many students. Sponberg’s obituary

Doris Rose (Edhlund) Bateman, a Minnesota State Mankato employee for more than 20 years, died on Tuesday, Sept. 23. She served on many committees and boards prior to retiring from the registrar’s office. Bateman’s obituary

Online TODAY Magazine

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

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