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January 28, 2015 Campus Newsletter

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Residence Hall Student Awards

The National Residence Hall Honorary Maverick Chapter hosted its annual Totally Outstanding Participating Students Awards on Jan. 14 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. About 300 students attended to recognize accomplishments in Minnesota State University, Mankato residence halls during the fall semester. The awards were centered on leadership, scholarship, recognition and service.

Thirty of the 67 residence hall floors (listed) had perfect attendance in advocating for and voicing the opinions of their floors to Residential Life and University administration: Crawford A1, Crawford A3, Crawford B2, Crawford C1, Crawford C2, Crawford C3, McElroy E1, McElroy E4, McElroy F1, McElroy F4, McElroy G1, McElroy G3, McElroy G4, McElroy H1, McElroy H2, Preska I2, Preska I3, Preska J3, Preska K3, Preska K4, Preska L2, Preska L3, Julia Sears NP4, Stadium Heights 701, Stadium Heights 711, Stadium Heights 721, Stadium Heights 731, Stadium Heights 741, Stadium Heights 751 and Stadium Heights 761.

Thirty-five awards recognized accomplishments in academic achievement, community service and individuals’ impact on their floor and fellow students. Listed are seven awards that were given in each of the five residence communities: Community Council of the Semester, Community Council Member of the Semester, Community Council Advisor of the Semester, Commitment to Service, Commitment to Recognition, Commitment to Scholastics and Commitment to Leadership.

The Chester and Helen Carkoski Scholarship, which recognizes student leaders with good academic records, was awarded to Sean Thomez and Luke Larson. Both Thomez and Larson were Community Council members and Residence Hall Association representatives. Both scholarships were $1,000 each.

Dancing With Mankato Stars

Cindra Kamphoff, director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology at Minnesota State Mankato and an associate professor at the University, is one of 13 local celebrities chosen to participate in the third Annual Dancing with the Mankato Stars event, to be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at the Verizon Wireless Center.

The celebrities are paired with professional dance partners from Dance Express and colleagues of Dance Express. Kamphoff (pictured at right in photo) is paired with Wade Fischer from Scheels. Contestants will compete for trophies, awards and the top spot in the competition.

To purchase individual tickets in a Minnesota State Mankato section, contact Kamphoff by Friday, Jan. 30 at or at 507-389-6112. She has a limited number of tickets available for purchase. After Jan. 30, remaining tickets will be available through the Verizon Wireless Center.

The annual dance competition is a benefit for the local South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of natural disasters. All proceeds will stay local to help community members in times of crisis. Minnesota State Mankato Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman was a celebrity participant in the 2014 event.

Common Read Program

Minnesota State Mankato chose Will Allen’s “The Good Food Revolution” as the common read for the 2015-16 academic year. “The Good Food Revolution” discusses the life of Allen, a businessman turned farmer who began his journey with a roadside food stand in urban Milwaukee, Wis. Allen has since founded Growing Power Inc., an organization devoted to “developing living systems that are economically feasible for all people to have sustainable protein and vegetables all year round.”

The University invites the community to join students in reading “The Good Food Revolution” during the year. Click here for more information about the Common Read Program. To contribute to Common Read events or to schedule a moderated discussion by University students, contact the Honors Program at 507-389-5191 or at

2015 Mileage Reimbursement Dates

The Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the standard mileage reimbursement rate for business miles. The rate was adopted for use by state employees and is effective from Jan. 1 to Dec. 1.

Mileage rates are used to calculate reimbursements to employees that use their personal vehicle for business trips. Employees should note that the University uses two reimbursement rates. The IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate (57.5 cents) is used when a state owned vehicle is not available. A lesser rate (50.5 cents) is used when a state vehicle is declined or not requested by the employee.

Please use the new mileage reimbursement rates when completing employee expense forms for trips taken during 2015. Click here for more information about traveling for the University. For questions regarding travel or expense reimbursements, contact Minnesota State Mankato’s Travel Claims Clerk Tami Galema-Liebl, at 507-389-5006 or at

Dance Team Places at Nationals

The Minnesota State Mankato dance team placed in the top three at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals, which was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Several Minnesota colleges finished in the finals at the UDA College Nationals. Minnesota State Mankato took second place in Open Pom and third in Open Jazz on Jan. 18. The University of Minnesota placed first in the Division 1A Pom competition and second in Jazz. The University of St. Thomas took first place in Open Hip Hop and second in Open Jazz. The College of Saint Benedict placed fourth in Open Pom, and St. Cloud State University placed third in Open Pom and 11th in Open Jazz.

Jan. 26-Feb. 11: Artist Jonathan Brilliant Exhibit

North Carolina-based installation artist Jonathan Brilliant recently completed a 10-day residency (Jan. 12-23) at Minnesota State Mankato, during which he created and installed a site-specific sculpture consisting exclusively of materials related to the to-go coffee cup culture. His completed installation will be on display from Monday, Jan. 26 through Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, during gallery hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Jan. 29: Computational Linguistics Olympiad

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad for middle school and high school students will be Thursday, Jan. 29 from 8:45 a.m. to noon in Wissink Hall 291.

The competition will challenge students to solve linguistic puzzles, think logically and decipher texts and rare languages in a three-hour examination. The competition is free and open to Mankato students. No prior computational linguistic experience is necessary.

Top scorers can compete in a computational linguistics invitational Thursday, March 12. Invitational winners will represent North America at the International Linguistic Olympiad.

Click here to register for the competition. Walk-in registrations are accepted by students who arrive by 8:40 a.m., although advanced registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Rebecca Bates at 507-389-5587 or

Jan. 29: Good Thunder Reading Series

Poets Traci Brimhall and Ed Skoog will present an informal question-and-answer session from 10-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 202, a craft talk from 3-3:50 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and a reading and book signing from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 245 on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Brimhall is an award-winning author of two poetry collections, “Our Lady of the Ruins” and “Rookery.” Her poems have appeared "Kenyon Review," "Slate,” "The Believer," "Ploughshares," "New England Review," "The New Yorker" and "Best American Poetry 2013." She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King Chávez Parks Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Kansas State University.

Skoog's poetry collections include "Mister Skylight" and "Rough Day." He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lannan Foundation, Richard Hugo House and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington Fellowship at George Washington University. Skoog currently coordinates the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Week and cohosts the podcast “Lunch Box.”

An interview with Brimhall and Skoog will air on KMSU 89.7 FM Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. Click here for the Good Thunder Reading Series website. For questions about the events, contact series director Diana Joseph at or at 507-389-5144.

Jan. 29: Show by Desireé D. Rowe

Desireé D. Rowe will perform a one-woman show, “Depressive Realism is Why No One Showed Up to My Sixth Birthday,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Rowe’s performance, sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies as its 2014-2015 Nadine B. Andreas Lecture, is free and open to the public. There will be a reception prior to the show from 5-6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Heritage Room.

Rowe is currently an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her research focuses on how gendered and queer identity narratives are discursively constructed within different types of non-institutionalized publics.

Rowe describes her work as living at “the intersections of queer performance ethnography, feminist perspectives on popular culture and digital discourses.” She also founded and cohosted the podcast “The Critical Lede.”

For more information, contact Sachi Sekimoto, assistant professor of communication studies, at 507-389-1270 or at

Jan. 29-Feb. 8: ‘Assassins’

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present the Stephen Sondheim musical “Assassins” Thursday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 8 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The production includes mature language and themes.

The musical shows the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or attempted to assassinate the U.S. President. The book is by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, whose “Into the Woods” was just released as a feature film in December.

Performances are Jan. 29-31 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 1, 7 and 8 at 4-7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $22; $15 for students. Tickets are available at or from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661.

Jan. 31: Year Ahead in Foreign Policy

Mankato Area Lifelong Learners will sponsor a presentation by Tom Hanson, “Things Fall Apart: The Year Ahead in Foreign Policy,” on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 2-4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Prior to his presentation, Hanson will meet with students who are interested in Foreign Service from 10 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

Hanson will present his analysis of the latest foreign policy developments, trends and challenges faced by the U.S. during 2015. There will be a question and answer session after Hanson’s presentation.

Hanson is a veteran of Foreign Service, having served in East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden and Mongolia. He served on foreign relations committees in both the U.S. House and Senate and was a director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the U.S. He currently is an Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Those planning to attend the presentation should contact Lifelong Learners at 507-389-2011 or and leave their names and telephone numbers.

Feb. 3: Study Abroad Re-Entry Workshop

A study abroad re-entry workshop will be Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253/4. The program will help participants identify and discuss study abroad experience as it relates to their LinkedIn profiles, résumés, cover letters and job interviews.

Click here for more information. Contact Shelley Loewenhangen, graduate intern for the Internaitonal Programs Office, at with questions.

Feb. 3: Community Engagement Fair

Minnesota State Mankato will host a spring 2015 Community Engagement Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The fair is an opportunity for non-profit and related community agencies along with University departments and student organizations to highlight specific community engagement activities they offer and outreach relationships they have developed.

Agencies and organizations interested in participating are invited to sign up for a booth by Thursday, Jan. 29. The fair has 90 slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Maps, parking instructions and more details will be provided to those that sign up.

For more information, contact Karen Anderson, assistant director for community engagement by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at

Feb. 5: Guitarist Peter Mulvey

Singer and songwriter Peter Mulvey will perform Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Over the past 20 years, acoustic guitarist Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician, immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley styles, jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner, he has shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani di Franco, Indigo Girls and Greg Brown. He has attracted an audience that stretches from Alaska to Europe.

The Irish Times calls Peter Mulvey “a joy to see” and “a phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick-fire, quirky take on life and an extraordinary guitar style.” The Washington Post praises “the subtle power of his husky, hushed baritone voice,” and calls it “sophisticated and intimate.” Now based in Milwaukee, Wis., after stints in Dublin and Boston, Peter has released 15 albums.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students. Visit to purchase tickets. For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 5-6: Free Dental Clinic for Kids

The University’s Department of Dental Hygiene and Mankato dental professionals are joining a statewide effort to provide free dental care to children in need.

The Dental Hygiene Department will provide care Thursday, Feb. 5 from 1-8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the dental clinic on campus (located in the lower level of Morris Hall).

Appointments are available for children who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for cleanings, x-rays, exams, fluoride treatments and sealants. Those interested in scheduling an appointment should call the dental clinic at 507-389-2147. Minnesota State Mankato will also offer free dental exams and x-rays for adults Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Feb. 8: New Orleans Suspects in Concert

The New Orleans Suspects will perform Sunday, Feb. 8 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub in Mankato from 7:30-9:15 p.m. The concert is cosponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Known for their blazing performances, the New Orleans Suspects combine original songs with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks as well as favorites from the Radiators, Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen repertoire. The San Diego Union Tribune called the group “a rollicking blend of funk, jazz, blues, rock and vintage New Orleans R&B designed to fill dance floors with gyrating celebrants.”

Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 the day of the show. Tickets are available at online at or by phone calling the Performance Series Office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 9: Blood Drive

Upward Bound and the Minnesota State Mankato Volleyball Team are sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive Monday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. To make an appointment, call 507-389-1211 or visit and enter sponsor code 0175952. Walk-ins are also welcomed.

Feb. 10: Study Abroad Fair

A study abroad fair will be Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s MavAve. The fair will present study abroad options such as exchange programs, faculty-led programs and third-party providers for Minnesota State Mankato students. The National Student Exchange features opportunities to attend universities in the U.S. and Canada for students who don’t want to go very far.

Click here for more information. Contact Shelley Loewenhagen, graduate intern at the International Programs Office, at with questions.

Feb. 10: 'Ethics of Economics Institutions'

The Department of Philosophy invites the public to attend a free, semester-long lecture series that will explore the ethics of the economic institutions that structure a market society.

The series will begin Tuesday, Feb. 10 when Lisa Herzog, a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford University Center for Ethics in Society, will present “The Normative Stakes of Economic Growth– 1776 and Today” from 5-6:30 p.m. in Morris Hall 103. Herzog’s presentation is the first of five in the “Ethics of Economics Institutions” lecture series.

Other lecture series events include:

  • Feb. 19– “The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Personal Responsibility”
    Joshua Preiss, Minnesota State Mankato
    5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102
  • March 19– “Basic Income: From Justice to Legitimacy”
    Jurgen De Wispelare, McGill University
    5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102
  • April 2– “Exploitation, Neglect and the Psychology of Moral Judgment: Why You’re Probably Worse than a Price-Gouger, and Why You Probably Don’t Believe It”
    Matt Zwolinski, University of San Diego
    7-9 p.m., Wiecking Center Auditorium
  • April 9– “The Lingering Value of Modern Technology”
    Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado
    5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102

For more information, contact Joshua Preiss, associate professor of philosophy, by phone at 507-389-5518 or by email at

Feb. 10: Singer Eric Koskinen

Singer and songwriter Erik Koskinen will perform with his band Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Koskinen “the state’s best pure country singer/songwriter.”

Since moving to Minneapolis eight years ago, Koskinen has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. With experience stemming from years of traveling north to south and coast-to-coast, Koskinen taps those adventures and encounters in his third album, "America Theatre."

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students. To purchase tickets, visits For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Forensic Team Accomplishments

The Minnesota State Mankato Forensic Team traveled to Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., to compete in the Hell Froze Over Tournament. Forty schools competed in the tournament. University student Cade Shelton placed as a semifinalist in Poetry Interpretation on Jan. 10 and in Prose Interpretation on Jan. 11.

On, Jan. 17-18, the team traveled to the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) to compete in the Iowa Swing Tournament. Minnesota State Mankato placed third on the first day of the tournament and third overall. Ten schools competed in the tournament. Individual achievements are listed below.

Iowa Swing Tournament Day 1:
Zach Aufenthie – third place in Poetry Interpretation
Kaila Beckner – fifth place in Program Oral Interpretation
Jordan Carrillo – second place in Program Oral Interpretation, 1st Communication Analysis
Alex Cutschall – first place in Impromptu Speaking
Caitlin Frymet – third place in Prose Interpretation, 4th Impromptu Speaking
Shelbi Schadendorf – fifth place in Prose Interpretation
Brady Taylor – fifth place in Impromptu Speaking, 3rd Program Oral Interpretation

Iowa Swing Tournament Day 2:
Aletta Arndt – fourth place in Dramatic Interpretation
Kaila Beckner – third place in Program Oral Interpretation
Alex Cutschall and Caitlin Frymet – third place in Duo Interpretation
Caitlin Frymet – third place in Impromptu Speaking
Brady Taylor – fourth place in Poetry Interpretation

Student News

Ozlem Barin, an economics alumna who graduated in December 2014, was a finalist for the Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics) Frank W. Taussig Award. Barin’s paper was supervised by Ihsuan Li, an associate professor of economics.

Faculty/Staff News

A retirement party for Diane A. Berge from the Office of Admissions will be held Monday, Feb. 2 from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Alumni Room, which is located in the Taylor Center.

Karen Fluegge, associate registrar, received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Conference in Minneapolis. The award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession.

A farewell reception for Linda K. Hanson from the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room.

Vicky Hidalgo, recruitment and retention advisor for Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services, and students Leea Reyes (senior) and Maria Ruiz (sophomore) were interviewed on Radio Rey 630 AM's En Contacto radio show, which is recorded in St. Paul. Hidalgo, Reyes and Ruiz discussed Minnesota State Mankato, services offered on campus for Latino students and Latino student stories. Click here for more information about En Contacto podcasts.


Professor Emeritus Clifford Stanley Hendrickson died Jan. 5 at age 90. Hendrickson was employed at the University for 25 years as a professor of electrical engineering and physics until his retirement in 1986. Click here for Hendrickson’s obituary.

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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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