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June 10, 2015 Campus Newsletter

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New Dean of Global Education

Minnesota State University, Mankato Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells announced today (June 10, 2015) that Stephen Stoynoff (pictured) has been named Minnesota State Mankato’s new dean of global education following a national search.

Stoynoff, Minnesota State Mankato’s interim dean for international affairs since August 2013, will serve as the chief international officer for the university and be responsible for providing visionary and strategic leadership for Academic Affairs and the broader university in the areas of international education and global endeavors.

“I am deeply honored to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen Stoynoff as our new dean of global education,” said Wells. “As provost, I have been impressed with the breadth and depth of Dean Stoynoff’s international knowledge and expertise, his enthusiasm to explore new international relationships, thoughtful leadership, sincere commitment to our faculty and students and commitment to a consensus-oriented approach to decision-making.”

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport credited Stoynoff with helping the University’s international education program attain new levels of excellence.

“Under Stephen’s leadership, the University is exceeding our ambitious goals for international education and having a greater impact in creating global solutions, one that is being recognized on campus and globally,” said Davenport. “Signature examples are Steve’s vision and voice with international partnerships that were established with the governments of Brazil and Mexico through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program and the Mexican Proyecta 100,000 program, and with universities in Ecuador, Ivory Coast, and Japan. Steve is well-respected on campus and throughout the system.”

Top 5 Small City

Mankato, Minn., was ranked fifth on a "best small cities in America" list published June 1 on a NerdWallet blog. The web post ranked 100 cities and included descriptions of each of the top 10 cities.

Mankato ranked highly for its employers, including Minnesota State Mankato and its cultural attributes. According to the blog, "galleries, sculpture displays and theaters populate this regional art and culture hub, and miles of biking and hiking paths stretch far beyond the city limits."

Upward Bound Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held Monday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union basement.

Appointments can be made by calling 507-389-1211 or you can make an appointment by going online at and entering sponsor code 0175952.

Walk-ins will also be welcomed. Donations are appreciated, as blood supplies are low at this time.

Employee Expense Reports

Completed Employee Expense Reports for business expenses incurred in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) must be received in the Business Office by July 9, 2015.

Expense reports for expenses incurred in FY15 received after July 9 requires a written explanation which must be approved and signed by the division head before the expenses can be reimbursed.

These expenses will be posted to FY16. This applies not only to travel, but any reimbursement that would be listed under “Other Expenses” on an employee expense report; i.e. supplies, copies, software, tuition, etc.

Also, for your information, a trip which begins in June and extends into July is charged to the fiscal year which has the most days of travel. For example, travel which begins June 28, 2015 and ends July 9, 2015 would get charged to FY16.

2015 POLE Project Wraps Up

Graduate student Yukiko Yamasaki (pictured at right) traveled to Switzerland in May to be present at an exhibition that showcased four months of work by five Minnesota State Mankato students on an international multi-university research project titled “From Morse Codes to the Internet of Things.”

All five Minnesota State Mankato students spent a week in Windisch, Switzerland, in February before returning home to work on the research project. The five students included undergraduates Nicholas Schweisthal and Olumide Ige from the Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, graduate students Todd Edlin and Yamasaki from the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and David Wahl from the Department of Sociology (both departments in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences).

The students were among more than 40 students from around the world who participated in the project. It involved envisioning novel applications for connecting physical things to the Internet in any area of everyday life (e.g. transit, shopping, homes, workplace) and/or scientific or technological applications (e.g. medicine, economy, finance, production).

The project this year was sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

This was the second year in a row that Minnesota State Mankato students participated in the project.

Campus Drive Message

Katy and Matthew Clay, co-chairs of Minnesota State Mankato's 37th Annual Campus Drive for faculty, staff and retirees, submitted the following message, titled "Make an Impact Today and Fund Your Passion," that describes why they have chosen to give back to the University:

"Minnesota State, Mankato has been part of our lives for the past 20 years as Matt has gone from a student to staff member, instructor, and alumni and Katy has gone from student to instructor. To us, there is a sense of pride every day when we drive to work. We see the beautiful campus and feel the sense of excitement from the students as they prepare for their futures. It is wonderful to be part of a place that positively impacts 15,000 students every single day.

"This past year Matt hit a milestone where he realized he had lived in Mankato longer than with his parents. In fact, we are the same age as many of the parents dropping off their first-year students. Our young daughter is already immersed in Minnesota State Mankato culture on a regular basis. We enjoy sharing with her cultural nights, family events, hockey games, and even a department party or two. She wears her Minnesota State Mankato jersey with pride and can spot Stomper a mile away.

"We are proud to be co-chairs of the Campus Drive. We give because we love Minnesota State Mankato, and it makes us happy to know we can help the University continue to do amazing things."

A list of 800 funds to give to is available at, and participants may give a gift by mail, phone, online or visiting the Alumni & Foundation Center, Suite 217. Those with questions should contact Lucette Hurley, director of Annual Giving Programs, at or at 507-389-5279.

Mankato Area Lifelong Learners

Thinking about retirement? Approaching retirement? Do you still look forward to learning and social contacts? Consider joining Mankato Area Lifelong Learners, now in its 18th year. Over 12 classes are held per quarter. The Great Decisions program, dining groups and special events are all available through Mankato Area Lifelong Learners. You get it all with membership. More information is available online at or by calling 507-389-2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.

June 10-13: ‘Xanadu’

The second performance during the Highland Summer Theatre season is the musical “Xanadu,” based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic featuring Olivia Newton-John. “Xanadu” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. June 10-13 in the Ted Paul Theatre and is made possible by an anonymous gift.

It follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time—the first roller disco. It has a book by Douglas Carter Beane, with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. This is Xanadu’s Minnesota State Mankato debut.

They are available online at and at the Theatre & Dance Box Office during regular box office hours, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

June 17: Bike Ride to Rapidan Dam

The seventh annual “Dam Bike Ride!” sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato Student Activities is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. The 24-mile round trip bike ride, free and open to the public, begins at Centennial Student Union on the Minnesota State Mankato campus and takes riders to Rapidan Dam and back.

Riders should meet in front of Centennial Student Union near the flagpoles prior to the 3 p.m. departure time. No registration is needed. A stop will be made at the the Dam Store, where pie is available for purchase.

If it’s raining or determined to be too hot or humid on June 17, the bike ride will be re-scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, with the same departure time and meeting place.

June 18: 'Travels with Road Scholars'

Mankato Area Lifelong Learners is presenting “Travels with Road Scholars” on Thursday, June 18 from 2-4 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 150 Stadium Court (corner of Stolzman and Stadium Road).

Road Scholars (Elderhostel) presents a wide series of domestic and international travels as well as intergenerational experiences. It has been operating since 1975. Lifelong Learner members will discuss their travels and how to select trips to meet your needs (cost, activity level, single or double, meals, etc.) Admission is $5 at the door.

June 23-27: 'Doubt'

The third performance of the Department of Theatre & Dance's 49th annual Highland Summer Season will present the more serious production, “Doubt.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, June 23-27, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Programs.

Written by John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt” is a powerful drama that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. In it, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The real question, it seems, is if the accusation is less about scandal and more about deeply nuanced questions of moral certainty. “Doubt” became a motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. This is the first time Minnesota State Mankato has presented “Doubt.”

Tickets for “Doubt” are $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are on sale online at and through the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

July 9-11, 15-18: 'The Addams Family' Musical

The Department of Theatre & Dance will close its 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with the “ooky” musical comedy, “The Addams Family.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 9-11 & 15-18, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Farrish Johnson Law Office and Lyle Wichmann.

Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before, keep a secret from his wife, Morticia, and is put to the test when Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents come over for dinner.

The Broadway production closed on Dec. 31, 2011, after 722 performances. It won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design but received no other major awards. It has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and is based on characters created by Charles Addams.

Tickets for “The Addams Family” are $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are on sale online at and through the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

Student News

Willy Mekeel, an alumnus with bachelor's and master's degrees in geography, recently was appointed to a full-time tenure-track position at Riverland Community College. According to Don Friend, professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Geography, Mekeel will help Riverland launch its new program in agricultural technology and will also teach geography courses.

Faculty/Staff News

Ed Clark, the University's vice president for information technology and CIO since July 2011, has accepted a position as vice president and CIO with the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Clark's last day at Minnesota State Mankato will be on July 6. A farewell celebration for Clark will be held on Thursday, June 25 from 2-4 p.m. on campus in the Hearth Lounge.

A farewell celebration for Mike Lagerquist, the public relations director for the University's Department of Theatre and Dance, will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 in the party room at Jake's Stadium Pizza on Stadium Road in Mankato.

Sandra K. Eggenberger, professor of nursing and director of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, recently received the Senior Nurse Scientist Award of Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Family Health Section. The award recognizes a nurse researcher with an established record of research in family health nursing and is awarded to an established program of research that has enhanced the science and/or practice of family health nursing.

Medea Myhra has been named a safety officer by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management. Myhra most recently served the University's Department of Chemistry & Geology as the laboratory and stockroom manager, and prior to that was employed by the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute.

University Advancement recently announced that Amber Power has been named the interim associate development officer for the College of Arts and Humanities. She began her new role on June 1. Power has been the assistant director of annual giving for the past four years.

Ishuan Li, associate professor of economics, and Robert Simonson, professor of economic,  presented a paper at the Conference on Teaching and Research on Economic Education, a conference hosted May 27-29 in Minneapolis by the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Education. Li and Simonson presented their paper, “Senior Research Seminar Capstone Course in Economics: Best Practices for Large State Universities.”

Annelies Hagemeister, professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, has been recognized as the 2015 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers – Minnesota. The award was presented to her on June 5 in St. Paul during the 25th annual Minnesota state conference organized by the National Association of Social Workers - Minnesota.

Two faculty received Quality Matters certification for their online courses. QM certification recognizes online and hybrid courses that meet standards for course design after undergoing a peer review process. Faculty and their courses are listed:

  • Lynette Engeswick, advisor in the Department of Dental Hygiene - DHYG 425: Community Dental Health
  • Jennifer Veltsos, associate professor in the Department of English - ENG 676: Instructional Design for Technical Communicators


Professor Emeritus Duane Braaten died May 30 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. He was employed at the University for 30 years as a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences until retiring in 2001.

Emeritus Francis Goettl died on May 12 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato. He was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for 28 years until his retirement in March 2012. During his tenure he held the positions of general maintenance worker, general repair worker and then as a machinery repair worker.

Wes Schuck died on May 4. He was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for 1 ½ years as an adjunct faculty member in performing arts (music).

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