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February 10, 2016 Campus Newsletter

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Residential Life Earns Recognition

A delegation of 10 Minnesota State University, Mankato Residential Life community advisors and two hall directors attended the University of Northern Iowa RA Conference, held from Jan. 29-31 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Minnesota State Mankato delegates presented in five programs, including:

  • Dare to Love Yourself (Maggie O’Connor and Courtney Sill)
  • International Love (Lucas Fontana and Tyler Keller)
  • Be Your Own Hero (Maria Ruiz Mendez and Mallorie Briggs)
  • Walk of Privilege (Mariah Schwecke)
  • Getting Outside the Man Box (Kory Theil)

The Dare to Love Yourself program won a Top 5 Award out of over 100 programs that were presented. Two Minnesota State Mankato teams competed in the case study competition and the team of Samantha Meyer and David Kleppe won a Top-Rated Case Study Award.

 This was the 26th year of the conference, which provides an opportunity for resident assistants and community advisors to come together to meet others from around the region and return to their school with skills and ideas to impact their own campuses.  The conference includes program sessions, a case study competition, a keynote speaker, entertainment and lots of fun.

Purple and Gold Fridays

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to show their Maverick spirit by wearing purple and gold apparel on Fridays, as appropriate to individual work areas.

A variety of branded apparel is available for purchase on campus through the Office of Alumni Relations, Printing Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Centennial Student Union -- but anything representing the University colors is also appropriate!

Undergraduate Research Deadlines

The Undergraduate Research Center announced that the 2016 deadline for applying to the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference (to be held April 4 at Winona State University) as well as the Undergraduate Research Symposium (to be held April 18 at Minnesota State Mankato) is March 4.

For more details on the April 4 Minnesota Undegraduate Scholars Conference, please contact the Undergraduate Research Center at 507-389-1706 or visit the URC Website. For more details about the April 18 Undergraduate Research Conference at Minnesota State Mankato, please contact Alisa Eimen, URS coordinator, at or 507-389-2886.

New ITS Portal

Information and Technology Services will be migrating to a new self-service portal which will replace the current system available. The new portal will continue to allow members of the campus community to find answers to their technology questions and submit requests while also providing the ability to see services that are available to them from the IT Service Catalog, current system status updates and scheduled changes. In addition, this new system will allow the sharing of common knowledge across Minnesota State institutions to allow for decreased solution times for system-wide outages and improved collaboration between local campus and system office staff.

Women of Courage and Vision Reception Nominations

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for this year’s Women of Courage reception. The event will take place March 1 from 3-4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

PCSW celebrates women of courage and vision with a reception in their honor. It recognizes hundreds of women who make a difference on our campus.

Anyone can nominate any woman at Minnesota State Mankato, including students, faculty and staff. Nominations are due by Feb. 19. They can be submitted here.

Job and Internship Fair

The Career Development Center invites all Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni to attend the Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship fair on Friday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Each year, Minnesota State Mankato collaborates with other Minnesota state universities (in St. Cloud, Winona, Moorhead, Bemidji, etc.) to bring a collaborative job and internship fair together for all students and alumni. This year’s fair is expected to have 160 employers present, recruiting for both internships and full-time positions.

Free bus transportation from Mankato is available for students and alumni to and from the event. Students can register in advance for $25 through or register onsite the day of the event for $35 with cash/check.

Not This Weekend 2016

The third annual "Not This Weekend" is an upcoming 96-hour event (from 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 until 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22) sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato Student Health Services, Campus Recreation and various local businesses. The goal of this event is to reduce or eliminate binge drinking in students during the 96-hour weekend event. Students will sign a pledge to abstain from alcohol or abstain from binge drinking and show their “Not This Weekend” sticker or button while participating in campus activities.

Students can sign the pledge during the week of Feb. 15-17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Carkoski Commons dining hall and in the Centennial Student Union or Myers Field House. They can also sign the pledge from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Health Education Office at 100 Carkoski Commons. After signing the pledge, students will receive a schedule of campus and local events and information about participating restaurants and entertainment locations and how to register to win prizes.

Students who pledge and show their “Not This Weekend” sticker or button for the weekend event can (but not limited to):

  • Get a FREE soda when students go to Buffalo Wild Wings Mankato
  • Get a FREE soda or side of chips when students go to Pub 500
  • Get a FREE popcorn or a small combo for only $1.50 at Stomper Cinema
  • Get a $15 lift ticket at Mount Kato after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18
  • Get a FREE game of mini golf at Wow! Zone on Friday, Feb. 19
  • Get entered to WIN great prizes at featured events, which are highlighted in the “Not This Weekend” brochure
  • Get entered to WIN great prizes by completing the Not This Weekend post survey, sent to the students’ MavMail the week following Not This Weekend

For more information about the Not This Weekend, contact Pa Vang at or 507-389-3239.

Forensic Team Accomplishments

The Minnesota State Mankato forensics team traveled to the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College in Cedar Falls and Waverly, Iowa, to compete in the annual Iowa Swing Tournament on Jan. 23 and 24. Eleven schools competed in the first day of the tournament and 10 schools competed in the second day of the tournament.

Minnesota State Mankato students won two events during the tournament, in addition to other accolades. Specifics accomplishments are listed below:

  • Brady Taylor—1st in Informative Speaking and 5th in Impromptu Speaking
  • Aletta Arndt—1st in Program of Oral Interpretation and 2nd in Prose Interpretation
  • Bianca Walton—2nd in Informative Speaking
  • Emmalee Eide—4th in Prose Interpretation and 6th in After Dinner Speaking
  • Alex Smith and Emily Huttner—4th in Duo Interpretation

The team also traveled to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., to compete in the fourth and fifth Valley Forensic League tournaments on Jan. 30-31. Nine schools competed in both tournaments. Specific accomplishments are listed below:

VFL #4, Jan. 30, 2016 @ Concordia College

  • Emmalee Eide—5th Prose Interpretation, 6th Program Oral Interpretation, 4th After Dinner Speaking 
  • Alex Smith—2nd Duo Interpretation, 3rd After Dinner Speaking
  • Emily Huttner — 2nd Duo Interpretation

 VFL #5, Jan. 31, 2016 @ North Dakota State University

  • Emmalee Eide—4th Prose Interpretation, 4th Program Oral Interpretation, 3rd After Dinner Speaking
  •  Alex Smith—5th Duo Interpretation, 2nd After Dinner Speaking
  •  Emily Huttner—5th Duo Interpretation

World Anthropology Day

Minnesota State Mankato will celebrate World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Trafton North, room 359.

This event will celebrate anthropology and its four fields (archeological, biological, cultural, linguistics) while educating those who are unfamiliar with anthropology. It is a day for anthropologists to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them.

Featured speaker Rosemarie Mwaipopo (pictured), a Fulbright scholar, will speak at 5 p.m. in room 253/254/255 of the Centennial Student Union. Her presentation will be titled “Women and Power in African Communities: The Case of Tanzania.”

“This is a great time for anthropology,” said Alisse Waterston, president of the American Anthropological Association. “Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.”

Anthropologists will share their work around the world. Events and activities in Canada, Morocco, India, Egypt, Mexico, Tunisia and across the United States will build enthusiasm and awareness for current and future anthropologists.

World Anthropology Day is an initiative by the American Anthropological Association. Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with more than 10,000 members, is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.

Feb. 10: Business Retention and Expansion Lecture

The Urban and Regional Studies Institute will host University of Minnesota Extension Business Retention and Expansion Program Director Michael Darger as a guest speaker from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Feb. 10 in room 112 of Morris Hall.

Darger provides business retention and expansion consulting and applied research for Minnesota communities and co-teaches courses annually.

If interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Nathan Pasmore at or 507-389-1714 or Lisa Hughes at

Feb. 11: Good Thunder Reading Series

The Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State Mankato will host poet, essayist and literary critic Stephen Burt on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Burt will lead a workshop at 10 a.m. in room 202 of the Centennial Student Union and give a “Talk on Craft” at 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and do a reading from his work, followed by a book-signing in room 245.

All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Burt is a professor of English at Harvard University and has been called “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation” by the New York Times. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Believer and the Boston Review. 

For more information, contact Diana Joseph at or 507-389-5144 or visit the website.

Feb. 14: Memphis-Based Singer/Songwriter Amy LaVere

Amy LaVere, with acoustic guitarist Will Sexton, will perform on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Hailed by critics as “a uniquely Memphis blend of grit and delicacy” and “filled with just enough charm to melt the heart,” LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, bass player and storyteller. She has recorded five releases on the Archer Records label – This World Is Not My Home (2005), Anchors & Anvils (2007), an EP, Died of Love (2009) and Stranger Me (2011). Her latest, Runaway’s Diary (2015), is inspired in part by a very short but real runaway experience LaVere embarked upon as a teenager.

Will Sexton is an artist developed by the unique diversity of the Austin, Texas, music scene, which placed him on stage with local legends at an early age. Many of the sounds of his childhood still resonate in his current work. Sexton has a wide range of credits as a musician, producer and songwriter, from collaborations with Waylon Jennings, to punk legend Johnny Thunders.

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 at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 18-21: 20th Annual Bunny Just Piano Festival

The 20th Annual Bunny Just Piano Festival will highlight performances by professional and amateur pianists Thursday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. Piano festival events are sponsored by the Bunny Just Piano Festival Endowment. 

On Feb. 18, New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall (see calendar listing below).

On Sunday, Feb. 21, classical pianists Douglas Ashcraft (pictured) and David Viscoli will perform a two-piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall. Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. A winner of prizes in many competitions, Ashcraft is an active chamber musician and has performed in recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Jacqueline Du Pre Hall at Oxford University in England. 

Viscoli has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, and Asia. He has also performed at major universities and music academies in North America. Viscoli has competed in national and international piano competition and has won numerous awards. He is currently a professor of piano and distinguished faculty scholar at Minnesota State Mankato.

More information on the festival was published in a press release here. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to Those who want concert information should call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 18: History Forum Lecture Series

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History will host its Spring 2016 History Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 in Centennial Student Union, Room 201.

Michael Lansing, an associate professor from Augsburg College, will present a lecture titled “Insurgent Democracy: New Visions of the Nonpartisan League.” More information is available at

Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cretia Welborn at or the Department of History at 507-389-1618.

Feb. 18: New Orleans Piano Legend Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary, a New Orleans piano legend and a contemporary of Dr. John, Henry Butler and the late Allan Toussaint, is scheduled to perform on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The concert event is sponsored by the Bunny Just Piano Festival and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series.

Cleary is thoroughly steeped in the classic Crescent City keyboard style, from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker and beyond. Cleary uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own unique and eclectic style. 

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

Feb. 23: University Concert Bands

The University Concert Bands will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Concert Bands consists of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble. The bands are composed of university students, staff and community members. Amy Roisum Foley directs both of these ensembles with assistance from graduate assistant Justin Tollefson.

Concert admission is $9 and $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 at 507-389-5549.

Feb. 27: 'This Changes Everything' Film Showing

An informational film titled “This Changes Everything” will be showing from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Filmed over four years in nine countries and five continents, “This Changes Everything,” is an attempt to transform the challenge of global climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestselling book, the film presents seven inspiring portraits of communities facing life-threatening environmental struggles, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

The showing is sponsored by Library Services, the Environmental Committee and Transition Mankato, in partnership with the Social Justice Lecture Series and the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry. For additional information, contact Monika Antonelli at 507-389-2507 or

Individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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Student News

Minnesota State Mankato senior Tatiana Soboleva, a biochemistry major, was recently awarded the Morgan Graduate Fellowship and the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship at Utah State University. She also received a teaching assistantship and an additional fellowship from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Minnesota State Mankato students Marisa Hansen, Andrew Langholz, Ethan Nelson, Nathan Paris and Dillon Petrowitz were interviewed by KEYC-TV for a news story that aired Jan. 29. They worked with Janesville to vie for funding for funding from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program, part of a national program aimed at creating safe opportunities for students to walk or bike to school. They were featured in a Waseca County News article.

Faculty/Staff News

Nancy Fitzsimons, professor in the Department of Social Work, was quoted in a Star Tribune article published Feb. 4 online about disability rights.

Allison Land, assistant professor of biology, recently spoke to Digity Media about the Zika virus. A copy of the news story and sound bytes are available here.

Department News 

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ February Good News (broken link) is now available.

The [PDF] Office of University Fellowships’ Spring 2016 newsletter (122 KiB) is now available.

The Spring 2016 edition of the [PDF] Institutional Review Board Newsletter (308 KiB)is now available.

The [PDF] Human Resources Newsletter (438 KiB) is now available.

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation’s Legacy Society newsletter is available here.


Lorrain Miner Wright, staff member emerita, died Jan. 14. She worked at the University for 25 years in the Registrar’s Office, Business Office and in the University News Bureau. Read her full obituary here.

Burton Meisel, professor emeritus, died Jan. 21. He was a professor in the Speech Communication Department for 28 years. Read his full obituary here.

Online TODAY Magazine

Visit the online TODAY magazine at to keep up-to-date with news, alumni and stories about the people who help make this University great.

The mission of TODAY is to entertain, to inform and to connect the reader to the campus. The print TODAY is mailed twice per year to 95,000 alumni and friends.

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

Content is updated regularly, so check back often!


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the campus newsletter? Send news items to the Media Relations Office at The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year (except during scheduled break weeks) and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Wednesday, Feb. 24. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday, Feb. 19.

You should also submit your event to the university's official Campus Events Calendar by sending an email to Shirley Piepho at