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March 14, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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State Forensics Success

The Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team placed third in overall team sweepstakes at the state tournament Feb. 17-18 at St. Cloud State University. Nine institutions competed in the tournament.

Of the 11 state championship award categories, Minnesota State Mankato students placed in nine of them.

  • Kassidy Tocco – 2nd place in Informative Speaking (qualifying for the NFA national tournament); 5th place in After Dinner Speaking
  • Alex Mathiowetz – 6th place in Prose Interpretation; 4th place in Oratory; 6th place in Duo Interpretation; 4th place in Communication Analysis
  • Kaylee Matuszak – 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation; 2nd place in Program of Oral Interpretation (qualifying for the NFA national tournament)
  • Jacqueline Tomas – 4th place in Program of Oral Interpretation; 4th place in Duo Interpretation
  • Kylee Johnson – 4th place in Duo Interpretation; 6th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Emily Duley – 6th place in Duo Interpretation; 4th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Kaylene Kruse – 5th place in Poetry Interpretation

Residence Life Honors

The Maverick Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) earned the Chapter of the Year award at this year’s Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Regional Business Conference at Truman State University.

National Residence Hall Honorary is a student-run organization that is comprised of exemplary residential students who value service and recognition.

In addition, Residential Life Community Advisor Steph Lowe (Crawford Residence Community) was awarded the National Residence Hall Honorary President of the Year award at the conference.

All NRHH chapters in the 32-school Midwest region have the opportunity to submit an award bid recognizing their chapter president.

Handball Teams Excel

The Minnesota State Mankato men's and women's handball teams finished in third place combined at the 2018 United States Handball Association's national collegiate handball tournament, held Feb. 21-25 at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

The Maverick women's team finished third overall, just 13 points out of second place.

The Maverick men's team finished fourth overall.

Freshman Michael Gaulton made it to the semifinals of the Open division (3rd overall). He was an All-American and All-Tournament player. 

Carina Aguilar finished 13th in the country, the second-highest finish for a Maverick women's player. Jordan Taylor from the men's team finished 13th in the country.

Austin Biddle won the men's A1 championship. Erin Kost won the women's B1 championship. Nikki Theobald was runner-up in the women's A1 bracket. Joelle Anderson and Maddie Kennedy were runners-up in the women's A doubles. Courtney Sill received one of the Sportsmanship Awards at the banquet Saturday. She received at least 8 separate nominations.

The top 6 men and top 6 women scored for the Mavericks in the team competition. The Maverick women that scored were Carina Aguilar (13th); Nikki Theobald (18th); Courtney Sill (21st); Maddie Kennedy (21st); Crystal Theobald (25th); and Joelle Anderson (37th).

The Maverick men that scored were Michael Gaulton (3rd); Jordan Taylor (13th); Austin Biddle (17th); Clay Edwards (57th); D’Ante Ross (57th); and Same Ure (72nd).

Open House in Edina

Minnesota State University, Mankato's graduate and professional education center is now open on the fifth floor at 7700 France Avenue in Edina.

The campus community is invited to see the new space at an open house Thursday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m.

 Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will be on hand for a brief 5:30 p.m. program that celebrates the opening of the facility.

Ample parking is available, including handicapped parking. For directions or more information about the location, click here. To learn more about University Extended Education and the programs in Edina, click here.

Questions may be directed to Jill Krosch at

Graduate Assistant Stipend

Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Education Stephen Stoynoff recently announced that beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, the graduate assistantship stipend at Minnesota State Mankato will be set at a minimum of $5,000 per semester (fall and spring) for those assistantships supported by the University's general fund.

This is a significant development that recognizes the valuable contribution graduate assistants make to the mission of the University, and it will assist in recruiting highly qualified graduate students. The revised graduate assistantship policy is available at this link (broken link).

For more information, contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research at 507-389-1242.


Minnesota State Mankato's Environmental Committee announced that the University is one of 190 schools participating in "Recyclemania," a competition to see which campus can recycle the most from Feb. 4 through April 1.

Last year, Minnesota State Mankato finished 127th with a recycling/ waste diversion rate of 25.9%.

As part of "Recyclemania," the Environmental Committee is hosting a game-day event on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Bresnan Arena during both the 4 p.m. women's and 6 p.m. men's basketball games. Spectators attending the Maverick basketball games are asked to bring something to recycle to help out campus recycling numbers

The Environmental Committee aims to make Minnesota State Mankato an environmentally friendly campus, and hopes that involvement in programs like "Recyclemania" will lead to a greater emphasis on recycling in the future.

For more information, please contact Erik Olson, student co-chair of the Environmental Committee and president of Habitat for Humanity at Minnesota State Mankato.

Sesquicentennial Events

University departments or units hosting a sesquicentennial event are asked to submit event information to the 150th committee so it can be included on the 150th events page. The same form may be used to request the 150th portable exhibit panels.

After events, departments are asked to consider submitting photos with captions to be included on the past events galleries page.

Gallery submissions may be sent to

More information is available on the sesquicentennial page:

City-University Partnership Bus Wrap

On Tuesday, March 6, The City of Mankato “unwrapped” the new City/Minnesota State Mankato bus-wrapped bus. The City’s 150th and the University’s 150th sesquicentennial are both being celebrated this year. The new bus wrap highlights:

  • The University's Aviation Program in partnership with the Mankato Regional Airport. 
  • The University's men's and women's hockey teams in partnership with the Verizon Wireless Center and the City of Mankato. Men’s and women’s team captains grace part of one side of the bus.
  • Minnesota State Mankato Campus Security and Mankato Public Safety, with representatives from both agencies pictured on the bus.

March 13-16: Good Thunder Reading

Minnesota author Lesley Nneka Arimah and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Jessica Guess March 13-16 are the sixth and seventh writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Arimah, this year’s Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer, will hold a workshop daily Tuesday-Friday, March 13-16 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato. On Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30-8:30 pm, Arimah and Guess will read from their work in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

On Thursday, March 15, Arimah will also hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (150 Stadium Court in Mankato). All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Arimah is originally from the United Kingdom but now resides in Minneapolis. She is the author of the short story collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls from The Sky,” and a forthcoming novel. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, GRANTA and elsewhere.

Guess is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an MFA candidate in Minnesota State Mankato’s Creative Writing Program, a composition instructor and a workshop leader for the Good Thunder Reading Series outreach program.

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

March 16: Children Invited to 'Experience Psychology'

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Psychology encourages faculty, staff and students to bring their children an “Experiencing Psychology” event Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (224 Lamm St., Mankato).

The event, intended to get children excited about psychology, is geared toward children ranging in age from 2-12, but is most appropriate for ages 4-10. The event requires paid admission to the Children’s Museum.

Demonstrations will include showing what a human brain looks like, how people can improve memory skills and how psychological science shapes people’s lives.

A few of the many activities for children will include:

  • Match emotion games that ask children to explore similarities and differences in human and animal emotions.
  • “Create a brain cell” in which children will build neurons using fun, colorful supplies.
  • “Build your own brain” in which children will use Play-Doh to construct a brain.
  • Night vision goggle demonstration that will show children how vision can change in different environments.

The event is a “first-of-its-kind” partnership between Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Psychology and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, said Karla Lassonde, associate professor of psychology at the University.

For more information, contact Lassonde by phone at 507-389-5827 or by email at

March 17: Broadway Artist David Yazbek

The University's Department of Music is proud to present an evening with the multi Tony Award-nominated artist David Yazbek (pictured), known for writing the music and lyrics for Broadway hits “The Full Monty,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

The concert event is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, housed in Minnesota State Mankato’s Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Yazbek is also in residence in the Department of Music from Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17 conducting master classes for University music students. He will be joined by four accomplished Broadway musicians for the residency events.

An accomplished musician, Yazbek has released five rock albums to date which highlight his unique perspective and wry sense of humor. He has also written many songs and background music for children's television shows, especially those produced for Disney’s cable television channel. He also co-wrote the theme song to the Emmy award winning PBS-TV series “Where in The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” with songwriter Sean Altman.

In addition to his work with Broadway shows, Yazbek has produced tracks for the band XTC. The band’s lead singer, Andy Partridge, has collaborated on Yazbek's solo albums. Yazbek also has written for or produced recordings by Tito Puente, The Persuasions and Queen.

Afro-Cuban percussionist Javier Diaz, drummer Dean Sharenow, electric bassist Alexandra Eckhardt, and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky will join Yazbek.

Concert admission is $15 and $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, (507) 389-5549.

March 18: Flutist James DeVoll

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will host flutist James DeVoll in a performance Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

DeVoll has appeared on concerts and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. Based in the Twin Cities, he maintains a busy freelance schedule performing in a variety of settings.

In addition to playing principal flute with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the La Crosse Symphony and he has worked with dozens of composers in the premieres of over 30 works.

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, (507) 389-5549.

March 20: 39th Annual Frontier Forum

Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Chelsea Mead will discuss “Mother Tongues and Memories: Indigenous Languages at Minnesota State University, Mankato” in a lecture from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, the 39th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Mead’s talk explores the historic and present-day relationships between educational institutions, Indigenous communities and Indigenous languages. Topics such as colonization, educational policies and practices and the global movement to revitalize Indigenous languages are discussed.

Mead highlights Minnesota State Mankato’s relationships with local Native American communities, the University’s efforts in Indigenous language education and strategies for healing from the past while supporting positive relationships into the future.

For more information about the presentation, contact Mead by phone at 507-389-1302 or by email at For more information about the Frontier Forum, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, by phone at 507-389-5699 or by email at

March 20: Guest Speaker on Sustainability Efforts

Minnesota State Mankato alumnus James Jacquart, assistant director for campus sustainability and residential initiatives at UMass Dartmouth, will give a presentation titled "Maverick Sustainability: Where Do We Go from Here?" Tuesday, March 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Jacquart's presentation is free and open to the public.

Jacquart’s office at UMass Dartmouth has reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling rates and received the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Leading by Example Award in 2008 and 2014.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Environmental Committee is sponsoring Jacquart’s presentation, which is intended to help the University accelerate its sustainability efforts, said Paul Prew, associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State Mankato and co-chair of the University’s Environmental Committee.

For more information, contact Paul Prew by phone at 507-389-5674 or by email at

March 20: University Orchestra Performance

Minnesota State Mankato's University Orchestra will perform Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Orchestra provides a laboratory for the study of orchestral playing and a practical introduction to orchestral literature.

Orchestra director Joseph Rodgers has transformed the university orchestra by inviting area community members to join the former University Orchestra to perform with university student musicians. The orchestra has quadrupled in size and offers an abundance of new opportunities for both students and community members.

Rodgers says, “I sincerely believe that the new performing group gives our students experience getting to know community members as well as learning from them.”

Many of the community members playing in the Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra also perform or have performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

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, (507) 389-5549.

March 22: Jeffrey Horner History Lecture

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of History is sponsoring a spring 2018 lecture series titled "Urban America: Emerald City or Arkham Asylum." This year's lecture series will explore important episodes in recent history that have led to policy changes, debate and fictional depictions of the American city and how our urban present might provide signs for the future ahead. Three lectures are scheduled. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The second lecture in the series will be held Thursday, March 22 at 5 p.m. (location to be determined--contact Department of History at 507-389-6510 for room) with a talk by Jeffrey Horner, a professor and the director of urban studies at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Horner's March 22 lecture is titled "The Detroit Rebellion of 1967: Causes, Events and Outcomes." This event (recently depicted in the 2017 Hollywood film Detroit) prompted President Lyndon Johnson to create the Kerner Commission, which subsequently concluded that the United States was becoming “Two Societies, Separate and Unequal.”  Horner has taught and written extensively on various aspects of the Detroit Rebellion.  He recently edited a comprehensive anthology titled "The Straight Detroit: America's Premier Legacy City" that was published in 2016.

The third and final presentation in the Department of History's spring lecture series is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11. The first lecture in the series was Feb. 26.

For more information, please contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-6510 or by email at

March 24-25: 'Wrapped in Lyrics; Music of Women Composers'

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will host a performance titled "Wrapped in Lyrics: Music of Women Composers" Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. The performance features Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music vocal instructor Stephanie Thorpe, soprano.

The recital performance, in honor of Women’s History Month, is a culmination of Thorpe's extensive research of contemporary classical women composers and contemporary commercial composers. This unique combination of women composers has often been researched and performed, but rarely together and by the same performer.

Through the words and music of female composers, this recital is an adventure in storytelling and highlights a variety of styles and genres. The majority of the composers chosen for this recital are advocates for the arts, activists for a variety of causes, and are unique artists in their own right.

The first section of the recital is contemporary, featuring repertoire by Georgia Stitt, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile, and Sara Bareilles, with lyrics found in everyday situations or miniature life adventures. The second section of the recital focuses on four unique settings of Christina Rossetti’s poem, “Song.” Three of the settings feature music composed by living composers.

The second half of the recital is a blend between contemporary and classical genres, with music by Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile, k.d. lang and Minnesota-based composer Jocelyn Hagen. This final section is a study of sensuality in lyrics in both classical and contemporary genres.

Concert admission is $9 for community members, $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.

March 26: Senior Art Exhibit Reception

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students will display their art at the University’s Conkling Gallery from March 26 to May 1 in three annual senior exhibits.

Show 1 will run from March 26-April 3, with a reception Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Conkling Gallery. The public is welcome to meet all students in each show on the first night of every exhibit.

Students whose art will be displayed in the first exhibit include Joshua Bartels, Alycia Bond, Timothy Falconer, Kevin Hebert, Kayla Jensen, Meaghan Kazak, Jacob Milbrett, Ethan Owusu, Brieanna Puckett, Elizabeth Stensland and Sarah Tobiason.

Show 2 will run from April 9-17, with a reception Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery, while Show 3 will run from April 23-May 1, with a reception Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery.

March 27: 'We Have Ag!' Event

The next panel discussion in a Minnesota State University, Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Tuesday, March 27 and address “Water Quality in our Agriculture-Rich Region: Challenges & Opportunities.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in agriculture, food and natural resources. The series events will be live-streamed.

The format for each session will be a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, two-five speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow each event.

For more information about the colloquium series, please contact the University’s Office of the Provost by phone at 507-389-1333.

March 28: Health Biomedical Sciences Summit

Minnesota State Mankato's Colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Science, Engineering & Technology are holding a day-long (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit on March 28 that addresses how partnerships can help build a healthier community. Mayo Clinic Health System is the presenting sponsor.

The event is titled "Building a Health Community: Innovating Through Partnerships." CEUs will be available for all attendees.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and listen to dynamic speakers and presentations. A full schedule and online registration is available here. The day also includes tours of classrooms and labs, including the new Clinical Sciences Building; lunch and an afternoon social. The cost to attend is $50.

March 28: Film 'Through the Banks of the Red Cedar'

A screening of “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” a film about the historical impact desegregation had on college athletics and how it helped shape today's profession, will be shown Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium with a panel Q&A starting at 8:20 p.m.

The event is free for students and the public and will include a post-screening panel Q&A. The film will be an option-captioned screening and have an ASL interpreted discussion to ensure the event is accessible.

The panel Q&A will include discussions about early African American pioneers in college and professional sports and be moderated by Kenneth Reid, director of Minnesota State Mankato's Center for African American Affairs. The panel will include the filmmaker, Maya Washington, and former Michigan State and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington.

“Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” is a story about Michigan State's head football coach, Duffy Daugherty, and how his decision to fully integrate his football team in 1963 led to sweeping changes during the height of the civil rights movement in America.

The film was produced by Maya Washington, daughter of Gene Washington, who was part of Daugherty’s integrated football team. The film is being shown at universities nationwide and is also being shown at film festivals across the country.

“What happened fifty years ago is still relevant today. The film is a tribute to my dad and the men of his generation who paved the way for African-American athletes in college and professional sports,” said Maya Washington. “I think, for our generation, what I am hoping the film does is sort of create this bridge. I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from my dad’s generation. From how they overcome real, serious obstacles and confronted a lot of unfortunate injustices so that we could have the life that we have today.” 

This event is sponsored by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment and organized by the University's Office of the President, the Student Events Team, and the Center for African- American Affairs. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information, please contact Josh Corbin at or call 507-581-0838.

Student News

Minnesota State Mankato's DREAM (Data Resources for Eager Analytical Minds) registered student organization was featured in a recent Sun Current newspaper article that was published with the headline "Concerning College: Big data explodes."

Minnesota State Student Association President AbdulRahmane Abdul-Aziz was the Minnesota State Mankato representative for the Students United 2018 Washington D.C. lobby trip, from March 6-9. This annual trip is the only time student representatives from all Minnesota State universities travel to Washington D.C. to lobby on a specific legislative agenda that encompasses the topics pre-determined by students as important to them. Participating in this year's trip were 10 students, which included five student body presidents, and Students United’s student officers. The state chair of Students United is Faiçal Rayani, who is also a Minnesota State Mankato student, meaning two students from Minnesota State Mankato were on this year's advocacy team. During this year's trip, students met U.S. senators and representatives and their staff to discuss topics such as Title IX, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Federal Perkins Loan, expansion of the Pell Grant and textbook affordability.

Darian Wohlrabe won third place in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association College Young Artist Piano Competition on Feb. 24. She is a student of David Viscoli.

Members of the Minnesota State Student Association participated in a "Pedal Past Poverty" event held at the YMCA on Saturday, Feb. 24. MSSA raised money for homeless shelters like the Welcome Inn and Theresa House. Barnes & Noble helped sponsor the $1,000 MSSA donation bike.

Faculty/Staff News

James Mackey has been hired as a full-time graphic artist in Printing Services, effective March 2. Mackey has worked in a temporary graphic design role in Printing Services for the past year.

Stephen Druschel, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, was presented with a Distinguished Engineer award by the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies at a Feb. 28 awards and recognition banquet in St. Paul, Minn.

Department News

The College of Business recently published its March eNews. Past issues can be viewed at that link, and individuals may also sign up for the College of Business email list at the same link. More information is available by sending an email to

The March 2 edition of the Community Engagement newsletter is now available. The newsletters can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of the page at this link or by sending an email to and requesting a copy.

University Dining Services is celebrating National Nutrition Month in March. More information is available on the University Dining Services website, where social media links are also available.

The Student Events Team is holding the fourth annual Stomper's Film Festival on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 173. More information on that event is available here, as is information on other upcoming events sponsored by the Student Events Team.

The School Psychology Doctoral Program conducted 16 presentations at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists in Chicago, held Feb. 13-18. The presentations and presenters are noted below (asterisks indicate doctoral students).

  • Shawna Petersen-Brown and her colleagues from University of Detroit Mercy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Toledo presented a paper titled “Summarizing Research on Touch-Based Devices: Swipe Left or Right.”
  • Samantha Steinman, Chip Panahon, Alexandra Hilt-Panahon and Shawna Petersen-Brown presented a paper titled “Investigating the Effects of Performance Feedback and Choice on Writing.”
  • Shawna Petersen-Brown, Jannine Ray*, Ashlee Lundberg* and Carrie Riss* presented a paper titled “Enhancing Maintenance Through Spaced Practice: A School-Based Application.”
  • Jeff Brown, Cassandra Schreiber*, Ashley Williamson* and Austin Rogers* presented a paper titled “Culturally Competent Adaptations for Math RTI in African American Children.”
  • Andrew Gelbmann* and Kevin Filter presented a poster titled “Trends and Patterns in Commitment to Implement SWPBIS.”
  • Maggie West* presented a poster titled “Administrator Turnover and Fidelity of Implementation of PBIS.”
  • Jessica Wiswell*, Jennifer Nelson* and Lars Olson* presented a poster titled “Observing Positive Behavior in Classrooms.”
  • Alexandra Hilt-Panahon, Jannine Ray* and Chip Panahon presented a poster titled “Applying a Tootling Intervention to Special Education Classrooms.”
  • Kevin Filter and Jeff Brown presented a paper titled “The PBIS-ACT: A Measure of Staff Commitment to Implement PBIS.”
  • RaeLynn Lamminen*, Cassandra Schreiber*, Rachel Burlet* and Dan Houlihan presented a paper titled “International Collaboration: Using the Consultation Model Abroad.”
  • Cassandra Schreiber*, MJ Gunderson*, Shawna Petersen-Brown and Chip Panahon presented a poster titled “Validating the Instructional Hierarchy.”
  • Marissa Hamilton* and Kevin Filter presented a poster titled “The Theory of Planned Behavior Regarding Student Academic Achievement.”
  • Cassandra Schreiber*, Jeff Brown and Julie Bowen* presented a paper titled “Promoting School Readiness in Children of Immigrant Families.”
  • Megan Johnson*, Kennedi Alstead*, Eva Dela Paz* and Nico Campa* presented a poster titled “Examining the Faculty Characteristics in NASP-Approved School Psychology Program.”
  • Megan Johnson*, RaeLynn Lamminen*, Chip Panahon and Shawna Petersen-Brown presented a poster titled “An Updated Look at Consultation Training, Skills, and Engagement.”
  • Dan Houlihan and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin-Madison presented a poster titled “Examining Family Educational Involvement in Belize.”


Steven Sharits, who was an instructional communications enginering chief at Minnesota State Mankato and was employed with the University for 31 years before retiring in 2000, died Feb. 19. An obituary is available here.

Marvin "Marv" Metzler, who was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for 18 years as a general maintenance worker, retiring in 1998, died Feb. 23. An obituary is available here.

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