April 25, 2018 Campus NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2018-04-25/
Campus Compact State Awards
A Minnesota State University, Mankato student, faculty member and staff member were each honored with Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards at Minnesota Campus Compact's annual summit and awards luncheon, held April 19 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
Erik Olson (left in photo), student co-chair of the University's Environmental Committee, was one of 26 students throughout the state to receive a Presidents' Student Leadership Award. This award is for an individual student (or a student organization) who models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. At Minnesota State Mankato, Olson coordinates the Recyclemania competition, organizes Earth Day events and furniture drives, leads fundraisers and awareness campaigns to support environmental awareness.
Carol Glasser (center in photo), assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Corrections and director of Kessel Peace Institute, was one of 25 statewide recipients of a Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award is for a member of the faculty, administration or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. Glasser promotes and practices publicly engaged sociology with an emphasis on animal welfare, food access and civil rights.
Jessica Flatequal (right in photo), director of gender and sexuality programs at the University, along with SCMN Pride, was one of 24 statewide recipients of a Presidents’ Community Partner Award. This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes. Flatequal and SCMN Pride work to help bring together a visible and vibrant LGBT and Allied community in south central Minnesota. In addition to its annual Pride Parade and festival, SCMN Pride works with faculty, students, and staff on campus to build awareness of issues facing the LGBT community.
The University's Professional Development Committee announced that "Professional Development Day" for the 2019 fiscal year will be held Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to save the date, mark their calendars and plan to participate in this event, which will include a variety of sessions to choose from throughout the day.
In addition, the Professional Development Committee will be hosting an "Employee Resource Fair" in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Campus departments, committees, and organizations are encouraged to host a table at this event to get the word out about your services. It’s also a great time to get together with Minnesota State Mankato colleagues and friends from across the campus.
The Center for Talent Development will be offering an eight-week academy series launching May 1. This series addresses the needs of soft skills for young professionals, seasoned employees and leaders. The pilot program is offered at a greatly reduced rate of $79 (value of $795) for faculty and staff.
To find more information about dates, times and location, and to register, visit the Continuing & Professional Education website, and use code PSSA when registering. For more information, call 507-389-1094 or send an email to email@example.com.
Key topics that will be presented include teamwork & collaboration; communication skills; problem solving; business writing; high-performance mindset; creative thinking & innovation; delivering and accepting professional feedback; and cultural competency.
Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Residential Life is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to help greet students and parents as they arrive to move into the residence halls Thursday, Aug. 23.
Faculty and staff will greet students and parents, direct them to the correct buildings to get keys and information and watch heaps of belongings that are piled in front of residence halls. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt to wear during their shift.
Volunteers are needed from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entire shifts are from 7:45-11:45 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. If a volunteer cannot work an entire shift, he or she is welcome to volunteer for just a few hours.
Those interested in volunteering or who have any questions are asked to contact Torin Akey, associate director of residential life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-389-1011 by June 29. Volunteers should include their T-shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) and shift preference. Additional information will be provided to move crew volunteers in August.
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 email@example.com.
More information is available on the sesquicentennial page: http://www.mnsu.edu/150/
The Community Engagement Office and Student Activities encourage the campus community to spend a morning giving back to the community on Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Individuals or groups may sign up for activities at various sites that may include campus clean-up, landscaping, park clean-up, etc. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Members of the University's Environmental Committee will be planting a bee-friendly garden in a prairie lot on campus that is southwest of the toll lot in addition to helping with campus clean-up. Last year volunteers picked up 11 bags (55-gallon size) of trash as part of the effort.
Check-in and the welcome ceremony will begin at about 8:30 a.m., and groups will head out to their service sites to serve from 10 a.m.-noon. After the service is done, groups will promptly return to campus for free lunch and live music by Irie Minds. There will also be a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the flexible programming space on the lower level of Centennial Student Union.
If the weather is good, the welcome ceremony will be on the University mall between Armstrong Hall, Wigley Administration Building and Memorial Library. If the weather is not good, the opening event will be held in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.
The group volunteer form can be found here and the individual volunteer form can be found here. More questions? Contact Kennedi Alstead, graduate advisor in the Community Engagement Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota State Mankato Jazz Maverick Big Band and the University Jazz Maverick Lab Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Avenue.
The University Jazz Maverick Big Band will perform traditional jazz charts along with arrangements of contemporary pop songs. The group is directed by Douglas Snapp, director of jazz studies.
The University Jazz Maverick Lab Band strives to expand beyond traditional jazz genres, performing a wide variety of pop/rock and contemporary styles. The group is directed by Will Frame, a graduate assistant in the Department of Music.
General admission is $9 and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.
Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business will hold its annual research day event Friday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the University’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, located at 424 N. Riverfront Drive, Room 210, in Mankato.
Recipients of College of Business faculty research awards will give presentations. The event is open to the public. There is no cost, but those wishing to attend are asked to register online here.
College of Business Annual Research Day Agenda
- 9:30 a.m. – Food and Networking
- 10 a.m. – Welcome
- 10:15 a.m. – Presentation of Awards
- 10:30 a.m. – Presentation of Research
- 12 p.m. – Conclusion
The 2017-18 Research Award recipients include faculty members Oksana Kim (Accounting) and Puneet Jaiprakash (Finance). Each will give an approximately 20-minute presentation of their research findings. The 2018-19 Research Award recipients include faculty members Leon Chen (Finance), Christine Brown Mahoney (Management) and Marilyn Fox (Management). Each will give an approximately 10-minute overview of their research project in the coming year.
A news release with more information is available here.
The Minnesota State Mankato spring dance concert will feature diverse works choreographed by faculty, students and Andreas guest artist Ruben Del Valle Jr., who has performed on Broadway.
Del Valle Jr. is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and holds an MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School. He has appeared on Broadway as Young Simba in “The Lion King,” was a featured vocalist in the Musical Theater Works gala benefit concert, and originated the role of Jack Scott in Disney’s stage version of “High School Musical.”
Del Valle Jr. was last seen on tour with Theater Works’ production of “Freedom Train” as Harriet Tubman’s brother, David, before relocating to Minnesota with his wife and son several years ago. At Minnesota State Mankato, he appeared as Amonasro in “Aida” in 2017.
The dance concert will run 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts. The Student Dance Showcase, exclusively featuring student work, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Ted Paul Theatre.
Tickets for the spring dance concert are $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets for the Student Showcase are $5 and available at the door.
Nearly 900 students in grades 3 through 6 from more than 100 Minnesota elementary schools have registered approximately 770 projects for the annual elementary division of the Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held Saturday, April 28 in Myers Field House on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.
The exhibit hall is free and open to the public from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 28, and all are welcome to stop in and support the hard work of these future scientists. An award ceremony that begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena is also open to the public.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair is hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology, and the fair is intended to foster a passion for exploration and discovery in students from 3rd grade through high school. Participation prepares students for college, allows them to compete for scholarships and introduces them to career opportunities in science and engineering. The middle school and high school science and engineering fair was held Feb. 17.
For more information about any of the science fairs, please call 507-389-2849 or send an email to email@example.com.
Students from Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music vocal studios will perform Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and again Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.
In the performance, "Musical Fantasies & Fairy Tales," princesses find their princes, evil stepmothers and stepsisters get their due, freaks find their friends and the Red Queen lets everyone keep their heads.
"Musical Fantasies & Fairy Tales" is directed by Stephanie R. Thorpe, choreographed by freshman music industry major Jada LaFrance and assisted by musicians Ben Marti, Logan Burns, Johnathan Moeller, Ryan Rader and Garrett Steinberg.
The student performers are ecstatic about their upcoming performances.
Concert admission is $12 and $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 www.mnsu.edu/music.
For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.
Students in a Minnesota State Mankato course, Sociology in Action, will present results of a campus food insecurity study and assessment of current services available to hungry students in a presentation Tuesday, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 253.
The presentation, free and open to everyone, will include the results from the survey that were based on recently conducted in-depth interviews with Minnesota State Mankato students about food insecurity and resource assessment. The 13 undergraduate students and two graduate students in the course will explain their roles and contributions to the research.
The survey found, that on the Minnesota State Mankato campus, students who identified as Asian American and Black were more likely to experience food insecurity than White students.
The Sociology in Action course is taught by Assistant Professor Carol Glasser in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University. For more information regarding the research and presentation date, contact Glasser by phone at 507-389-1345 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students are displaying their art at the University’s Conkling Gallery from March 26 to May 1 in three annual senior exhibits. The public is welcome to meet all students in each show on the first night of every exhibit.
Show 1 ran from March 26-April 3. A March 26 reception was held for the students displaying their art in Show 1. Show 2 ran from April 9-17. An April 9 reception was held for the students displaying their art in Show 2.
Show 3 started April 23 and runs through May 1. An April 23 reception was held for the students displaying their art in Show 3. Students whose art is displayed in the third show include Dominic Bona, Devon Flohrs, Sarah Huttner, Olivia Isaacson, Jessica Juhlin, Kathryn Mast, Samantha Murnane, Alyssa Pilney, Dustin Pumarlo, Kailee Seifert, Bethany Thalman and Roberta Zamma Gallarati.
Minnesota State Mankato students taking an art history class, "Museums and Exhibition," are co-curating an art exhibition called "Afterthought" from April 20 – May 5 at the 410 Project Gallery (523 S. Front St., Mankato). An opening reception will be held Friday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit and opening reception is open to the public.
The exhibit features 54 works of art selected from the university’s permanent collection as well as from abandoned and unfinished works left behind by former students. According to an exhibit preview, "this unique show calls into question the value and meaning of art and how this changes in relationship to ownership and abandonment."
Works featured in "Afterthought" include sculpture, printmaking, ceramic, painting, drawing, photography and installation by students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the university, including both known and unknown artists.
On behalf of Minnesota State Mankato's Employee Recognition Committee, and to express gratitude for a great year, all employees are invited to the employee appreciation breakfast.
The breakfast is Monday, May 7 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the University Dining Center. There will be a program at 8:45 a.m.
A breakfast buffet will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice.
Offices may be closed for the period of time all staff are at the event.
This is intended to be a day that the University's employees can enjoy.
The Office of Student Activities hosted its 14th Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 15. The ceremony was executed similar to the Academy Awards, and nearly 100 people were in attendance to honor both nominees and award recipients. The award categories and winners are listed below. Additional photos are available here.
- Big Ideas. Real-World Thinking.: Sarah Aldrich (student); Ashley Strom (staff)
- Commitment to Cultural Responsiveness: Sophia Hoiseth
- Maverick Spirit: Oghomwen Amadasun; Rasheed Al Arami
- Outstanding Campus Volunteer: Briana Sieve
- Outstanding Collegian: Ana Leyva; Jeanne Kelley
- Outstanding Recognized Student Organization: Circle K; Student Ambassadors
- Outstanding Recognized Student Organization Advisor: Anne Dahlman
- Recognized Student Organization Exemplary Service Award: Honors student body
- Rising Star: Katie Leibel
- Scott Hagebak Centennial Student Union Hall of Fame: Alex Arndt (student); David Cowan (staff)
- Community Engagement (Davy & Murray) Scholarships: Rebecca Carpenter; Melanie Bengtson; Briana Sieve; Mikayla Swanson; Elizabeth Guss; Joshua Lazarus; Gillian Anye
Institutional Diversity presented the following student leadership awards on April 17:
Outstanding Student Employees
- OASIS Center: Brittany Carl
- Multicultural Center: Katie McQueen
- Gender and Sexuality Programs: Katie Famer
Student Leadership Awards
- Latino Affairs: Luis Orozco-Marmolejo; Randall Peralta-Jimenez
- LGBT aand Women's Center: Ray Witte; Lili Kovacs
- American Indian Affairs: Awna Cournoyer; Stephanie Johnson
- African American Affairs: Dashan Bell; Latisha Townsend
- Asian American Affairs: Cher Vang; Gao Sheng Vu
- GPS Program: Elijah Calderon-Pitchford; Abdurrahman Guantai
- Violence Awareness and Response Program: Jonathan Arndt; Adrienne Gruenes
- Diversity Merit: Lydia Jagodzinski
- Diversity Outreach: Ibelizet Dominguez
- Diversity Service: Abdulrahmane Abdul-Aziz
- Diversity Ambassador: TreJuan Carlson
- Diversity Unity: Estefania Lujan
- Excellence in Diversity: Benjamin Thao
- LGBT Center Rainbow: Jaedyn Kimbrough
- Women of Action: Alissa Shape
- Outstanding RSO: Black Motivated Women
- Student Diversity Champion: Pakou Lee
- Dean's Diversity Award: Rosalin Cobb
- Diversity Champions: Mark Johnson; Shannon MIller; Gwen Westerman; Glenn Wasicuna; Sen. Patricia Torres Ray; Brenda Flannery; Marilyn Wells
- Diversity Lifetime Achievement: Hanh Huy Phan
The annual Fraternity and Sorority Life Banquet was held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on April 15. Individual and chapter awards, recognizing organizational and individual excellence, and contributions to both the Fraternity & Sorority Community and the Minnesota State Mankato Community were presented as part of the evening's program. A full list of the award winners is available in the April 16 post on the Maverick Greeks Facebook page.
The fraternity & sorority community’s annual Greek Week was held from April 9-13. The theme of this year’s week was “Farewell to the 90s – Cartoon Edition.” During the week, the sororities and fraternities competed in events to accumulate points for their respective chapters while giving back to the community. Among the events was a coin drive, won by Sigma Nu, which resulted in more than $250 being donated to Habitat for Humanity. A Salvation Army clothing drive was also held, and more than 4,000 items of clothing were donated. The overall winners of Greek Week were Sigma Nu in first place, Alpha Chi Omega in second place and Sigma Sigma Sigma in third place.
In an educational technology course (KSP 673) taught this semester by Assistant Professor Vicky Cai, students are learning the grant process and how to write grant proposals. Eric Zimmerman, a music educator and a graduate student enrolled in the master of science in Education Technology Program, applied the skills he learned to write a grant proposal and submitted it to Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council. Zimmerman recently shared with the class that the proposal has been approved, and he and his team has won funding for their organization.
Alumna Danielle M. Thomsen, an assistant professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, published a book titled "Opting Out of Congress: Partisan Polarization and the Decline of Moderate Candidates" that was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. The book is on display on the first floor of Memorial Library (to see a photo of the display, see the April 13 post on Memorial Library's Facebook page). According to her Web page, Thomsen graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish.
The Office of the Provost announced April 16 that Joan Roca, dean of library services, is retiring this summer. Roca has been employed at the University for 35 years. He first served for seven years as a software developer for the groundbreaking Project for Automated Library Systems (PALS), then for five years as a systems librarian and finally as interim dean and dean of library services since 2000. A farewell open house in honor of Roca will be held Wednesday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-4-5.
Donald A. Friend, professor and chair in the Department of Geography, recently attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers and was honored with the “Barry Bishop Distinguished Career Award” from the Mountain Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. The award is given annually to “an individual who has made significant contributions to mountain geography over her/his career.” The award is named after Dr. Barry Bishop, who was a member of the first American team to summit Mount Everest in 1963 as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine. Bishop went on to a long career as the vice president for research and exploration at the National Geographic Society. Bishop passed away in a car accident in 1994. Two notable accomplishments of Friend’s related to mountain geography: He published a scholarly text, “Mountain Geography” (University of California Press, 2013), and he founded the AAG Mountain Geography Specialty Group in 1999.
David Viscoli, professor of piano in the Department of Music, recently performed a recital at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The program was titled "A Journey Through Latin American Piano Music." He also gave a master class at the university. In addition, he played the same program for the Minnesota Valley Music Teacher's Association.
Scott Wurdinger, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, recently did a workshop on project-based learning and a lecture on challenging the status quo in education at Penn State University for the Rock Ethics Institute. He also recently published two books with Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. The book titles are "Changing the status quo: courage to challenge the education system" and "The power of project-based learning: helping students develop important life skills."
Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, is one of 20 artists selected for CoLab 2018 at The Show Gallery Lowertown in St. Paul, Minn. This experience will partner professional artists with self-taught artists to create collaborative work and meaningful connections. The finished creations form the CoLab exhibition held in September 2018. This project is the manifestation of The Show Gallery Lowertown’s mission— to create accessibility in the arts and unite artists of all abilities.
The Division of Student Affairs recently highlighted student Faical Rayani in its April 2018 E-newsletter.
The Department of Family Consumer Science Dietetics Program recently placed 100% of its dietetics majors who applied in national dietetic internships. The national program average of placement in dietetics internships is about 50%.
Minnesota State Mankato’s I-O Psychology Master’s Program performed extremely well in a recent set of ratings released by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. These ratings are a results of a series of studies of graduate education conducted over the last year. Minnesota State Mankato’s program was rated against 70 master’s programs in the U.S. and Canada. Highlights of the rankings include:
- 2nd overall in the objective ranking of programs
- 1st in applied experiences provided to graduate students
- 3rd in alumni satisfaction
- Top 10 ratings in curriculum, faculty experience/information, program culture, program resources and student satisfaction
The Office of Community Engagement organized a "Maverick March Gladness Team" in support of Cardz for Kidz, a non-profit organization that distributed cards for children in hospitals. The Minnesota State Mankato team won the Cardz for Kid March Gladness competition, making more than 570 cards and moving up to the "Diamond" category on the Cardz for Kidz participant list.
The April 13 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 email@example.com and requesting a copy.
Library Services recently published its April 2018 newsletter. Download available here.
The Student Events Team's upcoming schedule of events is available here.
The following principal investigators made submissions in March 2018:
- College of Allied Health and Nursing
Dr. Hans-Peter de Ruiter – School of Nursing
Ethical, moral and unintended consequences of new health and welfare surveillance technologies in the elderly: An Interdisciplinary Institutional Ethnography
Submitted to: Riksbankens Julieumfond (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences) for $205,527
- College of Business
Yvonne Cariveau – Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Kato Engineering Market Exploration Study
Submitted to: Kato Engineering for $17,600
The following faculty and staff secured over $460,000 in March 2018:
- College of Allied Health and Nursing
Brigette Cooper – Dental Hygiene
Compeer Financial – “Compeer Dental Hygiene Scholarships”
- College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Bruce Jones – Automotive and Manufacturing Technology
Advanced Datum – “Advanced Datum Emissions Testing Contract”
Benjamin Von Korff and Kimberly Musser – Water Resources Center
7 Partners – “Mt. Simon Collaboration”
Partners include the cities of: Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter, Lake Crystal, and companies: Wis-Pak, Inc., Cenex Harvest States, Inc. and Southern Minnesota Construction.
Ka-Wah Wong – Physics and Astronomy
NASA – Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory – “Search for the Outer Boundary of the Starburst Galaxy: M82”
- Strategic Partnerships
Lou Dickmeyer – Continuing & Professional Education
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – “Partnership Grant: Winegar Inc.”
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – “Partnership Grant: H&F Manufacturing”
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – “Partnership Grant: Hennepin County Medical Center”
- Division of University Advancement
James Gullickson – KMSU Radio
State of Minnesota General Fund Grant FY18/19 – “Community Service Grant”
Awarded: $23,058.82 each year
State of Minnesota General Fund Grant FY18/19 – “Equipment Grant”
Awarded: $6,882.35 each year
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