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November 7, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Student Forensics Success

Minnesota State University, Mankato's forensics team competed in several tournaments on the final two weekends of October, with numerous highlights.

Minnesota State Mankato finished first out of 13 schools that competed in the Vocal Viking tournament Oct. 26-27 at Bethany Lutheran College. (Participating students are shown in the group photo above.)

On Oct. 21, the team finished third among nine teams in the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang Stampede tournament, which was held at Minnesota State Mankato.

On Oct. 20, the forensic team hosted its historic Larry Schnoor Invitational Tournament. This year, the theme was the “Story-Schnoor,” as the tournament was honoring Minnesota State Mankato alumni and the legacy and history of the team. Twelve schools from across the Midwest traveled to campus to compete in the tournament.

Individual results from all three tournaments are posted under Forensics Results below.

Crawford Pinewood Derby

Nearly 120 students in Crawford Residence Community participated in a Pinewood Derby, a tradition that began in Crawford in 2013. Each floor community made a derby car, in addition to area director Brice Matthews and hall directors Maddie Jarmola and Alexis Paladini.

Designs of the cars were as unique as each floor community, with a bumble bee, a MavMOBILE, a “Rockstar” rocket with a full can of Rockstar on it, a pineapple, a lollipop and a Chet’s Place basket.

Cars were placed in random brackets with each floor facing off and the best of three races took the win. Cars were judged on speed and appearance. Crawford C4 won for speed and Crawford B2 won for best design.

Writing Fellows Program

Ten faculty members have completed the Writing Fellows Program, the signature Writing Across the Curriculum faculty development program at Minnesota State Mankato. Faculty members dedicated six weeks to strengthening a writing component in a course that they teach. They then shared their accomplishments through an on-campus presentation and summative capstone project.

Fall 2018 graduates of the Writing Fellows Program (and their departments) include: Josh Berkenpas (Government); Evan Bibbee (World Languages and Cultures); Amy Brugge (Human Performance); Matt Connolly (English); Leslie Darmofal (Nursing); Jameel Haque (History); Julie Kerr-Berry (Theatre & Dance); Mary Kramer (Community Health); Jennifer McCutchen (History); and Corey Selland (Human Performance).

Unions United Food Drive

Bargaining units on campus are once again holding the “Unions United Food Drive” to benefit the ECHO Food Shelf.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to make food and financial donations for ECHO Food Shelf. The food drive will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17.

The traveling cutting board trophy will be awarded this year to the campus building that collects the most food and cash donations during this time period.

The winner will be announced at the president’s chili luncheon on Dec. 17, and donations will also be accepted Dec. 17 at the chili luncheon.

The Unions United Food Drive is sponsored by: AFSCME Local 638, ASF, IFO, MAPE, MGEC, MMA and MNA.

Donations may be dropped off with the following University staff members at the following campus locations: 

  • Cindy Arndt, AF 126
  • Sue Darge, IFO Office, MH 240
  • Julie Dornack, ML 3104
  • Bonnie Hanson, MF 124
  • Robin Langemo, PS 103
  • Valerie Roberts, HU 101
  • Katie Roeder, WA 132
  • Deb Spreng, TN 131
  • Vicki Hanson, WA 238

Nov. 7: 'Writing Histories of Higher Education'

Historians and authors William E. Lass and Dan Clark will present “Writing Histories of Higher Education: Reflections from Historians” for the History Forum Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato's Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato's Department of History.

Lass and Clark will offer insight into the methods and approaches utilized while researching the histories of their respective universities.

Lass is professor emeritus of history at Minnesota State Mankato. He is the author of over 10 books on American and Minnesota state history, including his most recent work, “Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History.”

Clark is associate professor of history at Indiana State University. He is the author of “Creating the College Man: American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood, 1890-1915” and is currently researching and writing a history of Indiana State University that he expects to be completed in 2020.

Those who want more information about the lecture may call the History Department at (507)-389-1618.

Nov. 1-11: 'The Happy Elf'

The next production of Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Theatre & Dance is Harry Connick Jr.’s “The Happy Elf.”

The musical follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Then, one Christmas Eve, he sees something strange: in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?

“The Happy Elf” runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato. Tickets are $22 regular; $19 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $15 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661. Contact Paul J. Hustoles at 507-389-2118, or for more information.

Nov. 7-8: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host poet Danez Smith Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8 as the third of eight writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Nov. 7, Smith will hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 150 Stadium Court in Mankato.

On Nov. 8, Smith will hold a writing workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato and a reading from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Real-time captioning of the reading will be provided, and books will be available for purchase.

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

Smith, born in St. Paul, Minn., is the author of “Don’t Call Us Dead” (2017), a finalist for the National Book Award; “[insert] Boy” (2014), winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and the chapbook, “hands on ya knees” (Penmanship Books, 2013).

Nov. 8: Evening of Choral Music

An evening of choral music will be presented Thursday, Nov. 8 by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 105 North 5th St., Mankato.

The concert choir and chamber singers, under the direction of David Dickau, will perform along with a number of area high school choirs.

Dickau is a choral conductor and composer residing in Mankato, Minn., where he has served as director of choral activities at Minnesota State Mankato since 1991. He recently received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the University.

Dickau's published compositions appear in a number of catalogues. He has filled commissions for choral festivals, colleges and universities, community choirs, churches, and schools. Significant commissions have included "Dresden Canticles" composed in honor of the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, and "View from the Air" commissioned by the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation in honor of the 70th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight.

General admission is $9 and $7 for K-12 students and Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Nov. 8: All Marine Radio Host Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara, a retired Marine Corps officer who is the host and founder of daily internet radio show All Marine Radio, will discuss “Post Traumatic Winning” Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Heritage Room, located on the main level of the University’s Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public. Those who deal with veterans and military or civilian victims of trauma are encouraged to attend. Prior to the event, a reception will be held at 7 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Veterans Resource Center (CSU Room 167).

In a preview of McNamara’s talk, Tim Adams, military & veteran student success coordinator at Minnesota State Mankato, wrote that McNamara will discuss that “we need to accept the trauma in our past and learn to use common sense ideas to build the strongest post-trauma life possible.”

For more information, contact Adams by phone at 507-389-1465 or by email at

All Marine Radio, a daily internet radio show that covers the news of the U.S. Marine Corps, is available on Twitter at @allmarineradio and on Facebook at A biography on Mike McNamara is available online.

Oct. 29-Nov. 13: Student Art Exhibition

A student art exhibition titled "Printopia" is on display through Nov. 13 at the Centennial Student Union Gallery.

The exhibit is a selection of recent works by 11 art printmaking students.

It features a range of traditional and contemporary print processes from lithography and intaglio to silkscreen and relief. Whether the prints are hand-drawn compositions, or rendered digitally, all of the works are printed by hand.

Gallery hours are from 6:30 a.m.-11:59 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-11:59 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. Sunday. Hours are subject to change.

Please contact Centennial Student Union administration at 507-389-5228 for more information on gallery hours.

Nov. 13: Health for Heroes

Minnesota State Mankato's College of Allied Health and Nursing is honoring those who serve and those who have served America by making a variety of dental and health services available to veterans and active military members Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1-8 p.m.

During the event, the dental hygiene clinic is offering reduced fees for dental hygiene services to veterans and active duty military members.

Dental services that will be offered include free dental exams, x-rays and fluoride for those who purchase a cleaning. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 507-389-2147.

The Center for Communication Sciences and Disorders is offering free hearing screenings and free cognitive screenings for any individuals who are having difficulty paying attention, remembering information or who have any history of head injury. No appointment is necessary.

Nov. 13: University Percussion Ensembles Fall Concert

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music presents the University percussion ensembles appearing on stage Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. Michael Thursby, director of athletic bands, directs the ensembles.

The University percussion ensemble performs with an extensive array of instruments, including traditional drums, xylophones, marimbas, steel drums, cymbals and world music percussion instruments. The concert features an eclectic mix of musical styles including traditional classical works, contemporary pieces and world music.

The program will include several soloists and ensemble pieces, including Game Over!, a piece that features timpani and prepared solo drum (performed by Alex Cary), and a xylophone rag entitled ‘Triplets.’ The concert will close with the newest addition to the percussion ensemble, the ensemble’s Trinidadian steel band ‘Maverick Steel.’

Concert admission is $9 for community members and $7 for K-12 students and Minnesota State Mankato 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 For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Nov. 13: Red Cross Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial Student Union North Ballroom.

Appointments may be made by calling 507-389-1211 or donors may make an appointment by going online at and entering sponsor code MSUUPWARD.

Walk-ins are always welcome. Organizers of the event encourage donations, as blood supplies are low at this time.

Those who come to give blood at a college/university drive running from Oct. 22-Nov. 20 will receive a free Red Cross branded short-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Nov. 14-17: ‘Stupid F*cking Bird’

The actual title of this play by Aaron Posner? There’s no asterisk.

So you can probably deduce that “Stupid F*cking Bird” contains grown-up language and themes. A contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” the play is also really good:

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.

Directed by Trevor Belt, “Stupid F*cking Bird” runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-17 in the Andreas Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Minnesota State Mankato.

Tickets 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.

The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661.

Contact Paul J. Hustoles at 507-389-2118, or for more information.

Nov. 17: Nooky Jones Concert

Smooth, neo-soul group Nooky Jones will perform Saturday, Nov. 17 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato. Reggae band Irie Minds will open the show with a set starting at 7:30 p.m.

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

With Nooky Jones, lead singer Cameron Kinghorn has the opportunity to explore the types of vocals inspired by the music he's been listening to lately -- D'Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and recently Bilal. "And are you familiar with Robert Glasper?" he asks. Glasper is a Grammy-winning jazz piano player who is featured on Lamar's latest album.

Eric Best, The Journal (Minneapolis) writes, “The vibe of Nooky Jones hits like big-name artists who take jazz sounds and combine them with new school R&B, soul, and hip hop,” while 89.3 The Current says, “Plain and simple, Nooky Jones is a must-see live. Their presence, their style, and their charisma burst through at their live shows and the chemistry seen between these bandmates is the kind of thing that is only seen among a group of people who genuinely get along and love what they do.”

Concert admission is $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Tickets are available at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Forensics Results

From Vocal Viking Tournament (Oct. 26-27):

  • Kylee Johnson — Tournament champion in Duo Interpretation with Kaylene Kruse (qualifying for NFA national tournament); 4th place in Poetry Interpretation; 4th place in Prose Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament); 2nd place in Program Oral Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament); and tournament champion in Individual Sweeps.
  • Kaylee Matuszak — 2nd place in Duo Interpretation with Jacqueline Tomas; 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation; 3rd place in Program Oral Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament); 2nd place in Prose Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament); and 2nd place in Individual Sweeps.
  • Emma Roggeman — 2nd place in Poetry Interpretation and 3rd place in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Elizabeth Neagle — 5th place in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Kassidy Tocco — 2nd place in Informative Speaking and 8th place in Impromptu Speaking (qualifying for NFA national tournament).
  • Jacqueline Tomas — 2nd place in Duo Interpretation with Kaylee Matuszak, and 3rd place in Prose Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament).
  • Kaylene Kruse — 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament), and tournament champion in Duo Interpretation with Kylee Johnson (qualifying for NFA national tournament).
  • Sam Scholl — Tournament champion in Prose Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament).

From Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang Stampede tournament (Oct. 21):

  • Emma Roggeman — 4th place in Poetry Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament), 5th place and Top Novice in Dramatic Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament), and 2nd place in Improvisational Duo
  • Elizabeth Neagle — 5th place in Poetry Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament)
  • Kassidy Tocco — 2nd place in Informative Speaking (qualifying for NFA national tournament) and 3rd place in Editorial Impromptu
  • Kylee Johnson — 4th place in Duo Interpretation, 2nd Place in Improvisational Duo and tournament champion in Poetry Interpretation (qualifying for the NFA national tournament)
  • Kaylee Matuszak — 2nd place in Duo Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament) and 4th place in Dramatic Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament)
  • Jacqueline Tomas — 2nd place in Duo Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament)
  • Kaylene Kruse — 3rd place in Program Oral Interpretation and 4th place in Duo Interpretation

From Larry Schnoor Invitational (Oct. 20):

  • Maggie Falkowski — 5th place in Communication Analysis and 4th place in Prose Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament)
  • Caitlin Trabant — 3rd place in Program Oral Interpretation

Student News

Fourteen students from a Minnesota State Mankato agroecology class taught by faculty member Christopher T. Ruhland toured Guardian Energy on Oct. 25 to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production. It was the second time in October that students from the University toured Guardian Energy. On Oct 11, students from a biological engineering analysis class taught by faculty member Gregg Marg visited the facility.

Alicia Utecht, a student in the Department of Communication Studies, is scheduled to present “Fangirls United: An Autoethnography Performance” at the National Communication Association conference, which will be held Nov. 8-11 in Salt Lake City.

Faculty/Staff News

Two staff members, Amber Power (College of Arts and Humanities) and Dan Vorwerk (Department of Residential Life), were honored in the City of Mankato's annual photo contest. Vorwerk's photo, “Mornings in Mankato at Lion’s Park Neighborhood,” was the second place Silver Circle winner and Power's photo, “Fall afternoon walk at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” was the third place Award of Excellence winner.

Stephen Hunt, an English instructor in the Center for English Language Programs, will present at the annual Minnesota English Learner Education Conference on Nov. 16. The presentation is titled “Lights, Camera, Action: Implementing Feature Films in the ESL Classroom.”

An original piece of poetry and art honoring the Dakota people by Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director for the Centennial Student Union & Student Activities, was unveiled Saturday, Nov. 3 at Frost Plaza (515 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato). The work can be seen at Frost Plaza in the alley behind Friesen’s Family Bakery and Bistro.The art, titled “Land of Memories,” will become part of the City of Mankato’s permanent art collection. Wilkins collaborated with Dakota elders Dave Braveheart, Glenn Wasicuna and Gwen Westerman in the translation and art rendering. Inscribed in English and Dakota, Wilkins honors the past, celebrates the present and looks to the future. Cut into steel, his words surround a medicine wheel created in stained glass and embraced by eagle feathers – “Silence, bravery; We are Dakota people; United as One” – “woinina wowaditika; daunkotapi; unwanjipida.”

Minnesota State Mankato alumnus and current doctoral candidate Alexander Tomes and Minnesota State Mankato Professor of Biology Christopher Ruhland co-authored a publication with colleagues at Arizona State University in the November issues of Global Change Biology. Global Change Biology is currently ranked second in Environmental Science journals. The research was funded by NSF Grants DEB-1256129 and DEB-1256180. Read more here.

The first album of Michael Olson, professor of music industry and technology in the Department of Music, will be available on streaming services and Olson’s website in November. The album, “What Comes After,” consists of ambient electric guitar and electronics with subtle beats and chord progressions. A video of Olson playing an entire show is available here.

Doug Snapp, professor of music jazz studies in the Department of Music, is the artistic director of the JazzMn Orchestra, which recently made its CD, “The Commission Project,” available for purchase through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Apple Music. The CD can also be streamed through Spotify and Pandora.

Tom Inglot, professor and director of the Political Science program in the Department of Government, presented a public lecture on “Trumpism – The Origins and Future Perspectives,” at the discussion club of the Polish weekly news magazine, Tygodnik Powszechny, in Wroclaw, Poland, on Oct. 12. Inglot also participated in the conference on the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence:,“1918-2018 - Poland in a Changing World.” At the conference, he delivered a paper titled “Strengths and Weaknesses of the Polish Welfare State, 1918-2018.” The event took place at the University of Warsaw, Poland, on Oct. 18-19.

Department of World Languages and Cultures faculty members Evan Bibbee and Kimberly Contag made presentations in the department’s recent colloquium series. Bibbee presented “Pin-Ups and Poems: Protestant Propaganda in the French Reformation,” and Contag presented “Academic Olympics in Brazil and Chile.”

Department of English faculty presented their sabbatical and Nadine B. Andreas Research Grant presentations Nov. 1. Candace Black read from one of her sabbatical research projects –ekphrastic poetry she wrote in Bologna, Italy. Nancy Drescher reported on the research and outcomes of her sabbatical, during which she worked on research projects, worked in schools with K-12 EL teachers/students in Southern Minnesota and completed a program needs analysis or the MA: TESOL and ESL licensure programs at Minnesota State Mankato. Abi Bakke gave an Andreas Grant Presentation, “Everyday E-Health Researchers.” Bakke studied how people use the internet to answer health and medical questions.

Department of Communication Studies faculty members involved in the National Communication Association conference, which will be held Nov. 8-11 in Salt Lake City, include Christopher Brown, Katie Marie Brunner, Daniel Cronn-Mills, James P. Dimock, Anne E. Kerber, Deepa Oomen, Justin J. Rudnick, Emily S. Sauter, Sachi Sekimoto and Leah E. White and Larry G. Schnoor, an emeritus faculty member.

Department News

Master of Science in Athletic Training graduate students, faculty and some preceptors helped provide health care to the participants of the 10K, half- and full marathon Oct. 21 at the Mankato Marathon finish line. Volunteers (from left to right in photo) included: (Row 1) Theresa Mackey, Samantha Walmsley, Nichole Fennel, Beth Zook, Brittany Hesse, Emily Ferrier, Emily Burchett, Michelle VanTassel, Bethany Walters and Kiersten Schmidt. (Row 2) Tyler Whitworth, Yuto Maeda, Katie Tarnowski, Eric Hanson, Ravi Goldman-Henley, Colton Layman, Brandi BluArm, Bradley Rose, Andrew Lossiah, Tyler Bauman and Patrick Sexton.

The Master of Science in Experiential Education program in the College of Education at Minnesota State Mankato has been selected as the “Organizational Member of the Year” by the Association of Experiential Education, headquartered in Denver. The program has been preparing professionals for leading, teaching and facilitating in experiential education since 1972. The MS in Experiential Education program will be honored at this year’s AEE international conference, which will be held Nov. 8-10 in Orlando.

University Facilities was recognized Nov. 1 for its Guaranteed Energy Savings Project in energy efficiency workshop put on by the Southeast Clean Energy Resource Teams organization. KEYC TV published a news story on the recognition.

A fall sociology course, Animals & Society, is holding a movie series on select Thursdays this fall to learn more about the relationship between humans and other animals. The films, shown at 5 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 101, are free and open to the public. The remaining date and film title is Nov. 29, when "Love & Bananas" (documentary) will be shown. After each film, there will be a class discussion and/or presenter.

The Oct. 26, 2018, 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.

RASP Spotlight

The following principal investigators made submissions in September 2018:

College of Education

Katlyn Schnitzler – Children’s House
Regional Child Care Services Grant
“Children’s House Child Care Center will be seeking items to improve the quality of classrooms, teach diversity, promote health and safety and school readiness for children.”
Submitted to: Child Care Aware of Minnesota for $3285.00

College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Ruijun Zhao – Mathematics and Statistics
A Multiscale Model of Malaria: The Feedback Between Human Behavioral Practices, Mosquito Distribution, Mosquito-Control Policies, and Socio-Economic Conditions in a Heterogeneous Network
“This project involves developing, testing and using a multi-scale model framework to investigate the impact of human and mosquito behavior and movement, the decay in insecticide treated bed-nets (ITN) efficacy, optimal ITN distribution and replacement strategies, and socio-economic conditions on the prevalence of malaria and the success of ITN programs in a spatially heterogeneous landscape.“
Submitted to: National Science Foundation for $49,561.00

Ryan Wersal – Biology
Herbicide Sensitivity Testing on Hybrid Watermilfoil from Legend Lake, WI
“The objective of this project is to determine the sensitivity of known hybrid watermilfoil genotypes to select aquatic herbicides and rates.”
Submitted to: Legend Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District for $14,846.00

Sarah Kruse – Computer Information Systems
Azarbod Wedding Video
“B507 will film and produce video coverage of a family wedding.”
Submitted to: Michael Azarbod for $672.00

Mohamed Diab – Construction Management and Farhad Reza – Mechanical & Civil Engineering
Construction Incentives – Are They Working?
“This research project will explore incentive/disincentive contracting concepts currently based on construction completion dates, and the potential impact on pavement quality and overall contractor quality.”
Submitted to: Minnesota Department of Transportation for $88,620.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Daniel Sachau – Psychology
United Health Care Inclusion Campaign 2018-2019
“This project will develop an inclusion and diversity training program utilizing a unique micro-learning platform.”
Submitted to: United Health Care for $20,000.00.

Kristie Campana – Psychology
Charlotte Police Turnover Study
Submitted to: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for $2900.00

Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships

Louise Dickmeyer – Continuing Education & Professional Development
Partnership Grant: Pallet Service Corp and Grove Wholesale Lumber
“This project will utilize the expertise of Minnesota State University faculty to provide customized training to meet the needs of two local companies”
Submitted to: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for $141,225.00

Louise Dickmeyer – Continuing Education & Professional Development
Partnership Grant: MRCI Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc.
“This project will utilize the expertise of Minnesota State University faculty to provide customized training to meet the needs MRCI Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc.”
Submitted to: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for $255,908.00

The following faculty and staff secured more than $1.15 million in awards during September 2018:

Institutional Diversity

Sergio Aguilar – Latino Affairs
Minnesota Migrant Secondary Program– “Migrant Experience Summer Camp”
“This program will expose students to campus life in an environment where they can explore career/major options, build self-esteem, and confidence in their ability to attend college, help them set goals, and make them aware of financial resources and support services.”
Awarded: $6,000

Division of Student Affairs

Lindsay Murn and Kimberly Sommers – Counseling and Student Affairs
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) – “Flourish: Addressing Mental Health Needs in the Classroom”
“This project aims to address obstacles to student success by using existing technologies, resources, or practices in innovative ways.”
Awarded: $9,546

College of Allied Health and Nursing

Suzannah Armentrout - Human Performance
Gustavus Adolphus College – “Gustavus Sports Information Graduate Assistantship”
“This project will support a graduate student from Minnesota State University Mankato to assist with Gustavus Adolphus College’s Sports Information Program.”
Awarded: $17,405.20

College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Jennifer Karlin – Integrated Engineering
National Science Foundation – “EAGER Collaborative Proposal: Supporting CAREER Development in Engineering”
“The purpose of this research and implementation project is to develop an engineering education specific community to support the development of early career faculty.”
Awarded: $138,282

Rebecca Bates – Integrated Engineering
National Science Foundation – “STEM Education 2026: Workshop on Assessment, Evaluation and Accreditation”
“This workshop will bring together active participants and researchers from multiple STEM fields who are working to evaluate education innovation in order to examine barriers, both real and perceived, in program and institutional accreditation and how that affects innovation for the student experience.”
Awarded: $99,979

Division of Academic Affairs

Margaret Hesser – Trio Programs
U.S. Department of Education – “TRIO Support Services”
“Student Support Services provides academic guidance, general advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, academic workshops, and other academic support for students in need identified based on their economic status, first generation college student status or individuals with disabilities.”
Awarded: $401,656

George Corey – Trio Programs – Upward Bound
U.S. Department of Education – “Upward Bound”
“This program is designed to stimulate and motivate low-income, potential first-generation college students to complete high school and pursue and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.”
Awarded: $477,447

Online TODAY Magazine

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