May 3, 2006 Campus NewsletterPage address: https://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2006-05-03/
Saturday, May 13: Spring Commencement
Minnesota State Mankato will split the Saturday, May 13, Spring Commencement into three ceremonies after a highly successful test of a three-part commencement last year.
Commencement will be at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. in Bresnan Arena of Taylor Center. More than 1,500 students are expected to graduate.
Graduating students and their families praised last year's three-part ceremony as providing an improved commencement experience. Participants said they were pleased that all family members could attend, that commencement was on campus rather than at Midwest Wireless Center, and that the length of each ceremony was reduced from previous years, when all 1,500 participants graduated in one ceremony.
Each of this year's three events will include graduates from two of the university's six undergraduate colleges. Graduate students will march in the ceremony for the college with which they are affiliated.
Times of the ceremonies:
- 9 a.m.: College of Arts & Humanities; College of Science, Engineering & Technology
- Noon: College of Business; College of Education
- 3 p.m.: College of Allied Health & Nursing; College of Social & Behavioral Science
The Speech Team has achieved its best ranking in years with top finishes in two of the nation's most prestigious college forensic tournaments. And it is one of only a handful of institutions with an All-American team member: senior Matthew Collie.
The team placed eighth in the National Forensic Association National Championships April 14-17, as well as second in the NFA President's I Division. This is the first time in 15 years that a Maverick forensic team has ranked among the top 10 in the NFA championship.
The team finished 19th in the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament March 30-April 4 - its best ranking in that tournament since 1991.
More than 500 student speakers and 85 schools from across the country competed in the NFA Championships, held at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Ninety-seven schools were entered in the AFA-NIET competition at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Collie is one of 12 speakers nationwide who was named to the AFA-NIET All-American Team. Students are selected based on competitive success in forensics, academic achievement and campus and community service.
In the AFA-NIET tournament Collie finished fifth in Persuasive Speaking, was a semi-finalist (top 12) in Extemporaneous Speaking, and a quarter-finalist (top 24) in Impromptu Speaking. He also placed 19th in the Individual Sweepstakes among 500 competitors.
In the NFA Individual Sweepstakes he finished fourth - best finish ever for a Minnesota State Mankato student. In that tournament Collie placed second in Impromptu Speaking, third in Rhetorical Criticism, fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking, and was a semi-finalist (top 12 in the nation) in Persuasive Speaking.
In addition to Collie, students who contributed points toward the eighth-place NFA ranking were Karie Menser, David Brennan, Melanie Nelmark, Emily Kofoed, Joshua Randall, Nicole Goebel and Grant Anderson. The team earned points in all 25 of the events that it was entered.
Students attending the AFA-NIET included Collie, Menser, Brennan, Randall, Kofoed, Anderson and Elizabeth Drommerhausen.
Minnesota State Mankato is one of only eight schools to qualify and compete at every individual events national tournament sponsored by the American Forensic Association since its inception.
The team is coached by Leah White, Brian Klosa, and graduate students Jessica Samens, James Kozinski, Merci Decker, Hillary Hoover, Holly Manning, Sara Gronstal and Danielle Holbrook.
KMSU 89.7 FM Radio has been selected to receive the first College Radio Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.
"We are delighted to recognize KMSU for its exemplary work on behalf of your local community," said Michelle Duke, diversity services and development director for the Washington, D.C.-based foundation.
KMSU annually provides more than 420 hours of free air time for organizations and causes – equivalent to nearly 18 24-hour days of local public service programming, valued at $21,000 annually. Last year the station interviewed 300 community and University guests.
The award is based on KMSU's extensive community service advocacy and programming. KMSU focuses on diversity issues with its acclaimed "Human Race Radio" series and other individual programs. In cooperation with the local Marine Corps Auxiliary it collects Toys for Tots, and it provides detailed local and campus news coverage through its extensive high school and college student news programs.
KMSU provides communications opportunities to numerous other Mankato organizations, including the Council for Local Organizations and Volunteer Efforts (CLOVE); the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Food Shelf and other area groups that collected money and goods for Katrina and Asian tsunami relief.
The award will be presented to KMSU Operations Director Karen Wright during the foundation's Service to America Summit in June at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. In addition to the KMSU award, former President Bill Clinton will receive the foundation's Leadership Award at the ceremony.
The National Association of Broadcasters Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, First Amendment initiatives, community service, philanthropy and other timely broadcasting issues.
More information about the foundation is available at the NABEF website.
This summer major underground utility work will be done on Maywood and West Roads, resulting in road and parking lot closures for the entire period from May 16 to August 18.
With summer break just around the corner, Facilities Management wants to ensure that employees affected by the projects have ample time to make alternate arrangements. Here is a summary of the closures:
- Maywood Avenue from Ellis Street to the middle of West Road (Lot 11 entrance and exit).
- Lot 12 Gold (the small lot behind Memorial Library). Gold owners can park in 11A (at the west end of CSU).
- Maywood Gold: This is on-street parking between Memorial Library and Crawford-MacElroy. Gold owners may park in Lot 11A.
- Rugby Gold: This is on-street parking across from the rugby pitch. Gold owners may park in 11A.
- Lot 11 Gold: Park in 11A. Lot 11 handicap and Facilities/Vendor stalls will be available on the north side of lot 11 except when West Road closes for utility work from mid July to August 18.
- Lot 13: The majority of this lot will be used by contractors for the utility work on Maywood and various other residence hall renovation projects. Summer school parking will still use the Crawford end of Lot 13. Most other users will be directed to Lot 16 behind the Performing Arts Center. Since Maywood will be closed, a temporary entrance to Lot 13 will be created from Ellis Street.
- South Road in front of the CSU and Ellis Street from Wigley Administration Building to Stadium Road will be busy with truck traffic because of site work for the new Residential Life facility.
In addition, there will be parking lot repair work at the Alumni Foundation and Lot 20, which will result in shorter-duration closures:
- Lot 19 behind Alumni Foundation will be closed for a two-week period sometime during the summer. Alternate parking arrangements for users and specific closure dates for this lot will be provided at a later date.
- Lot 20 across from Blakeslee Stadium will be closed May 16 through July 1. It will have two exits removed, additional curbing added, a connecting road to Lot 21 added, and will be overlaid with asphalt. We anticipate using the north end of lot 21 for past users who have historically used lot 20 during the summer.
- The Stadium Road entrance to Lot 23 will be closed to allow resurfacing, and all of Lot 23 will be closed for regrading.
- The entrance to Lot 4A Gold will be temporarily disrupted for curb and gutter repair.
The last days for submitting purchase requests for FY 2006 are rapidly approaching.
- Friday, May 5, is the last day for requests for goods and services that require formal bidding or sealed bids (items over $25,000).
- June 2 is the last day to submit requests for goods and services that require informal bidding (three written quotes; between $2,500 and $25,000).
- June 9 is the last day for requests for state contract items, goods and services that don't require quotes or bids (under $2,500), and non-state employee contractual agreements.
- June 30 is the last day to submit local purchases on the MasterCard purchasing card (items must be purchased, shipped and posted to the University bank account by June 30).
- June 30 also is the last date for local purchases on a Field Purchase Order, and for Service Center charge backs including postage, campus printing, telephone, cell phone, office and storeroom supplies, facilities labor cross-charges, Office Support Services, phone equipment, shipping and freight, Sign Shop and state vehicle mileage.
Those who have questions should contact Sandy Eggert at 389-5017 or Irene Morris at 389-5015.
The annual steam shutdown will begin Saturday, May 13, at 5 p.m and will continue until noon Monday, May 22. The shutdown allows workers to repair all components to ensure that the system will be reliable for the upcoming year. The pressure in steam system pipes is 150 pounds, with a temperature of more than 365 degrees, and the only way to perform this annual maintenance is to shut it down.
The shutdown will affect all buildings listed below. Humidity levels in the buildings may be slightly higher than normal, because no steam will be available to re-heat cooled air. The steam also tempers air conditioning, so employees may experience cooler-than-normal temperatures in some offices. Most buildings have electric backup water heaters for domestic water (sinks and showers), with the exception of Taylor Center and Trafton Science Center.
Some areas of the residence hall facilities have electric backup water heaters for hot water in sinks and showers, but many do not. Those who have questions should contact the Residential Life office at x1011.
If you have any questions or concerns about academic buildings or the outage in general, please feel free to call Physical Plant at #2071.
The following areas will be impacted by the steam shutdown. These buildings will, in general, feel cool during the steam shutdown (regardless of outdoor air temperature), and humidity may tend to get higher (dependant on outdoor air temp/humidity):
Buildings connected to the steam distribution system, including:
- All Residence Hall Facilities (CC, CR, GA, MC)
- Andreas Theatre
- Armstrong Hall
- Centennial Student Union
- Highland Center
- Highland North
- Memorial Library
- Morris Hall
- Myers Field House
- Nelson Hall
- Pennington Hall
- Performing Arts Center
- Taylor Center
- Trafton Science Center (North, South, Center, East)
- Wigley Administration Building
- Wiecking Center
- Wiecking Shop Building
- Wissink Hall
Special areas/functions affected by steam shutdown:
- HC Swimming Pool (no heat for pool water; showers in HC and HN will have hot water);
- Kitchens in CC, Gage, CSU and Children's House (steam cooking systems down);
- Trafton (autoclaves, lab steam, no hot water throughout, no heat in greenhouse, no re-heats in animal labs);
- Taylor Center (no hot water; includes dishwasher at snack bar);
- Crawford (no hot water);
- Highland Center Laundry (no heat for dryers).
Physical Plant Director Paul Corcoran thanks all employees and students for their patience and cooperation while the University performs these important inspections and repairs.
President Richard Davenport and Military Science Professor Lt. Col. Thomas Cooper answer questions from a television reporter at the unveiling and dedication of the ROTC Alumni Wall in Wiecking Center.
The Department of Military Science and Leadership honored its past as well an alumnus who died while serving in Iraq with the unveiling of the ROTC Alumni Wall in Wiecking Center in April. The event was the first of a number of events this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of ROTC at Minnesota State Mankato.
"Today we pause to honor First Lieutenant Michael Fasnacht, a 2003 graduate of this program as well as all of the 352 officers produced by this program since its inception in 1981," said Lt. Col. Thomas Cooper, professor of Military Science. "We wanted a way to publicly tell the story of ROTC here at Minnesota State Mankato, and this is an ideal manner to do that."
At the event President Richard Davenport, Lt. Col. Cooper and the family of Lt. Fasnacht unveiled a memorial plaque for Lt. Fasnacht and the new Alumni Wall.
Lt. Col. Cooper told 50 dignitaries, staff, alumni and community members the stories of Lt. Fasnacht and several other alumni, citing their examples of leadership and community service. He urged his audience to share the Army story with others.
"Please do me a favor," he asked those in attendance. "As you review this wall, think of it not as a collection of photographs, but rather as a collection of leaders produced to serve our nation and its Army."
First established in 1981, the Department of Military Science and Leadership's mission is to train and commission officers who will serve the Army in 18 career fields on active duty and in the reserve components of the National Guard and Army Reserve. In addition to Minnesota State Mankato, the Department also has partnership agreements with Gustavus Adolphus College and Bethany Lutheran College.
Minnesota State Mankato's Clean Snowmobile team finished eighth at the 2006 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge last month at Michigan Technical University, Houghton.
The team, under advisor Bruce Jones, placed higher than five other teams.
The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is the Society of Automotive Engineers' collegiate design competition. Teams of engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and re-engineer it to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance.
This was the fourth year that Michigan Tech hosted the Challenge at its Keweenaw Research Center. In addition to Minnesota State Mankato, 13 teams participated in the event, including the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Maine.
The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is sponsored by the Keweenaw Research Center and Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. More information is available on the Clean Snowmobile Competition page.
President Richard Davenport has announced a new Minnesota State Mankato Leadership Institute – a selective program for faculty and staff members who wish to develop leadership skills, grow in their current positions and prepare themselves for their future.
The Leadership Institute is a series of monthly, day-long sessions that focus on University and community issues. Each session includes a combination of lecture, content, interaction and reflection. Participants must commit to attending all sessions, complete required readings and assignments, participate in discussions and contribute to various projects.
Remaining conference events include:
The Leadership Institute will cover key issues such as behavioral styles, diversity, understanding the inner workings of our university, ethics, communication, change management, work/life balance and civic engagement.
Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
- September 15
- October 20
- November 17
- January 26
- February 16
- March 23
- April 20
Faculty from several academic departments are helping to develop curriculum and deliver content for the program to ensure quality and integrity of the learning experience.
The Leadership Institute is open to all full- and part-time probationary and permanent faculty and staff, and requires support and endorsement from your immediate supervisor. President Davenport encourages employees to take advantage of this opportunity to learn and grow as valuable members of the university community.
Those who are interested in more information about this exciting new professional development opportunity should contact Lori Lamb, chair of the Professional Development Committee, WA 336, phone 389-2015, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brochures with more information are available, and include an application. Applications are due by July 1, and registration is limited.
Highland Summer Theatre celebrates its 40th season this summer with shows drawn from each decade. It starts May 30 with "Picnic" and features "Nunsense," "The Seven Year Itch" and "Grease." Season tickets are available now; individual tickets for all shows go on sale May 22.
The Highland season begins with William Inge's dramatic comedy "Picnic," with performances at 7:30 p.m May 30-June 4 in Andreas Theatre. The performances are sponsored by Hale Associates. The play takes place on Labor Day Weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. Highland Summer Theatre first presented "Picnic" in its second decade, in 1978.
Up second is "Nunsense," music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, with performances at 7:30 p.m June 14-18 in Ted Paul Theatre. It is sponsored by Century 21 Atwood Realty and its Realtors. "Nunsense" tells the story of a bizarre fund-raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury their fellow sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook. "Nunsense" is an encore from Highland Summer Theatre's third decade, presented in 1990.
The summer's third play is George Axelrod's "The Seven Year Itch," with performances at 7:30 p.m June 27-July 2 in Andreas Theatre. It is sponsored by TRIO Programs. "The Seven Year Itch" was first presented by Highland in 1971 and represents the first decade.
"Grease" will close the Highland Summer Theatre season with lots of rockin' and rollin'. Performances are 7:30 p.m July 14-16 and 20-23 in Ted Paul Theatre, sponsored by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA, Wolf Etter & Co. and the Pamela & Wynn Kearney Foundation. Rydell High's spirited class of 1959 - gum-chewing, hubcap-stealing, hot-rod loving boys with D.A.s and leather jackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox and pedal pushers - capture the look of the 1950s in rollicking, musical fun. Highland first presented "Grease" in summer 1986 and again in 1997.
Season subscriptions are $52 and available through June 4. For a brochure, call the Theatre & Dance office at 507-389-2118 or visit the department web site at www.MSUTheatre.com. An order form may be downloaded or a request put in to have a brochure mailed. Individual tickets for all shows go on sale May 22 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 507-389-6661 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles-Belton will speak at the first NAACP Freedom and Membership Drive Dinner Thursday, May 4, on campus.
The event, sponsored by the student chapter of the NAACP and the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be at 6:30 p.m in the North Ballroom of Centennial Student Union. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the public; tickets may be purchased through the Office of Institutional Diversity, (507) 389-6125.
The dinner is intended to support the NAACP student chapter and to promote a campaign to create a Mankato-area NAACP chapter.
Sayles-Belton served as Minneapolis mayor from 1994 to 2001, and for 10 years before that was a member of the Minneapolis City Council. She currently is a member of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota, focusing on anti-racism initiatives and improving information-sharing between community organizations and research institutions.
Cost of the event is $10 for students and seniors and $15 for faculty, staff and community members. Tables for eight can also be purchased for $120.
Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Office of Disability Services at the Accessibility Resources website, 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).
The annual Year-End Employee Appreciation Breakfast will be Monday, May 15, at Carkoski Commons.
All Minnesota State Mankato employees are invited to come at their convenience between 8 and 10 a.m. to enjoy a hearty and delectable breakfast buffet. President Richard Davenport will speak briefly at 8:45 a.m.
Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Office of Disability Services at the Accessibility Resources website, (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).
Nationally known children's book authors, a children's songwriter and a teacher of the year will discuss kindergarten teaching concepts at the 2006 Minnesota Kindergarten Association annual conference at Minnesota State Mankato Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6.
The event, in Centennial Student Union, is for Minnesota early childhood professionals, including kindergarten teachers, early childhood family educators, elementary school principals, primary grade teachers, library media specialists and music teachers. It will be hosted by the Center for School-University Partnerships, a branch of the University's College of Education which provides liaison between P-12 schools and teacher education post-secondary programs.
Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of more than 60 children's books, will give the keynote lecture May 5. She is the innovator of a nationwide campaign for early literacy, "Read to Your Bunny: the Most Important Twenty Minutes of Your Day." She has earned numerous awards for her books. After her talk, Wells will autograph copies of her books.
Songwriter and folk musician Dennis Warner will entertain conference participants on Friday. Warner is host of the National Public Radio show "Jammin' with Dennis Warner," and one of his songs, "Beads on One String" has been rewritten as a children's book. He has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows.
Peggy Campbell-Rush will be a featured speaker Saturday. Campbell-Rush has taught primary grades for more than 20 years in the United States and England. In 1995 she was named Teacher of the Year in Hunterdon County, N.J., and in 2002 she was the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in Clinton, N.J. She has written articles for numerous scholarly journals.
John Archambault and David Plummer also will discuss their kindergarten reading ideas on Saturday. The two collaboratively produce a series of Big Books, incorporating musical CDs with read-along and sing-along styles to help early readers develop fluency.
Archambault, author of more than 20 books, is known for his best-selling children's classic, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." He believes that rhythm, rhyme and repetition are keys to encouraging children to enjoy learning. Plummer is a musician, songwriter and artist who has published musical albums, trade books and educational publications.
Those who want more information may visit the 2006 MKA conference website.
The second annual Maverick Walk for Women's Scholarships in Myers Field House April 8 was an unqualified success.
Cheryl Regan, director of the Walk, said nearly 700 participants were involved, raising approximately $175,000 for scholarships. Last year's inaugural event added more than $90,000 to the scholarship fund.
Cheryl said event organizers surpassed their goals, generating scholarship pledges and building greater awareness of women's athletics, which she expects will lead to higher attendance at women's athletic home events.
Funds raised through the Walk are earmarked for scholarships for female student-athletes. Women's teams compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the North Central Conference. There are more than 300 female student-athletes on 12 female teams.
Human Resources Director Lori Lamb reminds employees who will not be returning through retirement, resignation, end of appointment or for other reasons to provide a forwarding address and make other necessary arrangements before departing for the summer.
These employees are welcome to meet with Therese Mullins in the Human Resources Office to discuss benefits or other issues relating to ending or changing employment.
Lori said this is a good time for departing employees and their supervisors to remember that all state property in the possession of the departing employee must be turned in. Items to remember:
- Keys need to be returned to Security;
- MavCards need to be turned in to the immediate supervisor to be destroyed
- Computers, laptops, PDAs, cell phones and the like must be turned in to the department;
- Library materials must be returned to the Library;
- Purchasing cards must be turned in to the Business Office;
- Corporate cards must be turned into Finance & Administration;
- Supervisors must deactivate access to secured systems for employees who are departing.
Departing employees also should provide a forwarding address either through the self-service web site or to Human Resources directly. Individuals can also contact IT Services about the possibility of forwarding e-mail.
Faculty and staff play the important role of greeting students and parents, directing them to correct buildings for keys and information, and watching the heaps of belongings that are piled in front of the halls. Religious organizations, Greeks, Registered Student Organizations and athletic teams have a strong tradition of volunteering time and energy to assist in the unloading of vehicles and helping direct traffic. Together students, faculty and staff form the "Minnesota State Mankato Move Crew" that annually welcomes new students to our campus.
"Move Crew 2006" volunteers receive a T-shirt to wear during their shifts. More important, volunteers receive the gratitude of students and parents on this important and meaningful day.
Those who are interested in volunteering, or who have questions, should contact Torin Akey, associate director of Residential Life, at email@example.com or 389-1011 by May 26, 2006. Information needed from volunteers includes:
- T-shirt size (s, m, l, xl, xxl, xxxl)
- Shift preference (8-11 a.m.; 10:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., 1-4 p.m.)
Additional information will be provided to volunteers in August.
Minnesota State Mankato collected $7,123 in first-quarter 2006 royalty payments from vendors who used the university's name and logotypes on garments and other items sold for profit. The quarterly payment puts the University on track to exceed last year's record royalty payments of $34,189.
The royalty payments go to the Finance Office, and are used for academic and athletic talent grants.
The 2005 royalties were 5.4 percent higher than in 2004, and 6.6 percent higher than in 2003.
The Media Relations Office oversees licensed vendors, approving, disapproving or requiring changes to each proposed design. Last year the office reviewed more than 660 designs submitted by commercial vendors.
Review of applications for a Sexual Violence Education Coordinator for the University begins Monday, May 22.
The new position will provide services to sexual violence survivors, serving as a first point of care for referral and advocacy, and will design and implement sexual violence prevention and education materials for the campus community.
Bachelor's degree with two years of related professional experience and 40 hours of completed sexual assault advocacy training are required.
Those who want more information or a formal application may go to the Seeking Employment page, or call 507-389-6146.
Daria Paul Dona (Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary) co-presented at the National Association of School Psychologists in Anaheim, Calif., in March. Research findings based on a study funded by the Minnesota Department of Education were shared. The presentation was entitled: "Strengthening Skills for Success: An Intervention for African-American Students."
Stewart Ross (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) has been hired to present workshops on integrated course design at Delgado Community College in New Orleans in May and Kansas City Community College in June. He also will present a workshop in May at Mount Marty College, Yankton, S.D., about diversity issues in the classroom.
A book by Richard Terrill (English), Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, including a new preface by the author, has been re-released by the University of Tampa Press.
Enrique Torner (Modern Languages) published an article, "Translating for the Publishing Field," in the January ATA (American Translators Association) Chronicle. An article by Enrique about Jerome Mintz was published in an anthology, "La tierra: Historia de Benalup-Casas Viejas en el siglo XX a través de la fotografîa," by IES Casas Viejas in Càdiz, Spain. Anthropologist Mintz's scholarly contributions are indispensable to a good understanding of the history and culture of Benalup-Casas Viejas (where the Spanish Civil War started), Andalusia and Spain in general.
Seven students and two Registered Student Organizations have been awarded the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Community Service Award. The highly selective award is presented only once a year.
Winners were honored at a special recognition breakfast May 2. They are:
Tamara Bell (Social Studies: Sociology) is the founding member and president of the Prairie Arts Continuum in her hometown, Windom. She is also a member of the Community Education Advisory Council, Riverfest Community, and she volunteers at the Community Theatre and the Windom Chamber of Commerce.
Crystal Craig (Law Enforcement), Park Rapids, was president of the Law Enforcement Club, secretary for the Social & Behavioral Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, and Recruitment Chair for the Student Ambassadors.
Deborah Dove (Social Studies Education), New Ulm, volunteers with Junior Achievement and Arts Adventure, is a member and treasurer of the Bridging Brown County Board, and was a Brown County Women's History Luncheon honoree and a United Way of New Ulm Board Member.
Tracy Grundman-Reza (International Relations), Hopkins, is president of the United Nations-International Relations Club. This year she oversaw several campus films, lectures and international discussions, and has helped organize biweekly meetings for Political Science and International Relations students.
Samuel Hansen (Law Enforcement), Morgan, Minn., has volunteered as a Little League baseball Coach for the last three summers. He is a member of the Mankato Police Explorers and the Law Enforcement Club. He also is member of Phi Kappa Psi and was chair of the Philanthropy/Community Service Committee.
Bethany Rein (International Relations), Morristown, Minn., is secretary of the United Nations-International Relations Club. This year she helped with campus films, lectures and international discussions, and has helped organize biweekly meetings for Political Science and International Relations students.
Sharmarke Issa (Urban Planning), Mankato, is program coordinator and a founder of the Somali Student Association's After-School Program. He has been involved with events such as the Pan-African Conference, Somali Day, and African Day.
The Social Work Club has participated in numerous volunteer activities in the Mankato area, including VINE Rake the Town, Mankato YMCA Youth Mardi Gras, Clothing Apparel Sale, Halloween Party for the Theresa House, Habitat for Humanity, CADA House and the Mankato Sharing Tree. Outside Mankato the club has participated in a book drive for the Institute for AIDS in Namibia and Dollar Days, a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims.
The Hmong Student Association promotes the Hmong culture on campus with lectures and events such as Hmong Culture Day, Culture Mania, Festival of Nations and Asian New Year. The group has also adopted a highway.
Darrel Olson (MS candidate, in Multi-Disciplinary Studies) will present a paper, "Is Sustainable Economic Development and Multi-Functionality of Agriculture a Rational Policy Choice for the 2007 Farm Bill?" at the 69th Rural Sociology Society Conference in August in Louisville, KY. His academic advisor is Wayne Allen.
Nine students have successfully passed flight tests to advance in the Aviation Program: Bob Danforth, Commercial Multi-engine; Rob Gartzke, Initial Flight Instructor Certificate and Instrument Flight Instructor; John Heier and Jason Oberle, Private Certificate; Josh Hoyt, Multi-engine Flight Instructor Certificate; Mitch Lund and Scott Ehlenfeldt, First Solo; Brian Poss, Commercial Single/Multi-engine; and Branden Tanko, Multi-engine Rating.