April 12, 2017 Campus NewsletterPage address: https://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2017-04-12/
Social Work Day at the Capitol
Twelve students (six are pictured above) in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Master of Social Work program were among more than 1,000 social work students who gathered April 3 at the state Capitol in St. Paul for a day of social policy education and political action. The event was organized by the National Association of Social Workers-Minnesota, and students from 15 schools of social work were in attendance. It was the highest attendance at Social Work Day at the Capitol in the 21 years of the event.
Second-year Minnesota State Mankato social work students in the course "SOWK 655: Advanced Social Work Policy Practice," created policy briefs and are implementing their policy advocacy throughout April. In addition to the policy brief, five groups created postcards that were distributed for others to give to their legislators at the Capitol and, in two instances, to mail to U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and representatives in the U.S. House.
The National Association of Social Workers-Minnesota is posting students' briefs to the entire statewide membership – one per week.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy will be holding a public viewing night at Minnesota State Mankato's Andreas Observatory on Friday, April 21.
If weather permits, the observatory will be open from 9-11 p.m. for all visitors. Attendees will have the chance to look through one of Minnesota's largest telescopes and see Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, as well as other celestial objects like star clusters, double stars and nebulae.
Visitors should park at the south end of Lot 1 and walk to the observatory (a distance of about 600 yards), so as to not create light that will interfere with the viewing. Questions should be directed to Paul Eskridge, professor of astronomy, at 507-389-1849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application cycle for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program opened on April 3, and three information sessions were scheduled for students this month. The first two sessions were April 7 and April 11. An additional information session will be held Monday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Morris Hall 213.
This year marks the 70th year of the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fulbright Program. The program offers students the opportunity to study, conduct research and serve as English teaching assistants abroad. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,900 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries.
Participants are selected through a competitive, merit-based application process and are offered benefits during their period of grant, such as living expenses, funding for travel and health care benefits. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the grant period. Applicants can also currently be enrolled in a college or university.
Students interested in more information should visit the program website and attend an informational session. For more information, students currently enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato should contact Ginny Walters, University fellowship coordinator and campus Fulbright Program adviser, by phone at 507-389-1262 or by email. Applications must be submitted to Walters by Sept. 6.
Minnesota State Mankato's MFA in Creative Writing program is holding a belated celebration of its 20-year anniversary Saturday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild Gallery in Mankato (located at 523 S. Second St.).
The celebration event will also recognize the latest Blue Earth Review, a University literary magazine, and a send-off for retiring faculty member Richard Terrill, professor in the Department of English.
The College of Business has selected five finalists for its 2017 Big Ideas Challenge competition. The finalists will be presenting their projects on Wednesday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The campus community is welcome to attend the 2017 Big Ideas Challenge, a new venture competition that encourages and celebrates students' innovative business ideas.
Audience members will hear more about the finalists and their visions. All are invited to watch students and alumni as they compete in this new venture competition that will award the finalist with $10,000 to further pursue their project ideas. More information on the 2017 Big Ideas Challenge is available here.
The Barnes & Noble Bookstore requests that faculty submit book orders for upcoming terms as soon as possible. The earlier the bookstore receives the order, the more money students will be able to save. Orders should be submitted via Faculty Enlight. Contact Bridget Thelen or Janine Haslac with any questions.
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. 17.
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 email@example.com or 507-389-1011 by June 16. 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.
Members of Minnesota State Mankato’s fraternity and sorority life had an extremely successful “Greek Week” from March 27 to April 2. This campus-wide event is an annual celebration that the fraternities and sororities participate in to showcase camaraderie, creativity, and competition.
Monday's kick-off event featured free hot dogs, chips and drinks for all students in the Hearth Lounge. Tuesday was highlighted by the Cardboard Boat Regatta, with chapters racing against one another in the campus swimming pool. Delta Chi took first place.
On Wednesday, there was a clothing drive outside Centennial Student Union, where 3,956 pieces of clothing were collected and donated to the Salvation Army. Alpha Chi Omega collected the most with 1,547 items. Thursday evening’s event, with the extremely popular Lipsync and Greek God and Goddess competition, was one of the highlights of the week. Participating chapters and individuals put on a show for the audience and the judges with songs, dancing and talent. Sigma Nu won the Lipsync competition while Anna Long from Gamma Phi Beta and Mitch Condon from Lambda Chi Alpha won "Greek goddess" and "god," respectively.
The events wrapped up Friday with life-sized games that took place outside the CSU. Students played twister, large-scaled operation and javelin-throwing tic-tac-toe. Greek Week concluded Sunday evening with the campus welcoming Matt Mattson, co-founder of Phired Up Productions, who facilitated a recruitment workshop as well as giving the keynote for the awards banquet.
The awards banquet recognized the achievements and awards of the Greek community as well as recognizing essential faculty and staff who support fraternity and sorority life. David Jones, vice president of student affairs and enrollment managment, was awarded the Order of Omega faculty/staff member of the year and Karen Anderson, assistant director of community engagement, was awarded the Gea Stanger Memorial Woman of Influence Award. Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority won the coin drive competition and all proceeds were donated to their philanthropy of choice, the March of Dimes. The Greek Week champions were Alpha Chi Omega, which also received the Sorority of the Year award.
Minnesota State Mankato Student Health Services has achieved re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Accreditation distinguishes this college health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent external process of evaluation.
Status as an accredited organization means Student Health Services has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Student Health Services offers a medical clinic, laboratory, full-service pharmacy and health education services located on campus. Founded in 1938, Student Health Services is staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, laboratory staff, pharmacists and pharmacy technician, medical records staff and health educators. Student Health Services has been accredited with Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care since 2002. More information can be found online or by calling 507-389-6276.
The Centennial Student Union will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on 2017 Homecoming day, Saturday, Oct. 7. Highlighting 2017 Homecoming day activities will be an afternoon reception starting at 3:30 p.m. in the CSU Hearth Lounge. Other Oct. 7 activities will include a morning light breakfast, an invitation to participate in the Homecoming day parade, and an evening “family friendly” event.
Mark Constantine, director of the Centennial Student Union, said activities celebrating the student union’s 50th anniversary will begin at the start of the fall 2017 semester and continue through Homecoming 2017. Constantine said all alumni and in particular, past CSU student employees, are encouraged to attend the day's activities and share photos and memories shaped in the CSU.
Photos and memories can be shared on the CSU 50th Anniversary website. Shared memories will be displayed in a CSU Art Gallery exhibit from August through the Homecoming celebration.
The CSU also is creating a 50th anniversary display that will be used in the CSU throughout the 2017-18 academic year as well as with the University’s planned sesquicentennial traveling display. The CSU display will include a video timeline featuring CSU directors, key staff members and special guests.
Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students are displaying their art at the University’s Conkling Gallery from March 27 to May 3 in three annual senior exhibits.
All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, during gallery hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits). The public is welcome to meet all students of each art gallery on the first night of every exhibit. A reception was held March 27 for the first exhibit, and receptions will be held at 7 p.m. in the gallery for the next two exhibits on April 10 and April 24.
A complete list of students displaying art in each exhibit is available here.
For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412.
Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s follow-up to the hugely successful Disney movie “The Lion King” was based on another children’s story, “Aida.” And with John and Rice at the helm, the resulting transformation into a Broadway hit was an epic musical with powerful music and an engaging love story.
Centering around an ancient Egyptian love triangle, “Aida” is the Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance season-ending Mainstage musical. It opened Thursday, April 6, in the Ted Paul Theatre.
The musical of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicles the conflict between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love. Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. This is a Minnesota State Mankato premiere.
“Aida” runs 7:30 p.m. April 6-8 and 13-15; and 2 p.m. April 9 and 15 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, 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. Minnesota State Mankato students who present at the Box Office a coupon posted at facebook.com/MSUTheatre or other Minnesota State Mankato Theatre social media accounts may receive 2-for-1 admission to the 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15 performance. Coupons may be presented electronically or in print.
Contact Amanda Dyslin by phone at 507-389-6663, or by email for more information.
American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer Jeremih, who has produced hit singles such as “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “Planes,” and “Birthday Sex,” will perform on campus Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Taylor Center.
The concert is for all ages, and tickets to the concert are on sale now on the MNSU Events website or in person at the Student Activities front desk, Centennial Student Union 173 or the Live Active Apartments office (200 Briargate Road, Mankato). For more information, contact Alexander Wieland from the Student Events Team at 507-389-6076.
Each Minnesota State Mankato student may purchase one ticket. Student tickets for general admission floor are $20, and student general admission seats are $18. Public tickets for general admission floor are $32, and public general admission seats are $30. Taxes and fees may apply.
The Student Events Team VIP texting club will issue ticket giveaways and special offers for the concert. Students and the public can opt in for texts alerts and updates online or by texting “studentevents” to 76626.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on concert night, and parking for this event will be available in Lot 20. There will be no reentry to the concert once patrons leave, and no outside food, beverages, backpacks or flash photography allowed.
The Greater Mankato Area United Way, Minnesota State Mankato and LSS The Reach are holding two upcoming events to learn about adverse childhood experiences and their impact on lifelong well being. Adverse childhood experiences have been linked to decreased educational outcomes, risky health behaviors and more. Learning opportunities are as follows:
April 19 – Minnesota State Mankato, Armstrong Hall 102
- 5:30 – 6 p.m. Registration
- 6 – 7:45 p.m. "Paper Tigers" film (about a year in the life of an alternative high school)
- 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Q&A with local mental health professionals
June 15 – Shared Spaces (127 S. 2nd St., Mankato)
- 8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration
- 9 – 10:45 a.m. "Paper Tigers" film (about a year in the life of an alternative high school)
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Q&A with local mental health professionals
- 1 – 4 p.m. ACEs training (CEUs available)
Presenters include Debra Gohagan, MSW, Ph.D. (Minnesota State Mankato Department of Social Work), Barb Sorum (Minnesota Communities Caring for Children) and Tasha Moulton (LSS The Reach). Register here to attend.
The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music will present multiple student ensemble concerts in April.
The University contemporary vocal ensembles, under the direction of Douglas Snapp, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The concert takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.The ensembles will be performing a mix of pop and a cappella tunes.
The University concert bands, under the direction of Amy Roisum Foley, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21. The concert takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.
The spring choral concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 623 South Broad St., Mankato. The groups, under the direction of Aaron Humble and David Dickau, will sing a variety of selections from English Renaissance art songs to contemporary works, performing a diverse range of music celebrating the rich diversity of the American choral tradition.
The Minnesota State Mankato community orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The orchestra is comprised of invited area community members along with university student musicians. The ensemble is under the direction of Joseph Rodgers.
Concert admission is $9 and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to the MNSU Music website.
The 2017 Minnesota State University, Mankato distinguished alumni honorees include the president and CEO of Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., a middle school teacher, a retired educator and an executive for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
The University’s Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Humanitarian Award, Harold J. Fitterer Service Award and Recent Alumni Award at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21 on campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The event is sold out.
A news release details information on this year's honorees.
More information on the awards is available online or by calling 507-389-3235.
Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing will host its inaugural Community Fair on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University’s new Clinical Sciences Building, located at 150 South Road.
The Community Fair is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome. Free parking is available in University Lot 20, located on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street.
The College of Allied Health and Nursing invites the public to tour the new Clinical Sciences Building during the event, and representatives from each academic program in the College of Allied Health and Nursing will be available to answer questions.
Health services to be offered include body mass index measurements; blood pressure checks; body fat measurements; nutrition information; emergency preparedness information; rehabilitation services; CPR demonstrations; tobacco cessation information; and Drinko Plinko – to learn about the effects of alcohol on health.
Family-friendly activities will include door prizes, a teddy bear clinic (for children to bring their bear and have them get a check-up); story time; creating your own book; team and individual games; life-size operation game; and booth bingo for prizes.
More information about the Community Fair is available online. Those with questions may contact Brooke Burk, assistant professor in the College of Allied Health and Nursing’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, by phone at 507-389-5930 or by email.
The Upward Bound program is sponsoring an upcoming Red Cross Blood Drive.
It will be held Monday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Otto Arena, court number three.
Appointments can be made by calling 507-389-1211 or by going online and entering sponsor code MSUUPWARD.
Walk-ins are always welcome.
The 43rd annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State Mankato will feature a presentation by faculty member Byron Pike at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24 in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.
Pike’s presentation, titled “The Effect of Auditor versus Forensic Mindset on Audit Procedures in Response to Fraud Risk Assessment,” is free and open to the public.
In a preview of his lecture, Pike, an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Business Law in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business, wrote:
“My research focuses on financial statement auditors’ ability to assess and respond to fraud risk. Prior research indicates auditors do not always address fraud risk adequately. Auditors’ mindset is one possible factor that contributes to their inability to discover fraud. That is, the typical auditor mindset may not be conducive to detecting fraud.
“Alternatively, forensic specialists, who are focused on the discovery of fraud, may employ a noticeably different mindset that leads to investigating discrepancies in greater detail and identifying hidden problems. However, the inclusion of forensic specialists on all financial statement audits is not possible given the expense and shortage in supply.
“I examine the extent to which auditors can adopt a forensic mindset to improve their ability to detect fraud. My findings are informative to those interested in improving the judgements and decisions of individuals within many different decision contexts.”
Social studies majors KayLynn Cousin and Samantha Mitchell have won the 2017 Arthur & Rochelle Belfer Conference Goldah Teacher Scholarship – Social Studies. The scholarship is awarded once a year for teachers to attend the Belfer National Conference for Teachers at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. The conference is held in July.
Ryan Powley, graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Program, was awarded the Douglas Bray and Ann Howard Research Grant from the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.The grant was awarded based on Powley’s collaboration with Mark Whitmore, Ph.D., from Kent State University. The two examined employees’ perceptions of their own leadership potential.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures announced the following student scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year:
Sarah Aldrich (Jordan, Minn.) was awarded the $500 Florence and Raymond H. Sponberg Scholarship in Foreign Languages. Alyssa Podgorski (St. Paul, Minn.) was awarded the $500 Waldorf Scholarship for her achievements in Spanish. Kourtney Juhl (Monticello, Minn.) was awarded the $500 World Languages and Culture Foundation: Scandinavian scholarship for her achievements in Scandinavian studies. Emerson Drapac (Northfield, Minn.) was awarded the $500 Kaufmanis Scholarship for her achievements in German. Mikayla Clark (Farmington, Minn.) was awarded the $500 World Languages and Cultures Foundation: French scholarship for her achievements in French. Jonathan W. Smith (Mankato, Minn.) was awarded the $2,000 Global Understanding Partnerships scholarship for his study abroad plans and achievements in German. Retta Gavin (Mankato, Minn.) was awarded the $2,000 Global Understanding Partnerships Scholarship for her study abroad plans and her achievements in Spanish.
Eleven honors students, Nyairah Abdullah (Psychology, '19), Sarah Aldrich (Spanish Education, '18), Kate Anderson (Human Resource Management & Spanish, '17), Sara Baranczyk (Communication Arts and Literature Education & Physics Education, '19), Andreea Bogdan (International Relations, ’19) Quentina Dunbar (Gender and Women's Studies, '17), Brook Ferede (Management Information Systems, ’19), Asha Khalif (Nursing, ’19), Ana Leyva (Music Education, '19), Katelynn Malecha (Exercise Science & Pre OT, '18), and Ayoola Okuribido (Automobile Engineering Technology, ’17), and two honors staff members, Anne Dahlman (director of the Honors Program), and Ginny Walters (assistant director of the Honors Program & University Fellowships Coordinator), attended and presented at the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference held in Brookings, S.D., from March 23-25. The theme of this year's conference was "Wherever you are, be there." The presentation, "Honors Equity Ambassadors: Creating Inclusive Learning Spaces," given by Anne Dahlman and students Nyairah Abdullah, Quentina Dunbar, and Ana Leyva was recognized as the top presentation at the conference.
Long-time University Director of Financial Aid Sandra Loerts is retiring April 25 after nearly 38 years of service to Minnesota State Mankato. A retirement reception for Loerts will be held Friday, April 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Conference Rooms 253/4/5.
Loerts' successor was recently named following a national search. C. Tyler Heu, who has nearly 18 years of financial aid background, has been appointed as the next director of financial aid for Minnesota State Mankato. He will begin his duties May 15.
Julie Nelson was selected as an honoree of Finance & Commerce 2017 Progress Minnesota award. Progress Minnesota is an acknowledgement of the individuals, companies and associations that are driving business, industrial growth and development in the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota. Nelson was selected for her work with Minnesota State Mankato's Small Business Development Center and was honored at an April 6 awards reception in Minneapolis.
A Minnesota State Mankato instructor and a University faculty member were recently featured on the WalletHub website. Josh Wolberg, an instructor in the Financial Planning Certificate Program, was featured in WalletHub's recent piece about the most and least financially literate states. Jae Min Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science, was featured in an article about rewards credit cards.
Mika Negishi Laidlaw, an associate professor of art and ceramics, is one of six McKnight artists whose work will be exhibited in a traveling exhibition throughout April at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Colleen Clarke, professor of law enforcement, and former law enforcement student Eli Szydlo recently published a book titled "Stealing History, Art Theft, Looting, and Other Crimes Against our Cultural Heritage." A book signing event will be held at Pub 500 in Mankato on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Student Events Team has announced its lineup of upcoming movies that will be shown in Ostrander Auditorium. Admission is free with a Mav ID card or $1 for the general public. Concessions are available, and parking in Lot 11 or the Pay Lot is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays.
The Student Events Team is sponsoring a BMX and skateboard show April 17 in the Centennial Student Union mall area. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. During the event, students have a chance to skate with some of Minnesota's best BMX and skateboard pros.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences published its April 2017 newsletter.
The College of Graduate Studies & Research and the Undergraduate Research Center are holding a faculty-student publication recognition event on Thursday, April 13 at 1 p.m. in the Johnson Alumni Room. Awards will be given and refreshments will be served. It is intended to be an annual event.
The March 31 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting a copy.
The Department of Music Performance Series was recently awarded an $8,000 grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts to partially fund Performance Series events for fall 2017. The grant proposal was written by Dale Haefner, Performance Series director.
Luella Mae Rose died March 27. Rose was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for 19 years in the registrar's office. View her complete obituary online.
The School Library and Information Studies Program in the College of Education was ranked seventh of 15 in the "2017 Top Online Colleges for Library Science Degrees" by guidetoonlineschools.com.
Bizjournals.com ranked Minnesota State Mankato 188th out of 499 four-year public institutions across the United States in a ranking that was issued April 4.
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