November 8, 2017 Campus NewsletterPage address: https://www.mnsu.edu/media/newsletter/2017-11-08/
Analytics Acumen Award
A team of three Minnesota State University, Mankato undergraduate students from the University's DREAM (Data Resources for Eager Analytical Minds) registered student organization won the Analytics Acumen Award and a $600 cash prize in the MinneMUDAC 2017 Fall Student Challenge data analytics competition in Eden Prairie, Minn., Saturday, Nov. 4.
The three team members and their faculty advisor are pictured above. They include (left to right) Minhaz Uddin (student), Rajeev Bukralia (faculty advisor to students; faculty member in the Department of Computer Information Science), Umanga Poudel (student) and Salem Wafi (student).
The competition was held at Optum, a health services and innovation company that is a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.
The challenge of the competition was to analyze insurance claims data provided by Optum to predict diabetes patients. The Minnesota State Mankato students had just four days to solve the challenge.
The students went through many rounds with various teams of judges comprising academics and industry professionals. The judges were especially impressed with the Minnesota State Mankato team's problem-solving approach that used the Charlson Comorbidity Index that assesses the 10 year survival/mortality risk in patients with several comorbities.
The three Minnesota State Mankato students, all studying computer information science, competed in the novice category (meant for students from universities that do not have a data science degree program).
The DREAM RSO, which was launched last year, now has over 150 members representing a variety of disciplines (such as information technology, math, statistics, business, biology, psychology, and engineering). The RSO provides students opportunities to learn data science and artificial intelligence through industry speakers, tutorials, hackathons, data analytics competitions, and research projects. The Reporter published an article about DREAM in January 2017.
Students in a Minnesota State Mankato first-year experience course (FYEX 100-01) helped to coordinate an Oct. 27 visit to the Minnesota State Mankato campus by 29 high school students in the Sanneh Foundation's Dreamline program, which aims to help at-risk students succeed in high school.
The high school students and four of their academic coaches from Humboldt High School in St. Paul received a Minnesota State Mankato campus tour, ate lunch in the new University Dining Center and participated in a student panel discussion with FYEX students and international students.
The two goals for the visit were to give the Dreamliners a chance to envision themselves continuing their education beyond high school and give the FYEX students project management experience while helping their community. A spring 2018 Dreamline visit is in the planning stages.
Lee Tesdell (professor of technical communication in Minnesota State Mankato's Department of English), Henry Morris (dean of Institutional Diversity) and Sergio Aguilar (interim director of the University's OASIS program) helped the University FYEX students in setting up the visit.
The Sanneh Foundation was started by former professional soccer player Tony Sanneh. Students in the Dreamline program first visited Minnesota State Mankato in 2014. (Photo of the student visitors on the Centennial Student Union stairway is courtesy of Lee Tesdell.)
University departments or units hosting a sesquicentennial event are asked to submit event information to the 150th committee so it can be included on the 150th events page. The same form may be used to request the 150th portable exhibit panels.
After events, departments are asked to consider submitting photos with captions to be included on the past events galleries page.
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More information is available on the sesquicentennial page: http://www.mnsu.edu/150/
Student Activities is sponsoring two upcoming Leadership U events.
Leadership U is a program that provides opportunities to students to grow as leaders of their communities. Facilitators from the Minnesota State Mankato community (faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students) will lead participants in an interactive learning session to analyze and build leadership skills. Students are invited to gain some skills while having fun with other leaders on campus.
Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5-6 p.m., CSU 245
Topic: Learning and Reasoning, Reflection and Application
Facilitator: Ashley Strom, assistant director, Student Activities
Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 5-6 p.m., CSU 245
Topic: Civic Responsibility, Others' Circumstances
Facilitator: Hannah Lee, graduate candidate, I-O Psychology
Advising Forum meets a few times each semester to discuss trends and issues in academic advising. Members of the campus community who want to know more about these timely topics are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sara Granberg-Rademacker, Trudy Kunkel or Marie Slotemaker. The next forum will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9-10 a.m. in CSU 204 on the topic of emergency grants.
Senior Department of Art students at Minnesota State Mankato will display their art on campus at Conkling Gallery in two separate shows, the first from Monday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Nov. 15 and the second from Monday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Dec. 1.
All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits.
For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412.
Sue Crolick, a former long-time Minnesota advertising professional who in 1994 founded Art Buddies, a nonprofit that pairs creative volunteers with underprivileged kids, will discuss “Inspiring Stories from a ‘Mad Men’ Trailblazer” Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.
Crolick’s presentation, free and open to the public, is a Nadine B. Andreas Artist Lecture that is part of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art’s Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series.
For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2017-2018 Conkling Gallery Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is available online.
Minnesota State Mankato will host award-winning poet Meg Day on Thursday, Nov. 9 as the third writer who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.
On Nov. 9, Day will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato. Day will also 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. Day will then read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.
All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.
Day has received numerous honors for her writing. She is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship and is a 2013 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
Merry Wiesner-Hanks, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will provide a global historical perspective on the 500th anniversary of the 1517 Protestant Reformation in a presentation Thursday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Armstrong Hall, Room 102.
Wiesner-Hanks’ presentation, titled “To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation,” is free and open to the public.
Wiesner-Hanks, one of the pre-eminent scholars working today on the history of Christianity, women and gender history, and world history, is an author or co-author of more than 25 books on European and global history.
Wiesner-Hanks described her presentation in an abstract as follows: “The voyages of Columbus and the religious changes of the Reformation are often seen as ushering in the modern world, but they are usually examined separately. My talk will bring them together, discussing religious changes around the world in the sixteenth century..."
An evening of choral music will be presented by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music on Thursday, Nov. 9. The performance will be 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 who 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.
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 www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.
Up next in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance Mainstage season is the classic – yet timely – “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which opened Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Ted Paul Theatre.
While on sabbatical, Director Heather Hamilton spent time working in refugee camps in Greece. She met families who had applied for refugee status in the United States, but were turned down. The Frank family, who hid for 25 months in a 500-foot annex in the Netherlands from 1942-44, also had applied for refugee status in the U.S. and were turned down. This global refugee crisis that persists today is partly what inspired Hamilton to stage “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
The remaining “Anne Frank” performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11-12 in the University's Ted Paul Theatre in the Earley Center for Performing Arts.
Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Kearney Center for International Student Services and the International Student Association are sponsoring the "Colors of Asia" Saturday, Nov. 11 from 5-9 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
This event features food, cultural booths and entertainment presentations from more than 12 countries.
The cost for this event is $8 in advance or $10 at the door (while supplies last).
Tickets are available online, and the schedule is as follows:
Food: 5-6:30 p.m. in CSU Flex Space
Cultural Booths: 5-7 p.m. in CSU Ballroom Lobby
Entertainment: 7-8:30 p.m. in CSU Ballroom
Eight different registered student organizations are involved in the event.
Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music presents the University Percussion Ensembles appearing on stage Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 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, from 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.
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 www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.
Minnesota State Mankato Professor of Accounting Abo-El-Yazeed Habib will be giving a presentation on "The Middle East: Islam, Politics & Business," Monday, Nov. 13 from 7-8 p.m. in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.
The event, free and open to all, is sponsored by the College of Business and the Minnesota State Mankato chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor and service organization for financial and business information students and professionals.
Habib has taught accounting at Minnesota State Mankato for 29 years. Born in Egypt, Habib earned his first bachelor's degree from Tanta University in 1966, and later a second bachelor's and master in accountancy degrees from Cairo University. Habib earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Minnesota State Mankato in 1978 and his doctorate in accounting at the University of North Texas in 1983.
Habib's teaching record is 48 years of service: 10 years at Helwan University in Egypt; three years at the University of North Texas; three years at Texas Christian University; three ears at University of Central Arkansas; and 29 years at Minnesota State Mankato. Habib was a visiting professor in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Mexico. Accounting students have recognized Habib with 18 Accounting Professor of the Year awards.
The Kessel Peace Institute will be presenting its 2017 Peace Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. in CSU 201.
The awards will be presented in honor of Ruth Miner Kessel to community members who promote social justice and peace.
The event will include refreshments and a screening of the documentary film, "Two Weeks in May," about the anti-war protest at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the 1970s.
For more information, contact Carol Glasser, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Corrections and director of the Kessel Peace Institute, by email at email@example.com or by phone at 507-389-1345.
The University's Student Events Team is holding its third annual "Battle of the Bands" event Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 7-10 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event is free for everyone and open to all.
The contest will feature three categories: "Singer Songwriter," "Band," and "Rap/Hip-Hop." All students are welcome to register to compete in any of the three categories.
Student competitors will have 15 minutes to display their talents for the audience and three judges, who will give feedback after every performance and score each act. The winner will be chosen based off a combination of voting and scoring from the judges.
Prizes include $200 for first place and gift cards to local music stores.
For more information about the "Battle of the Bands" event, please contact Alex Wieland at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 507-389-6076.
The University's Violence Awareness & Response Program’s interns interns have organized an event called “That’s Not Love: Relationships Shouldn’t Hurt” Thursday, Nov. 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 201.
The intent of the event is to raise awareness of resources for survivors of intimate partner violence.
The event will feature speakers from the Violence Awareness & Response Program, the Committee Against Domestic Abuse organization in Mankato and the University's Department of Social Work. Speakers will focus on the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, red flags for abusive relationships, barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, and safety planning. Resources will be provided and light refreshments will be served.
The Violence Awareness and Response Program is a program at Minnesota State Mankato. It provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with the University. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.
Singer-songwriter Erik Koskinen performs with his band on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato. Southern Minnesota favorite City Mouse will open the show with a set starting at 7 p.m.
The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Erik Koskinen Band is currently touring in support of its latest CD release, “Live at The Real Phonic Radio Hour.”
Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Koskinen “…the state’s best pure country singer/songwriter,” and Jim Walsh of MinnPost writes: “The real deal: Erik Koskinen’s authenticity comes through.”
The supporting act, City Mouse, is a regional music group favorite. Its folk-rock blues styled music has been appreciated in the region for over 45 years. The group remains strong today as the current band lineup has enjoyed 30 plus years of performing together.
Concert admission is $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Tickets are available at Hooligans or online at www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.
Minnesota State Mankato's Concert Wind Ensemble members will be performing in concert Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. The concert takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.
The ensemble is under the direction of Amy K. Roisum Foley. Roisum Foley will present a pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the music performed on the concert.
The Concert Wind Ensemble will perform music with musical imagery, magic and mystery, taking audience members on a musical journey around the world.
Concert admission is $9 for community members and $7 for University students with a valid MavCARD, K-12 students and children. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is holding its annual Lewinski Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.
This year's featured speaker for the free public event is Matthew D. Sztajnkrycer, an internationally recognized trauma physician, tactical medicine expert and law enforcement trainer from Mayo Clinic.
Sztajnkrycer's presentation is titled "The Thin Blue Line Meets the Red Cross: The Interface of Law Enforcement and Prehospital Care."
Sztajnkrycer will explore the complex topic of on-scene medical response following a major use of force, such as an officer-involved shooting. Among other things, Sztajnkrycer will discuss the evolution of trauma treatment in the field from a service provided only by emergency medical services personnel to a responsibility of law enforcement officers standing by for emergency medical services arrival.
In his presentation, Sztajnkrycer will also explore a variety of challenges that can impede the provision of critical care and crucial training issues that can have a dramatic impact on both the learning and retention process as well as officers’ performance on the street.
The Lewinski Lecture was named in honor of the professional accomplishments in law enforcement research by former Minnesota State Mankato faculty member William Lewinski, an emeritus professor of law enforcement, and his research partners.
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The second event in Minnesota State Mankato's 2017-2018 colloquium series, “We Have Ag!”, is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and will address “Water Quality in Minnesota: What Are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?”
Panelists will be Jeremy Geske from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center; Dean Zimmerli, water rights representative from Gislason & Hunter LLP; Bruce Tiffany, farmer near the Redwood River Valley Watershed; Glen Groth, farmer near the Mississippi River Watershed; and Lee Tesdell, professor of technical communication, Minnesota State Mankato.
The format for the session will be a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, speakers will have five-eight minutes each, then questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow.
The colloquium series is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in agriculture, food and natural resources.
The Minnesota State Mankato forensic team hosted its Larry Schnoor Invitational Tournament on Oct. 21, which featured 17 teams from across the Midwest traveling to campus to compete in the tournament.
Minnesota State Mankato student results included Emily Duley finishing third and Kylee Johnson sixth in poetry interpretation and Kassidy Tocco sixth and Nicholas Quevedo seventh in after-dinner speaking.
On Oct. 22, the forensic team hosted the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang Stampede tournament on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Twelve teams competed, and Minnesota State Mankato placed third in limited entry team sweepstakes. Student results included Alex Mathiowetz finishing third in persuasive speaking, Tocco fifth in after-dinner speaking and Duley fifth in poetry interpretation.
On Oct. 27-28, the forensic team competed along with 19 other teams from around the region at the Vocal Viking tournament at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. Minnesota State Mankato finished third in small school team sweepstakes. Individual results included Mathiowetz finishing second in persuasive speaking and fourth in prose interpretation; Tocco second in after-dinner speaking; Kaylee Matuszak third in dramatic interpretation; Johnson sixth in poetry interpretation; and Christian Lorenz and Harielle Hermia third in duo interpretation.
Minnesota State Mankato first-year student Sophia Hoiseth (political science & women and gender studies, ‘21) was recently invited to participate in a Public Policy & International Affairs Public Service Weekend at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The conference is titled “Activism and Resilience: Addressing Grand Challenges through Public Policy.” Only 25 students were selected to participate from an applicant pool from around the country. Hoiseth is the founding president of For Girls’ Education (ForGE), which aims to fundraise and advocate for the education of girls. Hoiseth utilized resources in the Office of University Fellowships in her pursuit of this award.
The first teacher cohort has completed the Writing Fellows Program, the signature Writing Across the Curriculum faculty development program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Individuals dedicated six weeks to strengthening a writing component in a course that they teach, including completing a comprehensive writing curriculum capstone project. Fall 2017 graduates of the Writing Fellows Program are: Pamela Briese (Dental Hygiene); Jeffery Dennis (Sociology and Corrections); Walt Groteluschen (Human Performance); Nadja Kramer (World Languages and Cultures); Charles Krois (Chemistry and Geology); Chad McCutchen (History); Rebecca Moen (Chemistry and Geology); Adam Steiner (Psychology); and Miao Zhang (Psychology).
Four faculty members received $3,000 mid-career grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council on Oct. 26:
- Rachael Hanel, Department of Mass Media, will create a narrative nonfiction work focusing on the family of Jerry Krause, a Waseca, Minn., native who went missing in Africa in 2013.
- Mika Laidlaw, Department of Art, will purchase equipment and ceramic materials, which will allow her to experiment and create a body of ceramic sculptures. She also will take a research trip to Japan.
- Richard Robbins, Department of English, will conduct readings of his current book of poems, “Body Turn to Rain: New and Selected Poems,” and will complete two working manuscripts of other poems to submit to publishers.
- Todd Shanafelt, Department of Art, will purchase supplies to create approximately 24 new sculptures, the common theme of which is “Where Man Meets Nature.”
Carrie Miller, an instructional designer in IT Solutions, received a grant to raise awareness of open educational resources and has created a pilot program to work with faculty on lowering the cost of textbooks and other course materials.
The University's Iron Range Engineering and Twin Cities Engineering programs were recently awarded the 2017 ABET Innovation Award in Baltimore at the ABET Awards Gala. A two-minute video about the programs was shown at the award ceremony.
The Nov. 3 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.
Final 'Stargazing' Opportunities: The last two scheduled nights to view celestial objects at Standeford Observatory are Thursday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 16. More information is available here.
Last chance: The Blue Earth County Historical Society opened a special exhibit highlighting Minnesota State Mankato's nearly 150-year history Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Blue Earth County History Center, located at 424 Warren Street in Mankato. The exhibit, titled "Celebrating Minnesota State Mankato 150 Years: From Normal School to University," will be on display through Nov. 25 and is free and open to the public. The exhibit includes photographs and artifacts featuring different places on campus as well as fun facts and stories about the growth of the University and changes in student life.
The University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was recently named the recipient of a Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. "City Center Partnership Award" in the category of "renovations under $500,000" for creating a "unique, welcoming and exciting space" in the Hubbard Building, located on 424 N. Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. will recognize its annual award winners at a Tuesday, Nov. 14 event held at the Verizon Center in Mankato.
The Student Events Team is currently accepting applications for it 2018-2019 executive board. These positions are paid a yearly stipend and get to plan college events. Applications may be submitted online and are due Nov. 14. Many of these positions can be used as for-credit internships in the following majors: accounting; mass media; music industry; marketing; management; human resources; and many more. More information is available here. Click here for information on other events sponsored by the Student Events Team.
The Department of Geography has announced the 2017 Geography Colloquium Fall Schedule.
Paul E. Tix, an emeritus faculty member, died Aug. 20. He was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 17 years and retired in 2001. Tix was an assistant professor in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, teaching economics & statistics. An obituary is available here.
Astrida Aleksandra Silis, an emerita staff member, died Oct. 25. She was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 36 years and retired in 1994. Silis worked in the placement office and registrar's office. An obituary is available here.
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