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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Years in Review

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/iopsych/yearreview.html

2012-2013

August 2012 - New Students Arrive

In August, we will be welcoming 10 new students. This year we accepted students from Louisiana Tech University, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, South Dakota State University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Minnesota, University of Montana, University of St. Thomas (MN), University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and University of Wisconsin-Superior.

2011-2012

June 2012 - Summer Internships

Nine students began their required internship projects this summer. Students are interning for atrain (Bamberg, Germany), Bersin & Associates, City of Austin (TX), Corporate Psychologists (Golden Valley, MN), County of Orange (CA), Kenexa (Minneapolis, MN), scitrain (Canton, OH), and Victoria's Secret (Mankato, MN).

May 2012 - Turkey

Students and faculty traveled to Turkey for two weeks. We visited Istanbul, Cappadocia,Pamukkale, Ephesus, and Izmir. In addition to visiting cultural and historic sites, students volunteered with two different organizations and met with students and faculty in the Psychology Department at Özyeğin University.

May 2012 - Graduation

Eleven students graduated in May 2012. Congratulations to the class of 2012 and best of luck in your new jobs! The class of 2012 has accepted positions with Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington DC), the Center for Rural Policy Development (St. Peter, MN), Denison Consulting (Ann Arbor, MI), IBM Global Consulting (Houston TX and Chicago, IL), Minnesota State University (Mankato), PDRI (Washington DC), and scitrain (Canton, OH). 

April 2012 - SIOP Conference - San Diego, CA

All 22 students accompanied the professors to San Diego CA for the annual SIOP conference. Students attended sessions, participated in the job placement center, networked with alumni and other professionals and found some time to enjoy the sunny weather. This year we joined forces with Dr. Tilman Sheets and Louisiana Tech University's Ph.D. program for the Alumni and Friends networking event which was held at the House of Blues.

April 2012 - Consulting Challenge - Ameriprise - Minneapolis MN

Students participated in our annual case consulting competition. This year the competition featured students from MSU, St. Cloud State University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Central Florida. For the first time in Consulting Challenge history, the event ended in a tie! The winning teams were:

 

March 2012 - IOOB Conference - Orlando FL

Twelve second year students attended the Annual IOOB Conference in Orlando FL and presented their thesis research. Jake Forsman received an award for the best student presentation at the conference.

March 2012 - Germany trip

Dan Sachau, Kristie Campana and several students travelled to Bamberg, Germany to present the results of their OERG consulting projects for aTrain.

December 2011 - Washington DC trip

The professors and several students travelled to Washington DC to meet with research and consulting partners including the Data Quality Campaign, Catalyst Rx, and Federal Management Partners.

November 2011 - Distinguished Speaker - Wally Borman, Ph.D.

Each year we bring many accomplished professionals and academics to campus to speak to the students. This year the highlight was a visit by Dr. Wally Borman, Chief Scientist at PDRI and Professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Borman is a former President of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and one of the most accomplished people in our field in both the science and the practice of I-O psychology. He spoke to the students about performance measurement. It was genuinely delightful to visit with him.

 

2010-2011

February 2011 -- Madison Lake, MN, SuperBowl Party
January 2011 --  Washington DC trip
September 2010 -- Nisswa, MN Fall Conference and Program Reunion

2009-2010

February 2010 -- Madison Lake, MN, Broomball Game

The I/O Program celebrated Superbowl Sunday with a round of Broomball on Madison Lake followed by a selection of homemade chilis, snacks and a football game. The first years, also known as the Ice Dragons, and the second year students battled it out on the ice; the game came down to Sudden Death. The second years, the Punching Donkeys, were victorious. All of the students had a great time playing the game.  A team picture of the Ice Dragons is featured below.

Novemeber 2009 - Kids Against Hunger Volunteering, Mankato, MN

Students and faculty from the I/O program and fellow clinical psychology students volunteered in packaging meals for Kids Against Hunger.  The program is dedicated to serving the community, and enjoyed their time volunteering during the holiday season.  Kids Against Hunger is an organization that works towards ending world hunger. 

October 2009 - Halloween Celebration

Students, faculty and friends of the I/O Program gathered to celebrate Halloween. 

September 2009 - Fall Conference, Pequot Lakes, MN

Students and faculty traveled North to celebrate a new academic year and new classmates with team building exerices.  Students spent time getting to know each other and enjoying the lake, games and food.  This is a tradition of the program. 

2008-2009

April 2008 -- SIOP New Orleans, LA

Students and faculty traveled to New Orleans, LA for the annual SIOP conference. Students volunteered stuffing bags to be given to conference attendees. The students enjoyed the rich culture of the city had to offer, such as live jazz music, beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde, and the city's nightlife. Students also volunteered with past alumni and friends at a local school that had been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

SIOP volunteers

March 2009 -- Owatonna, MN

Students traveled to Owatonna, Minnesota for the 4th annual Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP). Students attended presentations given by experts in the fields of I/O, school, and clinical psychology including Dave Engler from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Second year students also presented their thesis research.

February 2009 -- IOOB Chicago, IL

The second-year students traveled to Chicago, IL for the annual IOOB conference. Students presented their master's thesis research to their peers. The students also enjoyed the city's night life and tourist spots.

November 2008 - Gallup, Inc. in Omaha, NE

Students and faculty traveled to Omaha, NE for the Graduate Student Showcase at the headquarters of Gallup, Inc. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the Gallup Poll and the cutting edge research being done. Jim Harter spoke with the students and faculty about their customer engagment model. Tom Rath later spoke with the students and faculty about their new strengths-based approach to leadership.

November 2008 - Kids Against Hunger Volunteering

Students and faculty volunteered with fellow clinical psychology students and faculty at Kids Against Hunger. Our program is committed to giving back to our community and our world. Kids Against Hunger works towards eliminating world hunger.

September 2008 - Fall Conference at Pequot Lakes, MN

Students and faculty traveled to Pequot Lakes, MN for the annual fall conference. Students and faculty kicked-off the year by getting to know each other through outings on the boat, games in yard, campfires, and semi-polar plunges into the lake. Second-year students presented their internship experiences and ideas for their theses. Faculty introduced students the happenings of the year. First year students were paired with second year mentors (thesis buddies) for the year.

2007-2008

May 2008 -- South Africa

Students and faculty in the I/O Psychology Program traveled to Karatara, South Africa to help build a new college called Eden Campus. Eden Campus is the first free rural eco-business school in South Africa. The Eden Campus students learn the basics of business so they can return to their villages and start small companies. During the trip, the students helped with campus construction and program development. Students also visited Buffelsdrift Game Lodge and Cape Town during the trip.

April 2008 -- Consulting Challenge Hosted By Cargill

First year students had the opportunity to work with Cargill in the annual "Consulting Challenge" . Cargill was an excellent host company and provided students an interesting challenge. Students from various I/O programs worked together to research, interpret, and present results based on actual Cargill data. The students had the opportunity to present their results at one of Cargill's extraordinary meeting rooms and were able to converse with various employee's at Cargill. Minnesota State I/O alum and Cargill employee Pari Becker was the point of contact for the students and was a valuable resource in completing the project. The group consisting of Ashley Johnson, John Keenan, and Kasha Lashley won the 2008 Consulting Challenge out of a group of very good presentations.

April 2008 -- SIOP San Francisco, CA

Students and faculty traveled to San Francisco, CA for the annual SIOP conference. Students volunteered stuffing bags to be given to conference attendees. Students and faculty were able to attend the many workshops and presentations offered regarding currrent practices and the future of I/O psychology. The students enjoyed the rich culture of the city and the many tourist sites.

March 2008 -- Owatonna, MN

Students traveled to Owatonna, Minnesota for the 3rd annual Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP). Students attended presentations given by experts in the fields of I/O, school, and clinical psychology. Second year students also presented their thesis research.

February 2008 -- IOOB Denver, CO

The second-year students traveled to Denver, CO for the annual IOOB conference. Students presented their master's thesis research to their peers. The students also enjoyed the city's night life and tourist spots.

2006 - 2007

May 2007 -- Vietnam

Students and faculty traveled to Vietnam and Hong Kong for their international trip May 14 - 28.

April 2007 -- SIOP New York, NY

Students and faculty traveled to New York, NY for the annual SIOP conference. The students enjoyed the visiting the tourist sites and engaging in the city's nightlife. Students and faculty also participated in presenting and attending the conference workshops, discussions, and presentations.