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Minnesota State University, Mankato
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students Activities

ECONOMICS

Ozlem Barin (Mentor: Dr. Ihsuan Li) was awarded fourth place in the Minnesota Economic Association Undergraduate Paper Contest for her paper, “The Impact of Information Delivery Improvement on Prescription Adherence among HIV Positive Individuals,” September 28, 2014.

GEOGRAPHY

Andrew Brownpresented, “Archeological Excavations in Three Dimensions: Integrating Python and Open-Source Software for Photogrammetric 3d Modeling,” at the Geography Colloquia, September 26, 2014.
Courtney Kitzer presented, “Mapping and Analyzing Historic Buildings in Lincoln Park, Blue Earth County,” at the Geography Colloquia, September 26, 2014.

GOVERNMENT

Mehr Jay Shahidi (alumni and SBS Advisory Board member) had his article, “Is this Cold War 2?” featured in the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

SOCIAL WORK

The Department of Social Work has been awarded a three year contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support undergraduate and graduate education in public child welfare. The AY14-15 contract for $367,410, with matching funds provided by the department and the college.  The contract supports academic programming, professional education, and meeting the required post-graduation employment tracking. Debra Gohagan coordinates the undergraduate scholars and Robin Wingo coordinates the graduate student scholars.  BSSW Title IV-E Scholars are Katelyn Reiner, Danielle Barten, Danielle Myers, Rachel Ellison, Lori Nelson, Haley Forsyth, Alexa Chouinard, Marcia McConvilee, Kristin Weber, Tricia Larson, Katie Schulte, and Kari Albrecht. MSSW Scholars are Danielle Jones, Kelly Kjarland, Macey Deslauriers, Ben Kolling, Christina Schultz, David Ribar, Chris Davis, Krista Moore, Callie Rose, and Renee Gasner.

David Wentzel(alumni)received the Veterans Voices award from Governor Dayton on behalf of the MN Humanities Center for his advocacy and contributions to the community, September 11, 2014.

 

Faculty and Department Activities

AGING STUDIES

Don Ebel was interviewed by The Free Press for their article on the ACT on Alzheimer’s coalition forming in Mankato, September 11, 2014.

Don Ebel was interviewed by KEYC during their reporting of the Chesley Center on Aging’s Fall Dementia Care Conference, September 4, 2014.

The Aging Studies Program hosted speaker Naomi Feil at the Verizon Civic Center for the Chesley Center on Aging’s Fall Dementia Care Conference, September 4, 2014.

ANTHROPOLOGY

The Anthropology Department received a contract with MnDoT for a projected 7-10 year project to build a comprehensive database that integrates archeological, historical, and environmental data for the purposes of research and land management. The project received $256,000 for the pilot, September 2014.

GOVERNMENT

Susan Burum presented, “A Gordian Knot: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby,” for Constitution Day, Mankato, MN, September 17, 2014.

Joseph Kunkel presented, “Creating the Constitution and its Relevance in Today’s Society,” for Constitution Day, Mankato, MN, September 17, 2014.

Pat Nelson discussed, “Why would a terrorism suspect be given Miranda warnings?” for Constitution Day, Mankato, MN, September 17, 2014.

Mark Robbins presented, “Freemasonry and Law Enforcement: Compatible or Conflicting?” at a symposium put on jointly by the Philalethes Society and the Masonic Society, Bloomingdale Illinois, September 13, 2014.

Fred Slocum moderated a discussion on the “Treatment of LBGT Issues,” for Constitution Day, Mankato, MN, September 17, 2014.

HISTORY

Angela Cooley moderated a discussion on “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009,” for Constitution Day, Mankato, MN, September 17, 2014.

Kathy Gorman has been invited to present her lecture, “Community History Series: Child Soldiers During the Civil War,” at the Smithsonian on January 11, 2015.

William E. Lass, Professor Emeritus, presented his new book, Shaping the North Star State: A History of Minnesota Boundaries, at the Blue Earth County Historical Society, September 25, 2014.

PSYCHOLOGY

Kevin Filter was appointed to a five year term as Associate Editor of the journal, Education and Treatment of Children.

SOCIAL WORK

The Social Work Department celebrated their 40th Birthday, and honored Dr. William ‘Bill’ Anderson’s retirement, September 27, 2014.

Debra Gohagan has been accepted a as member of Cohort II for Trauma-Informed Care Technical Assistance Center (TICTAC) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience Training Program. This year long training program is sponsored by ACE Interface, MN Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) a.k.a. Prevent Child Abuse MN (PCAMN), state agencies, philanthropy, and the University of Minnesota. At the completion of training, Dr. Gohagan will be certified to teach/train in ACEs and resilience approaches for individuals, groups and communities.

SOCIOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS

Afroza Anwary presented the keynote, “Exchanging Views on Sociological Theories with Reference to Gender and Development,” at the Special Sociology Conference, at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh, August 10-11, 2014.

Afroza Anwary presented, “American Race Relations,” at the Special Sociology Conference, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, August 10-11, 2014.

Afroza Anwary presented, “Judith Butler’s Theory of Gender Performativity, Connell’s Hegemonic Masculinity, and Domestic Violence,” at the Special Sociology Conference, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, August 9-11, 2014.

Afroza Anwary presented, “Foreign Students in American Institutions of Higher Education,” at the Special Sociology Conference, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, August 10-11, 2014.

 

College and Related Activities

DEAN’S OFFICE

Maria Bevacqua was interviewed by a reporter from the Hungarian news site, A fiúk úgysem tehetnek róla, hogy erĹ‘szakoskodnak, about the public discourse on campus rape cases. She was quoted and pictured in the article, September 3, 2014.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomes Sam Erickson as the new Interim Technology Director. Sam brings 5 years of experience at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During these 5 years Sam has been pursuing his degrees in Psychology and Cognitive Science. While doing so Sam was a part of multiple research teams and held T.A. positions within the Psychology department.

ADVISING CENTER

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomes Melissa Iverson as the new Student Relations Coordinator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She will start in the position on October 6, 2014.  Melissa has a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Before joining Minnesota State Mankato, she served as an academic advisor at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to taking the SRC position, she worked in MSU’s office of New Student and Family Programs.

KESSEL PEACE INSTITUTE

The Kessel Peace Institute hosted Bruce Stahlberg, a member of Veterans For Peace and of MN 9/11 Truth. He led a discussion on a film in which professional architects and engineers raise probing questions about the investigation of 9/11 and the official account of the destruction of the World Trade Center, September 9, 2014.