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Winter Break Criminal Justice Study Abroad Trip

Dr. Tami Wilkins and Dr. Pat Nelson led 34 students on the Winter Break Criminal Justice Study Abroad Trip to Munich (Germany), Berlin (Germany), and Prague (Czech Republic). We visited many interesting places and sites, but the highlight of the trip was meeting with Berlin Police Officers at their station, learning about the challenges they are facing, and seeing some of the equipment, including those small squad cars!



Sanjay Sarkar, MS Aging Studies 2010 (PhD 2014 UM) has been appointed to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Concordia University-St. Paul.  Dr. Sarkar is the program’s first student to continue through a PhD and to receive a permanent faculty appointment.


Hannah Miller and Dr. Chelsea Mead attended the Annual Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Language Summit, Rapid City, SD, October 10-12, 2014.


Students taking ETHN 203W, Perspective on Asian Americans, along withShoko Nakamura, Professor Hanh Huy Phan, Tomoko Matsui and two GAs attended the Global Connections in Southern Minnesota conference, October 2014.

Students in ETHN 203

Students in ETHN 203


Stephen Willaert presented his paper “Canadian Internment during the Great War: Perspective vs. Reality,” at the Northern Great Plains History Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  His paper received the award for the best undergraduate paper presented at the conference, October 8-11, 2014.


Andrew Brick and Dr. Woo Jang had their paper, “Determining an Optimal Facility Location for Retail Stores,” published in the International Journal of Business Strategy, 2014.


Trevor Cain, Trevor Granberg, Colin Grillo, Michael Hanson, and Dan Peterson accompanied by Dr. Fred Slocum, attended a field trip touring market-research firm ANA Research, and focus-group firm and facility Ascendancy Research in Minneapolis, October 17, 2014.

Maria Carrillo-Perez, Rebecca Holmberg, and Richard Armah, accompanied by Dr. Fred Slocum attended the Midwest Political Science Association conference, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2014.

Fred Slocum, and Kevin Parneau with Alumni and Students

Fred Slocum, and  Kevin Parneau with Alumni and Students

Lisa Miller (mentor, Christian Dobratz) had their paper, “The Effects of Organizational Stressors on Female Police Officers,” accepted for presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences National Conference in March 2015.

Members of the Law Enforcement Club, Police Women of MNSU Club, and Alpha Phi Sigma, decorated the America Legion in Madelia, Minnesota for the 1st Annual banquet for the Minnesota Association of Injured Police Officers (MAIPO).  The clubs donated time, strength, and all of the decorations to support the organization.


Rachel Aguilera Venderheyden (Alumni) had her thesis, “Selection System Prediction of Safety: A Step Toward Zero Accidents in South African Mining,” selected as Minnesota State University, Mankato’s nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award Competition.  Thesis advisor, Dr. Dan Sachau, nominated Rachel for this competition, October 27, 2014.


Interns in the Corrections Program traveled to the Minnesota Department of corrections headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota to hear a presentation on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, October 24, 2014.


Courtney Kietzer won the undergraduate competition at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Convention in Rochester MN, October 7, 2014.

Minchul Ahn and Gabriel Appiah spent 2 days in October with the City of Edina staff to study first-hand the operations of U.S. cities.

Faculty and Department Activities


Chelsea Mead presented, “Living Languages: Dakota in the Classroom,” to the SBS Alumni Advisory Board, October 28, 2014.


Atrayee Ghosh Roy, had her article, “Is It Possible to Restore Economic Growth without a Housing Boom,” published in, “Economic Growth in the 21st Century: New Research, (Tara Abrahams (Ed.)) Hauppauge, New York: Nova.


Wayne Allen presented at the Mankato Wacipi Pow-Wow on Education Day.  This is Dr. Allen’s 27th year as a presenter, September 2014.


Matt Loayza participated in an Alumni Panel for the Chancellor’s/Powers-Knapp Homecoming Brunch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Cindy Miller presented, “Increasing Transportation Hazards in North America: Fracking and the Logistics of Bakken Crude Oil,” at the Geography Colloquium, October 17, 2014.

Woo Jang, Dooyoung Shin, Sung Kim, & Jason Rhodes had their article, “Spatial Analysis of the Baby Boomer’s Jobs and Housing Pattern in a GIS Framework,” published in, Review of Business Research, 2014.


Christian Dobratz was contacted and interviewed by FOX9 News and has agreed to consult on an open investigation regarding possible police corruption, October 8, 2014.

Jo Kunkel was interviewed by KEYC TV Mankato about political lawn signs in businesses and contested judicial elections, October 2014.

Pat Nelson attended the On-Line Learning Conference in Orlando, FL, where she took part in a Gates Foundation Focus Group about making on-line classes accessible to students while balancing the needs of faculty to facilitate on-line and face-to-face classes, October 30, 2014

Fred Slocum and Kevin Parsneau presented their paper, “’Cheap Click?’ The Impact of Internet Appeals and Issue Salience on Political Participation,” at the Midwest Political Science Association conference, April 3-6, 2014

Fred Slocum completed a weeklong course on, "Crime, Law and Psychology," organized by Prague Summer Schools and the public policy institute Schola Empirica, in Prague, the Czech Republic, July 5-11, 2014. Slocum was awarded a Faculty Improvement Grant from Academic Affairs to complete the course.

Fred Slocumgave a talk on GLBT issues and controversies in the U.S federal courts, for MSU's Constitution Day, September 17, 2014.


Kevin Filter has been appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, October 2014.


Kofi Danso and a colleague from the University of Hong Kong (Dr. Terry Lum) received the 2014 Best Paper Award for their article, “Intergroup Relations and Predictors of Immigrant Experience," published in the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. Dr. Danso was recognized at a conference organized by the Council on Social Work Education in Tampa, FL.

Kofi Danso and Colleagues

Kofi Danso and colleagues

Nancy Fitzsimons was elected to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Harry Meyering Center starting in July 2014.

Nancy Fitzsimons delivered the Keynote address, “What’s with all this change in Minnesota:  Creating a Life that Makes Sense to the People with Disabilities that You Support,” at the Minnesota Regional SCOPE Conference, October 15, 2014. 

Nancy Fitzsimons was asked to join the Arc of Southwest Minnesota Olmstead Academy as an ally to help move forward the vision of the Minnesota Olmstead Plan of community integration in all facets of life for people with disabilities.

Nancy Fitzsimons had a My View printed in the Mankato Free Press entitled “Questions Justification for Hitting Kids.”

Robin R. Wingo represented the Minnesota Valley Action Council Board of Directors at the National Community Action Foundatio (NCAF) Ideas and Innovations Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, October 27-30, 2014.

The Masters of Social Work program received a three-year grant worth $306,150.  The majority of funds will go to support twenty-one students while they are in practicum.


Steve Bechler had his new book, Critical Sociology, 2nd edition, published earlier this year.

Steve Buechler is organizing a paper session on, “Social Movements and their Publics,” for the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting, March 2015.

Sherrise Truesdale had her article, “The Ex-offender Employment Challenges: A case Study on Employment Agencies in Minnesota,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review. Her article will be in the November/December issue.

Vicky Hunter and Kimberly Greer presented their research on Women’s Reentry Experiences during the all-staff training day at the women’s prison in Shakopee, October 28, 2014.
Dennis Waskul assumed his responsibility as President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, October 2014.

Dennis Waskul had an article, “Techno-sexuality: The Sexual Pragmatists of the Technological Age,” published in, Selves, Symbols and Sexualities, October 2014.

Dennis Waskul had an article, “Sex and the Internet,” accepted for publication in, The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexualities.


College and Related Activities


Mehr Jay Shahidi (Alumni and Advisory Board Member) moderated a program and presentation by a panel of experts on “The Life and Time of a Refugee,”  Hamlin University, Saint Paul, October 23, 2014


TMelisa Iverson began her new position as the Student Relations Corrdinator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, October 6, 2014.