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Students Activities


Graduate students Michelle Neumann, Ty Warmka, and Cory Nowak, and Dr. Ron Schirmer spent three days at the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal College and assisted them in developing a catalogue of their artifact holdings. 

Chelsea Mead’s Fall 2016 Anthropology 240 class (Language and Culture) completed over 200 hours of service learning with local community partners including the Mahkato Wacipi, WYCA, and LEEP.  


Hassan Ghulam, Ethnic Studies undergraduate student,Claudia Guerrero Barrera & Paige Heinrich, Ethnic Studies graduate students, Professor Hahn Huy Phan, and Latino Affairs Graduate Assistant,Ivan Martinez attended and participated in the lecture, “The First Global Immigration Crisis and Immigration Today.” by Dr. Erika Lee, Oct. 13, 2016, St. Peter, MN.


School Psychology Society adopted a two mile stretch of highway near Le Sueur and spent an afternoon picking up litter as part of their volunteer efforts to give back to the community, Oct. 9, 2016.”

John Congemi , (alumnus I-O psychology 1998). John is currently the Director of Employee Development for MasTec, Inc. This week, Training Magazine named John's company, MasTec, Inc., the 16th best training organization in the country. John received the award along with other company executives at an awards ceremony in San Diego. As Director of Employee Development, John leads the company’s training efforts. Jan. 2017.


Nelise Yang was recently awarded the Penny Fellowship scholarship. Of all the applicants, only two granted each year, December 2016.

Faculty, Staff, and Department Activities


Rhonda Dass organized and participated in a panel discussion on the use of narrative in the body art classroom at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.

Rhonda Dass was chosen to be a part of the organizing committee for the 2017 annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.

Rhonda Dass met with students from the Valley View Middle School Art & Nobel class at Reconciliation Park to speak about public art and commemoration in Mankato, Oct. 2016.

Chelsea Mead presented and participated in a roundtable session titled, "Histories of Indigenous Education," at the Western History Association, Oct. 23, 2016.

Chelsea Mead took AIS 455/555 Museums and Representation graduate and undergraduate students to the Mille Lacs Community and the Mille Lacs Indian Museum to enhance their understanding of tribal partnerships and representation practices, Oct. 7, 2016.

Chelsea Mead and the American Indigenous Studies Program successfully added 200 level Dakota language courses at Minnesota State Mankato.

American Indigenous Studies hosted the Indigenous Film Series, “Passing Poston,” a film about Japanese internment camp, which included two guest speakers, Nov. 9, 2016


Heath Anderson and his student advisee, Christopher Clayton Biggerstaff, presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. They reviewed experiences while on an archaeological dig in Mexico last summer under the title, "Engaging Our Neighbors: Interactive Outreach and Integration in the Tula Region Interaction and Migration Project.” Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 16-20, 2016.

Chelsea Mead presented, "Language and Power: Student Engagement with the Speech Practices and Communities in a Midwestern State University Context.” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 16-20, 2016.

Chelsea Mead and Susan Schalge continued to offer a Learning Community f titled, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Students completed service learning at the Mahkato Wacipi and American Indian Night.

Susan Schalge organized a panel on “The Changing Landscape of Community Engagement in Higher Education,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Graduate student Matthew Pajunen chaired the two-hour event attended by practicing and applied anthropologists, students, mentors, and teachers of Anthropology, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 16-20, 2016.

Susan Schalge and Matthew Pajunen discussed, "Practical Engagement: The Echoing Impact of Policy on Service-Learning within a Midwestern University,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 16-20, 2016.

Ronald Schirmer examined the use of, "Digital Archaeological Engagement in a Changing World,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 16-20, 2016.

Ronald Schirmer gave a presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Nicollet County Historical Society. The presentation was titled, "The Presence of Past Life: Ishtakaba, Joe, and Us,” Jan. 14, 2017.


Ishuan Li, and co-authors Robert Simonson, and former students Guncha Babajanova and Matthew Tuomalahad had the abstract of their paper selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly. The results were published in its semi-annual compendium of abstracts in its CUR Quarterly Highlights.

Phil Miller was interviewed by the Washington Post on a story regarding the salary of New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, Jan. 25, 2016.

Phil Miller is currently the president-elect of the Missouri Valley Economics Association (MVEA).

Phil Miller helped organize sports economics sessions at the Missouri Valley Economics Association annual conference. These sessions were sponsored by the North American Association of Sports Economists. St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 2016.


Kebba Darboe was appointed to serve on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MN State University by President Richard Davenport, April 27, 2016.

Kebba Darboe successfully completed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web-based course training, “Protecting Human Research Participants,” and earned a Certificate of Completion from the NIH Health Office of Extramural Research, Sept. 4, 2016.


Ginger Schmid has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Her three year term begins immediately. Dr. Schmid is the only board member at a comprehensive university.


Maria Bevacqua was interviewed by the Mankato Free Press for the article “Close, yet far away as ever?: Supports deal with first woman presidential candidate’s defeat,” Nov. 9, 2016.


Tom Inglot completed his sabbatical leave. He was a visiting professor at the University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany; engaged in research projects and lectured at the Institute of Political Science and East-Central European Studies; and visited Hungary and Poland for field research. His paper proposal was accepted for delivery at the Europeanist Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, July 2017. In Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Inglot initiated discussions on a study abroad and student exchange program with Collegium Civitas.

Tom Inglot participated in a media interview on the rise of populist politics and policy in Europe, which was published in the Hungarian weekly news magazine 168 ORA, Dec. 15, 2016.

Fred Slocum complete the Mankato Citizens Academy, an 8-week course by the City of Mankato Department of Public Safety, where participants learn about Mankato police and fire departments, Oct. 27, 2016.

Fred Slocum appeared on KEYC-TV for analysis of the 2016 election, on election night, Nov. 8, 2016.

Fred Slocum attended the Minnesota Political Science Association conference at the University of St. Thomas, bringing with him Political Science students Rachel Richardson and Katelyn Schmit, Nov. 12, 2016.

Fred Slocum participated in the winter break Criminal Justice Study Tour in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland, led by Tamara Wilkins and Pat Nelson (Law Enforcement faculty), Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017.

Fred Slocum attended the Southern Political Science Association conference, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 12-14, 2017.

Fred Slocum is serving on the MN State statewide Transfer Pathways team for Political Science for spring semester 2017.


Emily Starkcollaborated with researchers from the Force Science Institute, including adjunct faculty members,John O’Neill, and Dawn (Seefeldt) O’Neill. Their work has led to the Schaeffer Award for Best Research Paper from the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.

OERG was awarded a grant for $90,000 to create a simulation-based training program for J&B, Jan. 18, 2017.


Kimberly Zammit was named the new MSW and Child Welfare Program Coordinator. Nov. 2016.


Carol Glasser had a chapter, “Opportunity Fields and Animal Rights: Is Corporate Incorporation a Route to Change?” published in, Animal Subjects 2.0, Ed. Jodey Castricano and Lauren Corman. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 2016.

Carol Glasser was invited to give a lecture on Women, Animals, and Activism. St. Catherine's University, St. Paul, MN. Dec. 1, 2016.

Carol Glasser presented, “Social Justice for Social Change,” at the New Ulm Community Center. The talk was covered in the New Ulm newspaper The Journal. Jan. 23, 2017.


Raymond Asomani-Boateng was interviewed by for an article titled, “2016’s Greenest Cities in America,” the article was published on their website, Oct. 12, 2016.

Raymond Asomani-Boateng reviewed the article, “Urbanization and Public Transport Services in Ghana,” for the Journal of Public Transport, Nov. 15, 2016.

Raymond Asomani-Boateng walong with co-authors P. B Cobbinah and M. Poku-Boansi from KNUST had their article, “Urbanisation of Hope or Despair? Urban Planning Dilemma in Ghana,” published In Urban Forum (pp. 1-18). Springer Netherlands, Nov. 16, 2016.

Janet Cherrington served as the Faculty Honor Marshal for the College of Social and Behavioral Science’s Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec.10, 2016.