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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Good News

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Students Activities

GEOGRAPHY

Kyle Mullen won 3rd place of the “Remote Sensing Illustrated Paper Competition” at the 2016 National AAG conference for his research, “Early Detection of Mountain Pine Beetles, Attacked Trees using WorldView-2 Imagery and Field Data,” San Francisco, CA, March 29 – April 2, 2016.

Roman Mulvihill was awarded a $1500 URC grant for his project, “Watonwan River Watershed,” and he presented his preliminary results at the URC symposium, April 18, 2016.

Yves Oelke , a bachelor’s degree student from our exchange partner, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany, presented, “Greater Mankato, Minnesota Employees: Where do they Live and Why?” at the American Association of Geographers meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 2016.

HISTORY

Jessica Helmers (MS History ‘15) received the Carol Mashek Endowed Award in Women's History for her paper, "From Okoboji to Mankato: Viewing Changes to the Minnesota Borderlands Region through Women's Captivity Narratives," presented at the Dakota Conference (2015): Where the West Begins?" This paper was based on her APP. She worked with Marlene Medrano, Melodie Andrews, and Lori Lahlum on the project.

PSYCHOLOGY

Cody Butcher, Neil Gleason , and Eric Sprankle presented, “Sex Work and Victim Blaming: The Influence of Job Title on Victim Empathy Toward Sexual Assault Survivors,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Eunhye Choi and Sarah Sifers presented, “Filmmaking as an Intervention Tool for Bereaved Children,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Robert Doss pand Sarah Sifers presented, “Parent Participation in Child Therapeutic Settings,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Monica Elizondo and Eric Sprankle presented, “The Effects of Pornography on Genital Body Image and Sexual Self-Efficacy,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Lt. Col. David Englert (alumni) presented, “Forensic Investigation and Consultation on Trials,” in Ostrander auditorium, April 11, 2016.

Lt. Col. David Englert (alumni) presented, “Mental Health Support and Evaluations While on Military Deployment,” in Ostrander auditorium, April 11, 2016.

Courtney Gear and Andi Lassiter presented, “Can You Hack It? Validating Predictors for IT Boot Camps,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Brittany Prothe and Andi Lassiter presented, “The Effects of a Home Visiting Program on Immigrant Children’s Problem-Solving Skills,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Stephanie Smith, Stephanie Presig and Sarah Sifers presented, “The Effects of a Home Visiting Program on Immigrant Children’s Problem-Solving Skills,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Felicia VandeNest, Christina Omilie, Sandra Garcia, and Jeff Buchanan presented, “Bullying in Senior Living Facilities: A Qualitative Study,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

SOCIAL WORK

Abigail Goskeson had a guest column titled, “Felons Deserve a Place to Live As Well,” in the Fergus Falls Journal as a part of her policy advocacy, April 13, 2016.

Megan Krippner had her letter-to-the editor printed in the Shakopee Valley News.

Leah Nyirashishi was accepted into the Hermes Society of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, April 2016.

Nou Yang received a scholarship from Highland Hills Apartments, April 2016.

Four second year MSW students were featured in an article in the Owatonna People’s Press. The article highlighted their work promoting changes to housing policy for ex-felons, April 8, 2016.

URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES

The Students of the Urban & Regional Studies Institute (SURSI) hosted a reception for members Gabriel Appiah, Marisa Hansen, Philip Haugen, Nathan Paris, and Dillon Petrowitz who will be graduating this spring, May 2016.

Faculty, Staff, and Department Activities

ANTHROPOLOGY

Chelsea Mead presented her paper, ““A Little Piece of the Rez" on Campus: Critical Needs and Challenges of Indigenous Language Revitalization Programs in Higher Education,” at the Society for Applied Anthropology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 31, 2016.

Chelsea Mead hosted, “Break the Silence: The Beginning and End of Rape: Sexual Violence in Indian Country”, a lecture given by Sarah Deer. Sponsors include Anthropology, The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Social Justice Lecture Series, and The Women’s Center, April 20, 2016.

Susan Schalge presented her paper, “Policy and Practice: The Implementation of Service-Learning from the Academy to the Community”, co-written with graduate student Matthew Pajunen, at the Society for Applied Anthropology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 1, 2016.

The AIS program took a group of 6 students to multiple sites in Bdote (Minneapolis/St. Paul area) to connect class material with experiential learning. They visited the Fort Snelling State Park Memorial Site, the AIM Interpretative Center, Minnehaha Falls, Indian Mound Park, and other sites. April 25, 2016.

ECONOMICS

Ishuan Li and Joseph Reising prepared and advised a team of students for the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) at Winona State University. The MSU team included Horeja Jeng, Anes Muratovic, Kyler Schoner, and Inigo Villanueva. There were 23 teams from 17 schools. The MSU team placed in the top 4. April 2016.

GEOGRAPHY

Fei Yuan presented, “Comparing Object-based and Decision Tree methods for Land Cover Feature Extraction from NAIP Imagery,” at the 2016 National AAG Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 29-April 2, 2016.

Fei Yuan received the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the University.

HISTORY

Melodie Andrews was interviewed by KEYC-TV for a story about the disappearance of the Mankato Hanging Monument, February 2015.

Melodie Andrews , reviewed and critiqued a manuscript submitted for publication in the New England Quarterly, entitled, "To Secure Her Freedom: 'Dorcas ye blackmore,' Race, Redemption, and the Dorchester First Church," 2016.

Jameel Haque presented, “Siege of Ku, World War 1 and the Modern Middle East,” at the Spring History Lecture series. March 28, 2016.

Lori Lahlum presented a paper, "'To push the Scandinavians to the front as much as possible': Scandinavian Republican Organizations in the Northern Great Plains," at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, April 2016.

PSYCHOLOGY

Brad Arsznov, Kristie Campana, Sarah Sifers, Eric Sprankle, and Emily Stark presented, “Faculty Panel on the Ethics of Research and Teaching,” at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

Kevin Filter had his article, “A Brief Measure of Staff Commitment to Implement School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports,” published in the journal, Assessment for Effective Intervention, April 2016.

Dan Sachau and Kristie Campana have successfully developed a Job Skills Partnership Grant and customized business training initiative with Condux International. Ceremonial grant signing ceremony took place on April 15, 2016.

Eric Sprankle coordinated the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN, May 2016.

SOCIAL WORK

Paul Mackie received the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the University.

The Social Work Department hosted a Social Work Action Day. 70 students attended the event and had the opportunity to develop advocacy plans on specific issues. Kathy Brynaert gave a presentation, and a panel of individuals from Partners for Affordable Housing, MVAC, CADA and a number of other organizations spoke to the attending students, April 2016.

SOCIOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS

Don Ebel received a faculty research grant for his project, “Responding to Institutional Crisis: Strategic Decisions of Skilled Nursing Facility Leaders in Rural Settings,” April, 18, 2016

URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES

Raymond Asomani-Boateng and his graduate student advisee Clay Wilfahrt completed an ordinance for the City of Big Lake amending the building and housing code, adding single or two family rental housing registration codes. It was then adopted by the Big Lake City Council, April 2016.

Russell Fricano received a faculty research grant for his project, “How Can Rainwater Harvesting Be Implemented in the United States?” April 18, 2016.

Beth Wielde Heidelberg participate don a panel entitled, “Working with Minnesota Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food – The Basics: Local Government Structure,” at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and included Mitchell Hamline School of Law Faculty Mary Morrow and Julie Ring, Executive Director of the Association of Minnesota Counties. April 18, 2016.

The Urban and Regional Studies Departmenthas been selected to receive the Pathways Student Assessment award.

College Highlights

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences held the Advisory Board Awards. Alexander Lucier(Anthropology) received the Student Leader award. Dr. David R. Englert (psychology ’92) received the Distinguished Alumni award. Clark Johson (Emeriti) received the Distinguished Professor award.Emily Stark (Psychology) received the Innovation with Technology award.