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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Students Activities


Joshua C. Anderson has just been awarded an American Anthropological Association Summer Internship.  These AAA internships are funded by the members and are very competitive and prestigious. Josh is one of only two students selected this year.  He will spend six weeks this summer working at the AAA offices in Arlington, Virginia, then will be moving to the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History & Heritage Command in Washington's Historical Navy Yard. 


Ethnic Studies Student Organization attended the 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies at Concordia University, Saint Paul, March 22, 2014.


Willy Mekeel, MSU alumnus, was admitted to the University of Minnesota Natural Resources Science-Geospatial Monitoring Ph.D. program with a full Research Assistantship, March 2014.


MSU’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society) was awarded a $2,000 Chapter Activity Grant from the Pi Sigma Alpha national office, to support students attending the Midwest Political Science Association conference, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2014.  Undergraduate students Rebecca Holmberg, Maria Carrillo-Perez and Mahmoud Abumayeleh, Public Administration graduate student Richard Armah, and Fred Slocum attended the conference with this financial support, and additional support from the Department of Government.


Undergraduates in a URSI Studio Course taught by Mitchell Berg are assisting the City of Eagle Lake in completing a Park and Recreation Master Plan. The students are responsible for putting together the survey component of the plan, distributing the survey, tabulating the results, and then presenting the materials to the park committee. At a city open house, students were present to observe and answer questions about the upcoming survey. MSU was mentioned in the March 20, 2014, Free Press article at


Faculty and Department Activities


Hanh-Huy Phan and Vang Xiong attended a workshop, “Increasing Student Success,” March 25, 2014.

Vang Xiong attended a professional development training, “Dealing with Difficult People,” Minneapolis, MN, October 16, 2013.  

Vang Xiong and Ethnic Studies graduate student, Song Yang, presented a workshop, “Multicultural Counseling & Healing,” for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, St. Peter, MN, March 26, 2014.

Vang Xiong will be presenting a workshop, “Beyond the Norm: Making Visible LGBT Hmong in the Hmong American Community,” at the 2014 HASA Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 12-13.


Ihsuan Liwas elected Councilor for the Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, February 2014.


Vang Xiong attended a Professional Grant Development Workshop at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities on January 19, 2014.



The Women’s Center and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies sponsored the Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture, presented by Kathy Najimy, March 4, 2014. Ms. Najimy has been a long time vocal supporter of women’s rights.  Speaking out against sexism, racism, and homophobia, she shares an idealism that we are all equal, connected by our sense of common humanity. As a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, she has been called a “Social Action Hero”.


Fei Yuan and Martin Mitchell published, “Spatial Patterns of Land Surface Phenology Relative to Monthly Climate Variations: U.S. Great Plains,” in GIScience & Remote Sensing, 2014.


Joseph Kunkel presented, “Obama: Shrinking Presidency?  Is the Obama Presidency on the Downward Slide?" at the German American Institute in Nuremberg, Germany, March 11, 2014. The lecture was attended by German professors, students and community members as well as MSU students who participated in the discussion after the lecture.

Joseph Kunkel and Dr. Nadja Krämer (World Languages and Cultures) led 23 MSU undergraduate students on a spring break Study Tour. The group visited Vienna, Austria and Nuremberg and Berlin, Germany. The Austria & Germany tour was the culmination of spring semester courses. Each professor and their students studied together prior to the trip; learning about the history, politics, architecture, culture, and other aspects of the places to be visited. In Austria and Germany, students learned from, and enjoyed, guided tours, professor-led excursions and independent exploration, March 6-16, 2014.

Pat Nelson presented twice, “Creating Understanding of Unified Command for Law Enforcement,” a combination of a lecture and interactive tabletop training session that was attended by not only training officers from agencies across the United States, but also training personnel from various colleges and federal agencies at the 2014 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Annual Conference, Lombard, IL, March 2014.

Fred Slocum serves on the IFO’s Government Relations Committee, representing MnSCU faculty before the Minnesota Legislature, and participated in Lobby Days in St. Paul, March 5-6, 2014.

Fred Slocum attended the Southern Political Science Association conference in New Orleans, LA, January 8-11, and the Southwestern Social Science Association conference in San Antonio, TX, April 17-19, 2014.

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

Fred Slocumgave a talk on “Southern Politics” to Mankato Area Lifelong Learners, March 15, 2014.

Fred Slocum has accepted an invitation to attend the Prague Summer Schools’ weeklong intensive course on “Crime, Law and Psychology,” to be held in Prague, the Czech Republic, July 5-12, 2014.


Kofi Danso and Seok Won Jin had the paper, “Nativity and Health Disparity: Does Immigrant Status Matter?” accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vancouver, Canada, June 11-13, 2014.


Tony Filipovitch presented a workshop session, “Grant Writing-Where to Start,” at the 2014 Spring Conference of the Minnesota Festival & Events Association, Saint Paul, MN, March 13, 2014.

Miriam Porter was invited to attend a faculty appreciation brunch in appreciation “for guidance and assistance on our paths to our futures” by the Order of the Omega, March 2014.