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Th:s 5ocument can be ma5e ava:lable :n alteCnat:ve foCmats by call:ng one of the numbeCs above. 2007-2008 BoaC5 of TCustees dav:5 Olson, cha:C; ruth GCen5ahl, v:ce cha:C; Scott Th:ss, tCeasuCeC; Caleb An5eCson; duane Benson; M:chael Boulton;* CheCyl d:ckson; ClaCence H:ghtoweC; dan McElCoy; dav:5 Paskach; Thomas ren:eC; ChC:st:ne r:ce; Ann CuCme Shaw; James Van Houten * TeCm exp:Ce5; :ncumbents seCve unt:l a Ceplacement :s appo:nte5 by the goveCnoC.<br><br> One pos:t:on :s vacant. © CopyC:ght 2008 by the M:nnesota State Colleges an5 Un:veCs:t:es. CoveR: T,is p,3t3 illustr%ti3n s,3;s Minn)s3t% Pr3f)ss3r 3f t,) Y)%r ell)n Brisc, ;)%ring s3m) 3f t,) sci)nc)-r)l%t)( T-s,irts s,) us)s t3 t)%c, stu()nts %t Minn)s3t% St%t) Uni:)rsity M33r,)%(.<br><br> P%g) 10. MINNESOTA STATE 10 M c%ing bi)&)g1 f.n fi-, -#i, *+)f ,,)+ -) c 8t 9 PCofessoC of the YeaC Ellen BC:sch 5ons 5ozens of 5:ffeCent sh:Cts to shaCe heC l:felong enthus:asm foC b:ology w:th M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 stu5ents. C c+ + c)nn c-i)n, PCoject Lea5 the Way :s 5es:gne5 to :nteCest h:gh school stu5ents :n h:gh-5eman5 eng:neeC:ng an5 manufactuC:ng f:el5s. 13 14 N 0 -+ nd, in # c&-# c c+ d.c c-i)n in5ustCy tCen5s, soph:st:cate5 equ:pment an5 5emogCaph:c sh:fts aCe tC:ggeC:ng b:g changes :n health caCe e5ucat:on at the M:nnesota State Colleges an5 Un:veCs:t:es.<br><br> These :nclu5e pat:ent s:mulatoCs that can speak Span:sh an5 new pCogCams :n polysomnogCaphy, WesteCn heCbal:sm, lean-flow health caCe an5 commun:ty health woCkeC, to name a few. 24 ad/)c c-ing f)+ d.c c-i)n M:nnesota Nat:onal GuaC5 A5jutant GeneCal LaCCy Shell:to, an alumnus an5 foCmeC pCes:5ent of Alexan5C:a Techn:cal College, makes suCe CetuCn:ng veteCans know about the:C h:gheC e5ucat:on oppoCtun:t:es. 26 t c%ing -# *.b&ic *.&, The St. Clou5 State Un:veCs:ty Statew:5e SuCvey :s known foC accuCate 3 an5 somet:mes suCpC:s:ng 3 elect:on pCe5:ct:ons.<br><br> Features: V:s:t:ng Ch:nese :nstCuctoC embCaces Bem:5j: State .......................................28 Late-bloom:ng love foC leaCn:ng :nsp:Ces scholaCsh:p 5onat:on......Back coveC INsIDe: B+i f, C cm*., r).nd.* G+ cn-, cnd r c)gni-i)n, F cc.&-1 s*)-&ig#- SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 1 When thCee secon5-yeaC 5:esel mechan:cs stu5ents at Alexandria Technical College weCe 5eploye5 to iCaq :n fall 2005, faculty membeCs began Cece:v:ng up5ates fCom the sol5:eCs about the:C 5ut:es an5 locat:ons. AfteC the:C 5eployment was exten5e5, the sol5:eCs weCe unsuCe :f they woul5 be able to CetuCn to campus :n fall 2007. del:beCat:ng h:s opt:ons, stu5ent dav:5 KaCow contacte5 h:s 5:esel mechan:cs pCogCam :nstCuctoC, ran5y Goeke, about a poss:ble pCogCam-Celate5 :nteCnsh:p wh:le :n iCaq.<br><br> Goeke began puCsu:ng solut:ons to help h:s stu5ent even though the complex:t:es of 5:stance, commun:ca TuCn:ng :5eas :nto beaut:ful Ceal:ty :s what makes doCothy Pe5eCsen 9s bus:ness, NatuCe 9s GaC5en, LLC, a successful en5eavoC an5 what le5 to heC be:ng fea tuCe5 on a Cecent segment of HGTV 9s cLan5scapeCs 9 Challenge. d The Hennepin Technical College gCa5u ate was the w:nn:ng 5es:gneC, cCeat:ng a new backyaC5 lan5scape foC a Tw:n C:t:es fam:ly. cThe expeC:ence of woCk:ng w:th HGTV was eye- open:ng 3 they tape many, many moCe houCs than what you see, d sa:5 Pe5eCsen, whose 5es:gn featuCe5 an elevate5 playhouse w:th a sl:5e, along w:th an out5ooC f:Ceplace an5 eat:ng aCea. Pe5eCsen establ:she5 heC lan5scape f:Cm :n the Tw:n C:t:es :n 1989, shoCtly afteC heC son 9s b:Cth an5 afteC she left the coCpoCate woCl5 to 5evote t:me to heC fam:ly.<br><br> W:th a 5egCee :n bus:ness a5m:n:stCat:on fCom the Un:veCs:ty of NebCaska an5 a Césumé that :nclu5e5 seCv:ng as a sen:oC v:ce pCes:5ent of human CesouCces an5 a5m:n:stCat:on foC a f:nanc:al company, Pe5eCsen ha5 the backgCoun5 to opeCate a bus:ness. But she knew she nee5e5 spec:al:ze5 knowle5ge to bu:l5 heC new caCeeC, so she enColle5 :n the lan5scape 5es:gn pCogCam an5 eaCne5 heC ceCt:f:cat:on :n 1997. AlCea5y a masteC gaC5eneC :n the ramsey County MasteC GaC5eneC pCogCam, Pe5eCsen foun5 that Hennep:n Techn:cal College offeCe5 what she nee5e5 fs Brie 2 | Minnesota state Internship in Iraq 0eeps student 4n trac0 t:on an5 vaC:ous Cequ:Cements weCe compoun5e5 by the safety factoC of l:v:ng :n a waC zone.<br><br> Goeke foun5 coopeCat:on fCom both the m:l:taCy an5 pC:vate contCactoCs oveCseas. TogetheC, they helpe5 KaCow ach:eve a successful :nteCnsh:p :n a un:que an5 5angeCous locat:on. cAlexan5C:a Tech staye5 :n touch an5 helpe5 me keep my e5ucat:on on tCack, d sa:5 KaCow, who cuCCently :s complet:ng couCsewoCk foC h:s secon5 majoC, electC:cal poweC geneCa t:on.<br><br> cWhen i Cece:ve5 woC5 that i was gett:ng exten5e5, the school 5:5 eveCyth:ng they coul5 to help me. They set up my :nteCnsh:p, an5 w:th the help of my comman5, i w:ll gCa5uate w:th two 5egCees th:s summeC. d Goeke, :n tuCn, wCote a p:ece :n the college maga z:ne that note5, cThe :nstCuctoCs of the 5:esel mechan:cs pCogCam aCe extCemely pCou5 of dav:5 9s :n:t:at:ve. d n SPRING 2008 Photo couCtesy of HGTV. doCothy Pe5eCsen, Hennep:n Techn:cal College lan5scape 5es:gn gCa5uate, was a Cecent w:nneC of HGTV 9s cLan5scapeCs 9 Challenge d show.<br><br> HeC 5es:gn foC a Tw:n C:t:es fam:ly :nclu5e5 the playhouse at left. Alexan5C:a Techn:cal College stu5ent dav:5 KaCow complete5 an :nteCnsh:p wh:le seCv:ng :n iCaq. Natural beaut> b> desi,n to f:ll the gaps :n heC knowl e5ge.<br><br> cThe best th:ng about the pCogCam :s that :t 9s so pCact:cal. You 9Ce taught what you nee5 to know to succee5 :n the lan5scape 5es:gn :n5ustCy. d Also, Metropolitan State University :n St. Paul :nstalle5 a Ca:n gaC5en along the west s:5e of :ts new l:bCaCy, an5 a lan5scape :nstallat:on class at Century College :n Wh:te BeaC Lake plans to constCuct a Ca:n gaC 5en to collect gCeenhouse Cun-off.<br><br> To leaCn moCe about Ca:n gaC5ens, v:s:t the Lake SupeC:oC StCeams commun:ty pCoject Web s:te: 5uluthstCeams.oCg/c:t:zen/ wet_gaC5en.html. Rain ,ardens spr4ut 4n campuses M:nnesota 9s colleges an5 un:veCs:t:es, conceCne5 about the health of campus wateCshe5s an5 wateCways, aCe tak:ng act:on to pCotect neaCby stCeams an5 lakes by constCuct:ng Ca:n gaC5ens. The 100-acCe Lake Superior College campus :n duluth :s b:secte5 by M:lleC CCeek, an uCban tCout stCeam that casca5es 5own the c:ty 9s steep h:lls to the St.<br><br> Lou:s r:veC an5 then Lake SupeC:oC. The college uses the cCeek as an out5ooC teach:ng laboCatoCy, mon:toC:ng wateC qual:ty an5 tempeCatuCe an5 the spec:es :nhab:t:ng the wateCway. Faculty obseCve5 that Ca:nstoCm Cunoff fCom the campus 9 west paCk:ng lot ha5 eCo5e5 gull:es, allow:ng waCm wateC caCCy:ng f:ne se5:ments, caC-Celate5 pollutants an5 Coa5 salt to enteC the spC:ng-fe5 stCeam, 5egCa5:ng hab:tat foC bCook tCout an5 otheC stCeam w:l5l:fe.<br><br> ThCough the woCk of geology :nstCuctoC Matt Wh:teh:ll, the college obta:ne5 a $12,000 gCant fCom the Southeast St. Lou:s County So:l an5 ConseCvat:on d:stC:ct. A Ca:n gaC5en was 5es:gne5 an5 bu:lt to catch an5 hol5 Cunoff fCom the paCk:ng lot, Ce5uc:ng pollut:on enteC:ng the cCeek.<br><br> cTh:s :s a step :n the C:ght 5:Cect:on foC us to pCact:ce what we pCeach, d Wh:teh:ll sa:5. cMany of us :n the natuCal sc:ences coveC CesouCce stewaC5sh:p :n ouC couCses. it 9s n:ce to have such an :nnovat:ve, pCact:cal example C:ght outs:5e ouC 5ooC. d On the WoCth:ngton campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College , two s:m:laC Ca:n gaC5ens aCe un5eC constCuct:on.<br><br> The campus commun:ty was conceCne5 that wateC Cunoff woul5 5egCa5e the qual:ty of Lake Okabena, a5jacent to the campus. The 500-squaCe-foot Ca:n gaC5ens w:ll hol5 an5 f:lteC Cunoff thCough san5 befoCe :t Ceaches stoCm seweCs an5 en5s up :n the lake. cOuC stu5ents weCe exc:te5 to paCt:c:pate :n mak:ng the campus moCe gCeen fC:en5ly, d sa:5 agC:cultuCe :nstCuctoC rolf MalbeCg.<br><br> The local wateCshe5 boaC5, the NatuCal resouCces ConseCvat:on SeCv:ce an5 the local env:Conmental tCust suppoCte5 the stu5ents :n coveC:ng the cost. Lake SupeC:oC College stu5ents pos:t:on p:pe foC the Ca:n gaC5en on campus. St.<br><br> Clou5 State Un:veCs:ty PCofessoC He:ko Schoenfuss woCks w:th a stu5ent on wateC contam:nat:on CeseaCch. 8Feminizati4n 9 4f fish 3 a chemical puzzle The thCeat to f:sh fCom househol5 chem:cals an5 me5:cat:ons con ceCns St. Cloud State University PCofessoC He:ko Schoenfuss, 5:CectoC of the un:veCs:ty 9s Aquat:c Tox:cology LaboCatoCy, whose CeseaCch on emeCg:ng contam:nants has ga:ne5 nat:onal not:ce.<br><br> WoCk:ng w:th a $600,000 gCant fCom the U.S. Env:Conmental PCotect:on Agency an5 an a55:t:onal $300,000 fCom state agenc:es, Schoenfuss an5 h:s stu5ents aCe con5uct:ng laboCatoCy an5 f:el5 CeseaCch on the futuCe of f:sh :n the :ncCeas:ngly contam:nate5 M:nnesota wateCs. cThe object:ve of th:s stu5y :s to 5eteCm:ne how m:xtuCes of b:olog:cally act:ve contam:nants affect f:sh, d he sa:5.<br><br> cA key woC5 heCe :s 8m:xtuCes. 9 We use5 to stu5y one contam:nant at a t:me. But offen5:ng substances that seep :nto the wateC 5on 9t stay sepaCate 3 they blen5, w:th poten t:ally haCmful consequences. That 9s the 8b:olog:cally act:ve 9 paCt. d Schoenfuss 9 stu5y of the effect of chem:cals on fathea5 m:nnows :n the M:ss:ss:pp: r:veC was :nclu5e5 :n a Newsweek magaz:ne aCt:cle last yeaC that 5escC:be5 how he an5 otheC sc:ent:sts aCe stu5y:ng the cfem:n:zat:on d of male f:sh populat:ons that may be l:nke5 to en5ocC:ne 5:sCuptoCs.<br><br> These chem:cals :n the env:Conment can act l:ke hoCmones :f they get :ns:5e the bo5y. The Schoenfuss team foun5 that male fathea5 m:nnows expose5 eaCly :n l:fe to estCogen:c chem:cals known as alkyl phenols, wh:ch aCe :n some common :n5ustC:al an5 househol5 cleaneCs, fa:le5 as a5ults to 5efen5 the:C teCC:toCy an5 let otheC male f:sh enteC the:C nest:ng aCeas an5 eat the offspC:ng. Schoenfuss an5 h:s b:ology stu5ents aCe seek:ng ways to make gCoups of contam:nants less haCmful.<br><br> cH:stoC:cally, soc:ety embCaces new an5 helpful pCo5ucts 3 peCsonal caCe pCo5ucts, phaCmaceut:cal 5Cugs 3 w:thout cons:5eC:ng the consequences. When you heaC about a new 5Cug that w:ll help save youC l:fe oC pCevent pa:n oC gCaveC c:Ccumstances, you 5on 9t stop to th:nk about how that 5Cug w:ll eventually affect the walleye you catch an5 eat. d n SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 3 Campus round up Alexandria Technical C4lle,e Innovation in motion. The Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College was recognized recently by the Community College Futures Assembly as a finalist for the 2008 Bellwether Awards.<br><br> The Remote Automation Management Platform developed by the center was one of 10 nation wide finalists in the Instructional Program and Services category. The Bellwether Awards honor the most innovative learning programs from more than 1,200 community and technical colleges across the United States. Kenneth ryan, 5:CectoC of the CenteC foC Automat:on an5 Mot:on ContCol at Alexan5C:a Techn:cal College, :nstCucts v:a Cemote connect:on.<br><br> An40a-Ramse> C4mmunit> C4lle,e A recognition award of pure glass. Advancing to a new level of financial development, Anoka- Ramsey Community College recently honored about 300 donors and guests who have sup ported the college 9s scholarship programs with a black-tie Legacy Dinner. The event, formally recognizing donors who have given $50,000 or more and showcasing the increasing importance of private funding, is common for four-year institutions but was the first of its kind for a two-year institution in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.<br><br> AwaC5s cCeate5 :n5:v:5ually by Bob Toens:ng, glass blow:ng faculty mem beC, weCe g:ven to honoCees who 5onate5 $50,000 oC moCe to stu5ent scholaCsh:ps. An40a Technical C4lle,e A new vision for the next 40 years. As Anoka Technical College completes its 40th anni versary year, a new strategic plan has been adopted 3 with a new mission, vision, values and goals to define the next 40 years.<br><br> Students, college faculty and staff, community leaders and numerous advisory boards spent a year in brainstorming sessions, online blogs and focus groups to develop the plan. College staff and students spent the first part of 2008 seeking endorsement of the plan by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners, Anoka County elect ed officials, the college foundation and others. Bemidji State Uni;ersit> A new complement to technology manage ment majors.<br><br> Bemidji State University has added new undergraduate degree programs in applied engineering and management informa tion systems. The applied engineering program is designed for students focused on advancing their engineering studies, while the management information systems major combines business administration and business information systems courses. The new programs complement the existing technology management major.<br><br> Both are intended as degree-completion programs for graduates of two-year colleges. Central La0es C4lle,e The sound of music&and heavy equipment. Students in heavy equipment operation and maintenance and in music programs now occupy new facilities on the Central Lakes College campuses.<br><br> At Staples, a new 30,000-square-foot heavy equipment maintenance building includes a pair of 5-ton cranes, nine service bays and 16 overhead doors. The facility will provide space for training 160 future operators and ser vice technicians. In Brainerd, the 4,500-square foot music rehearsal building addition is in the fine arts wing.<br><br> Doubling as a recital and com munity rehearsal space, the addition serves the music program, which has seen a 55 percent enrollment increase in five years. The projects cost about $6 million. Centur> C4lle,e Strengthening Hmong connections.<br><br> Hmong students not only make up the largest students- of-color group at Century College, they also are the most successful group at the college, President Larry Litecky told the audience that filled the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis to celebrate the Hmong American New Year. Fall-to-fall retention of Hmong stu dents is greater than any other group of students at the college, Litecky said, eliciting a cheer from the crowd.<br><br> Blong Yang, a longtime Century College admissions representative, translated Litecky 9s speech into Hmong for the nearly 40,000 people from all over the world who attended the December event. CentuCy College PCes:5ent LaCCy L:tecky an5 stu5ents paCt:c:pate5 :n a Hmong AmeC:can New YeaC celebCat:on. Da04ta C4unt> Technical C4lle,e College helps shore up flood-ravaged families.<br><br> More than 20 Dakota County Technical College second-year electrical construction students used their skills to help two families in flood-ravaged Rushford. The students teamed up with their instructors, Bruce Hansberger and Mike Buck, and the local electrical workers union to rewire single-family homes damaged by the floods in August. The service-learning project was made possible through the work of instructor Ron Gruenes and his connections to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 343.<br><br> F4nd du Lac Tribal & C4mmunit> C4lle,e Dedicated to American Indian business success. Bryan Jon Maciewski, a business instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, received the Bear Award from the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. The statewide award is presented to an individual who shows dedication and commitment to the development and success of American Indian businesses.<br><br> Maciewski has taught business, management, entrepreneurship and related courses at the college for 10 years. Maciewski is also faculty advisor to the award-winning American Indian Business Leaders student organization at the college. BCyan Jon Mac:ewsk: 4 | Minnesota state | SPRING 2008 Campus round up Hennepin Technical C4lle,e Manufacturing a great gathering.<br><br> More than 500 people attended the Great Manufacturing Get Together at Hennepin Technical College earlier this year. The college joined with the Manufacturers Alliance and Manufacturing Success to host a daylong event that included four manufacturing association meetings, almost 100 manufacturing shops showcasing equipment and a vendor fair. Additionally, students from 16 different high schools competed in a cBattlebot d competition.<br><br> cThe event is a great way to bring high school and college students together with manufacturing companies, d said Lisa Larson, the college 9s vice president of academic affairs. In;er Hills C4mmunit> C4lle,e High-tech for high schoolers. Inver Hills Community College launched a cComputer Technology for High School Students d non credit class in January that became an instant success.<br><br> Mark Rawlings, a technology instruc tor at Arlington High School in St. Paul, worked with the 18 high school juniors and seniors building skills to prepare them for CompTIA A+ Certification, the first level of certification by the Computer Technology Industry Association. Students were from high schools in St.<br><br> Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Hastings, Woodbury and South St. Paul. La0e Superi4r C4lle,e Environmental trailblazer.<br><br> Lake Superior College has received the 2007 Environment Stewardship Award for Institutions/Schools by the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee. The award is given each year to an organization that makes an outstand ing contribution to environment stewardship in the St.<br><br> Louis River area. The college was nominated for its leadership role in develop ing the Miller Creek Interpretive Trail and associated programs that help protect the water quality of Miller Creek and the St. Louis River watershed.<br><br> Metr4p4litan State Uni;ersit> Deliberative Polling Initiative. Metropolitan State has been selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities as one of 16 institutions nationwide to par ticipate in the Deliberative Polling Initiative, a demonstration of an effective process for broad-based citizen engagement. After com pleting an initial telephone survey, residents from the Twin Cities will be invited to come to Metropolitan State for small group dialogues led by trained student moderators and to pose questions to an expert panel.<br><br> At the end of the day, participants will be asked to complete the original survey again. The results could illus trate whether people 9s opinions would change if they had an opportunity to become more informed and engage in discussion. Minneap4lis C4mmunit> & Technical C4lle,e Healthy growth in nursing brings new center.<br><br> Classes will begin in fall 2008 in a new build ing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The new facility will give students the option to earn a certificate, diploma, bachelor 9s or master 9s degree in science or health professions. In 2006, the college secured remodeling funds from the state Legislature to build a Science and Allied Health Center, which continues the success ful co-location of the college and the Minneapolis campus of Metropolitan State University by combining science, nursing and health education programs at one convenient site.<br><br> The college has seen a 105 percent increase in nursing applications over the past five years and a dramatic increase in full-time enrollment in the sciences. Minnes4ta State C4lle,e - S4utheast Technical Red Wing campus spreads its wings. A $4.8 million remodeling project is nearly complete on the college 9s Red Wing campus.<br><br> The 35-year-old facility received a facelift of contemporary design with a new front entrance, enhanced classrooms, labs, learning resource center and student commons. The new design makes better use of floor space while the exterior size of the building remains the same. Space for popular programs, such as the musical instru ment repair area, also was renovated.<br><br> Minnes4ta State C4mmunit> & Technical C4lle,e New Web site launch fueled by midnight oil. After months of burning the midnight oil, Web developers at Minnesota State Community and Technical College unveiled a new Web site in February. Prospective students and other users will find interactive features to customize the site 9s look, a tuition calculator and a tool to compare degree programs side by side.<br><br> Current students can use a one-stop, one-password portal for Web mail, Desire2Learn software and other college resources. The new Web site is at www.minnesota.edu. Minnes4ta State Uni;ersit>, Man0at4 Wh4se b4nes are th4se?<br><br> Two M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty, Mankato faculty membeCs an5 the:C stu5ents aCe stu5y:ng a skeleton to 5eteCm:ne whetheC :t :s the Cema:ns of Jesse James Gang membeC ChaCl:e P:tts, who was k:lle5 :n a gunf:ght :n Ma5el:a, M:nn., :n 1876. A skeleton allege5 to be P:tts has been :n the basement of the NoCthf:el5 H:stoC:cal Soc:ety s:nce 1981. The foCens:c CecoC5 of P:tts 9 Cema:ns :sn 9t ent:Cely cleaC, an5 some NoCthf:el5eCs have expCesse5 5oubts.<br><br> duC:ng the next yeaC, the faculty membeCs an5 the:C foCens:c law enfoCcement :nvest:gat:on stu5ents w:ll con5uct a thoCough stu5y of the CecoC5s an5 poss:bly a dNA analys:s of the bones. FCom left aCe :nstCuctoCs Kate Blue an5 J:m Ba:ley an5 gCa5uate stu5ent Lec:a S:ms. Photo couCtesy of the Mankato Free Press .<br><br> SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 5 Campus round up N4rtheast Hi,her Educati4n District Di,ital archi;e preser;es lan,ua,e, culture. itasca Commun:ty College has collaboCate5 w:th the Un:veCs:ty of Pennsylvan:a Museum, Wh:te EaCth TC:bal College, Fon5 5u Lac TC:bal an5 Commun:ty College, an5 the Un:veCs:ty of M:nnesota duluth to 5es:gn a 5:g:tal aCch:ve to house pCototypes foC teach:ng an5 leaCn:ng. ThCough a Nat:onal En5owment foC the Human:t:es gCant, AmeC:can in5:an faculty fCom these :nst:tut:ons have jo:ne5 w:th sen:oC CeseaCcheC T:m Powell of the Un:veCs:ty of Pennsylvan:a to 5evelop ways of pCeseCv:ng an5 Cev:tal:z:ng the Oj:bwe language an5 cultuCe w:th the use of 5:g:tal technology.<br><br> recently, LaCCy A:tken, AmeC:can in5:an Stu5:es :nstCuctoC at itasca Commun:ty College, tCavele5 to the Penn Museum, wheCe he peCfoCme5 ceCemon:es an5 exam:ne5 moCe than 300 Oj:bwe aCt:facts. Two aCt:cles 5ocu ment:ng the effoCts have s:nce been publ:she5 :n the Un:veCs:ty of Pennsylvan:a Museum publ:cat:on an5 RAM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage. Minnes4ta State Uni;ersit> M44rhead Renovation puts new smile on Kise Commons.<br><br> A two-year, $5 million renovation of Kise Commons has been completed, giving a much- needed facelift to the 45-year-old food service building. The renovation includes a new entrance, service lines and islands, a remodeled kitchen, additional seating and relocated rest- rooms. A window wall also was installed on the building 9s south side.<br><br> The building is named for Joseph Kise, one of the longest-serving faculty members in the university 9s history. Kise taught history and government for 38 years and was acting president of the university briefly in 1958. Minnes4ta West C4mmunit> & Technical C4lle,e The little church that could.<br><br> Roger Nelson of Ivanhoe and Elwood Bakke of rural Canby represented Marble Lutheran Church 9s histori cal presence when they presented the Minnesota West Foundation with a $30,000 donation for scholarships for area students interested in nurs ing careers. A few years ago, the church 9s mem bership had declined to 12, and the congregation decided to dissolve. Although the physical pres ence of Marble Lutheran Church may no longer exist, its legacy continues.<br><br> The donation, desig nated for an endowment to perpetually fund the Marble Lutheran Church Nursing Scholarship, is the second sizeable gift Marble Lutheran has made to the Minnesota West Foundation. 6 | Minnesota state | SPRING 2008 N4rmandale C4mmunit> C4lle,e Adds up to top scores in math. The Normandale Community College Math Contest team recently won first place in the central region of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Mathematics Contest, a nationwide contest that occurs each spring and fall.<br><br> Normandale 9s five-student team finished first of 16 schools in the 10-state Central Region and 10th out of 173 colleges nationwide. cI consider it a privilege that such talented students choose Normandale, d said Normandale mathematics instructor Tony Dunlop. N4rth Hennepin C4mmunit> C4lle,e I liked the book better than the movie.<br><br> North Hennepin Community College 9s cFirst Year Experience d program sponsors more than a dozen book clubs every semester to encourage students to read and discuss books in an informal setting. Last semester, one of the clubs selected The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The students also par ticipated in an online contest by recruiting more than 100 members for an online book club discussing the novel.<br><br> The students won a free advance screening of the movie at the Brooklyn Center Regal Cinema in December. About 50 students and faculty attended the screening, followed by a discus sion of similarities and differences between the book and movie. LaCCy A:tken, shown heCe v:s:t:ng w:th stu5ents :n the itasca Commun:ty College l:bCaCy, :s woCk:ng on a 5:g:tal aCch:ve.<br><br> N4rthland C4mmunit> & Technical C4lle,e Collaboration adds impact to leadership program. Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Northland 9s Center for Outreach and Innovation have worked together to deliver a new leadership program called LeaderImpact. The collabora tion is the first of its kind in Minnesota, housed at Swenson House at the college.<br><br> LeaderImpact uses self-awareness tools and activities to enhance leadership capabilities through group discussions, self-reflection, small group activities and personal coaching. N4rthwest Technical C4lle,e Healthy campus goes smoke free. Northwest Technical College received the Healthy Campus Pioneer Award from the University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service and Healthy Campus Network for being the first Minnesota college campus to become smoke-free.<br><br> The col lege 9s smoke-free campus policy was instituted in August 2004, two years ahead of any other Minnesota colleges or universities. The award highlights the college 9s commitment to provid ing students with healthy habits education and to maintaining a healthful campus environment. Pine Technical C4lle,e Technical careers touted.<br><br> The Women in Technology event in mid-March annually draws approximately 250 sixth-grade girls from area schools to learn about careers and topics related Campus round up to science and technology. This is the seventh year that Pine Technical College has presented the event. Rid,ewater C4lle,e Looks like rain.<br><br> Mark Seeley, a climatologist, author, university professor and a popular com mentator on Minnesota Public Radio, recently gave a presentation at Ridgewater College on local and regional climate variability and how they are affected by global climate trends. Seeley shared segments from his recently published book, Minnesota Weather Almanac , which covers 100 years of Minnesota 9s exciting and variable weather, while giving Ridgewater College staff, students and community members an opportu nity to discuss weather facts and details on recent local climate changes. Ri;erland C4mmunit> C4lle,e Outreach program to assist flood victims.<br><br> The farm business management program at Riverland Community College received a $50,000 grant from the Legislature to assist farm families in southeastern Minnesota. The grant will fund a crisis outreach program for rural resi dents of a seven-county area affected by flooding during summer 2007. The program is designed to help flood victims develop coping strategies, reduce anxiety and depression, and promote broader team approaches to managing stress.<br><br> R4chester C4mmunit> & Technical C4lle,e National champions. After an undefeated season, the college 9s football team, the Yellowjackets, became the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national football cham pion, finishing the season 11-0 in December. In January, the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission selected the squad as the Amateur Team of the Year.<br><br> Also, Brad LaPlante was named Amateur Coach of the Year. St. Cl4ud State Uni;ersit> Professor designs Minnesota parks permit.<br><br> Bill Gorcica, an art professor at St. Cloud State University, was chosen to design the 2009 Minnesota State Parks annual vehicle permit. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which awarded the project to Gorcica, expects that about 300,000 vehicles will carry the permit in a year 9s time.<br><br> The four- color window sticker features Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. Gorcica has taught multimedia art and graphic design at St. Cloud State since 1996 and won a Fulbright Scholarship in paint ing and graphic arts for a 10-month residency in Krakow, Poland.<br><br> St. Cl4ud Technical C4lle,e Advertising students receive Gold ADDY. The Northway Group, a student advertising agency at St.<br><br> Cloud Technical College, received a Gold ADDY from the ADDY Awards in Central Minnesota for the design of the college 9s holiday card. The card featured the college 9s celebration of 60 years of cHIRE d education along with the college vision, mission and history. The ADDY Awards are among the largest and most com petitive industry competitions.<br><br> The Northway Group works on many college and community projects including advertising campaigns, logo creation, letterhead and brochure design. Saint Paul C4lle,e Powerful math teaching tool helps local high schools. The college last year launched EnableMath, a Web-enabled system designed to help students progress with their math coursework.<br><br> The system now has been expanded as part of a new collaboration between the college and St. Paul Public Schools. The pro gram focuses on high school students who are potentially at risk for not meeting graduation requirements.<br><br> Students work through indi vidually designed assignments, and the system monitors their progress and adjusts the mastery level accordingly. This also allows instructors to customize their teaching strategies when a student needs assistance and to offer enrichment opportunities for faster learners. S4uth Central C4lle,e Food for your soul.<br><br> More than 175 community residents attended South Central College 9s first Soul Food event in February in honor of Black History Month at the North Mankato campus. The college 9s culinary arts program students and staff assisted C. Maxille Moultrie, the Minnesota State University, Mankato director of diversity recruitment (and soul food chef extraordinaire), in preparing a wide array of authentic entrees accompanied by a presenta tion on the history of soul food.<br><br> The menu included gumbo, catfish, braised oxtails, collard greens and sweet potato pudding. The event was sponsored by South Central College 9s Diversity Committee and the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. S4uthwest Minnes4ta State Uni;ersit> I 9m happy to say we 9re out of that.<br><br> At cgreen, d a new American bistro at Southwest Minnesota State University, being out of a particular item is a good way to emphasize a focus on fresh, local, healthy dishes and highlight its mission cto simplify, support local purveyors and change with the seasons. d Most of its food comes directly from farmers and regional pro ducers. Students in the hospitality management program handle the entire operation 3 food preparation, service, menus, table setting and layout. cIt 9s to give them real-life experience and to support Minnesota agriculture, d said Michael Cheng, program director.<br><br> Because cgreen d is fully operated by students, diners may be asked to participate in the occasional cteachable moment. d Win4na State Uni;ersit> Sesquicentennial logo marks legacy. On August 2, 1858, the Minnesota state government was just 93 days old. At the suggestion of Winona physician Dr.<br><br> John D. Ford, it enacted legisla tion establishing a normal school system, with an insti tution going to the first city that came up with $5,000 in donations of money or land to erect buildings and support professors. Almost overnight, Ford secured $7,000 from his fellow citizens.<br><br> With the agreement of the state Legislature and Gov. Henry Sibley, the first public teacher training institution west of the Mississippi was located in Winona. The university 9s State Normal School was born that day, 150 years ago.<br><br> The university has adopted a special sesquicentennial logo to reflect the university 9s legacy as part of the academic year celebration. n SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 7 Grants and recognitions Here is a sample 4f ,rants and awards recei;ed b> the Minnes4ta State C4lle,es and Uni;ersities and their facult>, staff and students. Grants F4rt>-six Minnes4ta J4b S0ills Partnership ,rants t4talin, $8.1 milli4n were awarded t4 21 Minnes4ta State C4lle,es and Uni;ersities in 2007 b> the state Department 4f Empl4>ment and Ec4n4mic De;el4pment.<br><br> Desi,ned t4 assist Minnes4ta businesses and industries in maintainin, their c4mpetiti;e ed,e, the ,rants are ,i;en t4 educati4nal 4r n4npr4fit instituti4ns that j4in with businesses t4 train new 4r existin, empl4>ees. Businesses match pr4 ,ram funds with cash and in-0ind c4ntribu ti4ns. Examples 4f the Minnes4ta J4b S0ills Partnership ,rants include: Central Lakes College 3 $272,861 to pro vide training in lean manufacturing techniques for 215 press operators, managers, sheet-fed operators and support staff of Bang Printing in Brainerd.<br><br> Instructors from Northland Community and Technical College and South Central College also will teach courses. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 3 $328,180 over three years to develop a curriculum to improve entry-level and advanced skills in industrial rigging, fluid power and welding for 318 Sappi Fine Paper North America employees. The company will contribute more than $816,000.<br><br> Riverland Community College 3 $340,884 to train 369 employees of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of refuse and concrete mixer trucks. Service technicians, assemblers, customer service representatives, painters, refurbishing techni cians, new truck technicians and engineering staff will earn certificates upon success ful program completion. Instructors from Riverland, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Pine Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College, South Central College and Winona State University will participate.<br><br> The company will contribute more than $820,000. 8 | Minnesota state | SPRING 2008 Other gifts and grants The Bemidji State University nursing depart ment has received a $243,000 federal grant to develop curriculum and support skills related to the care of American Indian patients and the complexities of rural health strategies. Also, the Department of Technological Studies received a $341,000 federal grant focused on capital improvements for its engineering technology and industrial technology programs.<br><br> Inver Hills Community College, Metropolitan State University and Saint Paul College received a U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post- Secondary Education grant of $487,000 for a pilot program to expand nursing education programs and enrollment of minority and first- generation students in registered nursing and bachelor 9s degree registered nursing programs. The Bush Foundation has awarded Metropolitan State University a three-year $396,100 grant for the Power of You program, which provides two years of college tuition- free to eligible students.<br><br> The funds will be split among Metropolitan State, Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Saint Paul College to support a full-time Power of You advisor and retention specialist at each institution. Also, Travelers Foundation awarded the univer sity a one-year grant of $150,000 for Power of You, to be shared with Saint Paul College. Southwest Minnesota State University has been awarded a $249,698 grant for each of the next four years to support a TRIO Upward Bound program at Marshall High School and Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls.<br><br> Students must meet family income criteria or have parents who have not obtained a four-year college degree from a U.S. college. Students also must demonstrate a need for academic services to prepare for a college program.<br><br> TRIO Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Winona State University has been awarded a Post-Secondary Service Learning and Campus-Community Collaboration grant funded by the state of Minnesota and coordinat ed by Minnesota Campus Compact and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.<br><br> cOur Drinking Fountains, Our Water d is a collabora tion among the city of Winona, Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater of Minneapolis, and the three higher education institutions in Winona: Winona State University, St. Mary 9s University and Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical. Awards Anoka-Ramsey Community College photogra phy faculty member Laura Migliorino bridges many worlds, cultures and locations with her photography series cThe Hidden Suburbs: A Portrait. d One photo in the series, cEgret Street, d was purchased by the Walker Art Center for its permanent collection and is appearing in the Walker 9s cWorlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes d exhibit through Aug.<br><br> 17. The exhibit, according to the Walker, demonstrates how the American suburb plays a role in the creation of new art and challenges preconceived ideas about suburbia. cEgCet StCeet, d a photogCaph by LauCa M:gl:oC:no, Cecently was puCchase5 by the WalkeC ACt CenteC.<br><br> Century College President Larry Litecky has received a Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. Litecky was recognized for outstanding support of Phi Theta Kappa, encouraging student success and creating opportunities for student empower ment.<br><br> About 25 college presidents from around the world were expected to receive the Gordon award this year. Grants and reCoGnitions Century College gradu ate Marie Hagberg of Orono has been named a winner in the 2008 National Kitchen and Bath Association Student Design Competition. Hagberg, a 2007 graduate of the college 9s kitchen and bath design program, now works as a design assistant with Sawhill Custom Kitchen and Design.<br><br> She won third place in the bathroom design competition. The Dakota County Technical College Business Entrepreneur program earned three awards at the annual National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship meet ing in January. Bob Voss , program instructor, earned the association 9s Faculty of the Year award; student Mary Glock was the winner of the NACCE/ New York Times essay; and Christine Pigsley , associate dean, was award ed a grant from the Coleman and Hughes Foundation to pilot a speaker series and net working group for entrepreneurs.<br><br> Darcel Hill , an advisor at Metropolitan State University for the Power of You program, was named one of three 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Local Legends for commu nity service efforts that exemplify King 9s values.<br><br> The Local Legends were honored at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center, hosted by the United Negro College Fund and the General Mills Foundation.<br><br> Hill has devel oped college access and after-school programs, motivational workshops for teens and young adults and parenting classes in her three decades of work with social service and educa tional programs. Daniel Ray Eastman , professor at Winona State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at Barbados Community College in St. Michael, Barbados, during the 2007-08 academic year.<br><br> Eastman, a professor in the College of Liberal Arts, is lecturing on cReimagining Sculpture in Barbados. d His lectures focus on teaching practi cal and theoretical aspects of sculpture. MaC:e HagbeCg daCcel H:ll Spotlight on authors Kirsten Dierking , an a5junct human:t:es faculty membeC at Anoka-ramsey Commun:ty College, Cecently f:n:she5 heC secon5 book of poetCy, Northern Oracle , publ:she5 by Spout PCess. She was one of s:x Cec:p:ents of an S.A.S.E./JeCome Foun5at:on gCant.<br><br> MetCopol:tan State Un:veCs:ty has seveCal Cecently publ:she5 authoCs: ~ Steve Coleman , commun:ty faculty membeC, wCote Popular Delusions: How Social Conformity Molds Society and Politics , publ:she5 by Camb:a PCess, 2007. ~ Alison McGhee , assoc:ate pCofessoC, College of ACts an5 Sc:ences, authoCe5 Bye-bye, Crib , w:th :llustCat:ons by ross Macdonal5, a ch:l5Cen 9s book publ:she5 by S:mon & SchusteC/Paula W:seman Books, 2008. ~ Daryl Parks , ass:stant pCofessoC, uCban teacheC pCogCam, co-authoCe5 High School Students 9 Competing Social Worlds , publ:she5 by LawCence EClbaum Assoc:ates, Lon5on, 2007.<br><br> ~ Doug Rossinow , assoc:ate pCofessoC of h:stoCy, College of ACts an5 Sc:ences, wCote Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America , publ:she5 by the Un:veCs:ty of Pennsylvan:a PCess. Thom Tammaro , an Engl:sh pCofessoC at M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5, :s one of thCee poets who e5:te5 To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, publ:she5 by New r:veCs PCess hea5 quaCteCe5 at the un:veCs:ty. The book has Cece:ve5 the 2007 M:5west BookselleCs Assoc:at:on HonoC AwaC5 foC PoetCy an5 the 2007 Women WC:t:ng the West AwaC5 foC PoetCy.<br><br> Theodore Gracyk , ph:losophy pCofessoC at M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5, :s authoC of Listening to Popular Music: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Led Zeppelin , Celease5 by the Un:veCs:ty of M:ch:gan PCess. Lois Schadewald , chem:stCy :nstCuctoC at NoCman5ale Commun:ty College, has e5:te5 a book of woCks wC:tten by heC bCotheC robeCt Scha5ewal5 (1943-2000), Worlds of Their Own , to be publ:she5 by SangFCo:5 PCess. Jessica Lourey , Engl:sh an5 soc:ology :nstCuctoC at St.<br><br> Clou5 Techn:cal College, soon w:ll have the fouCth of heC Murder by Month seC:es publ:she5. HeC newest novel, August Moon , once aga:n featuCes amateuC M:nnesota sleuth M:Ca James. Kurt Hohenstein , ass:stant pCo fessoC of h:stoCy at W:nona State Un:veCs:ty, Cecently authoCe5 Coining Corruption: The Making of the American Campaign Finance System , publ:she5 by the NoCtheCn ill:no:s Un:veCs:ty PCess, 2007.<br><br> n SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 9 FaCulty spotlIGht Washington, D.C. 10 | Minnesota state | SPRIN G 2008 F or a lecture on chemistry, Ellen Brisch might wear a T-shirt illustrated with the periodic table. To explain the skeletal system, she might sing Alan Sherman 9s parody cI See Bones. d For a particularly difficult topic, she might turn her classroom into a stage for one of her productions, such as cThe Great Gastrulation Play, d where she puts students in the roles of Making biology fun fits this professor to a cT d Ellen Brisch draws on her vast collection of T-shirts to reinforce key concepts and enliven science classes specific molecules and cells to explain their interactions.<br><br> It 9s all meant to grab the attention of students, remove cfear factors d from science and explore the details of biology. Brisch 9s creative, committed approach to her job as professor of bio sciences at Minnesota State University Moorhead has brought her two national awards in two years. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Brisch its Minnesota Professor of the Year for 2007.<br><br> The Carnegie awards, established in 1981 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, are recognized as among the most prestigious distinctions honoring professors. Brisch was among 46 winners selected from 384 fac ulty members nominated by colleges and universities across the country. The winners were announced at a November luncheon in their honor in cThis university is a wonderful place 3 there are so many people here who could be recognized this way, d Brisch said, reflecting on the honor.<br><br> cIt 9s a very inspiring place to be. d Brisch, who joined the university 9s faculty in 1999, also was among 17 college professors selected in 2006 as cOutstanding Advisors d by the National Academic Advising Association. She 9s currently a faculty advisor to more than 80 students, including majors in biology, premedicine, preoptometry, health and medical sci ences, along with several who have undeclared academic interests. One of her past advisees, Ashley Marek, a former journalism major and editor of the student newspaper, The Advocate , credits Brisch with giving the support she needed to switch her major to pre-medicine.<br><br> cDespite the skepticism of even my closest friends, Dr. Brisch never questioned my abilities or goals. I 9m confident that had it not been for her guidance, I would not be attending medical school now, d said Marek, now at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.<br><br> Described as a crenaissance professor d by her dean, Ronald Jeppson, Brisch grew up in a family of educators. cI learned early on that a career in education is not just a job, but a way of life, d she said. Her mother, Margaret, who has a doctorate in child develop ment, taught second grade for years.<br><br> Her late father, Hans, had a doc torate in political science and served as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, among other positions. Brisch was 9 when she caught the biology bug. cWe moved from Kansas to Alabama, and no kids would play with me 3 I was a Yankee.<br><br> So my brother and I got a beagle, and we roamed the woods. d Among the things they found and brought home were frog eggs, which hatched into tadpoles and then metamorphosized into frogs under their watchful eyes before they returned them to the outdoors. cI fell in love with biology in those days, d she said. cKids love gross, gooey things, and my mom grew up on a farm, and it didn 9t bother her that we brought them into the house. d After graduating with a biology degree from Oberlin College, Brisch worked for five years as a cook, landscaper and research chemist, paid off her college loans and then earned her doctorate in physiology and cell biology at the University of Kansas, where her parents had gone to graduate school.<br><br> She also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah for three years before coming to Minnesota. Her science T-shirt tradition traces back to notable events, such as presenting her doctoral research study on how proteins regulate the first cell division in sea urchins while wearing a sea urchin shirt. When she defended her thesis, she wore a shirt with thunderbolts and lightning and wore it again (under her dress clothes) when she interviewed for her current position.<br><br> Her collection keeps growing; classes sometimes give her a special shirt and she gets others as conference giveaways. She figures her T-shirts now number in the hundreds. Brisch is a developmental biologist.<br><br> She explains that means studying all the steps required for eggs and sperm to be produced, to come together, fertilize, divide and develop through all the life stages from embryos to disease and aging. Researching sea urchins is useful, she said, cbecause they are the model for studying human fertilization. d Although the creatures are hard to transport with reliable success to Minnesota, each year she 9s able to obtain some sea urchins so her classes can observe fertilization and early stages of embryo development. SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 11 SySTEM S 9 CARNEgIE PRoFESSoRS oF THE yEAR 2007 ..........Ellen BC:sch ............................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 2005 ..........MaCk WalleCt .........................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 2002 ..........rob:n Hasslen .......................St.<br><br> Clou5 State Un:veCs:ty 2001 ..........James BaCtCuff ......................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 1999 ..........An5Cew Conteh ....................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 1998 ..........Nancy Black ...........................MetCopol:tan State Un:veCs:ty 1996 ..........AaCon WengeC ......................itasca Commun:ty College 1994 ..........dav:5 Mason .........................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 1993 ..........John Jackson .........................NoCth Hennep:n Commun:ty College 1992 ..........Evelyn Lynch..........................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 1991 ..........BaCbaCa Jean Johnson ..........NoCth Hennep:n Commun:ty College 1988 ..........John Janc ...............................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty, Mankato 1987 ..........delmaC Hansen .....................M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 B:osc:ences PCofessoC Ellen BC:sch uses a mo5el to expla:n the laCge :ntest:ne to L:n5a AmenuvoC, a stu5ent at M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5 who took BC:sch 9s class as an elect:ve. BC:sch 9s T-sh:Ct featuCes a sea uCch:n, the subject of heC 5octoCal CeseaCch. PCofessoC Ellen BC:sch 5Caws on heC 5octoCal CeseaCch :n bC:ng:ng sea uCch:ns to classes each yeaC.<br><br> The sp:ny cCeatuCes aCe foun5 :n oceans thCoughout the woCl5. SPRING 2008 | Minnesota state | 11 Ellen BC:sch, b:osc:ences pCofessoC at M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty MooChea5, :nvolves un5eCgCa5uate stu5ents :n CeseaCch pCoject s to g:ve them valuable expeC:ence. Left to C:ght aCe stu5ents Thelma Ap:agye:, dust:n L:llegaaC5 an5 Leah deScheppeC, w:th BC:sch secon5 fCom C:ght.<br><br> Her research focuses on mitochondria and their impact on disease and on how environmental toxins affect human health. She not only involves students in her own research, but in other campus biology projects as part of what she considers invaluable undergraduate experience. Students are doing projects on the effect of estrogen compounds in the water and exploring a possible link between caffeine and Alzheimer 9s disease, for example.<br><br> cScience is really hard, d Brisch said. cPeople don 9t do this because it is a cushy job or makes you a great living. You do it because you love it.<br><br> And that is why we work with undergraduates 3 because it 9s a way of life and we want to share it with them. d Brisch, 45, has taught and developed dozens of courses, from developmental biology and issues in human biology to an honors class on the history of science and one on the biology of women. That course, she explained, focuses on reading and discussing scientific literature on how the physiology of women is specific to women. With heart disease, for example, the symptoms are not the same in women as in men, and many doctors who were not trained in this are not diagnosing it soon enough, if at all.<br><br> She also teaches a biology course for non-majors every semester she 9s on campus, sharing her fascination with science. cGetting students to their next step requires a full range of support, both in and outside of the classroom, d Brisch said. cBesides making lectures and labs compelling and interesting, it involves giv ing advice, remembering names, providing a consoling shoulder or some tough love, or simply writing letters of recommendation or giving a hello or smile in the hallways.<br><br> They 9re all just pieces of the package to help inspire students to find and reach their goals. d Outside of the classroom and laboratory, Brisch has been involved in the university community in wide-ranging roles: " Chair of the committee overseeing Dragon Core, the innova tive new general education curriculum for students. " Faculty advisor for the biology honors society Beta Beta Beta and the women 9s lacrosse team. " Member of the Training Our Campus Against Racism pro gram and the Women 9s Studies committee.<br><br> " Helped found Safe Zone, a program offering training and support to members of the campus community struggling with gender issues. " Participated in a variety of projects garnering more than $400,000 in funding for campus research supplies and equipment. On a lighter note, Brisch is also a national certified beer judge and has been a regular adjudicator at local and regional homebrew competitions.<br><br> Biology major Kristine Knoll, who was awarded one of the nation 9s prized Goldwater Scholarships last year, said, cShe is my role model, my mentor and friend. And I can 9t imagine anyone else having so many biology T-shirts. She makes it fun by correlating them with her lectures. d n 12 | Minnesota state | SPRING 2008 T he hIGh-TeCh, hIGh-waGe eNGINeeRS an5 techn:c:ans nee5e5 foC M:nnesota 9s economy to stay compet:t:ve :n the futuCe coul5 be :n the state 9s classCooms to5ay, but they m:ght not know :t.<br><br> Many m:55le an5 h:gh school stu5ents 5on 9t have a cleaC un5eCstan5:ng of what goes on :n cut- t:ng-e5ge eng:neeC:ng an5 manufactuC:ng. Help:ng to close that gap :s PCoject Lea5 the Way, wh:ch uses a C:goCous, han5s-on cuCC:culum that helps stu5ents 5:scoveC these caCeeCs an5 :mpaCts sk:lls stu5ents can caCCy on to success :n college an5 h:gh-5eman5 jobs. PCoject Lea5 the Way has gCown Cap:5ly as stu5ent-5es:gne5 pCo5ucts 3 such as a w:n 5ow that automat:cally closes when Ca:n h:ts :t 3 have eaCne5 patents an5 geneCate5 sales.<br><br> The pCogCam w:ll be :n 170 of M:nnesota 9s 750 h:gh schools next fall, up fCom just s:x schools when :t was :ntCo5uce5 :n 2002. Eng:neeC:ng the pCogCam 9s gCowth aCe the M:nnesota State Colleges an5 Un:veCs:t:es system, the M:nnesota depaCtment of E5ucat:on an5 the Un:veCs:ty of M:nnesota 9s inst:tute of Technology. The pCogCam espe c:ally focuses on attCact:ng women an5 Cac:al an5 ethn:c m:noC:t:es :nto eng:neeC:ng an5 manufactuC:ng 3 aCeas :n wh:ch they tCa 5:t:onally have been un5eCCepCesente5.<br><br> At the classCoom level, schools get help :n launch:ng an5 susta:n:ng the pCogCam fCom two CenteCs of Excellence :n the M:nnesota State Colleges an5 Un:veCs:t:es 3 the M:nnesota CenteC foC Eng:neeC:ng an5 ManufactuC:ng Excellence an5 the 360 degCees ManufactuC:ng an5 Appl:e5 Eng:neeC:ng CenteC of Excellence. Each centeC :s le5 by a state un:veCs:ty w:th two-yeaC college paCtneCs. Goals :nclu5e woCk:ng w:th K-12 schools to :nteCest stu5ents :n these caCeeCs.<br><br> M:chael Lehn, PCoject Lea5 the Way 5:CectoC foC the 360 degCees centeC, sa:5 the pCogCam uses an act:v:ty-base5 cuCC:culum that bC:ngs math an5 sc:ence to a level wheCe :t makes sense to stu5ents. M:55le schooleCs, foC example, use h:gh-en5, thCee-5:mens:onal mo5el:ng softwaCe to leaCn eng:neeC:ng con cepts. cif you challenge young people, they usually C:se to that challenge, d sa:5 Lehn, who :s base5 at St.<br><br> Clou5 Techn:cal College. The h:gh school couCsewoCk helps stu 5ents :5ent:fy caCeeC pathways an5 ga:n sk:lls, sa:5 James MecklenbuCg, PCoject Lea5 the Way 5:CectoC at the M:nnesota CenteC foC Eng:neeC:ng an5 ManufactuC:ng Excellence base5 at M:nnesota State Un:veCs:ty, Mankato. Stu5ents woCk :n teams, pa:C up w:th bus: nesses on pCoblem-solv:ng pCojects an5 can take exams to eaCn college cCe5:ts.<br><br> cit 9s show:ng the stu5ents the C:goC, the h:gh levels of math, sc:ence an5 language they nee5 to be successful, d MecklenbuCg sa:5. ci 9ve been :n e5ucat:on foC 32 yeaCs, an5 no otheC cuCC:culum pCov:5es the leaCn:ng oppoCtun:t:es foC stu5ents as well as PCoject Lea5 the Way. d Stu5ents often go faC beyon5 expecta t:ons, sa:5 J:ll Johnson, eng:neeC:ng cooC5:natoC at PatC:ck HenCy H:gh School :n M:nneapol:s. FoC example, computeC-:ntegCate5 manufactuC :ng class membeCs 5ev:se5 a way to pCogCam the classCoom Cobot to p:ck up a can of pop an5 move :t to the computeC-contColle5 m:ll, wh:ch comes 5own an5 opens the can.<br><br> cit 5ef:n:tely has connecte5 the:C eng:neeC:ng classes w:th a Ceal-woCl5, sol:5 example of how they coul5 use the:C eng:neeC:ng sk:lls, d sa:5 Johnson, an electC:cal eng:neeC tuCne5 teacheC. MecklenbuCg sees long-teCm success w:th PCoject Lea5 the Way. cit :s f:ll:ng that p:pel:ne w:th the stu5ents that colleges an5 un:veCs:t:es nee5 an5 also that bus:nesses an5 :n5ustC:es nee5 3 that techn:cally sk:lle5 woCkfoCce of the futuCe 3 so that stu5ents can eaCn susta:nable :ncomes, have enjoy able caCeeCs an5 make a 5:ffeCence. d n Career connections Collaborative program uses hands-on experiences to introduce students to engineering, manufacturing Stu5ents at PatC:ck HenCy H:gh School :n M:nneapol:s put eng:neeC:ng concepts :nto act:on :n PCoject Lea5 the Way pCogCam exeCc:ses.<br><br> Above, T:aCa MoCC:s, a sen:oC, woCks on a 3d mo5el foC the c:v:l eng:neeC:ng an5 aCch:tectuCe class. Below, teacheC Shabaka McKey, left, talks w:th Pheng Yang, a stu5ent :n PatC:ck HenCy H:gh School 9s PCoject Lea5 the Way pCogCam. 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