August 24, 2007
Issue 1 

Campus Notes

[Administrative Affairs][Student Development & Enrollment]
College of... [...Professional Studies][...Social and Natural Sciences]

Administrative Affairs

• Joann Gardner, Accounting Officer Senior, Ryan Hilmer, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Belinda Lindell, Director of Logistical Services, Bill Lanners, Building Maintenance Supervisor, and Marilyn Lanners, Payroll Supervisor attended the Chief Financial and Facilities Officers (CFFO) Conference, June 13 and 14, 2007, at Lake Superior College in Duluth.

The conference consisted of two general sessions: "Professional Development: Banking Knowledge for Future Reserves" and "Community Efforts Produce Healthy Results, A Study in Collaboration," and informational sessions on topics relating to MnSCU finance and facilities areas, such as campus emergency planning, workers compensation, financial aid compliance, facilities planning, integrated planning, fraud awareness and prevention, FY 2008-2013 capital budget overview, accelerated professional/technical contracting, registration and financial integration model, and tax update.

Student Development and Enrollment

• Barb Butler, customer service specialist in the Hobson Memorial Union, attended the Front-line Leadership Labor Management Symposium sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in May at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids. This year's theme was "Energizing Our Front-Line Network," with symposium topics such as balancing work with family life, dealing with difficult people, diversity, holistic health, humor and networking with peers.

• T. Todd Masman, director of the Hobson Memorial Union, attended the National Women's Studies Association Conference in Chicago June 27 - July 1 and participated in the pre-conference program for Women's Centers directors as the only male in attendance. The conference theme was "PAST DEBATES, PRESENT POSSIBILITIES, FUTURE FEMINISMS."  He and Cody Nelson, BSU Student Senate president, also attended the Civic Engagement Practitioners Retreat in May sponsored by Minnesota Campus Compact and T. Todd participated in their Listening Project co-sponsored by the Bush Foundation.  T. Todd and seven students also represented BSU at the MnSCU booth during the Twin Cities Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride festival this summer.

• Mary Tosch, associate director of the Hobson Memorial Union, has been elected as the Delegate at Large for State Universities with the Minnesota College Personnel Association.  MCPA is the statewide professional organization for student development professionals.  Mary also attended the 2007 National Leadership Symposium at Richmond University in Virginia sponsored by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and the National Association for Campus Activities.  The conference theme was "Celebrating the Social Change Model: Insights and Applications for the Future."

• Brenda Kolling was promoted to the TRIO Assessment and Marketing Coordinator.

College of Professional Studies

• Drs. Maggie Carlson and Kathleen Sonsteng, assistant professors of education, attended and presented at the 2007 Communities Collaborative Conference, "Every Child Counts" in Mahnomen, Minn. on August 8th & 9th. The title of their presentation was "Reconnecting to the Natural World: An Antidote to Television."

• Dr. Dan Gartrell, professor of education, is beginning his third year as a columnist for YOUNG CHILDREN, the Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Gartrell's column is called "Guidance Matters." The September item, entitled "But He Did It On Purpose," discusses reasons why young children intentionally cause conflicts and responses by adults that teach rather than punish. Gartrell's columns always start with anecdotes from early childhood classrooms, many from Bemidji State's own Campus Childcare Center, a laboratory setting for students preparing to teach young children. In the first two years, former students have contributed anecdotes for most of the columns (and are routinely credited for their contributions). YOUNG
CHILDREN is published nationally six times a year.

• Dr. Bill Scheela, professor of business administration, presented an all-day workshop on business strategy formulation to the Vietnamese management teams of MK Technologies and VinaGame in Hanoi, Vietnam on August 11.

• In July, Dr. Jim Mastro, professor of education, presented with Paul Krause, NFL Hall of Famer, at the Vikings' Sports Fanatics Banquet, as part of the the American Council of the Blind's national convention in Minneapolis. The presentation included Mastro's experiences with the Paralympics and World Series of Beep Baseball along with Paul Krause's experiences as a Hall of Fame football player. During the convention Mastro and his graduate assistants, Teresa Hassing-Bonnette and Ben Swarts, presented Power Showdown to the convention-goers as a new game for them to participate in for recreation and competition.

Also during the summer Mastro, was elected to two national boards of directors for the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA). Both organizations promote sports participation by individuals with visual impairments in the United States and the world.

The fifth annual Northern Plains Visions of Sports Camp for individuals with visual impairment was held the week of July 14 - 21 on the BSU campus. Twenty-one children with visual impairments participated in a number of different sports and recreational events such as track and field, swimming, judo, goalball, Power Showdown, and a number of lake-related activities. A number of the faculty and students acted as technicians and counselors, giving these children the opportunity to participate in sporting events that are not often available to them during the school year.

College of Social and Natural Sciences

• Dr. Dragoljub Bilanovic, professor of Environmental Sciences, presented a poster at the conference Advancing Materials by Chemical Design organized by Royal Society of Chemistry at University College London, in July of 2007. The poster was authored by Drs Bilanovic and Kroeger of CEESS-BSU and Dr. Nancy A. Burnham of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; the title of poster was Magnetite synthesis on micro-composites made of bentonite and xanthan.

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