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Minnesota State University, Mankato

September 12, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Sesquicentennial Homecoming Parade

Minnesota State University, Mankato began celebrating its 2018 Homecoming week Monday, Sept. 24, and as the week's Homecoming activities come to an end, more than a week of Sesquicentennial celebration events will begin.

Highlighting the end of Homecoming week and marking the beginning of the eight-day Sesquicentennial celebration is the Sesquicentennial Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. in downtown Mankato.

University President Richard Davenport invites the entire Mankato-area community to join him before the parade at his annual free community pancake breakfast, which will be held downtown this year from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mankato’s Civic Center Plaza.

A news release with parade information and Sept. 24-29 Homecoming week is available here.

A complete list of Sept. 29-Oct. 6 Sesquicentennial week events is available here.

Sesquicentennial History Book Available

A book on the 150-year history of Minnesota State Mankato was released earlier this month and is available for purchase online here. Cost of the book is $29.99 through Sept. 30 and $39.99 beginning Oct. 1.

The book, titled “Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History,” was written by William E. Lass (third from left in photo), a professor emeritus of history at Minnesota State Mankato.

“Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History” follows the development of the University from its first 27 students pursuing two-year diplomas in 1868 to the almost 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in 2018.

The highly readable and thoroughly illustrated book is extensively researched. It covers in details the development of academic programs, the physical campus, University leadership and faculty, as well as student life.

William E. Lass taught history at Minnesota State Mankato for more than 40 years (1960-2002), worked on many campus committees and served as Department of History faculty chair. He was the founding director of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center and University Archives.

2018 Campus Drive

The University Advancement division's annual giving program will be holding its 2018 campus drive from Sept. 17-28.

Members of the University community are encouraged to participate in this year's drive by making a gift to the "emergency grant program," which provides small grants to students who encounter unexpected expenses.

More information about the 2018 campus drive will be distributed throughout campus in the coming weeks.

Immediate contributions may be made by clicking here, with all gifts counting toward participation in the 2018 campus drive.

Majors in Minutes

The Office of New Student and Family Programs will host MAJORS IN MINUTES in partnership with the Career Development Center on Monday, Nov. 5 from 4-6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event is meant to introduce students to major decision-making processes and different majors from across campus in a fun, informal atmosphere.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs is seeking nominations for upper-class students to represent their majors at the event.

Those making nominations do NOT need to make sure that their representatives can attend – just tell the Office of New Student and Family Programs about stellar students. The Office of New Student and Family Programs will contact the students to check their interest and availability.

Nominations are accepted any time before Friday, Oct. 5, and can be submitted via the following site: Majors in Minutes Student Nomination Form

For more information, contact Sara Granberg-Rademacker.

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

Seasonal flu vaccinations are available for faculty and staff Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., in CSU 253-4-5. (The worksite clinics are for state employees only. Family members may obtain vaccinations at their primary care clinics.)

If you bring your Advantage health insurance member card with you, there is no cost for the flu vaccinations.

Employees without a valid card or who don’t have health insurance through the state of Minnesota can receive the flu shot for $33.

Vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.

For more information and clinic locations, click here. Flu vaccinations are also available at primary care clinics and in-network convenient clinics.

PCSW Grants

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is once again offering research and professional development grants to students, faculty and staff at Minnesota State Mankato. Stipends of up to $500 are available for students and employees to conduct research or attend professional development opportunities concerned with the status of women and/or gender-related issues.

All activities must occur before June 1, 2019, to be eligible for funding. The PCSW is not able to grant funds for equipment requests or research incentives. For more information and to submit electronic grant applications, please visit the PCSW website.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 for the fall grants cycle. Please email questions to Linda Alvarez at

Call for Proposals for Learning Communities

The call for proposals for Learning Communities for next academic year is now open, and proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Students involved with Learning Communities at Minnesota State Mankato have proven to have higher retention rates, higher grade point averages and a higher completion rate than their non-enrolled peers.

[PDF] The proposal form can be found online here (216 KiB). Those completing the proposal form are asked to complete the questions and the course selection section, route for dean’s signature and return to or send via campus mail to Learning Communities CR C131.

Notifications to proposal submitters will be sent out by mid-November with confirmation if the Learning Community will be offered.

To learn more about Minnesota State Mankato’s Learning Community program, please visit the Learning Communities Web page or stop by the Learning Communities Program Office in Crawford C-131. Please refer questions to Jean Clarke, director, University Learning Communities, who can be reached by phone at 507-389-1450.

Sept. 27: Joshua Preiss Philosophy Lecture

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Philosophy welcomes students, faculty and other members of the campus community to attend an upcoming lecture by faculty member Joshua Preiss (pictured) titled “Equal Opportunity in Winner-Take-All Societies.” The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Morris Hall 103.

Preiss provided the following preview of his presentation:

In the past several decades we have witnessed the dramatic transformation of the American economy, including slower growth, rising income and wealth inequality, a polarized labor market, and a precipitous decline in absolute mobility. In this lecture, part of a forthcoming book on Winner-Take-All Societies, we consider the implications of these trends for a widely-celebrated value of American public philosophy: the idea of equal opportunity. What does this value or principle entail, and can it be realized or maintained, in an economy where a small number of “winners” capture a larger and larger share of the fruits of economic growth?

Preiss is associate professor of philosophy and co-director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

For more information, contact Preiss at 507-389-5514, or visit the Department of Philosophy website.

Sept. 17-Oct. 2: Rafael Perez Art Exhibit

Artist Rafael Perez's sculpture work will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Gallery (located on the building’s lower level) from Sept. 17 through Oct. 2.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be open during Centennial Student Union open hours.

Perez was in residence Sept. 24-25 in the Nelson Hall ceramics studios as part of the Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series.

More information on the artist is available here.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2018-2019 Conkling Gallery Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is located at

Oct. 2: Documentary Film 'Two Weeks in May'

The sesquicentennial showing of the documentary film, “Two Weeks in May,” will be Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium, with a panel discussion to follow the film.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Visitors Pay Lot across from the Student Union.

The film, created by students in Minnesota State Mankato’s Film Studies program, uses historic photos, documents, newspapers, film footage, and recorded interviews to tell the story of student protests at Mankato State College in 1972. A trailer of the film is available on YouTube.

The film is based on the book, “Out of Chaos,” which was created by the late James F. Nickerson and features personal reminiscences about events that occurred while he was president at Mankato State College during the 1960s and 1970s.

For more information, contact Monika Antonelli, Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian, by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email at

Oct. 4: Maverick Icons: Leaders with Big Ideas

As part of the Sesquicentennial celebration, Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business is hosting a "fireside chat style" interview Oct. 4 with four highly successful alumni, each of whom had a “big idea” that changed an industry, business or norm.

The four Minnesota State Mankato alumni are Daren Cotter (founder & CEO of InboxDollars), Rhoda Olsen (owner/CEO of Great Clips), John Frawley (director/CEO for the Minnesota Zoo) and Robyn Waters (former vice president of trend, design and product development for Target, founder and president of RW Trend, LLC). More information on the speakers is available here.

Those attending will hear more about each speaker’s career path, their “Big Ideas” and the support and challenges they faced along the way.

The event is Thursday, Oct. 4 from 2-5 p.m. at the Verizon Center Banquet Hall in Mankato, with the alumni interviews from 2-4 p.m. and an hors d’oeurves reception from 4-5 p.m., with a cash bar available. Seating is limited. The cost to attend is $50 per person or $400 for a table with seating for eight. $150 of the cost of a table is tax deductible towards a "STUDENT WITH BIG IDEAS" Scholarship Fund through the University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Tickets may be ordered online.

Oct. 5: Bicycle Ride to Rapidan Dam

The Office of Campus Recreation and Maverick Adventures pilot program invites students, faculty and staff to participate in a fall bicycle ride to Rapidan, Minn., and back Friday, Oct. 5. Groups will be leaving campus at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Bicycle riders will travel via road and bike trail and return the same day to campus.

Rapidan is home to the Rapidan Dam Store, which is well known for their pie selection. After arriving in Rapidan, groups will enjoy a piece of pie (included in the $5 cost of registration). Register online here.

The trip is 24 miles round trip, with some hills, however, a leisurely pace is planned. The trip will take around 3 hours in total from start to finish.

The Office of Campus Recreation has 20 bikes which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to those who do not have their own bikes.

Oct. 6: Recharge Mankato

Minnesota State Mankato's College of Science, Engineering and Technology invites the campus community and general public to attend an Oct. 6 "Recharge Mankato" event, at which attendees will be able to explore sustainable and renewable energy solutions and have the opportunity to learn more about Minnesota State Mankato program offerings and research.

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Parking Lot 21, located along Stadium Road

Attendees will be able to experience driving an electric vehicle – compliments of auto dealers from across Greater Mankato. There will be several Tesla models along with other makes and models that include Toyota Prius, BMW and the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt.

For more information, contact Emily Frederick, director of communication & events for the College of Allied Health and Nursing and College of Science, Engineering and Technology, by phone at 507-389-1152 or by email at

Oct. 9: CHINA Town Hall

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Minnesota State Mankato College of Business is bringing a national webcast and live presentation on U.S.-China relations that features former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Dave Frederickson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The event will be held at the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (located at the former Hubbard Building in Old Town Mankato) from 5-7 p.m., with doors open at 4:45 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres wil be served. RSVP for the event online here.

The 12th annual national webcast discussion, "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections," will be held in from 5-5:45 p.m. After the webcast there will also be a local presentation by Frederickson at 5:55 p.m., followed by comment by regional agribusiness leaders at 6:45 p.m.

Student News

Hope Tucker, a student who plans to study nursing at Minnesota State Mankato, was featured in a recent Air National Guard video.

Abigail Hoy-Nissen, who earned a master's degree in history from Minnesota State Mankato in 2018, has been awarded the 2018 Master’s Thesis Award from the Iowa History Center for her outstanding thesis on the history of Iowa. The Master’s Thesis Award is an honor presented annually by the Iowa History Center at Simpson College to recognize students who, through the writing of their thesis, make a contribution to the knowledge of Iowa history, show originality in their research methodology, and demonstrate excellent use of sources and written expression.

Faculty/Staff News

Julie Nelson, associate regional director of the Small Business Development Center, has been appointed to serve on the South Central WorkForce Council. The council has oversight responsibilities for the WorkForce Center System and helps set the direction and policy for job training programs in South Central Minnesota.

College Possible Minnesota conducted a Q&A interview with David Jones, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, for an online article titled "Working Together for Student Success." The article is available here.

Department News

The website recently published a ranking of its "50 Best Value Schools for Construction Management," and it ranked Minnesota State Mankato as No. 1 on its list. Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Construction Management was also ranked No. 1 on the list in 2016.

The Institutional Review Board is looking for two graduate student members. More information is available by clicking here:

The Office of Human Resources published its [PDF] September 2018 newsletter (226 KiB).

Staff at the Julia A. Sears Residence Community celebrated 10 years since the facility's opening. The celebration was held Sept. 7.

The College of Allied Health and Nursing is supporting the Campus Cupboard and is requesting non-perishable food donations be brought to the University's Sept. 29 Homecoming parade and dropped in the college's shopping carts at the parade. Donations can also be dropped off at the Campus Cupboard at the Crossroads Lutheran Church, located at 331 Dillon Avenue. 

The School of Nursing will hold a celebration of 65 years of education and family nursing research Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5-8 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 253. A welcome and introductions will be held from 5-5:15 p.m., followed by an alumni panel from 5:15-6:15 p.m., "re-pinning" of alumni from 6:15-6:30 p.m. and light appetizers and social time from 6:30-8 p.m.

The Career Development Center is holding its Career and Internship Expo on Oct. 16-17. For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 507-389-6061.


Arlyn Kline, an emeritus faculty member who retired from Minnesota State Mankato in 1987, died Aug. 31. Kline was a professor in the Science Education Department, where he initiated a graduate program for K-12 teachers in environmental education. An obituary is available here.

Mark Kump, an emeritus faculty member who worked at Minnesota State Mankato for 22 years before retiring in 2012, died Sept. 7. Kump worked in the ITS Department. An obituary is available here

Online TODAY Magazine

Visit the online TODAY magazine at to keep up-to-date with news, alumni and stories about the people who help make this University great.

The mission of TODAY is to entertain, to inform and to connect the reader to the campus. The print TODAY is mailed twice per year to 95,000 alumni and friends.

TODAY welcomes story ideas supporting this mission. Contact Sara Frederick at 507-389-6981 or to share ideas.

Content is updated regularly, so check back often!


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the campus newsletter? Send news items to the Media Relations Office at The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year (except during scheduled break weeks) and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Wednesday, Oct. 10. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Oct. 5).

You should also submit your event to the university's official Campus Events Calendar by sending an email to Shirley Piepho at