Performing Arts Building - Aboretum
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The Marso-Schmitz Plaza, made possible by a lead gift from MSU Foundation president Mary Marso-Schmitz ('68), creates a place for students to relax, study, and meet others. Its design allows for outdoor music performances, as well as community and University events and receptions.
The Jane Rush Gathering Place was created to honor the late Jane Rush's contributions to campus life. Features include an arbor, which is located over the western sidewalk of the plaza, and a small cupola located in the arbor's center.
Minnesota State University, Mankato's Performing Arts Center was completed in 1967, and is so named to suggest the functions of the disciplines of music and speech which take place there. Formerly called the Music-Speech Building, the center contains the Ted Paul Theater, named in honor of Dr. Ted Paul Jr., director of theater at Mankato State from 1950 until his retirement in 1980, and the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, named in honor of Elias J. Halling, who came to Mankato State in 1936 as vocal music teacher and retired in 1974 as associate dean of the MSU School of Arts and Science. The building also houses scene and costume shops, band and choir rooms, music library, and various studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and related offices.
This picture was taken May 10, 2001