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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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                                                           Remembering Gladys Olson

Many of you heard the name Gladys Olson during your time at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Some of you got to meet her personally and feel the warmth of her spirt and generosity of her heart.  She wanted all international students and their families to feel welcome at MSU and in Mankato.  She was also aware of the financial struggles of students and their familys' to support an education in the U.S.  She always wanted to do more and was never satisfied.  As she read scholarship applications well into her mid 90's she so strongly desired to expand scholarhips, as it saddened her when there weren't enough funds to award more scholarships to such deserving students.  It was Gladys’s vision with a $1,000 gift in 1987 to start a fund for international student scholarships.  That fund, due to Gladys and the committee she remained active on until 101, has grown to a million dollars and awarded  over 225 scholarships and $300,000 to international students!  We are saddened by Gladys’s passing last week, but are strengthened by her goodwill and never ending support that will continue to help MSU international students for decades in the future through the Gladys Olson International Student Endowment.

Here is an online article from the local paper remember Gladys:


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides support services designed to assist international students with their academic, personal, financial, and immigration needs while offering educational and student life opportunities to students from other countries.

The ISSS provides international experiences and friendship opportunities to MSU students, faculty and the Mankato community. International Student and Scholar Services is committed to promoting global awareness, international understanding and personal sensitivity to variations of life, culture and scholarship throughout the world.




General Office Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm (Summer Hours)


Advisor & Graduate Assistant Walk-In Hours:

 International Admission, Cultural Contribution Scholarship, and General International Student Questions: 

  • Mondays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesdays: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Fridays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Immigration Advising Walk-In Hours (Summer 2016): 

  • Mondays - Fridays: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM* & 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • *No walk-in hours Thursday mornings


Graduate Assistant (GA) Office Hours (Fall 2016 - To Be Announced): 

  • Mondays: 
  • Tuesdays
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  • Fridays: