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June 11, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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'Future Maverick' Program for Iowa Students


Minnesota State University, Mankato and Riverland Community College jointly announced on Friday, June 6 a partnership between the two institutions that includes guaranteed admission and in-state tuition rates at Minnesota State Mankato to prospective high school students from Iowa who meet designated criteria.

The “Future Maverick” program, effective this fall for newly enrolled Riverland students from Iowa, provides a seamless pathway for students to earn an associate’s degree from Riverland and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State Mankato. The two schools will also share recruiting efforts in northern Iowa as part of the agreement. More information is available here.

Leadership Opportunities

For 30 years the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute has provided a comprehensive leadership training program with a professional, personal, and community focus. The nine-month program consists of 11, full-day sessions between September and May. Additional information about the program is located here.

The President’s Office is again providing funding for one University employee to participate in this program. Application materials must be submitted to the President’s Office no later than Tuesday, June 17.

In addition, the YWCA is accepting applications for its Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Development Program. Applications for this program are due no later than Monday, June 30. Additional information is available by contacting the YWCA directly. There is no funding available from the President’s Office for participation in this program.

For more information about either of these professional development opportunities, contact Sandra King, interim assistant to the president, at ext. 1112 or by email at

Student Health Services Accreditation

Minnesota State Mankato Student Health Services has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation means this college health center has distinguished itself from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Student Health Services has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” said Wendy Schuh, director of Student Health Services at Minnesota State Mankato. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Student Health Services started on campus in 1938, when it was staffed by a nurse and medical doctor. It currently has 22 employees, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, laboratory, pharmacy, medical records and health education. It has been accredited through AAAHC since 2002.

June 11-14: ‘Next to Normal’

The Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre with its debut of the musical “Next to Normal.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 11-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

“Next to Normal” tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical with an emotional edge addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life in an engaging way that challenges the audience. The play is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Tickets for “Next to Normal” are $22 regular, $19 discounted and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and one hour before performances. Call 507-389-6661.

June 16-17: Riverland STEM Symposium

Riverland Community College is hosting a statewide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) symposium on June 16-17 in Austin, Minn., for educators and community members interested in collaborating with educators on project-based learning activities, and Minnesota State Mankato is a co-sponsor along with other universities and organizations in K-12 and higher education.

Symposium highlights include work sessions with nationally recognized, experienced Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) practitioners.

SENCER applies the science of learning to the learning of science, all to expand civic capacity. According to the SENCER website,, students and faculty report that the SENCER approach makes science more real, accessible, “useful” and civically important.

Educators attending the conference will receive certificates of attendance at the end of the conference for educators who are in need of equivalency hours. Register at or call 507-433-0612 for more information.

June 18: Bike Ride to Rapidan Dam

The sixth annual “Dam Bike Ride!” sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato Student Activities is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. The 24-mile round trip bike ride, free and open to the public, begins at Centennial Student Union on the Minnesota State Mankato campus and takes riders to Rapidan Dam and back.

Riders should meet in front of Centennial Student Union near the flagpoles prior to the 3 p.m. departure time. No registration is needed.

If it’s raining or determined to be too hot or humid on June 18, the bike ride will be re-scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, with the same departure time and meeting place. For more information, please contact Ashley Strom ( or 507-389-6076).

June 23: Red Cross Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held Monday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Flexible Space Area on the lower level of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

Appointments can be made by calling 507-389-1211 or you can make an appointment by going online at and entering sponsor code 0175952. Walk-ins will also be welcomed.

June 24-28: ‘Boeing Boeing’

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present the farce “Boeing Boeing” as the third production in its 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with performances at 7:30 p.m. June 24-28 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps them from knowing about each other’s existences until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. This is the play’s Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Tickets for “Boeing Boeing” are $16 regular, $14 discounted and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Regular tickets may be purchased online at, with all tickets available from the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and one hour before performances. “Next to Normal” continues at 7:30 p.m. June 11-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Student Achievements

Makenzie Petzel, a sophomore honors student from Arlington, Minn., who is majoring in social work with a minor in Spanish, was recently awarded a Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grant. The grant allowed Petzel to spend four weeks participating in a study abroad program through COSI-Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Michael Maurer, a junior from Mankato who is studying mass media and is a student employee at KMSU radio, has been selected as the 2014 Bryan Peterson Scholarship award winner from the Association of Public Educational Radio Stations. The $1,000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students who intend to pursue a career in broadcasting. Maurer has been a reporter with KMSU’s Southern Minnesota News Project and will be its news director starting in the fall semester. He is also a volunteer co-host of KMSU’s student-run Radio A la Carte program, which airs weekdays at noon at 89.7 FM.

Lavender Magazine recently featured two Minnesota State University, Mankato-affiliated students in its Lavender class of 2014. Political science major Wil Bernstrom, a current student, and Natasha Chapman, an incoming master's student in gender and women's studies, are among only six students from the state of Minnesota to be honored. They were selected on the basis of their outstanding LGBT community leadership. A link is here.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Bob Hoffman, Minnesota State Mankato's vice president for strategic business, education and regional partnerships, will celebrate his retirement from Minnesota State Mankato on Friday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s South Ballroom.

Karla Lassonde, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, has been appointed director of the Undergraduate Research Center beginning July 1.

Karin Bremer Lindstrom, an associate professor and the research generalist in the Counseling and Student Personnel Department, has been appointed director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research (CESR) beginning July 1.

Anne Dahlman, an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs, has been named director of the Honors Program beginning July 1, 2015. Chris Corley will remain director of the Honors Program until then.

Enrique Torner, professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, was recently admitted to the World Association of International Studies (WAIS), which is the world’s oldest e-journal. Admittance to WAIS, which has more than 250 members from around the world, requires invitations from two members.

Ihsuan Li, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, was selected to be a member of the Peer Corps as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); the term starts in the fall of 2014.

Julie Nelson, program manager of the south central region Small Business Development Center that is located at Minnesota State Mankato, was recently named the recipient of the 2014 State Star Award by the Minnesota Small Business Development Center Network.


Robert W. Fonda, who started the dental hygiene program at Minnesota State Mankato, died Sunday, May 18 at the age of 92. Fonda taught at the university in various capacities beginning in 1969 until retiring in June 1986. He later taught as an adjunct until 1989. An obituary for Fonda is available here.

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