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October 22, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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Career and Internship Expo

The Minnesota State University, Mankato, Fall Career and Internship Expo is Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free for students and alumni and open to all majors. Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by.

The expo features a variety of employers from disciplines in business, communications and human services Wednesday, Oct. 22. Employers from disciplines in science, engineering, technology, construction and healthcare are featured Thursday, Oct. 23.

Civility Campaign Update

The Civility Campaign launched a new poster series this year that features civility-related quotes meant to encourage thoughtful dialogue across campus. New posters are featured every two weeks throughout the school year, but previous versions are archived at the Campaign’s website. Links to articles and other resources related to civility can also be found on the website.

Charting the Future Gallery Walk

Minnesota State Mankato hosts a Charting the Future Gallery Walk on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 1- 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 245.

The open-house style event provides students, faculty, staff and community members opportunities to react to the concepts and themes proposed by Charting the Future implementation teams.

Family Weekend

The University celebrates Family Weekend from Friday, Oct. 31, to Sunday, Nov. 2. Preregistration and payment are required for the Tailgate Family Barbecue. Other events are free or discounted with a family weekend button.

Buttons for those who preregister can be picked up in the New Student and Family Programs Office in Preska Hall 103 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31. For those who do not preregister, buttons can be picked up in the office Friday, Oct. 31, from 3-6 p.m. or in the Myers Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Email Jean Clarke at for more information.

Presidential Leadership Scholars

The President’s Commission on Diversity shares this leadership training opportunity sponsored by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. Participants will learn varying methodologies of leadership, develop a network of peers and exchange ideas with mentors who can help them make an impact in their communities.

Applicants should be motivated leaders who want to broaden their commitment to leadership across a variety of sectors and have about 10-plus years of professional experience. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 27. Nominations are accepted.

International Poetry Recital

The Department of World Languages and cultures invites faculty, staff, students and the general public to attend and participate in the International Poetry Recital on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 2- 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Library’s Casual Lab, Room 45. Those interested in participating must complete an online registration form by Friday, Oct. 31.

For more information, contact Enrique Torner, professor of Spanish, by email at or by phone at 507-389-5519 or 507-389-2116.

Science and Engineering Fair Fundraiser

The Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair participates in Pizza Ranch’s Community Impact Fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 4:30-9 p.m. The fair provides volunteers to greet customers, clear tables and deliver pizzas to tables. Tips and 10 percent of sales go to the fair during the fundraiser.

Annual Diversity Dinner

Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services hosts the 44th annual Institutional Diversity Dinner at 5 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on Friday, Nov. 7. The event’s registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 3.

Tickets can be purchased at Minnesota State Mankato’s Institutional Diversity website. Individual student seats are $12 and student tables of eight seats each are $80. Individual non-student seats are $35 and non-student tables of eight seats are $215.

Global Citizen Award Winners

Six Minnesota State Mankato employees are honored in a Global Citizen Award Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 3. The ceremony recognizes faculty and staff who have made major contributions to globalization efforts at the University.

This year’s honorees include Deborah Beal (Registrar’s Office); Cynthia Janney (Department of Residential Life); Debra Norman (Department of Academic Affairs); Leon Tietz (chairperson for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences); Twyla Tinney (Student Financial Services); and Christophe Veltsos (professor from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences).

The ceremony is held every fall during Diversity and International Education Week. It is not open to the general public.

Mankato Recognized as Best College Town

Mankato, Minn. is listed as No. 19 on the Business Insider’s list of the 20 best small college towns in the U.S. The Insider used statistics from the American Institute of Economic Research’s latest College Destination Index, which compared college towns based on their academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunity.

Oct. 16-26: 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Oct. 16-19 and Oct. 23-26 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Adapted by Christopher Sergel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” recounts the events of a trial of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in the American South in the 1930s. Atticus Finch, a defense lawyer, shows courage in living up to society’s highest standards, no matter how unpopular. Finch’s daughter Scout takes notice.

Tickets are $16 individually; $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Theatre and Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office can be reached at 507-389-6661.

Oct. 22: ‘Crime Around the World’

The Kearney International Center hosts a “Crime Around the World” event Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the International Student Association Office, located in Room 264 of the Centennial Student Union.

The event features a discussion about crime around the world and the difference in law enforcement in varying regions. Law enforcement guest speakers will be present. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Kearney International Center at 507-389-1281.

Oct. 24: Construction Management 40-Year Anniversary

The Department of Construction Management celebrates its 40-year anniversary at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Wabasha Street Caves, located at 215 Wabasha St. S. in St. Paul, Minn.

Alumni are invited for a fireside chat with seasoned professionals, games, camaraderie and more. Music will be provided by alumnus Chad Pfeifer and his band. Cost is $65 per person. Click here to register.

For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office by phone at 507-389-1515 or by email at

Oct. 26: University Choral Groups

The University Choral Groups performs Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Director of Choral Activities David Dickau conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Rodney Utel conducts the University Chorale.

General concert admission is $9; $7 for students. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, call the Performance Series Office at 507-389-5549.

Oct. 30: Good Thunder Reading

Andreas Visiting Writer Robert Hass presents a craft talk and gives a reading with Elizabeth Horneber on Thursday, Oct. 30. All events are free and open to the public.

An informal question and answer session with Horneber, an Andreas graduate assistant and creative nonfiction writer, is in Centennial Student Union, Room 202, from 10-11 a.m. Horneber will give a craft talk from 3-3:50 p.m. in the Ostrander Auditorium and hold a reading and book signing from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Books will be available for purchase.

Contact Series Director Diana Joseph by email at or phone (507-389-5144) with questions, or visit the Good Thunder Reading Series website.

Nov. 2: Rob Meany and Terramara Concert

Rob Meany and Terramara perform Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Terramara is the brainchild of Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter and keyboardist Rob Meany, who formed the group in 1998. The band has released three full-length albums and won numerous awards for songwriting and performance. Critics and fans alike have compared Terramara’s sound to Steely Dan because of Meany's penchant for writing jazz-influenced rock songs with plenty of harmonic twists and turns.

General admission to the concert is $12; $11 for students. Tickets are available online.

For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Campus News

Regarding the current Ebola situation, Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State), and the Southern Minnesota Health Care Coalition are actively monitoring Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) websites regarding communications and recommendations. Online resources have been collected and additional information is available through the Student Health Services website The Minnesota Department of Health has established an Ebola Information Line: 1-651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

David Jones, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, has been designated by President Richard Davenport as the primary contact for Minnesota State Mankato in response to the Ebola situation. If you have any questions about our campus plans, please contact his office at 507-389-2121 or

Student News

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity accepted an invitation to establish a colony at Minnesota State Mankato. Originally chartering at the University in 1967, the organization had a presence on campus until 1975. SAE rejoins the Minnesota State Mankato Greek community in spring 2015, with recruitment taking place Oct. 20-22. For more information, email Adam Beckerleg at

Faculty/Staff News

Donald A. Friend, professor and chair in the Department of Geography, stepped down after serving 17 years as director of Earth Science Programs at Minnesota State Mankato. Phillip H. Larson, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, who is an expert in fluvial geomorphology, river basin development and learner-centered education, takes his place.

Colin S. Scharf, an English instructor at Minnesota State Mankato, authored a short story in “Spooklights,” a literary magazine focused on the horror genre. Read more at CBS Minnesota’s webpage.

Kathleen A. Steiner from the Department of Communication Studies has retired after 43 years of service to Minnesota State Mankato. Steiner's retirement reception is Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Lounge. Click here for more information.

2014 Teaching Scholar Recipients

The 2014 Teaching Scholar recipients present their work Nov. 3-6 in Room 201 of the Centennial Student Union from 12-1 p.m. The recipients are: Laura Schwarz, Queen Booker, Mika Laidlaw, Cherie Pettitt, Matthew Loayza, Nancyruth Leibold and Yea-Ling Tsao. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 507-389-1333.

Online TODAY Magazine

today magazineVisit 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!


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