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November 5, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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Charting the Future Gallery Walk


Minnesota State University, Mankato hosted a Charting the Future Gallery Walk on Thursday, Oct. 30. The event enabled 220 attendees to share their ideas and perspectives on implementation teams’ concepts. Share additional concepts here.

Those who were not able to attend the Gallery Walk but would like to participate may do so at the Charting the Future blog.

Giving Week Challenge

Minnesota State Mankato announced its first ever Giving Week Challenge. For one week, Nov. 7-14, gifts to the Annual Fund can be multiplied like never before. Two generous donors have joined forces to offer a gift match of up to $44,000 to support students, faculty and staff.

The Giving Week Challenge is an opportunity to fund passion at Minnesota State Mankato. The University has a goal of 500 donors. Gifts also qualify for the 2014-15 Annual Fund and Campus Drive. Click here to give your secure gift online.

For more information, contact the Office of University Development by phone at 1-800-662-2705 or by email at

Social Work Grant

The University Master of Social Work Program received a three-year grant worth $306,150. The majority funds will support 21 students through stipends ($10,000 each) while they are in practicum.

The grant will provide training for practicum agency partners on social work practice with children, adolescents and transitional youth. This training will enhance the knowledge and skills of the existing behavioral health workforce in southern Minnesota.

Funding Opportunity

Grants of up to $500 from the President's Commission on the Status of Women are available this year for campus community members who plan to conduct research or attend professional development opportunities concerned with the status of women or gender-related issues. Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to apply.

Grant information and online applications are available. Fall 2014 proposals are due Friday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact Keane Richards at

Study Abroad Opportunity in Belize

Students who enroll in MRKT 494 for the spring semester are eligible for a study abroad opportunity in Belize. Students will meet Wednesdays from 6-8:45 p.m. to learn about fair trade and sustainability during this three-credit course.

During spring break, students will spend nine days and eight nights in Belize to visit local fair trade producers and participate in service-learning activities.

Students will learn about the culture of Belize firsthand and use their knowledge to help a Belizean business. The trip costs $3,100. Click here for more information about Belize.

Contact Kristin Scott at with questions.

Social Media Roundtable

Campus community members who use social media for their department, program, organization or other campus entity are invited to the Nickerson Conference Room (Centennial Student Union, Room 238) from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, for a presentation and discussion about using social media to engage audiences. This session will discuss using analytics for Facebook and Twitter to improve engagement strategies.

Click here for more information about the Social Media Roundtable.

Leif Erikson Day Lecture

The 2014 Leif Erikson Day Lecture, "A Miraculous Year? Norway and the Great Powers in 1814," will be presented by Terje Leiren on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the Scandinavian Studies Program, World Languages and Cultures Department and the Nadine Andreas Foundation.

Terje Leiren (pictured) is a professor of Scandinavian studies and history at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies.

For more information, contact Rennesa Jessup at

Entrepreneur Film Festival

The Minnesota State Mankato College of Business is partnering with Made in Mankato to host an Entrepreneur Film Festival on Monday, Nov. 17 in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. Made in Mankato is a group of professional video producers, film students and entrepreneurs who specialize in cinematic storytelling to showcase the stories of local businesses.

The festival is free and open to the public. Documentaries will begin at 7 p.m. A networking reception with the Made in Mankato film crew and featured entrepreneurs will follow the festival at around 8:30 p.m. This event kicks off Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators.

The Entrepreneur Film Festival is also incorporated into the College of Business 2015 Big Ideas Challenge.

For more information, contact April Femrite at

Big Ideas Challenge

The Minnesota State Mankato College of Business is launching a Big Ideas Challenge. The mission of the competition is to provide a platform to support, celebrate and promote innovative ideas from students. The Big Ideas Challenge is open to individuals or teams of current University students from any discipline. Winners will compete for up to $10,000 in prize money, which was donated by College of Business alumnus Craig Lloyd of Lloyd Companies.

The Big Ideas Challenge kicks off in November 2014. Registered students will have the opportunity to participate in a preparation workshop series, receive individual consulting services provided by the Small Business Development Center and connect with entrepreneurs through panel presentations.

The competition consists of two rounds in which participants will be judged on innovation, feasibility and impact. First round requirements include submission of a one-page idea summary and a 1-2-minute video pitch. Final round contestants will be announced on Wednesday, March 4. Five teams will advance to the final round and be paired with an expert coach that is closely related to their idea. Teams must submit an extensive plan to a judging panel no later than Monday, April 13.

Big Idea’s Live will take place in Ostrander Auditorium on May 1. The final round teams will have 10 minutes to present their idea to a panelist of judges, followed by a 10-minute question and answer session. The Big Ideas Challenge will conclude with a check presentation to the winner(s) and a networking reception held in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

Student Health Services 75th Year Celebration

The Minnesota State Mankato Student Health Services and Student Advisory Committee invites campus faculty, staff, students and community partners to celebrate its 75 years of serving the health care needs of students.

The celebration is Friday, Nov. 14 from 1-3 p.m. in the Student Health Services Medical Clinic and Pharmacy, located at 21 Carkoski Commons. Attendees can meet the staff and tour the facility. Snacks will be provided.

2014 Mankato Marathon

Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education Patrick Sexton, Certified Athletic Trainer Karina Bertness and 14 students (listed) volunteered to provide medical care for the Mankato 10K, half marathon and full marathon on Sunday, Oct. 19. They worked with EMTs, nurses and physicians to provide care to runners who were injured and ill.

Seniors: Chase Davis, Bev Gruenzner, Fuam Her, Michael Olson, Amanda Schmalz, Briana Schultz, Mitch Schwanke and Joey Timgren
Juniors: Ashley Carlson, Rachel Eiler, Maiya Gare, Alexandra Hartman, Tara Martinez and Derek Swoboda

University Forensic Team Accomplishments

The Minnesota State Mankato forensic team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Oct. 25-26 to compete in the 3rd and 4th Mid-America Forensic League tournaments. Minnesota State Mankato took 5th at MAFL and took 6th at MAFL 4. Individual placements are listed:


  • Zach Aufenthie - 4th in Informative, 5th in Poetry
  • Sarah Cain - 3rd in Informative
  • Alex Cutschall - 5th in informative, 3rd in Duo (with Caitlin Frymet)
  • Caitlin Frymet - 1st in Communication Analysis, 3rd in duo (with Alex Cutschall)
  • Paige Russell - 1st in Persuasion, 4th in Program Oral Interpretation, 5th in Prose
  • Brady Taylor - 6th in Poetry


  • Zach Aufenthie - 6th in Impromptu, 6th in Program Oral Interpretation, 6th in Poetry
  • Alex Cutschall - 4th in Informative, 5th in Impromptu
  • Caitlin Frymet - 4th in Communication Analysis, 5th in Prose
  • Paige Russell - 1st in Persuasion, 4th in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor - 5th in Communication Analysis

The team traveled to Normandale Community College on Oct. 21 to compete in the Twin Cities Forensics League’s first tournament of the year. Minnesota State Mankato placed third in team sweepstakes. Ten schools competed in the tournament. Specific awards are listed:

  • Sarah Cain - Prose Finalist
  • Alex Mathiowetz - Persuasion Finalist
  • Cade Shelton - 1st Program Oral Interpretation
  • Paige Russell - Program Oral Interpretation Finalist
  • Emmalee Eide - 2nd Duo Interpretation
  • Shelbi Schadendorf - 2nd Duo Interpretation
  • Jordan Carrillo - 3rd Communication Analysis

Nov. 6: An Evening of Choral Music

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music will present an evening of choral music Thursday, Nov. 6. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform with the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs-Cantanti Singers and the Honors Concert Choir of Southeast Minnesota.

A highlight of the evening is a premier of Director of Choral Activities David Dickau’s "A Song of Joys" sung by the festival choir of 200 singers.

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

Nov. 6-16: Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance will present Thornton Wilder’s quintessential story, “Our Town,” Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15-16 at 2 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Click here to view a promotional video.

Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry and eventually -- in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre -- die. Minnesota State Mankato previously presented “Our Town” in 1950 and 1993.

Individual tickets are $16; $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 (507-389-6661) in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Nov. 8: 'Are You Thirsty'

The Nontraditional Student Center has contracted with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre from Minneapolis to bring one of its touring shows to campus.

The theatre group (HOBT) will be visiting campus on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium to perform the production ‘Are You Thirsty.’

The show is a dynamic exploration of the myriad questions contained in a cup of water -- one of our most precious and necessary shared resources. It is free and open to the public.

According to its mission statement, HOBT uses water, flour, newspaper, paint and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Drawing inspiration from the world's traditions of puppet and mask theater and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theater, HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

Nov. 8: Singer Chastity Brown

Tennessee-raised and Minnesota-based musician Chastity Brown and her band will perform Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. with The Ericksons. Brown’s style is a mix of gospel, roots, soul, jazz, blues and country.

Concert admission is $13 in advance; $15 the day of the show. Tickets are available online or at the Performance Series Office (507-389-5549).

Nov. 9: Lowry Hill Chamber Players

The Lowry Hill Chamber Players will perform Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The concert is sponsored by the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment.

The quintet is comprised of musicians from Mankato and Minneapolis/St. Paul, including two members of the Minnesota Orchestra. The program opens with "Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 96" and ends with "Schubert’s Trout Quintet in A major, Op. 114."

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students. Tickets are available online. For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Nov. 9: Kato Krusher Climbing Competition

Minnesota State Mankato’s Adventure Education Program will host its third annual Kato Krusher Indoor Rock Climbing Competition on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. The competition will be at the indoor rock wall facility in the Myers Field House.

Registration to participate is $30. Spectators are welcome to attend for free. Click here for more information about the Kato Krusher.

Nov. 18: ‘Steerage Song’

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance will host Theatre Latté Da of Minneapolis in a performance, “Steerage Song,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

“Steerage Song” is a musical that captures the journey of Ellis Island immigrants’ to America. The performance blends the songs of 20 countries of Old Europe and the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley.

Tickets are $16; $11 for students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Theatre and Dance Box Office (507-389-6661) between from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Department News

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Student News

Nicholas Buchanan​, an electrical engineering major, was ​selected as a Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative recipient ​for the 2014-15 academic year.

Graduate student Kimberly Penning and Professor of Biological Sciences Dorothy Wrigley presented a research poster on “Transmission and survival of Verminephrobacter in cocoons from aging earthworms” at the annual North Central Branch Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Undergraduate student Sean Willaert and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Timothy Secott presented a research poster on “Relative contribution of csgA and fimA to Escherichia coli biofilm formation under low-nutrient and high-nutrient conditions" at the annual North Central Branch Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, which was held Oct. 10-11.

Faculty/Staff News

Joseph Flood, department chair and assistant professor of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services received a National Wilderness Stewardship Award at the Oct. 14-19 National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., for his work as an executive member.

Minnesota State Mankato Athletics announced Brittany Heinz as director of marketing & special events.

Communication Studies Adjunct Instructor Greg Husak will provide election commentary on KTOE radio (1420 AM, 102.7 FM) Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

Diane "Dee" Schmidt of the Office of the Registrar-Veterans Affairs received the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators Service Award at the 39th Annual NAVPA Training and Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The Board of Certification announced Professor and Director of Athletic Training Patrick Sexton as an athletic trainer director of the Board of Directors for the 2016 term.

Professor of Piano David Viscoli performed a solo piano recital and gave a master class at The Lamont School of Music-University of Denver.

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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