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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

December 3, 2014 Campus Newsletter

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NCAA Football Playoffs


The undefeated Minnesota State University, Mankato football team (12-0 overall) will play host to unbeaten Minnesota Duluth (13-0 overall) at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Blakeslee Stadium in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Tickets are for sale online now.

Minnesota State Mankato defeated visiting Pittsburg State 24-21 in overtime on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinal round. Minnesota Duluth beat Ouachita Baptist 48-45 in overtime Saturday to earn the right to face the Mavericks.

The winner of Saturday's game will play in the national semifinals on Dec. 13 at a site to be determined. The NCAA Division II national championship game will be held Dec. 20 in Kansas City, Mo.

Unions United Food Drive

The Unions United Food Drive and the recent 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Stop Hunger Food Drive are events sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato campus organizations to help the local community and the University.

The Unions United Food Drive for the Emergency Community Help Organization Food Shelf is Nov. 25 through Dec. 15. Food and monetary donations are accepted.

On-campus collection sites include:

• Career Development Center (Wigley Administration Center 209)
• Faculty Association Office (Morris Hall 240B)
• Information & Technology Services break room (Memorial Library 3010)
• Library Administration Office (Memorial Library 3104)
• Wiecking Center lobby

Sponsoring unions include: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 Local 638; Minnesota Association of Professional Employees; Inter-Faculty Association; Minnesota State University Association of Administrative & Service Faculty; Minnesota Nurses Association; Middle Management Association; and Minnesota Government Engineers Council.

For more information about the Unions United Food Drive, contact Julie Dornack by phone at 507-389-5953 or email at, or contact Mary Visser by phone at 507-389-2672 or email at

University Dining Services, Campus Kitchen and campus community members hosted the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Stop Hunger Food Drive in the Centennial Student Union on Nov. 19. More than 220 people attended the event, 811 items were collected and more than $400 was donated. Donations were provided to Campus Kitchen.

For more information about the Campus Kitchen Project, call Campus Kitchen at 507-389-6076, or contact Karen Anderson, assistant director for community engagement, by phone at 507-389-5783 or email at

Business Partnership Award

The College of Business partnership with the Taylor Corporation Innovation Center was honored with the Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award during the 2014 Greater Mankato Business Awards and Hall of Fame event held on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Verizon Wireless Center. A video of the event is available on YouTube.

The Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame is a time to honor some of greater Mankato’s most outstanding businesses, organizations and professionals.

The partnership with Taylor began a little over a year ago. Taylor Corporation has provided Minnesota State Mankato College of Business students with quality internship experiences that are relevant to their career path.

Since the partnership’s inception, Taylor Corporation has provided more than 30 internships, 14 of which were in the Innovation Center. The Innovation Center is designed to bring students of varying disciplines together in a modern think-tank environment and in collaborative teams to work on real-world projects for Taylor Corporation companies. Such projects have included an e-commerce website, extensive market research and building social media presence.

Professor to Speak at Smithsonian

Kathleen Gorman, a professor from Minnesota State Mankato’s history department, will give a lecture Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Anacostia Community Museum – Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Gorman was invited to speak about her book “Boy Soldier of the Confederacy: The Memoir of Johnnie Wickersham.”

The book examines the military service of a young boy during the Civil War. Gorman will speak about how it parallels contemporary issues of child soldiers during the lecture.

Dec. 4: Contemporary Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles

Minnesota State Mankato contemporary vocal and instrumental ensembles will perform Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The vocal ensembles will perform holiday music of popular a capella groups Pentatonix, Take 6 and Home Free. The contemporary instrumental combinations will perform a mix of jazz, pop and rock music.

The newly formed electronic music ensemble recorded remixes of popular songs that will be played over the house system before and after the concert. The group will also perform an original composition that is a collaboration of the members of the ensemble, incorporating prerecorded tracks with a live performance.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students. To purchase tickets online, visit For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

Dec. 5-6: Fall Dance Concert

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present its fall dance concert on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. A separate student dance showcase will be Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

The concert includes pieces choreographed by faculty members Julie Kerr-Berry and Daniel Stark, as well as one by Emily Magnuson, a dance student. In addition, there will be pieces by Shapiro & Smith Dance Company as well as adjunct faculty choreographers Alison Doughty and Giselle Mejia.

Tickets are $10; $8 for students. Tickets are available at or, or by calling or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets for the Student Dance Showcase are $5 and available at the door only.

Dec. 7: University Choirs Holiday Concert

The chamber singers, University chorale and concert choir will present a holiday choral concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 623 S. Broad St. The program will include seasonal music from around the world.

Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Director David Dickau said: “This concert gives the choral groups an opportunity to do music of the season along with a mix from Renaissance to contemporary.”

The University chorale is a non-auditioned choir comprised of University students. The group will perform Christmas songs from around the world.

Concert admission is $9, $7 for students and $6 for children. Tickets are available online at For more information, call the Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.

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Forensic Team Accomplishments

On Nov. 15-16, the Minnesota State Mankato forensic team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to compete in the Great Wisconsin Swing. Eighteen schools competed in the Whitewater portion and 16 schools competed in the Madison portion.

Individual awards for the UW-Whitewater half:
Aletta Arndt – 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation and 6th in Prose Interpretation
Kaila Beckner – 3rd place in Program Oral Interpretation
Alex Cutschall – semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation
Paige Russell – semifinalist in Prose Interpretation

Individual awards for the UW-Madison half:
Kaila Beckner – 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation and semifinalist in Prose Interpretation
Brady Taylor – semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking

On Nov. 18, the forensic team traveled to Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. to compete in the Twin Cities Forensic League tournament. Fourteen schools competed in the tournament. Minnesota State Mankato placed 2nd as a team. Individual awards include:
Aletta Arndt - 1st place in Prose and 5th in After Dinner Speaking
Sarah Cain - 3rd place in Prose
Jordan Carrillo - 3rd place in Program Oral Interpretation and 4th in After Dinner Speaking
Emmalee Eide and Shelbi Schadendorf - 1st place in Duo Interpretation
Brady Taylor - 1st place in Extemporaneous Speaking and 1st in Communication Analysis

Student News

Sophomore Chengleng Xiong was one of 800 undergraduate students across the U.S. to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in spring 2015. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Xiong will study abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Click here to read more.

Faculty/Staff News

Strategic Partnerships is holding a retirement reception in honor of Ann Goebel from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room. All are invited.

University Advancement announced that Dan Dean has been named director of development for the College of Allied Health & Nursing. Dean's appointment was effective Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Mathematics instructor Jeffrey M. Ford was among 91 individuals across the U.S. recognized as part of the 2014-15 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates Campaign, cosponsored by the National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition along with Cengage Learning. Click here to read more.

Assistant Director of Campus Programs Bill T. Tourville was honored with the New Professional Award on Nov. 15 at the Association of College Unions International Region 5 Conference at Northern Illinois University.

A recent KARE 11/USA Today series on changing demographics described the work in which Melissa Krull and Candace Raskin (Krull is an assistant professor and Raskin is chair of the Department of Educational Leadership) are engaged through the Department of Educational Leadership and the Center for Engaged Leadership. A KARE 11 news story and online USA Today article provide more details.

URC Grant Recipients

The Undergraduate Research Center announced its list of grant recipients from its fall grant cycle. Students receiving grants included:

Crystal Kadlec; Joshua Torgeson; Molly Kolquist; Jooyoung Lee; David Close; Daniel Sinda; Miranda Schlangen; Jote Limeneh; Jessica Wiswell; Andrew Oeltjenbruns; Laura Chopp; Natalie Young; Tom Zingsheim; Lucas McCann; Jonathan Verdon; Samantha Theisen; Nik Price; Brandon Durst; Alex Lieser; Thomas Vincent; Kelsey Schwartz; Jaeyound Son; Santiago Martinez; Patrick Johnson; Rosa Hayes; Phillip Fraley; Kier Kienholz; Megan Vergin; Karleen Doering; Vanessa Akinyange; Lucy Saidy; Nicole Thompson; Larry Xiong; Josh Biber; Katie Rubitschung; You Na Lee; Katie Westermayer; Mehedi Hasan; Loc Ngo; Maisa Boyte; Benjamin Grosberg; Michael Childs Jr.; Jillian Swan; Kyle Burgess; Logan Newman; Jessica Cole; Brittany Negley; Robert Kraft; Michael Doyle; Samuel Vinje; Emma Stong; Khalid Aldalbahy; Syed Tasrif; William White; Christopher Fast; Celsey Tiry; Hee Son; Megan Groh; Alexi LeClaire; Kristen Paulsen; Hanna Newman; Kelsey Mischke; Maegan Eatwell; Amanda Rector; Ashton Bird; Chandru Ramana; David Besta; Amanda Roche; Aleksandra Jeffrey; Trevor Schabert; Phillip Ryan; Dan Scheeler; Alexander Eustice; Kourtney Mitchell; Moath Aldalbahy; Dominic Tunison; Lauren Alexander; Riley Holmes; Charindu Jalath; Sonny Berg; Jack Hawkins; and Joshua Stumm.


Donald J. “Buster” Naylon passed away Nov. 19 at age 92. He was employed at the University in the maintenance department, where he retired in 1986. Click here to read Naylon’s complete obituary.

Online TODAY Magazine

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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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