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December 9, 2015 Campus Newsletter

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Chili Luncheon

Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Luncheon

The annual faculty and staff holiday luncheon will take place in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.

The luncheon will feature President Richard Davenport’s own chili recipe and will be specially prepared by University Dining Services.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a donation to help the Unions United Food Drive. Make donations payable to ECHO Food Shelf.

Student Leadership Awards

Student Leadership AwardsStudent Activities will be accepting nominations for Student Leadership Awards starting next semester from Monday, Jan. 11 to Friday, Feb. 12. All nominations must be in by 5 p.m.

There are a variety of individual and group awards to be given. A listing of award categories and a link to submit nominations are available here.

'Bring It Home Award'

Bring It Home AwardGreater Mankato Growth recently awarded its “Bring It Home Award” to the Minnesota Vikings for bringing the team’s training camp to Minnesota State Mankato for the 50th consecutive year. The award was presented on Nov. 17 at the Verizon Wireless Center as part of the Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame presented by ISG.

The accompanying photo, courtesy of SPX Sports, shows (from left to right) North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen; Minnesota Vikings Vice President of Operations and Facilities Chad Lundeen; Minnesota State Mankato Vice President of Finance & Administration Rick Straka; and Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson.

Lundeen, an alumnus of Minnesota State Mankato, accepted the award for the Vikings. Lundeen was a member of the Mavericks men’s hockey team for four seasons.

Unions United Food Drive

Unions United Food DriveThe 3rd annual Unions United Food Drive began Nov. 23 and continues through Friday, Dec. 11. This is a competition to see which building can collect the most food/dollars for the ECHO Food Shelf through contributions at each building’s collection site.

The winning building will get its name engraved on a traveling trophy and get to keep the trophy for one year. The winner will be announced at the president’s chili feed on Monday, Dec. 14. Last year’s winner was Morris Hall.

The goal this year is to try and outdo last year’s total collection of 595 pounds of food and $911.26 in monetary contributions.

Healthy donations such as beans (canned or dry), whole grains (pasta, brown rice, barley, etc), canned fruits/vegetables, seasoning (herbs/spices), shelf-stable milk, nuts and peanut butter are very much appreciated. Checks should be made payable to the ECHO Food Shelf. Collection sites will be located on campus at the following locations:

  • Career Development Center, Wigley Administration Building 209
  • Faculty Association Office, Morris Hall 240B
  • ITS Break Room, Memorial Library 3010
  • Library Administration, Memorial Library 3104
  • Wiecking Center Lobby
  • MSSA Office, Centennial Student Union 280

Giving Week Challenge Results

Giving Week Challenge ResultsThe second annual Giving Week Challenge has concluded and the results are in: Minnesota State Mankato friends and alumni gave $84,629 through 1,006 donors. These gifts will support every aspect of the Minnesota State Mankato experience, from scholarships to academic programs to life on campus. The elaborate collaboration and planning for many months among many divisions on campus resulted in another successful Giving Week Challenge in conjunction with Craig Lloyd’s $60,000 gift match.

Craig Lloyd, CEO of Lloyd Companies based out of Sioux Falls, S.D, is a 1972 alumnus of the College of Business. Lloyd has been a strong supporter recently of initiatives at Minnesota State Mankato that involve entrepreneurship and innovation, including the “Big Ideas Challenge,” which is a shark-tank style competition open to all students who have a business idea. Minnesota State Mankato students can win up to $10,000 for their business idea. Lloyd has also helped establish a Center for Entrepreneurship within the College of Business.

New Student Complaint and Appeals Website

New Student Complaint and Appeals WebsiteMinnesota State Mankato has created a new student complaint and appeals website. In an effort to learn more about how the University can continue to be improved, and as a part of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaffirmation process, the University is sharing this updated website.

Please contact Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management David Jones with any questions. He can be reached by phone at 507-389-2121 or by email at

Campus Rec Offering Free Trial Memberships

Campus Recreation will be offering a free trial membership to Otto Recreation Center for Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff during winter break, Dec. 14, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016. Those interested the free ttrial membership may email Todd Pfingsten at to have their Mavcard activated.

Mac OS X Upgrades

Information and Technology ServicesInformation and Technology Services reports that Apple has discontinued support for any Apple Mac OS X operating system prior to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. As of April 2016, Google will discontinue security updates for the Chrome web browser for older Mac OS X operating systems as well. The discontinuation of these two important security updates puts the University’s data and its systems at increased risk for compromise.

ITS now asks for the University community’s help in continuing Minnesota State Mankato’s commitment to privacy and security by asking those with the Mac OS X operating system to upgrade to the latest Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite by March 31, 2016. Below is important information to help with this upgrade.

  • How do I upgrade Mac OS X on my own?
  • How do I upgrade Mac OS X with help from ITS?
  • Why am I unable to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

Unfortunately, configuration and security patching software is not yet available for Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, so Information and Technology Services is unable to support the very latest version of Mac OS X. When configuration and security patching systems are in place, Information and Technology Services will send out information on how to upgrade to that version.

Order of Omega Initiation

Order of Omega InitiationThe Theta Phi Chapter of the Order of Omega, the National Greek Leadership Honor Society, welcomed eight new members at Minnesota State Mankato on Nov. 23.

Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of fraternities and sororities. It recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization and within the Greek, campus, and local communities. Members are selected from the top 3% of students at each institution. To date, more than 500 chapters have been chartered throughout North America, each sharing the common goal of recognizing the many outstanding student leaders at their institution.

Newly initiated members, and their fraternity/sorority affiliations, include: Katelyn Cavanaugh (Alpha Chi Omega); Haylee Lundquist (Gamma Phi Beta); Heather Hines (Sigma Sigma Sigma); Madeline Taylor (Sigma Sigma Sigma); Megan Kiehne (Sigma Sigma Sigma); Jake Mittelstaedt (Sigma Nu); James Karel (Sigma Nu); and Marissa Hulshizer (Alpha Phi).

The Theta Phi Chapter of the Order of Omega was established at Minnesota State Mankato on March 22, 1988. After a brief period of inactivity in the early 2000s, the chapter reopened in 2009. There are currently approximately 13 active members. Read more about Order of Omega here.

Dec. 12: Summer/Fall Commencement

Dec. 12: Summer/Fall CommencementMinnesota State Mankato will present 1,740 degrees during summer/fall commencement exercises at 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Taylor Center.

Graduates of the College of Arts & Humanities, College of Business and College of Science, Engineering and Technology will participate in a 9 a.m. ceremony, and graduates of the College of Allied Health and Nursing, College of Education and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will participate in a noon ceremony.

Graduate-level doctoral degrees to be presented include three doctor of education (Ed.D.) degrees and one doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) degree. Also presented will be 397 graduate-level master’s degrees, 1,305 bachelor’s degrees and 34 associate of arts degrees.

Student News

Minnesota State Mankato graduate student Nathaniel Lederman has been selected to receive the MN Chapter Joan Duffy Student Travel Award to attend the 2016 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Faculty/Staff News

Greg Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, received a McKnight Fellowship through the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

Department News

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ December Good News (broken link) is available.

The College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, and Connect Business Magazine Editor Grace Webb wrote about it here.


Paul Thompson, professor emeritus, died on Nov. 23. He was a faculty member in the Department of Economics from 1963 to 1995 and established the Center for Economic Education. Read the full obituary here.

Online TODAY Magazine

Visit 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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