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February 24, 2016 Campus Newsletter

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TV Spots


The two newest TV spots for Minnesota State University, Mankato are now airing on the late-evening newscasts of all four commercial stations in the Twin Cities until the end of the month and can also be viewed on the University home web page starting this week.

The first spots features Maria Carillo-Perez, a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration Program. The second features Steve Druschel, an associate professor of civil engineering, and a group of his students who have been working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to make winter roads safer.

The TV spots are part of the University's winter/early spring media buy, which also includes billboards in the Twin Cities, ads on electronic displays in high school arenas, Minnesota Public Radio drive time sponsorship, Facebook, Instagram and mobil device advertising.

All of Minnesota State Mankato's media exposure is knit together by the University’s tagline: "Big ideas. Real-world thinking."

HLC Accreditation Visit March 28-29

A team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will be visiting campus as part of the University’s reaffirmation of accreditation. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States and conducts a full review of accreditation every 10 years. 

Accreditation is critical to the University because it assures the public that the University meets certain standards in terms of mission, integrity, quality of teaching and learning, evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning and utilization of resources, planning and institutional effectiveness. The HLC and other accrediting agencies are also considered to be “gatekeepers” for federal funding in higher education; unaccredited schools are not eligible for many kinds of federal support.

For more information about the accreditation process, what HLC looks for and how it evaluates the University, please click here. Want to know more or have additional questions about the University’s upcoming visit?  Then, attend the next HLC Campus Information Session on Monday, March 14, from 12-1 p.m. in CSU 254/5.

Social Media Roundtable 

A social media roundtable will take place in CSU 238 (Nickerson Conference Room) on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 3-4 p.m.

This event is open to anyone who administers a social media page for a University entity. Learn strategies to write engaging posts and improve page engagement on Facebook and Twitter. Explore Instagram features and tools to maximize your Instagram engagement. The meeting will conclude with a roundtable discussion to hear what other social media administrators are doing across campus.

Please email with questions.

School Counseling Week

Walter Roberts, a professor in the Department of Counseling & Student Personnel, and Jacqueline Lewis, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling & Student Personnel, attended a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton (pictured at left in Minnesota State Mankato file photo) at Mankato Area Public Schools' Dakota Meadows Middle School on Friday, Feb. 5, to celebrate National School Counseling Week.

Others in attendance at the event included area legislators and school district administrators and support personnel, including school counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses.

Roberts moderated the discussion that allowed Dayton to learn about school district needs.

Dayton declared the week of Feb. 1-5 as "School Counseling Week" in Minnesota. The Mankato Free Press, KEYC TV and KTOE radio covered the event. 

Pathways to Student Learning Award 

Nominations and self-nominations are sought for the Pathways to Student Learning Award. This award and recognition is to honor programs that have done exemplary work in student learning outcome assessment. All programs (including academic and student support) that submitted an annual student learning assessment report prior to Oct. 15, 2015 are eligible. Please note that a program may only receive this award once within five years. Previous recipients were American Indigenous Studies, BS, from 2013-2014 and Chemistry, BS, from 2014-2015.

To submit a nomination or self-nomination, please send a brief (no more than 150 words) statement in support of the program, describing the exemplary work in student learning outcome assessment. Selection for the award will emphasize the effective use of assessment data and information to continuously improve and the ability to demonstrate the impact of improvements on student learning. Submit the brief statement electronically to Lynn Akey at prior to Friday, April 8. Selection of award recipients will be made by the Assessment and Evaluation Sub-Meet. Award recipients will be notified by April 22.

Forensic Team Accomplishments 

The Minnesota State Mankato forensic team traveled to competitions on each of the first two weekends in February.

First, the team traveled to the Tower Invitational at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., from Feb. 5-8.

The following weekend (Feb. 13-14), the team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wis., to compete in the Love Fest Swing held by UW-Eau Claire and Ripon College.

At the Feb. 5-8 Tower Invitational, only four students competed, but the team placed fifth on the Sunday portion of the tournament. Individual placements are listed below.

Saturday, Feb. 6:

  • Aletta Arndt: 5th in Program Oral Interpretation and 1st in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Emmalee Eide: 6th in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 6th in Prose Interpretation

Sunday, Feb. 7:

  • Emmalee Eide: 5th in Dramatic Interpretation, 4th After-Dinner Speaking and 5th in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Alex Mathiowetz: 4th in Prose Interpretation and 6th in After-Dinner Speaking
  • Aletta Arndt: 1st in Program Oral Interpretation and 3rd in Prose Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, 2nd in Poetry Interpretation, 6th in Prose Interpretation and 5th in Individual Sweepstakes 

At the Feb. 13-14 competition at UW-Eau Claire, the team placed fifth sweepstakes for the second half of the swing and fifth in team sweepstakes for the swing as a whole. Novice Ariel Smith also placed third in individual sweeps for the second half of the swing. Individual placements are listed below.

Part 1, Feb. 13-14

  • Aletta Arndt: 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Alex Mathiowetz: 5th in Persuasive Speaking

Brady Taylor won Love Fest King and Aletta Arndt won Love Fest Queen. Winners are crowned based on who raised the most money for the Bolton Refuge House, a local domestic abuse treatment center.

Part 2, Feb. 13-14

  • Karissa Blum: 7th in Poetry Interpretation
  • Alex Mathiowetz: 4th in Persuasive Speaking
  • Ariel Smith and Alex Mathiowetz: 3rd in Duo Interpretation
  • Ariel Smith: 2nd in Prose Interpretation
  • Brady Taylor: 2nd in Impromptu Speaking

Feb. 25: Vocal and Instrumental Groups to Perform 

A variety of different groups will perform Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Minnesota State Mankato Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Two a cappella vocal groups, Tone Down For What and Maverick Elision, will perform an assortment of arrangements and cover tunes recorded by Pentatonix, Toto, Sia and Adele.

The Safe Sextet will perform tunes written by two jazz giants, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. The Big Gnome, a contemporary quartet, will perform songs by Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission seats and $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for university students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Feb. 25-26: 'The Vagina Monologues' 

Performances of the award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” will be held as part of V-Day Mankato from 7-9 p.m. on both Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. For more than 15 years, “The Vagina Monologues” has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

The event is open to the public. Cost of the event is $5 for students and $8 for non-students.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. More information is available at, and a Minnesota State Mankato press release is published here.

For more information about “The Vagina Monologues” benefit performance at Minnesota State Mankato, contact Emily Euerle, program advisor for the Violence Awareness and Response Program, by email at or by phone at 507-389-2486.

Feb. 25-28: Neil Simon's 'Rumors' 

The spring season of productions at Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance continues with Neil Simon’s hilarious farce “Rumors.”

At a tasteful townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, and while the host lies bleeding in the other room, his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer and his wife must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

“Rumors” will run 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27; and 2 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts,.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.

March 3: University Jazz Ensembles 

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. 

Douglas Snapp, director of jazz studies, directs the Jazz Mavericks. Undergraduate Adam Maurer directs the University Jazz Lab Band.

The Jazz Mavericks portion of the concert will feature one of the "Young Lions" of the late '80s, altoist Christopher Hollyday. Hollyday created a big stir when he first appeared on the scene, but maintained a surprisingly low profile after the early '90s. He started playing alto when he was nine, developed quickly and was playing in clubs when he was 14, the year when he recorded his first album on his own Jazzbeat label. 

The big band ensembles provide students with experience in a jazz ensemble along with several performance opportunities. The jazz literature performed in the ensemble ranges from classic to contemporary jazz to pop charts. 

Concert admission is $9 for community members, $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for university students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

March 12: Steel Bridge Competition 

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is sponsoring a regional steel bridge competition for students on March 12 in Myers Field House. The contest tests the knowledge and practicality of teams of university students from ASCE student chapters in the field of structural engineering. Ideally, the design and fabrication of the bridge is conceived and completed entirely by the students. In the competition, teams will put together parts that they make before the competition into their bridge, which then goes through a loading test to test its ability to hold weight.

The public is welcome to attend the Saturday, March 12 events, with the schedule as follows:

  • 7-8 a.m. Bridge set-up
  • 8-9 a.m. Display judging
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Construction and Loading
  • Awards will take place after construction and loading

Schools with students participating include: Minnesota State Mankato, University of Minnesota, Dordt College, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, UW-Platteville, Lakehead University, University of Manitoba, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.

March 20: Sustainability Expo 

The 2016 Sustainability Expo will take place Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom. This year’s event is being offered in connection with the campus Common Read program and will focus on the theme of sustainable food. The Expo is sponsored by the Environmental Committee and Library Services at Minnesota State Mankato, Transition Mankato and the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry.

It is a free event.

Following up on the success of the 2014 Sustainability Expo, the daylong activities will again consist of information tables, speakers, workshops, vendors, kid friendly activities and lots of fun. Expo organizers are looking for exhibitors, presenters, local organizations and attendees who are interested in participating in creating a sustainable and resilient community together.

An online form is available for organizations and businesses that would like to register. For more information about the Sustainable Expo and to access the online form, click here or contact Monika Antonelli at 507-389-2507 or by email at

Student News

Junior Natalie Moses, who is majoring in biomedical sciences/chemistry and is involved in the Honors Program and the Maverick Leadership Program, has been awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Moses has the opportunity to work under the guidance of Mayo Clinic faculty as part of an ongoing research project. In addition to developing technical skills through research experiences, Mayo Clinic SURF fellows also participate in a special weekly seminar series, according to the Mayo Clinic SURF website. Moses wants to eventually attend medical school and pursue a career in surgery.

The Minnesota State Mankato Greek community will celebrate International Badge Day Monday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by hosting “Leap Into Greek Life.” Greek Community members will host a fair-style event to showcase what Greek Life is all about and to help members celebrate what it means to be a member of a fraternity or sorority. All of the chapters on campus will be represented. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a group of engineering students, is partnering with the Children's Museum in Mankato for a design and 3D printing lab. The lab is now open in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft at the museum on a rotating basis, offering educational and fun content for older children. The group teaches 3D modeling by using Tinkercad, a user-friendly 3D CAD design tool. Children can learn to design and model items that can eventually be printed on a 3D printer.

Faculty/Staff News

Colleen Royle from the School of Nursing has been selected through competitive application for the National League for Nursing’s year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. It is one of three tracks in the NLN Leadership Institute, an initiative of the NLN Center for Transformative Leadership. The 2016 cohort consists of 20 nurse educators chosen from colleges, universities, and health care institutions around the world. The 20 nurse educators will study for a year during the program.

Chris Veltsos’ article titled “Is Your CISO Ready To Be A Risk Leader?” was published on the Security Intelligence website. Veltsos is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science Information.

Paul Allan, associate athletic director/communications, was a featured presenter on Feb. 18 in a CoSIDA continuing education session titled, “Unique Situations and Crisis Communications Issues Facing Athletic Communicators.” Audio of Allan’s presentation is available here.

Department News 

Minnesota State Mankato’s Small Business Development Center was featured in the February issue of River Valley Woman. The article is on page 35.

The Cornerstone and Library Services’ Feb. 16 newsletter is now available.

The January 2016 edition of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology’s “Good News” is now available.

Electronic Repair through ITS

Information and Technology Services through its Electronic Repair Service Center provides services and procedures to the campus that extend past warranty obligations.

These services have been provided by ITS and the Electronic Repair Service Center for 10 years, and the Electronic Repair Service Center encourages students, staff, faculty and emeriti to visit the center's webpage for more information on costs of repairs and diagnostic procedures.

Information SecURity: U R at the Center

Traveling soon – Mobile Device security: If you're traveling with a laptop or mobile device, remove or encrypt confidential information. Consider using a laptop or device designated for travel with no personal information, especially when traveling out of the country. Read more ...

Traveling soon – Social Media privacy: It's tempting to share your upcoming vacation plans with family and friends, but consider how this might make you an easy target for local or online thieves. While traveling, avoid using social media to "check in" to airports and consider posting those beautiful photos after you return home. Find out how burglars are using your vacation posts to target you in this infographic. Read more ...

Special Edition – The Facebook Privacy Cheat Sheet: Studies have shown that although 92% of internet users worry about their online privacy, only 29% have taken steps to change their privacy settings to ensure greater protection on social networking sites. Facebook’s default privacy settings aren’t as secure as you might think. Read more ...


Former Receiving and Delivery Coordinator Merle Wilmes died Feb. 9. He was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for more than 33 years. Read his full obituary here.

Gene Broughten, staff member emeritus, died Feb. 15. During his 32-year employment with Minnesota State Mankato, he served as the student relations coordinator of Arts and Humanities and the Open Studies Program. Read his 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!


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the campus newsletter? Send news items to the Media Relations Office at The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year (except during scheduled break weeks) and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Wednesday, March 16. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday, March 11.

You should also submit your event to the university's official Campus Events Calendar by sending an email to Shirley Piepho at