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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

October 26, 2016 Campus Newsletter

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Homecoming Spirit

Minnesota State University, Mankato held its annual festive Homecoming week from Oct. 3-8. The activity-filled week wrapped up with the president’s free community pancake breakfast, tours of the new University dining facility, the Homecoming parade and many memories.

Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Walk-ins are welcome, or participants may call 389-1211 to make an appointment or go online to the Red Cross website and enter MSUUPWARD.

Majors in Minutes

Minnesota State Mankato's Career Development Center and Office of New Student and Family Programs is putting on a fair for new students or students undecided on a major to learn about up to 140 major options.

Students, whether they have five minutes or 50 minutes, can attend the event for any amount of time to hear upper-class students explain why they chose their major. 

Each major will be described in three-minute increments, allowing students to learn about major options in a "speed dating style."

No pre-registration or attendance fees are required for participants.

Dental Hygiene Receives Greater Mankato Growth Award

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Dental Hygiene and Open Door Health Center will be presented the 2016 Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award by Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., during an event on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

Each year, the Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in greater Mankato.

More information on the Greater Mankato Business Awards and Hall of Fame presentation by IMG is available here.

Veterans Day Lunch

All Minnesota State Mankato veterans and military members are invited to a free spaghetti lunch Friday, Nov. 11 at noon in rooms 253/254/255 of the Centennial Student Union.

The annual luncheon is intended to honor all who have served and to strengthen the bonds of the University's military and veterans' community on campus.

President Richard Davenport will speak, along with Vietnam veteran and former college president Duane Hollow Horn Bear.

Register online to reserve one of the limited seats and a t-shirt. Those with questions may email David Schrader or call 507-389-5726.

Veterans 5k

The Maverick Battalion ROTC program along with the Mankato Family YMCA will be hosting its yearly Veterans 5k on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

The race will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Starting point will be 118 Myers Field House. Registration cost is $30 for adults (ages 18 and up), $25 for veterans and $20 for youth (ages 5-17). Participants who register by Nov. 2 are guaranteed to receive a long-sleeved t-shirt.

Register online here or email Jenna Sik with any questions.

'Amazing through Adversity'

Deb Hadley, a noted inspirational speaker, will be giving a presentation on building resiliency to work through life's challenges. Hadley has been in the service of helping people all of her life as a teacher, sales manager of a direct selling company and as an extension educator for the 4-H Youth Development Program.

She will give a presentation, "Amazing through Adversity," Monday, Nov. 7 from 12-1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Visit her website to learn more, or email Wendy Schuller to register. Hadley's presentation is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Wellness at Work Committee.

Lifelong Learners Information Event

The Lifelong Learners organization is holding an informational event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9-10 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (224 Lamm Street, Mankato).

Guests are invited for coffee, tea and a treat. There will be a presentation about programs available through Lifelong Learners, which is now in its 20th year.

Oct. 27: Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative Conference

The Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a conference on “Fair Trade for a Sustainable Future” at Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature an 11 a.m. keynote address by former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Prior to his first term as secretary of state, Ritchie spent 20 years as the founding president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, a non-profit organization working with businesses, churches, farm organizations and civic groups to foster long-term sustainability for Minnesota’s rural communities.

For more information, visit the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative’s website, or contact Paul Renshaw by phone at 507-387-5329 or by email att.

Oct. 27: University Jazz Big Bands

The Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts.

The Jazz Lab Band is conducted by student Will Frame. Director of Jazz Studies Douglas Snapp directs the Jazz Mavericks. The ensembles will perform jazz literature ranging from classic jazz to contemporary jazz styles including jazz arrangements of popular tunes.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. To do so, go online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Oct. 28: Somali Hip Hop Group Waayaha Cusub

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music Performance Series, in association with The Cedar Cultural Center, will present Somali hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub on Friday, Oct. 28, at The Kato Ballroom, 200 Chestnut Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m.

Some members of the group now live in Minnesota while other members live in Europe. The original group members will be reunited and will perform live. This marks Waayaha Cusub’s first shows in the U.S. as a full group. The hip-hop collective was founded in Kenya in 2004 by lyricist and rapper Shiine Akhyaar Ali. Ali's message challenges militant and extremist politics.

Concert admission for the all ages show is $10 in advance and $15 day of show with free admission with a valid MavCARD. Tickets are available online.

Oct. 30-31: University Choral Groups

The University Choral Groups will perform on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts take place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are conducted by David Dickau, and the University Chorale is conducted by Aaron Humble.

Concert admission is $9 and $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 here. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Nov. 1: Dusty Heart, Featuring Molly Dean, Barbara Jean

The Performance Series presents Dusty Heart featuring Molly Dean and Barbara Jean, appearing on stage Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The two songwriters are recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles. With Dusty Heart, the two women create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own.

Concert admission is $12 and $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go here. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Nov. 1: 'Before the Flood' Screening

The Minnesota State Mankato Zoology Club will be putting on a screening of the documentary "Before the Flood" on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:45 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the campus and public.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and sponsored by National Geographic, the documentary aims to bring awareness to climate change.

After the movie there will be a panel discussion with local climate change experts to discuss the film and climate change as a whole.

Nov. 3: An Evening of Choral Music

An evening of choral music will be presented by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music Thursday, Nov. 3. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 105 North 5th Street, Mankato.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of David Dickau, will perform along with a number of area high school choirs.

Dickau is a choral conductor and composer residing in Mankato, Minn., where he has served as director of choral activities at Minnesota State Mankato since 1991. He recently received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the University.

General admission is $9 and $7 for K-12 students and Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go here. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Nov. 5: A Band Extravaganza

The Department of Music presents "A Band Extravaganza," an inaugural concert set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. The concert will take place in Bresnan Arena on the campus of Minnesota State Mankato.

This event will feature the Department of Music’s top three instrumental ensembles in concert. Performing groups include the Jazz Mavericks, Maverick Machine marching band and the Concert Band.

All jazz, marching and concert band alumni are invited to play on the concert finale. Musicians that are interested in performing can contact Mike Thursby at or Amy Roisum Foley at

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

Nov. 7: 'The Mask You Live In'

The Violence and Awareness Response Program in Minnesota State Mankato's Women's Center is holding four events this semester as part of its effort to prevent violence and educate on issues surrounding intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking or sexual harassment.

The third event in the semester series is a screening of the film, "The Mask You LIve In," which will be shown Monday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. in CSU 253/4/5.

The film explores how a narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society at large and unveils what can be done about it. After the film, there will be dinner and a discussion of the film and ways some of the film's material can be put into practice. Those who would like to attend this screening and discussion should RSVP to

Student News

Faculty members Theresa Mackey and Randy Palmer and students from the Minnesota State Mankato Athletic Training Education program volunteered at the Mankato Marathon, held Oct. 15-16. It was the sixth year in a row that students from the program have volunteered and provided care for the approximately 2,500 runners in the Mankato Marathon events.

Faculty/Staff News

Matthew Cecil, Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, was featured in a story by KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D. The story was about one of Cecil's recently published books.

Associate Professor Chris Veltsos from the Department of Computer Information Science recently gave a presentation at the Cyber Security 2017 Summit. The presentation had information on cyber security for small and medium-sized businesses.

Aaron R. Deris, associate professor in the Department of Special Education, has been selected by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, to serve as a statewide “ambassador.” Deris will spearhead the use of new recommended practices for the care and education of young children with disabilities. He joins a select group of only 16 experts chosen for this honor from across the country. Read more here.

Department News

Read the Department of Family Consumer Science’s most recent newsletter [PDF] here (7 MiB).


Melvin Crane Sr., who served as a journeyman electrician at Minnesota State Mankato, died Oct. 9. Read the complete obituary.

Former faculty member Robert Graham died Oct. 9. A professor emeritus who was chair of the University's Department of Chemistry for 13 years, Graham took part in the naming of Ford Hall and set up the Marie Payne Graham Memorial Scholarship. Read the complete obituary.

Online TODAY Magazine

Online TODAY Magazine

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