shortcut to content
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Campus Community: click here for COVID-19 news and updates.


November 9, 2016 Campus Newsletter

Page address:

Veterans Day Student Exhibit

A Veterans Day student exhibit of military uniforms, medals, and photographs spanning World War II to present will be displayed in the Lincoln Lounge of the Centennial Student Union on Friday, Nov. 11, from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibit is presented by Minnesota State Mankato student Henry Anderson, who is a military researcher and collector in his spare time. All are invited to stop by and check out this unique Veterans Day display. (Note: The photo published above depicts a similar display Anderson set up at another location.)

College Graduates Tell Their Stories

A diverse group of five Minnesota State Mankato alums will describe what it’s like to face adversity and triumph while attending college in an event for students titled “Finding Your Place: A Night of Storytelling About College” that is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The storytelling event is open to all Minnesota State Mankato students, but it is primarily aimed at first- and second-year college students as part of a national three-year project, “Re-Imagining the First Year of College,” in which Minnesota State Mankato is participating.

This event is sponsored by the “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” initiative on campus in collaboration with the University's Department of Communication Studies. For more information about the Monday, Nov. 14 event, please contact David Engen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, by phone at 507-389-5537 or by email at

Minnesota State Academic Award

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Computer Information Science was recognized with an Excellence in Curriculum Programming Award during a ceremony at a Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs Leadership Conference on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Any program, curriculum or partnership active in the 2015-2016 academic year were considered. The Department of Computer Information Science was noted for being a frontrunner in its constantly advancing, dynamic field. Its program and majors were noted as being a leader within the Minnesota State system in terms of recruitment and employment of its graduates and more.

The department's graduates have applied their knowledge and leadership skills while being hired for jobs in companies such as 3M, General Mills, Brown Printing, Thompson-Reuters, GMAC-RFC, Federated Insurance and Securian.

Strategic Partnership Celebration

The Minnesota State Mankato Center for Talent Development will hold a strategic partnership celebration on Monday, Nov. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, with a short program beginning at 10:30 a.m. RSVP by calling 507-389-1094 or sending an email to Tammy Bohlke.

Sponsored by the University's Division of Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships, the event will recognize the University's 2016 investment in human and intellectual capital through a wide range of collaborations.

Partners from the manufacturing and health care industries and others will have the opportunity to learn about innovative programs between the University and regional employers while hearing highlights of key initiatives in business start-up support, training through workforce development grants and future innovations in customized training.

Flight Team Excels in University Flight Competition

North Star Aviation and Minnesota State Mankato were host to the Region 5 Flight team Competition from Oct. 4-7 at the Mankato Regional Airport. Competing teams included Minnesota State Mankato, the University of North Dakota and the University of Dubuque.

The competition featured both flight events and ground events, including written exams, aircraft identification and simulator scenarios.

Minnesota State Mankato finished second and earned an invitation to the national flight team competition, which will be held at Ohio State University in early May.

At the regional competition, the Minnesota State Mankato team was awarded the overall competition safety award by the judges, and one of the team’s pilots received the top pilot award.

PCSW Professional Development Opportunities

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is once again offering research and professional development grants to students, faculty, and staff at Minnesota State Mankato. Stipends of up to $500 are available to student and employees to conduct research or attend professional development opportunities concerned with the status of women and/or gender-related issues.

For more information and to submit your electronic grant proposal, please visit the PCSW website

The fall deadline is Friday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. All activities using funds must occur before June 1, 2017. The commission is not able to fund equipment requests or incentives. Please email questions to Liz Steinborn-Gourley or call 507-389-2693.

Mark M. Welter Scholarship Award Winner

Global Education named Aldo Kusnardi as the Minnesota State Mankato fall winner of the Mark M. Welter Scholarship. The award is given to 30 Minnesota Colleges and University students who are in good academic standing and have demonstrated a keen awareness of our interconnected world. Kusnardi is from Tangerang City, Indonesia, and is studying mechanical engineering.

Students can now apply for the Spring 2017 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award through Scholarship Finder. The spring application deadline is Dec. 9, 2016. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week

The College of Business is hosting its annual Global Entrepreneurship week from Nov 14-17 with a series of events that are free and open to the public.

The weeklong event hosts various presentations on the subjects of innovation and business. The presentations range from a discussion on creating professional business pitch videos to a local entrepreneurship panel.

Read the event schedule and descriptions online.

For more information about any of the week's events, please contact Amy Linde, director of communications and events for the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5424 or by email at

Addressing Violence in LGBT Communities

The Violence and Awareness Response Program, LGBT Center and OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program are sponsoring a presentation on the presence of intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in CSU 253/4/5.

The event will explore the experiences, challenges and barriers for LGBTQ individuals who may be experiencing violence in their relationships. The presentation will also detail what resources are available for survivors and any gaps that may exist in those services.

Learn more about OutFront Minnesota here and more about the event through its Facebook page.

The event is the fourth in a series of four that have been held this fall in an effort to support the prevention of domestic violence.

Nov. 3-13: 'The Two Henrys'

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Paul J. Hustoles of Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Theatre & Dance wanted to honor the bard with an absolutely massive undertaking: by combining Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V.

Hustoles’ version begins following King Richard’s death. Henry Bolingbroke is now King Henry IV and feels guilty about Richard’s removal. Meanwhile, Wales and Scotland are threatening rebellion and the young Prince Hal is nowhere to be found. This is a Minnesota State Mankato premiere.

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.

Email Amanda Dyslin or call at 507-389-6663 for more information.

Nov. 7-Dec. 2: Senior Art Exhibits

Senior Department of Art students at Minnesota State University, Mankato will display their art on campus at Conkling Gallery in two separate shows, the first from Monday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Nov. 16 and the second from Monday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Dec. 2.

All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits.

The public is welcome to meet all students on the first night of each show. Find the show schedule here

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412.

Nov. 10: Speaker Duane Hollow Horn Bear

Guest speaker Duane Hollow Horn Bear will discuss “The Life Experiences and Stories of a Traditional Lakota Teacher” Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Duane Hollow Horn Bear, a Sicangu Lakota, was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Duane was a faculty member of Sinte Gleska University, a four-year private American Indian tribal college in Mission, S.D., where he taught for 25 years in the field of history and culture and language, and he is a community and spiritual leader.

He comes from a strong heritage of leadership from his great grandfather, Chief Hollow Horn Bear, who lived from 1850 to 1913. Known to have inherited his grandfather’s skill as an orator, Duane has traveled extensively around the country and abroad, lecturing and speaking on the history of the Oceti Sakowin people (People of the Seven Council Fires).

For more information, contact Minnesota State Mankato’s Nontraditional Student Center at 507-389-6076.

Nov. 10-11: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State University, Mankato will host Brian Turner and Dunya Mikhail (pictured), both poets and nonfiction writers, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11 as its next featured writers in the Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Nov. 10, there will be a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. Second St. in Mankato, and then a “Talk on Craft” from 3- 4 p.m. on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. That evening Turner and Mikhail will read from their work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

On Nov. 11, in partnership with Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Turner, Mikhail and Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Gwen Westerman will give a talk on “Making Meaning out of War” from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church (302 Warren Street, Mankato).

All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

A complete press release is available here. For more information, contact Diana Joseph at or 507-389-5144.

Nov. 14: Percussion Ensembles Fall Concert

The Department of Music presents the University Percussion Ensembles in a performance Monday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts

Michael Thursby, director of athletic bands, directs the ensembles.

The University Percussion Ensemble performs with an extensive array of instruments, from traditional drums, xylophones, marimbas, cymbals and world music percussion instruments. The concert features an eclectic mix of musical styles including traditional classical works, contemporary pieces and world music.

Concert admission is $9 for community members and $7 for K-12 students and Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Nov. 17: Electronic Music Instrumental Collective

The Department of Music will host a performance of the University Electronic Music Instrumental Collective (EMIC) Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of E.J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. The Electronic Music Instrumental Collective is directed by Michael Olson.

The Electronic Music Instrumental Collective will be performing covers of bands with visual accompaniment from multi-channel video projection. Performing in the collective offers students a chance to explore new avenues of musical expression.

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

Nov. 19: Sonny Knight and his band to perform

Secret Stash recording artist Sonny Knight performs with his band, the Lakers, onSaturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub. 

Knight’s vast array of life experiences inform a worldview that give him a unique perspective on the song writing, expressive, and storytelling process. Along with his 7-piece powerhouse band, the Lakers, the 68 year-old retired truck driver has created a sound that extends much deeper than throwback soul.

After the band's 2014 debut album, “I'm Still Here,” which came to fruition much sooner than anyone expected, Knight and the Lakers released a live double album the following year. Now, the band’s sophomore studio set, “Sooner Or Later,” explores themes of overcoming adversity, love found, love lost and societal observation.

Concert admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Hooligans or online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Nov. 20: University Concert Bands Fall Concert

The Symphony Band and Concert Wind Ensemble members will hold their fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The two concert bands will perform music with musical imagery, magic and mystery, taking audience members on a musical journey around the world.

This concert closes a fantastic fall semester of music making by the University concert bands.

Concert admission is $9 for community members and $7 for University students with a valid MavCARD, K-12 students and children. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets should go online. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Student News

Two students in Minnesota State Mankato's graphic design program recently won honors in the Association of College Unions International's Regional Graphics Contest while they were employed in the Centennial Student Union. Kayla Herzog received third place in the student poster category for her Maverick Block Party poster, while Katelynn Short received third place in the student brochure category for her Student Events Team brochure, as well as second in the student T-shirt category for her homecoming T-shirt design.

Aaron Flomo, a senior history student who will be graduating in 2017, was recently awarded a place at the Multicultural-Historically Black Institution Visitation Program at Purdue University. The M-HBI Visitation Program provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate minority students interested in pursuing graduate studies to visit the Purdue University campus. During the three-day visit, students tour campus facilities, receive a comprehensive view of departmental programs and meet with faculty, administrators and graduate students.

Olivia Robinson, a member of the honors program, was speaker for the College of Business Scholarship Banquet. The banquet is in recognition of all of the scholarships awarded to students within the college's four departments. Robinson is a management major in the class of 2017.

Sydney Geisness, a member of the honors program and an accounting major in the class of 2017, was selected as the Accounting Student of the Year. The award recognizes the student who demonstrates the most outstanding commitment to a future in accounting.

Six Honors Program students received emerging leadership scholarships to attend the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership Conference on Nov. 2-3 in Mankato. The students included Nana Asong-Morfaw (International Relations, ‘16), Nyairah Abdullah (Psychology, ‘19), Quentina Dunbar (Gender and Women’s Studies, ‘18), Omoleso Ogunnowo (Philosophy, ’19), Muna Omar (Biomedical Sciences, ‘18) and Dolapo Oshin (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, ‘18). The scholarship is awarded to women who are active in and aim to better their community. 

Several honors students and staff traveled to Seattle, Wash., to attend the National Collegiate Honors Conference from Oct. 12-16. Some of these students also presented their research at the conference. Katelynn Malecha (Exercise Science, ’18), participated in a fishbowl discussion group and presented in a Diversity Forum. Malecha and Sarah Aldrich (Spanish Education, ’18) presented their research project, “Focusing on the Ability, Not the Disability,” at the conference. Leslie Kane (College Student Personnel, ’17), the graduate assistant in the Honors Program, led the roundtable discussion on social media, “Delete: A Discussion on Communication.” Ginny Walters, Honors Program assistant director, participated in a roundtable discussion with staff from various institutions titled “Nontraditional Honors Projects.” Other attendees of the conference included the Honors Learning Community coordinator, Madie Hoffman (Mass Media, ’19), UMRHC state representative Jon Smith (Law Enforcement & German, ‘18), and the administrative assistant for Honors, URC, and Fellowships, Sadie Anderson.

Faculty/Staff News

Jim Mecklenburg, program director for the Minnesota Project Lead the Way within Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, was recently announced as Minnesota’s Administrator of the Year by the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education. Mecklenburg was selected for his significant contributions toward career and technical education programs that were both unique and innovative. Mecklenburg currently works with 237 high schools and colleges in Minnesota. He will be recognized at the Career and Technical Education Conference on Nov. 16 in Bloomington, Minn.

The Star Tribune recently published a book review by Rachael Hanel, an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Media. Hanel wrote a review of "This Is Where I Am" a book by Zeke Caligiuri that was published by the University of Minnesota Press. The memoir details Caligiuri's life in Minneapolis in the 1990s and how he ended up behind bars. Read the review here.

Steven D. Mercurio, professor of biology, recently published "Understanding Toxicology: A Biological Approach" through Jones and Bartlett Learning in Burlington, Mass. To accompany the book, Mercurio also produced lectures, a test bank in the book and an additional test bank with answers for instructors and an instructor's manual through Jones and Bartlett Learning on each chapter. Mercurio's book is described as a novel approach to toxicology and the first book aimed at undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Heather Von Bank, department chair and associate professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science, was recently contacted by the Mankato Free Press for comment about an article on children's screen time. The article, "Screen savers: Updated guidelines inform parents on screen time," discussed using technology as a positive learning tool. Read the article here.

Matt Cecil, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, was contacted by Sinclair Broadcast Group, a national media organization, to provide historical context on the FBI for an article relating to the 2016 presidential election. Read the full article online. Cecil, referred to as “an expert on FBI history” in the article, recently published two books on the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.

Christophe Veltsos, associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Science, has been working for nearly six months with IBM’s Institute for Business Value to provide input into the design of a study, the analysis of the results and the write-up of the results. The study of "700 Computer Information Security Officials and other security professionals in 35 countries, representing 18 industries" sought to "better understand what security challenges organizations are facing, how they are addressing these challenges and how they view cognitive security solutions and their potential." A link to IBM's Cognitive Security landing page is here, and a link to the report can be accessed here.

Department News

Read the Community Engagement Office’s two most recent newsletters here: October 14 and October 28.


Steve Kirby, who was employed with Minnesota State Mankato for 12 years in the Utility Plant Department before retiring in 2015, died Oct. 16. Read the full obituary online.

Susan Schilling, who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 32 years and was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Information Science, died Oct. 21. Read the full obituary online.

Online TODAY Magazine

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, Nov. 23. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday, Nov. 18.

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