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November 23, 2016 Campus Newsletter

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Unions United Food Drive

The 2016 Unions United Food Drive will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato from Nov. 21 to Dec. 8, with proceeds and monetary donations collected to be given to ECHO Food Shelf. Please make checks payable to ECHO Food Shelf. Collection sites will be located on campus at the following locations:

  • Alumni Foundation Main Lobby
  • 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
  • Biology, TS 242
  • College of Business, Morris Hall 120
  • College of Education, Armstrong Hall 118

Donations will also be collected at the president's chili feed on Dec. 8.

Sponsoring unions and organizations include: AFSCME Local 638; Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE); Middle Management Association (MMA); Minnesota State University Asssociation of Administrative & Service Faculty (MSUAASF); The Inter Faculty Organization (IFO); Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA); Minnesota Government Engineering Council (MGEC); and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA).

Social Work Honors Day

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Social Work held its annual Social Work Honors Day event on Nov. 18 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

At this year’s event, the Department of Social Work recognized veterans, active military personnel and those who have significant social work experience with the military or veterans.

The Alumna of the Year award was presented to U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Janine Brady and the New Social Worker award was presented to Dave Wentzel. The Minnesota Valley Action Council received the Collaborative Agency of the Year Award.

The guest speaker was U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who spoke about the role of government in meeting the needs of veterans and active service personnel.

University Representative to HERS Institute

Mankato President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is now accepting applications for the selection of a representative from Minnesota State University, Mankato, to attend one of the annual HERS Institutes for women. The purpose of the HERS Institutes is to advance Women leaders in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration.

HERS Institutes is offering three different locations and schedules for 2017.

The University's application process entails a self-descriptive letter, letter of recommendation from a supervisor, resume, and a printed copy of the HERS application form. (Note: do not electronically submit this online to HERS.) More information and a printable application form available at the Commission’s website.

Completed application packets should be submitted by Jan. 17 to Gihanthi De Silva, the graduate assistant for the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Applications may be submitted via email to

Nov. 21-Dec. 2: Senior Art Exhibits

Senior Department of Art students at Minnesota State Mankato will display their art on campus at Conkling Gallery from Monday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Dec. 2. An earlier show from Nov. 7-16 also featured senior exhibits.

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. 29, Dec. 1 and 4: University Music C oncerts

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music will present multiple student ensemble concerts the last week of the fall semester. The concerts feature seasonal favorites along with traditional music.

The Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The orchestra is comprised of invited area community members along with university student musicians. The ensemble is under the direction of Joseph Rodgers. 

The University Jazz Big Bands, Contemporary Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Halling Recital Hall. The Jazz Big Bands will perform traditional jazz charts along with arrangements of holiday songs. The vocal ensembles will perform the holiday music of contemporary a capella groups. The contemporary instrumental ensemble will perform a mix of jazz and pop music.

The Holiday Choral Concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 623 South Broad Street, Mankato. The program will include carols and seasonal music from other countries.

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

Student News

Eryn Zuiker, a sophomore from Woodbury, Minn., who is majoring in biology, was recently selected as the recipient of Minnesota State Mankato's $32,000 Meredith Scholarship. The Meredith scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in mathematics or natural sciences. This includes majors in mathematics, mathematics education, biological sciences, life science, physics, chemistry, astronomy or physical science. Students must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have an ACT composite score of 27 or greater to be considered.

Josh Tavel, 1999 Automotive Engineering Technology graduate, was presented the Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year award for his work as the Chevy Bolt EV Chief Engineer. The Bolt EV is the first electric vehicle to have a range of 200 miles at a price of under $30,000. Read more on the Detroit News website

The Undergraduate Research Center at Minnesota State, Mankato, in partnership with the Minnesota State Foundation Board, has awarded 40 grants to students in support of their research and creative scholarship. Twenty-two students received the Foundation Award, which funds supplies as well as a stipend to undergraduate researchers. The Undergraduate Research Center funded supplies for 18 other students.

Foundation Award winners are Anna Brand; Brooke Jones; Josie Mikosch; Michael Hedin; Rachel Ascheman; (group of two) Alec Wright and Madison Burandt; John Ruprecht; (group of 2) Michael Ganzer and Tien Pham; Christian Piper; Madeline Straka; Ryan Torell; Reed Woyda; Daniel Crane; Donald Rudquist; Natalie Moses; Katherine Kalenberg; Erin Kahnke; (group of four) Jacob Bukkila, Wyatt Pouliot, Curran Couchman and Nicholas Miller; Hyejoo Kang; Nicole Bean; Jenna Macziewski and Natalia Arce.

URC Supply Grant Award winners are (group of two) Nicole Soley and Britta Sturm; (group of two) Dakota Cooper and April Boucher-Zamzo; Prathibha Umeshi Mangedarge; Hee Jin Soh; Aynura Berdyyeva; Alyssa Lange; (group of two) Mehedi Hasan and Clenten Ndonwie; Elizabeth Rossow; Kyle Thomas; Stephanie Winter; Justin Mitch Yang; Sarah Meyer; (group of five) Joseph Doroff, Matt Kramer, Brady Brazle, Nathan Grotz and Grant Stoos; Adam Schultz; Joshua Seaver; Konan Menan; Josh Decker; and (group of two) Nibrasul Karim Nibras and Sampath Senanayakalage.

Faculty/Staff News

Professor Raymond Asomani-Boateng of the Urban and Regional Studies Institute was featured as an expert in a WalletHub piece about 2016’s greenest cities in America. He argues as to why cities should invest in going green and the benefits that accompany the decision.

Kellian Clink, librarian and associate professor in Memorial Library, received the Counseling and Student Personnel Extraordinary Service Award from the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel. The award will be presented at the annual CSP Research Colloquium that is scheduled for April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

David Viscoli, professor of piano in the Department of Music, recently performed solo piano works for a Thursday musical concert in Minneapolis. The performance took place at the MacPhail Center for Music.

Gina Mumma Wenger, assistant professor in the Department of Art, recently received the 2016-2017 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award from the Art Educators of Minnesota.

Global Education announced that Global Citizen Awards will be presented in a ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the CSU Ballroom to Oksana Kim, Shirley Piepho, Glen Poupore, Guadalupe Quintero, Kristin Scott and Marilyn J. Wells for their contribution to globalization efforts at Minnesota State Mankato. The ceremony will also honor international students who will be graduating this semester, exchange students who are currently on campus, sponsored English Language Program students, Fulbright recipients and Mark Welter award winners.

Lee Tesdell, professor in the Department of English, is on sabbatical in Germany, doing work for Minnesota State Mankato. He has started a blog so that all may follow his journey where he hopes to "Build bridges between Minnesota State Mankato and the rest of the world."

Department News

Read the fall 2016 newsletter for the Urban and Regional Studies Institute here.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has published it’s Good News for November. Read it online.

The Community Engagement Office published its Nov. 11 newsletter. Read the full newsletter [PDF] online (251 KiB)

In a recent article by AgStar for GreenSeam, the College of Business and its partnership with AgStar was featured. The article described the high-quality students who intern at AgStar in marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, business and other areas. Read the full article here.

In the Rankings

Minnesota State Mankato has been identified as one of the "great value colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences" by, which ranked Minnesota State Mankato 35th in its rankings.

According to, the ranking was created based on masters and doctoral degree opportunities, as well as opportunities in research, internships and scholarships. editors noted that Minnesota State Mankato is home to multiple student organizations, such as the Student Dietetic and Nutrition Organization, the Child Development and Family Studies Clubs, and the Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society.


Eleanor "Ellie" Petersen died Thursday, Nov. 10. She was employed in the University's Department of History for 12 years. Read the full obituary here.

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!


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