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January 25, 2017 Campus Newsletter

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Clinical Science Ribbon-Cutting

Minnesota State University, Mankato held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony for its $28.883 million Clinical Sciences Building on Thursday, Jan. 19.The building opened for classes on Jan. 9. The University's College of Allied Health and Nursing will hold a community fair in the building Saturday, April 22.

Joining Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport for the photo opportunity were Kristine Retherford (center), dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Marcia Chalgren (right), a 1957 Minnesota State Mankato nursing graduate.

Spring 2017 Diversity Education

Institutional Diversity announced several forthcoming spring semester educational events. Those interested can register online

The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 10-11:30 a.m. in CSU 201 with the workshop, “Using ‘Micro-positivity’ as a Tool for Student Support.” The session will be presented by Renee Turgeon, assistant director in the Women’s Center.

The workshop will examine the effects of unintended micro-aggressions that students often experience in classrooms and other educational spaces, and explore the use of “micro-positivity” as a means of helping reverse the negative impact of micro-agressions.

Additional upcoming events include: “Responding to Student Concerns About Equity” on Tuesday, Feb. 7; “Safe Zone Training” on Monday, March 27; and “Campus Security and Diverse Students” on Thursday, April 20.

'Give Kids a Smile'

On Thursday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb. 3, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Dental Hygiene will join a statewide effort to provide free dental care to area children who are unable to access needed dental care.

Minnesota State Mankato will provide free dental care to children Thursday, Feb. 2 from 1-8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minnesota State Mankato’s dental clinic is located in the new Clinical Sciences Building. Individuals interested in scheduling an appointment may call 507-389-2147.

Patients seeking appointments for cleanings, x-rays, exams, and sealants should be under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minnesota State Mankato will also be offering free dental exams and x-rays for adults. Call 507-389-2147 to schedule an appointment.

Planning Fall 2017 Common Read

The Common Read book for 2017 will be "Out of Chaos: Reflections of a University President and his Contemporaries on Vietnam-Era Unrest in Mankato and its Relevance Today" by James F. Nickerson.

The book reflects on Nickerson's time as the president of Mankato State College during the 1960s and 1970s. He is credited as being the reason that student protests and the events that followed did not descend into chaos.

The first Common Read campus planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held in Memorial Library Room 3105.

Faculty, students and staff who would like to participate in the planning of next year’s Common Read activities should contact Monika Antonelli, Common Read chair.

In addition to being the 2017 Common Read, Nickerson's book was selected to serve as a complement to the upcoming sesquicentennial celebrations marking the 150th year anniversary of Minnesota State Mankato.

2017 Engineering Career and Internship Fair

On Thursday, Feb. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be an engineering career and internship fair in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

First-year and sophomore students can explore positions and fields of study, as well as gain more information about organizations and possible employers. Juniors and seniors can meet potential employers and other professionals in the engineering field. 

Visit the Career Development Center to learn more about preparing for this event.

No pre-registration is required and there is no attendance fee. 

Student Ski Special

The Maverick Adventures Program through Campus Recreation has partnered with Mount Kato to offer college students the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard. Participants will engage in a three-lesson program where they can choose to learn to either snowboard or ski.

For $99, participants will receive three lessons, three lift tickets and three ski or snowboard rentals. Upon completion of the lessons, participants will also get two free lift tickets and two days of rentals that they can use at any time during the season. This opportunity is only available for current Minnesota State Mankato students who show their MavCARD.

Lessons are Feb. 7, 14, 21 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. (After the lessons, students may continue to ski/snowboard until Mount Kato closes at 9 p.m.)

Contact Dave Childers with any questions or register here.

National Diversity Case Competition

Four College of Business students participated in the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition at Indiana University on Jan. 14.

Minnesota State Mankato students Cristian Perez, Salma Abdelhamid, Othmane Sekkat and Connor William joined students from 30 U.S. universities that competed. The Minnesota State Mankato team placed in the top 14 at the competition.

This was just the third year a team from Minnesota State Mankato attended the competition. The case was from Target Corporation – all teams were challenged to put together a plan to neutralize gender role reinforcement with children, particularly in the toy department.

The National Diversity Case Competition brings together diverse talent and offers an event that includes workshops, networking opportunities, and the possibility of students getting recruited by corporate partners such as Target, Ford, and AT&T.

Advancing Mentoring Workshop

The Advancing Mentoring Workshop, organized in collaboration between Honors, the Undergraduate Research Center and Fellowships, will be held in the Centennial Student Union, rooms 253/4 on Friday, Jan. 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Send an email to register. The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. Refreshments
  • 9 a.m. Program begins: introductions and greeting
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Leah White
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. Panel discussion
  • 11:30-12 p.m. Break-out topics
  • 12-1 p.m. Lunch and discussion

Break out sessions will be lead by Beth Sandell, Megan Mahowald, Leah White, Agnes Odinga-Olouch, Chris Corley, Carlos Panahon and Joseph Visker.

AVID Training

The Department of Education is holding free AVID training Saturday, Jan. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 253/4/5. There are thirty open spots. Those interested in attending should RSVP by sending an email to Teresa Kruizenga.

AVID strategies are research-based teaching and learning strategies.

The Jan. 28 training will provide an opportunity to learn about different Socratic Seminar strategies that can be used to engage students in deep learning.

The training will also cover how students should take notes and how to process their notes to improve their critical thinking and academic success. 

Jan. 9-30: Carolyn Swiszcz Art Exhibit

Artist Carolyn Swiszcz will display her paintings from Jan. 9-30 at Minnesota State Mankato as the next featured artist in the University’s Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Residency and Lecture Series.

Swiszcz will present an artist’s lecture that is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The artist’s lecture will be followed by an 8 p.m. reception in the Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139), where Swiszcz’s “Research Room” exhibit will be on display from Jan. 9 through Jan. 30.

A Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art preview of the upcoming exhibit said that Swiszcz’s paintings rely heavily on rudimentary printmaking processes, most of which she achieves without the use of a press; many of the patterns and textures in her work are created with trace monotype, stencils and rubber stamps.

Jan. 26-Feb. 5: 'The Glass Menagerie'

It took some serious reflection of Tennessee Williams’ own unhappy family history to finally breakout of obscurity in the 1940s with his award-winning play “The Glass Menagerie.” For the first time in almost 40 years, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance is staging the beautiful “memory play” that made Williams famous.

“The Glass Menagerie” runs 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-28 & Feb. 1-4; and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 4-5 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato.

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. For more information, contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663.

Feb. 2: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host author Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (pictured) and Minnesota State Mankato master of fine arts degree candidate Amanda Malone on Thursday, Feb. 2 for the Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series.

Kwon Dobbs will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery (523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato), and then a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

That evening Kwon Dobbs and Malone will read from their work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Feb. 6: Red Cross Blood Drive 

The Upward Bound program and the Mavericks volleyball team are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive.

It will be held Monday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Appointments can be made by calling 389-1211 or by going online and entering sponsor code MSUUPWARD.

Walk-ins are always welcome.

Feb. 6-27: Guess Ready Review Art Exhibit

Guess Ready Review, on display from Feb. 6-27 in the Conkling Gallery, is an exhibition representing nine artists and musicians, primarily based in the Twin Cities, who are unified by an interest in and kinship with the natural world. The group adopted the Guess Ready Review name to symbolize their collective quest into a creative frontier on the Minnesota-Canadian border.

Two of the nine—Laura Bigger and Daniel Dean—will deliver a lecture Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, with a reception following in the Conkling Gallery. An artists’ residency, featuring Bigger and Dean, will be held Feb. 6-7 in the Nelson Hall Art Studios.

Joining Bigger and Dean in the exhibit are the following artists and musicians: Christopher Atkins, Kate Casanova, Alexa Horochowski, John Kim, Christopher Koza, Ben Moren and Stefanie Motta.

Feb. 7: Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper

The Department of Music presents Mumblin’ Drew and Liz Draper in concert Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The duo will perform in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Drew and Liz bring back the sounds of pre-mass media Americana: country blues, old timey music, and jug band music from the era of 78 RPM records.

Concert admission is $12 for community members and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is encouraged.

To purchase tickets online, go to the Department of Music website

Student News

Olivia Robinson (Business Management), was a runner-up for the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International. As a Zonta Club of Mankato district nominee, she received $2,500.

Mohammed Al Shammari, a student from Bahrain who is in the Global UGRAD program (international undergraduate students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), had an article featured in the Global Gazette this month regarding his semester at Minnesota State Mankato.

Faculty/Staff News

Maria Bevacqua has been appointed interim dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, effective Jan. 30. Bevacqua previously served as acting dean of the College for two years, from 2013 to 2015. Bevacqua joined Minnesota State Mankato in 1999 as assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies (now Gender & Women’s Studies). She was promoted to associate professor in 2003, tenured in 2004, and promoted to professor in 2011. She has served as department chair from 2003 to 2013, and again this year.

Tonya Butler (Music Industry Studies) will be featured as a contestant on the CBS TV game show, "Let's Make a Deal," that will air locally in Mankato on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. A viewing party will be held from 1:45-3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The St. Peter Herald published an article about Butler's experiences.

Tom Inglot (Government) completed his sabbatical leave. In the fall semester 2017, he was visiting professor at the University of Regensburg (Bavaria, Germany). He was involved in research projects and lecturing to multiple audiences of students and faculty of the Institute of Political Science and East-Central European Studies. Inglot also visited Hungary and Poland as part of his field research on social policy and migration in the European Union.

Christophe Veltsos's new book, "Take Back Control of Your Cybersecurity Now -- Game Changing Concepts on AI and Cyber Governance Solutions for Executives," is now available. It was co-authored with Paul Ferrillo, a New York-based data breach lawyer. Read the Yahoo News press release here and download the book here

Liz Miller, faculty member in the Department of Art, is displaying her work in an exhibit featuring large scale, mixed media installations and works on paper from Jan. 20-March 31 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

Department News

The Student Events Team has announced its lineup of upcoming movies that will be shown in Ostrander Auditorium. Admission is free with a Mav ID card or $1 for the general public. Concessions are available, and parking in Lot 11 or the Pay Lot is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology has published a new newsletter that may be read online here

Read the Office of Human Resources' most recent newsletter online

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society's newest newsletter is available here

The Department of Educational Leadership has published its Fall 2016/Winter 2017 newsletter.

The Jan. 20 Communication Engagement News has been published. To receive a copy, send an email to

In the Rankings recently published an online article in which the website listed what it described as the “top-ranked and most affordable online master’s in educational leadership programs for 2017.” Minnesota State Mankato was ranked No. 9 on the list. The article is available at


Betty Jean Haseman died Dec. 26. Haseman was employed at Minnesota State Mankato from 1964-1968 and 1972-1985 in education administration. Read the full obituary online.  

Mary Beatty, an emerita staff member, died Jan. 7. Beatty was employed in the University library for 18 years. Her full obituary can be read online

Darlene Dickmeyer died Dec. 24. Dickmeyer was an adjunct faculty member from January 1985 through July 1985, and again in May 1986 in Women's Studies. She played a major part in developing The Children's House at Minnesota State Mankato. Read her full obituary online

Steven W. Burns, who graduated in 1975 from Minnesota State Mankato with an education and coaching degree, died in December 2016. Burns was also a member of the University’s football team while a student.

Highway 22 Victory Drive Memorial

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is encouraging Blue Earth County residents to attend an open house on the future of the Highway 22 Victory Drive Memorial from Mankato to Mapleton at the Mankato Armory, 100 Martin Luther King Drive, from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.

If the public is unable to attend the open house, they can go online and view the concepts and take a survey until Feb. 17.

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, Feb. 8. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday, Feb. 3.

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