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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

February 22, 2017 Campus Newsletter

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Sesquicentennial Logo


Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport kicked off the University’s 18-month celebration of its 150th anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 16 by announcing that Minnesota State Mankato would begin using its sesquicentennial logo as the University’s signature brand through December 2018.

Feb. 16 was chosen as the date to begin using the sesquicentennial logo because that is the date on which the Minnesota legislature passed the bonding bill to form the state’s second normal school in Mankato. The Mankato Normal School, as it was originally named, eventually evolved into the current University.

The University was officially founded in October 1868. The 18-month celebration of the institution’s 150th birthday will culminate on Oct. 7, 2018, a date that marks the 150-year anniversary of the day that the first actual classes were held.

Read the full news release here

Women of Courage and Vision Reception

The Minnesota State Mankato Women's Center and the President's Commission on the Status of Women celebrate women with courage and vision with a yearly reception. Hundreds of women who make a difference on the University campus are recognized at the event.

This year's reception will be Wednesday, March 1 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

All students, faculty members and employees are encouraged to nominate any woman at the university who they believe portrays courage and vision. The nominee can be a student, faculty or staff member. Online nominations are due by Feb. 17. 

Visit the President's Commission on the Status of Women website for more information.

Student-Athletes Excel in Academics

Student-athletes at Minnesota State Mankato posted a 3.24 combined grade point average in the 2016 fall semester, an increase from the department's combined GPA of 3.17 from the 2015 fall semester. The women's combined GPA in the fall was 3.39 and the men's combined GPA in the fall was 3.05.

This is also the fifth consecutive semester that all of the women’s teams had at least a 3.00 GPA, and it is the first time since fall 2011 that all women’s programs had at least a 3.25 GPA. Additionally, 64.4% of student-athletes posted at least a 3.00 GPA this past semester and there were 82 perfect 4.0 GPAs (highest amount since record 102 in spring 2018; fourth-highest total on record), and 215 Dean’s List honorees (highest mark since spring 2012).

Presidential Diversity Award Nominations