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March 29, 2017 Campus Newsletter

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Spring Break Service Projects

Students helping others on a community service project

While many Minnesota State University, Mankato students headed home or to tropical places with their friends on spring break, 10 Maverick Greek members joined 50 other students and spent their time helping others on a community service road trip called the "Pay It Forward Tour."

The tour allowed students the opportunity to serve, lead and learn in a seven-day trip to six different large cities across America.

The Pay It Forward Tour was organized and planned by two Maverick Greek college students who are part of Students Today Leaders Forever.

Service projects included working in a food bank to package food in Colombia, Mo., improving and cleaning a local park in Jonesboro, Ark., working with plants in Memphis, Tenn., sorting sorting Mardi Gras beads in New Orleans and more.

"The trip featured students from all different clubs and groups on campus," said student Derek Herzog, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. "Everyone became best friends by the end of the trip."

Leadership U

Leadership U logoLeadership U, a department within Student Activities, is looking to create a directory of both faculty and students here on campus that would be interested in investing and sharing their knowledge with students by facilitating workshop(s) on campus.

Those interested in the personal and professional development of students through group facilitation, please contact Myles Olson, strategic direction coordinator, at

Veterans Club 22 Pushup Challenge

Veterans Club 22 Push-Up Challenge posterFor the third year in a row, in an effort to raise awareness of the high suicide rate of veterans, the Veterans Club is hosting its 22 Pushup Challenge.

The challenge begins Monday, April 3 and will take place each weekday throughout the month of April. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Participants are asked to meet at the fountain in front of the Centennial Student Union at 11:45 a.m. and do 22 push-ups. If the weather is bad, the event will move inside Centennial Student Union in the Lincoln Lounge.

The event is designed to raise awareness of the reality that, on average, 22 military veterans commit suicide in the United States every day, according to a 2012 data report issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The Veterans Club counts the collective pushups completed each day and has set a goal of 10,000 total pushups this year.

For more information, contact the Minnesota State Mankato Veterans Resource Center at 507-389-5726.

Maverick Bowler Qualifies for Nationals

Will MateffyFor only the second time in Minnesota State Mankato history, a bowler has qualified for the collegiate national bowling finals.

Will Mateffy, a member of the Maverick men’s bowling team, bowled a six-game total of 1,325 points to place sixth out of 261 bowlers at the sectional tournament March 10-12 in Addison, Ill.

His performance earned him an all-expense paid invitation from United States Bowling Congress to the bowling finals April 16-23 in Baton Rouge, La. The list of national qualifiers will be narrowed to a five finalists competing in a CBS televised championship round.

“This is an amazing achievement,” said Maverick Bowling Coach Kyle Bischoff. “He is only the second to get this far in Minnesota State Mankato history.”

Mateffy, a junior business management major from Victoria, Minn., bowled a high game of 277 with a six-game average of 220 to be among nine sectional bowlers advancing to the nationals.

Storytelling About College

A diverse group of story tellers will describe what it’s like to face adversity and triumph while attending college in an event that is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The 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. The Department of Communication Studies, part of the University's College of Arts and Humanities, is collaborating with the “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” initiative in holding this event.

Each story teller will present an engaging and compelling personal story about his or her college experience, to include both joys and challenges that may have been made more complex by identity issues such as race, ethnicity, disability, first-generation status, etc.

For more information about the Wednesday, March 29 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

Welter World Citizen Award

Minnesota State Mankato student Gulmira Fazilova is one of 20 students in the Minnesota State system designated to receive a $500 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.

The purpose of theannual award is to provide a tribute to Minnesota State students who most exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen.

Lifelong Learners Spring 2017 Program 

The Mankato Area Lifelong Learners will be hosting a series of presentations and speakers from April through June.

Topics include four different sessions on "The Aging Brain"; "Pakistan, the Country, Culture and Education System"; "Efforts to Improve Water in Lakes and Streams of Blue Earth County"; "Identity Theft"; six different "Spring Bird Walks"; and many more sessions.

Cost of quarterly presentations and the speaker series are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Online registration is available at Choose "Class Schedule," and then click on "Register Online Now." For more information, call 507-389-2011.

‘American Politics & Our Democratic Principles’

The Office of the Provost announced that five events would be held on campus in a spring 2017 Colloquium Series on “American Politics & Our Democratic Principles.”

All members of the campus community and the general public are invited to attend this reflective and intellectually engaging series. Speakers from across the Minnesota State Mankato campus will share their expertise and views. Each event will be followed by deliberative discussions and light refreshments. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 21, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, "Separation of Church & State: Constitutional Principles, Contemporary Issues"
  • Tuesday, March 28, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, "Current Geopolitical Conflict Zones: Critical Issues for America"
  • Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Morris Hall 102, "The Role of the Media in a Democratic Society"
  • Monday, April 10, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, "Sanctuary Campus, Safe Spaces: What Can Our University Do?"
  • Wednesday, April 19, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, "What Should I Say & How Should I Say It? Communication Strategies for Challenging Conversations"

Specific details for each session, including the panel of speakers and their respective topics, will be share the week before the event. The format for each session will be a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, three-four speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome.

SAS Data Analytics Workshop

Thanks to sponsorships from a group of four industry partners and Minnesota State Mankato's Division of Strategic Partnerships and College of Science, Engineering and Technology, two trainers from SAS, the world's largest privately held software company, were on campus last week to conduct training for 39 students and 11 faculty on Friday and Saturday.

The goal of the workshop, titled "Harnessing Value from Data," was to get students excited about the field of big data and provide them an opportunity to engage with industry representatives.

Students attending the conference were primarily student members of the DREAM (DATA Resources for Eager and Analytical Minds) organization.

The training was held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. For more information about the workshop, contact faculty member Rajeev Bukralia from the Department of Computer Information Science.

March 27-May 3: Senior Art Exhibits

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students are displaying their art at the University’s Conkling Gallery from March 27 to May 3 in three annual senior exhibits.

All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, during gallery hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits). The public is welcome to meet all students of each art gallery on the first night of every exhibit. A reception was held March 27 for the first exhibit, and receptions will be held at 7 p.m. in the gallery for the next two exhibits on April 10 and April 24.

A complete list of students displaying art in each exhibit is available here.

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

March 29-April 1: 'And Baby Makes Seven'

In 1984, when “And Baby Makes Seven” first was produced, you couldn’t turn on the TV and see LGBT families simply living their lives among other more “traditional” families, whether it be on the news or in fiction.

As such, the characters in Paula Vogel’s play live in the closet, lacking the marriage and adoption rights (among various other civil liberties) that they would have today. This Minnesota State Mankato Theatre and Dance premiere opens Wednesday, March 29.

The play follows Anna, Ruth and Peter who are awaiting the arrival of their newborn child. But first they must rid the crowded apartment of their three imaginary children. The boundaries in the family dynamics between illusion and reality, power and subjection, and friendship and love are so porous, the play redefines “family.”

Directed by Kristin Fox, “And Baby Makes Seven” will run 7:30 p.m. March 29-April 1 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato.

Tickets are $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.

March 31: Minnesota National Geographic Bee

Approximately 100 students in grades four through eight from throughout Minnesota will compete Friday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Minnesota National Geographic State Bee, held this year in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

According to a media advisory, the state bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The state winner will qualify to advance to compete May 14-17 in the National Geographic Bee Championship at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The competition is not open to the public. A limited number of guests of each participant may attend.

For more information on the Minnesota competition, please contact Minnesota State Bee Coordinator Kerri Westgard at or 701-219-4404.

April 2-8: Somali Artist Nimco Yasin

The Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series will feature London-based Somali singer Nimco Yasin (pronounced NIH-moh Yah-SEEN) in a series of community and classroom residency events April 2 through April 8.

A finale concert will take place on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. with Nimco Yasin (pictured) and also featuring Iskalaji and special guest Rahmo Rose. The concert will take place at the South Central College Conference Center, 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato.

General admission concert admission is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the concert. Admission is free for anyone with any student ID. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Other public events during Yasin's Mankato residency include:

  • "Meet and greet" session with community Somali and non-Somali women from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Somali Community Barwaaqo Organization (227 E. Main Str., Mankato). The event will be facilitated by Fardousa Jama, and the discussion will center on the empowerment of women and other issues facing the participants.
  • "Meet and greet" game night from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in Minnesota State Mankato's Centennial Student Union. The event will be facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Dale Haefner and David Gadberry and Somali Student Association Vice President Abdul Aziz. Yasin will meet with students from the Somali Student Association and other students at Minnesota State Mankato. In addition, students and Yasin will participate in the traditional Somali board game, Landu.

April 3: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors (pictured), one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, will present the 13th annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

In her lecture, which is free and open to the public, Cullors will discuss social injustice, discrimination and her commitment to activism.

According to a bio on her website, Cullors, from Los Angeles, is an “artist, organizer and freedom fighter.” Her bio also lists her as a performance activist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker and an NAACP History Maker. Among the many awards she has received for activism and movement building, the Los Angeles Times named Cullors as a civil rights leader for the 21st Century and Glamour named her a 2016 Woman of the Year.

For more information, please contact Renée Turgeon, assistant director of the Women’s Center at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6147 or by email at For more information about Cullors’ lecture or other Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center events, visit or call the Women’s Center at 507-389-6146.

April 3-4: Anila Quayyum Agha Artist in Residency

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha will deliver a public artist’s lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3 in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium at Minnesota State Mankato. Agha’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Agha is the next featured artist in the University’s Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Residency and Lecture Series. She will be consulting with classes as an artist-in-residence from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 3-4 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Nelson Hall.

According to a bio on her website, Agha works in a cross-disciplinary fashion with mixed media, creating artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media and social and gender roles in our current cultural and global scenario. As a result, her artwork is conceptually challenging, producing complicated weaves of thought, artistic action and social experience.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2016-2017 Conkling Gallery Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is located here.

April 6: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host author Nick Flynn Thursday, April 6 as the final visiting writer in the 2016-17 Good Thunder Reading Series.

Flynn (pictured) will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery (523 S. Second St. in Mankato), and 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 Flynn will read from his work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Flynn is the author of three memoirs, “The Reenactments,” “The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment” and “Another Bull**** Night in Suck City,” which has been made into a film, “Being Flynn.” “Being Flynn” starred Robert DeNiro as Flynn’s father, and Julianne Moore and Paul Dano were in the cast. Flynn is also the author of four books, “My Feelings,” “The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands,” “Some Ether,” which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and “Blind Huber.”

For photos or more information, contact Diana Joseph at or 507-389-5144.

April 6: 'Kato Ninja Warrior' Competition

Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Events Team is holding an obstacle course competition event patterned after the TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” that will be held Thursday, April 6 from 8-9 p.m. in Bresnan Arena, located in the Taylor Center on the University campus.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public with general admission seating. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Similar as in the TV show, 15 contestants will test their physical abilities by attempting to navigate various obstacles in front of a live audience. The contestants will attempt to run up and get to the top of a 12-foot “warped wall” and get through other obstacles such as “wipeout,” “triple steps,” “uneven ladder” and a “salmon ladder.”

The winner of the evening competition will be crowned “Kato Ninja Warrior.”

Conquer Ninja Warrior, which has locations in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Woodbury, Minn., will provide the obstacles for the event as well as commentators.

The 15 contestants in the evening time trials will be determined by performances in time trials that will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. the day of the event. Minnesota State Mankato students may sign up for free for the time trials. The public may sign up online for a limited number of spots in the time trials. Cost is $10.

For more information on the event, contact Dustin Slaughter, Student Events Team special events chair, by email at or by phone at 507-380-6076.

April 7: ROTC Hall of Fame

Minnesota State Mankato’s Army ROTC program will induct Army Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jeff Bertrang into its Hall of Fame in a 5 p.m. ceremony on Friday, April 7 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Joining Bertrang in speaking at the ceremony will be Dennis Murphy, professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Military Science.

Bertrang, who retired from the military in 2012 after 29 years of service, currently serves as the superintendent of the New Ulm Public School system in New Ulm, Minn.

After enlisting in the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1983, Bertrang was commissioned in 1985 through Minnesota State Mankato. He earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching and a master’s degree in education.  

He held many staff positions and commanded at all levels until his final assignment as assistant division commander-maneuver of the 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard. He served a tour of duty as the Division G3 in Kosovo and commanded Task Force 32 during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minn.

In addition to numerous military honors, Bertrang was named Minnesota High School Principal of the Year in 2009.

For more information, please contact Cadet Bryce Hickman at or Capt. John Dart at or by phone 507-389-1524.

April 9: International Festival

A day celebrating global unity and regional cultural enrichment through food, family fun and fashion is planned as the Mankato Area International Festival returns Sunday, April 9 to the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State Mankato.

“Rhythm of Our Nations” is the theme for this year’s annual festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be highlighted by international food sampling and free entertainment. Admission is free and free adjacent parking is available on campus. Festival information is available online here.

The largest one-day event held annually in the CSU is coordinated by the Kearney International Center at Minnesota State Mankato with assistance from international student volunteers. The festival is funded in part through the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

The festival opens at 11 a.m. with a ceremonial Native American smudging ritual in the CSU Hearth Lounge that will be led by Glenn Wasicuna, a world language adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato. Immediately following the smudging, the traditional flag parade will include nearly 100 international flags carried by Minnesota State Mankato international students.

Other activities throughout the day include international foods, international entertainment, an international bazaar featuring cultural booths, a Children’s World activity center and a silent auction. Among key attractions at the annual International Festival is a range of free entertainment by regional professional performers as well as international student groups.

Guests to the international festival will be able to purchase sample portions of a variety of international cuisine prepared by local vendors and international student organizations. Vendors will be on the main and lower levels of the CSU as well as in the cultural bazaar area of the CSU Ballroom. The ballroom also offers an assortment of games, crafts and activities for youth in the children’s world area. Read the full news release here.

April 10: 'The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae'

Matt Cecil, dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Arts and Humanities, will give a presentation titled "The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae: Great Plains Outlaws Who Became FBI Public Enemies Nos. 1 and 2" Monday, April 10 at 5 p.m. in 201 Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Cecil's lecture is also the title of a book he wrote. The book tells the story of a damaged small-town girl and her petty criminal husband, whose low-key crime spree became, as True magazine proclaimed in 1940, "The Crimson Trail of Public Enemies One and Two."

For more information, please contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618 or email at

April 10: Two Events on Refugee Experience

Two events about the refugee experience are scheduled for Monday, April 10.

In the first event, Institutional Diversity and Student Activities have partnered to bring a multimedia exhibition on "Understanding the Refugee Experience through the Photographs of James Bowey" to the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The basis for the multimedia presentation is the rising number of globally displaced people as a result of ongoing world conflict, poverty and climate change and how these challenges lead to consideration of the basic human rights for all and one's global responsibilities to others.

Bowey is a documentary photographer who explores issues of human rights and social connection. The multimedia exhibit re-packages Bowey's poignant contemporary photographic exhibit, "When Home Won't Let You Stay," into an approximately 15-minute visual presentation, with music added.

The second April 10 event, "Refugees: Join the Discussion," is an evening activity-based discussion on refugees that will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. The public and campus community are invited to come share opinions around common perceptions, hear stories of the refugee experience and more.

Bowey will speak and facilitate various parts of the discussion, and YWCA Program Manager Ayan Musse will also speak and lead an activity.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by a Student Activities and Minnesota State Student Association partnership with funding support from the Office of the President and Office of the Provost.

April 11: Undergraduate Research Symposium

Minnesota State Mankato will host its 19th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 11. The event will be held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom and is open to the public as well as the campus community.

Students from across the University will be presenting their research, creative and scholarly projects through poster presentations, oral papers, visual art, displays and performance art. More information is available at

Minnesota State Mankato’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium acquaints undergraduates with the process and rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner in an academic setting.

Minnesota State Mankato established its Undergraduate Research Center in 2009 and in April 2012 was host for the first Minnesota Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity, with participation from six Minnesota state universities. In January 2015, the Council on Undergraduate Research, an organization that promotes high-quality faculty-undergraduate collaborative research and scholarly work, recognized Minnesota State Mankato as a national leader in undergraduate research.

SBS Community Service Awards

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences held a Community Service Award Reception on March 22. The College's Community Service Award winners were chosen based on one or more of these criteria: length of service; level of commitment; scope of volunteer activity; Initiative in providing service; creative, innovative solutions to problems; and demonstration of leadership ability.

Two clubs and nine individual winners were recognized during the event. 

Clubs recognized were the Social Work Club and the School Psychology Society. The nine individual winners included: Karisa Zachar (Perry Wood Community Service Award Winner); Emily Wilson; Abby Streetar; Andreea Bogdan; Elizabeth Guss; Paige Heinrich; Mara Soupir; Abby Hoy; and Sung Man Kang.

Student News

Megan Sandberg (Environmental Science, '17) was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship in Ecuador for the 2017-2018 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. More information is available here.

Brooke Jones (Biology, '18) has been awarded a position with the Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Jones will receive a $4,000 stipend to support an intensive 10-week laboratory experience. The Amgen Scholars Program is designed to recruit exceptional students interested in careers in biological and biomedical sciences. Scholars will engage in an independent research project under faculty mentorship.

On March 23, students in Tom Inglot’s US Foreign Policy Course – POL 434/534, including undergraduate students Cole Buffington, Emily Eide, Brooke Emmons, Ian English, Leke Hoxha, Sam Kohner, Matthew Moler, Derek Ringhand, Ramiro Vinan Vega, and one graduate student, Adrienne Gruenes (Mass Communication), participated in a special, scheduled call-in lecture on U.S.-Russia Relations featuring Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. Ramiro Vinan Vega, a political science minor, was selected to ask a question during the Q&A session. The special lecture was organized by the Council on Foreign Relations outreach program in New York, and approximately 54 institutions nationally participated in the call.

Faculty/Staff News

Sara Frederick was named senior director of integrated marketing in the Office of Integrated Marketing, which is part of the Division of University Advancement, effective March 22. She has served as director of content marketing since 2012.

Chip Panahon, associate professor and program director in the School Psychology Doctoral Program, was chosen by the Minnesota State Mankato President's Commission on Diversity to represent the University as a fellow to the 2017 Executive Leadership Academy. The academy is sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education and will be held from July 10-14 at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.

Lenny Koupal, communications coordinator in Centennial Student Union, wrote a story on trends in college programming in response to a request from a presenter at the National Student Union Conference. The story has been published on the CSU blog.

Chris Veltsos, associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Science, and Paul Ferrillo, co-author of a book, "Take Back Control of you Cybersecurity Now — Game Changing Concepts on AI and Cyber Governance for Executives," with Veltsos, recorded a series of nine podcasts in December and January about their book for IBM's SecurityIntelligence program. IBM has informed Veltsos and Ferrillo that the podcasts have been listened to over 4,400 times. The podcasts are posted on Veltsos' LinkedIn page.

Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, an assistant professor in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute, was recently selected to receive the University of Louisville's John M. Houchens Prize for Outstanding Dissertation by the Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council for the U of L's May commencement.

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 March 17 edition of the Community Engagement newsletter is now available. The newsletters can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of the page at this link or by sending an email to and requesting a copy.

The College of Business announced that Nu Chi Beta Alpha Psi at Minnesota State Mankato was officially installed March 17 as a chapter, making it the first chapter in the state of Minnesota. Beta Alpha Psi, described on its website as the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals, was established in 1919 and has more than 300 chapters across the United States. Three national officers from Beta Alpha Psi traveled to Mankato for the installation.

In the Rankings

College Values Online recently named Minnesota State Mankato as "one of the best value colleges for an online master's in communication degrees." Minnesota State Mankato was ranked second out of 30 colleges or universities listed in the rankings. 

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