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September 13, 2017 Campus Newsletter

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Hubbard Building Open House

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Division of Strategic Partnerships invites the Mankato-area community to attend an open house Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4-7:30 p.m. at its new location in the Hubbard Building in Old Town Mankato (424 N. Riverfront Drive).

The free open house will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about ways to collaborate with students, faculty and staff at an easily accessible downtown location. Parking is available adjacent to the Hubbard Building.

The open house will feature a short program at 5:30 p.m. University representatives will be available to discuss various partnership opportunities. More information is available here.

Purple & Gold Gala

Faculty and staff are invited to help celebrate and thank the University's generous alumni, friends, and community partners at the Purple & Gold Gala on Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union. Cost is $75 per person.

The Gala is an annual event welcoming new members into the Purple & Gold Society (our society to recognize generous lifetime donors).

For a list of this year’s honorees, visit To sign up to attend, arrange payment, and choose an entrée, please contact Becky Miller at or 507-389-1798 by Friday, Sept. 15.

'Seeing the Racial Water' Workshop

The Center for Maverick Partnerships and Student Support is sponsoring a free workshop, "Seeing the Racial Water," by Robin DiAngelo on Friday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. No sign-up is necessary, and students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

DiAngelo is a nationally recognized critical race and social justice educator and author ("Is Everyone Really Equal" and "What Does It Mean to Be White?"). She is a master teacher who received two Students’ Choice for Educator of the Year awards at the University of Washington.

A description of the workshop says: What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of white people, explain what makes racism so hard for white people to see, and identify common white racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.

For more information, contact Anne Dahlman, director of the Honors Program and professor of K-12 and secondary programs, at 507-389-5703 or by email at

Star Gazing Opportunities

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to visit Standeford Observatory on clear Thursday evenings during the fall to see a variety of celestial objects through observatory telescopes.

Celestial objects on the fall observing list include the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters and a host of colorful binary stars.

The fall observing season runs between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. The public may visit Standeford Observatory (free admission) on Thursday evenings from 8:30-10:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, Sept. 7, and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 16.

More information is available here.

Lunch & Learn; Leadership U

Student Activities is sponsoring two "lunch and learns" for students. The events will be facilitated by local professionals from a variety of organizations and industries. Students are invited to come for free food, networking with local professionals and building leadership skills.

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12-1 p.m., Career Development Center
Topic: Getting Organized
Facilitator: Colby Staloch & Patrick Schmidt, Northwestern Mutual

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12-1 p.m., Career Development Center
Topic: Meetings
Facilitator: Anna Larson, Carlson Craft

Leadership U is a program that provides opportunities to students to grow as leaders of their communities. Facilitators from the Minnesota State Mankato community (faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students) will lead participants in an interactive learning session to analyze and build leadership skills. Students are invited to gain some skills while having fun with other leaders on campus.

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5-6 p.m., CSU 245                                       
Topic: Interpersonal Interaction, Productive Relationships
Facilitator: TBD

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-7 p.m., CSU 245                                         
Topic: Interpersonal Interaction, Appropriate Interaction
Facilitator: TBD

WIOA Certification

University Extended Education, which has offices in the Alumni & Foundation Center on campus and other off-campus locations, has been working to identify linkages with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Enacted in 2014, this Department of Labor legislation provides a variety of assistance to individuals seeking to advance their careers and obtain productive employment with competitive compensation through the attainment of nationally recognized credentials. Administered through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, significant tuition resources are available for certified programs.

Over the last several weeks, the University's Extended Education team has obtained WIOA certification for all available programs currently offered through University Extended Education, meaning eligible participants can benefit from tuition assistance -- making the prospect of completing or returning to school easier.

University Extended Education’s goal for its WIOA certification is to be the resource within the community for individuals in transition to obtain the credentials they need through the superior education they demand.

Going forward, University Extended Education’s outreach efforts will include continuing to craft partnerships within the community to market this newly obtained certification and position Minnesota State Mankato as an institution invested in generating a quality workforce and increased self-sufficiency in the economy.

Sept. 13-14: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host poet and novelist Juan Felipe Herrera and Alyssa Striplin, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13-14, as the first two of eight writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Sept. 13, Herrera will hold a “Talk on Craft,” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 150 Stadium Court in Mankato. Following Herrera’s talk, an event titled “An Evening with Juan Felipe Herrera and the Aktion Club Theatre Poets” will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, located in the Jane Earley Performing Arts Center at Minnesota State Mankato.

The following day (Sept. 14) will feature two events. Herrera will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato. Then from 7:30-8:30 p.m., there will be a reading with Nadine B. Andreas graduate assistant Alyssa Striplin in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public. A news release is available here.

For photos or more information, contact Diana Joseph at or 507-389-5144 or visit the Good Thunder Reading Series website.

Sept. 13-16: Theatre Season Opens with 'Torture'

The start of the 2017-18 Studio Season opens Sept. 13-16 with the show, “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.” The play will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts.

By Christopher Durang, the play tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

Directed by Donald C. Hart, 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. Season tickets to all six Mainstage shows are $100 and on sale through Oct. 8. The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at

Sept. 15: Depression Screenings

The Counseling Center is offering depression screenings for students on the morning of Friday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon in CSU Room 285.

This is an opportunity for students to complete a written screening questionnaire and discuss the questionnaire and their results with a mental health professional.

Screenings are anonymous, confidential, and free.

Additionally, educational materials on the signs and symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders will be provided, as well as connecting students to various resources.

Sept. 17: The Dumpy Jug Bumpers

The Dumpy Jug Bumpers perform on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall stage of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Dumpy Jug Bumpers are a string band that brings back the old-time sounds of country blues, ragtime and jug band music from the era of 78-RPM records. Playing a menagerie of acoustic string and mouth instruments, they transform any stage into a barrelhouse romp.

Concert admission is $12, $11 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 should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 18: 'The Day the 60s Died' Film Showing

Library Services at Minnesota State Mankato invites the campus and local community to a Common Read film showing of "The Day the 60’s Died: The Kent State Shootings," on Monday, Sept. 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.

The film examines the conflicts and controversy surrounding events that occurred during the spring of 1970, as told by the people who witnessed the events. These actions include the May 4 shootings at Kent State, battles in the Cambodian jungle, construction workers fighting anti-war demonstrators on Wall Street and the police shootings at Jackson State College.

The film reinforces themes and topics found in this year’s Common Read book, "Out of Chaos."

The late 60’s and early 70’s were a turbulent time for many people across the country, including those at Minnesota State Mankato. In remembrance of these tragedies, a Kent State-Jackson State memorial can be found on campus at the northwest corner of Morris Hall. It was dedicated in 1972 to the students who were killed or wounded at Kent State-Jackson State and reads, "HATE, WAR, POVERTY AND RACISM ARE BURIED HERE."

In the tradition of the Common Read, an audience discussion will follow after the movie showing. Light refreshments will be offered. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Monika Antonelli, Common Read chair at 507-389-2507 or

Sept. 18: 28th annual Leonard A. Ford Lectures

Sarah Hobbie, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, will deliver two lectures at Minnesota State Mankato on Monday, Sept. 18 as part of the 28th annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship.

Both lectures, free and open to the public, will be held on campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Hobbie’s first lecture, titled “Interacting global element cycles: Nitrogen constraints on the changing global carbon cycle,” will be held at 10 a.m. Her second lecture, titled “Trees, pets, and people: A watershed approach to understanding urban water pollution,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. A news release is available here.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Geology in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology. For more information, contact Christine Cords, office manager in the Department of Chemistry and Geology, at 507-389-1963, or

Sept. 19: Dusty Heart Concert

Minnesota State Mankato's Performance Series presents Dusty Heart featuring Molly Dean and Barbara Jean, appearing on stage Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Molly Dean and Barbara Jean met as musicians often do — being in the same venue at the same time — and they not only became friends but found that their voices blended beautifully. They also share common friendships within the Minnesota music scene, and they soon found enough support to start playing out as Dusty Heart.

The two songwriters are recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles. With Dusty Heart, the two women create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own.

Concert admission is $12 and $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 22-24: Family Weekend

Minnesota State Mankato's 2017 "Family Weekend" is scheduled for Sept. 22-24, and faculty and staff are welcome to bring their families and participate. Most weekend events are free with a family weekend wristband (you get a wristband for free just by registering) and other events are offered at a reduced rate.

For more information, click on the family weekend website, or send an email to Nikki Stock at

Sept. 24: Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble

The Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble will perform Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The ensemble is a semi-professional group comprised of faculty, community members, music teachers, music students, and professional musicians. The concert promises to be a very diverse program blending core wind band works with new works.

The group is in its 13th season and continues to perform demanding music with a group of very talented musicians.

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 should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 25: Mindful Mile Walk

Campus Recreation and University Dining Services invite the campus community to participate in the "Mindful Mile" walk Monday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those wishing to participate are asked to meet at the front doors of Centennial Student Union (on South Road). The one-mile walking route will conclude at the walk's starting point.

For more information, contact Devyn Rohlk, marketing specialist in University Dining Services, at 507-389-1289 or by email at

Sept. 26-27: Cuba(n) Conversations

The University's Department of World Languages and Cultures is hosting Alberto González Rivero, who is from Cuba, to lead discussions Sept. 26-27 that are part of the College of Arts and Humanities 2017 Nadine B. Andreas Speaker Series.

González Rivero was a K-12 teacher who has worked as an interpreter/translator for the past 24 years. He will share his perspectives on Cuba following the revolution in two discussions that are free and open to the public.

He will share his understanding of the role of education in the K-12 and higher education environment in Cuba, his knowledge of how worldwide efforts for justice and peace impact Cubans and others in today’s world, his perspective of the critical need for preparing multilingual students for leadership in a global workplace, and his impressive experience as a “country boy” who “made it” as an author/translator and interpreter to better our world through “translating Cuba” for others.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., González Rivero will give a presentation titled "Mind Games in Translation" in Memorial Library 45.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., González Rivero will speak on "Cuba Today: Much More than Cigars, Rum, Salsa & Old American Cars" in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. From 8-8:30 p.m., following his presentation, González Rivero will be available to sign copies of his 2014 book, "Born to Translate Cuba: A Country Boy's Dream Come True," which is available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

Oct. 2: Memorial Library Celebrates 50 Years

Minnesota State Mankato and Library Services invite the community to join a celebration of Memorial Library's 50th year on Monday, Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m.

While Memorial Library has experienced many changes over the last 50 years, one thing remains constant. The Memorial Library continues to be the academic center for Minnesota State Mankato. As part of its vision, Library Services facilitates discovery, study, learning and scholarship; creates a physically and virtually accessible environment, leads in campus collaboration and anticipates and embraces transformational change.

When the Memorial Library opened its doors Oct. 2, 1967, the library's holdings included 160,000 volumes and 1,600 periodicals. Today, about six times as many books (more than a million) and 60 times as many online and print periodicals (more than 100,000) are available to library users, in addition to a vast Inter-Library Loan network that reaches around the world. The library building was expanded with a major building project in 1992, and today also has an "all-weather" pedestrian connection to other campus buildings.

Joan Roca, dean of Library Services, encourages former students and all interested community members to come and experience the transformations.

"It is very fitting that the University's celebration of the 150th year since its foundation include recognition that our 50-year-old Memorial Library can be proudly showcased as a modern facility offering a caring and professional staff, high-quality services, carefully selected resources in many formats, state-of-the-art technologies, and a variety of comfortable, flexible study spaces to serve the needs of 21st century students," said Roca.

For more information, contact Leslie Peterson at 507-389-5952 or by email at

Student News

Research by Clayton Anzalone, a Department of Geography graduate student, and a UW-Eau Claire undergraduate student was highlighted Sept. 6 on the American Association of Geographers' Instagram account and Facebook account.

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Students has awarded the Minnesota State Mankato chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta with a 2017 Delta Gold award for the 73 percent increase in the chapter's membership from the 2015-16 year to the 2016-17 year.

Two business "start-up" projects led by Minnesota State Mankato students are among 24 projects that have advanced to the final round of the Minnesota Cup competition. The projects include Iron Range Makerspace LLC and UnderRecruited Preps. The competition began with 80 teams.

Five Minnesota State Mankato student teams have been selected to participate in the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation's third annual Entrepreneurial Bridge competition, which will be held Sept. 18-19 in Austin, Minn. The names of the participating Minnesota State Mankato teams are EnduraMark; The Social Butterfly; Gamer Haven; WEBYTOR; and Primate Longboards.

Faculty/Staff News

Kent Stanley, vice president of University Advancement, joined leaders from Purdue, Kansas State and Gustavus in addressing 200 advancement leaders from across the country on the future of philanthropy Aug. 30 at the Reeher Vista Executive Conference.

Julie Frederick, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, was appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Board of Nursing's board of directors for the next four years.

Lori Piowlski, associate professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, recently published a book, "Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools: All Means All!"

Cindra Kamphoff, professor in the Department of Sports and Exercise Psychology and director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, recently published a book, "Beyond Grit." She held a book signing at the Verizon Center in Mankato on Aug. 31, and an article about the book was published in the Mankato Free Press.

Jose Javier Lopez, professor in the Department of Geography, authored a paper about his research on sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors that will appear at the end of September in the 13th Volume, issue #3, of the Journal of Social Sciences. The title of the article is “The Geography of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children in Minnesota, 2007-2015.”

Greg Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, had his art, “On Butterfly Wings,” selected in the Red Wing Arts Association’s curated exhibition, “Farm to Table.”

Performance Series Director Dale Haefner (Department of Music) was referenced on page 31 of the Fall 2017 edition of Inside Arts, the magazine of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. The article featured the Midnimo grant program which supports three Midwestern communities in finding unity and connection through Somali music.  

Faculty members Jennifer Londgren and Thad Shunkwiler, assistant professors in the Department of Health Science, were highlighted along with the University's Alcohol and Drug Studies Program in a recent KEYC TV news story about an Aug. 30 opioid symposium that was held on campus.

Kristi Rendahl, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Corrections, has been invited to present at the 2017 Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) Summit, which will be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in October. The presentation will be about organizational development work with torture rehabilitation organizations in post- and current conflict contexts. The theme of this year's Summit is "Building Resiliency in a Changing World."

Department News

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology has published its "Good News" for spring 2017.

IT Solutions shared an email that details information from the Minnesota State system office on domain changes in email and website addresses. The information is available here.

IT Solutions announced that it has improved its Scantron process for all instructors in order to provide the best quality service with the quickest turnaround times. Learn about that procedure here: Scantron Drop-off/Pick-up Procedure. Also, the request form has been updated. The only form that will be accepted is available here: Test Scanning Request Form (PDF download).

The Good Thunder Reading Series held an open house and reading Sept. 9 to celebrate two chapbooks of stories and poetry written during two five-week workshops -- one for Somali youth and one for the children's mothers -- that were held simultaneously this summer at the Islamic Center in Mankato. The complete announcement is available here.

The Student Events Team is planning a variety of events, including outdoor movies, hot air balloon rides and much more, this fall. Click here for more information.


David E. Larsen, an educator of Dakota history and culture at Minnesota State Mankato for 10 years, died Sept. 2. An obituary is available 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!


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, Sept. 27. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Sept. 22).

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