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October 11, 2017 Campus Newsletter

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Career and Internship Expo

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Career and Internship Expo is Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 17-18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

On Tuesday, employers with an emphasis in science, engineering, technology and construction with be featured. On Wednesday, employers with an emphasis in business, communications, human services and health care will be featured.

The event, organized by the University's Career Development Center, is free for students and alumni and open to all majors. Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by. More information can be found online.

 Reasons for faculty and staff to participate include:

  • Network with faculty, staff, employers and students.
  • Enhance your PDR for article 22, criterion 4, contribution to student grown & development. Documentation will be emailed after the event.
  • Faculty and staff receive a complimentary professional photo from the Career Development Center.

Poker Walk

The Wellness at Work Committee invites campus employees to participate in a walk around campus on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The walk will begin at the fountain outside Centennial Student Union and continue through campus -- making designated stops to fill participants' "poker hands."

The employees with the top three poker hands will win a prize!

In case of inclement weather, the walk will begin indoors near the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Minnesota State Mankato’s Violence Awareness & Response Program is holding events throughout October to help raise awareness for domestic and intimate partner violence, commemorate victims of domestic violence and to call for an end to domestic violence. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month events at Minnesota State University, Mankato, contact Laura Schultz, violence awareness & response coordinator, at or 507-389-5127.

The Violence Awareness and Response Program is part of the Women’s Center at the University. It provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

The mission of the Women’s Center is to foster a healthy, safe, and engaging campus community by enabling the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Minnesota State Mankato. The Women’s Center provides programs, connections, advocacy, services and leadership opportunities for all Minnesota State Mankato students.

Learning Communities

The [PDF] call for proposals for Learning Communities (539 KiB) for next academic year is now open, and proposals will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 20.

Students involved with Learning Communities at Minnesota State Mankato have proven to have higher retention rates, higher grade point averages and a higher completion rate than their non-enrolled peers.

Those completing the proposal form are asked to complete the 10 questions and the course selection section, route for dean’s signature and return to or send via campus mail to Learning Communities CR C131.

Notifications to proposal submitters will be sent out by mid-November with confirmation if the Learning Community will be offered.

To learn more about Minnesota State Mankato’s Learning Community program, please visit the Learning Communities Web page or stop by the Learning Communities Program Office in Crawford C-131. Please refer questions to Jean Clarke, Learning Community program coordinator, who can be reached by phone at 507-389-1450.

Lunch & Learn; U-Lead Conference

Student Activities is sponsoring an upcoming "lunch and learn" for students. "Lunch and learn" events are 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, Oct. 24, 12-1 p.m., Career Development Center
Topic: Fostering collaboration                                                          
Facilitator: Soroush Yousefisahi, Kerry Ingredient & Flavors

U-LEAD is a leadership conference that was traditionally hosted by Greek Life, but is now put on in collaboration with various Student Affairs offices at Minnesota State Mankato. The 2017 conference is Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5-8 p.m.

There will be two sessions with 10 topics hosted during each session, and student participants will choose one topic session to attend for each session. Students can register on OrgSync on the Leadership U portal. A limited number of spots are available for the free dinner. Registrations that include the dinner will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The basic agenda is as follows:

Session 1: 5-5:50 p.m.                                       
Session 2: 6-6:50 p.m.                   
Free Dining Etiquette Dinner: 7-8 p.m.
Dessert Mingle: 8 p.m.

Advising Forums

Advising Forum meets a few times each semester to discuss trends and issues in academic advising. Members of the campus community who want to know more about these timely topics are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sara Granberg-Rademacker, Trudy Kunkel or Marie Slotemaker.

A forum will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 9-10 a.m. in CSU 238 on the topic of Mav Connect. The next forum will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9-10 a.m. in CSU 204 on the topic of emergency grants.

Oct. 5-21: Department of Art Sesquicentennial Exhibition

In celebration of the sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of Minnesota State Mankato, the University's Department of Art is sponsoring an exhibition of new work by alumni, current faculty, and faculty emeriti at Mankato’s Carnegie Art Center (120 South Broad St.) from Oct. 5-21. Hours are Thursdays from 1-7 p.m., Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Titled "Faculty, Emeriti, Alumni, 150," this first-time exhibition highlights 40 years of artistic activity nurtured and inspired by the University’s acclaimed Department of Art, the academic home of nationally and internationally renowned artists, designers and scholars. Jim Johnson, Rea Mingeva, Bob Finkler, Jim Tanner, Roy Strassberg, David Morano and John Spurgin are the emeriti faculty exhibiting.

Several exhibiting artists will attend the opening reception, to which the public is invited, on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Carnegie Art Center.

For more information, contact Brian Frink, chair of the Department of Art.

Oct. 12: Poet Marcus Wicker

Minnesota State Mankato will host poet Marcus Wicker (pictured), a National Poetry Series winner, Thursday, Oct. 12 as the second writer who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Oct. 12, Wicker will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato. Wicker will also 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. Wicker will then read from his work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

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

Wicker is a recipient of the Ruth Lily Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection, “Maybe the Saddest Thing,” a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American and Boston Review.

Oct. 12: University Jazz Big Bands

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands Thursday, Oct.12 at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts.

The Jazz Lab Band is conducted by student Will Frame. Director of Jazz Studies Douglas Snapp directs the Jazz Mavericks. The ensembles will perform jazz literature ranging from classic jazz to contemporary jazz styles including jazz arrangements of popular tunes.

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 at 507-389-5549.

Oct. 12-22: 'The Aeneid'

The next production in the 2017-18 Minnesota State Mankato Theatre & Dance season is “The Aeneid,” a play never before done in the United States.

“The Aeneid,” set in the present time, deals with refugees who cannot find a home. Based on Virgil’s epic Latin poem, written between 29 and 19 BC, the themes still are relevant today. The play tells a heroic story of survival that follows a band of refugees who flee their devastated city to embark on the perilous quest for a new country.

“The Aeneid” runs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14 and 18-21; and 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 21 and 22 in the Andreas Theatre. Tickets are $16 regular; and $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more.

The production is the second Mainstage show in the special Sesquicentennial Season, celebrating the 150th birthday of Minnesota State Mankato (1868-2018). Each production chosen represents a 25-year segment of the University’s history.

Oct. 16: Heartland Marimba Quartet

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will host a performance of the Heartland Marimba Quartet on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts.

The four performers of the Heartland Marimba Quartet come from four states: Iowa, Illinois, Texas and Arizona. The Heartland Marimba Quartet is a subsidiary of the Heartland Marimba Festival organization, based at the Heartland Marimba Quartet Academy at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

All of the members are accomplished and award-winning solo players in the percussion field. Matthew Coley, Heartland Marimba Quartet director, has formed this group in order to provide a strong presence and public image year-round for the Heartland Marimba Festival, and to continue to forge a path of gainful opportunities for professional marimba players. The ensemble’s appearance in Mankato is part of an Upper Midwest tour throughout Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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 at 507-389-5549.

Oct. 16-31: 'Elements' Sculpture Exhibit

Minnesota State Mankato graduate student Stephen Geffre’s master of arts in sculpture exhibit, “Elements,” will be on display in the University's Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Monday, Oct. 16 through Oct. 31.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as coverage permits. Please call 507-389-6412 to ensure the gallery is open.

An opening reception is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16 from 7-8 p.m. in Conkling Gallery.

A Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art preview of the exhibit described Geffre’s work as “a combination of stone, steel, water and wood examining the crossroads of humanity and the natural world.”

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2017-2018 Conkling Gallery schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is located online

Oct. 17: Community Orchestra Concert

The Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Orchestra Director Joseph Rodgers has recently transformed the university orchestra. The orchestra has invited area community members to join the former University Orchestra and perform with university student musicians. The orchestra has quadrupled in size and offers an abundance of new opportunities for both students and community members.

Rodgers believes that the new performing group gives students experience getting to know community members as well as learning from them. Many of the community members playing in the Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra also perform or have performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

Concert admission is $9 and $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 at 507-389-5549.

Oct. 18: Speaker Matt Glowacki

The Student Events Team and Accessibility Resources are bringing speaker Matt Glowacki to the Minnesota State Mankato campus for Disability Awareness Month.

Glowacki will be speaking Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be followed by a meet and greet and refreshments.

According to a Student Events Team news release, Glowacki is from Wisconsin and was born without legs. He has given presentations at numerous colleges and universities around the United States on how to find happiness and overcome diversity and challenges in life. Glowacki was the most booked diversity speaker on college campuses for the last 10 years and has spoken to millions, including two past presidents.

For more information on the event, contact Lydia Jagodzinski, Student Events Team speakers and entertainment chair, at or by phone at 507-380-6076.

Student Events Team is a student-led organization that produces fun, interactive and educational events where students make lifelong memories and celebrate their Maverick pride.

Oct. 19: Jack Klatt and His Band

Jack Klatt and His Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

From the moment Klatt (pictured) first stepped on stage, he was hooked and there was no going back. Klatt sold everything he had and promptly dropped out of college in the year 2006, spending the next six years more or less on the road with nothing to his name but a backpack and a Martin guitar.

Klatt hitchhiked all across the north and south west, entertained the life of an ex-patriot while spending a year in Spain and Italy, slept under the stars on blue beaches, traded songs for dollar bills, loitered on countless street corners from San Francisco to New York and mostly did a whole lot walking. Today he has settled down in Minneapolis with a great band backing him up.

Critics say Klatt may be living in the wrong century. His sophomore album, Mississippi Roll, resonates with glorious blues, rags, jazz and hokum from bygone times. Klatt not only brings them back to life, but he makes at least some sense of the modern world by gazing through this age-old vision.

Concert admission is $12 for community members, $11 for Minnesota State Mankato 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 at 507-389-5549.

Oct. 19-20: Mark Siderits Philosophy Lectures

As a part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration, the Department of Philosophy is presenting two lectures by Mark Siderits, professor emeritus of philosophy at Illinois State University and Seoul National University.

Siderits is the author of "Buddhism as Philosophy," "Personal Identity and Buddhist Philosophy: Empty Persons," and many other articles and anthologies.

He will give his first lecture, "Nirvana and the Meaning of Life: Is Buddhism a Religion?" on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-5.

Siderits will deliver his second lecture, "Porch Light's On But Nobody Home: Non-Self and Buddhist Reductionism about Persons," on Friday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union's South Ballroom. 

For more information, please contact Professor Sun Kyeong Yu at

Oct. 22: University Concert Bands

The Minnesota State Mankato Concert Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The bands are under the direction of Amy Roisum Foley, director of bands at the University.

Concert admission is $9 and $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 at 507-389-5549.

Student News

Quentina Dunbar (gender and women's studies) was awarded a position in the Relay Graduate School of Education's Teaching Residency Program.

Marissa DeWitz (social studies) attended the White House Historical Association's Teachers Institute in July. She was the only pre-service student accepted from a nationwide pool of applicants.

Aaron Flomo (history) was awarded a position in the Multicultural/Historically Black Institution Visitation Program at Purdue University.

Mara Soupir (history and anthropology) was awarded a position in the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Student Congress this past summer.

Faculty/Staff News

Matt Cecil, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, was quoted in a recent Buzzfeed story about the FBI's relationship with Hollywood filmmakers.

Tom Inglot, professor in the Department of Government, was an invited international guest speaker at the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Institute of Social Policy, University of Warsaw, Poland, on Sept. 20. The institute is the leading research and teaching center in the area of the welfare state and social affairs in Central and Eastern Europe.

An article by Chris Veltsos, professor in the Department of Computer Information Science, was recently published in IBM's SecurityIntelligence online publication. The article was titled "From the Starship Enterprise to Your Enterprise: Eight Cybersecurity Lessons From 'Star Trek.'"

Gregory Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, received "First Place" at the 25th annual Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council exhibition at the Arts Center of St. Peter in St. Peter, Minn.

Department News

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation honored donors and presented its annual awards Sept. 29 at the annual Purple and Gold Gala.

Memorial Library celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 2, and KEYC TV produced a short news story about the event.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has published the October edition of its newsletter, Good News, online here. PDF copies of past editions of the newsletter are available online here.

The Oct. 6 edition of the Community Engagement newsletter is now available. The newsletters can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of the page at [PDF] this link (641 KiB) or by sending an email to and requesting a copy.

The Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; Institutional Diversity; and Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services, as well as Verizon, the Mankato Foundation and Bolton & Menk are sponsoring three 2017 Engineering Academic Days this fall at Minnesota State Mankato. The first of the three events is African American Engineering Academic Day, which will be held Monday, Oct. 16.

The Department of Geography has announced the 2017 Geography Colloquium Fall Schedule.

The Student Events Team is planning a variety of events this fall. Click here for more information.

The Blue Earth County Historical Society opened a special exhibit highlighting Minnesota State Mankato's nearly 150-year history Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Blue Earth County History Center, located at 424 Warren Street in Mankato. The exhibit, titled "Celebrating Minnesota State Mankato 150 Years: From Normal School to University," will be on display through Nov. 25.

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, Oct. 25. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Oct. 20).

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