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October 25, 2017 Campus Newsletter

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Inaugural Harvest Bowl

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that it was hosting the inaugural "Harvest Bowl" in conjunction with the #4 Mavericks’ football game against #11 Winona State on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium.

According to an athletic department news release, the Harvest Bowl is positioned to anchor Visit Mankato’s “Gather in the GreenSeam” schedule—a new initiative kicked off earlier this fall which featured a variety of regional and community events and celebrations spread over an eight-week period beginning in early September.

A host of events and activities will take place in the 90-minute lead-up to kickoff in the hard-surface parking lot and tailgate area just east of Blakeslee Stadium. The line-up includes a power equipment display, food vendors, academic department showcases, music by Minnesota 93 and a meat raffle.

The Farm Bureau “Family Fun Zone” will also feature a mechanical bull, pumpkin painting with the University cheer and dance teams, a bounce house for the kids and a Maverick student-athlete autograph zone, with a number of other possible elements still pending final confirmation. Click here for more information.

Campus Drive Successful

University Advancement recently announced the results of the 2017 Campus Drive, which was held the last two weeks of September.

This year's Campus Drive was focused on student success, with an emphasis on raising funds to use for academic scholarships and emergency grants.

During the two weeks of the Campus Drive, the campus community donated $29,466 to the University, of which $6,638 went toward scholarships or emergency grants. A total of 20.2 percent of full-time employees on campus donated to the Campus Drive.

Members of the campus community who still wish to contribute to the Campus Drive may do so online.

Majors in Minutes

New Student & Family Programs and the Career Development Center are asking the campus community to encourage students who are choosing or changing majors to attend "Majors in Minutes."

The event will be held Monday, Nov. 6, from 7-9 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

"Majors in Minutes" is a "round-robin, speed-dating" approach to exploring majors. Whether students have five or 50 minutes, this “come and go” event allows undecided students to hear from upper-class students about what they love and why they chose their majors.

For more information, contact Sara Granberg-Rademacker in New Student & Family Programs by email at or by phone at 507-389-5498.

Community Peace Maker Award Nominations

The Kessel Peace Institute will be presenting its 2017 Peace Awards event Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. in CSU 201. The awards will be presented in honor of Ruth Miner Kessel to community members who promote social justice and peace.

Nominations for community peace maker awards are being accepted and due by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

WHO: Anyone may nominate; and any individual or group in the greater Mankato community is eligible to receive the award.

HOW TO NOMINATE: Nominations should include name and contact information for nominees and include a description of no more than 250 words on how the nominee fosters a more just and peaceful community. Email nominations to by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Carol Glasser, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Corrections and director of the Kessel Peace Institute, by email at or by phone at 507-389-1345.

PCSW Professional Development Opportunities

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is once again offering research and professional development grants to students, faculty, and staff at Minnesota State Mankato. Stipends of up to $500 are available to student and employees to conduct research or attend professional development opportunities concerned with the status of women and/or gender-related issues.

For more information and to submit your electronic grant proposal, please visit the PCSW website. The fall deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. All activities using funds must occur before June 1, 2018. The commission is not able to fund equipment requests or incentives. Please email questions to Liz Steinborn-Gourley or call 507-389-2693.

Lunch & Learn; Leadership U

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. 31, 12-1 p.m., Career Development Center
Topic: Burnout                                                          
Facilitator: To be determined

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, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m., CSU 245
Topic: Learning and Reasoning, Systems Thinking
Facilitator: To be determined

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

Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the flexible space area (lower level) of Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Walk-ins are welcome, or participants may make an appointment by calling 507-389-1211 or by going online to the Red Cross website and entering the sponsor code: MSUUPWARD.

Organizers of the event encourage donations, as blood supplies are extremely low at this time.

Meal Plan Savings

University Dining Services is offering a mid-semester promotion for faculty, staff and students.

Those who purchase an off-campus meal plan or dining dollars plan between Oct. 16-31 will be entered to win a Keurig coffee brewer.

To purchase a plan, visit the University Dining Services office at 7 CSU, call 507-389-2613 or visit and click "shop."

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. 26: Documentary Film 'Vida Diferida'

The 2013 short documentary film “Vida Diferida” (meaning “life, deferred”) will be shown Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium, located in the University’s Centennial Student Union. The film screening is free and open to the public.

According to the website, “Vida Diferida” is about the life of an undocumented high school girl as she decides if she would like to pursue college.

A Minnesota State Mankato student-led panel and discussion about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) American immigration policy will follow the 21-minute film.

The panel discussion, scheduled to conclude at 6:30 p.m., is intended to address information on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and how it affects the local community.

The Chicano and Latin-American Student Association, a student group at Minnesota State Mankato, is organizing the panel discussion.

Oct. 28: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the Vagabonds will perform on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., Mankato. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. with Davina performing two sets that evening. Concert attendees are able to stay for both sets.

“We are very excited to be returning to Mankato,” Davina Lozier said in an interview. “It has been quite some time since we last appeared there. We always have a great time, and the Mankato audiences have always been very supportive and enthusiastic. We plan to have some new music to share as well.”

Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to and select the ‘News and Events’ link. For more information, call Minnesota State University, Mankato's Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Oct. 29-30: University Choral Groups

The Minnesota State Mankato Choral Groups will perform Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., with both concerts taking place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are conducted by David Dickau, and the University Chorale is conducted by Aaron Humble.

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, 507-389-5549.

Oct. 30: Photographer Wing Young Huie Lecture

Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie will give a presentation titled “We are the Other: How Photographs Form Us” Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is one of the 2017-2018 Nadine B. Andreas Lectures sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies.

Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., Wing Young Huie is known for photographic projects that document the socioeconomic realities and cultural diversity within American society, according to his website.

He uses photography as a form of visual dialogue to build a sense of community and intercultural understanding.

He has published several books of photography, including “Frogtown” (1995), “Lake Street USA” (2000), “Looking for Asian America” (2007) and “The University Avenue Project” (2010).

Nov. 1: 'Two Weeks in May' Premiere

The keynote event for this year’s Common Read is a documentary film, “Two Weeks in May,” that will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The film is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Visitor's Pay lot next to Centennial Student Union.

Students in Minnesota State Mankato’s Film Studies program – part of the University’s Department of English – created the film, which describes events that occurred on campus in 1972 that were compiled in this year's common read book, “Out of Chaos: Reflections of a University President and his Contemporaries on Vietnam-Era Unrest in Mankato and its Relevance Today.”

The book is a collection of the late James F. Nickerson’s personal reminiscences about events that occurred while he was president at Mankato State College during the 1960s and 1970s.

A grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, made the film possible.

For more information, contact Monika Antonelli, Common Read chair, associate professor and outreach librarian, by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email at More information about the event is available on the Common Read Facebook page.

Minnesota State Mankato is in the eighth year of its common read program. Books selected for the Minnesota State Mankato Common Read encourage reflection on coming of age and life transitions while providing fascinating examples of community engagement, service, and citizenship.

Nov. 2: Neo-Soul Group Nooky Jones

Smooth, neo-soul group Nooky Jones returns to the University campus to perform Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

With Nooky Jones, lead singer Cameron Kinghorn has the opportunity to explore the types of vocals inspired by the music he's been listening to lately -- D'Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and recently Bilal.

"And are you familiar with Robert Glasper?" Kinghorn asks.

Glasper is a Grammy-winning jazz piano player who is featured on Kendrick Lamar's latest album.

Nooky Jones is a place for all of the musicians involved to do something a little different with their style and sound.

Concert admission is $15; $13 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.

Nov. 2-12: 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present "The Diary of Anne Frank" from Nov. 2-12. For more information on University theatre productions, please visit the department website or call 507-389-6663.

Nov. 4: Brockowitz Duo to Perform on Piano, Violin

The Brockowitz Duo featuring Phil Markowitz, piano, and Zach Brock, violin, will perform Saturday, Nov. 4 in Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The performance in funded through the Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Artist Endowment.

Phil Markowitz (Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans) and Zach Brock (Snarky Puppy, Stanley Clarke) have created new repertoire for piano and violin that draws on the traditions of jazz, contemporary classical, and the “roots” music of their respective backgrounds. It cuts across genres to create new environments for contemporary and improvisational chamber music.

Concert admission is $15 for community members and $13 for K-12 students and Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Student News

Robert Kirimi Mutiria, a Kenyan exchange student sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the Global UGRAD program, was a featured alumnus in the World Learning publication, Global Gazette. Robert completed his exchange semester at Minnesota State Mankato in the fall of 2016.

Francis Kanneh, a student in the College of Business who founded UnderRecruited Preps, a website for prospective college student-athletes, was recently awarded $20,000 by Meda/JP Morgan Chase in the 2017 Minnesota Cup. The award was given to Kanneh for being "the minority entrepreneur with the most innovative business concept." A list of winners is available here.

Graduate student Jonathan Graves won second place in the Graduate Student Presentation Competition at the 27th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, held Oct. 4-6 in Bemidji, Minn. Graves competed against graduate students from the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. His presentation was titled “Semiautomated Delineation of Drainage System Landforms Using Combined Hillshade Analysis.”

Undergraduate student Alex Orum, who is majoring in environmental science, with a minor in geography and a certificate in geographic information science, presented his work at the 27th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, held Oct. 4-6 in Bemidji, Minn. Orum's presentation was titled “Mapping erosion in Blue Earth County, Minnesota: A comparative analysis using multi-temporal LiDAR and the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) model.”

Faculty/Staff News

John Bulcock, assistant director, Greek life & off-campus housing in Student Activities, was recently named the recipient of the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. "2017 Hap Halligan Leadership Award." Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. will recognize its annual award winners at a Tuesday, Nov. 14 event held at the Verizon Center in Mankato. 

Gregory Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, will showcase his solo, inaugural art exhibition at the Arts Center of St. Peter from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26 (event poster is pictured at right). The opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3-5 p.m. The exhibition will include more than 50 works on paper and canvas, in addition to a 2-½ story photo installation of 300 black & white photos that highlight Wilkins' experiences from his spring 2016 Minnesota State Mankato sabbatical. Through reconstruction, imagination, and collage, Wilkins reinterprets his creative process by building layers of paint, embroidery thread, graphite, ink, and glass beads.

Department of Geography faculty members Cynthia Miller and Fei Yuan partnered with students Bryan Byholm and Anna Brand (German exchange student from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences), and their poster won second place at the 27th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, held Oct. 4-6 in Bemidji, Minn. The name of the poster was “Object-based Feature Analysis of High-Resolution Multi-temporal and Multi-source Data for Locating World War II Era Unexploded Bombs.”

Global Education announced the following faculty and staff members as recipients of the University's 2017 Global Citizens Award for making a major contribution to globalization efforts at Minnesota State Mankato: Abo-El-Yazeed Habib; Elizabeth Finsness; Erica Johnson; Elizabeth Lohrenz; Christopher Mickle; Paul Prew; Brian Wasserman. The recipients will be honored at a Nov. 16 Global Citizen Award and Stole Ceremony.

Department News

Minnesota State Mankato's College of Business and Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship are participating in 1 Million Cups, a national program intended to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. The 1 Million Cups events in Mankato will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the University's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, located at 424 N. Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato. The first Mankato 1 Million Cups event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 and feature presentations by College of Business alumni start-ups UnderRecruited Preps, an online sports recruitment concept, and Social Butterfly, a social media and content generation company.

The University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was recently named the recipient of a Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. "City Center Partnership Award" in the category of "renovations under $500,000" for creating a "unique, welcoming and exciting space" in the Hubbard Building, located on 424 N. Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. will recognize its annual award winners at a Tuesday, Nov. 14 event held at the Verizon Center in Mankato.

KAAL TV in Rochester, Minn., recently produced a story about how Minnesota State Mankato was partnering with the Oakland Education Center in Austin, Minn., to help students learn robotics. Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Vincent Winstead, a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology, was shown teaching the student in the story video footage.

The Institutional Review Board recently published its [PDF] Fall 2017 newsletter (249 KiB).

The Student Events Team will be hosting its 7th annual CSU Haunted Takeover on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Click here for information on other events sponsored by the Student Events Team.

The Oct. 20 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 was held Oct. 16. The second event is Girls Explore STEAM Day, which will be held Monday, Oct. 30. The third event is Latino Engineering and Academic Day, which will be held Monday, Nov. 6.

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

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.

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Online TODAY Magazine

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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!


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