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February 7, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Minnesota State Day at the Capitol

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Twin Cities Engineering program was one of nine programs from around the state whose interactive displays were selected to represent the Minnesota State system in a "Minnesota State Day at the Capitol" display Jan. 29.

Minnesota State Mankato students Justin Rudie and Tres Wuerffel are pictured above in a display on augmented reality enabled advanced manufacturing.


Advising Forum Opportunities

A series of spring advising forums have been scheduled as professional development opportunities intended to empower attendees with information and resources to further help students succeed.

Advising Forum provides engaging topics and conversations related to academic advising. Advisors are encouraged to attend these informative conversations and walk away with information and connections to meet students’ needs.

MavConnect helps advisors support and connect with their students and/or advisees. Advisors can attend sessions to learn how to leverage this tool to make wearing an academic advisor hat easier (scheduling appointments during office hours, communicating with advisees, etc.), while supporting students.

A "FERPA, Advising Notes, and MavCONNECT...Oh My!" session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9-10 a.m. in CSU 204, and a "Student Outreach through MavCONNECT" session is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18 from 9-10 a.m. in Morris 210. Those interested in attending should send an email to to reserve a spot and bring a laptop/surface/tablet to the session.

For more information, contact Sara Granberg-Rademacker, interim director of academic advising, at

Jan. 16-Feb. 8: Jim Denomie Art Exhibit

An art exhibit titled “Fearless” by artist Jim Denomie will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Wednesday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Feb. 8.

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.

Denomie will present a lecture on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, with a gallery reception immediately following the lecture.

Denomie’s presentation is an art enrichment lecture that is part of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art’s Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series. Denomie will be on campus for an artist residency from 9-4 p.m. Jan. 28-29 in the Nelson Hall Art Studios.

According to a Department of Art preview of the exhibit, Denomie is primarily a painter whose subject matter includes social, political and historical narrative, spiritual and erotic dreamscape, and creative portraiture. A member of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Ojibwe in northern Wisconsin, he has lived in Minneapolis most of his life. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1995, Denomie has exhibited in over 120 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally and has been awarded six major fellowships including from the McNight, the Bush and Joan Mitchell foundations, amongst other awards. His work is also in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious museums including the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The complete 2018-2019 Department of Art Exhibition Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is published online.

Jan. 31-Feb. 9: 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Paul J. Hustoles, faculty chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State Mankato, directs the University's first play of the new year, and this is a fun one! “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a family friendly show written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. “Peter and the Starcatcher” opens on Jan. 31 in the Andreas Theatre in the Early Center for the Performing Arts.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” tells the story of a young orphan and his mates when they are shipped off from Victorian England to a distance island rules by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl name Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training.

Peter and the Starcatcher runs 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and Feb. 6-9, and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 9-10 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661.

Feb. 16: Middle School & Senior High Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The 68th annual Middle School and Senior High Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The exhibit hall will be free and open to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and all are welcome to stop in and support the hard work of these future scientists. An award ceremony in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium will begin at 3 p.m. and is also open to the public.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology, will include approximately 80 students, 60 projects and 11 papers. The participating students represent 27 southern Minnesota counties.

Students will display projects and provide oral presentations while competing to earn awards from event sponsors and the opportunity to advance to state and international science and engineering competitions.

For more information about any of the science fairs held at Minnesota State Mankato, please call 507-389-2849 or send an email to

Feb. 18-March 22: Josh Winkler Art Exhibit

An art exhibit titled “Land and Sky” by artist Josh Winkler will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Monday, Feb. 18 through Friday, March 22. An artist's reception will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

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.

According to a Department of Art preview of the exhibit, Josh Winkler is a Minnesota artist and
educator. Since receiving his master of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 2010, he has worked for a non-profit printmaking center, taught printmaking, and consistently exhibited work nationally and internationally. Winkler’s work is in public collections, including Yale University, Hennepin County Public Library, the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and the Quebec National Archives in Montreal. In 2018, Winkler exhibited in group shows in British Columbia, Spain, and throughout the United States. He completed a two-week artist residency on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, and a six-week residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon Territory of Canada. Winkler recently received his second Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The complete 2018-2019 Department of Art Exhibition Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is published online.

Feb. 21: Anthropology Day

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Anthropology will celebrate World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 21. During the day, there will be free cake and popcorn for visitors in the department offices in Trafton North, room 359.

At 6 p.m., the day’s featured guest speaker, Reverend Doctor Winifred L. Mitchell (pictured), will discuss “A Feminist Anthropologist’s Adventures in the Andes” in Centennial Student Union, Rooms 254/5.

The events are free and open to the public.

Mitchell's lecture, according to a preview from the speaker, "emphasizes the amazing adventure that a career in Anthropology can be, focusing most on my research in the Andes. It discusses the quest for cross-cultural understanding by means of scientific methods, and Anthropology’s hallmark, cultural relativism—accepting each culture on its own terms. For me, a young feminist doing fieldwork in the Andes, this meant discovering that my carefully crafted hypothesis about gendered power in a peasant society needed much revision in light of fascinating data."

Mitchell received a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1986, and soon began to work, first part-time and then full-time in the Anthropology Department at Mankato State, now Minnesota State Mankato. She served in various roles, including undergraduate and graduate faculty chair of cultural anthropology, and faculty or chair in the Latin American Studies Program. Mitchell took early retirement in 2004 to pursue another dream, attending seminary and being ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood in 2007. She has done anthropological field work in four countries and lived or traveled in most of the U.S. states, 19 other countries and two U.S. territories.

For more information about Anthropology Day, call Susan Schalge at 507-389-5337 or Rachel Krediet at 507-389-6318, or send at email to

Feb. 21: 'Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice'

Guest speaker Kate Chance, outreach manager at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will give a presentation on "Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice" Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, and there will be a reception with free food following the presentation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) works to combat hate movements in the United States. In this talk, SPLC Outreach Manager Kate Chance will provide an overview of the historical and current status of hate movements in the U.S., especially here in Minnesota. She will discuss the efforts to combat these movements by fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice.

The event presenters are the Kessel Peace Institute and Women's Center at Minnesota State Mankato. The event co-sponsor is the Women of Action Council. 

For more information, contact Carol Glasser or Liz Steinborn-Gourley at

Forensics News from January Tournaments

The Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team traveled to the University of Northern Iowa for the Iowa Swing tournament (Jan. 18-20). On the first day of the tournament, Minnesota State Mankato finished fifth out of eight schools in team sweepstakes. Of the five events in which Minnesota State Mankato entered on the first day, the team had a finalist in four events and had two national qualifications. Results are as follows:

  • Kylee Johnson and Kaylene Kruse: Tournament champions in Duo Interpretation (qualifying for the AFA national tournament)
  • Kylee Johnson: 3rd place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Kaylee Matuszak and Jacqueline Tomas: 4th place in Duo Interpretation
  • Kaylee Matuszak: 4th place in Program Oral Interpretation and 4th place in overall individual sweepstakes
  • Elizabeth Neagle: 6th place in Poetry Interpretation and 6th place in Prose Interpretation (qualifying for the NFA national tournament)

On the second day of the tournament, Minnesota State Mankato finished fourth place among nine schools that attended. Of the five events in which Minnesota State Mankato competed, the team had a student qualify for finals in four events and earned one additional national qualification. Results are as follows:

  • Kylee Johnson: 2nd place in Poetry Interpretation (qualifying for the AFA national tournament)
  • Kaylene Kruse: 4th in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Kaylee Matuszak and Jacqueline Tomas: 3rd place in Duo Interpretation
  • Kaylee Matuszak: Tournament champion in Program Oral Interpretation, 6th place in Dramatic Interpretation and 2nd place in overall individual sweepstakes
  • In combined individual sweepstakes for the Iowa Swing, Kaylee Matuszak finished in 3rd place

After the Iowa Swing tournament, the Minnesota State Mankato forensics team traveled to North Dakota State University, in Fargo, N.D., to compete Jan. 25-26 at the Valley Forensics League #3 and #4 tournament. Seven schools competed in this tournament, and Minnesota State Mankato finished third as a team. Day one results:

  • Emma Roggeman: Tournament champion in Poetry Interpretation (qualifying for AFA national tournament) and tournament champion in Programmed Oral Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament)
  • Kassidy Tocco: 2nd place in Persuasive Speaking (qualifying for NFA national tournament) and 3rd place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Emily Duley: Tournament champion in Dramatic Interpretation (qualifying for NFA national tournament)
  • Elizabeth Neagle: 5th place in Poetry Interpretation.

On day two, Minnesota State Mankato finished second in team sweepstakes. Individual results:

  • Kassidy Tocco: Tournament champion in Poetry Interpretation (qualifying for AFA national tournament), 2nd place in After Dinner Speaking, 2nd place in Informative Speaking and 4th place in Persuasive Speaking
  • Emma Roggeman: Tournament champion in Programmed Oral Interpretation, 2nd place in Poetry Interpretation and 6th place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Elizabeth Neagle: 4th place in Prose Interpretation
  • Emily Duley: 3rd place in Informative Speaking

Student News

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Hope Tucker, a pre-licensure nursing student, who has been deployed overseas, was named 2018 Outstanding Airman of the Year for both the 109 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 133rd Airlift Wing Operations Group.

Alejandro Reyes-Vega, a student studying marketing in the College of Business, has been selected as a presenter to the 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, to be held April 10-13 at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Reyes-Vega's faculty mentor is Kristen Scott.

Faculty/Staff News

A retirement celebration for Ted Johnson, assistant CIO in IT Solutions, will be held Friday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Memorial Library, Room 3010. Cake and refreshments will be served.

Henry Morris, dean of Institutional Diversity, recently had an essay published in the Mankato Free Press. The online headline of the essay is "I Remember Mankato." It described his experiences in moving to Mankato in 1990 and what he has seen over the past 29 years.

David Viscoli, faculty member in the Department of Music, performed Latin American piano music on a Thursday musical program at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Art work by Brian Frink, professor in the Department of Art, is displayed in an exhibit titled "Magic and Memory" at Coe College's Sinclair Galleries. The exhibit will feature various paintings by Frink that will be on display from Feb. 3- arch 1. Frink is serving as the college's Spring 2018 Kocher Visiting Artist.

A poem, "Old Country Portraits," by Richard (Rick) Robbins, professor of English and director of creative writing, ” was featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column.

Kuldeep Agarwal, faculty member in the Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, recently had an article published online in

Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director for the Centennial Student Union & Student Activities, received Best in Show at the 410 Project’s annual juried exhibition. His piece, “Minnesota Boundary Waters are on Fire,” will be on display through Feb. 17.

Stephen Druschel, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, will receive an Environmental Leadership Award at the 18th Annual Road Salt Symposium in Plymouth, Minn., on Feb. 7. According to a Freshwater Society news release, Druschel will be recognized for studying and developing innovative ways to improve winter maintenance over the past 10 years. His work includes testing deicer performance and plow strategies to decrease salt use. His is now looking at areas that require lots of salt to remain safe, such as bridge decks, to test if capturing chloride runoff is feasible.

Department News

The Office of University Fellowships published its [PDF] Spring 2019 Newsletter (646 KiB).

The Office of Community Engagement announced that the 2019 Spring Community Engagement Fair has been rescheduled and will be held Monday, Feb. 11 on MavAve from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The Institutional Review Board requires faculty, staff and students to provide proof of training before IRB will review submissions. 

Ecumen is receiving an Innovation Award for the customized training they did in the Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center in August.  The award is being given by Leading Age Minnesota on Feb. 6 at LeadingAge Minnesota's Annual Institute and Expo in St. Paul. Kris Retherford, dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Colleen Royle, simulation center director and associate professor in the School of Nursing, will attend the event.

The School of Nursing hosted a School-Based Health Center Alliance of Minnesota conference in Edina on Jan. 25. The event included a keynote presentation by Dr. Nimi Singh, from the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics, on the importance of sleep and adolescent development followed by a discussion on how this can impact your work. The School of Nursing is part of the School-Based Health Center Alliance of Minnesota in relation to its work at the Health Commons at Pond in Bloomington, Minn.

The Department of Theatre & Dance announced its award winners and recognition received at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival competition in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Office of the Provost announced the following upcoming "Sip & Chat" dates with Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells:  Thursday, Feb. 21 from 2-3 p.m. in CSU 203; Tuesday, March 19 from 10-11 a.m. in CSU 203; and Wednesday, April 24 from 2-3 p.m. in WH 11 (telepresence room). The sessions allow for informal conversations with the provost. No RSVP is necessary.

The Career Development Center is holding three February career events for students. All three events will be held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. An Engineering Career & Internship Fair sponsored by IEEE will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A Career & Internship Fair sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A Diversity Career and Internship Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The events are part of a series of career events sponsored by the Career Development Center for students throughout the spring semester. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage and support student attendance at these events, which provide important and effective opportunities for students to explore career options, find internships and get interviews for job openings.

Online TODAY Magazine

Visit the online TODAY magazine at for alumni news 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 to 95,000 alumni and friends.

TODAY welcomes story ideas supporting this mission. Contact Sara Frederick at 507-389-6981 or to share ideas.


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