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March 28, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Multimedia Somali Artist to Perform April 7

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Performance Series will host an evening with Ifrah Mansour staging her solo show, “How to Have Fun in a Civil War” Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, housed in Minnesota State Mankato’s Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Admission is free.

Mansour is an internationally recognized Somali artist and educator. As a female Muslim refugee, she uses her art to connect and bridge different cultures and generations. She has become known for her uniquely humorous approach to exploring trauma through the eyes of children.

“I am thrilled to offer this production to the campus and regional community,” said Dale Haefner, Performance Series director at Minnesota State Mankato. “Grant funding has created many opportunities for both campus and community members to build meaningful relationships with our Muslim neighbors. The arts are an excellent means of communication and a way to strengthen understanding between different cultures.”

More information is available in a news release here or by calling the Performance Series office (507-389-5549). Additional information is available at

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Minnesota State Mankato's Women's Center and Department of Athletics will join several local government and community organizations in a joint media conference Friday, March 30 at 12 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge to discuss a series of events scheduled in the local area throughout the month of April in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Participants in the event will include the Blue Earth County Attorney's Office, Committee Against Domestic Abuse and more.

Minnesota State Mankato's Violence and Awareness Response Program has posted a complete list of events during April that are intended to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month online here.

For more information, please contact Laura Schultz, assistant director of the Violence and Awareness Response Program (part of the Women’s Center at Minnesota State Mankato), by phone at 507-389-5127 or by email at

This year's national theme is "Embrace Your Voice." There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from practicing or providing consent to speaking out against stereotypes or gender biases. This campaign will provide the tools and resources needed for individuals and communities to take actionable steps toward ending sexual violence once and for all. And it starts with recognizing the power of one’s voice.

Lifelong Learners Spring 2018 Program

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

Topics include a session on "Legends and Lore in the Land of the North Star"; an eight-part DVD series on "Native Peoples of North America"; a four-part DVD series on "A History of European Art"; a presentation titled "To Live and Dine in Dixie: Our Desegregation Connection"; 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.

University Branded Merchandise Available Online

Shop for branded merchandise—including Sesquicentennial products—at the new online store available through Printing Services at

The options available include everything from clothing and coffee cups to pens and printed paper products.

Merchandise can be purchased with an account number or credit card. Visit the online store here to see more.

For any other questions, call Printing Services at 507-389-1181.

Speech Team Members Compete at Novice Nationals

Two members of the Minnesota State Mankato speech team traveled to Suffolk University in Boston on March 10-11 to compete at the Novice Nationals speech tournament. This tournament is designed for students who are in their first year of college/university-level speech competition.

Representing Minnesota State Mankato were first-year students Kassidy Tocco, a secondary education major from Marshall, Minn., and Jacqueline Tomas, an elementary education major from Blaine, Minn.

Their efforts earned a first-place finish in Division II (medium sized entries) based on the following individual placings:

  • Kassidy Tocco placed 4th in Informative Speaking, 4th in Persuasive Speaking and 2nd in After-Dinner Speaking.
  • Jacqueline Tomas placed 5th in Program Oral Interpretation, 3rd in Persuasive Speaking and 3rd in Prose Interpretation.

Authors Celebration

Library Services invites the campus community to a Minnesota State Mankato authors celebration Wednesday, April 4 reception from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Lass Center for Minnesota Studies on the second floor of Memorial Library. There will be a short program during the event and a reception following.

The event will celebrate the publication of books written and/or edited by 34 Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff and emeriti from March 2016 - March 2018. It is the largest group of authors to be honored at a Minnesota State Mankato authors celebration.

For more information, visit the University's Authors' Collection Web page or contact Julie Dornack at 507-389-5953 or at

Open House in Edina

Minnesota State University, Mankato's graduate and professional education center is now open on the fifth floor at 7700 France Avenue in Edina.

The campus community is invited to see the new space at an open house Thursday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m.

 Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will be on hand for a brief 5:30 p.m. program that celebrates the opening of the facility.

Ample parking is available, including handicapped parking. For directions or more information about the location, click here. To learn more about University Extended Education and the programs in Edina, click here.

Questions may be directed to Jill Krosch at

Sesquicentennial Events

University departments or units hosting a sesquicentennial event are asked to submit event information to the 150th committee so it can be included on the 150th events page. The same form may be used to request the 150th portable exhibit panels.

After events, departments are asked to consider submitting photos with captions to be included on the past events galleries page.

Gallery submissions may be sent to

More information is available on the sesquicentennial page:

March 26-May 1: Senior Art Exhibits

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students will display their art at the University’s Conkling Gallery from March 26 to May 1 in three annual senior exhibits. The public is welcome to meet all students in each show on the first night of every exhibit.

Show 1 runs from March 26-April 3. A reception was held March 26 for the students listed here.

Show 2 will run from April 9-17, with a reception Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery. Students whose art will be displayed in the second exhibit include Melissa Baldus, Elena Beglit, William Brown, Harris Benjamin Deno, Megan Fick, Kyle Johnson, Alexander Mason, Max Moser, Lauren Peterman, Jesus Santiago, Gunnar Stoltz and Zachary Wang.

Show 3 will run from April 23-May 1, with a reception Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery.

March 28: Film 'Through the Banks of the Red Cedar'

A screening of “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” a film about the historical impact desegregation had on college athletics and how it helped shape today's profession, will be shown Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium with a panel Q&A starting at 8:20 p.m.

The event is free for students and the public and will include a post-screening panel Q&A. The film will be an option-captioned screening and have an ASL interpreted discussion to ensure the event is accessible.

The panel Q&A will include discussions about early African American pioneers in college and professional sports and be moderated by Kenneth Reid, director of Minnesota State Mankato's Center for African American Affairs. The panel will include the filmmaker, Maya Washington, and former Michigan State and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington.

“Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” is a story about Michigan State's head football coach, Duffy Daugherty, and how his decision to fully integrate his football team in 1963 led to sweeping changes during the height of the civil rights movement in America.

The film was produced by Maya Washington, daughter of Gene Washington, who was part of Daugherty’s integrated football team. The film is being shown at universities nationwide and is also being shown at film festivals across the country.

“What happened fifty years ago is still relevant today. The film is a tribute to my dad and the men of his generation who paved the way for African-American athletes in college and professional sports,” said Maya Washington. “I think, for our generation, what I am hoping the film does is sort of create this bridge. I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from my dad’s generation. From how they overcome real, serious obstacles and confronted a lot of unfortunate injustices so that we could have the life that we have today.” 

This event is sponsored by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment and organized by the University's Office of the President, the Student Events Team, and the Center for African- American Affairs. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information, please contact Josh Corbin at or call 507-581-0838.

March 28-31: 'Talley's Folly'

The Minnesota State Mankato Theatre & Dance Department’s politically charged season is taking a bit of a detour with its next production, the lovely “Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson.

The second in Wilson’s Talley Trilogy, the romantic comedy focuses on just two characters: Sally Talley and Matt Friedman as they try to settle their feelings for each other. The play runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, through Saturday, March 31, in Andreas Theatre. Wilson won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play.

About the show: The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage.

Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together.

Directed by Trevor Belt, 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.

April 3: 'Democracy at Risk'

Todd Gitlin, a media scholar and professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University in New York City, will deliver the 32nd Annual Kessel Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 in Ostrander Auditorium.

Gitlin’s presentation, “Democracy at Risk: The Urgency of Action,” is free and open to the public.

Gitlin is currently the chair of the Ph.D. program in communications at Columbia University. Prior to that, he was a professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University for seven years, and before that, he was a professor of sociology and director of the mass communications program at UC Berkeley for 16 years.

During 1994-95, he held the chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has been the Bosch Fellow in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin, a resident at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and at the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, Calif., and a fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York.

He has served as a visiting professor at numerous institutions around the world.

For more information about the lecture, contact Judie Bjorling, office manager in the University’s Department of Government, at 507-389-2721 or, or Jackie Vieceli, professor of political science, at 507-389-6938 or

April 5: Good Thunder Reading Series

Author Nicole Walker is the last of eight writers to be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Walker will participate in several Thursday, April 5 events. She will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato. She will then hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (150 Stadium Court in Mankato). Walker will then read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

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

Walker is the author of two forthcoming books, “Sustainability: A Love Story,” and “Microcosm.” Her bibliography includes the following work: “Egg,” “Micrograms,” “Quench Your Thirst with Salt” and “This Noisy Egg.” Walter also edited “Bending Genre” with Margot Singer. She is the nonfiction editor of the online literary journal, The Diagram, and is an associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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

April 6: Apsáalooke Rapper, Dancer Supaman

Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Events Team and Center for American Indian Affairs announced that Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, an Apsáalooke rapper and dancer known professionally as Supaman, will discuss Native American issues through looping art and rap Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event, free and open to the public, will involve cultural discussions while seeking to help its audience understand the issues faced by Native American students in universities across the country.

According to the University’s Student Events Team, Supaman is an MTV award-winning artist and the top native hip-hop artist and speaker in the United States. He has dedicated his life to empowering youth and educating listeners with a message of positivity through music and culture. More information about Supaman is available on Facebook.

For more information, contact Megan Heutmaker, Minnesota State Mankato’s director for American Indian Affairs, by phone at 507-389-5230 or by email at

April 7: Community Fair

As part of the University’s 18-month sesquicentennial celebration, the College of Allied Health and Nursing is holding a Community Fair on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University’s Clinical Sciences Building.

The Community Fair is celebrating “150 years of healthy, wealthy and wise” at the University and is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome. 

The Community Fair will include prize drawings and snacks throughout the day. Fun and educational activities from each school and department in the College of Allied Health and Nursing will include:

  • Communications Disorders will conduct speech and hearing screenings.
  • Health Science will hold its version of a “drinko plinko” game, and also hold stress relief and CPR demonstrations.
  • Human Performance will showcase adaptive physical education as well as the department’s anatomize table.
  • Nursing will provide free blood pressure and weight checks as well as check-ups for teddy bears.
  • A dietician from Family Consumer Science will conduct a snack activity.
  • Recreation, Parks & Leisure will hold a “grow your own plant” activity in addition to a bean bag toss and Farkle game.
  • Dental Hygiene will demonstrate mannequin dental simulations.
  • Community members can tour the Clinical Sciences Building.

More information about the Community Fair is available online. Those with questions may contact Brooke Burk, assistant professor in the College of Allied Health and Nursing’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, by phone at 507-389-5930 or by email at

April 8: University Percussion Ensembles

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music presents the University Percussion Ensembles appearing on stage Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Michael Thursby, director of athletic bands, directs the ensembles.

The University Percussion Ensembles perform with an extensive array of instruments, from traditional drums, xylophones, marimbas, steel drums, cymbals and world music percussion instruments. The concert features an eclectic mix of musical styles including traditional classical works, contemporary pieces and world music.

Concert admission is $9 for community members and $7 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.

April 9: Film 'Untouchable'; Panel Discussion

Minnesota State Mankato's Corrections Program is sponsoring a screening of the film "Untouchable," followed by a panel discussion Monday, April 9 from 3:30-6 p.m. in Morris Hall, Room 103.

The event is free and open to the campus community and general public, but seating is limited so please RSVP to

"Untouchable" is a documentary film by David Feige, a 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Award-Winning Director. According to a synopsis of the documentary on the film's website, "the film interweaves intimate portraits of men and women who have been branded sex offenders with the heartbreaking stories of those who have suffered sexual abuse. It is a film that pushes viewers toward an uncomfortable place, requiring them to walk in the shoes of those who have survived sexual abuse, but to still bear witness to the experiences of those we revile."

For more information, contact Barbara Carson, professor in the Department of Sociology and Corrections, by phone at 50-389-6265 or by email at

April 9: 'Live Out Loud' is Title of Schmitz Lecture

Angie Bastian, co-founder of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, will give a presentation titled “Live Out Loud” Monday, April 9 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Bastian’s presentation is the 2018 installment of the Richard Schmitz Executive Lecture, an endowed lecture created by Richard and Mary Schmitz to encourage food entrepreneurship education in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business.

A short College of Business biography of Bastian and her presentation describes her as a person who "lives a truly loud and entrepreneurial lifestyle. She went from popping sweet and salty popcorn from her garage to being acquired by one of North America’s leading branded food companies and winning multiple national honors. She and her husband, Dan Bastian, started their business in 2001 as a means to start a college fund for their children. The Bastians are known for their entrepreneurial energy and passion to empower others to follow their dreams. Angie will share their journey of starting this booming company and how she found success in doing so."

For more information, please contact Marisa Milton, communications & events graduate assistant in the College of Business, at 507-389-5424 or, or visit

April 11: Film 'Blade Runner'; Panel Discussion

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of History is sponsoring a spring 2018 lecture series titled "Urban America: Emerald City or Arkham Asylum." The lecture series has explored important episodes in recent history that have led to policy changes, debate and fictional depictions of the American city and how our urban present might provide signs for the future ahead.

Two lectures have been held (Feb. 26, March 22) and the final event in the series is a free showing of the 1982 science fiction classic "Blade Runner" Wednesday, April 11 from 5-8 p.m. in Taylor Center, Room 80.

After the movie, a panel of Minnesota State Mankato professors will discuss the context and inspiration for the movie, which occurs in a dark and imposing future version of Los Angeles. 

For more information, please contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-6510 or by email at

Student News

Minnesota State Mankato student Andreea Ioana Bogdan is one of 20 students in the Minnesota State system designated to receive a Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award for the 2018 spring semester. The purpose of the annual 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.

Kellie Wong, a biochemistry major, was selected to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honor Society and will be recognized at the honor society's April meeting in San Diego. Wong is one of 52 students who will be inducted into Chi Omega Lambda this year.

Samantha Campa, a first-year graduate student working toward a master’s degree in experiential education and a graduate assistant for the Honors Program, has been awarded the Region Six Conference graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is a grant to attend the Region Six Conference for NACADA (The Global Community for Academic Advising), on May 16-18 in Minneapolis. Campa, Giovanna Walters (Honors Program assistant director and university fellowship coordinator) and faculty members from Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota have been invited to present their panel, “Peer Advising Practices: Strategies from Three Institutions.”

Exchange student Marselo Hamonangan Sitorus (Indonesia) was featured in The Global Gazette this month. Marselo is part of the Global UGRAD program. Global UGRAD program students are international undergraduate students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Abdi Sabrie, a graduate student enrolled in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) – Educational Leadership program, was recently one of 24 individuals chosen as a 2018 Bush Fellow. He was selected from a pool of more than 700. The Bush Fellowship provides Fellows with up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills and attributes.

Faculty/Staff News

Dale Haefner, performance series director in the Department of Music, received a "Performance Series Support Grant," funded by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC), in the amount of $8,000.00.

Lynn Akey, associate vice president for institutional research, strategy and effectiveness, was recently elected as the new board chair of the Society for College and University Planning for 2018-19.

Anne Dahlman was appointed acting dean of Global Education, effective March 14. Dahlman has served as a Minnesota State Mankato faculty member since 2006 and director of the University's Honors Program since 2015.

Department News

The March 16 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.

University Dining Services is running a special through April 8 in which those who purchase 50 or more dining dollars will be have a chance to win a coupon book valued at over $90 for free food on campus. More information is available at or by calling 507-389-2613.

The Department of Social Work is recognizing alumni with family legacies of social work in its annual Social Work Honors Day event Friday, March 30. The Department of Social Work will recognize 38 families with multiple family members who are Minnesota State Mankato alumni or current students in the University’s social work programs.

The College of Business "Part-Time MBA" program as it is referred by U.S. News & World Report, was ranked in a tie for 125th (subscription may be required to access rankings) in the U.S. News "Part-Time MBA" rankings, which were published March 20 in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Graduate Schools rankings. U.S. News published the University's "business school" profile here.

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is partnering with Minnesota State Mankato’s Small Business Development Center to utilize space within the center to bolster BBB’s presence in Mankato-North Mankato. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held March 22 at SBDC’s office in the Hubbard Building.

The Student Events Team's upcoming schedule of events is available here.

RASP SpotLight

The following principal investigators made submissions in January/February 2018:

  • College of Arts and Humanities
    David Engen – Communication Studies
    Dreaming by Degrees – An Open-Source Podcast for First-Year Students
    Submitted to: Minnesota State Innovation Funding for $24,220

    Dale Haefner – Performance Series, Music Industry Studies
    Minnesota State Performance Series Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
    Submitted to: Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council for $8,000

    Lee Tesdell – English
    Study Abroad to the University of Applies Sciences, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Submitted to: DAAD for $2,600
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
    Bruce Jones – Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    Advanced Datum Emissions Testing Contract
    Submitted to: Advanced Datum for $250,000

    Hyekyung Min – Mathematics & Statistics
    SOA Educational Institution Grant
    Submitted to: Society of Actuaries for $5,000

    Analía G. "Yanil" Dall'Asén – Physics & Astronomy
    along with co-Investigators: c-PI’s – Chad Wittkop, Puteri Megat Hamari, Sungwon Kim, Steven Losh, Trent Vorlicek
    MRI: Acquisition of a Raman Spectrosccopy-Atomic Force Microscopy System for Research and Training Activities in a Multidisciplinary Environment
    Submitted to: National Science Foundation for $419,427.60

    Cyrus Azarbod – Computer Information Science
    OFC Videos Proposal
    Submitted to: Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic for $6,182.40

    Patrick Tebbe – Mechanical & Civil Engineering
    Condux Engineering Support
    Submitted to: Condux International for $9,102.77

    Ben Von Korff and Kimberly Musser – Water Resource Center
    Mt Simon Collaboration 2018-22
    Submitted to: Mt Simon Aquifer Water Permit Holder Partnership for $6,902.08

    Kimberly Musser – Water Resource Center
    Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) Collaboration and Report Development
    Submitted to: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Clean Water Legacy Funds for $4,400
  • Strategic Partnerships
    Lou Dickmeyer – Center for Talent Development
    Partnership Grant: Nidec Corporation
    Submitted to: MN Department of Employment and Economic Development – Minnesota Job Skills Partnership for $198,256

The following faculty and staff secured over $1.4 MILLION in January/February 2018:

  • College of Science Engineering and Technology
    Kimberly Musser – Water Resources Center
    Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) Collaboration and Report Development
    Funded by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Clean Water Legacy Funds for $4,400

    David Sharlin – Biological Sciences
    along with co-Investigators: Rachel Cohen, Brittany Smith, Allison Land, Dean Brian Martensen
    National Science Foundation – “Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology (RISEbio): A Scholarship and Support Program Assisting Biology Students to Rise to their Full Potential”
    Project Dates: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2022
    Awarded $999,964

    Patrick Tebbe – Mechanical & Civil Engineering
    Condux Engineering Support
    Funded by: Condux International for $9,102.77

    Vincent Winstead – Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology
    Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund – “Plug and Play Renewable Generation for Residential and Mobile Applications”
    Awarded: $144,325
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dan Sachau – Organizational Effectiveness Research Group
    Artful Living Reader Survey
    Funded by: Artful Living for $5,000

    Dan Sachau – Organizational Effectiveness Research Group
    Riot Games Diversity and Inclusion Paper
    Funded by: Riot Games for $2,500.99
  • College of Allied Health and Nursing
    Brooke Burk – Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services
    And Megan Mahowald – Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services
    Mankato Clinic Foundation – “Camp Maverick Rec ‘N Read
    Awarded: $3,000
  • College of Arts & Humanities
    Diana Joseph – English Department
    Minnesota State Arts Board – “Good Thunder Reading Series MSAB FY19”
    Awarded: $31,900
  • College of Business
    Shane Bowyer – Management
    Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council – “Career Pathways in Agribusiness”
    Awarded: $12,750

    Dean Brenda Flannery
    Lucas Howk – Partnerships and Internships
    Glen A Taylor Foundation – “Bold Futures Residential Camp”
    Awarded: $55,042
  • Strategic Partnerships
    Lou Dickmeyer – Center for Talent Development
    MN Department of Employment and Economic Development/Minnesota Job Skills Partnership – “Partnership Grant: Michael Foods”
    Awarded $85,594

    MN Department of Employment and Economic Development/Minnesota Job Skills Partnership – Partnership Grant: General Label”
    Awarded: $49,286

If you have thoughts on how to further promote these achievements, please email the RASP director at


Mary Wiest, an emeritus faculty member, died March 15. She was employed with Minnesota State Mankato as an associate professor in mathematics for 21 years before retiring in 2012. An obituary is available here.

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