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April 11, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Clean Energy Community Award

Minnesota State University, Mankato was one of seven Minnesota communities that received 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards on March 28 at the Community Driven Clean Energy Conference in St. Cloud, Minn. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The awards recognize communities that contribute to the state’s clean energy goals by planning and implementing programs, policies and technologies that encourage energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy generation.

Minnesota State Mankato's project team is pictured above. It includes (back row, left to right): Terry Lewis, physical plant director; Kevin Morgan, electrical supervisor; Paul Corcoran, assistant vice president, Facilities Management; and (front row, left to right): Steve Ardolf, chief engineer; Greg Borchert, project manager; and Rick Straka, vice president of finance and administration.

Minnesota State Mankato earned its award for a project at the University titled "Campus-wide Energy Savings-Sustainability Project." This $8.1 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract included 31 campus buildings and various parking lots, sidewalks and roadways.

Annual energy savings and avoided operational & maintenance costs are guaranteed at $404,000 annually over the 18-year contract period. Guaranteed annual energy savings amounts equal 5,983,084 kilowatt hours and 2,048 therms (a measurement of a unit of natural gas heat energy). The University will be saving 4,161 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year or 74,898 metric tons over the 18-year contract.

Ameresco, a nationally recognized energy efficiency and sustainability company, with an office in Eden Prairie, Minn., was the awarded contractor for this project.

The award winners were honored as part of the clean energy resource teams clean energy conference at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center on March 28. 

Relay for Life Event April 13

The registered student organization Colleges Against Cancer invites the campus community to participate in a "Relay for Life" game night Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in Myers Field House, Room 118. Participant can sign up at or contact with questions.

The evening will feature fun, games, entertainment and a chance to win prizes. Cost is $5 at the door unless attendees raise $50.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. According to its website, "Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we."

Judges Needed for Science & Engineering Fair

The 67th Annual Southern Minnesota Regional Elementary Science and Engineering Fair will be held Saturday, April 28 in Minnesota State Mankato's Myers Field House.

Each year 1,000 excited elementary-aged students exhibit their science and engineering projects at Minnesota State Mankato’s Myers Field House. Making this a successful event for the students requires many judges and volunteers, and the event would not be possible without University support.

Organizers are looking for volunteers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. No special knowledge is needed, just an interest in providing a positive learning experience for youth exploring science and engineering.

Sign up to serve as a judge or volunteer HERE. Those with questions may call 507-389-2849 or send an email to

FY18 Employee Expense Reports

Completed employee expense reports for business expenses incurred in fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) must be received in the Business Office by July 5, 2018.

To comply with Minnesota Management and Budget regulations, expense reports for expenses incurred in FY18 received after July 5 requires a written explanation, which must be approved and signed by the division head before the expenses can be reimbursed. These expenses will be posted to FY19. This applies not only to travel, but any reimbursement that would be listed under “other expenses” on an employee expense report; i.e. supplies, copies, software, tuition, etc.

Also, for your information, a trip which begins in June and extends into July is charged to the fiscal year which has the most days of travel. For example, travel which begins June 28, 2018, and ends July 9, 2018, would get charged to FY19.

All FY18 business expense entries of any kind, additions, updates, advance settlements, and expense transfers must be completed by Friday, July 6, 2018.

IRS Requirements for Travel Claims

With the end of spring semester arriving, Business Services wants to remind all faculty and staff who may be traveling and incurring business expenses during the summer of the IRS requirements for the timely submission of employee expense reports. Several years ago the IRS clarified its requirements regarding the prompt reimbursement of employee business expenses.

The main thing to remember is that employee business expenses must be submitted for reimbursement within 60 days after the expense is incurred or the trip ends. If a request for reimbursement is not submitted within 60 days, the reimbursement becomes taxable income to the employee. Consequently, federal, state, FICA and Medicare withholding taxes must be taken from the reimbursement and submitted to the IRS. The withholding taxes can add up to nearly 40% of your total reimbursement request.

Please click here for more details. If you have any questions regarding travel or business expense reimbursements, please contact the university’s travel claims clerk, Tami Liebl (389-5006) or view the University's travel website.

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:

Maverick Day of Service Sign-Up

The Community Engagement Office and Student Activities encourage the campus community to spend a morning giving back to the community on Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Individuals or groups may sign up for activities at various sites that may include campus clean-up, landscaping, park clean-up, etc. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Members of the University's Environmental Committee will be planting a bee-friendly garden in a prairie lot on campus that is southwest of the toll lot in addition to helping with campus clean-up. Last year volunteers picked up 11 bags (55-gallon size) of trash as part of the effort.

Check-in and the welcome ceremony will begin at about 8:30 a.m., and groups will head out to their service sites to serve from 10 a.m.-noon. After the service is done, groups will promptly return to campus for free lunch and live music by Irie Minds. There will also be a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the flexible programming space on the lower level of Centennial Student Union.

If the weather is good, the welcome ceremony will be on the University mall between Armstrong Hall, Wigley Administration Building and Memorial Library. If the weather is not good, the opening event will be held in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.

The group volunteer form can be found here and the individual volunteer form can be found here. More questions? Contact Kennedi Alstead, graduate advisor in the Community Engagement Office, at

April 11: CSU Serendipity Music Series

Mankato singer/songwriter Colby Straka will perform Wednesday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union.

A Minnesota State Mankato alumnus, Straka will perform in the CSU flex programming space on the lower level of the student union as part of the CSU’s ongoing Serendipity Music Series. The performance is free and open to the public.

In a December 2017 Mankato Free Press feature, Straka said his sets offer an eclectic range of music. Among his favorite songs is a medley of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa,” and The Script’s “Breakeven.”

The CSU’s ongoing Serendipity Music Series is a free, mid-day, mid-week, “street corner serenade” series that seeks to expose students, the campus and the Mankato community to a range of genres by Minnesota musicians.

April 11: LGBT Center 40th Anniversary

Minnesota State Mankato’s Jim Chalgren LGBT Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary Wednesday, April 11 with a 5 p.m. dinner and 5:30 p.m. program in Centennial Student Union, Room 253, on the University Campus. An RSVP was required by Thursday, April 5, as limited seating is available.

The evening will be filled with alumni videos, a special musical performance and guest speakers reflecting on the history of the University’s LGBT Center.

The late Jim Chalgren founded Minnesota State Mankato’s LGBT Center in 1977 as a small haven for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students four decades ago, making it the second campus LGBT Center in the nation. At the time of the Center’s dedication in 2008, Minnesota State Mankato had been listed among in the Advocate magazine’s top 100 LGBT-friendly universities.

For more information about the Center’s 40th anniversary, contact Jessica Flatequal, director of gender and sexuality programs at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5792 or by email at

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

April 12: 'We Have Ag!' Event

The next panel discussion in a Minnesota State Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Thursday, April 12 and address “Young Professionals Shaping the Future of Agriculture.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in agriculture, food and natural resources. The series events will be live-streamed. The format for each session will be a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, two-five speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow each event.

The April 12 event is expected to include the following panelists: Gabriell A. Edel, Partners for Affordable Housing; Ahnna Compart, Compeer Financial; Caitlin Keck, Environmental Tillage Systems; and Glen Groth, Growth Family Farms.

For more information about the colloquium series, including on-demand video of previous events and a list of upcoming topics, please visit the series website or contact the University’s Office of the Provost by phone at 507-389-1333.

April 12: Aaron Humble Recital

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will host a performance by tenor Aaron Humble (pictured) and pianist and organist Christine Schulz at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2nd St. in Mankato).

The program will include Antonín Dvoƙák’s "Biblical Songs" and pieces by Eric Thiman, H.T. Burleigh, Arthur Honegger and more. The recital looks specifically at repertoire created by composers who dedicated their lives to music and the church.

After 10 years with the renowned vocal ensemble, Cantus, Humble is now in his second year teaching at Minnesota State Mankato.

Humble is a sought-after chamber musician, a regular collaborator with the Mankato Symphony, and the artistic director of the Apollo Men’s Chorus in Minneapolis. Schulz serves at Bethlehem Lutheran Church as a musician and is also known for using her talents in the pit orchestra for many of the University’s theater productions. The recital marks Humble and Schulz’s first collaboration.

There is not an admission charge for the event, although a free-will offering is suggested. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

April 12-13: Latin American Archaeologist to Deliver Lectures

Latin American archaeologist Edwin Barnhart will deliver three presentations Thursday and Friday (April 12-13) at Minnesota State Mankato in a Nadine B. Andreas speaker event sponsored by the University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures and Division of Institutional Diversity.

The presentations, free and open to the public, are also available via live stream.

  • Thursday, April 12, 2-3 p.m., Centennial Student Union, Room 201
    “The Tarascans – A Pre-Columbian Empire of Central Mexico”
  • Thursday, April 12, 4-5:15 p.m., Armstrong Hall, Room 101
    “Monotheism in the Shamanic Art of Ancient Peru”
  • Friday, April 13, 1-1:45 p.m., Memorial Library, Room 47
    “The Palenque Mapping Project – Rediscovery of an Ancient Maya City”

According to a Department of World Languages and Cultures event preview, Barnhart has appeared on History Channel, Discovery Channel, Canada’s Religion Channel and Japanese Public Television. He is the director of Maya Exploration Center, a Fellow of the Explorer Club, and a widely recognized authority on ancient astronomy, mathematics, and calendar systems. During his over 20 years in Latin American archaeology he has discovered the ancient city of Ma’ax Na in Belize, mapped over 4,000 ancient buildings and published over a dozen articles and books.

A news release is available here, or for more information, contact Enrique Torner, professor of Spanish, by phone at 507-389-5519 or by email at

April 12-15: 'Bye Bye Birdie' Concludes Mainstage Season

The fun and light-hearted musical “Bye Bye Birdie” will end the 2017-18 Mainstage season of Minnesota State Mankato Theatre and Dance.

About the show: It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie. At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the Army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: As a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss.

The remaining performances of “Bye Bye Birdie,” co-sponsored by Community Bank, Jones & Magnus and Tailwind Group, are at 7:30 p.m. April 12-14; and 2 p.m. April 14 and 15 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $22 regular; $19 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $15 for Minnesota State Mankato students. Visit the Box Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center 4-6 p.m. weekdays or call 507-389-6661.

April 14-15: University Concert Band Performances

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music presents its Concert Wind Ensemble in a special concert titled "Magical Music!" Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The concerts will be conducted by Michael Thursby, Will Frame and Brady Krusemark.

The April 14 performance will be a free concert for children and community members. In addition to the concert, the event will serve as an opportunity for the community to connect with Department of Music musicians. Complimentary face painting, games, cookies and a beverage will be available.

The April 15 performance will have an admission charge -- similar to the Department of Music's many other Performance Series events.

This concert will take its audience members on a journey through many musical movie favorites and will be perfect for all ages. The concert begins with a medley of some of the most famous Disney selections, followed by more recent melodies from Moana and Frozen. The concert will travel into the magical world of Fantasia before closing with the themes of Harry Potter.

Concert admission for the Sunday, April 15 concert 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 17: Big Ideas Challenge Day

The College of Business has selected six student-entrepreneur groups as finalists in its 2018 Big Ideas Challenge competition. The finalists will be presenting their projects to a panel of local judges Tuesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to the campus community and public.

The Big Ideas Challenge is a venture competition that encourages students and recent alumni to pursue the entrepreneurial path. At the April 17 event, there will be an announcement of the winning teams, with a total of $15,000 in prizes to be awarded. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite idea using their phones. The winner will receive an extra $2,000 People’s Choice Award.

The day's agenda also includes a series of smaller events themed around entrepreneurship and innovation. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fireside chat with Pat and Craig Lloyd of Lloyd Companies at the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge. The Lloyds will discuss their new book, "Building Dreams." A youth entrepreneurship fair will be held at noon just outside Ostrander Auditorium.

More information about the Big Ideas Challenge is available here. For questions and inquiries, contact Yvonne Cariveau from the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship by email at or by phone at 507-389-1018.

April 17: 'Responding to People in Crisis'

The University's Professional Development Committee will be hosting a session on "Responding to People in Crisis" on Tuesday, April 17 from 2-3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 201.

The session addresses how faculty and staff sometimes encounter students or co-workers who present issues they aren’t sure about how to respond and often don’t know what resources are available to help.

The presenters are Sandi Schnorenberg, director of university security, and Stephanie Wilkins, from the City of Mankato's Department of Public Safety. This event will provide information on "what is a crisis," "when additional help is needed" and "where someone can turn to get help." Individuals off campus can join the session through the following options:

April 19: 'Self-Defeating Habits of Otherwise Brilliant People®'

The Offices of the President and Human Resources are sponsoring a Thursday, April 19 visit to campus by Anna Maravelas, psychologist emeritus and president of Thera Rising International, a company that according to its website, has "helped over 300 organizations and companies across the globe achieve their greatest potential through skill building, conflict competence, and best practices." 

Maravelas will give a presentation titled "Self-Defeating Habits of Otherwise Brilliant People®" at two different times April 19 in Ostrander Auditorium. Session 1 is from 9-10:30 a.m. and Session 2 is from 1-2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at both sessions. Although the session will be recorded and available for viewing until Friday, May 18, all faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend in person.

A summary of Maravelas' presentation says "this transformative session on civility, respect and inclusion will focus on how simple mistakes can spell the difference between a lifetime of disappointment and lasting success. How you react to frustration and disagreement shapes your career in countless subtle yet powerful ways. Learn how to compensate for the negativity bias of the brain, and forge powerful bonds of camaraderie and trust. Safeguard your career – and your sanity – from the corrosive effects of mistrust, anger, and depression."

April 19: Biological Sciences Lecture on 'The Future of Food'

Star Tribune food industry reporter Kristen Painter will give a talk titled "The Future of Food: how consumers, the food industry and farmers are intersecting to change our world" Thursday, April 19 from 7-9 p.m. in Trafton Center, Room 121.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception, with refreshments, will be held in the Ford Hall lobby following Painter's talk. Free parking is available in gold lots after 6:30 p.m. (no permit required). Lots 5 & 10 are closest.

Painter has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Her reporting has brought her to an array of places around the world from Texas to Tokyo and Iowa to Sudan. Painter's work has appeared in dozens of major print and online publications.

The event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Biological Sciences. 

April 19: Country Artist Eric Paslay Concert

Country artist Eric Paslay will perform Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato’s Bresnan Arena. This is the first time since 2015 that a country artist has been to campus.

The concert is for all ages and is open to the public. The concert hosts are the Student Events Team and local radio station Minnesota 93 (Country 93.1 KATO). For information on cost of tickets and ticket availability, click here.

According to his website, Paslay’s five No. 1 hits include “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “FridayNight,” the lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas, native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley and a current “Song of the Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You” at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 3.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on concert night, and free parking for this event will be available in Lots 20 and 21 (located adjacent to Blakeslee Stadium). There will be no re-entry to the concert once patrons leave, and no outside food, beverages, backpacks or flash photography allowed. Minnesota State Mankato is an alcohol-free, drug-free and tobacco-free campus. Use of substances will result in removal from the concert. Minnesota State Mankato bans weapons on campus.

For more information, contact Alex Wieland, concert chair for the University’s Student Events Team, by phone at 507-389-6076 or email at

April 20: Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University’s Alumni Association will present its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Humanitarian Award, Harold J. Fitterer Service Award and Recent Alumni Award in a recognition event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20 on campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The event is open to the public. To register to attend the event, call 507-389-1515.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is presented to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, had widespread effect on their communities and are recognized for their achievements over the course of their careers. This year’s recipient is Patrick Dean, Rochester, Minn.

The Harold J. Fitterer Service Award is presented to graduates who have given distinguished service to Minnesota State Mankato through work preserving and promoting university programs. This year’s recipient is Rod Schmidt, Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award recognizes graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes. This year’s recipient is Doris Wigand, Le Sueur, Minn.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award honors graduates 35 years old or younger who reached personal or professional achievements early in their careers, positively impacted their communities, and show promise for continued success. This year’s recipient is Jon Whiting, St. Louis Park, Minn.

A news release with more information on each honoree is available here. More information on the awards is available here or by calling (507) 389-1515.

April 20-May 5: 'Afterthought' Art Exhibition

Minnesota State Mankato students taking an art history class, "Museums and Exhibition," are co-curating an art exhibition called "Afterthought" from April 20 – May 5 at the 410 Project Gallery (523 S. Front St., Mankato). An opening reception will be held Friday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit and opening reception is open to the public.

The exhibit features 54 works of art selected from the university’s permanent collection as well as from abandoned and unfinished works left behind by former students. According to an exhibit preview, "this unique show calls into question the value and meaning of art and how this changes in relationship to ownership and abandonment."

Works featured in "Afterthought" include sculpture, printmaking, ceramic, painting, drawing, photography and installation by students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the university, including both known and unknown artists.

April 21: Public Night at Andreas Observatory

The Department of Physics & Astronomy will hold a public viewing night at Andreas Observatory on the evening of Saturday, April 21. The observatory will be open from 9-11 p.m., weather permitting.

Visitors to Andreas Observatory will have a chance to look through one of the largest telescopes in Minnesota, and view celestial objects including star clusters, double stars and nebulae.

All visitors should park at the south end of Lot 1 and WALK to the observatory – a distance of about 600 yards.

Any inquiries for further information should be directed to Paul Eskridge, professor of astronomy, at 507-389-1840 or

April 22:  International Festival

The annual Mankato Area International Festival is one of Minnesota's largest international events, and this year's festival will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato's Centennial Student Union. Admission and parking are free.

“Connecting Borders” is the theme for the 2018 family-friendly festival, which is a showcase for the foods, music, dance, and cultures of dozens of nations, all in one place on one day.

Foods and performances are produced mainly by international students at Minnesota State Mankato, but other local and regional vendors, restaurants, and performance groups are also welcome and encouraged to participate. A sampling of international cuisines will be available,with most food priced at less than $5.

Parade marshal for this year’s opening flag procession through the Centennial Student Union is Nadja Kramer, director of the German program within the University’s World Languages program. Kramer is recognized for her ongoing support and mentoring to international students.

The festival is hosted by Minnesota State Mankato, the Kearney Center for International Student Service and the Centennial Student Union. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, visit the International Festival website

April 23: Douglas R. Moore Lectureship

The 44th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State Mankato will feature a presentation by faculty member Kuldeep Agarwal at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23 in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.

Agarwal’s presentation, titled “3D Printing and the Future of Health and Medicine,” is free and open to the public.

In a preview of his lecture, Agarwal, an associate professor in the Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology in Minnesota State Mankato's College of Science, Engineering and Technology, wrote in part:

"...I have spent my entire career working in the field of manufacturing and I am thrilled to bring this passion in front of everyone in talking about Additive Manufacturing (also called 3D printing). Using 3D printing, my research aims to find an alternative approach to develop materials for medical implants (knees, hips, etc.) that will improve their effectiveness and longevity.

"Currently approximately 500,000 knee and 300,000 hip implants are performed in the U.S. each year and are estimated to increase 8.3 percent annually through 2025. These implants often fail prematurely due to fracture, corrosion, tissue reaction, and wear.

"The approach of our research group is to develop materials that will combine the mechanical performance of metals, such as cobalt chrome, with the biocompatibility of calcium phosphates. We are also working on prosthetic arms and their testing for individuals."

For more information about the subject of the lecture, contact Agarwal by phone at 507-389-6157 or by email at

March 26-May 1: Senior Art Exhibits

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art students are displaying 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 ran from March 26-April 3. A March 26 reception was held for the students displaying their art in that show. Show 2 runs April 9-17. An April 9 reception was held for the students displaying their art in the current show.

Show 3 will run from April 23-May 1, with a reception Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery. Students whose art will be displayed in the third show include Dominic Bona, Devon Flohrs, Sarah Huttner, Olivia Isaacson, Jessica Juhlin, Kathryn Mast, Samantha Murnane, Alyssa Pilney, Dustin Pumarlo, Kailee Seifert, Bethany Thalman and Roberta Zamma Gallarati.

Student News

Erik Olson, student co-chair of the University's Environmental Committee, will receive a Presidents' Student Leadership Award at Minnesota Campus Compact's annual summit and awards luncheon, to be held April 19 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Twenty-six Minnesota campuses selected recipients for this award this year. At Minnesota State Mankato, Olson coordinates the Recyclemania competition, organizes Earth Day events and furniture drives, leads fundraisers and awareness campaigns to support environmental awareness.

The University and the Center for English Language Programs recently received a group of 21 Saudi Arabian students sponsored by the Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission and by Saudi Arabian Airlines to study in the Intensive English Program for up to 18 months prior to beginning their studies in the Department of Aviation. They began their first Intensive English Program semester in early March and will continue to study English intensively during the upcoming summer, fall and spring semesters, further strengthening the number and quality of international students studying at Minnesota State Mankato.

On March 24-25, the forensic team traveled to the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Neb., to compete in the second annual National Speech Championship Tournament. Minnesota State Mankato was among 25 total schools competing in the tournament. The following students earned individual recognition:

  • Senior accounting major Alex Mathiowetz – quarterfinalist, Communication Analysis, and finalist (6th place), Persuasion
  • Sophomore communication arts and literature education major Kaylee Matuszak – quarterfinalist, Program of Oral Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation

Faculty/Staff News

John Bulcock, assistant director of student activities, has been selected as the Outstanding Fraternity & Sorority Advisor of the Year by the Alpha Chi Omega national sorority. The Minnesota State Mankato chapter nominated him for this distinction. He will travel to the organization’s National Convention in Austin, Texas, this June, where he will be presented with the award.

Jessica Flatequal, director of gender and sexuality programs at the University, along with SCMN Pride will receive a Presidents’ Community Partner Award at Minnesota Campus Compact's annual summit and awards luncheon, to be held April 19 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes. Twenty-four campuses selected recipients for this award this year. Flatequal and SCMN Pride work to help bring together a visible and vibrant LGBT and Allied community in south central Minnesota. In addition to its annual Pride Parade and festival, SCMN Pride works with faculty, students, and staff on campus to build awareness of issues facing the LGBT community.

Carol Glasser, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Corrections and director of Kessel Peace Institute, will receive a Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award at Minnesota Campus Compact's annual summit and awards luncheon, to be held April 19 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. This award is for a member of the faculty, administration or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. Twenty-five campuses selected recipients for this award this year. Glasser promotes and practices publicly engaged sociology with an emphasis on animal welfare, food access and civil rights.

David Sharlin, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently had a paper published in Nature's open access journal, Scientific Reports. The paper, titled "Deafness and loss of cochlear hair cells in the absence of thyroid hormone transporters Slc16a2 (Mct8) and Slc16a10 (Mct10)," is the product of long-term collaboration with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland. The findings suggest that apart from the systemic provision of thyroid hormone, cellular uptake or efflux of the hormone by transmembrane transporters is required to promote cochlear development and hearing.

The Office of the Provost recently announced that Allen A. Thompson has been appointed director of academic advising, effective May 1. Thompson brings 19 years of experience in higher education administration and student success leadership. Most recently, Thompson served at Upper Iowa University as an associate vice president with oversight of the university's Integrated Enrollment Center.

Department News

Minnesota State Mankato's Army ROTC Maverick Battalion recently learned that the U.S. Army Cadet Command announced that Minnesota State Mankato was one of eight eight winners of the MacArthur Awards for the school year 2016-2017. The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 275 senior Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) units nationwide, as the top programs in the country.

The renovated Hubbard Building, home to the University's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Strategic Partnerships and Small Business Development Center, will be recognized as one of four finalists in the "Greater Minnesota" category in the 2018 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Awards. More than 225 projects and people were nominated for the awards in various categories. The MREJ Awards recognition event will be held Wednesday, April 11 in Golden Valley, Minn.

The Center for Talent Development recently learned from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development that a grant for $180,983 was awarded to Nidec Corp. (located in North Mankato) and Minnesota State Mankato to train Nidec's entire workforce of 379 people who manufacture power generation equipment in training modules on seven topics. A news release is available here.

The Department of Theatre and Dance recently announced that the Dance Program again received the American College Dance Association conference’s highest honor with selection for a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, D.C. This marks the fourth time in the last five Kennedy Center adjudications that the program has been selected for nationals, an accomplishment not shared by any other school in the region. This year’s North-Central Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association was held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from March 21-25.

The College of Business recently published its April eNews. Individuals may also sign up for the College of Business email list at that link. More information is available by sending an email to

The March 30 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.

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

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