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August 29, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Mexican Consulate Visit

Minnesota State University, Mankato hosted an Aug. 7 visit by Consul General Gerardo Guerrero and Monica Cruz, head of community affairs, from the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, Minn.

During their visit the guests engaged in conversations with a campus delegation to celebrate the rich connections between Mexico and Minnesota State Mankato. President Richard Davenport shared his vision for Minnesota State Mankato as a global hub where the student population mirrors the rich diversity of nations in the world. Students from Mexican heritage contribute in significant ways to the campus culture and academic profile of the University.

An example of a successful collaboration between Minnesota State Mankato and the Consulate of Mexico is Proyecta, a special initiative by the Mexican government with a goal to increase the numbers of students studying abroad between the U.S. and Mexico.

With assistance from the Consulate of Mexico, Minnesota State Mankato has been very successful in securing competitive funding associated with the initiative and has, as the only higher education institution in Minnesota, been selected as the preferred provider for short-term customized English language instruction through the Center for English Language Programs for six consecutive years.

More information on the initiative can be found at the website of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Future collaborative activities include creating meaningful university partnerships between Minnesota State Mankato and higher education institutions in Mexico to advance student mobility, internationalization of campus and faculty collaboration.

The Minnesota State Mankato delegation included Davenport; David Jones, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management; Henry Morris, dean of institutional diversity; Anne Dahlman, acting dean of global education; Matt Loayza, interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Adriana Gordillo, chair of the Department of World Languages; Jacy Fry, director of Kearney Center for International Student Services; Nancy O’Brien, director of Center for Education Abroad and Away; and Glen Pouporre, director of Center for English Language Programs.

Public Speaking Workshops

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Communication Studies and the Center for Academic Success are sponsoring public speaking workshops.

Faculty members interested in having a public speaking expert share their skills with students are invited to schedule a workshop in their classrooms.

Workshop topics include outlining, source integration and citation, speech arrangement, speech delivery, informative and persuasive strategies. Workshop lengths are flexible, based on needs for particular classes.

To schedule a workshop in your classroom:

  • Call or visit the Center for Academic Success, ML 125, Phone: 507-389-1791
  • Or schedule online 

Speech tutoring is also available for students by appointment in ML116 Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Students can stop by ML116, ML125 or call 507-389-1791 to schedule an appointment. Drop-in Speech Lab hours are in ML 1027 Tuesdays from 12-3 p.m. (no appointment necessary).

Institutional Review Board News

The guidelines that relate to Institutional Review Boards have changed, and the changes were to go into effect in June 2018. However, in early June, the University's Institutional Review Board was notified that an extension to Jan. 21, 2019 for implementation of the changes had been approved.

Information regarding the changes is available online. Visit this website and find “CITI Ethics Training” for information about how to learn more about the changes to the Common Rule.

There are several other training modules relating to IRBs available at the CITI site. This summer a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) training module was added.

IRB drop-in sessions begin Friday, Sept. 14 in ML94B. The IRB drop-in sessions will occur on a biweekly basis.

2018 Campus Drive

The University Advancement division's annual giving program will be holding its 2018 campus drive from Sept. 17-28.

Members of the University community are encouraged to participate in this year's drive by making a gift to the "emergency grant program," which provides small grants to students who encounter unexpected expenses.

More information about the 2018 campus drive will be distributed throughout campus in the coming weeks.

Immediate contributions may be made by clicking here, with all gifts counting toward participation in the 2018 campus drive.

Alumni Zone Sign-Up

The Office of Alumni Relations is holding its third annual Alumni Zone event during Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lot 20A.

The Alumni Zone is a pregame tailgating experience featuring live music, food trucks, games, a cash bar and door prizes.

Cost is $12. Cost for season ticket holders and current students is $7.

The event includes a Maverick football game ticket and exclusive access to the Alumni Zone.

All alumni and friends are welcome, but RSVPs are required by Friday, Sept. 21. Register here or by phone at 507-389-1515. No walk-up admission is available.

Lifelong Learners Summer 2018 Program

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

Topics include sessions on "Succulents and Designs/Mulch for the Gardener"; "Horror Films and History"; "Fixing Healthcare"; a "Community Climate Conversation"; 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 "Classes & Events," "Class Schedule" and then click on "Register Online Now." For more information, call 507-389-2011.

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:

Aug. 27-Sept. 10: Alan Montgomery Art Exhibit

Painter Alan Montgomery’s art will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Gallery (located on the building’s lower level) from Aug. 27 through Sept. 10.

The exhibit, titled “Bog Cycles,” is free and open to the public. Gallery hours for the Centennial Student Union gallery during the dates of this exhibit are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Montgomery wrote the following in his artist’s statement (the two sentences that follow are an excerpt from the statement): “The inspiration for the Bog Cycle series began back in 1994 in graduate school reading the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s seminal pieces on the Irish peat bog is a journey through time and space and a signifier of the Irish culture.”

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2018-2019 Department of Art Exhibition Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is published online.

Aug. 27-Sept. 18: Xavier Tavera Art Exhibit

Work by photographer Xavier Tavera will be displayed in an exhibit titled “Borderlands” in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Aug. 27 through Sept. 18.

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.

Tavera will deliver an artist’s lecture Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. A reception for the artist will be held following the lecture.

Artist information provided by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Art:

Xavier Tavera is a photographer whose work deals with Latino/Latinx identity and race. He was born in Mexico City and has been based in Minneapolis since 1996. He teaches photography at the University of Minnesota, where he also recently completed his master of fine arts degree. Tavera exhibited his series “Veterans” at the Minnesota History Center in 2017, and he has shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Goldstein Museum of Design, Minnesota Museum of American Art and many other venues nationally and internationally.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2018-2019 Conkling Gallery Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is located at

Sept. 4: Red Cross Blood Drive

Upward Bound at Minnesota State Mankato is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union North Ballroom.

Appointments may be made by calling 507-389-1211 or by going online and entering sponsor code MSUUPWARD.

Walk-ins are also welcome.

All presenting donors will receive a free hair coupon at Sport Clips via email, and a Red Cross aluminum water bottle while supplies last.

Sept. 5: Campus and Community Fair

A Campus and Community Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union.

Information on part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities both on campus and in the community will be available in the CSU Ballroom, and information on recognized student organizations will be available in the CSU Mav Ave area.

There is no fee to attend, and there will be free food for up to 400 students.

The event was organized by Student Activities, the Community Engagement Office and Career Development Center.

The event's gold sponsors will be posted at this link as the event nears.

Sept. 11 & 17: Constitution Day Panels

Minnesota State Mankato will be honoring Constitution Day with panel discussions Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 12-1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 201, and Monday, Sept. 17, from 12-1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

The Sept. 11 panel discussion is titled "Freedom of Speech," while the Sept. 17 panel discussion is titled "The Constitution and You."

Those attending the events are encouraged to bring a laptop or cell phone to access the internet during the panel discussions.

Refreshments will be served. On Sept. 17, attendees can win a prize by completing the constitution quiz handed out by Centennial Student Union "colonialists."

For more information, contact Karen Anderson in the Office of Community Engagement by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at

Sept. 13: Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson in Concert

Jazz vocalist Maud Hixson (pictured) and pianist Rick Carlson will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Hixson is a singer of classic jazz and popular songs of the 20th century. Many of her shows focus on songs written by women during the 1930s and 1940s, an era Hixson says is one of the most fertile periods for women songwriters.

Hixson made her Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis) debut in 2010, performed at the New York Cabaret Convention in 2011 at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and in 2012 appeared in concert with composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett as part of the Midtown Jazz Series in New York.

Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast catalogs of Count Basie and Duke Ellington while absorbing their musical technique. He is a sought-after accompanist and has served as pianist and musical director for various Twin Cities concert series and theatre productions.

Concert admission is $12 for community members and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 13: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host poet and essayist Ladan Osman (pictured) Thursday, Sept. 13 as the first of eight writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series. All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Osman will begin her Sept. 13 visit by holding a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato.

During the afternoon, Osman will hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 150 Stadium Court in Mankato.

Then in the evening, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Osman will read from her work in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement and colonialism. She is the author of “The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony” (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize. Her next collection, “Exiles of Eden,” a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, is forthcoming with Coffee House Press in 2019. Osman’s writing has been translated into over 10 languages.

For more information contact Candace Black at 507-389-2680 or visit

Student News

The Minnesota Business Aviation Association announced that it named five individuals 2018 Gordon Hoff Achievement Award winners. Three of the five were Minnesota State Mankato aviation students. They included Larissa Vculek, Kyle Johnson and Andrew Voit. Vculek was awarded a Citation Encore second-in-command type rating donated by FlightSafety International. Johnson was selected to receive a Citation II SIC type rating donated by CAE. Voit was the recipient of a $2,500 flight training scholarship.

Marisa Melander was named the recipient of a $1,000 Women in Business Scholarship from the Zonta Club of Mankato. Melander is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice. She intends to use her doctorate degree, plus previous nursing and business experience, to run a woman-centered clinic. The Zonta International Women in Business Scholarships look to the women of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Faculty/Staff News

A new art gallery, the Goodness Gallery, opened in southwest Rochester. The gallery's premier exhibit is a series of paintings called “Magical Landscapes,” by Brian Frink, a faculty member who is chair of the Department of Art at Minnesota State Mankato.

Linda Álvarez has been appointed interim director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX and will serve as a member of the president’s expanded cabinet.

Jennifer Chelstrom has been appointed interim associate director of graduate recruitment and retention, effective Aug. 20.

Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, was selected by jury for his art to be shown at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition from Aug. 23-Sept. 3. During Wilkins’ 2016 sabbatical, he worked with indigenous people on two continents and six countries. “Dhaka, Bangladesh: Portrait Number Three” reflects his work while at International University of Business Agriculture and Technology.

Jennifer Moore has been appointed director of annual giving in University Advancement. Moore began her duties Aug. 15.

William Broussard has been appointed associate vice president of University Advancement. Broussard begins his duties Sept. 19.  

Department News

The Centennial Student Union 50th anniversary celebration was among “Steal This Idea” entries featured in the July/August issue of the ACUI Bulletin. The special section of the magazine highlighted winning entries submitted as part of the annual conference of the Association of College Unions International. The CSU 50th Anniversary received an honorable mention in the “Professional Promotional Campaign” category.

Minnesota State Mankato's School of Nursing and Ecumen, one of Minnesota’s largest providers of senior care, have been working together to help address the state’s acute shortage of nurses working in long-term geriatric care. To address the shortage, a grant-funded pilot workshop was held Aug. 7-9 in Mankato that was designed to help educators refresh their knowledge and skills in senior care and bring current best practices in geriatrics into their classrooms and clinical settings. Nursing faculty from around the state attended.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center recently received provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Colleen Royle, director of the Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center and associate professor in the University’s School of Nursing, said that Minnesota State Mankato joined just over 100 nursing simulation centers worldwide that have achieved accreditation.

University Archives at Minnesota State Mankato announced it has completed a five-year digitization project of the University’s student newspaper, The Reporter. All of the University’s student newspapers, from 1926 to present, are now freely available to the public at

University Dining Services is running a promotion through Dec. 21 in which faculty and staff can receive unlimited refills of drip coffee and fountain beverages by purchasing a commemorative sesquicentennial tumbler for $100 plus tax. Beverages are available during the summer at Jazzman's and MavAve. In the fall, beverages will be available at Jazzman's, MavAve, Einstein Bros Bagels in Myers Field House and Simply to Go in Wissink. A limited number of tumblers are available for purchase at Jazzman's, MavAve or the University Dining Services office located in Centennial Student Union, Room 7. Those with questions may call 389-2613.

The School of Nursing will hold a celebration of 65 years of education and family nursing research Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5-8 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 253. A welcome and introductions will be held from 5-5:15 p.m., followed by an alumni panel from 5:15-6:15 p.m., "re-pinning" of alumni from 6:15-6:30 p.m. and light appetizers and social time from 6:30-8 p.m.

The Career Development Center is holding its Career and Internship Expo on Oct. 16-17. For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 507-389-6061.

RASP Spotlight

The following principal investigators made submissions in June and July 2018:

College of Arts and Humanities
  Candace Black – English
  Good Thunder Reading Series FY20
  Submitted to Minnesota State Arts Board for: $39,792

College of Education
  Sean Wachsmuth – Special Education
  Kevin Filter – Psychology (SBS)
  Project FIT: Function-Based Interdisciplinary Training
  Submitted to U.S. Department of Education for: $1,250,000

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  Rebecca Bates – Integrated Engineering
  STEM Education 2026: Workshop Assessment, Evaluation & Accreditation
  Submitted to National Science Foundation for: $99,979

  Bruce Jones – Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering
  Textron, Inc. Income Contract
  Submitted to Textron Inc. for: $200,000

  Zhu Yongtao – Biological Sciences
  Diverse Transition-Metal and Free-Radical Chemistry Enabling 2’-Deoxyribonucleotide Production by Bacteria in Restrictive Environment
  Submitted to National Institutes of Health for: $113,345

Institutional Diversity
  Ann-Marie Swartz-Beckius – OASIS
  Enter University
  Submitted to MN Office of Higher Education for: $23,677.77

Division of Academic Affairs
  Thomas Norman – University Extended Education
  Hazardous Materials Instructor Training
  Submitted to U.S. Department of Transportation for: $490,910

The following faculty and staff secured more than $1.2 million in awards during June & July 2018:

College of Allied Health and Nursing
  Brigette Cooper – Dental Hygiene
  Angela Monson – Dental Hygiene
  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – “Master in Advanced Dental Hygiene with Normandale Intra-Agency Agreement”
  Awarded: $20,000

  Jessica Albers – Human Performance
  United Hospital District – “United Hospital District Graduate Assistantship”
  Awarded: $17,405.20
  South Central College – “South Central College Graduate Assistantship”
  Awarded: $18,030.20

College of Arts and Humanities
  David Engen – Communication Studies
  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities – “Dreaming by Degrees – An Open Source Podcast for First-Year Students”
  Awarded: $22,220

  Dale Haefner – Music Series and Performance
  Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council – “Performance Series Support Grant”
  Awarded: $8,000

College of Business
  Yvonne Cariveau – Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – “Marketing Strategy for”
  Awarded: $14,000

College of Education
  Tim Berry – Center for Educator Partnerships and Student Support
  Jill Ryan – Center for Educator Partnerships and Student Support
  ISD #12 Centennial – “Centennial Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $37,186.51
  ISD #656 Faribault – “Faribault Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $37,186.51
  ISD #77 Mankato – “Mankato Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $65,076.43
  ISD #762 Owatonna – “Owatonna Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $37,186.51
  ISD #508 St. Peter – “St. Peter Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $37,186.51
  ISD #2905 Tri-City United – “Tri-city United Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $37,186.51
  ISD #829 Waseca – “Waseca Teaching Fellow 2019”
  Awarded: $37,186.51

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  Kimberley Musser – Water Resources Center
  McKnight Foundation – “Roadmap and Toolkit to Forge Effective Partnerships”
  Awarded: $100,000

  Trent Vorlicek – Chemistry and Geology
  American Chemical Society (ACS) – “Advancing the Vanadium Paleoredox Proxy: Defining the Chemistry Controlling Vanadium Speciation in Sulfidic and Poly Sulfidic Natural Waters”
  Awarded: $70,000

 Shaobiao Cai – Mechanical and Civil Engineering
 Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council – “Integration Agriculture Machinery Design into Engineering Education Curriculum”
 Awarded: $8,352

  Melissa Huppert – Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence
  Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council – “Minnesota STEM + Ag Career Pathway Curriculum”
  Awarded: $11,880.33

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  Kathleen Blue – Anthropology
  Minnesota Department of Transportation – “Garrison Bridge Rehabilitation Osteologist for Monitoring During Construction”
  Awarded: $20,354.76

Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships
  Louise Dickmeyer – Continuing Education & Partnerships
  Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development –
“Partnership Grant: Nidec”
  Awarded: $180,983

  Julie Nelson – Small Business Development Center
  Mike Hahn – Small Business Development Center
  Department of Employment and Economic Development – “SBDC Federal CY 2018”
  Awarded: $231,096.22
  Department of Employment and Economic Development Center –
  “SBDC 2018 DEED Portion”
  Awarded: $15,000

Division of Student Affairs
  Karen Anderson – Community Engagement
  Minnesota Campus Compact – “Dialogue Mini Grant”
  Awarded: $250

  Wendy Schuh – Student Health Services
  United Health Care Student Resources – “Student Insurance FY19”
  Awarded: $28,143.66

  Minnesota Department of Human Services – “FY19 Healthy Mavericks”
  Awarded: $179,228

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

Online TODAY Magazine

Visit the online TODAY magazine at to keep up-to-date with news, alumni and stories about the people who help make this University great.

The mission of TODAY is to entertain, to inform and to connect the reader to the campus. The print TODAY is mailed twice per year to 95,000 alumni and friends.

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

Content is updated regularly, so check back often!


Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the campus newsletter? Send news items to the Media Relations Office at The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year (except during scheduled break weeks) and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Wednesday, Sept. 12. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Sept. 7).

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