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October 10, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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2018 Career and Internship Expo

The Minnesota State Mankato Career and Internship Expo is Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

More than 175 employers are registered for the event.

The event is free, and students and alumni are strongly encouraged to attend. EXPO tours will be provided for first-time visitors to the event.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by. Complimentary professional photos will be provided for all students, faculty and staff. (Photos will be sent via email about two weeks after the event.) The photos may be used in LinkedIn accounts, biographies on your department website or anywhere a professional portrait is needed.

DEA Drug Take-Back Day

Student Health Services, Campus Security and the Mankato Department of Public Safety are hosting a DEA Drug Take Back Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Student Health Services Medical Clinic (21 Carkoski Commons).

This event is open to students, staff and faculty.

Prescription and over-the-counter unwanted or expired medications in any form (pill, liquid, patch, injectable, etc.) may be turned in at no charge with no questions asked.

It is suggested that labels with names or private health information be blacked out or torn off.

Those with questions may call Health Education at 507-389-5689.

School of Nursing Bridging Ceremony

Minnesota State Mankato's School of Nursing held its Convocation & Bridging Ceremony for pre-licensure nursing students in Ostrander Auditorium on Sept. 7.

The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate the many accomplishments of students and faculty at the School of Nursing and to welcome new students into the program. During the ceremony, students are recognized for their contributions, including student representation on committees, leadership and participation in undergraduate research.

This fall, eight pre-licensure students were recognized for presenting at regional, national and international conferences. Senior student Halimat Abdulganiyu was awarded the Patricia Earle Art of Caring Award for demonstrating exceptional care to others. Forty new pre-licensure students were welcomed into the School of Nursing by crossing “the bridge.” Faculty speaker Sandra Eggenberger shared the evolution of family nursing science at the School of Nursing. Faculty members Amy Haycraft and Marilyn Swan served as emcees for the event.

Call for Proposals for Learning Communities

The call for proposals for Learning Communities for next academic year is now open, and proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Students involved with Learning Communities at Minnesota State Mankato have proven to have higher retention rates, higher grade point averages and a higher completion rate than their non-enrolled peers.

[PDF] The proposal form can be found online here (216 KiB). Those completing the proposal form are asked to complete the questions and the course selection section, route for dean’s signature and return to or send via campus mail to Learning Communities CR C131.

Notifications to proposal submitters will be sent out by mid-November with confirmation if the Learning Community will be offered.

To learn more about Minnesota State Mankato’s Learning Community program, please visit the Learning Communities Web page or stop by the Learning Communities Program Office in Crawford C-131. Please refer questions to Jean Clarke, director, University Learning Communities, who can be reached by phone at 507-389-1450.

Security Awareness

IT Solutions information security is conducting a security awareness campaign, and the month of October's security topic is "phishing."

Cybercriminals use phishing—a type of social engineering—to manipulate people into doing what they want. Social engineering is at the heart of all phishing attacks, especially those conducted via e-mail.

Technology makes phishing easy. Setting up and operating a phishing attack is fast, inexpensive, and low risk. Any cybercriminal with an e-mail address can launch one. Learn more.

U-Lead Conference

Student Activities is sponsoring an upcoming Leadership U event for students.

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 12-1 p.m., CSU 245
Topic: Motivation
Facilitator: To be determined

Leadership U is a program that provides opportunities for students to grow as leaders of their communities.

At these events, facilitators from the Minnesota State Mankato community (faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students) lead participants in an interactive learning session to analyze and build leadership skills.

Students are encouraged to attend and gain some skills while having fun with other leaders on campus.

Dental Hygiene Free 'Kids Day'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Dental Hygiene is offering free dental care to area children 18 years and younger Thursday, Oct. 18.

Appointment times are at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 507-389-2147.

Patients seeking appointments for cleanings, x-rays, exams, sealants and fluoride should be 18 and under and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The dental exams will be conducted on campus at 120 Clinical Sciences Building.

Oct. 8-23: ‘Transfer of Memory: Reflecting on the Holocaust’

Minnesota State Mankato’s Social Justice Lecture Series and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Dakotas and Minnesota are bringing a series of October events called “Transfer of Memory: Reflecting on the Holocaust” to Minnesota State Mankato. The following remaining events in the series are free and open to the public.

Oct. 8-23, Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibit, Centennial Student Union Art Gallery (basement floor). Exhibit open during CSU operating hours (Monday-Fridays 6:30-12 a.m.; Saturdays 8-12 a.m.; Sundays 10-12 a.m.)

  • This exhibition illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full color. Each is a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances. As a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, it was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures, and their families. Their lives are constant reminders about the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit. Photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, created this photography exhibition.

Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., “Finding Art in My Photography,” with David Sherman, Morris Hall 103

  • David Sherman, NBA team photographer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, David Sherman is also the creative mind behind the Transfer of Memory exhibit. Sherman will discuss how Transfer of Memory opened his creativity and allowed him to think of his daily and personal work in terms of art instead of only its commercial application. He will discuss how creating Transfer of Memory allowed him to develop an artful voice that he now uses actively to participate in the conversations of today’s issues.

Oct. 22 from 5-6 p.m., Closing Reception for the Transfer of Memory Exhibit, Centennial Student Union Lounge, next to the Art Gallery

  • The closing ceremony will include brief commentary by exhibit curators Laura Zelle, Susie Greenberg and JCRC’s executive director Steve Hunegs. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with the speakers, one another, tour the exhibit, and to celebrate this powerful series of events.

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

Oct. 11: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host fiction writer Nick White (pictured) Thursday, Oct. 11 as the second of eight writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Oct. 11, White will begin his 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, White 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., White will read from his work in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

A native of Mississippi, White is the author of the short story collection “Sweet and Low” (Blue Rider Press, 2018) and the novel “How to Survive a Summer” (Blue Rider Press), which was named one of Book Riot’s Best Queer Books of 2017. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Lit Hub and elsewhere. He is an assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Oct. 11: Michael Fuerstein Philosophy Lecture

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Philosophy welcomes students, faculty, and other members of the campus community to attend an upcoming lecture by Michael Fuerstein titled “Moral Revolutions.” The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Morris Hall 103. Refreshments will be served.

The Department of Philosophy provided the following preview from Fuerstein about his presentation:

Moral revolutions are cases of significant change in the social distribution of beliefs on matters of fundamental moral concern. The hallmark of moral revolutions is that they reorient the fabric of our social relationships in ways that change our identity, along with our moral feelings and attitudes towards members of other social groups. Standout cases in American history include the civil rights movement, the participation of women in the labor force and, most recently, the extension of marital and other rights to same-sex couples. Moral revolutions present a challenge to the ideal of moral rationality, both because they depend on affective shifts among the population and because they typically depend on inter-generational transitions in sensibilities. In this paper, I offer a conception of social rationality that enables us to model moral revolutions, and argue that one of democracy’s core values lies in its capacity to support this kind of rationality.

Fuerstein is associate professor of philosophy and director of the Public Affairs Conversation at St. Olaf College.

For more information, contact Joshua Preiss, associate professor of philosophy and co-director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5514, or visit the Department of Philosophy website.

Oct. 11: Contemporary Vocal Groups

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will present two contemporary a cappella vocal groups in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Halling Recital Hall. Maverick Vocal Precision and Maverick Fusion vocal ensembles feature a cappella stylings of vocal groups such as Pentatonix, Rockapella, and Backtrack. Stephanie Thorpe coordinates the two ensembles.

Early next year, Maverick Vocal Precision will perform at the SingStrong Workshop at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. The February all-vocal event consists of five concerts and two days of classes and coachings, all featuring nothing but the human voice. Event profits support various charities, and ticket and merchandise proceeds support music programs with a special focus on singing and a cappella music. Audiences will hear pop, jazz, rock, broadway, barbershop, reggaetone, beatbox and more – all performed a cappella.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Oct. 11-21: 'The Mousetrap'

London’s longest-running West End show is up next in the Minnesota State Mankato Theatre season: Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.”

The world-famous murder mystery runs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 17-20; and 2 p.m. Oct. 14, 20 and 21 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato.

“The Mousetrap” originally opened in London in 1952 and has been running ever since. Directed by Heather E. Hamilton, here’s a bit more about the play: A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage.

Other characters are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

The play is known for its twist ending, and early audiences were asked not to reveal it when leaving the theater.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students. The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661.

Oct. 12-13: Andreas Observatory Public Viewing Nights

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Physics & Astronomy will be hosting public viewing nights at Andreas Observatory on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 as part of the University's family weekend. The observatory will be open from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.

Visitors to Andreas Observatory will have a chance to look through one of the largest telescopes in Minnesota and view the planets Saturn and Mars as well as other 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 at 507-389-1840 or

Sept. 24-Oct. 15: 'Project Passion' Design Exhibition

Project Passion, an annual juried exhibition celebrating the self-initiated work of graphic designers and illustrators, is on display in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) through Oct. 15.

The exhibit, which opened Monday, Sept. 24, 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.

Project Passion is a collaborative effort of Minnesota State Mankato design faculty members along with AIGA Minnesota. The exhibition is made possible through the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment Program.

Oct. 16: Community Orchestra Concert

The Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Orchestra Director Joseph Rodgers has recently transformed the university orchestra. The orchestra has invited area community members to join the former University orchestra and perform with university student musicians.

The orchestra has quadrupled in size and offers an abundance of new opportunities for both students and community members. Rodgers believes that the new performing group gives students experience getting to know community members as well as learning from them. Many of the community members playing in the Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra also perform or have performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Oct. 21: University Concert Bands

Minnesota State Mankato's concert wind ensemble will perform Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The bands are under the direction of Amy Roisum Foley, director of bands at the University.

The concert wind ensemble is an auditioned ensemble comprised of 45-50 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a diverse array of majors. The ensemble is designed for the professionally minded performer and music educator and requires a high level of discipline from its members. Throughout the school year, the ensemble members perform a broad scope of large and small ensemble music written for wind, percussion, string and vocal instruments. The ensemble’s primary goal is to work together to make great music for the ensemble and the audience.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Oct. 23: OK Factor to Perform

The Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series presents the OK Factor in concert Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. 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.

Playful and unexpected, The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by Americana and Irish fiddle styles, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo. Their passion for performing has continued to bring them success in communities across the Midwest, inviting audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives.

Claire Philpott of Classical MPR writes, “They clearly have influences in Americana and Irish/Gaelic fiddle styles, but with the virtuosity of classical performers...They are great advocates for the potential of folk-inspired music.”

Concert admission is $12 for general admission and $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Student News

Hannah Spitzer, a junior nursing student from St. Charles, Minn., has been named a recipient of a $9,750 Dr. Donald and Marjorie Meredith Nursing Scholarship for 2018-2019 at Minnesota State Mankato. Spitzer will receive $3,250 each semester for the last three semesters of the program, allowing her to participate in School of Nursing and Student Nurses Association activities in addition to serving on the College of Allied Health and Nursing Advisory Board.

Hannah Thompson, a student in the Department of Family Consumer Science, owns a business called Home Fresh. She competed Oct. 4 at Cirque Du Crave, a fundraiser for the Backpack Food Program. Thompson is featured in this KARE 11 story (she introduces herself at about the 1:08 mark into the story).

Students in Lee Tesdell's Technical Communication class recently met at the solar farm located near the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province in Mankato to learn how the farm is used in energy savings. The solar farm tour was led by Bill Ward, facility administrator for the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province. Ward informed the class about solar power, community solar farms, solar programs in Minnesota and sustainable living. The students also met at Ziegler Farms in Good Thunder, Minn. There the students learned about the Ziegler farm water, electricity and power usage as well as how farming works related to contracting businesses.

Faculty/Staff News

Mary Kramer, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, is among a group of faculty members serving on the planning committee for the state chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (a national professional society). Kramer is the communications chair for the Minnesota chapter of the Society for Public Health Education. The Minnesota chapter was recently reinstated after being defunct for over 10 years and has organized a professional state conference that will take place Oct. 17 in St. Peter, Minn., during National Health Education Week (Oct. 15-19).

David Viscoli, professor of piano in the Department of Music, was recently chosen as a MnSpin Artist with the Hennepin County Library. His recordings of Rachmaninoff's Etudes-Tableaux are part of the library's music collection.

Department News

A fall sociology course, Animals & Society, is holding a movie series on select Thursdays this fall to learn more about the relationship between humans and other animals. The films, shown at 5 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 101, are free and open to the public. Remaining dates and film titles are Oct. 11, when "Okja" (fiction) will be shown; Nov. 1, when "Maximum Tolerated Dose" (documentary) will be shown; and Nov. 29, when "Love & Bananas" (documentary) will be shown. After each film, there will be a class discussion and/or presenter.

The Sept. 28, 2018, 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.


Karin Birgitta Hendrickson, an emerita faculty member who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 30 years and headed the Scandinavian Studies Program, died Sept. 15. An obituary is available here.

Michael McLoone, an emeritus faculty member who worked at Minnesota State Mankato for 20 years, retiring in 1999, died Sept. 20. McLoone retired as the Financial Aid assistant director. An obituary is available here.

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.


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