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December 5, 2018 Campus Newsletter

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Tekne Award Winner

Minnesota State University, Mankato was named one of 16 winners of the Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2018 Tekne Awards in the STEM Workforce category at a Nov. 29 awards ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

The Tekne Awards website describes the awards as follows:

“Each year the Tekne Awards shine a spotlight on Minnesota’s science and technology community by honoring innovation across numerous industries. The annual Tekne Awards gala draws our state’s most influential business, educational and government leaders together to celebrate Minnesota’s science and technology based economy.”

Minnesota State Mankato was the only college or university among the 16 winners.

Minnesota State Mankato was recognized for its Twin Cities Engineering and Iron Range Engineering programs in the Department of Integrated Engineering within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

The Twin Cities Engineering and Iron Range Engineering programs emphasize innovation, creativity, design, experimental techniques, modeling techniques and collaboration, preparing graduates to tackle complex projects and solve difficult problems in the real world.

According to a Minnesota High Tech Association news release, the Tekne Award winners “span a wide range of size and business models but share an innovative approach to technology in categories including advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, cybersecurity and community impact, among others.”

Approximately 700 people participated in the Nov. 29 award ceremony. Pictured in the photo above (left to right) are Tom Norman, dean, University Extended Education; Molly Schaefer, director of industry relations, Integrated Engineering; Jacob Swanson, associate professor, Twin Cities Engineering; Robert Sleezer, assistant professor, Twin Cities Engineering; Aaron Budge, associate dean, College of Science, Engineering &Technology; and Becky Bates, professor and chair of Integrated Engineering.

During the ceremony, the MHTA Foundation also honored undergraduate students who received the foundation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) scholarships.

More information on the Minnesota High Tech Association is available at

The Tekne Award ceremony was highlighted in the Star Tribune's Inside Track blog, a St. Paul Pioneer Press article and in a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article. Finalists in each category were listed in a Twin Cities Business article.

NCAA Football Playoffs

The undefeated Maverick football team (13-0 overall) will play host to unbeaten Ferris State (14-0 overall) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Blakeslee Stadium in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Tickets are for sale online now.

The Mavericks defeated visiting Tarleton State 13-10 Saturday in the quarterfinal round. Ferris State beat Ouachita Baptist 37-14 Saturday to earn the right to face the Mavericks.

The Mavericks are looking to make their first national championship game appearance since 2014.

The winner of Saturday's game will play in the NCAA Division II national championship game, which will be played at 3 p.m. (Central time) Dec. 15 in McKinney, Texas, against either Valdosta State or Notre Dame (Ohio).

For more information on the Mavericks football team, visit the Minnesota State Mankato football web page. A complete NCAA Division II football bracket is available online.

Summer/Fall Commencement

Minnesota State Mankato will hold summer/fall commencement exercises at 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, Dec. 15 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

Graduates of the College of Arts & Humanities, College of Business and College of Science, Engineering and Technology will participate in a 9 a.m. ceremony.

Graduates of the College of Allied Health and Nursing, College of Education and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will participate in a noon ceremony.

Live-streaming captioning services will be provided for each ceremony.

Chili Luncheon; Unions United Food Drive

President Richard Davenport invites all employees to attend the annual faculty and staff holiday luncheon, which will take place in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The luncheon will feature President Davenport’s own chili recipe and will be specially prepared by University Dining Services. A variety of condiments will be available, along with cornbread, dessert and assortment of beverages.

Bargaining units on campus are once again holding the “Unions United Food Drive” to benefit the ECHO Food Shelf.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a donation to help the Unions United Food Drive. Checks should be made payable to ECHO Food Shelf.

Donations may be dropped off with the following University staff members at the following campus locations:

  • Cindy Arndt, AF 126
  • Sue Darge, IFO Office, MH 240
  • Julie Dornack, ML 3104
  • Bonnie Hanson, MF 124
  • Robin Langemo, PS 103
  • Valerie Roberts, HU 101
  • Katie Roeder, WA 132
  • Deb Spreng, TN 131
  • Vicki Hanson, WA 238

The Unions United Food Drive is sponsored by: AFSCME Local 638, ASF, IFO, MAPE, MGEC, MMA and MNA.

The traveling cutting board trophy will be awarded to the campus building that collects the most food and monetary donations. The winner will be announced at the president’s chili luncheon on Dec. 17.

An announcement will be made at the luncheon as to which location collected the most contributions, and President Davenport will award the traveling trophy to this year's winner.

Campus Transition to Office 365 is Coming

This month, Minnesota State Mankato will transition to the Office 365 tenant that is supported by the Minnesota State system. This system will increase the University's digital security, streamline all login processes, allow for D2L integration, and align the University more closely with the Minnesota State system.

The system is scheduled to go offline Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. and it may be down for up to 72 hours.

This change will affect everyone on campus. IT Solutions will be available to assist with any issues during the transition and throughout the beginning of the spring semester.

What can be done to prepare?

  1. Update your computer. Call or E-mail IT Solutions Center and set up a time for us to come to your office or have you drop off your machine.
  2. Remember to keep checking the website.
  3. Add an E-Mail signature letting people know the system will be down:
    “Please note: From Dec. 19 through Dec. 23, Minnesota State Mankato E-mail services will be unavailable due to a system upgrade. I will not be able to send or receive email during that time. Please email after Dec. 23 or call [your phone] for assistance during that time.”

This change will affect everyone at the University as it will change the way you log in to your Office 365 account.

Get more information by visiting to see the most current information about the transition.

Those with questions may contact the IT Solutions Center by phone at (507) 389-6654 or sending us an email at

Dec. 5: Holiday Light Show

Minnesota State Mankato's Student Events Team will host a timed holiday light show Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5-7 p.m. on the Performing Arts Lawn of the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

The show, which runs for 15 minutes, will feature timed holiday lights displays to holiday and contemporary music. Over 4,000 lights will be used to create special effects with a specialized controlling software. The light show was initially set-up for a 5k run on No. 28. The show has over 40,00 LED lights and reindeer that light up.

Songs include “Feliz Navidad” and “Firework” by Katy Perry.

For more information on this event contact Student Events Team Advisor William Tourville, by email at or by phone at 507-389-6076.

Dec. 6: Contemporary Vocal Groups

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will present two contemporary a cappella vocal groups in concert Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. 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. The concert will also include arrangements of seasonal favorites. Vocal instructor Stephanie Thorpe coordinate 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 coaching, all featuring only 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 for Thursday’s concert is $9 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.

Dec. 7-8: Fall Dance Concert

Minnesota State Mankato's fall dance concert will feature diverse works choreographed by faculty, students and guest artists.

The program will feature ballet, tap, modern and jazz.

The dance concert will run 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts. The student dance showcase, exclusively featuring student work, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Tickets for the fall dance concert 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. Tickets for the student showcase are $5 and available at the door.

Contact Julie Kerr-Berry at for more information.

Dec. 9: University Holiday Choral Concert

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will present three choral groups in a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 South Broad St, Mankato. The program will include traditional choral works, carols and music of the season.

David Dickau conducts the concert choir and chamber singers. Aaron Humble concerts the University chorale.

“This concert gives the choral groups an opportunity to perform music of the season along with an eclectic mix from Renaissance to contemporary choral literature,” says Dickau.

Concert admission is $9 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.

Dec. 11: OK Factor to Perform in Centennial Student Union

The OK Factor, a cello-violin duo, will offer a break from finals week and help welcome in the holiday season with a Tuesday, Dec. 11, free performance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

As part of the CSU “Finals Week Stressbusters,” the CSU Serendipity Music Series performance features Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist performing a unique “genre-bending” string performance that the duo labels as new-classical crossover. The ease with which they write and perform has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community, where they were named finalists for the prestigious McKnight fellowships for musicians in 2018.

The duo returns for their second December StressBusters performance after a 2017 Serendipity Music Series debut that featured their newly-released holiday CD titled, “Have Yourself An OK Christmas.” This year's performance comes as the duo prepares to release its fourth CD – “Love, The OK Factor” – offering a selection of lullabies and love songs.

The CSU Serendipity Music Series offers free midweek, midday performances for the campus and Mankato area community that spotlights Minnesota musicians with “street-corner serenade” style performances. Passers-by can stop to listen on the way to class, or bring their lunch and enjoy some of Minnesota's finest musicians. The performances are sponsored by the Centennial Student Union with support through the student activity fee.

Nov. 12-Dec. 11: Senior Student Art Exhibitions

Senior Department of Art students at Minnesota State Mankato are displaying their art on campus at Conkling Gallery in two separate shows. The first show has concluded. It was held Monday, Nov. 12 through Tuesday, Nov. 20. The second show began Monday, Dec. 3 and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 11.

All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits.

The public is welcome to meet all students on the first night of each show.

The current show (running Dec. 3-11) featured an opening reception Monday, Dec. 3. Students whose art is on display in Show 2 include: Ab Chang; Jenna Goede; Austin Hassebroek; Megan Hoffman; Paajntsaas Kong; Abbie Lindhorst; Juyeon Park; Olivia Sirek; Emily Spieker; Kayla Swart; and Michelle Vlasak.

Show 1 (Nov. 12 to Nov. 20), featured an opening reception Monday, Nov. 12. Students whose art was displayed in Show 1 included: Zachary Brue; Bailey EidahlCharity Hess; Brittany Kjelden; Angela Laine; Trevor McCauley; Michael McClellan; Ernest Norris; Tycen Rhodes; Trystin Smith; and Kylie Wilcox.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412.

Student News

A College of Education student and teacher candidate, Nicolette Serbus, spoke Saturday, Dec. 1 at the EdMNVotes in Action celebration at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Serbus' remarks are available on Facebook beginning with about 41:45 remaining in the video.

Faculty/Staff News 

A retirement celebration for faculty member Mary Visser will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Alumni Room. The event is hosted by the Department of Human Performance and the Inter-Faculty Organization.

Faculty members Chris Brown Mahoney, Paul Schumann and Marilyn Fox, professors of management in the College of Business, presented their paper, “Differences in Turnover Intentions of Nurse Practitioners by Practice Area in the United States,” at the Irish Academy of Management in Cork, Ireland in September, and also had the following citations: 

  • Publications:
    Mahoney CB, Schumann PL, Fox ML. “Differences in Turnover Intentions of Nurse Practitioners by Practice Area in the United States.” (Forthcoming, 2018) Journal of Organizational Psychology.
  • Proceedings:
    Mahoney CB, Schumann PL, & Fox MF. (2018) Differences in Turnover Intentions of Nurse Practitioners by Practice Area in the United States. Proceedings, Irish Academy of Management, 2018.

Nick Wayne, music director in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Garrett Steinberg, a Department of Music alumnus, were the opening performers for the Linda Eder concert Nov. 30 at the Verizon Center in Mankato.

Brian Frink, faculty chair of the Department of Art, wrote a blog about a recent trip he took to New York City to view professional artwork, and he will be sharing slides from the trip with his intermediate and advanced painting classes in an effort to inspire his students and also expose them to the world of the contemporary artist.

The art work of Liz Miller, professor in the Department of Art, will be featured in a solo exhibition, “Proliferative Calamity,” at the Hawthorne Contemporary in Milwaukee, Wis., from Dec. 8 - Feb. 9 with an opening reception Dec. 8.

The art work of David Hamlow, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art, is fearued in an exhibition, “Dark Airing,” that opened Nov. 28 and runs through Jan. 12 at ArtStart Rhinelander in Rhinelander, Wis.

Jamie Van Boxel, area director in the Department of Residential Life, authored an article published in the Fall 2018 edition of Perspectives, the UMR-ACUHO regional magazine for residential life professionals throughout the Upper Midwest. The article is based on his qualitative dissertation study and titled “The Impact of Hall Directors Transitioning to Hourly Employment Status.” The article is located on page 20 of the Perspectives Magazine located here

Chad Wittkop, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Geology, was part of a team of six geologists who received the 2018 Kirk Bryan Award for Research Excellence at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Indianapolis in November. The award was in recognition of a 2013 article on the erosion history of the Le Sueur River. Wittkop also co-authored an article in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, based on collaborative research with colleagues from Iowa State University and University of Minnesota Duluth, and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Sara Granberg-Rademacker, was appointed interim director of academic advising, effective Nov. 28.

Dan Moen, associate professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science, was quoted in a WalletHub piece about the the most and least sinful cities in the U.S.

Maddie Jarmola, Residential Life hall director, recently earned Top 5 program honors with regional colleagues at the UMR-ACUHO (Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College & University Housing Officers) Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D. The program, titled “Girl Wash Your Face: The Housing Edition” was based on the book “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Throughout the program, contributors discussed the lies that women tell themselves and addressed how women can cope and better themselves. Jarmola specifically addressed the lie“I am better than you” and discussed competition in the work place and the importance of lifting other women up.

Department News

The Department of Music’s Maverick Vocal Precision, a competitive a cappella group, participated in the Southeast Minnesota A Cappella Festival on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. Maverick Vocal Precision opened the evening concert, which was headlined by Cantus. Videos are available here. Department students and faculty members Doug Snapp and Stephanie Thorpe led masterclasses all day leading up to the evening concert. They worked with high school and collegiate vocal ensembles from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Experiential Education Master’s Program received the 2018 Association for Experiential Education Organizational Member of the Year Award at the 46th Annual International Conference, which was held in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 7-11.

Library Services recently published its December 2018 newsletter. Newsletters from Library Services are available online here.

Minnesota State Mankato joined the Mankato Area Public Schools and the Mahkato Mdewakanton Association in recently being named the recipient of a local government innovation award from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The award was in the Native Nations Category, and all awardees will be formally recognized at a Dec. 13 awards ceremony and reception in Minneapolis. A Mankato Area Public Schools Facebook post on the award is available here.

The Nov. 30, 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.

RASP Spotlight

The following principal investigators made submissions in October 2018:

College of Allied Health and Nursing
 Patricia Young and Rhonda Cornell – School of Nursing
 2019 MERC Grant Application
 “This grant supports the work of clinics when Precepting Minnesota State Mankato students.”
 Submitted to: Minnesota Department of Health, formula grant

College of Arts and Humanities
 Heather Camp – English, coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum
 Building On-Ramps and Escalators for Writing Across the Curriculum
 “This agreement will support the development of a robust Writing Across the Curriculum program by modeling for Minnesota State Institutions one approach to providing on-ramps and escalators at two-and four-year institutions.”
 Submitted to: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for $8,831

 Building an Infrastructure for Writing Across the Curriculum
 “This agreement will support the development of a robust Writing Across the Curriculum program by modeling for Minnesota State Institutions one approach to providing on-ramps and escalators at two-and four-year institutions.”
 Submitted to: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for $10,000

College of Education
 Kyena Cornelius – Special Education
 and Jean Haar – Dean of COE
 “CEEDAR stands for Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform. The CEEDAR Center helps states and institutions of higher education reform their teacher leader preparation programs, revise licensure standards to align with reforms, refine personnel evaluation systems, and realign policy structures and professional learning systems.”
 Submitted to: CEEDAR Center University of Florida for $25,000

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
 Sarah Kruse – Computer and Information Sciences
 Playing with Blocks: Engaging Children in STEM through Programming Foundations
 “The goal of this grant was to teach children foundation concepts in programming.”
Submitted to: Mankato Area Foundation for $14,650

 Cyrus Azarbod – Computer and Information Sciences
 Sustainable Datascience Architecture for Hochtief International
 “This project will develop a data landscape to link independent data sources from multinational projects.”
 Submitted to: Hochtief USA for $74,871

 Jacob Swanson and Robert Sleezer – Integrated Engineering
 Leveraging Engineering Education Partnerships
 “This agreement will support the FY19 Discipline Teaching Faculty Development Program.”
Submitted to: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for $10,000

 Chris Ruhland – Biological Sciences
 Soil Health and Crop Yield in a Double Cropping System of Field Pennycress and Corn Across a Gradient of Tillage Pressures
 “This study will utilize a random-block design to compare two cover crop varieties, field pennycress, and a blend of winter-cover species, across a gradient of tillage pressures.”
 Submitted to: United States Department of Agriculture for $39,361

 Bryce Hoppie – Chemistry and Geology
 Evaluating the Effects of Alternate Tillages on Crop Yields, Soil Health, and Nutrient Losses in Tiled, Heavy Soils with Swine Manure Applications
 “This project proposes a comparative study of corn yields, soil health and nutrient losses in fields that are currently farmed similarly to most others in the pervasively tiled, heavy texture soils of southwestern Minnesota.”
 Submitted to: United States Department of Agriculture for $159,500

 Kimberly Musser – Water Resources Center
 Supporting Agriculture Community Peer-to-Peer Learning and Improving Regional Communication about Cover Crops in Southern MN
 “This project poses to support two ground level, producer-led initiatives for increased cover crop experimentation and adoption in southern Minnesota.”
 Submitted to: United States Department of Agriculture for $200,000

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
 Mark Bowen – Geography
 Collaborative Research: Resolving Discrepancies in Regional Responses to Climatic Fluctuations in the Great Basin: A Study of the Evolution of Playas and Playa-Lunette Systems
 “This research will address why paleolake responses to regional and synoptic-scale climatic fluctuations are not uniform across the Great Basin from the Last Glacial Maximum through the Holocene.”
 Submitted to: National Science Foundation for $160,692

 Daniel Sachau – Psychology
 Greater Mankato Growth Beta Testing
 “This project will design a usability study on Visit Mankato’s website.”
 Submitted to: Visit Mankato for $2,250

Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships
 Louise Dickmeyer – Continuing Education & Professional Development
 Partnership Grant: LasX Industries, Inc.
 “This grant is designed to address business leadership, leadership training and personnel management via targeted training. It will provide the tools and skills necessary for effective communication between all levels of the business.”
 Submitted to: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for $49,541

 Julie Nelson And Mike Hahn – Small Business Development Center
 US Bank Training Grant
 “This grant will be used for Small Business Development Center Financial Training”
 Submitted to: US Bank for $2,000

The following faculty and staff secured nearly $1 million in awards in October 2018:

College of Arts and Humanities
 Lee Tesdell and Sara Parks - English
 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program – “Supporting the Water Resource Center through Technical Communication”
 “Funds from this grant will be used to develop content for events that disseminate water quality and related information about agricultural practices. The materials created will be provided to community members who attend events organized by the Water Resource Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato and held in southern Minnesota communities.”
 Awarded: $2,000

College of Business
 Kristin Scott – Marketing and International Business
 Transformative Consumer Research – “Diving In or Driving By: The Inherent Tensions Between Relational and Transactional Approaches in Poverty Alleviation Efforts”
 “This project will focus on improving the relationship between non-profit organizations and the communities they serve in order to increase long-term optimal outcomes and improve well-being.”
 Awarded: $2,840

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
 Sarah Kruse – Computer and Information Sciences
 Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic – “Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic Videos Proposal”
 “This project will create high quality videos that will serve as an introduction to the OFC and the breadth of services OFC offers, as well as the unique close relationship they have with Minnesota State University, Mankato.”
 Awarded: $6,183

 Bruce Jones – Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering
 Textron, Inc. – “Textron Vehicle R&D Testing”
 “Textron Inc. will utilize the resources of the MnCAR Lab and the expertise of Minnesota State Mankato who will develop and conduct test plans on specified equipment.”
 Awarded: $200,000

 Melissa Huppert and Jason Bruns – Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence
 Verizon Foundation – “STEM Academic Days for Underrepresented Youth”
 “The Engineering Center of Excellence will work with campus underrepresented, diversity groups to provide STEM programming, and seminars encouraging and motivating underrepresented students in grades 9-11.”
 Awarded: $5,000

 Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation – “STEM & Engineering Outreach Programs”
 “This grant will help support the many youth science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach activities that the Minnesota State Engineering Center for Excellence provides throughout the year for students K-12th grade.”
 Awarded: $10,000

 Ryan Wersal – Biological Sciences
 Legend Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District – “Herbicide Sensitivity Testing on Hybrid Watermilfoil from Legend Lake WI”
 “The objective of this project is to determine the sensitivity of known hybrid watermilfoil genotypes to select aquatic herbicides and rates.”
 Awarded: $14,846

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
 Kristie Campana – Psychology
 Aptiv, Inc. – “Aptiv Employee Survey”
 “The Organizational Effectiveness Research Group at Minnesota State University Mankato will work with Aptiv, Inc. to design, deliver and report upon an online engagement survey. Aptiv, Inc., established in 1976 and located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, provides services to support independent living for adults with disabilities.”
 Awarded: $3,030

Division of Academic Affairs
 Nancy Sprengeler – TRIO
 U.S. Department of Education– “Educational Talent Search”
 “The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged background who have the potential to succeed in higher education and provides support for high school graduation and into their postsecondary education.”
 Awarded: $408,551

Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships
 Mike Hahn and Julie Nelson – Small Business Development Center
 United States Department of Agriculture– “Minnesota Rural Business Succession Program”
 “The purpose of the Minnesota Rural Business Succession Program is to provide customized technical assistance to rural entrepreneurs who are considering exiting in transitioning their venture, to a potential seller.”
 Awarded: $65,000

 US Bank– “US Bank Training Grant 2019”
 “This grant will be used for Small Business Development Center Financial Training.”
 Awarded: $2,000

 Louise Dickmeyer – Continuing Education & Partnerships
 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development– “Partnership Grant: Gentle Touch Health Initiatives”
 “Gentle Touch Health Initiative (GTH) will partner with Minnesota State University, Mankato to develop a training program that will be delivered to over 600 employees across a number of GTH locations.”
 Awarded: $240,000

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


Arvid Ebeling, who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 19 years, died Nov. 14. Ebeling was a sheet metal engineer in the Energy and Utilities Department. An obituary is available here.

June Olstad, an emeritus faculty member who worked at Minnesota State Mankato for 15 years, died Nov. 18. Olstad was an assistant professor in the Health Science Department and became director of the Paramedics Program, which she helped develop. An obituary is available here.

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