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January 23, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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Encourage Students to Apply for
Scholarships Feb. 1-28


Minnesota State University, Mankato students are encouraged to apply for scholarships starting Feb. 1 on Scholarship Finder.

Scholarship Finder offers easy, one-stop access to all of the University’s scholarships. Students can find and apply for scholarships based on their major, interests, background, grade point average and more. Once students sign in, they complete a general application; the site then gives them customized recommendations that match their records.

Applications for most scholarships are open between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28.

Advising Forum Opportunities

A series of spring advising forums have been scheduled as professional development opportunities intended to empower attendees with information and resources to further help students succeed.

Advising Forum provides engaging topics and conversations related to academic advising. Advisors are encouraged to attend these informative conversations and walk away with information and connections to meet students’ needs.

MavConnect helps advisors support and connect with their students and/or advisees. Advisors can attend sessions to learn how to leverage this tool to make wearing an academic advisor hat easier (scheduling appointments during office hours, communicating with advisees, etc.), while supporting students.

An Introduction to MavCONNECT session is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 9-10 a.m. in CSU 204, and a Student Outreach through MavCONNECT session is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31 from 2-3 p.m. in CSU 204.

For more information, contact Sara Granberg-Rademacker, interim director of academic advising, at

'Dignity Despite Difficulty' Presentation

How do we remain calm and effective regardless of how others behave? Join Ned Rousmaniere as he shares how to manage difficult situations without “losing it.”

Rousmaniere earned his master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Minnesota, where he studied human behavior and psychotherapy.

For 25 years, he has focused on building employee satisfaction and workplace effectiveness, despite the challenges of change, opportunity, conflict, turmoil and uncertainty.

Rousmaniere will present “Dignity Despite Difficulty” on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 12-1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

This session is open to all Minnesota State Mankato employees. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. To register, contact Wendy Schuller by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Rousmaniere’s presentation is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Employee Wellness Committee.

Community Auditions for Theatre Production

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance is holding community auditions for its upcoming Studio production of “Mothers and Sons” by Terrence McNally. Auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Those interested should meet in the lobby shortly before 1 p.m.

“Mothers and Sons” portrays a woman (Katherine) who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner (Cal), who is now married to another man (Will) and has a young son (Bud). Actors are needed to play the roles of Katherine and Bud. Katherine Gerard (age range 50-65) is a wealthy, very self-assured widow who lost her son, Andre, to AIDS 25 years ago. Bud Ogden-Gerard (must look between 6-8) is Cal and Will’s son, openly inquisitive and chatty with a big heart.

For this audition, no preparation or experience is necessary, as scripts will be provided to read from at the audition. Any race/ethnicity will be considered. Please be advised that the play does have some mature themes. Rehearsals will be in the evenings beginning Feb. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. until the week before the show, at which time rehearsals may run later. The boy will not be required to be at all rehearsals. Performance dates are March 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. This show will be directed by master of fine arts graduate student David Loudermilk.

Jan. 16-Feb. 8: Jim Denomie Art Exhibit

An art exhibit titled “Fearless” by artist Jim Denomie will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Wednesday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Feb. 8.

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.

Denomie will present a lecture on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, with a gallery reception immediately following the lecture.

Denomie’s presentation is an art enrichment lecture that is part of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art’s Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series. Denomie will be on campus for an artist residency from 9-4 p.m. Jan. 28-29 in the Nelson Hall Art Studios.

According to a Department of Art preview of the exhibit, Denomie is primarily a painter whose subject matter includes social, political and historical narrative, spiritual and erotic dreamscape, and creative portraiture. A member of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Ojibwe in northern Wisconsin, he has lived in Minneapolis most of his life. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1995, Denomie has exhibited in over 120 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally and has been awarded six major fellowships including from the McNight, the Bush and Joan Mitchell foundations, amongst other awards. His work is also in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious museums including the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The complete 2018-2019 Department of Art Exhibition Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is published online.

Jan. 24: Singer/Songwriters Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen

Acclaimed Minnesota country and Americana musicians Molly Maher and Erik Koskinen will appear on stage Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The concert event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series.

Hailed by longtime Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream as “the state’s best pure country singer/songwriter,” Erik Koskinen authentically champions twangy honky-tonk sounds while delivering a wry, reverent, and articulate lyrical landscape of knowing, blue collar personal and social struggles.

Molly Maher is a gifted guitarist with a raw, sultry Americana sound and an irrepressible spirit. Maher’s music is a window to the lonely world of a nomadic spirit, someone who has loved and lost at love, and who has lived the existence of a vagabond dreamer. The seasoned St. Paul-based singer and songwriter has crafted a modest but impressive back catalog of soulful, countrified folk music while entertaining live audiences in Minnesota and beyond for well over a decade.

Concert admission is $12 for community members and $11 for University students with a valid MavCARD, K-12 students and children. 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.

Jan. 27: Dusty Heart

The Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series presents Dusty Heart featuring Molly Dean and Barbara Jean, appearing on stage Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Molly Dean and Barbara Jean met as musicians often do, being in the same venue at the same time, and they not only became friends but found that their voices blended beautifully. They also share common friendships within the Minnesota music scene, and they soon found enough support to start playing out as Dusty Heart.

The two songwriters are recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles. With Dusty Heart, the two women create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own.

Concert admission is $12 for community members and $11 for University students with a valid MavCARD, K-12 students and children. 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.

Jan. 29: 'The Fate of Liberal Democracy'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government is holding a faculty forum on “The Fate of Liberal Democracy” Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 4:45-7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Members of the department will address the fate of liberal democracy from the perspectives of:

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Law enforcement
  • Political philosophy
  • Urban and regional studies

There will be free coffee at 4:45 p.m., the faculty forum from 5-6:30 p.m. and free food and social from 6:30-7 p.m.

Jan. 29: Role of Music, Theater in Challenging Biases

Minnesota State Mankato's Music Performance Series and the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts will co-host a discussion by Ronnie Malley on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, 523 South Second St., Mankato.

Malley’s topic, "The Role Of Music and Theater to Challenge Biases," will discuss the role music plays in theater and society. Participants will learn how art can help challenge commonly held notions and rhetoric about cultures other than their own, as well as being a way to present misrepresented or omitted histories. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m., with a reception and meet and greet to follow at 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Free tickets are available by registering online or by contacting the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts at 507-387-1080.

With a background in global music and performance studies, Malley has collaborated with artists around the world. Malley’s credits include composing and consulting for many cultural music projects in film and theater. His recent credits include author and composer of the original play "Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia" (Silk Road Rising World Premiere), musician and consultant on Disney’s "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theater, Huntington Theater), associate producer, composer, and actor in "The Sultan's Dilemma" (International Voices Project), actor and principal musician in "Arabian Nights" (Lookingglass, Berkeley, Arena Stage Theatre) and film composition for "At the Gate, Modou: The Hang Player, and Jon and Davy."

Malley conducts Arabic language artist residencies for Chicago Public Schools through his company, Intercultural Music Production, Inc. He is a teaching artist for music and theater with the Global Voices Initiative, a faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Academy for the Arts, an accomplished artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, and a veteran artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; and Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identify, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Those interested in more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Jan. 31: 'Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia'

Acclaimed Chicago musician, composer, and actor Ronnie Malley brings to campus the story of Abu’l Hesen ‘Elî ibn Nafî (better known as Ziryab) in his one-man production, “Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia.” The play is written by Malley and directed by Anna C. Bahow. The production will take place Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. on the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall stage in the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

“Ziryab” is a combination of dramatic lecture and musical presentation on the subject of an eighth-century polymath whose life proves that many of today’s “ancient” conflicts are not really eternal.

Malley connects this story with the large number of middle-eastern refugees today, as well as his own family’s expulsion from Israel. But he also demonstrates music’s power to bridge differences between people, while allowing them to express their own circumstances.

Malley’s musicianship is superb, and his interweaving of his own life with the story of Ziryab’s, as well as his highly-informative discourse on the medieval master’s legacy, makes for an enlightening evening.

The performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, and Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identify, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Admission is $12 for community members and $11 for University 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.

Jan. 31-Feb. 9: 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Paul J. Hustoles, faculty chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State Mankato, directs the University's first play of the new year, and this is a fun one! “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a family friendly show written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. “Peter and the Starcatcher” opens on Jan. 31 in the Andreas Theatre in the Early Center for the Performing Arts.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” tells the story of a young orphan and his mates when they are shipped off from Victorian England to a distance island rules by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl name Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training.

Peter and the Starcatcher runs 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and Feb. 6-9, and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 9-10 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State Mankato.

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.

Feb. 4: Red Cross Blood Drive

The Upward Bound program and the Maverick volleyball team are co-sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive.

It will be held Monday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union North Ballroom.

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

Walk-ins are always welcome.

Those who come to donate blood will receive a Red Cross “We Challenge U” T-shirt, while supplies last.

Student News

Fifteen Minnesota State Mankato students participated in the MRKT 492 Study Tour: New York City, led by College of Business faculty members Ann Kuzma and Kevin Elliott. The group left for New York on Jan. 3 and returned Jan. 9. While there, students visited several companies, including J. Crew, MKG, WABC and HAVAS Media. In addition, students were guided on tours of the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the Highline, Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Ellis Island, Wall Street, the World Trade Center Memorial, One World Observatory, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Students also attended performances of two Broadway shows – “Wicked” and “Chicago.”

Faculty/Staff News

Anaam Hashmi, faculty member in the Department of Marketing and International Business, had a presentation, “Past and Future of the ASEAN Members Trade Partnership with the U.S. and China,” accepted by the the Academy of International Business – U.S. Midwest Chapter, and Business, Society & Government Consortium that will be held from March 27-29 in Chicago.

Brooke Burk, assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services, and Megan Mahowald, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services, are holding professional development opportunities for area practitioners (speech-language pathologists, recreation therapists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, etc.) during local school district spring break in March.

Thad Shunkwiler, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, was recently interviewed for a Mankato Free Press story about binge drinking, a KEYC TV story on the topic of marijuana legalization being considered by lawmakers in 2019 and a KEYC TV story on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana.

Corrie Eggimann has been named director of public relations for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She began her duties Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Heather Von Bank, chair and associate professor of Family Consumer Science has been asked to serve on the Steering Committee for the US Play Coalition. Von Bank has been an active member and ambassador for the Play Coalition, bringing a cadre of her students each year, creating a partnership between her department and the coalition, presenting numerous conference presentations, reviewing session proposals, contributing to our social media and writing for the coalition’s upcoming Play Pulse. Perhaps her greatest contribution to the Play Coalition to date is having created the Midwest Play Conference, the coalition’s first regional play conference.

Art work by Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director for the Centennial Student Union & Student Activities, is on display in a solo exhibition, “Whose Truth & Justice” at South Central College’s art gallery. The exhibition runs from Jan. 21 to March 29. Mixed media images will reflect indigenous communities Wilkins has served through his global social justice work.

Dan Cronn-Mills, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and his wife, Kirstin, were honored Jan. 21 by the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board as recipients of the 2019 Pathfinder Awards. Dan and Kirstin started the online Ally Network of MN the day after the 2016 election.

Rick Lybeck, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs, wrote a commentary that was recently published in the Mankato Free Press. The Free Press online headline was “My View: Protest reminds social justice can figure into reconciliation.”

Department News

Human Resources recently published its [PDF] January 2019 newsletter (546 KiB).

The Career Development Center is holding a career event for students, Careers in Nursing and Health Care, Friday, Jan. 25 from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event is one in a series of career events sponsored by the Career Development Center for students throughout the spring semester. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage and support student attendance at these events, which provide important and effective opportunities for students to explore career options, find internships and get interviews for job openings.

RASP Spotlight

The following principal investigators made submissions in December 2018:

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
 Michael Rutkowski – Astronomy
 “The primary goal of this project is the detection of escaping Lyman continuum emission from a sample of low mass, low metallicity star forming galaxies.”
 Submitted to: Space Telescope Science Institute for $29,894

 Stephen Druschel – Mechanical and Civil Engineering
 Hot Shots for Cold Climes-Evaluating Treatment of the Hardest Icy Spots
 “Results from this study can be used to quantify speed reduction or road closure decisions and will provide strength for discussions about roadway salting and environmental challenge.”
 Submitted to: Minnesota Department of Transportation for $155,435

College of Allied Health and Nursing
 Brigette Cooper – Dental Hygiene
 Medical-Dental Integration of Health Care
 “This partnership would provide an opportunity for dental hygiene students to provide care at Mayo Clinic Eastridge under the supervision of Minnesota State Mankato adjunct dentists.”
 Submitted to: Mayo Clinic Foundation for $50,000

 Brigette Cooper – Dental Hygiene
 Pediatric Restorative Clinic
 “This project will provide access to basic oral health services for underserved children.”
 Submitted to: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children for $20,000

 Brigette Cooper and Angela Monson – Dental Hygiene
 ADT Infrastructure Grant
 “This Intra-Agency Agreement with Normandale Community College will facilitate the education of a rural Advanced Dental Therapy (ADT) cohort through expansion of access to training.”
 Submitted to: Delta Dental of Minnesota for $97,065

 Brooke Burke and Megan Mahowald – Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services
 Camp Maverick Rec N’ Read
 “Rec N’ Read is a recreation and literacy intervention camp designed to help struggling readers improve reading and writing skills while having fun and playing games.”
 Submitted to: Mankato Area Foundation for $5,100

The following principal investigators secured successfully secured awards in December 2018:

College of Education
 Katlyn Schnitzler – Children’s House
 Child Care Aware of Minnesota – “Regional Child Care Services Grant”
 “Children’s House Child Care Center will be seeking items to improve the quality of classrooms, teach diversity, promote health and safety and school readiness for children.”
 Awarded: $3,035

College of Arts and Humanities
 Heather Camp – English, Coordinator Writing Across the Curriculum
 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities – “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.”
 Awarded: $8,670

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


John DiMeglio, who was employed as a faculty member in Minnesota State Mankato's history department for 23 years, died Dec. 31. DiMeglio was the first recipient of the president's faculty emeritus lectureship in 1991. An obituary is available here.

C. Robert Utermohlen, an emeritus faculty member who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 25 years before retiring in 1993, died Jan. 9. An obituary is available here.

Judith Mans, an emeritus employee who worked at Minnesota State Mankato for 22 years before retiring at alumni affairs director, died Jan. 16. An obituary is available here.

Online TODAY Magazine

Visit the online TODAY magazine at for alumni news 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 to 95,000 alumni and friends.

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


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, Feb. 6. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Feb. 1).

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