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February 20, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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Construction Management Students Win Roofing Competition

A team of five Minnesota State University, Mankato students was named the winner of a national roofing competition that took place during the Feb. 9-13 National Roofing Contractors Association 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The Roofing Alliance selected Minnesota State Mankato over four other teams as the winner of its fifth student construction management competition.

Members of Minnesota State Mankato's winning team were (pictured above left to right) Jonathon Harrington, Chase Olson (team captain), Shola George, Hunter Morsching and Hunter Campbell.

Team mentors were Brian Wasserman, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Construction Management, and Kevin Palmer from Schwickert's Tecta America.

The Minnesota State Mankato team beat out the competition's second-place team from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.) as well as teams from construction programs at Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.), and the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.).

According to an NRCA news release, the goal of the partnership with construction schools is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs; exploring scholarship programs for students and faculty members; and developing an internship program with interested Roofing Alliance members.

Teams were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid for installing a new roof system on the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tenn. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Each team gave oral presentations Feb. 12 at NRCA's convention.

The first-place team received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for its school, as well as individual team member trophies that were presented during a Feb. 12 awards ceremony. The second-place team received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for its school and individual awards.

Campus Kitchen 'Raise the Dough' Challenge

From Feb. 15-22, the Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State Mankato is competing against Campus Kitchens at other institutions across the country in the annual "Raise the Dough" Challenge.

The goal of Minnesota State Mankato's Campus Kitchen is to raise half the funds needed to purchase a new freezer. The freezer unit that the Minnesota State Mankato Campus Kitchen is seeking to buy costs about $11,000, but the Campus Kitchen is hoping to raise at least $5,500 towards that purchase.  Click here to donate.

  • Even though this is a national competition, the funds raised will come back to the Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State Mankato.
  • Donations under $100 will be matched, limited to $15,000, so please donate early before matching funds run out.
  • This is the first year Minnesota State Mankato has entered this competition. There is a cash prize for the "Top Rookie" school
  • There is a cash prize for the school with the most donors.

For more information, contact Karen Anderson by email at or by phone at 507-389-5783.

PCSW Grants

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is again offering research and professional development grants to students, faculty and staff at Minnesota State Mankato.

Grants of up to $500 are available to conduct research or attend professional development opportunities concerned with the status of women and/or gender-related issues.

All activities must occur before June 1, 2019, to be eligible for funding. The PCSW is not able to grant funds for equipment requests, individual stipends or research incentives.

For more information and to submit your electronic grant application, please visit the PCSW website.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 for the spring grants cycle. Please email questions to Linda Alvarez at

Feb. 28 Celebration of URSI Merger into Department of Government

A celebration of the March 1 transition of Minnesota State Mankato's Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI) merger into the Department of Government will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Morris Hall 109. The entire campus community is welcome to join in the celebration.

The merger is intended as a way to provide collaboration, improve program alignment, increase student success and seek further external support for the collective programs, research, and outreach. URSI will continue as a distinct institute, but all administrative work will be conducted by the Department of Government.

One of the biggest changes that this merge is bringing about is the merging of the "Masters of Arts in Urban Studies" and the "Masters in Public Administration" degrees into one NASPAA-accredited "Masters of Arts in Local Leadership and Management" degree.

What does this change mean for students?

  • All administrative needs of students of URSI will now be handled in MH109, the office of the Department of Government.
  • Graduate students will work with their advisors to continue to finish their current degree in a timely manner.

What does this change mean for faculty?

  • There have been administrative process changes for faculty in funding requests and reporting.
  • Law Enforcement, Political Science, and URSI faculty have been collaborating to create an updated and inclusive department set of rules and procedures.

What does this change mean for the university?

  • Clearer alignment and support of mutual goals for all faculty and programs now under the Department of Government.

"We would like to thank the faculty and staff of all the programs involved in the merge for their hard work," said Pat Nelson, faculty chair of the Department of Government. "We also like to thank the students in the programs for their feedback into the merge. Finally, we would also like to thank the URSI Leadership Council for their feedback on the changes and for their support."

Those with questions may contact Pat Nelson, faculty chair of the Department of Government, at

Scholarship Application Deadline is Feb. 28

The Division of University Advancement requests that members of the campus community encourage students to apply for scholarshps at finder before the Feb. 28 deadline.

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.

The process should take less than 10 minutes for most students.

Feb. 14-23: 'Macbeth'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance opened “Macbeth” on Feb.14 in the Ted Paul Theatre at the Early Center for the Performing Arts.

“Macbeth” is the story of a brave Scottish general named who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. This a show that completely captures the realities of war and its aftermath. “Macbeth” is truly a marvel that will leave you torn between what is light and true darkness of the heart and mind.

The production has a cast of 45 people, including a large cast of students, as well as several community members, including six children.

Macbeth's remaining performances are Feb. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 23-24 at 2 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre at the 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. 18-March 22: Josh Winkler Art Exhibit

An art exhibit titled “Land and Sky” by artist Josh Winkler will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Monday, Feb. 18 through Friday, March 22. An artist's reception will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

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.

According to a Department of Art preview of the exhibit, Winkler is a Minnesota artist and educator. Since receiving his master of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 2010, he has worked for a non-profit printmaking center, taught printmaking, and consistently exhibited work nationally and internationally. Winkler’s work is in public collections including Yale University, Hennepin County Public Library, the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and the Quebec National Archives in Montreal. In 2018, Winkler exhibited in group shows in British Columbia, Spain and throughout the United States. He completed a two-week artist residency on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and a six-week residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon Territory of Canada. Winkler recently received his second Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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

Feb. 21: Anthropology Day

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Anthropology will celebrate World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Trafton North, room 359, with free cake and popcorn during the day in department offices.

At 6 p.m., there will be a free public presentation in Centennial Student Union, Room 254/5 by a guest speaker, the Reverend Doctor Winifred L. Mitchell, who will speak on “A Feminist Anthropologist’s Adventures in the Andes.”

In a preview of her presentation, Mitchell wrote that her lecture "emphasizes the amazing adventure that a career in Anthropology can be, focusing most on my research in the Andes. It discusses the quest for cross-cultural understanding by means of scientific methods, and Anthropology’s hallmark, cultural relativism—accepting each culture on its own terms. For me, a young feminist doing fieldwork in the Andes, this meant discovering that my carefully crafted hypothesis about gendered power in a peasant society needed much revision in light of fascinating data."

Mitchell received a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1986, and soon began to work, first part-time and then full time in the Anthropology Department at what is now Minnesota State Mankato. She served in various roles including undergraduate and graduate faculty chair of cultural anthropology, and faculty or chair in the Latin American Studies Program. She took an early retirement in 2004 to pursue another dream, attending seminary and being ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood in 2007. She has done anthropological field work in four countries and lived or traveled in most U.S. states, 19 other countries, and two U.S. territories.

For more information about Anthropology Day, contact Susan Schalge at 507-389-5337 or Rachel Krediet at 507-389-6318 or send an email to

Feb. 21: 'Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice'

Guest speaker Kate Chance, outreach manager at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will give a presentation on "Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice," Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on campus in Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, and there will be a reception with free food following the presentation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to combat hate movements in the United States. In this talk, SPLC Outreach Manager Kate Chance will provide an overview of the historical and current status of hate movements in the U.S., especially here in Minnesota. She will discuss the efforts to combat these movements by fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice.

The event is presented by the Kessel Peace Institute and the Women's Center at Minnesota State Mankato. The event co-sponsor is the Women of Action Council.

For more information, contact Carol Glasser or Liz Steinborn-Gourley at

Feb. 24-25: Winter Choral Concerts

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music winter choral concerts will take place Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. with a repeat concert Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University choral groups consist of three ensembles; the concert choir and chamber singers conducted by David Dickau, and the University chorale conducted by Aaron Humble. All three groups include students from all areas of the University.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for 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.

Feb. 25: 'Racial Justice Without Character: Agents, Structures, and the Extended Mind'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Philosophy welcomes students, faculty, and other members of the University community to attend a lecture by Abraham Singer titled “Racial Justice Without Character: Agents, Structures, and the Extended Mind” Monday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, Room 214.

The lecture is free and open to everyone, and refreshments will be served.

Singer provided the following preview of his lecture to the Department of Philosophy:

One common way of explaining the persistence and stability of racial domination is by reference to people's "characters." The idea, simply put, is that despite many people's earnest disavowal of racial supremacy, they still have certain habits of thinking and dispositions of acting that ultimately perpetuate racial domination and white supremacy. Challenging racial injustice, then, must involve challenging these deep-seated character traits and habits. This way of viewing the problem is prevalent in philosophical circles, but also in contemporary politics, where focuses on implicit biases, and calls for sensitivity training and "calling out" privilege, dominate the discourse. This characterological approach to racial domination is theoretically and rhetorically powerful. It is also, I argue, flawed. As recent studies in cognitive science and philosophy of mind show us, the idea of "character" is not a terribly stable or helpful concept at explaining people's behavior or action. Drawing on theories of the "extended mind," which contend that we offload our cognitive processes onto the external environment, I offer an alternative explanation. The maintenance and stability of white supremacy, on this view, is not due to deep-seated character flaws, but to environments which induce and cultivate racist misrecognition and action. The best remedy for white supremacy is not to retrain people's characters, but to alter the material and social environment through which we think and act.

Singer is assistant professor of management at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. His work lies at the intersection of political theory and business ethics. His first book, "The Form of the Firm: A Normative Political Theory of the Corporation," was published last month by Oxford University Press.

For more information, contact Joshua Preiss, associate professor of philosophy, at 507-389-5514, or visit the Department of Philosophy website.

Feb. 26: University Concert Band

The Minnesota State Mankato concert band will perform Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University concert band is comprised of university students, staff and community members. The concert band is under the direction of Amy K. Roisum Foley.

Concert admission is $9 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.

Feb. 26: 'The Fate of Liberal Democracy'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government is holding a faculty forum on “The Fate of Liberal Democracy” Tuesday, Feb. 26 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.

(NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 29 but was postponed during the campus Jan. 29-30 weather closure.)

Feb. 27-March 1: 43rd Annual Michael T. Fagin Pan African Conference

The 43rd annual Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27-Friday, March 1 at Minnesota State Mankato. Conference registration closed Feb. 17.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Dreaming of Wakanda: Black Consciousness, Liberation, and Solidarity.” According to a conference preview, the 2019 Pan African Conference “will imagine new possibilities for economic justice, emancipatory education, and political solidarity. Inspired by the imaginary city featured in the film Black Panther, we will consider pan Africanism as a political project for healing, sustaining, and loving ourselves.”

The Pan African Conference is committed to developing and enhancing the leadership skills in collegiate black young adults, as well as provide opportunities for academic scholars, professionals, and community members to discuss issues that affect descendants of Africa on a local, national and international level.

A conference schedule is [PDF] available here (147 KiB). Information on the conference speakers is available here. Fagin (pictured) will speak Thursday, Feb. 28 from 12-1 p.m.

For more information, contact Kenneth A. Reid, director of the Center for African American Affairs at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6207 or by email at

Feb. 28: University Contemporary Vocal Ensembles

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music presents the University contemporary vocal ensembles in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The concert takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The vocal ensembles are directed by music professors Douglas Snapp and Stephanie Thorpe, who combine their backgrounds in jazz, voice and contemporary styles.

The concert features the Maverick Vocal Precision and Maverick Fusion singing groups performing a mix of pop and a cappella tunes. Maverick Vocal Precision caught the attention of the world as they won the 2019 “Aca-Idol” competition at the SingStrongNY a Cappella Festival at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City, N.Y. The festival took place Feb. 8-10.

Concert admission for the concert is $9 for community members and $7 for K-12 students and Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

March 12-15: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host author Layli Long Soldier from March 12-15 as the sixth writer who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Long Soldier, this year’s Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer, will hold a workshop daily Tuesday-Friday, March 12-15 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato.

On Tuesday, March 12, Long Soldier will give an evening talk from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium on craft intentions and considerations.

On Thursday, March 14, Long Soldier will also hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (150 Stadium Court in Mankato). Guess will read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. March 14 in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Long Soldier holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a master of fine arts degree from Bard College. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat, an electronic journal of the arts. She is the recipient of the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship and a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her book of poetry, “WHEREAS” (Graywolf Press, 2107), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. Long Soldier resides in Tsaile, Ariz., where she is an English faculty member at Diné College.

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

March 14: 40th Annual Frontier Forum

Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Mark Bowen will discuss “Soil, Water, & Agriculture: A Sustainable Future for America's Breadbasket?” in a lecture from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 14 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, the 40th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Following is a preview of Bowen's presentation:

The Great Plains has served as America’s Breadbasket for over a century, and widespread conversion of this native prairie to cultivated cropland has had severe impacts on soil and water quality and quantity. Mark Bowen will present research that utilizes a variety of field and laboratory techniques to establish long-term, natural trends in soil formation and erosion and evaluate historical to modern trends. Recent research shows that extensive erosion from cropland has filled in and degraded critical wetland resources. Furthermore, this research reveals some unintended negative consequences of soil conservation strategies on water resources. Bowen will also examine a new agricultural revolution taking place that has the potential to restore soils and improve water resources, as well as increase biodiversity and mitigate climate change, all while making agriculture more profitable, productive, and accessible to the next generation of farmers.

For more information about the presentation, contact Bowen by phone at 507-389-2617 or by email at For more information about the Frontier Forum, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, by phone at 507-389-5699 or by email at

Student News

Eight students studying in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services (Maria Spanier, Vinny Haugen, Tori Slawik, Emily Medcalf, Savannah Kundert, Ethan Tracy, Hannah Mathews and Tylar Larson) and two faculty members (Kristi Montandon and Brooke Burk) attended the legislative action day with the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission. As part of this day, the students and faculty members worked with the commission to discuss important projects and funding needed for parks and trails in Minnesota, particularly those in greater Minnesota.

Current student Ashley Lostetter, a teacher in the Buffalo, Minn., school district, and alumna Holly Hokenson, a teacher in the Arlington, Minn., school district, each received an "MAFCS Scholarship Award" at the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2019 symposium, held Feb. 5 at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville, Minn. Alumna Krysten Dane, a teacher in the Glencoe-Silver Lake, Minn., school district, received a "New Achiever Award" at the same conference.

Faculty/Staff News

Mary Kramer, assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, recently received grant funds from the American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco-free policy at Minnesota State Mankato. Minnesota State Mankato is one of 18 universities across the country, and the second in Minnesota, to receive this funding. An IFO representative is needed to serve on a tobacco-free campus policy task force that is scheduled to meet about 12 times over the next 18 months, tapping into evidence-based strategies that worked elsewhere and tailoring a plan for Minnesota State Mankato. All meetings will be held in the Centennial Student Union, with lunch provided. For more information, contact

Laura Schwarz, associate professor in the School of Nursing, co-authored two chapters in the book, “Population Health and Its Integration into Advanced Nursing Practice,” which recently won first place in the American Journal of Nursing’s book of the year program in the category of advanced nursing practice. Schwarz co-authored Chapter 2, “Integration of Population Health to Advanced Nursing Care,” and Chapter 17, “The Use of Social Marketing in Population Health Nursing.”

Christine Brown Mahoney, professor in the College of Business, is corresponding author of an academic article that was accepted for publication in the Association of American Nurse Anesthetists Journal. Co-authors include Joshua Lea (Massachusetts General Hospital), Paul L. Schumann, professor in the College of Business, and Irene Anne Jillson (Georgetown University). The title of the article is “Turnover, Burnout, and Job Satisfaction of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the United States: The Role of Job Characteristics and Personality.”

Michael Torres, a master of fine arts alumnus who teaches creative writing in the Department of English, recently was named one of 35 poets who will receive an FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Torres was selected from nearly 1,700 eligible applicants. Fellowships alternate between poetry and prose each year and this year’s fellowships are to support poetry. The full list of FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellows is available here.

David Viscoli, professor in the Department of Music, recently gave a presentation on Latin American piano music to the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum. On Feb. 25, Viscoli will be playing in the Musicians’ Forum in the New World Center in Miami, Fla.

Art work by Shelley Caldwell, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art, is featured in an exhibition at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, Minn., that runs from Feb. 18-April 1. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb 22 from 5-7 p.m.

Art by Bradley Coulter and David Hamlow, faculty members in the Department of Art, is featured in an exhibition, “Our Words In/Out,” at the Rural America Contemporary Art/Gallery at the Poor Farm Studios in Mankato. This is an interactive exhibition of letter forms. The exhibition runs from Feb. 2-23, with gallery hours by appointment.

Gregory T. Wilkins, assistant director for Student Activities and the Centennial Student Union, was elected chair of the Mankato Public Art Advisory Board.

Michael Olson, associate professor in the Department of Music, will be a visiting composer/performer at Montana State University from Feb. 6-8. He will be guest lecturing and giving master classes to music technology students. On Feb. 7, he will be performing some of his work with Montana State University faculty members.

Deepa Oommen, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and the master of arts in communication studies program were featured in an online article.

Department News

Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC recently announced a $100,000 sponsorship agreement with the College of Business and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The sponsorship agreement includes a $20,000 pledge from Northwestern Mutual each year over the next five years. Each year, $10,000 of the sponsorship will be designated for the financial planning program in the College of Business, and $10,000 will be designated for Athletics. Read more here.

An a cappella ensemble, Maverick Vocal Precision (Department of Music) won the Feb. 8-10 “Aca-Idol” competition at the 2019 SingStrongNY a Cappella Festival at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City, N.Y. More information is available here.

A link to the Employee Wellness newsletter was distributed via email Feb. 7.

The Department of Family Consumer Science received an "Outstanding Friend of MAFCS" award at the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2019 symposium, held Feb. 5 at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville, Minn.

The Feb. 8, 2019, 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.

For the latest news on Maverick Athletics, visit

The Career Development Center is holding one more career event for students in February. A Diversity Career and Internship Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event is part of 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.

The Office of the Provost announced the following upcoming "Sip & Chat" dates with Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells: Thursday, Feb. 21 from 2-3 p.m. in CSU 203; Tuesday, March 19 from 10-11 a.m. in CSU 203; and Wednesday, April 24 from 2-3 p.m. in WH 11 (telepresence room). The sessions allow for informal conversations with the provost. No RSVP is necessary.

NextGen, the future replacement of ISRS, is in the beginning stages of development. While most of campus won’t experience changes for a few years, the work is already underway across the Minnesota State system. Up-to-date news on developments and progress is available in the latest edition of UpNext, a NextGen newsletter.

Online TODAY Magazine

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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.


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