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March 13, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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Employee Recognition

On behalf of Minnesota State University, Mankato's Employee Recognition Committee, University employees are invited to help recognize the significant years of service of Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff at a reception Monday, March 18 from 9-10 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

President Richard Davenport will present service mementos at 9:30 a.m.

Employees are encouraged to join the Employee Recognition Committee for a relaxing morning of refreshments, music and appreciation.

Women of Courage and Vision Recognition

Each year the President's Commission on the Status of Women and Women's Center celebrate women of courage and vision with a reception in their honor. This reception recognizes hundreds of women who make a difference on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

This year's reception will be held Wednesday, April 3 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to recognize the courage, vision and service of any woman at this university by submitting recognition online by March 20.

More information is available here. Those with questions may contact PCSW graduate assistant Shalinie Bandaranayaka by email at

New Graduate Program is First in Minnesota State System

Minnesota State Mankato will offer a new Master of Science degree program in data science beginning in the 2019 fall semester, and the program is currently accepting applications for admission.

Minnesota State Mankato’s M.S. in data science program is the first and only graduate program in data science in the Minnesota State system.

Minnesota State Mankato added the new program in response to a workforce demand and because few graduate programs in data science currently exist in Minnesota, said Brian Martensen, dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

“We’re proud to offer this new graduate program in the emerging field of data science at Minnesota State Mankato,” said Martensen. “The rapid growth of ‘big data’ has created the need for more professionals with an advanced education in data science. Organizations are increasingly looking for data scientists who have the technical and business skills needed to solve complex problems that guide decision-making in today’s industries.”

A full news release is available here.

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

March 14: Philosophy Lecture by Visiting Professor

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Philosophy welcomes students, faculty and other members of the University community to attend an upcoming lecture by Jillian Locke titled “The Politics of Shame and the Stories We Tell: Narratives of loss and hope from Sophocles and Plato to Slut Walks and #MeToo,” Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m. in Morris Hall, Room 103. Refreshments will be served.

The following lecture preview was provided by the Department of Philosophy:

Talk about shame and shamelessness permeates contemporary politics as citizens and politicians grasp for ways to describe what ails this particular time. In this talk, Locke identifies two dominant styles of “shame talk” in politics – the “lament that shame is dead,” which imagines a past time and place in which shame easily regulated collective life – and the “shaming fantasy,” which hopes that public shamings will trigger moral awakenings in their targets. As tempting as these approaches may be, Locke argues there is scant evidence that shame has historically done this regulative work or that shaming is an effective political strategy for changing hearts and minds.

Locke is professor of political science and the director of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her recent book, “Democracy and the Death of Shame: Political Equality and Social Disturbance,” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

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

March 15: Reception for University of Southeast Norway

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of History and Social Studies Education Program are holding a reception and talk Friday, March 15 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Morris Hall 210 for student and faculty guests from the University of Southeast Norway.

At 1 p.m., Lori Lahlum, professor of history at Minnesota State Mankato (co-editor of “Norwegian-American Women,” published by Minnesota Historical Society Press) will discuss an aspect of her research on the Norwegian immigrant experience to the United States.

Those interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to Tracy Ross in the Department of History by calling 507-389-6374.

To facilitate the partnership between the University of Southeast Norway and Minnesota State Mankato, faculty members Jens Hyvik (University of Southeast Norway) and Kyle Ward (Minnesota State Mankato) are co-teaching a course titled “Norwegian Immigration to the U.S.” to student audiences in both countries. This course has cultivated international student collaboration through online platforms where students in Norway and in Mankato have discussed a variety of topics and heard from experts who have lectured on the course’s main themes.

A grant from the Norwegian government to foster international collaboration underwrote this visit. In addition, the grant has also supported several visits to Mankato by Norwegian faculty and staff, and six international student teaching exchanges in both Norway and Mankato. The grant is enabling further collaborative discussions about graduate student and faculty exchanges.

March 15 & 25: ‘Experiencing Psychology’ Events for Children

Faculty and students in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Psychology will provide a variety of demonstrations to children at the 2nd annual “Experiencing Psychology” events Friday, March 15 and Monday, March 25 at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (224 Lamm St., Mankato).

Times of the events are Friday, March 15 from 1-3 p.m. and Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

The event, intended to get children excited about psychology, is geared toward children ranging in age from 2-12, but is most appropriate for ages 4-10. The event requires paid admission to the Children’s Museum.

Demonstrations will include showing what a human brain looks like, how people can improve memory skills and how psychological science shapes people’s lives.

A few of the many activities for children will include:

  • Match emotion games that ask children to explore similarities and differences in human and animal emotions.
  • “Create a brain cell” in which children will build neurons using fun, colorful supplies.
  • “Build your own brain” in which children will use Play-Doh to construct a brain.
  • Wearing perception shift goggles that will change children’s spatial awareness.

This event was held for the first time in 2018, when more than 50 undergraduate students in psychology participated in providing 12 demonstrations to children at the museum.

Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Karla Lassonde, Adam Steiner and Emily Stark coordinate the “Experiencing Psychology” partnership with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

For more information, contact Lassonde by phone at 507-389-5827 or by email at

March 16: The Reminders

The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity grant program in association with the Minnesota State University, Mankato Performance Series presents The Reminders (pictured at right), a Colorado based hip-hop/soul duo joined by hip-hop dancer and choreographer Amirah Sackett (pictured below), an internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Chicago.

During their three-day residency, the artists will be actively engaged with community organizations, schools, and the University delivering workshops and talks that are free and open to the public.

Topping off their residency will be a public performance Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. on the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall stage in the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

According to a Department of Music news release, The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. 

Sackett, according to the Department of Music news release, explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through combining hip-hop movement and Islamic culture. She is widely known for her choreography and performance ensemble creation, “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic.”

Admission to the March 16 concert 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.

March 17: Blues Artist Tab Benoit

Blues artist Tab Benoit will perform March 17 at Hooligan’s Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave. (Madison East Center), Mankato. The concert is co-sponsored by KMSU The Maverick and Minnesota State Mankato’s Performance Series.

The show hits at 7 p.m. with Whiskey Bayou Revue featuring Eric Johanson and Eric McFadden with bassist Corey Duplechin and Tab Benoit on drums. Johanson and McFadden each released CDs recently on Tab Benoit's Whiskey Bayou Records. Johanson has played guitar and toured with Cyril Neville and Terrence Simeon. He's learned first-hand from those two musical legends about rhythm through the many unique styles of Louisiana music. McFadden is a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist as well as traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic) and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). Benoit follows Whiskey Bayou Revue and will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Benoit brings his swamp-pop classics, gritty blues, and rootsy jams to Hooligan’s to support his latest Telarc CD, “Medicine”, which was chosen by USA Today’s music critic Jerry Shriver as one of USA Today’s Top Five Best CDs. Grammy Nominated Benoit, Louisiana's #1 Roots Music Export, was recently honored with four Blues Music Award Nominations: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Male Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Concert admission is $22.00 in advance; $25 day of show. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available at Hooligan's. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507)-389-5549.

March 19: Panel Discussion on Serving, Advocating for Refugees

Minnesota State Mankato’s Kessel Peace Institute and the University’s Center for Asian American Affairs are hosting a panel discussion on “Serving and Advocating for Refugees in Minnesota” Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the University’s Taylor Center, Room 080 (located on building’s lower level).

The event, free and open to the public, will host a panel of three speakers with experience serving and/or advocating for refugees through grassroots activism, the arts, education and work with the United Nations. Each panelist will aim to discuss the challenges facing local refugee populations and to dispel myths and common misconceptions about these groups.

For more information, contact Carol Glasser, assistant director of sociology and director of the Kessel Peace Institute, by phone at 507-389-1345 or by email at A full news release is available here.

The event organizers provided the following information about the panelists:

  • Mehr “Jay” Shahidi is a business owner living in St. Louis Park, Minn., and is the current president of the United Nations Association, Harold E. Stassen Division in Minnesota. Born in Iran, he came to the U.S. for higher education and later became a citizen. He studied economics and political science at Minnesota State Mankato, where he became the student body president and later received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award.
  • Tou SaiKo Lee is a spoken word poet, storyteller, hip hop recording artist and community organizer from St. Paul, Minn. He has over a decade of experience collaborating and co-founding projects with the Hmong community. Among those projects was “The H Project,” which was an Arts for Social Change effort resulting in a national music compilation CD to raise awareness about the Human Rights Violations of Hmong people in the jungles of Laos.
  • Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist that uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. She co-founded SALLI (Somali Arts Language & Leadership Institute), a nonprofit organization promoting art and literature the Somali community.

The event is presented by the Kessel Peace Institute and Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Asian American Affairs. The event co-sponsors are two registered student organizations – the Hmong Student Association and Hmong Opportunities Made Equal.

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.

March 23: ‘United States and China: A Relationship in Turmoil’

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tom Hanson was originally scheduled to speak Jan. 19 on campus, but the presentation was postponed because of weather.

Tom Hanson, who spent 25 years as a U.S. foreign service officer, will give a presentation titled “United States and China: A Relationship in Turmoil” in a discussion about international relations Saturday, March 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the community, and free parking is available in the Visitor’s Lot across the street from Centennial Student Union – one block north of Stadium Road and Ellis Avenue.

The audience is encouraged to be involved in a question and answer session after his address.

Hanson is a worldwide speaker on the state of the world. He is a 25-year veteran of Foreign Service, having served in East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Mongolia. He has served on Foreign Relations Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate and was director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States. Hanson also serves as Diplomat in Residence at the Royal D. Alworth Jr. Institute for International Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and as co-chair of the China-Asia Business Association.

Hanson has spoken in Mankato on foreign policy previously during the past four years.

More information about Hanson’s presentation is available on the Mankato Area Lifelong Learners website. Those with questions may call 507-389-2011 or email

March 25: 'Catalyst for Change' is Title of Schmitz Lecture

Frank Jackman, a Minnesota State Mankato College of Business alumnus and the co-founder of Local Crate, will give a presentation titled “Catalyst for Change” Monday, March 25 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Jackman’s presentation is the 2019 installment of the Richard Schmitz Executive Lecture, an endowed lecture created by Richard and Mary Schmitz to encourage food entrepreneurship education in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business.

Jackman, according to a short College of Business biography, started his marketing career in the food industry, where he met executive chef and business partner Mike Stalbaum. As they discovered the meal kit trend on the rise, they launched Local Crate with a unique and fresh twist.

Jackman will present in a TedTalk Style on how his company is creating a food revolution by providing consumers with local, fresh, high quality ingredients that helps them eat healthier, less-processed foods.

For more information and to register, please contact Jen Cucurullo, director of marketing and communications in the College of Business, at 507-389-5424 or, or click here.

March 26: Storytellers Series Features Martin Zellar

The Nadine B. Andreas Endowment Program and the College of Arts and Humanities welcomes Martin Zellar, the inaugural performer for the Minnesota Storyteller artist-in-residence and performance series at Minnesota State Mankato. Zellar will share the stories of his music and career in a unique concert format with his band, The Hardways, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Zellar, a native of Austin, Minn., first appeared on the Twin Cities music scene in the late ‘80s as the lead singer and songwriter for the alt-country band The Gear Daddies. The Gear Daddies released two albums on Polygram Records, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and toured extensively for three years before amicably parting ways in 1992. Zellar continues to record and perform as a solo artist and with his band, The Hardways, releasing eight more albums on the Rykodisc and Owen Lee Recording labels.

General admission for the concert is $12; Minnesota State Mankato students will be admitted free with a valid MavCARD. Advance purchase or registration is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

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

March 26-27: Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit

The topic of Minnesota State Mankato's second annual Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit, to be held Tuesday-Wednesday, March 26-27, is “The Future of Health Care: Talent, Expansion, Innovation.”

The event is free for Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff, but registration is required.

The event is also open to educators, health and medical practitioners and community members. CEUs are available. The registration fee is $175 for both days or $100 for one day.

The opening speaker March 26 is Toby Freier, president of the New Ulm Medical Center, which is part of Allina Health. Freier will speak on “The Story of New Ulm: A Pursuit of Health Transformation.”

A full schedule and list of speakers for the two-day summit is available online.

March 27: Douglas R. Moore Lectureship

The 45th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State Mankato will feature a presentation by faculty member Brian Frink at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.

Frink’s presentation, titled “Magical Landscapes: A Discussion of the Creation of a Work of Art,” is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation in the Hearth Lounge – CSU Art Gallery.

In a preview of his lecture, Frink, an associate professor in the Department of Art in Minnesota State Mankato's College of Arts and Humanities, wrote:

“I am so very grateful for this opportunity to present my creative research to a broad campus and community audience. I will be presenting the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the creation of one of my paintings from my series of works I call Magical Landscapes. My hope is to demystify the creative process for those in attendance. Perhaps through this demystification we will be able to experience the magic of our world.”

For more information about the subject of the lecture, contact Frink by phone at 507-389-6413 or by email at

Student News

The Minnesota State Mankato speech and debate team competed in three February tournaments. Results are available here.

Faculty/Staff News

Tim Adams has been named Minnesota State Mankato's first full-time military and veteran student success coordinator after serving in that role on a part-time, fixed-term appointment since 2017. Adams is a retired major in the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard.

Atrayee Ghosh Roy, professor in the Department of Economics, published an article, “Economic Growth, Gender Equality and the Demographic Transition in India,” in International Research Journal of Applied Finance, Vol. X. Issue 1, 55-68.

Karla Lassonde, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the “Walter D. Mink Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Psychology” from the Minnesota Psychological Association. This award recognizes a teacher who brings a special quality or commitment to undergraduate teaching in psychology, and nominees are judged on their performance and contributions to classroom teaching, development of unique and effective courses and teaching methods, student mentoring outside of the classroom, and promotion of professional identity as a teacher of psychology.

Amy Brugge, assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance, will be awarded the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Dedicated Service Award on Thursday, March 14 during an association award ceremony. Brugge, according to a Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association news release, has been instrumental in advancing governmental affairs for athletic trainers, serving as the chair of the governmental affairs committees for GLATA and the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association. She has also been active in athletic training education committees at the state, district and national levels.

Angela Jill Cooley, associate professor of history in the Department of History, will participate in four panels at the WWI Symposium hosted by Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., March 14-15. The symposium, titled “Time of Tradition and Transition: A Symposium on the South and WWI,” will shed light on how the First World War affected the Southern United States. Cooley will contribute to the panel, “Race Relations in the South and WWI,” focusing on white supremacy and the wartime activities of people of color. With a particular expertise in food culture, Cooley will have much to contribute to the panel, “Southern Agriculture and WWI,” that narrows in on agriculture, textiles and food spaces. She will also participate in a panel titled “The South’s Economy and WWI,” examining the region’s economic development before, during and after the war. To conclude the symposium, Cooley will join the final panel, “Stories from across the South: How WWI Affects Our Region.”

Jonathan Gallop, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Accounting and Business Law, recently had his first book published. The book is titled “The C.i.d.e.r. Method: A Human Resource Approach to Handling Employee Complaints,” and was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Gregory T. Wilkins, assistant director for Student Activities and the Centennial Student Union, has two pieces on display at the Eagan Art House exhibition, “A Thousand Words.” The show runs from March 1-April 30. Wilkins also received “Best in Show” at Project 410 for his work, “Minnesota Boundary Waters are on Fire,” curated by Pete Driessen.

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

Thad Shunkwiler, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, was interviewed by KEYC TV on recent changes in binge drinking trends and in another segment on the shortage of mental health professionals in southern Minnesota. Shunkwiler also wrote a “letter to the new governor” on the “Complex Map of Substance Abuse” in Minnesota that was published by the Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Michael Olson, associate professor in the Department of Music, was recently Marshall University’s Edwards Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Arts, where he performed electro-acoustic music in the 10th Annual Festival of New Music.

Geoff Herbach, faculty member and chair of the Department of English, is one of the finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards in the category of Young Adult Literature for his book “Hooper.” Winners will be announced at an award ceremony in April.

A short film, “Migrate,” by Areca Roe, faculty member in the Department of Art, was one of the films shown Feb. 27 at the Downstream Environmental Film Festival’s Upstream Dinner and Films in Northfield, Minn.

Department News

The Institutional Review Board requires faculty, staff and students to provide proof of training before IRB will review submissions.

The Employee Wellness Committee published its March 2019 newsletter.

The Department of History is holding a Spring Lecture Series on international foodways, and part of the series is a March 13-14 visit by scholar of culinary history and Ph.D. candidate Anny Gaul, who will lead a series of workshops while she is on campus. Gaul is a Ph.D. candidate of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. She studies the culinary and literary history of North Africa and the Arabic speaking world. Combining her research and passion for the culinary arts, Gaul started a blog on Islamic, North African and Mediterranean cuisine. The blog is called, “Imik Simik: Cooking with Gaul.” After having lived in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Jordan, Gaul wanted to share the culinary skills and knowledge she learned. Gaul will be visiting a number of Minnesota State Mankato classes in the art, anthropology, and history departments to discuss food history with the Islamic traditions, including Professor Angela Jill Cooley’s “Food in U.S. History” course. Gaul’s visit is supported by the the Latin American Studies Program, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program and the Honors Program.

Faculty members Megan Mahowald and Brooke Burk from the College of Allied Health and Nursing are holding professional development opportunities for area practitioners (for speech-language pathologists, recreation therapists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, etc.) during the week of March 25-28. Professional development registration information is available here and more information is available here. Also being held the same week is a two-day Rec N' Read event Thursday and Friday, March 28-29 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union. The event is a social skills event designed specifically for youth from age 10-17 who would benefit from social skill development. Those interested in registering may send an email to

The Office of the Provost announced the following upcoming "Sip & Chat" dates with Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells: 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.

The Feb. 22, 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.

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Mary Van Duynhoven, who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 14 years, the last five as an administrative assistant for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, died Feb. 22. An obituary is available here.

Thomas Jongbloedt, who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 20 years as a GMW for Building Services, died March 2. 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.


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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