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June 12, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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DNP Graduates

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Doctor of Nursing Practice program held its first graduation reception May 11. Four graduates and their families attended along with faculty members and Glen and Becky Taylor.

Pictured above are graduates Kathryn Smith, Angie Rickheim, Angie Rickheim and Carrie Yavarow, faculty members Sue Ellen Bell and Sandra Eggenberger and Glen and Becky Taylor.

The family-focused curriculum and simulation experiences in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program help students learn how to provide the best care possible to individuals, their families and the community.

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society provides support for students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program through Becky Taylor Fellowships.

Study Abroad in the Netherlands

A group of students and faculty members from the HP 475/575 International Sport Management study abroad course returned in May from 10 days studying in the Netherlands.

Suzannah Armentrout was the lead instructor, and Emily Houghton was the secondary instructor.

During the course, the students participated in many activities. They included visiting the site in Pappendal where Olympic athletes train, touring the facilities of PSV Eindhoven (a professional soccer club) and attending three presentations on the organizational structure of soccer in the Netherlands at the Royal Dutch Soccer Federation headquarters.

Minnesota State Mankato's partner institution in the course was HAN University of Applied Science.

The windmill shown in the picture is in Nigmegen, where the students and faculty members stayed while in the Netherlands.

More information on the Sport Management program is available here

More information on the program's study abroad opportunities is available here (broken link).

Basic Life Support Course

A Basic Life Support course is being offered monthly on various dates from now through August through the College of Allied Health and Nursing and Continuing & Professional Education.

There are 12 slots in each course, which is is offered in both Mankato (at the University's Clinical Science Building) and in Edina (at 7700 France Ave., Suite 360).

Upcoming Mankato sessions are from 12-4:30 p.m. on July 10 and Aug. 7.

Upcoming Edina sessions are from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.

Although the course is focused for those who provide care to others, anyone can take the course.

Click here to register for the "BLS for Healthcare Providers with Family Module." For more information, contact Tiffany Gordon at 507-389-1031 or by email at

June 12-15: 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance will continue the 53rd season of Highland Summer Theatre with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

This is the hilarious tale of Monty Navarro, who is the black sheep of the D'Ysquith family. When penniless Monty’s mother passes away, he finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom. This fast-paced musical tells the story of how Monty decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way, and the wacky ways he goes about slaying the eight family members, all of whom are played by the same actor.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” runs June 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Ted Paul Theatre at the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are $22 regular and $19 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more.

Next up in Highland Summer Theatre is “Shadowlands,” and “Sister Act” will close the season.

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.

June 13: Night at the MoonDogs

Minnesota State Mankato's Student Activities and the University's Centennial Student Union are hosting a "Night at the Mankato MoonDogs" baseball game for Minnesota State Mankato staff and students Thursday, June 13 at Franklin Rogers Park (located at 601 Reed Street in Mankato).

Game time for the June 13 MoonDogs game vs. Eau Claire is 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota State Mankato staff and students can purchase a discounted ticket package for $10 with a valid MAVCard. Admission includes a reserved seat ticket, MoonDogs baseball hat and a meal deal consisting of a hotdog, chips and pop. The package value is more than $30.

Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Staff and students are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at or in person at the Student Activities office, located in Centennial Student Union, Room 173. Limited tickets may be available the day of the game at the MoonDogs ticket office.

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

The Mankato MoonDogs have been the winningest team in the Northwoods League over the past 11 years. Since 2010, they have reached the Summer Collegiate World Series three times, and they will look to capture the city’s first championship in 2019.

June 14: 11th Annual Parent-Child Play Day

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family Consumer Science will hold its 11th annual “Parent-Child Play Day” Friday, June 14 at Rasmussen Woods.

Parents and children of all ages, including infants and preschool children, are invited to this free public event, which will be held rain or shine.

Students and faculty from the Department of Family Consumer Science will provide the loose parts (boxes, fabric, tape, paint). All are invited to come prepared to play with children of differing ages and abilities and be introduced to opportunities for risk, nature and free play.

The play day is organized each year by students and faculty as part of a class about the benefits of play for children taught by Minnesota State Mankato Associate Professor Heather Von Bank, chair of the Department of Family Consumer Science and Child Development Family Studies.

For more information, contact Von Bank by email at, by phone at 507-389-5915 or read more on Facebook.

June 20: 'Dumbo' Opens Summer Outdoor Films

For the fourth summer in a row, the Mankato-area community is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs along with families and friends to a free summer outdoor film series that begins Thursday, June 20 at Minnesota State Mankato.

Student Activities, with assistance from the University’s Centennial Student Union, will host three outdoor films on campus beginning Thursday, June 20 with a screening of “Dumbo” (PG rating). Films will begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).

The outdoor films (all rated PG) are free and open to the public as well as the campus community. Each film will be projected onto an outdoor movie screen in the amphitheatre, located between the Centennial Student Union and Memorial Library. Free parking is available in Gold Lot 4.

Theatre popcorn, candy and beverages will be available for purchase.

Donations to Campus Kitchen and Campus Cupboard will be collected. For each non-expired food donation, participants will receive a free small popcorn (limit two popcorns per family).

In case of inclement weather, films will be shown in Ostrander Auditorium, which is located in Centennial Student Union.

Other movies in this summer’s series include “Apollo 13” (PG) at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18 and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

“Apollo 13” was selected as one of the summer films because the 50th anniversary of the first astronauts to walk on the moon (Apollo 11) is in July. The July 18 showing of “Apollo 13” will include an educational talk, trivia and other activities prior to the movie showing.

For more information, contact Student Activities Assistant Director Bill Tourville at 507-389-6076 or

Aug. 6: Minnesota State Mankato Night at Twins Game

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni Association and Minnesota Twins are holding “Minnesota State University, Mankato Night” at Target Field on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when the Twins take on the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 p.m.

Special ticket packages include a game ticket and an exclusive co-themed Minnesota State University, Mankato Twins cap. Tickets are available in various price ranges and may be ordered directly through the Minnesota Twins.

A pregame event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at Target Field Station, located around the corner from Gate 6 at the northwest corner of Target Field near 5th Street.

The night's events will also include an honorary first pitch by a distinguished alum and more. A portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will support the Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni Association.

Student Activities, Off-Campus Housing office offering special game ticket, bus ride package:

In addition to the ticket packages available directly available through the Minnesota Twins, Student Activities and the Off-Campus Housing office are offering a limited number of game ticket/bus ride packages to Tuesday, Aug. 6 Twins game.

Packages are limited to the first 55 people who sign up.

The bus departs the University at 4 p.m. and will depart the stadium 30 minutes after the game and return to Mankato.

Cost for a coach bus ride and grandstand ticket is $20 for University students and $45 for faculty, staff and the general public. The special theme night ticket allows attendees to pick up a free Minnesota State Mankato-branded Twins hat. The deadline to purchase a ticket through Student Activities for the bus ride, ticket and free hat is 12 p.m. Monday, July 15.

No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus. To sign up and for complete terms and conditions, visit

Student News

Ivy Glade, an undergraduate student majoring in earth science as well as mathematics, who is also a member of Minnesota State Mankato's cross country and track and field teams, was accepted to a National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer. Glade is participating in a nine-week research experience at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., that involves “investigating northeastern United States atmospheric rivers and their potential to cause high impact weather (e.g., flooding, severe weather, drought cessation).” Glade's faculty academic advisor is Phillip Larson, associate professor of geography and director of earth science programs.

Annie Krenik, a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato with a degree in film & media studies, was recently named a local program producer at KSMQ Public Television in Austin, Minn. While a student at Minnesota State Mankato, completed an internship at KSMQ in 2018.

Kaylie Wiens, an alumna of Minnesota State Mankato's Graduate Teacher Licensure (GTL) Program who was in the University's Family and Consumer Science Program, was recently honored as the winner of the New Achiever Award by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award identifies and honors emerging family and consumer sciences professionals who have exhibited the potential to make significant contributions to the field. Wiens will be presented with a commemorative token at the AAFCS annual conference and expo, held June 23-26 in St. Louis.

Faculty/Staff News

Joe Visker, faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences, received the Mayo Community Partner Award in May. Visker designed, implemented and interpreted a community health needs survey for Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato and Blue Earth County.

Jean Haar, dean of the College of Education, was recently awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Educational Administration Impact Award for her influence as an administrative leader. Haar earned her doctorate from UNL in 2002.

Julie Nelson, associate regional director in the Small Business Development Center, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. With more than 7,300 locally accredited businesses, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is a not-for-profit organization, and a 21-member volunteer board of directors. Board members are business owners and executives, representing a variety of industries, professions, and company sizes, as well as organizational partners such as higher education.

The late Jessica Flatequal, who served as director of Gender and Sexuality Programs at Minnesota State Mankato before passing away in April, was posthumously honored as the Twin Cities Pride parade grand marshal. The parade will be held June 23 in Minneapolis.

Susan Jaeger, a 1990 alumna, has begun her assignment as the new Minnesota State University Mankato Foundation accountant. She will manage all aspects of the Foundation’s finances as well as working with other University Advancement staff on the Foundation budget, donor relations, investment/endowment reporting and strategic planning.

Bernadeia Johnson, an assistant professor in the College of Education, recently was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story about discipline in Minnesota schools.

Melissa Huppert, STEM outreach director, and Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director of the Women's Center, were awarded a $20,000 grant from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota to host several “Explore STEM” programs and activities. Nighthawk Marketing produced a video about the programs.

Department News

The Campus Kitchen is providing access to its “little fridge and bread cart” to students over the summer. It's located in Crossroads Campus Ministry (331 Dillon Avenue), which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Campus Cupboard is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. over the summer and by appointment. If students volunteer with Campus Kitchen, they can take food with them when they go. For more information, contact Karen Anderson, assistant director of community engagement, by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at

The Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, a consulting service managed by the University's graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology, partnered with Dotson Iron Castings this past spring to develop and improve Dotson's training program for new employees. Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Andi Lassiter and Dan Sachau and industrial/organizational psychology graduate students worked with Dotson. One activity generated by Dotson's work with the OERG was a citywide scavenger hunt for Dotson employees. KEYC TV published an online story about the scavenger hunt.

The College of Education recently learned from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) that it is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs.

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

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Paul “Tony” Nelson, who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato as an adjunct in the mathematics and statistics department, died May 11. An obituary is available here.

Helen Crase, who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 30 years before retiring in 1998 from the maintenance department, died June 3. An obituary is available here.

Fred Inman, an emeritus faculty member who was employed at Minnesota State Mankato for 30 years as a professor in the physics department, died June 4. 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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