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September 11, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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2019 Garden EngAGEment

Faculty members from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing invite community members with Alzheimer’s disease or other associated dementias to participate in the Garden EngAGEment program, held between 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays through mid-October at Living Earth Center, located at 170 Good Counsel Drive in Mankato.

The Garden EngAGEment program is a dementia-friendly program designed specifically for aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other associated dementias to participate in a meaningful gardening experience.

Participants receive support from interprofessional collaboration among allied health professionals from Minnesota State Mankato.

This program was created by faculty members Kristen Anderson (School of Nursing), Sheen Chiou (Speech, Hearing and Rehab Services) and Brooke Burk (Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services).

Click here for more information, or visit the program's Facebook page.

New Zoom Web Conferencing Service

IT Solutions announced that Zoom – a faster, easier, and more dependable way to hold online meetings – is now available.

The new web conferencing service is available to all faculty, staff, and students.

Zoom users can schedule meetings with Outlook calendar integration, invite anyone to join, share their screen with others, connect to campus classrooms and more.

More information on Zoom key features and tutorials are available on the IT Solutions website.

Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise set for Sept. 18

Minnesota State Mankato will host an emergency preparedness training exercise Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 12-3 p.m. on the west lawn of the University’s Performing Arts Building, located along Ellis Avenue North.

The training exercise is closed to the public for safety purposes. The campus area (see map here) immediately outside the exercise perimeter will remain open. One block of Ellis Avenue North (between Birchwood and Maywood avenues) on the university campus will be closed to through traffic from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Participants in the exercise with Minnesota State Mankato include staff from the cities of Mankato (public safety) and North Mankato (police), Blue Earth County Sheriff deputies, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service.

“Conducting this emergency response practice exercise is part of the University’s proactive commitment to creating a safe and secure environment on our campus,” said David Jones, Minnesota State Mankato’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “Emergencies can occur at any time without warning, and partnering on this training exercise with other community organizations allows us to increase awareness of our emergency preparedness as well as assess our current capabilities.”

2019 Campus Drive

2019 Campus DriveThe University Advancement division’s annual giving program will be holding its 2019 Campus Drive from Sept. 9-30.

Members of the University community are invited to join this year’s “Double the Dollars & Double the Difference Challenge.”

This year there is a $10,000 match from the Minnesota State University Mankato Foundation’s Board of Directors. Sign up to give $5 or more to the Emergency Grants Program through payroll deduct to make twice the difference.

Gifts to the Emergency Grant Program provide small grants to students who encounter unexpected expenses. There is a 15% increase in retention for low income, underrepresented students who are helped through the grant.

More information about the 2019 Campus Drive will be distributed throughout campus in the coming weeks.

Immediate contributions may be made by clicking here, with all gifts counting toward participation in the 2019 Campus Drive.

Maverick Diversity Institute

Maverick Diversity Institute logoThe Maverick Diversity Institute is offering five challenging and unique workshops and programs this fall that will help participants become a diversity certified expert on inclusivity, access and equity in the workplace and classroom environment.

Those who attend four programs and write a short reflection are able to have their “Diversity Passport” stamped by a Diversity & Inclusion staff member. At the end of the semester, the passports can be used to receive a certificate of completion that can be used as part of one's professional development plan or report.

Fall 2019 sessions include:

  • Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (CSU 204): “The Impacts of Implicit Bias on the Working & Learning Environment,” Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director of Women's Center
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (CSU 204): “SNAP Advocacy Training,” Tina England, SNAP outreach specialist
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (CSU 204): “Unpacking Neurodiversity: Bringing the Invisible into the Spotlight,” Julie Snow, Beth Claussen & Neal Sorensen, Accessibility Resources
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (CSU 204): “Checking More than One Box: Multiracial Identity in a Dichotomous World,” Alex J. Lucier, graduate assistant, American Indian Affairs
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (CSU 204): “Taking Action: Supporting Equal Employment Opportunity Strategies on Campus,” Linda Alvarez, Laura Diaz & Maegen Sincleair Usher, Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX

For more information or to register to attend any or all of these sessions, please visit

Those with questions may contact Megan Heutmaker at or 507-389-5230.

Preferred Name and Pronouns

Minnesota State University, Mankato students, faculty and staff have the option of using a preferred name (such as a nickname) at Minnesota State Mankato. 

The preferred name will appear in D2L, Brightspace, class rosters, MavMail, MavCard and other university systems. The legal name will still appear where required by state or federal law. Information on how to update your preferred name can be found through the Office of the Registrar.

Additionally, Minnesota State Mankato’s LGBT Center reminds the campus community that individuals may choose their own pronouns. A pronoun is a word that refers to either the people talking (you or I), or it can refer to something or someone that is the topic of conversation (like she, them, it and this). Gender pronouns (she/he/they/etc.) refer to people being talking about.

More information is available on the LGBT Center's website.

Aug. 26-Sept. 16: Regan Golden Photography Exhibit

Regan Golden Photography ExhibitWork by photographer Regan Golden will be displayed in an exhibit titled “chrono-flora” in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Aug. 26 through Sept. 16.

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.

Golden will deliver an artist’s lecture Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. A reception for the artist will be held following the lecture.

Golden will be on campus for an artist residency from Sept. 16-17 in the Nelson Hall Photography Studios.

Artist information provided by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Art:

Regan Golden-McNerney depicts ecological change in the American landscape using altered photographs and drawing materials.

Golden’s photographs and large-scale collages have been exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Core Program, the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Golden is currently a lecturer in drawing and art theory at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Golden is the first of five artists who will be featured in the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art’s 2019-2020 Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2019-2020 Conkling Gallery Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is located at

Sept. 12: Yam Haus Opens Serendipity Music Series

Picked as one of the Twin Cities’ top bands that are “poised to pop” by City Pages, Yam Haus opens the fall 2019 season of the Serendipity Music Series at Minnesota State Mankato with a midday outdoor performance Thursday, Sept. 12.

The free performance on the University’s fountain mall will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yam Haus, labeled by the Star Tribune as the “most in line for commercial success,”isa Minneapolis-based pop group. Yam Haus performed at the 2019 Basilica Block Party and will headline Dec. 13 at First Avenue. Yam Haus fall bookings include Winona State University, North Central University, Century College, Coe College and Gustavus Adolphus.

The Serendipity Music Series, hosted by the Centennial Student Union, offers a fall and spring lineup of Minnesota musicians performing free “street-corner serenades” in and around the Centennial Student Union during lunch time hours.

The Serendipity Music Series books performances about every three weeks throughout the fall and spring semesters. The two-hour performances are along main corridors of the CSU with outdoor performances on the mall as weather permits.

The planned lineup of free fall performances include Tom Hunter and Frank Johns, Sept. 25; Space Monkey Mafia, Oct 3; Smokin’ Joe, Oct. 15; Druzy Rose, Oct. 30; Betty & Ocho, Nov. 6; Dunn & Barron, Nov. 20; Max Graham, Dec. 9.

Information will become available on the CSU’s Serendipity Music Series webpage.

Sept. 12: Singer/Songwriter Lena Elizabeth

Singer and Songwriter Lena ElizabethMinneapolis singer/songwriter Lena Elizabeth (pictured) will perform in concert with her band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Chris Riemenschneider writes, “Lena sounds like a Midwestern Brandi Carlile with a meaty voice ... definitely a coming-out effort worth noticing.”

Lena Elizabeth writes songs influenced by folk storytelling with a voice rooted in the blues. The youngest in a household full of musicians, she succeeds in blending old and new influences to create a pop/roots sound that is approachable across generations.

After the successful release of her debut EP, “The Line”, Lena has taken her music to the next level with her new record. The record is a story of self acceptance, anxiety, anger, relationships (good and bad) and through it all, finding home. Through this journey you will hear the same strong voice of Lena Elizabeth with even more confidence and attitude.

Minnesota State Mankato students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD and by preregistering for the concert at Concert admission for community members is $10 (advance purchase) and $12 at the door. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

Advance purchase ticket package discounts are available for community members. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 13: Stomper's Drive-In to Feature 'Aladdin'

For the second year in a row, Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Events Team is hosting a drive-in movie Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. in University Parking Lot 20 (located on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street).

The featured film is “Aladdin,” which will be shown on an inflatable screen that is 19 feet by 30 feet. “Aladdin” is the tale of a kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier who vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

The event is open to the public. There are 100 vehicle reservations available for the public at $10/car, and 150 vehicle reservations available for students at $5/car. Limit one reservation per customer. Reservations are available at

A new feature to this year’s event will be a “park and walk” area, which allows people who do not have a reservation to park in Lot 21 South (east of parking lot 20) for free and walk over to watch the movie outside, under the stars.

For more information on the drive-in movie, contact Nicole Osborn from the Student Events Team by email at or by phone at 608-770-4652.

Sept. 15: World Music with Greg Herriges, Stella Roma

World Music group Greg Herriges and Stella Roma will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Guitarist, bouzoukist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Greg Herriges creates an eclectic mix of music with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. A virtuoso performer and award-winning composer, his music and writing have found international recognition.

Herriges is a recipient of composer/performing artist fellowships and grants from the Bush and McKnight Foundations and the Metro Regional Arts Council. Herriges is also a soundtrack artist and music director for film and theater. He has authored seven internationally published music books.

Minnesota State Mankato students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD and by preregistering for the concert at Concert admission for community members is $10 (advance purchase) and $12 at the door. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

Advance purchase ticket package discounts are available for community members. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 17: Constitution Day Celebration

Minnesota State Mankato will hold its annual Constitution Day observance with several campus activities Tuesday, Sept. 17. All events are free and open to the public.

The day’s activities will begin with a flag-raising ceremony by students who are military veterans at 9 a.m. on the south side of Centennial Student Union. Over the lunch hour (from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), “colonialists” dressed in colonial attire will distribute a Constitution quiz throughout Centennial Student Union.

The day’s activities will conclude with a constitutional conversation, “Census 2020: We all count. But will we all be counted?,” that will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Lounge, located on the lower level of the University’s Centennial Student Union.

In addition, the University’s Memorial Library will be creating a Constitution Day book display that will be on display from Sept. 16-27.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is traditionally observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

More on Constitution Day events at Minnesota State Mankato is available online at

Those who have questions about Constitution Day events may contact the University’s Office of Community Engagement at 507-389-5789 or by email at

Sept. 19: Singer/Songwriters Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen

Acclaimed Minnesota alt-country and Americana musicians Molly Maher and Erik Koskinen will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

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.

A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Koskinen has been residing in the Twin Cities for the past 10 years and making a living playing and recording music full-time for the past seven years. Whether he is recording or producing in his studio, or traveling across the country with other musicians, Koskinen has found a way to make ends meet.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD and by preregistering for the concert at Concert admission for community members is $10 (advance purchase) and $12 at the door. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

Advance purchase ticket package discounts are available for community members. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 20: Maverick Firsts Kickoff Event

Maverick Firsts, a grant-funded initiative featuring students, faculty and staff working with first-generation college students as they find their place in college, is holding a “kickoff event” Friday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is ideal for for first-generation students in their first two years of college, but all students are welcome--especially those who are confused or nervous about college. 

The kickoff event will feature a student panel as well as a few words from first-generation faculty and staff and a preview of the year to come.

Students who attend will get a free T-shirt as well as a Maverick Firsts sticker and some treats and refreshments.

Maverick Firsts currently includes student leaders Ana Leyva and Taylor Perrin as well as faculty and staff (in alphabetical order): Dave Engen (Department of Communication Studies), Margaret Hesser (TRIO), Susan Schalge (Department of Anthropology), Nikki Stock (New Student and Family Programs) and Kristen Treinen (Department of Communication Studies).

Mavericks Firsts will be doing a number of things throughout the 2019-20 academic year, including:

  • Hosting a series of "First Friday" events on topics ranging from financial aid to networking
  • Having student leaders maintain social media designed to inform first-generation students of on and off campus opportunities
  • Connecting first-generation students with faculty and staff who were/are first-generation
  • Celebrating the accomplishments of first-generation students
  • Discussing honestly and directly the challenges some first-generation students face
  • Discussing honestly and directly the strengths first-generation students often bring to college

For more information, contact Dave Engen, associate professor in the Departmentof Communication Studies, by phone at 507-389-5537 or by email at

Sept. 24: Jazz Vocalist Maud Hixson, Pianist Rick Carlson

Jazz vocalist Maud Hixson (pictured) and pianist Rick Carlson will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Hixson is a singer of classic jazz and popular songs of the 20th century. Many of her shows focus on songs written by women during the 1930s and 1940s, an era Hixson says is one of the most fertile periods for women songwriters.

Hixson made her Guthrie Theater debut in 2010, performed at the New York Cabaret Convention in 2011 at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and in 2012 appeared in concert with composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett as part of the Midtown Jazz Series in New York.

Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast catalogs of Count Basie and Duke Ellington while absorbing their musical technique. He is a sought-after accompanist and has served as pianist and musical director for various Twin Cities concert series and theatre productions.

Minnesota State Mankato students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD and by preregistering for the concert at Concert admission for community members is $10 (advance purchase) and $12 at the door. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

Advance purchase ticket package discounts are available for community members. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Sept. 26: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host poet Ada Limón (pictured) Thursday, Sept. 26 as the first of nine writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series. All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Limón will begin her Sept. 26 visit by holding a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato.

During the afternoon, Limón will hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Centennial Student Union. Books will be available for purchase.

Then in the evening, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Limón will read from her work in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Books will be available for purchase.

Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including “The Carrying,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top five books of 2018 by the Washington Post, and “Bright Dead Things.” She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte’s Low Residency MFA program, and the online and summer programs for Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelancer writer in Lexington, Kentucky.

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

Sept. 26: 'KINO German Now filmXchange'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of World Languages and Cultures along with the University’s film and media studies program are hosting a campus visit by two German film directors Thursday, Sept. 26 that includes an evening screening of two films and a Q&A session with the film directors.

The campus visit is part of a September tour of five films that German Films is organizing in partnership with universities in the Midwest of the USA as part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” to foster German-American relations. The focus is on films by German talents who have grown up in a multicultural environment.

The first Sept. 26 film screening begins at 6 p.m. in the Wiecking Center auditorium (WC 220). The film shown will be “All of a Sudden,” a 2016 German drama film directed by Aslı Özge. It was shown in the Panorama section at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. According to a provided preview of the film, “All of a Sudden” is a “dark thriller that also unspools as a scathing critique of the power of bourgeois superiority to triumph against all odds.”

A Q&A with Özge and Emre Erkem will be held after the film.

The second evening film screening begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Wiecking Center auditorium (WC 220). The film shown will be “Marry Me.” Following is a provided preview of “Marry Me”: “Eternal Love? Forget about it! But, what if suddenly, as a convinced single, you would need to stage a Bollywood-style wedding and not just as a guest but as the bride herself? And what if while pretending to marry your ex-boyfriend you would be unable to resist falling in love … with an innocent bystander?”

During their visit to campus, the filmmakers’ exchange with university students is intended to encourage them specifically to find their own cinematic narrative styles in order to address social conflicts and create an understanding for different views.

For more information, contact Rachael Hanel, associate professor of mass media and co-coordinator of interdisciplinary studies, by phone at 507-389-1247 or by email at

Sept. 26: 2019-20 Theatre Mainstage Season Opens

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance will open its Mainstage season with “Newsies” on Sept. 26.

The 2019-20 season includes six mainstage productions, five studio productions, two mainstage dance concerts and two student dance showcases. The Mainstage season will close with “Mamma Mia!” in April.

The full season, previewed in a Sept. 6 Mankato Free Press story, can be found online at

Season ticket brochures will be available from the Department of Theatre and Dance in mid-August, and individual tickets will go on sale Sept. 3.

For more information, contact Corrie Eggimann, director of public relations for the Department of Theatre and Dance, by phone at 507-389-6663 or by email at

Sept. 27: Leadership Development Forum in Edina

University Extended Education is hosting leadership forum and luncheon for executives titled “Filling the Leadership Pipeline: Why High Potential Leaders are Not Enough” Friday, Sept. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Edina at 7700 France Ave. S.

The event is designed for executives who play a strategic role in developing talent throughout their organizations. The cost is $25 for individual tickets and $15 each when purchased in groups of 5 or more. Registration is limited to those working in organizations. The event is not for independent practitioners, consultants, or coaches. Click here to register.

Presenting speakers at the event include Jack Zenger, described in his bio as “a world-renowned thought leader in the field of leadership development,” and Julian Kaufmann, a distinguished global Human Resources executive and consultant. Zenger and Kaufmann will share recommendations and insights drawn from their collective experience helping organizations create a “leadership culture.”

A forum preview describes the presentation as follows: “Everyone deserves to work with a great leader, not just a fortunate few. In today’s organizations, success depends on having many great leaders. Achieving that means developing more than a small group of high potential leaders or having a handful of good leaders scattered throughout organizations. Organizations perform at their peak when effective leadership is widely distributed and developed at all levels and in every functional area.”

For more information, contact Jill Krosch, program coordinator in University Extended Education, by phone at 507-389-1268 or by email at

Faculty/Staff News

Kevin Filter, professor of school psychology, is co-principal investigator along with a colleague from the University of Minnesota, LeAnne Johnson, on a federal research grant award from the Institute of Education Sciences, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education. The title of the project (IES Award # R305A190182) is “Project PACT: Development and Refinement of the Planned Action and Commitment Tool (PACT) for Strategic Measurement of Implementer Commitment.” The grant funds five research studies over 3 1/2 years. As co-principal investigator, Filter receives his portion of the funding as a $304,230 subaward to Minnesota State Mankato from the University of Minnesota. The research project is based on pilot research that Filter conducted with a faculty research grant that he received in 2011.

Jennifer Veltsos, professor in the Department of English, was appointed interim associate vice president for undergraduate education, effective Sept. 3.

Gregory T. Wilkins, assistant director for Student Activities and the Centennial Student Union, was featured in the September 2019 issue of Mankato Magazine on pages 16-17. Wilkins is also part of a group art exhibition, “Autumn Visions,” at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mankato. The show runs from Sunday, Sept. 22 to Friday, Nov. 22. There will be an artist reception on Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

Eric Sprankle, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, along with Katie Bloomquist, a therapist at the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute, published the research article, “Sex worker affirmative therapy: Conceptualization and case study,” in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Volume 34, Issue 3, Pages 392-408.

Department News

The Career Development Center is hosting an event for up to 50 students titled “Demystifying the Recruitment Process in Corporate America” on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union. U.S. Bank employees will answer student questions on interviewing and landing internships. Students may sign up on Handshake. The Career Development Center held a part-time job fair for students Sept. 4. KEYC TV published a story on the job fair.

Residential Life worked with SHARE Media to create a video recap of the University's Aug. 22 move-in day.

The Career Development Center and Diversity and Inclusion are holding the University's first “Employer & Multicultural Student Social” for students and employers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge. For more information, contact Karina Clennon at or Kenneth Reid at

The Department of Computer Information Science is holding a 2019 Careers in Computer Information Science Day on Thursday, Sept. 17. More information is available here.

Starting in Fall 2020, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Minnesota State University, Mankato will require all researchers to complete some training before IRB will review submissions. More information regarding the trainings is available here.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that football game day enhancements include new tailgating initiatives. More information is available here.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold its annual Maverick Hall of Fame dinner Friday, Oct. 4, with a 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner and program. The 2019 Hall of Fame class was announced June 17. Tickets may be purchased here. For more information, contact Amy Sander at or 507-389-1458.

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The Department of Family Consumer Science is holding an open house during Homecoming weekend to celebrate the completion of the department's remodel and its 70th year. The open house will be held Friday, Oct. 4 from 4-7 p.m. in Wiecking Center, located at 314 Ellis Ave. Activities include a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting and the honoring of outstanding family consumer science alumni. Guests and family members are invited to tour the new food science lab, textile lab and classrooms, as well as to view a wall mural and various displays. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jennifer Brady (507-389-2421) or Heather Von Bank (507-389-5915).

The School of Nursing is holding an event over Homecoming weekend. The event, titled “Advancing Family and Community Health and Healing,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 5-8 p.m. For more information, contact the School of Nursing at 507-389-6315.


Lance Leipold, an emeritus assistant professor who was employed in Library Services at the University for 42 years and retired in 2007, died Aug. 29. 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 Joe Tougas at 507-389-1369 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, Sept. 25. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Sept. 20).

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