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September 25, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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Homecoming 2019

Minnesota State University, Mankato's 2019 Homecoming week, with a theme of “Land of 120,000 Mavericks,” kicks off Monday, Sept. 30 with a full weeklong schedule of events that concludes Saturday, Oct. 5.

Campus offices are encouraged to show off their Maverick spirit by participating in the office decorating contest. A $200 gift card to Pub 500 will be awarded to the winning office. Online registration is due Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m., with judging scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

Employees are encouraged to wear purple and gold all week to celebrate the week.

Highlighting the Monday, Sept. 30 activities are a 25-foot tall bonfire and light show at 8 p.m. that will be followed by fireworks.

Saturday, Oct. 5 activities include the annual Homecoming parade at noon. The parade will begin on Warren Street and end on Stadium Road. The Maverick football team will play host to Minnesota Duluth at 2 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium.

Click here for information on all Maverick athletic events during Homecoming week.

Student Food Drive Competition Against Winona State

Student Government at Minnesota State Mankato announced a Sept. 23-27 food drive competition against students from Winona State University.

Student Body President Anisa Omar (pictured), Maverick football player Justin Taormina and The Herd President Elijah Calderon-Pitchford discussed the competition in a Facebook video.

Items in need are canned goods, boxed items, toiletries and $1 bills. Donations may be dropped off at the Student Activities office (CSU 173), Student Government office (CSU 280) and the Department of Athletics office (MF 135).

All items donated will be sent to Campus Cupboard to provide students with stacked shelves and multitudes of items from which to choose.

The winner will be determined by which university collects the most items and announced during Saturday's football game against Winona State.

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

Seasonal flu vaccinations are available for faculty and staff Monday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., in CSU 253-4-5. (The worksite clinics are for state employees only. Family members may obtain vaccinations at their primary care clinics.)

Employees who bring their Minnesota Advantage health plan member ID card may receive flu vaccinations for no cost.

Employees without a valid card or who don’t have health insurance through the state of Minnesota can receive the flu shot for $33.

Vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.

For more information and clinic locations, click here. Flu vaccinations are also available at primary care clinics and in-network convenient clinics.

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.

100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

In 1919, Minnesota become the 15th state to vote yes to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

To highlight the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Minnesota State Mankato will be hosting a variety of events in October – all free and open to the public.

From Sept. 30 until Oct. 23, a 12-panel traveling display, titled “A Century of Civic Engagement,” created by the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, will be showcased on the first floor of Memorial Library.

On Monday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Library Services will be hosting “A Century of Civic Engagement” reception for the traveling display. Provost Marilyn Wells and Lynn Solo, the president of the League of Women Voters of St. Peter, are scheduled to speak at the event.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Library Services will host a presentation by author and Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Lori Ann Lahlum. The presentation is titled “Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains.” Lahlum will share information from her new book by the same name. Also speaking at the event is faculty member Elizabeth Sandell, who will give an update on local League of Women Voters activities.

From Oct. 14 – Oct. 28, the Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center will display in its Centennial Student Union office window, Room 218, a timeline of when various groups were granted the right to vote and who still remains disenfranchised.

On Monday, Oct. 28, from 3-4:30 p.m., Lahlum will be honored with a book release program celebrating the publishing of her new book, “Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains.” The event will be held in the Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Joining her on stage will be guest speaker Sarah Carter from the University of Alberta.

The events listed above are sponsored by Library Services, the Women’s Center, the History Department, the Kessel Peace Institute, and African American Affairs. For any questions about these programs contact Monika Antonelli, Outreach Librarian, at 507-389-2507 or by email at

Web Express Sessions: Website Building Help for Faculty and Staff

Web express sessions are open workshops hosted by IT Solutions that provide faculty and staff with the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the University’s new content management system.

The web express sessions are designed to assist faculty and staff working on developing effective content for their site pre-launch and also those who want to learn how to maintain and improve their site post-launch.

Learn more or RSVP.

PCSW Grants

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is once again offering research and professional development grants to students, faculty and staff at Minnesota State Mankato. Stipends of up to $500 are available for students and employees to conduct research or attend professional development opportunities concerned with the status of women and/or gender-related issues.

All research and professional development activities must be completed or occur prior to June 1, 2020, to be eligible for funding. The PCSW is not able to grant funds for equipment requests, research incentives or individual stipends. For more information and to submit electronic grant applications, please visit the PCSW website.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 for the fall grants cycle. Please email questions to Linda Alvarez at

Sept. 23-Oct. 11: Mary Johnson Sculpture Exhibit

Artist Mary Johnson’s sculpture work will be on display in Minnesota State Mankato’s Conkling Gallery (located in Nelson Hall 139) from Monday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Oct. 11.

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.

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

“Mary Johnson is a sculptor whose use of reclaimed and repurposed material speaks to the interconnection between everyday actions, unseen labor, and environmental consequences. Through acts of washing, stitching, and mending, Johnson’s work renders visible how complex relations are created through the accumulation of small gestures. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2007, her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows regionally and nationally. As an arts educator, she has worked for multiple non-profits around the Twin Cities, and is currently the director of education for NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory in Minneapolis.”

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. 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-Oct. 6: 'Newsies'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance will open the 2019-2020 Mainstage Season with “Newsies” in the Ted Paul Theatre at the Early Center for the Performing Arts.

Based on the Disney film of the same name and set in turn-of-the 20th century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

This production includes a cast of Minnesota State Mankato undergraduate and graduate students and five community members. One of the visiting cast members is Miguel, a foreign exchange student from Spain who has performed professionally in “Billy Elliot the Musical.” The performance features a live pit orchestra and will be the last academic year musical directed by retiring department chair Paul J. Hustoles.

“Newsies” runs Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 5 & 6 at 2 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre at the Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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

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

Sept. 29: Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble

The Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble will perform Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The ensemble is a semi-professional group comprised of faculty, community members, music teachers, music students, and professional musicians. The concert promises to be a very diverse program blending core wind band works with new works. The group is in its 15th season and continues to perform demanding music with a group of very talented musicians.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for K-12 and students. University students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD. 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.

Oct. 1: Minnesota Storytellers Series Opens

Minnesota State Mankato's College of Arts and Humanities welcomes indie pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith (pictured) to the Minnesota Storyteller artist-in-residence and performance series at Minnesota State Mankato. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Messersmith is one of Minnesota’s most recognized and celebrated artists, praised by The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Time Magazine, Spin and Rolling Stone among many others. A thoughtful, clever lyricist with a tender voice, the Minneapolis-based troubadour crafts songs that are catchy and relatable, and span the emotional gamut from poignancy to whimsy.

Messersmith is one of those rare artists who can break your heart one minute, and then put those fragile pieces back together again the next. His surprise 2017 release, “11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record for the 21st Century and Beyond,” is jam-packed with ridiculous songs about kittens, world peace, flying cars and the transformative power of love. His most recent album, “Late Stage Capitalism, A Decadent Orchestral Pop Record from Jeremy Messersmith,” was released in 2019.

National Public Radio says, “…he’s a pop genius, with creative ambition and considerable charm”. The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, “…Messersmith is a Minnesota music hero.”

Sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities, the Minnesota Storyteller series originated in Spring 2019 and is supported by the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment fund. The series features Minnesota artists who are invited to campus for a three-day residency which includes time in our various college classrooms and an intimate evening concert. Students get the opportunity to hear the artist’s stories and experiences and are able to ask questions and get feedback about various projects on which they are working.

General admission for the concert is $15. Minnesota State Mankato students will be admitted free with a valid MavCARD. Minnesota Storyteller Series ticket packages are available for those who pre-purchase. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Oct. 3: Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking

A town hall meeting with a panel discussion on how students can lower their risks of consequences that result from underage drinking will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 from 3-4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include: Violence Awareness Response Program (VARP), Mankato city attorney, Alcohol & Drug Studies Program, Title IX office, City of Mankato Department of Public Safety and the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA).

For more information, contact Natalie Schuette, Healthy Mavericks Project coordinator, by phone at 507-389-5184 or by email at

Oct. 3: Surabhi Ghosh Art Enrichment Lecture

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Art announced that artist and educator Surabhi Ghosh will present a free public lecture in Ostrander Auditorium on Thursday, Oct 3 at 7 p.m., as part of an Oct. 3-4 residency on campus.

Ghosh, who is based in Montreal, will also conduct individual critiques with students and participate in class discussions during her residency.

According to a summary provided by the Department of Art:

“Ghosh's current work investigates the transmission of culture to diasporic people, specifically South Asian immigrants and their descendants in North America. She uses textiles, patterns, and site-responsive installations to materialize contradictory narratives which begin and end in her own experiences. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle; FOFA Gallery in Montreal; SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine; Duke Hall Gallery in Harrisonburg, Va.; and Ditch Projects in Springfield, Ore.

“Ghosh received a master of fine arts degree in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a bachelor of fine arts degree in fabric design from the University of Georgia. She is currently associate professor and program coordinator of fibres & material practices at Concordia University.” To view Ghosh’s work please visit

This residency is supported by the Nadine B. Andreas Artist's and Scholar's Endowment.

Oct. 3-4: Kristin Andrews to Deliver Andreas Lectures in Philosophy

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Philosophy invites campus community to attend its 2019-2020 Nadine B. Andreas Lectures, presented by Kristin Andrews.

Andrews’ first lecture, “Can Animals Be Moral?,” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Wiecking Center Auditorium. Her second lecture, titled “Why We Should Presume that Animals are Sentient,” will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in Morris Hall 103.

Speaker's submitted abstract for the lectures: “Recent research challenges the idea that adult humans are the only actors whose behavior is evaluable by other members of their group. Very young children, great apes, dolphins, and monkeys may also find some actions to be acceptable, and others not. Normative thinking, that is, seeing actions as right or wrong, is the foundation of morality, and the current science suggests these roots may run deep in the animal kingdom.

“To investigate normative thinking in other animals I present an account of animal social norms and show that there are four cognitive capacities involved in normative thinking: identification of agents; sensitivity to in-group/out-group differences, social learning of group traditions, and the conscious awareness of appropriateness. Drawing on comparative cognition and developmental psychology research, I show that these capacities of naïve normativity are part of typical human social cognitive practices and they are seen in other species; therefore, they are likely an ancient human cognitive endowment. Finally, I show that these capacities they are necessary for moral cognition from the framework of standard ethical theories.”

Submitted author biography: Kristin Andrews is York Research Chair in Animal Minds and professor of philosophy at York University (Toronto), where she also helps coordinate the cognitive science program and the Toronto Area Animal Cognition Discussion Group. Andrews is on the board of directors of the Borneo Orangutan Society Canada, a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada and the author of several books on social minds, animal minds and ethics.

For more information, contact Joshua Preiss, professor of philosophy and co-director of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, at 507-389-5514.

Oct. 8: University Jazz Ensembles

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. Douglas Snapp directs the Jazz Mavericks.

The big band ensembles provide students with experience in a jazz ensemble along with several performance opportunities. The jazz groups perform arrangements ranging from classic and contemporary jazz to pop charts.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for K-12 and students. University students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD. 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.

Oct. 10: Contemporary Vocal Groups in Concert

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Department of Music will present two contemporary a cappella vocal groups in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in Halling Recital Hall.

Maverick Vocal Precision and Maverick Fusion vocal ensembles feature a cappella stylings of vocal groups such as Pentatonix, Rockapella and Backtrack. Stephanie Thorpe and Douglas Snapp coordinate the two ensembles.

The University’s a cappella ensemble, Maverick Vocal Precision, caught the attention of the world as the group 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.

Maverick Vocal Precision received comments from the following Aca-Idol judges: “Awesome program,” “Incredible depth of soloists” and “Well polished throughout.” In addition to winning the competition, Maverick Vocal Precision received the award for “Audience Favorite” (through audience voting) and a $1,000 prize.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for K-12 and students. University students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD. 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.

Student News

Four students received fall 2019 internships with Sodexo. They include Tanner Midthun, a senior from Waconia, Minn.; Olivia Lindenfelser, a sophomore from St. Michael, Minn.; Awais Qarni, a junior from Pakistan; and Anna Lillie, a junior from Burnsville, Minn.

Faculty/Staff News

Jeremy Geske has been named inaugural director of the the Institute for Regenerative Resources and AgriSciences. This is an intentional direction for the University, building upon its certification in 2015 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Non-land Grant College of Agriculture.

Scott Nelsen has been named director of marketing and community engagement for the Department of Athletics. Nelsen served as assistant director of athletic communications for the University from 2006-2012.

Thad Shunkwiler, assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, was interviewed by KEYC TV on its Sept. 10 “Midday Expert” segment about gaming disorder, which has been included in the “International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 11th edition,” according to Shunkwiler.

Claudia Pragman, professor in the Department of Management, received a letter of acceptance for a journal article she wrote. Pragman's manuscript, “Revising Quantitative Assignment Policies to Improve Student Achievement in an Online Operations Management Course,” has been accepted for publication in the Business Education Innovation Journal, Vol.11, No.2, December 2019.

Ishuan Li, associate professor in the Department of Economics, is associate editor for the American Economist journal (Sage Publishing). Li is also a member of the Faculty of Color Caucus at Mankato (FoCC).

Daniel Sachau, professor and director of the graduate program in I/O psychology, was interviewed for a WalletHub article about the happiest states in the United States.

Stacey Van Gelderen, associate professor in the School of Nursing, was the subject of a recent Mankato Free Press article about Van Gelderen's research.

Mary Kramer and Joe Visker, assistant professors in the Department of Health Science, are on the planning committee for the Minnesota Society fo Public Health Education's Health Education Summit at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. on Oct. 24. Minnesota State Mankato students Kayla Erickson and Cecilia Schaefer will be presenting a research poster at the conference. Details and registration information are available here.

Chris Veltsos, professor in the Department of Computer Information Science, has been selected as a recipient of a Visionary Academic Leader award that will be presented Oct. 29 at the Cyber Security Summit 2019, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from Oct. 28-30.

Department News

RASP Spotlight: Research and Sponsored Programs has published a list of faculty and staff with external funding submssions and awards from the past summer. More information is available on the [PDF] RASP website (185 KiB).

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

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 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.

For the latest news on Maverick Athletics, visit

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.


Wayne Sandee, a professor in the Social Work Department for 25 years, died Sept. 16. An obituary is available here.

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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 Joe Tougas at 507-389-1369 or to share ideas.


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