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October 9, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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2019 Career and Internship Expo

The Minnesota State Mankato Career and Internship Expo is Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 15-16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Approximately 150 employers are registered for the event.

The event is free, and students and alumni are strongly encouraged to attend. EXPO tours will be provided for first-time visitors to the event.

Tuesday will feature science, engineering, technology and construction industries. Wednesday will feature business, communications, human services and health care industries.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by. Lunch will run from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. each day in CSU 253. Employers will be alternating lunch times, so faculty and staff are free to join in when schedules allow.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to consider making time to stop in the CSU Ballroom during the event to welcome employers (many recruiters are alumni and will be wearing purple “Alumni” ribbons) and show support for students. Employers often comment on how much they appreciate visiting with faculty, staff and administration while they are here for the event.

Complimentary professional photos will be provided for all students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photos will be sent via email about two weeks after the event.) The photos may be used in LinkedIn accounts, biographies on your department website or anywhere a professional portrait is needed.

As part of the event, 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

Directors of Development Recognized

Becky Kunst (pictured, top left), director of development for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Greg Weis (pictured, bottom left), assistant director of athletics for development and revenue generation, were honored at a Sept. 27 Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Board luncheon.

Kunst and Weis were each honored as a Prime Officer by Blackbaud Corporation, the leading nonprofit fundraising software company. This distinct honor puts Kunst and Weis in the top 5% of development officers nationally.

The award recognition highlights the important work of engaging alumni and friends, which drives major gifts to the University.

The awards were well deserved, said Matt Loayza, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Scienes, and Kevin Buisman, director of athletics.

“It is great to see Becky recognized for all of her outstanding work for the college,” said Loayza. “Her efforts to connect alumni to the ongoing work of our faculty and staff has helped open new doors and opportunities for our students.”

“We are certainly very proud of Greg's accomplishments,” said Buisman. “Private support of scholarships, capital projects and other program needs is the lifeblood of Maverick athletics and our coaches and student-athletes are fortunate to have someone like Greg working so diligently on their behalf.”

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

IT Solutions is committed to keeping the campus community safe online every day of the year – from identity and security management to phishing and patching management.

During October, IT Solutions is running special promotions around campus that include easy tips and tricks on cybersecurity.

According to IT Solutions, “old operating systems are like leaky boats full of holes – they’re vulnerable. Patch the leaks by making sure your operating systems are up to date and protected from cybercriminals.”

Learn about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and get more cybersecurity resources.

Fund for OER Professional Development

The Minnesota State system has awarded collaboration grant funds totaling $80,000 to support faculty cohorts on four university campuses, including Minnesota State Mankato, in the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) during the 2019-2020 academic year. Apply by Oct. 23, 2019.

Hagebak Hall of Fame Award

The man who spent more time in the Centennial Student Union “than any place else on the globe” is the focus of a new display at Minnesota State Mankato that memorializes Scott Hagebak and recognizes those that follow in his footsteps.

Commemorating the Scott Hagebak Centennial Student Union Hall of Fame
Award, the display in the Flex Programming Space on the Centennial Student Union's lower level honors the former CSU associate director of operations and lists recipients of his namesake award.

The annual Hagebak Hall of Fame award is presented each spring to a student in their senior year, a graduate student or experienced staff member that actively advances the core values of the CSU.

The CSU’s six core values are leadership, integrity, community, personal development, innovation and celebration.

CSU Director Mark Constantine said the new display pays tribute to Hagebak’s years of devoted service and his exemplary spirit of stewardship and leadership.

“We wanted this display to recognize both the man and his legacy,” Constantine said. “His devotion and achievements provide an ideal backdrop for recognizing those who advance our mission and values.”

Hagebak’s connection with the CSU dates back to its beginning. He enrolled at what was then Mankato State College in 1967 – the same year the CSU opened.

After earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University, he joined the student union staff in 1980. He spent the next 32 years in the CSU working in student activities and later as the CSU’s chief operations administrator.

Highlighting his years of service was his coordination of the $14 million CSU renovation completed in 2005 which transformed the CSU into a bright, open space complete with an iconic, towering atrium and popular fireplace lounge.

At his retirement in 2011, Hagebak said his greatest reward was mentoring students.

“Whether I was working in student activities or whether I was working in on the student union side, watching students grow, develop and move on and find their careers has always been an exciting part of the whole process for me,” Hagebak said.

Hagebak died in 2016. He was 67.

The new display recalls Hagebak’s daily “watchful walk” that started his CSU work day to assure the student union was ready and able to greet and serve the day’s guests.

Hagebak is recognized as “a giant of man with a heart to match,” He is remembered as an administrator with “high expectations and low tolerance for disrespectful treatment of the building or its occupants.”

Since its inception, the Scott Hagebak Centennial Student Union Hall of Fame has recognized 20 students and staff. All are listed on the display which will be updated annually.

Oct. 7-11: National Tutoring Week

Minnesota State Mankato's Center for Academic Success is honoring its more than 50 undergraduate and graduate tutors during national tutoring week, which will be held Oct. 7-11.

The Center for Academic Success wants to thank the tutors for supporting student success and retention on the University campus

  • Minnesota State Mankato tutors provide about 4000 math/science/business face-to-face visits and about 1000 writing appointments every semester.
  • The University's tutor training program is internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, and Minnesota State Mankato tutors receive between 10-30 hours of training in addition to frequent evaluations.

Since this year marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, the theme for the Center for Academic Success this year is “One Giant Leap for Student Success.”

To kick off Monday, Oct. 7, free Milky Way and Starburst candies will be given away while supplies last at a tabling event outside of our Memorial Libary, Room 125.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, free lunar landing cake will be served from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.  All are invited.

More information on the Center for Academic Success is available here.

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.

Oct. 10-20: 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance will open “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Andreas Theatre at the Early Center for the Performing Arts.

This classic farcical black comedy tells the story of the Brewster family, which includes two aunts who have taken to murdering old men with wine laced with arsenic and “just a pinch” of cyanide, a brother who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt, a murderous brother, and Mortimer, who must decide if he will follow through on his promise to marry Elaine Harper, who lives next door.

Regarding a comedy about death, Director Heather Hamilton says, “I understand that mocking what we fear is a powerful survival tool, and that this fare, while seriously silly, gives us that opportunity.”

“Arsenic and Old Lace” runs Oct. 10-13 and 16-20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 13, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. in the Andreas Theatre at the Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $16 regular, $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661.

Oct. 11: National Depression Screening Day

The Counseling Center is offering depression screenings for students fromo 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 11 in the Counseling Center, located Centennial Student Union, Room 285.

This is an opportunity for students to complete a written screening questionnaire and discuss the questionnaire and their results with a mental health professional.

Screenings are anonymous, confidential and FREE for students.

Additionally, educational material on the signs and symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders will be provided, as well as connecting students to resources.

For more information, contact Miranda Hellenbrand by phone at 507-389-1455 or by email at

Oct. 12: Japan Night

The Japanese Intercultural Association invites the campus and local community to attend its “Japan Night” cultural event Saturday, Oct. 12 from 4-8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids are welcome.

The event, sponsored by the Kearney Center for International Student Services, will include a variety of performances, food, cultural booths, games and decorations.

The Japan Night official page and Japan Night event page are available on Facebook.

Tickets are available here.

For more information, contact Shiina Komazawa at

Oct. 13: Folk Guitarist John Gorka

Folk artist John Gorka will perform Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Gorka continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe. Gorka says, “I love playing music and am grateful that I've gotten to do this for a living for so many years.”

Originally from New Jersey, Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania.

In 1984 Gorka won the New Folk Award and then in 1987 the young Minnesota-based Red House Records released Gorka’s first album, “I Know.” In 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He released 11 critically acclaimed albums and also toured internationally. In 2010, he released another album, “Red Horse,” with Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson. The album received high praise from both critics and fans. It was on the Billboard Folk Charts and one of the most played albums on folk radio.

General admission for the concert is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Minnesota State Mankato students will be admitted free with a valid MavCARD. Performance Series ticket packages are available for those who pre-purchase. For more information visit or call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

Oct. 16: MPR Commentator to Discuss Climate Change

Mark Seeley, professor emeritus of climatology and meteorology at the University of Minnesota, and a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s weather chats, will speak on campus Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Ostrander Auditorium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on “What Climate Change Means for Minnesota.”

Seeley, a Minnesota radio personality, has shared his knowledge of the critical relationship between climate and agricultural production through thousands of public speaking engagements, meetings and media interviews.

He is the author of Minnesota Weather Almanac and co-author of “Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park,” an award-winning book about the state’s only national park.

Seeley has been honored with a variety of awards, including the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association Outstanding Service Award in December 2017 and the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Distinguished Service Award in November 2017.

The “What Climate Change Means for Minnesota” program is free and open to the University community and to the public. Free public parking is available in the visitor pay lot located on Ellis Avenue in front of the Centennial Student Union (get pay lot pass at the event).

This event is made possible through financial support from Barnes & Noble at Minnesota State Mankato, LJP Waste Solutions and Minnesota State Mankato's Environmental Committee Fund.

For more information, contact Monika Antonelli by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email at

Oct. 17: Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Dental Hygiene and area dental professionals are providing free dental care to area children (ages 5-17) Thursday, Oct. 17 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Clinical Sciences Building.

Appointments are available at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. by calling 507-389-2147.

All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Services provided include free cleanings, dental exams, X-rays, sealants and fluoride treatments.

The project is inspired by concern over a growing number of children who are unable to access needed dental care.

Oct. 17: Bluegrass Artists Dick Kimmel and Kelly Coyle

Bluegrass artists Dick Kimmel and Kelly Coyle will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in Minnesota State Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Kimmel is a bluegrass singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter who has been performing bluegrass music throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe for nearly 40 years.

He has recorded more than two dozen albums, including four recent CD’s for Copper Creek records.

Referring to the impact Kimmel has had on bluegrass music, a feature article for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called him the “ambassador of bluegrass.”

General admission for the concert is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Minnesota State Mankato students will be admitted free with a valid MavCARD. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

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

Oct. 20: University Concert Bands

Minnesota State Mankato's concert wind ensemble will perform Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The concert band is under the direction of Amy Roisum Foley, director of bands at the University.

The concert wind ensemble is an auditioned ensemble comprised of 45-50 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a diverse array of majors. The ensemble is designed for the professionally minded performer and music educator and requires a high level of discipline from its members.

Throughout the school year, the ensemble members perform a broad scope of large and small ensemble music written for wind, percussion, string and vocal instruments. The ensemble’s primary goal is to work together to make great music for the ensemble and the audience.

Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for K-12 students and children. 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. 22: Indie Rock Band Bad Bad Hats

Minnesota State Mankato's College of Arts and Humanities welcomes indie rock band Bad Bad Hats 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. 22 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Bad Bad Hats hails from Minneapolis. The band consists of Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge and Connor Davison. Named for a trouble-making character from the “Madeline” children’s books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. The band’s music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to ’90s rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.

“Lightning Round,” the band’s second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident and mature than ever. The group recorded live in the studio, an approach which pushed the band outside of its comfort zone and lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. In this spontaneous environment, Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired musical performances yet.

Bad Bad Hats has toured the U.S. extensively, supporting artists including Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus and Third Eye Blind.

General admission tickets are $15. 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.

Through Oct. 23: 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.

Remaining events include:

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 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

Oct. 23-24: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host fiction and non-fiction writer Hisham Matar (pictured) and fiction writer Hannah Schultz Oct. 23-24 as the second and third 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.

The events open Wednesday, Oct. 23 with Matar giving a talk, “Narratives of Social Protest: Personal & Political,” at 7:30 p.m. at the IAM Wisdom House, located at 222 E. Walnut St. in Mankato.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Matar will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato.

Later Thursday, Matar will also hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Centennial Student Union on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Events will conclude with Schultz holding a reading of her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

Matar is this year’s Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Resident in partnership with the Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center, and Schultz is the recipient of the 2019-20 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistantship.

Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo, and has lived most of his adult life in London. His 2016 memoir, “The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and received the PEN American Book of the Year Award. His debut novel, “In the Country of Men,” was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His second novel, “Anatomy of a Disappearance,” was named one of the best books of the year by the Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. In 2013 Matar received the Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize, an award for a substantial literary achievement by an Arab writer working in any genre and in any language. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and serves as an associate professor at Barnard College. He lives in London and New York City.

Schultz is a master of fine arts candidate in fiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she teaches introduction to creative writing. She serves as managing editor for Blue Earth Review and treasurer for Minnesota State Mankato’s Graduate Scholars of English Association. She received one of Minnesota State Mankato’s 2018 creative summer fellowships and is the recipient of the 2019-20 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistantship.

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

Nov. 8: 'Finding Your Place' Storytelling Event

Maverick Firsts is a new organization on campus whose main goal is to help build community for and awareness of first-generation students here at Minnesota State Mankato.

Maverick Firsts events are particularly well suited for first-year and first-generation students, but they are of value to all students. Students do not have to be first-generation to benefit or to attend.

The organization's kickoff event was held Sept. 20, with over 75 students attending the event. That was followed by an Oct. 4 event that focused on Financial Aid.

Next in the series is “Finding Your Place” storytelling event that will be held Friday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

A quick 2-minute video at this link explains Maverick Firsts events, including a couple opportunities for remaining student leadership positions.

For more information, contact Dave Engen, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies, by phone at 507-389-5537 or by email at

Student News

Student Jessica Woratschka was featured in a recent Star Tribune article. Woratschka, according to the article, is a sophomore pursuing a degree in elementary education. The article describes an effort by the Minnesota State system to support roughly 9,300 veterans and service members who are taking college courses.

Faculty/Staff News

Kevin Parsneau, professor of political science, discussed candidates in an upcoming political race in a recent KEYC TV story.

Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, has a solo art exhibition at Gallery 120 in the Fine Arts building at Inver Grove Community College. The exhibition runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 26, 2020.

Dooyoung Shin, professor of management, attended the 2019 International Academy of Business and Economics Conference in Las Vegas from Oct. 5-7. At the conference, he presented a paper titled, “Application of Dimension Reduction Methods to DOW Jones Industrial Average” that was co-authored with In-Jae Kim, professor of mathematics, and Kwang-il Choe, associate professor of economics.

President Richard Davenport was recognized with a distinguished alumni award from the University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association during UNK homecoming festivities Oct. 4-5.

Department News

The Sept. 27, 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.

RASP Spotlight: Research and Sponsored Programs has published a list of faculty and staff with external funding submissions and awards during September. More information on who is in the “spotlight” is available on the RASP website.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is looking for student members. The link to the Recruitment Message contains the information needed to apply. Applications are due Oct. 21.

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.

For the latest news on Maverick Athletics, visit

The Department of Family Consumer Science held an open house during Homecoming weekend to celebrate the completion of the department's remodel and its 70th year. KEYC TV posted a story about the event.

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, Oct. 23. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (Oct. 18).

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