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November 6, 2019 Campus Newsletter

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Telemedicine and Telepsychiatry Presentation

A group of administrators and staff members from Minnesota State University, Mankato, St. Cloud State University and Alexandria Technical and Community College recently gave a presentation on expanding medical care for students throughout the Minnesota State system through telemedicine and telepsychiatry. The group made its presentation Oct. 24 during the Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs Fall Leadership Conference.

Other institutions involved in the initiative as a result of a Minnesota State multi-campus collaboration grant​ include Minnesota State University Moorhead and South Central College.

Minnesota State Mankato’s part of the presentation was on telepsychiatry as a shared service for students in the Minnesota State System​. This model would allow a centrally-located provider to serve students around the state. Included in the presentation was a short video, available here.

Pictured above in the photo are the individuals involved in the presentation (left to right):

  • Chris Lienemann, solutions architect for IT Solutions, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Jodi Egeland, medical director of Student Health Services, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Shonda M. Craft, dean of the School of Health & Human Services, St. Cloud State University
  • Gregg Raisanen, vice president of academic and student affairs, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Wendy Schuh, director of Student Health Services, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Corie Beckermann, director of Medical Clinic & Pharmacy, St. Cloud State University
  • Brent Nielsen, medical director of Medical Clinic & Pharmacy, St. Cloud State University

For more information, contact Wendy Schuh by email at

IT Solutions Announcements

* Apple One-Dale Sale at Campus Computer Store

The Campus Computer Store will hold its semi-annual faculty and staff appreciation event on Friday, Nov. 22.

During this one-day event, Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff can get the newest Apple® products at the lowest prices available this semester.

Those who pre-order by Nov. 10 can get a FREE Apple® mug and $25 store gift card. To learn more and preorder now, click here.

* Don't Forget to Upgrade to Windows 10

Starting in the Spring 2020 semester, University computers that are not upgraded to Windows 10 will no longer be supported by Microsoft and may experience issues such as not being able to log in, not being able to connect to the Internet and not connecting to MavDISK.

IT Solutions is available to help diagnose and upgrade machines. Action Needed: Contact IT Solutions at 507-389-5471 by the end of the fall 2019 semester to discuss your best strategy.

* Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference

Attend live streamed video sessions all about strategies and techniques to build in accessibility in teaching, technology, online course design, business communications/practices and more. Information for administrators/leaders, faculty, business and frontline support staff, students studying accessibility in teaching, technology, design and business.

  • No cost for MinnState student, faculty, staff.
  • Attend one session or attend all three full days – flexible attendance options!
  • See agenda & registration sign up:
  • Nov. 20, 21, 22:
    • Track A: Memorial Library 94B
    • Track B: Memorial Library 3012

* MediaSpace Re-linking Drop-ins

IT Solutions is providing hands-on support for faculty who would like to look through their media and make sure that updated videos that were migrated to MediaSpace from Media Manager are properly linked in their D2L Courses.

  • No appointment needed, stop in anytime during the scheduled hours!
  • Nov. 11 – Dec. 6: See the Schedule
  • Memorial Library 94C - Center for Excellence and Innovation by the HD Recording Studio

Nov. 6: Community Event on Racial Equity in Homeownership

Minnesota State University, Mankato will host the “Mapping Prejudice: Hidden Stories of Race and Privilege” informational meeting and community event in Ostrander Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The program features a presentation by Kevin Ehrman-Solberg with the University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice Project. The Mapping Prejudice Project details the extent that race and racial covenants impacted homeownership in Minnesota.

Following the presentation from Ehrman-Solberg, there will be a panel discussion on the local impact of racialized notions and policies with representatives from the greater Mankato area. The event will also include best practices, resources and information on how to participate in a Mapping Prejudice Project here in Mankato.

According to the event presenters, achieving racial parity in homeownership in Minnesota requires intention and action by all industry partners to eliminate the systemic barriers impacting communities of color. Understanding the past and mastering new practices are the first steps.

The Mapping Prejudice Project is building the first-ever comprehensive map of racial covenants for an American city (Minneapolis). Racial covenants are clauses—a couple of lines of text—incorporated into property deeds in order to prevent people who were not white from buying or renting these properties. Although the 1968 Fair Housing Act banned these covenants, their legacy continues today across Minnesota, which has some of the largest racial disparities in the country.

This event is coordinated in partnership with the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, Minnesota Homeownership Center, Blue Earth County, Blue Earth County Historical Society, and Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Minnesota State Mankato College Democrats.

More information is available here

Nov. 7: 2019 Palliative Care Conference

The Chesley Center on Aging, Ecumen and Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice are sponsoring a palliative care conference Thursday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mankato Civic Center Grant Hall. Doors open at 8 a.m.

The title of the conference is “The End-of-Life Experience: A Community Conversation. A New Kind of Heroism for Providers, Patients and Families.”

This year's event will feature Dr. Jessica Zitter, the physician and author behind “Extremis,” a documentary on the role of physicians at the end of life. Conference attendees will be introduced to a family who has lived the experience of making choices between quality-of-life and death as they navigated both the medical and legal systems. This family will share their story as they tried to stand by their mother’s wishes to have her pacemaker deactivated.

More information and registration information is available here.

Nov. 7: An Evening of Choral Music

The Minnesota State Mankato Invitational Choral Festival will be held Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 105 North Fifth Street, Mankato.

The University's concert choir and chamber singers, under the direction of Aaron Humble, will perform along with a number of area high school choir students.

Choirs from Shakopee High School and Buffalo High School and individual choral students from the region have been invited to attend the festival for an entire weekday. The festival provides top-quality performing and listening experiences for the high school choir students.

During the festival day, the combined voices of the high school choirs along with the University concert choir create a large festival choir which works with Aaron Humble on two select pieces. The choirs will also individually work with University faculty on pieces that they have prepared for the day.

The festival concludes with a concert that will feature each individual choir, high school student soloists, the University concert choir, chamber singers and the festival massed choir.

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

Nov. 7-10: 'Shakespeare in Love'

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance continues the Mainstage season with “Shakespeare in Love” in the Ted Paul Theatre at the Earley Center for the Performing Arts.

Based on the Academy Award winning movie, “Shakespeare in Love” tells the story of young William Shakespeare, who is suffering from writer’s block. He meets Viola, who is his greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and with music by Paddy Cunneen, director Paul J. Hustoles calls this play “a modern, false, fun, origin story.”

The final performances of “Shakespeare in Love” will be Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 & 10 at 2 p.m. in the Ted Paul 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.

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

Nov. 8: Dance/Movement Therapy & Trauma Workshop

Minnesota State Mankato’s Violence Awareness and Response Program is hosting a workshop to show how individuals who have survived trauma can engage in dance and movement therapy with Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, an internationally recognized practitioner and presenter.

The workshop, open to the campus community, will be held Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Highland Center North, Room 225.

The workshop will include a brief overview of the professional field of dance/movement therapy, followed by a look at the role of body awareness, movement and other embodied experiences when working with trauma or abuse. Multicultural considerations will also be briefly discussed. The workshop will include discussion and experiential exercises and is open to all levels of interest and ability.

According to information provided by the Violence Awareness and Response Program, Nordstrom-Loeb is “passionate about the diverse and multicultural ways that embodied expression and creativity promote healing and transformation. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, directs and teaches an alternate route training program in Minnesota and has a private practice specializing in identity, life transition, and developmental/complex trauma.”

For more information, contact Laura Schultz, director of Minnesota State Mankato's Violence Awareness and Response Program, by phone at 507-389-5127 or by email at

Nov. 11: American Indian Night

American Indian Affairs at Minnesota State Mankato is sponsoring “American Indian Night” on Monday, Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is the keynote speaker, and the event will feature music by Bluedog.

Student tickets are free.

For information on reserving a ticket or a table for a campus department, contact Megan Heutmaker by email at, or call 507-389-5230, or stop by the Multicultural Center in CSU 269.

The event is one of eight fall events sponsored by American Indian Affairs.

Among the upcoming events is an indigenous film showing Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the movie “Dawnland” will be shown from 5-7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

A full listing of American Indian Affairs events are posted here.

American Indian Affairs is a program under Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. It is located in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The mission of American Indian Affairs is to provide American Indian students of all tribal backgrounds at Minnesota State Mankato with support services during their college careers. American Indian Affairs provides opportunities for students and works toward the recruitment and retention of American Indian students. The goal of the program is to create an inclusive and supportive community on campus, a “home away from home.”

Nov. 11-Dec. 6: Senior Student Art Exhibit

Senior Department of Art students at Minnesota State Mankato will display their art on campus at Conkling Gallery in two separate fall semester shows, the first from Monday, Nov. 11 through Tuesday, Nov. 19 and the second from Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 6.

All artwork will be on display at 139 Nelson Hall, the Conkling Gallery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings as coverage permits.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412.

An opening reception for the first show will be held Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery.

Students displaying their art in the first show include Shveta Agarwal, Oscar Avila Gallardo, Kristen Brown, Sarah Dhein, Kevin Gaskins, Joshua Guth, Katelyn Schaaf, Autumn White and Michael Williams.

An opening reception for the second show wil be held Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in Conkling Gallery.

Students displaying their art in the second show include Andy Anderson, Cheyenna Bjorklund, Savannah Davila, Katelyn Dick, Emily Gehler, Samantha Kary, Erika Sheflet and Elyse White.

Nov. 12: Health for Heroes

Departments in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing will be providing a variety of free services to active, reserve and retired members of the military during a “Health for Heroes” event Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 1-8 p.m. in the Clinical Sciences Building.

Services include:

  • Free hearing screenings and brain injury resources. No appointment necessary. Provided by the Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation and School of Nursing.
  • Free nutrition resources. No appointment necessary. Provided by the Department of Family Consumer Science.
  • Free multiple health-related resources. No appointment necessary. Provided by the Department of Health Science.
  • Free dental cleanings, dental exams, X-rays and fluoride treatments from 1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Appointment is required. Call 507-389-2147 to schedule an appointment.

For more information, contact Casey Fredrickson, clinic manager, by email at or by email at 507-389-2145.

Nov. 14: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota State Mankato will host poet and non-fiction writer Paisley Rekdal (pictured) Nov. 14 as the fourth writer 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 Thursday, Nov. 14, when Rekdal will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato.

Rekdal will 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 Rekdal reading from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Real-time captioning is provided.

Rekdal is Poet Laureate of Utah. She is the author of three books of nonfiction, including “The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam”; “Intimate: An American Family Photo Album”; and “The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee”; and six books of poetry: “Nightingale”; “Imaginary Vessels,” finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award; “Animal Eye,” finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope”; “Six Girls Without Pants”; “A Crash of Rhinos. Appropriate: A Provocation,” a book-length essay examining cultural appropriation, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She teaches at the University of Utah.

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

Nov. 14: Aging Studies Faculty Lecture

Minnesota State Mankato’s Aging Studies Program is hosting a faculty lecture Thursday, Nov. 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

The event will feature a talk by Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Kristen Abbott-Anderson and H. Sheen Chiou that is titled “Making Meaning Through Connection for People with Dementia: Creating EngAGEment.”

In their talk, Abbott-Anderson and Chiou will discuss their community-based research on social programming for older adults with dementia.

For more information, contact Aaron Hoy, assistant professor of sociology and acting director of aging studies, by phone at 507-389-1038 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato’s Aging Studies Program is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

According to the program’s Web page, “Minnesota State Mankato’s innovative Aging Studies program prepares students to have a meaningful impact on society by supporting individuals as they age. Our program encompasses the biological, social and psychological aspects of aging, providing students with a broad and versatile background with which to serve older adults. We encourage our students to customize their coursework based on their personal career goals, and we help them find real-world learning opportunities to ensure that they reach those goals.”

Nov. 16: Singer/Songwriter Joyann Parker

Singer-songwriter Joyann Parker (pictured) performs Saturday, Nov. 16 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato. The Kit Kildahl Group will open the show with a set starting at 7:30 p.m.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Joyann Parker is the best Twin Cities female singer you’ve never heard. There’s pain in Parker’s heart – and in just about every song she writes and sings. And, onstage, the grimace on her face, the clenched fists and the ache in her roar let her listeners know that she knows hurt...whatever she plays, Parker owns it. She’s a powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals. The Pasadena Weekly writes, “Parker is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, self-producing, self-aware powerhouse, but the driving force is unquestionably her voice – a formidable instrument she wields with soul and taste.”

Joyann Parker has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country, frequently sells out some of the most prestigious clubs in the Midwest and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, “Hard To Love,” including features in DownBeat and Living Blues Magazine.

Concert admission is $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Tickets are available at Hooligans or online at For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

Nov. 17: University Percussion Ensembles

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music presents the University Percussion Ensembles appearing on stage Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. Michael Thursby, director of athletic bands, directs the ensembles.

The University percussion ensemble performs with an extensive array of instruments, including traditional drums, xylophones, marimbas, steel drums, cymbals and world music percussion instruments. The concert features an eclectic mix of musical styles including traditional classical works, contemporary pieces and world music. The program will include several soloists and ensemble pieces.

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

Nov. 18: CHINA Town Hall

On Monday, Nov. 18, the Minnesota State Mankato College of Business is hosting a national webcast and live presentation on U.S.-China relations. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (located at the former Hubbard Building in Old Town Mankato). Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

This is the 13th annual national webcast discussion, “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” and this year’s event will be moderated by George Stephanopoulos.

Following the live webcast from 5-6 p.m., there will be a local panel presentation from 6-7 p.m. that includes Denny Dotson, chair of Dotson Iron Castings and the U.S. Representative to the World Foundry Organization; and Dave Preisler, CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and the Minnesota Pork Board.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required due to limited space. RSVP here. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres wil be served.

This is the 13th annual national webcast discussion, “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.” 

Nov. 19: Red Cross Blood Drive

Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Minnesota State Mankato Centennial Student Union North Ballroom.

Appointments may be made by calling 507-389-1211 or donors may make an appointment by going online at and entering sponsor code MSUUPWARD.

Walk-ins are always welcome. Organizers of the event encourage donations, as blood supplies are low at this time.

Student News

Senior Alex Goettl, a member of the Maverick football team, has been named as one of the 12 finalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda, as announced Oct. 30 by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. Goettl is one of 12 finalists for the award and the only Division II finalist. Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 10, where their accomplishments will be highlighted. Click here for more.

Community Health Education student Cecelia Shaefer was named “MVP Student Advocate” at the Oct. 15-17 Tobacco Free Generation College Grantee workshop in Atlanta. Schaefer and Mary Kramer, grant recipient and assistant professor in Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Health Science, showcased their preliminary research, “Using ART to AMPLIFY Student Voices: Art as Advocacy, Education and Expression,” at the Second Annual Conference of the Minnesota Society for Public Health Education Oct. 24 in St. Peter, Minnesota. Community Health Education student Kayla Erickson also presented her research poster, “Photovoice As A Lens For University Tobacco Policy Change,” at the Oct. 24 conference.

Industrial-organizational psychology faculty recently accompanied a group of students to the Oct. 21-25 DevLearn conference in Las Vegas. Several students (Sarah Mason, Jack Wychor, Hannah Tilstra, Juan Marin and Trevor Frey) entered the annual DevLearn competition, which showcases innovations in training.  Wychor and faculty member Andi Lassiter, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, took home the prize for “Best Innovation in Simulations,” despite competing against many professionals in the field who have more available resources.

Faculty/Staff News

Brooke Burk, assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, has been appointed as the new director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State Mankato.

Toni Raimann was recently named assistant director of printing services. She begins her duties Nov. 6.

A book co-edited by Sarah Henderson Lee, associate professor and director of second language writing in the Department of English, was published in October by Channel View Publications Ltd. The title of the book is “Second Language Writing Instruction in Global Contexts.” More information about the book is available here.

Oksana Kim, associate professor of accounting in the College of Business, was selected by the American Accounting Association (AAA) to be a new paper chair of the Midwest section of AAA for the next four years. Kim will be responsible, among other leadership tasks, for coordinating submissions, reviews, moderations, choosing discussants, and assisting with the program for the AAA Midwest conference (October each year) program.

Thad Shunkwiler, assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, had a “My View” commentary about vaping published in the Sunday, Oct. 20 edition of the Mankato Free Press. 

Kristi Rendahl, assistant professor and director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Minnesota State Mankato, recently had a commentary published in the Star Tribune. The headline of the commentary piece was “Counterpoint: Nonprofits, valuing diversity? Great, but what are they actually doing?”

Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities, was featured in a Sept. 5 article in the Mankato Free Press. In addition, Wilkins was selected for the Sower Gallery’s exhibition “Windows to the Soul” in Chaska, Minnesota; the exhibition is a faith-based juried gallery show celebrating the diversity of faiths and religions throughout the world. His piece, “Wizard’s Absolution,” was selected. The artist reception is Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.; the show will run Nov. 9 to Jan. 25.

Jae Min Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science, was recently highlighted in a piece about first credit cards.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Ten faculty members have completed the Writing Fellows Program, the signature Writing Across the Curriculum faculty development program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Faculty members dedicated six weeks to strengthening a writing component in a course that they teach. They then shared their accomplishments through an on-campus presentation and a capstone project.

Fall 2019 graduates of the Writing Fellows Program are Dawn Castagno-Dysart, Elementary and Literacy Education; Ashley Flitter, English; Jaclyn Heim, English; Elizabeth Pluskwik, Integrated Engineering; Jane Prestebak, K-12 and Secondary Programs; Barbara Dahlen, Nursing; Carol Glasser, Sociology and Corrections; Amelia Pridemore, Political Science; John Reed, Criminal Justice; and Jennifer Zdroik, Human Performance.

Department News

Minnesota State Mankato and Lake Superior College jointly announced Nov. 1 that they have finalized an articulation agreement that will enable a smooth transition for aviation students to complete degree programs at each institution. The articulation agreement is designed to promote student completion of the “Associate of Applied Science in Professional Pilot” degree program at Lake Superior College and then provide a seamless transfer for those students to Minnesota State Mankato’s “Bachelor of Science in Aviation” degree program. A news release is available here.

The University’s Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Harold J. Fitterer Service Award and Young Alumni Award to three alumni at a Saturday, Nov. 2 program on campus. Honorees included current faculty member Stephen E. Wilcox ('82) as well as alumni Jessica Davis ('01) and Brett Anderson ('11). A news release is available here.

A recent MinnPost article on PolyMet and Twin Metals mentioned Minnesota State Mankato's Iron Range Engineering Program.

Minnesota State Mankato's Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program earned a spot on the top 10 most affordable, top-ranked I-O programs in the U.S.  

The Oct. 25, 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.

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.

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