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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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March 18, 2020 Campus Newsletter

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Minnesota State University, Mankato has launched a Web page intended to provide the latest information on COVID-19 to all members of the campus community.

The page includes FAQs, messages from campus and system office leaders, a link to submit questions and much more.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS: To limit the spread of COVID-19, most events and gatherings on campus have been cancelled, postponed or changed to an alternative format.

Among the cancellations is a March 26 “Open House” information session to discuss a new proposed future home for the College of Business, a campus welcome center and career center. Contact Paul Corcoran, assistant vice president in facilities management, for more information about that event cancellation. Corcoran can be reached by phone at 507-389-6802 or by email at

A complete list of submitted cancellations or postponed events is available here. To be added to the list, please submit your cancellation or postponement to

For information on scheduled events not listed as a cancellation, please contact individual departments. Some events have been moved online or may be moved online.

National Association of Campus Activities Awards

The Centennial Student Union and Student Activities attended the National Association of Campus Activities conference in Denver, Colorado, from Feb. 22-25.

At the conference, Minnesota State Mankato's Student Activities office hosted two educational roundtables on parades and spirit programs.

The office also won three awards at the conference. All items were designed by Centennial Student Union graphic designers.

Those awards were:

  • Outstanding Promotional Apparel – 2019 Homecoming T-shirt (pictured), designed by Tori Roth.
  • Outstanding Promotional Campaign (Non-Print) – 2019 Films Case Decorations
  • Outstanding Organizational Branding – Student Events Team Brand

For more information, contact Bill Tourville, assistant director of campus programs, at 507-389-6076.

Microsoft March

IT Solutions announced that during March it is providing a variety of helpful resources, to  include help articles and training webinars. More information is available on the IT Solutions website, Facebook and Twitter.

Office 365 Training Webinars: Past webinars are available online, including topics like Intro to Office 365, OneDrive, and OneNote.

Microsoft Teams: Thursday, March 19, 10 – 11 a.m., presented by Bryan Johnson, solutions architect. Co-hosted by Steve Rodman, solutions architect. This session will provide instruction on how to create teams, work together with teammates for enhanced productivity, collaborate on documents and more. Register here.

Apps You Have, But Haven’t Heard Of: Wednesday, March 25, 2 – 3 p.m., presented by Mitch Wallerstedt, chief operations officer. This session will provide information on powerful apps that are accessible through Office 365, including Sway, Forms, To Do, Bookings, and more. Register here.

Maverick Diversity Institute

The Maverick Diversity Institute, a workshop series hosted by Diversity & Inclusion, is offering a variety of upcoming challenging and unique workshops and programs for faculty and staff this spring that will help participants become a diversity certified expert on inclusivity, access and equity in the workplace and classroom environment. (NOTE: These workshops have shifted to online sessions. Click here to find out dates and times of the sessions.)

Those who participate in 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.

Spring 2020 sessions include (dates and times are to be determined):

  • “Forging a New Path: Identity Development for First-Generation College Students,” Alex J. Lucier, graduate assistant, American Indian Affairs
  • “Bridge to Benefits,” Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director, Women's Center
  • “SNAP Advocacy Training,” Tina Englad, SNAP outreach specialist
  • “Microaggressions,” Kenneth Reid, director of African American Affairs, and Rosalin Cobb, interim recruitment & retention advisor

For more information or to register for these sessions, please visit:

A student track is also offered. Those with questions may contact Megan Heutmaker at or 507-389-5230.

Handball Success

The Minnesota State Mankato combined men’s and women’s handball teams finished as runner-up to Missouri State University at the 2020 United States Handball Association’s national collegiate handball tournament, held Feb. 19-23 at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Maverick women’s team finished runner-up in the nation to Missouri State University, while the men’s team finished fifth in the tournament.

Team members in the photo include: front row (left to right) – Justin Klein, Michael Gaulton, Jake Johnson, Tom Klapperich, Matt Bartholomew, Sam Ure, and Matt Johnson; Second row (left to right) – coach John Stoffel, Crystal Theobald, Paige Kennedy, Claire Hagstrom, Kendra Kaupa, Ciana Ni Churraoin, Molly Hlebichuk, Alexis Anderson; Back row (left to right) – Joelle Anderson, Andrew Christiansen, Maddie Kennedy, Andrew Unick, coach Mike Wells.

A complete news release is available here.

Handball is one of the sport clubs offered through the University’s Office of Campus Recreation.

Census Assistance from Student Senate, Library Services

During March and April of this year, Student Senate and Library Services at Minnesota State Mankato are collaborating to provide 2020 Census assistance to students, faculty and staff to encourage a complete count at the University.

Student News

Senior Michelle Rotter and junior Kassidy Steinbach, students in the Family Consumer Science Education Program, were awarded academic scholarships at the annual Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS) Conference held Feb. 6-7 at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota. Jill Conlon, a Minnesota State Mankato faculty member faculty, presided over the conference as the 2019-2020 president of MAFCS. Several students from the FCS department attended the conference.

Faculty/Staff News

Eleven 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. Spring 2020 graduates of the Writing Fellows Program are Justin Biel, history; Sue Burum, criminal justice; Kristie Campana, psychology; Alisa Eimen, art; Russell Fricano, urban and regional studies; Rachael Hanel, mass media; Lori Hood-Hiller, English; Jessica Jones, speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services; Connie O'Brien, accounting and business law; Claudia Pragman, management; and Lu Wendy Yan, ethnic studies.

Gregory T. Wilkins, associate director of the Centennial Student Union & Student Activities, has a solo art exhibition, “Here & Now,” on display at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. The show opened Feb. 28 and runs through April 5. Facility open hours have been shortened.

Sun Kyeong Yu, professor in the Department of Philosophy, published her essay, “The Buddhist idea of Transmigration from the Bioscientific Perspective,” in a Korean-language Buddhist magazine, Buddhism and Culture. Yu’s essay appeared in its March issue.

Department News

The Mavericks for Clean Air Task Force shared the results from a recent [PDF] employee tobacco survey (274 KiB). The task force invites the campus community to visit the interactive display of the results of two studies in the Memorial Library lobby from March 16-27. The task force also asked campus community members, as part of the University's policy review process, to read and submit comments on the University's tobacco-free policy.

RASP Spotlight: The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has published its list of faculty and staff who made external funding submissions and received awards during the month of February 2020. More information is available on the RASP website.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences published its March 2020 Good News.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Minnesota State University, Mankato announced the following about “Documented Consent and Qualtrics”: Those needing to obtain documented (signed consent forms) consent from folks at a distance, Qualtrics can be set up to obtain signatures on a consent form. See information in this “Qualtrics” link.

For the latest news on Maverick Athletics, visit

School Psychology Doctoral Program Presentations

Minnesota State Mankato's School Psychology Doctoral Program conducted 13 presentations at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, which was held Feb. 18-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. Presentations are listed below (doctoral students noted with asterisks). For more information, contact Chip Panahon, professor and program director, at 507-389-2815.

  • Jeff Brown and colleagues from Cleveland State University, Winston-Salem State University, City University of New York, and Montclair State University presented a paper titled “School Psychologists' Experiences of Responding to Discrimination in Schools.”
  • Kennedi Alstead*, Alex Panahon and Chip Panahon presented a paper titled “Effectiveness of Tootling for a Student With Autism.”
  • Shawna Petersen-Brown, Megan Johnson*, Maggie West*, Jennifer Nelson*, Julie Bowen* and Ashlee Lundberg* presented a paper titled “An Evaluation of the Evidence Base for Repeated Reading.”
  • Shawna Petersen-Brown, Ashlee Lundberg*, Iwalani Dela Paz*, Elizabeth Kinsey Hawley* and Caitlin Moen* presented a paper titled “Building and Applying the Evidence Base for Spelling Interventions.”
  • Collin Seifert*, Jeff Brown, Chip Panahon, Kierstin Keller* and Ariana Groen* presented a poster titled “Can Cyberbullying Lead to the Development of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.”
  • Rachel Burlet (alumna) and Chip Panahon presented a poster titled “Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention: Perspectives of School Psychologists and Counselors.”
  • Abbey Linderholm*, Dan Houlihan, Chip Panahon and alumna Rachel Youngblom presented a poster titled “Teacher Perceptions of Social Media and Cyberbullying in Belize.”
  • Chip Panahon, Madeline Cordle*, Alex Panahon and Shawna Petersen-Brown presented a paper titled “An Investigation on How Choice Affects Elementary Students Writing Productivity.”
  • Rachel Youngblom (alumna), Dan Houlihan, Chip Panahon and Abbey Linderholm* presented a poster titled “Problems Associated with Social Media Use in Belize Youth.”
  • Julie Bowen*, Ashley Williamson* and Jeff Brown presented a practitioners conversation titled “Exploration of Professional Identities and Roles on Multidisciplinary Teams.”
  • Haley Peterson*, Austin Rogers* and Jeff Brown presented a practitioners conversation titled “Moving Towards Cultural Integration for Immigrant Student Success.”
  • Megan Johnson*, Chip Panahon and Shawna Petersen-Brown presented a paper titled “Investigating Ways to Choose Evidence-Based Educational Apps.”
  • Emily Fischer* presented a poster titled “College Student's Perceptions of the Effects of Sugar on Hyperactivity.”

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.


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