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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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April 1, 2020 Campus Newsletter

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2020 Census Information



Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the country, including college students. Students' response to the 2020 Census will help impact funding for programs like Pell Grants and health care services.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There are three options for responding: online, by phone or by mail.

Census enumerators will come to the doors of households that have not submitted a 2020 Census form. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to share responses in any way that could identify an individual or their household.

Responding is easy for students:

  • If you live in off-campus housing that is not owned, leased, or managed by your college or university, such as a private house that you share with other students or a privately owned apartment, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail beginning in mid-March 2020. You should count yourself at your off-campus address, even if you spend time somewhere else during school breaks.
  • If you live in on-campus student housing like residence halls, off-campus residence halls or other student housing facilities that are owned, leased, or managed by your college or university, U.S. Census Bureau employees will work with representatives from your building to ensure that you are counted.
  • If you are an international student, the same rules apply.

For more information about the 2020 Census go to the Minnesota State University, Mankato: 2020 Census library guide at

To get help filling out the census visit the Ask a Librarian service at Minnesota State Mankato that is available at:

For additional information, contact Evan Rusch at 507-389-2460 or, or contact Monika Antonelli at 507-389-2507 or

COVID-19 Information

Minnesota State 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.

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.

IT Solutions Updates

IT Solutions announced that faculty and staff can stay up to date with the latest IT resources during COVID-19 by checking the Keep Teaching, Keep Working and Keep Learning Web pages – they are updated frequently as new resources become available. More tips are available on Facebook and Twitter.

IT Solutions announced that a limited supply of laptops are available for students to check out free for the remainder of the spring semester.

A student technology access hotline is available by calling 507-389-2424.

In-person support at the IT Solutions Center is temporarily closed, but virtual help is available:

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.

Faculty/Staff News

Claudia Pragman, professor of management in the College of Business, was recently interviewed on KMSU radio about supply and demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrick Tebbe, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, was appoined to a three-year term as director of the Undergraduate Research Center. 

Department 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

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, April 15. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (April 10).

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