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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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April 22, 2020 Campus Newsletter

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Campus MavCares


As Minnesota State University, Mankato navigates today’s unprecedented challenges, many campus community members have asked what they can do to support the students adversely impacted by current situations.

There are multiple ways to help.

The University Advancement division has launched a special campus MavCares emergency grant campaign to ask members of the campus community help raise additional support for students by the end of April. The giving page is available online. For more information, contact Jenn Moore at

The new MavCares giving page has been set up to encourage the campus community help students through the remainder of the spring semester with emergency food, rent, and personal supplies, and to remind the student body that they are part of something larger — the #MavFam.

There is also an opportunity to help students beyond this spring by contributing to fall semester scholarships through the University's general scholarship fund.

According to University Advancement, 70 percent of Minnesota State Mankato students work during the school year to help pay for their education; the financial challenges students are facing right now due to lost employment or work-study are severe and could end the dream of attending college for some.

More information on how to give is available here.

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.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the University’s Violence and Awareness Response Program is holding various virtual activities throughout the month.

One of the activities is the Clothesline Project, which encourages victims and survivors to shares their stories.

According to a description of the project from the Violence and Awareness Response Program, sexual and relationship violence is hard to talk about and often feels very isolating.

The Clothesline Project started as a way for survivors/victims to share their stories to demonstrate it isn’t “airing your dirty laundry” to talk about violence and to show solidarity to one another.

Rather than writing stories on shirts and displaying in person, the Violence and Awareness Response Program asked survivors/victims to share their story in a digital way (without using identifying information or names on images or narratives). Stories will be collected and posted them to Facebook and Instagram on Thursday, April 23 during the virtual Take Back the Night and Clothesline Project.

Other events during the month include:

  • April 15: Conversation Circle on Facebook
  • April 20: COVID-19 and Abuse & Resources Infographics released
  • April 21: "Starting to Feel Better" podcast released
  • April 22: Virtual Violence Free Zone Training
  • April 23: Virtual Take Back the Night and Clothesline Project
  • April 24: Virtual Take Back the Night performances
  • April 29: Denim Day

For confidential advocacy or to learn about the reporting process, please contact

IT Solutions Updates

IT Solutions announced that there has been an uptick in phishing and scams surrounding COVID-19. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the situation to trick unsuspecting victims.

 A variety of resources to aid in cyber security awareness include a CyberAware website and Cybersecurity news

In addition, a new CyberAware podcast is coming soon. The podcast hosts are students Raj Manandhar and Sherwin Bothello. The podcast will explore the basics of cybersecurity, highlight relevant security news, share insights from special guests and more.

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.

Online Event Series for Students

The Student Events Team has developed an online series of events for the Minnesota State Mankato student body. The series provides opportunities for students to connect with each other and the University during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this time of concern and emphasis on social distancing, we wanted to bring in some positivity to students’ lives,” said Brandon Weideman, a music industry undergraduate student. 

Weideman posts a weekly baking video for students wanting a little treat. The event features recipes that are easy to bake and with few ingredients. Videos are posted every Monday at 11 a.m. on all Students Events Team social media channels.

Tuesdays will feature the #MAVChallenge on social media posted at 10 a.m. The weekly competition encourages Mavericks to post on social media a photo, gif or short video of the weekly challenge. To be eligible, students must post the photo on Instragram or Facebook using the #mavchallenge, tag at least one friend, and @studenteventsteam.

Every Wednesday a first, second, and third-place winner will be announced online.

Thursday nights will feature weekly online trivia. Students can battle each other using the Kahoot trivia platform to win prizes in one of three rounds. Twenty-minute rounds begin at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Students can visit to log onto the Zoom meeting to get the Kahoot code. Students must use their Star ID in their username to be eligible for prizes.

An evening Bingo night series began the week of April 13, and more online events will be announced throughout the remainder of the semester. Visit for more information.

“Even though Mavericks have scattered throughout the state and beyond during this pandemic, we wanted to provide them a way to remain connected with Minnesota State Mankato,” said Bill Tourville, assistant director for student activities.

For more information, please contact Bill Tourville at, or call 507-380-6076.

Student News

Presidential scholarship awards for the fall of 2020 have been awarded to Ainslee Hemmen of Rapid City, S.D.; Matthew Jensen of Bemidji, Minn.; Marielle Ruiz Calanza of Park City, Ill.; Alex Wittwer of Waukesha, Wis.; David Ceaglske of Green Bay, Wis.; Nolan James Beckmann of Lake Crystal, Minn.; and Alison Rutz of North Mankato, Minn.

Seven policy advocacy briefs by master of social work students in the Social Work Policy Practice class have been posted on the department website.

Faculty/Staff News

Daniel Houlihan, director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, and the members of the faculty research committee announced that the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Scholar award recipients are Sheen Chiou (Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services), Karla Lassonde (Department of Psychology), and Jose Javier Lopez (Department of Geography). 

Dale Haefner, a senior adjunct faculty member in music industry studies and director of the University's Performance Series in the Department of Music, received a “Performance Series Support Grant” funded by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund in the amount of $7,000.

Department News

Campus radio station KMSU has been doing updates about COVID-19 updates that are available on the Sound Cloud at KMSU. It includes weekly updates on Minnesota State Mankato's response to the pandemic with Interim Provost Matt Cecil, as well as other stories from students and the community, which have aired on KMSU’s “Minnesota Morning” hosted by Karen Wright. Topics also include scams related to COVID-19, impact on business, mental health during this unprecedented time, domestic violence, long-distance learning and much more.

The April 10, 2020 edition of the Community Engagement newsletter is now available. An email subscription sign-up link is available here.

Library Services announced that while the Memorial Library building may be closed, its online resources are open and available to anyone with a Minnesota State Mankato Star Id and password. Last year Mavericks downloaded over a million book chapters and journal articles at no charge to themselves. Those looking for assistance are invited to contact a specialist in the library. Library liaisons can help from identifying materials for use in classes to creating online tutorials and workshops to assist students navigating and using library resources effectively.

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


Mary Ann Greenwald, an emerita employee who worked in Library Services and retired in 2019, died March 23. An obituary is available here.

Rea Ching Mingeva, an emerita employee who worked in the College of Arts & Humanities for 15 years, died Feb. 22. An obituary is available here.

Andrew Een, an emeritus professor, who began working as an associate professor of education and director of the Wilson Campus School in 1958 at Mankato State College, died April 14. In 1962, Een became associate dean of education, and in 1964, he assumed the dual position of college registrar and director of admissions. Een served as associate academic vice president from 1970-79 and vice provost from 1979-1989. An obituary is available here

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, May 6. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (May 1).

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