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Minnesota State Mankato hosts Twin Cities campaign kickoff
The Big Ideas Campaign, currently $59 million toward a $75 million goal, drew legislators, MnSCU trustees, generous donors and special friends to "Purple, Gold & Guthrie" Feb. 8
Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, Twin Cities philanthropists Al and Kathy Lenzmeier, University President Richard Davenport and WCCO's Frank Vascellaro delivered inspiration and gratitude to the legislators, MnSCU trustees, generous donors and special friends of the University who filled the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio Feb. 8 for Minnesota State University, Mankato's first Twin Cities event of The Big Ideas Campaign.
Chancellor Rosenstone praised President Davenport and Minnesota State Mankato for leading the system in "commitment, courage and creativity."
Philanthropist and 1965 graduate Al Lenzmeier reminded guests that Minnesota State Mankato is known for providing hard-working students with a top-quality education. Al and Kathy Lenzmeier's $1 million contribution to The Big Ideas Campaign supports the College of Business Global Solutions Center.
President Davenport shared news of big ideas and great achievements. Students from the Department of Theatre and Dance entertained throughout the evening, including a custom blend of "Climb Every Mountain" and the University Hymn arranged by Department Chair Paul Hustoles.
WCCO anchor Frank Vascellaro, master of ceremonies, announced that the campaign had achieved $59 million toward a $75 million goal -- the largest in MNsCU history.
Vice President for University Advancement Doug Mayo encouraged guests to learn more about Minnesota State Mankato's "big ideas" by talking with Academic Support Advisor Yessica Santana, Sport and Exercise Psychology Professor Cindra Kamphoff and undergraduate chemistry major Curtis Malecha.
President Emerita Margaret Preska with Al and Kathy Lenzmeier.
President Davenport with Mexican Head Consul Ana Luisa Fajer Flores and Interim Dean of Institutional Diversity Henry Morris.
From left, friends of the University Brad and Liz Radichel, alumnus Sam Roy, and Representative Kathy Brynaert (DFL-23B) with St. Paul College Interim Dean of Health and Service Programs Mary Davenport and Minnesota State Mankato President Davenport.
To give to The Big Ideas Campaign or learn more about the transformation $75 million will help Minnesota State Mankato achieve, visit www.mnsu.edu/bigideascampaign.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.