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Turning the Pages of 50 Years with Minnesota State University, Mankato Greek Life
A new book celebrating 50 years of Greek life at Minnesota State University, Mankato will go on sale Monday, Sept. 24 at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore in the Centennial Student Union.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 9-17-2012
Mankato, Minn. — A new book celebrating 50 years of Greek life at Minnesota State University, Mankato will go on sale Monday, Sept. 24 at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore in the Centennial Student Union.
The book sells for $20 and is titled “Our Chapters, Celebrating 50 Years of Leadership, Scholarship, Service and Friendship.” It was written by Ashley Portra (pictured right), a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing program at Minnesota State Mankato, who also serves as the graduate advisor for Greek Life.
The book knits together the history of Minnesota State Mankato with the history of the Greek community on campus. The entertaining and insightful narrative takes an in-depth and honest look at Greek Life at Minnesota State Mankato from before the first national chapter was chartered in 1961 through today. The book recognizes historical events and perseverance culminating in 50 years of growth within the Minnesota State Mankato Greek community. It includes well-researched facts, personal accounts of historical events and new, seldom-seen photos.
Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the Greek community in the form of future programming or scholarships. The book can also be ordered for $20 along with $6 for shipping and handling on the Minnesota State Mankato Greek website at: http://www.mnsu.edu/activities/greek/historybook.html.
A large reunion celebrating the Greek community’s history and the release of the book is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 as part of Homecoming activities on campus. The reunion will begin at 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge.
Portra credited the idea for “Our Chapters…” to John Bulcock, assistant director, Greek Life & Off-Campus Housing, who wrote the book’s foreword.
Portra spent a year researching and conducting interviews for the book. She collaborated and pieced together the Greek community’s rich history with the help of the staff in the Minnesota State Mankato library archives. Testimonials and interviews of alumni and former staff members are used in the book to re-create the Greek experience.
The Minnesota State Mankato Greek community is made up of seven fraternities and four sororities and has about 400 members. Greek community members are among the most active students on campus, and they have multiple opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills and experience.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.