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Minnesota State Mankato Foundation to Present Three Awards at Annual Purple and Gold Gala

Event to be held Friday, Sept. 26.

2014-09-25
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-25-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation will present three awards on Friday, Sept. 26 at the 20th annual Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Purple and Gold Gala, a black-tie reception and banquet in the University’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom that celebrates the generosity of University friends.

Local Mankato businessman Curt Fisher will be presented with the “Volunteer of the Year” award. Fisher has been involved with the university for many years, serving on the Foundation Board, the College of Business Advisory Board and other committees. He provided support to begin a program of student involvement in the developing country of Belize, making it possible for students from multiple academic programs to do field work in that country.

Enventis and the Enventis Foundation will be presented with the “Corporate Philanthropic Partner of the Year” award in recognition of its longstanding support of the University. That includes an annual gift to underwrite a Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance Mainstage theatre production and scholarships benefitting students in the College of Business and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Enventis (NASDAQ: ENVE) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions including data, cloud and IT services to businesses throughout the upper Midwest. The company also provides residential broadband services in select southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa communities.

Dr. Paul Mittelstadt, a physician who resides in San Diego, Calif., will be presented with the “Philanthropist of the Year” award. The “Philanthropist of the Year” award is given annually to donors whose generosity leads the Foundation in new directions, sets new standards, or shows exceptional passion for the institution and its students. This past year, Mittelstadt announced a very significant bequest to the University to establish the Dr. Paul Mittelstadt LGBT Scholarship program.

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation, chartered in 1958, is the oldest public institution foundation in Minnesota. It enhances the University by providing scholarship support and grants for student research, by supporting faculty professional development, and by helping to build facilities for learning.

More information on Minnesota State Mankato Foundation’s Purple and Gold Gala is available online.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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