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Oct. 10: Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship Dinner

Emily Hutchinson and Nancy Pearson from the Center for Victims of Torture to speak.

2015-10-13
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-5-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Emily Hutchinson and Nancy Pearson from the Center for Victims of Torture, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., will deliver the keynote address “New Tactics in Human Rights,” at the 21st Annual Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

The 5 p.m. reception and 5:45 p.m. dinner are open to the public. Cost of the event is $60 per person ($40 of which is a tax-deductible gift) or $20 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Online registration for this event is available at https://alumni.mnsu.edu/wood.

A silent auction will be conducted during the reception, with proceeds going to the Wood Scholarship Fund. The dinner will honor Minnesota State Mankato’s 2015-16 scholarship winners, Gulmira Fazilova and Jerica Thompson.

According to its website, the Center for Victims of Torture is forging new ways to advance human rights and build a future free from torture. The Center for Victims of Torture launched the New Tactics in Human Rights program in 1999 to address challenging human rights violations, including torture, which require a strategic approach and a broad range of tactics and collaborations. More information is available at www.cvt.org.

The Wood scholarship dinner is an annual fundraising event for the Truman and Reta Wood Community Leadership Scholarship at Minnesota State Mankato.

Wood scholarships, the largest scholarships granted by Minnesota State Mankato's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, are awarded to students who show exceptional community leadership and service, who have a high academic record, whose first major is political science and who have completed a required amount of credit hours. The first Wood Scholarship was awarded in 1992.

The late Dr. Truman David Wood, professor emeritus, taught political science for 30 years at Minnesota State Mankato and encouraged students to get involved in their communities. His wife, Reta Wood, did the same as a local elementary teacher for 25 years. They started their endowment to help students pay for school while being able to work less and volunteer more.

For more information about the Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship dinner, please contact Susan Taylor, director of development for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, by phone at 507-389-1006 or by email at susan.taylor@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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