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April 7: College of Allied Health and Nursing Hosts Community Fair

Event will feature free health assessments, family activities for all ages.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-28-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – As part of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 18-month sesquicentennial celebration, the University’s College of Allied Health and Nursing will hold a Community Fair on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University’s Clinical Sciences Building, located at 150 South Road.

The Community Fair is celebrating “150 years of healthy, wealthy and wise” at the University and is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome. Free parking is available in University Lot 20, located on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street.

The Community Fair will include prize drawings and snacks throughout the day. Fun and educational activities from each school and department in the College of Allied Health and Nursing will include:

  • Communications Disorders will conduct speech and hearing screenings.
  • Health Science will hold its version of a “drinko plinko” game, and also hold stress relief and CPR demonstrations.
  • Human Performance will showcase adaptive physical education as well as the department’s anatomize table.
  • Nursing will provide free blood pressure and weight checks as well as check-ups for teddy bears.
  • A dietician from Family Consumer Science will conduct a snack activity.
  • Recreation, Parks & Leisure will hold a “grow your own plant” activity in addition to a bean bag toss and Farkle game.
  • Dental Hygiene will demonstrate mannequin dental simulations.
  • Community members can tour the Clinical Sciences Building.

More information about the Community Fair is available online. Those with questions may contact Brooke Burk, assistant professor in the College of Allied Health and Nursing’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, by phone at 507-389-5930 or by email at

Students in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services are organizing and planning the College’s Community Fair as part of their course on recreation program planning.

Kristine Retherford, who has been dean of the College since August 2012, leads Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing.

The College includes one school, the School of Nursing, and six academic departments – Dental Hygiene; Family Consumer Science; Health Science; Human Performance; Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services; and Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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