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Oct. 3: New University Plaque to be Unveiled

"Re-dedication" ceremony set for 2 p.m. on north side of Wigley Administration Center. Two additional dedication ceremonies to follow.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-2-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – As part of its Sesquicentennial Week celebration, Minnesota State University, Mankato will unveil a new University plaque during a “re-dedication” ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 outside near the north entrance of Wigley Administration Center.

The new plaque, which will show the year of the University’s founding to be 1868, is attached over a stone-carved plaque (pictured) embedded in the building’s brick exterior that incorrectly shows the year of the University’s founding to be 1867.

The “re-dedication” ceremony, free and open to the public, will include a short program:

  • Welcome and 150th information – Paul Hustoles, professor and chair of Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Information about old plaque and why we are replacing it – Daardi Sizemore Mixon, interim dean of library services
  • Unveiling and comments – President Richard Davenport
  • Wrap-up and invitation to 3 p.m. sculpture dedication – Paul Hustoles

Following the unveiling and “re-dedication” of the Wigley Administration Center plaque, a ceremony – free and open to the public – will be held at 3 p.m. to dedicate the “Toward Tomorrow” sculpture by Thomas Riefe outside the Clinical Sciences Building (located along Warren Street).

At 6:30 p.m., a Ted Paul Theatre renovation dedication ceremony will be held in the Earley Center for Performing Arts. An invitation-only performance of “The Music Man” will follow the theatre dedication.

For more information about the dedication about the Ted Paul Theatre renovation dedication ceremony, contact Paul Hustoles by phone at 507-389-2118 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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