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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fall 2011 TODAY Column

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The Year Ahead
 The start of a new fall semester is always a good time to look around, take stock of our successes and reenergize for the academic year ahead at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This year, as I survey the campus and the people who bring it to life, I’m pleased to report that there is much to be excited about, including the students and alums featured in this issue.
It is so gratifying to see that the spirit of giving has become pervasive at this University, as you will find out when you read the “Global Giving” story that begins on page eight. Our students are initiating projects that touch lives around the world, and they are finding widespread support from the campus community to do so. That’s right in line with the strategic plan we’ve created for Minnesota State Mankato, which is built around being a source of global solutions in all that we do. My thanks and congratulations to the students featured in this issue, and to all the others who are actively engaged in giving as well.
I’m also excited about several new facilities in progress on campus and am eager to share them with all of you.
At this very moment, the Centennial Student Union ballroom is being transformed into a more modern, more high-tech space that will serve as an exceptional venue for gatherings large and small, formal and informal when it opens in October.
Across campus, work is steadily progressing on a new residence hall scheduled to open its doors to students a year from now. Although we know that many alumni will grieve the loss of the Gage Towers when they are decommissioned in 2012, we are excited to upgrade the living experience offered to Minnesota State Mankato students.
Those of you with fond memories of time spent at the Gage Towers may want to visit campus sometime this year and pay your respects to these campus icons in person. The spectacular new entrance to campus, the Ellis-Stadium Road Gateway, was completed this summer and is an inviting addition to our campus. We are quite proud of how it distinguishes our University and welcomes students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.
I hope you will come see the growth and progress for yourself. In fact, I’d like to invite you to do so on October 27, when we celebrate the public kickoff of our Big Ideas Campaign—the first event in our newly renovated ballroom.
The Big Ideas Campaign is based on working together to transform both the University and the world. I believe that everyone who takes part in the public launch will walk away sharing my excitement for the campaign, the campus and all that is ahead of us.
Find out more about the campaign at Thank you for your continued interest in Minnesota State Mankato, and I hope to see you soon.
President Richard Davenport