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June 09, 2021 Campus Newsletter

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'Some Enchanted Evening' opens this evening

Maddy Morgan and Christian Tesch sing “Don’t Marry Me” in "Some Enchanted Evening."

 Maddy Morgan and Christian Tesch sing “Don’t Marry Me” in "Some Enchanted Evening."

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance continues the 54th season of Highland Summer Theatre with "Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein." The production is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic and Jones Law Office.

This stunning collection of compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting: first 'backstage,' where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then 'onstage,' where the songs are presented to an audience in a glorious parade of hits.

The show runs June 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre at the Earley Center for Performing Arts.. Tickets are $24 regular and $21 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more.

For tickets: The box office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at or call 389-6661.

Big Boned BBQ is back

The annual BBQ demo, sampling, and meal deal featuring alumni-owned Big Boned BBQ returns to campus Thursday, Aug. 5 on the University mall. Pat Nelson, Maverick alum and owner of Charleston, SC-Based Big Boned BBQ will be competing in the city’s Ribfest. While in town he returns to campus for this popular event among faculty and staff.

Maverick Meal Deals will be available for pre-order only and can be ordered at The BBQ demo will start at 11:30 a.m., and meals will be available for pick-up beginning shortly thereafter. Cash or credit card payment may be made at the event.

Meal deals are $7 each, and they include a choice of beef brisket or pulled pork sandwich along with sides of cole slaw and cornbread. Additionally, bottles of Big Boned BBQ's award-winning original sauce and rub will be available for purchase in the pre-order for $6 each. Note: Orders placed won’t be acknowledged until the week before the event. The deadline to place an order is noon on Monday, August 2.

Nominations sought for Volunteer of the Year

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation honors a Volunteer of the Year each year at the Purple & Gold Gala. Nominations are now being accepted of individuals who volunteer their time and talents to support the University. To nominate, send an email with the individual’s name and contact information as well as a brief description of their volunteer work to Michelle Reinhardt at

Matt Cecil discusses his FBI book on podcast

Interim Provost Matt Cecil discusses his book “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate” on the Journalism History podcast, a podcast described as one “that rips out the pages of your history books to reexamine the stories you thought you knew and the ones you were never told.”

Cecil’s book explores how J. Edgar Hoover used the media to manufacture a positive image for the FBI by incorporating public relations as the core of his agency. The podcast is hosted by three professional media historians and heard in 96 countries, Journalism History is available wherever you find podcasts. Transcripts are available at

Expense report reminders and deadlines

Faculty and staff incurring business expenses during the summer are encouraged to submit their expenses in a timely fashion, given IRS requirements. Employee business expenses must be submitted for reimbursement within 60 days after the expense is incurred or the trip ends.

If a request for reimbursement is not submitted within 60 days, the reimbursement becomes taxable income to the employee.

Consequently, federal, state, FICA and Medicare withholding taxes must be taken from the reimbursement and submitted to the IRS. The withholding taxes can add up to nearly 40 percent of one’s reimbursement request.

“It is always best to submit your employee expense reports as soon as your business trip is completed,” said University travel claims clerk Tami Liebl. “Additionally, if an employee does not plan to return to Mankato after their trip is completed, they should submit their expense reports in the mail so that they can show compliance with the 60 day submission requirement.”

For questions on travel or business expense reimbursements, contact Liebl at 389-5006 or view the University’s travel site.

Additionally, completed employee expense reports for business expenses incurred in FY21 (7/1/20 – 6/30/21) must be received in the Business Office by July 7, 2021.

To comply with MMB regulations, expense reports for expenses incurred in FY21 received after July 7th require a written explanation which must be approved by the division head before the expenses can be reimbursed.

These expenses will be posted to FY22. This applies not only to travel, but any reimbursement that would be listed under “Other Expenses” on an Employee Expense Report; i.e. supplies, copies, software, tuition, etc.

A trip which begins in June and extends into July is charged to the fiscal year which has the most days of travel. For example, travel which begins June 28, 2021, and ends July 9, 2021, would get charged to FY22.

All FY21 business expense entries of any kind, additions, updates, advance settlements, and expense transfers must be completed by Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Faculty news

Elizabeth Sandell, professor of human relations, published “Films Related to Cultural Competence” in OER Commons, a public digital library of open educational resources.

Lisa Vasquez, assistant professor of elementary education, had an article titled [PDF] “Enhancing the Role of Field Experience Supervisors: Toward Multicultural Equity in a Teacher Preparation Program” (374 KiB) published in the International Journal of Multiculturalism.


Emerita Mary Probst, who worked in the Human Resource Department for 27 years as a human resources specialist, died May 13. A full obituary is here.

Barbara Dahlen, a school of nursing faculty member, died Friday, May 7. Dahlen had been employed with Minnesota State University, Mankato since August, 2013. A full obituary is here.

Emeriti Jason Kesler, a professor of economics and for 19 years before retiring in 1999, died Monday, May 3. A full obituary is here.

Nancy Burger, a general maintenance worker at the University for eight years until retiring in 1998, died Sunday, May 9. A full obituary is here.


Online TODAY Magazine

Minnesota State Mankato’s award-winning TODAY magazine at features stories of how the University impacts lives through the work of alumni and the ongoing energy and big ideas on campus.

TODAY is an entertaining and informative connection to the University. The print edition is mailed to more than 100,000 alumni and friends. And it welcomes story ideas.

Contact editor Joe Tougas at 507-389-1369 or at to share ideas.

Newsletter contact

Do you have faculty, staff, student or departmental news for the campus newsletter? Send news items to Joe Tougas at

The newsletter is published every other Wednesday during the academic year (except during scheduled break weeks) and monthly during the summer. The next newsletter will be published Wednesday, July 14. The deadline for that newsletter will be the previous Friday (July 9.)

News can also be submitted to the University’s official Campus Events Calendar by sending an email to Shirley Piepho at