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Founder's Day celebration is Oct. 7
University's 143rd anniversary
Celebrating Founder’s Day with birthday cake, music Oct. 7.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [10-5-11]
Minnesota State University, Mankato will celebrate its Founder’s Day with birthday cake and music on Friday, Oct. 7.
The celebration, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union.
During the event President Richard Davenport will greet students in the student union; the university hymn will be played at noon from Ostrander Student Bell Tower; birthday cake will be available in both Centennial Student Union and the Admissions Office; and purple-and-gold bracelets will be given to students.
Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students. In 1921 the school became Mankato State Teachers College and began offering two- and three-year degrees. In 1939 the first four-year degrees were awarded. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorates were awarded in 2009.
The school became Mankato State College in 1957, with an enrollment of 7,000. It became Mankato State University in 1975, with enrollment of 14,000, and Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998. Today the enrollment is 15,681.
Davenport became the twelfth president of the University on July 1, 2002. Today the faculty, staff and students are devoted to solving problems with big ideas and real-world thinking, and to making life better for people in the state, region and world.