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2011 was a year of accomplishment

2011: Year of accomplishment at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [12/21/2011]

Minnesota State Mankato announced its biggest fundraising campaign, its biggest enrollment in decades, and its most ambitious global outreach during an accomplishment-filled 2011.

Looking back, here are some of the year’s top Minnesota State Mankato stories:

BIG IDEAS: The university announced its largest-ever fundraising campaign and the biggest campaign among Minnesota state universities – $75 million. Read more at, and

BIG ENROLLMENT: Minnesota State Mankato saw a record number of on-campus students in 2011. It also recorded its highest overall enrollment since the 1990s, its second-largest first-year class, and the largest number of full-time students in the MnSCU system – all in spite of declining high school enrollments. Read more at and

INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE: Minnesota State Mankato is helping China develop its general aviation industry through a new aviation training partnership expected to bring hundreds of Chinese civilian pilots to Mankato. Read more at

THINKING GLOBALLY: Dan Swenson, Sherrise Truesdale-Moore, Chris Corley and many other faculty and students expanded their educational horizons in Siberia, South Africa, Palestine and elsewhere through the university’s growing international pro¬grams. Read more at

ACTING LOCALLY: Fifty-eight acres of prairie and wetland for environmental, natural science and hydrology research was donated by Lime Valley Development Company, Inc. It’s the university’s first environmental research plot, and one of only a handful in the MnSCU system. Read more at, and

NATIONAL STAGE: The Theatre & Dance play “The Odyssey” was one of four selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Read more at

GOING UP: Another suite-style residence hall is under construction, with individual air conditioning and heating, tile floors, sound-resistant walls, loftable beds and dual communications connections. It will be named after President Emerita Margaret R. Preska. Read more at and

TWIN CITIES PERSPECTIVE: Classroom space at the university’s Edina satellite site doubled in 2011. Edina enrollment – currently 2,590 students, most in graduate programs – also is expected to double in the next few years. Read more at and

HIGH-TECH LEARNING: Edina classrooms were augmented with high-definition video conferencing that virtually puts 7700 France students in the same room with instructors and students on the main campus. Read more at

SURROUND VIDEO: Another high-tech space was completed with the $4.5-million Centennial Student Union Ballroom renovation. The ballroom boasts 360-degree video, LED lights keyed to audio and video, and an interactive, high-def video wall. Read more at and

IDEAS THAT WORK: Maverick Software Consulting – an academic-corporate partnership that started at Minnesota State Mankato – won this year’s prestigious Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association. Read more at and

TOP QUARTILE: For the third year Minnesota State Mankato was ranked by Forbes magazine among the nation’s top quartile of four-year public and private colleges and universities. It is the highest-ranking MnSCU institution on the list. Read more at

HIGH INTEREST: More students applied to Minnesota State Mankato than to any other school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system during November’s first-ever National College Application Week. Read more at

REAL-WORLD LEARNING: The first Iron Range Engineering students graduated in December. Iron Range Engineers transfer from two-year programs to complete Minnesota State Mankato courses on the Iron Range. Read more at, or

INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURS: Two Iron Range Engineering students won the Minnesota Cup for innovation in 2011. Matt Hudson and Eric Schaupp received $10,000 for a lightweight, portable power generator that can run on various fuels. Read more at and

DEFYING GRAVITY: Engineering students also built the best concrete canoe in the five-state region last summer, winning the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Midwest concrete canoe competition and placing 17th nationally. Read more at

STUDENT RESEARCH: Chemistry major Kurtis Malecha spent the summer in Germany as part of a prestigious international science fellowship, assisting German chemist Nils Stöbener and testing aquifer samples for Neptunium. Read more at

RENOWNED FACULTY: Dean Emerita Kaye A. Herth was one of 15 researchers inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame because of the worldwide impact of her work. Read more at

WORLD-CLASS: Accounting and finance major Kathleen Ritter was one of 12 students to win the Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Business Scholarship Award, for women students who demonstrate outstanding management potential. Read more at

HIGH-FLYER: Lauren Stelten became the third Minnesota State Mankato women’s pole vaulter to win an NCAA national championship. Read more at

ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Solar thermal walls reduce energy consumption in large buildings by up to 20 percent, according to a study by three faculty researchers. Read more at

FIRST DEGREE: Katelyn Romsa was the first to complete the new counselor education applied doctorate degree program – and the first to earn the degree from a Minnesota state university. Read more at

GIVING BACK: Dozens of children in an impoverished South Africa community got new soccer shoes and T-shirts, thanks to 16 students, faculty member Christine Black-Hughes, and Scheels of Mankato. Read more at

SCHOLARSHIP SOLUTION: Danielle Margaret Krinke found the answer to paying for tuition and studying law enforcement: an Army ROTC scholarship. Read more at

SERVING THE REGION: The Small Business Development Center joined Minnesota State Mankato in 2011, providing more real-world research and internship opportunities for students, and improving services for business and industry. Read more at

ATTRACTING A CROWD: Thousands of non-students visit campus each year, drawn to a vibrant array of theatre, music and dance performances, as well as Vikings Training Camp. Read more at and

NATIONALLY RANKED: For the sixth consecutive year, the MBA program was named one of the nation’s best by The Princeton Review’s 2012 business school guidebook. Read more at

PERSON OF YEAR: Kimberly Greer, dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, was named Corrections Person of the Year by the Minnesota Corrections Association. Read more at

NEW NAME: The performing arts center was dedicated as the Earley Center for the Performing Arts in 2011, after long-time Dean Emerita Jane F. Earley. Read more at

PROUD HERITAGE: The Marian Anderson painting “Journey” – reflecting the heritage of Minnesota State Mankato – was dedicated. Read more at

For more top Minnesota State Mankato news, go to the news archive at and click month by month through 2011.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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