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Scott Fee Named Pathfinder Award Recipient

Fee honored by Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release

Mankato, Minn. – The Greater Mankato Diversity Council recently announced that Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Scott Fee was named winner of the Pathfinder Award.

The Council annually honors individuals and organizations that “in the spirit of (Martin Luther King Jr.) are initiators or action takers in the struggle for equal treatment, human rights and nonviolence.”

Fee is an associate professor of construction management at Minnesota State Mankato.

According to a Greater Mankato Diversity Council press release, Fee has visited South Africa 10 times since 2006 – as a study abroad coordinator, as a conference attendee, as a founding instructor for Eden Campus, and as a visiting professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He has built relationships and partnerships both personally and professionally with South African individuals and institutions to enhance the lives of African and Mankato citizens.

Fee, along with winners of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council’s Young Pathfinder Award and Business Pathfinder Award, will be honored at the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at Halling Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Minnesota State Mankato.

Schedule of Events
5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and Social
6:15 p.m. Presentation of awards and scholarships
6:30 p.m. Entertainment: African Drum Troupe
6:40 p.m. Keynote Speaker: David Nichols, Presidential Historian and Author

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at: Minnesota State University, Mankato, Office of Institutional Diversity, Morris Hall #265 (389-6125), Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., 1961 Premier Drive, Suite 100 (385-6640), Greater Mankato Diversity Council, 10 Civic Center Plaza (385-6653), South Central College Bookstore, 1920 Lee Blvd (389-7221) or The Coffee Hag, 329 N. Riverfront Dr. (387-5533.) Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

According to the Greater Mankato Growth Council press release, Fee’s adventures began when he spent a year abroad as a Rotary Exchange student in Australian in 1986 and met South African Steve Carver. Carver and Fee kept in contact via mail and email, and 20 years later, Carver invited Fee to work with him on a new project – Eden Campus, South Africa’s first green business school. Eden Campus serves rural South African youth. It teaches students entrepreneurship and the curriculum engages students in business startup ventures. This curriculum, which Fee helped develop, aims to bring sustainable wealth to the students’ villages as they leave with learned skills. The vision is that these businesses will bring sustainable wealth and opportunity, helping develop a much needed South African middle class.

In 2008 and 2009, Fee worked to initiate Memorandums of Understanding between Minnesota State Mankato and Eden Campus. He took a group of construction management and industrial-organizational psychology students in May 2008 and construction management and business students in 2009. Both trips included service-learning components for the students.

In 2010, Fee taught for six months as a visiting professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth in the NMMU’s large School of the Built Environment that offers construction management degrees from baccalaureate to doctorate levels.

In January 2012, Fee returned to South Africa with a group from Minnesota State Mankato that included representatives from administration, the Department of Social Work, and the Office of International Programs. They visited Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Eden Campus and University of Fort Hare. The goal of the visit, as with all of Fee’s efforts over the years, was to enhance relationships that will build deeper partnerships for international exchange and research.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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