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Mav Connections, Project Maverick Programs Honored

Programs receive MnSCU awards.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-5-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Two Minnesota State University, Mankato programs were honored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office during MnSCU’s annual joint meeting of chief academic and student affairs officers – college and university deans, held May 30-31 at Normandale Community College.

Innovative Student Affairs Program Award

Minnesota State Mankato’s “Mav Connections: An Academic and Student Affairs Safety Net for Struggling Students” was one of just two programs within MnSCU to receive an Innovative Student Affairs Program Award.

Mav Connections is a cross-divisional initiative led by the Division of Student Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato that assists students with unmet academic, emotional, or psychological needs. The goal is to identify students with difficulties and intervene well before students are at risk for academic failure or behavioral dismissal from the university. Key components include the Behavioral Consultation Team, MavCares Early Alert System, Residential Life programming, faculty/staff resource guides, and a proactive Office of Student Conduct.

For more information on the Mav Connections program, please contact Mary Dowd, Minnesota State Mankato director of student conduct, by phone at 507-389-2121 or by email at

Project Maverick

Minnesota State Mankato’s “Project Maverick” was one of just four programs within MnSCU to receive an Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award.

Pictured in the photo at right are (seated from left to right): Martin Hebig (president of Maverick Software Consulting), Michael Wells (professor of computer information science at MInnesota State Mankato and Project Maverick director) and Chuck Sherwood (vice president of Maverick Software Consulting). Standing are (left to right): Douglas Knowlton (MnSCU vice chancellor), Scott Hanson (Thomson Reuters manager of technology), Brian Martensen (interim dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Science, Engineering, & Technology), Linda Baer (Minnesota State Mankato's interim vice president of Academic Affairs), Brett Anderson (MnSCU trustee).

Project Maverick is a collaborative effort between Minnesota State Mankato, Maverick Software Consulting (MSC), and Thomson Reuters Corporation. Students work on real-world software development and software testing projects. Project specifications originate from Thomson Reuters’ information systems staff, and a variety of platforms are used to complete them under the guidance of Maverick Software Consulting’s vice president of software testing. Work schedules are flexible, and school is still the students’ highest priority. Project Maverick may be used to satisfy a student’s internship requirement.

More information on Project Maverick is available here.

For additional information on Project Maverick, please contact Mike Wells, professor in the Computer Information Science Department and the Project Maverick director, by phone at 507-389-6659 or by email at

Academic and Student Affairs awards are presented by MnSCU to recognize innovation in partnership and collaboration, innovative programs, and excellence in programming.

Doug Knowlton, MnSCU vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, said: “The MnSCU Strategic Framework calls for our colleges and universities to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans, and that requires innovation and excellence in everything we do - from the classroom throughout every service we provide for our students. Although tremendous work is going on at every one of the 31 MnSCU colleges and universities, I am especially pleased to recognize the distinguished examples being honored today.”

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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