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Convocation, Academic Master Plan Celebration Set for Monday, Aug. 17

President Richard Davenport to give convocation address at 9 a.m. Monday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 8-14-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will welcome faculty back to campus and discuss his vision for the 2015-2016 academic year during the annual president’s convocation address to faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A reception in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom lobby will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells will deliver the provost’s convocation address from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

Later, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a celebration of the publication of the University’s Academic Master Plan in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge, with brief comments beginning at 1:45 p.m.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are welcome to attend Monday’s convocation day events. The president’s address will also be streamed live at:

Fall “move-in day” for students at each of Minnesota State Mankato’s residence communities is Thursday, Aug. 20, when more than 3,000 students will begin moving into on-campus housing at 9 a.m. The first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 24.

More than 4,000 vehicles are expected on campus Aug. 20-21, as students, parents and friends move student belongings into four campus residence hall communities. The university will again provide faculty-staff volunteers to assist with logistics, as well as traffic-control officers to direct the flow of cars.

Drivers to campus are asked to temporarily avoid main access streets such as Stadium Road and Val Imm Drive, and core-campus streets, and to park in remote lots on Thursday.

There’s no scheduled move-in day for thousands of additional returning students who live in private, off-campus apartments. Many will return to Mankato on the weekend (Aug. 21-23) prior to the start of classes.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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