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Oct. 16: African American Engineering Academic Day

University to host 200 high school students on campus.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-9-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host approximately 200 students from six different high schools in the Twin Cities and Mankato area during “African American Engineering Academic Day” Monday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

This event will provide students with an opportunity to meet African-American professionals in the field of engineering and help to familiarize them with a higher education institution like Minnesota State Mankato. Thirteen academic and industry vendors will participate in the event, providing students demonstrations and interactive activities.

African American Engineering Academic Day will include a college preparation session, keynote speaker, a tour, hands-on demonstrations and highlights of the engineering profession. The main mission of African American Engineering Academic Day is to encourage and motivate African-American high school students to pursue educational opportunities in the area of engineering and to increase their access to higher education.

The students will arrive and check in from 9-10 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. welcome. From 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the students will break into three groups to participate in interactive activities and demonstrations, take campus tours and learn about college preparation.

A student panel and lunch is at 12:15-12:45 p.m., followed by a keynote speaker from 12:45-1:15 p.m., closing remarks and then dismissal and departure.

Minnesota State Mankato sponsors of African American Engineering Academic Day include the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Institutional Diversity and Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services, as well as Verizon, the Mankato Foundation and Bolton & Menk. 

For more information or to schedule media interviews, contact Melissa Huppert, STEM outreach director for the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence. Huppert can be reached at or 507-389-2110 (office) or 507-508-2987 (cell).

African American Engineering Academic Day is the first of three 2017 Engineering Academic Days events scheduled this fall at Minnesota State Mankato. The others are Girls Explore STEM Academic Day (Oct. 30) and Latino Engineering Academic Day (Nov. 6).

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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