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Nov. 14: Kessel Peace Institute to Recognize Community Peace Makers

Event will be held in Centennial Student Union's Heritage Room.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-9-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Kessel Peace Institute announced that 14 individuals and organizations will be honored as recipients of the institute’s 2017 Community Peace Maker Awards, with three individuals named as winners of the institute’s Peace Essay Contest and four others receiving honorable mention.

The awards will be presented in honor of Ruth Miner Kessel at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato in the Centennial Student Union’s Heritage Room (CSU 201). A reception and awards ceremony are scheduled from 4-5 p.m., with a screening of the documentary film “Two Weeks in May” to follow from 5-6 p.m.

The Community Peace Maker Award recipients include Adrienne Gruenes; Bukata Hayes; Greater Mankato Diversity Council; Hope Interfaith Center; Jean Schmidt; Jessica Flatequal; John W. Anderson; Laura Schultz; Leah White; Paul Prew; Sister Gladys Schmitz; Tammy Dahlvang; Timothy Berry; and Wilbur Neushwander-Frink.

Peace Essay Contest winners include Chelsea Calhoon, Johann Hollar and Myriam Coulibaly Yele Aurelie.

Receiving honorable mention in the Peace Essay Contest were Dominique Revis, John Shrestha, Kahmiyah Anderson and Nicholas Kuempel.

Nominations for the awards were open in October, and any individual or group in the greater Mankato area who promotes social justice and peace were eligible for nomination.

For more information, contact Carol Glasser, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Corrections and director of the Kessel Peace Institute, by email at or by phone at 507-389-1345.

The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. It is named after the late Abbas Kessel, a lifelong peace activist who received a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1956 and was a Minnesota State Mankato political science professor for 19 years. Kessel died in 1987 of leukemia.

Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change activities are coordinated by an advisory council that works through the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

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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