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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Spring 2013 TODAY Column

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Realizing a Vision
Helping Minnesota State Mankato gain approval to grant doctoral degrees was
one of my first priorities when I came to this institution in 2002—but it was
hardly a new initiative on campus. Efforts to accomplish this goal dates back more than half a century. I was proud to help champion the legislation that allowed our university to offer doctoral programs. I am even prouder to announce that each of the programs will have conferred one or more doctoral degrees by spring of this year. In addition, I am pleased to share that our University faculty have dramatically increased research and scholarly activity since 2002. Many are receiving national and international acclaim for their work.
This is another important step toward achieving distinction and to fostering a thriving, creative and robust academic culture at our university through undergraduate and graduate research and scholarship. We are all about finding solutions and innovations to real-world issues whether these challenges arise in the arts and humanities, the sciences, or other academic areas of the university. We are an institution that goes beyond the mere “discovery stage;” our professors focus on the practical side of research applying their research to find solutions to real world problems in Minnesota and around the globe.
Another important strategic goal for the University involves planning for a campus of the future-a campus that embodies a green, sustainable environment characterized by modern teaching and learning facilities and designed with technology that will enable our students and professors to connect globally in their teaching and learning. We are also designing a beautiful, pedestrian friendly campus that aligns with our tagline—“Big Ideas. Real-world thinking.” In the near future, the University has planned campus construction projects, renovations, and demolitions that will move us closer to our campus of the future goals.
One of those projects involves a building on campus that holds many memories for our graduates. On June 29, we will bid a fond farewell to the aging Gage Towers. Gage is a touchpoint for many of our 109,000 alumni worldwide. We know that many of you have fond memories of that building and we want to honor those memories by inviting you to events surrounding the Gage demolition, which is scheduled for the morning of June 29. Our Alumni Relations office has been hard at work planning a variety of events surrounding the removal of the Gage Towers. More details will be shared in the near future.
In the meantime, we encourage you to visit to learn more. You can also read more about the process, and about Gage’s importance to the University community through the years, by visiting the online TODAY magazine at
It’s exciting to see our shared visions for this campus become reality. Thank you for the role each of you has played in making this University the great place that it is today.