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Greetings from Minnes
ota State University, Ma
of the 2017-2018 academ
ic year with the annualnkato! Today we mark the beginning
We welcome new and
newest members of ourreturning students and colleagues to campus
l as the
ive team, all of whom
2017. They include She
began their positions
Officer in the Office of ri Sargent, Executive Administrative
Paul Corcoran, Assista the President; Steve Barrett, Director of Hu
e President of Faciliti
Maria Bevacqua, Inte
rim Dean of the College
Sciences; Lou Dickmeye
of Social and Behavio
opment; and Mike Ha
hn, Director of the Sm ing Education and Professional Develall Business Develop
In the full-page ad tha
ies this letter, we traditio
ous year’s achievemen
nally reflect on the pre
vispectacular campus buits, and what a year it was in 2016-2017. We
and the nearly $28.9 milldings in January, the $31.4 million Univeropened two new
sity Dining Center
lion Clinical Sciences
Thanks to the hard wor
many donors, and we
give special thanks to raised a record $17.4 million for the Univeralong with our Foundation
Matt Margenthaler Bas
ketball Scholarship End ford Health for a $5 million gift commit . We’re grateful to our
ment for the Sanford
In May, the Maverick
championship. The coasoftball team concluded a phenomenal 647
of the year, and senior
pitcher Coley Ries was d Coach Lori Meyer, was named the DivisioNCAA Division II national
named Division II nat
ional player of the yean II national coaching staff
It was also another acc
named the top musica omplishment-filled year in Theatre and Dan
l theatre actor in the nat
ce, highlighted by sen
ior Claire Clauson bein
As stated in the Univer
sity vision - “Minneso
further than they though
ta State Mankato will
be known as a university
t possible by combining
knowledge and the pas
sion to achieve great thinre people expect to go
2017-2018 promises to
large and small with thebe another exciting year. We plan to celebra
centennial celebration communities of Mankato and North Ma te the University Sesquicentennial through
day of classes at the Stawill continue through Oct. 7, 2018, a date nkato as well as the surrounding area. Ou events
r Sesquithat will mark the 150
te Normal School in Ma
-year anniversary of the
We look forward to see
ing while preparing for you on campus, as our current student
their own Big Ideas and
Real-World ThinkRichard Davenport
INSTITUTIONAL SUCCESS 2016-2017
• Opened two new buildings on campus, the Clinical Sciences Building and University Dining Center
• Ranked in 2017 U.S. News Regional Universities Midwest Rankings; also ranked on Forbes Magazine’s 2017
“America’s Best Colleges” list.
• Signed Memorandum of Understanding with Country of Costa Rica that positions University with opportunities for faculty-led study abroad experiences, cultural exchange, research and internships.
• Established downtown university presence by moving Division of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Center to former “Hubbard building” in
Mankato’s Old Town commercial district.
• Enrollment: 30-day fall 2016 enrollment of 15,110 students (summary head count) marked sixth consecutive
year with 30-day fall enrollment of more than 15,100. Fall 2016 international student enrollment was 385, a
record number for University.
• Moved from 29th to tie for 23rd nationally among master’s institutions with international student population
• Global Education: hosted 13 international delegations from eight different countries and sent delegations to
six nations. Those visits led to five new international cooperation agreements.
• University received $420,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lake Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain student emergency aid program.
• Career Development Center: 12,961 jobs and internships were posted on MavJobs, an increase of 87%, marking seventh consecutive year of increase in this area.
• Career Development Center: 6,779 employers were active in MavJobs, an increase of 177% over previous
• University selected by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to receive
one of 19 nationwide grants to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities.
• Athletics finished eighth nationally in NACDA Directors’ Cup and second in NSIC all-sport trophy standings
while earning six conference regular season championships and three conference tournament titles.
• Hosted Minnesota Vikings training camp for 52nd consecutive year.
PROGRAM SUCCESS 2016-2017
• University Development: Record year of $17.4 million in donations from 6,957 donors.
• Athletics: Announced $5 million gift from Sanford Health to establish Sanford Health/Margenthaler Basketball Scholarship Endowment.
• College of Education: Announced $1.2 million anonymous future planned gift for scholarships for students studying in
areas of educational technology and school library informational studies.
• College of Allied Health and Nursing and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center announced $1.1 million anonymous future planned gift for scholarships and LGBT Center.
• College of Social and Behavioral Sciences announced $1 million future planned gift from Phyllis Vosbeck to establish
Phyllis Vosbeck Endowment to honor her parents, Estelle and Carl Vosbeck. Endowment will support Department of
Gender and Women’s Studies as well as social issues more broadly across College.
• College of Business: More than $278,000 raised in partnership with late David C. Olson’s family, friends, business associates and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for endowed scholarship for Minnesota State Mankato MBA student.
• College of Allied Health and Nursing announced $250,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation to purchase
dental hygiene equipment.
• College of Arts and Humanities and College of Education announced $225,000 anonymous future planned gift supporting
the AVID program and departments of Music and Theatre and Dance.
• College of Allied Health and Nursing: Announced $200,000 anonymous future planned gift for dean’s discretionary fund
with preference to Family Consumer Science Program.
• Student Affairs announced $200,000 anonymous future planned gift for named endowment supporting four-year renewable
scholarship within Admissions.
• College of Business: Announced that Nu Chi Beta Alpha Psi, international honor organization for financial information
students and professionals, was officially installed as chapter on Minnesota State Mankato campus, making it the first
chapter in Minnesota.
• School of Nursing: NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com ranked Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing 18th among “top
50 nursing schools in the Plains.”
• Department of Dental Hygiene: Along with Open Door Health Center, was presented 2016 Brian Fazio Business Education
Partnership Award by Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
• College of Science, Engineering and Technology: Students continue to exceed national averages in pass rates for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.
• Re-established student chapter of National Society of Black Engineers with help of students and faculty advisor Winston
Sealy, and group traveled to NSBE conference in Kansas City, Mo.
• Department of Computer Information Science: Received Excellence in Curriculum Programming Award from Minnesota
• IT Solutions moved to ACC and Kiosk to enable service closer to the customer.
• SBDC: served 400 entrepreneurs/businesses with 3,816 hours of professional consulting services in 2016. Created or saved
832 jobs, generating $5.8 million increase in business revenue. Helped create 30 new businesses and $11.6 million in
capital accessed for business investment.
• Department of Music: Performance Series received $125,850 grant as part of larger consortium $600,000 grant focusing
on increasing understanding and awareness of Muslim cultures through performing arts. Grant project is titled “Midnimo”
(Somali for unity).
• Department of Theatre and Dance: At Region V Kennedy Center American Theater Festival, had 12 nominees and placed
six students in semifinal round of Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition; two students advance to finals. Two students
advanced to Dance Intensive Showcase, three students advanced to Musical Theatre Intensive.
• Department of Geography and Minnesota State Mankato hosted Minnesota National Geographic State Bee for first time
since event began in 1989.
• Minnesota State Mankato Residence Hall Association received Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence
Halls School of the Year Award.
• The Urban and Regional Studies Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary.
• The MFA in creative writing program celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
• Women’s Soccer: NSIC tournament champions; NCAA tournament, t-17th overall.
• Men’s golf: NSIC champions; 17th at NCAA Regional.
• Men’s track and field: NSIC indoor and outdoor champions; 12th at NCAA indoor meet, t-21st at NCAA outdoor meet.
• Women’s track and field: NSIC indoor champions; 18th at NCAA indoor meet, t-50th at NCAA outdoor meet.
• Baseball: NSIC regular season champions; NSIC tournament champions; NCAA tournament, 17th overall.
• Softball: NSIC regular season champions; NSIC tournament champions; NCAA champions.
• Other NCAA postseason participants (team, individual/regional, national): men’s cross country, women’s cross country,
swimming and diving, wrestling, women’s golf.
FACULTY/STAFF RESEARCH, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS
• College of Graduate Studies and Research reported that University was awarded over $10,648,204 in
grants and contracts in past year, the highest amount of revenues awarded to University in a fiscal year.
• The Archeology, Geology and Earth Science Laboratory, which currently has $1,274,791 in active grants,
is first and only multidisciplinary research organization in Minnesota that formally unites scientists in
those three disciplines in university setting.
• Office of University Fellowships had its most successful year, with 11 awards with estimated value of
• Honors Program established $30,000 Evelyn Tischer and James Tischer Honors Program Scholarship.
• College of Education: Department of Educational Leadership faculty members Melissa Krull and Candace Raskin are currently working with leadership from three largest Minnesota urban school districts
in summer 2017 implementation of principal pipeline program focused on development of racially
conscious principals who will serve as internal pipeline to leadership positions.
• Minnesota Educators Partnership, a consortium of 10 partner school districts affiliated with College of
Education, received $150,000 Bush Foundation grant to support training for 140 teachers who served as
classroom mentors for teacher candidates.
• Geology program faculty participated in collaborative research with faculty from three other institutions
and with scientists from Minnesota Geological Survey on research pertaining to glacial deposits and
water quality in our region.
• Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence awarded Minnesota State system grant to
develop new partnership with Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
• Byron Pike: 2017 Douglas Moore Lectureship Award.
• Sandra King: Named American Council on Education Fellow for 2017-18 academic year.
• Rebecca Bates: Awarded Clare Booth Luce Scholarship to attend HERS Institute.
• Nikki Stock and Cathy Hughes: Selected to attend HERS Leadership Summer Institute.
• Chip Panahon: Chosen by President’s Commission on Diversity to represent University as fellow to 2017
Executive Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley.
• Thad Shunkwiler: Appointed to Minnesota Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research by
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
• Oksana Kim and Puneet Jaiprakash: College of Business 2017-18 Research Award recipients.
FACULTY/STAFF AWARDS, RECOGNITION
• Sheri Sargent: Executive Administrative Officer in the Office of the President.
• Steve Barrett: Director of Human Resources.
• Maria Bevacqua: Interim Dean of College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
• Paul Corcoran: Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management.
• Lou Dickmeyer: Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development.
• Mike Hahn: Director of the Small Business Development Center.
• Kelly Meier: Minnesota State Mankato nominee for MnSCU Board of Trustee Professional Excellence Award.
• 197 employees recognized with university Employee Years of Service Awards.
• 11 new members inducted into university Quarter Century Club, bringing total of current members at time of
induction to 203 total members.
• University Outstanding Service Award recipients: Carrie Chapman, Avra Johnson, Pat Nelson, Vickie Hanson, Joel
Prybylla, Lu Ann Struck, John Bulcock, Jodi Kohrs.
• Distinguished Faculty Scholars: Paul Eskridge, Jeffrey Buchanan, John Seymour.
• Nina Stupeck: State Employees Combined Charities 2016 Hero Award.
• Michael Bentley: 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year (named by Undergraduate Research Center).
• University faculty/staff/administrators named Global Citizens: Oksana Kim, Shirley Piepho, Glen Poupore, Guadalupe Quintero, Kristin Scott, Marilyn J. Wells.
• Julie Nelson: Selected as honoree of Finance & Commerce 2017 Progress Minnesota Award.
• Martin Mitchell: Polaris Leadership Award from Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium.
• Steven Gilbert: Susan T. Rydell Outstanding Contribution to Psychology Award.
• Gina Mumma Wenger: 2016-2017 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award from Art Educators of Minnesota.
• Jim Mecklenburg: Named Minnesota’s Administrator of the Year by Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education.
• Namyong Lee: Elected president of North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
• James Rife and Theresa Salerno: Received Mankato Area Public Schools’ Community Education & Recreation
2017 Spirit of Youth Awards as “outstanding educators.”
• Kellian Clink: Recipient of Counseling and Student Personnel Extraordinary Service Award from Department of
Counseling and Student Personnel.
• Bryant Black (men’s golf): NSIC Coach of Year.
• Jim Dilling (track & field): NSIC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Coach of Year; USTFCCCA Central Region Men’s
Indoor Track & Field Coach of Year; NSIC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of Year; Named to U.S. Track &
Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
• Sammie Hildreth (softball): member of NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year.
• Matt Magers (baseball): NSIC Coach of Year.
• Lori Meyer (softball): NSIC Coach of Year; head coach for NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year.
• Chris Parno (track & field): USTFCCCA Central Region Men’s Indoor Track & Field Assistant Coach of Year
• Kristie Wolcott (softball): member of NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year.
STUDENT AWARDS, RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
The 2017 Maverick softball team won the NCAA Division II national
championship, finishing the season with a 64-7 record.
Megan Sandberg: Fulbright semifinalist.
Eryn Zuiker: Received $32,000 Meredith Scholarship.
Anna Hagan: Received $30,000 Evelyn and James Tischer Honors Program Scholarship.
Claire Clauson: Open Jar Institute’s top musical theatre actor in the nation.
Katie Rubitschung: One of 60 students across U.S. selected to present research at Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.
Chelsea Leafgreen awarded $9,750 Donald and Marjorie Meredith Nursing Scholarship for 2016-2017.
Yolanda Martinez-Pineda: Received $8,000 education award for NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth from National Board for
Certified Counselors Foundation.
Kathryn Macey: Won Best Undergraduate Student Presentation paper and presentation at annual meeting of Minnesota GIS/LIS
Sydney Geisness: Named University’s Accounting Student of the Year.
Gracie Smith: Elected to serve as regional director of Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls student organization.
Anjola Onadipe: Awarded Frankel Summer Fellowship at University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.
Andrea Vasquez: Received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study abroad in Bangalore, India, from January-May 2017.
Quentina Dunbar: Awarded position in Relay Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Residency Program in San Antonio, Texas.
Olivia Robinson: A Zonta Club of Mankato district nominee, she was runner-up for Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
from Zonta International.
Brooke Jones: Awarded an intensive 10-week laboratory position at Washington University in St. Louis through Amgen Scholars
KayLynn Cousin and Samantha Mitchell: Won 2017 Arthur & Rochelle Belfer Conference Goldah Teacher Scholarship - Social Studies
to attend summer conference in Washington, D.C.
Ryan Powley: Awarded Douglas Bray and Ann Howard Research Grant from Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Luke Krynski: His work was among 65 studies to receive Outstanding Research Award for Northland Chapter of the American College
of Sports Medicine in 2017.
Isaac Sawle: At Region V KCATF, received first place Regional Technical Project award for “Antigone,” and his work on “Frankenstein” took Vector Works Award.
Matt Gilbertson: First place Region V ATHE Student Dramaturgy award at Region V KCATF.
Adam Guss: “Don Childs Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas” award at Region V KCATF.
Emily Kimball: Her play, “Aboveboard,” honored as Region V full-length play selection at Region V KCATF.
Flight team finished second at Region 5 competition to earn berth at nationals. At regionals, team was awarded overall competition
safety award by judges, and a team pilot received top pilot award.
Minnesota State Mankato chapter of Society of Professional Journalists received 2015-16 Region 6 Outstanding Campus Chapter
Women’s bowling team finished first among 26 teams and men’s team finished second at regional competition.
Dance Marathon, sponsored by Greek Life, raised $26,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and Gillette’s Specialty Healthcare.
Aldo Kusnardi: Fall 2016 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
Gulmira Fazilova: Spring 2017 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
Tazrian Ahmed: Spring 2017 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
Club handball: finished second in the country in combined competition at 2017 USHA National Collegiate Handball Tournament. Team
finished as national runner-up for second consecutive year. Men’s and women’s teams both finished third overall in their open divisions.
2 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans: Adam Cooling (wrestling, 1st team), Coley Ries (softball, 1st team).
6 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Americans: Chelsea Calhoon, Kylie Gaeth, Cecilia Hake, Alycia
Holwerda, Maggie Knier, Cheyenne Rova.
2 Individual National Champions (Athletics): Michael Sandle (NCAA Division II track & field champion in the indoor triple jump),
Altoniece Williams (NCAA Division II track & field champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles).
25 All-Americans (athletic honors): Corey Abernathy (wrestling), Afure Adah (outdoor track & field), Taylor Bass (swimming), Matthew Blome (wrestling), Chelsea Calhoon (swimming), Adam Cooling (wrestling), Morris Dennis (outdoor track & field), Zach Dodge
(football), Karlona Gregory (outdoor track & field), Cecilia Hake (swimming), Khadiya Hollingsworth (indoor track & field), Maggie
Knier (swimming), Jessica Meidl (softball), Tanner Ogren (indoor track & field), Isaiah Pitchford (indoor track & field), Brieanna
Puckett (outdoor track & field), Autumn Santos (outdoor track & field), Coley Ries (softball), Dalton Roach (baseball), Cheyenne Rova
(swimming), Michael Sandle (indoor and outdoor track & field), John Schuster (indoor track & field), Mitchell Valli (indoor track &
field); Altoniece Williams (indoor track & field); Faryn Wirkus (outdoor track & field).
Krista Hassing: Senior Female Student-Athlete of Year.
Adam Cooling: Senior Male Student-Athlete of Year.
Coley Ries: Women’s Medal of Honor winner.
Myles Hunter: Men’s Medal of Honor winner.
Amber Kral: Female Newcomer of the Year (Athletics).
Marc Michaelis: Male Newcomer of the Year (Athletics).
62 Maverick Achievement Awards for athletics, scholarship: Megan Allen, Mat Andriano, Erin Baker, Mitchell Bauer, Mariah Betzler,
Samantha Buhmann, Max Bullock, Adam Cooling, Sammie Delzotto, Emma Edelen, Anna Fiegert, Sean Flanagan, Haley Fogarty,
Carter Foguth, Sydney Geis¬ness, Brendan Gessner, Taylor Glover, Marcus Gooden, Krista Hassing, Cole Huggins, Michael Huntebrinker, Myles Hunter, Taylor Johnson, Grady Keding, Haley Kruger, Marion Lambright, Carley LeDoux, Lindsey Lentz, Brad Maas,
Melissa Mashburn, Connor McKeen, Rissi McNallan, Nathaniel Meyers, Dana Mogren, Taylor Naatz, Jordan Nelson, Kiana Nickel,
Trevor Patterson, Nick Pieruccini, Lexi Platz, Grant Pope, Brianna Quade, Savannah Quandt, Coley Ries, Olivia Robinson, Cheyenne
Rova, Trey Sampson, Dana Savino, Britney Scherber, Abby Schmidt, Trevor Schultz, Madison Sjelin, Madison Smith, Zach Stephan,
Neico Stokke, Ashley Thell, Ariel Thomas, Samuel Undermann, Hunter Walsh, Kimmi Wreh, Brianna Ziolkowski.