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    Building The Bell Tower

    An idea that took form in the mid-1980s to create an identifiable structure on the Highland Campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato resulted in the 80-foot Ostrander Bell Tower, which chimes every quarter hour from behind Trafton Science Center. According to Joe Farnham, former Vice President for University Advancement, it was a way to connect alumni who had graduated from “a school with … Read full article »

    Time Travelers

      When it came to chronicling Minnesota State Mankato’s history, the Archives staff had a very good year.  The University’s sesquicentennial was nothing less than a showcase for the work that takes place by the Archives staff. The books, online resources and other materials are the culmination of determined, focused work by archives staff. Here, Heidi … Read full article »

    Checking In: Neala Schleuning

      “My goal always was to connect women’s issues with the larger political issues,” Neala Schleuning says. “I was much more political, coming out of the anti-war movement. And we did OK.” Schleuning was the first director of the Women’s Center in 1978, guiding the new office into its role today of providing support, information and activities for students, from LGBT support and advocacy … Read full article »

    A Place of Business

      An early economic powerhouse for Mankato, Hubbard Milling produced flour, animal feed and jobs for the area throughout the 20th century. In 1968, the company built a four-level office building on a 2-acre stretch downtown. Time passed, the company changed hands, sold its flour mill and in 1998 the building was bought by Mankato developer and Minnesota State Mankato alumnus Curt … Read full article »

    United

    Nearly 20 years ago, longtime banker and Maverick football alum Jim Sneer gave Minnesota State University, Mankato $50,000 toward a new artificial-turf football field that had been proposed. When that project didn’t happen, the University offered Sneer his money back. Instead of accepting that offer, Sneer asked that the money instead be used to somehow benefit the football program. So that … Read full article »

    ‘The’ Historian

      How far can curiosity carry you in life? In the case of Dr. William E. Lass, from a one-room country school in South Dakota during the Great Depression smack into writing the first comprehensive history of Minnesota State Mankato—finished when he was nearly 90 years old. The Lass edition of curiosity has carried him a considerable distance as a professional historian. To wit: His … Read full article »

    A Lasting Impact

        They traveled the country together, competed in speech tournaments together, even lived together for three years as Minnesota State Mankato students.  Heather Kaiser has memories to last a lifetime of her college days with Suzanne Berg, a close friend who died in February at age 36. Berg was known for her wit, love of family and students and her voice for … Read full article »

    Inside Information

    What you might not know about the two buildings opening on campus this spring. Clinical Sciences Building The Clinical Sciences Building is a three-story building. But the clerestory adds extra height—and extra sunlight. The building is connected to Ford Hall by an underground tunnel, which was chosen in place of a skyway to preserve the view of Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower … Read full article »

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    Mavericks in Medicine

    It’s too easy to accept the widespread belief that college athletes aren’t academically inclined. After all, permeated in our subconscious is everything pop culture has taught us about “jocks,” mashed up with the vexing stories coming out of major athletics programs on an all-too-regular basis. If you hope to hold on to those … Read more about Maverick Sports »

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    ‘The’ Historian

      How far can curiosity carry you in life? In the case of Dr. William E. Lass, from a one-room country school in South Dakota during the Great Depression smack into writing the first comprehensive history of Minnesota State Mankato—finished when he was nearly 90 years old. The Lass … Read full article »