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    Change of Plans

    By Sara Gilbert Frederick David Backes had a plan for his future when he came to Minnesota State Mankato in the fall of 2003—and it didn’t include hockey. “I was going to get a degree in engineering, go to law school and become a patent lawyer,” Backes says. “Then hockey got in the way.” Backes concedes that he knew that might happen. By the time he came to Mankato, he had already played … Read full article »

    Dreaming Big

    By Drew Lyon When Kylen Feltes was considering colleges during her senior year in tiny Prescott, Wis., Minnesota State Mankato was her first—and only—choice. In Prescott, everyone knew everyone. Everyone knew Feltes’ family. Everyone knew Feltes. “I knew I wanted to go to Minnesota State Mankato and I loved it right away, absolutely,” says Feltes, who graduated in May 2015 with degrees in … Read full article »

    The Power of a Plan

    By Sara Gilbert Frederick Shirley Murray has already seen one of the impacts that the University’s first-ever integrated academic planning process, and especially the academic maps that came along with it, can have. Murray is the student relations coordinator for the College of Allied Health and Nursing. For the past seven years, she has advised students in the College about what courses … Read full article »

    Rock of Ages

    by Joe Tougas Blakeslee Stadium was filled with Vikings fans eager see the team’s evening practice on Saturday, Aug. 1—much as it is every summer during training camp. But there was something special in the air that night, because the practice was (wait for it) kicked-off with a special presentation commemorating 50 years of Vikings training camp at Minnesota State Mankato. Two … Read full article »

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  • Maverick Sports

    From Pins to Medals

    On the mats of Rummy Macias Wrestling Complex on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, the foundation of an American hero was built. It was there that Tom Block learned what he could be, before becoming all he could be. “The best thing about being a wrestler is that you learn about adversity,” Block says. “You learn what … Read more about Maverick Sports »

  • Emeritus Profile

    All the Right Moves

    In 1968, Robert Cobb was asked to lead the Health Sciences Department at Mankato State College. He accepted the appointment—but during the negotiations he requested that his wife, Florence, be hired as a physical education instructor as well. “I didn’t know it at the time, but my position was … Read full article »