• Spotlight

    The Tie that Binds

    Making His Own Music Shortly after enrolling at Minnesota State Mankato as a music major in 2013, Andrew Grabowska discovered something potentially disastrous about his piano playing. “I have terrible performance anxiety,” he recalls. In junior and senior high music events, the St. Clair, Minn., student always seemed to get hit with the nerves. While fine in rehearsal, playing at competitions … Read full article »

    A Powerful Partnership

    For Cherie Pettitt, a trip to South Africa as a doctoral student sparked a love affair with the country. It also made her determined to help future students have the same life-changing experience. For the past three years, Pettitt and other Minnesota State Mankato faculty have led groups of undergraduate and graduate students on two-week trips to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in … Read full article »

    A Life of Advocacy

    In October 2015, the Arc of Minnesota honored Wilbur Neushwander-Frink ’00 with a Professional of the Year award. Her bio, in part, read: “Wherever self-advocacy is happening, Wilbur is near.” It’s true. When laid out together, the list of activities and organizations Neushwander-Frink is involved in is remarkable. The 56-year-old is a community organizer at the Arc of Minnesota Southwest, … Read full article »

    Team Player

    All it took was one visit, and Dale Wolpers was hooked. In the early 1970s, Wolpers was a student at Minnesota State Mankato. Like many people his age, he was mulling over potential majors and careers. The idea of teaching and coaching had some appeal for him, so he interned at an elementary school in Mankato. As he recalls, the goal was simply to help out in the classroom and observe teachers … Read full article »

    Shining Bright

    Mafina Sanou, an international student from the West African country of Burkina Faso, was a bit surprised to discover that her classmates in the Teaching English as a Second Language program hadn’t heard of her home country. But then again, when she first learned of her acceptance as a Fulbright scholar at Minnesota State Mankato, she had to research the location of Minnesota, which wasn’t … Read full article »

    How to Save a Life

    Thomas Bonhiver is a fan of jazz saxophonist Adrian Barnett for life. Literally. Bonhiver credits Barnett, a modern jazz bandleader who studied and taught music at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for acting fast and saving the 64-year-old man’s life on the afternoon of May 19. Barnett had given a music clinic earlier in the day at a Golden Valley elementary school. While driving back to … Read full article »

    Dean of Diversity

    In 1990, Minnesota State Mankato hired a human resources specialist to help develop a more diverse pool of candidates for faculty and staff searches. That year, more than a dozen diverse hires were made—one of the largest classes ever at the University. One of those was a young man from New York City who was hired to be the director of Student Activities: Henry Morris. Morris, who became the … Read full article »

    Mav Marriages: Finding Love on Campus

    College is of course about academics and reaching career goals, but student experiences reach far beyond the classroom at Minnesota State Mankato. Building relationships, sharing common (and  often changing) values and finding someone who is on the same journey as you can be a huge, life-altering part of the university experience. Which is why the Alumni Association sought out couples who found … 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 »