• Spotlight

    Second Chance Scholarship

    When Kwakha Lynn “Beatrice” Kiondo lost her cultural contribution scholarship after struggling to maintain a qualifying GPA, she feared she would have to return home, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic brought increased challenges. The University’s radio station ultimately bridged the gap between quitting and staying. Kiondo had come to campus in 2016 to study food science technology, and … Read full article »

    Helping International Students Facing Money Issues

    Hit particularly hard by the stay-at-home orders issued in spring semester were the more than 1,100 international students who not only couldn’t return home, but found themselves ineligible for some of the financial safety nets available to their American classmates.  “We have no families here,” said Dolly Baruah, a … Read full article »

    No Maverick Left Behind

    Instead of gearing up for classes, the approximately 2,600 Mavericks residing on campus this spring needed to decide where to hunker down for the final eight weeks of classes.    Most students returned home. But some Mavericks – primarily international students – had few, if any, housing alternatives.  Alim Nigmatjonov faced an agonizing decision. The … Read full article »

    Meeting An Unprecedented Challenge

    If there was one moment when things shifted, when he knew the coronavirus was sending Minnesota State University, Mankato into unfamiliar and unsettling territory, President Richard Davenport said it was when Gov. Tim Walz ordered Minnesotans to stay at home on March 27.  All right, Davenport remembers thinking. We’re not looking at a one-week, two-week … Read full article »

    Checking In On Students

    Owatonna resident Carlie Berg had enough going on during her spring semester.   In her third year of an online business degree, she was taking 16 credits. She and her husband took care of their kids, 3 and 4, and Berg was getting adjusted to working at home, putting in 60 hours a week for an insurance firm.  When spring break was expanded she had questions … Read full article »

    The Reality of Going Virtual

    It was less than ideal. That much was acknowledged by Interim Provost Matt Cecil when he passed along the information to instructors to begin planning going to online instruction in March.  “We recognize that this creates enormous challenges,” Cecil wrote of the move to online. “It is going to require creativity and innovation in order to help our … Read full article »

    How ITS Kept the University Online

    Before the University went into pandemic mode, its Zoom online-meeting platform was used about 20 times a day on campus. By April, it was averaging 800 meetings a day, with one of those days tallying 300,000 meeting minutes.  Handling Zoom was just one of the demand issues that kept the University’s 50-plus member Information Technology Solutions staff and 100 … Read full article »

    Vietnam-era Protest Doc Now Streaming

    “Two Weeks in May,” the University-produced documentary on student unrest during the Vietnam war, is now available to stream from Cornerstone, the University's collection of scholarly works. Through interviews with former students and faculty, the 2018 documentary chronicles a period in 1972 in which student protests on campus disrupted not only University life but overtook streets and … Read full article »

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  • Maverick Sports

    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 »

  • Emeritus Profile

    ‘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 »