• Spotlight

    Adapting, leading in schools

    For many Minnesota State Mankato students already working in the K-12 education field, a major pivot to distance learning happened in March when the pandemic resulted in school closures across the state. Spring 2020 graduate Sammy Stoelk said educators found themselves in an “all hands on deck” situation to get everyone ready to teach online in just a couple of weeks. Sammy Stoelk in Kenya, … Read full article »

    Turning Tables and Fighting Hunger

    Minnesota State Mankato students, alumni, faculty and staff have stepped up in a variety of ways to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including in the vital area of food insecurity.  Among the campus community members who have given back during the pandemic are Bella Lam, a 2018 Public Health Education graduate, and Chandrasekhar Valluri, an assistant professor in … Read full article »

    PCs For People

    A national nonprofit that provides laptops and wireless service to low-income families has its origin in Mankato, where a high school student was kicked out of his school for hacking into its computer system. That teenager soon fell on the radar of Andy Elofson, a social worker with Blue Earth County and a Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate in experiential education. His emphasis was … Read full article »

    Quitting Time

    Health experts say there’s no time like the present to quit vaping or using other tobacco products. “Keeping your lungs healthy is especially important right now, during COVID-19,” says Liz Heimer, a Minnesota State Mankato alum and health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association. “This is truly the best time to quit, and students can help protect themselves by limiting … Read full article »

    Making Final Arrangements

    Few industries felt the immediate impact of the pandemic more than frontline health-care workers. Long-held practices were overhauled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since mid-March, when COVID-19 upended health-care protocols, registered nurse and Minnesota State Mankato student Cy Schweiss has shifted to incorporating outside-the-box care for her patients and their family members. Cy … Read full article »

    On the Wellness Beat

    In April, Aaron Soumala Folkerds officially became a paid member of the Moorhead Police Department. But he’s not carrying a gun. Can’t show you a badge. And you won’t find him behind the wheel of a squad car. Aaron Folkerds Instead, Folkerds — who graduated in December with a doctorate from Minnesota State Mankato's Counselor Education and Supervision program—has a different task: He’s … Read full article »

    Fall’s Return to Learn offers students options

    In addition to a campus-wide COVID-19 preparadness plan, the University has developed a flexible approach to attending classes, one designed to reduce transmission of the virus while giving students who want to be in the classroom the opportunity to do so. FlexSync is the Maverick path to flexible learning and teaching using new technology. The term HyFlex is used by the Minnesota State … Read full article »

    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 »

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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 »