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KEYC TV visited the new Clinical Sciences Building

front entrance of clinical sciences building with construction dumpster


Greet. Assist. Thank.

Students from Minnesota State Mankato's Sport Management program were among the 4,000+ volunteers working at the 2016 Ryder Cup. Using their new PGA mantra of "Greet, Assist, Thank," they learned a great deal about what it takes to successfully plan and orchestrate an international sporting event. "It was amazing to see it all come together," said graduate student Kassi Gall. "You could never experience that in a classroom."



Walk This Way

Clinical Sciences Building sidewalk

New concrete sidewalks were installed outside the new Clinical Sciences Building. Each day brings us a bit closer to completion.



Shunkwiler Serves Fifth Judicial District Veterans Court

Shunkwiler and Shotliff

Thad Shunkwiler, (left) assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, has been serving with the Fifth Judicial District Veterans Court since March 2016. A veteran himself, Shunkwiler sits in on hearings and provides counseling services, working with veterans to develop an action plan as needed. "Although Veterans' Court provides tools they likely didn't have before," he said, "at the end of the day, it is still the veteran who has to use them.”

For USMC veteran Curtis Shotliff (right), it was a life changing opportunity. "The court gave me a chance to recover from my previous criminal involvement," he said, "and I am truly grateful." Shotliff is currently a senior in the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Veterans Day is November 11. Thank you to all who serve.


U.S. Play Coalition Midwest Play Conference

The 2016 US Play Coalition: Midwest Play Conference is an inaugural event that will bring playful professionals, educators, parents, play advocates, and community members together. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn about local efforts to promote play throughout the Midwest.

Lisa Murphy’s keynote speech is sure to inspire educators and parents to create environments that are relevant, meaningful, play-based and grounded in nurturing relationships. Additionally, regional professionals from a variety of fields will engage attendees in discussion through talks and hands-on workshops covering various play topics.

Conference: MSU-Mankato, Centennial Student Union, Saturday, June 25th 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Reception: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

Registration Information:

  • Early Bird Rate by Tuesday, May 31st @ $50
  • After Tuesday, May 31st @ $75
  • Undergraduate Student Rate @ $25 (with student ID)
  • 5 contact hours will be issued
  • Please dress comfortably, we will be playing.
  • Link to Abstract Book:  [PDF] Click Here (381 KiB)



March is National Athletic Training Month

Athletic training students Connor (L) and Brandon (R) apply their skills during a clinical rotation at East High School. Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic's Head Athletic Trainer Troy Hoehn acts as their preceptor, supervising and teaching onsite. Hoehn has been serving as a preceptor with Minnesota State Mankato for more than 16 years. Thanks Troy!

athletci training students at local high school













Allied Health & Nursing Transdisciplinary Workshop

The College of Allied Health and Nursing is offering its annual hands-on workshop on March 24 from 10:00am to 12:00noon in the CSU Ballroom. Check in begins at 9:30am.

Students work with students across disciplines to solve problems and create an interdisciplinary care plan during a patient simulation. Each student brings expertise from his/her discipline. Through this activity, participants gain knowledge about the roles and professional boundaries of different disciplines, gain experience in negotiating care with other disciplines, and discover how many disciplines overlap. 

Students may preregister in each department. Registration DUE DATE: March 16, 2016. For more information, contact Julie Dittrich at

Following the workshop, students are asked to complete this participant exit survey. Thank you.


Fall Semester 2015

top of the zipline at Kerfoot Canopy Tours, Henderson, Minn.Sky Guide  

RPLS student Greta Wintersteen helps people see the world in a whole new way. As a sky guide for Kerfoot Canopy Tours near Henderson, Minn., she keeps zip liners safe and calm while they ride up to 175 feet above the ground. Read the full article in the Mankato Free Press.






RPLS Students Part of Eagle Lake's Plan

JP Flood's Park Planning students are working with the community of Eagle Lake on a comprehensive city park and open space plan. Read more in the Mankato Free Press.


Superman's Dental Screening

Even those with superpowers need their teeth checked. Students in the Department of Dental Hygiene travel to elementary schools in the greater Mankato area and provide hundreds of free screenings every year. They help keep Superman healthy so he can continue to save the world.


Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve to Speak on Leadership and Coaching

Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, will be speaking on women’s leadership in athletics and coaching teams through adversity.


University Receives $250,000 Grant to Support Dental Clinic

Funds from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation used to purchase dental hygiene equipment.

Thad Shunkwiler, assistant professor in Health Science, works with Blue Earth County jailers

With mental health resources lagging well behind the number of inmates in need of the advanced care, jail staff are increasingly tasked with recognizing and responding to mental health crises.


Research in Exercise Science

Recent research indicates positive patient outcomes when physical activity is assessed as a vital sign at primary care visits and tracked over time as a health indicator.

Norma Krumwiede Receives Teacher of the Year Award

School of Nursing Professor Norma Krumwiede received the 2016 Duane Orr Teacher of the Year Award from Minnesota State Student Association.

Hannah Thompson wins Big Ideas People's Choice Award

Hannah Thompson won $2,500 in the 2nd Annual Big Ideas Challenge hosted by the College of Business. Thompson's winning idea is HomeFresh Personal Chef Service. She is in the Dietetics Program in the Department of Family Consumer Science.

The 2016 US Play Coalition: Midwest Play Conference



MSU Kicks Off 'Spring Into Action'

Minnesota State University Mankato kicks off the first ever 'Spring Into Action' event highlighting opportunities for people with disabilities.

RPLS Students Collaborate with the United Way

Laura Murray, United Way, and Kenthen King, RPLS student, talk with KEYC's Kassandra Sepeda about the annual Agency Tours.


Montandon and Shellum Receive Global Citizens Award

Global Education named Allied Health & Nursing faculty members Kristi Montandon and Renee Shellum Global Citizens Award recipients.

Robert Pettitt Named Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Robert Pettitt, professor in Exercise and Sport Science, has been awarded one of three 2016 Distinguished Faculty Scholars.