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Four family consumer science students with information about healthy living

FCS students host "Living Mindfully" event

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U), the oldest national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences, created and hosted a mindfulness exhibit for students, staff and faculty.

Clinical Sciences Building Receives ‘Best of B3’ Award for Indoor Environmental Quality

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Clinical Sciences Building has won a “Best of B3 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) – Classroom/Lab” award from the State of Minnesota Buildings, Benchmarks & Beyond (B3) energy and sustainability program in which all state-funded buildings participate.

Eyes on research: Dental students present at national conference

Dental hygiene majors Lissette Garza and Kaitlyn Knutson first met as Honors students at Minnesota State University, Mankato and quickly realized they had “weirdly similar paths”.

Health Science Professor receives national award

Dr. Mary Kramer has received a national award for her leadership in promoting the health of her community, her students and her colleagues.

"Central Park Five" speaker to keynote Health Summit

Yusef Salaam, the keynote speaker for the 2021 Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit, talks about health equity, the connection of race to the social determinants of health and his conversations with young people about social justice.

Faculty reflect on documentary leading up to March 24 Health Summit

In anticipation of this year’s Health and Biomedical Science Summit, the College of Allied Health and Nursing and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences hosted a viewing and discussion of the documentary "The Central Park Five".

Social Work alum specializes in transplant patients

With a family history and an influential professor behind her, Social Work alum Stephanie Schramm Little is now one of two advocates for organ transplant patients in North Dakota.

Family Consumer Science major represents state as Miss Minnesota; advocates for systemic change

Kathryn Kueppers, an FCS major and Miss Minnesota 2020, speaks openly about systemic change.

Applications open for new MS in Advanced Dental Therapy

The Department of Dental Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato will welcome its first cohort of the new Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (ADT MS) program in Fall of 2021.

Innovative medical-dental integration featured in new documentary

Uncovered: Minnesota’s Dental Crisis, a new TPT documentary, features three successful efforts —including our very own medical-dental integration pilot with Mayo Clinic Health System— to help overcome barriers and eliminate health disparities.

2021 Give Kids A Smile Recap

Mankato provided free oral health services to 64 area children totaling $9,860 in free dental care.During the one-day event, Dental Education students and faculty performed 64 dental exams, 18 panoramic x-rays, 48 bitewing x-rays, 61 cleanings, 61 fluoride varnishes, and 74 sealants.

In response: When it comes to mental health and the pandemic, the kids are not alright

While the virus's physical impact on kids may not be as bad as we once feared, the negative psychological impact is a public health crisis that we will battle long after we finish vaccinating for the virus.

Cutting Edge: New medical simulation gets first use

Minnesota State Mankato partnered with Mayo Clinic Health System on a new surgical simulation room that will train health care workers and give students new opportunities.

Teeth exhibit connects play to the real world

The public dental clinic at Minnesota State Mankato has welcomed an educational “permanent tooth” display to the clinic lobby.

Social Work joins College of Allied Health and Nursing

The move to Allied Health and Nursing means an increase in real-world experiences for social work students and a boost in collaboration opportunities for all.

Alcohol and drug studies professor makes a difference on self-care

Knowing frontline workers can’t take care of others if they aren’t taking care of themselves, Jenna Londgren, a professor of alcohol and drug studies, is sharing self-care strategies and resources with current and future health care leaders.

Top 10 Social Media Posts

Here’s a look back at the most popular posts shared on the College of Allied Health and Nursing’s Facebook page from 2020.

Human Performance Faculty Receive Recognition and Awards

Athletic Training, Health, and Physical Education faculty recognized.

Urgent care: A New Internship for Nursing and COVID

Ordinarily in Minnesota, internships at hospitals and clinics take place during the summer. But in a year far from ordinary, hospitals across the country are struggling to keep up as more patients come in.

MSW Students Submit Letters to the Editor

Congrats to these Master of Social Work students who had letters to editor printed!

Nursing alumni, retired faculty and supporters donate to PPE fund for nursing students

Thanks to donors, nursing students received PPE, allowing them to continue working in clinical settings and giving them the real-world experience needed to pursue their nursing career.

Kid's Day at the Public Dental Clinic

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dental Hygiene Program provided free dental care to area children during the annual Kid's Day event.

Mavericks on the Frontlines

Public Health Education, Community Health Education, Dietetics and Nursing students featured in TODAY Magazine

Dr. Jehad Adwan named Nurse Educator of the Year

Dr. Adwan thought he was meeting with a colleague and was anticipating a socially distanced conversation about curriculum changes. Instead, the meeting was an awards presentation on his porch.

Student research supports updated University smoke-and-tobacco policies

Research conducted by students and faculty in the Department of Health Science showed that despite a no tobacco policy on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, the amount of tobacco debris, such as cigarette butts, showed otherwise.

Making final arrangements

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.

Quitting Time

Health experts say there’s no time like the present to quit vaping or using other tobacco products.

Basic Life Support classes for health care professionals available

Basic Life Support (BLS) teaches the concepts of high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics.

Recreation through a computer screen?

“One of the themes for later in the summer was going to be around the Olympics,” Carlson said. “I even had a Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni rugby player lined up to work with the kids. But none of that is happening now.”

Investigating the pandemic in real time

Investigating the pandemic in real time with Mary Kramer, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES, CWC, assistant professor, Department of Health Science and communications chair, Minnesota Society for Public Health Membership (MN-SOPHE).

Community health education alum share how COVID-19 has changed their work

With degrees focused on promoting health, preventing disease and improving the quality of life through education, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Health Science graduates are finding their roles changing because of COVID-19.

Teaching timely, real-world skills to children and families

Alumni update on Alex Rivers, a 2019 graduate of Family Consumer Science Education.

Providing care to others — even in scary times — is essential

As a first-year graduate student, COVID-19 has had a great impact on my education and life.

Opioid event highlights faculty research and connection to community

As part of an ongoing effort to explore education, prevention and solutions surrounding the opioid crisis, the College of Allied Health and Nursing hosted an event in early 2020 to focus on the local impact of the national epidemic.

Exercise science lab improves research and honors an advocate for women athletes

The Dr. Viola Holbrook Exercise Physiology Center allows for innovative research to be conducted by graduate students and faculty, as well as serving as a teaching laboratory for undergraduate students learning core exercise testing and prescription concepts and skills.

Big Idea: Integrating oral health care with overall health

The pilot, taking place at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, gives families the option of receiving an oral health screening and treatment from Minnesota State Mankato’s dental hygiene students as part of the visit.

Lifelong dream realized: Brittany White's path to becoming a nurse

Determined and driven from an early age, Brittany White’s path to becoming a nurse would take her on a winding journey. 

Established, 100% Online Programs Open for Enrollment

The College of Allied Health and Nursing has offered affordable online education for years, with programs and faculty who are ready to help advance your career, complete your degree or help you build new skills.

A reason to give: Grace Keir

"I want to assist Family Consumer Science (FCS) students through my financial contributions for scholarships. I especially want to help future FCS educators so that they will have the expertise to teach the diversity of students they will find in and out of the classroom."

Renovated food lab gives dietetic and nutrition students a taste of their future

These labs give students access to educational and real-world experiences that better prepare them for a wide range of careers.

The Elusive Regalia

That night, through a flurry of emails, two staff and one mom tried to piece together where the regalia was and if it had even been shipped.

Graduate Commencement Speech 2020

"When I first walked into the Experiential Education Graduate program, I was not sure of what I wanted to do, nor where I wanted to go. However, through time and effort I was able to craft classes that resonated the most with me, diving deep into the realms of my curiosities."

Sports Management professor shares expertise with high school students

Jennifer Zdroik, a professor in the Department of Human Performance, spoke to students at Mankato West High School about the field of sport management.

Dental education students selected to present at national research conference

Four students from the Department of Dental Education were accepted as presenters at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)that was to be held in the spring of 2020 at Montana State University.

School of Nursing featured as students prepare to graduate during Covid-19

With students preparing to graduate during the Covid-19 pandemic, the local newspaper featured Minnesota State Mankato senior nursing student Gabby Hess and School of Nursing faculty.

Love Recovery Gala named Program of the Year, Jenna Londgren named Advisor of the Year

The Students for Alcohol and Drug Education's (SADE) Love Recovery Gala received the Program of the Year Award and the program’s advisor, Dr. Jenna Londgren.

Student Nurses Association receives Exemplary Service Award, Outstanding Campus Volunteer Award

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) received the Exemplary Service Award during the annual Recognized Student Organization (RSO) Leadership Awards.

Camp Maverick: Rec N' Read, a youth literacy intervention and recreation camp to be held in June

The Departments of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services and Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services are once again offering a literacy intervention and recreation camp.

"Merchants of Doubt" available to view for free

The Mavericks for Clean Air Task Force and the Environmental Committee are partnering to provide free access to "Merchants of Doubt," a documentary that becomes even more relevant as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds.

Chair of Department of Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services honored by Minnesota State System Board of Trustees

Six Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty members were recognized as "outstanding educators," including Dr. Megan Mahowald, chair of the Department of Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services, by the Minnesota State system Board of Trustees.

College Faculty awarded research grants

Professors Joseph Visker, Department of Health Science, and Brooke Burk, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, received Minnesota State University, Mankato Faculty Research Grants.

Health Science professor receives community engagement award

Joe Visker, a professor in the Department of Health Science, was awarded the "Outstanding Community Engagement Award" from Mayo Clinic Health System for his work with their Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Education and athletics go hand in hand for world-ranked handball player

When Ciana Ni Churraoin was completing her undergraduate degree in her native Ireland, she had no plans to travel to the United States to continue her studies. But then Minnesota State University, Mankato professor Michael Wells reached out to her with some important information.

Senator Matt Little answers Social Work questions

Social Work students get questions about about social welfare policy from State Senator.
a couple of young childs brushing their teeth

Dental students study and serve during mission trip to Belize

Dental students studied abroad, providing oral care and dental education in Belize.

Dental Clinic receives $250,000 grant to purchase equipment

Funds from Delta Dental to support clinic and purchase state-of-the art dental hygiene equipment.

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