Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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Where: First Floor Centennial Student Union

When: 1-4 PM Monday January 21, 2019 

  • We will work on several community service projects. Projects are open for anyone to join in to complete. Minors should be accompanied by adults. 
  • We will collect money to pay for lunches and milk breaks for ISD77 kids when their parents forget/are unable to pay for it. 
  • We will collect new or gently used kid-friendly college jerseys/t-shirts from MSU, Mankato or other colleges/universities, to share with ISD77 kids who need clothes. Shirts should be clean and in good shape. 

If you have questions, contact the Community Engagement Office at 507-389-5789. 

RSO of the Month – MavHouse Records


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  1. What is your RSO?

MavHouse Records is a student-run, Record Label at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  

  • What do you do, what makes you special, what do u have to offer?

MavHouse Records produces, promotes, markets, and creates music of all genres. What makes us special is the fact that we center ourselves around developing and supporting musicians along with enhancing the skillsets of students who aspire to work in the Music Industry one day. 

  • Do you have to apply, how selective are you, do you target a specific audience? 

Anyone interested in becoming a signed MavHouse artist would have to apply. But we accept anyone who wants to be a member, help support our artists, and develop their skillsets/knowledge on the Music Industry. We target mostly music majors but are open to anyone who is passionate about music. 

  • What is yourultimate goal?

Our ultimate goal is to help musicians get started on building a successful music career. We also hope to give back to MSU and the town of Mankato in any way that we can, as much as we can. 

  • How many members do you have?

We currently have 17 members. 

  • How many years have you been in the University?

MavHouse Records has been at MSU for about 3 years. 

  • What other Universities have your organization?

Universities such as New York University, Syracuse University, Columbia College and Berklee College of Music are a few schools that have student run record labels. 

  • Something funny: what meme would your RSO relate to? 

              This meme because it can be a (fulfilling) challenge getting people to listen to an artist’s music. #brokenpromises

Community Celebration

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be taking place. It will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University Mankato Reception, with an address by Rev. Dr. Powery, and presentation of the 2019 Pathfinder Award.

The 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is sponsored by the following organizations: Rasmussen College, Gustavus Adolphus College’s Diversity Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, YWCA of Mankato, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., South Central College, Creative Ad Solutions, Inc., Halverson Law Offices, Mankato and Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

FREE FOR MNSU Students using the following link:
About Rev. Dr. Luke Powery
Rev. Dr. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics).
His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written three books: Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching; Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; and his latest book Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place, and is currently working on the second in the series of meditations on the Spirituals, this time for the season of Lent. He is also a general editor of a forthcoming nine volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled, Connections.
Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. In 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society.
Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

Upcoming Events

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Welcome back Mavericks! All of us here at the Centennial Student Union hope you enjoyed your winter break. Now that you’re back, here’s what’s coming up the rest of this week! We hope to see you at a few of these events:

Thursday, Jan. 17

  • Hound Hugs & Kanine Kisses
    • Lincoln Lounge – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Music Mash-Up: Karaoke, Mocktails & Live Performance from Icarus Account
    • Bullpen – 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Stomper’s Cinema: “Boy Erased”
    • Ostrander Auditorium – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18

  • Women’s Basketball vs Minnesota Duluth
    • Bresnan Arena – 5:30 p.m.
  • Stomper’s Cinema: “Boy Erased”
    • Ostrander Auditorium – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Hockey vs Lake Superior State
    • Verizon Center – 7:07 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball vs Minnesota Duluth
    • Bresnan Arena – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19

  • Women’s Basketball vs St. Cloud State
    • Bresnan Arena – 3:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball vs St. Cloud State
    • Bresnan Arena – 5:30 p.m.
  • Stomper’s Cinema: “Boy Erased”
    • Ostrander Auditorium – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Hockey vs Lake Superior State
    • Verizon Center – 7:07 p.m.

Monday, Jan 21. – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes

  • MLK Day of Service
    • CSU MavAve 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
  • MLK Community Celebration Banquet w/ Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Lue Powery
    • CSU Ballroom – 5:30 p.m.

CSU Serendipity Music Series Welcomes The OK Factor Dec. 11

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The OK Factor, a cello-violin duo, will offer a break from Finals Week and help welcome in the holiday season with a Tuesday, Dec. 11, free performance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

Free hot chocolate will be available in the Hearth Lounge while supply lasts.

 As part of the CSU Finals Week Stressbusters, the CSU Serendipity Music Series performance features Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist performing a unique “genre-bending” string performance that the duo labels as new-classical crossover. The ease with which they write and perform has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community where they were named finalists for the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018.

 The duo returns for their second December StressBusters performance after a 2017 Serendipity Music Series debut that featured their newly-released holiday CD entitled Have Yourself An OK Christmas. This year’s performance comes as the duo prepares to release their fourth CD – Love, The OK Factor – offering a selection of lullabies and love songs.

Massages By Lindsy Offer Peace During Finals Week

Free 10-minute massage sessions with Lindsy Bottger are a traditional part of Finals Week StressBusters offered by the Centennial Student Union. 

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Massage Therapist Lindsy Bottger believes her 10-minute sessions should do more than relax tense muscles. They are designed to bring peace to mind, body and spirit.

“Your whole-body wellness is a mind, body and spirit connection,” said Bottger, who returns to offer massages as part of the Centennial Student Union’s ongoing Finals Week StressBusters.

Bottger will offer free 10-minute massages Monday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in CSU 201. A daily sign-up sheet will be posted outside the room each morning. Massage sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

A part of CSU Finals Week StressBusters for several semesters, Bottger has made a connection with students, many have become returning Finals Week clients.

“I’ve seen students from their freshman year all the way through the Master’s program,” Bottger said. “Sometimes the sessions turn into a little bit of talk therapy. We work on the body but sometimes what they really need is to separate themselves from everything. A period of silence – just to be present in the room.”

As part of her massage chair sessions, Bottger offers a peaceful ambience with soothing music and dimmed lights.

“I tell them to breathe. I try to meet them where they are – emotionally and spiritually. When your spirit is at peace it affects how your body functions and responds.”

A talented singer and thespian, Bottger is a board-certified massage therapy who received her training at the Bio-Chi Institute in Sioux City, Iowa. Her interest in massage therapy was an extension of her interest in the arts.

“In college, I studied theatre education. Then I went for massage therapy and the healing arts,” she explained. “This, too, is an artform shaped by my energies, my education and my experiences.”

Lenny Koupal, CSU communications coordinator who organizes the CSU’s Finals Week StressBusters, said common interests helped bring Bottger to campus six years ago.

“Linz and I are ol’ theatre buddies. We met through community theatre and have been friends for nearly 20 years,” Koupal said. “When I arrived at the CSU, Linz was a massage therapist in Mankato. We came up with the idea for Finals Week massages. Since then, she has moved near Bonesteel,  South Dakota, and now lives in Sioux City. She’s traveled as much as five hours – sometimes in snow – to get here for these sessions. I know she does it partly due to our friendship. More importantly, she does it because of her caring nature.”

That distinctively “Lindsy” connection fuels her passion for helping a growing list of Minnesota State Mankato students through Finals Week.

“I love what I do. I love helping people. I love connecting with people. I love networking,” she said. “I believe the power of touch can bring insight to one person’s day or make them feel valued.”

That touch ranges from relaxing massages to warm hugs.

“I give away hugs. I introduce myself and more generally than not I’m reaching for hugs. I’m a hugger,” she concluded with a laugh.

Finals Week massage therapy sessions are open to the campus community. Due to the popularity of the sessions, participants are asked to sign up for only one session.

The massages are part of the CSU Finals Week StressBusters that includes:

  • Monday night’s traditional late night breakfast starting at 10 p.m. on the MavAve;
  • Therapy dog sessions Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. in the CSU Lincoln Lounge
  • The cello-violin duo, The OK Factor, in the CSU Hearth Lounge on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m offering free hot chocolate
  • Coloring stations by the CSU south entrance and by the Lincoln Lounge.

Late Night Yummy!

by AFURE ADAH, CSU Public Relations Assistant

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FINALS WEEK is coming up folks! You know what that means, Late. Night. Studying. We’ve all been there and will probably all be doing it these next couple of weeks. Late night study mode, activate!

To help us out, our lovely Jazzman’s Cafe, located in the CSU, is hosting a Late Night Breakfast for us. Aww!

Here is your cordial invitation,

Late Night Breakfast is an event at the end of each semester and it gives us students, who might need a little late night snack or meal, a chance to take a break and refuel for our late night cram sessions.

Food will be provided by Sodexo and the menu usually consists of pancakes, eggs, breakfast potatoes and a couple more staple breakfast items. Yum!

It will be Monday, December 10th from 10-11:30 PM, and you are all invited!

Finals Week Therapy Dogs Inspired Growth, Expansion

Maggie, the inspiration for the CSU’s Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses title, gives another one of her trademark hugs and kisses.

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After several semesters offering therapy dogs as part of the Centennial Student Union’s Finals Week StressBusters, the tradition has grown and evolved into ongoing monthly Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses program now being copied on other Minnesota campuses.

The Finals Week edition of Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses will be Monday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both sessions are in the CSU Lincoln Lounge.

Lenny Koupal, CSU communications coordinator who oversees the therapy dog sessions in the CSU, said therapy dog visits started in 2012 to help students through stressful Finals Week.

In response to students’ request seeking more frequent visits, Fall and Spring sessions of Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses are planned in the CSU every third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lincoln Lounge.

Koupal said Cathy Colby, a member of the University’s IT staff and volunteer with the local therapy dogs organization, helped get the monthly sessions started.

“Cathy – and her French bulldog Gizmo – really made this happen. Other members were invited with many of them becoming monthly regulars,” Koupal said.

Inspiration for the Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses label came from one of the therapy dog regulars.

“Maggie is this amazing British lab owned by Kay Ashley. She’s not only the canine mascot for the Mankato Moondogs baseball team, she’s the quintessential therapy dog,” Koupal said. “Maggie literally gives hugs and kisses to many of the student participants.”

Others who have helped promote the program on campus are faculty such as Dr. Mary Kramer, professor with the Health Science Department. For Health 101 classes, students can complete an out-of-class assignment by attending therapy dog sessions and sharing personal observations.

“Faculty have shared students’ reports of the evening. Some of them are quite moving with the therapy dogs helping homesickness, classroom stress and general anxiety,” Koupal said.

Kramer said the student reflections have interested her and fellow professors in possible research into the emotional impact of therapy dogs on college students.

Other area colleges offering therapy dogs include a new monthly Sunday program at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter. Koupal said other schools within the Minnesota State system expressing interest in similar therapy dog sessions include Hennepin Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Koupal said what started as a Finals Week program will continue to meet student needs. A recent CSU student survey showed therapy dog sessions were the third most popular event students attend in the CSU.

“We’ve had as many as 300 students show up for an evening session,” Koupal said. “It’s been an outstanding program.”

Chili Cook Off Helps The Campus Kitchen

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Student Assistant

The Chili Cook Off, which took place Thursday, Nov. 8, was a huge success for the MSU Community Engagement Office and The Campus Kitchen.

The event, which benefited The Campus Kitchen, featured four chilis, including a smoky Texas-style chili, a white chicken chili, a sweet and spicy chili featuring a cinnamon roll and a completely vegan chili, all of which could be sampled by the campus community for just $2 or a food donation. The vegan chili, created by MSU Campus Dietitian, Lexi Cournoyer, was voted as the top chili of the competition. Her chili will be served in the University Dining Center and on Mav Ave Thursday, Nov. 15 during lunch.

In all 486 food items and over $100 in cash were collected. The donations benefited The Campus Kitchen and will continue to help provide meals to students every Monday between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Those meals are distributed by the Community Engagement (CEO), who offer several resources for students struggling with hunger and food insecurities through partnerships with the University, Crossroads Ministries, Echo Food Shelf, Salvation Army, Centenary Church, Food Not Bombs and others.

The Community Engagement Office is working on ways to further their reach to help more students by implementing a text program, which notifies subscribers when The Campus Kitchen has food available and when the CEO is hosting an event. Students can get those updates by texting SUPPORT to 76626.

The CEO is also seeking help with promotion and research development through the work of an intern. Interested students can apply and learn more through Handshake.


Maverick Holiday Carnival Tradition Continues on MNSU Campus

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Upon returning from break, Minnesota State University, Mankato is preparing for a tradition of


Photo by: Temi Adeleye, KEYC News 12

their own.

Starting back in 2015, the Community Engagement Office created the Maverick Holiday Carnival. An event that offered an opportunity for college students, holiday fans and organizations to interact with children and families in the Mankato area.

Those interested in hosting a fun event, will create booths with activities/games for elementary students in the Mankato area and their families. Elementary students will attend,play games and win prizes at each booth, which will consist of carnival games for children up to 12 years old.

“The theme this year is Candyland Holiday Carnival, so we plan to incorporate lots of Candyland themed decorations as well as holiday decorations,” said Kennedi Alstead, Community Engagement Office, Graduate Advisor.

The Maverick Holiday Carnival will take place on December 9th in the Centennial Student Union, Ballroom from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. However, organizations that are having an activity will have access to the ballroom starting at 11 a.m. and should be ready to go by 1:15 p.m. The actual event will take from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for the actual event and no later than 5 p.m. to take down.

The Community Engagement Office is looking for organizations, chapters, offices, and departments to host a booth for their event. Mavs in Action will pay for $50 of supplies for each group that participates. Groups that sign up before November 16th, will have the privilege of Mavs in Action getting the supplies for their game for them. The form will include, supplies needed and a description of their activity. If groups want to be a part but do not have an idea for an activity, we have many ideas available to offer.

The sign-up form will be available on engage for groups to sign up until the end of November. But those who sign up after November 16th will be in charge of getting their own supplies.

“Additionally, there will be a competition where kids can vote on their favorite booth! The winning group will receive a special prize,” said Alstead.

Organizations interested in being a part of this fun tradition can apply here and  contact for more information.