Whether it was creating educational events with the Women’s Center, the LGBT Center or Veterans, Atlas James sought Student Events Team programming that sought to show commonality and opportunities to connect among students from all backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.
Nadia Mohamed, the first Black mayor of St. Louis Park, Minn., will be this year’s keynote speaker as the 48th annual Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Conference, returns to Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday and Friday, Feb. 29 and March 1.
One of the University’s long-standing traditions, the annual conference in the Centennial Student Union was established by Dr. Michael T. Fagin and invites participants to “explore how they are cultivating, nurturing and affirming safe spaces and groups as a collective form of resistance, transformation and reclamation.”
Minnesota State’s Abel Christiansen (hurdles), South Milwaukee, Wisc., took home NSIC Track Athlete of the Week honors and Onyekachi Ukaobasi (jumps), Geneva, Ill., won NSIC Field Athlete of the Week in a clean sweep of weekly awards announced Monday, Feb. 12. This marks the second time this year that the Mavericks have claimed both NSIC Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors.
Annelise Miller’s nominator disagreed when Annelise said she didn’t do anything to deserve BEST Board recognition. It was that unassuming demeanor mixed with Annelise’s passion for writing that earned her a place on the BEST Board. Her prolific writing that fuels the weekly MAVERICK INSIDER student e-newsletter serves to keep all fellow Mavericks informed and engaged.
Needing help with scholarships? Come to the Multicultural Center (CSU 269) any Tuesday or Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m. until the end of February. Final day to apply for scholarships is Feb. 29.
This week’s Maverick Minute features another great resource on our campus—the LGBT Center. The Unviersity’s LGBT Center is the second longest-operation university LGBT Center in the country.
Each month President Edward Inch offers his Prez Ed Says message to students. In his most recent message, President Inch extends a “Thank You” to all students as incredible ambassadors for the University.
Spring ’24 BEST Board honoree Jake Hauser is spending his semester before graduation leading a local March book drive as part of National Reading Month. The drive seeks to become a new Maverick Tradition benefitting local libraries. In addition, Jake serves as secretary for Mavs in Action promoting volunteerism in the greater Mankato area.
In the second of a two-part series on generative AI, Dr. Rajeev Bukralia is of the mindset that generative AI in the classroom can enhance student learning if it is used as a tool and not a shortcut. Used honestly with proper disclosure can actually challenge students’ critical thinking abilities.
First in a two-part series: When it comes to the debate over artificial intelligence, Dr. Rajeev Bukralia, associate professor and graduate coordinator for Data Science at Minnesota State Mankato, views things from three different angles – creator, teacher and administrator. Those three vantage points offer a strong point of reference in understanding the evolution and future of AI in this first of a two-part series on AI in academics.
As a graduate advisor in Student Activities, Johnny Ferede found himself as the point person during a time of staff transitions. Putting his leadership and mentoring skills to work, he assisted the day-to-day activities of more than 200 Recognized Student Organizations while coordinating such activities as the annual Student Leadership Awards with over 60 nominations. His efforts that demonstrated resilience, strategic thinking and thriving under pressure earned him Spring ’24 BEST Board recognition.
Starting Feb. 5, 5,000 randomly-selecting Minnesota State Mankato students will be contacted by campus email to participate in the 2024 National College Health Assessment. Student Health Services joins this year’s survey which aids colleges and universities in assessing a wide range of health and wellness issues that impact students and their academic performance. Students completing the survey are eligible to win prizes including AirPods or Target or Amazon gift cards. Surveys must be completed by Feb. 25.
MavPASS, a rapidly growing Minnesota State Mankato student support program in which students help students learn difficult content in challenging courses has received national recognition. The program will receive the Exemplary New Supplemental Instruction award for 2024 from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction. The award will be presented at a June conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The weekly Poster Parade found in the MAVERICK INSIDER and on the CSU Blog provides a glimpse of upcoming events at Minnesota State Mankato.
In his Jan. 21 Maverick Minute, Minnesota State Mankato President Edward Inch visits with Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director of the Women’s Center. The bi-weekly series shares free campus resources available to students. Go to MavericK Minute with President Inch on YouTube to see the growing library of videos.
Relive your childhood on February 20 at 7 p.m.! Steve Burns, the former host of Blue’s Clues is coming to campus to give a talk on burnout.
Among the first to welcome new Mavericks to Minnesota State Mankato are the Orientation Peer Assistants. New Students and Family Programs are now hiring OPAs for Summer Orientation. An information session is Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Preska 126. Gain valuable communication and leadership skills as you greet new students.
Now that the Sittin’ with Stomper statue has arrived in the CSU, the Student Events Team in continuing its week-long Sittin’ with Stomper selfie competition through Wednesday, Jan. 24. Take your best Instagram or Facebook selfie with #sittinwithstomper and you could win a limited edition Sittin’ with Stomper bobblehead.
The University’s social media team is seeking short individual videos for a “Day in a Maverick’s Life” series. The 30-45 second student-made videos of a typical day seek to capture the spirit, energy and enthusiasm of Minnesota State Mankato students.
The country is currently facing a drastic shortage of blood. To assist, Upward Bound is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. A $20 Amazon gift card will be offered to donors.