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Adult, Child and Family Services

Adult, Child and Family Services

Linette Hamer (pictured) graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of science in Open Studies. As a partner in Adult, Child, and Family Services, and as coordinator of a group home for Christian Concern Incorporated, she cared for and worked with underprivileged...

Ann and Phil Clark; Gene Taylor

Ann and Phil Clark; Gene Taylor

Ann (Taylor) Clark was married to David Taylor during his time as a faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato. After his death, Ann remained connected to the History Department. When David’s father Gene Taylor passed away, he left a bequest to establish this...

Annexstad Family Foundation

Annexstad Family Foundation

Al and Cathy Annexstad have lived the American Dream and deeply desire that others in our nation can do the same, especially those who, like themselves, have endured special challenges in their youth. Al and Cathy grew up in neighboring communities in southern...

 Anonymous

Anonymous

Bert E. Burns Family

Bert E. Burns Family

Betty Chesley

Betty Chesley

Betty Chesley’s mother, Rose Hull, lived her final five months in a nursing home. Betty helped bring fullness to the long hours now lived by a woman whose days had once been filled with raising a family, attending church services and enjoying needlework. Her mother’s...

Betty Goff

Betty Goff

On July 12, 1969, Jim Goff married Betty Ann Palmer in Mankato. Betty was a member of the art department faculty at the university from 1967 until her retirement in 1999. Betty and Jim were true partners in life; they were best friends. Betty supported Jim in his...

Bob Gottschald

Bob Gottschald

Bob Gottschald received his BA degree in Social Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1966. Bob valued his time at Mankato State College including the personable faculty and smaller campus size and is inspired to leave a legacy for future students.

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Bonnie Teigum

Bonnie Teigum returned to Mankato in 1974 as a single parent, focused on the goal of completing the degree she had started working toward in 1961. She accomplished that in 1977 and moved with her family to Las Vegas, where she went to work for the Clark County School...

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Bud Lawrence

Louis George “Bud” Lawrence (1931–2017) was a strong community supporter who is revered for his work to bring about the reconciliation between the Dakota and the Mankato community, along with a number of other achievements. Many of Bud’s traits and accomplishments...

Carol and Mark Sletner

Carol and Mark Sletner

Carol Sletner earned degrees in law enforcement, corrections and public administration from Minnesota State Mankato. In 1982 she was hired as the first female officer of the Roseville police force. In her 27 years with the Roseville department, she moved up the ranks...

Chuck Sherwood

Chuck Sherwood

Chuck Sherwood came to Mankato to study anthropology. While he loved his anthropology classes and particularly enjoyed the field work classes, he eventually changed majors to pursue another of his passions. Today Chuck is owner and Vice President of Maverick Software...

Cora P. Sletten

Cora P. Sletten

Cora P. Sletten was a geography professor from 1923-1953. She was an active scholar and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Geography Educators in 1953. She was president of the National Council and served for many years as...

Curt & Debbie Fisher, Robert & Arlene Houlihan, Bruce & Lisa Paradis, Jane & Lee Carlstrom, Dan & Cathy Houlihan

Curt & Debbie Fisher, Robert & Arlene Houlihan, Bruce & Lisa Paradis, Jane & Lee Carlstrom, Dan & Cathy Houlihan

The School Psychology Belize Practicum Award is funded through the generosity of several donors. Robert and Arlene Houlihan provided significant funding for student travel and living expenses. Curt and Debbie Fisher, with Bruce and Lisa Paradis, co-owners of the Blue...

David and Darlene Janovy

David and Darlene Janovy

David Janovy, PhD, came to MNSU in 1968 as Chair of the Department of Sociology. In the ‘70s, he founded the Aging Studies Program which grew to offering a minor and a Master’s as well as providing training for future nursing home administrators. He did doctoral...

David and Debbie Andreas

David and Debbie Andreas

David Andreas studied anthropology at Minnesota State Mankato and developed a lifelong interest in indigenous cultures. In his career as a banker he often visited American Indian communities to talk about diversifying their economic bases, and made many friends in...

David Montgomery

David Montgomery

David Montgomery graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato (Mankato State University) in December 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He started his career in public accounting the same day Ronald Reagan began his as President. That is the only...

Department of Ethnic Studies

Department of Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies faculty believes strongly in investing into students and honoring those who have showed great devotion to their studies. To award such outstanding students, The Department of Ethnic Studies presents this award to a student who has...

Department of History

Department of History

The History Department Scholarships are funded through the generous contributions of current and emeriti history faculty, alumni, and other supporters of the Department. At present, the Departments awards two $500 scholarships: one to a sophomore and one to a junior.

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Dr. Colleen Clarke

Dr. Colleen Clarke is a Professor and past Director of the Law Enforcement Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a former Canadian Police officer with teaching experience in the Ontario College System. Dr. Colleen Clarke was born in a small...

Dr. E. Joan Miller

Dr. E. Joan Miller

Dr. E. Joan Miller, Professor Emerita of Geography at Illinois State University, earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A dissertation fellowship from the Society of Woman Geographers supported her field work in the Ozark Mountains. Her...

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Dr. Jang C. Jin Economics Scholarship

Dr. Jang C. Jin completed his master’s degree in Economics at Mankato State University, as it was known at the time. After earning his Ph.D., he became an economics professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2014, he teaches at George Mason University...

Dr. Jeanne Burkhart

Dr. Jeanne Burkhart

Jeanne Burkhart is a feminist, psychologist, and philanthropist. It is through her generosity that the Women in Psychology scholarship is available to female Psychology majors. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Minnesota State...

Dr. John and Mrs. Anne Frey

Dr. John and Mrs. Anne Frey

Dr. John Frey was a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and then became Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, serving in that capacity for over 21 years. He and his wife, Anne, are passionate about alternative energy solutions....

Dr. Mary T. Dooley

Dr. Mary T. Dooley

Professor Emerita Mary Dooley grew up in Michigan, and taught at Michigan State for a year before joining the University of Maryland’s program for teaching military personnel in Europe. She then taught for several years at Ball State University in Muncie,...

Dr. Robert Fonda Dental Hygiene Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Robert Fonda Dental Hygiene Scholarship Endowment

After high school, Dr. Fonda graduated from the Kemper Military School in 1942, then from the University of Iowa in 1945, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He was immediately ordered to duty as a Naval Dental Officer and when released in 1946, joined his...

Dr. Truman and Reta Wood

Dr. Truman and Reta Wood

Dr. Truman David Wood taught for thirty years in the Political Science/Law Enforcement Department. His personal interest in students touched the lives of many who have in turn made major impacts in the Mankato area, Minnesota, the U.S. and even around the world. His...

Dr. William Anderson

Dr. William Anderson

Bill Anderson served as a social work professor at Minnesota State Mankato for more than 37 years. During his time here, he held various positions such as department chairperson and director of the undergraduate program. His interest in social service expanded into...

Erma Erikson

Erma Erikson

Erma Erikson received her Undergraduate degree in International Relations from Mankato State College in 1967. She worked for 40 years as a Cartographer for the Federal Government in St. Louis, MO. Her love for archeology started when she used to ride horses and would...

Frank and Ann Korth

Frank and Ann Korth

The Frank A. and Marolin P. Korth Endowment was established by Frank D. Korth as a tribute to his parents. The purpose of this endowment is to honor the careers of these two individuals: Frank’s long career as a law enforcement professional in Mankato and Blue Earth...