Hello! As we approach the new academic year at Minnesota State, I have been reflecting on the diversity of our colleges and universities. Diversity in the students we serve and diversity in the paths they follow to a higher education. The stories I share with you today highlight that diversity—a student pursuing his dream of working with NASA and another student who never gave up her dream of a college education. Enjoy!

Devinder Malhotra
Chancellor, Minnesota State
50+ and fearless: Deb Fortney's Story
Deb Fortney graduated from high school in 1984. She tried college a few times, but nothing seemed to fit. Fast forward a couple of decades and she decided to try again, this time at North Hennepin Community College.
The man and the moon: Andres Campbell
Andres Campbell's goal is simple, to contribute to expanding humans' presence in space. To help achieve that goal, he enrolled in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Twin Cities Engineering program.