May 7, 2020
CONGRATULATIONS TO GRADUATES
and to all students for making it through
an unusual and unprecedented semester.
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
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HEIGHTENED VIEW OF CAMPUS LIFE
WHAT WE MAY LEARN FROM COVID-19
We have all experienced unfamiliar times. For graduates, nothing can wipe away memories and pride. For those returning, what awaits us on the other side of a pandemic? The campus is empty now, but Lenny Koupal believes absence makes the heart fonder. A return to campus will bring a heightened awareness and appreciation of Maverick Pride that comes from a shared campus experience.

'COMMENCEMENT-IN-A-BOX'
PANDEMIC CAN'T POSTPONE PRIDE
COVID-19 may have halted normal commencement exercises, but it couldn't stop the pride shared for the achievements of 2,200 Spring 2020 graduates at Minnesota State Mankato. Learn about the May 9 plans for a virtual celebration that include a commemorative mailing, special website and a #MavGrad2020 online graduation photo gallery.

BREAKING BARRIERS
45TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST DRAG SHOW
Graduate Student Jim Chalgren founded the Alternative Lifestyles Office in 1977 thus making Minnesota State Mankato - then Mankato State College - the second campus in the country to establish a center for LGBT students. Even before then, Jim was breaking barriers with the campus's first drag show on May 16, 1975.

DISTINGUISHED DIVERSITY LEADERS
STUDENTS HONORED AT 2019-20 RECOGNITION
Student leaders in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion were recently recognized. View the list of honorees for 2020 as we congratulate these students for their outstanding service.

BRIDGE TO BENEFITS
FINDING A PATH TO ASSISTANCE
The Womens Center at Minnesota State Mankato encourages students with dependent children to complete the Bridge To Benefits assessment to determine qualification in a wide range of assistance programs. Email wcenter@mnsu.edu with Subject Line: Bridge for Benefits for information and assistance in completing the assessment.

NO CLASSES REQUIRED
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
Due to the financial challenges students are facing from COVID-19 impacts, the University is waiving the enrollment requirement for students seeking campus employment during Summer 2020 The waiver of the enrollment requirement applies to both student help positions and graduate assistantships. 
Handshake through the Career Development Center helps students locate job opportunities.
CAN YOU KANOPY?
SUMMER FILM SERIES STREAMS AND TRAINS
Got Popcorn? A new summer streaming film series hosted by the Memorial Library offers a range of classic and award-winning films as a means of exposing students to library services such as Kanopy. It also helps students stay connected to Minnesota State Mankato. Learn about the full line-up with trailers to help you plan your summer viewing.

ON-CAMPUS CLINIC & PHARMACY
SUMMER STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES HOURS
The Student Health Services Medical Clinic and Pharmacy will be open Tuesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 14, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. Summer Term hours for Student Health Services will begin on Monday, May 18. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For information about student medical care or connection to campus resources, contact Student Health Services at (507) 389-6276 or healthservices@mnsu.edu  
LIFE HELP
WEBSITE FOR EMERGENCY RESOURCES
The right information isn't always at your fingertips. To help, a new University website seeks to point students toward valuable resources. The site initially offers links to food resources, medical and counseling resources, financial resources, legal resources and transportation services. Bookmark it!

COMING: Your Summer inSIDER
Watch for Summer issues of the inSIDER starting in June offering the latest campus news and developments.

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