Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hall of Champions: Women's Basketball 2008-2009 NCAA Division II National Championship Trophy and team photo

The Brock Otto Hall of Champions is an exhibit located in the Taylor Center that reflects the heritage of Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as the big dreams, big opportunities, and big impact that the University has today. The Hall of Champions highlights: heritage, academics, athletics, student life, and alumni.

A photograph of Women's Basketball 2008-2009 NCAA Division II National Championship Trophy and team photo in the Hall of Champions. 
Women's Basketball 2008-2009 NCAA Division II National Championship Trophy and team photo. The net from one of the baskets from the championship game (103-94 win over Franklin Pierce University, March 27, 2009 in San Antonio, Tex.)
Facts about this team:
  • First Minnesota State Mankato women's basketball National Championship in school history
  • First appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight
  • 2008-09 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Champions - 2nd conference title in school history, first since the 1985-86 season
  • Finished with a 32-2 record - 32 wins are the most in a season at Minnesota State Mankato
  • Started the season 17-0 passing the previous mark of 16-0 set by the 1985-86 team
  • Scored 2,763 points for an average of 81.3 points per game - both Minnesota State Mankato records
  • Recorded 16 home wins - most in Minnesota State Mankato history
  • Team shot 47.2% from the field - new Minnesota State Mankato record
  • Ranked #1 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II National Poll for first time in Minnesota State Mankato history
Learn more about the Hall of Champions at http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/hoc/about.html.

As always, never hesitate to contact the University Archives with any questions you may have.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hall of Champions: Women's Track shoes worn by Lauren Stelten

The Brock Otto Hall of Champions is an exhibit located in the Taylor Center that reflects the heritage of Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as the big dreams, big opportunities, and big impact that the University has today. The Hall of Champions highlights: heritage, academics, athletics, student life, and alumni.

A photograph of Women's Track shoes worn by Lauren Stelten in the Hall of Champions exhibit case.
Women's Track shoes worn by Lauren Stelten (Cologne, Minn.), who won the 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor championship, becoming Minnesota State Mankato's third female pole vault national champion. She finished her indoor career as a four-time indoor All-American having earned first (2011), second (2008 and 2010) and sixth (2009) at the national meet. She won the NSIC Indoor Championship in the pole vault in 2011 and 2010 and finished second in 2009.

Stelten had just as much success outdoors as she is a four-time Outdoor All-American in the pole vault, finishing first in 2011, second in 2010, fourth in 2009 and 2008. She won the 2010 and 2011 NSIC Outdoor TF pole vault title after finishing second in 2009.

Stelten was selected as Minnesota State Mankato's Senior Female Athlete of the Year for 2010-11.

Learn more about the Hall of Champions at http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/hoc/about.html.

As always, never hesitate to contact the University Archives with any questions you may have.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hall of Champions: Fall 2017 Sesquicentennial Profiles

Minnesota State Mankato is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Starting in 2017 the 18-month Sesquicentennial celebration will culminate on Oct. 7, 2018—a date that marks the 150-year anniversary of the day that the first actual classes were held.

During the Sesquicentennial the Brock Otto Hall of Champions exhibit located in the Taylor Center will have a series of rotating posters profiling notable Minnesota State Mankato people. The first batch of profiles currently on display include Jim Chalgren, Margaret McCue, Mark Schuck, Principal Julia Sears, and Anna and Emma Wiecking.



Image: Jim Chalgren poster
Jim Chalgren, a then graduate student in the Counseling and Student Personnel program, founded the Alternative Lifestyles Office in 1977, the second center of its kind on at a U.S. college or university. His tireless efforts to challenge prejudice, educate students and fight for change built the foundation for the vibrant presence the LGBT Center has ultimately established on campus and in the community.

Dedicated in Jim Chalgren’s honor in 2008, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides support, advocacy, referral and a sense of community to LGBTQQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied individuals) students.

Until his death in 2000, Jim lived a heroic life as an activist, garnering state and national attention and continuing to push for gay rights despite battling AIDS. In Jim's memory, the Jim Chalgren Award is presented annually to honor one staff or faculty person who has acted as a visible and courageous supporter of the LGBT community and the LGBT Center.

Learn more about the LGBT Center at https://www.mnsu.edu/lgbtc/.



Image: Margaret McCue poster
Margaret McCue, a four-year starter at middle blocker for the Mavericks (1985-1988), finished her career owning school records for games played (444), kills (1,425), kill percentage (.295) and total blocks (553). An Iowa City, Iowa native, she led the school in kills for four consecutive seasons. McCue was named to the Minnesota State Mankato's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Learn more about the Mavericks Hall of Fame at http://msumavericks.com/hof.aspx.













Image: Mark Schuck poster
During Mark Schuck’s 34-year stint as the men’s cross country coach, the Mavericks won ten North Central Conference titles. Schuck was named league Cross Country Coach of the Year nine times and North Central Regional Men's Coach of the Year twice. He led the Mavericks to a NCAA Division II men’s cross country title in 1988. Schuck also served as head coach of the men’s track and field program for 15 years. A native of Nicollet, Minnesota, his awards include three national coach of the year honors: 2006 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year and 1988 and 1993 NCAA DII Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year. As a student-athlete at Mankato State College (class of 1969), Schuck participated in cross country, track and field and basketball. He began his coaching career at Mankato Wilson High School, where he also served as the athletic director for eight years.

Learn more about Minnesota State Mankato's Mavericks at: http://msumavericks.com/.
 
 

Image: Julia Sears poster
Julia A. Sears served as Principal of the Mankato State Normal School from 1872-1873. She came to Mankato in 1871 to teach at the Normal School and was subsequently hired as principal the following year. She served in that role for one year before the State Normal School Board replaced her with Principal David Clarke John. No clear reasons were given for her termination and students and community members were outraged.

Known as the Sears Rebellion, 40 State Normal School students stated they would petition for her return and if denied would withdraw from school. They were instead suspended and later, most were expelled. Meanwhile, community members signed a petition to the State Normal School Board asking to restore Ms. Sears to the position of principal. None of these efforts were successful in restoring Ms. Sears to her position in Mankato. In 1875 she was hired to teach mathematics at the Peabody Normal School (Nashville, TN) where she stayed until her retirement in 1907.

Learn more about Minnesota State Mankato's Presidential history at: https://www.mnsu.edu/president/history.html.



Image: Anna and Emma Wiecking poster
Anna and Emma Wiecking were sisters born and raised in Mankato. Both graduated from Mankato State Normal School and were present at the institution as it developed from Normal School to Teachers College to State College.

Anna Wiecking became assistant principal of the college’s elementary school in 1932 and principal in 1933. She also taught elementary education college students until her retirement in 1956.

Emma Wiecking came to the college in 1922 as assistant librarian and was head librarian from 1924 until her retirement in 1959.

In 1980, in a ceremony celebrating the completion of the campus’ consolidation, Wilson Campus School was re-named Wiecking Center to honor Anna and Emma Wiecking’s 76 years of service in education. The building houses several classrooms and various department offices and is home to the Children’s House, a nonprofit child care center.

Learn more about the College of Education at: http://ed.mnsu.edu/.
Learn more about the Children's House at: http://ed.mnsu.edu/tch/.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Oral History Collections: September 2017


We’re highlighting several of our newly processed older oral history collections!

Moore, Roy B., 1908-1993. Oral History Interview, 7, 8, and 12 March 1980. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1666.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1666.html
The Roy B. Moore collection consists of three audiocassettes and CD duplicates of the audiocassettes of an oral history interview conducted between Moore and Thomas Dahlen on 7, 8, and 12 March 1980. This interview covers Moore’s recollections of the roles and responsibilities of the teacher during the 1930s and 1940s and the effects of the Depression and World War II on the teacher and the community.


Wigley, Earle J., 1903-1992. Oral History Interview, 2 July 1979. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1670.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1670.html
The Earle J. Wigley collection consists of an audiocassette tape and a CD duplicate of the audiocassette of an oral history interview conducted between Wigley and Joseph J. Loring on 2 July 1979. This interview covers Wigley’s recollections of the roles and responsibilities of the teacher during the 1920s and 1930s.



Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives!
Are you interested in viewing the two collections mentioned above? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit.


Mee Xiong is an Archives Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Collections: July 2017

We’re highlighting a few of the newly processed collections!

KMSU Radio. Collection, 1983-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 40.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/msu/msu40.html
The KMSU Radio Collection is primarily made up of program guides, the  Monitor, and newsletters, Airwaves, which were distributed to subscribers. The Monitor and Airwaves issues contain radio schedules, show descriptions, coming attractions, and often stories at the end or beginning about people or events on the radio. The collection also includes ads and other documents.

Golden Key International Honour Society, Mankato Chapter. Collection, 1998 - 2010. SMHC Manuscript Collection 258
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc258.html
The Golden Key International Honour Society, Mankato Chapter collection includes membership materials, minutes from the Mankato Chapter and national organization, and financial information from the Mankato Chapter. Photographs taken from Mankato Chapter members of volunteer activities and conferences along with two banners, one t-shirt, and one scrapbook are also included. The Golden Key International Honour Society, Mankato chapter began in 1999 and ended in 2011.

Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives!
Are you interested in viewing the two collections mentioned above? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit.


Mee Xiong is an Archives Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Oral History Collections: June 2017


We’re highlighting several of our newly processed older oral history collections!

Aspelund, Mark M., 1953-. Oral History Interview, 3 and 25 February 1982. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1571. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1571.html
The Mark M. Aspelund collection consists of one audiocassette tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, a transcript, and a biographical form and interview outline of an oral history interview conducted between Aspelund and Dennis H. Holland on 3 and 25 February 1982. At the time of the interview, Aspelund was studying electronic technology at Mankato Area Vocational-Technical Institute. The interview details Aspelund’s thoughts and opinions on the issues and problems facing education. Issues discussed include: state and federal funding, staff retention, administration quality, minority programs, and facility use.


Carter, Max. Oral History Interview, 27 February and 9 March 1981. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1647. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1647.html
The Max Carter collection consists of two audiocassette tapes, a CD duplicate of the audiocassettes, a transcript, and a biographical form of an oral history interview and a follow up interview conducted between Carter and Ronald A. Cyphers on 27 February and 9 March 1981. At the time of the interview, Carter was Child Care Supervisor at the Minnesota Braille and Sightsaving School in Faribault, Minnesota. The interview details Carter’s background and his thoughts on the issues and problems facing the Braille and Sightsaving School. Topics include: teacher licensing, the referral system, the importance of the socialization of handicapped children, and effectively communicating with parents and the community what services the Braille and Sightsaving School provides.


Brown, Arline, 1924-. Oral History Interview, 1 November 1980. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1651. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1651.html
The Arline Brown collection consists of one audiocassette tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, a transcript, and a biographical form and interview outline of an oral history interview conducted between Brown and Phyllis M. Wisen on 1 November 1980. Brown was a faculty member at Mankato State University and taught Economics from 1957 to 1977. This interview deals with Brown’s perceptions of Mankato State University during the years she taught there including, but not limited to, issues concerning female faculty members and the growth of the Economics Department.


Macias, Rometo (Rummy), 1922-. Oral History Interview, 9 February 1979. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1678. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1678.html
The Macias collection consists of 2 audiocassette tapes and duplicates of the audiocassettes of an oral history interview conducted between Macias and Mark Fleming on February 9, 1979. In this interview, Macias recollects the roles and responsibilities of the teacher during the era 1945 to 1957, Mankato Teachers College during the 1950s, and the Mankato area after World War II.



Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives!
Are you interested in viewing the two collections mentioned above? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit.


Mee Xiong is an Archives Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

How to Keep Paperback Books in Good Condition

Who doesn't love paperback books?

They are cheap, easy to pack and lightweight. Unlike hardcover books, paperbacks have thick paper covers and the textblocks are glued together instead of stitched or stapled. Paperbacks were designed to be affordable, not to last. Often times, you will find that the paper used in these softbound books are highly acidic. Not to mention all of the other issues that are less customary for our hardcover companions...

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your (or your library's) paperback books in the best shape possible:

Ways to Keep Paperbacks in Good Shape (Structurally):
1) Get it Hardcover Bound - This is a great first resort if you don't mind changing the structure of the book but if your paperback book is fragile or you want to keep it as is, move on to a better option for you.
2) Pamphlet Bind - If the paperback book is one signature vs multiple signatures, the single section can be sewn into a hard, easily removable binder. There are several other types of binding that may be better suited for your book such as spiral binding, velobinding, etc.
3) Book Box - Buy or custom make an "archival" quality acid-free, lignin-free box that you can keep your book in. This may make the book stand on the shelf without worries of dust, light damage, or other environmental factors affecting it. You can decorate the box if you want, too. Bonus!
4) Wrapper - Buy or custom make an "archival" quality acid-free, lignin-free four flap enclosure (wrapper) for your book for the same reasons as a book box without all the bulk.
5) Buy a New One - Many paperback books are relatively inexpensive. This is a good option if the content is more valuable than the specific copy you are working with. If it's still in print and you have an acidic or damaged book on your hands, you may want to get a new one instead.

Other Care Techniques that Seem Obvious but Aren't Always:
1) Hygiene - Wash your hands before handling a book. Even lotions can cause harm.
2) Drink Coffee First - If you snack or drink next to a book, don't be surprised if your book gets a little taste of what you're having! Food and water can cause staining, warped pages, and mold growth.
3) Use a Bookmark - As pages get older and slowly begin to deteriorate, folds in those pages tend to tear off easily. Even a piece of printing paper is better!
4) Close the Book when not using it - This sounds easy but how many of us actually do that? I sometimes find myself setting a book upside down on the page I'm reading if I can't find a bookmark which is not good for the text block.
5) Storage - Store in cool, dry place upright on a shelf, closely packed with other books that are similar in size. Not too tight, not too loose.
6) Chemicals - Writing in books with pens/highlighters increase the acidity of books. Repairs using office materials have lasting negative effects (office glue, tape, post it notes, etc.).If your goal is to preserve the life of your book, write in pencil and use "archival" quality materials.
7) Keep out of the Sun- Sun damage will change the color of your pages to yellow, brown, etc. and your pages will fade.


Take a moment to consider how it will be used in the years to come and it will help determine the best way to preserve it.
Hopefully these tips help!

Now let's hear from you. What do you do to preserve your paperback books? Comment below!

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