Honorees of the Year

Each year, we recognize three outstanding individuals for their generous contributions to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Their stories are proof that through giving, we can change the world for the better, give students opportunities they wouldn't have had otherwise, and make a powerful and positive impact.


Philanthropist of the Year

2019 – Dennis A. and Helen A. Klenz

Dennis and Helen Klenz, 2019 Philanthropists of the Year

"Both of us started out with basically nothing and have grown into a comfortable life. Education is key, and we are happy to help provide it to somebody else."


Corporate Philanthropic Partner of the Year

2019 – Scheels

Scheels, 2019 Corporate Philanthropic Partner of the Year

"We try to only partner with well-run, first-class organizations that have strong leadership and a strong, positive community impact—partners who we believe will make a difference in people's lives"
-Brandon Scheel, Store Leader/Partner


Volunteer of the Year

2019 – Timothy Huebsch

Tim Huesbch, 2019 Volunteer of the Year

“You must reflect on the past, focus on today and, most importantly, dream of tomorrow. Volunteering for Minnesota State Mankato gives you a chance to see the incredible impact this institution has on so many lives that are turning big ideas into reality.”


Previous Honorees

Volunteer of the Year

Timothy A. Huebsch-2019

John F. Behrends-2018

Kathy Eiden-2017

Larry Schnoor-2016

Bob Qualset-2015

Curt Fisher-2014

Randy Zellmer--2013

Dr. Winston and Shirley Grundmeier—2010

Margaret Robinson Preska, PhD, LhD, President Emerita—2009

KMSU Radio Hosts—2008

International Student Endowment Committee—2007

Garrison L. Hale - 2006

Eddice B. Barber, Ph.D.—2005

Al and Erla Fallenstein—2004

Jon Rippke—2003

William Olszewski—2002

Kristine J. Connors & Judy Keltgen Mans—2001

Dale Johnson--2000

Bailey W. Blethen—1999

Alan Gerhardt & Jim Neilson--1998

Phyllis Rivard--1997

Marcia K. Copeland--1996

Charles Pennington--1995

Philanthropist of the Year

Dennis A. and Helen A. Klenz-2019

John and Anne Frey and Curt Stangler-2018

Phyllis Vosbeck, PhD-2017

Al and Bobbie Hubbard-2016

Steve and Judy Legenhausen-2015

Dr. Paul Mittelstadt-2014

Rod Schmidt—2013

California Analytical Instruments/Environmental Testing Corporation-2010

California Analytical Instruments/Environmental Testing Corporation-2010

Vivian B. and Harry D. Rippin Estate -2009

Glen and Becky Taylor—2008

David and Debbie Andreas—2007

Gerald and Marilu Bambery/McDonalds of Mankato--2006

Dr. Donald C. and Marjorie Meredith Foundation—2005

The Curtis Sampson Family-2004

Wells Fargo Banks--2003

Pamela and Wynn Kearney, Jr.—2002

B. H. and Betty Chesley—2001

George and Anne Haefner and Allen and Kathleen Lenzmeier—2000

William Bresnan—1999

Glen A. Taylor--1998

Consolidated Communications and the Consolidated Community Fund --1997

Lee and Loretta Snilsberg--1996

Lowell and Nadine Andreas--1995

Corporate Philanthropic Partner of the Year

Scheels-2019

Schwickert’s Tecta America -2018

Sanford Health-2017

The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA-2016

Wells Concrete-2015

Consolidated Communications and the Consolidated Community Fund -2014