“I’m Afraid I’m a Fraud” Feminine Feast Set Feb. 20


by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern 

Do you ever hear a little voice in your head that says “you don’t know what you are doing?” Well, you are not alone.

Join the Women’s Center in a Feminist Feast, “I’m Afraid I’m a Fraud,” to enjoy a catered meal while discussing the topic of feminism and the impostor phenomena. 

Postponed from the original Jan. 30 date, the Feminist Feast on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, North Ballroom, explores the the impostor phenomena. The evening includes discussion and a 20-minute facilitated presentation and discussion by Residential Life’s Academic Success Coordinator, Megan Ross, and Director of the Women’s Center, Liz Steinborn-Gourley.

Impostor syndrome is defined as a commonly-shared feeling that someone is a fraud and believes that their accomplishments are nowhere near as good as the praise or promotions they receive.

“Feminist Feast is an opportunity for us to break bread and discuss the very real challenges we face regularly from the political to the personal. In regards to the impostor phenomena, once we understand that our feelings of inadequacy and fraudulence are not our struggle alone, we are better able to confront and change our thinking. People of color and women most often experience these feelings of fraudulence as we begin to see all of the great things of which we are capable. We are good enough. We do belong here,” said Steinborn-Gourley.  

Feminist Feasts are open to all students. If you’re interested in attending RSVP at the Women’s Center in CSU 218 by 12 p.m. on Monday, February 18 or by responding to our Facebook event: facebook.com/WomensCenterMsu. 

Remember, Feminist Feasts are open to all students. 


LGBT Center Spills the “Tea Talks” on All Things Health and Wellness


by: MORGAN STOLPA, Public Relations Intern

Do you want a safe place to learn where no questions are considered out of place?

The LGBT Center is collaborating with Planned Parenthood, The Counseling Center, and Smitten Kitten to provide Tea Talks that create a learning environment for students to learn about a range of issues focusing on health and wellness.

In February the LGBT Center is hosting two Tuesday Tea Talks on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in CSU 194. Students are encouraged to ask any of the presenters their questions. The Tea Talks are a learning environment so if you came looking for an answer, ask the question!

All attendees are asked to keep an open mind and are encouraged to bring a lunch since the talks take place over lunch hours. There are a range of topics that will be discussed all of which will focus on health and wellness. As always, there will be free tea!

The February Tea Talk topics:

Tuesday, February 19: Get ‘PrEP’ped: STIs, Treatment, and PrEP for all Communities

Planned Parenthood will be visiting the Center and discussing the signs, symptoms, and treatment of common STIs. They will also discuss PrEP, a pill-a-day way of preventing HIV infection.

Tuesday, February 26: Navigating Eating Disorders Within the Queer Community

The Counseling Center will be sharing stats and infographics, discussing signs and symptoms (for self or others), and engaging students in an experiential mindfulness and a body compassion exercise.

“My favorite thing about the Tea Talk topics this semester is that while the talks are held in the LGBT Center, the topics and conversations apply to ALL communities. Students from majors like counseling, psychology, health & wellness, nursing, or social work are all encouraged to join in, as well as anyone who is curious and wants to learn more about any of the topics we’re offering this semester,” said David Gardener, the acting director of the Gender and Sexuality Programs.

Remember, the LGBT Center is not only for members of the queer community, their allies are always more than welcome to come in and find a sense of community.

For more information, or questions check out their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/LGBTcenterMSU.


Fashion Show Spotlights Multicultural Attire


by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

Do you ever look at your fashion and wonder what the similarities and differences are between what you’re wearing and what different types of cultures are wearing today?

On Tuesday, Feb. 19th, the Student Events Team will be hosting a Multicultural Fashion Show. Students from different backgrounds and cultures will be modeling cultural attire from their home countries and cultures.

The fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted in the CSU Ballroom. It is free and open to both students and the public. The goal of this event is to help the campus and MNSU as a whole to become more aware of the different cultures around us and how special and unique they each are.

“This event is something that is so unique on our campus. Having a fashion show on an actual runway is something that most college campuses don’t have,” Lucas Arndt, Mavericks After Dark chair, said. Come out for an opportunity to learn about the difference and uniqueness of all different types of cultures!


Faculty Spotlight: Entrepreneurial Spirit Inspires COB Professor Shane Bowyer


by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Shane Bowyer, MSU Management professor, feeds off of his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for teaching.

Bowyer is a favorite professor of many students who’ve had him, but what does his life look like outside the craziness of the classroom? The inSIDER’s February Faculty Spotlight sheds more light on life outside the classroom.

Bowyer’s roots at MSU began in 1976 when both of his parents started working at the university. His dad was the baseball coach at MSU, a role he occupied for the next 34 years, helping the team to several milestones during his tenure. His mother worked in the Student Senate office.

He got his Bachelor’s Degree as a Maverick in 1991, then stayed another three years before earning his master’s in 1994. Bowyer wasn’t done there as he continued on to do more graduate work at Indiana State and then went on to receive his doctorate from Saint Mary’s.

Bowyer left MSU a few times after graduating with his master’s: first to coach baseball at two other universities, then, after returning to campus to teach for 12 years, he went to Bethany for five years. He has since returned and has remained anchored as a Maverick for the last four years.

Bowyer teaches several classes at MSU, but his favorite is classes are those involved with the Integrated Business Experience (IBE) program. In addition to teaching classes within the IBE program, Bowyer says one of his favorite parts of being a professor is seeing his students succeed.

“I love being around the students and seeing them get jobs.”

Shane Bowyer, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Management at Minnesota State

Bowyer does a lot more than just teach, too. He is involved with the Ag Today Club; a learning community; and Delta Sigma Pi, a business-based academic fraternity.

Outside of MSU, Bowyer enjoys running, boating, hunting and traveling with his family, which consists of his wife and two children. His wife, Laura, who is also an MSU graduate, teaches accounting at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The Bowyer’s son, Austin, is a junior at Baylor University studying accounting. Their daughter, Gabrielle, is a freshman at Augustana University in St. Paul. She is also an accounting major, which Bowyer notes chuckling is, “Laura’s influence. Not mine!”

In addition to being a professor, mentor, father, husband and coach, Bowyer is also a successful businessman. He has started three accomplished business in his lifetime and attributes that success to his “entrepreneurial spirit.”

7 Questions with Shane Bowyer

  1. If you could only describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
    • Coach
  2. What’s your favorite band and/or type of music?
    • Bruce Springsteen and anything on KTIS
  3. What’s your favorite holiday?
    • Christmas
  4. What would you do if you won the lottery?
    • I would create a foundation to help others — but of course after I buy a few things!
  5. If you could make one rule for everyone to follow, what would it be?
    • The Golden Rule – everyone has to treat others as they wish to be treated
  6. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My parents and all of the students
  7. What message of advice would you give to your students?
    • Get involved, explore, work hard and focus on learning, not the grade.


Preparing for a Job Interview


by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

Are you a student who has no clue what you would like to pursue? Or maybe you are a student who knows exactly what you want in a career, but not sure of what classes or major you need to take? And then there are some of you who wants to do everything and needs assistance with narrowing down your options?

The Career Development Center is your one-stop shop! It is one of the many resources on campus that is dedicated to providing high-quality services to all students, even alumni. The CDC offers the opportunity for students to sit down with a career advisor for up to an hour to assist with choosing/ changing a major, finding a part/full-time employment, and internship. The first part of getting into a career path of your choice is getting a resume started and then practice your interviewing skills.

“For students who are not sure where to start for an interview or what the process looks like. Here at the CDC, we have resources to prepare them for what to expect in multiple interview scenarios such as interviewing for your dream job or interviewing to get into graduate school. Everyone’s mock interview sessions are based on what kind of jobs they are going to apply for. We provide them with practice questions and we even walk them through helpful techniques to help them work with interviewing anxiety that can come up”, said Mai Xee Vang, Career Advisor.

“There is also Quick Stop from 12 P.M. – 3 P.M. Monday through Thursday every week. Quick stop is exactly how it sounds. Students can drop in, no appointment needed, to sit down with a career advisor for us to go over their resume, interviewing strategies, or even to chat about career opportunities,” said Vang.

The Career Development Center offers valuable resources that all students can take advantage of, especially if you are graduating soon and need guidance on practicing your interviewing skills. Be sure to check out their website for more information about interviewing: https://www.mnsu.edu/cdc/interviewing


Fine-Tune Your Resume


by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

Are you struggling with what needs to go on your resume? Or even how to make a good first impression using your resume? The Career Development Center has resources and Career Advisors who can assist students on how to format resumes and walk them through on what key information you should highlight.

Mai Xee Vang, a Career Advisor from the Career Development Center says, “Having a properly formatted resume is one of the best things any student can do to advance themselves. Resumes are about selling yourself and here at the CDC, we have the resources to help students do that. A resume that helps a student stand out will help in any job they apply for.”

Here are some tips to help get started on a resume.

Be positive. Be honest. Stick to the facts.
• Avoid abbreviations.
• Appearance is important. Do not clutter your page. Generally, 0.5” – 1” margins are used. Use bold print and capital letters to emphasize important items.
• Don’t forget your name, address, phone and e-mail address. Be sure your e-mail address is professional sounding (i.e. alexbaumann9@gmail.com vs. vikingsfan99@hotmail.com!)
• Personal information such as age, marital status, height, weight should NOT be included on your resume.
• Do not include reference names, addresses, or phone numbers on your resume. List these on a separate sheet.
• Read the job description thoroughly and talk with people in the field to understand what the employer is looking for. Create a resume that highlights how you meet these qualifications.
• Create a master resume that includes everything you have ever done for record purposes. Then create a tailored resume simply by cutting and pasting information back in that is relevant to the specific position you are applying to.

For more tips on how on formatting resume from the Career Development Center job search handbook, click here.

Students have the option to set up a one to one meeting with a Career Advisor or they could stop in during Quick Stop hours from 12 P.M. – 3 P.M. Monday through Thursday every week to have their resume reviewed.


Engineering Job Fair: FAQs


by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

The Engineering Career and Internship Fair sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. Our staff in the CSU PR office has reached out to the Career Development Center (CDC) and compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the fair and put them into this handy guide so you know exactly what to do to prepare for the career fair!

What majors is this event of the highest interest to?

Students studying Automotive Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering/Technology, Computer Information Technology, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering Technology, Information Systems, Integrated Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and/or Physics, should attend this fair for career opportunities.

What employers/organizations will be there?

Students can find the full list of organizations that will be at the job fair by viewing the event information on Handshake. On that page you’ll see descriptions of all employers, be able to explore job opportunities by full-time, part-time or internships and even search for employers by location.

What should I do to prepare?

Before coming to the job fair, students should:

  • Research the organizations that will be present and know some background information. This will help you identify organizations that interest you and make for smoother conversations with those groups.
  • Stop in to the CDC for a “Quick Stop,” a 10-minute session on career and job search questions, resume help, interview tips and more. The CDC is in Wigley Administration building, room WA209.
  • Show employers that you’re interested in them before attending the job fair. This could be simple as giving them a call or sending them an email letting them know you’re looking forward to meeting them and discussing their business.
  • Prepare and practice a brief introduction or elevator pitch. Being able to sell yourself to possible employers can give you a big leg up on your peers when applying for a job. Practicing what you’re going to say will help you be more confident at the fair. You can learn more about elevator pitches by visiting this link: The Elevator Pitch.
  • Log into your Handshake student account and upload your resume. Make sure your resume is up-to-date and has no objective, or, if it does, make sure it’s broad.

What should I wear?

The CDC recommends students wear conservative, neutral-colored clothing. Blacks, Blues, Greys and Whites are most appropriate. Avoid clothing that’s too short or too tight or that just doesn’t fit properly in general. Safe choices for clothing include dress pants, top and a blazer or sweater. Use makeup, cologne, perfume and accessories in moderation. Fix your hair, freshen up your breath with a mint and drink lots of water. Not sure if you’re too casual? Check out these videos for more information.


What’s Your Love Language?

by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern


How do you keep your relationship growing and exciting despite conflicts, boredom and hardships?

Join the Counseling Center in their “Discovering Yourself” series to learn about how to overcome these barriers.

On Monday, February 11, at 1p.m. in CSU 204, explore the five love languages during this 50-minute session. Experience love through words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving Gifts, quality time, and physical touch.

Maria Dunblazier, an intern in the counseling center will be presenting the topic, which will be based on the New York Times Bestseller for eight years running: Gary Chapmans “The 5 Love Languages.”

The presentation will help you discover what your love language is and best describes you, while looking at interpersonal effectiveness, relationship effectiveness, self-respect effectiveness and self-encouragement!

Bring yourself or your valentine to dive into this exciting and effective topic that everyone should know about themselves!


Ice Sculpture on the Mall is Becoming A Winter Tradition

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern


A cold piece of art was designed as a warm welcome to returning students

The sculpture was crafted by Sakatah Carvers.

As students braved the cold, the chill was ideal for the new “MSU MAVERICKS” ice sculpture that will rest in the CSU Mall for the remainder of the week.

The carving commissioned by the Student Events Team is the work of Waseca-based Sakatah Carvers comprised of the creative duo, Adam Scholljegerdes and Joe Christenson. The craving duo have won numerous awards and hosted the Kiwanis Holiday Lights carving competition. For more info, visit sakatahcarvers.com.

Warming the winter, the Student Events team also hosted an outdoor station offering s’mores, hot chocolate, free cookies and selfies with the sculpture.

“This was a great event to help build school spirit. Bringing in the ice sculpture is starting to become a tradition. Last year the sculpture was Stomper (the school mascot) and this year it is the MSU letters,” Brandon Weideman, Student Events Team Spirit & Traditions Chair, said.

This is the third time an ice carving has been hosted by the Students Events Team and the team hopes it will make students feel welcomed back and helps get them ready for a new semester.

“We found out last year students were really inspired by the Stomper Ice Sculpture. It brought them a sense of joy in the middle of the doldrums of February. It was the most snapped location in Mankato for two days straight,” Weideman said.

Being able to see this sculpture should help raise students’ spirits around campus on these cold winter days and hopefully inspire students as they take on Spring semester at MSU.


Safer Sex Carnival Comes To the MavAve Feb. 12

by: MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern


Don’t worry, this carnival won’t have clowns. The Safer Sex Carnival isn’t an ordinary carnival. It is a fun and educational way to get your sex-related questions answered.

The Student Health Services is taking over the MavAve on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to host the 2019 Safer Sex Carnival.

During the carnival, students will have the opportunity to visit several tables, ask questions, listen to presentations, take photos in a photo booth, enter giveaways and win prizes.

One of the tables will be the, “Ask our Experts” table which will have nurses and pharmacists from the Student Health Services to answer students’ questions.

“The Safer Sex Carnival is a fun and educational event about safe sex with lots of games, giveaways and prizes,” said David Paine, Student Health Services graduate assistant.

This carnival will leave you with valuable information about safer sex and won’t leave you with a stomach ache after overeating greasy food and riding the tilt-a-whirl. So bring your friends, roommates, boyfriends, girlfriends or whomever, and strap yourselves in for an exciting ride into a topic that everyone should know more about: safer sex.