December 2017 RSO : MNSU Public Relations Society of America ( PRSSA )

Get to know PRSSA

  1. What is the focus of your organization and what are some of the activities you conduct? We are one of many chapters of a national PRSSA organization. We talk about what is going on in the PR world and how to prepare for our future career.
  2. When did your organization start at Minnesota State University, Mankato? Our organization was started in 2002 by Dr. Jane McConnell.
  3. How many members do you currently have? We currently have 29 members.
  4. How often do you meet?  We meet every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. in the Heritage Room.
  5. What leadership positions can someone hold within your chapter?  We have the positions of president, Vice President, treasurer, social media chair, tours and speakers chair, and volunteer and fundraising chair.
  6. What are your goals of your organization and how to you attain them? Our goal is to further educate students as to what PR is, and to help increase their skills beyond the classroom prior to graduation.
  7. What is the greatest achievement your organization has received? Our greatest achievement would be in the connections that we get to make by visiting real PR firms in the cities as well as speaking with professionals at our meetings.
  8. How do you join? Anyone can join! Just show up to a meeting. However, there is a $75 fee to be a recognized member.
  9. Why should someone join your organization? PRSSA is a great experience for anyone. It is a great way to build connections, practice skills and to get ahead in the field of public relations. – Jennifer Skalicky, president of MNSU PRSSA

Connect with PRSSA on Facebook 

Q & A with Taylor Zenz

Taylor Zenz works as a Public Relations intern in the Centennial Student Union’s Communications department and she is the CSU Student Employee of the Month for November 2017. We quizzed Taylor on very important topics so you could get to know her better.

A BRIEF PROFILE

Name: Taylor Zenz

Hometown: Anoka, MN

Major: Mass Media

Occupation: CSU Public Relations Intern

Birthday: July 24, 1996

15 VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

  1. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Contact with other life on different planets
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up? A dentist
  3. What is the happiest moment in your in your life so far? Receiving my acceptance letter to MSU.
  4. If you could live anywhere, where would that be? ANYWHERE on the west coast that’s warm. Maybe California or Hawaii.
  5. If you could have dinner with three famous people (current or historic), who would they be? Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan (My 3 favorite people)
  6. What is your favorite childhood memory? Tubing on the Mississippi River every weekend with my friends.
  7. What is your most prized possession? My Netflix account. There’s nothing like rewinding after a long day watching your favorite show.
  8. What tops your “bucket list?” To go backpacking through New Zealand.
  9. If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to transport myself to different places. Goodbye long travel times!
  10. What is the one thing or achievement you are most proud of? Being elected VP Public Relations and Marketing on the Panhellenic Council.
  11. If you could start your dream business, what would it be? My own public relations firm helping small businesses grow.
  12. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I was the most shy person you’d ever meet before I came to college. College really opened me up!
  13. How do you hope to be remembered (what will people say at your eulogy)? That I was a great friend and role model.
  14. What three words best describe you? Personable, energetic, outgoing.
  15. What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? The college community. I love walking down any given hallway and seeing a familiar and friendly face.

October 2017 RSO: Black Motivated Women

Get to know Black Motivated Women – Mankato

  1. What is the focus of your organization? The purpose of Black Motivated Women is to provide a safe space for African and African-American women on campus to voice our opinions on social, economic and political issues as they pertain to the black community.
  2. When did your organization start on our campus? How many members do you currently have?The organization was created in 2014, but was brought back to the MNSU campus officially in the fall of 2017. We currently have a consistent 35 members, but over the past few weeks we have had a maximum of about 60 students attending our meetings.
  3. How often do you meet? What offices do you offer within the chapter? We meet bi-weekly on Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm. Location varies between CSU 238 and CSU 253/4/5 depending on the week. We typically send the specifics of each meeting in an email to our members.
  4. What are your goals? Our biggest goals are empowering women of color on campus, strengthening the bonds of black women here in Mankato, and bridging the achievement gap. We want our girls to graduate and excel in life after college.
  5. What is the greatest achievement your organization has received? Receiving October RSO of the month has been the greatest achievement for our organization.
  6. How do you join? Joining BMW is simple! All students have to do is attend one of our meetings and sign up to receive our emails or send a formal request to join on Orgsync.

Connect with Black Motivated Women on Facebook 

Faculty Faces features Queen Booker

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many of you have your favorite classroom mentor – that professor or instructor who made learning fun, who believed in you and inspired a passion to learn or pursue your dreams. If you have a faculty member you would like to see featured, send an email to csuinfo@mnsu.edu

Continental Traveler Seeks Global Community 

By Patricia Anyango
Graduate Assistant, CSU Communications

 

Queen Booker still needs to see the bottom of the world.

An associate professor of Management within the College of Business who loves to travel, Queen said many would be surprised to know that she has travelled to all the continents except Antarctica. Among her favorite – and most daring – journeys was her travels in Angola during the late 1990s.

“I loved the people and the most courageous thing I ever did was travel there to determine what aid was needed for civilians who were trying to survive the civil war,” she said. The payoff was knowing that what she was doing in Angola had a positive effect.

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Queen has always been passionate about helping communities and making them stronger. She has worked with the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other nonprofit organizations focusing on economic empowerment of rural communities.

Although her background is in community development, Queen got into academia to serve as a resource and source of encouragement to students.  Helping them see the importance of community and economic development is at the heart of her teaching philosophy.

“Be engaged, think and look outside your classroom and yourself and look at how you can make a difference in your community,” is her advice to students.

Besides the classroom, Queen offers guidance to students involved with African Students’ Organization for Development and Progress (ASODP), Liberia Student Association & African Student Association (ASA). In and outside the classroom, Queen remains actively involved in the advancement of diversity on campus. You may also find her singing some of the R&B classics in Centennial Student Union during daytime karaoke events.


I would like for students to remember me as someone who genuinely cared about their long-term success and well-being. –  Queen Booker


Queen holds a doctorate from the University of Mississippi, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s from Harvard University. During her 14 years at Minnesota State Mankato, she has taught subjects like Principles of Management, Ethics, Operations Management and Management Information Systems.


If she had a superpower, what would it be? 12 questions with Queen Booker

  1. What did you do for fun growing up? I was and still am a complete bookworm. I read books. My early favorites were the Child Craft books and World Book encyclopedias followed closely by the Sam and Ann adventure series, especially in the later books where the authors focused on Greek and Roman mythology.
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory? When I was in first grade, I was named homecoming queen of our elementary and middle schools. It was the one and only time I have ever been Queen Queen!
  3. Would you rather watch a movie or read a book? Oh in a heartbeat: Read a book!
  4. Which superpower would you choose? I would chose the power to summon the elements of a storm (lightning; rain; wind; snow) like Thor.
  5. Which fad do you wish would come back, and which do you wish would disappear?  The fad that I wish would disappear is the practice of wearing pants around the hips and the one I wish would come back is men opening the car door for women.
  6. Do you collect anything? I collect post cards and t-shirts. Instead of taking pictures when I travel I purchase post cards and t-shirts to recall my favorite memories of my trips.
  7. What would you do if you weren’t a professor? If I weren’t a professor, I would most likely have been a writer of “love inspired” religious novels.
  8. What does your perfect day include? A perfect day for me is one where it snows and then it stops before I have to drive in it! I love the snow but hate driving in it!
  9. Who is your hero/heroine? I don’t have a specific hero/heroine. But I admire anyone who is willing to stand up for what they truly believe as long as it doesn’t bring harm to others or themselves.
  10. Where in the world would you like to live? I would love to live in the Mississippi delta again. There is just something about being able to get peaches and plums fresh off the tree!
  11. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? If I could go back in time, I would go back to 1982 and relive my first year of college. I made many mistakes during that first year including but not limited to eating too many Nutty Bars and Oreo cookies that caused me miss a few classes. Missing those few classes could have ended my academic future but I was lucky enough to have professors who cared enough to address my problem and helped me to continue my education. Being a professor now, I realize how important it was to have caring professors but I also know that it was my responsibility to take care of myself. So I would go back and be a better person during that first year of college.
  12. If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?  If I could share a meal with any three individuals, I would choose my mom, my maternal Aunt Mae Bell and my maternal grandmother Gertrude all of whom have passed on. I never had the chance to share a meal with them at the same time although all three had a profound impact on the woman I now am.

September 2017 RSO: MSU Mankato Swing Dance Club

                                                                                            Swing Dance club members

Get to know MSU Mankato Swing Dance Club

  1. What is the focus of your organization? To teach people how to swing dance and create a fun and welcoming environment for meet new people.
  2. When did your organization start on our campus? How many members do you currently have? We started in 2006 and we have roughly 20-30 members.
  3. How often do you meet? What offices do you offer within the chapter? We meet every Monday in either the ballroom of the CSU or the flex space next to the Bullpen of the CSU. Within the club we have the office of the President and Vice President as well as treasurer, secretary, and media positions.
  4. What are your goals? To teach swing dancing skills ( we have three types) and to create a social environment.
  5. What is the greatest achievement your organization has received? As a club we do not compete but some members have gone on to compete after learning how to dance at our club.
  6. How do you join? You show up with an open mind.
  7. Why should someone want to join your organization? Swing dancing is a skill that can be applicable throughout your life and is a great way to be social.