What It’s Really Like to be an Athlete in College

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by Afure Adah, CSU Communications Student Assistant

My name is Afure Adah, I am a senior on the women’s track team here at MSU and this is my experience in college life as a student-athlete.

Coming into college I didn’t have the same fears my older sister had when she went off to school. She didn’t compete in collegiate athletics, so some of her initial worries were making friends, liking her roommate, staying fit, staying on task with studies…etc.

Perks

I felt calm coming in because I already knew that being in a team environment everyday, and that would help me make a friend or two at least! I also knew I wouldn’t have to worry about being motivated to workout because it would be mandatory for my livelihood. My coach paired me with a roommate in the dorms that is on the team as well. We are currently best friends and have been roomies ever since!

As a freshman my coaches and academic advisor were like second parents…or uncles and aunts, whatever you want to call it. They kept an eye on us freshman, all the way from making sure we were keeping up with our school work (doing monthly grade checks), to sneakily seeing if we were going to bed late by checking how late we were up subtweeting on twitter.

Up until last year, the men’s and women’s track team had study tables. My freshman year it was mandatory for all freshmen and transfers so our coaches could make sure we were staying on task with our school work. After the first year, if an athlete’s GPA wasn’t above a 2.7, they had to keep doing study tables until it went up. I hated study tables because it was always in a specific room and it just wasn’t my study vibe, so I made sure to keep my grades up so I could get out, and I did.

As student athletes we get priority registration for classes. We register for classes, no matter what year in school, at or around the same time as senior students. This is so we can create schedules that work around practice and lifting times. I always find this beneficial because there is nothing worse than having to do 400 repeats on your own because you had a class during practice.

The Struggle… It’s Real

Although there have been a lot of benefits from being a student-athlete like traveling, meeting new people and being a part of something at school, there are definitely a lot of challenges. Track and Field is one of the longest sports because we compete in two different seasons, indoor and outdoor, all in one academic year. Cross Country athletes can actually have the longest seasons because some do their whole fall season (which starts in August), along with running distance indoors and outdoors for track. Track and Field starts training Sept. 4, starts competing in December and January and officially finishes at the end of May.

I have found that it’s important to be mentally, emotionally and physically strong because it’s a long season let me tell you! There are a lot of wins, losses, sore muscles, injuries, trips for meets, missed classes, agreements, disagreements…it’s a lot. And put on top of that, school work, exams and having a job!

Sappy Overall Outlook

I know myself, and being a student-athlete, – while it definitely has its many challenges – has honestly been a blessing for me. I think personally if I wasn’t a student-athlete I would have learned the the hard way the importance of being a motivated and hardworking student and employee. Because I’m as student-athlete, I have learned and grown with my peers, been guided by coaches and mentors and been supported by friends and family all along the way.

For the Love of the Game

Back to October 17 inSIDER

by Brett Marshall: CSU Public Relations Assistant

Pressure. High expectations. Busyness. These are just a few words and phrases that two Minnesota State students used to describe their lives as student-athletes.

Katlin Sannan is member of the MSU Tennis team and though she loves being a student athlete, she says it isn’t always easy.

“There is a tremendous pressure that I feel as being a student athlete. I am not just representing the University by just academics, but by being an athlete too.”

The pressure comes from a variety of different people, all holding athletes like Sannan to high expectations.

Katlin Sannan (right) gives the “Horns Up” sign alongside her teammate, Camila Ojeda.

“Your parents, teachers and coaches are expecting you to have good grades, your friends want you to make time for them and you are expected to participate in practice, lifting and conditioning,” Sannan said. “And if you have a job on top of all that, the pressure builds up.”

Ashley Reed, a member of the Women’s Basketball team, echoed Sannan’s feelings.

“There is definitely a standard that is expected for student-athletes on campus. You have to be on top of your school work when you frequently miss for road trips, have long practices and sometimes multiple workouts a day and have the responsibility to represent not only your team, but also the university in a positive manner,” Reed said.

Unfortunately when that pressure builds, it can take a toll on the people it’s affecting.

“I feel like people don’t realize how much student-athletes go through and how busy of a schedule they have. Mental health is a big concern with student-athletes and it’s important to be mindful of that,” Sannan said.

Sannan has a few ways of combatting the pressure, most often by simply taking each part of her day “one thing at a time.” Additionally, she likes to get into a groove by preparing herself on game days and before her matches.

“On game days, it’s definitely not like a normal day. I’ll make sure that I go to bed early the night before and get a goodnight’s sleep, no matter how much homework I have,” Sannan said.

Sannan said she also likes to do her hair and makeup on game days to increase her confidence through the “look good, feel good attitude.” Prior to her matches, she preps by simply listening to good music and focusing in on what she needs to do to be successful.

Reed said being appreciative of the opportunities she has keeps her morale up.

“I try to have fun and be positive. There are definitely ups and downs when it comes to stress, school, basketball and everything else a college student has to deal with, but remembering all the great things helps you relax and be grateful.”

The pressures aside, there are some great things about being a student-athlete, one of which Sannan said is the connections.

“I love being a student athlete because of the connections and the environment. MSU has a very warm student-athlete environment,” she said. “Every athlete supports each other and I have built so many bonds with a lot of them.”

Reed loves playing in front of the fans.

“They make playing basketball so much fun because of their genuine love and support for Maverick Athletics. They are there to celebrate every victory but also be right by your side during those hard defeats, and fans like that are truly unbelievable,” she said.

In the end, the life of a student-athlete isn’t always easy, there are a lot of pressures and long days, but the thrill of representing yourself and your university every time you take the court, field or rink, is something only an athlete can truly appreciate.

Hit me with your Best Shot, Flu Season is Here.

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

Tis’ the Season. The Flu Season.

Know What You’re Looking For

“Flu symptoms come on rapidly and include: fever, chills, muscle soreness/body aches, sore throat, dry cough (little to no phlegm), fatigue and headache,” Lori Marti, Student Health Services Health Educator, said.

Regardless of your opinion on getting the flu shot Minnesota State University, Mankato, offers options for everyone. If you’re not interested in getting the influenza vaccine there are several ways you can fight common illnesses:

  • Get adequate sleep – sleep helps your body’s natural ability to fight infection and speeds up recovery.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • If you use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching common surfaces such as keyboards, desks, doors, etc.
  • Don’t share cups, glasses, straws, or water bottles.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick to avoid getting others sick,” said Marti.

If you’re interested in getting the influenza shot, Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Health Services Medical Center offers flu shots.

“Most insurances cover the cost of the vaccination. The cash option is $40 for those without insurance,” Marti said. The Student Health Services Medical Center is located in the lower level of Carkoski Commons and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

The Time is Now

“The best time to get an influenza shot is at least two weeks before typical influenza activity begins. Influenza season begins in October, peaks from December to February and can last through May,” Todd Kanzenbach, MD, Student Health Services, Team Physician, said.

With the ever-changing flu, it’s important to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations.

“Each year different strains of influenza are included in the vaccination so people need a flu shot every year,” Marti said.

Don’t Wait, Set up your Appointment Today

Setting up an appointment is as simple as calling the Student Health Services Medical Center at 507-389-6276, visiting the online patient portal at http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/clinic/ or visiting the Medical Center in the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

Save Time, Plan Ahead

To save time, print off and fill out the patient registration form in black ink. Additionally, if students have insurance, medical or pharmacy, they should bring their current card, or a picture of the front and back of the card and provide it at the time of their appointment. Students are not required to have insurance to be seen at Student Health Services.

If you’re interested in learning more about flu shots, fighting common illnesses or health in general contact Lori Marti at lori.marti@mnsu.edu or stop in Student Health Services located in the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

Rethink That Energy Drink

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By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant

Caffeine and Sugar Content

College students commonly consume energy drinks.

The only other dietary supplement consumed more than energy drinks are multivitamins. On average an energy drink has between 70-240 mg of caffeine in a 160z can and 113-200 mg in a “shot” 2-2.5oz. By comparison, a can of soda such as CocaCola or Pepsi contains about 35mg of caffeine in a 12oz cup and an 8oz cup of coffee contains about 100mg.

In addition, a 16-ounce energy drink contains around 54-62 grams of sugar, which exceeds the recommended intake per day.

Why would you drink an energy drink?

There are few benefits in energy drinks. Energy drinks can help people feel less tired, sleepy, stressed, anxious (sometimes) and can improve energy levels and alertness.

They do not always equal better performance. They also come with possible side effects.

Common Side Effects:

  • Lack of Sleep
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Dehydration

Other possible side effects include increased nervousness, headaches, nausea, restlessness, dizziness, energy jolts and then crashing, increased or irregular heart rate, difficulty concentrating, faster-talking speed, increased blood pressure, flushed face, sleep difficulties, rapid breathing and gastric upset.

What you can do?

Feeling tired? Need a quick fix? Energy Drinks aren’t your only option. The next time you go to grab an energy drink, think about your other options.

To ensure you maximize your energy and brain power and maintain a steady energy level throughout the day, eat often, eat light, balance your plate (whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy), protein and high fiber snacks, and avoid sodas, sugary coffee, and energy drinks.

The right protein, fibers, and hydration are the key to high steady energy levels. Proteins digest slower allowing for a slow release of energy throughout the day. Some options include almonds, lean meats (fish, turkey, and chicken), peanut butter, salmon, pistachios, low sugar yogurt, cottage cheese, and other cheeses, cashews, and other seeds and legumes. Foods high in fiber slow down digestion which decreases energy spikes. Foods such as fruits and veggies as well as whole grain bread and cereal, beans and legumes are high in fiber.

Make sure you keep hydrated because it prevents fatigue and tiredness. Good liquids include water or infused water, unsweetened tea, skim or low-fat milk and low sugar natural fruit juices.

Oh $#*! I’m Sick…

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

By BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Student Assistant

Coughing, sniffling, sneezing, trouble sleeping, confusion, vomiting and dizziness. These are all symptoms of the flu and there’s no time better than now to start preparing for cold and flu season!

The flu can impact a lot of people. Get your shot!

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu infects 5 to 20 percent of the population each year. This means that millions of people carry the virus and that’s why it’s vital for you to start thinking about a flu shot.

“The best time to get a flu shot is early fall,” said Lori Marti, health educator with Student Health Services. “The vaccination can keep you from getting sick from the flu, keep students from missing class and work because of illness, can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, can make the illness milder if you do get sick and protects people around you, especially those vulnerable to the flu.”

Marti said students can receive the vaccination on campus from Student Health Services at any time.

“Most insurances cover the cost of the vaccination. Cash option is $40 for those without insurance.” she said.

Preparing for the worst

It’s never possible to be too over-prepared. After getting the flu shot, you can continue to brace for flu season by creating an Oh $%@*! I’m Sick! Survival Kit.

Marti said the following items are great items to have on standby in the event you catch a cold or the flu:

  • Juice, water or sports drinks
  • Cool-mist vaporizer/humidifier
  • Nasal saline drops
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Cough drops
  • Cough expectorant
  • Cough suppressant
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Digital thermometer

In addition to having a kit ready to go, you can do these things to stay healthy and avoid catching the flu altogether:

  • Get adequate sleep – sleep helps your body’s natural ability to fight infection and speed recovery
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve, not your hands
  • If you use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom and after touching common surfaces like keyboards, desks, doors, etc.
  • Don’t share cups, glasses, straws or water bottles
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid getting others sick

Knowing the symptoms and knowing the resources

Sometimes you can take lots of precautions and still be unlucky enough to get the flu or catch it before you get your shot. To know for sure if you have the flu, it’s important to know the signs and to know your resources.

“Symptoms come on rapidly,” Marti said. “They include fever, chills, muscle soreness and body aches, sore throat, dry cough with little to no phlegm, fatigue and headache.”

She encourages students who think they have the flu to do a few things: stay home, stay hydrated, take the appropriate over the counter medications for symptom relief, cover coughs and sneezes to avoid spreading the infection and washing your hands frequently.

“It is not uncommon for symptoms to last up to 10 days. Serious complications can occur and students should seek medical help if they experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting and a return of the other symptoms, but with a fever and a worse cough.”

Students can get help from campus if they think they catch the flu by visiting the campus’s medical providers.  They can help students to determine if a prescription medication is needed for secondary infections that sometimes occur with influenza like pneumonia or a sinus infection. Students can also purchase every day medications from the Student Health Services Pharmacy.

“The pharmacy at Student Health Services has lots of common medications, often at a reduced price compared to stores like Walgreens or CVS, so it pays for students to to buy on campus.” Marti said.

Students can learn more information about the flu and resources by contacting Lori Marti at lori.marti@mnsu.edu, by visiting the Student Health Services website at mnsu.edu/shs or by visiting Student Health Services in the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

Discounted Medical Clinic Services for Students

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

By MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

The Student Health Services On-Campus Medical Center supports student success.

College students are at a critical stage in their lives with less parental supervision and more responsibilities. They’re in complete control of their own health. 

The campus medical clinic in Carkoski Commons lower level is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and offers convenient and affordable medical attention.

Services Provided: 

At Minnesota State University, Mankato, the Student Health Services Medical Clinic provides a wide array of health care services to their students including:

  • Treatment of Illness and Injury (Primary Care)
  • Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • SANE Exams
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Mental Health
  • ADHD Services
  • Immunizations
  • Travel Abroad Consults

In addition to their services, the clinic also offers both physicians and nurse practitioners.

Affordable Care

Currently enrolled full-time or part-time students at Minnesota State Mankato, who are paying student activity fees are eligible to receive the student discount price. Students enrolled in previous terms are eligible to receive services and may be asked to pay for services at the time they are provided. If you’re concerned about your eligibility check online at http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/eligibility.html.

Scheduling an Appointment

“Scheduling an appointment is preferred and can be done by calling 507-389-6276 or using our online patient portal,” said Lori Marti, Student Health Services health educator. “Students may request a specific health care provider at the time the appointment is scheduled and can be seen by a physician or nurse practitioner. Non-emergency “walk-ins” visits are seen as the schedule permits. Students with a busy class or work schedule will be best served by calling ahead.”

Save Time, Plan Accordingly

As a college student, it’s not easy to find time to visit the medical center. If you plan ahead you will spend less time waiting and more time getting the medical attention you need.

“Students being seen for the first time need to fill out a patient registration form. This form can be found on our webpage and can be filled out in advance and brought to the clinic at the time of the visit,” Marti said.

If you’re interested in setting up an appointment call 507-389-6276, visit the online patient portal at https://mnsu.medicatconnect.com.

 

 

Reflecting on the Holocaust

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

by Morgan Stolpa, CSU Public Relations Intern

Spotlighting Minnesota Holocaust survivors is the focus of a series of free events through the Social Justice Lecture Series.

The series is presented by the Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Sociology and Corrections, the Kessel Peace Institute and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“These events focus on the Holocaust, both its past and the lessons we can learn from it today to create a more peaceful world,” Carol Glasser, director of the Kessel Peace Institute, said.

Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibit (Oct. 8 – Oct. 23) (CSU Art Gallery)

The gallery is located in the basement of the Centennial Student Union and will be open during CSU operating hours:

Mondays-Fridays 6:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

Sundays 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

The exhibit illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full colors. Each story is about survival during unfathomable circumstances. However, the collection focuses on life and hope.

Echoes and Reflections Teacher Training (Oct. 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

Echoes and Reflections is a training for teachers dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process and navigate the world by supporting effective teaching of the Holocaust. This is a program for K-12 educators and educators-in-training. The program provides access to a range of classroom-ready content, sound teaching pedagogy and instructional strategies — all designed to engage students in a comprehensive study of events and to explore how the Holocaust continues to influence social issues in the world today.

An RSVP is required to attend, due to the targeted audience for this training. Please contact Dr. Kyle Ward at kyle.ward@mnsu.eduto RSVP.

Finding Art in my Photography with David Sherman (Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

NBA Team Photographer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, David Sherman is another creative mind behind the Transfer of Memory exhibit. In this talk Sherman will discuss how Transfer of Memory opened his creativity and allowed him to think of his daily and personal work in terms of art instead of only its commercial application.  He also will discuss how creating Transfer of Memory allowed him to develop an artful voice.

Closing Reception for the Transfer of Memory Exhibit (Oct. 22, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) (CSU Lounge, next to the Art Gallery)

 The closing reception of the Transfer of Memory Exhibit will allow attendees the opportunity to talk with the speakers, one another, tour the exhibit, and to celebrate this powerful series of events.

If you are a professor and would like to incorporate any of these events into your classes, you can request attendance and sign-up sheets for class participation or individual extra credit. Students will be provided with FREE copies of the book, Witness to the Holocaust: Stories of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors.

If you have any questions about these events contact Carol Glasser at carol.glasser@mnsu.eduor (507)-389-1345.

 

The Freshman 15: What Foods to Eat and Which to Avoid

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

by AFURE ADAH, CSU Communications Student Assistant

The Freshman 15 is something that can affect anyone during their first year of school.  Common reasons students tend to get the “freshman 15” is a decline in physical exercise and unhealthy diet. Below are some tips and tricks to help you manage your diet and avoid putting on that unwanted weight.

AVOID FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH YOUR HANDS

  • French fries, pizza, burgers, hot wings, onion rings, etc…
  • Okay: raw fruits and vegetables

AVOID FOODS THAT MELT QUICKLY

  • Ice cream, chocolate bars, sorbet, gelato
  • Okay: fat-free fro-yo, popsicles, fruit and juice bars

AVOID SPORTING EVENT FOODS

  • Beer, peanuts, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn
  • Okay: bottled water, popsicles

AVOID VENDING MACHINE FOODS

  • Potato chips, soda, candy bars, cookies
  • Okay: sugar free gum, water, mini pretzels

AVOID FOODS THAT COME IN CRINKLY BAGS

  • Tortilla chips, cheese puffs, snack cakes, potato chips
  • Okay: ready-to-eat salads, cereal, pre cut vegetables, frozen vegetables

AVOID FOODS WITH PHOSPHATES

  • Bacon, hot dogs
  • Okay: none

I hope these tips were helpful to you all. It is an interesting way to look at different foods and in a fun way to make better eating choices. Don’t let the Freshman 15 creep up on you this Spooky Szn!

Struggling? Check These Places Out!

By: Alejandro Reyes Vega, CSU PR Intern

Students often deal with issues that vary from feeling too much pressure, stress and lack of sleep to depression, anxiety or family problems. The counseling center is here for all those needs and many more.

They are confidential! Anything shared will stay confidential within the patient and the therapist. No one has access to it including, parents, coaches, and teachers.

Students get up to ten confidential individual sessions per year. The center also offers group counseling and couples therapy and these do not count towards a student’s ten free sessions.

The counseling center also has a great series of psycho-educational workshops called Discovering Yourself. These take about fifty minutes and the topics range from procrastination, test anxiety, getting good sleep and other useful topics aimed at improving college life.

They also offer consultation services to parents, faculty, and staff and they have information on Outreach and Educational programming.

For more information on the Counseling Center CLICK HERE.

Other places to consider where they always welcome other students include:

The LGBT Center is a safe space for all individuals. It is our mission to provide support, advocacy, and a sense of community to LGBT* students. Through education, programming, and activism, we heighten campus and community awareness of LGBT* concerns and strive to ensure every individual has equal opportunity to learn, work, and grow in a supportive and safe environment.  Stop on in anytime for a free cup of tea and learn more about our community!

LGBT Center

Laura Schultz is one of the people in charge of the Violence Awareness and Response Program. The program offers confidential advocacy to students who are victims, survivors and intimate partner violence.

Legal options are available as well as, reporting on campus, support for emotional struggle and no matter what students are looking to achieve, the center can help them get in touch with the appropriate resources.

Women’s Center

 

 

Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Animals

By: Morgan Stolpa

Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

A “service animal” is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. “Service dogs are allowed to go anywhere their owner goes on campus,” said Julie Snow.

However, the University may ask if the animal is required because of a disability as well as what work the animal has been trained to perform.

Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks;
  • Alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds;
  • Providing non-violent protection or rescue work;
  • Pulling a wheelchair;
  • Assisting an individual during a seizure;
  • Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone;
  • Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities;
  • Helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

“Owners are not required to register with Accessibility Resources unless they need other accommodations to ensure access to the University programs and facilities,” said Snow.

Emotional Support Animal:

An “emotional support animal” (ESA) is an animal that provides comfort to an individual with a disability upon the recommendation of a healthcare or mental health professional.

An emotional support animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living but rather its role is to live with a student and alleviate the symptoms of an individual’s disability to provide equal opportunities to use and enjoy housing at the University.

Upon approval, ESA’s are allowed in residence halls but must agree to the following expectations:

  1. Emotional support animals assisting individuals with disabilities are only allowed in their owner’s residence hall room and/or apartment unit and the most direct route to and from the exterior door of the building. Emotional support animals are not allowed in classrooms or any public facilities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  2. Licensure & Vaccination: Emotional support animals on campus must comply with all state & local licensure and vaccination requirements. Dogs must wear a license tag and a current rabies vaccination tag.
  3. Leash: Emotional support animals must be on a leash at all times when outside of the owner/keepers residential hall room/apartment, unless impracticable or unfeasible due to owner/keeper’s disability.
  4. Under control: The owner/keeper of an emotional support animal must be in full control of the animal at all times. The animal must not be disruptive (for example by barking) and cannot pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others on campus.
  5. The animal must be crated when owner is not in the room: An individual with a disability may be asked to remove an emotional support animal from University housing if the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it.  A person who has an emotional support animal on campus (including University Housing) is financially responsible for property damage caused by his or her emotional support animal.
  6. Clean-up: The care and supervision of an emotional support animal is the responsibility of the individual who uses the animal’s service. This includes clean-up of all animal waste. University Grounds/Maintenance and Residential Life may designate animal toileting areas. Those who are unable to physically pick up and dispose of feces are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for assistance on a daily basis.

Students interested in ESA’s can make an appointment with Julie Snow, Accessibility Resources Director, to discuss their circumstances and learn about the ESA documentation process. Students will need to:

  1. Provide documentation of their disability.
  2. Supply documentation from their provider verifying the ESA is part of the student’s therapeutic plan.

Therapy Animal:

Therapy animals provide affection and comfort to various members of the public, typically in facility settings such as hospitals, assisted living, and schools. These pets have a special aptitude for interacting with members of the public and enjoy doing so. Therapy animal owners volunteer their time to visit with their animal in the community. A therapy animal has no special rights of access, except in those facilities where they are welcomed. They may not enter businesses with “no pets” policies or accompany their handler in the cabin of an airplane regardless of their therapy animal designation.

Service dog owners with questions or concerns can contact Julie Snow in Accessibility Resources for assistance and/or clarification. Phone: 507-389-2825 (v) 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) or via email julie.snow@mnsu.edu.