League of Women’s Voters Educates Community

by: Morgan Stolpa, CSU Public Relations Intern

The St. Peter League of Women Voters (LWV) is dedicated to continuing to educate themselves and the surrounding areas on complicated issues. The issues range from economics to environment, politics to local government and general concerns to personal concerns.

Although the St. Peter LWV is small, they are dedicated to education and creating change. The LWV takes action through letters to the editor, open forums, presentations to other groups, voter registration and discussions with our legislators.

The St. Peter LWV is open to anyone however, only those who are 16 years or older can be voting members. It serves the following areas:

  • Blue Earth
  • Nicollet
  • Mankato
  • North Mankato
  • St. Peter

In addition to the St. Peter area, there are several local leagues all across Minnesota. To find out if there’s a league in your area visit: https://lwvmn.org/local-leagues/lwv-minnesota-local-lwvs.

Additionally, the LWV offers opportunities for students to get involved in the community. The LWV holds open meetings where students and community members can voice their opinions as well as educate themselves further.

“We do have opportunities for students, staff and faculty. We can not promise paid jobs, unless we (or you) have access to grant funding, but we offer stipends to guest speakers, and we offer low-cost or no-cost student memberships,” said Edi Thorstensson, St. Peter League of Women Voters Treasurer.

Although there are no specific volunteer opportunities listed on their website, the LWV has accepted volunteers in the past and, “This is a direction that we hope to take; with voter education and participation as foremost among our goals, we want to activate and involve people of all ages and interests in non-partisan political engagement.”

For more information on how to get involved, check out www.lwvmn.org or visit the St. Peter Area League of Women Voters Facebook page.

Your Vote Matters and CEEP is Here to Help

by: Brett Marshall, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Your vote matters and the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) wants to make sure they can help you be prepared to cast it!

CEEP is a national nonpartisan project that helps faculty, staff and student leaders on college campuses engage students in federal, state and local elections. MSU’s branch of CEEP is spearheaded by sophomore Andrew Trenne.

“I decided to get involved with CEEP because I wanted to see what impact I could make on our school’s voter turnout.” Trenne said. “Our age group is significantly impacted by the decisions made by our leaders and it’s important to have our voices heard no matter what party or background you are.”

Trenne and CEEP have been actively involved in getting MSU’s students registered to vote and educating them on what’s coming in the election. They’ve been fielding voting questions and have put up giant displays with candidate information in between the campus bookstore and the Student Activities Office.

The group is also hosting a “Your Vote Matters” event Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium that will provide information on the importance of voting, how to register and have free refreshments. Trenne hopes this event will help emphasize the upcoming election and it’s importance to the state of Minnesota.

“I think this election is super interesting, especially seeing how close a lot of the races are this year. I am deeply interested in our state politics and it has been interesting to see how the governor’s race has shaped up.” Trenne said.

Minnesota’s election holds extra importance this year as well because a special election for the Senate means two Senate seats are open instead of the usual single seat. Democratic representatives, Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar (incumbent), are running against Republican representatives, Karin Housley and Jim Newberger, respectively.

Trenne says that the only thing more important than voting is making sure people make an educated vote.

“An educated vote is essential because, when you vote, you want to not vote for party affiliation, but for who best represents and describes your views,” he said. “Voting is not about which party gets more seats or votes, but what the public thinks on the issues because if the elected officials represent what the public thinks, then the process of decision making will be influenced by the public instead of parties, which is what supposed to happen.”

The election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 6, and those interested in voting can find all the resources need to prepare by checking out this guide from our Insider this week. Anyone seeking more information from CEEP or Trenne, can contact andrew.trenne@mnsu.edu.

Everything You Need to Know About Voting

by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Yep. Another article about voting, but in here you’ll find resources and documents to make sure you’re equipped with everything you need to know in advance of the Nov. 6 election.

Am I registered to vote?

Where do I go to vote?

  • It’s important to know where you need to go to cast your vote, this link will tell you exactly where to go based on your current address! https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

What’s on my ballot?

What if I can’t vote Nov. 6?

What’s the status of my absentee ballot?

Are there any on-campus resources where I can voting, party and/or candidate information?

  • The Memorial Library has a couple of great resources to help you get prepared to vote as well. Included is fact checking sites, absentee information, party information, media coverage and more! You can check those out here: https://libguides.mnsu.edu/voting

Where can I find additional candidate information?

Now you have no excuses, so be sure to go out vote Nov. 6 in the midterm election!

Athletic AND Smart

Back to October 17 inSIDER

The Maverick Athletic teams collectively achieved their second highest semester GPA in spring of 2018 by earning a 3.26 GPA.

This achievement was highlighted by the women’s teams collectively earning a 3.40 GPA, 33 percent of athletes making the Dean’s List and 13.3 percent of those athletes earning a 4.0 GPA. Women’s soccer paced all team’s with a 3.69 team GPA and was one of 18 of a total of 20 teams to have higher than a 3.0 GPA.

To read more about Maverick Athletics’ academic success, check out this press release.

Faculty Spotlight

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By: Morgan Stolpa, CSU Public Relations Intern

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, a professor in the Department of Human Performance and Direct the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, provides mental performance consulting for Minnesota State University, the Minnesota Vikings and several Mankato high schools.

Dr. Kamphoff, who likes to supervise students doing sport psychology, enjoys working at the center. This year they are working with teams at MSU (Maverick football, for example), Mankato West, Mankato East, Hastings High School and Minnesota Valley Lutheran.

When Dr. Kamphoff isn’t teaching or supervising students, she produces a podcast twice a week.

“I have had the privilege of being on TJ and Lisa’s Radio Show on 93.1 each Monday morning at 7:35 a.m. where I share a positive message. These radio spots, plus an interview with an expert on mindset, is available on the podcast each week called The High Performance Mindset. You can find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and iHeartRadio,” Dr. Kamphoff said.

Kamphoff has worked with the Maverick Football team for seven years as their mental performance consultant where she and her graduate students provide a mental training workshop each week. When she started with the team, Adam Thielen was a senior.
What is a mental performance consultant and why is there a need for a mental performance consultant?
As a mental performance consultant, Dr. Kamphoff helps prepare athletes to do their best. There is a need for mental performance consultants because they prepare the mind for numerous scenarios that athletes otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.
“There are 3 areas you can train your performance: 1) Your craft, 2) Your body, and 3) Your mind. We are here to help athletes and performers train their mind. Every decision goes through your mind, so it’s important to keep your mind working for you not against you. We can train our mind to be confident, positive and stay in the present moment more often which leads to peak performance,” said Dr. Kamphoff.
Dr. Kamphoff enjoys being able to help athletes prepare for game days. She has had the privilege of working with several athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.
“It’s one of my favorite things to do! I love it. We help them train their mind so they can be their best on Saturday.When I started with the team, Adam Thielen, was a senior on the team. I now provide mental training for the Minnesota Vikings. In the foreword of my book that came out in last September, Beyond Grit, Adam shared the mental training principles that helped him get to where he is today,” Dr. Kamphoff said.
Looking for a chance to enhance your mental performance? At the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, Dr. Cindra Kamphoff provides individual sessions, workshops, small group sessions, consulting with groups/teams, podcasts and webinars, cutting-edge research projects and the Sport Psych Team which provides psychological support at sporting events. For more information, head to the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology!

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.


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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!