Faculty Spotlight

Back to October 17 inSIDER

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!

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

Back to October 17 inSIDER

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.

Hockey Fast Pass: The Ticket Line Power Play

Back to October 17 inSIDER

By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant

A great way to show your Mav Spirit is going to events. The men’s hockey team at Minnesota State University, Mankato, started off its 50th season by hosting Boston University Terriers. The Mavericks beat the Terriers4-3 and 5-3, sweeping the opening weekend. They enter the season as defending WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) Champions and have an all-time record of 887-645-153. (.572).

If you are interested in going to the games and supporting your University, make sure to get some tickets. The tickets are free and can be obtained in the CSU every Wednesday during home game weeks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any remaining tickets are taken back to MF 135 (Myers Field House) until 5 p.m. and can be picked up by any student and don’t forget that the student section most commonly known as the Herd is where you can get riled up with fellow Mavericks.

You can also register for the Maverick Fast Pass Program for $30. It is designed for interested students to get hockey passes for every home game including premium games. This way students avoid the distribution lines, but they are limited, so make sure you register HERE. After registering, students can pick up their tickets in the athletic office during business hours as long as they show their MavCard and they come in on Monday or Tuesday on the week of the game before the general tickets are distributed.

One of the premium games is happening on Nov. 3 when the Mavericks play host to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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.

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.

 

 

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!

Your College Student Still Needs You

by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Communications Student Intern

College students need your support, advice and knowledge as they begin to take on adult responsibilities. It is vital that parents adapt to their new role as the resilient force in their student’s educational journey.

Supporting Your Student is Essential

After the first few weeks of class, students need several things from their parents. However, one of the most important things is support. Regardless of how well your student says college is going, there are always going to be bumps in the road. As a parent, it’s important to know the resources available for your student on-campus. Alert your student on the academic advising and health services available to them. Whether it be the the center for students with disabilities, the writing center, health services, the career center or many of the other services offered on-campus, encourage your student to utilize the numerous valuable campus resources. To locate these resources and more, consult the university’s website and find more information about them at: https://www.mnsu.edu/student/studentresources.

Plan to Visit Your Student

There’s nothing quite like seeing how your student is managing the college lifestyle. One way for parents to do this first-hand is by planning a visit. Whether it be for a football game or the traditional Family Weekend (Oct. 12-14). One of the benefits of Family Weekend is the opportunity to participate in many events happening on-campus. For a list of all the events happening over Family Weekend, visit the New Students and Family Programs page on university’s website and select register for Family Weekend.

Keep in Contact

Contacting your student can be done in a number of ways. Whether it be texting, emailing, calling, sending packages or facetiming. Remember that your student won’t always have time to respond to all of your contacts. However, they want to hear from you. Your student misses you and appreciates hearing from you. Be sure to let your student know you’re thinking of them.

Stay Informed

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on events, important issues and dates in the university calendar. Visit the New Student and Family Programs page on the university website, scroll down and select subscribe to updates.

Cheer on Mavericks Football For Opportunity To Win A $500 Scholarship

By Alejandro Reyes Vega, CSU Communications Student Assistant

Students are always in search of money, after all, we have a lot of bills to pay and not a lot of time to make money. With that being said, how does a $500 scholarship sound?!

At every Maverick home football game, there will be an opportunity for a lucky student to obtain a $500 scholarship given by Dr. Pepper. If you are a student and would like the chance to win, then stop by the Hot 96.7 van before the game or at the Student’s Rewards booth before the end of the first quarter.

You must have a current MSU student ID!

At halftime, the lucky student will be drawn, and they have 96.7 seconds to get to the midfield and claim their reward.

You must be present to win!

Here are the dates of the Maverick home football games:

  • Sept. 29 (Homecoming) at 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 3 at 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 10 at 12 p.m.

FAST PASS WEDNESDAYS COMING TO THE CSU

Every Wednesday in the CSU, Athletics does tabling, so make sure to stop by and see Stomper as well as some of the student-athletes. Later in the year, students will be able to pick up their Hockey Fast Passes on Wednesday’s in CSU123. Watch for more info!