Student Fee Referendum Passes By 16 Votes

Omar, Trenne Win; Inauguration April 17

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Passing by a 16-vote margin, students Tuesday supported a 4.9 percent increase to the Student Activity Fee in a Student Government ballot that included selection of Anisa Omar and Andrew Trenne with Empowering Mavericks as the incoming president and vice president.

2019-20 Student Government President Anisa Omar and Vice President Andrew Trenne.

Voter results for the referendum were 715 votes for the fee amendment and 699 opposed.

The passed amendment increases average student fees from $8.36 to $8.77 per credit hour effective in Fall 2019. Student Activity Fees support a range of programs including busing, student activities, theater and dance, multicultural student activities, and international student activities.

By more than twice the combined votes for the remaining two candidate tickets, Omar and Trenne received 1,044 votes to assume Student Government leadership for the 2019-2020 academic year. Other candidates on the ballot included Kayla Erickson/Logan Dahlk with Maverick: United As One, and write-in candidates Lindsey Leonard/Nick Krekelberg.

The Empowering Mavericks ticket had candidates in most senate races and all but swept the election. Elijah Calderon-Pitchford with Mavericks: United As One was named to one of two senator spots for the College of Allied Health and Nursing. Julia Nellis with Mavericks: United As One was named to an Off-campus Residents seat. Alejandra Bejarano was elected by write-in ballot for College of Graduate Studies. Appointed requires candidate’s acceptance.

Empowering Mavericks earning senate seats include:

College of Allied Health & Nursing: Gretchen Bygd

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences: Shayla Schumacher

Student Body At Large: Arnavee Maltare and Mohammad Sajal

College of Science, Engineering & Technology: Avishek Pradhan, Samikshya and Bishal Patel

College of Arts & Humanities: Olivia Schmidt and Paige Johnson

College of Business: Fadumo Mohamed and Toun Shokunbi

Off-campus Residents: Khaled Souleymane, Andrew Weinzierl, Janet Somah, Fatima Bana, Sneha Bhusal, Agol Akot, Rakhi Karki

Residential Life Residents: Alexander Prom, Sophie Hoiseth, Nolan Bessler, Emma Zellmer, and Jaydon Dickey

Newspaper Board: Jonathan Fjeld

Centennial Student Union Board: Arnavee Maltare and Jaydon Dickey

Inauguration for Omar, Trennen and the 87th Student Government Senate is set for Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in the CSU Hearth Lounge.

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Army ROTC Teaching Leadership

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

When students decide they want to attend Minnesota State, Mankato there are many things a student could be looking to get involved with. Some may be looking to challenge themselves, develop critical thinking skills, and leadership development. There is a program that can do all of that and more called Army ROTC. 

Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a college program where Cadets learn and develop their leadership and management skills and after graduation become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Officers are the leaders and managers of the Army. The skills learned in the program prepare students for becoming a Platoon Leader (being directly in charge of about 40 people), the first step in a commissioned officer’s Army career.

Minnesota State University Army ROTC offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition. Students who currently serve in the Minnesota Army National Guard can attend Army ROTC through the SMP (Simultaneous Membership Program) program which allows Cadets to train with the Army ROTC program and be a member of a National Guard unit. SMP members are also eligible for tuition assistance. 

All graduates are not required to go on Active Duty. Army ROTC commissions officers into all three of the Army’s components; Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserves.

Students currently enrolled in the program come from all walks of life and have a variety of interests, and work part-time or full-time jobs while attending college as a full-time student. There are many different majors represented in the program including Business Management, Law Enforcement, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Mass Media, and more. Army ROTC’s course load can work into any student’s schedule. 

A typical weekly schedule includes the following: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 AM have PT (Physical Training) where cadets learn Army fitness fundamentals and conduct training aimed for success on the Army PT Test which consists of 2 minutes of push-ups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, and a 2-mile run. Once a week, Cadets will meet with their professor and classmates for classroom instruction ranging from 1-3 hours. On Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM Cadets conduct their Leadership Lab where Cadets get hands-on experience in exercising leadership as well as developing their skills in Land Navigation and Small Unit Tactics.

There are some summer commitments involved with ROTC. There is the Basic Camp which offers Cadets with no prior military experience participate in a 31-day training event that introduces Cadets to drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, and small unit tactics. There is Advance Camp which is completed after a Cadet’s MSIII’s (Junior) year, participate in a 37-day training event where Cadets are assessed on day and night land navigation, rifle marksmanship, as well as small unit tactics. Both training events are in Fort Knox, Kentucky. 

Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in other activities over the summer including CULP (Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency) missions and internships. 

Regarding his CULP experience Cadet David Miltimore said, “Last summer I spent a month in Honduras through the CULP program. While I was there, I spent a week training, learning, and living at the Honduran Military Academy. During the other weeks I visited the Honduran Army Ranger and Airborne school, spent time at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and U.S. airbase, and touring the beautiful country.” 

Cadet Scott Mitzel who interned with the Army Medical Department said, “Last summer I had an AMEEDD internship in Landstuhl Germany. It consisted of working with Public Health Command-Germany, which primarily deals with preventative medicine. My days consisted of shadowing the various civilian and military personnel and experiencing the various aspects of their different jobs. I went on two different missions to local Army and Air Force bases to take samples as well. Overall it was a great experience and I learned a lot from it.” 

What are the characteristics Minnesota State Army ROTC looks for in prospective students? Randy Herman, the Recruiting Operations Officer of Minnesota State University Army ROTC said, “We look for people with a propensity to serve and have a sense of duty to the country. Cadet Command has a model of who they look for called SAL (Scholar-Athlete-Leader). Some Cadets come in who are more academically inclined or physically fit but as long as they have a desire to serve the other characteristics can be developed.”

At MSU, the Maverick Battalion Army ROTC program is a part of the Military Science department which is a part of the College of Education. The program includes students from Minnesota State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Bethany Lutheran College.

There a variety of ways to get more information on the Maverick Battalion Army ROTC program. The office is located in the Wiecking Center. You can also visit the Maverick Battalion website. Or contact Randy Herman, LTC USA Ret., Recruiting Operations Officer at  

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28 Days of Honoring Black Excellence


by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

For over ninety-three years now, Black History Month has been a major marker for the month of February. It is a month of remembering and honoring significant achievements and contributions made by African-Americans throughout history.

This year we decided to honor Black Americans by spotlighting two people on social media every day during the month of February. From Rosa Parks, an American activist in the civil rights movement, best known for the Montgomery Bus Boycott; all the way to Frederick Douglass, who was one of the first African-American NFL players in 1920, as well as the first African-American head coach in the NFL.

Besides social media being a platform to share the significance of Black History Month, our famous Tunesday in the CSU has been highlighting Black Americans such as Minnesota native, Prince, and others such as Beyonce and Michael Jackson. We have also been honoring the successes of Black Americans throughout the CSU on the big screens slideshow.

February will always be a month of honoring what Black Americans have done to better the United States, and that will be something to remember as long as time goes on.


Drive Your Career Forward at the Diversity Career & Internship Fair


by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

On Wednesday, February 27 from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM the Career Development Center partnered with Institutional Diversity and The Multicultural Center will be hosting the Diversity Career & Internship Fair in the CSU Ballroom.

This Diversity Career & Internship Fair is open to ALL Minnesota State University, Mankato students with a focus of serving students of color and is a highlighted recruiting event connected to the Minnesota State Mankato Pan African Conference.

Kenneth Reid, Director of African American and Multicultural Affairs at MSU said,
“African American Affairs is committed to supporting diverse communities on- and off-campus. Thus, we are pleased to present the Diversity Career and Internship Fair to the campus community on Wednesday, February 27 from 11 am – 2 pm. This event is intended to connect MNSU students and members of the greater Mankato community with companies who are interested in hiring people of color.”

There is no Pre-Registration or Attendance Fees Required for Students. The Diversity Career and Internship Fair is your spring semester opportunity to network with employers at Minnesota State University, Mankato!

First-year and sophomore students-
Explore positions and fields of study, get more information about specific organizations and employers, and develop your network of contacts. Get ahead of your competition by networking as a first-year/sophomore student!

Juniors, seniors, Internship/Job Seekers-
Meet and engage with potential employers and professionals in the field! Dress for success and be prepared to talk about your projects and coursework. Impromptu interviews may take place!
Get prepared by visiting the Career Development Center to learn more about how you can best prepare for this event!
This Diversity Career and Internship Fair serves students registered for the Pan African Student Leadership Conference and is open to all Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

There will be a variety of employers represented at the Diversity Career Fair, including Walgreens, Sherwin-Williams, Thomson Reuters, and 45 others.

This is a great opportunity for students to engage with employers and create opportunities for their futures.

The Diversity Career Fair is sponsored by, Hormel Foods, and Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative.


Preparing for a Job Interview


by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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

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

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

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

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


Fine-Tune Your Resume


by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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

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

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

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

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

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


5 Things I’ll Miss About MSU

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Intern

Memorial Library

There is something mystifying to me about sitting in a library surrounded by mountains stories and philosophies I have no knowledge of. Even more so when it’s pitch black outside, a cup of black coffee in hand, in one of the unoccupied corners of the second floor of the Memorial Library. I spent hours ignoring homework in exchange for hours of being lost between the dusty pages of James Joyce, Ernest Hemmingway, Edgar Allan Poe and countless others. It made studying the next day a rigorous, hurried process, but I feel nighttime in the library is when and where I learned most.


The Newsletter

 My final semester at MSU has been my best yet as I’ve worked with some really great people to deliver weekly events and news through the MSU newsletter, inSIDER. I came to MSU as a marketing major and realized my talents laid in writing to the masses, not selling to them. The inSIDER has evolved my writing in a way I didn’t expect and I was able to have a blast with fellow writers and mentors while doing it. If you’re looking for an internship in writing next year, talk to Leonard Koupal in the CSU. He’s the man!


The Professors

 Mass media and English department professors at MSU are a large part of the reason I was able to keep a positive attitude with my schooling and my future. While they are the ones that assigned 10-page papers and at times asked class to read an entire book in one day, those hurdles taught the most. They have always been up for a chat about class discussion, travel, food and anything in between.


Campus and Changing Seasons

 There’s nothing quite like the beginning of a new school year. As the trees burst into reds and oranges, the MSU campus’ artistic, monumental and memorial decorations give the campus a nostalgic feel. Students sport purple and yellow as Blakeslee Stadium rumbles on the other side of Stadium Rd. Minnesota autumn is second to none, but I suppose the beginning of May isn’t such a bad time of the school year either.


The Diversity

 Growing up in Kilkenny—a town of 108 people—and moving to Mankato opened my eyes in so many ways. I met people who have helped me grow academically, spiritually and culturally. I’ve met friends that made class not only knowledgeable but fun. I’ll miss walking through the halls seeing all the friendly faces. No matter what I do after graduation, I’ll always be proud to have been a MSU Maverick.

Introspection and Networking Leads to Career Gold

Career Development Center Helps Find The ‘Perfect Fit’

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Intern

Who are you? Why are you here? Where are you headed? Staff at the Minnesota State Career Development Center suggest students begin with these questions when searching for their ideal career path.

Matthew Carlson, Acting Director in the CDC, feels self-knowledge helps students find a career that provides happiness as well as a paycheck.

“’Who am I? Why am I here? Where do I want to go?’ It’s hard to get there if you don’t know where you want to go,” Carlson said. “And the fourth question—’How do I get there?’—is relatively easy if you know the answer to the first three. There are employers, there are jobs, there are qualifications, there is experience you need—there is a match out there. If you want to be a doctor, there is a recipe. If you want to be a chef, there is a recipe.”

In the past, the CDC simply lined students up with a job and hoped that it would work out, but things have changed. It’s all about finding the perfect fit.

“We are more in the developmental side of growing a career. It’s not enough just to get a job—we want you to get the thing that is just incredible,” Carlson said. “Go for the gold, man—plan A. You can have more than one goal, but aim for plan A, whatever that is for you. It may not work out, but you’ll lose nothing by trying.”

‘It’s not enough just to get a job—we want you to get the thing that is just incredible. Go for the gold, man – plan A.’ – Matt Carlson

A large part of finding that “plan A” job comes from collaboration and networking. Rather than hoping for the perfect job to fall from the sky the CDC teaches student to build relationships with prospective employers.

“We are trying to teach people job search skills so they can help themselves and others in the future,” Carlson explained. “If I can teach you how to network and connect with employers, you’ll be able to do it the rest of your life. I could just give you a job and you’ll be happy for a short amount of time, but then down the line when you’re ready for a different job, there won’t be anyone there to help you.”

Everyone knows that a solid resume is a great tool in finding a job—but filling in the white space can seem daunting. The CDC is connecting students with opportunities and experience to make a strong resume.

“The kinds of doors that open with employers are internships, any kind of experiential learning where you maybe take an entry-level position that might open other opportunities,” Carlson explained. “The university itself opens lots of ideas on what you may be able to do, but the employers are the ones financing it. Employers have problems, and they pay people to fix them. The way you fix them is with your skills, knowledge and experience.”

The CDC can help with anything from resumes to job searching to interview preparation. If you need career advice or simply want to bounce your ideas off a trained career counselor, stop by the for a drop-in meeting Monday-Thursday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Or schedule an appointment at:

Professional Networking Made Easier With LinkedIn

Career Development Center Offers Help With LinkedIn, Resumes and More

By BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Intern

There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” That statements rings true for a lot of people, but especially college students.

The importance of building connections and networking is vital for the success of young professionals. It can provide an inside route to hard-to-get positions, provide great mentorship opportunities and be a source for professional resources.

A great way for students to start building their professional network started is getting a LinkedIn account.

“LinkedIn is a powerful way to professionally network with recruiters and employers,” Karina Clennon, Assistant Director for the Career Development Center at Minnesota State, Mankato said. “Students can apply for positions, stay connected with faculty after graduation and find where alum are working.”

But just having a LinkedIn isn’t enough. Clennon says it’s important to find ways to make it stand out to separate yourself from other students and job-seekers. She offered a few tips to students looking to better their profiles.

“Include key words for positions you are applying to in your headline. Be sure to ask faculty and supervisors to write you a recommendation on LinkedIn, include all of your skills and keep your profile up to date,” she said.

‘Include key words for positions you are applying to in your headline. Be sure to ask faculty and supervisors to write you a recommendation on LinkedIn, include all of your skills and keep your profile up to date.’ – Karina Clennon

In addition, Clennon said students need to make sure they have a professional picture displayed, not a selfie or cropped picture. She also recommended that students should include all information they would have on a resume as well as other professional experiences that may not fit on a resume.

Clennon also stressed the importance of using multiple resources and not being entirely reliant on LinkedIn during the job search.

“LinkedIn is a tool. It’s really important to leverage all of your resources when you are on the job search. Make sure you’re talking to your advisors and mentors for more information about careers,” she said. “Keep up to date with your online presence, too, because employers do take that into consideration when making hiring decisions.”

The CDC works closely with the Colleges of Allied Health and Nursing; Business; and Science, Engineering and Technology by providing programs and activities to students within those colleges. Students not in those colleges can visit the Career Development Center any time during the school day to get help creating a LinkedIn profile, feedback on resumes and cover letters and to seek career advice.

Clennon is a graduate of MSU with a Doctorate of Education in Education and Supervision as well as a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel: College Student Affairs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.

The Career Development Center is located on the second level of Wigley Administration building and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the CDC or to schedule an appointment, visit


One Team = 80 Events

Student Events Team Builds Memories and Traditions

by TAYLOR ZENZ, CSU Public Relations Intern

Last years Special Events Chair, Bailey Hofmeister will lead the Student Events Team as the 2018-19 President. The team’s busy year starts with Welcome Week, Aug. 23-26, with a host of events for greeting new Mavericks to campus.

Who creates events such as Kato Ninja Warrior and the fall Foam Party? Who organizes next week’s Eric Paslay concert? Who plans Homecoming? Who schedules Stomper’s Cinema? Who brings eagles, exotic animals and live reindeer to campus? Which group is leading the way in creating memories and traditions for fellow Mavericks.

Of course, if you answer Students Events Team to all of those questions (and more) you would be correct.

Dedicated to a mission of producing “fun, interactive, educational events where students make lifelong memories and celebrate their Maverick pride,” the Student Events Team is led by a group of 12 students responsible for mobilizing student volunteers for more 80 events a year.

Among the biggest events, Homecoming is already in the works with a week of activities planned Sept 24-29 to get students and alumni into the Maverick spirit. This year’s team will also be working with the University’s Sesquicentennial Committee as the expanded Homecoming Parade moves to downtown Mankato

Another major undertaking is concert planning as the team seeks to find an artist that is both appealing and affordable. Ongoing activities include Stomper’s Cinema. A recent student survey showed free movies are the second most popular activity (behind career fairs) in the CSU

With Kato Ninja Warrior and the Eric Paslay Concert rounding out this year’s Student Events Team events, the team will be back in force starting with Welcome Week, Aug. 23-26, where activities will include Club Maverick and Cosmic Bingo.

During the academic year, students can learn and share event ideas during weekly Tuesdays at 4 sessions by the Student Events Team. Students interested in joining the Student Events Team must fill out an application and go through an interview process with a panel that includes past members and Student Activities staff.

The 2018-19 Student Events Team will be led by returning member Bailey Hofmeister, President. Other members of the team include Spirit & Traditions – Brandon Weideman; Homecoming Competition – Kylie Morton; Homecoming Promotions – Ella May; Concert Company – Alex Schauer; Stomper’s Cinema – Alex Fry; Speakers – Lydia Jagodzinski; Mavericks After Dark – Lucas Arndt; Special Events – Miranda Magnuson; Public Relations & Social Media – Abuzar Iqbal; Marketing – Brienna Schleusner; and Business Manager – Arnavee Maltare. Advisor for the Student Events Team is Bill Tourville, Student Activities assistant director of campus programs.

Newly elected Mavericks After Dark chair, Lucas Arndt, says that he can’t wait to build relationships with the new team and is excited to bring unique and fun events to campus.

“We each bring something different to the table, and I think we will be able to have well thought-through ideas,” he said. “A lot of us have been involved with the team before and understand the mission that Student Events Team brings to campus.”

If you have any suggestions or want to get involved with Student Events Team, visit