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: https://mavjobs.joinhandshake.com/login

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 www.mnsu.edu/cdc.

 

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 https://www.mnsu.edu/studenteventsteam/

New Student Government President Plans Improvement

Inauguration of New Student Government is April 18

By BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Intern

Minnesota State University had one of its highest voter turnouts ever in the recent Student Government election that seated Mavericks United’s MeMe Cronin as the new President with 54 percent of the 1,762 votes.

Cronin and her Vice President, Katelynn Ogunfolami, campaigned to understand and address student needs if elected.

“We were tabling in different locations, meeting with RSOs, taking to students in classes, promoting through social media and poster, making buttons and even baking cookies,” Cronin said. “It was a lot of work, but luckily Katelynn and I were able to keep each other accountable.”

As a Student Senator, Cronin said she decided to run for President after seeing things that could be improved.

“I see a lot of issues on campus that I want to address. When Katelynn and I came together, both of us formed a vision of what we wanted to accomplish next year and I knew the two of us could be the people to actually create that change,” she said.

Though Cronin expects new experiences as President, it won’t change who she is.

“I don’t think I will necessarily have to change the way I act or carry myself. There will definitely be new pressures I’ll face, like having to aid the senators and being a main point of contact for student government,” she said. “But I will definitely hold every senator responsible to the same standards I do for myself. Each of us that were elected were motivated to be the voice for their constituency, so we need to do our students that justice.”

Cronin said her primary goal as Student Government President will continue to listen to student concerns and seek ways to address them. She wants her senators to do the same.

“I want all the students of MNSU to know that Katelynn and I, as well as all of the newly elected senators are motivated to aid our students ,” she said. “Katelynn and I are always open and willing to hear any concern from any student on campus.”

Inauguration of the 2018-19 Student Government will be Wednesday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in the CSU Hearth Lounge. Student Government meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Nickerson Conference Room in the Centennial Student Union. For more information about Student Government, visit www.mnsu.edu/mssa

Stay Connected on Campus When You’re a Commuter

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Student Intern

If you live off campus during your first couple years of school, you may miss out on valuable social growth. There are many financially beneficial reasons to live at home, but the connections made while spending more time on campus can be invaluable. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stay connected on campus in order to build long lasting relationships with fellow students, even if you live out of town.

Get an on-campus job.

Deeper pockets aren’t the only reason to find a part-time gig at MSU. Spending hours with other people at work is bound to strike up some common interests and a bond. There are a variety of employment opportunities for students at MSU. Visit Handshake (MavJobs) to learn more.

Buy a meal plan.

Not only will you save money in the long run by purchasing a meal plan and eating in the residence halls—it’ll give you the opportunity to eat with people you meet from class who live on campus. What better way to connect with someone than to chop it up over some grub?

Join an RSO.

With student organizations ranging from marketing, to music, to math, there is a group fit for anyone. Joining a club full of like-minded students is the perfect environment to build friendships with people who have similar goals. Browse the countless student organizations at MSU to find a match for you.

 

Q & A with Taylor Zenz

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

A BRIEF PROFILE

Name: Taylor Zenz

Hometown: Anoka, MN

Major: Mass Media

Occupation: CSU Public Relations Intern

Birthday: July 24, 1996

15 VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

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

Q & A With Bethelhem Legesse

Bethelhem Legesse works in the Centennial Student Union’s Operations department and she is the CSU Student Employee of the Month for September 2017. We quizzed Bethelhem on very important topics so you could get to know her better.

A BRIEF PROFILE

Name: Bethelhem Legesse

Hometown: Ethiopia

Major: Electrical Engineering

Occupation: Student

Birthday: May 4

 

  1. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? The building of the pyramid
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up? An engineer

  3. What is the happiest moment in your life so far? When I got accepted to Minnesota State University, Mankato
  4. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?  Fiji

  5. If you could have dinner with three famous people (current or historic), who would they be? Moses and David from the bible and Steve Jobs

  6. What is your favorite childhood memory? Hanging out with my parents and siblings over the weekend
  7. What is your most prized possession? My family

  8. What tops your “bucket list?” Flying in a hot air balloon
  9. If you could have a super power, what would it be? Flying
  10. If you could start your dream business, what would it be? Owning a cupcake store 

  11. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you. I’m double-jointed 

  12. How do you hope to be remembered (what will people say at your eulogy)? That I impacted lives
  13. What three words best describe you? Adventurous, open minded, relatable 

  14. What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? The vibrant social life

 

Q & A With Abby Westphal

Abby Westphal, an administrative aide in the Centennial Student Union Administrative Office for the past four years, is the CSU Student Employee of the Month for April 2017. We quizzed Abby on 20 very important topics so you could get to know her better.

A BRIEF PROFILE

Your Name: Abby Wesphal

Hometown: Circle Pines, Minnesota

Major: Nursing

Occupation: CSU Administrative Aide

Birthday: February 20

  1. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Declaration of Independence signing
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up? A nurse
  3. What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? Country
  4. What is the most unusual food you’ve ever eaten? Alligator
  5. What is the happiest moment in your in your life so far? Nursing program acceptance
  6. If you could live anywhere, where would that be? Minnesota, I love it here!
  7. If you could talk to one species of animal which would it be? Dogs
  8. What three items can always be found in your refrigerator? Frank’s Red Hot, eggs, milk
  9. If you could have dinner with three famous people (current or historic), who would they be? Betty White, Ryan Reynolds, Florence Nightinggale
  10. What is your favorite childhood memory? Spending time at my family’s cabin
  11. What is your most prized possession? Time with family and friends
  12. What tops your list of pet peeves? Loud chewers
  13. What tops your “bucket list?” Save someone’s life
  14. If you could have a super power, what would it be? To fly
  15. What is the one thing or achievement you are most proud of? Getting chosen for summer internship at University of Minnesota
  16. If you could start your dream business, what would it be? Bakery
  17. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you. I love Harry Potter
  18. How do you hope to be remembered (what will people say at your eulogy)? I would want people to remember me as caring, fun to be around, and as someone that is influential in a positive way.
  19. What three words best describe you? Ambitious, honest, conscientious
  20. What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? Community feeling, my friends/classmates and my professors