From Big Ideas to Dreams Come True

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

The Big Ideas Challenge, a competition between Minnesota State Mankato student entrepreneurs, will have its next winner announced April 15 in Ostrander Auditorium.

Seven different teams or individuals have successfully had their ideas and products moved through two rounds of judging. Five of the teams are in the “Main Category,” where any type of idea or venture is accepted. The other two finalists are apart of the “Ag/Food/Beverage,” which are ideas or ventures aimed at agriculture, food and beverage.

According the Big Ideas Challenge’s official website, the final round teams will present seven-minute pitches to an audience and panel of judges. Each presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the judges. The winner of each category will be announced following the presentation of each ideas and will receive $15,000 to help fund business development.

The Finalists

Main Category

  • Maggie Knier, 2True Headbands
  • Ben Lundquist, Enduramark
  • Alpha, CalcX
  • AJ Rana, Hopynn
  • Katie Torgeson, Wryng

Ag/Food/Beverage

  • Hannah Perez and Caelin Laakkonen, Ba\ance
  • David Bassey, Ceed Energy

More information about each finalist and their ideas can be found on the Big Ideas Challenge Facebook event page. Additional information about the Big Ideas Challenge can be found on its official website.

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Several Events Raise Sexual Assault Awareness at MSU

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by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and the Women’s Center is hosting numerous events to show support for this serious cause.

On April 9, “It Happens to Us, Too,” addresses sexual abuse in LGBTQ relationships. The presentation will be n CSU 201 from 12-1:30 p.m.

An ultimate end to sexual violence is sought at the annual, “Take Back the Night” event on April 23 from 5-7p.m., on the Presca Lawn. The program includes a rally, march, a speak out as well as fundraiser for those who have been affected by sexual violence.

“Denim Day” will be on April 24. Wearing denim for the day raises awareness as a means of protest against rape myths and victim blaming. Participants will meet in front of the CSU Ballroom and walk over to Red Lips for a picture from 12-1p.m.

Continuing April 24 activities is “Healing and Learning: Dealing with Trauma in Communities of Color” which will in CSU 245 from 5-7 p.m. This will focus on dealing with trauma, the need to heal, race/consciousness/politics, and how toxic masculinity hurts everyone.

April is important time to acknowledge what goes on around us and those affected by sexual violcence. Take time this month to invest in one of these events and learn more about sexual assault and how it affects the world we live in.

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Engineering Major Voss Views Herself Among ‘Hidden Figures’

Maverick Spotlight

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

In this week’s edition of Maverick Spotlight the inSIDER features Tessa Voss. Voss is a native of Foley, Minn., and is a senior on the Women’s Track & Field team. One of her most notable accolades is  having the best pole vault of 10’11.75” at the SDSU Indoor Classic in 2016. Let’s put Tessa into the spotlight.

TESSA VOSS, Women’s Track & Field
  1. What three words best describe you?
    • The three words that best describe me are dedicated, nerdy, and goofy.
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t listen to what was said, and then ask a question that was answered a second ago.
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • If I were the only human left on Earth, I would probably be trying to figure out what happened to everyone else.
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • I think most of the dumb things I’ve done have not turned out well!
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • My all-time favorite sports start is the pole vaulter Sandi Morris.
  6. What is your most prized possession?
    • My most prized possession is my photos from over the years.
  7. What three items can always be found in your refrigerator?
    • Three items that can always be found in my refrigerator are milk, cheese, and Frank’s Red Hot sauce.
  8. What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • I can pole vault.
  9. Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • My go-to band is Maroon 5. I can always find a song of theirs that I want to listen to.
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • Hidden Figures most accurately describes my life, since I will be graduating with a degree in engineering. As a woman I have and will have many obstacles to overcome in this male-dominated field.
  11. What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • I don’t really believe in luck. I think everything happens for a reason. However, I would say I’m pretty lucky to have been blessed with such a great support system of friends and family.
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • I don’t understand what it is about the Kardashians that has everyone talking.
  13. If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • If all jobs had the same pay and hours I would still like to be an engineer. I need to have a job that will challenge me.
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My family inspires me to be better. My older brothers are great role models who inspire me to be the best I can be, and my younger siblings inspire me to set a good example for them.
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Never again will I move to a new apartment, in a city where I know no one, while being on crutches. Those were the most difficult weeks of this past summer!
  16. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • I refuse to watch the show Letterkenny. Their accents drive me crazy!
  17. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    • If I could have a super power it would be to fly.
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • If I won the lottery, the first thing I would do is pay off all of my school debt, and then bring my family and close friends on a vacation.
  19. What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • I prefer to sing upbeat ’80s and ’90s music in the shower.
  20. What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • The thing that I like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato is the campus. I like that everything is centralized, and you don’t need to walk too far to get across campus.

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Chris Reed: A Maverick Gone NFL

Joining Dolphins for 2019 Season

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato may have been tuned into an NFL game over the last few years and heard the name of one of their own. Chris Reed is one of two former Maverick football players now in the NFL.

CHRIS REED, Former MSU Football Player and Track & Field Athlete

This offseason, Reed signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after spending the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Football may have led Reed to a professional career, however, in Track and Field, Reed was a record breaking athlete. Some of his achievements include being an 11-time NCAA DII Track & Field All-American and NCAA DII champion in outdoor shot put (2014 and 2013).
    • 65′ 4 ¾” – 1st place in shot put at 2014 NCAA DII OTF Championship
    • 65’-7” – 1st place in shot put at 2013 NCAA DII OTF Championship
   • Holds Minnesota State Mankato record in indoor shot put (65′-10.5″) & outdoor shot put (65′-7″)
   • Holds Minnesota State Mankato record in indoor weight throw (67′-7.5) and outdoor hammer throw (215′-11″)

Reed’s journey to the NFL wasn’t an easy one. After starring in both football and track & field at Central High School in Omaha, the Nebraska native took his talents in both sports to MSU.

Chris Reed showcasing his athleticism on the football field and the shot-put for Track & Field.

On the football field, during his senior season, Reed was a part of an offensive line in 2014 that helped rewrite offensive record books as the Mavericks finished the season 14-1 with a Division II National Championship Game appearance.

Reed was Selected as a D2Football.com First Team All-American, NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team Offense and the Don Hansen All-Super Region Second Team Offense.

Chris took the time to answer a few questions. Let’s dive in.

Q: What are some of your greatest memories from your time at MSU?

A: The whole college experience was awesome! I met my wife at MSU and got to participate in my two favorite sports. Some of my favorite memories were hanging out with my friends in the old Gage Towers, relaxing after a hard practice in the locker room with my teammates, Track & Field trips to California, and of course game days and track meets.
 

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced being a two-sport athlete in college? Would you have any advice for athletes seeking to play multiple sports in college?

A: Taking care of my body and time management were the two biggest challenges. You don’t have a lot of down time between sports. If you want to do two sports work on your time management, keeping on top of schoolwork, stretching, eating right, and allowing some time for yourself are all important. Also having goals for each sport is important to keep you on track.

Q: What did your time at MSU do to help you prepare for becoming a player in the NFL?

A: It gave me the tools I need to make it to the next level. The coaches helped me learn the game and how to play it with grit. The Sport Psychology program really helped me develop a positive mindset. Tom Inkrott and the weight room staff were always there to push my teammates and I to be stronger and faster than the competition. 
 

Q: How were you able to get into the NFL? What did that process of going from college football to the NFL look like for you?

A: Initially I just wanted to play football. Around my sophomore year I was told that I had some potential to play in the NFL, and it then became a goal. Scouts came from a lot of different teams my junior and senior years. After the December 2014 season I signed an agent and started the process. I wasn’t invited to the Combine and had to train for a Pro Day up in Minneapolis. I spent two months driving to Minneapolis four days a week to work out at Game Face Elite Training and work with Bill Welle both of which helped me immensely for the Pro Day. After the Pro Day, I had some teams call and just talk to me to find out more about me as a person. I watched the draft with my now wife and parents in our Quads apartment. I got a couple calls during the draft, but didn’t end up getting drafted so after it was done, I received a call from Jacksonville and signed with them.

Chris Reed and Adam Thielen gathering for an interview with a local (Mankato) news reporter after a joint practice between the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.

 
Q: Both you and Adam Thielen made it to the NFL from MSU. What do you remember about being teammates with Thielen during your time as Maverick football players? 


 A: I remember how great of a person and leader he was for our team. It seemed like he caught everything that was thrown to him. It was fun to watch. One of my favorite memories of him playing was when he returned an onside kick back for a touchdown. Adam has worked so hard and his success is well-deserved.

Thank you to Chris for taking the time to answer these questions. Hopefully this brings some intriguing insight into a Maverick that has gone onto play their sport professionally.

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Calvin Buesgens Knows How to Juggle More Than Academics and Sports

Maverick Spotlight

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

In this week’s edition of Maverick Spotlight the inSIDER features Calvin Buesgens of Chaska, Minn., a Senior on the MSU Men’s Track & Field team. Buesgens is truly the jack of all trades in the sport of Track & Field, he has thrown discus, shot put, and javelin while also participating in high jump, pole vault, and various sprinting events. Let’s get to know Calvin better.

CALVIN BUESGENS


  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Reserved, witty, and chill
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • When people don’t clean up after themselves
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • Golf 24/7
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • Driving to Wayne, Nebraska to visit one of my buddies
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Kobe Bryant
  6.  What is your most prized possession?
    • One of my grandpa’s old flannel shirts
  7.  What three items can always be found in your refrigerator
    • Spinach, Greek yogurt, and hot sauce
  8.   What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • Juggle
  9.  Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • Van Halen
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • Semi-Pro
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • Won a free Big Mac from McDonald’s Monopoly a couple years back
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Binge watching series upon series of shows on Netflix
  13.  If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • Sports Analyst for ESPN
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My parents and friends
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Buy single ply toilet paper 
  16.  What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • The Bachelor / The Bachelorette 
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • Time-travel
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  
    • Pay my debts to my parents and buy some new golf clubs
  19.  What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Anything encompassed within the genres of rap and classic rock
  20.  What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • The friendships I’ve made over the years

Thank you Calvin for taking the time out to answer the questions for Athlete Spotlight. If you know of an athlete or are an athlete that would like to be featured, please send an email to Alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu.

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April 4 Women-in-STEM Dinner Offers Info, Etiquette

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by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

Women Interested in being part of STEM while expanding etiquette experiences will participate in the Thursday, April 4, STEM Networking Dinner.

The event, which includes an etiquette dinner featuring Deenna Latus Steinhaus, owner of Etiquette and More, is from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Pre-registration was required.

DEENNA STEINHAUS

Over the last nine years, Steinhaus as presented programs to students, alumni, faculty, and staff on the topics of dining etiquette, professional dress, business etiquette and behaviors, and transitioning from student to professional.

This event is hosted by the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence and the MSU, Mankato Women’s Center and College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and sponsored by Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Education Program Grant, Design Ready Controls, and Finley Engineering.

The event provide a networking opportunity for post-secondary students in STEM degree programs. Student participants can meet and learn from individuals within different STEM careers.

This event includes an etiquette dinner and keynote speaker. The free event is open to anyone but registration is encouraged. Sign up today and quick start your opportunities!

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Maverick Golfer Nattiya Somboonsup is a ‘Directioner’

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

On this week’s edition of Maverick Spotlight, the inSIDER reaches out to Nattiya Somboonsup. A senior on the MSU Maverick Women’s Golf team, Somboonsup is a is from Chonburi, Thailand. Some of her accolades include a 2016-17 NSIC Second Team selection, being a two-time NSIC All-Academic selection, and capturing medalist honors at the WSU Warrior Invitational Sept 18, 2018. Let’s get to know a Nattiya a little bit better.

NATTIYA SOMBOONSUP

Maverick Spotlight

  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Foodie, dedicated, old-soul
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • Loud chewing
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • Everything
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • I decided to come to US for college because of a guy. Even though we broke up, I’m glad I’m here because I have made my best friends and made the good memories.
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Rory McIlroy
  6.  What is your most prized possession?
    • My family pictures and videos, especially of my baby brother
  7.  What three items can always be found in your refrigerator?
    • Eggs, Milk, Ice cream
  8.   What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    •  I take really good pictures. I have artist eyes.
  9.  Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • One Direction. I am a huge Directioner
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    •  I won VIP tickets here at MSU for BOB homecoming concert 2017! 
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Not sure. 
  13.  If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • Not sure. 
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My parents.
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Love someone more than they love me.
  16.  What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    •  Game of Thrones… I tried but it’s just not my thing.
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • To be happy forever and be able to give happiness to others 
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • Traveling the world
  19.  What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Really sad songs.
  20.  What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    Diversity and people are really nice. There are so many beautiful cultures to learn from. I love experiencing them all.

Thank you to Nattiya for taking the time to answer the Athlete Spotlight questions. If you know of an athlete or are an athlete who would like to be featured in the Athlete Spotlight, send an email to Alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu.

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Models Walk The Runway at April 12 Spring Fashion Show

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

The finale to Mankato’s Next Top Model competition will take to the fashion runway as the MSU Fashion and Commercial Photography Club hosts its Spring Fashion Show Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

This event featuring four finalists showcases a variety of spring fashions and is the crowning moment for the FCPC’s model competition.

The Mankato Next Top Model is a six-week competition that started with 12 models. Each week a photographer picks a theme and does a photo shoot with all models, after this pictures are taken, photos were post on the club’s Instagram page @fcpcmankato.

“During the club meeting, the pictures are judged by the judging panel. The panel consist of four judges – a student guest judge, a board member, a photographer, and a photography expert,” said FCPC President Samuel Oluwadoromi. “These judges are given a rubric to which the all judge different aspects of the pictures from the photo shoot.”

The score of each models are added together and the model with the least score is eliminated. The model with the least score can avoid elimination is by having the highest like on Instagram, if that happens the model with the second least score gets cut from the competition. The finalists are going to be the final four models left in the competition after week five judging.

Audience members will get an exclusive look at spring couture from Vagabond Village, a charming vintage consignment shop in downtown Mankato. The event will feature over 25 unique outfits showcased on the runway.

At the end of the show, finalists will individually take the spotlight to showcase their catwalk skills. With the help of the audience, a winner will be crowned.

“The members of FCPC will be taking photos of the event and this helps their portfolio by showing their ability to do various categories of photography,” said Oluwadoromi.

Ticket prices are $3 in advance, $5 at the door. The event is open to students and the public. Purchase tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mankatos-next-top-model-finale-tickets-58499625956 OR follow FCPC on Twitter @fcpcmankato for information on CSU ticket sale dates and for the chance to participate in exclusive ticket giveaways.

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‘Mavericks Be the Change’ Tackles Common Campus Issues

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

Positive change will be coming to the Minnesota State Mankato campus April 22-25. as various campus organizations show how students can make a difference and be the change for major issues facing all Mavericks.

Each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the organizations will be in the Lincoln Lounge showing how all Mavericks can “Be The Change.”

Lydia Jagodzinski with the Student Events Team coordinating the event, said the week brings awareness to campus issues and moves toward addressing them in a better way.

On Monday April 22, the Veteran’s Resource Center will be advocating for Veterans on campus. In the week preceding, the Veteran’s Resource Center also has many Veteran focused events scheduled. For more information regarding those events, click here.

On Tuesday April 23, the Women’s Center will be discussing and advocating for change regarding bystander awareness.

On Wednesday April 24, the Community Engagement Office will discuss food insecurity.

On Thursday April 25, the Counseling Center will discuss coping skills and mental health awareness.

All of these issues affect most students, faculty, and staff members. Each of these organizations will not only get to showcase themselves to the people on campus, they will get to advocate for and be the change at MSU.

For more information on Mavericks Be the Change contact Lydia Jagodzinski from Student Activities Lydia.jagodzinski@mnsu.edu.

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Maverick Baseball’s Teddy Petersen Plays A Mean Violin

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

TEDDY PETERSEN

In this week’s edition of Maverick Spotlight, the inSIDER features Teddy Petersen. Petersen is a Junior on the MSU Baseball team. Petersen is from Glencoe, Minn. Some of Petersen’s accolades include being named to the 2018 All-NSIC Second Team, the 2018 NSIC Gold Glove Team, and the NSIC Spring All-Academic Team. Let’s get to know Teddy a little better.

Maverick Spotlight

  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Driven, caring, humble
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • People not putting their dishes in the dishwasher.
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • I’d find a dog to be my pet so I could have a close companion and someone to talk to.
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • I asked a girl out my sophomore year of high school by attaching a note to a mechanical pig. Thankfully she said yes and we are still dating to this day.
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Tiger Woods
  6.  What is your most prized possession?
    • My Bible
  7.  What three items can always be found in your refrigerator?
    •  Eggs, milk, ketchup
  8.   What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • Play the violin
  9.  Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • Adele
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • I’ve caught a foul ball at a Twins game.
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Game of Thrones
  13.  If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    •  Professional baseball player
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • Maddie Monahan
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Go to Scream Town
  16.  What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • Vampire Diaries
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • Read minds
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • Pay off my parents’ mortgage.
  19.  What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Any Justin Timberlake song
  20.  What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • My favorite place on campus is the cafeteria but I cherish all the relationships and memories I’ve made over the last three years here.

Thank you Teddy for taking the time to answer the questions for this week’s Athlete Spotlight. If you are an athlete or know of an athlete who should be featured in this weekly segment, be sure to send an email to Alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu.

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