Students, Families Invited to New University Podcast

Dr. David Jones

Dr. David Jones, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is host of the new Minnesota State Family Orientation Podcast offering informative and casual discussions with key University personnel who share advice and wisdom to students and families preparing for the Fall 2020 semester.

Greetings Parents and Families,

It seems, the year 2020 continues to provide twists and turns at every moment. We totally understand this at Minnesota State University, Mankato and want to begin to answer many of the questions you may have as you help your student prepare for this Fall’s semester. 

In recognition of the pandemic’s impact, we have put together the Minnesota State Family Orientation Podcast. Whether you are the parent of a new student at Minnesota State Mankato or have a couple years of experience being the parent of a college student, we think you will find this podcast useful. 

The podcast is available on



Google Podcasts

Each episode we delve into a university office and talk about the services they provide, especially in light of COVID-19 and how you can best advise your student as they make their preparations for this fall. 

You’ll learn about financial aid, student health resources, how we are planning on providing classes this fall, and more. 

We will be dropping more episodes throughout the summer with updates on our Return to Learn plans.  

Thanks for all your support of your student, stay safe, and please let us know if you have any questions or ideas for a future episode.  


David P. Jones, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management


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