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The Student Activities office (CSU 173) makes it our mission to ensure that all Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs), and their Advisors, are well prepared to conduct business throughout the year.  To that end, our staff offers a vareity of trainings.

Mandatory Training

One mandatory training is the Fall Inauguration Event. One member-- preferably the President or Vice President-- from each organization seeking recognition must attend on behalf of the student organization. During this event, student leaders will learn much of what they need know in order to run their day-to-day operations. If an organization misses the fall recognition process, there is also a meeting that is part of the spring recognition process. These meetings are as follows:


Fall 2017 Inauguration Event Date: Monday, September 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the CSU 
*We will begin in CSU Ballroom and move to multiple rooms on the 2nd floor thereafter.


Spring 2018 Mandatory Meeting - Thursday, January 11 in CSU 255 at the following times-

12 - 1 p.m.  RSVP HERE

4 - 5 p.m. RSVP HERE


Other Training

Meet 1-on-1 with an RSO Staff Member

You can now schedule a 20-minute meeting an RSO staff member in a few easy steps.

Schedule time with Ashley- Assistant DirectorCLICK HERE

Schedule time with Jessica - Graduate Advisor - CLICK HERE


Lunch & Learn's

 The RSO staff offer educational sessions that are open to organization leaders and their members. All lunch & learn sessions for spring 2018 will be on Tuesday's from 12-1 p.m. in CSU 204 or the Career Development Center (WA 209).  Here is a list of the session topics:

January 16 - Promoting Events - Career Development Center (WA 209)

Facilitated by Lenny Koupal, Communications Coordinator for the CSU and Bill Tourville, Assistant Director – Student Activities

 You put a lot of time and effort in to plan events throughout the year. However, once the program is designed you must attract an audience. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of promotion and public relations with an emphasis on the opportunities at MSU, Mankato. 


January 23 - Relationship Building - Career Development Center (WA 209)

Facilitated by Chris Collins, Brew Master – Mankato Brewery

Relationship building is one of the key leadership traits that inspire followership. A leader may be able to provide vision and supervision, but the most successful leaders develop a relationship with people they hope to inspire to follow them. Come learn skills and insights on how to build relationships with others.


January 30 - Giving Feedback - Career Development Center (WA 209)

Facilitated by Chris McEachron, Lead Play-worker – Children’s Museum of Southern MN

 Giving and receiving feedback is all about proper preparation and practice. Come learn how to do both as you build your own skills and style for giving feedback to colleagues and followers.


February 6 - Technology Leadership - Career Development Center (WA 209)

Facilitated by Stacy Lienemann, Librarian - Waseca-Le Seur

 Technology leadership goes beyond managing the day-to-day logistics of a strategic tech planning process. It is about a social-change process. An effective technology leader should be a public advocate of the mission-drive use of technology, maximizing relationships with various groups, both within and outside of the organization, and empowering others to get invested and involved in planning for and deploying technology. Come learn from someone who had success in doing so.


February 20 - Officer Transitions - Career Development Center (WA 209)

Facilitated by Ashley Strom, Assistant Director RSO’s – Student Activities

 One of the greatest complaints of student organization leaders is that they did not receive a proper or comprehensive transition. They often still have questions about what their role really is and about the resources available to them. Join us to learn how to improve continuity in your organization and increse the potential of success for new officers.