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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Visits Near You – Meet Our Staff

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/admissions/firstyear/comestoyou/

Brian Jones – Director of Admissions

Brian Jones

Phone Number: 507-389-2422
E-mail: brian.jones@mnsu.edu

Education: B.S. Mass Communications, Minnesota State University, Mankato M.S. Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Favorite thing about Minnesota State University, Mankato: The Touchdown Tent during Homecoming
Favorite thing about the community: The North Mankato Fun Days Parade
Favorite Campus Activity: Intramural Soccer

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

John Engquist – Associate Director

John Engquist

Phone Number: 507-389-1702
Email: john.engquist@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Explore your options on campus! There are literally hundreds of Student clubs and organizations get involved with (Check out our clubs and organizations!). Also, meet regularly with your advisor, so that you can build the right variety in to your class schedule and discuss what interests you.
What was your first job: Delivering the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper at the age of 12.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I’d either be a Canadian fishing guide or pro soccer player in Europe. Unfortunately, after the age of six, a lack of skills reality set in, as far as being a pro for in either of these areas! :)
The best thing about MSU is: Quality faculty, staff and facilities, coupled with undergraduate practical research opportunities.
Describe MSU in one word: Choices
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft, without a doubt!
When you aren't working what are you doing: Life is never boring! Normally chasing/playing around with one of our three boys…all under the age of seven! Outside of that, I love hunting, fishing and camping in Minnesota and cheering on the local pro sports teams!

Kelsie Garry – Assistant Director/Transfer Specialist 

Kelsie Wagner

Phone: 507-389-5037
Email: kelsie.wagner@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: The next couple of years use it to grow academically, professionally, and most importantly use the time for self-growth. Join student organizations (and then lead those organizations), take challenging classes, sleep during the weekends, and learn from your mistakes.
The most frequently played song on your iPod:
What was your first job: In high school I was a lifeguard and out of college I was a worked at a staffing agency.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: USA Gymnast, not really a job, but a girl can dream!
The best thing about MSU is: The accessibility to resources and the amount of opportunities available.
Describe MSU in one word: Vivacious
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft

Oscar Gonzalez – Assistant Director

Oscar Gonzalez

Oscar Territory

Phone:(507) 389-5036
Email: oscar.gonzalez@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: The next couple of years use it to grow academically, professionally, and most importantly use the time for self-growth. Join student organizations (and then lead those organizations), take challenging classes, sleep during the weekends, and learn from your mistakes.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: Vivir Sin Aire(live) by Mana
What was your first job: Delivered newspaper to homes in the morning
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Professional soccer player
The best thing about MSU is: Endless resources to get you started with a job on campus, prepare you to do research projects, transition you to a Master’s degree, or get you started for a lifelong successful career.
Describe MSU in one word: Innovative
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Definitely crunchy with M&M’s

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Carolyn Peterson Nelson – Scholarship Director of Admissions

Carolyn Peterson Nelson

Phone Number: 507-389-5889
E-mail: carolyn.nelson@mnsu.edu

Education: B.S Political Science Minnesota State University, Mankato;
Pursuing M.S. Educational Leadership Minnesota State University, Mankato
Favorite thing about Minnesota State University, Mankato: The people—All the amazing faculty, staff, and friends I've met here!
Favorite thing about the community: Fall colors in the Minnesota River Valley. It's beautiful!
Favorite Campus Activity: Just one? There's so many! Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Campus Rec intramurals and aerobics, hockey (Go Mavs!) and free movies in the Student Union.

Logan Campa – Admissions Officer

Logan Campa

Logan Territory

Phone Number: 507-389-6670
E-mail: logan.campa@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved on campus, become friends with your professors, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I listen to NPR far more than I do music – but when I do, it’s usually bluegrass/folk like Trampled by Turtles or the Lumineers.
What was your first job: I worked for my family’s paintball business near Hutchinson, MN from a young age.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I wanted to run a paintball business and teach martial arts – just like my dad did.
The best thing about MSU is: the campus community
Describe MSU in one word: Dedicated.
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Little soft in the center
When you aren't working what are you doing: Running, biking, eating or trying to visit all 59 US National Parks with my wife.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Riley Devenport – Admissions Officer

Riley Devenport

Riley Territory

Phone Number: 507-389-5855
E-mail: riley.devenport@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved! Everyone is here to get a degree but it is the extra-curricular activities that you are involved in that is going to set you apart from other people applying for the same job as you!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I use Spotify more than anything to get a variety of music
What was your first job: I worked at a tourist shop/chocolate factory in my home state of Alaska
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: A lawyer
The best thing about MSU is: The close knit community feel but the exponential amount of opportunity
Describe MSU in one word: Home
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Always soft!
When you aren't working what are you doing: Going home to Alaska, traveling, and trying new restaurants

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Rachel Hoehn – Admissions Officer

Rachel Hoehn

Rachel Territory

Phone Number: 507-389-3279
E-mail: rachel.hoehn@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: The first 50 days of your college experience is vital; get involved right away! Join organizations, sit in the front row of your class, and make new friends!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
What was your first job: Working as a cleaning assistant for an eyecare center.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Elementary School Teacher
The best thing about MSU is: The environment is amazing! There are so many opportunities to get involved and the culture of campus is so inviting.
Describe MSU in one word: Enriching
Cookies…crunchy or soft: 100% soft cookies. They are the best.
When you aren't working what are you doing: Hanging out with family and friends, going to MNSU events, and exploring Minnesota.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Mai See Yang – Twin Cities Admissions Recruiter

Mai See Yang

Mai Territory

Phone Number:507-381-8676
Email: mai.yang-2@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Don’t be afraid to meet new people, try new things, and ask for help.
The most frequently played song on your iPod:I love listening to the radio station KS95.
What was your first job: In 8th grade, I worked at a summer youth employment program Tree Trust to complete park improvement projects.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would be an elementary school teacher.
The best thing about MSU is: There is so much to do and to get involved with on campus
Describe MSU in one word: Options
Cookies…crunchy or soft: My favorite cookie is Subway fresh baked white chocolate & macadamia nut cookie.
When you aren't working what are you doing:Training for marathons, enjoying the outdoors, and being with friends and family.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Tressa Roehm – Transfer Liaison

Tressa Roehm

Phone Number:507-389-5038
Email: tressa.roehm@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks:Don’t cheat yourself out of the full college experience. Make connections, get involved, and be fearless in the pursuit of your goals.
The most frequently played song on your iPod:River by Leon Bridges.
What was your first job: Telemarketer for Kirby Vacuums. My apologies if I ever called you at 8:59pm and offered you a “free” carpet cleaning.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: A Rockette or Broadway Dancer.
The best thing about MSU is: The People!
Describe MSU in one word: Supportive
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Paj Ntaub (Bon Dao) Lee – Extended Education Outreach Coordinator

Paj Ntaub

Phone: (952)-412-1926
Email: mai.lee@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Be sure to utilize the resources available to you and GET CONNECTED whether it be your advisor, faculty or different service areas such as Career Counseling Center, Financial Aid Advisors, Online English Tutors etc.. Build positive relationships to help guide your developmental growth both personally and professionally in your academics and extracurricular experiences. Stay resilient, positive and optimistic. Don’t forget to remind yourself that you CAN reach you educational goals.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill at the moment, however, I listen to every genre and different music around the world.
What was your first job: In high school I worked at Borgstrom Pharmacy and out of college I was an Hmong Instructor for Hmong language and culture at Humboldt High School in St. Paul.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I wanted to be a teacher or an archeologist.
The best thing about MSU is: The quality and affordable education.
Describe MSU in one word: Transformative
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!