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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Admissions

College Fairs

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

2014 College Fairs

Iowa Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Sunday 9/28/2014 Iowa Golden Circle Des Moines 12:30-3:00 p.m. Paulette
Monday 10/13/2014 NWICC Sheldon 9:30-11:30 a.m. Colleen
Monday 10/13/2014 LeMars High School LeMars 6:00-7:30 p.m. Colleen
Monday 10/13/2014 Quad City Fair Davenport 5-7:30 p.m. Abby
Illinois Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Saturday 9/27/2014 Chicago National College Fair Chicago 11-3:00 p.m. Matt
Minnesota Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Monday 9/22/2014 Rainy River Community College International Falls 9-10:30 a.m. Abby
Monday 9/22/2014 Mesabi Range College Virginia 1:00-2:30 p.m. Abby
Tuesday 9/23/2014 Hibbing Community College Hibbing 9:00-10:30 a.m. Abby
Tuesday 9/23/2014 IRA Civic Center Grand Rapids 12:30-2:00 p.m. Abby
Tuesday 9/23/2014 St. Scholastica Duluth 5:00-6:30 p.m. Abby
Wednesday 9/24/2014 St. Scholastica Duluth 9:00-11:00 a.m. Abby
Thursday 9/25/2014 Elk River High School Elk River 12:10-2:00 p.m. Abby
Thursday 9/25/2014 St. Francis High School St. Francis 6-8:00 p.m. Abby
Friday 9/26/2014 Pine City Civic Center Pine City 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Monday 9/29/2014 Scheel's Arena Fargo, ND 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Monday 9/29/2014 Scheel's Arena Fargo, ND 6-7:30 p.m. Abby
Tuesday 9/30/2014 Northland Community & Technical College Thief River Falls 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Wednesday 10/1/2014 Bemidji State Bemidji 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Thursday 10/2/2014 Minnesota State Community and Tech Wadena 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Friday 10/3/2014 Central Lakes College Brainerd 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Tuesday 10/21/2014 University of Minnesota, Morris Morris 9-11:00 a.m. Mike
Tuesday 10/21/2014 Ridgewater College Willmar 1:00-3:00 p.m. Mike
Wednesday 10/22/2014 College of St. Benedict Collegeville 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Thursday 10/23/2014 Mayer Lutheran High School Mayer 9-11:00 a.m. Mike
Thursday 10/23/2014 Monticello High School Monticello 5:30-7:30 p.m. Emily
Monday 10/27/2014 Southwest Minnesota State Marshall 9-10:30 a.m. Mike
Monday 10/27/2014 Luverne High School Luverne 1:00-2:30 p.m. Mike
Tuesday 10/28/2014 Fairmont High School Fairmont 9-10:30 a.m. Abby
Thursday 10/29/2014 Bethany Lutheran College Mankato 9-10:30 a.m. Abby and Brian
Thursday 10/29/2014 Riverland Community College Austin 12:30-2:00 p.m. Abby
Friday 10/30/2014 University Center, Rochester Rochester 9-11:00 a.m. Abby
Friday 10/30/2014 Hastings High School Hastings 6-8:00 p.m. Colleen
North Dakota Fairs
Day Date Location City State Time Representative
           
South Dakota Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Monday 9/22/2014 SDSU Ballroom Brookings 1-3:00 p.m. Emily
Monday 9/22/2014 Washington High School Sioux Falls 5:30-7:00 p.m. Emily
Tuesday 9/23/2014 DWU Wellness Center Mitchell 9:00-12 p.m. Emily
Wednesday 9/24/2014 Augustana College (Elmen Center) Sioux Falls 8:00-11 a.m. Emily
Thursday 9/25/2014 University of South Dakota Vermillion 9:00-11 a.m. Emily
Friday 9/26/2014 Lake Area Tech Watertown 12:00-2:55 p.m. Emily
Wisconsin College Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Sunday 9/28/2014 Milwaukee National College Fair Milwaukee 12-3:00 p.m. Emily
Monday 9/29/2014 UW-Platteville Platteville 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Tuesday 9/30/2014 UW-Richland Richland 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Tuesday 9/30/2014 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire 6:30-8:30 p.m. Emily
Wednesday 10/1/2014 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Thursday 10/2/2014 Expo Center LaCrosse 9-1:30 p.m. Emily
Monday 10/6/2014 Beloit High School Beloit 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Monday 10/6/2014 Franklin High School Franklin 6:30-8:30 p.m. Emily
Tuesday 10/7/2014 Sun Prairie High School Sun Prairie 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Tuesday 10/7/2014 Sun Prairie High School Sun Prairie 6:30-8:30 p.m. Emily
Wednesday 10/8/2014 Delavan-Darien High School Delavan 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Wednesday 10/8/2014 Arrowhead High School Hartland 6:30-8:30 p.m. Emily
Thursday 10/9/2014 Carthage College Kenosha 9-11:00 a.m. Emily
Thursday 10/9/2014 New Berlin West High School New Berlin 6:30-8:30 p.m. Emily
Friday 10/10/2014 Mount Mary University Milwaukee 9-11:00 a.m. Emily

Michael ALTOMARI – Admissions Officer

Michael Altomari

Phone Number: 507-389-5855
E-mail: michael.altomari@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: It's repetitive but get involved and step out of your comfort zone! When I was in high school I always wanted to play lacrosse but was worried that I wouldn't cut it on the club team in high school. I came to campus and called the team up. The team was awesome! It was one of the best decisions I made in college! I didn't just learn lacrosse; I learned time management, leadership, and effective communication skills.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: My musical tastes are all over the place, but I tend to lean a bit more towards heavier music like Metallica or Led Zeppelin. I grew up listening to bands like the Beach Boys, Beatles, and Rolling Stones; those bands have a really special place in my heart.
What was your first job: Working at a gymnastics gym registering people for classes and helping to answer questions and in the off chance that one of the coaches weren't there I had to sub for them, which is really scary…I don't know how to do any gymnastics so when I did sub it was basically just 50 minutes of play time!
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I was born in Michigan and they have Coney Island hot dog restaurants all over the place. Apparently I aspired to be a Coney Island chef.
The best thing about MSU is: The people! The faculty and staff genuinely care about the students' success here, which creates a great atmosphere and a tremendous learning environment.
Describe MSU in one word: Supportive
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Definitely soft.
When you aren't working what are you doing: I spend a ton of time with my family. We like to stay as active as we can. I play a lot of golf and softball during the summer as well as fish. During the winter we love snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Diane BERGE, Ph.D. – Associate Director of Admissions

Diane Berge

Phone Number: 507-389-1702
E-mail: diane.berge@mnsu.edu

Education: B.A. Education (French and Vocal Music), University of Minnesota-Morris M.S. Counseling and Student Personnel, Minnesota State University, Mankato Ph.D. Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota
Favorite thing about Minnesota State University, Mankato: The large but personal flavor of our small campus with challenging programs from liberal arts to high technology.
Favorite thing about the community: A comfortable, smaller town feel but with many amenities of larger cities
Favorite Campus Activity: I have enjoyed shotokan karate training and Madrigal singers.

Emily Harrison – Admissions Officer

Emily Harrison

Phone Number: 507-389-6670
E-mail: emily.harrison@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Step outside of your comfort zone. Make the most of your college experience through participating in classroom discussions, get involved in student organizations, and if you can study abroad!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: currently, "Us Against the World"- Coldplay. I just got over a pretty serious phase of listening to "Thrift Shop"-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis repetitively (it's still a favorite though).
What was your first job: I was a youth tennis coach for my local tennis association.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would be a nurse
The best thing about MSU is: Students receive a great value for their education which is reflected by the supportive faculty, new facilities and all of the services that are available to students.
Describe MSU in one word: Engaging
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft! If the cookie is crunchy, I immediately throw it in the microwave because nobody wants a cookie to be 1.cold and 2.crunchy.
When you aren't working what are you doing: Hanging out with friends, family and my dog Roo, playing tennis, gardening and working on art projects.

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

Paulette KIMBER – Admissions Officer

Paulette Kimber

Phone Number: 507-389-3279
Email: paulette.kimber@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: My advice to incoming Mavericks would be to be open minded. College is a great time to explore what your interest are, try new things, and meet new people from all over the globe. It may seem at first, but trust me… If you stick to it, you will have a lifetime of memories!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I can't choose just ONE! I'm a big R&B junkie. I love Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Brandy, Letoya Luckett, Usher, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Monica, Elle Varner… and the list goes on!
What was your first job: My first job was working with a company called Tree Trust. Outside cleaning up highways and planting, long story short I quit after 3 days!
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: If I listened to my 6 year old self Oprah would have a run for her money! I would be the best talk show host on television. Watch out daytime, here comes Ms. Paulette! =)
The best thing about MSU is: On campus fairs because it's almost always a guarantee that there will be free. Also, I love when it gets warm out and everyone is outside barbequing, rollerblading, on walks, and doing other activities. It just makes Mankato feel a little more like home.
Describe MSU in one word: MAVPRIDE
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Not a huge cookie person. CANDY all the way. If I had to choose a cookie, I would say crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.
When you aren't working what you are doing: When I'm not working or thinking about work (which often happened ;) I'm singing so loud my neighbors can probably hear me, on my cell phone (go figure), shopping, cooking, camping (I know right!), hanging out with family and friends, and enjoying life.

Carolyn Peterson NELSON – Assistant Director of Admissions

Carolyn

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.

Colleen Hansen – Twin Cities Recruiter

Colleen

Phone Number: 507-381-8676
E-mail: colleen.hansen@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved with campus activities and organizations! Meet as many people as you can - it will make your college experience!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: Anything and everything Coldplay
What was your first job: Lifeguard
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Doctor
The best thing about MSU is: The amazing faculty, staff, and students.
Describe MSU in one word: Remarkable
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft

Abby Ellis – Admissions Officer

Abby

Phone Number: 507-389-5038
E-mail: abby.ellis@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get to know your professors, meet with your advisor every semester, stay organized, get involved on campus, and take advantage of every opportunity!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: "I'm in a Hurry" Alabama.
What was your first job: My first job was nannying which I did for 6 summers.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would be a day care provider.
The best thing about MSU is: The opportunities that come from the diversity of majors, student organizations, and people on campus.
Describe MSU in one word: Self-empowering
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft!!!
When you aren't working what are you doing: I am on Pinterest, pretending I will be able to accomplish the crafts I pin! I also enjoy going for walks around Mankato, spending time at my parents cabin on weekends, and scrapbooking.

Matt Sidmore – Assistant Director

matt

Phone Number: 507-389-5039
E-mail: matthew.sidmore@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved! We have over 200 clubs/organizations to choose from, and the quickest way to get connected to the campus and meet others is by getting involved right away.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I love all kinds of music, and being from Boston, we had an awesome music scene. Minneapolis has been no different, and I have found some awesome local bands out here. Lately my most played song has been "Rough" by Apollo Cobra a band coming out of Minneapolis.
What was your first job: I was 13, and I had two paper routes. I actually made a lot of money for a 13 year old kid…
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Professional Golfer. I have played since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I love the game more than the game loves me.
The best thing about MSU is: The top-notch education our students get in conjunction with our amazing facilities and programs.
Describe MSU in one word: Opportunity
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft… Right out of the oven.
When you aren't working what are you doing: Grilling, exploring Minnesota, anything sports related, Spending the majority of my time with my wife, my golden retriever, and my family.