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Minnesota State University, Mankato

College fairs

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

2016 College Fairs

Iowa Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Monday 2/29/2016 Valley High School West Des Moines, IA 6:00-7:30 pm Colleen
Tuesday 3/1/2016 Gilbert High School Gilbert, IA 1:00-2:30 pm Colleen
Wednesday 3/2/2016 Storm Lake High School Storm Lake, IA 10:00-11:30 am Colleen
Thursday 3/3/2016 Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, IA 9:00-10:30 am Colleen
Thursday 3/3/2016 Algona High School Algona , IA 1:30-3:00 pm Colleen
Wednesday 5/11/2016 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA 8:45-10:15 am Heather
Illinois Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Monday 3/21/2016 North Central College Naperville, IL 6:30-8:30 pm Kaori
Tuesday 4/12/2016 Fox Valley St. Charles, IL 6:30-8:30 pm Kaori
Minnesota Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Monday 1/20/2016 Integrated Arts Academy Chaska, MN 8:30-12:00 pm Colleen
Wednesday 1/20/2016 Sauk Rapids Rice Sauk Rapids, MN 4:00-7:00 pm Sarah
Wednesday 1/27/2016 West Side Summit Charter School College Fair St.Paul, MN 3:30-4:20pm Chris
Thursday 1/28/2016 Multicultural College Fair Rosemount, MN 6:00-8:00pm Chris
Friday 1/29/2016 Hmong College Prep Academy College Fair St.Paul, MN 8:30-10:30am Chris
Wednesday 2/10/2016 Andover High School Andover, MN 8:30-10:00 am Colleen
Thursday 2/11/2016 Columbia Heights College Fair Columbia Heights, MN 6:30-8:00pm Chris
Tuesday 2/16/2016 MCTC College Fair (TRF) Minneapolis, MN 10am-1pm Chris
Saturday 2/27/2016 Think College Early Fair (tentative) St. Paul, MN 11am-2pm Chris
Monday 3/7/2016 Farmington High School Farmington, MN 4:00-6:00 pm colleen
Tuesday 3/8/2016 Anoka High School Anoka, MN 8:00-10:00 am colleen
Tuesday 3/8/2016 Stillwater Area High School Stillwater, MN 6:00-8:00 pm colleen
Wednesday 3/9/2016 Coon Rapids High School Coon Rapids, MN 8:00-10:00 am Chris
Wednesday 3/9/2016 Shakopee High School Shakopee, MN 3:00-5:00 pm colleen
Thursday 3/10/2016 Blaine High School Blaine, MN 8:00-10:00 am colleen
Thursday 3/10/2016 Champlin Park High School Champlin, MN 12:15-2:15 pm Chris
Monday 3/14/2016 Minnetonka High School Minnetonka, MN 6:00-8:00 pm colleen
Tuesday 3/15/2016 Hopkins High School Hopkins, MN 12:00-2:00 pm Chris
Tuesday 3/15/2016 Eastview High School Apple Valley, MN 4:00-6:00 pm colleen
Wednesday 3/16/2016 St. Louis Park High School St. Louis Park, MN 10:00-12:00 pm Chris
Wednesday 3/16/2016 Tartan High School Oakdale, MN 5:00-7:00 pm Chris
Thursday 3/17/2016 Eden Prairie High School Eden Prairie, MN 6:00-8:00 pm colleen
Saturday 3/12/2016 TRiO College Fair Minneapolis, MN 9am-3pm Chris
Tuesday 3/22/2016 West Lutheran High School Plymouth, MN 5:00-6:30 pm colleen
Tuesday 3/29/2016 North High School North St. Paul, MN 1:50-3:15 pm colleen
Friday 4/8/2016 Forest Lake High School Forest Lake, MN 1:00-4:00 pm colleen
Monday 4/18/2016 Cretin-Derham Hall St. Paul, MN 7:00-9:00 pm Colleen
Tuesday 4/19/2016 Providence Academy Plymouth, MN 1:30-3:00 pm Colleen
Tuesday 4/19/2016 Benilde St. Margaret (DeLaSalle, Holy Family invited) St. Louis Park, MN 7:00-8:30 pm Colleen
Wednesday 4/20/2016 Holy Angels, Visitation, St. Thomas Academy Mendota Heights 6:30-8:30 pm Colleen
Thursday 4/21/2016 Totino-Grace Fridley, MN 7:00-8:30 pm Colleen

NOTE: MnACC Fairs are April 11 -15th (no schedule yet)

South Dakota Fairs
Day Date Location City Time Representative
Monday 4/18/2016 Old Middle School Winner, SD 9:00-10:30 AM Kaori
Monday 4/18/2016 Wagner HS Wagner, SD 1:45-3:15 PM Kaori
Tuesday 4/19/2016 Lincoln HS Sioux Falls, SD 10:00-11:55 AM Kaori
Tuesday 4/19/2016 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD 12:30-2:00 PM Kaori
Wednesday 4/20/2016 Roosevelt HS Sioux Falls, SD 10:00-11:55 AM Kaori
Thursday 4/21/2016 Washington HS Sioux Falls, SD 10:00-11:55 AM Kaori
Wisconsin College Fairs
Wednesday 2/24/2016 Wauwatosa High School Wauwatosa, WI 4:00-7:00 pm Sarah
Tuesday 3/8/2016 Xavier High School Appleton, WI 6:00-8:30 pm Sarah

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

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.

Heather Kaasa – Admissions Officer

Heather

Phone Number: 507-389-3279
E-mail: heather.kaasa@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved with campus activities and organizations as early as possible.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I love many different kinds of music, so it’s hard to pick just one song. Recently, my most frequently played song has been "Fun” by Pitbull.
What was your first job: Working at Pretzelmaker at the local mall.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: A dance teacher or medical doctor.
The best thing about MSU is: Students have many on-campus resources and opportunities available to them throughout their entire academic career at MSU.
Describe MSU in one word: Enriching
Cookies…crunchy or soft: I prefer ice cream over cookies, but if I have to choose a cookie I would say soft when they are right out of the oven.
When you aren't working what are you doing: Going to football and hockey games, riding one of my motorcycles, being outside in general, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Schliesmann – Admissions Officer

Sarah Schliesmann

Phone Number: 507-389-5855
E-mail: sarah.schliesmann@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Learn how to effectively use a planner! College is all about trying new things, learning new things, and getting to experience new things. Finding a balance between classes, homework, activities, organizations, meetings, jobs, friends, catching up on Game of Thrones, and everything else can be daunting. Learning how to keep track of everything right away will keep you from missing out on anything and just makes your life a whole lot easier!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I’m a little bit of an Indi freak, so I’m all about the Indi/Pop covers. My current obsession is Tom Odell’s cover of Roar!
What was your first job: I was a customer service associate at a grocery store in high school.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would currently be trekking around the world as a photojournalist for National Geographic.
The best thing about MSU is: That no matter the department you’re in, the students are always our number one priority!
Describe MSU in one word: Inspiring
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft and gooey on the inside, warm and crunchy on the outside.
When you aren't working what are you doing: You would probably find me outside either biking, hiking, or doing one of my favorite past times: hammocking!

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

Kaori Seavey – Interim Admissions Officer

Kaori Seavey

Phone Number: 507-389-6670
E-mail: kaori.seavey@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Be open-minded and step out of your comfort zone! There will be a lot of exciting experiences in your next four years! Try new things, meet new people and go to new places. Studying abroad is a great way to see what’s out there and change your life! It is also important to start managing your finances. Be smart about what you do with your money. Always keep in mind that you will have to pay back your student loans no matter what. Borrow only what you need and always think twice before you make purchases. Looking into scholarships through MSU or an outside organization is always wise!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I listen to podcasts a lot on my iPod instead of songs. There are so many channels to listen to while I run and drive!
What was your first job: I was a dishwasher at a restaurant
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would be a nurse and take care of people. My mom was a nurse and I wanted to be just like her!
The best thing about MSU is: It is a beautiful campus in a growing community.
Describe MSU in one word: Welcoming.
Cookies…crunchy or soft: An ice cream sandwich with crunchy cookies is the best!
When you aren't working what are you doing: I love to travel! I enjoy visiting new places, trying local food and meeting new people. So far I’ve visited California, Nevada, Northern Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, Washington DC, Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea, and Japan. My next destination is New York City!