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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 State Time Representative
Monday March 3, 2014 Valley High West Desmoines IA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday March 4, 2014 Gilbert High Gilbert IA 1:00-2:30 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday March 4, 2014 Belmond-Klemme High Belmond IA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Colleen
Wednesday March 5, 2014 Storm Lake High Storm Lake IA 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Colleen
Thursday March 6, 2014 Iowa Lakes CC Estherville IA 9:00-10:30 a.m. Colleen
Thursday March 6, 2014 Algona High Algona IA 1:30-3:00 p.m. Colleen
Friday March 7, 2014 North Iowa Area CC Mason City IA 9:00-11:15 a.m. Colleen
Illinois Fairs
Day Date Location City State Time Representative
           
Minnesota Fairs
Day Date Location City State Time Representative
Wednesday February 5, 2014 Andover High School Andover MN 8:30-10:00 a.m. Colleen
Thursday February 6, 2014 North St. Paul North St. Paul MN 1:30-3:30 p.m. Colleen
Thursday February 27, 2014 Alden-Conger School Adlen MN 7:15-8:45 Abby
Thursday March 6, 2014 John Marshall High Rochester MN 4:00-7:00 p.m. Abby
Monday March 10, 2014 Southwest High School Minneapolis MN 1:30-3:00 p.m. Colleen
Monday March 10, 2014 Patrick Henry Minneapolis MN 9:05 -10:50 a.m. Colleen
Tuesday March 11, 2014 Robinsdale-Cooper High New Hope MN 12:30-2:10 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday March 11, 2014 Roosevelt High Minneapolis MN 9:00-10:30 a.m. Colleen
Wednesday March 12, 2014 Kennedy High Bloomington MN 8:30-10:00 a.m. Paulette
Wednesday March 12, 2014 MCTC Minneapolis MN 1:00-2:30 p.m. Paulette
Thursday March 13, 2014 Washington Tech St. Paul MN 9:35-11:00 a.m. Colleen
Thursday March 13, 2014 Como Park High St. Paul MN 12:30-2:00 p.m. Colleen
Friday March 14, 2014 Humboldt High St. Paul MN 7:45-9:15 a.m Colleen
Friday March 14, 2014 Highland Park High St. Paul MN 12-1:30 p.m. Colleen
Monday March 17, 2014 Prior Lake High School Savage MN 6:00-8:00 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday March 18, 2014 Apple Valley High School Apple Valley MN 4:00-6:00 p.m. Paulette
Wednesday March 19, 2014 Eden Prairie High School Eden Prairie MN 6:30-8:30 p.m. Paulette
Thursday March 20, 2014 Hopkins High School Minnetonka MN 12:00-2:00 p.m. Matt
Thursday March 20, 2014 Minnetonka High School Minnetonka MN 6:00-8:00 p.m. Matt
Monday March 24, 2014 Mahtomedi High School Mahtomedi MN 6:00-8:00 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday March 25, 2014 Roseville Area High School Roseville MN 6:00-8:00 p.m. Colleen
Wednesday March 26, 2014 Blaine High School Blaine MN 8:00-10:00 a.m. Colleen
Wednesday March 26, 2014 Champlin Park High School Champlin MN 11:00-1:00 p.m. Colleen
Thursday March 27, 2014 Anoka High School Anoka MN 9:00-11:00 a.m. Colleen
Thursday March 27, 2014 Farmington High School Farmington MN 4:00-6:00 p.m. Colleen
Friday March 28, 2014 Coon Rapids High School Coon Rapids MN 8:00-10:00 a.m. Colleen
Monday April 7, 2014 Cretin-Durham and Hill Murray St. Paul MN 7:00-9:00 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday April 8, 2014 Providence Academy Plymouth MN 11:30-1:30 p.m. Colleen
Tuesday April 8, 2014 Benilde-St. Margaret St. Louis Park MN 7:00-9:00 p.m. Colleen
Wednesday April 9, 2014 Academy of Holy Angels/St. Thomas Richfield MN 6:30-8:30 p.m. Colleen
Thursday April 10, 2014 Tartan High Oakdale MN 3:00-5:00 p.m. Colleen
Thursday April 10, 2014 Columbia Heights Columbia Heights MN TBD Colleen
North Dakota Fairs
Day Date Location City State Time Representative
           
South Dakota Fairs
Day Date Location City State Time Representative
Wednesday March 26, 2014 Washington High Sioux Falls SD 8:45-11:30 a.m. Emily
Wednesday March 26, 2014 Roosevelt High Sioux Falls SD 12:45-2:30 p.m. Emily
Thursday March 27, 2014 Lincoln High Sioux Falls SD 8:25-11:20 a.m. Emily
Thursday March 27, 2014 University of Sioux Falls Stewert Ctr Sioux Falls SD 12:30-2:00 p.m. Emily
Wisconsin College Fairs
Day Date Location City State Time Representative
           

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.