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New Honors Learning Community Coordinator for 2015-2016 Announced

Katelynn Malecha has been chosen as the Honors Learning Community Coordinator for 2015-2016



First-year student Katelynn Malecha has been chosen as the Learning Community Coordinator for the 2015-2016 Honors Learning Community. Malecha is a newly declared Pre-Exercise Science major with a Pre-Occupational Therapy concentration, and she is originally from Lonsdale, Minnesota where she graduated from New Prague High School. 

She joined the current Honors Learning Community when she came to Minnesota State Mankato fall 2014 and living with the honors students has been one of her favorite parts of her college experience. She loves living in an environment with her fellow honors students where they are all friends, share meals, do homework, and take classes together. She says “I am having a great experience and I cannot wait to make next year even better.” Malecha looks forward to organizing more events next year for the Learning Community and making her room an open, inviting environment with lots of comfy chairs. She awaits the new school year with great anticipation, “I cannot wait to meet the new students and help them understand the honors experience.”

Malecha’s rich volunteer background makes her more than worthy of this position. Since she was a freshman in high school, she has volunteered nearly every weekend at the Courage Kenney Rehabilitation Institute, an organization at Welch Village ski area that helps people with disabilities learn how to ski.  There, she has been paired with a boy in elementary school named Luke. “Skiing with Luke had been one of the best experiences of my life. Being able to help someone and make a difference in their life is truly rewarding.” She has also helped to knit 100 scarfs for everyone in the program. Malecha also volunteers at least monthly at Northfield Retirement Living Center by playing bingo with residents, assisting with aquatic aerobics, and giving manicures.

The Honors Program and the Office of New Student and Family Programs anticipates the great work Katelynn Malecha will do as the LCC of the Honors Learning Community.

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