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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fall 2012 TODAY Column

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A Student’s –Eye View
Each fall, I look forward to the energy and enthusiasm of residence hall move-in day. Although I don’t envy students and their families the task of lugging boxes and bags of their belongings up to their new rooms, watching them settle in and get comfortable on campus offers me a great opportunity to see the University through their eyes.
That view has been improving over recent years. For the first time this fall, students were welcomed to the Margaret R. Preska Residence Community—300 to the semi-suite style units in the newly constructed building and 200 to renovated rooms that used to be part of McElroy. It’s been rewarding to watch that space take shape, and I can only imagine how exciting it was for those first students to unpack in their rooms, wander around the lobby and explore the building with their roommates and friends.
It wasn’t that long ago that the first residents of the Julia A. Sears Residence Community, which opened in 2008, had a similar experience. We’ve worked hard to update and renovate the rooms in our other residence halls as well. Recent projects in both Crawford and McElroy have made the traditional double rooms in those buildings more comfortable and inviting. And we are offering creative housing solutions to students as well, including making apartment-style housing available for 250 students in a University-leased facility adjacent to campus.
Our goal is to create a campus where students feel comfortable living, studying and socializing. We want them to enjoy being here, wherever they come from and whatever their goals. We want them to share our pride in everything about this University, from its academic excellence to its facilities.
Our student-athletes are another source of pride for the campus community. The Mavericks have a long history of success, from the three national championships the wrestling team won in the 1950s and ’60s to the national title that the women’s basketball team won in 2009 and all of the other accolades in between. I look forward to the day that our men’s and women’s Division I hockey teams net titles as well. The community is looking forward to seeing the impact new men’s coach Mike Hastings is able to have on the team, and to seeing students fill up the seats at the Verizon Wireless Center for games as well.
Please join us in Mankato to watch our men’s and women’s hockey teams play this winter, or catch a road game against one of our Western Collegiate Hockey Association competitors. I also encourage you to visit campus during Homecoming week, September 24-29, and see our improved residential life facilities for yourself. However you connect with Minnesota State Mankato this fall, I guarantee it will boost your pride in the Mavericks.
Enjoy this issue of TODAY!
President Richard Davenport