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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Meet the Hall Director Team

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/employment/meet_the_hall_director_team.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Kramer 

Hall Director

Email: nick.kramer@mnsu.edu       


Education:  MS: Educational Leadership, Minnesota State Mankato; BA: Political Science and Legal Studies, Northwestern University
Previous Positions:   Resident Director (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
What I like about being a Maverick:  Our department exemplifies a commitment to students, which keeps our students' academic and personal success at the heart of everything we do.  I love that I'm surrounded by competent and hardworking peers who are committed to their work.  I also have found the design of our area led teams to be rewarding, which means decision making and leadership is collaborative and team based instead of individually based per area.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I am a member of NASPA and UMR-ACUHO and have been a member of the International Leadership Association.  I have strong interests in social justice and diversity work, student conduct, leadership development, and issues relating to men and masculinity.
Hobbies:  If I'm not plannning my next trip to a city or country I would love to explore, you will probably catch me reading a book or taking a class in one of my areas of interest.  I am a lifelong student and I love to read. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hyttsten

Hall Director

Email: john.hyttsten@mnsu.edu


Education:  MS: College Counseling & Student Development, Azusa Pacific University; BS: Youth Ministry, Crown College, MN
Previous Positions:  Graduate Hall Coordinator (Occidental College); First-Year Experience Program Coordinator (Concordia University)
What I like about being a Maverick:  Being a new father, I appreciate being a part of a department that values my work-life balance.  Because family is a very strong value of mine, I love being a part of a team that allows me to spend time with my wife and son while remaining committed to being a part of the lives of students in my building.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I've had the opportunity to get involved professionally on many levels here.  I have been a part of search committees and large scale programming efforts where I've been able to collaborate with other departments, as well as leading a delegation to a student conference.  Being at Minnesota State Mankato has greatly helped me grow professionally and I've appreciated the ability to continue taking on new things to further my professional growth.
Hobbies: I'm a big nerd, so I tend to like to play video games, but more recently most of my time has been going to hanging out and playing with my son, Ezra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy Wubben

Hall Director

Email: amanda.wubben@mnsu.edu


Education:  MS:  Counseling & Student Personnel: College Student Affairs, Minnesota State Mankato; BS: Communication Studies, Luther College; BA: Philosophy, Luther College
Previous Positions:  Graduate Hall Director (Minnesota State Mankato); Hall Director (Luther College)
What I like about being a Maverick:  I love the mid-sized public institution located in the perfect sized town, Mankato!  Being a Maverick means I am able to work with awesome student leaders and help our residents develop in their own personal and academic success.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  UMR-ACUHO, Social Justice Committee
Hobbies: CrossFit, Trying new things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brice Matthews

Hall Director

Email: brice.matthews@mnsu.edu


Education:  MS: Currently working on Educational Leadership, Minnesota State Mankato; BS: Secondary Education Social Studies, Northern Michigan University
Previous Positions:  Residence Director (Fort Lewis College)
What I like about being a Maverick:  I love the level of intentionality we have when we work with students.  I also enjoy the amount of opportunitees we have to collaborate with other folks around campus.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I am very interested in social justice work, financial responsibility, student conduct, and the utilization of technology in the workplace.
Hobbies:  Snowboarding, video games, reading, and spending time with family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Kesler

Hall Director

Email: brandon.kesler@mnsu.edu


Education:  MS: College Student Personnel Administration, University of Central Missouri; BS: Liberal Arts, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Previous Positions:  Residence Hall Director (University of Central Missouri); Graduate Assistant for Alumni Engagement (University of Central Missouri)
What I like about being a Maverick:  I love that I get to work side by side with a peer in Crawford.  It is truly wonderful to have someone literally 5 feet away that I can bounce ideas off of really whenever I need.  It also makes for a much more fun and exciting work environment!  The same can be said for working with our student staff, because I frequently interact with all of the CAs in Crawford, not just the ones I supervise.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I have several specific interests within student personnel work including social justice, sustainability, first generation students, positive male leaders, marketing & design, and StrengthsQuest.  I attended the Annual UMR-ACUHO Conference in 2011, 2012,  2013, and I look forward to getting more involved with UMR-ACUHO.  In 2013 I also attended my first ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis, MN.  Since returning to the Twin Cities I have very much enjoyed being involved with ATCCHA (Associated Twin Cities College Housing Administrators), an organization I first got involved with as an undergraduate student.  Additionally, I have also completed Gallup's Strengths Educator for Higher Education course.
Hobbies:  Music has always been one of my biggest interests, and that is even what I originally went to college for.  I also really enjoy movies and tv shows; my TiVo is one of my most prized possessions. I also really like keeping up with the latest trends in technology. Cooking and baking is also always a lot of fun for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan "Press" Werden

Hall Director

Email: alan.werden@mnsu.edu


Education:  MA: English Studies, Minnesota State Mankato; BA: Literature, St. Cloud State University
Previous Positions:  Student Service Coordinator/Graduate Hall Director (Minnesota State Mankato); Conference Housing Manager/Graduate Intern (Brown University)
What I like about being a Maverick:  Our students truly enjoy living with us.  It has always been a pleasant surprise to have such a popular housing program despite the fact that we do not require anyone to live on campus.  Our department is extremely supportive of innovation in support of our students, and offers many opportunities for professional development.  Our leadership team is compassionate and fun to work for, and they help the department maintain a strong student focus.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I am always interested in finding new ways for technology to assist our efforts in the work environment.  I also enjoy developing my supervisory and problem-solving skill sets by testing them in different situations - last semester, I volunteered to take on supervision of our department's Overnight Safety Monitors during a staffing transition, and have had the pleasure of working with that program ever since.
Hobbies:  Reading, tinkering with electronics, biking, and training dogs.