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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: I am involved with UMR-ACUHO as a professional association and am interested in the topics of student leadership, fiscal responsibility/money management while in college, and helping students develop interpersonal communication skills.
Hobbies: My hobbies include KatoCrossfit, visiting coffee shops, playing Ruzzle, taking pictures, cooking, watching movies/Netflix, and spending time with family & friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Tyeesha Wesley

Hall Director

Email: tyeesha.wesley@mnsu.edu       


Education:  M.Ed: Higher Educational Leadership: Student Affairs, Valdosta State University; BA: Psychology, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Previous Positions:  Graduate Residence Hall Director (Valdosta State University); Graduate Assistant for Access Office (Disability Services), (Valdosta State University)
What I like about being a Maverick:  I love the emphasis the department and the university as a whole puts on our students. I am able to sit and talk to students about what their needs and/or interests are and create opportunities for the students to explore those interests or learn about a new passion. The Maverick Spirit can be felt as soon as you walk on campus and it's great to see students, staff, and faculty invested in all aspects of the university.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I have been an active member of American College Personnel Association (ACPA) by serving on committees and attending the annual conferences for the last two years. I plan on remaining active within this organization as well as join the Minnesota State affiliate MCPA. I am also a member of National Association of Student Activities (NACA). I have deep-seated interest in Student Activities, Community Engagement, Greek Life, Diversity and Student Leadership.
Hobbies:  I love to bake and cook. It is not uncommon for me to bake goodies for all my residents to stop by and enjoy a snack. I enjoy reading different genres of books and have a very interesting book collection. I am also a big movie person who has a collection that is now approaching the over 300 mark. When not reading or watching movies I am usually doing a puzzle or something crafty. I am an avid sports fan for both college sports and professional sports, with a preference for Football and Basketball. It is a usual sight to see me around the building or campus wearing something that is Denver Bronco related.

  

Kory Theil

Hall Director

Email: kory.theil@mnsu.edu       


Education:  MS: Educational Tecnology, Minnesota State Mankato; BA: Spanish, Lakeland College, Northern State University
Previous Positions:   Assistant Housing Director (Ellsworth Community College), Assistant Wrestling Coach (Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Lakeland College, Northern State University)
What I like about being a Maverick:  Being a Maverick allows me to be creative and have fun while assisting our residents in reaching their goals. Our student focus allows me to create meaningful and positive interactions with our residents. The experience and diversity in our staff has helped me learn from some of the best and allowed me to create my own personal strategies. Our student CA staffs are fantastic to supervise and work with.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: Volunteer Wrestling Coach at Minnesota State Mankato.
Hobbies: Traveling, playing golf, watching sports (mostly Chicago teams), working out, coaching wrestling, spending time with family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to act in a supervisory capacity with the Overnight Safety Monitors and the Maverick Mentor program for one year and one semester, respectively, and have grown as a professional because of it!
Hobbies:  Reading, tinkering with electronics, biking, and training dogs.

Phil Neuman

Hall Director

Email: phillip.neuman@mnsu.edu


Education:  MS: Counseling and Student Development, Kansas State University; Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising, Kansas State University; BS: History, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Previous Positions:  Assistant Coordinator (Kansas State University); ICUHO-I Intern (Belmont University)
What I like about being a Maverick:  Being student focused to the core of everything we do. I have the opportunity to spend intentional time within my communities to ensure that the students I work with are both academically and personally successful while attending Minnesta State University, Mankato. I find it helpful to be able to answer the question of "how does this benefit our students?" on a regular basis. This mindset truly impacts the quality of work that I do and positively impacts the students' experience while living with us.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests:  I am a member of UMR-ACUHO. I have written an article for the UMR-ACUHO Perspectives Magazine and I hope to continue to write in the future. My interests beyond housing are student conduct, leadership development, academic advising, advising student groups, StrengthsQuest, first year students, and first generation students.
Hobbies:  Attending MSU theatre events and MSU hockey games, watching sports, playing video games, reading books, seeking adventure, geocaching, collecting license plates, thrift shopping, and playing board games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.