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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meet the Graduate Team

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Kayla Pauly

Student Services Coordinator (Crawford)


Education: Currently pursuing a master's degree in Professional School Counseling. B.S. in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
What I like about being a SSC: I love having the opportunity to develop professional skills before entering the workforce. I especially love meeting with students and helping them find ways to enhance their environment in the residence halls. Being an SSC provides me with the experience to help people, and also allows me to flex my schedule as I see fit. 
Student Connections:
Meeting with students around the residence halls and connecting with desk staff is a huge part of the job. I love having the ability to not only supervise, but become friends with many student leaders within the dorms and allow them the opportunity to grow within the department. 
Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: My favorite SSC experience so far has been move-in days! Meeting the residents and helping them feel at home was incredibly fun.
Professional Development: One of the best things about this role is having the opportunity to improve professional skills. With administrative tasks, collaborative teams, diversity training, and being a supervisor has really helped my professional growth. 
Position Balance and Academics: With being an SSC, you have the freedom to make your own schedule, which makes it immensely manageable between classes and a social life. 
My Professional Dream:
My professional dream is to help elementary students with social, emotional and behavior issues and how they translate to a school setting. I enjoy working with students and cannot wait ti pursue my career as a Professional School Counselor. 

Rudy Correa

Student Services Coordinator (McElroy)

Education: Currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Human Services Planning and Administration. I completed my undergraduate in Food Science with a minor in Nutrition here at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
What I like about being a SSC: I like the opportunities the position gives me to develop administrative skills. The position allows me to be creative and apply what I learn in class to help residents and my staff. Being an SSC allows me to work and learn directly from the Area Director and gives me leadership with a team of 20 student workers.
Student Connections: The SSC has direct supervision of the front desk staff and engages with residents for different reasons. I am the key resource for room changes and mail. However, I like to make myself available for any resident who needs assistance. I really like watching my staff grow as professionals and working hard to achieve their goals. Also, I like interacting with students and see them enjoying their experience in college, making friends and memories.
Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: My favorite memory was watching the McElroy team’s Homecoming performance (Fall 2017). Their energy, creativity, and connection was very entertaining and a clear example of the strength of the McElroy community I belong to.  
Professional Development:
There are many professional development opportunities offered to the SSC. For instance, participating in the staff meetings, having weekly 1:1s with the Area Director, and attending seminars/webinars.
Position Balance and Academics: I appreciate that my academics are the number one priority for the lead team. The Area Director is as interested in my professional development as in my academics. The position gives me plenty of flexibility to work around my responsibilities. 
My Professional Dream:
My goal is to work at an international non-profit that works to eliminate food insecurity. With my background in Food Science & Nutrition, my administrative skills, and my Master’s in Human Services I want to work planning projects for leading organizations to eradicate hunger.

Simon Williams

Student Services Coordinator (Julia Sears)


Education: Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs; B.S. in Human Resource Management with a minor in Psychology from Winona State University.
What I like about being a SSC: I love being able to experience the administrative side of Student Affairs, but at the same time not losing the connection with students. The Residential Life team here is very welcoming and truly do care about their staff and residents.
Student Connections: Working with college students is one of my passions in life, and I thoroughly enjoy the amount of exposure I get with this position. From room changes to management of the desk, I have many opportunities to reach out to students in the building and connect with them.
Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: I really enjoyed going through grad training, along with CA training at the beginning of the year. It was a fun and rewarding experience to get to know my fellow SSCs along with the CAs I would be working with.
Professional Development:
This job has given me many opportunities for professional development so far. My supervisor makes sure that I have knowledge of the many options on campus to help me grow as a professional.
Position Balance and Academics: This position teaches you how to maintain a healthy balance between classes and your job. The professionals understand that us grads are students first and take it into consideration when assigning tasks.
My Professional Dream: My professional dream is to be a Dean of Students at a mid-sized university.

Justin Lusk

Student Services Coordinator (Preska)


Education: I earned my Bachelors at Washington State University where I majored in Psychology and Sociology. I am currently in my second year of my Masters program in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
What I like about being a SSC: My favorite part of being an SSC is being a resource for students when they are going through tough times. I like being able to provide them with options on how they can make their living situation the most enjoyable experience. I also really appreciate the support I receive from the Hall Directors and Area Director. While this job allows me to work independently, I know I have a strong support system that I can reach out to when I need guidance.
Student Connections: I really enjoy that this job allows me to interact with desk workers, students, and other CAs every single day. I feel very connected to students who live in the community and it is what makes this job exciting and different day to day.
Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: My favorite memory so far has been ice skating during fall training with all the CAs and other SSCs. We ice skated for hours and there were unlimited snacks. It was a great time.
Professional Development:
This position allows you to develop your own leadership style through overseeing a staff of desk workers. Within the department of Residence Life there are so many outlets to pursue your professional interests and so many resources that can help as well. With the professional development funds allotted to me, I hope to use them to travel for interviews to other universities during the Spring semester to secure a job for after graduation that builds on the experience I am earning here. 
Position Expectations: When entering into this role, I expected to be completely engrossed in paperwork and mindless tasks. While a significant component of the job is administratively focused, I've been pleasantly surprised with the amount of interaction I have with residents and staff on a daily basis. My supervisor has done a great job of making me a contributing member of the Crawford Team and an effective supervisor.
Position Balance and Academics:This job provides a good balance between academics and work requirements. It is a 20 hours per week assistantship and I have greatly appreciated the ability to schedule those hours around my class schedule.
My Professional Dream: My dream career is to work at a university within student affairs where I can advise undergrad students as well as provide sport psychology services to student-athletes.

Megan Ross

Academic Success Coordinator


Education: I am currently enrolled in the Counseling and Student Personnel Professional School Counseling program; I have my BA in Psychology from UW-Eau Claire.
What I like about being an ASC: My favorite part of being the Academic Success Coordinator is the variety! I get to work independently, coordinate with my supervisor, collaborate with community advisors, and work in a group setting within the Academic Success Committee. Additionally, I help lead and support community advisors in building academic programs, I plan and execute residential wide events, and I have smaller tasks like creating passive programming posters and exerts to be included in the res life newsletter. No two days are alike, and new ideas are constantly getting tossed out and explored, so I really enjoy the constant change and progress I experience within this position.
Student Connections:
I have had the opportunity to connect with many students as the Academic Success Coordinator. I connect with students indirectly by serving as a resource to community advisors, who are the front line for academic programming and fielding academic questions. I interact directly with students when I attend programs that community advisors are putting on or when I am running larger scale events like the campus tours or stomp to success.
Favorite ASC Memory/Experience: My favorite experience working as the Academic Success Coordinator was planning and participating in Stomp to Success, an event that promoted the free tutoring services on campus. I designed and hung promotional posters, I rented the Stomper costume, set up a photo booth, and got to meet and interact with so many students over the course of the day. Additionally, we (myself and the community advisor in the Stomper uniform) were connecting students with a resource that could significantly and positively impact their educational experience. Overall, it was a really awesome memory.
Professional Development:
I believe this position has really helped me grow in so many ways! I gained a lot of event and program planning and promoting experience. I became more comfortable and confident in reaching out to, and sharing information with, full-time professional staff and undergraduate community advisors. I learned how to more effectively balance my time, stay organized, and prioritize responsibilities. Overall, the variety of responsibilities, tasks, and opportunities that this position entails really allows me to grow and develop a broad range of skills and abilities.
Position Balance and Academics: Balancing this graduate assistantship with my Master's Program has been relatively easy because Residential Life as a department makes our education a priority. For instance, my supervisor usually checks in with me to see how my classes are going and how manageable my stress levels are. Additionally, one day a week I have a heavy class load (6 hours of class), so I am able to flex my hours so that I can focus on school that day, and work longer days the other 4. Overall, my supervisor and the department as a whole are very mindful of my role as a student and are constantly supporting me in my educational endeavors.  
My Professional Dream: My professional dream is to earn my Master’s degree and work within a high school as a school counselor. I hope to develop programs to prevent serious issues like dating violence, substance abuse and cyberbullying, and to promote student goal setting and working towards achieving those goals. Overall, I hope to have the opportunity to interact with adolescents in a meaningful way!