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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Where Are They Now?

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

Justin Lusk

Former Student Services Coordinator


 

      

Why Did You Come to MSU? I came to MSU to pursue my master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. It was a really applied program that provided unique opportunities to work with athletes and gain skills leading workshops.
Where are You Currently Working and In What Capacity? I am currently pursing my doctorate degree in Kinesiology at Iowa State University. I am conducting research in physical activity and public health, investigating the role that mobile apps can have in changing health-related behaviors.
What Did You Enjoy About Being a SSC? As an SSC I really enjoyed helping residents find answers to their questions and solutions to their concerns. I always felt supported through a strong network of professional staff, other SSCs, and CAs that I knew I could rely on. I also enjoyed the atmosphere of Residence Life where staff genuinely care about one another and about the students living in our buildings.

How Have The Experiences and Skills You Have Gained From Being a SSC Helped You in Your Current Role? The SSC position allowed me to better understand what it means to be an effective leader by finding the balance between being professional with being personable and developing organizational skills I continue to utilize as a PhD student. Being an SSC also provided me with the opportunity to take on the responsibilities of having a job while being a student through figuring out how to compartmentalize workloads and channel stress through healthy outlets.
What is Your Favorite Experience/Memory of Being a SSC? My favorite memories were all of my interactions with CAs who were always down to engage in meaningful conversations and laugh about silly things.

 

Simon Williams

Former Student Services Coordinator


 

      

Why Did You Come to MSU? I came to MSU because their College Student Affairs Master's program really piqued my interest. The program follows a counseling-based approach, which really focuses on the 1:1 interactions you have with the students you are working with. As well as the SSC position because of my background in Residential Life and the amazing benefits it offers. 
Where are You Currently Working and In What Capacity? I am currently serving for Americorps with College Possible as a High School Senior coach at South Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
How Have The Experiences and Skills You Have Gained From Being a SSC Helped You in Your Current Role? The SSC role helped me a lot with my organization skills with its various administrative duties and tasks. Working with around 35 high school seniors to help them apply to college, fill out their FAFSA, apply for scholarship, etc. can be very challenging if you are unorganized. The SSC role taught me how to create systems that work for me and utilize them efficiently.

The other skill I gained from being a SSC that has helped me this year is problem solving and asking for help when I need it. Both my former and current job have times when things can seem overwhelming. However, my supervisor when I was a SSC taught me how to think and ask for whatever I needed. This skill not only will assist with future jobs, but in life as well. 
What is Your Favorite Experience/Memory of Being a SSC? Getting to know and bond with my staff as well as creating a wrestling story involving all of them to share with during team meetings. 

Tom Mitchell

Former Student Services Coordinator


 

      

Why Did You Come to MSU? I came to MSU to study professional school counseling, through the Counseling and Student Personnel department. The program had one of the best reputations in the state, and was in a great community I could see myself living in.
Where are You Currently Working and In What Capacity? I'm currently a school counselor with the Mankato Area Public Schools, split between two local elementary schools. In my role, I work to meet the social/emotional, academic, and career-related needs of over 800 students and absolutely love it.
What Did You Enjoy About Being a SSC? The benefits of the job were unlike any other assistantship offered at this university, or any other I was considering. I loved having true flexibility in developing my supervisory style, and enjoyed working with our student leaders.
How Have The Experiences and Skills You Have Gained From Being a SSC Helped You in Your Current Role? Being an SSC taught me critical time management strategies that I only thought I had mastered in my previous roles and in undergrad. Additionally, I feel I've had an opportunity to develop my supervisory style, and hone in on a wide variety of leadership skills.
What is Your Favorite Experience/Memory of Being a SSC? While I cannot pinpoint it to a specific memory, Grad (SSC) and CA Trainings were my favorite experiences. It’s amazing how quickly a sense of camaraderie and community can be built when you get such a diverse and talented staff together.

Taylor Heath

Former Student Services Coordinator


 



Why Did You Come to MSU? I chose MSU because it was a very well known and recognized mental health counseling graduate program. I knew that I would get a quality education and be able to take my degree anywhere.
Where are You Currently Working and In What Capacity? I am currently working for Pathways in Warrensburg, MO. I am currently a Counselor in Training and am in the process of getting my PLPC (Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor) license. I provide individual counseling, group counseling, and triage assessments.
What Did You Enjoy About Being a SSC? My favorite part of the SSC role was being able to interact with students and professional staff on a daily basis. I loved getting to build relationships with students while at the same time growing in my managerial and administrative skills through the guidance of the professional staff. The biggest skill that I continue to use in my post-degree experience is communication. As an SSC you had to know how to keep everyone in the loop, who to ask questions to, how to interact with students/staff via email, etc. and that is something that I still do everyday at my current job! I also learned how to meet students or professional staff where they needed me to be. What that means is some students just needed a listening ear while the professional staff needed to be able to depend on me to get the job done. Being able to listen and ascertain what role someone needs fulfilled has helped me immensely with determining client goals and treatment plans.
What is Your Favorite Experience/Memory of being a SSC? My absolute favorite memories in the SSC position were all made with my coworkers! I wouldn't have made it through grad school without the support of my fellow SSC's who came alongside me throughout the journey!


Shekinah Hudson

Former Student Services Coordinator


 



Why Did You Come to MSU? I came to Minnesota State, Mankato because I knew it was going to be a new experience for me. First, I did not want a traditional Student Affairs degree, the Educational Leadership Program was the perfect fit for myself. In addition, when I visited the campus, I knew this was the place was a place that students can be successful, which was important to me.
Where are You Currently Working and In What Capacity? I am a Community Director at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus.
What Did You Enjoy About Being a SSC? There was so many things I enjoyed about being a Student Services Coordinator in McElroy. However, what I enjoyed the most was doing occupancy management and being able to work with a cohort of graduate students sharing the same experience as myself.
How Have the Experiences and Skills You Have Gained From Being a SSC Helped You in Your Current Role? In my everyday role, the SSC positon showed me the day to day operations within housing. Everything from budgets, funding request forms, facility management and occupancy. Also, my supervisor Jamie, challenged me and help me grow as a professional. He presented opportunities for myself within the department, university and the state of Minnesota. 
What is Your Favorite Experience/Memory of Being a SSC? My favorite memory is the end of the year banquet. This is my favorite memory because everyone from all 5 communities are together in one room, enjoying good food and being celebrated after another successful year in the Department of Residential Life.

Rujeko Machinga

Former Student Services Coordinator


 



Why Did You Come to MSU? PURPLE AND GOLD. Actually that is 40% of why I chose MSU. But 60% is because I needed to find a school to transfer to from a Community College in California. MSU offered an automatic in state tuition scholarship to all incoming international students. So why not. I applied, I got in!!
Where are You Currently Working and In What Capacity? I work at Fernbrook Family Center out of Waseca MN. I am a School Link Mental Health Practitioner for Elementary, Middle School, High School and Alternative Learning. My role is to increase accessibility of mental health services to underserved populations in the schools. I basically help children with significant impairments in their functional abilities resulting from a mental health disorder. My services include different levels of rehabilitative interventions intended to help restore the child or youth to typically expected levels of functioning that had never been achieved or had been achieved but declined due to the child’s mental health concerns. 
What Did You Enjoy About Being a SSC? Having people looking up to me as a supervisor. I’m not going to lie, it made me feel super good. Realizing I was a role model was my motivation in all I did as I set the example to my staff.
How Have the Experiences and Skills You Have Gained From Being a SSC Helped You in Your Current Role? First of all, I owe my experiences during this position to my supervisor Matt Burns. I wouldn’t have asked for a different supervisor. Matt Burns made my position be so fruitful as an upcoming professional. Thinking about it actually makes me want to cry. That is how impactful Matt Burns and this position was to me. Managing a budget, supervising staff,  learning to collaborate and work with other staff members, analyzing a situation before jumping into conclusions, thinking outside the box, patience, responsibility, time management, AD/HD search committees; gosh my list can go on and on and on. This job made me who I am right now as a Mental Health Practitioner.
What is Your Favorite Experience/Memory of Being a SSC? The first day I met one of my co-workers Shekinah Hudson. Who has now become my sister whom I love and cherish with my all.