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March 2, 2014

News and Dates

Res Life Gives Out $10 Gift Cards for Your Opinion

A consultant is conducting two focus groups about student food preferences on Wednesday, March 5.  Participants will each receive a $10 gift card for 50 minutes of their time, and sandwiches and beverages will be provided.  The first focus group is Wednesday, March 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.  The second focus group is Wednesday, March 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.  Both focus groups will be held in Preska 126.  To sign up, please call 507-389-1011 Monday-Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Spring Break: Residence Communities will be Locked Friday, March 7 at 7:00 P.M. and will be Unlocked Sunday, March 16 at Noon

  • Meals will be served until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7; Dinner will be the first meal served on Sunday, March 16. 
  • Staff will be checking your room on Friday to help secure the building. 
  • Residents who are signed up to stay in the residence communities over Spring Break may park their vehicles in on-campus parking lots.

Sign up to stay in your room for Spring Break at your front desk by Wednesday, March 5!  There is no charge to stay on campus during Spring Break.

Before you leave for Spring Break, be sure to:

1. CLOSE and LOCK your windows.
2. Take out your garbage.
3. Return all To-Go Meal containers to the Carkoski Dining Hall.
4. Turn off the alarm on your clock.
5. Close blinds if on the first floor.
6. Turn off an unplug your computer and electronics.
7. Turn off all lights.
8. CLOSE and LOCK your room door.

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Sign Up for Summer Housing Beginning Friday, March 7

Important details about applying for Summer 2014 Housing, the assignment process, and different housing options are now online.  Reserve a space in Summer Housing in the Department of Residential Life Office from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday beginning Friday, March 7.

Live on Campus in 2014-2015; Single Apartment Rooms Available

Current students have priority over new students and may request rooms in any residence community, including apartments, but ONLY THROUGH MARCH  31, 2014. Rooms types are assigned first-come first-served by application date. Current residents are invited to view our 360 degree videos to help you see your options. Contact the Residential Life office and APPLY TODAY!

When you sign up online, you may hold the space in your living unit for another current student who has not yet signed up.  A requested roommate space can be held through May 20.   After May 20, the hold will be released and another student will be assigned to the room.

Stadium Heights apartment tours are available Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tours begin at the Residential Life Stadium Heights Office. Call 507-388-5167 NOW to make your tour appointment with Mary or Wendy.

Try RoomSync via Facebook and Empower Yourself to Find the Ideal Roommate!

RoomSync is free and available to students who have made a Minnesota State Mankato on-campus housing reservation for next year. Upperclass, returning, and transfer students are maintained separate from first-year students.



Events and Info

Snow Shovels Available in Each Residence Community

Each residence community received between two and six new scoop shovels thanks to the generosity of the University Parking Fund.  Good quality shovels are available for checkout at each front desk.  Please feel free to use the shovels to clear your car if buried, trapped by a snow ridge, or just to clear away the slush. 

More than 20 Student Workers Needed this Summer for Residential Life

Summer employment opportunities through Residential Life will be posted on after Spring Break.  The summer jobs include: painters, student cleaners, student repair assistants, and summer desk staff.  All positions require enrollment in at least one credit hour during a summer session.



Summer Conference Staff Positions Available 

The Department of Residential Life hosts many conferences and camps throughout the summer and is currently seeking qualified individuals for Summer Conference Staff positions.  The Summer Conference Staff will assist wth all summer operations, including furniture moves, making beds, and staffing the front desks.  Compensation includes an optional room for the summer.  Two different types of position are available including one Conference Crew Lead and seven Conference Assistant positions.  Applications will be available March 7 on this page and are due to Matt Goff in 111 Carkoski Commons by March 21.

Summer Conference Staff Job Description

NRHH Penny Wars Raises More than $260

The National Residence Hall Honorary, NRHH, coordinated a penny wars the week of 2/17- 2/24. All proceeds went to Pennies for Patients, a program benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  A total of $260 was raised!  Because the generosity of students was so awesome, NRHH has decided to give the final prize to each area.  In the next two weeks, NRHH will be tabling for a day in each area's lobby, handing out of drinks, treats, and saying thanks.

You all did an awesome job! Here are the final results:
Preska:                    3291
Julia Sears:             3389
Crawford:                4213
McElroy:                  4336
Stadium Heights:     4353

Thanks to everyone for donating!

Want Floor T-Shirts? Have an Awesome Idea for a Floor or Hall Event?

Did you know that each semester floors have the ability to allocate for money from the Residence Hall Association (RHA)?  In order to do so, your floor needs to have been attending RHA General Assembly (GA) meetings on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. in Preska 126 in order to retain voting rights.  If your floor currently has voting rights, all you need to do is submit an allocation request by visiting, clicking on "Allocation Form," attend the following Monday's GA meeting at 4:00 p.m. to present your request, and attend once again the Monday after that to have your allocation voted on. See your CA if you have questions or email More than $1200 is still available so let's get those ideas rolling!

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