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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Residential Life Newsletter 2-23-12

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February 23, 2012  

Celebrate Leap Year With a FREE Live Performance From Ari Herstand 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Julia Sears Lobby
8:30 p.m.

Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, originally from Minneapolis, specializing in live looping of the guitar, keyboard, trumpet, beatbox and vocals.  His popularity has grown immensely in the past couple years and is gaining a name nationwide.  This intimate setting for the concert will give everyone an opportunity to hear and meet a young and talented guy who is sure the "next big thing".  Don't miss out on this great and FREE opportunity!

Check out his website and songs at

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. All positions require enrollment in at least one credit hour during a summer session and have an employment start date of May 21, 2012 (opportunity to begin employment 1-2 weeks earlier to assist with furniture move and setup may exist).

The summer conference staff will assist with all summer operations, including furniture moves, making beds, and front desk shifts.  One crew lead position and seven conference assistant positions are available. Compensation includes an optional room for the summer. See the Residential Employment page for more information. 

Spring Break Housing Information 

Halls Closed

The halls will be LOCKED for the break at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2. The last meal will be served until 6:00 p.m. on that evening.

The residence halls will be UNLOCKED at noon Sunday, March 11.  The first meal served will be dinner that evening.

Spring Break Housing

Sign up at the front desk of your residence community before February 29 to stay in your room over Spring Break.

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. Remove all room trash.
3. Turn off the alarm on your clock.
4. Close blinds if on the first floor.
5. Turn off and un-plug your computer and peripherals.
6. Turn off the lights.
7. Gage Residents:  Make sure your smoke detector has a battery and is working. You will be charged repair or replacement costs if your smoke detector is inoperable or missing a battery. Batteries are available at the front desk of your community.
8. CLOSE and LOCK your room door.

A staff member will be checking your room on Friday to help secure the building. If policy violations are observed while staff is securing the building, they will document the violation and follow-up when the resident returns. During the break period, all residence hall and University policies remain in effect.

If You Choose to Stay on Campus:

Students may stay in their own rooms during the time the halls are locked. For security reasons, students who want to stay on campus beyond 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2 should register at their front desk by Wednesday, February 29. Anyone in the halls over break who did not register will be charged an administrative fee of $50 and may be subject to disciplinary proceedings. During the break period, all residence hall and University policies remain in effect. Community front desks will be open daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Only residents who are signed up to stay in the halls over Spring Break may park their vehicles in on-campus parking lots. Crawford, McElroy, and Julia Sears residents must park their vehicles in Lot 13 or Lot 14. Gage residents must park their vehicles in Lot 3. If you are leaving over the break, you must take your vehicle with you or find other parking arrangements. In the event of a snow emergency, you are responsible for moving your vehicle in accordance with parking guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact the Department of Residential Life, 111 Carkoski Commons, 507-389-1011, or  

2012-2013 Housing for Current Students

Spring semester is a time to start seriously thinking about housing for next year.  While not every student can return to the residence halls next year, there are many options available near campus.  Current residents are welcome to visit the Residential Life website to help you understand these options.

On February 6 we updated students’ waiting list numbers and notified each student by email of their new number. We anticipate we will update the waiting list numbers again during Spring Break, and we will notify students via email during the week of March 12 of any updates to their status.

Students may learn their waiting list number before March 12, by contacting the Residential Life Office.

The next housing fair is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union. 

Students can also find out about off-campus housing options online.


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