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Residential Life Leadership Experience

Fall Session: October - November

How do YOU lead? An active and engaging 5 week leadership series! Each week will be a new experience that will help you grow and develop as a leader. Challenge courses, team building activities, MSU staff and student leader speakers, and exploring leadership opportunities is just the beginning!

Two class sessions are available fall 2014:
Wednesdays  2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Meeting dates: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, and 11/12
Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Meeeting dates: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14

Register by Friday, October 10, 2014. Email Matt Goff at with any questions.

Click Here To Apply - No longer accepting applications.


Spring Session: February - April

An active  and engaging bi-weekly series!  Each week will be a new experience that will help you grow and develop as a leader.  We will be exploring what it means to be leaders in a big society.  Challenge courses, team-building activities, and service projects are just the beginning.

Sign Up Here! No longer accepting applications.


So You Think You Can Lead?

Join us November 15, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Preska classroom 126 for speakers and refreshments!  Sessions by Dr. David Jones, The Community Engagement Office, The Herd, and NRHH.  Also learn about leadership from campus sources such as: Student Events Team, RHA, Greek Life, OPA, MSSA, CA's, Maverick Mentors, NRHH, LCCs, and many more.


Unique Leadership Retreat to be Held Saturday, March, 2014

Looking for a new adventure?  Want a unique experience to learn about leadership, develop your skills, meet some new people, and have some fun?  Join us Saturday, March 1 as we talk about the challenges and opportunities of being a leader in the residence halls, ways to overcome those challenges, as well as capitalize on the opportunities and the role you play in building a better community.

Snowshoeing, a campfire, and lots of leadership activities will all be a part of the experience as we explore Leadership. Snowshoes and lunch provided!

When: Saturday, March 1, 2014    11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Rasmussen Woods, Elk Nature Center

Retreat Poster >>>    Space is limited!

 No longer accepting applications.



Chester and Helen Carkoski Scholarship

The Chester and Helen Carkoski Scholarship Award program recognizes residence community student leaders with a good academic record and who have demonstrated volunteer leadership and service in the residence communities.  Multiple $1,000 scholarship award recipients will be announced and will be distributed for use this academic year.  This scholarship is available to students living in any Minnesota State residence community, excluding current: Community Advisors, Community Advisors, Maverick Mentors and Learning Commmunity Coordinators. 

Applications may be submitted November 2014 - Tuesday, December 2, 2014.


[PDF] Qualifications for Carkoski Scholarship (67 KiB)

Apply for Carkoski Scholarship


Totally Outstanding Participating Students (T.O.P.S.)

NRHH hosted the annual T.O.P.S. ceremony recognizing over 70 residence hall floor community council members.  Approximately 270 students attended the event, celebrated their accomplishments from the fall semester, and heard about nine different leadership opportunities for this coming spring, summer, and fall. 

Congratulations to the winners! Your hard work makes the residence halls, campus community, and Mankato a better place to live.

Student Leadership

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the campus-wide government for students living in residence communities. The mission of RHA includes the following purpose statements:
• Voice the opinions and concerns of the students living in the residence halls at Minnesota State University, Mankato to Residential Life and University administration.
• Provide a variety of social and educational programs and events for all residents through RHA initiatives and the sponsorship of each Community Council and the National Residence Hall Honorary.
• Promote the development of positive residence communities, which contribute to the happiness and well-being of students.
• Support the academic success of Minnesota State University, Mankato residents.

All students living in the residence communities are automatically members of the Residence Hall Association. The RHA Representative from each floor community and Stadium Heights building community represents the views and opinions of their constituents as a voting member at RHA Assembly Meetings. The RHA Representatives make up the voting membership of the Residence Hall Association. The RHA Assembly meets weekly. All members are welcome to attend and participate in RHA meetings to express their opinions and concerns about any aspect of living on campus.

RHA is led by an Executive Board of volunteer student leaders elected by the RHA Assembly.

The RHA Executive Board office is located:
Leadership Resource Center, Room 002 Carkoski Commons
Phone: 507-389-2212

Community Councils

Each floor community and Stadium Heights building community has a Community Council, which provide activities for floor members.

Community Council positions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Floor/Building President
  • Vice President
  • RHA Representative

Each Community Council is advised by their Community Advisor (CA). Examples of other Community Council Leadership Positions include Intramural Manager; Community Council Secretary; Birthday Committee; Social Coordinator; Publicity Coordinator; Recycling Coordinator; Academic Recognition Committee; Community Service Coordinator; and MSSA Senator.

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is an organization that provides recognition for those individuals living in the residence communities who have demonstrated outstanding services to their residence community and/or the University community.

The mission and purpose of NRHH is to recognize students living on campus for their contributions and to provide leadership training for students. The organization exists to provide opportunities for student leaders to continue to develop other leaders on campus, by acting as a resource and giving support and training to other student leaders. NRHH coordinates the Maverick Award recognition program and the “Of the Month” Awards (OTM’s).

For additional information, contact NRHH at, 507-389-2212, or