Student Opportunities

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While living on campus, keep in mind that at Minnesota State Mankato, the residence communities are a lot more than a place to sleep.   



Personal Opportunities 

As part of our mission, Residential Life states that "we want to facilitate students' personal success by promoting and providing opportunities for positive involvement in life outside the classroom." 

Here are just a few of our own Residential Life Co-Sponsored Events and links to other fun opportunities here on campus.  Watch your floor and lobby bulletin boards, table tents in the dining areas, and your E-Newsletters for additional activities.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome weekend starts the Thursday before fall classes begin with Move-In Day.  This weekend is packed full of opportunities for you to meet others on your floor, residence community, and other residence communities. 

Welcome Week

Following Welcome Weekend the entire campus is invited to more activities to get to know others.  Most of these activities are located on or near the Centennial Student Union (CSU).

First 50 Days

The First 50 Days activities give residents an opportunities to get further acclimated to the University. Calendars with both Residential Life and campus-wide activities included.

What's on Wednesday?

Every Wednesday one of the Residence Community's host an activity called What's on Wednesday. These activities are open to all residents of Crawford, McElroy, Preska, Julia Sears, and Stadium Heights.  Here are some event activities from past years:

  • Mocktails and Cheese
  • Karaoke
  • Murder Mystery Party
  • Beach Bash
  • The Price is Right with Wells Fargo
  • The Game of Life
  • Minute to Win It
  • The Roommate Game
  • Cocoa & Coloring
  • Bingo
  • Pie Your CA
  • Dress Your CA
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Outdoor Volleyball and Basketball

Join in on the various sand volleyball and basketball courts for some friendly Competition. Pick-up games are going all the time on these courts. Central locations allow interaction with all communities.

Crawford Haunted House

The Crawford Haunted House (put on by Crawford Residents) is in the lower level of Carkoski near the computer lab.  This is free and open to all students.  This is usually on the last Wednesday in October 

House Party

Each year, the Student Health Services/Health Education Office will co-host an educational event called House Party.  Residential Life and Greek Life also support this cause.  This event usually takes place on the third Wednesday in October from 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Vans usually are available to take people to and from the house.  In past years the vans have left from the McElroy, Julia Sears, and Preska lobbies.  

Our goal is to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking.  This event is a mock house party where students take a tour of an off campus house and explore a "house party" from a sober perspective.  Student volunteers act out scenarios that students may have encountered at a real house party.  Students will be given statistical information about the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and then will be educationed on how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink. Come have fun with your friends at this annual event! 

RHA Turkey Run

RHA's first annual Turkey Fun Run/Walk was on November 17, 2012.  The event was located at the MSU fitness trail. Tons of prizes, were given to both teams and individuals for best costume, fastest time, and many more!

The individual registration fee was a canned food item.  The registration fee for a group to sign up was the donation of a frozen turkey.  All food was donated to the ECHO food shelf here in Mankato.  This event was created and run by  The continuation of this event will be decided in the fall semester each year.

Moonlight Breakfast

Need a study break before finals? This usually occurs the Sunday before finals from 10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Breakfast will be served in the Carkoski Dining Hall by your friendly neighborhood Hall Directors!

Winter Welcome Week

All Current, New, and Transfer students are Welcome at ALL EVENTS! 

Visit the Winter Welcome Week web page. 


Join us in Myers Field House for some friendly Community Competition.  Want to create your own team? Just check-in with all the other communities at 3:30 p.m.  Games begin at 4:00 p.m.

Goodbye Week - Sponsored by RHA

  • Monday: Community Council Picnic on the Crawford Lawn at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Dinner and a Movie in Carkoski Dining Hall at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: RHA Gameshow in Carkoski Commons at 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: RHA Capture the Flag by the Bell Tower at 8:00 p.m.

Campus-wide Opportunities through the Department of Student Life

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Educational Opportunities

It's up to YOU.

While living on campus, keep in mind that at Minnesota State Mankato, the residence communitiess are a lot more than a place to sleep.   

As part of our mission, Residential Life states that "we want to facilitate students' academic success by providing education opportunities."  Here are some links to our own Residential Life Educational Opportunities and links to other academic opportunities here on campus.  Activities, classes, times and offerings may change from year to year.

Before you come to campus check out opportunities through the Office of New Student and Family Programs.  Here are just a few...

Maverick Mentor Program

Mentors are upperclass students at MSU and assist residents in their academic transition to college.  Residents may begin meeting with a Maverick Mentor at any time during the academic year.  The Maverick Mentor Program is housed in Crawford Hall A. 

One Minute Clinic

Conducted three days each week in the lobby of one of the residence communities, this program gives residents instant academic assistance from upper-class “Maverick Mentors.” In the current academic year, an average of 309 students per week are using the program. 

Crawford Study Halls

Crawford Residence Community has a study hall in the lobby every Tuesday night for residents to study together.  Extra tables, chairs, and healthy snacks are provided.  Gift cards are given away to one lucky winner each week!

Study Bucks

Students "caught" studying receive study bucks.  After a specified period of time, prizes are awarded to those with the most "money." Prizes often include movie baskets or college items for rooms. 

Faculty Review Sessions

Looking to increase your grade in a particular class?  The Maverick Mentor program, in partnership with MSU Faculty, offer students end of the semester review sessions in December and April.  These sessions are FREE for students and are located in the residence communities.  Some example classes that have had review sessions in the past are Math 98, Math 112, Astronomy 101/102, Geography 100, English, and Spanish 101/102.  Watch your E-Newsletters to see what Faculty Review Sessions will be available this year! 

Scholarship Fair is Wednesday, February 5, 2014 on Mav Ave

Come to the Scholarship Fair from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 5 to meet representatives from each of the colleges.  These representatives willl be available to answer your questions and to assist you in applying for scholarships.  This event is sponsored by: Residential Life, NRHH, New Student and Family Programs, and the Offices of Student Affairs.

 [JPG] Scholarship Fair Flyer (59 KiB) 

"A Guide to FREE MONEY" is Thursday, February 13 in Preska 126

Apply for Scholarships Now! Come to [PDF] "Making Scholarships Simple: A Guide to FREE MONEY!" (451 KiB)    between 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Preska Classroom 126. You will have an opportunity to chat with University experts on how to develop a scholarship application.  Staff can help you with resumes, references, personal statements, and financial aid questions.  Participants will be eligible to win prizes!  

"Explore Your Major" by Visiting with Other Students on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. in Preska 126!

Are you unsure of your major? Now's the time to explore your options before you register for next semester! Pop by & visit with other students about their majors - how they picked them, what they love about them, campus resources to help you explore, and MORE!"

[PDF] Explore Your Major Poster >>> (155 KiB) 

Check Out Other Educational Resources On Campus

Career Development Center - Located in the Student Union nearest Julia Sears Residence Communities
Center for Academic Success - Located in Wiecking Building nearest Crawford and McElroy Residence communities
Library - Located nearest Preska Residence Communities
Student Support Services - Located in Wiecking Building nearest Crawford and McElroy Residence communities

Campus-wide Educational Opportunities through the Department of Student Life


Student Leadership Opportunities




Residential Life Leadership Experience

Run2Leadership: Spring Session is January - April

What does running and leadership have to do with each other? From skill building to proper preparation, there are many connections! This bi-weekly experience will bridge those connections as we talk about both running and leadership.

  • Cost Free
  • Help a Charity
  • Have Fun

Two class sessions are available spring 2015:
Wednesdays  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Meeting dates: 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/21 and 4/14

Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Meeeting dates: 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, and 4/17

Register by Friday, January 16, 2015. Email Matt Goff at with any questions.

Sign Up Here for the Run2Leadership 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.




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 - We are no longer accepting applications.


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).