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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

High school visits

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/admissions/firstyear/comestoyou/highschool.html

Select your county below to find your personal Admissions Representative and dates they will see you at your high school!

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Brian Jones – Director of Admissions

Brian Jones

Phone Number: 507-389-2422
E-mail: brian.jones@mnsu.edu

Education: B.S. Mass Communications, Minnesota State University, Mankato M.S. Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Favorite thing about Minnesota State University, Mankato: The Touchdown Tent during Homecoming
Favorite thing about the community: The North Mankato Fun Days Parade
Favorite Campus Activity: Intramural Soccer

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

John Engquist – Associate Director

John

Phone Number: 507-389-1702
Email: john.engquist@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Explore your options on campus! There are literally hundreds of Student clubs and organizations get involved with (Check out our clubs and organizations!). Also, meet regularly with your advisor, so that you can build the right variety in to your class schedule and discuss what interests you.
What was your first job: Delivering the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper at the age of 12.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I’d either be a Canadian fishing guide or pro soccer player in Europe. Unfortunately, after the age of six, a lack of skills reality set in, as far as being a pro for in either of these areas! :)
The best thing about MSU is: Quality faculty, staff and facilities, coupled with undergraduate practical research opportunities.
Describe MSU in one word: Choices
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft, without a doubt!
When you aren't working what are you doing: Life is never boring! Normally chasing/playing around with one of our three boys…all under the age of seven! Outside of that, I love hunting, fishing and camping in Minnesota and cheering on the local pro sports teams!

Carolyn Nelson – Assistant Director of Admissions

Carolyn

Phone Number: 507-389-5889
E-mail: carolyn.nelson@mnsu.edu

Education: B.S Political Science Minnesota State University, Mankato;
Pursuing M.S. Educational Leadership Minnesota State University, Mankato
Favorite thing about Minnesota State University, Mankato: The people—All the amazing faculty, staff, and friends I've met here!
Favorite thing about the community: Fall colors in the Minnesota River Valley. It's beautiful!
Favorite Campus Activity: Just one? There's so many! Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Campus Rec intramurals and aerobics, hockey (Go Mavs!) and free movies in the Student Union.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Abby Ellis – Admissions Officer

AbbyAbby's Section

Phone Number: 507-389-5038
E-mail: abby.ellis@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get to know your professors, meet with your advisor every semester, stay organized, get involved on campus, and take advantage of every opportunity!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: "I'm in a Hurry" Alabama.
What was your first job: My first job was nannying which I did for 6 summers.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would be a day care provider.
The best thing about MSU is: The opportunities that come from the diversity of majors, student organizations, and people on campus.
Describe MSU in one word: Self-empowering
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft!!!
When you aren't working what are you doing: I am on Pinterest, pretending I will be able to accomplish the crafts I pin! I also enjoy going for walks around Mankato, spending time at my parents cabin on weekends, and scrapbooking.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Heather Kaasa – Admissions Officer

HeatherHeather's Section

Phone: 507-389-3279
Email: heather.kaasa@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved with campus activities and organizations as early as possible.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I love many different kinds of music, so it’s hard to pick just one song. Recently, my most frequently played song has been "Fun” by Pitbull.
What was your first job: Working at Pretzelmaker at the local mall.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: A dance teacher or medical doctor.
The best thing about MSU is: Students have many on-campus resources and opportunities available to them throughout their entire academic career at MSU.
Describe MSU in one word: Enriching
Cookies…crunchy or soft: I prefer ice cream over cookies, but if I have to choose a cookie I would say soft when they are right out of the oven.
When you aren't working what are you doing: Going to football and hockey games, riding one of my motorcycles, being outside in general, and spending time with family and friends.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Colleen Koppes – Twin Cities Admissions Officer

ColleenColleen's Section

Phone Number: 507-381-8676
E-mail: colleen.hansen@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved with campus activities and organizations! Meet as many people as you can - it will make your college experience!

The most frequently played song on your iPod: Anything and everything Coldplay

What was your first job: Lifeguard

What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Doctor

The best thing about MSU is: The amazing faculty, staff, and students.

Describe MSU in one word: Remarkable

Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Chris Tran – Twin Cities Admissions Officer

ChrisChris's Section

Phone Number: 507-514-2550
Email: chris.tran@mnsu.edu

Advice for incoming Mavericks: Be bold but open-minded.

The most frequently played song on your iPod: "Big Jet Plane" by Angus & Julia Stone

What was your first job? McDonalds

What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year-old self? Architect

The best thing about MSU is: Diversity of people, ideas, and majors.

Describe MSU in one word: Opportunities

Cookies: crunchy or soft? Soft

When you aren't working, what are you doing? Spending time with my kids.

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Sarah Schliesmann – Admissions Officer

Sarah SchliesmannSarah's Section

Phone Number: 507-389-5855
E-mail: sarah.schliesmann@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Learn how to effectively use a planner! College is all about trying new things, learning new things, and getting to experience new things. Finding a balance between classes, homework, activities, organizations, meetings, jobs, friends, catching up on Game of Thrones, and everything else can be daunting. Learning how to keep track of everything right away will keep you from missing out on anything and just makes your life a whole lot easier!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I’m a little bit of an Indi freak, so I’m all about the Indi/Pop covers. My current obsession is Tom Odell’s cover of Roar!
What was your first job: I was a customer service associate at a grocery store in high school.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would currently be trekking around the world as a photojournalist for National Geographic.
The best thing about MSU is: That no matter the department you’re in, the students are always our number one priority!
Describe MSU in one word: Inspiring
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft and gooey on the inside, warm and crunchy on the outside.
When you aren't working what are you doing: You would probably find me outside either biking, hiking, or doing one of my favorite past times: hammocking!

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!

Xochitl Valencia – Admissions Officer

KaoriKaori's Section

Phone Number: 507-389-6670
Email: Xochitl.valencia@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks:Study Abroad! MSU offers lots of opportunities with many locations to choose from. You will make lifelong friends, find new interests, take in a new culture, see the world, but most of all you have the opportunity to reinvent yourself, to discover that you are capable of so much. It’s a life changing experience you will never forget!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I prefer to listen to Pandora since it offers a variety of music.
What was your first job: I was a nanny for 3 boys at the age of 16.
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: I would be an elementary school teacher.
The best thing about MSU is: The diversity within the students, faculty, and staff.
Describe MSU in one word: Enlightening.
Cookies…crunchy or soft:Soft.
When you aren't working what are you doing:Traveling whether it’s within the US or internationally!

To see when I am visiting your school, check out the visit schedule!