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!

Matt Sidmore – Assistant Director of Admissions

matt

Phone Number: 507-389-5039
E-mail: matthew.sidmore@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: Get involved! We have over 200 clubs/organizations to choose from, and the quickest way to get connected to the campus and meet others is by getting involved right away.
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I love all kinds of music, and being from Boston, we had an awesome music scene. Minneapolis has been no different, and I have found some awesome local bands out here. Lately my most played song has been "Rough" by Apollo Cobra a band coming out of Minneapolis.
What was your first job: I was 13, and I had two paper routes. I actually made a lot of money for a 13 year old kid…
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Professional Golfer. I have played since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I love the game more than the game loves me.
The best thing about MSU is: The top-notch education our students get in conjunction with our amazing facilities and programs.
Describe MSU in one word: Opportunity
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Soft… Right out of the oven.
When you aren't working what are you doing: Grilling, exploring Minnesota, anything sports related, Spending the majority of my time with my wife, my golden retriever, and my family.

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

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!

Paulette Kimber – Admissions Officer

Paulette Kimber

Phone Number: 507-389-3279
E-mail: paulette.kimber@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: My advice to incoming Mavericks would be to be open minded. College is a great time to explore what your interest are, try new things, and meet new people from all over the globe. It may seem at first, but trust me… If you stick to it, you will have a lifetime of memories!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: I can't choose just ONE! I'm a big R&B junkie. I love Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Brandy, Letoya Luckett, Usher, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Monica, Elle Varner… and the list goes on!
What was your first job: My first job was working with a company called Tree Trust. Outside cleaning up highways and planting, long story short I quit after 3 days!
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: If I listened to my 6 year old self Oprah would have a run for her money! I would be the best talk show host on television. Watch out daytime, here comes Ms. Paulette! =)
The best thing about MSU is: On campus fairs because it's almost always a guarantee that there will be free. Also, I love when it gets warm out and everyone is outside barbequing, rollerblading, on walks, and doing other activities. It just makes Mankato feel a little more like home.
Describe MSU in one word: MAVPRIDE
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Not a huge cookie person. CANDY all the way. If I had to choose a cookie, I would say crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.
When you aren't working what you are doing: When I'm not working or thinking about work (which often happened ;) I'm singing so loud my neighbors can probably hear me, on my cell phone (go figure), shopping, cooking, camping (I know right!), hanging out with family and friends, and enjoying life.

Jolissa Yonker – Graduate Assistant

Jolissa Yonker

Phone Number: 507-389-5040
E-mail: jolissa.yonker@mnsu.edu

Advice to incoming Mavericks: My biggest piece of advice is to get involved on campus. Oh, and get a planner!
The most frequently played song on your iPod: Anything Disney or off of a soundtrack.
What was your first job: I worked at a bowling alley/restaurant when I was 14!
What job would you have if you listened to your 6 year old self: Definitely an actress…or a dolphin trainer!
The best thing about MSU is: The opportunities and resources campus has available to help students be successful.
Describe MSU in one word: Life-changing.
Cookies…crunchy or soft: Crunchy- I like to put my cookies in the freezer!
When you aren't working what are you doing: I am hanging out with my sorority sisters or staying active somehow- my favorite is volleyball!

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

Sarah Schliesmann – Admissions OfficerMike's Section

Sarah Schliesmann

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!

Abby Ellis – Admissions OfficerAbby's Section

Abby

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!

Colleen Koppes – Twin Cities RecruiterColleen's Section

Colleen

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!

Sarah Schliesmann – Admissions OfficerSarah's Section

Sarah Schliesmann

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!