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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meet the Hall Director Team

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Taylor Bergstrom

Hall Director


Education:  B.S. in Mass Media, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Previous Positions:  Hall Director, Concordia College Moorhead

What I Like About Being a Maverick:  Being part of a campus that values pushing boundaries is what makes me proud to be a Maverick. The students, faculty, and staff I interact with everyday are always challenging their limits and doing things that create a unique campus experience, even as an alum.

Why I Chose to Work at MSU: I chose to work at my alma mater to grow. After working with the department during my undergraduate experience, I saw firsthand how Hall Directors learned and grew their professional experience here. A lot of people I valued and looked up to became amazing, driven professionals through our department, so I chose to follow that path.            

Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: I have attended conferences such as UMR-ACUHO and AASHE during my first two years in Student Affairs, and I am looking to expand my involvement in those associated organizations. My other interest areas include Social Justice and Diversity, Student Conduct, Leadership Development, and Organizational Communication.

Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, reading, board games, puzzles, traveling, spending time annoying my cat Duey, and expanding my video game collection.


Lydia Hayes

Hall Director


Education:  M.A. Higher Education/Student Personnel, University of Mississippi; B.S. Professional and Organizational Communication Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Previous Positions:  Graduate Community Director (University of Mississippi); ACUHO-I Intern (Texas A&M University-Commerce)

What I Like About Being a Maverick:  The community of people I am surrounded by. The students are incredibly creative and driven, and the true core of the university. The staff care a great deal and are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for the students they serve.

Why I Chose to Work at MSU: I chose to work at MSU because of the commitment to being student focused. I am grateful that my job is centered around directly serving students and creating relationships that will help them be successful in their time at MSU. I also appreciate the size of the Mankato area and the different opportunities it has to offer!             

Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: I have previously been involved in NASPA and the SEAHO region. Some of my interests include sustainability, civic engagement, and community service. I appreciate the support given at MSU for individual professional development and look forward to utilizing the resources available to continue to grow and learn.

Hobbies: Being outdoors, hiking, camping, running, biking, crafting, drinking coffee, playing cards, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.