Student Opportunities

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/student_opportunities/

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Personal Opportunities

As part of our mission, Residential Life wants to facilitate students' personal success by promoting and providing opportunities for positive involvement in life outside the classroom. Below 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 Week

Welcome Week begins the Thursday before fall classes start. This weekend is packed full of opportunities for you to meet others on your floor, residence community, and other residence communities. Check out the schedule of events here.

  • First 50 Days

The First 50 Days activities give residents an opportunity to get further acclimated to the University. Calendars with both Residential Life and campus-wide activities are posted on residence hall floors, in community lobbies, and throughout Carkoski Commons.

  • What's on Wednesday?

Every Wednesday each residence community hosts 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 Game of Life
The Roommate Game
Grocery Bingo
Pie Your CA

See the promos for the first two WOWs of the fall semester below!

  • Outdoor Volleyball and Basketball Courts

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 the Crawford Staff) is in the lower level of Carkoski near the computer lab. This is a free event and open to all students. This is usually on the last Wednesday in October.

  • House Party

Each year Student Health Services and the Health Education Office will co-host an educational event called House Party. Residential Life and Greek Life also often support this event. This event usually takes place on the third Wednesday in October. Vans are available to take people to and from the house.

The 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 encounter at a real house party. Students will be given statistical information about the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and then will be taught how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink.

  • Moonlight Breakfast

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

  • Winter Welcome Week

A campus tradition, Winter Welcome Week is a week full of events planned for residential students. Past events have featured ice skating rink on the campus lawn, dog sledding, and the ever-popular RHA event "Welcome Back Welcome Mats".


Educational Opportunities

The Residential Life Staff facilitates many educational events throughout the year. Some examples of recent programs include:

Attending a Group Fitness Class Cover Letter and Resume Writing Attending the Study Abroad Fair
Inviting the Health PROs in for a program Tips for Topics Academic Goal-Setting Party
Time Management Academic Bingo Inviting a Professor to the Floor
International Potluck LGBT Panel Library Tours
Check Out Other Educational Resources On Campus

Student Leadership Opportunities

  • Chester and Helen Carkoski Scholarship Award

The Chester and Helen Carkoski Scholarship Award program recognizes residence community student leaders with a good academic record 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 and Learning Commmunity Coordinators.

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

NRHH hosts the annual T.O.P.S. awards recognizing over 70 residence hall floor Community Council members. Annually around 300+ students attend this event, celebrate their accomplishments from the fall semester, and hear about numerous leadership opportunities for the coming spring, summer, and fall.

  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the campus-wide government for students living in the 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. Meetings are held at 4 p.m. in Preska 126.

RHA is led by an Executive Board of volunteer student leaders elected by the RHA Assembly. The RHA Exec Board also has a programming aspect and hosts many events on campus throughout the year, including the Welcome Week Volleyall Tournament.

RHA Executive Board Office
Leadership Resource Center, Room 002 Carkoski Commons
(507) 389-2212
Email: residencehallassociation@mnsu.edu
Website: http://msumankatostudentlife.orgsync.com/org/residencehallassociation
  • Community Councils

Each floor community and Stadium Heights building community has a Community Council, which provide activities for floor members. Community Council positions on the main campus include, but are not limited to, the following (*note that Community Councils at Stadium Heights minimally have two elected positions).

Floor/Building President* Event Coordinator
RHA Representative* Treasurer

Each Community Council is advised by their Community Advisor (CA). Examples of other Community Council leadership positions include Intramural Manager; 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 (OTMs).