shortcut to content

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Student Support Services

Meet Our Staff

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/sss/staff.html

Margaret Hesser

SSS Director

Email: margaret.hesser@mnsu.eduMargaret Hesser

Degrees earned: MS Counseling and Student Personnel, MSU; BS Administrative Management, MSU

Hometown: Hector, MN

Outside of work I enjoy: Spending time with family and friends, quilting, basketball and volleyball.

Favorite/Most Inspirational quote: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." –Henry Ford

Why I work in SSS: I have worked with TRiO for 25 years and find every day to be challenging and exciting and rewarding. I have met so many amazing students and seen them accomplish so much!

Trevor L. Gohner

Academic Coordinator-Tutoring

Email: trevor.gohner@mnsu.eduTrevor Gohner

Degrees earned: MS Counseling and Student Personnel, MSU; BA Communication Studies/Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University

Hometown: Montpelier, North Dakota

Outside of work I enjoy: Trips to the dog park, weekends in the Twin Cities, going to movies, or hunting for awesome vinyls at the record store!

Favorite/Most Inspirational quote: "Don't ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." –Howard Thurman

Why I work in SSS: It takes hard work and determination to be successful in college. The students I have worked with in SSS have been some of the most ambitious and driven students I have met, because they are aware of the difference having a college education will make in their lives. It is a pleasure for me to guide and mentor them along the way.

Karina ClennonKarina Clennon

Academic Coordinator

Email: karina.clennon@mnsu.edu

Degrees earned: Alumna of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling and Student Personnel, 2011; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato; and Karina will receive her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision: College Student Affairs in 2014.

Hometown: Mankato, MN

Outside of work I enjoy: Outside of work Karina enjoys leisure activities like jogging, golf and tennis. She enjoys attending cultural, theater, and musical events at MSU, Bethany, and in the Mankato Community.

Favorite/most inspirational quote: "What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other." –George Eliot
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead

Why I work in SSS: College is such an important experience and can have such an impact on career and financial goals for individuals. I am dedicated to assisting students reach their academic and career goals by providing academic support and encouraging involvement in activities that will promote life-long learning. I work in SSS because I believe that students who are engaged in their academics will reach their goals, graduate, and go on to be active and involved citizens. I work in SSS to support students’ success.

Christine MyersChristine Myers

Office Manager

Email: christine.myers@mnsu.edu

Degrees earned: AAS Computer Integrated Machining

Hometown: Madison Lake, MN

Outside of work I enjoy: Making things and repairing things. Everything from making quilts, clothes and bookshelves to fixing the wash machine or refrigerator.

Favorite quote/most inspirational quote: "Be so good they can't ignore you." –Steve Martin.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." –Mario Andretti

Why I work in SSS: To be a part of a wonderful experience that helps students learn to be successful and empowered!

 

Tom Schmidt 

Graduate Assistant 

Email: thomas.schmidt-1@mnsu.edu

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Studies from UW – La Crosse.  Currently in the Counseling and Student Personnel master’s program here at MSU.

Hometown: Lake City, MN

Outside of Work I Enjoy: Hiking, kayaking, watching movies, golfing, and cooking.

Famous/Most Inspirational Quote: “Focus on the process, not the prize.” –Joel Maturi

Why I work in SSS: To help college students get the most out of their college experience at MSU and to prepare them for life after college as well.  I enjoy seeing how students develop and grow during their time in college.  Being new to MSU, I am excited to be a part of SSS and helping students see their true potential.

Student Support Services

355 Wiecking Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2797
Fax: 507-389-6372