The BEST Board

Boasting Exceptional Student Talent

Big ideas. Real-world thinking.


At Minnesota State University, Mankato that mindfulness starts as students channel their talents toward personal growth and leadership development.

In Spring 2015, the Centennial Student Union crafted the means for Boasting Exceptional Student Talent among those evolving leaders. Each semester since then, the BEST Board display in the CSU Hearth Lounge spotlights eight students selected for campus student leadership and CSU student staff excellence.

The faces and words of these BEST students exemplify both active and quiet leadership that enhances campus life at Minnesota State Mankato.

This site is dedicated to the continuing BEST Board tradition. It recognizes those students who, each semester, graced the BEST Board and welcomed visitors to the CSU. Each became the face of leadership and the example of personal reward that comes from accepting the challenge.

As the tradition continues so does exemplary leadership for other students to emulate.

FALL 2023 BEST BOARD RECIPIENTS ARE: Masaki Hara, Sofia Itskovich, Erin Jaquette, Ryan Leistikow, Jonah Maurer,Morgan Rusler, H. Nomin Yasnaka Senadheera and Crystal Watts.