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Faces from the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato Minnesota

A supplement to the MSU Reporter

Spring Spr Semester 2013

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MSyou Spring 2013

What MSYou means to me

The importance of finding your life’s passion


editor in chief

Today’s issue of the Reporter features a special section we as a staff put out once a semester. We like to call it MSYou. It’s spelled like MSU, only a little differently. I know it’s clever, but I didn’t come up with it. I’m just here to oversee its production, along with news editor Ryan Lund This special section explores the lives and personalities of Mavericks who stand out from the crowd rather than blending in. The individuals featured are alumni, professors, faculty, students and staff members who have done extraordinary things with their lives, or have simply done something that makes them unique, something that makes them happy. As I spend my Saturday

afternoon spent curling up with pages of copy to read, green tea in hand, I think back to a realization I had during my sophomore year: The Reporter is more than just my job. I wouldn’t do this job if I didn’t love every second of it; I wouldn’t spend hours upon hours editing stories and designing pages until the wee hours of the night only to wake up at 6 a.m. the next morning for class. The Reporter is my passion; it is where I find fulfillment, gratitude, happiness, energy. As a third year senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato, I am one of the lucky ones. People spend their entire lives searching for the one thing that makes them most happy. I, at only 20 years old, have discovered that I want to be a writer

for the rest of my life: that I want to work in media until the day I die and that is what makes me happy. The faces and names featured in MSYou are also lucky. They have found their passions and they know what makes them happy. They have acheived their goals, or if they’re still trying, at least they know what they want to do and they’re running towards those goals with full force. They understand that making their goals become a reality takes a lot of heard work, but that it’s all worth it in the end. To those students, faculty and staff members featured in this issue, as well as countless others who are just as worthy of the recognition; your hard work and dedication inspires me. To know that you can be successful in something you love gives me hope that I will be happy for the rest of my life. As students, we can all learn from our elders, from those on campus who have far more experience. But we won’t learn anything unless we look directly at their lives, unless we ask them questions and learn from their mistakes. If you ask a faculty member why they decided to go into their field, they will never turn you down or say that they don’t have the time for

you, or at least they haven’t done so in my experience. These professors and faculty members love talking to students. They will set aside time to help you with graduation forms or give you their personal contacts so you can land the internship of your dreams. Whether it’s the Student Senate Speaker who loves making organizational charts and hanging out with his fraternity brothers, the graduate student who has found a passion for screenprinting and ceramics, or the these individuals have found what makes theym truly happy. If you don’t love what you do, a major will simply turn into a job. But if you find your passion, discover what makes you want to stay up until 3 a.m. working, you will find that you not only have a job, you have a career, a passion. As you f lip through these pages or browse the MSYou content on our website, I would advise that you take a step back from your life and think about life after graduation: Where do you want to work? What do you want to do? Where do you want to live? What is going to make you happy? Happiness, not money, is the one thing that will make you successful in life, or so I like to think (I’m going into

a field where money doesn’t necessarily just get handed to you for nothing – maybe this is my way of justifying my career). Pushing yourself through biology and chemistry classes, taking out thousands of dollars in student loans and going to med school in hopes of someday becoming a pediatrician will not make you happy if all you want is a fat paycheck. It will, however, make you happy if you genuinely want to help others fight the illnesses you did as a young child. If you’ve discovered your passion, chase after it until you run out of breath. If you’re not quite sure what your passion is, take classes, volunteer or join an organization. Do whatever it takes to figure out what will make you happy: what gives your live purpose. Whether you’ve been in your field for thirty years, or are a first year students still undecided about your major, I wish you all the best in your future. I hope you enjoy reading this special section as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Thanks for the support of this newspaper and the dreams of those in Centennial Student Union, Suite 293. We appreciate it, Mavericks.





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Chris Collins

MSSA Senate Speaker than the power it gives someone. “I wanted to be able to make an impact,” explained Collins. An impact he is able to see through MSU’s growth in student and academic life. Collins continued to say that the position gives him great insight into the troubles of some colleges and the advances of others. Rolling into his second semester on duty, he has gained control over his long list of

a true politician, taking a plug wherever he can get one. The redheaded, bespectacled Human Biology and Chemistry major is no stranger to being a prominent member of the MSU community. Previously, Collins served on the Student Allocations Committee. The group works on a very financial basis, determining where and how to divide different pools of money. Although they communicate with MSSA, the organization is

“I wanted to be able to make an impact.” - Chris Collins

yohanes ashenafi • msu reporter Student Senate Speaker Chris Collins enjoys using his sway within MSSA to make an impact, a job that he takes very seriously.


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With a little push from former MSSA President Matt Lexcen, Collins entered the political race and was elected as Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA) Senate Speaker last spring. When asked why he was drawn to the position he simply stated “the gavel.” But it was more the symbolism behind it,

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responsibilities. As the Senate Speaker he is the one behind the meetings, making sure everything is in place and running smoothly. He keeps track of his senators, holding them accountable for their reports and office hours. Collins is also the one in contact with President Davenport, informing him on the results and actions of the senate meetings. Adding to his already extensive list of responsibilities, Collins is also in charge of enforcing the bylaws and filling vacant senate seats. Upon listing this job requirement, excitement finds his brown eyes. “We have four open seats,” says Collins like

a different entity entirely. Moving beyond his positions on various committees, Collins is also an active member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and he credits many of his successes to the group. Two years ago Collins took on the role of Commander, their chapter president. “I had no competition, but seeing a group of people that you call your brothers have confidence in you to hoist the mast and pick the direction,” Collins explained, was a very proud moment for him. Collins also credits the Greek system with his growth as an individual. The leadership roles he took

on have improved his problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Within this he has also learned how to work with different types of people. As a kid he watched his brother accept the fact that his dream to become a fighter pilot was no longer a reality. Instead of breaking down, he simply turned around and found a new dream. “He didn’t even see it as an obstacle,” and now after 30 years of school, he is a brain surgeon at UCLA, explained Collins. Collins’ family, originally from Santa Monica, CA., is close to his heart. The move to Minnesota separated the brothers, but they still remain close. And when it came time to apply for schools, Collins didn’t bother applying anywhere else, choosing to remain close to his parents. It’s here, at MSU, that the California native extended his family. Collins’ considers MSSA Student Senate President Soyal Shrestha a good friend, as well as a fraternity brother. Together the two partake in friendly games of FIFA, a soccer videogame. Along with video games, in his free time one could find Collins engrossed in a novel or developing his Latin skills. Collins’ role may see his sometimes eccentric personality relegated to the periphery, but his impact is front and center.

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Mike Hastings

Head Men’s Hockey Coach

web photo As just the third man to head up MSU’s men’s hockey team, head coach Mike Hastings is looking to take the Mavericks from the cellar to the top. LEE HANDEL

staff writer

It’s been just over nine months since Mike Hastings took the reigns of the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey program, and so far all signs are pointing in the right direction as he tries to take Maverick Hockey to

the next level. The Mavericks are currently 16-9-3 overall and 10-9-1 in WCHA play in Hastings’ first year at the helm, surpassing all expectations thus far for a team picked to finish 11th in the conference this season. Given his track record, no one is surprised. Hastings knows how to

win and get the most out of his players, as evidenced by his 529-210-56 record as head coach of the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. In his 14 years running the show in Omaha, Hastings won three Clark Cup titles and was named USHL Coach of the Year three times and GM of the Year five times. Hastings, a Crookston, Minn. native, took over at MSU after the team won only 12 games last season under Troy Jutting, and deserves a lot of credit for the Mavericks’ quick turnaround. After serving as an assistant under Don Lucia at Minnesota for a year, Hastings spent the past three years as the associate head coach under Dean Blais at Nebraska-Omaha and was ready to be the man in charge again. “It’s a challenge,” said Hastings. “It’s nice to be back as a head coach. I appreciate what I learned [from Lucia and Blais], but it’s a little different when you’re the head guy. I hope to continue to make the program better on a yearly basis.” Having mastered the USHL as the winningest coach in Omaha Lancer history, Hastings had to adjust to the dynamics of the WCHA and Division-I hockey with Minnesota, UNO and now MSU. The biggest difference, according to Hastings, was that

he coached “hockey players” in the USHL and now coaches “student-athletes” in the WCHA. “College hockey is different [than the USHL],” he said. “There is not as many games and not as many opportunities to get wins, so you have to make the most of each game. It’s a balancing act academically, socially and athletically for these student-athletes and my biggest job is to give them

experience for me.” His coaching style has translated to the highest level of collegiate hockey and the Mavericks have an above .500 record in WCHA play to show for it with four series left in regular season play. “In the WCHA today there are no soft spots in the schedule,” said Hastings. “The competition in the league is second to none from top to bottom and the coaching

“I hope to continue to make the program better on a yearly basis.”

-Mike Hastings

the time they need and to respect each portion.” Before MSU hired Hastings, the men’s hockey program had had only two head coaches since 1969, with Jutting serving since 2000. This could have created some uneasiness in the locker room, but Hastings credits the seniors on this year’s team for making the transition smooth. “With the quality of seniors we have it wasn’t difficult at all,” he said. “The captains [Eriah Hayes and Tyler Elbrecht] bought in and have been fantastic since day one and it has been a pleasurable

and athletes are at the highest level. There are no weeks where you can just show up and be successful, you have to play well.” The Mavericks opened WCHA play 1-5 through midNovember. After Thanksgiving, however, MSU turned it up a notch on the ice and went on a seven-game winning streak and entered the midway point of the season with an 8-6 conference mark. After sweeping their final two non-conference series against Connecticut and Providence over winter break,

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Paul Allan

Associate Director of Athletic Communications nections and a little push from his family, he is here. After graduating high school at Viscount Vennett in Calgary, Canada, all Allan wanted to do, like a lot of Canadians, was to play hockey. He had the opportunity to play goalie for two years at Mount Royal University in Calgary, but as soon as his two years were up he knew it was time to do something else. With two of his brothers living in the states and one of

with no job, nursing his torn MCL when he got a call from his brother Doug. Doug told him about an opportunity to get his Masters at Northern Arizona University and work in the sports information office. Paul didn’t know that this call would change his life, but he was glad he answered the phone. “Without my brother opening the door for me, I wouldn’t have done it, but from the day I

“I hope to continue to make the program better on a yearly basis.”

-Paul Allan

web photo Mankato’s own “P.A.” might not see his name in lights, but the veteran Sports Information pro ensures that MSU’s student-athletes do. JOEY DENTON

staff writer

As students and faculty walk through the halls in the Taylor Center and peak through the Sports Information office window, they usually see the interns or graduate assistants hard at work and getting ready for athletic events, but they

don’t see the man behind it all, Paul Allan. Allan, “P.A.” to those on campus, is the Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His road to Mankato wasn’t a straight shot, it wasn’t even in his plans, but with some con-

them playing amateur hockey in Amarillo, Texas, Allan decided to go to school at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. With his history and physical Education major, he was hoping to become a teacher and coach. Right after graduating, he was offered a job in Silverton, Texas to teach physical education and coach the girls’ basketball team. Alan however, only wanted to coach either hockey or baseball, and he knew he needed to move back north to make it happen. After just a week back in Calgary, Allan was at home

starting doing it I knew I liked it,” Allan said. After three years at Northern Arizona, Allan completed his masters and a full-time internship and was ready to take on the sports information world. It wasn’t long before his boss, Wylie Smith, got a call from Mankato State’s head football coach Dan Runkle, who had been an assistant at Northern Arizona, looking for someone to fill the Sports Information Director position for Mankato State. Smith knew just the guy. In the fall of 1985, Allan

started creating his sports information empire, and the first of order of busines was to get their first computer. For those who don’t know what Allan and the Sports Information Office does, they write press releases, work on publications, manage the website, handle press conferences, statistics at games and organize interviews for school athletics. Since working at MSU, the Athletic Communications Office has won 19 national publications awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America, and individually, Allan has served as a press officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Just this past spring, Allan was given the Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award for his work with students at MSU. “It means a lot,” Allan said. “It’s a who’s who of people who have worked here on campus, a lot of them I know. To be put in that group is pretty cool.” In the last 28 years at MSU, Allan has noticed a lot of changes, especially in technology. When the World Wide Web started up, the job changed drastically. “We were always producing a lot of information, but we were relying on others to transmit it. Now we can control it using, with twitter and Facebook and YouTube,” Allan said.

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Greg Wilkins

Associate Director for Student Activities

web photo Greg Wilkins might spend much of his time in the CSU, but he spends the rest of his it touring the globe, striving to fulfill his lifelong goals. MOLLY HORNER

staff writer

How many people can say that they’ve lost count of the number of countries that they’ve visited? Gregory Wilkins, Associate Director for Student Activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato lost count around 30.

As stunning as it may be to hear that Wilkins has seen over 30 of the world’s countries in just 45 years, the well-traveled Chicagoan lives by a simple motto: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Wilkins was born in Chicago, one of seven kids, and four of whom are his bio-

logical siblings. They moved to Florida when he was nine, where Wilkins began acting at a young age. “My family is a little different then most,” Wilkins said. At age 16, Wilkins left home for good, and went to St. Louis. “I knew I could do it on my own, and it was the best thing I ever did,” said Wilkins. Wilkins went back to Florida his senior year. “During my whole education I never really had the white experience and was faced with a whole other experience here,” said Wilkins. As he started his college career he first went to Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Warren Wilson College is one of a handful of student-run institutions nation-wide. 900 students worked at least 15 hours a week to keep the third most sustainable university in the United States running. At the time the school’s slogan read: “Warren Wilson college, we’re not for everyone.” Which is exactly true, it isn’t for everyone. “Freshman year I had a great speaker, he said: ‘Taking your ideas and explore them and becoming visionary,’” said Wilkins, adding that college changed his life. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies, History, and Political Science, with a minor in Visual

Arts. Wilkins also went to The University of Miami, Ohio, a school steeped in tradition. He completed the school’s graduate course work in College Student Personnel with a focus on University Administration. Not even close with being done with his journey Wilkins

These days Wilkins remains just as active as he was in college, perhaps more so. “I just got back from India. Every December I take a month off,” said Wilkins. “Last year I went to Nicaragua and did community service work there, I get to see world heritage sites. I love architecture and making an impact.”

“The world is your oyster, you just need to find your fit.”

-Greg Wilkins

got his ABD in University Administration at the Florida International University, Miami, Florida. Wilkins however, had a game plan; a list of 15 things he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Wilkins wanted to become vice president, get his GED, and have a job working for the government. “I needed to circle myself with ‘I think I can’ people,” said Wilkins. One of Wilkins main goals was to study abroad, and affect change on a grass roots level. His freshman year he produced his first play, studied abroad in Costa Rica and was very involved with his college.

Last summer he was teaching English in Russia, and this spring break Wilkins is going to Columbia to work with an international program. “The world is your oyster, you just have to find your fit,” said Wilkins. Wilkins had the most difficult time choosing what countries he has enjoyed the most, noting that he is particularly fond of Argentina and Turkey. He stressed however, that Minnesota has a lot more going for it than most people realize. “I wish more students would see the world, and get to experience such opportunity,” Wilkins said.

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John Bulcock

Assistant Director of Greek Life sota State Student Association (MSSA), Bulcock’s time and assistance is a valuable entity. “I spend 85% of my time advising Greek life and governing councils, 10% working with MSSA and 5% serving as the university’s liaison with off campus housing,” explains Bulcock. With a schedule like that, one

Activities Council, joined a fraternity his sophomore year and as a senior was elected Vice President of the Student Body. While working on his Communications degree at WSU, Bulcock took a job as an office assistant for Dean of Students, Dr. Lori Reesor. According to Bulcock, everyone in this field has a mentor.

“I like helping people get to where they are achieving.”

-John Bulcock

jenna schlapkohl • msu reporter John Bulcock has been a fraternity man for years, but his unique position within the university makes him more involved than most.


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His office is as chaotic as his profession, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. Stacks of papers are strewn about his desk; documents waiting for approval and books waiting for review. A browning banana rests near a rosy red apple; lunch on the go

for the man who never stops. Tucked along the back wall of the Student Activities department, John Bulcock’s office is one of the most frequented doors in the area. Serving as the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Greek Life and Off Campus Housing, as well as the Administrative Liaison to Minne-

can only imagine the time management skills he must have. However, Bulcock doesn’t think of his job as an obligation. This is a field he is passionate about, a field he was destined to enter. Growing up in the Kansas City area, he made the decision to attend school at Wichita State University. With only two other students from his high school choosing to attend the same school, Bulcock knew he needed to find a network he fit in with. So, in his four years there he chose to be involved in a little bit of everything, a way of life that has stuck with him. He served as President of the Resident Hall Council, became involved with the Student


It is to her that he attributes his decision to follow in this line of work. For Bulcock, working with college students, especially those taking on leadership positions, is something he loves doing. The ability to be with them from start to finish, and to watch them develop and make a difference is something he labels as amazing. Working so closely with members of the MSU community allows Bulcock to foster relationships on not only a professional level, but a personal one as well. “The relationships that I get to develop are unlike anything

else anyone gets to experience,” says Bulcock. “It’s the most meaningful thing to me.” He uses these relationships to help students become successful, which in return motivates his passion. “I like helping people get to where they are achieving,” says Bulcock. Even if he doesn’t singlehandedly receive the credit, the simple fact of knowing he made a positive impact is good enough. As a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, he devotes a great deal of energy to the MSU Greek community. Because of his experience, and his neverending connections with his brothers, he aims to bust the stereotypes that come with the Greek badge. “I would love to see the Greek community grow,” said Bulcock. “We have an opportunity here to really solidify our presence on campus.” Bulcock’s passion and motivation embody a liveliness that can’t be ignored. Looking at his cluttered and overflowing desk, it’s hard to miss the devotion he has to his job. Photographs of friends from years past, buttons of organizations he proudly supports, old school memorabilia and an endless supply of event invitations are small reminders of the tireless work that Bulcock does on campus. • Brakes - Steering • Engine - Transmission • Muffler - Shocks • Preventive Maintenance Services • Computer Diagnostics Old to New, We Repair for You Auto & Lt. Truck - Towing

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Some students want to work in business. Some want to work in a newspaper office or a public relations firm. Some students want to work in the government. Some want to teach. Some, like Minnesota State University, Mankato sophomore Lane Dulon, don’t want any part of an office. In fact, Lane doesn’t want to even be on the ground. She wants to fly for a living, and is right in the thick of the aviation program at MSU. “It’s an incredible experience unlike anything I have experienced before. It’s a rush, a high, a thrill.” Lane said, explaining the thrill of controlling an airplane. “From the first time you solo and you’re shaking from being so nervous to the first check ride you pass and it’s so fulfilling. You’re a pilot. You can fly.” Lane Dulon grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota with her parents, Deb and Bob, and her three older brothers, Greg, Peter and Bill. They grew up on a functional 20-acre apple orchard, which took up the majority of her mother’s time. Her father, Bob, is a computer parts

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Lane Dulon

Aviation Student salesman. At a fairly early age, Lane decided that she wanted to be a pilot, as early as her junior year of high school. From there, it was a decision between going to MSU and the University of North Dakota. Ultimately, MSU’s smaller, more personalized program won her over. Golf was also a big part of her time in Prior Lake, and the plan originally was to bring those talents to MSU, and join the women’s golf team for the Mavericks. When school and athletics became intertwined, it left her with a tough decision. “Once I came here I realized if I wanted to be as successful in aviation as I am today I had to give up on golf, it was too big of a time commitment.” she said. “I had to choose what was important and what I wanted to put my time into. I chose Aviation, which was very difficult because golf was such a huge part of my life in high school.” Since coming to MSU, it has been a quick move into a leadership role in the program for her. In just her second year, Dulon currently holds the titles of MSU Aviation Club President, as well as the Vice President of

Women in Aviation. “I wanted to dive head first into this career and meet people.” she said. “I love organizing, and leading groups, along with meeting all different kinds of people. This seemed like the best way to do that. I’ve been very ambitious and I can’t help myself sometimes.” Her hope is to graduate in less than four years. From there, it’s up in the air. With many potential careers in aviation, the possibilities are essentially endless at this point. Her hope is to work at the local fixed based operator at the Mankato airport and build up her experience as she awaits graduation. “I would like to try all sides of aviation, such as flight instructing, corporate and airlines just to see which side I like the best before I can settle into a job.” she said. “I just don’t know what’s out there and I want to try it all.” Lots of possibilities, lots of options, and Lane Dulon is setting herself up nicely for a career in the sky. As a president of one club, and the VP of another, with an interactive and personal aviation program at MSU, her goals are slowly becoming a reality.

web photo Aviation student Lane Dulon’s passion for golf has taken a backseat to her studies, but the sophomore doesn’t seem to mind.

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Hailey Langowski Business Student


staff writer

MSU offers a wide variety of majors and minors throughout the campus, but the College of Business is one of the most popular programs that students get involved with. There are four different majors within the College of Business: accounting and business law, finance, management as well as marketing and international business. Getting to know your area of expertise is necessary when you start finishing off your general education classes. Many students have the freedom to take a variety of classes throughout the business program, because most of the classes have all of the same prerequisites to all of the majors included in the program. These students are able to dabble in the different majors without ever actually being behind in school. They have time to dip their toes in the different majors to see which one really fits their future aspirations.

MSU’s Accounting program prepares students to work in different areas: public, industrial or governmental, not for profit accounting. The Finance Program helps students gain exceptional financial skills and to understand and successfully secure entry-level job after college. MSU’s Management Program is a very successful program that ensures students learn technical, analytical and conceptual skills in order to run private or public businesses. Last but not least, the Marketing Program here at MSU provides a general understanding of how sales and research can go a long way, while working towards higher positions in a desired field. A student needs seven or more prerequisites and 36 to 44 general education credits and a solid 2.7 minimum GPA to get into the College of business, and from there a student can pick their preferred emphasis.

Every college student’s dream is to graduate sometime in their early twenties and some of the objectives you have to meet in this program to graduate are difficult. Students need a minimum of a 2.0 GPA during their course through the College of Business, but to actually graduate the program, a student would need a solid 2.25 GPA. Hailey Langowski, a sophomore here at MSU is currently in the process of getting into her major, marketing and international business. As of right now she is working hard toward finishing all of her generals and prerequisites. As of right now she is almost finished with both; which she will then be accepted into her major by fall semester. As before, marketing is all about sales and research and working towards higher positions in the field. She picked marketing because not only would she obtain that major, she

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caitlyn schmid • msu reporter While often derided as an “easy” option, MSU’s College of Business is giving Hailey Langowski the skills to succeed in her future career.

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Alex Rehbein

Law Enforcement Student

sara vagt • msu reporter Alex Rehbein, a law enforcement major, is working to dispel the stereotypes frequently associated with police officers. SARA VAGT

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Alex Rehbein is a third year student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has been working on his Law Enforcement major since he arrived on campus. Rehbein said he joined the Law Enforcement major because, “It’s always what I wanted to do.” He, like all of the other students here on campus, is working hard to get his degree and to find a job. Rehbein’s dream career is to be a sheriff’s deputy, hopefully somewhere in southeastern Minnesota. The jobs market however, leaves something to be desired. “It’s easy to get a job if you get a degree here and go out of state. Not many states require degrees,” Rehbein said. Regardless of any job market issues that there might be, Rehbein said that he would recommend this major to anyone. He did say however, that the right mindset is important to the major. “You have to have the right mindset to go into a major like this. A real, serious mindset, there’s not a lot of people in the major that goof around a lot,” he said. Of course, the Law Enforcement majors do know how to have fun. Rehbein is a member of the Law Enforcement Club. “With Law Enforcement Club, we go shooting. That’s

always fun. Patrol is a sweet class because we practice vehicle searches,” Rehbein said. Law Enforcement Club also does other events like Polar Plunge, Campus Kitchen, and

“Everyone thinks you have to be real macho to be a cop, but that’s not true,” he said. “There are many different kinds of people in the major. There’s also a big stigma that all cops are [obnoxious]. You just hear about the [obnoxious ones], because nobody talks about the good experiences.” Rehbein has joined the major to be a help to society, and hopes that everyone knows that those stereotypes are not true. Also, just because a student joins the Law Enforcement major doesn’t mean that he or she has to be a police officer. There are many other careers that one can go into after receiving their degree. Joining the Law Enforcement major is intense but fun and rewarding, however there are a few requirements for getting accepted to the Law Enforcement major. “I want to say you have to have like a 2.8 GPA. To get in you also have to take a psych evaluation and get a physical examination. You also have to do a ride along. Most teachers and classes advocate ride alongs, so you can go out and make connections with other cops. Cops won’t usually give you a reference unless you ride with them,” Rehbein said. Information on admission

“You have to have the right mindset to go into a major like this. A real serious mindset. There’s not a lot of people in the major that goof around alot.” - Alex Rehbein Highway Clean-up. The professors of this major are also top notch. They really care about their students, and always do their best to be available when a student needs help or advice. “Teachers are also really supportive,” Rehbein said. “If you need anyone to talk too, you can go to them.” So far in his career, he has had tons of fun and help along the way. There are a few stereotypes associated with being a cop, many of them depicted in film and television.

requirements and more can be found on the Law Enforcement page on the MSU website. The main office is located in Morris Hall 109 and the phone number is 507-3892721, while Colleen Clarke is the director of the Law Enforcement program. Like many fields of study, the Law Enforcement major involves plenty of work. It may take a lot of dedication, but the rewards are good in the end. There will always be a need for Law Enforcement majors.

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Colin Klimesh Art Grad Student

lucas ryan • msu reporter Colin Klimesh hopes that his art education will continue following his time at MSU, applying to various grad schools across the country. LUCAS RYAN

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MSU student, Colin Klimesh, 25, is in his final year of the Masters of Arts program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, but by no means is he slowing down. Klimesh has earned his bachelor’s degree in both ceramics and printmaking from MSU and is now finishing a Masters of Arts degree. School only takes up part of Klimesh’s time, he is also a teaching assistant (TA) for a printmaking class at MSU, a member of various art clubs on campus and constantly working on various projects. Time management can be an issue for Klimesh with his many obligations, but he truly loves what he does. “Being an art student allows me to be a workaholic, like so much so, I am in here all the time, but it is not work for me,” Klimesh said. “I come in here at eight in the morning because I want to be here and I am here till nine o clock at night, because I want to be here.” Klimesh was not set on becoming an art major when he first started his college career. Klimesh started to first get interested in pursuing an art degree after taking a wheel throwing class. Klimesh interests within ceramics and art have changed a lot since then.

Now Klimesh is focusing on ceramic sculpture and screen printing. “I am always working on my own solo work, but I like to have collaboratives, where I work with other artists,” Klimesh said. One of Klimesh’s most ambitious projects is a collaborative effort with three other MSU students. “Repetitive Play” is a ceramic installation or large scale sculpture, art exhibit, first done in the basement of the Centennial Student Union building last fall and has since been featured in art shows in other states. The “Repetitive Play” exhibit is a joint effort between MSU students Colin Klimesh, Broc Toft and Merrick Anderson (Anderson graduated last year). The gallery is a nontraditional display featuring, simple forms of ceramic pieces engulfing large spaces. The reaction from “Repetitive Play” has been “nothing but positive,” according to Klimesh. “It works out well that Broc and Merrick have similar aesthetics,” Klimesh said. “We work really well together, and not only is it great for our work personally, but it is a great friendship to have. I am pretty fortunate to have those two compatriots.” One of the similarities between print making and ceramics is the importance of

process. Klimesh enjoys trying to master each step in the process involved with ceramics and printmaking. “I am always interested in process and new process,” Klimesh said. “That’s what led me to sculpture work, and eventually led me to slip casting.” Klimesh’s work is usually very original and he tries to create work that differs from traditional art. “Even in the print work that I do, I try to not just have a piece of paper that sits flat on the wall, I am trying to think a little more dimensional,” Klimesh said. One characteristic that became evident after talking to Klimesh is how thankful he is to be in his position. He remains a humble figure, despite the success that Klimesh has experienced recently. “Mankato has been really good to me during my time here and I am grateful for all the opportunity’s I’ve had,” Klimesh said. Klimesh is now going through a “super crucial transitional phase” in his art career. He is in the process of getting accepted to graduate school to earn his Masters of Fine Arts. Klimesh has applied to schools around the U.S and is excited for the next phase of his life. “Colin has surprised himself and possibly many others with significant experimentation with cutting edge ceramics and printmaking processes. It is an absolute joy to observe an art student such as Colin that has such a tenacious attitude towards the entire creative process and see that desire passed onto younger art students,” MSU Art Professor Todd Shanafelt said. “I’m looking forward to seeing his developments during and after his MFA career. He will be an artist to follow,” he said. Klimesh’s Repetitive Play exhibit will be displayed next at Montana State University, Bozeman. For people here that want to see his art there will be an exhibit at the Coffee Hag in Mankato. The display is a collaborative effort with his wife Margret. The Colin and Margret print show is a poster show being displayed all February featuring printmaking and graphic design work.

web photo The installation “Repetitive Play” is a collaborative effort between Colin Klimesh, Broc Toft and Merrick Anderson. The piece was well received and can soon be seen at the University of Montana, Bosman.

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Public Relations Director for the Theatre and Dance Department

• web photo Mike Lagerquist works hard behind the scenes in the Department of Theatre and Dance to ensure patrons have a good experience. MEGAN KADLEC

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A 50-year old man stands in the empty Andreas Theatre, located in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Earley Center for Performing Arts. The stage is set for the department’s next studio season production. He wears khaki pants and a button down shirt, the perfect mix between professional and comfortable. In his hand is a small feather duster. He looks towards the stage, sighs, and begins his work, quietly removing the dust and debris from each seat. Serving as janitor, advertising sales staff, communications liaison, volunteer coordinator and recruitment contact, Mike Lagerquist has a day job that keeps him fairly busy; he is the Director of Public Relations for the Department of Theatre and Dance. “I do sweeping and mopping and dusting of chairs. Because the space is also where they construct the sets, dust goes into the air and comes down on all of the nice black equipment we’ve got in there,” Lagerquist said. “When people come to a show, I don’t want them to sit

in filth, call me silly. I like to keep it as clean as possible.” Lagerquist also likes to keep his reputation spotless, since everyone in Mankato seems to know who he is through one avenue or another. Growing up in North Mankato, Lagerquist has lived in the area his entire life. “My face is known because my picture used to run with my column in the Free Press, my voice is known, my name is known,” Lagerquist said. “It’s pretty hard to run away from who I am, so I try to keep my nose clean.” Though he’s considered leaving in the past, Lagerquist loves Mankato and said that, at this point in his life, it doesn’t make sense for him to completely transform his life. Lagerquist was hired as an emergency temporary employee at MSU in 1999 after working as the entertainment editor of the Mankato Free Press. While his term of employment was contracted for the academic school year, or nine months, he ended up staying far longer than expected. Lagerquist said that he has known members of MSU Theatre and Dance almost

as far back as the chair of the department, Paul Hustoles, who has worked at the university since Lagerquist’s time at the Free Press. Receiving his bachelor’s degree from MSU in Mass Communications and English in 1984, Lagerquist has always been connected to the community. “He has an amazing memory. Sometimes I think he personally knows everyone who lives in this city,” Hustoles said. As the Public Relations Director, Lagerquist said that he isn’t involved with anything that happens on stage, but that he does everything else imaginable. “Sometimes it’s easier to say what I don’t do,” Lagerquist said. “Basically, the things that take place on the stage, as far as production goes – those are things I don’t do.” He works on the department’s Facebook page and website in addition to staying in contact with local media outlets, sending press releases, setting up interviews, placing advertisements, working with the department’s corporate sponsors and ensuring that patrons of the theatre have an enjoyable experience. “In public relations, you’re only as good as the last experience somebody has with you,” Lagerquist said. “So you want to make sure that that last experience is a positive one.” Lagerquist also serves as a student’s first introduction to the department through high school recruitment while also managing Bachelor’s of Fine Arts application forms and the department’s Children’s Theatre tour. “He works so hard behind the scenes so not many people outside of the department know how much he puts into our department,” said Tayler Miller, a student studying Theatre at MSU. Lagerquist said that he has both day and evening shifts, and the amount of hours he works per week depends on whether or not a production is scheduled. During production weekends, Lagerquist often works 65 hours per week, managing student ushers and house managers at every performance as well as dealing with patron comments and complaints.

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Did you know... MSU is the third largest school in the state of Minnesota, with a student population of more than 15,000. MSU is home to more than 600 international students from roughly 75 countries. According to a study conducted in 2007, MSU contributes nearly $400 million annually to Mankato’s economy. Since it’s founding in 1951 the WCHA, of which the MSU men’s hockey team is a member, has earned a record 37 national championships, more than any other conference in any other sport.

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MIKE HASTINGS “‘My philosophy on how to develop a team hasn’t changed,’ Hastings said. ‘It’s all about getting talented and well-rounded players and getting them to play together on the ice.’”

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continued from 4 the Mavericks suffered two heartbreaking overtime losses at home against Wisconsin to fall to 8-8. MSU has since bounced back, and is now 10-9-1 in the WCHA and fresh off a series split with No. 1 Minnesota last weekend. In the six contests against his former employers, Hastings went 3-3, 2-2 against the Gophers and 1-1 against UNO. “It was nice to see people who you have history and relationships with, but the actual games were no different than any others because you are competing for league points,” Hastings said. The No. 15 Mavericks currently sit tied for fourth place in the WCHA and have a tough schedule ahead, but Hastings is confident they will finish strong. “We have good leadership and seniors with a good grasp on staying focused,” said Hastings. “Our players have put in a lot of work to get where they are at and made an investment and don’t mind going to work everyday.” Hastings hasn’t changed his approach much from his days in the USHL, and the future of Maverick Hockey looks bright for the rest of this

season and beyond. “My philosophy on how to develop a team hasn’t changed,” Hastings said. “It’s all about getting talented and well-rounded players and getting them to play together on

suit of excellence and it’s been pleasantly surprising how fast the players and coaches have adapted to his style. I think the same can be said about the positive impression he has made in this community and

“It was nice to see people who you have history and relationships with, but the actual games were no different.”


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the ice.” MSU Director of Athletics, Kevin Buisman, brought Hastings on board and has been impressed with what he has seen so far. “To me, one of the most impressive things is how quickly Coach Hastings has been able to acclimate to this situation and implement change. From the moment he was hired, he seized the moment and has had his foot on the gas ever since,” said Buisman. “He is a tireless worker with a relentless pur-

with our fan base.” As for being back in his home state of Minnesota, Hastings and his family are adjusting just fine. “The Mankato community has been fantastic and we have made the transition well and met a lot of great people,” he said. “Minnesota is a great place to live and raise a family and it has been better than I thought it could be.

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PAUL ALLAN “My position is truly dynamic. I do something

different every day. No two days are ever the same.” continued from 5 Aside from technology, Allan has also noticed a difference in not only the university, but the Mankato community as well. “When I got here there wasn’t a Taylor Center, there was no Verizon Wireless Center, and there was no River Hills Mall. All those things have made a big difference I think in, not just the school, but the community in general,” Allan said. When Kevin Buisman was hired as the new athletic director 10 years ago Allan was named assistant athletic director. With the new position he’s worked along with Buisman with more of the structural aspects of MSU athletics as well as the public relations side. “We continue to grow here. It seems like we are continuing to add new facilities to provide a great experience not for just our student athletes but our students here.” When Allan comes in to work every day, he doesn’t expect the same thing to happen. Every day is different. “My position is truly dynamic. I do something different every day. No two days are ever the same,” Allan said. Another element of Allan’s job that he loves is his work with the students. Even though the students are nowhere near his level of expertise, he feels his operation would collapse without them. “We’ve had a lot of students work in our office over the

years. We like to think they have an opportunity to get some good experience, but at the same time we couldn’t do what we want to do without their assistance,” Allan said. If you go on to Allan’s twitter page, you’ll notice his bio states: There’s work Paul and there’s Paul. This is Paul. This Paul has been married to his wife Lori for 25 years, and has three boys named Seth, 20, Sean, 17, and Jack who’s 13, and if this Paul could continue with one sport for the rest of his life, it would be skiing. One of the hardest aspects for Allan’s position is the hours. While working nights and weekends and traveling with the teams he has his family in Mankato and he has missed some family events. For the nine months that school is in session, the sports information office works non-

stop in keeping the public aware of Maverick athletics. “Once you get in to the start of the season in late August you develop this rhythm that carries out for the next nine months,” Allan said. As a big hockey fan, Allan got to see the former men’s hockey coach Troy Jutting develop from a hockey player, to an assistant coach and eventually taking up the mantle of head coach for the Mavericks. As they worked together for the 12 years Jutting was head coach, it was tough personally for Allan to see Jutting leave. “Obviously 16-9-3 right now and being in position for home ice for the first round in the WCHA (tournament), it seems like the transition has been a good one, but at the same time, these personal things you have to go through are part of the job.”

Relatable Media Paul Allan, or “P.A.” as he’s known on campus, might not have his own talk show, but the media relations veteran’s resume would give his KFAN counterpart a run for his money Allan worked as a press officer at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis in 1990, and again in Los Angeles in 1991, before serving as Venue Press Chief for hockey at the 2002 Salt Lake City games. He is a constant presence in the press box at MSU men’s hockey games, directing a seemingly endless flow of statistics, Twitter posts and video feeds, making sure that students and fans stay informed of the latest on the region’s top hockey program.

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MIKE LAGERQUIST “Where else can you go play with your

friends, make fun of other people because it’s mostly improv, usually get a good meal and get paid for it?”

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“Mike has almost never missed a day of work and goes way beyond the call of duty each and every week,” Hustoles said. “He is always ready to pitch in to get things done.” Lagerquist said that when you take into account that there are only 15 weekends a semester and there are no performances in the first three weeks of classes, he has eight or nine production weeks per semester, leaving him little time outside of work. “You know what I call 40 hours a week? Vacation,” Lagerquist said. With three graduate assistants working a combined 30 hours per week, Lagerquist’s workload is lightened just enough for him to be involved with the Mankato community. In addition to working at MSU, Lagerquist is also the President of the Blue Earth County Historical Society’s Board of Directors. “When I worked at the Free Press, I was a feature writer and although there was

usually something going on, a lot of times I had no stories to work on so I would go down to the historical society and pull out a file and find a story,” Lagerquist said. While he does public relations, marketing and promotions work for the Historical Society, he also is heavily involved with the organization’s volunteer work, often dressing up as various historical characters in the society’s annual Ghosts of the Past event. “It’s another one of those things I fell into and really enjoy, so I keep going back,” Lagerquist said. In addition to dressing up as Mankato’s most prominent historical figures, Lagerquist also works with Merely Players, producing various murder mystery events. “Where else can you go play with your friends, make fun of other people because it’s mostly improv, usually get a good meal and get paid for it?” Lagerquist said. Lagerquist, despite his busy schedule, drives out to Radio Mankato every

Thursday morning, where he bounces from studio to studio, appearing on three radio shows where he talks about movies and television. “Someone at the murder mystery this past weekend who was listening to me said, ‘I think I know that voice.’ He had heard me on the radio, but of course had never seen me,” Lagerquist said. Trying not to break character, but still be nice to the patron, Lagerquist approached the man after the performance to talk about his radio show. Lagerquist was not always interested in theatre and entertainment. He acted in his first production during high school, after being inspired by his brother’s performance. His favorite character portrayed during his time with his high school and Merely Players? A bumbling undercover cop, William Blore, who finds himself on an island where people, one by one, find themselves being murdered. The character is found in Ten Little Indians, an Agatha Christie mystery-comedy that was later renamed, And Then There Were None, a show MSU will be performing for the first time this month. Lagerquist turned from theatre to politics in 2006 when he decided to run for Mankato City Council. He received 43 percent of the votes, but ultimately lost the bid. He doesn’t worry about it though – that just means he has time to serve on various committees and bowl with a local league. “My problem is that I like to be involved. I forget sometimes that there are only 24 hours in a day, seven days a week.”

HAILEY LANGOWSKI “Some say that pursuing a degree

in the College of Business is the easy way out, but that’s not true.”

continued from 9 would also receive a Business Administration minor, which looks great on applications for future jobs. She also loves that she can get a taste of all the different classes MSU has to offer. Some say that pursuing a degree in the College of Business is the easy way out, but that’s not true. Having this degree under your name can give you a solid foundation with so many job opportunities to

get started with. Future aspirations include going down to her favorite city, Nashville, TN., to pursue a career in the music industry. She would love to market music in any which way, to get the voices of unknown artists heard. Her ultimate dream job would be to work for the country channel CMT; this well known program is extremely popular in the

southern states. A chance to intern there would be a fantastic resume builder and could even be a start to a great career. In any case, working for CMT would be great, but ideally, Langowski said after college she would be happy with any entrylevel job, where she’ll work hard, in the hope of moving up the totem pole quickly.

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