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  • 2015 Student Orientation Counselor (SOC) Profiles


     Keegan Foy

    #1 Keegan Foy

    Hello, my name is Keegan Foy. I am from Park Rapids, MN.  I graduated from Park Rapids Area High School in May of 2013. I am currently a junior here at MSUM majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. My favorite food is nachos. Before having the opportunity to become a Student Orientation Counselor, I was actively involved in Residence Hall Association. Also, during the past two years of living on campus, I have worked as an office assistant at my halls front desk. In the summer, I work at my family owned gas station called Rock Creek located at the North entrance of Itasca State Park. My friends would describe me as someone who is always willing to listen, energetic, outgoing, and a people type of person. The community at MSUM has inspired me to get involved here and share my knowledge to you of what great resources our campus has to offer. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you during orientation. Welcome to the Dragon Family!


     
                                                             

    Carly Williamson                    
                       

    #2 Carly Williamson

    Hello! My name is Carly Williamson and I am a Junior here at MSUM. I'm from Council Bluffs, Iowa. I am a Speech Language Hearing Science Major but I'm not sure if I want to be a speech pathologist or an audiologist yet. I also play on the softball team here and love every second of it! I spend most of my time hanging out with friends and attending different Dragon events. I love running and talking, sometimes I do both at the same time! I love meeting new people so I can't wait to meet all of you soon!

     


     
                                                                 
     Paulina Glowacki

    #3 Paulina Glowacki  

    Hello! I’m Paulina Glowacki and I am a sophomore at MSUM majoring in Studio Art with an emphasis of Photography. I am from Lakeville, MN and came all the way up here to MSUM because I absolutely loved the atmosphere at this school. I enjoy writing, photography, music… anything artsy and creative. Photography is definitely my favorite thing to do, although it is something I recently got involved in. I’ve fallen in love more with photography as each day progresses. I love the staff and faculty at MSUM that have brought out my confidence and skills in my classes. I love being a dragon!


     
                                                                        
    Renae Mullins

    #4 Renae Mullins

    Hey there, hi there, how do ya do? My name is Renae Mullins and I'm a senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. If I'm not participating in the many awesome events that MSUM offers, you can find me attempting DIY projects! I love MSUM and can't wait for you to as well!  #GoDragons


     
      
     Aishat Olowoshile

    #5 Aishat Olowoshile  

    Aishat Olowoshile is a citizen of Nigeria and a sophomore at MSUM. While enjoying her school year as a first time SOC, she's also majoring in Geosciences to be a geologist. Aishat enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, playing sims and being creative. Aishat is so positive and believes she can do ANYTHING. Once she tried building a bird's cage, she broke her thumb.


     
               
     Karli Ring

    #6 Karli Ring

    My name is Karli Ring, I am a Sophomore here at MSUM and my major is undecided. I'm from Brainerd Minnesota, where I played hockey, and ran track. I ran hurdles and threw the shot put for my high school. I now throw for the dragons! I'm also involved with CRU, an on-campus ministry that meets every Thursday night and I love playing intramural volleyball with my friends. I love trying new things and meeting new people and I'm so excited to be a Student Orientation Counselor for the fall of 2015!


     

     Macie Miller

    #7 Macie Miller  

    Macie Miller is a sophomore at MSUM majoring in Advertising. She is originally from Mound Minnesota (Twin Cities area). At MSUM she enjoys playing on the Women’s Club Lacrosse team, as well as attending as many Dragon Athletic Events as possible! In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, family and her favorite cat Charlie. Some of her favorites are the color yellow, shapped macaroni and cheese, pineapple, sunshine, and traveling. The coolest place she has ever been to is China and she hopes travel more in her future.


     

     Vivi Nagasaki

    #8 Vivi Nagasaki  

    Hi!! My name is Viviane Nagasaki. I'm a junior going to be a senior this Fall 2015. I'm a swimmer here at MSUM and I'm from Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil! My major is Exercise Science with minors in Management and Wellness. I still don't know what I will be doing after I graduate but I'm excited for the future! And I'm also super excited to be a SOC and get to know all of you!!


     

     

     Caitlin Fisher

    #9 Caitlin Fisher

    Hey y’all! My name is Caitlin Jean Fisher and I’m from good ole’ Fargo, ND. I am a sophomore of this beautiful university we Dragons call MSUM. I am majoring in Communication Studies. I enjoy long walks on the beach, playing volleyball, doing macaroni crafts, playing shuffleboard, and hanging with my friends! When I’m not working on my model airplanes, you can find me at my favorite spot, the Acorn! I’m also an avid #Annefan but really, who isn’t?! I can’t wait to meet all of you new Dragons! #GoDragons


     

     Jaycie Honeyman

    #10 Jaycie Honeyman

    Hi! My name is Jaycie Honeyman and I'm a sophomore majoring in English Education and Communication Studies here at MSUM. I'm involved in the MSUM Wind Ensemble and the MSUM Pep band. I'm from the tiny town of Regent, North Dakota (south of Dickinson)  and my favorite things in the world are cats, cheese, and my flute. And I absolutely cannot wait to  meet and work with the incoming freshman this fall. Go Dragons!


     

     Ciara Schock

    #11 Ciara Schock

    Hello! My name is Ciara Schock. I'm from Bismarck, North Dakota. I'm currently a junior majoring in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Special Education. I plan on working in the school setting once I'm done with my masters degree. I am also on the golf team here at MSUM and I absolutely love it. My hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, playing golf, and spending hours at the wellness center. I'm very excited to meet all the new dragons!:)


     

    Sara Erickson

    #12 Sara Erickson

    Hello! My Name is Sara Erickson and I am from Bemidji, MN. I am a sophomore, majoring in Broadcast Journalism here at MSUM. Some of my favorite things to do are rollerblade, swim and just hang out with my friends. I love playing softball and watching baseball. I also was in gymnastics for 15 years before college. A big part of my life has been 4-H, I’ve shown animals, done photography and competitive air rifle and air pistol shooting. I’m not a shy person, I am very much a people person and I love meeting new people. I am so excited to meet all of you guys and show you what its like to be a DRAGON!!


     

     Sam Szczesny

    #13 Sam Szczesny

    Hello! My name’s Sam Szczesny and I come from Maple Lake, Minnesota - A little town with one stoplight. I’m majoring in Graphic Communications and have worked with web design and development since I was eleven. I’m also the assistant for our Honors Program on campus and am president of our Web Design and Development Club. My passions come from art, which is why you can find me painting or photographing in my free time. I also have a big love for video games, particularly ones with a good story. I can’t wait to meet all of you and welcome you into Dragon life!


     

     Sydney Zenzen

    #14 Sydney Zenzen

    Hi! My name Sydney Zenzen and I’m currently a junior double majoring in Speech Language Hearing Science and Psychology here at MSUM.  I’m from Sauk Centre, Minnesota and grew up on a dairy farm.  Some of my hobbies include crocheting, baking, playing sports, and reading.  When I’m on campus I’m involved with the women’s rugby team, a Dragon Ambassador, in the Dragon Leadership Program, in Concert Choir, the Dragons For Life President, and a tutor. I like getting myself out of my comfort zone and trying all sorts of different activities and have met a lot of great people all around campus because of it.  GO DRAGONS!


     

    Megan Fritz

    #15 Megan Fritz

    Megan Fritz is a Wisconsin native triple threat... She can dance (she has one move), she can sing (off key), and she can choose the right Instagram filter EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Megan is a film major entering her senior year at Minnesota State University Moorhead, this will be her second year as a Student Orientation Counselor. Besides being a SOC, Megan is known to hang out around the First Year Programs office and Office of Student Activities on campus in the guise of "working" at there front desk. Megan enjoys coffee, watching reruns of 30 Rock, and annoying her roommates.


     

     Maria Edelman

     #16 Maria Edelman

    Hello! My name is Maria Edelman and I will be a junior here at MSUM. I am majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. My favorite color is green and I am a huge fan of Disney movies! I love any Italian food but my favorite is definitely my grandpa's homemade spaghetti and meatballs.  One of my favorite things about MSUM is all the various opportunities to get involved on campus whether its through club or a sports team and being able to create friendships with people through these opportunities. 



     

     Michelle Ziebarth

    #17 Michelle Ziebarth

    Hello my name is Michelle Ziebarth and I am a senior majoring in Elementary Education and ABS licensure.  I am from Cambridge, Minnesota and graduated from Cambridge-Isanti High School. Some of the activities I am involved in on campus are Women's Rugby, The Dragon Entertainment Group, and I love working at my job at the Wellness Center. Some of my other hobbies include reading, running, eating donuts, and hanging out with friends and family.


     

     Kiah Vanasse

    #18 Kiah Vanasse

    Hi my name is Kiah! I grew up in the small town of Delano, MN in a large family of six kids. Now, at MSUM, I am pursuing a major in exercise science in hopes to become a physical therapist someday for kids with special needs. I enjoy being active in my free time, specifically rollerblading and running when its nice out. Baking and spending time with friends and family are also in my top picks for things to do. I play rugby for MSUM, and recently traveled with the team to nationals in New Jersey last fall. When I am not practicing for rugby, I enjoy participating in intramurals, attending sporting events and other campus events. My favorite intramural event is Battle Ship and my favorite part of the school year is homecoming week. I am very social, love trying new things, and love being a dragon!


     

    Madi Kramer

    #19 Maddi Kramer

    Hey! My name is Madison Kramer, but you can call me Maddi! I am from Apple Valley, MN and I am a junior here at MSUM pursuing a major in communication studies with a leadership minor. I love to meet new people, watch and play sports, cook, and have fun! On campus I am involved in Chi Alpha, Dragons for Life, and I love helping out and going to the Dragons After Dark events!


     

     Emily Drummond

    #20 Emily Drummond

    Hello! My name is Emily Drummond; I will be a junior here at MSUM in the fall. I am double majoring in Early Childhood Education as well as Elementary Inclusive Education. I grew up in Maplewood, MN (the cities); in my spare time I enjoy watching TV and bugging my two roommates. I love being a Dragon because we have a fire-breathing dragon in the courtyard, just kidding! But really I love being a Dragon because the campus is small enough where you will get to know people but large enough where you can still hide if you need to!


     

     Chloee Larson

    #21 Chloee Larson

    Hello! My name is Chloee Larson. I am from Swanville, Minnesota which is a super small town. I am a senior here at MSUM majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences. I love working with people and helping in any way that I can. When I am not working, I love being with my big family and my friends laughing and having a good time. My favorite season is summer because I get to go fishing, swimming, camping, road tripping, and just being out on the lake. I also like to kick back and relax while watching Criminal Minds. It’s my favorite show! I love being a dragon and I hope you love it too! I can’t wait to meet you in the fall! Go Dragons!


     

     Paige Wallis

    #22 Paige Wallis

    Hello! My name is Paige Wallis. I am from a Hibbing, MN. I am a Speech Language Hearing Science Major here at MSUM and it truly is what I’m passionate about. Most people would describe me as friendly and outgoing. You can almost always find me laughing and joking around even if it’s at myself. Some of my favorite things to do are spending time at the cabin, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends and family, and of course being an MSUM dragon! I’m excited to meet each and every one of you!


     

     Mallarie Steffel

    #23 Mallarie Steffel 

    My name is Mallarie Steffel and I am a sophomore here at MSUM. I am from Bird Island, Minnesota. I am double majoring in Early Education and Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and a coaching certificate. I like to be involved in a lot of activities here on campus. I am involved in Education Minnesota Student Program, Student Council for Exceptional Children, homecoming committee member, Circle K committee member and intramural leagues. I also like to participate in MSUM’s Dragons after Dark, sporting events, and Hunger Games. I’m so glad that you chose MSUM because I know that you’ll have a fabulous time while getting a quality education. I’m looking forward to working with you!


     

     Mariah Peterson

    #24 Mariah Peterson

    Hi my name is Mariah Peterson, I am a junior at MSUM majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. I am also on the cheer team and cheer at football and basketball games. I am from Dover, MN; which is a very small town south of the cities. I graduated in 2014 from Dover-Eyota high school and Rochester Community and Technical College with my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. I love being a Dragon because the classes are interactive and campus feels like home.


     

    Skyler Zak

    #25 Skyler Zak

     Hi there! My name is Skyler Zak and I’m a sophomore here at MSUM. I am undecided, and proud of it! I was born in raised in Faribault, Minnesota. I love photography, music, and hanging out with friends. In high school I was on the executive committee of theatre and I was an intern at MSUM’s Straw Hat Theatre Company. I am very outgoing, love spending time with new people, and helping people. MSUM is a great campus, and i am so happy to belong to it!


     

     Erica McCoy

    #26 Erica McCoy

    Hey! My name is Erica McCoy. I am from Jamestown, North Dakota, home of the world’s largest buffalo. I am a senior at MSUM, and I am majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. My hobbies include dancing, baking, being outdoors, playing sports, going to concerts, going to Dragon events, and traveling! Last summer I traveled to Italy, England, Ireland, and Switzerland. Someday I would love to put my teaching degree to use abroad! I have loved my time here at MSUM, and I am excited to meet all the new Dragons coming here in 2015!


     

    Yewande Osunsanya

    #27 Yewande Osunsanya

    Hello, my name is Yewande Osunsanya (pronounced Yowande) Im also well known as Wande. I am from Lagos Nigeria, West Africa. I lived in Nigeria all through my primary and high school education before moving to USA Minnesota for my college degree. I am a junior, bio major and vaccinology minor.I enjoy traveling and seeing new places, meeting new people,and watching series . One language I love is French and some day I hope to learn it.My favorite quote  is “the first step towards success is taken when you refuse to be captive of the environment in which you first find yourself’’ by Mark Cain. I look toward to being a SOC and starting my position as a wellness educator.


     

     Adaobi Ubah

    #28 Adaobi Ubah

    Hi my name is Adaobi Ubah. I'm an international student from Lagos Nigeria. I double major in Health Service Administration and Social Work. The is my first year of being a SOC and I'm excited to meet new student to tell them how great their experience is going to be at MSUM. I love to dance and I'm a member of the diversity Dance Crew on campus. It's so much fun. I'm going to be a Junior after the Fall semester. I love to meet new people and interact with them because I want to learn about their cultures and values. Anytime you see me on campus, feel free to say Hi!


     

     Morgan Clements

    #29 Morgan Clements

    Hello there! My name is Morgan Clements and I’m from the small town of Menahga, MN. I am a junior majoring in Biology and Exercise Science. I come from a very close and hilarious family. Some of my favorite things are being outdoors (especially at the lake), playing sports, baking, and spending times with my family and friends. I love being a SOC and a fire breathing Dragon! #DragonPride


     

     Nicole Baxter

    #31 Nicole Baxter

    Hi there! I’m Nicole Baxter and I am a sophomore at MSUM. I am currently undeclared, but that will hopefully change! My hometown is St. Francis MN, which is about an hour away from the Twin Cities. If you’re ever looking for me try the Dragon Cafe, I absolutely LOVE coffee and spend most, if not all, of my dragon dollars on it! One of my favorite hobbies is baking so don’t be surprised if I ever offer you cookies or cupcakes! I am super excited to be a SOC this year and can’t wait to meet everyone!


     

     Jackie Woods

    #32 Jackie Woods

    Hi! My name is Jackie Woods! I am a senior here at MSUM from Chicago! I am currently majoring in Exercise Science because I dream of promoting health and fitness all over the world! Some fun facts? Smiling is my favorite. Purple is my color. Kid President is my mentor! (Google him) Some would say I am a little bit involved in campus. I am a student-athlete, Dragon Ambassador, Wellness Educator, apart of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Black Student Union. How do I have time do all of this? I have no idea but I do know that I have met some of the most amazing people. This is why I am so proud to be apart of this community and call myself a Dragon! Can't wait to meet all of you!


     

    Bailey Schumann

    #33 Bailey Schumann

    Hey my name is Bailey Schumann, I’m majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Theater. I’m from a small town in North Dakota and absolutely love being in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I love dance so I’m on the Dragon Dance team. I’m also involved on the campus’s Student Senate as the Rep. of Education and Human Services! I also compete in the Miss America Scholarship program! I love the color orange, but not like hunting orange, because I’m not all about that! I like a soft medium orange. I love to be in the water, so lake time with friends is my favorite! I love being around people and just talking!


     

     Alex Wagner

    #34 Alex Wanger

    Well hey there! My name is Alex Wagner and I am currently a sophomore at MSUM. I am from Otsego Minnesota (Hour north of the Twin Cities) and I graduated from Rogers High School in 2014. I am majoring in Social Studies Education, and plan on graduating in the fall of 2017. I work at my local movie theatre and work as a nanny during the summer. You could say that I am OBSSESSED with The Office, Big Brother, Disney, and horror movies. I am really looking forward to my first year as a SOC Leader!!!


     

     Taimoor Satti

    #36 Taimoor Satti

    Hello Everyone! My name is Taimoor Satti a very big fan of soccer. Well I think there is nothing more important in my life than soccer, I love Manchester United. I am majoring in Broadcast Journalism and I think I can be a sports journalist too but I don’t want to be a full time journalist. This is my first semester at MSUM and I got selected as a SOC and Trust me it’s fun to be a SOC, you get to know so many things and get to see new people. SO FAR SO GOOD, its good to be a Dragon! Yay.


     

     Trever Theis

    #37 Trevor Theis

    Hi, my name is Trever R. Theis, and I am a Theater Arts major with an emphasis in acting here at MSUM. I am from Cold Spring, Minnesota, which is in Stearns County, Central Minnesota. I will be a sophomore for the 2015-2016 school year, and enjoy attending theater productions, social events, Kappa Sigma events, etc. Another thing I immensely enjoy is doing my radio show ‘Neon Necropolis’ (‘Like’ our page on Facebook!) where I will be bringing YOU, metal and more, from the KMSC Dragon Radio station! It feels amazing to be a Dragon, here at MSUM, with all the awesome people and friendly community here, and I’m sure you will find it just as awesome! If you have any questions, ask away!


     

     Madi Field

    #38 Madi Field

    Hellooo, my name is Madison Field. I am an Elementary Inclusive Education and an Early Childhood Major. I really enjoy working with children and listening to all the funny things they say. I also enjoy singing and playing games with friends and family. I am a Sophomore this year, and am excited get to know, and make my SOC (student orientation counselor) group here at MSUM feel at home.


     

     

     Maris Jahner

    #39 Maris Jahner

    Hello my name is Maris Jahner, I am a double major in social work and psychology here at MSUM. I love being active and trying new things! I'm so excited to meet all of you this coming year!


     

    Erin Sullivan

    #40 Erin Sullivan

    Hi! my name is Erin Sullivan, I am a sophomore and I am majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education!  I am from Blaine Minnesota, coming from a family of three girls and I am in the middle!  I love working with/helping people especially with kids, I currently teach teach lessons and previously have worked at a daycare!  I am a part of the swim team on campus and have been swimming since I was in seventh grade.  I love being outside and in the summer you can probably find me at the beach, fishing, rollerblading or just exploring!  I love adventures and meeting new people :) Go Dragons!


     

     Stephanie Nobei

    #41 Stephanie Nobei

    Hi!. I'm Steph. I'm a junior majoring in Biology with an Emphasis in Health and Medical sciences. I am a peer advisor and a SOC. I love being a part of MSUM's community. Go Dragons!


     

    MaKayla Schroeder 

    #42 MaKayla Schroeder
     Hello! My name's MaKayla and I am a senior at MSUM majoring in Communication Studies as well as minoring in Leadership and Psychology. I was born and raised in the small town of Carrington, North Dakota. I have 5 younger brothers and 1 younger sister that keep me pretty busy in my spare time- I love the time I get to spend with them! In addition to being a SOC, I'm also a Peer Advisor, Dragon Ambassador, and take part in Communicators in Action events on campus. I love MSUM for all of the opportunities that it's allowed me to have- it's like my second home!



     

     Sommer Wild

    #43 Sommer Wild
     HI!! My name is Sommer Wild and I'm a Sophomore! They might as well change my title to "Soft"more because I like warm hugs and new friends....wow that totally sounded lame. Anyway, I am a girl that is crazy passionate about my major of Early childhood education and that's probably because I'm a kindergartener at heart. I hail from the kingdom of Bismarck, North Dakota. I love music, theatre, movies (ESPECIALLY DISNEY), and making a difference in the world. A single smile can change a person's day! Bear with my crazy amount of energy and let's have the BEST DAY EVER ( See, Tangled reference already).



     

     Amber Helgoe

    #44 Amber Helgoe

    My name is Amber Helgoe and I am a junior at MSUM. I am from a small town that is 45 minutes away from the Twin Cities known as Big Lake.  I am a swimmer here at MSUM and last spring I threw Javelin for the track team. Some of the things that I like to do in my free time is be outdoors, travel or doing something adventurous with my friends.  Every summer I go on a huge road trip with my family and we explore all over the United States! Last summer I even got the opportunity to go sky diving! I am majoring in Physical Education, Health and DAPE. I love being a student at MSUM because of the small campus and how easy it was for me to make friends here. I am able to connect with all my professors and I love how easy it is to get involved in our school here at MSUM. I also love how the school is always asking for our thought on how to make the school better and more enjoyable for everyone.