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  • SOC Profiles

Dragon Welcome Week

  • 2014 Student Orientation Counselor (SOC) Profiles


    #1 Katy Mitlyng

    Hello, my name is Katy Mitlyng and I am a senior at MSUM majoring in K-12 Music Education. I am originally from a small town in southwest Minnesota. I enjoy reading, running, watching netflix, pinterest projects and spending time with family and friends. Here at MSUM I work in the Music Office, Admissions Office, and the First Year Programs office. I am a Dragon Ambassador and the secretary for the MSUM chapter of the National Association for Music Educators and a member of the Concert Choir. I love being part of the Dragon community!


    #2 Julie Ashburn

    My name is Julie Ashburn and I am currently a junior at MSUM. I am majoring in Mass Communications - Advertising as well as Sustainability -emphasis in Business and getting a minor in Music Business. I graduated from Brainerd High School in 2012. At MSUM, I am very active on the campus, participating in various activities including Dragon Entertainment Group, Intramurals, and am a deejay for KMSC Dragon Radio. I am the baby of the family, with three older siblings, and I have one fat cat and one dog. I love to travel, and have been lucky enough to have visited Spain. I also go the opportunity one summer to live and work in Yellowstone National Park and be a housekeeper. While the job was not that fun, I got to spend three months having crazy adventures hiking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and other crazy antics. It is on my bucket list to backpack throughout the world. Eventually, I would love to find a job with a green Advertising company and help promote sustainability.

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    #3 Megan Avakain

    Hey friends! My name is Megan Avakian and I am in my fourth year here at MSUM! I am a social work major, extremely involved with Chi Alpha Ministries on-campus, and work part time at a local coffee shop. I love MSUM's community so much and love having the opportunity to share it!

    Megan S

    #4 Megan Sanford

    HEY! :) My name is Megan Sanford, I am a senior at MSUM majoring in Math and Exercise Science. I was born in Georgia and spent most of my childhood in Rhame and Bismarck, North Dakota. I love new adventures, enjoy art, athletics, traveling, being with my family and friends and many more experiences. Meeting new people and enjoying their stories are my most memorable times at MSUM. My dream is to someday travel all 50 states and 7 continents, I have tackled about half of the states and two of the continents so far.


    #5 Courtney Newland

    Hello! My name is Courtney Newland. I graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 2012 and in the fall of 2012 I made MSUM my new home. When I was little I wanted to be a professional country singer and play in the WNBA, so naturally I am majoring in the Speech Language Hearing Sciences for Pre-Audiology here at MSUM. I look forward to having a career in which I can help people experience life at its fullest. This will be my second year of being a SOC and I’m so excited! I love being involved on campus. You can find me at the Wellness Center or at sporting events, showing off my Dragon spirit. I play the guitar, and I love all sports. I’ve never been able to whistle and I can’t cross my eyes. I love meeting new people, and I find things in common with all groups of people. I enjoyed the SOC program when I was a freshman and made many friends from it, and I think it’s important for incoming freshman to feel welcome and know the campus on their first day. I love it here at MSUM and look forward to meeting you! Go Dragons!


    #6 Rachel Tengwall

    Hey all! I’m Rachel! I’m a senior Psychology major, thinking about pursuing a career as a child therapist, using both play and animal therapy. I’m in various clubs on campus and love to get involved. You’ll usually see me roaming the psychology department or walking around campus with friends. I love geeking out over TV shows and movies, reading, decorating, cooking, and playing games. I’m also a great listener and love meeting new people! Can’t wait to meet you all :D


    #7 Terae DeMarais

    My name is Terae DeMarais and I am from Monticello, MN. I am a Senior here at MSUM majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. I work as a lifeguard and swim instructor. I really enjoy being outside, traveling, and working with people. Summer is my favorite season and you can usually find me at the beach when I’m free of work. I am from a family of four and have a pet bird named Louise. I’m fun, outgoing, and I love meeting new people!

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    #8 Nicole Askew

    Hi there! :) My name is Nicole and I’m majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Some of my favorite things in life are my family, friends, dogs, music, maps, coffee, taking naps, Netflix and being a Dragon! To elaborate on those, my family and my friends are my number one in my life! I am absolutely in love with dogs! I want one so bad, but my roommates won’t let me have one :(. I am constantly listening to music of all genres! Although, I can’t sing to save my life, I do it anyway and my brain is about 87% music lyrics. Maps are fascinating to me. I have them all over and my friends definitely make fun of me for it. Coffee is a must have. I drink it on the daily. I take any opportunity in a day to take a nap. Even if it’s only 8 minutes. I watch too much tv! That is a scientific fact that is backed up by how much I quote movies and tv shows. Lastly, I love being a Dragon because MSUM is my second home and I love it here!


    #9 Pat Richard

    My name is Patrick Richard. I grew up in West Fargo, ND. Things I enjoy include watching sports, playing sports, listening to music, and watching movies. I am pursuing a degree in Social Studies Education as well as minors in Coaching, and Leadership Studies. Having said that, my ideal job would be teaching high school history/ geography, and coaching hockey off to the side. MSUM has been a blessing in my life because it has allowed me to get involved and establish lifelong friendships through being involved. It has also allowed me to make connections with the great core of professors that this campus has to offer, which I cannot more grateful for.


    #10 Jackie Woods

    Hi! My name is Jackie Woods. I am originally from Oak Park, Illinois, which is two blocks from Chicago. It will be my third year studying Exercise Science and Business Administration here at MSUM! My dream is to have my own fitness line and gym someday! I am a swimmer for the university. If you’re ever looking for me on campus, I am probably in Nemzeck in or by the pool. If my friends described me in three words, I bet they would be goofy, energetic and enthusiastic! There is only one thing that can get me just as pumped as swimming and that is welcoming new people to our campus! I learned this last summer when I was first chosen to be a SOC! I had a great time getting to know people and all the wonderful things our campus has to offer. It has even encouraged me to join more organizations like Black Student Union and Student Athletic Advisory Committee! Go dragons!


    #11 Marie Rupiper

    Hello, my name is Marie Rupiper. I am about to start my junior year here at MSUM as an Elementary/Special Education major. I love to meet new people and embark on new journey’s so I try to get involved whenever possible. I am a part of the Dragon Entertainment Group, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Student Recycling team. When I am not spending time with the wonderful people of those groups I very much enjoy playing intramural ultimate Frisbee and volleyball with some of my fellow SOC’s.

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    #12 Katie Miller

    My name is Katie Miller. I am from Grand Rapids, MN. I am headed into my third year as a dragon, majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. I was born in New Brunswick, Canada. My childhood was spent moving around a lot. From across the United States to the United Kingdom and then to Switzerland and back again, I travelled with my parents. I am the oldest of three. Spending time with my family is most important to me, especially my younger brother and sister. Other than spending time with family and friends, I like to spend my time running, travelling, reading a good book, being crafty, and trying new things.

    Megan F

    #13 Megan Fritz

    I’m Megan Fritz and I’m a transfer student from Wisconsin. Upon graduating from high school I was unsure of what to study in college and where to go, so I attended UW-Green Bay, a college relatively close to my home. After a year there I decided that I wanted to study something that I’ve always had a passion for and that is film. So I transferred this year to MSUM to do just that.


    #14 Hudson Elmgren

    My name is Hudson Elmgren, and I am from Duluth Minnesota. I grew up in the country, so I love sports and being outside. I don’t play organized sports anymore, but MSUM has intramurals that I get to take part in. I decided to attend MSUM because of the Film Production program they offer. Considering I’m an introvert, I am very good at meeting new people. My mom works in the school system, so I have been around many types of students and helped them in many different situations.


    #15 Tony Bernal

    My name is Tony and I'm from the small town of Mountain Lake, MN. I'm a senior here at MSUM majoring in Social Work. I'm the kind of person that likes to be positive, energetic, and I love sharing my positivity and energy with others. I love socializing with people, playing sports, serving others and I find faith to be the most important aspect of my life. I absolutely love my life as a student here at MSUM and I could not imagine being anywhere else. Go Dragons!


    #17 Eliza Aul

    My name is Eliza Aul and I’m a sophomore from Rosholt a small town in South Dakota, but I grew up in the Twin Cities. I’m majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and one day hope to work with kids who cannot communicate. I absolutely love kids and currently I work at the YMCA rock wall and a daycare. I love meeting new people, coffee, hanging out and doing whatever, energetic people, dancing, staying up late, and being involved. If someone were to describe me they would say I’m someone who’s outgoing, adventurous, optimistic, and full of energy.


    #18 Emily O'Meara

    Hi, my name is Emily O’Meara! I am a sophomore here at MSUM majoring in Biology Secondary Education. I was born and raised in Fargo, ND and absolutely love this community! I enjoy playing soccer, reading, and volunteering for the community. I am currently taking part in the Dragon Leadership Program and lived in the Honors Learning Community my Freshman year. In High School, I was on the cross-country team, a varsity soccer player, part of National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and sat on numerous committees. I am extremely energetic, love spending time outside, and being surrounded by my friends. MSUM is a fabulous campus, surrounded by an equally great community, and I am certainly proud to be a part of it.


    #19 Brittany Swenson

    Hello! I’m Brittany Swenson and I am a Sophomore majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. I am from Bismarck, ND, but I have fallen in love with the Fargo/Moorhead area! My favorite food is chocolate because I can’t go a day without it, but coffee takes a close second in my life. I like horse back riding, playing piano and trying things that I’ve never done before. My friends call me a “hugger” because I think that’s the best way to greet someone. Awkwardly dancing, smiling, laughing, and narrating my life through song is something that you will see me do everyday. I think I have found the best college out there and I’m so excited that you chose this one too! GO DRAGONS :)


    #20 Chloee Larson

    My name is Chloee Larson and I am a sophomore at MSUM. I was raised in small town Swanville, Minnesota! My dad farmed for most of my life so I always love being around the farm animals and my mom is a librarian! I am majoring in Speech Language Hearing Science, and would like to one day be a Speech Language Pathologist working with kids. When I am not working, I am probably having a blast with my family and friends! I love being around them since they make me constantly laugh! I love playing/watching basketball and going swimming! In my free time I am probably watching my favorite TV shows. Right now I love Criminal Minds and One Tree Hill. I love being a dragon at MSUM because of all the campus excitement all year round! Go Dragons!

    Laura M

    #21 Laura Mitlyng

    Hello, my name is Laura Mitlyng and I am currently a Sophomore at MSUM majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. I am originally from a small town in southwest Minnesota. I enjoy swimming, outdoors, laughing and spending time with family and friends. Here at MSUM, I swim on the dragon swim team! I look forward to getting more involved as I spend more time here at MSUM, I love being involved in the Dragon community!


    #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.


    #23 Carly Williamson  

    Hello! My name is Carly Williamson and I am from Council Bluffs Iowa! I am majoring in Speech Pathology and planning on working with the elderly when I graduate because I love old people! I really enjoy helping others and making individuals smile. I also play softball here at MSUM! I am very competitive and love doing anything that keeps me active! When I’m not studying or playing softball you can find me watching Netflix, eating a dessert, running, or hanging out with my friends. I absolutely love being a Dragon here at MSUM and couldn’t imagine a better place to spend the next three years! Overall, I am a pretty outgoing, energetic, fun, and happy person and I can’t wait to meet every single one of you!

    Nicole S

    #24 Nicole Schmiesing

    Hi! My name is Nicole Schmiesing, and I’m a senior this year! I am originally from Sauk Centre, MN although Moorhead is now my home away from home. I will graduate with a double major in English and Communications Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies. In my spare time, I love reading, writing, jamming to music, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. One of the things on my bucket list is to go to all 50 States (I have a ways to go since I’ve only been to 12, including Minnesota and North Dakota, but I look forward to getting to them all. (: ) I can’t wait to meet all of you in the fall and getting to know you throughout the semester! ☺


    #25 Oyin Adeyemi

    My name is Adeyemi Oyinkansola Oluwaseun. I am preferred and well known as Oyin. It is shorter and easier to pronounce as my full name is somewhat complicated. I am a student of MSUM with a major in Biology and Emphasis in health and medical science. As I’m sure you already guessed from my name, I am a Nigerian. I love dancing, hanging out with friends; and Pink (my favorite color). I was a diplomat for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semester. I also love singing & watching comedy shows.

    Erica M

    #26 Erica McCoy

    Hey! My name is Erica McCoy. I am from Jamestown, North Dakota, home of the world’s largest buffalo. I am going to be a junior at MSUM, and I am majoring in Elementary Education. In my free time I like to watch movies, dance, bake, go to concerts, play laser-tag, or go to Dragon events. I am 50 percent Irish, and I recently learned that I was born a redhead. I am hoping to study abroad this summer in Italy. I want to see as much of the world as I can in my lifetime. I am excited to meet all the new Dragons coming to MSUM in 2014!


    #27 Rich Eddleston

    I am a Senior here at MSUM. I am majoring in Biology, with an emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences. Before being a Student Orientation Counselor, I was also a Resident Assistant, President of the Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Activities Board. I enjoy the outdoors, and there’s nothing better than a hike through the woods. I also enjoy rollerblading, and go every night I get a chance! I also am a music fan, and love going to concerts in the area.


    #28 Jenna Perreault

    My name is Jenna Perreault, I am a junior here at MSUM. I am majoring in Health Services Administration as well as minoring in Community Health and Management. I am also a Wellness Educator on campus and love that I am able to impact our campus in a positive and healthy way. I am originally from East Grand Forks, Minnesota but you will rarely find me there, instead you would be more likely to find me at my lake in Erskine, Minnesota. My favorite hobbies when I have extra time are painting, playing the piano, being outside (in the summer), and hanging out with friends.


    #29 Morgan Clements

    I graduated as an honor student from Menahga High School in northern Minnesota in 2013. In high school I was a three sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball, and softball. I was also a part of Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, and Knowledge Bowl. I am double majoring in Biology, with a Health and Medical emphasis and Exercise Science. I come from a very close and hilarious family. I am the middle child and I have two brothers. My favorite things to do are any sports including water sports.


    #30 Kim Blommel

    Hi! My name is Kimberly Blommel. I grew up in the small town of Clarissa, MN. I will be graduating in May 2015 with a bachelor of Social Work degree. I hope to work with children and families after I graduate, particularly child welfare. I love MSUM! I have been involved on campus and love getting to know other students. In my free time I like to watch movies and go out to eat with friends.


    #31 Jake Humphrey

    My name is Jake Humphrey and I am a sophomore, currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin called Woodville. I enjoy getting to know new people and making people laugh. I really enjoy anything to do with technology but I also love to play music. I am always looking to jam with other musicians to explore the different music styles that they have. I am also open to just about anything. Feel free to invite me to just about any event and I will be game to go with you!


    #32 Carley Townsend

    My name is Carley Townsend and I am from Little Falls, MN. I am a sophomore currently undecided... still as to my major. I enjoy to being outside, biking, camping, cooking, hanging out with friends and family, working out, and sleeping. I also love to travel, I have been all over the U.S., and I have also been to Germany and Argentina. Someday I would love to travel the world. I made MSUM my home and I love it here. GO DRAGONS.


    #33 Leah Cherney

    My name is Leah Cherney. I am from Hewitt, Wisconsin, a small village in the center of the state. I am studying Athletic Training and Exercise Science here at MSUM and am looking to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I love to know a little about a lot. Spend a day with me and you’ll definitely know strange facts you probably don’t care about. I love sports and being active as well as spending time with friends and meeting new people. I enjoy music and often randomly break out in song and dance, and probably put the music and dance majors to shame. I’m not ashamed to admit I am an avid knitter and would probably sport an entire knitted outfit if I was skilled enough to make anything but a scarf. I have loved my time here at MSUM and can’t wait for the next three years!


    #34 Kristin Clarys

    My name is Kristin Clarys and I am from Fargo, ND. I am in my junior year as a Graphic Design major as well as a minor in Graphic Communications. I love being creative and have found many different ways to express my artistic talent. For the past year I have been working as a florist and have enjoyed designing beautiful arrangements. Prior to working in a floral shop I was a design intern and created multimedia for the Fargo Public Schools. In my spare time I love to spend my time outdoors. At the lakes I love to wakeboard, kayak, play volleyball and run through the country roads. Besides being outdoors I enjoy going to concerts and listening to a variety of music from Lana Del Rey to Breaking Benjamin. After college I aspire to move to Minneapolis and become a Graphic Designer.


    #36 Renae Mullins

    My name is Renae Mullins from good ol’ Cyrus, Minnesota. I am a junior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. I love being quirky and weird, I believe it’s my best quality ☺ I have a weird obsession with Al Capone (a famous 1920’s gangster). I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE being a Dragon & I consider MSUM my second home!! I’m am a very friendly, easy going person and cannot wait to meet all of you in the fall! Oh, p.s. I can blow up a balloon with my nose☺


    #37 Isabel Uhrich

    My name is Isabel Uhrich and I’m originally from Bismarck, North Dakota. I’m majoring in Psychology and plan to complete a Certificate in Professional Writing. I am member of Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) and have learned how much fun volunteering can be – along with meeting some pretty great people too! I keep busy throughout the year by taking care of my dog, going to school events, and working. I’m a vegetarian, like to do yoga when I have some spare time, and dream of going to India sometime in my life to do mission work. I’ve enjoyed meeting and making new friends here at MSUM and I can’t wait for what the future holds for me.


    #38 Kiah Vanasse

    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. I enjoy being active and running in my free time, along with baking and spending time with friends and family. Also, I enjoy playing rugby for MSUM, and hope to travel with the team to nationals someday. When I am not practicing for rugby, I enjoy participating in intramurals, attending sporting events, and attending Chai Alpha, a campus ministry. I am very social and love trying new things.


    #39 Carlee Fleck

    Hello future Dragons! My name is Carlee Fleck and I am a junior this Fall. I am majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education. I am from Bismarck, ND, and grew up in the country. So one might say I am a country girl. I enjoy many outdoor activities, such as fishing and going horseback riding with my family.

    Jordan Schroeer

    #40 Jordan Schroeer

    My life is anything but usual. Raised in greater Minnesota on a farm with four other siblings, I learned valuable skills at a young age such as sharing, empathy, and the art of debate. Growing up in a rowdy house where one was forced to fend off siblings from taking your snacks or stuffed animals hostage teaches one you must be your biggest advocate. My upbringing and interests prompted my decision to major in political science and mass communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. If one finds me on campus laughing or talking to myself, no worries, I’m probably just quoting hilarious YouTube videos or working on my Minnesota accent. When I’m not found wandering campus you can catch me watching the news, Glee, or any Lifetime television show. One should also note that when I’m not sitting around studying for class or chatting with friends, I can be caught smiling while moving my body to the Latin inspired beats of the dance exercise, Zumba.

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    #41 Jordan Snyder

    My name is Jordan James Snyder and I am from a small town in southwest Minnesota called Jackson. I live on a small farm and we raise Boer goats and grow one and a half acres of alfalfa to sell and use as feed for our animals. I have one younger brother (Conner) who is in 7th grade right now. I have a mother (Darcy) and father (Todd). I graduated high school within the top third of my class of 85 students. I am looking forward to an excited rest of my college career with athletic training as my major and working with the MSUM athletes.


    #42 Ife Obanla

    My name is Ife and I’m a junior Bio major. I grew up in the busy urban area Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa. I love MSUM because the small town feel is very different from what I grew up with. At MSUM, I’m a T.A in the bio department and can be found Science Lab Building every day. I’m a naturally curious person. My idea of fun is travelling with friends and family and meeting new people. I love books, dancing and appreciate music in languages I don’t understand. I have had a lot of fun learning interesting things while working with new students. So, I look forward to being a SOC.


    #43 Loveth Adizue

    My name is Loveth Adizue, am originally from Nigeria, West Africa. I lived in Malaysia for a few years before I moved to the US. I am in my junior year at MSUM and am double majoring in Biology with emphasis to health and medical sciences and psychology. I am also currently working towards obtaining my certificate in American Sign Language. I love to get involved whenever possible. I am the student organization specialist at the Office of student Activity, student orientation counselor, co-founder and president of Diversity dance crew, and looking forward to starting my position as a wellness Educator. I enjoy traveling and hanging out with friends. My most favorite thing to do is dancing.


    #44 Samantha Szczesny

    As a 20 year old college student I have many hobbies, spanning from web design and development to painting and playing video games. I’ve been designing websites for nine years now, which is what pushed me to pursue a degree in graphic communications. I love all forms of art, my favorites being photography and painting. On my spare time you can often find me in front of my computer or TV playing some sort of video game. I love a game with a good story! I’m also a huge music lover. I played flute in my high school concert and marching band and, then, moved on to being our drum major for my senior year. I’d have to say my favorite genres of music would be rock and metal, though I’m pretty much ok with anything!

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    #45 Erica Cossette

    My name is Erica Cossette. I am from Bismarck, North Dakota- a relatively small city compared to Fargo. I am an only child, but I come from a huge family, being the 2nd youngest of 17 grandchildren. My family means the world to me and I would not change them for the world. In the fall, I will be starting my final semester here at MSUM. I will be student teaching in the area, which allows me to still be apart of the great community on our campus. I am so excited to be finishing up my education, and feel so blessed to have completed it all at such a wonderful and supportive school.


    #46 Laura Madalosso

    My name is Laura. I am from the biggest city in Brazil and I came to enjoy the cold weather in the calm and good town of Moorhead. I am the only girl in a family of 3 brothers. I am in a Graphic Communications major which is my passion. I love everything related with my major and I could not have chosen better. It was a big step moving from a tropical country to the cold Minnesota, but it was the best decision of my life so far. I had some of the best memories of my life here at MSUM.