• Meet the Dragon Mentors

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  • Meet the Dragon Mentors

    Graduate Assistant

    Laura Baier

    Laura Baier

    baierla@mnstate.edu

    Hello!! My name is Laura Baier and I am the Graduate Assistant for Learning Communities. I am a graduate student in the Counseling & Student Affairs program and will be graduating May 2017. I also did my Undergraduate here at MSUM and earned my degree in Mass Communications in May 2015. This is my first year working with Learning Communities and I am so excited to explore an area of Student Affairs that I haven't worked in. My favorite thing about being a Dragon is feeling welcome and being a part of an awesome community. I love working with students and hope to help each student I encounter have as great of an experience in college as I did!

    Art/Art Education

    Jill Johnston

    Jill Johnston

    johnstonji@mnstate.edu

    Hello! My name is Jill Johnston and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Art/Art Education/Graphic Communications/Graphic Design Learning Community (or you could just call it the Art LC for short, I know I do!). I'm a sophomore here at MSUM, majoring in Studio Arts with an Emphasis in Photography and am looking towards a Minor in Entrepreneurship. In my free time I like to read, spend time with friends, take photographs, and dream up new ideas. I had such a positive experience participating in the Art LC last year and I strive to extend that feeling to you. Here's to a great year!

     

    STEM

    Priyanka Aryal

    Priyanka Aryal

    paharipr@mnstate.edu

     

    Bioscience/Health and Wellness

    Stefanie Aklieoenoe

    Stefanie Akhidenor

    akhidenost@mnstate.edu

    Hi there! My name is Stefanie and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Biosciences/Chemistry and Health/Wellness Learning community. I am a junior here at MSUM with a double major in Biology and Biochemistry/Biotechnology. It is my dream to become a forensic pathologist and work in the crime scene department, which means I might have to go to Med School. I am a member of the Pre-Health Professionals club and also the treasurer of Tri-Beta, a biology honors society here at MSUM. I love playing video games, travelling and painting. I truly enjoy watching shows like CSI, NCIS, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. I love discovering new places and new experiences, preferably with friends and family. My hope is that I would one day be able to achieve my dreams and live the life I envision for myself.

    Exploration

    Emily Dunaisky

    Emily Dunaisky

    dunaiskyem@mnstate.edu

    Hi! My name is Emily Dunaisky and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Exploration Learning Community. I am majoring in East Asian Studies with a possible Leadership Minor. This year will be my third one here at MSUM. One fun thing about myself is that the first semester of my senior year I’m planning to go to Japan for an exchange program. I was a dragon Mentor for Psychology last year but decided to switch to exploration because I want to help freshman find something they want to do when they leave College. I want them to have an easy process finding their destined path so I will be working with the students and faculty to help them achieve their goal of finding a major! I’m really excited to work with you and I hope we all have an amazing year together!

     

    Global/International Connections

    Danielle Stein

    Danielle Stein

    steinda@mnstate.edu

    Hi there! My name is Danielle Stein and I am a senior double majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Spanish. This is my 2nd year as the Dragon Mentor for the International and Global Connections LC. I love to meet new people and travel. I even had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Granada, Spain for a semester. I plan to become a bilingual speech therapist and expand my services to the Spanish-speaking population both in the States and abroad. I loved being a Dragon Mentor last year and I am really excited to meet more people this year who want to experience different cultures and make friends from all across the world!

    Education

    Casey Johnson

    Casey Johnson

    johnsnca@mnstate.edu

    Hey there! My name is Casey Johnson and I am one of the Dragon Mentors for the Education Learning Community. I am a sophomore here at MSUM and I am an Elementary Inclusive Education major. I'm from Little Falls, MN but my family now lives in Cannon Falls, MN and I love both towns. I am involved in Education Minnesota Student Program (EMSP), Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Intramurals, and I love going to on campus events and activities. I love singing, having fun with friends and family, and laughing. I look forward to having a great year with my mentees.

    Education

    Katherine Berning

    Kate Berning

    berningka@mnstate.edu

    Hi! My name is Kate Berning and I’m a sophomore here at MSUM. I’m a English Education Major with a minor in Theater Arts, and I am one of the Dragon Mentors for the Education Learning Community. I am from a small town in Minnesota called Becker where I performed in my high school theater productions as well as competed on their varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. You can often find me around campus or the Snarr building reading or working on my music. My decision to become a Dragon Mentor was due to my amazing experience as a first-year college student in the Honors LC. I am super excited to pass on my love for MSUM to my mentees and to make this year the best it can be!

    Leadership

    Nicole Baxter

    Nicole Baxter

    baxterni@mnstate.edu

    Hello! My name is Nicole Baxter and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Leadership LC! I am a junior at MSUM studying psychology with a minor in special education. Some of my favorite things include music, animals, baking, and attempting craft projects! If you are ever trying to find me on campus chances are I'll be at Dragon Cafe because I love coffee and spend most of my dragon dollars on it! I am super excited be be a mentor this year because I was in a learning community my freshman year and it was amazing and I want my mentees to have a great time as well! I can't wait to meet you all!

    Business

    Brady Vossler

    Brady Vossler

    vosslerbr@mnstate.edu

    Hi! My name is Brady Vossler, and I’m the Dragon Mentor for the Business Learning Community. I’m a sophomore studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, and someday I hope to own my own music store. When I’m not working or in class, I enjoy creating and listening to music, watching Netflix, and playing rugby for MSUM. I’m excited for what this year has in store for me and all of my mentees, and I can’t wait to get to know everyone!​ 

     

    Psychology

    Ashley Niaklau

    Ashley Nicklay

    nicklayas@mnstate.edu

    Hi! My name is Ashley Nicklay and I am a sophomore at MSUM. This is my first year as a dragon mentor for the Psychology Learning Community but this is my second year being part of the program. I am majoring in Psychology and hope to either go into counseling or into research. I enjoy meeting new people and gaining a new perspective on things that I would have never thought of. In addition to meeting new people I also love traveling and experiencing others peoples way of life. I also love getting involved in things on campus and I always love it when I can include people to go with me. I cannot wait to experience another year here at MSUM and help incoming freshmen have the same experience as, if not better than, my first year here!

    Honors

    Akiru Shustri

    Akira Shastri

    shastriak@mnstate.edu

    My name is Akira Shastri and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Honors Learning Community. I am currently majoring in Health Services Administration, and am looking forward to completing my degree and moving on to the next adventure! I hope to someday be able to make a difference by being in a position that allows me to help others with the abilities I have. MSUM has many clubs and organizations to explore, and I am an officer of the MSUM Rock Climbing Club. I enjoy getting outdoors and being active, as well as learning new things.​ In my spare time I relax with my friends, rock climb, and read. I look forward to meeting new students and having a blast while doing so!

    Film

    Chris Cook

    Chris Cook

    cookchr@mnstate.edu


    Speech Language Hearing Sciences

    Brooklyn Garnett

    Brooklyn Garnett

    garnettbr@mnstate.edu

    Hi! My name is Brooklyn Garnett and I am a senior at MSUM. This is my first year being the dragon mentor for the Speech Language and Hearing Sciences LC. I am so excited to be able to hold this position and to be able to work with all of these incoming students in my program. I am very involved in my department by working at the speech clinic front desk as well as being in our majors club the national student speech language and hearing association or NSSLHA. I also enjoy going to campus events and getting involved in the community. I also enjoy staying in and watching Netflix, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.  I was involved in the learning community last year and made so many friends and it helped me in so many different ways. I can’t wait to get to know all of my mentees and to have a great year.

     

    Theatre/Music/Graphic Communications

    Emily Babler

    Emily Babler

    bablerem@mnstate.edu

    Hey! My name is Emily Babler, and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Music and Theatre LC. I am a Criminal Justice Major and a Strength and Conditioning Minor. Although that may seem like a strange combination for the LC, I play the clarinet and I am involved with the band here at MSUM and it is an amazing program to be a part of. I love to get to know people and how they work, and I love seeing people do and talk about what they love. I love music, and musicals, and theatre in all areas of the terms. I am looking forward to getting to know more people and making great memories with those involved in my community.