Meet the Dragon Mentors

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    Ronni Kurtzhals
    STEM Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hi there! My name is Ronni Kurtzhals, and I'm the Dragon Mentor for the STEM Learning Community! I'm currently of junior class standing here at MSUM with a major in Computer Science and two minors in Mathematics and East Asian Studies, respectively. My dream is to use that degree to work in video game development in Japan someday *fingers crossed!* and next year I plan to study abroad there. In my free time, I love playing video games on a variety of consoles and doing homework--yes, you read that right. I'm also a certified tutor for several STEM classes, so feel free to ask me questions; I love to help people! I can't wait to spend an entire year helping you out with your calculus homework and getting to know you all. I'm excited to make this year one we will all remember fondly. 
     ronni.kurtzhals@go.minnstate.edu


    Chris Ngo
    Chris Ngo
    Biosciences Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    If I was a bird I would fly into a building because I need glasses, hi I'm Chris the dragon mentor for stem and a third year in the double majors of Biochemistry and Computer Science.​ I Play tons of Magic the Gathering so if you can't find me I'm probably at the local card shop.
    ngoch@mnstate.edu


    Brooklyn Garnett
    Brooklyn Garnett
    Learning Community Graduate Assistant

    Hello!! My name is Brooklyn Garnett and I am the Graduate Assistant for Learning Communities. I am a graduate student in the Educational Leadership with an Emphasis in Student Affairs and Higher Ed. I did my Undergraduate degree here at MSUM and earned my degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences in July 2017. I was the Dragon Mentor for the SLHS LC in the 2016-2017 school year and I participated in the LC the year before. I love learning communities and I am super excited to get to come back and help out this year!
    garnettbr@mnstate.edu


    Emma Carlson
    Emma Carlson
    Theatre, Music & Entertainment Industry Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    My name is Emma Carlson and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Music/Theater/EIT learning community. This is my junior year at MSUM. I am an Elementary Special Education major but have been involved in music and theater from a young age. I have been in a few theater productions and have played the saxophone since 5th grade. I really enjoy being active and involved in the community as well as staying active physically. Something I am really looking forward to this year is getting to know all the members of my learning community and working with them individually to help them succeed! As the year goes on I am excited to see my LC grow in confidence and community involvement. Let's have a great year!
    carlsoem@mnstate.edu


    Addie Ritter
    Addie Ritter
    Education Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hi! My name is Addie Ritter and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Education LC! I am a junior here at MSUM and I am double-majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching English as a Second Language with a minor in Leadership Studies. Some of my favorite things include; crafting, music, dance, movie nights, hanging with friends and family, and going on adventures. I am involved in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Colleges Against Cancer, National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Association and I love going to events and activities both on and off campus. I had such an amazing experience in the Education Learning Community and I strive to extend that excitement to you. I am super excited to pass on my love for MSUM to my mentees and to make this year the best it can be!

    ritterad@mnstate.edu


    Tucker Kuhn
    Tucker Kuhn
    Education Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hello, my name is Tucker Kuhn and I am one of the two Dragon Mentors for the Education Learning Community. I am a sophomore here at MSUM with a major of English Education and a minor of Theater Arts. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota called Blue Earth where I performed in all of the high school plays, speech, and music. You can just find me on Facebook if you want to contact me or I will more than likely be in my room in East Snarr. I became a Dragon Mentor because I was in the Ed. LC last year and I had the best time. Because of the LC I made a ton of friends that I still have to this day and the experiences I would not take back for anything. I am so ready to make this year a great one!
    kuhntu@mnstate.edu


    Kyle Odefey
    Kyle Odefey
    Film Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hello! My name is Kyle Odefey and I am one of two Dragon Mentors of the Film and Animation LC! I am a sophomore at MSUM double majoring in Film Production and Theatre Arts. I’ve always had a drive to tell stories with film and I’m so thankful MSUM is a place where I can practice my craft. I’m currently standing as the Vice President of MSUM Cinethusiasts (one of TWO film clubs on campus!!) and the founder/president of the MSUM “M.E.M.E. Squad” organization (It’s real, I swear). I am excited to work collaboratively with my fellow mentor and students!
    odefeyky@mnstate.edu


    Hannah Moller
    Hannah Moller
    Exploration Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hello! My name is Hannah Moller and I'm a sophomore here at MSUM. I am the Dragon Mentor for the Exploration Learning Community. My major is Art Education and during my freshman year I was in the Art LC, loved it so much I decided to become a Dragon Mentor. I'm from Little falls MN and in my free time I enjoy long boarding, watching Netflix or Hulu, and creating art. I simply can not wait to meet all of my mentees and plan some awesome events for them!
    mollerha@mnstate.edu


    Andrea Spragg
    Adele Bestland
    Speech Language Hearing Sciences Learning Community Dragon Mentor
     

    Hello! My name is Adele Bestland and this will be my second year here at MSUM. I plan to graduate this spring with my bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences (SLHS). I am so excited to be Dragon Mentor for the SLHS Learning Community. On campus I am involved in Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) and NSSLHA. I also enjoy cooking, dancing, music, hanging out with friends and volunteering. I look forward to getting to know you all and hope we have a great year!

     

     Bestlandad@mnstate.edu


    Tiffany Schmidt
    Tiffany Schmidt
    Education Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hi my name is Tiffany Schmidt and I'm one of the Dragon Mentors for the education learning community. This is my second year as a Dragon Mentor for the EDLC!! I'm an elementary education major with a minor in special education. I grew up in my hometown of Pine City Minnesota. Some of the things I like to do on campus are get involved, go to events, and get some free food!! I am so excited for another great year at msum and I can't wait to meet you all!
    schmidtti@mnstate.edu


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    Carly Waggoner
     Exploration Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hi! My name is Carly Waggoner, I'm a senior here at MSUM. I’m majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Special Education. I’m so excited to be Dragon Mentor for the Exploration Learning Community! Around campus I am involved in Chi Alpha and the Dragon Leadership program. Some other fun things I enjoy are hanging out with my family & friends, running, and reading. I look forward to a great year!
    Carly.waggoner@go.minnstate.edu


    Sarah Hendrickson
    Sarah Hendrickson
    Psychology and Social Work Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am the Dragon mentor for the Psychology and Social Work Learning Community. I am a Sophomore at MSUM majoring in Social Work and planning on getting a minor in equine therapy. My dream is to become an equine therapist. I believe horses are very therapeutic to people with mental illness. Other than being with horses, I also enjoy listening to music, playing the drums, and teaching swimming lessons. This academic year, I look forward to meeting new people and making connections with my coworkers and mentees!
    hendricsa@mnstate.edu


    Akira Shastri
    Chelsey Niemeyer
    Honors Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hello, my name is Chelsey and I am a first-generation college student in my second year of college. I grew up in a small town called Granite Falls (MN), with my parents and my younger sister. I’ve been an avid basketball fanatic since I could walk and a dog lover before that. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in coaching basketball. I am currently on the MSUM Club Tennis team and apart of the Honors Program. My hobbies consist of playing tennis, basketball, and if I get the chance, I enjoy playing softball as well. I also enjoy writing, video games, cross-stitching, cards, and exploring/being outdoors (particularly during the summer when I get to be out on the lake).
     Chelsey.niemeyer@go.minnstate.edu


    Helena Malokeh Tiewah
    Global Connections Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    My name is Helena Tiewah!  I am the Dragon Mentor for the Global Connections Learning community. I am a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. My dream is to work with people improving their lives through modern biotechnology. I love counseling and encouraging people to be their best. My mission in my LC is to help my mentees to improve their communication and connection and in and outside of the community. I hope my mentees, my fellow mentors, and myself have a great year. Go Dragons!
    tiewahhe@mnstate.edu


    Djene Kaba
    Djene Kaba
    Business Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    My name is Djene Kaba, I am the mentor for the Business learning community. I am a sophomore majoring in Business Analytics. As a child I looked up to my aunt who is an accountant, I loved seeing her leave the house dressed up professionally. So, I decided when I grow up I’d be just like her working in the business world and dressing up fancy. I interned for a fortune 500 company in the twin cities, my senior year of high school and fell love with what I was doing as a business analyst. I am a people person, I love to interact with people and help them in anyway I can. So, I knew business analytics, would be a good career to explore. Besides, being involved in the business world I love to cook, eat, and hangout with my friends. When I’m not busy studying or working, I’m usually watching criminal shows. My favorite shows at the time include, The Blacklist, Quantico, Law and order Special Victims Unit, and Power.
    kabadj@mnstate.edu


    Alex Macgregor
    Alex Macgregor
    Rainbow Dragon Learning Community Dragon Mentor

     
    macgregoal@mnstate.edu


    Josh Nieters
    Joshua Nieters
    Econ Law and Politics Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hello! My name is Josh Nieters and I am the Dragon Mentor for the Economics, Law and Politics Learning Community. I am majoring in Paralegal and am currently in my third year at MSUM, with this being my second year in charge of the Learning Community. I am originally from the Twin Cities. In my free time, I enjoy biking, video games and the study of history. I hope this year that I will be able to connect with my mentees, make sure that they are happy on campus and help them expand their knowledge and interest in their major.
    nietersjo@mnstate.edu


    Rachel Haiden
    Rachel Haiden
    Film Learning Community Dragon Mentor

    Hi! I'm Rachel Haiden and I am one half of the Dragon Mentor Duo for the Film and Animation LC! I am a junior at MSUM majoring in Animation and minoring in Computer Science. My favorite things are drawing and reading and learning new things. I am so excited and honored to be a Dragon Mentor this year because being in the program myself last year, I have seen the great value of it and I want to help elevate the experience for every one of my mentees. It's bound to be a good year!
    haidenra@mnstate.edu