Introducing…Caitlin!

Student Union & Activities is proud to introduce Caitlin Fisher, the 2015-2016 Marketing Coordinator for Dragon Entertainment Group. A Fargo native, Caitlin is majoring in Communication Studies.Caitlin Fisher

She is excited to participate and help with events on campus in order to make MSUM an even more fun place for everyone to be. She keeps busy with three jobs, not including Dragon Entertainment Group, and talks about her nephew often.

We look forward to welcoming Caitlin to our team. And we know that she will continue to show her Dragon Pride by cheering for our Dragon basketball team and wearing her MSUM gear!

Construction: Weeks 7-9

Construction walls, caution tape, and jackhammers oh my!

Yes, the building is continuing to transform  little by little each day.

We are excited to share with you that we recently installed a cool new feature to track the construction progress! On our website at www.mnstate.edu/cmu, there is a live feed of a camera that overlIMG_0711ooks the main area of construction for the addition. (Click on “Construction Webcam” on the left side of the page.) Here is where you can see where the footings, that have now been poured on both the southeast side of the building as well as the  southwest side, are located. These footings provide the base of the addition that will add over 3,000 square feet of space to the building. Can you start to see the new shape of the building from the camera feed?

Positioned in the corner of a stairwell in the library, this camera provides the viewpoint of sitting on top of the library and looking at the corner of the building between the parking lot and Kise Commons. We strongly encourage you to check it out (so we’re not the only ones creepily watching the construction workers). After all, don’t you want to see what it looks like in real-time?! Consider this your invitation to a “secret” preview into the newly renovated space….IMG_0700

In addition to the camera, there hasn’t been much to share since our last construction update three weeks ago. Since then, interior demolition has paused, but the framing for new office spaces downstairs has started. Meanwhile, crews have been diligently working in and above the ceilings to install fire walls in order to meet building codes. All in all, progress is definitely showing!

We promise to keep you updated on the #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition project. Can you promise us to stay connected? Like us on Facebook (here) and follow us on Twitter (here). Call us greedy, but we’re always looking for more ‘likes’ and ‘follows’!

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Meet Maddy, Dragon Entertainment Group’s PR Coordinator

Maddy JanskyWe here at the Student Union and Activities would like to welcome Maddy Jansky, the 2015-2016 Public Relations Coordinator for the Dragon Entertainment Group!

A Graphic Design major, originally from Mandan, ND, Maddy has a very special talent in addition to her design skills: she can sing the alphabet backwards! (Although we may have to challenge her to prove it since it seems too good to be true.)

Maddy is most looking forward to gaining experiences that she can use towards a future career. She displays her Dragon Pride proudly by attending events that fellow Dragons have planned.

Welcome to the Group, Maddy!

Meet Dani: ’15-’16 Homecoming Coordinator

11713595_10153434380914441_1696127788_nThe Student Union and Activities is excited to welcome Daniela (Dani) Kossowski to our staff! Dani will be serving as one of the 2015-2016 Homecoming Coordinators and is “super excited to see the new Dragons and alumni enjoying fun games and activities.” She is also looking forward to working with the other coordinators on the Homecoming team and knows that it’s going to be an awesome year!

A double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice, Dani is originally from Margarita Island, Venezuela. Bilingual in both Spanish and English, Dani shared with us that she once spent one whole day trying to pronounce the word “sausage” correctly. Hopefully, her position as a Homecoming Coordinator won’t require her to use that word too often….

We are super stoked to have Dani join us this year! We look forward to sharing our Dragon Pride just as much as she does when she welcomes the new international students each year. She is always talking about how cool it is to be a Dragon and we know that she will continue to do so in her new role!

Welcome, Dani!

 

Meet Nika, Dragon Entertainment’s Executive Director

Nika KingdonChances are, you’ve already seen Nika Kingdon around campus. Her #DragonPride beams through while attending the various events hosted by campus organizations. From basketball games, Grocery Bag Bingo, plays put on by MSUM, to Homecoming events, Nika loves it all!

An Early Childhood Education Major with a Minor in Special Education, Nika is originally from Champlin, MN. This past May, she took the trip of a lifetime and studied abroad for a few weeks in Costa Rica. Her bubbly personality and “go-get-em” attitude is vibrant in all that she does.

As the 2015-2016 Executive Director for Dragon Entertainment Group, Nika is excited “to work with an amazing group of people and put on awesome events for our campus.” She is also excited about having the opportunity to give back to MSUM and to be able to share her love for our campus with others.

We are so excited to see what she and the other members of Dragon Entertainment Group have in store!

Meet Brianna: Speakers Coordinator

Brianna BradleyBrianna Bradley, the 2015-2016 Speakers Coordinator for Dragon Entertainment Group, is excited to plan some fun and informative events this year!

A Music Industry major from Fort Yates, North Dakota, Brianna enjoys attending as many Men’s and Women’s Dragon basketball games as possible. And, if you ask her, she makes a pretty mean Indian taco. (We’re not sure if she knows it yet, but we at the Student Union love tacos and would love to try some of hers!)

Welcome to the team, Brianna! We’re excited to have you!

Construction: Week 6

As we’re nearing the end of June, the #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition renovation project is showing some great progress!

Elevator pit

Elevator pit — footings poured & foundation wall constructed

Between last week and this week, the elevator pit has been dug, footings poured, and foundation wall constructed. Additionally, the footings and foundation wall for the east portion of the addition have been dug and poured. Are you confused yet? Don’t worry. All of these technical terms simply mean that construction crews are almost ready to start building from the ground up.

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East side of the new addition– footings poured & foundation wall constructed

Not only has progress been made on the outside of the building, there has also been some major changes to the inside. The wall that spanned the width of our Main Lounge (the one that students signed on Study Day) has started to come down along with the interior walls that separated Copy2Print and the Recreation and Outing Center (ROC). As shown in the photo below, standing in the ROC allows you to see straight through where Copy2Print used to be and up to the new temporary walls in the back of the Main Lounge. Eventually, that wall will be removed as well, making way for the open-concept collaboration space.

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Vantage point of the ROC, Copy2Print, and the backside of the Main Lounge as if standing at the former ROC desk

Of course, there are also little changes that are happening on the daily. Make sure to follow us on Facebook (here) and Twitter (here) to stay in the loop!

 

Meet Sarah, 2015 Homecoming Coordinator

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Look out MSUM Homecoming 2015! Sarah Knight is super excited to plan amazing events and work with her peers and campus community as one of the Homecoming Coordinators.

In a recent interview with us, here’s what she had to say:

What is your major?

Advertising and Public Relations

What is your hometown?

Walker, MN

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Well, my elbows extend and I can do a pretty good impression of a hot dog [click here to get the joke]. But actually, my elbows DO hyper-extend.

What are you most excited for with your position as Homecoming Coordinator? 

Oh gosh, I am mostly excited to make new friends and work with Becky Boyle Jones!

What is your favorite way to show your Dragon Pride?

I attend almost every home sporting event and love cheering at games and going to other events on campus! I love talking about MSUM and I love the people that I have met at MSUM.

We are excited to have Sarah join us almost as much as she is excited to join our Student Union & Activities team! Welcome, Sarah!

Construction: Week 4

As you’ve probably noticed from our Facebook and Twitter posts, construction is fully underway here at the Comstock Memorial Union. Started only four short weeks ago, the construction is making way for a more open concept student collaboration space, a new entrance and addition, ample daylight, and many other fantastic features!

Here, the temporary wall by the new Office of Diversity and International Student Programs Office, displays a sign promising it will be worth it after the walls come down

Here, the temporary wall by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and International Student Services Office, displays a sign promising it will be worth it after the walls come down

The temporary walls appeared on May 22nd, blocking students and staff from entering dangerous construction zones. To add a little humor, the general contractors posted signs excusing their mess and promising that “it will be worth it when the walls come down,” and we cannot agree more! Staff, safety-suited up in safety vests, hard hats, and protective eye wear, have been able to sneak peaks of what’s happening behind the walls. And don’t worry, they will be sharing those with you soon!

Here, construction workers are hard at work removing bricks one-by-one

Construction workers are hard at work removing bricks one-by-one

Exterior demolition began last week in preparation for the 3,500 sq. ft. addition and new southwest entrance.  First, the red brick was removed piece-by-piece from parts of the outside of the building. Next, as shown in our YouTube video from today, the bricks underneath are being removed one-by-one to create an opening in the wall. Currently, there is a large opening on the second floor of the south side of the building, where our new lounge overlooking the main level will be located!

As described, this is the opening on the 2nd floor to make way for the new lounge

As the renovation project moves on, stay updated with our Facebook and Twitter posts as there is a little bit more progress to show each day!  We are super excited for this #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition project and hope you are too!

 

 

Meet Louis, the 2015 Homecoming Photographer

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This Homecoming season, keep your eye out for the man behind the camera lens, Louis R. Zurn! Louis is originally from Benson, MN and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications with an Emphasis in Digital Design and Production.

As you can probably figure out from his photo, when he’s not busy taking photographs and/or studying, Louis enjoys watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In fact, he is a self-proclaimed “super big fan!”

Louis is most looking forward to working with his peers and the campus community to create the best events possible during the 2015 Homecoming season. He shows his Dragon Pride by wearing the awesome hoodie he found in the Homecoming Office and proclaiming his love for this school!

We are excited to welcome Louis to our team and can’t wait to see the amazing events that he and the other Homecoming Coordinators are planning!