Choosing a college, selecting a major, understanding financial aid and everything else about attending college is exciting, but it can also feel challenging at times. M State has enrollment managers ready to help you through the enrollment process. If you have questions, contact the enrollment manager on the campus of your choice. Not sure which M State campus you plan to attend? Please contact our Solution Center at 877-450-3322.
Dale began work at M State on the auspicious date of 8-8-88, focusing on recruiting and marketing before he joined the enrollment management team. He is a graduate of M State, earning a degree in Sales and Marketing. One of the changes he's seen during his M State career is an immense improvement in the transferability of credits, both to and from M State, and especially for students who opt to transfer to colleges within the Minnesota State College and Universities system.
"With enrollment limited in some M State programs and career fields competitive, take time to make the right career decision. Research the career fields that interest you, meet with academic advisors and students currently in the programs you're considering, and check out employment and job placement trends."
Dale's interests include the seemingly unrelated pastimes of woodworking and the sport of curling because of the strategy and mental concentration that both require.
Contact Alyssa Campion
Alyssa earned her bachelor's and master's degree in Human Development and Family Science from North Dakota State University. Before joining M State in 2011, she worked with many families through Early Childhood Family Education, NDSU Extension, Children's Corner Child Care Center and Cass Clay YMCA.
As the eCampus Enrollment Manager at M State, Alyssa assists prospective students with questions about the college and works with students to successfully navigate the admissions and enrollment process. She enjoys working with eCampus because it offers students the convenience of achieving their educational goals while fitting into their lifestyle.
Dave earned his AA degree from M State in Fergus Falls and his bachelor's degree in communication/public relations from Northwestern College in St. Paul. His advice for prospective students is, first, that reading brochures and visiting websites are convenient ways to begin a college search, but a college visit is the only way to truly experience the culture and atmosphere on a campus. Second, once you've scheduled your college visits, consider both your educational goals and your extracurricular interests when you pick a college.
"College should provide opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Extracurricular activities provide real-world experiences that can be hard to come by in the classroom."
Outside of work, Dave is most often outdoors. He loves endurance sports and spends his summers competing in triathlons, mountain bike races and half marathons. In June 2013, he completed a 15-day coast-to-coast bike ride to establish a Dream Big Scholarship for Fergus Area College Foundation.
Jessica earned her bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Concordia College in Moorhead and joined the M State enrollment team in 2008.
"The best part of my job is introducing incoming students to M State and watching them get excited about their future. I love showing off the amazing Fergus Falls campus and everything it has to offer."
Jessica lives in Fergus Falls with her husband and children and enjoys cooking, playing Barbies with her daughters and making bad jokes at her husband's expense, and she often can be found talking to anyone with ears.
Richie earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Mayville State University and joined the M State enrollment team in 2013. Richie previously worked in enrollment and admissions at a four-year institution and as an aide at a nursing home.
His advice to prospective students is to carefully research which colleges offer the program they are interested in, match those colleges with the attributes they are looking for in a school, and visit those college campuses. Don't be afraid to ask the enrollment experts questions!
"Fargo-Moorhead is a great community for college students, and M State has a lot to offer: affordable tuition, small class sizes, a variety of technical and specialty programs, and a group of faculty and staff who care about the success of the students."
In his spare time, Richie enjoys long-distance running, taking long walks outdoors and reading about current events and politics.
Contact Carissa Engstrom
Carissa joined the M State enrollment team in 2014. She previously worked in college enrollment and admissions and in banking and account management. She earned her bachelor's degree in apparel and textile studies from North Dakota State University.
Her advice to prospective students is to tour colleges that interest them so they can get a good look at what each campus offers and to make sure they choose a campus where they will feel comfortable.
"Being a college freshman, especially coming from a small town, can be very overwhelming if you're starting at a large institution. M State is a great option for students wanting to get a feel for college and whether they want to eventually move on to a larger four-year college or earn an associate degree and join the workforce right away. Not only is it a smaller classroom environment, but the tuition is very affordable, and there are so many different choices of programs."
Outside the office, Carissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, traveling and watching movies.
Contact Shannon Britten
Shannon is in her rookie season at M State after earning a bachelor's degree in mass communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Her advice to students is to use the resources that are available to them - and use them early and often. Talk to the instructors if you're struggling. Don't let issues linger, because they tend to get worse over time. Remember that everyone at M State is committed to your success and wants to see you achieve your goals.
"The employer demand for our graduates is remarkable. We get calls all the time from employers asking if we have students to fill their positions … and these are very good-paying careers with outstanding organizations."
In her free time, Shannon enjoys gardening, quilting, cooking, fishing and spending time with her husband and their collie, Rusty.
Last modified: May 19th, 2014 at 09:43am