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 support 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.
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.
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 is to tour colleges that interest you so you can get a good look at what each campus offers and make sure you choose a campus where you 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 Andy Luikens
Andy earned his bachelor's degree in business management and political science from the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College in Moorhead. He joined M State after serving his alma mater in leadership roles for enrollment and advancement. Having worked with both incoming students and alumni, he is well-versed in the value of education.
His advice to interested students is that it's never too early to begin the college search. "Get in touch with the college as soon are you're interested in it, as the best way to learn about an institution is from the experts on campus."
Contact Marc Madigan
Marc joined the M State enrollment team in 2015. He began his career in student services while earning his bachelor's degree in biological sciences at Michigan Technological University. For the past few years, he has pursued his master's degree in educational administration from Northern Michigan University while working in varied roles at two-year colleges.
Marc's advice to future college students is to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way. "Advanced Placement, CLEP, PSEO and early/middle college are all great chances to get ahead and save on college tuition. No matter what your long-term plans are, M State is a great place to begin your college career. Our accessibility, affordability, quality of instruction and flexibility make us the best choice in the region for both advanced high school and non-traditional students."
When he's not at work or in school, Marc enjoys fishing, building his library, restoring classic guitars and spending time with his wife, two young children and Australian shepherd.
Contact Shannon Britten
Shannon joined M State as an enrollment manager in 2014 after attending M State's Moorhead campus through PSEO and then earning her bachelor's degree in mass communication from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
"M State's Wadena campus offers small hands-on classes and affordable tuition, and the programs work closely with industry partners in their respective fields. This provides connections for students and employers alike. Everyone at M State is committed to your success and wants to see you achieve your goals."
In her free time, Shannon enjoys canning fresh from the garden, quilting projects, cross-country skiing, and fishing - snow or shine.
Last modified: December 23rd, 2015 at 10:29am