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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.


Detroit Lakes Campus

Contact Sandy Torgusson

Sandy joined the M State enrollment team in 2017. She previously worked in banking and human services before joining the state of Minnesota's Workforce Center system, where she served both youth and adults. She is a graduate of Bemidji State University, where she earned an Associate of Science degree in business management and marketing.

Sandy especially enjoys helping students to explore careers and choose training programs that help them meet their goals and full potential. "M State is an amazing option for students, whether seeking short-term training or taking the first step of their journey to a four-year education and more. It is so affordable, and the small caring environment really helps students to get a good solid experience in postsecondary education."

Outside of work, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and their families - and especially being Nana to her three young granddaughters. She enjoys most sports and outdoor recreational activities including skiing, skating, sledding, snowmobiling, camping, biking, golfing, pickleball, boating and a bit of fishing and hunting, as well. During seriously inclement weather, you may find her reading in her sunporch.


Fergus Falls Campus

Contact Dave Jensen

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.


Fergus Falls Campus

Contact Jessica Sem

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.


Moorhead Campus

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.


Moorhead Campus

Contact Logan Schmidt

Logan joined the M State enrollment team in 2017 after previously working in admissions for a private college. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from South Dakota State University in 2012.

"M State is able to offer students a great learning experience with small class sizes, hands-on learning and affordable tuition. Students will get the opportunity to work and learn from faculty who have professional experience in the fields they are teaching."

Outside of work, Logan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, visiting family and friends, traveling, sitting outside on the deck/grilling, and yelling at the TV when the Twins or Packers are on.


Moorhead Campus

Contact Puja Sharma-Husmann

Puja earned her master's degree in project management from the University of Mary in 2017 and joined M State the same year. She is also an alumni of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she earned bachelor's degrees in international studies with a development emphasis and in women and gender studies.

"Finding the right school and the right program can be overwhelming. I advise students to take their time, research and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses before making a decision. M State offers a variety of technical and non-technical degree options at an affordable cost in small classrooms with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Our students are our pride, and when they succeed, so do we."

Puja is originally from Nepal, and in her free time she loves talking to her friends and family back home, reading books, traveling, shopping, watching movies and documentaries, cooking and going to the lakes.


Wadena Campus

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: November 26th, 2018 at 03:12pm