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Meet our Prospective Student Relations Assistants

Wondering who that super spunky CSB/SJU student is contacting you? Meet our team of PSRAs, a dynamic group of current students who are passionate about answering your questions and sharing the Bennie/Johnnie experience with you. While you may hear from one regularly, you're welcome to contact any of them with your questions!

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MEET HANNAH KOSEL
Major: Natural Science
Hometown: Winona, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-3726
When: Sundays & Mondays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Hannah:

"As a first-year student at CSB, I participated on a rock-climbing trip to the MN Northern Shore through the outdoor orientation program, Collegebound. I also volunteered at the FullCircle Greenhouse on campus, joined the Benedictine Friends program, and worked at the Outdoor Leadership Center at SJU! During my sophomore year I worked as a Resident Assistant. I was involved in the Institute of Women's Leadership as a Hynes Scholar. I was able to attend the National Conference for College Women Leaders near Washington, DC. Over spring break, I traveled to the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University as a co-leader on an Alternative Break Experience. This past fall, I was an Orientation Leader and will be working in the Admission Office until I study abroad in Guatemala this spring!"

 

MEET JEFRY PAGAN
Major/Minors: Art/Peace Studies & Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Lawrence, Massachussets
Call/Text Me: 320-407-2617
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Jefry:

"This year on campus, I'm involved in two different clubs. I am an executive member on the Joint Events Council, a group here that plans a lot of events on both campuses. I'm also the treasurer for Element, the hip-hop dance group on campus.

My favorite event on campus is the Christmas Dinner held annually here. It's always a great time getting dressed up and enjoying an amazing meal with good friends.

CSB/SJU is like no other school. The best way to describe the relationship between the institutes is we are one school but have two different campuses where students have full access to resources found on both."

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MEET SUSIE XIONG
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-2640
When: Sundays & Mondays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Susie:

"I was on the CSB Swim/Dive team last year as a diver! Super fun -- should totally do it if you're looking to try something new. I am also a part of the Cultural Affairs Board also known as CAB on campus. We focus on cultural competency and bringing cultures out through events. I am also a Student Ambassador on campus -- so I give tours to students and families (although I am a tour guide for admissions as well) and I sometimes host students for fly-ins/overnights. Super fun, it's always a great time meeting you all!"

 

MEET SYDNEY ROBINSON
Major: Creative Writing & Communication
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Call/Text Me: 320-428-3726
When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Sydney:

"I've been lucky enough to be a part of Residential Hall Association my First Year. We get to represent the Residential Halls and plan events that build the lower-classmen community. I've also been able to run track,be involved with Black Student Association, and First Year Forward. All these activities have given me the opportunity to continue being involved just as I was in High School and meet people from all over."

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MEET ALAYNA RICK
Major/Minor: Elementary Education/Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Shakopee, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-2774
When: Sundays & Thursdayss, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Alayna:

"I'm in my third year at CSB/SJU and I have been a busy-body since day one. Although I am not studying music on campus, I am very active in the music department. I take piano lessons, voice lessons, and now this semester I'm trying something new... HARP! I also sing in the Chamber Choir directed by Axel. Choir has let me travel to different parts of the country and the world. In May of 2015, I traveled to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic for a May term with the choir. It was a fantastic experience! I am a huge advocate for getting out there and traveling if you can make it affordable. When I'm not singing or playing an instrument, I have done some theater on campus. I have participated in the opera workshops and then most recently was Penny Pennywise in CSB/SJU's production of Urinetown. If I'm not doing any of those things, I am either working at a school around the area, contacting prospies, or hanging out with friends! "

 

MEET ALEX OLAWSKY
Major/Minor: Mathematics/Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-3573
When: Wednesdays & Sundays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Alex:

"I LOVE Thanksgiving Dinner at CSB/SJU because everybody really gets in the spirit of the holiday and you are in a beautiful location with wonderful company. Football games are great too. SJU is a fantastic place to watch football games. School spirit is never higher and there is nothing quite standing in those bleachers cheering for the Johnnies.

I sing tenor in Chamber Choir, and I am generally singing outside of choir as well. I am also part of the Nordic Ski Club at CSB/SJU.

I love having so much nature around us at Saint John's, but also having the chance to hop on the bus to Saint Ben's, which has more of a small town feel. When going to CSB/SJU you get the best of both campuses while only paying for one school."

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MEET JOSH CLARK
Major/Minor: Economics/History
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-3573
When: Mondays & Tuesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Josh:

"During my time at CSB/SJU I have participated in Enactus, Intramural Hockey, Intramural Softball, Study Abroad May Term in Italy, and an Internship at Welsh and Colliers International this past summer. The highlight of my college experience thus far has to be the month I spent this last May travelling in Italy but Intramural Championships are a close second! Travelling in Italy was eye opening and an awesome experience to get to immerse yourself in a culture very different from our own. I created so many life long friendships and overall it was an amazing experience."

 

MEET MEGHAN ORTIZCAZARIN
Major: Global Business Leadership
Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-3649
When: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Meghan:

"One of my favorite ways to stay active are the group fitness classes on campus! It's a great way to change up your workout routine by going to zumba, pilates or yoga class with friends. My favorite fall activity is to do the chapel walk around Lake Sag.

I'm a swim instructor for the Benco swimming program on campus. I teach kids  between the ages of 2-11 how to enjoy the water! I'm also a part of Benedictine Friends. Every month I get together with a Nun in the Monastery, who coincidentally is my great aunt, to play Bingo, eat yummy Special K bars, or listen to notable speakers."

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MEET MCKENNA MAGES
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Lafayette, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-3649
When: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Mckenna:

"I am a spunky sophomore and second year dance team member. I attend many campus events such as sports games and Praise in the Pub, and have a personal goal to meet everyone in my year here at CSB! Meeting people and forming connections is one of my most favorite things to do!"

 

MEET JULIE HONSA
Major: Integrative Science
Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-407-2617
When: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Julie:

"I play the flute in orchestra and am on the dance team. I am also a part of the Benedictine Friends community. I have really enjoyed meeting students from all across the world. I have met a lot of nice people from the Bahamas. I also never thought that I would like psychology until I took an introduction to psychology class."

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MEET EMILY BOYLE
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Call/Text Me: 320-428-2774
When: Mondays & Tuesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Emily:

"There are so many things I love about these places! My favorite CSB/SJU events are the Johnnie football games every fall, as well as the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners hosted around each holiday. I look forward to special K bars in the Gorecki dining hall and make your own pizza night at the Reef. While these meals and desserts are always great what I love the most about them is the laughs and conversations had with friends while enjoying them.

My favorite spot on the CSB campus would have to be Clemens Library. I love this spot because I know that no matter when I go there will always be at least one familiar face, and usually someone to take a quick study break with. My favorite spot on the SJU campus would have to be Clemens Stadium. Some of my best memories here at CSB/SJU have been watching the football games with friends and family, and the sense of community in the stadium on game days is truly something special."

 

MEET PORCINI CALYPSO
Major/Minor: Numerical Computation/Forestry
Hometown: Cranky Corner, Louisiana (It's a real place - look it up!)
Call/Text Me: Soon and often
When: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45-8:45 p.m. (CST)

More about Porcini:

"I chose CSB/SJU because the famed Hubert von Heldenpurtsmith is an alum and my life's goal is to follow in his footsteps. Hubert came to our school 100 years ago, graduated, formed a very profitable ice cream business. He donated oodles and oodles of his money to the school so one of the trees in our 2,500 acre arboretum is named for him. He had some kind of massive devotion to ice cream. So, not only do we get two beautiful campuses, but, because of his bequest, there's ice cream available at every meal. Gotta love ole Hubert, right? People think we're famous for our bread, but really - it's the ice cream!"