Last week students in the information technology (IT), interactive media and graphic design (IMGD), business, and nursing programs enjoyed coffee from Starbucks and pastry from Denny’s Bakery as they connected with Minnesota School of Business-Richfield’s (MSB) Campus Director Stacy Severson.
Stacy invited students to ask questions, or share a concern or idea for the campus.
Joel Brown, a student in the IT program, told Stacy that he would prefer it if his five hour Spanish class was broken up into to two shorter classes per week. He also complimented his instructor, Victoria Stewart: “She is really engaging. She keeps us pretty active.” He recommended the Quizlet app for vocabulary flashcards.
IMGD student, Galen Grieman, told Stacy that his only concern was the sometimes long waiting periods to print projects in the library.
He also jokingly suggested that we acquire a hairstylist for our campus so that he could look “fabulous!” Stacy told Galen that as an MSB student, he could actually get a discount on haircuts from our affiliate school, Minnesota School of Cosmetology. “That, I did not know!” Galen said.
When Stacy asked Galen what would draw him to student events, he had a single word response: “Soup!” A long conversation on the merits of potato soup (with and without bacon) then ensued.
Before he ran off to class, Galen asked Stacy about her role as Campus Director. Stacy told him that she is responsible for all of the outcomes of our campus, from budgeting to accreditation to supporting staff, faculty and students. “I can see how your position is underrated. A student would say, ‘I graduated, thanks to my teachers,’ but Stacy is the one who signs your diplomas,” observed Galen.
Stacy said, “I really enjoy the student interaction. I feel like if the staff and faculty are engaged and are getting better, the students will get better.”
One student asked about the hours of operation while others commented (happily) about the number of ads for MSB running on television and radio.
Nursing student, Bri Curro, stopped by specifically to chat with Stacy: not with a concern or question, but to nail down a start date for upcoming yoga classes Bri will be leading on campus.
MSB Campus Director Stacy Severson strives to be approachable and is always looking for ways to improve the student learning experience. Adding hot coffee, donut holes and muffins to the staff/student interaction is but one way to keep that conversation going.