Minnesota State University, Mankato to Award 2,304 Degrees at End of Spring Semester
Minnesota State University, Mankato will award 2,304 degrees at the end of the spring 2019 semester, with approximately 1,700 students participating in three graduation ceremonies on campus Saturday, May 11 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena.
Students in the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those in the colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Education will participate in the noon event; and students in the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences will be graduated in the 3 p.m. ceremony.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,227 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.
Lake Wilson, MN - Andres Garza Mendoza, BS, Manufacturing Engineering Tech, Magna Cum Laude
Slayton, MN - Riley Engbarth, BS, Management
Bailey Jacobson, BS, Dental Hygiene, Magna Cum Laude
Zachary Ostman, MACC, Accounting
MSUM EXPECTS 850 STUDENTS TO GRADUATE MAY 17
Moorhead, Minn., May 7, 2019,...Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to about 850 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 17 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Science, Health and the Environment, and Graduate Studies.
The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Arts, Media and Communication, the College of Business and Innovation, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Graduate Studies.
MSU Moorhead alumna Billi Jo Zielinski, who earned a degree in political science, will be the commencement speaker. Zielinski is president and CEO of Make-A-Wish North Dakota and has more than 25 years of volunteer and professional experience in the business, government and nonprofit sectors.
The following students are expected to receive degrees:
Michaela Postma Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude
Congratulations to Riley Engbarth on his recent graduation
Congratulations to Riley Engbarth for achieving a 3.5 GPA or above and being placed at the top of his class within the College of Business at Minnesota State University.
His hard work and commitment to excellence is something to be very proud of.
Riley will graduate from MN State University in Mankato on Saturday May 11 at 3pm with a major in Business Management and a minor in Accounting. All the best for continued success.
Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Producers in Murray County
Agricultural producers in Murray County who lost property due to recent natural disasters are eligible for physical loss loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these loans for losses caused by a blizzard, excessive snow, excessive rain and high winds that occurred in January to March of 2019.
FSA is offering these low-interest emergency loans to producers with a qualifying loss. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. The deadline for producers in designated primary and contiguous counties to apply for loans for physical losses is December 9, 2019.
Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.
Please contact FSA for more information on loan eligibility and the application process. FSA office information is available at http://offices.usda.gov. Additional FSA disaster assistance program information is available at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
5 Money Conversations to Have with Your College Graduate
National nonprofit credit counseling agency Take Charge America guides insightful discussions to help recent graduates embrace financial independence
Graduating college represents a pivotal point in any young adult’s journey. While they may be far from the nest, parents can still help steer recent grads toward financial security.
“Making the first moves in their career or moving to a new city are probably at the front of any graduate’s mind,” says Michael Sullivan a personal financial consultant with Take Charge America, a national nonprofit credit counseling and debt management agency. “While all of these changes are exciting, they need to start saving, avoid more debt and live within their means to truly become financially independent.”
These five conversation topics can give recent graduates the confidence and know-how they need in the “real world.”
The Low-Down on Student Loans - Most student loans have a built-in six-month grace period, but this time goes by quickly. The faster the debt is paid down the better, as you avoid accruing more interest or late fees. Further, too much student debt can negatively impact your ability to qualify for other loans, such as an auto or home loan, stalling other post-graduate goals. You can help recent graduates research the best payment options for their individual circumstances. Overwhelmed? Contacting an experienced student loan counselor may bring clarity.
Budgeting isn’t Boring - Gaining the independence that comes with graduating offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about budgeting. There are plenty of smartphone apps and other tools to keep tabs on how much money is coming in and going out. Getting a good grasp on a budget is the first step toward financial security.
Everything About Emergency Funds - A safety net should be part of any budgeting strategy. This money is kept for true emergencies — when the car breaks down or for an unexpected hospital visit. Stash as much money away as your budget allows until you reach three to six months’ worth of living expenses. Even $20 a month will add up over time.
Don’t Forget Healthcare - It’s required by law to have health insurance, so graduates need to include healthcare costs in their budget as well. While they might be on their parents’ plan now, coverage ends on their 26th birthday. Sooner or later, young adults will need to choose a plan according to individual circumstances, including what deductible and premium they can afford.
Credit Card Debt? No Thanks. - Recent college grads are inundated with pre-approved credit card offers. But don’t be tempted by deals that seem too good to be true. Having one credit card payment, paid off in-full every month, is the best way to establish a positive credit history. Emphasize that missing even one payment can result in fees and ding their credit score. Carrying a balance, too, can wreak financial havoc as interest adds to the total balance due.
Take Charge America offers comprehensive financial education to guide recent graduates toward smart and sustainable money management.