Here's why alumni and friends are thankful for Mayville State!

Brian Van Horn.jpgMayville State President Dr. Brian Van Horn is thankful for the Mayville State family. 

Click here to see his message of gratitude.

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We both attended Mayville State, met, graduated, and have been married for the last 54 wonderful and fun-filled years. Thanks, MSU!

Don ('65) and Mary (Salisbury) ('66) Cavalier

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Mayville is definitely the “school of personal service!“ I encountered caring professors who were always willing to give a student extra help if needed. What a great staff and campus!

Lynn Flanagan (’63)

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“Privilege” is the word that comes to mind when I think of Mayville State. I was privileged to be a student  and later a faculty/staff member. I was privileged to work with  some of the kindest, smartest, most imaginative people one could find. Our family was privileged to enjoy athletic, cultural and social events and to be an active part of the MSU college community as volunteers. It has also been our privilege to be able to “pay back” and “pay forward”  in gratitude for those experiences. Go, Comets.

Myrna Lyng ('61)

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As of May 15, 2020, Myrna and I, our three kids, their spouses, and our nine grandchildren will have a total of 20 college degrees. Seven of those degrees were started at MSTC, MSC or MSU. Thank you, MSU, for giving a farm boy from south of Mayville the opportunity to obtain a very satisfying personal and professional life.   

Merwin  Lyng ('54)

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That is where I got my college education and I loved it at Mayville,

Richard Christianson (’84)

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Great school with caring staff.

Todd & Kristi Schreiner

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Mayville State was the right college at the right time for me. I came from Finley, North Dakota looking for a personalized college where I wouldn't get lost. I was blessed to have parents there guiding me along with the Mayville State professors. Looking back I’m so proud to know my grandma, mother, oldest brother, and my sister, along with now my niece and nephews walking the halls of Mayville State University. 

Roger Petersen ('95)

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Certainly the four best years of my lifetime.

Larry Senger ('66)

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MSU makes a big, positive impact on our community and education is so important - at MSU it is affordable.

Renae Basol

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Teachers drew out gifts in me I didn't know I had. Classmates journeying together made the trip for all better. Staff both knew us and cared. "Personal service" was not just a motto; it was/is a way of being.

Bill Rindy (’84)

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It's a great asset in our community.

Paul Enger

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Comet Proud

Tim Garrett (’78)

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Great experience at Mayville for the path beyond.

Bob Thorsness ('71)

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I got a great science background and made lifelong friends without racking up debt. Thanks for four super years, MSU.

Karen Krogstad ('93)

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I’m so thankful for Mayville State. It’s my employer, my parents and sisters alma mater, my greatest source of entertainment with sporting events!! 

Mallory Angen, MSU Dining Services Cashier

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I am extremely thankful for all of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff each and every day. Their commitment to the success of our students is evident in all that they do! 

Dr. Tami Such, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing

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I am thankful for MSU's students and how they represent MSU so well as they go out and serve their communities, state, nation and world! Care and commitment are words I think of when thinking of MSU!

Dr. Andi Dulski-Bucholz, Dean and Chair of the MSU Division of Education, Associate Professor of Education

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Awesome environment for students to earn a quality education. Faculty and staff are very approachable, and go out of their way to make the student experience memorable. Go Comets! 

Steve Bensen, MSU Interim Vice President for Business Affairs

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I am thankful for my education and experience at Mayville State!

JoDee (Hjelmstad) Nielsen ('99)

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Mayville State changed my life for the better and continues to impact me today. Thank you, MSU!

Emilie (Moen) Kloster ('97)

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Being part of the COMET family! 

Rhonda Nelson ('04), Chair of the MSU Division of Business and Associate Professor of Business

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Mayville State was a blessing to me. Mayville was an important step in my life journey.

Wale Ayoade (ex. '05)

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It is a supportive, wonderful place to work!

Misti Wuori, MSU Director of Extended Learning and Instructor in Sociology

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I am thankful for the people!

Kurt Skodje ('87)

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Best school ever!!

Kelly (Grandalen) Bradner ('92)

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My husband and both graduated from MSU (1977 and 1981). All of our children attended and one even finished. MSU has been home for us.

Aprill Hastings ('81), MSU Instructor of English

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Thankful to work there!

Megan Vig, MSU Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Career Services & Internships

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I owe everything to MSU. It is why I am where I am today! #cometproud

Dawn Cruff ('91)

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This is a GREAT University. I love working here.

Bob Kozojed, MSU Director of Campus Security and Custodian

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I am thankful for the professional and caring instructors that Mayville has a tradition of hiring.

Jerome Slag ('85)

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My daughter got a job teaching in Nevada almost without an interview just because she had a teaching degree from Mayville State! All four McLain stepsons have had great careers as MSU grads! Thank you!!

Joy Ust McLain

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Thankful for the wonderful colleagues I work with at MSU! It's great to be a Comet!

Dr. Ann Willeson, MSU Professor of Education ('88)

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All of Comet Athletics Coaches and Staff show great pride and leadership to Mayville State student athletes. The great young men and women that represent MSU make me Comet Proud!

Proud to be Alumni and Proud to give back to future alum #CometProud

Jami (Kirkeby) Hovet ('00)

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#Cometproud

Chris Lindberg ('90)

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To the AD, his staff and coaches - They have done a fantastic job!! Go Comets!

Brian Halvorson ('01)

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MSU was “home” while attending college and while teaching there for 37 years. Thank you, MSU, for the friendships developed over the years, and for the many opportunities to stay connected.

Linda (Peterson) Baier ('77)

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Mayville gave both my husband and me a great college education.

Joanne (Schuler) Dodge ('63)

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A lot of great athletes that give back to the community through volunteer work.

Tim Satrom

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Such a great place to transition from high school into work force.

Kathy (Schmidt) Depute ('93)

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I'm grateful for the quality education I received and the friends I made at MSU. I received a scholarship and I want to pay it forward to the next generation of Comets. #MSUthankful #CometProud

Joni (Bjornstad) Keller ('84)

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I'm thankful for Mayville State and the experience I had as a student and as an employee. Many cherished memories were created at a very special place. Hail To Our Comets! 

Rick Karboviak ('00)

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The people are wonderful!

Jodi (Larson) Scanlan ('92)

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I am #MSUThankful because @mayvillestate supported me during my master's and doctoral graduate work, as well as during my Baby #1 and Baby #2 maternity leave work! (equally difficult.)

Dr. Erin Kunz, MSU Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator

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Lifelong friendships.

Wendy (Evenson) Watts ('77)

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MSU is positive and a leader for nursing!

Janell Juelich, MSU Assistant Professor of Nursing

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What a great place to work. The people here are amazing. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my family here at Mayville State.

Rocky Larson, MSU Head Football Coach

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I am sooo thankful for Mayville State. I wanted to be a teacher since I was young...MSU is the place to go! Plus, Mayville was close to my hometown and a small school. I was given the opportunity to work in the Education Department and soon realized my joy was in business. So thankful for my business mentors - Linda Baier and Terry Kemmer — and my Education Dept supporters of Delores Pittenger, Mike Worner, Dennis Kost, and more. I am now a very proud Alerus employee of 27 years. I stay connected to Linda. I promote MSU when I can. I am blessed. I worked the phonation back in the day and know that every little bit counts.

Tammy Adam ('92)

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Mayville State University provides an outstanding education along with faculty and staff that care and support their students.

Dr. Cindy Gregg, MSU Division of Education Faculty Member

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Mayville State University is truly a special place and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students over the years! Our family loves Mayville State! Go Comets!

Mike Kolness ('89)

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Great friendships developed over the years.

Gontran "Buster" Langowski ('71)

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I'm thankful for the opportunities they gave me and others, not just for the education, but for the people and forever friendships that I, and others developed while attending MSU!

Kevin Canopy ('77)

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Mayville State gave me functional learning.

Glenn Meininger ('84)

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I like my dad's (Dick Elken) hometown college to thrive.

Thomas Elken

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College of personal service, way more than a slogan for me!

Burton Fleming ('64)

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There are stepping stones and places in life that provide individuals with the right guidance or "push," if you will. That is Mayville State to me. Without the years spent there, I shudder to think at where I'd be. A door of opportunity was opened for me by MSU. Becoming a Comet was simply the best choice I've made. now, as my son has selected Mayville, a fourth generation Comet joins the fold. I know he'll have as much respect for this institution as his great grandmother, great uncle, and father have had.

Lon Jorgensen, Class of 1993

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