Office of External Affairs
The Executive Commissioner of External Affairs works to develop relationships with state officials and policymakers. He or she uses these relationships to advocate for policy to improve higher education at NDSU. The commissioner also attends State Board of Higher Education and Interim Higher Education Funding Committee meetings to stay informed on information regarding the North Dakota University System and will testify on NDSU’s behalf when needed. The executive also plans and provides transportation for NDSU delegates attending the monthly North Dakota Student Association (NDSA) meetings. He or she is the head delegate at these meetings and will create legislation and testify on NDSU’s behalf. The commission assists in writing legislation and stays informed about various issues.
Will resume fall semester
Katie Mastel, Executive Commissioner of External Affairs
Kim Ellwein, Assistant Executive Commissioner of External Affairs
Please contact Katie or Kim with any student concerns or questions about external affairs.
About the External Affairs Executive Commissioners
Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Favorite Hobby: Traveling and listening to music
Fun Fact: I can juggle.
Favorite Thing About NDSU: Bison Pride!
Why you chose NDSU: I chose NDSU because it was the perfect distance from home and it was small enough to have my voice heard but large enough to have unique opportunities that other universities might not offer. I also loved the campus!
Why you are in Student Government: I joined Student Government because I wanted to create a positive impact on NDSU as well as expand my leadership and service!
Organizations: Bison Ambassadors, College Republicans, Big Brother Big Sister
Hometown: Hazen, ND
Favorite Hobby: I love playing piano.
Fun Fact: I have an eye freckle.
Favorite thing about NDSU: Being able to see someone I know anywhere on campus.
Why you chose NDSU: I chose NDSU because it felt like home the moment I stepped foot on campus.
Why you are in Student Government: I joined student government to make the university better and really keep students informed on what is happening.
Organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Eta Sigma, University Chamber Singers, Bison Guides, Campus Republicans