CBS People: Keegan Carda

Advancement Associate Keegan Cardas share what drew him to his new role and his favorite way to spend a day in the Twin Cities 

Keegan CardaWhere is your hometown?
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

What is your position in CBS? What does it entail?
I am the Advancement Associate for the College. I'm involved in many areas of advancement, from development (fundraising), alumni relations, donor stewardship, and event planning.

What is your favorite part of your job?
One of the best parts about working for the University and for CBS is that I can see the impact of my work. I can see the labs and buildings being built, read about research being conducted, and hear stories of students who have received scholarships, all thanks to our generous donors. We have such passionate alumni and I enjoy connecting with them and hearing their stories about their time in school. Lastly, I enjoy the wide variety of work that I do here, it keeps me on my toes.

What did you do before joining CBS? What led you to this position?
I worked for the state government in South Dakota, doing public relations for the South Dakota Department of Tourism. I was ready to move to a bigger city and have always dreamed of living in the Twin Cities. I was instantly drawn to the University of Minnesota because it is such a great institution to work for and has opportunities for growth. This position attracted me because it matched my skill set and interests. I liked how innovative the College is and saw it as an opportunity to challenge myself.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy running and being outside as much as possible. I run with a track club here in Minneapolis and Saint Paul and that has been a great way to make new friends. I'm training for the Twin Cities 10 Mile and a few other races this fall. I also enjoy reading, biking, lying in my hammock, exploring everything my new city has to offer, and traveling.

What is your favorite way to spend a day in the Twin Cities?
A great day starts by going for a run or a bike ride along the river or around the lakes, then having a cup of coffee at Spyhouse. After having a burger at the Blue Door Pub with some friends, I would cap it off by enjoying the evening on patio at any one of the great breweries in town.

July, 2019