Nick Clasemann is busy bringing music to the SCSU campus
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN - Since graduating from Dassel-Cokato High School in 2006, Nick Clasemann, who is a junior already at St. Cloud State University, has not only been spending time with his academics, but volunteering, as well.
Clasemann was recently awarded a President’s Volunteer Service Award for donating more than 100 hours of his time last year (between September 2007 and May 2008) to the University Program Board.
Of course, it helps that Clasemann is doing something he is passionate about music.
Clasemann, a member of the University Program Board’s concert committee, works on bringing bands and entertainment to the campus.
Some of the events Clasemann helps organize are Live at the Quarry, Atwood After Dark, and Mississippi Music Fest; all well-known and highly-attended concerts put on by the university.
Besides lining up bands, including Quiet Drive, which performed at Mississippi Music Fest last year, Clasemann also helps with what he calls “load-in and load-out.”
This job includes setting up the stage for the bands, the sound systems, preparing the dressing rooms, and also security for the band members.
Clasemann has met many new people through this volunteer committee, also it allows him to be more connected with music.
Clasemann also likes having a say in what music comes to campus, and bringing in acts other students will enjoy.
When he received the award, Clasemann was quite surprised.
“I was shocked. I didn’t know I had put in that many hours,” he said.
While he enjoys the work he does, Clasemann also does it for his fellow classmates.
“By putting in all these hours, other people were getting something out of it, too,” Clasemann said.
Clasemann is majoring in elementary education, with a cognate in science. He just completed a field experience where he spent a month working with a teacher and students inside a classroom.
Clasemann is the son of Dan and Julie Clasemann of Cokato, and Jason and Judy Randt of Dassel.
He received a gold lapel pin and a certificate of achievement from President George W. Bush in honor of his achievement.