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Alumni Association Fall Meeting

It's almost that time again Alumni! Mark your calendars for the fall Alumni meeting on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:30-4:00 p.m. at the Hilton MSP Mall of America/Airport. The meeting will be followed by an Alumni sponsored networking event from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Plus come and check out our new Alumni shirts!

Please check the alumni page next week for more information.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place: Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America Hotel, 3800 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425

Please register by Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

If you have questions, please email the MSCAA Board Chair
Heather Darby at darbyheather@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you there!

Alumni and Friends Update - Summer 2015

Alumni Association Annual Meeting

The Alumni Association annual meeting is rapidly approaching!

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Place: The MSCSA Office (The Center for Student Leadership and Advocacy) 1515 South Robert Street, West Saint Paul, MN 55118

We will be discussing our annual plan; hosting elections for board seats, Chair, and Vice Chair; and making bylaw changes. All members present will vote in the elections for new board members!

Please park at the Wentworth Building located very close to the office. Signage will be displayed. Do not park in the MSCSA lot. Don't forget to plan on staying after the meeting for the The Great MSCSA Get-Together.


Alumni Association Elections

Join our board! There are four open board seats for two year terms each and a Chair and Vice Chair will also be elected for a one year term each. The alumni members present will vote on the new board seats and the new board will vote for their Chair and Vice Chair.

To run for a board position, you must submit a letter of intent to alumni@mscsa.org no later than Sunday, June 7, 2015. 


Alumni Outreach

Join the Alumni Association Board for a letter writing campaign! Enjoy dinner or happy hour, whichever you have time for, and write a welcome note to a new alumni! Download this flyer, print it out, and bring it with you to the event and Ruby Tuesday will give back 20% of your purchase to our association. We would love to see you all there!

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Ruby Tuesday, 9051 Buchanon Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077


GreatMSCSAGetTogether logoDon't miss The Great MSCSA Get-Together

Missing your MSCSA pals? Want to know what MSCSA has been up to? Catch up with everyone at The Great MSCSA Get-Together! It’s a fun event for the whole family to enjoy! There will be lunch, a bouncy house, children’s activities, yard games, and entertainment for adults as well! Join us from 12-3 p.m. at the MSCSA office for an enjoyable afternoon. Please RSVP by Monday, June 8, 2015! 

Date: June 13, 2015

Time: 12 -3 p.m.

Place: The Center for Student Leadership and Advocacy, 1515 South Robert Street, West Saint Paul, MN 55118

View more event details.


logo ScholarshipGolfClassic16th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic

The Scholarship Golf Classic, formerly known as the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation Golf Tournament, raises money for student scholarships. MSCSA is now administering several scholarships from the Foundation and is continuing to collaborate with MnSCU to host the tournament as the Scholarship Golf Classic! There are many great opportunities for players to win prizes based on chance or skill! Gather three friends and join us on the green! You can also register individually and we will place you on a team. We are looking forward to a wonderful day on the course!

Date: June 25, 2015

Time: 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Place: The Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine Street NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011

View more event details.


IGAVEiGave Update

Since the kickoff of iGave 2015, we have raised almost $7,000! The funds raised this year have been devoted primarily to the training center fund and a portion has also been designated for the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship. Remember, the $30 Alumni Association fee is coming due in June! To be eligible to vote at the annual meeting, please make your donation to iGave today!

The training center has been a special project of our past executive director, Justin Klander. To kick off the funding for it, Justin offered a $2,500 match to help alumni and friends double their money towards the project! If Justin has played a special role in your leadership development, help us kick off this training facility right by leaving your legacy just as Justin has left his legacy within MSCSA with a gift to iGave!


capitolLegislative Update

The Minnesota state legislative session moves into its final week and much work remains at the Capitol. The higher education conference committee, the group tasked with creating the final budget bill, met for the first time last week. The meeting consisted of introductions by members and a run through of both the house and senate proposals. 

There are significant differences between the two proposals. The senate proposes to provide the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) with $59 million in new base funding as well as a tuition relief program aimed at helping students who enroll in certain technical programs. The house bill contains $105 million in new funding for MnSCU and directs the system to freeze tuition for colleges in year one of the biennium and reduce it by 1 percent in the second year.


Hali KolkindMSCSA says farewell to Hali

Director of Policy, Hali Kolkind is no longer working with MSCSA. She is excited to be pursuing a new opportunity with the Mental Health Association of Minnesota! On a fun note, she is now working with MSUSA’s past employee, Shannah Moore-Mulvihill, the association’s current Executive Director! It’s such a small world!


VolunteerHandsSign up to volunteer

We are looking for volunteers for several events coming up! If you’re interested in volunteering for The Great MSCSA Get Together, the Scholarship Golf Classic, or our letter writing campaign, email alumni@mscsa.org to get all the details! We have jobs for anyone!


Minnesota State College Alumni Association discusses its one-year plan

The Minnesota State College Alumni Association (MSCAA) met on Saturday to discuss their one-year plan. At the meeting there was discussion of how to move the passion students have in MSCSA to MSCAA, how difficult fundraising can be from newly employed members, a mentorship program, a MSCSA history project, and marketing materials. Through unique ideas and thoughtful planning, we are looking forward to a very exciting year from the Alumni Association! Download a draft of the Minnesota State College Alumni Association Strategic Plan 2014-2015.

After the meeting, MSCAA hosted a happy hour that was very well attended with over 20 alumni members present. Alumna Heather Darby brought MSCSA photo albums, which sparked some reminiscing.

Read more about the next MSCAA meeting on June 6. Stay in touch with the Alumni Association by joining the Facebook group.

Welcome to the Spring Edition of the Alumni and Friends Update!

Seventh Annual Leadership Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction
In January, hundreds of supporters showed up to support the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship. Alumni supported the event through donations, attendance, and volunteering. Setting a goal to raise $15,000 was ambitious but MSCSA is an ambitious organization. Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we met our goal and raised over $15,000 in just one evening! Thank you for your support and we hope you're already looking forward to January 2015!

Legislative Update
This year legislative session is a bit different than usual. Minnesota is having a legislative "Un-session." During this short session, legislators will work to remove unnecessary statutory language. At this point, the 2014 state legislative session is moving rapidly. Up for discussion is a potential supplemental budget with some additional dollars for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The state's most recent budget forecast showed a projected surplus of approximately $1.2 billion, so legislators have been deciding with how to use that money.

Governor Dayton released his budget plan recently and included $17 million in new base funding for the MnSCU system. Under the system's supplemental budget request, these dollars would be used to meet a potential shortfall in campus budgets due to contract settlements that have come in higher than planned. With the Governor's proposal public, both the House and Senate will begin work to craft their own supplemental plans.

The four legislative priorities this year for MSCSA include removing restrictive advertising language around PSEO, creating a tuition affordability workgroup, increasing the transferability of credits, and securing HEAPR funds to repair our colleges.


Minnesota State College Alumni Association plans for the future

The Minnesota State College Alumni Association (MSCAA) met on Saturday, January 11, 2014. There was a great turnout of alumni that had also attended the Seventh Annual Leadership Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction the night before! At the meeting the next several years of the MSCAA were discussed.

We completed a SWOT analysis, which is a discussion involving the Association’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Four groups participated in the analysis and all groups seemed to have the same common themes. Moving forward, we will use the analysis results for goal planning. The group also discussed the possibility of a fundraiser for a patio at the new office. Because of time constraints, this will be a discussion item at the next meeting. If you’re interested in attending the next board meeting, be on the lookout on the Alumni Association Facebook page or for the Alumni and Friends Update that gets sent out four times a year, approximately one month before the meeting by email. 

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