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Alumni Spotlight

Welcome to the MSCSA Alumni Spotlight where we periodically feature MSCSA Alumni doing interesting and worthwhile things after their involvement in MSCSA. Alumni are chosen based on their continued leadership and community involvement following their time at MSCSA. We are very proud of our accomplished alumni and are always searching for the next spotlight.

 

If you’d like to nominate an individual for the spotlight please drop us an email. 

Nicki Bottko

nicki-bottkoAre you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects:
I am active with the local DFL, I volunteer teaching English as a Second Language classes, and I take any opportunity that I can to work with my neighborhood association.

Current job:
I am the Student Life Activities Coordinator at Inver Hills Community College. I was also recently named one of the Student Senate Advisors!

Where did you attend college?
Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Metropolitan State University

Major: Psychology

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Troy Thielen

Photo with Jim OberstarTroy Thielen with former congressman Jim Oberstar

Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? I am an Eden Valley-Watkins Lions Club member, an Eden Valley-Watkins Booster Club member, a Volunteer Babe Ruth League Baseball Coach and also a Sunday School Teacher.

Current job: I am currently disabled due to a chronic illness. Before my illness, I was a finance manager for a Toyota franchise for 10 years.

Where did you attend college? Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Saint Cloud State University

Major: Economics-Pre Law

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA? I was involved so long ago that it was called the Minnesota Community College Student Association (MCCSA). The positions I held included:

  • Student Body President at Central Lakes 1996-97
  • MCCSA Council of Presidents Member 1996-97
  • Vice President of the MCCSA 1997-98
  • MCCSA Platform Committee Chair 1997-98

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Steve Biondich

Steve BiondichSteve Biondich at the February 2008 MSCSA Board Meeting

Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects:
My community and volunteer work includes a wide array of activities. I am currently the Commander of American Legion Post 241, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4456, a Firefighter on the Aurora Fire Volunteer Department, a member of the Aurora Public Library Board, an Aurora 4th of July Committee member, a City of Aurora Blight Officer, a member of the Mesabi Range College General Advisory Council, as well as a former city council member.

Current job:
I am currently employed as a millwright at ArcelorMittal's Minorca mine.

Where did you attend college and what is your major?
I attended Mesabi Range Community and Technical College-Virginia campus for 2 years of general education credits and then for went 2 more years at the Eveleth campus in the Industrial Maintenance Technology Program.

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA?
I was the Secretary and then President of the Eveleth Student Senate, which led to involvement with MSCSA at General Assemblies and Governing Council meetings.

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Shannon Cunningham

Shannon PicShannon Cunningham

1. Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects:

Yes! Being involved in my community above and beyond my career was something I learned to treasure from my MSCSA days. I previously spent time on the Board of Directors for MSUSA, the Bemidji State Alumni Board, Bemidji State Foundation and Hostelling International-Minnesota board. Currently, I am on the City of Roseville Civic Engagement Taskforce and both an Adoption Placement Coordinator and a Foster Parent for Midwest Animal Rescue.

2. Current job:

Government Affairs and Public Policy Specialist for the Minnesota Nurses Association.

3. Where did you attend college?

Hibbing Community College –AA

Bemidji State University- BA

University of Minnesota- Duluth (Masters)

4. Major:

Political Science (Undergrad)

Advocacy and Political Leadership (Graduate School)

5. What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA?

Student Senator, GA Delegate

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Travis Petschl

Travis-PetschlTravis Petschl

  1. Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects? I volunteer for a local greenhouse.
  2. Current job? I am the Legislative Assistant to Senator Michelle Fischbach (R) District 14.
  3. Where did you attend college? – Century College and the University of Minnesota
  4. Major? Political Science and Horticulture
  5. What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA? Student Senate President and Metro North Regional Representative

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