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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. 

Jacob Englund

Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work?

I work with worship bands at local churches.

Current job:
CEO of Orbitation, a consulting company to small businesses. We help our clients sell goods and services and position their business for growth.

Where did you attend college?
The Berklee College of Music
Normandale Community College
Inver Hills Community College
The University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management

Major:
Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in finance
Associates of Arts degree with emphasis in Accounting

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA? 
I was elected treasurer of the association. Then very soon after that, I was named to the MnSCU Board of Trustees, which was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up, so I stepped down as the treasurer. As a student trustee, I tried to stay as involved as possible with MSCSA and attended several conferences to stay engaged and speak to the group.

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Caleb Anderson

Caleb Anderson Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects?
I served for 5 years as a commissioner for the city of Maplewood up until this past July when my wife and I bought a house in Oakdale.  For the past year and a half, I have been serving on Governor Dayton’s Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force alongside, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Rep. Dean Urdahl, and many historians and civic leaders. We oversee the state’s commemoration efforts for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, now through 2015. I have also been active with the Century College Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and was voted in as President in February of this year.

Current job:

Public and Governmental Relations at Tunheim Partners in Minneapolis. I work with a few different teams of coworkers to assist our clients with their public and government relations needs. Part of my time is spent monitoring news and social media for any articles of posts about my client's organizations in order to help them be aware of the ever-changing public perceptions of different companies, products, and issues. I write and distribute press releases to local, state, and national news outlets, and I help with product pitches from time to time. The favorite part of my job is coming up with event ideas for my clients to help them achieve greater publicity and community interaction. 

Where did you attend college?
I attended Century College in White Bear Lake from 2005-2008 while completing my A.A. degree. I took general elective credits and was able to transfer 64 credits to Hamline University. I spent two years at Hamline University where I completed my 4-year degree in Business Management.

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA?
I was appointed by Governor Pawlenty in 2006 to the MnSCU Board of Trustees. I was the community college student trustee for a two-year term.  My position was created by the legislature to help ensure that student representation (with full voting power, unlike many other higher education systems) would exist on the board (there is also a position for the technical college students and for the university students). I tried to make an appearance at every MSCSA conference during my term, so I could keep up to date on the most pressing student issues. I made sure to take a lot of notes, to ask a lot of questions, and to try my best to answer any questions that my fellow students had for me. I also usually spoke at MSCSA conferences, to update the student leaders on any policy changes that the MnSCU Board would be considering. 

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Roger Johnson

Roger-Johnson-PhotoAlumni Spotlight on Roger Johnson

Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects:
I am a member of our community club in which I volunteer my time on the various projects that are conducted throughout the year including National Night Out, neighborhood gatherings, as well as sponsoring information topics on what’s going on in the city like street improvements that affect our neighborhood.   

Current job: 
Director of Student Life, Lake Superior College

Where did you attend college? 
I attended the Duluth Community College (which is currently Lake Superior College) where I received my associate degree and then transferred to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Major:  
Communications Major and Political Science Minor

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA?  
Back then it was called MCCSA which stood for the Minnesota Community College Student Association. The governing body was called the Council of Presidents and I was a part of that since I was the Student Senate President.  MCCSA had no staff–it was run by elected students.  Senate advisors were not allowed to attend meetings, which only hampered our efforts and knowledge.  I seem to recall that one of the MCCSA presidents had gotten into a bit of trouble when he decided to pay for personal things with student funds.  Good thing we have accountability now.

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Noel Lutsey

Noel-Lutsey-smallNoel LutseyAre you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects: Yes, Ham Lake | Blaine Rotary club. We have several projects involving Polio eradication, clean water, sponsoring a foreign high school student and STRIVE (Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) Blaine and Spring Lake Park High Schools. We award scholarships to the bottom 1/3 of seniors participating in this project.

Current job: Director of Professional & Workforce Training Anoka Technical College

Where did you attend college? Anoka Technical College (plus stops along the way at Century College, North Hennepin Community College and St. Paul College)

Major: Information Technology Management

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA? Director of Public Relations, Vice President and Student Senate President at Anoka Technical College

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Jon Nordin

Nordins-USVI2-cropJon NordinAre you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects: My main focus right now is enjoying being married to my lovely wife and raising my three-year-old daughter and three-month-old son. I am on the Computer Team at the church where I typically do things like help answer general technology-related questions and keep the networks running. I am attending graduate school, taking guitar lessons and I have also participated in the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks and 5K runs.

Current job: Senior System Engineer, SUPERVALU, INC. at their corporate offices in Eden Prairie, MN.

Where did you attend college? Lakewood Community College (now Century College), the College of Saint Scholastica- Saint Paul campus is where I completed my undergrad. I am also completing my MBA through the College of St. Scholastica.

Major: My undergraduate degree was in Organizational Behavior. I am currently working on an MBA.

What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA? President of student senate at Lakewood Community College and VP Operations with MCCSA (prior to the organization becoming MSCSA.

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