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News You Can Use: 05/02/17

Groots student of the month: Charles Karter

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Once a month we will be showcasing a student that has done excellent work with our Groots initiative. The Groots initiative is a grass roots campaign to get students involved in building support for an issue by showing legislators how many people a certain problem effects. This month LeadMN is highlighting Charles Karter, a student senator Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Passion, a simple enough word that is full of meaning, and happens to describe Charles Karter. Charles is a U.S. Army veteran attending MCTC and working towards his AAS in CNC Machinery. In college, Charles is involved in many different environmental clubs, such as the Urban Farm Collective, 3 Legged Frog sustainability club, and the administrations sustainability committee; all of which are intertwined with the Director of Health and Sustainability, the student senate position which Charles currently holds.

Like many senators, getting involved in senate introduced Charles to LeadMN. Since his introduction, Charles has stayed involved in LeadMN because he found it to be a “valuable institution in protecting students, has grown my personal development, and gave me avenues to interact with legislators.” Charles stays involved through advocating events, participating in GOTV, attending conferences, and campus promotional events.

The Groots campaign has greatly helped Charles interact with every level of the government, and has given him ample opportunity for personal and community development. “Many of the LeadMN campaigns are similar. You plan objectives around an important issue, implement the objectives, and then inform and motivate others to support you.” Charles has found that students easily connect to this Groots campaign because spending more on tuition is bad and spending less on tuition is good. Who can argue that logic?

Talking with Charles about the Groots campaign and all he’s involved in, it’s clear Charles has passion for what he does. And when a person has passion for what they do, they get results. The Groots campaign is in good hands with Charles leading the way at MCTC.

“The Groots campaign isn't a silo; it's like the name of our weekly meetings, so it's hard to talk about it in particular. Its identity is fluid. Hence I talk about MSCSA more generally, because everything they do is somewhat intertwined. It's all the same people, and focus, improving the lives of students, be it your own or others. It's been a privilege to be a part of, and I'd like to thank them for the opportunities.”

Do you want to get involved? Sign our petition to tell your legislators to decrease tuition by
1 percent!
 

Big announcement, summer events, and much more!

Association Update 05-01-17

MSCSA Association Update - April 2017
MSCSA Association Update - April 2017
 

Upcoming Events:

Ice Cream Social -
May 2017

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: LeadMN Office,
1515 South Robert St, West St. Paul, MN 55118

Learning Center Grand Opening - June 2017

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: LeadMN Office,
1515 South Robert St, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Internship Opportunities
OER Interns: We are also offering an unpaid internship for students that are interested in working on Open Education Resources (OERs) and online textbooks. Textbooks, on average, account for 22% of students’ cost of attendance. Open Education Resources (OERs) and online textbooks have the potential to make a big impact on college cost for students. This internship will be research based and will include a faculty outreach component.
 
Minneapolis & St. Paul GOTV Interns: Are you interested in community engagement? Then the Get Out the Vote internship is right for you. This is a paid internship that will allow you to use your passion to increase student voter turnout and build up the power of student voices in Minneapolis or St. Paul. The Get Out the Vote intern will help lead GOTV efforts at Minneapolis Community and Technical College or Saint Paul College. They will learn how to create an engagement plan, recruit volunteers, and how to execute their engagement plan. This position consists of hands-on experience and will provide them with a valuable leadership position.
 
If you are interested in any of the above internships please contact LeadMN Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at sbeck@mscsa.org.
 

2016-17 Star Campus Winners!

We would like to recognize and congratulate the following campuses on reaching star campus status!
1st year winners:
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Pipestone
  • Riverland Community and Technical College-Austin
  • Saint Could Technical and Community College
3rd year winners:
  • Century College
4th year winners:
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Cambridge
  • South Central College-Faribault
5th year winners:
  • Inver Hills Community College
6th year winners:
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
7th year winners:
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids
  • Dakota County Technical College

Want to get involved?
Join the Summer
Leadership Team!

The 2017 Summer Leadership Trainings (SLT) will give you the opportunity to create change. Not only will you be given training to further your leadership journey, but you will also apply those skills to help make textbooks more affordable. This summer we will work towards spreading the use of Open Education Resources (free to low cost online textbooks) across our state. If you are interested, contact Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck (sbeck@mscsa.org) or join the Facebook group.

Summer Office Hours

Starting Monday, May 29 through Monday, September 4, LeadMN summer office hours will be in affect. The hours are below.
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MSCSA is now LeadMN!

LeadMN logo Since last September, the MSCSA Branding Committee has been hard at work rebranding the Minnesota State College Student Association into an organization that a new generation of students can connect with. The branding committee was made up of three students from around the state of Minnesota, along with Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Thielen, and MSCSA staff. The students determined early in the process that a name change was necessary in order to better represent the organization.
The rebranding process is ongoing. We will be rolling out the new logo and new website throughout the summer. If you have any questions about the MSCSA rebrand, please contact LeadMN Communications and Office Coordinator Courtney Brockman at 651-203-9461 or cbrockman@mscsa.org.
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Look at the progress!

Last Association Update, we told you that construction was just beginning in the warehouse. How a month changes everything! The garage doors are gone, stadium seating has been built, and the old front office entrance is now a closet! We will be sure to continue to update you on the warehouse progress on our Facebook page, but if you are interested in viewing the newly renovated space be sure to join us Saturday, June 24 at the Learning Center Grand Opening! During this event you will have the opportunity to view our new space, enjoy lunch, and talk with friends of LeadMN. We can't wait to see you there!

The latest at the capitol!

The Minnesota legislature is heading fast toward May and the end of regular session. At this time, the House and the Senate have each prepared an omnibus bill for Higher Education.

An omnibus bill essentially means many bills rolled into one bill. In order for the omnibus bill to be considered by the Governor, the House and the Senate must align their two bills into one.

In order to get two bills into one, the House and the Senate have appointed 5 conferees from each body for a total of 10 legislators to serve on the Higher Education Conference Committee.

This conference committee will meet to negotiate and iron out the disputed legislation between the two bills to create a single Higher Education bill. Once that happens, the bill will go to the House and Senate floors for a 3rd and final reading.

Once the bill is voted on, it heads to Governor Dayton for his signature. From the time that it reaches his desk, the Governor has three options:
1. Sign the bill into law.
2. Veto the bill (requiring the legislature to create a new bill).
3. Not sign it. If a bill remains unsigned for 72 hours, it becomes law by default.

We anticipate that the current bill’s financial targets are too low for the Governor to approve. How much money that legislators will appropriate will be a large part of the conference negotiations.

If you have any questions, please contact LeadMN Director of Government Relations Angelique McDonald at 651-203-9458 or amcdonald@mscsa.org.
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An energetic Spring
General Assembly!

The LeadMN General Assembly took place on April 21-23 in Breezy Point to elect next years Cabinet, Governing Council, and Platform Committee positions, and to celebrate the past year. The students enjoyed an awards dinner, an advocacy game, and fun activities throughout the weekend. Find out more information about next year's student leadership team and view the 2017 Awards Dinner recipients.
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Groots volunteer of the month: Charles Karter!

Charles Karter photoOnce a month we will be showcasing a student that has done excellent work with our Groots initiative. The Groots initiative is a grass roots campaign to get students involved in building support for an issue by showing legislators how many people a certain problem effects. This month LeadMN is highlighting Charles Karter, a student senator Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Passion, a simple enough word that is full of meaning, and happens to describe Charles Karter. Charles is a U.S. Army veteran attending MCTC and working towards his AAS in CNC Machinery. In college, Charles is involved in many different environmental clubs, such as the Urban Farm Collective, 3 Legged Frog sustainability club, and the administrations sustainability committee; all of which are intertwined with the Director of Health and Sustainability, the student senate position which Charles currently holds.

Like many senators, getting involved in senate introduced Charles to LeadMN. Since his introduction, Charles has stayed involved in LeadMN because he found it to be a “valuable institution in protecting students, has grown my personal development, and gave me avenues to interact with legislators.” Charles stays involved through advocating events, participating in GOTV, attending conferences, and campus promotional events.

The Groots campaign has greatly helped Charles interact with every level of the government, and has given him ample opportunity for personal and community development. “Many of the LeadMN campaigns are similar. You plan objectives around an important issue, implement the objectives, and then inform and motivate others to support you.” Charles has found that students easily connect to this Groots campaign because spending more on tuition is bad and spending less on tuition is good. Who can argue that logic?

Talking with Charles about the Groots campaign and all he’s involved in, it’s clear Charles has passion for what he does. And when a person has passion for what they do, they get results. The Groots campaign is in good hands with Charles leading the way at MCTC.

“The Groots campaign isn't a silo; it's like the name of our weekly meetings, so it's hard to talk about it in particular. Its identity is fluid. Hence I talk about MSCSA more generally, because everything they do is somewhat intertwined. It's all the same people, and focus, improving the lives of students, be it your own or others. It's been a privilege to be a part of, and I'd like to thank them for the opportunities.”

Announcing the 2017 Mark W. Welter 100% American scholarship recipients!

LeadMN is proud to announce the five recipients for the 2017 spring semester Mark M. Welter 100% American Scholarship.
  • Emily L. Potter, Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Tazrian Ahmed, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Morgan Elizabeth LeBrun, Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Claire T. Drake, Saint Paul College
  • Aaron Bible, Southwest Minnesota State University
Congratulations to all of you and thank you Dr. Welter for your commitment to our students!

 

News You Can Use: 04/28/17

Annual award recipients recognized at the 2017 Spring General Assembly!

Congratulations to the below individuals and campuses on receiving the following awards. These awards were presented at our annual Awards Dinner at the Spring General Assembly in Breezy Point, MN on April 22, 2017. Watch the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner.

Student Awards

Student Leader of the Year: Tavion Tran, Century College
Student leaders come from all different backgrounds and carry many diverse stories. A Student Leader of the Year is one who has excelled both academically, in the association, and in their community.

Governing Council Member of the Year: Chuck Lecy, Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Canby
A Governing Council Member of the Year displays many great qualities within the association. They have exemplified the ideals of the organization, built relationships and effective teams within their region, and have gone above their call to serve our students.

Platform Representative of the Year: Noah Smith, Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead
A Platform Committee Member of the Year is seen to display many qualities related to legislation in the association. They are someone who has dedicated their time and effort to research and to developing a working knowledge of the issues facing our students.

Student Senate of the Year: Dakota County Technical College
Student Senate of the Year goes to the senate that has taken their work above and beyond the call of duty. In many cases, they have changed the lives of countless amounts of students for the better.

Minnesota State Committee Member of the Year: Andrew Hjelle, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Minnesota State committees are some of the most important venues for change across the state. Students who serve on these committees are essential in ensuring students have a voice on a variety of topics.

LeadMN Intern of the Year: Maggie Nead, Inver Hills Community College
The LeadMN Intern of the Year goes to a student who embodies the LeadMN spirit in every aspect of their life. They go above and beyond their duties as an intern to create real and lasting change within the organization.

Non-Student Awards

Alumni Member of the Year: Heather Darby, Rochester Community and Technical College
The Alumni of the Year award is to honor an alumni member of our organization. Nominees should have a continued and lasting impact on the lives of students or their community in ways that honor the mission and values of LeadMN.

College President of the Year: Dr. Merrill Irving, Jr., Hennepin Technical College
This award honors the exemplary work of a college president within the 2-year colleges of the Minnesota State system. A nominee should display the qualities of being available to students for consultation and willing to discuss issues that affect the student body throughout the decision making process.

View Dr. Merrill Irving, Jr.’s speech.

Student Senate Advisor of the Year: Linda Peterson, Saint Paul College
This award honors a Student Senate Advisor who has gone above and beyond the daily roles and responsibilities of advising the student senate on their operations and serving as their advocate. This is someone who also serves as a mentor to student leaders in ways that allow them to grow in their education and careers.

Instructor of the Year: Andrew Thul, Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie
An instructor deserving of this prestigious award is one that not only connects with their students to deliver the subject material, but also does it in ways that allows students of all learning methods to succeed.

View Andrew Thul’s speech.

News You Can Use: 03/28/17

Groots student of the month: Asha Hurreh

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Once a month we will be showcasing a student that has done excellent work with our Groots initiative. The Groots initiative is a grass roots campaign to get students involved in building support for an issue by showing legislators how many people a certain problem effects. This month MSCSA is highlighting Asha Hurreh, a student senator at Normandale Community College.

If you’ve ever been stopped on Normandale Community College campus and asked to sign a letter to your legislator requesting them to support a 1% tuition cut, you may have been stopped by Asha Hurreh, and she doesn’t even have to pay tuition yet.

Asha is an 11th grade PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment Options) student who is in her second semester at Normandale Community College. She joined student senate last semester when MSCSA Treasurer Isaac Jahraus convinced her to go to a meeting to see what it was about. Asha realized that by joining she would have a voice on campus and she could represent a group of the many minorities that attend Normandale Community College.

Last fall, Asha became a GOTV intern at MSCSA and asked students to pledge to vote. She really enjoyed the work and found that tabling is a successful way to talk with a lot of students. “The hardest part of tabling is initially approaching students, but once you get going, students usually agree with what you are saying, and if not that’s okay.” Since last fall, Asha has taken what she learned about tabling and is now using that method to grow support for the Groots campaign.

From the beginning of the campaign, Asha has been working hard to get signatures to show support for a 1% tuition cut. “For many students as soon as I say ‘cut tuition’ they ask where they should sign. They agree that tuition is too high.” Asha has been supporting the Groots campaign not only on campus, but she also spent her spring break gathering signatures from around her community. She went back to her high school during parent-teacher conferences, and her and a friend went to their different places of worship to ask people for their support.

“There are so many people that have to pay tuition and also have other responsibilities like full-time jobs and taking care of family. By helping now to make change, I hope that when I get into their shoes I won’t have these same worries.”

Do you want to get involved? Sign our petition to tell your legislators to decrease tuition
by 1 percent!
 

Big changes are occurring at the MSCSA office, scholarships are due April 1, and much more!

Association Update 03-27-17

MSCSA Association Update - March 2017
MSCSA Association Update - March 2017

Upcoming Events:

Spring General Assembly - April 2017

Date: April 21-23, 2017
Location: Breezy Point Resort - Breezy Point, MN
Register by Tuesday, April 4!
Budget Consultaion Video

Spring General Assembly is almost here!

In honor of Spring GA, check out our video explaining what each elected position is responsible for!
MSCSA Scholarships

Scholarships are due April 1!

Scholarship application deadlines are quickly approaching, and you don’t want to miss out. Apply now for any of the open scholarships through MSCSA or Students United.
  • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship
  • Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Scholarship
  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund
  • Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship
  • Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship
  • Timothy J. Penny Public Service State Fellowship
  • Timothy J. Penny Public Service Federal Fellowship
  • Elizabeth Pegues Scholarship Matching Program for Students of Color
  • Friends Scholarship
  • Hull Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship
Please note that the requirements of these scholarships will vary. More information can be found on the MSCSA and Students United websites. If you have any questions, please contact Development Assistant Joyce Petsch at 651-203-9464 or jpetsch@mscsa.org.

Attention student senate presidents!

Every year student senates have the opportunity to consult with their campus administration on the campus’ budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. In the spring, student senate presidents then write a letter to the Minnesota State Chancellor and Board of Trustees describing how that process went for that year.

The first draft of your budget consultation letter is due to the MSCSA office for review and feedback by Monday, April 3, please email the letter to Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck (sbeck@mscsa.org). If you have any questions, please contact Samantha.

The deadline has been extended!

You have until March 31 to submit your workshops for the Leadership Certificate program! In order to receive recognition, you must have attended at least three workshops in each of the four topic areas (Cultural Intelligence, Leadership Development, Advocacy and Campaigns, and Professional Advancement). The topics of each workshop were designated on the itineraries at each conference throughout the year. Submissions will only be accepted via the online form. Hurry, you have until Friday, March 31!

Legislative update from
the state capitol!

The Minnesota House and Senate are expected to vote on the Higher Education omnibus bills this week. The bills will fund the state financial aid programs, Minnesota State system, and the University of Minnesota for the next two years. It will include some policy changes to how higher education operates in Minnesota. An omnibus bill is essentially many small bills that are compiled into one large bill.
 
The House and the Senate have different versions of these education omnibus bills and this means that conference committee will be created to negotiate the differences.
 
One of MSCSA’s top priorities, to reform developmental education, is in the Senate bill. This legislation is a huge step towards helping students navigate their way through dev ed courses and allows for multiple measures to be implemented before placement into dev ed. We are very excited to see this language in the education omnibus bill and would like to thank Rep. Zerwas, Rep. Bernardy, Sen. Abeler and Sen. Claussen for their help, carrying our bills! Developmental education reform is not the only MSCSA priority that had been included in the omnibus bills.
 
The House and Senate have prioritized affordability in the omnibus bills with a 1% tuition cut in the House bill and a tuition freeze in the Senate bill. It will be important to remind legislators about the importance of Minnesota’s community and technical colleges over the next several weeks. The Minnesota State system office needs more funding to support the valuable academic programs that it offers students.
 
It is important to note that both the House and Senate Higher Education omnibus bills did not meet the financial requests of Minnesota State. Governor Dayton included almost double the amount of funding in his budget proposal, which the House and the Senate appear to have initially disregarded.

Continue to follow the MSCSA social media accounts for the latest at the capitol!

MSCSA warehouse construction is underway!

Big things are happening at the MSCSA office! Last Monday, March 20 construction began in the warehouse with the demolition of the large wall that spanned the space. Since then construction has kept moving forward, with the ceiling being painted next and the risers being built. The renovation is projected to take about eight weeks, and upon completion, it’ll be a whole new space. As the project continues, we will be updating you with photos and announcements, so watch our Facebook page for the latest on this exciting time!

D.C. Summit 2017 a success!

Another triumphant D.C. Summit is in the books! Students learned valuable insights from national nonprofits that work on higher education issues that affect students from across the country. They also had the opportunity to share their stories with the Minnesota congressional delegation and Senator Al Franken’s staff. While in D.C., students were able to form valuable relationships with their legislators and higher education focused nonprofits. The 2017 D.C. Summit was a success and we are looking forward to next year’s trip!

Groots volunteer of the month: Asha Hurreh!

Once a month we will be showcasing a student that has done excellent
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work with our Groots initiative. The Groots initiative is a grass roots campaign to get students involved in building support for an issue by showing legislators how many people a certain problem effects. This month MSCSA is highlighting Asha Hurreh, a student senator at Normandale Community College.

If you’ve ever been stopped on Normandale Community College campus and asked to sign a letter to your legislator requesting them to support a 1% tuition cut, you may have been stopped by Asha Hurreh, and she doesn’t even have to pay tuition yet.

Asha is an 11th grade PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment Options) student who is in her second semester at Normandale Community College. She joined student senate last semester when MSCSA Treasurer Isaac Jahraus convinced her to go to a meeting to see what it was about. Asha realized that by joining she would have a voice on campus and she could represent a group of the many minorities that attend Normandale Community College.

Last fall, Asha became a GOTV intern at MSCSA and asked students to pledge to vote. She really enjoyed the work and found that tabling is a successful way to talk with a lot of students. “The hardest part of tabling is initially approaching students, but once you get going, students usually agree with what you are saying, and if not that’s okay.” Since last fall, Asha has taken what she learned about tabling and is now using that method to grow support for the Groots campaign.

From the beginning of the campaign, Asha has been working hard to get signatures to show support for a 1% tuition cut. “For many students as soon as I say ‘cut tuition’ they ask where they should sign. They agree that tuition is too high.”

Asha has been supporting the Groots campaign not only on campus, but she also spent her spring break gathering signatures from around her community. She went back to her high school during parent-teacher conferences, and her and a friend went to their different places of worship to ask people for their support.

“There are so many people that have to pay tuition and also have other responsibilities like full-time jobs and taking care of family. By helping now to make change, I hope that when I get into their shoes I won’t have these same worries.”

Announcing the 2017 Mark W. Welter World Citizen award recipients!

Congratulations to the twenty students who were awarded $500 from the Mark W. Welter World Citizen Award.
  • Cassandra Bauer, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Brooke Moren, Central Lakes College
  • Breezy (Sabrina) Cephus, Century College
  • Rakhi Penugonda, Dakota Technical College
  • Ashlyn Anderson, Hennepin Technical College
  • Jake Ray, Hibbing Community College
  • Alexander Anderson, Lake Superior College
  • Cole Jensen, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
  • James E. Morse, Metropolitan State University
  • Babra Mumia, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Evariste Busanga, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Gulmira Fazilova, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Tanner Jo Gunnink, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Alyssa Hinderscheid, Normandale Community College
  • Deborah Nesheim, North Hennepin Community College
  • Sarah Solomon, Northland Community & Technical College
  • Hannah L. Mollhoff, Pine Technical College
  • Okeyemi Onireti, Riverland Community College
  • Raxson Rax, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Nicholas Holtz, Vermilion Community College
Thank you Dr. Welter for your commitment to our students!
 

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