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Association Update 07-25-16 

MSCSA Association Update - July 2016
MSCSA Association Update - July 2016

Upcoming Events:

Incoming Leader Training

Date: August 17-19, 2016
Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Register by Friday, August 5!
This event is for 2016-17 MSCSA Cabinet, Governing Council and Platform Committee representatives and alternates, and one student senate president or representative from each campus.

September Student Leadership Conference

Date: September 9-11, 2016
Location: Rochester Community and Technical College & Centerstone Plaza Hotel - Rochester, MN
Register by Friday, August 26!

Looking for more MSCSA events?

All of our 2016-17 conference registration is now available on our website! Download our Rates, Dates, and Deadlines today and start getting excited for an exciting and educational year of conferences!

Summer Office Hours

From Friday, May 27 through Friday, September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12 p.m.
Regular office hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Summer office hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome MSCSA 2016-17 Cabinet!

At the beginning of July we welcomed Dylan Kelly, Minda Nelson, and Kimberly Thielen, our new 2016-17 Cabinet as they began their term. They have already been hard at work and are ready to kick-off a great year of serving MN community & technical college students.

Conference Rates, Dates, and Deadlines Now Available!

The 2016-17 MSCSA conference calendar has been finalized and we are looking forward to an exciting and educational year! Registration for all 2016-17 conferences has been opened on the MSCSA website and you are able to register immediately. Download your copy of our Rates, Dates, and Deadlines today! We hope to see you at a MSCSA conference soon!
If you have any questions feel free to contact Director of Programs & Events Lindsay Barton at lbarton@mscsa.org or 651-203-9452. 

MSCSA to Hold 2016-17 Treasurer Special Election

We would like to inform everyone that we have received a letter of resignation from Treasurer Richard Barnier. On behalf of the MSCSA family, we want to thank Richard for his years of service. Over those years, Richard has been a tireless advocate for students on campus and within the system office. Richard will be missed and we wish him well as he graduates on from MSCSA.
MSCSA will hold a special election to fill the Treasurer position during the Governing Council (GC) meeting at the September Student Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for September 11, 2016.
The procedure will follow our special election process, which calls for candidates to be nominated by members of the GC. It’s also important to note that only members of the GC are able to vote to fill the vacancy. For additional details, please review the 2016-17 Treasurer Election Procedure.
We are asking interested candidates to fill out an application by September 2, 2016. Governing Council members will have the opportunity to review applications with their regions before the election. Please be advised that submitting an application does not guarantee nomination. It is within the Governing Council’s authority to nominate and elect any eligible student that they think will best serve MSCSA.
If you have any question about the election process, please contact Executive Director Mike Dean (mdean@mscsa.org) or MSCSA President Dylan Kelly (pres@mscsa.org).

Twins Game and Minnesota State Fair Volunteer Opportunities

Minnesota State, in collaboration with MSCSA and Students United, seeks to coordinate back-to-back volunteer opportunities for students of Minnesota State colleges and universities to help raise awareness and support the $50 million student scholarship fundraising campaign. Interested students and alumni can volunteer for one or both events.
On Saturday, September 3, students are needed to help raise awareness
for the colleges and universities of the Minnesota State system by participating in the Minnesota State Fair. Students can help by either volunteering to staff the Minnesota State booth in the Education Building, or participating in the State Fair Parade. Parade volunteer opportunities include wearing their school's mascot costume, serving as a mascot guide, drumming, or serving as a banner carrier.
On Sunday, September 4, students are needed to attend a 1:10 p.m. Minnesota Twins game against the 
Chicago White Sox to help raise awareness for the Access to Excellence Scholarship Campaign. The Minnesota State schools’ foundations have committed to raising $50 million in student scholarships by June 2018! Students can help by either volunteering to wear their school's mascot costume and participating in pre-game announcement and events, or by wearing their school's logo apparel (t-shirts, polos, etc.) and participating in the pre-game announcement. We want to showcase our diversity and individual college/university identities by having student representatives from each institution on the field – imagine what a great visual that will be!

Student volunteers will have the following expenses taken care of, or reimbursed, for their service:
  • admission ticket to the Minnesota State Fair (provided)
  • admission ticket to the Minnesota Twins game (provided)
  • mileage for travel to and from events (reimbursed at the government rate)
  • hotel accommodations, for volunteers participating in BOTH events, and who will be traveling 50 miles or more (provided)
Please indicate your availability to participate in these events by Monday, August 1 or contact Andrea Steen at andrea.steen@so.mnscu.edu or

Get Out the Vote 2016 Update

Our student leaders and staff have been hard at work getting ready for Get Out the Vote. Over the summer, students from across the state have been meeting to discuss Get Out the Vote, learning the skills they will need to be successful, and starting to make plans for campus voter engagement.
At our Summer Leadership Team meetings, students learned that it is their job to give other students a reason for them to get out and vote. Students learned how to share their personal story about why voting is important to them and why they plan to vote. Peers sharing personal messages about why voting is important are a powerful way to show students that their vote matters. Students can relate to each other and share similar stories.
Our last Summer Leadership Team meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 1 pm. At this meeting students will learn how to take their voter engagement conversations a step further by recruiting other students to volunteer with their campus’s Get Out the Vote campaign. It takes a strong team to be effective at Get Out the Vote and it is important to build up new leaders. Investing time to train and work with new volunteers will help students expand their reach on campus and strengthen their team.
If you are looking to get more involved with Get Out the Vote, there will be extensive Get Out the Vote training at our September Student Leadership Conference. If you have questions or would like to get more involved with GOTV, please contact MSCSA Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at sbeck@mscsa.org.

Six Students Statewide Receive MSCSA Scholarships

The Minnesota State College Student Association Scholarship Board held their bi-annual meeting to determine the recipients of the Fall 2016 MSCSA Scholarships. Six students attending Minnesota State institutions were awarded these merit-based scholarships as recognition of their exemplary community and campus leadership in addition to maintaining a superb GPA throughout their academic career. The six student recipients and the scholarship they received are as follows:
  • Nicholas Everson-Minnesota State Community Technical College-Moorhead: John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship-$500
  • Olabisi Ewumi-St. Cloud State University: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Brian Larson-Saint Cloud Technical and Community College: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Rebecca Larson-Anoka-Ramsey Community College: Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi-St. Cloud State University: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Noah Squires-Itasca Community College: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
The recipients will each receive their scholarship to be used for their tuition for the Fall 2016 semester.


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