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Meet our new staff member, final week of GOTV, and much more!

Association Update 10-31-16

MSCSA Association Update - October 2016
MSCSA Association Update - October 2016


Upcoming Events:

Regional Meetings

Northern Regional Meeting: November 12, 2016
Register by Friday, November 4!
Southern Regional Meeting: November 19, 2016
Register by Friday, November 11!
Metro Regional Meeting: December 3, 2016
Register by Friday, November 25!

January Student Leadership Conference

Date: January 5-7, 2017
Location: Inver Hills Community College & Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Dec 16!

Save the Date: 10th Annual Scholarship Gala

Date: Friday, January 2, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Join us at the 10th Annual MSCSA Scholarship Gala to recognize outstanding student leaders and raise funds for this important scholarship program. By registering for the January SLC, you are automatically registered for the Gala. If you will not be attending the Gala but you are attending the January SLC, please mark the corresponding box on your registration form.

Last call for fall
2016 scholarships!

Scholarship applications are due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1! For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit
our website.

Now accepting Wall of Wine donations!

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to help raise money for student scholarships? If you are over 21, purchase your favorite bottle of wine and drop it off at the MSCSA office as a tax- deductible donation. We will add it to our Wall of Wine, where Scholarship Gala attendees pay $10 to draw a numbered wine bottle cork from a fishbowl and they win the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. The Wall of Wine is a favorite among Gala attendees and is always sure to sell out fast.
If you have questions about Wall of Wine donations or the Scholarship Gala, please contact Director of Program & Events Lindsay Barton at 651-203-9452 or lbarton@mscsa.org.

Final Week of the Get Out
the Vote Campaign

We are in the final week of our Get Out the Vote effort and are on track to have the most successful Get Out the Vote campaign yet. Currently we have over 10,500 pledges. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment. Each campus did an amazing job and we are very thankful for your passionate leadership.

However, our work is not done. This week we will be holding six phone banks to remind students about the upcoming election. These phone calls are key to increasing student turnout at the polls on Election Day. We will be phone banking on Tuesday, November 1; Wednesday, November 2; Thursday, November 3; and Friday, November 4 from 3 – 8 PM, on Sunday, November 6 from 6 – 9 PM; and on Monday, November 7 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM. If you are interested in helping please contact Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at 651-203-9462 or sbeck@mscsa.org.

And we can’t forget about the illustrious Voter Cup! It is currently anyone’s game and many campuses are neck-in-neck going into the final week of the Get Out the Vote campaign. We wish you all good luck as we wrap up this year’s Get Out the Vote effort and Voter Cup competition.

Get to know Equity and Inclusion Fellow May Yang!

MayYang Headshot 8x10Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: My work history is predominantly in the fields of higher education research and media (two areas that I love!). As a researcher I have worked on projects focused on increasing access and opportunities for marginalized communities as well as closing the opportunity gap for students of color. In addition I’ve held various media positions including project management and teaching digital production. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and a B.S. in Business Marketing. I am currently completing my M.A. in Higher Education Policy and Administration.
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: I was drawn to MSCSA because of the organization’s devotion to students. I am a firm believer that institutions need to reflect the communities they serve, and MSCSA is a great example of that through its commitment to student representation and leadership development. In addition, I was interested in working for MSCSA to learn more about equity and inclusion policy work in higher education. I am excited by the opportunity to learn how higher education institutions can best serve and meet the needs of today’s college students.

Q: What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
A: I am extremely looking forward to supporting MSCSA’s Equity and Inclusion campaign. I hope to collaborate with student leaders as well as higher education representatives to work together to create more diverse and inclusive communities. I am also excited to learn more about education reform and the steps necessary to bring forth equity-oriented change. Most of all I value student experiences and hope to bring awareness to their experiences.

Q: What interests do you have outside of work?
A: When I am not working or in school, I enjoy spending time with my two rabbits, Kingsley and Fe. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, and the great outdoors.
As a former student leader, May Yang has always been drawn to student engagement and student empowerment. These interests combined with her passion for equity and diversity lead May to work as a researcher in projects focused on increasing opportunities and access for minority students and marginalized communities. Most recently she worked on closing the opportunity gap for students of color in Minnesota. May has also worked as a media specialist collaborating with students to share their experiences through digital storytelling.

Outside of work, May enjoys spending time with her two rabbits as well as yoga, hiking, and the great outdoors. May is also currently earning her M.A. in Higher Education Policy and Administration where her research examines the intersection of higher education, campus climate, and the media with a critical focus on race and student experiences. May is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she earned a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and a B.S. in Business Marketing. 

Minnesota State students receive scholarships from
Dr. Mark M. Welter

Twenty students from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have been selected to receive Mark M. Welter World Citizen Awards with $500 to be used for tuition, fees, and books during the fall 2016 semester.

Congratulations goes to the following recipients of the award:
  • Simon Washee, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Rochelle Peace, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Lucino Sosa, Century College
  • Israel Gray, Dakota County Technical College
  • Spring Aubol, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Beth Al-Qudah, Lake Superior College
  • Timmons Alphonso, Mesabi Range College
  • Mayla Yang, Metropolitan State University
  • Katie Minshall, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Aldo Kusnardi, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Jocelyn Hernandez, North Hennepin Community College
  • Skyah Westerman, Northland Community and Technical College
  • Precious Kolleh, Pine Technical and Community College
  • Nunki Reyes, Ridgewater College
  • Adama Youhn, Riverland Community College
  • Martins Ayelomi, St. Cloud State University
  • Jerson Castro-Campos, South Central College
  • Dallin Finley, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Austin VanScoy, Vermilion Community College
  • Elijah Norris-Holliday, Winona State University
Through the generosity of Dr. Mark Welter, this award provides a semi-annual tribute to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students who exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen. Award recipients are nominated by college/university faculty and staff. Congratulations to the recipients!

MN Student Leadership Summit 2016

The 2016 Minnesota Student Leadership Summit was packed full of excitement! This year we offered 35 valuable workshops and four inspiring keynote speakers. We also had networking opportunities and fun evening entertainment that included casino night, karaoke, and a formal dance. The conference was a great way for student leaders to connect with other leaders throughout Minnesota.


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