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A look ahead at the legislature, 10th Annual Scholarship Gala, and much more!

Association Update 11-21-16

MSCSA Association Update - November 2016
MSCSA Association Update - November 2016

Upcoming Events:

Regional Meetings

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!
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.

10th Annual
Scholarship Gala

Date: Friday, January 6, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Dec 16!


Send in your Silent Auction Items Now!

We encourage all campuses to donate an item(s) to the Silent Auction for the Scholarship Gala. This is a chance for campuses to showcase their campus at the event and earn a Star Campus point. For more information please contact Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Thielen at 651-203-9457 or prc@mscsa.org.

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.

A look ahead at the 2017 legislative leadership

When the Minnesota State legislature convenes in January 2017, there will be plenty of new faces in the Capitol. The election earlier this month has brought much change in both chambers of the legislature.
Minnesota House:
During the recent election, Republicans picked up six seats held by Democrats, while Democrats picked up two seats held by Republicans. Prior to the election, Republicans held a 73-61 majority and will now hold 76 seats with Democrats controlling 57 seats. One seat, House District 32B, currently held by a Republican, will not be decided until a special election in February.
Minnesota Senate:
Coming into the election, Senate Democrats held 38 seats while Republicans held 28 (with one seat vacant due to the death of former Senate President Jim Metzen). Following the election, Republicans will hold 34 seats and Democrats 33 seats. This will mean that Republicans are poised (pending one election recount) to take control of the Senate by the slimmest of margins.
Chamber Leadership:
Since the election, each caucus in the legislature has elected their leadership. In the Senate, Sen. Paul Gazelka has been chosen to lead the Republicans as Majority Leader and Sen. Tom Bakk has been elected to lead Democrats as Minority Leader.
In the House, Republicans have elected Rep. Kurt Daudt as Majority Leader and Democrats have elected Rep. Melissa Hortman as Minority Leader.
Over the next few weeks, both House and Senate leadership will begin to create their committee structure and appoint chairs for each committee.

Power of One Vote scholarship recipients
from Dr. Mark M. Welter


Five students from Minnesota State have been selected to receive the Mark M. Welter “Power of One Vote” scholarship. $500 will be used for tuition, fees, and books during fall semester 2016.

Congratulations goes to the following recipients of the award:

  • Tazrian Ahmed, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Hannah Demmer, Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls
  • Yongju Im, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • David Loos, Metropolitan State University
  • Lauri Luosta, Winona State University

MSCSA wants to thank Dr. Mark Welter for providing this scholarship to help students see how one vote can make a difference in any voting process during this presidential election year.

You're invited to the 10th Annual Scholarship Gala!

Friday, January 6, 2017
5:30 PM Silent Auction and Cash Bar
7:00 PM Dinner and Program
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
Join us to help two-year college students pursue their career aspirations and become the next generation of great leaders. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to support student scholarships.
Your attendance provides students with the opportunity for academic success and recognition. Join us January 6. View our event and sponsorship flyer.
Register by December 16!

Northern and Southern Regional Meetings 2016

The 2016 Northern and Southern Regional Meetings were a success. The Northern Meeting took place in Staples, MN and the Southern Meeting took place in North Mankato, MN. Students learned valuable leadership and advocacy skills, including being an effective advocate, successfully recruiting students, and leading teams. If you have not yet attended a regional meeting and are interested, register now for the Metro Regional Meeting on December 3.

Office closure notice

The MSCSA office will be closed from Thursday, November 24 throughSunday, November 27Turkey in honor of Thanksgiving.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!


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