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2016-17 conference registration, volunteer at the MN State Fair & Twins game, and much more!

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
(Monday-Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(Friday)

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.
MNState
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.
Twins
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
651-201-1811.

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

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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.
 
 
 

MSCSA Get-Together a success, meet our newest staff member, and much more!

Association Update 06-28-16 

MSCSA Association Update - June 2016
MSCSA Association Update - June 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.

News You Can Use:

Thank you Cabinet

for your service! 

 We would like to thank the 2015-16 MSCSA Cabinet for their year of service. The organization has many things to be proud of this year thanks to the work of Tim St. Claire, Austin Ruport, Richard Barnier, and Kevin Parker. Best of luck in your future endeavors!
 

The 4th Annual Great MSCSA Get-Together a success!

 
Despite the heat, ominous looking clouds and strong wind, the 2016 Great MSCSA Get-Together was a success. Students, alumni, friends and family all gathered to celebrate the past year, enjoy time together and look forward to the upcoming year. The afternoon started at our office with a tailgating party. We enjoyed a cookout, games, and six lucky winners also took home a prize from the raffle.

After the tailgating party we all headed over to CHS Field to watch the St. Paul Saints take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The sky cleared and brought a slight breeze, making the evening perfect baseball watching weather. Four lucky MSCSA members even participated in a between inning game on the field. The St. Paul Saints won, 12-11, making it a great ending to the afternoon.

We want to thank everyone that has supported us throughout the year and everyone that celebrated with us. We look forward to a great upcoming year and to seeing even more of you next year at the 2017 Great MSCSA Get-Together!

Get to know Communications and Office Coordinator Courtney Brockman

Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Last summer I interned with the Minnesota Department of Commerce in the communications division. There I wrote different communication pieces for consumers, and I researched and developed best practices for social media. Most recently, I spent a year and half working as the Advertising Manager for UW-Eau Claire’s The Lookout Event Space. In this position I was in charge of all promotional and social media activities.
 
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: Throughout college I always knew that I wanted to be able to graduate with a degree that would allow me to help others. When I found MSCSA had an opening, and that they provided students opportunities to advance themselves and do great work for each other, I knew I found an organization that I would enjoy. I am very excited to be part of a team and organization that works well together and I cannot wait to get started.
 
Q: What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
A: Recently I have been working on different social media best practices and best uses to expand and enhance organizations communication and reach with their publics. I am very excited to take all that I have learned and put it to use within MSCSA and also continue to learn and grow. In the future I cannot wait to learn more about the organization and help continue to grow their communication practices.

Q: What interests do you have outside of work?
A: Outside of work I love to be outdoors during all the seasons, there is so much to do! Nature walks, being in the water and going to the farmers market are my favorites. I also enjoy taking my dog for walks, watching crime TV shows and watching the Bachelorette with friends. Traveling is also a passion of mine; my goal is to go to all seven continents, only four to go!

A reminder about summer office hours.

Summer is in full swing! Please be advised that from Friday, May 27 through Friday September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12:00 PM.
Our regular office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Our summer office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday)
 

End of session recap, last call for St. Paul Saints tickets, and so much more!

Association Update 05-23-16 


 

Upcoming Events:

The Great MSCSA
Get-Together: St. Paul Saints Baseball Game

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
Register by Thursday, May 26!

 

Alumni Meeting

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: MSCSA Office, 1515 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, MN 55118
Time: 2:00 PM
Contact MSCSA Alumni Association Chair Heather Darby with questions!

 

Incoming Leader Training

Date: August 17-19, 2016
Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Registration opening soon!
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.

In the News:

2015-16 Star Campus Winners

We would like to recognize the following campuses on an outstanding year and being named MSCSA Star Campus!
1st Year Winners:
  • Northland Community College - East Grand Forks
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
    Mesabi Range College -Eveleth
  • Mesabi Range College -Eveleth
2nd Year Winners:
  • Mesabi Range College -Virginia
  • Century College
3rd Year Winners:
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College - Cambridge
  • South Central College - Fairbault
4th Year Winners:
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park
5th Year Winners:
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
6th Year Winners:
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids
  • Dakota County Community and Technical College
  • Lake Superior College

Just a few days remain to register for The Great MSCSA Get-Together!

Here are the top 5 reasons to register for The Great MSCSA Get-Together!
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  1. If you haven't had the opportunity to get inside the new CHS field and see what all the fuss is about, now is your chance! The St. Paul Saints baseball games are always exciting to watch and the game is made even better by their fabulous new location! Watch them take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes!
  2. Tailgate pre-party! There will be a ballpark picnic dinner provided, yard games, prize drawings, and more! Gather your friends and family and enjoy dinner and activities on us before the game! This event is great for the young and the young-at-heart! Everyone is welcome and kids under 2 are FREE!
  3. Catch up with all your current and past MSCSA pals, meet new friends, or just learn more about our organization and what we are working on.
  4. Who doesn't love a free swag? Each attendee will receive a Great MSCSA Get-Together t-shirt! We will all wear our t-shirts to the game and show the community our support of Minnesota's community and technical college students.
  5. Your attendance at this exciting event will support Minnesota's next generation of great leaders. The purchase of a ticket equals a $10 donation to the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship program!
JOIN US!
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM Tailgate party & dinner, 7:05 PM Game
Place: CHS Field, 360 Broadway St, St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost: $10 per ticket
Schedule of Events:
5:00 PM - Tailgate party (bags, ladder golf, etc.)
5:30 PM - Dinner
6:15 PM - Prize drawings
6:30 PM - Last call for ticket pickup
7:05 PM - Game begins! (St. Paul Saints take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes)
Register by this Thursday, May 26! Space is limited and tickets are going fast. We hope to see you there!
Questions? Call Director of Program & Events Lindsay Barton at 651-203-9452 or email lbarton@mscsa.org
Register Here

The 2016 Legislative Session came to a close today.

The 2016 Minnesota legislative session ended at midnight today and higher education funding and policy was a part of the both the supplemental budget and tax bills that were passed. Both of these major pieces of legislation require a signature from Governor Mark Dayton to become law, but we wanted to provide an update on the higher education issues adopted by the legislature that will effect students.
Tax Provisions:
The omnibus tax bill passed both the House and the Senate and is headed to the governor for his action. The tax bill provides two provisions of interest to higher education - student loan credit and college savings plans. Below are the specifics around the two higher education related provisions:
  • Student loan credit: $36.5 million in 2017, $75.4 million in the next biennium. This provision creates a credit of up to $1,000 for eligible individuals who are paying for student loans. The percentages of student loan payments eligible for the credit are:

- 50 percent of qualified educational loans.
- 65 percent of qualified loans for eligible individuals in a public service job.
- 75 percent of qualified loans for eligible individuals in an education profession.

  • College savings plans: $15.8 million in 2017, $33.2 million in the next biennium. This bill establishes a maximum credit of $500 per year and an income tax subtraction of up to $1,500 for qualified contributions to Minnesota’s 529 college savings plans.
Supplemental Budget:
The $182 million supplemental budget bill passed both the House and the Senate on Sunday evening. The bill contained $5 million for higher education that included:
  • $570,000 to MnSCU base and an additional
  • $200,000 in one-time funds to support open textbook initiatives. This was an initiative brought forward by MSCSA in partnership with Students United.
  • 500,000 is set aside for equity in post-secondary grants which will be administered by the Office of Higher Education and available to MnSCU.
Bonding Bill:
Late Sunday night, House and Senate leadership reached agreement on a final bonding package that would have provided $818 million in new projects along with another $300 million for infrastructure projects. However, time ran short and the bill was ultimately not passed by the Senate. Barring a special session it likely means there will be no bonding bill this year.

Annual award recipients recognized at Spring GA!

 
Congratulations to the below individuals and campuses on recieving the following awards. These awards were presented at our annual Awards Dinner at the Spring General Assembly in Breezy Point, MN on April 16.
STUDENT AWARDS
 
  • Student Leader of the Year: Michaela Current
  • Governing Council Member of the Year: Debra Tucker
  • Platform Representative of the Year: Cass Wendlandt
  • Student Senate of the Year: Normandale Community College
  • MnSCU Committee Member of the Year: Trustin Ziemer
NON-STUDENT AWARDS
 
  • Alumni Member of the Year: Catie Sabin
  • College President of the Year: Larry Lundblad, Central lake College
  • Student Senate Advisor of the Year: Shannon Williams, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Instructor of the Year: Craig Maus, Saint Paul College

Summer office hours take effect Friday, May 27.

Summer is just around the corner! Please be advised that from Friday, May 27 through Friday September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12:00 PM.
Our regular office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Our summer office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday)
 
 
 
 
 

Announcing the 2016-17 elected leadership and so much more!

Association Update 04-25-16 


 
 
 

Upcoming Events:

Save the Date

The Great MSCSA
Get-Together: St. Paul Saints Baseball Game

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
Time: 5:00 PM Tailgate Dinner & Games, 7:05 PM Game Time
Cost: Tickets will be $10, which includes a game ticket, a tailgate dinner party, and a t-shirt!
This event is open to everyone and all proceeds benefit the Leadership Scholarship fund.
Registration opening soon!

From the Blog:

2016-17 Leadership Elected at Spring GA

 
The MSCSA General Assembly came together at Breezy Point Resort on April 15-17 to elect the next leadership of the Minnesota State College Student Association. The next student leaders of the organization are as follows:
Dylan Kelly
President

Minda Nelson
Vice President
Kimberly Thielen
Public Relations Coordinator
Richard Barnier
Treasurer

Samantha Crea
Governing Council
Student-At-Large

Estefania Navarro
Platform Committee
Student-At-Large

Student Leaders Needed for 2016 Fall Semester MnSCU Transfer Pathway Teams

 
As many of you know, improving the two-year to four-year transfer process has been a top priority of MSCSA for the last couple of years. This year, our student leaders have accomplished great work by successfully completing four transfer pathways for Biology, Theater, Business, and Psychology degrees. This upcoming 2016 fall semester, 12 more Transfer Pathway Teams will begin their work for degrees in Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Police, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Mathematics, Nursing, Social Work and Sociology.
 
MSCSA is looking for students to sit as student representatives for these teams. Transfer Pathway Teams can be a great leadership development opportunity. The commitment is meeting twice a month (in person or via phone) for about 3-4 hours and letting the MSCSA office know how the meeting went. The student will get support from the MSCSA office throughout the semester and will get good experience representing students at a state-wide level. We have until this Saturday (May 30) to get our student representatives names in to MnSCU, so time is of the essence!
 
To apply for a Transfer Pathway Team, please email Tim St. Claire.

MSCSA Scholarship Applications Due May 1

If you are a current student attending a college or university within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and will be at that institution next fall 2016 or are transferring from a college to a four-year MnSCU university, then this message is for you!
Applications are being accepted until May 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. for three MSCSA scholarships.
The scholarships range from $500 to $1,250.

  • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship: A scholarship that rewards emerging student leaders for their community services for both two-year college and four-year university students. Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others. Graduate and PSEO students are not eligible.
  • Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service with a priority given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill. PSEO students are not eligible.

  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship: This endowed fund will provide funds for tool purchases required for completing a technical course of study for students attending one of the technical colleges or technical programs within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the area of Technical/Management/Trades.

For additional details on how to apply for a MSCSA scholarship, please visit www.mscsa.org/aboutmscsa/scholarship
Scholarship applications are due by Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

MnSCU Students Receive Mark M. Welter World Citizen Awards and $13,000 in Scholarships

Twenty-six 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 spring and/or fall semesters 2016.
 
Congratulations goes to the following recipients of this award:
  • Julianne Monceaux - Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Alexus Kay Joullanar - Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Arlyn Sam - Central Lakes College
  • Abdulai Abubakari Adam - Century College
  • Mehmet Ongel - Dakota County Technical College
  • Julie Isham - Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Jzong Vue - Hennepin Technical College
  • Ariel Mendoza-Cordova - Inver Hills Community College
  • Lee Mickelson - Mesabi Range College
  • Dechen Wangmo - Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Kristina Kunkel - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Alexandria Nuese - Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Tiffany Londeen - Normandale Community College
  • Ahmed Aboubadria - North Hennepin Community College
  • Sylvia Akoachere - Northland Community and Technical College
  • Chance Sheffield - Northwest Technical College
  • Francisco Diaz - Pine Technical and Community College
  • Ryston Watts - Rainy River Community College
  • Cassandra Brown - Ridgewater College
  • "Tatiana" Armelle Adjinata - Riverland Community College
  • Carolina Martinez Garcia - Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Dayna Aslesen - South Central College
  • Cole Wilson - Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi - St. Cloud State University
  • Adrian Rodriguez - Vermilion Community College
  • Lauren Praska - 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 most exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen. Award recipients are nominated by college/university faculty and staff and share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:
  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.
If you would like additional information on the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award or would like to contribute to the Minnesota State College Student Association, please contact Joyce Petsch, Development Assistant at jpetsch@mscsa.org or 651-203-9464.

MSCSA Summer Office Hours Take Effect Friday, May 27.

We may feel like spring has just arrived here in Minnesota, but summer is just around the corner! Please be advised that from Friday, May 27 through Friday September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12:00 PM.
Our regular office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Our summer office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Thursday)
     8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday)
 
 
 

May 1 Scholarship Deadline, MnSCU BOT Endorsements, and Much More!

Association Update 03-28-16



 

Upcoming Events:

Spring General Assembly

Date: April 15-17, 2016
Location: Breezy Point Resort - Breezy Point, MN
Register by March 30, 2016.
 

MSCSA Endorses 3 Students for the MnSCU Board of Trustees

The MSCSA Governing Council, acting on the advice of the Ad Hoc Committee on Board of Trustees Endorsements, has recommended three students to fill positions at the MnSCU Board of Trustees. By statute, MSCSA is allowed to submit recommendations for the Governor to consider when making appointments to the Board. We are thankful to all the students that applied for the endorsement and are confident that any of the three students would make fantastic additions to the Board of Trustees. The MSCSA has chosen to endorse the following people:
Basil Ajuo
Senate Vice President at North Hennepin Community College
Amanda Gomes Torres
Governing Council Member and Senate President at Normandale Community College
Austin Ruport
MSCSA Public Relations Coordinator and student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Student Voices Heard in St. Paul and Washington D.C.

MSCSA has been busy in March advocating for the interests of community & technical colleges across the state of Minnesota. On March 14-15, MSCSA leaders met with elected officials in Washington D.C. to lobby on federal issues affecting students in Minnesota. In addition, students met with several non-profit groups to learn more about higher education policy and how MSCSA can advance higher education for community and technical college students.
 
On March 23rd, MSCSA had its annual Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Despite the ongoing capitol construction, students met with legislators from across the state to deliver a unified message about affordability, open educational resources, and equity in higher education. The following outlines MSCSA’s state legislative agenda for 2016 aimed at benefitting students state-wide.
 
MnSCU Bonding Proposal
MSCSA supports the MnSCU bonding proposal, which requests $254.5 million in projects. $110 million of this proposal is for HEAPR projects. HEAPR – Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement – projects help keep our students warm, safe, and dry. Investing in existing infrastructure is a cost effective way to ensure that students have adequate resources to succeed in MnSCU institutions. Repair work to infrastructure may not be the most exciting issue, but functional facilities are key to student success. It’s true what they say: HEAPR is cheaper!
 
MnSCU Supplemental Request 
MSCSA is grateful to the legislature for funding a tuition freeze and decrease for community and technical college students. To build on this good work and to ensure quality across the MnSCU system, MSCSA is advocating for MnSCU’s supplemental budget request. The $21 million requested by MnSCU will help protect the investment that the legislature made last year.
 
Open Educational Resources
MSCSA is sponsoring legislation that will build on MnSCU’s investment into open educational resources. Open educational resources (OERs) are electronic textbooks that can be fully customizable by faculty and are often free to use. MSCSA believes that OERs are key to reducing textbook costs for students. Because more than 20% of a community or technical college student’s costs come from textbooks, movement towards OERs would translate to huge savings for students. MSCSA’s bill will continue to fund OER pilot programs on campuses across the state and supplement the Open Education Resource Learning Network. Learn more about MSCSA’s work on textbook affordability,

Scholarship Application
Deadline is May 1, 2016


If you are a current student attending a college or university within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and will be at that institution next fall 2016 or are transferring from a college to a four-year MnSCU university, then this message is for you!
Applications are being accepted until May 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. for three MSCSA scholarships. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,250.

  • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship: A scholarship that rewards emerging student leaders for their community services for both two-year college and four-year university students. Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others. Graduate and PSEO students are not eligible.
  • Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service with a priority given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill. PSEO students are not eligible.

  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship: This endowed fund will provide funds for tool purchases required for completing a technical course of study for students attending one of the technical colleges or technical programs within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the area of Technical/Management/Trades.

For additional details on how to apply for a MSCSA scholarship, please visit www.mscsa.org/aboutmscsa/scholarship
Scholarship applications are due by Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

MSCSA and Partners Make Compelling Case for Diversity Agenda at Hungry for Equity

On Saturday March 5, MSCSA proudly co-hosted the Hungry for Equity Forum at St. Paul College. Following a moving introduction from St. Paul College President Rassoul Dastmozd, students and community members gathered in breakout sessions to discuss issues that affect students on all campuses – racism, the high costs of higher education, and the need for supportive educational environments. During the lunch hour, Hungry for Equity attendees heard from four MSCSA student leaders. Robert Ellis (MCTC), Oscar Corral (Inver Hills Community College), LyLy Vang-Yang, and Ariel Mendoza (Inver Hills Community College) shared their experiences as students of color within the MnSCU system.
 
Following the breakout sessions, attendees voted on the issues that they felt would make the biggest impact on improving equity in Minnesota. Some of the most popular ideas for people in attendance were debt-free community college, culturally sensitive advising, and increasing the number of faculty of color in our institutions. MSCSA is enthusiastic about moving forward with this coalition to help move Minnesota in a more equitable direction.
 
 

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