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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.
 
 

Don't miss out on 2016-17 student leadership positions, MnSCU Board of Trustees, and MSCSA annual awards!

Association Update 02-22-16


 
 

Upcoming Events:

February Student Leadership Conference

Dates: February 26-28, 2016
Location: Minnesota State Community and Technical College & Best Western -
Fergus Falls, MN
View event details.
FREE Hungry for Equity Partner Forum
Date: March 5, 2016
Location: Saint Paul College - Saint Paul, MN
 

D.C. Summit

Date: March 12-15, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn Capitol Smithsonian - Washington, D.C
View event details.

Advocacy Day

Date: March 22-23, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn East Saint Paul - Saint Paul, MN
Register by March 4, 2016.

From the Blog...

Q&A with new MSCSA Director of Programs & Events
Lindsay Barton
Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Parks & Leisure Services. My emphasis is in Leisure Planning & Management and Resource Management. I have over six years of experience planning and managing programs and events. I have had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of people and organizations that include early education, higher education, recreation, and non-profits organizations. Prior to MSCSA, I spent the last three years organizing programs and events at the University of Minnesota.
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: I am excited to be part of a great team and organization that is dedicated to supporting students and that strives to develop student leaders. I enjoy working with students and providing them with educational opportunities and encouragement. I appreciate being able to witness the growth and positive impact that occurs in students after participating in leadership development programs.
Q: What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
A: Right now I am organizing a series of professional development courses that are offered to the public in the Rochester, MN and surrounding areas. The topics include leadership, communication, innovation and technology. I look forward to organizing the MSCSA student leadership conferences and generating an impactful experience. I am also excited to create relationships with the two-year colleges and students, and increase awareness about the opportunities at MSCSA.
Q: What interests do you have outside of work?A: Outside of work I enjoy watching baseball and football. Go Twins and Vikings! I enjoy traveling, festivals, sight-seeing, searching for the St. Paul Winter Carnival Medallion, all while spending time with my family.
Lindsay Barton graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Parks & Leisure Services with an emphasis in Leisure Planning and Management.
Since graduating, Lindsay has gained over six years of experience - planning and coordinating events in a variety of professional settings. These included early education, sports/recreation, non-profit organizations, and more recently higher education.
Before coming to MSCSA, Lindsay worked at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute where she organized and hosted events that brought together academic and industry thought leaders with graduate students, alumni, and members of the wider business community. She is passionate about her work, and understands the impact that highly engaged programs can bring to an organization.
In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys exploring the Twin Cities with her family.

Now Hiring: MnSCU BOT 

 
Job Description: Are you passionate about making life better for Minnesota community & technical college students? Do you want to advocate for lower tuition, more system transparency, and better student services? Interested in rubbing elbows with the Governor and adding an impressive credential to your resume? Apply to be an MSCSA endorsed candidate for the MnSCU Board of Trustees!
Time Commitment:
  • Approximately one two-day meeting per month at MnSCU headquarters
  • Approximately 5 hours per week in outreach and research
  • Monthly meeting with MSCSA Cabinet and Staff to prepare for Board meetings
Compensation: $55 per day spent on Board activities plus expenses, when approved by the Board

Qualifications:
  • Current student that intends to attend a MnSCU college during the 2016-17 school year
  • Strong advocate for student interests
  • Willing to maintain open lines of communication with MSCSA staff and cabinet during Board appointment
  • Enthusiastic about MSCSA and advancing the interests of two-year college students across the state
How to Apply: Fill out the application and submit a cover letter and resume for the position. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Interviews will be held at the MSCSA office or by phone on Saturday, March 19.
 
Questions?: Contact Director of Policy Becca Branum at
branum@mscsa.org or Vice President Tim St. Claire at vice@mscsa.org.

Do you know someone who deserves a MSCSA award?

The annual awards dinner is a highlight of the MSCSA Spring General Assembly and we need your help to make it a meaningful and successful event. Think about the individuals you know who went the extra mile this year and nominate them for an award. The nomination process is simple: submit a brief letter of nomination and any supporting materials that you want to provide via the 'Nominate Here' button below. We are counting on you to help MSCSA recognize outstanding student leaders and student supporters!
 
STUDENT AWARDS
  • Student Leader of the Year
    Student leaders come from all different backgrounds and carry so many diverse stories. A Student Leader of the Year is one who has excelled both academically, in the association, and in their community. This individual should be someone who has risen above all other students both in their actions and their attitude to bring their campus, the association, and the community together as well as give back to each of these communities.
  • Governing Council Member of the Year
    A Governing Council Member of the Year displays many great qualities within the association. They have exemplified the ideals of the organization, built relationship and effective teams within their region and have gone above their call to serve our students.
  • Platform Representative of the Year
    A Platform Committee Member of the Year is seen to display many qualities related to legislation in the association. However, one that has dedicated their time and effort to research and develop a working knowledge of the issues facing our students, our legislative agenda and then educate the students of their region displays qualities worthy of a nomination.
  • Student Senate of the Year
    Each year we honor one senate for taking their work above and beyond the call of duty. Past winners have had significant impact on their communities and campuses. In many cases, they have changed the lives of countless amounts of students for the better.
  • MnSCU Committee Member of the Year
    MnSCU 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. Nominees should be students who have served or are serving on a MnSCU committee this year.
 
NON-STUDENT AWARDS
  • Alumni Member of the Year
    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 MSCSA
  • College President of the Year
    This award honors the exemplary work of a college president within the 2-year colleges of the MnSCU 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. Furthermore, a nominee should be proactive in wanting to create a welcoming and team environment for all cohorts of their college.
  • Instructor of the Year
    An instructor deserving of this prestigious award is one that not only connects with their students to deliver the subject material, but does it in ways that allows students of all learning methods to succeed. Previous award recipients have used creativity through technology and teaching styles to show students new learning methods that have shown high success rates in their class. Furthermore, past award recipients have ensured students have the support they need both in class and outside of class to provide them the best opportunity to excel in their college careers.
  • Student Senate Advisor of the Year
    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. An advisor of the year is one that also serves as a mentor to student leaders in ways that allow them to grow in their education and careers.
Nominations are due by Friday, March 18, 2016.
Questions? Contact the MSCSA office at 651-297-5877.
 
Nominate Here

Take the next step in your student leadership journey! 

Do you want to run for a position on the MSCSA Cabinet (President, Vice President, Public Relations Coordinator, and Treasurer) or the Student-At-Large Platform Representative or Governing Council Representative?
According to the MSCSA Bylaws, in order to run for an officer or Student-at-Large position, you will need to submit the following items to the MSCSA office by March 18 at 5:00 p.m.:
  • The online application form; which includes submitting a photo, a candidate bio, and completing the questionnaire.
  • The MSCSA eligibility authorization form; which verifies that the candidate has a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and is currently registered for no less than six (6) credits at a MnSCU 2-year institution. (If you are mailing it in, the form must be postmarked by March 15)
Check out the position descriptions below to learn more about each role.
 
 

Seeking Annual Awards Nominations, Q&A with Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck, and much more!

Association Update 01-25-16

 
Power in Diversity Leadership Conference
Dates: January 28-21, 2016
Location: St. Cloud State University - St. Cloud, MN
View event details.

February Student Leadership Conference

Dates: February 26-28, 2016
Location: Minnesota State Community and Technical College & Best Western -
Fergus Falls, MN
Register by Friday, February 12.
FREE Hungry for Equity Partner Forum
Date: March 5, 2016
Location: Saint Paul College
Q&A with new MSCSA Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck
Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in December 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies. During my time at the University of Minnesota I began my career in grassroots organizing with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. My roles there included task force leader, field canvasser, legislative intern, and student government representative. My most recent position was in the Office of Government and Community Relations at the University of Minnesota as a student office assistant.
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: I believe students are strong advocates and that they have immense power to make change. I was interested in working for MSCSA because I want to work with college students to make change in our community. When I was looking for jobs as my last semester came to an end, I stumbled upon this post on the Nonprofit Job Board and I knew I needed to apply. Once I started the interview process I became increasingly passionate about the role and I couldn’t be more excited to start.
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 with the University of Minnesota State Relations Team on their Capital and Supplemental budget requests. During my time with MPIRG I worked on a wide variety of social justice, environmental, and college affordability issues. These issues included: living wages, fair scheduling, sick time, increasing funding for our Chicano Studies Department, 40% renewable energy by 2020, and the Opportunity Minnesota Tax Credit. I am really excited to work on the Debt-Free College Campaign and on Get Out The Vote in the fall.
Q: What interests do you have outside of work? A: Outside of work I enjoy going on outdoor adventures– hiking, camping, and exploring the North Shore. I am also interested in fitness and running. Traveling is a new found passion of mine. After all of the exploring is done I enjoy sitting down with a good book.
Samantha Beck graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with her B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies. She spent two years organizing with MPIRG, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, in different capacities ranging from field canvasser to task force leader. Her time there brought her to the realization that she was passionate about advocating for students’ rights and in working for her community. Her most recent position was in the Office of Government and Community Relations at the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys reading and exploring the state parks in Minnesota. She is also interested in fitness and traveling.

Help choose MSCSA's Board of Trustees endorsements

MSCSA members are invited to submit a letter of intent to serve on the ad-hoc committee to select the MSCSA endorsed student candidates for the MnSCU Board of Trustees (BOT). Letters of intent are due to Vice President Tim St. Claire at vice@mscsa.org by Friday, February 26 at 9:00 PM. Ad-hoc committee members will recommend candidates for approval by the MSCSA Governing Council.
Qualifications
    • MnSCU two-year college student
    • Not intending to apply for the MSCSA Board of Trustees MSCSA endorsement
    • Able to meet by phone or in person to review and interview candidates on March 18th and 19th
    • Enthusiastic about identifying promising candidates for the BOT
Expectations
    • Review application materials of all BOT endorsement applicants
    • Participate in interviews on March 18th and 19th at the MSCSA office, either in person or by phone
    • Evaluate BOT endorsement candidates fairly and with the intention of identifying individuals most capable of representing MSCSA interests at the BOT

Now seeking 2016 MSCSA Annual Awards Nominations

The annual awards dinner is a highlight of the MSCSA Spring General Assembly and we need your help to make it a meaningful and successful event. Think about the individuals you know who went the extra mile this year and nominate them for an award. The nomination process is simple: submit a brief letter of nomination and any supporting materials that you want to provide via the link below. We are counting on you!
Student Awards
    • Student Leader of the Year
    • Governing Council Member of the Year
    • Platform Representative of the Year
    • Student Senate of the Year
    • MnSCU Committee Member of the Year
Non-Student Awards
    • Alumni Member of the Year
    • College President of the Year
    • Student Senate Advisor of the Year
    • Instructor of the Year
Nominations are due by Friday, March 18, 2016.
Questions? Contact the MSCSA office at 651-297-5877.
Nominate Here

Save money by refinancing your student loans

Earlier this month, the state of Minnesota launched a new program that could save you real money each month by refinancing your student loan payments to a lower interest rate. Read the complete story here.
The Office of Higher Education explains the program this way:
The SELF Refi is a new student loan refinancing program administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, a state agency. The program is available to Minnesota residents who completed a postsecondary course of study and meet the credit criteria. SELF Refi could reduce the amount of interest you pay and/or provide a more manageable monthly payment amount.
Borrower Eligibility Criteria
    • Current Minnesota resident,
    • earned a postsecondary certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree,
    • meet FICO score minimum of 720 without a co-signer (650 with a co-signer), and
    • maximum debt-to-income of 45%.
Co-signer Eligibility Criteria
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
    • meet the minimum FICO score of 720, and
    • maximum debt-to-income of 40%.
Loan Limits
    • $70,000 for undergraduate or graduate degrees
    • $25,000 for all other degrees
    • Minimum loan amount $10,000
Qualified Educational Loans That Can Be Refinanced
    • Federal loans (Parent PLUS loans are NOT eligible),
    • State student loans including the Minnesota SELF Loan, and
    • Private student loans used to pay qualified education expenses.
Interest Rates and Repayment Terms
    • Fixed interest rates between 4.50% and 6.95% or variable interest rates between 3.00% and 4.35%.
    • 5-, 10- or 15-year term.
    • Borrowers and co-signers need to qualify for the rate and term based on debt-to-income ratio.
    • Repayment starts immediately after disbursement.
    • There are no deferment options.
    • Co-signer release option is available after 48 consecutive on-time payments.
For more information visit www.selfrefi.state.mn.us/

An afternoon of building dressers for those in need

On Wednesday, January 20, twelve MSCSA staff, student leaders, and alumni gathered at Bridging in Roseville for an afternoon of giving back to the community. The volunteers built 7 dressers in 3 hours. Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging serves over 80 households each week who are given a sense of dignity and stability as they rebuild their lives.
If you are interested in donating your time, household goods, or money to bridging, please visit www.bridging.org.

Ten MnSCU students receive 100% American Scholarship

Ten students from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have been selected to receive the 100% American Scholarship with $500 to be used for tuition, fees, and books during the 2016 spring semester, totaling $5,000 in scholarships.

Congratulations go to the following award recipients:

    • Jeanne Amey, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
    • Andrea Butzer, South Central College
    • Chad Conway, Southwest Minnesota State University
    • Lanoy Dara, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
    • Abdullahi Isse, Normandale Community College
    • Julie Moxley, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
    • Morgan Richardson, Minnesota State University Moorhead
    • Jordan Robinson, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
    • Levi Patric Skogstad, Rainy River Community College
    • Bonnie Vik, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

This award, through the generosity of Dr. Mark Welter, provided an insight to demonstrate that “all people – all creeds, all cultures, all colors, all countries have been borrowers and depositors at the world bank of knowledge.” The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students who applied responded to the four essay questions reflecting this.

If you would like to apply for a Minnesota State College Student Association scholarship, please visit www.mscsa.org/about-mscsa/scholarship or if you would like to contribute to the Minnesota State College Student Association scholarship fund, please contact MSCSA Development Assistant Joyce Petsch at jpetsch@mscsa.org or 651-203-9464.

 
 

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