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2015 Annual Award Winners

We are proud to announce the recipients of our annual MSCSA awards. At the Spring General Assembly on April 11, 2015 at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd, MN, the recipients were announced and honored. We received many thoughtful nominations and after much deliberation from our selection committee, the recipients below stood out above the crowd. We were excited to unveil two new awards this year, Alumni of the Year and MnSCU Committee Member of the Year. If you missed the awards dinner, you can watch the awards program online! These honorees work tirelessly for the students of Minnesota and took great steps toward furthering the mission of MSCSA. Congratulations to all of those who were nominated and to our selected recipients!




KevinParker GCMemberOfTheYear

Kevin Parker

Governing Council Member of the Year



NicholasThorsen PlatformMemberOfTheYear

Nicholas Thorsen

Platform Committee Member of the Year



JenniferRassett StudentSenateAdvisorOfTheYear

Jennifer Rassett

Student Senate Advisor of the Year



GregCady InstructorOfTheYear

Greg Cady

Instructor of the Year 



ScottFormo AlumniOfTheYear

Scott Formo

Alumni of the Year



KentHanson CollegePresidentOfTheYear

Kent Hanson

College President of the Year



RichardBarnier MnSCUCommitteeMemberOfTheYear

Richard Barnier

MnSCU Committee Member of the Year



RiverlandCCAustin StudentSenateOfTheYear

Riverland Community College - Austin

Student Senate of the Year



EstefaniaNavarro StudentLeaderOfTheYear

Estefania Navarro

Student Leader of the Year 



RochesterCTC KitchenSinkAward

Rochester Community and Technical College

Kitchen Sink Award

This award is given to the student senate who brought everything AND the kitchen sink!


2015-16 Leadership Elected at Spring General Assembly

This past weekend, students from around Minnesota came together for the 2015 Spring General Assembly at Breezy Point Resort near Brainerd, Minnesota. Over 250 delegates from 42 campuses were charged with electing the 2015-16 MSCSA Cabinet, Governing Council and Platform Committee. We are proud to introduce the 2015-16 MSCSA Cabinet. These students will begin their term on July 1, 2015.


Kevin Parker

View Kevin's election speech.


Tim St. Claire

View Tim's election speech.


Austin Ruport

View Austin's election speech.


 Richard Barnier

View Richard's election speech.

MSCSA Fall Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) scholarship program rewards emerging student leaders for their community service and their academic achievement. The application process is easy and the return on your time investment can be huge-the last round of scholarship recipients received $1,000! The deadline to submit an application for a fall semester is Friday, May 1. Learn more and apply today!

A Farewell to Hali Kolkind, MSCSA Director of Policy

Hali Kolkind will be moving on after a year of serving as the Director of Policy for MSCSA. Hali is joining the advocacy efforts of the Mental Health Association of Minnesota.

Mental health has been a passion of Hali’s and she will advance their advocacy efforts through development and communications. The Mental Health Association is Minnesota’s oldest mental health advocacy organization and works to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services.

Please join us in wishing Hali well in her new adventure! Her last day at MSCSA will be Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Legislative Update

KayleySchoonmaker testimonyLast week was second deadline week for the Minnesota legislature. In order to meet this deadline, committees had lengthy agendas as they tried to get all bills through committee. On Tuesday, the House Higher Education Committee heard HF1996, authored by Rep. Josh Heintzman. This is MSCSA's transfer bill that directs Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) to implement new transfer degree pathways using, to the greatest extent possible, the plan created by the Academic Planning and Collaboration Charting the Future Team. The bill also encourages MnSCU, in consultation with system constituency groups, to explore the creation or enhancement of Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.

The bill was ultimately laid over for possible inclusion in the committee's omnibus bill. A couple weeks ago, the Senate Higher Education Committee heard the companion to this bill and passed it unanimously on to the Finance Committee for further deliberation. 

Also last week, both the House and Senate released budget targets. These are spending benchmarks for each committee. In the House, the Higher Education Committee received a target that is $53 million above the projected base. In the Senate, the Higher Education Committee received an additional $205 million. Following the legislature's spring break, committees will begin their work on budget bills.


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