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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.

The NEW Students' View - Student Stories

The Editorial Board has been working to gather educational stories from students and the first two are now posted. Check out the new Student Stories section of our website and come back often to see what new stories have been added. If you have a story that you would like to share with us, please contact William Tully, Public Relations Coordinator at 651-203-9457 orprc@mscsa.org. We would love to hear from you!

Executive Director Search Update

The search for the next Executive Director of the Minnesota State College Student Association is well underway. MSCSA’s Governing Council has retained an executive search firm, The Mazzitelli Group, to facilitate the search. Please help the Governing Council identify the next Executive Director by passing along the position posting to anyone who you think would be a great candidate. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 10. If you have questions, please contact Teresa Mazzitelli at 952-476-5449 or tm@mazzsearch.com.

A screening committee will be reviewing candidates and hopes to schedule interviews for the end of April. This committee is made up of President Schoonmaker, a Governing Council representative, a Platform Committee representative, a Presidents' Group representative, an alumni member, and a campus advisor. The committee will be recommending finalists to the Governing Council come the beginning of May. We would ideally like to have the new Executive Director start in June.

In the meantime, Justin Klander will be assisting on a part-time basis. We look forward to seeing him at the Spring General Assembly in a few short weeks. Again, we would like to thank Justin for the nine years of wonderful service leading MSCSA and helping to build it into the wonderful association that it is today.

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