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MSCSA Selects Leadership Scholarship recipients!

Students who are selected for the leadership scholarship have demonstrated a deep commitment to their community and campus while maintaining a high level of academic achievement. The scholarship winners for the fall semester of 2008 are:

• Rustam Zufarov of Riverland Community College-Austin
• Stefanie Gerda Asante-Mensah of Inver Hills Community College
• Mike Witthaus of Mankato State University
• Haeman Teo of Bemidji State University
Congratulations to the Winners! If you are interested in applying for the spring semester Leadership Scholarship please visit our scholarship page for more information and to download the application. The deadline to apply is November 1st. Governing Council members are not eligible for this scholarship.

MSCSA is a finalist for the Minnesota Nonprofit Awards: Advocacy

This week MSCSA was honored to find out that we were nominated for the first time in the “Advocacy” category of the 2008 Minnesota Nonprofit awards. We are one of three finalist organizations selected because of our “effective advocacy strategy…successful advocacy efforts [and]…significant impact on the organization’s constituency.” Among our success at the Capitol, the selection committee was impressed by our work at the state and federal level to limit tuition increases, control textbook costs, protect student privacy rights and our lobbying for two-year college access to the MnSCU revenue fund to get additional funds for student facilities.

The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards are presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits. Employees and Board members of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits member organizations are eligible to vote and the recipients will be announced in September. We our so proud that the hard work at the Capitol of our Board, Staff, Platform Committee and other Students is being recognized. In this case it truly is an honor just to be nominated.

Thank you to all who made the MSCSA Bowling Tourney a Success!

 On Thursday May 29 MSCSA held its 6th Annual Bowling Tournament. One of MSCSA’s most popular events, the bowling tourney raises money for the Leadership Scholarship Program. This scholarship seeks to recognize students who attain a high level of academic success and demonstrate a strong commitment to community and campus service. This year the tournament shattered its goals. Over four-thousand dollars was raised and over one-hundred people bowled and contributed to the fund. MSCSA would like to thank all of those people who participated and contributed to our scholarship fund, as well as, congratulate the winners of the tourney and raffle. Thank you. Here is a link to photos from the event on our Flickr page.

MSCSA announces Patrick Christner as its new Executive Assistant


Patrick Christner is a name that should be familiar to long-time friends of MSCSA–he was the President of the Association before our current President Scott Formo. Christner is very excited to be involved in MSCSA in a new capacity. “It will be really nice to be surrounded by all of the positive people in MSCSA. After a couple of years working in the corporate world, it will be refreshing to be working for the common good again.”

Christner spent the last two years working at Best Buy in computer sales and doing tech support for the Geek Squad, but he found that his work wasn’t matched with his long-term goals. As the Executive Assistant at MSCSA he will begin to take over the accounting duties from Jessica Medearis which dovetails with the courses he plans to take at the University of Minnesota in Accounting and Organizational Management. Additionally Christner will be taking over the conference planning duties from Adam Schank, who has filled in admirably in that role over the last year.

Christner has many fond memories from his past work with MSCSA that made him excited to return. He was particularly proud of the Association’s work with Rep. Marty Seifert and the State Legislature to pass a law that prevented municipalities from imposing fees on students who lived within their borders. Christner sees that collaboration with the legislature as laying the foundation for the extensive work that MSCSA has done at the Capitol over the last two years.
MSCSA is lucky to have someone with so much knowledge of the Association back in the fold. He as been able to tackle many tasks around the office, even in his first week. The next time you see Patrick Christner at June Transitional or the MSCSA Student vs. Alumni Softball Game, give him a big pat on the back and hearty “Welcome back!”

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