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A Farewell Thank You


It is hard to adequately convey what it has meant to be your Executive Director over the past 9 years. MSCSA has been an integral part of my life since I attended my first association conference as a student in 1998. It was then that I recognized that the association was a special place. It inspired and challenged me to get involved and gave me the tools necessary to become a more active participant in shaping higher education. 

Since then, I’ve attended over 100 MSCSA conferences and I’m confident the association leaves hundreds of students feeling that same way each year. Some of the most fulfilling moments of my career have been when alumni reach out years after graduation and share how the association changed their life. I can certainly relate, and it gives me so much hope for our future. 

We are fortunate to have the support of thousands of alumni who posses a shared value for ensuring accessible, quality, and affordable public higher education for all Minnesotans. I am grateful to our many alumni members who continue to volunteer their time, energy, and resources to support the mission of MSCSA. Your support makes MSCSA stronger each year. Rest assured, I plan to join your work soon!

Since announcing my departure, I have had the chance to reflect on the many significant accomplishments and relationships that we’ve built over the past nine years together as an association. I owe a giant “thank you” to so many of you and am forever grateful for the opportunity to have served this organization. MSCSA looks a lot different than it did a decade ago, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future.

Before I go, I need to ask one favor. Please help the MSCSA Governing Council identify the next Executive Director by passing along the position posting. It is an exciting time to think about the many opportunities ahead and who the right person is to next lead MSCSA into the future.


Justin Klander

Advocacy Day 2015

Rep. Jim Knoblach with St. Cloud Technical and Community College.Last week, the Minnesota State College Student Association held it's annual Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. MSCSA students met with close to 70 lawmakers to discuss higher education matters. College affordability, financial aid to help all students, and credit transfer improvements were at the forefront of these discussions. This event was a joint effort with the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) and started with a training day on Tuesday evening at the The Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge hotel. Students met to prepare for their meetings and had the pleasure of hearing from Senator Terri Bonoff before dinner. Everyone enjoyed learning more about what the Higher Education and Workforce Development committee is working on. Check out the highlight of this event in our Advocacy Day photo album!

As the legislative session forges ahead, we are excited to continue working on the issue that students have indicated are most important. If you have not yet seen or heard about the MSCSA's top priorities, please check out our 2014-15 legislative agenda. If you questions, please feel free to contact our office at 651-297-5877.

Submit a nomination for the MSCSA Annual Awards

A highlight of the MSCSA Spring General Assembly is the Annual Awards Dinner. In order to make this a meaningful and successful event we need your help! Think about the people on campus or in MSCSA who have gone the extra mile and deserve some recognition.

The process is simple. Submit a brief letter of nomination and any supporting materials that you want to provide using the MSCSA Annual Awards Nomination Form. That’s it!

Award areas include:

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

We are counting on you! Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Questions? Contact the MSCSA office at 651-297-5877.

Our weekend at the Power in Diversity Conference 2015

Over the weekend, a group of MSCSA students immersed themselves in a three-day cultural experience at the Power in Diversity Conference 2015. The event was held in Saint Cloud and the weekend consisted of keynotes, workshops, a job fair, a graduate school fair, and social engagements. It was a great opportunity for our students to grow personally and professionally.

The keynote speakers shared their inspirational stories and students found these powerful messages really moving and motivational. Some of the key lessons were about diversity in arts, understanding and utilizing the advice from your mentors, and realizing that it doesn’t matter where we come from but rather about where we are going. The workshops covered a range of topics related to cultural diversity, from movements of the 1960’s to myths surrounding the stigma of the ebola virus. Throughout the conference the attendees experienced a variety of types of foods so that everyone had the chance to try something new. They also got the opportunity to open their eyes, and their ears, to music from different parts of the world. During a mid-conference break, the whole group participated in dances from around the world and then everyone broke into a mini dance party! Overall, the students left more culturally aware and inspired to bring their new ideas and experiences back to their campuses.

We are already looking forward to next year's event!

Thank you for a record-breaking MSCSA Scholarship Gala!

January 9, 2015 was a very special day for the Minnesota State College Student Association. It marked the eighth annual MSCSA Scholarship Gala and was also the day that the Dr. Steve Frantz Leadership Scholarship, a new MSCSA scholarship, was announced.

Dr. Frantz has played a very meaningful role in the development of MSCSA through his tenure at MnSCU. This year, Steve retired from MnSCU but we are thankful that his legacy will live on within our association with this new endowed scholarship.

Guests turned out in record numbers this year to the Radisson Blu - Mall of America, where we hosted this event for the very first time. The new venue truly created a lively and modern environment for our gala.

This year's silent auction was one-of-a-kind, with many of our items being handmade by student programs on our MnSCU campuses. We also had a full wall of wine sell out! There were 120 bottles donated and we raised $1,200. We also unveiled a new game this year, Plinko, and it was a huge hit.

We are proud to announce that over $15,000 was raised for scholarships. Thank you to everyone who came to the gala for the first time and a special thank you to everyone who continues to support us year after year. The MSCSA Leadership Scholarship program has grown from a few small fundraisers a year, to today, where we have been fortunate enough to have an endowment to keep the scholarship program alive forever. We cannot say enough about the appreciation we have for supporters like you.
If you were unable to attend the gala this year and wish to support students, you can still make a donation. We also gladly accept silent auction items and wine donations throughout the entire year. Contact Amanda Skorich at askorich@mscsa.org for pick-up or drop-off arrangements.

We hope to see you next year, so please save the date for the ninth annual MSCSA Scholarship Gala on January 8, 2016!

Amanda Skorich
Director of Development


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