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A farewell to Steve Frantz (and his beard)!

Last Wednesday long-time MSCSA Scholarship Board member and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employee Steve Frantz retired from MnSCU after 36 years of service. It was important to Steve that his retirement celebration share the spotlight with two of his favorite charities, so he worked closely with MSCSA and theMinnesota Military Family Foundation (MMFF), as well as the venue Wild Tymes to incorporate a fundraising aspect for his retirement party. MSCSA organized a Toast or Roast, Shave or No Shave contest and a raffle with a gift basket full of Steve’s favorite things with proceeds benefitting the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship and the MMFF.

Over 100 people showed support for Steve and the causes he holds close to his heart, but they didn’t let him off easily. The Shave or No Shave contest raised over $1,600 with “Shave” tipping the scales by raising over $1,000! Steve had no idea whether his beard was staying or leaving until he was brought up on stage and the barber from Heimie’s Haberdashery got out his clippers.  

The event raised several thousand dollars as a tribute to Steve’s service. It was an honor for MSCSA and the MMFF to be able to take part in the evening as we wished Steve a long and happy retirement. If you weren’t able to attend the event, you can still donate and send along a message to Steve.

Student senate presidents prep for the year at MSCSA Presidents’ Retreat

On August 13-15 incoming student senate presidents from 29 MSCSA campuses came together at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN for the 2014 Presidents’ Retreat. Our student senate presidents started out the year with enthusiasm and passion. At the Presidents’ Retreat we inspired each other to form new and better habits and we motivated each other to move forward and get things done!  

Presidents were trained on how to chair meetings, engage in budget consultation, register voters for the upcoming election and much more. We also did some teambuilding and communication activities that left everyone feeling more connected. At the end of the day, we all got together for storytelling around a toasty campfire. We have an amazing group of students ready to lead their campuses to greatness! 

Tuesday, August 12 is Primary Election Day

sosClick here to find your polling placeDon’t forget that Tuesday, August 12 is primary election day. If you aren’t registered to vote yet, all eligible voters can register at their polling place.

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What do bacon-wrapped turkey legs and the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship have in common?

Sadly, not much! But that doesn't mean there isn't time for both in August.

It’s summer. Your summer session classes just wrapped up. Your fall classes are still about a month away. You could take a 132-hour nap. You could plot a complicated map of food options at the Minnesota State Fair that blends old standbys and newcomers. Or you could start work on your fall application for the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship! The deadline is November 1.

Filling out a scholarship application may sound like the last thing you want to do on a warm August day. But it's easy and the return on your time investment can be large-the last round of scholarship recipients received $1,000. Take a couple of hours and get your application started. Contact those potential references. There will still be plenty of time to catch up on your sleep and debate the merits of the bacon-wrapped turkey leg versus a scotch egg (Pro-tip: go with the bacon-wrapped turkey leg). Start your MSCSA Leadership Scholarship application today!

The 2014-15 MSCSA cabinet is settling into their new roles after transitioning into leadership on July 1. This cabinet is a great blend of new and old blood with former Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker taking over as President and Treasurer Matt Rubel being elected for another term. Kerrie Maleski is the new Vice President and Will Tully is our new Public Relations Coordinator. Each of them took the time to answer several questions so you could get to know them better and see some of the things they are excited about tackling during their terms.

Check out their Q&As below:

Kayley Schoonmaker What college do you go to and what is your major? I am currently attending Century College and I plan to transfer to the University of Minnesota to achieve a bachelor’s degree in English. I will pursue a master’s in English as well, with a goal of studying in England. To whom do you f...


Kerrie Maleski What college do you go to and what is your major? I go to Anoka Technical College and will be starting the Supervisory Management Program this fall that has three certificates (human resource development, quality supervision and supervisory leadership) that make up the program. To whom do you fee...


Matt Rubel What college do you go to and what is your major? I am currently enrolled at Saint Paul College pursuing an Associate's of Science in Business Management. I am also enrolled at Metropolitan State University where I am seeking a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Science. To whom do you feel you...


Will Tully What college do you go to and what is your major? Next semester I will be going to three different colleges, two of them within the MnSCU system. I chose to do this because I wanted to take classes with instructors who have a proven history of helping students succeed. Last semester I had not hee...


The 2014-15 MSCSA cabinet is moving forward!


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