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Legislative Update

Minnesota's legislative session kicked off last week and higher education was pushed to the forefront with the introduction of Senate File 2, authored by Senator Stumpf. This legislation will provide tuition assistance for Minnesota high school students to attend Minnesota State Colleges and Universities(MnSCU) community and technical colleges.

In order for a student to be eligible for the new assistance, they must enroll in college no later than the fall after high school graduation and must make satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain eligibility for the funding.

View the legislative language around this bill.

This bill parallels a new proposal from the Obama Administration that was released late last week. Few details are known around this proposal, but the administration believes it would save students attending community colleges around the country an average of $3,800 annually.

It's possible that these initiatives could receive attention during either the state legislative session or during the current session of Congress.

Join us in thanking Jonathan Miller for his service

10682385 779688882089757 6651412461424739881 oJonathan Miller, MSCSA Director of CommunicationsAfter nearly 7 years of dedicated service to students, Jonathan Miller will be departing MSCSA on Oct 19 for a new opportunity at the University of Minnesota.

Jonathan will be the Communications Coordinator for the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota. CURA's mission is to strengthen the partnership between the University of Minnesota and the community that it serves. As the Communications Coordinator, Jonathan will use many of the skills he developed at MSCSA including writing, editing, graphic design, social media work, website maintenance and communications planning.

Jonathan's leadership in the area of communications led MSCSA to a full website redesign, deployment of a new office IT system, launch a new database system and a transition of MSCSA's print publications to online and social media. He will be missed, but his work leaves a solid communications structure for the association to build upon in the future.

Please join me in thanking Jonathan for his service and offering him congratulations!

Justin Klander, MSCSA Executive Director

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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