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Association Update 12-19-16

MSCSA Association Update - December 2016
MSCSA Association Update - December 2016

Upcoming Events:

January Student Leadership Conference

Date: January 5-7, 2017
Location: Inver Hills Community College & Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
View event details.

10th Annual
Scholarship Gala

Date: Friday, January 6, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
View event details.

Advocacy Day 2017

Date: February 20-21, 2017
Location: Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge - St. Paul, MN
Register by January 31, 2017!

Power in Diversity Conference 2017

MSCSA is proud to be a sponsor of the Power in Diversity Conference in St. Cloud from January 27-28. This year’s conference is a great opportunity for leadership development and cultural intelligence skills development.
MSCSA would like a student from every MSCSA campus to attend. To encourage student leaders to attend, MSCSA is offering 20 scholarships. Please complete an application by January 8th.

Regional meetings success

The regional meetings were a pilot project to help student leaders gain specific leadership skills in a small group setting. We had a great turnout with a total of 130 students attending the regional meetings that occurred in November and December. We received great feedback from students on how they can be effective advocates through strategy, story-telling, and support.

Office closure notice

The MSCSA office will be closed from December 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017 in observance of the holiday season. The MSCSA staff and cabinet would like to wish you all the warmest of holiday cheer!

MSCSA equity update

Introducing MSCSA’s Equity Team
Recently, two members have been added to the Equity Team. We are excited to have such a great team of individuals on board as we work towards creating more equitable educational opportunities and communities for all students to thrive. The members of the MSCSA Equity Team include Equity and Inclusion Fellow May Yang, and interns Ariel Mendoza, Maggie Nead, and Praise Olowokere. The team has concentrated their efforts in three areas of focus: the Power in Diversity conference, campus diversity plan review, and advocacy. Look for continuing updates from the Equity Team!
 
Reviewing campus diversity plans
MSCSA’s Equity Team recently started a peer review process for the diversity plans created by each campus. Our team hopes that students can become engaged in the Equity and Inclusion campaign through helping to analyze and assess these plans. The review process is as follows:
  1. Select a campus diversity plan you would like to review. You can choose from any of the Minnesota State community and technical colleges.
  2. Email May (myang@mscsa.org) with your selection. May will send your selected plan as well as the Campus Diversity Plans Review document.
  3. Read and analyze the goals and objectives of the plan by answering eight short questions on the Campus Diversity Plans Review document.
  4. Email your completed questionnaire to May.
Everyone is invited to participate in this process, as student input is especially critical in the assessment of diversity plans. You are also free to review as many plans as you’d like. All feedback received through this process is highly valuable and will inform MSCSA as we work towards a more inclusive equity plan at the Minnesota State system level.

Making equity a priority for Minnesota State’s next chancellor
Earlier this year, MSCSA sent a letter to members of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees outlining four critical steps that the board can take to begin addressing Minnesota’s opportunity gap and set the chancellor up for success. The steps we sent them are below:
  1. Requiring a new System Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan is created within 12 months.
    The system lacks an up-to-date equity plan that lays out a vision for how we will improve educational outcomes for students from underserved populations and improve the inclusivity of our institutions. The Minnesota State system should prioritize the development of an equity plan now so the next chancellor has the foundation to finally address these issues.
  2. Double the size of the Equity and Inclusion Office in the system.
    We see an understaffed equity office on the system level that leaves hard working, dedicated individuals unable to do all the work they wish to do. We believe that increased staffing in this office could help the system take a great step forward in addressing key issues.
  3. Bring an Equity Lens to the Board of Trustees.
    The Board of Trustees should lead by example to effectively address these systemic issues. That means it must bring an equity lens to its work on the board.
  4. Create benchmarks and timelines to develop more culturally competent curriculum.
    There have been great conversations with both the IFO and MSCF on ways to both improve the diversity of faculty and create more curriculum that develops cultural intelligence for students. These conversations should move from just conversations to an active planning process that includes key benchmarks and timelines.
The proposals that we have brought forward are really just the first steps in a journey toward a more open and inclusive environment at our institutions.
 
 

MSCSA to hold 2016-17 president special election

We would like to inform everyone that we have received a letter of resignation from President Dylan Kelly. On behalf of MSCSA, we want to thank Dylan for his service. Dylan has been a tireless advocate for students. He will be missed and we wish him well as he moves on from MSCSA.
 
MSCSA will hold a special election to fill the president position during the January Student Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for January 5-7, 2017.
 
If you have any question, please contact Executive Director Mike Dean (mdean@mscsa.org) or MSCSA Interim President Minda Nelson (vice@mscsa.org).

Announcing the winners of the 2016 MSCSA Voter Cup!

Congratulations on an amazing Get Out the Vote year! Throughout the entire campaign, many campuses have been competing for the Voter Cup, but only two campuses could win. And without further ado... Congratulations to Century College and Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Pipestone! To make this special announcement MSCSA recruited Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Warehouse renovation:

Let the changes begin

 
For the past 4 years, renovating the warehouse has been discussed and planned by MSCSA. We are happy to announce the renovation is finally beginning!
Throughout the summer, the staff at MSCSA has been hard at work cleaning out and sorting the items that were stored in the warehouse, while Executive Director Mike Dean has been collecting bids from contractors. Contractors have submitted their bids, and a decision is expected by early 2017. Soon thereafter, work will begin in the warehouse.
The warehouse renovation will create a new look for the MSCSA office. The warehouse will have a new front entrance for the office, and the rest of the warehouse space will turn into a convention-like center with stadium seating and plenty of meeting space. The goal of the new warehouse is to have a space for student leadership training, used both by MSCSA and student senates throughout the state.
The current front entrance of the MSCSA office will turn into a smaller conference room that will be used to host meetings that occur at the office.
The goal is to unveil the completed renovation at the 2017 Great MSCSA Get-Together! Be sure to check our website for updates, as we will keep you informed on the progress.
If you have any questions about the renovation, please contact Executive Director Mike Dean at mdean@mscsa.org or (651) 203-9454.

A look ahead at the legislature, 10th Annual Scholarship Gala, and much more!

Association Update 11-21-16

MSCSA Association Update - November 2016
MSCSA Association Update - November 2016
 

Upcoming Events:

Regional Meetings

Metro Regional Meeting: December 3, 2016
Register by Friday, November 25!

January Student Leadership Conference

Date: January 5-7, 2017
Location: Inver Hills Community College & Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Dec 16!
By registering for the January SLC, you are automatically registered for the Gala. If you will not be attending the Gala but you are attending the January SLC, please mark the corresponding box on your registration form.

10th Annual
Scholarship Gala

Date: Friday, January 6, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Dec 16!

 

Send in your Silent Auction Items Now!

We encourage all campuses to donate an item(s) to the Silent Auction for the Scholarship Gala. This is a chance for campuses to showcase their campus at the event and earn a Star Campus point. For more information please contact Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Thielen at 651-203-9457 or prc@mscsa.org.

Now accepting Wall of Wine donations!

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to help raise money for student scholarships? If you are over 21, purchase your favorite bottle of wine and drop it off at the MSCSA office as a tax- deductible donation. We will add it to our Wall of Wine, where Scholarship Gala attendees pay $10 to draw a numbered wine bottle cork from a fishbowl and they win the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. The Wall of Wine is a favorite among Gala attendees and is always sure to sell out fast.
 
If you have questions about Wall of Wine donations or the Scholarship Gala, please contact Director of Program & Events Lindsay Barton at 651-203-9452 or lbarton@mscsa.org.

A look ahead at the 2017 legislative leadership

When the Minnesota State legislature convenes in January 2017, there will be plenty of new faces in the Capitol. The election earlier this month has brought much change in both chambers of the legislature.
 
Minnesota House:
During the recent election, Republicans picked up six seats held by Democrats, while Democrats picked up two seats held by Republicans. Prior to the election, Republicans held a 73-61 majority and will now hold 76 seats with Democrats controlling 57 seats. One seat, House District 32B, currently held by a Republican, will not be decided until a special election in February.
 
Minnesota Senate:
Coming into the election, Senate Democrats held 38 seats while Republicans held 28 (with one seat vacant due to the death of former Senate President Jim Metzen). Following the election, Republicans will hold 34 seats and Democrats 33 seats. This will mean that Republicans are poised (pending one election recount) to take control of the Senate by the slimmest of margins.
 
Chamber Leadership:
Since the election, each caucus in the legislature has elected their leadership. In the Senate, Sen. Paul Gazelka has been chosen to lead the Republicans as Majority Leader and Sen. Tom Bakk has been elected to lead Democrats as Minority Leader.
 
In the House, Republicans have elected Rep. Kurt Daudt as Majority Leader and Democrats have elected Rep. Melissa Hortman as Minority Leader.
 
Over the next few weeks, both House and Senate leadership will begin to create their committee structure and appoint chairs for each committee.

Power of One Vote scholarship recipients
from Dr. Mark M. Welter

 

Five students from Minnesota State have been selected to receive the Mark M. Welter “Power of One Vote” scholarship. $500 will be used for tuition, fees, and books during fall semester 2016.

Congratulations goes to the following recipients of the award:

  • Tazrian Ahmed, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Hannah Demmer, Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls
  • Yongju Im, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • David Loos, Metropolitan State University
  • Lauri Luosta, Winona State University

MSCSA wants to thank Dr. Mark Welter for providing this scholarship to help students see how one vote can make a difference in any voting process during this presidential election year.

You're invited to the 10th Annual Scholarship Gala!

 
Friday, January 6, 2017
5:30 PM Silent Auction and Cash Bar
7:00 PM Dinner and Program
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
 
Join us to help two-year college students pursue their career aspirations and become the next generation of great leaders. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to support student scholarships.
 
Your attendance provides students with the opportunity for academic success and recognition. Join us January 6. View our event and sponsorship flyer.
 
Register by December 16!

Northern and Southern Regional Meetings 2016

The 2016 Northern and Southern Regional Meetings were a success. The Northern Meeting took place in Staples, MN and the Southern Meeting took place in North Mankato, MN. Students learned valuable leadership and advocacy skills, including being an effective advocate, successfully recruiting students, and leading teams. If you have not yet attended a regional meeting and are interested, register now for the Metro Regional Meeting on December 3.

Office closure notice

 
The MSCSA office will be closed from Thursday, November 24 throughSunday, November 27Turkey in honor of Thanksgiving.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!
 
 

Meet our new staff member, final week of GOTV, and much more!

Association Update 10-31-16

MSCSA Association Update - October 2016
MSCSA Association Update - October 2016

 

Upcoming Events:

Regional Meetings

Northern Regional Meeting: November 12, 2016
Register by Friday, November 4!
Southern Regional Meeting: November 19, 2016
Register by Friday, November 11!
Metro Regional Meeting: December 3, 2016
Register by Friday, November 25!

January Student Leadership Conference

Date: January 5-7, 2017
Location: Inver Hills Community College & Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Dec 16!

Save the Date: 10th Annual Scholarship Gala

Date: Friday, January 2, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Join us at the 10th Annual MSCSA Scholarship Gala to recognize outstanding student leaders and raise funds for this important scholarship program. By registering for the January SLC, you are automatically registered for the Gala. If you will not be attending the Gala but you are attending the January SLC, please mark the corresponding box on your registration form.

Last call for fall
2016 scholarships!

Scholarship applications are due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1! For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit
our website.
 

Now accepting Wall of Wine donations!

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to help raise money for student scholarships? If you are over 21, purchase your favorite bottle of wine and drop it off at the MSCSA office as a tax- deductible donation. We will add it to our Wall of Wine, where Scholarship Gala attendees pay $10 to draw a numbered wine bottle cork from a fishbowl and they win the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. The Wall of Wine is a favorite among Gala attendees and is always sure to sell out fast.
 
If you have questions about Wall of Wine donations or the Scholarship Gala, please contact Director of Program & Events Lindsay Barton at 651-203-9452 or lbarton@mscsa.org.

Final Week of the Get Out
the Vote Campaign

We are in the final week of our Get Out the Vote effort and are on track to have the most successful Get Out the Vote campaign yet. Currently we have over 10,500 pledges. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment. Each campus did an amazing job and we are very thankful for your passionate leadership.

However, our work is not done. This week we will be holding six phone banks to remind students about the upcoming election. These phone calls are key to increasing student turnout at the polls on Election Day. We will be phone banking on Tuesday, November 1; Wednesday, November 2; Thursday, November 3; and Friday, November 4 from 3 – 8 PM, on Sunday, November 6 from 6 – 9 PM; and on Monday, November 7 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM. If you are interested in helping please contact Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at 651-203-9462 or sbeck@mscsa.org.

And we can’t forget about the illustrious Voter Cup! It is currently anyone’s game and many campuses are neck-in-neck going into the final week of the Get Out the Vote campaign. We wish you all good luck as we wrap up this year’s Get Out the Vote effort and Voter Cup competition.

Get to know Equity and Inclusion Fellow May Yang!

MayYang Headshot 8x10Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: My work history is predominantly in the fields of higher education research and media (two areas that I love!). As a researcher I have worked on projects focused on increasing access and opportunities for marginalized communities as well as closing the opportunity gap for students of color. In addition I’ve held various media positions including project management and teaching digital production. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and a B.S. in Business Marketing. I am currently completing my M.A. in Higher Education Policy and Administration.
 
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: I was drawn to MSCSA because of the organization’s devotion to students. I am a firm believer that institutions need to reflect the communities they serve, and MSCSA is a great example of that through its commitment to student representation and leadership development. In addition, I was interested in working for MSCSA to learn more about equity and inclusion policy work in higher education. I am excited by the opportunity to learn how higher education institutions can best serve and meet the needs of today’s college students.

Q: What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
A: I am extremely looking forward to supporting MSCSA’s Equity and Inclusion campaign. I hope to collaborate with student leaders as well as higher education representatives to work together to create more diverse and inclusive communities. I am also excited to learn more about education reform and the steps necessary to bring forth equity-oriented change. Most of all I value student experiences and hope to bring awareness to their experiences.

Q: What interests do you have outside of work?
A: When I am not working or in school, I enjoy spending time with my two rabbits, Kingsley and Fe. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, and the great outdoors.
 
As a former student leader, May Yang has always been drawn to student engagement and student empowerment. These interests combined with her passion for equity and diversity lead May to work as a researcher in projects focused on increasing opportunities and access for minority students and marginalized communities. Most recently she worked on closing the opportunity gap for students of color in Minnesota. May has also worked as a media specialist collaborating with students to share their experiences through digital storytelling.

Outside of work, May enjoys spending time with her two rabbits as well as yoga, hiking, and the great outdoors. May is also currently earning her M.A. in Higher Education Policy and Administration where her research examines the intersection of higher education, campus climate, and the media with a critical focus on race and student experiences. May is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she earned a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and a B.S. in Business Marketing. 

Minnesota State students receive scholarships from
Dr. Mark M. Welter

Twenty students from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have been selected to receive Mark M. Welter World Citizen Awards with $500 to be used for tuition, fees, and books during the fall 2016 semester.

Congratulations goes to the following recipients of the award:
  • Simon Washee, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Rochelle Peace, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Lucino Sosa, Century College
  • Israel Gray, Dakota County Technical College
  • Spring Aubol, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Beth Al-Qudah, Lake Superior College
  • Timmons Alphonso, Mesabi Range College
  • Mayla Yang, Metropolitan State University
  • Katie Minshall, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Aldo Kusnardi, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Jocelyn Hernandez, North Hennepin Community College
  • Skyah Westerman, Northland Community and Technical College
  • Precious Kolleh, Pine Technical and Community College
  • Nunki Reyes, Ridgewater College
  • Adama Youhn, Riverland Community College
  • Martins Ayelomi, St. Cloud State University
  • Jerson Castro-Campos, South Central College
  • Dallin Finley, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Austin VanScoy, Vermilion Community College
  • Elijah Norris-Holliday, Winona State University
Through the generosity of Dr. Mark Welter, this award provides a semi-annual tribute to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students who exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen. Award recipients are nominated by college/university faculty and staff. Congratulations to the recipients!

MN Student Leadership Summit 2016

The 2016 Minnesota Student Leadership Summit was packed full of excitement! This year we offered 35 valuable workshops and four inspiring keynote speakers. We also had networking opportunities and fun evening entertainment that included casino night, karaoke, and a formal dance. The conference was a great way for student leaders to connect with other leaders throughout Minnesota.
 

Meet our new treasurer, scholarship deadlines approaching, and much more!

Association Update 09-26-16


Upcoming Events:

Minnesota Student Leadership Summit

Date: October 20-23, 2016
Location: Mall of America/Airport Hilton - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Sept 30!

Regional Meetings

Northern Regional Meeting: November 12, 2016
Register by Friday,
November 4!
Southern Regional Meeting: November 19, 2016
Register by Friday,
November 11!
Metro Regional Meeting: December 3, 2016
Register by Friday,
November 25!

Mark M. Welter: "The Power of One Vote"

Special Fall 2016
Scholarship Opportunity
The Minnesota State College Student Association is seeking applications from current Minnesota State College and University students for “The Power of One Vote” Scholarship. This program is sponsored through the generosity of Mark M. Welter, Ph.D. Five (5) $500 scholarships (maximum of one (1) per institution) will be given to current Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students and for those continuing their education within the Minnesota State system. Get more information.
 

Now accepting Wall of Wine donations!

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to help raise money for student scholarships? If you are over 21, purchase your favorite bottle of wine and drop it off at the MSCSA office as a tax- deductible donation. We will add it to our Wall of Wine, where Scholarship Gala attendees pay $10 to draw a numbered wine bottle cork from a fishbowl and they win the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. The Wall of Wine is a favorite among Gala attendees and is always sure to sell out fast.
 
If you have questions about Wall of Wine donations or the Scholarship Gala, please contact Director of Program & Events Lindsay Barton at 651-203-9452 or lbarton@mscsa.org.

Fire Up MSCSA!

Sign up now!

We are looking for speakers! Do you have a topic you enjoy talking about? Would you like to bring some energy to the Minnesota Student Leadership Summit? Then submit your topic today for Fire Up MSCSA!
 
Fire Up MSCSA! is an exciting event that will feature 10 individuals willing to share their ideas in the spotlight. Each person will have 5 minutes to present on a topic of their choice and must also prepare a 20 slide presentation that will auto advance every 15 seconds. The talks are quick, interactive, and precise.
 
If you are interested in speaking at Fire Up MSCSA!, please submit
this form by Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:59pm. All submissions will be reviewed and 10 speakers will be selected to present at the 2016 Minnesota Student Leadership Summit. Each person that submits will be notified whether or not they've been selected.
 
If you have questions or would like more information please contact Lindsay Barton at lbarton@mscsa.org or 651-203-9452.

Meet Treasurer

Isaac Jahraus


Isaac Jahraus
Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: For the last five years I have been working in the service industry in downtown Minneapolis. I have held various positions, most notably being a security manager and a bartender. While working, I sharpened my personal and social skills and learned I had to apply these skills to my education. These experiences led me to go back to school, and in spring 2015 I started attending Normandale Community College (NCC). I plan on utilizing the transfer program to attend Metropolitan State University to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Business with an emphasis in Psychology and Political Science.
 
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: When I joined the Student Senate at NCC, I was elected as Treasurer. The duties that I performed under the Student Senate were beneficial to me and helped me decide to run for Treasurer of MSCSA. I encouraged myself to reach and obtain my goal of becoming the Treasurer of MSCSA by applying the knowledge and skills I learned while being the Treasurer of NCC.

Q: What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
A: At NCC, it is crucially important to me to unite the Cultural Clubs that are available on campus. I have brought numerous clubs together for group discussions/meetings; some specifically being: the Black Student Alliance (BSA), Ethiopian Student Alliance (ESA), and Diversity Club, with hopes of finding more opportunities to collaborate. By bringing these clubs together it has created an environment for students to voice their concerns, compliments, and thoughts about their school, workplace, home, or any other topic that helps students feel heard and unified.

Q: What interests do you have outside of work?
A: I am getting married in July 2017, and I have been very involved with my fiancé in planning our wedding. I am also an avid Minnesota Vikings football fan (as well as any other Minnesota sports team), and consider myself one of the last faithful MN sports fans. I am a proud uncle to two boys ages three and one, and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my next niece/nephew this upcoming February.
 
Isaac Jahraus is a Business student at Normandale Community College. He is a non-traditional student with plans on transferring to Metropolitan State University to complete his Bachelor’s Degree.
 
At the 2016 Spring General Assembly, Isaac was elected as the Metro South Governing Council Alternate. This was his first introduction to a position at MSCSA. When Isaac is not busy advocating for students, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, friends, and family members.

Control your college

plan and apply for

a scholarship!

The next MSCSA scholarship application due date is right around the corner – midnight, November 1, 2016! Keep your eyes open for information being given out by your Student Senate and the Financial Aid office on your campus during Scholarship Week, Wednesday, October 12 – Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Tables will be set up on your campuses, providing you the opportunity to ask questions and sign up to receive scholarship information emailed directly to you.

This year the scholarships being awarded will be:
  • McCormick Leadership Scholarship-$1,500
  • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship - $1,250
  • Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship - $500
  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund - $500
  • Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship - $500
All scholarship information also can be found on our website. This includes the online application form, instructions on how to upload your resume and letters of recommendation, and full criteria and qualification information for each scholarship.

If you need additional information, please email scholarship@mscsa.org.

Get to know the

GOTV interns

jJerson Castro (JC) Campos
South Central College North Mankato

Why are you passionate about Get Out the Vote?
I get my passion from the idea that injustice occurs on a daily basis. I have a strong sense of community, which enables me to learn from those heroic people that did something about it. I couldn’t be more thankful for learning from those experiences and thus I will never fail to stand up for those around me and always do the right thing.
 
UntitledMadison Melcher
South Central College Faribault

Why are you passionate about Get Out the Vote?
I decided to help with GOTV because I wanted to become an active member of our campus' Student Senate, and interning through GOTV is a great starting point. This years election is not just about voting for the new President, it is about voting for our state, making this year an important year to vote. I also decided to participate in Get Out the Vote because I believe that it does not matter who you vote for, as long as you vote. GOTV is the perfect way to get that message across.
Kate Lawrence
North Hennepin Community College

Why are you passionate about Get Out the Vote?
I am passionate about Get Out The Vote because more college students need to vote and volunteer in politics. Higher age and income levels are the biggest predictors of participation, so our elected officials care more about the issues of older wealthy people, than college students. To have our issues heard, we need to participate in large numbers.

sSeni Gyesus
Riverland Community College Austin

Why are you passionate about Get Out the Vote?
Actions speak louder than words and if we unite and go out and vote, regardless of the candidate, we will make a difference. There are people in the world who are being killed just to make their voices heard. We should not take the right we have to vote for granted.
 
eEthan Bunn
Ridgewater College Willmar Campus
 
Why are you passionate about Get Out the Vote?
I would like to help with the GOTV effort because I think it is important to stress the need for a voice. So many students believe they do not have a voice. And I am here to tell them that, at the local level, their votes make a difference.
 
 

Treasurer applications due Friday, Board of Trustees announced, and much more!

Association Update 08-29-16

MSCSA Association Update - August 2016
MSCSA Association Update - August 2016

 

Upcoming Events:

September Student Leadership Conference

Date: September 9-11, 2016
Location: Rochester Community and Technical College & Centerstone Plaza Hotel - Rochester, MN

Minnesota Student Leadership Summit

Date: October 20-23, 2016
Location: Mall of America/Airport Hilton - Bloomington, MN
Register by Friday, Sept 30!
 

2017 Spring Semester Scholarship Deadline

We are now accepting applications for the following scholarships. These will be awarded for the 2017 spring semester. Applications are accepted through Nov 1.
  • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship
  • McCormick Leadership Scholarship
  • Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship
  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund
  • Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship

You can find more information
on all our scholarships and application instructions on the MSCSA scholarships webpage.

 

MSCSA Treasurer Applications Due Friday!

MSCSA will hold a special election to fill the Treasurer position during the Governing Council (GC) meeting at the September Student Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for September 11, 2016.
The procedure will follow our special election process, which calls for candidates to be nominated by members of the GC. It’s also important to note that only members of the GC are able to vote to fill the vacancy. For additional details, please review the 2016-17 Treasurer Election Procedure.
We are asking interested candidates to fill out an application by September 2, 2016. Governing Council members will have the opportunity to review applications with their regions before the election. Please be advised that submitting an application does not guarantee nomination. It is within the Governing Council’s authority to nominate and elect any eligible student that they think will best serve MSCSA.
If you have any question about the election process, please contact Executive Director Mike Dean (mdean@mscsa.org) or MSCSA President Dylan Kelly (pres@mscsa.org).
 

Incoming Leader Training 2016: Ready for the Year!

 
On August 17-19, student leaders from around the state of Minnesota gathered in Lanesboro, MN at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center to learn more about their roles and what it means to be a MSCSA leader. Governing Council representatives and alternatives, Platform Committee representatives and alternatives, and student senate presidents or campus representatives met in groups to discuss what they would like to see happen for MSCSA in the upcoming year and develop a plan to make it happen. Students also had the opportunity to take an Intercultural Development Inventory to learn more about their intercultural skill set.
 
On Thursday afternoon the student leaders broke into groups for team building activities. Some students completed group challenges, while others went 30 feet in the air for treetops high ropes courses. While some were push to the edge of their comfort zone, all participants came out as a stronger team.
 
The student leaders are excited and ready for the upcoming year, and we know it will be a great one! Make sure to check out the photos from the training

Minnesota State Board of Trustees Announced

 
Governor Mark Dayton has announced six new appointees to serve on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. MSCSA would like to congratulate our community and technical college students Basil Ajuo and Amanda Fredlund for being appointed to the board. They will serve until summer 2018. You can read the Star Tribune article for more information on those appointed to the board.

2016-17 Event Calendar 

All of our 2016-17 conference registration is now available on our website! Download our Rates, Dates, and Deadlines today and start getting excited for an exciting and educational year of conferences!
 
 
 
 

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