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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!
 
 
 
 

2016-17 conference registration, volunteer at the MN State Fair & Twins game, and much more!

Association Update 07-25-16 

MSCSA Association Update - July 2016
MSCSA Association Update - July 2016
 

Upcoming Events:

Incoming Leader Training

Date: August 17-19, 2016
Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Register by Friday, August 5!
This event is for 2016-17 MSCSA Cabinet, Governing Council and Platform Committee representatives and alternates, and one student senate president or representative from each campus.

September Student Leadership Conference

Date: September 9-11, 2016
Location: Rochester Community and Technical College & Centerstone Plaza Hotel - Rochester, MN
Register by Friday, August 26!

Looking for more MSCSA events?

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!

Summer Office Hours

From Friday, May 27 through Friday, September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12 p.m.
Regular office hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Summer office hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(Monday-Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(Friday)

Welcome MSCSA 2016-17 Cabinet!

At the beginning of July we welcomed Dylan Kelly, Minda Nelson, and Kimberly Thielen, our new 2016-17 Cabinet as they began their term. They have already been hard at work and are ready to kick-off a great year of serving MN community & technical college students.

Conference Rates, Dates, and Deadlines Now Available!

The 2016-17 MSCSA conference calendar has been finalized and we are looking forward to an exciting and educational year! Registration for all 2016-17 conferences has been opened on the MSCSA website and you are able to register immediately. Download your copy of our Rates, Dates, and Deadlines today! We hope to see you at a MSCSA conference soon!
If you have any questions feel free to contact Director of Programs & Events Lindsay Barton at lbarton@mscsa.org or 651-203-9452. 

MSCSA to Hold 2016-17 Treasurer Special Election

We would like to inform everyone that we have received a letter of resignation from Treasurer Richard Barnier. On behalf of the MSCSA family, we want to thank Richard for his years of service. Over those years, Richard has been a tireless advocate for students on campus and within the system office. Richard will be missed and we wish him well as he graduates on from MSCSA.
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).

Twins Game and Minnesota State Fair Volunteer Opportunities

Minnesota State, in collaboration with MSCSA and Students United, seeks to coordinate back-to-back volunteer opportunities for students of Minnesota State colleges and universities to help raise awareness and support the $50 million student scholarship fundraising campaign. Interested students and alumni can volunteer for one or both events.
MNState
On Saturday, September 3, students are needed to help raise awareness
for the colleges and universities of the Minnesota State system by participating in the Minnesota State Fair. Students can help by either volunteering to staff the Minnesota State booth in the Education Building, or participating in the State Fair Parade. Parade volunteer opportunities include wearing their school's mascot costume, serving as a mascot guide, drumming, or serving as a banner carrier.
Twins
On Sunday, September 4, students are needed to attend a 1:10 p.m. Minnesota Twins game against the 
Chicago White Sox to help raise awareness for the Access to Excellence Scholarship Campaign. The Minnesota State schools’ foundations have committed to raising $50 million in student scholarships by June 2018! Students can help by either volunteering to wear their school's mascot costume and participating in pre-game announcement and events, or by wearing their school's logo apparel (t-shirts, polos, etc.) and participating in the pre-game announcement. We want to showcase our diversity and individual college/university identities by having student representatives from each institution on the field – imagine what a great visual that will be!

Student volunteers will have the following expenses taken care of, or reimbursed, for their service:
  • admission ticket to the Minnesota State Fair (provided)
  • admission ticket to the Minnesota Twins game (provided)
  • mileage for travel to and from events (reimbursed at the government rate)
  • hotel accommodations, for volunteers participating in BOTH events, and who will be traveling 50 miles or more (provided)
Please indicate your availability to participate in these events by Monday, August 1 or contact Andrea Steen at andrea.steen@so.mnscu.edu or
651-201-1811.

Get Out the Vote 2016 Update

Our student leaders and staff have been hard at work getting ready for Get Out the Vote. Over the summer, students from across the state have been meeting to discuss Get Out the Vote, learning the skills they will need to be successful, and starting to make plans for campus voter engagement.
 
At our Summer Leadership Team meetings, students learned that it is their job to give other students a reason for them to get out and vote. Students learned how to share their personal story about why voting is important to them and why they plan to vote. Peers sharing personal messages about why voting is important are a powerful way to show students that their vote matters. Students can relate to each other and share similar stories.
 
Our last Summer Leadership Team meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 1 pm. At this meeting students will learn how to take their voter engagement conversations a step further by recruiting other students to volunteer with their campus’s Get Out the Vote campaign. It takes a strong team to be effective at Get Out the Vote and it is important to build up new leaders. Investing time to train and work with new volunteers will help students expand their reach on campus and strengthen their team.
 
If you are looking to get more involved with Get Out the Vote, there will be extensive Get Out the Vote training at our September Student Leadership Conference. If you have questions or would like to get more involved with GOTV, please contact MSCSA Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at sbeck@mscsa.org.

Six Students Statewide Receive MSCSA Scholarships

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The Minnesota State College Student Association Scholarship Board held their bi-annual meeting to determine the recipients of the Fall 2016 MSCSA Scholarships. Six students attending Minnesota State institutions were awarded these merit-based scholarships as recognition of their exemplary community and campus leadership in addition to maintaining a superb GPA throughout their academic career. The six student recipients and the scholarship they received are as follows:
  • Nicholas Everson-Minnesota State Community Technical College-Moorhead: John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship-$500
  • Olabisi Ewumi-St. Cloud State University: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Brian Larson-Saint Cloud Technical and Community College: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Rebecca Larson-Anoka-Ramsey Community College: Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi-St. Cloud State University: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
  • Noah Squires-Itasca Community College: MSCSA Leadership Scholarship-$1,250
The recipients will each receive their scholarship to be used for their tuition for the Fall 2016 semester.
 
 
 

MSCSA Get-Together a success, meet our newest staff member, and much more!

Association Update 06-28-16 

MSCSA Association Update - June 2016
MSCSA Association Update - June 2016
 

Upcoming Events:

Incoming Leader Training

 
Date: August 17-19, 2016
Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Register by Friday, August 5!
This event is for 2016-17 MSCSA Cabinet, Governing Council and Platform Committee representatives and alternates, and one student senate president or representative from each campus.

News You Can Use:

Thank you Cabinet

for your service! 

 We would like to thank the 2015-16 MSCSA Cabinet for their year of service. The organization has many things to be proud of this year thanks to the work of Tim St. Claire, Austin Ruport, Richard Barnier, and Kevin Parker. Best of luck in your future endeavors!
 

The 4th Annual Great MSCSA Get-Together a success!

 
Despite the heat, ominous looking clouds and strong wind, the 2016 Great MSCSA Get-Together was a success. Students, alumni, friends and family all gathered to celebrate the past year, enjoy time together and look forward to the upcoming year. The afternoon started at our office with a tailgating party. We enjoyed a cookout, games, and six lucky winners also took home a prize from the raffle.

After the tailgating party we all headed over to CHS Field to watch the St. Paul Saints take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The sky cleared and brought a slight breeze, making the evening perfect baseball watching weather. Four lucky MSCSA members even participated in a between inning game on the field. The St. Paul Saints won, 12-11, making it a great ending to the afternoon.

We want to thank everyone that has supported us throughout the year and everyone that celebrated with us. We look forward to a great upcoming year and to seeing even more of you next year at the 2017 Great MSCSA Get-Together!

Get to know Communications and Office Coordinator Courtney Brockman

Q: Tell us about your work experience and educational background.
A: I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Last summer I interned with the Minnesota Department of Commerce in the communications division. There I wrote different communication pieces for consumers, and I researched and developed best practices for social media. Most recently, I spent a year and half working as the Advertising Manager for UW-Eau Claire’s The Lookout Event Space. In this position I was in charge of all promotional and social media activities.
 
Q: What interested you in working for MSCSA?
A: Throughout college I always knew that I wanted to be able to graduate with a degree that would allow me to help others. When I found MSCSA had an opening, and that they provided students opportunities to advance themselves and do great work for each other, I knew I found an organization that I would enjoy. I am very excited to be part of a team and organization that works well together and I cannot wait to get started.
 
Q: What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
A: Recently I have been working on different social media best practices and best uses to expand and enhance organizations communication and reach with their publics. I am very excited to take all that I have learned and put it to use within MSCSA and also continue to learn and grow. In the future I cannot wait to learn more about the organization and help continue to grow their communication practices.

Q: What interests do you have outside of work?
A: Outside of work I love to be outdoors during all the seasons, there is so much to do! Nature walks, being in the water and going to the farmers market are my favorites. I also enjoy taking my dog for walks, watching crime TV shows and watching the Bachelorette with friends. Traveling is also a passion of mine; my goal is to go to all seven continents, only four to go!

A reminder about summer office hours.

Summer is in full swing! Please be advised that from Friday, May 27 through Friday September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12:00 PM.
Our regular office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Our summer office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday)
 

End of session recap, last call for St. Paul Saints tickets, and so much more!

Association Update 05-23-16 


 

Upcoming Events:

The Great MSCSA
Get-Together: St. Paul Saints Baseball Game

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
Register by Thursday, May 26!

 

Alumni Meeting

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: MSCSA Office, 1515 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, MN 55118
Time: 2:00 PM
Contact MSCSA Alumni Association Chair Heather Darby with questions!

 

Incoming Leader Training

Date: August 17-19, 2016
Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Registration opening soon!
This event is for 2016-17 MSCSA Cabinet, Governing Council and Platform Committee representatives and alternates, and one student senate president or representative from each campus.

In the News:

2015-16 Star Campus Winners

We would like to recognize the following campuses on an outstanding year and being named MSCSA Star Campus!
1st Year Winners:
  • Northland Community College - East Grand Forks
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
    Mesabi Range College -Eveleth
  • Mesabi Range College -Eveleth
2nd Year Winners:
  • Mesabi Range College -Virginia
  • Century College
3rd Year Winners:
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College - Cambridge
  • South Central College - Fairbault
4th Year Winners:
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park
5th Year Winners:
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
6th Year Winners:
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids
  • Dakota County Community and Technical College
  • Lake Superior College

Just a few days remain to register for The Great MSCSA Get-Together!

Here are the top 5 reasons to register for The Great MSCSA Get-Together!
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  1. If you haven't had the opportunity to get inside the new CHS field and see what all the fuss is about, now is your chance! The St. Paul Saints baseball games are always exciting to watch and the game is made even better by their fabulous new location! Watch them take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes!
  2. Tailgate pre-party! There will be a ballpark picnic dinner provided, yard games, prize drawings, and more! Gather your friends and family and enjoy dinner and activities on us before the game! This event is great for the young and the young-at-heart! Everyone is welcome and kids under 2 are FREE!
  3. Catch up with all your current and past MSCSA pals, meet new friends, or just learn more about our organization and what we are working on.
  4. Who doesn't love a free swag? Each attendee will receive a Great MSCSA Get-Together t-shirt! We will all wear our t-shirts to the game and show the community our support of Minnesota's community and technical college students.
  5. Your attendance at this exciting event will support Minnesota's next generation of great leaders. The purchase of a ticket equals a $10 donation to the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship program!
JOIN US!
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM Tailgate party & dinner, 7:05 PM Game
Place: CHS Field, 360 Broadway St, St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost: $10 per ticket
Schedule of Events:
5:00 PM - Tailgate party (bags, ladder golf, etc.)
5:30 PM - Dinner
6:15 PM - Prize drawings
6:30 PM - Last call for ticket pickup
7:05 PM - Game begins! (St. Paul Saints take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes)
Register by this Thursday, May 26! Space is limited and tickets are going fast. We hope to see you there!
Questions? Call Director of Program & Events Lindsay Barton at 651-203-9452 or email lbarton@mscsa.org
Register Here

The 2016 Legislative Session came to a close today.

The 2016 Minnesota legislative session ended at midnight today and higher education funding and policy was a part of the both the supplemental budget and tax bills that were passed. Both of these major pieces of legislation require a signature from Governor Mark Dayton to become law, but we wanted to provide an update on the higher education issues adopted by the legislature that will effect students.
Tax Provisions:
The omnibus tax bill passed both the House and the Senate and is headed to the governor for his action. The tax bill provides two provisions of interest to higher education - student loan credit and college savings plans. Below are the specifics around the two higher education related provisions:
  • Student loan credit: $36.5 million in 2017, $75.4 million in the next biennium. This provision creates a credit of up to $1,000 for eligible individuals who are paying for student loans. The percentages of student loan payments eligible for the credit are:

- 50 percent of qualified educational loans.
- 65 percent of qualified loans for eligible individuals in a public service job.
- 75 percent of qualified loans for eligible individuals in an education profession.

  • College savings plans: $15.8 million in 2017, $33.2 million in the next biennium. This bill establishes a maximum credit of $500 per year and an income tax subtraction of up to $1,500 for qualified contributions to Minnesota’s 529 college savings plans.
Supplemental Budget:
The $182 million supplemental budget bill passed both the House and the Senate on Sunday evening. The bill contained $5 million for higher education that included:
  • $570,000 to MnSCU base and an additional
  • $200,000 in one-time funds to support open textbook initiatives. This was an initiative brought forward by MSCSA in partnership with Students United.
  • 500,000 is set aside for equity in post-secondary grants which will be administered by the Office of Higher Education and available to MnSCU.
Bonding Bill:
Late Sunday night, House and Senate leadership reached agreement on a final bonding package that would have provided $818 million in new projects along with another $300 million for infrastructure projects. However, time ran short and the bill was ultimately not passed by the Senate. Barring a special session it likely means there will be no bonding bill this year.

Annual award recipients recognized at Spring GA!

 
Congratulations to the below individuals and campuses on recieving the following awards. These awards were presented at our annual Awards Dinner at the Spring General Assembly in Breezy Point, MN on April 16.
STUDENT AWARDS
 
  • Student Leader of the Year: Michaela Current
  • Governing Council Member of the Year: Debra Tucker
  • Platform Representative of the Year: Cass Wendlandt
  • Student Senate of the Year: Normandale Community College
  • MnSCU Committee Member of the Year: Trustin Ziemer
NON-STUDENT AWARDS
 
  • Alumni Member of the Year: Catie Sabin
  • College President of the Year: Larry Lundblad, Central lake College
  • Student Senate Advisor of the Year: Shannon Williams, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Instructor of the Year: Craig Maus, Saint Paul College

Summer office hours take effect Friday, May 27.

Summer is just around the corner! Please be advised that from Friday, May 27 through Friday September 2, the MSCSA office will be closed on Fridays starting at 12:00 PM.
Our regular office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Our summer office hours are:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday-Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday)
 
 
 
 
 

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