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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.
 
 

GOTV 2016: The voter cup race is on!

VoteME Logo RGBYou have a chance to win ONE of TWO MSCSA voter cups this fall! For those of you who dare to win the prize, a place in MSCSA history can be yours. This silver chalice is a worthy trophy, but which college will win the valiant fight for glory? Be warned, there are many colleges that want to win the cup and the competition is tight!

View the MSCSA Voter Cup Video!

 

Please share the pledge form to reach those students who only attend your campus online. Feel free to also share the Get Out the Vote Voter Cup video above on your social media networks to help engage your campus around Get Out the Vote. This video stars the amazing voiceover skills of Director of Government Relations Jason Fossum.

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If you have questions about Get Out the Vote, please contact MSCSA Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at sbeck@mscsa.org or 651-203-9462.

Fire Up MSCSA! Are you ready?

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.

MSCSA & Minnesota State Leadership Opportunities 2016-17

Dear Student Leaders,

I hope you’re all having a great end to the summer and start to the school year. I know all of us at the MSCSA office are excited for the year ahead. We know that there is much work to be done in the coming months and are excited for the positive impact we can have on every student on our campuses.

Each year, we at MSCSA have the chance to appoint student representatives to a variety of important Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) system wide committees. We hope that each of you will consider applying to be appointed to one or more of these committees and will take this tremendous opportunity to represent all students in some important decisions.

The meeting frequency and scheduling varies by committee, but in general, the Councils will meet five to six times throughout the year. Other subcommittees will meet at different times as needed.  There are in-person and online meeting options so distance from the Twin Cities should not deter any student from applying.

This year, the need for student volunteers is even more crucial as transfer pathway teams will be ramping up this fall. We ask that you take a close look at all the available teams to see if you have experience or knowledge in a given subject and consider applying to be a member of a pathway team.

View our list of MSCSA & Minnesota State leadership opportunities as it should be helpful in giving you an idea of what sort of issues will be considered during the meetings.

If you know of students on your campus or senate that might be interested in applying, please refer them to the fill out our Letter of Intent submission form

Thank you for all your work! If you or anyone you know has questions about these committee opportunities, please feel free to contact Vice President Minda Nelson at vice@mscsa.org, Director of Government Relations Jason Fossum at jfossum@mscsa.org, or myself.

Sincerely,

Dylan Kelly
MSCSA President
pres@mscsa.org

 

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