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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

 

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.
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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.
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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.
 
 
 

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