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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).


Fill out the 2016-17 Treasurer application.

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.

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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)

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GOTV Summer leadership team making progress on developing class raps

We had our second Get Out the Vote Summer Leadership Team meeting on June 21st. Students from across the state came together to learn about how to plan for Get Out the Vote, deal with common responses, and how to show students that their voice matters. The Get Out the Vote Action Plan Template was revealed at this meeting and it will be sent out to campus presidents soon. If you would like a copy of it please email Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck (sbeck@mscsa.org).

The students also learned one of the most effective engagement strategies for Get Out the Vote -‑ class raps!

Class raps are a great method to engage students on your campus because you can reach a large number of students at once and you have a captive audience. When you give a class rap you are among your peers, keep this in mind as you prepare and deliver your class rap because it will help you stay confident and relaxed. Your energy, excitement, and passion will reach your fellow students. Keep your class rap short, simple, and to the point. The important piece to remember is that you need to give them a reason why they should care- why should they vote.

We all have something we are passionate about, an issue that is close to our heart. That issue may be the cost of a two-year degree in Minnesota, the cost of food, health care, the environment- the list goes on and on, but the point is we all have a reason to vote. It is time for students to vote for themselves, vote for the issues they care about so their voice can be heard. It is time to tell our elected officials to vote for us when they ask for our vote on November 8th. This is part of “the why” you should deliver in your class rap. View a full script of a sample class rap.

This summer is a great time to practice your class rap and get comfortable with it so you can start them immediately when classes start. It is a good idea to put together a contact list of faculty, the classes they teach, and when the classes are held so that you can get class raps scheduled easily in the fall. If you need an email template for faculty outreach and a spreadsheet to keep track of all of this data let Samantha Beck know.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 26th at 1 pm at the MSCSA office! We hope you can come and join us!

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Get Out The Vote Kicks Off with Summer INterns

Summer has officially begun and the office is abuzz with Get Out the Vote Interns! At our kick off meeting on Monday, May 23rd interns shared what they want to accomplish through the internship.  Our interns were in agreement that they all wanted to make sure every student knows that their vote matters and it makes a real impact. There was also a lot of competition over the MSCSA Voter Cup! Multiple interns revealed their determination to win the illustrious cup including Gloria Watkins, Oscar Corral, Emilio Galvan, and Nalima Mwassa.

The interns also did a storytelling training during our meeting. This training helped them work through their personal story about why voting is important to them. They came up with some very powerful stories that centered on the theme that every vote is heard and every person has a voice. The main take away was that values inspire action through emotion.

This summer the Get Out the Vote interns will work on multiple projects including: summer class raps at colleges around the state, creating campus field plans, helping to create GOTV materials, and working on training videos for Get Out the Vote. Look for intern updates and more on how you can start to prepare for Get Out the Vote in the fall!

Remember, values inspire action through emotion. Your story and your passion will be the greatest tool to reach out to students this summer and fall. You have the power to make a huge impact on your life and the lives of students through your vote. 

Press Release: Legislature and Governor Take Important Step in Addressing College Affordability


Contact: Brenna Swanson (Mohr)­­, Associate Director, 651-203-9465, bmohr@mscsa.org


ST. PAUL, Minn., June 2, 2016 The recently approved supplemental budget bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dayton contained an important appropriation of $200,000 aimed at the creation and promotion of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that has the potential to save college students at Minnesota State institutions thousands of dollars.

OERs are educational materials such as textbooks that are licensed in an open-sources manner allowing for broad use by any faculty member on any campus.

“With Minnesota students facing some of the highest debt loads in the country and students at our community and technical colleges paying the 3rd highest tuition and fees in the nation, it’s crucial that steps be taken to address all aspects of higher education costs for students and families” said Tim St. Claire, President of MSCSA.

The approved funding along with work already being done by the Minnesota State system, campus administration, and faculty, will allow for expanded adoption of OERs on campuses and will lead to students saving thousands of dollars over their degree. 

“One faculty member recently made the decision to change to an OER for a class and the savings over a year totaled over $66,000. Thanks to the funding in this bill, the chance for more students to see this savings will be enhanced while maintaining the quality education our state and taxpayers deserve” St. Claire added.

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) represents students attending the state’s two-year technical, community, and comprehensive colleges on 48 campuses advocating for more than 100,000 students across the state.



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