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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.
 
 

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!
 
 
 
 

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