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Association Update 05-01-17

MSCSA Association Update - April 2017
MSCSA Association Update - April 2017

Upcoming Events:

Ice Cream Social -
May 2017

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: LeadMN Office,
1515 South Robert St, West St. Paul, MN 55118

Learning Center Grand Opening - June 2017

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: LeadMN Office,
1515 South Robert St, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Internship Opportunities
OER Interns: We are also offering an unpaid internship for students that are interested in working on Open Education Resources (OERs) and online textbooks. Textbooks, on average, account for 22% of students’ cost of attendance. Open Education Resources (OERs) and online textbooks have the potential to make a big impact on college cost for students. This internship will be research based and will include a faculty outreach component.
Minneapolis & St. Paul GOTV Interns: Are you interested in community engagement? Then the Get Out the Vote internship is right for you. This is a paid internship that will allow you to use your passion to increase student voter turnout and build up the power of student voices in Minneapolis or St. Paul. The Get Out the Vote intern will help lead GOTV efforts at Minneapolis Community and Technical College or Saint Paul College. They will learn how to create an engagement plan, recruit volunteers, and how to execute their engagement plan. This position consists of hands-on experience and will provide them with a valuable leadership position.
If you are interested in any of the above internships please contact LeadMN Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck at sbeck@mscsa.org.

2016-17 Star Campus Winners!

We would like to recognize and congratulate the following campuses on reaching star campus status!
1st year winners:
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Pipestone
  • Riverland Community and Technical College-Austin
  • Saint Could Technical and Community College
3rd year winners:
  • Century College
4th year winners:
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Cambridge
  • South Central College-Faribault
5th year winners:
  • Inver Hills Community College
6th year winners:
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
7th year winners:
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids
  • Dakota County Technical College

Want to get involved?
Join the Summer
Leadership Team!

The 2017 Summer Leadership Trainings (SLT) will give you the opportunity to create change. Not only will you be given training to further your leadership journey, but you will also apply those skills to help make textbooks more affordable. This summer we will work towards spreading the use of Open Education Resources (free to low cost online textbooks) across our state. If you are interested, contact Outreach Coordinator Samantha Beck (sbeck@mscsa.org) or join the Facebook group.

Summer Office Hours

Starting Monday, May 29 through Monday, September 4, LeadMN summer office hours will be in affect. The hours are below.
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MSCSA is now LeadMN!

LeadMN logo Since last September, the MSCSA Branding Committee has been hard at work rebranding the Minnesota State College Student Association into an organization that a new generation of students can connect with. The branding committee was made up of three students from around the state of Minnesota, along with Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Thielen, and MSCSA staff. The students determined early in the process that a name change was necessary in order to better represent the organization.
The rebranding process is ongoing. We will be rolling out the new logo and new website throughout the summer. If you have any questions about the MSCSA rebrand, please contact LeadMN Communications and Office Coordinator Courtney Brockman at 651-203-9461 or cbrockman@mscsa.org.
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Look at the progress!

Last Association Update, we told you that construction was just beginning in the warehouse. How a month changes everything! The garage doors are gone, stadium seating has been built, and the old front office entrance is now a closet! We will be sure to continue to update you on the warehouse progress on our Facebook page, but if you are interested in viewing the newly renovated space be sure to join us Saturday, June 24 at the Learning Center Grand Opening! During this event you will have the opportunity to view our new space, enjoy lunch, and talk with friends of LeadMN. We can't wait to see you there!

The latest at the capitol!

The Minnesota legislature is heading fast toward May and the end of regular session. At this time, the House and the Senate have each prepared an omnibus bill for Higher Education.

An omnibus bill essentially means many bills rolled into one bill. In order for the omnibus bill to be considered by the Governor, the House and the Senate must align their two bills into one.

In order to get two bills into one, the House and the Senate have appointed 5 conferees from each body for a total of 10 legislators to serve on the Higher Education Conference Committee.

This conference committee will meet to negotiate and iron out the disputed legislation between the two bills to create a single Higher Education bill. Once that happens, the bill will go to the House and Senate floors for a 3rd and final reading.

Once the bill is voted on, it heads to Governor Dayton for his signature. From the time that it reaches his desk, the Governor has three options:
1. Sign the bill into law.
2. Veto the bill (requiring the legislature to create a new bill).
3. Not sign it. If a bill remains unsigned for 72 hours, it becomes law by default.

We anticipate that the current bill’s financial targets are too low for the Governor to approve. How much money that legislators will appropriate will be a large part of the conference negotiations.

If you have any questions, please contact LeadMN Director of Government Relations Angelique McDonald at 651-203-9458 or amcdonald@mscsa.org.
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An energetic Spring
General Assembly!

The LeadMN General Assembly took place on April 21-23 in Breezy Point to elect next years Cabinet, Governing Council, and Platform Committee positions, and to celebrate the past year. The students enjoyed an awards dinner, an advocacy game, and fun activities throughout the weekend. Find out more information about next year's student leadership team and view the 2017 Awards Dinner recipients.
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Groots volunteer of the month: Charles Karter!

Charles Karter photoOnce a month we will be showcasing a student that has done excellent work with our Groots initiative. The Groots initiative is a grass roots campaign to get students involved in building support for an issue by showing legislators how many people a certain problem effects. This month LeadMN is highlighting Charles Karter, a student senator Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Passion, a simple enough word that is full of meaning, and happens to describe Charles Karter. Charles is a U.S. Army veteran attending MCTC and working towards his AAS in CNC Machinery. In college, Charles is involved in many different environmental clubs, such as the Urban Farm Collective, 3 Legged Frog sustainability club, and the administrations sustainability committee; all of which are intertwined with the Director of Health and Sustainability, the student senate position which Charles currently holds.

Like many senators, getting involved in senate introduced Charles to LeadMN. Since his introduction, Charles has stayed involved in LeadMN because he found it to be a “valuable institution in protecting students, has grown my personal development, and gave me avenues to interact with legislators.” Charles stays involved through advocating events, participating in GOTV, attending conferences, and campus promotional events.

The Groots campaign has greatly helped Charles interact with every level of the government, and has given him ample opportunity for personal and community development. “Many of the LeadMN campaigns are similar. You plan objectives around an important issue, implement the objectives, and then inform and motivate others to support you.” Charles has found that students easily connect to this Groots campaign because spending more on tuition is bad and spending less on tuition is good. Who can argue that logic?

Talking with Charles about the Groots campaign and all he’s involved in, it’s clear Charles has passion for what he does. And when a person has passion for what they do, they get results. The Groots campaign is in good hands with Charles leading the way at MCTC.

“The Groots campaign isn't a silo; it's like the name of our weekly meetings, so it's hard to talk about it in particular. Its identity is fluid. Hence I talk about MSCSA more generally, because everything they do is somewhat intertwined. It's all the same people, and focus, improving the lives of students, be it your own or others. It's been a privilege to be a part of, and I'd like to thank them for the opportunities.”

Announcing the 2017 Mark W. Welter 100% American scholarship recipients!

LeadMN is proud to announce the five recipients for the 2017 spring semester Mark M. Welter 100% American Scholarship.
  • Emily L. Potter, Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Tazrian Ahmed, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Morgan Elizabeth LeBrun, Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Claire T. Drake, Saint Paul College
  • Aaron Bible, Southwest Minnesota State University
Congratulations to all of you and thank you Dr. Welter for your commitment to our students!



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