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Assocation Update 05-22-17

MSCSA Association Update - May 2017
MSCSA Association Update - May 2017

Upcoming Events:

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
RSVP by Friday, June 16!


St. Paul Saints Game
- July 2017

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: Game starts at 7:05 PM
Location: CHS Field
360 N Broadway St.
St Paul, MN 55101
Please note this event is
prepay only.
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.

It is time to challenge your self and take your leadership skills to the next level.

Our first 2017 Summer Leadership Training will dive into what it means to be an effective student leader and what changes you can make to become one. You will also learn how to tell you personal story to engage your fellow student leaders and create positive change on your campus.
Tuesday, May 23: 5 - 7 PM
Saturday, June 24: 9 AM - 12 PM
Tuesday, July 18: 5 - 7 PM

Fun at the ice cream social!

On Friday, May 12, students were invited to join us for an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the year, and a kickoff for the summer. Students played yard games, threw water balloons at the incoming and outgoing cabinet, and enjoyed the nice weather. Join us for our next summer event, a trip to CHS field to watch the St. Paul Saints take on the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks on July 15. The game starts at 7:05 PM, and the event is pre-pay only! We hope you can join us! More information about the July 15 Saints game.

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

Staff Announcement

LeadMN is excited to announce that May Yang will be continuing her work at LeadMN as the Manager of Equity and Inclusion. Get to know May!
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Be there for the unveiling!

You've been hearing about all the changes occurring at the Minnesota State College Student Association (soon to be LeadMN), and now we want you to come see them for yourself. We are proud to share with you our new name, new logo, and new learning center. All of these changes will help us lead today's students into a brighter tomorrow. Be sure you are there for the unveiling.
Saturday, June 24
1:00pm to 4:00pm
LeadMN Office
1515 South Robert Street
West Saint Paul, MN 55118
Enjoy complimentary food and beverages, win door prizes, and have fun!
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Construction is
wrapping up.

We have been keeping you informed on the warehouse construction project, and we are excited to announce that construction is in its final stages. The floor is complete, lights have been hung, and technology has been added. All that remains is adding the flooring to the bleachers and giving the new learning center a thorough cleaning. Last week we ordered the furniture and we are preparing to open our space to all of you on 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!

Successes from session.

On Sunday, the Minnesota legislature passed a higher education budget that could increase tuition by 1% at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges in the first year and then freezes tuition in the second year. Students can celebrate that tuition will be frozen over the last six years, regardless of whether the Minnesota State Board of Trustees decides to raise tuition.
Throughout the legislative session students advocated to make college more affordable and the legislature heard us loud and clear. Legislators from both sides of the aisle talked about the need to invest in higher education.
Now the Governor is expected to sign the legislation sometime this week, even though they are moving to a special session. This will mean that Minnesota State will receive $106 million in new funding for the next two years.
Key Victories in the Bill:
  • Developmental Education Reform – the Legislature has mandated that Minnesota State develop a plan to reform the Developmental Education process to reduce the expense and time that it takes for students to complete these classes.
  • Student Life fees are protected – the legislature removed language that would have prohibited mandatory student life fees. Instead they mandated that any student life fee increase above 2% be approved in a student referendum.
  • ISRS partially funded – the legislature approved $8 million to support the launch of the new online system for student records that will help improve advising and allow for mobile access to students records.
  • New Workforce Development Scholarship – the legislature created a new scholarship that will support students that enroll in programs that are in high demand career fields in Minnesota. These grants will primarily benefit students attending community and technical colleges.
Our efforts were successful this year because of the work of the MSCSA Groots team and the students from all over the state that made sure their voice was heard at the capitol by sending 5,000 letters to the legislature and governor.

Fall semester scholarship recipients named.

LeadMN is proud to announce the four recipients for the 2017 fall semester scholarships.

MSCSA Leadership Scholarship:
Thomas J. Lien, Anoka Technical College
Courtney J. Sill, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Lap S. Tran, Century College

John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship:
Joshua A. Calton

2018 Spring Semester Scholarship Application Deadline
Mark your calendars to complete a scholarship application for one of the five scholarships being awarded for the 2018 spring semester. The application deadline date is 11:59 PM on November 1, 2017.
  • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship
  • James H. and Maryan G. McCormick Leadership Endowed Scholarship
  • Morrie Anderson Scholarship
  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship
  • Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship week will be occurring September 18-30, 2017. Look on campus for tables set up by your student senate to find out more about scholarships. The Financial Aid office will also have scholarship information.

Meet Kayley Schoonmaker, our newest staff member!

Kayley Schoonmaker photoTell us about your work experience and educational background.
I started at Itasca Community College (ICC) in Grand Rapids, MN. From there, I transferred to Bemidji State University (BSU), where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. I worked as a University Ambassador in the ICC Admissions Office for one year and in the BSU Admissions Office for two years. I have also worked as a Front Desk Representative at a Country Inns & Suites for two years. Additionally, I am proud to say I served as both Vice President and President of the MSCSA, President of the ICC Student Senate, and President of the BSU Student Senate.
What interested you in working for MSCSA?
I was very involved with MSCSA as a student, and to be honest the organization really changed my life and shaped me as a leader. I believe deeply in the MSCSA mission and jumped at the opportunity to give back when the position opened. I think if you can find a job that you’re excited to go to every single day, you are extremely blessed. That is what I have found with the MSCSA.
What are some of the things that you have been working on and are excited to work on in the future?
I have been preparing for MN State and campus committees to start up in the fall. I have also been working on some special projects and jump in wherever needed. I am very excited to work directly with students once the academic year starts. I had numerous incredible mentors as a student and I hope to give back in that way now that I am a staff member. I am also excited to work on improving policy and the GOTV campaign.
What interests do you have outside of work?
Anyone that knows me knows that I have a deep love for animals. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at animal shelters and sanctuaries, fostering animals in need, and playing with my beautiful cats. I also enjoy collecting edible mushrooms with my father, exploring on my bike, reading a good book, spending time with family, and going out with friends for food and drinks.
Kayley started at Itasca Community College (ICC) in Grand Rapids, MN, and then transferred to Bemidji State University (BSU), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Kayley has a true passion for higher education and student leadership. She has served as President of the ICC Student Senate, President of the BSU Student Senate, and also as both Vice President and President of the MSCSA. During her time at BSU, Kayley also worked as a University Ambassador in the Admissions Office and spent 6 weeks studying at Oxford University in England. Kayley prides herself on her Northern Minnesota roots and hopes to return to that area someday. In her free time, she loves riding her bike, reading a good book, collecting edible mushrooms with her dad, spending time with family, playing with her cat, going out with friends, and volunteering at animal shelters/sanctuaries.


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