Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Penny Program Applications, Open Board Positions, Golf Scramble

The Penny Program Advisory Board and the Minnesota State University Student Association are pleased to announce that the next application due date for the Penny Program is March 15th! Please help to spread the word by passing this on to students you know.

Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship
The purpose of the Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship is to provide MnSCU students with the financial opportunity to grow as public servants through participation in federal government internships in the Washington, DC area.

One fellowship of $5,000 will be given out to a student for an internship in Washington D.C.

Timothy J. Penny State Public Service Fellowship
The purpose of the Timothy J. Penny State Public Service Fellowship is to provide MnSCU students with the financial opportunity to grow as public servants through participation in state or local government internships.

One fellowship of $2,500 will be given out a student for a legislative internship or an internship in Minnesota at a state agency.

*Once a fellowship is granted, the successful applicant has up to one year to implement an internship activity. The Board will require confirmation from the supervisor of the internship before funds will be released. Each successful applicant will be assigned a mentor from the Board, who will assist the student in finding an appropriate internship site.

Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship
The purpose of the Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship is to recognize MnSCU students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, and to promote their growth as community leaders.

The Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship monetarily awards two students a year with up to $1,500 each.

Additional information, including a list of possible internship sites, photos and quotes from previous Penny Program award recipients, and applicant guidelines can be found here.

Please feel free to contact us if you or the students have any questions, or if you'd like to receive brochures and posters about the program.


Open Board Positions
The Penny Program Board is currently seeking Board applicants. March 15, 2010 is the application due date. The Penny Program Board will send nominations to the MSUSA Board and members will be appointed in April. Click here to download the application.

Seats that will serve two-year terms, beginning July 1, 2010: 2 Higher Education Professionals, 1 MSUSA Alumni and 1 MSUSA Student
Seats that will begin immediately and end June 30, 2011: 1 MnSCU System Office Representative and 1 MSCSA Student


Save the Date: Golf Scramble!
The Penny Program's 17th Annual Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at The Jewel in Lake City, MN. The shotgun start will be at noon with a steak dinner and raffle held around 6 p.m.

New this year will be a training clinic for new golfers during the golf scramble. Participants in the clinic are encouraged to joins us for the dinner and raffle.

Invitations will be sent out later this spring. Proceeds benefit the Penny Program!

1967: The Beginning of MSUSA

Below you will find Mike Sieben's recollection about what it was like to start MSUSA in 1967:

When I was St. Cloud State Student Body President in 1967-68, it was a time of dramatic demands for change throughout the United States and even at our campus in St. Cloud.

The Viet Nam war was at its height and there were almost weekly protests in the streets objecting to the war. Black Power and the demands for equal rights by minority Americans were also being asserted with not only demonstrations but outright riots in major cities throughout the United States.

Women were quite properly requesting equal rights both vocationally and with sports teams.

Both Senator Bobby Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King were tragically assassinated my senior at St. Cloud State University.

With that backdrop, we also felt as students at the time that the idea of “in local parentis” was outdated. Just as is the case today, we students were facing substantial tuition increases and inability to schedule classes in such time that we could graduate in four years, and the need for increased scholarship help so that the poorest among us would have an equal opportunity to a higher education.

It was with that backdrop and those thoughts in mind that I proposed to my other Student Body Presidents throughout the State University system that we have a coordinated approach and get together so that we could speak with one voice, not only before our State University Board of Trustees, but also before the appropriate committees of the State Legislature who dealt with budgeting and funding for the State University System.

I recall that the challenges and problems I faced at St. Cloud were very similar to the problems and challenges faced throughout the System and I felt strongly that, to use Ben Franklin’s famous comment during the Revolutionary War “we could either hang separately or we could all hang together”.

I quite simply felt that we were more effective if we were coordinated and spoke with one voice.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Legislative Session Begins - Bonding Bills in Motions

Today was a busy first day of the Legislative Session at the State Capitol. The theme of this session will be jobs, jobs, jobs! Following that theme, the Minnesota House and Senate Capital Investment committees’ met this afternoon and released their omnibus bonding bills.

The legislature is working to fast-track the bill and is hoping to pass the billion dollar bills out of their respective chambers in the next 10 days and be on the Governor’s desk soon thereafter.

The Senate’s plan for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is $297.3 million, of which $50 million is for HEAPR (no Senate bill number yet). The House bill has a $338.6 million in bonding for MnSCU, of which $60 million is for HEAPR.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

MSUSA Alumni Association Update - January 2010

Alumni Association Board Meets
The MSUSA Alumni Association Board met on Wednesday, January 13th, 5:30 p.m. The group is working to move its three priorities forward in the next year: mentoring, networking, and advocacy. Please contact Kari Winter if you are interested in working on a specific area.

Strategic Plan Release Party
Join us on Saturday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. at St. Cloud State University for MSUSA's strategic plan release party. Learn more about MSUSA's history and it's exciting future! Speakers include Eduardo Wolle, MSUSA's first executive director, Paul Hetland, 1995 state chair, and Hal Kimball, 2005 state chair. The Alumni Association has helped to sponsor the event. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Vice Chair Election
MSUSA will be holding a mid-year vice chair election on February 6th. If you are a former vice chair and would be willing to discuss the position with the student candidates, please let Kari Winter know.

MnSCU Board of Trustees
Positions Open
Applications are being accepted now through February 15th for three non-student positions on the MnSCU Board of Trustees. MSUSA alums are highly encouraged to apply! Click here for more information.

Penny Program Accepting Board Applications
The Penny Program Board is currently seeking Board applicants. March 15, 2010 is the application due date. The Penny Program Board will send nominations to the MSUSA Board and members will be appointed in April.
Seats that will serve two-year terms, beginning July 1, 2010: 2 Higher Education Professionals, 1 Community Professional, 1 MSUSA Alumni and 1 MSUSA Student
Seats that will begin immediately and end June 30, 2011: 1 MnSCU System Office Representative and 1 MSCSA Student
Click here for more information and to download the application.

Save the Date: Penny Golf Scramble
The Penny Program's 17th Annual Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at The Jewel in Lake City, MN. The shotgun start will be at noon with a steak dinner and raffle held around 6 p.m. New this year will be a training clinic for new golfers during the golf scramble. Participants in the clinic are encouraged to joins us for the dinner and raffle. Invitations will be sent out later this spring.

Get Out the Vote Training Presented by MSUSA Alum

Hal Kimball will be leading a GOTV training for MSUSA's students on Sunday, February 7th at the MSUSA conference. Please contact MSUSA if you are interested in leading a training!

Work for the 2010 Census
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work. Click here for more information.

Transfer Survey Sent to Students

As some of you may know, MSUSA has been working with the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) to survey transfer students about their experiences. We hope to use the information we get back to improve credit transfer across our colleges and universities.

We are happy to announce that the survey was sent to 10,000 transfer students at Minnesota's state colleges and universities on Friday, January 22. So far, we have had 434 students respond to the survey, which is great!

We look forward to getting even more responses, and will be sending out an email this week reminding participants to fill out the survey. If you or someone you know receives this request, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and help us address student concerns with credit transfer. Thank you!