Monday, August 30, 2010

Alumni Association Update - August 2010

Moorhead Social Event: September 24th
The next Alumni Association social event will be held on Friday, September 24th in Moorhead, MN, 8:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. at the AmericInn bar! This social will be held in conjunction with the student conference. Please note that the original date, October 2nd, has changed to September 24th.

Alumni Association Board Meeting Rescheduled
The Alumni Association Board meeting on Monday, August 23rd was canceled and has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 16th, 6:00 p.m. at the MSUSA Office.

23rd Annual Penny Program Fundraising Reception and Silent Auction
Join us for MSUSA's 23rd Annual Penny Program Fundraising Reception and Silent Auction on Friday, November 12th, 6-9 p.m. at the Saint Paul Union Depot. Justin McMartin, former State Chair, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies!

Alumni Give Advice at Board Training
Mike Swenson and Derek Hudyma, both Winona State University alumni, recently shared their advice with the new MSUSA Board and other student leaders. They shared what they did well during MSUSA, what they didn't do well, what they'd do the same, and what they'd do differently. Throughout the weekend, the students continued to mention advice that they'd heard earlier from the alumni. Thank you Mike and Derek for participating!

Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship Celebration a Success!
On Saturday, August 14th, student leaders and JPS Scholarship supporters gathered in Winona to thank the donors, celebrate giving out the first award and to celebrate reaching the $20,000 goal. Cheree Johnson, the award winner from Bemidji State University was present to speak about how the award has helped her to become a stronger student leader. You can watch a video of her speech by clicking here. Click here to view photos from the event.

Participate right now! Living With Student Debt Campaign
The Alumni Association is collecting information from MSUSA Alumni about how their student debt has affected them since they've graduated (for example: they can't buy houses or cars, have to take second jobs, can't pay bills, etc.). This information will be used during the next legislative session to show our legislatures how important it is to fund our state universities so that graduates can contribute to the economy after school. This information will also give our students insight into what to actually expect once they graduate. You can participate right now by clicking here and filling out the survey. Thanks!

Three New Alumni Spotlights
Click on the following links to read three Alumni Spotlights that were recently posted. Nicole Elkin is an MSUM graduate and currently running for a seat in the North Dakota State Legislature. Michael Holmes was the State Chair in 1982 and an SMSU graduate. He hired MSUSA's first Executive Director. Brent Glass was the State Chair in 1996 and was MSCSA's first Executive Director.

Penny Program Seeks MSUSA Alumni Board Member
The Penny Program Advisory Board has one open seat for an MSUSA Alumni to serve in. This is a great opportunity to expand your professional contacts, learn new skills, and support a great cause. The application can be downloaded here.

Back to School
Students began classes again last week! Please contact student leaders from your campus to offer your assistance and advice. When our alumni become involved, our student advocacy efforts will become even stronger and Minnesota's public higher education will rise to the top!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

MSUSA Alumni Association Update - July 2010

Alumni Advice Wanted for Board Training
The new MSUSA Board will be participating in a retreat in Winona, August 13th - 15th. We're looking for several former board members who would be interested in talking to the new Board about their experience in MSUSA on Friday, August 13th, sometime between 4:30p.m. - 7:00p.m. At the retreat the students will be discussing Board duties, goals for the upcoming year, GOTV strategies, and getting to know the staff and each other. Please let Kari Winter know by Friday, August 6th if you'd be interested in participating! A travel reimbursement for participating alumni will be available.

JPS Scholarship to Celebrate First Award August 14th
Join us on Saturday, August 14th, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Winona at Bub's Brewing Company to thank our donors, celebrate giving out our first award and to celebrate reaching our $20,000 goal. Cheree Johnson, the award winner from Bemidji State University will be present to speak about how the award has helped her to become a stronger student leader. Appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, August 6th to Kari Winter at 651-224-1518.

Alumni Association Board Meeting to be held August 23rd

The Alumni Association Board will be meeting on Monday, August 23rd, 6:00 at the MSUSA Office in Saint Paul.

Moorhead Social Event: October 2nd
The next Alumni Association social event will be held on Saturday, October 2nd in Moorhead, MN! This social will be held in conjunction with the student conference. Please mark your calendars and watch for more information at a later date.

Alumni Association Hosted Happy Hour
The Alumni Association hosted a happy hour on Thursday, July 22nd at JJ's Clubhouse in Golden Valley (see attached photo!). Eight alumni attended to network and catch up with others they previously worked with in MSUSA. Hopefully we'll see you at future socials!

Three Board Positions Filled
Three Alumni Association Board positions have been filled recently. Please help us to welcome Berne Christiansen, Chris Ostrowski and Jennifer Weil to the Alumni Board. Berne is an alumni of Bemidji State University, former MSUSA At-Large Board Member and Campus Coordinator, and will be serving in the BSU seat. Chris is an alumni of Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato, former MSUSA Treasurer, and will be serving in the MSU, Mankato seat. Jennifer is an alumni of Minnesota State University Moorhead, former MSUSA State Chair, and will be serving in the At-Large seat. They will each serve in their seats until the election during the annual meeting in Spring 2011.

Penny Program Seeks MSUSA Alumni Board Member
The Penny Program Advisory Board has one open seat for an MSUSA Alumni to serve in. This is a great opportunity to expand your professional contacts, learn new skills, and support a great cause. The application can be downloaded here.

Primary Election: August 10th

Don't forget to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 10th! Click here to find where you vote.