Friday, November 5, 2010

Penny Program Application Deadline Closed

Below you can find a breakdown of the November 1, 2010 Penny Program applicant information.

Universities & Number of Applicants

St. Cloud State University - 2

Winona State University - 1

Bemidji State University - 1

Metropolitan State University - 2

Two-Year Colleges & Number of Applicants

St. Paul College - 5

Anoka-Ramsey - 1

Normandale - 1

Rochester Comm. & Tech College - 1

Vermilion 1

Minneapolis Comm, & Tech. College - 1

North Hennepin - 1

Northwest Tech - 1

Lake Superior - 1

Federal Fellowship - 1 Male, 1 Female, 2 Total

State Fellowship - 1 Male, 1 Female, 2 Total

Community Service Scholarships - 3 Male, 14 Female, 17 Total

TOTAL APPLICANTS - 5 Male, 16 Female, 21 Total

One student is attending both St. Paul College & Metropolitan State University.

One student applied for the Community Service Scholarship, State & Federal Fellowships.

How did they hear about the program?

School Website - 5

Professor/Instructor/Advisor - 5

Student Email - 3

Brochure - 2

Student Government Office - 1

Poster - 1 - 1

Financial Aid Office - 1

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

JPS Scholarship - Give to the Max Day!

Donate $10 on Tuesday, November 16th to the JPS Scholarship and you could win an extra $1,000 for the scholarship!

Click here to donate.

On Give to the Max Day, an individual donor will be randomly chosen every hour to have an additional $1,000 given to the charity that received the donor’s original donation. They are called the golden ticket winners!

We want to maximize our chances of having a golden ticket winner by designating time slots for our donors. Please email a JPS Board member to sign up for a time to donate at least $10!

12am–2am: Rick Howden
2-4am: Cody Nelson
4-6am: Caitlin Stene
6-8am: Char Kanski
8-10am: Kara Brockett
10-12pm: Amanda Bardonner
12-2pm: Connie Gores
2-4pm: Kara Lindaman
4-6pm: Chris Halling
6-8pm: Tom Martin
8-10pm: Kari Winter
10-12am: Andrew Spaeth


Monday, November 1, 2010

Alumni Association Update - October 2010

Participate 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 legislators how important it is to fund our state universities so that graduates can contribute to the economy after school. Twenty-nine surveys have been completed, but you can participate right now by clicking here and filling out the survey. Check out this video to learn more! Here's an article about the average college graduates debt rising to $24,000 in 2009.

Penny Reception - Alumni Challenge
Join us for MSUSA's 23rd Annual Penny Program Fundraising Reception and Silent Auction on Friday, November 12th, 6-9pm at the Saint Paul Union Depot. The alum who brings the most alumni to the reception will be rewarded with VIP seating at the Reception, acknowledgment during the program, and drinks purchased by Alumni Association Board members! Fill out the Alumni Challenge form at the Reception with the number of alumni guests you bring so that you are in the competition.

Lobby Game Volunteers Needed
We're looking for several volunteers to join us on Saturday, November 13th at the Kelly Inn from 5-7pm to act as fake legislators during our lobby game. This will be a fun chance to meet the students and teach them how to lobby. Dinner
with the students will be provided from 7-8pm for volunteers. Email Graeme Allen or Kari Winter if you're interested.

MSUSA Conferences
Students will be gathering for Fall Delegates November 12-14 in Saint Paul. The students will be hearing a recap of the Alumni Mentorship Pilot Program, electing a Treasurer, learning how to lobby, setting their Legislative Agenda, talking about cuts to campuses, and receiving GOTV awards. Visit the MSUSA blog to read a recap of the September Conference from State Chair Andrew Spaeth.

Board Meeting - December 1, 2010
The next Alumni Association Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 6pm at the MSUSA Office.

Two New Alumni Spotlights
Click on the following links to read our most recent Alumni Spotlights. Brad Krasaway is a WSU graduate, former State Chair, and currently works in Student Life at Rainy River Community College. Michael Redlinger is an MSU Moorhead graduate, former State Chair and MnSCU Trustee, and is currently the City Manager in Moorhead.

Vacant Alumni Board Position: Metropolitan State University Graduate
The Alumni Association is seeking applicants for an MSUSA Alumni Association Board Member to represent Metropolitan State University. Contact Josh Martin, Board Chair, if you are interested. The position term will be until the annual meeting in Spring 2011.

Chair Martin attends Board Training

Alumni Association Chair Josh Martin recently attended a training titled "Building a Strong and Healthy Board of Directors". The training covered the core responsibilities of a board, how to properly structure a board, board assessment and recruitment, working with staff, and how to get a board back on track.

Derek Hudyma recommended for Penny Board
The Penny Board has nominated Derek Hudyma to serve in the Alumni position on the Penny Board. The MSUSA Board will be voting on this appointment at their November meeting.

Vote on November 2nd!
Visit to watch videos from the Gubernatorial candidates about higher education issues. Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to find out where you vote!