Thursday, December 23, 2010

MSUSA Semester Recap

Hello everyone! The Minnesota State University Student Association had a busy fall semester working to ensure the student voice was heard in the state of Minnesota.

GOTV Campaign
2010 was an election year and the students of MSUSA worked tirelessly to ensure your voice was heard. We were able to collect 3,878 voter contacts during this year’s GOTV efforts. This was especially impressive as this is over 100 more contacts than we collected during our 2008 efforts which were supported by a $20,000 grant we were unable to obtain this year. Congratulations to all the student workers who made this possible. We would also like to recognize Annelise Hughes for winning the MSUSA GOTV activist of the year award.

Fall Delegates
We held our annual Fall Delegates in Saint Paul, MN November12-14. During the conference we passed our legislative agenda for the year and elected a new treasurer. Congratulations to Nicole Sabby from Minnesota State University, Mankato. We look forward to working with you.

Penny Reception
The 23rd annual Penny Program Reception and Silent Auction was held at The Depot in Saint Paul, MN this year. Over $7,000 was raised. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this fundraiser a success. Visit to learn how you can donate to or apply for the Penny Program.

Executive Director Jason Fossum Resigns
Executive Director Jason Fossum is leaving MSUSA to take the position of MN Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Committee Administrator at the end of this month. We look forward to working with him this legislative session and thank him for his leadership.

As a result of this departure, MSUSA is hiring an Executive Director. Click here for more information.

Alumni Mentorship Program
The MSUSA Alumni Mentorship Program is looking for students interested in being connected with alumni to help them advance professionally. For more information or to register online visit

Rally Day
MSUSA will be holding its annual Rally Day at the state capitol in conjunction with the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) on February 16th. Contact vice chair Caitlin Stene at or call the MSUSA office at (651) 224-1518 for more information.

We look forward to working for the students of the seven state universities this legislative session. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (MSUSA1967) to stay updated on how you can get involved.

Happy Holidays!
From the staff and student leaders at MSUSA we would like to wish you safe and happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jared Stene - Student Government Debate Videos

We just uploaded 3 videos of Jared Stene during the Winona State University 2007 Student Government Presidential Debate.  Check them out at!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

JPS Scholarship Fundraiser - Tonight!

Join us for a fun event tonight to support the Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship!

: Thursday, December 9th
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Bullwinkle's Saloon, 1429 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Who: Everyone is invited!
Suggested donation: $10.00 for all you can drink Finnegans beer
Appetizers: Light appetizers will be provided
Why: Drink like you care! Proceeds support the JPS Scholarship and Finnegans which donates all of its profits to local charities that are working to alleviate poverty.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Job Opportunities

The Penny Program is now accepting applications for a spring semester Development Intern. The intern can earn up to $3,000 for 400 hours of work between January - June 2011. Please send your resume and cover letter to Kari Winter by Friday, December 17th. Click here to see the job description.

The United Council of UW Students is currently hiring a Membership Field Organizer. Applications are due January 3rd. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Alumni Association Update - November 2010

Board Meeting - December 1, 2010
The next Alumni Association Board meeting will be held today, Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 6:00pm at the MSUSA Office.

Participate now! Living with Student Debt survey

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. Thirty-one 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!

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.

Register now: Mentorship Program

The Alumni Association Board has recently completed it's Pilot Mentorship Program and would like to continue to expand! Please register online today to mentor a student. Each mentorship pair can be customized to communication styles and topics. This is a great way to get to know future leaders and give back to MSUSA.

Traveling Trophy Auction benefits JPS Scholarship
Through the MSUSA Facebook discussion board you can bid now until Friday, December 17th at noon to win the MSUSA traveling trophy. Proceeds benefit the Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship. Find us at

MSCSA Leadership Scholarship Dinner
The annual MSCSA Leadership Scholarship Dinner will be held on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Hilton Minneapolis Airport/MOA Hotel. Reception, silent auction and cash bar begin at 5:30pm and the dinner and program start at 7:00pm. The featured speaker will be Dr. Linda Baer. Contributions are $60/individual, $110/couple. More information can be found by clicking here.

23rd Annual Penny Reception

Congratulations to Jim Schmidt for winning the Alumni Challenge at the Penny Reception held on November 12th at the Saint Paul Union Depot. See the attached photo of the winners in the VIP section. Click here to see other photos from the event. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend!

Shopping online for the holidays?
Easily raise money online for the Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship this holiday season using GoodShop. Every time you buy items online through GoodShop (same idea as GoodSearch) a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the scholarship. Purchases through stores such as ITunes, Amazon, Ebay, Expedia, etc. can be done through here!

Rally Day
Save the date and join us on the Capitol steps in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 16th for the student rally day!