Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Spring Delegates 2011 Recap
The Spring MSUSA Delegates Assembly and Board of Directors met this past weekend to discuss many important issues.
The conference kicked off Friday night with an awards ceremony recognizing the hard work the MSUSA student leaders and campus committees exhibited over the past year. This was followed by the highly anticipated election of State Chair by the MSUSA board of directors. Candidates included Brett Anderson from Minnesota State University Mankato, Amanda Bardonner from St. Cloud State University, and Michael Meehlhause from Bemidji State University. After a hard fought election, Amanda Bardonner was eventually elected to serve as the fiscal year 2012 state chair.
The weekend's business continued early Saturday morning with sessions covering the platform, introduction to MSUSA for first time attendees, policy updates and more. Chancellor McCormick addressed the conference attendees over lunch for what is likely the last time as he will be retiring this summer. Alumni Association Chair, Josh Martin also spoke, encouraging graduating seniors to join the association.
After lunch, the delegates assembly convened to handle a variety of business. This included approval of the changes to the association's bylaws and platform, approval of the MnSCU Workplan, in-depth discussion and approval of the fiscal year 2012 MSUSA budget, and the election of next year's MSUSA vice chair and treasurer. Candidates for vice chair included: Jake Hite from Winona State University, Annelise Hughes also from Winona State University, and Nikki Sabby from Minnesota State University Mankato. After a relatively quick election, Nikki Sabby was elected fiscal year 2012 vice chair.
Delegates concluded the night with the treasurer's election. Candidates for treasurer included: Tyler Ulferts from Minnesota State University Mankato, Rachel Wassberg from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Danielle Wilson from Winona State University. After another unusually short election, Tyler Ulferts was elected fiscal year 2012 treasurer.
Also on Saturday, the Alumni Association held its annual meeting. During the meeting the new board members were elected, bylaw changes were proposed and approved, and an overview of the associations work was presented. Alumni Association water bottles were given to attendees as a special thank you for their work. Board members elected included: James Foster from Bemidji State University, Brett Anderson from Minnesota State University Mankato, Michael "Punch" Jamnick from St. Cloud State University, Justin McMartin from Southwest Minnesota State University, and Ian Galchutt from Winona State University. Jennifer Weil from Minnesota State University Moorhead and Michael Meehlhause from Bemidji State University were also elected to serve as at-large members of the board.
On Sunday morning the board of directors reconvened. Business included ratification of the delegate's recommendations. This included approval of the fiscal year 2012 budget with minor changes, most notably the decision to earmark a portion of the federal advocacy line item to be used for on-campus congressional events. Other business handled by the board included: approval of the JPS and Penny Programs budgets, Penny Program board appointments, Code of Conduct policy, campus committee credit card policy, revised campus coordinator job descriptions, fiscal year 2012 conference schedule, a delegate reapportionment study to be conducted every two years and an office telecommunications policy. The board also recommended Jennifer Weil from Minnesota State University Moorhead and Brett Anderson from Minnesota State University, Mankato as nominees to the Minnesota Governor's Office for the MnSCU student board of trustee position. Lastly, the board set a transitional conference for incoming and outgoing board members and officers for May 19, 2011.
Overall, the conference was a great success, preparing the students of the Minnesota State University Student Association for the challenges and opportunities posed in the next year.