Seven alumni have submitted applications to serve on the Alumni Association Board. Alumni who are not able to attend the Annual Meeting on April 9th may vote now. All electronic votes have to be made by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 7th. You can view their applications and vote online by clicking here.
Late applicants will also be given the opportunity to apply or be nominated before votes are cast for the position at the Annual Meeting. Although late applicants will have a disadvantage, since their information was not available for those members who voted prior to the Annual Meeting, they are invited to be part of the election, similar to a write-in campaign.
Alumni Association Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, April 9, 2011
The 3rd Annual Alumni Association meeting will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th at the Country Inn & Suites in Woodbury, in the Woodbury Room, in conjunction with the student delegates conference in the Twin Cities. All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend. At the meeting we will hold elections, discuss future association goals, and discuss how alumni can become more involved. Dinner will be provided after the meeting at the Green Mill. Alumni are welcome to watch the students meet during delegates.
Living with Student Debt Survey Results
Forty-seven Living with Student Debt surveys have been completed. The results show us that the average respondent debt at graduation was $32,510 and will take 15 years to pay off. Click here to see the rest of the results and media coverage. Click here to fill out the survey.
Living with Student Debt Video Testimonials:
Justin McMartin, SMSU Graduate, $34,000 in student debt
Josh Martin, WSU Graduate, $19,000 in student debt
Troy Olson, MSU Moorhead Graduate, $35-$40,000 in student debt
Pat Meacham, BSU Graduate, $30,000 in student debt
Executive Director Hired: David Anderson
The Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Anderson to the position of Executive Director, effective March 21, 2011. Previously, David served as the Executive Director for the All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC). He also worked with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) in multiple capacities, including serving as the organization’s Executive Director. David graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He currently resides in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.
Higher Education at the State Capitol
MSUSA supports a 5% tuition cap for four-year universities. The Senate higher education bill caps tuition increases for the MnSCU system's four-year institutions at 4% and for the two-year institutions at 3% . The House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee's bill caps tuition increases for the MnSCU system at 4% for four-year universities and 2% for two-year colleges. For comparison purposes, over the biennium from the 2012-13 forecasted base, the Governor's bill cuts the MnSCU system $75.6 million, the Senate's bill cuts the system $167 million, and the House bill cuts $201 million from the same base. Click here to read the full legislative update.
Students Lobby in Washington D.C.
State Chair Andrew Spaeth and Treasurer Nikki Sabby traveled to Washington D.C. in March to meet with members of Congress. There are a number of critical issues facing students in our system, especially related to loss of funding in the Pell Grant and FSEOG. Click here to read a recap of the trip.
Penny Program Application Deadline Closed
The Penny Program received a record 39 applications during it's March 15th deadline. Click here to see what school the applicants were from and how they heard about the awards. Award winners will be announced at the end of April.