Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alumni Association Update: May 2012

Annual Meeting and Picnic June 9th, 2012
The MSUSA Alumni Association Annual Meeting will take place on June 9, 2012 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Memorial Park in Shakopee, Minnesota (1801 County Road 101 E).  The Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual picnic.

This meeting is open to all Minnesota State University Student Association alumni and elections for the Secretary/Treasurer, Metropolitan, and Moorhead board members will take place at the meeting. If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Association Board, please click here to review the election information.

Following the Annual Meeting and picnic, those interested should also join us for an afternoon of horse racing fun at nearby Canterbury Park.

Candidates Sought for Alumni Association Board
On June 9, 2012 the MSUSA Alumni Association will hold its Annual Meeting.  At the meeting, the following members of the Board will be elected for two-year terms:
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Board
  • Campus-Specific Board Members from:
    • Metropolitan State University
    • Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Click here to download an Application for Election.  Please send completed applications to MSUSA Director of Communications, Jered Weber at jweber@msusa.org no later than noon on May 24, 2012. 

Alumni Association By-laws allow for electronic votes to be tallied in addition to the votes at the Annual Meeting.  If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting, please look for information related to the Applicants in a future email.

Click here for the procedures which are followed during the Alumni Association Board elections.

If you have any questions about the election, or about serving on the Alumni Association Board, please contact any of the current Officers or Board Members. 
MSUSA Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting Thursday, May 3rd
The MSUSA Alumni Association Board of Directors will be meeting this upcoming Thursday to discuss potential bylaw changes, last minute details for the Annual Meeting and Picnic, and other important topics. Interested in learning more, contact Josh Martin at jcmartin7872@gmail.com.

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Schwingler
Click here to read the May alumni spotlight featuring Ryan Schwingler. Ryan is a Bemidji State University graduate. He served on the MSUSA Board of Directors from 2008-2009. Ryan served as the Student Senate Advisor at Minneapolis Community and Technical college from 2009-2011 and is currently teaching at Amnuayyidhya School in Thailand.
Alumni Sponsored Internships
Are you a successful alumnus looking to help current state university students? The Minnesota State University Student Association Alumni Association has created a new section on the MSUSA website for internships provided by MSUSA alumni. Please contact MSUSA Director of Communications, Jered Weber at jweber@msusa.org if you have any internships you would like to see posted to the website.
Alumni Happy Hour, Grumpy's in Roseville Tuesday, April 24
The MSUSA Alumni Association held a Happy Hour at Grumpy's in Roseville on Tuesday, April 24. Alumni from all many of the state universities attended to enjoy networking and reminiscing about their MSUSA experiences. Stay tuned to these e-mail to recieve updates on future socials.

Legislative Update

Higher Education Omnibus Bills

The higher education omnibus conference committee came to an agreement Wednesday, April 25 on the higher education bill, SF 1573. Conferees accepted the continuing operations language that was in the Senate bill but not the House bill. This language will allow colleges and universities access to their cash in order to continue serving students if a government shutdown were to happen again. Also included in the final bill is the increase in the revenue fund authority from $300 million to $405 million. This language will allow campuses the opportunity to evaluate and plan, in consultation with students, for the future of revenue generating facilities including, but not limited to: dorms, student unions, dining facilities, and parking.

The final textbook language is a hybrid of the House and Senate bills. Textbook language includes the establishment of a work group to study methods that result in lower textbook costs for students.

The Higher Ed bill now heads back to both bodies for final approval and is then sent to the Governor for his signature or veto.
Bonding Bill

On Friday, April 20, the House Ways and Means Committee took up the bonding bill that originally included $280 million of statewide infrastructure projects, of which $56 million was slated for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. Committee Chair Larry Howes, R-Walker, introduced a delete-all amendment totaling $443.9 million, including $221 million for the State Capitol restoration.

The amended bill includes $30 million in repair and restoration (HEAPR) for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The projects originally included in the House bonding bill have been removed.

As a reminder the Senate bonding bill is a $496 million bonding bill, which includes $127.028 million for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Included in the bill is $32 million for higher education asset preservation and replacement (HEAPR). The college and university projects include:
  • $13.389 million for the Minneapolis Community and Technical College workforce program renovation;
  • $13.851 million for Ridgewater College, Willmar technical instruction lab renovation;
  • $4.606 million for Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington renovation and addition;
  • $13.315 million for South Central College, Faribault classroom renovation and addition;
  • $0.980 million for Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids bioscience and allied health addition;
  • $26.292 million for North Hennepin Community College bioscience and health careers center addition;
  • $0.500 million for Southwest Minnesota State University science lab renovation;
  • $1.5 million for Saint Paul College health and science center design;
  • $5 million for Century College academic partners classroom design and construction;
  • $7.230 million for Dakota County Technical College transportation and emerging technical lab renovation;
  • $2 million for the system wide STEM renovation;
  • $2.065 million for Minnesota State University, Mankato clinical science building design;
  • $4 million for St. Cloud Technical and Community College medium heavy truck and auto body addition and renovation; and
  • $0.300 million for Northland Community and Technical College aviation maintenance facility expansion
Special thanks to our Director of Government Relations, Jonathan Bohn for providing this update. For legislative updates every Friday afternoon, check out our blog.

MSUSA Elects 2012-2013 Officers
MSUSA is pleased to announce the election of its 2012-2013 officers:
Moriah Miles was elected to the position of State Chair. She is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.
Dea Price was elected to the position of Vice Chair. She is from Hopkins, Minnesota and is attending Metropolitan State University where she is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration.
Matt Lindquist was elected to the position of Treasurer. He is from Mankato, Minnesota and is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

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