Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MSUSA Alumni Update: July 2012

Annual Meeting Recap: New Board Members
The Minnesota State University Student Association alumni association held its annual meeting and picnic at Memorial Park in Shakopee June 9th, 2012. During the meeting goals for the coming year were discussed. In addition, three new members were elected to the alumni association board.

Troy Olson was elected as the Minnesota State University Moorhead board member.

Alecia Dreher was elected as the Metropolitan State University board member.

Michael Hofland was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer.

On behalf of the MSUSA Alumni Association we would like to thank everyone who attended.

MSUSA Alumni Association Board Meeting Thursday, July 12
The Minnesota State University Student Association board of directors will be meeting Thursday, July 12, at 6:00 pm at the MSUSA office in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During this meeting goals for the board will be discussed. In addition, the board will set its meeting schedule for the year. For more information on the meeting contact board chair, Josh Martin at

MSUSA Alumni Perspective: Ian Galchutt
This month's alumni perspective features Winona State University graduate, Ian Galchutt. Click here to read the advice he has for current students and recent graduates who are getting ready to enter the workforce.  

Legislative Update

On Friday, July 6 State Chair Moriah Miles and Director of Government Relations Jonathan Bohn were invited to take part in the bill signing ceremony of the provisions that kept student loan interest rates from doubling. After all of the hard work of MSUSA students it was an honor to be recognized and invited to this exciting event. Also, the morning of July 6th former State Chair Amanda Bardonner was a featured live guest on CNN to speak to the importance of this piece of legislation and urged Congress and the President to continue to find a long term solution.

In June, MSUSA State Chair along with Board Members Russell Ferguson (MSU-Moorhead) and Kyle Berndt (Southwest MN State) completed a federal lobbying trip in which they met with each member of the Minnesota Congressional delegation and told them how important it was to keep interest rates low. Former State Chair Amanda Bardonner also participated in a Roundtable with Rep. Betty McCollum and a press conference with Sen. Al Franken to speak to the importance of keeping interest rates for student loans affordable.

Congress listened to students and their families and delivered a bill that stops student loan interest rates from doubling. Students already face unprecedented student loan debt and adding an additional $1,000 more would not only crunch individual borrowers, but would have further weighed down the recovering economy. We applaud Congress for coming together to pass this much-needed legislation. Without Congressional action, the interest rate would have doubled from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1st.  An interest rate increase would result in additional debt over the life of the loan for 7.5 million low and moderate-income students who borrow new federally subsidized Stafford loans next year.

Three months ago observers couldn’t predict whether Congress, mired down by partisanship and focused on the November election, would act on this critical issue.  Yet a wave of student and borrower mobilization changed the political calculus, confirming that college affordability is a key concern for young people, their families, and anyone who cares about the U.S. having a high-skill, competitive economy.  This victory is another important step in getting rising student loan debt under control. When Congress considers further action to decrease student loan debt, they’ll know that students are paying close attention.

Widespread action across the country continues to show Americans strongly support making college affordable. A large coalition of student, youth, consumer, parent, higher education and religious groups organized dozens of on-the-ground events in districts and mobilized hundreds of thousands of citizens to call or write their lawmakers. 

Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship Award Dinner Held for Spring 2012 Recipient Francis Cristobal
The JPS Scholarship Board of Directors held a dinner on June 14, 2012 at Porterhourse Steak and Seafood in Little Canada, Minnesota. Click here to visit the JPS Facebook page and view photos from the event.

2012 Penny Golf Scramble Raises Funds for Students

The 2012 Penny Golf Scramble was a fundraising success!  Although the scramble was cut short due to rain storms, more than 130 golfers attended this year’s event.  Golfers, along with generous sponsors, helped to raise nearly $6,000 for the Penny Program, which is nearly double the amount raised in 2011.

This year’s generous sponsors were: The Blackridge Group/Morgan Stanley Smith Barney/Bill Hankerson & David Olson; SKB Environmental; Winona State University; the MSUSA Alumni Association; the Minnesota State College Student Association; the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Foundation; Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation/Alumni; Anchor Bank; Minnesota State College Southeast Technical; Nelson Tietz & Hoye; and Christianson Interiors.

The Penny Program, celebrating its 25th year, provides $18,000 every year to students pursuing public service internships and serving their communities.  For more information about The Penny Program, visit

New Office Manager Rachel Hanson

The MSUSA recently hired Rachel Hanson to the position of Office Manager. Rachel is a Metropolitan State University graduate with a B.A. in Gender Studies. You can learn more about her here

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 if you have any internships you would like to see posted to the website.


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