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
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
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 www.pennyprogram.org.
New Office Manager Rachel Hanson