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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

March 2007 MSSA Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/mssa/newsletter/3/

MSSA Elections

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The 2007-2008 MSSA elections will be held on Tuesday, April 10. Students can apply for the positions of president, vice president, academic senator and student life senator. Applications for president and vice president are due Monday, March 26, and applications for senators are due Monday, April 2. Applications are available on the MSSA website.

Members of MSSA provide a voice for students at the local, state and national levels, and meet directly with Minnesota State Mankato administration to give insight on student concerns. MSSA also develops recommendations for use of student fees.

The Students Have Spoken: Free Lot will Remain Free

freelotRecently there has been much debate surrounding the Free Lot, and it has been determined by President Richard Davenport, that the Free Lot (Lot 23) will remain free for the next academic year. The decision to keep the lot free opposes the Parking Advisory Committee's recommendation of creating a $20 permit fee.

"In order to bring closure to this issue, the president would like to inform the senate that based on the feedback from students directly, at the parking advisory open forum and through the student senate; the President has determined that Lot 23 will remain a free lot for next year," said Rick Straka, Vice President of Finance and Administration.

In addition to the lot remaining free, the lot will be paved for next year. Final announcements regarding the parking recommendations will be made at a later date.

Outdoor Fitness Facilities Referendum

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Students will be asked to vote on the proposed outdoor recreation, athletic, and fitness facilities additions through a referendum in the MSSA general election April 10th. There will be two propositions on the ballot.

The first includes improving existing campus recreation fields and building a multi-use stadium with a track, at a cost $39.63 per student each semester.

The second includes the components of the first propositions, and adds synthetic turf on Blakeslee, a bubble enclosure and synthetic turf for a multipurpose field, and four additional tennis courts. This option will cost students $65.02 each semester.

Students will also have the opportunity to vote no to both propositions.

For more information about the proposal visit the Campus Recreation website.

Library Hours to be Extended

LibraryThe Memorial Library will be extending hours beginning March 18 and continuing through the end of the semester. The first floor will now be open until 2 a.m., instead of the 11:45 close time the library currently has. Library staff will be able to get materials from students on the second and third floors.

Technology Fees

students on laptops

Bryan Schneider, Interim Vice President of Technology Services and Scott Johnson, Dean of the College of Business (COB), made a presentation to MSSA regarding the IT initiative fee and the COB laptop fee.

The IT initiative fee is separate from the COB laptop fee. Funds from the fee are used to provide technical support. The initiative allows ITS to provide students with professional business software and updates, such as Microsoft Vista. The fee also provides students with various electronic research resources.

Students in the COB pay a laptop fee of $125, which is largely used for maintenance on laptops. A full time staff person has been added just to work with laptops. The COB fee also gives students in the department priority support. There are "loaner" laptops available for students to use, while repairs are made on their personal laptop. Funds from the fee also allow COB students unlimited classroom printing. More than 1,700 students pay the fee, which is down from $250 per semester.

For more information about the IT initiative fee or the COB laptop fee visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

University Master Plan Workgroup

university logoMSSA will form a University Master Plan Workgroup to work with administration to update the University Master Plan. The master plan is being updated to meet current enrollment management and physical plant needs. The plan includes a new College of Business Building, College of Allied Health and Nursing building and residence hall additions. Concerns relating to transit and pedestrian accommodations will also be addressed in the plan.

The workgroup will meet with administration at least three times before the plan is finalized, to ensure student input is considered in the plan.

Student Fees: Where Does Our Money Go?

Students at Minnesota State Mankato are currently paying $30.56 per credit hour towards student fees included in their tuition. For a full time student, that is $368 each semester. Student fees are divided into five categories: student activity fee, student union fee, state-wide government fee, technology fee and the health service fee.

Before students fees are charged, there is a process the rates and allocations follow. Student fees are a mandatory part of student tuition and are based on Minnesota statues. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees determine maximum fee rates for all of its state colleges and universities, including Minnesota State Mankato. MSSA and its student allocations committee decide where to allocate the money. After MSSA recommendations, the vice president for student affairs submits the allocation and rate plan to the university president for final approval.

2006-072005-062004-05
Student Activity Fee$8.59$8.46$8.12
Student Union Fee$10.45$10.09$10.20
State-Wide Student
Government Fee
$0.43$0.39$0.39
Technology Fee$7.00$7.00$7.00
Health Service Fee$4.09$3.95$3.88
Total Per Credit (1-11)$30.56
Per Credit HRS
$29.89
Per Credit HRS
$29.59
Per Credit HRS
Total Flat Rate (12-18)$368.00$360.00$356.00

For more information on student fees visit the student fees page.

Rally Day

rally Members of MSSA joined with other MnSCU students to participate in a student Rally Day at the State Capitol. Students had the chance to voice their concerns to legislators, as well as hear where the legislators stand on issues relating to higher education.

Legislators have the power to make tuition rules for MnSCU colleges and universities. Several legislators announced they were introducing a bill that would allocate millions to MnSCU colleges and universities specifically to minimize student costs. There are currently proposals for stabilizing tuition, and setting a 3 percent annual limit for how much MnSCU schools can raise tuition over the next two years.

$1000 for Recognized Student Organizations

The MSSA has approved an incentive plan for 5 recognized student organizations (RSOs) to earn up to $1000 for sponsoring/working a homecoming event next year. The money can be used for travel or on-campus programs. RSOs must apply this spring to be eligible. To find out more about this opportunity contact CSU Director Laurie Woodward in CSU 220 or call 389-2224.

Got Issues?

Attend MSSA weekly meetings Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in CSU 284.

Feedback

Do you have news you feel is important for students to know? Send news items to the newsletter editor at mssa@mnsu.edu. The newsletter will be published on a regular basis during the academic year. The next newsletter will be published after the beginning of the Spring Semester.