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Minnesota State University, Mankato

March 2007 MSSA Newsletter

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2007-2008 Student Fees Set


Next year's student fees budget were decided at the annual budget meeting Wednesday, April 18. Student fees will increase by $0.20 per credit next year. Approximately half of the increase will go to student health services fee and half will go towards student activity fees. The increases will cover contracted salary and benefit increases.

There will be a decrease in revenue next year, because of a drop in enrollment numbers. Because of this there were no increases in student fees to fund new programming or new positions.

Other fees, such as technology fees and CSU fees, will be frozen at the current rate.

Parting Words From The President

On his way out, Gabe Afolayan, the president of the Minnesota State Student Association for 2006-07, shares his two cents on students, administration, organizations and everything in between.

The topics he covered include:

  • Academic Standards and Advancement
  • Financial Entitlement
  • Student Involvement
  • Alchol Abuse Stigma
  • Representing 14,000 Students

To view the article from the MSU Reporter please go here

Your 2007-2008 Student Government


The 2007-2008 MSSA General Elections took place Tuesday, April 10. Chris Frederick, current vice president, was elected as president. Casey Carmody, current academic senator, was elected at vice president. There were 3,117 students who voted, which set an MSSA record.

On May 2, 2007 , Ryan Anderson was elected Senate Speaker for 2007-2008 Minnesota State Student Association

To view the full election results please go here.

Barnes and Noble to Provide ISBN Numbers

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As a result of the efforts of the Textbook Price Containment Committee students will be able to get the ISBN for their textbooks before the beginning of the semester. This will allow students to look at other outlets for purchasing their books, which may save students money.

The ISBN is the ten-digit code on the back of all published books, and having it will ensure students purchase the correct edition of the book. The numbers will be posted on the Minnesota State Mankato Barnes and Noble Web site.

MSSA Recognizes Student Friendly and Teacher of the Year Recipients

The Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award and the Dr. Duane Orr Teacher of the year awards were presented at the MSSA inauguration ceremony. Laurie Woodward, CSU director, was awarded the Student Friendly Award. Cecil Keen, geography professor, was received the Teach of the Year Award.

MSSA Leadership Scholarship Award Winners

MSSA would like to congratulate the 2006-2007 Student Leadership Scholarship recipients. The recipients were Ryan Anderson, Jennifer Bottelberge, Brett Fleck, Nikki Hanna and Lisa Wulff. These students were selected based on their leadership qualities and contributions to the Minnesota State Mankato community. The winners were honored at the MSSA inauguration ceremony.

Homecoming to Feature Comedian

After a string of dismal homecoming celebrations, MSSA has established a homecoming committee. The committee will be implementing new events to homecoming week, as well as revamping old events. The most notable change will be the addition of a big name comedian.

The committee will be partnering with the Midwest Wireless Civic Center to draw in the best comedian possible. This will allow the committee to utilize the Civic Centers resources, as well as involve the community.

Did you know?


As this year comes to a close, it is time to look back at what the MSSA has been able to accomplish. MSSA has tackled a variety of academic and student life issues.

  • The Academic Affairs Committee has played a role in the restructuring of the course repeat policy and the extension of the library hours.
  • The Student Affairs Committee has been busy expanding the CSU hours, establishing a homecoming committee and keeping the FREE lot.
  • Many senators have been busy lobbying government officials on the local, national and state levels, for keeping tuition low.

It has been a landmark year and MSSA appreciates the support from all of the students, and is looking forward to serving you next year. To stay posted with MSSA, make sure to visit .

Library Hours Extension to Remain Permanent



The Library Hours Extension Pilot, which extended hours Monday-Thursday and Sunday until 2 a.m., will remain in effects permanently. The pilot has proven to be a great success.

Many students have benefited from being able to use library resources from midnight- 2 a.m. The first floor will still be the only open floor, but library associates will be able to retrieve materials from the second and third floors.

Student Survey

Minnesota State Mankato students are being asked to participate in an online survey that will help determine the University's economic impact on the Mankato area economy.

The survey is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Office of Integrated Marketing, and is being conducted by Wilder Research of St. Paul, a branch of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Students will be able to take the online survey starting Wednesday, May 2.

The survey asks students a few questions about spending, work and living arrangements.  It is completely voluntary and confidential, and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

To complete the economic impact survey, students may log in at anytime beginning May 2 .

In addition to data generated by the student survey, Wilder Research will examine statistics relating to the economic impact of faculty and staff, university operations, campus construction and maintenance, athletics and vendors.

Several other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system campuses are participating in similar studies.

Got Issues?

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


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