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Two Minnesota State Mankato Students Elected 2012-13 MSUSA Officers

Moriah Miles elected chair, Matt Lindquist elected state treasurer.

Centennial Student Union News Release, 4-23-2012

Two Minnesota State University, Mankato students were elected to 2012-13 officer positions with the Minnesota State University Student Association at the MSUSA state meeting April 13-15 in Brainerd, Minn.

Moriah Miles, current vice president of student government at Minnesota State Mankato, was elected 2012-13 MSUSA state chair, while Matt Lindquist, currently a College of Business senator for the Minnesota State Student Association, was elected 2012-13 MSUSA state treasurer. Also elected as a 2012-13 state officer was Metropolitan State University student Dea Price, who was elected to the vice chair position.

The 2012-13 year will mark the second consecutive year that Minnesota State Mankato students have been elected to two of the three officer positions. The current administration includes Minnesota State Mankato students Nikki Sabby as vice chair and Tyler Ulferts as treasurer. Sabby served as MSUSA treasurer during the 2010-11 term.

As state chair, Miles, an international relations major from Sioux Falls, S.D., will be the chief spokesperson for the MSUSA before the Student Advisory Council of the Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Robert Hoffman, Minnesota State Mankato vice president of strategic business, education and regional partnerships, described Miles as an effective communicator who builds strong and effective relations both inside and outside the university.

“Moriah is a leader,” said Hoffman. “She is results oriented. She gets it done. She will take your organization to the next level.”

In her nomination letter, Miles challenged the MSUSA to “reach new peaks of success” as it completes the final year of its strategic plan.

“Respectfully pushing the envelope has been a practice that has brought about significant changes in our time and a practice that I believe will be very valuable over this next year,” she said.

Miles added that networking with the business community helps fulfill a strategic goal for student jobs and internships in state government. “Building lasting relationships with businesses around Minnesota would create not just jobs at the Capitol but jobs that give experience to those wishing to be successful,” she said.

As MSUSA state treasurer, Lindquist, a finance major from Mankato, will oversee the organization’s $742,000 annual budget and produce the yearly audit. In preparing for his position, Lindquist said he sought advice from Rick Straka, Minnesota State Mankato vice president of finance and administration.

“I talked for over an hour about budget planning and he told me not to worry,” Lindquist said. “He said bigger budgets have more line items for revenue and expenses but the major difference is more zeros. He eased my mind instantly.”

As new treasurer, Lindquist said he would like to direct more funds to raising student awareness and involvement in legislative lobbying efforts and the MSUSA’s commitment to keeping tuition reasonable for students in the MnSCU system.

The MSUSA represents over 75,000 students attending Minnesota’s seven state universities and serves as a strong voice for students on the campus, local, state and federal levels. Among the primary roles of the MSUSA is to represent students at the Minnesota Legislature.

Those who want more information may contact Lenny Koupal, communications coordinator for the Centennial Student Union, at 507-389-6774 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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