Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

MCFOA - Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association

 

2016 MUNICIPAL CLERKS ADVANCED ACADEMY (MCAA)

"Communicating for Impact"

September 8 - 9, 2016

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Bloomington, Minnesota

 

Sponsored by the:

 Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA)

 and

 The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University

 

 

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Academy provides graduates of the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute (MMCI) three year program with an opportunity to focus on an in-depth topic of importance to the profession. Clerks who have completed the requirements for the MCMC and/or CMC designation may use this MCFOA and IIMC-approved program to earn 6 Education points. These points can be used toward the Minnesota Master Municipal Clerk (MMMC) designation through MCFOA and/or toward the IIMC Master Municipal Clerks (MMC) designation.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Clerks who have successfully completed the MMCI program are encouraged to attend to further their professional training and earn points toward their advanced certifications.

 

WHY ATTEND?

2016 Municipal Clerks Advanced Academy Program

"Communicating for Impact"

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m. (lunch provided)

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Writing for Impact Component

8:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m.

 

with lunch provided

Welcome & Introductions:
Barb Suciu & Jennifer Janasie

Instructor:
Emil B. Towner, PhD
Assistant Professor of Business Communication
Marketing Department, Herberger Business School
St. Cloud State University

At SCSU, Professor Towner teaches Writing in the Professions and Civic Writing amongst other courses, and has previously taught Public Speaking, Visual Communication, and Persuasion in Society courses at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University.

With 19 years in corporate communications, 14 years teaching college courses, and a PhD in technical communication, he is passionate about bridging academia and industry to help learners and organizations achieve their communication goals.

Prior to entering academia, Emil obtained experience in his industry, overseeing web, social media, e-communications, and marketing communications. In addition, his research has focused on how knowledge is transferred (and negotiated) through business communication practices and visual communication. 

 

Learn:

- Tips for writing more effective written messages that  build credibility with staff, the public,
and boards and city councils;
- When to use written communication;
- How to format messages for impact;
- How to convey a clear and concise written message;
- Techniques for de-cluttering your writing;
- Writing styles and grammar updates; and
- An overview on Ordinances and Resolutions.

Friday, September 9, 2016
Public Speaking and Beyond

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructor:
Emil Towner, PhD (cont.)
Assistant Professor of Business Communication
Marketing Department, Herberger Business School
St. Cloud State University

 

Learn:

- How to convey clear and concise messages while  
   speaking in public;
- Tips for public speaking;
--The nuts and bolts of developing presentations; and
- The visual components of a well-done presentation.

 

WHAT ELSE?

ACADEMY MCFOA BOARD POLICY

The Advanced Academy consists of a 1 ½ day, 12 hour curriculum of programming.  ALL CURRICULUM HOURS ARE MANDATORY.

There is a strict adherence to punctuality in each session and no cell phone calls or texting are allowed in the classroom. Attendance will be tracked.

In rare instances related to emergencies, excused absences are allowed if approved by the Institute Director. These excused absences will require a “makeup assignment” that is provided by the Institute Director (who will collaborate with the instructor prior to the end of the programming). 

PARTICIPANTS WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION.   

 

ASSESSMENT

Completion of an assessment is required for those wanting education points for the Advanced Academy.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS

Along with the ability to earn 6 education points, the Academy also offers 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) is a membership organization open to the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers of the 855 Minnesota cities. Members are eligible to apply to MCFOA for an MCAA scholarship. You must be a paid member to apply. For more information, please visit: www.mcfoa.org.

If you are applying for a scholarship please register after you receive notification from the MCFOA of their decision. You will be able to complete your registration prior to early registration deadline. The Academy will still have space for you.

 

REGISTRATION AND FEES

The early registration fee for the Academy postmarked by August 15 is $195.00. The registration fee postmarked after August 15 is $215.00. This fee includes instruction, course materials, one lunch, and refreshment breaks. You are encouraged to register early to take advantage of the lower fee.

A refund, minus a $30 processing fee, will be granted if you cancel by August 19. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund. A full refund will be issued if St. Cloud State University cancels the Academy.

 

REGISTRATION OPENS IN MAY Open Soon!

Please note, for mail registrations check or money order is payable to SCSU. A $30 service charge will be applied if returned for insufficient funds, closed account or Stop Payment request.

Mail check or money order with registration form to:

St. Cloud State University

Attn: Roxann Neu, BH 211A

720 4th Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Academy will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Bloomington, at 2800 American Boulevard West. Please check the website for maps and location. Guests receive a daily free cooked-to-order breakfast and a daily complimentary evening reception, plus they have a complimentary shuttle service to Mall of America.

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Bloomington at a discounted rate of $124 plus tax per room per night for a king bed (and $134 for two double beds). In order to book your room at the group discounted rate, individuals can call the hotel directly at 1-952-884-4811. Please refer to “Municipal Clerks Advanced Academy” when making all reservations.

Please call the hotel by August 8, 2016. After this date, reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis at the hotel.

 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

To ensure full participation in this workshop, please inform us about any dietary requirements or physical challenges which should be addressed prior to your arrival.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

For registration questions, please contact:

Roxann Neu
320-308-4962
reneu@stcloudstate.edu

 

For program questions, please contact: 

Jennifer Janasie 
320-308-3050 
jjanasie@stcloudstate.edu 

 

ADVANCED ACADEMY PLANNING COMMITTEE

Barb Suciu, Minneapolis (Chair)

Deb Boelter,Winsted

Sharon Knutson, Brooklyn Center

Julie Lammers, Vergas

Deb Mangen,Edina

Lonnie Neuner, Lake Park

Marita Rhude, Barrett

Britt See-Benes, Aurora

Kary Tillmann, Zimmerman

Nancy Zaworski, Kasson

Jennifer Janasie, St. Cloud State (Ex-Officio)

Terri Boese, Dassel (Ex-Officio)

 

SCSU POLICIES

St. Cloud State University values diversity of all kinds, including but not limited to race, religion and ethnicity.

TTY: 1-800-627-3529 SCSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer.

This material can be made available in an alternative format. Contact the department/agency listed above.

St. Cloud State University is a member of Minnesota State Colleges & Universities.

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