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



September 10 - 11, 2015


Country Inn & Suites and The Sanford Center

Bemidji, Minnesota


Sponsored by the:

 Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA)


 The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University


2015 MCAA Conference Brochure (PDF)




The academy provides graduates of the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute (MMCI) three (3) 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 CMC designation may use this IIMC-approved program to earn 6 points toward their IIMC Master Municipal Clerks (MMC) level.


Who Should Attend?

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


Registration and Fees

The early registration fee for the Academy postmarked by August 21 is $195.00. The registration fee postmarked after August 21 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 22. 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.

Online Registration

Registration Form (PDF)

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 with registration form:

St. Cloud State University

Attn: Amber Sonsalla, BH 211A

720 4th Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Continuing Education Units

Along with the ability to earn 6 (CMC/MMC) IIMC points, the Academy also offers 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is defined as 12 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.



The Academy will be held at the Country Inn & Suites and The Sanford Center (attached to the hotel), Bemidji, Minnesota. Please check the website for maps and location.


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Country Inn & Suites at a discounted rate of $99 plus tax per room per night for a standard room. A discounted rate of $114 plus tax per room per night is being offered for a lakeview room. In order to book your room at the group discounted rate, individuals need to use the reservation link at, or call the hotel directly at (218) 441-4881. Please refer to “Municipal Clerks Advanced Academy” when making all reservations. Check-in time for all rooms is 3:00 p.m.


Please call the hotel by August 9, 2015. After this date, reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis at the hotel.



2015 MCFOA Advanced Academy (MCAA)

Days & Times

Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Friday, September 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions: Barb Suciu & Jennifer Janasie

Morning Session: Theory and Practice of Project Management in Public Administration

Instructors: Kerry Ross, Associate Director, Optivation - Shape Your Future, a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. (Instructor may be subject to change.)

What you will learn:

Explore organizational theory as it relates to the management of processes within a public administration organization. Learn to manage your projects under the constraints of scope, cost and time to successfully achieve specific objectives. Further develop the skills and knowledge necessary to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate projects to deliver the solutions you and your city need. Real-world case studies will be used to demonstrate effective and practical project management tools and techniques. Attendees should also come willing to participate in team exercises, and bring ideas and problems for potential discussion. Through these exercises (and a post-event assessment), participants will demonstrate their ability to effectively synthesize the knowledge, theories and skills that they have learned in order to effectively apply them on the job.

12:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

Afternoon session: Theory and Practice of Project Management in Public Administration (continued)

4:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
8:30 am

Morning Session: Keeping Chaos at Bay - Managing Resources Efficiently using Neurolinguistic Programming

Instructor: Patricia Jamie Lee, Lee Consulting and Training, certified trainer in Neurolinguistic Programming, 30 years of personal and professional development workshops and seminars.

This module focuses on how best to manage patterns relating to the use of resources including time management, capacity analysis, resource management, and identifying non-useful patterns emerging in yourself or others that cause burnout or stress in the workplace. It explores motivation, goal-setting, capacity building, and how to manage the many moving parts of any organization or department. In doing so, it introduces the basic skills of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) as an effective toolkit to manage organizational development. Rooted in neuroscience, NLP cuts through surface issues to uncover nonworking patterns between people, departments, and systems and to introduce necessary change strategies. With basic NLP training, participants begin to see patterns instead of problems—and are able to recognize that the problem often suggests the solution. Simply put, NLP is science based communication that teaches people the ability to understand the way people process information and thought, and to read body language more accurately. Several core principles are introduced and reinforced including the following: effective people have a high AQ - Awareness Quotient - that allows them to read each situation with keen sensory-based awareness and not to simply “react”; effective people understand that each individual has their own “map of the world” and that to understand what is needed, he or she must be effective at reading the map; effective people know how to use verbal and written language as well as body language to achieve positive outcomes; effective people understand that most issues are systems problems and not people problems.

12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

1:00 pm


For Further Information

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact:

St. Cloud State University, Center for Continuing Studies

720 Fourth Avenue South, BH211

St. Cloud, MN  56301-4498

Jennifer Janasie at 320-308-3050 ( Or

Amber Sonsalla at 320-308-4962 (

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.



  • Barb Suciu, St. Anthony Village (Chair)
  • Melissa Barker, Plymouth
  • Deb Boelter, Winsted
  • Audra Etzel, Rockford
  • Sharon Knutson, Brooklyn Center
  • Julie Lammers, Vergas
  • Debra Mangen, Edina
  • Marita Rhude, Barrett
  • Christina Scipioni, Eagan
  • Britt See-Benes, Aurora
  • Kary Tillmann, Zimmerman
  • Jane Timm, Edina
  • Nancy Zaworski, Kasson
  • Renee Eckerly, Paynesville (Ex-Officio)
  • Jennifer Janasie, St. Cloud State (Ex-Officio)
  • Gail Ruhland, St. Cloud State (Ex-Officio)
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