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


Location Coming Soon!


Sponsored by the:

 Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA)


 The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University


2014 MCAA Conference Brochure (PDF) - 2015 Coming Soon!

2014 MCFOA Athenian Dialog website - 2015 Coming Soon!





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 - 2015 Coming Soon!

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 - 2015 Coming Soon!

Registration Form (PDF) - 2015 Coming Soon!

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.


Accommodations - 2015 Coming Soon!

The Academy will be held at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1517 16th Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota. Please check the website for maps and location.

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center at a discounted rate of a rate of $86.00 plus tax per room per night. In order to book your room at the group discounted rate, individuals need to call the hotel directly @ 800-552-7224. Please refer to “St. Cloud State Minnesota Clerks Academy” when making all reservations. Check-in time for all rooms is 3:00 p.m.

Please call the hotel by August 10, 2014. After this date, reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis at the hotel or neighboring lodging property.



2014 MCFOA Advanced Academy (MCAA)- 2015 Coming Soon!

Days & Times

Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 11, 2104

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions: Barb Suciu and Gail Ruhland

Morning Session: Citizen Engagement

Instructors: Mike Sable, Assistant City Manager, Brooklyn Park, MN and Elizabeth Tolzmann, Community Engagement Coordinator, Brooklyn Park, MN

What you will learn:

During this session you will hear about how Brooklyn Park, MN created an effective engagement program. Business Forward is a community-wide initiative involving a wide range of partners that are affected by or affect the business climate in Brooklyn Park, MN. Brooklyn Park, MN recognized that due to the dynamically changing demographics of our community, we needed to adjust the way we do business. Community Engagement is a shared responsibility between elected officials, city staff, and community members in developing and implementing a plan for our shared community future and vision. This is a unique and massive venture for a city to undertake.

12:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

Afternoon session: Facilitating for a Purpose: Building Consensus Across Departments and Political Boundaries Yields Cities "Unlimited" - Cities of Brookly Park and Coon Rapids, MN

Instructors: Mike Sable, Assistant City Manager, Brooklyn Park and Matt Stemwedel, Assistant City Manager, Coon Rapids, MN

What you will learn:

  • the tools to share services
  • create job description jointly with the public
  • craft expenditure policies
  • obtain staff feedback on a new system/policy
  • plan events
  • develop a marketing/branding campaign
  • sustain motivation in work teams
  • coalesce community groups without power or control
4:30 pm
Friday, September 12, 2014
7:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am

Morning Session: You Can't Tweet That! How to be Ethical in the Public Sector

Instructor: David Schultz - Professor, Hamline and University of Minnesota Schools of Law

What you will learn:

  • Do you think being a good person is enough to being ethical in the public sector?
  • Is there any relationship between your personal ethics or values and what you do at work?
  • Are the ethical standards of the public sector the same as those in the private sector?

This class draws upon issues in our personal lives at work to explore these and other ethical questions including the dos and don'ts regarding employees using the social media at work and in their private lives.

12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Certificate Distribution

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, MNĀ  56301-4498

Gail Ruhland at 320-308-5759 ( 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, Independence
  • Kathy Brophy, Aitkin
  • Nancy Gibbs, Richfield
  • Cheri Johnson, Excelsior
  • Sharon Knutson, Brooklyn Center
  • Christina Scipioni, Eagan
  • Brenda Thomes, East Gull Lake
  • Kary Tillmann, Zimmerman
  • Jane Timm, Edina
  • Nancy Zaworski, Kasson
  • Gail Ruhland, St. Cloud State (Ex-Officio)
  • Debra Mangen, Edina (Ex-Officio)
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