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2014 MCFOA Advanced Academy (MCAA)

Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) and St. Cloud State University, Corporate Education and Outreach

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:30 AM - Friday, September 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

2014 MCFOA Advanced Academy (MCAA)

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
MCFOA Member Early Bird   more info 84 Tickets Ended $195.00 $0.00
MCFOA Member   more info 100 Tickets Ended $215.00 $0.00
Member with $150.00 scholarship Early Bird   more info 84 Tickets Ended $45.00 $0.00
Member with $150.00 scholarship   more info 100 Tickets Ended $65.00 $0.00

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Event Details


September 11 - 12, 2014


Ramada Hotel & Conference Center - Rochester MN

1517 16th Street SW

Rochester, MN 55902



Sponsored by the:

Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA)


The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University


2014 MCAA Conference Brochure (PDF) - 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
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.
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 Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1517 16th Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota. Please check the website http://ramadarochester.com/ 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 Municipal 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 property.

2014 MCFOA Advanced Academy (MCAA)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

7:30 am      Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Welcome & Introduction - 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 Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids, MN

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

What you will learn:

Learn the tools to share services; create job descriptions 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; and coalesce community groups without power or control.

4:30 pm      Adjourn

Friday, September 12, 2014

7:20 am      Continental Breakfast

8:30 am      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      Adjourn


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

Gail Ruhland at 320-308-5759 (gail@scsutraining.com) Or

Charlotte Kastanek at 320-308-4723 (char@scsutraining.com) Or

Amber Sonsalla at 320-308-4962 (amber@scsutraining.com)


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
  • Kim Engberg, Bloomington
  • Nancy Gibbs, Richfield
  • 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)

When & Where

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center - Rochester MN
1517 16th Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:30 AM - Friday, September 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

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