Posted: August 27, 1999

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Technology has changed the world of higher education, and this year Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will feature some of the remarkable advances in educational technology in its booth at the Minnesota State Fair's Education Building.

The technology pavilion in the MnSCU booth features new educational software and distance-learning technology that will be demonstrated on several video screens by a Microsoft representative. On another screen, the MnSCU Public Service Announcement that features Gov. Jesse Ventura urging students to "Get into college" will be shown at regular intervals, along with videos from many of the 36 MnSCU institutions. At the far end of the booth, the MnSCU "Adventures in Higher Education" display demonstrates the connection between recreational equipment made in Minnesota and job skills training provided by MnSCU institutions. Come and see the Wenonah Canoe and the Polaris Snowmobile and hear how you can obtain the skills needed to work in those industries.

This year, fair goers over age 18 also will have the first-ever opportunity to win one of five $1,000 college scholarships for the 2000-2001 academic year just by visiting the colorful MnSCU booth. To be eligible, fill out a brief survey about higher education. Then enter the contest.

And there's more. Each day of the fair, drawings will be held in the MnSCU booth to give away either a mountain bike or a backpack from Erik's Bike Shop. MnSCU bookmarks and pens also will be given away to anyone who visits the booth.

In the MnSCU "Ask An Expert" area, MnSCU campus representatives will be on hand to answer all your questions about how to go to college. You can receive a free "Go Places" guide to the MnSCU institutions just by stopping by.