Minnesota Education Fairs (MEF)

The success of the Minnesota Education Fairs (MEF) is due in large measure, to cooperation among different systems of higher education and a shared vision for efficient and effective provision of postsecondary information to high school students throughout the state of Minnesota. The continued success of the MEF is reliant on maintaining that cooperation and preserving the established network through the MEF planning committee.


September 7, 2017 - Chanhassen High School

November 15, 2017 - TBD

January 31, 2018 -  TBD

November 18, 2018 - TBD

Tri-Chair Members

Aaron Salasek, Inver Hills Community College
Kate Tamm, Southwest Minnesota State University
Jessica Scott, Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Heath Baumgard, Dunwoody College
Jenna K. Baumgard, Inver Hills Community College
Brad Burnham, Minnetonka High School
Ninette Carlson, Michigan Technological University
Bill Cleveland, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Natalie Dillion, North Dakota State University
Carly Froyum, University of Kansas
Thia Kampa, Cambridge Isanti High School
Amy Lofquist, Workforce Development, Inc.
Jenna Long, MN State University-Moorhead
Emily Mattran, Chanhassen High School
Stephen Murray, Normandale Community College
Estelle Vlieger, Bethany Lutheran College
Jeron Schmidt, Northland College

MACAC Services Coordinator

The Coordinator's purpose is to assist the MEF Committee in promoting, operating and coordinating the MACAC MEFs. Principal responsibilities:
  • Print, distribute and collect MEF contracts and payments
  • Coordinate with site chairs regarding facilities, regional promotion and follow-up
  • Produce promotional materials and/or guidelines for use at all sites (posters, bags, signs, media alerts, etc.)
  • Field questions from site chairs, postsecondary institutions, parents, students and high schools
  • Streamline site operations
  • Follow-up to evaluate individual sites and MEF program a whole
Liz Hayes
MACAC Services Coordinator

The MEF Committee Chair shall convene the planning committee as needed in order to:

  • Set the master MEF schedule

  • Evaluate program practices and establish policies that will be brought before the MACAC board for approval

  • Monitor the coordination and management of the MEF

  • Support the Coordinator who is responsible for the daily management of the MEF

  • Assist in the training/update of site chairs
  • The committee shall be composed of regional representatives from each of the systems of higher education and the secondary system: State University System, University of Minnesota, Private Colleges, Technical Colleges, Community Colleges and Minnesota School Districts
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