MSNA Annual Conference

August 2-5, 2015

River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave South
St. Cloud, MN



Ways to Register

St. Cloud Happenings!
On Tuesday Night attendees will be able to use their meal vouchers at the following restaurants in the St. Cloud Area. A downtown map will help you get around. Conference attendees wearing their conference badge can ride the Metro Bus for free.


Note: Directors are allowed early access to  the vendor show but must purchase a director/purchaser badge.

 **USDA Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals are effective July 1, 2015. MSNA educational sessions will be coded and categorized to meet the professional standards training and renewal hours for the SNA certificate program.

  • Sunday, August 2- Registration area is open at 10:00am
    Location: Lobby A/B
  • Monday, August 3rd-General session begins at 9:00am
    Location: Terry Haws A
    Continental Breakfast will be available from 7:45am-8:45am
    Location: Glen Carlson Hall
  • Registration area is open 7:30am to 4:00pm.
    Location: Lobby A/B
  •  Speaker Presentations.


Conference Etiquette

Although the conference is fun and exciting, it is also a professional meeting. Business casual attire is appropriate during the conference.

Please arrive promptly at all sessions and events and stay until they conclude. Please show respect for everyone by keeping conversations to a minimum during all sessions. Members are asked to demonstrate good judgment and courtesy to fellow members and staff. For security purposes you must wear your name badge at all times. Attendees will NOT be allowed to pick up other attendees badges/materials. You will not be allowed in the sessions if you do not have your name badge on. Your cooperation is appreciated!



Presentations are available on Google drive.
Click on link to view presentations for the 59th Annual Conference.

Speaker Presentations on Google Drive

General Session Speakers

Monday, August 3, 2015
Chef Ann Cooper
xann-with-carrots-thumbnail_jpg_pagespeed_ic_3UpfReuA9iChef Ann Cooper is an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. In a nation where kids are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents due to diet-related disease, Chef Ann has been a constant champion of school food reform as an important avenue through which to improve childhood nutrition. Also known as the “Renegade Lunch Lady,“ Chef Ann serves as Director of Food Services for Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Paul Wesselman-aka The Ripples Guy

1The Ripples Guy-Paul Wesselmann makes his home in Cincinnati, Ohio where he operates his speaking and training company Stone Soup Seminars. Each Monday morning, Paul distributes an inspirational email, Ripples, that offers inspiration and practical motivation to over 30,000 subscribers around the country. Paul holds degrees in psychology and higher education and in addition to his work on several college campuses, his adventures include having been a support group facilitator, volunteer coordinator, radio talk show host, and his college mascot.


 SNS Credentialing Exam
August 2, 2015
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud MN

  1. Download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook to register for the exam.
  2. Read the SNS Exam Preparation Tips
  3. Purchase the SNS Study Guide (optional)

Registration deadline for SNS Exam  is July 13, 2015  – (Register through SNA)


Education Sessions

Earn your level one certificate “instantly” by taking the level one core course bundle being offered. If you take both core courses at conference~ MSNA will send in your completed forms and fees to SNA and you will have completed your SNA Level one certificate. Hours completed at the conference will be able to used for renewal!!  The “bundled” courses-Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays and Serving It Safe. $160.00

Note: Core courses can be taken separately
Nutrition Building Blocks For Great Trays  $95.00
ServSafe w/test  $115.00
See registration form for details or contact the MSNA office at 877-251-2344
Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Nutrition Building Blocks For Great Trays
    Key Area 1
    SNA Core Course for Level One
    Pre Registration Required
  • 8:00am -Best Western Kelly Inn, University Room A
    (Lunch is on your own)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

  • ServSafe W/Test
    Key Area 2
    SNA Core Course for Level One
    Pre Registration Required
    (ServSafe Book will be mailed out to registered attendees)
    8:00am -Best Western Kelly Inn, University Room A
    (Lunch is on your own)


  • Sanitation Renewal Training
    4 hours-Meets the MN Food Manager renewal requirements
    Pre registration required
    1:00pm-River’s Edge Convention Center, Wilson Suite
    Cost: $45.00


  • Produce Safety University
    Key Area 1-2 hours
    Pre Registration Required
    1:00pm-River’s Edge Convention Center, Herberger Suite
    No Fee
  • MSNA Chapter Leadership Seminar
    11:00am-3:30pm (Invitation only)
    Location: Opportunities Suite-River’s Edge Convention Center
  • House of Delegates (HOD)
    Location: Opportunities Suite
    All members welcome.

Service project
Salvation Army Food Shelf

MSNA is working with the Salvation Army Food Shelf Program to assist central Minnesota residents with a basic need~food! Aid is provided to anyone in need with out discrimination.

We are asking members to bring non-perishable food items to “Fill Up The Boxes”. Boxes will be available at the conference registration area in the Lobby of River’s Edge. Click for list of Food Shelf Items


Education Raffle

The 7th annual Education Raffle is asking you to Be Creative! You can put goodies in a purse, bag, box, baskets or anything you choose. Be creative in what you put in your donated item(s), such as baby items, cooking items, grilling items, back-to-school items, gardening items, quilting items, scrapbooking items, etc. Use your creativity. We ask that you use new items for men or women and let your imagination run wild as you “Be Creative!” The container can be sealed or open. Please bring your donation to the registration desk.


Please consider volunteering some time to help assist in all areas of the conference. You can contact Hospitality Chair, Wendy Knight at 651-683-6956 or by email

MSNA Hotel Block
Click for MSNA Hotel Block


Exhibit Vendor Show
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
River’s Edge Convention Center

Registration is now open for Exhibit Vendor Show

2015 MSNA Industry Registration Packet (PDF)

Registration deadline is July 15, 2015
**All vendors supplying samples must fill out the Special Event License form included in the packet


  • Exhibitor Set up hours
    • Monday, August 3, 2015 2pm-6pm
    • Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7am-9:15am
  • Exhibit Hall hours:
    • 9:30am-3:15pm
    • 9:30am-12:00pm Director/Buyers Time only
    • 12:00pm-3:15pm (All Attendees)
  • Exhibit Dismantling Hours:
    Immediately after show hours. No early breakdowns



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Registration not open at this time

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    Dr. Cynthia Rohrer, PhD
    Dr. Susie Nanney, PhD

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