MSU Student Housing Cooperative

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is a non-profit, autonomous organization providing an affordable off-campus housing option to students and the Greater Lansing community. There are more than 240 members in our 17 houses. Houses vary from 5 to 29 members, each with their own character and history. Our name honors our historical affiliation with Michigan State University, where we remain a registered student organization. However, we operate independently from the university with additional requirements and guidelines for membership.

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2017-2018 Executive Committee

  • President: Martin Sloan
    • president@msu.coop
  • Vice President of Membership: Emily Small
    • vpmembership@msu.coop
  • Vice President of Facilities: Jimmy Coyer
    • facilities@msu.coop
  • Vice President of Education: Tao Sun
    • education@msu.coop
  • Corporate Treasurer: Natalie Toth Watkins
    • finance@msu.coop

Office Staff

  • Holly Jo Sparks, Executive Director
    • hojosparks@msu.coop
  • Nola Warner, Member Services Coordinator
    • memberservices@msu.coop
  • MC Rothhorn, Finance Cooperator 
    • mc.rothhorn@msu.coop
  • Mike McCurdy, Maintenance Coordinator
    • maintenancecoordinator@msu.coop
  • Rachel Wahl, NASCO Intern
    • info@msu.coop

Learn more about the committees here:

Board of Directors

The Board is the legal governing and policy-making body of the SHC and is charged with acting in the best interest of the cooperative corporation.  Within the context of Policy Governance, the Board develops the policies that govern the organization, and monitors the Executive Team as they complete what is required of them by Policy.  Contact the President, who chairs the Board, if you have any questions or want to get involved! 

Meetings of the Board are open to all members! 


Education

Chaired by the Vice President of Education, this committee educates SHC Members through the publication of the Pine Press, workshops, and events.  

ELEMENTS OF A TYPICAL MEETING: 

  • Professional development skill shares to learn the skills needed to perform your duties. 
  • Brainstorming and planning for upcoming events, workshops, and Pine Press issues. 
  • Discussion of dates and events to add to the SHC Calendar. 

Membership

Chaired by the Vice President of Membership, this committee is responsible for recruiting new members and keeping our spaces safe and healthy. 

ELEMENTS OF A TYPICAL MEETING:

  • Eduction regarding recruitment, covering topics such as touring and advertisement. 
  • Discussion of outstanding SHC membership issues.
  • Problem solving related to mediation and conflict resolution in the houses.  

Finance

Chaired by the Corporate Treasurer, this committee plans and develops House Budgets, discusses co-op financial policies, and keeps Houses financially afloat.  

ELEMENTS OF A TYPICAL MEETING: 

  • Training and coaching of Financial Officers. 
  • Turning in monthly financial documents from each House. 
  • Planning for financial literacy workshops. 

Facilities

Chaired by the Vice President of Facilities, the Facilities Committee provides preventative and predictive maintenance in the Houses. 

ELEMENTS TO A TYPICAL MEETING

  • Updates from VPF regarding project coordination and upcoming House inspections. 
  • Officer reports and skill shares to address the condition and problems in each House. 
  • Discussions of long term projects, and sustainability in and expansion of the SHC.