June is Men’s Health Month

Join Healthcare and Wellness Services in spreading awareness by participating in a variety of activities.

Healthcare and Wellness Services is offering opportunities which include:

  • Facebook Contest — To kick off Men’s Health Month, anyone who likes the June 1 post by Healthcare and Wellness Services will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
    Look for 30 days of health resources on our Facebook page. Follow the page for important healthcare and wellness news and events.
  • Wear Blue Day — On June 16,  show your support for men’s health by wearing blue. Look for ribbons around campus, or stop by Founders Hall 240D to pick up a men’s health awareness ribbon.
  • Freedom From Smoking Class — 32.4 percent of our male students use tobacco. Don’t be a statistic! Come and get help quitting. Join us for free smoking cessation classes, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 from 12-1 p.m. Saint Johns Hall 154, Saint Paul Campus. Or, come and get information from us that a family member or friend can use to assist them in quitting.
  • Suicide Prevention Talk — National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to speak about suicide prevention on June 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Saint Paul Student Center, Room 101.

Be aware that Zipnosis, the telemedicine platform has changed its name to OnCare. If you have already used Zipnosis, you will not need to re-register. The new link effective May 1 is:  https://www.oncare.org/

For new users, please remember to register using your Metro State email address and Star ID, and use the following link:  https://app.oncare.org/passcode/msu

For more information on the university’s Healthcare and Wellness Services, contact Jodee Fitzgerald, 651-793-1552, Founders Hall 240D, Healthcare.Services@metrostate.edu

Mathematics professor Cindy Kaus receives prestigious award

Dr. Cindy Kaus, professor of mathematics at Metropolitan State University, has been named recipient of the Mathematical Association of America’s (MMA) North Central Section award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics.  John Zobitz, mathematician at Augsburg, nominated Cindy for this award. The Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics award is based on the following criteria:

  • Be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their teaching.
  • Have teaching effectiveness that can be documented.
  • Have had influence in their teaching beyond their own institution.
  • Foster curiosity and generate excitement about mathematics in their students

Cindy received her award at the Spring 2017 Meeting  on April 21-22 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  In addition, the North Central Section will forward Dr. Kaus’ name as a nominee for the national award.

June 2: ‘Magia Salvaje’ to screen at Film Space

The Open Screen Film Series presents the Columbian film “Magia Salvaje” in cooperation with Integración Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, the International School of Minnesota, Global Minnesota, and Metropolitan State University.

The free screening will be at 7 p.m., June 2, at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus. Representatives from Integración Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota will discuss with the audience  the award-winning success and cultural impact of “Magia Salvaje.”

Experience the amazing creatures and landscapes of Colombia through a new lens. Colombia “Magia Salvaje” is an ambitious documentary that explores the country’s natural wonders and unique biodiversity. Through stunning cinematography, the film takes to the audience to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, to the Island of Malpelo, follows the tracks of the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and accompanies a condor’s flight in El Cocuy. A tribute to the beauty of Colombia, “Magia Salvaje” covers 85 locations and 20 ecosystems. It’s a must-see for adventure seekers and lovers of this natural paradise.

For more information about Film Space, click here.

On Track Podcast: Episode 22

On Track, a podcast series from the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts, has just published its latest episode.

In this month’s edition, we’re discussing the second annual Student Research Conference. On Track was recorded live at the Great Hall. We spoke to a variety of University Students from Majors and other areas of expertise including Human Services, Computer Science, Nursing, and Gaming.

On Track informs the larger Metropolitan State community as well as the public about programs, events, activities, and research in the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts.

The podcast can be streamed on both iTunes and Spreaker. We encourage you to give us a listen and to subscribe to the podcast.

Metropolitan State student travels to Somalia to help provide famine relief

Metropolitan State student Said Salah has raised over $10,000 to help provide famine relief to those in need in Somalia.

His interest in helping with famine relief began in 2014, when his uncle called from a rural area of Somalia.  He explained to Salah that there has been a long drought that has greatly impacted his family and others in his community as well.  There is an unfortunate massive food and water shortage.  The conversation made Salah consider what he could do to help others in need like his uncle.

Salah began to put together events for fundraising.  Among the many fundraising efforts, he organized a “Hoops for Hope” and a “Dollar for Dishes” event.  Part of his goal was not just to raise money for famine relief, but to create an awareness of the need for it as well.  Salah worked with the American Relief Agency for the Heart of Africa to connect his fundraising efforts with an agency who is working to help those in small African communities like the one Salah’s uncle lives in.  Salah also stated that there were four or five Somali-owned businesses in Minnesota that helped to raise funds for his cause.

Salah plans to travel to Somalia in July to see his fundraising in action and to help with distributing food and water supplies.  He is excited to make this journey and see all of his hard work come to fruition.

Salah graduated May 1 from Metropolitan State with an Elementary Education degree.  He hopes to start fundraising for relief in Ethiopia after his trip to Somalia.

 

 

Photos: Student Research Conference awards

President’s Poster Award: Alex Hepp, Chidiebere Khannaroth, Brian Thill; The Making of a Death Star
President’s Paper Award: Kenneth Abbott; A Multi-Specialty Medical Mission for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Best Project Award: Eric Fulwiler; Hosting Websites with a Raspberry Pi
Conference Organizer Award: Liz Tetu; Technopaganisms + Videogames
Runner Up: Ian Hamilton; Rimworld: Community Driven Game Development
Student Scholars Committee Award: Jill Fallon; Theories & Civic Engagement in Later Life
Runner Up: Shaun Hurley; Volunteering Hours and Tenure and it’s Relationship to Mood
Student Scholars Committee Award: Nikitha Kommera; Smart Augmented Reality in CyberSecurity and Forensic Education
Library Award: Rebecca Knuckles; Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Among America’s Elderly Population
Library Award: Donald Jones; Gesture and Memory
Runner Up: Brian Trac; Metroid’s Other M
Most Promising Research Award: Chris Kempe, Andrew VanDenBrocke, and Kate Ries; The Synthesis of 1,8-napthalamides in the Fluorescence Detection of Metal Ions through Chelation
Runner Up: Rhea Fofana; The Implementation of a Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in an Urban Public Health Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Best Visuals Award: Kyle Jenness; History and Impact of Super Mario Brothers
Most Inspiring Research Award: Denny Yang, Students Salon: Sharing the Culmination of Student Artistry
People’s Choice Favorite Poster: *Names Not Available; The Network Thief
Runner Up: Randy Conaway: Effects that Social Media Has on Self-Esteem

Photos: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

An event hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) on May 17, 2017 at Metropolitan State’s Student Center was collaborative effort with the university’s Career Center to bring professionals to campus to talk about the many aspects of commercial real estate.

Stephanie Lee, vice president, Carlson Commercial
Judy Jandro, senior vice president, Bell State Bank and Trust
Anne Kane, community development director, City of White Bear Lake
Charlie Nestor, development and leasing manager, Hillcrest Development
Bob Pounds, senior vice president, Colliers International
Rich Forslund, senior property manager,  Colliers International

Panelists were industry professionals who discussed development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.

The two-hour event concluded with a question and answer session and a brief informal meeting for students and alumni present to network with the panelists.

Dr. Kyle Swanson new Dean of the College of Sciences at Metropolitan State

Metropolitan State University has named Dr. Kyle Swanson as the new dean of the College of Sciences. He will start at Metropolitan State on Monday, July 3.

As dean, Swanson will be responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for the College of Sciences at the University. Dean Swanson will also serve on the President’s Cabinet.

Dr. Swanson has been at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the last 20 years and is currently serving in the role of chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In addition, he is also a special assistant to the provost for Budget and Planning.

Swanson earned a PhD in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in mathematics and physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In addition, he completed a postdoctoral fellow program in atmospheric oceanic sciences at Princeton University in New Jersey.

“I am proud and excited that Metropolitan State University has recruited Dr. Kyle Swanson to serve as the next dean of the College of Sciences. Dr. Swanson has an outstanding record as an educator, academic leader, researcher, and administrator,” said university President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur. “With his long experience serving at a public, urban university in the upper Midwest, he brings visionary, collegial leadership to an energetic faculty and a growing college. I look forward to the powerful ways in which the College of Sciences will continue to excel in serving our students and the Twin Cities metropolitan region in the months and years to come.”

Search committee members included:

  • Carl Polding, dean of the College of Individualized Studies
  • Pauline Danforth, advisor, College of Sciences
  • Julio Vargas-Essex, director of Admissions
  • Cynthia Harley, assistant professor, College of Sciences
  • Janice Kwallek, office manager, College of Sciences
  • Mike Stein, professor, Information and Computer Sciences
  • Katherine Johnson, associate professor, Mathematics

Swanson will assume the position currently being held by Interim Dean Sue Fitzgerald, who was appointed after Dean Thomas Nelson’s death in August 2016.

School of Urban Education students featured in Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking Video

School of Urban Education students Vanessa Arboleda and Gretchen Henke are featured in this video that features the LinCT project (Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking) of which Urban Education is a partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University.

You can watch the video here:  LinCT Video

LinCT: Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking is a three-year ITEST Strategies project to build and grow a professional learning and teaching community to focus on engaging women educators with technology, building upon educational practice and preparing students for future STEM involvement.  It was first established in February 2016.

 

Nominations are open for annual Student Leadership Awards

It is the last week to nominate candidates for the annual Student Leadership Awards which recognizes individual leadership and the programming and events that Metropolitan State University student organizations conduct. If you attended events over the last year and were impressed, take a moment to recognize the hosting student group.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 19. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to cast nominations using this link.

The Female and Male Student Leader of the Year awards and the Perseverance Award are given to students who exhibit exceptional leadership traits at the university or in their life.

The “Perseverance Award” is similar but includes the additional criteria of having persevered over a life challenge while recently graduating from Metropolitan State (December 2016 and May 2017 qualify).  While most students are proud to have persevered, the nomination committee asks as a show of respect for privacy that approval is obtained from the student before nominating them.

These awards are not necessarily related to student organizations.

The “Student Organization Advisor of the Year” award is directly related to student groups. Other awards center on student organizations and their work at the university and include: “Student Organization of the Year” and “Program/Event of the Year.”

Winners will be recognized at an awards dinner, Wednesday, May 24 in the Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus. Click here to RSVP to the event.

 

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