International Connection Series continues

After a successful first installment, the International Connection Series will continue with two subsequent events.

The Connection Series is a chance to meet international students and see the detailed perspective of their home countries. Audience members are encouraged to participate and question the panelists .

Next in the Connection Series will be part two; Asia. This event will be from 12-1:30 p.m., March 17, 2017, in the Founders Hall reception area.

The following week, the third an final installment of the International Connection Series will be held, this time with a focus on Europe and Latin America. The event goes from 12-1:30 p.m., on March 24, 2017,  in the Student Center, Room 101.

The Connection Series is a chance to meet international students and see the detailed perspective of their home countries. Audience members are encouraged to participate and question the panelists .

For students interested in receiving email updates from the ISO, go to Orgsync and join their group. For further information, contact Tina Martinez at:

For information about the first installment of the Connection Series, click here.

“Student Salon 2017” moves into Gordon Parks Gallery

Saint Paul, Minn.—Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2017, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State student-artists, enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

From cast metal sculptures to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include: Hannah Gray, Saint Paul; Kimber Starnes, Saint Paul; and Bryan Starry, Minneapolis.

Regarding the exhibition, Gallery Director Erica Rasmussen said, “This year’s exhibition features work produced by three Studio-Arts majors. Some of the work was created in the classroom as part standard assignments. Other pieces were executed beyond the university as part of the students’ individual interests. Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 and continues through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., on Fridays. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, third floor, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul Campus.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director,
at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is America’s premier university for lifelong learning, providing unsurpassed, competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels while maintaining affordability.

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Feb. 25: Black Storytellers Alliance picnic

Nothando Zulu, president of the Black Storytellers Alliance, will deliver an oral storytelling performance traditional roots practiced by Africans in the Diaspora.


The event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Library and Learning Center, first floor lounge.

This picnic-style event is free and open to the public. Food will be provided. Bring a blanket to sit on.

Sponsors are the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Saint Paul Public Library, and the university Student Parent Center.

For questions, contact the Student Parent Center: 651 793-1564 or

Dr. David Bouchard retires after 31 years at Metropolitan State

Dr. David Bouchard has retired after 31 years at Metropolitan State University.

With an extensive educational career, including graduating summa cum laude in his bachelors program at the University of Minnesota, Bouchard would go on to earn a masters degree in management information systems, and a PhD in management information systems.

After receiving his doctorate, Bouchard was invited to join Metropolitan State’s faculty to develop graduate-level Management Information Systems curriculum, and to test learning materials to be implemented in Metropolitan State’s new Masters of Management Administration program, at the time.

“I had not planned on staying more than a few years to be sure it all worked out well, but when I had the privilege of working with adult and diverse students, it was almost a revelation,” Bouchard said. “I thought Metropolitan State’s students were amazing and decided to stay. Thirty-one years later, I finally retired after a great and satisfying career.”

Bouchard’s intention at Metropolitan State was to focus on graduate education. He is credited with developing Metropolitan State’s Masters of Business Administration program.

“In those days, our program was so small; usually three faculty members. I was doing all the design, development, writing, market research, and managing the local and state approval process for the new program,” he said.

Bouchard would go on to become the first director of the MBA program, and a few years after developing that program, he developed IT/MIS programs to keep up with the Information Technology boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Bouchard’s influence and leadership exhibited will be missed at Metropolitan State.

“Over the years, I developed over 40 courses and served many faculty roles.  I also served as Faculty Association President for two terms, served on the state faculty Board for many years, and chaired five state-wide committees,” he said of his time at Metropolitan State. “I was honored a couple of years back to be voted in an Alumni Association poll of our alums to be one of four all-time favorite professors.” An honor that comes as no surprise to his former students.

Although Bouchard has retired from Metropolitan State University, he doesn’t plan on sitting still.

“It is more like ‘turning the page,’ than ending my work life.  I am fortunate to be working on some new research areas, providing counsel to some new folks while staying in touch with some of my students to continue to be of service, and starting to increase my volunteer work to the level I have hoped to achieve in service to our community.”

Asked what he’d miss most about Metropolitan State, he said, “Our students will be greatly missed.  They challenge you to always do your best and provide them with the education they need to be successful and masters of their fields.”

He reminisced about the beginning of his career at Metropolitan State: “I miss the early days at Metro when a young academic was allowed to create entire programs with great support for innovation.  I will miss many of my colleagues in the faculty and staff as well.  As we grew, the ‘team effort’ aspect of our work became more important and our team was excellent.  Metro State is a unique and extraordinary institution, born as an experiment in improving higher education and evolving into a university that serves its constituencies with outstanding quality and dedication.  I am proud to have been one of the “founders” of the Management and IT curriculum areas of the university and a leader in the development of graduate education in the Twin Cities.  I thank Metro for giving me these opportunities to serve.”

With more time for diversion, Bouchard hopes to pursue his love of music and visual arts, specifically photography. He notes that spending time with his family is they key goal for this moment in life.

Feb. 17: International Connection Series: Africa and the Islands

The International Student Organization (ISO) and International Student Services hosted the first of the three-part International Connection Series, during which the groups explore different regions of the world through the university’s international student panels.

The event took place on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Founders Hall reception area. Students from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nigeria shared experiences from their homelands and what it has been like living in America for them and their families. They also answered questions from audience members.

Future series will explore Asia, Europe and Latin America. Both events will be held in late March. Each installation of the series will begin with a meet and greet. Food will be provided.

The Connection Series is a chance to meet international students and see the detailed perspective of their home countries. Audience members are encouraged to participate and question the panelists .

For students interested in receiving email updates from the ISO, go to Orgsync and join their group. For further information, contact Tina Martinez at:

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ARS Bellum Foundation to showcase veteran’s art

The mission of the ARS Bellum Foundation is to provide clinical art therapy programs for veterans and their families with PTSD and related mental health conditions as a result of trauma from their service. Beyond the Battlefield Art Exhibition showcases veteran’s art to raise awareness and educate the public about the realities our soldiers face when they come home.

To contact ARS Bellum Foundation, call 651-231-3364 or visit them online at

Feb. 22: Ask An Attorney


The executive order on travel ban and other related immigration laws will be topics for discussion at the Ask An Attorney event, noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 22, in the Founders Hall reception area, Saint Paul Campus, 700 7th St. E. The event is for students, faculty and staff.

Mirella Ceja-Orozco is an attorney practicing exclusively in immigration law, and graduated from University of California-Davis in 2007 with degrees in political science and Native American studies.

The event is sponsored by International Student Services, Dean of Students Office and the International Student Organization.

Haute Dish releases special Fall/Spring issue

The student operated arts and literary magazine, Haute Dish, released a special Fall 2016/Spring 2017 issue this week. The magazine, which showcases the literary and artistic talent of Metropolitan State students, is available on magazine racks throughout all Metropolitan State campuses.

Haute Dish is now accepting submissions from students, staff, faculty and alumni for their Fall 2017 issue. Submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir/personal essay, photography, illustration, or digital-storytelling (film/video). Multi-lingual poetry and prose is highly encouraged.

Submissions deadline for Fall 2017 is midnight, April 15, 2017.

For submission instructions or general information at their website, or email them at:


Metropolitan State and Nagasaki University to sign Memorandum of Understanding

An agreement on academic cooperation between Nagasaki University and Metropolitan State University will open up an exchange program for students.

The agreement between the universities is the newest connection between Saint Paul and Nagasaki, which have been sister cities for over 60 years. This memorandum will allow students from Metropolitan State to study in Japan for long and short term sessions. As part of the exchange, Metropolitan State will host an equal number of Nagasaki University students.

The memorandum of understanding will be signed by President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur at a ceremony from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 15, at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, in the Great Hall of New Main. The event will feature representatives from both institutions, area elected officials, including Mayor Chris Coleman, higher education leaders, and members of the Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee, as well as the Honorary Consul of Japan to Minneapolis. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

“Because Saint Paul and Nagasaki have been sister cities for over 60 years, Metropolitan State University and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee have been collaborating to promote peace, justice and international understanding,” says Sumiko Otsubo, professor of history at Metropolitan State University. “Former Interim President Dr. Devinder Malhotra visited Nagasaki as part of Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s delegation in October 2015. Dr. Malhotra met Nagasaki University President Shigeru Katamine and discussed the possibility of academic cooperation at that time.  The signing of the memorandum of understanding on academic exchange and student exchange in February 2017 is the result of that discussion.”

This MoU allows Metropolitan State students to study at Nagasaki University in two ways. Firstly, participation in NU’s Summer Seminar on the Environment (Aug. 18-30, 2017); and secondly, a semester or year-long study in a chosen area.

“It is amazing to witness so many signs of goodwill that keep coming to us. Otsubo said. “It will expand Metropolitan State students’ opportunities to see and experience the world.”

The programs are sponsored by Executive Vice President and Provost Carol Bormann Young  and Associate Provost Doug Knowlton. For more information on the signing event or the exchange program, contact Sumiko Otsubo at or Michal Moskow,

Film Space seeks volunteers

Film Space is a state of the art digital cinema theater on the Saint Paul Campus of Metropolitan State University. The theater is accessible and open for community use including nonprofit organizations, film festivals, individual filmmakers, community/neighborhood groups, arts organizations, academics, and others. Those in charge of Film Space are committed to bring new films and filmmakers to Saint Paul and to engage audiences.

Film Space hosts a growing number of film festivals throughout the year, such as the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and others.

Student volunteers are sought to help run the projection booth and provide guest services during film festivals.  This experience will provide marketable skills, a great resume item, networking opportunities and valuable opportunities for  community engagement. Learn to manage and operate a digital cinema film theater and enjoy movies at the same time.  Training is provided.

About four to six evenings of festival work spread over the length of a semester will be an average work load.  Volunteer opportunities are available now.

Film Space is located in the Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul.

Interested students can contact James Byrne,

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