Professor contributes article in new book about Lars von Trier’s films

Anyone who’s ever watched a film by Lars von Trier, whether they’ve loved or hated it, or have been anywhere in between on the “feelings scale,” has witnessed something unique in the world of cinema.

Over the years, von Trier has been no stranger to controversy; nor has he been a stranger to accolades.  Whether you love or dislike his films and philosophy, when you come out the other side of one of his films, it’s safe to say it will stay with you longer than the average movie, which is all any filmmaker can hope to achieve.

Speaking of philosophy, Metropolitan State’s own Sheila Kunkle, associate professor, College of Individualized Studies, recently contributed an article to a new book about von Trier’s films, Lars von Trier’s Women.


The book is edited by David Denny and Rex Butler, colleagues of Kunkle’s. Having a working relationship with both, and having written an article for The Zizek Dictionary, they knew she would be interested in contributing to a psychoanalytic book about von Trier’s films. Her article is called Female Fight Club: Lars von Trier’s Women and the Paradox of Being.  Continue reading Professor contributes article in new book about Lars von Trier’s films

Construction: I-94 St. Paul to Maplewood, rescheduled overnight lane closure details

Overnight lane closures on westbound Interstate 94 between Interstate 694 and Mounds Boulevard in Saint Paul have been rescheduled due to the weather.

From 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, to 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, westbound I-94 will be reduced to a single lane from I-694 to McKnight Road. Then, from 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, westbound I-94 will be reduced to a single lane from McKnight Road to Mounds Boulevard.

The closures are needed to allow construction crews to restore the original lanes that existed prior to the start of the project. Drivers will have three travel lanes in each direction through the project area during winter 2016-2017. You can view the I-94 project schedule on the project website.

Closure durations and timeframes are approximate and weather dependent. During construction, expect delays and if possible, use another route to travel through the project area. Be ready. Know your route before you drive.

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Nov. 3: Dean Thomas Nelson remembrance

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Tom Nelson, dean of the College of Science

A celebration in remembrance of Dean Thomas Nelson will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the  Science Education Center atrium, Saint Paul Campus.

A brief program will begin at 3:15 p.m. and will include a welcome by President Ginny Arthur and several speakers. RSVP here.

With your colleagues and friends, please come share your favorite stories and memories of Tom, who died of cancer in August. He was loved by many including his colleagues at Metropolitan State University.  Prior to joining Metropolitan State, he was dean at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., and before that, chair and director of the biology and environmental science departments at the University of North Georgia, Eastern Illinois University and Arkansas Tech University.

Tom’s career spanned 26 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology, conservation biology and environmental science. He published more than 40 peer-reviewed research articles and a scientific monograph, and he authored or co-authored 80 papers at professional conferences. He secured more than $2 million in grants to support research and scholarships from sources such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and the Department of Defense, as well as numerous state and local environmental agencies.

A memorial scholarship website has been set up to benefit students in the natural sciences at Metropolitan State.

Oct. 31: Harvest Potluck and Hat Show

Because we at Metropolitan State University can’t find enough opportunities for informal gatherings to chat, eat and laugh, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability will host a Harvest Potluck and Hat Show, 11:30 to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 at St. John’s Hall, room 154, Saint Paul.

1.  Bring a food or drink to share. Surprise us! We’re not tracking individual contributions.
2.  Be prepared to label your dish to help accommodate people with food sensitivities.
3.  You are responsible for your own plate, bowl, cup and utensils.
4.  Bring or wear a hat.
5.  Reclaim your dishes and leftovers between 1 and 1:15pm so we can restore the room by 1:30 p.m.

RSVP:  Send an email to Do not reply all.

The fine print:
Members of OIE&A are Bruce Lindberg, Joyce Paxton, Racquel Pickett, Michael Eisenbeisz, Alice Moua and Cynthia Devore. This potluck was organized by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability (OIE&A). We believe having lunch together once in a while is a good idea. Will your group step up to organize the next luncheon? Talk to one of us for more information.

Two clothing drives to help prepare for winter


Drop off  new and gently used clothing in the donations bins located on all four Metropolitan State campuses.

Donations will be accepted through Oct. 27. Clothing should be clean, dry and intact. Blankets and household supplies are also accepted.

Items will be redistributed noon to 5:30 p.m. the same day at the Saint Paul Campus Student Center, fireside lounge.

E-mail with questions.

Shoe Away Hunger

Support local food shelves, including Metro’s own ‘Food for Thought’ with donations of new or used footwear to Good in the Hood.

Donations should be clean, dry, and tied together. Bins are located on all campuses until Oct. 25. Questions? Contact

Nov. 4: “Changing America” closing reception

The “Changing America: Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963” exhibition closing event and reception will be 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Susan A. Cole Lounge, 1st floor,

Keynote presentation and discussion, “Race in America: Then and Now: “Post-Racial” Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement,” will be led by Lena Jones, professor of political science, Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

The exhibit is on display through November 4 on the first floor of the university’s library. Attendance is free and open to the public during regular library hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Digital Storytelling Prize

The deadline for Metropolitan State University students to enter this contest has been extended to Oct. 24.

View winning entries from the Changing America Digital Storytelling Prize.

  • First prize: $500 Amazon gift certificate
  • Runner up: $100 University Bookstore gift certificate

For more information: Find more resources and updates about related events at: Contact or 651-793-1285.

This traveling exhibition is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is brought to Metropolitan State by the university’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES), Library Department and Gordon Parks Gallery in partnership with the St. Paul Public Libraries-Dayton’s Bluff Branch. Co-sponsors include Metropolitan State University’s Center for Faculty Development and the Office of the Provost, with additional support from the College of Individualized Studies, Facilities Department and Student Senate.

Oct. 29: State of Minnesota Career Fair

The inaugural State of Minnesota Career Fair is an enterprise wide event that will feature all 24 cabinet agencies.

This career fair builds on efforts to showcase Minnesota state government as one employer, as well as commitment to an inclusive workplace that reflects the rich diversity of those served.

Agency representatives will connect potential applicants with job openings, and provide them an important networking opportunity as they prepare to submit their applications. Organizers hope attendees leave the event inspired and excited about a career in public service.

About the State of Minnesota Career Fair

Career Fair Activities

  • Professional headshots
  • Resume Review
  • Workshops on applying for jobs at the state
  • Networking opportunities with state executive leaders
  • On-site interviews for select jobs
  • Recruiters from all 24 cabinet level agencies

Below are some ways you can spread the word about the career fair:

Oct. 28: Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

Sponsored by the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association, this career fair brings government and nonprofit agencies to meet with candidates and alumni from the 30 participating Minnesota four-year colleges and universities and participating regional colleges.

The fair will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 at the University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave SE., Minneapolis, MN 55455, Coffman Memorial Union Bldg., Great Hall, ground floor.


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