Theater program holds auditions for new student plays

Each fall brings new plays to Metropolitan State University and each play will be holding auditions to feel the roles.  Performances will take place Nov 9-12, 2016. Credit can potentially be earned for participation in Metro’s Theater Productions on and off stage. Eight men and three women are needed to fill the roles.

The productions are:

By Mark Stewart
The opportunity to join an archaeological dig provides the incentive of a lifetime for a bright, energetic and slightly unscrupulous young college man.  But first he must earn the additional money to study abroad.  Where he ultimately ends up might just surprise you in this engaging comedy filled with hilarious characters and zany situations.

By Benjamin Franklin Granger
A smug and arrogant, self-possessed young man, arrested for several hard core drug violations, is thrown into jail certain he can “beat the rap”.  As friends and family fail him, he comes to depend on several of his newly acquired inmate friends found behind bars.  Will he succeed or will he fail?  A penetrating look at this country’s justice system as seen from within.

Audition times will be:

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 4:30–8 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3–7 pm
Thursday, Sept. 1, 5–8 pm; callbacks if necessary

All ages and races are encouraged to audition.
No preparation necessary. Come and read from the script.

Auditions will be in the Stagedoor Theater in the Whitney Fine Arts Center at the MCTC/Metropolitan State Minneapolis Campus off Loring Park.  Rehearsals will be held evenings and will accommodate your academic schedule.

Contact: for more information

Interstate 94 construction update: Highway 52 closure

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, the northbound Highway 52 ramp to eastbound Interstate 94 will be closed as construction crews install a camera pole.

Closure duration and time frame are approximate and weather dependent. During construction, expect delays and if possible, use another route to travel through the area. Know your route before you drive.

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Discounted bus passes now on sale

MetroTransit bus
MetroTransit bus

A limited number of discounted bus passes are on sale available to registered Metropolitan State University students by the Financial Management Office and Gateway Student Services

The passes are valid from  Aug. 15 to Dec. 31 on any Metro Transit bus, the Green Line Light Rail, and the Hiawatha Light Rail. The subsidized, discounted price for students is $100, and is limited to the first 400 passes sold, after which the regular price of $175 applies.

Bus passes are available for purchase now at the following locations:

  • Saint Paul Campus- 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday (not available 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday)
  • Midway Center (ETC)- 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday (not available 2-3 p.m. daily)
  • Minneapolis (MEC)- 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday (not available 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday; not available 2-3 p.m. daily)
  • Brooklyn Park (LECJEC)- 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday (not available 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday; not available 2-3 p.m. daily)

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Advocating, Connecting, Healing, Inspiring, Sharing, Empowering and Transforming for Equity – with audio

Metropolitan State hosted the Summer 2016 Conference for Current and Aspiring Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers, Aug. 10-12.

The opening general session took place in the Founders Hall Auditorium and was led by keynote speaker, Jahana Hayes, National Teacher of the Year.

The conference was organized by The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota, and sponsored by the Bush Foundation, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, the Blandin Foundation, and Education Minnesota.

Listen to the keynote speech and panel discussion:

Listen to the Native American Social Songs that were performed:

Aug. 16: Video game night at the Library

video gamesVideo Game Nights are the third Tuesday of each month.

The next event will be 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Metropolitan State University Library & Learning Center, Student Lounge. Play games on Nintendo NES, Wii U, Super Nintendo and PlayStation 4. The event is open and snacks are provided.

For more information contact This event is sponsored by Metropolitan State University Library and Information Services and Saint Paul Public Library.

Sharif Attia is wasting no time as he pursues a health care career

At age 18, Sharif Attia has nearly completed his associate’s degree and has solid work experience as a nutrition ambassador at HealthEast. Attia isn’t wasting any time as he pursues a career in health care.

Clear Ambitions

During the fall semester of his junior year at St. Paul Central High School, Attia enrolled in a biology course at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) through the post secondary enrollment option.  Attia, then 17, began his associate’s degree in biology in the midst of an already busy schedule.  As an exceptional scholar, competitive swimmer, and community volunteer, he is clear about his ambitions.

“I take advantage of each opportunity.  Some of my peers are fearful of hard work and the prospect of failing.  I am not,” he said. “Instead, I focus on my long-term goals: helping people get better and attending dental school.”

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Internship: You’re almost a graduate! …but you’re forgetting one thing

Experience is a must when interviewing for your first job after graduation. The student-run social media team is looking for interns this coming semester. Learn industry tools, work within a team, strategize and produce content for real clients. These are the skills and experience employers are looking for in students graduating from communications and marketing programs.


The deadline to apply for the internship is approaching quickly. All students must send an e-mail to either Sean O’Donnell or Robert Gross no later than Sunday, Aug. 21 to be considered for an interview.

In the internship you’ll gain;

  • Hands on practice with industry tools and software.
  • Continue to practice topics and theories you’ve learned throughout your major area of study.
  • Network and make local business connections in the Twin Cities.
  • Hone your specialization by working within a team focused on research, planning and coordination, creative and content creation, or analysis and evaluation.

The social media team is recruiting seniors and graduate students in marketing and communication degree programs. Inquire further about additional benefits of becoming an intern.

Sean O’Donnell
Graduate Assistant
(612) 850-3107

Robert Gross
Graduate Assistant

Aug. 13: 7th Street LIVE

Metropolitan State University takes pride in its diverse and thriving neighborhood and will again participate in the 7th Street LIVE festival.

7th Street LIVE is a neighborhood cultural art and musical festival to support and engage community, local artists and local businesses. The event is a demonstration of the richness of the East Side community. Festival-goers can sample foods from local international restaurants, learn about resources to help start business, sign their kids up for sports programs. Metropolitan State will sponsor a booth at the festival.

This year’s festival program features Maria Isa, The International Reggae All-Stars, Not Guilty Band, a Battle of the DJs, Battle of the Bands, and dance performances.

The festival will be noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at 895 E. 7th Street, Saint Paul. (East 7th Street between Minnehaha and Forest)

Aug. 19: ‘Open Screen’ film screening

The first “Open Screen” film screening of five Twin Cities filmmakers will be shown at Film Space, a new digital cinema theater at Metropolitan State University.

Filmmakers selected for this showcase of dramatic narrative short films are:

  • Bryan Vue, director, “Reminiscence”
  • Cristina Pippa and Maribeth Romslo, co-directors “Under One Roof”
  • John Vang, director, “Retuned”
  • Sao Her, director, “Waiting”
  • Jackson Agar, director “The Infinity Project”

The screening will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19 at Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th St., Saint Paul Campus. Admission is free. Paid parking is available in the ramp located off Maria St. for $5.

“Open Screen” provides opportunities for filmmakers to see their films projected in a comfortable, quality venue and to engage with peers and audiences in Saint Paul. We hope to build community, share work, and encourage professional development. This series is funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

Why study public relations?

An assumption about public relations is that it tends to focus on one segment of the industry—PR agencies that distort or conduct damage control for the benefit of an organization and the expense of the public.

But good PR has a relationship with the public that is mutually beneficial, transparent and open. In fact, the official definition of the industry by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)—the largest non-profit trade association for PR professionals— is, “public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.”

“Just like anywhere in the United States there’s not an organization that exists that does not have a need for communications, so the job opportunities are vast,” Metropolitan State University professor Rose McKinney said. And according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the increase in social media use will bolster the field’s job numbers, so employment outlook is promising.

It’s a tough field that requires a curious mind. “It’s pretty much impossible to succeed in public relations unless you are committed to lifelong learning,” McKinney said. “Things change so quickly—there’s new information all the time.”

Metropolitan State University has a vibrant public relations major. Some of the classes taken for a PR major are COM 381, COM 385 and COM 481. Of the required classes, COM 381: Principals of Public Relations is an introductory course that defines PR, the planning process behind it and the ability it has to solve problems and provide opportunities to organizations. Over the length of the class, students will work on a major project that requires students to present a completed plan at a conference near the end of the semester. Guest speakers frequent the class and offer students the opportunity to network and learn about the field.

COM 385: Media Relations
, underlines the importance of stories created by the media and how PR can contribute to it. Students are taught how to identify newsworthy items or make them. To accomplish this, students are given tools and shown standard practices. The course also teaches students the importance of building relationships in the organizations they work in. These relationships can help PR professionals find newsworthy items and quickly disseminate them to the media. Finally, students learn how openness, transparency and a mutually beneficial relationship with the public are staples of the field.

COM 481: Advanced Public Relations
studies the importance of research in PR—the backbone of the profession. The course covers persuasive theories and techniques used in creating a PR campaign. Students also learn about ethics in PR, its historical significance and its current application in the field.

“It’s not a matter of if you face a crisis, most organizations will face some kind of crisis whether it is cyber-terrorism, whether it’s a fire; it could be a disgruntled employee, or a smear campaign on social media, and you need to have a good basis in the principal of public relations,” McKinney said. In other words, everyone can benefit from public relations.

“Public relations comes back more to what is the overarching brand message and how we are building a reputation—what are the activities we are involved in and what is the status of the relationships,” McKinney said.

PR can even help you land a promotion, develop your ideas and reinforce success. So what are you waiting for? Ask your advisor how PR can benefit you.

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