Metropolitan State teams compete at MinneMUDAC Data Science Challenge

On Saturday, Nov. 4, six teams from Metropolitan State University were among those competing at MinneMUDAC 2017 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The annual data science competition gives teams a difficult challenge question and one month to analyze a massive dataset before presenting their results. This year, more than 60 teams participated at three levels, including Advanced Graduate, Advanced Undergraduate and Novice divisions.

Undergraduates Mohamed Abdi, David Bowles, Dahir Mohamed, Khom Redlinger and Benjamin Sipe competed in the Novice division and received the Discovery Award for presenting the most interesting insight from the data. According to judges, the team provided “actionable analysis and good presentation of findings.”

Other undergraduate participants in the Novice division included Mitchell Billion, Jessica Maistrovich, Teng Xiong, Amanda Spradling, Udochukwu Eze, Brent Gallagher, Haris Javed, Laura Kokkila and Kondiway Bagana.

Metropolitan State undergraduates participating in the Advanced Undergraduate division included Abdalla Abiikar, Abdirizak Jama, Ibrahim Mohamed, Bukari Hirade, Damilola Adeyemi, Susan Bartuah, Ashmi Bista, Kafayatou Saka, Kelechi Uchegbu, Jay Carey, Kjerstin Jovaag, Anthony Ly and Richard Pineda.

Student teams were assisted by faculty advisors Cindy Kaus, professor of mathematics, and Firasat Khan, professor of management information systems.

Learn more about the competition and see the complete list of winning teams at this link.

MinneMUDAC is presented by MinneAnalytics (MinneAnalytics.org) in partnership with the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC.org).

Nov. 17: Spring Faculty Conference 2018 call for proposals deadline

There is still need for faculty presenters for the Spring Faculty Conference. The deadline for presentation proposals is Nov. 17

The 2018 Spring Faculty Conference will be 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The theme is “Teaching for Inclusion.” The committee will consider only proposals connected directly to the conference theme.

The need for culturally responsive teaching is woven into the mission, vision and values of Metropolitan State University. This need compels the ongoing quest for cultural humility as we seek greater awareness of the facets of students’ lives. Race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious background, accessibility needs, political orientation, military experience, and home language are just the beginning of the conversation about “Teaching for Inclusion.”

How can educators use the power of diversity to improve our classrooms? How can we use the power of our classrooms to impact justice in our surrounding communities? What does “Teaching for Inclusion” mean in the “21st century classroom?”

Do you utilize anti-racist pedagogical strategies? Do you address systems of oppression in your curriculum? How do principles of Universal Design play out in your teaching? What methods — formal and informal — do you rely upon to keep your teaching grounded in Metropolitan State’s bedrock inclusivity?

We invite you to propose a session at the Spring Faculty Conference. This is an opportunity to share your knowledge and best practices with your colleagues. We invite a broad array of proposals from individuals, teams, and panels of faculty. We encourage you to include students where appropriate. Each session is scheduled for 60 minutes. Preference will be given to sessions that employ active learning and sessions which address more than one discipline.

 Session examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Best practices: What does higher education research tell us about teaching for inclusion? What do we do in our own teaching to include our students’ backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences?
  • Cross-disciplinary vs. discipline-based inclusivity: Are inclusion and access addressed differently, depending on discipline?
  • Student panels: What can our students tell us about their differing experiences as learners? What has been effective for them in learning about other cultures and perspectives.
  • Experiential learning: How do students learn about inclusion through experiences outside the classroom?
  • Case studies: What student projects have been most valuable in your classes for teaching about race, culture, access, and inclusion?
  • Universal course design: It’s not just for online learning.
  • Effective practices in online and hybrid teaching: Do we need to take different approaches when students are learning outside the traditional classroom?

Submit proposals to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/proposal_SFC2018, or e-mail faculty.development@metrostate.edu with questions.

Nov. 15: Career information session

Career Center Services at Metropolitan State University is organizing an informational session for those interested in careers in natural resources management and environmental stewardship.

Three state and federal agencies to present are Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US Fish and Wildlife. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Saint Paul Campus, Science Education Center, room 115, 664 East 6th Street.

Register for the event at this link: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/100403

The event is open to Metropolitan State students and alumni. Dress is business casual. For questions, call the Career Center at 651-793-1528 or e-mail career.center@metrostate.edu.

Dec. 2: Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee celebration dinner

A celebration dinner will recognize the students who have completed the first year of the exchange program between Metropolitan State University and Nagasaki University.

The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) will host the annual dinner, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Metropolitan State University, New Main, Great Hall. Cost is $40 per person for served meal (meat and vegetarian options available). The event is sponsored by the President’s Office.

Register at this link to attend: http://www.stpaulnagasaki.org/annual-dinner-to-honor-metro-state-nagasaki-university-exchange/

The  SPNSCC was commissioned as the first Japanese-American city partnership in 1955. Its purpose is to promote beneficial relationships between the American and Japanese people in the two cities, and to promote the cause of peace.  Their first programs helped the city of Nagasaki recover from the damage it sustained from nuclear bombing during World War II.  Today, they continue to connect Japanese and American cultures through grass-roots ambassadorship and to promote Japanese culture in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

For information, contact Victor Cole, community engagement coordinator for Academic Internships and Study Abroad programs.

Photos: Inaugural First-Generation College Student celebration, Nov. 8, 2017

Metropolitan State University joined higher education institutions nationwide for the inaugural First-Generation College Student Celebration, Nov. 8, which coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Metropolitan State recognitions took place throughout the day on the Saint Paul Campus.

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.

The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students.

Nov. 1: Scrabble for Scholarships finals

WHO WILL EMERGE VICTORIOUS!

Throw down with Metropolitan State to watch the Scrabble for Scholarships tournament organized by the Annual Fund Drive Committee, to support scholarships awarded through the University Foundation.

The preliminary round begins at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Saint Paul Campus, Saint John’s Hall L5.

Pat Borchert
vs.
August Hoffman

AND

Alec Sonsteby
vs.
Peter Gawtry

 

Winners of the first round will play each other in the final round, immediately following. Proceeds go to the Metropolitan State Annual Fund Drive for Student Scholarships.

Student Angela Edwards recognized with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Unsung Hero Award

Student Angela Edwards was recently awarded a Minnesota Council of Nonprofits award for unsung heroes for her work with the nonprofit Education Explosion.

As founder of Education Explosion, Edwards works with students in North Minneapolis to achieve educational and career goals through test preparation, counseling and on-site computer training. Because of her work and encouragement, many in her community are moving away from poverty. Edwards is a student in the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program at Metropolitan State.

“Angela brings a sense of hope to her community and to everyone she works with, and, according to her nominator, has brought many from poverty to self-sufficiency.  The combination of the incredible work she’s doing plus her determination and heart made her stand out.  That, in addition to the fact that she has never received recognition for her amazing work, really won her the award,” said Sarah Crumrine, communications coordinator for the
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Edwards was recognized at a luncheon at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and will be honored at its annual conference in October. Each awardee in 2017 will receive a cash prize of $10,000 from the McKnight Foundation and MCN and were honored at a private luncheon in Minneapolis on Sept. 26. Award recipients will also be recognized at the 2017 MCN Annual Conference on Oct. 12 in Saint Paul.

According to Edwards, this recognition will allow her to devote more  monetary resources to her nonprofit, Education Explosion. Winning grants has been difficult and Edwards has been funding the organization through businesses that she has started.  The recognition from this award will help with future grant applications and as she seeks money to fund the organization.

Since 1985, the McKnight Foundation has recognized Minnesotans who have improved the quality of life for current and future generations with the Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. In 2015, MCN partnered with McKnight Foundation to coordinate and present the inaugural Unsung Hero Awards, honoring individuals performing life-changing work in communities across Minnesota, with little or no recognition.

Nov. 16: Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day at Metro: 

Metropolitan State University Alumni Association’s goal is to raise $10,000 on Give to the Max Day Nov. 16.  Every gift made on the Give MN or on the http://www.metrostate.edu/give page will count toward the goal. All gift designations will also count toward the goal; however, the “featured” designations will be:

The Metro Fund: Gifts to the Metro Fund allow the university to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. These unrestricted gifts plant the seeds for future success.

The Holiday Giving Program Fund: A holiday tradition at Metropolitan State, the Holiday Gift program allows faculty and staff the opportunity make our student’s lives a little brighter in December.

The Katherine B. Anderson Student Success Fund*: Students who are nearing completion of their degree, but have exhausted their financial aid options will benefit from these awards. Gifts to this fund will prevent students from stopping out for financial reasons.

Here is how you can help:

  • Give on November 16. Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour.
  • Make a gift on the Give MN Site. Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through GiveMN.org between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.
  • Give any time between November 1 and November 16 – New for Give to the Max Day 2017: $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded during the 15 days of Scheduled Giving from November 1 through November 15! Make your Give to the Max gift early for an extra opportunity to win! We will draw one random winner each day from November 1 through November 15 and add $500 to that gift.
  • Share your feedback. Let me know how I can get the word out across our community and help you be ambassadors for philanthropy at Metro State

Contact: Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations Director

Kristine.hansen@metrostate.edu  (651) 793-1810

*Fund name pending donor approval

Nov. 13: Panel discussion on the Model Minority Stereotype and Asian American Masculinity in a Post-Truth, #MeToo, #BLM Moment

Join the School of Urban Education for a panel discussion of the model minority stereotype and Asian American masculinity though personal and professional lenses.

The Model Minority Stereotype and Asian American Masculinity in a Post-Truth, #MeToo, #BLM Moment will be discussed 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, Room 115,  Saint Paul Campus.

Panelists include Kevin K. Kumashiro, PhD, Kevin Kumashiro Consulting, Nicholas D. Hartlep, PhD, assistant professor, Metropolitan State and Brian V. Xiong, EdD, board member, East Side Freedom Library. For more information contact Dean René Antrop-González at rene.antrop-gonzalez@metrostate.edu.

Early voting and same-day registration: It’s not too late

Election Day is Nov. 7. The Metro State Votes campaign asks eligible voters to get to the polls.

While mayoral elections in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are getting the most attention, other cities in the twin cities metro area will also elect new council members and mayors. Also, every school district in the twin cities area will elect a new school board.

To ensure your voice is heard this year, here are a few reminders.

The first step is to see if you are registered to vote. Click here to find out.

Do you know where to go to vote? Click here to find your polling place.

Same-day registration
To register on Election Day, you need to bring proof that you live in your precinct. Most people can prove residency by bringing:

1. An ID with your current name and address.
a. A Minnesota driver’s license or learner’s permit OR
b. Tribal ID with name, address, photo, and signature.

2. A photo ID (driver’s license; U.S. Passport; Military or Veteran ID; a Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID; or high school ID) along with an approved document that indicates your current address.

Approved documents (which may be shown on an electronic device) include:
a. Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election day
b. Current student fee statement
c. Bill, account, or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election (including phone, TV, or internet bill; banking or credit card; rent or mortgage).

3. A voucher. A registered voter from your precinct who can go to the polling place with you and sign an oath confirming your address.

Click here for a complete list of acceptable methods.

Early voting
If you don’t want to wait till Nov. 7 to vote, then early voting is an option.

Registered or not, you can show up at your county election office until Monday, Nov. 6 and vote in person. Click here to find your county election office.

Note: If you are not registered, you must bring proof of residency, just as you would for same-day registration. (See above under same-day registration for more info.)

If you have questions about voter eligibility, or would like to know more about Get Out The Vote or Ranked Choice Voting efforts this year, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at:
yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

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