Oct. 3: Mock trial information session

Mock trial is a series of engaging trial simulations between college teams that compete locally, statewide, and nationwide. Students who participate develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

An information session for interested students will be 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, Student Center, room 201. The session will be particularly useful for those are interested in law, acting, public speaking or serving as an expert witness in a specialized field, although all majors are welcome to participate. Those who are interested but unable to attend are encouraged to contact the organizer at scrobin7@hotmail.com.

The team will be coached by a local representative of the American Mock Trial Association, however, a university faculty or staff member serving as advisor is necessary for the team to be recognized as a registered student organization and receive funding. Contact Alysia Lajune, coordinator, Student Life & Leadership Development, at 651.793.1550 or Alysia.Lajune@metrostate.edu if interested.

50 Over 50 list recognizes two of Metropolitan State faculty

Two Metropolitan State University faculty members have been selected as honorees in the 50 Over 50 list, recognized by AARP Minnesota and Pollen.

Dr. Rose Wan-Mui Chu and Wy Spano are both recognized in the community building category. Chu is associate professor in the School of Urban Education, and Spano is director of the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership ( MAPL) Program, College of Management.

The list recognizes and celebrates individuals over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities.

There will be a celebration event on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Machine Shop in Minneapolis, with a brief recognition ceremony for the honorees and a musical performance by Sonny Knight of Sonny Knight and the Lakers and a keynote address from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

Tickets are $35 and include breakfast. Register at 50Over50MN.eventbrite.com. Organizations can also purchase tables of eight.


October: Lunch and learn with American Sign Language Student Organization

Enjoy a casual opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL) and practice in a fun, low key environment. The ASL Student Organization is hosting lunch and learn sessions noon to 1 p.m. Fridays through October at the Metropolitan State Saint Paul Campus.

  • Oct. 7, 21, 28 in the Student Center, Room 101
  •  Oct. 14 in the Student Center, Fireside Lounge

Bring your lunch or visit our friends at Alimama’s Mediterranean Grill.

RSVP is appreciated but not required. To RSVP or submit specific vocabulary or topics related to Deaf Culture and ASL, e-mail ASL.StudentOrg@metrostate.edu. The organization will try to accommodate your topic request.

If you need disability related accommodations, including parking,
to make these events accessible, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549 or accessibility.resources@metrostate.edu.

Flu shots on campus

It’s flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means fighting the nasty virus with a flu shot. They are a good way to stay healthy through midterm, finals, and the winter months.

The State of Minnesota Employee workplace flu vaccination clinics have been scheduled.  The seasonal flu shot will be available at selected state agency locations, with no out of pocket costs, to state employees who present their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card (this is your Blue Cross, Preferred One or Health Partners card). Without the Minnesota Advantage Health Plan ID card, the cost of the vaccine is $33.

Workplace clinics convenient to Metropolitan State University employees include:

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct.  31, New Main, Room L220.  If you would like to schedule an appointment for a vaccine at this clinic, please send a message to human.resources@metrostate.edu  Please note that an appointment is not required but recommended so that your wait time will be minimal.

Hennepin Technical CollegeBrooklyn Park: 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 9000 Brooklyn Blvd.,  Room D110.  (no appointment necessary)

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis Campus,  1 to 4 p.m, Thursday, Oct. 6, Room L3100, 1501 Hennepin Avenue. No appointment necessary.

ETC Building, (Department of Corrections): 12:30-4 pm, Friday, Oct. 7, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Itasca Training Room, Lower Level, West Entrance. No appointment necessary.

If the clinic dates above will not work for you, check for clinics being held at other state agencies throughout Minnesota http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/data/flu/full-results.php.  Please keep in mind, if you attend a clinic at another agency, you may have to check-in at security or an information area.

Flu vaccinations are also available at your primary care clinic and network convenience clinics.

For more information about the 2016 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign for State Employees, go to Visit mn.gov/mmb/SEGIP-Vaccination.  This site includes a thorough FAQ and a complete list of the workplace clinics.

For still more information on how to prevent the flu, check out the information at this link.

Photos: 2016 Diversity Job Fair

The Career Center’s signature annual event, the Diversity Networking and Job Fair, showcased more than 30 employers who visited Metropolitan State University to meet with and potentially hire students and alumni.

Photos by Kevin O’Connor

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable.

Suicidal thoughts and suicide that occur frequently should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.

Learn more at: http://nami.org/suicideawarenessmonth#sthash.MKSVYtz1.dpuf

Apply for Vision & Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity

Metropolitan State will host and co-sponsor Minnesota Campus Compact’s Vision and Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity conference on Friday, Oct. 14. The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship is pleased to sponsor complimentary attendance for 10 students and 10 employees (staff/faculty/administrators) and community members.

Please communicate interest by 11:59PM, Friday Sept. 30, by sending an email tocommunity.engagement@metrostate.edu from your Metropolitan State student or staff email account, including:

  1. First name, last name
  2. Student ID number or employee title and department
  3. Metropolitan State student or staff email address

Ticket winners will be drawn at random and announced on Monday, Oct. 3.

Conference details:

Vision & Voice:  Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity

A day of powerful conversations and experiential workshops on developing social change leaders, facilitating courageous spaces, addressing race and racism in engaged teaching, and other topics Oct. 14, 2016 at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul.

We’re inviting a broad array of higher education participants: community engagement practitioners, diversity and inclusion and student success staff, administrators, engaged faculty, and students are encouraged to attend. If you know someone eager to speak, listen, and act for social change, please share this with them.

Highlights from the student and professional tracks:

  • “Addressing Race and Racism in Engaged Teaching and Scholarship,” with Tania D. Mitchell of the University of Minnesota
  • “The Action Star Framework: Leading for Change,” with Jamie Randall and students from North Hennepin Community College
  • “Dreaming Freedom, Facing Reality” with Brian Lozenski of Macalester College, with youth colleagues Saffiyah Alaziz, Sierra Al-Ahad, Markus Jackson, and Amani Ward
  • “Facilitating Difficult Conversations,” with Damon Shoholm of the Wilder Foundation and Mike Klein of the University of St. Thomas

Registration is open through Oct. 6, 2016. Scholarships are available for students. Discounted tickets are available for member campuses that send a team ($25 per person). Learn more.

For more information, contact community.engagement@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1285.

Minnesota State waives application fees to honor College Knowledge Month

An extraordinary educational experience has never been more affordable
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 26, 2016 – The 30 colleges and seven universities of Minnesota State are all waiving application fees in October for all or part of College Knowledge Month, an annual statewide effort to encourage students to apply to college.
“Minnesota State is proud of our commitment to offer all Minnesotans an extraordinary education that is an exceptional value,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor. “An important way we keep that commitment is by making it easy high school students to take the first step on their higher education journey. That’s why we are waiving our application fees as part of College Knowledge Month.”
Most Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving application fees from Oct. 24–31. Others – denoted in the list below with an asterisk – have chosen to waive fees for the entire month. And, there are colleges and universities that never charge a fee; those are denoted in the list below with two asterisks.  Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

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Metropolitan State welcomes Mexico’s cónsul

Metropolitan State on Sept. 22 welcomed Gerardo Guerrero, Mexico’s cónsul to the United States in Saint Paul. He was received by Metropolitan State President Ginny Arthur and university staff and faculty, as well a several students who were scholarship recipients of the Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad [IME] Fellowship Program. His welcome reception concluded with a tour of the campus.

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