Aug. 1: Retirement celebration for publications director emerita

Join President Ginny Arthur and the Metropolitan State community in thanking Sue Amos Palmer for 38+ years of service. The reception is 4–6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1 in the Founders Hall Reception Area. To attend the reception, RSVP to invitations@metrostate.edu.

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Sue Amos Palmer

Susan Amos Palmer, or Sue AP, was once presented with an employee-service award, The Who, What, Where, Why, When Award, crowning her “Soogle,” for the wonderful way she helps those seeking information and recognizing the tremendous university history she holds in her head. During an almost four-decade career, she became an astonishing font of Metropolitan State information, serving as the formal and informal university historian, archivist and all-around go-to person. As a 38-year publications/news services director, Palmer has been responsible for thousands of news releases, newsletters, brochures, booklets, catalogs and commencement programs that chronicled university milestones—all done with the trademark candid, collegial manner that faculty, staff and 11 presidents have admired.

Palmer assisted with graduation ceremonies before becoming commencement coordinator from 2004 to 2015. Beyond “Soogle,” her team earned an employee A-to-Z award for exemplary work under unyielding deadlines. Palmer—who also was honored for her counsel in launching the university’s student newspaper—has been active in several professional associations. For the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, she serves as the university’s membership coordinator.

Few embraced Metropolitan State’s community-service ethic more than Palmer, a lifetime Girl Scout, decades-long blood donor, Meals on Wheels participant, and organizer and educator of grief-support groups for the North Suburban Grief Coalition. After a fatal explosion near the Saint Paul campus, she led university efforts to outfit a family with clothing, furniture and other household essentials. For one coworker battling cancer, Palmer helped organize a university-wide fund-raising benefit. Moreover, in 1999 she donated a kidney to a nonrelative simply because she was asked.

The director emerita’s retirement plans include travel, spending time with grandchildren and family, genealogy research, writing, and continuing her community service and pastoral work. And it’s very likely she’ll reconnect with long-time friends, including other university retirees.