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Anna likes to think of herself as a conglomerate of different hobbies and personalities. By day, she ruthlessly dices words and phrases as a marketing writer. By night, she crafts fictional characters for the novels she hopes to one day publish. At any other given time, she's a lean, mean, vegan hiking machine (one or two of those things may be an exaggeration) that fancies herself a bit of a hippie!

Open auditions for fall theater production

Metropolitan State’s Theater Underground is holding auditions for the fall 2015 production of Sylvia on Wednesday, June 24 from 5–8 p.m. Auditions are at the Stagedoor Theater in the Whitney Fine Arts building, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis.

The auditions flyer is available here.

Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, is an offbeat, unconventional comedy centered around a middle-class New York couple–Greg and Kate–their failing marriage and the introduction of a new member—Sylvia. Sylvia just happens to be a dog that speaks and understands just as well as humans do. The play explores different concepts of love and how they affect our relationships, be they romantic, familial or friendly. It asks us what “love” is outside of the heat of youth and passion, and what devotion truly means to oneself, one’s partner and one’s friend. Continue reading Open auditions for fall theater production

AVID tutors needed!

avid_logo-fin.aiAdvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a program that helps prepare middle and high school students for academic success, is currently seeking volunteer and paid tutors to work tutorial sessions twice a week. AVID is offered in 14 Saint Paul Public Schools.

All students will receive 16 hours of tutorial training. College experience preferred. A flyer with more information is available online here.

To learn more, contact or call 651-744-1344.

Registration open for ninth annual Jerry Cotton Memorial Golf Tournament

This September marks the ninth annual Jerry Cotton Memorial Golf Tournament at the Emerald Green Golf Course in Hastings, Minn. Every year, this golf tournament helps raise money for the Jerry Cotton Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship. Since 2009, 12 Metropolitan State students from the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice have received this scholarship.

The golf tournament is Sunday, Sept. 13 and is open to all Metropolitan State faculty, staff and students, as well as the public. The schedule of events for the tournament is as follows: Continue reading Registration open for ninth annual Jerry Cotton Memorial Golf Tournament

Metropolitan State takes a stand against sexual violence

Over the past few months, Metropolitan State has been working to comply with federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination, including the requirements of the Title IX legislation.

According to Metropolitan State’s new sexual assault and violence prevention Web page:

  • The Title IX legislation applies to all aspects of academic programs, financial assistance and athletics, operated by recipients of federal financial assistance, as related to both education and employment.
  • The Title IX Act encompass actions that affect educational access and opportunities for students all, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, dating and intimate partner violence (dating and domestic violence).
  • Under the Title IX law the university has a duty to respond to acts of sexual violence, which includes providing information about reporting procedures, policy, support resources and campus contacts.

Continue reading Metropolitan State takes a stand against sexual violence

Fun (and mostly free) June events in Saint Paul

Now that Metropolitan State University’s spring semester has been over for a month and students have (hopefully!) recovered from finals, it’s a good time to look for fun summer activities and events happening around Saint Paul! What better way is there to spend the summer than getting outdoors and exploring our hopping community?

In celebration of June, here is a list of some fun events coming up this month.

Note: Metropolitan State University is not affiliated with any of these events except Yoga in the Park, which is offered by the Student Parent Center.

All Summer Long

Minnesota History Center’s We are Hmong exhibit — 345 Kellogg Blvd. West, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through November 2015. Tickets are $9 for students and free on Tuesdays from 5–8 p.m. Continue reading Fun (and mostly free) June events in Saint Paul

Summer session available for Sexual Violence Prevention Training: Register by May 18!

This summer, Metropolitan State University has partnered with the Ramsey County Sexual Violence Response Team to host a Sexual Violence Prevention Effective Responder Training session. This four-day session is intended for individuals interested in advocacy work and will provide an introduction to the issue of sexual assault and violence prevention.

Attendance is free for Metropolitan State students, staff and faculty, as well as MnSCU employees. Non-MnSCU participants are welcome to attend for $75, which can be paid at registration.

The training is at the Saint Paul Campus in the Library, Ecolab Room 302. The dates and times are: Continue reading Summer session available for Sexual Violence Prevention Training: Register by May 18!

Saint Paul Campus road closure: May 13–July 31

Starting Wednesday, May 13, Maria Avenue will close for the Maria Avenue Calming Project. Completion of this work is one of the conditions the City of Saint Paul established for Metropolitan State University’s occupancy of the new parking ramp. This project makes Maria Avenue more pedestrian friendly by slowing vehicles through new design features. Furthermore, this work will provide better access to the parking ramp and the Founders Hall/Saint John’s Hall/New Main courtyard, add additional lights to the area, widen the courtyard sidewalks and repave the pavement.

The Maria Avenue Calming Project is expected to run from May 13 through July 31. Continue reading Saint Paul Campus road closure: May 13–July 31

Metropolitan State announces new CHCPS interim dean

Metropolitan State University is pleased to announce Associate Dean Shonda M. Craft as the new acting dean of the College of Health, Community and Professional Studies (CHCPS). She will serve as the acting dean of CHCPS beginning April 6 until a permanent dean is selected.

Craft completed her doctoral degree in human development and family science with a concentration in couple and family therapy. Her educational background also includes a graduate minor, a cognate and a certificate—all in health-related studies. Before assuming her role as associate dean at Metropolitan State, she spent seven years working at the University of Minnesota as a clinical faculty member of the Family Social Science Department, Couple and Family Therapy program.

In her previous role as associate dean, Craft provided oversight of student appeals and reinstatements; evaluated community, tenured and fixed-term resident faculty; assisted with the restructuring of staff roles and tasks; and supervised advising support, contracts, grant management and office management. She will continue to serve the Metropolitan State community and provide strong commitment to professional service and community engagement.

New Main lights up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day

autism_blueThursday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. In honor of this day, Metropolitan State University will participate in the Light It Up Blue campaign by lighting New Main in blue.

Every year, thousands of landmarks, communities, buildings and homes around the world shine blue lights on April 2 to honor the individuals and families who are affected by autism. The Light It Up Blue campaign works to raise global awareness and increase knowledge about autism.

Those interested in participating in World Autism Awareness Day can visit for ideas on how individuals and families can Light It Up Blue in their neighborhoods. Some suggestions include changing outdoor white bulbs to blue bulbs, wearing blue clothing or tweeting about autism awareness using the hashtag #LIUB.

For general information about autism and the Light It Up Blue campaign, visit Autism Speak’s Web site at