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11 nations and flags of Minnesota Native Americans

In the state of Minnesota there are 11 sovereign American Indian nations comprised of seven Ojibwe (Chippewa, Anishinaabe) federally recognized reservations, and four Sioux (Dakota) communities. A reservation is land which was retained by American Indians after having ceded large portions of it to the United States government via treaty agreements. Most reservations were created by treaties, but some were created through executive order or by other agreements.

Each Ojibwe reservation was initially established via treaty, and six of the seven reservations were subjected to the Dawes Act of 1887 (also known as the General Allotment act), meaning that the land was subjected to private ownership. The Red Lake reservation maintained its status as closed, which means that all of the land there still legally belongs to all of the tribal members collectively.

The four Sioux communities were originally all one reservation recognized by treaty which spanned 10-miles on each side of the Minnesota River. However, after the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 Congress rescinded all treaties made with the Sioux, and subsequently people were forced from their homes. The communities as they exist now are small fragments of the original reservation, and were restored to the Sioux in 1886.

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Art therapy sessions for veterans

An eight-week art therapy session for veterans and military students begins Saturday, Sept. 24 and runs for eight weeks. The sessions hosted by the ARS Bellum Foundation will be held each Saturday to Nov. 19 at the Saint Paul Campus in the Student Center, Room 201.

Art therapy is a creative mode of expression often used as a therapeutic technique which originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy. Art therapy has been shown to:

  • promote feelings of safety and security
  • express self when there are no words
  • promote healthy emotional relationships and trust
  • move from helplessness to a feeling of increased sense of internal control
  • establish and rebuild healthy boundaries
  • grief and loss healing
  • help build connections to the world around them
  • build self empowerment, strength, and resiliency

Contact to register. No art experience is required. Clay, collage, plaster, painting, pastels, masks, and more are included in the art therapy program. The program is HIPAA compliant and confidential.

Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, authors new book

Nearly concurrent with the announcement of the new College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, Dr. Frank Schweigert published a new book which nearly screams relevance in today’s public affairs and echoes a similar significance within the educational community, particularly in regards to economic practice and participation and how it is taught throughout our universities and interwoven into our lives.

Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

The book, “Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good,” is an extended argument for and about the compulsory idea that business ethics should be taught as a part of, and in tandem with, business strategy. It discusses the severance of ethics from within business practice and how that detachment, or lack of emphasis, has thoroughly marginalized the concept of ethics in business from education, and thusly, how modern business practice fails to be accountable to the public.

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Sept. 10: CLUES Fiesta Latina

Join us from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at CLUES Saint Paul to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the CLUES 2016 Fiesta Latina.

This family friendly community event highlights the vibrancy of Latino/a culture with fiestalatina_finalposter_spanish_text-final-01delicious Latino/a food, live music, folkloric and contemporary dances, a community arts mural, soccer and basketball games, zumba, fitness activities, health check-ups, legal advice, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for the whole family.

Celebra el mes de la herencia hispana en el 2016 Fiesta Latina.

Este evento de la comunidad apropriada para la familia destacará la vitalidad de la culutra Latina con comida Latina deliciosa, música en vivo, danzas folklóricas y contemporáneas, una mural de la comunidad, juegos de futbol y baloncesto, zumba, actividades de forma física, chequeos del salud, aviso legal, un bouncy house, artesanías, y otros actividades divertidas para toda la familia.

Check out the Facebook event here.

Sept. 28: Diversity Networking and Job Fair

The Career Center’s signature event will showcase more than 30 employers intent on hiring Metropolitan State University students and alumni at the Diversity Networking  and Job Fair,  2 to 5 p.m., Sept. 28 in the Student Center, Saint  Paul Campus.

Register here for the event. The first 200 students will receive a coupon redeemable at Alimama’s Metropolitan Grill in the Student Center. There will also be free professional photography services to snap a photo that could complete your LinkedIn profile.

There is also helpful job fair interview preparation and practice session from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Student Center. Register here.

For more information or questions, contact the Career Center located at Founders Hall (FH) 110 – Saint Paul Campus
phone: (651) 793-1528.

Employers that will be attending:
3M Global
Andersen Corporation
Atterro / ProStaff
Award Staffing
CBRE Group, Inc.
City of Minneapolis
City of Minneapolis – Public Works
City of Saint Paul Police Department
Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative
Dakota County
Fairview Health Services
General Mills
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Hennepin County
Hennepin County Medical Center
Mall of America
Mental Health Resources, Inc.
Minneapolis Financial Group
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Historical Society
Minnesota State Patrol
NorthMarq Companies
Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
Panda Restaurant Group
People Incorporated
Pinnacle Services Inc.
Prudential Financial
Reach for Resources, Inc.
Regions Hospital
SciTechsperience Internship Program at the Minnesota High Tech Association
SPS Commerce
TCF Bank
Thomas Allen
U.S. Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Prisons
Walser Automotive Group
Wayzata Public Schools
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Xcel Energy


Meet with the President during “Open Office” hours

The President’s “Open Office”hours will begin in September and continue through December.

The specifics of location will be posted via the digital signage on each campus and through the “Metro-All” list.

8:30-10 a.m.
Saint Paul
1-2:30 p.m.
Saint Paul
1-4 p.m.
Minneapolis Campus
Sept. 27, Student Center
Oct. 4
Oct. 25
Nov. 1
Nov. 8, Student Center
Nov. 29
Dec. 20
Sept. 29
Oct. 13
Nov. 3
Nov. 17, Student Center
Dec. 8
Dec. 22
Sept. 1, Minneapolis, MEC 2028
Sept. 15
Oct. 27
Nov. 10
Dec. 15

Date to be determined for: LECJEC, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd

Drop by and share your work activities, issues, events, and concerns. Indicate if you would prefer a more private setting for a discussion.

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding the hours or content, please contact Shelly Heller, assistant to the President, by phone at (651)-793-1901, or by e-mail at

TRIO Students build community through service

Thirty-nine TRIO students and Student Support Services staff from Metropolitan State University spent an afternoon assisting park volunteers in the removal of invasive plant species and those non-native to the region.

After several hours spent under the fleeting Midwestern sun on Aug. 15 at Festge County Park just west of Madison, Wisconsin, the students and staff took a bus to Westminster Presbyterian Church—the spot where they stayed the night. Thus, began their Pay it Forward Tour.

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The Pay it Forward Tour program is a regionally-coordinated set of tours which is set up by the organization Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), founded in 2003 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. These tours were the brainchild of four, at the time, students at the University of Minnesota, and to summarize:

The Pay It Forward Tour is a dynamic, multi-day program focused on service, education, and reflection, during which groups of students travel the country and volunteer in a new city each day.”

The morning in Madison consisted of a visit to a graduate school program and a tour of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Following the tour the participants explored the city before boarding a bus to the Feed My Starving Children site in Schaumburg, Illinois. During this visit the program participants helped to pack 14,040 meals in roughly an hour. After packing the food to make its way across the globe, the volunteers stayed the night at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois. The evening leadership activities were a crucial part of the nightly program curriculum.

On Wednesday morning, the tour continued to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in the Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago. Half of the participants helped prepare food for the soup kitchen’s weekly community lunch, while the other participants toured the area and did a neighborhood cleanup. On the final evening the students traveled the streets of Chicago.

TRIO participated in the Pay it Forward Tour to encourage leadership through service, build better communities, create an engaged community of learners, and to build a better sense of self.

Sept. 17: Center for Faculty Development 2016 Fall Teaching Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Great Hall and Founders Hall Auditorium
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus

Conference Theme:
How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

Learning is the litmus test of any pedagogy. One of the most important investments professors can make is to understand the learning process so their teaching is intentionally oriented for a student to absorb, and thusly more effective. In this workshop, Dr. Michele DiPietro will synthesize 50 years of research which draws from the cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, developmental, and inclusiveness perspectives into seven integrated principles. This interactive workshop will illustrate these seven principles with demonstrations, discussions, and other activities highlighting how each of the principles can enhance participants’ teaching.

Registration link:

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Fall academic internship information sessions

Many students seek out academic internships in order to fulfill graduation requirements or to gain experience in their field.

The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarships (ICES) is offering a fall session of information sessions on academic scholarships. These information sessions were constructed with a focus on providing you with relevant information on how to go about obtaining resources and access to academic internships.

Dates for fall sessions are:

  • Sept. 14, 11a.m. to 12p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30p.m. at New Main, L215 (Saint Paul Campus)
  • Oct. 19, 11a.m. to 12p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30p.m. at New Main, L215 (Saint Paul Campus)
  • Nov. 7, 10 to 11a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. at M2100 (Minneapolis Campus)

To register for an academic internship information session, please contact ICES at or call them at (651)-793-1289. When registering, please be ready to provide your name, student ID number, student e-mail, desired date and time, phone number and your advisor’s name.

Advanced Dental Therapy program seeks volunteer patients

The Metropolitan State University Advanced Dental Therapy students are seeking patients to volunteer in the upcoming Central Regional Dental Board Exam on Oct. 16, 2016. Volunteers will be compensated for helping and the work done during the board examination will be free.

In order to volunteer one must:

  • be 18 years of age.
  • have a current dental exam and X-rays done by the participating Advanced Dental Therapy student (at the cost of $35), which can be done at the Metropolitan State University Dental Clinic located in Maplewood.
  • have the ability to travel to the exam site at the University of Minnesota for the event, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • meet the Dental Board Exam requirements.

Those who do not qualify as a patient for the Dental Board Exam will receive a 20 percent discount on dental treatment received at the Metropolitan State University Dental Clinic.

In order to participate, schedule an appointment to have your dental exam and X-rays done, or if you have any questions, please e-mail