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Taskin Haque selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minn.—A Minneapolis resident has been selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Taskin Haque
Taskin Haque, College of Management Outstanding Student Spring 2018

Taskin Haque, who previously earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Dhaka in her home country of Bangladesh and graduated with a Master of Management Information Systems, was chosen outstanding graduate student in the Metropolitan State University’s College of Management’s graduate program. She was one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018 in Saint Paul.

“As an international student, blending in with the new culture was my biggest fear. Also, being one of the youngest people with the least experience in the class was challenging for me at the beginning,” Haque said. “I would like to thank my professors, classmates and colleagues at the Center for Online Learning for always being there for me and always helping me at their best capacity. The culture of Metropolitan State taught me to embrace the new while keeping my own values.”

Haque began working as an associate technical support analyst for Medtronic in January 2018. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, who is a PhD student at University of Minnesota. She plans to pursue a PhD after working in her field for a few years.

At Metropolitan State, Haque was active in student life. She participated in a number of cultural groups and is a cultural program coordinator for University of Minnesota’s Bangladeshi Student Association. She performs as a singer and dancer in the association’s annual program.

Haque is also active off campus, and has volunteered for Friends for Non-Violent Worlds since Fall 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the world and trying new recipes with her husband. She recently purchased her first pair of ice skates with plans to learn. Haque and her father also share a love for music and enjoy singing together. Her mother has always been her biggest fan and ready to support her to “win the world” at any time.

Haque set her eyes on outstanding student recognition and finishing her master’s degree with a 4.0 grade point average, both of which she has achieved. More than anything, she actively sought to learn as much as possible from her classes and explored different facets of information technology through her assistantship with the Center for Online Learning. She previously earned her undergraduate degree from one of the most prestigious business schools in Bangladesh.

“I clearly remember the day I first heard about this award from my pervious academic advisor, Dr. David Bouchard. It was my graduate school orientation day. Growing up as a girl in a underdeveloped country, appraisal and recognition have been always a big part in my life. It motivates me to set my goal and work above and beyond,” Haque said. “I set up my grad school goal that I want to one of the recipients and work towards that. I am extremely grateful to my honorable faculty members, advisors, my colleagues and supervisor at Center For Online learning for encouraging and supporting me all the time.

“Being nominated for outstanding student award and also winning gives me the motivation to work harder for my future endeavors. Also, it means a lot to me to make my parents proud by winning this award. The award given to me to live my dream and receiving the award in the presence of my parents is the dream I was living for.”

Raelene Caswell selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minn.—A Saint Paul resident has been selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Raelene Caswell graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in advocacy and political leadership was chosen Outstanding Graduate Student representing the university’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs. She was one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“I chose Metropolitan State so that I could be enroll in the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership program,” Caswell said. “My goal was to learn about policy and advocacy work, and connect with amazing people that are active in their communities.”

At Metropolitan State, Caswell was active in student life. She was the president of Metropolitan State’s Advocacy and Political Leadership student organizations where she built a network of like-minded community-oriented scholars.

Caswell is also active in her community, playing with the Roseville Community Band and dance with Rince na Chroi. She’s also played with the Center for Irish Music.

Caswell holds a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is a program manager at SafeJourney, a domestic violence program at North Memorial Health in Minneapolis.

“She has helped to revitalize APLS, bringing in new leadership and raising the prominence of the group in our program… She has always been an active volunteer helping out with human needs, said Caswell’s advisor, Adrienne Falcon, MAPL academic director.

Genevieve Calvillo of Prior Lake selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota—A Prior Lake resident has been selected a spring semester Outstanding Graduate Student at Metropolitan State University.

Genevieve D. Calvillo
Genevieve Calvillo, College of Individualized Studies Outstanding Student 2018

Genevieve Calvillo graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree and was chosen Outstanding Graduate Student representing the university’s College of Individualized Studies. She was one of 1,058 students received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“I was drawn to Metropolitan State University after earning my associate’s degree at Normandale Community College because of the way the university supports adult learners, like me,” Calvillo says. “Also, Metropolitan State has a diverse population of students coming from many cultural backgrounds, which is very important to me. My goal was to explore various courses in order to discover my vocational path by coupling my personal interests with my potential career opportunities.”

Calvillo, a student in the College of Individualized Studies, was amazed by the program’s resource and opportunity for students to incorporate their experience, knowledge and skills with creative learning. In her experience, the required courses to develop her degree as well as reflect upon her academic career were thought provoking and meaningful.

“I am grateful for the manner in which my advisor and professors left no stone uncovered when it came to putting my degree together and in providing me ample opportunities to understand the process of creating and earning a degree tailored made to fit my needs,” Calvillo says. She appreciates how Metropolitan State validates and encourages its multicultural students by authentically supporting and creating awareness of cultural knowledge and traditions represented in its diverse student body.

Calvillo is active in community service, primarily in her tribal community of sovereign people and government. As a general council member, she works with elected tribal leaders to support the community well-being. Calvillo has worked numerous roles a volunteer for nearly 16 years, with her most recent service Saint Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee where she spent time with the elderly.

Calvillo is now considering graduate school, starting as early as this summer, so that she can serve others as an educated person and global citizen. “It is my belief that it is important to give back to society after

earning a degree,” she said. “I appreciate the time, attention, and care that my professors, and especially my advisor, Judith Minning, took to support me as I strove to reach my goals and dreams.”

In praise of Calvillo, Judith A. Minning, academic advisor for the College of Individualized Studies, says “Genevieve inspires. Her character, inquiring mind, devotion to her Dakota cultural roots and community, and passion for the well-being of others continue to have a transformative effect. Her vision is the beauty of hope for humanity and healing. Her graduate studies will be in counseling and integrative medicine. The very essence of her life has been dedicated to family, learning, and community development. I know she will continue to build circles of trust that create places of grace.”

Stacy Buschmann-Ford selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota—A Farmington resident has been selected as a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Stacy Buschmann-Ford
Stacy Buschmann-Ford, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Outstanding Student Spring 2018

Stacy Buschmann-Ford, graduates summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science, is chosen Outstanding Student representing the university’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“It was such an honor,” Buschmann-Ford said. “I have been putting my heart and soul into my studies and am so happy to be graduating as an Outstanding Student and a four-year registered nurse.” She graduates from Metropolitan State with a 4.0 grade point average and on her on her first attempt passed the National Council Licensure Examination, the required exam to become a registered nurse.

Buschmann-Ford is a staff sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard with 21 years of service and an emergency medical technician. She and her husband, Mark, have three children together ages 11, 15, and 20 years old.

In the first semester upon her return to university, Buschmann-Ford’s daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. “Her amazing strength and will to get it out and move on got me through four years of college. She is my strength and will and she was my inspiration and drive to get through college.” Her daughter is now studying to become an echo cardiography nurse after experiencing firsthand the difference medical professionals make.

At Metropolitan State, Buschmann-Ford was active in student life. She assisted Dr. Pat Schoon and Dakota County Public Health Services in gathering information about dentists in the Dakota County area that accept families on medical assistants and distributed resources to acquire dental services.

In her community, Buschmann-Ford volunteers with her family at Feed My Starving Children and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and donates money and gifts to families in need at Christmas.

Jennifer Cannon selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minn.—A Saint Paul resident was selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Jennifer Cannon
Jennifer Cannon, College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Students Spring 2018

Jennifer Cannon graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in technical communication and was chosen Outstanding Graduate Student representing the university’s College of Liberal Arts. She was one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 103rd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018, in Minneapolis.

“The biggest challenge was probably just staying motivated to continue when I was already successful in my career,” Cannon said. ” I took a couple courses here and there during the 90s and early 2000s, then went consistently starting in 2012 when I wanted to make a career change.”

Cannon, who earned a bachelor’s degree in technical communication from Metropolitan State in 2015, is a web administrator and instructional designer at the Center for Victims of Torture. At Metropolitan State, Cannon was active in student life, and was an officer of TC3, the student organization for technical communication. Cannon is also active in the community as a volunteer writer for streets.mn. In the past, Cannon volunteered for Boy Scouts of America and her son’s school’s booster club.

“What really stands out with Jennifer is that she is an excellent scholar, but she is also constantly working to make the world around her better… Jennifer Cannon is a doer, a maker, a leader, and a scholar. She is as comfortable applying theoretical concepts to a document design project as she is creating podcasts and video, or pitching in to lead a student organization or volunteer for a nonprofit. She is committed both to academic excellence, and to contributing her considerable skills to making a better world,” said Anne Aronson, professor in the School of Communication, Writing and Arts and Cannon’s nominating instructor.

Kossi Ayigah selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota—A Brooklyn Park resident was selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Kossi Ayigah
Kossi Ayigah, College of Management Outstanding Student Spring 2018

Kossi Ayigah, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, was chosen Outstanding Student representing the university’s College of Management. He was one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He has also been chosen to speak to the graduating class at commencement.

“I am overwhelmed to be selected as the commencement speaker and so is my family. It is a dream coming true for me,” says Ayigah of his selection. “I was diligently working toward my bachelor’s degree, thriving for excellence, giving the best of myself… I truly don’t have words to express how I feel.”

At Metropolitan State, Ayigah was active in student life and served as the student president for the College of Management. In his community, Ayigah is involved in his church’s activities, sharing his passion for gospel music and playing the bass guitar.

Ayigah is currently working as a staff auditor at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. After graduation, he intends to take the Certified Public Accounting exam through Becker CPA and pursue a master’s degree in business communication. His career aspiration is to become an auditor at International Monetary Funds or Federal Reserve. He also enjoys public speaking, particularly to present new research.

“Kossi not only eagerly seeks understanding of accounting matters but also, challenges himself to create new knowledge,” says nominator Linda McCann, professor of accounting in the College of Management. “He demonstrated this ability in audit class where he created a textbook worthy visual representation synthesizing concepts related to key internal control activities. It was a pleasure to have him as a student.”

May 3: First-Generation College Students Organization Year-End Celebration

With final exams right around the corner, we’ve reached the end of another semester. Come commemorate the occasion with the First-Generation College Students Organization Year-End Celebration. The get-together will be 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, in room 101 of the Student Center, 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

Come for the ice cream and cupcakes, stay for dinner and games. Oh, and there will be sprinkles.

Whether you’re a first-generation college student or a member or not, you’re invited to celebrate the end of spring semester. And why not? You’ve earned it.

The First-Generation College Students Organization provides professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy for first-generation college students to help them navigate college systems and prepare for the professional world.

April 13: Deadline to nominate for Student Senate positions

Student Life and Leadership Development and the Student Senate Election Board are excited to announce that nominations for 2018-2019 Student Senator positions are open from March 28 and and close 11:59 p.m. April 13.
Ballots may be submitted from April 20 through April 30. Barbecue will be provide for in-person balloting on April 24 at Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus and April 26 at the Midway Campus. More details to come.
There are a total of 20 open seats for the term of June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019. To access the nomination form, go to: https://orgsync.com/43185/forms/299228

April 2-5: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week

Listen. Learn. Prevent.

Metropolitan State University has declared April 2-5 as Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Each day of the week will feature both open discussion, training for staff and faculty, and showings of the film Searching for Angela Shelton. These events will take place on our St. Paul Campus, in Student Center Room 101, located at 700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106.

The schedule is as follows.

Monday, April 2: noon to  1 pm
– Open Discussion on affirmative consent and 1B.3 policy
– This event is for staff and faculty, but students are welcome to attend.  Lunch will be provided.
http://www.affirmativeconsent.eventbrite.com

Tuesday. April 3: 4:15 to 5:45 pm
Film Showing:    Searching for Angela Shelton
(Food will be provided.)

Wednesday, April 4: noon to 1 pm
– Bystander training for faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided
http://www.bystandertrainingstaff.eventbrite.com
– Bystander training for students. Food will be provided
http://www.bystandertrainingstaff.eventbrite.com

Thursday, April 5: 4:15 to 5:45 pm
Film showing:  Searching for Angela Shelton
(Food will be provided)

 

April 12: Latino Family Night

Metropolitan State University welcomes Latino students and their families to Latino Family Night 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12. The event will be hosted  at Student Center located at 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minn., 55106.

Attendees will be provided information about the university, admissions, scholarships, FAFSA and the Minnesota Dream Act, and resources available to assist them. Those in attendance will also learn more about the Pueblo Student Group. Finally, a student panel and tours will be available.

Please contact Assistant Director and Chicano/Latino Liaison Karina Moreno D’Silva at 651-793-1308 or karina.moreno@metrostate.edu with any further questions.