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Metropolitan State teams compete at MinneMUDAC Data Science Challenge

On Saturday, Nov. 4, six teams from Metropolitan State University were among those competing at MinneMUDAC 2017 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The annual data science competition gives teams a difficult challenge question and one month to analyze a massive dataset before presenting their results. This year, more than 60 teams participated at three levels, including Advanced Graduate, Advanced Undergraduate and Novice divisions.

Undergraduates Mohamed Abdi, David Bowles, Dahir Mohamed, Khom Redlinger and Benjamin Sipe competed in the Novice division and received the Discovery Award for presenting the most interesting insight from the data. According to judges, the team provided “actionable analysis and good presentation of findings.”

Other undergraduate participants in the Novice division included Mitchell Billion, Jessica Maistrovich, Teng Xiong, Amanda Spradling, Udochukwu Eze, Brent Gallagher, Haris Javed, Laura Kokkila and Kondiway Bagana.

Metropolitan State undergraduates participating in the Advanced Undergraduate division included Abdalla Abiikar, Abdirizak Jama, Ibrahim Mohamed, Bukari Hirade, Damilola Adeyemi, Susan Bartuah, Ashmi Bista, Kafayatou Saka, Kelechi Uchegbu, Jay Carey, Kjerstin Jovaag, Anthony Ly and Richard Pineda.

Student teams were assisted by faculty advisors Cindy Kaus, professor of mathematics, and Firasat Khan, professor of management information systems.

Learn more about the competition and see the complete list of winning teams at this link.

MinneMUDAC is presented by MinneAnalytics ( in partnership with the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (

Boots to Business program to help veterans get their start as entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest paths to success for veterans. Learn how you can start your own business with the Boots to Business Reboot.

Presented by the Metropolitan State University College of Management in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, this two-part program serves to help veterans understand how to transfer their military experience into viable start up or franchisee owner career paths.

The first component, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, is a free two-day class presented 9 a.m.–5 p.m., May 13 and 20, in Ecolab 302, Library and Learning Center, Saint Paul Campus. The program is open to veterans and their families. Space is limited. Register now at this link.

For more information view this FAQ document. If you have questions, contact Thomas Osborne at 612-370-2356 or e-mail

The program’s second component is the Foundations of Entrepreneurship course. This is a free eight-week online course led by the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Participants must complete the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course to be eligible.

Boots to Business Video

Veterans represent one of the fastest emerging sectors for entrepreneurship start-ups and franchisee owners. This represents a tremendous opportunity for taking leadership in the veteran entrepreneurship efforts and to continue to build strong regional collaboration.

WEQY seeks students for East Side Community Radio

Would you like to make a difference in the East Side community while gaining valuable communications experience? WEQY seeks Metropolitan State students who live in or around the East Side of Saint Paul to volunteer as on-air hosts and program producers.

Joe Kuzelka

Leading the push for neighborhood focused programming is Joe Kuzelka, an East Side native and recent graduate of the University of Minnesota. “The great thing about community radio is that anybody can be on it,” said Kuzelka. “It offers young people a chance to speak their minds.”

Volunteers will work with Kuzelka and WEQY staff to develop bi-weekly programming on topics such as:

  • Local nonprofits
  • Neighborhood news
  • Community engagement
  • Diversity
  • Violence in the community
  • Schools in the area
  • News targeted at youth

Volunteers gain valuable skills in communication, broadcasting and multimedia. Training is provided and no experience is required. For more information and to get involved, contact Joe Kuzelka at

weqy_banner_horizontalTune into WEQY at 104.7 FM in the East Side area and learn more at the station’s website.

Collaboration Award winners at D2L Connect Conference

Metropolitan State’s Center for Online Learning staff with faculty leaders in the Metropolitan State University online community won the Collaboration Award at D2L Connect Conference  on April 15.

Left to right; Carol Lacy, Owen Hanson, Travis Morgan, Andrew Marz, Melissa Heinz, Bilal Dameh, Joe Arvidson, Bob Bilyk and Carolyn Whitson
Left to right; Carol Lacy, Owen Hanson, Travis Morgan, Andrew Marz, Melissa Heinz, Bilal Dameh, Joe Arvidson, Bob Bilyk and Carolyn Whitson

Disability Services: Welcoming all gifts

By Scott Marshall
Associate Director, Disability Resource Center at the University of Minnesota

Some of our campuses have policies that say our digital resources must be accessible to people with disabilities. Widespread lack of enforcement of these policies is not only unwelcoming, it might be insulting. At a minimum, it’s oppressive.

At the University of Minnesota, we believe that our learning, our research, and our outreach are richer experiences when there are diverse voices “in the room”. We believe our students receive a more rich education when numerous perspective inform their learning, when diversity is present.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that when people are able to contribute their gifts in any situation – particularly, in pursuit of tier learning, work, or research – those people feel an increased sense of belonging and are more likely to thrive. Continue reading Disability Services: Welcoming all gifts

Alumni of the Year nominations open through April 30

Are you or do you know a Metropolitan State University alumnus or alumna who has made a difference in his or her community? The deadline for the nominations for the  Alumni of the Year is April 30.

These awards allow Metropolitan State to recognize the achievements of successful alumni. For more information and profiles of past alumni of the year, visit the Alumni Awards web page.

Download Alumni of the Year nomination form.

Art therapy program for veterans with PTSD and related conditions

Art therapy may be an effective way to deal with the aftereffects of trauma such as depression, anxiety, social isolation, hypervigilance and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Join board-certified art therapists to work through the sources of trauma symptoms, learn new coping skills and build resilience.

Therapy sessions are 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Saturdays,  April 30 to July 16, and will be at Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th St., Saint Paul. To register, e-mail

View program flyer.

July 27–28: Minnesota eLearning Summit

The Minnesota eLearning Summit is the premier event of the Minnesota Learning Commons and a gathering place for K–12, college and university educators and innovators in the Midwest who are committed to effective online and blended learning.

The summit is July 27 and 28 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Register and view past presentations at this link.

View event flyer.

April 20: Reception for new university president

On behalf of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees and Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, you are invited to the presentation of the incoming president of Metropolitan State University. The presentation is 3 p.m., April 20, in New Main, Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. Refreshments are provided.

The incoming president is announced at the April 20 Board of Trustees Human Resources Committee meeting. You can hear the recommendation by Chancellor Rosenstone by listening to the meeting’s live streaming audio at this link, beginning at 9 a.m., Wednesday.

Learn about the two candidates.

Why Treaties Matter exhibit on display through May 15

An interactive traveling exhibition emphasizing American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality is coming to Metropolitan State. Why Treaties Matter: Self Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations will be displayed in the Founders Hall reception area, Saint Paul Campus, April 25 through May 15.

The “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit is intended to bring understanding of how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous people of this area, and why those binding agreements still matter today.

The exhibit is open to the public 7 a.m.–11 p.m., weekdays, and 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturdays. Dr. David Wilkins will speak about the exhibit 6 to 8 p.m., May 12, in the Ecolab Library 302.

The university community is invited to an opening ceremony, 6 to 8 p.m., April 28. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Lisa Poupart, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, First Nation Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  Read her biography page here.  The program will include a traditional pipe ceremony and panel of leaders in the American Indian community discussing the state of treaties in today’s environment and the importance of them.

View and share flyer.

Metropolitan State University was one of six MnSCU institutions selected to host the exhibit. The “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwa Nation” is a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made available by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Learn from Dakota and Ojibwe Nations new and innovative ways to create community, build sustainable systems and relate to one another. For more information visit this link or contact Julio Vargas Essex at