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Aug. 12: Fiesta Latina

Join the local Saint Paul community on Saturday, August 12, from 11am to 4pm, at CLUES St. Paul, to celebrate the richness of Minnesota Latinos at the 2017 Fiesta Latina event.

This is a free, family-friendly community festival which celebrates Lain culture through arts, health and wellness, fitness, food, and entertainment.

For more information, click on the link to see the promotional poster:  Fiesta Latina Poster_Updated July

 

Speakers to talk about their experiences with mental illness

On June 29, 4-5pm, on Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, Room 101, two speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to talk about their experience with mental illness and with attempted suicide. They will also be discussing what can be done to raise awareness about mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the average age of male students.  View the men’s health flyer below for more details.

MensHealthMonth

Questions? Contact:
Jodee Fitzgerald
651-793-1552
Founders Hall 240D
Jodee.Fitzgerald@metrostate.edu

Independence Day building closure

In observance of Independence Day, Metropolitan State University will be closed July 4 at all campus locations.
Fireworks Safety Information
The Saint Paul Campus Library and Learning Center, Midway Campus, Brooklyn Park Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center Campus, Management Education Center  and  Minneapolis Community and Technical College are all closed.
Regular hours will resume Wednesday, July 5.

Dean’s List to be implemented

At the request of the Student Senate, the Interim Provost has announced that the “Dean’s List” will be implemented as an academic recognition for students at Metropolitan State University beginning spring 2017 semester.

Students may earn Dean’s List recognition in any semester when they have successfully completed at least six credit hours earning letter grades (A to C-) and have a minimum term grade point average of 3.50. A student who receives an “I” or “W” in courses beyond the required six credits are also eligible for Dean’s List. Additionally, credits from a successfully repeated course earning a letter grade are counted toward the minimum six-credit requirement.

Upon request by Metropolitan State’s Registrar’s Office, the System Office ran a script and posted the verbiage “Dean’s List” to the transcript for all students who had grades posted for spring as of May 19.

The next step will be to determine a location to post the Dean’s List to the Metrostate.edu website.  More information on the “Dean’s List” will be posted on News@Metro once it is obtained.

Metropolitan State confers the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Josephine Shang-Kuan Su

Metropolitan State University is pleased to announce the conferring of the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon our esteemed university partner, Ms. Josephine Shang-Kuan Su in recognition of her eminent contributions to Metropolitan State University and to the field of International Education, which enhances the missions of both China University of Technology and Metropolitan State University.

Su is chairperson of the Board of China University of Technology (Taiwan) and majored in Economics at National Taiwan University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Briar Cliff College and her MBA from the City University of New York, where she also attended the PhD program in Economics.

Her outstanding career experiences in the United States included serving as a manager in the Economic Forecasting Division at Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates of the University of Pennsylvania, as chief of the Research Processing Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a vice president of Citibank.

Since becoming chairperson of the China University of Technology Board in 1992, Su has adopted a pragmatic approach in her dedication to education, creating an excellent environment in which faculty welfare is highly respected and high-quality student learning is facilitated.

China University of Technology has cooperating partnerships with 21 international universities, one of which is Metropolitan State University. Metropolitan State’s partnership with China University of Technology was formed in 2000, and includes an MBA degree program with 178 graduates and a dual-degree bachelor’s program established in 2014.

June 15-16: Black Men Healing Conference

Black Men's Healing ConferenceMetropolitan State is, once again, the host site for the annual Black Men Healing Conference, which is co-sponsored this year by Metropolitan State’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association and Black Student Union.

The conference is June 15-16, 2017.

Conference coordinator, Samuel Simmons Consulting, is offering Metropolitan State employees and students a reduced registration rate of $95 for both days (box lunch included).

*Registered members and advisers of ADCSA and BSU/AASA may attend at no cost, but need to register through Alysia Lajune directly by June 9 by clicking on the link below:

Black Men Healing Conference

Learn more about Simmons Consulting, the Healing Brothers initiative, and Historical Trauma Work at http://healingbrothers.com/.

Brian Higbee named new Operations Coordinator for Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship

 

Brian Higbee joins Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship as the new Operations Coordinator.

Higbee says that it was a fun choice to move to Minnesota, because it’s so different from New York City, and that he’s enjoying learning about the arts and history native to our state. He’s excited to work at Metropolitan State, because he enjoys engaging with the students, helping them to learn, and helping make a difference in their lives. Higbee says, “I enjoy being a part of something bigger.”

Originally from Rochester, New York, Higbee has lived in Nantucket, MA, McLean, VA, and for the past 20 years in New York City, working the last 10 years as a senior program coordinator for the BuildingWorks pre-apprenticeship training program with the New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center. Brian earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Jenny Xiong named new Admissions Counselor and Asian American Liaison

Jenny Xiong has been named the new Admissions Counselor and Asian American Liaison for Metropolitan State University.

Xiong is passionate about higher education and helping people in the Asian community realize that they can achieve the dream of earning a bachelor’s degree and be more successful in life. Her goal is to bridge the gap of Asian Americans who feel a higher education is beyond them, and to show them that Metro State is a great place to go to school. She wants to help other Asian Americans understand that they can fit their education into their lives with the flexibility that Metro State offers non-traditional students.

Xiong has worked at Metro State for the past three years in the Admissions Office as an Enrollment Specialist and Student Worker Lead. She has over seven years of higher education experience working in Financial Aid and Admissions, and is also certified in Event and Meeting Management.

Xiong, originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Technical Communication and Applied Field of Public Relations.

Additionally, Xiong has been actively involved in the Asian American Community for many years. She has volunteered at the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and was a curator for the Hmong National Development Conference, in charge of organizing the entertainment.

 

 

Metropolitan State graduate travels to Somalia to help provide famine relief

Somaila. Image credit: CIA Factbook
Somaila. Image credit: CIA Factbook

Metropolitan State alumnus Said Salah has raised over $10,000 to help provide famine relief to those in need in Somalia.

His interest in helping with famine relief began in 2014, when his uncle called from a rural area of Somalia.  He explained to Salah that there has been a long drought that has greatly impacted his family and others in his community as well.  There is an unfortunate massive food and water shortage.  The conversation made Salah consider what he could do to help others in need like his uncle.

Salah began to put together events for fundraising.  Among the many fundraising efforts, he organized a “Hoops for Hope” and a “Dollar for Dishes” event.  Part of his goal was not just to raise money for famine relief, but to create an awareness of the need for it as well.  Salah worked with the American Relief Agency for the Heart of Africa to connect his fundraising efforts with an agency who is working to help those in small African communities like the one Salah’s uncle lives in.  Salah also stated that there were four or five Somali-owned businesses in Minnesota that helped to raise funds for his cause.

Salah plans to travel to Somalia in July to see his fundraising in action and to help with distributing food and water supplies.  He is excited to make this journey and see all of his hard work come to fruition.

Salah graduated May 1 from Metropolitan State with an Elementary Education degree.  He hopes to start fundraising for relief in Ethiopia after his trip to Somalia.

 

 

School of Urban Education students featured in Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking Video

School of Urban Education students Vanessa Arboleda and Gretchen Henke are featured in this video that features the LinCT project (Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking) of which Urban Education is a partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University.

You can watch the video here:  LinCT Video

LinCT: Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking is a three-year ITEST Strategies project to build and grow a professional learning and teaching community to focus on engaging women educators with technology, building upon educational practice and preparing students for future STEM involvement.  It was first established in February 2016.