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Shoe away hunger, Sept. 16-30: Donate your old footwear

Get rid of new or gently-used footwear including sneakers, sports shoes, casual shoes, boots, flip flops, ice skates, etc., and make a difference.

Food for Thought at Metropolitan State University will donate these shoes to our nonprofit partner, Good in the ‘Hood, to raise funds to support their food pantry. All sizes, shapes and conditions. The nice shoes bring in more funds, so those are especially welcome.

Encourage your friends, relatives and neighbors to do the same. Tie or band them together and place them in one of the bins that will be available on all four campuses starting Sept. 16, when the campaign kicks off at Fall Fest. The campaign ends on Sept 30.

Sept. 22: The Truth About Drugs

Addiction is real and a part of many people’s lives in some way. Drugs are a problem in our communities and they are easy to acquire, attain, and some are even considered socially acceptable.

Dr. Joy DeGruy and Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-District 40, are both passionate advocates for educating the community about this growing issue, and are leading a seminar that addresses:

  • Understanding where and how drugs are derived in Minnesota neighborhoods
  • Characterizing several different types of drugs, names of drugs, and the physical, emotional and social effects drugs have on human lives
  • Understanding the effects that drug use has on the nation’s youth and statistics of drug use by people age 18 years and younger
  • Understanding that addiction is a reality in many of the lives of our nation’s youth
  • Recognizing that a user can be addicted to a drug after a single use
  • Explaining the difficulty that an addict experiences in overcoming addiction, and the reality of physical and emotional ties to the drug (i.e., they can’t just “get over it”)
  • Learning about resources that are available and be able to effectively refer someone who is interested in recovery
  • Earning Continuing Educational Credits

Event: The Truth About Drugs
Time: 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
Date: Friday, Sept. 22
Location: North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Grand Hall, East Parking Lot
Brooklyn Park

4.0 CE hours provided by Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP),
a NAADAC Approved Education Provider.

$15 Registration Fee for CE Credits proceeds support NHCC Food Cupboard

Click on this link to register for the event:

Click here to see the event flyer.

Sept. 22: “Honor-Based Violence, A Local Response to Global Challenges”

Metropolitan State associate professor of criminal justice James Densley and Inspector Allen Davis of the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

Inspector Allen Davis of the Metropolitan Police Service in London will visit Metropolitan State University to discuss the United Kingdom National Police response to honor-based violence (prosecution, protection, prevention, partnership) and advise on how Minnesotans can develop a multiagency response to the violence hidden from view in our communities.

Inspector Davis joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1996 and leads the partnership team in the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, a specialist unit of 1,300 officers responsible for child protection and rape investigation in London. He leads Project Azure, Scotland Yard’s strategic response to female genital mutilation and breast ironing, and Project Violet, the response to child abuse linked to faith or belief (e.g. witchcraft and spirit possession). Inspector Davis is also national lead for Operation Limelight, a high-profile, multi-agency safeguarding operation deployed at the UK border. Operation Limelight focuses on a range of harmful practices, including human trafficking.

The program will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus
Library and Learning Center, room 302 (Ecolab)

Click here to download the event flyer

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office. Contact James Densley at

OnCare telemedicine portal now available for students

The OnCare telemedicine portal is now available to all students at Metropolitan State.

Services covered include:

How to begin
First, register at using your Metropolitan State e-mail address and StarID. If you had previously registered for Zipnosis, login to OnCare using your Zipnosis username and password at

Help us learn how to better serve you
Win a chance for a $25 Amazon gift card by participating in a survey. As part of the university’s Health and Wellness Services commitment to achieving the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus 2020 goals, we’re conducting a survey. Watch your student e-mail and when you complete the confidential survey you will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Lunch and learn
Learn how to integrate fruits and vegetables into your diet at two classes on the Saint Paul campus, led by personal coach and trainer Whitney Marie Wellness.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20
    Room L120, Founders Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27
    Room L120, Founders Hall

Substance Use presentation
Dr. Amelia Arria, associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, gives a presentation on substance use in our community.  Arria completed her postdoctoral fellowship on drug dependence at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11
    Room 101, Student Center, Saint Paul Campus

Suicide Prevention Week
Starting Monday, Sept. 11, learn about the warning signs of suicide.

Find Health and Wellness Services at all four campuses and pick up a suicide prevention ribbon to promote awareness.

See our information display at the Midway Campus.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255.

Click here for the Healthcare and Wellness Services Newsletter

Oct. 19: Admissions Preview Day

Freshmen and transfer students, listen up! We get it. Being a new student at Metropolitan State University can be challenging. Especially if you are navigating through all that Metropolitan State University has to offer.

With that in mind, Metropolitan State University is organizing Preview Day, 11 a.m to 1 p.m and 3 to 5 p.m. , Oct. 19,  at the Saint Paul campus, 700 East Seventh Street, so mark your calendars.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with expert admissions counselors, advisors and students who will be there to help you.

Register for the event at this link:

If you are unable to attend Preview Day, contact the Admissions Office at 651-793-1302 to set up an appointment with an admissions counselor.

Tips to prevent RSI



Ready, set, stretch! As the semester winds up, public health experts remind of the benefits of daily stretches to prevent repetitive stress/strain injury (RSI). Data suggest that cervical and wrist RSI are at epidemic proportions in the US because of poor ergonomics.

Experts recommend the following tips to prevent cervical and wrist or arm injury due to consistent computer work:


If you have additional questions:

Dr. Debra Eardley, DNP, RN, APHN-BC
College of Nursing and Health Sciences 
Phone: 651-793-1385

Jodee Fitzgerald
Health and Wellness Services Coordinator
Phone: 651-793-1552

Other helpful resources: 

ANEW BAM Summer Youth Program advances success of youth and families

Metropolitan State University hosted the ANEW Black Arts Movement (BAM) Summer Youth Program on campus for the fourth consecutive year, through co-sponsorship with the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES).

ANEW BAM was founded  in 2013 by Kevin Robinson, executive director and Vanessa Young, program director and Metropolitan State graduate . The organization is dedicated to advancing the academic success of youth and families through culturally responsive arts education, social emotional learning, and African American history and culture. By adhering to core values that include community, integrity, compassion, curiosity, and self-determination, ANEW BAM youth participants develop skills and self-awareness to reach their fullest potential and become change agents within society.

Young mentioned that her experience as a student program coordinator at ICES led to the collaboration between Metropolitan State and ANEW BAM. ICES sponsored ANEW BAM’s youth program in the summer of 2014. Both Young and Robinson credit the help they received from Metropolitan State to make ANEW BAM’s Summer Youth Program successful.

Greg Mellas, Director of the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, further explained this initiative, “When the university established its permanent campus in Dayton’s Bluff in 1992, it made a long-term commitment to partner with the community in several key areas. Urban education was one of those. The partnership with ANEW BAM and similar youth initiatives are examples, 25 years later, of the university’s ongoing commitment to urban education. Metropolitan State is a gateway to opportunity for students of all ages, and that includes youth. It’s critical that these young learners have positive experiences on a university campus and envision college education as part of their own future. What better place for those experiences to occur than at the public university in their own community?”

Over the years, participation in the the youth program has grown from ten kids to more than 60 kids in 2017. Young said, “80 percent of the kids come from the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, and 20 percent from areas as far as Shakopee and Wisconsin.” The kids ages range from 5 to 14 years old. Word of mouth plays a significant role in promoting the program. As to why the program has grown over the years, Young says that, “a lot of the parents have never been to college. So they are trying to find an exposure [for their kids] to college. The kids from this neighborhood get to take ownership of a space they consider theirs. Young students taking responsibility.”

Robinson explains that “our program is really structured. A vast majority of our staff are college students. [The kids and our staff] have a big brother little sister relationship.”

ANEW BAM’s Youth Summer Program is income based and open to everybody. This summer the program ran from June 12 to July 21. Kids spend anywhere between eight to nine hours weekdays at Metropolitan State University, and Fridays are reserved for field trips.

A typical day at ANEW BAM Youth Summer Program (Fridays reserved for field trips):

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Cultural affirmation
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Math and reading tutoring
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch and outside activities
12:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Afternoon enrichment program
2:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Check-in between kids and staff
3 p.m.-5 p.m. After-care (Individualized tutoring of kid’s choice)

Sept. 13: 2017 Diversity Networking and Jobs Fair

Metropolitan State University’s career event of the year.

Meet over 30 employers who are intent on hiring Metropolitan State students and alumni.

Event runs from  2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

Attendees get a $5 coupon good at Alimama’s in the Student Center. A sitting for a free professional photo for LinkedIn profile is also available.  Prep for the fair with alumni coaches.

Register for the fair at

For information contact the Career Center at  (651) 793-1528 or visit

Nicholas Hartlep named editor of the Journal of Educational Foundations

Dr. Nicholas Hartlep, assistant professor of urban education, has been named the new editor of the Journal of Educational Foundations (JEF). The journal’s new home is the School of Urban Education (UED) at Metropolitan State University.

In addition to the role that Hartlep played in bringing this top education journal to Metropolitan State University, then-Interim Provost Carol Bormann Young  supported UED’s request to publish the journal from Metropolitan State’s UED.

Brief history of The Journal of Educational Foundations:

The journal was initially published by Prakken Publications from 1986 to 1989 and then by Caddo Gap Press from 1989 onward.

1986-1987 – JEF started under sponsorship of the American Educational Studies Association and the University of Calgary with co-editors Alan H. Jones of Prakken Publications and Roger Woock of University of Calgary.
1988 to Spring 1992 – sponsored by the University of Cincinnati with co-editors Kathryn Borman and Patricia Reilly.
Summer 1992 to Winter 1995 – sponsored by Youngstown State University and National Lewis University with editors Jane Van Galen and James Pusch of Youngstown and William Pink and Robert Lowe of National Lewis.
Spring 1995 to Spring 1997 – sponsored by National Lewis University with William Pink and Robert Lowe as editors.
Summer 1997 to 2004 – sponsored by Marquette University with William Pink as editor.
2005-2006 – sponsored by Jersey City State University with Darrell Cleveland as editor.
2007 to Winter/Spring 2012 – sponsored by Stockton College of New Jersey with Darrell Cleveland as editor.
Summer/Fall 2012 to current – sponsored by the University of Texas at San Antonio with Michael Jennings as editor.

Hartlep spoke about his responsibilities as the incoming editor,

“I have many responsibilities. Appoint other members of editorial team and editorial board (either keeping or altering the current editorial board); recruit peer reviewers (keeping any current reviewers as desired); solicit and receive submissions (including any carry over submissions from current editor); coordinate review of submissions; select manuscripts for publication; copy edit manuscripts; determine which articles will appear in each issue; write introductions for issues if desired; send manuscripts for each issue to the publisher; receive and review final proofs for each issue from the publisher; approve final version of each issue prior to publication.”

Metropolitan State University has a three-year commitment to  host JEF, and Metropolitan State can renew the contract indefinitely. Hartlep intends to keep the journal at Metropolitan State “for many years, so we will become the longest-standing institution.”

Hartlep thinks that Winona State University is the only other university in the Minnesota State System that hosts a journal. He feels that “it is very significant for Metropolitan State University to host JEF because JEF is a reputable journal that is in print and that is indexed [in Education Index].”

JEF is an independent quarterly journal in the social foundations of education sponsored by Metropolitan State University.
Subscriptions: $50 (individual)/$100 (institutional) per year ISSN 1047-8248.
JEF features research and analysis in the social foundations of education, with a focus on interdisciplinary scholarship among the foundations fields.

Colleagues, direct inquiries regarding the Journal of Educational Foundations to Hartlep at