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Nov. 20: Cybersecurity career information session

Mid-career worker and veterans who are seeking to transition into cybersecurity should attend an informational session to learn about  free cybersecurity training to qualified individuals.

Register to attend an information session, hosted by Metropolitan State University in collaboration with government agencies.

Register using this link for one of the required information sessions:
http://bit.ly/MnCyber

Session dates and times: 

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13,  from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Session swill take place  at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center (LIB-Room 132), 645 East 7th St., Saint Paul.

Contact Faisal Kaleem at Faisal.Kaleem@metrostate.edu for any questions.

Click here to download the event flyer

Dec. 1-2: Statistical Analysis System Training for Faculty

Introduction to SAS Studio/University Edition

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence (Formerly Advance IT Minnesota), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104. St. Paul.

In this workshop, you will learn to access your data, combine tables, compute new variables, explore data with simple statistics and graphs, and perform sophisticated statistical analyses with SAS University Edition.

Open to all Minnesota State Faculty Members interested in learning how to use SAS Studio/University Edition.

SAS Visual Analytics Training

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence (Formerly Advance IT Minnesota), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104.

Explore data using visual analytics in-memory capabilities to better understand all of your data, discover new patterns, and publish reports to the Web and mobile devices.

Open to all Minnesota State Faculty Members interested in learning how to use SAS Visual Analytics.

REQUIRED PREREQUISITE: Faculty should have attended either the Aug. 9 or Dec. 1  SAS Studio/University Edition or have previous work experience with SAS University Edition.

Space is limited to 25 people per session. Sign up at this link: https://gtscandidate.mbafocus.com/AdvanceITMN/Candidates/Authenticated/Events/CompanyEventFile.aspx

Create an IT Connect account to register if you do not already have an educator account in.

Nov. 15: Career information session

Career Center Services at Metropolitan State University is organizing an informational session for those interested in careers in natural resources management and environmental stewardship.

Three state and federal agencies to present are Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US Fish and Wildlife. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Saint Paul Campus, Science Education Center, room 115, 664 East 6th Street.

Register for the event at this link: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/100403

The event is open to Metropolitan State students and alumni. Dress is business casual. For questions, call the Career Center at 651-793-1528 or e-mail career.center@metrostate.edu.

Early voting and same-day registration: It’s not too late

Election Day is Nov. 7. The Metro State Votes campaign asks eligible voters to get to the polls.

While mayoral elections in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are getting the most attention, other cities in the twin cities metro area will also elect new council members and mayors. Also, every school district in the twin cities area will elect a new school board.

To ensure your voice is heard this year, here are a few reminders.

The first step is to see if you are registered to vote. Click here to find out.

Do you know where to go to vote? Click here to find your polling place.

Same-day registration
To register on Election Day, you need to bring proof that you live in your precinct. Most people can prove residency by bringing:

1. An ID with your current name and address.
a. A Minnesota driver’s license or learner’s permit OR
b. Tribal ID with name, address, photo, and signature.

2. A photo ID (driver’s license; U.S. Passport; Military or Veteran ID; a Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID; or high school ID) along with an approved document that indicates your current address.

Approved documents (which may be shown on an electronic device) include:
a. Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election day
b. Current student fee statement
c. Bill, account, or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election (including phone, TV, or internet bill; banking or credit card; rent or mortgage).

3. A voucher. A registered voter from your precinct who can go to the polling place with you and sign an oath confirming your address.

Click here for a complete list of acceptable methods.

Early voting
If you don’t want to wait till Nov. 7 to vote, then early voting is an option.

Registered or not, you can show up at your county election office until Monday, Nov. 6 and vote in person. Click here to find your county election office.

Note: If you are not registered, you must bring proof of residency, just as you would for same-day registration. (See above under same-day registration for more info.)

If you have questions about voter eligibility, or would like to know more about Get Out The Vote or Ranked Choice Voting efforts this year, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at:
yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

Get Out the Vote

The effort to get out the vote continues on campus through Metro State Votes.

What is our goal?
Metro State Votes’ goal is to achieve 100-percent voter turnout among Metropolitan State University students every year through direct action.

Why is it important to vote?
Municipal and school board elections do not attract as much attention as presidential campaigns, but they are still important. Cities, counties, and school boards act on nearly every policy issue, so it is important to remind coworkers, friends and classmates to vote this year. Election Day is Nov. 7.

How can you help?
Metro State Votes is seeking instructors who can take five minutes of class time to discuss the upcoming elections. Informational flyers will be provided. If you would like to have someone present the information, Metro State Votes will try to accommodate the request (contact information below).

Student groups that would like to incorporate voter education into tabling and other outreach efforts may request materials, as well as a representative to answer questions, depending on availability.

Individuals can also help with early voting.

Early voting

The last day to vote early in person is Monday, Nov. 6. For information on early voting, visit the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-in-person/ Those are are not already registered will need to present proof of residence.

Vote by mail
Cast your ballot early by mail. You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day.

Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters.

For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/

To ask questions about voter eligibility, Get Out The Vote or ranked choice voting efforts, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

Oct. 26: Seize Knowledge; Epilepsy Challenges and Resources

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota will present a plenary session on the impact of epilepsy on people, particularly veterans, people with brain injury and other co-occurring conditions.

The event will be 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 at Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th St,.

This event is co-sponsored by Center for Accessibility Resources, Veterans and Military Student Services, Health and Wellness Services, and Metro State Veterans Network.

Register for the event using this link. 

This event is hosted as part of Metropolitan State’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Metro State Votes: Early voting has begun

Early voting for 2017 municipal and school district elections has begun.

Many school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will also have elections on Nov. 7. In addition to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, elections will be in Bloomington, Circle Pines, Falcon Heights, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, Mounds View, New Brighton, Savage, Saint Anthony, Saint Louis Park and White Bear Lake.

Minnesota residents can cast ballots in person at their county election office, vote online, or vote by mail (see details below).

Register online to vote
If you have never voted or have moved since you last voted, you need to register. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 17.  Register online at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Vote today – early voting has begun
As of Sept. 22, Minnesota residents can cast votes in person at the county election office (some cities might have multiple locations). Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

(Note: Those who are not already registered must show proof of residence)

Vote by mail
Vote early by mail. Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Help others vote
This effort can be localized to your neighborhood, apartment or workplace. Small measures that can make a difference include reminding a friend they may register on Election Day, driving someone to the polling place, or vouching (verifying residency) for a neighbor in your precinct so they can vote.

If you have questions about voter eligibility, or would like to know more about Get Out The Vote or Ranked Choice Voting efforts this year, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at: 
yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

Oct. 17: Flu vaccination clinic for students

Stay healthy this fall with a flu shot from Fairview Healthcare. MANE nursing students will provide other health and wellness activities throughout the event.

  • 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, Student Center (Room 101), Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., Saint Paul, MN

Activities include:

  • Flu vaccination (free for students)
  • Hand massages and other relaxation techniques
  • Essential oils
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Information on our new campus wide initiative through the American College Health Association, Healthy Campus!
  • Information on how to eat healthy for $4 per day and samples will be provided!
  • Snacks will be provided!
  • Free swag and samples will be provided to participants who complete each activity.

Activities are open to all, however, flu shots are available only to students at this event. Find more information on vaccinations for faculty and staff at this link.

For more information contact Jodee Fitzgerald, coordinator for Healthcare and Wellness Services at Metropolitan State University, 651-793-1552 or jodee.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu

Oct. 31: Spooky Science Halloween

A fun science-related event for the community is hosted by the Metropolitan State University Natural Sciences Department 5 to 8 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Metropolitan State University, Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, atrium and skyway entrance

The free event is family friendly and open to the public. Activities include the ‘MetroDome Planetarium’, microscope exploration, skull and scavenger hunt, slime making and candy.

October: Seasonal flu vaccination clinics for state employees

The State of Minnesota Employee workplace flu vaccination clinics have been scheduled.

The seasonal flu shot will be available at selected state agency locations, with no out of pocket costs to state employees who present their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card (Blue Cross, Preferred One or Health Partners card). Without the Minnesota Advantage Health Plan ID card, the cost of the vaccine is $33.

Workplace clinics convenient to Metropolitan State University employees include:

ETC Building, (Department of Corrections)
Itasca Room, Lower Level, West Entrance (no appointments scheduled at this clinic)
Midway Campus, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55108
8-11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10

MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College)
Room L3100 (no appointments scheduled at this clinic)
1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
1-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12

Hennepin Technical College
Room H193 (no appointments scheduled at this clinic)
Brooklyn Park Campus, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN
1-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16

Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus
New Main, Room L220
700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106
1-3 p.m., Monday, Oct.  23

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a vaccine at this clinic, please send a message to human.resources@metrostate.edu
The last appointments will be scheduled at 2:45 p.m. Please note that an appointment is not required but recommended so that your wait time will be minimal.

If the clinic dates does not work for your schedule, then check for clinics at other Minnesota state agencies at this link.

Get more information about the 2017 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign for State Employees at this link.