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Nov. 18: National American Indian Month celebration with author, Everett LaFromboise

American Indian Student Services invites the university community and public to a meet and greet with guest speaker, Everett LaFromboise (Asinaabe Inini), author of “The Path of Purpose: Apply the Ancient Anishinaabe,” 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Library and Learning Center, room 101, 645 E. 7th St, Saint Paul.

Asinaabe Inini is a brainwave optimization technician for Fond du Lac Behavioral Health. He has worked with Mashka-wisen and Tagwii treatment centers in Fond du Lac. Through use of the “Seven Teachings” and attending countless ceremonies, he has found healing from addiction. Through storytelling and teaching, he will take participants on a journey that will outline the basic traditional healing approach.

Participants will learn about the importance and use of the “Seven Grandfather Teachings” and the “Four Sacred Medicines.”

There will be a drawing for prizes including several of his books and other prizes. For information or to RSVP, contact Renee Beaulieu-Banks at 651-793-1560 or A light meal will be served.

Here’s how you can help students at Metropolitan State during the holidays

The Metropolitan State University community can be proud that for 17 years we have sponsored families in need over the holiday season. For the past five years, donations were made to families of our Metropolitan State students who were in need of help and support. The Student Parent Center is offering the Holiday Giving Program again this year and asking of the community’s help.

Many students at Metropolitan State University are parenting as they attend school and their budgets can be very tight. There are already families who are eagerly waiting to see if they will be adopted this year. Your generosity through gifts and donations last year made for some very happy children and grateful students. This year those student parents in need are coming to us in greater numbers and we would like to help each and every family.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Metropolitan State student parent family, or can contribute gifts for an individual child, contact as soon as possible so we can match you up with a family. Please specify the size of the family (two, four, or more) you would be willing to sponsor or an individual child you would like to help during the holidays.

Acceptable donations:

  •    Toys and goods (please do not wrap, but provide gift wrap for the student)
  •    Gift cards
  •     Kohl’s Cash (which will be used to buy gifts)
  •    Checks made out to Metropolitan State Foundation (write in memo line: “Holiday Giving Program”)

 Please plan to have all gifts and financial contributions to us by Monday, Dec. 11.

Photos: Inaugural First-Generation College Student celebration, Nov. 8, 2017

Metropolitan State University joined higher education institutions nationwide for the inaugural First-Generation College Student Celebration, Nov. 8, which coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Metropolitan State recognitions took place throughout the day on the Saint Paul Campus.

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.

The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students.

Nov. 1: Scrabble for Scholarships finals


Throw down with Metropolitan State to watch the Scrabble for Scholarships tournament organized by the Annual Fund Drive Committee, to support scholarships awarded through the University Foundation.

The preliminary round begins at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Saint Paul Campus, Saint John’s Hall L5.

Pat Borchert
August Hoffman


Alec Sonsteby
Peter Gawtry


Winners of the first round will play each other in the final round, immediately following. Proceeds go to the Metropolitan State Annual Fund Drive for Student Scholarships.

Nov. 13: Panel discussion on the Model Minority Stereotype and Asian American Masculinity in a Post-Truth, #MeToo, #BLM Moment

Join the School of Urban Education for a panel discussion of the model minority stereotype and Asian American masculinity though personal and professional lenses.

The Model Minority Stereotype and Asian American Masculinity in a Post-Truth, #MeToo, #BLM Moment will be discussed 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, Room 115,  Saint Paul Campus.

Panelists include Kevin K. Kumashiro, PhD, Kevin Kumashiro Consulting, Nicholas D. Hartlep, PhD, assistant professor, Metropolitan State and Brian V. Xiong, EdD, board member, East Side Freedom Library. For more information contact Dean René Antrop-González at

Nov. 15: Pro-SPEAK Series: Practical Tech Comm

TC3 invites speakers to connect with students and the community on a variety of topics as part of the Pro-SPEAK Series.

Peggy Sanchez, senior technical publications manager from Cray Inc. presents on practical #technicalCommunication and offers advice on the skill sets to pursue.

The event will be 6 to 8  p.m. Nov. 15, Student Center. Room SC101, Saint Paul Campus. This will be first of three networking events open to the public and interested students, regardless of major or college.

Oct. 30: Integrity Day — what is it?

Enjoy a free cookie snack as we celebrate Integrity Day at the Student Center noon to 1 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30. Recognize Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity.

Do you know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it? When is it OK to use a picture you found on the Internet? Is it OK for a tutor to help you with your class assignments?

Easily avoid the pitfalls that could jeopardize your university experience. Ensure and protect your academic success by learning about resources to help support academic integrity. Speak with advisors and get a free copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity” to familiarize yourself with the expectations of academic honesty at Metropolitan State University. Get to the Student Center to obtain your copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity.”

The celebration recognizes Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity. Earlier this year, President Ginny Arthur signed an executive order establishing an Integrity Day to be observed each semester. Integrity Days are to remind the university community of the high honor, that integrity matters, and acknowledges that most students don’t cheat themselves out of their educations.

Oct. 27: Screening of Twin Cities Public Television’s ‘Our Rights’

The third and final installment of the Twin Cities Public Television-produced series, “Our Rights,” will be screened at 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 in the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

The series documents human rights in Minnesota and recognizes the 50th anniversary of the state’s Department of Human Rights.

The screening is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Metropolitan State’s Institute for Peace and Social Justice and the Student Senate.

Learn more about the program on TPT’s website.

Oct. 16: Making Sense of the Violence in Las Vegas

Prof. James Densley of Metropolitan State University, along with forensic psychologist Jillian Peterson of  Hamline University will host an in-depth discussion of mass shootings, why they happen, and what we can do about them.

RSVP at this link for the event, 7 p.m. to  8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16 at Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul.

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