Category Archives: Academics

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 (

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:

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 for any questions.

Click here to download the event flyer

Nov. 30: Student Poster Conference

Design a poster to display your research projects at the annual Metropolitan State Student Poster Conference.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 21. The posters will be presented and on display to the public at 6 p.m., Nov. 30, at the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab, room 302. Check-in begins at 5 p.m.

Download  the Metropolitan State poster conference flyer.

Apply by submitting a 250-word abstract of your project and completing the form linked below. In the abstract, you may want to address the following topics:

  • What is the goal of your project?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What impact do you see your research or creative work having?
  • Is this part of a larger project? How does it fit into other work you’ve done?
  • Is this a personal project for you? Is this an advocacy project?

Submit your poster abstract using at this link.


Nov. 16: Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day at Metro: 

Metropolitan State University Alumni Association’s goal is to raise $10,000 on Give to the Max Day Nov. 16.  Every gift made on the Give MN or on the page will count toward the goal. All gift designations will also count toward the goal; however, the “featured” designations will be:

The Metro Fund: Gifts to the Metro Fund allow the university to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. These unrestricted gifts plant the seeds for future success.

The Holiday Giving Program Fund: A holiday tradition at Metropolitan State, the Holiday Gift program allows faculty and staff the opportunity make our student’s lives a little brighter in December.

The Katherine B. Anderson Student Success Fund*: Students who are nearing completion of their degree, but have exhausted their financial aid options will benefit from these awards. Gifts to this fund will prevent students from stopping out for financial reasons.

Here is how you can help:

  • Give on November 16. Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour.
  • Make a gift on the Give MN Site. Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.
  • Give any time between November 1 and November 16 – New for Give to the Max Day 2017: $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded during the 15 days of Scheduled Giving from November 1 through November 15! Make your Give to the Max gift early for an extra opportunity to win! We will draw one random winner each day from November 1 through November 15 and add $500 to that gift.
  • Share your feedback. Let me know how I can get the word out across our community and help you be ambassadors for philanthropy at Metro State

Contact: Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations Director  (651) 793-1810

*Fund name pending donor approval

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

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.

Community Advisory Meeting

The Urban Teacher Program is hosting a Community Advisory Meeting with neighborhood partners to gather feedback on Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education programs.

The meeting will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  Saturday, Oct. 14 at Midway Campus (East Entrance, room 146), 1450 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul.

RSVP at this URL. A light lunch will be served.


Editor’s Note: The link to Oct. 16: “Making Sense of the Violence in Las Vegas discussion to feature Prof. James Densley is here.

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.

READ MORE at MPR News: ‘This shooter is a little different’

Oct. 28: Cybersecurity: Think Safe, Be Safe

Worried that you may have been affected by the recent Equifax breach? Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft. Join Metropolitan State’s Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, first floor atrium, 664 East 6th Street, Saint Paul.

  • Internet Safety Workshop for Children & Families
  • Workshops on social engineering security, mobile device security, and how to secure your home network
  • Free security checkup and cleaning of computing and networking devices

RSVP by Oct. 26 for a free evaluation of your connected devices. Bring your computing (laptop/smartphone, etc.) and networking (WiFi router, etc.) devices along with any installation disks that came with the device. Metropolitan State students will evaluate the device’s security as well  as:

  • Virus detection and removal
  • Internet saftety workshops
  • Social media security and privacy settings

Contact organization president, Austin Kleineschay, at for more information.


Oct. 4: Expert Insights webinar, “Projects: How to Make Matters Worse”

The Expert Insights webinar, “Projects: How to Make Matters Worse,” examines five top reasons projects fail and how acts of project management often contribute to these wrecks.  The webinar will also discuss why regaining control can be difficult, once a project begins to perform poorly.

The webinar will be 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4. Register at this link.