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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

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.

Raj Sethuraju, Lyan Nyamwaya nominated as Minority Access National Role Models

Dr. Raj Sethuraju and Lyan Nyamwaya are honored as nominees for the Minority Access’ National Role Model.

The award winner will be announced at the Minority Access national conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sethuraju is an associate professor at Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

Nyamwaya is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and founder and current president of the African Nurses Association. She works as a charge nurse at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn.

The National Role Model Awards are given in various categories to individuals who serve as inspirational role models to inspire others to emulate them, and thereby increase the pool of scholars and professionals who will find cures for illnesses or solve technological problems or address social disparities in society.

Find more information about this event at this link: http://www.minorityaccess.org/index.html

Minnesota State kicks-off next phase of search for chancellor

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 20, 2017 – With the retirement of Steven Rosenstone, who served as chancellor from 2011 – 2017, and with Devinder Malhotra serving as interim chancellor, Minnesota State has begun the next phase in the search for its permanent chancellor.

Former MnSCU Chancellor Rosenstone

“The most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees is the selection of the chancellor of the fourth largest system of higher education in the nation,” said Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. “This is a critical role, responsible for providing leadership for our state colleges and universities as they develop the talent that businesses and communities across Minnesota need in order to thrive. We are committed to filling this role with a gifted leader who has the experience and the collaborative skills required to keep our system of state colleges and universities moving forward.”

To assist in the search process, the Board of Trustees has appointed a search advisory committee comprised of trustees, students, faculty, and staff as well as presidents, members of the chancellor’s cabinet, and community leaders.

Devinder Malhotra
Devinder Malhotra, former interim president of Metropolitan State University, is serving as the interim chancellor.

To manage the search process, Minnesota State has engaged Wheless Partners, one of the nation’s leading executive search consultant and human capital advisor firms experienced in working with a range of clients, including higher education, global Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, government organizations, public and private institutions, and entrepreneurial startups. Wheless Partners has led many successful executive searches across the state of Minnesota, and the higher education team has conducted presidential and chancellor searches for numerous public and private universities and systems nationally. “We were impressed,” Vekich added, “with Wheless’ track record for going beyond traditional methods of recruiting to develop a broad pool of candidates.”

According to Vekich, the search will continue until a permanent chancellor is found.

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State offer more than 3,700 academic programs and over 600 online programs, and award over 40,000 degrees, certificates, and diplomas each year.  More than 87 percent of graduates get jobs related to their field of study, and over 80 percent stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education.

Jason R. Carter Science Education Center dedicated with celebration

Jason Carter was a biochemistry student at Metropolitan State University who died of leukemia in May 2016. Metropolitan State reached the next step to honor Jason’s memory and dedicated the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center with a celebration and reception on Saturday, Sept. 9.

His parents, Diana and Robert Carter, and the Carter Family Foundation of Wayzata, Minn., worked with the University Foundation to provide a generous $2 million endowment through contributions in memory of Jason.

This endowment is the largest donation to Metropolitan State and is indicative of the growing support for the University’s important mission. It will be used to support university research and provide scholarships to students studying the natural sciences. The endowment establishes a lasting legacy for Jason at Metropolitan State and the University Foundation has already begun to award Carter scholarships to students, several of whom were present at the celebration.

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.

Statement of Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding DACA

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2017 – At Minnesota State, our core commitments include opening the doors of educational opportunity and ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The diversity of our campus communities is a key strength – one that makes us who we are and allows our state colleges and universities to play the critical role they do.

As our nationwide dialog concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) continues to unfold, we will continue to express our steadfast support for this policy and strongly urge our federal delegation to preserve its protections. Terminating or phasing out DACA would leave thousands of young people across the country, including perhaps some of our students, with uncertain futures. We are committed to working with our students, our faculty, our staff, and our representatives in Washington toward a long-term solution that supports DACA students and allows them to continue to contribute to our vibrant communities throughout Minnesota and to our economy. Our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.

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 www.metrostate.edu/job-fair

For information contact the Career Center at  (651) 793-1528 or visit www.metrostate.edu/career