Category Archives: Announcements

June is Men’s Health Month

Join Healthcare and Wellness Services in spreading awareness by participating in a variety of activities.

Healthcare and Wellness Services is offering opportunities which include:

  • Facebook Contest — To kick off Men’s Health Month, anyone who likes the June 1 post by Healthcare and Wellness Services will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
    Look for 30 days of health resources on our Facebook page. Follow the page for important healthcare and wellness news and events.
  • Wear Blue Day — On June 16,  show your support for men’s health by wearing blue. Look for ribbons around campus, or stop by Founders Hall 240D to pick up a men’s health awareness ribbon.
  • Freedom From Smoking Class — 32.4 percent of our male students use tobacco. Don’t be a statistic! Come and get help quitting. Join us for free smoking cessation classes, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 from 12-1 p.m. Saint Johns Hall 154, Saint Paul Campus. Or, come and get information from us that a family member or friend can use to assist them in quitting.
  • Suicide Prevention Talk — National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to speak about suicide prevention on June 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Saint Paul Student Center, Room 101.

Be aware that Zipnosis, the telemedicine platform has changed its name to OnCare. If you have already used Zipnosis, you will not need to re-register. The new link effective May 1 is:

For new users, please remember to register using your Metro State email address and Star ID, and use the following link:

For more information on the university’s Healthcare and Wellness Services, contact Jodee Fitzgerald, 651-793-1552, Founders Hall 240D,

Mathematics professor Cindy Kaus receives prestigious award

Dr. Cindy Kaus, professor of mathematics at Metropolitan State University, has been named recipient of the Mathematical Association of America’s (MMA) North Central Section award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics.  John Zobitz, mathematician at Augsburg, nominated Cindy for this award. The Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics award is based on the following criteria:

  • Be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their teaching.
  • Have teaching effectiveness that can be documented.
  • Have had influence in their teaching beyond their own institution.
  • Foster curiosity and generate excitement about mathematics in their students

Cindy received her award at the Spring 2017 Meeting  on April 21-22 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  In addition, the North Central Section will forward Dr. Kaus’ name as a nominee for the national award.

Photos: Student Research Conference awards

President’s Poster Award: Alex Hepp, Chidiebere Khannaroth, Brian Thill; The Making of a Death Star
President’s Paper Award: Kenneth Abbott; A Multi-Specialty Medical Mission for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Best Project Award: Eric Fulwiler; Hosting Websites with a Raspberry Pi
Conference Organizer Award: Liz Tetu; Technopaganisms + Videogames
Runner Up: Ian Hamilton; Rimworld: Community Driven Game Development
Student Scholars Committee Award: Jill Fallon; Theories & Civic Engagement in Later Life
Runner Up: Shaun Hurley; Volunteering Hours and Tenure and it’s Relationship to Mood
Student Scholars Committee Award: Nikitha Kommera; Smart Augmented Reality in CyberSecurity and Forensic Education
Library Award: Rebecca Knuckles; Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Among America’s Elderly Population
Library Award: Donald Jones; Gesture and Memory
Runner Up: Brian Trac; Metroid’s Other M
Most Promising Research Award: Chris Kempe, Andrew VanDenBrocke, and Kate Ries; The Synthesis of 1,8-napthalamides in the Fluorescence Detection of Metal Ions through Chelation
Runner Up: Rhea Fofana; The Implementation of a Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in an Urban Public Health Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Best Visuals Award: Kyle Jenness; History and Impact of Super Mario Brothers
Most Inspiring Research Award: Denny Yang, Students Salon: Sharing the Culmination of Student Artistry
People’s Choice Favorite Poster: *Names Not Available; The Network Thief
Runner Up: Randy Conaway: Effects that Social Media Has on Self-Esteem

Memorial Day weekend campus schedule

All campus buildings will be closed Memorial Day weekend.

Offices and building will be closed May 27–29
This closure affects the following locations:

  • Saint Paul Campus
  • Saint Paul Campus Library and Learning Center
  • Midway Campus
  • Minneapolis Campus, MEC & MCTC
  • Brooklyn Park (LECJEC)

To contact a Safety Officer During Business Hours.
Saint Paul Main Campus Cell:           651.775.0444
Security Desk:                     651.793.1717
Library Cell:                          651.775.0715
Ramp Cell:                             651.368.4297
Ramp Desk:                          651.793.1730
Student Center Cell:       651.775.6724

Midway Center
Security Cell:                                     651.775.6122

Safety:                                     612.659.6910
Emergency:                          612.659.6900

Brooklyn Park (LECJEC)
Safety cell:                            763-488-2655

Dr. Kyle Swanson new Dean of the College of Sciences at Metropolitan State

Metropolitan State University has named Dr. Kyle Swanson as the new dean of the College of Sciences. He will start at Metropolitan State on Monday, July 3.

As dean, Swanson will be responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for the College of Sciences at the University. Dean Swanson will also serve on the President’s Cabinet.

Dr. Swanson has been at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the last 20 years and is currently serving in the role of chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In addition, he is also a special assistant to the provost for Budget and Planning.

Swanson earned a PhD in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in mathematics and physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In addition, he completed a postdoctoral fellow program in atmospheric oceanic sciences at Princeton University in New Jersey.

“I am proud and excited that Metropolitan State University has recruited Dr. Kyle Swanson to serve as the next dean of the College of Sciences. Dr. Swanson has an outstanding record as an educator, academic leader, researcher, and administrator,” said university President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur. “With his long experience serving at a public, urban university in the upper Midwest, he brings visionary, collegial leadership to an energetic faculty and a growing college. I look forward to the powerful ways in which the College of Sciences will continue to excel in serving our students and the Twin Cities metropolitan region in the months and years to come.”

Search committee members included:

  • Carl Polding, dean of the College of Individualized Studies
  • Pauline Danforth, advisor, College of Sciences
  • Julio Vargas-Essex, director of Admissions
  • Cynthia Harley, assistant professor, College of Sciences
  • Janice Kwallek, office manager, College of Sciences
  • Mike Stein, professor, Information and Computer Sciences
  • Katherine Johnson, associate professor, Mathematics

Swanson will assume the position currently being held by Interim Dean Sue Fitzgerald, who was appointed after Dean Thomas Nelson’s death in August 2016.

May 16: Library Game Nights continue through summer

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center on Saint Paul campus will continue Game Nights through summer.

Game Night features classic and modern video game consoles and games, board games, food and music. The event is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Snacks are provided.

Game nights are from 4 to 7 p.m., each third Tuesday of the month  at the first-floor lounge of the library.

Minnesota Campus Compact award winners

The Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Luncheon and Awards Summit on April 5 at the University of St. Thomas and recognized the 2017 recipients of the Presidents’ Community Partner Award, the Presidents’ Student Leadership Award, and the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award.

“Expanding the Circle: Dialogue, Opportunity, and Minnesota’s Future,” was the theme at this year’s luncheon. The event “brings together a variety of civic engagement stakeholders both to celebrate the good work already being done across the state and to consider ways of building on that work for greater impact.”

Representing Metropolitan State University was Mark D. Rosen who received the Presidents’ Community Partner Award. Rosen has consistently partnered to expand and strengthen the internship pathway between Augustana Care and Metropolitan State University. Rosen is the program director at Open Circle of Hopkins, an adult day program focusing on community, healthy living, and independence, improving community outcomes while enriching student learning and workforce development.

Also recognized at the awards luncheon was The Coalition for Increasing Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota (, who were awarded the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award by Metropolitan State University President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur.  Victor B. Cole, Brett Grant (Voices for Social Justice and TOCAIMN co-chair), Dr. Stanley Brown (Hopkins School District), Dean Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, Professor Paul Spies, Ron Anderson (vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Minnesota State, and chair, MNCC),  Dr. Yvonne RB-Banks and Dr. Rose Chu.

Minnesota Campus Compact is not simply an organization with a board of directors, staff, and member presidents. They are a network of people passionate about educating active citizens and engaging higher education institutions in collaborative efforts that build more just, equitable, and democratic communities.

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May 12: Westbound Interstate 94 temporary long-term traffic changes begin

The right lane (local access lane) and all ramps on westbound Interstate 94 between Century Avenue and Mounds Boulevard will be closed to traffic beginning Friday night, May 12, through the following afternoon, May 13, to complete all long-term traffic changes, including reopening and closing a series of ramps throughout the project area.

New long-term traffic changes begin this weekend

Ramp openings:

The following ramps are currently closed and will reopen on Saturday, May 13:

  • Westbound I-94 to southbound Highway 61/Etna Street
  • Westbound I-94 to Hudson Road
  • Hudson Road. to Westbound I-94 (the easternmost on-ramp in front of 3M)

New and continuing long-term ramp closures:

The following ramp closures will be in place from Saturday, May 13, through mid- summer, unless otherwise noted:

  • Westbound I-94 to Mounds Boulevard
  • Southbound Highway 61/Etna Street to westbound I-94
  • Northbound Highway 61 to westbound I-94
  • Westbound I-94 to White Bear Avenue
  • WB I-94 to Century Avenue. This closure will remain in effect for approximately one month.

In addition, the following ramps will remain closed through mid-summer, unless otherwise noted:

  • Southbound Highway 61/Etna St. to eastbound I-94
  • Northbound Highway 61 to eastbound I-94. This closure will remain in effect through fall 2017.
  • White Bear Avenue to westbound I-94
  • Burns Avenue to eastbound I-94 (McKnight ramp)
  • Hudson Place to eastbound I-94 (McKnight ramp)
  • Hudson Road to westbound I-94 (the westernmost on-ramp in front of 3M)

Detour maps for the upcoming ramp closures can be found on the project website.

2017 Art Purchase Awards

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The Art Exhibition Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Art Purchase Awards.  This year, four purchases were made.

One of the purchases supported by the Student Senate was awarded to student Bryan Starry (Mpls.).  Starry’s work is a diminutive cast aluminum and bronze sculpture, titled Time 01 A.  The other purchase supported by the Student Senate was awarded to alumnae Halle O’Falvey (St. Paul).  Her work, entitled Abstract Log Cabin is a colorful free-style quilt, assembled with cotton fabrics and thread.

The purchase supported by Academic Affairs and the Alumni Association was awarded to alumnae Susan Solomon (St. Paul). Solomon’s work is a gouache and India ink painting, executed on a wood panel. The title of her nocturnal landscape is I’ll Name Her Summer.

This year’s competition also included a special purchase by the Library and Learning Center’s Endowment Fund. This award considered the artwork of Studio Arts faculty members, in addition to students and alumni.  The winning work was made by Community Faculty member Ursula Hargens (Mpls).  This piece is a colorful floral earthenware work called Tile Diptych (Falling Tulips).

Each award winner will receive $1,000.  Placement of the work is to be determined.

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Dr. Amy Gort named new provost at Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University has named Dr. Amy Gort as the new Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. She will start at Metropolitan State on Monday, July 3.

Amy S. Gort
Amy S. Gort

The announcement was made to the university faculty, staff and student body early Monday, May 8. As provost, Gort will be responsible for providing vision and strategic direction for the university’s development and delivery of academic programs and for leading the academic and student affairs division. She will also serve on the President’s Executive Council and the President’s Cabinet.

Gort served as dean of Arts and Sciences at Augsburg College since 2009. She had previously served as dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of Biology at Concordia University, Saint Paul. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gort lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Her passion for teaching was evident during her scientific training as she sought out opportunities as a teaching assistant, research mentor, and adjunct faculty member. She is experienced and well-versed in strategic enrollment planning, determining budgets for new academic programs, and prioritizing resources to encourage enrollment growth. She has developed collaborative relationships with local community colleges to strengthen articulation agreements, contribute to customized transfer student curriculum plans.

“Our search for a provost and executive vice president was nationwide in scope and attracted a strong pool of applicants. During and after the finalists’ campus visits, faculty, staff, and students generously shared their reflections on the candidates,” President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur wrote in an announcement to the university community. “There was a clear consensus that Dr. Gort’s outstanding academic experience, passion for student access and success, and affinity for our urban mission and communities make her an outstanding candidate for this critical role in our shared work.”

Search committee members included:

  • Marcia Hagen, professor, College of Management
  • Nantawan Lewis, professor of religious studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Julie Maxson, associate professor, College of Sciences
  • Brenda Merrill, associate professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Alec Sonsteby, associate professor, Library Services
  • Charles Tedder, associate professor, College of Individualized Studies
  • Craig Hansen, representing the academic deans
  • Joe Rockers, MSUAASF representative
  • Kate Southwick, MSUAASF representative
  • Dina Inderlee, MMA representative
  • Chris Gevara, AFSCME representative
  • Patty McCann, providing support

Dr. Gort will assume the position currently held by Dr. Carol BormannYoung, professor of management, who was appointed interim provost in May 2016. BormannYoung accepted the interim position after Arthur, who was provost at the time, was named president last spring.