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Upcoming Interstate 94 east metro ramp closures

Construction crews are making progress on the eastbound Interstate 94 pavement replacement. The old pavement is nearly completely removed, and construction crews are on track to begin pouring concrete for the new driving surface of the eastbound lanes this week.

As the project progresses, so does the need to adjust traffic restrictions to give crews the space to complete this important work.

Expect these changes in the coming weeks within the work zone:

  • The ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound McKnight Road will close early Thursday morning, July 20. Anticipate re-opening both eastbound I-94 to McKnight Road ramps in August.
  • The ramp from Etna Street to southbound Highway 61 will close early Monday morning, July 24, through the end of August

Ramps are being closed to they may be repaved. Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

What’s next

Anticipate final construction stage in early August. There will be additional lane and ramp closures (and openings) before the project is completed this fall.

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Volunteer opportunities in the community

The Minnesota Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization that provides educational services to children and adults is in need of volunteers to tutor adult immigrants and refugees who are learning English, help them build their language and literacy skills, and thrive in the United States.

Students are also invited to explore opportunities volunteering with learners who are pursuing their GED or brushing up on reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

Volunteers help with  tasks, such as helping a child with homework, reading a prescription bottle, helping an adult fill out a job application. It may not seem like much, but it’s important work, and makes a big difference.

This is an excellent opportunity for Metropolitan State students to help their neighbors achieve their dreams while gaining teaching experience and learning more about the people in the community.

No previous tutoring experience is necessary. Required training is provided. The only language requirement is the ability to read, write and speak English. Flexible morning, afternoon and evening opportunities are available throughout the Twin Cities. The time commitment ranges from two to three hours per week. Volunteers must be 18 years old, or 16 if volunteering with a parent or guardian.

The organization’s learning centers are across the Twin Cities metro area and volunteers can be matched to nearest locations.

Contact Wendy Roberts for more details:

Independence Day building closure

In observance of Independence Day, Metropolitan State University will be closed July 4 at all campus locations.
Fireworks Safety Information
The Saint Paul Campus Library and Learning Center, Midway Campus, Brooklyn Park Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center Campus, Management Education Center  and  Minneapolis Community and Technical College are all closed.
Regular hours will resume Wednesday, July 5.

Interstate 94 East traffic changes begin June 23

Traffic change details

Project milestone: Beginning Friday, June 23, westbound traffic on Interstate 94 will be switched to the newly-paved westbound lanes. This is the first in a series of traffic changes that will occur between June 23 and June 30. The changes are needed to set up the traffic pattern that will allow construction crews to begin resurfacing all eastbound I-94 travel lanes between Saint Paul and Maplewood in early July.

Drivers will encounter the following lane and ramp closures over the next week in the project area:

Beginning June 22:

Lane closure: Starting 9 a.m., June 22, the right lane on northbound Highway 120/Century Avenue will be closed from just south of I-94 to 3M/Innovation Road for approximately three weeks. The closure is needed to provide work space for crews to construct the trail on the east side of the road.

Beginning June 23:

Lane closure: The right lane (local access lane) and all ramps on westbound I-94 between Highway 120/Century Avenue and Mounds Boulevard will be closed through 5 a.m., June 24. During this time, all westbound I-94 traffic will be routed to the far left lane. Once these closures are lifted, most ramps will reopen and motorists will have three travel lanes on westbound I-94.

Ramp closures: The following westbound I-94 entrance and exit ramps will be closed through August 2017, unless otherwise noted. These closures are necessary to maintain a safe traffic flow on I-94 during construction.

Hudson Road to westbound I-94 (the far east entrance ramp in front of 3M) White Bear Avenue to westbound I-94. This closure will be in place through fall 2017.

Beginning June 24:

Crews will be relocating the moveable barrier from eastbound I-94 to westbound I-94 as part of preparing for the next construction stage. From Saturday morning, June 24, through Thursday evening, June 29, there will be three eastbound travel lanes and three westbound travel lanes on I-94.

Beginning June 29:

Lane closure: The right lane (local access lane) and all ramps on eastbound I-94 between Mounds Boulevard and Highway 120/Century Avenue will be closed beginning at 9 p.m., June 29 through 5 a.m., June 30. During this time, eastbound I-94 between St. Paul and Maplewood will be reduced to a single lane of traffic. After these closures are lifted, most ramps will reopen and eastbound I-94 will be set up in the traffic pattern that will be in place through August 2017.

Ramp closures: The following eastbound I-94 entrance/exit ramps are currently closed and will remain closed through fall 2017:

  • McKnight Rd. to eastbound I-94
  • NB/SB Hwy 61 to eastbound I-94

Be prepared to choose a lane

Starting on Friday morning, June 30, motorists on eastbound I-94 should be prepared to choose a lane.

Drivers exiting within the 5-mile project area between Mounds Boulevard and Highway 120/Century Avenue should stay in the right lane and follow the “local access, stay right” signs.

Drivers traveling beyond Highway 120/Century Avenue should remain in the left lanes and follow the “through traffic, stay left” signs.

Watch this brief video before driving in the area.

Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

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June 28: Career Info Session with Target Retail Group

Target is seeking Metropolitan State students and alumni to hire as leaders within its stores. Company representatives would like to meet students who are naturally comfortable leading others and who want to develop themselves further through Target’s Executive Team Leader program.

Students with desire to motivate a large group of individuals towards a common goal will have the opportunity to excel. Once hired, all new executives will go through a six-week Target welcome that will entail shadowing a successful executive in a training store.

Register, prepare, and attend this info session to meet a panel of recruiters and employees from Target to learn what your career could be like there.

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 28
WHERE: Ecolab (Lib 302), Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus

OPEN TO: All Metropolitan State students and alumni
REGISTER: Handshake events Target Retail Group Career Infosession at

Phone: 651.793.1528 
Visit Career Center at FH 110


Dean’s List to be implemented

At the request of the Student Senate, the Interim Provost has announced that the “Dean’s List” will be implemented as an academic recognition for students at Metropolitan State University beginning spring 2017 semester.

Students may earn Dean’s List recognition in any semester when they have successfully completed at least six credit hours earning letter grades (A to C-) and have a minimum term grade point average of 3.50. A student who receives an “I” or “W” in courses beyond the required six credits are also eligible for Dean’s List. Additionally, credits from a successfully repeated course earning a letter grade are counted toward the minimum six-credit requirement.

Upon request by Metropolitan State’s Registrar’s Office, the System Office ran a script and posted the verbiage “Dean’s List” to the transcript for all students who had grades posted for spring as of May 19.

The next step will be to determine a location to post the Dean’s List to the website.  More information on the “Dean’s List” will be posted on News@Metro once it is obtained.

Metropolitan State confers the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Josephine Shang-Kuan Su

Metropolitan State University is pleased to announce the conferring of the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon our esteemed university partner, Ms. Josephine Shang-Kuan Su in recognition of her eminent contributions to Metropolitan State University and to the field of International Education, which enhances the missions of both China University of Technology and Metropolitan State University.

Su is chairperson of the Board of China University of Technology (Taiwan) and majored in Economics at National Taiwan University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Briar Cliff College and her MBA from the City University of New York, where she also attended the PhD program in Economics.

Her outstanding career experiences in the United States included serving as a manager in the Economic Forecasting Division at Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates of the University of Pennsylvania, as chief of the Research Processing Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a vice president of Citibank.

Since becoming chairperson of the China University of Technology Board in 1992, Su has adopted a pragmatic approach in her dedication to education, creating an excellent environment in which faculty welfare is highly respected and high-quality student learning is facilitated.

China University of Technology has cooperating partnerships with 21 international universities, one of which is Metropolitan State University. Metropolitan State’s partnership with China University of Technology was formed in 2000, and includes an MBA degree program with 178 graduates and a dual-degree bachelor’s program established in 2014.

Minnesota Dental Hygienist’s Association names new president

Louann Goodnough

The Dental Hygiene Department through the College of Nursing and Health Sciences announces Louann Goodnough as the president of the Minnesota Dental Hygienist’s Association.  She was was installed April 30. Additionally, she was appointed as a dental hygiene member of the Dental Services Advisory Committee through DHS to a four-year term beginning in January.

Goodnough is a licensed hygienist in Minnesota who has been active with oral health advocacy throughout her professional career. She is the current Dental Clinic Coordinator at Metropolitan State’s Advanced Dental Therapy Clinic in Maplewood.

Brian Higbee named new Operations Coordinator for Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship


Brian Higbee joins Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship as the new Operations Coordinator.

Higbee says that it was a fun choice to move to Minnesota, because it’s so different from New York City, and that he’s enjoying learning about the arts and history native to our state. He’s excited to work at Metropolitan State, because he enjoys engaging with the students, helping them to learn, and helping make a difference in their lives. Higbee says, “I enjoy being a part of something bigger.”

Originally from Rochester, New York, Higbee has lived in Nantucket, MA, McLean, VA, and for the past 20 years in New York City, working the last 10 years as a senior program coordinator for the BuildingWorks pre-apprenticeship training program with the New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center. Brian earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Jenny Xiong named new Admissions Counselor and Asian American Liaison

Jenny Xiong has been named the new Admissions Counselor and Asian American Liaison for Metropolitan State University.

Xiong is passionate about higher education and helping people in the Asian community realize that they can achieve the dream of earning a bachelor’s degree and be more successful in life. Her goal is to bridge the gap of Asian Americans who feel a higher education is beyond them, and to show them that Metro State is a great place to go to school. She wants to help other Asian Americans understand that they can fit their education into their lives with the flexibility that Metro State offers non-traditional students.

Xiong has worked at Metro State for the past three years in the Admissions Office as an Enrollment Specialist and Student Worker Lead. She has over seven years of higher education experience working in Financial Aid and Admissions, and is also certified in Event and Meeting Management.

Xiong, originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Technical Communication and Applied Field of Public Relations.

Additionally, Xiong has been actively involved in the Asian American Community for many years. She has volunteered at the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and was a curator for the Hmong National Development Conference, in charge of organizing the entertainment.