Category Archives: Community

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.

June 2: ‘Magia Salvaje’ to screen at Film Space

The Open Screen Film Series presents the Columbian film “Magia Salvaje” in cooperation with Integración Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, the International School of Minnesota, Global Minnesota, and Metropolitan State University.

The free screening will be at 7 p.m., June 2, at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus. Representatives from Integración Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota will discuss with the audience  the award-winning success and cultural impact of “Magia Salvaje.”

Experience the amazing creatures and landscapes of Colombia through a new lens. Colombia “Magia Salvaje” is an ambitious documentary that explores the country’s natural wonders and unique biodiversity. Through stunning cinematography, the film takes to the audience to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, to the Island of Malpelo, follows the tracks of the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and accompanies a condor’s flight in El Cocuy. A tribute to the beauty of Colombia, “Magia Salvaje” covers 85 locations and 20 ecosystems. It’s a must-see for adventure seekers and lovers of this natural paradise.

For more information about Film Space, click here.

On Track Podcast: Episode 22

On Track, a podcast series from the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts, has just published its latest episode.

In this month’s edition, we’re discussing the second annual Student Research Conference. On Track was recorded live at the Great Hall. We spoke to a variety of University students in human services, computer science, nursing, and gaming.

On Track informs the larger Metropolitan State community as well as the public about programs, events, activities, and research in the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts.

The podcast can be streamed on both iTunes and Spreaker. We encourage you to give us a listen and to subscribe to the podcast.

Metropolitan State graduate travels to Somalia to help provide famine relief

Somaila. Image credit: CIA Factbook
Somaila. Image credit: CIA Factbook

Metropolitan State alumnus Said Salah has raised over $10,000 to help provide famine relief to those in need in Somalia.

His interest in helping with famine relief began in 2014, when his uncle called from a rural area of Somalia.  He explained to Salah that there has been a long drought that has greatly impacted his family and others in his community as well.  There is an unfortunate massive food and water shortage.  The conversation made Salah consider what he could do to help others in need like his uncle.

Salah began to put together events for fundraising.  Among the many fundraising efforts, he organized a “Hoops for Hope” and a “Dollar for Dishes” event.  Part of his goal was not just to raise money for famine relief, but to create an awareness of the need for it as well.  Salah worked with the American Relief Agency for the Heart of Africa to connect his fundraising efforts with an agency who is working to help those in small African communities like the one Salah’s uncle lives in.  Salah also stated that there were four or five Somali-owned businesses in Minnesota that helped to raise funds for his cause.

Salah plans to travel to Somalia in July to see his fundraising in action and to help with distributing food and water supplies.  He is excited to make this journey and see all of his hard work come to fruition.

Salah graduated May 1 from Metropolitan State with an Elementary Education degree.  He hopes to start fundraising for relief in Ethiopia after his trip to Somalia.

 

 

Photos: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

An event hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) on May 17, 2017 at Metropolitan State’s Student Center was collaborative effort with the university’s Career Center to bring professionals to campus to talk about the many aspects of commercial real estate.

Stephanie Lee, vice president, Carlson Commercial
Judy Jandro, senior vice president, Bell State Bank and Trust
Anne Kane, community development director, City of White Bear Lake
Charlie Nestor, development and leasing manager, Hillcrest Development
Bob Pounds, senior vice president, Colliers International
Rich Forslund, senior property manager,  Colliers International

Panelists were industry professionals who discussed development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.

The two-hour event concluded with a question and answer session and a brief informal meeting for students and alumni present to network with the panelists.

May 26: “No Blood of Mine” free screening and Q&A with writer, director Wesley Ellenwood

No Blood of Mine

Watch a free film screening of the neo-noir mystery No Blood of Mine followed by a discussion with writer and director Wesley Ellenwood and cast member Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki Nation of Central Iowa).

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 26
Location: Film Space, Founders Hall
Free parking for this event is available in Metropolitan State University’s ramp.

Synopsis: The story follows Victoria, a young businesswoman, who accepts a loan from a North Dakota gangster. When her Williston business fails, she flees under the cover of darkness back to her hometown of Duluth, Minn. After a reunion with her wealthy biological father, he meets an untimely demise. An investigation follows, led by the clever Detective Rennie Dupree (played by Larry Yazzie) and his rookie partner Officer Mark Sorenson. Victoria must decide between joining the gangster or face incriminating evidence linking her to the murder.

No Blood of Mine was shot entirely on location in Duluth, Minnesota. More than 75 percent of the cast and crew are from Duluth or the Twin Cities.

This screening is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance, guided by Community Coordinator Christal Moose (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and an advisory council of Native and Indigenous community leaders. For the full list of happenings, including performances, exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, click here to visit The Ordway’s website.

The event is presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Open Screen Film Series at Film Space, Metropolitan State University. “Open Screen Film Series” is funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

School of Urban Education students featured in Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking Video

School of Urban Education students Vanessa Arboleda and Gretchen Henke are featured in this video that features the LinCT project (Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking) of which Urban Education is a partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University.

You can watch the video here:  LinCT Video

LinCT: Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking is a three-year ITEST Strategies project to build and grow a professional learning and teaching community to focus on engaging women educators with technology, building upon educational practice and preparing students for future STEM involvement.  It was first established in February 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 (www.tocaimn.com), 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 11-13: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center grand opening

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is promoting the grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. This is a three day event starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11 with blessings from the community elders. The cultural center is the idea of Co-Executive Directors Mary Anne Quiroz and Sergio Quiroz.

According to their website, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is

“a collective of artists and organizations dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism.”

It grew as an extension of their dance and community circle called Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, which means Warriors of the First Cactus Flower in the Nahuatl language; and which both Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz are teachers of.

Aiyana Sol Machado, the founder of Bomba Karaya Guey, a Puerto Rican dance group, stated that this cultural center is the first of its kind in Saint Paul. Machado feels that this cultural center is a space to incubate and co-create with other groups like Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company – a company that promotes Haitian dance and folklore – Sicangu Rosebud Reservation – a Native American tribe from South Dakota, among others.

The grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is a three day event starting on Thursday, May 11 with details as follows:

    • Thursday, May 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — An evening of sharing and listening with community elders; stories, poems, and words of wisdom.
    • Friday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m. — Prospección exhibit opening Mexican artist Emmanuel Sierra
    • Saturday, May 13, noon to  4 p.m. – Cultural Youth Community performances
      – 1 to 6 p.m. – East Side Get Down – Breakdance Battle
      – 6 to midnight – Local and national artists, DJ Dance Music & Jam with Alma Andina

     

  • More information about the event and the group can be found here.