Category Archives: Community

Aug. 8: Democracy Shark Tank

Compete against other colleges and universities from across Minnesota to win one of 13 grants to support civic engagement at Metropolitan State University.

Campus teams will develop their best ideas and plans to support student voter turnout in the 2018 election, then they pitch those ideas to a panel of “Sharks” who will invest $10,000 worth of seed funding to help support campuses’ work.

The competition will 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8, at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

Organize your team and register by Aug. 3 at https://www.leadmn.org/sharktank.

Teams must consist of three participants and must include at least one student and one faculty or staff member. Campuses may enter more than one team to compete for the funding, however only one team from each campus is eligible to win a grant.

If you would like to register a team but do not have a full team assembled, please complete the registration form with your information and contact Lead MN Outreach Coordinator Raisa Elhadi at relhadi@leadmn.org when your full team is assembled.

Democracy Shark Tank Sponsors include Democracy Works (https://democracy.works/), LeadMN (https://www.leadmn.org/), Minnesota Campus Compact (http://mncampuscompact.org/), and Minnesota State (http://www.minnstate.edu/).

Questions? Contact LeadMN Director of Programs and Events Lindsay Barton at lbarton@leadmn.org, or Minnesota Election Engagement Organizer Rachael Houston at rachael@campuselect.org.

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Immigrant Heritage Month: June 28 Immigration Walking Tour and Immigrant Youth Event

On Thursday, June 28, East Side Freedom Library will host a walking tour on Saint Paul’s East Side to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month. The tour will meet at East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier Street in St. Paul. Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. The tour will begin at 4 p.m., and will last around 90 minutes.

Freedom Library’s co-founder Peter Rachleff will lead the tour along Payne Avenue, following the experiences of 19th century immigrants up to contemporary Hmong, Somali, Mexican, and Karen neighbors. The tour will explore political, economic, and cultural forces prompting emigration from homelands, as well as settlement patterns and organization in St. Paul.

Library parking is available. Please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.

It is free to attend the tour, but space is limited to 30 people. Reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, June 25, to Chrissy Hursh at chrissy.hursh@metrostate.edu.

After the tour, there will be refreshments provided in the library between 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m.

Following refreshments, the East Side Freedom Library invites everyone to another event, a special reading curated by Green Card Voices, a local nonprofit organization. The reading is from 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. in the library, and is free and open to the public.

“The Voices of St. Paul’s Immigrant Youth” features three of 30 students from St. Paul’s LEAP High School Green Card Voices met with in 2017. Supported by their English Language Learning teacher and Hamline University graduate students, these 30 students from 13 different countries created online video narratives and wrote essays that were included in a book published in the summer of 2017. The book, Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul High School, was a Midwest Book Award finalist.

Come meet and listen to three of these authors.

Immigrant Youth Reading Speakers

Jae Nay Htoo (Thailand-Karen): “When I was in the refugee camps, there were no surprises in my life. It was just a simple life. But when I here, many surprises happened to me, and there were many challenges that I had to face.”

Nima Ahmed (Djibouti): “When I was sixteen, my parents kicked me out because they found out that I was gay. After I moved out, I lived in a shelter for several months. I felt lonely and isolated because I have never experienced life alone.”

Anta Thosaengsiri (Thailand-Hmong): “I remember meeting family members who were like strangers to me because I’d never met them before.”

 

June 26: Fourth Annual Community Puppet Palooza

The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, the Student Parent Center, and Saint Paul Public Library all invite you to the Fourth Annual Community Puppet Palooza from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday, June 26,  Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

This free, family-friendly event is an evening of outdoor games, face painting, snacks, and a live puppet show of Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour. The festivities will start at 6 p.m., rain or shine, near the Labyrinth on the west side of the Metropolitan State University Library. At 7 p.m., the curtain will rise on Open Eye Figure Theatre’s “Little Grandpa’s Big Surprise.”

Per Open Eye Figure Theatre’s website:

Little Grandpa is turning 100 years old, and his granddaughter BB is planning the best, biggest, most bodacious, and SECRET—ssshhh—Surprise birthday party ever. But when cake-baking chaos ensues, BB has to call on her friends and neighbors for help. Can they bring all the ingredients together in time?

Come watch and find out. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on during the puppet show.

For more information, contact Michelle Filkins at 651-793-1621 or at michelle.filkins@metrostate.edu.

Summer Movie Fridays at the Library

If you’re looking for something to do indoors on hot Friday afternoons this summer, check out Summer Movie Fridays, co-sponsored by Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center and Dayton’s Bluff Public Library.

Every Friday from June 22–Aug. 17, a movie will be shown at 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center Room 132.

These family-friendly screenings are free and open to the public.

                                              Summer Movie Fridays at 1 p.m.
                                June 22                                   Coco
                                June 29                         The Borrowers
                                 July 6                                  Storks
                                July 13                          The Boss Baby
                                July 20                                Wonder
                                July 27                                   Sing
                                 Aug. 3                        The Emoji Movie
                                Aug. 10                         Despicable Me 3
                                Aug. 17                              Early Man

If you have questions, please contact the Dayton’s Bluff Public Library at 651-793-1699 or Mallory Kroschel and MaiSee Vang at 651-793-1634.

Metropolitan State welcomes Nagasaki University exchange

St. Paul Nagaski Sister City Council and Metropolitan State extended a warm welcome over the weekend to Professor Takayuki Miyanishi and student Jianz “Kathy” Chen. The Cherry Tree Celebration on Saturday was complete with taiko drummers, dancers and cooperative weather. Sunday was a special dinner coordinated by the SPNSCC to celebrate the student exchange between Metropolitan State and Nagasaki University and the many other Minnesota-Japan cultural exchange organizations and volunteer. Chen started class this week doing environmental science field research and next week will start a communications course. Two Metropolitan State students will attend Nagasaki University in August.

June 14: Metropolitan State University Annual Storm Water Information Meeting

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Urban storm water run-off contains heavy metals including lead, organics such as pesticides, and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus in threatening quantities that cause water quality problems in the lakes, streams, and rivers receiving the runoff.

Metropolitan State University is participating with cities and communities across the country to clean up storm water and reduce flooding, improving our public waters for environmental and recreational uses.

Jim Tiggelaar, civil project manager for LHB Corporation, and Dustin Halverson, account manager for Village Green Landscapes, will present Metropolitan State’s plan and answer questions at the university’s annual Storm Water Information Meeting.

Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
When: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Where: Metropolitan State University
Science Education Center, Room 115

Feel free to bring your lunch.

Thanks in advance for taking part in this important process.

 

 

Relocated Food for Thought, Student Parent Center now open

Food for Thought
Food for Thought is located at Saint Johns Hall, L10.

Food for Thought and the Student Parent Center are now open in a new location.

Food for Thought is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Saint Johns Hall, L10.

 

The Student Parent Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday in Saint Johns Hall, L14.

 

5/25: Open Screen Film Series: “The Good Exorcist”

Metropolitan State University’s Film Club invites you to a screening of The Good Exorcist as part of the Open Screen Film Series. The screening will be shown 7 p.m. May 25 at Metropolitan State’s Film Space in Founders Hall, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.

The screening will open with the short film Shear Madness, written and produced by Metropolitan State alum Ian Withey. Refreshments provided.

The Good Exorcist, directed by local filmmaker Josh Stifter, follows a socially awkward but reliable exorcist attempting to remove a difficult demon from a ranch owned by an eccentric family in Texas. However, the demon proves to be more difficult than the priest assumed it would be.

The Good Exorcist was made in association with the show Rebel Without a Crew for $7,000. The show, produced by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City, Spy Kids), asks filmmakers to emulate the same fast-paced low-budget guerrilla filmmaking techniques that Rodriguez employed while making his debut feature film El Mariachi for less than $7,000.

A discussion with filmmaker Josh Stifter will follow directly after the show.

May 7 – May 20: Food for Thought and Student Parent Center closed during move

Food for Thought and the Student Parent Center will be closed from May 7 to May 20, as the facilities are being moved from the current location to the basement of St. John’s Hall.

The centers will be unable to serve students during the closure. Students who need food should visit Food for Though by Friday, May 4, or visit the neighborhood food shelf:  https://thefoodgroupmn.org/get-help/