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Metropolitan State teams compete at MinneMUDAC Data Science Challenge

On Saturday, Nov. 4, six teams from Metropolitan State University were among those competing at MinneMUDAC 2017 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The annual data science competition gives teams a difficult challenge question and one month to analyze a massive dataset before presenting their results. This year, more than 60 teams participated at three levels, including Advanced Graduate, Advanced Undergraduate and Novice divisions.

Undergraduates Mohamed Abdi, David Bowles, Dahir Mohamed, Khom Redlinger and Benjamin Sipe competed in the Novice division and received the Discovery Award for presenting the most interesting insight from the data. According to judges, the team provided “actionable analysis and good presentation of findings.”

Other undergraduate participants in the Novice division included Mitchell Billion, Jessica Maistrovich, Teng Xiong, Amanda Spradling, Udochukwu Eze, Brent Gallagher, Haris Javed, Laura Kokkila and Kondiway Bagana.

Metropolitan State undergraduates participating in the Advanced Undergraduate division included Abdalla Abiikar, Abdirizak Jama, Ibrahim Mohamed, Bukari Hirade, Damilola Adeyemi, Susan Bartuah, Ashmi Bista, Kafayatou Saka, Kelechi Uchegbu, Jay Carey, Kjerstin Jovaag, Anthony Ly and Richard Pineda.

Student teams were assisted by faculty advisors Cindy Kaus, professor of mathematics, and Firasat Khan, professor of management information systems.

Learn more about the competition and see the complete list of winning teams at this link.

MinneMUDAC is presented by MinneAnalytics (MinneAnalytics.org) in partnership with the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC.org).

Nov. 18: National American Indian Month celebration with author, Everett LaFromboise

American Indian Student Services invites the university community and public to a meet and greet with guest speaker, Everett LaFromboise (Asinaabe Inini), author of “The Path of Purpose: Apply the Ancient Anishinaabe,” 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Library and Learning Center, room 101, 645 E. 7th St, Saint Paul.

Asinaabe Inini is a brainwave optimization technician for Fond du Lac Behavioral Health. He has worked with Mashka-wisen and Tagwii treatment centers in Fond du Lac. Through use of the “Seven Teachings” and attending countless ceremonies, he has found healing from addiction. Through storytelling and teaching, he will take participants on a journey that will outline the basic traditional healing approach.

Participants will learn about the importance and use of the “Seven Grandfather Teachings” and the “Four Sacred Medicines.”

There will be a drawing for prizes including several of his books and other prizes. For information or to RSVP, contact Renee Beaulieu-Banks at 651-793-1560 or renee.beaulieubanks@metrostate.edu. A light meal will be served.

Here’s how you can help students at Metropolitan State during the holidays

The Metropolitan State University community can be proud that for 17 years we have sponsored families in need over the holiday season. For the past five years, donations were made to families of our Metropolitan State students who were in need of help and support. The Student Parent Center is offering the Holiday Giving Program again this year and asking of the community’s help.

Many students at Metropolitan State University are parenting as they attend school and their budgets can be very tight. There are already families who are eagerly waiting to see if they will be adopted this year. Your generosity through gifts and donations last year made for some very happy children and grateful students. This year those student parents in need are coming to us in greater numbers and we would like to help each and every family.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Metropolitan State student parent family, or can contribute gifts for an individual child, contact holiday.giving@metrostate.edu as soon as possible so we can match you up with a family. Please specify the size of the family (two, four, or more) you would be willing to sponsor or an individual child you would like to help during the holidays.

Acceptable donations:

  •    Toys and goods (please do not wrap, but provide gift wrap for the student)
  •    Gift cards
  •     Kohl’s Cash (which will be used to buy gifts)
  •    Checks made out to Metropolitan State Foundation (write in memo line: “Holiday Giving Program”)

 Please plan to have all gifts and financial contributions to us by Monday, Dec. 11.

Photos: Inaugural First-Generation College Student celebration, Nov. 8, 2017

Metropolitan State University joined higher education institutions nationwide for the inaugural First-Generation College Student Celebration, Nov. 8, which coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Metropolitan State recognitions took place throughout the day on the Saint Paul Campus.

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.

The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students.

Student Angela Edwards recognized with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Unsung Hero Award

Student Angela Edwards was recently awarded a Minnesota Council of Nonprofits award for unsung heroes for her work with the nonprofit Education Explosion.

As founder of Education Explosion, Edwards works with students in North Minneapolis to achieve educational and career goals through test preparation, counseling and on-site computer training. Because of her work and encouragement, many in her community are moving away from poverty. Edwards is a student in the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program at Metropolitan State.

“Angela brings a sense of hope to her community and to everyone she works with, and, according to her nominator, has brought many from poverty to self-sufficiency.  The combination of the incredible work she’s doing plus her determination and heart made her stand out.  That, in addition to the fact that she has never received recognition for her amazing work, really won her the award,” said Sarah Crumrine, communications coordinator for the
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Edwards was recognized at a luncheon at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and will be honored at its annual conference in October. Each awardee in 2017 will receive a cash prize of $10,000 from the McKnight Foundation and MCN and were honored at a private luncheon in Minneapolis on Sept. 26. Award recipients will also be recognized at the 2017 MCN Annual Conference on Oct. 12 in Saint Paul.

According to Edwards, this recognition will allow her to devote more  monetary resources to her nonprofit, Education Explosion. Winning grants has been difficult and Edwards has been funding the organization through businesses that she has started.  The recognition from this award will help with future grant applications and as she seeks money to fund the organization.

Since 1985, the McKnight Foundation has recognized Minnesotans who have improved the quality of life for current and future generations with the Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. In 2015, MCN partnered with McKnight Foundation to coordinate and present the inaugural Unsung Hero Awards, honoring individuals performing life-changing work in communities across Minnesota, with little or no recognition.

Nov. 16: Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day at Metro: 

Metropolitan State University Alumni Association’s goal is to raise $10,000 on Give to the Max Day Nov. 16.  Every gift made on the Give MN or on the http://www.metrostate.edu/give page will count toward the goal. All gift designations will also count toward the goal; however, the “featured” designations will be:

The Metro Fund: Gifts to the Metro Fund allow the university to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. These unrestricted gifts plant the seeds for future success.

The Holiday Giving Program Fund: A holiday tradition at Metropolitan State, the Holiday Gift program allows faculty and staff the opportunity make our student’s lives a little brighter in December.

The Katherine B. Anderson Student Success Fund*: Students who are nearing completion of their degree, but have exhausted their financial aid options will benefit from these awards. Gifts to this fund will prevent students from stopping out for financial reasons.

Here is how you can help:

  • Give on November 16. Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour.
  • Make a gift on the Give MN Site. Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through GiveMN.org between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.
  • Give any time between November 1 and November 16 – New for Give to the Max Day 2017: $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded during the 15 days of Scheduled Giving from November 1 through November 15! Make your Give to the Max gift early for an extra opportunity to win! We will draw one random winner each day from November 1 through November 15 and add $500 to that gift.
  • Share your feedback. Let me know how I can get the word out across our community and help you be ambassadors for philanthropy at Metro State

Contact: Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations Director

Kristine.hansen@metrostate.edu  (651) 793-1810

*Fund name pending donor approval

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

Additional sessions scheduled for Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Metropolitan State University is launching efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper training, which teach participants to recognize signs of distress in people and to connect that person to helpful resources. You can help to prevent suicide at Metropolitan State University. Suicide prevention is all of our business, and everyone can play a role to help.

Training events are planned across several campus locations. Representatives from the Suicide Awareness Leadership Team and Metropolitan State University Creating Awareness Regarding Suicide (CARES), will teach the warning signs of suicide and promote upcoming gatekeeper training.

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff, and students, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, and how to recognize a problem, give reassurance and refer them to seek professional help. Three sessions and locations are offered for this training:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, Brooklyn Center (Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Center) campus. Includes one hour luch break. Register at: mhfalecjec.eventbrite.com.
 Kognito is a 45-minute online training and uses role-playing to teach how to recognize when a student is in crisis and refer them to the appropriate services. There is a general module, a veteran module, and an LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to www.kognitocampus.com. The enrollment key for Kognito is “MetroState.”
Both options count toward community faculty PDA credit.
E-mail cassandra.shaker@metrostate.edu with questions.

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

Metro State Votes: Early voting has begun

Early voting for 2017 municipal and school district elections has begun.

Many school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will also have elections on Nov. 7. In addition to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, elections will be in Bloomington, Circle Pines, Falcon Heights, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, Mounds View, New Brighton, Savage, Saint Anthony, Saint Louis Park and White Bear Lake.

Minnesota residents can cast ballots in person at their county election office, vote online, or vote by mail (see details below).

Register online to vote
If you have never voted or have moved since you last voted, you need to register. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 17.  Register online at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Vote today – early voting has begun
As of Sept. 22, Minnesota residents can cast votes in person at the county election office (some cities might have multiple locations). Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

(Note: Those who are not already registered must show proof of residence)

Vote by mail
Vote early by mail. Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Help others vote
This effort can be localized to your neighborhood, apartment or workplace. Small measures that can make a difference include reminding a friend they may register on Election Day, driving someone to the polling place, or vouching (verifying residency) for a neighbor in your precinct so they can vote.

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