Category Archives: Community

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 held at 7 p.m. on 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 only $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 Q & A session 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:

May 24: Minnesota Campus Compact Civic Dialogue—Twin Cities

The Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative, organized by Minnesota Campus Compact, launches in September.

The purpose of the initiative is to gather and organize those who wish to work to build, expand and connect dialogue efforts as a means of fulfilling their respective institutions’ civic missions.

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Minnesota Campus Compact supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through their diverse network of colleges and universities. Its member campuses build partnerships and educate students to develop creative solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

Those who want to be involved in the initiative, or just to add tools to their dialogue toolbox, should attend the Civic Dialogue—Twin Cities Gathering inaugural meeting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 24 at Metropolitan State University’s Library and Learning Center, Room 302, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.

Register using this link:

Contact Sinda Nichols at or 612-436-2080 for information or with questions.

June 29: Summer Movies @ the Library

As a part of the ongoing movie screening campaign, Metropolitan State University and the Saint Paul Public Library are bringing more free, family fun to campus. These family friendly screenings are free and open to the public, so grab a few friends or family members and enjoy the delights of animation Friday afternoons in the Student Lounge.

On June 29, we will feature the Borrowers. The movie, based on, “Children’s author Mary Norton’s storybook creations, the four-inch-tall family of ‘borrowers’ who live among humans and co-opt their possessions. When a crooked lawyer (John Goodman) takes over the Lender family’s house, he’s got to reckon with the borrowers therein, who launch a campaign to oust the invader and restore the home to its rightful tenants.”

  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 29 at the Saint Paul Public  Library, Dayton’s Bluff Branch, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106.

For more information, check out the Saint Paul Public Library event calendar.

May 15: Game Night at the Library

Whether you want to try out a new video game system or show off your gaming skills, Metropolitan State University invites you to game out every third Tuesday of each month. Those interested should meet at the Student Lounge in the university’s Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

  • When: May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Games will be available to play on both classic and new game systems, including Nintendo NES, Wii U, Super Nintendo and Playstation 4. A variety of board games will be available as well.

Snacks and music will also be provided.

Game Night at the Library is an open event that is sponsored by Metropolitan State Library and Information Services and the Saint Paul Public Library.

May 11: Minnesota Workforce Forum

NAADAC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are joining forces with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP) and Metropolitan State University to reach out to build awareness and educate high school and college/university students about the benefits and opportunities in the substance use and mental health disorder professions in the hope of increasing the number of college/university students choosing to enter the behavioral health field and specializing in these disciplines.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 11 at Metropolitan State, Founders Hall and Great Hall, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.  Registration opens at 8 a.m.; lunch and exhibitors from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be food and door prizes.

The Forum will focus on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines that deliver not only a fulfilling life of helping others, but the opportunity for advancement and creativity.  In addition, students will learn about Minnesota’s workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, national certification opportunities, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities. Finally, on-site students will visit with local substance use disorder treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities. The Forum will be live-streamed at partner satellite locations, and taped for future posting on NAADAC’s website.

Register online at the NAADAC website.

This event is organized and sponsored by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Addiction Professionals, and Metropolitan State.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo Parade

Come and celebrate! Each year Metropolitan State University staff, faculty and students participate in the West Saint Paul Cinco de Mayo parade.  Participating in the Cinco de Mayo parade is important because it makes the university’s presence known in the Latino community, as “The Latino community is welcome at Metro State.”

When: Saturday, May 5. Participants meet at 9 a.m., The parade starts at 10 a.m. Lineup will occur on Humboldt Avenue between Elizabeth Street and Cesar Chavez Street. Metropolitan State University is designated as lineup unit #22

Check-in information for walking units and walkers:

  • Parking: It is highly encouraged that people carpool, as there will be limited parking on side streets neighboring Humboldt Avenue.
  • There will be a block captain wearing an orange volunteer T-shirt who will assist units checking in and lining up in the designated areas.
  • The parade route has been altered due to the rockslide on Wabasha Street.
  • Cinco Parade staging directions
  • Parade route
  • Line-up assignments

Those who are interested in participating, please contact Karina Moreno, Admissions Counselor & Chicano/Latino Liaison at or 651-793-1308. All student participants will receive a Metropolitan State gift set. Please wear a blue shirt to represent the university.

Paint a neighborhood mural with Urban Roots

Metropolitan State University’s longtime community engagement partner, Urban Roots, will paint and install a mural at the Phoenix Market, adjacent to the first of its many community garden plots.

Mural designers are Urban Roots interns and are are very excited to be at the stage of installing this work of public art.

Metropolitan State students and employees are invited to join Urban Roots staff at these scheduled two-hour painting sessions:

• 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 7 at Phoenix Market, 685 3rd St. E;

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Indigenous Roots, 788 7th St. E.

• 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Phoenix Market, 685 3rd St. E.

Interested? RSVP on the Urban Roots MN Facebook page or contact David Woods, for more information.

Metropolitan State Medallion Hunt 2018: Clue #9


2=4 for sufficiently large values of 2.

Medallion Hunt Rules


Read your email.

From April 2-27, News@Metro will publish several clues about the location of the medallion. The medallion will be hidden on Metropolitan State University property.

The hunt is open to all members of the Metropolitan State community.

• News@ Metro will publish clues as to the location of the medallion. The medallion will be hidden on Metropolitan State University property. We will post clues twice a week, so check frequently.
• The hunt is open to all members of the Metropolitan State community.
• The prize for finding the medallion and returning it to Kristine Hansen in the Metropolitan State University Foundation office will be a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble.


Everyone who participated in the hunt by purchasing an “ I support the Annual Fund Drive” sticker will be invited to join us at an ice cream truck social from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 on the Saint Paul Campus and on Wednesday, May 2 at the MEC in Minneapolis. (Save your sticker.)

Stickers are available for a minimum $10 donation to the Annual Fund Drive. Stickers are available at Gateway and may be picked up in person or sent interoffice from the Foundation office. Donations are accepted through online giving, checks or by completing an Annual Fund payroll deduction form. Groups or hunting partners may not share a sticker.

If the medallion is not found, prizes will be distributed through a drawing of all entries. To enter without making a gift, please return an annual fund pledge form with the words “NO DONATION” written in the donation area of the form.

All returned pledge forms will be entered into a prize drawing.*

Other prizes include:
• “Table for four, please” — Lunch with university President Ginny Arthur for three faculty or staff members.
• “Get your Metro stuff” — One of several gift cards to the Metropolitan State University Bookstore. (donated)
• “Make it a Grande” — One of two $10 gift cards to Starbucks. (donated)

* No pledge is necessary to enter, simply return your form with “No PLEDGE” written on the form. Please include your name and contact information