Category Archives: Community

March 29: Metropolitan State’s Joint Bargaining Unit Group presents Unions in the 21st Century: Preparing for a Post-Janus Reality

Metropolitan State University’s Joint Bargaining Unit Group presents a free lunch and panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m., March 29, in New Main Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus, on the history, contributions, and existential challenges facing organized labor. The event is open to the community and  students are encouraged to attend.

Panelists Peter Rachleff, director, East Side Freedom Library; Ron Rollins, attorney at law, Middle Management Association; and Metropolitan State Professor Emeritus Tom O’Connell will discuss three themes: what are the threats facing unions today, how do unions recruit membership in a post-Janus decision world, and what is the public perception of unions today?

A question and answer session will follow. Lunch catered by Green Mill, with snacks and coffee provided by the Office of the President.

The Metropolitan State Joint Bargaining Unit Group includes members of American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3998, Middle Management Association (MMA), Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAAF), Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE), and Inter Faculty Organization (IFO).

April 4-7: National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies annual conference

The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) is hosting its annual conference April 4-7, at the DoubleTree Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis.

For students and staff interested in Chicana/o (Mexican American) Studies, this presents a unique opportunity to engage with scholars and activists from around the country and attend sessions and panels on a variety of topics, including immigration, literature and the arts, politics, and society, and popular culture.

Program and registration details may be accessed at Contact Aureliano DeSoto, associate professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair-Elect of NACCS, for more information.

This event is partially underwritten by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies, and the Office of Diversity and Equity at Metropolitan State University.

April 2-5: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week

Listen. Learn. Prevent.

Metropolitan State University has declared April 2-5 as Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Each day of the week will feature both open discussion, training for staff and faculty, and showings of the film Searching for Angela Shelton. These events will take place on our St. Paul Campus, in Student Center Room 101, located at 700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106.

The schedule is as follows.

Monday, April 2: noon to  1 pm
– Open Discussion on affirmatibe consent and 1B.3 policy
– This event is for staff and faculty, but students are welcome to attend.  Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday. April 3: 4:15 to 5:45 pm
Film Showing:    Searching for Angela Shelton
(Food will be provided.)

Wednesday, April 4: noon to 1 pm
– Bystander training for faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided
– Bystander training for students. Food will be provided

Thursday, April 5: 4:15 to 5:45 pm
Film showing:  Searching for Angela Shelton
(Food will be provided)


Join the AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new immigrants and low-income communities in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area. The Metropolitan State University Library was recently selected as a partner site for the CTEP.

Apply now for an opportunity to teach digital and computer literacy skills to students and community users of our library starting in September 2018. Or choose from other placement sites at libraries, museums, and community centers throughout St. Paul.

Apply online at and click on “Apply to Serve.” Be sure to indicate the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when prompted for which program you are submitting your application. Contact Joel Krogstad at or call 651.298.8918.

• Members teach technology literacy skills to program participants in order to help them obtain employment, and improve their civic and social opportunities.
• Members serve full time over the course of a year starting early September in community technology centers located within nonprofit organizations, museums, and libraries.
• Members receive a living stipend (~$1000/month), a health care option, and a $5,920 educational award upon completion.
• Full-time schedules are flexible and site-dependent, but you would need to be available on the first and third Fridays of every month to participate in AmeriCorps professional development trainings with other AmeriCorps members.

CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all! CTEP is a program of the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN). To see the full list of host sites, including Metropolitan State University Library, visit

Questions about CTEP positions? Contact Joel Krogstad at or call 651-298-8918. For questions about Metro State’s participation, email librarian Jennifer DeJonghe at

March 27: Free webinar for nurses and caregivers for people with Parkinson’s

Joyce Bredesen, associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Metropolitan State University, will lead a webinar on “Improving Caregiver Strain through Science and Model Interventions.”

Hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation, this webinar offers the audience an opportunity to learn more about Parkinson’s disease symptoms, progression, treatments and management during our free, live slideshow presentation. Participants will learn about ways to improve and ease caregiver strain by assessing and identifying potential interventions to assist caregivers in talking about the difficult issues they face.

Caring for a person with Parkinson’s can result in decreased mental and physical health. Over the years, research has shown that the gradual loss of patient autonomy has a negative impact on the life of a caregiver, resulting in a decline in quality of life. During this free Nursing Solutions webinar, participants will learn about ways to ease this caregiver strain through science and model interventions.

The webinar will be delivered from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. Register via this webpage:

 CEUs: If you are a healthcare professional, you may watch this webinar for continuing education credits. CEUs are managed through the American Society on Aging. You will have up to 30 days to view and apply. An additional 60 days will be needed to process your application.
For more information, contact:, associate professor, Advising and Program Support for CNHS, interim dean, CNHS

Submit your proposal for April 21 Student Research Conference

At the annual Student Research Conference students present their scholarship from in and outside the classroom, with examples in poetry, primary research projects, essays, secondary research, performative art, artistic projects, and posters.

Submission for presenters is open until March 23. The conference is divided into three categories: papers, posters, and creative projects.  Details for  categories and guidelines for submission can be downloaded at this link. Learn more by following this website. This is a chance to show friends, family and the community the work students do at the university.

The event is 1 to 4  p.m., April 21, in the Great Hall , New Main, Saint Paul Campus.  Check in begins at noon.

Presenting is open to all Metropolitan State students. Attendance is free and open to all students, staff, faculty, administration, community members and family members. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

This event is hosted by the Student Scholars Committee. Students with questions: email student contact representative Dr. Kerry Kleyman; Faculty with questions: email faculty contact representative Dr. Alex Layne; Funding for the Student Scholars Committee is provided by The Office of the President and The Office of the Provost

Feb. 28: Sachiko: A Bomb Survivor’s Story

Caren Stelson, author of Sachiko: A Bomb Survivor’s Story, will visit Metropolitan State University for a conversation about bomb survivor, Sachiko Yasui’s  life, and to discuss her lecture to medical doctors at the University of Wisconsin Medical School about radiation exposure.

Sachiko received the American Library Association’s Siebert Award for Information Books, and the Jane Addams Book Award for Peace and Justice, among other recognition. Stelson’s visit will be 3 to 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Midway Center, room 154, 1450 Energy Park Drive.

Stelsonis an active partner at Metropolitan State and Nagasaki University as the two build close ties via the Nagasaki-St. Paul Sister City organization.

No RSVP necessary. Contact Michal Mosckow at with questions.

March 11: Winter Clothing Drive

The Social Work Student Association is hosting a winter clothing drive. Donate your clothes at bins located in the Student Center, Founders Hall, and Library and Learning Center now through Sunday, March 9.

Donated items will be available for pickup at a free “shopping” event from 1-4 p.m., Monday, March 11 in the Student Center, room 101.

The event is open to the public.

Contact Rachel Hanson at for more information.

April 1: Application deadline for Annual Art Purchase Awards

In an effort to encourage the growth and development of studio artists among its students and alumni, and to elevate the profile of the arts on campus, Metropolitan State University has committed to sponsor an annual art purchase and competition.

Students and alumni may submit up to six works annually.  This year there is a special purchase from the library that will allow faculty to submit up to six works as well. All subjects, media and forms are welcome. Four works will be purchased for $1,000 each.

Applications are due on April 1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.  A decision regarding the work selected for purchase will be made by the end of spring semester.  All applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Hard copy entry forms are available at The Gordon Parks Gallery.  Electronic versions of the entry form are available in the links below. Questions about entries can be sent to Amy Sands at 651-999-5963 or

Submissions will be reviewed by the Art Exhibition Committee, consisting of students (appointed by the Student Senate), faculty (appointed by the Inter Faculty Organization) and staff members (academic and administrative, appointed by the president and Executive Council).

The committee may request that works under consideration for purchase be lent to the university for the AEC to review firsthand.  In such a case, the artist will be contacted by an AEC member and arrangements will be made for a brief loan period.

Generous donors include the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Alumni Association, the Library Endowment, and the Student Senate.

Mamava pods provide private, clean, and comfortable nursing stations on campus

 Metropolitan State University Healthcare Services is proud to announce the arrival of the Mamava Lactation Pods.
The pods are located on the Saint Paul campus on the first floor of the Student Center and in the commons area at the Midway Campus.

Mamava is a business dedicated to changing the culture around breastfeeding by giving women clean and private facilities to use a breast pump or nurse an infant.

Mamava Pod
 (Image of the Mamava pod at the Saint Paul Campus.)

The pods are used in conjunction with the Mamava app which can be downloaded via the Adroid or Apple store. Women can use the app to find Mamava stations on campus and at other public places, as well. The pods will also allow the campus community to access additional space for lactation needs.

In addition to the pods, the standard lactation rooms on the Saint Paul Campus (room 140C) and Midway campus (room R) will be maintained. Look for updates to these rooms throughout spring semester. Students, staff, and faculty will also have the ability to schedule room 140C and room R through Healthcare Services.

Those needing access to the lactation rooms are asked to register at