Category Archives: Community

Sept. 21: Film screening, “The Embrace of the Serpent”

The Minnesota premiere of “El Abrazo de la Serpiente” (“The Embrace of the Serpent”), will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

This Colombian film was Oscar nominated in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.  Based on a diary, it is the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

“I have seen this brilliant beautiful film and I highly recommend it.  You will be transported to a different time and place.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a movie in Film Space yet, this is your chance,”  says James Byrne, Screenwriting Program coordinator and
Film Space director.

The screening is hosted by Metropolitan State University, College of Liberal Arts, Film Space, and community partners, the Colombian Consulate (Chicago), Intergarción Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, and Global Minnesota.

Sept. 22: Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Forum

At Metropolitan State University, we believe it important to facilitate a campus climate of civic engagement and that our students become aware of what happens in their community.

The university prides itself on serving one of the most diverse student populations in the state of Minnesota, and student organizers are delighted to host this vital forum for our community. In advance of the Nov. 7 general election, Metropolitan State will host a mayoral candidates forum, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Great Hall of New Main, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. 7th Street.

Candidates confirmed to attend are:

The candidates are seeking the office that will be vacated by Mayor Chris Coleman, who has announced that he will not seek a fourth mayoral term and instead will run for Minnesota governor.

Matt Filner, associate professor of political science, will moderate. While the topics for discussion will vary, the event theme will emphasize higher education. Audience participants will be able to submit questions for the candidates. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the mayoral candidates and inquire where they stand on issues that matter to you and your community.

The forum is free and open to the public. The university invites its community partners and neighbors in Dayton’s Bluff and Saint Paul’s East Side to attend. On-site ramp parking will be available at no cost. Contact the Metropolitan State University Student Senate at 651.793.1554 or for more information.

According to Student Senate President Dhibo Hussein, “As a student government organization, we recognize that every voice matters and that collectively our voices can have a profound impact. We also value the importance of making informed decisions, which is why we would like to equip our Metropolitan State University community with direct access to candidates to help aid in their decision making.”


Oct. 19: Minnesota’s Role in Global LGBT Well-being

Senator D. Scott Dibble (DFL) District 61
State Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL) District 61

Metropolitan State University will host a presentation and panel to  examine what Minnesotans are doing to benefit the global LGBT community, and share ways how participants can get involved.

The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium, and  begins with short, 5-minute presentations by Minnesota organizations who are leaders in this area.

State Sen. Scott Dibble will moderate. Representatives from the following organizations will share information about their work:

  • The American Refugee Committee
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • The Center for Victims of Torture
  • Building our Future
  • The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Mossier

A question and answer period will follow the presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please contact Charlie Rounds, program manager, Mossier at 612-203-8358 or

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Activities this month highlight role models, build community, and make a civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions. This is a month-long celebration specific to the United States, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

LGBT History Month originated in the United States, and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Wilson originated the idea, served as founder on the first coordinating committee, and chose October as the month of celebration. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on as did Governors William Weld of Massachusetts and Lowell Weicker of Connecticut, Mayors such as Thomas Menino of Boston and Wellington Webb of Denver. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBT.

Oct. 12: Metropolitan State University Annual Storm Water Meeting

Urban storm water runoff 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 receiving water bodies — lakes, streams and rivers.

Metropolitan State University is participating with adjoining cities and communities across the country to clean up storm water and reduce flooding in order to improve our public waters for recreational and environmental use. University efforts will be discussed at the annual Storm Water Information Meeting. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited.

Jim Tiggelaar, PE, CCS, LEED AP, a civil project manager for LHB Corporation will be present to unveil the university’s plan and answer questions.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Where: Metropolitan State University
Science Center, Room 115

Feel free to bring your lunch.

Sept. 16: Fall Fest

Metropolitan State’s annual homecoming celebration, Fall Fest, will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saint Paul Campus.

Fall Fest is coordinated by the student-run University Activities Board. The festival is free, open to the public and family friendly, and features a variety of carnival-style activities, games, attractions, professional entertainment, free food, great music, and giveaways. The festival also includes a resource fair featuring student organizations and departments. The theme this year is “Fall Fun Since ‘71” and celebrates the university’s evolution and achievements through an exhibition of “history highlights” from 1971 to the present.

Dash Grant provides emergency funds to students in need

Great Lakes logo

Car broke down and no money to repair it? Unexpected medical expenses making it hard to pay bills? Electricity or gas about to be shut off?  Undergraduate students who find themselves in a financial crisis which could put their academic success at risk can apply for the DASH Grant.

Metropolitan State University has received a $420,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates. Metropolitan State is one of the first four-year universities to receive this grant.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, Metropolitan State has the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of acute and unexpected need,” said university President Virginia Arthur. “Most of our students work while attending classes, and many have limited financial resources. That means that, even when the semester is going according to plan, our students struggle to manage work, studies, family, and other commitments. Any number of disruptions can occur—problems with health, family members, automobiles, jobs—and students suddenly find themselves unable to continue their programs. Often a modest supplement can make the difference between continuing to completion and stopping out, which often leads to protracted stopping-out and derails life plans and hopes. Great Lakes has zeroed in on a potent but solvable threat to student success.”

Students who qualify will receive a one-time payment of up to $1,000 to help relieve the stress of an unexpected financial hardship. For qualifications and  to learn more about applying for the Dash Grant, go to


Sept. 22: The Truth About Drugs

Addiction is real and a part of many people’s lives in some way. Drugs are a problem in our communities and they are easy to acquire, attain, and some are even considered socially acceptable.

Dr. Joy DeGruy and Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-District 40, are both passionate advocates for educating the community about this growing issue, and are leading a seminar that addresses:

  • Understanding where and how drugs are derived in Minnesota neighborhoods
  • Characterizing several different types of drugs, names of drugs, and the physical, emotional and social effects drugs have on human lives
  • Understanding the effects that drug use has on the nation’s youth and statistics of drug use by people age 18 years and younger
  • Understanding that addiction is a reality in many of the lives of our nation’s youth
  • Recognizing that a user can be addicted to a drug after a single use
  • Explaining the difficulty that an addict experiences in overcoming addiction, and the reality of physical and emotional ties to the drug (i.e., they can’t just “get over it”)
  • Learning about resources that are available and be able to effectively refer someone who is interested in recovery
  • Earning Continuing Educational Credits

Event: The Truth About Drugs
Time: 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
Date: Friday, Sept. 22
Location: North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Grand Hall, East Parking Lot
Brooklyn Park

4.0 CE hours provided by Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP),
a NAADAC Approved Education Provider.

$15 Registration Fee for CE Credits proceeds support NHCC Food Cupboard

Click on this link to register for the event:

Click here to see the event flyer.

Sept. 22: “Honor-Based Violence, A Local Response to Global Challenges”

Metropolitan State associate professor of criminal justice James Densley and Inspector Allen Davis of the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

Inspector Allen Davis of the Metropolitan Police Service in London will visit Metropolitan State University to discuss the United Kingdom National Police response to honor-based violence (prosecution, protection, prevention, partnership) and advise on how Minnesotans can develop a multiagency response to the violence hidden from view in our communities.

Inspector Davis joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1996 and leads the partnership team in the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, a specialist unit of 1,300 officers responsible for child protection and rape investigation in London. He leads Project Azure, Scotland Yard’s strategic response to female genital mutilation and breast ironing, and Project Violet, the response to child abuse linked to faith or belief (e.g. witchcraft and spirit possession). Inspector Davis is also national lead for Operation Limelight, a high-profile, multi-agency safeguarding operation deployed at the UK border. Operation Limelight focuses on a range of harmful practices, including human trafficking.

The program will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus
Library and Learning Center, room 302 (Ecolab)

Click here to download the event flyer

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office. Contact James Densley at

Metropolitan State University Library now offers live streaming

Do you love movies? Hate paying the fees associated with streaming services?  The answer is right in the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, which has partnered with Kanopy to provide thousands of movies and television titles for free.

Use this link to access the service:

Kanopy will ask for the name of the library you are associated with, in this case, Metropolitan State University, and after you enter the information users will have access to content that can be stream to computer, Roku, Android and iOS devices.

Read more about this service in this article from The New York Times:

MN Sinfonia performances on Saint Paul Campus


Ilya Kaler, violin
Oct. 27, 2017 | Friday, 7 p.m.
700 7th St East, St Paul, MN 55106
  1. Paul SchulzNew Composition PremiereMade possible through the Minnesota Sinfonia’s New Works Program with support from the McKnight Foundation
  2. Henryk WieniawskiViolin Concerto No. 2 (Ilya Kaler)
  3. Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRondo K 373 and Adagio K 261 (Ilya Kaler)
  4. Sergei Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Rachel Lee Priday, violin
Jan. 12, 2018 | Friday, 7 p.m.
700 7th St East, St Paul, MN 55106
  1. New Composition Premiere to be announcedMade possible through the Minnesota Sinfonia’s New Works Program with support from the McKnight Foundation
Sergei ProkofievViolin Concerto No. 2 (Priday)
  3. Edward ElgarSerenade in E Minor for Strings
  4. Ottorino RespighiAncient Airs and Dances Suite 1