Category Archives: Events

Jan. 30: Caucus 101

The Minnesota caucuses are coming up and Metro State Votes 2018 invites you to learn more about the process at Caucus 101.

This training event is 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab 302, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties to begin the process of selecting candidates for the 2018 election.  People who participate in caucuses have the opportunity to influence the issues their party will stand for by offering resolutions. Caucuses take place in locations across the state and are open to the public.

At the Caucus 101 Training, you’ll learn:

  • What a precinct caucus is and why it is important
  • What to expect when you attend your caucus
  • How to write a resolution and get it passed
  • How to stay involved by becoming a delegate for local and state-wide conventions

Light refreshments are provided. For more information, contact Jodi Bantley at 651-793-1294 or

Metropolitan State University’s Multicultural Affairs again selected for Institute of Mexicans Abroad Fellowship Program

By Santos Martinez, director of Multicultural Affairs

Felicitaciónes! Congratulations! Felicitaciónes!

Año dos mil diez y siete, presente lo tengo yo. 

For the third consecutive year, the Office of the Dean of Students and Multicultural Affairs at Metropolitan State University were selected to participate in the 2017-2018 IME-BECAS (Scholarship) Program, the Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program.  Dr. Herbert King, dean of students, and Santos Martinez, director of Multicultural Affairs, prepared and submitted the proposal and greatly appreciate the support received from the university’s leadership and IME-BECAS selection committee.

The IME-BECAS Program is another important opportunity to serve Latino students of Mexican origin and ancestry attending our university.  In partnership with the Mexican Consulate, IME-BECAS is a scholarship program instrumental in alleviating some of the financial strains that impede students from accessing and pursuing their postsecondary education.

The institutional IME-BECAS Award Ceremony sponsored by the Mexican Consulate was hosted on Nov. 22 at Century Community College to recognize the 12 higher education institutions and two nonprofit organizations that received the 2017 – 2018 award. The following individuals represented Metropolitan State University at the ceremony: Nellyda Ross, current student and 2016-2017 IME-BECAS scholarship recipient,  Dr. Amy Gort, provost and executive vice president, Roberta (Bobbie) Anderson, interim associate provost for Student Success, Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Herbert King and Santos Martinez.

Over the past two years, Metropolitan State University has provided assistance to 19 students.  This upcoming  spring, an additional 12 students will be selected to receive the scholarship.  The IME-BECAS (Scholarship) Program has had a positive impact on the lives and educational persistence of students as indicated by some of their comments below.

“As a Mexican woman in the United States, there have been many odds stacked against my success.  With this scholarship, I am able to look forward to completing my degree this year and become part of the positive and growing statistic of Latinos obtaining bachelors’ degrees.”

“I am thankful to have been awarded this scholarship.  It makes completing my educational goals even more attainable while encouraging me to do my best.”

“I am grateful for this scholarship because it will allow me to accomplish my dream of becoming a teacher.”

Metropolitan State hopes to continue assisting students through this partnership with the Mexican Consulate for years to come.

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 Congratulations! Felicitaciónes! Congratulations!

Jan. 31: Register now for Mental Health First Aid

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.

These courses are part of Metropolitan State University’s ongoing  efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper trainings, 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.

The next session will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Jan. 31, at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd.

Register at this link on

Contact Cassandra Shaker ( with questions.

Nov. 28: Haute Dish Fall Reading

Sign up to read for the annual Haute Dish Fall Reading.
Haute Dish is Metropolitan State’s arts and literature magazine. Read and discuss poetry, prose, and visual art published over the last year in an informal setting. The reading is open to students, staff, faculty and alumni. Refreshments will be provided.
 The reading will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Fireside Lounge, Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.
Sign up or get more information by emailing

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 A light meal will be served.

Dec. 1-2: Statistical Analysis System Training for Faculty

Introduction to SAS Studio/University Edition

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence (Formerly Advance IT Minnesota), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104. St. Paul.

In this workshop, you will learn to access your data, combine tables, compute new variables, explore data with simple statistics and graphs, and perform sophisticated statistical analyses with SAS University Edition.

Open to all Minnesota State Faculty Members interested in learning how to use SAS Studio/University Edition.

SAS Visual Analytics Training

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence (Formerly Advance IT Minnesota), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104.

Explore data using visual analytics in-memory capabilities to better understand all of your data, discover new patterns, and publish reports to the Web and mobile devices.

Open to all Minnesota State Faculty Members interested in learning how to use SAS Visual Analytics.

REQUIRED PREREQUISITE: Faculty should have attended either the Aug. 9 or Dec. 1  SAS Studio/University Edition or have previous work experience with SAS University Edition.

Space is limited to 25 people per session. Sign up at this link:

Create an IT Connect account to register if you do not already have an educator account in.

Nov. 15: Career information session

Career Center Services at Metropolitan State University is organizing an informational session for those interested in careers in natural resources management and environmental stewardship.

Three state and federal agencies to present are Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US Fish and Wildlife. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Saint Paul Campus, Science Education Center, room 115, 664 East 6th Street.

Register for the event at this link:

The event is open to Metropolitan State students and alumni. Dress is business casual. For questions, call the Career Center at 651-793-1528 or e-mail

Dec. 2: Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee celebration dinner

A celebration dinner will recognize the students who have completed the first year of the exchange program between Metropolitan State University and Nagasaki University.

The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) will host the annual dinner, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Metropolitan State University, New Main, Great Hall. Cost is $40 per person for served meal (meat and vegetarian options available). The event is sponsored by the President’s Office.

Register at this link to attend:

The  SPNSCC was commissioned as the first Japanese-American city partnership in 1955. Its purpose is to promote beneficial relationships between the American and Japanese people in the two cities, and to promote the cause of peace.  Their first programs helped the city of Nagasaki recover from the damage it sustained from nuclear bombing during World War II.  Today, they continue to connect Japanese and American cultures through grass-roots ambassadorship and to promote Japanese culture in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

For information, contact Victor Cole, community engagement coordinator for Academic Internships and Study Abroad programs.

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.