Category Archives: Events

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 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)


March 22: Book signing with guest speaker Dr. Julio Cammarota

Hear Associate Professor Dr. Julio Cammarota of Iowa State University discuss his recently published co-edited book, PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas, about Participatory Action Research (PAR) and Latinx learners. His research focuses on participatory action research with Latinx youth, institutional factors in academic achievement, and liberatory pedagogy.

In his talk, Dr. Cammarota demonstrates how a PAR EntreMundos has successfully elevated the critical consciousness and intellectualism of teachers, collective members, Latinx students, and other students of color, while encouraging the expansion of these pedagogies to meet the growing diversity of many U.S. schools.

The event will be 6 to 8 p.m. March 22, in New Main, Great Hall at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th Street. Questions about this event may be emailed to

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of “achievement” to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about “assimilating” them into mainstream academic frameworks.

This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices.

The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

This book presentation and signing are co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Library and Information Services, School of Urban Education, and the University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


March 22: The Science of Beer Brewing

Learn about yeast, wort, cultures and fermentation from the brewmeisters at Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. at this presentation noon to 1 p.m., March 22 at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, room 115, Saint Paul Campus.

Education first! No alcohol will be served at this event. This presentation is hosted by the Metropolitan State Natural Sciences Department
and the North Star STEM Alliance.

April 12: Latino Family Night

Metropolitan State University welcomes Latino students and their families to Latino Family Night 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12. The event will be hosted  at Student Center located at 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minn., 55106.

Attendees will be provided information about the university, admissions, scholarships, FAFSA and the Minnesota Dream Act, and resources available to assist them. Those in attendance will also learn more about the Pueblo Student Group. Finally, a student panel and tours will be available.

Please contact Assistant Director and Chicano/Latino Liaison Karina Moreno D’Silva at 651-793-1308 or with any further questions.

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

April 7: First Saturday Science

What is forensic science? What skills does a forensic scientist need? How are chemistry and biology used in forensic science?

First Saturday Science returns with “Forensic Science!” This workshop involves finding clues, piecing puzzles together, and solving the mysteries left behind at a crime scene.  The event will be  from noon to 2 pm., Saturday, April 7, in the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, room 214.

Youths and their families are invited to explore science with fun laboratory experiments and activities. Free for all ages, but geared towards 11-14 year-olds. Open to the Metropolitan State University community and the public.

Download the flyer for details.

RSVP by contacting Julie Chau, First Saturday Science Student Coordinator, at For more information, contact the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship at

March 24: Haute Dish Spring Reading

Haute Dish, the literature and arts magazine of Metropolitan State University, will present its 5th Annual Spring Reading at Open Book (home of The Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts).

 The reading will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Target Performance Hall, 1011 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis. Light refreshments provided, and the cafe on site will be open to purchase beer, wine, coffee. The event is open to the public. Come  hear Metropolitan students, staff, alumni and faculty read their work from the past five years of Haute Dish.

March 16: The Great Paper Airplane Contest 2018

Fold your best paper airplane and launch it off of the Great Hall balcony in the Great Paper Airplane Contest. The event is noon to 12:45 p.m., Friday, March 16, New Main, Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus.

The competition will be judged in the categories of distance and accuracy.

  • Participants should bring six folded planes for six throws. Print your name on each plane.
  • Planes must be folded from standard 8.5″x11″ 20-pound copier paper. No cuts, tears, hole punches, or add-ons such as tape, paperclips, etc.

Competition is open to anyone affiliated with Metropolitan State including students, faculty, staff, administration and family members.

Gift cards to the university bookstore will be awarded to the top three individual finishers in each category: First place $25, second place $15, and third place $10.

For more information, e-mail event coordinator Ron Miller at

View and share the event flyer.

Visit for printable paper airplane templates and instructional videos.

March 23: The Preacher (Mawlana)

Metropolitan State University will host a screening of “The Preacher” as part of the Arab Film Fest 2018 Tour.

The screening will be 7 p.m. March 23, at Film Space in the Founder’s Hall Auditorium, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus. The event is free for students. Tickets are available at this website.

“The Preacher” is a a narrative  drama that tells the story of Hatem (Amr Saad), a moderate young preacher in Cairo, who becomes a television celebrity with millions of fans. This makes him a perfect tool for government manipulation on a mass scale, as his eloquence and wit are employed by key figures in the Egyptian state to influence policy and religious practice. However, when the cameras are off, bloody struggles for state power rage, and as Hatem tries to stay out of political and sectarian disputes, his personal and professional life become increasingly consumed by the complex tapestry of Egyptian politics.

Based on a novel by the same name, Mawlana by Ibirahim Issa, the story offers a critique of power, corruption, and fundamentalism in Egyptian society. In addition, this dark and convincing film highlights the importance of media in the production of political and religious agendas.

The director, Magdy Ahmed Ali, graduated with a degree in pharmacy before becoming a filmmaker. He studied filmmaking at the Higher Institute of Cinema and worked closely with directors like Muhammad Khan, Khairy Beshara, and Youssef Chahine. In 1996, Ali directed his first film Ya Dunia Ya Gharami, which won the best film and best actress awards at the Montreal World Film Festival. Mawlana is his sixth feature film.

Duration is 130 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles.