Category Archives: Events

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.

MN Cyber opens premier regional training facility for cybersecurity professionals at Metropolitan State University

The opening of the MN Cyber Range, the first of its kind in Minnesota, represents a unique opportunity for Metropolitan State University and its partners to address upcoming cybersecurity workforce demands.

With this installation of the MN Cyber Range powered by the Cyberbit training and simulation platform, Cyberbit Range, MN Cyber and Elbit Systems of America are addressing the challenges of accelerating the certification of new cybersecurity experts, and providing training, skills, knowledge and credentials necessary to professionals in information technology and cybersecurity career fields.

The event, celebrated May 16 at Metropolitan State University, included a tour of the training classroom and a demonstration of the MN Cyber Range training platform’s capabilities. The MN Cyber Range simulator platform is the first and only Cyber Range in Minnesota.

The U.S. cybersecurity workforce shortage is expected to reach 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2019; an industry survey in February put the number of vacant cybersecurity positions statewide at over 5,400.This shortage of IT professionals with the necessary skills, certifications, and problem-solving and teamwork aptitudes to meet cybersecurity industry needs in Minnesota and the nation is expected to persist for years, and presents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals. Computer science and information security graduates working in cybersecurity can expect to earn a six-figure salary by mid-career (Cyberbit).

The event featured remarks from such distinguished Minnesota guests as Rep. Tony Albright (MN Dist. 55B); Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne, Commissioner and CIO of Minnesota IT Services; Sharon Kennedy-Vickers,director of Technology and Communications for the City of Saint Paul; and Adjutant Gen. Jon Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard. Elbit Systems of America, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was represented by Scott Evers, vice president, and Angel Martinez, director of product development.

“This program is Metropolitan State’s most recent disruptive solution to a multi-sector human capital logjam. It provides students and career-changers with a laddered career path into the cybersecurity sector,” University President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur said at Wednesday’s event. “It’s happening because we asked, ‘How can we help?’ We thought outside the box and found outstanding partners. We planned in terms of months instead of years, opened the door to students, and got started.” Elbit Systems VP Scott Evers concurred: “We need to exponentially disrupt higher education to bring people into the classroom and drive an ‘innovation ecosystem.’ I’m convinced Metropolitan State is the place to make this happen.”

The purpose of the MN Cyber Range, headed by Executive Director Faisal Kaleem, is to position Minnesota as a national leader in cybersecurity through education, innovative public/private partnerships, interdisciplinary research, and community engagement. In addition to the MN Cyber Range, the organization’s outreach includes the MN Cyber Academy for training professionals, and MN Cyber Pathways, to interest youth K-12 in cybersecurity career fields.

“The most exciting thing about cybersecurity is that this field probably will never see its demise. The battle between the good and bad guys will never stop. No company, no matter the size or industry, is or will ever be immune to a cyber-breach. We all know technology alone goes only so far. It is the skilled workers who make the difference in protecting sensitive information. Ongoing training is the only solution that boosts agile response to powerful adversaries, who will always challenge organizations in a constantly evolving cybersecurity world,” says MN Cyber Executive Director Faisal Kaleem.

“Cybersecurity readiness is more important than ever,” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said in a pre-recorded video address( “This world-class cybersecurity training and simulation platform— the only military-grade cyber training facility in Minnesota — will go a long way in strengthening our state cyber security training capabilities. It will not only help bolster our workforce, but also provide training to agencies, companies and the Minnesota National Guard, ensuring our state is prepared for any kind of attack.”

Cybersecurity is a high-demand field with great industry need. The increasing incidence of cyber-attacks demands highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals. The MN Cyber Range is a simulator platform and has been used elsewhere to train and certify thousands of new IT and cybersecurity professionals. It allows security professionals to advance their careers by staying current in their skills and knowledge of cybersecurity attacks and threat detection. The MN Cyber Range provides up-to-date selections of authentic cybersecurity attack scenarios, including ransomware attacks and even “zero-day” vulnerabilities. Trainees operate in secure settings that accurately replicate network setups, using actual security tools and responding to attacks in the presence of typical network traffic. Classes at the MN Cyber Range training facility and simulation center are set to commence on June 4.

For more information, contact Kyle Swanson, dean of the College of Sciences, at 651-793-1681and, or Wilson Garland, executive director of Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence and MN Cyber, at (612) 659-7221 and Learn more at

Elbit Systems of America, headquartered in Fort Worth Texas for more than 25 years, is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets.

Cyberbit Range is a solution developed by Cyberbit, an Elbit Systems’ subsidiary. Cyberbit Range is a widely-deployed cybersecurity training and simulation platform, currently training and certifying thousands of cybersecurity professionals in training centers across the globe.

June 27: MN Cyber Career Expo

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The MN Cyber Career Expo  is for high-tech employers to meet with students from MN Cyber Academy, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State and DEED registered IT-Trained Veterans.

The event will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 27, at Metropolitan State University, Student Center, 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Employers that wish to exhibit should register using this link. The cost is $100 per company/employer. Registration closes June 15. Space constraints limit the event to 50 employers. Contact Faisal Kaleem  at 651-793-1238 or for more information.

The MN Cyber Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota provides candidates with the skills, knowledge and credentials required to successfully begin or advance a career in the fields of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. This program was designed by Metropolitan State and the Minnesota IT Center of Excellence, in collaboration with senior executives and technical staff from the Department of Defense, leading government contractors, and Fortune 500 companies.

Jobs that require cybersecurity know-how have a range of titles. The most common, according to the SANS Institute Cybersecurity Professional Trends survey, are Security Analyst, Security Engineer or Architect, Security/IT Director or Manager, CISO/CSO, Systems Administrator, Network Architect or Engineer, Forensics Investigator, Auditor, Systems Engineer or Integrator, among quite a few others.

June 2: Art in the Hollow

Friends of Swede Hollow presents the annual Art in the Hollow 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 2,  at Swede Hollow Park, located just north of Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus. 

Art in the Hollow showcases local artists creating live art and selling their work. The outdoor art fair is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public and will go on rain or shine. Enjoy the outdoors and interact with community members at this celebration of art and natural beauty, all while  learning about the history of the Swede Hollow neighborhood and community organizations, and supporting local businesses. Over 50 visual and performing artists are anticipated.

Art in the Hollow is a project of Friends of Swede Hollow and supported by kind donors, local businesses and community partners.

Visit for more information, to volunteer, perform or to exhibit. The deadline is May 30 for visual artists (use this application form) and for performance artists (use this application form). The deadline is May 25 for the sculpture contest (Apply using this form).

Friends of Swede Hollow is also seeking works of art to to display. If selected, artwork will become part of the event, to be installed by the artist and on site for display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2.

From the selected exhibition pieces, four will receive cash prizes:

  • First prize: $300S
  • Second prize: $20
  • Third prize: $100
  • People’s Choice Award (based on audience voting): $100


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.

Campus Compact MN

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 6: Memorial celebration honoring Chuck McDew

A memorial celebration of Chuck McDew will be 1 to 3 p.m., May 6, at Metropolitan State University, Founders Hall, 700 East Seventh Street. All are welcome to attend in remembrance and to learn from McDew’s example, honoring his legacy and catching something of his vision for a just future. The celebration is sponsored by Metropolitan State and East Side Freedom Library.

McDew was born in 1938 in Massillon, Ohio. He was encouraged by his father to attend college in South Carolina, and he enrolled at South Carolina State University.

He had made a start at actively protesting injustices even before high school, but his experiences being arrested and beaten because of his race — in his first semester at college — furthered his growth into a resister and a civil rights leader.

In 1960, he participated in protests against segregated lunch counters in Orangeburg, S.C. In the same year, McDew was invited by reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to attend a student organizational gathering. McDew and other students decided to found an alternative student organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Marion Barry, future mayor of the District of Columbia, was chosen as the first chairman.

McDew followed Barry as chairman and served from 1961 to 1964. He was succeeded by John Lewis (a member of Congress for the past 31 years), Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Ture) and H. Rap Brown.

As noted in the African American Registry, McDew devoted his life to bringing about social and political change, the development of local black leadership, and advancing civil and human rights, which meant fighting against racism. McDew was a teacher, a labor organizer, and managed anti-poverty programs. His impact was felt across the nation, and he was a recurring and effective presence on radio and television. McDew advised and taught at Metropolitan State from 1981 until his retirement in 2006. He is survived by his brothers Mark and Eric, his daughter Eva Goodman and his son-in-law Dion Goodman.

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.