Category Archives: Events

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.

Sept. 14: Student forum to address DACA

An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.

In keeping with the message sent by Metropolitan State President Virginia Arthur affirming the university’s commitment and support for students, event planners intend to create spaces for healing, conversation, and sharing of resources to those directly affected.

The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.


  • 1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps

Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.

Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.

Oct. 4-Nov. 1: Scrabble for Scholarships Tournament

Join the Metropolitan State community for a Scrabble tournament organized by the Annual Fund Drive Committee, to support scholarships awarded through the University Foundation.

Join us from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. on one or all of these dates:

  • Oct. 4: Midway location, Room B
  • Oct. 11: Brooklyn Park location, room 215
  • Oct. 18: Minneapolis location, room M1400
  • Oct. 23: Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall L119
  • Nov. 1 (championship): Saint Paul Campus, Saint John’s Hall L5

Register. Cost is $10 per entrant. Proceeds go to the Metropolitan State Annual Fund Drive for Student Scholarships.

Questions? Contact August Hoffman ( or Allen Bellas (

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.

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

Oct. 11: Sally Sudo to speak on WWII internment camps

The Department of History, Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) invite all students, employees and community members to an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a tragic chapter in U.S. history.

February 19, 1942: A Day the Constitution Died
Race, Gender and Citizenship—Incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II and Implications for Today

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, Library and Learning Center, LIB 302, Ecolab

Guest speaker Sally Sudo will recount a first-person historical account of incarceration.

The moderator will be Dr. Kathleen Laughlin, Department of History. Light refreshments are provided.