Category Archives: Events

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, 5:30 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.

Nov. 30: Student Poster Conference

Design a poster to display your research projects at the annual Metropolitan State Student Poster Conference.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 21. The posters will be presented and on display to the public at 6 p.m., Nov. 30, at the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab, room 302. Check-in begins at 5 p.m.

Download  the Metropolitan State poster conference flyer.

Apply by submitting a 250-word abstract of your project and completing the form linked below. In the abstract, you may want to address the following topics:

  • What is the goal of your project?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What impact do you see your research or creative work having?
  • Is this part of a larger project? How does it fit into other work you’ve done?
  • Is this a personal project for you? Is this an advocacy project?

Submit your poster abstract using at this link.


Nov. 1: Scrabble for Scholarships finals


Throw down with Metropolitan State to watch the Scrabble for Scholarships tournament organized by the Annual Fund Drive Committee, to support scholarships awarded through the University Foundation.

The preliminary round begins at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Saint Paul Campus, Saint John’s Hall L5.

Pat Borchert
August Hoffman


Alec Sonsteby
Peter Gawtry


Winners of the first round will play each other in the final round, immediately following. Proceeds go to the Metropolitan State Annual Fund Drive for Student Scholarships.

Nov. 16: Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day at Metro: 

Metropolitan State University Alumni Association’s goal is to raise $10,000 on Give to the Max Day Nov. 16.  Every gift made on the Give MN or on the page will count toward the goal. All gift designations will also count toward the goal; however, the “featured” designations will be:

The Metro Fund: Gifts to the Metro Fund allow the university to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. These unrestricted gifts plant the seeds for future success.

The Holiday Giving Program Fund: A holiday tradition at Metropolitan State, the Holiday Gift program allows faculty and staff the opportunity make our student’s lives a little brighter in December.

The Katherine B. Anderson Student Success Fund*: Students who are nearing completion of their degree, but have exhausted their financial aid options will benefit from these awards. Gifts to this fund will prevent students from stopping out for financial reasons.

Here is how you can help:

  • Give on November 16. Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour.
  • Make a gift on the Give MN Site. Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.
  • Give any time between November 1 and November 16 – New for Give to the Max Day 2017: $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded during the 15 days of Scheduled Giving from November 1 through November 15! Make your Give to the Max gift early for an extra opportunity to win! We will draw one random winner each day from November 1 through November 15 and add $500 to that gift.
  • Share your feedback. Let me know how I can get the word out across our community and help you be ambassadors for philanthropy at Metro State

Contact: Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations Director  (651) 793-1810

*Fund name pending donor approval

Nov. 13: Panel discussion on the Model Minority Stereotype and Asian American Masculinity in a Post-Truth, #MeToo, #BLM Moment

Join the School of Urban Education for a panel discussion of the model minority stereotype and Asian American masculinity though personal and professional lenses.

The Model Minority Stereotype and Asian American Masculinity in a Post-Truth, #MeToo, #BLM Moment will be discussed 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, Room 115,  Saint Paul Campus.

Panelists include Kevin K. Kumashiro, PhD, Kevin Kumashiro Consulting, Nicholas D. Hartlep, PhD, assistant professor, Metropolitan State and Brian V. Xiong, EdD, board member, East Side Freedom Library. For more information contact Dean René Antrop-González at

Nov. 15: Pro-SPEAK Series: Practical Tech Comm

TC3 invites speakers to connect with students and the community on a variety of topics as part of the Pro-SPEAK Series.

Peggy Sanchez, senior technical publications manager from Cray Inc. presents on practical #technicalCommunication and offers advice on the skill sets to pursue.

The event will be 6 to 8  p.m. Nov. 15, Student Center. Room SC101, Saint Paul Campus. This will be first of three networking events open to the public and interested students, regardless of major or college.