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Metropolitan State University joins the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative

Joining 30 other colleges and universities across the United States, Metropolitan State University has been selected as an inaugural member of the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative, a national collaboration designed to develop and share new strategies for deploying higher education’s intellectual and place-based resources to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities they serve.

Higher education institutions like Metropolitan State are anchor institutions: local economic engines and mission-driven organizations inextricably linked to the long-term well-being of their local communities, and uniquely positioned and incentivized to play a more active role in supporting the local economy. By intentionally implementing an anchor framework, the whole university – including the business and administrative divisions – will be able to better serve its public mission. The Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative will provide a national platform to accelerate this important work.

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April 14-20: Campus screenings from the 37th Annual Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival


Each year, the Film Society of Minneapolis scours the globe in search of cinematic excellence, otherwise not available in our part of the world. Last year, 45,158 attendees saw films from 72 countries. Screenings at Metropolitan State University’s Film Space will be April 14-19.

Metropolitan State will provide complimentary admission to university students for films screened in the Founders Hall Auditorium Film Space throughout the MSP International Film Festival with presentation of a valid Metropolitan State student ID card. University employees can access discounted tickets for screenings in the Metropolitan State Film Space by presenting a valid Metropolitan State faculty/staff ID card.

Download the MSPIFF university schedule

Click on the films title to view the trailer.

Not in My Lifetime

SHOWTIME: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

In “Not in My Lifetime,” documentarian Pamela Colby offers insight into the fight for marriage equality from the viewpoint of the GLBT community of the Baby Boomer generation. For the GLBT community of this generation, denial of the right to marry forced couples to navigate an unsteady and often unjust world in order to protect and preserve their love.

Through periods of tensions and injustices, “Not in My Lifetime” showcases the bonds that have lasted and continue to stand for equality in the present day, focusing on individuals and couples of the Baby Boomer generation that have persisted despite adversity.

Colby is a documentary filmmaker and writer with over 30 years of experience in cinema and television. Her credits include Fertile Ashes (’11) and Secrets for Mom (’13). She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and teaches Cinema and Documentary courses at Film North.

Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads

SHOWTIME: Noon, Sunday, April 15
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


From director Safoi Babana-Hampton, “Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads” is a documentary feature that serves as a portrait of culture, family and young adulthood. The film follows four children of Hmong refugees as they forge their places within a constantly shifting world. This film is a sequel to the award-winning documentary feature “Hmong Memory at the Crossroads” (2015), which follows the story of former Hmong refugee Liachoua Lee as he reflects on his family history and its complex ties with French colonial history, the legacy of the French Indochina War (1946-1954) and the American Vietnam War.

Workers Cup

SHOWTIME: 2:15 p.m., Sunday, April 15
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


Adam Sobel’s documentary “The Workers Cup” is the kind of feature that cannot be ignored. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, Qatar’s migrant population exploded with over 4,000 Asian and African workers living in labor camps. Their jobs are strenuous and low paying, and the camp itself is akin to a prison. Keeping the 2022 Cup in the background, the film instead focuses on the workers’ own football tournament. Made up of workers from the 24 construction companies working in Qatar, the football players are stars when they hit the field, but find themselves on the lowest rung of the ladder otherwise.

A look inside modern oppression, Sobel’s film makes it a point to highlight each player’s personal struggle within a suffocating and destructive environment. What becomes clear from their stories is that the path toward a global “celebration” may be anything but.

The Other Man

SHOWTIME: 7 p.m., Monday, April 16
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A staged script reading co-presented by MSPIFF and FilmNorth, “The Other Man” by Matthew Dressel is about a weekend in the country that turns deadly when an inebriated hunter accidentally shoots a passing motorist and discovers a man bound and gagged in his trunk.

Number One

SHOWTIME: 6:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

In Tonie Marshall’s film “Number One,” the marvelous Emmanuelle Devos plays an ambitious corporate manager, also named Emmanuelle, who dreams of becoming the first woman to lead a major French company.

Emmanuelle is tireless and determined in her pursuits. Currently working as a corporate team leader, she has her eyes set on a promotion but is always passed over despite her hard work and success. When she finally does get the chance, her place at the top is quickly threatened by personal and political factors—her father has a stroke, the lobbyist who championed Emmanuelle for the job suddenly dies and her husband and daughter wait somewhat impatiently on the sidelines. Meanwhile, others work behind the scenes to pull the rug out from under her. Within the chaos, Emmanuelle forges a way through the obstacles and setbacks, only to find herself at another trial—facing herself.


SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

In Lithuania in 1992, Irena manages a small pig farm, but the switch from communism to capitalism catapults her business into turmoil. Her alcoholic husband is little help, and she has resigned herself to carrying the burden alone. Enter Bernardas, an American who offers a supposed “miracle” by promising to keep the farm alive. As Bernardas integrates himself into all aspects of Irena’s life, his intentions become less clear, and she soon begins to suspect his arrival may not be miraculous at all.

Moments of humor add levity to the story of Irena’s romantic and financial woes, and we as an audience are witness to Irena’s whirlwind of emotions as her business slips out from underneath her already shaky foundations. At its core, director Egle Vertelyte’s film makes for an endearingly strange tale of twisted intentions and the frailty of misplaced trust.

Happy Birthday

SHOWTIME: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


From filmmaker Christos Georgio, “Happy Birthday” tells the story of a broken family in a world of turmoil, and the family’s fight to survive. The central narrative is set in an unsettled Greece and follows riot squad officer Yiorgos (Dimitris Imellos) and his increasingly strained relationship with his teenage daughter Margarita (Nefeli Kouri). Their already fragile bond severs when Yiorgos, while celebrating his birthday with fellow officers, sees Margarita with a group of demonstrators in a fog of teargas.

Realizing they are on opposing ends of the conflict, Yiorgos returns home to a tense encounter with the Margarita. The family matriarch Sofia (Mirto Aikiki) rises above the ensuing arguments to make a suggestion—a road trip to the family’s neglected summer house. Reluctantly the two agree, and what follows is a journey shared by two clashing wills that will not, and perhaps cannot, come to an understanding.

Have a Nice Day

SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


After his fiance’s botched plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang decides to take drastic measures to help her correct it and steals a case containing over a million yuan ($150,000 USD) belonging to his boss, a local mobster. Word about the missing case reaches the mobster, Uncle Liu, and off we go on a heart-pounding race to get the money back. This turns out to be easier said than done when Xiao Zhang himself gets robbed!

Director Liu Jian gives us a tour of China’s underworld and the odd characters that inhabited it in this edgy, vividly drawn animated thriller. Xiao Zhang’s descent into the worst night of his life is starkly rendered into a modern noir via animation, which is filled with suspicious characters who find themselves caught in absurdity rather than looking for a road beyond the darkness.

Dodging Bullets 

SHOWTIME: 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 19
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


Described as “stories from survivors of historical trauma,” this documentary film co-directed by Kathy Broere, Sarah Edstrom, Jonathan Thunder, and Bob Trench was produced in collaboration with several organizations and is the first to chronicle the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples today, giving voice to their stories of survival and resilience in the face of multigenerational trauma.


SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Thursday, April 19
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


A new type of sports hero is born in this warm hearted, fast-paced comedy from the director/writer of The Sandman. After accidentally losing a large sum of money belonging to his employer on what should have been a sure bet, sad-sack high school German teacher Balz Naef needs to replace the funds pronto. Taking inspiration from the streaker that distracted his heavily favored soccer team, he starts recruiting and training exhibitionists for illegal sports betting. His enterprising hairdresser fixes odds for punters to wager on the length of time a naked runner can stay on the field and shares the proceeds with Naef.

Although streaking becomes a trendy new sport in Switzerland, the soccer club owners are furious and Police Commissioner Sandra Strebel takes on the case. This witty and humorous romp offers excellent scripting and direction and, er, revealing performances from a seasoned cast.

El Inca

UPDATED SHOWTIME: 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 20
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A film from director Ignacio Castillo Cottin, this biopic chronicles the life, love story and eventual downfall of Venezulan boxer Edwin “El Inca” Valero, whose career came to a crashing halt when he was arrested on suspicion of his wife’s murder.

A fighting force of nature, El Inca is propelled toward fame through pure willpower and, despite an accident that threatened to end his boxing career, would become known as one of the boxing greats in Latin America. However, his mental stability and personal life, namely his relationship with his wife Jennifer, become his undoing as marital tensions begin to unravel the boxer’s psyche, eventually leading to a tragic end.

El Inca was the official Venezuelan entry to the 90th Academy Awards.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

UPDATED SHOWTIME: 8 p.m., Friday, April 20

Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A hard-boiled Western set in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, “Five Fingers for Marseilles” follows a group of childhood friends who grew up under Apartheid. Once united under a cause, a tragedy results in the loss of their bond. Twenty years later and one of them, Tau, is released from prison. Though determined to start his life with a clean slate, he is pulled back into the fray by another bitter conflict. Wearing the guilt of an unspeakable loss, Tau finds the villains of his youth, white policemen, replaced by a league of black men who call themselves the Night Runners and are led by the brutal Ghost. Forever changed by the past, antihero Tau slowly reunites with his childhood gang to rid the land of the evil that has corrupted it.


New certificate program: Corrections Professional Certificate Program

New for fall 2018, Metropolitan State University will begin offering the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), Corrections Professional Certificate. This program is comprised of existing courses and courses that are currently going through the curriculum approval process, which have received approval for fall.

Current students pursuing corrections can enroll in this program as electives, and they will be eligible for financial aid like all other classes. This program is also open to non-degree-seeking students, for whom this program would not be eligible for financial aid.

These courses will be held at Midway Campus. The application window is currently open, and the deadline to apply is May 1 (the end of spring semester).

Click here for detailed information about this new program.

Devinder Malhotra to continue as Chancellor of Minnesota State

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has voted to name Devinder Malhotra as the chancellor of Minnesota State. The move comes after a search committee forwarded to the Board of Trustees three finalists for consideration, and the board concluded that none of the three were the right individual to serve as chancellor for Minnesota State. After approval by the Board, Malhotra is to be offered a three year contract to serve in the role of chancellor.

“Malhotra has accomplished much during his service as interim chancellor,” said Michael Vekich, chair of the Board of Trustees. “He has deepened the relationship between Minnesota State and both the bargaining units and student associations. He has encouraged open communication between the Board and our presidents. He has brought a laser focus to student success, and he has reaffirmed our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by fostering a culture in which we can have difficult conversations about critical issues.”

Malhotra has been serving as interim chancellor since August, 2017 after the retirement of Steven Rosenstone, who served as chancellor from 2011 to 2017. Malhota was appointed to this role in February, 2017 after the Board of Trustees concluded at that time that a nationwide search for a permanent chancellor had not identified the right individual to serve in this role. The next phase of the search began in September, 2017, and culminated with the March 2, 2018 special meeting of the Board of Trustees to consider three additional finalists, and the Board again concluded that none of the finalists was the right individual to serve as chancellor for Minnesota State.

“The Board has high aspirations for the work the chancellor must accomplish if we are to respond to an ever-changing higher education and workplace landscape,” said Vekich. “This includes maintaining a focus on student success, completing the priorities this board has set, most notably implementation of Charting the Future; and moving forward on ways to ensure the long term financial sustainability of our colleges and universities.”

Vekich stated he will be commissioning a strategic taskforce to evaluate all processes related to student success to understand the barriers students experience and ensure they are able to achieve their education goals.

Prior to his service as interim chancellor, Malhotra had served in leadership positions at other Minnesota State universities including Metropolitan State University as interim president from 2014 to 2016, and at St. Cloud State University as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he served as the dean of the college of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine from 2005 to 2009 and as associate dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Akron. He also served as a tenured professor of economics on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Akron. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Delhi and a doctorate from Kansas State University. He has also completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the Minnesota State system and has full executive responsibility for higher education leadership and effective management and operation of the system. The chancellor’s responsibilities include implementing board policy; providing for academic leadership including making recommendations to the board for college and university presidents and cabinet members; recommending operating and capital budgets; recommending allocation of resources; systemwide planning; oversight of collective bargaining; coordinating enterprise-wide information systems; management of personnel resources; and annual evaluation of the college and university presidents. The chancellor works in close collaboration with the system’s Leadership Council comprised of the chancellor’s cabinet and the presidents of the colleges and universities.

Through April 12: Gordon Parks Gallery Student Salon 2018 undergraduate art exhibit

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2018.

The gallery features multimedia works by Metropolitan State University students enrolled in undergraduate programs. Mediums include anything from functional ceramics to watercolor portraits. This exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond.

“This year’s exhibition features work produced by seven Studio Arts majors.  Some of the work was created in the classroom as part standard assignments.  Other pieces were executed beyond the university as part of the students’ individual interests. Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community,” gallery director Erica Rasmussen said.

Local student artists include: Marcia Alexander (Minneapolis), Ellen Antonov (Lexington), Daniel Blees (North Saint Paul), Tanner Chergosky (Blaine), Chelsea Engen (Eagan), Kimberly Niosi (Prior Lake), and Tiana Wright (Brooklyn Park).

The exhibit opened with a reception March 22 and is on display through April 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gordon Parks Gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

“I will be showing pieces from my photo series ‘Rice Bowl,’ taken all throughout Southeast Asia,” says artist Tanner Chergosky, whose work will be featured in the gallery. “I love traveling to remote places and getting out of my comfort zone and that’s exactly what I did.”

(Works by Chergosky)

“My life has been a collection of individual parts that has been collected into a whole life,” says featured artist Daniel Blees. “At a glance, I’m a combination of those experiences but look closer and you’ll see all those pieces. I recreate that by making artwork that requires a second, closer look to see the individual pieces.”

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(Works by Blees)

Noisi dabbles in mixed media, acrylics, and some clay sculpture work.

“We as a people are increasingly more and more interdependent with one another i.e. relationship, participants may be emotionally, economically, ecologically or morally reliant on one another therefore responsible to each other,” says Niosi while discussing her sculpture below.

“An interdependent relationship can arise between two or more cooperative autonomous participants. My inspiration for this piece was an affixed set of gears more specifically how the gears meshed together to create torque.”

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For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at

Featured image from Kimberly Noisi used with permission.



Please monitor news for campus closure and weather advisory

Attention faculty, staff and students:
We are closely monitoring weather reports and are aware that a significant winter storm is approaching the Twin Cities area. At this time, reports indicate that snow will likely start accumulating at about 9 a.m. Monday and snow amounts could vary widely across the metro area.
Given the current forecast we plan to open as regularly scheduled at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow (Monday, January 22), at the Saint Paul Campus and other locations for classes and other university activities.
With the forecast showing a potential severe winter weather storm continuing throughout the day, university personnel will monitor the impact on travel conditions. An updated message about the status of courses and campus operations will be sent to faculty, staff and students by noon on Monday and notice will be posted to the University’s website. If conditions deteriorate more quickly than anticipated we will make announcements as needed.
Please remember that Metropolitan State offers classes at locations throughout the Twin Cities. We will be consulting with our partner campus locations to determine conditions in their area and whether or not they will be open or closed. In general, if a partner campus location is open and offering its classes, we expect our scheduled classes will be meeting also. Any updates about operations will specify the plan for each location and partner campus, please read the announcements carefully with respect to location.
· Saint Paul Campus—Main campus at 700 E. 7th St., Saint Paul, 55016
· Minneapolis (MEC)—Location on the MCTC campus, at 13th St. and Harmon Place
· Midway (MDWY)— Campus location at 4850 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, 55108
· Brooklyn Park (LECJEC)—Location on the Hennepin Technical College Campus, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, 55445
· Midway (EPP)—Campus location at 1380 Energy Ln, Saint Paul, 55018
· Other teaching locations will be specified and a list can be found here:
Decisions to close campus or locations completely are made separately from the decision to cancel classes, and announcements about whether or not any of our locations will close will be updated periodically throughout the day. If the governor makes a decision to close state offices, Metropolitan State Saint Paul Campus and other locations will also close.
Metropolitan State uses media outlets in the Twin Cities to also announce class cancellations and location closures. In addition to checking your email and the University website you may want to monitor the following media outlets:
· WCCO- AM radio
· WCCO TV, channel 4 and
· KSTP TV,channel 5 and
· KARE TV, channel 11 and
· FOX 9 TV, channel 9 and
As always, we urge you to assess conditions in your area and to make prudent decisions about whether travel is safe.
If you are an employee and local weather and road conditions are hazardous, please consult with your supervisor as quickly as possible to determine your options for work at home or vacation time.
If you are a student, please be in contact with your instructor, in advance, if your class is meeting but local travel conditions prevent you from attending.
Stay alert and stay safe!

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would create an estimated 22,950 jobs

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would invest in world class colleges and universities, improve and repair state buildings and other critical infrastructure statewide Dayton’s public works proposal would build more than 218 projects across the state, creating thousands of new Minnesota jobs
Minnesota communities have requested $858 million in additional investments in local infrastructure projects, demonstrating need for significant bonding bill this session

ST. PAUL, Minnesota. – Gov. Mark Dayton today introduced a $1.5 billion public works proposal that would make urgently-needed investments to build world-class colleges and universities for Minnesotans, and improve and repair state buildings and other critical infrastructure across the state. Given the significant need for investments in higher education institutions statewide, Gov. Dayton’s proposal would invest $542 million at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State campuses. An additional $998 million would be directed to improving state buildings, building affordable housing, repairing clean water infrastructure, and other infrastructure projects across Minnesota.

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would create an estimated 22,950 jobs* and support statewide economic growth. Thanks to the governor’s sound fiscal management, the State of Minnesota has a triple-A bond rating and over $3.5 billion in bonding capacity this year. Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would remain well within these limits – protecting the state’s financial standing, while making critical investments in our economy and our future. The governor’s proposal is designed to make state resources go further, by leveraging more than $570 million in private, local, and federal investment in Minnesota’s infrastructure.

“Since 2011, we have made many important investments in Minnesota’s aging classrooms, buildings, and other critical infrastructure,” said Gov. Dayton. “But those investments have not kept pace with the enormous need for infrastructure improvements across Minnesota. Years of underinvestment have shortchanged our economy, our higher education institutions, and the vitality of our communities.

“Now is the time to make substantial investments in our state’s future. My public works proposal would make significant, needed investments to provide world-class educations for our students, guarantee clean, affordable water for more of our communities, and ensure our state has the infrastructure necessary to grow and compete in the modern economy.”

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal prioritizes strategic investments in higher education, would improve and maintain state buildings and other infrastructure, build more affordable housing, and deliver clean, reliable, affordable drinking water for Minnesotans. These urgently-needed investments also would protect the state’s long-term fiscal health. Approximately 50 percent of state and higher education buildings are currently in “fair” or worse condition. It costs an average of 70 percent more to repair a structure in “poor” condition than maintain a building in “fair” condition.

“Investment in state buildings and other critical infrastructure has not kept pace with the growing need. It would cost an estimated $8 billion over the next decade simply to restore and maintain our current state and higher education infrastructure,” said Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans. “Gov. Dayton’s $1.5 billion public works bill remains well within the state’s $3.5 billion in available bonding capacity. The governor’s proposal is a smart investment in Minnesota’s future – reducing a backlog of deferred maintenance before the costs of these urgently-needed projects escalate further.”

Governor recommends $180 million to address deferred maintenance at all 54 Minnesota State campuses

$94.5 million in capital projects on 16 campuses also recommended

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 16, 2018 – Today Gov. Dayton announced his top priority for this year’s legislative session: investments in infrastructure, including $180 million in asset preservation and replacement projects that would touch all 54 campuses within the Minnesota State system.  He also recommended $63.0 million in state funds be combined with $31.5 million in system funds be allocated to pay for 16 campus-based renovation projects to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

“Thank you, Gov. Dayton, for the strong recommendation for investment in the assets our colleges and universities maintain for students on behalf of the people of Minnesota,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor for Minnesota State.

Investing in world class colleges and universities

The top priority within the Minnesota State request to the legislature this year is asset preservation and replacement funds, with 40 percent of projects related to roofing, as Minnesota State is sheltered by 301 acres of roofs.  The next largest category of spending – 21 percent – will be used to maintain or replace the more than 2,600 different pieces of HVAC equipment, such as boilers and air handlers at the system’s 54 campuses.  Investments such as these in asset preservation ensure that campus operating dollars are dedicated to improving educational outcomes instead of repairing buildings.  Funding asset preservation projects will remain a top priority in future years, as well, due to a backlog of $913 million of deferred maintenance.

“Every year, Minnesota State welcomes more than 375,000 students who dream of being our state’s next generation of workers and leaders,” Malhotra said.  “The facilities supported in the governor’s recommendation are the bricks and mortar where the magic of higher education takes place; where our students’ dreams for a better future come true; and where they become the talent Minnesota absolutely must have if it is going to continue to thrive in today’s knowledge-based global economy.”

In addition to the asset preservation recommendation, Gov. Dayton also recommended that the legislature fund capital projects on 16 different campuses.

“These capital projects are designed to directly benefit students and provide a much-needed expansion of training and education in fields such as allied health, nursing, trades, STEM disciplines, business, information technology, education, and the liberal arts,” Malhotra said.  “I’m very grateful for Gov. Dayton’s leadership and advocacy for public higher education, for the students who benefit from it, and for the state’s future workforce.”

For additional information about the Minnesota State 2018 Capital Request, visit

Metropolitan State and Elbit Systems of America announce new cybersecurity training and simulation center

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (December 21, 2017) – Elbit Systems of America, LLC, announced that it will partner with Metropolitan State University to establish a new facility powered by the Cyberbit Range for the training and simulation of cybersecurity professionals at the Metropolitan State campus in Saint Paul, Minn.

Elbit Systems of America will provide the hardware, software, and technical expertise to operate the training and simulation environment. In turn, Metropolitan State will provide the facilities and expert instructors. The training program and Cyber Range is expected to commence training in the spring of 2018.

With reports of cyber-attacks on the rise and the demand for highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals greater than ever, Elbit Systems of America and Metropolitan State are addressing the challenges of accelerating the certification of new cybersecurity experts.

“We’re pleased to partner with Metropolitan State to bring advanced training and simulation capabilities into the University’s respected cyber lab,” commented Raanan Horowitz, president and Chief Executive Officer of Elbit Systems of America. “Trainees will benefit from unique and realistic simulation to support their certification and, ultimately, allow them to focus on keeping America’s infrastructures and businesses safe when they enter the workforce.”

“I am very pleased to launch the partnership with Elbit Systems of America. This agreement brings a cutting edge cybersecurity simulation-based training center to Metropolitan State University and to the State of Minnesota,” said Virginia Arthur, president of Metropolitan State University. “The new Cyber Range training facility, with its advanced cybersecurity curriculum, combined with Metropolitan State’s business, education and government partnerships will effectively help to ensure that many more Minnesotans are fully prepared to meet the demands of 21st-century jobs. We are proud that through our work with Elbit Systems of America, we will position the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and the state of Minnesota to become a national center of excellence in cybersecurity education and practice.”

The training and simulation center will be powered by the Cyberbit Range, 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 many training centers, including; RUAG in Switzerland, IABG in Germany; Ni Cybersecurity in Tokyo, Japan; ST Electronics in Singapore; Regent University in Virginia, US; The Baltimore Cyber Range in Maryland, US; and most recently ISE Systems in France. Cyberbit Range provides an up-to-date selection of simulated attack and ransomware scenarios. Trainees operate in real-life settings by accurately replicating their network setup, using their actual security tools and simulating their typical network traffic. The Cyberbit Range also includes a virtual and physical ICS/SCADA network training and cross-functional executive training.

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC

Elbit Systems of America 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.  With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States.  Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT), a global high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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Metro State Votes: Early voting has begun

Early voting for 2017 municipal and school district elections has begun.

Many school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will also have elections on Nov. 7. In addition to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, elections will be in Bloomington, Circle Pines, Falcon Heights, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, Mounds View, New Brighton, Savage, Saint Anthony, Saint Louis Park and White Bear Lake.

Minnesota residents can cast ballots in person at their county election office, vote online, or vote by mail (see details below).

Register online to vote
If you have never voted or have moved since you last voted, you need to register. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 17.  Register online at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Vote today – early voting has begun
As of Sept. 22, Minnesota residents can cast votes in person at the county election office (some cities might have multiple locations). Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

(Note: Those who are not already registered must show proof of residence)

Vote by mail
Vote early by mail. Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Help others vote
This effort can be localized to your neighborhood, apartment or workplace. Small measures that can make a difference include reminding a friend they may register on Election Day, driving someone to the polling place, or vouching (verifying residency) for a neighbor in your precinct so they can vote.

If you have questions about voter eligibility, or would like to know more about Get Out The Vote or Ranked Choice Voting efforts this year, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at: or