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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: http://www.metrostate.edu/locations/other-teaching-locations
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 http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/
· KSTP TV,channel 5 and http://kstp.com/
· KARE TV, channel 11 and http://www.kare11.com/
· FOX 9 TV, channel 9 and http://www.fox9.com/
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 http://minnstate.edu/legislative/.

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.

For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems.com or follow us on Twitter.

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: 
yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

Statement of Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding DACA

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2017 – At Minnesota State, our core commitments include opening the doors of educational opportunity and ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The diversity of our campus communities is a key strength – one that makes us who we are and allows our state colleges and universities to play the critical role they do.

As our nationwide dialog concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) continues to unfold, we will continue to express our steadfast support for this policy and strongly urge our federal delegation to preserve its protections. Terminating or phasing out DACA would leave thousands of young people across the country, including perhaps some of our students, with uncertain futures. We are committed to working with our students, our faculty, our staff, and our representatives in Washington toward a long-term solution that supports DACA students and allows them to continue to contribute to our vibrant communities throughout Minnesota and to our economy. Our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.

Upcoming Interstate 94 east metro ramp closures

Construction crews are making progress on the eastbound Interstate 94 pavement replacement. The old pavement is nearly completely removed, and construction crews are on track to begin pouring concrete for the new driving surface of the eastbound lanes this week.

As the project progresses, so does the need to adjust traffic restrictions to give crews the space to complete this important work.

Expect these changes in the coming weeks within the work zone:

  • The ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound McKnight Road will close early Thursday morning, July 20. Anticipate re-opening both eastbound I-94 to McKnight Road ramps in August.
  • The ramp from Etna Street to southbound Highway 61 will close early Monday morning, July 24, through the end of August

Ramps are being closed to they may be repaved. Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

What’s next

Anticipate final construction stage in early August. There will be additional lane and ramp closures (and openings) before the project is completed this fall.

Stay Connected

Visit www.511mn.org for real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota.

July 25: U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking town hall

Metropolitan State University will host the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking during a three-day visit to Minnesota for a regional meeting to discuss and deliberate ways to meaningfully engage survivors of human trafficking, as well as educate, empower and create awareness for those survivors.

Five members of the visiting council will meet with survivors in Minnesota, as well as with representatives from the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force, the Minnesota Department of Health, the International Institute of Minnesota, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and state sheriffs and county attorneys. Over the course of the visit, from July 23-25, councilmembers will identify and discuss key objectives for the council’s 2017 report.

The regional meeting will culminate with a public town hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, hosted at Metropolitan State University, 700 7th Street East, Saint Paul.  It will be held on the Saint Paul campus, in the Founders Hall Auditorium.  Expected speakers include State Senator Foung Hawj of District 67, Saint Paul City Council member Jane Prince of Ward 7, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Anne Saunders of the Minneapolis Field Office, Lauren Ryan, JD, director of Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door at the Minnesota Department of Health, and university President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur. The event is open to news media and will also be livestreamed to the council’s Facebook page.

The council was formed in 2015 under the U.S. Department of State to “provide a formal platform for trafficking survivors to advise and make recommendations on federal anti-trafficking policies to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).”

The council is made up of 11 selected volunteers who are survivors of human trafficking. Its purpose is to provide recommendations to the U.S. government to strengthen federal policy and programming efforts that reflect the best practices in the field. The council meets in person three times annually. An initial report from the council was delivered last year.

IN MINNESOTA*

  • In January 2009, the FBI identified the Twin Cities as one of 13 U.S. cities with a high incidence rate of child prostitution. (source)
  • By very conservative measures, a November 2010 study found that each month in Minnesota at least 213 girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services. This number does not include hotel, street or gang activity. (source)
  • A November 2010 study found that on any given weekend night in Minnesota, 45 girls under age 18 are sold for sex through the internet classified websites and escort services. (source)
  • In 2010, investigators from three states determined that Minneapolis was the home base of a large domestic prostitution (sex trafficking) ring comprised of three generations of one Minnesota family that was prostituting (trafficking) mostly young girls across the United States. (source)
  • About 50 percent of adult women interviewed as part of a 2010 study focused on North Minneapolis stated that they were first traded for sex when they were under the age of 18, with the average age at 13 years. (source)
  • In just one 72-hour sting in summer 2013, an FBI-led operation rescued 105 children and netted 152 pimps in 76 cities nationwide, including four alleged pimps in the Twin Cities.

* “Get the Facts,” Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Selected nationally, the appointees are from diverse backgrounds and bring personal experiences of human trafficking to the council. They were also selected for their ongoing work and leadership in their local communities against human trafficking.

The council includes Bukola Oriola, a spring 2017 graduate of Metropolitan State University. In 2016, she was appointed to a two-year term on the council. In that year, she attended an inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C., with the council and then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. She also serves as the council’s secretary.

Other councilmembers to attend are:

  • Harold D’Souza; a survivor, spokesperson, and advocate. D’Souza is a senior supply chain associate for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position he has held since 2008. He is also a co-founder of Eyes Open International, a founding member of the National Survivor Network, and is active with End Slavery Cincinnati.
  • Ronny Marty; an independent consultant and speaker to combat human trafficking.
  • Flor Molina; founding member of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) Survivor Leadership Program and a member of the National Survivor Network. She has advocated for policies to combat human trafficking since 2002.
  • Evelyn Chumbow; a project assistant at Baker & McKenzie LLP. Since 2014, Chumbow has been an advocate with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST). She was recently awarded the Presbyterian Peaceseeker Award for her efforts to combat human trafficking.

Oriola, a Nigerian-born journalist who came to Minnesota in 2005 to meet her husband for the first time, was instead held hostage and forced into labor in his Ramsey home, and suffered mental and physical abuse over the next two years.

Oriola has spoken about her experience since 2009. In September 2016, she traveled to her native Nigeria to speak out about the problem of human trafficking. Over 11 days, she met with university students and the international media there to tell her story and experience as a victim of human trafficking and to bring a different understanding and dialogue about the forms that human trafficking can manifest.