Category Archives: Student Life

19th Annual President’s Leadership Awards

The 19th Annual President’s Leadership Awards presentation recognizes the student organizations and leaders that have made great effort to bring quality programming and events to Metropolitan State University.

The event for the university community was hosted by Interim Director of Student Development and Programming Philip Fuehrer and Student Life Leadership Development Coordinator Alysia Lajune on May 24 in Metropolitan State University’s Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus.

In a welcome address, President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur talked about the importance of an event such as this that highlights the hard work of outstanding individuals. She was especially honored to carry on the tradition passed on to her by her predecessors.

Dean of Students Herbert King echoed Arthur’s message honoring the members of the university community who lead by impressive example.

Student Senate President Dhibo Hussein mentioned some of the accomplishments of the senate in the past year, saying she was particularly proud of the Student Senate’s achievement to getting the Dean’s List added to Metropolitan State University. This award will be put into effect fall 2017.

The list of award winners is as follows:

  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor: Linda Martinez
  • Program of the Year: Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association)
  • Perseverance Award: Richard Downs, Jr.
  • SLLD Wow Factor Awards: Troy Mathias
  • Male Student Leader of the Year: Guyo Kotile
  • Female Student Leader of the Year: Tina Martinez
  • Student Organization of the Year: Nursing Student Organization

 

 

 

On Track Podcast: Episode 22

On Track, a podcast series from the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts, has just published its latest episode.

In this month’s edition, we’re discussing the second annual Student Research Conference. On Track was recorded live at the Great Hall. We spoke to a variety of University students in human services, computer science, nursing, and gaming.

On Track informs the larger Metropolitan State community as well as the public about programs, events, activities, and research in the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts.

The podcast can be streamed on both iTunes and Spreaker. We encourage you to give us a listen and to subscribe to the podcast.

Metropolitan State graduate travels to Somalia to help provide famine relief

Somaila. Image credit: CIA Factbook
Somaila. Image credit: CIA Factbook

Metropolitan State alumnus Said Salah has raised over $10,000 to help provide famine relief to those in need in Somalia.

His interest in helping with famine relief began in 2014, when his uncle called from a rural area of Somalia.  He explained to Salah that there has been a long drought that has greatly impacted his family and others in his community as well.  There is an unfortunate massive food and water shortage.  The conversation made Salah consider what he could do to help others in need like his uncle.

Salah began to put together events for fundraising.  Among the many fundraising efforts, he organized a “Hoops for Hope” and a “Dollar for Dishes” event.  Part of his goal was not just to raise money for famine relief, but to create an awareness of the need for it as well.  Salah worked with the American Relief Agency for the Heart of Africa to connect his fundraising efforts with an agency who is working to help those in small African communities like the one Salah’s uncle lives in.  Salah also stated that there were four or five Somali-owned businesses in Minnesota that helped to raise funds for his cause.

Salah plans to travel to Somalia in July to see his fundraising in action and to help with distributing food and water supplies.  He is excited to make this journey and see all of his hard work come to fruition.

Salah graduated May 1 from Metropolitan State with an Elementary Education degree.  He hopes to start fundraising for relief in Ethiopia after his trip to Somalia.

 

 

Photos: Student Research Conference awards

President’s Poster Award: Alex Hepp, Chidiebere Khannaroth, Brian Thill; The Making of a Death Star
President’s Paper Award: Kenneth Abbott; A Multi-Specialty Medical Mission for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Best Project Award: Eric Fulwiler; Hosting Websites with a Raspberry Pi
Conference Organizer Award: Liz Tetu; Technopaganisms + Videogames
Runner Up: Ian Hamilton; Rimworld: Community Driven Game Development
Student Scholars Committee Award: Jill Fallon; Theories & Civic Engagement in Later Life
Runner Up: Shaun Hurley; Volunteering Hours and Tenure and it’s Relationship to Mood
Student Scholars Committee Award: Nikitha Kommera; Smart Augmented Reality in CyberSecurity and Forensic Education
Library Award: Rebecca Knuckles; Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Among America’s Elderly Population
Library Award: Donald Jones; Gesture and Memory
Runner Up: Brian Trac; Metroid’s Other M
Most Promising Research Award: Chris Kempe, Andrew VanDenBrocke, and Kate Ries; The Synthesis of 1,8-napthalamides in the Fluorescence Detection of Metal Ions through Chelation
Runner Up: Rhea Fofana; The Implementation of a Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in an Urban Public Health Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Best Visuals Award: Kyle Jenness; History and Impact of Super Mario Brothers
Most Inspiring Research Award: Denny Yang, Students Salon: Sharing the Culmination of Student Artistry
People’s Choice Favorite Poster: *Names Not Available; The Network Thief
Runner Up: Randy Conaway: Effects that Social Media Has on Self-Esteem

School of Urban Education students featured in Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking Video

School of Urban Education students Vanessa Arboleda and Gretchen Henke are featured in this video that features the LinCT project (Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking) of which Urban Education is a partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University.

You can watch the video here:  LinCT Video

LinCT: Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking is a three-year ITEST Strategies project to build and grow a professional learning and teaching community to focus on engaging women educators with technology, building upon educational practice and preparing students for future STEM involvement.  It was first established in February 2016.

 

Nominations are open for annual Student Leadership Awards

It is the last week to nominate candidates for the annual Student Leadership Awards which recognizes individual leadership and the programming and events that Metropolitan State University student organizations conduct. If you attended events over the last year and were impressed, take a moment to recognize the hosting student group.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 19. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to cast nominations using this link.

The Female and Male Student Leader of the Year awards and the Perseverance Award are given to students who exhibit exceptional leadership traits at the university or in their life.

The “Perseverance Award” is similar but includes the additional criteria of having persevered over a life challenge while recently graduating from Metropolitan State (December 2016 and May 2017 qualify).  While most students are proud to have persevered, the nomination committee asks as a show of respect for privacy that approval is obtained from the student before nominating them.

These awards are not necessarily related to student organizations.

The “Student Organization Advisor of the Year” award is directly related to student groups. Other awards center on student organizations and their work at the university and include: “Student Organization of the Year” and “Program/Event of the Year.”

Winners will be recognized at an awards dinner, Wednesday, May 24 in the Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus. Click here to RSVP to the event.

 

2017 Art Purchase Awards

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The Art Exhibition Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Art Purchase Awards.  This year, four purchases were made.

One of the purchases supported by the Student Senate was awarded to student Bryan Starry (Mpls.).  Starry’s work is a diminutive cast aluminum and bronze sculpture, titled Time 01 A.  The other purchase supported by the Student Senate was awarded to alumnae Halle O’Falvey (St. Paul).  Her work, entitled Abstract Log Cabin is a colorful free-style quilt, assembled with cotton fabrics and thread.

The purchase supported by Academic Affairs and the Alumni Association was awarded to alumnae Susan Solomon (St. Paul). Solomon’s work is a gouache and India ink painting, executed on a wood panel. The title of her nocturnal landscape is I’ll Name Her Summer.

This year’s competition also included a special purchase by the Library and Learning Center’s Endowment Fund. This award considered the artwork of Studio Arts faculty members, in addition to students and alumni.  The winning work was made by Community Faculty member Ursula Hargens (Mpls).  This piece is a colorful floral earthenware work called Tile Diptych (Falling Tulips).

Each award winner will receive $1,000.  Placement of the work is to be determined.

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May 17: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

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The Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) connects motivated students to prospective internships, networking events, informational interviews and job shadows. From 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at Metropolitan State’s Student Center, Room 101, on the Saint Paul Campus, representatives from the CREDC will present great career opportunities and details about careers in development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.  Learn more about CREDC services at: https://www.diversitycollaborative.org/.

 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS AND ALUMNI, REGARDLESS OF ACADEMIC MAJOR OR MINOR.

Wear business casual attire.  Arrive early.  Bring your questions.

Register TODAY because space is limited.
To register, CLICK HERE or visit
and select “Yes” under “Will you be attending?” 
To learn more about career development resources for Metro students, click here for the Career Center website, or visit us in Founders Hall, room 110. Don’t forget to ask about connecting with employers on Handshake.
If you have questions about this event, contact the Career Center at 651.793.1528 or career.center@metrostate.edu.
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June 24-25: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride

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Join the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center in representing Metropolitan State University and Lavender Bridge, the LGBTQ student organization, at this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival. The festival will be Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.
Volunteers are need to be present at the booth for  two-hour shifts. The resource center encourages first-time attendees to volunteer and experience the diversity, culture, information, festivities, and community that Twin Cities Pride engenders.  Past volunteers are also welcome to continue the tradition of representing Metropolitan State in the community. Be a part of a Twin Cities tradition of celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion, inspiring education, and creating awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.
Learn more about Twin Cities Pride, here:  https://www.tcpride.org/
Sign up for volunteer shifts using this link:
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Meanwhile, backstage at commencement…

Did you ever wonder what the Beacon Hill Brass band was doing offstage while commencement speakers commenced speaking?