Category Archives: Student Life

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.

AGENDA:

  • 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.

Dash Grant provides emergency funds to students in need

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Car broke down and no money to repair it? Unexpected medical expenses making it hard to pay bills? Electricity or gas about to be shut off?  Undergraduate students who find themselves in a financial crisis which could put their academic success at risk can apply for the DASH Grant.

Metropolitan State University has received a $420,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates. Metropolitan State is one of the first four-year universities to receive this grant.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, Metropolitan State has the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of acute and unexpected need,” said university President Virginia Arthur. “Most of our students work while attending classes, and many have limited financial resources. That means that, even when the semester is going according to plan, our students struggle to manage work, studies, family, and other commitments. Any number of disruptions can occur—problems with health, family members, automobiles, jobs—and students suddenly find themselves unable to continue their programs. Often a modest supplement can make the difference between continuing to completion and stopping out, which often leads to protracted stopping-out and derails life plans and hopes. Great Lakes has zeroed in on a potent but solvable threat to student success.”

Students who qualify will receive a one-time payment of up to $1,000 to help relieve the stress of an unexpected financial hardship. For qualifications and  to learn more about applying for the Dash Grant, go to www.metrostate.edu/dash.

 

Aug. 29-31: Metropolitan State social for North Hennepin Community College

Kick off the new school year on the North Hennepin Community College campus with your fellow students and Metropolitan State University alumni.

Metropolitan State invites you to network, socialize and enjoy some pizza in an informal setting as the new school year kicks up into high gear. This event is hosted by the Metropolitan State University Alumni Association.

  • 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 30,
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, August 31

North Hennepin Community College, room CBT178  7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park.

Let organizers know which session you’ll be attending and reserve your spot at this link: https://metrostatestudents-nhcc.eventbrite.com

 

Metropolitan State University Library now offers live streaming

Do you love movies? Hate paying the fees associated with streaming services?  The answer is right in the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, which has partnered with Kanopy to provide thousands of movies and television titles for free.

Use this link to access the service:  https://www.kanopystreaming.com/wayf

Kanopy will ask for the name of the library you are associated with, in this case, Metropolitan State University, and after you enter the information users will have access to content that can be stream to computer, Roku, Android and iOS devices.

Read more about this service in this article from The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/watching/kanopy-criterion-collection-library-card.html.

Student Health and Wellness Association seeks new membership

The Health and Wellness Association at Metropolitan State University is seeking new members to join its revamped student group.

On-campus health and wellness expos, health and wellness assessments, and discussions of positive campus behaviors and habits are just a few activities this group will facilitate and participate in.

Students already have free access to the Metropolitan State Fitness Center as part of their tuition. A discounted rate of $40 is offered to faculty and staff for the fall semester.

Those interested should contact Mitesh Rai at bc2633xr@metrostate.edu, or Jodee Fitgerald at jodee.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu.

July is Alcohol Awareness Month

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July is Alcohol Awareness Month! Join the university in spreading awareness by participating in a variety of activities. Healthcare and Wellness Services is offering opportunities which include:
  • Substance abuse self-assessment tool (e-CheckUpToGo metrostate.edu/alcohol-drug-abuse-prevention)
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Speaker, 4 to 5 p.m., July 17, Student Center, Room 101
  • Alcohol use and prevention talk, 4 to 5 p.m., July 12, Student Center, Room 101
  • Wear Red Day, July 17
  • Smoking Cessation Classes 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday, SJH 254
 Be aware that Zipnosis, the telemedicine platform has changed its name to OnCare. If you have already used Zipnosis, you will not need to re-register. The new link is https://www.oncare.org/
For new users, please remember to register using your university e-mail address and Star ID, and use the following link:https://app.oncare.org/passcode/msu

 

For more information, contact: Jodee Fitzgerald Health and Wellness Services 651.793.1552 | healthcare.services@metrostate.edu.

Speakers to talk about their experiences with mental illness

On June 29, 4-5pm, on Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, Room 101, two speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to talk about their experience with mental illness and with attempted suicide. They will also be discussing what can be done to raise awareness about mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the average age of male students.  View the men’s health flyer below for more details.

MensHealthMonth

Questions? Contact:
Jodee Fitzgerald
651-793-1552
Founders Hall 240D
Jodee.Fitzgerald@metrostate.edu

June 15-16: Black Men Healing Conference

Black Men's Healing ConferenceMetropolitan State is, once again, the host site for the annual Black Men Healing Conference, which is co-sponsored this year by Metropolitan State’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association and Black Student Union.

The conference is June 15-16, 2017.

Conference coordinator, Samuel Simmons Consulting, is offering Metropolitan State employees and students a reduced registration rate of $95 for both days (box lunch included).

*Registered members and advisers of ADCSA and BSU/AASA may attend at no cost, but need to register through Alysia Lajune directly by June 9 by clicking on the link below:

Black Men Healing Conference

Learn more about Simmons Consulting, the Healing Brothers initiative, and Historical Trauma Work at http://healingbrothers.com/.

Science Museum summer youth camps are discounted for Metropolitan State community

The Science Museum of Minnesota is offering youth summer camps with a variety of themes and activities to keep youngsters cool and busy this summer.

Steep discounts are available for Metropolitan State students and faculty. Use code 55106 when registering online. To register by phone, call (651) 221-4511.

JULY 24 – 28: For ages 9-12

FEMALE FILMMAKERS:
Explore the world of film production. You can be a director, actor, cinematographer, and producer of your films and team film project. Record movies using a digital video camera then use software to edit. Post it online to share with your friends.

When: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $215 (full price), $205 (members), University price: $108/seat (50 percent off with code)
Where: Metropolitan State University College of Sciences.

GAMER GIRLS: DANCE EDITION
Are you a gamer girl and like to dance? Design your own dance game using Scratch software. Choreograph a dance game, design an environment, create characters, and add music. Build your own controller to play your dance game.

When: Mon-Fri, 1-4 p.m.
Fee: $215 (full price), $205 (members), University price: $108/seat (50 percent off with code)
Where: Metropolitan State University College of Sciences.

WEEK 9: AUGUST 7 – 11: Ages 6-8

SCRATCH YOUR FUNNY BONE:
Use Scratch Jr. to illustrate your favorite jokes, tell jokes, read jokes, and make up jokes. Use coding and creativity for a laughing good time.

When: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $215 (full price), $205 (members), University price: $108/seat (50 percent off with code)
Where: Metropolitan State University College of Sciences.

PUPPET MOVIES:
Design and create your own puppets. Bring them to life using HUE stop- motion animation software. Plan and film adventures for your characters with props and backgrounds of your own design. Share your movies online.

When: Mon-Fri, 1-4 p.m.
Fee: $215 (full price), $205 (members), University price: $108/seat (50 percent off with code)
Where: Metropolitan State University College of Sciences.

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