Category Archives: Student Life

July 10: LGBTQ Ally Development Training

Metropolitan State University’s Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center invites you to Ally Development Training 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 10. in the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Room 302, 645 E 7th St.

Seventy percent of first-year lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer college students consider leaving school out of fear from being bullied or harassed. However, Ally and Safe Space programs have been shown to be effective tools for helping LGBTQ students and staff feel safer and more included in college communities.

An aspiring “ally” is a member of the majority group who works to end oppression in their professional and personal life and behavior through support of the minority population. Allies are also advocates for the minority population.

To register for the training or for more information, contact the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center at WLGBTQ@metrostate.edu.

June 26: Fourth Annual Community Puppet Palooza

The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, the Student Parent Center, and Saint Paul Public Library all invite you to the Fourth Annual Community Puppet Palooza from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday, June 26,  Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

This free, family-friendly event is an evening of outdoor games, face painting, snacks, and a live puppet show of Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour. The festivities will start at 6 p.m., rain or shine, near the Labyrinth on the west side of the Metropolitan State University Library. At 7 p.m., the curtain will rise on Open Eye Figure Theatre’s “Little Grandpa’s Big Surprise.”

Per Open Eye Figure Theatre’s website:

Little Grandpa is turning 100 years old, and his granddaughter BB is planning the best, biggest, most bodacious, and SECRET—ssshhh—Surprise birthday party ever. But when cake-baking chaos ensues, BB has to call on her friends and neighbors for help. Can they bring all the ingredients together in time?

Come watch and find out. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on during the puppet show.

For more information, contact Michelle Filkins at 651-793-1621 or at michelle.filkins@metrostate.edu.

Summer Movie Fridays at the Library

If you’re looking for something to do indoors on hot Friday afternoons this summer, check out Summer Movie Fridays, co-sponsored by Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center and Dayton’s Bluff Public Library.

Every Friday from June 22–Aug. 17, a movie will be shown at 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center Room 132.

These family-friendly screenings are free and open to the public.

                                              Summer Movie Fridays at 1 p.m.
                                June 22                                   Coco
                                June 29                         The Borrowers
                                 July 6                                  Storks
                                July 13                          The Boss Baby
                                July 20                                Wonder
                                July 27                                   Sing
                                 Aug. 3                        The Emoji Movie
                                Aug. 10                         Despicable Me 3
                                Aug. 17                              Early Man

If you have questions, please contact the Dayton’s Bluff Public Library at 651-793-1699 or Mallory Kroschel and MaiSee Vang at 651-793-1634.

Metropolitan State welcomes Nagasaki University exchange

St. Paul Nagaski Sister City Council and Metropolitan State extended a warm welcome over the weekend to Professor Takayuki Miyanishi and student Jianz “Kathy” Chen. The Cherry Tree Celebration on Saturday was complete with taiko drummers, dancers and cooperative weather. Sunday was a special dinner coordinated by the SPNSCC to celebrate the student exchange between Metropolitan State and Nagasaki University and the many other Minnesota-Japan cultural exchange organizations and volunteer. Chen started class this week doing environmental science field research and next week will start a communications course. Two Metropolitan State students will attend Nagasaki University in August.

June 9: Cybersecurity Jeopardy Round 2

How well do you know cybersecurity? Metropolitan State University’s Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization (CSFSO) invites students to test their knowledge with Cybersecurity Jeopardy: Round 2. This is a great chance for all club members and students who couldn’t attend the first round to participate and socialize with CSFSO members. Test your knowledge while enjoying free food and snacks.

Round 2 of Cybersecurity Jeopardy will be held June 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in New Main, room L103, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.

CSFSO is a student organization that strives to “help its members grow as students and members of our communities to give back and to represent the university. As we graduate and excel in the job force, we will enhance the opportunities of those that follow.”

To RSVP, or for more information, check out CSFSO’s OrgSync page.

June 29: Summer Movies @ the Library

As a part of the ongoing movie screening campaign, Metropolitan State University and the Saint Paul Public Library are bringing more free, family fun to campus. These family friendly screenings are free and open to the public, so grab a few friends or family members and enjoy the delights of animation Friday afternoons in the Student Lounge.

On June 29, we will feature the Borrowers. The movie, based on, “Children’s author Mary Norton’s storybook creations, the four-inch-tall family of ‘borrowers’ who live among humans and co-opt their possessions. When a crooked lawyer (John Goodman) takes over the Lender family’s house, he’s got to reckon with the borrowers therein, who launch a campaign to oust the invader and restore the home to its rightful tenants.”

  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 29 at the Saint Paul Public  Library, Dayton’s Bluff Branch, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106.

For more information, check out the Saint Paul Public Library event calendar.

June 16: Out of the Darkness Metropolitan State University Campus Walk

Metropolitan State University’s Social Work Student Association will bring the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to the Saint Paul campus.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads – each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience. Suggested colors include:

  • White: Lost a child
  • Red:  Lost a spouse or partner
  • Gold: Lost a parent
  • Orange: Lost a sibling
  • Purple: Lost a relative or friend
  • Silver:  Lost a first responder/military
  • Green: Struggled personally
  • Blue: Support the cause
  • Teal: Friends and/or family who struggles

When you participate in an Out of the Darkness Walk, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

• Walk date: June 16
• Check-in/registration time:  8 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m.
• Walk location: Metropolitan State, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Courtney Sedgwick
Contact Phone: 763-228-5015
Contact Email: cococourtneyjoy@icloud.com

Online registration closes at noon (local time), Friday, June 1. Walk-up registration will be taken at 8 a.m. up until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until June 30.

June 22: Summer Movies @ the Library

If you’re looking something to this summer that’s fun (and free), be sure to check out summer movies at the library. These family friendly screenings are free and open to the public, so feel free to grab a few friends or family members and enjoy the delights of animation Friday afternoons in the Student Lounge.

June 22 with feature Coco. Disney states, “Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

• 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 22 at the Saint Paul Public  Library, Dayton’s Bluff Branch, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106.

For more information, check out the Saint Paul Public Library event calendar.

May 1: Coffee, Cards & Coloring

Deal yourself in for some adult conversation over a cup of coffee (or tea) and a deck of cards on the first Tuesday of the month. Coloring materials and sweet treats are also provided.

For more information, check out the Saint Paul Public Library event calendar.

2018 Art Purchase Award selections

Four works by student and alumni have been selected for acquisition by the Metropolitan State University Art Exhibition Committee in the 2018 Art Purchase Award.

Selected works include two acrylic paintings by alumnus Adam Bucher of Saint Paul, titled “Communicationand “Face; a gouache painting by alumna Susan Solomon of Saint Paul, titled “For Now She Closed Her Eyes; and a colored-pencil drawing by student Lynn Vincent of White Bear Lake, titled “Healing Echinacea.”

 

To encourage the growth and development of student and alumni studio artists and to elevate the profile of the arts on campus, the Art Exhibition Committee orchestrated four $1,000 purchases on the basis of artistic merit.

The placements of the works are yet to be determined.

The 2018 Art Purchase Award is supported by Academic Affairs, the Alumni Association, the Student Senate, the Library Endowment and the Office of The President.

The 16thannual Art Purchase Award will occur in the spring of 2019. Inquiries can be directed to resident faculty member Amy Sands at Amy.Sands@metrostate.edu.