Category Archives: Student Services

Nov. 20: Cybersecurity career information session

Mid-career worker and veterans who are seeking to transition into cybersecurity should attend an informational session to learn about  free cybersecurity training to qualified individuals.

Register to attend an information session, hosted by Metropolitan State University in collaboration with government agencies.

Register using this link for one of the required information sessions:
http://bit.ly/MnCyber

Session dates and times: 

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13,  from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Session swill take place  at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center (LIB-Room 132), 645 East 7th St., Saint Paul.

Contact Faisal Kaleem at Faisal.Kaleem@metrostate.edu for any questions.

Click here to download the event flyer

Here’s how you can help students at Metropolitan State during the holidays

The Metropolitan State University community can be proud that for 17 years we have sponsored families in need over the holiday season. For the past five years, donations were made to families of our Metropolitan State students who were in need of help and support. The Student Parent Center is offering the Holiday Giving Program again this year and asking of the community’s help.

Many students at Metropolitan State University are parenting as they attend school and their budgets can be very tight. There are already families who are eagerly waiting to see if they will be adopted this year. Your generosity through gifts and donations last year made for some very happy children and grateful students. This year those student parents in need are coming to us in greater numbers and we would like to help each and every family.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Metropolitan State student parent family, or can contribute gifts for an individual child, contact holiday.giving@metrostate.edu as soon as possible so we can match you up with a family. Please specify the size of the family (two, four, or more) you would be willing to sponsor or an individual child you would like to help during the holidays.

Acceptable donations:

  •    Toys and goods (please do not wrap, but provide gift wrap for the student)
  •    Gift cards
  •     Kohl’s Cash (which will be used to buy gifts)
  •    Checks made out to Metropolitan State Foundation (write in memo line: “Holiday Giving Program”)

 Please plan to have all gifts and financial contributions to us by Monday, Dec. 11.

Nov. 15: Career information session

Career Center Services at Metropolitan State University is organizing an informational session for those interested in careers in natural resources management and environmental stewardship.

Three state and federal agencies to present are Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US Fish and Wildlife. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Saint Paul Campus, Science Education Center, room 115, 664 East 6th Street.

Register for the event at this link: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/100403

The event is open to Metropolitan State students and alumni. Dress is business casual. For questions, call the Career Center at 651-793-1528 or e-mail career.center@metrostate.edu.

Photos: Inaugural First-Generation College Student celebration, Nov. 8, 2017

Metropolitan State University joined higher education institutions nationwide for the inaugural First-Generation College Student Celebration, Nov. 8, which coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Metropolitan State recognitions took place throughout the day on the Saint Paul Campus.

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.

The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students.

Nov. 8: First-Generation College Student Recognition Day

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.

The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

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In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students.

Metropolitan State University will join other higher education institutions across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8 — the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Metropolitan State recognitions will take place throughout the day on the Saint Paul Campus.

First-Generation College Student Recognition Day

• 10 to 11:30am — TRIO open house to celebrate first-generation college students on our campus and unveiling of the mural.
Location: TRIO Complex Founders Hall, L100-106

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The journey of first-generation students on campuses. Discussion of the first-generation mind-set on college campuses. Stories and experiences from the journeys of first-generation college students.
Location: Library and Learning Center,  302 Ecolab

• 4 to 5 p.m. — Proclamations for first-generation college students and the importance of creating positive campus climate for first-generation college students.
Location: Great Hall, New Main

• 5 to 6:30 p.m. — First-generation college student perspectives and celebration. Hear perspectives from administrators, faculty, alumni and students.
Location Great Hall, New Main

Oct. 30: Integrity Day — what is it?

Enjoy a free cookie snack as we celebrate Integrity Day at the Student Center noon to 1 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30. Recognize Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity.

Do you know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it? When is it OK to use a picture you found on the Internet? Is it OK for a tutor to help you with your class assignments?

Easily avoid the pitfalls that could jeopardize your university experience. Ensure and protect your academic success by learning about resources to help support academic integrity. Speak with advisors and get a free copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity” to familiarize yourself with the expectations of academic honesty at Metropolitan State University. Get to the Student Center to obtain your copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity.”

The celebration recognizes Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity. Earlier this year, President Ginny Arthur signed an executive order establishing an Integrity Day to be observed each semester. Integrity Days are to remind the university community of the high honor, that integrity matters, and acknowledges that most students don’t cheat themselves out of their educations.

Oct. 17: Flu vaccination clinic for students

Stay healthy this fall with a flu shot from Fairview Healthcare. MANE nursing students will provide other health and wellness activities throughout the event.

  • 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, Student Center (Room 101), Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., Saint Paul, MN

Activities include:

  • Flu vaccination (free for students)
  • Hand massages and other relaxation techniques
  • Essential oils
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Information on our new campus wide initiative through the American College Health Association, Healthy Campus!
  • Information on how to eat healthy for $4 per day and samples will be provided!
  • Snacks will be provided!
  • Free swag and samples will be provided to participants who complete each activity.

Activities are open to all, however, flu shots are available only to students at this event. Find more information on vaccinations for faculty and staff at this link.

For more information contact Jodee Fitzgerald, coordinator for Healthcare and Wellness Services at Metropolitan State University, 651-793-1552 or jodee.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu

Oct. 4: Expert Insights webinar, “Projects: How to Make Matters Worse”

The Expert Insights webinar, “Projects: How to Make Matters Worse,” examines five top reasons projects fail and how acts of project management often contribute to these wrecks.  The webinar will also discuss why regaining control can be difficult, once a project begins to perform poorly.

The webinar will be 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4. Register at this link.

Free mental health services for students and university employees

Students who are struggling with a mental health issue can access free services, including individual and group counseling. Call 651-793-1568 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays to schedule an appointment.

Free mental health screenings are available through the Counseling Services webpage.

If you are a faculty or staff member struggling with a mental health issue, help is available through the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, 1-800-657-3719.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.