Category Archives: Student Services

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




June is Men’s Health Month

Join Healthcare and Wellness Services in spreading awareness by participating in a variety of activities.

Healthcare and Wellness Services is offering opportunities which include:

  • Facebook Contest — To kick off Men’s Health Month, anyone who likes the June 1 post by Healthcare and Wellness Services will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
    Look for 30 days of health resources on our Facebook page. Follow the page for important healthcare and wellness news and events.
  • Wear Blue Day — On June 16,  show your support for men’s health by wearing blue. Look for ribbons around campus, or stop by Founders Hall 240D to pick up a men’s health awareness ribbon.
  • Freedom From Smoking Class — 32.4 percent of our male students use tobacco. Don’t be a statistic! Come and get help quitting. Join us for free smoking cessation classes, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 from 12-1 p.m. Saint Johns Hall 154, Saint Paul Campus. Or, come and get information from us that a family member or friend can use to assist them in quitting.
  • Suicide Prevention Talk — National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to speak about suicide prevention on June 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Saint Paul Student Center, Room 101.

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 effective May 1 is:

For new users, please remember to register using your Metro State email address and Star ID, and use the following link:

For more information on the university’s Healthcare and Wellness Services, contact Jodee Fitzgerald, 651-793-1552, Founders Hall 240D,

Photos: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

An event hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) on May 17, 2017 at Metropolitan State’s Student Center was collaborative effort with the university’s Career Center to bring professionals to campus to talk about the many aspects of commercial real estate.

Stephanie Lee, vice president, Carlson Commercial
Judy Jandro, senior vice president, Bell State Bank and Trust
Anne Kane, community development director, City of White Bear Lake
Charlie Nestor, development and leasing manager, Hillcrest Development
Bob Pounds, senior vice president, Colliers International
Rich Forslund, senior property manager,  Colliers International

Panelists were industry professionals who discussed development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.

The two-hour event concluded with a question and answer session and a brief informal meeting for students and alumni present to network with the panelists.

May 31: Resume and job search workshop

Are you currently looking for a new job? Do you need professional advice to spruce up your resume? “Who you gonna call?” Ok, no need to answer that last question. But if you answered any, or all, of the previous two questions with an emphatic ‘YES!’ then Career Center is here to help.

Metropolitan State University’s Career Center is hosting a Resume and Job Search Workshop on the Saint Paul campus.

This event is just in time for graduating seniors and students who are preparing to embark on a job search, or for students who are looking for a professional advice to spruce up their resumes.

The workshop is a great way to learn about the current “best practices” in resume development, and some of the most effective ways to go about looking for a job with a special emphasis on networking. You will leave with a specific action plan and hopefully, renewed energy.

WHEN:   4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31
WHERE: Metropolitan State Saint Paul Campus, Science Building, SEC 115
FOR WHOM:  All majors, all minors, grad students and alumni
QUESTIONS: Contact Career Center at 651.793.1528


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:



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
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Reserved parking sign goes up for Wounded Warriors

Steve Campos, Veterans and Military Student Services interim coordinator and Beyond The Yellow Ribbon committee member, stands with Tom Torgerud, parking operations coordinator, Building Services, next to the recently installed Wounded Warriors Family Support’s combat wounded sign.

A dedicated parking space in the university parking ramp has been reserved with a Wounded Warriors Family Support’s combat wounded sign. The reserved parking space is near the ground floor entrance of the parking ramp.

The sign and parking space are an effort by Tom Torgerud, university parking operations coordinator, to show appreciation for and by recognize the service of U.S. veterans wounded in combat. With the support of his supervisor, Torgerud reached out to the Wounded Warriors Family Support, which sent the Purple Heart sign. The group, Wounded Warrior Family Support, is out of Nebraska and the signs are free.  Requests for signs have been nationwide.

Metropolitan State University boasts the largest percentage of veteran student enrollment than any other Minnesota university.

IME-BECAS Award Ceremony

Nine Metropolitan State University students were awarded scholarships from the Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad [IME] Fellowship Program.

Head Consul Gerardo Guerrero Gomez of the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paulvisited Metropolitan State University Saint Paul Campus, March 23, to confer the award. The program is designed to assist Latino students of Mexican origin.

Awardees are: Abril Macias, Urban Elementary Education; Acelia Hernandez Ramirez, pre-Business; Erika Calderon, pre-Social Work; Jon Guajardo, Early Childhood Studies; Karina De La Torre, Dental Hygiene; Nellyda Ross, Human Services; Taylor Rose Schoenecker, Nursing [MANE]; Venelli Maria Felling, Human Resource Management; Yareli Ortiz Villarreal, English.

Photo Gallery:

Photography by Kevin O’Connor

April 14: Deadline to apply for Foundation scholarships

Please note: The deadline to apply for this scholarship was previously reported as April 24. The correct deadline is April 14.

Metropolitan State University Foundation scholarships are supported by gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations who wish to provide financial assistance to our students. The deadline for students to apply is quickly approaching!

For students looking to obtain financial help, apply for scholarships through the Metropolitan State University Foundation. The application period for the 2017–2018 academic year is now open. Deadline is noon, April 14.

Last year, 144 students were awarded more than $240,000 in scholarships.

For academic year 2017-2018, scholarship applications and the specific criteria are posted on the Financial Aid Web page under “Scholarships.” To view all scholarships, click here. See which might fit for you, as these privately funded scholarships have various requirements. To maximize search results, leave the option fields set to “All.”

Students may submit scholarship applications at any of the four Gateway Student Services locations. Students may also mail completed applications to Metropolitan State University, Attn: Gateway Student Services, 700 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. Emailed applications can be sent to and must be from your Metropolitan State email account for personal identification and security with “Scholarship Application” denoted in the subject line. Questions about the scholarships should be directed to Gateway staff at 651-793-1300 or