Category Archives: Student Services

Rupa Pokherl awarded Mark M. Welter World Citizen scholarship

Rupa Pokherl, a Metropolitan State University student, received the Mark M, Welter World Citizen Scholarship for spring semester of 2018. She is one of 20 students to receive the $500 award.  The scholarship, which is offered exclusively to students attending one of Minnesota State’s colleges or universities, requires a vast understanding of how cultures across the globe are interlinked. Students who are nominated share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.

In addition to these required commitments, the student must be in good academic standing and must be nominated by academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

 For more information regarding the Walter M. Welter World Citizen scholarship, visit LeadMN

April 2: Integrity Day

Recognize Metropolitan State’s distinction as a Campus of Integrity. Enjoy a snack as we celebrate Integrity Day noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 2 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

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.President Ginny Arthur signed an executive order last year 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.

March 16: Career Ideas Festival

The annual Career Ideas Festival is considered the Career Center’s signature event. This year the festival will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 16 in the Founder’s Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus.

The first 200 students to register will receive a free copy of The 20-Minute Networking Meeting and can register by clicking the link here:

Staff and faculty are also welcome to attend and may register here:

Check in is 8:30 to 9 a.m., grab a cup of coffee and network. Author Marcia Ballinger will give a keynote presentation from 9 to 9:45 a.m., speaking on her new book The 20-Minute Networking Meeting. The keynote is followed by an employer panel of leading executives from some of Minnesota’s top companies. Attendees are invited to stay the duration of the event to mingle and network.

Ballinger is a co-founder and principal at Ballinger|Leafblad, Saint Paul-based executive search firm focused on serving the civic sector.  She conducts executive search projects for top executives in non-profit organizations, higher education, foundations and professional associations. She also has extensive background in corporate searches.  A frequent presenter to groups of executives, Ballinger is known as a no-nonsense representative of the executive search industry.

“Over 80 percent of people who land jobs do so through connections and word of mouth. Yet, few people focus on networking,” Career Center Director Bill Baldus said. “Ballinger is an expert and will give a crash course. Her book is a simple enough program that students can pick up and implement right away.”

March 11: Winter Clothing Drive

The Social Work Student Association is hosting a winter clothing drive. Donate your clothes at bins located in the Student Center, Founders Hall, and Library and Learning Center now through Sunday, March 9.

Donated items will be available for pickup at a free “shopping” event from 1-4 p.m., Monday, March 11 in the Student Center, room 101.

The event is open to the public.

Contact Rachel Hanson at for more information.

Mamava pods provide private, clean, and comfortable nursing stations on campus

 Metropolitan State University Healthcare Services is proud to announce the arrival of the Mamava Lactation Pods.
The pods are located on the Saint Paul campus on the first floor of the Student Center and in the commons area at the Midway Campus.

Mamava is a business dedicated to changing the culture around breastfeeding by giving women clean and private facilities to use a breast pump or nurse an infant.

Mamava Pod
 (Image of the Mamava pod at the Saint Paul Campus.)

The pods are used in conjunction with the Mamava app which can be downloaded via the Adroid or Apple store. Women can use the app to find Mamava stations on campus and at other public places, as well. The pods will also allow the campus community to access additional space for lactation needs.

In addition to the pods, the standard lactation rooms on the Saint Paul Campus (room 140C) and Midway campus (room R) will be maintained. Look for updates to these rooms throughout spring semester. Students, staff, and faculty will also have the ability to schedule room 140C and room R through Healthcare Services.

Those needing access to the lactation rooms are asked to register at

Winter Clothing Drive & Free Shopping Event

Photo of donation bin inside of Founder’s Hall

Fifteen percent of Americans living in poverty consider a coat an out-of-budget expense, according to

The Social Work Student Association is doing its part by hosting a winter clothing drive from now until March 9.

You can make your donations at Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul campus in the bins located inside of the Student Center, Founder’s Hall, and Library and Learning Center.

Donated items will be available for pickup at the free shopping event on Sunday, March 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Student Center.

This event is open to the public.


Flu prevention reminder

It is flu season and the university Healthcare and Wellness Services reminds students that OnCare, the telemedicine portal, is accessible for consultation 24 hours daily.

Get treatment for:

  • Colds and flu
  • Strep throat
  • Hay fever
  • Allergies
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Ear ache
  • Pink eye

Register at with your Metropolitan State e-mail address and StarID.

Follow us on Facebook to get updates and tips on staying active and healthy, and on our newly updates webpage,

Need additional answers?

Use Ask Us! to search our knowledge base for a wealth of information, submit a question, or chat with an agent during business hours.

For more information, please contact:
Jodee Fitzgerald
Healthcare and Wellness Services Coordinator

24/7 support from Counseling Services

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Are you feeling anxious? Are you overwhelmed with life struggles? Are you overloaded with academic stress? You are not alone. Call 651-793-1568 for support from Counseling Services.

Eight out of ten Metropolitan Students said they felt very overwhelmed at times within the last year.

Counseling Services now offers a 24/7 phone support line.

When you call the support line:

  • a licensed counselor will answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days, a week, 365 days a year
  • you will be offered confidential support, information, resources, and practical solutions for coping
  • all services are free and confidential

Counseling Services office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm weekdays. Schedule an appointment by  calling 651-793-1568 during office hours. Visit the Counseling Services website for more information,

You can call 651-793-1568 anytime to speak with a counselor by phone about your concerns. If you reach the voicemail, press “0” to be connected with a counselor.

Jan. 25: Target Technology Group and Guest Reliability Engineering career info session

Target is seeking Metropolitan State students and alumni to hire as leaders within its stores. Company representatives would like to meet students who are naturally comfortable leading others and who want to develop themselves further.

The Target Technology Group is seeking software development employment candidates to “connect the in-store and digital environments, and make on-demand shopping at Target simple, secure and enjoyable.”

Target Guest Reliability Engineering (GRE) is seeking graduates with education in hands-on programming, solving operations  issues as they would a software problem. GRE will train new recruits who have the base education and the passion, aptitude and drive to excel.

Register, prepare, and attend this info session to meet a panel of recruiters and employees from Target to learn what your career could be like there.

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 25
WHERE: Science Education Center, room 115, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus

OPEN TO: All Metropolitan State students and alumni
REGISTER: Handshake events Target Retail Group Career Infosession at

Phone: 651.793.1528 
Visit Career Center at FH 110


University ombudsperson is there to advocate for and support students

Renne Beaulieu-Banks
Renne Beaulieu-Banks

Metropolitan State University continues to address and provide resources available to students.

Renee Beaulieu-Banks currently serves as the ombudsperson and American Indian Student Success Coordinator.

Beaulieu-Banks’ primary responsibility as ombudsperson is to provide advocacy and support for students who may be engaged in the grade appeal or student complaint process. Students should consult the ombudsperson in the event they believe they were treated unfairly in the grading process. With many years of service and commitment to students, Beaulieu-Banks’ is available help navigate the processes. More information about the Academic Appeals Procedure can be found on the University website here.