Category Archives: Student Services

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.

Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-16: Learn to recognize the signs

September 10-16 is national recognized as Suicide Prevention Week. Metropolitan State University is launching efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper trainings, which teach participants to recognize signs of distress in people and to connect that person to helpful resources. You can help to prevent suicide at Metropolitan State University.  Suicide is all of our business, and everyone can play a role to prevent suicide.

Events are planned across several campus locations this week. Representatives from the Suicide Awareness Leadership Team will teach the warning signs of suicide and promote upcoming gatekeeper trainings at the following times and locations:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
  • 4 to 6 pm., Thursday, Sept. 14, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park.
  • Information on the warning signs of suicide and gatekeeper training will be available all week at the Midway location.

Gatekeeper training teaches individuals the warning signs of distress, how to respond, and how to refer the person to services. Two options are available, Kognito and Mental Health First Aid.

Kognito is a 45-minute online self-paced training for faculty and staff, and uses role-playing to teach how to recognize when a student is in crisis and refer them to the appropriate services. There is a general module, a veteran module, and a LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to The enrollment key for Kognito is “MetroState.”

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff, and students, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, and how to recognize a problem, give reassurance, and refer them to seek professional help. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Library and Learning Center,  Room 310. Register at this link on

Contact Cassandra Shaker ( 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


OnCare telemedicine portal now available for students

The OnCare telemedicine portal is now available to all students at Metropolitan State.

Services covered include:

How to begin
First, register at using your Metropolitan State e-mail address and StarID. If you had previously registered for Zipnosis, login to OnCare using your Zipnosis username and password at

Help us learn how to better serve you
Win a chance for a $25 Amazon gift card by participating in a survey. As part of the university’s Health and Wellness Services commitment to achieving the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus 2020 goals, we’re conducting a survey. Watch your student e-mail and when you complete the confidential survey you will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Lunch and learn
Learn how to integrate fruits and vegetables into your diet at two classes on the Saint Paul campus, led by personal coach and trainer Whitney Marie Wellness.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20
    Room L120, Founders Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27
    Room L120, Founders Hall

Substance Use presentation
Dr. Amelia Arria, associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, gives a presentation on substance use in our community.  Arria completed her postdoctoral fellowship on drug dependence at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11
    Room 101, Student Center, Saint Paul Campus

Suicide Prevention Week
Starting Monday, Sept. 11, learn about the warning signs of suicide.

Find Health and Wellness Services at all four campuses and pick up a suicide prevention ribbon to promote awareness.

See our information display at the Midway Campus.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255.

Click here for the Healthcare and Wellness Services Newsletter

New Ordway programs offer discounts to Metropolitan State students

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is launching a new family series this fall, featuring community-oriented programming and engagement opportunities. These programs come with discounts for Metropolitan State students and their children.

Performances: (10 a.m. lobby activities | 11 a.m. performance) 
• Saturday, Sept. 30 | Concert Hall: David Gonzalez’s bilingual tales from the Latino world

• Saturday, March 3, 2018 | Concert Hall: The Okee Dokee Brothers

• Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Music Theater: Mermaid Theatre’s “Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny”

The Ordway Center is located at 345 Washington St., St Paul.

• “Play and Learn Lobbies” are activities in the lobbies for families that are educational, interactive, and encourage creativity one-hour prior to the performance. Many participating organizations create activities to coincide with their exhibits, upcoming productions, or their mission statement to get the word out about their programming.

• David Gonzalez will offer a bilingual interactive storytelling workshop for families with young children at 4:15 p.m.,  Friday, Sept.29 at at the Riverview Library, 1 George St. E., St. Paul. To RSVP, call 651.282.3115.

David Gonzalez and Okee Dokee Brothers will have a limited number of $5 tickets through the Community Access Program, as part of Ordway’s commitment to address barriers to participation that can restrict access to the performing arts.

Click the link for more information about Ordway’s new programs, and to get the discount promo codes.

Sept. 16: Graduate Studies Preview Day

Have you ever thought about graduate school? Maybe you have, but didn’t think it was achievable. To learn more about how to make graduate school a reality, join Metropolitan State University for the first annual Graduate Studies Preview Day.

Metropolitan State University skywayAttendees will experience “first-hand” how Metropolitan State graduate programs are transforming the typical graduate experience into one that meets students’ individual needs and connects them to the real world. If you have a friend, relative or co-worker who you think could also benefit from one of Metropolitan State’s graduate programs, please encourage them to attend as well.

The session will be 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 16 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th Street. Registration is free and all attendees will get their graduate application fees waived. Register now at this link.

Need additional answers?

Check out for easy access to a list of our graduate programs, course descriptions, and more!

If you have further questions about this event and would like to speak with a graduate recruiter please contact us at 612-659-7150, or

Visit our website for step-by-step instructions on how to become a graduate student at Metropolitan State.

Sept. 7: Job fair preparation session

Alumni volunteers will help current students polish up their first impression skills and develop confidence for presenting themselves as attractive candidates at the upcoming Diversity Networking Job Fair. Networking prompts and activities will be provided.

The session will be 5 to 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Student Center, room 101, Saint Paul Campus.

For information contact the Career Center at  (651) 793-1528 or visit

Oct. 19: Admissions Preview Day

Freshmen and transfer students, listen up! We get it. Being a new student at Metropolitan State University can be challenging. Especially if you are navigating through all that Metropolitan State University has to offer.

With that in mind, Metropolitan State University is organizing Preview Day, 11 a.m to 1 p.m and 3 to 5 p.m. , Oct. 19,  at the Saint Paul campus, 700 East Seventh Street, so mark your calendars.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with expert admissions counselors, advisors and students who will be there to help you.

Register for the event at this link:

If you are unable to attend Preview Day, contact the Admissions Office at 651-793-1302 to set up an appointment with an admissions counselor.

Tips to prevent RSI



Ready, set, stretch! As the semester winds up, public health experts remind of the benefits of daily stretches to prevent repetitive stress/strain injury (RSI). Data suggest that cervical and wrist RSI are at epidemic proportions in the US because of poor ergonomics.

Experts recommend the following tips to prevent cervical and wrist or arm injury due to consistent computer work:


If you have additional questions:

Dr. Debra Eardley, DNP, RN, APHN-BC
College of Nursing and Health Sciences 
Phone: 651-793-1385

Jodee Fitzgerald
Health and Wellness Services Coordinator
Phone: 651-793-1552

Other helpful resources: 

Sept. 13: 2017 Diversity Networking and Jobs Fair

Metropolitan State University’s career event of the year.

Meet over 30 employers who are intent on hiring Metropolitan State students and alumni.

Event runs from  2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

Attendees get a $5 coupon good at Alimama’s in the Student Center. A sitting for a free professional photo for LinkedIn profile is also available.  Prep for the fair with alumni coaches.

Register for the fair at

For information contact the Career Center at  (651) 793-1528 or visit