Students reminded to activate Higher One card

Financial aid for fall semester is set to disburse on Friday, Sept. 12.  Students who have not activated their Higher One card may experience delays in receiving financial aid disbursements.

Higher One cards are mailed to students in a bright green envelope shortly after their enrollment in the university.

To activate the card, follow the instructions at this link. Students must log in with their card number, create an account and choose a payment method.

Students may choose to deposit funds directly into another account, have a check mailed to their address or use the Higher One card as a debit card.  Students choosing not to activate their Higher One card will receive a check in the mail from Higher One approximately 20 days after financial aid disbursement.

Students who have not received their Higher One card must contact Gateway Student Services to request a new card.  It may take up to 10 business days to receive a new card.  For more information or for assistance, contact Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300 or e-mail


Campus building hours for Labor Day weekend

The following is the Labor Day weekend building schedule for Metropolitan State campuses.

Saint Paul Campus:
30, 31 and Sept. 1, all offices and buildings closed.

Midway Center and Midway-Energy Park Place:
30, 31 and Sept. 1, all offices and buildings closed

Minneapolis Campus:
30, open from 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
31 and Sept. 1, all offices and buildings closed.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, Brooklyn Park:
30, 31 and Sept. 1, all offices and buildings closed.

University newsletter gets facelift



The Metropolitan State’s student-centered newsletter has undergone recent updates. As an accreditation initiative for the Academic Quality Improvement Program, a communication project team was organized in May. The team’s primary goal was to establish and streamline communication with students to reduce the number of e-mails that students receive on a weekly basis from 10 or more to two or three. A secondary goal was to leverage university technology to brand, proof and deliver e-mail communication to students. As a result of this initiative, marketing and communications is using current communication technologies to introduce a new version of the university’s bi-weekly newsletter, the Online Catalyst.

The new publication, Catalyst, is released twice per week: Mondays and Wednesdays. The design combines a streamlined e-mail release with headlines that link to online articles. Monday issues communicate policy and strategic information updates. Wednesday issues include information on upcoming events, student organizations, accolades, special interest stories and so on.

The greatest impact of this change on the university community is the new process for submitting articles and information. Submissions to Catalyst may be sent by using the online form at the following link:

All students, student organizations and members of the university community are invited and encouraged to submit articles sharing information to share with the university community.

The new version of Catalyst is available now at


LGBTQ Student Group invites students to first meeting of the academic year


Lavender Bridge, Metropolitan State’s LGBTQ student organization, invites all students to its Welcome Back Student Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul Campus in New Main Room L210.

Lavender Bridge is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant, queer and ally students who strive to provide social opportunities and support for our members through developing an academic environment that supports queer scholarship, and through organizing events relating to political and social issues affecting the queer and transgender communities. Lavender Bridge provides a safe and accepting environment for students through mutual support, informational and social activities.

Lavender Bridge seeks to overcome the barriers facing the LGBTQIA student community of today through hosting events, panel discussions, film screenings and the like throughout the academic year. As a group, they sponsor a variety of cultural, social and education events throughout the academic year including attending in-state and out-of-state conferences, Ally Training, film screenings more.

Contact Lavender Bridge at by visiting their website on OrgSync.

Ice Cream Social for students


The Asian Student Organization (ASO) invites students to attend their Ice Cream Social on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302, located at 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Students have the opportunity to find out about student organizations, talk to student leaders and learn how participation in a student organization can be a springboard for careers.

This event also provides an insight into the background of Metropolitan State’s student organizations and what they do throughout the year such as events, meetings, helping the community and the school. Come to meet new people, develop personal and professional networks, eat ice cream and just relax.

Metropolitan State University Professor co-presenting at Minnesota State Fair


August Hoffman, professor of psychology, is co-presenting at the Minnesota State Fair on the topic of the Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden and Orchard.

The presentation “Keeping the Green in Community Gardens and Urban Forests: How to Provide Healthy Foods for a Hungry Community” is Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. on the Sustainability Stage in the Eco Experience building. Hoffman co-presents with Barbara Curchack, psychology faculty, from Inver Hills Community College.

Students invited to student theater group’s first meeting of the year

Theater Underground (TU), Metropolitan State’s student organization devoted to theater arts, invites students to their first meeting of the 2014 school year. The meeting takes place on Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Stagedoor Theater at the Metropolitan State/Minneapolis Community and Technical College campus, located at 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis.

The meeting starts at 3 p.m. The agenda includes voting for 2014-15 officers and planning for Fall Fest 2014. All interested Metropolitan State students are welcome.

For questions about TU, contact David Hanzal, TU advisor, at For information on the theater program, contact Gail Smogard, Communication, Writing and Arts professor, at or 612-659-7156.

University community invited to “brown bag” literary readings

The Communication, Writing and the Arts department presents the fall line-up of brown bag literary readings. Readings are on following dates, listed with their respective topic, at the Saint Paul Campus in New Main, Saint Paul Room (top floor) from noon–12:45 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 10: Field
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8: Tumble
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: Burning

Attendees are invited to bring a poem or short prose excerpt to share that is related to the day’s theme. A selected piece is not required, as persons may attend to simply listen and enjoy. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. No reservations are required.

For more information, e-mail Alison McGhee, creative writing professor, at

COM Master’s degree information sessions available throughout the fall

The College of Management (COM) is offering fall semester information sessions for those interested in attaining one of the following:

  • Master of Business Administration MBA)
  • Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS)
  • Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

To register, visit COM’s fall 2014 information session schedule or e-mail

The spring semester application deadline is Nov. 15.   Apply early for a better selection of classes, instructors and locations.

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