Tutoring and volunteer opportunities to connect youth

Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) offers events for students seeking scholarship volunteer opportunities or students who want to integrate community engagement activities into course design. The following events are among the many opportunities found on ICES’s Upcoming Events page.

College for Kids!

Student volunteers are sought to assist in making college a reality for local elementary and middle school students by participating in College for Kids at Saint Paul Campus. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders experience a college environment during their visit to Metropolitan State. Elementary students arrive in the morning, register, attend fun classes and participate in a special graduation ceremony. College for Kids takes place on numerous dates throughout the school year.

For more information or to participate, contact Jennifer Trost, ICES associate director, at 651-793-1291 or jennifer.trost@metrostate.edu.

Middle school/high school campus visits

ICES seeks Metropolitan State students to design and teach classes. Middle School/High School Visits are a great opportunity to fulfill community-based/service-learning requirements and explore interests in working with middle grade and high school students.

Volunteers create a fun and welcoming atmosphere assisting middle school and high school students’ visit to Saint Paul Campus. Local students experience a college environment by arriving in the morning, participating in a campus tour, and registering for and attending fun classes that are designed and taught by university student, faculty, staff and alumni.

Fall semester campus visits take place on the following dates: Nov. 7, 14, 18 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 12.

To participate, contact Shoushi Yang, Youth Outreach Work Study coordinator, at ICES at 651-793-1296 or email at ib3421bx@metrostate.edu.

First Saturday Science

The First Saturday Science program was developed to engage the community’s younger learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education with active participation in scientific inquiry.

In an open lab setting, staffed by STEM college students and library staff, children and their families participate in active learning sessions that produce physical outcomes participants may take home. ICES collaborates with the Dayton’s Bluff Branch Library to select age-appropriate books for children that align with subjects like DNA, fossils, digestive systems and healthy soil.

Fall semester dates are Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan 3. from noon–2 p.m.

To participate, contact ICES at 651-793-1285 or e-mail community.engagement@metrostate.edu.

Join the Literacy Corps and teach a child to read

The Literacy Corps is recruiting Metropolitan State alumni to provide literacy tutoring at inner-city schools, libraries and learning centers. Tutors may also choose to participate through a variety of programs that offer opportunities during the day, after school, evenings and weekends. Days and times are flexible.

Free tutor training sessions are offered to university students and alumni. Please see schedule below. All sessions take place at Saint Paul Campus in Room 302 of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

  • Comprehension Lessons for Early Readers—Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Understanding Survival Based Youth—Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6–9 p.m.
  • Behavior Management Tutor Training—Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6–9 p.m.

For more training opportunities visit http://sppsfoundation.org/what-we-do/tutor-training.

Saint Paul Public Library programs

The following are more programs offered by the Saint Paul Public Library.

Teen programing and digital workshops, Saint Paul Public Library

The library offers several workshops and library spaces developed especially for teens. Service-learners have the opportunity to work one-on-one with teens from diverse communities and help those teens develop the skills and confidence to pursue creative projects using the library’s digital media tools.

The projects may include (but are not limited to) digital imaging projects, web design, audio recording, computer game design and video editing.

Opportunities are available at the following Saint Paul Public Library locations: Arlington Hills Community Center Createch Studio, Highland Park Community Center Createch, Sun Ray Library Createch).

Read with Me

After-school tutoring program during library hours. Children are paired with tutors who work one-on-one with each child to improve their literacy skills.

Job search/technology lab volunteer

Community members come to the open computer lab for assistance with job searches, filling out forms, educational assignments and learning basic computer skills. The volunteers/service-learner’s purpose is to make the path to self-empowerment easier for these community members by providing one-on-one technological support. Locations: Dayton’s Bluff Branch and Rice Street libraries.

Computer literacy

Recruits university students who have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs for the Dayton’s Bluff Saint Paul Public Library’s computer literacy and job search classes.

The Saint Paul Public Library system provides technology education and training opportunities as part of the system’s larger workforce readiness programming

Training is provided. The Zone is located in the Dayton’s Bluff Branch of the St. Paul Public Library and is co-located with Metropolitan State’s Library and Learning Center.

Homework Center Tutor

The Saint Paul Public Libraries operates six Homework Centers where students of all ages can drop in and work on homework independently or with the help of a volunteer tutor. This opportunity offers volunteer tutors the chance to apply knowledge of interpersonal communication, developmental and educational psychology by adapting their tutoring styles to the learner accordingly.

Tutors help youth from areas of high poverty levels. More than half of the students served speak a language other than English at home. Tutors work individually with one or more students, building on the students’ strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet the challenges of school and life.

Homework Center tutors are positive role models for students, helping them develop positive attitudes towards learning, studying, reading and an enjoyment of being in the library.

Tutors commit to two to three hours of tutoring per week during Homework Center operating hours.  Hours vary by location; all hours occur within Mon-Thurs 3–7 p.m. and Sundays 1–4 p.m..

Locations: Dayton’s Bluff Branch, Rondo, Arlington Hills, Rice street, Riverview and Sun Ray libraries.

Tutor training events at Metropolitan State

In collaboration with the Saint Paul Schools Foundation, Metropolitan State offers free tutor training for students and community members. Tutors gain valuable, research-based training around literacy, comprehension and behavioral management to use in class or in one-on-one tutor sessions.

Comprehension Lesson for Early Readers is a workshop designed as a complete comprehension lesson for tutors to incorporate into their sessions with early readers. As tutors may become so focused on fluency—forgetting to ask if the child understands the text—this workshop helps simplify the concepts of comprehension through practicing vocabulary strategies, question asking, knowledge checks and reflection activities in a tutoring session.

By the end of this workshop, tutors will better understand how to practice vocabulary and comprehension strategies before, during and after a reading—ensuring students understand and engage in the texts that are read.

The workshop is Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.–noon in the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul. Attendees must register online.

Understanding Survival Based Youth

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets, a network of after-school and summer programs for youth in Saint Paul, invites Metropolitan State program staff and volunteers to attend a workshop focused on behavior management on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6–9 p.m. in the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Led by David Wilmes, Saint Paul Youth Services director, the first of this two-part training uses a strengths-based framework that explores resilience and the survival-based mindset.

Attendees must register online.

Behavior Management Tutor Training

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets invites Metropolitan State program staff and volunteers to attend a workshop focused on behavior management. Led by David Wilmes, Saint Paul Youth Services director, this follow up to “Understanding Survival Based Youth” focuses on practical applications and additional “on the ground” questions that are important in thinking about the “so what” questions associated with behavior management and survival based youth.

The event is Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6–9 p.m. in the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Attendees must register online.

To register online for tutor trainings and view more tutor training opportunities, visit the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation Tutor Training web page.

For more information contact Awo Ahmed, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship literacy coordinator, at 651-793-1288 or awo.ahmed@metrostate.edu.

What is Charting the Future?

Charting-the-Future_homeMetropolitan State and other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU)
are engaged in a collaborative process to develop specific actions to better serve the 435,000 MnSCU students and communities, strengthen member colleges and universities and protect MnSCU’s unique character and autonomy.

From the MnSCU Web page:

The six recommendations to increase access, affordability, excellence, and service by forging deeper collaboration and maximizing the collective strengths of MnSCU’s 31 colleges and universities are:

  1. Dramatically increase the success of all learners, especially those in diverse populations. More…
  2. Develop collaborative academic planning that advances affordability, transferability, and access. More…
  3. Certify student competencies and accelerate degree completion through credit for prior learning and competency-based credit and degrees. More…
  4. Expand the use of technology to deliver high quality online courses as well as technology enhanced instruction, student services, and individualized learning and advising. More…
  5. Deliver comprehensive workplace solutions to build employee skills and solve real-world problems for communities and businesses across the state. More…
  6. Redesign financial and administrative models to reward collaboration, drive efficiencies, and strengthen access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans. More…

How students can get involved:

Veteran Spotlight: Thallassa Gunelius

Gunelius at King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia in January 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.
Gunelius at King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia in January 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.

In honor of Veterans’ Voice month, Metropolitan State spotlights Master Sergeant (Ret) Thallassa Gunelius.

Gunelius served for 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft integrated avionics craftsman, budget manager, flight chief and base career assistance advisor.  She retired from the Air Force in 2007. Gunelius and her father, mother, sister and two brothers share a collective 79 years of proud military service.

Gunelius was stationed in Okinawa, Korea, England and California. She deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and numerous other humanitarian efforts supporting Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, Iraq and Kosovo.

Gunelius received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2011 and her Master of Business Administration degree in 2013 from Metropolitan State where she was also a member of the Metro State Veterans Network. She is a former commander of the American Legion Post in her hometown of Bayport, Minn., and serves as service officer and honor guard member.  She is also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Gunelius recently accepted a job offer as a veteran’s intake specialist with Washington County and plans to eventually become a county veterans service officer.  Her passion is working with veterans and their family members helping to ensure they receive the benefits they faithfully earned.

Bruce Holzschuh, veterans affairs coordinator, presenting a certificate of appreciation to Master Sergeant (Ret) Thallassa Gunelius, representing the Bayport American Legion, for the donation of service flags to Metropolitan State's Veterans Center.
Bruce Holzschuh, veterans affairs coordinator, presenting a certificate of appreciation to Master Sergeant (Ret) Thallassa Gunelius, representing the Bayport American Legion, for the donation of service flags to Metropolitan State’s Veterans Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By a unanimous vote of the Minnesota Legislature, and with Governor Mark Dayton’s signature, October is designated as “Veterans’ Voices” month. The month of October was chosen as a lead up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the national holiday honoring all who have served.

Veterans Voices is an effort to create a common understanding between men and women who served in the military and those who have not experienced military service. The legislation is intended to raise public awareness of the positive impact that veterans have in communities, occupations or professions, higher education and other ways, once they have returned home and leave active military service.

Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

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The annual Government and Nonprofit Career Fair takes place Friday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis.

The career fair allows agencies to meet with candidates and alumni from the 30 participating Minnesota four-year colleges and universities and participating regional colleges. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities, which includes Metropolitan State students.

Admission is free, but students and alumni should pre-register for the event. More information, including a link to register, is available here.

2014 Diversity Networking and Job Fair

The Career Development Center invites Metropolitan State students and alumni to the 2014 Diversity Networking and Job Fair on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 2–5 p.m. on the second floor of Minneapolis Campus, 1300 Harmon Place (13th Street and Harmon Place), Minneapolis.

Attendees network with representatives from top area employers, have a professional quality photograph taken for LinkedIn and explore career opportunities.

The event features 25 employers, including Target, Allina Health, CBRE Group and the Metropolitan Council. Pre-registration is not required. The event flyer is available here.

For more information, visit the Career Development Center’s Web page.

Community Forum #2: Radicalization and Terrorism

Students, staff and community members are invited to the second in a series of four community forums on critical issues in criminal justice and related disciplines.

Radicalization and Terrorism: Implications for our Dynamic and Diverse Communities” takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4–5:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park.

Metropolitan State Interim President Devinder Malhotra introduces the forum, which features the following distinguished panelists:

  • Kyle Loven, supervisory special agent, FBI Minneapolis
  • Jon Olson, retired U.S. Navy commander
  • Ilhan Omar, senior policy aide to Minneapolis City Council member Andrew Johnson
  • Imam Hassan Mohamud, Minnesota’s Da’way Institute
  • Hal Pickett, client services director, Headway Emotional Health Services

In a recent article for CNN, James Densley, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) assistant professor, asserts:

Terror intervention, like gang intervention, needs an emphasis not on the traditional “hot spots” for radicalization, but rather the “hot people” most deeply embedded in extremist networks. This is important. The old “hot spot” approach to gang suppression alienated communities of color by reinforcing the “us versus them” mentality that forced many people into gangs in the first place.

This forum explores some of these ideas in detail.

For more information, contact SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju (nadarajan.sethuraju@metrostate.edu) or Jill Peterson (jill.peterson@metrostate.edu).

 

Ferguson Forum update

A team led by SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju, Jill Peterson and Densley partnered with several university and community groups to create the community forum series. The series was successfully launched on Sept. 24 with a forum that drew an estimated 80 students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss events in Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed civilian Michael Brown.

The robust, multidimensional exchange resulted in a policy brief that includes actionable items for changes in police departments, law enforcement training and cultural conditioning. The planning team thanks assistant professors and librarians Martha Hardy and Alex Sonsteby for compiling a broad range of resources related to the Ferguson events.

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The community forums are organized by Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and are co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Hennepin Technical College, Metropolitan State Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club, FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the American Democracy Project.

Student Senate schedules open listening session for students’ issues and concerns

Student Senate Vice President Brian Wermerskirchen will be in the lower-level common area of the Midway Campus, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. for an open listen session where students may share their concerns, complaints and thoughts for improving Metropolitan State.

There is no set theme for this event. Wermerskirchen is an open ear for any issues that students would like brought before Student Senate. No RSVP is required.

Veteran Spotlight: Deanna Griffin

 

Deanna_Griffin2In honor of Veterans’ Voice month, Metropolitan State spotlights Deanna Griffin.

Griffin is a 2000 graduate in creative writing from Metropolitan State. She returned this past May to pursue a BA in psychology with a minor in violence prevention and intervention with a focus on service members and veterans. She is also going to pursue a master’s degree after completinga major in 2016.

Griffin served in the Minnesota Army National Guard for over 25 years and retired this past April 30 as a Sergeant First Class. She deployed to Kosovo in 2004–2005 and again deployed to Qatar 2007–2008. She is using her Post 9-11 GI bill to continue her education. Griffin is a full time student and can be found Monday through Thursday in the Veterans Center at Founders Hall. Griffin is a resident of Eagan, but South Dakota will always be home to her.

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By a unanimous vote of the Minnesota Legislature, and with Governor Mark Dayton’s signature, October is designated as “Veterans’ Voices” month. The month of October was chosen as a lead up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, our national holiday honoring all who have served.

Veterans Voices is an effort to create a common understanding between men and women who served in the military and those who have not experienced military service. The legislation is intended to raise public awareness of the positive impact that veterans have in communities, occupations or professions, higher education and other ways, once they have returned home and leave active military service.

 

Interim vice president for University Advancement and Communications announced

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Metropolitan State Interim President Devinder Malhotra announces the appointment of Anne Sonnee, Stillwater, as the interim vice president for University Advancement and Communications. Her nine-month appointment began on Oct. 6.

Sonnee will serve as the university’s chief advancement officer and communicator to provide leadership and direction to the division. Areas reporting to her include communications and marketing, public relations, Web content and social media, and publications and news services, development, and the Foundation.

Sonnee’s experience includes service as senior director of organizational communications at HealthEast Care System, the largest health care provider in the Twin Cities east metro area. She earlier served for three years at HealthEast as marketing and communications director and nine years as communications director.

Sonnee’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Mini-MBA Certificate in health care management from the University of St. Thomas.

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