University sponsors Saints during final season at Midway Stadium 

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As a sponsor for the 2014 St. Paul Saints, Metropolitan State promoted its diverse colleges and programs during the Saints final season at Midway Stadium. Over the course of six Tuesday games, Metropolitan State gave out university literature, promotional items and greeted baseball fans of all ages, while promoting our programs and scholarships.

Through the sponsorship, the university received a special four-seat VIP section for every game, an 8′ x 24′ billboard for the homerun fence and a 4′ x 8′ billboard in the VIP section, just below the press box.

University marketing and communications worked with Saints staff; designing graphics displays for the outfield fence and press box, coordinating tabling for each Tuesday game; developing promotional activities and contests for the games.

Game-day activities included sponsorship and promotional announcements read during the game, giveaways and contests, throwing out the honorary first pitch, VIP announcements, and a “Tweet Your Seat” campaign on Twitter, offering Saints fans the opportunity to receive an “Extraordinary Upgrade” by upgrading to VIP seating during the game.

Marketing and communications also collaborated with Metropolitan State’s student veteran organization Metro State Veterans Network and the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program to honor a total of 18 veterans as the St. Paul Saints’ “Hero of the Game.” This included World War II W.A.S.P. pilot and 100-year-old veteran, Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty Wall” Strohfus; VFW member, Memorial Rifle Squad commander and Metropolitan State graduate student, Terri Winter; and other students and alumni who have served in the armed forces, past and present.

To view a photo montage of the season’s activities, visit the Twitter page, @MetroStateSaint or search the hashtag on Twitter, #MetroStateSaints.

In 2015, the Saints are moving to downtown Saint Paul’s CHS Field after playing at legendary Midway Stadium for 20 years. CHS Field is being constructed directly below Dayton’s Bluff and Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus, in downtown Saint Paul.

Visit the St. Paul the Saints’ website for more information about the ball club, the game-day experience, activities for kids, season ticket info and much more.

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Receive award money and a living stipend as a tutor

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The ServeMinnesota Action Network is seeking tutors.

ServeMinnesota is a collaborative effort to help Minnesotan children who are struggling in reading or math excel academically. ServeMinnesota works with, AmeriCorps, Minnesota Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps and community partners to meet critical educational needs in Minnesota.

During the school year, Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps, places over 900 tutors in schools across the state. Partnering with local schools and school districts, the network places and trains tutors to implement research-based math and reading strategies for students from Pre-K to eighth grade.

Tutors help students achieve success in school and in life, all while building valuable professional experience. In exchange for their service, tutors receive:

  • An education award of up to $5,645
  • A living stipend
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Additional benefits, if eligible
  • The pride of knowing they have given young readers the chance to succeed

Nearly one in three Minnesota third graders are failing to reach basic levels of literacy. Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. Forty percent of Minnesota eighth graders aren’t meeting proficiency levels in mathematics. Minnesota Math Corps is a program that provides tutoring to fourth through eighth graders who are struggling with math. Placing tutors in Minnesota schools helps ensure that children statewide are on track to read by the end of third grade, and proficient in math by the end of eighth grade.

For more information on how to become a tutor, visit the Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps web sites.

The ServeMinnesota Action Network is formerly known as the Minnesota Education Corps.

Mentoring program for female undergrads

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Faculty and advisors are asked to share a leadership/mentoring opportunity for female undergrads with their students. “Honoring Women Worldwide” is an initiative where first-generation, female undergraduate students that are committed to personal and professional growth have the opportunity to work with leaders from prominent local organizations.

Benefits of the program include learning best practices from top female professionals in the Twin Cities, forming valuable networks with corporate leaders and student peers, developing a plan and strategy to accomplish a Roadmap-to-Success, and the provost sponsors the cost per mentee.

More information can be found online at the Honoring Women Worldwide website.

New policy for traditional ceremonies

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In its commitment to diversity, inclusion and creating an open and respectful campus climate for all, the university has released a new policy regarding the allowance of smudging and pipe ceremonies used in traditional American Indian practices on its campuses.

“Smudging” is burning a bundle of dried herbs (usually bound with string) as part of a ritual or ceremony. Three plants commonly used in smudging are sage, cedar and sweetgrass.

In the new policy, the university recognizes tobacco, sage, sweetgrass and cedar as traditional American Indian medicines and essential elements of purification and sacred ceremony. The policy also designates indoor event spaces that have been pre-evaluated and are approved for smudging or pipe ceremonies. The locations are as follows:

  • Saint Paul Campus, New Main, Great Hall
  • Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall Reception Area and Auditorium
  • Saint Paul Campus, Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302
  • Saint Paul Campus, Educated Palate, New Main, lower level

Smudging and pipe ceremonies are also permitted in all outdoor spaces on campus, requiring only that the event be registered and approved through the Educational Services and Special Events Office. The release of this new policy also intends to clear up any confusion regarding the also-new smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy (Tobacco-Free University Policy, University Policy #1070) that “prohibits the use of any smoking and tobacco related products while on campus property.”

A copy of the policy Smudging and Pipe Ceremonies, University Procedure #118, is available online.

Open house for Gateway Corridor bus rapid transit info

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The city of Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department hosts an open house to gather feedback and input about a future bus rapid transit (BRT) station in the Mounds/Metropolitan State area. The open house is Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 5–6:30 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus on the first floor of the Library and Learning Center, near the security desk.

The city of Saint Paul encourages students and faculty to stop by anytime during the open house to learn more about station area planning and share opinions about potential BRT station locations near Third Street and Mounds Boulevard, along the Gateway BRT Corridor. Feedback on public amenities around the station, connections to destinations, pedestrian upgrades, land use changes and the overall impact on the area is also sought.

The Gateway Corridor is a planned approximately 12-mile transit way located in Ramsey and Washington Counties. The corridor runs generally parallel to I-94, connecting downtown Saint Paul with the East Side neighborhoods and the cities of Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Woodbury.

For more information and to provide ongoing input on station area planning in Saint Paul, visit the Gateway Station Area Planning page or call 651-266-6617.

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Voter information for this election year

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This election year, Minnesotans elect a U.S. senator, U.S. House representatives, Minnesota House representatives, governor and state officers, and many county and local officers. As Election Day approaches, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office requests support during October to promote nonpartisan voter registration and turn-out to school’s students, faculty and staff. All are encouraged to participate in the democratic process by voting on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A source for all voting needs is the Minnesota Secretary of State Office’s www.mnvotes.org. Visitors can register to vote, request an absentee ballot, view a sample ballot, find a polling place location and more. Another resource to guide potential voters through Minnesota’s election process is the animated two-minute video, Election Year in Minnesota.

Employees have the right to take paid time off to vote and are not required to use personal or vacation time. Employees must inform supervisors of schedule changes due to voting. Most polling places are open 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Voters may also vote early with an absentee ballot to avoid the lines at local polling places on Election Day.

The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 14 for the Nov. 4 general election. Voters can register—or update voter registration—online at www.mnvotes.org or register at the polls on Election Day.

Submit your story to Catalyst

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Catalyst accepts story submissions about events, programs and university policies from students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. Submissions must be pertinent to the university and the university community.

Events shared are those that are planned and/or sponsored by the university or student organizations, or those that are of direct interest to students.

Monday’s issue covers university policy, announcements, and strategic information such as available courses, class changes, and educational and professional opportunities for students. Wednesday’s issue covers events, student organizations, accolades and special interest stories.

Deadlines for each issue areas follows:

  • Monday Issue: stories must be submitted by the preceding Wednesday, by end-of-day
  • Wednesday Issue: stories must be submitted by the preceding Friday, by end-of-day

All stories must me submitted via online form at the following link: www.metrostate.edu/catalystsubmission.

Prepare for midterms by attending a meditation event

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Find your inner peace during midterms by attending the Asian Student Organization’s (ASO) yoga and guided meditation event on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in Room 20 at Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul.  Join the ASO in discovering the benefits of meditation; improved physical and mental health, professional and personal relationships, and focus.

The event features the Minnesota Meditation Center’s (MMC) abbot Venerable Kitti Kittigo and MMC officer Miss Tany T. Kittigo has more than 8 years experience guiding group meditation. Tany T. has practiced and taught yoga for more than a decade.

Comfortable clothing, such as stretchable pants and shirts, are recommended. Water is provided.

This free event is open to students, faculty and staff. No reservation is required.

The MMC is a subsidiary office of the Dhammakaya Foundation, a non-profit organization in Thailand that promotes world peace through inner peace by practicing meditation. Dhammakaya is the name for the Buddha.

For more information, leave a comment on the OrgSync event page or contact the ASO via e-mail at aso.metrostate.mn@gmail.com.

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Students invited to TRiO Student Union open meeting

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TRiO Student Union—a student organization that helps students with their academic, social, professional and leadership development—invites students to attend their open meeting.

The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4:30–5:45 p.m. at the Saint Paul Campus in St. John’s Hall, conference room TBD.  All students are welcome to attend. Students may RSVP via the event on OrgSync to receive updates, or simply come to the meeting.

Law Enforcement student group “kicks” off the new year

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The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Club (LECJC) “kicks” off the school year with a friendly game of kickball! All students are invited to join in the fun on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 3:45–6 p.m. in the parking lot at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park. Pizza and beverages are provided.

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