Focus group promoting accessibility for students with disabilities 

October is National Disability Awareness Month. Recognizing this, Metropolitan State’s Disability Services asks the university for assistance with improving their services by attending a focus group on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4–6 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in Founders Hall Reception Area. The focus group addresses the following questions:

  • What are the obstacles students with disabilities face when attending college?
  • What would help students with disabilities be more successful?

The event features free pizza and prizes. RSVP is required. Reply by Oct. 1

Student Parent Center hosts “Yoga and Yogurt”


Metropolitan State’s Student Parent Center (SPC) offers a new program that features yoga sessions followed by a delicious treat.

“Yoga and Yogurt” is every Thursday from Oct. 2–Nov 20. The sessions are from 4:15–5:15 p.m. in the reception area of Midway-Energy Park Place, 1380 Energy Lane, Saint Paul. Directions and a map to the event are included at the end of this article. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats, as a limited number of mats are provided. The SPC provides yogurt to eat afterwards.

This free event is open to all students. Interested staff can be accommodated.

Comfortable clothing, such as stretchable pants and shirts, are recommended.  Children old enough to participate are welcome to come, parent decides. No childcare is provided, but parents may bring toys and books for children that do not participate in yoga.

For more information, contact the SPC via e-mail at

The SPC provides inclusive, supportive services to students with dependents. The SPC helps students navigate the challenges of parenting while in school and has the experience and resources to get students one step closer to their goals.

The SPC’s mission is to assist pregnant and parenting students in accomplishing their higher education goals while maintaining positive health and well-being for themselves and their children.


Map and Directions to 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104

Coming from the west

  1. From Snelling take the Energy Park Drive exit and go east
  2. You will pass the first Metro State campus building – the ETC building at 1450 Energy Park.
  3. Pass all three ETC driveway entrances and TURN RIGHT at the first street beyond the east ETC entrance
  4. This street curves – as it does you will see a sign on the long building for Metro State and a sign on the street that says 1350 and 1380 Energy Lane. Turn RIGHT into the parking lot.
  5. Immediately turn right and head toward the section of the building you’ll see jutting out from the main section (if you kept driving, you would run right into it). That is Suite 104 where we are located.
  6. Our parking lot is directly in front of our building entrance.
  7. It’s one story, so as soon as you walk in you’ll see our offices.


Coming from the east

  1. From Lexington, turn left on Energy Park Drive (you are heading west)
  2. You will pass Bandana Square and a stop light, then see two left turn lanes.
  3. TURN LEFT at the second left turn lane, Energy Lane, (you’ll see a sign on that corner that says Energy Park Place, which is our building)
  4. Energy Lane curves – as it does you will see a sign on the building for Metro State and one on the street that says 1350 and 1380 Energy Lane. Turn RIGHT into the parking lot.
  5. Immediately turn right and head toward the section of the building you’ll see jutting out from the main section (if you kept driving, you would run right into it). That is Suite 104 where we are located.
  6. Our parking lot is directly in front of our building entrance.
  7. It’s one story, so as soon as you walk in you’ll see our offices.
Map to 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104
Map to 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104

Annual Health Expo planning meeting scheduled 

An all-inclusive, campus-wide meeting to discuss plans for the university’s annual Health Expo is Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 2:30–3:15 p.m. in the first level atrium of the Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come to ensure that the event provides for the university community’s health needs, assessments and potential community collaborations.

For more information, contact the University Activities Board at

HSSA starts year with welcome meeting, leadership elections


The Human Services Student Association (HSSA) has scheduled its annual kick-off and officer elections for Thursday, Oct. 2 from 4–6 p.m. in the lower level common area of the Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul.

All students are invited to attend and meet organization members. HSSA is comprised of human services majors and students passionate about helping others in their communities.

Attendees interested in running for an HSSA leadership position must attend and present a two-minute speech describing why they should be chosen as an officer. Available officer positions include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

HSSA seeks new members and encourages all members, new and returning, to run for officer positions.

For more information, contact Ploua Yang, HSSA member, at, Angela Steichen, HSSA member, at, or James Shelton, HSSA advisor, at

The Human Services Student Association (HSSA) is committed to bringing knowledge and awareness of human rights issues, basic human needs and public outreach to the university community.

The organization provides guest lecturers and awareness campaigns, and collaborates with community organizations for local food shelves, clothing drives and volunteer opportunities that help people and bring awareness to social issues.

To learn more, visit the HSSA web page on OrgSync.

Fired Up explores trauma, hope and change of five childhood sexual abuse survivors


 Metropolitan State and University of St. Thomas co-host the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (MNCASA) production of Fired Up: Survivor stories of trauma, hope and change, a production exploring the trauma, hope and change of five childhood sexual abuse survivors.

This one-time showing is Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul.

With recent news related to family and interpersonal violence, this is a timely opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to explore with and learn from survivors of abuse.

Written by Cordelia Anderson, a nationally known Minnesota prevention activist, with cast members Stacey Chambers, Michael Frear, Tim Hammond, Guadalupe Lopez, and Chris Stark, Fired Up is based on cast member’s powerful, personal stories of child sexual abuse trauma transformed into action to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

The premier staged reading of Fired Up played to three nights of sold out shows in Minneapolis’s Pillsbury House Theatre in April 2014.

Fired Up! tickets are available online. Prices are on a sliding scale, from free to $15/ticket. Attendees must login by using their name and address. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring a guest, as each ticket is good for two persons.

MNCASA is a voice for victims/survivors, sexual assault programs, and allies committed to ending sexual violence.

Minnesota Sinfonia, free performances


The Minnesota Sinfonia presents Polonsky Plays Mozart featuring pianist Anna Polonsky performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 on Friday, Oct. 17 in Saint Paul and Sunday, Oct. 19 in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Sinfonia is a Minnesota-based nonprofit dedicated to serving the musical needs of Minnesotans, focusing on children, seniors and those with limited financial means.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at Johnson High School in Saint Paul and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

Admission is free and children are always welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. Since then she has become a widely demanded soloist and chamber musician appearing with major orchestras including, but not limited to, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony. Her collaborations include the Schumann Trio, Chamber Music Northwest festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many more. She is consistently noted for her captivating performances and flawless technique.

For more information about the Minnesota Sinfonia and upcoming concerts, call 612-871-1701 or visit

First Transgender Equity Summit in Minneapolis


The city of Minneapolis hosts a Trans Equity Summit on Sept. 25 from 1–8 p.m. at the Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota. The first of its kind in the city, the event is free and features recording artist and transgender advocate Angelica Ross.

The event serves as an introduction to the Minneapolis Trans* Workgroup process and provides a mid-point update to the community regarding the work outcomes to date. The summit is about empowering, inspiring and uplifting our community in a fun and engaging day as well as introducing the community to resources available through the city of Minneapolis.

For more information, visit or view the online flyer. Attendees are asked to signup via Evite.

Student Parent Center offers free flu shot and MNsure information session

Metropolitan State’s Student Parent Center offers a MNsure information session that includes free flu shots.

The MNsure health insurance information/enrollment session is Friday, Oct. 10 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in the Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302. To personally speak with a navigator that day about enrolling in MNsure, make an appointment using this Doodle poll.

To receive free flu shots at the event, attendees must schedule an online appointment via this Doodle poll. Students’ children and partners/spouses may be included. Attendees must make an appointment for each family member on the poll.

University sponsors Saints during final season at Midway Stadium 


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.



Receive award money and a living stipend as a tutor


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.

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