SFER first 2014-15 meeting this Friday


Students for Education Reform (SFER) of Metropolitan State has scheduled its first membership meeting of the 2014-15 academic year for Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in St. John’s Hall, Room 252.

Topics to be discussed include the executive board, capacity building, the SFERMinn State Summit, the SFER National Summit and other upcoming events.

Beginning with the this meeting, SFER’s schedule continues with meetings on the second and last Fridays of the month, which includes Sept. 26 from 5–5:45 p.m. and Oct. 10 from 5–5:45 p.m.

SFER is a student-led movement to end educational injustice. SFER empowers students to take action stemming from their own educational experiences for a future in which educational equity exists for all children, regardless of race or background. SFER aims to be a force for K-12 education policy and political change, through campus chapters that work at the national, state and local levels, advocating for great teachers and quality school choices for all kids.

Dinner with the Leaders


As a part of this week’s Fall Fest activities, the University Activities Board has organized a free formal dinner for university students. “Dinner with the Leaders” is this Friday, Sept. 12 from 5–8 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, Saint Paul.

The keynote speaker is Kasim Aburrazzaq, sharing his address “Leadership is Everyone’s Business.” The event includes free food and a free raffle for prizes, including a tablet. RSVP via e-mail to activities@metrostate.edu.


What is Student Senate at Metropolitan State?


Metropolitan State’s student governance organization, Student Senate, provides a listening post and forum for student issues, concerns and needs, and advocates for university accountability and responsiveness.

Student Senate advocates for student interests, oversees student organization policy, regulates the disbursement of student activity fees and more.

Some of the goals set by the 2014-2015 Student Senate include:

  • Serving the best interests of the student body by not only being your voice to administration, but also by making ourselves more visible, accessible and available to students both on- and off-campus.
  • Working to create new opportunities for student involvement; empowering students to connect, communicate and achieve.
  • Developing and enhancing leadership skills by assisting students with stepping out into new challenges and experiences.
  • Creating a more efficient, transparent and self-aware organizational conduit that serves the best interests of the student body.
  • Implementing new policies and procedures that will help students and the senate attain these goals.

To learn more about this year’s student senators, visit the Meet Your Senators page on the Student Senate website.  The Student Senate website includes information about the senate, a calendar of upcoming senate and committee meetings, photos of past events and activities and information about how to join Student Senate.

Executive Fellowships with the federal government


The Federal Executive Board (FEB) of Minnesota is seeking students and recent graduates to serve as executive fellows for a one-year term, with varying openings starting this fall. The agency coordinates with over 120 Federal agencies in Minnesota, working with their leadership and various subject matter experts who serve on the FEB’s councils and run FEB events and programs.

FEB councils include Human Resources, the Federal Outreach and Leadership Development program, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, Emergency Preparedness, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Serving more than 70,000 federal employees, retirees and veterans, the FEB’s mission is to bring federal government together with our state, tribal, local government and private sector partners to foster economies of scale and cost-reduction in government.

For more details, position description and a fellowship application, visit http://www.minnesota.feb.gov/fellowships.

Saint Paul Campus advising for law enforcement and criminal justice students

Beginning this fall semester, the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) offers limited academic advising hours at Saint Paul Campus.   An SLC advisor is available most Wednesday afternoons, from 1–4 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 136.

SLC students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment by contacting the SLC Advising Center at 763-657-3749 or slcadvising@metrostate.edu. While walk-in appointments may be accepted, schedule permitting, SLC students are encouraged to schedule an appointment to ensure advisor availability.

Upward Bound tutors sought


The Upward Bound program is seeking students to provide tutoring for high school students.  Subject areas consist of, but are not limited to, mathematics (algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and so on), literature, social science, science (such as chemistry and physics), technology, college applications and essays, and preparation for standardized test (MCA’s, ACT’s, Accuplacer).  Generalists are also needed.  Tutoring is provided weekdays at Washington Technology Magnet school from 1:30–5 p.m. Some weekend hours may be available.

Upward Bound is one of the TRiO federally-funded programs through the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound works with students attending or planning to attend Washington Technology Magnet in Saint Paul. Metropolitan State University’s program serves approximately 50 high school students from grades 9-12 including a college bridge program.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Yolonda Rogers at yolonda.rogers@metrostate.edu, 651-793-1318, or stop by Founders Hall L109.

Fire drills scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11

Fire drills have been scheduled for this fall semester on Sept. 10 and 11. Each building will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. The schedule is as follows:

  • Saint Paul Campus—Wednesday, Sept. 10; one drill will occur in each building in the afternoon and another in the evening.
  • Midway Center—Thursday, Sept. 11; one drill will occur during evening classes.

Midway drill interests
All faculty should direct their classes, before and during the drill, that once outside, to quickly move away from the exterior doors to avoid congestion by the main exit doors.

Other locations
Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center sites have fire drills that will be conducted by those location’s safety authorities and will be announced prior to those dates.

All building occupants shall evacuate the building when a fire alarm sounds. Failure to leave the building or preventing another person from leaving when the alarm is active is a violation of state law.

In case of fire, the following procedure should be followed:

  • Proceed to the nearest exit and pull the building fire alarm if you discover smoke or fire.
  • Avoid areas that contain smoke or flames as you evacuate and elevators should not be used during evacuations.
  • Go to a designated gathering area 100 feet from building and wait for instructions.

Mobility impaired individuals are to report to elevator lobbies as a safe haven to wait for assistance from the responding fire department and/or safety officer. Able-bodied individuals may notify fire fighters and the Safety Office of the location of those individuals and, as appropriate, their attendant.

Safety officers and building services staff will monitor the drills and fire alarm equipment.

This information and other emergency related topics are located on the university’s R U READY? website.

For questions and more safety and security information, visit the Safety and Security Office’s website.

Career Link touts use for both students and employers

The Career Development Center offers the university’s central repository for job and internship postings. Career Link provides tools and resources for students and employers alike. Students can search and apply for jobs and internships, upload copies of resumes, network with employers and alumni, schedule career counseling appointments, and RSVP for career events.

Employers and internship providers can set up a free account, post positions and internships, easily manage all aspects of the posting process, receive applications directly online, and network with students and alumni.

Students and employers can sign up by visiting the CDC webpage at http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/pathway/career_development/index.html.  Students and alumni sign in with Student ID; employers can select the “Employer Log In” link. Employers may also send an open position directly to the CDC by emailing career.services@metrostate.edu.

The Career Center also makes classroom visits. Faculty members who wish to schedule a visit may contact the center via e-mail or call 651-793-1528. For a full list of presentation topics, go to: http://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/CDC-PresentationTopics.pdf.

The Career Center is located at Saint Paul Campus on the first floor of Founders Hall, next to Admissions.

Free financial literacy tool for students

The Financial Aid Office announces that NorthStar Education Services has partnered with Metropolitan State University to offer a free financial literacy service to students.

GradReady is available to help budget and plan for life expenses. GradReady is a user-friendly, interactive Web site that helps all students, not just financial aid recipients. Students receive help with budgeting and financial intelligence through engaging videos and useful tools about real world topics like student loans, repayment, paying for college, consumer credit and financial planning. GradReady also projects average salaries for certain careers so students have an idea how much they will make once they graduate with their chosen program at Metropolitan State.

For more information, visit https://metrostate.gradready.com.

NorthStar Education Services provides financial literacy solutions to help students make responsible financing choices and successfully manage the loans they borrow

Film Club opens year with first meeting


Film Club opens the year with a meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 6–8 p.m. at Zelo Restaurant, 831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Food and drinks are provided.

Film Club, promotes the advancement of Metropolitan State students within the local film community. It is a unique way to give additional educational opportunities outside of the traditional curriculum. Such opportunities include: participation in film production from inception to completion, film screenings, lectures from other filmmakers and networking opportunities. Film Club offers students a variety of different experiences including, but not limited to: writing, directing, acting, editing, producing and crewing.

Film Club meetings include guest speakers, movie banter and the opportunity for students to express their enthusiasm for film.

The next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 16. The location has not yet been decided.

For more information, contact Film Club through their site on OrgSync at https://orgsync.com/45423/chapter.

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