2014–2015 Foundation privately-funded scholarship recipients announced

On Oct. 17, the Metropolitan State University Foundation had their annual Scholarship Celebration luncheon at Travelers in Saint Paul. The luncheon honored students for their hard work and success in receiving their scholarships, and donors for their dedication to the Foundation and for the critical role they play for the university and its students.

Gary Cunningham, 2014 Alumnus of the Year

Metropolitan State University also recognized Gary Cunningham (’91) as its 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Cunningham is the new president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association.

Interim President Devinder Malhotra

Remarks were shared by Interim President Devinder Malhotra; Rick Smith, TravelersUpper Midwest regional president; and scholarship recipients Crystal Hedemann, Adam Fairbanks and Micheline “Mimi” Mutombo Floyd Harris.

Tim Doherty, Metropolitan State University Alumni Board chair, was master of ceremonies.

Photographs of the event may be viewed here.

More information on Metropolitan State scholarships is available here. Follow-up questions about specific scholarships may be directed to Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300 or gateway@metrostate.edu.

Academic year 2014–2015 scholarships and recipients include:

Alumni Association Scholarship
Kamuti Lubasi
Sheri Trif

Crystal Hedemann, Scholarship Recipient

Reginald and Frances Coakley Ames Scholarship
Crystal Hedemann
Simon Kang
Gillo Madho
Laura Nguyagwa
Brian Schultz
Elizabeth Shadeko
Sai Thao

M. Olivia Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship
Shakiya Shafer

Marilyn T. Bryant Endowed Scholarship
Christopher Everson

Kathleen E. Chalekian Scholarship
Felicia Perry

Jerry Cotton Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Scholarship
Megan Kosloske
Vadim Romanets

Educational Empowerment Scholarship
Mary Doran

Dave Evenstar Memorial Management Accounting Scholarship
Senayt Ghebrejoahannes
Nyankoi Ngungkpan
Beatrice Roark 

Faculty Scholars Textbook Fund
Michelle Jahnke
Nicole Lundheim
Rachel Nelson

Patrick E. Flahaven Endowed Scholarship
Amy Felber

Adam Fairbanks, Scholarship Recipient

GLBT and Allies Scholarship
Beldonna Chakoutahi
Adam Fairbanks
Ricardo Fjelstad De Santiago
Stephen Lenius
Suzanne Stein

Gomez Family Endowed Scholarship
Kimberia Sherva

Beverly N. Grossman Endowed Scholarship
Denise Ochocki

College of Individualized Studies Scholarship
Charles Balfour
Jessica Dudley
Adam Fairbanks
Zina Fizer
William Gilbertson
Fabienne Hopkins
Kaitlyn Johnson
Jacquelynn Mays

Iris Kiedrowski Endowed Scholarship
Martha Mooneyham

Forrest W. King Endowed Textbook Scholarship
Margaret Edmison
Charles Balfour
Clara Waddell

N. Judge and Reatha Clark King Family Endowed Scholarship
Sagal Ibrahim

Micheline “Mimi” Mutombo Floyd Harris, Scholarship Recipient

Reatha Clark King Endowed Scholarship
Sagal Ibrahim
Simon Kang
Gillo Madho
Micheline Mutombo Floyd Harris
Laura Nguyagwa
Megan Olson
Brian Schultz
Wayou Sida
Sai Thao
Clara Waddell
Shane Warnke, Jr.
Christopher Wreh
Velian Xiong
Naleye Yusuf
Inesa Zbarouskaya

Kopp Presidential Scholarship
Abdullahi Abdullahi
Adam Fairbanks
Fabienne Hopkins
Jasmine Mederich
Mia Mikel
Mariam Mohamed
Micheline Mutombo Floyd Harris
Kimberia Sherva
Robert Wilson

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Scholarship
Jennifer Gibson
Tyler Lo

Carmen Love Endowed Scholarship
Zina Fizer
Laura Nguyagwa

Lukaszewski Family Professional Development
Miles Cabana
Meredith Cain-Nielsen
Kathleen Donovan
Jessica Driscoll
Laura Harder
Denise Ochocki
Thomas Werner

Roger and Nancy McCabe Endowed Scholarship in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Alexander Menniboe
Mariam Mohamed
Veronique Tsafack
Robert Wilson

Roger and Nancy McCabe Endowed Scholarship in Nursing
Cassandra Altringer
Bianca Villeda

Roger and Nancy McCabe Urban Teacher Endowed Scholarship
Julia Brunner
Rebecca Stedje
Kristin Wells

Susan Morrison Endowed Scholarship
Selena Garcia

Interim President Devinder Malhotra

Oehlke Family Scholarship
Jennifer Feldhamer
Jana Gegen
Simon Kang
Sarah Otieno
Stephanie Volk

Joshua D. Siegel Equal Justice Scholarship
Jennifer Gibson
Tyler Lo
Megan Olson
Ashley Rhoden
Shane Warnke, Jr.
Mana Yang, Jr.

Sit Academic Scholarship
Senayt Ghebrejoahannes
Leah Johnson
Seretseab Kenaw
Xai Ly
Sai Thao
Robert Wilson
Inesa Zbarouskaya

Student Scholarship Fund
Bonnie Geving
Michelle Myrmel

Harry Specht Endowed Community Service Award
Lisa Frydenlund
Michelle Mehok
Micheline Mutombo Floyd Harris
Mariko Ortner

Scholarship Celebration Luncheon at Travelers

Travelers EDGE Scholarship
Bonnie Geving
Rachel Nelson
Tuan Nguyen
Babatunde Sulaimon
Wahlwae Thawtrue

Albert and Deera Tychman Endowed Scholarship
Wayou Sida

Urban Teacher Endowed Scholarship
David Davies
Thanh Thuy Nguyen
Hymla Ramoutar
Leymon Sheik-Yusuf

Election Decompression

Election_DayStudents are invited to the fourth Election Decompression on Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the back room of the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 West Sixth Street, at the corner of Sixth and Wabasha, Saint Paul. Vote tomorrow, then find out what happened and why at Election Decompression!

The program features Minnesota Public Radio reporters/analysts Tom Weber and Tom Scheck and StarTribune reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger. Weber, Scheck and Stassen-Berger analyze and lead the discussion about the election.

Free snacks are served. Cash beverages are available.

Election Decompression is sponsored by Metropolitan State’s masters in advocacy and political leadership program, MAPL@Metro. MAPL is at the University of Minnesota Duluth, but is moving to Metropolitan State this January.

RSVP to wy.spano@metrostate.edu is appreciated, but not required.

Scholarship for student parents

The University Foundation announces that the 2015 Bonnie Luke Scholarship is now open for application. The scholarship awards a student parent up to $1,500 for spring semester 2015. The deadline is  Nov. 24, 2014.

Bonnie Luke was an academic advisor at Metropolitan State from 1988 to 1994. She died of breast cancer in 1994. Bonnie Luke had a high regard for Metropolitan State students who struggled to balance career, home and children. This scholarship celebrates Luke’s outstanding commitment to higher education.

To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a parent raising a minor child or children
  • Be an officially admitted to Metropolitan State by scholarship deadline date, Nov. 24, 2014.
  • Have an officially declared major
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing after receiving grades for at least one term at Metropolitan State
  • Be registered for spring semester 2015

Students may download the scholarship application here.

More information on available scholarships are found on the Financial Aid Office’s Scholarships Web page.

All application materials must be received by Gateway Student Services no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 24.

Registration info, addressing academic warnings or probation holds

Registration for spring semester is underway! Registration guidance may be found on the university’s Successful Registration Web page.

To prepare, students should:

Remember: The tuition payment deadline is Dec. 18.

To find the exact date their registration window opens, students should login to eServices by visiting http://www.metrostate.edu, clicking the “eServices” link in the upper right corner of the page and entering your StarID and password.

Students should also check eServices for registration holds to determine if an academic progress hold will prevent them from registering.









Students may also view their DARS through eServices to find out whether they have an academic progress hold. Towards the top of the DARS, there is a section displaying catalog year, assigned advisor and any holds due to academic warning or academic probation. Below is a snap shot of this information on the DARS:






Students that have received a warning or are on academic probation must complete the online Academic Success Workshop (ASW), then meet with their advisor to have the hold overridden.

The following are pre-registration steps for students on academic warning or academic probation who have a hold on their registration:

  1. Register for the Academic Success Workshop (ASW). Completion of the ASW is required for students on academic warning or academic probation.
    1. Go to the ASW registration web page. The ASW page may be found by visiting metrostate.edu, clicking on the “Gateway Student Services” tab, clicking on “Academic Success” on the right hand menu and selecting “Workshops” from the drop-down menu, or by clicking this link.
    2. Register for either the online or in-person workshop.
    3. After 24 hours, the online workshop will appear in the student’s D2L.
  2. Complete three worksheets in the ASW workshop to reflect on strategies for success.
  3. Send the three worksheets your advisor prior to the meeting, or bring the three worksheets to the meeting.
  4. Set up an appointment with the advisor to meet and review the ASW worksheets.

After the advisor has met with the student to review and discuss past challenges, current action plans and registration choices for the next semester, the advisor may request an override on the registration hold.

An override will not occur until the ASW is complete and the student has met with their advisor.

Accounting students—new spring scholarship

The University Foundation announces a new scholarship endowment is that it is made possible by the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) Education Fund. Now open for application, the scholarship awards an accounting student $1000 for the spring 2015 semester.

Scholarship requirements, including eligibility, are found on Financial Aid’s Scholarships Web page. Select “accounting” from the major dropdown menu and click “submit.”

Students may download the scholarship application here.

All application materials must be received by Gateway Student Services no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 24.

Open seats for RDNG 112

Book_GlobeOpen seats are available for RDNG 112: The Educated Reader–Analytical Reading. The course is offered this spring semester on Wednesday evenings from 6–9:20 p.m. at the Midway Center.

The course is intended for students wanting to become more proficient college readers. Readings address a number of current topics from multiple perspectives. Students are exposed to materials in areas such as the social and natural sciences, business and literature.

RDNG 112 greatly enhances the learning of nonnative English speaking students. It is important that students needing improved reading skills take it early in their college program. The course also strengthens writing skills for future, higher-level courses, and has also proved to be beneficial for upper level students.

“We have fun in the class, and, by the end, students are surprised themselves at how much better they understand and can critically analyze what they read,” says Michal Moskow, Communication, Writing and the Arts professor. “Some readings are geared toward the majors and interests of the students in the class.”

RDNG 112 meets GELS requirements 1 and EL.

Prerequisite: Students must be reading at college level or above.
For questions or more information about the course, contact your advisor or Professor Moskow at michal.moskow@metrostate.edu.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Domestic_ViolenceOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thursday, Oct. 23 marked Wear Purple Day and the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center invited the campus community to wear purple and sign a pledge in support of ending domestic violence. This is one of the many campus-wide efforts to raise awareness and provide education to recognize the importance of the issue and prevent domestic and sexual violence at Metropolitan State.

With only a few days’ notice, more than 30 community members participated in the event. The resource center expresses their thanks to the community for its support from multiple campuses.

Photo collages of participants are available on the resource center’s social media page.

The resource center also thanks all who attended the Coming OUT! Speaking Out Stories event on Oct. 11. #translivesmatter #bipride

Veteran Spotlight: Steve Campos

In honor of Veterans’ Voice month, Metropolitan State spotlights Steve Campos.

steve_camposCampos began his active duty military career in the United States Air Force in 1975. After graduating from basic training in San Antonio, Texas and General Purpose Vehicle Mechanic Technical School, Chanute Ill., he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command and the 449th Bomber Wing, Kincheloe Air Force Base (AFB), Mich. There he worked as a general purpose vehicle mechanic. In 1977 Campos was assigned to the 351st Missile Base, Whiteman AFB, Mo. At Whiteman AFB, Campos traveled as mobile maintenance— troubleshooting and maintaining vehicles at intercontinental ballistic missile sites across Missouri.

After four years of active duty, Sergeant Campos joined the Minnesota Air National Guard (MN ANG) in 1979 as a special purpose vehicle mechanic with the MN ANG 133rd Airlift Wing Mobile Aerial Port Squadron. While there, Campos traveled throughout Central America and parts of South America as a mechanic and interpreter, assisting the Aerial Port Squadron with C-130 cargo loading.

In 1989 Staff Sergeant Campos transferred to the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and completed training as a medical technician and aircrew member. During his tenure at the 109th he also served as the safety noncommissioned officer, vehicle training instructor, in charge of the Mobil Aeromedical Staging Facility and humanitarian missions in South America.

A technical sergeant in 2000, Campos was selected as the MN ANG 133rd Airlift Wing human resource advisor (HRA) and also served as advisor to the wing commander.

veterans_gen_glassBy 2003, Campos was serving as a senior master sergeant and selected as the Guard’s state human resource advisor at Joint Force Headquarters and was promoted to chief master sergeant in 2004. He worked with the two Air Wing HRA’s in Minnesota and state headquarters leadership. He also collaborated with the Army state equal employment manager/executive officer branch chief and with the assistant adjutant general for the MN ANG.

In 2006 he was selected as the Region II HRA representative to National Guard Bureau. In that capacity, Campos was an advisor to 25 state and Wing HRA’s in nine Midwest states.

2009 brought an opportunity to serve full time for one year as the MN ANG interim state equal employment manager under the adjutant general. Campos stayed on for eight more months until his retirement in January, 2011—having served a total of 35 years in the active duty and national guard combined.

From 1982 until his retirement in 2009, Campos also served at the United States Postal Service completing his career at the Postal Education and Development Center.

veterans_groupCampos has been involved with the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon as president, Washington County, served at the Deployment Cycle Support as a Yellow Ribbon outreach assistant, and recently assisted Metropolitan State in becoming a Yellow Ribbon Company in 2013. He also has been part of the Metro State Veterans Network since 2011, maintaining the Facebook page and assisting with programs and events. He has been involved with the American Legion, Veterans Camp on Big Marine board of directors, the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota’s Diversity Council and the Postal Service Consumer Advisory Council.

Campos hopes to graduate with his BA in independent studies by 2016.


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.

Metro Student Business Association, first meeting

metro_student_businessThe Metro Student Business Association (MSBA) announces its first meeting of the year on Monday, Nov. 3 from 6–7 p.m. in the lower-level common area at Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul.

Attendees discuss the club’s visions and goals, plan recruitment strategy and welcome new members. Jill Sondergaard, Pathways career specialist, gives a special presentation. Light refreshments are served.

For more information, contact Myshia Moore, MSBA interim president, at ay3334hv@metrostate.edu.


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