SFER membership meeting


Students for Education Reform (SFER) of Metropolitan State has scheduled its next membership meeting for Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5:15 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in St. John’s Hall, Room 250.

Topics to be discussed include the election season, supporting civic engagement through voter registration, the achievement gap and supporting candidates that aim to create true equity and justice in educational institutions for all students.

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

What is the American Democracy Project At Metropolitan State?

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The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a national initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens to sustain our democracy. Metropolitan State was a charter signatory to ADP when the project was launched in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in partnership with The New York Times. Today, the goal of over 250 American Democracy Project colleges and universities is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, engaged, contributing citizens in their communities.

The goal of the American Democracy Project at Metropolitan State is to develop graduates who engage in meaningful actions as citizens and leaders, within their professions and in their communities, by making civic engagement an integral part of the Metropolitan State academic experience. Since the launch of ADP in the fall of 2003, an ad hoc group of Metropolitan State colleagues (faculty, staff, administrators and students) have guided the university’s participation and coordinated programming and activities. A list of past ADP initiatives can be viewed on the university’s ADP webpage.

ADP initiatives at Metropolitan State for the 2014–2015 academic year include:

  • Annual Constitution Day programming
  • Metro State Votes 2014
  • Co-sponsorship of a series of public community forums at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center
  • The launch of an issue guide for public deliberation on the future of higher education, a co-production with National Issues Forum, the Kettering Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Citizenship
  • Citizen Alum—connecting students, faculty and alumni in new ways
  • 2 + 2 Civic Pathways—building coherent community engagement experiences and pathways for students transferring to Metropolitan State from two-year institutions
  • 2 + 2 Teacher Preparation—strengthening democratic education and civic engagement in teacher preparation at Metropolitan State and two-year institutions
  • Community-engaged scholarship grants for faculty

ADP is sponsored through the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office; the university’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship staff provide administrative leadership to the ad hoc group and are active participants.  All university members who have a strong interest in community and civic engagement, appreciate energizing dialogue and would like to contribute to advancing the work of the American Democracy Project at Metropolitan State are invited to join the American Democracy Project ad hoc group.

To stay connected to or follow the work of the ADP ad hoc group, e-mail community.engagement@metrostate.edu.

Disability Services announces release of play, Colossal


Metropolitan State’s Disability Services announces the premiere of Colossal, a play written by Andrew Hinderaker and directed by Will Davis.

Performed at Mixed Blood Theatre, in four 15-minute quarters with a half-time show, and featuring a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast, Colossal is an epic event that simultaneously celebrates and attacks our nation’s most popular form of theater: football.

A star football player—a pro prospect, one of the most graceful runners in the world and a man in love with a teammate—struggles to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal cord injury.

With a cast of two dozen men and full contact choreography, this play about love, ability and extraordinary feats of strength tackles definitions of masculinity and the male body as a vehicle for language, violence and silent expression through dance, football and disability.

For this special performance, the theatre has been converted to stadium-style bleacher seating.

Performances run Oct 10–Nov. 9, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

General Admission seating will begin 10 minutes prior to the performance time.

Following the performances on the dates listed below, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on a variety of show-related themes and topics:

  • Sunday, Oct. 19: Disability and Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct. 30: Disability Access and Entertainment Venues

There are two ways to see the mainstage performance:

  1. Through Radical Hospitality, admission is FREE on a first come/first served basis ,starting two hours before every show.
  2. Advanced reservations are available online or by phone for $20 per person.

Haute Dish submission deadline is Nov. 1


Want to publish prose, poetry, photography or an illustration in the next issue of Haute Dish, Metropolitan State’s award-winning online arts and literature magazine? Haute Dish is now accepting submissions for the spring 2015 issue.  All students are invited to submit their work for review by Nov. 1.  The spring 2015 edition is released in January.

This issue is a full-color release. Students may send in photos, illustrations, poetry and prose.  Go to hautedish.metrostate.edu for submission details and guidelines.

Your work deserves an audience – get it published!

For questions, see the FAQ page or e-mail Haute Dish at hautedish@metrostate.edu.

Haute Dish is a production of Metropolitan State University and is made possible in part by student activity fees.

Veteran Spotlight: Senior Master Sgt. (Ret) Darrin Ewing 

Darren_EwingIn honor of Veterans’ Voice month, Metropolitan State spotlights alumnus Senior Master Sgt. (Ret) Darrin Ewing.

Senior Master Sgt. Ewing enlisted in 1989 with the Minnesota Air National Guard and served with the 210th Engineering Installation Squadron.

He was deployed as a team chief to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2012, Sergeant Ewing served as the Senior NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) for the RFF 6 (Rescue Fire Fire-fighting) and assigned to the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division and the 11th Tactical Theater Signal Brigade at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

Ewing is past chair for Yellow Ribbon, Woodbury. Sergeant Ewing received his B.A. from Metropolitan State in 2001. Sergeant Ewing lives in Woodbury with his wife of 22 years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

In honor of Robin Williams, for bringing joy and hope to the troops during his visit to Bagram Airfield, Bagram, Afghanistan. Ewing with Williams, 2002.


By a unanimous vote of the state legislature, and with Governor 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.

Poverty simulation event hosted by School of Nursing

The School of Nursing hosts a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) event on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in New Main’s Great Hall.

Developed by the Missouri Association for Community Action, CAPS is “a unique tool that community action agencies are able to use to increase awareness about the complexities of living in poverty day-to-day.”  It is a learning tool used to help students understand the realities of poverty.

For 15 minutes (representing 15 weeks), students from various programs within the School of Nursing work through the simulation, role-playing the lives of low-income families providing basic necessities and shelter with a limited budget. They interact with volunteers from the university and the wider community who participate as human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others.

For more information about the event, contact Carol Reid, assistant professor and director of pre-licensure and undergraduate programs, at carol.reid@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1401.

Welcome Day Spring 2015 Date Announced!

The Welcome Day Planning Committee announces the spring 2015 date for Welcome Day, an event focused on addressing first-semester student success at Metropolitan State.  Welcome Day is Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 2–7 p.m. on the Saint Paul Campus.  Event details and volunteer opportunities for student leaders are available soon.

Welcome Day is an excellent opportunity for student organizations to table and reach out to new students, sharing the educational benefits and opportunities available through student involvement.

Quina Davis, office specialist, quina.davis@metrostate.edu  or Saby Labor, Women’s and LGBTQ Services coordinator and retention specialist, at sabrina.labor@metrostate.edu.

2014 Student Screenplay Awards – Call For Entries

 The Screenwriting Program at Metropolitan State announces a call for entries for the 14th Annual Student Screenplay Awards.

This screenplay competition is open to all Metropolitan State students who have attended any semester or any summer term in the calendar year 2014.  A $300 cash prize is awarded to the first place winner.

One runner-up and one honorable mention are each awarded a 500 GB LaCie external hard drive.  The three award-winning screenplays are given a staged public reading spring semester 2015.

Short screenplays 10-16 pages in length are eligible.  The deadline for entries is Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. Winners are announced in mid-December.

Contact James Byrne, Communication, Writing and Arts professor, atjames.byrne@metrostate.edu for contest guidelines and an entry form.

Screenplay Content Requirements

  1. This screenplay competition is open to all Metropolitan State students who have attended any semester or any summer term in the calendar year 2014.
  2. A $300 cash prize is awarded to the first place winner.
  3. One runner-up and one honorable mention are each awarded a 500 GB LaCie external hard drive. The three award-winning screenplays are given a staged public reading spring semester 2015.
  4. Short screenplays 10-16 pages in length are eligible. No exceptions.
  5. All entries must be in English.
  6. The deadline for entries is Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. Winners are announced in mid-December.
  7. Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must conform to local laws and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating or disrespectful to any groups, individuals or institutions. Submissions must adhere both in appearance and in fact to the norms of civil discourse. In other words, the content of all Submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
  8. Submissions must be original content created by the Contestant and must not contain any elements that are protected by someone else’s copyright or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property or proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights (except as expressly permitted below in (d)). The University recognizes no allowance for “fair use” of copyrighted material, nor does the University recognize allowance for use of licensed materials created or owned by a third party.
  9. The University reserves the right to disqualify, at its sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria and to the intent and substance of contest rules.
  10. In the event of any question or difference of view regarding compliance with, interpretation or application of these Content requirements or other provisions of these contest rules, the University reserves the exclusive right to resolve such questions or differences of view in its sole discretion.
  11. By submitting a screenplay to the contest, the Contestant affirms that he or she has obtained written consent from all individuals whose image or likeness appears in the screenplay (or from the individuals’ parent/legal guardian if any such individuals are considered a minor in their country of residence), and that he or she has obtained the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and permissions to use all material such as music, images, text and other content in the submission. The Contestant further affirms that he or she is prepared to provide reliable documentation of any and all such consents, licenses, etc., upon request. Failure to obtain such rights, license consents, and permissions may result in the disqualification of the Screenplay Submission at the University’s sole and absolute discretion.
  12. The Contestant grants Metropolitan State University permission to use Submissions for marketing, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes. The Contestant grants the University permission to put Submissions to any legitimate uses the University deems proper and without limitation, including digital manipulation.

Natural Sciences special seminar

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to a special natural sciences presentation of “Not Your ‘Garden Variety’ Fruit Fly: The Invasion of Minnesota by the Spotted-Wing Drosophila” on Thursday, Oct. 9 from noon–1 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in the Library, Room 308.

The spotted-wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii, and hereafter SWD) is emerging as a worldwide pest of soft fruits. Asian in origin, SWD first invaded the continental U.S. in 2008 and has since spread throughout the berry and stone-fruit producing regions of the country. In 2012, SWD was first detected in Minnesota, where it is now broadly distributed and causing considerable economic loss.

In this seminar, Mark K. Asplen, natural sciences assistant professor, discusses several aspects of the invasion biology of SWD in Minnesota. These include interdisciplinary research efforts focused on:

  • measuring the extent and rate of its geographic spread;
  • assessing alternative management solutions in various cropping systems; and
  • quantifying behavioral traits that may impact its pest status.

For more information, contact Asplen at mark.asplen@metrostate.edu.

Criminal Justice student receives Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship

Marie Garza, 34, Maplewood, has received a 2014 Hawkinson Scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice in Minneapolis. A 1997 graduate of Harding High School, she earned an associate degree in criminal justice/law enforcement at Century College and is enrolled in a bachelor’s program in criminal justice at Metropolitan State University.

Hawkinson Foundation scholarships are aimed at encouraging students who have already demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice to strive for those values in their educational pursuits and in their personal and professional lives. Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 130 students from or attending schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.

Garza grew up in a household with domestic violence, poverty and illiteracy, and draws on those experiences in her efforts to promote greater cooperation and understanding between the Latino community and law enforcement in addressing domestic violence.

As a single mother, Garza joined the West Side Safety Council, helping neighbors navigate the criminal justice system. She created Liz’s Daughter, a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing domestic violence awareness, prevention and education in the Twin Cities. A focal point is its Brides March Against Domestic Violence (inspired by a woman murdered on her wedding day) that goes to the Minnesota capitol each year as an active protest against domestic violence.

Garza worked for the passage of the Crittenden/Schneider law to establish a domestic violence offender registry in Minnesota (named in memory of two police officers killed while responding to domestic disturbance calls) and serves on the DFL Latino Caucus, directing resolutions and endorsements that help move forward both native and immigrant Latino communities.

The 2014 Hawkinson scholars are recognized at the Foundation’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 5, 2:30–4:30, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 1660 W. County Road B, Roseville. The event is open to the public via RSVP by calling 612-331-8125.

For more information, contact the Foundation at 612-331-8125 or online at www.hawkinsonfoundation.org.

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