Upward Bound tutors sought

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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.

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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

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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.

What is the Student Parent Center?

The Student Parent Center (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.

Metropolitan State University’s Student Parent Center’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.

SPC services include:

  • Use of computer and printer
  • Lounging area with coffee, refrigerator and microwave
  • Kid-friendly study area
  • Parenting and resource library
  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • Peer mentors who can relate to the unique circumstances and experiences of student parents
  • Programming and events designed to address issues of interest to student parents and their families
  • Support and discussion groups
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus resources

The SPC also offers programming and entertainment to promote healthy families. These include:

  • Chat and Chew sessions, where students can come to discuss insights and receive support for the challenges of parenting as a student. Chat and Chew may also include special guest speakers.
  • Free tickets to local, professional sporting events, including Twins and Lynx games.
  • Free yoga sessions
  • On-campus events that feature games and giveaways for students and their children

For more information, contact the SPC via e-mail at student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.

Chat and Chew, starts Sept. 10 at 4:45 pm. at Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Room J. On Sept. 17, Bill Baldus, Career Center career counselor, speaks about resume writing and networking.

Students are asked to complete a short survey to assist the SPC in scheduling exercise (yoga or noncountry line dancing) days and times. The survey is located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YogaorDance.

Saints honor Metropolitan State vet at Midway Stadium’s last game

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On Thursday, Aug. 28, Air Force veteran and Metropolitan State student Steve Campos was honored as Hero of the Game by the St. Paul Saints at the last-ever Saints game played at Midway Stadium.

Chief Master Sgt. Steve Campos enlisted in the Air Force in 1975 and retired after 35 years in 2011. Chief Campos served in the Strategic Air Command at a B-52 base and ICBM base before joining the Minnesota Air National Guard and served in the 133rd Aerial Port Squadron and the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a flight medic and aircrew member on C-130 aircraft. He completed his career as an advisor to the 133rd Wing Commander and later for the Assistant Adjutant General for Air at Joint Force Headquarters. During his career, Campos has been in many countries and deployed during Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait.

Campos, a student at Metropolitan State, is heavily involved with the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon as a volunteer, the American Legion and St. Paul Humanities’ Veteran Voices.

Volunteers sought for pie baking event

The psychology departments at Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College are sponsoring their first annual pie-baking event and are seeking volunteers to help harvest apples, wash and peel apples, and bake pies. The goal is to prepare 50-100 fresh apple pies to be distributed Thursday, Oct. 2 at the First Lutheran Church community dinner, a community event designed to provide healthy foods for community residents in the Dayton’s Bluff area.

Apple-picking is Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at Sunrise River Farm. At 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul, on Thursday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Oct. 2, the apples will be washed, peeled and prepared for pies. The pies are distributed to community members during the church’s community dinner on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m.

Students may also donate items the event. Pie tins, sugar, cinnamon, flour and butter are needed. To RSVP or request more information, contact August Hoffman at august.hoffman@metrostate.edu or Barb Curchack at bcurcha@inverhills.mnscu.edu.

Activities on all university locations for Fall Fest week, Sept. 8–13

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Fall Fest, Metropolitan State’s homecoming week, is Monday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 13. Students are invited to attend the many family-friendly events that include free food and giveaways at every university location throughout the week, including the “Big Day” at the Minnesota Humanities Center on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Student Life and Leadership Development visits each university location to connect with students to share resources and information about student organization. Handouts for university community opportunities are available at these events.

The following is a schedule of the week’s activities:

Tuesday, Sept. 9: Free food and giveaways at Minneapolis Campus

  • Minneapolis Campus—second level of the MEC building, 1300 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, from 4–6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Free food and giveaways at Brooklyn Park LECJEC and Midway Center

  • Brooklyn Park—second floor lobby of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Midway Center—east entrance, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, from 4 p.m. until the food is gone.

Thursday, Sept. 11 Free food and giveaways at Saint Paul College (temporary location)

  • Saint Paul College (temporary location)—fourth floor hall/student lobby, 235 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, from 4:45 p.m. until the food is gone.

Friday, Sept. 12: Dinner with the Leaders

  • A free formal dinner for university students. The keynote speaker for the evening is Kasim Aburrazzaq, sharing his address “Leadership is Everyone’s Business.” Free food is provided. Includes a free raffle for prizes, including a tablet. RSVP via e-mail to activities@metrostate.edu. Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue, East Saint Paul, from 5–8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13: Fall Fest, The Big Day

To close homecoming week, join the University Activities Board for the big celebration at the Minnesota Humanities Center.   From noon–4 p.m., activities for adults and children are offered by Metropolitan State student organizations, including entertainment, giveaways, food and more. Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue, East Saint Paul.

Veteran and university alumnus honored at Saints game

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On Tuesday, Aug. 26 Marine Corp veteran and university alumnus Mohammad Zafar was honored as Hero of the Game by the St. Paul Saints.

Mohammad Zafar joined the United States Marines in July 1994. During his four years of service, he was stationed at 29 Palms, Camp Fuji and Okinawa, Japan. He served as a food service specialist, quality assurance inspector and trained with the 3rd light armored reconnaissance unit.  Mohammad graduated from Metropolitan State in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in community psychology.  While a student, he was the president of the Muslim Student Organization.

Mohammad works with veterans, seniors and communities to improve quality of life through research as a life coach and fitness instructor. Mohammed works at Metropolitan State, assisting students with their MN G.I. Bill grants.  ​

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