Veteran Spotlight: Mike Anderson

Mike_Anderson1In honor of Veterans’ Voice month, Metropolitan State spotlights Mike Anderson.

Anderson began his active duty military career in the United States Army in 1987. After graduating from basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C. and the Psychological Operations Specialist Advanced Individual Training in Fort Bragg, N.C., he was assigned to the 4th Psychological Operations Group (also in Fort Bragg). There, his 23-year career began as a tactical loudspeaker operator. Over the next three years, he perfected his craft with intense training in radio and television broadcasting, interviewing techniques, defensive/aggressive driving techniques, expert weapons marksmanship and completed airborne and Russian language training.

Mike_Anderson2In 1990, Anderson deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield. In January, 1991, he was attached to the 3rd Armored Division to provide psychological operations expertise in support of the main effort against Iraqi Republican Guard units which included the Battle of 73 Easting. His actions were recognized for saving lives on both sides of the conflict. Upon his redeployment to Fort Bragg, Anderson was assigned to learn “the other side” of his profession in a Psychological Operations Product Development Center. There, he would learn target audience analysis and the design, development and dissemination of printed media.

Now considered an expert in his field, Anderson held numerous positions over the next twelve years. He secured a staff position, which allowed him to assist with the day-to-day planning and scheduling of activities for more than 1,500 soldiers. He was later selected for an assignment at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, where he worked as an instructor at the Instructor’s Training Course and was the course manager of the Small Group Instructor’s Training Course.

Following this assignment, Anderson took charge of a Tactical Operations Detachment. His time at Fort Bragg culminated with a return to the JFK Special Warfare Center and School as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Psychological Operations Advanced Individual Training School from 2004–2006.

Mike_Anderson3Knowing that he was going to retire from the military and move to Minnesota, Anderson found a suitable position as the operations non-commissioned officer in charge of the 13th Psychological Operations Battalion in Arden Hills. After working diligently at this challenging position in support of numerous operational and training missions, Anderson decided to “hang the boots up for good” and begin the next chapter in his life.

He graduated from Metropolitan State University in December 2012 with a BA in independent studies with concentration in leadership in business and communications. He has continued to maintain a leadership position in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, coached youth soccer for five years, acquired a double major in organizational communication and has been accepted into the Masters in Technical Communication Program beginning in the spring ’15 semester.

Anderson is a student worker in the Military and Student Veterans Services Office on the Saint Paul campus assisting current and prospective student veterans achieve their educational goals.

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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.

University construction update

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This update provides students and the community with the status of the construction projects around Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus. Construction updates may also be viewed online at the Capital Projects: Construction and Planning Web page.

 

Interim parking and construction websites and webcam

The “Interim Parking” and “Construction” links may be found on the home page of the university website. The “Capital Projects: Construction and Planning” page features current information on university construction projects and links to a live webcam view of the parking ramp, student center and science education center worksites.

Remote parking site

It is reported that the shuttle and remote parking system continue to function well with the extended shuttle hours for fall semester, accommodating students in evening classes. Spring 2015 classes are relocated to Saint Paul College due to limited parking at Saint Paul Campus. The university is staying abreast of developments with the Kellogg Bridge and will continue to use the bridge for the shuttle route.

Parking ramp site: Soil contamination, testing and mitigation

It was previously reported that environmental safety consultants discovered soil contaminated with gas and diesel along with evidence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Although no evident risk to persons on or near the worksite has been found, health and safety is the university’s highest priority. The university has:

  • Completed an environmental site assessment;
  • Removed contaminated soil immediately below the ramp footprint;
  • Consulted with MnSCU’s finance and facilities leadership team and appropriate regulatory agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Capital Region Watershed District; and
  • Developed plans to replace the intended storm-water infiltration system with a filtration system that will keep storm-water from the site from entering the watershed.

The soil contamination issue clearly impacted the project, with the contractor stating that the project is about 18 weeks behind schedule from its original completion date of late January 2015. While costs are still being refined, the current financial estimate of the contamination mitigation and delay costs exceeds $3.4 million. The university is working with the MnSCU system office to resolve funding issues.

The soil contamination is resolved and construction is moving forward. The main stair tower is being constructed, the first level is paved with asphalt, utilities are in place, the second level will be formed soon and concrete will be placed in November. The contractor is taking steps to continue construction throughout the winter.

Student center

Student center construction progresses, as viewed from the web cam on Seventh Street. Most foundations are in place and block walls are rising. In November, roofing steel arrives and building-exterior brick will be laid.

Like the parking ramp, the student center site had contaminated soils which were substantially removed under the building footprint. Because the ground still has vapors that can seep into the building through cracks and holes, a soil vapor extraction system has been designed and will be installed under the building. The cost of the soil removal, testing, and vapor extraction system is estimated to be approximately $580,000. As with the parking ramp, the university is working with the MnSCU system office to identify a way to fund the additional costs.

Science education center

The university hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 10, which was attended by local elected officials. The science education center is well underway, as approximately 300 cubic yards of contaminated soil have been removed from the site and hauled to an approved landfill. Prior knowledge of the existence of contaminated soil led to the cost of removal being included in the construction contract.

Foundations are being placed, formwork for the first story walls is being constructed and utility connections to the site have been completed. Foundations for the skyway next to Founders Hall have also been completed. The building’s second floor will be formed and concrete poured in the coming weeks.

Maria traffic calming measures

In partnership with the city of Saint Paul, the university plans to implement traffic-calming measures on Maria Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street. That work will begin in the spring of 2015 while the parking ramp is under construction in order that both projects are completed together.

Ask a Public Health Nurse: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Q-and-A

By Debra Eardley, DNP, RN, PHN, assistant professor, Metropolitan State University.

Question: what are Ebola signs and symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

Question: I am experiencing some flu-like symptoms (such as fever, headache, muscle aches). How do I know if I have seasonal influenza or Ebola?

Seasonal influenza and Ebola virus infection can cause some similar symptoms. However, of these viruses, your symptoms are most likely caused by seasonal influenza. Influenza is very common. Information about current levels of U.S. flu activity is available in CDC’s weekly FluView report.

Key points:

  • In the United States, there have been two travel-associated cases and two locally acquired cases among healthcare workers.
  • There is widespread transmission of Ebola virus disease in West Africa.
  • It is usually not possible to determine whether a patient has seasonal influenza or Ebola infection based on symptoms alone.
  • There are tests to detect seasonal influenza and Ebola infection.
  • Your doctor will determine if you should be tested for these illnesses based on your symptoms, clinical presentation and recent travel or exposure history.

Question: how do I protect myself against Ebola?

If you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Avoid facilities in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.
  • For travel notices and other information for travelers, visit the Travelers’ Health Ebola web page.

Question: where can I find Metropolitan State University information on pandemic planning and Ebola information?

  • Click here to access Metropolitan State’s pandemic planning and Ebola information.

Question: what happened with the newly confirmed case of Ebola in the state of New York? 

  • 23, 2014—The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported a case of Ebola in a medical aid worker who had returned to New York City from Guinea, where the medical aid worker had served with Doctors Without Borders.
  • The diagnosis was confirmed by CDC on Oct. 24.
  • The patient is in isolation in a New York City hospital, and public health officials are investigating and conducting contact tracing. 

Question: are there any important updates from the World Health Organization?

  • Industry leaders and key partners are discussing trials and production of Ebola vaccine
  • 24, 2014 — WHO convened a high-level emergency meeting on Oct. 23 to look at the many complex policy issues that surround access to Ebola vaccines. Ways to ensure the fair distribution and financing of these vaccines were discussed, as well as plans for the different phases of clinical trials to be performed concurrently rather than consecutively, partnerships for expediting clinical trials, and proposals for getting all development partners moving in tandem and at the same accelerated pace (WHO.org, 2014, para 1).

Question: how can we maintain our routine lives without being fearful of the Ebola outbreak? 

American Psychological Association responds to Ebola outbreak:

Worries about Ebola outbreak

  • Unfortunately, news about the spread of Ebola may give rise to feelings of stress, anxiety and fear of the future. Such responses are understandable, given the disease’s uncertainties and the poor prognosis for many who contract it.
  • Although Ebola is a threat that is being taken very seriously by public health authorities worldwide, do not let your worry about this disease control your life. There are many simple and effective ways to manage your fears and anxieties. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

What you can do to prevent worry

  • Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage. Although you’ll want to keep informed—especially if you have loved ones in affected countries—remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
  • Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine risks so that you can take reasonable precautions, if appropriate. Find a credible source you can trust such as your physician, a local or state public health agency or national and international resources such as the S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
  • Stay healthy. The risk of Ebola transmission is low. A healthy lifestyle—including proper diet and exercise—is your best defense against any threat. Adopting hygienic habits such as washing your hands regularly will also minimize your exposure to all types of germs and disease sources. Eat healthy, avoid alcohol and drugs and take a walk or exercise. A healthy body can have a positive impact on your thoughts and emotions.
  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks and activities can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. This may also be an ideal time to become more involved with your community by receiving and sharing effective information obtained from reliable sources.
  • Seek additional help. Individuals who feel an overwhelming nervousness, a lingering sadness or other prolonged reaction that adversely affects their life, work or relationships should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional. Psychologists can help people deal with extreme stress. These professionals work with individuals to help them find constructive ways to manage adversity. The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is another resource for people experiencing signs of distress related to the Ebola outbreak. This helpline provides 24/7 year round crisis counseling and support at 1-800-985-5990.

*Thanks to psychologists Ester Cole, PhD and Gerard A. Jacobs, PhD who assisted with this article.

References

American Psychological Association. (2014). Managing your fear about Ebola. Retrieved from, http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/ebola-fear.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Ebola Update. Retrieved from,             http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

World Health Organization. (2014). Global Alert and Response (GAR). Retrieved from,             http://www.who.int/csr/en/

Employment opportunity for students

cardinal_scholarsCardinal Scholars is an in-home and online tutoring service that gives exceptional tutors the chance to be matched with local students in need of additional academic support. They connect tutors with students seeking help with college, high school, middle school and elementary material.

Cardinal Scholars is seeking tutors who:

  • are excellent teachers and have experience teaching others,
  • are academically curious and intelligent, and
  • attend or have graduated from Metropolitan State as either an undergraduate, graduate or professional student.

The benefits of becoming a tutor with Cardinal Scholars include:

  • Freedom to set your own schedule. There is no set hourly requirement, as Cardinal Scholars expect tutors to be taking classes as well.
  • Competitive compensation ranging from $15–$35 per hour.
  • Get to know great families from the community who appreciate your assistance.
  • Tutors are connected with students all over the United States and online for sessions—tutor in your hometown during breaks and in your college town during the school year.

While Cardinal Scholars offers the opportunity to be considered for an assignment if a tutoring request is received in your area for in person tutoring and/or around the country for online tutoring, it is not a guarantee of immediate tutoring work.

Metropolitan State students that meet the criteria above and are interested in a position with Cardinal Scholars may apply by visiting their application page.

To learn more about the company, visit http://www.cardinalscholars.com.

Snow season parking, important information

snowflakeThe winter season is upon us. Students and community members are encouraged to visit the Snow Emergency Information Web site for the latest information on snow emergencies declared by the city of Saint Paul.

When a snow emergency is declared, community members are asked to follow specific parking guidelines to allow for efficient snow removal operations. Vehicles in violation of parking restrictions will be ticketed and towed. Vehicles parked at the Union Depot are not affected by snow emergencies.

Learn when a snow emergency has been declared by:

  • subscribing to the city of Saint Paul’s “Snow Alerts” by texting STPAUL SNOW to 468311,
  • calling 651-266-PLOW,
  • or viewing updates online at http://www.stpaul.gov/snow.

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Snow emergencies begin with night plow routes at 9 p.m. the day of the declared snow emergency.

Night Plow Routes are marked with signs that say “Night Plow Route” or “Night Plow Route This Side Of Street.”

  • All of downtown Saint Paul is part of the Night Plow Route, even though no signs are posted.
  • Parking is banned on night plow routes until the street is plowed full-width.
  • Vehicles not moved from night plow routes by 9 p.m. on the day of the declared snow emergency will be ticketed and towed.

Snow emergencies continue with day plow routes the morning following the declared snow emergency.

  • Plowing starts after night routes are plowed, which is typically around 8 a.m.
  • There are no signs on day plow routes.
  • Parking is banned on these routes until the street has been plowed full-width.
  • Vehicles not moved from day plow routes by 8 a.m. the day after the snow emergency has been declared will be ticketed and towed.

After the first two phases of the snow emergency are complete, follow-up plowing, sanding and salting and miscellaneous cleanup follows for as long as is required. Any vehicle parked in an area that has not been plowed full-width is subject to ticketing and towing for 4 days (or 96 hours) after the emergency has been declared.

It is strongly recommended that students and the community familiarize themselves with snow emergency routes map which shows snow emergency routes that are in close proximity to the school. A PDF version of the map is available here.

If your vehicle was towed during a snow emergency, visit the Ticketing, Towing and Storage Fees Web page to find impound lot location information.

Community members with questions can review Snow-Related FAQs.

Date and time change for COMM 333-01: Intermediate Intercultural Communication

The date and time for COMM 333-01: Intermediate Intercultural Communication has changed. The course is offered this spring semester on Tuesday afternoons from 1–4:20 p.m. at Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul. This is the only face-to-face section of COMM333 this semester.

A four-credit course, Intercultural Communication engages students in reflectively thinking about the growing interdependence of cultures, nations and peoples from a global perspective. Students develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural communication episodes in interpersonal interactions, including among the diverse groups in the Twin Cities and those in other countries and cultures. Students research topics of interest that compare two or more cultures.

Through field experiences, in-class exercises and readings, students share experiences and learn the dynamics and skills needed to engage in respectful and sensitive communication with others whose beliefs, values and attitudes are different than their own. Students participate in a communication project with students in another country.

COMM 333-Links01 meets GELS requirements of Global Perspective Goal (Goal 8) and upper-division Liberal Studies (Goal LS).

Prerequisite: none

For more information, contact Michal Moskow, communication, writing and arts professor, at michal.moskow@metrostate.edu.

Study in Costa Rica in January, February and March 2015 while earning 15 credits

Costa_RicaWhere’s a great place to learn Spanish? Costa Rica!

Where can you complete a full semester of courses in two months? Costa Rica!

Where is it warm when the temperatures in Minnesota dip to waaay below zero? Costa Rica!

Where can you find sandy beaches, palm trees, monkeys and ocean-lined coasts? Costa Rica!

Where can you find an affordable study-abroad program that will give you an edge in the job market? Right here!

The cost to study abroad in Costa Rica is approximately $8600+ miscellaneous spending money for an eight-week semester. Comparatively, the cost to study abroad through the University of Wisconsin is $24,500 a year for Wisconsin residents and $27,500 a year for Minnesota residents.

The program runs from Jan. 31–March 28, 2015.

Follow this link for more information.

NOTE: Metropolitan State is a member of Education for Global Learning, a consortium of 14 MnSCU colleges and universities that offers students a study abroad opportunity every spring in Costa Rica. Students study Spanish for eight credits of learning each morning and take two GELS offered by MnSCU faculty who accompany the students to Costa Rica throughout the week. It is currently facilitated and run through Ridgewater Community College. Our students get their credits at Ridgewater and transfer those seamlessly to Metropolitan State.

Lysley Tenorio reading series event

Writer’s Think Tank, Metropolitan State’s writers’ student organization, invites students and the community to a reading event with author Lysley Tenorio on Monday, Nov. 10 from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Dancing Goat Coffeehouse, 699 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, across the street from Saint Paul Campus. The event is free and open to all.

For the reading, Tenorio performs a reading of the story “The Brothers” from his book Monstress, a collection of short stories. A Q-and-A with the author follows the reading.

Monstress explores the clash and meld of disparate cultures. From the website: “Tenorio reveals the lives of people on the outside looking in with rare skill, humor, and deep understanding, in stories framed by tense, fascinating dichotomies―tenderness and power, the fantastical and the realistic, the familiar and the exotic.”

Tenorio is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

This event is co-sponsored by Lavender Bridge.

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Share Metro Photography Contest – Call for Entries!

Share your best photos of life at Metropolitan State University and win Adobe Creative Cloud Photography for a year!

Metropolitan State University announces a call for entries for the Share Metro Photography Contest, a photography competition open to all Metropolitan State University students who have attended any semester or any summer term in the calendar year 2014. The Share Metro Photography Contest encourages students to create photographs depicting their educational experiences at Metropolitan State University.

A year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography ($120 value!) will be awarded to the First Place Winner. One Runner-Up and one Honorable Mention will each receive a $25 gift certificates to the bookstore.

The “Share Metro” photography contest runs from October 27, 2014 – November 14, 2014.

Rules:
• Only students are eligible to enter the contest.
• Students are allowed to submit up to five (5) photographs.
• Contestants are encouraged to perform minor photo correction; however, heavy photographic manipulation is prohibited.
• All photographs must be submitted in either a TIFF, JPG, or PNG format, along with the RAW file and photo release form.
• To get the release form, go to http://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/Photo_Comment_Release_Form.pdf
• All entries will be submitted to lee.vang@metrostate.edu
• Judging will take place after the deadline of November 14, 2014, 12:00 AM.
• Photographs will be selected based upon the best practices of photographic composition.

*Photo Content Requirements*

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• By submitting a photograph to the contest, the Contestant affirms that he or she has obtained written consent from all individuals whose image or likeness appears in the photograph (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, licenses consents, and permissions may result in the disqualification of the Photo Submission at the University’s sole and absolute discretion.

• 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 and/or optical image manipulation.

University community invited to Charting the Future Gallery Walk

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University community members and the general public are invited to the Charting The Future (CTF) Gallery Walk on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. in New Main’s Great Hall at Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul. Refreshments are served.

The first four CTF implementation teams have been in conversation for several months and are ready to share their initial ideas. The teams are Student Success, Diversity, Comprehensive Workplace Solutions and System Incentives and Rewards.

Gallery walks are scheduled on 39 campuses across the state. These events are an opportunity for teams to display their work and to get reactions and feedback from students, faculty, staff and the community. The teams will use the information collected to help shape and move forward their initial ideas.

If you are unable to attend the Charting the Future Gallery Walk, there is an identical online version where you can review the work and leave feedback. You are welcome and encouraged to attend one of the other gallery walks that are scheduled at 39 campuses across the state through November.

Nov. 11, Veterans Day, is a busy day at Saint Paul Campus. Along with the gallery walk, the Veterans Center is collecting items for deployed service members with their Shop, Ship and Share programs. Collection bins are available next to the refreshment area in the gallery walk.

In Founders Hall, Multicultural Affairs is recognizing Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday honoring and remembering deceased family members and friends. All community members are invited to share photos or memorabilia of family members or friends who have died.

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