Gordon Parks teen digital photography workshops

Metropolitan State’s Gordon Parks Gallery and Dayton’s Bluff Library is offering a Gordon Parks photography workshop for teens on the second Saturday of the month.

The next workshop is on Oct. 11 from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in The Zone of the Dayton’s Bluff Public Library, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

The theme for this workshop is family portraits. The whole family is welcome to attend and learn about Gordon Parks and photography and to take some great family pictures.

Black Male Summit

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The African American Student Association (AASA) invites students to attend an off-campus event called Black Male Summit on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6–8 p.m. at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul.

From the AASA web site:

“On the day of Mike Brown’s funeral in Ferguson, MO, there was an atmosphere of rest and calm in the people’s struggle for justice. It created a unique opportunity for Minneapolis based filmmaker Ralph L. Crowder III, to engage a needed black perspective of media communication in which a video camera was rolling and captured a wide range of voices.  The input on the death of Mike Brown and the uprising of young black youth is the centerpiece of discussion in this very important news documentary regarding the climate and conditions of Ferguson, MO (anywhere USA).”

Students may RSVP to the event.

2014 Insisting on Equity Conference

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Students for Education Reform invites students, faculty, staff and the community to the annual Insisting on Equity Conference.

Presented by Minnesota’s National Association for Multicultural Education (MN-NAME), the 2014 Insisting on Equity Conference is on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Plymouth Middle School, 10011 36th Avenue North, Plymouth. The theme this year is Myths and Realities: We Owe Our Students More.

The MN-NAME conference offers engaging and educational workshops focusing on educational equity, including a keynote address by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. This daylong event offers a low-cost registration (between $35-$50 per participant), breakfast, lunch, snacks and continuing education units. For more information and registration, visit the conference web site.

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Family Resource Network’s General Meeting

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The Family Resource Network (FRN) invites all who love children to their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 4–6 p.m. in Room J at the Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul.

At the meeting, the FRN shares news and updates, holds officer elections, discusses the upcoming Halloween Bash and plans other fun activities for the year. The meeting is in conjunction with the Student Parent Center’s Chat and Chew program. Food is provided.

Attendees may RSVP here.

SFER membership meeting

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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