Invitation to Women Entrepreneurs Event

The Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management invites students to Twin Cities Startup Week event focusing on women in entrepreneurship.

The event, Women in Entrepreneurship, targets young women professionals and students and features three successful women who represent multiple areas of entrepreneurship—from developing new ideas within large companies to starting their own businesses. The stories and experience of the female speakers is intended to inspire and challenge attendees to think bigger.

Women in Entrepreneurship takes place Friday, Sept. 12, from 10–11:30 a.m. in the 3M Auditorium at the Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

More information about Twin Cities Startup Week may be found here.

Interim Dean Retires, Named Professor Emeritus

Everette Doolittle
Everette Doolittle

The interim dean at Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) has retired as professor emeritus.

In 2012, Everett Doolittle assumed the interim deanship at the SLC, arguably Minnesota’s most influential four-year law enforcement and criminal justice program.  More than 35 Twin Cities-area police chiefs have graduated from the school.

The one-time SLC chair was a 13-year associate professor who serves on the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board, which sets the standards for the state regulatory agency that issues licenses to Minnesota police officers. He also coordinated the school’s law enforcement certificate program and developed partnerships with community colleges. Doolittle—a three-decade higher-education instructor—also taught core courses and advised hundreds of students.

Coupling that mentorship with countless connections, Doolittle helped many students secure law enforcement positions, said Susan Hilal, SLC assistant professor. Hilal also credits Doolittle with serving as a key ethics instructor, positively influencing hundreds of law enforcement officers.

“Ethics has been my passion,” said Doolittle, who lives in Cottage Grove with his wife. “Many decisions in law enforcement and criminal justice have a moral component and I try to help students understand their power and to make good, considered decisions, not ones based on their feelings.”

Hilal observed that students benefitted from Doolittle’s sterling reputation outside the SLC. In addition to serving as a governor appointee to POST, Doolittle taught seminars and consulted nationally on law enforcement, criminal justice, management, leadership, ethics and other topics. He was also a regular contributor to professional publications and was often quoted by local media.

Before joining the SLC, he was a long-time supervisor of a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) unit that garnered national publicity by tracking down a notorious serial murderer and solving other significant “cold case” homicides. He previously was a BCA senior special agent who investigated complex white-collar crimes and homicides, and he was a law enforcement education trainer for the agency.

Doolittle had also previously served as a police chief and deputy sheriff. He is a 1981 graduate of the FBI National Academy and served on that organization’s board for five years. Doolittle was inducted into the Association of Training Officers of Minnesota’s hall of fame.

He received his BS in police and public administration in 1976 from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. Doolittle earned his master’s of management and administration from Metropolitan State in 1989. He received his doctorate in public administration in 2009 from Hamline University.

In retirement, Doolittle plans to spend time with five grandchildren and traveling with his wife, Sandi. He will also continue consulting and serve on college law enforcement advisory boards and other boards, including POST and Law Enforcement Opportunity, a nonprofit that promotes the hiring of women and minorities in law enforcement. He also will teach as a Metropolitan State community faculty member.

Said Doolittle, “I’m connected with Metropolitan State forever.”

Mike Breci Retires as Professor Emeritus

Mike Breci
Mike Breci

An Oakdale man who was a long-time chair of Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) and served as one of the school’s inaugural instructors has retired as professor emeritus.

Mike Breci was the SLC’s first chair and served 11 years in that capacity. He helped craft the school into, arguably, Minnesota’s most influential four-year law enforcement and criminal justice program.  More than 35 metro-area police chiefs have graduated from the school.

Breci took a leap of faith when he joined the fledgling SLC in 1993, since he was a tenured professor at Saint Cloud State University (SCSU). His efforts to help launch the law enforcement and criminal justice majors met initial resistance from some Metropolitan State quarters.

But the SLC’s first tenured faculty member and colleagues continued building credibility and forging connections with the law enforcement and criminal justice community.

“It was fun and exciting to help develop this program,” said Breci. “We looked at what law enforcement was doing at the time and we created a program that was quite different,” one that underscored community policing, ethics, diversity and incorporating research into instruction.

Professor Breci coordinated all of the school’s programs at one time and played critical roles in developing the criminal justice graduate degree, the degree-completion program, law enforcement certificates and cohort programs with three Minnesota higher-education institutions.

“I’m really proud of what we did in the first 20 years in terms of building those relationships with law enforcement and helping so many outstanding graduates who’ve been in our program and are now making a difference,” said Breci. “That’s what is important and why we’re here.”

Breci tapped into all his experiences—as a former SCSU sociology professor, probation officer and an ex-cop once selected South Dakota’s top young law enforcement officer—to teach core SLC courses. The contributor to many professional journals and presenter at professional groups also won Metropolitan State’s top student advising award.

Ginny Arthur, Metropolitan State’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, lauded Breci’s “demonstrated excellence in the classroom,” mentorship of SLC faculty, law enforcement research and close ties with the Twin Cities law enforcement community.

“It’s impossible to fill his shoes,” said Arthur, adding that his retirement “marks the end of an era.”

Breci also was engaged in many university-wide efforts, serving on numerous committees. He was instrumental in moving the nontraditional university from narrative transcripts to letter grades about 20 years ago.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work from Sioux Falls College, Sioux Falls, S.D. Breci received a master’s degree in sociology from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D. And he earned his PhD in sociology from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Metro State Recognized as ALFI

Metropolitan State University recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). Colleges and universities in the Coalition strive continuously to improve their programs and services for adult students, assess their adult degree programs regularly and share “best practices” for adult learners with other Coalition members.

Metropolitan State joins Minnesota State Colleges and Universities sister-schools Winona State University and Inver Hills Community College in this recognition.

The ALFI Coalition is an alliance of members of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) who demonstrate their commitment to improving their services to adult learners by completing the ALFI surveys.  The surveys, based on CAEL’s research on how to serve adult learners effectively, identify and compare how students, faculty, staff and administrators perceive the services offered by the institution. The data provided help an institution identify its strengths and challenges, plan strategically for the future and discover how best to allocate resources for the greatest impact. Data also serve as a baseline, enabling an institution to establish consistent measurements for the impact of their adult programs.

More information can be found on CAEL’s website.

MnSCU Receives Award

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) receives a State Government Innovation Award in recognition of its pioneering web-based search tool for veterans. The award, a partnership between the Bush Foundation and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, recognizes state projects that improve government services to Minnesotans. MnSCU’s Veterans Education Transfer System (VETS) helps current and former service members find programs that award academic credit for their military experience.

The number of MnSCU students who are current or former service members increased by 66.4 percent between 2008 and 2013 from 6,900 to 11,483. During that time, MnSCU awarded 68,977 credits for military experience and training.

VETS is a pioneering, nationally-recognized, web-based search tool for current and former service members that significantly simplifies the process of assessing student competencies and providing students with accurate, easily accessible and personalized information prior to application or admission. The system uses American Council on Education recommendations to help campuses align military training with academic program courses. No other state offers a similar service although higher education systems and institutions in over 20 other states have expressed interest.

MnSCU receives the award at a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Student Parent Center Volunteers Sought

The Student Parent Center (SPC) is seeking volunteers for three events. Volunteers may receive incentives for their work in the form of random gift cards from Walmart, Target, Holiday Station stores and the campus book store. The events are:

  • Group Advising and Registration sessions at Saint Paul Campus this Saturday, Aug. 9. The SPC needs help from 7–8 a.m., from 10:15–11 a.m., and from 1:15–2 p.m.
  • Welcome Day on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Saint Paul Campus from 2–7 p.m.
  • The Resource Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2–7 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in New Main, in the Great Hall.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort clothing and food donations the week before the Resource Fair.

At the Resource Fair, students can pick up free clothing and toys for their children. The SPC is also seeking empty boxes to use for the Resource Fair.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, contact Sue Fust, Student Parent Center coordinator, at 651-793-1564 or

Welcome Day for New Students

Newly admitted students to Metropolitan State are invited to attend Fall 2014 Welcome Day on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Students participate in breakout sessions from 2–7 p.m. The program takes place at Saint Paul Campus, in New Main, Great Hall. RSVP is recommended.

Welcome Day is designed to demystify the college experience by providing students general assistance and answers to basic questions as well as minimize concerns many new students experience prior to the start of classes. The program will connect students with key resources that enhance the academic and social success of students at Metropolitan State. This initiative is a collaboration of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

For more information, view the Welcome Day page on the university website.

Students may register for Welcome Day at the following link.


Market on the Bluff

A new farmer’s market has opened near Saint Paul Campus. Market on the Bluff takes place from 4–8 p.m., every Thursday this summer. The market is located on the plaza of the First Lutheran Church at 463 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul.

Market on the Bluff is a fresh produce and craft market that features music, children and youth activities and more. The market accepts cash, EBT, WIC and credit cards. Market Bucks are offered (for EBT only) where the first $5 is matched with $5 in Market Bucks.

For more information, visit or call either of the following numbers: 651-271-3795 or 651-387-7374.

Paid Internship Grant and Internship Informational Sessions

Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) has been awarded a $150,000 grant to create 100 paid internships for university students, 42 of which were previously unpaid internships. These funds are available for fall, spring and summer semesters.

To qualify for the funding available through this grant, students must be undergraduates in their junior or senior year, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be eligible for financial aid and have no outstanding debt or holds on their account. Nursing, education and international students are not eligible.

ICES also hosts two academic internship information sessions. Both sessions are Aug. 20 at Midway Center in Room 148, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul. The first session runs from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., the second session is from 4:30–5:30 p.m.  Registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact ICES at or call 651-793-1285.

Be a Test Pilot

Career Development is looking for 25 students to test-pilot the new Virtual Career Center (VCC), an online portal that provides career guidance and job search assistance as students navigate their degree program and pursue a professional career.

Developed by Collegis Inc., VCC offers interactive learning modules in the following areas: assessing industries, effective job searches, the hiring process and future career success.

The program works similarly to an interactive video game. VCC’s interactive simulation places the student in the role of the hiring manager for a high tech startup company.

Integrated into VCC is an evaluation tool that provides assessments across six universal career traits. The report provides students with tips to improve their resume and strengthen their interviewing skills. Students can create a professional resume, an employment profile, cover letters, reference pages and thank you letters. For participating in the pilot, students may retain these materials for personal use.

The project is anticipated to begin late August or early September. Only 25 participants can be sponsored, so interested parties are encouraged to sign up soon.

For more information, contact Career Development at 651-793-1528 or Include the student’s name, age, major and class (year in school). By registering, students give permission to share their information with the Collegis Inc. VCC developers.

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