June 27: MN Cyber Career Expo

Demand for cybersecurity professionals in Minnesota is expected to grow faster than other positions. Cybersecurity professionals are critical to organizational growth and success and employers are seeking them.

The MN Cyber Career Expo is open to students and alumni and will be 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, Metropolitan State State, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. 7th St.

Recruiting companies and employers expected to attend include: 3M, Ameriprise Financial, Experis, Mayo Clinic, Metropolitan Council, Protocol 46, RSM US LLP, State of Minnesota IT Services, Target Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, US Bank, and Xcel Energy.

RSVP here: https://metrostate.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/4986/student_preview

The event is hosted by the Career Center and MN Cyber. For more information, visit www.metrostate.edu/career; call 651.793.1528 or email career.center@metrostate.edu.

June 26: Fourth Annual Community Puppet Palooza

The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, the Student Parent Center, and Saint Paul Public Library all invite you to the Fourth Annual Community Puppet Palooza from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday, June 26,  Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

This free, family-friendly event is an evening of outdoor games, face painting, snacks, and a live puppet show of Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour. The festivities will start at 6 p.m., rain or shine, near the Labyrinth on the west side of the Metropolitan State University Library. At 7 p.m., the curtain will rise on Open Eye Figure Theatre’s “Little Grandpa’s Big Surprise.”

Per Open Eye Figure Theatre’s website:

Little Grandpa is turning 100 years old, and his granddaughter BB is planning the best, biggest, most bodacious, and SECRET—ssshhh—Surprise birthday party ever. But when cake-baking chaos ensues, BB has to call on her friends and neighbors for help. Can they bring all the ingredients together in time?

Come watch and find out. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on during the puppet show.

For more information, contact Michelle Filkins at 651-793-1621 or at michelle.filkins@metrostate.edu.

Summer Movie Fridays at the Library

If you’re looking for something to do indoors on hot Friday afternoons this summer, check out Summer Movie Fridays, co-sponsored by Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center and Dayton’s Bluff Public Library.

Every Friday from June 22–Aug. 17, a movie will be shown at 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center Room 132.

These family-friendly screenings are free and open to the public.

                                              Summer Movie Fridays at 1 p.m.
                                June 22                                   Coco
                                June 29                         The Borrowers
                                 July 6                                  Storks
                                July 13                          The Boss Baby
                                July 20                                Wonder
                                July 27                                   Sing
                                 Aug. 3                        The Emoji Movie
                                Aug. 10                         Despicable Me 3
                                Aug. 17                              Early Man

If you have questions, please contact the Dayton’s Bluff Public Library at 651-793-1699 or Mallory Kroschel and MaiSee Vang at 651-793-1634.

Metropolitan State Professor Wins 2018 John Saltmarsh Award

Nicholas D. Hartlep, assistant professor of Urban Education, School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University, has been awarded the 2018 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leadership in Civic Engagement.

The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. The award was named in John Saltmarsh’s honor to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of civic leaders to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement.

Hartlep’s passion for education in the field of civic leadership and engagement made him an obvious candidate for this award. In addition to serving as assistant professor of Urban Education, Hartlep is also the coordinator of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Programs in the School of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University.

“I don’t view myself solely involved with the civic engagement movement, or of American higher education, but rather, I am committed to the future betterment of American society.”

As a professor, Hartlep has developed his own set of tools that he uses in his classroom. As a Korean adoptee raised in the United States, he uses his bicultural experience to send a weighted message to students. “I have interrogated my own identity to develop a practice of critical storytelling that I teach to my students and peers… hearing intensely the stories and experiences of those we encounter to more fully construct an understanding of our shared experience and to forge interpersonal connections that transcend polarized ideologies and identities.”

Hartlep received the award, which includes an engraved commemorative and a cash prize, at a ceremony held June 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The day Hartlep received this honor, he received an email from the award’s namesake, John Saltmarsh. Besides congratulating Dr. Hartlep, the note was copied to several other people, and welcomed Dr. Hartlep to his “posse of big thinkers and change agents.”

“The sky is the limit!”

From here, Hartlep plans to “continue to be a change agent within urban teacher education and tackling problems that are so large that they may not be solved in my lifetime, but I will mentor and pass the torch to my students who may… this award will certainly be a spring board for larger and even more intense work.”




Career Center Videos Helpful Resources for Students’ Futures

Not sure what you are going to do after you get your degree? Are you wondering how to make yourself marketable to employers? The Career Center can help.

With help from Twelve Plus Media, a local production company, and Metropolitan State University alumni, the Career Center has created four Career Education videos: Career Readiness, Choosing A MajorDesigning Your Life, and Job Search Strategies. These videos, featuring colorful, lively animation and engaging alumni presenters sharing their own career paths, address misconceptions and give student viewers advice to prepare for the future. For example, choosing a major is just one decision among many, and career paths can take many unexpected turns before you reach the destination of your dream job.

Networking is crucial. Meeting and connecting with new people face-to-face will help you get noticed. Your key contact could even be sitting next to you in class.

“These videos are the tip of the iceberg in learning about the lifelong process of career management,” says Career Center Director Bill Baldus. “It can be frightening, and yes, there are a lot of unknowns, but there’s a community of support behind you. You can do it.”



Metropolitan State welcomes Nagasaki University exchange

St. Paul Nagaski Sister City Council and Metropolitan State extended a warm welcome over the weekend to Professor Takayuki Miyanishi and student Jianz “Kathy” Chen. The Cherry Tree Celebration on Saturday was complete with taiko drummers, dancers and cooperative weather. Sunday was a special dinner coordinated by the SPNSCC to celebrate the student exchange between Metropolitan State and Nagasaki University and the many other Minnesota-Japan cultural exchange organizations and volunteer. Chen started class this week doing environmental science field research and next week will start a communications course. Two Metropolitan State students will attend Nagasaki University in August.

Pioneer Press: Historian, writer and Metropolitan State instructor Anne Webb dies

Anne Webb
Anne Webb

Anne Webb was a faculty member of Metropolitan State University in the College of Arts and Science. She died May 18 at age 87 in  Bloomington.

A celebration of Webb’s life is set for 4 p.m. June 9 at the Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made in Webb’s memory to Minnesota Public Radio.

– Pioneer Press

June 9: Cybersecurity Jeopardy Round 2

How well do you know cybersecurity? Metropolitan State University’s Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization (CSFSO) invites students to test their knowledge with Cybersecurity Jeopardy: Round 2. This is a great chance for all club members and students who couldn’t attend the first round to participate and socialize with CSFSO members. Test your knowledge while enjoying free food and snacks.

Round 2 of Cybersecurity Jeopardy will be held June 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in New Main, room L103, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.

CSFSO is a student organization that strives to “help its members grow as students and members of our communities to give back and to represent the university. As we graduate and excel in the job force, we will enhance the opportunities of those that follow.”

To RSVP, or for more information, check out CSFSO’s OrgSync page.

Raj Sethuraju: ‘When white people call the cops on people of color,’ MPR News

Raj Setheraju, assistant professor in the School of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State, speaks with Brandt Williams of MPR News about recent incidents in the news and “why people of color are so quickly categorized as engaging in ‘suspicious behavior.’ ”

MPR News, May 29, 2018.

Center for Online Learning wins Minnesota Connection Award

Metropolitan State University’s Center for Online Learning (COL) has won the Minnesota Connection 2018 Innovation Award. The award, recognizing Minnesota faculty, technical staff or administrators who have used D2L Brightspace to deliver innovating experiences, rewards COL’s efforts in creating engaging online experiences for students. This is the second statewide award COL has received in three years.

After a series of student interviews COL conducted in 2017, one underlying theme emerged: students praised courses that used videos and other third-party multimedia tools to deliver content. These tools increased students’ immersion and helped students connect with their instructors. COL took these findings to Metropolitan State faculty members and worked with them to identify content that could be converted into animation or an animated series.

Using text submissions, face-to-face meetings and studio recordings, the university’s faculty and COL created narratives that matched courses’ learning objectives. Melissa Heinz, a COL associate, made storyboards and consulted faculty for revisions. Creating drafts of the animations were also collaborative efforts between faculty and COL. Once finished, the completed animations were uploaded to D2L Brightspace.

Interactive case studies were developed, allowing students to apply what they had learned online. Faculty members met with COL Instructional Designer Dr. Bilal Dameh and Dominic Jennen, instructional technology associate. In a case study COL designed with Dr. Debra Eardley, students observed an interview between a nurse and a patient. They then charted the problem, intervention and outcomes using a standardized classification system. In a case study COL and Drs. Carol Lacey, Marcia Anderson and Susan Misterek designed for the Credit for Prior Learning Academy course, Minnesota faculty and advisors, the course’s students played the role of an advisor assessing if a student’s prior education was worthy of college credit.

“COL staff work very hard. It’s great to be acknowledged for that,” says COL Director Robert Bilyk. “COL is customer service-oriented and proposes things that are out-of-the-box. Two years ago, our ability to collaborate was recognized. This year, it was our innovative spirit.”

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