Statement of Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding DACA

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2017 – At Minnesota State, our core commitments include opening the doors of educational opportunity and ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The diversity of our campus communities is a key strength – one that makes us who we are and allows our state colleges and universities to play the critical role they do.

As our nationwide dialog concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) continues to unfold, we will continue to express our steadfast support for this policy and strongly urge our federal delegation to preserve its protections. Terminating or phasing out DACA would leave thousands of young people across the country, including perhaps some of our students, with uncertain futures. We are committed to working with our students, our faculty, our staff, and our representatives in Washington toward a long-term solution that supports DACA students and allows them to continue to contribute to our vibrant communities throughout Minnesota and to our economy. Our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.

OnCare telemedicine portal now available for students

The OnCare telemedicine portal is now available to all students at Metropolitan State.

Services covered include:

How to begin
First, register at using your Metropolitan State e-mail address and StarID. If you had previously registered for Zipnosis, login to OnCare using your Zipnosis username and password at

Help us learn how to better serve you
Win a chance for a $25 Amazon gift card by participating in a survey. As part of the university’s Health and Wellness Services commitment to achieving the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus 2020 goals, we’re conducting a survey. Watch your student e-mail and when you complete the confidential survey you will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Lunch and learn
Learn how to integrate fruits and vegetables into your diet at two classes on the Saint Paul campus, led by personal coach and trainer Whitney Marie Wellness.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20
    Room L120, Founders Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27
    Room L120, Founders Hall

Substance Use presentation
Dr. Amelia Arria, associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, gives a presentation on substance use in our community.  Arria completed her postdoctoral fellowship on drug dependence at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11
    Room 101, Student Center, Saint Paul Campus

Suicide Prevention Week
Starting Monday, Sept. 11, learn about the warning signs of suicide.

Find Health and Wellness Services at all four campuses and pick up a suicide prevention ribbon to promote awareness.

See our information display at the Midway Campus.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255.

Click here for the Healthcare and Wellness Services Newsletter

New Ordway programs offer discounts to Metropolitan State students

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is launching a new family series this fall, featuring community-oriented programming and engagement opportunities. These programs come with discounts for Metropolitan State students and their children.

Performances: (10 a.m. lobby activities | 11 a.m. performance) 
• Saturday, Sept. 30 | Concert Hall: David Gonzalez’s bilingual tales from the Latino world

• Saturday, March 3, 2018 | Concert Hall: The Okee Dokee Brothers

• Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Music Theater: Mermaid Theatre’s “Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny”

The Ordway Center is located at 345 Washington St., St Paul.

• “Play and Learn Lobbies” are activities in the lobbies for families that are educational, interactive, and encourage creativity one-hour prior to the performance. Many participating organizations create activities to coincide with their exhibits, upcoming productions, or their mission statement to get the word out about their programming.

• David Gonzalez will offer a bilingual interactive storytelling workshop for families with young children at 4:15 p.m.,  Friday, Sept.29 at at the Riverview Library, 1 George St. E., St. Paul. To RSVP, call 651.282.3115.

David Gonzalez and Okee Dokee Brothers will have a limited number of $5 tickets through the Community Access Program, as part of Ordway’s commitment to address barriers to participation that can restrict access to the performing arts.

Click the link for more information about Ordway’s new programs, and to get the discount promo codes.

Sept. 16: Graduate Studies Preview Day

Have you ever thought about graduate school? Maybe you have, but didn’t think it was achievable. To learn more about how to make graduate school a reality, join Metropolitan State University for the first annual Graduate Studies Preview Day.

Metropolitan State University skywayAttendees will experience “first-hand” how Metropolitan State graduate programs are transforming the typical graduate experience into one that meets students’ individual needs and connects them to the real world. If you have a friend, relative or co-worker who you think could also benefit from one of Metropolitan State’s graduate programs, please encourage them to attend as well.

The session will be 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 16 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th Street. Registration is free and all attendees will get their graduate application fees waived. Register now at this link.

Need additional answers?

Check out for easy access to a list of our graduate programs, course descriptions, and more!

If you have further questions about this event and would like to speak with a graduate recruiter please contact us at 612-659-7150, or

Visit our website for step-by-step instructions on how to become a graduate student at Metropolitan State.

Aug. 29-31: Metropolitan State social for North Hennepin Community College

Kick off the new school year on the North Hennepin Community College campus with your fellow students and Metropolitan State University alumni.

Metropolitan State invites you to network, socialize and enjoy some pizza in an informal setting as the new school year kicks up into high gear. This event is hosted by the Metropolitan State University Alumni Association.

  • 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 30,
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, August 31

North Hennepin Community College, room CBT178  7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park.

Let organizers know which session you’ll be attending and reserve your spot at this link:


Sept. 7: Job fair preparation session

Alumni volunteers will help current students polish up their first impression skills and develop confidence for presenting themselves as attractive candidates at the upcoming Diversity Networking Job Fair. Networking prompts and activities will be provided.

The session will be 5 to 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Student Center, room 101, Saint Paul Campus.

For information contact the Career Center at  (651) 793-1528 or visit

Metropolitan State University Library now offers live streaming

Do you love movies? Hate paying the fees associated with streaming services?  The answer is right in the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, which has partnered with Kanopy to provide thousands of movies and television titles for free.

Use this link to access the service:

Kanopy will ask for the name of the library you are associated with, in this case, Metropolitan State University, and after you enter the information users will have access to content that can be stream to computer, Roku, Android and iOS devices.

Read more about this service in this article from The New York Times:

Oct. 19: Admissions Preview Day

Freshmen and transfer students, listen up! We get it. Being a new student at Metropolitan State University can be challenging. Especially if you are navigating through all that Metropolitan State University has to offer.

With that in mind, Metropolitan State University is organizing Preview Day, 11 a.m to 1 p.m and 3 to 5 p.m. , Oct. 19,  at the Saint Paul campus, 700 East Seventh Street, so mark your calendars.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with expert admissions counselors, advisors and students who will be there to help you.

Register for the event at this link:

If you are unable to attend Preview Day, contact the Admissions Office at 651-793-1302 to set up an appointment with an admissions counselor.

MN Sinfonia performances on Saint Paul Campus


Ilya Kaler, violin
Oct. 27, 2017 | Friday, 7 p.m.
700 7th St East, St Paul, MN 55106
  1. Paul SchulzNew Composition PremiereMade possible through the Minnesota Sinfonia’s New Works Program with support from the McKnight Foundation
  2. Henryk WieniawskiViolin Concerto No. 2 (Ilya Kaler)
  3. Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRondo K 373 and Adagio K 261 (Ilya Kaler)
  4. Sergei Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Rachel Lee Priday, violin
Jan. 12, 2018 | Friday, 7 p.m.
700 7th St East, St Paul, MN 55106
  1. New Composition Premiere to be announcedMade possible through the Minnesota Sinfonia’s New Works Program with support from the McKnight Foundation
Sergei ProkofievViolin Concerto No. 2 (Priday)
  3. Edward ElgarSerenade in E Minor for Strings
  4. Ottorino RespighiAncient Airs and Dances Suite 1

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