May 16: Library Game Nights continue through summer

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center on Saint Paul campus will continue Game Nights through summer.

Game Night features classic and modern video game consoles and games, board games, food and music. The event is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Snacks are provided.

Game nights are from 4 to 7 p.m., each third Tuesday of the month  at the first-floor lounge of the library.

Minnesota Campus Compact award winners

The Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Luncheon and Awards Summit on April 5 at the University of St. Thomas and recognized the 2017 recipients of the Presidents’ Community Partner Award, the Presidents’ Student Leadership Award, and the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award.

“Expanding the Circle: Dialogue, Opportunity, and Minnesota’s Future,” was the theme at this year’s luncheon. The event “brings together a variety of civic engagement stakeholders both to celebrate the good work already being done across the state and to consider ways of building on that work for greater impact.”

Representing Metropolitan State University was Mark D. Rosen who received the Presidents’ Community Partner Award. Rosen has consistently partnered to expand and strengthen the internship pathway between Augustana Care and Metropolitan State University. Rosen is the program director at Open Circle of Hopkins, an adult day program focusing on community, healthy living, and independence, improving community outcomes while enriching student learning and workforce development.

Also recognized at the awards luncheon was The Coalition for Increasing Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota (www.tocaimn.com), who were awarded the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award by Metropolitan State University President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur.  Victor B. Cole, Brett Grant (Voices for Social Justice and TOCAIMN co-chair), Dr. Stanley Brown (Hopkins School District), Dean Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, Professor Paul Spies, Ron Anderson (vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Minnesota State, and chair, MNCC),  Dr. Yvonne RB-Banks and Dr. Rose Chu.

Minnesota Campus Compact is not simply an organization with a board of directors, staff, and member presidents. They are a network of people passionate about educating active citizens and engaging higher education institutions in collaborative efforts that build more just, equitable, and democratic communities.

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May 12: Westbound Interstate 94 temporary long-term traffic changes begin

The right lane (local access lane) and all ramps on westbound Interstate 94 between Century Avenue and Mounds Boulevard will be closed to traffic beginning Friday night, May 12, through the following afternoon, May 13, to complete all long-term traffic changes, including reopening and closing a series of ramps throughout the project area.

New long-term traffic changes begin this weekend

Ramp openings:

The following ramps are currently closed and will reopen on Saturday, May 13:

  • Westbound I-94 to southbound Highway 61/Etna Street
  • Westbound I-94 to Hudson Road
  • Hudson Road. to Westbound I-94 (the easternmost on-ramp in front of 3M)

New and continuing long-term ramp closures:

The following ramp closures will be in place from Saturday, May 13, through mid- summer, unless otherwise noted:

  • Westbound I-94 to Mounds Boulevard
  • Southbound Highway 61/Etna Street to westbound I-94
  • Northbound Highway 61 to westbound I-94
  • Westbound I-94 to White Bear Avenue
  • WB I-94 to Century Avenue. This closure will remain in effect for approximately one month.

In addition, the following ramps will remain closed through mid-summer, unless otherwise noted:

  • Southbound Highway 61/Etna St. to eastbound I-94
  • Northbound Highway 61 to eastbound I-94. This closure will remain in effect through fall 2017.
  • White Bear Avenue to westbound I-94
  • Burns Avenue to eastbound I-94 (McKnight ramp)
  • Hudson Place to eastbound I-94 (McKnight ramp)
  • Hudson Road to westbound I-94 (the westernmost on-ramp in front of 3M)

Detour maps for the upcoming ramp closures can be found on the project website.

May 11-13: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center grand opening

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is promoting the grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. This is a three day event starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11 with blessings from the community elders. The cultural center is the idea of Co-Executive Directors Mary Anne Quiroz and Sergio Quiroz.

According to their website, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is

“a collective of artists and organizations dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism.”

It grew as an extension of their dance and community circle called Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, which means Warriors of the First Cactus Flower in the Nahuatl language; and which both Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz are teachers of.

Aiyana Sol Machado, the founder of Bomba Karaya Guey, a Puerto Rican dance group, stated that this cultural center is the first of its kind in Saint Paul. Machado feels that this cultural center is a space to incubate and co-create with other groups like Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company – a company that promotes Haitian dance and folklore – Sicangu Rosebud Reservation – a Native American tribe from South Dakota, among others.

The grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is a three day event starting on Thursday, May 11 with details as follows:

    • Thursday, May 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — An evening of sharing and listening with community elders; stories, poems, and words of wisdom.
    • Friday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m. — Prospección exhibit opening Mexican artist Emmanuel Sierra
    • Saturday, May 13, noon to  4 p.m. – Cultural Youth Community performances
      – 1 to 6 p.m. – East Side Get Down – Breakdance Battle
      – 6 to midnight – Local and national artists, DJ Dance Music & Jam with Alma Andina

     

  • More information about the event and the group can be found here.

2017 Art Purchase Awards

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The Art Exhibition Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Art Purchase Awards.  This year, four purchases were made.

One of the purchases supported by the Student Senate was awarded to student Bryan Starry (Mpls.).  Starry’s work is a diminutive cast aluminum and bronze sculpture, titled Time 01 A.  The other purchase supported by the Student Senate was awarded to alumnae Halle O’Falvey (St. Paul).  Her work, entitled Abstract Log Cabin is a colorful free-style quilt, assembled with cotton fabrics and thread.

The purchase supported by Academic Affairs and the Alumni Association was awarded to alumnae Susan Solomon (St. Paul). Solomon’s work is a gouache and India ink painting, executed on a wood panel. The title of her nocturnal landscape is I’ll Name Her Summer.

This year’s competition also included a special purchase by the Library and Learning Center’s Endowment Fund. This award considered the artwork of Studio Arts faculty members, in addition to students and alumni.  The winning work was made by Community Faculty member Ursula Hargens (Mpls).  This piece is a colorful floral earthenware work called Tile Diptych (Falling Tulips).

Each award winner will receive $1,000.  Placement of the work is to be determined.

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President’s Circle of Engagement recognizes faculty for engaged teaching strategies

Each year, through the President’s Circle of Engagement, Metropolitan State University’s president recognizes faculty members for the use of community-engaged teaching and learning strategies, calling attention to the importance of this approach to student learning and its relation to the university mission of “commitment to community partnerships through curriculum, teaching, and scholarship.”

Faculty members in the President’s Circle of Engagement are invited to attend a reception hosted by the university president where they are acknowledged for their efforts, and learn about select community-engaged projects being led by their faculty colleagues.

Do you wish to be included in the 2017 President’s Circle of Engagement? RSVP at this link.

 

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May 17: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

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The Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) connects motivated students to prospective internships, networking events, informational interviews and job shadows. From 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at Metropolitan State’s Student Center, Room 101, on the Saint Paul Campus, representatives from the CREDC will present great career opportunities and details about careers in development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.  Learn more about CREDC services at: https://www.diversitycollaborative.org/.

 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS AND ALUMNI, REGARDLESS OF ACADEMIC MAJOR OR MINOR.

Wear business casual attire.  Arrive early.  Bring your questions.

Register TODAY because space is limited.
To register, CLICK HERE or visit
and select “Yes” under “Will you be attending?” 
To learn more about career development resources for Metro students, click here for the Career Center website, or visit us in Founders Hall, room 110. Don’t forget to ask about connecting with employers on Handshake.
If you have questions about this event, contact the Career Center at 651.793.1528 or career.center@metrostate.edu.
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June 24-25: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride

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Join the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center in representing Metropolitan State University and Lavender Bridge, the LGBTQ student organization, at this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival. The festival will be Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.
Volunteers are need to be present at the booth for  two-hour shifts. The resource center encourages first-time attendees to volunteer and experience the diversity, culture, information, festivities, and community that Twin Cities Pride engenders.  Past volunteers are also welcome to continue the tradition of representing Metropolitan State in the community. Be a part of a Twin Cities tradition of celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion, inspiring education, and creating awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.
Learn more about Twin Cities Pride, here:  https://www.tcpride.org/
Sign up for volunteer shifts using this link:
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June 3: Art in the Hollow

ArtInTheHollow2017FlyerFriends of Swede Hollow presents the annual Art in the Hollow 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 3,  at Swede Hollow Park, located just north of Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus. 

This annual performing and visual arts festival will feature acts such as Mariachi Estrella, American Indian Magnet School Dances, Marilyn McGriff on Swedish Nicckelharpa and many more culturally-diverse performances as well as displays and sales of local artists’ work, arts activities, and a sculpture contest with cash prizes.  Art in the Hollow is a free, family-friendly event and a great way to enjoy a spring day in a beautiful urban park.

Artists and performers: There’s still time for artists to sign-up to participate ($15 fee) and for all kinds of musicians and performers to take the stage. Volunteers will help with set-up between 8am-10am.  To sign up or for more information, go to www.artinthehollow.org

Major support for this event is provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, the McNeely Foundation, and private donors. To donate or pursue sponsorships, contact Karin DuPaul at karindupaul@comcast.net or call 651-776-0550

Dr. Meghan Coleman appointed to the Minnesota Board on Aging

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Dr. Meghan Coleman of Metropolitan State’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs Human Services, Aging Studies/Gerontology, has been reappointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Board on Aging.

The mission of the Minnesota Board on Aging is “To ensure that older Minnesotans and their families are effectively served by state and local policies and programs in order to age well and live well.”

This is a four-year appointment. Coleman currently serves as co-chair of the MBA’s policy committee.

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