Nov. 15: Pro-SPEAK Series: Practical Tech Comm

TC3 invites speakers to connect with students and the community on a variety of topics as part of the Pro-SPEAK Series.

Peggy Sanchez, senior technical publications manager from Cray Inc. presents on practical #technicalCommunication and offers advice on the skill sets to pursue.

The event will be 6 to 8  p.m. Nov. 15, Student Center. Room SC101, Saint Paul Campus. This will be first of three networking events open to the public and interested students, regardless of major or college.

New employee: Michael Elliott

Unknown.jpegMeet the newest member of the team in Center for Accessibility Resources, Michael Elliott, program assistant and accommodation coordinator.  He can be found front and center in the reception area of the suite, New Main, L223, Saint Paul Campus.

Elliott comes to us from Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he worked in in Advising and Admissions, the African American Education and Empowerment Program, and as a staffer with the Student Life programs.

Elliott says that some may call him non-traditional and that “Along my journey, I have been graced with mentorship and friendships that have assisted me discovering and listening to my inner guidance. I believe, like many, that education in its many forms can be a powerful resource. All things are possible with function, focus, fortitude and fun.”

He also enjoys science fiction, hardcover books, history, education and his community.

Contact him via email at or by phone at 651-793-1549.

Nov. 8: First-Generation College Student Recognition Day

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.

The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

Click to download the flyer

In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students.

Metropolitan State University will join other higher education institutions across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8 — the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Metropolitan State recognitions will take place throughout the day on the Saint Paul Campus.

First-Generation College Student Recognition Day

• 10 to 11:30am — TRIO open house to celebrate first-generation college students on our campus and unveiling of the mural.
Location: TRIO Complex Founders Hall, L100-106

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The journey of first-generation students on campuses. Discussion of the first-generation mind-set on college campuses. Stories and experiences from the journeys of first-generation college students.
Location: Library and Learning Center,  302 Ecolab

• 4 to 5 p.m. — Proclamations for first-generation college students and the importance of creating positive campus climate for first-generation college students.
Location: Great Hall, New Main

• 5 to 6:30 p.m. — First-generation college student perspectives and celebration. Hear perspectives from administrators, faculty, alumni and students.
Location Great Hall, New Main

Oct. 30: Integrity Day — what is it?

Enjoy a free cookie snack as we celebrate Integrity Day at the Student Center noon to 1 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30. Recognize Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity.

Do you know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it? When is it OK to use a picture you found on the Internet? Is it OK for a tutor to help you with your class assignments?

Easily avoid the pitfalls that could jeopardize your university experience. Ensure and protect your academic success by learning about resources to help support academic integrity. Speak with advisors and get a free copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity” to familiarize yourself with the expectations of academic honesty at Metropolitan State University. Get to the Student Center to obtain your copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity.”

The celebration recognizes Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity. Earlier this year, President Ginny Arthur signed an executive order establishing an Integrity Day to be observed each semester. Integrity Days are to remind the university community of the high honor, that integrity matters, and acknowledges that most students don’t cheat themselves out of their educations.

Additional sessions scheduled for Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Metropolitan State University is launching efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper training, which teach participants to recognize signs of distress in people and to connect that person to helpful resources. You can help to prevent suicide at Metropolitan State University. Suicide prevention is all of our business, and everyone can play a role to help.

Training events are planned across several campus locations. Representatives from the Suicide Awareness Leadership Team and Metropolitan State University Creating Awareness Regarding Suicide (CARES), will teach the warning signs of suicide and promote upcoming gatekeeper training.

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff, and students, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, and how to recognize a problem, give reassurance and refer them to seek professional help. Three sessions and locations are offered for this training:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, Brooklyn Center (Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Center) campus. Includes one hour luch break. Register at:
 Kognito is a 45-minute online training and uses role-playing to teach how to recognize when a student is in crisis and refer them to the appropriate services. There is a general module, a veteran module, and an LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to The enrollment key for Kognito is “MetroState.”
Both options count toward community faculty PDA credit.
E-mail with questions.

Oct. 27: Screening of Twin Cities Public Television’s ‘Our Rights’

The third and final installment of the Twin Cities Public Television-produced series, “Our Rights,” will be screened at 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 in the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

The series documents human rights in Minnesota and recognizes the 50th anniversary of the state’s Department of Human Rights.

The screening is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Metropolitan State’s Institute for Peace and Social Justice and the Student Senate.

Learn more about the program on TPT’s website.

Get Out the Vote

The effort to get out the vote continues on campus through Metro State Votes.

What is our goal?
Metro State Votes’ goal is to achieve 100-percent voter turnout among Metropolitan State University students every year through direct action.

Why is it important to vote?
Municipal and school board elections do not attract as much attention as presidential campaigns, but they are still important. Cities, counties, and school boards act on nearly every policy issue, so it is important to remind coworkers, friends and classmates to vote this year. Election Day is Nov. 7.

How can you help?
Metro State Votes is seeking instructors who can take five minutes of class time to discuss the upcoming elections. Informational flyers will be provided. If you would like to have someone present the information, Metro State Votes will try to accommodate the request (contact information below).

Student groups that would like to incorporate voter education into tabling and other outreach efforts may request materials, as well as a representative to answer questions, depending on availability.

Individuals can also help with early voting.

Early voting

The last day to vote early in person is Monday, Nov. 6. For information on early voting, visit the Secretary of State’s website: Those are are not already registered will need to present proof of residence.

Vote by mail
Cast your ballot early by mail. You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day.

Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters.

For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website:

To ask questions about voter eligibility, Get Out The Vote or ranked choice voting efforts, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at or

Nov. 9: ‘Whose Streets?’ film screening

A screening of the film, “Whose Streets?” will also feature a discussion at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. Seventh St.

The  film documents the events and activism of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown. The event marked a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger united the residents to hold vigils and protest the tragedy. As the National Guard descended on Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, these community members became the torchbearers of resistance.

View the “Whose Streets?” flyer.

This screening is sponsored by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Office of Diversity and Equity, Social Science Department, Student Life and Leadership, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Oct. 26: Seize Knowledge; Epilepsy Challenges and Resources

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota will present a plenary session on the impact of epilepsy on people, particularly veterans, people with brain injury and other co-occurring conditions.

The event will be 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 at Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th St,.

This event is co-sponsored by Center for Accessibility Resources, Veterans and Military Student Services, Health and Wellness Services, and Metro State Veterans Network.

Register for the event using this link. 

This event is hosted as part of Metropolitan State’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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