April 24: End of Spring Semester Celebration

Metropolitan State University’s African American Student Association (AASA) will be hosting an end of Spring Semester Celebration. All university students are invited to attend.

AASA will present on the Kente Stole, a sacred African tradition derived from the Kente Cloth. A meet and greet with the officers of AASA will follow the presentation.

When: 4 to 6 p.m., Monday April 24
Where: Fireside Lounge, Student Center, Saint Paul Campus, 690 East Seventh Street

Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

Rupa Pokherl awarded Mark M. Welter World Citizen scholarship

Rupa Pokherl, a Metropolitan State University student, received the Mark M, Welter World Citizen Scholarship for spring semester of 2018. She is one of 20 students to receive the $500 award.  The scholarship, which is offered exclusively to students attending one of Minnesota State’s colleges or universities, requires a vast understanding of how cultures across the globe are interlinked. Students who are nominated share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.

In addition to these required commitments, the student must be in good academic standing and must be nominated by academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

 For more information regarding the Walter M. Welter World Citizen scholarship, visit LeadMN

Metropolitan State Medallion Hunt 2018: Clue #5

CLUE #5

The medallion’s not in Minneapolis.
The reason is simple. Security.

Medallion Hunt Rules

medallion

Read your metrostate.edu email.

From April 2-27, News@Metro will publish several clues about the location of the medallion. The medallion will be hidden on Metropolitan State University property.

The hunt is open to all members of the Metropolitan State community.

• News@ Metro will publish clues as to the location of the medallion. The medallion will be hidden on Metropolitan State University property. We will post clues twice a week, so check frequently.
• The hunt is open to all members of the Metropolitan State community.
• The prize for finding the medallion and returning it to Kristine Hansen in the Metropolitan State University Foundation office will be a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

WATCH YOUR EMAIL FOR NEW CLUES SENT FROM APRIL 2-27

Everyone who participated in the hunt by purchasing an “ I support the Annual Fund Drive” sticker will be invited to join us at an ice cream truck social from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 on the Saint Paul Campus and on Wednesday, May 2 at the MEC in Minneapolis. (Save your sticker.)

Stickers are available for a minimum $10 donation to the Annual Fund Drive. Stickers are available at Gateway and may be picked up in person or sent interoffice from the Foundation office. Donations are accepted through online giving, checks or by completing an Annual Fund payroll deduction form. Groups or hunting partners may not share a sticker.

If the medallion is not found, prizes will be distributed through a drawing of all entries. To enter without making a gift, please return an annual fund pledge form with the words “NO DONATION” written in the donation area of the form.

All returned pledge forms will be entered into a prize drawing.*

Other prizes include:
• “Table for four, please” — Lunch with university President Ginny Arthur for three faculty or staff members.
• “Get your Metro stuff” — One of several gift cards to the Metropolitan State University Bookstore. (donated)
• “Make it a Grande” — One of two $10 gift cards to Starbucks. (donated)

* No pledge is necessary to enter, simply return your form with “No PLEDGE” written on the form. Please include your name and contact information

Screenwriting Program takes students on industry journeys

The screenwriting program at Metropolitan State University was recently redesigned to better meet the needs of today’s students and marketplace.

“The screenwriting major at Metropolitan State University began in 1999.  We were pioneers in the field then and we remain innovative leaders today.  The new curriculum positions our students for success,” says James Byrne, screenwriting program coordinator.

James Byrne
James Byrne

Metropolitan State’s screenwriting majors, alumni, and faculty are active in the field in many different ways. Current students write, travel, learn and invest in their futures. Alumni pursue many different paths within the industry. Faculty write screenplays and direct films, winning awards and bringing professional experience into the classroom.

Notable examples of professional and creative accomplishments of current screenwriting majors and screenwriting alumni include:

• Samuel Stiegelmeier, a current screenwriting major, was one of 25 film students selected from universities throughout North and South America to participate as a member of the student Mezcal Jury at the Guadalajara Film Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The Screenwriting Program at Metropolitan State selects one student each year to be the Mezcal Jury Fellow at the Guadalajara Film Festival and to participate in 12 days of films, panels, and professional activities at the Guadalajara Film Festival, all expenses paid.  This not only serves as educational and professional development for the participants, but it is an important intercultural experience. Stiegelmeier was joined by previous fellows, Autumn Kisling and Annie Moua.

• Benedicta Cobbinah will study screenwriting and film history in Rome, Italy in fall semester 2018 as part of a study abroad experience.

• Ian Withey won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Z Fest Film Festival in Minneapolis.

• Andrew Mueller, Stiegelmeier and Adam Moyer attended Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive in Los Angeles in March.  The trip was sponsored by Metropolitan State University.

Metropolitan State’s screenwriting alumni are also staying busy:

• Moua is a media developer at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a 2017 recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge Grant for her dance company’s new project, CommUNITY: An Urban Dance Workshop.

• Jessica Bergren is the producer of the new feature-length film “Cold November” playing in theaters now. Bergren was also associate producer for the feature film “Virginia Minnesota” premiering at the 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.  She is also a post associate producer at Tremendous! Entertainment.

• Cole Meyer is currently in production for his new feature film “Chaste” which he wrote, produced, and is directing.

• Stephanie Shinn (’02) owns a production company, ShinnDing Productions, LLC. Shinn produces and edits promotional and instructional videos for Garmin Ltd.

• Evan Price (’06) was script supervisor for AMC’s “Mad Men”, then moved on more recently to serve as script supervisor for CMT’s “Nashville.”

The screenwriting program at Metropolitan State utilizes faculty comprised of working professionals, in the field of screenwriting.

For example, Cristina Pippa‘s short film, “Amelia” screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Kids Festival.  Her screenplay “Questica” was top 10 for the IFP MN Screenwriting Residency and her television pilot “The Last Job” was a finalist for the Sundance New Voices Lab.

Byrne’s feature-length screenplay, “Things to Do Before Leaving,” won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Hollywood Verge Film Awards and was a finalist in the Screenplay Competition at the 2017 Catalina Film Festival.  His feature film, “Light of Each New Day (in five chapters)” was an official selection in the 2017 Director’s Cut Film Festival in Vancouver.  He is currently developing his screenplay “Things to Do Before Leaving” for a feature-length production slated for late 2019.

This program, mixing the fundamentals of story and writing, with real-world experience, leaves graduates ready to take on a tough industry.

“Screenwriting majors graduate with a market ready feature-length screenplay that is both a significant creative achievement and a building block for the future,” Byrne says. “The Screenwriting B.A. Degree at Metropolitan State University not only prepares students to become screenwriters but also provides a foundation to grow in many different directions.”

Please see www.metrostate.edu for admission information or contact James Byrne, james.byrne@metrostate.edu for information about the Screenwriting Program.

 

 

 

April 17: Health Expo

Join the Transforming Health and Empowering Minds (THEM) student organization, and Health and Wellness Services for a day of health, fitness and nutrition at the Health Expo. The Health Expo will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 17 in New Main, Great Hall, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

The event will offer fun activities, including exercise demos, games and more. Community vendors will also be present to provide information about what they have to offer.

Attendees can register to win prizes, including:

  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Beats Wireless Headphones
  • Live Infinity Yoga Kit
  • $150 Nike Gift Card

This event is open to the community. Food and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP, check out THEM’s OrgSync page. For more information, contact Jodee Fitzgerald, coordinator of healthcare and wellness services, by email at healthcare.services@metrostate.edu or by phone at 651-793-1552.

April 16: Self-Care Event

Metropolitan State University’s Nursing Student Organization (NSO) is hosting a self-care event to help students, staff and faculty relax and de-stress. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on April 16 in the Student Center, room 101, 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers and healthcare professionals, all while learning about the importance of making time to take care of oneself. Be sure to enter the self-care prize raffle while learning more about stress management techniques. Food and beverages will be provided.

Self-care activities available at the event include:

  • Back massages
  • Hand massages
  • Acupressure
  • Essential oils

The NSO is a student organization that is “dedicated to improving and enriching the experiences of both nursing students and the student body at large through events that enhance holistic connection and health awareness.” For more information, or to RSVP, check out the NSO OrgSync page.

April 13: Queersplosion

The Lavender Bridge invites the community to attend Queersplosion, a spoken word/poetry/rap event, from 7-10 p.m. on April 13. The event will take place at the Student Center, 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

During this event, the mic will be open to anyone willing to share their work. The event will also feature a performance from Lil One (Dom Giovon). Food and coffee will be provided.

Lil One is a transgender hip hop artist based out of Saint Paul, MN. According to Reverbnation, “His goal is to link communities with music and education and to make music that all can enjoy.”

Lavender Bridge is a student organization that “is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (and non-binary/gender non-conforming), questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, asexual, and ally students who strive to provide social opportunities, support for our members through developing an academic environment that supports queer scholarship, and through organizing events relating to political and social issues affecting the queer and transgender communities.”

For more information about Queersplosion, or to RSVP, check out Lavender Bridge’s OrgSync page.

Metropolitan State University joins the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative

Joining 30 other colleges and universities across the United States, Metropolitan State University has been selected as an inaugural member of the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative, a national collaboration designed to develop and share new strategies for deploying higher education’s intellectual and place-based resources to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities they serve.

Higher education institutions like Metropolitan State are anchor institutions: local economic engines and mission-driven organizations inextricably linked to the long-term well-being of their local communities, and uniquely positioned and incentivized to play a more active role in supporting the local economy. By intentionally implementing an anchor framework, the whole university – including the business and administrative divisions – will be able to better serve its public mission. The Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative will provide a national platform to accelerate this important work.

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Metropolitan State Medallion Hunt 2018: Clue #4

CLUE #4

I was looking at a colleague. I think he’s very attractive.
He said, “Don’t look at me.”
I said, “I wasn’t looking at you.”
He said, “Stop looking at me.”
I said, “I’m not looking at you.”
He said, “Since when is a look not a look?”

Medallion Hunt Rules

medallion

Read your metrostate.edu email.

From April 2-27, News@Metro will publish several clues about the location of the medallion. The medallion will be hidden on Metropolitan State University property.

The hunt is open to all members of the Metropolitan State community.

• News@ Metro will publish clues as to the location of the medallion. The medallion will be hidden on Metropolitan State University property. We will post clues twice a week, so check frequently.
• The hunt is open to all members of the Metropolitan State community.
• The prize for finding the medallion and returning it to Kristine Hansen in the Metropolitan State University Foundation office will be a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

WATCH YOUR EMAIL FOR NEW CLUES SENT FROM APRIL 2-27

Everyone who participated in the hunt by purchasing an “ I support the Annual Fund Drive” sticker will be invited to join us at an ice cream truck social from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 on the Saint Paul Campus and on Wednesday, May 2 at the MEC in Minneapolis. (Save your sticker.)

Stickers are available for a minimum $10 donation to the Annual Fund Drive. Stickers are available at Gateway and may be picked up in person or sent interoffice from the Foundation office. Donations are accepted through online giving, checks or by completing an Annual Fund payroll deduction form. Groups or hunting partners may not share a sticker.

If the medallion is not found, prizes will be distributed through a drawing of all entries. To enter without making a gift, please return an annual fund pledge form with the words “NO DONATION” written in the donation area of the form.

All returned pledge forms will be entered into a prize drawing.*

Other prizes include:
• “Table for four, please” — Lunch with university President Ginny Arthur for three faculty or staff members.
• “Get your Metro stuff” — One of several gift cards to the Metropolitan State University Bookstore. (donated)
• “Make it a Grande” — One of two $10 gift cards to Starbucks. (donated)

* No pledge is necessary to enter, simply return your form with “No PLEDGE” written on the form. Please include your name and contact information

April 19: League of Women Voters of St. Paul; peaceful protest and social movement organizing

Join the League of Women Voters of St. Paul to learn about peaceful protest and social movement organizing.

The event facilitated by Kathleen Cole, assistant professor of Social Science at Metropolitan State University, and Commander Joshua Lego of the Saint Paul Police Department, will be 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, Room 115.

Discussion will include:

  • Getting involved in planned protests: the roles you can play, when to get involved and when to step back, how to be a good ally to people from marginalized communities
  • Planned arrests:  what they are, why they are a useful tactic for social movements, how they are planned
  • Role of the police department:  how are they involved in planning, how do they respond to unplanned protests, what is the biggest challenge they face
  • Protest safety tips: what (not) to wear, identifying organizers, signs for when to leave

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Social Science and the League of Women Voters – St. Paul. For information, contact Kathleen Cole at kathleen.cole@metrostate.edu.

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