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Photos: Student Research Conference awards

President’s Poster Award: Alex Hepp, Chidiebere Khannaroth, Brian Thill; The Making of a Death Star
President’s Paper Award: Kenneth Abbott; A Multi-Specialty Medical Mission for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Best Project Award: Eric Fulwiler; Hosting Websites with a Raspberry Pi
Conference Organizer Award: Liz Tetu; Technopaganisms + Videogames
Runner Up: Ian Hamilton; Rimworld: Community Driven Game Development
Student Scholars Committee Award: Jill Fallon; Theories & Civic Engagement in Later Life
Runner Up: Shaun Hurley; Volunteering Hours and Tenure and it’s Relationship to Mood
Student Scholars Committee Award: Nikitha Kommera; Smart Augmented Reality in CyberSecurity and Forensic Education
Library Award: Rebecca Knuckles; Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Among America’s Elderly Population
Library Award: Donald Jones; Gesture and Memory
Runner Up: Brian Trac; Metroid’s Other M
Most Promising Research Award: Chris Kempe, Andrew VanDenBrocke, and Kate Ries; The Synthesis of 1,8-napthalamides in the Fluorescence Detection of Metal Ions through Chelation
Runner Up: Rhea Fofana; The Implementation of a Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in an Urban Public Health Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Best Visuals Award: Kyle Jenness; History and Impact of Super Mario Brothers
Most Inspiring Research Award: Denny Yang, Students Salon: Sharing the Culmination of Student Artistry
People’s Choice Favorite Poster: *Names Not Available; The Network Thief
Runner Up: Randy Conaway: Effects that Social Media Has on Self-Esteem

Birtukan Abebe honored with nomination for Minnesota State Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award

Birkutan Abebe

Birtukan Abebe was recently recognized for her years of dedication and service as an academic advisor in the Information and Computer Sciences department by being chosen as Metropolitan State’s representative nominee for the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award.  Although she was not chosen at the awards ceremony, Abebe feels it was an honor to be recognized.

“It was an honor to be nominated among six outstanding Metropolitan State University staff for the work we do.  Being recognized at the state level was truly amazing.  It made me feel that my contribution has made an impact to our students’ growth and to help them achieve their goals.  It is always a pleasure working with students and see them accomplish so many things,” Abebe said.

Abebe has been with Metropolitan State for 17 years, and has established herself as a prolific, and influential academic advisor with both students and faculty.  Her life experiences have also helped her to be the dynamic employee she has come to be known for at Metropolitan State.

Six faculty nominated for Minnesota State Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award

Six Metropolitan State University staff members were nominated for the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes the key role that Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) play in providing outstanding service to our state universities and to the Minnesota State system. This is the award’s third year.

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Raj Sethuraju given Ambassador Award from Saint Paul Foundation

A celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota recognized six people who are working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Saint Paul Foundation awarded faculty member Dr. Nadarajan “Raj” Sethuraju the Ambassador Award  at the May 9 celebration. This award comes with $5,000 and it is designated for the Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO) scholarship program.

Dr. Sethuraju believes his work and the education of his students at Metropolitan State University are intimately connected to the improvement, evolution and development of the criminal justice community. He attempts not to lead from the “Ivory Tower,” but in the trenches of the system; using his expertise and scholarly work to truly marry academia and practice. When asked what the award means for him and for Metro State, he explained,

“The award is given to those who have been identified as champions of racial equity work by dismantling the structures of institutional and systematic racism.  I am honored and humbled to be recognized in this cohort of champions and to come behind so many great minds and spirits who have been given this ambassador award in the past ten years.  The anti-racism and equity work cannot be done alone; I am glad that there are strong communities both on campus and in the greater community who support and champion this mission.

“Our campus’ commitment to address the trauma of racism and work towards realizing the vision of being an anti-racist campus have been both an inspiration and a vocation.  Our campus’ location and patrons deserve our commitment and hard work that is aimed at creating a safe and dynamic community, society and nation.  I am committed to continue this work everyday with or without these recognition because our humanity matters.”

Metropolitan State University students are balancing an array of obligations and the impact of financial support is great, sometimes the determining factor to reach graduation. This is where LEO can help.

Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO) is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. LEO has a commitment to diversifying the law enforcement, criminal justice, and corrections professions, and this commitment has resulted in the development of a yearly scholarship opportunity. Their goal is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, or corrections. Eligible applicants may receive up to $1,000 in scholarship money to fund their education and training.

The LEO Organization host’s a career fair each year and proceeds are directed to the LEO Scholarship Program.  The LEO Career Fair is open to all and is an opportunity for those interested in exploring the law enforcement and corrections profession’s to network and gain information.  The LEO Scholarship Program provides eligible applicants the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards.  Past LEO Scholarship Recipient’s in-turn commit volunteer time at the LEO Career Fair; this supports their networking opportunities.

 

 

Collaboration Award winners at D2L Connect Conference

Metropolitan State’s Center for Online Learning staff with faculty leaders in the Metropolitan State University online community won the Collaboration Award at D2L Connect Conference  on April 15.

Left to right; Carol Lacy, Owen Hanson, Travis Morgan, Andrew Marz, Melissa Heinz, Bilal Dameh, Joe Arvidson, Bob Bilyk and Carolyn Whitson
Left to right; Carol Lacy, Owen Hanson, Travis Morgan, Andrew Marz, Melissa Heinz, Bilal Dameh, Joe Arvidson, Bob Bilyk and Carolyn Whitson

Alumni of the Year nominations open through April 30

Are you or do you know a Metropolitan State University alumnus or alumna who has made a difference in his or her community? The deadline for the nominations for the  Alumni of the Year is April 30.

These awards allow Metropolitan State to recognize the achievements of successful alumni. For more information and profiles of past alumni of the year, visit the Alumni Awards web page.

Download Alumni of the Year nomination form.

Metropolitan State signs Campus Compact Action Statement

Metropolitan State University is pleased to be a signatory to the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement, joining many other higher education institutions committed to taking specific steps to deepen their engagement for the benefit of students, communities, and the broader public.

Campus Compact, a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education, celebrated the signing of the Action Statement during a Summit of Presidents and Chancellors on March 20, 2016 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. More than 80 signatory presidents and chancellors attended the summit. Interim President Devinder Malhotra did not attend the summit, but had previously signed on to the agreement during a local gathering for member presidents held in Saint Paul.

Over 350 Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors have signed the Action Statement. The document concludes with a commitment by each signatory to create a Campus Civic Action Plan to be shared publicly. Campus Compact will support campuses in developing these plans.

Regarding the university’s endorsement of the Action Statement Interim President Devinder Malhotra stated, “The Campus Compact Action Statement affirms the core principles of Metropolitan State’s mission: preparing students to be active, engaged citizens; knowledge co-creation that melds community and university expertise; a stewardship of place that guides our organizational behavior; an unwavering commitment to challenge inequalities in pursuit of a just and sustainable future for this region.

“By ratifying this declaration, we attest that higher education, among its many purposes, is fundamentally about advancing the public good. As a signatory, we’ll benefit from the technical assistance of Campus Compact and the resources of that consortium to further our university’s endeavors while contributing to a national effort to sustain and strengthen our nation’s democracy.”

“Colleges and universities exist to promote public goods,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “By signing the Action Statement and committing to develop Campus Civic Action Plans, these 350 presidents and chancellors are challenging their institutions to go even further in preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship, contributing to the health of communities both local and global, and sustaining our democracy in the face of the twin challenges of inequality and polarization.”

Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents— representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The organization supports campuses in work that advances the health and strength of communities and American democracy, both by preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship and by building partnerships to advance community and public goals.

METROPOLITAN STATE UP FOR THREE AWARDS

Additionally, Metropolitan State University has submitted three nominations for the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards. The awards recognize effective leadership in the development of campus-community partnerships and acknowledge outstanding collaborative work. The award recipients will be recognized at Minnesota Campus Compact’s annual summit on April 7 at Macalester College.

The Metropolitan State Student Senate was nominated for the Student Leadership Award for contributions to negotiating a mutually beneficial outcome for neighborhood residents, lawmakers and public officials during the recent campus expansion, including the Student Center, a Science Education Center and parking facility.

Professor Nadarajan “Raj” Sethuraju, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, was nominated for the Civic Engagement Steward Award. The nomination praised Sethuraju for his attitude and methods, and his work to make every voice matter in justice systems and processes: Sethuraju actively partners with numerous organizations on behalf of Metropolitan State.

In Progress, a Saint Paul-based media arts organization that supports young artists in telling their stories using digital media, was nominated for the Community Partner Award. Metropolitan State University and In Progress share a common goal to provide venues for individuals and groups to tell their own stories, with their own voice, to accurately interpret historical events. The university’s collaborative efforts with In Progress reach youth and adult audiences in excess of 2,000 participants annually.

 

Minnesota Campus Compact’s 2016 Presidents’ Awards Nominees

Metropolitan State University has submitted three nominations for the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards. The awards recognize effective leadership in the development of campus-community partnerships and acknowledge outstanding collaborative work.

The award recipients will be recognized at Minnesota Campus Compact’s annual summit on April 7 at Macalester College. Campus Compact has supported civic engagement through a diverse network of colleges and universities since 1994.

The Student Senate was nominated for the Student Leadership Award for work in negotiating a mutually beneficial outcome for neighborhood residents, lawmakers and public officials during the recent campus expansion, including the Student Center, a Science Education Center and parking facility.

The nominating document, submitted by the Institute for Community Engagement praised the Student Senate for its leadership during “a critical juncture, when the future of the Student Center and parking facility were in question, the engagement of the Student Senators, on behalf of the university students they represent, proved essential in achieving consensus between campus and community representatives on a plan to re-site the building projects and move forward with ground-breaking and construction.”

Their actions exemplified leadership, political acumen and a deep commitment to community building.

Professor Nadarajan Sethuraju, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, was nominated for the Civic Engagement Steward Award.

The nominating form praised Sethuraju for his attitude and method: “… the marriage of academia and practice is always based on the idea and the practice that every voice matters in justice systems and processes.”

These were exemplified by his consistently modeling deeply reciprocal community engagement and convening local leaders for critical dialogue on issues in law enforcement and criminal justice studies. By integrating these explorations into his courses, he cultivates student leadership, professionalism and advancement.

Sethuraju is an active partner for Metropolitan State University among numerous organizations, including the NAACP-St. Paul chapter, as a volunteer in a range of restorative justice programs, and service with the Board of Directors of AccessAbility, Inc. He enjoys active working relationships with the MN Department of Corrections and the MN Corrections Association, Dakota County Jail, Lino Lakes prison, Hennepin County and Carver County Probation offices, and countless other institutional and community-based justice organizations.

In Progress, a Saint Paul-based media arts organization that supports young artists in their journey of telling their stories using digital media, was nominated for the Community Partner Award.

In Progress provides professional mentorships, leadership training and internships. In Progress and Metropolitan State share common goals of lifelong learning, community engagement and supporting under-represented audiences in their educational and career journeys. In Progress and its Executive Director Kris Sorenson have previously collaborated with the university’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and Gordon Parks Gallery director, Erica Rasmussen.

Metropolitan State University and In Progress have a shared goal to provide venues for individuals and groups to tell their own stories, with their own voice, to accurately interpret historical events. These collaborative efforts reach youth and adult audiences in excess of 2,000 participants annually.

Metropolitan State’s nominees for the 2016 MnSCU Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award

Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues and Students:

I am proud to recognize three Metropolitan State University staff who were nominated for the MnSCU Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award. This award is intended to recognize the key role that MSUAASF service faculty fulfill in providing outstanding service to our state universities and to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. This is the second year for this award.

Nominees must have been employed for a minimum of five consecutive years at a MnSCU university. The two most recent years must be in the MSUAASF member’s current position. The remaining three years must be either a) in any position (excluding student employment) within the university in which the individual is currently employed, or b) in any MSUAASF position at any MnSCU university.

At Metropolitan State University, we received three nominations:

  • Birtukan Abebe, Academic Advisor in the Information and Computer Sciences Department. Birtukan has served the Metropolitan State University community for more than 16 years. Her compassion and diligence in assisting students is seen on a daily basis. Her in-depth knowledge of the all things “Metro” contributes greatly in helping students, faculty and staff succeed. Departmental faculty rely on Birtukan’s expertise and are grateful for the way she generously shares her time and expertise.
  • Eduardo Gutierrez, Admissions Counselor and Chicano/Latino Admissions Outreach staff. He has given over 30 years of service to Metropolitan State University as well as to the Latino/Chicano community of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Eduardo is the face of Metropolitan State University to the Latino/Chicano community. His commitment in making higher education accessible to his community is not only his job, but it has been his mission.
  • Phyllis Webster, Academic Advisor in the College of Management. Phyllis has been providing academic advice to Metropolitan State University students for more than 15 years. Phyllis is always among the first to volunteer her time and energy to assist students during orientation and registrations sessions. She assists with many university departments and clubs including the International Student Organization. She even rents out a room in her home to a Metropolitan State student on a regular basis.

The Metropolitan State Excellence in Service Committee had the difficult task of recommending one nominee to be forwarded to MnSCU for consideration as a representative of Metropolitan State University. After careful consideration of all three excellent candidates, the committee recommended and I endorsed the nomination of Eduardo Gutierrez. Eduardo will attend an Excellence in Service recognition program in April where the MnSCU Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award recipient will be named.

I want to thank and recognize Eduardo as well as Birtukan and Phyllis for the excellent service they provide and the acknowledgment of their peers who nominated them for this award. All three are role models for the excellent experience we strive to create for our students, faculty and staff.

Devinder Malhotra
Interim President

Apply for the 100% American Award scholarship

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) seeks applications from college and university students for the second round of the “100% American Award.” Five awards in the amount of $500 (maximum of one per institution) are given to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students. PSEO students and past recipients are eligible for the award.

Interested students may apply by filling out this form. To be considered for one of the five awards, complete the 24 questions and answer the essay questions on page 5. Instructors and staff may also use this document with their classes, clubs and discussion groups.

To submit your application for one of the five awards, send the completed essay questions to MSCSA at ed@mscsa.org by April 4.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mark M. Welter, Ph.D.