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Dionne Trice, Fall 2017 College of Community Studies and Public Affairs Outstanding Student

Dionne Trice
Dionne Trice

A Minneapolis resident has been selected a fall semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Dionne Trice, Minneapolis, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, was chosen Outstanding Student in the university’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs. She was one of 1,368 students receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Metropolitan State’s 101st commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Minneapolis.

After decades of passionate service as a supervisor for the women’s support group at the Oasis of Love Center in North Minneapolis, Trice set her sights on furthering her education. “My theme was I was going to hit the ground running, and run straight through here,” she said.

Two and half years of school later, Trice reached the end of her bachelorette journey and found that she  learned a lot about herself during the experience. “I appreciated the ‘difficult’ professor. It challenged me to take in the information, and really think about what I was working towards.” Trice recalls her most difficult class, Research Methods, as the class that ultimately garnered her Outstanding Student honor.

A mother and grandmother, Trice returned to school in the wake of tragedy. Losing her eldest son was a major turning point. “Trying to re-ground yourself, and relate with the rest of the world again… It was reaffirming to see the other side of something I’ve been doing whole life, counseling other people, when it was time to seek it for ourselves.” It would inspire Trice to do more.

With her husband in the hospital, and her daughter and grandkids at her home, Trice needed a quiet space to think. She found school to be an escape. “I was trying to do homework at the hospital; I was trying to sleep at the hospital, then I’d go to work… Being able to be at school and studying was a relief.”

Trice now plans to get a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. A self-proclaimed “nerd,” Trice is an avid dancer and reader of Deadpool comics, with a collection of 1,200 or so comics. “People are going to think I just like the movie, but I’ve been a huge Deadpool fan for years,” Trice says. She can also be found playing the videogame, Assassin’s Creed, with her grandson.

Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities’ public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

Andrea O’Malley, Fall 2017 College of Community Studies and Public Affairs Outstanding Graduate Student

Andrea O'Malley
Andrea O’Malley

A Saint Paul resident has been selected a fall semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Andrea O’Malley, Saint Paul, who graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology, was chosen Outstanding Graduate Student in the university’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs. She was one of 1,368 students receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Metropolitan State’s 101st commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Four months after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, O’Malley was back at Metropolitan State University, enrolling in the master of psychology program.

With a full course load, and a full-time job as a targeted case manager with Ramsey County, O’Malley had her work cut out for her, “My main challenge as an adult student has been maintaining a full-time work and school schedule. I am fortunate to work in an environment that supports continuing education and was therefore able to be flexible with my work schedule.”

O’Malley also tutored in the Psychology Lab, and for data analysis. She says that her most memorable times at Metropolitan State were, “getting involved in research by both going to conferences and by collaborating with other students on campus.”

As a first-generation college graduate, O’Malley really caught the learning bug and has higher aspirations. “Next? I’m hoping for more school! I have applications out to several Legal Psychology PhD and JD/PhD programs and am hoping to gain acceptance for fall admission.”

O’Malley survived her college experience by taking “mini-vacations” with her husband and their two Chihuahuas. “We tried to sneak away every couple of months, even if it’s just for a few days.” To her celebrate her master’s degree, O’Malley and her husband plan a west coast road trip, accompanied by their beloved dogs.

Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, authors new book

Nearly concurrent with the announcement of the new College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, Dr. Frank Schweigert published a new book which nearly screams relevance in today’s public affairs and echoes a similar significance within the educational community, particularly in regards to economic practice and participation and how it is taught throughout our universities and interwoven into our lives.

Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

The book, “Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good,” is an extended argument for and about the compulsory idea that business ethics should be taught as a part of, and in tandem with, business strategy. It discusses the severance of ethics from within business practice and how that detachment, or lack of emphasis, has thoroughly marginalized the concept of ethics in business from education, and thusly, how modern business practice fails to be accountable to the public.

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