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Dr. Allen Bellas named interim dean of the College of Management

Dr. Allen Bellas
Dr. Allen Bellas

Dr. Allen Bellas has accepted the position of interim dean of the College of Management and will start in that role on July 1. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gort made the announcement on May 1.

Dr. Bellas has been with Metropolitan State University since 2004. His primary teaching interests are environmental economics, principles of economics, benefit-cost analysis and the economics of public policy and social issues. He previously served in several leadership roles in the Metropolitan State Faculty Association, including serving as F.A. president from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the faculty at Metropolitan State, Dr. Bellas held adjunct positions at the University of Washington and Seattle University.

Dr. Bellas earned his BS in economics and actuarial science from the University of Michigan and his PhD in economics from the University of Washington. He has published in the areas of pollution regulation, health insurance coverage of alternative medicine and technological change at U.S. power plants.

Cathy Johnson, David Horn, Duncan McCampbell, Jamaica DelMar, Mark Newfield, Michael Green, Pat Borchert, Steve Creason, and Vadhindran Rao served on the advisory search committee.

Free 2017 income tax preparation assistance

Do you need assistance preparing your 2017 income tax return? Want to make sure you’re taking advantage of earned income credits, and not leaving money on the table? Metropolitan State University has you covered.
Working students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and households that earned less than $54,000 in 2017 will qualify for free tax preparation assistance. No appointment is needed.
Walk-in services will be held at the Saint Paul Campus Library and Learning Center, Third Floor, Room 312:
  • 9am-3pm, Saturday, Feb. 10
  • 9am-3pm, Saturday, Feb. 17
  • 4pm-7pm, Tuesday, March 6
  • 4pm-7pm, Thursday, March 8
In order to get the most out of this program, please come prepared and bring the following:
  • Health insurance information including form 1095.
  • Social Security cards for yourself, your spouse and each of your children.
  • Any 2017 tax forms or “tax label” postcards received in the mail.
  • W-2 wage and earnings statements from each employer for the year 2017.
  • A copy of your 2016 tax return.
  • Any other information about your 2017 earnings including 1099-G forms stating unemployment.
  • Insurance or interest (form 1099-INT) or dividend (form 1099-DIV) as applicable.
  • Information on child care expenses.
  • Information on other expenses that may reduce your taxes: mortgage interest, union dues, car registration fees, medical expenses, or school expenses.
  • Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) forms from your landlord if you rent.
  • Statement of property taxes if you are a homeowner.
Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to get your taxes done correctly, for free, and on time! This program is made possible through the Metropolitan State University College of Management. For more information, contact Robert Sausen at robert.sausen@metrostate.edu.

LaToya Burrell, Fall 2017 College of Management Outstanding Student

Latoya Burrell
Latoya Burrell

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

LaToya Burrell, who graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree, was selected as an outstanding graduate student in the university’s College of Management. 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.

Already an accomplished attorney and a teacher, Burrell wanted more and decided to further her education. “My program took me two years, I attended on a part-time basis, and I could continue to work full-time.”

Burrell appreciated “the diversity of the program, overall.” She enjoyed the opportunity to work with experienced and practicing law professionals, as well as students seeking their undergraduate degrees. “The diversity in nationalities and in people’s background made the experience that much more valuable for me.”

Practicing and teaching law, going to school, and maintaining a family can be a lot to juggle. “The idea of being able to balance time, and being able to give 100 percent to the program, yet not neglect my family or my career in the process.” Burrell says that earning her Master of Business Administration isn’t the end, but rather the start of something bigger.

For Burrell, it’s important that her young son sees his mother in her cap and gown, and walk across the stage on graduation day. “I want him to equate that toward graduation, and start to inspire him towards that.” Her husband, also an attorney, championed the decision to continue her education.

Burrell, armed with her master’s degree, looks forward to spending time with her family and her friends, while looking to the future.

Kunchok Sangpo, Fall 2017 College of Management Outstanding Student

Kunchok Sangpo
Kunchok Sangpo

A Golden Valley resident from Tibet has been selected as a fall semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Kunchok Sangpo, who graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree, was chosen outstanding graduate student in the university’s College of Management Accounting program. He 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.

“In the journey of my life I have worked so hard to reach at the position where I am today. I have always kept my aspiration high and never backed out from learning more. Educating myself with new knowledge was my passion beside my hobbies of outdoors,” Sangpo says.

Sangpo is originally from Tibet. Before transferring to Metropolitan State, Sangpo graduated from Delhi University, in India, with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. He is the first member of his family to go to college. “I am very grateful to Metropolitan State University for accepting my application and transferring many credits from Delhi University,” he says.

Sangpo is also an active member of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Minnesota, serving as a board member and the general secretary. In Delhi, Sangpo was president of the Tibetan Student Council and volunteered as a coordinator for Students for Free Tibet.

Currently working as an accountant at Visual Impact LLC, Sangpo plans to complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification after graduation. “At this stage I think I have built a solid foundation of my profession with the help of school’s learning and organizations and workplace experiences. Since learning never ends, I am looking forward to earning the certified public accountant license. Preparing for CPA exams will be my first step after school.”

Denise Williams is Minnesota’s 2017 Veteran’s Small Business Champion

Dr. Denise E. Williams, College of Management, Build Your Dream Initiative
Dr. Denise E. Williams, College of Management, Build Your Dream Initiative

Dr. Denise E. Williams has been chosen as Minnesota’s 2017 Veteran’s Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dr. Williams is assistant professor and researcher at Metropolitan State University in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior and CEO of the DEW Consulting Group LLC, an educational and human potential development consulting service. She was nominated by the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Minneapolis.

Williams was chosen for her advocacy for veteran’s entrepreneurship, curriculum development and training efforts in Minnesota. She has been instrumental in helping veterans and other underserved communities become successful entrepreneurs through her work with SBA’s Boots to Business Reboot classes, her research partnership with Women Venture and much more.

“Veterans in our state and across the nation are fortunate to have the dedication and expertise of Dr. Williams in their business corner,” explains Nancy Libersky, Minnesota’s SBA district director. “Her commitment to their success is matched only by her expertise in how they can make it happen.”

Additionally, Williams is particularly proud of the “Build Your Dream” conference she created at Metropolitan State in partnership with SCORE Minnesota, which focuses on women veteran entrepreneurship training. Williams organized and facilitated this premiere event targeted to women and service members. It included a panel of five successful women veteran business owners and involvement of at least 10 community partners. Several other trainings have stemmed from this effort including the Build Your Dream veteran training with SCORE.

“It is my privilege and honor to help veterans identify a career path that utilizes their existing talents and creates an opportunity to contribute to their families and the community.”

Williams adds, “This award belongs also to the team of organizations who supported this vision, particularly Metropolitan State University’s college of management and veteran affairs office; SCORE Minnesota, Minnesota PTAC, WomenVenture, Women Business Development Center, NAWBO and many others.”

With extensive corporate experience, Williams delivers engaging and culturally sensitive curriculum to diverse participants and has a special commitment to the underserved. Shared through conferences and publications, her research examines factors influencing the success of entrepreneurship, as well as the relationship between the entrepreneurial mindset and well-being.

Her research focus is on diverse entrepreneurs. To further help people understand and develop the skills needed to succeed in business, Williams has researched the various entrepreneurial mindset models and has become a national certified facilitator of a research tool developed by Eckerd College. The Entrepreneurial Mindset research tool measures fourteen main competencies of the entrepreneurial mindset and had been used in several pilot entrepreneurship training programs.

Williams earned her Doctorate and Masters in Business from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business; a MBA from the Wharton School of Business; and BA in economics from Spelman College; and Ordination from One Spirit Learning Alliance. She serves as a National Association of Women Business Owners Minnesota Board of Directors; Women Business Development Center Regional Advisory Committee; MEDA’s African American Women CEO Brain Trust; and has served as a business competition judge for both University of St. Thomas and Jr. Achievement.

The SBA, along with the SCORE Association and the Small Business Development Center, will honor Williams at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 4, 2017, at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

New “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” degree program for those who dream of self-employment

Are you ready to take action toward creating the career that you deserve? If building your dream means , small business ownership or innovative leadership within an existing company, Metropolitan State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation major or minor offered through the College of Management is designed just for you.

Career success today means mastering both your courses and developing the skills that give you the competitive advantage. Learn to “think like an entrepreneur” and develop the highly demanded entrepreneurial mindset in a diverse world in ENTR400 or master the challenges and choices in entrepreneurship and innovation in ENTR490. If you’re a non-business major, you are one step away from this path starting with a business boot camp-type course exposing you to business basics in ENTR300.

With these basics under your belt, choose from another seven electives that further strengthen your skills and career opportunities from building business plans to small businessfocused marketing, finance, and law. Or, find a place to explore how to make money while doing good for society and your community in the social entrepreneurship course, ENTR510. Take control of your future and build your dream!

For further information, contact Dr. Denise E. Williams
(Denise.Williams@metrostate.edu) or Dr. Patricia Borchert (Pat.Borchert@metrostate.edu) in the College of Management.

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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New member of COM Advising Team

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TheAlfreda 2 smiling voice you hear when you call the College of Management Undergraduate Advising Center belongs to our new Advising Support Staff Alfreda Amah-Clarke. Alfreda joins us from a primarily healthcare background, but she grew up under the wing of the higher education arena, as her father was a Chemistry professor. From Liberia, Iowa, Colorado and most recently Baltimore, Alfreda has honed customer service skills to an art form which she uses to engage, understand, appreciate and guide every student that contacts the Advising Center. She believes strongly in the core values the Advising Center operates under and strives every day to up hold those standards of being responsible to our students, our institution and the pursuit of higher education.

Alfreda has a “let’s do this!” approach to almost every task, which makes her an absolute pleasure to work with. When she’s not hard at work, you’ll find her sharing a story…

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Spring semester 2016 outstanding students

Ten students were selected spring semester outstanding students at Metropolitan State. The honored students are Brielle Bernardy, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) graduate; Naw Dah Bu, School of Urban Education; Victoria Bugayev, College of Management (COM) graduate; John Lee Clark, College of Individualized Studies; Nora Dragich, COM undergraduate; Kathryn Herzog, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies (CHCPS) graduate; Maxwell Ingram, SLC undergraduate; Brittney Rademacher, CHCPS undergraduate; Rasmita Shrestha, School of Nursing graduate; and Michael Shyne, College of Arts and Sciences.

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Applied Doctorate in Business Administration program ranked 19th in nation

Metropolitan State’s Applied Doctorate in Business Administration was ranked 19th nationally for 2016 according to TopManagementDegrees.com. These rankings are aimed at potential students who are looking for a program in which to enroll.

“This is a welcomed recognition for the very hard work put in by a number of people who teach and advise in our DBA program. It is also a tribute to our students,” says Gary Seiler, interim director, DBA, College of Management.


The following explains how Metropolitan State was selected:

“This Top 50 list was ranked on the following criteria: accreditation, prestige, estimated cost, student satisfaction, and business management curriculum. Each criterion was given equal weight in order to gather a well-respected and high quality doctoral business management program. Data was gather from each program’s website, US News and World Report, the Princeton Review, as well as the National Center for Education Statistics. Let this ranking help you find the highest quality doctorate degree in business management.”