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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

Sept. 17: Center for Faculty Development 2016 Fall Teaching Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Great Hall and Founders Hall Auditorium
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus

Conference Theme:
How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

Learning is the litmus test of any pedagogy. One of the most important investments professors can make is to understand the learning process so their teaching is intentionally oriented for a student to absorb, and thusly more effective. In this workshop, Dr. Michele DiPietro will synthesize 50 years of research which draws from the cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, developmental, and inclusiveness perspectives into seven integrated principles. This interactive workshop will illustrate these seven principles with demonstrations, discussions, and other activities highlighting how each of the principles can enhance participants’ teaching.

Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/reg-FTW2016

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Aug. 10-12: Current and Aspiring Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers conference

The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota is hosting their summer 2016 conference at Metropolitan State. The conference begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Saint Paul Campus, continues 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 and ends on Aug. 12 with panel discussions from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

This conference honors the lived experiences and local knowledge of teachers of color and American Indian teachers by creating a safe and welcoming space in which current and future teachers are the primary participants. A core group of diverse coalition educators are planning the conference to include a series of general sessions and breakout sessions that seek to inspire, affirm, inform and energize. Participants are able to build power networks, develop legislative proposals and create action plans that remove barriers and transform state policy and local institutions to retain and increase teachers of color and American Indian teachers in Minnesota.

There is no registration fee but registration is required as space is limited to the first 300 people. Grant funding is available to support lodging and mileage expenses for those traveling from greater Minnesota. Learn more about the conference at the coalition website or Facebook page.

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Present your research at Metropolitan State’s first Student Research Colloquium

The inaugural Student Research Colloquium seeks to highlight the innovative research, writing, creating and designing being done by students. Those selected to present will have an opportunity to share their work with the community in and around Metropolitan State through presentations, posters or creative projects.

All Metropolitan State students are welcome to apply by submitting a 250-word abstract by April 11. Abstracts should highlight the goals, audience and impact of the project as well as personal interest and history of the work.

Research or analytical papers may be presented to the audience by reading or preparing a slideshow. Poster projects can be large printed or tri-fold boards for presenters to stand by and engage with their audience as they view them. Creative projects are works that don’t fit into papers or posters; they can be audio projects or theatrical projects, and so on. Contact the conference organizer to discuss possible creative projects.

The colloquium takes place at 6 p.m., Monday, April 25 on the Saint Paul Campus. The event is free to attend and open to students, staff, faculty, family and community members.

Instructors can also nominate students who have promising and interesting scholarship and projects to share. The nomination form can be found here.

This event is sponsored by: Behavioral Science Student Association; the Psychology Lab; the Communication, Writing and the Arts Department; the Center for Psychological Research and the Center for Game Design and New Media Studies.

Please email the colloquium organizer, Alex Layne, assistant professor, Communication, Writing and the Arts Department, with questions: alex.layne@metrostate.edu.

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Feb. 20: Teaching Multilingual Students: From Awareness to Best Practices

Metropolitan State’s Center for Faculty Development invites you to a faculty conference focused on multilingual students. Teaching Multilingual Students: From Awareness to Best Practices is 7:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 at Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street.

Learners are increasingly arriving to the classroom with proficiency in multiple language. Develop sensitivity to the needs of the multi-lingual learners in your classes and explore strategies and models to maximize learning. Share your ideas for inclusive teaching pedagogy to meet the needs of diverse learners.

The conference features a keynote address by Kao Kalia Yang, author of Latehomecomer, as well as small group sessions led by Metro State community and resident faculty members. View the complete conference schedule and sessions at this link.

The deadline to register is Feb. 15. Register online at this link. Registration is free for Metropolitan State resident and community faculty and staff. For more information contact faculty.development@metrostate.edu.

Spring Leadership Institute call for proposals

The Spring Leadership Institute is calling for proposals for the
April 15 higher education leadership conference at St. Cloud State University. The conference features general interest, panel, promising practice, roundtable and poster sessions on topics of research, trends and practice in higher education leadership.

Practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and graduate students are encouraged to submit presentation proposals that reflect research, theory and practice in higher education. Example topics include:

  • future higher education practices and trends
  • the new student majority
  • leadership style theory or practice
  • pathways for career advancement
  • women in leadership, academic and student affairs
  • racial, gender and LGBTQA affairs

Submit 100-to-200-word proposals summarizing the presentation and how it would be valuable to higher education leadership practitioners and/or research by Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at this link.

Nov. 13-14: 2015 Overcoming Racism Conference

DiversityOvercoming Racism: Vigilance Now! is
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and
9 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Saint Paul Campus. The event includes two days of presentations, discussion panels, workshops, keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

The conference explores vigilance and what is required in order to resist and transform the system of racial hierarchy. Participants will have the opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on vigilance and racism, learn about different approaches and tools for vigilance and connect with others working to transform organizations, institutions and the community.

Registration and prices are available online. There are reduced prices for students, and indigenous people are not required to pay registration fees. Registration is open until Oct. 30. View and share the event flyer here. Continue reading Nov. 13-14: 2015 Overcoming Racism Conference

TRIO students attend graduate conference at Wisconsin Dells

Metropolitan State University’s TRIO program sponsored nine students to attend the annual Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WAEOPP) graduate conference at Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells, Sept. 25–26. The TRIO program covered the cost of registration, lodging, transportation and some meals.

Participating students learned valuable information such as how to fund graduate school and write a powerful statement of purpose. They heard from keynote speaker Donald Asher, author of numerous, bestselling guidebooks on graduate admissions. The conference was instrumental in their educational journey as they plan to continue their studies beyond their undergraduate degree.

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program committed to serving first generation, limited income and disabled students enrolled at Metropolitan State University as degree seeking undergraduate students. Certain eligibility requirements and criteria must be met to participate in programming. For more information visit this link.

TRIO Participants in photo, from left; Ismaila Gbadamosi, Chhorn Pho, Camila Mercado-Michelli, Khahn Trihn, EhTa Zar, Doneva Carter, Fatima Ali, Orchale Clark and Gregory Clark

Oct. 10: “The Body Technologic: Emerging Intersections Between Bodies and Technology”

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What happens when technology meets biology? The 19th annual Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (GPACW) Conference answers this question in “The Body Technologic: Emerging Intersections Between Bodies and Technology,” a daylong conference Oct. 10 at Metropolitan State, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

“This year we are focusing on what happens as our machines and bodies become less and less distinct,” said Alex Layne, assistant professor and conference host. “Some in the field have argued that a computer is more or less a fancy pencil, while others maintain that the amount of identity creation, play and human-to-human connection that happens online has fundamentally changed us as human beings and as writers.”

This is Metropolitan State’s first time hosting the conference, but Layne hopes it won’t be the last. The university’s strong technical communication and professional writing program makes it a fitting place for the topics discussed at GPACW events.

“Before our future students go out and begin inventing, teaching and otherwise changing the world, I want them to have some philosophical and pedagogical background on how becoming ever more immersed in technology impacts us,” Layne said.

Conference registration is available at this link. For more information contact Layne at alex.layne@metrostate.edu.

UPDATE: The rate for Metropolitan State University students has been reduced to $25. Meet great scholars in the fields of computers and writing, technical communication, and professional writing.