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Slideshow: 2017 Employee Awards

At the Employee Awards event on April 14, awards were given to employees of the university for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. See below for photos and details about each recipient.

Awards are also given for several categories of outstanding service. Recipients were nominated by their colleagues based on their accomplishments and efforts in their departments.

Stanley Hatcher, College of Individualized Studies – Academic Advisor

Stanley is a highly respected advising professional who nurtures relationships by interacting with a broad spectrum of university colleagues and students; and, not to mention his humorous/playful demeanor which makes him an absolute joy to work with. His perseverance and pain-staking efforts with students continues to impress his colleagues across Metropolitan State University. His in-depth knowledge of the University’s curriculum, policies, and resources is very valuable to those he serves and enriches the quality of the student’s advising/learning experience.

Stanley is excellent in demonstrating intellectual competence and personal understanding. He is the go-to person for CIS advisees who come from families who are the first to attend college; they seek him out because of his intellect, strong interpersonal skills, and his nurturing as he guides them through the maze of academia. No student is ever turned away, he always responds with a “can do” attitude toward students, he is always ready and willing to help answer or solve a problem even at 5:00 p.m. when the student shows up at his door. He is very hardworking, sincere and dedicated towards his responsibilities to students while maintaining a cool, calm and collective demeanor.

Valerie Geaither, Faculty Anti-Racism Legacy Award

Valerie has been unwavering in her commitment to challenge institutional racism at Metropolitan State and has demonstrated leadership by currently serving as co-chair of the Anti-Racism Leadership Team, being a member of the Anti-Racism Leadership Team for several years, the 2011 Campus Climate Report and Presentation Team, and Racial Issues Graduation Requirement Task Force that proposed the new requirement and developed the criteria that gained Faculty Council approval.

Valerie’s community involvement includes:

  • Member and national representative, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
  • Member of Afro-Eco Environmental group
  • Co-chair, Minneapolis National Council of Negro women chapter


Photos by Kevin O’Connor

2016 Outstanding Employee Awards

At the Employee Awards event on April 14, awards were given for several categories of outstanding service. Recipients were nominated by their colleagues based on their accomplishments and efforts in their departments. See below for photos and details about each winner.

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Advisor Jill Beaulieu-Wilkie receives Diversity Leadership Award

Jill Beaulieu-Wilkie, academic advisor, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award. The Diversity Council presented the award to Beaulieu-Wilkie at the annual Employee Awards event on April 14.

The honor is given to an employee that respects and values diversity, addresses Metropolitan State’s vision of an anti-racist learning community, promotes cross-cultural awareness within the institution’s culture and raises awareness and cultivates an environment where oppressive practices against any group are not tolerated.

Beaulieu-Wilkie has demonstrated her commitment to these principles through her work as an academic advisor and as chair of the Anti-Racism Leadership Team. She is recognized for her leadership, support and mentorship of students and colleagues on a daily basis.

Faisal Kaleem honored at 2016 Employee Awards

Faisal Kaleem, faculty, Information and Computer Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Community Engaged Scholarship Award, presented at the Employee Awards event on April 14. University community members are nominated based on their demonstration of extraordinary leadership and civic engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship or service.

Faisal Kaleem accepting the 2016 Community Engaged Scholarship Award.

Kaleem began integrating community engagement into his computer security course in spring 2015. Each semester, Kaleem’s students develop and facilitate cyber security workshops for youth through the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES).

In October 2015, Kaleem and the cybersecurity student organization collaborated with ICES and the Dayton’s Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library to hold the first, of hopefully many, cyber security community event. Community members were invited to bring their devices to be analyzed by Kaleem’s students for security vulnerabilities and get awareness training.

Kaleem’s passion for engaging his students and the community is well known and this award recognizes the outstanding work he has been doing.

Social work professor wins 2016 Anti-Racism Legacy Award

Pictured: Interim President Devinder Malhotra, Robert O’Conner and Paul Spies.

Robert O’Connor, faculty, Social Work Department, is the 2016 recipient of the Anti-Racism Legacy Award. Metropolitan State’s Anti-Racism Leadership Team (ARLT) presents the award to an individual whose leadership has had a lasting impact toward helping Metropolitan State manifest its urban mission and vision of becoming an anti-racist learning community.

O’Connor was nominated by Daniel Abebe, faculty, College of Individualized Studies, for being a consistent advocate of an inclusive and anti-racist university from his first day. O’Connor has co-chaired the ARLT and the anti-racism education sub committee, co-authored the anti-racism campus climate survey, and is a leadership team member on the Diversity Council, among many other roles.

In addition to being a professor at Metropolitan State for the past 15 years, O’Connor is the founder of the Transracial Adoption Network, a subject matter expert in culture and diversity issues in out of home placements and has been interviewed by national media outlets on transracial adoption issues.

O’Connor was honored during the 2016 Employee Awards ceremony on April 14.

Nominations now open for Employee Awards

The annual employee awards event is 2–3:30 p.m., April 14 in the Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. At this event, employees are recognized for years of outstanding service. All nominations must be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting outstanding employee nominations is March 23.

Review the outstanding employee criteria at this link before submitting nominations. The nomination form is online here. Submit nomination forms to Nancy.Moritz@metrostate.edu.

The Diversity Council will present the Diversity Leadership Award. The nomination packet can be found at this link. Submit nominations for the Diversity Leadership Award to EO.Diversity@metrostate.du

The Anti-Racism Leadership Team will present the Anti-Racism Legacy Award. Download the nomination packet here. Submit nominations for the Anti-Racism Legacy Award to jill.wilkie@metrostate.edu.