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Dr. Meghan Coleman appointed to the Minnesota Board on Aging

meghan coleman

Dr. Meghan Coleman of Metropolitan State’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs Human Services, Aging Studies/Gerontology, has been reappointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Board on Aging.

The mission of the Minnesota Board on Aging is “To ensure that older Minnesotans and their families are effectively served by state and local policies and programs in order to age well and live well.”

This is a four-year appointment. Coleman currently serves as co-chair of the MBA’s policy committee.

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.

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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May 3: Reception for Interim President Malhotra

A reception honoring Interim President Devinder Malhotra is 2–4 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 in the Founders Hall Reception Area on the Saint Paul Campus. Join MnSCU Chancellor Rosenstone and the university community in recognizing Malhotra’s many accomplishments.

Over the past two years, Malhotra has successfully led the university through three building completions, a budget redesign and the academic reorganization in addition to all of the responsibilities of university president.

Malhotra’s term ends on June 30 as incoming president Ginny Arthur begins her term.


July 27–28: Minnesota eLearning Summit

The Minnesota eLearning Summit is the premier event of the Minnesota Learning Commons and a gathering place for K–12, college and university educators and innovators in the Midwest who are committed to effective online and blended learning.

The summit is July 27 and 28 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Register and view past presentations at this link.

View event flyer.

April 19: Career Center Think Tank: Power Tools for Choosing a Major

Bill Baldus, Career Center director, and Jill Sondergaard, Career Center specialist, lead this Think Tank session from 9–10 a.m., Tuesday, April 19 in Library Room 329, Saint Paul Campus.

Students are often stuck on deciding what academic program is best for them but choosing a major does not have to be an agonizing process. Join other faculty members to discuss five tools that the Career Center uses to help simplify and expedite the major decision.

For more information, contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu.

Duncan McCampbell appointed MBA Director

Duncan McCampbell

Metropolitan State faculty member Duncan McCampbell is the newly appointed MBA director, effective July 1, 2016. McCampbell joined the College of Management faculty at Metropolitan State in 2014. He currently manages the curricular areas of International Business and Business Law.

Before coming to Metro State, McCampbell was associate professor and MBA program director at Bethel University from 2010 to 2014. He has also taught business and law courses as a member of adjunct faculty at Bethel, Hamline University, the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul College and Huaihua University in the People’s Republic of China.

McCampbell received his BA from Arizona State University and his JD from Hamline University School of Law. He was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association in 1991 and practiced law in Minnesota. He served 14 years in the U.S., U.K., Germany and China in senior strategic marketing, project leadership and global product development roles with Thomson Reuters.

Learn about Metropolitan State’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program

March 8: Sign up for data privacy training

Training on the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act is 10:30 a.m.–noon, Tuesday, March 8. Faculty, staff and student workers who would like to attend should e-mail Daryl Johnson, registrar, at daryl.johnson@metrostate.edu. If you supervise a student worker you would like to attend, include the student’s university e-mail address.

New disability services director named

Kristin Jorenby joins Metropolitan State as the disability services director. She brings a variety of experiences serving individuals with disabilities to the university, most recently at the Olmstead Implementation Office. As assistant director there, Jorenby worked with diverse communities across the state to ensure that people with disabilities could live, work, learn and enjoy life in the communities they choose.

Jorenby has worked for the University of Minnesota’s Disability Resource Center, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s disability programs and serves as president of the board of directors for Access Press, a newspaper for Minnesota’s disability community.

An alumna of Metropolitan State, Jorenby received a bachelor of human services focusing on disability studies and was a finalist for the outstanding student award. Jorenby also has a master’s in public policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a graduate certificate in disability policy and services from the School of Continuing Education and Human Development from the University of Minnesota.