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Brian Higbee named new Operations Coordinator for Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship


Brian Higbee joins Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship as the new Operations Coordinator.

Higbee says that it was a fun choice to move to Minnesota, because it’s so different from New York City, and that he’s enjoying learning about the arts and history native to our state. He’s excited to work at Metropolitan State, because he enjoys engaging with the students, helping them to learn, and helping make a difference in their lives. Higbee says, “I enjoy being a part of something bigger.”

Originally from Rochester, New York, Higbee has lived in Nantucket, MA, McLean, VA, and for the past 20 years in New York City, working the last 10 years as a senior program coordinator for the BuildingWorks pre-apprenticeship training program with the New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center. Brian earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Jenny Xiong named new Admissions Counselor and Asian American Liaison

Jenny Xiong has been named the new Admissions Counselor and Asian American Liaison for Metropolitan State University.

Xiong is passionate about higher education and helping people in the Asian community realize that they can achieve the dream of earning a bachelor’s degree and be more successful in life. Her goal is to bridge the gap of Asian Americans who feel a higher education is beyond them, and to show them that Metro State is a great place to go to school. She wants to help other Asian Americans understand that they can fit their education into their lives with the flexibility that Metro State offers non-traditional students.

Xiong has worked at Metro State for the past three years in the Admissions Office as an Enrollment Specialist and Student Worker Lead. She has over seven years of higher education experience working in Financial Aid and Admissions, and is also certified in Event and Meeting Management.

Xiong, originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Technical Communication and Applied Field of Public Relations.

Additionally, Xiong has been actively involved in the Asian American Community for many years. She has volunteered at the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and was a curator for the Hmong National Development Conference, in charge of organizing the entertainment.



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.

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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