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Amy Lane joins the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Dr. Amy Lane joins the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship as the acting community engagement coordinator for Academic Internships and Study Abroad.

Amy Lane
Amy Lane will become Acting Community Engagement Coordinator: Academic Internships and Study Abroad in the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

She is assuming the critical student success role for Victor Cole who is on sabbatical leave through June 30, 2019.

Lane recently served as FUSION director and principal investigator in the Minnesota State I.T. Center of Excellence, housed within Metropolitan State University, where she collaborated with IT faculty on the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness initiative. Lane brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in higher education, as well as a background in collaborating with diverse populations of students, faculty and employers from her work at several different colleges and universities.

She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, both from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.

May 5: First Saturday Science: MN Soil and Water

First Saturday Science is a program designed by Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) for community children of all ages to expand their exposure to science. Once a month, students are guided through an exploration of a specific field of inquiry in a hands-on laboratory.

May’s First Saturday Science session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. May 5 in rooms 114 and 116 at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, 664 East Sixth Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

This month’s theme is Minnesota soil and water. Soil is more than just dirt that sticks to the bottom of your shoe. Soil and water are capable of supporting plant life and are vital to life on Earth. Learn how important water and soil are to life on Earth, as well as its many amazing uses and properties.

The goal of this program is to demonstrate the accessibility of science: that it is for everyone to discover and experience and that it encompasses many diverse and realistic options for future careers.

No RSVP needed. The event is free for kids of all ages (youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

ANEW BAM Summer Youth Program advances success of youth and families

Metropolitan State University hosted the ANEW Black Arts Movement (BAM) Summer Youth Program on campus for the fourth consecutive year, through co-sponsorship with the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES).

ANEW BAM was founded  in 2013 by Kevin Robinson, executive director and Vanessa Young, program director and Metropolitan State graduate . The organization is dedicated to advancing the academic success of youth and families through culturally responsive arts education, social emotional learning, and African American history and culture. By adhering to core values that include community, integrity, compassion, curiosity, and self-determination, ANEW BAM youth participants develop skills and self-awareness to reach their fullest potential and become change agents within society.

Young mentioned that her experience as a student program coordinator at ICES led to the collaboration between Metropolitan State and ANEW BAM. ICES sponsored ANEW BAM’s youth program in the summer of 2014. Both Young and Robinson credit the help they received from Metropolitan State to make ANEW BAM’s Summer Youth Program successful.

Greg Mellas, Director of the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, further explained this initiative, “When the university established its permanent campus in Dayton’s Bluff in 1992, it made a long-term commitment to partner with the community in several key areas. Urban education was one of those. The partnership with ANEW BAM and similar youth initiatives are examples, 25 years later, of the university’s ongoing commitment to urban education. Metropolitan State is a gateway to opportunity for students of all ages, and that includes youth. It’s critical that these young learners have positive experiences on a university campus and envision college education as part of their own future. What better place for those experiences to occur than at the public university in their own community?”

Over the years, participation in the the youth program has grown from ten kids to more than 60 kids in 2017. Young said, “80 percent of the kids come from the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, and 20 percent from areas as far as Shakopee and Wisconsin.” The kids ages range from 5 to 14 years old. Word of mouth plays a significant role in promoting the program. As to why the program has grown over the years, Young says that, “a lot of the parents have never been to college. So they are trying to find an exposure [for their kids] to college. The kids from this neighborhood get to take ownership of a space they consider theirs. Young students taking responsibility.”

Robinson explains that “our program is really structured. A vast majority of our staff are college students. [The kids and our staff] have a big brother little sister relationship.”

ANEW BAM’s Youth Summer Program is income based and open to everybody. This summer the program ran from June 12 to July 21. Kids spend anywhere between eight to nine hours weekdays at Metropolitan State University, and Fridays are reserved for field trips.

A typical day at ANEW BAM Youth Summer Program (Fridays reserved for field trips):

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Cultural affirmation
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Math and reading tutoring
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch and outside activities
12:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Afternoon enrichment program
2:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Check-in between kids and staff
3 p.m.-5 p.m. After-care (Individualized tutoring of kid’s choice)

Oct. 22: Cyber Security Month and conference

Cyber Security doesn’t have to be scary. Join Metropolitan State’s Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization (CSFSO) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, Saint Paul Campus, New Main, room L206.

  • Internet Safety Workshop for Children & Families
  • Workshops on Social Media Security, Mobile Device Security, and how to secure your home network
  • Free security checkup and cleaning of computing and networking devices

RSVP for a free evaluation of your connected devices. Bring your computing (laptop/smartphone, etc.) and networking (WiFi router, etc.) devices along with any installation disks that came with the device. Metropolitan State students will evaluate the device’s security as well  as:


  • Virus detection and removal
  • Internet saftety workshops
  • Social media security and privacy settings

This free event is sponsored by the CSFSO, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES), Trio Upward Bound Program, Saint Paul Public Library Dayton’s Bluff Branch, Library and Information Services. Parking is available in the university parking ramp. Refreshments provided.

For more information, view event flyer and the conference agenda.


Sept. 15: Celebrate Constitution Day

September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution—the basic framework for our government and the embodiment of our democratic principles and aspirations. Join us in commemorating Constitution Day 2016 by learning more about this critical document.

  • Is it Time for a New Constitution?” A discussion on this topic from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in Student Center 101 will feature panelists:

o   Peter Rachleff, Department of History
o   Barbara Gerten, MN Move to Amend
o   Kathleen Cole, Department of Social Science

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Faculty: Please announce this event in your classrooms, encourage your students to come and consider offering extra credit.

  • Get a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution

o   Stop by the 2nd floor information desk at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Saint Paul Campus or the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship offices, located at the southwest corner of East Seventh Street and Maria Avenue.

o   Bulk orders are available to faculty who wish to distribute copies of the Constitution booklets to classes. From math to linguistics to political science, use the Constitution as a curricular resource. Contact ICES at community.engagement@metrostate.edu with your name, course number and title, the number of copies you’d like and where they should be delivered.

  • Learn (and teach) more about the Constitution and current issues of constitutional debate

o   Watch for a display near the library’s second floor information desk of books and other resources. Liz Keeler, Library Circulation Technician, has prepared these materials and kept an extensive bibliography.

o   Read and see more online with resources at http://libguides.metrostate.edu/constitution_day, with thanks to Martha Hardy, associate professor and librarian.

Constitution Day is co-sponsored by ICES, American Democracy Project and Library and Information Services.

Sept. 29: Changing America exhibit opening reception

Metropolitan State University is Minnesota’s sole host for the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963” which comes to campus in late September.

Based upon an original interactive exhibition developed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this traveling version examines the impact of two great people’s movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and The March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. The exhibition tells the story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how they helped put the nation on a course to fulfill its commitment to liberty and justice for all.

The opening reception for the exhibit is from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Susan B. Cole Lounge on the first floor of the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Presentations will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. from Petronella J. Ytsma, photographer and community faculty at Metropolitan State, and William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Minnesota and author of “The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.” This event is free and open to the public.

The “Changing America” display is free and open to the public from Sept. 21 to Nov. 4 in the Todd and Martha Nicholson Information Commons on the first floor of Metropolitan State University’s Library and Learning Center.

For information, parking details or to request a docent for a guided tour, visit our website or contact community.engagement@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1285. Continue reading Sept. 29: Changing America exhibit opening reception

Fall academic internship information sessions

Many students seek out academic internships in order to fulfill graduation requirements or to gain experience in their field.

The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarships (ICES) is offering a fall session of information sessions on academic scholarships. These information sessions were constructed with a focus on providing you with relevant information on how to go about obtaining resources and access to academic internships.

Dates for fall sessions are:

  • Sept. 14, 11a.m. to 12p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30p.m. at New Main, L215 (Saint Paul Campus)
  • Oct. 19, 11a.m. to 12p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30p.m. at New Main, L215 (Saint Paul Campus)
  • Nov. 7, 10 to 11a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. at M2100 (Minneapolis Campus)

To register for an academic internship information session, please contact ICES at internships@metrostate.edu or call them at (651)-793-1289. When registering, please be ready to provide your name, student ID number, student e-mail, desired date and time, phone number and your advisor’s name.

How your internship works at Metropolitan State University

Internships are a ubiquitous concept repeated in television, websites and radio. There was even a poorly conceived movie called “The Internship” with Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson that centered on an internship with Google. But the realities of an internship through Metropolitan State University’s Academic Internship Program are more nuanced and personal.

More than anything, internships are practical real world experiences undergone for the completion of a student’s program of study, but even though everyone must take them does not mean they are uncategorical. There are three types: individual, group and program specific.

The individual internship is the traditional avenue extolled in popular culture. In it, a student works with a business, nonprofit or government agencies/officials to design a real-world learning experience. And at Metropolitan State, internships are not the demeaning labor that has been popularized in our culture. Metropolitan State encourages meaningful, rewarding work experience and financial compensation for interns.

Continue reading How your internship works at Metropolitan State University

May 17: Listening Session on Transit Access and Equity

Hundreds of Metropolitan State students, faculty and staff rely on public transportation, as do many of our East Side neighbors. Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, in partnership with Student Senate and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, is bringing everyone together to identify transit-related issues and inform a strategy for improvements on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Be a part of the conversation and attend the Listening Session on Transit Access and Equity at 5–6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, Student Center Room 101, Saint Paul Campus.

For more information, contact Dezmond Juan, lead community organizer, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, at dezmond@daytonsbluff.org.