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Aug. 14: One-Stop Enrollment Event

There’s still time to start classes this fall. Join us at Metropolitan State University’s One-Stop Enrollment Event.

Whether you still need to apply for admission or just need to finish the application and enrollment process, this event is for you, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus, 680 7th St E, St Paul.

This event is for prospective and interested students, students who have applied and still have to complete the process, and students who have been admitted and need to register for classes.

RSVP recommended, but not required. Contact Admissions at admissions@metrostate.eduor 651-793-1302 with questions or to reserve your spot.

You will be able to:

  • apply for admission
  • see how your credits may transfer
  • complete orientation
  • receive transfer advising
  • get registered for classes

NOTE:  Plan on being present for the duration of the event, although the length of your process  will depend on what is still needed to complete your admission/registration.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Official unopened transcripts from all previous, non-Minnesota State institutions. All official transcripts are required to be considered for admission, and we can pull Minnesota State transcripts on your behalf, provided there are no holds.
  • ACT or Accuplacer scores if available.

You must meet our published admission requirements in order to be admitted:

To make the process go even more quickly, apply for admission at metrostate.edutoday and apply for financial aid at fafsa.gov, using school code 010374.

Aug. 6: Saint Paul-itics ice cream social and voter registration event

The Saint Paul Public Library Dayton’s Bluff Branch and the League of Women Voters of St. Paul are hosting the Saint Paul-itics ice cream social and voter registration event at 4 p.m. on Aug. 6, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

In addition to frozen treats, the event will include a mock election with a real ballot counter, all-age activities and live jazz music performed by Tres Mundos.

This is an opportunity for Metropolitan State University students, faculty, staff and area residents to meet local elected officials, participate in mock voting and register to vote. The event celebrates the Dayton’s Bluff community, and raises civic engagement and awareness of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

Volunteers are needed to help register voters at the event. Those interested should email info@lwvsp.org or contact Sig Johnson at sigrid.johnson@comcast.net.

Tres Mundos features pianist and vocalist Viviana Pintado from Cuba, percussionist Eliezer Freites-Santos from Brazil, and saxophonist and flutist Douglas Little from the United States. Their music blends salsa, samba and jazz to create a sound that is both entirely authentic and original.

Celebrate the Dayton’s Bluff community and get to know our neighbors. Meet elected officials. Register to vote. #MetroStateVotes2018

Michael O’Connor named to Metropolitan State Foundation Board

Metropolitan State University welcomes Michael O’Connor to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees.

O’Connor is director, strategy and project management/chief of staff with Medtronic, Plc. He has over 27 years of professional experience in the medical device industry in greater Minnesota and in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He brings to the Foundation Board an ability to make corporate connections and to advocate on behalf of Metropolitan State as an alumnus of the institution. In addition to Medtronic, his corporate experience includes 3M and Pfizer.

Michael O’Connor
Michael O’Connor

“I am honored to be a part of the Metropolitan State Foundation Board. I very much looking forward to working with the board and making contributions by utilizing my talents, background and networks,” O’Connor says. A native Minnesotan, O’Connor was born in Saint Paul, grew up in Maplewood, and has lived all of his life in Minnesota and the Twin Cities. He now lives in Lino Lakes with his wife and son.

O’Connor received his BA from Metropolitan State in 1992 and a minor in project management in 2004. He also holds graduate degrees in project management, technology management and business administration. O’Connor earned his PhD in civil engineering, majoring in project management, from the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering. In 2012, he was selected as a Quality Fellow for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and in 2014 selected as a Medtronic Technical Fellow.

In 2017, O’Connor was awarded the prestigious Harold Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management. He has also been recognized by the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies (MFESTS) Distinguished Science and Technology Professional Award in 2018. He is a former director at-large for the Product Development and Management Association, currently the co-chair for community outreach with the Minnesota Project Management Institute (PMI) and has volunteered with many groups, professional societies, universities and colleges over the past 40 years.

O’Connor has been recognized by universities and colleges for his community and educational work. He is an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State, The University of Wisconsin, Platteville and The College of St. Scholastica and teaches graduate-level project management, project capstone and culture and organizational courses. In his leisure, he enjoys being outdoors and is active in playing soccer, biking, running and tennis.

In addition, O’Connor recently became a regular contributor to PMWorld 360 Magazine, a digital project management publication that launched in March 2018, and will share his expertise with readers worldwide in the areas of leadership and quality.

“It is a distinct pleasure to welcome Michael to the board. He has already shown an extraordinary commitment to the mission, cause and purpose of the university,” says Rita Dibble, vice president of University Advancement. “He has been most versatile in applying his talents to diverse projects on the Alumni and Foundation boards from hosting an alumni gathering in Las Vegas to serving to review and revise the board’s bylaws. He embodies a Metropolitan State graduate and we look forward to much success together.”

Metropolitan State, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

The mission of the Metropolitan State Foundation is to generate maximum public awareness, as well as governmental and private support, for Metropolitan State, and to assist the university in its development as a comprehensive, urban university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area for changing and diverse student needs.

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.

Aug. 8: Democracy Shark Tank

Compete against other colleges and universities from across Minnesota to win one of 13 grants to support civic engagement at Metropolitan State University.

Campus teams will develop their best ideas and plans to support student voter turnout in the 2018 election, then they pitch those ideas to a panel of “Sharks” who will invest $10,000 worth of seed funding to help support campuses’ work.

The competition will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8, at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

If you would like to join the Metro State team, or to register your own team, contact jodi.bantley@metrostate.edu by Aug. 3. Teams must consist of three participants and must include at least one student and one faculty or staff member. Campuses may enter more than one team to compete for the funding, however only one team from each campus is eligible to win a grant.

Democracy Shark Tank Sponsors include Democracy Works (https://democracy.works/), LeadMN (https://www.leadmn.org/), Minnesota Campus Compact (http://mncampuscompact.org/), and Minnesota State (http://www.minnstate.edu/).

Questions? Contact LeadMN Director of Programs and Events Lindsay Barton at lbarton@leadmn.org, or Minnesota Election Engagement Organizer Rachael Houston at rachael@campuselect.org.


Aug. 9-11: 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices

The three-day International Conference on Restorative Practices will be hosted Aug. 9-11 at Metropolitan State University.

With the theme “Restoring Self, Restoring Community, Restoring World,” the conference will feature three keynote presentations, more than 60 breakout sessions and cultural performances. The purpose of the conference is to inspire people to think bigger and differently to transform communities into being inclusive and restorative; equip people with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to effectively lead restorative changes in their schools and communities; and spark ongoing opportunities for connections, networking, inspiration and collaboration.

Registration is now open (register at this URL), with options for single-day registration and the full three-day conference.  Information is at http://irpcminnesota.com. The conference outline is available at this URL: https://irpcminnesota.com/conference_guide/

Conference organizers welcome long-time practitioners and those who are newly exploring ways of bringing relationships and humanity into schools, cities, courtrooms, workplaces and communities.

Contact Natasha Lapcinski, conference coordinator and co-convener at (612) 295-7604 and Natasha.Lapcinski3@gmail.com with questions.

Recognizing our faculty

These members of our Resident Faculty who received tenure and were promoted to associate professor. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Kathleen Cole, Department of Social Science, College of Liberal Arts;
  • Dr. Debra Eardley, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences;
  • Prof. Donald Eubanks, Department of Social Work, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Dr. Karen Gutierrez, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences;
  • Dr. Kimberly Halvorson, Department of Psychology, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Dr. Nicholas Hartlep, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, School of Urban Education.
  • Prof. Steven Hirsch, Department of Accounting, College of Management;
  • Prof. Christine Larson, Reference Librarian, Library and Learning Center;
  • Dr. Alexandra Layne, School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts, College of Liberal Arts;
  • Dr. Therissa Libby, Department of Human Services, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Prof. Duncan McCampbell, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Operations Management, and International Business, College of Management;
  • Dr. Susan Misterek, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Operations Management, and International Business, College of Management;

Colleagues who were promoted to professor include:

  • Dr. Ramin Daghigh, Department of Natural Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Dr. Heidi Frankard, Department of Psychology, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Dr. Faisal Kaleem, Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity, College of Sciences.
  • Prof. Deborah Mosby, Department of Human Services, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;

All promotions took effect July 1. Tenure took effect on June 15.  These reviews are conspicuous reminders of the outstanding work our faculty do with and on behalf of our students.

Michael Vekich re-elected chair of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has unanimously re-elected Michael Vekich as chair, and elected Jay Cowles as vice chair.

Michael Vekich
Michael Vekich, chair of
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Board of Trustees.

Vekich has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010, and has served as chair since 2015. He also previously served from 1996 to 2002 including four years as chair. He is CEO of Vekich Chartered in Minneapolis, chairman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (U.S. Bank Stadium), and director of BNC National Bank. He currently serves as president and board member of the Bank Holding Company Association, as president of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and as a member of the Hennepin County Capital Budgeting Task Force. Previously, he served as acting director of the Minnesota Lottery; chairman of HF Financial Corp (NASDAQ: HFFC) and Home Federal Bank; executive chairman, president, and chief operating officer of Skyline Exhibits in Eagan; CEO of Vekich Arkema and Company; chair of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy; member of the Rochester Higher Education Development Committee; and a founding member and vice chair of the Minnesota Higher Education Services Council. He earned an associate degree from Hibbing Community College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

“I am honored to continue serving as chair,” said Vekich. “Chancellor Devinder Malhotra and the board are laser-focused on fostering the kind of systemwide innovation that will enhance the success of our students and the programmatic and financial sustainability of our colleges and universities.”

Jay Cowles
Jay Cowles, vice chair of
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Board of Trustees.

Jay Cowles has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014, including as treasurer since 2015. He is managing director of Lawrence Creek LLC, a private family investment company. Previously, he held several positions with Cowles Media Company, former owners of the Star Tribune newspaper, concluding as chairman of the Board of Directors. Cowles also served as chairman and president of the Women’s Pro Softball League, a startup sports enterprise that continues today as National Pro Fastpitch. He is a founding member of the Itasca Project and currently serves as a member of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Mississippi Park Connection, and other civic organizations. He also holds advisory roles at the University of Minnesota including the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Transportation Studies. He has served a number of civic and arts organizations including the Saint Paul Foundation, the Minnesota Community Foundation, and the Minneapolis Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“I am grateful to my fellow trustees for their support,” said Cowles. “This is an incredibly exciting time to serve as vice chair of the Minnesota State board, because communities and employers across Minnesota need the 40,000 students who annually graduate from our campuses now more than ever.”

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.

Metropolitan State Professor Wins 2018 John Saltmarsh Award

Nicholas D. Hartlep, assistant professor of Urban Education, School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University, has been awarded the 2018 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leadership in Civic Engagement.

The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. The award was named in John Saltmarsh’s honor to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of civic leaders to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement.

Hartlep’s passion for education in the field of civic leadership and engagement made him an obvious candidate for this award. In addition to serving as assistant professor of Urban Education, Hartlep is also the coordinator of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Programs in the School of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University.

“I don’t view myself solely involved with the civic engagement movement, or of American higher education, but rather, I am committed to the future betterment of American society.”

As a professor, Hartlep has developed his own set of tools that he uses in his classroom. As a Korean adoptee raised in the United States, he uses his bicultural experience to send a weighted message to students. “I have interrogated my own identity to develop a practice of critical storytelling that I teach to my students and peers… hearing intensely the stories and experiences of those we encounter to more fully construct an understanding of our shared experience and to forge interpersonal connections that transcend polarized ideologies and identities.”

Hartlep received the award, which includes an engraved commemorative and a cash prize, at a ceremony held June 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The day Hartlep received this honor, he received an email from the award’s namesake, John Saltmarsh. Besides congratulating Dr. Hartlep, the note was copied to several other people, and welcomed Dr. Hartlep to his “posse of big thinkers and change agents.”

“The sky is the limit!”

From here, Hartlep plans to “continue to be a change agent within urban teacher education and tackling problems that are so large that they may not be solved in my lifetime, but I will mentor and pass the torch to my students who may… this award will certainly be a spring board for larger and even more intense work.”




Career Center Videos Helpful Resources for Students’ Futures

Not sure what you are going to do after you get your degree? Are you wondering how to make yourself marketable to employers? The Career Center can help.

With help from Twelve Plus Media, a local production company, and Metropolitan State University alumni, the Career Center has created four Career Education videos: Career Readiness, Choosing A MajorDesigning Your Life, and Job Search Strategies. These videos, featuring colorful, lively animation and engaging alumni presenters sharing their own career paths, address misconceptions and give student viewers advice to prepare for the future. For example, choosing a major is just one decision among many, and career paths can take many unexpected turns before you reach the destination of your dream job.

Networking is crucial. Meeting and connecting with new people face-to-face will help you get noticed. Your key contact could even be sitting next to you in class.

“These videos are the tip of the iceberg in learning about the lifelong process of career management,” says Career Center Director Bill Baldus. “It can be frightening, and yes, there are a lot of unknowns, but there’s a community of support behind you. You can do it.”