Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2017, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.
From cast metal sculptures to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. This year’s exhibition features work produced by three Studio Arts majors: Hannah Gray, Saint Paul; Kimber Starnes, Saint Paul; and Bryan Starry, Minneapolis.
“Some of the work was created in the classroom as part standard assignments. Other pieces were executed beyond the university as part of the students’ individual interests,” said Erica Rasmussen, gallery director. “Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community.”
The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23 and continues through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.
The Saint Paul Public Library, Dayton’s Bluff Branch
will host a “playtest party” of a soon-to-be released card game, called “Bears vs Babies,” from 4 to 9 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the library, 645 East 7th Street.
Bears vs Babies is the new game by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and Elan Lee, the amazing duo behind the game “Exploding Kittens!”
The Saint Paul Library will be the only location in Minnesota to playtest this new game before it becomes available to the public.
Sign up online to reserve a spot, or just come for the party for snacks, fun activities and other games to play. The event is open to the public and is family friendly. Visit the library’s Facebook event for information.
Last week my library colleague, Chris Gevara, and I, hopped on a bus full of (mostly) women, and headed to Washington DC for the Women’s March on January 21st. Our former colleague and emerita library staffer Sage Holben was on a different bus in our same group. A number of our library colleagues and their families marched at the Minnesota State Capitol for the “sister march” held the same day. By now you’ve heard the stories of the march and seen the pictures, and have likely read that the March may have been the largest demonstration in US history. It was truly inspiring, an experience that I will never forget, and that still gives me chills to think about. It felt good, and positive, and safe, in spite of my apprehension around crowds. And I think it is no accident that I know so many librarians who marched.
January is traditionally the month to make resolutions, and to remember the past year. In Roman mythology there was a god named Janus who represented beginnings and endings. The month of January was named for him. He is depicted as having two faces. One face is to look to the future and the other is to gaze upon the past. As we start this new year, we are going to remember some of the people we lost in 2016 along with giving some suggestions for resolutions for 2017.
A statue depicting Janus
2016 was a tough year in terms of losses. In January alone we lost over 20 notable individuals including David Bowie and Alan Rickman. February saw the passing of literary legend Harper Lee. I personally remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in the 9th grade. Former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away at age 94. Country fans mourned…
The Library and Learning Center will be hosting Fantastic Beasts of Harry Potter’s World from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Saint Paul Campus.
The free public event is a family-friendly, all-ages party featuring raptors and reptiles from The Raptor Center and the RAD Zoo. Participants can also add their own fantastic beast to the “Beast Book,” make wands, buttons, bookmarks, and more.
Sponsors include: Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, the Student Parent Center, Metropolitan State University Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Saint Paul Public Library – Dayton’s Bluff Branch.
Metropolitan State University Library and Information Services announces the roll-out of its new website, which is now live at metrostate.edu/library.
The new site was designed with easy navigation in mind and and usefulness for classwork. The search box near the top of the page allows users to find books and articles and other resources with one convenient search. The “Ask a librarian” chat widget works the same as before, and users can get research questions answered any time, day or night. The study room reservation button is now on the home page below the search box, along with course reserves. Reserving study rooms and finding your course materials is as easy as pushing a button.
This is just the beginning; improvements to the site will be continuous. We welcome your feedback and suggestions. The library thanks the talented colleagues in IT Services for their work on the website and collaboration.
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington were two pivotal events in the advancement of civil rights and were the products of grassroots activism. It has been just over 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and just over 50 years since the March on Washington.
As Metropolitan State University is Minnesota’s sole host of the Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, Smithsonian exhibit that examines key figures and aspects of life before and after these historical groundbreaking events, a discussion centered on themes from the Changing America exhibit will be facilitated by Professor Raj Sethuraju 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the university Library and Learning Center, 645 7th St E, Saint Paul. The event is open to the public and for all ages.
The Changing America exhibit will run Sept. 21 through Nov. 4 on the first floor of the Metro State Library and Learning Center.
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.