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Speakers to talk about their experiences with mental illness

On June 29, 4-5pm, on Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, Room 101, two speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to talk about their experience with mental illness and with attempted suicide. They will also be discussing what can be done to raise awareness about mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the average age of male students.  View the men’s health flyer below for more details.


Questions? Contact:
Jodee Fitzgerald
Founders Hall 240D

Photos: Student Research Conference awards

President’s Poster Award: Alex Hepp, Chidiebere Khannaroth, Brian Thill; The Making of a Death Star
President’s Paper Award: Kenneth Abbott; A Multi-Specialty Medical Mission for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Best Project Award: Eric Fulwiler; Hosting Websites with a Raspberry Pi
Conference Organizer Award: Liz Tetu; Technopaganisms + Videogames
Runner Up: Ian Hamilton; Rimworld: Community Driven Game Development
Student Scholars Committee Award: Jill Fallon; Theories & Civic Engagement in Later Life
Runner Up: Shaun Hurley; Volunteering Hours and Tenure and it’s Relationship to Mood
Student Scholars Committee Award: Nikitha Kommera; Smart Augmented Reality in CyberSecurity and Forensic Education
Library Award: Rebecca Knuckles; Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Among America’s Elderly Population
Library Award: Donald Jones; Gesture and Memory
Runner Up: Brian Trac; Metroid’s Other M
Most Promising Research Award: Chris Kempe, Andrew VanDenBrocke, and Kate Ries; The Synthesis of 1,8-napthalamides in the Fluorescence Detection of Metal Ions through Chelation
Runner Up: Rhea Fofana; The Implementation of a Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in an Urban Public Health Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Best Visuals Award: Kyle Jenness; History and Impact of Super Mario Brothers
Most Inspiring Research Award: Denny Yang, Students Salon: Sharing the Culmination of Student Artistry
People’s Choice Favorite Poster: *Names Not Available; The Network Thief
Runner Up: Randy Conaway: Effects that Social Media Has on Self-Esteem

TRiO welcomes new advisors and retention specialists

TRIO-Student Support Services welcomes Tam Knapton and Erin Harley as they join with TRIO advising staff Pa Yong Xiong and Tom Boylan. The four TRIO advisors and retention specialists will be working with Metro’s selected undergraduate students who are first generation college students, students who are receiving a Pell grant through federal financial aid and have a documented disability. TRIO-Student Support Services provides a variety of retention services, enriched advising, peer study strategies, mentoring, leadership, and cultural development programming. Tom Boylan is in his sixth year with TRIO. PaYong Xiong begins her third year and has been selected as part of the permanent staffing.


Tam Knapton is coming to us from Saint Paul College where she worked as an academic success coordinator. She got her start in Student Affairs working as a residence hall director at the University of Minnesota. She then transitioned into the academic side and explored the “for profit” world at Globe University before moving into the MnSCU system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders at UW-Oshkosh and her master’s degree experiential education with an emphasis in student affairs from Minnesota State University Mankato. She is passionate about helping students successfully navigate college and achieve their dreams. In her spare time, Knapton enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, trying new restaurants with friends and being outdoors when the weather is nice.

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Erin Harley lives in Minneapolis and has her master’s degrees in educational psychology: counseling and student personnel psychology and instruction: Grades 5-12 Language Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and English from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, she worked at Minnesota State University, Mankato as the advisor for University Extended Education (serving off-site and online programs), and also worked at Saint Paul College as a transfer specialist. She is excited to join the Metropolitan State University community and the TRIO team. She is passionate about studying and working to ensure higher education is appreciative of and accessible to all. Her spouse is a photojournalist, and they have a lively and compassionate 6-year-old daughter who keeps them on their toes.

TRIO Programs are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education primarily located in lower level of Founder’s Hall L100-L108 complex.

June 18: Take a day trip to Taylors Falls with UAB

The University Activities Board is hosting the 2016 Summer Day Trip for students from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at Taylors Falls. This event is free and covers transportation, food and canoe rental. In order to be eligible for the trip, students must have taken spring classes and be registered for the fall.

Trip schedule:
10:45 a.m. — Check-in on Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, Fireplace Lounge
11:00 a.m. — Bus departs Saint Paul Campus
12:00 p.m. — Arrive at Taylors Falls
4:00 p.m. —Depart Taylors Falls
5:00 p.m. —Arrive at Saint Paul Campus

Registration is required and space is limited. Visit OrgSyc to reserve your spot. For more information, e-mail coordinator Burak Tekin at co2205jp@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1550.

Special summer 2016 bus pass price for the first 200 students

The Financial Management Office and Gateway Student Services have bus passes for sale for summer semester to registered Metropolitan State students. The summer bus passes are good June 1–Aug. 15 on any Metro Transit bus, the Green Line Light Rail and the Hiawatha Light Rail. The bus pass price to students for summer semester is $15 thanks to a generous subsidy. This is applicable to the first 200 passes sold. After that time, the price will return to the regular price of $90.

Pre-orders and phone orders will not be accepted. Bus passes are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the cashier’s window on the 3rd floor of Founders Hall on the Saint Paul Campus and Gateway Student Services locations at all campuses.

Students may charge their bus pass to their tuition and fee account; however, the student must have a miscellaneous charge form on file. Or, students may purchase a bus pass outright by cash or check at Gateway Student Services or the Cashier window (credit card payments MUST be made at the Cashier’s window) on the Saint Paul campus during regular business hours.  The Gateway offices at the Minneapolis Campus, Midway Center and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center can only sell bus passes by charging to the student account.

Please note if you plan to use the bus pass:

  • Students need to register their bus pass online at Metro Transit.
  • Students must have their bus pass registered in order to receive a replacement pass for $20. If the card is not registered, the student must pay the full price for a replacement.
  • A valid student ID must be presented along with the bus pass when riding.
  • Additional fare is required if students ride the Northstar Commuter Rail or any route with a fare higher than $3.


Men sought for campus dads group

The Student Parent Center is looking for men who are interested in joining a group meeting of dads. The group would eventually become a non-credit course that has the potential to positively affect the futures of fathers and their families.

Those interested can visit FH201 Veteran’s Center to meet the organizer, get information and enjoy food during the following days and times:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 24
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 25
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 2

Students who complete this non-credit course would have the potential to become role models to future fathers, children and the community. Open to students, staff and community.


Disability Services scavenger hunt

To promote the new location and highlight the office’s partners within the university, Disability Services is hosting scavenger hunts in May and September. The activity is open to all students and those who complete the challenge earn a chance to win a $25 Target gift card.

Students can participate by obtaining a passport card at the Disability Services office, L223 New Main. Visit the locations listed in the passport and obtain a stamp from each. Turn in the completed the passport and turn it back in to the  Disability Services office. The hunts run the entire months of May and September. The following departments will be participating in the hunts.

Center for Academic Excellence:  Main Tutoring Center – L 130. The Center for Academic Excellence is a learning and student-support department at Metropolitan State University devoted to cultivating student success and helping students achieve their academic goals. The center also works collaboratively with faculty across disciplines to address student needs.

Center for Academic Excellence – STEM Center – SEC:  Room 122. The Science Center provides support for select biology, chemistry, and physics courses at Metropolitan State University. Students can come to the Science Center for group work, individual practice, and tutoring assistance.

TRio – FH L101. TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO:SSS targets degree-seeking undergraduates, who meet eligibility requirements. Their goal is to assist students:

  • by enhancing and supporting YOUR college experience
  • by engaging YOU with support through faculty, staff and students
  • by providing strategies, personal development and a sense of community
  • by increasing YOUR likelihood to stay in college and graduate with a four-year degree from Metropolitan State University

Counseling Services – FH 221. Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers individual and group counseling as well as workshops to help students find better ways to cope with and resolve the problems of everyday life.

Veterans Services – FH 201. Is here to assist all who have or are currently serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Library (Assistive Technology) Library 2nd Floor Circulation Desk. The Library and Information Services exists to fulfill the information needs and foster the intellectual growth of the Metropolitan State University community.

Gateway Student Services FH 1st Floor

Disability Services NM L223. Disability Services helps students get started acquiring any necessary accommodations.





Food for Thought: providing groceries and peace of mind

During the past year, Food for Thought, Metropolitan State’s food pantry, has addressed food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in our community. Opened in February 2015, the pantry has served hundreds of students and given out thousands of pounds of food. No one in need is turned away, including faculty, staff and community members.

Food insecurity has been linked to lower test scores, academic failure, high stress and low levels of concentration. To ensure students have the best chance at success, the pantry provides groceries to take home and grab and go food to eat on campus five days a week.

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Mentors sought for Karen youth

The Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) is looking for volunteers to mentors Karen youth in Saint Paul middle and high schools. Mentors provide friendship, support and guidance with day-to-day issues as well as planning for the future. Mentors work one-on-one with mentees once a week for three to six months, building meaningful cross-cultural relationships.

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit this page or contact Rebekah Jacobson at rjacobson@mnkaren.org. Youth mentors complete an interview, background check, reference check and training session. KOM matches mentors and mentees based on gender and common interests.

View and share the volunteer flyer.

Fall Fest 2015 plans announced

The Metropolitan State University Activities Board (UAB) welcomes students, staff and faculty to Fall Fest 2015. Fall Fest is the university’s unique version of homecoming hosted by UAB and Student Life and Leadership Development. Events take place Sept. 8­–13, with different activities at several campus locations.

Events include barbeques, movie night, “Metro State’s Got Talent” and performances of “Sylvia” by Theater Underground. Fall Fest culminates with the Big Day Celebration on Sept. 12 and Metro Family Outdoor day on Sept. 13. The time and location of each event will be announced as details are finalized. For more information, visit the UAB
OrgSync page or Facebook page.