Tag Archives: Student Organizations

19th Annual President’s Leadership Awards

The 19th Annual President’s Leadership Awards presentation recognizes the student organizations and leaders that have made great effort to bring quality programming and events to Metropolitan State University.

The event for the university community was hosted by Interim Director of Student Development and Programming Philip Fuehrer and Student Life Leadership Development Coordinator Alysia Lajune on May 24 in Metropolitan State University’s Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus.

In a welcome address, President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur talked about the importance of an event such as this that highlights the hard work of outstanding individuals. She was especially honored to carry on the tradition passed on to her by her predecessors.

Dean of Students Herbert King echoed Arthur’s message honoring the members of the university community who lead by impressive example.

Student Senate President Dhibo Hussein mentioned some of the accomplishments of the senate in the past year, saying she was particularly proud of the Student Senate’s achievement to getting the Dean’s List added to Metropolitan State University. This award will be put into effect fall 2017.

The list of award winners is as follows:

  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor: Linda Martinez
  • Program of the Year: Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association)
  • Perseverance Award: Richard Downs, Jr.
  • SLLD Wow Factor Awards: Troy Mathias
  • Male Student Leader of the Year: Guyo Kotile
  • Female Student Leader of the Year: Tina Martinez
  • Student Organization of the Year: Nursing Student Organization




Haute Dish releases special Fall/Spring issue

The student operated arts and literary magazine, Haute Dish, released a special Fall 2016/Spring 2017 issue this week. The magazine, which showcases the literary and artistic talent of Metropolitan State students, is available on magazine racks throughout all Metropolitan State campuses.

Haute Dish is now accepting submissions from students, staff, faculty and alumni for their Fall 2017 issue. Submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir/personal essay, photography, illustration, or digital-storytelling (film/video). Multi-lingual poetry and prose is highly encouraged.

Submissions deadline for Fall 2017 is midnight, April 15, 2017.

For submission instructions or general information at their website, or email them at: hautedish@metrostate.edu.


Oct. 3: Mock trial information session

Mock trial is a series of engaging trial simulations between college teams that compete locally, statewide, and nationwide. Students who participate develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

An information session for interested students will be 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, Student Center, room 201. The session will be particularly useful for those are interested in law, acting, public speaking or serving as an expert witness in a specialized field, although all majors are welcome to participate. Those who are interested but unable to attend are encouraged to contact the organizer at scrobin7@hotmail.com.

The team will be coached by a local representative of the American Mock Trial Association, however, a university faculty or staff member serving as advisor is necessary for the team to be recognized as a registered student organization and receive funding. Contact Alysia Lajune, coordinator, Student Life & Leadership Development, at 651.793.1550 or Alysia.Lajune@metrostate.edu if interested.

Join student club – Haute Dish

Haute Dish invites students to get involved in the literature & arts magazine of Metropolitan State. There are a few different ways to do this:

Join the staff

As a staff member, you receive a small stipend and add great experience to your resume.

Time commitments vary for each position: managing editor or co-editor, business manager, design/production artist, web/social media editor.

Become a voting editor

As a voting editor, you will vote on assigned submissions. No actual editing involved.

Time commitment includes three voting sessions and three meetings per year. Editors can submit work but do not vote on their own pieces.

For more information, e-mail: hautedish@metrostate.edu.

Sept. 10: CLUES Fiesta Latina

Join us from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at CLUES Saint Paul to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the CLUES 2016 Fiesta Latina.

This family friendly community event highlights the vibrancy of Latino/a culture with fiestalatina_finalposter_spanish_text-final-01delicious Latino/a food, live music, folkloric and contemporary dances, a community arts mural, soccer and basketball games, zumba, fitness activities, health check-ups, legal advice, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for the whole family.

Celebra el mes de la herencia hispana en el 2016 Fiesta Latina.

Este evento de la comunidad apropriada para la familia destacará la vitalidad de la culutra Latina con comida Latina deliciosa, música en vivo, danzas folklóricas y contemporáneas, una mural de la comunidad, juegos de futbol y baloncesto, zumba, actividades de forma física, chequeos del salud, aviso legal, un bouncy house, artesanías, y otros actividades divertidas para toda la familia.

Check out the Facebook event here.

TRIO Students build community through service

Thirty-nine TRIO students and Student Support Services staff from Metropolitan State University spent an afternoon assisting park volunteers in the removal of invasive plant species and those non-native to the region.

After several hours spent under the fleeting Midwestern sun on Aug. 15 at Festge County Park just west of Madison, Wisconsin, the students and staff took a bus to Westminster Presbyterian Church—the spot where they stayed the night. Thus, began their Pay it Forward Tour.

trio stamp ready

The Pay it Forward Tour program is a regionally-coordinated set of tours which is set up by the organization Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), founded in 2003 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. These tours were the brainchild of four, at the time, students at the University of Minnesota, and to summarize:

The Pay It Forward Tour is a dynamic, multi-day program focused on service, education, and reflection, during which groups of students travel the country and volunteer in a new city each day.”

The morning in Madison consisted of a visit to a graduate school program and a tour of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Following the tour the participants explored the city before boarding a bus to the Feed My Starving Children site in Schaumburg, Illinois. During this visit the program participants helped to pack 14,040 meals in roughly an hour. After packing the food to make its way across the globe, the volunteers stayed the night at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois. The evening leadership activities were a crucial part of the nightly program curriculum.

On Wednesday morning, the tour continued to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in the Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago. Half of the participants helped prepare food for the soup kitchen’s weekly community lunch, while the other participants toured the area and did a neighborhood cleanup. On the final evening the students traveled the streets of Chicago.

TRIO participated in the Pay it Forward Tour to encourage leadership through service, build better communities, create an engaged community of learners, and to build a better sense of self.

Aug. 13: Volunteer to help feed children

Help pack meals for hungry children with the Feed My Starving Children organization, 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Aug. 13 at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136 in Eagan. Lunch is provided for volunteers, food accommodations are available by contacting alysia.lajune@metrostate.edu and the location is fully accessible.

Sign up to volunteer online or, if you’re unable to volunteer but still want to help, you can make a donation to Feed My Starving Children.

This volunteer effort is being led by Metropolitan State’s Social Work Student Association and Human Services Student Association. For more information, e-mail hy6681dy@metrostate.edu.


July 9-10: Dragon Boat Festival 2016

The annual Dragon Boat Festival  is 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 9–10 at Lake Phalen, 1530 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul. On Sunday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., the Asian Student Organization (ASO) will compete in the boat race and the teams needs Mighty Metro paddlers.

Join the ASO team in the celebration of the annual Dragon Boat Festival and be loud and proud as Metropolitan State is the only higher education institution to participate in the race in past years. The Mighty Metros have taken home the Best Team Spirit Award for the last three years and need help to bring home the 2016 trophy.

Students are given first priority as race participants but staff and faculty are also welcome. The team needs one flag catcher, one drummer and 18 paddlers. If interested, contact Mandy Vue, ASO president, at vr9818as@metrostate.edu to reserve your seat. Team shirts, lunch and beverages are provided for team members.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy the festival on both days. The event is free and there are arts and crafts, vendors, food, performances and entertainment. For more information about the festival, visit www.dragonfestival.org.