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July 26: Metropolitan State Resource Fair

Metropolitan State University’s Student Parent Center annual resource fair will be from 2 to 7 p.m., July 26, Saint Paul Campus, New Main, reception area.

This is an opportunity for Metropolitan State University students to pick up donated clothing and household items, at no cost.

Items available at the resource fair include:

  • Baby/ children clothing
  • Adult clothing
  • Sporting equipment
  • Baby items

Tote bags are not supplied, so bring your own bags to carry items.

Student Parent Center Dad’s Group

The Student Parent Center at Metropolitan State University offers a dad’s group from 12-1 p.m., Wednesdays, in Founders Hall, room 201. The group is open to everyone, and lunch is provided.

This course has the potential to positively impact the future for you and your family. The fathers who have completed the DADSFIRST course have become role models for successful parenting, and healthy family lives. Consistent involvement in the course has proven to positively influence children.

Contact Student Parent Center: 651 793-1564 or student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu

Holiday Giving Program for Student Parent Center

The Metropolitan State University community can be proud that for 16 years it has sponsored families in need over the holiday season. For the past four years, donations were made to families of our Metropolitan State students who were in need of help and support. We are offering the Holiday Giving Program again this year and are asking for your help.

Many of our students at universities are parenting while attending school, and their budgets can be very tight — so tight that they may not have enough money, after paying for tuition and living expenses, to buy holiday gifts for their children. Some students may be completely out of money for food by the last week of the month.

The generosity through gifts and donations last year made for some very happy children. This year those student parents in need are coming in greater numbers and we would like to help each and every family.

If you’d like to sponsor a student parent family this holiday, please contact the Student Parent Center Office Manager Ruth Bier at: ruth.bier@metrostate.edu or(651)793-1568. Specify the size of the family (two, four, or more) you would be willing to sponsor or an individual child you would like to help. If you prefer a certain age or gender child, let us know. Continue reading Holiday Giving Program for Student Parent Center

July 28: Resource Fair

The Student Parent Center has been accepting donations over the last several weeks in preparation for the annual Resource Fair. The fair is from 2–7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, New Main, Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. Students are welcome to stop by and pick up needed items for their family any time during the fair. During the last hour, 6–7 p.m., members of the community are welcome to stop in as well.

Each year, the Student Parent Center collects donations from the university community of clothing, toys, household items, personal care and cleaning products, school supplies and food. The fair is an opportunity for the community to help support students and their families.

No registration required. For more information, contact the Student Parent Center at 651-793-1564 or student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.

Donate gently used clothes, toys and more

In preparation for the annual resource fair next month, the Student Parent Center is accepting new and gently used clothing (infant–adult), shoes, household items, sporting equipment, toys, baby items, school supplies for children and food. The fair is an opportunity for the university community to help students with families to support.

Donation bins are located in Founders Hall on the first and second floors. Cash donations are also accepted via check made out to: Metropolitan State University Foundation, Memo: Student Parent Center or Food for Thought.

Donations are accepted through July 25. The resource fair is 2–7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, New Main, Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. No registration required. For more information, contact the Student Parent Center at 651-793-1564 or student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.


Open Eye Figure Theater presents ‘Molly and the Magic Boot’

Metropolitan State University and the Dayton’s Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library hosts the Open Eye Figure Theater‘s production of Molly and the Magic Boot 5–7 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 at the David Barton Community Labyrinth and green space next to the Library and Learning Center on the Saint Paul Campus.

In its second year, the Open Eye Figure Theater puppet show includes lawn games, face painting, food and lots of other fun activities. Attendance is free and open to everyone.

This event is sponsored by Metropolitan State Library and Information Services, the Student Parent Center, the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Saint Paul Public Library.

See photos from last year’s puppet show and view and share the event flyer.


Student services you may be missing out on

With a wide range of options available to Metropolitan State students, everyone can benefit from the opportunities these services offer. Get to know these great services and utilize them to enhance your academic journey.

Tutoring Services

Meet with tutors that can help relieve stress from complicated homework problems and writing assignments. No more headaches and guessing! Metropolitan State offers math, science and computer science centers at the Saint Paul Campus and Midway Center. Writing centers serve students at those locations, as well as at the Minneapolis Campus.

Find a tutoring center

Career Center

With so many degree options, it’s important to research the one that’s right for you. The Career Center’s page features websites listed to help explore occupations, identify skills and learn about different types of majors. The Pathways Program can help students within the insurance and financial services explore career options and skills to secure a job in their chosen field. Webinars, resume resources and online workshops are also available to students looking to enhance their professional skills. In person career counseling is also available.

Find out more about the Career Center

Counseling Services

Student life can be stressful—learn to manage stressors and release anxiety with the help of a counselor. Simply set up an appointment and let the healing begin.

Contact Counseling Services

Student Parent Center  

Find on and off campus resources to navigate the challenges of parenting while in school through the Student Parent Center. Participate in support and discussion groups, find a peer mentor and attend fun family events organized by the center.

Found out more about the Student Parent Center

Academic Advising

Advisers are waiting to assist you with your college plans, financial concerns and your path to achieving your degree.

Set up an appointment with an advisor


TRIO consists of three distinct programs that help make access, retention and graduation possible for first generation students and those with limited income.

  • Upward Bound is targeted at high school students wishing to gain college skills and credits.
  • TRIO’s Student Support Services are committed to helping Metropolitan State students reach their academic goals by supplying extra resources to make success happen.
  • The Power of You provides financial and academic support to transferring students and to those who meet requirements.

Learn more about TRIO

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a food pantry that provides unprepared food directly to students in need who do not have enough to eat. Food for Thought is organized by the Student Parent Center in partnership with Good in the ‘Hood, receiving assistance from the Student Senate and Second Harvest Heartland. It’s open to all Metropolitan State students, located at the Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall 201A and is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The pantry accepts any and all food donations. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Contact the Student Parent Center at student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1564 for more information.

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.





April 9: Multicultural Health Expo features healthy fun

The Metropolitan State community is invited to a Multicultural Health Expo, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., April 9, in the Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus. This event features fun activities for the whole family and free services, including:

  • Sleep/stress management workshop
  • Zumba
  • Tai Chi
  • Massages
  • Health screenings
  • HIV testing
  • Raffle prizes

Healthy foods from around the world are also provided. For more information, contact the Student Parent Center at 651-793-1568 or student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.

Sponsored by the Student Parent Center, Student Senate and Inter Faculty Organization.