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Here’s how you can help students at Metropolitan State during the holidays

The Metropolitan State University community can be proud that for 17 years we have sponsored families in need over the holiday season. For the past five years, donations were made to families of our Metropolitan State students who were in need of help and support. The Student Parent Center is offering the Holiday Giving Program again this year and asking of the community’s help.

Many students at Metropolitan State University are parenting as they attend school and their budgets can be very tight. There are already families who are eagerly waiting to see if they will be adopted this year. Your generosity through gifts and donations last year made for some very happy children and grateful students. This year those student parents in need are coming to us in greater numbers and we would like to help each and every family.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Metropolitan State student parent family, or can contribute gifts for an individual child, contact holiday.giving@metrostate.edu as soon as possible so we can match you up with a family. Please 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 during the holidays.

Acceptable donations:

  •    Toys and goods (please do not wrap, but provide gift wrap for the student)
  •    Gift cards
  •     Kohl’s Cash (which will be used to buy gifts)
  •    Checks made out to Metropolitan State Foundation (write in memo line: “Holiday Giving Program”)

 Please plan to have all gifts and financial contributions to us by Monday, Dec. 11.

Dash Grant provides emergency funds to students in need

Car broke down and no money to repair it? Unexpected medical expenses making it hard to pay bills? Electricity or gas about to be shut off?  Undergraduate students who find themselves in a financial crisis which could put their academic success at risk can apply for the DASH Grant.

Metropolitan State University has received a $420,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates. Metropolitan State is one of the first four-year universities to receive this grant.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, Metropolitan State has the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of acute and unexpected need,” said university President Virginia Arthur. “Most of our students work while attending classes, and many have limited financial resources. That means that, even when the semester is going according to plan, our students struggle to manage work, studies, family, and other commitments. Any number of disruptions can occur—problems with health, family members, automobiles, jobs—and students suddenly find themselves unable to continue their programs. Often a modest supplement can make the difference between continuing to completion and stopping out, which often leads to protracted stopping-out and derails life plans and hopes. Great Lakes has zeroed in on a potent but solvable threat to student success.”

Students who qualify will receive a one-time payment of up to $1,000 to help relieve the stress of an unexpected financial hardship. For qualifications and  to learn more about applying for the Dash Grant, go to www.metrostate.edu/dash.

 

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

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.