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President’s Circle of Engagement recognizes faculty for engaged teaching strategies

Each year, through the President’s Circle of Engagement, Metropolitan State University’s president recognizes faculty members for the use of community-engaged teaching and learning strategies, calling attention to the importance of this approach to student learning and its relation to the university mission of “commitment to community partnerships through curriculum, teaching, and scholarship.”

Faculty members in the President’s Circle of Engagement are invited to attend a reception hosted by the university president where they are acknowledged for their efforts, and learn about select community-engaged projects being led by their faculty colleagues.

Do you wish to be included in the 2017 President’s Circle of Engagement? RSVP at this link.

 

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Resolutions and Rememberence

Metro State Library

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.

janus1 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…

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Kat has left the building

Metro State Library

This week we say goodbye to one of our own.  Katherine Gerwig, known around here as Kat, is moving on to bigger and better things.  She is leaving us for a position at the Walter Library in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.  Before saying our final goodbyes we thought we’d reminisce a bit.  This post is dedicated to Kat.

kat Kat and one of her favorite reference books

Kat kicked off her career at Metro State as a student.  She found herself a good fit in the library as a student worker.  She learned the important things right away (if you are looking for a good restaurant in the neighborhood you should definitely ask her) but she also took on research and cataloging projects.  She made her presence known by grabbing a few internships within the library during that time as well.

Eventually she worked…

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Photos: Metropolitan State University Scholarship Breakfast, Nov. 3, 2016