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Associate Professor Andrew Carlson supports UNICEF USA with research on children’s rights in the United States

Saint Paul, Minn.—Andrew Carlson, associate professor in Metropolitan State University’s School of Communication, Writing and the Arts, is supporting the mission of UNICEF USA with research on children’s rights and wellbeing in the United States. The research and analysis team, led by Rain Barrel Communications, a New-York based communication consulting organization, has recently completed work on an analytic report with…

Media invited to forum on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration, addressing Women in the System

The sixth forum on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration will feature discussions on providing and facilitating opportunities for education to those who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. This annual forum, hosted by Metropolitan State University, explores the phenomenon of mass incarceration, and provides opportunities for organizing, activism and advocacy with regards to the criminal justice system.

Metropolitan…

We Come from the Flower to be exhibited at Metropolitan State Gordon Parks Gallery

Saint Paul, Minnesota—“We Come from the Flower”is a multimedia portrait of a year in the life of a farm. This solo exhibition by Minneapolis photographer Mike Hazard features photographs, stories, a book and a short video featuring the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)  farm in Vermillion Township, Minnesota.

The project represents over four years of documentation and 3,000-plus archived images. “I was commissioned by…

‘Overtime: Men at Work’ is an unnerving office adventure of three hapless pencil pushers

Three desperate desk workers struggle to meet the demands of the office space rat race. Can they climb the corporate ladder, or will they lose their footing and slip, rung by rung, to the depths of depravity? As they navigate their way through monotonous workdays, these uninspired everymen are confronted with stark questions about their goals, motivations, scruples, and camaraderie.

Overtime: Men at…

Challenging Islamophobia Conference brings national experts on confronting bigotry and hate

 

 

Saint Paul, Minn.—The third Challenging Islamophobia Conference brings together leading national experts on Islamophobia and community leaders in Minnesota to address how to challenge Islamophobia.  

This event is the largest regional conference on challenging Islamophobia in the nation. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host the …

Minnesota State responds to budget proposal from Gov. Walz

ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Feb. 19, 2019 – Gov. Tim Walz today announced the priorities for his budget covering FY2020 – FY2021. The proposal includes a $51.6 million investment in new funding over the biennium and $150 million for asset preservation in the facilities of our state colleges and universities.

Minnesota State responds with the following:

“We appreciate Gov. Walz’s focus on our facilities’…

Metropolitan State University’s annual economic impact estimated at $393.9 million

ST. PAUL, Minnesota– Minnesota State, the system of 30 state colleges and seven state universities, in November 2018 released the results of a study that estimates the contribution of Metropolitan State University to the regional economy to be $393.9 million and 3,600 jobs.

The commissioned study was conducted by Parker Philips, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in economic impact analysis. In the analysis, the…

Metropolitan State celebrates 103rd commencement

Approximately 1,302 students are receiving bachelor's and master's degrees with 889 students expected to participate in Metropolitan State University’s 103rd commencement exercise.

To accommodate Metropolitan State’s growing student body, the commencement ceremony will take place as two programs Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S. The morning program will begin at 10 a.m., and the afternoon…

Minnesota State Board names Reimagining Minnesota State advisors and announces forum schedule

ST. PAUL, Minn., – The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has announced its Forum Advisory Group and its schedule for Phase 1 of Reimagining Minnesota StateReimagining Minnesota State is a strategic visioning process designed to rethink system operations and to position Minnesota State as an interdependent network of colleges and universities that is focused on the success…

Minnesota State drives $8 billion of state’s economy

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota, Nov. 13, 2018 – The 30 colleges and seven universities that comprise Minnesota State contributed over $8.0 billion to the state’s economy in FY2017, according to an economic contribution analysis released today by Minnesota State. The study further concludes that the economic activity of the system supported or sustained 67,717 jobs throughout the state.

“The colleges and…