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Minnesota State receives Lumina 'All Learning Counts' Grant

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 30, 2019 – Lumina Foundation has awarded Minnesota State a $350,000 grant under its “All Learning Counts” initiative to build transparent pathways to degrees and other credentials for adults, especially for adult learners of color and Native learners. The grant will allow Minnesota State to expand its program of awarding Credit for Prior Learning which can reduce the cost of…

Metropolitan State University announces new dean for College of Management

Saint Paul, Minn.— It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Rassule Hadidi, Ph.D., as the new dean for the College of Management at Metropolitan State University.

Dr. Hadidi comes to Metropolitan State from the University of Illinois – Springfield, Illinois (UIS), where he held the position of professor and head of the Department of Management Information Systems. The announcement was made to the university community recently…

Ezell Jones named to Metropolitan State Foundation Board

Saint Paul, Minn.— Metropolitan State University welcomes Ezell Jones to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees.

Jones is the founder and managing partner of Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions and holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and psychology from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an associate’s degree in risk management from the University of Pennsylvania with…

Metropolitan State University receives ‘Insight Into Diversity’ 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Saint Paul, Minnesota—Today, Metropolitan State University received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Metropolitan State…

Metropolitan State renews exclusive scholarship with Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota— Metropolitan State University and the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul signed a memorandum today to continue a scholarship of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program.

The memorandum was signed by Metropolitan State President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur and Head Consul Gerardo Guerrero Gomez of the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, Aug. 23 at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.


Metropolitan State University: Campus and community safety are of utmost importance

Saint Paul, Minn.—A physical assault occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, on the Saint Paul Campus outside of New Main on the exterior stairwell on the north 7th Street side of the building. The individual who was assaulted is an employee of our University and was physically harmed. 

The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) was contacted and searched the area and Campus Safety Officers were notified after the incident…

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.


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…