Scott Lindell

    Metro State Breaking Club Joins Student Life

    by , June, 2017

    The Metro State Break­ing Club made its cam­pus debut at the Monte Carlo Night on April 28. In front of a Stu­dent Cen­ter audi­ence, Kevin Vang, Genny Moua and Robert Thao per­formed their sig­na­ture break danc­ing moves.

    The crowd applauded the dancers’ impres­sive steps, spins, flips and freezes. Soon, the audi­ence broke away from their card games to join the excite­ment. They learned new tech­niques and had fun show­ing off their dance skills

    Kevin Vang, the founder of this new stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion, felt some­thing was miss­ing at Metro State. “I wanted to bring some­thing fresh and new to the uni­ver­sity,” he said. Vang, also known as Bboy Keej, has been break danc­ing for seven years.

    He started when he was a fresh­man in high school. Now, Vang is an instruc­tor at House of Dance Twin Cities, a cen­ter for hip-​hop and break danc­ing. There he dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for teach­ing. He enjoys see­ing stu­dents learn new skills and dis­play their individuality.

    Besides instruct­ing, Vang is also a com­pet­i­tive break dancer. As a mem­ber of the Icy Styles Crew, Vang trav­els to tour­na­ments that pit five-​member teams against each other.

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    TC3 Gives Something “Usable” to Metro State

    by , May, 2017

    On March 14, Met­ro­pol­i­tan State’s TC3 (Twin Cities, Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­nity) stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion hosted a uni­ver­sity event. In a Stu­dent Cen­ter class­room, fac­ulty, stu­dents and alumni gath­ered to learn about an emerg­ing career field — user expe­ri­ence. Many stu­dents heard about the excit­ing employ­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties, but they did not know what this spe­cialty entailed. To help peo­ple learn more about tech­ni­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and related work activ­i­ties, TC3 brought in spe­cial guests to share their expe­ri­ences. On this night TC3 intro­duced the pres­i­dent of the Soci­ety for Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (Twin Cities Chap­ter), Bar­bara Beresford.

    Besides serv­ing an orga­ni­za­tional lead­er­ship role, Beres­ford works on a group project to revamp the web­site for her chap­ter. Accord­ing to her LinkedIn page, she also works as a senior tech­ni­cal writer for Mor­phoTrust USA. Beresford’s com­pany invents secu­rity solu­tions to keep cit­i­zens safe. These inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies include dig­i­tal IDs, facial recog­ni­tion soft­ware, iris scan­ners, fin­ger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems and driver’s license issuance devices. She cre­ates soft­ware instruc­tions for high-​tech bio­met­ric secu­rity products.

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    Five Things You May Not Know About Your Metro State Library (A Guide to Using Library Resources)

    by , April, 2017
    Tasks are piling up as students approachthe final weeks of the spring semester. The Metro State Librarycan help you with your final projects.

    Spring break is over. How was your break this year? Are you refreshed and ready for the sec­ond half of the semes­ter? In the next few weeks, Met­ro­pol­i­tan State stu­dents, like you, will quickly approach dead­lines. Time will tick away as you pre­pare for exams and write your final papers. Speak­ing of papers, how is yours com­ing along? Did you start it? If you need help, the Metro State Library is a great place to begin.

    Many stu­dents flock to the library dur­ing final exam sea­son, a quiet place where you can focus and con­cen­trate. At home, dis­trac­tions may hin­der your momen­tum to tackle chal­leng­ing assign­ments. In the library, you will be in the com­pany of stu­dents work­ing hard at their stud­ies. Their ded­i­ca­tion will inspire you to move for­ward and pro­duce excel­lent results.

    Besides being an ideal loca­tion for study, your Metro State Library has sev­eral use­ful resources. Have you vis­ited this facil­ity lately? If not, this arti­cle will help you dis­cover what you are miss­ing. Here are five things you may not know your Metro State Library provides:

    Infor­ma­tion, Infor­ma­tion and Even More Information

    You may know that the Metro State Library has many books and peri­od­i­cals to peruse. Did you know that you also have access to 128 infor­ma­tion data­bases? These indi­vid­ual cat­a­logs con­tain spe­cific infor­ma­tion that cor­re­sponds to a par­tic­u­lar area of study. For instance, the “MED­LINE” data­base has health sci­ence and med­ical news. The “Com­puter Data­base” source has the lat­est infor­ma­tion on com­put­ers and tech­nol­ogy. To retrieve these data­bases your­self, go to the libguides​.met​rostate​.edu/​a​z.php web­page. This site will bring you to Research Guides. I enjoy using The New York Times His­tor­i­cal Data­base. This resource is my “time machine” to view edi­to­ri­als and adver­tise­ments as they appeared years ago.

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    Five Steps to Getting Your Work Published in the Haute Dish Magazine.

    by , March, 2017
    Magazine Stand in Founders Hall

    You may have your cre­ative aspi­ra­tions. If I may ask, what are they? Per­haps you have a dream to write a book or pro­duce an inter­est­ing video. Maybe you would like to com­pose a poem or take an inspir­ing pho­to­graph. What­ever it is, would it be excit­ing to have one of your artis­tic pro­duc­tions printed in a mag­a­zine or dis­played on a website?

    If you are a Met­ro­pol­i­tan State stu­dent, alum­nus, fac­ulty or staff mem­ber, there is an oppor­tu­nity for your work to appear in an upcom­ing edi­tion of the Haute Dish for the sum­mer of 2017. Haute Dish is an arts and lit­er­a­ture pub­li­ca­tion for Metro State. Imag­ine the sat­is­fac­tion you will feel when you show your pub­lished piece to friends and family.

    The Haute Dish staff is cur­rently accept­ing sub­mis­sions for their next issue. They are anx­iously await­ing your sub­mis­sion. The Staff would like to see what your imag­i­na­tive mind and moti­vated heart can pro­duce. The dead­line to turn in your cre­ation is April 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

    Are you ready to start your per­sonal jour­ney to get­ting pub­lished? Your jour­ney begins with a first step. Here is a step-​by-​step guide to get­ting your work con­sid­ered for the next Haute Dish magazine.

    Step One: Dis­cover Your Genre and Decide what Type of Piece You Would Like to Create.

    You can find the online ver­sions of the Haute Dish mag­a­zine at haute​dish​.met​rostate​.edu. View the entries to see the work that the Haute Dish accepts. Doing so may help you con­sider your strengths and deter­mine the work you would like to do. Artists find suc­cess through pas­sion and enjoy­ment of their cre­ative labors. Projects such as a memoir/​personal essay, poetry piece, fic­tion story, non­fic­tion nar­ra­tive, dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling video, pho­to­graph and illus­tra­tion are available.

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    The NDC—Revitalizing Communities through Small Businesses

    by , February, 2017
    The Rondo Community Outreach Library is the location for a Small Business Resource Center and NDC events.

    Stu­dents lis­tened atten­tively as Kathy Mori­arty the Chief Admin­is­tra­tive Offi­cer at Neigh­bor­hood Devel­op­ment Cen­ter (NDC) described the char­ac­ter­is­tics of suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neurs. She stated her admi­ra­tion for the guts of these indi­vid­u­als and their will­ing­ness to face risks. Fur­ther­more, Mori­arty men­tioned her respect for the entre­pre­neurs’ desires to become lead­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties. Then she gave stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to share their dreams with the class. They expressed a desire to ful­fill cus­tomer needs and their unique visions on how they can make the world a bet­ter place.

    On this night, Kathy was lead­ing an NDC work­shop called First Steps to Start­ing Your Small Busi­ness. The NDC pro­vides many ben­e­fits for small busi­nesses. Their ser­vices include entre­pre­neur train­ing, busi­ness lend­ing, small busi­ness con­sult­ing and leas­ing assis­tance. They aim to help small busi­nesses and revi­tal­ize the neigh­bor­hoods they serve.

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    The Midtown Global Market—A New Experience

    by , February, 2017
    The historical  Minneapolis building housed the Sears, Roebuck, and Company  Warehouse and Store until it closed in 1994.

    For over 20 years, a build­ing sat vacant on East Lake Street in Min­neapo­lis. After many years of busi­ness, this awe­some feat of con­struc­tion closed its doors in 1994. It was an active site that con­tained the renowned Sears, Roe­buck, and Com­pany Ware­house and Store. A prop­erty known as a bea­con of oppor­tu­nity was now des­o­late and abandoned.

    Today, with the help of many sup­port­ers, the build­ing is open and ready for busi­ness! In 2006, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket became ten­ants of this his­tor­i­cal loca­tion. This unique mar­ket includes sev­eral small busi­nesses that have brought energy and new life to this area. These estab­lish­ments have great sat­is­fac­tion in serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties and bring­ing cus­tomers excel­lent prod­ucts and services.

    If you have never vis­ited the Mid­town Global Mar­ket, I rec­om­mend that you check it out soon. It is a fun place to visit and behold some­thing new. For me, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket expe­ri­ence reminded me of my time going to the Min­nesota State Fair — with­out the added entrance fee. This Mar­ket has an abun­dance of food choices and many things to notice.


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    A Night at the Swede Hollow Opera and the East Side Freedom Library

    by , December, 2016

    It was my first visit to the East Side Free­dom Library. On this night, the Library was host­ing a “Swede Hol­low” opera. Walk­ing through the front doors, I won­dered how a library and an opera could coex­ist. One required silence and the other embraced voices and music. Tak­ing my begin­ning steps, I dis­cov­ered that this is not your typ­i­cal library.

    In the entry­way, a woman in a black fedora hat was greet­ing peo­ple. She gave them a pro­gram for the night’s event and answered their ques­tions. In a few moments, I learned that she wrote and com­posed the night’s pro­duc­tion. Her name is Ann Mil­likan. In the cor­ner, I saw mem­bers of the orches­tra set­ting up their instru­ments. They came from the Mankato Sym­phony Orches­tra. Through­out the library, I spot­ted peo­ple in cos­tumes. They were mem­bers of the Swede Hol­low Youth Cho­rus. It was shap­ing up to be a big night.

    Many seats were still open as peo­ple filed in the build­ing. Before the opera started, I took a peak at the library’s fea­tures. I loved the his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of the build­ing, with its high ceil­ings, hang­ing lights and large win­dows. There are old news­pa­pers and a ban­ner for the Amer­i­can Rail­way Union included in the décor. Con­structed in 1917, this was one of sev­eral libraries built through dona­tions by Amer­i­can indus­tri­al­ist Andrew Carnegie.

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    Your Student Senate: Ready to Listen to Views and Improve Student Life

    by , November, 2016

    The Trio Stu­dent Union anx­iously awaited the Stu­dent Senate’s deci­sion. Last year, Trio held a suc­cess­ful Val­ley­fair event. They hoped to host a Val­leySCARE event this year. Trio, with sup­port from the Mus­lim Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion and the Soc­cer Club, made their case for this event. They came pre­pared with hand­outs and facts. The Stu­dent Sen­ate exam­ined their pro­posal and its num­bers with crit­i­cal delib­er­a­tion. They assessed the thought­ful­ness of the group’s ideas and con­sid­ered pos­si­ble revi­sions and improve­ments. After much dis­cus­sion, the Stu­dent Sen­ate endorsed the event.

    The Stu­dent Sen­ate has meet­ings through­out the year. They lis­ten to stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions and col­lege offi­cials. Stu­dent sen­a­tors dis­cuss new ideas on how to improve the expe­ri­ence of stu­dents attend­ing Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity. They con­tinue to exam­ine sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties includ­ing a Dean’s list, on-​campus child care, upgrad­ing the LGBTQ Resource Cen­ter, a mas­cot for Metro State, and an on-​campus bicycle-​share sys­tem. This month, col­lege offi­cials asked the Stu­dent Sen­ate for their input on the lat­est MnSCU (Min­nesota State Col­leges & Uni­ver­si­ties) report.

    Last June, MnSCU (recently renamed as ‘Min­nesota State’) pub­lished its Report of the Work­group on Long-​Term Finan­cial Sus­tain­abil­ity. In this report, the work­group pre­dicts a “short­fall in the range of $66 mil­lion to $475 mil­lion.” They also pro­claim that MnSCU’s cur­rent finan­cial oper­at­ing prac­tices will “become unsus­tain­able by 2025.” The report claims that increased costs, declin­ing state fund­ing, decreased stu­dent enroll­ment and tuition freezes, con­tribute to the chal­lenges of achiev­ing “finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.” The report also asserts that annual bud­get cuts are “not a viable long-​term solu­tion” and find­ing new rev­enue sources “will not fill the system’s deep­en­ing fis­cal hole.”

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    Indigenous People’s Day Celebrated at Metro State

    by , November, 2016

    On Oct. 10, 2016, Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity con­tin­ued its new tra­di­tion of cel­e­brat­ing Indige­nous People’s Day. Last year, the Uni­ver­sity observed this hol­i­day with a spe­cial event at the David Bar­ton Com­mu­nity Labyrinth and Reflec­tive Gar­den, near the cam­pus library. This year, the Uni­ver­sity brought the com­mem­o­ra­tions to the Great Hall with two events — a tipi demon­stra­tion with Charles Stately and a speech from Hin­han Loud Hawk.

    For years, peo­ple have pro­posed rec­og­niz­ing this hol­i­day instead of the tra­di­tional Colum­bus Day. Now, recog­ni­tion of the new hol­i­day is spread­ing to other cities and insti­tu­tions across the nation. This year, Gov­er­nor Day­ton pro­claimed the sec­ond Mon­day of Octo­ber Indige­nous People’s Day. This remark­able procla­ma­tion acknowl­edges the con­tri­bu­tions and impor­tance of Native Amer­i­cans to our state’s history.

    The day’s activ­i­ties were planned by VOICES and their advi­sors, Renee Beaulieu-​Banks and David Isham. VOICES is a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion that helps Amer­i­can Indian stu­dents with their edu­ca­tional goals. They edu­cate non-​Indian stu­dents with chal­lenges expe­ri­enced by Amer­i­can Indi­ans. They also expose stu­dents to events that can help them learn about Amer­i­can Indian cul­ture and traditions.

    Stu­dents and staff mem­bers on cam­pus Oct. 10 got to see two tipis set up on the Great Hall lawn. They also had a chance to join a spe­cial din­ner and guest speaker Hin­han Loud Hawk. Hin­han is a mem­ber of the Pine Ridge Indian Reser­va­tion in South Dakota. Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, he dis­cussed his expe­ri­ences liv­ing on a reser­va­tion. It was a great oppor­tu­nity to learn about Native Amer­i­can culture.

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    Psych Club: A Passion for Helping People

    by , October, 2016

    Although many pur­sue a psy­chol­ogy degree for a chance to study diverse top­ics, stu­dents mainly select this major for an oppor­tu­nity to help other peo­ple. Future psy­chol­o­gists typ­i­cally have an innate desire to assist and pro­vide relief to those that need guid­ance. In a world that can be neg­a­tive and dark, these indi­vid­u­als see the world more opti­misti­cally. They like to see peo­ple for their pos­i­tive attrib­utes and their poten­tial for growth. They also enjoy work­ing with peo­ple from all walks of life, includ­ing chil­dren, teens and the elderly.

    Luck­ily, psy­chol­ogy stu­dents (major or non-​major) do not have to face chal­lenges alone. Whether they are seek­ing grad­u­ate school or try­ing to do well on the next exam, stu­dents can find assis­tance with their friends at the Psych Club. The Psych Club is con­nected to help­ful fac­ulty and stu­dents. They have an inter­est in see­ing stu­dents suc­ceed this semes­ter and beyond. Stu­dents that are Psych Club mem­bers have the “train­ing part­ners” they need to help them stay on course. The Psych Club also has many pro­grams that sup­ple­ment class­room learning.

    Before find­ing work where they can make a dif­fer­ence in someone’s life, future psy­chol­o­gists must com­plete rig­or­ous train­ing. Some­times a bachelor’s degree is all they need to secure a job in their cho­sen occu­pa­tion. Many, how­ever, real­ize a need to obtain a grad­u­ate degree. A grad­u­ate degree in psy­chol­ogy will help open the door to more oppor­tu­ni­ties in this field. Admit­tance to grad­u­ate school is a very chal­leng­ing endeavor, though. Stu­dents seek­ing entry to a pro­gram will expe­ri­ence com­pet­i­tive­ness. Admis­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tives crit­i­cally ana­lyze stu­dent grades and GRE (Admis­sion Test) scores. They also assess an applicant’s com­mit­ment and ambi­tion through writ­ten state­ments and inter­views. These guide­lines can over­whelm students.

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    A Place to Rest Your Mind and Relieve Stress

    by , September, 2016

    Have you ever spent too much time at the library or com­puter lab? Per­haps it was “crunch time” and you were prepar­ing for an exam or writ­ing a major paper. Did your head feel like it was ready to explode? If you ever feel like this, it may be time for a break. Rest could help you replen­ish your mind’s energy and restore focus. It can also help you regain your productivity.

    While study­ing at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity library, take a moment to visit the David Bar­ton Com­mu­nity Labyrinth and Reflec­tive Gar­den. It is a great place to take a small break. This tiny park is located on the library grounds. You don’t have to go too far to con­nect with nature and get some fresh air.

    Unlike most parks, this area has a labyrinth. Labyrinths are cir­cu­lar trails designed for walk­ing. These paths guide you to the cen­ter and then back to the begin­ning. Accord­ing to the Labyrinth Soci­ety, labyrinths are used for psy­cho­log­i­cal and spir­i­tual devel­op­ment. They could also strengthen your right brain abil­i­ties, includ­ing cre­ativ­ity. Maybe this walk will pro­vide the inspi­ra­tion you need for your school work.

    Nursing Students Organization: Making Healthy Lives Matter

    by , September, 2016

    How do you feel right now? Is your mood good or bad? Are you ener­getic or tired? Is your mind focused or dis­tracted? Do you expe­ri­ence anx­i­ety or calm­ness? These are impor­tant ques­tions, but we rarely take enough time to con­sider their impor­tance. We may be too busy to pon­der our health or take more steps toward a bet­ter well-​being. What could hap­pen if some­one intro­duced you to a health­ier lifestyle?

    The Nurs­ing Stu­dents Orga­ni­za­tion (NSO) works hard to bring health aware­ness to Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity, col­lab­o­rat­ing with orga­ni­za­tions on-​campus and in the com­mu­nity to pro­mote well­ness. Their events give stu­dents new insights into improv­ing their live­li­ness. Last June, they held an Ayurveda Sem­i­nar. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian method of nat­ural heal­ing, whose prac­ti­tion­ers believe in the prin­ci­ple of bal­ance. If peo­ple are bal­anced, they will show pos­i­tive behav­ioral traits such as cheer­ful­ness, high energy, friend­li­ness and dis­ci­pline. If peo­ple are unbal­anced, they exhibit neg­a­tive behav­iors such as anx­i­ety, insom­nia, irri­tabil­ity and dif­fi­culty focus­ing. Ayurveda instruc­tors help oth­ers dis­cover the ben­e­fits of diet, herbs, aro­mather­apy, mas­sage, music and meditation.

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    Find Your Path with the Pathways Program

    by , September, 2016

    Field trip! I have to admit my excite­ment for these two words. As an ado­les­cent, I felt the thrill of class trips. These expe­di­tions into the unknown inspired my thoughts for adven­ture and curios­ity. It was fun to leave the class­room and dis­cover addi­tional pos­si­bil­i­ties. My vis­its resulted in new expe­ri­ences and insights.

    As a Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, you have a unique oppor­tu­nity to gain ideas and inspi­ra­tion for your future career – includ­ing field trips. Thanks to Trav­el­ers and other busi­nesses in the insur­ance and finan­cial ser­vices (IFS) com­mu­nity, you have access to the Path­ways Pro­gram. Since 2008, stu­dents have used the Path­ways Pro­gram to explore career and net­work options within the IFS indus­try. This explo­ration involved out­ings to local busi­nesses, includ­ing Wells Fargo, Spire Credit Union and the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Min­neapo­lis (and there are more in the works for the near future). Dur­ing the field trips, stu­dents toured the com­pany and rep­re­sen­ta­tives talked about their career back­grounds and high­lighted their organization’s intern­ships and job oppor­tu­ni­ties. Stu­dents received advice to help them pre­pare and suc­ceed in this field. The pro­gram also pro­vides addi­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties to net­work with employ­ers through employer pan­els, class­room pre­sen­ta­tions, resume reviews and mock interviews.

    The Path­ways Pro­gram has a free, non-​credit D2L course to help you obtain skills in career research, inter­view­ing, resume writ­ing, net­work­ing and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Jill Son­der­gaard is a Trav­el­ers EDGE/​Pathways Pro­gram Career Spe­cial­ist, inspired to help you cre­ate a career devel­op­ment plan. Stu­dents that com­plete the Path­ways Pro­gram are impressed with what they have learned. “The stu­dents who have been involved express their grat­i­tude all the time for the valu­able feed­back that they receive from com­plet­ing the assign­ments in the D2L course, as well as the coach­ing sup­port from me and what they gain from the field trips,” said Sondergaard.

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    Student Organization Profile: Nursing Student Organization

    by , August, 2016

    Ayurveda is an ancient Indian method of nat­ural heal­ing. Mod­ern self-​help gurus, such as Deepak Chopra, are rein­tro­duc­ing this prac­tice. Today, the prac­tice of Ayurveda is becom­ing more pop­u­lar. Join­ing this new health move­ment is the Nurs­ing Stu­dent Organization.

    Last June they held an Ayurveda Sem­i­nar, where they pre­sented Reiki Mas­ter Tanya Boigen­zahn Sowards of Thai Yoga Body­work. Reiki Mas­ters teach heal­ing meth­ods, and prac­ti­tion­ers of Ayurveda believe in the prin­ci­ple of bal­ance. If peo­ple are bal­anced, they will show pos­i­tive behav­ioral traits, such as good mood, energy, friend­li­ness and dis­ci­pline. If peo­ple are unbal­anced, they will show neg­a­tive behav­iors, such as anx­i­ety, insom­nia, dif­fi­culty focus­ing and irri­tabil­ity. There may also be phys­i­cal symp­toms of imbal­ance. Ayurveda prac­ti­tion­ers help oth­ers restore their health by edu­cat­ing them on diet, herbs, aro­mather­apy, mas­sage, music and med­i­ta­tion. Stu­dent activ­i­ties like this one help peo­ple learn more about healthy lifestyles.

    The Ayurveda Sem­i­nar is an exam­ple of the pro­grams that the Nurs­ing Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion brings to Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity. To help you find out more about this orga­ni­za­tion, The Met­ro­pol­i­tan con­tacted the pres­i­dent of the Nurs­ing Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion, Mar­garet Olatun­bo­sun. In the inter­view, Olatun­bo­sum describes this stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion and her per­sonal rec­ol­lec­tions as a member.

    1. What are the goals of your organization?

    The goal of the Nurs­ing Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion is mul­ti­fold: cre­ate rela­tion­ships with inter­nal and exter­nal orga­ni­za­tions; offer lead­er­ship and orga­ni­za­tional skills to stu­dents involved; and pro­mote well­ness to all stu­dents through cam­pus events.”

    2. How long has your orga­ni­za­tion been on cam­pus? How many mem­bers belong to your group?

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    Student Organizations and Activities: What are you missing?

    by , August, 2016

    Would you like a FREE steak din­ner? Would it be fun to win gift cards and other fab­u­lous prizes? Do you enjoy com­pli­men­tary cof­fee and cook­ies? How does a no-​cost canoe trip appeal to you? What are your thoughts about con­certs with no charge? Do these give­aways sound too good to be true? Well, in this case, they are realities.

    Dur­ing the school year, Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity holds spe­cial events for their stu­dents. These gath­er­ings pro­vide many ben­e­fits beyond the free­bies and fun. As a Metro State stu­dent, you have an oppor­tu­nity for expe­ri­ences beyond the class­room. Attend­ing a uni­ver­sity event is an excel­lent way to sup­ple­ment your learn­ing. You can also join a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion to enhance your skills.

    When you par­tic­i­pate in extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, there is a chance to grow. Many stu­dents con­nect through net­work­ing, meet­ing new peo­ple, and going to dis­cus­sions, where they dis­cover use­ful infor­ma­tion. They also increase their expo­sure to real-​world pos­si­bil­i­ties. Stu­dents are often exposed to projects where they apply con­cepts from their stud­ies, and can also find ful­fill­ment through vol­un­teer­ing and com­mu­nity involve­ment. These are all poten­tials for you when get­ting involved in stu­dent happenings.

    As a new or exist­ing stu­dent, you may not know of options that are avail­able to you. Some­times these oppor­tu­ni­ties are well-​communicated but remain undis­cov­ered due to the clut­ter of infor­ma­tion that exists. Unless some­one directs your atten­tion per­son­ally, you may miss your chance to do some­thing inter­est­ing. To avoid this occur­rence, you could proac­tively seek out these mag­nif­i­cent opportunities.

    If you are on the main cam­pus, take the time to look at the post­ings — on a big bul­letin board — in the library entry­way. This board is a go-​to spot for up-​to-​date fly­ers. You can also find noti­fi­ca­tions in the hall­way between the library’s first-​floor com­puter lab and the bookstore.

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    Searching…Seeking Fireworks

    by , June, 2016

    We were dri­ving around search­ing for a fire­works show. It was the Fourth of July. With our spur-​of-​the-​moment deci­sion, my girl­friend and I hoped to wit­ness the Inde­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion. In the dis­tance, we could see bril­liant flashes of light. Would these mag­nif­i­cent sparks bring us to the desired location?

    Seek and Destroy, a well-​known Metal­lica song, played in the back­ground. As we trav­eled, the lyrics became “searching…seeking fire­works.” We were deter­mined to find the ulti­mate fire­works show and wit­ness the awe-​filled dis­play. Finally, we made it to our des­ti­na­tion — or did we?

    As we got out of our vehi­cle, we noticed that most peo­ple were get­ting into theirs. It was a huge dis­ap­point­ment. The expe­ri­ence, how­ever, gave us insight on what to do. This year, we will be more pre­pared to have an enjoy­able fire­works expe­ri­ence — and so can you. The appro­pri­ate infor­ma­tion can help you plan.

    Research Fourth of July fire­works shows

    Since many cities have fire­work shows at dif­fer­ent times dur­ing the sum­mer, it is impor­tant to find out if your town has one this Inde­pen­dence Day. If not, you will have to travel. Some web­sites can pro­vide you with event addresses. They can also help you ver­ify their dates and times.

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    You and Your Summer 2016 Bucket List

    by , June, 2016

    Sum­mer is here! The weather is warm, and the sun­shine is out. Longer days are on the hori­zon. It’s time for you to put your socks away and get out those flip-​flops. Many excit­ing adven­tures and fan­tas­tic moments await you. It’s your chance to cre­ate last­ing mem­o­ries that you will recall for years. This year’s sum­mer­time could be your best yet.

    Some­times this sea­son goes by too quickly, though. And, if you are like me, today’s tech­nol­ogy pro­vides a side­track from explor­ing new pos­si­bil­i­ties. Mod­ern inven­tions, such as stream­ing and smart­phones, can divert atten­tion away from real-​life expe­ri­ences. This year, how­ever, you don’t have to feel regrets over missed opportunities.

    A 2016 Sum­mer Bucket List could help you plan a great sum­mer. This list has a pow­er­ful propen­sity to make your aspi­ra­tions come true. You can place your list in a place where you will see it every day. It will help you visu­al­ize your summer’s out­comes and feel inspired. This list can fea­ture dates and dead­lines for a sense of urgency.

    Spend Time Out­doors

    As I com­pile my Sum­mer Bucket List, many fun activ­i­ties come to mind. Sum­mer is a great time to enjoy the out­doors with fam­ily and friends. From beaches to for­est pre­serves, Min­nesota is abun­dant with nature. Around our Saint Paul cam­pus, for instance, there are sev­eral parks within walk­ing dis­tance. These places are ideal for hik­ing or bik­ing — and pic­nics too. This sum­mer, I will explore Indian Mounds Park.

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