An open letter to the student clubs and organizations of Metropolitan State:
Hey, clubs and orgs. How’s it going?
With the school year coming up, transition is in full effect for clubs. Typically speaking, this is the part of the year in which transition and recruitment becomes the highest priority for success throughout the entire year. I have been in enough collegiate clubs to see recruitment patterns pop up. Also, as the former Public Relations Coordinator for the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA), a primary duty of my position was to encourage student senates across the state to continue recruitment and entice students to attend MSCSA conferences. Tactics varied greatly, depending on the campus, but had a great success rate.
As a result, this article is a little easier because I get to focus on one campus. But, it makes it a little bit harder because of the culture of Metropolitan State.
Metro State has five campuses: the main campus, located in St. Paul off of Dayton’s Bluff; two primary satellite buildings — the College of Management and Midway Center, located in downtown Minneapolis and (Midway) St. Paul, respectively; and two secondary campuses, located in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie in conjunction with Hennepin Technical College. Each campus has some form of a recreational or relaxation area, so space for advertising isn’t too incredibly difficult. This is ultimately challenging to find a cohesive center to the university’s cultural center, especially when Metro State is referred to as a “non-traditional campus.” This means the typical idea of a “traditional student” — 18 – 24 years old, full time, no kids, not married — is not the norm. As a result, the university hasn’t quite pegged the cultural heart just yet.Read The Full Article