In Our November, 2017 Issue:

Campus News Briefs


Andrea Jenk­ins was elected to rep­re­sent ward 8 on the Min­neapo­lis City Coun­cil on Nov. 7. She is the first African Amer­i­can trans-​identified woman to be elected to the city coun­cil of a major city.

I know first-​hand the feel­ing of being mar­gin­al­ized, left out, thrown under the bus. Those days are over. We don’t just want a seat at the table — we want to set the table,” said Jenk­ins in a press release after her victory.

Minneapolis Councilmember-elect Andrea Jenkins on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 7. Photo by Jason Bucklin.

In addi­tion to her pub­lic pol­icy work, Jenk­ins is a poet, writer and oral his­to­rian. She is a 1999 grad­u­ate of Metro State with a bachelor’s degree in Human Ser­vices. She served as vice chair of the board of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity Alumni Association.

Jenk­ins con­tributed to “A Good Time for the Truth,” a col­lec­tion of essays by peo­ple of color in Min­nesota. It was pub­lished in 2016 by the Min­nesota His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Press, and is uti­lized in the Metro State course WRIT 300, Cre­ative Writ­ers, Iden­tity and Race in the Twin Cities.

Neigh­bor­hood House bring­ing free fruits and veg­eta­bles to St. Paul campus

Neigh­bor­hood House, a multi-​service agency based on the West Side of St. Paul, will bring their Mass Pro­duce Dis­tri­b­u­tion pro­gram to the East Side for the win­ter. The agency will give away fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles and other healthy food every month on Metro State’s St. Paul campus.

Neigh­bor­hood House approached us with the idea of dis­trib­ut­ing food on our cam­pus. We said we’d be proud to work with them,” said Phil Fuehrer, Interim Direc­tor of Stu­dent Life and Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment. “And Sue Fust [coor­di­na­tor of Metro State’s Stu­dent Par­ent Cen­ter] deserves the kudos for mak­ing part­ner­ship a reality.”

Pro­duce will be dis­trib­uted in Stu­dent Cen­ter 101 on Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8.

Par­tic­i­pants will receive num­bers at 1:30 p.m., and every­one with a num­ber will get food. Dis­tri­b­u­tion starts at 2 p.m. and ends when food sup­plies are gone. Par­tic­i­pants should bring a form of ID and their own carts or bags.

The Mass Pro­duce Dis­tri­b­u­tion (MPD) events are open to St. Paul res­i­dents and Neigh­bor­hood House par­tic­i­pants. The Metro State park­ing ramp will be free for MPD atten­dees on dis­tri­b­u­tion days.

For more infor­ma­tion, see neighb​.org/​mpd-2 or call 6517937340. Vol­un­teers are needed to help on dis­tri­b­u­tion days from 1 to 4 p.m. Reg­is­ter to vol­un­teer at neighb​.org/​m​p​d​-​v​o​l​u​n​teer/.

Haute Dish read­ing to be held Nov. 28

Haute Dish, the arts and lit­er­ary mag­a­zine of Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity, will hold its fall read­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fire­side Lounge, Stu­dent Cen­ter, St. Paul campus.

The event is free and open to the pub­lic. Any­one who was pub­lished in Haute Dish in the last two years is invited to read their work.

Stu­dents, staff, fac­ulty and alumni are all invited… Read and share your work with­out the pres­sures of the big stage,” said Mary Ringstad, Haute Dish fac­ulty advi­sor. “It’s an infor­mal get-​together, a coun­ter­point to our big Spring Read­ing at the Open Book in Minneapolis.”

For more infor­ma­tion, or to sign up to read, email hautedish@​metrostate.​edu.

Advo­cacy group Stu­dents United cel­e­brates 50th anniversary

Stu­dents United, the advo­cacy group for stu­dents of the 7 Min­nesota State uni­ver­si­ties, will cel­e­brate its 50th anniver­sary with a gala on Fri­day, Nov. 17. The event will be held at the James J. Hill Cen­ter in down­town St. Paul. Tick­ets are $45 – $100. See stu​dentsunited​.org for more information.

The non­profit orga­ni­za­tion advo­cates for cam­pus, state and fed­eral poli­cies on behalf of stu­dents at Metro State, Bemidji, Mankato, Moor­head, St. Cloud, South­west (Mar­shall) and Winona. Stu­dents United also admin­is­ters schol­ar­ships, fel­low­ships and awards for students.

A party for Metro State stu­dent will be held Fri­day, Nov. 16, orga­nized by Stu­dents United’s cam­pus orga­niz­ing intern Mohamed Mohamed and com­mit­tee mem­bers Guyo Kotile, Guuled Ismail, Nuney Said, Andres Boland and Ash­ley Coyle. The 2017 fea­ture film “Get Out,” from direc­tor Jor­dan Peele, will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. in Founders Hall Audi­to­rium. Free refresh­ments and dance music will fol­low in Stu­dent Cen­ter 101.

Best of Hmong Film Fes­ti­val com­ing to Dayton’s Bluff Library

High­lights of Qhia Dab Neeg, a Hmong film fes­ti­val, will be shown Thurs­day, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dayton’s Bluff Library on the first floor of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Library and Learn­ing Cen­ter. Film­mak­ers will intro­duce and show their award-​winning short films. In June 2017, Metro State hosted the 8th annual Qhia Dab Neeg Film Fes­ti­val on the St Paul campus.

For more infor­ma­tion about the screen­ing, con­tact Kris­tine Sorensen at inprogress301​@​gmail.​com.