Security staffing overhauled over summer
G4S Security Officer Whitney Moore sits in the Founders Hall security station at the start of fall semester, 2019. Over the summer, G4S became the new security contractor at Metropolitan State University, replacing American Security. The large monitor (left) displays footage of the security cameras in the building. Students who would like escorts or have concerns are encouraged to speak with one of the officers posted at stations around campus. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Security staffing overhauled over summer

Metro State restructures operations, hires new security personnel and contractors.

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Security situations prompt campus conversations
View of the skyway to the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul Campus. The library was the location of two physical altercations over the 2019 summer semester. G4S security contractors are stationed around Metro State to handle such incidents and summon St. Paul police if necessary. Exterior cameras, such as the ones located on the skyway pillar and around the library, also help to monitor campus for security threats. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Security situations prompt campus conversations

University representatives reach out to students and staff following summer assaults.

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Metro State employee victim of ‘racially motivated physical assault’ on St. Paul campus
The north stairway outside of New Main on Metropolitan State University’s St. Paul campus photographed on June 20, 2019. An assault on a university employee occurred here on Wednesday afternoon, June 19. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Metro State employee victim of ‘racially motivated physical assault’ on St. Paul campus

Share: Metropolitan State University President Ginny Arthur confirmed today the victim of Wednesday’s “racially motivated physical assault” on the St. Paul campus was a university employee. In an email to…

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A late start to the GROW-IT season
Construction workers install new acrylic panels on the roof of the GROW-IT Center on the St. Paul campus on May 23, 2019. The Center was once a pest control research facility owned by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. It is being renovated to house Metropolitan State University classes, research and community outreach activities. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

A late start to the GROW-IT season

University greenhouse project postponed due to construction costs. Trump tariffs part of the trouble.

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Closing the circle: New creative writing professor journeys from student to staff to faculty
Professor Suzanne Nielsen in her Midway office in St. Paul on Feb. 1, 2019. Photos by Eli Bartz

Closing the circle: New creative writing professor journeys from student to staff to faculty

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Suzanne Nielsen was recently appointed to what she calls her “dream job," as an assistant professor in Metro State's creative writing department.

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Metro State alumni lead at the Legislature
Rep. Hodan Hassan, center, speaks at the Metropolitan State University Alumni Association’s “Breakfast at the Capitol” in the Minnesota Senate Building on Jan. 25, 2019. The event brings together legislators and Metro State supporters to discuss public policy. Hassan is a 2010 graduate of Metro State with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018 to represent House District 62A in south Minneapolis. Sen. Sandy Pappas, right, hosts the annual breakfast. She is a Metro State alumna and has served as an adjunct faculty member. Since 1990, Pappas has represented Senate District 65 in St. Paul. Kent Whitworth, left, is director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society. (Eli Bartz / The Metropolitan)

Metro State alumni lead at the Legislature

Metro State alumni and legislators discussed common goals and the common good at a breakfast in the Minnesota Senate Building on Jan. 25, 2019. The event was organized by the Metropolitan State University Alumni Association.

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Q+A with President Arthur: This year’s priorities, prospects for new arts center
President Ginny Arthur at the awards ceremony for the Student Poster Conference in New Main Great Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Photo by Eli Bartz

Q+A with President Arthur: This year’s priorities, prospects for new arts center

The Metropolitan met with President Ginny Arthur on Oct. 18, 2018 for an hourlong conversation about presidential priorities, strategic planning, and prospects for building a center for fine and performing arts in Brooklyn Park.

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