Stolen People Stolen Dreams brings sex trafficking awareness to Metro State
Joy Friedman of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; Bobbi Jo Pazdernik, Senior Special Agent (SSA) with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; Stacy Schultz, the West Metro Regional Navigator for The Link; and Linsey Ruth Founder and Director of Project 8, participated in a panel discussion moderated by Marianna Klochan about sex trafficking on Jan. 29 in the Founders Hall Auditorium. (Mandy Hathaway / The Metropolitan)

Stolen People Stolen Dreams brings sex trafficking awareness to Metro State

Community professionals share information, resources and tips about protecting yourself and others from sex trafficking.

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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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Metro State grad Alan Lessik returns to campus to discuss debut novel
Alan Lessik (left) and Alumni Relations Director Kristine Hansen stand together in the first floor lounge of the Library and Learning Center prior to a reading from Lessik’s debut novel, “The Troubleseeker.” Lessik also read an excerpt from his upcoming novel, “The Kenzo Koan.” Metropolitan State University’s Alumni Association hosted the Sept. 5 literary event. (Brandon General / The Metropolitan)

Metro State grad Alan Lessik returns to campus to discuss debut novel

Alan Lessik explores themes and motivations in his "gay global" novels: 2016's "The Troubleseeker" and the forthcoming "The Kenzo Koan."

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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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MSUSA candidate statements
Screen shot taken from the Engage newsfeed on Aug. 20. Students can log on to Engage with their university email credentials and vote for governance representatives. According to the post, “MSUSA is a student governing body comprised of up to 20 dedicated student leaders who are focused on strengthening Metropolitan State University’s commitment to being a student-centered creative enterprise. MSUSA assists the University in its efforts to help students achieve academic excellence and be responsible citizens in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse world. MSUSA provides a listening post and forum for student issues, concerns, and needs, and advocates for University accountability and responsiveness.”

MSUSA candidate statements

Want to cast a ballot for the new slate of student representatives? Here's who's running.

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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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