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Minnesota Campuses Receive Presidential Recognition

Augsburg College is one of six colleges and universities receiving Presidential Awards in the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its President's Honor Rollcommitment to community service.

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The College of Saint Benedict and Metropolitan State University, were recognized on the Honor Roll With Distinction.

Other Minnesota Honor Roll institutions include:

  • Carleton College
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Macalester College
  • Minnesota School of Business-Rochester
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Saint John’s University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of Minnesota, Crookston
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Winona State University

Congratulations to all of these campuses for their extraordinary commitments to serving their communities.

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United We Serve

By Lucy Marincel

In 2009, President Obama declared September 11th a national day of service.  This past September 11th, students and faculty at Metropolitan State University answered that call with a two day event entitled United We Serve.

On the first day, students, faculty, staff and administrators took part in a large, ten site day of service in the community.  Activities ranged from making sandwiches for a lunch at a local homeless shelter to helping out in community gardens around the community.  For some, the project was a day long.  For others, such as the students who volunteered with Meals on Wheels, it was the beginning of a continuous opportunity to serve.  The wide range of service activities planned not only meant that more members of the university community could serve, but as one of the student leaders for the event, Vanessa Young,  pointed out, it allowed her to serve the community based on her interests.  Young also noted that the experience made her excited about service learning in her future career plans to work with youth.9/11 day of service

The second day included a presentation from friends and family members of Tom Burnett, Jr.  The university opened up the event to the public as well as members of the Metro State community. This event made the connection between remembering September 11th and a call to civic engagement clear.  As Susan Shumer, the director for Community Outreach, Civic Engagement and Center for Community-Based Learning, explains, “the Burnett Family Foundation has taken a family tragedy and turned it into a legacy – through the development of a civic engagement curriculum.”

Overall, the two day experience impacted the Metro State community a great deal. The importance of events like this for a college or university community should not be overlooked.  As one of the student organizers of the event, Katy Knable, noted:

“I absolutely think it made an impact on everyone who served. We have a tendency to become so insulated from what’s really going on out there that without active reminders that there is homelessness, hunger, environmental concerns, abuse (I could go on) in our communities we become immune to it.”

If you’d have a story about the September 11th Day of Service you’d like to share, feel free to contact me at marincel@augsburg.edu.

Thanks to Susan Shumer, Katy Knable, and Vanessa Young for information on this story.

Metropolitan State 2010 Census Campaign

Contributed by Metropolitan State University

“Be Counted, 2010 Census” banners hang over East 7th Street from the skyway at Metropolitan State University to promote the upcoming census to the University and surrounding Census 2010community.The Center for Community-Based Learning, American Democracy Project, Student Senate, MSUSA, and University Activities Board are coordinating a campaign to provide university students, faculty and staff, and community members, with a series of events that will address how the 2010 Census works and how each individual can make a difference.  The census determines how more than $400 billion is allocated to communities for things like new schools, roads and public transportation, fire and police services, hospital services, and social service programs, higher education The census also determines the number of representatives in Congress who can advocate on our behalf. Everyone’s participation is vital to help ensure a complete and accurate count.

Please join us for one or more of the upcoming informative sessions:

The Census: Culture, Identity, and the Changing Face of Minnesota A panel discussion about the intersection of the census, race, and identity, with representatives from the Somali and Latino Complete Count Committees, OutFront Minnesota, and Hennepin County.
Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College campus Helland Center Student Lounge (H-2000) Co-sponsored by MCTC

Census Data: A Source for Fun Facts* and more!

State Demographer Tom Gillaspy
Wednesday, February 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m, St. Paul Lib 302 and via ITV in Minneapols, MEC 2300

Dollars We Count On: The Census, Cities, Local Government, and Higher Education Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Great Hall Panel discussion with:
Chris Coleman, St. Paul Mayor, Kathy Lantry, St. Paul City Council President Lois Larson,  Metropolitan State Interim Director of Financial Aid Melvin Carter, St. Paul City Council Graeme Allen, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota State University Student Association

Controversy, Conflict, and the U.S. Census Monday, March 15, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Lib. 132 Campus Conversations Brown Bag- Bring Your Lunch, Dessert and Beverage provided. Campus Conversations are open discussions for students, staff and faculty that focus on current issues.  The conversations work to enhance knowledge of current issues and promote democratic dialogue with members of the campus community. Discussion will be facilitated by a Metropolitan State faculty member.
Click here for more information or call 651-793-1285 with any questions.