Kenny White joins TRIO Staff as Upward Bound Counselor


Kenny White joins TRIO Staff as Upward Bound Counselor

Metropolitan State University TRIO Programs is proud to announce the hiring of Kenneth “Kenny” White as the Upward Bound Counselor starting on Wednesday November 16, 2016.  He will join Ciara Houston who now serves as the Upward Bound coordinator.  Mr. White comes to us from Dakota County Technical College where he served as an Upward Bound advisor for the past two years. Originally from Chicago and an Upward Bound alumnus, he served as the coordinator/college coach in the Upward Bound Math & Science program at Northeastern Illinois University.  Mr. White earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Information Technology & Management at Illinois Institute of Technology. He has a strong commitment and passion in creating college access and pre-college programming to high school students, especially providing exposure and preparation in the STEM areas for students. His experience and education will enhance the technology solutions needed in our program and will add an engaging value to our students as they prepare and become successful in college. He is an avid animal lover with 3 cats at home with other interest including: photography, viewing live music, modified cars, gaming, and anything that deals with technology.

Metropolitan’s Upward Bound program is a federally funded TRIO program which provides extensive college prep services during the academic year and enhanced academic programming in the summer.  Upward Bound serves high school students from Washington Technology Magnet Secondary School in St. Paul who have traditionally been underrepresented in postsecondary education.


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Center for Accessibility Resources Announcement


All Metropolitan State University students, staff and faculty have the ability to download Read & Write Gold for free.  Read & Write Gold is a multi-use tool to help with reading, writing, and language learning.  This program includes many tools including the ability to read aloud text from web pages and word processors, a spell checker for emails and text editors, and other tools to help organize notes.

The links to download the program are located on D2L. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or



Studying for exams and tackling assignments are both so much easier when students have brilliant notes to draw upon.

So I’m excited to inform you about the award-winning Sonocent note-taking software that we will be trialing this coming semester.

Find out more about the software: Watch this short video

How can I find out more?

Just drop by New Main Room L213 on December 14 at 10 AM and take part in our staff training.

Students at other colleges have raised their GPA by an average of two points over a single semester with Sonocent.


Thanks for reading,

Submitted by: Kristin Jorenby, Director – Center for Accessibility Resources


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Metro State holiday Gift Giving Program

Greetings Metropolitan State Faculty and Staff,

Our university community can be proud that for 16 years we have sponsored familes in need over the holiday season. Over the past four years, through the generosity of  our donors, we have been able to support families through the Holiday Giving Program. With your help we will be able to offer this support again this year.

Many of our students live on very tight budgets, balancing parenthood, school, and work. After paying for day-to-day living expenses and tuition, there is very little left for food by the end of the month, and holiday gifts for children are beyond their reach.

That is where you can come in. You can sponsor a Metropolitan State student family, or contribute gifts for an individual child.  Many families are eagerly waiting to see if they will be adopted this year.  Over the years we have made many children very happy, and touched their parent’s hearts.  This year the number of parents seeking assistance is even greater and we would like to help each and every family.

Please call or email the Student Parent Center if you’d like to sponsor a student parent.  Specify the size of the family (2,4,or more!) or individual child you would be willing to sponsor. If you prefer a certain age or gender child, let us know.

Thank you!

Deb Vos

Interim Executive Director

University Foundation

Suzanne Fust, MPH,PhD

Community Faculty, Psychology

Student Parent Center Coordinator

(651) 793-1568

Contributions will be accpted in the following forms:

Toys and goods (please do not wrap, but provide gift wrap for the student)

Gift cards

Kohl’s Cash (which will be used to buy gifts)

Checks made out to Metro State Foundation (memo line “Holiday Giving Program”)

Give online to the Holiday Gift Program      You can make your gift online to the Holiday Gift Program.  Select “Holiday Gift Program” from the drop down menu on the giving page.


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