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Dec 20th

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Morgan State University takes home grand prize as first-time champion of National Academic Competition

Morgan State University takes home grand prize as first-time champion of National Academic Competition

In a thrilling intellectual showdown, Morgan State University emerged victorious among 48 teams and claimed its first National Championship title at the 23rd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com). The annual academic tournament brought 250 top students from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) together in the Los Angeles area for a two-day competition and the opportunity to win as much as $50,000 in grants for their school.

In a culmination of a year-long program, Morgan State took home the title and beat second-place finisher Oakwood University after answering the following question correctly:

Who was America’s only chief executive never elected as president or vice president? Correct Answer: Gerald Ford.

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Metropolitan State welcomes three new trustees to foundation board

Metropolitan State welcomes three new trustees to foundation board

Dawn E. Campbell, Minneapolis, Dr. Chia-Yin Lo, Golden Valley, and Joseph Neuberger, Saint Paul, were recently elected trustees to the Metropolitan State University Foundation. 

Campbell, vice president–financial advisor for Bernstein Global Wealth Management, has been in the financial services industry for 19 years.  She holds a B.A. in journalism and economics from the University of Minnesota.

Lo is a staff dentist at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.  She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and a D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.  She is pursuing board certification from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

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Costain: Some parents don’t care about integration

Costain: Some parents don’t care about integration

James Burroughs,executive director of the Office of Equality and Diversity for Minneapolis Public Schools listens to a group of citizens discussing school integration.

A group of about 50 citizens – many education professionals – gathered to discuss integration in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and hear what is being done to improve academic achievement.

Pam Costain, president and CEO of AchieveMpls, expressed that Minneapolis has unique challenges when attempting to achieve school diversity. She said though the city is increasingly more diverse in its population, the housing trends tend to be very segregated, making school integration more challenging.

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MPS: Reform working here

As leaders of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), we are often surprised but pleased by the number of people who fervently follow the ebbs and flows of teacher contract talks. We need more people paying attention to the critical issues pertaining to public education in our country. We commend the intelligent public discourse on these issues and we feel it is important that the commitment and enthusiasm people have for this work continue. Now is the time when the systems, the people and the passion are aligned. Knowledgeable individuals can only help us in our work to make the necessary changes to state and local policies that lead to practices that yield positive outcomes for the city’s youth.

While reading articles, blog posts and editorials, we sometimes wonder if people truly understand the complexities of our work. Education reform: what does that really mean? It is so much more than making adjustments to the teachers’ contract.

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Audrey McKay: An HBCU experience

Audrey McKay: An HBCU experience

Born and raised in the powerful District of Columbia – Metro area, home to the legend President Barack Obama; Audrey McKay, an accomplished author, CEO of Two Shoes Publishing House, former scientist, and graduate of Spelman College has decided to take a few moments from her successful life to share her famed “HBCU experience”.

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I grew up in the D.C. Metro area, and I had always known about HBCU’s but I hadn’t really planned to attend one over any other type of school in the beginning.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

When I visited the school, (Spelman), it just touched something in me and I felt like it was the only place I wanted to spend my college years in.

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Youth program in East Phillips produces college-bound scholars

Youth program in East Phillips produces college-bound scholars

Photo courtesy of  The Banyan
Left to right, Tyler Moore, Abby Mohammed, Nathanael McNair, and Seng Ye Xiong

There’s a big reason to celebrate in East Phillips! Four high school seniors from the Banyan Community in South Minneapolis are going to college. So far, they have received a total of 16 college acceptance letters. The University of Minnesota, Yale University, Swarthmore, and Marquette University are just some of the colleges waiting to hear from these scholars. Although many Twin Cities students are preparing to enroll into college this fall, these students don’t fit the conventional profile for success.

Abby Mohammed, Seng Ye Xiong, Nathanael McNair, and Tyler Moore are graduating seniors at DeLaSalle High School through the Banyan’s Higher Ground scholarship program. They’ve made a commitment to their education and used the 4-year scholarship as a stepping stone to higher education. These students come from neighborhoods where low educational outcomes are commonplace. They were not expected to graduate from high school, much less attend competitive colleges and universities. Mohammed explains it best in her college entrance essay, “Minneapolis is a city of arts and diversity. However, my neighborhood is one of the less savory sections of this metropolis. People here are born into a caste in which they will stay from birth to death. They are trapped in their class…and remain relatively uneducated throughout their lives.”

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The Rites of Passage: Building strength of mind, strength of character

 The Rites of Passage: Building strength of mind, strength of character

Photos by andrews-photography.com

On Saturday, March 10, 2012,seventeen, high school seniors experienced a traditional African ceremony that symbolized their transformation from childhood to adulthood. In front of their family, friends and mentors, the seventeen initiates were presented at the 14th Annual Minneapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill’s Rites of Passage (ROP) ceremony, entitled:  Building Strength of Mind and Strength of Character.

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