ST. PAUL (December29, 2010) – Metropolitan State University announced last week that it has named Mala Singh of Oakdale as outstanding student in the University College of Professional Studies. A psychology major, Singh was one of 1,060 students that received a bachelor, masters or a doctoral degree at Metropolitan State’s 87th commencement exercises on Dec. 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
A native of Guyana, South America, Singh and her family arrived in the United States in 1994, and she went on to graduate from Tartan High School in Oakdale in 1997. Before coming to Metro State, she graduated from Saint Paul College with an associate degree in child development careers.
Singh is also the university’s diverse student liaison for the Minnesota State Universities Association. She was active as a Metropolitan State student senator, receiving commendations from the university’s president for her work.
Singh has also been active in community service. She helped plant and nurture a community vegetable garden, where the foods were donated to the homeless. She has interned at Catholic Charities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul and the Ramsey County Family Services Center.
For the past year Singh has volunteered at Store to Door, which provides grocery shopping, services for homebound elderly and people with disabilities. She previously worked as an early childhood teacher for the Children’s Home Society.