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December 15, 2008

Engaging-U: Week of December 15, 2008


Public Engagement Symposia Series
The Office for Public Engagement is pleased to announce the Spring Semester Public Engagement Symposia. Each symposium explores a topic critical to understanding and advancing public engagement in higher education.
All symposia are free, but RSVP is requested. We hope you will join us for a lively discussion!

Please send RSVP to: public@umn.edu

*THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009 9:00 am - 12 pm*

“Unpacking the Complexities of Civic Engagement (http://www.engagement.umn.edu/)�
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Room 180
This symposium will feature an eminent panel of national scholars who will present on a broad spectrum of opinions on the meaning and purposes of civic engagement. Following their presentation, an open Q&A session and roundtable discussions will follow.

MODERATOR: Professor Richard Battistoni, Providence College, author of Education for Democracy: Citizenship, Community & Service

PANELISTS: Dr. Harry Boyte (University of Minnesota), Prof. Connie Flanagan (Pennsylvia State University), and Prof. Joel Westheimer (University of Ottawa).


*MARCH 2009: *Meeting the Standards of Scientific Inquiry in
Community-Engaged Research

*MAY 2009: *Community Members' Perspectives on Higher Education
Community Engagement

Please visit http://www.engagement.umn.edu/calendar/index.html for further information on U of MN Public Engagement opportunities.

2009 Knopka Lectureship, Keynote: Mike Males

February 11, 2009 – 10:00 AM
The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center/Neighborhood House
St Paul, Minnesota

Free and open to the public.
Following the lecture, please also join us for a reception honoring Gisela Konopka and recognizing her birth date of February 11th.

This year’s lecturer, Mike Males, is a senior researcher for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, a columnist for Youth Today and the principal investigator/content director for the online information service – YouthFacts.org. In addition to several other titles, Mr. Males is the author of The Scapegoat Generation: America’s War on Adolescents and Framing Youth: Ten Myths About the Next Generation.

Mike Males shares Gisa’s passion for promoting the needs of young people as well as her willingness to be controversial and provocative. We believe this lecture will be energizing and thought-provoking for everyone who works with or cares about young people. You can learn more about Mike Males’ work at www.youthfacts.org

More details to follow, but save the date today!

(Please pass this note along to anyone you know in the youth-serving community.)


Josie R. Johnson Human Rights & Social Justice Award

Nomination are being accepted for a colleague or student to receive the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. The Award honors faculty, staff and students who, through their work at the University or in their community, exemplify Dr. Johnson's standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments and who demonstrate unusual commitment and passion in the areas of human rights and social justice.

The award is given to two individuals each year - one current faculty or staff member and one current undergraduate or graduate student. For a full description of thenomination guidelines, procedures and contact information, please visit:http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/awards/josie_johnson.html

World Affairs Challenge
World Savvy is pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota through the Office for Public Engagement will provide scholarships for ten teams from high-need public schools in the Twin Cities to participate in the 2009 World Affairs Challenge.

For more information, please visit: http://worldsavvy.org/docs/MN_WAC_Scholarships.pdf


Children, Youth and Family Consortium

The Family Impact Policy Initiative (FIPI) was recently partially funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation. FIPI is a set of policy-related activities with the primary goal of providing policymakers with nonpartisan, solution-oriented research and opportunities for dialogue on current issues affecting families. FIPI includes six activities that communicate policy-relevant, evidence-based information to policymakers through print communication, training, and dialogues. FIPI also provides coordination of members of the University who do policy-education and other policy-relevant work. FIPI’s anchor event is the Family Impact Seminar, held during the legislative session, to bring research expertise to a bipartisan, bicameral dialogue about an issue selected by the legislators. Last year’s Family Impact Seminar, which was highly ranked, addressed creating an early childhood system in Minnesota. The topic for the next seminar will be special education finance.

December 1, 2008

Engaging-U: Week of December 1, 2008


Presidents Award for Outstanding Service
This award recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units by any active or retired member of the faculty or staff. Such service must have gone well beyond the regular duties of a faculty or a staff member, and demonstrate unusual commitment to the University community. Nominations for this award are due by March 13, 2009.

For more information, please visit http://uawards.umn.edu/Awards/Presidents_Award_Outstand.html


Champions for Healthy Kids

The General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President's Council on Physical Fitness, developed the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program in 2002. Each year since inception, the General Mills Foundation awards 50 grants of $10,000 each to community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Applications are due January 15, 2009.

More information is available at:

Consortium for Law and Values in Health, Environment, and Life Sciences

is issuing a call for proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences. Awards are available for graduate/professional students, individual faculty, and consortium/joint degree program members. Proposals are due in March 2009 for research in the summer or academic year 2009-10. For more information, see proposals. Direct questions to Audrey Boyle. For more information, please see http://www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/rfps/


Public Education and Higher Education: EdPA 5080, sec 3
Wednesdays, 5:00-9:00 p.m. 225 Peik Hall
Class number 92924, 3 credits
During this nine-week session, students and instructors will consider the civic roles of postsecondary education institutions both past and present. Special attention will be paid to contemporary philosophies and practices of engagement, and how engagement is expressed in various institutional contexts. This course is designed for both practitioners and scholars who seek to deepen their understandings about the ways in which institutions might become more productively involved with communities they serve. For more information, please contact the instructors are Andrew Furco, afurco@umn.edu and David Weerts, dweerts@umn.edu.


Capstone Showcase Event: PsTL 1525
December 10, 2008, 10:30 am to 12 pm
First year students enrolled in PsTL 1525: First Year Inquiry will present their projects which highlight a person or community making a difference. Refreshments will be provided.

Community Dialogue Series: Hepatitis B in Asian Communities

Sponsored by the Program in Health Disparities in Research
December 19, 2008, 11:30 am to 1 pm
First year students enrolled in PsTL 1525: First Year Inquiry will present their projects which highlight a person or community making a difference. Refreshments will be provided.

MinnWebCon 2.0
April 6, 2009
This conference will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center. The Call for Proposals is due January 31, 2009 and can be found at http://www.minnewebcon.umn.edu/call.php.