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January 28, 2009

National Service-Learning Conference Announcement

The National Service-Learning Conference is quickly approaching. We hope you will be joining us in Nashville, Tenn., March 18-21, 2009 to hear great speakers including Peter Benson, Search Institute; Dr. James Hildreth, Meharry Medical College; Naomi Tutu, and many others. Here are the most recent updates on this exciting event.

Conference Housing Closes January 30, 2009
The conference has arranged special rates at the Rennaissance, Doubletree, and Sheraton hotels in downtown Nashville. To take advantage of these rates, book your hotel rooms through the Nashville Housing Bureau no later than January 30, 2009.

Sign up for a Preconference Session

Preconference sessions will be offered on Wednesday, March 18, prior to the start of the conference. Intensive, participatory sessions, they provide materials, strategies, and skills in cutting-edge areas of service-learning. Pre-registration is required and can be done as part of your regular conference registration. If you have already registered for the conference, please call 1-800-366-6952 to add a preconference session to your registration. The preconference offerings include:

* Service-Learning for the Rookie
Presented by Rebecca Flood, Consultant, Charleston, S.C.
* Grant-Writing
Presented by Bernard Turner, Belmont University, Nashville, T.N.
* Cultivating a Cadre of Youth Trainers and Facilitators
Presented by Beverly Hiott, Lead Teacher for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and Youth Action Council Members, Richland School District 2, Columbia, S.C.
Joan Liptrot, Institute for Global Education and Service-Learning, Levittown, P.A.
* Learn and Serive America Communicators Institute
Presented by Learn and Serve America, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Campaign Consultation, Inc. (Space is limited. Please register by January 29.)

Earn University Credit
Conference participants may earn one graduate or undergraduate credit from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls by combining conference workshop participation with online work.

Please visit our website at www.nylc.org/conference for information about the items above and all other conference details. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

January 26, 2009

Engaging-U: Week of January 26, 2009


U of MN named one of six universities awarded grants to build cadre of Community-Engaged Faculty

Faculty for the Engaged Campus is pleased to announce that it has made grants to six universities to design, implement and evaluate innovative faculty development programs that advance community-engaged scholarship. Each grant is for $15,000 over a two year period. The funded institutions are North Carolina State University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Proposals for MinnWebCom 2.0 are due on January 31, 2009


Release of Local Foods Research Findings
February 4, 2009 1:15-3:00 PM,
306 Borlaug Hall, Saint Paul Campus

The local foods movement is growing in stature and impact, due to a powerful combination of citizen activism, creative entrepreneurship, and substantial investment from the philanthropic community. Interested in learning more about the 'state of the state' of Minnesota's local foods movement? Join us to learn about two research projects sponsored by the U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships:

* Who Will Fund the Local Foods Movement? How Minnesota's Foundations Helped Build Our Local Food System and What the Future May Hold...

* The Impulse to Inventory: A GIS Baseline of Minnesota's Local Foods Assets

Annual Transportation Career Expo
Thursday, February 5, 2009.
It is FREE and they are looking for students from all MN and neighboring states educational institutions. It is being held in the Presidents Room in Coffman Memorial Union from 4:30 - 7:15 pm. If you need more information, please contact Shawn Haag at haag0025@umn.edu or 612-625-5608.

Community Involvement Fair
February 9, 2009
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union, East Bank

Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Spring semester and summer opportunities will be promoted at this fair. Please visit _http://www.cclc.umn.edu/CIF for more information including a list of organizations that will be in attendance

Opportunities for Students

Ambassador for the Multicultural Kickoff 2009 and/or Welcome Week Leader
The responsibility of the Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador is to help guide freshmen through the Multicultural Kickoff program while focusing on providing a quality transitional experience for the students. Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador will attend spring & summer training, work in pairs and lead groups of freshmen through Multicultural Kickoff 2009. If you are interested in learning more about being a Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador, there will be information sessions the following dates:
1. MKO/WW Information Session Wednesday, 1/28 3-5pm in 152 Klaeber Ct.
2. MKO/WW Information Session Thursday, 1/29 11am-1pm in 301 CMU
3. Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador Information Session Friday, 1/30 3-5pm in 152 Klaeber Ct.

MCAE Ambassador Job Description online http://www.mcae.umn.edu/MCAEAmbassadorJobDescription3.htm

MCAE Ambassador Application online http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=ppE0GClpLNoT8PTQkr4rGdw

January 19, 2009

Engaging-U: Week of January 19, 2009


The 27th Konopka Lectureship: The Panic Over Girls by Mike Males.
February 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Free and open to the Public
Neighborhood House at the Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street East, St. Paul

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. In this lecture, Mike will challenge the media myths about modern American girls. You can learn more about Mike Males’ work at www.youthfacts.org

Spring Civic Engagement Practitioner Gathering:
February 27, 2009, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Hamline University School of Business
Minneapolis location (1600 Utica Avenue, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416)

The theme for this gathering is, "Evaluating Service-Learning and Campus-Community Partnership Outcomes."

Please join Minnesota Campus Compact to:

* Discover insights into evaluating civic engagement activity at your campus with a special presentation by the Minnesota Evaluation Association.
* Network with civic engagement staff from other campuses. Catch up with old friends and make a few new ones.
* Get updates on Minnesota Campus Compact grant and award opportunities.

The cost is only $15, which includes lunch. Check our www.mncampuscompact.org for updates and registration information.

Opportunities for Students

The Urban Studies student group is seeking any undergraduate interested in DEVELOPMENT. MARKETING, REAL ESTATE, FINANCE, PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE to consider joining the University of Minnesota's team for the 2009 NAIOP University Challenge. This challenge pits teams from midwest colleges to develop the most compelling development scenario for a particular site. This is the first time the University of Minnesota will be putting together a team.

Our first meeting is Wednesday January 28th in 460 Social Science (West Bank) from 4:15-5:00. Please email if you are interested but cannot attend that meeting. (pent0006@umn.edu). We will also meet on Monday February 2 at 5:30 pm in 460 Social Science

Each team will evaluate the same development site, pull together their recommendations and present them to a panel of local development experts. Each team will get some seed money for making the necessary packets for the presentation. Each team will have access to local development experts to help with their analysis.