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March 30, 2009

Engaging-U: March 30, 2009


Idealist.org Nonprofit Career Fair and Working for Change Conference
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
-Workshops run from 10:00am-4:00pm
-Career Fair runs from noon-4:00pm
Coffman Union, Great Hall, East Bank (TC Campus)

Come to this event to explore jobs and career paths in nonprofits and social change organizations. This event is both a career fair and a career exploration conference. This event may be particularly interesting to graduate students, graduating seniors, other undergraduates considering careers in the non-profit or social change oriented sectors, and other job-seekers. Spend the whole day or just stop by for the event(s) that interest you! This event is FREE and open to the public, but please preregister at http://www.idealist.org/careerfairs.

2008-09 Lessons from the Field: Multi-disciplinary Interventions
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (8:30 - 9:00 Check-in and Networking)
Coffman Union Theater, East Bank (TC campus) and broadcast to Greater MN Host Sites

The focus is multidisciplinary interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders. The presentation will focus on the current multidisciplinary aspects of treatment, intersection of autism and Fragile X, and developmental targeted treatments which require multidisciplinary interventions to be effective in treating autism spectrum disorders.

For more information or to register, go to www.cmh.umn.edu.
Questions? E-mail: cmhdata@umn.edu OR Phone: 612-625-7849

2009 Celebration of Community-University Partnerships
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
4:00-6:00 p.m., Weisman Art Museum, East Bank (TC campus)

If you would like to exhibit a poster or display that tells the story of a community-university partnership that you have participated in, please contact David Holliday at holli107@umn.edu to request a table or tables at the event (tables are six feet in length, and can accommodate two standard-size display boards or mounted posters). Any questions can be directed to him as well at the above e-mail or 612.624.6385

Awards and Grants

2009 Outstanding Partners in Engagement Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 Outstanding Partners in Engagement Awards. We encourage you to consider putting forward exemplary students, fellow faculty members, U of M staff, or community partners to be recognized for their outstanding work. For more information, please visit http://www.cclc.umn.edu/Events/YearEnd.html

PAGE (Publicly Actively Graduate Education) Fellows 2009 Imagining America Conference
October 1-3, 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life invites graduate students in the arts, humanities, and design with a demonstrated interest in public engagement to apply to be PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Fellows at Imagining America’s 2009 national conference. First-time Fellows will receive a $600 stipend to attend the conference and will have their conference registration fee waived; will attend the day-long, pre-conference PAGE Summit (Thursday, October 1st), devoted to sharing the theoretical and practical language with which to articulate public scholarship; will attend the general conference sessions; will have an opportunity for individual mentorship with leaders in the field of public cultural practice; and will be invited to participate in the conference’s poster session on Friday, October 2nd. Returning Fellows will receive a $300 stipend.

Graduate students at all stages of their MA/MFA/PhD programs are eligible to be PAGE Fellows, or if they have received their degree in the last two years. To apply, send a brief letter of interest and a 1-2 page CV by June 5, 2009 to: Robin Goettel, Assistant Director, Imagining America, Syracuse University. Applicants should address their specific interest in this year’s conference theme (see below) and their active investments in public engagement. Applications may be sent electronically (rjgoette@syr.edu) or via mail (Robin Goettel, Imagining America, Syracuse University, 203A Tolley Building, Syracuse, NY 13244).


Imagining America listserv
Many of you have requested that Imagining America create a simple list-serv for the discussion of public scholarship, assessment, tenure and promotion, and curriculum in the cultural disciplines. This new list-serv, ia_listserv@listserv.syr.edu, will focus solely on public scholarship and civic engagement across the arts, humanities, and design (including efforts in which they pertain to other disciplines, such as the inclusion of cultural components in publicly-engaged social science projects).

We hope that this list will facilitate collaboration between member institutions, the creation of panels for Imagining America conferences and other national convenings, and help you seek and advance knowledge and new ideas. Currently, all institutional representatives to the IA consortium are subscribed. You may opt out of the list-serv or add additional addresses by emailing Greg Carrico gacarric@syr.edu. Please forward this email to those key faculty members at your institutions who pursue relevant research and teaching. We enthusiastically welcome—and urge-- their participation as well.

March 16, 2009

Engaging-U: March 16, 2009


Faculty Interactive Research Program
Applications due: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
CURA has sent out the 2009-10 call to encourage University faculty to carry out research projects that involve significant issues of public policy for the state and that include interaction with community groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota. Awards cover the faculty member’s salary for the summer, plus a research assistant for one year. Please visit http://www.cura.umn.edu/FIRP.php for an official application and information.

Outstanding Partners in Engagement Awards

Nominations are due: Friday, April 3, 2009

The Campus Community Coordinators Alliance (CCCA), a network of staff who direct and coordinate publicly engaged programs across the Twin Cities campus, is once again seeking nominations for "Outstanding Partners in Engagement." Community partner organizations, U of M staff, faculty, and students are all eligible to be nominated as Outstanding Partners in Engagement, and to submit nominations of others in these categories. The complete call for nominations is attached. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Peacock at kpeacock@umn.edu or 612.624.2585.


Civic Engagement in America: Will the 2008 Election Matter?
Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

Monday, March 23, 2009
12:00 - 1:30pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

Pundits and social observers have voiced alarm as fewer and fewer Americans involve themselves in voluntary groups and participatory democracy. Most of the nonprofit groups launched in recent decades are run by professionals who lobby Congress or deliver social services to clients. These professionally managed agencies have displaced membership groups, leaving regular Americans with fewer opportunities to interact across class lines and to get involved in community and public affairs. America’s struggle to rebound from today’s financial crises will require not only a turnaround of our economy but also a recovery for our civic life. In the wake of the 2008 election and the innovative Obama campaign, what are the prospects for a sustained revitalization of our civic democracy?

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, where she served as Director of the Center for American Political Studies (1999 to 2006) and as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005 to 2007). Skocpol is recognized as one of the most cited and widely influential scholars in the modern social sciences; her work has contributed to the study of comparative politics, American politics, comparative and historical sociology, U.S. history, and the study of public policy. Skocpol’s current research focuses on civic engagement, governmental transformation, and reform politics in the United States and on the development of U.S. social and educational policies in historical and comparative perspective.

To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530 or email cspg@umn.edu.

Year-End Celebration of Community-University Partnerships
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Weisman Museum

This open house celebration will highlight community-based research, service-learning, internships, volunteering, student consulting, community organizing, and capacity building done in partnership with schools, neighborhood groups, governments, and community organizations. Come, share your stories, reflect on your experiences, and learn from others at this celebration, all while enjoying the setting of the Weisman Art Museum and light refreshments. Recipients of the 2008-09 Outstanding Partners in Engagement Awards will also be recognized.

Also, if you would like to exhibit a poster or display that tells the story of a community-university partnership that you have participated in this year in your teaching or research,* please contact David Holliday at holli107@umn.edu to request display place. Due to the space we are using, displays or posters must be able sit on an easel or on a table.

The open house is free and no registration is required. This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement and members of the Campus Community Coordinators Alliance (CCCA). For more information, contact the Career and Community Learning Center at 612.626.2044.

March 9, 2009

Engaging-U: March 9, 2009


$100,000 for Food Systems Planning in Southeast Minnesota
The UM Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (http://www.regionalpartnerships.umn.edu) and the U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute (http://www.hfhl.umn.edu) are announcing a $100,000 Request for Proposals to support a University research project that utilizes novel analytical approaches to strengthen the infrastructure of regional food systems in the southeast region of the state.

RFP at https://netfiles.umn.edu/users/tegtm003/www/HFHL_SERSDP_RFP09final.doc.

Indicate interest as soon as possible by emailing Erin Meier at tegtm003@umn.edu. Exploratory meetings for potential applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 10-11:30, at the Humphrey Institute (room tbd) and Friday, April 3, 1-2:30 ( St. Paul campus location tbd).

Summer Institute for Civic Studies, Boston, MA

Tufts Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service in Boston July 13-24, 2009. The primary audience for participants is Ph.D. graduate students across disciplines for the institute itself, and a public audience for the concluding public conference on "The Obama' Administration's Civic Agenda after Six Months," Friday July 24.

Please encourage interested students to apply. The framing document is here http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=710. The home page and application are here http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=714 with links to the schedule and some of the constituting theoretical and practical traditions. The concluding public conference is described here http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=715


Land Use and a Changing Biosphere, Dr. Jonathon Foley

March 25, 2009, 3:30 pm
Saint Anthony Falls Lab Auditorium

People often view land use as a local environmental issue, but it is fast becoming a matter of global importance. The need to provide food, fiber, water and shelter for more than 6 billion people is driving changes to the world’s forests, farmlands, waterways and atmosphere. Such changes have enabled humans to utilize a
greater share of the planet’s resources, but they have the potential to weaken the capacity of ecosystems needed to sustain a healthy environment. In this seminar, I will describe new work that is aiming to document and understand changes to the world’s land systems, to improve our ability to balance human needs with environmental stewardship, and to foster the long-term security of landscapes across the globe.

Graduate Student Workshops

Identifying Job Options and Conducting a Search in a Tough Economy
Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: 275 Nicholson Hall
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/register.asp?id=206

AND (repeat session)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: 230 Anderson Hall
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/register.asp?id=207

Please choose one of the dates from above to attend. The workshop will
cover the job search process from start to offer. It will address
conducting a self-assessment, planning, knowing your options,
relationship-building and offer negotiations. There will be break-out
sessions for the academic and non-academic search.

CV/Résumé Building and Formatting for Academia and Industry
Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: 101 Walter Library
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/register.asp?id=208

This workshop is for graduate students at all stages of their programs
planning to seek faculty positions or careers in industry and private
organizations. The presentation will cover the difference between the CV
and résumé; essential components; what employers seek; and competitively
packaging your skills. The last 90 minutes of the session will be for
CV/résumé critique. Participants seeking feedback should bring their
CV/résumé to the workshop.

For a list of public engagement events, please visit our calendar at