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October 20, 2010

Engaging-U: October 20, 2010

Opportunities for Involvement with PreK-12 Schools and Systems

College Readiness Consortium

In 2006, the University created the College Readiness Consortium to
develop a state-wide strategy for increasing the number and diversity of
Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge,
skills and habits for success in higher education. Since that time, the
Consortium has:

· Played a leadership role in revising Minnesota's K-12 academic
standards in math and science to better align with the knowledge and
skills students need to succeed in college;

· Created a year-long executive development program that helps school
principals and charter school directors create and sustain schools in
which every student is on the path to college readiness;

· Designed Ramp-Up to Readiness, an innovative new program that guides
junior and senior high school students through a research-based sequence
of courses, projects, activities and experiences that prepare them for
postsecondary success;

· Created K12@U, a Web-based portal (www.k12.umn.edu
http://www.k12.umn.edu/) through which K-12 students, educators and
parents can access the University's extraordinary educational resources.

We invite all faculty and staff interested in PreK-12 education to
become involved with the Consortium through one or both of the following

University PreK-12 Network
University faculty and staff who work with or are interested in preK-12
education exchange ideas and address common priorities. The meetings are
open to all and will be held on the following dates during the 2010-2011
academic year:

· November 16, 2010

· January 19, 2011

· May 11, 2011

All meetings are from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Presidents Room at Coffman,
Twin Cities Campus.

Connecting Parents to Education Opportunities (CPEO)
This seven-week parent education program is expanding from Minneapolis
Public Schools to Brooklyn Center, Duluth and Rochester this year. At
the conclusion of the program, the parent participants attend a
"graduation ceremony" at which they receive a certificate from the
University and a few words of congratulations from a member of the
University's faculty or staff. If you would like to represent the
University at one of the ceremonies at a school in Minneapolis or
Brooklyn Center during the 2010-2011 school year, please contact Char
Greenwald at green715@umn.edu , or 612-625-3695.

We hope you will join us in taking advantage of these and other
opportunities to help prepare the children who will one day be our U of
M students.

October 13, 2010

Engaging-U: October 13, 2010

Funding Opportunities

Center for Integrative Leadership
Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2010

The first InCommons Collaboration Challenge recognizes and supports
innovative local collaborations to solve community problems.
Communities across Minnesota are facing tough problems---economic and
otherwise. Many people are working alone, disconnected from others
addressing similar issues. Some are struggling to achieve scale and gain
critical mass. Others are stymied because of the status quo--"that's
just how we do it here."

In spite of this reality, organizations, leaders and community members
are working together to advance solutions to a variety of challenges.
They are tapping into the assets within their communities, capitalizing
on their strengths and collaborating in innovative ways to solve
problems at the local level. The first-ever InCommons Collaboration
Challenge celebrates these efforts.

First place wins $25,000 towards implementation of their idea. To
enter an idea, please visit

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
Deadline: Saturday, October 30, 2010

CURA is inviting proposals for the spring 2011 semester for three of
it's Community Based Research programs: Neighborhood Partnerships for
Community Research (NPCR), Community Assistantship Program (CAP) and
Communiversity (CMV). Please distribute this information to community
organizations you work with and believe could benefit from a research
assistant. Students are paid by the programs for the assistantships,
making them a good potential source of funding for your students.*

Applications should come directly from community organizations.
Approved projects will run from January 13 to May 29, 2011. Please
follow the link below to find out more or to apply on-line.


Professional Development Opportunities

Office of International Programs
Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2010

OIP seeks nominations for the Global Spotlight Advisory Committee.
Global Spotlight is a biennial program, sponsored by OIP, that focuses
on University scholarship related to a geographic region, and to a
pressing global issue. For 2010--12, the Global Spotlight focuses on the
geographic region of Latin America and the Caribbean; the pressing
global issue is the impact of urbanization.

The Advisory Committee will be appointed for two years (2010--12) to
provide counsel on the Global Spotlight initiatives. Committee members
will also be asked to help develop RFPs for grant proposals supporting
research and scholarly initiatives related to the Global Spotlight
themes and to review submitted proposals.

We anticipate that the Advisory Committee will meet once or twice each
semester. It is important that Advisory Committee members have a strong
commitment to and experience with international scholarship, preferably
in the areas of the Global Spotlight themes. Please send nominations
directly to John Romano at roman001@umn.edu.


BGAPSA Community Engagement Forum
Tuesday October 19, 2010, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Law School [Room 50], University of Minnesota

The purpose of this forum is to create an open space for community
actors and students to interact and discuss about ways to get involved
in our communities' affairs. We are eagerly looking forward to an
action-driven and engaging discussion, following initial brief
presentations by the panelists. A dinner will follow the discussion to
allow community actors, engaged students and faculty to informally
explore opportunities to work together.

Click below to RSVP to attend this unique forum!
RSVP form: http://goo.gl/FnGd

Intercultural Matters
Friday, November 12, 2010

The second annual lecture in the Josef Mestenhauser Lecture Series on
Internationalizing Higher Education will be given by Jolene Koester,
president of California State - Northridge and alumna of the University
of Minnesota.

For details: http://www.international.umn.edu/icc/mestenhauser_lecture.php