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June 22, 2011

Kris Nelson Memoriam & Visitation

It is with deep sadness that we report the loss of our colleague and friend Kris Nelson, who passed away in his sleep on the morning of Friday, June 17th. Kris touched the lives of many people in the Twin Cities metro area, and he will be deeply missed.

A visitation for Kris will be held on Thursday, June 23, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bradshaw Funeral Home, 3131 Minnehaha Avenue South (1.5 blocks south of Lake Street, 612.724.3621). Tributes to Kris may be left on the Bradshaw Funeral Home website or on the Star Tribune obituary page.

- Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

for updates, direct links and more information, visit http://www.cura.umn.edu/Staff/nelson.php]

June 9, 2011

Super Saturday North Minneapolis Tornado Relief

The Office for Public Engagement is supporting SUPER SATURDAY, the North Minneapolis Post-Tornado Massive One-Day Relief Effort

SUPER SATURDAY is a one-day mega donation drive to support North Minneapolis residents who were caught up in the May 22 tornado disaster

Saturday June 11, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2818 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis MN 55411 (off I-94 frontage road between 28th and 29th Avenues).

- Nonperishable foods (canned foods preferred)
- Hygiene products
- Gift cards
- Water
- Pet food

DO NOT BRING: clothes, toys, hardware, furniture, and appliances. These will be collected at a later date.

The proceeds of this drive will go to local first responders within 24-48, offering instant impact.

Help us make this one of the biggest, if not the biggest, one-day relief donation drive.

Questions: mplstornado@gmail.com. More information: http://facebook.com/mplstornado

June 6, 2011

Student Opportunity with Health Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

UMN Food Day Planning Committee - Invitation to get involved!
This October 24 will mark the first celebration of Food Day (www.foodday.org), a nationwide event that will bring people from every part of the food system, from farmers to consumers, together to celebrate food as well as to discuss the future of food in this country. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is organizing a student-led planning committee for Food Day events on the University of Minnesota campus. Committee meetings would begin in June and meet approximately every other week throughout the summer and into the school year, leading up to Food Day on October 24. Undergraduates and graduate students of all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to join this committee. If you are interested in volunteering on this committee and being a part of making Food Day a success, please contact HFHL (hfhl@umn.edu) or Alyssa Shefveland (shefv004@umn.edu). To follow the national Food Day event listings, friend "Food Day" on Facebook.

Imagining America Conference Seeks Presenters: June 15 deadline

Seminar Participants - Deadline June 15
Imagining America is accepting applications for seminars that will convene at the national conference, September 22-24, 2011, in the Twin Cities. Seminars investigate topics of interest to the IA consortium through various forms of pre-conference collaboration and a focused, 90-minute exchange at the conference itself. Many seminars are designed to encourage future collaborations among participants. To run, seminars must garner a minimum of 12 participants. All participants will be considered session presenters and will be listed as such in the conference program. Seminar sessions:

- Sustaining Sustenance: Engaging Food in Community Design Collaboration
- Creating and Sustaining Artistically Engaged Practice in a Context of Diminished Resources
- Opportunities for Strengthening Democracy through Campus/Community Engagement
- Prison Industrial Complex: Perspectives and Interventions
- Tertiary Artist Training and the Public Practice of Art for the 21st century
- Sustaining Culture and Local Economies Through Public Engagement in Rural Communities

More information and application instructions at http://www.imaginingamerica.org/seminars%202011.html