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Donuts vs. cookies... which won?

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Our inaugural poll question asked whether you preferred donuts or cookies as office treats. Donuts edged out cookies by nine votes with a final count of 36 to 27. Stay tuned for when donuts will be making an appearance in your area!

Disposing of your mobile device

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Not sure how to dispose of your mobile device? The June edition of "OUCH!" explains how to do so safely. Even though we live in an age of intense information sharing, you may not realize just how much personal and sensitive information you have on your cell phone. Not disposing of it properly could allow someone to access that information.

Veterans Services satisfaction survey

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University Veterans Services recently sent a satisfaction survey to all students using federal GI Bill benefits during the spring semester. The survey is done periodically to gauge the University's support of Student Veterans. The survey had a 41% response rate, and respondents varied in demographics with undergraduates making up 66%, graduate students 30%, and the remaining 4% were professional students. More information on the results will appear in a future issue of News & Notes.

Used equipment lottery winners

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Thank you to all that entered the Used equipment lottery! Two winners were drawn: Diego Garcia and Eric Topping. Twenty-seven people entered the drawing. Congratulations to Diego and Eric!

One Stop's Live Like a Student (LLAS) campaign has a lot to celebrate this spring! After experiencing a successful 2013-14, LLAS has submitted requests for grant funding. The additional funding will help form the future of the campaign's financial literacy outreach, including the formation of a peer mentoring program and certifying One Stop counselors as personal financial managers.

To learn more about LLAS, visit its Facebook page or contact Nate Peterson.

2014-16 Twin Cities undergraduate catalog

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The communications team recently collaborated with the Office of Undergraduate Education to notify colleges that updates in PCAS are due this summer in order to prepare for the 2014-16 undergraduate catalog. It is expected the catalog will be posted to the Twin Cities catalog website by the start of fall semester.

Employee Assistance Program

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Are you feeling stressed about work or something in your personal life? The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a counseling and consultation resource for University employees and their spouses, partners, and dependents. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work or coping with relationship or family issue, all sessions are completely confidential and can be in-person or over the phone. For more information, visit the Office of Human Resources website.

Responding to media requests

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It may not occur often, but there's a chance you could receive a request from the media to provide information for a publication or news release. If this happens, refer the person to University Relations, which is the central communications office for the University. If someone requests information about financial aid, direct them to Kris Wright in the Office of Student Finance. For more information, check out the Employee Handbook.

Pet away your stress!

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Are you in need of a stress reliever? Stop by Boynton Health Service and decompress with the help of a furry friend. Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) features therapy animals, including dogs and Woodstock the chicken (yes, really!). PAWS visits are free and open to all faculty, staff, and students from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through spring semester.

Brainy biologists

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If you have a chance, be sure to check out the second floor of STSS this Friday. Biology 2002 students will be presenting their final capstone projects from 8-10 a.m. in the general purpose study space on the second floor.

The students have been working hard on their projects all semester and often have fascinating results to share. Dean Bob Elde from the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) also encouraged staff to check out the students' work during his keynote address at the fall 2013 ASR staff event.

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