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February 2010 Archives

MCRR Annual Lecture Series and School Recognition Event

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Friday, February 26, 2010
10:00 - 11:30 am
Continuing Education and Conference Center - Room 83
1890 Buford Avenue, U of M St. Paul Campus

"Building Bridges across General, Special, and Remedial Education to Improve Reading Outcomes for Kids"

Dr. Matt Burns' talk will focus on the gap that sometimes exists between general, special, and remedial education reading instruction in elementary schools. He will share research-validated strategies that schools have used to successfully streamline and integrate their special education and general education reading instruction so that students using both programs have been able to make substantial gains in their reading skills.

The event is free and open to the public. A private luncheon for the invited schools will follow.

For more information about this and other upcoming events at the Minnesota Center for Reading Research, visit

Questions? Please contact Meaghan Tongen at or 612-624-4561.

CSPP Alumni Career Panel

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CSPP Alumni Career Panel
Potential Career Paths
Thursday, April 1, 2010
325 Education Sciences Building

Pay It Forward Tour

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The Pay It Forward Tour is a 9-day community service trip in which students from campuses across the nation will travel to different communities and perform community service projects. The University of Minnesota is sending out six buses of students to three celebration cities: Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Dallas.

The tour is packed with travel and community service as participants complete 5 service projects in 5 different communities. Then students arrive in their celebration city, where they meet up with other buses and eventually complete one huge service project. The Pay It Forward Tour also includes team building and reflection exercises, which hopefully allow participants to get to know the people on their bus a lot better and truly appreciate the impact of going on a trip like this.

For more information, visit or email

International Connections Presentation

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'The Global' as a force for education: Comparative education's challenges and possibilities in contested terrain

Presenter: Sonia Mehta, Ph.D.
Author of Re-Imagining Comparative Education: Postfoundational Ideas and Applications for Critical Times

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
12:00 - 1:30
250 Wulling Hall

Pizza Will Be Served!

RSVP to Cheryl Morgan:

Pre-Med Day

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Saturday, April 10, 2010
8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
2-650 Moos Tower

Prospective students and academic advisors are invited to attend a half-day session to learn more about:
-Medical School programs in the Twin Cities and Duluth
-Admission requirements
-Application process
-Selection criteria

Registration opens March 1
Space is limited so register early
Register online at

Sponsored by the Office of Admissions
Phone: 612-625-7977

Careers in Law Forum

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Willey Hall Atrium, West Bank Campus

Stop by to learn about law schools, law-related career options, as well as volunteer and internship opportunities. You can talk with representatives from law schools, paralegal organizations, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and test prep services.

Stop by anytime during the event. You do not need to register in advance to attend. This event is sponsored by CLA Career Services and University Student Legal Service.

Additional information can be found here:

Special Olympics Internships

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The Special Olympics is hiring for multiple internships from Summer Sports Counselor to Public Relations Coordinator. Please search and apply for their opportunities on GoldPASS at

Writing Internship with the Ronald McDonald House

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This position is ideal for a current undergrad journalism or communications student who is looking to build their resume and writing portfolio. The writing intern is given writing assignments and is then responsible for interviewing contacts and completing articles in a timely manner. Articles are featured on our website, bi-annual newsletters and monthly e-newsletters. Articles range from 250-1000 words. Our circulation reaches several thousand readers.

- Strong writing ability
- Hard worker
- Able to adhere to deadlines
- Able to work in a sometimes emotionally difficult environment.

To apply:
Please send an email telling a little bit about yourself, what you would hope to gain in an internship and a writing sample to Josh Williams -

Life Course Center Miniconference 2010

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Friday, February 26
9:00-4:45 pm
1114 Social Sciences Building
Contact: Holly Schoonover,, (612)624-4300

The New Inequalities: Race, Crime, and the Life Course in the Era of Hyper-Incarceration

The Life Course Center brings together an stimulating group of scholars who are doing cutting edge research on issues of race, incarceration, stratification, criminal justice, youth, and the life course. The keynote speaker, Bruce Western, is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His books include Punishment and Inequality in America and Between Class and Market: Postwar Unionization in the Capitalist Democracies. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Other speakers include:
Devah Pager, Princeton University
Jason Schnittker, University of Pennsylvania Carla Shedd, Columbia
University Sara Wakefield, University of California-Irvine

CEHD Career Counseling Walk-in hours

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Walk-in Career Counseling Appointments for CEHD Students:
Please visit CEHD Career Services in 360 Education Sciences for walk-in career counseling appointments on Tuesdays 2 pm- 4 pm and Wednesdays 9 am - 11 am during the spring semester.

Walk-in appointments are 15 minute sessions on a first come-first serve basis. If you would like to schedule an hour long session with a career counselor, please contact 612.625.3339 and someone will be able to assist you.

U of M Job & Internship Fair

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Don't miss the biggest student career fair in Minnesota. Nearly 200 hundred organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. Please register to participate at

Monday, February 22, 2010
Minneapolis Convention Center

Future Scholars Program Opportunity

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The Future Scholars Program pairs African American and African students at Arlington High School with current University of Minnesota students. University students partner as mentors to prepare high school students for the social and academic life of a student at the University of Minnesota.

As a mentor you will team with two Arlington High School students and one University of Minnesota graduate student to address:
-College readiness (academic/social)
-An educational issue impacting the African American/African community •
Develop and present a poster presentation to the Dept. of African American & African Studies faculty and staff/Community Advisory Council/St. Paul Public Schools •
Mentors will meet with high school students Wednesdays from 2:15-3:15 at Arlington High School. (Transportation provided by AA&AS).

As a college student you have a wealth of experience which will help aspiring college students make important decisions about future career plans and the future of our community.

Is your résumé lacking in transferrable skills? Are you concerned about what is going to give you the edge over other applicants? Mentoring is a great way to develop the key skills employers look for in graduates. In any job you accept it will be useful for you to have experience in group facilitation. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to practice this skill. You will prove that you are reliable, responsible, and committed to making a difference. You'll also gain valuable knowledge on how to pursue a graduate degree by partnering with current U of MN graduate students.

Go to and complete the mentor form. Fax to (612) 624 9383 or email to Scott Redd, Outreach Coordinator in African-American & African Studies (

Exploring Interests and Majors Event

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WHAT: "Exploring Interests and Majors" (See end of email for complete
WHEN: Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall.
WHO CAN COME: Any U of M, Twin Cities student (or staff) searching for a
major or an involvement opportunity.

-Learn about all U of M majors
-Get individual help from advising staff
-Take a career interests quiz
-Explore campus resources and ways to get involved
-Learn about national and international study opportunities

All students are welcome, and you do not need to register in advance to attend. Stop by the event anytime between 10 and 2.

Don't miss this chance to find your own path and interests at the U of M!

For more information, visit:

Upcoming Career Panels and Workshops

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Elementary Education Career Panel
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Peik Gym, Room G55

Teacher Career Panel (all licensure areas)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Peik Gym, G-55

MN Education Job Fair Prep Workshop
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Peik Gym, Room G55

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Peik Gym, Room G55

Resumes, cover letters, references, portfolios, and interviews - yes, the job search process for teachers can be pretty overwhelming! When should you begin looking for teaching positions? What can you do to make yourself stand out during the interview process? How can you use the MN Education Job Fair as a tool to find a teaching position?

Receive answers to these questions and more from professionals in the field who hire teachers and recent graduates who have been through the process at this career panel sponsored by CEHD Career Services.

CEHD International Connections Presentation

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'The Global' as a force for education: Comparative education's challenges and possibilities in contested terrain

Presenter: Sonia Mehta, Ph.D.

Author of Re-Imagining Comparative Education: Postfoundational Ideas and Applications for Critical Times

When: Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30
250 Wulling Hall

Pizza Will Be Served!

RSVP to Cheryl Morgan (

CEHD Career Services on Facebook!

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Are you on Facebook? Well so is CEHD Career Services! Become a fan and join
our group at

Global Studies Student Association African Harambee Dinner

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Wednesday, Feb 17th
From 6pm-9pm in the Great Hall

We will be focusing on African development and water issues which correlates with GSSA's service-learning project in Chebukwa, Kenya where we will build a clinic and rainwater catchment system with the Nafula Foundation. Harambee in Swahili means "all pull together" and that's exactly what this evening is all about.

The night will feature:
-Over 15 organizations involved with African development and water issues
-African Drum Performance from Hayor Bibimma Dance Company
-FREE African food from Kilimanjaro Cafe and Casablanca Restaurant

Three Key Note Speakers:
-Shiney Varghese- Co-Chair of the United Nations Water Commission; Senior Policy Analyst at IATP
-Professor Tade Okediji- Professor, African Studies and Applied Economics
-Sr. Rosita Aranita- Water Projects in Africa through CSJ St. Paul

Come Pledge to help Water and Development in Africa and join the fun!

For more information about our project, visit:

GIS Career Fair

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GIS Career & Networking Fair
Wednesday, March 31
11:00am - 4:00pm
Mississippi Room (3rd Floor)
Coffman Memorial Union
Resume critiques available from 11:00 - noon.

Event hosted by the GIS Student Organization.

Fitness Coach and Trainer Job Opportunity

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The University of Minnesota Womens Club Soccer Team is looking to find a Fitness Coach and Trainer that would be able to run a practice once a week. They are looking to find someone that would be dedicated to working with our team while they are gaining valuable skills for their future careers. Interested in applying? Please check out the posting on GoldPASS at job posting #48852 & #48853 to learn how to apply.

Scholarships for Graduate Study in the UK and Ireland

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Information Session: Scholarships for Graduate Study in the UK and Ireland
Thursday February 18, 3:35-4:30
135 Nicholson Hall
Learn from U of M faculty and staff about the Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and other prestigious scholarships for graduate study in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Applicants must be U.S. citizens (for the Rhodes Scholarship, citizens of some British Commonwealth countries may also apply) with exceptionally strong academic records. A GPA of 3.8 or higher is generally expected. Some of the scholarships have additional eligibility requirements. Institutional endorsement is required; students who are interested in being endorsed by the University for a scholarship to begin graduate study in Fall 2011 must submit a preliminary application by March 29, 2010. An instruction sheet explaining the campus nomination process andhow to submit an application will be available at the info panel, and thereafter from the University Honors Program office, 20 Nicholson Hall. Current sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to attend this panel. More info at

"Development Reconsidered" Speaker Series

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Check out this speaker series on campus this semester entitled "Development Reconsidered" hosted by a group of interdisciplinary graduate students, including a large number of students from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in CEHD. Our hope is to examine international aid and development from different disciplinary perspectives. The kickoff event, a panel discussion with professors from around the Twin Cities, will be on Monday, February 15th at 6:30 in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater.

If you have any questions email

Health Career Exploration Panels

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Check out this exciting new series of panels, designed to help students explore health careers. The panels will all be held on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00 in the Health Careers Center (2-564 Moos Tower). Students will get a chance to hear how these professionals got their job, what their day is like, and ask questions.

Panel 1 (February 23): Business and Technical Health Careers (such as Health Care Administration, Medical Sales, Community Health Education)

Panel 2 (March 9): Therapy Careers (such as Speech Pathologist, Art Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Respiratory Therapist)

Panel 3 (April 13): Patient-Centered Health Careers (such as Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Health Social Worker)

Wednesday February 24, 2010
From 3:00PM to 5:00PM
1314 Social Sciences

The U of M Political Science Department's Congressional Internship Event will be held on Wednesday, February 24th , from 3pm to 5pm, in 1314 Social Sciences, on the West Bank campus of the U of M-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN.

This meeting will be a "meet and greet" event where students and Congressional staffers will be able to meet and discuss Congressional internships one-on-one or in small groups. The Congressional staff persons will talk briefly about their offices and internship positions, and how to apply. But most of the time will be devoted to informal conversations between staff and students. Undergraduate students from all colleges and majors are encouraged to attend this event and meet with Congressional staff persons from the Twin Cities metro area Congressional offices.

Offices represented include: Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken, Congresswomen Michele Bachmann and Betty McCollum, and Congressmen Keith Ellison, John Kline and Erik Paulsen.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

If you have questions about this session, please feel free to contact: Rose Miskowiec, Undergraduate Adviser in the Department of Political Science, at or (612) 624-8517 OR Professor Paul Soper, Internship Director for the Department of Political Science, at, (612) 626-1002.

Non-Credit Health Short Courses

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Applying to Medical School or a Health Professional Program? Take a Non-Credit Short Courses to Help You Prepare Today!

*Thinking about applying to medical school?
*Going to an interview?
*Writing a personal statement?
*Or applying to a health professional program in the future?

The Health Careers Center can help. We offer online, non-credit short courses designed to help you prepare for application to a health professional program. Register today for an online short course. They're free to U of M students!

Planning for Medical School
Interviewing for a Health Program
Personal Statements for a Health Program

The Health Careers Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. We are located in room 2-565 Moos Tower, across the hall from Java City or find us online at:

QME Faculty Search Committee Talk

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Longitudinal Modeling in Education: Complexities and Possibilities

Longitudinal models are becoming increasingly popular in education policy because given student outcomes at multiple time points; they can provide individual estimates of growth or learning. These models can provide reasonable growth estimates by accounting for school effects, teacher effects, and the effects of external factors, but cannot easily model the complexities of the measurement context. In this talk, I will present the Latent Growth Item Response (LG-IRM) as a way to accommodate the complexities of the educational measurement context while still providing individual growth estimates.

Presenter: Leah Walker, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, February 11, 2010
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Room 325 Ed Sci. Bldg

For more information, please contact:
Professor Michael Harwell
Educational Psychology-QME Search Committee

2010 Graduate & Professional Student Conference

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February 20, 2010
Coffman Memorial Union

Could you use $500? Interested in feedback on your upcoming presentation? Want to improve your academic and personal skills? Up for dinner and swing dancing in a beautiful setting? Register now to attend the upcoming Graduate & Professional Student Conference!

Expect a day of fabulous, informative, and fun events! Attendees at this conference will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about and gain skills in areas important to graduate and professional students, such as the academic job search, presenting a professional image, parenting, giving conference presentations, grant writing, and more. Additionally, attendees will be able to hear a great speaker, PhD Comics' Jorge Cham; have lunch and dinner; and socialize and network with students from around the U. Registration is now open (see below) and costs only $10. Registration closes Tuesday, February 16th. Please note that on-site registration will not be available. See our conference poster at Questions? Please email Monica at

CEHD Employer Recruitment Event

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CEHD Employer Recruitment Event:
When: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Where: McNeal Hall Atrium St. Paul Campus
Event time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
CEHD Career Services in conjunction with the Family Social Science & Youth Studies will be hosting a non-profit employer recruitment event for students interested in networking with employers to learn about their internships and positions. This opportunity is open to all students and we encourage you to come! Employers who will be attending are:

Project 8/ Project Legos
Urban Youth Conservation
Como Community Child Care
KIPP Minnesota
Minnesota Reading Corp
Minnesota Women's Consortium
AIESEC Minneapolis
Lutheran Social Services
Children's Home Society & Family Services

Questions about the event? Please contact Angie Soderberg at or by phone at 612-626-7432

Partners in Change Summit

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The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) and the Systemwide Equity and Diversity Action Network (SEDAN) invite University of Minnesota staff, faculty, students, and community partners to the first annual Partners in Change Summit on April 29th, 2010 on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus. The focus of this first annual equity and diversity summit will be: Engaging Diversity as Everybody's Everyday Work, a Day of Engaged Learning and Advocacy.

Learn more about this summit at

Research Assistant Position

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The Minnesota Early Learning Foundation Research Consortium, through the University of Minnesota, is looking for research assistants to collect data for a research study about children's school readiness and success in kindergarten.

Position Summary: Assessors will conduct both child assessments with kindergarten-aged children and complete classroom observations. These positions are temporary and vary in hours. Data collection for the research project begins in early March 2010 and will continue through May 2010. These positions will remain open until February 15th, 2010.

Please send an email to the address below highlighting relevant skills and experiences and available hours during the assessment period (March-May). Include resume/CV.

Yvonne Godber, Research Associate at the University of Minnesota Center for
Early Education and Development (CEED).

Workshop for Undecided Students

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What's Your Major? A Workshop for Undecided Students Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Walter Library, Room 101

Do people constantly ask you what your major is? That can be annoying for students who haven't decided! Come to this workshop for help. We'll talk about the common concerns students have when choosing a major, and actions you can take to help you choose one.

This workshop is free and open to all CLA students. You do not need to register in advance to attend.

For more information, visit:

Friday Graduate Students Commons

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Quiet space: 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Individual consultations: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: N-119 Elliott Hall, East bank

The "Friday Grad Commons" is a collaboration of multiple units across campus to provide students with a quiet space in which to write/read and to also consult with staff and faculty on a wide range of topics related to the graduate student experience. Each Friday will feature a specific topic and University staff and faculty with expertise on that topic will be available for individual consultations.

Registration is required to use the space and to receive consultation. To register and for more information visit

Bridge to Academic Excellence Job Opportunity

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Bridge to Academic Excellence now is accepting applicants for the Summer 2010 academic and residential program. This program is a 6-week summer program for recent high school graduates attending the University in the Fall. The goal is to help students become both academically and socially prepared for the rigors of college life.

They are hiring for the following positions:
-Peer Mentors (full time, residential): Serve as a group leader and role model, plan activities, assist with academics and work in a team to make the summer program a success. Live in the residence hall with participants.
-Teaching Assistants (part time, non residential): Attend classes with students, lead discussions, develop supplemental curriculum, and assist with student academic intervention. Preference will be given to graduate students.

More information and applications can be found at:

Panel Discussion: Media and Literacy

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Digital Literacies: How Do New Media Affect K-12 Students' Engagement in Literacy
Friday, February 5, 2010
12:00 - 1:30 pm
R380 VoTech Education Building
1954 Buford Avenue, St. Paul Campus

The Minnesota Center for Reading Research will host a Brown Bag Panel Discussion on Friday, February 5, 2010. Please join us as CEHD faculty members present their current research. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the panelists after each presentation. Beverages will be provided by MCRR, but please feel free to bring your own lunch.

For more information, please visit:

Breakthrough Saint Paul Internship Info Session

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Tuesday, February 9th
6:00-7:00 pm
Education Sciences Bldg, Room 325

Breakthrough Saint Paul is looking for a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students to teach and lead at an innovative academic summer program for high-potential, under-resourced middle school students in Saint Paul. Breakthrough provides paid summer internships, complete with training and classroom teaching experience.

Open to all majors!

This internship was ranked as one of the Top Ten Summer Internships for College Students by the Princeton Review.

Please visit this website for more details:

Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat

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Friday, March 26th, 5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, March 27th, 9 am - 5 pm
101 University International Center, East Bank
Application Deadline: Noon on March 1st

This retreat is for both international and U.S. graduate students who want to become more effective in international environments. (The retreat will be offered to undergraduate students during the Fall 2010 semester). This interactive, high-energy event becomes a living laboratory of what it takes to work with people from different cultures. Participants start friendships with people from all over the world and discover their own leadership potential. A cutting edge cross-cultural leadership model, Personal Leadership, will be used to develop participants' cross cultural skill-set that is needed for professional and personal lives in the 21st century. Space is limited, so apply online by noon on Monday, March 1st at:
Contact Thorunn Bjarnadottir at or 612-626-4799 for any questions.

DMI Scholarship

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The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy created DMI Scholars to identify progressive college activists from underrepresented communities and train them in the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in entry-level public policy positions. With DMI's network and expertise, DMI Scholars will become the future Legislative Directors, Policy Analysts and Advisors who fuel the progressive movement with new ideas and effective advocacy.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2010

Students of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and students from low-income and working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit:

Regent Candidate Advisory Council Student Positions

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There is currently an opening on the Regent Candidate Advisory Council for a University student. The RCAC plays a critical role in identifying, recruiting and recommending candidates for open Regent positions. Members of the 24-person Council are appointed by the legislature, with two spots being reserved for students. The current opening is to be filled by the Senate Subcommittee on Committees. The appointment term for students is two years and the Council meets approximately five times each year. Further information on the RCAC is available at:

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in public service and the future of the University. Applications must be submitted to the Secretary of State's Office, and can be found online at:

Interested candidates should submit applications by February 12. Any questions should be directed to Sam Kramer at

MNRSA Job Summit

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Located at the Mall of America
4th Floor Executive Center, East Parking
Job Seekers register today for this FREE event!
Registration is required to attend and space is limited.

The MNRSA is pleased to invite Minnesota job seekers to participate in a REE half-day Job Summit at the Mall of America. Minnesota staffing and recruiting firms find, screen, qualify, and place employees in jobs of every description, from the factory floor to the executive suite, from healthcare to IT and everything in between. Whether the need is extremely specialized or extremely large, staffing and recruiting firms provide quick access to top talent.

For more information, visit:

Transportation Career Expo

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
4:30 - 7:15
Coffman Union, Mississippi Room

This event provides information to students on transportation-related careers. The general session, featuring a transportation industry panel, presents transportation career alternatives and preparation strategies.

For more information, visit:

Transportation Career Expo

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The Center for Transportation Studies will be hosting the Annual Transportation Career Expo in March and the event is open to all students.
Details for the event are below.

Transportation Career Expo
- Tuesday, March 2, 2010
- 4:30 - 7:15
- Coffman Union, Mississippi Room

Special Education Colloquium

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
325 Education Sciences Bldg

Presentation by Scott McConnell, Tracy Bradfield, & Alisha Wackerle-Hollman.

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