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October 2010 Archives

Let's Stop the Google Conversation: Unthread


Two months ago I said:

"If you fully understand Google's threaded email conversations, you can't help but like them. Although there are rumors that Google will provide an opt-out of this trademark feature, threads are a requirement of the Gmail client today and something you need to understand as soon as possible."

Well, the rumor was true.

Department of Sociology 2010-11 Visiting Scholars

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The Department of Sociology has welcomed two visiting scholars this year. While they do not have official positions here, they are doing work in the department and are interested in making connections with other scholars in CLA.

Guidelines for the Horace T. Morse-U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education are now available online. CLA nominations require additional specific forms, which are due in 115 Johnston Hall no later than Friday, October 29. Consult with Barbara Schwab at or 612-625-7994 to ensure that your nomination is complete.

Accolades October 21, 2010

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A big, exciting award for Giancarlo Casale, lots of Anthropology publications, a world premiere, a professorship in Germany, and much more.

Email is great, except when there's too much of it. Give Priority Inbox a try -- it can be trained to automatically identify your important messages and separate them out from everything else, so you can focus on what really matters.

State of the College 2010: Summary

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What follows is a summary of the State of the College speech delivered by Dean James A. Parente, Jr., on September 28, 2010. The full text will be available at the Dean's page on the CLA web site.

Accolades October 7, 2010

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Associate Professor Kevin Murphy (History) and members of the Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project are celebrating the publication of Queer Twin Cities (U of Minnesota Press). In addition to Professor Murphy, members of the editorial board include Michael David Franklin (American Studies Ph.D. candidate), Associate Professor Larry Knopp (formerly Geography at UMD, now U of Washington), Ryan Patrick Murphy (American Studies Ph.D. candidate), Associate Professor Jennifer L. Pierce (American Studies), Jason Ruiz (Ph.D. 09 American Studies), and Alex Urquhart (American Studies Ph.D. candidate).

Many of the volume authors have U connections. These include several with Ph.D.s: Pamela Butler (American Studies), Mark Soderstrom (History), and Amy Tyson (American Studies); two current Ph.D. candidates: Charlotte Karem Albrecht and Jessica Giusti (both GWSS); Megan McDonald, a postdoctoral associate (American Indian Studies); and Associate Professor Susan Craddock (GWSS and Global Studies).

The project has been supported from its inception by College of Liberal Arts, Graduate Research Partnership Program, and Institute for Advanced Studies. The book launch party is Friday, October 22 from 7 - 9 p.m.
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Associate Professor and Chair Carl Flink (Theatre Arts and Dance) was part of a team that won an outstanding overall production Ivey award for "Mary's Wedding," produced in 2009 at the Jungle Theater. Carl provided choreography for a production directed and designed by Joel Sass.

It's Time to Give

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Dear CLA Colleagues,
At the 2010 CLA State of the College address, Dean Parente encouraged CLA faculty and staff to participate in the 2010 Community Fund Drive. Each year the month of October is set aside so we can focus on those in our community who are in need. Through the CFD process we have the opportunity to not only support our surrounding community but even some of our current and future students. As this year's CLA lead volunteers, we invite you to join us in supporting our local community. Please take just a few moments to review the following important information about this year's CFD:

Where is Career Services? Where is Community Learning?

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Some CLA students are still being told to visit their career office in 135 Johnston Hall. Lost students stop by that location daily. This is a friendly reminder that CLA Career Services (formerly called Career and Community Learning Center) has moved to the new Science Teaching and Student Services Building, Room 411.

Make It So

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The iPad and its use on campus