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September 2011 Archives

Janet Spector has died

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Dr. Janet D. Spector, professor emerita, former assistant provost, and groundbreaking scholar of gender studies and American archaeology, died September 13 at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was 66.

New & Visiting Faculty Academic Year 2011-12

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Meet our new faculty here. Or meet them in person at the CLA Assembly meeting on Tuesday, September 27.

Accolades September 22, 2011

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It's part two of our beginning-of-fall-semester Jumbo Edition of Accolades!

Presentations That Zoom!

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Ever feel like PowerPoint limits your creativity? Or that it is too linear for what you want to communicate? Or do you feel it hinders your spatial analysis capabilities? Do you like to incorporate various forms of media in your presentations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may find that Prezi is a presentation tool that fits your style.

Dean's Message: Welcome to the New Academic Year!

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Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the start of the 2011-12 academic year! This is always an exciting and reinvigorating time as we welcome new colleagues and students to our departments and the college and meet with our classes for the first time.
Let me bring you up to date on CLA news.

CLA Commencement Update

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After careful thought and consideration between CLA's commencement committee and CLA's leadership team, the College of Liberal Arts has officially decided that it will no longer hold a fall commencement ceremony in December beginning in 2011. It was determined that a fall commencement ceremony was no longer feasible following the closure of Northrop Auditorium - our traditional venue for commencement - and the fact that when it reopens it will have a much smaller capacity. This news was emailed to all CLA faculty, staff, and students (who were within 75% of their degree completion) in mid-July 2011.

@Home in MN

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Did you know that our out-of-state students leave the University at higher rates during their first year? The Office of Undergraduate Education and Orientation & First-Year Programs are starting a new initiative, @ Home in MN.

Accolades September 8, 2011

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Here's the special end-of-summer, back-to-school Jumbo Edition of CLA Accolades, Part 1.

Mission: Impossible

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"Good morning, Mr. Hansen. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves providing the very best technology services to the faculty, staff, and students in CLA. You must also close 14 audit findings, bring oversight to all independent IT operations in the college, and help guide the future of academic computing. You may make minor changes to the CLA-OIT organization, but you cannot hire more staff, expend more resources, or violate University policies. The community will want you to support every user request regardless of time, expense, or eccentricity, and they'll want you to do it for every smartphone and gadget ever made. You have six months to complete the mission. As always, should any member of your team be caught upsetting anyone, the college will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds..."