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Staffing Announcement

Please find below a message from Interim Dean Duvall:

Dear Colleagues,


As you know, Peggy Berkowitz is retiring from her long-held position supporting the Dean of the College. We will bid Peggy farewell Friday, July 25.


I'm pleased to announce that Kelsey Cook has been appointed to a temporary position as the Dean's primary administrative support person. She will take over many of Peggy's duties, including managing the Dean's calendar and supporting the work of the CLA Assembly.


Many of you may know Kelsey from her years as a student worker in the HR/Faculty office. A 2014 graduate of UMN's Carlson School of Management, Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) in supply chain and operations management, and has provided complex support to the Johnston 212 suite for several years. She has established herself as a highly skilled, motivated, well-liked, and reliable member of the CLA Administration team, and we are thrilled she has agreed to take on such an important role during this time of transition.


For the time being, Kelsey can be reached on the main Dean's Office line (4-2535) or via e-mail at Beginning on Monday, July 28, she can be reached at Peggy's current extension (6-8039).

Please join me in welcoming Kelsey to the Dean's Office.

CLA Open Forum

On Tuesday, Interim Dean Bud Duvall delivered the annual CLA State of the College address, which he is using as a basis of an open and extended conversation about his proposed 2013-2014 agenda.
  • Please advise the people in your units that they will receive both a summary and full text of the speech early Monday.
  • Please urge them to read it and invite them to share with the dean their comments and questions at an open forum (next Monday, September 23, at the In-Flux Auditorium at the Regis Center for Art, noon to 1:30) or by email (subject line: State of the College).

2013 State of the College Address & CLA Open Forum

You are invited to attend the first meeting of the CLA Assembly for the 2013-14 academic year. Interim Dean Bud Duvall will present his plans for how we will advance the College in the annual "State of the College" address, and our new CLA faculty will be introduced. The meeting will be followed by an appetizer reception in honor of new faculty. It's not too late to let us know you're coming - RSVP online.
CLA Assembly
Tuesday, September 17
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey Center
If you're not able to attend the Assembly, Interim Dean Duvall will also be hosting an open forum for the CLA community the following Monday. The forum will provide another opportunity to hear plans and goals for the coming year, as well as ask any questions you may have.
CLA Open Forum
Monday, September 23
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
In-Flux Auditorium
Regis Center for Art

Temporary Collegiate Liaison

One of Dean Duvall's priorities during his tenure as interim dean is to increase communication and collaboration between the college and department administration. He will be meeting more frequently with the college's executive committee and engaging chairs to work with one another and with the college administration to move CLA forward collectively.

It is in this regard that he has asked Katie Louis, the assistant to the chair of Political Science, to serve in a temporary position as collegiate liaison to department administrators. Katie will be working on behalf of the Dean's Office to help integrate the knowledge and concerns of unit administrators into college decisions and operations, while at the same time keeping them better informed about college processes and actions. Katie will be dedicating half of her time to this new role and will report to the dean's chief of staff.

Announcement Regarding Assistant to the Chief of Staff

The following is a message from Jennifer Cieslak, Chief of Staff:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Hana Boston as Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the CLA Dean's Office. Hana starts on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

In this role, Hana will provide support to the dean and chief of staff; work across the administration to coordinate collegiate programs, initiatives and projects; manage and provide oversight for the Dean's Office daily operations; and facilitate communication to and from the Dean's Office.

Hana brings strong experience in liberal arts settings, as well as experience providing broad administrative capacity to the offices of academic leaders. Her professional experience includes serving as Executive Assistant to the President of Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Project and Publicity Manager at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of the Dean of Harvard College.

Hana holds a B.A. in Women's Studies with a concentration in English from Barnard College, and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Hana will have an office in 212 Johnston Hall; her office phone is 612-624-8187 and her email is

I am most grateful to the search committee for their assistance in filling this position: Scott Elton (chair), Peggy Berkowitz, Brent Gustafson, Cynthia Scott from the Office of the President, and Vivian Ramirez (staff to the committee).

Please join me in welcoming Hana Boston to the College of Liberal Arts.


Jennifer Cieslak

Announcement Regarding CLA Associate Deans

The following is a message from Dean Parente:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that Associate Dean Gary Oehlert and Associate Dean Jennifer Windsor have both agreed to continue serving as associate deans in CLA through June 2015. Jennifer and Gary have provided strong, thoughtful and effective leadership for the college during their current terms of appointment, and I am delighted that they will continue to provide steady and strong leadership for collegiate planning and undergraduate education during the upcoming dean transition.

Please join me in thanking Gary and Jennifer for their continued service as associate deans.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Parente

Interim Chief of Staff During Leave

The following is a message from the CLA Chief of Staff, Jennifer Cieslak:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know that Scott Elton will serve as interim chief of staff during my upcoming FMLA. I am expecting a baby in late June and am planning a 12-week leave.  Scott and I have begun to work together to ensure a smooth transition in the chief of staff work and to ensure a smooth transition as Dean Parente concludes his service as dean and the college prepares to welcome an interim dean. Consistent with my chief of staff responsibilities, Scott will also provide interim leadership for the college's Media and PR team during the period of my leave.


Jennifer Cieslak

Open Position: Assistant to the Chief of Staff

The following is a message from the CLA Chief of Staff, Jennifer Cieslak:

Dear Colleagues,
The Dean's Office is searching for an Assistant to the Chief of Staff following Julia Sollien's February departure for a new opportunity at Rasmussen College.  Please see requisition #183300.  Applications received by Monday, March 18 will receive priority. Scott Elton is serving as search committee chair and is available to answer questions. We welcome your interest and/or assistance in encouraging talented candidates to apply.


Jennifer Cieslak

Delegations of Authority

As new department chairs and center directors transition into their roles this summer Dean Parente will delegate appropriate authorities to these individuals. Staff in the dean's office will manage the administrative work of requesting delegation additions or changes through the Office of Institutional Compliance. If you have any questions please contact Julia Sollien at or 612-624-8187. 
CLA Administrators

Attached are the materials that chairs, directors and faculty have received regarding graduate assistants filing cards for a union election. We look to you to play an important role with your chair/director in ensuring that the Maintenance of Status Quo Order is posted, that roles and responsibilities are understood during this period, and that you are a point of contact for questions to the college on this matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your CLA HR Consultant (Wendy; or Margaret; or Associate Dean Alex Rothman ( Thank you, CLA Human Resources

OHR Jan 23 memo to Deans, Directors re card filing.docx

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