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2014 CLA Showcases

Instead of a single CLA Open House, we will offer 6 specialized or targeted showcase events.  All admitted students will be invited to choose one event to attend, and there are 3 distinct agendas for the 3 event locations.  (Please find a .pdf attached if you would like to print).

Dates and Themes
Monday, February 10Monday,February 17Monday,February 24Friday,February 28Friday,
March 7
March 28
Communications, Media, and WritingSociety, Languages, History, & CultureMath, Sciences, and HealthDiscover the Liberal ArtsDiscover the Liberal ArtsVisual and Performing Arts
Coffman UnionCoffman UnionCoffman UnionTCF StadiumTCF StadiumWest Bank Arts Quarter
Agendas (organized by event location)
Coffman Events:Stadium Events:West Bank Arts Event:
12:30 - 1:30  Honors Luncheon
1:00 - 2:00    Information Fair
2:00 - 2:05    Welcome
2:05 - 2:25    Discover CLA
2:40 - 3:15    Breakout Session
3:30 - 4:05    Breakout Session
            (Location/Careers: A+B)
            (Parent Panel: C)
            (Student Panel: D)
4:20 - 4:55    Breakout Session
            (Location/Careers: C+D
            (Parent Panel: A)
            (Student Panel: B)
5:05 - 5:30    Faculty Reception
5:30 - 6:15    Optional Tours
12:00 - 1:00 Honors Luncheon
12:00 - 1:00  MLK Luncheon                            (3/7)
1:00 - 2:00    Information Fair
2:00 - 2:15    Welcome +
2:15 - 2:35    Faculty Speaker
2:50 - 3:20    Breakout Session
                  (Discover CLA: A+B)
                  (Parent's Panel: C)
                  (Student's Panel: D)
3:35 - 4:05    Breakout Session
                 (Discover CLA: C+D)
                 (Parent's Panel: A)
                 (Student's Panel: B)
4:20 - 4:40    Breakout Session
                 (Career and                                 Location)
4:45 - 5:00    Faculty Reception
12:00 - 1:00 Honors Luncheon
1:00  - 2:00   Information Fair
2:00 - 2:30    Welcome
2:30 - 2:50    Discover CLA
3:00 - 4:15    Majors/Tours
                     (Departments                              will determine their
                     own agendas for
                     using this time.)
4:30 - 5:00    Faculty Reception
5:00 - 5:30   Optional Tours
Communication Protocol
Admissions will coordinate most of the event logistics and ALL of the communications. If any interested student or parent contacts CLA, requesting information about this event, please refer them to Steven Baker: Steven G. Baker, Senior Admissions Counselor for the College of Liberal Arts, at 612-626-91251-800-752-1000 or
CLA Staff Involvement     
For these events, staff will be asked to volunteer to help with registration and check-in, manning tables at the Information Fairs, and other event-related tasks. We will also be assisted by Admissions staff and student volunteers.
Here are some of the roles I am seeking volunteers for:
  • Check-in Help
  • Building Captains
  • Reception Set-up
  • Greeters
  • Collecting Evaluations
CLA Faculty Involvement
For the three Coffman events, I will be contacting faculty to seek presenters for breakout sessions. For every event, faculty will also be invited to a special faculty reception that concludes the program, times vary.
Questions/Contact Person
If you have any questions about the planning for these showcases, please contact me, Margie McGee-Newton, the CLA Undergraduate Program Coordinator at, 612-281-6979, or 612-624-5291

2013-14 Instructional Awards - Call for Nominations

Please consider nominating a faculty or staff member from your department for one of this year's prestigious Instructional Awards. We are accepting nominations for the Morse-Alumni, Graduate-Professional, and John Tate Awards.  To learn more about the awards and access nomination forms for all three awards visit the CLA Undergraduate Programs website.
Morse-Alumni AwardGraduate-Professional AwardJohn Tate AwardNominations are due by Friday, November 8, 2013.  Dossiers are due by Friday, December 13, 2013. Please contact Barbara Schwab at or 612-625-7994 if you have questions or need further information.  We look forward to your response.

"Changes to ECAS Procedures" Presentation

Click the link below to download the "Changes to ECAS Procedures" PowerPoint that was presented at last Thursday's CLA NOW meeting. Please download a copy and save it for departmental record. The presentation is full of helpful links that can be directly accessed by right-clicking on the embedded urls and selecting "Open Hyperlink."
Please contact Clare Beer ( if you have any questions.

Subscribe to "CLA Undergraduate Programs Dates & Deadlines" in Google Calendar

After we received a few inquiries, we discovered that it's more difficult to access the new CLA Undergraduate Programs Dates & Deadlines Calendar than previously thought! 
To subscribe to this calendar, here is a new set of navigating instructions: in Google Calendars, click on the drop-down toolbar under "Other Calendars" > "Browse interesting calendars" > "More" tab > "Resources for" > "(MC) CLA (3)" > "(MC) CLA-Undergraduate Programs Dates & Deadlines" > "Subscribe." 
If you have any questions, please contact Clare Beer at

Undergraduate Programs Important Dates & Deadlines is now available as a Google Calendar. To subscribe, search "CLA Undergraduate Programs Dates & Deadlines" and stay current with the latest items for collegiate committees, scholarships, teaching and advising awards and college-wide events.

2013-14 Dates and Deadlines Calendar

The Office of Undergraduate Programs 2013-2014 Dates and Deadlines Calendar is now available:

The calendar features deadlines for CI&A and Course Review, deadlines for teaching and advising awards, and dates for college-wide events.  Check it out!

The College is pleased to announce the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award recipients for the 2012-2013 academic year. The award is sponsored by a gift from the family and friends of the College of Liberal Arts alumnus Arthur Motley and alumni of the College.


The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. It acknowledges tenured or tenure-track faculty who inspire and care, who make themselves approachable, who show an interest in individual students' well-being and in programs for the benefit of students generally, who give of themselves generously in advising, counseling, and directing projects, and who create an active classroom atmosphere. Such faculty members provide a model to undergraduate and graduate students through their own research and teaching, and leave an impression by their efforts which alumni recall with appreciation and esteem.


In sum, the recipient of this award will have enhanced the lives of University of Minnesota students. Please join us in congratulating the following Arthur "Red" Motley award winners:


-Michael Goldman, Department of Sociology

-Kelley Harness, School of Music


The award winners will be recognized and invited to make a brief speech on the importance of great teaching at a special event in the coming academic year. More details from the Dean's Office will be forthcoming.

Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

The College invites nominations for this year's CLA "Red" Motley teaching award. Faculty members must be nominated by at least five CLA undergraduate and/or graduate students.

A description of the award, nomination form, and dossier cover sheet may be downloaded (all are PDFs) on the CLA website at or obtained from the CLA Undergraduate Programs Office, 115 Johnston Hall, (612) 624-8675.  Please note the deadline has been extended for both the nomination form and dossier materials.

Nomination Forms
are due in 115 Johnston Hall by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013. The Undergraduate Programs Office will contact the home department of each nominated faculty member and will provide guidelines for preparing a complete nomination dossier. The department prepares the nomination dossier for the faculty member.

are due in 115 Johnston Hall on Friday, April 19, 2013. Departments are asked to submit the original plus 9 copies.

The CLA Instructional Awards Committee will review the dossiers and make a recommendation to the Dean. If you need further information, please contact Barbara Schwab at 612-624-8675 or

Request for Volunteers

Mark your calendars! The 2013 CLA Open House for Admitted Students is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Open House is CLA's largest recruitment event of the year. It's an opportunity to invite admitted students and their families to celebrate their admission to the college, and sample the excitement that awaits them in CLA. The goal of the event is to encourage undecided students to confirm their enrollment and to reaffirm already-decided students. 

We need your help! Staff volunteers play a vital role in making CLA's Open House successful. Choose to volunteer for the A.M. session, P.M. session, or all day. 

Click here to register by Friday, February 15th!

Talle Family Scholarship Program

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Talle Family Scholarship Program, the first college-wide scholarships for undergraduate students. Talle Family scholarships are distinctive in their focus on inspiring, rewarding, and supporting academic excellence among CLA undergraduates. The 10 scholarships will be awarded to students who show exceptional achievement in their major fields. The scholarships will cover the full cost of a year's tuition and fees for students in their senior year.  Each CLA department may nominate up to two rising seniors for a scholarship. Honoring the donor's request, one scholarship is reserved for a French major and one for a history major.

The deadline to submit a brief nomination form is Friday, February 15, 2013. Complete nomination materials are due by Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Barbara Schwab in Undergraduate Programs ( will be the key contact person as we move forward on this new initiative.  Find below a copy of the Talle Family Scholarship Program guidelines and nomination form for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Talle Family_Scholarship_Guidelines.pdf

2012-13 Talle Family Scholarship Nomination Form.docx

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