Monday Minute, June 7, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Now that things have slowed over the summer, my Monday Minutes will appear sporadically and may contain a greater variety of news, as is the case today.

We have already begun planning the next Design Intersections symposium, which will likely occur in the Coffman Union Theater in late March or early April 2011 (and not over spring break, as happened this year). The theme will focus on what design can do to improve health care, with opportunities for our faculty to give short talks on their health-related work, either live or pre-taped, interspersed with local and national speakers. We welcome your ideas for outside speakers (including controversial ones), your thoughts about a symposium title and angles to cover, and an indication of your interest in possibly participating. Send your suggestions to Lori Mollberg, lmollber@umn.edu.

Faculty members, it is not too early to think about participating in the New Student Convocation, scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. in Mariucci Arena. Faculty participation in convocation provides a welcoming experience for new students, so do try to attend if you can. You can register online, by Friday, July 16, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Vice Provost Laura Coffin Koch, 612-624-1085 or koch@umn.edu.

Finally, you may have noticed in The Atlantic, Richard Florida's "Bohemian Index" of cities with the greatest number of artists, designers, entertainers, musicians, and writers. The Twin Cities came in eighth out of the top ten, ahead of cities we often find ourselves compared with like San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston, and not far behind New York and Los Angeles. We often say that the Twin Cities offer prospective students one of many good reasons to come to a college like ours, and this index will certainly help us make that point.

Tom

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