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1st Annual Alternative Energy Conference

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Interested in renewable energy?

Come to the 1st Annual Alternative Energy Conference
December 6th from 5-7PM
STSS 118
Food will be provided!

Come explore different energy technologies including renewable energies such as Geothermal, Solar, Wind, and others! The 1st Annual Alternative Energy Conference, hosted by the Active Energy Club, will inform all students about different opportunities and technologies in the energy field. Presented in an open house format, the Alternative Energy Conference lets you learn about what you're interested in - no prior knowledge or experience is necessary. We hope to see you all there!

Questions? Contact AEC at

Discussion on Climate & the GLBTQ Community at the U of M

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Wednesday, December 1 from 12-1p.m. in Room 120 of Coffey Hall the St. Paul GLBTA Advisory Committee is hosting an Informal Discussion on Climate & the GLBTQ Community at the U of M to address "How welcoming is our campus?"

This fall we've seen considerable news coverage of teen suicide and bullying, and folks are finally having some important conversations about what we need to make our schools and workplaces safe(er) and affirming spaces for ALL students and employees. In this informal discussion, we'll take a look at some of the educational efforts coming out of this focus on bullying, including the It Gets Better Video Project and Put This on the Map video & education project.

We'll also share information about a climate survey being developed by the St. Paul GLBTA Advisory Committee, and discuss how all students, staff, faculty and community members can be involved in assessing and improving our climate around GLBTQ issues.

May Session 2011: May 19 - June 11- Examine GLBT communities of Amsterdam and Berlin while learning about the historical context. During this 3-week, 3-credit program, students will meet with GLBT activists and visit monuments and sites of GLBT history; examine the social history of homosexuality and GLBT identity in Amsterdam and Berlin; and explore GLBT monuments and museums as well as concentration camps where GLBT individuals were housed. Led by Anne Phibbs, Director of the GLBTA Programs Office. Approved for the Historical Perspectives core and Global Perspectives theme. Receive credit for GLBT 3610. For more information, visit the Global Seminars webpage or contact Anne Phibbs at or 612-625-8519.

Tongues United- Queer People of Color is back on campus

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Queer People of Color (QPOC) is back on campus, under a new name: Tongues Untied! Join us for bi-monthly discussions with other GLBTQ Students of Color. With the growing population of GLBTQ students & faculty of color on predominately white and heteronormative college campuses, we see the need to create a space we can call our own to discuss issues that affect us, and have respectful open discussions concerning the intersection of race and sexual identity. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, community members -- all are welcome! Though we appreciate our white allies, we ask that attendance be limited to GLBTQ people of color. Meetings will be held every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in Appleby Hall 41. For more info, contact Jason Jackson at Check us out on our Facebook page!

E3 2010- Energy, Economic, & Environmental Conference

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E3 2010: The Midwest's Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference will take place Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota from 9 a.m.-4p.m. This year's conference features keynote addresses by international energy expert Daniel Kammen and US Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Nicole Lamb-Hale, as well as breakout sessions, networking opportunities, exhibitor display booths and research posters.

This year's conference will also include a second-day workshop focused on wind energy, produced by the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL). Featuring speakers from industry, academe, state government, national labs and the Department of Energy, the workshop will take place at the RiverCentre on Wednesday, December 1.

To view the full event listing and buy tickets, visit the site here.

A Night of Hip-Hop- Lecture and Music by Common

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December 3rd, 8p.m., in the Great Hall of Coffman Union, A Night of Hip Hop is being held with Common. Common, known as "The King of Conscious Hip-Hop," is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor who advocates for the power of following your passions. The son of a teacher, Common found refuge in the educational system as a child. His many professional and personal successes are the result of a solid foundation gained while in school and at home with his mother. To give back, Common started the Common Ground Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes educational programs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available online or in person at the Coffman Union and St. Paul Student Center Info Desks.

Event- The Election is Over... What Now?

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Join the College Republicans and other groups for an event about how to stay politically active when it is no longer election season. This event is Wednesday, December 15th, from 7-10p.m. in the President's Room of Coffman Memorial Union. Featuring food and a guest speaker, this event will provide students with insight as to remaining involved in politics when there aren't campaigns to work on. Sponsored in part by the MSA Grants Committee.

Event- Global Poverty Crisis

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Join Multicultural Volunteers in Action as they present an event to raise awareness on global poverty. It is being held in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union next Friday, December 3rd from 4-6p.m. Featuring food from around the world, this event will have speakers and films to highlight the problems associated with poverty and solutions for how to solve poverty. Sponsored in part by the MSA Grants Committee.

Volunteer at Elementary Schools

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Teaching SMART is a University of Minnesota student volunteer group comprised of both undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. Their mission is to excite all students, especially those from underrepresented groups, about science and related disciplines, and to expose them to the opportunities of receiving a higher education. They run after-school science clubs and in-class "Science Breaks" to give elementary school students the opportunity to learn about science, math, technology and research through a series of experiments and hands-on activities.

Get Involved! Currently, Teaching SMART works with three area elementary schools, and one of our goals for next semester is to expand into two additional schools. Before they can get started, however, **they need to recruit four to five U of M students willing to act as School Coordinators, starting in January 2011**.

Any U of M undergrad or graduate student is eligible--no experience necessary. Just have good organizational skills and be enthusiastic about teaching science and math to local kids! Fall 2010 volunteer sessions are going on right now. They encourage interested individuals to attend a session this semester to see what it's like!

*The Job Description.* School coordinators are responsible for keeping track of the semester's "curriculum" for one school. This entails making sure your school has a volunteer lesson leader each week and that there are enough volunteer assistants for the lesson leader. Coordinators are expected to attend most of the weekly sessions over the course of the semester, in addition to attending occasional officer meetings. Each school will have two coordinators, so you won't be alone! Weekly hours spent on Teaching SMART will fluctuate, but expect anywhere from 2 - 5 hours/week, including time spent traveling to your school and attending sessions.

If you are interested in becoming a school coordinator or regular volunteer, or have any questions at all, please email us at More information can be found at their website here.

Volunteer as a Facilitator Women Reading for Equity and Diversity

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The Women R.E.A.D. program is kicking off January 2011 and training will be held November 30th. The program consists of ten book groups for women employees with a focus on equity and diversity, leadership and empowerment. If you are interested facilitating a book group and want to volunteer as a co-facilitator of a book group discussing equity and diversity.

Email for more information.

Volunteer with Project for Pride in Living

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Project for Pride in Living runs an after school program for two different age groups of kids (1st-3rd, and 4th-8th graders) in the Van Cleeve Park area. The younger group meets Monday, Wednesday, and the older group meets Tuesday, Thursday. Wednesdays and Thursdays are enrichment nights, and they could really use some help these nights. These nights are fun in nature and involve going on a field trip to museums, and other similar community organizations. A student could choose to just come along on one or two field trips throughout the school year and not feel committed to having to be involved week in week out. However, I'm sure they would love that.

Contact Lucy Voller if your interested or have any questions at

Volunteer for Dance Marathon- Info Sessions Nov 22nd & 23rd

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Help Kids in the Fight Against Aids by volunteering with University of Minnesota Dance Marathon. They are holding Info Sessions November 22nd & 23rd from 8-8:30p.m. in Conference Rooms 326 & 324 of Coffman Memorial Union. This is a fun way to serve your community, meet new people, and make a difference in the lives of children. You can help raise awareness and money n the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS benefiing One Heartland and the Minneapolis Community.

Check out Dance Marathon at the U of M here.

Venture Lab Minnesota- Student Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

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This weekend marks the launching of Ashoka's Youth Venture: Venture Lab as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. This Saturday, November 20th, at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. This event and program is exclusively to undergraduates of Minnesota Colleges and Universities.

Attend the Venture Lab to develop your idea with the support of business and social entrepreneurs. They'll get started bright and early (with plenty of coffee and pastries) at 9 AM and conclude the day by 5 PM. Then, complete the Venture Blueprint by February 15th in order to be eligible for up to $1,000 in seed funding and to compete for an additional $10,000 grant through YV's partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Space is limited and will be full any time, so register here now.

Questions? Email Spectra Myers @ or call 612.455.1628 for more information!

HMSA Heritage Day- November 20th, 2010

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Interested in learning more about Hmong culture? Want to show your support for our Hmong students? Consider attending Heritage Day!

The Hmong Minnesota Student Association is putting on this wonderful event for Hmong Heritage Day: Hmongmoir.

This is a student directed event that stresses the importance of finding ones heritage through the eyes of their mothers and fathers. Hmongmoir is not only a story of how the Hmong came to be in the United States, but also acknowledges the journey and sacrifices taken by the past generations for their children.

SEE amazing actors/actress, LISTEN to amazing music, FEEL the passion, and TASTE the delicious food!

Saturday, November 20, 2010
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center
The event is free and includes food, music, dance, acting and more!

Volunteer Opportunity- Sister's Camelot Sustainable Foodshare

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Sister's Camelot distributes tons of free fresh organic produce and whole foods throughout Minneapolis in a brightly colored bus. The food share committee and volunteers do "random drops" where we share food unannounced at a busy intersection or neighborhood park. We meet people, discuss good nutrition and share food. After sharing, overripe produce is composted at local community gardens.

Find out how you can lend your time at Sister's Camelot here.

Volunteer as a Part-Time Tutor at a school near campus!

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Make a difference in a child's life--become a part-time Tutor!

Did you know there are several schools in the same neighborhoods where you might live? SE Como has two new schools in the Tuttle School facility (18th SE and Como), Marcy Holmes/ Dinkytown area has Marcy Open (4th St SE and 4th Ave SE) and Prospect Park/Stadium Village has Pratt School (Malcolm and University). That doesn't even include the opportunities at park facilities, and other community organizations.

Want to help? Contact Rachel at to find a good fit.

Two Peer Advisors needed for The Community Service-Learning Center

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The CSLC is hiring two new Peer Advisors to join their team next semester. We are looking for students who have past experience with and passion for community involvement and service-learning. Work-study is required and preference is given to students with at least four semesters left before graduation. Deadline for applications is Friday, December 3rd.

Attached is the full position and description. Peer_Advisor_Spring 2011.docx

Tim King- Minnesota Minority Education Partnership Conference

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Next Thursday, November 18th, Tim King, People Magazine Hero of the Year 2010, is presenting to the University of Minnesota for the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership conference and you are invited to see his keynote address via webcast in Coffman Theatre. The doors will open at 11:45a.m. and Mr. King will speak from 12:15-1p.m.

Tim King, People Magazine Hero of the Year 2010, is founder, president and CEO of Urban Prep Academies. Urban Prep schools are the only public all-boys schools in the state of Illinois. Approximately 85 percent of Urban Prep students are economically disadvantaged and all are African American. Urban Prep students consistently outscore their counterparts in traditional public schools on standardized tests. Currently, Urban Prep is ranked 3rd of 98 Chicago Public high schools in achievement. This spring every member of the 107 student graduating class at Urban Prep was admitted to college.

Come be a part of a unique experience! All are welcome!

Come to the Interrogating Complicities by the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Today, November 15, and tomorrow, November 16. It is being held all day and you can check the schedule here.

How can Queer Studies and Postcolonial Studies dialogue as fields of critical inquiry that are invoked in opposition to dominant ways of framing gender, sexuality, and the nation? Scholarship across these two disciplines have revealed fissures that persist as obstacles in this conversation. By accepting "queer" as always resistant, we risk equating it uncritically with the "modern" and "the progressive". Likewise, Postcolonial Studies has been charged with insufficiently questioning heteronormative structures. This conference seeks to bring into focus both the collusions and the contradictions that erupt at the intersections of these two fields.

How does the category "queer" and the critical practice of "queering" translate, as it travels from its historical specificity in the US to other global, postcolonial contexts? Does the postcolonial get elided within discussions of Queer transnational and globalization studies? The conference showcases work that asks these questions, among others, and invites discussion on the possible complicity of the postcolonial and the queer with the normative.

AmeriCorps Recruitment Walk-in Hours

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Have you always wondered what it would be like to work for AmeriCorps? Well, now is your chance to find out. CEHD Career Services will be hosting walk-in hours with AmeriCorps Representative, Emily Shor on Tuesday, November 16th from 11:00am-1:00pm. Come stop by career services STSS Building 411 to learn more and speak with a recruiter.

Visit the event site, for more information about the event here.

Minnesota Reading Corps- Tutors Needed

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Minnesota Reading Corps is holding a Recruitment & Information Session next Tuesday, November 16th, from 3-4:30pm in Room 325 of the Education Sciences Building.

Be a part of something big. Become a Literacy Tutor or Math Enrichment Tutor. Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps are AmeriCorps programs that are helping ensure that all Minnesota youth are on track to read by the end of third grade and algebra ready by eighth grade. To learn more about current positions and the next steps to apply, please come to this session on Tuesday, 11/16.

For more information, please visit the full event posting here.

Project Footsteps On-Campus Recruiting Session

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Attend the Project Footsteps On-Campus Recruiting Session, November 18th from 11-12p.m. in Room 518/520 of the STSS Building.

Come speak with Nou Yang and Steve Lottes from Project Footsteps, to learn about their current internship and volunteer opportunities. Please feel free to bring your resumes for submission, but it is not required to attend the event. Light refreshments will be provided by the employer.

The mission of Project Footsteps is to inspire, empower and prepare youth and community to be agents of change, social leaders and volunteers.

Project Footsteps centers all programs and collaborations on its mission to inspire, empower and prepare youth to be agents of change, social leaders and volunteers. Our programs empower and prepare young people to actively create positive change in their community through action-based projects and service to others. Empowering young people to create change ultimately inspires adults and communities to believe in its possibility.

Positions they are recruiting for:

Program facilitators go out to various locations throughout the Twin Cities and conduct our youth programs.



Human Resources

Community Relations

Program Operations

These courses that will allow them to work in community organizations and/or to complete project-based learning for community organizations next semester.

Spring 2011 Courses with Community Service-Learning

AAS 3251W Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender

AHS 1602 The Future Physician III: Experiences in Health

AMIN 3711 Dakota Culture and History

BIOL 2301-001 and -002 Leadership and Service

BIOL 3610 Internship Professional Experience in Biological Sciences

CHIC 1275/3275 Service Learning in the Chicano/Latino Community

CLA 2005 Introduction to Liberal Education and Responsible Citizenship

COMM 1101 Introduction to Public Speaking (sections taught by Liora Elias and Shannon Stevens)

COMM 1313W Analysis of Argument (section taught by Raechel Tiffe)

CPSY 4996 Field Study in Child Psychology

Dako 1122 Beginning Dakota II
Dako 3124 Intermediate Dakota II
Dako 4122 Beginning Dakota II
Dako 4124 Intermediate Dakota II
Dako 5129 Advanced Dakota Language II

DES 3331 Street Life Urban Design Seminar

EDPA 3010-002 Engaging in Community Action and Change

EDPA 3402 Leadership Minor Field Experience

ENGL 1501W -001, -002, -003 Literature of Public Life

EngL 3506 Community Learning Internship

EngL 3741 -001, -002, -003 Literacy and American Cultural Diversity

EPSY 3133 Practicum: Service Learning, Psychology of Multiculturalism in Education

ESPM 3011W Ethics in Natural Resources

FSOS 4296 Field Study Working With Families

GDES 3352-002 Graphic Design II: Identity and Symbols

GLBT 3301 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Social Movements in the United States

GLOS 3402 Human Rights Internship

LA 3514/LA 5514 Making the Mississippi

Mgmt 3033V Business Communication

Mgmt 4000 Issues in Nonprofit Management

NSCI 4167 Neuroscience in the Community

PA 3402 Leadership Minor Field Experience

PSTL 1004-005, 006 Statistics

PSTL 1006-004, 005 Mathematical Modeling and Prediction

PSTL 1211-001, -002 Multicultural Perspectives in Sociology

PSTL 2214W Community Learning

PSY 3301 Introduction to Cultural Psychology

PSY 3902W -003, 006 Major Project in Psychology- Community Engagement

PSY 4012 Behavior Analysis and Autism

SW 2501W Introduction to Social Justice

SW 3301 GLBT Social Movements

SW 3501 Theories and Practices of Social Change Organizing

SW 3702 Introduction to Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Intervention and Prevention

SW 4501 Senior Seminar in Social Justice

SLHS 3402W Major Project in Speech and Hearing Science

SLS 3001W Basics in Teaching ESL

SOC 3211W American Race Relations

SOC 3251W Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender

SOC 3452 Education and Society

SOC 4966W - 002, -003 Major Project Seminar

SPAN 3401 Latino Immigration and Community Service

SPAN 3404 Medical Spanish and Community Health Service

WRIT 4501 Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication

U of M's "Week of Kindness" Nov 15-19

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Go out of your way to be kind and make this campus a better, friendlier place all.

November 16, 2010 from 4:30-5:30p.m. in Room 289 of Hubert H. Humphrey Center there is an event to celebrate Kindness and all of its holdings.

You can also sign up to volunteer your time to support the cause, sign up here. Check out the facebook page for extensive information about the Week of Kindness here.

Hazing Prevention Week- Nov 15-22

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Do your part to prevent hazing!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010
Coffman Contact Table
10am - 2pm
Anti-Hazing Pledge Drive

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Coffman President's Room
3pm - 5pm
Pros and Cons of Hazing Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Coffman Theatre
7pm - 9pm
Hazing in the Media
*Considering 2010 movies such as Remember Me and Hellweek*

Friday, November 19, 2010
Hazing Prevention Week Essay Contest
"Defining Hazing & Taking Action"
Winners Announced
* Essays will be accepted from students, parents, administrators, advisors, etc. Essays should be typed, double-spaced and not longer than 1000 words. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three essays: 1st - $100, 2nd - $75, 3rd - $50.

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery (
7am - 5pm (in 7 different shifts)
Day of Service

Sunday, November 21, 2010
Coffman "The Whole"
7pm - 9pm
Mocktail Party

Monday, November 22, 2010
Willey Hall
Travis Apgar Presents Hazing: The Fallout (
*Travis has something to say about hazing as both an athlete and a fraternity member*

You are invited to learn about and discuss specific solutions that make a difference toward narrowing the educational achievement gap within Minnesota's American Indian community. It is being held Monday, November 15th, 2010 at the American Indian Magnet School (Loretta Gagnon Circle Room, 1075 East Third Street, St. Paul, MN 55106) from 5-8p.m.

Everyone is welcome! Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit the site here.

Volunteer- Become a Students in Action Coach

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The Jefferson Awards, through the Students in Action program, is working to double volunteering in high schools and pass the tradition of volunteering and service on to the next generation. As a Students in Action Coach, you will help the Jefferson Awards achieve that goal by working side-by-side with student leaders at high schools across the Twin Cities as they build awareness and participation in volunteerism and service.

Attend one of the following information sessions to learn more about becoming a Students in Action Coach:

Tuesday, November 16th at Noon in Room 226 of Appleby Hall


Wednesday, November 17th at 5p.m. in Room 121 of the STSS building

For more information contact:
Tracy R. Thompson
Regional Director
Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Phone: 612-708-2922

Social Justice Leadership Retreat- Deadline November 11th

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The University of Minnesota offers many opportunities, but few are as powerful as the January 15-17 Social Justice Leadership Retreat (SJLR). The SJLR focuses on developing and fostering diversity and social justice leaders committed to improving the campus climate for all students and working towards a more just society. The 3 day retreat takes 56 students along with 18 facilitators away from campus to explore issues of identity, oppression, and how to make an impact on campus and in the community after the retreat. Over 500 students have attended our retreats over the last six years and those students are having a powerful impact on campus and in the community using what they learned and the connections they made.

This retreat involves students of all class levels, majors, and identities and utilizes interactive activities, personal story telling, and the collective wisdom of those who are attending. If you are someone who believes in a safe and inclusive campus, enjoys meeting new people, is comfortable sharing and listening to stories, and is looking for powerful experiences that will last a lifetime, then this retreat is for you! When past participants were asked if they would recommend this retreat to other University of Minnesota student over 80% answered "Strongly Agree" and almost all of the others answered "Agree."

To find out more information about the retreat and to apply online, please check out our website. The application deadline for the retreat is Thursday, November 11.

This is an important opportunity that all students should consider. It is open to all students, so feel free to pass this message on to residents, friends, and classmates that you think might be interested.

Here are some important details about the retreats:
When: January 15-17, departing at 12:45 PM on the 15th and returning around 4 PM on 17th
Where: Camp Friendship (60 miles northwest of the Twin Cities)
Who: 56 students and 18 facilitators from all areas of campus, students living on campus and off campus are welcome to apply
Cost: Participants are requested to pay a $20 materials fee (Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for financial reasons). All other expenses, including transportation, food, and lodging, will be covered by the University of Minnesota. The fee does not need to be paid until early December.

ISSS Short Term Programs Positions- Deadline November 17th

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ISSS Short Term Programs Positions Posting

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Minnesota has the opportunity, through its Short Term Programs division to conduct several short-term study abroad programs during the Spring 2011 term for individuals from around the globe. Participants in the programs will attend lectures, make field visits and participate in small group discussions. Generally, these programs explore current U.S. American culture, cross-cultural competencies, language immersion and the overall study abroad experience. Specific programs may also focus on a thematic area such as U.S Culture, US higher education, or leadership. Specifically designed for participants who are in the midst of studying abroad, these programs seek to equip international students and scholars with strategies that will assist them in successfully approaching, understanding and evaluating their language and cultural learning processes and experiences. These programs also seek to inform participants about life and culture in the United States by directly engaging them in interactions with citizens from a variety of backgrounds. Throughout the programs, participants will actively participate in a mixture of discussions, presentations, outside visits, reflective writings, workshops, and related projects.

We seek to hire several undergraduate and graduate students to work as student mentors or administrative support. Most positions will require a commitment of approximately 15 - 20 hours per week. There will be some additional required training (see below).

All programs require weekend or evening commitments. Past evening and weekend activities have included outdoor and indoor experiences in Northern Minnesota and attendance at various community events, as well as attending airport arrivals and departures. While dates and times would be set in advance, mentors who accept one of the open positions must be willing to participate in activities which occur outside of the standard Monday - Friday workweek.

Start and End Date
• Position is to begin on or about December 1, 2010, with an average of 10-20 hours/week through December 23rd for program preparation
• Candidates must be available Full time the week January 10-14 (including the evenings and overnight January 12-13) for program preparation and additional required training
• Preference may be given to candidates available the week of January 3-7 for program preparation
• Position will be part-time (average 15-20 hours/week) beginning January 18th for program delivery and wrap up
• Position end point will depend upon the program assigned to you (this will range between March 31st and June 15th)

Additional Training Date
• Candidates must be available for required office training. You will be asked your availability for this training if you are invited to an interview
• Wednesday December 8, 1-3 p.m. - 15 passenger van training

Pay Rate
The hours are to be paid at the hourly rate range of $8.50-15.10/hour, with the average weekly hours from 15 to 20 hours/week. The total number of hours for these responsibilities of the position shall not exceed 180-400 hours over the course of the position without prior permission. These projects are short term and as a result, do not include any benefits.

Responsibilities may include:
• Logistical tasks such as airport pick-ups and drop-offs and event planning
• Facilitating small group discussions and reflection/discussion sections with participants from multiple countries
• Attending site visits as well as program events in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends
• Maintaining and updating program budget, including meeting budget goals
• Maintain a valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license
• Completing University of Minnesota 15 passenger van training
• Creation of program binder and other participant materials
• Accompanying participants on visits to business, government, educational and non-governmental agencies. These visits are designed to augment the learning that takes place in lectures and discussions
• Assisting instructors in coordinating all classroom activities for course or presentation components of the program. This includes:
o Coordinating guest speakers and making any necessary final arrangements including AV and all other logistical needs
o Developing discussion questions for students
o On days when guest speakers will not be present, provide course content, select readings, provide lecturettes and facilitate activities and discussions
o Attend lectures as assigned
• Assisting in ongoing and final program evaluation and reporting
• Assist in coordinating and facilitating participant orientation and program wrap-up
• Coordinate field trips (including trips to Northern Minnesota and other out of town locations) and make necessary arrangements for all other logistical needs (possibly including transportation needs)
• Other duties as assigned

Required Skills
• Interest and experience in the topic of intercultural education and/or leadership
• Knowledge of U.S. institutions and culture
• Group facilitation skills with non-native speakers of English
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to communicate effectively with other staff members
• Ability to work well independently and also as part of a team
• Current US or Canadian Driver's license and the ability and willingness to be trained to drive a 15 passenger van
• Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility to deal with last minute programming changes
Brief description of the programs

1) RIEA (Russia International Education Administration) Program. This program offers 10 Russian International Education Professionals an opportunity to learn more about international education in the context of the U.S. Each of the 4 weeks of the program focuses on a particular theme:
1. Internationalization of the campus and curriculum;
2. International Student & Scholar Services;
3. Learning Abroad; and
4. A capstone week.
o The actual program begins January 20th, and ends February 19th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around April 1st, 2011 (exact date to be determined), with the bulk of the program work hours to occur between January 3rdth - February 19th, 2011.
o The hours for this position between January 20th - February 19th, 2010 are expected to average 20 hours/week. The total number of hours for the responsibilities of the position shall not exceed 200 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.
o Interest and experience in the topic of international education, including international student advising and counseling, learning abroad advising and administration, and strategies for internationalizing a campus are strongly desired.
o Candidates with interest in Russian culture and higher education and ideally some proficiency in the Russian language are encouraged to apply.

2) Education for a Global Citizen (EFGC): The EFGC program is an intensive undergraduate program that explores current U.S. American culture, cross-cultural competencies, language immersion and the overall study abroad experience. This program seeks to equip international students with strategies that will assist them in successfully approaching, understanding and evaluating their language and cultural learning processes and experiences. The program also seeks to inform students about life and culture in the United States by directly engaging students in interactions with citizens from a variety of backgrounds. Highlights of the program include:
1. Weekly Academic Field Programs integrated into the English and Culture course materials
2. Classroom time focusing on U.S. Culture and Intercultural Competence and Communication
3. Weekly small discussion groups
o The actual program is anticipated to begin January 25th, and end May 27th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around June 15th (exact date to be determined).
o Depending upon the size of the group, the total number of hours for the responsibilities of the position shall not exceed 400 - 500 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.

3) Intensive English & Culture Course for Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Students (APU): For the past several years, APU has been sending groups of students to the University of Minnesota for intensive English and cultural immersion programs. ISSS partners with the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) to provide an experiential learning program which is integrated with and builds upon the ESL classroom component of the program. This year we are expecting a group of 14 undergraduate students (typically primarily Japanese) for a 6 week program that will take place in February and March. Highlights of the program include:
1. Weekly Academic Field Programs integrated into the English and Culture course materials
2. Classroom time focusing on U.S. Culture and Intercultural Competence and Communication
o The actual program is anticipated to begin February 6th, and end March 19th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around April 15th, 2011 (exact date to be determined), -including working over the U of MN spring break.
o The total number of hours for the responsibilities of these positions shall not exceed 250 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.

4) The Study of U.S. Women's Leadership: A five week - long program for 20 undergraduate participants. The goals of the program are to:
1. Examine the history of women's participation in public, non-profit, and private life in the U.S. and efforts to engage women worldwide.
2. Explore the issues faced by women leaders in the state of Minnesota as well as the global linkages among women leaders.
3. Learn to appreciate the role that culture and context play in shaping leadership styles open to women both in the U.S. and in the participants' home countries.
4. Develop project management skills appropriate in the U.S. context and adaptable to women's home countries.
5. Create friendships among their fellow participants and among other students, guest speakers, and community members that will last beyond this time in Minnesota.
6. To understand and experience the diversity in the U.S. in terms of socioeconomics, ethnicity, and gender. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Academy for Educational Development.
o The actual program is anticipated to begin January 28th and end March 2nd, 2011, with the positions likely to end around April 15th, 2011 (exact date to be determined).
o The hours for this position between January 28th - March 2nd, 2011 are expected to average 10-20 hours/week. Depending upon the position, the total number of hours for the responsibilities shall not exceed 200 - 300 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.
o Interest and experience in the topic of leadership, particularly women in leadership, are strongly desired.

Please submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to apply for these openings. Please indicate in an attachment to your cover letter a) your availability for all weeks November 29, 2010 through June 15, 2011, b) if you are at least 19 years old, c) whether you hold a valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license and are willing to train and drive a 15 passenger van, and d) any time restrictions you may have during the programs. Although we will consider you for the full pool of positions, in your cover letter, please indicate the program(s) in which you have the most interest.

For questions or to apply:
Leah C. Brink


The Tretter Collection

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Saving Our Lives Exhibit: Nov 1, 2010 - Jan 28, 2011

Opening Reception: November 5, 2010 from 11:30- 2:00 p.m. with a Special Presentation at noon.

Community Open House: November 13, 2010 from 11:00- 2:00 p.m.

Both taking place in Anderson Library.

Learn about GLBT history when you visit "Saving Our Lives," an exhibit featuring the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. This internationally acclaimed collection at the University of Minnesota provides a historical snapshot of the GLBT movement through over 40,000 items--books, unpublished manuscripts, personal papers, textiles, film, photographs, artifacts, and archives from individuals and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. You can access this wonderful collection on Anderson Library, Suite 111.

Learn more about the Tretter Collection and events here.

Is Law School for you? Going to Law School?

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Are you thinking about going to Law School?
This workshop is for any U of M student considering it. They will talk about the skills you need, and how to decide if law school's a good fit for you. Also, they'll provide tips about getting into law school, and what you can do to prepare.

The next workshop is Tuesday, November 9th, from 12:45-2p.m. in Room 411 in the STSS building.

Going to Law School?
This free workshop is for students who know they're going to law school and would like guidance about the application process. We'll discuss application materials and deadlines, and how to prepare your application materials so that you're the best law school applicant you can be. This workshop is open to all U of M students.

The next workshop is Wednesday, November 10th, from 10a.m.-11:15a.m. in Room 411 in the STSS building.

Business Careers for CLA Majors

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Next Friday, November 12th, 2010, The College of Liberal Arts is holding this spectacular event from 11:45a.m.-1p.m. in Room 135 of Nicholson Hall. Learn how a Liberal Arts major can lead to a successful business career. They'll tell you which skills businesses look for and how to acquire them. Also, they'll provide an information-packet about business-related majors, minors and internships.

Featured speakers include U of M / CLA alumni working in business-related fields. They'll offer advice and answer your questions.

This event is free and you don't have to register in advance to attend.

Feel free to bring your lunch, they'll provide cookies!

History Day Mentor- Spring Semester

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Are you interested in being a History Day mentor this Spring? A History Day mentor
assists junior/high school students in the Twin Cities on their History Day projects. And a stipend is included ($12/hr) along with a 3 credit HIST course.

If so, contact Andrew Grover at

Student Veterans Appreciation Day- Tuesday, November 11th

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Tuesday, November 11th in the Northrop Plaza you are invited to join the University in recognizing student veterans for their service and sacrifice for our country. Starting at 11:30 a.m. there is a commemorative ceremony with the Color Guard, Minnesota Marching Band Brass Quintet, and guest speakers. Lunch follows from 12-1:30 p.m.

Service Learning Spring Break in Guatemala

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Spend Spring Break 2011 working with Guatemalan students and families! The University of Minnesota Vision Team will work with Common Hope's staff March 12-19 in Antigua, Guatemala. The cost of the trip is only $1000 plus airfare.

This University of Minnesota Vision Team will experience the people, culture, and beauty of Guatemala as team members work with Common Hope's staff during a Spring Break trip to Antigua, Guatemala, in March 2011. Team members will receive pre-trip planning and orientation before participating in service projects on site in Guatemala.

Team members will stay at Common Hope's project site in comfortable dorm-style accommodations. Participants will include U of M students and U of M parents; while families are encouraged to sign up together, it is not necessary for students to have their parents participate.

Visit the site here for more information and to apply now.

Volunteer Abroad this Summer- Paulo Freire Grant

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The Paulo Freire International Community Service Grant Application Deadline is Wed, Dec 1, 2010. However, Tuesday, November 16th, at 3 p.m. in Room 110 in Heller Hall, there is an Information Session to explain the Grant and program.

The Learning Abroad Center, in partnership with the Community Service-Learning Center, sponsors students to participate in community service projects abroad. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to selected University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduate students.

The grant program is named after Paulo Freire, an educator and leader who sought to empower the oppressed through literacy programs that encouraged social and political awareness. In this spirit, the grant emphasizes how human oppression and liberation overlap with community service and international work.

Visit the site here to learn more information.

HECUA Information Session- Tuesday, November 9th

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What is HECUA?? Come find out next Tuesday, Nov 9th, from 12-1p.m. in Room 303 of Coffman Memorial Union.

HECUA offers off-campus study programs that address some of the most important issues of our time. Each program takes undergraduate students off campus to engage in hands-on learning through classes, field work, and an internship. During this info session, you'll learn more about these HECUA programs:

* City Arts - explore the role of art in creating social change (16 credits - spring semester)
* Environmental Sustainability - explore the impact of science, public policy, and community action on the environment (16 credits - Fall semester)
* MUST: Poverty, Inequality and Social Change - explore poverty and inequality in the Twin Cities (16 credits - fall or spring semester)
* Writing for Social Change - explore the role creative writers, spoken word artists, and literature play in creating social change (16 credits - fall semester)
* Civil Rights Movement: History and Consequences - explore the US Civil Rights Movement through a 2-week tour of the South (4-6 credits - May-term)
* Environment and Agriculture: Sustainable Food Systems - understand sustainability through the lens of the US food system (4-6 credits - May-term)

We are currently accepting applications for the spring 2011 semester programs (City Arts and MUST). The application deadline is December 1st. For more information or to apply for one of these programs, please contact a HECUA advisor at 612-626-2044, or visit

2nd U of M GLBTA Systemwide Summit- Register by Tomorrow

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GLBTA is hosting their 2nd Annual Systemwide Summit. The Summit is a gathering of students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members from all five U of MN campuses working toward GLBTA equity, sustainability and social justice!

The Summit is completely FREE: workshops, green tours, locally produced meals, networking, housing, transportation, and a keynote presentation with a reception and dance to follow!

Featured keynote by renowned Anishinaabekwe activist, environmentalist and author Winona LaDuke!

The GLBTA Systemwide Summits are organized by the Systemwide Standing Commission on GLBT Concerns at the University of Minnesota. Please let us know if you'd like to get involved!

Register here. Please contact Shawyn Lee in the GLBTA Programs Office at or 612-626-8086 with questions or for more information.

Major Mentors Needed

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Do you enjoy your major and have a significant amount of the primary courses completed for your major? Well, The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) has started this wonderful program that help younger students that are interested in learning about and exploring a major by pairing them with an older student in the major they are interested in. This allows younger students to get first hand experience and hear what the University's programs are all about from someone in the program.

Help less experienced students out by being a resource for your major. Explain to them the pains of the program as well as the wonderful education gained, professors you have/had, and how they prepared you for the real world.

Please become apart of this program and sign up to be a Major Mentor here. To learn more about the program, please visit CAPE's site here.

Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible

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Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible. Thursday, November 11th, starting at 5p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, there is a presentation celebrating the birth of Hubert H. Humphrey, one of America's greatest legislators. Event is free but registration is necessary.

Register for the event here.

Diversity Networking Event- November 17

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The Office for Equity and Diversity will once again host the Diversity Networking Event in conjunction with its annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast. The Networking Event will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Radisson University Hotel. This event is an opportunity for diverse undergraduate students at the U to meet and network with representatives from Twin Cities employers who are interested in increasing their organizational diversity.

Student registration for the event (and the free networking preparation workshops) is free of charge. Students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the preparation workshops. These workshops will teach you about what to bring to a networking event, how to introduce yourself to employers, what types of questions to ask of company representatives, what to wear to look professional, and how to figure out which employers you want to target. You will also have the opportunity to get other questions answered. Register for the event and the free preparation workshops today!

Register here. Please contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at 612-625-0498 or with questions.

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