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May Term- Study Abroad Courses and Trips

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Explore these May Term 2011 study abroad programs. These academic opportunities will take place during May term 2011, are taught in English, offer 3 credits and also many fulfill Liberal Education requirements.

Sports Management in Montpellier, France
Looking for a different perspective on sports management, psychology and sociology? The Learning Abroad Center is offering a new May Session program in Montpellier, France, long known as one of France's most sporty cities. The course will cover such topics as sports tourism, sports psychology and sports pedagogy. You will also learn about several European sports, such as pétanque and handball from professional coaches, as well as visit several sports-related sites in and around Montpellier. You will have the opportunity to attend the annual Extreme Sports Festival, hosted by the city each May.
Contact Amber Bathke at with questions.

GLBT History & Activism in Amsterdam and Berlin
This Global Seminar will focus on understanding the social history of homosexuality, as well as GLBT identity and community, in Amsterdam and Berlin. Meet with activists and compare and contrast the GLBT movement in the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S. Amsterdam is frequently promoted as the "gay capital of the world," while Berlin has a significant history of GLBT community and activism that dates back to the 1920s. Credits: Receive credit for GLBT 3610 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Historical Perspectives core and Global Perspectives theme.
Questions? Contact Sarah Tschida at

Made in China: Beijing & Shanghai
Through a marketing perspective, this seminar helps students appreciate the rapid transformation currently taking place in China. Students spend time in China's historic capital city of Beijing, its economic nerve center Shanghai, and the rural village, Youngqing in an effort to discover why so much of what we purchase is made in China. Credits: Receive credit for BA 3100 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Global Perspectives theme
Questions? Contact Sarah Tschida at

Symbolism in Chinese Culture: Shanghai & Beijing
Symbolism in China is a complex system that weaves through all aspects of life and thought. In Chinese culture, natural forces and animals possess spirits that are represented either in realistic form or mythical combinations. Rocks, mountains, clouds, water and other natural forces have their own spirits and are represented in Chinese art with their own symbols. This Global Seminar will focus on studying the interpretation of Chinese signs and symbols. Credits: Receive credit for DES 3196 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Arts & Humanities core and Global Perspectives theme.
Questions? Contact Sarah Reuben at

Sustainability in Northern Europe
Travel to Denmark and Sweden to explore an interdisciplinary framework of sustainability. Learn about the concepts, debates, and issues informing various actors, agencies, and activities working to realize sustainable goals. Credits: Students will receive credit for SUST 3480 and the course also fulfills the following Liberal Education requirement: Social Sciences Core and Environment theme.
Questions? Contact Christine Anderson at

Sustainable Food Systems of Italy
Florence is a city of history, art and food. It is the center of Tuscany, a region that is internationally renowned for its cuisine and for the sustainable production of some of the world's finest cheeses, processed meats, olive oil, grain products and wines. This makes Florence an ideal place to explore sustainable food systems of Italy, the ethical considerations of food production, and the Italian food culture. Credits: Receive credit for ANSC 4099 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Environment theme.
Questions? Contact Sarah Reuben at

Great Minds of the Renaissance
Examine how history, religion, literature, and culture gave birth to a new way of thinking during the Renaissance. As home to some of the world's most famous art, architecture, and early scientific minds, Florence and its surrounding areas are ideal sites to study how math and science helped to create such masterpieces as the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Vatican. Credits: Receive credit for FOST 3060 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Historical Perspectives core.
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Leadership and Social Change in Ireland
You do not have to have a position or title to be an effective leader or to make a difference. Learn how ordinary individuals and communities can inspire, mobilize, and engage with others to tackle vast public problems. The cities of Belfast and Dublin provide a rich context to examine the roles citizens, informal leaders, and public officials play in reconciling long-standing conflict. Credits: Receive credit for PA 4190 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Civic Life and Ethics theme.
Questions? Contact Sarah Tschida at

Philosophies of Wellness: Holistic Healing in Japan Discover the concept of "wellness" and the different aspects of Japanese culture that promote wellness. Learn about health, traditional practices of medicine and wellness, traditional and Western medical practices in modern Japan, and the process of healing from war injuries and illnesses. Credits: Receive credit for CLI 3000 and the course also fulfills the following Liberal Education requirement: Arts & Humanities core and Global Perspectives theme.
Questions? Contact Christine Anderson at

Globalization and Trade in London
Focus on economic interactions and interdependencies between London and the rest of the world. Explore trade and globalization in London through a variety of business, historic, and cultural visits. Credits: Receive credit for ECON 3960 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Social Science core and Global Perspectives theme.
Questions? Contact Sarah Tschida at

Traveling Authors in Southwest France
Montpellier is a vibrant university city in beautiful, southwestern France, within easy reach of the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean sea. Montpellier has long been a crossroads of European and North African cultures and provides an ideal location to study authors while being inspired to do your own writing. Credits: Receive credit for FREN 3750 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Literature core.
Questions? Contact Sarah Tschida at

Environmental Issues in New Zealand
Across a wide range of ecosystems, you will explore how modern forestry, wildlife, fisheries, energy, and tourism support the human population and its economy and their ecological consequences on New Zealand's pristine land. This program studies New Zealand's geologic origins, wildlife, and current environmental issues, as well as conservation efforts designed to save native habitat and endangered species.Credits: Receive credit for ESPM 3480 and the following Liberal Education requirement: Environment theme.
Questions? Contact Sarah Reuben at

May Term Leadership in South Africa

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The application process is now open for the May Term Leadership Minor
course in Cape Town, South Africa. To view the course, visit the site here. A link to the application will be up on this page soon, but you can begin the application process by following the links below. This course has a two part application as we are partnering with Arcaida University's College of Global Studies to make this class happen. Therefore, you need to fill out both the U of M and Arcadia applications.

For the U of M application process, check out the site here and make sure you put the visit the link when it asks about the course information.

Next, read through the info and click on the link that says Apply Now. Then,
follow the instructions at the Arcadia site here.

If you don't already have a passport, it is absolutely imperative that you apply for one immediately and expedite your passport application process. If you are selected for the course, arrangements cannot be made for you until you have a passport number.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31ST. You can begin the application process immediately.

Contact Aaron Asmundson at if you have any questions, because he very enthusiastic about the trip and would love to talk with you about it.

Institute on the Environment Outburst

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Institute on the Environment (IonE) Outburst! is an event being held January 20th, 2011 from 3-5p.m. in Room 380 in the Vocational-Technical Education building in St. Paul. This event is sponsored by the Institute on the Environment.

From global maps to backyard gardens, Institute on the Environment-sponsored project teams cover the spectrum as they look for workable solutions to Earth's biggest challenges.

Fill your brain for free as representatives from 16 IonE-sponsored projects each provide a five-minute overview of the big question they're addressing, how they're doing it, and what it means for the rest of us - using four or fewer slides. All are welcome!

Topics will include measuring ecosystem health in great lakes around the world, building community resilience in northeastern Minnesota, supporting student social entrepreneurship, measuring the success of sustainable development in Tanzania, fostering innovation in social media, leading travel adventures to global climate hot spots, reducing the health risks of urban heat islands, and lots more.

If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Szurek at

Teach For America Final Deadline- February 4th

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Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding individuals from all majors, backgrounds, and career interests who teach for two years in urban and rural low-income communities and help give all students the educational opportunities they deserve.

Join the 8,200 corps members teaching in 39 regions across the country, and the 20,000 alumni that are working from inside and outside the field of education to ensure that all children, regardless of zip code, receive an excellent education.

Apply here for the final deadline, February 4, 2011 to join the Teach for America corps.

Full salary and health insurance. Federal student loans deferred.
All majors and professional experiences.

Welcome Week Leaders 2011 Needed

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Are you looking for an amazing leadership opportunity? Do you want to help the Class of 2015 have a smooth transition into life as a U of M Golden Gopher? BE A 2011 WELCOME WEEK LEADER!

This volunteer position will help current U of M students gain valuable leadership experience and will focus on providing a quality transitional experience for first-year students. Leaders will receive training throughout the spring on group facilitation, campus resources, and University expectations. As a Welcome Week Leader, you will have the chance to work with a partner during Welcome Week in facilitating group meetings and activities with a group of 25 first-year students.

The application is online here and is due February 23, 2011.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 612.624.1979

Office Closure

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Please note that due to the University of Minnesota winter closure from Dec. 24, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011 there will be no new postings during this time. Due to staff vacations, there will be limited postings between Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 and January 3 through Jan. 17. Happy Holidays and we look forward to a year of great new opportunities to get engaged in 2011!

TRIO Upward Bound Hiring

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TRIO Upward Bound at the College of Education and Human Development is seeking students applicants to fill several positions in three different jobs for next semester: Office Assistant, Tutor, Instructor. Applicants with work-study, experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds, and a passion for education, are strongly encouraged to apply.

TRiO Upward Bound is a federally funded, U.S. Department of Education equal educational opportunity program. Specifically, TRIO Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for low-income and educationally disadvantaged high school students. TRIO Upward Bound works with students on a long-term and intensive basis and helps generate the skills needed for selected high school students to succeed in postsecondary education. TRIO Upward Bound has served 105 low-income and first generation students annually since 2001 and 85 students each previous year since 1965.

Requisition Number 169798
Work Hours 10-15/week arranged
Starting Hourly Rate 9.18
Job Close Date 01-14-2011
Work Study Only
To Apply

Requisition Number 169797
Work Hours 6-10 hours/week arranged
Starting Hourly Rate 10.20
Job Close Date 01-14-2011
To Apply

Requisition Number 169795
Work Hours Wednesdays, 3:30-6:00pm, plus additional prep hours
Starting Hourly Rate $12-15.50 DOQ
Job Close Date Open Until Filled
To Apply

U.S. Foreign Policy: The Outlook for 2011

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The Minnesota International Center is holding a wonderful event with Foreign Affairs Consultant Tom Hanson Tuesday, January 25, 2010 at 6p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Mr. Hanson will be presenting the "State of U.S. Foreign Policy." Anyone who is interested in foreign policy, becoming an FSO, or world affairs in general is more than welcome to come! The event is free for students if you present a valid student ID.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like more information, please contact Danielle Tessmer at, or visit the Minnesota International Center's website.

Tom Hanson Flyer 2011.doc

Student Position in The Office of Student Affairs

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OSA is looking to hire a new student office assistant that will start in the spring and hopefully work in our office for a few years. The ideal candidate is a first or second year student with office experience.

Visit the UMN Employment website here to view the full job posting and what you need to do to apply now.

Women In Leadership: OLPD 5323

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What are the hidden and not-so-hidden issues facing women in leadership roles? Why have so few women leaders emerged across fields? Take the opportunity to enroll in OLPD 5323- Women In leadership and register now.

Topics include:
• conceptions of power
• constructions of identity
• decision making analysis
• communication analysis
• career patterns
• gender discrimination
• inclusive conceptualizations of managerial and leadership theory
• relational dynamics

In addition to face-to-face class sessions, the course may include online Experiential Simulations (ES). Developed by Dr. Brunner, these simulations immerse participants in "real-world" dilemmas and situations, and will assist participants in understanding how their own beliefs shape their behaviors and others' reactions to those behaviors. Technology skills will be enhanced and supported by on-call technology experts. In addition, one unique feature of the class is the possible inclusion (during the online classes) of students from other classes, other institution[s], and/or other countries who have interests in human relations and the other topics listed above.

If you have questions, you can contact Cryss Brunner at

U-YMCA - 1st Annual YMCA Summer Hiring Job Fair!

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Attend the first annual YMCA Summer Hiring Job Fair Monday, January 31, 2011, from Noon-6p.m. at the University YMCA. 1801 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN.

They are seeking passionate persons who want to create positive experiences for youth in the diverse communities they serve.

This event is free and open to the public.
Summer Opportunities Available Include:

Camp Counselor
Camp Instructor
Youth Development Staff
School Aged Care Program Staff
School Aged Care Lead Program Staff
All opportunity seekers will have the opportunity to interview that day with actual on-site hiring managers from our camps and summer programs during the fair.

To learn about different jobs and search for summer jobs with the YMCA, search their site here.

Please contact Patti Neiman, Director of Educational Efficacy and Leadership, if you have any further questions.

1801 University Ave SE
(P) 612 676 7706

Listen. Do. Change

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Interested in connecting with your peers who are also interested in social change? Thinking about applying to HECUA and want to see what it's all about? Want to enjoy some free live music on a Friday night? Want to take a break from studying for finals? Want to show your friends what you actually did for a semester?! Spend Friday night at the Acadia!

Please join us for live music, spoken word artists, visual art, HECUA teaching faculty and more, to celebrate the social change work already being done in our community, and to inspire more.

Acadia Café (329 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454)
Friday, Dec 10th 2010
Live music and poets throughout the night (see attached poster for bands)
The Acadia is a full bar and restaurant and "parking is available in the ImPark lot behind our building. We validate up to two hours during the day, all evening after 6pm, and all day on weekends. If lot says FULL but the arm is up just drive in."

Check out the event on their Facebook Event.

Pay It Forward Spring Break Trip

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What are you doing for Spring Break? There is a great adventure here for you on a budget you couldn't even get to Cabo San Lucas on.

The Pay It Forward Tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the country, build leadership outside of the classroom and away from the University, do charitable work, and spend time with a group of incredible people like yourself. Tours are 9 days long, and have projects in 6 cities.

Check out the website here for more information.

Not too late to sign up for a Spring semester Leadership Class

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Interested in Leadership? Are you interested in the University of Minnesota's Leadership Minor?

Take a step in the right direction and sign up for a course in Leadership for Spring semester.

EDPA 1301W/PA 1961W- Personal Leadership in the University
EDPA 3302/PA 3961- Leadership, You, and Your Community
EDPA 3402/PA 3971- Leadership Minor Field Experience
EDPA 4303W/PA 4961- Leadership for Global Citizenship

These courses still have open spots and you should really consider taking a class in leadership because it is an enriching education opportunity.

For questions/advising call 612-624-1559, email, or stop by Appleby Hall, Room 209 for walk-in advising hours MW 10-3p.m. or Friday 11-2p.m.

What is 'Professionalism'?

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Want to hear about being professional from real world employers? Then get signed up for this event!! It is being held this Wednesday, December 8th, from 4-6p.m. in room 230 of the STSS building.

The Student Employment Leadership Program is hosting this wonderful presentation about what it takes to conduct yourself in a professional manner in the workplace. Discussion will focus on topics such as professional communication, appearance, attitude, building professional networks (in-person and on-line) and some fundamental professional etiquette tips that can apply across types of jobs, industries and organizations. Help ensure that you can be successful in any of your current as well as future positions by joining us for this great event!

Sign up for this event on GoldPASS, The Edge, or the the SELP site.


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This Monday, December 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Hanson Hall, Room 1-109 a
Talk to recruiters to learn about careers in sales, and the many options available. The recruiters you can talk to at this event represent: MN Swarm, Marconet, Country Financial, Coca-Cola, the Waldorf School

This free event is open to all U of M students. You do not need to register to attend.

Coordinated by the University of Minnesota Career Services offices.

See details at

The Office for Student Engagement seeks a Program Assistant to help us grow the Do What Matters Initiative related to the themes of Environment and Health & Wellness. Our Program Assistants have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with resources on and off campus, become more engaged on campus and help their peers do the same, actively pursue growth related to the University Student Development Outcomes, and receive a $1, 000 stipend throughout the spring semester. Interested applicants must be
undergraduate students in good academic standing, have an interest in Environment and Health & Wellness, and be available to work 8-10 hours to promote engagement opportunities and seek out outreach events around campus!

For a complete position description and application, please access the link below:

Special Coffee Talk Hour

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Attention all leadership students! A special edition of the Leadership Minor Coffee Talks will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 6 to 8 pm at Mapps Coffee. For those of you who are not familiar with Coffee Talks, it is an opportunity for leadership students to come together, connect, and discuss pertinent leadership issues. The Coffee Talk will focus on the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, Islam, and the Somali culture. As a group, we intend to dispel frequently-held stereotypes through video, panel, and small and large group discussion.

In case you have never been to Mapps Coffee before, students will be meeting in areas around campus around 5:30 pm at the following locations: Dinkytown McDonalds, Wilson Library (located on West Bank), and Coffman. Please email Lexi ( if you plan on meeting at one of the designated locations so we know to expect you!

Opportunities for Study and Research in China

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Interested in studying or conducting research in China? University of Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students who will be studying or conducting research in China during the 2011 spring semester can apply for a Hsiao Scholarship and/or a Red Pocket Scholarship through the China Center.

The application deadline is Friday, December 10, 2011. Contact the China Center for eligibility and application information: 612-624-0016 or download an application from the China Center's website.

Perspectives on Climate Change

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December 10th, 2010, from 7-830p.m. in Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center, Doctors Qin Dahe and Elizabeth J. Wilson will speak regarding their respective Perspectives on Climate Change. Dr. Qin Dahe will share information about his climate research in cryospheric sciences (the study of frozen water on a planet surface) and Dr. Wilson will provide an update on her energy and climate research she conducted in China this past year. This is a wonderful event to hear about recent information from experts in the environmental field.

To find out more information about this event you can check their event page here.

DSCC- Lunch and Learn about Autism

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December 3rd, 2010, from 12-1p.m. in Room 203 of Coffman Memorial Union the Disabled Student Cultural Center is holding a Lunch and Learn session about Autism. Mike Peden, U of M alum, journalist and filmmaker, will discuss issues about autism and his bolg. This is a great opportunity to learn about autism, access issues and meet others who are also passionate about the same thing.

Check out the poster. Mike Peden poster2.pdf

Volunteer- International Summer Camp

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Over 500 volunteers and 45 archaeologists from 30 countries and 6 continents were working together in Southern Europe from June 2010 to the beginning of October 2010. Prime minister visited them several times, ministers, ambassadors, artists, tens of thousands tourists. Volunteers were given the opportunity to take part in exciting new project and actually discover archaeological artifacts that will forever change mainstream view of human history. Of all places, they were working in tiny country of Bosnia.
Instead of war, violence, and negative vibrations, hundreds of volunteers experienced beautiful country, hospitability of locals and pristine archaeological sites. They became part of the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids project with it's unique combination of science, culture and archaeological tourism.

Volunteers worked on access to the pyramid sites constructing the stairways

Volunteers were cleaning the fill up material from the labyrinth under the pyramids.

To became a part of this project in 2011, fill out the application at:

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