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UROP Deadline Right around the Corner

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UROP - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Please consider applying for an undergraduate research grant this spring through UROP - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Earn up to $1400 plus $300 in supply money! The UROP application deadline is Monday, March 7th, 2011.

Please see a list of UROP project ideas submitted by faculty members. This list of prospective research projects is an excellent resource for those students who haven't already identified a project idea or aren't sure about the possibilities. I encourage you to contact a faculty member(s) on the list and discuss the possibility of developing a UROP proposal.

Click the following link to learn more about undergraduate research in CFANS:

A final resource you may wish to review is the "Opportunities Gallery" posted on the central Undergraduate Research website. Please see the Undergraduate Research website for more details about the application process. UROP applications must be submitted electronically through the following website:

UROP projects funded in the spring round will begin in May/Summer/Fall, 2011.

Questions? Contact Bill Ganzlin, CFANS UROP Coordinator, or 612-624-3047.

Breakthrough- Summer Internship Deadline Coming Up

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along with a diverse group of talented high school and college students. We provide paid summer teaching internships, complete with training and classroom teaching experience.

Want to learn more about our exciting teaching internships?
Browse the links to the left to find out more about what it means to be a Breakthrough Teacher!

The Summer 2011 deadline is March 7th, 2011, though interviews are granted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early. Be sure to check out the links on this page to learn more about the experience!

Breakthrough Saint Paul is looking for a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students to teach and lead at an innovative academic summer program for high-potential, under-resourced middle school students in Saint Paul. Breakthrough provides paid summer internships, complete with training and classroom teaching experience.

Open to all majors!

This internship was ranked as one of the TOP TEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS by the Princeton Review.

Please visit their website for more details here!

Exploring Interests and Majors Fair

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-- Monday, March 7, 2011
-- 10 am to 2 pm
-- Coffman Union, Great Hall

Are you a U of M student wondering what to do at the U of M, and what is has to offer? Stop by this big free event to learn about the U's many resources and activities, and to talk to advisers about majors and career paths that might suit you. While there, you can do any or all of the following:
- Learn about all U of M majors.
- Get individual help from U of M advising staff.
- Take a Career Interest quiz that will help you assess what careers are a good fit for you.
- Explore campus resources and ways to get involved in things that interest you.
- Learn about national and international study.

See event details here.

Summer Time is Around the Corner

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What are you doing this summer? School, travel, and work are the 3 BIG choices.

If you're interested in summer school, Tuesday, Apr. 19 is the date that you cant start to register for May and Summer courses here at the U of M.

If you plan to travel and want some help finding an international course, country, volunteer or internship program then you should get in touch with or search the Learning Abroad Center's website. They are a wonderful reference for all things abroad. Now to probably the biggest of the three choices, Work.

Chances are that most students will be working this summer and if you're not sure what you're doing or want to keep your options open, you should check out GoldPASS. You can search for over 600 internships and summer jobs.

There's lot of positions open already so don't hesitate to secure an amazing engagement opportunity this summer working, traveling, or going to school.

Amazing Summer Wilderness Employment Opportunity

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Wilderness Inquiry is currently hiring about 25 Trail Staff to lead trips in Minnesota, North America, and Internationally.

They are looking for people with:
Strong self-awareness
Great judgment and decision-making skills
Commitment to serving others
Canoeing, kayaking, backpacking and general camping experience

You can learn more about these positions and apply here.

Nominate Outstanding Student Groups

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To celebrate the accomplishments of student organizations at the University of Minnesota, Student Unions & Activities is proud to coordinate the Tony Diggs Excellence Awards. Registered student groups can be recognized for their achievements in a variety of categories by students, faculty, staff, or student group members. Applications are due March 2, 2011 by 5pm.

Find more information and nominate someone for the award here.

Women- Congressional Fellowship in Washington D.C.

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The Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for any women. It is a paid Congressional Fellowship for current junior, senior students and recent college graduates. The deadline for the fall semester internship is April 15, 2011.

Every semester, seven college women are selected to intern in the office of a female Representative or Senator on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The program involves working Monday-Thursday in the office, and Friday's are reserved for a political seminar where the interns learn the nuts and bolts of politics and the importance of running for elected office.

Visit the Running Start Fellowship Program site to learn more and apply now!!

Women & Congress Seminars

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Seminar Dates | Session I: March 7-11, 2011| Session II: March 14-18, 2011
Register by March 1st for this wonderful opportunity.

How does Congress really work?
What would it be like to be a Congresswoman or Senator?
Could I work on a congressional staff?

Go behind the scenes in Washington and listen to women Members of Congress, their legislative staffs, corporate lobbyists, and nonprofit advocates explain the way Congress actually works.

This seminar is unique. Nowhere else can you spend a week connecting with high level Washington women who spend every day making and influencing policy in Congress.

You'll meet decision makers, discuss pressing issues, network with women leaders and mentors, and explore career opportunities.

But it won't be just talking, you'll also experience the process:
You'll participate in a simulated congressional hearing, acting as a Member of Congress who asks questions or a witness who testifies.
You'll practice lobbying in a mock lobbying reception with veteran lobbyists who act as Senators and Congresswomen.

For more information and to register, visit the seminar site here.

Diversity May-Term Courses

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Philosophy Camp, Environment and Agriculture, and Civil Rights Movement are three May-term courses put on by HECUA and Applications are due very early April (1st, 15th, and 15th) so do not hesitate to start applying. A lot of times our summer jobs don't start until June any ways so here is a way to continue your education without wasting time and being bored. Engage yourself in these wonderful courses.

PHIL 4326 - Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community
May-term 2011
6 credits *fulfills these Liberal Education Requirements: Arts/Humanities core and Public Life and Ethics theme

Lives Worth Living is calling for students to participate in a four-week summer course offering held on the beautiful and expansive prairies of southwestern Minnesota. Also known as "Philosophy Camp", this residential program provides students and teachers with rich opportunities to explore topics including education, equality, vocation and sustainability. With roots and continued inspiration drawn from Myles Horton's work at the Highlander Folk School during the Civil Rights Movement, Lives Worth Living is dedicated to providing an educational opportunity that shows respect for every learner by allowing us to democratically create the syllabus based off of our own lives and interests. During the four weeks together, we'll share stories, eat healthy foods, live simply and thoughtfully, explore the outdoors, create artwork, and work to maintain rich, nourishing social spaces. Lives Worth Living is now taking applications for the upcoming May-Term!
Other important details about Philosophy Camp:
* Program fee ($2100) is actually less than tuition would be if you took 6 credits on campus during the summer!
* Open to freshmen through seniors in any major; graduate credit is available
* Financial Aid and Need-based scholarships may be available
* Small community of at most 18 students and 5 instructors
* Program participants live together in a retreat center on the prairie in southwest MN
* Reflective and experiential learning focus
* Great for students who want to be a part of an intentional community and reflect on their lives - past, present, and future

Visit the site here for information on this course including application process, cost, upcoming info sessions, and financial aid info. Interested students should contact the Philosophy Camp Student Adviser in the Off-Campus Programs office in 240 Appleby (, 612-626-2044). Applications are due by April 1 (Apply early to ensure your spot! Space is limited).

ID 3564 - Environment and Agriculture: Sustainable Food Systems
May-term 2011
4 credits (with optional 2-credit internship...ID 3565) *fulfills this Liberal Education Requirement: Environment Theme

Learn to understand sustainability through the lens of the U.S. food system using a diversity of theoretical tools in a range of disciplines (ecology, agronomy, philosophy, economics, and sociology). In this course, you'll use these tools to analyze the environmental, economic, and quality of life issues that define modern farming. The Environment and Agriculture program will be framed by reading and discussion seminars that take place at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. At the heart of the program are intensive field experiences that include on-site study at research laboratories, agricultural policy institutes, meat-packing plants, creamery operations, conventional farms, and small-scale community supported agriculture farms. In addition, each student will prepare for and conduct a three-day immersion experience on a sustainable farm outside the Twin Cities. Students will be integrated into the busy routine of farm life, helping with planting, milking, and caring for animals. During the farm stays students will use critical frameworks to observe and interview those on the farm about the environmental, economic, and quality of life issues that contribute to decision-making.

The program fee for 2011 is $2400 (plus an additional $400 if student signs up for the optional 2 credit internship). Scholarships are available and most financial aid applies.

The application deadline for the upcoming 2011 program is April 15th; applications are accepted on a space-available basis so early application is encouraged. For more information or to apply for the program, please visit the site here or contact a HECUA advisor (240 Appleby, 612-626-2044, or

ID 3574 - Civil Rights Movement: History and Consequences
May-term 2011
4 credits (with optional 2 credit internship if registered concurrently with ID 3575) *fulfills these Liberal Education Requirements: Historical Perspectives core and Diversity and Social Justice in the US theme

The southern United States is a region rich in history and culture as well as a flash point of racial dynamics in the U.S. It is also the home of the largest nonviolent social change campaign in U.S. history. Throughout this course, students study competing ideas and definitions of justice and freedom in relationship to political struggle. The heart of the program is designed to develop connections between history and current political struggles around poverty, education, race and class, building on theory, and critical thinking to create a historical context for current issues of civil rights. This program is a raw, emotional experience through the lenses of a vivid history that demonstrates that the past is inextricably linked to our current world. Visits to various cities, museums and historical sites as well as interviews with leaders of the movement frame the experience. After several days in the Twin Cities, students embark on a two-week field study tour through the South. Past stops have included:

National Civil Rights Museum
Mason Temple
Amzie Moore Park
Sunflower County Freedom Project School
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial
meeting with Charles McLaurin, former SNCC Field Secretary

lower 9th ward, New Orleans
Backstreet Museum, New Orleans
meeting with Thena Robinson, Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center

16th St. Baptist Church
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
meeting with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
Southern Poverty Law Center
Equal Justice Initiative
National Voting Rights Museum
Slavery and Civil War Museum
Brown AME
Edmund Pettus Bridge
Viola Liuzzo memorial

The program fee for 2011 is $2900 (plus an additional $400 for the optional 2 credit internship). Scholarships are available and most financial aid applies.

The application deadline for the upcoming 2011 program is April 15th; applications are accepted on a space-available basis so early application is encouraged. For more information or to apply for the program, please visit the site here or contact a HECUA advisor (240 Appleby, 612-626-2044, or

Civitas- finding volunteer opportunities where others stop

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Thanks to our friends at Civitas we have tons of volunteer opportunities right here around the University community. Take the time to read through them and if you don't find something that moves you there's even more resources to check out.

Afterschool Enrichment Nights
Help with the Project for Pride in Living's (PPL) afterschool program at 12th and Como Avenue. There are two age groups: 1st-3rd graders meet Monday-Wednesday, and the older group 4th-8th graders meet Tuesday-Thursday. Mondays and Tuesdays evenings need tutors, and Wednesday and Thursdays are enrichment nights, which usually involve going on a field trip to museums, or other similar community organizations. Very noncommittal--interested individuals could participate once or twice if desired. For more info contact

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 a child when you have time in your schedule? Contact Rachel at to find a good fit.

Help with a neighborhood playgroup in Marcy Holmes/Dinkytown area
Play with toddlers, learn child development, and participate in story time and activities. Help is need every Monday from 9-12:00 p.m. Contact Jerry at or at 612-204-9745 for more information.

Help with a NEW Community Vegetable Garden at Fairmount and 22nd
Come learn about a new community vegetable garden at Fairmount and 22nd Aves SE in the SE Como Neighborhood at a community meeting at Sporty's TODAY February 15th from 7-9 pm. This meeting is for both interested gardeners and any neighbor who just wants to learn more! Refreshments and appetizers will be provided If you can't make the meeting and have questions contact Stephanie at

Assist a senior near you!
Seniors living in your neighborhood frequently are looking for help with one-time or ongoing help around the house. If you live in Minneapolis neighborhoods contact Carolyn Kennedy ( or for St. Paul residents, contact Noreen ( at St. Paul Senior Chore Service for more information about neighbors who might need an extra hand on your block.

Free Arts Mentorship Program - Weekly or when available
Free Arts Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families, while offering children an opportunity to develop healthy relationships with adults, increase their sense of self-worth and help them learn new ways to communicate through participation in the arts. Free Arts needs 130 mentors for their Weekly Mentorship Program and have particular need for male mentors. If you'd like to help but can't commit to a weekly schedule, contact Courtney ( for more information on how you can help.

New Seward bookstore needs your help!
A new bookstore that opened on Franklin Avenue across from Pizza Luce is looking for volunteers to work in the store each week. It's a collectively own, progressive bookstore, with lots of great titles! Stop by for more info:

Donate - Cold Weather Clothing Drive
So often our work as students takes us to the far reaches of the nation or globe. A "Cold Weather Clothing Drive" offers an opportunity to help locally. CSCC invites you to drop off any extra winter clothing that is in good condition (scarves, **jackets**, gloves, sweaters, etc.) to the container in the hall, directly outside the CSCC office (1024 27th Ave SE), through February 18th. All clothing will be delivered to the organization Sharing and Caring Hands, which has been serving the Twin Cities poor for more than 25 years. For more information contact Audrey

Volunteer to co-host a block event!
Winter is a time when most people retreat to the warmth of their homes. How can we create a sense of community during the cold? The Student Neighborhood Liaison program, in partnership with the Good Neighbor Fund are providing micro-grants and staff support to students and neighbors who are interested in hosting a block event. All interested individuals should contact for further information.

Looking for more opportunities?
Join a neighborhood organization committee or neighborhood email listserv through the links below. Want to see more opportunities that align with your interest or are closer to your home? Fill out this short 4 question survey here or email with your interests or project idea, and we can help garner the resources and find other interested people to lift your idea off the ground!
SE Como
Prospect Park/Stadium Village
Marcy Holmes/Dinkytown
St. Paul/St. Anthony Park

HECUA Information Sessions

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What the heck is HECUA? Well, if you're staff, faculty or a student and every wondered here is your chance to find out.

Tuesday, March 8th from noon-1p.m. in Blegen 155
Wednesday, March 30th from noon-1p.m. in Coffman 325

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)

They are currently accepting applications for the May-term 2011 programs (Civil Rights Movement and Environment and Agriculture) and the Fall 2011 semester programs (MUST, Environmental Sustainability, and Writing for Social Change). The application deadline for all of these programs is April 15th.

For more information or to apply, please contact a HECUA advisor at 612-626-2044, or visit their site here.

Habitat for Humanity- Spring Break Trip to Oregon

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Interested in traveling to Oregon with Habitat? We are looking for people to come with us to build a house in Sisters, OR! This is a great opportunity to learn about rural housing issues, and see beautiful Oregon! Trip details are below:

When: Spring Break, 2011 (March 12th - 19th)
Where: Sisters, OR
Cost: $400 - drivers get 10% ($40) off!
What we are doing: Working on a build site with the Sisters Habitat affiliate. Jobs can range from framing to insulating to painting! No constructions skills required, just a willingness to learn!

Questions? Check out their site here or email Ryan at
Hope to see you there!

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities- HandsOn Twin Cities

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HandsOn Twin Cities is the metro's one stop shop for volunteer opportunities with over 250 area Non-Profits. They offer one time volunteer commitments as well as Volunteer Leadership programs. Their latest tier of involvement is their Self-Engaged Leadership program. Self-Engaged Leadership is a way for motivated individuals or groups to pioneer their own community service project. From organizing a book drive to hosting civic events; sizes of projects may vary and all ideas are welcome!

For more information about Self-Engaged Leadership, please click this link and fill out an online interest form!

For other volunteer opportunities please view our Monthly Project Calendar here.

Oxfam America- Student Leadership Opportunities

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Upcoming opportunities in Minnesota

Oxfam staff will be in the Twin Cities area March 3-5. Email me at to set up a visit to your campus.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus is hosting an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet on March 4 at 6pm. Special guest speaker: Congresswoman Betty McCollum.

Oxfam's student leadership training initiative - CHANGE - is currently accepting applications. Read more.

Oxfam America is accepting applications for the CHANGE Initiative, Oxfam's national student leadership and organizing program. We are seeking your support to spread awareness among student leaders on your campus about this opportunity. CHANGE offers college students, at US based campuses, entering their sophomore or junior year the opportunity to become effective agents for social change.

CHANGE Leaders:
Connect with Oxfam staff and have access to expert skills based training, resources, materials and year-round support; Engage in community service & advocacy efforts that address critical community needs; Find their own leadership identity; Develop confidence and the skills to effect positive, lasting social change, and Are part of an active and growing, global network of peers and alumni working on social justice issues.

Applications are due on April 1, 2011. Selected students participate in a week-long training in Boston, July 23-29, 2011, which is organized and paid for by Oxfam. Students must agree to join or form an Oxfam Club and implement an Oxfam campaign on campus during the 2011-12 academic year, as well as communicate regularly with Oxfam staff about their work.

Please feel free to share this information in departmental newsletters or listservs and encourage students you know to apply. Watch our CHANGE video here. If you have any questions please call 1-800-77-OXFAM ext. 9415 or email

Contact info: Erica Mercier
Youth Engagement Intern
Oxfam America

Careers in Law Forum- May 2nd

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SAVE THE DATE: March 2, 2011
Careers in Law Forum
Wiley Hall Atrium
12:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Stop by to learn about law schools, law-related career options, as well as volunteer and internship opportunities. You can talk with representatives from law schools, paralegal organizations, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and test prep services. All students thinking about law are welcome to attend this free event.

Stop by anytime during the event. You do not need to register in advance to attend. More information is available here.

Transportation Career Expo- Register by Feb 25

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This event provides information to students on transportation-related careers. The general session, featuring a transportation industry panel, presents transportation career alternatives and preparation strategies.

Students are encouraged to bring their résumés and receive helpful suggestions from individuals experienced in reviewing the résumés of job applicants.

The event is also a chance for employers to network with potential employees. A reception offering networking and employment-seeking opportunities is included.

4:15 Registration
4:30 Welcome
4:40 General Session: Panel Discussion and Q/A
5:45 Exhibitor Updates
6:00 Employer Exhibits
7:15 Adjourn

Who should attend
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about transportation-related careers and how to find a job in their chosen field. Register here.

Google's BOLD Immersion Program- May Application

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Have you ever wanted to work for Google? Want to know what it is like to work for Google? Join one the best and brightest companies in the world by taking party in their BOLD Immersion Program that is mainly for current Sophomores and Juniors.

It's never too early to share your BOLDness. Immerse yourself in a culture where great minds, cutting-edge technology, and smart business intersect to make a difference, each and every day.

As part of Google's commitment to providing opportunities to students at all stages of their careers, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Google BOLD Immersion Program for Freshmen.

Up to 100 selected students will travel to Google's New York or Mountain View office in late July for a unique summer opportunity that will provide participants with a rare glimpse into the technology industry; career opportunities at Google; and valuable professional and peer networks.

To view what students need to have to be eligible and to stay tuned when the application is available in May, check out the programs site here.

Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat

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ISSS is currently looking for international and U.S. undergraduate students to apply for the Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat. I've attached the flyer, so please share this information with your students. Cross cultural retreat Spring 2011.pdf

(Application deadline: Noon on Tuesday, March 1)
WHEN: 5 pm - 9 pm on Friday, March 25 and 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday, March 26
PLACE: 101 University International Center, East Bank

This retreat is for both international and U.S. undergraduate students who want to become more effective in international environments. (The retreat will be offered to undergraduate students during the Fall 2011 semester). This interactive, high-energy event becomes a living laboratory of what it takes to work with people from different cultures. Participants start friendships with people from all over the world and discover their own leadership potential. A cutting edge cross-cultural leadership model, Personal Leadership, will be used to develop participants' cross cultural skill-set that is needed for professional and personal lives in the 21st century. Space is limited, so apply online by Noon on Tuesday, March 1 here.

Contact Thorunn Bjarnadottir at or 612-626-4799 for any questions.

CLA Students- take your Professor or TA to Noodles

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The College of Liberal Arts Student Board cordially invites you to attend our Food For Thought event located at Noodles and Company on 616 Washington Ave on Thursday, February 24th.

If you're unfamiliar with the event, we pay for a meal for you and a professor of your choice. All you have to do is invite them and show up! This is the best way to get to know the person who inspires you the most in a non-classroom setting.

Due to the size of Noodles, we are limited to the amount of people who can attend. We will have two separate sessions so we can accommodate as many people as possible. The available times are 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. If you are interested, please invite your professor or TA and RSVP by Tuesday, February 22nd.

RSVP here

Help Plan Parent Weekend 2011

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Get Engaged!
The Parent Program is looking for driven individuals who want to help plan Parents Weekend 2011! This is a fun opportunity to gain experience that looks great on a resume as well as learn important skills. Applications are due by February 25. Visit their site for more info and the application materials here.

Josie R. Johnson Award and Outstanding Community Service Awards

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We are pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2011 Josie R Johnson Award and the Outstanding Community Service Awards. While these two awards have varying nomination guidelines, they complement one another and honor students, faculty, staff, and University-affiliated community members who create respectful and inclusive living, learning and working environments and demonstrate commitment and passion in the areas of human rights, social justice and the public good.

The Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award is given to two individuals each year-one current faculty or staff member and one current undergraduate or graduate student. The award recognizes individuals who are passionately engaged in the areas of social justice, human rights, equity and diversity. For a full description of the nomination guidelines please visit here.

The University's Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who, by devoting their time, talents, and expertise to serve the public good, have made significant, demonstrable contributions to society's well-being. Four awards will be made: (1) Outstanding Faculty Member Community Service Award; (2) Outstanding Student Community Service Award;(3) Outstanding Staff Community Service Award; and (4) Outstanding Community Partner Service Award. Full nomination guidelines can be found here.

Nominations for both awards are due March 7, 2011 by 5 pm. Please help us distribute this call for nominations widely.

Spring Break- Opportunities Still Open

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So many opportunities are still open for your spring break. Take the initiative and do something rewarding.

Here are 3 opportunities that will really bring meaning to that precious week we have off this spring:

The Student Abroad Center has 11 programs and their final deadline date isn't until March 1, so there is still time. Check out their site here to view all the programs they have for spring break. Earn 3 credits, see another country, have an experience that last a lifetime.

The Students Today Leaders Forever student group does Pay It Forward tours and you can still get in on one. These tours do amazing work for the communities you visit and you really get the opportunity to meet and get to know other University students. Check out the tours here.

The UYMCA does a series of immersion tours during spring break. You should check them out here.

Put Your Passion to Action

Students Needed: Women of Color Conference

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Hello fellow students,

I am a Master of Social Work intern at the U of M Women's Center and currently co-coordinating a one-day student Women of Color Conference for fall 2011. I am looking for 5-10 students who might be interested in sharing their insights about issues, concerns, and challenges that student women face on campus. This will help with picking topics for workshops at the Women of Color Conference.

The focus groups are scheduled for the following days:

Fri., Feb. 18, 2011 - 12:00 p.m. -1:00p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25, 2011 - 12:00 p.m. -1:00p.m.

All focus groups will be at Appleby Hall in Room 65. Refreshments and pizza will be provided. Feel free to pass this message to anyone who you think might be interested in the focus group. Please contact me for any further information to or 715-558-5772 (cell) or if you would like to participate. Please indicate which date you are interested in attending. Thank you.


Internships- LCORPS

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LCORPS is offering three unpaid internships that would be great for your student population.
The positions are:
1. Office/Communications Intern
2. Grant-writing Intern
3. Public Relations Intern.

Please visit for more information on the organization.

Students may contact Dr. Seymore at:
Dr. C.L. Seymore
Sr. Project Director

Family Social Science & Youth Studies Employer Recruitment Event

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Family Social Science & Youth Studies Employer Recruitment Event
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
McNeal Hall Atrium

Employers will be on-campus to promote their organizations, jobs and internships within the non-profit, government and social service sector.

Employer RSVP:
1. City of Roseville Parks & Recreation
2. PeaceCorps
3. MN Reading & Math Corps
4. Project Footsteps
6. Lutheran Social Services of MN
7. Planned Parenthood of MN
8. Minnesota Women's Consortium
9. Project for Pride in Living
10. Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
11. Children's Home Society & Family Services
12. St. Paul Parks & Recreation- City Wide Team

Click here for more details

Request for accommodations? Please contact Angie Soderberg at or by phone at 612-626-7432

Leadership Students Wanted- A Minnesota Without Poverty

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A Minnesota Without Poverty is looking for interns to participate in a variety of upcoming events, working to organize and implement a proposal for "Enough for All Congressional District Campaigns". This is a great opportunity for those interested in public policy, social justice, urban planning, marketing and more! See the attached link for more information here, and contact Nancy Maeker, director of A Minnesota Without Poverty, at

U of M Job and Internship Fair- February 25

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-- Friday, February 25, 2011
-- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- Minneapolis Convention Center

Here is your chance to land a job, find an internship, or practice interviewing. Come to the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 200 organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships.

The Job and Internship Fair is open to all U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. This event was created for you. Learn more and register here.


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Meet and Eat With Employers: Learn How to Network
Friday, February 18, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Coffman Union, Mississippi Room

This special event is designed for CLA juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. (This includes alumni who graduated in May 2010 or after.) This event will help you improve your ability to job search and network. Cost is $10 and lunch is included.

The afternoon includes
Networking strategies: Learn how to make professional connections, online and in person. Learn how to market yourself in a rapidly changing job market.

Advice directly from employers: Throughout the day, you'll talk to professionals about the job-search process, and learn what employers seek in job applicants. This will be great networking practice too.

Resume critiques: Bring a copy of your resume for substantive feedback during the event.

A tasty lunch!
Cost is $10.

HOW TO REGISTER: Log in to GoldPASS, go to the Career Events tab, then search for the Meet and Eat with Employers event. Click the event link and then the Register for Event button. Payment options are explained as you register.

11:30 - 12:00: Registration
11:50 - 12:15: Welcome and Lunch
12:15 - 12:35: CLA Alumni Presentation
12:35 - 12:45: Break
12:45 - 1:30: Speed Networking
1:30 - 2:00: Online Social Networking Presentation
2:00 - 2:15: Break
2:15 - 3:30: Employer Panel
3:30 - 4:00: Open networking and resume critiques

C.H. Robinson Worldwide
Dakota County
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Grad Staff
Kraft Foods
Minnesota Reading/Math Corps
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the Bohannon Group
Peace Corps
Securian Financial
Target Stores
Verizon Wireless
and more to be announced


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Secret Sunshine
Now through February 10, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m., St. Anthony Main Theatre, $8.50/$6.00 students

At the Center of the World: Istanbul Past & Present
Now through February 11, T.R. Anderson Gallery Wilson Library. Free

Africa During Renaissance
February 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Pillsbury Auditorium, $15/$10 for MIA members

Minnesota Chinese New Year Gala Celebration
February 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall, Tickets are $50, $20, and $15.

Mediterranean Archives in Minnesota: The Collection of HMML
February 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Nolte Center for Continuing Education (Room 235), Free

Desert in the Coffeehouse: Middle Americans in the Middle East, Sponsored by Arab-American Cultural Institute
February 15, 7:00 p.m. The Coffee Grounds, Free

Cajun Dance with Dance Lesson, Teacher Flory Katz
February 18, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Tapestry Folkdance Center, $7/$5 newcomer discount

Rene Thompson FREE Salsa Lessons
February 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Midtown Global Market, Free

Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária
February 22, 7:00 p.m., The Cedar, $35 general admission/$45 center section

Trading on Titian: The Strange Case of Thomas Provis, Benjamin West, and the 'Venetian Secret'
February 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Pillsbury Auditorium, $15/$10 for MIA members

For the eleventh year in a row, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has placed on the Peace Corps' top 25 list of large universities nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 63 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is at No. 17 in this year's rankings. Since Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 1,310 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities alumni have served in Peace Corps, making it the No. 18 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

It is a great honor to know that our university contributes a large work force to civil service and to a prestigious organization like the Peace Corps'. At the Office for Student Engagement we are excited to continue our work to help get students engaged. It doesn't matter if you're interested in joining the Peace Corps' or not, our office can help you find ways to get you engaged and work towards bettering our community, the world, and yourself.

35 Countries, 2 months- 1 Amazing Summer

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Travel the World on Council on International Educational Exchange. Enter the Summer Travel Contest for a chance to spend your summer traveling the world on CIEE programs and telling their CIEE stories! You will tell the world their stories through video, photos, interviews and blogs. CIEE provides a daily stipend, airfare, video equipment and help you to plan your itinerary. CIEE is accepting entries from college grads with international travel experience.

If interested you will be required to submit a one-minute video showcasing your video skills as well as your personal charisma. Deadline to enter is February 15. Click here to find out more information.

2011 Annual Winter Storytelling

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Come out to experience traditional Native American Storytelling in different languages. There will also be a feast for all who attend this wonderful event.

Time: 6- 9pm
Date: Feb. 17th, 2011

Location: St. Paul Student Center in the North Star Ballroom
Address: 2017 Buford Ave.
St. Paul MN 55108

Please feel free to forward to anyone who may be interested!

For questions, contact the AISCC: 612- 624- 0243

Volunteer Opportunity's Galore

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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 a child when you have time in your schedule? Contact Rachel at to find a good fit.

Assist a SE Senior near you!
It's the middle of winter and there are lots of seniors in the neighborhood who could use your help shoveling walkways to ensure safety for pedestrians or in various other capacities.

Please contact Carolyn Kennedy for more information about neighbors who might need an extra hand on your block (

Minneapolis "I Know I Can" College Awareness Day - 2/10
On February 10, 2011 approximately 2,700 third graders attending Minneapolis Public Schools will participate in the Minneapolis "I Know I Can" College Awareness Day. It is the first step of The Minneapolis Promise, a cluster of coordinated efforts designed to eliminate barriers to post-secondary education for Minneapolis youth. Volunteers will read I Know I Can, a children's book that introduces college awareness in a context that young children can understand. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to talk about their own college experiences, why college is important, and how to get ready for college.

To participate, you must attend a volunteer orientation session (1 hour) on Wed, Feb. 2 from 1:30-2:30 PM (Walter Library 402). On the day of the event, you'll be expected to arrive at your assigned school at the designated time (between 9:00-10:00 AM) and spend approximately one hour in the classroom.

Contact Meaghan at or 612-624-4561 for more information or go here to sign up.

New Seward bookstore needs your help!
A new bookstore that opened on Franklin Avenue across from Pizza Luce is looking for volunteers to work in the store each week. It's a collectively own, progressive bookstore, with lots of great titles! Stop by for more info:

Help Create an Urban Farm in SE Como

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Want more access to healthy, local food?

Help Organize an Urban Farm in SE Como!
Join a team of students and neighbors to make an urban farm a reality in the SE Como neighborhood. This team will navigate city regulation, look for funding opportunities, deal with the construction of raised beds, garner resources, and plan a management strategy for producing maximum yield this next growing season.

Interested in helping in any capacity? Email to get more information.

Their next meeting will be February 15th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Sporty's in SE Como. Light refreshments will be provided.

Let's Turn Graffiti into Real, Positive Art

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Annoyed by graffiti and want to beautify your neighborhood with public art?

Students in the SE Como neighborhood have spoken up regarding increased vandalism and graffiti, especially on the retaining wall lining 15th Avenue up to Rollins.

If you're an artist or want to help organize an event this spring to get neighbors out painting and transforming the wall into something positive, in any neighborhood, email Aaron at

Bad Gas Bills and Landlords that don't care

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Paying too much $$ for heating bills? Want to save energy and the environment?
Did anyone get a massive heating bill last month?

Living with a few friends, my friends gas bill amounted to $550 last month--and they kept our heat at a low 62 degrees the whole time, had plastic over their windows, and even put in additional insulation. But where do we stop? Student renters often don't stay in the same place very long and can't afford to invest in home energy efficiency and improvements. Simultaneously, landlords don't pay for the utilities, so there is no incentive to invest in better appliances or insulation because it doesn't lead to any return on investment.

How can we overcome this glaring problem for students and the environment? Interested individuals email to connect and brainstorm.

Spring Semester- Student Employment Leadership Program Workshops

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Are you a student employee? Here's a great opportunity to get professional development and have you boss pay for it, while you're still here at the U!

Check out the Student Employment Leadership Program (SELP)! SELP is a flexible year-long program that offers a series of workshops & activities designed to compliment students' on-campus employment experience. SELP is geared towards the professional development of student employees and provides opportunities to intentionally promote student's growth in respect to the University Student Development Outcomes (

This semester's workshops are up! Check them out here. They include: Motivation, The Practice of Leadership, and Conflict Fluency.

University Film Festival- Films due in March

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Always wanted to be an actor? Have you ever wanted to direct a film? Well here's your shot. Give this years film festival a chance; round up a crew, borrow a camera from Walter Library and get shooting.

Submit your films to the U of M Student Film Festival, happening at Coffman Memorial Union's Theater April 14-16, 2011. Prizes will be given out for judges' and audience favorite as well as best costume and make-up, best fight scene and best speical effects. Submissions due by 10am on March 21, 2011.

Here's a link to the Film Festival where you can learn about submitting films.

U's American Indian Cultural House to host film series

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The University of Minnesota American Indian Cultural House will be hosting a film series Feb. 16, March 9 and April 13 to help raise public awareness and celebrate the works of American Indian and First Nation films that challenge racial stereotypes.

The development of this series is intended to provide leadership opportunities to students who participate in the American Indian Cultural House. Students learn about organizing community events and building collaborations with departments and other student organizations.

The theme for this year's films is "Native Warriors."

We Shall Remain: Geronimo 6 p.m. Feb. 16

The first film in the series, "We Shall Remain: Geronimo," is a groundbreaking mini-series and provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. It include five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years telling the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective. Episode 4 focuses on the life and politics of Apache warrior Geronimo.

Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart 6 p.m. March 9

The second film, "Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart," is an 83-minute documentary film on the great American Indian Lakota chief, spiritual leader and warrior as he has never been seen before on the screen.

Way of the Warrior 6 p.m. April 13

The third film, "Way of the Warrior," explores the warrior ethic among Native Americans. This documentary also reveals how Native communities have traditionally viewed their warriors and why, during the 20th century, Native men and women have signed up for military service at a rate three times higher than non-Indians.

All films are at the Bell Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. before each show.

For more information visit the site here.

Contacts: Jillian Rowan, Circle of Indigenous Nations,, (612) 624-0564. Preston Smith, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

Health Careers Information Sessions

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Are you planning to be a health professional? Come learn about the do's and don'ts in a Health Careers Information Session. Attend a session and learn how to become a competitive applicant, get an overview of the Health Careers Center resources, hear about the different health professional program options available through the Academic Health Center, and talk to a Health Careers Center consultant. Register today!

The Health Careers Center is hosting information sessions this spring in the Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) Building. These sessions are open to all students, will include time for Q&A with Health Careers Center consultants, and will cover the following topics:
A review of Academic Health Center programs in health, including: clinical laboratory sciences, dentistry, dental hygiene, dental therapy, medicine, mortuary science, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, veterinary medicine, and emerging disciplines.
How to be a competitive applicant.
An overview of Health Careers Center programs and resources for undergraduate students-- online workshops, in-person information sessions, and classes.

The workshops are going to take place
Monday, February 14 at 12:30pm
Thursday, February 24 at 12:00pm
Wednesday, March 2 at 12:00pm
Thursday, March 24 at 12:00pm
Thursday, April 7 at 12:00pm

You will need to register, and to do so visit the site here, click on the date that you wish to register for and then click on register.

Women Lead!

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March 3: Women Lead! 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 105 Cargill Building (St. Paul)

Want to gain confidence as a leader? This session will examine both the theory surrounding women leading and the challenges to women's leadership, as well as address issues of women's self-confidence and finding one's voice. Participants will come away with a definition of their own leadership and some ideas about how to incorporate practical leadership skills into their personal and professional lives. Facilitated by Anitra Cottledge.

Register online at

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