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Put This on the {Map} Film Screening + Discussion

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Wed, April 27, 4:00-6:00 PM
Scott Hall 4
Free pizza!

Put This on the {Map} features teenagers talking about changing ideas around GLBTQ identities, queer youth action, and resilience. The film pushes the conversation beyond bullying to consider systemic issues and deeper beliefs about gender, sexuality, race and class. Facilitated by Cheyenne Johnson and Tara Slaton.

Creative Careers Panel

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Creative Careers Panel
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ST&SS, Rooms 518-520

Are you interested in working in a creative field? The number of creative career paths you can pursue is practically endless. Attend this panel to listen to and ask questions of professionals who work in creative fields. This diverse group of panelists works in fields such as advertising, marketing, public relations, writing/editing, communications, community development and event planning. These individuals also have connections with others in creative fields.

Panelists include:
Ellen Hunter Gans,Writer, Editor, and Communications Strategist and Owner at Word Couture Consulting LLC.

Kabo Yang, Executive Director, Galore: Professional Hmong Women's Network, and Founder and Principal Consultant, Legend Consulting Services.

Kaitlin Tracy, Senior Account Executive, OLSON.

Maggie McQuillan, Insight Specialist, Periscope.

Ryan French, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Walker Art Center.

This event is cosponsored by CLA Career Services, Campus Career Services/Employer Relations, and the Career Development Network

Happening This Week

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Women's Center 50th Anniversary Open House

Save the Date: Women's Center 50th Anniversary Open House - Please join us on April 27, 2011 at 12 p.m., in the Appleby Hall Ground Floor Lounge for our final 50th anniversary event. Come enjoy cake with the Women's Center staff!

8 Dimensions of Leadership

Local business leaders and authors Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard and Emma Wilhelm will discuss their book, The 8 Dimensions of Leadership at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Wednesday, April 27 @ 4:00 p.m.

Carlson School Forte Career Lab - Friday, April 29, 8:30 to Noon

Take Back the Night 2011
Fri, April 29, 6:00-9:00 PM
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave S, Mpls

Snapshot of Cedar Riverside- Event

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I hope this message finds you well as we approach the weekend. We are excited to inform you that our own Leadership Minor Field Experience- Cedar Riverside class is putting on their Capstone project to wrap up their experiences from this semester. The event will consist of the following:

- Get to know the Cedar Riverside area through a game of jeopardy to get warmed up!

Choose either:
- Music and theater hot spots (an example of the Open Mic sessions that go on at the Brian Coyle Center will facilitate this discussion)
- Food and restaurants in the area (some samples will be provided)

Switch places and experience the other choice:
- Music and theater hot spots (an example of the Open Mic sessions that go on at the Brian Coyle Center will facilitate this discussion)
- Food and restaurants in the area (some samples will be provided)

We have a group of panel members that are open and willing to discuss the wide range of questions that we all have.

If this grabs your interest, we hope to see you on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:30pm-7:00pm in Territorial Hall lobby (view the building here).

International Buddy Program- Mentor Applications Open Now

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Adjusting to a new cultural environment can be exciting and challenging. New international students at the University of Minnesota often have a lot of questions and concerns during their first weeks on campus. The International Buddy Program (IBP) was created to ease the transition, with current U.S. and international undergraduate students helping new undergraduate students. Current UMN students volunteer to assist the new international students in their transition to the University of Minnesota throughout the summer, fall, and spring.

Why become an IBP Mentor?
- Be an ambassador to new international students
- Acquire knowledge on cultural adjustment, communication styles and personal leadership
- Gain insight on different cultural values and world views
- Build your resume
- Join a globally mind community
- Have FUN!!

Interested in becoming a Mentor for a new international student in Fall 2011? Go to the site here for mentor information and the application. The mentor application will be available until May 6.

Women's Center- Grand Opening at their New location

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Grand opening of Appleby Hall's new lactation space, April 21st at 12:30 in Room 220! Please join us! (For more info see below).

In addition, the Women's Center and the Student Parent Help Center is compiling a list of official and unofficial spaces to post on our websites and on OHR's ( If you know of any lactation spaces that you think are not commonly known, please email Thanks!

On Our Minds

During the past 2 years, the Women's Center staff has been taking small, yet effective steps towards becoming more environmentally friendly. Each week it is part of my job to bring one new "green" tip to our staff meeting. We turn off and unplug computers when they are not in use, and reuse printer paper--actions that take little effort, but make a huge difference. This year we also gave up our office water cooler and have chosen to drink the equally good stuff out of the tap (we turned to a filter for the sink and a efficient electric tea pot), as suggested by the U's Water Resources Center (see also or These eco-smart actions benefit the earth and are a great way to cut office spending. Scientists out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that only about 4% of electricity is consumed while appliances are actually on, and the rest is wasted. By asking employees to turn off and unplug their computers when they're not in use, your office could save $20 per computer, per year. This change alone will save the Women's Center about $200 this year!

Celebrating The U- You are invited

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U of M students,

You're invited you to join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for an extraordinary evening, Tuesday, May 3, celebrating the U, our alumni, and our outgoing President Robert Bruininks and First Lady Susan Hagstrum.

Mingle and network with alumni while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and music at a reception at the Carlson School of Management Building. Then join the group for a program at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This will be one of the last opportunities to hear Bob
Bruininks speak before he steps down as president. Program entertainment will be provided by some of your fellow students; the Sigma Nu Quartet and the a capella singing group 7 Days will perform.

Program Only Tickets
$10 per student (student members of the Alumni Association may reserve
2 complimentary tickets)
Order by May 1, 2011

Reception and Program Tickets
$25 per student ($20 for student members of the Alumni Association)
Order by April 27, 2011

If you're not a student member this is a great time to sign up for a $15 one-year membership and receive your discount on Annual Celebration tickets.

Members receive benefits including a monthly chance to win Bookstore gift cards and other prizes, an everyday 10% discount at the U of M Bookstore (some exclusions apply) and much more. To find out more about our Annual Celebration and membership, visit the site here or call our office at 612.624.9658.

I hope you will celebrate with us at the 2011 Annual Celebration on May 3!


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Please join us July 23, 2011 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis to support Nonviolent Peaceforce with a bike ride, live music and lunch in the park!
You can join us on the ride - see details below - or you can volunteer to help out on the day of the event. Want to volunteer? Email Stirling at

NP brochure.pdf

The ride starts at the bandstand at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. You can ride 8, 20 or 40 miles.

Sign up on our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Then go to and create a fundraising page to collect pledges online. You can also mail them in. Any last minute donations can be brought the day of the ride. Checks can be made out to Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Please ask family and friends to support your efforts by making a donation. Please collect at least $150 in donations. We will offer special recognition for those who raise $300, $500, or $1000 or more. Please print out pledge forms and donation request cards on our website.

We will have support stations set up along the route. You must wear a helmet during the ride and sign a waiver on the day of the event. You can pre-order a boxed lunch or choose to bring a bag lunch with you to the event. If you register by July 1, you will get an awesome Pedal for Peace t-shirt.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Registration 7:00-10:00
8:00 a.m. -40 mile ride
8:45 a.m.-40 mile ride (faster riders)
9:45 a.m.-20 mile ride
10:00 a.m.-8 mile ride
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.-Live Music
11:30 a.m.-Lunch
12:00 p.m.-Recognition, Celebration, & Speakers.

University of Minnesota Spring Powwow

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Saturday, May 7 · 1:00pm - 10:30pm

University of Minnesota- Coffman Memorial Union- Great Hall
300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


The powwow date has been set for May 7th, 2011. We are still filling
in the details and will update the event as we go.

Host Drum: Hoka Hey!
MC: Jerry Dearly

-First grand entry will start at 1:00
-Feast at 5:00
-Second grand entry will start at 7:00

The first 5 drums to register will be paid.
Drum registration will be the day of the powwow.

Dancer and drum registration will begin at 12:00pm the day of the powwow

Vendors interested in purchasing table space should call 612-624-0243.
Space is limited. (Application Attached) Powwow Vendor Application.doc


Sponsored by the American Indian Student Cultural Center, and Circle
of Indigenous Nations - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

University Women of Color Council's 10th Anniversary Celebration

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The University Women of Color (UWOC) Council cordially invites you to join us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 5th, 3:00-6:00PM at the Urban Research and Outreach/ Engagement Center (UROC), located at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Josie R. Johnson. The program begins at 4:00PM.

A flyer regarding this event is attached. 10th Anniversary flyer.pdf

RSVP's are strongly encouraged. To RSVP or request disability accommodations, please email UWOC at by April 29.

The UWOC Council

The Art of Honoring Leadership Development Mentoring Program is designed for first generation female, junior and senior or graduate students of color.

It is an 8-month program, meeting once a month from 9am-12:30pm, and the kick-off is October 6, 2011. The mentors are leaders within top corporations (3M Company, Wells Fargo, Boston Scientific, HealthPartners, Target) and the mentees are chosen from year Universities (U of M, Carlson School of Management, St. Catherine University, Bethel University, Hamline University, Metropolitan State University and Augsburg College) based on a specific criteria (see for more information). Many students participating in the program have gotten jobs and internships as well as mentors have gotten promotions.

We have received amazing results in the last two years. Students will grow their professional networks and build relationships with managers and recruiters at Fortune 500 companies.

The mentoring organizations contribute funding for each mentor and the colleges also contribute a small amount for each mentee, which covers materials, room rentals, refreshments and facilitators' fees.

If you are interested, please send a letter expressing your interest and background by Friday, April 22 to the Women's Center at the University of Minnesota at

Leadership Minor- Fall Semester Registration Information

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As you're planning your schedule for fall semester and registering for upcoming classes, many of you may have been wondering about the status of Leadership Minor classes on OneStop.

Each course has been set up to look like all of the sections are closed-- don't let that discourage you from adding the class, as it is likely not actually closed. All you have to do is choose which section you want and that works with your schedule, then either add yourself to the wait list or contact the instructor for a permission number (regardless of whether it's "closed" or not).

Especially for those students looking to take Section 003 of the Field Experience with Robert Yawson, please add yourselves directly to the wait list and we will take care of it from there.

Hopefully this hasn't caused too much confusion so far. Good luck with your last few weeks of Spring semester!

For more information about the Leadership Minor, check out their website here.


Many of you have been experiencing issues and confusion with registering for classes, so Brian Fredrickson has made a video tutorial of how to easily register for classes. This video very simply explains how to register, while also addressing many specific problems that students have encountered. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any issues, be sure to watch the tutorial and you should have it down.

**You can view this video from our facebook page, or directly at this URL:

If, after watching the video, you have further questions about registration, contact Brian Fredrickson at 612-568-LEAD. If you have any other questions, email us at or call 612-624-1559. Please note that the Leadership Minor Office's number is incorrect at the end of the video (it is listed as 624-1554, rather than the correct 624-1559).

Author and University of Minnesota associate professor Jeff Gillman will discuss his book, How The Government Got in Your Back Yard, at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m.

Who: Jeff Gillman
What: Discussion and Book Signing
When: Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Bookstore
300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis
Contact: Kari Erpenbach, University of Minnesota Bookstore (612) 625-6564,

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- Author and University of Minnesota associate professor Jeff Gillman will discuss his book, How The Government Got in Your Back Yard: Superweeds, Frankenhoods, Lawn Wars, and the (Nonpartisan)Truth About Environmental Policies, on Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.

How the Government Got in Your Backyard goes beyond the politics to uncover the scientific, nonpartisan truth behind the biggest environmental issues of our time, from pesticides to plant patents, alternative energy to global warming. Be prepared to be surprised and maybe to lose a few cherished assumptions along the way. Discover how the facts behind the issues offer a fair shot at an informed decision while turning everything you believed about environmental policy on its head.

Gillman will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit

The Power of Strength- Film Event

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Nolte Center, room 140
5:00 pm, Wednesday April 20
Join us for a Wednesday evening event (as many of you have been waiting for!) where
Jermain Elliott will be screening his documentary film, The Power of Strength: The Social, Economic, and Political Implications of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in South Africa. The film highlights his research experience in Cape Town, South Africa over winter break, and is an excellent display of both the large and small scale effects of HIV/AIDS in South African's lives.

Immediately following the screening, we will engage in conversation about the impact of HIV/AIDS globally and domestically. Leadership Minor students are especially privileged to have this opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues in South Africa, and learn first hand by an awesome member of the Leadership Minor community.

The University YMCA-Community Leadership Intern Program will be hosting interns in the summer of 2011. Y-CLIP has two goals (1) partner with local organizations to develop ethical leaders, and (2) provide opportunities for students looking to grow professionally and ethically, and gain experience with community organizations. Through the Community Leadership Intern Program, students have the opportunity to intern at a local non-profit for 15-20 hours per week from June 1st-August 5th.

Past participating non-profit organizations include: St. Anne's Place, HousingLink, HandsOn Twin Cities, Ascension Place, COOL Youth Center, TCF Bank Foundation, ARC Greater Twin Cities, etc.

To Apply
Students can apply by completing the following application process by April 22nd:
· General UY Application (found at

· Two Reference Forms (found at

· Resume

· Writing Sample (can be a paper from class)

· Unofficial Transcript (found at

Application materials can be turned in at the University YMCA (1801 University Ave SE) or emailed to

Admission into this internship program ensure quality internship experience at reputable non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities. If you have any questions, you can call our office at (612) 676-3793 ext. 13792 or you can email us at

Career Opportunities Combining French and Business

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Planning on using French in your career, but not sure how to do it? This networking event is designed for current students, as well as all young professionals, who have an interest in pursuing a profession that uses their knowledge of French language and culture. In partnership with CLA Career Services, Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Career Center, and the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. Join us Friday, April 22 in 1-103 Hanson Hall at 3 p.m.

Building Capacity, Engaging Allies, and Challenging Burnout

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Please join the Office for Equity and Diversity on Friday, April 22, for:

Building Capacity, Engaging Allies, and Challenging Burnout
Many members of the University community - whether staff, faculty or students - are committed to advancing equity and diversity in their colleges, units and departments. But it can be challenging to function as a change agent when equity and diversity is neither written into one's job description nor made a primary focus of a class or curriculum. How can we serve as leaders and engage our colleagues on issues of equity and diversity? How can we, as allies, have the impact that we hope to have in advancing equity and diversity goals? And, even more challenging, how can we help to build the capacity required to advance real change?

In this workshop, participants will share their experiences and challenges around being effective advocates and building capacity for equity and diversity work within their units, departments, and colleges. They will hear from colleagues within the University who have been particularly successful at engaging allies and building leadership. And, they will be given the strategies, tools and time to begin developing an all-important "capacity component" within a larger diversity plan.

President's Room, Coffman Union

7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (a continental breakfast is available, with time for socializing and networking, from 8:30 - 9 a.m. The workshop will start promptly at 8 a.m. and end at 11 a.m.)

Feel free to contact Anne Phibbs ( or 5-8519) with any questions about the workshop. To register, contact Naomi Farabee ( You may also contact Naomi if you know of others who would like to attend.

Volunteer Abroad Info Session

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Meet the program advisers and find out more about brand new volunteer opportunities through the Learning Abroad Center. Join us Thursday, April 21 in 110 Heller Hall at 4 p.m.

Learn about:
Winter Break 2011-12 in Thailand: Archaeology in rural village of Northeast Thailand and 3-day excursion in and around Bangkok

Spring Break 2012 in Guatemala: Volunteer and learn spanish in the colonial city of Antigua

Carlson School Forte Career Lab

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Carlson School Forte Career Lab - Friday, April 29, 8:30 to Noon --
Participation is absolutely free but registration required

Come explore how business knowledge can enhance your academic background, professional ambitions, and social or service interests, and help you segue into an exciting and opportunity-rich career. Through Career Lab's industry panels, networking sessions, and interactive workshops, accomplished women reveal the new world of
business and help you envision your role in it. Regardless of major, all undergraduate women with an interest in business will benefit from their insights.


Questions? Ask: Brent Opall | Director | Multicultural Affairs& Diversity Education
Carlson School of Management | 321 - 19th Ave South, Suite 4-300 |
Minneapolis, MN 55455 | Direct 612-626-4088 | Fax 612-624-6374 |

April's Twin Cities International Events

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Check out the April 2011 edition of the Global Mosaic put out by the Learning Abroad Center. There are tons of International Events happening in the Twin Cities this month as well as a few programs they are holding info sessions for.

Tomorrow- Teach English Abroad Info Session

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Teach English Abroad Info Session

Learn how to get a teaching job abroad. Former and current teachers will share their own stories, and visitors from organizations will talk about finding a position through an organized program. Join us Thursday, April 14, in 110 Heller Hall at 4 p.m.

Focus Group for Student Unions & Activities

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Attention Students: Want Free Pizza and a $10 Gift Certificate to Gopher Express? Participate in Student Unions & Activities focus groups for the Whole Music Club and Goldy's Gameroom. Focus groups will last approximately one hour.

Who: Looking for both students who have and have not attended events
When: April 25th - April 28th
Where: Coffman Union
What Time: Noon - 1pm

Email if interested in participating. Include the day that works best for you and if you have or have not attended events in the Whole Music Club or Goldy's Gameroom.

WhoseU: April 20th 'Day of Education' volunteer sign-up

Support an historic day at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities- Whose University? DAY OF EDUCATION. April 20th 2011 VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: Thursday 4.14.11 4pm-5:30pm; Friday 4.15.11 4pm-5:30pm EVENT RUNDOWN (everyone must attend)- Tuesday 4.19.11 3pm-5:00pm

Click here to fill out the volunteer sign-up sheet.


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Need a little relaxation? Want to know more about what the University can offer you? Come get a free massage and some information at Stomp the Spring Slump!

WHAT: Stomp the Spring Slump!
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12th from 10:00am - 2:00pm
WHERE: 518 & 520 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)

Come talk to representatives from organizations such as The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, CLA Career Services, Learning Abroad Center, and many more! There will also be free massages, prizes, and food!

Also, if you're a photographer, start taking pictures on campus. We will be holding a photo contest this year. More information on this will be sent in a few weeks, keep your eyes peeled if you're interested in participating!

On Monday, April 18, we will welcome Dr. Stephen Swanson, pediatric inpatient medical director at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Swanson is also trained in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, making international aid trips each year. He will share reflections on his career path; stories of his time in Rwanda, India, and the Philippines; and advice for students interested in healthcare careers. We are proud to count Dr. Swanson as one of our own: a University of Minnesota alumnus.

Dr. Stephen Swanson
"Beauty and Brutality: An uncustomary journey into a profession of global medicine and pediatric infectious diseases"
Monday, April 18, 2011
12:00 -1:00
Coffman Union President's Room (3rd Floor)
Lunch with be provided

Stephen J. Swanson, MD

Dr. Swanson is pediatrician trained in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. Dr. Swanson graduated from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Psychology. He then obtained a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1997. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, where he served as a chief resident in pediatrics before becoming a staff physician at Stanford University Hospital. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine, and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Swanson has lived and worked throughout Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Lima, Peru), and has special interests in global pediatric health, tropical infectious diseases, infectious disease epidemiology, and medical education. He is currently inpatient pediatric director at Hennepin County Medical Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of Minnesota. His passion remains for the wellness of children and the training of global-minded physicians.

TRio Upward Bound- Hiring now

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TRiO Upward Bound is HIRING for our Academic and Residential Summer Program.

Available positions include:
· Instructor
· Teaching Assistant
· Office Assistant
· Residential Advisor

TRiO Upward Bound at the University of Minnesota is a federally funded college prep program. Each summer, we coordinate a 5-week academic and residential summer program for our high school aged participants. If you're interested in working in a fast-paced environment with the opportunity to impact some amazing Minneapolis youth - this is the job for you.

All interested applicants must be available Monday, June 13 through Friday, July 29, 2011. Experienced educators, youth workers and/or individuals with a passion for working with diverse, urban, teenage youth are encouraged to apply.

Each position is posted separately on the University of Minnesota website. To learn more about the positions and apply, click on the following links.


Teaching Assistant

Office Assistant

Residential Advisor


CLA Student Performers Wanted

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Can you act, sing, or dance?? Or do you have another talent?? How
would you like to perform on a live stage?? The CLA Student Board is
organizing the second annual outdoor "Concert on the Mall" for Friday,
April 15th, from 5pm-9pm on Northrop Plaza. The concert will showcase
singers, dancers, beat-boxers, comics, and other vocal/visual
performances. Prizes will be awarded to EVERY performer.

Do you think you've got what it takes?? Auditions are this weekend and
next week in Coffman Memorial Union. No appointment is necessary; the
first to show up will be the first to audition. Most auditions will
take about 5-10 minutes. Though music will be allowed at the live
show, singing auditions must be done A cappella, similar to American
Idol auditions. No major instruments will be allowed. Comics will be
given about 10-15 minutes to do a full set during their auditions as
we must determine if all material is appropriate for the concert.
Whether you are a singer, dancer, beat-boxer, comic or other
performer, please attend ANY one of the following auditions:

Wed 4/6, 9:00pm-11:00pm, Room 324 in Coffman

**NOTE** The "Concert on the Mall" will not be set up for live
instruments. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept auditions
for instrumental performances.

Nominate Outstanding GLBTA Leadership Students

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GLBTA Awards & Scholarships 2010-2011
Application Deadline: Monday, April 11 at 5:00 PM

You are invited to apply -- or nominate someone else -- for the GLBTA Programs Office 2010-2011 awards and scholarships, which are open to all five University of Minnesota campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities):

* GLBTA Student Scholarship Awards
* Breaking the Silence Awards
* GLBTA Leadership Awards
* Schochet Endowment GLBT Studies Awards for Excellence in Creativity and Scholarship

Information and application materials for all awards can be found here.

The application deadline is Monday, April 11, 2011, at 5:00 PM. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Lavender Celebration & Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 6 from 4:00-6:00 PM. More information on Lavender Celebration can be found here.

Please contact Ross Neely at 612-626-3064 or with any questions. Thank you, and good luck!

May Term in Texas

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Chicano Studies 3900, May Term, May 22nd - June 3rd, 3 credits.
Travel to the Texas - Mexico Border to live, learn, and volunteer. Students will learn about the history, politics, and economics of this region. The class explores a wide range of topics to learn the complex ways issues influence and are influenced by the border, border policies, race, class, and gender. Volunteer projects are designed to expose students to how Tejanos and Mexicanos are working to improve their lives. Spanish is not required for this course.

For more information contact: Michael Duenes at

Want to volunteer? Here are many opportunities

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CIVITAS Member Meet-Up Event
Join other civically minded students and Civitas members for food, feedback, and fun April 19th 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the new STSS building on campus (right across from the Weisman). We've almost arrived at the end of our first academic year and we'd like to celebrate by meeting each other, getting your feedback on how we could improve the group, and getting to hear and ask questions from a few key neighborhood volunteer organizations. Free dinner from Holy Land will be provided. Bring a friend! Please RSVP at:

Earth Day Clean-Up Events!
Saturday April 16th, 9:30am to Noon at: Father Hennepin Park, East River Parkway, 100 6th Avenue SE, East River Parkway& Franklin Avenue. For more information go to: or call 612.230.6400
Saturday April 23rd, 9am-Noon at St. Anthony Park's Kasota Ponds
For more information, call 651-649-5992, or go to

Heart of the Beast Theater presents... The MayDay Parade (May 1st)
Want to help build giant puppets out of paper mache, then join a massive group of Minneapolitans to take back Bloomington avenue dressed as Mythical Creatures? Want to help the MayDay Parade the wild and spectacular event that it's been every year since 1975?!? Community workshops, taking place at the Heart of the Beast Theater, on 1500 East Lake Street, will take place on the dates listed below, and if you want to volunteer on the day of the event, contact Margery Otto at or 612-721-2535

Community MayDay Workshop Dates:
Saturdays 8:30 - 11:30 am - April 2, 9, 16 and 23
Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 pm - April 2, 9, 16 and 23
Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm - April 5, 12, 29 and 26
Thursdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm - April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Contribute to a community effort to reduce graffiti through public art?
We've finished our initial report for a mural along the retaining wall on 15th Avenue between Rollins and 8th Street SE--now we are developing a community engagement strategy for the project. Are you or do you know neighborhood artists (or want to help paint)? Want to contribute to the vision of the mural? If you want to find out how you can get involved, email Aaron at

Calling all gardeners!
SE Como is introducing a new community garden, "FairShare Farm" on 22nd and Fairmount. Get involved with this exciting opportunity to be a part of a new food producing garden! Several roles (and all gardeners welcome) to be filled including help with coordinating educational and social events, inoculating mushroom logs, outreach, funding, and MORE! Interested in helping in any capacity? Contact Stephanie

Be a voice at a Restorative Justice Community Action Conference
Restorative Justice Community Action aims to reduce repeat livability crimes by holding community conferences with the offender facing those affected by the problem and having both parties decide a constructive way to remedy their offense. Two upcoming community conferences need voices from members in University area. The first conference is next Thursday, April 7th, at 5:30 pm, at Van Cleve Park. The second conference is on Saturday, April 23rd at 10am. If you are interested in participating in these conferences, please contact Chanti Calabria at 612-746-0784 or Chanti will give you the run-down on how you can be a part of RJCA!

Move In Move Out (MIMO) Recycled Goods Store Volunteers Needed!
SECIA is continuing a project this spring with funding from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to try to address the massive amounts of curbside waste left after students move in/move out. The MIMO neighborhood free store will be held again at the University of Minnesota's Reuse Warehouse located at 883 29th Ave. SE., 55414. SECIA needs volunteers to keep the store open from May 12 - June 4, 2011 Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. & Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed 5/28). For more information email or go to

Volunteer at Zenon Dance Academy and take Free Dance Classes
Interested in getting involved at the City Pages "Best Place to Learn Dance" in the Twin Cities? Classes range from ballet, to modern, to jazz, to hip hop, to contact improvization and many more. To learn more, visit, or contact Patty Lefaive at 612-281-6125 if you're interested in volunteering in Zenon's Work Study Program.

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

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.

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 several 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:

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 other non-volunteer ways to get involved in your n'hood?
Most neighborhoods have active monthly e-newsletters with MORE chances to hear about events, safety, and other cool stuff going on in your community. Join them by going to the websites below. Want to see more opportunities that align with your interest or are closer to your home? Fill out this short 4 question survey 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:

College of Liberal Arts Student Ambassadors
Are you looking for challenge that will build these skills?

* Leadership
* Interpersonal
* Team Building & Group Facilitation
* Communication & Presentation

Do you enjoy working with diverse people, communities, and organizations; such as K-12 and community groups, prospective students and parents, and the CLA student community? Can you share your positive CLA experiences with others? Would you like to increase your networking abilities and develop connections with college and university administrators, faculty, staff, and other students? Check out the attached flier to learn more about becoming a CLA Ambassador.

Online Application:

Application Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2011.

Service-Learning Courses for Fall

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Service-Learning Courses for Fall
Service-learning courses allow you to learn by doing through integrating work with a community-based organization. Be sure to check out the list of classes available for fall semester, click here to view all of them.

Walk-In Hours with Minnesota GreenCorps

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Walk-In Hours with Minnesota GreenCorps
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
411 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (Career Services)

Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program focused on the environment. Stop by our office to talk to a current MN GreenCorps service member and ask any questions you have about MN GreenCorps or AmeriCorps. You can also get information about applying for positions that start in September 2011.

All U of M students (all majors) are welcome. Just stop by our office anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. on April 12.

ABOUT MINNESOTA GREENCORPS: Launched in 2009, the goal of this statewide initiative is to help preserve and protect Minnesota's environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. The MN GreenCorps program places AmeriCorps members with local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around Minnesota. The program is coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

If you work with MN GreenCorps, you'll be in a full-time position for 11 months, beginning this September. You'll receive a living allowance of at least $12,100 spread over the 11-month term.

Below are some of the other benefits of participating in MN GreenCorps:
- living allowance of at least $12,100
- education award of $5,350 to be used toward loans or tuition (upon completion of program)
- you'll gain valuable skills and experience in the environmental field
- you'll give back to your community and help improve the environment
- offer of health insurance
- offer of child care assistance
- loan forbearance
- personal and professional development opportunities

Below are some of the topics you might focus on with MN GreenCorps:
- energy conservation and air quality
- waste prevention and recycling
- living green outreach
- green infrastructure

Questions? Contact Emily Cronk, CLA Career Services / Employer Relations, 612-624-7577,

Sexual Assault Awareness- A WHOLE Month of Events

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➢ Monday 4/4
"She Fears You" Hosted by Keith Edwards
6 - 8 pm Sports Pavilion

➢ Tuesday 4/5
Voice for Prevention: Demand the Change
4 - 6 pm Ecolab (Library Room 302) Metropolitan State University

➢ Wednesday 4/6
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" Movie and Panel Discussion
7 - 10 pm St. Paul Student Center Theatre

➢ Thursday 4/7
The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault's 5th Annual AWARE Event
4:30 - 7:30 pm Kelly Inn, St. Paul

➢ Friday 4/8
Men Against Gender Violence Meeting with Keith Edwards
3 - 5 pm Coffman 303

➢ Friday 4/8
National Public Health Week Film Festival Tabling
4:45 - 5:30 pm Mayo Memorial Auditorium

➢ Monday 4/11
The Clothesline Project displayed in front of Coffman

➢ Sunday 4/17
The Vagina Monologues
5 pm Coffman Theater

➢ Wednesday 4/27
Women's Center 50th Anniversary
Open House
12 pm 64 Appleby Hall

➢ Friday 4/29
Take Back the Night
6 - 9 pm MCTC

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