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Intern with the Mayor & Student Activities

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Students, please take note: IT Service Disruption October 1-2

There will be a planned twelve-hour interruption to IT services at the University of Minnesota beginning on Saturday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m., with service restoration beginning on Sunday, October 2 at 6:00 a.m. All services will be restored by noon on Sunday. During this time, you will not be able to access IT systems and services such as WebVista and Moodle.

Student Activities

Collegiate Golf Alliance National Qualifier: The University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College are partnering to offer the 2011 Collegiate Golf Alliance (CGA) National Championship Regional Qualifier on Friday, September 30 at the University of Minnesota Golf Course. Winning 2-somes will advance to Las Vegas for the National Championships! For more information, visit the CGA Golf website.

Are you ready for the 2011 Gopher Adventure Race? Participants race in teams of two, traveling by foot and campus transportation to take on physical and mental challenges while deciphering clues that will allow you to discover and experience the U in a whole new way! Register online at Z.UMN.EDU/GAR to reserve your spot. Top prizes provided by North Face. Great swag, drawings, and food for all! All University of Minnesota students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to participate. Register early as openings are limited and expected to fill very soon! For more information, contact: Connie Magnuson at . Date: October 7, 2011, Cost: $30.00

Are you interested in getting to know one of your professors better? You and two classmates can coordinate a lunch with one of your professors at any participating University Dining Services location! Learn more...

Comedians of Chelsea Lately: Sarah Colonna, Loni Love, Matt Braunger & Jen Kirkman share sidesplitting commentary on pop culture. 9 p.m. Free! October 8 at the Great Hall in Coffman Union. Two admitted per student U Card. For more information, visit

Internship with the Mayor's Office

The Mayor's Office is currently in need of an intern who can help in the communications department. Ideal candidates will have good writing background and experience. A major or minor/concentration in writing, journalism and or English would be great, but not necessary. Candidates may be undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates. Internships are unpaid, but we are flexible with hours and we are certain that our interns will contribute and learn as much from their experience with us as well as we, from the experience with them. If interested, please look at the application process. Questions? Email Chai Lee at:

FYI (for those inclined): Flu-Vaccine Schedule

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Flu season is just around the corner and once again the University of Minnesota is offering free flu vaccination clinics. Online sign-up is now open for those who wish to schedule ahead of time. Online sign-up allows you to easily schedule, change, or cancel an appointment at your convenience. Walk-ins are also welcome at any of the clinics on a first-come, first-served basis.

2011 Flu Vaccination Clinic Schedule
Wednesday, October 5: CMU (Great Hall), 9 am-3 pm
Thursday, October 6: Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine, 9 am-3 pm*
Thursday, October 6: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Friday, October 7: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Tuesday, October 11: Landscape Arboretum (Snyder Tea Room), 10 am-1 pm
Tuesday, October 11: University Recreation Center, 7 am-4 pm
Wednesday, October 12: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Wednesday, October 12: Bierman Field Athletic Building, 11 am-5 pm
Thursday, October 13: West Bank Office Building, 10 am-3 pm
Thursday, October 13: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Monday, October 17: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Tuesday, October 18: Humphrey (Atrium), 9 am-3 pm
Tuesday, October 18: Moos Tower (Java City), 8 am-4 pm*
Wednesday, October 19: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Thursday, October 20: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Tuesday, October 25: Law School (Auerbach Commons), 9 am-3 pm
Wednesday, October 26: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Thursday, October 27: Pioneer Hall, 4 pm-7 pm
Monday, October 31: Boynton Health Service (W120), 9 am-3 pm
Wednesday, November 2: Carlson (Main Atrium), 9 am-3 pm
Tuesday, November 8: St. Paul Student Center, 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday, November 9: CMU (Great Hall), 10 am-4 pm

* The Student Health Benefits Fair is also taking place at this location/time.

University of Minnesota Flu Vaccination Clinics are open to University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff (and their dependents) who are 18 years of age or older. No out-of-pocket cost.

For more information including an FAQ, visit For specific questions, email

Activies, Leadership, Employment & More!

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Looking for volunteers to help clean N.E Minneapolis! Oct 6-8th, 9-5pm. Bring friends, get a free t-shirt and make NE pretty. Click Here for more information!

On & Off-Campus Activities

Opening tonight: "Formal Contrast" in the Coffman Art Gallery. John Wells explores the non-figurative, Danielle Frye explores the figure through portraits. Both use a build up of layers and soft colors to create vastly different paintings. Through contrasting these representations, we can deliberate upon the weight that both figurative and non-figurative drawings carry, and what they represent to us.

Leadership Minor Student Group Fall Kickoff Event, tomorrow September 29th at 5:00pm at Appleby 201 (Art Lab). Get ready for some carmel Apples and planing for october community service Projects. Invite your friends and classmates to help build the larger Leadership Minor community! If you have class constraints, feel free to come late or leave early-- this is a casual event!

Don't miss Clip for the Cure this Saturday, October 1st at Regis Salons! This event benefits a wonderful cause.

The Tri-U-Mah! Indoor Triathlon will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2012. It consists of 30 minute swimming, biking, and running sections. Participants will have 30 minutes to complete each individual section. Registration opens October 5th at the Minneapolis Recreation Center.

Employment & Leadership Opportunties

Teach for America Coffee Talk: on October 6th at 6pm, a Teach for America information session will be held in STSS 131B. A representative from Teach for America will give an overview of how the program works, the application process, etc. and answer any questions that you have!

Applications for Mentors andfor Program Coordinators are available at the University YMCA (1801 University Ave). Go to the for more information or to apply!

Mark Your Calendars For Student Activities

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On Thursday Sept 29 the ISSS (International Student & Scholar Services) Culture Corps invites you to talk with Orlyn Kringstad, Executive Director of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights about issues on humanitarian aid, asylum policy, no-conservatism and xenophobia in Norway. Discussion is from 10-11:15am at Freeman Commons (205 Humphrey Center, West Bank). Cookies and beverages will be served. For more information please contact Carlos at (612) 876 6339.

On Thursday, October 6 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at the University Minneapolis Hotel (formerly the Radisson University Hotel) the Diversity Networking and Scholarship event will be open to all students who are interested in meeting and networking with representatives from Twin Cities employers who are interested in increasing their organizational diversity. As well as talk to scholarship experts on-site to help answer your questions and learn about internship opportunities with local corporations and government agencies. Students can learn more about this free event including how to register at Please contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at 612-625-0498 or with questions.

Study Abroad Panel
Friday, October 7th, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in room 140 Nolte Center. If you are hoping to study abroad in the future, come hear from the experiences of students who have previous studied abroad in the Dominica Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela.

Friday, October 7th, from 12:00-5:00 (see agenda below) in the Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. The FAB (Fashion and Business) Career Exhibition will be happeing. It is free and open to all interested U of M students. Registration is encouraged.

11:30 Exclusive Employer Luncheon for official paying FAB Members***
12:00 Event Kick off, Career Fair opens, MNFashion presentation by Sarah Colvin
12:30 Fashion Show by the Buckle
1:00 Personal Branding presentation by Style-Architects
2:00 Professional Networking presentation by Kohl's
3:00 Resumes in the Fashion Industry presentation by Mall of America
12:00 - 5:00 pm Career Fair is open

For more info on the event or the sponsoring student group Fashion and Business (FAB) visit and click on the Career Exhibition tab. Event questions? Contact FAB Special Events Coordinator Taylor Corwin at

Want more of FAB? An Exclusive Employer Luncheon will be occuring: Students who become official paying members of FAB before the exhibition have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy the FAB Employer Luncheon at 11:30 for one-on-one networking with employer representatives. Lunch for FAB members is just $5 (payable in cash/check at the event). Click Here to join FAB ($25).

Shantytown is an annual event designed to bring awareness of the local poverty situation to the student body and surrounding community. Learn how you can help fight poverty, eliminate homelessness, and make a difference in our community! The event includes: talks from MN representative Rena Moran and the People Serving People shelter, a shanty-building contest (with prizes!), a free soup kitchen dinner from French Meadow Bakery and Cafe, and free breakfast from Bruegger's Bagels

When: Thursday Evening, October 6th to Friday Morning, October 7th
Where: Coffman Front Plaza
Cost: Free

All participants are invited to spend the night in their shanties and experience homelessness for a night. There will be a random drawing to all participants who spend the night, and the winner will get $100 off one of our winter or spring break trips!

Third Annual Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Healthy Foods Summit
co-convened with the MN Landscape Arboretum will be hosted at the University Hotel Minneapolis (Formerly Radisson-University Hotel), on October 10, 2011 from 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

Thinking about grad school? Stop by this event to pick up information on more than 100 local and national schools, or to talk to school reps. Fields represented include law, business, health sciences, education, liberal arts, and more. Wednesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Coffman Union, Great Hall.

Want to know what you can do during Homecoming? On Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 3 p.m. on the Front Plaza of Coffman Memorial Union a 5K race will begin. The cost is $15 by October 2nd, $20 after. The 5K race course circles the East and West Banks of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Grab 3 of your friends, family, or co-workers and form a team for our team competition! Prizes for fastest times, as well as most spirited team. Free race t-shirt, race packet, and post-race food from our sponsors, including pizza, bananas, whole-wheat rolls, and Vitamin Water. Register today at!

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Volunteer Opportunities Brought to You by HandsOn Twin Cities

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One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Juror
William Mitchell College of Law in St Paul needs volunteer jurors to participate in mock trials on December 2, 3, 8 and/or 9, 2011. You will deliberate on a verdict, announce the verdict, and spend time with the judge and students critiquing the students. Starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 2:30. Lunch provided.

Franconia Scientific and Nature Area Planting Event
Join Great River Greening along the St. Croix Valley blufflands near Franconia northeast of the Twin Cities, Minnesota for an opportunity to restore native oak woodland forests and to work with other members of your community! October 1st. Lunch provided.

Meals on Wheels Special Event Volunteer
Roseville Meals on Wheels is hosting a Steak Fry Benefit Sunday October 16th to raise money to support the delivery of meals to seniors. Volunteers to be meal servers, bus dishes, wash dishes, or staff the coffee and dessert stations. Individuals and groups are welcome! Must be at least 18 years old.

Bridal Revival
Volunteers at Bridal Revival help sort donated gowns for use at the Goodwill/Easter Seals Bridal Showcase in February. Donations of bridal, prom, and bridesmaid gowns need to be sorted, hung, and counted. Bridal Revival occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 am-12 noon in Saint Paul.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Construction/Home Restoration Volunteer
Construction volunteers help Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity achieve its mission. Construction experience is useful, but not required. No volunteers under age 16, volunteers under the age of 18 must have adult supervision. Must volunteer for an entire workday. Must attend an orientation session in Minneapolis, training will occur on-site.

Puppy Raiser
Raise a Service Dog candidate from as young as 8 weeks until it is called in for advanced training at 12-18 months by Can Do Canines in New Hope. Socialize, obedience train, and teach appropriate behavior. Attend twice monthly meetings. Donate food, basic vet care, toys, treats, and loving home. Some supplies provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Video Recording Volunteer
Work closely with CornerHouse's Training Assistant and the Volunteer Coordinator to video record training role plays in Minneapolis. Minimum 1 year commitment, 5 hours - two days a month (Thursday afternoon & Friday morning) with extra training in the beginning. Must be experienced in technologies including computers, taping technology and DVD burning technology.

Travelers Assistance Service Specialist
Service Specialists for Travelers Assistance provide information and assistance to travelers at MSP International Airport. Direct passengers within the terminals and provide information. Also assist travelers with special needs. Requires a minimum one year of service and 100 hours per year, which is one four-hour shift every other week. Training is provided.

Baby Bin Provider
Simpson Housing Services of Minneapolis wants groups or individuals to create a Baby Bin for mothers with infants in their Family Housing program. Baby Bins provide mom and baby with basic needs costing approx $75-$100. Purchase a laundry basket and fill with a provided list of items and deliver to SHS offices. Volunteer once or more.

Mentor or Tutor & Walk for Great Causes This Weekend!

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Volunteer Mentor or Tutoring Opportunity!

Plymouth Youth Center (PYC) is an alternative high school diploma program which serves youth and young adults, primarily living in North Minneapolis, who benefit from a smaller school environment and are committed to school success. Located at 2210 Oliver Ave. North, it is only a 20 minute bus ride away from campus. School hours are Monday-Friday 7:45am-4:30pm. Please check out the PYC website to get a closer look. RSVP no later than Friday September 23rd to lock into our upcoming orientation schedule to become a mentor or tutor these students! PYC is only asking for a 1 to 2 hour a week commitment.

Tutoring Opportunities Available: English, Math, Social Studies, Reading, History, Science, Media Arts, Service Learning/Afterschool, or Theater/Afterschool.

Hours of Availability (approximate): Mornings (8:00am-10:00am), Mid-Mornings (10:00am-12:00pm), Afternoons (12:30pm-2:30pm), Late Afternoons (2:30pm-4:30pm) Afterschool Service Learning/Theater only.

Orientation Dates Available:
- September 26th 10:30am until 12:00pm
- September 28th 10:30am until 12:00pm
- September 30th 9:00am until 11:30pm (limited spots).

If you have any questions please contact GillEtte' at 612-643-2062.

Walk for These Great Causes This Weekend

7th Annual Walk for Hope: Steps to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is this Saturday, September 24th at Bunker Hills Regional Park, Picnic Pavillion #3. Register today or for more information, contact or call (763) 782-2332.

Registration - 8:00am
Kick-off - 9:00am
5K Run - 9:30am
2 Mile Walk - 9:40am

Before 9/16/11:
Adults - $25
Youth - $10
Kids 5 and Under - Free
Prices increase for adults and youth after 9/16 by $5.

The CureSearch walk to help fund children's cancer research is also this weekend on Sunday, September 25th. Visit CureSearch website to learn more information and to register.

Leadership, Volunteering & Activities!

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Leadership Opportunities

LeaderQuest 2012 is an interactive leadership development program for sophomores and juniors! Applications due Oct 14

Application for Student Legislative Advocate now open!


Action Alert! Help North Minneapolis to recover from the tornado from last December. Go to, for more information or to register to volunteer.

Student Activities

Learning Abroad Fair today! On West Bank Plaza (outside of Blegen Hall) from 10 am til 2:30 pm

GINKGO and Alakef are brewing free coffee at the Bell until 3pm! And you can win these lovely items. Go to, for more information.

The Carlson Career & Internship Fair is today 11am-3pm at TCF Stadium! Need more details? Click here.

Free food and drink samples at Goldy's Gameroom today from 4-6pm. Also enter to win $20 in Gopher Gold value. For more information, please go to

Coming-up On-Campus

Do you ever wonder which fork to use? Or which way to pass the food? There is still time to register for the annual Etiquette Dinner, tomorrow on September 22. This is a great opportunity to brush up on your table manners! For more information and to register now, go to

Open House for all CLA Access to Success and Martin Luther King Jr. Program students. Please join your mentors for a Meet and Greet to celebrate new staff and new space. It is on Friday, Sept. 23rd, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm at CLA Access to Success - 2 Appleby Hall and Martin Luther King Jr. Program - 33 Appleby Hall. Light Refreshments will be served.

Diversity Networking & Scholarship Event on Oct 6th from 3 - 5 p.m. at the University Minneapolis Hotel, for more info: .

Student Activities for Today & Tomorrow!

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Today: On-Campus

Movie opener tonight at the Twin Cities Film Festival: The Bully Project.

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis.

Beth Bednar, local author and former news anchor, will discuss her book, Dead Air, at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Tuesday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Kari Erpenbach with the U of M Bookstore at (612) 625-6564, or

Tomorrow! Prepare for a busy day on-campus!

Designed for students to learn about the variety of learning abroad options available at the University of Minnesota, at the Learning Abroad Fair tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 21st students will have the opportunity to meet Learning Abroad Center staff, affiliated program staff, college advisors, and many other departments from around the U that will help with the decisions and steps needed to participate in an education abroad experience. At the West Bank Plaza (Washinton Ave Bridge as rain backup), from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm.

Job & Internship Fair is tomorrow! (in St.Paul). From 10 am to 3 pm, at the St.Paul Student Center, all students are encourage to attend to meet employers offering positions for a wide variety of jobs and internships.

Playing at Coffman Memorial Union and the St.Paul Student Center Theatres, The Hangover 2: The "wolf pack" heads to Thailand for another round of debauchery, thanks in part to Stu's wedding, a little monkey, and Mr. Chow. Admission is free and the first movie time starts at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit the SUA website.

Internship & Student Leadership (on-campus and abroad)

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Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State's Summer 2012 Student Internship Program. Click here to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 01, 2011. You can also visit the Student Programs forum to post questions or read discussions about this program.

Study Abroad & Student Leadership

Explore leadership in a new cultural context! There are short-term and semester-long programs with a leadership emphasis. Sites in include Ireland, South Africa, Costa Rica, Rome, and Tanzania. Review the attached brochure and come to the open house to meet the leaders of these programs and students who have participated in the past.
When: Wednesday, September 28. Time: 4 - 5:30. Location: Appleby Hall Welcome Center (1st floor). (PS: free pizza!)

How can you get the most out of your international experience? Join the Business Association of Multicultural Students (BAM) and CIBER for a firsthand look at preparing for an international experience of a lifetime. Time: September 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Carlson School, 1-143
More info: (PS: free pizza!)

Be a part of University of Minnesota history and help out with the Inauguration of the University's 16th President! A surprise greeting line is being organized for Dr. K to span the length of the Washington Avenue Bridge as he walks from his post-inauguration lunch on West Bank to a public reception in Coffman Union on September 22 at 1 p.m. Free Gopher T-shirt for the first 1,500 students to register and students can also win lunch with the President!

GLBTQ Ally Training 101 - National Coming Out Day Session
Tues, Oct 11, 4:00-7:00 PM
Coffman Union President's Room 332

In Ally Training 101, attendees leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone. These sessions are free and open to the public. Educational materials and Ally stickers/buttons will be provided as well as free food (including vegan and gluten-free options). To register, please email with your name, email, and University or community affiliation.

Mix & Match Opportunities

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Need a scholarship? The Goldwater Scholarships Deadline: November 7, 2011. For more info visit

On-Campus Events

Employers want internships on your resume! The CLA Internship Event is on September 27th.

Workshops are now available for students interested in learning more about Strengths and exploring your own personal results:
o Wed. September 21, 2011 from 3:30pm-4:30pm Nolte Center, Room 140
o Tues. September 27, 2011 from 11:15am-12:15pm STSS 432A
o Tues. October 11, 2011 from11:15am-12:15pm STSS 432A
o Wed. October 19, 2011 from 3:30pm-4:30pm Nolte Center, Room 140
o Tues. November 8, 2011 from 11:15am-12:15pm STSS 432A
o Wed. November 16, 2011 from 3:30pm-4:30pm Nolte Center, Room 140
o Wed. December 7, 2011 from 3:30pm-4:30pm Nolte Center, Room 140
o Tues. December 13, 2011 from 11:15am-12:15pm STSS 432A

Explore a variety of study abroad options in one place! Learning Abroad Center staff, along with staff representing programs worldwide, will be there to answer your questions on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the West Bank Plaza.

Off-Campus Events

Walk, run, or jog a 5K on October 15th and raise money to fight the amendment banning same-sex marriage. More info, go to

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy reading to children? Join the Impact Now Bedtime Stories project on Wednesday this week or Monday next week at The Family Center in Maplewood! Check out the Impact Now page for more info!

Find a volunteer position that matches your interests! Approximately 100 Twin Cities nonprofits attend the Community Involvement Fair seeking students to volunteer. Browse their info tables or ask questions. Wednesday, September 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffman Union, Great Hall.

Are you a student in public health? Volunteer before the SPH Gala on Sept. 22 to receive a free ticket. Sign up by emailing or click here!

Global Studies Student Association (GSSA) offers a great opportunity for students to gain experience in international development and international nonprofit work. Each May, GSSA does an international service trip, and throughout the year, will fundraise for the project. Both the service trip and the fundraising efforts give students an idea of some of the work done at international nonprofits. This year, GSSA will be working with Children's Villages of Honduras and their orphanage in Valle de Angeles, Honduras. For more information contact Elke Schmidt at or the group's Facebook Page.

Jump Start Your Fall Semester!

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Here are some fall semester events that will provide you with an opportunity to meet employers, prepare for interviews, and apply for full-time positions after graduation or for internship opportunities.

Internship Event
Tuesday, September 27
Interview Center, Room 524, ST&SS
Employers at this event will have approximately 80 internships available! For more information search the "Career Events" section of GoldPASS . Pre-registration is requested. Free to attend!

Practice Interviewing With An Employer
Practice Interview Days, October 4 and 5
Interview Center, Room 524, ST&SS
Sign up by September 29 in GoldPASS through the "On Campus Interviews" section.

On-Campus Interviews
Visit the "On-Campus Interviews" section of GoldPASS regularly for the most up-to-date listing of interviewing opportunities in the Interview Center of ST&SS. Target Corporation, Target Stores, Securian Financial, Apple INC. and Macy's are just a few of the organizations that will be conducting interviews on campus this fall. For more information about on-campus interviewing visit:

Meet Employers!

Search the "Career Events" section of GoldPASS for details!

--Information Session: Analysis Group, September 23
--Information Session: Apple, INC., September 22
--Information Session: LSS Data Systems, October 26
--St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair, September 21
--Government Job & Internship Fair, October 21

Search the "Career Events" section of GoldPASS for information on other events being held on campus this fall.

Company Site Visit
Aerotek, November 4
Search the "Career Events" section of GoldPASS for details and to register.

Questions? Contact CLA Employer Relations at 612-624-7577 or

How To Apply For On-Campus Interviews:
1. Log onto GoldPASS
2. Click the "On-Campus Interviews" tab, then select "Sign Up For Interviews You Qualify For" or "View All On-Campus Interviews"

Learn About & Register For Events: Search the "Career Events" section on GoldPASS .

Check GoldPASS frequently throughout the semester for new events and on-campus interview opportunities.

Get Involved!: Volunteering, Leadership & Events On-Campus

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer to assist in a preschool that works with young children who have expreience trauma and stress in their lives.

Part the Sexual Violence Center's vision is to educate and train individuals about sexual violence prevention and intervention. Offering your time to the Sexual Violence Center is one of the most direct ways for you to support our mission to eradicate sexual violence and help victim/survivors.Volunteers and interns who work with clients receive over 40 hours of training as well as ongoing supervision. Download our Volunteer Application to do your part and help end sexual violence.For more information about volunteer or internship opportunities, call our business line at (612) 871-5100.

King's Fair is coming this Saturday - Don't miss out on a great way to volunteer your time. For more information or to sign-up for a volunteer time, call 612-338-6205 ext 119 or email @

Calling all Apple Pickers! The children at the People Serving People shelter want to go to an apple orchard - but need a group of 15 - 20 volunteers to help take the kids. Any takers? Anytime between Sept 26th and 30th in the morning would be when PSP would go. Email if you or a group are interested!

Planned Parenthood Minnesota Action Fund's Uptown office is busy - help greet and assist visitors by volunteering as a Building Receptionist! Shifts available M-F 8:30-1 or 12:30-5. Info: or call 612.821.6113. Or do you want to be active but don't have much time? Attend a volunteer orientation Sat 9/24 to join Planned Parenthood's on-call volunteer list! Go to their website for more information.

Student Leadership

Want to get involved in an activity on campus? The University Senate is looking
for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to serve on a variety
of campus committees dealing with issues such as educational policy, honors
and awards, classrooms, research, and student affairs. It has over 15 committees and subcommittees that need student members. Most committees meet one to two times per month for approximately 1.5 hours. The University Senate is accepting applications for committees, with a deadline of 12 noon on Monday, September 19, 2011. If interested, complete the on-line application. For any questions, please contact Becky Hippert at

Up-Coming Events

Campus Arts Festival
Fri, 9/16 at 10:00 am at Coffman Memorial Union.

Come and get a henna tatto, caricature, or tarot card reading! Check out the great work of several artists and crafters, along with live music by 7-Days Acapella, Zach Spirov, Sleeping in the Aviary, and performances by Minnesota U-Tango, Ballrom Dance Club and Voices Merging. It is a all day long event from 10am to 4pm. Stop by and and enjoy free popcorn and Ice cream!

What is UNIQUINOX? A pageant with giant puppets, walking minstrels, balloon creatures, caricatures, flamenco, fashion, face painting, fortune telling, Mr. Potato Head, community mural making, sculpture, art cars, a walking clock, a bear trainer, Mike Kramer, Venus, the one and only Desdemona and MORE! When is < " >UNIQUINOX? Saturday, September 24th! Click to find out Where and Who?!

The Global Action Series is starting up again this year, with: Using your Liberal Arts Degree for Innovative Global Change. Each month "Global Action" seeks to empower students to take action in the areas you will be engaged in after graduation (as a professional and community member) and while in school (student groups, volunteering, etc.).

Student Activites & Volunteering This Weekend

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Who doesn't love a free t-shirt and a great meal for just two hours of your time? Consider volunteering for the Como Cookout event on Sunday October 18th. The event runs from 2-5pm (set-up starts at 11am and clean-up is until 7pm). All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and get a Cookout meal. Is it really work if you get to serve popcorn and cotton candy, take pictures, work with or as McGruff the Crime Dog and Elmer the Tree mascots and more! If interested, contact the Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) office, 612676 1731, or email James at

Student Opportunities!

Enter to win 5 free tickets to Saturday's Golden Gopher Football game...see the Sweepstakes tab on our Facebook page to enter. Cheer on the Gophers at their annual "gold out" game by wearing your best Gopher gold on Saturday, September 17th at TCF Bank Stadium or where ever you are!

Join Public Art St.Paul this Saturday from 1 - 7 p.m. for the free Western Sculpture Park Festival (located on Marion Street, click to view map)

On & Off-Campus Volunteer & Student Opportunities

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Be a part of University of Minnesota history and help out with the Inauguration of the University's 16th President! A surprise greeting line is being organized for Dr. K to span the length of the Washington Avenue Bridge as he walks from his post-inauguration lunch on West Bank to a public reception in Coffman Union on September 22 at 1 p.m. Free Gopher T-shirt for the first 1,500 students to register and students can also win lunch with the President!

Student Unions & Activities (SUA) has many involvement opportunities for students to book, promote, and implement events for the University of Minnesota. Learn more by attending the Program Board's Fun-Yet-Informational Event on Monday, September 19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Goldy's Gameroom in Coffman Union. Talk with the Program Board chairs about planning events and ways to volunteer. Bowl and eat pizza for free!

The University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement is co-sponsoring the annual Imagining America conference on the UMN Twin Cities campus on Sept. 22-23. Volunteers are needed to help guide conference-goers from the Holiday Inn on the West Bank to Coffman Union on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd. Volunteers can choose one or more 60 and 90-minute shifts from 7:30am-10:00am. There is also need for guides at Coffman Union on Friday the 23rd from 11:30am-1:30pm. As a thank-you for your support, you will be invited to a Friday, Sept. 23 breakfast and poster session at the Coffman Union. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Beth Dierker ( by Thursday, September 15th. For more information on Imagining America and the conference itself, click here.

Gain valuable leadership experience while earning a stipend! Here are two great opportunities! All-Campus Elections Commission (ACEC) and the Student Services Fees Committee (SSFC).


The Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street is looking for Spanish speaking volunteers to help during school hours (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m). Volunteers are generally split into two shifts for the day. 9:30-Noon or 1-3 p.m. Students interested in the volunteer opportunity can contact Carynn Roehrick directly. Her e-mail address is

Gain valuable skills in volunteer coordination and management as a Volunteer Program Assistant Intern with Planned Parenthood Minnesota Action Fund! You will help recruit, screen and place volunteers and interns, and help with other volunteer program essentials as well. To apply: or 612.821.6113

Help open doors and unlock opportunities for CommonBond youth by becoming a Study Buddy tutor for the 2011-2012 school year. Please sign up for a training session at or contact Jessica, at or 651-312-3359 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities THIS weekend!

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Tomorrow, September 10, Habitat for Humanity at the University of Minnesota will bring over 70 student volunteers to North Minneapolis to finish five Habitat homes. Volunteers will work on landscaping, doing everything from rolling out sod to planting bushes.

Saturday, September 10 (tomorrow)
8:15 a.m. depart from Sanford Hall on the U of M Campus
8:45 a.m. arrive at home sites and begin work
3:15 p.m. finish work and depart from home sites

For more information, contact Emily Smythe at or call directly at 402-290-1428.

HandsOn Twin Cities invites you to join them this Saturday, September 10th from 9am-12pm at Victory Memorial Flagpole, located at the intersection of Victory Memorial Drive and 45th Avenue North in Minneapolis to honor the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Participants are invited to also volunteer in north Minneapolis that morning and bring donation items for recipients of HandsOn Twin Cities' 9/11 initiative; to find out more as to what to bring, click here.

Register to Volunteer today for the American Diabetes Association EXPO on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Volunteers will receive free entrance to the EXPO and a T-shirt; however, parking reimbursement will not be provided. There are three shift options for volunteers on:

Morning Shift - from 8:15 am - 12:15 pm
Afternoon Shift - from 11:45 pm - 3:15 pm
All Day Shift - from8:15 am - 3:15 pm. Volunteers who work the "All Day" shift will be provided lunch.

Volunteers are also needed for set-up and take down.
Friday Setup - Friday, Oct. 14 th from 9:00am - Noon and/or 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday Takedown - Saturday, Oct. 15 th beginning at 3:00 pm and working till done (approximately 5:00 pm)

If you're interested in volunteering, visit the EXPO website and complete the Volunteer Interest Form or contact Carol Holten by email at: or call 763-593-5333 ext. 6593.

There's still time! Deadline to apply for the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Program has been extended to September 20! For further information contact Betsy Sohn at 612-435-1672 or

Today On-Campus Student Opportunities

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Today's the big day for Folwell Hall! The re-opening celebration begins at 2:30 pm. Join everyone for lawn games, cookies, and lovely study spaces and classrooms.

Tonight in the front of Northrop Auditorium from 4 pm - 7 pm, join the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association for the Fall Kick-Off BBQ, allows you the unique opportunity to connect with people with similar aspirations, students eager to succeed and to help others succeed.

Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer-prize winning author and New York Times columnist, will discuss his book, That Used To Be Us, at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall on Friday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kari Erpenbach with the U of M Bookstore at (612) 625-6564 or

Gophers After Dark, in both Coffman Memorial Union and the St.Paul Student Center will start at 7:00 pm tonight! Til 1:00 am enjoy free late-night films, activities, food, and crafts every Friday and Saturday night at Coffman Memorial Union.

Tonight in the Whole Music Club from 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm, three different musical artists will take the stage:

Night Moves, a Minneapolis-based band, has a catchy combination of MGMT-like vocals, country strains, and electronic production.

Yohuna is female solo artist Johanne Swanson. She currently calls the University of New Mexico home, although she's originally from Wisconsin.

Ryan McKeever, the opener, is in a band called Cymbal Rush. He likes to mess with a little more electronic/acoustic music. His five albums have a combination of acoustic, dub and folk music.

Plan for Monday!

September 12-16: What to Look for in Quality Childcare The University of Minnesota Child Development Center is opening its door for tours! For more information please visit:

Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, will speak about federal careers at the Humphrey School on Monday, September 12, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend. Space is limited, so interested students should register (no charge, but registration is required) as soon as possible.

Today On-Campus!

The Reuse Project at the University of Minnesota is holding the BAGA Sale! That's "Buy Any - Get Any" and it applies to filing cabinets, desks, tables, chairs, and shelving. Open 8am - 8pm. For more information, check out the Project's Facebook page

Looking for free lunch and a way to welcome a the transition of a University Department to their new space? A Community open house will be held today in honor of the Circle of Indigenous Nations office move to 322 Appleby Hall (on the U's East Bank campus). Please join everyone at Appleby from 11:30am - 1pm. There will be a prayer at 11:30, and a blessing of the space at noon. Lunch will be served.

The Career Center for Science and Engineering is hosting Career Fair Prep workshops today from 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Union. Check out the Center's Facebook page for more information.

Author and University of Minnesota professor Thomas Fisher will discuss his book The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela at the University of Minnesota Bookstore at 4:00 p.m today. For more information, please contact Kari Erpenbach with the U of M Bookstore at (612) 625-6564 or

Volunteer Opportunity

The Aliveness Project is looking to fill a few kitchen openings with volunteers who can work one of the following shifts consistently for the next 8 weeks: Monday lunch 11am - 2:30 pm, Thursday dinner 4:15- 7:30 pm, or Friday lunch 11 am- 2:30 pm. Interested? Contact them via Facebook or Webpage and tell me them why you would like to assist!

College Student "Start of the Semester" Resource List

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Internships & Student Employment

Employment Website: University of Minnesota's internal link to jobs, internships and other employment opportunities on-campus.

GoldPass: the U's link to jobs not only on-campus, but off. This website focuses more in internships, full time/part time professional positions and fellowships.

Springboard For The Arts: website dedicated to bringing jobs and internships to those interested or dedicated to arts, culture and community to the Twin Cities (and beyond)

Looking for a Job in Minneapolis/St. Paul catered to students? is for you! Search for a job near you or browse through daily postings. allows for students to find jobs that fit with their work schedule and academic persuits. Look for both current postings for while your a student, after you graduate, or that special internship.

Health & Wellness

Boynton Health Services: So much more than a clinic and pharmacy, Boynton houses many student organizations, help/support groups, specific clinics (Women's, Eye, Immunizations, etc) as well as personal care such as massages, yoga/tai chi classes, dietary/personal fitness, etc! Go to their website for more information or to see what is covered by your Student Fees!

Aurora Center: Provides a safe and confidential space for students who are survivors of sexual assault and anyone who needs a safe place to talk or confide in someone.

Recreation Sports & Fitness Centers (both East Bank and St.Paul Campus): From group fitness to personal fitness, the Recreation Centers and Rec Sports have something for everyone!


Writing Center: Quite possibly be one of the best resources on campus. Everyone writes, they help you make your writing better.

Career Services Center: Not just for CLA students, anyone can utilize these fabulous people to jump start your passions to turn them into a career.

Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE): Still deciding on a major? CAPE provides individualized advising and career coaching that will guide you through the process of finding a major that is right for you!


You're looking in the best place ( one of the best and most comprehensive websites for finding opportunities around the Twin Cities.

Just incase you thought I was lying to you about the fantastic things that volunteering does not only for the community but for yourself, read Fast Company's article on how volunteering can put you on a new career path.

Are you a University Department, Organization or Service and have resources you would like to share with students? Let me know! Share your opportunities or information with me at!

Now & Up-Coming Volunteer Opportunities

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We Want You Back campaign still needs volunteers to invite youth back to school. Visit the We Want You Back website to sign up.

Como residents need help with a project to halt erosion and keep storm water runoff cleaner. The moderately steep bank that leads to the railroad track as it crosses Talmage Avenue between 20th and 21st Ave SE has been compacted and abused. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board gave us two loads of woodchips to mitigate further runoff but they have not got the manpower to help us spread them. North Minneapolis clean up has taken all their time and set them behind on their usual busy summer schedule. Community gardeners can provide tools, including shovels, forks, rakes, gloves and wheelbarrows at the site to help spread the woodchips. These are lightweight, but there are a lot of them. The goal is to spread the woodchips evenly in a 4-6 inch layer. Any four or five two-person teams are needed to help finish the project done before the Minnesota fall monsoons set in. Send your volunteer request via the online form (preferred) or email Steph at to make arrangements.

The University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement is co-sponsoring the annual Imagining America conference on the UMN Twin Cities campus on September 22-23 and are seeking volunteers to help guide conference-goers from the Holiday Inn on the West Bank to Coffman Union on Thursday the 22nd. Volunteers can choose one or more 60 and 90-minute shifts from 7:30am-10:00am and 5:00pm-8:30pm. Volunteers should be knowledgeable about the Twin Cities campus. As a thank-you for your support, you will be invited to a Friday, September 23rd breakfast and poster session at the Coffman Union. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Beth Dierker in the Office for Public Engagement - by Tuesday, September 13th. For more information on Imagining America and the conference itself, visit

Be a volunteer for Parent Weekend! Parent Weekend runs from September 30th to October 2nd. Volunteers will assist in various different activities, such as a scavenger hunt around campus (work at specific stations), direct visitors, inform visitors about the University, and help different activities run smoothly such as guest speakers, dinner, etc. For more information or to sign up, visit the Parent Weekend website.

Have a Volunteer Opportunity that needs some help or that students should know about? Share them with me at!

On Welcome Week: Resources For You.

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What a crazy week; am I right University of Minnesota students? So crazy that I haven't been able to share with all of you the latest and greatest of engagement opportunities (which should be coming to you later today) but before delving into the semester, I would like all of you to close your eyes and reflect upon this past week.

Maybe some of you are wrapping up Welcome Week as a freshman or Welcome Week leader; or relaxing before the fall semester begins with your last year of school. Wherever you are in your college journey, the beginning of the semester is a whirl-wind of excitement and anxiety in which you can lose those moments that impacted your life before classes begin. What made your summer especially different this time around? Was it your first summer after your first year of school? Did you stay in the Twin Cities to work? Take a trip that was life changing or eye-opening? Find a special someone to share your days with?...whatever it may be it is something that you can reflect upon and find within yourself for the rest of your life.

Those of you that were a part of Welcome Week this year, such as myself, are probably tired and giddy from the late nights of fun activities and helping transition the first-year students into their new label in life, college student. I wanted to note that this year, particularly for me, how stunned I was at the commitment of the entire campus and the Welcome Week crew. The leaders this year were committed and up-beat and the University of Minnesota staff/faculty more than dedicated to bringing smiles and knowledge to the whole campus.

If you are looking to become a part of this wonderful week of engagement and student development, visit the Orientation & First-Year Programs website.

If you were a part of the Strengths session and wanted to know more about the Engage! Search tool or the Do What Matters Facebook Page or Blog, your in the right place. Click on any of the above links or email me to ask questions or to share any student engagement opportunity.

Thanks so much for your patience as the semester begins. Check back later to see opportunities I have found for this week!