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Diversity Workshops

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The University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity recently made three additions to its 2011 workshop calendar. Please consider sharing this information with your networks.

1. Being an Ally in the Work of Equity & Diversity
November 10, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm, 325 Coffman Memorial Union
Click here to register or contact Anne Phibbs in OED (612-625-9973;

2. Leadership in the Context of Equity & Diversity
November 30, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm, Minnesota Commons Room, St. Paul Student Center
Click here to register or contact Anne Phibbs in OED (612-625-9973;

3. Working Effectively in Groups & Diversity Committees
December 9, 2011, 8:30-10:30 am, 325 Coffman Memorial Union
Click here to register or contact Anne Phibbs in OED (612-625-9973;

Jobs, Mentorship & Volunteer Positions

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Succeeding At Work

As students juggling various different roles in our lives, time management is something that is very important to master. For many of us, we are managing a rigorous class load, a busy work schedule, student groups, volunteering, as well as trying to maintain a social life. To help ensure that we are able to fully commit to all the items we have on our plates (and even enjoy some free time), I have developed a few tips to follow for successful time management and prioritization.

Tip #1:Organization, organization, organization! Plan ahead and write things down. Allot a certain amount of time for each task you have to complete, and rank them in order of importance. Things that will take longer or have the closest deadline should always be first. It's a good idea to always clarify with your supervisor or manager about what tasks should be completed first, as well as which ones have a pressing and pre-determined deadline. This way you know where to allot your time and on which tasks, so they can depend on you to complete your work on time.

Tip #2: Always keep your goals in mind! When you have something to strive to achieve, the work you put in to get you there will seem easier because it is more meaningful. Prioritize based on what's important to you. Having funis essential, but there needs to be a balance. Some things can wait until more important tasks are completed.

Tip #3: Include seemingly small tasks on your to-do list! If you have more things on your list that are somewhat easier to accomplish, you will feel more productive when you complete them. This mental positivity will help you power through the rest of your remaining tasks.

Key Takeaway: Balance is key! Having a busy schedule doesn't mean there is no time for fun. Remember to prioritize so you can fit in both things you need and want to do. After all, without any personal rewards, what do you have to help motivate you short-term?

Article contributed by Jordan Bengtson Human Resources and Development Class of 2012

Student Employment Leadership Program (SELP):The Student Employment Leadership Program is open to any undergraduate student currently employed by the University of Minnesota. SELP is a flexible program that offers a year-long series of workshops & activities designed to complement 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's Student Development Outcomes.

If you are a current student employee, here are the up-coming workshops:

The Gift of Feedback: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 From 12:00PM to 2:00PM
What is Professionalism?: Thursday, November 10, 2011 From 4:00PM to 6:00PM
What is Professionalism?: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 From 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Understanding Your Strengths: Friday November 18, 2011 From 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Conflict Help, Book Readings & Helping MLPS

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Need help with ANY campus-based problem or concern? The Student Conflict
Resolution Center (SCRC) is here to assist you.The most common types of problems it helps students with include:
- Grading or instructional complaints
- Financial and billing conflicts
- Graduate advising concerns
- Scholastic or behavioral misconduct
- Academic incivility
Services are free and confidential. Contact SCRC online or phone at 612.624.7272, or by email at

Book Signings & Discussions on-campus

Legendary Minnesota musician and songwriter Paul Metsa will discuss his book, Blue Guitar Highway, at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Wednesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota professor and author Nabil Matar will discuss his book, Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713, at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Women of Color Student Summit: Safe Spaces, Critical Connections
November 7, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union

Join the Women of Color for a one-day summit - featuring workshops, panels and discussions, a networking lunch, resource/information fair and a keynote presentation, "Women of Color and Leadership: Making a Difference From the Inside Out," - for women of color undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on community, leadership, activism, and dialogue. Open to U of M & non-U of M students. Registration is $25 (Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.)

For more information and to register:

Be a part of change in Minneapolis

The proposed budget is available at (select left link "About MPRB" then "Park Board Budget") or by calling 612-230-6400. The public may comment on the proposed budget during the following times:

- Nov. 9, Public Comment Session - Administration and Finance Committee meeting, MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. The Committee meeting will follow the Board's regular meeting at 5 pm
- Nov. 22, Public Comment Session - Regular Board meeting, MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, at 5 pm
- Dec. 14, Public Hearing - City of Minneapolis public hearing on City levy and 2012 Budget, City Hall, Council Chambers Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, at 6 pm

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Be Apart of Something BIG! Leadership Opportunities

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Apply to be a 2012 Orientation Leader!: Interested in a paid, life-changing, leadership experience for next summer? Stop by one of the info sessions this week for some free food and to find out more, presentations run every 30 minutes. Apply online by November 4th!

• Tuesday, October 25th: 11:30-1:30pm, CMU 307
• Wednesday, October 26th: 6:00-8:00pm, STSS 131a
• Friday, October 28th: 11:30-1:30pm, CMU 307

Non-Traditional Week: Celebrate Non-Traditional Student Week (Nov 7-11) with free food and great events! If you are a first generation college student, older than average student, student parent, and/or student veteran, this week is for you.

Major Mentor Program: Love your major? BE a Major Mentor! Work with undecided students who are exploring majors and want to learn more about classes and experiences in your major! Exploring majors? FIND a Major Mentor! Learn from upperclass students who are engaged in their major and willing to answer questions and share experiences. It is a great way get a sense of what it's like to be a student in a particular major. Hosted by the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE).

Student Employment Leadership Program (SELP): Open to any undergraduate student currently employed by the U of M, SELP is a flexible program that offers a year-long series of workshops and activities designed to complement the on-campus employment experience, as well as focus on leadership and workplace topics. Students must attend four workshops, have their resume critiqued, and create an eFolio documenting work experience in order to receive a certificate of accomplishment at the end of the year. To register and/or learn more, visit

GLBTA Mentor Program: The GLBTA Programs Office is has announced the launch of the 2011-2012 Mentor Program, and is seeking applications from mentees and mentors. They encourage new folks and former participants to apply. Visit their website for more information and/or to download an updated application:

And a quick reminder to start planning for classes.....

Get ready to register for spring 2012: Registration begins Tuesday, November 8, for students admitted to degree and certificate programs. Now is a great time to check out the spring 2012 class schedule, update your plan in Graduation Planner based on the available spring 2012 classes, and make an appointment with your academic adviser.

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Weekly Volunteer Opportunities by HandsOn Twin Cities

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One Time/Short Term

Toy Shop Family Registrar: Salvation Army ClearingHouse volunteers help with data entry or take phone registrations from families seeking to participate in the annual Christmas Toy Shop. Volunteers troubleshoot by answering questions and making corrections in the database. Weekdays during the day in November and December in Roseville.

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.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Hockey & Figure Skating Coach: Volunteer at New Directions Youth Ministry in their Hockey and Figure Skating Program - after school and weekend variable hours, ages 5-14, positions - coach, skating teacher, driver, team manager, or mentor. Located in Minneapolis.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Seniors

Library Assistant: Presbyterian Homes & Services, Lake Minnetonka Shores is looking for people persons who enjoys older people and loves books. Volunteer would take book cart to residents and help them make library choices. Volunteer could also read to residents who are no longer able to see. Great opportunity!

Program Leader: Wilder Assisted Living - Hamline location is currently seeking volunteers to lead a weekly ongoing activities and/or social event. ** Plan a weekly activity such as arts & crafts, reading club with our seniors and implement activity. ** Help create a monthly calendar of activities to be given to seniors each month.

Program Promoter: The West 7th Community Center in St Paul provides quality programming to senior citizens in the West 7th neighborhood. Help us get the word out about their programs by sending out press releases to local newspapers and promoting on the web.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Office Assistant: File--don't pile! Provide supplementary and auxiliary clerical services to Ramsey County Community Human Services staff in St Paul. Being a Frequent Filer might not be as glamorous as being a frequent flier, but this type of volunteer service is invaluable to this large social service agency.

Canteen Worker: The Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth offers an opportunity to assist staff in filling canteen orders for residents. Fill orders, track inventory and distribute orders. Computer skills are helpful in this role, but not necessary. Help is needed on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Training provided.

Airport 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.

Looking for more Volunteer Opportunities? Go to:

Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

HECUA's Scholarship for Racial Justice
Sister to Sister Mentor - New Moon Girls
U of MN - Twin Cities Women's Support/Counseling Groups
Eliminate Eating Disorders Through Community Support
Internship: MN Women's Consortium - Communications and Outreach
Hiring: Northwestern U, Sexual Violence Response Services & Advocacy, Coordinator

Just click on the links above to read more on the topic!

Updates from The Women's Center

"Men's Outreach Forums" will be occuring on Monday, November 14 from 11am-12pm in Coffman Union 301. All male-identified students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend! The hope is to create opportunities to provide ways for men to participate in making the U an equitable place for people of all genders. Questions? Contact Mike Grewe.

October 21: Celebrating University Women Awards Program, 3:00 p.m. McNamara Alumni Center. Please join the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, Vice President for Human Resources, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and Director of the Women's Center in honoring outstanding University women students, staff and faculty. Opening remarks by Laura Bloomberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Integrative Leadership.

November 1: STEP UP! Allies for Women's Equity II (Workshop), 12:00 p.m. Hubert H. Humphrey Center RM15. In this interactive workshop, participants discuss their successes and challenges speaking up for equity, practice more bystander interventions, and discuss how that intersects gender with race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and culture. Effective allies keep learning! (Please note it is best if you attend STEP UP 1 first or have had assertiveness training. Open to all genders.)

November 7: Women of Color Student Summit: Safe Spaces, Critical Connections, 8:00 - 4:00p.m. Coffman Memorial Union. Join us for a day of workshops, panel discussion, a networking lunch and a keynote presentation, "Women of Color and Leadership: Making a Difference From the Inside Out", by Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University.

OR Volunteer for the event!: you will assist with set up, registration, and table facilitation. If interested, please contact Theresa. For more information check out the Women's Center website.

Office for Equity and Diversity Workshops: the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) has posted its 2010-11 calendar of educational opportunities. Workshops focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. For more information, visit the OED Website.

Stuff "to do" & Activities

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"To Apply For" Opportunities

IRSEP Scholarship Information and Deadline: Full Scholarship Exchange to Ecuador!: Apply for a full scholarship to study in Ecuador for 2012/13. Application deadline: Nov. 18, 2011. Spend a year studying in Ecuador, a naturally diverse country of volcanoes, the Amazon basin, tropical cloud forests and gorgeous Pacific coastlines. For more information, visit UMN Abroad.

Job Opportunity- La Oportunidad: Part-time after school teaching position at La Oportunidad provides you the ability to get more experience with the Latino Community in the education field. Temporary position which starts November 1 ending December 15, 2011. Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2-3pm. How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to and to

Other Activities

$2 Tuesdays
Tue, 10/25 at Coffman Memorial Union, Goldy's Gameroom
Enjoy the ultimate Tuesday at Goldy's Gameroom. $2 billiards, pitchers of soda, curly fries and 1/2 order of cheese curds.
Sponsored by:
Goldy's Gameroom

Business Careers for CLA Majors: Attend this panel discussion to learn how a liberal arts degree can lead to a successful business career!
- Thursday, November 10
- 12:45 to 2 pm
- 121 Smith Hall

Love your major? Be a Mentor! or are you deciding on a major? Learn about your majors of interest from a peer! Learn about the Major Mentor Program.

If you do love your major, Mentors are still needed for these majors: History, Ecology Evolution and Environment, Biomedical Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Physiology, Marketing-Carlson, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Finance and Risk Management Investment-Carlson, Pre-Med.

Do you know anyone who is a junior or senior in these majors that would be a good mentor? Let them know about the Major Mentor Program! Have them apply!

A piece of advice

"Take a variety of introductory lib ed courses and find one that sparks your interest. If you are still unsure, try talking with professors or graduate students about your interests, they are very knowledgeable and helpful." 2011, Chemical Engineering Major Mentor

Fun Fact

On this day in 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opens, in Dallas, Texas. At a time when most video stores were small-scale operations featuring a limited selection of titles, Blockbuster opened with some 8,000 tapes displayed on shelves around the store and a computerized check-out process. (Brought to you by: This Day in History,

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Things To Do + SUA 'Words of Activity Wisdom' Post

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Things To Do & See

Apply to serve on the 2012-2013 Student Services Fee Committee: The Office for Student Affairs is currently seeking interested staff and faculty to serve as members of the 2012-2013 Administrative Units and Student Organizations Student Services Fee Committees. These committees play a vital role in determining how Student Services Fees are allocated. The Student Services Fee Committees begin training in November and will conduct their work from late January through late-April. Committee work will occur during the business day, evenings and on weekends. More information and details can be found here. Interested individuals should email Megan Sweet by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011.

AIESEC offers students and recent graduates access to a database of various internships in 111 countries around the world and the guidance from our team in finding the perfect one along the way. Internships will provide you with professional, hands-on work experience with the opportunity to go abroad and experience a new culture! Interested in learning more? Informational sessions will be held on:
- Friday, October 14, from 10am-6pm in STSS 121
- Monday, October 17, from 2:30-6pm in STSS 131B
Each info session will be about 15-20 minutes and will be running throughout that entire time frame. Questions, can be emailed to

Teach For America Information Session
On Wednesday October 19th 7pm STSS room 230 - Come learn more about Teach For America - opportunity to ask questions from a panel of alumni to follow! Next application deadline, Wednesday October 26th.

Words of Activity Wisdom from Student Unions & Activities!

Come to Gophers After Dark this Saturday, October 15th as Gophers After Dark and Homecoming partner to bring One Community, Building Common-Unity. The night will highlight volunteerism in the Twin Cities.

Kick off the night with Trivia brought to you by Quizbowl. Answer questions about service figures and groups to win a Gopher Express, a Target, or a University of Minnesota Bookstore gift card. Then head over to make a fleece scarf where you can choose to donate it to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Minneapolis. Your donation will make you eligible for the raffle for a chance to win 2 AtmospherePep Fest tickets or a baseball signed by Twins legend, Rod Carew. Gophers After Dark will continue with lectures from Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). STLF is a non-profit organization that was started at the University of Minnesota in 2004. STLF engages in servant leadership to carry out its mission through a cross-country service trip called the Pay it Forward Tour.

Keynote speaker, Brother Ali will then speak about his involvement in the city and the importance of getting involved. The final event of the will be a viewing of Pay it Forward. Pay it Forward is a bittersweet drama when a social studies teacher (Kevin Spacey) challenges a twelve-year-old boy (Haley Joel Osment) to make the world a better place. The boy develops the idea of "pay it forward" which is the karmic belief that if someone does a good deed for you, you do a good deed for someone else until the whole world is reached. Grab a maroon and gold cupcake from Cupcake and enjoy the film!

More Volunteer Opportunities!

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Volunteer Opportunities Mentoring/Tutoring Youth

A Homework Center Tutor: Join CommonBond staff and other community volunteers in St Paul to help school-aged youth with homework and other academic activities.

Activities Volunteer: Volunteer at People Serving People in Minneapolis and encourage early childhood participation in games and activities. Implement recreational activities for young children, interact with participants while being a positive role model, and work one on one with children who need extra attention. 2-4 hours per week, evenings and weekends

One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome Basket Bundling Donation Drive: Create welcome baskets for residents moving into the Lamoreaux and Continental Apartments in Minneapolis. Baskets should contain all the basic personal care items, laundry detergent, general purpose cleaner, and optionally linens and towels. New items only.

Coats for Kids Boutique Distribution: Escort and assist parents in selecting coats for their children. Locations across the metro and in Buffalo. Volunteers taking the last shift of the day will assist with tearing down the coat boutique. Minimum age is 16. Thursday, October 27: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 12:45 p.m. - 5 p.m., or 4:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Family Fun Factory: Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) needs Family Fun Factory Event Helpers in Minneapolis. Join the Homework 'N Hoops youth after-school program for an evening of learning and family fun. Run hands-on activity stations prepared by staff. 12-20 volunteers needed; all materials provided. Groups only please.

Valley Park Restoration Event: Volunteers will assist in cutting, hauling, and stacking of invasive species. Volunteers will also assist with the burning of invasive species brush piles. Space is limited.

Calling All Ghosts, Goblins, Pumpkins, Clowns!: Halloween Carnival with costumes, games, treats--what could be better? Corporate groups are invited to join the festivities with Lyngblomsten residents in St Paul on October 31 for a spooky holiday celebration.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Lifeline Installer: Install lifeline units in homes of elderly and/or disabled individuals for Fairview Lifeline of Bloomington. Need only be slightly mechanically inclined. Flexible hours. Must have transportation and must have patience and enjoy socializing with older persons. Great opportunity for couples or teams of two.

Technology Tutor: Provide one-on-one assistance to clients who are computer-illiterate learn more about computers and helping with their job search. Times available very Tuesday from 9:30-11:30am and Wednesday from 8:30-10am in St Louis Park. Must commit to at least one 2 hours per week.

Dancing Jitterbugs: Join residents for some movin' and groovin' on Friday mornings from 9:45-10:45am at Ebenezer Care Center in Minneapolis. Residents are mostly in wheelchairs, volunteers would assist in encouraging residents to participate fully in this activity.

Volunteer Opportunities From HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Working With Seniors

Adult Day Center Escorts/Assistant: escort participants from Ebenezer Care Center's lobby to the lower level Adult Day Center weekdays between 8:30-3:30. They are also seeking volunteers to lead activities like bingo, crafts and sing-alongs. If you have a special talent you would like to share, or are connected with a dance group or choir who could perform at the center.

Bingo Player Assistant: assist Care Center residents to play Bingo at Presbyterian Homes & Services, Lake Minnetonka Shores. Volunteers oversee resident's cards, award prizes, and/or call Bingo numbers.

Volunteer Opportunities Mentoring/Tutoring Adults

ABE/GED Tutor Classroom Aide: a minimum of 2 hours a week for 12 to 24 weeks, Assist Metro North Adult Basic Education teachers at one of several sites in the Northern Metro: Blaine, Centennial, Columbia Heights, Elk River, Forest Lake, St Francis. Work under supervising instructor with low to advanced ABE students. Training is provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Aide: assist with preparing mailings, collating, filing, and photocopying to answering Minnesota Children's Museum phones, completing larger scale projects, data entry and other computer work depending on applicants availability, experience and interests. Located in St Paul.

Monster Trucks - Transport Assistance: Lutheran Social Service, Refugee & Employment Programs (LSS) needs people who are willing to aid in picking up and delivering furniture donations to the homes of newly arrived refugees using your truck/van. This is a great opportunity for a group or family. Volunteers are utilized on an on-call basis in Minneapolis.

Morning Rush Coffee Drive: Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis serves up to 68 homeless adults in their shelters every night and about 95 cups of coffee. Help by organizing a coffee drive! Although they purchase coffee in bulk, it still is a large expense. Both caffeinated and decaf and any brand or size (must be ground).

Minnesota Circles of Support & Accountability: (MnCoSA) in St Paul involves small groups of volunteers who provide support and accountability to someone convicted of a sexual offense after prison. Assist with the day-to-day struggles that offenders face once released: housing, employment, acceptance, medical assistance, mental/chemical health appointments, etc.

Movie Connoisseur: do you love movies? Can't wait to see the new releases! Well, Hammer Residences, Inc. of New Hope has an opportunity for you! A woman would love to have someone take her to the movies every 4-6 weeks.

Lobby/School Group Greeter: cordially meet and greet Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) guests in St Paul (groups and individuals) and answer questions regarding programming, show times, key locations of interest within the museum, general information, etc. Assist with directing and following up with visitors to ensure a positive and safe experience at the SMM.

Jobs! Internships!

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Job/Intern Openings in the Twin Cities

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Logistics Specialist with Bay and Bay

As a Logistics Specialist at Bay and Bay Transportation Services you will help our customers move their inventory in the most cost effective way by identifying and providing logistics solutions. In this role, you will manage a portfolio of accounts while working in a team environment. Business is generated through inside and outside sales by way of industry referrals, prospecting and business to business selling. You will be addressing concerns and working with team members implementing solutions for both established, as well as prospective customers. For more information, click here.

Send letter and resume notifying us how you found out about the position and how this position fits your career. Please send all to
Position and information is also posted in GoldPASS job ID 59078

Minnesota Twins Part-Time Job Posting: Coordinato​r, Database Marketing

As a member of the Ticket Sales & Service department of a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise, this position is primarily responsible for supporting the execution of all Database Marketing Division efforts related to the organization's sales and service goals. Specifically, this position is responsible for assisting in the organization, management and quality control aspects of customer and prospect data for use in marketing and sales programs for the ball team. For more information, click here.

Interested EXTERNAL applicants should apply online via INTERNAL applicants please apply via the internal job board link located on the HR Intranet site (http://twinsksvr/) or the ADP self service portal.

Program Facilitators with Project Footsteps

Project Footsteps is a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis currently hiring for Program facilitators! These individuals will go to various locations throughout the Twin Cities and conduct youth programs to young people of all ages; all with the common goal of getting young people to realize their social leadership capacity and take responsibility for making the changes they want to see in our community.

Tryouts will be held October 5 at 3:30 or October 13 at 3:30 at 1917 Logan Ave S (St. Paul Episcopal Church). For specific times and dates, click here.

If interested in attending tryouts please email us at or call us at 612-353-6927 to RSVP or if you have any questions or concerns.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities is Looking for a Research Intern

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) is seeking qualified
candidates for the position of Research Intern. The internship provides a valuable
opportunity to gain practical experience in research and evaluation. This is a volunteer
position. For specifics, click here.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to: Barbara Alfrey, Director of Human Resources & Volunteer Services at

Looking for Interns for the Volunteering and Special Events/Fundraising departments. Know of anyone? Please check out our home page to see the internship job descriptions.

Activities Coming-up This Week

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Homecoming 2011 Activities and Events

Homecoming 2011 is right around the corner! Sign up for the Campus-Wide Scavenger Hunt, happening this Friday, October 14. Give back to the U by participating in Thank U, happening on Sunday, October 16. Finally, don't forget about the Parade, which travels down University Avenue on Friday, October 21. Following the Parade, head to the stadium for Pep Fest, featuring a performance by Atmosphere. For a complete list of events, please visit

Mobile App Challenge

Do you have an idea for a mobile app? Are you willing to see your idea through and actually launch a new app? The University of Minnesota App Challenge is your opportunity to do just that, and win big prizes! Kickoff event is October 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. in 101 Walter Library.

Other Activities

Thursday, October 13th, Global Studies professor Michael Goldman will be holding a talk on the recent movements in urban revolution. Entitled, "From Cairo to Madrid to London: Are We Entering the Age of Urban Revolution?", will sure to be an engaging event and of relevance with the current goings on in New York. We hope to see you all there! And please pass along the information to others who may be interested.

Thursday, October 13th
Comstock Hall Ballroom
University of Minnesota

Laugh it up with Upright Citizens Brigade next Friday, October 14th. Opening act by MinnProv.

On Oct 25th Luna Negra Dance Theater will be the first performance of our world dance series. Check them out!

Do What Matters will be tweeting all day for Gopher Adventure Race today at #UMN. Tune in at noon to @Do_What_Matters!


Bored? Looking for an unusual volunteer opportunity? How about setting out on an exciting adventure on an October afternoon by participating in the River Ranger RAVE in the early afternoon and ending your day at the CTUL fundraising concert on October 16! Check out the links for more information.River Ranger Rave events website or connect with the event on Facebook.

Activities & Events

March on Wall Street Minneapolis!
Planning Meeting on Saturday, October 8th at 1pm in room 420B at the Science Tech/Student Services (STSS) building on the UMN campus! There will be food!

What: March on Wells Fargo and US Bank!
Where: Peavey Plaza on Nicollet Mall and 11th St S
When: 3pm on Friday, October 14th
Why: Because we need to make the big banks pay their fair share!

Garlic Jam Festival
Saturday, October 8 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: The Student Organic Farm (West Dudley Avenue by the Equine Center)
Come anytime between 2 and 5 to help plant garlic, make a sign, meet some cool people, and eat some yummy food from Campus Club!

Twitter for Job Seekers! Join us at the Ridgedale Library, Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. Register Online or call 952-847-8800. Twitter is one of the best online tools for networking and job seeking. Learn tips and techniques for using this valuable tool to its full potential: advanced Twitter searches, hashtags, user accounts, third-party websites and useful apps.

Saturday, October 22nd
See the Shrine Circus at 3 p.m. at Target Center with seats in the section with an ASL interpreter. For details, call 612-673-0900 or email

Join Oak Park Center on Oct. 28 for a Fall Festival! The evening includes trick-or-treating, outdoor movie, food & more


Leadership Minor is hosting a Teach for America info session Thursday night at 6:00 in STSS 131B. A representative from Teach for America will give an overview of how the program works, the application process, etc. If you have any questions contact us at or at 612-624-1559.

Remember to share the warmth during our National Student Day Community Clothing Drive. Bring your gently used sweatshirts and jackets to the U of M Bookstores today and pick up a special coupon.


Looking to enjoy the beautiful weather? Come do a delivery with Open Arms. Friday's open routes are in Golden Valley, South St.Paul, Roseville, and NE Minneapolis. If you are interested please contact pete give a call at 612-872-1152.

Be sure to join Global Studies Society this Friday for the beginning of the Maya Society of MN 2011-2012 Season. Reception and silent auction begins at 6pm, followed by Richard Hansen talking about the Mirador Basin at 7:30pm. A list of books for the auction is posted on Facebook, under the discussion page.


Are you a student interested in volunteering at the Women's Center? If so, join us for pizza and discussion on October 18th at 4:00 p.m. to find out more about how to get involved with the Women's Center and be an extraordinary volunteer! (See below for more information).

October 15: Social Justice Film Festival - Beauty Mark: Body Image & the Race for Perfection, 1:00 p.m. Science Teaching & Student Services Building RM118. How do our families influence our relationship with our own bodies? How do American pop culture's standards of beauty get inside our heads? In what ways can sport and the drive for fitness actually make us sick rather than healthy? In this film, Diane Israel examines American culture's unhealthy fixation on thinness, beauty, and physical perfection.

The GLBTA Programs Office is offering the following free sessions in Fall 2011 open to students, staff, faculty, and community members -- everyone is welcome! Educational materials and Ally stickers & buttons will be provided, and free food (including vegan and gluten-free options) will be served at all sessions.

Fall 2011 Workshops

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

GLBTQ Ally Training 101 - St Paul
Thurs, Oct 27, 1:00-4:00 PM
Coffey Hall 120

GLBTQ Ally Training 201 - East Bank
Wed, Nov 2, 1:00-4:00 PM
Appleby Hall 11
Note: It is encouraged that Ally 201 participants have attended Ally 101, but not required.

Racial Justice, White Privilege & Being a GLBTQ Ally - West Bank
Thurs, Nov 10, 1:00-4:00 PM
Blegen Hall 240

(Trans)Gender 101 - St Paul
Mon, Nov 14, 4:00-7:00 PM
St Paul Student Center Room 202

(Bi)Sexuality 101 - East Bank
Mon, Dec 5, 1:00-4:00 PM
Peik Hall 335

To register for any training, please email with your name, email, University or community affiliation, and the training(s) you would like to attend.

Volunteering: picking grapes, watering trees, and more!

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Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation are needing some help giving water to thirsty trees. No rain = we need your help!

Join Rebuilding Together Twin Cities to pick grapes this Saturday at the Flower Valley Vineyard in Red Wing from 8:30 am until 2 pm and raise money for homeowners in need! Interested? Email Alex at

New volunteer opportunities at the Minnesota Children's Museum! For more information, please visit the following link:

Have a lot of passion but not a lot of time? No problem - while many Planned Parenthood volunteers come in on the regular, others only have a couple hours a month to give, and they appreciate them just as much! For more information, email: or call 612.821.6113.

Leadership Volunteering & Events

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Volunteering & Leadership

Gain a way to demonstrate your expertise and professionalism. Earn your certificate in volunteer leadership Nov.15&17

Love your major? Be a Mentor! Learn about becoming a Major Mentor at: are you deciding on a major? Learn about your majors of interest from a peer. Register today to get a Mentor!

Events & Activities

Diversity Networking & Scholarship Event
- Thursday, October 6
- 3 to 5 pm
- University Minneapolis Hotel
Network with Twin Cities employers who want to increase the diversity of their organization. You can also talk to scholarship experts, or learn about internships in the Twin Cities. Free and open to all U of M students. See

Teaching English Abroad Info Session
- Monday, October 10
- Begins at 4 p.m.
- 110 Heller Hall.
Ever considered working abroad or gaining teaching experience after graduating? If so, join us to learn more about international teaching opportunities. Information will be shared on how to find international teaching positions and previous and current ESL/TEFL teachers will share their experiences teaching abroad.

Graduate School & Professional Day
- Wednesday, October 12
- 10 am to 2 pm
- Coffman Union, Great Hall
Stop by this big annual event to learn about local and national grad schools. More than 100 grad programs will be there. Browse on your own, talk to school reps, or attend short seminars about applying and funding. For details and preparation tips, see

Business Careers for CLA Majors: Attend this panel discussion to learn how a liberal arts degree can lead to a successful business career!
- Thursday, November 10
- 12:45 to 2 pm
- 121 Smith Hall

Activities With Volunteer Opportunities

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Student Activities

Join the Office for Equity and Diversity and University Career Services for the Diversity Networking and Scholarship event on Thursday, October 6 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the University Minneapolis Hotel (formerly the Radisson University Hotel). This event is an opportunity for diverse undergraduate students at the U to network with representatives from Twin Cities employers, talk to scholarship experts to help answer your questions and learn about internship opportunities with local corporations and government agencies. To register for this free event and to learn more visit

This Thursday Bell Museum will be showing acclaimed documentary, "Black Gold"--described as "riveting & jaw-dropping" by the LA Times. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) and is part of our special first Thursday of the month evening programming.

Here is the Trailer:

Black Gold: Trailer from Speakit on Vimeo.

The Future Global Food System: This food event brings together the University community and food industry professionals to meet each other and learn about issues related to effective food system leadership. This annual event explores the complex food system, shares University research and industry expertise, and offers ideas that will generate innovative leadership on food system issues.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Student Networking Workshop 11:45 - 12:45
Program 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Reception 4:00 -5:00
Maroon & Gold Room, McNamara Alumni Center

To register, click here. Volunteers are still needed too (take pictures at the event, direct visitors, help with laptop presentations, passing microphones, etc)! Contact Lisa Jore to volunteer.

HandsOn Twin Cities is seeking individuals who want to serve on the Volunteer Expo Committee with the focus of planning and securing fundraising opportunities. The Expo includes an extensive silent auction, an aspect of the fundraiser that committee members will be dedicated to ensure its success. Contact Ashley for more information and a committee description. Take this opportunity to apply your event planning skills, fundraising knowledge, and/or passion for volunteerism!


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Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Working With Children

Homework Connection Tutor
Volunteers help students in grades 3-5 with basic skills at Volunteer Connection homework centers in several Bloomington locations. Great for people who want to volunteer in the mid afternoons.

Growing Up Educator
Co-teach a three-hour Growing Up Puberty Workshop for local youth ages 10-12 and their parents at West Suburban Teen Clinic in Excelsior. Topics covered include physical, mental, and emotional changes that occur during puberty, and communication between parents and children. Classes last 3 hours throughout the year on evening and weekends.

Arts Mentor- multiple times and locations
Free Arts Minnesota offers individual opportunities which place volunteers at one of 30 partnering organizations across the metropolitan area. Serve on a mentor team with 3 to 5 other volunteers and provide one hour per week of creative arts activities to children. Mentors must make a one year commitment. Training and on-going support provide by Free Arts Minnesota.

Evening Play Time: St. Paul
Volunteers at Evening Play Time keep children occupied while their moms attend life skills classes in the evening. This project helps support the moms staying at Jeremiah Program. Volunteers spend time playing with the children (infant through age 6) with toys, books, and activities. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Minneapolis and St Paul.

Volunteer Opportunities Tutoring Adult

Basic Skills Tutor
Tutor adults in basic skills of reading, writing and math at Metro North Adult Basic Education in Blaine. Serve for two hours once a week for a minimum of six months. Volunteers are needed mornings Monday through Friday. We have various locations in the northern Metro suburbs.

ESL Classroom Aide/Tutor
Volunteer for two hours for a minimum of 12 -24 weeks, on a weeknight evening from 6 - 8 pm at Metro North Adult Basic Education in Blaine. Assist with English language learners, sometimes groups of learners, but particularly one-on-one tutoring with beginning learners using lesson plans developed by a teacher. 12 hour training is required.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Tweet for VEAP
VEAP of Bloomington is looking for a dedicated and detail oriented volunteer to help increase the amount of valued information we share on the web. Projects could range from developing tweet and post information to web based research and analytics. Interested parties must have strong computer and internet experience.

Volunteer Shopper
Work with Vision Loss Resources to provide a visually impaired person with round-trip transportation to a nearby grocery or department store and help select items for purchase. Volunteer once a week, every other week or once a month. They will try to match you with someone near your home or work. Currently there is a high need in the St. Paul area.

Day of Cleaning
Spend a few hours helping Genesis II for Families keep their building and the surrounding area clean! Your group can help with indoor projects year round and with outdoor projects when the weather is nice. Volunteer a single time for a few hours or make a more long-term commitment. This opportunity is available only during regular business hours.

Yoga Instructor
Do you have an hour to share the benefits of yoga with a small group of adults with developmental disabilities? Lifeworks has a group of people in the Bloomington area that would love to stretch, focus and grow using yoga. You will be supported at all times by our staff. You can be a beginner yourself or an expert, we just want to share in the fun.

Awarness Month: get involved

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As a month which claims the majority of "__________ awareness," October is not only a time to enjoy the beautiful weather and fall colors, but learn about these causes by engaging yourself through numerous activities! Here is a start of the many things you can get involved with this month and this week.

Today is the Day of Unity. This day was first recognized in 1981, and the concept of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) developed from it. The first DVAM was celebrated in 1987. Want to know what you can do to spread awareness this month? Participate in the National Call for Unity tomorrow!

Today marks the start of Bike Walk Week! Will you be doing anything different to celebrate?

Want to join Student Affairs at the National Coming Out Day Luncheon on 10-7, 11:30 am-1pm at the DT Hilton? Email

What You Can Do About Breast Cancer: Read up on news of the latest research about breast cancer. Follow the links below to learn about finding breast cancer early, treating the disease if you've already been diagnosed, and getting support as you cope with breast cancer. You'll also find information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, our signature event to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and help save lives.

Help rebuild the Northside of Minneapolis! There are still opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer in tornado-damaged North Minneapolis, but they're filling quickly. Sign up now!

Jobs & Fairs

Practice Interview Days: October 4 OR October 5 in 524 Science Teaching & Student Services building. Do a practice interview with a business professional, then receive feedback immediately after it. Your session will be 45 minutes long and you can choose the start-time. Click Here for registration instructions.

Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair - October 4th in Coffman Memorial Union. Learn more about programs that focus on your interests and to explore ways to further your career through graduate school. At the fair, you can:speak with admissions representatives from local, national, and international schools and discuss professional development through graduate education, learn about public-service graduate programs, and determine admissions requirements and application deadlines, and much more. This fair is free to school seekers and open to the public. To RSVP for a fair, login (or sign up), and then click "Attend fair" to the left side of this fair listing. Got questions? Email us:

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