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CAPE Workshop for Undecided Students

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The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) is hosting a day-long workshop for undecided students on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

About the Workshop: This event is best suited for undergraduates who have not yet declared a major and would benefit from structured exploration. CAPE coaches will facilitate a variety of sessions focusing on strengths and interests, career beliefs, major and career exploration, engagement opportunities and goal-setting. The day will be fun!

Registration:The cost of the event is $15 which includes StrengthsQuest, the Strong Interest Inventory assessment, lunch and event materials. Scholarships are available upon request.

Students, please consider participating in this event during winter break! More information, including a schedule and registration is available at http://www.cape.umn.edu/work.html.

Any questions? Email CAPE at capeinfo@umn.edu

National Student Exchange, Scholarships & Panel Discussion

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National Student Exchange is a network of nearly 200 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. Undergrads can go on exchange for a semester or a year to another school in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada! NSE is AFFORDABLE! Most students pay U of M tuition while on exchange and most financial aid applies.

There are many reasons to participate in NSE:
- Live in a different geographic location (like Hawaii, Maine, US Virgin Islands, Alaska, and many places in between!)
- Gain access to different courses and faculty at another school. You can choose from approximately 550 majors/minors!
- Evaluate a school you might attend later for graduate studies.
- Research another job market and network or look for jobs there.
- Pursue internship opportunities outside of Minnesota.
- Pursue language study (improve your Spanish at a school in Puerto Rico or work on your French at a school in Quebec!)
- Experience different cultures and traditions.
- Study at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
- Grow personally, academically, and professionally!

Applications to participate in NSE during the 2012/2013 school year are due before February 17th, 2012. (If you miss this deadline, come and talk to us as many schools will still have openings.)

If you'd like more information:
Visit www.offcampusstudy.umn.edu/nse and sign up for an info session
Visit www.nse.org for a list of NSE schools
Contact an NSE advisor at 612-626-2044, nseadv@umn.edu, or 240 Appleby Hall


The University of Minnesota McNair Scholars Program is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for Summer 2012. Please see below information about the McNair Scholars program including: program-at-a-glance, qualifications, application deadline, and where to get more information.

Program at-a-glance
The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into and success in graduate school. McNair Scholars program is a 10 week summer research program where students will:
- Receive a $ 3000.00 stipend throughout the summer
- Be paired up with a professor to work on their research
- Learn how to develop a quality research paper
- Receive help with the application process (i.e. identify graduate programs, write a personal statement, and create a curriculum vita)
- Present their research at poster sessions held here at the U of M
- Most importantly, develop a great relationship with a professor that is invaluable in terms of getting admitted into graduate school

Qualifications:
First generation college student and low income, or from an underrepresented group, and a GPA of 2.75 and above. You must be a full time sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

Application deadline: February 6, 2012
For more information: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/trio/mcnair
Visit us on Facebook: TRiO McNair Scholars /University of Minnesota

How to get a McNair application:
Applications can be picked up in 40 Education Sciences Building from 8:30 to 4:30, M-F. For those not at the U of M, please contact Anthony Albecker via email and we will make arrangements to get the application to you. And, when you come in, be sure to ask if a staff member is available, as we will be happy to meet you.

Additionally, the McNair staff is hosting two McNair Open Houses for prospective scholars. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program and application process and provide feedback on your personal statements. Click here to view upcoming Open House times and to sign up.

For more information you can contact Anthony Albecker via email albecker@umn.edu.

Panel Discussion Tonight! Women of Color in the Academia

Tonight, Monday, November 28th at 5:00P.M. in Coffman Memorial Union in room 211, there will be a small panel of women that
will talk about their experiences at the University of Minnesota. This panel is featuring Rose Brewer and Reina Rodriguez. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public; therefore it does not matter what race, gender, sexuality and nationality you are from because everyone is welcome to attend! Dinner will be provided!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact holli107@umn.edu

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Special Events

HandsOn Twin Cities Volunteer Expo Silent Auction Committee: In support of this work and, in conjunction with the 7th Annual HandsOn Twin Cities Volunteer Expo to be held on Feb. 18, 2012, we will conduct an online silent auction. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Silent Auction committee. Committee members will be asked to assist in making contacts to acquire silent auction items. Additionally, members may assist staff in writing descriptions for items, data entry, sending thank you notes, etc.

Tutoring Volunteer Opportunities

GED Tutor: The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project is a program of Goodwill/Easter Seals. Goodwill/Easter Seals is looking for volunteers to work individually with program participants in Minneapolis to help them prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam.


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.

Volunteer Opportunities Addressing Hunger


Holiday Season Donation Volunteer
: Meals on Wheels of Minneapolis needs volunteers to process end of the year donations. 50% of their income comes from approximately 3200 donations in the last quarter of the year. They need a good volunteer to help process these donations including opening mail, updating a database, and creating thank you letters. M-F, 8am-4pm.

Volunteer Meal Delivery: Volunteer with Presbyterian Homes & Services to deliver either a hot daily meal or a weekly supply of frozen meals to seniors and persons with disabilities throughout Ramsey and Washington County. Prefer a once/week commitment, but would love any help.

Food Rescue Volunteer: Second Harvest Heartland of Minneapolis needs your help repackaging fresh tortillas and other bulk foods before they go to waste so that they can get to their neighbors in need! Both individuals and groups of up to 50 are invited to complete this important work. Shifts are weekly on Wednesday, Thursday and on the first two Saturdays of each month from 9 am - 12 pm.

Meal Group: Provide a Saturday or Sunday evening meal for shelter guests, staff, and volunteers at St. Stephen's Human Services in Minneapolis. Plan, purchase, prepare and serve a meal for 50-55 people. Prepare meals offsite and arrive at 7:00 for serving at 7:15 or 7:30 with cleanup afterwards. A group of 4-6 people is best, 10 is the max. Try once and then commit to 3-6 more.

Other Volunteer Opportunities


Gift Shop Assistant
: Assist customers, operate cash register, perform inventory, sales transactions at the Landmark Center store in St Paul. 10% discount given at store and mileage reimbursement available. 11-3 Monday - Friday: 2 shifts per month.

Lifeline Installer: Install lifeline units in homes of elderly and/or disabled individuals for Fairview Lifeline of Bloomington. This enables the user to press a button in their home or yard to call for help. Need only be slightly mechanically inclined. Flexible hours. Must have transportation, patience and enjoy socializing. Opportunity for couples or teams of two.


Evening Shelter Aide
: Help provide hospitality and hope to those most in need by volunteering in the Our Saviour's Housing Emergency Shelter in Minneapolis. They open their doors to 40 homeless adults every night of the year. Assist with a variety of tasks to keep the shelter comfortable and running smoothly. Shifts are every week or every other week from 6-9 p.m..


Companion Animal Visitor
: Bring your dog(s)or cat(s) to Kaposia, Inc.'s center in Roseville for visiting and companionship with senior individuals. Flexible weekday morning or early afternoon times. Visits typically last less than an hour, allowing an opportunity to make a positive impact with minimal time.

Volunteering, Scholarships & Events on/off-campus

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Seeking volunteers to help in starting up a 'Local Foods Resource Hub': Initial planning for a new start-up 'Local Foods Resource Hub' (LFRH) for the east side of Minneapolis is underway and SECIA needs your help with these 'hubs.'

Hubs intend to be:
- local points of distribution for physical gardening resources,
- physical space for education classes,
- focused on building leadership capacity at the community level,
- a community network of gardeners and urban farmers that are able to support one another, and enhancing community connections.

SECIA is looking for a couple of individuals who would like to assist getting a LFRH up and running on the east side. This commitment would involve a series of meetings starting in late fall 2010 through winter, and then implementing the hub activities during the growing season. Meeting locations will happen at varied SE & NE locations per the group's schedule. Have questions and inquires? Contact Steph at SECIA 612-508-4415 or steph@comogreenvillage.info.


Video scholarship contest
As part of the current Driven to Discover student campaign, the University is hosting a student video contest with $30,000 in total scholarship awards. Students will be asked to submit 30 second videos describing what they are driven to discover. The videos will be posted to the University's official Facebook page and winners will be chosen based on "Likes." The top sixteen most liked videos will receive scholarships. Contest rules and entry form are available at discover.umn.edu.


Feel better fast!: Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed by the demands of the semester? Do you want to learn fast and effective ways to manage stress and practice general self-care? If so, this is the workshop for you! Learn more...


Following are two events sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office. For more information, or learn about other events, visit glbta.umn.edu.

- The 6th Annual Trans Commission Remembrance Celebration - Trans Justice: Creating Community - will take place Monday, November. 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. in Coffman Union, Whole Music Club. There will be performances from local artists, and opportunities to make connections. Free food, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be provided. Learn more at http://www.glbta.umn.edu/trans.
- The LGBTQA Faith and Spirituality Discussion will take place Wednesday, November 30, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Appleby Hall 117, to provide an open and respectful forum to talk about the issues and intersections of faith, religion, spirituality, and LGBTQA identities.


2011 CLA Art Fair
The CLA Student Board invites all undergrads to the CLA Art Fair on November 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and November 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to view and vote on students' artwork! The event will be held in the Mississippi Room in Coffman Union. This year we will have a cappella student groups, musicians, and refreshments!


Call for visual artists
The Visual Arts Committee of Student Unions and Activities organizes exhibitions at the St. Paul Student Center's Larson Art Gallery and Coffman Memorial Union's Coffman Art Gallery. Students and university community members are encouraged to submit an application. For submission requirements click here.


Winter Outdoor Adventure gear sale
Looking to sell or purchase outdoor winter equipment? The Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA) will be selling some of its winter rental equipment as well as hosting this fun event for others to sell and purchase equipment. There will cross country skis, snowshoes, downhill skis, snowboards, boots, poles, ice climbing equipment, winter camping, and mountaineering equipment and more! For more information visit the COA Gear Sale page.

Stuff to do on/off-campus Tomorrow & Friday

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Want to spend your winter break wearing shorts on the Gulf of Mexico? Spend a week volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, meeting new friends and building a home for a family in need. You will also be able to:

- Visit the city that bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan of Alabama
- Hold a moon rock and experience zero-gravity at the Houston Space Center
- Hang out at the BEACH of course! :)

Winter Break trips are week-long volunteer events that are great resume builders and a lot of fun. In addition, these trips cost only $400, and if you are over 21 and willing to drive you will receive a $40 discount! Trips leave on January 7th and return to campus on the 14th. You can choose between Houston, TX or Mobile, AL for your winter break adventure!

More information can be found at http://www.uofmhabitat.org/get-involved/trips or you can email trips@uofmhabitat.org with any questions.

Thursday, November 17th aka TOMORROW

Career Conversation with Dr. Reuben Brigety II, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration on Careers in Foreign Policy, International Affairs & Humanitarian Assistance

Where & When?: 1 - 2:30pm Humphrey Forum on the 1st floor Humphrey School

Dr. Reuben Brigety supervises U.S. refugee programs in Africa, assisting over 11 million people. Join us to talk about Dr. Brigety's work, his career path, and professional opportunities in international affairs and humanitarian relief.

Friday, November 18th aka THIS FRIDAY

Information Session: Jobs and Internships with the U.S. Department of State

Where & When?: 12 - 1:30pm, Room 180 at the Humphrey School

Diplomat in Residence Doria Rosen, currently assigned to the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss State Department Careers & student opportunities. She'll be available to answer any questions you might have.

Please visit www.careers.state.gov. This site highlights the opportunities across all majors for students and professionals interested in a career in public service at the U.S. Department of State.


Have an event that you would like posted? Let me know at engage@umn.edu or post it on the Do What Matters - University of Minnesota Facebook Page!

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Click on the red links below to find out more information or register for the specific volunteer opportunity!

Volunteer Opportunities Supporting the Homeless

Holiday Season Meals for Homeless Youth: Volunteer to prepare dinner at Lutheran Social Service's Safe House, a thirty day emergency shelter in St Paul for homeless youth ages 16-20. The shelter provides an environment where homeless youth can begin the road to healthy, productive lives. Prepare meals off-site and drop off 7:30pm Monday-Friday and 6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Homeless Shelter: Are you concerned about homelessness and want to do something to help? First Covenant Church in Minneapolis needs a homeless shelter volunteer.

One to One Volunteer Opportunities

Baking Volunteer: Do you love to bake? Better yet do you enjoy baking healthy foods? Hammer Residences, Inc. has an opportunity for you in New Hope! A woman is looking for a volunteer that will bake healthy foods with her. We would love to hear from you!

Health Care Home Telemedicine Volunteer: Visit select Courage Center adult clients with physical disabilities in their homes as a non-medical social support. Set up telemedicine (Skype) conferences with Courage Center Clinic staff and positively impact your client's health and independence. Next training on January 12th in Golden Valley. Time commitment: Weekdays, 3hr.shift/once a week for one year.

Volunteer Opportunities Outdoors

Winter Fun Day: Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is partnering with the National Park Service to host events during the Winter. They will be building snow shelters, making winter snakes, having sled races and learning how plants and animals survive in the winter. Volunteers are needed to help staff a campfire and monitor activities. Must be 18 or older.

Adopt-A-Building: West Suburban Teen Clinic is looking for a group of volunteers to "adopt" their clinic in Excelsior. Volunteers will assist by working in the yard with projects such as mowing, raking leaves, shoveling snow, planting flowers, pulling weeds, or picking up trash in the area. Ideally once a month, but they are flexible.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Basic Skills/English Tutor: Tutor adults in basic skills of reading, writing and math for Metro North Adult Basic Education of Blaine. Serve for two hours once a week for a minimum of six months. Morning openings Monday through Friday at various locations in the northern Metro suburbs.

Business Development Volunteer: As a student or recent graduate with a passion for entrepreneurism volunteer/intern with WomenVenture's Business Development department in St Paul. Projects that include: the formatting, writing and design of new curriculum, research, create surveys, write scripts for instructors, PowerPoint, and graphic design. Must have business background and commit to 1 semester.

Science Museum 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.

Office Administrative Data Entry Volunteer: HandsOn Twin Cities is seeking a volunteer to assist in connecting people to volunteer opportunities. Tasks would include: filing, data entry, mailings, and tabulating requiring general office skills and basic computer knowledge, internet, email, Microsoft Office and ability to learn others. Once per week for two to four hours in Minneapolis. Free parking, on bus line.


HandsOn Twin Cities' mission is to bring people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action. We accomplish this by working with over 250 nonprofits serving the 9 county metro area which includes Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and Washington.

Leadership Opportunities: at UMN and Abroad!

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Leadership Opportunitity with CLA

The Student Board is hosting a contest for any CLA student who can design, organize, and execute a new CLA event or program. The event or program should aim to engage students academically, while improving their overall CLA experience. We would also like the event or program to be held annually, so please keep this in mind when submitting your proposal.

This is your chance to be creative, get your name out there, and have some fun! We require that your proposal:
· Benefits CLA as a whole
· Is not major or department specific
· Is related to academics
· Promotes student engagement
· Fosters CLA pride

Please fill out the information and answer the questions below and send it to Britni Hummel by November 30, 2011.

Name:
Email:
Phone number:
Year in school:
Major:

1. Current involvement within the University (Jobs, Student Groups):
2. Describe your event. What is your vision?
3. How will this improve the academic environment of CLA?
4. Who will this event or program benefit?
5. Where will the event take place?
6. What resources are needed?

Grant for Student Groups & Organizations

Students With Drive is a new grant program for student organizations. Over the rest of the school year $37,500 will be given away per month to students at Zipcar schools this year, including the University of Minnesota!

· Students With Drive program will select 15 finalists from 5 categories each month. Organizations can be as small as a club athletic team or as large as a chapter of Greek Life.

· Five winning student orgs will receive $5,500 to put towards Zipcar memberships and driving credit (each of the runner-ups will receive $1,000).

· There is no need for the group or submitter to be a Zipster prior to submitting their group to the program.

· Students enter the competition and vote on Facebook.

· There is no cost to compete for a grant or vote for a winner.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Chris at camenta@zipcar.com and he'll make sure you get anything you need.

Volunteer Trip with Habitat for Humanity

Want to spend your winter break wearing shorts on the Gulf of Mexico? Spend a week volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, meeting new friends and building a home for a family in need!  You'll also be able to:

- Hold a moon rock and experience zero-gravity at the Houston Space Center
- Visit the city that bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan of Alabama
- Feel the sand between your toes when you're hanging out at the beach!

Winter Break trips are week-long volunteer events that are great resume builders and a lot of fun. These trips cost only $400, and if you are over 21 and willing to drive, you will receive a $40 discount! Trips leave on January 7th and return to campus on the 14th. You can choose between Houston, TX or Mobile, AL for your winter break adventure!

More information can be found at http://www.uofmhabitat.org/get-involved/trips, or you can email trips@uofmhabitat.org with any questions.


LGTBA Workshops & Leadership Opportunities

Two of LGTBA programs are still recruiting members: the GLBTQ International Students & Scholars Support Group and the Trans* & Gender Nonconforming Support Group. If you're interested in joining one of our support groups, there is still time -- email glbtapo@umn.edu ASAP!

Newly updated list of November and December trainings, programs and events -- including this Friday's GLBTQA Study Abroad Workshop (Nov 11), our Bi/Pan/Fluid Sexualities & (In)Visibility Discussion (Nov 16), the 6th Annual Trans Commission Remembrance Celebration (Nov 21), and the LGBTQA Faith & Spirituality Discussion (Nov 30)!

Big Ten Scholarship + Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

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"Academic"

Gopher students, check it out! The Big Ten Network is giving away a $1,000 service scholarship this year to a University of Minnesota student. To be eligible, you must be a full-time student and volunteer at least 10 hours between Sept. 6, 2011, and Dec. 9, 2011. Students will be asked to submit an essay between Nov. 14, 2011, and Dec. 9, 2011, telling BTN about their volunteer experience.

Check out the link below:
http://www.btnlivebig.com/scholarship/


Get ready to register for spring 2012: registration begins tomorrow, 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.

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Project Footsteps is currently looking for Spring Interns. Available upcoming semester internships include: Human Resource Assistant, Community Relations Assistant, Program Relations Assistant, Program Operations Assistant, Program Outreach Assistant, and Program Assistant- IGB. Interested individuals for a Spring semester internship should email jobs@projectfootsteps for more information.

Project Footsteps is also looking for Program facilitators, which are individuals who 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 are held twice a month for the facilitator position. The next available tryout is Wednesday, November 16 and Tuesday November 22 at 3:30 at 1917 Logan Ave S (St. Paul Episcopal Church). If interested in attending tryouts or for an internship interview please email us at jobs@projectfootsteps.org or call us at 612-353-6927 to RSVP or if you have any questions or concerns.


Interested in helping with the American Indian Science and Engineering U of M campus visit this Thursday? We will be hosting approximately 150 American Indian high school juniors and seniors. Please click for the form to get the times when volunteers are needed. Escorting groups would just be leading them from one location to another on campus. We do not need people for the campus tour portion, unless you really want to give a tour, we have student staff from the Admissions office that will be leading that portion.


For more information see: https://www.ymcatwincities.org/locations/university_ymca/So


Make a difference in the life of youth by being part of UY!: Get credit while building your leadership skills through a valuable, resume experience. While engaging with youth in the Twin Cities in hands-on activities, you can meet and network with individuals outside of the University and expand your strengths and talents. And of course, have fun!

Time Commitments: students have busy schedules and the UY involvement is based on needs and availability. Depending on the program, involvement can range - usually students are at sites 1 - 2 days a week, 2 - 4 hours. In the evening, one night a week, you will be scheduled with your program to gather for learning, planning, training and/or reflection.

To learn more about our programs or apply, visit the UY website or Facebook page .



Do you have any questions or concerns? Email me! To check out more opportunities, visit the Do What Matters Facebook Page :]


Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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This is your weekly volunteer opportunities update from HandsOn Twin Cities, containing ten of the top Volunteer Opportunities of the week! Just click on the red links below for more information or to register!


Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Youth

Junior Achievement: Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare K-12 students for success in the global economy. Help by presenting financial literacy curricula in structured school settings across the Twin Cities. All training and materials are provided to ensure your success. This is a fun and rewarding experience to connect with students in your local community.

Holiday Season Meals for Homeless Youth
Volunteer to prepare dinner at Lutheran Social Service's Safe House, a thirty day emergency shelter in St Paul for homeless youth ages 16-20. The shelter provides an environment where homeless youth can begin the road to healthy, productive lives. Prepare meals off-site and drop off 7:30pm Monday-Friday and 6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Volunteer Opportunities Tutoring

Basis Skills Tutor - Columbia Heights: Help ABE learners with reading, writing, English and/or math skills at Metro North Adult Basic Education's study lab in Columbia Heights. Work with one learner at a time under the direction of a staff member. Must be friendly, proactive and celebrate successes with learners. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9 am - 12 pm.

GED Tutor: The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project is a program of Goodwill/Easter Seals. Goodwill/Easter Seals is looking for volunteers to work individually with program participants in Minneapolis to help them prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam.

One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Group Volunteer Opportunities: Bridging has a variety of options in Bloomington and Roseville for groups of 10 - 25 who are looking for a volunteer opportunity. Many group and short term volunteers are needed to serve their growing population of families in need. Projects can be tailored to a group but will revolve around warehouse work such as unloading and sorting donations.

Holiday Season Donation Volunteer: Meals on Wheels of Minneapolis needs volunteers to process end of the year donations. 50% of their income comes from approximately 3200 donations in the last quarter of the year. They need a good volunteer to help process these donations including opening mail, updating a database, and creating thank you letters. M-F, 8am-4pm.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Wii Volunteer: Do you love playing the Wii? You are in luck. A woman at Hammer Residences, Inc. in New Hope that also loves playing the Wii would like a volunteer that would enjoy playing with her.

Business Development Volunteer/Intern: As a student or recent graduate with a passion for entrepreneurism volunteer/intern with WomenVenture's Business Development department in St Paul. Projects that include: the formatting, writing and design of new curriculum, research, create surveys, write scripts for instructors, PowerPoint, and graphic design. Must have business background and commit to 1 semester.

Evening Shelter Aide: Help provide hospitality and hope to those most in need by volunteering in the Our Saviour's Housing Emergency Shelter in Minneapolis. They open their doors to 40 homeless adults every night of the year. Assist with a variety of tasks to keep the shelter comfortable and running smoothly. Shifts are every week or every other week from 6-9 p.m..

Companion Animal Visitor
Bring your dog(s)or cat(s) to Kaposia, Inc.'s center in Roseville for visiting and companionship with senior individuals. Flexible weekday morning or early afternoon times. Visits typically last less than an hour, allowing an opportunity to make a positive impact with minimal time.

HandsOn Twin Cities is a great resource for all of your volunteer needs, be sure to visit its website for more opportunities or to ask questions. If you need help or would like to share a volunteer experience with me, send me an email at engage@umn.edu!

Events 'To Do' & 'Save The Date'

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Events On & Off-Campus: Check'em out!

Turkey Bowl Tournament: Bowl a turkey (three strikes) to win prizes and the top bowler at the end of ever hour wins a $50 gift card at the Mall of America! Come down to Goldy's Gameroom this Saturday between 9pm and 1am to join. This event is brought to you by Goldy's Gameroom and Gophers After Dark.


Two of the GLBTQ programs in particular are still recruiting members for the year: the GLBTQ International Students & Scholars Support Group and the Trans* & Gender Nonconforming Support Group. If you're interested in joining one of these support groups, there is still time -- let us know soon at glbtapo@umn.edu!


Please see our website or below for an up-to-date list of Fall 2011 trainings, programs and events -- including this weekend's Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference (Nov 4-6), Racial Justice, White Privilege & Being a GLBTQ Ally (Nov 10), a Bi/Pan/Fluid Sexualities & (In)Visibility Discussion (Nov 16), the 6th Annual Trans Commission Remembrance Celebration (Nov 21), and an LGBTQA Faith and Spirituality Discussion (Nov 30)!



Elimu Africa is a volunteer-run MN non-profit that fundraises and awards grants to educational organizations in Tanzania. We are looking for General Members and people to help with specific projects for the first annual fundraising event in March 2012. Get experience: working with event sponsors and a non-profit board; in non-profit event management; in graphic design making invites and programs; or just participating in a non-profit. The volunteer positions with Elimu Africa provide great experience and require varying time commitments. For more information about us: http://elimuafrica.org/. Or contact Amy Greeley, Board Member and Treasurer, to apply.


Peace Corps Volunteer Info Session
Monday, Dec. 5
5 p.m. in 110 Heller Hall
Live, learn, and work with a community overseas. Become a Peace Corps volunteer. If you can't make it to the session, contact your Campus Representative, Samantha Mills or in the Learning Abroad Center 230 Heller Hall during office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2pm.


Global Citizens Network Internship
An unpaid internship opportunity is available at Global Citizens Network in the Minneapolis office for the spring (January-August commitment preferred). A minimum of 200 hours per semester is required. Find out more here.


International Education Week
International Education Week will take place November 14-18 this year. It is an annual celebration during which University of Minnesota colleges, campuses, and student groups plan events and activities to highlight the University's support of international education. The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS) has a leadership role in supporting and publicizing these events, and we hope you can make it to some of them.

Up-Coming Events To See & Do

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Up-Coming Events


Forensic Science Club - International Association of Identification Conference
Come listen to two students talk about their experiences at the International Associateon of Identification Conferences.
All students are welcome (Free)
7PM, tomorrow, Thursday November 3rd
Molecular Cellular & Biology Building, room 2-120


Thai Night: Fundraising dinner for victims of 2011 floord in Thailand
Thaliand is experience record flooding. Be a part of change and help support the people and families of Thailand while enjoying fabulous food!
All students are welcome ($25 per person)
6PM-10PM, Saturday November 5th
North Star Ballroom, 2017 Buford Ave, St.Paul


This Saturday and on Monday, November 21st - if there is anyone who is interested in volunteering with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities to help local families and homeowers please email Alex at a.rosselli@rebuildingtogether-twincities.org, they would really appreciate your help!


There are 3 more days to register for the Women of Color Student Summit: Safe Spaces, Critical Connections on Monday, November 7, 2011 in Coffman Memorial Union (sponsored by the Women's Center). The deadline for registration is this Friday, November 4. Register online.


Vegan Bake Sale
Compassionat Action for Animals will be selling cupckaes, bars and cookies to raise awarness for how tasty dairy and egg free baking can be.
$1 to $2 per item
10AM-2PM, Tuesday November 8th
Coffman Memorial Union, basement


Harmony for the Horm: Benefit Concert for East Africa
Join Al-Madinah Cultural Center and Students for Justice in Palestine for a night of Harmony for the Horn! Enjoy music, food and the happiness of helping! For tickets, visit Coffman Union Room 217.
$10 with college I.D, $15 without college I.D
Friday, November 11th
Time to be Announced


Overcoming Racism: Listen, Connect, Commit
Friday, November 18, 2011 8:15 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Find out more information and to register, please click on the following link: http://www.overcomingracism.org/2011/registration.html

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Up-Coming Events & Book Discussions

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Up-Coming Events for CLA students

Internship Advice & Pizza Slice
-- Tuesday, November 8
-- 12 to 1:30 pm
-- Coffman Union, President's Room
At this panel discussion, CLA students can learn about the benefits of internships, hear from people who've done successful internships, and grab a slice of pizza! Free.

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

Company Site Visit: AEROTEK
-- Friday, November 11
-- 12:15 to 3:30 pm
-- transportation provided
Attention CLA students: Get an up-close look at an international business focused on recruitment services. Talk to their employees about the many career options available to liberal arts majors. You must register by Nov 8 to attend this tour!


For All Students!

November Workshops: most workshops are offered ONE more time this semester and that's it until 2012! For descriptions, times and the complete fall schedule, see http://www.clacareer.umn.edu/workshops

--LinkedIn: The Basics: Nov 8
--Writing Personal Statements: Nov 9
--Applying to Law School: Nov 11
--Effective Interviewing: Nov 15
--Job-Search Strategies: Nov 16
--Resumes and Cover Letters: Nov 10 or 30


November Book Discussions & Signings

Local restaurant critic and author Beth Dooley will discuss her book The Northern Heartland Kitchen, November 2 at 4:00 p.m.

MPR personality Peter Smith will discuss his book A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors, on Tuesday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Alan Bjerga, author and journalist, will discuss his book, Endless Appetites, on Monday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Rodney Smolla, author and president of Furman University, will discuss his book, The Constitution Goes to College, Monday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Local author and University of Minnesota professor Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. will discuss his book, Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, Wednesday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.


All book discussions and signings will be at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union. Please send any questions or comments to Kari Erpenbach, University of Minnesota Bookstore (612) 625-6564, kari@umn.edu


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Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Opportunities Supporting Seniors

Manicurist
Manicurists are needed to remove and reapply nail polish for some senior residents at Presbyterian Homes & Services, Lake Minnetonka Shores. Minimum age for volunteers is 14. Training and orientation is provided.

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 our programs by sending out press releases to local newspapers and promoting on the web.

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Volunteer at Kaposia, Inc. and assist retired adults with improving their physical capabilities by assisting them with individualized therapies. Staff will be present to provide instruction and guidance. Two locations to choose from- Golden Valley or Roseville.

Serve Meals to Seniors
Volunteers to serve meals for seniors at Ebenezer Park Apartments in Minneapolis. Duties include setting tables, preparing the meal with the chef, serving the meal, and cleaning up. Shifts are Mondays through Fridays 3:45pm-5:15pm and Sundays 11:45am-1:15pm. Volunteers once or twice a week. A great opportunity for small groups of 6 people or less!

Volunteer Opportunities Working with Dogs

Online Functions
Top Dog Foundation of New Germany needs to maintain information on their website and social networks (e.g., Facebook). They want the public to visit online to learn about dog rescue groups and about those dogs rescued (senior dogs) to find new homes.

Service Dog Foster Home
Volunteer Foster Homes are needed to help raise and train a service dog for people with physical disabilities. Volunteers will agree to take a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever puppy at 7-9 weeks old into their home and raise and train it with the support of Helping Paws of Minnesota staff.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Gift Shop
Assist customers, operate cash register, perform inventory, sales transactions at the Landmark Center store in St Paul. 10% discount given at store and mileage reimbursement available. 11-3 Monday - Friday: 2 shifts per month.

Refugee Mentor
Work with Lutheran Social Service, Refugee Programs (LSS) of Minneapolis to help newly arrived refugees from places like Burma, Bhutan or Somalia to become better acquainted with their new home in Minnesota. Meet with your match three times per month for their first three months. Male mentors are in high demand right.

Outreach Liaison
Coordinate the distribution of Rein in Sarcoma informational materials with sarcoma medical clinics and other support establishments. Rein in Sarcoma is based in St Paul.

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.

These opportunities are provided by HandsOn Twin Cities, learn more about this organization and more volunteer opportunities by visiting the volunteer website. If you have any questions, please email me at engage@umn.edu.

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