September 23, 2005

UPCOMING EVENTS

Celebrating the General College Vision: A New Book and A New Future
Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
401 and 402 Walter Library

This forum will provide a lively discussion format about the new GC Book; The General College Vision: Integrating Intellectual Growth, Multicultural Perspectives, and Student Development. Authors will discuss their chapters, summarizing some of the ideas in the section and seeing how this might apply positively to future work at the University of Minnesota.

Free copies of the book will be available to all CRDEUL Forum attendees

Featured Panelists: Jeanne Higbee, Dana Lundell, and David Arendale; CRDEUL Co-Editors. Thomas Brothen, Catherine Wambach, Patricia James, Susan Staats, Mary Ellen Shaw, Irene Duranczyk, Donald Opitz, and Leah Woodstrom; Authors from the GC faculty, staff and student body.

Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy
(CRDEUL), General College, University of Minnesota, 612-625-6411

Bag Lunch Sponsored by the Center for Reading Research Topic: Assessing Reading Comprehension: Should We Measure Process or Product?
Friday, September 30, 2005, 12-1:15 PM – bring your own lunch
R380 Vocational Technical Education Building, St. Paul campus.

Speakers include Professors Michael Graves, David Rapp, Matt Burns, and Barbara Taylor. This is a follow-up to last Spring's highly productive discussion on factors to consider in measuring reading comprehension.


National Depression Screening Day
Thursday, October 6
Minneapolis campus screening – 302 Eddy Hall, 10:00-2:30
St. Paul campus screening – 199 Coffey Hall, 11:00-1:00

University Counseling & Consulting Services, 624 3233

Posted by kwalter at 2:53 PM

DEADLINES

COMMENCEMENT ATTENDANCE: September 26
The Graduate School’s Fall 2005 commencement ceremony will be Friday, December 2 at 1 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium. If you are interested in participating, you must submit your Commencement Attendance Approval Form to Kathy Walter (206C Burton) for DGS approval no later than Monday, September 26.

In order to be approved, MA students must have an approved Degree Program on file; PhDs must have had their Thesis Proposal approved. You may have received a copy of this form with your Graduation Packet; forms are also available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/degree_completion/commencement/index

GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BOND CONFERENCE ON STRUGGLING READERS: September 27

The Center for Reading Research will provide 10 - 20 awards to graduate students to enable them to attend the Bond Conference on Interventions for Struggling Readers at no cost. The conference is scheduled for October 10-11 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on the St Paul campus. The Bond conference will bring in many of the nation's experts on development of reading skills and on instructional interventions to use with students (especially students with limited English proficiency or disabilities) who struggle learning to read. The agenda for the conference is available at www.education.umn.edu/reading. See details below (September 19 entry).

Posted by kwalter at 2:48 PM

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

The Chronicle of Higher Education is now available at the U Libraries web site at
http://ej.lib.umn.edu/?url=http://chronicle.com

Posted by kwalter at 2:43 PM

September 21, 2005

LUCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM OF PROFESSIONAL APPENTICESHIPS IN ASIA

Background: The University of Minnesota is one of sixty-five colleges and universities invited to participate in the Luce Scholars Program. Fifteen young Americans of outstanding promise and high leadership ability are sent each year to Asia for professional apprenticeships under the guidance of leading Asians. Internships and job placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of individual career interests, experience, training, and general background. (No academic credit is involved.) The year-long program begins in August.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens no more than twenty-nine years of age on September 1 of the year they would enter the program. They must have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to their participation in the program. They may be currently-enrolled students in any college, recent graduates, or junior faculty. Applicants who have a major in Asian studies, or who have already had significant exposure to Asia will be considered ineligible. Applicants who can reasonably be expected to gain such exposure during the course of their career will also be ineligible.

Application: The Luce Scholars application consists of the following: 1) Application form; 2) Personal statement no more than 1,000 words outlining (a) long-range career interests, how they developed, and plans for pursuing them in the future, and (b) reasons for applying to the Luce Scholars Program; 3) Academic transcripts; 4) Two recent passport photographs; 5) Four letters of recommendation; 6) Address Information Card

Stipend and Allowances: Luce Scholars receive a significant basic stipend and, if necessary, separate cost-of-living or housing allowances. Economy class air transportation and medical insurance are also provided.

Language: Since the program is geared to the non-specialist, knowledge of an Asian language is not a criterion for selection. It is assumed that all Scholars will study the appropriate language prior to their departure. Special funds may be made available for this purpose.

Selection Criteria: Applicants should have a strong, mature, and clearly defined career interest in a specific field (other than Asian studies). Applicants should have a record of sound academic achievement, strong motivation and potential for accomplishment within their chosen career interest, and should give evidence of an outstanding capacity for leadership.

Application Procedure: Campus interviews are conducted during the month of November. The University of Minnesota may submit three nominations. Further information and application materials may be obtained from:

Graduate School Fellowship Office
314 Johnston Hall
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455 (telephone: [612] 625-7579)
E-mail: gsfellow@umn.edu

Campus Deadline: November 1, 2005


More information is available at the Henry Luce Foundation’s website http://www.hluce.org

Posted by kwalter at 11:00 AM

September 20, 2005

SMALL WORLD COFFEE HOUR: Sept. 23

New on campus? Tired after a LONG week of studying? Come join us for the Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) "Exploring Minnesota" event this Friday. If you are looking for new places to go out with your friends, we have some great ideas for you! If you are already experienced in sightseeing in Minnesota, come share your experience with new friends! We will have great snacks, crafts, games, and information about places and events not to miss both at the U and in the Twin Cities area. We will also have a drawing at 5:00 pm to award prizes (Must be present to win!). As always, we will provide freshly brewed hot coffee, flavorful tea, world music and a relaxed environment where you can meet old friends, make new ones, or simply "network."

Come alone or bring your friends. Hope to see you there!

WHEN: FRIDAY, September 23, 2005
TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 110 Heller Hall, Minneapolis, West Bank Campus
COST: ITS' FREE!!!

(Sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services)

Posted by kwalter at 6:56 AM

September 19, 2005

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATION ABROAD

All students who participate in an education experience abroad (study, research, work, intern, or volunteer for credit or as part of a degree program) must complete a release and waiver and obtain international health insurance. Colleges, departments, and individual faculty and staff who lead programs abroad must ensure that all students complete these requirements. MORE: http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/healthSafety

Also, all students who wish to go to a country on the U.S. State Department travel warning list (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html) must obtain prior approval from the Education Abroad Suspension Committee. MORE: http://www.international.umn.edu/travel_warning/

Posted by kwalter at 4:13 PM

CROSS CULTURAL DISCUSSION GROUPS: ISSS

International and U.S. Students are invited to join our Fall 2005 semester cross-cultural discussion groups. Group members will meet once a week to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts, and feelings in a relaxed small group atmosphere. For more information and to complete a participant application, visit the following web page:
http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup/default.html.
These groups might fill quickly, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Posted by kwalter at 4:11 PM

GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BOND CONFERENCE ON STRUGGLING READERS

The Center for Reading Research will provide 10 - 20 awards to graduate students to enable them to attend the Bond Conference on Interventions for Struggling Readers at no cost. The conference is scheduled for October 10-11 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on the St Paul campus. The Bond conference will bring in many of the nation's experts on development of reading skills and on instructional interventions to use with students (especially students with limited English proficiency or disabilities) who struggle learning to read. The agenda for the conference is available at www.education.umn.edu/reading.

Attendance at the Bond Conference will provide our graduate students with a very unique opportunity to hear so many outstanding professionals focus on what their research says about how to intervene with struggling readers. The conference provides considerable opportunity for discussion among participants, and our students would gain from an opportunity to interact with area teachers, reading specialists and professors. We are offering these awards as an incentive to enable as many students as possible to attend the meeting. The cost of the meeting is $60 and this cost will be waived for students who are selected for the awards.

To apply for these awards, students must submit a one paragraph statement (maximum 250 words indicating why they believe they should be selected and how they would benefit from attendance at this meeting. Individuals who have previously registered and who are selected for this scholarship will have the cost of registration refunded. Those selected for the award are expected to attend the full conference, attending all day on Monday and Tuesday October 10-11.

The deadline for application is 5 pm Tuesday September 27. Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Jim Ysseldyke, Co-Director of the Reading Research Center. The email address is jim@umn.edu. Any questions should be directed to that same email address.

Posted by kwalter at 4:08 PM

SOROS FELLOWSHIPS

The purpose of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. To that end, the program provides support for graduate study in a wide variety of fields. Under the terms of the program, a "New American" is an individual who:
(1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card; or
(2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or
(3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society. Applications are strongly encouraged from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies, but full consideration will be given to candidates in the first or second year of graduate studies in their current program. To be eligible, an applicant must not be older than thirty years of age as of November 1, 2005. Fellows will receive an annual maintenance grant of $20,000 and a tuition grant equivalent to one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year).
DEADLINE: November 1, 2005
MORE INFO: http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/1753/soros

Posted by kwalter at 4:05 PM

REGISTRATION CHANGES

A list of refund and drop/add deadlines for fall 2005 are available online (http://onestop.umn.edu/onestop/Calendars/Refund_and_DropAdd_Deadlines/Fall_2005.html ). Remember: If you need to change your registration after these deadlines, you will need Graduate School approval.

Posted by kwalter at 4:04 PM

September 8, 2005

DISSERTATION SEMINAR

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Ann Ooms

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

The Iterative Evaluation Model for Improving Online Educational Resources

Monday, September 12, 2005
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
329 Burton Hall

COMMITTEE:
Dr. Joan Garfield (chair)
Dr. Frances Lawrenz (co-adviser)
Dr. Michael Rodriguez (co-adviser)
Dr. Joan Hughes

Posted by kwalter at 11:43 AM

COUNCIL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) represents the interests of all graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Their mission is to work with the administration and the Graduate School to make sure the needs of graduate students are known. Each track will be selecting a student to represent EPsy in the Council of Graduate Students (COGS). Please see a staff member if you are interested in serving.

Posted by kwalter at 8:48 AM

COMMENCEMENT ATTENDANCE

The Graduate School’s Fall 2005 commencement ceremony will be Friday, December 2 at 1 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium. If you are interested in participating, you must submit your Commencement Attendance Approval Form to Kathy Walter (206C Burton) for DGS approval no later than Monday, September 26.

In order to be approved, MA students must have an approved Degree Program on file; PhDs must have had their Thesis Proposal approved. You may have received a copy of this form with your Graduation Packet; forms are also available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/degree_completion/commencement/index

Posted by kwalter at 8:47 AM

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

• If you are working as a graduate assistant, are an international student, or are receiving a fellowship, you are required to register full-time (6-14 credits each semester).

• Advanced masters or doctoral students may register using the full-time equivalent registration (EPsy 8333 or 8444). If you have completed all coursework and registered for all thesis credits, you may qualify. Please note that masters students must apply for this status in advance. Each semester you register under this status you’ll need to submit the “application for full-time status with one-credit registration” form. Details and forms are available at one-credit registration” form. Details and forms are available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/registration/FTE_procedures.html

• If you only need to register in order to remain active in the Graduate School, you may register for Grad 999, a no-cost/no-credit registration option. However, please note that EPsy students are only allowed to register for Grad 999 four times. More information about this registration option is available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/registration/grad_999.html.

• Ed Psych graduate students may not register for more than 24 credits of EPsy 8666 (pre-thesis credits) during their graduate career.

• If you are taking your oral prelim by September 15, be sure to return the Prelim Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School (316 Johnston Hall) immediately following the exam so that you can change your registration to EPsy 8888 (thesis credits) for Fall 2005.

Posted by kwalter at 8:39 AM

PUBLIC PURPOSE OF EDUCATION AND SCHOOLING

Bic Ngo and I are working on the development of a new program area in C and I that will encompass issues and ideas related to teaching, learning, curriculum, urban education, teacher development, and social / cultural contexts of teaching and learning. With the spirit of this new program, we would like to invite you to watch and discuss The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling with us on Wednesday, September 14 from 12:15 – 1:30 in Peik 152 area. Please bring your lunch and we will bring the popcorn. Join us !!

The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling (70 minutes; Institute for Educational Inquiry, 1996)

The rhetoric of school reform continues to focus on the private purposes of schooling. We have all but forgotten the critical public role of schools in promoting the ideals of our American democracy. In this new videotape, seven prominent educators and scholars discuss and debate the purposes of schooling in America today. They consider the social and political forces that shape educational policies and explore the vital links between education and a civil society.

Panelists: John I. Goodlad, Moderator ; Benjamin R. Barber ; Linda Darling-Hammond ; Gary D. Fenstermacher ; Donna H. Kerr ; Theodore R. Sizer ; Roger Soder.

More to come,

Misty Sato
Assistant Professor of Teacher Development

Posted by kwalter at 8:28 AM

September 7, 2005

Welcome (back) International Student

SMALL WORLD COFFEE HOUR KICK OFF THIS UPCOMING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9!!!

Feeling Lonely? Do you want to reconnect with old friends? Do you want to make new friends? Come join us for the Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) Kick Off event for a special welcome / welcome back to the U of M international students and scholars! This FREE Program provides an opportunity for Internationals and US Americans to socialize with those of similar interests in a casual environment. The SWCH Kick Off event is scheduled for this Friday, September 9, and co-sponsored by the Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) and the Minnesota International Center (MIC). We will have great snacks, crafts, games, and information about events not to miss both at the U and in the Twin Cities community. We will also have a drawing at 5:00 pm to award several prizes, including: gift certificates to the U bookstore, local restaurants, etc… (Must be present to win!). And as always, we will provide freshly brewed hot coffee, flavorful tea, world music and a relaxed environment where you can meet old friends, make new ones, or simply "network." Come alone or bring your friends. Hope to see you there!

WHEN: FRIDAY, September 9, 2005
TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Student Lounge, 3rd Floor, Blegen Hall, Minneapolis, West Bank Campus

COST: IT'S FREE!!!

Posted by kwalter at 3:55 PM