February 20, 2007


Sarra Beckham-Chasnoff of UCCS is again facilitating a support group for students who have lost a parent. The group is meeting on Wednesdays, 2:15 - 3:30.

If you're interested, call UCCS (612-624-3323) or e-mail Sarra (beckh002@umn.edu) for more information.

Posted by kwalter at 6:51 AM

February 15, 2007


Professor Jay Samuels is the recipient of the Minnesota Academy of Reading (MAR) Award for his distinguished career and significant contributions to the field of literacy as an educational researcher and literacy educator.

Posted by kwalter at 11:57 AM

February 14, 2007


A presentation by Hillel:

Being Jewish at the University of Minnesota

Monday, February 19
12:00 noon - 1:15 pm
40 Peik Hall

Diversity Dialogues are monthly gatherings sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. They feature presentations by faculty, staff, students or community members. These presentations are intended to provide the stepping points for thoughtful exchange and dialogue between all in attendance. Students, faculty, and staff interested in exploring and addressing issues of critical multiculturalism, difference, and inequality are encouraged to attend.

Please bring your bag lunch. No reservations are necessary.

Posted by kwalter at 2:04 PM


The Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Development (CRDEUL) supports research activities in developmental education and urban literacy through its annual recognition awards.

Henry Borow Outstanding Dissertation Award
This award annually recognizes excellent graduate student research for completed dissertation projects in the field of postsecondary developmental education and urban literacy.
Information | Application

Multicultural Developmental Education Research Award
This award annually recognizes significant completed higher education research projects in the state of Minnesota exploring multicultural developmental education.
Information | Application

Jeanne L. Higbee Developmental Education Research Award
This award annually recognizes significant completed research projects in the state of Minnesota that incorporate theory, research, and best practices in postsecondary developmental education.
Information | Application

Complete information on all our programs is available on the CRDEUL web site;

Please contact Dana Britt Lundell at lunde010@umn.edu if you have questions that are not answered in the award instructions.

Posted by kwalter at 11:45 AM

February 13, 2007

ISSS Events Calendar

International Student and Scholar Services now has an event calendar. Be sure to take a look at it for Small World Coffee Hour, workshops, movies, etc.

Posted by kwalter at 11:15 AM


The Seligman competition will award a cash grant of $1,000 to a scholar who has completed a Ph.D. dissertation in any area of research related to Positive Psychology in the last three years and who plans to continue research in this area. The dissertation must have been completed after March 30, 2004.

The Seligman Award will be presented at the Positive Psychology Summit, Washington, DC, October 4 - 7, 2007. The award includes travel to the Summit and one day’s lodging and expenses.

More information is available at http://www.templeton.org/SELIGMANAWARD/

Posted by kwalter at 9:36 AM

February 9, 2007


Dab Neeb Los Tshoj*: A Case Study of a Hmong-American Man in Distress

Presenters: Dan Hess, Pahoua Yang, & Michael Goh
Discussant: Timothy Dunnigan (Department of Anthropology)

*Because the spirits have come calling

Wednesday, February 21, 12:00-1:30, 250 Wuhling

Refreshments will be provided

Posted by kwalter at 3:55 PM


The Graduate School's spring commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 1:00, in Northrop Auditorium. MA and Specialist students who wish to participate must have a degree program on file. PhD students who wish to participate must have submitted the thesis proposal and thesis planning panel forms.

In order to participate, students must submit a commencement attendance approval form (http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/gs54.pdf) to Kathy Walter (206 Burton) by Monday, February 26.

Posted by kwalter at 2:34 PM

February 8, 2007


The new Student Mental Health web site www.mentalhealth.umn.edu is a web resource designed for students, their parents, faculty, and staff who are looking for student mental health information and related resources at the University of Minnesota.

According to a recent survey, nearly half of all college students report feeling so depressed that they have trouble functioning, and 15 percent meet the criteria for clinical depression. Untreated depression can lead to suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among college students. Students can access mental health services at:

. Boynton Health Service (http://www.bhs.umn.edu/services/mentalhealth.htm), and
. University Counseling and Consulting Services (http://www.ucs.umn.edu/).

Additional University resources you should be aware of to assist students are:

Disability Services (http://ds.umn.edu) provides assistance with academic accommodations for students with diagnosed mental health conditions. Consultation and problem-solving regarding disability issues is available for faculty, staff, and supervisors.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/) provides a number of workshops and programs which are designed to help teaching assistants and faculty to deal with a variety of classroom situations, including those related to students who may have a mental illness or disability.

Posted by kwalter at 6:38 AM

February 2, 2007


The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota was awarded the 2007 APA Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology Award. The award was based on the Statistics Education Program in the department, led by Joan Garfield.

Professor Stan Deno received the Distinguished Researcher Award given by the AERA Special Education SIG (Special Interest Group).

Posted by kwalter at 10:11 AM


The Spring Activities Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 6 from 10am-2pm in Coffman's Great Hall. The Spring Activities Fair showcases hundreds of student organizations and involvement opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Students have the opportunity to find their place at the U as well as enjoy the free snacks! For more details, visit http://www.sao.umn.edu/fair/ or contact Laura at 612-626-691

Posted by kwalter at 9:49 AM