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April 2009 Archives

headshotEric.jpgBy Adam Overland

In a time of economic downturn, the success of a burgeoning charitable organization might seem unlikely. But University of Minnesota staff member and LearningLife "action figure" Eric Schnell is seeking to turn the tide of generosity, one dollar at a time.

At the U, Schnell is chief administrative and information officer of the Office for Equity and Diversity, whose mission is to infuse the core values of equity and diversity into all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach at the University. Schnell devotes much of his spare time to a volunteer fundraising organization he began, called www.PositiveChange.com.

The organization's mission is to alleviate poverty by raising large numbers of small donations. Its core message suggests donating just 99 cents. The money raised through PositiveChange.com is funneled to Keystone Community Services, a nonprofit organization managing three food shelves in St. Paul.

coming up...April 2009

LearningLife Fest with Marc Freedman Join an all-star cast of leaders, experts, and peers, led by nationally renowned author and Civic Ventures founder Marc Freedman, for a day of discovery and direction about your future. (Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Great Conversations: “Innovative Science” with Doris Taylor and Patricia Simmons (Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.)

Blueprint for a Successful Retirement (Tuesday, June 9, 4:30-8:30 p.m.)

Financial Planning for Life (Thursday, June 11, 4:30-8:30 p.m.)

Last chance—Take a brief, 10-question survey and enter to win two free Fest tickets!

At the March 10 Great Conversations event, Pulitzer Prize-winner Seymour Hersh made blog headlines around the world with his assertion that, during the Bush administration, Vice President Cheney’s office oversaw an “executive assassination wing.” The story later popped up on CNN and on Fresh Air. Read Eric Black’s original MinnPost story on Hersh’s appearance, watch a portion of the conversation, or listen to the entire Great Conversations event.

The Great Conversations series continues on April 14 with “Innovative Science,” a conversation between Drs. Doris Taylor, a U researcher and a finalist for TIME magazine’s most influential person of the year, and Patricia Simmons, chair of the University’s Board of Regents.

Education via Twitter? The U is helping Minneapolis’s Roosevelt High School bring tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Maps, and more into the classroom. See a UMN News Service video about the program or read the feature article.