April 2013 Archives

Snoti's Corner "Celebrate their Achievement"

Come and join the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and celebrate the Achievements of multicultural students. On Tuesday April 30th MCAE will be hosting the 19th annual Celebration of Achievement for the 2012 school year. The event will be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall form 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

This event honors multicultural graduate, undergraduate and professional students that will be graduating this semester, or graduated in the summer of 2012 or fall of 2012. The celebration brings people together to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of these hard working students. This event is also intended to serve as an encouragement to future multicultural graduates, undergraduate and professional students.

The office of Equity and Diversity and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence have planned a great event for everyone to come and join in the celebration of the achievements of these multicultural students. As we all look forward to accomplishing a future goal, the Celebration of Achievement shows what it's like to be rewarded for hard work and determination. Come and cheer on these hardworking multicultural students as they take the next step in their lives.

Medicine Wheel Methods of Health: Part 3 Next Week!

Wednesday, May 1st
322 Appleby Hall
Circle of Indigenous Nations

Please join us at the Circle of Indigenous Nations as Master Gardener Francis Bettelyoun continues his discussion about food sovereignty, and as we begin to plant our new indoor garden!

Francis has provided us with a variety of seeds, and enough trays so everyone could at least have a few seeds to plant and nurture. Our indoor garden is a new initiative that we plan to continue year round.

Light refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us!


Authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White

Wednesday, April 24th
4:00 Lecture
5:30 Reception
125 Nolte Hall
315 Pillsbury Drive SE

"In this examination of the history of the Dakota people and their deep connection to their homeland, the authors examine narratives of the people's origins and their associations with land and life in Mni Sota Makoce."

Sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies.

SNOTI's CORNER "ESA Cultural Show"

ESA Cultural Show!!!

The Ethiopian Student Association (ESA) hosted the 18th annual Ethiopian Cultural show on Saturday, April 20th at 5pm. This amazing show took place in the St. Paul Student Center theatre. The theme of the night was Roots of Pride.
The cultural show was filled with a variety of fun activities through out the night. The show attracted so much attention that it sold out two hours after doors opened. Entertainments of the event included several traditional dance performances, as well as a mini comedy skit. All of the performers were dressed in unique traditional robes to accompany their choreography. Members of the audience included family members, friends of the performers, as well as U of M students. After the first half of the show, attendees were given the chance to indulge into some delicious Ethiopian foods like injera and wat.
This was a fun energetic night for everyone who attended. From the electrifying music and the amazing dances, to the beautiful clothes worn by the dancers, this was a night to remember. This cultural show was so entertaining that it left the audience wanting more.

Coming Together as A World Community

Coming Together as A World Community
In an endeavor to bring people together from diverse backgrounds, the Peace and Social Justice Writers' Group will give a reading and multi-media performance to celebrate diversity, recognize our common humanity, and build a sense of an all-inclusive world community. Please consider this a personal invitation to attend.
Action Name: Reading & Multimedia Music Performance

Event Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: The Loft Literary Center
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 55415-1263
2nd Floor Performance Hall, Open Book

Organization: Peace and Social Justice Writers Group

Description: The Peace and Social Justice Writers Group Invites You to a Reading and Multimedia Music Performance: Coming Together as a World Community

The Loft's Peace and Social Justice Writers Group presents an evening of readings and a feature performance by Janet Horvath devoted to bridging our cultural differences. Through storytelling, archival photos and works for cello, Horvath, associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1980-2012, unveils a riveting story with compassion and understanding. Please join us as we embrace cultural awakening and make the case for coming together as a world community!

A reception follows the program.

Our group is comprised of writers who consciously explore the nature of peace, and through our activities aim to renew and maintain a sense of hope for the future. By sharing our writing and discussing the works of writers who inspire and move us toward action, we endeavor to refine our talents and use our creative craft to promote peace and sustainable justice in our world. The group is open to all experience levels and writing genres.

$10 suggested donation. No one will be turned away.

Presenters: Philip Lund (Host)
Burt Berlowe
Christina Kieltyka
Stephen Larson
Michael Kiesow Moore
John Noltner
John Calvin Rezmerski

Feature Performance by:
Janet Horvath (cello/multimedia)
Heather MacLaughlin (piano)

EVENT FLYER: http://mapm.pjep.org/uploads/docs/peacereadingapril2420133.pdf

For more see https://www.loft.org/resources/

SNOTI's CORNER "Snow go Away"

As if the six months of Minnesota winter isn't enough, the snow refuses to go away. The fact that it still feels cold and windy in the middle of April makes spring seem so far away. Yet the official beginning of the spring season was said to have started weeks ago. The snow has added to a windy and cold Minnesota, which is a far cry from the season of spring.
For a while, the idea of having a warm and sunny weather came close to becoming a reality for students all over Minnesota. Some of the U of M's seasonal fashionistas began to dress up in their best spring dress codes. This excitement was short lived as winter insisted on taking the spotlight that belongs to spring.
One of the main reasons why students in Minnesota get excited about the end of the school year is because of the notion that the weather will get warmer. It's reasonable to say that it is time for winter to retire and give us all a break. Really, haven't we suffered enough? Winter please go away, and ONLY come back another YEAR!!!

COIN: Upcoming Events Job Opportunity, and Award Recognition


Tuesday, April 16th
5:30 Doors open
6:00 Film screening
Rapson Hall Auditorium
89 Church Street SE

Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

View the trailer:

This event is free and open to the public.


Part 2 with Lakota Master Gardener Francis Bettelyoun

Wednesday, April 17th
Native American Medicine Garden

Please meet us at the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence St Paul office in the St. Paul Student Center, room 207. Lunch will be served. There will be a short walk to the garden at 12 noon.



Part-time 10 hours a week
June 1st-August 31st 2013
Required/Preferred Qualifications: Enthusiasm for gardening, willingness to pass on gardening knowledge, ability to work independently.

For more details and to apply on line: https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/Search_css.jsp
Requisition # 183719



27th Annual American Indian Graduation Banquet
Friday, May 3rd
Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue

This graduation is fully funded by donations, and organized by volunteers from post-secondary institutions and community members.

More information and registration is available at:

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence Celebration of Achievement
Tuesday, April 30th
Ted Mann Concert Hall

To register, you will need to visit z.umn.edu/rsvpcofa and use your U of M x500 to sign in. The registration deadline is April 16 at 5 p.m. ***



The University of Minnesota first year Ojibwe language team (Menwaabekejig) won first place in the First Year Language Division at the Annual Ojibwe College Quiz Bowl at the College of St. Scholastica.

Coached by Memegwesi David Sutherland, Team Captain was Hayley Olson, and teammates were Alexandra Johnson, Mary Barber, and Zoe Brown



SELP: Training Coordinator Job Opening


Duties/Responsibilities This position is responsible for facilitating the U of M's Student Employment Leadership Program (SELP) by coordinating central training and development efforts for student employees across campus. This position reports to the Program Coordinator in the Office for Student Engagement, under the Office for Student Affairs.
Specific tasks include:
- Work with the Program Coordinator and student employee supervisors to determine the central training needs for student employees across campus.
- Coordinate the logistics of training workshops sponsored by SELP including presenter support, room logistics, promotions, training materials and evaluations.
- Manage SELP newsletter process (may include writing and/or securing guest contributors) to communicate with supervisors and student employees about SELP training opportunities, existing training opportunities across campus and/or on the web and general training and development topics.
- Support the campus-wide integration of the Student Development Outcomes within student employee positions.
- Conduct training needs assessment of student employees and supervisors as needed.
- Keep participation data related to SELP and monitor student certification progress.
- Coordinate the Outstanding Student Employee Award process and SELP banquet (spring semester).
- Engage in marketing & promotions outreach for the SELP program.
- Other SELP or Office for Student Engagement duties as assigned.

SAAM: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Check out the activities being held throughout the month!

SAAM all event flier-1.pdf

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Description.pdf

Leadership Opportunities!

Boozhoo: Want to get involved in a Native American organization and make a difference in the lives of Native youth? The American Indian Science and Engineering Society's (AISES) Student Chapter is accepting nominations for officers. AISES is not just about science or engineering, it is about educating all our Native youth. We invite Native students from all disciplines to get involved - this past year, chapter members made several trips up to Circle of Life School in White Earth, worked with youth from Little Earth of United Tribes in south Minneapolis, and attend local and national AISES events. Next year we expect to be equally involved with our Native youth and will be partnering with the North Star AISES Alliance and Professional (NSAAP) Chapter to co-host the Region Five AISES Conference in Minneapolis. If you are currently involved in AISES or want to become involved, we encourage you to nominate yourself or someone else for an AISES officer (president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer). It looks great on your resume and helps you build your leadership skills.

Contact Mark Abotossaway aboto001@umn.edu, Donovan Begay begay008@umn.edu, or Mark Bellcourt bellc001@umn.edu, to nominate yourself, someone else, or to get further information. Elections are scheduled for April 23rd.

SNOTI's Corner "African Night"

Come one, come all to a night of fashion and fun. The University of Minnesota's annual African Night will be held this Saturday August 13th in the Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall starting at 6:00pm. The night will include some unique African performances form a variety of student groups. After the official program has concluded, there will be an after party hosted down town at Solera starting at 10:00pm.

The University of Minnesota houses a diverse group of students. The annual African night is an event that brings students together to celebrate the African culture. Included in the night's entertainment would also be a fashion show that would showcase beautiful traditional African attire. This would be a fun filled night that you don't want to miss.

As the school year comes closer to an end. It is most likely that the stress form finals and research papers have increased. This fun filled night will be a time to relax and refresh your mind. Come with friends you know and meet new people from all across the state. Its time to put on your African best and enjoy the African Night!!!!

SNOTI's CORNER "Working Through The End Of The Semester"

At this time of the year summer is in full-front. For a typical student the end of the school semester means the beginning of summer. The thought of being so closed but yet too far from summer increases the stress level of students all around the world.
For the most part, the end of the semester brings an overwhelming amount of final research papers, tests and final projects. Imagine being one of many students who has a final paper due on the same day as an exam. The thought of that alone is exhausting. In times like these, let me remind you fellow students that a talk with a counselor is very helpful.
As one of the students facing the stress of having a final paper and a test on the same day, I've considered my options. There are many resources available for students in times of stress. No matter how difficult it gets at the end of the semester, remember that the end is near and that your days to fully enjoy and take control of summer is fast approaching. Don't stress out!!

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