January 2010 Archives

Welcome Week Leaders!

I know a lot of Deans' Scholars have been involved in Welcome Week.  Here's your next chance!

Are you looking for an amazing leadership opportunity? Do you want to help the Class of 2014 have a smooth transition into life as a U of M Golden Gopher?  BE A 2010 WELCOME WEEK LEADER!


This volunteer position will help current U of M students gain valuable leadership experience and will focus on providing a quality transitional experience for first-year students. Leaders will receive training throughout the spring on group facilitation, campus resources, and University expectations. As a Welcome Week Leader, students will have the chance to work with a partner during Welcome Week in facilitating group meetings and activities with a group of 25 first-year students.


Being a Welcome Week Leader offers numerous incentives and benefits. Including:

  • Being a recognized student leader on campus
  • Developing pride and further a sense of belonging by representing the University of Minnesota
  • Receiving training on topics such as: small group facilitation, University policies, and purposes of various organizations and services on campus
  • Meeting student and faculty members of the campus community
  • Being a resource and motivation to students transitioning to the University


Being a Welcome Week Leader is a great opportunity to strengthen leadership skills and meet new people at the University.


The WWL application is available online at: https://www.ofyp.umn.edu/employment/wwl/. Applications are due Wednesday, February 24, 2010.


If you have any questions, please e-mail wwl@umn.edu or call 612.624.1979

Spring Break Cultural Trip to Korea - All Expenses Paid!

This spring, CIEE will select 75 university students to participate in the University Spring Break Program, running March 13-22, 2010. While in South Korea, students will be hosted by Yonsei University located in Seoul, South Korea. Yonsei will organize academic lectures, tours, and cultural excursions throughout the program. The program is intended to be a cultural exchange for students who have had little to no exposure to Korean culture and is aimed at fostering understanding and diplomacy between the U.S. and Korea. The application deadline is February 8, 2010.

Program highlights:

  • International airfare to and from South Korea departing from two U.S. gateway cities
  • Pre-departure orientation taking place in the two designated U.S. gateway cities
  • Accommodation and meals at Yonsei University
  • A variety of academic lectures exposing students to Korean language, history, and culture
  • Program excursions designed to promote exploration of culture and history
  • A brief homestay with a Korean family
  • International medical insurance coverage and 24-hour worldwide assistance provided through the CIEE iNext travel card
  • Chaperones appointed by CIEE and Yonsei University
This program is not for credit.

The application deadline for the program is February 8, 2010. Applications are
expected to be competitive so please submit applications early.

Additional program information and application materials are available at http://www.ciee.org/southkorea/university/index.html.  If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact the South Korea Scholarship Team at CIEE by email  southkorea@ciee.org or phone 1-800-40-STUDY.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

Volunteer Opportunities Working With Youth:


Children Activities Assistant

Resource, Inc. is looking for volunteers to work with children 0-17 (mostly 0-4) years of age within their Mothers Achieving recovery through Family Unity Program in Minneapolis. Volunteers will interact with children through homework, crafts, and other activities while mothers attend parenting groups.
Homework Help Super Tutors

Help school age children develop basic academic skills and provide positive one-on-one attention in a group setting in Minneapolis.  Two thirds of all People Serving People's guests are under the age of 17, and you can help them continue to thrive during a trying time.  Training provided.  Monday-Wednesday 5:30-8pm with a once/week, three month commitment.
Horace Mann Elementary Needs Volunteer Tutors!

The Horace Mann School Tutoring Program in St Paul seeks caring individuals who would like to make a difference in their community. A child's proficiency in literacy and math can determine his/her academic future. Your help is important, volunteer as a Math/Literacy Tutor today!

Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Seniors:


Respite Volunteer

Give support and a break to someone caring for their loved one- you'll see a face light up with thanks.  You'll supervise and socialize with the senior needing care for 4 hours each week or as available. DARTS has opportunities throughout Dakota County.  Volunteer assignment can be shared.
Friendly Visitor

Macalester-Groveland Living at Home/Block Nurse Program volunteers help seniors maintain their independence through supportive and friendly home visits in St Paul.  Must be caring, compassionate and patient and show good judgment about referring clients to Program staff or consulting with Program staff.  Must be 18 and participate in required orientation and in-service training.


One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities:


Special Event Volunteer

River Valley Riders in Bayport has several special events throughout the year. Please check their website www.rivervalleyriders.org for upcoming special events.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:


Friendship Mentor

Participate in a mentorship program with Guild Incorporated that will benefit an adult who experiences depression, anxiety or another psychiatric disability. Your time will help your new friend stay active, improve their health and fulfill their dreams.  Ramsey and the northern part of Dakota Counties.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Tutor

Provide assistance one-on-one or small group tutoring to adult literacy students in a classroom and computer lab at Project for Pride in Living (PPL) in Minneapolis.  Various duties including assisting staff and tutoring students.  Must have college level English skills and high school level math skills.  Requires an online application and background check.  Flexible weekday schedule.

The Center For Changing Lives is opening a small Café in Minneapolis that will be staffed by volunteers and a Lutheran Social Service's Employment Training Services participant.  Volunteers are needed to help with all the normal aspects of operating a café and to greet people coming to the Center.  Café is open M-F, 9am - 1pm.  Training provided.

National Student Exchange

I know at least one Deans' Scholars has participated in this program!

National Student Exchange is a network of nearly 200 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. Students can go on exchange for a semester or a year to schools all over 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. Benefits of NSE include:

  •   Live in a different geographic location (like Hawaii, Maine, U.S. 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 2010/2011 school year are due before February 10th, 2010.  To turn in an application, please call 612-626-2044 to set up an appointment.
If you'd like more information:
  •   Visit www.offcampusstudy.umn.edu/nse.
  •   Call 612-626-2044 to meet with an NSE advisor.
  •   Email an NSE advisor at nseadv@umn.edu.
  •   Visit the Off Campus Study Office (formerly part of the Career and Community Learning Center) in 240 Appleby.

Community Involvement Fair

Community Involvement Fair
Wednesday, February 3rd
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Please visit http://www.cclc.umn.edu/CIF for more information.

This fair is coordinated by the Community Service-Learning Center (formerly part of the Career and Community Learning Center) and sponsored by the Minnesota Student Association.

Kinesiology Recruitment Event

I know some of you are interested in pursuing physical therapy in grad school, so I thought I would let you know about this upcoming event.

CEHD Career Services, in conjunction with the School of Kinesiology, will be hosting an Employer Recruitment Event. This opportunity is open to all students and we encourage you to come!


When: Wednesday, February 3rd

Where: Cooke Hall first floor/ main lobby

Event time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Come network with employers who will be promoting positions such as:

  • BS level personal trainers, MS level Exercise Physiologist, MS level NATA Certified Athletic Trainer The Marsh
  • Interns for Sports Management, Business, Public Relations, Broadcasting & Event Planning, MN Blizzards
  • Spring & Summer Recreation Internships & Summer positions, City of Plymouth Recreation
  • Group Ticket Sales, Community Relations, Corporate Sales, Box Office Management, Promotions, Marketing Design, Media Relations internships, St. Paul Saints
  • Personal Trainers, Personal Training Managers, Metabolic Specialists, Group Training Coordinators, Registered Dieticians, Group Fitness Instructors, Endurance Leads/ Coaches, Lifetime Health & Fitness
  • Personal Trainer/Fitness Center Staff and Group Exercise Instructor , YMCA

    List of Employers:
  • The Marsh
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Timberwolves
  • Minnesota Blizzards
  • YMCA
  • Altech International
  • St. Paul Saints
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Plymouth Parks and Recreation
  • City of St. Paul, City Wide Team

Peace Corps Spring Information Sessions

Attending an information session is a great way to learn more and will help you decide if Peace Corps is the right fit for you. Those interested in applying for Peace Corps are highly encouraged to attend.

Each session will include a brief video highlighting the work of Volunteers worldwide followed by a slide show presentation by former volunteers and time at the end for your questions. You will also have the opportunity to meet your Peace Corps Campus Rep, Erin McGillivray (Kenya 2002-04), as well as pick up informational materials. Information sessions are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). Visit the Peace Corps website for more information about local events.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
4:30-5:30 p.m.
110 Heller Hall

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
4:30-5:30 p.m.
110 Heller Hall

Tuesday, April 6, 2010*
3:00-4:30 p.m.
325 Education Sciences Building
*This event will include a panel of Returned Volunteer speakers, followed by an information session.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
4:30-5:30 p.m.
110 Heller Hall

Environmental Internship and Career Fair

Environmental Internship & Career Fair

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center


This annual career fair brings a diverse array of environmentally-themed organizations together with students in related academic programs.   Check out the event web site to learn more!

ck out the event web site to learn more!

Green Job Revolution

Green Job Revolution
Thursday, January 28, 2010
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Keynote speaker Senator Ellen Anderson followed by professional panel from a wide variety of fields such as energy & science, business, design & product certification, policy and grassroot groups.  Q&A and networking breakouts conclude this free event.  Open to the public.

For more information, http://www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu/gjr

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the spring semester!  There are a lot of events and opportunities that I've collected over break.  I didn't want to post to the blog while everyone was away from the U for the last month.  So, expect to see a lot of postings over the next week or so!


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