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March 26, 2007

Parent looking for available tickets to graduation

"Our daughter is graduating on May 13 (Mother's day) at th 3pm ceremnoy in Northop Auditorium. Is anyone willing to provide us tickets that they will not be using for their family to attend this graduation. We are hoping to find at least one additional ticket."

If you can help, please post a comment, or e-mail pblog@umn.edu and I'll put you in touch with the parent.

March 9, 2007

Spring breakers urged to be cautious

Advice for spring breakers in today's Minnesota Daily:

Spring break is generally considered a time for college students to let loose and party.

But it is also a good way to rack up criminal charges in foreign lands or get hurt in a fall from a balcony in Mexico.

According to a warning issued by the U.S. Department of State, more than 2,500 Americans are arrested abroad each year. For students, underage drinking, drunk driving and public intoxication are frequent charges.

To avoid trouble, the warning advises students to moderate their drinking and familiarize themselves with the customs and laws of the countries they visit.

Read the entire entry. Better yet, urge your student to read it.

March 8, 2007

Reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin extended for incoming students

The Star Tribune reports:

Minnesota and Wisconsin higher education officials continue to talk about changes in tuition reciprocity, but students who are entering college this fall don't need to worry about a change.

Trying to calm parents and students who were concerned that their tuition could take an unexpected jump, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) issued a statement this week saying that current students and new 2007 freshmen would be able to complete their education under the current terms of the reciprocity agreement.

"Any changes being negotiated now would apply to entering students in fall 2008," OHE director Susan Heegaard said in a prepared statement.

The longstanding agreement allows students from the two states to attend college across state lines, generally paying the same tuition they'd pay at a similar campus back home. Increasing tuition in Minnesota, especially at the University of Minnesota, has thrown those rates out of whack. Wisconsin students who attend U campuses now pay less than Minnesotans do.

U of M officials say that's unfair, and they've asked for changes and threatened to withdraw from the agreement. Higher education officials in both states had said they hoped to reach consensus by the end of February. Governors' offices in both states are now involved in negotiations.

March 6, 2007

Interested in a career in the sports industry?

Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, the group that manages the Minnesota Wild, the Swarm, and Houston Aeros, is hosting a career day for students on Saturday, April 14th.

From their representative:

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience what a career with the Minnesota Wild, Swarm and Houston Aeros is all about. On this special day, there will be seminars hosted by MSE Leaders, networking with employees in all departments, and a "behind-the-scenes" tour at the Xcel Energy Center (Home of the Minnesota Wild). Please feel free to contact eiversen@wild.com or 651-312-3456 to register or if you have any questions about the event. First 100 will receive a complimentary gift of the Minnesota Wild.

Online registration: https://secure.xcelenergycenter.com/GT/default.asp?Group=MSEC96492

I understand that space is limited, so if your student is interested in attending, encourage him or her to register sooner rather than later.

March 5, 2007

Paid Congressional Internships available in DC or Minnesota

From the CCLC Pre-Law Listserv:

PAID Congressional Internship Program next school year: Currently enrolled University of Minnesota undergraduates are eligible to apply for this internship program offered through the Department of Political Science. Interns work closely with the congressional staff in both the Minnesota and Washington, D.C. offices. Students who receive an internship are paid a stipend of approximately $1,200 per month by the congressional office. This internship is available to students in all majors. A total of eight interns will be selected (four will work in Minnesota and four in Washington, D.C.). Applicants must be degree-seeking students on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. These are full-time, 40-hour per week internships. Students must register for a minimum of 4 credits in the Department of Political Science but may register for up to 13 credits for this internship. Applications will be invited to an on-campus interview on April 10 with a representative from Congressman Ramstad's office. Application materials may be downloaded from the web at http://www.polisci.umn.edu/ugrad/intern.php. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2007 Questions about the internship program may be directed to either Rose Miskowiec, Undergraduate Adviser, (612/624-8517, r-misk@umn.edu) or Professor Paul Soper, Internship Director, (612/626-1002, psoper@umn.edu) in the Department of Political Science