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The Weekly News

A weekly digest of updates, opportunities, and events for UHP students

September 18, 2016

Honors News

2016-17 Honors Lectre Series

Have you heard abou the first ever Honors Lecture Series? We're bringing in an astronaut, a historian, a television personality, an NPR blogger, an entrepreneur and creative director, and an environmental journalist. The theme is simple: Six women. Six Topics. Six perspectives. All lectures are F-R-E-E for U of M students, but tickets are still required. The first lecture in the series is coming up next Monday! Karin Vélez (History, Macalester College) will present "Well-Behaved Women (and Animals) Seldom Make History" on September 26th at 7pm in the Ted Mann Concert Hall. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Honors Events

  • This Thursday: Craftin' Community — Let’s get craftin'! Stop by the Middlebrook Terrace Room this Thursday, September 22nd from 7–8:30pm to hang out with Honors friends you've met during the first month of the new school year. Bring your creative side because we're making flower pinwheels and coloring! Make sure to craft an extra pinwheel to leave in the "Honors Community Garden," which will be displayed in the UHP Office!
  • Next Tuesday: Popcorn and Play on the Plaza — The school year is in full swing, but there’s always time to unwind, make new friends, and play! Take a break from your day and stop by Northrop Plaza on Tuesday, September 27th between 2–4pm for a popcorn bar and lawn games! Bring your friends and get ready to play!
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    Other News and Opportunities

    University YMCA Seeks Innovators for Y Global Leaders Program

    University YMCA is bulding a team of youth and college students who will explore their individual and global impact, learn innovative social entrepreneurship practices, and work to create positive social change in their community! Youth will be empowered to learn to be agents of change and to and prepare future plans. Questions? Email Y Global Innovators Program Manager, Sukh Kaur to learn more. Apply here.

    Institute on the Environment Undergraduate Leaders Program

    The Institute on the Environment's Undergraduate Leaders Program is a creative interdisciplinary cohort looking for folks from all disciplines to explore topics in sustainability, environmental justice and equity, and decolonizing our minds. The program uses a framework of place, relationships, and expression to ground their leadership style, and they will be focusing on the Native American Medicine Gardens on campus this year. Deadline to apply is this Wednesday, September 21st.

    This Wednesday: Community Involvement Fair

    You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! The Community Involvment Fair — this Wednesday, September 21st from 10am–2pm in the Coffman Great Hall — provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities for individuals and groups. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare / public health, law / criminal justice, housing / homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services / family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues. More info.

    This Wednesday: Learning Abroad Fair (and Scholarship Deadlines!)

    The Learning Abroad Fair highlights more than 300 international opportunities available to University of Minnesota students. Representatives from the Learning Abroad Center, affiliates, and UMN colleges and departments will be present to discuss their unique study abroad programs. Organizations providing volunteer, intern, work, or teach English abroad experiences will also be in attendance. This Wednesday, Septemner 21st at 10am on the West Bank Plaza. ALSO: Scholarship deadlines are approaching for students participating in winter break and spring semester/calendar year 2017 programs. All but the Financial Need Scholarship are awarded entirely on the quality of the application essay. Deadlines are as follows:

    Serve on the Student Advisory Board of the Human Rights Program

    The Human Rights Program is seeking students with a passion for human rights advocacy to serve on the Program's Student Advisory Board. Students from all majors and years are encouraged to apply. Members will meet weekly to develop student led initiatives on current human rights issues, work as partners with the Program's staff and serve as ambassadors among U of M students. Desired qualifications include: commitment to the HRP mission, prior organizing experience, advocacy and leadership qualities, and excellent oral and written communication skills. To apply: Submit a resume and a brief cover letter detailing why you would like to be involved. Include details about human rights issues you are passionate about and explain what type of event you would plan/organize to promote awareness around this issue. Submit your applications (and questions!) via email by 4pm on Friday, September 30th.

    Connect with People and Ideas at Discovery Across Disciplines

    Undergraduate honors students are invited to attend the 2016 Discovery Across Disciplines showcase on October 13th from 12–2pm in the Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union. You can explore mentor and project opportunities with senior researchers, discover new places to intersect with faculty who are doing pathbreaking research, and network with other undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and postdocs around the kinds of questions that most excite them. Regardless of where you are on the research continuum, the DAD showcase is guaranteed to inspire, motivate and connect you in ways that will help you pursue your passions. To help with planning, please RSVP by October 9th.

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    Campus and Community Events

    Monday–Tuesday: Dr. Ellen Weber

    Monday, 1pm, 240 Northrop; Tuesday, 10am, 107 Ferguson: The School of Music presents Dr. Ellen Weber, director of the MITA International Brain Based Center in Rochester, NY. On Monday: Culture and Play's Place in the Human Brain and in Our Lives; and on Tuesday: Build a Brain-Based Culture One Game at a Time.

    Tuesday: Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus

    Tuesday, 7pm, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis: The Bell Museum of Natural History presents Café Scientifique: Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus. Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus was dean of the UMN Institute of Technology (now College of Science & Engineering), founder of the National Sea Grant program, inventor of the skyway system, and author of the "Our New Age" comic strip that ran weekly for 20 years in newspapers around the world to delight and inspire 5 million readers with a focus on science. Presenter Sharon Moen, communications coordinator for Minnesota Sea Grant and author of With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future, will regale the audience with stories of Spilhaus' many contributions to science, policy, and even public art. Tickets start at $5 for this off-campus event. More info.

    Wednesday: Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture

    Wednesday, 12pm, 2-520 Moos: The Powell Center for Women's Health presents the first lecture of the 2016–17 Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series: "5 Fields of Study That Don't Exist, But Should: Understanding Interdisciplinary Research By Going Beyond Traditional Thinking." This lecture will feature renwowned health communications expert Dr. Jake Jensen (Associate Dean for Research, University of Utah College of Humanities.) More info.

    Thursday: Radio K Carnival Concert and After-Party

    Thursday, 12pm/5pm, Northrop Plaza/610 Rarig: Join your award-winning college radio station on Northrop Plaza for a Radio K concert featuring Tony Peachka and Rupert Angeleyes with Radio K DJ's spinning tunes between sets! Later on, stop by the Radio K studios for studio tours and more carnival fun & sweet snacks. More info.

    Thursday: Beyond the "Minnesota Miracle"

    Thursday, 3:30pm, 240 Northrop: This panel responds to the recent unrest following the police killing of Philando Castile and the occupation outside the Governor’s mansion in Saint paul with stories about Minnesota that are not as well known as the "Minnesota Miracle." Drawing on these narratives and the data that support them, the panel will discuss how these stories provide a different starting point for diagnosing problems and generating solutions, with a focus on housing, arts, and education disparities. More info.

    Thursday: The Selfie Vote

    Thursday, 4pm, Cowles Auditorium, HHH: The 2016 election is drawing near, and millennials have just begun to test their political clout. Recent polls report that the younger generation views the GOP as outdated and unresponsive. How can the Republican party stay true to conservative sensibilities while attracting the attention of millennial voters? Leading Republican pollster, Kristen Soltis Anderson, teams up with prominent Republican strategist Vin Weber to examine shifting voter demographics in the 2016 election. More info.

    Friday: A Look into the Iron Closet—Controlling Consensual Prison Sex During the Era of Mass Incarceration

    Friday, 12:30pm, 1114 Social Sciences: Did you know that something as innocent as a kiss or as affectionate as a hug can earn state and federal prisoners long periods of time in Administrative Segregation? Jay Borchert (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Manhattan College) will discuss the results of his interviews with prison officials from twenty-three states that uncovered beliefs linking consensual sex with violence that places the overall security of the prison at risk. More info.

    Friday: NASA Astronaut Colonel Pamela Melroy

    Friday, 4pm, McNamara Alumni Center: The Medical School and the Department of Surgery present the 9th Annual David A. Rothernberger Lecture: "Leadership in Life-Critical Situations: Lessons From the Space Shuttle," by Astronaut Pam Melroy, Colonel, US Air Force, Retired. Astronaut Melroy, who flew on three space shuttle missions—TS-92, STS-112 and STS-120—will discuss NASA’s approach to developing teams and cultures essential for high-reliability organizations to achieve 21st century goals. More info.

    Next Week: Winton Chair Series Welcomes Pauline Oliveros

    Wednesday, September 28th thru Friday, September 30th: The Winton Chair Cornerstone Event Series welcomes pioneering modern music composer, performer, and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros! The series will feature deep listening workshops, a student-led creative group, and a particapatory performance! Click here to learn how you can participate!

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