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The Weekly News - Archive

March 27, 2017

Honors News

"Becoming Alumni" Event for Graduating Seniors

We're happy to invite you to celebrate at our first ever "Becoming Alumni" event, to be held on Wednesday, April 5th at 4pm in the beautiful Weisman Art Museum. This event will help you navigate the transition from "student" to "alumni." We'll have time dedicated to practicing your networking skills in a low-pressure environment, and you'll also learn about some of the resources that are available to you as alumni. Yes, there will be food—not to mention a photo booth with props designed to showcase your future plans and goals! ALL graduating seniors are invited to attend this event. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

Medical School Admissions Info Session

Join us Monday, April 3rd from 4–5pm in the Crosby Seminar Room (Northrop 240) as we welcome Matthew Belinski, Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Belinski will cover the admissions process from the MCAT to interviews and will answer your questions as well. If you're planning to apply to Medical School then you won't want to miss this event—reserve your seat now!

Relax&Recharge: Plant Your Own Lucky Bamboo. . . Again!

Did you know that caring for a plant can be a form of self care? Even if you don't have a green thumb, lucky bamboo is easy and fun to grow! Join us in the Middlebrook Terrace Room on Thursday, April 6th from 7–8pm as we relax and recharge. Stop by to plant your own lucky bamboo in beautiful river rocks and stick around for coloring! Supplies are limited!

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Other News and Opportunities

Check out Acara

Acara is a program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming leaders capable of developing innovative solutions to the world's "Grand Challenges"—the tough, seemingly unsolvable problems facing humanity. They offer courses, May term trips to India and Nicaragua, fellowships, and competitions. Register for one of their fall courses where you will develop solutions that can ultimately win up to $5,000 so you can implement them! Fall courses include GCC 3003/5003: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues, and GCC 3005/5005: Global Venture Design. Visit for more information.

Attend the Tenth Annual Doctoral Research Showcase!

Scott Lanyon, Dean of the University of Minnesota Graduate School, is pleased to extend this special invitation to attend the tenth annual Doctoral Research Showcase on April 11th, 2017 from 12–2pm in the Coffman Great Hall! In addition to helping our doctoral fellows develop the ability to talk about their research to audiences outside of their disciplines, the Doctoral Research Showcase gives students like you—who are involved in or interested in doing research of your own—a chance to learn about some of the newest and most innovative work being done on campus. At this poster-session-style event, you can talk with current doctoral fellows to learn about their academic journeys, discover ways to examine your undergraduate research from new perspectives, and find inspiration for future graduate research. The University's doctoral fellows are some of the our most creative thinkers, and they're eager to share their experiences with you. For more information about the event or to view a list of this year's participants, please visit:

College Health Corps VISTA Positions

Graduating seniors: are you interested in supporting public health, low-income college students, food and nutrition, and/or campus-community partnerships? Consider applying by May 1st for 2017–18 VISTA positions with MNCC’s College Health Corps sites by creating a profile at and submitting it to one or more of the many available positions. Learn more today!

SMART Seeks Fall 2017 Peer Learning Consultants

SMART Learning Commons seeks tutors for their high-demand subjects, including: math (particularly Calculus I & II), physics, statistics, chemistry, biology, computer science, economics, and writing (other subjects considered based on student demand). To be eligible for consideration, applicants must: be currently enrolled students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (and maintain that enrollment status throughout their employment period, if offered the position); maintain a minimum 3.2 college grade point average (3.5 or above is recommended); and have earned an "A" (or demonstrated equivalent competency) in the course(s) in which they hope to tutor. The priority application deadline is Friday, April 7th at 4:30pm. Applications submitted after that deadline will be considered on an as-needed basis (if all positions are not filled or in the event of a vacancy). Apply today!

University Student Legal Services Seeks Board Applicants

University Student Legal Services is accepting applications for student board membership positions for 2017–18 school year. The board provides marketing/outreach and policy guidance to the USLS law office on campus. The USLS Board of Directors is a student-run board composed of representatives of the University and legal communities, and includes students, faculty, University administrators, and practicing lawyers. Applying to be a part of the board is easy, and students with all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. It is a great way to get involved on campus, a good leadership experience, and an amazing resume builder. Applications for the board are due March 31st, 2017 at 5pm. Apply now!

Emergency USA Spring Symposium

Emergency USA, a public health student group, is hosting a Spring Symposium on April 4th from 4–5:30pm in 326 Coffman. PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED. The symposium is focused on sustainability as it relates to health care systems. They are hosting Dr. Alan Lifson who specializes in Infectious Diseases and Community Health. Please join them to learn more about the international field of medicine as well as meet a physician! Join the Facebook event.

Nutritious U Food Pantry Pilot AND YMCA Service/Jobs Fair

The University YMCA will host a Nutritious U Food Pantry on March 29–31 in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Boynton Health Services. The Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh, healthy and accessible food to University of Minnesota students to help promote mental and physical health. Simultaneously, the University Y will also host an opportunities fair on the first floor of the University Y (1801 University Avenue SE) from 12–6pm on 3/29 and 3/30. Recruiters include: The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, City of Lakes AmeriCorps, College Health Corps, Minnesota Alliance with Youth, College Possible, Conservation Corp of Minnesota and Iowa, and Summer Reads VISTA and Literacy VISTA through the Minnesota Literacy Council.

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Campus and Community Events

Tuesday: Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 2pm, Carlson Family Stage, Northrop: The 2017 Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture features Nicholas Kristof, an American journalist, author, columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. Kristof's talk, "Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide & Other Truths of the World" will address the reality that every year in America, some 100,000 underage girls are trafficked into the sex trade. These are mostly home-grown American girls, and they are victims of a crime – yet too often, they are the ones arrested even as the pimps and johns go free. Kristof has spent decades covering sex trafficking at home and abroad and offers some extraordinary stories and lessons from his work.

Wednesday: Careers in State Legislative and Executive Branches Panel

Wednesday, 11:30am, 215 Humphrey: Panelists will discuss their careers with the legislative branch (both partisan and nonpartisan roles) and the executive branch. Hosted by former Speaker Steve Sviggum, who served as Minnesota's longest tenured Speaker of the House from 1999–2007 and has also served as Minnesota's Commissioner of Labor & Industry and Commissioner of Management and Budget.

Thursday: Alumni Webinar—Job Search Tips from Recruiters

Wednesday, 12pm, online: Ever wonder how professional recruiters view the job search process? What are the best practices they have observed? What are the missteps they have seen job seekers make? Join a panel discussion with four recruiters (MN Department of Human Services, Land O'Lakes, General Mills, and Best Buy) and learn how to stand out in your job search. This webinar will also provide time for open Q&A. Register now!

Friday: Spring Into Your Major

Wednesday, 12:15pm, 530B Bruininks: The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Fall registration is coming soon. Don't wait! You can spring into your major with CAPE! This springtime afternoon workshop is designed to help your exploration process around finding your best-fit major. Cost is $10 per student to cover the cost of the Strong Interest Inventory, lunch, and event materials. Scholarships are available upon request by emailing

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