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The Weekly News - Archive

April 3, 2017

Honors News

Wednesday: Relax & Recharge at WAM

SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's time for some selfies, snacks, and self care! Join us this Wednesday, April 5th from 6:30–8pm in the Riverview Room at the Weisman Art Museum for the final Relax & Recharge event of the academic year. We'll have lucky bamboo to plant in river rocks, a photo booth, a student-selected playlist, popcorn, and coloring. This is a great way to wind down before things get officially crazy at the end of the semester. Join the Facebook event now!

Reminder: Now Hiring UHP Office Assistants for 2017–2018 Academic Year

The University Honors Program is currently seeking applicants for the position of Office Assistant. Applicants must be UHP students in their sophomore or junior year during the 2017–2018 academic year. This position officially begins September 2017. Applications are due by 4:30pm on April 9th, 2017. A full position description and application can be found on our website.

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Other News and Opportunities

Celebrate World Art Day at Northrop

World Art Day is Friday, April 14th and you can celebrate with us in Northrop, starting at 1:30pm and continuing through the evening. Sign up to make your voice heard at Wording Out, an open mic event for students to share poetry, spoken word, rap, music, and more! Share something you've written yourself, or show how you interpret the words of others. The open mic will start at 5pm. Stick around for a performance by Black Violin, a hip-hop duo that blends pop, jazz, soul, and more! UMN students can receive 2 free tickets per valid U Card, available via will call only. Tickets may be picked up in person with your U Card during regular Northrop Box Office hours.

2017 Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship

The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) with funding from Medica, supports full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a health related career and who show academic promise and financial need. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and must demonstrate maturity, adaptability, and respect for diversity and other cultures. The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship is administered by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE). Applications are due Monday, May 1st. Read all the details and apply today!

Northrop Seeks Student Assistant

Northrop seeks an enthusiastic a Student Intern, who will report to the Development Associate, to provide administrative support and database management/entry for the development functions: annual fundraising, donor communications, event coordination, meeting records and scheduling, internal communications. Search for job ID 316015.

Rothenberger Institute Hiring Teaching Assistants/Peer Educators

The Rothenberger Institute is now hiring Teaching Assistants/Peer Educators for all our courses for Fall 2017. If you have taken an RI course (PubH 1001: Success Over Stress; PubH 1003: Alcohol & College Life; PubH 1004: Sexuality Matters; or PubH 1005: Sleep, Eat & Exercise) and are interested in working as a Teaching Assistant/Peer Educator, please read the job description and information on applying. Contact the TA supervisor, Laurie Lucachick, if you have any questions. Interviews begin April 13th.

Marcy Arts Gala Seeks Volunteers

Marcy Arts Partnership is looking for volunteers for the 16th annual Marcy Arts Gala. The gala is the annual fundraiser for Marcy Arts Partnership. The funds raised are used to bring art residencies to the classroom. The gala is on Saturday, April 22nd from 6–10pm at Machine Shop. They are in need of volunteers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Individuals who volunteer 3 or more hours at the gala between 5–11:30pm on Saturday will receive entrance into the gala, dinner, and registration for bidding on auction items. Find out more and sign up online.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: Micro(soft) Managing a New 'Green Revolution' for Africa

Monday, 2:30pm, 1114 Social Sciences: Join the Sociology Workshop as Professor Rachel Schurman discusses philanthropic culture in her talk, "Micro(soft) Managing a New 'Green Revolution' for Africa: The Gates Foundation and the New Donor Culture."

Tuesday: "The Search for Solitude—China's Hermit Tradition"

Tuesday, 12pm, 125 Nolte: The search for solitude has been at the core of Chinese civilization for 5,000 years. Spending time alone, usually in the mountains, has been an essential part of all three major spiritual traditions in China from their very beginning, and it continues to be so today. Bill Porter will give a slide presentation and talk about this tradition based on his book Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits, which has become a best-seller in China, where it has sold a quarter of a million copies in its Chinese translation.

Tuesday: Exploring the Mysteries of the Sun—Explosions on our Closest Star

Tuesday, 7pm, Bell Museum: The Sun offers us a special window into the universe, allowing us to study the basic physics at work in many astronomical objects, but it is nearby and relatively easier to measure. Beyond this, there is a practical urgency to understanding the Sun because it is the driver of the space weather that surrounds and affects the Earth. Solar eruptions regularly hit the Earth's magnetic field with large amounts of energy, plasma, and radiation. The origin of these events lies in abrupt releases of magnetic energy on the Sun called solar flares. Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener will describe what we currently know about the physics behind flares and what we hope to learn in the future with new instruments that measure high-energy radiation. Q&A to follow. Registration is requested.

Wednesday: Worn Wear Tour

Wednesday, 10am–4pm, Coffman Front Lawn: The Worn Wear Tour is an event created by the University of Minnesota, government organizations, Twin Cities local businesses, student groups, and Patagonia, that promotes upcycling and reuse of clothing and materials on college campuses! There will be opportunities to repair and upcycle old clothing, fix damaged electronics, and other activities centered around sustainability and reuse. Stop by for repairs workshops, informational booths, activities and promotions. Bring your clothing, electronics, and household items and learn how to repair them yourself!

Wednesday: Health Refugee Lecture

Wednesday, 4:30pm, McNamara: Dr. Alexander Kraemer will deliver the 2017 Gaylord Anderson Memorial Lecture on the topic of refugee health in Germany. After the lecture, Dr. Kraemer will be joined by two alumni leaders for a Q&A session, moderated by Dean of the School of Public Health, John Finnegan.

Thursday: Battle of the Mega-Donors

Thursday, 12pm, Humphrey Forum: Debates about "big money" in US politics mostly focus on individual contributors in specific elections. But in the current political climate, many millionaires and billionaires have banded together into donor consortia that aim to transform policies to suit their agenda across the nation. On the free-market right, the Koch brothers support a tightly interlocked set of political operations that have successfully reshaped GOP agendas. By comparison, progressive-minded donors in the Democracy Alliance spread less money over a broader range of causes at the left edge of the Democratic Party. Join the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance to learn more from both sides of the debate.

Thursday–Friday: English Undergraduate Conference

Thursday and Friday, 207 Lind: The annual English Undergraduate Festival in spring semester is a celebration of talent and new ideas emerging from the department. The 2017 festival, "Adventures in English," takes place the evening of April 6 and all day April 7, in Lind Hall 207A. Students present academic and creative works in a supportive environment of peers, graduate students, and English faculty. Free meals bookend the panel sessions, which provide opportunities to meet other English majors and chat with professors. All welcome!

Thursday & Friday: Two Shakespeare Plays Open

Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm, Rarig Stoll Theater: Deception, distrust, and desertion force characters to make difficult decisions in two lively stagings of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale, which will be presented April 6–11, 2017 in rotating "Romance" repertory at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center’s Stoll Thrust Theater.

Friday: Star Party—History of Astronomy

Friday, 8:30pm, Bell Museum: Explore the sky with astronomers from the Bell and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics at an informal Star Party. Free and open to the public. Followed by outdoor stargazing with good conditions OR a flat screen planetarium presentation inside if there is inclement weather.

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