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The Weekly News - Archive

April 10, 2017

Honors News

Fall 2017 Honors Seminars

A full list of Fall 2017 Honors Seminars has been published to the UHP website. About half of these are first-time offerings, covering a broad range of topics from Bob Dylan to statistical data to development. Student favorites are back as well, including "Think Like a Lawyer" and "Reality 101." Make room in your Fall 2017 schedule for one of these exciting seminars!

2017–18 Non-Course Honors Experiences

UHP students should check their email for a personalized link to an interest survey (sent April 6 at 3pm) on our proposed 2017–18 Non-Course Honors Experiences. You can receive preference when registering for experiences by completing the survey before May 1st!

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Other News and Opportunities

ExxonMobil is on Campus This Week

Representatives from ExxonMobil are on campus this week and they're very interested in meeting UHP students who have a future interest in working with the company. Events include:

  • Monday, April 10, 11:30am–1:30pm, Lind Hall Suite 5: Drop-In Resume Review
  • Monday, April 10, 3–5pm, Keller 2-260: Career Talk—Why You Need an Internship and How to Get One (Food/drink will be provided)
  • Tuesday, April 11, 8:30–10:30am, Akerman 317: Career Talk—How to Excel at Your Internship and Get the Most out of It (Food/drink will be provided)
  • Tuesday, April 11, 3:30–5pm, Nicholson 125: Resume/LinkedIn Design Workshop (Food/drink will be provided)
  • Wednesday, April 12, 9am–2:30pm, Lind Hall: ExxonMobil Mock Interview sessions. (Students, especially 1st–2nd years, are encouraged to apply via GoldPass.

Film Contest: Impact America's Stories from the Line

Impact America's Stories from the Line film contest seeks documentary film submissions about families struggling to stay above the poverty line from undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates of accredited colleges. Winners will receive scholarships of up to $10,000. Submission deadline is April 14th!

One Stop Seeks Student Customer Relations Representatives

One Stop is currently hiring 7 Customer Relations Representatives (six at East Bank, one in St. Paul). The primary role of the Customer Relations Representative is to effectively assist customers with general information regarding One Stop functions including billing, registration, MyU, transcripts, and some financial aid. This is a great job for someone who wants to interact with many different people over the phone. Starting pay is $11/hour. One Stop is looking for students who have interest or experience in customer service, are available May 22–June 9 for training, and are graduating May 2019 or later. Search Jobs 316566 (East Bank) or 316567 (Saint Paul) at

Reminder: This Friday is World Art Day—Celebrate at Northrop!

World Art Day is this Friday, April 14th and you can celebrate at Northrop from 1:30pm 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.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: The Politics of Rural Resentment

Monday, 12pm, Cowles Auditorium, HHH: Join Professor Kathy Cramer for a discussion of the gaping divide between rural and urban America. Copies of Professor Cramer's latest book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker will be available for sale and signing after the event.

Tuesday: Science is a Visual Medium

Tuesday, 8:30am, Learning and Environmental Sciences R-380: Join Greg Mercer–Illustrator and Visual Storyteller at Chicago's famed Field Museum—for the first talk in the Science is a Visual Medium event series. Working in the Field Museums' communications and exhibit departments, Mercer has collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, designers, and communicators on exhibitions and short form video. He'll discuss his experiences filming researchers into the field and his use of video, voiceover, and animation to bring science alive for the public. Register now.

Tuesday: Africa's First Democrats

Tuesday, 5:30pm, Humphrey School: Abdi Ismail Samatar provides a clear and foundational history of Somalia at the dawn of the country’s independence when Africa’s first democrats appeared. While authoritarian rulers dominated many African countries when they entered the postcolonial era, Somalia had an authentic democratic leadership.

Wednesday: #UMNCareerChat—Navigating a New City

Wednesday, 12pm, Twitter: You moved (or you are about to move) to a new city. . . Now what?! Join a Twitter conversation about some ways that you can prepare for the transition of moving, how to get acquainted with your new city, and important tips on being a newcomer. Questions for this #UMNCareerChat will be posted from the @UMNAlumni Twitter account.

Wednesday: 2017 Naomi C. Chase Lecture by Melissa Sweet

Wednesday, 5:30pm, 120 Andersen Library: Melissa Sweet has illustrated many award-winning books, including two Caldecott Honor books: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and The Right Word: Peter Mark Roget and His Thesaurus, both by Jen Bryant. She wrote and illustrated Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, which garnered a Sibert Medal. Melissa’s first chapter book biography, Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, came out in 2016. There will be a reception at 5:30pm, a talk titled "The Way I See It: The Art of Illustration and Biography" at 6:15pm, and book signing at 7pm. Register now.

Wednesday: A Tale of Two (Contradictory?) Poles: Sea Ice and Climate Change

Wednesday, 5:30pm, Aster Cafe, Mpls: One of the more visual lines of evidence for climate change is observing sea ice growth and melting trends at the poles. Indeed, relatively consistent warmth, punctuated by winter heat waves, has stymied Arctic sea ice growth this winter, leading to another record low in a series of record lows. However, from 2012–2014, pan-Antarctic seas ice seasonal maximums reached successively record high extents. These maxima mask substantial seasonal and regional variability, but such events generated news headlines contrasting Arctic sea ice loss with Antarctic sea ice gain. Such seemingly contradictory information about climate change provides a case study where we can investigate what the public perceives about sea ice and climate change. Attend the April Sip of Science event to learn more!

Thursday: Combating Microbial Terrorists

Thursday, 11:30am, Mississippi Room, Coffman: From anthrax to Zika, the new millennium has challenged us with an ongoing lineup of new and re-emerging infectious disease threats. Each outbreak prompts a reactive response, short-term resource investments, and eventual codification of "lessons learned." Unfortunately, our retrospective analyses of opportunities to improve preparedness have not translated into the meaningful long-term investments and actions necessary for success, and we remain highly vulnerable to the next threat. Join Dr. Julie Gerberding (Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health at Merck & Co., Inc) for a lecture titled "Combating Microbial Terrorists: How to End our Preparedness Stalemate."

Thursday: Andrew Solomon, "Dispatches from Everywhere"

Thursday, 7:30pm, Coffman Theater: Advice and anecdotes about how to survive and thrive in tumultuous times, from the prize-winning author of Far From the Tree and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. Presented by the Freier Lectures in Literature and the Department of English.

Friday: CSCL Chair on "Lifestyle TV"

Friday, 3pm, 135N Nicholson: Please join us Laurie Ouellette, Associate Professor and Acting Chair of CSCL, introduces her recently published book, Lifestyle TV. From HGTV and the Food Network to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," television is preoccupied with the pursuit and exhibition of lifestyle. Lifestyle TV analyzes a burgeoning array of lifestyle formats on network and cable channels, from how-to and advice programs to hybrid reality entertainment built around the cultivation of the self as project, the ethics of everyday life, the mediation of style and taste, the regulation of health and the body, and the performance of identity and "difference."

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