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The Weekly News - Archive

September 5, 2017

Honors News

Welcome Picnic This Friday!

Welcome to campus, everyone—and an especially warm welcome to our incoming class of 2021! Come celebrate the new school year with UHP and the University Honors Student Association (UHSA) at our annual Welcome Picnic: this Friday, September 8th from 5–6:30pm on the Northrop Plaza. We'll have food, games, music, and fun—perfect for meeting new friends and catching up with classmates from semesters past!

Still Looking for an Honors Course?

Space remains in several great Honors courses for the fall 2017 semester:

  • HSem 3619H: The Intersection of Food, Aging, and Health. This course aims to enhance students' ability to critically think and problem-solve using innovative food systems approaches. You will work toward collective solutions relative to aging and health through food, the interdependence of economic and environmental factors, and collaboration with community partners.
  • Des 1101V: Introduction to Design Thinking. The course explores theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. The course also explores design professions.
  • Writ 3562V: Honors Technical and Professional Writing. This course covers Written and oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing and practicing multiple genres. Includes discussion on scholarly readings in technical and professional writing as well as a final project that must be addressed to a real-world audience.
  • ApEc 1101H: Principles of Microeconomics. Study the economic behavior of consumers/firms in domestic/international markets. Covers concepts such as demand, supply, competition, imperfect competition, efficiency, Invisible Hand, Monopoly, externalities, and property rights. Looks at the economics of public policy in environment/health/safety. Studies public goods and tax policy.

2017–18 Honors Lecture Series

This year's Honors Lecture Series features six Honors Alumni—all graduates from Honors programs at the University of Minnesota over the past thirty years. This diverse group of alumni—including an author, two academics, a musician, an activist, and an entrepreneur/scientist—will return to campus to speak about how their time at the University of Minnesota did—and did not—prepare them for the successes they have enjoyed since graduation. All lectures are free and will be held at 4:30pm on Mondays throughout the academic year. The first lecture of the series, featuring Professor Jennifer Delton, is coming up on Monday, September 18th!

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Other News and Opportunities

The Minnesota Undergraduate Research Academic Journal

Are you a student researcher interested in sharing your work with peers, faculty and employers? Check out The Minnesota Undergraduate Research Academic Journal (MURAJ.) As an top research institution, the University of Minnesota provides diverse opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved with research. (MURAJ) is an opportunity to enhance the undergraduate research experience and will offer an electronic platform for UMNTC student researchers to communicate their work to peers, faculty, and employers! If you're interested in contributing content to the journal as a researcher/author, you can fill out the interest form and you will be added to a mailing list to learn more about submissions!

Think Like a Researcher Workshops

Think like a Researcher is a series of 2 workshops designed to help undergraduate students become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students, especially first year and second year students, from across the University and different colleges together to learn. The free workshop series is open to all U of M undergraduate students. Students can decide to attend only those workshops that meet their interests, however, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all workshops and complete short assignments. Workshops begin on Tuesday, September 5th—for full details and an online application, visit their website now.

Upward Bound Seeks Tutors and TA's

TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB) is an academic and college preparatory program funded by the US Department of Education. The purpose of TRIO UB is to develop the skills and motivation necessary for students to successfully complete high school and to enter and succeed in college. Upward Bound is looking for students to tutor and teach this semester. Tutors (job #318958 on the U's student jobs site) and Teaching Assistants (job #318969) require weekly availability during the hours of Trio UB's after-school services which run Monday–Thursday from 3–6pm in Appleby Hall. You must be able to work at least 2 days a week, Sept 26th through May 3rd. and work-study is required.

Coming Soon: Community Involvement Fair

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! The Community Involvement Fair—coming up on Wednesday, September 20th 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.

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Campus and Community Events

Thursday: Radio K Pop-Up Concert

Thursday, 12pm, Weisman: The Radio K Pop-Up Concert is a lunchtime concert outside of the Weisman Art Museum featuring a live local band to celebrate being "back to school" through friendly engagement with fellow music enthusiasts across campus and to make a positive impact on the campus community.

Friday: Small World Coffee Hour

Friday, 4pm, Club Room, Yudof Hall: Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) draws hundreds of students and staff each semester. They all have one thing in common: their desire to travel via their tummies by tasting new food, globe-trot via their tongues by trying other languages, and tread into another culture via new styles of dance. Come learn about the world and build connections that expand across the globe.

Friday: Honors Welcome Picnic!

Friday, 5—6:30pm, Northrop Plaza: Don't forget! Start your semester off right with food, games, music, and fun—all perfect for meeting new friends and catching up with classmates from semesters past!

Friday: WAM-O-RAMA

Friday, 6pm, Weisman: Head to WAM-O-RAMA 2017, an unforgettable artistic experience to jump-start your year! There will be live music, free Mesa Pizza, a photobooth, and free screen printed tees From Bohemian Press. This year's music line up will feature Early Eyes, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, and Dwynell Roland.

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