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Mental Health Awareness Day

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Join us for a presentation from Dr. Shane Lopez Senior Scientist, Professor, who is a psychologist,leading researcher in the area of “Hope”, Gallup Senior Scientist and architect of the Gallup Student Poll which measures the hope of hundreds of thousands of students each year to determine how hope drives well-being and achievement. He has authored 60 peer-reviewed articles, 34 chapters and seven books including The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. His newest book, “Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others” was recently published.
“Ripples of Hope”
The tiny ripple of hope you set in motion can change the path of someone’s life. It can make their future better.
You don’t have to take a big, bold action or raise a ton of money to spark change. You can start small. You merely need to create momentum where there was none.
Making ripples starts with you. You know that irksome feeling you get when you see a problem that no one is doing anything about? Or the pang you feel when someone is left behind by life? That’s where you start.
To spread hope, you have to get off the sidelines. Sure, you can influence people and events from a distance, but starting a ripple of hope requires some action, some force. Here is what you need to do:

  • Catch yourself thinking or saying, “I wish someone would do something about that” or “I wish that problem would go away” or “I wish that person would catch a break.” Turning that wish into hope starts a ripple.
  • Recruit one or more friends to help you define and address the problem. You may need to borrow their hope when confronting the issue. You will give each other energy as you develop your plan.
  • Make one visible change that addresses the problem. Ripples of hope stand out. They grab attention. They inspire others to start ripples of their own.
Come and join us and discover your hope!
Tuesday, April 16th
Campus Club Conference Rooms A/B/C
Keynote 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Q&A 3:30PM – 4:00PM
Open to all U of M students.

Come to an INFO SESSION to learn what Philosophy Camp is all about!

Philosophy Camp is the affectionate nickname given by students to the University of Minnesota course
Phil 4326/5326–Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (6 credits, 4 weeks). Students and instructors meet daily, May 28th through June 21st, 2013, and create a residential living-learning community experience.
Participants gain a fresh perspective on questions of self, vocation, education, sustainability, and community while enjoying simple living on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota. Students and instructors form a community for living and learning to investigate their own and others responses to questions such as these:
What is an authentic self? Who am I? What is vocation? What is my work in the world? What kind of community do I want to have around me? What do I bring to my relationships and community? What makes communities resilient, able to flourish through change and conflict? We’ll eat healthy foods, live simply and thoughtfully, work to create and maintain rich nourishing social spaces and discuss how to grow as individuals, community members, and citizens.
We create the syllabus democratically based on our interests. We share stories. We share meals together. We learn from each other. Students and instructors also meet local residents to learn how they are living the answers to life’s important questions and creating lives worth living. Philosophy Camp is now taking applications for the upcoming 2013 May-term.
Other important details about Philosophy Camp:

  • Open to first-years through graduate students
  • Small community of at most 18 students and 5 instructors
  • Meets requirements for these LEs: Arts/Humanities & Civic Life and Ethic
  • Comprehensive program fee is $2300 (less than regular tuition for 6 credits during may/summer)
  • Transportation to and from Windom will be available
  • Contact OneStop to verify that your financial aid will be available
  • Need-based diversity scholarships will be available
  • Permission number given upon completed application is required to register

Visit for information on this course including application process, cost and financial aid info. Interested students should contact the Philosophy Camp Student Adviser in the Community Service-Learning Center before April 5, 2013. (, 612-626-2044).


Attend an info session to learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides generous support for 1000+ recent college graduates to study, carry out research or creative work, or serve as English Teaching Assistants abroad in over 100 countries. U.S. citizenship is required. Approximate campus application deadline for the 2014-15 Fulbright Program: August 2013
Fulbright Info Sessions are:
Tuesday April 9, 12:00-1:00, 103 Appleby Hall
Tuesday April 9, 4:00-5:00, 3 Appleby Hall
Weds April 10, 4:00-5:00, 145 Blegen Hall

For more information about the Fulbright program and other national scholarships, please visit

City of Saint Paul VISTA Program-2013-2014 Year-of-Service

Are you graduating this spring and not sure what you will be doing next year?
Then join the Saint Paul AmeriCorps VISTA program and:
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to fight poverty with passion by responding to local needs through organizations working to improve education, increase housing opportunities, improve illiteracy and health services, and more.
The Saint Paul VISTA program, hosted through the Office of Mayor Chris Coleman, works to close the education opportunity gap and supports the education goals of the city. As a VISTA member, you will serve in a local non-profit organization, government agency, or public, private, or charter school, and be charged with erasing poverty by building the capacity of your organization.
In addition to your grassroots and city work, you will gain important professional development and leadership experience through trainings and one-on-one support within the Mayor’s Office. Benefits for VISTA members include a living allowance for 12 months of service, an education award of $5,550 upon successful completion, health benefits, personal and sick leave, and student loan forbearance.

To apply:

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit our website at and submit an application through For more information, please contact Angela Brown, VISTA Leader, at or (651) 266-8517.

Alternative Health Career Panels

Are you interested in working in healthcare, but aren’t sure of the options available?
The Health and Natural Science Community in the College of Liberal Arts is hosting alternative health career panels with some professionals in the “hidden careers of healthcare.”
These hidden careers include: oncology clinic assistant, child-family specialist, or working in research with the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
So come enjoy a slice of pizza over lunch, and network with some professionals!
A flyer that includes the dates, times, and locations is available here:
If you have any questions about the panels or panelists (most of whom are CLA alumni!), please contact Kacey Gregerson at

Hire Big 10 Virtual Career Fair: Meet Recruiters from Global & High-Growth Companies (includes iPod Nano Drawing

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Looking for a job, internship, or Co-op? Save Valuable Time & Meet Recruiters Live Online! Students and Alumni are invited to interact via chat sessions and meet employers recruiting talent across all majors and degrees.
What others are saying about this fair….
” I wish being in contact with recruiters was always this easy”
“Convenient, simple, fast…Good choice!”
“It really takes some of the fear out of graduating”
“Its a great opportunity to interface with employers, but doesn’t require complicated logistics.”
Virtual Career Fair -April 9 – 11, 2013
Attend the Fair from Anywhere!

For more information click here!


Course Information
Want to improve your English skills?This course will help non-native
English speaking students in degree programs polish their English
skills in order to be more successful in university level classes.
If you are an international student and need help with your
resumes, cover letters, and spoken interviews, this is a great
resource for you, so make sure to sign up!
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When: Spring 2013
March 25–May 10 (Only 7 weeks!)
Mondays and Wednesdays
4:40-6:35 pm
Focus Areas Include:

  • Interactions within the university setting
  • Academic life
  • Student/instructor roles
  • Communicating effectively by email
  • Classroom interactions
  • Discussion/panel
  • Presentation skills
  • Pronunciation
  • Writing for your major

For registration information and a
permission number, contact us by email
or phone. 612-624-1503
160 McNamara Alumni Center

Strengths + Career= Finding a Job

Need a job? This workshop will help you explore how you can use
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You’ll leave this workshop with concrete ways that you can use each of your strengths in the job search, interviewing, and a new position.
Facilitators: Lucy Reile, College to Career Coordinator in the College of Design and Katy Hinz, Program Coordinator in the Office for Student Engagement.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location:STSS 131 A

Find out more and register here!

Strengths + Engagement=Finding Your Major

vs0ldkegqu2xucgdfl-bqa.jpgAt this session you’ll participate in a short activity that will help you explore your interests and strengths and how they can help you find engagement opportunities that are a good fit for you (such as student groups, volunteering, research, and more) by using the Engage search tool! The information from this activity will then be used to explore majors and careers through iseek, a comprehensive MN website about careers. This interactive workshop will give you insight into who you are and how you can find a major through using your strengths and getting engaged at the U!
Facilitators: Jeff Anderson, Coach in the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) and Katy Hinz, Program Coordinator in the Office for Student Engagement
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Appleby Hall 227

Find out more and register here!

H-1B Visa Workshop – March 14

An immigration attorney from a local law firm will provide information on H-1B eligibility requirements, the application process, and the necessary timelines. This workshop is specifically for people who are interested in becoming an H-1B for employers other than University of Minnesota.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Place: 250 Blegen Hall
No registration needed!