U of M Brief - February 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Free tax preparation for U community

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns free of charge for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff with unadjusted gross income of less than $57,000. VTAP is free, fast, safe, and IRS certified. VTAP is a student-run service organization supported by the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. 

Feb. 1-28 - Black History Month celebrations

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Black History Month celebrations run throughout February, and will include a dance performance, panel discussions, a film series, and workshops. The events are an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to reflect upon, honor, and learn more about the African-American experience.

February Winter Warm Up Physical Activity Challenge

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Faculty and staff are encouraged to get active with a fun and motivating opportunity to promote a healthy and active campus. The challenge provides every employee with a personal online wellness account to log physical activity minutes during the month of February. Team up with friends and coworkers and work toward achieving new goals.

2015 Tony Diggs Excellence Awards Nominations Close Feb. 8

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nominate an outstanding student group for a Tony Diggs Excellence Award. The awards are open to all campus life programs and registered student organizations.

Feb. 9 - Winter Luncheon: Smart Cities and Smart Mobility

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

At the Center for Transportation Studies Winter Luncheon, Jaume Barceló, of the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, will discuss the concept of the smart city from a systems point of view. Specifically, he'll focus on one of the pillars of the smart city—smart mobility—and on his suggested methodology of transportation analytics. According to Barceló, "smartness" is not simply synonymous with technology. Rather, it depends on the appropriate use of technology grounded in a sound methodological approach. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Feb. 11 - Theater of Public Policy Improv Event

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) will bring its one-of-a-kind mix of wonk and comedy to the Humphrey School. T2P2 uses improv comedy to unpack and reimagine policy and politics. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. 7-8:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30), Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Feb. 11-13 - WAM Shop Sweetheart Sale

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WAM members and the UMN community will receive 20 percent off purchases during the WAM Sweetheart Sale. Choose from jewelry, cards, handmade goods, treats, locally made items, and more.

Feb. 12 - Exhibit opening for Weird, Wild, & Wonderful

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The exhibit opening for Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists, features artwork of botanical oddities and curiosities. The exhibit is cosponsored by the University Libraries. 2-4 p.m., U of M Landscape Arboretum. 

Call for Submissions: Northern Spark 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The East Bank will be one of five zones for the all-night Northern Spark Festival June 13-14, showcasing University and community artists. Northrop, the Institute for Advanced Study, the University Honors Program, and the College of Design Traveler's Innovation Lab invite artists and performing groups of all genres to submit applications for project space in Northrop and on the plaza during this year's festival. Applications are due Feb. 16.

Feb. 20 - Homebuyer Assistance Opportunity in the University District

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Learn about assistance buying a home in the University District of Minneapolis for households with gross incomes at 80 percent or less of the metro median at an orientation session with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust. Noon.

UMTC Featured Events

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Campus Climate Open Space Event (Feb. 5)

Deep Reading in a Superficial World - Engaging Controversies Discussion (Feb. 6)

A Conversation with George Latimer: A Life in Politics (Feb. 7)

OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity & Diversity (Feb. 10)

Exhibit - Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books (through Feb. 25)

U of M Brief - January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Free yoga, tai chi or Pilates classes

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Boynton Health Service offers free stress management classes on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campus. Registration is not required and beginners are welcome. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Free tax preparation for U community

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns free of charge for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff with unadjusted gross income of less than $57,000. VTAP is free, fast, safe, and IRS certified. VTAP is a student-run service organization supported by the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. 

Feb. 1-28 - Black History Month celebrations

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Black History Month celebrations will run throughout February, and will include a dance performance, panel discussions, a film series, and workshops. The events are an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to reflect upon, honor, and learn more about the African-American experience.

Feb. 3 - How has governing in Minnesota changed?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Veteran state representatives Lyndon Carlson and Phyllis Kahn will discuss the history of Minnesota governing and where it may be headed. Carlson and Kahn are recognized as the "deans" of the Minnesota Legislature for their combined 84 years of service. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey School. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Feb. 3 - Date Night! How data science leads to 'I do'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How will data science change the future of human friendship, professional relationships, and even marriage? Christian Rudder, cofounder and CEO of the dating website OKCupid, will be among a panel that will discuss this question, as well as explore how analytics can impact not only business, but also people's personal lives. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. 3-4:30 p.m., followed by a reception and networking event, 3M auditorium, Carlson School of Management.

Feb. 5 - Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to "Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action," a day of taking action toward creating and fostering a campus climate where all people are treated with respect on their paths to success. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but participants may attend for any part of the day. Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Feb. 6 - College Readiness and Achievement Gap talk

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CRAG Talks are a series of casual, one-hour events with presentations on U of M research related to college readiness and achievement gaps from early childhood through college. Hear from U of M colleagues working on college readiness and achievement gap issues from different angles and find potential collaborators. Noon-1 p.m., 101 Walter Library. Light snacks and beverages provided.

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