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McNair Scholars Visitation Day

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Scott Lanyon, the new vice provost and dean of graduate education, welcomed prospective students at the largest McNair Scholar Visitation Day event on record at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, June 21.

Approximately 90 students from the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf, Augsburg, Beloit College, Bemidji State University, University of Central Missouri, UW-Stout and UW Eau Claire took part in the event, which is a collaborative effort of the Graduate School and the Office for Equity and Diversity. The day’s activities included a presentation about the process of applying for admission to graduate programs, meetings with faculty and staff to discuss research interests, and a staff-led tour of the campus. 

These visiting students are participants in the federally-funded TRIO McNair Scholars Program. They are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

Read the full story on The Graduate School website.

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J. Neil Henderson to lead MDT Health Equality and Rural Health Access initiative

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

J. Neil Henderson, PhD, has accepted the role of Medical Discovery Team (MDT) Leader focusing on health equity, rural health access, and American Indian health issues. He will be based on the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus and hold a professor appointment in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences. His start date is August 31, 2016.

Dr. Henderson comes to us from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Public Health where is currently the Edith K. Gaylord Presidential Professor and Director of the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and his background is in medical anthropology. His major research projects have revolved around Native American health and taken a multi-faceted approach to evaluating and understanding the biomedical, clinical, cultural, and socio-behavioral aspects of illness. In particular, his research has led to useful discoveries around diabetes, dementia, and facial paralysis among native people.

Read the full story on the Medical School Blog.


Latino/a Faculty & Staff Family Day with a special appreciation for Fathers

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 19, 3:00-5:30 pm, Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis.  

There will be free food from Salsa a la Salsa, music, free t-shirts & soccer. All are welcomed. 

Additional Background:

The Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) was awarded a Micro-Grant through The Campus Climate Micro-Grant Selection Committee in order to bring together a large group of Latino community members, faculty & staff, and students to engage in a gathering that would reflect Latino/a cultural identity. 

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U appoints Samuel Mukasa as dean of College of Science and Engineering

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The University of Minnesota announced on June 14 that Samuel B. Mukasa has been selected dean of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, effective August 31, 2016, and pending approval by the Board of Regents in July.

As dean, Mukasa will be chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the College of Science and Engineering, the University’s second-largest college, which spans 12 departments and is ranked among the top engineering and science academic programs in the country. He will provide strategic and intellectual leadership and administrative oversight for the school and will work to advance its research, teaching, and service.

Read the full story.

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Food and resource drive to support local LGBTQIA organizations in honor of Orlando victims

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In honor of the victims of the Orlando tragedy, the U will be collecting resource and food items for local LGBTQIA organizations starting Thursday, June 16 until 5pm on Friday, June 24th, the weekend of the Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade.

Please donate non-perishable food (including gluten-free nut-free, and vegan options). Popular items include protein, snack items, and items that make a whole meal. Please also donate resource items such as toiletries (full size, not travel size) such as body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, and underwear. 

The following campus office locations will be taking donations:

  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life - Appleby Hall, Room 40
  • Office for Equity and Diversity and U Relations - Morrill Hall Lobby
  • Office for Student Affairs - Appleby Hall, Room 109
  • Coffman Union - by the Information Desk
  • Bio-medical Library - Diehl Hall
  • Office of Human Resources - Reception Desk, 100 Donhowe
  • OHR, West Bank Office Building (WBOB) - Reception Desk, 5th floor
  • Nursing Student and Career Advancement Services Office - 2-139 Weaver-Densford Hall
  • Disability Resource Center - 180 McNamara Alumni Center
  • Office of the General Counsel - 360 McNamara Alumni Center
  • Gender, Women &Sexuality Studies (GWSS) - 425 Ford Hall
  • CFANS, Office for Diversity and Inclusion - 190 Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus
  • St. Paul Student Center - by the Information Desk, St. Paul Campus
  • University Student Legal Service -160 West Bank Skyway, West Bank Campus
  • Andersen Library Lobby, West Bank Campus
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Suite 130, West Bank Campus


Donations will go to the following organizations for distribution:

Any excess donations will be further distributed to other local LGBTQIA organizations

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