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Friday, September 26, 2014

University students available to help community groups


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The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) provides applied research assistance to community-based groups outside the Twin Cities Metro Area. The research and technical needs of community organizations are matched with the support of talented students. The idea is simple: get the resources of a great University working with communities to address the significant issues facing the people of Minnesota. CAP projects typically place students in a community defined and directed part time research assistantship for one semester or over the summer. Students are selected by and report to the community organization. Throughout the project students are supported by a community supervisor, faculty and community mentors.

Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations, and local governments in Greater Minnesota (plus outer suburbs in the Twin Cities) and projects that would serve the entire state. Many different types of projects can be funded. Visit http://www.cura.umn.edu/CAP for more info.

There is also a new fund to support CAP students working on Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) projects, the Mary Page Community-University Fund, is available beginning Spring of 2015. The Partnerships connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota through projects in sustainable agriculture and local food, natural resources, tourism and resilient communities, and clean energy. There are five Regional Partnerships (Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest) and a statewide RSDP office.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a project idea, please contact Jeff Corn (612-625-0744, jcorn@umn.edu).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Opportunity: At Your Service Train-the-Trainer Event


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How does your community do at welcoming people to its businesses and amenities?

University of Minnesota Extension's Tourism Center provides At Your Service, a curriculum that individuals can bring back into their communities that provides customer service training, tips for effective interactions, and ideas for tailoring the content to your workforce.
  • When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
  • Cost: $459 - includes lunch and curriculum materials for you to deliver the workshop in your community or workplace
  • Register: Tourism center website


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Learn: Snow Cards Technique


We here in Leadership and Civic Engagement are in the process of creating some online videos of small tips and tools that can benefit anyone doing leadership or civic engagement work. We recently completed our first batch and would like to share them with you. This is the fifth video in an initial group of five. Check out our archives to see those that came before and thanks to those who have been checking them out each week!






If you have an additional 2 minutes to offer us some feedback on this video, we would appreciate it as we plan to create more online content that meets your needs.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Emotional intelligence: A pathway to self-understanding and improved leadership


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Registration is now open for the last offering in the 2014 Leadership Series.MLiepold.jpg The topic is Emotional intelligence: A pathway to self-understanding and improved leadership.

Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotions to understand others in an effective and meaningful way. It is a skill that can be developed and can result in effective relationships, interpersonal growth, and improved self-management - all essential aspects of being a leader!

Participants will take the first scientifically validated instrument to measure emotionally CRasmussen.jpgintelligent behavior, the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0®). Educators Catie Rasmussen and Mike Liepold will then provide participants with a deeper understanding of their core emotional intelligence skills and help create a plan to enhance those skills too.

The details:
  • When - Monday, November 24, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where - Country Inn and Suites, 1900 Premier Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
  • Cost - The registration fee is $125. UMN Extension is subsidizing part of the cost for this event which typically would run more than $200.
There are only a limited number of seats available for this event, so register now. Registration closes November 10, 2014 or when all seats fill.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Learn: Decide How to Decide


We here in Leadership and Civic Engagement are in the process of creating some online videos of small tips and tools that can benefit anyone doing leadership or civic engagement work. We recently completed our first batch and would like to share them with you. This is the fourth video in an initial group of five. Check out our archives to see those that came before and come back each subsequent Tuesday to see another!




This video has an accompanying worksheet. You can access it here to print out and take notes as you watch.



If you have an additional 2 minutes to offer us some feedback on this video, we would appreciate it as we plan to create more online content that meets your needs.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Learn: Community Sector Wheel


We here in Leadership and Civic Engagement are in the process of creating some online videos of small tips and tools that can benefit anyone doing leadership or civic engagement work. We recently completed our first batch and would like to share them with you. This is the third video in an initial group of five. Check out our archives to see those that came before and come back each subsequent Tuesday to see another!




This video references the Community Sector Wheel. To get a larger version of the image, please view or download this file. CSWheel.pdf



If you have an additional 2 minutes to offer us some feedback on this video, we would appreciate it as we plan to create more online content that meets your needs.

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