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One of the great benefits of working at the U is that there's always something going on! Join your fellow employees for fun and informative brown bag Fun Lunches, get cultured at a Culture Crawl, or be a good sport at a Gopher Go! event. All of the events are free or low-cost.
Explore the U's culture scene with your U colleagues!
University Theatre's The Winter's Tale
Thursday, February 10, 7:30 p.m., Rarig Theater
Register for The Winter's Tale Tickets
The Winter's Tale combines tragedy and humor to tackle themes of jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness. One of Shakespeare's the final plays, The Winter's Tale exhibits some of his most unique writing, blending his talent for heart wrenching emotion and cunning wordplay. This family drama turned romantic comedy takes audiences on an unparalleled emotional journey full of twists and turns, unrevealed family secrets and life's lessons learned.
University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra
Monday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall
Register for University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra Tickets
Under the direction of Mark Russell Smith, the orchestra continues its multi-year Stravinsky project, commemorating the 100th anniversaries of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballets with a performance of Petrushka (1947 edition). Foster Beyers, doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting, will lead a performance of Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony to complete the program. Mark Russell Smith will give a talk at 6:30pm in the atrium of Ted Mann Concert Hall.
University Theatre's Oil! & the Jungle
Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Rarig Theater
Register for Oil! & the Jungle Tickets
Based on the Upton Sinclair novels Oil! and The Jungle
Created by Kym Longhi
Directed by Kym Longhi/Karla Grotting
Oil! And The Jungle facilitates a critical encounter between two of Upton Sinclair’s most famous muckraking novels and demonstrates how the themes of those works - capitalism and the degradation of the human spirit in pursuit of profit - are still relevant today. The play presents two intentionally separate yet inevitably interwoven worlds. One, the struggles of the worker in the Chicago stockyards attempting to survive in a system that values them solely for their ability to produce a profit. The other, the social elite living the "dream" in a realm steeped in corruption and deception where they play out their financial dealing on Wall Street without concern for how it will affect Main Street. The play explores the separation and interaction of these two worlds through highly physical performance, music and poetry.
University Libraries First Friday Talk: "Wired Communications/Wired Lives: Social Issues in Computing"
Followed by tours of the library caverns
Friday, May 6, 12 p.m., Andersen Library
Register for University Libraries First Friday Talk and Cavern Tour
The Charles Babbage Institute will be presenting a talk on the impact of social media on our society. Following the talk, there will be tours of the archival library caverns...a must see!
Gopher Go's are your opportunity as a UPerks participant to check out athletic and sports themed events here at the U!
Wrestling-Sunday, February 13th
Gophers vs. Penn State; 2 p.m. Sports Pavilion; $5 general admission with UCard
Golden Gophers Wrestling has a rich history of being one of the best teams in the country, and this year's team shaping up to be another championship season! Check out Gopher Wrestling as they take on Penn State. Tickets are $5 at the door with your UCard, no need to register ahead!
Have you wanted to make connections with other employees but have a hard time finding time after a busy day of work? If you have, here is a great opportunity! Fun Lunches are get-togethers with you and other employees across the U. You get together over your lunch time with your brown bag lunch, meet other coworkers, and see something exciting on campus!
Dental School Tour Fun Lunch
Monday, January 24, 12 p.m., Moos Tower, 15th Floor Lobby
Register for the Dental School Fun Lunch
The U of M Dental School is on the cutting edge of teaching, research, and practice. Come take a tour of an innovative program and get a chance to see state of the art simulation labs!
Veterinary Teaching Hospital Tour Fun Lunch
Thursday, February 17, 12 p.m., Veterinary Medical Center Front Lobby, St. Paul Campus
Register for the Vet Teaching Hospital Fun Lunch
The U of M Veterinary Medical Center is world renowned for it's excellent and innovative care of our animal friends. Join us for this rare chance to take a peek of the behind the scenes of the VMC!
Raptor Center Talk Fun Lunch
Wednesday, March 23rd, 12 p.m., Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus
Register for the Raptor Center Fun Lunch
Learn about the mission of the Raptor Center, and get a chance to meet some of its winged inhabitants!
Food Safety Class Fun Lunch
Wednesday, April 13th, 12 p.m., 215 Donhowe Building
Register for the Food Safety Class Fun Lunch
Adrienne Scott from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety will be giving a talk and demonstration about food health safety issues you might face in your home. Learn about safe cleaning tips, appropriate food storage, and other things you probably didn't know about food safety!
Solar House and Sustainable Shelters Tour Fun Lunch
Wednesday, April 27, 12 p.m., Bell Museum of Natural History Front Lobby
Register for the Solar House Tour Fun Lunch
Have you seen that cool looking building on campus next to the Armory? That's an award-winning solar house built by U students and faculty! The house is on display until May...here's your chance to take a peek before it's sold!
St. Paul Horticulture Greenhouse Tour Fun Lunch
Thursday, May 5, 12 p.m., Room 158 Plant Growth Facility West, St. Paul Campus
Register for the Greenhouse Tour Fun Lunch
The Horticultural team will be taking us on a tour of their greenhouse facilities, and will be discussing their research and plant collections. Following the tour, you'll have the opportunity to shop the annual plant sale!