January 2013 Issue
Next P&A Senate meeting:
Friday, February 1st, 9:30am-11:30am, 5-125 Moos Tower*
Mark your calendar for the March meeting: March 1, 9:30am-11:30am, 5-125 Moos Tower*
A note of appreciation to Kimberly
Simon, 2012-2013 Chair-elect, for her work on behalf of the U of MN and
the P&A Senate. Best wishes to her in her new career outside
of the University.
*ITV connections to coordinate campuses: 105 Kiehle Hall - Crookston; 173 Kirby Plaza - Duluth; Behmler Hall Conference Room - Morris; Room 322 - Rochester
Special Note from the P&A Chair, Ann Hagen
Dear P&A colleagues,
I hope you have had a chance to read the 12/28/12 Wall Street Journal article
criticizing the U for its administrative expenses. The cries of
"too many administrators" are being echoed in St. Paul and the U now has
to report back to the Minnesota Legislature on March 15 with an
accounting of all administrative expenses. The P&A job
classification is extremely diverse and we are not just
administrators. P&As teach, research, coach, advise, support,
and yes, administer and direct. I believe our work is critical to
the University's success and the P&A Senate is working to find a way
to make sure everyone at the U and in the State know we are working
hard to advance the U's mission. The University's Government and
Community Relations team will join us at our next meeting on Friday,
February 1 to help us determine the best ways to move forward with
this effort. Please feel free to join us at the meeting or
contact me directly with questions, concerns, or ideas!
Ann Hagen, Chair, P&A Senate
2013 P&A Outstanding Unit Award
Annually, the P&A Senate presents the P&A Outstanding Unit Award (OUA),
which recognizes a unit of the University of Minnesota judged to be
exemplary in their support of P&A staff and the critical role
P&A employees fulfill in carrying out the mission of the
University. A unit includes colleges, departments, divisions,
institutes, outreach centers, schools, and other administrative units
within the University.
Units will be judged on recognizing work
achieved during the past three calendar years: practices supporting and
enhancing the careers of P&A employees; practices used for P&A
involvement in decision-making and P&A contributions to profession
& community. The recipient of the OUA is based on the
stated nomination guidelines.
Nominations must be received by Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, PD&R Chair, no later than 4:30 pm on March 8, 2013. Questions - please contact Jodi Carlson Grebinoski at 218-726-7880, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERPRISE PORTAL PROJECT KICKOFF!
Monday, February 4, from 2-4 p.m.
Locations on every campus
Register by Wednesday, 1/30
The Enterprise Portal Project Kickoff
begins a University-wide conversation about creating an easy-to-use
interactive web tool for facilitating access to information and services
that are of primary relevance and interest to YOU and the University
community. The event will include a short overview of the portal project
and then move into World Cafe
small group conversations about opportunities this project offers to
the University community and strategies for being part of creating a new
portal that delights the people who use it.
Snippets from the Spring 2012 Survey of U of MN P&A Employees
Of the P&A employees responding to "What is your Primary Job Function?"
18.9% Other [e.g. coaching, advising, fundraising,
healthcare, library services]
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
P&A Brown Bag Presentation
Tuesday, February 19th, 12:00PM-1:00PM
During this fun filled teaching-focused
session, you will have opportunity to hear from two speakers from the
College of Education and Human Development on the Twin Cities campus ~
Dr. Michelle Everson will discuss designing and teaching hybrid and
online courses and Mary Beth Kelley will share a variety of cooperating
learning activities geared for college-aged students. Christine Peper is
hosting this event.
Please join us for the P&A Senate
Brown Bag at 325 Education Sciences, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis or
via UMConnect. View previous P&A Brown Bag Sessions online.
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DIVERSITY AND JUSTICE
The Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require an RSVP.
Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 - 3
p.m., Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, U's West
PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Kevin Groenke is the Manager at the W.L.
Hall Workshop & Digital Fabrication Lab in the College of Design.
To learn about about how Kevin makes a difference at the U, see P&A Employee Spotlight.
David Porter is a Scientific Computing
Consultant at the Supercomputer Institute. To learn about about how
David makes a difference at the U, see P&A Employee Spotlight
This e-mail was sent to all current P&A staff at the University of Minnesota by the P&A Senate.