P&A  Senate News.

February 2014 Issue

2014 P&A Senate Annual Outstanding Unit Award (OUA)

Annually, the P&A Senate recognizes units 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.

Any unit in which a P&A staff holds an appointment is eligible to apply. Units may reapply 3 years after receiving the OUA.  The P&A Senate recognizes that the definition of "unit" can vary widely across the University community. For the OUA, a unit includes colleges, departments, divisions, institutes, outreach centers, schools, and other administrative units within the University.   Units will be judged on the following three specific key areas, 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 P&A Senate Professional Development and Recognition Subcommittee (PD&R) will review and select the recipient of the OUA based on the stated eligibility guidelines and application.

Nominations must be received via the nomination form no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact Jodi Carlson Grebinoski at 218-726-7880 or jlcarlso@d.umn.edu.

P&A Brown Bags

The Professional Development & Recognition Subcommittee produces a series of brown bag sessions on topics of interest to P&A staff. Past Brown Bag sessions were recorded and are available on the P&A Senate website.  The latest session was held on February 11.  The session topic was: Are you interested in hearing teaching tips from the first P&A award winner of the prestigious Horace Morse teaching award? Are you interested in hearing more about applying for the annual P&A Unit Award? Speakers were:

  • Chris Dovolis- Horace Morse recipient, Computer Science & Engineering
  • Lisa Novack and Stefanie Wiesneski - P&A unit award winners, College of Biological Sciences Student Services

Video from the session is available here.

Libraries Launches MNCAT Discovery

The University of Minnesota Libraries has launched a new default search tool called MNCAT Discovery, which is delivered via the Libraries' new mobile-friendly website. MNCAT Discovery allows users to search and access the overwhelming majority of articles and other materials made available by the Libraries, as well as books and other Libraries holdings.

Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice

This series of panel discussions is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity and the University Libraries.  They are live-streamed and recorded, so accessible system-wide (and the public).   More information, including links to past events, is available here.

Upcoming Events:
February 21, 2014 - ONE NATION OR MANY NATIONS? Racism, Romanticism and American Indian Issues Today
March 28, 2014 - BREAKING THE MAN BOX: Reconstructing Masculinity in America
April 18, 2014 - WHO COUNTS AS WHAT? Promise and Tensions of International and Domestic Diversity

UMM a Finalist in Competition to Find Higher Education's Most Innovative Climate Leaders

The University of Minnesota Morris is a finalist in the 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among U.S. colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Morris is one of only four baccalaureate colleges recognized.

UMC Named the Midwest Top Public Regional College

The University of Minnesota Crookston is proud and excited about a move to number one in this year's U.S. News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges.  The rankings for 2014 mark the 16th consecutive year the Crookston campus has appeared in the top four and signals a return to the top spot moving up from number two in 2013. 

UMR Cultural Engagement and Study Away Program Manager

The University of Minnesota Rochester is welcoming a Cultural Engagement and Study Away Program Manager, a new position tasked with helping students who want to take their education experience abroad. Brett Schieve joined UMR in January and comes with first-hand experience of helping students organize study abroad opportunities, most recently as an International Studies Advisor at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. He In this new position, Brett said he looks forward to working closely with students in expanding their opportunities to study away -- whether it's another state in the U.S. or if they want to travel across the globe.

Stress Reduction Opportunities for UPLAN employee members at UMD & UMTC

The Mindfulness in Motion (MiM) program, offered by the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the Duluth and the Twin Cities campuses, is a research-based program that offers pragmatic resiliency tools easily implemented in the workplace to reduce daily stress and increase productivity and work engagement. Participants will learn mindful awareness principles that are the key to embodying the benefits of mindfulness. The eight weekly sessions emphasize bodily relaxation with soft background music as well as discussion of mindful awareness of cognitive habits.

Raise Your Voice for a Better U

The annual legislative briefing was held on February 12.  For more information, and other ways to be involved, click here.


Meet a P&A Employee
Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian

Nancy Sims is a subject specialist on copyright issues for the UMTC Libraries.  To learn more about Nancy, see P&A Employee Spotlight.

Nominate a Colleague to be profiled in this Newsletter

One of the ways we can best support the U, and especially the P&A class, is to "tell the story" of the many ways P&A staff support the mission of the University, and contribute to the vitality of the state. To counteract negative messages like last December's WSJ article, we need to be able to tell friends, neighbors, and politicians about the vital work we do.  One way to do this is to profile and celebrate individuals typical of our class.  Each month we aim to profile both an -P and -A staff member in this newsletter.  To do so, we need your help.  Click here and tell us about someone you think we should feature.  If this link does not work for you, please contact Scott Marsalis, marsa001@umn.edu or Michelle Hargrave, mhargrav@d.umn.edu.

What is the P&A Senate?

The P&A Senate represents Academic Professionals and Administrators (P&A) at the University of Minnesota. Our mission is to advocate for the highest quality of work life for P&A employees in order to advance the University of Minnesota's mission of teaching, research, and service.  Currently the P&A Senate works primarily in four areas: benefits and compensation , communications, outreach, and professional development and recognition.  To learn more, talk with your senator, and visit our website.

This e-mail was sent by the P&A Senate to all current Academic Professionals and Administrators (P&A) as listed by Human Resources data.