2012 Imagine Fund Annual Award and Special Events Winners Announced

The University of Minnesota has chosen the more than 150 recipients of its 2012 Imagine Fund Annual Awards and Special Events Grants. Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a unique systemwide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities and design at the University of Minnesota. "These disciplines at the University of Minnesota advance rigorous ways of thinking about the changing world, and on behalf of the entire Imagine Fund committee, I want to thank all of the applicants, as well as the university and outgoing Provost Tom Sullivan, for their steadfast commitment to the arts, humanities and design," said professor Renee Cheng, chair of the U of M Imagine Fund Awards Committee…

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Monday Minute, January 23, 2012: Collaborative Workspaces

Dear Colleagues, Last Friday, I joined a group of our students on a tour (put together by our College to Career Coordinator, Lucy Reile) of CoCo, a collaborative workspace in the former trading room of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, beautifully restored by adjunct professor Bob Mack. It offers a glimpse of how many of us will work in the future. In comparison to today's office, the CoCo space shows how we will interact with colleagues (more collaboratively), communicate with each other (more digitally), dress in the office (more informally), and arrange and occupy workspace (more flexibly and fluidly). With research suggesting that the self-employed may constitute as much as 40 to 45% of all workers by 2020, we need…

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Monday Minute, January 17, 2012: Welcome Back

Dear Colleagues, I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. It's terrific to see students, faculty and staff back in full-force as we kick-off 2012. As I mentioned at year's end, I believe that 2012 will be a defining year for our College. With President Kaler half-way through his first year at the U, and with our new provost, Dr. Karen Hanson, set to take the reins next month, I'm extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the entire University in the coming year. As a reminder, RFP's for investments in our vision, visibility and vitality are due on Tuesday, January 31. Again, if your idea helps advance the vision of the College, if…

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