P&A Senate Blog

P&A Senate Brown Bag: Generation Z Comes to College

Generation Z Comes to College   

In this session, you will learn about the current research on our emerging new generation of college students. You will have the opportunity to share your observations and ideas as well as discuss how the characteristics of Gen Z students may affect our practices. How are they similar to and different from the Millennial Generation? How might we best promote their success in college?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

P&A Senate Statement on Presidential Search

The P&A Senate represents roughly 6,500 Academic Professionals and Administrators (P&A) at the University of Minnesota - about 30% of all University employees. We are key partners in University governance, and desire active and ongoing engagement in the search for the next leader of our institution.

As the representatives of the University of Minnesota’s largest employee group, we feel strongly that the next president must exhibit certain core values, competencies, and characteristics.

Read the full statement.

P&A Senate Brown Bag: Leveraging Positivity

Whitney MooreLeveraging Positivity:

Moving Beyond the Simplistic Idea of “Think Positive”

Presented by Whitney Moore, career counselor

Friday, October 5th, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Moos Tower 2-530 (TC East Bank Campus)
or via WebEx at z.umn.edu/pabrownbag100518

All too often we hear positivity being associated with certain personality types, being naive, living a charmed life, or facing little hardship. This is simply not accurate! An ability to leverage positivity in everyday life is possible for anyone who chooses it, but can often be more complex than just "thinking positive." 

P&A Senate Brown Bag

Let’s Not Call it Networking: Building Professional Relationships 


Headshots of Mary Buschette, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations, CFANS; Jen Guyer-Wood, HHH Director of Career Services; and Ellie McCann, Family Resiliency Extension Educator and Assoc. Ext. Professor

 Thursday, May 17th – Moos Tower, Room 1-450 (TC) - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm 

or via WebEx at z.umn.edu/pabrownbag0517 

Nominations Open for 2018 P&A Outstanding Unit Awards

Six staff members of the Law School Career Center pose outside Moos TowerAnnually, the P&A Senate awards the Outstanding Unit Award (OUA) which recognizes a unit of the University of Minnesota judged to be exemplary in its support of P&A staff and the critical role P&A employees fulfill in carrying out the mission of the University. The winning unit is awarded a $1000 professional development grant. Deadline extended to March 30-- learn more and nominate a unit!

P&A Senate Brown Bag: Working Across Silos

How Silos Learn: Working in the Idea Factory

Presented by Amanda Costello

Thursday, February 8th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Silos are awful and keep us from doing our best work, but when you’re in the middle of a silo – and maybe that silo is inside another silo – can you even make a difference and where do you start?

Senate Committees Make the News!

MN Daily reporter Natalie Rademacher's article on parental leave, featuring the P&A Senate, Senate Research Committee, and the Social Concerns Committee, has been picked up by the Associated Press (slightly edited and abridged). Check out the links above to read the full article(s)!

Fall 2017 Semester Update: A View from the Inside

A View from the InsideShannon FarrellIan Ringgenberg

Advocating for Equity in Parental Leave

Ian Ringgenberg, chair, P&A Senate
Shannon Farrell, co-chair, P&A Senate Benefits & Compensation Subcommittee

In the Fall of 2016, the P&A Senate Benefits & Compensation Subcommittee began investigating how the University of Minnesota's parental leave policies compared to other universities, and how well they worked for University employees. Parental leave seems to be a perennial topic of consideration on the committee, but one that rarely provides easy answers. Click to read more.

P&A Brown Bag: Leading Up

“Leading up” is an important leadership skill employed to accomplish tasks that are in the best interest of our organization and requires influencing the people above you. In this session, leadership expert Lisa Warren, assistant vice president for Research, will provide an overview of the skills necessary and tools available to help you in this area. All are welcome to join on Tuesday, November 14 from noon - 1:00 p.m. in 5-125 Moos Tower, or via WebEx at z.umn.edu/pabrownbag1114. Click for more.

P&A News for May 2017

P&A News for May 2017. Contents include Spotlight on Noro Andriamanalina, Center Stage featuring the CBS Conservatory, and the Oustanding Unit Award.