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Joint Civil Service Brown Bag and P&A Seminar Series Presentation

A joint Civil Service Brown Bag and P&A Senate Seminar Series Presentation

You and the U: 

How U of M Legislative Advocacy

Can Work for You! 

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm 


Presented by Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, U of M Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, is passionate about helping U of M students, faculty, and staff influence the legislative process through quick, simple actions. Mike has spent the last 20 years involved in Minnesota politics, starting before his graduation from the Twin Cities campus in 2002.

P&A Senate 2019-20 Seminar Series

Introduction to ISSS Multicultural Workshops

Join us on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. This session will highlight the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop series which combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and "Culture In-Depth" sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. 

P&A Senate 2019-20 Seminar Series

Enhancing Wellbeing: Practical Workplace Tips & Approaches

This session, presented by Marianne Johnson, will highlight the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Wellbeing Model and its application in fostering resilience in individuals and teams.

P&A Senate Brown Bag Events

Emotional Intelligence: Engaging distinct combination of emotional, personal, interpersonal skills and competencies

Catherine Rasmussen has 35 years of experience as an educator of leadership development and is a certified Emotional Intelligence trainer. She brings a passion for engaging participants in the joy of learning about themselves and others in order to create change.    

P&A Senate Outstanding Unit Award 2019

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Outstanding Unit Award! The Award recognizes a University unit (department, center, institute, college, etc.) judged to be exemplary in its support of P&A staff and the critical role P&A employees fulfill in carrying out the University’s mission. The winning unit receives a $1,000 professional development grant. Any unit employing P&A staff is eligible to apply. Units that previously received the award must wait three years before applying again.

Staff and Cold Weather Cancellation

This winter has given all of us cocktail party conversation fodder for the rest of our lives! It has also given us an opportunity to showcase how the P&A Senate advocates for you.  

P&A Senate Brown Bag Events

The Wellbeing Program:  Employee Success Stories and Ways that You Could Benefit

The University of Minnesota’s Wellbeing Program helps faculty and staff take small steps toward a healthy and vibrant future. The Office of Human Resources has many inspiring success stories and is excited to share them with the broader campus community! Hear how the Wellbeing Program has helped colleagues improve their lives and how you can use it to enhance many aspects of your life. Learn about all the options in the program and the variety of resources at your fingertips.

P&A Senate Brown Bag Events

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?

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 Events

Whitney MooreLeveraging Positivity: Moving Beyond the Simplistic Idea of “Think Positive”

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." 

Presented by Whitney Moore, career counselor