P&A Senate Blog

Brown Bag Events: Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Engaging distinct combination of emotional, personal, interpersonal skills and competencies

Presented by:
Professor Catherine (Catie) Rasmussen
U of MN Extension-Leadership and Civic Engagement

Monday, March 18th 2019

Moos Tower 5-125 (TC)

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

or via WebEx at https://z.umn.edu/pabrownbag0318

Catherine 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

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.  

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.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Twin Cities campus: Moos Tower, Room 1-450

or via WebEx at z.umn.edu/pabrownbag022119

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?