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A hearty congratulations goes to CCE's A. Peter Hilger, faculty co-director and instructor for the College of Continuing Education (CCE)’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction and Facility Management Program. Peter is a recipient of the 2015 Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the U’s most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Read more: http://z.umn.edu/aphmorsegplus
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House, Chicago Hope, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, St. Elsewhere… if you tune in to popular TV, it seems like health care facilities are mostly doctors and nurses and patients (all of whom are also constantly, often inexplicably, drawn into webs of drama and intrigue).

But in the real world, that’s far from the case. The health services industry is a hugely complex one—and an aging population, changing legislation, and reform efforts are making it more so.

It’s become one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S., and the need for highly qualified people to lead both facilities and staff continues to grow. If you’re interested in helping people and communities, and want to know how to start (or grow) your career in planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services, the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Health Services Management (HSM) from the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education is for you.

Want to learn more? Hear from faculty director Sue McClernon and other leaders in the field about the degree and the career opportunities in this exciting area.

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Want to do more with social media than just watch cat videos? Join the Twonks, FB fanatics, and denizens of the Blogosphere and discover how to write effectively for social media at a free webinar on Aug. 13. Details: http://z.umn.edu/aug13webinargp

Social media has quickly become an essential communication medium, providing an easy and relatively inexpensive platform to reach clients and customers. But even though it seems simple enough (how hard can coming up with 140 characters be, right?), engaging and informing your audience is often more daunting than you’d think.

This webinar will give you the confidence you need to make your blog postings, tweets, and other status updates relevant, valuable, and interesting to your readers—whether you are crafting original content or re-purposing materials from other sources.

You’ll learn how to:
*Figure out who your readers are—and what they want to hear
*Craft compelling content that gets retweeted and shared (i.e. put the social into social media!)
*Engage your audience instead of inundating them with sales copy
*Be personable without being pushy; enthusiastic, but still authentic

Join the conversation on August 13 at noon! http://z.umn.edu/aug13webinargp
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Go-Go-Gadget…T-shirts?
U of M researcher Dr. Lucy Dunne helps hi-tech devices move beyond wrist GPS units and into functional fashion
 
It wasn’t long ago that things like smartphones and portable GPS devices were the stuff of uber-spy-legends like Mission Impossible, Inspector Gadget, and James Bond. But now, however, they are ubiquitous—you can slip more than 1,500 radio stations from all over the world in your pocket to take with you on your walk, or strap on a Garmin virtual running buddy no bigger than a wristwatch that will track your vital signs, chart your course, and offer you advice (or friendly competition) when you drift outside of your desired pace range.
 
But what about wearable technology that goes beyond the (now everyday) electronic gadgets? What about gloves that can serve as “eyes” for a firefighter in a smoky room? Or a vest that alerts you to posture problems as you sit at your desk at work? Or even a knee brace that can “talk” to your orthopedic surgeon…while doing double duty as a fashion accessory?
 
Researcher Lucy Dunne has spent her career working on projects exactly like that. Dunne is head of the Wearable Technology Lab in the U of M College of Design—a unique program that combines science and engineering with apparel design.
 
“Currently, we wear clothes because we think they look cool and because we want to stay warm,” she says. But, she says, our garments are destined to go beyond just style and comfort—and one day “we will have a system that looks and feels just like everyday clothing, but is able to detect our activities…sense body signals; maybe physiological signals, or [perhaps] position or movement” and then take action.
 
That day may be closer than you think, and Dunne and her team have already designed numerous articles of wearable tech. On June 26, Dunne she will be presenting some of her functional fashion at the Saturday Morning Seminar, Smart Clothing: Wearable Technology (http://www.cce.umn.edu/courses/CS-0659.html).
 
Want a hint of apparel’s brave new world? Check out this video (courtesy of Big Ten Network) showcasing Dr. Dunne, her lab, and a perpetually jogging, pants-wearing mannequin named Sisyphus… and then join us on June 26! http://www.cce.umn.edu/courses/CS-0659.html
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Hey all! The new issue of CCE Current is here. Check out what your friends, fellow alums, and colleagues are up to: http://z.umn.edu/currentgplus
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Cultural depredation is has been going on since, well, since culture began. If it's emblematic of power, your conqueror will take it, or destroy it. If it identifies status or is worth money, someone will want it. Be it a matter of war or organized (or disorganized) crime, the trafficking of art and artifacts happens as much, if not more than, that of drugs and guns. Headliners is this Thursday (04/03) and delves into the tradition and tragedy of cultural property depredation. Join us: http://z.umn.edu/hlapril3
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This winter, Minneapolis hip hop artist, spoken-word poet, and Master of Liberal Studies studennt Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre performed at the United Nations for the Barbershop Conference, a gathering aimed at "changing the discourse among men on Gender Equality." In front of a crowd of diplomats, activists, and other leaders, Guante performed his poem "Action," an exploration of how rape culture plays out at the interpersonal level, and how important it is for men to bring conversations about sexual assault and gender violence into traditionally male-dominated spaces. Back home in Minneapolis, Guante now turns his attention to working with TruArtSpeaks to open up spaces for young people to speak out on these issues and many more.
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The newest issue of CCE Current is here! From sustainable farming to public policy; disruptive technologies to Central American building codes, our students and alums are pioneers, craftspeople, researchers, entrepreneurs, and more. Check out the latest edition and discover just a few of these unique stories of success: http://z.umn.edu/ccecurrent1214gplus Are you an alum, current student, faculty member, or friend of the college with a story or update to share? We want to hear from you! Follow the link in the Updates section and give us a buzz...you could be in the next issue of Current!
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Boost your social media presence with tips and trick for writing in an ephemeral medium! Register now for the free Writing for Social Media webinar (noon, Aug. 13): http://z.umn.edu/aug13webinargp

Pick up helpful hints on how to make your blog postings, tweets, and other status updates relevant, valuable, and interesting to your readers—whether you are crafting original content or re-purposing materials from other sources.

You’ll learn how to:
*Figure out who your readers are—and what they want to hear
*Craft compelling content that gets retweeted and shared (i.e. put the social into social media!)
*Engage your audience instead of inundating them with sales copy
*Be personable without being pushy; enthusiastic, but still authentic

Join the conversation on August 13 at noon! http://z.umn.edu/aug13webinargp
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What does your personal brand say about you? WAIT--you DO have one, don't you? Discover how a well-defined personal brand can help you achieve your career (and life) goals at a free webinar tomorrow (04.22) from noon-1 PM CST. It'll cost you nothing...but you do need to preregister! DETAILS: http://z.umn.edu/brandedgoogleplus
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“The brain is a social organ, and our relationships with one another are not a luxury but an essential nutrient for our survival.” - Daniel Siegel

Want to cultivate wellbeing through your interpersonal relationships? Or learn more about how your relationships with self and others are deeply connected to resilience, mental health, and overall wellbeing? Join interpersonal communications expert Dr. Dan Siegel at the April 24 edition of the Wellbeing Lecture Series, sponsored by the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Details and registration: http://z.umn.edu/cshwellbeing
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PRICE REDUCED! You asked--Top Coast listened (Hey, it IS a conference about solving problems, right?). The two-day workshop price is now just $150! Full deets: http://z.umn.edu/topcoast
 
Breaking news! This spring, we're partnering with MPR News to produce the Top Coast Festival...3 days of big ideas and new solutions to some of our country's most pressing problems. Join leaders in politics, pop culture, health care, technology, food and philanthropy as they with your favorite public radio personalities about how to make what's wrong right. Reg. begins 2/17, but Friends of CCE (THAT'S YOU!) & MPR members can register NOW (early!). Details: http://topcoast.mprnews.org/index.php
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About the College

The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, and academic growth.

Each year, the College serves more than 50,000 learners working toward individualized or applied degrees or certificates; accessing the University's credit courses; or participating in short courses, workshops and events. Tens of thousands of additional learners benefit from the professional learning environment provided by our Continuing Education Conference Center.

We are also home to Radio K, the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota.

Complete Your Bachelor's Degree

For those who have already taken some college credits, the College of Continuing Education offers several options to complete your bachelor's degree. Explore our Multidisciplinary Studies program, specifically designed to help working adults complete their bachelor's degree through evening and online courses. Or, check out our applied degree options, including our:

Individualized Degrees

Our individualized bachelor’s degrees, as well as our Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Biological Science degrees, allow students to draw from the University’s rich and varied course offerings to craft a flexible degree that fits their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Applied Degrees and Certificates

Our applied learning bachelor’s of applied science degreescredit certificatesMaster of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership, and Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture allow students to bring work experience to class and take away hands-on instruction and theory they can use, on-the-job, right away.

Access to University of Minnesota Courses

Through online, distance, and evening courses, the College of Continuing Education helps make University of Minnesota courses accessible to students not admitted to the University and to admitted students wanting to supplement their course work with flexible options.

Additionally, the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) helps international students improve English reading, writing, and speaking skills for success in a university classroom or in the workplace. And through our High School Programs, juniors and seniors can earn college credit before leaving high school.

Programs for Professional Development

Designed to provide professionals with the core competencies needed to advance in the workplace, our interactive and engaging professional development courses are taught by industry experts and cover highly relevant topics. Courses can be combined into professional development certificates that demonstrate a cohesive body of knowledge.

We also partner with organizations to deliver learning options designed to meet their specific needs though onsite training.

Programs for Personal Enrichment and Life Transitions

LearningLife helps adults pursue their passions and navigate life transitions through short courses, workshops, seminars, presentations by nationally and internationally renowned speakers, and other special events.