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China: A Rising Power with an Ancient History Lecture Series

In June 2010, the University of Vermont will welcome the first Chinese undergraduate students enrolled in the new U.S.-Sino Pathway Program. This program is one of several initiatives under way to further UVM's goal of building a diverse and globally aware university community. Part of UVM's mission is "to prepare students to be accountable leaders who will bring to their work dedication to the global community." That dedication will, in part, develop through friendships students build as they study together, work on class projects, share meals, and trade stories with students who come from across the country and around the world. To prepare the UVM community for the arrival of these students, and to help us understand more about the backgrounds of one of our largest international graduate student populations, a series of presentations on China will be offered to address cultural and education issues of China. Each session will be presented twice this semester, and once again in the fall semester. Presentations are free, open to the entire UVM community, and registration is not required.

  • Monday, Feb. 22. "China: Historical Legacies in Today's Society." Williams Family Room, Davis Center. Noon.
  • Thursday, Feb. 25. "China: Diversity Issues in Ethnic Groups, Gender, Regions, Languages, Socio-Economic Status, and Social Customs." Jost Foundation Room, Davis Center. Noon.

See the complete schedule and descriptions of the sessions.

Get Help at the Computer Depot Clinic

The Computer Depot Clinic in the Computer Depot, first floor of the Davis Center, is open during weekends beginning in the Spring 2010 semester. Hours are noon to 4 pm. Only the Computer Depot Clinic (CDC) Service is available on weekends, not the Depot sales area. Services available include:

  • assistance with backing up data
  • reimaging and reformatting computers
  • assistance with getting online
  • hardware diagnostics
  • troubleshooting virus issues
  • installing UVM-supported software
  • topics listed on www.uvm.edu/ets/help under self help videos--view all

These weekend hours are being offered to enable students to get help with computer issues when classes are not in session. The service is open to all UVM students, faculty, and staff. Information: [log in to unmask]

Shaken and Stirred Student Video Contest Call for Entries

Make a 1-4 minute video that shows what you do as a UVM student to live a fun, full life without excessive alcohol, and you could win $500. Due March 19. Go to www.uvm.edu/health/shakenandstirred for more info.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a number of workshops in March and April on topics including The Brain, Learning, and Teaching; SRC Pre-Conference Prep.; Supercharge Your Research; Writing Across Borders--Writing and Culture at UVM; Reluctance and Conflict: Navigating Discussions on Diversity; and Responding to English Language Learners. See the complete list of offerings, and register now.

New Research Study

Children and parents needed for participation in a new research study at UVM on the cognitive processes of self-concept in children with ADHD. Participating families will attend one testing session and will receive $40 at the completion of the session. A report of results from a test of cognitive abilities also is offered free of charge! Children must be 7-11 years old, and pass an eligibility screening. Children who have attention problems and/or behavior problems will be considered for the project. Information: Meghan Tomb (principal investigator), (802) 656-9196.

Financial Awards for Students Who Make the Grade and Work for Social Justice

United Academics, the faculty union at UVM, is accepting applications for two financial awards to honor students who exemplify academic excellence and commitment to social justice. The Jeffrey Brace Book Award will provide $500 awards for books and supplies to students who will be enrolled at UVM full-time in fall '10. The Linda Backus Memorial Award of $1,000 will be presented to a current college senior with a parent who is a union member in Vermont. Deadline for both applications is March 1. Application details are available on the United Academics website (click on the "Student Awards" link in the left-hand column). Information: [log in to unmask]

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

UVM FeelGood Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Grab a grilled cheese and help fight world hunger. One hundred percent of profits benefit The Hunger Project, an international organization that focuses on empowerment and gender equality as the solutions to chronic persistent hunger. Buy delicious, gourmet, grilled cheese Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. First floor of the Davis Center, across from the CATCard Office. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information.

"Economics of 350: The Benefits and Costs of Climate Stabilization." Kristen Sheeran, executive director of Economics for Equity and the Environment Network. 104 Aiken Building. 11:30 a.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Zeltzerman Lecture: Anne Fadiman. Author of the award-winning book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 5:30 p.m. Information.

Radical Movie Night: Slingshot Hip-Hop. This film traces the history and development of hip-hop among Palestinians as a means of non-violent political protest and cultural expression of their people's plight. The film includes interviews and performances by such artists DAM, Palestinian Rapperz, Mahmoud Shalabi, and female rappers such as Arapeyat and Sabreena Da Witch. Brennan's Pub, Davis Center. 6 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

SGA Meeting. Your Student Government Association (SGA) invites you to attend all meetings to speak about your student concerns, as well as learn about what your SGA is doing for you. Meetings are open and available to the entire UVM community and often feature special speakers to discuss what is occurring within the greater Burlington community. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. 7 p.m. Information.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Burack President's Distinguished Lecture: "The Demographics of Aging: Impacts on Transportation and Mobility." Joe Coughlin, Director, MIT AgeLab. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. 4 p.m. Information.

Physics Colloquium: "Tailoring the Thinnest Cloth: How to Induce and Control Magnetism in Graphene." Bruno Uchoa, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jost Foundation Room, Davis Center. 4 p.m. Refreshments available at 3:30. Information.

Music of Sowah Mensah. A concert of the music of UVM Marsh Professor Sowah Mensah. Featuring the UVM Concert Band and Adenkum group. Pieces will include "The Pot of Wisdom" for narrator and band, as well as pieces for percussion, xylophones, and adenkum (gourd) ensembles. Music Building Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Information: 656-3040, [log in to unmask]

"Voices: A Panel of Bi/Multiracial Students." An open discussion where UVM students share their personal stories over a free dinner. Learn more about other people and see the world from a different point of view. Harris/Millis Lounge. 8 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

UVM STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) Weekly Meeting. 107 Lafayette. 8 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Noite Brasileira (Brazilian Night). Come and experience Brazilian culture at UVM: artwork, music, and dance. Featuring Naquele Tempo, a 6-piece ensemble playing Brazilian music styles ranging from Samba to Forro. North Lounge, Billings. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Information: 656-3196.

"The Hidden History of the Civil Rights Movements." When reading about the Civil Rights Movement there is so much often left out of our watered-down high school text books. How Malcolm X and the Black Panthers inspired millions of blacks and whites in their struggle against racism and inequality. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s fight against the Vietnam War and for true economic equality among races, not just social equality. Come and learn about the true radical and inspiring history of the Civil Rights Movements. 311 Lafayette. 7 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Guest Artist Concert. Music for flute, clarinet and electronics with Beth Wiemann and Liz Downing of the University of Maine. Music Building Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Information: 656-3040, [log in to unmask]

Hadag Nachash Concert. Hadag Nahash is Israel's number one hip-hop group that combines Western pop music and ethnic music to create a unique sound containing influences from funk and world music. Free tickets for students available at the Davis Center's first floor information desk or the door, $10 for others available at the door or online at uvmhillel.org. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 7:30 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Friday, February 26, 2010

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Doc, will you fill this out for me?" Disability and its Impact on Mental Illness." Keith Berner, resident and clinical instructor in psychiatry. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Information: (802) 847-2124.

Free Shabbat Dinner. All are welcome, bring friends, meet cool people! 57 South Williams Street. 7 p.m. R.S.V.P. for you and a friend. Information: [log in to unmask]

Lane Series Performance: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. With special guests Kimberley Fraser and Troy MacGillivray. Tickets, $25 adult, $20 student. Music Building Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Information, tickets.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Top Cats Annual February Show. Tickets, $5 students, $10 general admission, available at the door. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Information.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ecological Learning Institute Sunday Workshop Series. "Urban Permaculture: Mycoscaping and Edible Forest Gardening." 1 to 5 p.m. "Mycoscaping with Compost." 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mycoscaping is the incorporation of mushroom production in the landscape for food, medicine, and bioremediation. GreenHouse Residential Learning Community, University Heights South. Information: [log in to unmask]

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