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Are You Looking for a Mentor?

Posted on behalf of the Mentoring Committee of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) of ALA:

Have you been a librarian for 5 years or less? Do you sometimes feel you have professional questions to ask and no one to direct them to? Do you find yourself wondering, in the midst of budget season, or in that massive collection development strategy meeting… what the heck are they talking about? Well, through NMRT's Mentoring Committee, help has arrived! Here's your chance to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to ask about all those questions you can't really ask!

The NMRT Mentoring Committee will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of our Career Mentoring program. The program will last from October 2008 to July 2009. Conference attendance is not required, but membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. Applications are due October 17, 2008, with the goal of notifying the matching pairs by the end of October.
For further information and to apply, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/mentor/mentoringcommittee.cfm

Lisa Tattersall
Reference Librarian, Adult Services
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330

Posted by kkowatch on September 30, 2008 at 03:18 PM | Comments (0)

Ann Arbor SPARK - College Connections, Resources for Young Michigan Talent

Fall has arrived in all its glory, and with it, Michigan’s Colleges and Universities are rockin’. I wanted to give everyone a quick update on our programs to keep fresh talent in Michigan.

We continue to get very strong website traffic to our new student resources portal, College Connections. Thanks for promoting this resource to your students! http://www.annarborusa.org/career-services/college-connections/

For students that want to stay in Michigan after graduation, College Connections is a must see for entry-level job and internship seekers. We have almost 200 companies listed and we invite other companies to join the charge to keep talent in Michigan. To be included in this list, companies need to regularly hire college graduates into professional positions and/or offer internships.

We’re always looking for new ideas and are very open to your suggestions, as we want to help you to provide great, local career options for your students.

Resources for College Students and Graduates

Job Search Assistance
Are you trying to find a list of growing companies that hire college graduates for entry level positions? Would you like to find a list of helpful links that can make your job search easier? Are you interested in learning about career events? If the answer to these questions is yes, please check out this link: http://www.annarborusa.org/career-services/college-connections/. This portal was created just for you - college students that would like to stay in Michigan for internships and upon graduation. We have almost 200 companies and a number of helpful links, and we are adding new companies each week to help connect talent to the great opportunities right here in Michigan. Please feel free to contact Amy Cell at Amy@AnnArborSPARK.org
with any questions, comments, suggestions and other feedback.

Hot Shots: Monthly Career Connection Events in Ann Arbor
Are you graduating this year and looking to join dynamic, growing companies right here in Michigan? Would you like to attend fun career networking events each month in Ann Arbor? If the answer is yes, then be sure to check out Hot Shots: Career Connections which is featuring some of the hottest growing companies in Michigan. For details, to view the full list of participating companies and job titles, and to register for the event, check out: http://www.annarborusaevents.org/detail.asp?eid=1435. Next Hot Shots is set for October 21, 2008, 5-7pm, at Melange in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Cool, Growing Michigan Companies!
These companies are adding jobs in Michigan now and/or over the next 5 years. Be sure to consider them during your job search now or after you graduate. Follow this link to see a list of Cool, Growing Companies in Michigan! http://www.annarborusa.org/career-services/cool-growing-companies/

Amy Cell and Mary Salley
Talent Department
Ann Arbor SPARK

Posted by kkowatch on September 30, 2008 at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

Are You Checking Out the Internships on iTrack?

I've taken a hiatus from actually writing blog entries, but I'm back! Its surely a "Monday" for me today -- but that doesn't mean that the rest of the week can't be outstanding. ;)

This message is mostly for first year students at SI, but the advice to be given could be for second years also who are thinking about their full-time job search. I don't think a lot of first year students are looking at Internships on iTrack yet, but they should be. You don't need to be applying for internships yet (except those ones with really early deadlines), but there are many internships that are getting posted that are for positions outside of Ann Arbor or even Michigan that are current internships. Don't ignore those positions! Read the descriptions and if you think, "That's the type of internship that I would like to do next summer!", scroll down to the bottom of the job posting and add the internship/organization to your Favorites (click on the + Add to Favorites button). Check the date on when the posting is going to expire; if it’s soon, you'll want to make a copy of it and save it in your files (or at least the Job ID number). You can always retrieve the position from the "Archived Employer Contacts And Jobs/Internships" tab on iTrack under Jobs --> iTrack Jobs.

Basically, what I'm saying is that positions that are posted now are going to be available in the summer also. So if the position is right for you right now, but the timing isn't, make note for later. Or even better, contact the contact now and let them know that you are really interested in the position, but are interested for summer (or another term) and inquire about when they will be accepting applications for that time period.

Back to the second year students. These same rules apply for full-time job searching. If there's a position at an organization that are interested in now, let the contact know! Is unlikely that they'll hold the position for you until April or May (especially this early in the year), but they may know about another position that will be opening up in a few months that is similar or even better suited for you. It never ever hurts to ask -- and it helps to develop rapport and get the organization familiarized with your name and qualifications. This is especially a good tactic if you are targeting a specific geographic area or institution.

Posted by kkowatch on September 29, 2008 at 11:50 AM | Comments (0)

Listserve Disussion of Recruiters and Resumes

Have you ever wondered what happens when your resume and cover letter are received by the prospective employer? Like who sees it, how do they read it, what do they do with it, and how do applicants get winnowed down?

Those mysteries and more will be unveiled in a special panel discussion to be held on the Work For Us listserv, Monday October 27 through Friday October 31. (Info on Work for Us is below.) If you are in humanities, education or social science, or for that matter any discipline, this discussion will give you top quality information about what happens in Human Resource departments of corporations and government agencies when they receive your application materials.

Joining us will be four real live Human Resource professionals from a variety of different organizations, including one from federal government. They will introduce themselves on Monday October 27, then answer questions all week till Friday October 31.

If you would like to participate, subscribe to Work For Us listserv before October 27. Information and subscription instructions are below. It's easy; the whole thing happens on email so there are no chatrooms to visit, no phone calls to make. No long-term commitment is required; you may subscribe just for this discussion if you want, then unsubscribe after it's over. And it's free.

Hoping you will join us,

Paula Foster Chambers, Ph.D.
Work For Us list manager

For more information about this list, and for a complete archive of all previous Guest Speaker Discussions, please visit the Work For Us website: http://career.studentaffairs.duke.edu/graduate/wrk4us/index.html


"Work For Us" (aka WRK4US) was founded in 1999 by Paula Foster Chambers as a safe place for the free and supportive discussion of nonacademic and careers for people with graduate degrees in humanities, education and the social sciences. Since then, WRK4US has grown to over 1,600 subscribers from all over North America and has received national media attention (Chronicle of Higher Education, US News and World Report).

A unique feature of Work For Us is the Guest Speaker Discussions, in which humanities, education or social science PhDs who have succeeded outside the academy come onto the list for a week, share their stories, and answer questions from the group.

To subscribe to Work For Us, visit https://lists.duke.edu/sympa/info/wrk4us and follow the prompts.

If you have any technical difficulty, email virginia.steinmetz@duke.edu

Posted by kkowatch on September 26, 2008 at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships

International Career Pathways:
Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships
Thursday, September 25th
7:00-8:30 PM Room 1120 Weill Hall

If you have questions or can’t make it to this session, please e-mail bnolting@umich.edu
Bill Nolting, U-M International Center, tel. 647-2259
This program is a UM International Career Pathways event. http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP

Click below to see a list of panelists.

Whitney Goldman: School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Student Advisor, International Center.

Graduate Panelists: Self-Found Internships
Zara Ahmed: School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Internship in Cameroon with Peacework Development Fund and United Action for Children Cameroon. Found through contacting Peacework after seeing notices for its other Internship Opportunities.
Funding: Grants from William Davidson Institute and International Institute.
Internship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Womyn's Agenda for Change. Found through the Law School’s Cambodian Law and Development Program. (http://www.law.umich.edu/curriculum/externshipsandindependentstudy/Pages/default.aspx).
Funding: Grants from Ford School of Public Policy and University of Michigan Law School.

Matt Borus: School of Social Work and Ford School of Public Policy. Internship in Pretoria, South Africa with International Organization for Migration (IOM). Found through the Ford School career office.
Funding: Grants from Ford School of Public Policy and IOM.

Darla Williams: School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Internship in Chile

Graduate Panelists: Organized Programs
Erik Fonesca: Ford School of Public Policy. Internship in Kingston, Jamaica in the Executive Section of the US Embassy. Found through the Ford School career office.
Funding: Grant from the Department of State based on Expected Family Contribution.

Tanya Wansom: Medical School and Ford School of Public Policy. Internship in Thailand with the US Center for Disease Control/Thai Ministry of Public Health Emerging Infections Program.

Mark O’Connor: Ford School of Public Policy, School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy. Research trip to China with SPH and Duke Fellowship for Global Health in Geneva with the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
Funding: Grants from the School of Public Health and the Department of Health Management and Policy.

Maria Steenland: School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Internship in Santiago, Chile with the Minority Health Research and Training Initiative (MHIRT).
Funding: MHIRT participants are fully funded through the program (airfare, stipend, and research).

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the International Opportunities Fair on Thursday, October 23rd from 2-6 pm in the Michigan Union

Posted by kkowatch on September 24, 2008 at 04:43 PM | Comments (0)

Employers@SI - Tips and Etiquette

Its only the fourth week of school, and Career Services is already busy with a slate of employers visiting SI for recruiting! Hopefully this is a sign that SI will be less impacted by the financial troubles that our country is experiencing. As one of the company reps told me today, when times are tough, organizations hire less employees but need to continue to get the work done so IT hiring increases. Good news for our technology-oriented folks!

At SI, we've already had Ford Motor Company and Deloitte... many more are slated to come (check iTrack for a full listing). Spring, has proven in the past to be even more busy.

Since the majority of SI students are not business undergraduates, it's not a surprise that many of the MSI population are not familiar with what you should do or how you should act while at an Employer Presentation. The tips below can help you to make a strong impression to recruiters and company representatives; these will help you to stand out and to network effectively.

See below for tips on how to make the most of Employer Visits and Presentations at SI.

1. Ask questions. It’s not uncommon for a visiting employer to ask if there are any questions after a presentation. Personally, I don't mind that there are often only a few questions after my workshops and presentations because I know that you can meet with me anytime you like with questions, but for an employer, it’s important that you show you are interested and want to learn more about what they have to say. Other than an interview, if you are lucky enough to get one, this is your only chance to ask those burning questions about your potential future employer. Plus, the person that asks intelligent and interested questions is the one that the employer remembers and will be more likely to slate for an interview or report back to the organization about.

Don't know what to ask? Think about the fact that you will spend more time at your job than you will awake at home. I think that that little fact should encourage you to ask questions about how and where you will be spending the majority of your time. Click on the extended entry to see suggestions.
Of course, your own original questions are the best, especially those that show you have done research on the company and demonstrate your sincere interest.

(Questions adapted from Career Services at Virginia Tech and Career Consulting Corner)

2. Turn your computer off. There is nothing more rude than showing up at an employer presentation and visibly (and audibly) typing and burying your nose in your laptop during a presentation. These employers sometimes fly across the country to tell you about their employment opportunities, at great expense, and the least you can do is give them your full attention for an hour. If you're not focusing on the presentation, the impression that you give is that you showed up to grab a free piece of pizza and catch up on your email.

3. Attend the presentation. Even if the organization isn't recruiting for a position or function that you are interested in, if you are interested in working there, attend the presentation. Meeting with any recruiter or employer is the best way for you to get an "in" to the company. They may not need or specifically want you in their department, but they can go back to their colleagues that might be interested in your skills and tell them about you. It’s also a good way for you to learn some of the insider information about the organization or interviewing that you could not possibly get from any other source. And, you can get a business card to follow-up with and to request for a referral to someone that is in the department or area of your interest.

4. Research the organization. I think that the points that I stated above should give reason why this is important. Research helps you ask more intelligent and directed question, shows the recruiter or presenter that you have interest and initiative, and it will give you a foundation to the information in the presentation so that all of the information that is provided isn't overwhelming. Research will help you make a more educated decision on whether or not the company is a good fit for you.

5. Lastly... don't let the presentation make or break your impression of the company. Sometimes, presenters aren't the best seller of their own company. Sometimes -- and this is rare -- I'm a bit mystified by the lack of presentation skills demonstrated by presenting employers but still, it’s important to look beyond the recruiters' presentation abilities and see if the values, function, and career opportunities from this organization are ideal for you. Focus on the content and not the presenter, as they are often only one in several thousand employees! Luckily, this isn't usually the case, and often the representatives from the company that come to SI do a terrific job of selling their organization, which in the end, only makes it harder for you to make a decision!

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me. ~ Kelly

See below for suggestions:

• What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
• Who are your main industry competitors?
• What are the company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
• How important does upper management consider the function of this department/position?
• What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
• Could you explain your organizational structure?
• How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
• Could you describe your company's management style and the type of employee who fits well with it?
• What are some of the skills and abilities necessary for someone to succeed in this job?
• What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new ones?
• What particular computer equipment and software do you use?
• What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
• What percentage of routine, detailed work will I encounter?
• How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts?
• Who will review my performance? How often?
• How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
• How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
• Can you describe an ideal employee?
• What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities?
• What is the recruitment schedule like?
• What sort of questions should I expect an in interview? What sort of skills or abilities will set me apart?
• What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines, and methods of measurement?
• What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?
• In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms of products and services over the years?
• What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
• How is one evaluated in this position?

Posted by kkowatch on September 23, 2008 at 01:30 PM | Comments (0)

FIRST ever Idealist.org Ann Arbor Graduate Degree Fair for the Public Good

Pursue your passion and further your career through grad school. Meet representatives from more than 50 public interest and social change graduate programs at the FIRST ever Idealist.org Ann Arbor Graduate Degree Fair for the Public Good on Tuesday, October 21.

Check out this video to get a sense of what the grad fair will be like: http://www.idealist.org/en/fairs/gradfairvideo.html

At the fair you can:

-- Talk with representatives from different degree programs such as social work, public administration, international affairs, education, public policy, divinity, nonprofit management, environmental sciences, public health, law, business, and more. To see a list of schools scheduled to attend, visit: http://snipurl.com/annarborschoollist

--Learn how you can do more meaningful work with a graduate degree.

-- Attend panel discussions and ask graduate admissions staff burning questions on graduate education.

The fair is free and generously co-hosted by these University of Michigan schools:
-- Ford School of Public Policy
-- Institute for Survey Methodology
-- Rackham School of Graduate Studies
-- School of Social Work
-- School of Natural Resources and the Environment
-- School of Information

It is open to the public and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information go to http://www.snipurl.com/annarbor08gf

Register here to receive tips and a reminder via e-mail about the grad fair.

Please help us spread the word about this event. Share this message with your friends and colleagues. If you are interested in being in the Idealist.org Ann Arbor Grad Fair Outreach Group, please check out http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Org/182182-268

Thank you and I hope to see you there!

Jung Fitzpatrick
Graduate Education Communications Coordinator Action Without Borders/Idealist.org
1220 SW Morrison St, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97205

Posted by kkowatch on September 22, 2008 at 04:11 PM | Comments (0)

Employers@SI: Ford Motor Company

Employers@SI: Ford Motor Company
Tuesday, Sept 23, 12:00-1:00
411 WH

Sign up is required through iTrack!

Ford representatives will be at SI to talk about career opportunities for SI students! All students are welcome!

Bios of speakers:
RYAN KENNEL has been with Ford Motor Company since 2000, and currently works as an Application Supervisor in the Application Development Services (ADS) organization of Ford Information Technology. During his time at Ford, Ryan has served as a developer and technical architect on many projects including a global solution to identify and execute product recalls for all Ford brands, and the Ford Accessories Store website. He currently oversees the application development of the vehicle scheduling system that services North American assembly plants.
Ryan received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2000 and is currently pursuing his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

CHRIS DEMENIUK has been with Ford Motor Company since 2008, and currently works in the In-Vehicle Systems division of ADS. He is currently working on future versions of the popular voice-activated SYNC system (see www.syncmyride.com), and has also worked on the new navigation systems found in 2009 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. His specialty is user-centered design and driver distraction mitigation with In-Vehicle Information Systems. Prior to coming to Ford, he worked for the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), in the Human Factors Division/Driver Interface Group. Chris received his BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006, and his MSI in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2008.

Posted by kkowatch on September 22, 2008 at 09:56 AM | Comments (0)

Finding a Graduate/Professional International Internship

Finding a Graduate/Professional International Internship
An International Career Pathways Event
September 27, 2007, 7:00-8:30pm
Ford School of Public Policy Room 1110

Sara Schmidt Graduate Student Advisor, International Center; School of Social Work and School of Public Health. Internship with the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Kisumu, Kenya, found through a professor at the School of Public Health.
Funding: School of Public Health and Global Health Research and Training Program (GHRT).

Graduate Student Reports: Self-Found Internships
Haley Gallagher Ford School of Public Policy. Internship in Cambodia with a human rights NGO working on combating human trafficking, sexual exploitation and domestic violence against of children, found through personal research and with direction from the Law School.
Funding: Grant from the University of Michigan Law School and the Ford School of Public Policy.

Allison Stewart School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Internship in Iquitos, Peru with the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Detachment and University of California, Davis, found through a professor who has relations with the civilian director at the research center.
Funding: Travel grants from GHRT and Global Health Interdepartmental Concentration (School of Public Health); research study was funded by a government GEIS grant.

Sheila Krishnan School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Internship in Kolkatta, India with the Child In Need Institute working on a photovoice project, found through a contact in the region.
Funding: School of Public Health; project was funded through a grant already in place at the organization.

Graduate Student Reports: Organized Programs
Roland McKay Ford School of Public Policy. Internships with the U.S. State Department embassies in Cairo, Managua and Buenos Aires, and in Washington D.C. as Lebanon and Egypt Desk Officer.
Funding: Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and Rosenthal Fellowship (http://www.rosenthalfellowship.org).

Ninive Sanchez School of Social Work, Hypatia Ostojic School of Social Work and School of Public Health, and Kenyetta Jackson School of Public Health. Internships through the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT). Application deadline November 9, 2007 (http://www.chgd.umich.edu/MHIRT/MHIRT.html).
Funding: Program is fully funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Michael Andre Germanic Studies Program of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, and Museum Studies Program. Internship through CDS with the museums of Klassik Stiftung Weimar in Weimar, Germany. Application due December 3, 2007 (http://www.cdsintl.org/fromusa/umich.htm).
Funding: Internship grant from the Museum Studies Program.

Presentation sponsored by U-M International Center
Bill Nolting, Director of the Overseas Opportunities Office
bnolting@umich.edu ? 734.647.2299

Mark your calendar for other International Career Pathways presentations in October! The International Opportunities Fair will be Thursday October 18, 2:00-6:00pm.

Posted by kkowatch on September 18, 2008 at 02:52 PM | Comments (0)

Speed Networking with the SI Alumni Board

Speed Networking with the SI Alumni Board
Friday, Sept. 19th
411 WH

Sponsored by: SI Alumni Relations Office, SI Alumni Board and SI Career Services

Food & drinks will be provided by SI Alumni Relations.

Ever heard of (or participated in) speed-dating? Think of that format for this event!

This will be a structured event where you will have the rare opportunity to network with the SI Alumni Board and other prominent alumni in the area.

You will be seated at a table with one alumnus and will have 7 minutes to ask them questions related to their careers, current position, organization, critical skills needed in the field, employment outlook, etc. We will announce when time is up and then you will rotate to the next table, and so on.

This event is scheduled for 2 hours. If you can’t stay for the full 2 hours, we just ask that you arrive and/or leave at the top of the hour (12:00 or 1:00).

Not only is this an opportunity for some valuable networking, it’s a great opportunity for some career exploration as the backgrounds and specializations of these alumni are quite diverse. Remember, alumni are also employers! Find out what employers are looking for in candidates in all different work settings. Find out what you should be doing now to make yourself more marketable to any employer.

Startling statistic! 90% of MSI graduates report that networking directly led to their job offers. Networking works!

Click on the extended entry to see the list of attending alumni.

Alumni attending speed networking event
Dan Cooney, President, SI Alumni Society Board; MSI 2000
Consultant – Cooney Information Group
Ann Arbor, MI

Eva Davis, President-elect; SI Alumni Society; MSI 1998
Canton Public Library
Canton, MI

Evelyn Freeman, Immediate Past President, SI Alumni Society; AMLS 1974
Information Media Consultant
Oakland Schools Information Center
Waterford, MI

Tonya McCarley, Director, SI Alumni Society, MSI 2006
Information Architect
Ann Arbor, MI

Cliff Lampe, Director, SI Alumni Society, PhD 2006
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media
Michigan State University
E. Lansing, MI

Kari R. Smith
Head, Visual Resources Collections,
University of Michigan, Department of the History of Art

Sherry Aschenbrenner, Director, SI Alumni Society Board, MILS 1994
Director, User Services
Ann Arbor, MI

Ken Varnum, Director, SI Alumni Society Board, MILS 1994
Web Systems Manager
University of Michigan Library
Ann Arbor, MI

Mike Beasley –
President of the Michigan chapter of the Usability Professionals' Organization and Associate Content Editor for UX Magazine

User Experiologist,
Pure Visibility
Ann Arbor, MI

Posted by kkowatch on September 18, 2008 at 08:51 AM | Comments (0)

PMF - Governement 2 Year Internship Program Info Session

In the past, at least one SI student each year has gone on to take a position as a PMF Intern. If you are interested in working with the federal government, this is a great fast-track route to a career.


Are you interested in a career with the Federal government? If so, you may want to consider the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. PMF is a leadership development program designed to attract to Federal service outstanding graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines at both the master’s and doctoral levels. PMF seeks students who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. This rigorous two-year program includes 80 hours of training each year, challenging job rotations, accelerated promotions, and opportunities to network between Federal agencies.

Students are eligible to apply for the PMF class of 2008 if they meet the degree requirements for a graduate degree (master’s, law or doctorate) between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009. Students may apply online beginning October 1 through October 15, 2008. Applicants must also connect with your school’s nominating coordinator to compete for your school’s nomination in the progam. For more information on the nomination process, contact Tom Lehker at The Career Center via email (tlehker@umich.edu) or at 734-764-7460.

If you’re interested in learning more about the PMF program, plan to attend:

Presidential Management Fellows Program
Information Session
Wednesday, September 24
12:00-1:30 p.m.
The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building

Posted by kkowatch on September 15, 2008 at 09:25 AM | Comments (0)

Interested in Abroad Opportunities?

Keep up-to-date with the most current work, study, and/or travel abroad events through Facebook with the University of Michigan International Center’s Education Abroad and Peace Corps Facebook page.

We will use this group as a forum to publicize events and inform the UM community about the latest resources for education and opportunities abroad. The event information listed on the Facebook page will not replace the weekly emails; rather, it will serve as a reminder tool and will also spread word to people who might not be familiar with the International Center. If you are on Facebook, please visit our page and become a fan!

Simply search for "International Center Education Abroad" and you should find our page titled "International Center Education Abroad & Peace Corps Offices - U of Michigan." It will be listed under the Pages section. You may also click on the following link:


Thank you to those of you who have expressed interest in being part of our volunteer peer advisor network. We’ve received an overwhelming response so far and are excited to be able to connect students with people who have had similar experiences in the past. If you haven’t yet joined the network and are interested, please send me an email at kellynel@umich.edu.

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson
Education Abroad and Peace Corps Offices
University of Michigan International Center
603 E. Madison, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1370
Phone (734) 647-2299; E-mail icoverseas@umich.edu

Posted by kkowatch on September 12, 2008 at 01:46 PM | Comments (0)

Considering Law School After SI?

Considering law school? Plan to attend…

Applying to Law School:
Q and A for Graduate and Non-traditional Students
Monday, September 22
12:00-1:00 p.m.
The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building
Maximize your chances for success by familiarizing yourself with the mechanics and timelines of the law school application process. Gather tips on how to avoid common mistakes made by career changers, and learn about the resources offered by The Career Center to support you through your application efforts.

Posted by kkowatch on September 12, 2008 at 08:47 AM | Comments (0)

Want to Work or Intern Abroad? Check out the UM-ICP Series

Starting in September!
Panel Discussion Series and International Opportunities Fair

U-M's "International Career Pathways", features an International Opportunities Fair (Oct. 23) and a series of panel discussions in September and October, may be previewed online at:


Most of these sessions should be of interest to graduate/professional school students. The first session is next Tuesday, Sept. 16, on "International Employment Myths and Opportunities."

Those of you looking for an internship will want to come to the Thursday, Sept. 25 session on "Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships" (and e-mail bnolting@umich.edu if you'd like to speak for this!).

Funding is always an issue. Fortunately there are many opportunities for U-M students--come to our Tuesday, Oct. 7 session on this. See our article & an online video of last year's session at: http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/internfunding.html

If you want to build upon your international experience by working,
interning, volunteering or teaching abroad, or meet with international employers such as the U.S. State Department and many others, don't miss these events!

Posted by kkowatch on September 10, 2008 at 10:49 AM | Comments (1)

Global Health Conference @ Yale

This Global Health Conference at Yale will likely be of interest to you, and we would appreciate it if you could please forward this announcement to anyone who may be interested in attending or presenting at the conference. You are encouraged to submit an abstract for a presentation related to medicine, public health, global health, international development, social entrepreneurship, among other topics. The abstract deadline is September 15, and abstracts must be submitted through the online system at http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

Register and/or submit an abstract. Abstract deadline is September 15. Registration rate increases monthly. Please forward widely.
Unite For Sight 6th Annual Global Health & Development Conference
Yale University
April 18-19, 2009
"Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation"
As Featured On CNN: The Unite For Sight Conference Is What CNN Calls "A Meeting of Minds"
When: April 18-19, 2009
Where: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
What: Join 2,500 conference participants for a stimulating international conference
NOW OPEN: Registration and Abstract Submission - Abstract deadline is September 15
Register For Conference REGISTER NOW TO SECURE LOWEST RATE. Rate escalates each month.
Interested in submitting an abstract? Anyone may submit an abstract. Abstract submitters range from students to professionals.
Who should attend? Anyone interested in international health, public health, international development, medicine, nonprofits, eye care, philanthropy, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, bioethics, economics, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, environmental health, service-learning, medical education, and public service.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Former US Assistant Surgeon General, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Center; Senior Medical Advisor, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research
Allan Rosenfield, MD, Dean Emeritus, Mailman School of Public Health; Professor of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project
Harold Varmus, MD, President and Chief Executive, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Former Director of the NIH; Nobel Prize Recipient
Confirmed Leaders of Social Innovation Speakers
Gene Falk, Co-Founder, Executive Directors, mothers2mothers
"The HealthStore Foundation: Improving Access to Life-Saving Medicines through Micro-Franchising," Scott Hillstrom, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, HealthStore Foundation
"The Impact of the Food and Nutrition Crisis on the Global Health Agenda," Charles MacCormack, PhD, President and CEO, Save The Children
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Partners in Health; Director, Institute for Health and Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Confirmed Featured Speakers
"Progress Towards Eliminating Blindness Due To Trachoma: Findings of Post-Intervention Impact Trachoma Prevalence Surveys in Seven Countries," Sam Abbenyi, MD, MSc, Director, Programs and Logistics, International Trachoma Initiative
"Unearthing Local Definitions of Child Protection and Well-Being," Alastair Ager, PhD, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Jared Ament, MD, MPH, Clinical Research Fellow, Ophthalmology & Corneal Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School; Harvard School of Public Health
"Holistic Children's Services For Orphans Abroad," Jane Aronson, MD, Director, International Pediatric Health Services; Founder and Executive Officer, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
"Workshop: How To Create An Organization To Do Community Work Abroad," Jane Aronson, MD, Director, International Pediatric Health Services; Founder and Executive Officer, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Elizabeth Ashbourne, Results Secretariat, OPCS, World Bank
Thomas Baah, MD, MSc, Ophthalmologist, Our Lady of Grace Hospital, Ghana
Richard Baraniuk, PhD, Founder, Connexions; Victor E. Cameron Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
Sheri Berenbach, MBA, Executive Director, Calvert Foundation
"An Innovative Program to Deliver Vision Care to Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes," Paul Berman, OD, FAAO, Senior Global Clinical Advisor and Founder, Special Olympics Lions Clubs, International Opening Eyes
David Bloom, Chair, Department of Global Health and Population; Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
"Protecting Children in Disaster and War: Efforts to Professionalize the Field," Neil Boothby, EdD, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
"Cuba: Care-Giver to the World," Peter Bourne, MA, MD, Visiting Scholar, Oxford University; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George's University; Formerly Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Administration; director, Health Management Program; Director, Global Health Initiatives, Yale School of Public Health
Harry Brown, MD, Founder, Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International
Richard Bucala, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine
Michael Chu, MBA, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
Lisa Croucher, Assistant Director, Education and Training, Global Health Institute, Duke University
"The American Medical Model - Are We Right To Export It?" Emmanuel d'Harcourt, Senior Child Survival Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee
Margaret Duah-Mensah, RN, ON, Ophthalmic Nurse, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
Marva Eberhart, Teacher For Visually Impaired, Kansas City, Missouri School District; Unite For Sight Volunteer in Accra, Ghana
"Climate Instability: Health Problems and Health Solutions," Paul Epstein, MD, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School
Dabney Evans, MPH, Executive Director, Emory University Institute of Human Rights; Lecturer, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
"The Role of Cultural Competency in International Health Care and Volunteerism," Valda Ford, MPH, MS, RN, CEO and Founder, Center For Human Diversity
"Improving Eye Care in Rural Hunan Province, China," Susan Forster, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Studies, Department of Ophthalmology, Yale School of Medicine; Chief, Ophthalmology, Yale University Health Services
James Fraser, MA, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dignitas International
Ulrick Gaillard, JD, CEO, The Batey Relief Alliance
Gannon Gillespie, Director of US Operations, Tostan
"Nutritional Management of Cataracts," Heskel Haddad, MD, Ophthalmologist; President, Optoed Corp, Inc.
Rebecca Hardin, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Susan Hayes, President and CEO, Interplast
Steve Hilton, President, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Debbie Humphries, MPH, PhD, Clinical Instructor, Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, Yale University School of Medicine
"Challenges and Potential of Genetic Manipulation of Insect Vectors of Disease," Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, PhD, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
"Eye Care Services in Liberia: The Post War Challenges," Kartee Karloweah, ON, RN, Ophthalmic Nurse, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
"Atrocities and Social Entrepreneuriship," Zachary Kaufman, JD Candidate, Yale Law School; DPhil Candidate in International Relations, Oxford University
Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Practice, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health
Karen King, MA, Elementary School Teacher, Reed Intermediate School; Unite For Sight Volunteer in Accra, Ghana
Jamie Lachman, Clowns Without Borders
"Improved Instruments for Trachoma Surgery," Doug Lawrence, Vice President/General Manager, BD Medical - Ophthalmic Systems
Robert Lawrence, MD, Center for A Livable future Professor; Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy & International Health; Director, Center for a Livable Future, Department of Environmental Health Sciences; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Robert Malkin, PhD, Professor of Practice of Biomedical Engineering Director, Duke-Engineering World Health, Duke University
"A Vaccine To Prevent AIDS: When and How," John McGoldrick, JD, Senior Vice President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
Michelle McMurry, Director, Health, Biomedical Science and Society Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, MPhil, Public Health Law Project Manager, Center for Health Policy, IGERT-International Development and Globalization Fellow, Columbia University
Carol McLaughlin, MD, MPH, Global Health, Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Laura Murray-Kolb, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health, Program Director Global Health, New York Medical College School of Public Health
"Global Health Education: The Penn Program As Example," Neal Nathanson, MD, Associate Dean, Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
"Empowerment: The Key To Transforming Communities - Guatemalan Experiences," Cliff O'Callahan, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Faculty, Family Practice Group; Director of Nurseries, Middlesex Hospital; Chair, AAP Section on International Child Heallth
"The International Efforts of The American Academy of Pediatrics," Cliff O'Callahan, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Faculty, Family Practice Group; Director of Nurseries, Middlesex Hospital; Chair, AAP Section on International Child Heallth
Edward O'Neil, Jr, MD, Omni Med
"The Pathophysiology of Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis and Macular Degeneration," Santa Ono, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Deputy Provost of Emory University; Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center
Robin Paetzold, MBA, Director, Global Programs, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
"Eye Care America: Providing Eye Care Needs For America's Uninsured by MDs," David J. Palmer, MD, Chair, Eye Care America-Senior Eye Care Program, American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation
Yannis Paulus, MD Candidate, Stanford University School of Medicine
"Malaria as an Obstacle to Economic Development: Fighting Malaria on the River of Life, the Value of Public Private Partnerships," Steven C. Phillips, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Global Issues and Projects, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Suzanne Rainey, Forum One Communications
Susan Reef, MD, CDC
"The Epidemiology of Human Rights," Lee Roberts, PhD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Steven Rothstein, President, Perkins School For The Blind
Lisa Russell, MPH, Filmmaker
Jinan Saaddine, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist, Vision Health Initiative Team Leader, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sarwat Salim, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee-Memphis
"Community Eye Health Program Can Improve The Quality of Life of Poor: An Action Research Study from Orissa, India," Sarang Samal, Kalinga Eye Hospital, Orissa, India
"Private Finance Models That Support Public Health Efficiency," Georgia Sambunaris, Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Economic Growth, US Agency for International Development
Harshad Sanghvi, MD, Medical Director, JHPIEGO, Johns Hopkins University
Daniel D. Sedmak, MD, Director, Office of Global Health Education; Executive Vice Dean, College of Medicine; Executive Director, Center for Personalized Health care; Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Health Sciences, The Ohio State University
Tamilarasan Senthil, MBBS, Consulting Ophthalmologist, Uma Eye Clinic, India
"The Future of Glaucoma Surgery: Hope For The Developing World?" Bruce Shields, MD, Chair Emeritus, Yale Department of Ophthalmology
Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH, Professor of Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Ajit Sinha, MBBS, Founder and Director, AB Eye Institute; Former President, All India Ophthalmological Society
Pooja Sinha, MBBS, Ophthalmologist, AB Eye Institute, Patna, India
"Success of Laproscopic Sterilisation in Controlling Population Growth in Eastern India: My Experience of 30 Years," Renu Sinha, MBBS, Former Head of the Obs and Gynea Department of Patna Medical College Hospital; Former President of Bihar Obs and Gynea Society
Satyajit Sinha, MBBS, Ophthalmologist, AB Eye Institute, Patna, India
Marie Skinnider, MD, Health Advisor, MSF Canada
"Overcoming Barriers to Implementation of Evidence Based Practices To Reduce Maternal Mortality in a Rural Nicaraguan Community," Janice K. Smith, MD, MPH, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Training in International Health at UTMB
Lanny Smith, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Professor of Medicine in the Residency Programs of Primary Care and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Assistant Director, Human Rights Clinic for Victims of Torture, Montefiore; Founder and President, Doctors for Global Health
Georgia Sambunaris, MA, Senior Financial Markets Specialist, USAID
Samuel So, MD, Lui Hac Minh Professor of Surgery; Director, Asian Liver Center; Director, Liver Cancer Program, Stanford University School of Medicine
"The Epidemiology of Human Rights," Lindsay Stark, Research Associate, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Chris Stout, PsyD, Founding Director, Center for Global Initiatives; Clinical Professor, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
James C. Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Philippe Van Denbossche, Executive Director, Raising Malawi
Anvar Velji, MD, Co-Founder and Treasurer, Global Health Education Consortium; Chief of Infectious Disease at Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento; Clinical Professor, University of California at Davis
Seth Wanye, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Clinic of Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Tanya Whitehead, PhD, Research Associate Professor, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Dayan Woldemichael, MD, Chad Country Director, International Medical Corps
"Global Health Inequalities: Why They Matter?" David Zakus, BSc, MES, MSc, PhD, Director, Centre for International Health; Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences; Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
Debrework Zewdie, Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program of the World Bank Human Development Network World Bank

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ARM: Be a Mentor or Mentee!

SAA's Records Management Roundtable seeks YOUR participation in SAA's Mentoring Program!

The Records Management Roundtable (RMRT) is working cooperatively with SAA's Membership Committee to partner experienced Records Managers with future leaders in the field. In order to fulfill the RMRT Steering Committee's goal of providing better professional development to its members, I am serving as a Mentoring Project Coordinator on behalf of the RMRT Membership Subcommittee. Please read on to learn how you can participate in this project's success!

A Records Management Mentor is:
- willing to offer suggestions for networking opportunities, pursuit of employment, and professional resources
- open to discussing theory and practice of the archival and RM field(s)
- interested in helping the future of RM strengthen and endure
- striving to refresh and further develop his or her own career
- eager to reap the personal and professional rewards available through the Mentoring role

A Records Management Mentee is someone who wants to explore RM as a profession or learn more about the field. Mentees may be students; archivists or other information professionals who want to learn how RM can enhance their careers; or those new to the field seeking guidance from experienced records managers.

The rest is up to you! The Mentor/Mentee partnership is what you make of it and can offer great benefits to both participants. This endeavor has already produced one successful match! If you would like to take part in this project, please provide the following information to help us develop suitable matches:

Name and contact information
Whether you want to be a Mentor or Mentee Brief synopsis of who you are and what you hope to offer or receive from the Mentoring relationship Areas of RM that interest you: academic, corporate, government, religious, museum, historical society, tribal, library, consulting, other (please specify) What you look for in a Mentor or Mentee: geographic or gender preferences, et cetera

Send this information to Katie Scanlan at kascanlan@wisc.edu and Mentor/Mentee partnerships will be recommended to you for further pursuit. The RMRT and SAA Membership Committee do not monitor or endorse Mentor/Mentee partnerships beyond this recommendation.

Thank you!

Katie Scanlan, J.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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