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Year of the Communicator

Communicators Forum members,

As a Communicators Forum member you are part of a network of professional communicators who are smart, talented, inspiring, outspoken, strategic, reflective, candid, diplomatic, pragmatic, resourceful, thoughtful, pioneering ...

who execute social media campaigns, plan and write website content, design educational materials, set strategic direction, consult on best practices, create compelling videos, pitch stories that showcase the U's impact, manage creative teams, tell stories that matter ...

and the list goes on!

The volunteers working behind the scenes to make things happen have an exciting year planned for you (yes, YOU), with some programming and key dates below. We want you to make it = YOUR YEAR. It's the year of the communicator. Your year.

Some steps to maximize your membership:


So we can shape activities to meet your interests, complete this brief member survey by Friday, November 16.


Save the date for these signature events:

Member Appreciation Event - Year of the Communicator
May 29, 2013, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis

This new event will celebrate members with appetizers and cocktails; inspiring display of awards entries, Mike (people's choice) judging, and awards ceremony (separated from the annual conference); group palm readings, and more surprises.

Annual Conference - Year of the Communicator
June 25, 2013, all day, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis

The annual conference will be one to remember with a new location and exciting lineup in the works. Be sure to share any speaker/topic ideas on the member survey!


Plan to enter your best work in this year's Maroon and Gold Awards. Submissions will be due sometime in February or March 2013, for work done anytime in 2012. All entries will be displayed and awards given at the member appreciation event in May. Share ideas for new awards categories on the member survey.


Attend a program. Thanks to everyone who was at Wednesday's tour of the For the Common Good exhibit at Andersen Library, and congrats to raffle winner Allison Gahlon (Learning Abroad Center)!
  • November 15, 12-1:30 p.m., 100 Murphy Hall - Beginner's Circle: Working with University Relations (panel discussion)
  • December 5, 12-1:30 p.m., 2-233 Carlson School of Management - Expert Insights with Dave Pyle, former bureau chief of the Minnesota/Wisconsin Associated Press

Learn more and register >


Give yourself a creative reboot. Take a walk. Go to a museum on campus. Visit the Forum website, comment on the blog, (check out these past poll results, very fun—many introverts and English majors!). Volunteer for a committee by contacting one of the chairs listed below. Forward this email and spread the word to colleagues who aren't members—that $40 goes a long way for value.

Whatever steps you take (whatever moves you make), we hope you dare to make it your communications year.


your Communicators Forum Board of Directors, 2012-13
Kate Sophia, chair / Academic Support Resources
Rebecca Noran, vice chair / Academic Health Center
Kelly O'Brien, chair emerita / College of Liberal Arts
Sarah Hollerich, at-large director / Academic Support Resources
Melissa Wray, recorder / Northrop Concerts and Lectures
Didi Nguyen, treasurer / Academic Support Resources
Lani Payette, chair, technology committee / Training Services
Katie Covey, co-chair, marketing and promotions committee / Weisman Art Museum
Erin Kober, co-chair, marketing and promotions committee / Student Unions and Activities
Cullean Colby, co-chair, program committee / Carlson School of Management
Jen Thissen, co-chair, program committee / College of Liberal Arts
Kris Junker, co-chair, awards committee / College of Veterinary Medicine
Ann Nordby, co-chair, awards committee / University of Minnesota Extension
Erin Lauderman, co-chair, conference committee / Weisman Art Museum
OPEN: co-chair, conference committee (contact Erin at elauderm@umn.edu if interested)

If this message has been forwarded to you, the Communicators Forum welcomes and encourages you to become a member. Learn about becoming a member.

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