Past Events 2015-16

June 8, 2016

26th Annual Conference – Spark of Inspiration

April 21, 2016

Design Factors Affect User Experience in Visual Communication for Different Cultural Populations

Presented by Sauman Chu, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the University of Minnesota. With increasing changes in our demographic populations and new immigrants settling in the US, there is an increasing need for visual communications that address the diversity of our populations. This presentation draws from the results of the researcher’s several past research and teaching projects that worked with different cultural populations. These projects examined the theme of multicultural design with a particular focus on user experience for audiences from different cultural backgrounds. The nature of the projects included printed materials, web design, video production, and interactive design. The researcher examined users’ preferences for precise language presentation, options of visual layout, cultural related design elements such as images, colors, fonts, and interactive interface design.

March 24, 2016

Drop and give me 20: Supporting health and wellness at University events

What are you doing to promote health and wellness at your events? Are you incorporating wellness activities, providing healthier food options, replacing chairs with exercise balls? Join the conversation on March 24th. We'll be talking about different options and what resources are available on campus (or off). And what better place to talk wellness than at the new Rec Center on the East Bank? You'll get a tour and find out what the Rec Center has to offer. As a final cherry (sugar-free, low fat, of course) on top, we will get to sample some tasty foods from the newly opened French Meadow Bakery & Cafe.

March 16, 2016

Bridging the Age Gap: Creating a High-Performing, Multi-generational Team

Presented by Carrie Mitchell from Hollstadt & Associates, Inc. The current workforce includes Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The distinctions between the generations - their cultures, their expectations, and their styles - have never been so sharp or diverse. This workshop aims to help improve communications across generations. Co-hosted with PCMC.

February 24, 2016

Adam Turman - Professional illustrator, muralist and print/poster artist

January 27, 2016

Crisis Communications

When unexpected or difficult situations arise, effective communication is key. What are the best practices for handling a crisis? Chuck Tombarge will lead us through how to handle less than ideal situations as communications professionals.

December 17, 2015

Wellness for Communicators

Communicators often have stressful jobs, and December is a particularly stressful time of year. Katherine Lutz from The Well Place in Minneapolis will lead us in exercises and provide tips to reduce/manage your stress and maintain wellness. The first 30 participants receive a complimentary journal.

November 11, 2015

What Drives You? #UMNDriven and the New Campaign

The new campaign from University Relations kicked off in October. Learn about the campaign, what elements you can incorporate into your work, and how it fits into the larger University of Minnesota brand.

October 29, 2015

The Power of When - Garrick Van Buren on Tools to Improve Productivity and Achieve Goals

Communicators never seem to have enough time. Garrick Van Buren is a consultant and coach who has helped executives, directors, and managers with major digital growth and changes. In this program, he'll share a simple set to tools to help dramatically improve productivity and achieve important goals.

September 22, 2015

M.I.A. to Mia - Minneapolis Institute of Art on Branding and Community Engagement

Kristin Prestegaard is Chief Engagement Officer for the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She oversees the Audience Engagement division, including marketing, public relations, design and editorial, and custom visits. She plays a lead role in strategizing audience engagement initiatives, and has worked in the marketing field for over 15 years.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has recently undergone a name change which has impacted their branding as part of a larger goal to connect with the community in new ways.