Past Events 2013-14

June 19, 2014

24th Annual Conference – Craft the Future

May 22, 2014

Technology Training and Usability Services: What do communicators need?

Join the team from Technology Training and Usability Services, Office of Information Technology, for an interactive, world café-style discussion on services that would be useful for them to provide to communicators at the U. What technology training do communicators need? Usability services? What topics are important to communicators right now? (InDesign? Web content strategy? Drupal? Google apps? Mass email?) How would you like to see them delivered? (Formal training in person? Online self-help? Consultation?) Bring your thoughts and ideas to share.

May 7, 2014

What Communicators Want to Know About Copyright

We've all done it. You search Google images, find the perfect photo and then – voila! – it ends up in your content. But is it really that easy? In this Expert Insights, Nancy Sims of the University of Minnesota Libraries will help you navigate the world of copyright and help clarify copyright issues in the communications world.

April 30, 2014

Event Planning on a Budget

We're all used to being asked to do more with less, but how do you plan a champagne event on a beer budget? Join Serena Wright, Director of Events at the College of Education and Human Development, as she shares her tips and tricks for getting the most bang for your buck!

April 24, 2014

Expert Insight: Communicating in a Crisis Situation

From school closings to shooters on campus, communicators have a number of roles in crisis situations, but what are top priorities? What are some best practices? And how should communicators position themselves to be of value to leadership during crisis situations?

In this Expert Insights, we welcome Rick Kaufman, executive director of community relations, family engagement and emergency management for Bloomington Public Schools. In 1999, Rick led the crisis response team to the Columbine High School shooting tragedy in Littleton, Colorado and has since become a leading authority on crisis management, especially in education.

March 5, 2014

Hanging at the Bank: The Ins and Outs of Hosting Events at TCF Bank Stadium

Learn available options for room rentals and approved caterers. Plus, hear what it takes to include Goldy in an event and sample snacks from approved caterers. A 30-minute, behind-the-scenes look at TCF Bank Stadium from a planner's perspective will also be included.

February 19, 2014

I Don't Have Your Ph.D.: Tips for Working and Communicating With Faculty

Featuring Amanda Costello, content strategist in the College of Education and Human Development. How do you make sense of and promote faculty's expertise and specialized knowledge if you have no background in their subject area, let alone an advanced degree? How can you help faculty understand the basics of what good content is, without coming off as another demanding voice? This session will draw from Amanda’s experience as a web designer and content strategist in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. You’ll find advice for establishing rapport and getting your work done:

  • Hear how to build an expert’s trust in your knowledge and skills.
  • Get tips for working with difficult specialist personalities, from the complete technophobe to the extreme early adopter.
  • Learn how to channel your specialist’s expertise into great web content.
  • Share your own questions, triumphs, and war stories.
  • Slide presentation
  • Event recording

January 30, 2014

The ROI on .Movs: Insights and Best Practices for Video

Using examples from across the University, we'll explore different approaches in planning, funding, time commitments, distribution plans, and definitions of success when it comes to video. From DIY services to hiring outside talent, we'll cover the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, as well as describe trends and best practices in online video.

  • David Lindeman, OIT
  • Todd Reubold, Institute on the Environment
  • Philip Kelley, University Relations
  • Mark Engebretson, University Libraries
  • Plus, a media strategist from Olson to discuss trends
  • Event handout (pdf)
  • Event recording

December 9, 2013

Events Circle Kick-Off: Working with UDS

The UMCF Events Circle — a new group that creates programming for events-related professionals — invites you to its kick-off program all about the U of M's contracted caterer, University Dining Services. New head chef Scott Pampuch will be on-hand to present on new initiatives, as well as offer a sampling of new food options. Plus, representatives will be available to answer your questions about creating menus, the best spaces to use and some common questions (should you tip?!). The Events Circle team will also be on-hand to receive input on future direction of the group and member needs. 

November 20, 2013

Keep Calm and Be Prepared: What You Need to Know About Emergency Preparedness

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Presenter: Krysta Reuter, Emergency Management Coordinator, U of M Department of Emergency Management

In a large, complex University setting, emergencies can happen quickly. And many expect communicators to share or create emergency plans. So, what do you need to know? In this presentation, we’ll learn how we can all be more prepared for unexpected emergencies.

October 24, 2013

The Enterprise Portal: Your Future BFF

Have you heard about the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP)? Did you know about the new Portal? Come to this brown bag to learn all about it and how communicators will play a crucial role in its success!

October 17, 2013

Alcohol @ Events: Do's and Don'ts

Want bubbly or brew at your next event? But do the paperwork and University rules have you re-thinking your plans? Don't fear! This program will cover the following topics:
  • Best practices for having alcohol at events
  • The best way to communicate about alcohol at an event
  • Things you need to know as a communicator and event planner when it comes to events with alcohol

Above all, you'll learn how to host successful events where alcohol is served.
Presenters: Beverly Moe, Office of the General Counsel; Philip Kelley, Marketing Manager, University Relations

September 30, 2013

Health Quest: Story of a UMN iPhone App

Do you want to make an app but aren't sure where to start or the commitment involved? Justin Paquette, Patrik Dousa, and David Krewinghaus from Academic Health Center (AHC) Communications will share the story of creating their first iPhone app called Health Quest, a photo scavenger hunt for the Minnesota State Fair. From initial concept, in-house development/design, and approval from Apple, to the hot summer Fair days of cheese curds, Pronto Pups, and the KARE-11 barn, we'll cover:
  • Overview - why an app, how it works
  • Design and development process
  • Promoting the app
  • Results, lessons learned, and future plans
There will be a Q&A session after the presentation with time for anyone in the audience to share their own experiences with creating an app. The presentation is for a wide range of audiences and will cover both technical and general aspects of this app project.

September 18, 2013

UMCF Welcome & Kick-off Event

Kick off the new year with the U of M Communicators Forum. This event features a reception and networking, plus a presentation from OIT's Matt Nuttall, who will give us a run-down on such IT initiatives as Lyris mass email replacement, Drupal, Google sites and more.