Past Events 2014-15

June 4, 2015

25th Annual Conference – Ahead of the Curve

May 12, 2015

Communicating on Equity & Diversity Workshop

Our efforts in advancing equity and diversity will mean little if we can't communicate effectively with our key constituents and stakeholders—especially around our efforts and successes. This workshop addresses how our various means of communication do—or do not—send messages that are perceived as welcoming and inclusive. It also addresses the challenges, strategies, and outcomes found in a strong equity and diversity communication plan.

This 90-minute workshop is an abbreviated version of the full Office of Equity and Diversity program. Join fellow communicators in this collaborative forum as we learn to effectively prioritize equity and diversity in our communications. Due to the interactive nature of this event, online participation options will not be available.

May 6, 2015

Communicators Forum Member Appreciation Event

Featuring food, drinks, Maroon & Gold Awards ceremony, and connecting with your communications colleagues.

April 8, 2015

Communicating on the Strategic Plan: Telling and Integrating Compelling Stories

You’ve heard about the new strategic plan at the University of Minnesota, but how do you leverage it in your unit’s communications? How can you share your unit’s stories to show the depth and breadth of the University and contribute to the success of the strategic plan?

Attend this program to learn more about the strategic plan and develop ideas for integrating the plan in unit communications. This presentation and workshop will be led by Matt Sumera, Senior Public Relations Consultant and Director of Student Communications at the University of Minnesota. Attendees will get an overview of the strategic plan, see examples of unit-level communications, and work in groups to develop ideas for integrating the strategic plan and telling compelling stories.

About Our Speaker: Matt Sumera is a Senior Public Relations Consultant and Director of Student Communications at the University of Minnesota. He works with the President's office, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and other administrative units on communications related to university initiatives, strategic plans, student affairs, and other priorities. Matt is also a lecturer in the School of Music, and he received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.

March 5, 2015

Making It Memorable: Event Experiences That Create A Buzz

How memorable are your events and meetings? Do people talk about them after they are over, or do they just walk away thinking "hmmm, where did I put my chapstick?" Put on your thinking caps and get ready to brainstorm. Have you tried out a new idea that worked well? Bring that along to share. This Event Circle program aims to inject some new ideas, fun and BUZZ into your next event! Also, as a special treat, University Catering executive chef Scott Pampuch and Gerilyn Giel will be offering up new items from the catering and delivery menus. Try out the latest in lunch, break, happy hour and dinner items in this lunchtime meeting. Come hungry. If that isn't enough, we'll be offering up prizes too!

February 26, 2015

Style Guides: Best Practices for Development, Implementation, and Getting Your Team on Board

Does it sometimes feel like your organization isn't speaking with a consistent voice? Are you scratching your head on how to update your print, online, and social media styles? Join us for a discussion about creating and updating style guides and how to make them actually work for your organization. Panelists include Philip Kelley from University Relations, Amy Sitze from the University of Minnesota Foundation, and Bridget Aymar from the Carlson School of Management.

January 28, 2015

Networking Event and Panel Discussion - Hosted by the Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communications (MWMC) and UMCF

January is a great time to reflect on your career goals, identify new challenges, and make some new friends and relationships in the process. Join MWMC and UMCF for a joint January networking event to do just that! The event will feature a panel to: Provide insight on the marketing and communications landscape; Share their unique career paths; Advise on how to manage your presence in the marcomm industry; Answer attendee questions.

January 14, 2015

The Upgrade (ESUP) update & What clients say vs. what they really want

Emily Porter, an independent communications and change consultant working with The Upgrade (ESUP), will describe how communicators should be involved in the preparation for the big systems launch in February. Following this short presentation, Porter will share practical and humorous insights from her experiences in consulting, corporate and non-profit endeavors, specifically “what clients say versus what they really want.”

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November 21, 2014

Transition to Drupal

Do you work on the Web? Are you ready for the University's Web software transition from UMContent to Drupal? Hear from a panel of Drupal experts and early adopters at the University. Learn more about the timeline and process for the transition. Get best practice advice from those who have launched in Drupal. Find out what resources are available to you at the University to make your transition as smooth as possible. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum and Web People.

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Transition to Drupal presentation

A note from the first presenters, Rebecca, Danny, and Chris:
We hope you enjoyed our presentation discussing how we successfully implemented websites using the University's Drupal environment. The University's Drupal platform has a lot to offer, and so does being part of the U's Drupal community. We encourage you to participate in the community forming around Drupal through forums like the Drupal Web CMS group, the IT input survey, and always... talking to people!

November 6, 2014

MarketView Events Calendar: Uses for Planning and Promoting Your Event

Are you a communicator or events planner who wants to learn more about the University’s new calendar tool? Join us for a presentation by Lisa Case, Developer at University Relations, Chris Castle, AudienceView Representative, and, University of Minnesota Ticketing and Events. This program will include features of the new events calendar service, the roll-out process, and a demo of the new tool. Learn how to use these new features to your advantage when planning and promoting events.

September 30, 2014

Made in Minnesota: Design Principles for Bringing the Brand to Life

Are you a designer who is working to leverage the University of Minnesota brand for your communications? Would you benefit from greater creative collaboration with experienced designers? Do you have ideas about what resources would help you to communicate the University's mission? 

The University Relations creative and marketing team of Laura Johnson, Philip Kelley, and JoAnne Makela will lead a discussion about design best practices, branding guidelines, and design and branding resources. A large portion of this event will be dedicated to feedback, questions, and discussion.

May 28, 2014

Member Appreciation Event (sponsored by Olson)

The Maroon & Gold Awards Ceremony starts at 4 p.m. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, drinks and dessert while mingling with your fellow communicators. Plus, make your own letterpress card, snap some photos at the photobooth and enjoy music from Radio K.