Jessica Hart

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U actors reflect on Showboat experience

As this summer comes to an end, so too may the University of Minnesota’s historic Centennial Showboat performances. The showboat has been a part of the University’s theatre program since 1958, but the school’s contract on the boat will end this summer.


Student Affairs hires new ‘care manager’

Amid student pushes for increased mental health resources, the University of Minnesota’s Office for Student Affairs added a new position focused on helping students with a wide range of issues. Emily O’Hara, whose official title is care manager, said she helps students with issues ranging from difficulties in coursework to mental health issues to homelessness.


MN governor credited with ‘Miracle’ dies

Wendell Anderson, a former Minnesota Governor, U.S. Senator and University of Minnesota regent and alumnus, died Sunday at the age of 83. A first-generation college student, Anderson was the son of a truck driver and a descendent of a Swedish immigrant who grew up on the east side of St. Paul in a working-class family. After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota. “He had a wonderful university experience and a great undergraduate experience,” said Regent Thomas Devine.


Law program helps inmate gain release

For Teresa Griffin, the prospect of life outside prison looked bleak. Incarcerated at 26, Griffin — who had spent nearly 30 years in federal prison  on a life sentence for cocaine trafficking — was given new hope, however, after a University of Minnesota professor took up her case and helped her gain early release.


Lean In group comes to U campus

This fall, a new leadership club hopes to plant its roots at the University of Minnesota. Sophomore nutrition major Josephine Jones founded a group called “Gophers Lean In,” meant to help create a space for women to discuss workplace issues and how to tackle them. 


Online startups: cash for notes

At colleges across the country, note-sharing sites have grown in popularity — and for some, can be financially advantageous.  Online startups, such as NoteUtopia and the now defunct FlashNotes, have popped up over the past several years and offer students monetary rewards for their notes. At OneClass, which contains over 1,800 sets of notes from the University of Minnesota, students can earn an average of $11 per hour for their work. 


Electronics stolen from two campus buildings Thursday

Two University of Minnesota buildings were burglarized early last Thursday by three suspects who were recorded on campus cameras. The suspects allegedly broke into Pioneer Hall and the Education Sciences Building and stole various electronics, including some Apple iPads, said University of Minnesota Police Department Deputy Chief Chuck Miner. He said it’s unclear how the suspects got into the buildings, but there were prior marks on the buildings. UMPD shared video-camera images of the suspects on Twitter and Facebook with little additional information.


Two University buildings burglarized

Two University of Minnesota buildings were burglarized early last Thursday by three suspects who were recorded on campus cameras. The suspects allegedly broke into Pioneer Hall and the Education Sciences Building and stole various electronics, including some Apple iPads, said University of Minnesota Police Department deputy chief Chuck Miner, He said it’s unclear how the suspects got into the buildings, but there were prior marks on the buildings. UMPD shared video camera images of the suspects on Twitter and Facebook with little additional information.


University to offer three new GIS courses

In fall 2016, three new geographic information science courses will be added at the University of Minnesota, expanding the school's spatial information offerings. The University, which currently has about a dozen GIS classes, is adding three more to meet a growing demand, said Steve Mason, a professor in the Geography, Environment and Society department. The third course will be offered through the Department of Forest Resources.


Studies: ACT scores may not be best indicator of student success

As higher education leaders weigh the use of college-entry testing, University of Minnesota research has found some tests are not representative of future academic success. Two University studies found women have higher GPAs than their ACT test scores alone would predict.