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Register by Wednesday, May 24th.
Communicators Forum Members: $150
Register after May 24th (Registration closes June 1st!).
Communicators Forum Members: $190
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The purpose of the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum is to promote excellence in communications and enhance cooperation among communications professionals working at the University.
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Kare 11’s Breaking the News
A full baker’s dozen. That’s how many years Jana has worked as a reporter for KARE 11 news here in Minneapolis — it is also the same amount of time she has spent wondering if she could ever really be that much needed addition to the now defunct Destiny’s Child. But she’s for sure gonna name her first child, Destiny, just to get remotely close to that brand.
Other tidbits. Jana is from a town you’ve never heard of but it’s a 40-minute drive from St. Louis. She once sold her ten-year anniversary gift from KARE 11 to an ex so she could buy a pair of Air Jordan’s. And her dog is named Vivian Ward. And yes, that Vivian Ward. She and Vivian heart Minneapolis so hard they sometimes cry about it when they take their morning poop walk.
Thriving Concern, Founder
Dan Ibarra is the founder and custodian of Thriving Concern. He was born in Wisconsin, the son of an anthropologist and a schoolteacher. He is (in order of expertise) a: graphic designer, printmaker, educator, garbage collector, writer, type designer, and lecturer. From 1999 through 2016 he was the co-founder of Aesthetic Apparatus — a commercial art and printmaking studio that played an integral role in the American poster art revival. One night he slept on Shepard Fairey’s floor. His design work and typography has been recognized by Communication Arts, Creative Review, CMYK, How, Print, STEP, Rolling Stone, Nylon, ReadyMade Magazine, and has been included in numerous design, art, and print anthologies. He has lectured and exhibited internationally.
|7 am||Check-in / Breakfast|
|9 am||Welcome & Business|
|9:15 am||Morning Keynote: Jana Shortal
Go Your Own Way
|10:15 am||Gone Into History
Eric Moore & Erin George
|Drupal at the U: Resources and Looking Ahead
|Campaign 101: Making the most of the University-wide fundraising effort
Steve Anderson, Amy Sitze, Pam Belding & Robyn White
|Augmented Reality as a Communications Tool
|11:15 am||All gain, no pain: philanthropy stories that work
|Enhance Your SEO Skills
|Optimizing Your Marketing Efforts
|How to Create and Deliver a Superstar Presentation
|Noon||Lunch & Vendor Fair|
|1:30 pm||The Conversation for Action
|Elevate Your Digital Accessibility
Ann Fandrey & Sara Schoen
|Social Media Results through Research and Social Takeovers
Megan Bell, Cassandra Morthera & Maggie Mills
|Creative Session: Bell Museum Tiny Dioramas
|2:30 pm||Afternoon Keynote: Dan Ibarra
Destroy Everything You Hold Dear On the Only Path Towards Joy
|3:30 pm||Maroon & Gold Awards|
|4:00 pm||Member Appreciation Reception|
This conference is only made possible by our sponsors/vendors. Every sponsor receives a table for our vendor fair, which is visited by over 200 attendees. Attendees are encouraged to visit all vendor tables by receiving stamps that qualify them for prize drawings during the reception the end of the day.
University departments and non-profits: $250
University departments and non-profits: $125
The submission period to enter the University of Minnesota 2017 Maroon & Gold Awards for Communications Excellence is from February 1 to February 17 this year. There is no cost to enter. Winners will be announced at the 27th Annual UMCF Conference in June.