Archive for February, 2011

Mayo Graduate School 2011 Interview Weekends

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by Danielle Miranda

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Hi everyone!

Having just now caught my breath from chasing down interviewees, push pins, poster boards, and tour schedules, a few statements about this year’s interview weekends are in order.

Over two weeks, Mayo Graduate School hosted nearly a hundred aspiring students vying for the 35 or so openings that will be the 2011 matriculating class. While this year’s weekends were an unmitigated success, this comes with its own set of issues. How does one tell a Floridian unused to the difference between 20° and -20° that they arrived during the warmest weekend this winter? What happens when student participation in the poster session is so great that General Services runs out of poster boards? When Rochester puts on SocialICE on the same weekend, how do we make the city not look stir-crazy from months of winter? These were problems, to be sure, but problems I was ultimately glad to have.

To those who came to consider MGS, it was a blast meeting all of you, and we hope to see you again! Whether as fellow students, or as future colleagues in the conferences and post-docs to come, best of luck!

To the students who assisted the interviews, thanks so much. Whether you were a member of the GSA organizing shuttle runs and interview chaperones, or talked shop for a few minutes with an applicant at the poster session, it is your continued help that puts students at our rightful place as the focal point of MGS.

~written by Michael Oneal, President of MGS Graduate Student Association

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I agree with our fearless GSA leader, who did a wonderful job with tremendous efforts, that the interview weekends were a great success! With interviewing students coming in from near and far, Rochester’s own as well as those spanning from California to New York and Canada to Puerto Rico, we were able to show them all what Mayo and Minnesota is all about: great research and Ice Bars, of course.

Graduate student participation was great as per usual in the social scene - with great presence at the Saturday activities and reception, and arm wrestling tournaments to determine who will attend the illustrious Foundation House dinner. But equally impressive was the turnout of students at the poster session at the (not so ripe) time of 8:45am – a feat that is not normally possible for most graduate students, but alas when provided with nourishment and caffeine anything is possible.

Also, a huge thanks to the Deans, Rose Marie, and all the administrative assistants who made the whole operation run smoothly with the perfect amount of grandeur.

~written by Mallory Turner, Virology and Gene Therapy GSA Representative

Febuary events in Rochester, MN

Posted on February 2nd, 2011 by Admin

In case you are getting tired of this cold weather (don't worry we all are) here are some activities to do in Rochester, MN!!!


Diversity Council events

 Traces of the Trade
Sunday, February 20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Rochester Public Library Auditorium
First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery - her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off on a journey to retrace their slaving history, from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also stumbling through a minefield of contemporary race relations. Film followed by discussion. Sponsored by Rochester Public Library and the Diversity Council.

Black History Month Display
February 1 - 28
Mayo Building Lobby

No Way Out
Monday, February 7, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Judd Auditorium, Gonda Building (subway level)
"No Way Out" is a pioneering film about racial tension in a medical setting. Set in a 1950s urban society, the film tells the story of a young African-American resident whose ethics are tested when he is confronted with racism. Discussion following the movie. Dinner served for those who RSVP by February 1. RSVP to Sponsored by the Mayo Clinic internal medicine interest group and SNMA.

Bishop Horace Smith, MD
Monday, February 7, 6 - 8 p.m.
Siebens Building, Phillips Hall (100 2nd Ave SW)
The George Gibbs Lecture Series presents Bishop Horace Smith, pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago, presiding bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and pediatric hematologist-oncologist.

Eyes on the Prize
Wednesday, February 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rochester Public Library Auditorium
Mayo Clinic's African Descendants Support Network presents a film and panel discussion on the Civil Rights Movement.

Rochester History Makers
Friday, February 25, 6 - 8 p.m.
Christ United Methodist Church
The Mayo Clinic African Descendants Support Network presents their annual award, given to African Americans in the Rochester area who have made an impact in our community.

Christ United Methodist Church will celebrate Black History Month with music

9 a.m. Sunday services, the Christ Church Music Ministry will highlight selections of African-American music, including traditional spirituals, hymns and composed gospel anthems along with contemporary and traditional works.

Feb. 13, Christ Chimers handbell ensemble will offer two selections by Kevin McChesney, "Capriccio" and "Synergy." The Christ Church Choir will sing the classic spiritual, "Elijah Rock," by Jester Hairston.

Feb. 20 service, the Christ Church Choir will sing the new gospel rock anthem, "Sit Down and Rest Awhile," by Patti Drennan.

Feb. 27, the Jubilee Bells youth handbell ensemble will offer the Prelude, and the Christ Church Youth Choir will sing "Harriet Tubman" by the contemporary African- American composer, Walter Robinson.

Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Alzheimer's Association

Feb .9 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Goonie's Comedy Club, 7 Second St. S.W., Rochester
$15, available in advance at Goonie's, Roscoe's North and by phone at (507) 289-3950.

 Lace up Against Breast Cancer

Sunday, February 13th. Opportunities to volunteer raise money and participate in the half marathon, 5k or 2 mile walk events.

 Rochester Winterfest

  Thursday, 2/3: Downtown ARTWALK

Friday, 2/4: Rick Springfield… in Concert,Fuel Rochester’s Brainiac Trivia Night*

Saturday, 2/5: Warm-up to the Polar Bear Plunge*, The Great Winter Garage Sale*, Polar Cubs Outdoor Day Camp*, Southern MN Cardboard Sled Challenge, Free Family Day Snow Globes*, Frozen Goose 10K Timed Run, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Hearts & Diamonds Spectacular, Thunder Bowling for our Kids

Monday, 2/7: Friends of the Library Book Sale

Tuesday, 2/8: Friends of the Library Book Sale

Wednesday, 2/9: Chili Cook Off

Thursday, 2/10: PossAbilities and Pancakes Day, SocialICE

Friday, 2/11: Polar Bear (Super) Plunge*, WinterFest at the History Center: Sleigh Rides, Bonfire and more*, “A Vintage Murder” Murder Mystery, SocialICE 

Saturday, 2/12: Families Friends & Flapjacks*, WinterFest at the History Center: Sleigh Rides, Bonfire and more*, Youth Ice Fishing Contest, Dance the Cold Away, WinterFest Softball Tournament, Polar Bear Plunge*, A Singing Valentine, “A Vintage Murder” Murder Mystery, SocialICE

Sunday, 2/13: Breakfast with the Birds*, Lace Up Against Breast Cancer, Frosty Fun Family Skate 

Have a blast!!!By: Jess (Blog manager)