Annual Networking Event 2009

SEEDS UM-wide networking dinner on October 19th, 2009, hosted 120 people from all three UM campuses. The event began with a networking and dinner session during which monitors profiled SEEDS people and events and participants interacted with people they knew, and people they didn't know. The keynote address by President Donna Shalala described the importance of diversity programs nationwide and her strong support for SEEDS activities at UM. SEEDS endeavors were briefly highlighted by speakers: SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosney, SEEDS You Choose Award Winners Tulay Koru-Sengul, Lisa Beal, Eunji Lim, Paquita Zuidema and (represented by Mary Lou King) Joy Lincoln as well as Speed Mentoring participants, Claudia Rodrigues, Angela Knapp and Marilyn Brandtan. The program included an audience perception survey that used "student response units" to gather people's perceptions on UM's climate. 

The evening culminated with the inaugural SEEDS Interactive Theatre skit, The Mid-Term Review for Tenure,presented by SEEDS Theatre Director Jennifer Burke, stage manager Christine D'Amore, facilitator David Wilsonand the SEEDS Repertory Players Janet Allard, Maha McCain, Marc Mocohbe, Glenn Patron, Lee Soroko andJennifer Vellenga. Thanks to Tanya Busch for the photos below.

Networking Session

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Speakers and their audience 

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SEEDS INTERACTIVE THEATRE Presents: 
The Mid-Term Review for Tenure 

Sketch 1: The chair and the candidate

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Sketch 2: The prior faculty meeting

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Audience watching the theatre performance

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"Faculty" responding to audience questions

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Audience members querying the faculty: interactive theatre!~

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