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River Life: 11 Accomplishments in 2011

January 4, 2012Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on River Life: 11 Accomplishments in 2011

imageSeems like everyone is writing a year end list of one sort or another.  At River Life, we’re not immune to the inclination to sum up, to reflect, to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going.  But we’re a little late; which may not be surprising.  So with that in mind, we offer the following.

Part 1:  Eleven things we’ve done in 2011

1.  Taught 280 students, both undergraduate and graduate, in five classes offered in three distinct programs at the University.

2.  Coordinated community engagement projects students earning the MLA (4), undergraduate Honors recognition (1), and Masters in Urban Planning (6).  Managed 2 community-based internship projects.  Inaugurated the National Park Service-University Honors Program Research Internship with a cohort of 9 students from 5 University colleges.

3.  Coordinated the development of student programming and the new River Ranger student group, now numbering 325.

4.  Revamped our web site, to facilitate ease of use and cross-platform linkages between the River Atlas and the River Talk blog.  Initiated the River Portal micro-blogging page.

5.  In addition to the blog and portal, engaged very actively in social media tools Twitter and Facebook.

6.  Received and are in the process of completing 2 grants from off-campus partners:  the National Park Service and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.

7.  Participated in speaking/session managing at Sip of Science (Minneapolis November 9), National Partnership conference (Memphis November  15-18),  Upper Mississippi River Conference (Davenport, IA Sept. 21-23), Imagining America (Sept. 22-24), the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Conflict (June 27-July 1).

8.  Provided planning partnership assistance to off-campus partners:  National Park Service, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis Park Foundation, Mississippi River Fund, Confluence Greenway (St. Louis).

9.  Continued our on-campus collaborations with CFANS, CDES, CCCA, NCED, and IAS.  Initiated collaboration with University Honors Program.

10.  Contributed to public and professional discourses on a range of issues in the Mississippi River and its basin:  carp, flooding, habitat restoration, broader, more inclusive interpretive planning.

11.  Published The City, the River, the Bridge:  Reflections on the I-35W Bridge Collapse through the University of Minnesota Press.

Want more detail?  Read the news in our portal.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Join the conversation at our blog.

Now that you know what we do, what can we do together  to enhance your program and its work toward a sustainable Mississippi River?

Part 2 (to be published shortly):  You’ve Done a Lot, But Remind Me Again What River Life Is?

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