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October 17, 2019

Strong Women, Full of Love: The Photography of Meadow Muska

Meadow Muska, photographer and activist, has decided to permanently house her work at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. Meadow...

Strong Women, Full of Love: The Photography of Meadow Muska

October 17, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Free

Meadow Muska, photographer and activist, has decided to permanently house her work at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. Meadow documented the hidden lives of lesbian women in Minnesota during the 1970's and the MIA is currently hosting an exhibition of 30 black and white photos from her collection - which will then head to their new home in Northampton. We have an opportunity to view these stunning photographs, and enjoy a gallery talk and reception with Meadow and members of the MIA curatorial staff. Please join us for this very special event.

This is a free event but space is limited and we would like to know you're coming.

October 21, 2019

Overcoming Challenges Through Determination, Discipline And Community Building

Motivated by the DiversAbility at Yale group, YAANW will be hosting Dr. Matthew Weed for an inspirational evening of stories about overcoming...

Overcoming Challenges Through Determination, Discipline And Community Building

October 21, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hagfors Center, Room 150B, Augsburg University 700 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis
Free

Motivated by the DiversAbility at Yale group, YAANW will be hosting Dr. Matthew Weed for an inspirational evening of stories about overcoming challenges. The event will be free to attend and includes light snacks. The talk will be at Augsburg University's Hagfors Center in room 150B (700 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis).

Matthew Weed is the first totally blind and brittle type I diabetic to graduate from Yale University (B.A. in Political Science, 1993; Ph.D. in Genetics, 2004). He also holds degrees from Harvard (M.A. in Genetics, 1996) and Princeton (MPA, 1995).

Low vision was diagnosed when Matthew was six weeks old. Diabetes was diagnosed when he was one year old. By age 8 he had lost all of his sight. When Matthew was 19, his father died of diabetic complications. In spite of all these challenges, Matthew has found ways to live a full and impactful life: besides his spectacular academic achievements, he has completed a rollerblading marathon, skis, engages in other outdoor pursuits, and has traveled around the world—twice. He has done all of these things with his own determination but also the support and assistance of literally thousands of caring, thoughtful people.

Having a versatile skill set, Matthew has contributed to knowledge and opportunity. In 1990, while an undergraduate at Yale University, Matthew co-created one of the first methods for making electronic text available to the reading challenged. Some believe that the “Yale Text Scanning system” was an early step toward E-books. As a graduate student, Matthew worked closely with the NIH to help it make important databases and tools accessible to the reading challenged. From 2010 to 2012, Matthew helped open the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a $150 million research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today he helps institutions make their data and facilities more accessible to everyone; works as an educational search consultant for American, Brazilian and Chinese students; and is a motivational and topical speaker in the US and China.

Dr. Weed asks you to bring business cards to facilitate connecting to others about the things you do and care about—which he will ask you to briefly describe at the end of his talk.

Please feel free to learn more about Matthew through this short video. https://vimeo.com/118231144

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October 24, 2019

Georgetown University Bipartisan Public Leadership Panel

Featuring GU Alumni Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and MN Governor's Office Chief of Staff Chris Schmitter on How GU Shaped...

Georgetown University Bipartisan Public Leadership Panel

October 24, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
La Rive Condos (110 Bank Street SE, Mpls)
No Cost

Featuring GU Alumni Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and MN Governor's Office Chief of Staff Chris Schmitter on How GU Shaped their Public Careers

Moderated by Elizabeth Lo, SFS 98

Open to all TCAN members

November 05, 2019

Andrew Dayton on "Rethinking Impact: How Evidence Can Transform the Philanthropic Marketplace"

Andrew Dayton is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community development and social equity. He recently launched the

Andrew Dayton on "Rethinking Impact: How Evidence Can Transform the Philanthropic Marketplace"

November 05, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas
$35 with dinner, $40 with dinner+bar

Andrew Dayton is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community development and social equity. He recently launched the Constellation Fund, a grantmaking organization inspired by New York’s Robin Hood Foundation that uses data, research, and analytics to identify, fund, and partner with the people and organizations making the biggest demonstrable impacts in the fight against poverty in the Twin Cities. In his talk, Rethinking Impact: How Evidence Can Transform the Philanthropic Marketplace, he will discuss his ideas that enabled him to attract some of the most successful local business leaders and philanthropists to support the Constellation Fund’s efforts to find, fund, and partner with the most impactful poverty-fighting organizations in the Twin Cities.

Andrew is also the co-founder and co-owner of North Corp, the umbrella company behind the transformation of a 130-year-old warehouse in Minneapolis into three award-winning businesses—a restaurant, craft cocktail bar, and men’s clothing store—that collectively employ nearly 100 people.

Andrew earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Yale University. He sits on the boards of The Minneapolis Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

November 07, 2019

Happy Hour on Thursday, November 7

Join us for drinks and apps at beautiful Kieran's Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. Munch on appetizers and enjoy happy hour drink specials...

Happy Hour on Thursday, November 7

November 07, 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Kieran's Irish Pub
$12 for appetizers, cash bar available

Join us for drinks and apps at beautiful Kieran's Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. Munch on appetizers and enjoy happy hour drink specials while meeting new TCAN people.

Lead Clubs: Chicago Booth and Columbia Business School clubs

When: Thursday, November 7, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Kieran's Irish Pub, 85 North 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis (near Target Center)

Cost: $12 for appetizers. Cash bar available.

RSVP: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/events/showevent?eventId=22842#Event

Questions: Tom Brinkmann, Chicago Booth alumni club president, tbrinkm1@chicagobooth.edu

(Note: With no Timberwolves, Target Center, or Vikings events that day, ramp and lot parking is expected to be readily available nearby.)

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Twin Cities Alumni Network (TCAN) is a collaborative network of bona fide local alumni organizations affiliated with select small and midsize colleges and universities located outside the Midwest. Its mission is to facilitate social interaction and professional networking among members through the coordination, communication and sponsorship of special events.

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Interested alumni organizations must meet each of the requirements listed below to qualify for membership in TCAN. All new applications are reviewed by the TCAN membership board. To learn more about our association or to request affiliation, please contact us.

New to the area? We invite interested alumni to contact their local affiliated clubs for membership and to receive upcoming TCAN event notifications. You're also invited to join our TCAN LinkedIn Group.

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Nationally Ranked

We believe that the overall ranking number is a sufficient surrogate for a measure of quality. Therefore the college or university must have been nationally ranked as a top‐50 college or university, according to U.S. News and World Report, within each of the last three years.

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Located Outside of Minnesota

TCAN was founded as a support group for university alumni organizations from colleges located primarily outside the Midwest. A geographical eligibility criterion ensures that alumni groups with a significant membership base will not dominate TCAN events.

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Undergrad Population of Less than 10,000

We believe that the size of a college's undergraduate program offers a surrogate measure of not only the quality of the school, but also the type of cultural experience that embodies a program of liberal arts education and instills a love of learning.

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Alumni Org. must be a Bona Fide Club

We feel it is important that all member clubs are sanctioned, well‐established, and able to contribute to the Network upon admission. Therefore all organizations seeking membership must typically have at least 10 members and 2 years of operating history.

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