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TRIO teaches high school students the culture of college

Program director’s personal experiences inform her work with youth

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Minerva Muñoz’s main mission is to help as many prospective first-generation college students as possible get ready for post-secondary studies. As a first-generation college graduate, Muñoz easily remembers how it felt upon her first arrival on a college campus where the majority of students didn’t look like her. “I was overwhelmed” as a University of Minnesota student in the early 2000s. “I wasn’t from here, and I needed family and community, and TRIO took me in.”

Muñoz is the University of Minnesota TRIO Upward Bound (UB) program director. Upward Bound is a half-century-old program that U.S. President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 began as part of his War on Poverty, an “experimental college preparatory program that targeted bright and economically disadvantaged high school students.”

The federally-funded U of M UB program works with students at three Minneapolis high schools: North, South and Edison. Continue Reading →

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Memorable musical moments from 2013


People have a huge thirst for connection. How well a song or an experience stays with you can be as easy as answering the question, does this art have resonance, or not? If I were to put together a musically inspired compilation of this year’s wide sampling of recorded music that I’ve heard and the live music that I’ve experienced this year, it would include an amazing group of talented artists who continue to challenge themselves as they give us something creative and personal. As I surf the memories of my mind from this year I can’t help but start at the beginning. To kick off 2013 in spectacular fashion was Minneapolis native and Blue Note Records artist Jose James who performed music
from his album No Beginning No End. Continue Reading →

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Marcus Roberts Trio performing at the Dakota










On Wednesday, November 6, for two sets only, the Marcus Roberts Trio returns to the Dakota stage to bring its well-known one-of-a-kind virtuosity to local audiences. And for a group that was founded in 1995, they’ve come a long way in 18 years. If you’ve been lucky enough to witness this trio in action over the last few years, consider yourself well aware of what these sets might be like this time around. If you’re planning to see Roberts for the first time, prepare to thoroughly enjoy yourself. This concert will no doubt be one of the best presented by the Dakota this year. Continue Reading →

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