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Weaving the Story of STEM & AFP-MN Annual Meeting

October 7, 2014 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) describes an integrated approach to teaching these core disciplines. When successfully integrated, a culture of problem solving and innovation is created. For the past 50 years, a focus on STEM disciplines has ensured the world is a better and more advanced place to live. Throughout this time period the United States has been a strong technological global leader. However the Department of Education now states that our leadership position is threatened by an inadequate number of teachers and students who are proficient in these fields. As the US economy struggles to gain momentum, the subject of STEM education is on the forefront of many discussions. How can an increased focus on STEM ensure a brighter future?

As leaders in the non-profit sector, we play an important role in STEM. How do you integrate STEM into your daily work? How is the mission of your organization fulfilled through STEM? We have the responsibility to ensure that the community and its leaders – educational, policy, corporate & individual – are engaged in programs to ensure the future success of STEM education for our country.

As a special engagement, Dr. Jolly will hand weave a basket during the presentation and help illustrate the integrated role of art science and culture in education.

The Presenter:

Dr. Eric J. JollyDr. Eric J. Jolly is nationally known for his personal passion for STEM (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) education and for working to identify solutions that address our country’s achievement gap. As president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, one of the nation’s largest and most esteemed science museums, Dr. Jolly leads a staff that develops and presents exhibits, films and educational programs to hundreds of thousands of people in the upper Midwest and to millions more around the world through its traveling programs. Under his leadership, the museum has hosted provocative and highly-successful exhibitions like Body Worlds, RACE: Are We So Different?, and Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Widely recognized for his work with communities and policy-makers and his many contributions to mathematics and science education, Jolly is the chair of the National Research Council’s Out-of-School Time STEM Learning Committee, a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Committee on Guiding the Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education in the United States, and a board member of the Bush Foundation, among many other board affiliations. He is also the author of numerous articles and curricula.


Science Museum of Minnesota


Prior to Dr. Jolly’s presentation, Jeremy Wells will preside over the AFP-MN Chapter Annual Meeting and give a short presentation on the importance of ethics within AFP and the Minnesota philanthropic community.


Jeremy Wells

Jeremy R. Wells currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropic Services at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners in Saint Paul, MN. In his role, he leads all philanthropic efforts for the Saint Paul Foundation, the Minnesota Community Foundation, and works with various other affiliates of MN Partners.

Prior to coming to Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Jeremy served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Augsburg College, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and in various advancement-related roles at the University of Jamestown.

He received Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Jamestown in Psychology, Religion, and Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Jeremy also holds his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification.

Jeremy currently serves as President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and serves as the Chapter President’s Council Representative on the International Board for AFP. He sits on the alumni board of the University of Jamestown as well as the board of the StepUP Program at Augsburg College. He also serves on the development committee of Ujamaa Place in Saint Paul.

Mr. Wells is a frequent regional and national speaker on a variety of advancement and fund development topics, including development planning, utilizing volunteers, donor engagement, and campaign strategy. He also serves on multiple nonprofit boards at the local, state, and national levels.




October 7, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Schedule details:
11-11:30am - Registration, Networking & Light Lunch; 11:30am - 12:15pm Business Meeting & Ethics Conversation by Jeremy Wells; 12:15 - 1:00 pm Program
$20 members; $40 nonmembers
Advance Registration Closes:
Registration available on-site; Advance registration closed
Onsite Registration?
Yes, additional $20*
Additional Details:
Details to follow


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