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Get connected, summer 2005
From M, summer 2005
The winning entry in Minnesota
fiction contest was published in the March-April issue of the
alumni association magazine. Carol Ellingson (B.A. '70, M.A. '73),
a St. Paul attorney who lives in Afton, Minnesota, wrote "The
Eulogist," about a man asked to eulogize the woman he longed for in
his youth. To read "The Eulogist" and to see guidelines for the
2006 contest, visit www.alumni.umn.edu/fiction. The seventh-annual
contest is open to all University alumni and students, and the
winner receives a $1,500 prize. Contest guidelines are also
published in every issue of Minnesota
Summer in the city
Creative opportunities abound on the Twin Cities campus in the
summer, and UMAA members are eligible for discounts. The Split Rock
Arts Program has moved most of its five- or seven-day seminars in
writing, visual arts, and creativity to the Minneapolis and St.
Paul campuses. In part to be more convenient for participants, the
move also takes advantage of campus facilities and cultural
opportunities in the metro area. Five Tuesday evening Split Rock
Soirees take place on campus, featuring that week's
artist-instructors presenting and discussing their work followed by
a reception. And a series of Curiosity Camps will allow
participants to dig into a vast array of workshops that take
advantage of U experts and facilities. Topics are expected to
include gardening, literature, lab sciences, and more. UMAA members
get discounts on all of these great creative opportunities. To
learn more, visit www.cce.umn.edu and go to the "Enrich Your Life"
M Alumni Online goes live
Have you ever wondered what happened to your freshman-year
roommate? Wouldn't you love to know if other University of
Minnesota alumni work at a company where you're applying for a job?
M Alumni Online, a free Web service that includes a directory of
more than 350,000 U of M alumni and friends, is now available to
help UMAA members make those and many more connections. Alumni
directory listings include name, city, employer, U of M college,
and graduation year. Some listings also include a "contact this
person via e-mail" link, but specific e-mail addresses are not
displayed. Alumni can choose to include more or less information in
their directory listings once they've registered for the service.
All U of M alumni may register for M Alumni Online and update their
own directory listings, but only UMAA members may search the alumni
directory and participate in the Alumni Career Network. The network
features a Career Advisor Directory, where members can search for a
mentor in their field or volunteer to become one. Job and risumi
postings are also part of this service. Alumni who are not members
may contact the UMAA at MAlumniOnline@umn.edu or 800-862-5867 for a
number to use to register.
A homecoming for scholars
Make plans to come back to campus for homecoming 2005, which this
year includes the dedication of the Scholars' Walk and Alumni Wall
of Honor projects. The homecoming football game will be September
24, with other events taking place during the week leading up to
the game. Designed to honor the academic achievements of U faculty
and alumni, the Scholars' Walk connects the East Bank campus from
west of Northrop Mall to the Gateway Plaza outside the McNamara
Alumni Center on the eastern edge of campus. Monuments and artwork
along the walk will honor Nobel Prize winners, national academy
members, and other scholarly achievements. On the Gateway Plaza at
the corner of Oak Street and Washington Avenue, the Alumni Wall of
Honor nears completion. An oxidized steel structure echoes the
alumni center's angular design. It narrows at the south end to a
wall containing the names of every recipient of the U's Outstanding
Alumni Achievement award.