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April 18, 2002

1. External pressures squeeze U budget
2. U announces plan to streamline athletic costs
3. Alumni invited to historic celebration
4. Cyber summer among U summer offerings for kids
5. Heart disease found in surprising number of people without symptoms
6. Law students win in moot court
7. Fellowships promote international experience for master's students
8. U of M Happenings
9. Links


External pressures squeeze U budget
On Friday, April 12, President Yudof told the Board of Regents that a number of external factors are combining to challenge next year's budget, which the board is expected to act on in June.

"We're doing an extraordinary amount to control costs and we've had great results without sacrificing quality," said Yudof. "This budget builds on that approach."

A pending state budget cut of $23.6 million, increased security needs post-Sept. 11, and higher than expected insurance costs, combined with academic priorities such as computer science faculty, undergraduate advising, financial aid and writing intensive courses, mean the University needs $33.2 million in new revenue and cost savings. Under Yudof's budget proposal, the University will absorb 75 percent of this burden and tuition and fee increases averaging 16 percent will fund the remainder.

"We want to make this as easy as possible on our students," said Yudof. "The University is prepared to foot three-quarters of this bill but we do need students and their families to contribute a bit more than we'd originally projected."

To offset the tuition increase, additional investments will be made in financial aid to mitigate the increase for the neediest undergraduate students.

Yudof is also proposing a new tuition banding model that would minimize the increase for students taking more than 13 credits. Under the model, a student carrying 12 credits would face a larger percentage increase than one taking 15 or 16 credits. The University hopes tuition banding will provide a powerful incentive for students to take the number of credits they need to graduate in four years.

The University is not unique in its budget challenges. Most other schools in the Big Ten have raised or are expecting to raise tuition by double digits. As a result, Yudof expects the University's tuition to remain relatively stable at about fifth place in relation to other Big Ten institutions.

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University President Mark Yudof and Vice President and Chief of Staff Tonya Moten Brown announced on April 11 the plan to trim a projected $21 million budget deficit in intercollegiate athletics by $8.5 million over the next five years.
U announces plan to streamline athletic costs

Last week, University President Mark Yudof and Vice President and Chief of Staff Tonya Moten Brown released the University's plan to trim a projected $21 million budget deficit in intercollegiate athletics by $8.5 million over the next five years.

Expressing strong support for intercollegiate athletics and the role they play in building pride and community, Yudof indicated the future is bright. "This plan is an important step toward strengthening intercollegiate athletics and helping our student athletes achieve even greater levels of competitive and academic success," said Yudof.

The three-phase plan includes reorganizing the separate men's and women's athletics departments into one and investing $1.25 million to improve financial management and fundraising capacity in the department. The plan also includes a recommendation that three teams, men's and women's golf and men's gymnastics, be eliminated.

A unitary athletics department
The reorganization of the department was a necessary first step, Moten Brown explained. "Streamlining administrative functions and improving efficiency is our first choice for reducing costs," she said. "In our judgment, separate departments have fostered competition and rivalry, which has undermined collaboration and contributed to the financial challenge we face today."

Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the Tucker Center for Women and Girls in Sport, will chair a national search for a new athletics director. Members of the search committee could be named this week. The new administrative structure will be implemented by July 1.

Fewer teams?
The plan recommends eliminating three of the University's 23 intercollegiate sports--men's and women's golf and men's gymnastics--to reduce expenses by $3.6 million over five years.

"Cutting athletic opportunities for students is absolutely a last resort," said Yudof. "We know that this is a painful recommendation for many people. Difficult as it is, our only option may be to sustain excellence on a smaller scale rather than risk mediocrity across the board."

The three proposed teams, which together field 44 student athletes, were chosen after a number of models were analyzed against University priorities. These priorities include maximizing expense reduction while maintaining competitive opportunities; compliance with Title IX; and preserving or increasing diversity, revenues, attendance at home events, scholarship opportunities for Minnesota residents, the ability to compete locally, and Minnesota high school participation rates.

The recommendation to eliminate teams will be acted on by the University's Advisory Committee on Athletics, consistent with its policies. In the next two months, the Board of Regents will determine the appropriate amount of University support to intercollegiate athletics, which will have a bearing on the elimination of teams, but the final decision will be administrative. A decision is expected by June.

To view the plan, or to read the full text of Yudof or Moten Brown's remarks, see

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The UMAA's "Rock around the Block" is coming up June 4.
Alumni invited to historic celebration
This year's University of Minnesota Alumni Association annual celebration will include live '50s and '60s musical entertainment, a picnic dinner and the grand opening of the Gateway Plaza, outside the McNamara Alumni Center.

The Gateway Plaza is only the fourth all-University gift to be given by alumni. The others were Northrop, Memorial Stadium and the McNamara Alumni Center. The plaza, on the corner of Oak St. and Washington Ave., will bring much-needed green space to campus. At the grand opening ceremony, the plaza will be formally gifted to the University. Including a rolling landscape, 250 trees, ponds and a stage, it is hoped that the plaza will become an important and memorable gathering space.

The annual celebration, themed "Rock Around the Block," will be Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. at Gateway Plaza. Tickets, which include dinner and entertainment, are $42 for alumni association members and $57 for non-members. For more details and ticket information, see or call 612-624-2345.

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Cyber summer among U summer offerings for kids

Some kids will play sports this summer. Others will watch TV. Those who attend Cybercamp at the U will create their own video games, make 3-D animated cartoons and build Web sites.

Susan Marino, director of the Program for Women in Technology, believes that young brains learn better when they're having fun. That's why her office is proud to sponsor Cybercamp.

"Cybercamp is about learning while having fun," she says. "So kids will work on projects--cool projects--and learn skills."

Kids, ages 7-16, are invited to attend the weekly day and residential camps, to be held throughout the summer in St. Paul. There is a cost for attending the camps, but Marino is offering a discount for the children of U of M faculty, staff and alumni. For more information, call Marino at 612-624-1317.

Other U departments offering summer programs are:

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Heart disease found in surprising number of people without symptoms

Individuals without symptoms of cardiovascular disease may already have early heart or blood vessel disease, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota's Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. The study found that more than half of patients who had no symptoms of heart disease tested positive for having the disease when they were screened in the center.

"Vascular and cardiac disease can be detected long before complications develop," said Dr. Jay Cohn, University of Minnesota cardiologist and director of the Rasmussen Center. Early detection is important, Cohn said, because early intervention should slow the progression of disease and reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes in susceptible individuals. "Unfortunately, the current health care system does not provide early detection strategies," he said. "A national program aimed at early detection could strikingly reduce morbidity and health care costs."

Cohn and his colleagues at the Rasmussen Center reported on the first 333 asymptomatic individuals screened, using 17 tests designed to detect early vascular and cardiac abnormalities and blood tests to identify potential targets for risk contributor-intervention.

The screening of a healthy, affluent population showed a high rate of obvious and not so obvious disease that is not being adequately treated. "Required treatments for individuals with early heart and blood vessel disease range from lifestyle changes, such as increased exercise or weight loss, to drug therapy for hypertension, diabetes, or cholesterol management," said Cohn. "Our early experience suggests that individuals with risks such as family history of heart disease should be screened for detection of early

The research was part of a presentation last week at the National Cardiovascular Health Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Rasmussen Center opened last year to screen people for early signs of cardiac disease. A comprehensive array of noninvasive testing, not routinely available, was developed using techniques that have either been established or advocated for early detection.

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U law students win national competition
Jessica Clay and Erin Minkler, students at the University of Minnesota Law School, made school history last month when they became the first team from the University to take first place in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition.

"I am particularly happy about this accomplishment because it is an affirmation of our strengths in both written and oral advocacy," Minkler said. "We received the best brief score overall. To our knowledge, we prevailed in every round with respect to our oral arguments and our brief score."

Clay, from Wausau, Wis., and Minkler, from Buffalo, Minn., are both third-year law students at the University. Clay plans to specialize in employment law. Next year she will clerk for Federal Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel in Minneapolis. Minkler, who is interested in litigation, is working part time in the business litigation group at Oppenheimer, Wolff, and Donnelly LLP, and will join the firm full time after she takes the bar exam.

Thirty-four teams from law schools across the country submitted briefs and traveled to the competition at the University to argue a case concerning the constitutionality of the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action admissions policy.

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Fellowships promote international experience for master's students

The Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships were created with a gift from the late congressman's family.

Twenty-three University of Minnesota master's and professional-degree students have been awarded fellowships in the first year of the Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships.

Judd Fellowships, created with a gift from the Walter H. Judd Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, are designed to increase opportunities for master's and professional students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. The main goal is to increase exposure to and understanding of other cultures.

This year's Judd Fellows represent a wide range of colleges and interests. Projects vary from intensive language study to field work and internships. For example, Amy Herman, from the Medical School, will conduct HIV intervention research in Tanzania. Richard Hermes, M.F.A. in Creative Writing, will research his family history in Ireland to support his thesis, a book-length manuscript of autobiographical fiction. And Aimee Thostenson will help build a school in China and conduct research for her thesis in Comparative and International Development Education.

A major University initiative is to increase the number of undergraduates who study abroad; however, it does not address master's and professional-degree students directly.

"There are numerous funding opportunities for undergraduates and Ph.D. dissertation work, but little opportunity for master's and professional students to study or conduct research abroad, " said Gene Allen, executive director of the Office of International Programs.

After learning about the fellowship program, the Judd family chose to honor Walter's dedication to international issues by supporting the fellowships. "My father was passionate about global information and first-hand learning," said Mary Lou Judd Carpenter. "He felt we in the United States have a limited understanding of other countries, cultures, and world history in general. He encouraged a broader world view, which is what the Judd Fellowships are doing."

Judd represented Minneapolis and the Fifth District in Congress for 20 years. He was appointed delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1957 and delegate to the World Health Assembly in 1950 and 1958. Judd played a pivotal role in Congressional approval of the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO, and he authored legislation for the World Health Organization and the International Children's Emergency Fund. The McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 included Judd's amendments to eliminate racial discrimination from immigration and naturalization laws. In 1981, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

Fellowships and study abroad are priorities of Campaign Minnesota, the University’s $1.3 billion fund-raising effort. These areas continue to benefit from alumni and donor private support. For more information about fellowships, visit

For more information about the life of Walter H. Judd and the Judd Fellowships , see

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Celebrate excellence in University of Minnesota teaching at the Distinguished Teaching Awards and reception, Monday, April 22, 3:30 - 6 p.m. in the McNamara Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit the alumni association's web site at or call 612-625-9195.

The University of Minnesota, Morris, Opera Workshop's Evening of Opera Scenes will be performed Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of Humanities Fine Arts. Students will perform scenes from several operas including Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. The performance will be in English. It is free and open to the public. For more information call Janet Ahern at 320-589-6240.

Be part of the dialogue with two inspiring women at "Becoming a Scholar: A Conversation with Distinguished Women Scholars," Monday, April 29, noon - 2 p.m., 215 Humphrey Center. Professor Bianca Conti-Fine, a neurobiology researcher, and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, a scholar of women's rhetoric, are the featured speakers. For more information, call the Office for University Women at 612-625-2385.

Tune in to WCCO 830 on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. for "Beyond the U," a monthly radio call-in show hosted by University President Mark Yudof and his wife Judy.

The Men's and Women's Athletics' seventh annual Gold Country Run and Gopher FanFest will be Saturday, June 1. The Gold Country Run, a 5k run/walk through the University of Minnesota campus, starts at 9:30 at the Gibson/Nagurski Football Facility. FanFest, to be held following the run/walk in the Bierman Track and Field Stadium, will feature coaches and student athletes. The fee for the 5K is $15 for early registration, $20 after May 18. Gopher FanFest is free, including pizza, pop, and snacks. For more information and to register, call 612-624-0800.

The Split Rock Arts Program is now accepting registrations for its 19th season of intensive weeklong workshops in creative writing, visual arts, design, and creativity enhancement. Workshops are held from July 7 to August 17 at University of Minnesota, Duluth with retreat-style workshops at the Cloquet Forestry Center. For more information or to register, see or call 612-625-8100.

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